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June KasyokiJune I. Kasyoki
Visitation for June Ion Kasyoki, 79 of Sisseton, SD was held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD.
June was born on June 27, 1938 in Breien, ND to Jerry and Lutina (Chase) Rhone Sr. She attended school at Solin and graduated from Solin High School. She attended Dickinson State College for two years. She taught in North Dakota for a time. She was united in marriage and farmed. They had five children. She attended Ellendale College in Ellendale, ND and received her Bachelor of Science Degree. She then attended Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD and received her Master’s Degree in Administration and Special Ed. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Kasyoki in Sisseton, SD in 1987. She taught at Tiospa Zina Tribal School before she started Kasyoki Christian Academy from 1993 until present. She was an excellent cook. She enjoyed sewing, preaching, gardening and collecting old coins. She loved to take care of stray cats. June passed away at the Tekakwitha Living Center, Sisseton, SD on November 11, 2017.
June is survived by her husband, Benjamin Kasyoki of Sisseton, SD; and one brother, Richard (Pearl) Rhone of North Dakota.
June was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, four brothers and two sisters.
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Randy MoanRandy Moen
Randy Moen, 60, loving husband, father, brother and friend, died suddenly as a result of hypertensive and cardiovascular disease on October 26, 2017 while playing racquetball in Dallas, TX.
Randy was born in Sisseton, SD on November 3, 1956. He most recently resided in Dallas, TX. After retiring from the Arizona Department of Corrections, Randy was able to pursue his passion and work in the golf industry in a variety of locations including managing the Edgebrook Golf Course in Brookings, SD with his brother, Gary.
Randy is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cindy, his sons, TJ (wife Taylor and daughter Merrick) Moen of Austin, TX, Josh (and wife Tatyn) of Vallejo, CA, and daughter Sara Lincoln of Sisseton, SD and siblings, Myron (Judy) Moen, Gloria (Ernie) Hutchins, Joyce Barse, Gary (Sharon) Moen, and GayLynn (Mike) Drooger and numerous other family members.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Helmer Moen and Alyce Bendickson, also of Sisseton, SD and father-in-law, Brian Turley of Arizona.
A private family gathering was held on Monday, October 30, 2017 to share memories of Randy’s life on the 7th green just outside the back door of his house. The family asks that any donations be made to the charity of your choice in Randy’s name.

Ray GeorgeRaymond “Ray” George
The Funeral Mass for Raymond “Ray” Paul George, of Morris, MN, was held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sisseton, SD. Celebrant for the Funeral Mass was Father Jerry Ranek. Organist was Colette Hull, and song leader was Sandi Jaspers. Pallbearers were Jimmy Hunt, Timmy Hunt, Tommy Hunt, Dean Hunt, Darrin George, Richard Gannon, Roger George and Rick Hagen. Honorary Pallbearers were Duane Hunt, Debbie Murray, Michael Barth, Steve Weber, Scott Weber, Terri Weber, Pam Marie, Patty Bowen, Paul Watkins, Michelle (George) Watson, Dara Bresson and Dawn Finken. Visitation was on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. at Cahill Funeral Chapel in Sisseton. Visitation continued from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sisseton. Burial was at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Sisseton.
Raymond Paul George, son of Paul and Angeline (Gonsior) George, was born on June 28, 1945 in Sisseton, SD. He grew up in Sisseton, attending school and excelling in football and track. After his graduation in 1964, Ray began driving cattle truck. He was united in marriage to Anita Aadland on July 3, 1965 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Sisseton. The couple moved to St. Paul, MN in 1968 and soon after Ray began working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. In January 1978, the family moved to Morris when Ray transferred his location with the phone company. He worked for the telephone company 33 years before retiring in 2004.
Over the years, many hours were spent on the lake fishing, whether around Morris, the Missouri River or the Polish Opener on Waubay Lake in South Dakota. Ray also enjoyed hunting and shooting pool. During his days in St. Paul, he would spend some time off-road racing with the “4x4 Club.”
Ray will be remembered as a strong-quiet man. He was friendly and caring and loved to tease and play jokes on those he loved. Most of all, Ray will be remembered for how much he loved his sons and grandkids and hated to see family leave after a visit.
