Paul Alvin Tietz

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May 6, 1975 ~ May 2, 2016

Paul A. Tietz, 40, Brandon, died suddenly, Monday, May 2, 2016, from ongoing health complications.

Family visitation will be 5-7pm, Friday, May 6, 2016, with a short time of sharing at 7pm, at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 1pm, Saturday, May 7, at the Word of Life Church, 3513 N 10th Ave, Sioux Falls, followed by Full Military Honors.

Paul Alvin Tietz was born May 6, 1975, in St. Paul, MN, to John and Alice (Peterson) Tietz. He was raised and attended school in St. Paul, graduating in 1992. He then enlisted in the US Marines and served four years. Upon his honorable discharge in 1997, he worked and lived in San Diego, CA. He made a quick detour back to St. Paul where he met Tammy Dorsett. The couple moved back to San Diego and they were married on July 19, 2003 in Las Vegas. Paul attended college intending to go into the medical field. In 2005, the couple moved back to St. Paul due to his mothers’ passing. Shortly after, Paul and Tammy moved to Brandon to be closer to Tammy’s parents. In 2008, Paul and Tammy were blessed with twin boys; John Alvin and Lucas Richard.

Paul loved to cook and with that, gardening was a second hobby, particularly because he would grow what he used for his cooking. Paul also loved to read and enjoyed working on computers. He was a member of Mensa. His sons loved to ask him difficult questions and learn from his knowledge.

Paul is survived by his wife, Tammy and two sons, John and Lucas; two sisters, Wendy (Brandon King) Tietz, Huntsville, AL and Tammy Perry, Wellman, IA; his parent-in-laws, Richard and Silvia Dorsett, Sioux Falls, one brother-in-law, Richard (Krista) Dorsett, Sioux Falls and sister-in-law, Heidi (Chris) Hicks, Durant, OK; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alice.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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VERA G. WILSON

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JANUARY 22, 1940 – MAY 1, 2016

Vera Wilson, 76, of Aberdeen and formerly of Bison, passed away May 1, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 11th at 10:30 at the American Lutheran Church in Bison with Pastor Tera Lowe officiating. Funeral arrangements are being made through Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home of Lemmon and Heartland Funeral Home of Brandon.

Vera Gay Foss was born on January 22nd, 1940 in Lemmon, SD to Hugh and Ida (Anderson) Foss. She graduated from Lemmon High School in 1958 and received her LPN certificate from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Pierre, SD. She worked at Five Counties Hospital in Lemmon for a brief time. She married James Wilson on March 27, 1960 at Rosebud Lutheran Church and became a ranch wife and mother to 3 children. She served as the school nurse for the Bison School District in the early 1970’s.

In 1988, she renewed her LPN license and worked at the LIVE Center and then Five Counties Nursing Home. She retired in 1998 and served on various volunteer boards, including the Perkins County Election Board, Church Council and Thrivent Financial Board.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Jim of Aberdeen; three children, Paul (Jacki) Wilson of Mina, SD; Paula (Rex) Eichelberger of Avoca, IA and Blaine (Susan) Wilson of Sioux Falls, SD; nine grandchildren, Amber (Matt) Biegler of Aberdeen, Lindsey (Neil) Hardy of Mitchell, Abbey Jo (Trevor) Zens of Fargo, ND, Taylor Wilson of Watertown, Ensign Levi (Jesika) Eichelberger of Virginia Beach, VA, Laramie (Megan) Eichelberger of Wilson, NC, Tanner Eichelberger of Stuart, IA, Tyler Wilson of Vermillion and Brendan Wilson of Sioux Falls; five great-grandchildren; one sister Myrna (Chuck) Mertz of Hettinger, ND and sister-in-law Elaine Peck of Parker, CO as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim’s parents Thea and Brownie, nephew Bryon Peck, sister in law Bonnie Scarborough and brothers in law Hugh Scarborough and Dale Peck.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to 415 S. Sunset Drive, Mina, SD 57451.

Robert Reed Riddle

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October 29, 1936 ~ April 5, 2016

Robert Reed Riddle, 79, Sioux Falls, went Home to his Savior at the Sioux Falls Veterans Hospital palliative care unit April 5, 2016.

Family visitation will be 5-7pm Monday, April 11, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home, with a short prayer service at 7pm. Memorial services will be 1pm, Tuesday, April 12, at Heartland Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hills of Rest Memorial Park, Sioux Falls, with Full Military Honors.

Robert Reed was born October 29, 1936, to Harold and Ethel (Kitterman) Riddle, in Huron, and raised near Doland. Bob graduated from Doland High in 1954. After high school, Bob drove school bus and owned and operated Riddle’s Standard Service in Doland, S.D. before serving in the Air Force from 1959-1963. Bob married Marlys Rose in 1966. He drove truck, owned Riddle Bros. Trucking, with his brother Daryl, and later owned Robert Riddle Trucking. He also owned a gravel hauling business.

