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Donna Mortimore

Oct 07, 1928 - Dec 01, 2023

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Sioux Falls, SD

Donna was born on October 7, 1928 to George and Esther (Buckles) Brix at Huntington, Iowa. Donna grew up on a farm near Huntington with four siblings, Elmer, Betty, Alice and Delbert. She graduated from Emmet Consolidated School in 1946 where she played on the school basketball team, which was six on six.Donna married Warren "Shorty" Mortimore on December 20, 1946 in Jackson, Minnesota. They lived in Estherville where they raised five children, Julie, Garth "Butch", Joleen, Mark and Lillian.Do...Read More

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Roger Alan Schiager

Oct 14, 1932 - Feb 22, 2024

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Sioux Falls, SD

Roger Alan Schiager, a beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Dow Rummel Village Memory Care in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Roger was 91 years old and cherished by his loved ones. Funeral service will be held 1:00 Friday, March 22nd, at the Halladay Peterson Chapel at Dow Rummel, 1321 W Dow Rummel St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Roger was born on October 14, 1932, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Porter and Hazel (Cook) Schiager. He attended Sioux Falls Public Schools and graduated from Washington High School in 1950. Furthering his education, Roger earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and then his Doctor of Law from the University of South Dakota in 1956. Roger was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve on June 4, 1956. He was honorably discharged in 1969. Following college, Roger worked as a lawyer in a private practice with his father, Schiager & Schiager, from 1956-1984, and later became Schiager & Peters from 1984-1988. He was appointed Deputy States Attorney for two terms, Elected States Attorney for two - two-year terms, and was the Special Assistant Attorney General for South Dakota. He then served as Sioux Falls City Attorney for twenty-five years before retiring in 1994. On August 13, 1960, Roger married the love of his life, Donna Mae Stavenger, in Luverne, Minnesota. The couple resided in Sioux Falls and welcomed three children over the next decade: Scott, Steve, and Sandy. It was often stated that you could not tell where one of them as a couple ended and the other started because they were such a bonded pair most would envy. Roger was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, held various positions, was active with the Sioux Falls Chamber, and was involved in Republican Politics. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, Minnehaha County Bar Association, and South Dakota Bar Association. Roger was the past president of the Minnehaha County Bar Association of Sioux Falls and the Second Judicial Circuit Bar Association in 1971, the Siouxland Lions Club in 1969, the Sioux Falls Lions Club in 1986, and the past vice-president of Nordland Fest in 1987. He was a board member and President of a large Home Owners Association in Arizona for several years. Family and friends meant everything to Roger; he loved spending time with them, creating ever-lasting memories. He enjoyed golf, tennis, pheasant hunting, reading, traveling, and spending winters in Arizona, especially those sunsets. Roger is remembered as being very kind and respectful of others. Roger will be deeply missed. Grateful for having shared his life are his sons, Scott Schiager of Sioux Falls, SD, and Steven (Jan) Schiager of Sioux Falls, and his daughter, Sandy Schiager of Phoenix, AZ; granddaughters, Tessa (Munce) Wegner of Sioux Falls, and Jacey Schiager of Pipestone, MN. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Porter and Hazel Schiager; grandson, Jordan Schiager; his sister Dorothy Pool of Edina, MN and his beloved wife of 63 years, Donna Mae Schiager. In lieu of flowers, Roger suggested sending memorials to Augustana College Basketball and First Lutheran Church. Memorial Services will be held 1:00pm Friday March 22, 2024, at Dow Rummel Halladay Peterson Chapel, 1321 W. Dow Rummel Street in Sioux Falls.

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R. John Line

Oct 02, 1949 - Feb 22, 2024

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Sioux Falls, SD

R. John Line, age 74, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024 with his wife, Sonia, by his side and under the compassionate care of Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Miller Funeral Home – Southside Chapel (7400 S Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD.) Family will be present for visitation from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, February 26, 2024 also at Miller Funeral Home – Southside Chapel. John was born on October 2, 1949 to R.Q. “Pete” and Betty (Johnston) Line in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Throughout his life, John was a quiet and unassuming man who impacted many. He was generous, but never boastful; deeply faithful, but never pious; and dignified, but never prideful. John never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a devoted animal lover, prioritizing taking care of pets and rescues, especially dogs. John was both a gentle man and a gentleman, through and through. He will be greatly missed. Grateful to have shared his life with him are his loving wife, Sonia Line of Sioux Falls, SD; his sister, Linda Pederson also of Sioux Falls; and many extended family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Betty Line. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, or a similar organization of your choosing in honor of John’s love for animals.

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Kenneth Grover

Apr 03, 1933 - Feb 24, 2024

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Sioux Falls, SD

Kenneth Grover, 90 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD. Ken started his life in Irvington, NE where he was born on April 3,1933 to Roy Mortimer Grover and Jesse Wiliams Grover. Ken lived a full and successful life. He was a U.S. veteran and very proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy for 8 years, before being honorably discharged in 1960. After his years in the service, Ken received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. Ken then began a wonderful career in fundraising with the Cosgriff Company in 1969 and continued in that position until1981. During this time, Ken won many awards with Cosgriff, and was very successful in the field of fundraising, working with many different colleges and universities, helping them achieve their fundraising goals. In 1981, Ken started working exclusively with the University of South Dakota, building a wonderful and successful philanthropic foundation program at the University of South Dakota during his tenure from 1981 until his retirement in 1992. Ken's accomplishments earned him the Presidential Citation for his hard work and stead-fast commitment to the University of South Dakota and to the USD Foundation. Ken was a USD Coyote through and through. If you saw Ken at a family gathering, or even just out and about, you could be certain he would be wearing Coyote gear, and the color red, to show homage to his alma mater and to his career. Many of Ken's step great-grandchildren have also graduated from USD. On August 4, 1979 Ken married Donna Atwood. Ken and Donna were snowbirds in Harlington, Texas. Ken loved to volunteer and was awarded a certificate for his dedication of 20 years of service on the advisory board for Paradise Park, their home while in Texas. Ken and Donna loved to travel together and were very proud of the fact they were able to achieve a goal of seeing all of our 50 states. Grateful for sharing his life are his wife Donna, Sioux Falls, SD; daughter-in-law Kay Grover, Stepsons Rick Atwood, Lake Preston, SD and Mike (Brenda) Atwood of Sioux Falls, SD. Nephews Roger Turnbough and Bruce Turnbough both of Illinois, and many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Preceding Ken in death are his son, Ronald Grover, his daughter Patricia Grover, and stepdaughter Theresa Atwood. Also Ken's parents, and many other loving family members. Blessed be his Memory! A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family of Ken Grover requests memorials be sent to The USD Foundation in his honor, at Wagner Alumni Center, 1110 N. Dakota Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.

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Gene Alvin Weber

Feb 02, 1928 - Feb 27, 2024

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Sioux Falls, SD

Gene Alvin Weber passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, at the age of 96. Gene was born in Madison, South Dakota, on February 2nd, 1928, to Calvin and Eunice (Hammer) Weber. The youngest of five children grew up in Madison and graduated from Franklin Consolidated High School in 1946. On June 8th, 1949, Gene married Carol Eggert in Madison, SD. Their son Michael was born in May 1950, and Susan was born in January 1954. Carol passed in April 1989. On April 27th of 1990, Gene wed Joyce (Tollefson) Hatch in Sioux Falls, SD. Joyce passed in September of 2023. Gene was a loving husband and a remarkable caregiver. After high school, Gene farmed in Lake County until 1956. The family relocated to Portland, OR, and he worked at Linnton Plywood Co-op as a shareholder until 1977. In 1977, Gene bought Textured Forest Products in Washougal, WA, and became the sole owner in 1981. Gene retired in 1990. After retirement, Gene split his time between Sioux Falls, SD, Vancouver, WA, and Mesa, AZ. Gene was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls and a past member of Pioneer United Methodist in Portland, OR, and the Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge. Gene loved ballroom dancing, playing bingo and cards (and taking the casino’s money any chance, he got), basketball, traveling, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his son, Michael (Terri-Lynn) Weber of Oregon City, OR, and daughter, Susan (Paul) Nofield of Cannon Beach, OR; stepson, Duane (Becky) Hatch of Sioux Falls, SD and stepdaughters, Pamela (Roger) Duxbury of Salem, SD and Renee (Dave) Heck of Sioux Falls, SD; nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren with one on the way. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Eunice Weber; his wife Carol of nearly 40 years; his wife Joyce of nearly 34 years; and his brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home-Downtown, located at 507 S. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104. The service will be livestreamed on Miller Funeral Home's YouTube Page. To watch the service livestreamed, please click on the following link: https://youtube.com/live/yJBu759bu58?feature=share A private burial ceremony will occur at Franklin Cemetery in Lake County, South Dakota.

