Freida Stratman


Freida Marie Stratman, 96, of Mitchell, formerly of Artesian, died Sept. 12, 2018, at Firesteel Healthcare Community. 

Visitation and funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 17, at the Will Funeral Chapel. Burial was at the Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell.

Freida Marie Stratman, daughter of Alben and Caroline (Koch) Stratman, was born Sept. 15, 1921, in St. Helena, Neb. She moved with her family to Wessington at an early age. Later, the family moved to Artesian where they continued to farm.

After moving to Mitchell, Freida was employed at Randalls and Coborn’s grocery stores for nearly 25 years before retiring.

Freida is survived by her sister, Sister Armella Stratman of Aberdeen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Lawrence, Edmund and Clarence Stratman; and a sister, Melanie.

LeRoy DeWaard


LeRoy DeWaard, 79, of Forestburg died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Prairie View Healthcare Community in Woonsocket.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Harrison Community Church in Harrison, with memorial services to follow. Burial will be at the Harrison Cemetery. 

LeRoy DeWaard, son of Charles and Lena DeWaard, was born July 27, 1939, in Stickney.

LeRoy was united in marriage to Karen Mogck on Dec. 6, 1995, in Guntersville, Ala.

LeRoy was employed as a welder, machinist, traveling salesman and counter salesman. He worked for Hubers Machine Shop, that he later owned and operated, Baum Iron, Precision Industries and Mitchell Iron. He retired in 2008 after 50 years of working.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; his children, Paul DeWaard, Pam (Todd) Harris, Doug (Angel) DeWaard; two step-sons, Keith (DeLinda) Cain and Kevin Cain; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mark DeWaard; his parents; a step-grandson, Cory; four brothers, John, Leonard, Randy and Charles “Jun” DeWaard; and a sister, Ann Kok.

Archie Crandall

Nampa, Idaho

Archie Edward Crandall, 93, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.

His funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Nampa First Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho.

Archie was born Oct. 20, 1924 in Artesian. There were eight boys in the family, Glen, Chester, Raymond, Eugene, Wayne, Archie and Harold. John had died in infancy. Archie attended a nearby neighborhood school that was built on land granted by his great-grandfather.

He met Alice Marie Dahl in Carthage, and they were married on his 21st birthday on Oct. 20, 1945. They lived on the family farm. Their family grew by adding four children, Judy, Gary, Joyce and Greg.

They moved to Nampa, Idaho in 1952. Archie worked on the railroad for a short time before studying office machine repair. He was office manager and service technician for Kalbus Office Supply for 47 years. After the store closed, he ran the shop from home. 

He is survived by his wife, Alice; his four children, Judy (Larry) Kelley, Gary (Donna) Crandall, Joyce Jones, and Greg (Chandrina) Crandall; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.