Since Art Blaalid was first diagnosed you have embraced us with your love and support.

We'd like to thank the Siouxland Blood Bank for all the units of blood and platelets that Art required. For anyone that has ever donated blood you have no idea what a blessing it is for those in need. Our hope is this encourages others to donate.

We want to thank Dr. Neumayr at Yankton Medical Clinic and the infusion center of YMC, especially Radar and Robot (you know who you are). Our thanks also so Dr. Beth Mikkelson at Sacred Heart and for the great nursing care Art received there. Our appreciation also goes to Dr. Jonathan Bleeker at Sanford Clinic in Sioux Falls who helped guide us through this journey.

To our church family at Trinity Lutheran we thank you for your support and the wonderful lunch you served. Our thanks to the staff at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home for your compassionate service and also to the Ernest-Bowyer VFW 791 for the military rites.

And lastley to all our friends we offer our gratitude for your emotional support, the wonderful food you shared and all your prayers and well wishes.

Art fought the good fight and felt your love and caring throughout.

Marlys Blaalid and Family


The family of Darcie "Babygirl" Beene wishes to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped in the difficult time of the loss of our daughter and sister. A very special Thank You to the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home and Rev. Dani Jo Ninke for the wonderful tribute.

Always, Danny, Kim, Marissa & Danielle


It is hard to find the words to express how much everyone's love and prayers meant to Don and I during his sudden brief illness. Your cards, notes, phone calls, and visits gave so much joy to Don during his last days, especially your comments about how he touched your lives in a special way. His family continues to be overwhelmed by your kindness and caring.

We were blessed to have two wonderful pastors tend to us - Pastor Asher from Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls where we were members since June 2013 and Pastor Gunderson from our beloved St. John's Lutheran in Yankton. Special thanks to Pastor Gunderson for such a personal and meaningful funeral service, to Dianne Diekmann for her beautiful music, and to the ladies for the wonderful lunch they served. We so enjoyed our 32 years with our St. John's family and I will always treasure those memories.

The staff at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home were truly amazing - Their professionalism and unique touches were very much appreciated.

We are also thankful to Don List, The Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791, and the SD Honor Guard for their service and tribute to Don.

We were so blessed to have Don be a part of our lives and we know he felt blessed to have all of you be a part of his life.

Inez Cotton & the Cotton Family


The family of Leon K. Grimm would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those who comforted us in our time of profound grief. We especially thank our friends and neighbors in the Lindy, Bloomfield and Crofton communities for your presence, cards, flowers, memorials, food, visits, emails, hugs and prayers.

Thank you to Pastor Tim Koester for his beautiful tribute to Leon, Jim Wintz of Wintz & Ray Funeral Home for his compassion, the St. Mark's funeral committee for serving the luncheon at the Community Center, the American Legion Riders for the escort, the Crofton American Legion Post 128 for military honors, and the pallbearers for carrying Leon to the final place of rest.

We are grateful to Dr. Lori Hansen and Dr. Tyler Hanson for their expert medical care and the special nurses, therapists and aides on the 4th floor at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital who gave Leon such tender loving care during his final stays in the hospital.

We have been overwhelmed and touched with the many expressions of sympathy and support. God bless you for all your kindness which will never be forgotten. Who knew that a simple, humble farmer could touch so many lives? Cherish your loved ones every day; you never know when it will be the last!

Ruth Ann Grimm
Ginger & Duane Schieffer, Quinn, Karley & Jack
Jonathan & Trudy Grimm, Alexander & Jacob


From the families of Roman (Bud) Becker, we'd like to express our deepest gratitude for your support during this time. We greatly appreciate those who attended Bud's prayer service and for those who made his celebration so special: Father John Pietromale, for his beautiful and comforting words; Deacon Paul Steffen for his guidance and friendship to the family; the musicians, JoAnne Hamilton, Chris and Amber Collier for the inspirational music; and Dr. Roger Filips for leading the rosary.

As Bud's funeral brought tremendous comfort and peace to the family, we are so grateful to those who came together to celebrate his life. We want to especially thank Mass Celebrants, and again, Father John and Deacon Paul, for sharing Bud's life with us. We thankfully acknowledge as well, JoAnne, Chris and Amber, again for the beautiful music. A special thank you to the Division ladies for providing the delicious luncheon.

We are so grateful to Jim, Jerry & Paul Wintz of the Wintz Funeral Home, for their caring and professional assistance which gave us strength during this difficult time.

To our extended family, dear friends, neighbors, and colleagues, to those right in our communities or to those who traveled the distance, we extend our heartfelt appreciation. We treasure the beautiful flowers, plants, cards, memorials, donations, meals and other acts of kindness, which have deeply touched our hearts.

A special thank you to the VFW Post 5283 for the Military rites and to the pilots, Carrol, Loren, Brent and Jim, as they paid a final tribute to Bud in an "aerial flyover" at the cemetery. We regret those we inadvertently have omitted. Please know that you have our deepest gratitude.

Tom and Gail Becker & Family
Sheane and Ron Hatch & Family
Pam and Ken Schaefer & Family
Deanna and Dave Uhl & Family
Kevin and Tena Becker
Terry Becker
Kristi and David Ekeren & Family
Jana and Dan Ekeren & Family
Chuck and Susan Becker & Family


Many people supported our family during the recent loss of our beloved son, brother and uncle, Tim Bruning. We extend a sincere thank you to the Wynot EMT's, the neighbors who came to help and those who put up hay. Father Eric Olson, Deacon Sylvan Thoene, Holy Family Parish, Sacred Heart choir, the Alter Society who provided the meal and Wintz-Ray Funeral Home.

We also were comforted by your visits, food, flowers, plants, memorials and many cards.

The Family of Tim Bruning


We would like to thank everyone for all they did for Paul Nadenicek. Thanks especially go to the Yankton United Methodist Church, to Pastors Ron Johnson and Bob Cappel, to the church choir led by Carolyn Cappel, to the Praise Team, and to all others who helped Paul both during his life and at his death. We would also like to thank the pallbearers, the UMW ladies for the lunch they prepared, and the Wintz-Ray Funeral Home for all the service they provided. Thanks also to the Wagner VFW for the service at the cemetery. There are many others we could name. Everything you did was greatly appreciated. The love shown to us will never be forgotten.

The Family of Paul Nadenicek


Humble and sincere thanks for the cards, comforting words, prayers, masses and memorials sent to our family at the time of our mother, Anna Dietsch's death. Special thanks to Rev. David Fulton and Deacon Sylvan Thoene for officiating at the funeral mass. Marsha Wuebben and Saints Peter and Paul choir for the music. Jana Eickhoff and the Altar Sodality ladies who donated food and served lunch, and Wintz Mortuary staff who conducted and organized the service and burial. We are so grateful to the staff of Riverfront, Sister James Care Center for the excellent care and love given to Anna over the past years.

Your intentions will be included in the memorial masses offered for Anna. God's blessings to you all as she rests in peace.

Donna Dietsch Sudbeck & family
Fred & Kathy Dietsch & family
Francis "Bud" & Doris Dietsch Heine & family
Shirley Dietsch Schwartz & family


The family of JoAnn Mulder would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the caring staff in Cabin at Sister James Care Center.

Thank you to Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, Vangen Lutheran Church, and the Riverview Reformed Church for helping us through our difficult time.

We would also like to thank all those who have shown their sympathy with cards, visits, hugs, prayers, flowers, and memorials.

Donations have been made to the charities requested.


The family of Dureen Buchanan would like to say thank you to all for their kindness during her passing. The support given through your words, visits and food will always be remembered. A special thank you to the Wakonda Heritage Manor for your excellent care. Thanks to Pastor Dana Steinwand for his spiritual support and Denise Barkley for sharing her music. Thanks to Wintz & Ray Funeral Home for not only the superior professionalism but also the gentle guidance from truly caring people.

Russell, Susan, Dillon, Tessa, and William Buchanan


The family of Vera Remington wishes to express their sincere thank you to Pastor Fallon of St. John's Lutheran Church of Randolph, NE for his terrific celebration of Mom's life and the many visits to see her at Majestic Bluff Nursing Home in Yankton.

Also to Sandra Kuhlman and the ladies of the church circle for organizing and serving a great lunch. To Brad Johnson and staff of the Johnson Funeral Home in Randolph and Steve Wintz and staff of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home for their services.

To Jim, Kathy, Tracy, Keith, Connie and staff at the Majestic Bluffs Country Unit for your constant care and concern for Mom and making sure her "Blue Bird" was always clean and reassuring of her constant question, "What's my number?"

Thanks to all our family, friends and neighbors who called, sent flowers, food, and visits during this difficult time. To anyone we may have left out, thank you so much!

Roger & Linda Hora
Louise Matthies
Todd & Jen Hora, Kirby & Cody
Tom & Sheri (Hora) Gause, Mikala & Jax


The family of Rita Arens would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone involved with her care over the past months. We didn't want to see her go, but we find peace in knowing she is at home with Dad.

