Obituaries

Calvin Hinrichs

Wessington Springs

Calvin Hinrichs, 68, of Wessington Springs, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019, at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Fr. Kevin Doyle officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with a scripture service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation resumed Thursday morning one hour prior to the service.

Calvin Jay Hinrichs was born April 30, 1951, in Wessington Springs to Matthew and Anna Ione (Faulhaber) Hinrichs. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lane. He grew up on a farm in Blaine Township, rural Jerauld County, and graduated from Lane High School in 1969.

Calvin was united in marriage to Marilyn Hohn on Aug. 6, 1971, at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket. They made their home in Wessington Springs. Calvin enjoyed a career driving semi truck and drove over 28 years with no reportable accidents. He worked for Caffee Trucking and Bob Winter Trucking hauling cattle, and he hauled grain for Stan’s Feed and Grain. Currently, he worked at J&M Specialties Parts Store.

Some knew Calvin as “Fishy” or “CJ.” He was an interesting person with a twinkle in his eye. Calvin had a variety of interests that included fishing, playing cards, gardening and geology. He always enjoyed a challenge and could fix most anything electrical or mechanical. Some of his favorite times were spent with his granddaughters, Friday night drives for dinner with Marilyn and time spent with his coffee/card group.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 48 years, Marilyn, of Wessington Springs; son, Jody (Susanne) Hinrichs of Brainerd, Minn.; three granddaughters; four brothers, Tom (Laurel) Hinrichs, Allen (Carmen) Hinrichs, David Hinrichs and Mike Hinrichs; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Calla Jean Hinrichs.

Ronald Gary Earl Sr., 84, of Mitchell, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the Will Funeral Chapel with a private family committal at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at the Will Funeral Chapel.

Ronald Gary Earl Sr., son of Orville and Thelma (Malde) Earl, was born June 19, 1935 on the family farm in rural Plankinton. He attended country school and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1953. While in high school, he participated in baseball and basketball.

Gary married his high school sweetheart, Alberta Ruhberg, on Sept. 4, 1954 at Victor Lutheran Church in rural Mt. Vernon. After their marriage, Gary worked as an ice cutter at Lake Mitchell and later at the Mt. Vernon Elevator. He and his wife were janitors and bus drivers and lived in the Hopper School for nine years. The couple began farming in 1959 and Gary continued farming until 2018, including driving combine for John Fritza.

He followed in his grandfather Rueben’s footsteps, becoming an auctioneer. Gary was a self-taught auctioneer and well known in the area for 50 years.

Gary was a member of the Mt. Vernon Methodist Church where he was active in several areas. He was also a member of the Mt. Vernon Baseball Association. He was a big fan of amateur baseball and DWU basketball. Gary also enjoyed hunting deer and geese, and snowmobiling.

Gary is survived by his two children, Julie Raye Earl of Mt. Vernon and Ron (Lori) Earl Jr. of Rural Plankinton; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeanne (Dr. Jack) Berry of Mitchell; special friend, Betty Welch of Mt. Vernon; several nieces and nephews, including Terry Hill of Woonsocket, and four cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta on June 15, 2006; his parents; a sister, Janice Kerwin and her husband, Robert; his in-laws; a sister-in-law, Earlyne Ruhberg; a brother-in-law, Roger Hill; and a nephew, Randy Hill.

HELEN HINDMAN

Wessington Springs

Helen Hindman, 101, of Wessington Springs, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, July 9, at Avera Weskota Hospital in Wessington Springs. Her funeral services were on Saturday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron with burial at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation with the family present took place on Friday, July 12, prior to the prayer service at Welter Funeral Home, and on Saturday, prior to the funeral.

Helen Lela Andresen was born on Nov. 4, 1917, in Wolsey, South Dakota to parents Fred and Martha (Stielow) Andresen. She attended school in Wolsey and Huron. She was baptized and confirmed at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church where she’s been a lifelong member.

In April 1936, she married the love of her life, Ralph Hindman. To this union, three children were born; Ruth (Bobby) Jensen, Nancy (Lloyd) Walters and Fred Hindman.

A lady of many talents, she loved to garden, was a wonderful seamstress, loved all kinds of crafts and loved watching her grandkids and great-grandkids whenever needed. Her door was always open for her grandkids and their friends as an afterschool and summer hangout. She was a very loving and giving mom and grandma.

Grateful for having shared in her life are her daughters; Ruth (Bob) Jensen of Alpena and Nancy (Lloyd) Walters of Fruita, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Martin; her husband, Ralph, in 1977; son, Fred; granddaughter, Vicki Jensen; and great-granddaughter, Stephanie Jensen.