April 25 2007


Posted by Kim
Edna Baier, 100
WAYNE,Neb.-Edna (Henriksen) Baier, 100, of Wayne died Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007, at Premier Estates Senior Living Community in Wayne. Services were held on Wednesday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne, with the Rev. William Koeber officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Edna Margaret Baier was born Nov. 3, 1906 in Carroll, Neb., the daughter of Hans and Minnie (Darnme) Henriksen. At the age of one, her parents moved to homestead south of Ft. Pierre, SD. She attended country school, graduating from Ft. Pierre High School and attended Southern State Normal College in Springfield, SD. She taught in the Lyman County Public School for five years.

She married Chris Baier on Sept. 8, 1932. They farmed in the Wayne vicinity until December, 1971 when they retired and moved into Wayne. Edna enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends and family. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Central Social Circle Club and City Sisters T &C Club.

She is survived by two sons, Merrill (Loretta) Baier of Carroll, Neb., and Stanley (Imogene) Baier of Wayne; a daughter, Deanna (James) Ehlers of Sioux City; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two greatstep-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law; cousins; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Chris on Dec. 25, 1984; brothers Frank, Ralph, Albert and Roy Henriksen; and a sister, Gladys Lantz.

Norman J. Fuegen, 87
Funeral services for Norman J. Fuegen, 87, of Reliance, SD were held at 11:00 am Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Kimball Protestant Cemetery at Kimball.

Norman J. Fuegen was born June 14, 1919 in Buffalo County to John and Cynthia (Budde) Fuegen. He attended country school at Gann Valley and graduated from Gann Valley High School in 1937. After high school, he attended the School of Mines in Rapid City.

Norm enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served for four years during WWII. He returned home and on September 21, 1946, was united in marriage to Hazel Will in Kimball. Together, they farmed and ranched in the Reliance area. He also did highway grass seeding throughout South Dakota. Norman enjoyed doing bronze sculpting and received “Artist of the Year” at the SD Hall of Fame in 1986.

Upon his retirement in 2003, they moved to Regency Retirement Assisted Living in Chamberlain. Norman was a member of the Johnson- Peterson American Legion Post No. 179 of Kennebec-Reliance and also as a member of the Catholic Church.

Norman passed away on April 19, 2007 at Sanford Long Term Care in Chamberlain at the age of 87 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his wife Hazel of Chamberlain; son Larry Fuegen and wife Linda of Prescott, AZ; a daughter, Lynn Ette and husband Rod Larsen of Kimball; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a brother Paul Fuegen and wife Carol of Dubuque, IA; a sister Dorothy and husband Clarence Beschta of Sioux Falls; 3 sisters-in-law Deloris Fuegen of Wessington Springs, Loretta Fuegen of Mitchell, and Gladys Fuegen of Kimball; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; 3 brothers, Walter, Jack, and David; a sister Leona Tripp; and a brother-in-law Eber Tripp. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Children's Miracle Network, Sanford Children's Hospital,

April 19 2007

Posted by Kim
Working at the Kennebec Park Saturday installing a new gym set were Jack Miller (on slide), KayLa Johnson, Jessica Manager, Tom Mundlein, Don Miller, Kim Cropsey, and Deb Anderson. Back row; l-r Linda Gerard, Lyle Moore, Skip Floyd, Chet Hamer, Kim Halverson, Charles Hamer and Ed Stiefvater, not pictured Tim Boysen. BankWest employees along with Kennebec T&C Club members in addition to working on the play set, cleaned the park, and hung a new park sign. New flower boxes will be placed and filled with flowers in the near future.

April 19 2007

Fishing fundraiser held at Kennebec

Posted by Kim
By Lucy Halverson The fish may not have been biting this past weekend, but participants in the Medicine Creek Riding Club fishing Tournament were successful in raising funds to help pay off existing bills for the concession/office/restroom building built at the Kennebec arena in 2005.
Organizers were pleased with both the participation and financial support of the event. Thirty two teams of two signed up for the tournament.

The Calcutta, on the biggest walleye caught during the tournament, was held Thursday evening prior to the tournament. The fishing team of Jason Thiry and Todd Longville were the only team to catch a walleye, which weighed 1.08 pounds and garnered them $50 in prize money and earned Darrel Sterry the title of Calcutta winner.

