October 08 2008


Posted by Marissa
Donald D. Meagher, 55

Funeral services for Donald D. Meagher, 55, of Chamberlain, SD , well known auto dealer, were Friday, October 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain. 

Donald Dean Meagher was born August 19, 1953 at Chamberlain to Robert and Lorraine (Merrihew) Meagher.  He attended LaRoche Country School near Academy, SD and later Kimball High School at Kimball, SD.  He worked for Don and Virg Natvig in Kimball, SD before moving to Rapid City, SD where he was employed at the Black Hills Chemical.  Around 1974, Donnie returned to Chamberlain area and worked for Lee Schoenhard at the feedlot, Cle-Kal car dealership, and later for Donald Schoenhard in the sales department at Don’s Ford dealership where he later became a partner and then owner.  In 1976, Donnie was united in marriage to Lorri Cleland at Chamberlain. 

In 1988, Donnie was united in marriage to Della Bunnell in Oacoma.  Donnie served on the Board of Directors of the S.D. Automobile Dealers Association.  Donnie was well known for his service after sale.

Donnie will always be remembered for his generosity.  He was always willing to help someone when needed, be it his time or whatever.  He was sure to take care of everyone before himself.  To the many friends, Donnie was known as a joker with a crazy sense of humor.  He would always say that everything in his life was for sale EXCEPT his children.  His children and granddaughter were the greatest joy in his life.

Donnie passed away on September 28, 2008 at Sanford Mid Dakota Medical Center at Chamberlain at the age of 55 years.  Gratefully sharing in his life are his mother Lorraine Meagher of Chamberlain; his wife Della of Chamberlain; 2 daughters Jessica Meagher and Dennis Reed and Hilary Meagher both of Chamberlain; son Blake Meagher of Chamberlain; a granddaughter Morgan Meagher of Chamberlain; 3 sisters Karen ( Merrill) Haynes of Chamberlain, Linda (Joe) Mason of Chamberlain, Shirley (George) Simmons of Aurora, CO; a brother Robert Meagher of Chamberlain; 2 special cousins Donna and Gary Urban; and many nieces and nephews.   Preceding him in death was his father.

Steve Thomas, 49

Steve Thomas, 49 of Chamberlain died Sunday, September 28 at his home.  Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:00 am, Friday, October 3, at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain with Father Bill Pitcavage officiating Burial was in the Oacoma cemetery.

Stephen Paul Thomas was born on January 30, 1959 to Lowell C. and Doris L. (Pond) Thomas.  He attended school at Chamberlain, SD and later obtained his GED.  Steve joined the United States Marine Corps in 1975 at the age of 16.  He received a medical Honorable Discharge in 1976. 

Steve then moved to Columbus, NE where he worked as a body shop repairman at Ernst-Nielson Chevrolet.  In 1980, he moved to Yankton to work at Becker’s Body Shop which he eventually ended up owning.  While in Yankton, he met Julie Jueden.  They were married May 10, 1981.   In the spring of 1985, they moved back to Chamberlain. 

Steve went to work at Gary’s Body Shop then Willrodt’s Motor Co.  He then started Steve Thomas and Son’s Demolition, where he always said “I got to destroy the school and I got paid to do it.”  He was active in his company until cancer set in and he retired in the spring of 2008.  Steve was always good with his hands and could fix about everything.

Steve is survived by his wife, Julie; his sons: Jeremy (Melissa), “Toad” (Kaylynn) and Dustin (Amber); his daughter, Erica (Kyle) all of Chamberlain; his mother, Doris of Chamberlain; his father, Lowell and wife Phyllis of Mitchell; his brothers: Tom (Dawn) Tim (Peggy) and John (Mary), all of Chamberlain; his sisters:  Vicki Akay of New Jersey, Louann (Doug) Gerard of Texas, Mary (Claude) Hunter of Arkansas and Sarah (Jeff) Jackson of Nebraska; 13 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by a special friend and 2nd Dad, Bill Willrodt of Chamberlain.  He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Carmell Marie and both sets of grandparents.

Alyce Faye Kotz, 61

Alyce Faye Kotz, Age 61 of Rockford, Illinois passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at Swedish American Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Funeral services were held on September 29, 2008 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Creamatory Mulford Chapel, Rockford, IL with Rev. William R. Wentik officiating. Burial was at Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery, Rockford, IL.

Alyce Faye was born on February 24, 1947 at Presho, SD to John and Marie (Schoenfelder) Houchin. She grew up in Kennebec and graduated from Kennebec High School in 1965.

She was united in marriage to Paul C. Kotz on November 22, 1965 at Kennebec, SD. They lived in Presho, SD until November 1966 when the moved to Rockford, IL. Alyce Faye enjoyed sewing, crafts and spending time with her friends, family and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Melissa (Robert) Chapman, Paula (Aric) Clevenger, Rockford, IL, Kathryn Kotz, Roscoe, IL and Michael Kotz, Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Erin Jardine, Gillyanne Redisi, Zane Clevenger and great granddaughter Marie Marten; parents John and Marie Houchin; brother Willis (Joyce) Houchin and sister Judy (David) Mertens all of Kennebec, SD and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Paul.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Harvey Einhorn and his staff and Swedish American Hospital and to Steve and Barb Kotz, Larry and Carol Buckwalter and Othelda (Opie) Ferguson for their many hours of friendship and care.

Doris Hubbard, 80

Doris Hubbard, 80 of Presho died Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at South Ridge Health Care Center in Sioux Falls.

Services were 11 am on Monday, October 6 at the Presho United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Presho City Cemetery.

