Joyce Arlene Smykle


March 12, 1928 ~ September 17, 2016

Joyce A. Smykle, 88, Brandon, died Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Tuff Memorial Home of Hills, MN.

Family visitation will be 5-7pm, Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1pm, Wednesday, September 21, also at Heartland. Interment will follow at Beaver Valley Lutheran South Cemetery.

Joyce Arlene Smykle was born March 12, 1928, in Watertown, SD, to Herman and Cora (Thomas) Schnackenberg.

Joyce worked for Pittsburg Paint Glass, Flynn Outdoor Advertising and Brandon Elementary School. Joyce was also active with Brandon VFW Auxiliary. Joyce enjoyed flower gardens, crafts and baking.

Joyce is survived by her five children, Greg (Yvonne) Smykle, Sioux Falls, Mark (Mindy) Smykle, Akron, IA, Debbie (Curt) Jasper, Oak Grove, MN, Clay (Michele) Smykle, Brandon, Linda (Joel) Hanson, Valley Springs; twelve grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, son Troy, two infant children Michael and Kimberley, and her parents.


Wendy Jo Murphy (Kruger)



murphy-wendy-joAugust 26, 1978 ~ September 12, 2016

Wendy Jo Murphy (Kruger), 38, of Sioux Falls, passed away, September 12, 2016, in the care of The Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Wendy Jo Kruger was born on, August 26, 1978, in Sioux Falls, SD. She grew up in Hills, MN, with her father and mother. She attended school in Hills and graduated High School there. She spent many a happy time with her father in his diesel shop, and grew quite skilled with the mechanics of equipment engines assisting him.

After her father passed, Wendy and her mother moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where she worked in several fields, including a bingo hall, a motel as a clerk, and a call center. She had many enjoyments in her spare time. She loved to paint, she was a voracious reader, but what she enjoyed most was going on road trips. She loved to drive, see the countryside, and listen to her music.

In 2013, Wendy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and shortly after, MS. In this time she showed her great strength and passion for life battling these two diseases. Regardless of how sick she got, Wendy never once stopped fighting. Wendy touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.
Honored to have shared her life was her husband, James H. Murphy of Sioux Falls, SD, her step-children, Lauren Goossan (Thomas Lund), Sioux Falls SD, Catherine (Steele) Fetter (Michael Fetter), Sioux Falls SD, Nicholas Murphy, Sioux Falls SD, Sarah E. Murphy, Hills MN, and Victoria Murphy, Sioux Falls SD, and 5 grandchildren. Also blessed to be in Wendys life, were her closest friends, and their families.

Wendy is proceeded in death by her parents, Donald “Ray” Kruger (7/10/46 – 2/06/03), and Jerrine “Jerri” Kruger (5/05/43 – 12/26/13)

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to assist with expenses.

Dorothy Elvira Anderson


anderson-dorothyJuly 14, 1930 ~ September 14, 2016

Dorothy Elvira Anderson, 86, of Sioux Falls, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

Friends may greet the family at a visitation on Friday, September 23, at Prairie Hills Covenant Church, 6000 East 33rd Street in Sioux Falls from 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, September 24, at 11am. There will be a private burial at Swedona Covenant Church Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on July 14, 1930 in Worcester, MA, the daughter of Rev. France A. and Elvie C. (Sandstrom) Ericson. She was baptized and confirmed in the Salem Square Covenant Church by her father and lived in Massachusetts until the family moved to Jamestown, NY. In 1946, her family moved to rural Brandon, SD where her father pastored the Swedona Covenant Church. She graduated from Brandon High School in 1947 and graduated from North Park College in Chicago in 1949 with an associate’s degree. She returned to Sioux Falls and was employed by the Veterans Administration. She was united in marriage to John Eldon Anderson in 1951 and they moved to rural Brandon to farm her grandfather’s homestead and raise their family. The family moved to Sioux Falls in 1966.

Though she held several secretarial and accounting positions after all her children started school, Dorothy’s lifetime vocation and passion was that of a church musician. An organist, pianist and vocalist, Dorothy loved participating in worship through music and loved her church and denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church. She was the lone remaining charter member of First Covenant Church in Sioux Falls.

In retirement, Dorothy enjoyed time at their lake cabin, travelling to visit their family and countless fishing trips. Dorothy loved doing handwork for her home and for her family. Dorothy and Eldon also spent fifteen winters in Edinburg, Texas, where they made many dear friends.

Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Eldon Anderson and their five children Janis (Frank) Rueping of Chicago IL; Karin (Mark) Youngberg of Sioux Falls; Luanne (Dan) Fondell of Dawson, MN; Mark (Andria) Anderson of Kodiak, AK and Julie (Curtis) Anderson Friesen of Sioux Falls, Grandchildren Emily (Nick) Burger, Matthew Rueping; Joel (Carrie) Youngberg, Kia (Tommy) Hofer, Krista Youngberg; Nathaniel (Ellen) Fondell, Elisabeth Fondell, Jonathan Fondell; Anna Anderson, Jonas Anderson, Baxter Anderson; Hunter Friesen, Elsa Friesen, and Great-grandchildren Malin, Ehlin and Soren Youngberg; James Hofer; Everly and Oskar Fondell; Brother Robert (Joanne) Ericson, Sister-in-law Arlyce Jacobson and Brother-in-law Vernon (Bonnie) Anderson, four nieces and nine nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Raphael Michael Heier


Heier, RaySeptember 7, 1952 ~ August 4, 2016

Ray M. Heier, 63, Renner, SD, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by family.

