Leo Anton Koppinger


Koppinger, Leo_ovalSeptember 30, 1928 ~ July 13, 2016

Leo A. Koppinger, 85, of Brandon, died Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.

Family Visitation will be 6-7pm, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, with a Prayer Service at 7pm at Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon. Funeral Mass will be 11am, Wednesday, July 27, also at Risen Savior with Full Military Honors. A private burial at the Brandon Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Leo Anton Koppinger was born August 2, 1930, to George and Suzanne (Kohl) Koppinger in New England, ND. He attended school and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in New England. He then attended Creighton University for one year before enlisting in the Air Force. After his discharge, Leo met Jean Hanson and the two were married on May 12, 1955, in New England. The couple moved around a bit before landing in Madison, SD to raise their family and run the Lake Park Motel. In 1979, they moved to Sioux Falls to own and operate the Lindendale Lodge and later, the Briteway Laundromat. Leo retired in 1996 and he and Jean moved to Brandon in 2011.

Leo loved to spend his time hunting, fishing, cheering for the Twins, and always playing cards; Pinochle, Rattle, or Cribbage. His fun loving side found him and a friend, in his canoe, hunting ducks in his swimming pool at the Lake Park Motel. Leo was also a very caring and generous person who would often forgive the motel charges for guests who might be traveling through and had no money to pay. Leo was especially proud of his family and will be eternally missed by all.

Leo will be deeply missed by his wife of 61 years, Jean; eight children, Wendy (Ron) Lauck, Madison, Juanita Flemming, Sioux Falls, Lora (Rick) Gonder, Sterling, VA, Guy Koppinger, Sioux Falls, Marilyn Braaten, Redfield, Teresa (Dave) Geiver, Brandon, Rhonda Stoddard, Brandon, and Tyler (Lynne) Koppinger, Sioux Falls; seventeen grandchildren, Tony, Andy, Ryan, Jesse, Nicole, Andy, Adam, Jacob, Ari, Ian, Eli, Isaac, Aiden, Tory, Taylor, Samantha, and Kyle; five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Colter, Lydia, Oliver, and Piper; and one great-great-granddaughter, Maylee.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, George and Suzanne (Kohl), and two brothers, Donald and Matthew.


John Matthias Lindner

Lindner, John_oval (7)September 30, 1928 ~ July 13, 2016

John M. Lindner, 87, Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls.

A Visitation with family present will be 2-4pm, Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Military Honors at 3:45pm.

John Matthias Lindner was born September 30, 1928, in Maitland, Florida, to Matthias and Gertrude (Merches) Lindner. He graduated from Bancroft High School in Bancroft, SD in 1947. John was in the Army from 1950-1951 when he was medically discharged for injury. John married Clarona Olson on February 5, 1951, in Colorado Springs, CO. He spent 25 years working at SMC Schwartz prior to retirement.

John loved to gamble, hunt, travel, and read Louis Lamour books. He had an infectious sense of humor. He loved being a father and grandfather, but above all else he loved being a great-grandfather and was more proud of his family than any man could be.

John is survived by his wife, Clarona; five children, Johnnie, Sioux Falls, James (Sue), Williams Port, PA, Joseph, Sioux Falls, Donna, Sioux Falls, and Richard, Oldham, SD; nine grandchildren, Tiffany, Heidi, James, Nicole, Katie, Jeremy, Joseph, and Cody; and eleven great-grandchildren, Sage, Caden, Attalyn, Aiden, Chaley, Blade, Ellise, Daisy, Amy, Ashley, and Jesse.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Matthias and Gertrude (Merches) Lindner, three brothers, five sisters, and two grandchildren, Heather and Jeremy John.

Connie J. Cournoyer

Cournoyer, Connie_ovalJanuary 7, 1948 ~ July 2, 2016

Connie J. Cournoyer, 68, Sioux Falls, formerly Viborg, died peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family, on July 2, 2016.

Connie will be greatly missed by her husband, Robert Cournoyer Sr., of Sioux Falls; her five children, Keith (Timi) Jongeward, Sierra Vista, AZ, Doyle Jongeward Jr., Lennox, SD, Robert Jongeward, Sierra Vista, AZ, Robert (Jody Hewson) Cournoyer Jr., Amidon, ND, and Wendy (Adam Schweitzer) Jongeward, Sioux Falls, SD; fifteen grandchildren, Rachel, Hannah, Olivia, Alexis, Madison, Brittany, Amanda, Morgan, Mason, Dustin, Derick, Brittany, Christina, Brandon, and Timothy; and six siblings, Eugene Gray, Nancy Pierret, Deanne Brown, Bernie Gray, Angie Clark, and Val Gravatt; and one uncle, Melvin Nielsen.

Connie is preceded in death by her father, Melvin “Ole” Gray; her grandson, Keith Lee Jongeward Jr., and her grandmother, Clara Hazel Nielsen.

Connie’s desire was to be buried together with Robert. A combined Celebration of Life service will be held at the time of Bob’s passing.

Scott Daniel DeKing

roseimageDecember 26, 1963 ~ June 27, 2016

Scott D. DeKing, 52, Sioux Falls, died peacefully Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Avera McKennan Hospital, following a lengthy battle with diabetes.

Memorial services will be 10:30am, Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home.

Scott Daniel DeKing was born December 26, 1963, in Marshall, MN, to Raymond and Carol (Ricke) DeKing. Despite early health issues and negative prognosis, Scott never gave up. Scott became a line cook at the Fry’n Pan and then moved over to The Cracked Pot for many years. When they closed, he worked at the Burnside Bingo or Burnside Gaming, as a cook in their kitchen.

Scott was a life-long NASCAR fan and cheered the number 24 above all others. If it had to do with Jeff Gordon, Scott could tell you about it. He could be found watching every race, sometimes with his rescued cats or listening to his favorite country music. He liked to help around the house with handy man jobs or working outside even until the very end when his health wouldn’t allow it.

Scott is survived by a daughter, Sally Whiting, Viborg, SD; his parents, Raymond and Carol, Sioux Falls; two siblings, Daniel (Kimberly) DeKing and Michele (Charles) Thompson, Sioux Falls; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Clement John Egan

Egan, Clement_ovalFebruary 19, 1929 ~ June 21, 2016

Clement J. Egan, 87, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at home, surrounded by his family.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Clement John Egan was born February 19, 1929 to William and Gladys (Keck) Egan. He grew up on a farm near Sisseton, SD. On February 14, 1951, he married Florence Martha Fryer. They moved to Sioux Falls and he was employed by John Morrell for 37 years.

Clement will be deeply missed by his wife, Florence; his four children, Kelly (Linda) Egan, Renner, Clem Egan, Sioux Falls, Joy (Terry) Tilden, Sioux Falls, Lucky (Doris) Egan, Valley Springs; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Clement was preceded in death by his parents, William and Gladys (Keck) Egan; two brothers, Francis and Elmer; and seven sisters, Vida, Viola, Delores, Mary Ann, Laura Bell, Rosella, and Loretta.