November 2021

PICTURED IS the cast of Sanborn Central’s play, left to right, back row: Vada Enfield, Beau Enfield, Brody Uecker, Quinn Easton, Adalie Enfield, Lexi Fridley, Garret Goral, Conrad Olson, Mila Weber, McKenzie Claymore, McKenzie Uecker, Olivia Conrad, Alissa Kidder; second row: Nolan Enfield, Scarlett Roth, Arthur Neugebauer, Harper Moore, Montana Claymore, Laina Dise, Aiden Zard, Maggie Meier, Carly Edwards, Kelly Wilson, Ayden Kaiser, Landon Olson; front row: Cade Wilson, John Dise, Alice Sheldon, Owen Austerman, Kinsley Grassel, Amelia Klaas, Adalyn Tucker, Mason Morgan and Elsie Klaas. Read about the play in this week’s issue of Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Robert Mathis

Sioux Falls

Robert Mathis, 64, formerly of Mt. Vernon, died on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at Sandford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, as the result of a bicycle accident.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Grace-n-Truth in Sioux Falls. A burial followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at rural Letcher. A visitation was held on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Miller Westside Chapel.

Robert Ernest Mathis was born on July 18, 1957, to Ernest and Ruby Mathis in Mt. Vernon. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1975. Robert was a West Point graduate, class of 1979. He had a degree in mathematics and a certificate in engineering. Robert served as a Captain in the United States Army until he was honorably discharged in July of 1990. Throughout his 11 years of service, Robert was stationed in Texas, Arizona, Germany, and New York. He eventually moved to South Dakota to be closer to his family. Robert worked for Radio Shack for several years and then Citibank until retiring in February of 2021.

Robert was active in his church at Grace-n-Truth. He enjoyed attending Bible study and helping with church services. Robert volunteered his accounting skills for the groups he was involved in.

Robert enjoyed woodworking and spent his time crafting benches and memorabilia.

Robert is survived by his daughters, Cathleen (Daniel Overby) Mathis and Christine (Bradley) Lueth; his brother, William (Lisa) Mathis; his sisters, Elaine (Randy) Sorenson and Linda Powell; two grandchildren, Elliot and Mallory Lueth; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ruby Mathis; his brother, Terry Mathis; an infant brother, Owen; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Wayne Blindauer


Wayne Joseph Blindauer, 72, of Mitchell, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, from cancer at his home.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Will Funeral Chapel with burial at Butler Cemetery at Letcher. Visitation was Monday, Nov. 22, at the Will Funeral Chapel.

Wayne Joseph Blindauer, son of Edwin and Loretta (Van Overschelde) Blindauer, was born Aug. 23, 1949, in Mitchell. He grew up on the family farm near Letcher. Wayne received his education in Letcher, graduating from Letcher High School in 1967. He then attended Watertown Area Vocational School and graduated with a degree in Diesel Mechanics.

Wayne was united in marriage with Shirley Schoenfelder on May 31, 1969, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. The couple made their home in Huron for two years and then in Cavour until 1995. Wayne was employed as a diesel mechanic at Olson Implement in Huron. After Wayne and Shirley divorced, he made his home in Letcher where he did odd jobs. In 2019, he moved to Mitchell.

He enjoyed camping and fishing. Wayne truly loved the time he spent with his family.

Wayne is survived by his daughters, Jody (Daniel Schauer) Blindauer of Minneapolis, Minn., Robynn (Daniel) Roy of Corson, Dawn (Gaetan Metra) Blindauer of Minneapolis, Minn., Ashley (Matthew) Gunnare of Parkston; nine grandchildren; his parents, Edwin and Loretta Blindauer of Mitchell; two brothers, Mike (Candace) Blindauer of Chandler, Ariz., Gary (Faye) Blindauer of Letcher; two sisters, Patricia (Gordon) Moore of Artesian and Diane (Gerald) Syring of Gehring, Neb.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother and sister in infancy.

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