Steve Kramer, 54, of Howard, died unexpectedly, Monday, Sept. 9.

Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 13, at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Howard. Burial followed at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary, visitation and prayer services were Thursday.

Steve was born on Oct. 17, 1964, in Mitchell to Dean and JoAnn (Sundstrom) Kramer. He attended school in Howard, graduating in 1983. During high school, Steve met the love of his life, Kay Kieffer. The couple were united in marriage on April 25, 1987. To this union three children were born. Steve began working at Stamana Vans before working at Kieffer Oil for 30 years. He was a hardworking handyman who could fix anything.

He was a member of the Fedora Fire Department. Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool, watching his children’s sporting events, and going on vacations with Kay and their friends. Most of all he loved spending time with his granddaughter, Leona

Those grateful for sharing in his life are his wife, Kay; children, Kendall, Nick (Amber), and Mitchell; one granddaughter; his mother, JoAnn; five brothers, Doug of Howard, Kim of Howard, Mark (Barb) of Platte City, Mo., Brian (Bette) of Madison, and Tom of Howard; one sister Liz (Lon) Gatton of Greeley, Colo.; in-laws, Larry (Rose) Kieffer of Howard; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Becky) Kieffer of Aberdeen, Joe (Elizabeth) Kieffer, Chris (Kate) Kieffer, and Paul (Cathy) Kieffer all of Rapid City; sisters-in-law, Kim (Jim) Klinkhammer of Howard, and Ann (Mark) Ogle of Frontenac, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dean; his wife, Judy; step-father, John Raesly; and all grandparents.

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Jonathan Huitema


Jonathan Huitema, 25, of Chamberlain, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Kimball.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. Visitation and prayer services were held Monday, Sept. 16, at the Goglin Funeral Home in Yankton. Burial was at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.

Jonathan “Ringo” Huitema was born on Sept. 13, 1993 to Jeffrey and Pam (Heidinger) Huitema at Mitchell. Jonathan attended Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls.

Since he was incredibly smart, the classroom proved too slow for him so he graduated from high school early in 2011. At the age of 18, he began working for a watermelon farm in Forestburg where he learned to drive truck. Through this job, he discovered his passion for being behind the wheel and went on to be an independent truck driver ultimately driving through the majority of the continental United States.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially out on the ranch with his Uncle Doug in Miller. In his spare time, he also loved fishing with his little buddy Colton. 

Jonathan had a heart of gold and was quick to hug. He would help anybody with anything. Jonathan believed that there were only two things that really mattered in life, “Did you find happiness in your life? Did you bring happiness to others?” 

He is survived by the love of his life, Shantel Bairey of Chamberlain; son, Otto Huitema; parents, Pam Heidinger of Mitchell and Jeff (Lori) Huitema of Yankton; sister, Brittany (Nick) Chappell of Greenfield, Ind.; brothers, Derrick Huitema of Yankton and Donavan Heidinger of Mitchell; grandmothers, Betty Heidinger of Mitchell and JoAnn Huitema of Yankton; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who he loved very much… and of course, his fellow truck driving brothers.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Don Heidinger and Jon Huitema; and uncle, David Heidinger.


Jordan T. Klich, Dylan J. Klich, and Kristian A. Kesary

Jordan T. Klich, 15, Dylan J. Klich 14, and Kristian A. Kesary, 14, of Woonsocket died Saturday night as a result of a car accident, Sept. 14.

Funeral services will be held at the Woonsocket High School at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 19. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Basham Funeral Home in Woonsocket and one hour prior to the service at the school.

Arrangements by Basham Funeral Service in Woonsocket.