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Ted thodeTed Thode
Ted C. Thode, 64, Sisseton, SD, passed away Monday, December 1, 2014, at the Tekakwitha Living Center in Sisseton surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services were Friday, December 5, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Family Life Assembly of God Church in Sisseton with Rev. Vernal Donnell officiating. Music was provided by pianist June Evenson, musician Irv Slaamot, and vocalists April Moen, Holly Anderson, and Pat Schubert.
Burial will be at a later date in the Sisseton Cemetery. Honorary urn bearers were the members of the Sisseton Volunteer Fire Department, Roberts County Rescue Squad, and former co-workers from Cenex. Active urn bearers were Ted’s nephews and one niece: Steven Smith, Melissa Ryan, Timmy Thode, Eric Thode, and Thoody Thode.
Visitation was Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the church. The Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt, SD, was in charge of the arrangements.
Ted was born December 6, 1949, to Theodore A. Thode and Carole H. (Cornelius) Thode in Sisseton. He attended Sisseton Public Schools and graduated from Sisseton High School in 1968. Ted attended Lake Area Technical School and studied electronics. In 1970, he married Carolyn Vasend and was blessed with four children, Tracey, Tressa, little Teddy, and Dustin. On February 14, 1995, he married Janis (Bartz) McCleerey.
Ted worked 30 years for Cenex in Sisseton. In 2002, Ted and Janis moved to Petoskey, MI, where Ted worked for Meyers Hardware. In 2004, Ted realized he was too far from family, so they moved to Fargo, ND. Ted worked six years for the Great Plains Food Bank before being diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia. They moved to Sisseton in 2013 for family support with his care.
Ted loved to garden and make his own salsa. He was an avid woodworker, creating many gifts made from oak. It was a sin to paint any oak wood. With his love for cooking, he created his own version of fry bread tacos which Ted and Jan sold at food stands under the ‘Teddy Tacos’ name brand. He loved to attend his kids’ sporting events and everyone knew Ted was there…..
For many years, Ted ran the sound system for Sunday morning services at Assembly of God in Sisseton. Ted volunteered for the Sisseton Fire Department for 25 years and worked with the Roberts County Rescue Squad for 15 years. In later years, he enjoyed playing Yahtzee and Bingo. In his last game, he shook a Yahtzee beating Jan and his sister, Teresa.
Survivors include his wife, Janis of Sisseton; three children, Tracey Thode of Farmington, MN, Tressa Boespflug and husband Mike of Circle Pines, MN, and Dustin Thode of Crystal, MN; three stepchildren, Stephanie McCleerey and husband Glen Fladboe of Minneapolis, MN, Aaron and Heather McCleerey of Sisseton, and Mirissa and Albert Smith of Glenwood, MN; eight grandchildren, Taylor Just and Tanner Thode, Madeline Boespflug, Amelia Fladboe, Spencer, Conner, Grayson, and Corbin McCleerey; one sister, Teresa Thode and Dale Brooks of Sisseton; two brothers, Tim and Faye Thode of Circle Pines, MN, and Tom Thode of Sisseton; and many nephews and nieces.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Carole Thode; one son, Little Teddy; and one grandson, Lucas Boespflug.

Agnes GrindeAgnes Grinde
Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Grinde, long time Watertown, SD resident, was held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Janet Miller officiating.
Visitation was Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 12:00 noon to time of service at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery following the service.
Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters and grandsons and her great-grand-children and two great-great-grandchildren.
Active Pallbearers were Don Fox, Neal Hattich, Michael Misterek, Alan Waymaster, Jordan Waymaster and William Zubke.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Grace Lutheran Church of Watertown.
Mrs. Grinde passed away at Cozad, NE on Saturday, November 29, 2014. She had just celebrated her 97th birthday. She was born November 24, 1917 in Roberts County, SD to Lauris and Martha (Solberg) Lewis. Agnes was baptized and confirmed at Zoar Lutheran Church. Agnes attended One Road Township School in that area.
She married John M. Grinde, August 29, 1936 at Sisseton, SD. They were the parents of three children. During World War II they both worked at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, WA. They returned to South Dakota, where she and John farmed near Ortley. They later moved to Watertown where she was employed at St. Ann’s Hospital. She was extremely proud of being recognized as Employee of the Year.
Agnes had a deep love for her church family of Grace Lutheran. She spoke proudly of the number of quilts the members put together. She also took great joy and pride in assisting in Lefsa making for the church’s Nordefest. She always looked forward to coffee fellowship. Agnes also enjoyed the company of those she played bingo with. These ladies made many a night bright.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice Black, Ellsworth, KS; two sons, Gary of Mesa, AZ and John (Kay) of Cozad, NE; nine grandchildren: Kevin Grinde, Lori Grinde, Tami Grinde Stenson, Roberta Black Waymaster, Russell Black, Lisa Guffy Mittel, Christy Guffy Malenchk, Randy Guffy, and Bobbie Grinde Reihe; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Melander and Florence Pederson both of Denver, CO; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Agnes was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, five sisters, and four brothers.
Arrangements by Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel, www.wcsfc.com.


Darin GarlandDarin Garland
Darin Garland, 45, Rapid City, SD, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.
Darin Lee Garland was born, December 13, 1968 to Fred and Mary Garland in Redfield, SD. The family moved to Rosholt, SD in 1976. Darin attended grade school in Rosholt, and graduated from Rosholt High School in 1987. Darin attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD, and graduated with a degree in Education in 1993.
After graduating from college, Darin entered the field of Special Education; he began his teaching career as a Special Education teacher and coach in Parkston, SD. Darin continued his career in Special Education and coaching for more than 20 years, working at Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, ND, Tiospa Zina School in Agency Village, SD, and the Black Hills Children’s Home in Rockerville, SD. Darin was blessed with a gift of immeasurable generosity that enabled him to impact the lives of hundreds of kids over the years.
Darin married Daphne Keeble in 2006. Together, they had one daughter, Maryann.
Darin thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, and play golf. Some of his fondest memories were sitting by the campfire with family and friends and sharing stories.
Darin is survived by his daughter, Maryann, Rapid City; his parents, Fred and Mary Garland, Sturgis; his brother, Brett (Patty), Piedmont, and their two children, Dan and Ryan. He also leaves his faithful black lab, Emma.
A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 8, 2014 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, with Pastor David Piper officiating.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 12, 2014 at Bethania Lutheran Church in Rosholt, SD with Pastor Nancy Quatier officiating.
A memorial has been established in Darin’s name. Cards may be sent to Kirk Funeral Home, 1051 E. Minnesota St., Rapid City, SD 57701.
Arrangements are in the care of Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, SD, and Eggers Funeral Home in Rosholt, SD.
Family and friends may sign Darin’s online guestbook at either www.kirkfuneralhome.com or www.eggersfh.com.

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