We would especially like to acknowledge the following: The staff at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital for the wonderful care.

To the staff at the Golden Living Center in Hartington, words cannot express the appreciation for the loving care and concern for our Mom and for us, while she was in your care. So much of what you did was above and beyond, and it will never be forgotten. You are true angels on earth!

Thanks to those who eased our sorrow - including the compassion shown by Wintz and Ray Funeral Home, Fr. David Fulton, Fr. Timothy Lange, Deacon Rod Wiebelhaus, and the St. Joseph Choir for a beautiful service, the pallbearers and the St. Joseph Ladies Guild for the luncheon served.

A special thank you to all neighbors, family and friends for the phone calls, food, flowers, memorials, masses, and for just being there to be our support in our moment of need. All these acts of kindness will never be forgotten and will live on with the memory of our Mother.

Thank you and God Bless You.

The Family of Rita Arens
Vernon Arens
Irene and Vince Vaughn Family
Barb Arens and Chuck Compton


How does one begin to express heartfelt gratitude? Is it as simple as saying "Thank You"? For me I feel it should be so much more. I cannot find the words that are eloquent enough to explain, but from our first meeting I felt truly blessed to have been in the caring hands of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home. Throughout the process, your nonimposing way of handling difficult decisions with grace and understanding gave us all great comfort and we witnessed an unwavering respect given to our father. In fact, a cherished memory was Paul standing tall and dignified at the grave site holding only a single umbrella (in unbearable conditions) after the service, as we drove away he never wavered. A truly amazing, majestic and beautiful moment, one I will never forget.

My mom's brother from South Carolina served in the Air Force for over 30 years and he was admirably impressed, as was the rest of the family during what seemed like an outpouring of accolades given for the professionalism displayed by the Wintz family throughout the entire day.

Penny Fasbender
Daughter of DuWayne and Kay


We would like to thank the community, friends, co-workers and family for all of your support, cards, financial assistance, flowers and any other assistance you may have offered at the time of Dennis Tweedy's death.

A special thank you to the Yankton Police Department, Yankton EMT's, Yankton Coroner's office and Wintz & Ray Funeral Home for your professional assistance.

Pastor Wildermuth and the ladies at Trinity Lutheran Church for your guidance, spiritual support and the wonderful service and lunch. You have assisted our loss in knowing that Dennis is once again with Tami - the love of his life.

We know this thank you is very little for what you may have done to assist in this difficult time but as Dennis' favorite singer, Elvis, would say - "Thank you, thank you, very much."

Jenny & Aubri Burks
Pearl Tweedy
Mike & Carol Tweedy
Robert & Peg Tweedy
Cheryl & Leander Schroeder
Marlene Tweedy
Les Tweedy
Phoebe Dirks
Mary & Linda Tronvold
Marcie Tronvold
Kristi & Steve Petersen
Brad & Michelle Tronvold
Cindy & Josh Bohlmann
Nieces & Nephews


The family of Lyle Buchanan would like to thank all our family, friends and neighbors for all the kind words, cards, flowers, food and memorials received at the passing of our husband, dad and grandpa. A special thank you to Wintz & Ray Funeral Home for the excellent guidance we received through this time. Pastor Dana Steinwand for his message, the women of the VFW for the lunch and the women of Our Redeemer Church for the cakes provided. We will be forever grateful for the care Lyle received at the Wakonda Heritage Manor the last few months dad was with us.


We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all of our relatives, friends and neighbors for the food, flowers, cards of sympathy and memorials sent at the time of the loss of our husband, dad and grandfather, Norman Guenther.

A special thanks to the Sacred Heart ER Staff and cardiac rehab, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Staff, Dr. Vonk, to Rev. Mike Schmitz, Rev. Tim Lange and Msgn. Ralph Steffensmeir and Deacon Frank Fillaus.

Additional thanks to the choir, pallbearers and honorary pallbearers, the Legion and Knights of Columbus. To Wintz Funeral Home, St. Rose Guild for serving the lunch and any acts of kindness expressed.

Family of Norman Guenther


The family of Maynard "Mike" Sayler would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation after the loss of our husband, father, and grandfather. Thank you for the personal visits, cards, food, flowers, plants, and memorials. The thoughtfulness of these acts of kindness will always be remembered

We would like to especially extend our gratitude to the following groups and individuals: Dr. Jeff Johanson and staff of the Lewis & Clark Family Medicine & Specialty Hospital; the administration and staff at the Scotland Good Samaritan Center; Paul, Steve and the staff of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home; Pastor Charles & the Pat Asche; SDARNG Honor Guard, Yankton VFW Honor Guard Post #791; and to each of the Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers honoring Mike in this manner.