Ray died on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, under hospice care and surrounded by his family at his son’s home in Rockville, MN. He was 72 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Anita George, Morris, MN; three sons, Jeff George, Chicago, IL, Jesse (Shelley) George, St. Augusta, MN, and Jeremy (Michelle) George, Rockville, MN; two brothers, Robert George, Sisseton, SD, and Dennis (Dianna) George, Morris, MN; five sisters, Louise (Danny) Barth, Missouri, Delores Schwake, Texas, Pauline George, California, Carol (Bill) Watkins, St. Paul, MN, and Darlene (Dick) Gannon, Roseville, MN; five grandchildren, Kelsi George, Milwaukee, WI, Katie George, St. Cloud, MN, Brooke, Alexis and Carter George, all of Rockville, MN; and several nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and Cahill Funeral Chapel in Sisseton were in charge of the funeral arrangements. Online guest books can be signed at or

Eric DuMarceEric A. DuMarce
Funeral Service for Eric Austin DuMarce, 27, of Sisseton, SD, was held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Agency Village, SD. Final viewing began at 10:00 a.m. at the Old Agency District Center, then moved to church with Pastor Milton Owen, John Cloud III senior cathacist and Coke LaFontaine officiating. Pianist was Kay Bursheim and Billy Kohl. Pallbearers were Isaiah Hayes, Daniel Martin, Michael Borns, Samuel Berger, Josh Berger and Carl Derry. Honorary Pallbearers were all of Eric’s family and friends. Interment was in the St. Mary’s Episcopal Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. All night wake services were on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Old Agency District Center. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Eric was born on March 22, 1990 in Sisseton, SD to Myron DuMarce and Lorleen Hayes-Martin. He grew up in the Sisseton area and attended Tiospa Zina Tribal School. Eric and his dad loved to travel, and he lived in various places with his dad -- Arizona, Alaska and Montana. He worked for Mercedes Benz in Billings, MT and worked various jobs in the area including Dakota Sioux Casino as a black jack dealer. They moved back to the Sisseton area when Eric was 14 years old. He enjoyed fishing with his dad, going to Bingo, casino hopping and especially spending time with his son Jaymis. He liked the Minnesota Vikings and loved his son Jaymis very much. Eric would always go out of his way to help people and the elderly. He will be remembered by his smile. Eric passed away on November 24, 2017 at his home in Sisseton, SD.
Eric is survived by his son, Jaymis DuMarce of Sisseton, SD; his father, Myron DuMarce of Sisseton, SD; his mother Lorleen Martin of Watertown, SD; siblings, April Hayes, Isaiah Hayes of Great Falls, MT, Daniel Martin of Great Falls, MT, Chelsey Martin of New York; grandmothers, Sharon Renville, Avina Hayes, Marvel Bursheim and Faith Finley; aunts, Shelly DuMarce of Sisseton, SD, and LeAnn (Keith) Wolff of Glasgow, MT; numerous aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a special cousin, Corrine Bravebull.
Eric was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Leonard Hayes Jr.; paternal grandmother Feanette DuMarce; aunt Suetie Birdsbill, uncles Lonnie, Leslie and Darrell DuMarce and uncle John Pipe; cousin Anthony Birdsbill.
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D. VernMcNallyDr. Vern L. McNally
Dr. Vern L. McNally went to be with the Lord on June 28, 2017, following a lengthy illness. He was born on May 15, 1939, in Midland, SD, to Fred and Alma (Phillips) McNally. He spent most of his childhood in Rapid City, SD, and graduated from Rapid City High School. He furthered his education at Central Bible Institute in Springfield, MO, receiving a B.A. in 1961; California Graduate School of Theology for his M.A. in 1982; then also his Ph.D. in 1986.
He and his wife, Shirley, of 16 years, moved to Prescott in 2011, where he officed and continued his Christian marriage and family counseling practice. He was ordained as a pastor by the Assemblies of God in South Dakota in 1962, and then by the United Evangelical Churches in 1989. He pastored in Scottsdale, AZ; Little Rock, AR; Seattle, WA; Tulsa, OK; Chicago, IL; Las Cruces, NM; and Haysville, KS, and was a missionary to the Sioux Indians in Sisseton, SD.
