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Hans Laprath - September 25, 2016

Hans Laprath, age 84, of Dallas, South Dakota passed away on September 25, 2016 at the Gregory Hospital, Gregory, SD. Hans Norman John (NJ) Laprath was born on April 18, 1932 on his parent's farm in Tripp County, South Dakota. He was the son of Hans Thomas Laprath and Frieda Christiana Manke. He spent his early childhood in Idaho where his family resided during the Great Depression and World War II period. In 1945, the family returned to...

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Dorothy Brown - September 21, 2016

Dorothy Marion (Osterman) Brown was born November 12, 1923 to Albert and Mary (Mauch) Osterman at Mariville NE in Rock County. Brother Lavern welcomed her with loving arms. In the coming years sisters Virginia, Patty and Maxine would complete the family. Dorothy walked all eight years to Rock Creek School not far from their home. Dorothy waited a year for Virginia to finish grade school then they both went to Rock County High School at...

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Abraham Abe Shedeed - September 16, 2016

Abraham John Shedeed was born on December 5, 1926 at his home in Stewart Township in Tripp County to Meled and Marain (Habab) Shedeed. His father Meled came to South Dakota in 1910 from Assyria with his wife Marain to arrive in 1911. Abraham was the seventh child of a family of nine. Abe attended New Nixon and Hillcrest schools until the eighth grade. He was able to go to Colome High School for one semester before returning to work on the...

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Robert Veskrna - September 16, 2016

Robert Lee Veskrna was born August 9, 1944 in Burke, SD to Gus and Evelyn (Stuckers) Veskrna. Bob grew up on a farm north of Dallas. He attended country school and Winner High School attaining his GED. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1965. During this time he completed helicopter repair courses earning many awards. Bob served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1968. Bob married Carol Henneman in 1969. To this union a daughter...

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Nedra Lundberg - September 11, 2016

Ms. Nedra Diane Lundberg, 75, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016. She was born on December 4, 1940 to the late Doris Nedra Fulwider Lundberg and Ralph George Lundberg. The oldest of five children, Nedra grew up on the family farm in South Dakota, just west of the Missouri River breaks. She attended grade school at Halva School and graduated from Gregory High School as valedictorian in 1958. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta...

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Bob Soesbe - September 3, 2016

Bob LeRoy Soesbe was born on January 19, 1957 in Winner, SD to Dennis and Virginia (Boner) Soesbe. He was the oldest of five children in the family. Bob attended Gregory School District until he graduated from high school in 1975. While in school he enjoyed attending the 4-H group, North West Rangers, where he showed cattle and sheep. The family would travel all over and made many trips to the SD State Fair and the Western Junior Livestock...

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Esther Braun - August 31, 2016

Esther Lindwurm Braun was born Nov. 21, 1924, to William and Lena (Kahler) Lindwurm at their farm home south of Gregory, SD. She was baptized and confirmed in Peace Lutheran Church, Carlock, SD. At 91, she still could recite her confirmation verse: Psalm 103:1-2: "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Esther graduated from the 8th grade, then...

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Ivan Vosika - August 22, 2016

Ivan Frank Vosika was born on February 20, 1934 to Stanley and Ona (Stasney) Vosika. Ivan was raised on the farm near Gregory and lived there all his life. As a young boy, Ivan was stricken with rheumatic fever making school difficult. With the help of his mother reading to him by lamp light, Ivan finished the eighth grade and then later obtained his GED. Ivan volunteered for military service in February 1954 and was honorably discharged from...

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Ruby Shippy - August 12, 2016

Ruby Mae Mudgett was born to LeRoy and Clara Mudgett on January 6, 1923 in Fargo, N. Dakota. She joined her brother Harvey (18 months older), and 22 months later, sister Bernice came. Her father struggled to find work, but made harnesses for a while. When Ruby was four, sadly he left the family, and she never saw him again. Her single mother returned to Colome, S Dakota. She made ends meet doing household work and selling her oatmeal...

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Imogene Turnquist - August 9, 2016

Imogene Pearl Turnquist from Wewela, SD, age 96, died August 9, 2016 at the Gregory Avera Hospital. Imogene was born October 28, 1919 to Elmer and Rena (Haukaas) Smith on the family homestead located one and a half miles north of the Turtle Butte. She was the youngest child of a family of eight. Imogene attended her elementary education at the Turtle Butte School. In order to attend high school at Colome, Imogene lived and worked in the...

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