Mass of Christian burial for Raphael (Ray) Heier, 63, of Renner, SD will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hosmer, SD with Reverend Kevin Doyle celebrating.

Ray was born September 7, 1952 to Margaret (Hopfinger) and Adam Heier. He grew up on a small family farm near Hosmer, SD, and attended school in Hosmer, graduating with the class of 1970. Following graduation, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. From there he was transferred to Lockbourne Air Force Base near Columbus, OH. Following his discharge in June 1978 at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, SD, Ray enlisted in the North Dakota Air Guard in December 1980 where he served until his discharge in December 1992. During his time in the Air Force, he served in Alaska and Germany.

Ray married Debra Holdren in June 1972, in Columbus, OH. From this union they had two daughters, Cindi and JoAnn. Cindi now lives in Patriot, OH with her husband, Mark Saylers, and has two children Abby and Cameron. JoAnn lives in St. Marys, WV, with her husband Jason Davis and has two children Angelica Heier and Kyle Shodorf. On December 31, 1985, Ray married Nancy Waddell where he lived with her and her son, Todd, in North Fargo, ND. He then spent 20+ years with a very speical friend, Lori Rheault, and her 4 sons, James, Dennis (DJ), Joseph, and Justin in Dilworth, MN until 2013 when he moved to Renner, SD to live with his sister, Carol Scholten. There he created a woodworking shop where he spent many days working on his passion of building and refinishing furniture. He also worked for his brother, Barney, in the construction business.

Along with those already mentioned, blessed to have shared Ray’s life were his parents: Margaret and Adam Heier; his siblings: Len (Jean) Heier of Rapid City, SD; Pius (Gerri) Heier of Aberdeen, SD; Barney (Pam) Heier of Sioux Falls, SD; Kathy (Stan) Mohr of Clark, SD; Robert Heier of Kulm, ND; Wendell Heier of Mountain Ranch, CA; Bernie (Jack) Davis of Woonsocket, SD; Carol Scholten of Renner, SD; John (Kathy) Heier of Aberdeen, SD; Mike (Barb) Heier of Colorado Springs, CO; Ed (Brenda) Heier of Prior Lake, MN; and Tim (Michelle) Heier of Longmont, CO; 33 nieces and nephews and his may close friends from Dilworth MN, especially Dave and Ada Erickson, “Snookie”, Butch Mills, Tim & Pauline Rinke, and his special dog Lola.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Adam; brother, Wendell; nephew, Derek; and Nancy Waddell.

In lieu of flowers, Ray requested all memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society (

Merritt Lloyd Kirby

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August 9, 1929 ~ August 23, 2016

Merritt L. Kirby died Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at his residence the United Living Center in Brookings, SD.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 2:00pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 3521 US Hwy 14 Brookings, SD.

Merritt Lloyd Kirby was born August 9, 1929 in Bradley, South Dakota to Emmet and Nellie Kirby. As the fourth of six children he was raised on a farm south of Bradley. He graduated from Bradley High School in 1948 and attended mechanics school in Chicago, IL. Merritt married his wife of 53 years, Geraldine, in 1960. After suffering a back injury while repairing diesel engines he took technological training at Control Data and took a position of Data Processing Manager at Sioux Valley Hospital. Starting in 1983, he spent 15 years as manager of the Computer Department at Brooking Municipal Utilities, Brookings, SD.

After retirement from the work force in 1997, he lived in Brookings and later returned to Sioux Falls. In recent years, Merritt and Geraldine enjoyed their winters in Apache Junction, AZ, where they embraced the many brothers and sisters of the Jehovah’s Witness. He was baptized as one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1961. The couple also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2010 in Apache Junction, AZ. Merritt and Geraldine were known as a very generous and hospitable couple who helped anyone who needed assistance or were just passing through the area.

Survivors include his children, Richard (Marialice) Arndt, Duluth, MN, Dave (Tammy) Kirby, Santa Fe, NM, and Nancy Arndt, Sioux Falls; and brother, James (Janice) Burnsville,MN; eleven grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine; son Bob Arndt; parents Emmet and Nellie Kirby; four siblings, Audrey (Ronald) Grigg, Ruth (Lawrence) Gebur, and Majorie (Chester) Wilkerson, and Robert (DeLores) Kirby.

Merritt’s many friends and relatives will miss his gift of gab, his thirst of knowledge, and his loving nature.

Cards or donations may be mailed to Heartland Funeral Home or given directly to the family at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Brookings.