Richard Huber, 76, of Huron, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Avantara Huron. 

A private family service was held on Tuesday, June 30, at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron with burial at the St. Wilfrid’s Cemetery in Woonsocket. 

Richard Huber, the son of Robert and Irene (Johnson) Huber, was born on June 1, 1944, in Wessington Springs.  Starting at the age of five years old, Richard attended the School for Crippled Children in Jamestown, N.D., and graduated from the school on June 1, 1962. During his school years, Richard would come home every summer and help his father on the family farm. After graduation, Richard continued to help on the family farm in Woonsocket.

Richard was a member of the St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and enjoyed reading, watching movies, and discussing politics. Richard loved history and worked tirelessly putting together the Huber family genealogy.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and taking care of the lawn and flowers on the family farm.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his sister, Judi Reilly of Wolsey; brothers, John (Sheila) Huber of Blackhawk and Bradly Huber of Huron; his nieces and nephews and many great nieces and great nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Irene, and brother-in-law, Robert Reilly.



On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Josephine Lou Brown, wife, mother, music teacher and friend, passed away at the age of 98. She was born August 18, 1921, in Kimball, South Dakota. Her parents, Henry Benjamin LuBean and Lillian LuBean named her Manilla LuBean. After her mother’s death, at the age of one, she was adopted by Sanford Clyde Washburn and Lillian Lalona (Crouch) Washburn who renamed her Josephine Lou Washburn. 

Josephine (Jo) was raised on a farm 10 miles south of Artesian, South Dakota in the Farwell community. She started her education in a one-room schoolhouse near her home. Following her graduation in 1939 from Artesian High School, she received an Associate’s degree in Music and Elementary Education from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., in 1941. Jo then obtained a teaching position at an elementary school in Huron, S.D. Later, in 1958-59, Jo went back to Dakota Wesleyan University and received her Bachelor of Music and Education degree.

Because Jo showed an aptitude for music at an early age, she took piano lessons and became experienced enough to play for high school, college and church activities. She also loved to sing and was asked to sing and play the piano for many weddings and funerals. Later she taught herself how to play the organ so she could be an organist at Artesian Methodist Church.

Jo’s teaching career started in Huron, S.D., and she later taught in Artesian and the surrounding communities of Fedora, Forestburg, Carthage and Brookings.

When Jo was 16 years old, she met Edwin (Eddie) Clyde Brown, a young farmer from nearby Fedora, S.D. They married in Miami, Oklahoma on October 30, 1944, right before Eddie went to the European front in WWII. They were married for 68 years at the time of Eddie’s passing on February 5, 2013.

On November 15, 1958, Eddie and Joe welcomed their daughter, Terri Sue Brown, into their family. Terri Sue was born in Inchon, South Korea and was a war orphan.  

Eddie and Jo owned a farm in Artesian, S.D., until they retired in 1977 and moved to Sherman, Texas. They lived in Sherman for five years and then moved to Mesa, Ariz., where several of their S.D. friends and family spent the winters. Jo was in a band and performed constantly for dances at several of the Mesa area retirement centers. At age 96, she was still playing the piano at the nursing home where she spent her last couple of years.

Jo and Eddie are survived by their daughter, Terri Sue Brown Kirkpatrick and son-in-law, Bruce Kirkpatrick, of Montgomery, Texas, and two grandchildren, Traci Jo Kirkpatrick (Matthew) Older and Kyle Bruce (Krista) Kirkpatrick and seven great-grandchildren, Marc, Ayden and Elise Older, Jack, Dylan, Hudson and Karson Kirkpatrick and several nieces and nephews.

Jo’s brothers, Carl Sanford Washburn, Earnest LuBean, Charles Gunn, Raymond Loomer and sister, Ida Mae Bailey, all preceded her in death.

Shirley Effling

Clear Lake

Shirley Effling, age 77, of Clear Lake, S.D., passed away peacefully on Friday, June 12, 2020, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Public visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake with a 7 p.m. prayer service. A private family Mass was held on Wednesday.   Burial was at the Lakeview Cemetery in Clear Lake.

Shirley Delores (Grunewaldt) Effling was born on June 19, 1942, in Woonsocket, S.D., to Walter and Retha (Schabot) Grunewaldt.  She grew up on a farm in Sanborn County and graduated from Artesian High School in 1960. She attended the School of Practical Nursing in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated in 1961 as an LPN. On June 1, 1963, she was united in marriage to John Raymond Effling at St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian, S.D. They lived on a farm by Esmond, S.D., until 1971, when they purchased a farm near Strandburg, S.D. In the fall of 2005, Shirley and John moved to Clear Lake, S.D. Shirley attained a personal goal in 1991 when she graduated with a four-year nursing degree from Mount Marty College. With her nursing degree, she was able to fulfill her passion of caring for others.

Shirley was a lifelong member of 4-H and never missed a South Dakota State Fair. She volunteered at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg and St. Mary’s Church in Clear Lake. Her greatest joy was watching her grandchildren participate in all of their many activities, and she claimed many proud grandma moments. Crocheting was her pastime, making many blankets, doilies, hats and prayer shawls, which were given to others with love. 

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband John, Clear Lake, S.D.; her six children, Jim (Nancy) Effling, Clear Lake, S.D., LuAnn (JT) Weber, Lake Benton, Minn., Helen (Kevin) Geppert, Mitchell, S.D., Joe Effling, Saco, Mont., Ray (Marci) Effling, Britton, S.D., and Chris (Kristi) Effling, Highmore, S.D.;  21 grandchildren, Jenna (Mark) Braun, Ross Effling, and Ryan (fiancé Sophia) Effling, Jake (Amanda) Weber, Elizabeth (Josh) Fiedler, Garret (Kailey) Weber, Maria (Cade) Ophiem, Sara and Matthew Weber, Sydney (Garrett) Davis, Weston (Britney) Geppert, Kylee (fiancé Tyler) Geppert, Dylan Effling, Austin, Lyndsey, Carter, Emily and Olivia Effling, Cagney, Chesney, and Kenidey Effling; nine great-grandchildren, Ellie, Kollyns and Landon Braun, Abilene and Chisum Weber, Vidalia Fiedler, Adam Weber, Lawton and Conley Geppert; her sister, Sharon (Warren) Richie; brothers, John (Janet) Grunewaldt, Dale (Marlene) Grunewaldt; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, all very special to her.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chelsea Weber; great-granddaughter, Rae Ann Davis; and her parents.

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