Heath Choal and his son Kaden won the biggest bass category and $50 with a 5.57 pound bass. Kaden also won $100 for the biggest fish caught by a youth. Donnie and Sheila Manger took first place and $50 for the biggest northern with a 3.04 pound fish.
Sam Borah and Don Willinski caught the biggest catfish, 12.63 pounds, and also earned $50. Barrot Lillebo and Jon England came in second with catfish that weighed slightly under 12 pounds.
Following the weigh-ins a steak fry was held at the Kennebec fire hall. Callie Larson won the lottery drawing from among tournament participates in attendance at the steak fry.

Tammy Griffith, MCRC member and one of the organizers stated they would consider holding the event again next spring as it was so well received.

April 19 2007


Posted by Kim
Orvilla I. Hanig, 85
Funeral services for Orvilla I. Hanig, 85, of Chamberlain were held at 10:30 a.m Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain.

The obituary may be seen online at www.chamberlainfuneralhome.com.

Orvilla I. Boes was born April 4, 1922 at Naper, NE to Jacob and Hulda J. (Herrmann) Boes. She was raised and attended school in the Bonesteel and Gregory area. She later moved to Winner where she met her future husband John Hanig. On October 25, 1947, Orvilla was united in marriage to John A. Hanig at Winner, SD. Together, they made their home on the farm north of Hamill where they farmed, ranched and operated a dairy farm. Orvilla remained on the farm after John’s death in 1989 until December of 2004 when she moved into Chamberlain. Orvilla was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Winner. She loved baking, gardening, and canning and almost everyone in the area would get to enjoy her delicious cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed traveling and had vacationed in Alaska several times. She especially enjoyed getting together with her sisters on special occasions but most of all her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Orvilla passed away on April 15, 2007 at Sanford Long Term Care in Chamberlain at the age of 85 years. Gratefully sharing her life are her four sons: Gary J. "Fritz" Hanig and wife Ruth Ann of Rapid City, John M. Hanig of Chamberlain, Mark J. Hanig of Winner, Anthony J. "Tony" Hanig of Winner; two daughters: Eugeania K. "Jean" Beckman and husband Ervin of Chamberlain, and Andrea M. "Ann" Thiel and husband Boyd of Chamberlain; four sisters, Wanda Engel, Darnytia Kucera and husband James, and Nola Jean Jares and husband James all of Winner, Shirley Vosika and husband Ivan of Gregory; a sister-in-law Opal Boes of Pierre, SD; a brother-in-law Donald E Hanig and wife Eleanor of Winner; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren; and very special friends and neighbors Kevin and Carol Sondergaard-Rawstern. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband John A. Hanig on February 21, 1989; two brothers, Leon Boes and Naven Boes; a sister, Vivian Klien; four brothers-in-law; and two nieces.

Emanuel Wagaman, 85
Funeral services for Emanuel Wagaman, 85, of Reliance, SD will be Friday, April 20, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the AMERICAN LEGION HALL in Reliance, SD with burial in the Reliance Cemetery at Reliance, SD. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Hickey-Wevik Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain. The obituary may be seen online at www.chamberlainfuneralhome.com.

Audiel Emanuel Wagaman was born August 11, 1921 in Lyman County to Daniel and Sophia (Hieb) Wagaman. He attended country school in Lyman County. He worked for area farmers before entering the U.S. Army. On December 8, 1943, Emanuel was united in marriage to Evelyn M. Soulek at Pierre, SD. Together, they moved to Detroit and worked in the munitions factory. They returned to Lyman County to the family farm where Emanuel began his lifelong love for farming and ranching. Emanuel was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reliance and a dedicated member of the Johnson-Peterson American Legion Post No. 179, of Kennebec. Emanuel loved his John Deere tractors and to go fishing with his son.

Emanuel passed away on April 13, 2007 at Firesteel Nursing Home in Mitchell at the age of 85 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his son Curtis Wagaman and Tracy of Reliance; two brothers, Isaac Wagaman of Salt Lake City, UT and Donald Wagaman of Puyallup, WA; and a sister Lillian Foote of Tacoma, WA. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Evelyn on July 8, 1999; a brother Emil Wagaman; and a sister Josephine Tarabetz.

