Robert J. “Jim” Larson, 70, of Woonsocket, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at the Prairie View Heathcare Community in Woonsocket.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Woonsocket Community Center. Reverend Rhonda Wellsandt-Zell officiated. Burial was in the Silver Creek Cemetery of rural Woonsocket with military rites by Woonsocket American Legion Post 29. Visitation and prayer services were held at the Basham Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 13. 

Robert J. “Jim” Larson was born May 19, 1948 at St. John’s Hospital in Huron to Robert W. and Arlyce (Doering) Larson. An only child, he grew up in Forestburg and attended Woonsocket High School. Following high school he attended Dakota State College in Madison. He served in the South Dakota National Guard for 10 years and worked at an airline company in Chicago, before returning to South Dakota.

He worked for Armour in Huron and Farmers Union Co-op in Woonsocket. Then he went to work for Barthlows Construction and later Elliot Construction, building substations. Finally, he worked for Basin Electric, starting in 1984, until his retirement in 2008.

Jim moved to the family farm in 1989. He was joined in marriage with Patti Maakestad on Nov. 17, 1991. Jim had a great love for his family, friends, farm and animals. He was an excellent carpenter and jack-of-all trades.

Jim is survived by his wife, Patti, of Woonsocket; children, Jay (Trudy) Larson, of Woonsocket, Michael Larson, of Woonsocket, Paula (Arid) Boschee, of Sioux Falls, Ryan (Michelle) Day, of Concord, Calif., Stephanie Baysinger, of Woonsocket, Trevis (Casie) Larson, of Big Springs, Texas, Kristi Gavre, of Dallas, Texas, and Tambi (Marty) Wormstadt, of Artesian; 19 grandchildren; and first wife, Cheryl Kahle, of Piedmont.

He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Stan and Lila Maakestad; several aunts and uncles; and his beloved dog, Lacey Lou. 

Donald Scott


Donald Scott, 93, of Artesian, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society in Howard. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 5 p.m. Scripture Service. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Artesian.

Donald K. Scott was born March 14, 1925, and graduated from high school in Artesian. 

On Dec. 10, 1949, he married Madonna Donahue, daughter of Ben and Maggie Donahue. They were the last couple married in the old Catholic Church in Artesian. Their family were members of St. Charles Catholic Church for their entire lives. After farming for a few years, the family moved into Artesian for the remainder of their lives.

Donald spent many years as a painter and paperhanger. He then became a truck driver for Minnesota-Wisconsin truck lines until his retirement.

His life was filled with humor, which he generously shared with anyone he met. He enjoyed polka, played the harmonica by ear, had a passion for chocolate, loved to tackle home projects and watched basketball games around the area with his son, Tom.

In late October, he entered Good Samaritan Home in Howard for rehabilitation, hopefully to gain strength enough to return to his home in Artesian. Instead, he became weaker and passed away quietly in his sleep on Nov. 7.

He is survived by his children, Vickie and Tom; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Madonna; sister, LaVonne McCart; parents, Maynard and Opal Scott; brothers-in-law, Wilmer Donahue, Ardell Donahue, Jerome Casey, Daryl Weable; and sister-in-law, LaVera Casey.

Ardis Grace

Blair, Neb.

Ardis Grace, 88, of Blair, Neb., passed away Nov. 3, 2018, at the Crowell Memorial Home in Blair, Neb. 

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at First Lutheran Church in Blair, Neb. Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Campbell Aman Funeral Home.

Ardis was born Jan. 12, 1930, in Storla to Clifford and Nellie (Heggen) Jensen. After graduation from high school, she earned her teacher’s certificate and taught country school for two years.

She married Les Grace in 1951. The couple made their home in Blair in 1955.

Ardis served on the First Lutheran Council, The Good Shepherd Home Board and was active in the American Cancer Society. She received awards as the American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Year, Aksarben Good Neighbor, Extension Service, High School Alumni Board Honors, Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Year and the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award. Ardis was named the Woman of the Year by the American Medical Association Auxiliary in 1981 and served as the National President in 1985 and 1986.

She is survived by her children, Cindy (Larry) Sorenson, Don (Jackie) Grace, Tim (Colela) Grace and Jay Grace; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Marian (Martin) Anderson; brothers, Bob (Ruth) Jensen, Les (Mary Louise) Jensen; sister-in-law, Mavis Grace; and brother-in-law, Ernest (Ila) Grace.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Leslie Grace; infant son, Leslie Dean Grace; her parents; and brothers, John, Lloyd and Willis Jensen.