June Pearson


June C. Pearson, 79, of Forestburg, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the Prairie View Healthcare Community in Woonsocket.

Her funeral service was held Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron with burial following at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family present was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

June Clara Fenske, was born on March 24, 1939, to Carl and Marie (Drussell) Fenske on the family farm near Alpena in Sanborn County. She attended the Hegg Country School in Sanborn County.

June married Vernon Pearson in 1959 in Huron. She and Vernon lived on the farm near Forestburg. June worked at Van Dyke’s, Dakota Pork for 13 years, and ShopKo in Mitchell for nine years. She was a hardworking farmwife, working many hours alongside her husband in the field.

June enjoyed cleaning her house. She loved to decorate and switch pictures around. She also liked to shop for new shoes and purses. June loved to cook for family, especially baked goods. Children and grandchildren never went away hungry! Her candy dish was always full. She was affectionately known as “June-Bug” by the staff at Prairie View Healthcare Community. June married Harold Joerger on Jan. 7, 2005, in Huron. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish.

June is survived by her husband Harold of Aitkin, Minn.; two children, Brian (Lori) Pearson and Jeanette (Greg) Cornelius, all of Forestburg; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, LaVerne Hein of Huron; and many nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Vernon, in 2002.   

Rodney VanLaecken

Sioux Falls

Rodney VanLaecken, 65, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Letcher, died, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Visitation was Sunday, July 8 also at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Rodney Lawrence VanLaecken was born September 9, 1952, in Sioux Falls to Lawrence and Irene (Christian) VanLaecken. He graduated from Letcher High School in 1970, attended Dakota State College and graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute with a Culinary Arts degree.

He was employed as a chef for 25 plus years and, most recently, was employed at Wells Fargo Bank. 

Rodney is survived by his sister, Karen (Rick) VanLaecken-Brinker of Mitchell; an aunt, Nadine VanLaecken; two nephews; one niece; many great nieces and nephews, and special friends, the Asmus Family of Brookings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-mother, Mayme (Hoffman) VanLaecken.

Richard “Dick” Joseph Heinzmann, 66, of Letcher, died Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Funeral services are being held Friday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will be Friday, July 6 at the Westlawn Cemetary. Visitation and prayer service was held Thursday, July 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Will Funeral Chapel.

Richard was born December 14, 1951 to Clyde and Miriam (Kempf) Heinzmann in Mitchell. He graduated from Letcher High School.

After his graduation, Richard was employed at Davis Farms and later he worked as a sheet metal fabricator until his retirement.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending his grandchildren’s activities. Dick also enjoyed all the fellowship at Jake’s.

Richard is survived by his mother, Miriam Heinzmann; two sons, Judd (Jessica) Heinzmann and Drew (Liz) Heinzmann; four grandchildren; brothers, Dennis “Governer” (Paige) Heinzmann and Gary (Pam) Heinzmann; and several other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde; and a granddaughter, Courtney Heinzmann.