South Dakota

Brule County, South Dakota

Obituaries and Death Notices

Goldsmith, Helen Oxwang

Heard, H. C.

Johnson, J.

Konechne, Darlene

Konechne, George

Konechne, Joseph John

Konechne, Mary Ann Svoboda Soulek

Konechne, William

Pazour, Alice

Pazour, Clara Soulek

Pazour, James "Winnie"

Reynolds, Eliza

Soulek, Frank

Soulek, Leo

Soulek, Mary

Soulek, Mildred

Spider, Helena Harrison Howe

Svoboda, John William

Svoboda, Joseph

Svoboda, Josephine Blazek

Svoboda, Mike

Thoreson, Ann Marie Springer

Tomshek, Mrs. John

Woral, Stella

From Eugene (OR) Register-Guard June 25, 1997

Submitted by Veronica Soulek Carnegie


The funeral will be held June 26 for Mildred A. Soulek of Eugene who died June 22 of age-related causes. She was 83.

Soulek was born August 12, 1913, in Pukwana, South Dakota to Garrett and Laura Collins Purcell. She married Leo Soulek on March 29, 1944 in Clinton, Iowa. She graduated from the Spearfish Normal School in South Dakota and worked as an elementary school teacher in South Dakota. She had lived in this area since 1946.

She was a member and volunteer at St. Alice Catholic Church (Springfield). She was a Catholic Daughter at St. Mary's Catholic Church (Eugene) and Grand Regent in 1950. She enjoyed traveling to South Dakota, Seattle, Los Angeles and the Oregon coast, as well as spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Theresa Wojcik of Salt Lake City and Veronica Carnegie of Philomath; a son, Leo "Chip" Soulek of Key West, Fla; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 3 pm to 7 pm at Buell Chapel in Springfield. Thursday's service will be at 11 am at St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield with burial at Springfield Memorial Garden. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alice Catholic Church.

Aberdeen American-News October 7, 1966

Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

Accident Kills S.D. Farmer

Kimball (AP) - George Konechne, 64, was injured fatally when caught in the beaters of a silage wagon on his farm five miles southeast of here Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred about 2 p.m. He died enroute to a hospital.

Survivors include his widow and five sons.

Unidentified clipping, probably Brule County News around 19 March 12 (date of death)

Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

Frank Soulek Called.

One of Richland Township's Respected Citizens Passed Away Monday.

The report of the death of Frank Soulek, of Richland Township, was received here Tuesday morning with the force of a shock. But few people in the immediate community had been appraised of his illness, and in fact it was but a short time before when he shown the health and vigor of his good constitution and favorable health. Frank was comparatively a young man, being but thirty-four years of age, but death makes no exception for age or the pleas of a heart broken wife, mother and children. The end of a promising life came Monday after a brief illness of about a week's duration due to an attack of typhoid pneumonia.

About two weeks ago Mr. Soulek, through a neighborly courtesy and through his friendly respect and sympathy, assisted in digging the grave for Mrs. George Renz. It seems at this time he contracted the fatal malady. He sat down on the loose pile of dirt near by to "cool off." The exposure soon set into a cold, but Mr. Soulek fought it off for a several days and as late as a week before he died he persisted in doing his chores. The following day he was bound to bed and Dr. Just, of Pukwana, was called some time later. On Monday of this week he was under the care of a nurse and the doctor was also present to render assistance. Shortly before the end came it was not supposed that death was near, but a change took place suddenly and in five minutes from the time the change in conditions was first noticed death had conquered its victim.

Frank Soulek was born in Yankton County, November 16, 1877 and came to Brule County about 1894, and has lived for the most part in Richland Township. Frank was a good hearted, generous and kind man. He was honest and hard working, never known to be otherwise than on good terms with all whom he met and associated with. He is survived by two brothers and three sisters, all of whom but two are residents of Brule County. His mother is still living, his father preceding him by a few years. At home he leaves a loving young wife and six children, the oldest whom is twelve years of age and the youngest two years.

