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.

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Bryan Loren Buechler

Buechler, Bryan_OVAL (6)July 21, 1958 ~ June 19, 2016

Bryan L. Buechler, 57, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Memorial Services will be 1:30 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Heartland Funeral Home followed by Full Military Honors.

Bryan Loren Buechler was born July 21, 1958, in Olivet, SD to Loren Charlotte (Weidenbach) Buechler. He was raised and attended school in Scotland, SD where he graduated from high school. Bryan was also raised attending the Kingdom Hall with his family. He then attended Mitchell Vo-tech to become a mechanic. Bryan farmed for a while before he joined the Air Force where he was a mechanic. When he discharged, he resided in Arizona and California before he returned to Sioux Falls. He worked at several jobs in landscaping, lawn care, and general labor until his health forced him into disability. On September 6, 2008, Bryan married the love of his life, Marilyn Brott, in Sioux Falls.

Bryan and his father made many memories fishing. He also loved to shoot pool and attend concerts. Watching television, especially football and other sports, were also favorite pastimes. Bryan was a gentle, caring and helping person and would do anything to help anyone.

Bryan will be greatly missed by his wife, Marilyn; his father, Loren, Sioux Falls; and two sisters, Deb Whalen, Sioux Falls and Brenda Buechler, AZ.

Bryan was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte.

Ray Otto Eck


Eck, Ray_oval (5)June 19, 1943 ~ June 17, 2016

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial in Ray’s memory.

Ray Eck, 72, Sioux Falls, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at Palisades Manor in Garretson, SD.

Family Visitation and Memorial Services will be at Church at the Gate, Sioux Falls, SD. The visitation will begin at 4:30pm, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The Memorial services will begin at 7:05pm sharp. Private family committal will be in East Nidaros Lutheran Cemetery, rural Balitc, SD, on Wednesday June 22, 2016.

Ray O. Eck was born in Webster, SD on June 19, 1943, to Benedict and Crystal (Hutchins) Eck. He lived in Waubay, SD until 1945, when his family moved to Aberdeen, SD. In 1954 they moved to Igloo, SD. Ray graduated from Provo High School on 1961. He stayed in Igloo as a police officer for the ammunition dump. He attended technical school for T.V repair. He moved to California for a short time and served as a forest firefighter. In 1965 he owned and operated a soda fountain. In 1966, Ray married Thelma Coy and had two sons, Lynn and Terry. In March of 1974, he married Sharon Brende. They had one son, Jon. Ray worked for Tri-State Electric, Pam Oil, American Western, Carlisle Plastics, Get’N’ Go, and The Gas Stop.

Ray enjoyed playing softball, baseball, umpiring, bowling, golfing, fishing, calling bingo. He played softball as recently as 5 years ago, when he pitched the entire season for his son Jon’s church softball team. After retiring, Ray enjoyed playing dominos and pitch. He also loved calling bingo and playing bingo at the VFW in Sioux Falls. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren, “the twins” Nolan and Tenley, play softball and soccer. Ray’s health began declining in 2015. In July 2015, he became a resident of Palisades Healthcare in Garretson, SD.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Sharon (Brende) Eck, Sioux Falls; three sons, Jon (Jodi) Eck, Sioux Falls, Terry (Lynnette) Eck, Sioux Falls, and Lynn Eck, Sioux Falls; two step-daughters, Sue (Ron) Hood, Sioux Falls, and Lisa (Greg) Christenson, Brant Lake, SD; four grandchildren, Justin, Jereme, Nolan, & Tenley; and many cousins and close friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Benedict and Crystal (Hutchins) Eck.

VaLois C. Oviatt

roseimageMay 18, 1917 ~ June 16, 2016

VaLois Oviatt, 99, a resident of The Inn on Westport in Sioux Falls, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

VaLois Clemmens was born May 18, 1917, at Wetmore, KS, the only child of Alvin & Jessie Clemmens. The family moved to Huron where she graduated from Huron High School and attended South Dakota State College.

On June 10, 1938 she married Orin Oviatt. They farmed in the Huron area. After her husband’s death in 1958, she lived in Huron, Castlewood, Arizona City, and Sioux Falls.

VaLois was a homemaker, farm wife, and for 20 years, a secretary for Equitable Life Assurance in Huron. She was a member of the Congregational Church in Huron and the Presbyterian Church in Castlewood.

She is survived by her son, Denny Oviatt of Scottsdale AZ: two daughters, Sharry (Norm) Willard of Yankton SD and Arizona City AZ, and Michele Hansen of Harrisburg SD along with 5 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one grandson, and one great-great granddaughter.

Kenneth Dean Larson


Larson, Kenny _ovalSeptember 18, 1930 ~ June 14, 2016

Kenneth D. Larson, 85, Viborg, was welcomed to Heaven Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.

A Masonic prayer service will be 7:00 PM, Friday, June 17, 2016, at Harmony Presbyterian Church, Hurley, SD. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 18th, at Harmony Presbyterian Church, with full military honors.

Kenneth Dean Larson was born on September 18th, 1930, to Marius and Lovina Larson at Hurley, South Dakota. Kenneth grew up on farms in the Hurley, Davis, and Parker areas, and farming was in his blood, starting at a very young age driving the work horses to mow hay. Kenny attended high school in Hurley, enjoying playing football and graduating in 1948. Kenny joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and boarded ship to serve his country in the Korean War, spending a lot of his service in Japan and ending his service as a Machinist Mate 1st Class Petty Officer. Following his discharge in 1955, he returned to farming with his father.
On May 7th, 1960, Kenneth married his wife of 56 years, Meredith (Jeanne) Jensen. They lived on a farm near Hurley for 55 years before moving to town. They were blessed with one daughter, Amy.

Kenny was a member of Harmony Presbyterian Church of Hurley. He was also a very active member of the Masonic Lodge and York Rite Bodies, serving as a Grand High Priest of the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. Locally, he was a member of the Joppa Lodge of Hurley and the Order of Eastern Star of Hurley and Centerville. Kenneth was a member of the Davis American Legion, acting as adjutant for several years.

Kenny and his wife enjoyed collecting antiques and traveling by car in order to visit antique shops on the way to their destination. They also cherished meals out with friends and family. Kenny’s greatest joys in life were his three granddaughters, Raegan (10), Brinlee (8), and Harper (4 months).

Survivors left to mourn his passing include his wife, Meredith (Jeanne) of Hurley, SD; his daughter Amy (Mike) Smith of Hurley, SD; his granddaughters Raegan Rose Smith, Brinlee Danni Smith, and Harper Javene Lovina Smith; his brother Lyle (Doris) of Yankton, SD; his brother Merton of Golden Valley, AZ; his brother Burdette (Ilze) of Elm Grove, WI; and his nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents.