March 2023

The Woonsocket American Legion Post 29 hosted a fun night at their eighth annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament this past weekend! The evening began with a bratwurst meal served by the American Legion Auxiliary. Dealers for the night were Andy Larson, Nathan Linke, Wyatt Feistner and Wade Schoenfelder.

Congratulations to the winners of the tournament: third place, Harvey Fouberg; second place and High Hand of the Night, Scott Senska; and first place, Tim Budde. Proceeds of this fundraiser will help the American Legion Post 29 support various activities in the community.

…See a picture of the winners in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Irene Koehn

Wessington Springs

Irene Koehn, 102, of Wessington Springs, passed away Friday, March 24, 2023, at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Woonsocket.  

Visitation was Tuesday, March 28, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs with a prayer service. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, March 29.

Irene Enninga was born to John and Elsie Enninga on April 6, 1920.  She was raised on the farm in rural Fulda, Minn., along with her four sisters. They were members of Immanuel American Lutheran Church where Irene was baptized and confirmed.  Andrew Koehn’s family were also members of the church, and Andy and Irene were married there on July 6, 1941.

They farmed and fed cattle near Fulda until 1949 when they moved to their new farm in western Jerauld County.

Irene enjoyed fishing and gardening. She was an accomplished seamstress.  Later in life, she enjoyed quilting with the ladies from Our Saviors. Irene was an independent lady, a hard worker and had a quick wit.

Irene is survived by her three sons, Gary Koehn (Murt) of Wessington Springs, Tom (Ginger) Koehn of Chamberlain, and Joel Koehn of Weldona, Colo.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy; parents, John and Elsie; her sisters, Berniece, Leon, Tootie and Dolly; and three nieces.

John Wallman


John Wallman, 81, of Miller, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Good Samaritan Home in Miller.

His memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 1, at the Kuhler Funeral Home. A private family graveside service will be held in the Brisbine Cemetery, rural Artesian.

John R. Wallman was born Aug. 25, 1941, to John P. and Catherine (Waldner) Wallman. He graduated from Huron High School.

John worked different jobs in Huron and later worked in North Dakota, Idaho, California, Michigan and Minnesota as a computer programmer. After retiring, John returned to Huron.

While in Sioux Falls, John decided he wanted voice lessons. The voice coach he found was Bette Goudy. They were married on June 23, 1973.

John is survived by his sister, Jean Tonneson; his brother-in-law, Gary (Patricia) Goudy; one niece; and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Catherine Wallman; his wife, Bette in 2020; one sister, Carol J. Wallman; one brother, Larry Wallman; one nephew, Logan Wallman; and other relatives.

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