Funderal services are being held today (Thursday) at the Catholic Church at Bendon and the body will be laid to rest in the Bendon cemetery. Father O'Gorman, of Kimball, holds services.

The deepest regret and sympathy is extended to the bereaved wife and children by everyone who has ever had the opportunity of making the family's acquaintance.

Brule County news, April 1934
Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

Mother of Five Dies Suddenly Friday Night

Mrs. James Pazour died at her home southwest of Kimball at 7:30 last Friday evening, April 6, a few hours after giving birth to a baby boy. Her death came unexpectedly to member of the family and was a great shock to the entire community.
Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:00 o'clock at the home and at 10:00 o'clock at the Red Lake Catholic church, Father James Burns of Chamberlain officiating.
Mrs. Pazour, before her marriage, was Clara Soulek, daughter of Mrs. J.J. Konechne of Kimball. She was born July 20, 1902, at the Soulek home farm in Richland township and received her education in the schools of the county. On November 14, 1922, she was united in marriage to James Pazour, the wedding taking place in Kimball with Rev. T.J. O'Gorman officiating. Her home had been made continuously since that time on the farm of her husband in Richland township. Five children were born to them, who with her husband, are left to mourn the loss of the wife and mother. The children are James, 10 years old; Florence, 8 years old; Chester, 6 years old; Francis, 4 years old, and the newly-born baby, Joseph.
She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. J.J. Konechne of Kimball, four sisters and two brothers. They are Ada Soulek of Mitchell; Elsie Soulek of Kimball; Mrs. Ed Geppert of Kimball; Mrs. Lawrence Gavin of Charles City, Iowa; James Soulek of Richland township and Leo Soulek, now living at Charles City. All were present at the funeral last Monday, but Mrs. Gavin, Leo and Ada did not arrive here until after their sister's death.
Many neighbors and friends of both the Pazour and Soulek families gathered at the funeral in sympathy and respect for one they loved and admired for her fine qualities and the heartfelt sympathy of all go out to the bereaved ones who are left to mourn the untimely death of a young mother.
Relatives and friends in attendance from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Mike Soulek, Lake Andes; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Doles, Lake Andes; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Roados, Dante; Mr. and Mrs. Carda, Tyndall; Mr. and Mrs. John Havronek, Spencer, Nebr.; Mike Koupal, Dante; mrs. Barbara Kreil, Dante; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sternhager, Scotland; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Vacek, Dante.

From Aberdeen American-News Feb. 27, 1956

Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

Bachelor, 55, Dies in Fire

Kimball - A fire, which burned itself out in the bedroom of his farm home, claimed the life of William Konechne, about 56, sometime Sunday.

The body was found on the bed in the fire-charred bedroom of the farm home, seven miles southwest of here, about 1 p.m. Sunday.

Investigating officials said the exact cause of the fire was not known.

Konechne was a bachelor.

From Brule County News December 1951

Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

Last Rites Held for Pukwana Farmer

James Pazour was born in Richland township, Brule County, October 4, 1899, and passed away December 19, 1951.

On November 21, 1922, he was united in marriage to Clara Soulek, to which union five children were born. They are James L. and Chester of Pukwana, Florence Shanks of Mitchell, and Francis, in the army and stationed at Yuma, Arizona. His son, Joseph, wife, Clara, and his father preceded him in death.

"Winnie", as he was known to all who knew him, lived in Richland township all his life. He was a loving father and was kind to everyone.

Survivors include his four children, his mother, Mary Pazour who lives on a farm south of Pukwana; brothers, Joe and John of Pukwana; sisters, Anona Petrak, Mayme and Alice of Pukwana, Margaret Soulek of Kimball, Helen Toupal of Academy and Rose Konechne of Rapid City and three grandchildren, Dennis, Linda and Randy Shanks.

Services were held at the Red lake Catholic church with Father T.J. McPhillips officiating. He was laid to rest at the Red Lake cemetery. Mr. Pazour was a member of the Chamberlain Council of Knights of Columbus.