Bob was passionate about hunting and fishing and was involved in Ducks Unlimited for many years. Bob and Marly started spending their winters in Harlingen, TX about ten years ago and spent their summers at Brant Lake, near Chester, SD.

Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marly, Sioux Falls; three children, Christina Riddle, Sioux Falls, Mike (Marsha) Peterson, Sioux Falls, and Sherry Peters, Howard; six grandchildren, four siblings, Daryl (Dianne) Riddle, Sioux Falls, Don Riddle, Denver, CO, Jan (Mickey) Riddle, Sioux Falls, and Patricia Riddle Thompson, Rockland, MA.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ethel (Kitterman) Riddle; sister-in-law, Laverne Riddle; brother-in-law, Dan Thompson; and two wives, Carol Riddle and Dee Riddle.

Bob supported his daughter Christina’s involvement in Faith Family Church’s Target X Children’s bus ministry. So in lieu of flowers please send donations in memory of Bob Riddle to Faith Family Church, 127 N Spring Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

Wendell Paul Gnat

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April 23, 1935 ~ April 1, 2016

Wendell Paul Gnat, 80, Sioux Falls, died Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Sioux Falls, VA Medical Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00am, Friday, April 8, 2016, at Holy Name Catholic Church, Watertown, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Inurnment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery with Full Military Honors. The family will be gathering for a visitation/open house Thursday evening April 7, from 5-10pm, at the Quality Inn (just North of McDonalds) in Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children.

Wendell Paul Gnat was born April 23, 1935 on the family farm in Kingsbury County, South Dakota to Edward and Bertha (Giles) Gnat. Wendell was the seventh of ten children born to Bertha & Edward. Wendell’s parents were farmers who also raised hogs, milked cows, chickens, a large garden and farmed.  Wendell attended grade school at Heartland 36 in Kingsbury County and attended Bryant High School.  He graduated in May 1954.  He was born and raised a Catholic and attended St. Mary’s Church, Bryant SD. Wendell also taught the younger boys how to serve mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He helped his family and neighbors plant their crops in the spring of each year, and harvest in the fall.  He also had to milk cow’s.  He hauled his younger siblings to school to Bryant, SD. Wendell loved to farm.  That was his ambition in life.

Wendell attended Bryant High School and was very active in sports, but only if he got his chores done at home first.  In High school, he played football (all-state 1952, 1953, 1954), basketball (Conference All-Star Team 1952-1954), track (1952, 1953, 1954), received a medal for shot put (1952, 1953, 1954), 440 and high jump, receiving many medals and awards for sports. Wendell graduated in 1954 and his teacher got him a job at Yankton Gavin’s Point Dam where he worked until 1955.  He bought his first car; a ford, in 1955.  He sent money home monthly to pay for the car.

In April 1955, Wendell was drafted into the US Army. Wendell trained in Arkansas and Ft. Carson, CO. where he was selected to report to Fr. Meyer, VA. 3rd Army Infantry Regiment; a/k/a the Presidential Honor Guard under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Wendell served from 1955 to 1957.  After discharge, he moved to Watertown and worked various jobs, including various gas stations and eventually owning, “Wendell’s Standard Station” in 1960. He also worked at Firestone and Park Grant (Nash Finch). He met his wife, JoAnn Cordell, and they were married December 30, 1957. They celebrated their 58th anniversary in 2015.  Wendell attended Lake Area Vocational School for four years, in Farming & Mechanical work as well as Financial Planning. Wendell served on the Sheridan Township arranging repair, snow removal and gravel as needed and also helped with road repairs.  At Christmas time he would play Santa Claus in the neighborhood and surprised the children.  None of the neighbors caught on until a couple years later.

Wendell and family moved to Appleby, SD in May 1962.  They started out with one milk cow and made monthly payments to Jerry Loken until the cow was paid in full. In a few years, we purchased milk cows, raised hogs, farmed, eventually had stock cows. He did custom baling, corn picking, corn shelling and raised all his feed for animals with the help of his family.  He enjoyed fishing with family, pheasant hunting and deer hunting with his sons.  Wendell also played surprise Santa Claus for several years in the neighborhood.  It took a couple years before they figured who he actually was. He also played Santa at card parties and Christmas parties also.

In 1989, Wendell and JoAnn sold their farm at Appleby, SD and moved to Omaha, NE. in September 1990. After moving to Omaha, Wendell and JoAnn both volunteered at the Veterans Hospital. He worked two jobs at a nursery (40 acres) where he planted corn, pumpkins and helped to keep nursery customers happy. Wendell was then employed by the Millard School System for 10 years. His final position was at Millard West High School, Millard, NE, as a grounds person. The school had 2,500 students. This was a new high school so he had his hands full with farming, fixing, tree planting, marking football fields, tracks & baseball diamonds, including mowing grass, snow removal and upkeep of tractors & mowers.  He was honored as a guest of honor at all football and softball banquets with a standing ovation. He received an award from Millard Schools: a lifetime membership to all the activities of Millard West High School and others and was selected by students of the Annual School Book as special employee honored for all his help.