Janet Sayler
Greg, Roxanne and Nathan Ellinger
Miles, Julie, Jason, Mike and Benji Tolentino


The family of Pearl Huber was honored by the tremendous outpouring of love and caring before and after the loss of our wife, mother and grandmother.

Thank you for the personal visits, cards, food, flowers, plants and memorials. It was deeply appreciated, and will always be remembered.

Thank you to all the doctors and staff at the Yankton Medical Clinic who assisted Pearl in her battle against cancer. We are grateful for all that you did.

Thank you to the 4th floor medical staff at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and to the staff at Avera Yankton Care Center for the personal care provided during the last two weeks of her life.

Thank you to the staff at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home; and Rev. Paul Opsahl & Rev. Dr. Rick Jensen from the United Church of Christ who provided a very beautiful and personal prayer service and funeral service.

Thank you to the pallbearers and honorary pallbearers for honoring Pearl in this manner. We would also like to thank the UCC Women's Fellowship for serving the luncheon to our friends and family.

Bernal Huber
Renee & Greg Bak
Wayne, Julie, Nick, Brittney & Trevor Huber


The family of Dwight Harris would like to THANK everyone for the love and support shown to us during the loss of our dad. The family appreciated all the lovely flowers, plants and food that was provided during this time.

A special THANK YOU goes to everyone at Avera Sacred Heart Hospice who helped and supported our dad during his illness, Pastor Nathan Martin for going and visiting our dad, the comforting services Wakonda Heritage Nursing Home for their support and kindness given to our dad during his stay at the nursing home and the family after dad's passing. Wintz and Ray Funeral Home for the kindness and understanding and helping us plan our dad's funeral. The VFW Women's Auxiliary who volunteered to serve at the luncheon, provided the food and drinks, helped serve and clean up after the luncheon.

Our dad will be missed by all his family, friends, co-workers and everyone who knew him and visited with him. Dad will live in our hearts and all who shared their grief with us during this difficult time.

Warm Regards,
Tim & Rhonda Sherman & family
Steve Harris & family
Ron & Geraldine Harris & family


The family of Luther Nielson would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to all of those persons who were with Luther on his final journey. The outpouring of support for his family has been immeasurable and words cannot describe our appreciation. We would like to especially extend our gratitude to the following groups: All of the ministerial support provided by Pastor Lance Lindgren and Pastor Rick Hazen as well as the musical accompaniment of Sandy Brewer, the excellent care given by the staff of Yankton Medical Clinic, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Rexall Pharmacy and Wakonda Heritage Manor; the personal care and attentiveness given by Wintz & Ray Funeral Home; the exceptionally performed military rites conducted by Scott Olson, the SDARNG Honor Guard, the Gayville American Legion Honor Guard and the VFW Honor Guard; all of those involved with the luncheon including Dick Sherman and the Ladies WELCA and volunteers of Vangen Lutheran Church; each of the Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers; all of the individuals and families who have called, sent flowers, memorials and food.

The Family of Luther Nielson


The family of Wayne Buckman wishes to thank everyone for the many expressions of sympathy at the loss of our brother, father and grandfather.

The cards, memorials, food, hugs, memories, visits, and prayers are appreciated. Thank you to all who attended the visitation and funeral.

We would also like to thank Reverend Ralph Egbert for his support and officiating and the Gayville Lutheran Church ladies (Marie Erickson) for the delicious lunch.

Thank you to Wintz & Ray Funeral Home for their support and services, the Rudolf-Christenson Legion Post No. 237, Gayville and the honorary guard for the military honors.

Thanks also to Dr. Frank, Vets Hospital, Autumn Winds, and Sister James Nursing home for his care.

A very special thank you to all his friends, family and community who gave us support at this difficult time; we know he is at peace. Memorials are made to the Gayville American Legion and Alzheimer's Association.

Deb Buckman - (Bill Metger) & Family
Lynn (Dan) Eskins & Family
Kevin (Cindy) Buckman & Family
Kent (Beth) Buckman & Family
Joyce Benson & Family


From the family of Aneta Hicks

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who provided their professional assistance with Aneta's care.

A special heart felt appreciation to the staff at Wintz & Ray funeral home for their show of compassion and patience with making Aneta's final arrangements. Their professionalism made the decision making process as painless as possible during this most difficult and emotional time.

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers as well as all the kind words of support that were express with the "Celebration of Aneta's Life."

God Bless you all,
David, Diane, Jerad and Jeremy Hicks and Dale Hicks and Family

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