Obit #2

From the Chamberlain Register, Dec. 20, 1951

Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

James Pazour Passes Here on Wednesday

James J. Pazour, 63, of Pukwana passed away at the Community Hailey hospital here Wednesday morning. He was brought to the hospital Tuesday noon.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Procupius church in Red Lake with Father T.J. McPhillips in charge. Interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery at Red Lake under the direction of the McCulley Funeral Home.

A Rosary will be recited this evening at 8:00 o'clock at the family residence.

James John Pazour was a lifetime resident of Brule county. He was born here on Oct. 4, 1899, and farmed near Pukwana after reaching manhood.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Pazour of Pukwana; three sons, James L. and Chester L., of Pukwana, and Francis J. who is in the army and by one daughter Florence Shanks of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, one son, Joseph, and by his brother, Frank.

Brothers surviving him are Joe F. and John M. of Pukwana, Sisters surviving are Annie Petrak, Mayme Pazour, Margaret Soulek and Alice Pazour of Pukwana; Helen Toupal of Academy and Rose Konechne of Rapid City.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and of the Knights of Columbus.

Unidentified clipping, probably Brule County News around March 27, 1964
Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

Services Held for Joseph John Konechne

Funeral services were held at 9:A.M. Monday at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Kimball, for Joseph J. Konechne, 91, who passed away early Friday morning, March 27, 1964, in the Chamberlain Hospital. He had been a patient for a month. Rev. Edward O'Connor officiated and altar boys were Pat, Leonard, Douglas and Kenny Joe Konechne. Funeral arrangements were in charge of Guthmiller Funeral Home.

The deceased was born March 19, 1873 at Spillville, Iowa and came to Brule County with his parents, one sister and three brothers at the age of nine. His parents homesteaded in Richland Township twelve miles southwest of Kimball where he grew to manhood. He married Stella Soulek and they lived on the farm now occupied by Joe B. Konechne. Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Konechne. One daughter, Lucy died in infancy.

Mrs. Konechne died in 1927 and then he retired from farming and moved to Kimball with his three youngest children. In 1929 he married Mrs. Mary Soulek and she preceded him in death by 5 years. He then lived with his children and for the past two years he had resided in Sunset Valley Haven at Chamberlain.

Immediate survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Mamie Hanson, Platte, Mrs. Orley Lynch, Elk Point, Mrs. Albert Geppert, Kimball, Mrs. Leota Doering, Chula Vista, California, and Mrs. Fred Houda, Kimball, seven sons, Louis, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Leo, Milwaukee and Joe, Charles, George, Paul and Harry, all of Kimball; a brother J.H. Kean, Sioux Falls, 45 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.

Clipping unidentified, but marked August 12, 1950 (He died August 9, 1950)
Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

Obituary: Mike Svoboda

Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Svoboda and Mr. and Mrs. James Soulek left Friday morning for Cresco, Iowa, to attend the funeral of Mike Svoboda, an uncle of Adolphs. Mike Svoboda was a former resident of Richland township. He was 99 years old when he passed away and his wife is 10 years younger than he and is in good health and very spry for her advanced age. They returned home late Saturday night.

Clipping unidentified, probably Brule County News March 1959

Transcribed and submitted by Veronica Carnegie

Mary Ann Svoboda Soulek Konechne

Final Services Held for Mrs. J.J. Konechne

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning March 18 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Kimball for Mrs. J. J. Konechne, who passed away Monday morning, March 16, at her home.

Rev. Edward O'Connor officiated at the mass. Two grandsons, Jimmy Geppert and Mark Soulek along with Norman, Dennis, Pat, and Terry Konechne assisted with the mass.

Mrs. Konechne was born September 15, 1881 in Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Svoboda. She came to the United States at the age of three years.

On February 6, 1898 she was united in marriage to Frank Soulek at Kimball. To this union seven children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Soulek in 1912 and two daughters, Mrs. Clara (James) Pazour in 1934, and Mrs. Ada (John) Baker in1956.

