Esther Wentzel, 93, of Marion, S.D., passed away Oct. 18 at Oakview Terrace in Freeman, S.D. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 23 at Emmanual Presbyterian Church of Marion. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
Marilyn J. Graber, 87, of Freeman, S.D., passed away on Oct. 10 at the Tieszen Memorial Home in Marion, S.D. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church of Colton, S.D.
Melvin Schmidt was born Dec. 23, 1925, on a farm west of Marion, S.D., to Abraham and Sarah (Duerksen) Schmidt. He attended country school for eight years, then farmed at home with his father, and harvested his first crop at age 17.