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Bert J. Tiesen, D.C.

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Bert J. Tiesen, D.C., age 92, died on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D. A funeral service was held Friday, April 5 at Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ in Sioux Falls.

Bertham J. Tiesen was born on May 31, 1926 in Freeman, S.D. to Dr. Emil and Helen (Schmidt) Tiesen. He was raised and received his education in Freeman and Dolan, S.D., before graduating from Freeman High School in 1944. 

Following High School, Bert answered the call of service for our country, serving honorably in the United States Army, stationed in Japan. Upon his discharge in 1946, he returned to Freeman where he farmed, worked for the US Postal Service, National Implement and Ford Motor Company before continuing his education in Davenport, Iowa at the Palmer College of Chiropractic. Bert earned his doctorate in chiropractic degree in 1953. Following graduation, Bert returned to Freeman and worked alongside his father in his Chiropractic Clinic.

Bert and Dolly were united in marriage on Oct. 30, 1980 in Sioux Falls. Here they made Sioux Falls their home and opened and operated Tiesen Chiropractic until his retirement in 1996. In Bert’s retirement years, he worked auditing classes at Augustana College and Hy-Vee. Bert was a member of Spirit of Peace UCC, American Legion Post 15; and a member of the Center of Western Studies at Augustana College. 

Bert enjoyed traveling; especially hiking in Utah, making wine, photography, scrapbooking, studying history, genealogy and touring old cemeteries. Above all he loved spending time with his Dolly, his nephews and his friends. Bert was a loving husband, uncle, chiropractor and friend who will be dearly missed. 

Grateful for having shared his life for 39 years are his wife, Darlene “Dolly” Tiesen of Sioux Falls. Other family members include: brother-in-law Orville Hauck of Menno, S.D.; four nephews: Brian (Gina, Shailynn, Shamae and Joshua) Hauck of Volin, S.D., Alan (Deb, Kate) Hauck of Viborg, S.D., Gary (Ashley, Aiden and Mackenzie) Hauck of Fulshear, Texas and John (Jen, Ethan and Addysen) Hauck of Beresford, S.D.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Emil and Helen Tiesen; and one sister-in-law, Jo Hauck.