He was on the Board of Directors for AZ Teen Challenge, Inc. from 1995-2001; Board of Advisors for Brother to Brother Int’l from 1988-2002; Board of Directors for City Harvest Ministries from 1992-1995; Arizona Director for Berean College of the Assemblies of God, 1983-1986; Phoenix Extension Director for California Graduate School of Theology; Training Instructor for Trinity Broadcasting Network; Organizer and Host for the Arkansas Prayer Breakfast to honor the returning American hostages from Iran; helped organize a “baby lift” from Cambodia to save endangered babies; National Bible Quizmaster for Assemblies of God youth for five years; Red Cross chapter chairman for two years; Chairman of Task Force for Relocation of Viet Nam war refugees in northeastern Oklahoma; former president, board member and chairman of committees during a 15 year membership in Kiwanis; and former franchise owner of Curves for Women in Wickenburg, AZ -- a life well lived.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; a daughter, PJ (John) Madsen of Phoenix, AZ; two stepdaughters, Susan Grimes of Prescott, AZ, and Donna Grimes of Allen, TX; daughter-in-law, Sandra McNally of Chandler, AZ; three grandsons, four granddaughters, three great grandchildren; his sister, Carol McNally Hubbeling (Andy); and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Dottie); his sons, Randy and Jim; and his parents, Fred and Alma McNally.
A celebration of Vern’s life was held Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Prescott Life Church. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. Arrangements were entrusted to Hampton Funeral Home.

Donnella BlackthunderDonnella Blackthunder
Funeral Service for Donnella Blackthunder, 75, of Sisseton, SD, was held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Chapel, Sisseton, SD, with Pastor LeRoy Boender officiating. Organist was Ollie Yost. Pallbearers were Gary Martenson, Lavoy Todd Kampeska, LaVerne Blackthunder, Jr., Craig Blackthunder, Algin Blackthunder, Trey Slenes, Tyler Slenes and John Turbiville, Honorary Pallbearers were all of Donnella’s relatives, friends, Monday quilters at GLC, TLC, and Milbank Care and Rehab Memory Care staff. Interment was in St. James’ Episcopal Cemetery, Enemy Swim, SD. Visitation was at Grace Lutheran Church Chapel on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 6:00 p.m. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Donnella was born on May 24, 1942 in Waubay, SD to Eli and Evangeline (Phelps) Blackthunder. She attended Wahpeton Indian School and the Flandreau Indian School. Donnella was a quilter at the Grace Lutheran Church. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing Pokeno and Upwords. Donnella passed away on November 28, 2017 at the Milbank Care and Rehab Center.
Donnella is survived by her children, Randall (Dorothy) Dillard of Lewes, DE, Doreen Birch of Sioux Falls, SD and Deborah Birch of Rhame, ND; grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Tassler of Yuma, AZ, Noah (Lena) Dillard of Newark, DE, Cole Dillard, Evangeline Dillard, Ruby Dillard and May Dillard of Lewes, DE, Trey Slenes, Tyler Slenes and Alissa Slenes of Sioux Falls, SD, Kayla Turbiville of Bowman, ND, John Turbiville and Lena Werth of Rhame, ND; great grandchildren, Miryam Tassler, James Tassler, Josh Tassler and Marlene Tassler; sister, Jeanette Sylas of California.
Donnella was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Harry Blackthunder, Lavoy Blackthunder, LaVerne Blackthunder, Sr. and Matthew Bluedog.
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Gladys Sigirst
Gladys Sigirst, age 84, of New Effington, SD, died peacefully at her residence, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Family services will be held in Sandwich, IL.
Gladys was born on March 21, 1933, in Salem, IL. She was the daughter of Forest Waggoner and Berniece Jackson. She attended Grades 1 - 8 in Salem.
She was united in marriage with Robert Glenn Sigrist on June 16, 1951, in Corinth, MS. They divorced in 1979, but remained good friends.
Gladys was a homemaker who devoted her life to her kids and grandkids. She extended her care to children outside of her home. Her children would call her the “best mom in the world” and joke that she raised half of the town of Sandwich, IL.
Gladys later moved to South Dakota to be closer to her family. She enjoyed baking, especially cupcakes and coffee cakes.
Gladys is survived by her son, Stanley (Darlene) of Sandwich, IL; daughter, Sharon (Ron) Chaney of New Effington, SD; grandchildren: Angie, Amy, Joey, Jayson and Natalie; and great-grandchildren: Nick, Allie, Ryan, Kaitlyn, Malakai, Jairo and Maelie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; and infant daughter, Becky.
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