Dennis Lee Harmon, Sr., 87, of Huron, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, at the SunQuest Healthcare Center in Huron.

His funeral service will be Thursday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m., at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron. Visitation with the family present was Wednesday, March 7, at the Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the service.

Dennis Lee Harmon, son of Julian and Ruth (Smith) Harmon, was born April 3, 1930, in Huron. He attended schools in Huron. He joined the U.S. Army and served near the end of World War II.

Dennis married Clara LeBeau on June 3, 1950, in Wichita, Kan. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Huron. They also lived in Minnesota and California, before returning to live once again in Huron in their later years.

Dennis owned and operated his own auto body shop for many years. Dennis and Clara loved to dress up in old-fashioned clothing and take road trips in their 1901 Oldsmobile that Dennis built. It was not uncommon to see the couple holding hands wherever they went.

Dennis is survived by his six children: Rod (Signe) Harmon of Huron, Renee (Larry) Reimer of Woonsocket, Pam (Dave) Ferguson of Huron, Russanne (Glen) Ellerton of Mitchell, Helen Ganske of Tea, and Dennis, Jr., (Bonnie) Harmon of St. Paul, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sister, Lauralee Slaughter of Sioux Falls; brother, Dean Harmon of North Branch, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara, on March 7, 2017; his parents, Ruth and Ray Jobbins; his daughter, Ruth Elaine Harmon; grandson, Robert Dean Ganske in 1977; and brothers, Donald and Darrell Harmon.

Robert Conroy


Robert Allen Conroy, 78, of Mitchell, died Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Firesteel Healthcare Community surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, March 5, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with burial and military rites at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, March 4, at the Will Funeral Chapel with a prayer service beginning at 6 p.m.

Robert A. Conroy, son of John and Esther (Paulson) Conroy, was born in rural Artesian, where he grew up and attended school until the 8th grade. Bob then moved with his family to Mitchell, where he attended school.

Bob was united in marriage with Jane Usher on Aug. 10, 1959, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. He entered the U.S. Army, was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, and also served in Greenland. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 29, 1964, and returned to Mitchell, where he continued serving his country with the South Dakota National Guard until 1967.

In Mitchell, Bob was employed at Rozum’s Motors and United Auto Parts for a short time. In 1968, he began his career with Campbell Supply and retired in 2014 after 46 years of service. After his retirement, the couple continued to live in Mitchell.

During the late stages of Bob’s Lewy Body Dementia, the couple lived in Sioux Falls for a short time and then returned to Mitchell, where Bob lived at Edgewood Memory Care. He entered Firesteel Healthcare Community in November of 2017.

Bob was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane Conroy of Mitchell; five children: Beth (Carrie Tesch) Conroy of Mitchell, Cathy (Craig) Fogel of Sioux Falls, Mike (Holly) Conroy of Sioux Falls, Sharon (Sterling) Woods of Phoenix, Ariz., and Susan (Brian) Daughters of Mitchell; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a brother, George (Jean) Conroy of Mitchell; a sister-in-law, Mary Usher of Chandler, Ariz.; and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Conroy, during infancy, and his parents.

Eugene Kroell


A. Eugene (Gene) Kroell, 78, passed away March 3, 2018.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket with Tom Baruth officiating. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Woonsocket. Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Gene was born Sept. 2, 1939, in Grand Forks, N.D., to Alvin and Helen Kroell. He spent most of his childhood in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1957. He immediately began his life-long career in the telephone industry, working for Northwestern Bell, Sully Buttes Telephone Company, and Santel Communications.

Gene married Janice Knittel in Aberdeen in March of 1959, and five children were born to their union. The family lived in Highmore and Woonsocket, until Gene and Janice moved to Pierre in 2013.

Gene was involved with the development of Mitchell Telecom and served on the board with SDN. He retired from the telephone and communications business in 2005. In 2014, Gene was inducted into the South Dakota Cooperatives Hall of Fame.

Gene was active in his community, serving as mayor of Woonsocket for 16 years and volunteer fireman for 25 years in Woonsocket and Highmore. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being a do-it-yourselfer. Gene’s talents ranged from home and camper remodels, to car restoration, to catching angler fish.

Gene is survived by his wife, Janice of Pierre; three daughters: Sheri (Jim) Anderson of Mitchell, Laurie Reed of Sioux Falls, and Kandi (Tom) Millivan of Pierre; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Bob (Shirley) Kroell of Aberdeen; a brother-in-law, Gordon (Verdell) Knittel of Alpena; and a niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant children; and his best friend, Stuart Scott.