Brian Lynn Thomas

August 21, 1966 ~ October 24, 2014Thomson. Brian 2

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 5-7pm, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon, SD, with family present. A short service will begin at 7pm. A graveside service will be held at 11am, Saturday, November 1, at Jeffers Cemetery, Jeffers, MN.

Brian Lynn Thomas was born August 21, 1966, in Mankato, MN, to James and Sandra (Wallace) Thomas. He was raised first in the Pipestone area and then he move to and graduated from Jeffers High School in Jeffers, MN. He  attended Pipestone VoTech for automotive. On April 27, 1991, Brian married Kay Schelhaas in Pipestone and the couple moved to the Sioux Falls area where they reaised their two sons, Darrick and Zach. Brian worked in several areas of the auto field. He was a mechanic, sold cars, and even was a repo agent for a while. Unfortunately, health issues forced him to leave his job and work only part-time.
Brian enjoyed cars, Harleys, and hanging out with his sons, friends and family. He loved holidays and reunions just visiting and being together. Whether it was teasing his “little” brothers, or spending time with his nieces and nephews, riding motorcycles with Darrick, or doing car stuff with Zach, he loved his family. He cherished a bike trip to Sturgis with his friend, Lanny O’Neal. Brian also loved to go “picking” at various thrift stores, consignment shops, and antique stores looking for treasures.
Sadly, Brian, 48, died Friday, October 24, 2014, at his home.
Brian will be deeply missed by his two sons, Darrick (Danielle) Thomas and Zach Thomas, Brandon; his parents, James and Sandra Thomas, Windom, MN, two brothers, Brad (Tami) Thomas, Cokato, MN and Ben (Amber) Thomas, Jeffers, MN; six nieces and nephews, Katerina, Bianca, Triton, Gavin, Brienna, and Ryan; special friend, Millie Lovejoy; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
Brian was preceded in death by two infant brothers, James Fay and Ronald Lee.
A memorial has been established in Brian’s honor.

Dwight Lee Duimstra

November 28, 1943 ~ October 24, 2014

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Visitation will be 6-8PM, Monday, October 27, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present. Funeral services will be 2PM, Tuesday, October 28, also at Heartland Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Colton Cemetery. A reception will follow at Mr. D’s.
Dwight Lee Duimstra was born November 28, 1943, in San Antonio, TX, to Dr. Fred and Elma Lee (Ray) Duimstra. The family moved to Sioux Falls in Dwight’s early childhood years where he attended school and graduated from Washington High School. Dwight worked for the Sioux Falls Police Dept. for eight years before he quit to run for Sioux Falls City Council. In 1983, he purchased the Sportsman’s Bar and operated it for 23 years. He then opened Mr. D’s in 2007 and it was his favorite place to be .He loved his business and his customers.
Dwight had many passions but his most favorite was his family; his six children and his seven grandchildren. He also loved to to scuba dive and was a certified instructor. Hand guns and target shooting also was a way he loved to pass his time. Anyone who knew Dwight knew that loved cars and women…fast and hot! Dwight also loved animals. His collection of ducks, rabbits, cockatoo, dogs, and turtles in his bathtub were a testament for his love.
Sadly, Dwight, 70, died Friday, October 24, 2014, at home following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Dwight is survived by his six children, Paul Duimstra, Christina Petterson, Ann Reurink, Sindy Metha, Shelleen Weeks, and Cody Duimstra; and seven grandchildren; his pets and a whole host of friends.
Dwight was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial has been established in Dwight’s memory.

