September 2016

Sunday, Sept. 5, before the High School Timed Events at the South Dakota State Fair, Gus Nelson was presented with a hand-tooled plaque.
Nelson passed on his Heartland Saddle, which he was awarded last year. It is a traveling award. This year’s recipient  of the Heartland Saddle for 2016 is Dawn Cable of Chamberlain.
The plaque was made by Scuhmucker, the boot maker from Wolsey, and it was framed with “old barn wood.” Double D sponsored the frame.

Vicki Jensen


Vicki Jensen obit pic 6    Vicki Jo Jensen, 61, of Alpena, passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 21, 2016, after a battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs. Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the church with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Vicki was born April 8, 1955, to L.A. and June Larson in Wessington Springs. She attended Wessington Springs Public Schools and graduated in 1973.
On Aug. 12, 1972, she married Steve Jensen. They bought a farm 3-1/2 miles south of Alpena, where they raised their three children, Sandi, Terry and Michelle.
Vicki worked alongside her husband at Jensen Grain Company for 28 years. Once they retired from the elevator business and after caring for her parents through their illnesses, Vicki realized her passion for taking care of people in need. She went to work for Home Instead Senior Care in Mitchell for a few years, and then worked at Prairie View Care Center in Woonsocket, where she held a variety of positions.
Vicki had a strong faith and was a lifetime member and servant of the United Church of Christ of Wessington Springs. After surviving cancer, she also enjoyed playing a large role in the Jerauld County Relay For Life, until her illness no longer allowed.
Vicki is survived by her husband, Steve, of 44 years; her three children, Sandi (Melinda) Jensen of Topeka, Kan., Terry (Sarah) Jensen of Woonsocket, and Michelle (Dave) Stahl of Yale; eight grandchildren; six siblings, Gary (Lydia) Larson of Sturgis, Donna Harmdierks of Huron, Roger Larson, Connie Ness, Peggi (Craig) Jensen, and Kelly (Connie) Larson, all of Wessington Springs; father- and mother-in-law, Bob and Ruth Jensen of Alpena; grandmother-in-law, Helen Hindman of Wessington Springs; sisters-in-law, Val (Glen) Hohn of Woonsocket, and Vicki (Orville) Harmdierks of Wessington Springs; brother-in-law, David (Kathy) Jensen of Alpena; and many other friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, L.A and June Larson; and a niece, Stephanie Jensen.
Arrangements were with Basham Funeral Service in Wessington Springs.

Myra J. Starkey

Wessington Springs

starkey obit 6    Myra J. Starkey, 66, of Wessington Springs, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at Prairie View Healthcare Community in Woonsocket.
Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 24 at the First Methodist Church in Pierre. Visitation was Friday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m. at the Basham Funeral Home in Wessington Springs with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Myra (Dolezal) Starkey was born Nov. 8, 1949, in Pierre to Frank and Lillian Dolezal. She lived her childhood years in the Draper area, and graduated from Draper High School in 1968.
She met Bill Mitchell while working at the Mary House, and they were married in October of 1970. He passed away in 1978. Myra then married Larry Starkey on July 22, 1978. Larry and Myra lived most of their married life in the Jerauld and Beadle county areas. She worked for many years as a certified nursing assistant at the Weskota Manor and at the Springs Inn until 2011. She moved to Prairie View Healthcare Community in July of 2012, due to a diagnosis of Alzheimers.
Myra enjoyed crocheting, sewing and bowling. She was involved in the Helping Hands Club for 30 years.
She is survived by her husband, Larry; her children, Terry (Amy) Starkey of Stover, Mo., Luke Starkey of Wessington Springs, and Laretta (Austin) McPeek of Mitchell; three grandchildren; her mother, Lillian Dolezal; sister, Jeanette Raymond; niece, Judy Mills; nephew, Sheldon Mills; and many special family and friends.
Myra was preceded in death by her father, Frank Dolezal; mother- and father-in-law, Delton and Pauline Starkey; and aunts and uncles.

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