On September 19, 1929 she was united in marriage to Joseph John Konechne of Kimball. Survivors include her husband Joseph; two sons, Leo Soulek, Springfield, Oregon and James Soulek of Kimball, three daughters, Mrs. Helen Gavin, Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Ralph Arnold, Rapid City and Mrs. Edward Geppert of Alexandria, 26 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, three brothers, Frank and Adolph Svoboda of Kimball and John of California, one sister Stella Woral of Academy, and twelve step children.

Burial was at Bendon Cemetery with Guthmiller Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers were her grandsons, James, Chester, Francis Pazour, Warren, James Soulek and Robert Arnold.

Rosary was recited Tuesday evening at 8:00, 8:30 and 10 p.m.

From Mount Funeral Home
Transcribed and Contributed by Veronica Carnegie

Alice Pazour

Alice Josephine Pazour, 100, of Kimball, South Dakota passed away Monday, January 28, 2008, at the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home in White Lake, South Dakota. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 2, 2008 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Kimball with a Committal Service to follow at St. Procopius Cemetery, rural Pukwana, South Dakota. Visitation will be Friday, February 1, 2008 from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. with a 7:00 P.M. rosary/Wake Service, both at the church. The Shearer-Mount Funeral Home of Kimball is assisting with arrangements.

Alice Josephine Pazour was born February 9, 1907 to Frank and Mary (Schuch) Pazour in Richland Township, Brule County, South Dakota. She attended grade school at Pazour School. She went on to work for Natvig Produce and at the U.S. Post Office as well as baby sitting. Alice was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Kimball and enjoyed gardening and eating good food.

Those grateful for having been a part of Alice's life include several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Pazour; 4 brothers: James, Joe, John and Frank Pazour and 5 sisters: Anna Petrak, Mayme Pazour, Margaret Soulek, Helen Toupal and Rose Konechne.

Clipping unidentified, probably from Brule County News November 1944.
Transcribed and Contributed by Veronica Carnegie


Funeral services for Mrs. Joseph Svoboda, Brule county resident since 1884, were held at St. Margaret's church in Kimball last Friday morning at 11:00 o'clock. Burial was in the Bendon cemetery beside her husband. Father T.J. O'Gorman officiated at the services.

Mrs. Svoboda died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.J. Konechne, in Kimball early Wednesday morning, November 22, 1944. She had been bed-fast for months and in ill health for the past few years because of advanced age.

Josephine Blazek was born in Charstani, Czechoslovakia, on March 18, 1857. In May, 1879, she was united in marriage to Joseph Svoboda of Bilina, Czechoslovikia, and to this union six children were born, one daughter dying in infancy.

After residing a few years in the old country Mr. and Mrs. Svoboda came to America, arriving May 25, 1884. On July 4th of the same year they came to Kimball and for several years settled in Richland township.

Later they purchased a farm in Highland township and that was their home through all the good and the bad years of early pioneering until the death of Mr. Svoboda March 29, 1940. In 1939 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their farm home. For the past seven years she had been an invalid and after the death of her husband came to Kimball to live with Mrs. Konechne.

Surviving are five children: Mrs. Mary Konechne, Frank and Adolph of Kimball; Mrs. Stella Woral of Bijou Hills and John of Los Angeles, Calif. Also she is survived by 20 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one nephew and one niece.

Those attending the services from a distant were Mr. and Mrs. Leo Soulek and baby from Charles City, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Arnold and children from Belle Fourche; and tony Blazek, nephew, from Lawler, Iowa.

Pallbearers were James Stadler, Joseph Soulek of Kimball; Frank Woral of Bijou Hills, James Pazour of Pukwana and Charles Justra of Letcher.

Mrs. Svoboda was industrious and and excellent mother in the early years of establishing a home and raising a fine family until as age advanced ailing health forced her to give up her farm home and household duties. She had many friends and neighbors who extend sympathy to those who are left to morn her passing.

Clipping unidentified, probably from Brule County News April 1940
Transcribed and Contributed by Veronica Carnegie


Funeral Services Held for Pioneer Kimball farmer

Funeral services for Joseph Svoboda, an early pioneer of Highland township, who died at his home, March 29, 1940, were held at the Bendon church Monday forenoon, April 1, 1940, services having been conducted by Father T.J. O'Gorman.

