Dennis Anthony Schoenfelder, 84, of North Sioux City, died Monday, Jan. Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary Joan; his grandchildren, Chad Schoenfelder and his wife, Jamie, and Kelli Petersen and her husband, James; three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Gracie, and Madison, and one on the way; his brother, Willard “Curly” Schoenfelder; and a sister, Virginia Casey.Memorial services for Jo Ann Houser, 83, of Oacoma, SD will be Monday, May 28, 2018 at pm at the Oacoma Community Center in Chamberlain with burial of the ashes in the Graceland Cemetery at Oacoma.
She also suggested that Jenny wasn’t really the reason things didn’t work out.
“I think that I was not useful to him anymore — he made the engagement thing four months before the elections,” she said.
He met the love of his life at a dance in Presho, SD. This union welcomed three children – Guy, Timothy, and Dawn.
Throughout Ray and Twyla’s humble beginnings, they worked closely with Ray’s parents Bruce and Minnie. As the years went by, the farm and ranch grew, and soon Ray’s sons Guy and Tim were farming alongside him.
Ray enjoyed dancing, flying, snowmobiling, motorcycling, hunting, fishing, golfing, cooking, telling jokes, hosting foreign exchange students, dogs, and South Dakota sunsets on the prairie. Following his discharge, Dennis was united in marriage with Mary Joan Sullivan on June 28, 1958, in Mitchell, SD.
His creative side came through in poetry he wrote, paintings, playing music, and the fun cartoon doodles he always drew. 6, 1934, in Dimock, SD, the son of Fernand and Elizabeth (Kummer) Schoenfelder. The couple lived most of their lives in the Sioux City area, where they owned and operated K-D Fir Farm, a mink ranch, for 25 years as well as Fashion Fur.
She is survived by her children: Dan (Merry) Houser of Des Moines, IA; Greg (Debbie) Houser of Gillette, WY; Susan (Doug) Wittenhagen of Holdridge, NE; and Mike Houser of Cle Elm, WA; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren; two sisters Peggy Reis of Oacoma, SD and Colleen Short of Piedmont, SD; one brother Roland Hickey of Oacoma, SD; and multiple nieces and nephews that called her “Grandma Jo”. "Will" Reis, 62, of Reliance, SD, will be pm Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chamberlain, with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain.
Visitation will begin Thursday at pm, with a prayer service at pm at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chamberlain.
Funeral services will be Saturday, February 10, at am, at American Lutheran Church, Presho. Isburg Hofmeister Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Ray was born at home in Hamill, SD on December 6, 1934.
In 1938 his family moved to the Bruce and Minnie Herman ranch where Ray grew up with his sisters. As a young man, Ray worked road construction and helped build the Highway 16 bridge at Chamberlain, SD.
A lunch will be served at the Community Center following the burial.