Because of Emanuel’s love of potluck dinners and fellowship, a potluck dinner at the American Legion Hall provided by the American Legion Auxiliary and the Lutheran Ladies will follow the committal services and everyone is invited to join.

Troy F. Rohret, 36
Troy Francis Rohret. 36, of Spring Hill, KS, died suddenly April 14, 2007, of a heart complication. Visitation was held Tuesday, April 17,2007 at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S Webster, Spring Hill, KS, 913-592-2244. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 on Thursday. Friday services will be at 10 am at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Cosgrove, IA with burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elizabeth Rohret Education Fund.

Troy was born October 6, 1970 in Iowa City, IA, the son of James and Patricia Rohret of Cosgrove, IA. Troy was a 1989 graduate of Clear Creek High School in Tiffin, IA. During that time he was an honor student, participated in many sports, earned the athlete of the year award, went to state in golf and was a state wrestling champion. He received his degree in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.He worked for the Fugro-McClelland Marine Geosciences, Inc. in Houston, TX, which took him to many places around the world. He took a job with Terracon Engineering in Lenexa in 1999.

On March 19, 2005 Troy married the love of his life Jenny Rohla. They moved to Spring Hill in 2005.

Troy had a great love of spending time with family and friends, golfing, traveling and helping others. He was a die-hard Iowa Hawkeye fan. Troy had a special talent as a handyman around the house. Troy’s skills with operating and building computers enabled him to routinely help many of his family and friends. Troy enjoyed working in his yard with many plans on how to give it "curb appeal". Troy took care of what was his, especially Jenny and Elizabeth.

Being a father to Elizabeth made him so happy. She was his pride and joy. He adored the way she lit up when she saw her "Da".

Troy is survived by his wife Jenny and his 10 month old daughter Elizabeth; his parents; his sisters, Beverly Rohret, Houston, TX, Susan (Chris) Lange, Somerset. KY; his brothers Steve (Julie) Rohret, Scott Rohret, rural Oxford, IA. Martin (Michelle) Robret of St Peters, MO; numerous nephews and nieces, sister-in-law Cristy (Ross) Flemmer of Sioux Falls, SD, and his mother- and father-in-law, Bob and Nancy Rohla of Presho.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother James Patrick, and sister-in-law Susan.

Iris Benware, 83
Iris Benware of Albany and Bloomingdale. NY passed away at her Albany home on April 9, 2007. Iris was born May 6, 1923, the daughter of Harvey J. and Vera (Weaver) Hullinger of Vivian, SD. She learned to read at age four while living in the Mellette County Schoolhouse where her mother taught. Later she rode her Shetland, Dan, to the school near the family’s Lyman County home. She worked for her board and room while she attended and graduated from Vivian High School in 1940, and completed terms at Mitchell Business College.

While working as a civilian supervisor for the Department of the Navy in Washington, DC during World War II, she met and married Willard H. Benware, and in 1944 they moved to Bloomingdale, NY. Her husband predeceased her in 1968.

In the 1950’s Iris was school district clerk, a copywriter for a Saranac Lake, NY radio station, and for many years a bookkeeper for the local wholesale grocery. After moving to Albany, she was employed as a senior account clerk by Albany County from 1975 to 1990. She was a long-time Literacy Volunteer, and a volunteer tutor with the Albany Educational Opportunity Center, She was active in many civic and business organizations in Albany, and especially enjoyed playing with the Bell Ringers of the Albany Area Senior Citizen Orchestra. For many years, she made annual theatre trips to London, England. In retirement, she spent her summers in Bloomingdale visiting with old friends and honing her pinochle skills. She was a member of the Bloomingdale United Methodist Church and the Bethany Reformed Church in Albany.

Iris is survived by two daughters Barbara (Anthony) Burt of Glenmont, NY and Elisabeth (Thomas) O’Brien of Albany and her beloved grandson, Gavin Burt. Also surviving are sisters Elizabeth Erikson of Rapid City, SD and Sylvia (Floyd) Fuoss of Sioux Falls. SD, a brother-in-law, Ray P. Benware of Rockville, Maryland, a sister-in-law Beatrice Benware of Saranac Lake, NY, four nieces and three nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Bloomingdale United Methodist Church on Friday, April 13, 2007. Those wishing to remember Iris in a special way may make a memorial contribution to an animal rights group or shelter of their choice.
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