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Patrick Donald Lynn  - Print this obit

Patrick Donald Lynn died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls at the age of 92. He was born on March 17, 1922 to Henry and Mary Lynn in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

After graduating from Sioux Falls Washington High School in 1940, he attended classes at Augustana College. He served as a naval aviator for 3 years, during WWII. Following the war, he attended classes at South Dakota State University and graduated from the school of pharmacy in 1951. During that time, Pat married Ruth Petersen in 1948. They lived a happy life together filled with many memories.

Starting in 1951, Pat worked for his father, H.D. Lynn, at his father’s drugstore for 4 years. He then worked for Lewis Drug as a store manager and pharmacist in Huron and various locations in Sioux Falls from 1955 to 1988. Afterwards, he worked for Tel-Drug mail order pharmacy for 13 years, retiring in 2001. He was an active member in the Chamber of Commerce and Toastmasters. He presided as president of the Rotary Club in both Huron and Sioux Falls; and served on the board of directors and as treasurer of the Sioux Falls Girls Club. He also presided as president and maintained an active membership in the Horseless Carriage Club, an antique car group.

Patrick is survived by his son, Michael, Sioux Falls. His parents; his wife, Ruth; a brother, Robert Lynn; and, a sister, Dorothy Lynn Sullivan, precede him in death. Both family and friends will miss Patrick.

Visitation will be Sunday, 4-8 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with family present from 6-8 PM. Funeral Service will be Monday, 10 AM at Good Samaritan Village with burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Paul Vogt  - Print this obit

Paul Eugene Vogt, 84,of Sioux Falls, passed away Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Veterans Hospital at Sioux Falls. He was born on July 15, 1929 at Sibley, IA the son of Henry and Anna (Donker) Vogt. He attended school at Sibley. He served in the US Army from November 19, 1951 until October 6, 1953. After getting out of the Service, he worked in construction.

On October 20, 1956, he married Elsie Rezac in Sioux Falls. On June 15, 2002 he married Victoria Bilsky in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Paul was a member of the American Legion and the VFW; he was a past member of the Independant Order of Foresters; and he was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Paul enjoyed camping, bowling, golfing and going out with friends for coffee.

Paul is survived by one sister: Gert Aning; one brother: Harold (LaVonne) Vogt of Luverne, MN; two step-children: Ron and Susan Bilsky; and Jeff and Linda Munroe of Saskatchewan, Canada; sister-in-law: Jeanette Vogt, Pipestone, MN; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife in 1997 and his second wife in 2013; five brothers and three sisters.

Visitation will be Sunday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 10:30 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church.

Milton Emil Schulz  - Print this obit

Milton Schulz, 94 of Sioux Falls, SD passed away at the SF VA Hospital on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Milton Schulz was born on June 11, 1919 to Marie (Volkman) and Henry Schulz in Canova, SD. He grew up in the Howard area and in 1941 he entered the US Coast Guard and served in the Pacific during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Glendale. On March 21, 1950 he married his love, Clara Kotz.

Milt and Clara made their home and raised their two daughters Deborah and Lynnette in Sioux Falls. Milton was a member of St. Lambert's Catholic Church, the SF VFW and DAV, as well as a volunteer at the Sioux Falls VA.

Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters, Deborah (Steven) Dvorak of Sioux Falls, Lynnett (Rick) Anderson of Omaha. Six grandchildren Lance (Sonya) Dvorak, Erik (Tiffany) Dvorak, Matt (Veronica) Anderson, Chris (Jana) Anderson, Beth (Eric) Carlson, Summer (Jerry) Milliner and 15 Great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his wife Clara, his parents, and siblings.

Visitation will be Monday 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10 AM at St. Lambert Catholic Church.

Stephanie Anne Feit  - Print this obit


Stephanie Anne Feit, 33, of Sioux Falls passed away on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.


Stephanie was born on April 21, 1980 to Michael and Cynthia (King) Kline in Fargo, ND. She grew up in Sioux Falls, SD graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1998. Stephanie attended and graduated from South Dakota State University in 2002. She married Paul Feit on June 14, 2003. They were blessed with three beautiful children. Madilyn Anne was born on April 29, 2004, Brendan Michael was born on September 25, 2006, and Ashlynn Cecilia was born on September 15, 2010. Someone very special in her life was her stepson, Jonathan Beekmann. Stephanie was very proud of her work in the Sioux Falls area as a social worker.


Stephanie loved to chat, whether on the phone or in person, she always had time to talk. She loved all of her time with her family; most especially, the time with her kids.


Stephanie is survived by her children Madilyn, Brendan, Ashlynn, and their father Paul Feit all of Sioux Falls; her stepson Jonathan Beekmann of Luverne, MN; her parents Michael and Cynthia Kline of Sioux Falls; her brother Adam Kline of Winthrop Harbor, IL; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Earl and Sadie Kline and Harold and Luella King.

Visitation will be Friday April 11th at 5pm at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday April 12th at 12 Noon at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Mary Lee Bratt  - Print this obit

Mary Lee Beavin was born on August 23, 1920 to Oscar and Margaret (Muhlenkort) Beavin at the Jackrabbit Ranch near Avon, SD. She died on April 8, 2014 at the Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls after a short illness and had previously resided at Touchmark at All Saints in Sioux Falls.

Mary attended High School in Beresford, SD and in Kentucky and graduated from Beresford High School in 1939. After graduation, she worked in a variety of jobs in Sioux Falls. Her favorite jobs outside the home were selling women's clothing at Shriver’s in Sioux Falls and later at Louise Dixon’s.

She married Lowell Bratt on October 21, 1950 in Sioux Falls and they had one son: Mark. Lowell died on November 9, 2002 after fifty-two years of marriage and Mary Lee never stopped missing him.

