Harlan Goudy, 87, of Mitchell, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. 

Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 23, at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements were by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Harlan Clifford Goudy was born Jan. 28, 1935, to Clarence Clifford Goudy and Gertrude Henrietta Clara Fredlake in Forestburg.

Harlan was an avid athlete in baseball and basketball during high school and college, and was a baseball coach. He was a multiple medal winner in Senior Olympics. Harlan loved dancing at Ruskin Park, was an antique car fanatic, and enjoyed South Dakota pheasant hunting.

Harlan married Barbara Jean Hendrick on Dec. 31, 1960, in Phoenix, Ariz., and they were married for 62 years.

Harlan served in the United States Marine Corps. After his honorable discharge, he received his Bachelor of Science Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona. He worked for Professional Engineer Mechanical Engineering, and in 1976, he created and operated Goudy Engineering, Inc.

Harlan was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Harlan is survived by his wife, Barb; sons, Kevin (Dolores) Goudy of Tucson, Ariz., and Kurt (Heather) Goudy of Newton, Conn.; daughter, Shawna Goudy of Tucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and sister, LaWayne (Goudy) Petesch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Gertrude, and his father and mother-in-law, Bernard and Maxine Hendrick.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charitable organization of your choice.

Dennis Zoss


Dennis Zoss, 73, of Letcher, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at Avera McKennan and University Health Center in Sioux Falls after battling cancer.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 14, at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Garden in Mitchell. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 13, at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dennis Jacob Zoss was born in Mitchell to Jake and Erma (Adams) Zoss on April 28, 1949. He grew up on the family farm north of Letcher. Dennis attended Logan Township School until becoming a Forestburg Buccaneer. He graduated in 1967. Dennis went on to Southern State College in Springfield, graduating in 1971. While at Southern State College, he wrestled and still has the record for quickest pin for heavyweight. He was a proud Southern State College Pointer.

After college, Dennis married Paula Schmoll. To this union, three children were born. Dennis made his home on the family farm until his passing. Dennis worked in manufacturing for a major part of his life. Dennis enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and watching Jeopardy. Dennis also enjoyed his coffee group after church on Sundays. He loved to attend events in which the grandchildren were participating.

Dennis is survived by his children, Amanda (Dan) Neugebauer of Sioux Falls and Kimberly Lofgren (Chad Evans) of Mitchell; bonus daughter, Kelsey (Dzenan) Berberovic of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; his siblings, Don (Susan Hershberger) of Sunshine, Ariz., Maurice (Deb) Zoss of Loomis, Jackie (Al) Bowling of Anchorage, Alaska, and John (Donna) Zoss of Layfette, Ind.; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dennis is preceded in death by his son, Darin Zoss; parents, Jake and Erma Zoss; and sister, Noretta Tines.

Lyle Pence


Lyle Pence, 102, of Mitchell, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 14, at Will Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Westlawn Cemetery in Letcher. Visitation with a prayer service was held Friday, Jan. 13, at Will Funeral Chapel.

Lyle Pence, son of Herman and Alta (Driggs) Pence, was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Letcher. He attended school in Letcher, graduating in 1938. 

He served in the US Army during World War II and drove truck. Lyle served in Iran and Iraq, bringing supplies from shipping ports to be trucked north through the mountains of Iraq and Iran to support the Russians, who were fighting the Third Reich Forces.

He returned to farm in the Letcher area at the close of World War II. Lyle was united in marriage with Darleen Johnson on Sept. 30, 1947, in Mt. Vernon. He carried mail on the Letcher route for many years.

Lyle loved to visit with people. Lyle had a sharp mind and could remember people and events that happened in his life and the lives of those around him. Lyle was thankful for farming, the Post Office, the love of music and his neighbors. He attended the Letcher Community Church for over 60 years and sang for church occasions. 

Lyle is survived by his children, Clinton (Holly) Pence of Mitchell, Murray (Jackie) Pence of Vancouver, Wash., and Ricky (Sue) Pence of Sioux Falls; a son-in-law, Gary Fawbush of Madison; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren; a brother, Delmar (Wanessa) Pence of Kingman, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Verna Feistner and Donna Johnson; and nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darleen; a daughter, Linda; a grandchild, Kassia Darleen; brothers, Darrel and Arlan; a sister, Elaine; and his parents, Herman and Alta Pence. 

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