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Obituaries Kenneth Schmidt

Kenneth L. Schmidt, 54, of Yankton, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, of a sudden heart attack. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Rod Farke officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be held at a later date.

Visitations were from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton with a rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by a scripture service at 7 p.m. Visitations resumed one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born to Norbert and Mary (Burkard) Schmidt on Nov. 5, 1947 in Chester. He contracted polio as a child and spent two years (kindergarten and first grade) at the Crippled Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls. With an excellent recovery, he lived a full, energetic life.

He attended public school (second through fourth grade) in Egan. He graduated in 1965 from St. Mary's Catholic School in Dell Rapids.

In 1969, he graduated from the School of Mines in Rapid City with a degree in mechanical engineering. He moved to Connecticut where he worked at Prat and Whitney and married Mary O'Mahoney. Later moving to Sioux Falls, he worked for Avera McKennan and Spitznagel.

He moved his family to Big Horn to work at the Spitznagel Wyoming branch. He later had his own mechanical engineering business in Sheraton, WY for several years. Returning to his home state, he worked at South Dakota State University for eight years. A highlight of his career there was completing the Biostress building.

He then worked as director of facilities management at The University of South Dakota for 10 years. This past year he worked as director of planning and construction at USD and saw the new DakotaDome roof to completion.

On April 29, 2001, he married Carla Scott of Mitchell, and the happy couple relocated to Yankton. While living in Yankton, he continued to work at USD.

He was a member of Rotary and the Yankton Parks Board. He also joined St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton.

He lived his life to the fullest with a road trip to Alaska, white water rafting down the Grand Canyon, kayaking the Mangroves of Florida, and skydiving over the Florida Keys. To Mr. Schmidt, family was most important, blending and building families through acceptance, humor, and love.

He is survived by his wife Carla Schmidt, Yankton; parents Mary Schmidt and Norbert Schmidt; two sons, Patrick Schmidt and Dan (Ginger) Schmidt; two daughters Tara (Rick) Hinzman and a grandchild soon to be born, and Kerry (Brian) Kimball; two grandsons, Christian and David; two step-daughters, Jennifer and Natalie Scott; two brothers, Mike (Barb) Schmidt and Jon (Jessie) Schmidt; six sisters, Rosemary (Terry) Bartels, Sue Kutcher, Jane (Roger) Solheim, Ginger (Lindell) Sunde, Sara (Walt) Beringer, and Joyce (Keith) Jarves; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, David Schmidt.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the David Schmidt Scholarship Fund, c/o Mike Schmidt, RR1 Box 18, Dell Rapids, SD 57022 or the Children's Care Hospital and School, 2501 W. 26th, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

Joseph Ohlmacher

Joseph P. Ohlmacher of Battle Creek, MI died unexpectedly on Feb. 19, 2002. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph P. Ohlmacher, MD, and his mother Margaret Nielson Ohlmacher. He is survived by his sisters, Ann O. Jarvis (James) of Grand Rapids, MI, Jayner M. Phillips (Laurence) of Olney, MD; and one nephew, James A. Jarvis II.

Mr. Ohlmacher was born June 14, 1946 in Missoula, MT. He graduated from Sandusky High School, Sandusky, OH in 1968. He attended Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute in Troy, NY and graduated from The University of Toledo with a bachelors degree in physics. He married the former Mardell Miller of Sandusky, OH and later divorced.

Mr. Ohlmacher was a health physicist at Flint Osteopathic Hospital for several years, worked in the radiology department of the former Leila Post Hospital (now called Battle Creek Health System), and most recently taught physics and chemistry at Olivet College. His hobbies included ham radio, building model airplanes, and flying his Cessna airplane.

At his request, cremation has taken place. Interment will be in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Those wishing to make a donation please consider The American Diabetes Association or charity of your choice.

Howard Bates

Howard Bates, 79, Sioux Falls, died Feb. 22, 2002, in Sioux Falls

Mr. Bates was born July 22, 1922, in Vermillion to Lester and Gertie (Coverdale) Bates. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1941, and then entered the U.S. Army. He proudly served during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Following his discharge from service, he began his career with N.W. Bell Telephone Company.

He married Julia Cohoy on Dec. 27. 1947, at Sioux City, IA. He continued working with N.W. Bell until his retirement in 1981. The couple lived in Florida and Tennessee until recently returning to Sioux Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Julia Bates, Sioux Falls; daughters, Janice Owen and her husband Park, Powell, TN, Robin Gartzke and her husband, Gary, Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Brooke Owen, Shawn Owen, Preston Gartzke and Cameron Gartzke; his mother, Gerte Bates, David City, NE; brothers, Robert Bates and his wife, Marilyn, Des Moines, IA, Gerald Bates and his wife, Barb, Decatur, NE; sister, Elaine Navrkal and her husband, Emil, Alamo, TX; his aunt, May Hubert, Sioux Falls; and his four-legged buddy, Princess.

Committal services were held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Woodlawn Cemetery. The memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Monday at First Baptist Church. Visitation began at 11 a.m., Sunday at Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls. The Bates family was present from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday to greet friends. A Masonic service was held at 7 p.m., Sunday, at Miller Funeral Home.

Mary Olson

Mary Cleola Olson was born Sept. 6, 1920 at Armour, to Joseph and Katherine (Murphy) Boden. She grew up in the Beresford area and graduated from Beresford High School. She married Lewis Burdette Olson and they made their home in Vermillion. Mrs. Olson was a longtime active member of the Eagles Auxiliary and enjoyed playing bingo among friends. She died at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002 at the age of 81.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. Interment was in BluffView cemetery, Vermillion.

She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Donald and Donna of Sioux City, IA, James and Shirley of Mead, WA and Gary and Rhonda of Cape Coral, FL; six grandchildren, Aaron, Amy, Neleigh, Ethan, Maggie and McKenna; a brother, Gene Boden of Anaheim, CA; a sister, Bonnie Peterson of Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Dal Boden and a granddaughter, Lindsay.

The Clements-Wise Funeral Home, Armour, was in charge of arrangements.

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