Julia Broecher, 101, of Murdo, passed away December 19, 2017, at Avera Maryhouse in Pierre.A Celebration of Julia’s homegoing was held Wednesday, December 27 at Community Bible Church in Murdo. Julia Lillian Broecher was born February 16, 1916, in Kimball, SD, to Thomas and Sophia (Kroupa) Lebeda.
He enjoyed talking with farmers about the weather and about the old days. La Verne and Willis put in 6000 acres of milo and it took 14 combines two weeks to harvest the 80 bushel/acre crop.
Long days in the tractor might have kept him from the family at times but the reunion at the end of the day was all the more sweet.
Myrtle ran the local café and Alex was the deputy sheriff and operated the bar.
For many years, Myrtle also worked at the Lyman County Highway Department Office as a clerk. In her spare time, she loved to quilt and do art painting.
After a while, doctors told him, “Just keep doing what you’re doing, it’s working.”La Verne is survived by his wife, Carol, two daughters Julie (Jade) Schindler and Jill (Brad) Scott, and one son Adam (Kjersti-Helene) Ehlers, as well as eleven grandchildren: Hunter, Jesse, Ty, and Max Schindler, Skyler, Landen, Marina, Ashten, and Ember Scott, Aksel and Ella Ehlers, his sister Joyce (Willis) Houchin and in-laws Jeanie (Mo) Ohman, Cliff (Pat) Halverson, and Gary Halvorson. Myrtle Hattie Kenobbie was born September 22, 1917 near Reliance, SD, to Andrew and Mary (Krause) Kenobbie.
Eileen is survived by her daughter, Melanie (Steve) Forcum of Pueblo, CO; son, Rick (Crystal) Pendleton of Pueblo; brothers, Donald Kistler of Custer; Gene (Rita) Kistler of Brick, NJ; Patrick Kistler of Loveland, CO; Jerry (Lorna) Kistler of Chamberlain, SD; Richard (Barb) Kistler of Sarasota, FL; sister, Mary Lou Neville of North Glen, CO; five grandchildren, Justina (Sean), Kyle, Kenny, Aura (Jacob), Jessie and two great grandchildren, Sofie and Violet. As a young girl, she attended the rural country school.
After graduating from Draper High School, Don worked on the farm until he was drafted in 1952 and served in the Army during the Korean War.
While serving as an Army Private, Don received a field promotion to Sergeant.
A stem cell transplant wasn’t 100% successful but did extend his life.
A year later he lost kidney function and had kidney dialysis three days a week in Pierre.
Julia enjoyed being a wife, mother, and homemaker, but also did babysitting and sewing for her friends and family. She enjoyed taking care of her numerous house plants and spending a lot of time at the Senior Citizen’s Center and her exercise group.