In 2007, the couple moved back to Huron, SD and he enjoyed time with the grandkids fishing, and going to their school events and activities. In November 2011 moved to Sioux Falls, SD for medical reasons.

Wendell is survived by wife, JoAnn (South Dakota), Edward (Kelly) Gnat (California), Rodney Gnat (Florida), Jeffrey (Tammy) Gnat (South Dakota), Joel (Heather) Gnat (Minnesota), Jody (Damon) Adams (South Dakota) and Gerry Isackson (South Dakota), by 17 grand children and 12 great grand children as well as several nieces and nephews; and by special friends: Henry Hanten, Dale & Teresa Waba, Darwin & Kay Latt, Pike & Joan Hemp, Norm and Cathy Moffit, Gene and Dorothy Klucas and Joe Tooley.

Wendell was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Bertha (Giles) Gnat, Evelyn (Morris) Storhaug, Marion (Jack) Schmidt, Mildred Keiser, Cecil Gnat, Armand Borick and Marty Gnat, and by nieces and nephews, James Storhaug, Wallace Storhaug, Lawanna Gnat, Marlene Thompson, Chris Robenalt and Jesse Gomez; and Mary Ann Cordell (Sister-in-Law), Jesse James Cordell (Nephew), James Cordell (Brother-in-Law), Dennis Cordell (Brother-in-Law) and Lorraine (Ray) DeVille (Sister-in-Law).

Memorials to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
P.O. Box 50
Memphis, TN 38101-9929 1-800-4ST-JUDE

or Shriners Hospital for Children
510 S. Phillips Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 605-336-1117

Lori Lyn Durell

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September 2, 1957 ~ March 24, 2016

Lori Lyn Durell, 58, Marion, SD, ENTERED AVERA HOSPICE HOUSE IN SIOUX FALLS SOUTH DAKOTA IN NOVEMBER OF 2015. LORI WAS ADAMENT THAT SHE WOULD BE ESCORTED ON THE ARM OF JESUS CHRIST THROUGH THE GATES OF HEAVEN WHEN HER DEATH BECAME CERTAIN. THAT BECAME A REALITY ON MARCH 24, 2016. OUR HEARTS WILL BE FOREVER BROKEN WITH THE LOSS OF OUR LOVELY LORI LYN DURELL.

Lori Lyn Durell WAS BORN TO WILLIAM AND DARLENE STENBAKKEN DURELL ON SEPT 2, 1957. SHE ATTENDED ELEMENTARY, JR. HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL ALL IN GLASGOW, GRADUATING WITH THE 1975 CLASS. LORI EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT FROM M.S.U. IN BOZEMAN AND LATER, EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE FROM S.D.S.U. IN BROOKINGS, SOUTH DAKOTA. SHE TAUGHT SCHOOL IN BOTH WYOMING AND CALIFORNIA. SHE MARRIED MAHMOUD AMER FROM CAIRO EGYPT AND FROM THIS UNION, 2 CHILDREN WERE BORN. THEY WERE LATER DIVORCED. THEY REMAINED LIFE-LONG FRIENDS AND HE AND HIS PRESENT WIFE, NADIA, WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN PROVIDING FOR HER HOUSING AND CARE AFTER SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ALS OR LOU GERIG’S DISEASE.

LORI IS SURVIVED BY HER 2 DAUGHTERS, SARAH AND NADIA, HER EX-HUSBAND, MAHMOUD, HER FATHER AND MOTHER, 1 SISTER, MICHELENE FURA (DAN) GREAT FALLS MT., 3 BROTHERS, LONNIE (SANDY), EUSTIS FL.,DAN (LENORE) GLASGOW, GARY (PAULA) BILLINGS MT AND SEVERAL NIECES, NEPHEWS, AUNTS, UNCLES AND COUSINS.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH HER WISHES, NO FUNERAL IS PLANNED. IN LATER SUMMER, A CELEBRATION OF HER LIFE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FAMILY FARM AT WHATLEY.

LORI IS PROCEDED IN DEATH BY HER MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS, BEN AND MYRTLE STENBAKKEN OF NASHUA AND HER PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS LON AND CLARA DURELL OF NASHUA.
THE FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL PRAYER WARRIERS FOR THEIR STEADFAST EFFORTS, AND ALL WHO SENT CARDS, TELEPHONED AND SENT FLOWERS TO LORI, ESPECIALLY HER WONDERFUL CLASSMATES. YOU ABSOLUTELY AMAZED LORI WITH YOUR CONCERN AND GENEROSITY.