Virgil Eugene Rogers

February 26, 1939 ~ October 3, 2014

Virgil E. Rogers, 75, Garretson, died Friday, October 3, 2014, at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Memorial Services will begin at 10:00am, Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon. Inurnment will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Huron.
Virgil Eugene Rogers was born February 26, 1939, in Burke, SD, to Doris Rogers. He attended school in Pierre, through the eighth grade when he left to start working full time on the farm for his uncle. Virgil basically farmed until 1996, when his health no longer allowed him to continue. Also in July 1996, Virgil married Marti Kron in Onida. The couple resided in Pierre until they moved to Sioux Falls in 2000. The couple worked side by side for Service Master cleaning commercial buildings.
Virgil was a man of simplicity. He worked hard and loved to read his Bible. It was his favorite pastime. He especially enjoyed having Bible study and lunch at his home. He also really loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Any time he could be involved in their lives, he found joy. Whether it was being reminded to fill up his coffee “to the rim” or chasing someone down the hall with a face full of shave cream, asking for a “Kiss and a moochie”, Virgil’s teasing and his contagious laughter will be somethings everyone will remember. You couldn’t help but laugh along with him when you heard it.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Marti; two daughters, Bonnie (Jim) Quinn, Rapid City, Darcy (Darin Prins) Rogers, Hardwick, MN; two stepdaughters, Tammy (Larry) Lange, Grandforks, ND, Teresa Peterson, Newfolden, MN; eleven grandchildren, Mandi, LaRae, Jacob, Kassandra, Megan, Janelle, Ethan, Sarah, Levi, Travis, and Kyle; sixteen great-grandchildren, Kyliauna, Haileigh, Carson, Kaydence, Urijah, Kenny, Shayleene, Shauna, Brieanna, Dallen, Keenan, Roirey, Emmaly, Samatha, Kaylee, and Zack; two siblings, Dwayne Mutucha, Burke, and Dorothy Kirney, Wagner; and two sister-in-laws, Mary Mutucha, Burke and Gladys Smith, Idaho.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lyle Smith, George Mutucha; one daughter, Brenda Hoffman, and “Grandpa J” Rogers.

Nancy Anne Waxdahl

March 3, 1942 ~ September 3, 2014

Waxdahl, Nancy_ovalNancy A. (Valentine) Waxdahl, 72, Sioux Falls, died at Sanford USD Medical Center, on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be 1-3pm, Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, with family present. Funeral services will begin at 11:00am, Monday, September 8, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Sioux Falls, with Pastor Laura Borman officiating. Interment will follow at the Egan Cemetery.

Nancy was born to John and Margarite (Billam) Valentine on March 3, 1942, in Flandreau and went to school in Egan, graduating in 1960. On March 11, 1961, she married Robert Waxdahl in Pipestone, MN, and made their home on a farm 4 miles south of Flandreau. After moving to Sioux Falls, Nancy was a foster parent for 20 years for Lutheran Social Services. She did many things during her life, but the highlight was working for the State Democratic Party and individual Democrats from the state. (Tom Daschle, Tim Johnson, Stephanie Herseth and others) She also worked other jobs like the Census Bureau, Olan Mills, ERA Real Estate.

Nancy’s family was also very important to her and she was very active in their lives while they were growing up. She was a Girl Scout Leader, a Boy Scout Den Mother, and a Lifetime PTA member and a Sunday School Teacher. Nancy also participated with Women’s Circle, and organizing Lay Leaders and other church activities.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bob; four children, Carolyn, Scott and Brenda (Doug Kolhoff) Waxdahl and Marcia Leichtman, all of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Christopher, Nicole, and Jeff Kolhoff, and Phillip and Alex Leichtman; six siblings; Connie Wendell, Flandreau, John (Barb) Valentine, Chandler, AZ, George Valentine, Sioux Falls, Carol (Gordon) Olson, Minnetonka, MN, Linda Valentine, Brooklyn Park, MN, and Jim (Jeanette) Valentine, New Hope, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents.

John Russell Peterson

January 14, 1942 ~ September 3, 2014
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John R. Peterson, 72, Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at Bethany Home in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be 4-6:30 p.m., Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Heartland Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 8, also at Heartland, with Pastor Lee Green officiating.

John Russell Peterson was born January 14, 1942 to Russell and Dorothea (Storsteen) Peterson in Veblen, SD. He attended school there through the fourth grade when his family moved to Sisseton to run the supper club and bowling alley. John was a true scholar. He graduated from Sisseton High and attended Northern State College. After graduation he took a position with the Social Security Administration. John was a hopeless romantic by proposing to the love his life, Cheryl on the 9th hole of the Sisseton golf course and hiding the engagement ring in a vocabulary book he had hollowed out. They married on July 5, 1969. John worked for over 25 years for the Social Security Administration. After his retirement, he sold long term care insurance for another 20 years.

John was very enthusiastic about everything he did. He loved fishing, hunting, gardening, and planting rocks. But most of all, he loved his family and spoiling his grandchildren. Golf was John’s passion. He started playing when he was very young and would hitch-hike to the course in Sisseton to play and won many tournaments and awards. John was a very kind and generous person who would help anyone, any way he could. His fun-loving sense of humor was seen by everyone who knew him.

John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cheryl; two children, Heidi Peterson, Sioux Falls, and Ben (April) Peterson, Brandon; three grandchildren, Hunter, Jacob, and Harper Peterson; and two sisters; Jean (Dean) Banek, Sioux Falls, and Joan Neyra, Greenville, TX.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Dorothea.

In lieu of flower, memorials can be made to the Brandon Valley Booster Club in John’s memory.