November 2018

Feeding South Dakota and the Sanborn County Food Pantry want to inform Sanborn County residents that the next Food Giveaway will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. (until food is gone).

The Food Giveaway provides free food to families in need. The free food includes assorted frozen and fresh produce, frozen meats, assorted breads and assorted canned and boxed items. 

Boxes for food will be available, but recipients are encouraged to bring their own. There is no entry to the Food Giveaway before 4:45 p.m. Participants are asked to call ahead at 796-4516 or 796-4513 if the weather is unfavorable.

December is also the time for the Christmas Box Giveaway. The list of those to receive Christmas boxes comes from various sources in the community or if a resident has requested a box at the courthouse prior during the year. Names are kept confidential. The Christmas box deliveries will be made on Dec. 19.

As a reminder, due to the timing of the holidays and the Christmas box giveaway just a few days prior to Christmas day, there is no Food Giveaway in January. Anyone can go to the Sanborn County courthouse for a box in January or anytime they have a need.

Feeding South Dakota is a statewide organization with locations in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Their mission is to eliminate hunger in South Dakota. For more information or to make a donation to support food giveaways, please visit

Artesian First Lutheran will host the production of “Samson” on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the church. This is a DVD of the live show at the Sight and Sound Theatre at Branson, Mo. Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome. Come for an afternoon of entertainment and fellowship. If you have any questions, call Judy Wormstadt at 527-2342.

Edward Stunes


Edward “Ed” Stunes, 91, of Letcher, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 under hospice care at Firesteel Healthcare Community.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Visitation was held Monday, Nov. 26 at the Will Funeral Chapel. Burial was held in the Butler Cemetery.

Ed was born Oct. 30, 1927 at Letcher to Charles and Alina (Vande Voorde) Stunes. He attended Goodwin country school through the eighth grade. 

Ed joined his dad farming until he started farming on his own in the Lake Andes area. His first marriage was to Sylvia Armfield. They had a son, Jim. Sylvia passed away on April 20, 1952. Shortly thereafter he moved back to the home farm to take over when his father retired. His second marriage was to Geraldine Schlund. They had five boys. They divorced in the mid 70s. His third marriage was to Judy Brown. Judy passed away on Oct. 21, 2005. 

Grateful for sharing his life are his four sons, Roger (Leana) Stunes, Wayne (Peggy) Stunes, DelRay (Cindy) Stunes and Tony (Shoan) Stunes; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Lucille (Fred) Geisler; brother, Millard (aka Art); good friend, Lois Bamberg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Sylvia and Judy; sons, Jim and Melvin Stunes; brothers, Francis, Albert, Joseph, Charles Jr. and Richard; sisters, Eunice and Gertrude; and several nieces and nephews.