Doris was born on February 12, 1928 in Traer, Iowa to Adolph Andrew “Dutch” and Fonda Marie (Bond) Reumann.  She grew up south of Kennebec on the family farm. 

She attended school at Rose Center for 8 years, Kennebec for 3 years and Cedar Falls, IA for 1 year.  After high school she attended Dakota Wesleyan University for 2 years before graduating from Watertown Beauty School.

Doris was united in marriage to George Hubbard on August 18, 1948 at the Kennebec United Methodist Church. In August they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

She worked as a beauty operator for 4 years, a teacher for 5 years and as business partner/bookkeeper for International Harvester family business for 26 years.  Doris was a member of the Order of Eastern Star from 1946 till present, American Legion Auxiliary, Presho Cemetery Board and she was a State Officer for the Methodist Church.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, playing cards, feeding the birds, 4-H, crafts, sewing, playing piano and gardening/flowers.

Doris is survived by her husband George Hubbard of Presho; one son Andy Hubbard and wife Victoria Law of Presho; two brothers Kenneth Reumann and wife Bette of Presho and Paul “Cork” Reuman of Presho; two grandchildren: Amanda (Hubbard) Anderson and husband Jim of Sioux Falls and Matthew Hubbard of Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia and one great grandson Trevor Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters-in-law: Nola Reuman, Ruth Iverson and Janice Hubbard; four brothers-in-law: John Hubbard, Don Hubbard, Elmer Schwieder and Kermit Hawley.

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association and the United Methodist Church in Presho.

Rocky Sweeney, 46

Rocky Dean Sweeney, 46, died at his home in Houston, Texas on September 29, 2008. A family service was held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Presho on Sunday, October 5. Burial services at Holy Angels Cemetery in Presho are pending.

Rocky was born to Paul and Wanda Sweeney in Pierre, SD on August 3, 1962. He grew up in Presho and graduated from Lyman High School in 1980. He spent several years after high school living in the Southeastern US, and returned to Presho in 1987 and worked for his parents at Cen-Dak Builders. Rocky was an over the road truck driver for the past 15 years, and lived in several different cities around the country during this time. He was in a serious accident three years ago, and had been unable to work since that time.

He is survived by a daughter, Niki and her children, Nykaia and Nejon; his parents, Paul and Wanda Sweeney, Presho; brothers Kirby (Barb) Sweeney, Pierre; Kelcey Sweeney and fiancé Kris Paulsen, Sioux Falls; sisters Paulette Haar, Hettinger, ND; Darcie (Perry) Rivard, Sioux Falls; Larrissa Sweeney, Seattle, WA; nephews Travis Haar, Fargo, ND; Brandon and Evan Rivard, Sioux Falls, SD; and niece Tara Haar, Rapid City, SD.

Rocky was preceded in death by his grandparents Sylvester and Veronica Sweeney and Emil and Ruth Halverson; uncles, Syl Sweeney JR and Lyle Halverson, and aunts Patricia Konzem and Beverly Halverson and four cousins.

If someone we love is stolen from us, the way to have him live on is to never stop loving him. People die, but real love is forever. It is our job to love him, and only God can judge him.

October 01 2008

Posted by Marissa
Architect’s rendering of future fire house in Presho

October 01 2008

Construction proceeding on Presho’s new fire house

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman County Herald

Project foreman Jason Fees, of Western Winds Construction, informed project architect Jim Schramm and others gathered for the monthly construction meeting Wednesday, Sept. 24, that work is progressing nearly on schedule.

“We waited a day for gravel when it was wet,” said Fees.  “We might be a day off.”

Wednesday a crewman was spreading gravel within the building’s foundation and another was packing around the outside of the foundation.  A large amount of fill dirt, brought in earlier this summer had to be removed to allow for the gravel.

According to Fees two feet of gravel will be packed in and then an inch of sand before the plumber and electrician start laying in water lines and  the floor heating system. 

“Another eight inches of sand will go down then, before the concrete floor is poured,” added Fees.

Wheelhouse Plumbing will dig in  water lines next week.

A Presho fire tanker truck is being used to wet and pack the gravel.

Fees stated that when they are ready to start framing, a crew of six to eight will be brought in. 

The building will be covered with a light stone colored tin with a burgundy roof and trim. Red brick will be added to the lower portion of the south side and west side.  Burgundy colored tin will be installed on the lower part of the north and east side.

Due to the downsizing of the building from 70 feet wide to 50 feet, left more open space was left north of the building than previously expected. “We’ll probably have off street parking there, maybe some grass.  It’s undecided yet,” said fire Chief Donnie Manger.  More fill dirt will be removed to make a gentler slope back to the north.

The $517,000 project is being funded with a Community Development Block Grant, a loan secured by the firemen through USDA Rural Development plus local donations.
Construction is expected to be completed by January 15, 2009 or earlier.

Western Wnds, Inc of Selby is the general contractor. Subcontractors include H&O Electric of Winner, Wheelhouse Plumbing of Pierre and Devine Concrete of Bonesteel.


October 01 2008

Lyman to crown Homecoming King and Queen Wednesday

Posted by Marissa
Lyman’s 2008 Homecoming King and Quen will be crowned at coronation Wednesday, at 2 pm at the gym in Presho.  A pep rally will follow.  All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, the Lady Raiders host Platte in a volleyball match at the Presho gym starting at 5 pm with a “C” game.

Friday, October 3, the Homecoming Parade will start at 2 pm.  The theme is Super Heros. Community members are welcome to enter the parade. 

The football game against Jones County kicks off at 7 pm.  The burning of the letters will commence approximately 10 minutes following the end of the football game.
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