Herreid -- The funeral for Emil Shaffer, 84, of Herreid will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Reformed Church of Eureka. The Rev. Darrell Kingswood will officiate.
Burial will be in the city cemetery at Eureka. Straub's Funeral Home of Eureka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, all at the funeral home. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.
He died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at the Beverly Healthcare Center in Mobridge.
Emil Shaffer was born July 11, 1916, to Michael and Karolina (Zeller) Shaffer in rural Campbell County.
He married Mathilda Heiser on Oct. 19, 1944, in Mound City. They lived on a farm 16 miles west of Eureka since 1944. He was a retired farmer.
He was a member of the Reformed Church of Eureka.
He enjoyed farming and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of Herreid; five sons, Roger Shaffer of Eclectic, Ala., Allen Shaffer of Herreid, Lester Shaffer of Sioux Falls, Dan Shaffer of Aberdeen and Randy Shaffer of Wahpeton, N.D.; five daughters, Phyliss (Paul) Erdmann of Wetonka, Linda (David) Huft and Carol (John) Becker, both of Pierre, Margie (Aaron) Rau of Kief, N.D., and Nora Shaffer of Aberdeen; three brothers, Christ Shaeffer of Herreid, Henry Shaffer of Mound City and Albert Shaffer of Eureka; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, three brothers and two sisters.
Casketbearers will be Myron Mettler, Craig Shaffer, Stanley Shaffer, James Erdmann, Michael Erdmann and Jason Erdmann.
Aaron 'Shorty' Rencountre (Esto Si Wakinya)
Aberdeen -- The funeral for Aaron 'Shorty' Rencountre (Esto Si Wakinya), 72, of 221 S. Greenwood St. will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Thompson. The Rev. Yvon Sheehy will officiate.
Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery at Stephen. Spitzer-Osthus Funeral Home, 320 Sixth Ave. S.E., Aber-deen, is in charge of arrangements.
A two-day wake will be at Fort Thompson.
He died Friday, April 20, 2001, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen.
Aaron Lars Rencountre was born Dec. 27, 1928, to Bert and Margaret (Noble) Rencountre at Crow Creek. He grew up and attended school in Fort Thompson. He carved statues out of trees to help make a living for his family and himself. He worked construction on the dams in the Pierre area. For the last 40 years he had lived in Aberdeen. He worked at Presentation College for two years and did construction work.
He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Thompson. He was involved with rodeos and rode on the circuit with Casey Tibbs.
Survivors include one son, Richard Rencountre of Springfield, Mo.; one daughter, Maryann Garcia of Mitchell; two brothers, Whitney Rencountre and Jack Rencountre, both of Fort Thompson; one sister, Stella Pretty Sounding Flute of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, four brothers and one grandson.
Casketbearers will be Maurice Rencountre, Jerome Attikai, Dustin Hawk, Allan Rencountre, Derick Crowe and Torin Crowe.
Warner -- The funeral for Arnold Bauer, 68, of Warner will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church in Warner. The Rev. Joanne Nagele will officiate.
Burial will be in the Warner Township Cemetery. Miller-Huebl Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St., Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.
A prayer service will be at 7:30 tonight at the funeral home in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Aberdeen and for one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.
He died Friday, April 20, 2001, at ManorCare Health Services in Aberdeen.
Arnold Bauer was born Oct. 23, 1932, to Christian and Bertha (Pfeifer) Bauer at Zeeland, N.D. He was raised on the family farm and attended school in Zeeland. After his education he worked on the family farm.
He married Selma Orth on June 9, 1957, at Eureka. They made their home on the family farm in Zeeland for nine years. They moved to Warner in 1966, and he worked at the Warner public schools as custodian for seven years. He then went to work at Bethesda Home in Aberdeen for eight years. He worked various jobs until his retirement in 1996.
He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Warner.
He enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife of Warner; one son, Paul (Jackie) Bauer of Warner; one daughter, Sharon Bauer of Lodi, Calif.; one brother, James Bauer of Jean, Nev.; one sister, Darlene Quaschnick of Mobridge; and one stepgranddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one infant sister.
Casketbearers will be Dennis Christenson, Jeff Neiger, Dennis Kirschenmann, Charles Bauer, Gerald Skramstad and Brian Kolb.