Mary felt her most important roles were that of a wife and mother. She was an excellent homemaker and loved entertaining friends and family. She made a special point of inviting those who were alone to holiday celebrations.

Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her sister: Virginia Parts. She is survived by her son: Mark; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Leo and Mary Ann Parts of Kettering Ohio; nephews: Peter Parts (Debbie) Williamson, NY, Mark Parts (Faith) Chicago, Ill, Christopher Parts (Sue) Baltimore, MD; and nieces: Catherine Geis (Carl) Cincinnati OH, Janice Erkes (Ron), Carol Conrad (Mark) Bea Dvoracek (Cliff) all of Sioux Falls, Opal Mark, Viborg, Eleanor Knutson (Gary), Centerville and Lucy Knutson (Dean) Beresford.

Visitation will be Thursday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 11 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church with burial to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

John Robert McConville  - Print this obit

John Robert McConville, 67, passed into eternal life March 27, 2014 surrounded by loving family members at the Dougherty Hospice House. John is survived by seven siblings: Christopher McConville, Joan McConville, Roberta Rhodes, Alice Schiel, Joseph McConville, Mary Bergis and Teresa McConville. Twelve nieces and nephews along with thirteen great-nieces and nephews filled his heart with love.


John was preceded in death by his parents: Robert and Angela McConville. John was a kind and loving son, brother, uncle, and great uncle. His family and friends will dearly miss his humor, wit and caring ways.

Private family services will take place.

LeRon Steven Ellis  - Print this obit

LeRon Ellis, age 53 of Sioux Falls, died peacefully at his home on March 26, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. He was born to Milton and Helen (Welbig) Ellis on August 31, 1960 in Sioux Falls.

He graduated from O'Gorman High School in 1978. He served six months of Active Duty with the US Army Reserve. For the last three years, he worked for HKV Gilbertson Convenience Store. He married Julie Radabaugh on September 3, 1981.

He is survived by his son: Tyler (Rebecca) of Sioux Falls; grandchildren: Campbell, Rowan and Hazel. He is also survived by his parents; brothers: Randy, Sioux Falls, and Kraig (Rebecca), Albuquerque, NM; sisters: Jennifer, Sioux Falls, and Julaine (Mark) Miles, Montrose, SD. He was preceded in death by a sister: Jeannine Ellis West; grandparents: Harold and Marie Ellis and George and Irma Welbig.

Visitation will be Sunday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 10 AM at St. Lambert Catholic Church.

Charles Augustus Connor “Chuck”  - Print this obit

Charles Augustus Connor “Chuck” died peacefully surrounded by his family and
close friends on March 20, 2014 at the age of 95. He was born to Harry and Nora (Nolan) Connor on November 28, 1918 in Charlestown Massachusetts, an Irish Catholic community in the city of Boston.

His life and character were largely formed by a witty mother, a hard working
father and three younger brothers, his Roman Catholic faith, the impact of the Great Depression and his love of sports. He once said that as long as a ball was involved he was willing to give it a try but he didn't turn up his nose at water sports and hockey. As a young man he was introduced to the game of golf and it became his leisure activity of choice for the rest of his life - he was still hitting the links into his tenth decade.

Through the sponsorship of his parish priest, he was able to attend Boston College High School for two years. Upon the death of Father Chamberlain he completed his last two years, graduating from Charlestown High School.
Chuck work for Patton's Restaurant in Boston in various capacities. He also worked as paymaster for Rappoli Construction Company which he enjoyed and may well have been his life's work if World War II hadn't intervened. He was drafted into the Army and stationed in Sioux Falls. He met Jeanne Swenson at the Arkota Ballroom on a blind date. They were married in Sioux Falls on August 21, 1943. Shortly after the wedding he was shipped overseas and spent two years in Normandy, France.

He was honorably discharged at the end of the war and along with his father-in-law and brothers-in-law he founded, developed and grew the business which began as Swenson Hardware and, through various changes, became the "Handy Man" stores. The business remains a going concern in Sioux Falls, owned and operated by his nephews.

Upon his retirement, he and Jeanne moved to Mesa, AZ. Chuck and Jeanne suffered a difficult loss with the death of their oldest son Tom in 1997. In 2000 they sold their home in Mesa and returned to Sioux Falls for health reasons to be closer to family and friends. Jeanne died in 2003 and Chuck continued to live independently in his apartment at the Dow Rummel Village and stayed active well into his nineties. He continued to play golf, make new friends and rekindle old relationships among people he met as a member of the Sertoma Club, Minnehaha Country Club, his church involvement and his business associates. He was involved in activities at Dow Rummel and was fortunate to reside across the hall from Betty Kime who became a close family friend.

Chuck is survived by his loving family; son Mike (Judy) Sioux Falls, daughter Pat (Phil Moore) Salinas, CA, his grandchildren Ryan Connor, Chicago, Ill, Andrew Connor, Kansas City, MO, Charlie Connor-Moore, Salinas, CA, Catherine Connor-Moore, Oakland, CA. He is also survived by the widow of his son, Jane Connor, Bellingham, WA, his sisters-in-laws, Jodi Swenson, Sioux Falls, Arlene Connor, Medford, Massachusetts, Anne Connor, North Reading, Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne and his son, Tom, also his three brothers, Harry, Joe and Bill Connor of the Boston area and his sisters-in-law Mary Connor, Shirley Rae Steineck, Coral Schneiderman, and Kay Assam and his business partner and brother in law, Mark Swenson.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 5 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a
Scripture Vigil at 7 PM. Funeral Service will be Thursday, 1:30 PM at the
Halladay-Peterson Chapel at Dow Rummel.


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