Joseph Svoboda was born in Czechoslakia in 1856. He was married to Miss Josephine Blacek. One daughter, Mary, now Mrs. J.J. Konechne was born in Bohemia. On May 25, 1884, they came to American, after visiting a brother in Chicago for two weeks, came to South Dakota, locating near Kimball and staying with his brother, Mike Svoboda. He cast his lot with the pioneers of Brule County. When he arrived at Kimball, he had just $1.00 in his pocket, and he gave it to his brother, Mike, for whom he worked until he saved a few dollars with which he bought an oxen team. Then he built a sod house, and he gradually saved enough to make a down payment on section six in Highland township and that has since been their home. Through successive years they weathered the bad years along with the good ones and prospered. In spite of the drought and blizzards they were always thankful that they came to America where there was opportunity for anyone with ambition and thrift.

In May 1939 this grand old couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Five children were born to the union, all of whom survive. They are Mrs. J.J. (Mary) Konechne of Kimball, Frank Svoboda and Adolph Svoboda of Highland township, and John of Belle Fourche, and Mrs. Stella Woral, of Bijou Hills. Besides the children he is survived by his widow, Josephine, who has been confined to a wheel chair for over a year and was unable to attend the funeral services. One son, John was unable to be present because of illness.

Other survivors are his brother, Mike Svoboda of Protivin, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews. The brother and his three sons, John of Protivin, Iowa, and James and Joe of Cresco, Iowa arrived Sunday night to attend the services, accompanied by Tony Blazek of Lawler, Iowa, a nephew of Mrs. Svoboda.

Others from a distant attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Justra of Letcher; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Novotny and Mrs. Frank Bechen of Lake Andes; Mrs. Ed Geppert and daughter, Ada Mae of Alexandria.

Clipping unidentified, probably from Brule County News April 1940.

No date on clipping, he died August 2, 1945, and probably a Protivin IA paper.
His parents were Mike and Catherine (Mashek) Svoboda
Transcribed and contributed by Veronica Carnegie

John Wm. Svoboda

Funeral services for John Wm. Svoboda were held at Holy Trinity church at Protivin Monday morning, August 6. The Rev. Fr. Biskup was celebrant of the solemn Requiem Mass assisted by the Rev. Fr. Ruzicka and Rev. Lakatek. Burial was in Holy Trinity cemetery.

Mr. Sobolik died at his home in Protivin, August 2, 1945, after a year's illness following a paralytic stroke. He was born in South Dakota, May 10, 1885, the son of Mike and Katherine Svoboda. He attended the rural public schools while living with his parents on the farm. On Nov. 7, 1911, he was united in marriage with Albina Bouska at Holy Trinity church in Protivin. Mrs. Svoboda survives. Besides his wife he is survived by two brothers and one sister, Joseph and James of Cresco and Mrs. Henry Erion of Elma. Two brothers are deceased, Frank, who died in infancy and Adolph.

Mr. Svoboda moved to Protivin from Riceville 40 years ago. He was a retired farmer and was also engaged in the produce business. He was a member of Holy Trinity church and belonged to the Catholic Workmen.

Attending the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. Cyril Bouska and son Billy, Lima, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Erion, Elma; Mrs. P.J. Shoose, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Svoboda, Mrs. Joe Konechne, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Svoboda, Kimball, S.D.; and Mrs. Leo Soulek of Charles City.

Probably Brule County News, no date on clipping but she died Jan. 15, 1982
Transcribed and contributed by Veronica Carnegie

Stella Woral

Mrs. Stella Woral, 83 of rural Kimball, died Jan. 15 at the Chamberlain hospital.

Funeral mass was Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret's Catholic Church of Kimball. Cazer Funeral Home of Kimball was in charge of arrangements. A rosary was said at 8 p.m. Monday. Burial was in St. Margaret's Cemetery.