James V. Robinson
Aurora -- James V. Robinson, 61, of Aurora and formerly of Aberdeen, died Friday, April 20, 2001, at Aurora.
A private funeral service will be today.
Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery at Brookings. Eidsness Funeral Home of Brookings is in charge of arrangements.
James V. Robinson was born Jan. 11, 1940, to Glenn E. and Margaret E. (Purdy) Robinson at Monmouth, Ill. He moved with his family in 1957 to Brookings, where he graduated from high school in 1958. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 to 1967. After his discharge he worked as an aircraft mechanic in Sioux Falls, for North Central Harvestore in Aberdeen and for Big Horn Harvestore in Greeley, Colo. He returned to the Brookings area in 1986 and was employed by Marriott and later Aramark food services at South Dakota State University.
He married Darlene Bomesberger.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
He enjoyed bowling, traveling, trains and working in his yard.
Survivors include his wife of Aurora; two daughters, Tamara (Kenneth) Haskett of Wilmington, Del., and Karen Ann (Daniel) Beaner of Aberdeen; two sons, Glenn E. (Wanda) Robinson II of Jacksonville, Fla., and James V. (Amy) Robinson of Brookings; two stepchildren, Margo Bomesberger and Blake Bomesberger, both of Aberdeen; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Frank Matthias Martian
Aberdeen -- Mass of Christian burial for Frank Matthias Martian, 77, of 823 S. Rock St. will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 Third Ave. S.E. The Rev. Christopher Hughes will officiate.
Johannes 'John' Thomas
Aberdeen -- Mass of Christian burial for Johannes 'John' Thomas, 77, of 38412 129th St. will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 215 N. Arch St. The Rev. Doug Binsfeld and the Rev. Randy Phillip will officiate.
Burial will be in the church cemetery. Schriver's Memorial Mortuary, 414 Fifth Ave. N.W., is in charge of arrangements.
A liturgical wake service will be at 5 p.m. today at the mortuary.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, all at the mortuary.
He died Friday, April 20, 2001, at his home.
Johannes Thomas was born May 17, 1923, to Johannes and Anna Marie (Glatt) Thomas in New Selz, Ukraine. In 1944 he entered the German army and in 1945 was captured by American forces. He returned to Bremen, Germany, following World War II.
He married Emilie Schaub on Sept. 1, 1951, in Baden, Germany. One year later they immigrated to the United States, making their home in Aberdeen. He worked for Davies-Marsh Construction and eventually went into building and remodeling homes on his own. Later he operated Thomas Concrete Products. Before his retirement in 1988 he worked at Presentation College.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
He enjoyed building projects, fishing, gardening and collecting coins.
Survivors include two sons, Richard (Kay) Thomas of Watertown and John P. (Delna) Thomas of Dakota Dunes; three daughters, Mary Ann Mulvenna of Ipswich, Emmy L. (Rick) Olson of Mina and Jeannie (Lee) Jones of Trail City; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters and five brothers.
Casketbearers will be Brandon Mulvenna, Travis Mulvenna, Paul Malsam, Scott Hicks, Dylan Jones and Andy Dickhaut.
The family prefers memorials to North Plains Hospice, 305 S. State St., Aberdeen, S.D. 57401.
Jeffrey James Aesoph
Huron -- Mass of Christian burial for Jeffrey James Aesoph, 44, of Huron will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Orient. The Rev. Randy Phillips will officiate.
Burial will be in the church cemetery. Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton is in charge of arrangements.
He died Friday, April 20, 2001, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.
Jeffrey James Aesoph was born Oct. 30, 1956, to Leo and Berneice (Baloun) Aesoph in Faulkton. He attended grade school in rural Hyde County and graduated from Faulkton High School. He drove truck for several years and managed restaurants in Aberdeen, Wyoming, Colorado and Minnesota. He was currently managing the Country Kitchen in Huron.
Survivors include one daughter, Nichole Reid; his mother; four brothers, Bob Aesoph, David Aesoph, Mike Aesoph and Steve Aesoph; and five sisters, Pat McCloud, Joan Bent, Karen Kusser, Virginia Kayser and Jackie Aesoph.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.