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Carolyn Vallette

Feb 15, 1937 - Feb 27, 2024

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Sioux Falls, SD

Carolyn Vallette, 87, lifelong resident of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Memorial service will be 11:00 am Monday, March 4, at Faith Temple Church, 2121 W. 33rd Street Sioux Falls, SD. Family will greet friends one hour prior. Carolyn Johnson, daughter of Elmer and Marian (Lindsten) Johnson was born February 15, 1937 in Sioux Falls, SD. She graduated from Washington High School in 1955. She married the love of her life, Larry Dean Vallette on May 28, 1977 at Augustana Lutheran Church. She worked at Davis Taylors and Sioux Valley Hospital in the Dietary as a nutritionist and cook. She worked at Sioux Valley/Sanford Hospital for 40 years retiring in 2014. She was a longtime member of Faith Temple Church. She so enjoyed going for the message and the people. When her health began to decline, she listened every Sunday morning to the worship’s services on the radio. Carolyn enjoyed shopping, baking, cooking, her grand daughters were the light of her life. She loved them so much with everything that she had she loved them. She was a homebody. Loved to be home. She took a lot of pride in her home and family. Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Carissa (Ryan) Grewe and their twins, Ashlyn and Brooklyn, Tea, SD; step children, Lori (Jon) Ertz, Sioux Falls, SD, David Vallette living in Utah, Angie Towers living in Washington; a sister, Virginia Kroger, Sioux Falls, SD; and a nephew, Steve Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Larry Vallette; and a brother, Doug Johnson.

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Donald Scott Tillema

Aug 03, 1951 - Feb 27, 2024

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Sioux Falls, SD

Donald Scott Tillema was born on August 3, 1951, in Sioux Falls to Donald and Ione Tillema. Sadly, he passed away on February 27, 2024, at Prince of Peace. Scott was the second child but the first son, so his parents named him after his father. However, to avoid confusion, he went by Scott within the family. Scott grew up in Sioux Falls and met the love of his life, Debra Perryman, there. They married on August 28, 1971, and remained inseparable until Deb’s death in 2011. Scott took excellent care of Deb during her final years, and they lived up to their marriage vows of being there for each other in sickness and in health. Scott attended South Dakota State University on an ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1973. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of South Dakota. He served in the U.S. Army in the Quartermaster Corp and left the service as a Captain. During his time in the Army, he and Deb lived in several places, including Ft. Sill Oklahoma, and Ft. Riley, Kansas. He was also posted in Berlin; West Germany before the Wall fell. After leaving the Army, Scott returned to Sioux Falls and worked as an accountant and computer programmer. Scott had many interests, including horses, guitar, and, later in life, the piano. However, most people only knew about his love for books. When he moved into assisted living three years ago, his sister Suzanne estimated that he had upwards of 3,000 books. Scott joined Hope Lutheran Church, in part as a gift to his mother, but he grew to love it and joined the choir. His beautiful voice left a lasting impression on the choir members. When he could no longer walk to the front of the church, he left the choir, which broke everyone’s heart. Despite being in assisted living or skilled nursing, Scott still enjoyed reading and watching movies on TV. Unfortunately, he was unable to do even these things during his last few months as his illness took over. Grateful to have shared his life are his siblings, Christine (Robert) Denicola, Suzanne (Mike) Felton Evans, Catherine (John) Allan, and Mark (Jayne) Tillema; step-siblings, John (Gail) Wirth, Nancy (Dick) Walker, and Marie (Rick) Kivela; sisters-in-law, Karen (Dan) Peterson, and Kristin Albers; parents-in-law, Jim and Joy Hanscomb; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, most of whom have fond memories of