She was born April 6, 1898 in Brule County to Joseph and Josephine Svoboda. She married Frank Woral in Kimball in 1918. She was a life-time resident of the Kimball area and belonged to St. Margaret's Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1969, two brothers and one sister.

She is survived by one brother, Adolph of Rapid City, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Daily Republic, Mitchell, South Dakota
Published August 3, 2010
Transcribed and contributed by Veronica Carnegie

Mary Frances Soulek

Mary Frances Soulek, 78, Kimball, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at her home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Margarets Catholic Church, Kimball. Burial will be in St. Margarets Catholic Cemetery, Kimball. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the church with a 7:30 p.m. rosary and wake service.

Shearer-Mount Funeral Chapel, Kimball, is assisting with arrangements.

She was born on June 29, 1932, in rural Kimball to George and Cecelia (Smith) Gross.

She was raised in the area, graduated from Kimball High School and attended Mount Marty College in Yankton.

On May 22, 1954, she married Warren Soulek at St. Margarets Catholic Church in Kimball.

She was employed by the State of South Dakota in Pierre, compiled tourist information for the rest area in Chamberlain and cooked for the Dakota Senior Meals Program in Kimball.

She was a member of St. Margarets Catholic Church, Altar Society and Catholic Daughters.

She is survived by her husband, five children: Tom and wife Rita, Garretson; Ed and wife Denise, Challis, Idaho; Barb Meier and husband Mark, Mount Vernon; Bill and wife Angela, Chamberlain; and John and wife Crystal, Kimball; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three sisters: Joanne Pazour and husband Francis, Pukwana; Janice Geppert and husband Leonard; and Delores Geppert and husband Don, all of Kimball; a brother, Charlie Gross and husband June, Belle Fourche; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718; or Sanford Hospice, 2710 W. 12th St., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57104.

West Lyon Herald, Inwood Iowa
Thursday, September 19, 1991, page 5
Transcribed and Contributed by Veronica Carnegie


Darlene Konechne

Funeral services for Darlene Konechne, 32, or Kimball, South Dakota, were held Monday in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Kimball, with interment in the church cemetery.

She died Tuesday, September 10, 1991, in an auto accident.

Darlene Long was born January 30, 1954, in Flandreau, South Dakota. She moved to Inwood when she was 4 years old and graduated from West Lyon High School there.

She attended Northwest Vo-Tech in Sheldon and then worked in McKennan Hospital and later in Inwood State Bank, Inwood.

On July 23, 1983, she married Maynard Konechne in Larchwood. The couple moved to Kimball where she did babysitting at home and worked at Chef Rudy's Kafe. She also worked for Konechne Digging.

She was a member of the women's Bowling League, Kimball.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Edward; one daughter, Helen, all of Kimball, and one step-brother, Eugene Long of Blaine, Minnesota.

January 24, 2006
Eugene (Oregon) Register-Guard
Transcribed and Contributed by Veronica Carnegie

Leo Soulek

The funeral will be held Jan. 25 for Leo Soulek of Portland, formerly of Springfield, who died Jan. 21 of age-related causes. He was 95.

He was born June 18, 1910, in Brule County, S.D., to Frank and Mary Svoboda Soulek. He married Mildred Purcell on March 6, 1944, at the Army hospital in Clinton, Iowa. She died in 1997.

He attended a country school in Brule County. He served as a sergeant in the Army during World War II and was wounded in action in the North Africa campaign.

Soulek worked as shop foreman at Oliver Tractor Factory in Charles City, Iowa, and as a rural letter carrier in Springfield.

He enjoyed hunting geese and pheasant in South Dakota and hunting deer in Oregon. He also enjoyed fishing the McKenzie River, gardening and Boy Scout leadership. He was a member of Kiwanis, Elks, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He was a member of a committee to build McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Springfield and St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield.

Survivors include a son, Chip of Stuart, Fla.; two daughters, Veronica Carnegie of Lacey, Wash., and Theresa Wojcik of Salt Lake City; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Recitation of the rosary will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Alice Catholic Church, Springfield. Wednesday's service will follow at 11 a.m. in the church, and burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Springfield Memorial Gardens.

Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Aberdeen American (16 July 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ

J. Johnson, foreman of the round-house at Chamberlain, died in a hospital at Colfax, Iowa.

Aberdeen American (18 June 1914) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Chamberlain, June 15: "Grandma" Eliza Reynolds, one of the most aged of the pioneer residents of the Missouri river valley section of the state, died at her home here. She was 92 years of age last January, and up to a short time before her death was as active as most women half her age.

Aberdeen American (27 July 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Pukwana, S.D., July 26. - H. C. Heard, aged 50, a well to do farmer near Pukwana, died Sunday morning, the result primarily of an accident. He had for some time been subject to fainting spells and on two occasions, while about his duties on the farm, had fallen, once from a wagon and once from a plow, each time striking his head, causing paralysis and a complication of derangements which finally resulted in his death. Mr. Heard came to Brule county about two years ago from Iowa, and with two sons-in-law he bought a large farm.

Aberdeen Daily News Wednesday, July 18, 1917

At the family home at Pukwana, occurred the death of Mrs. John Tomshek, one of the biggest known of the pioneer women of that territory. During her life she had an aversion for automobiles and one of her last requests was that an auto hearse be not used to convey her remains to their last resting place. The request was complied with, the horse drawn hearse being the only horse drawn vehicle in the funeral procession.

Memorial Leaflet
Burial in Highmore City Cemetery, Highmore, South Dakota
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


DOB: July 21, 1903, Dennison, Iowa

Parents: Carl & Sophie (Schwiesow) Oxwang

DOD: November 23, 1985, Highmore, SD; age 82 yrs 4 mos 2 ds

Residences: moved to Chamberlain in 1905. Moved to a farm 2 mi. SW of Highmore in 1920.

Education: Highmore High School, Madison College, New Madison Hospital (1927)

Occupation: RN

Spouse: Wilbert C. Goldsmith, m. Sep. 6, 1930, United Methodist Church (Highmore, SD). Two children.

Preceded in death by parents, sisters Louise Beck, Margaret Oxwang, Mildred Joyner, and brothers Bill Oxwang and Pete Oxwang.

The Highmore (SD) Herald
Thursday, June 2, 2005, Page Four

Contributed by Jacque McDonnell
Transcribed by Pamela J. Hamilton


Born: Jun 2, 1919, Jamison, NE.

Parents: Elwood & Dorotha (Cady) Reber

Died: Naper, NE

Residence: Naper, NE

Funeral: May 28, 2005, UCC Church (Naper, NE). Burial in Spotted Tail Cemetery (by Jamison, NE)

Education: Burke High School (class of 1939)

Occupation: hired man, Blake's Store (Jamison), Civilian Conservation Corps (Chamberlain area).

Military: Entered at Ft. Crook, NE, June 30, 1942. European Theater, WWII. Discharged at Camp Beale, CA, Dec. 19, 1945.

Spouse: Lovera Sophia Peterson, m. Mar 17, 1946, Gregory, SD. 6 children.

Memorial folder
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


Born: Jan 6, 1935, Bad Nation

Parents: Andrew & Ida (Turner) Harrison

Education: Old Fort Thompson and Immaculate Conception (Stephan, SD). Cook Christian Theologcial School (Tempe, AZ. 1985-6)

Spouse: 1) Donald Howe, m. 1957. 8 children. 2) Ralph Spider

Occupation: Nurse's aide, Community Bailey Hospital (Chamberlain, SD). Old Sanitarium Hospital. Community Health Representative, director of program.

Burial: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Stephan, SD

Unknown newspaper
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell


Died: April 3, 2003

Born: Jan. 29, 1917 (Chamberlain, SD)

Parents: Herman & Maria (Nitz) Springer

Residences: Highmore; Pierre; Keizer, OR

Spouse: 1) Albert Mehrer (preceded her in death) 2) Theodore Thoreson



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