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Helmuth Kirschenmann

November 11, 1926 — September 12, 2012

The funeral service for Helmuth Kirschenmann, 85, of Ipswich, is 2:00 pm Tuesday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Roscoe with Rev. Winfried Schroeder leading the worship. Burial follows at Morningside Cemetery at Roscoe.

Visitation is 6-8:00 pm Monday at Gramm Funeral Home in Ipswich and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Helmuth Kirschenmann, son of Christina Mayer and Gotlieb Kirschenmann was born at his parent's farm near Hosmer on November 11, 1926. He was raised near and attended school in Hosmer, S. D.

Helmuth served his country in the U.S. Army from 1944 to1947 where he was stationed in both North Korea and South Korea. He was assigned as an artillery sergeant, where he became a certified sharp shooter and earned an honorable discharge.

On July 31, 1949, he married Neva Beyers at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Roscoe, S.D. They rented farms south of Beebe for several years until he bought his present farm northwest until he bought his present farm northwest of Ipswich, S.D.

Helmuth lived on the farm until Wednesday, Sept 12, where he passed away peacefully in his striped overalls, while resting in his favorite chair.

Helmuth is survived by two daughters, Bonnie (Clemens) Geier and Sally (James) Telford, both of Rapid City, S.D. He has seven grandchildren: Steven Geier, MN; Craig Geier, Virginia; Troy (Melissa) Geier, Webster, S.D.; and Stacy (Chad) Clites, Centerville, S.D.; Amy Telford, Rapid City, S.D., Adam (Angela) Telford, Northglenn, CO; Aaron (Elizabeth) Telford, Wellington, TX. He also has 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gotlieb Kirschenmann, his mother, Christina, his wife, Neva, both his brothers, Ervin and Elmer Kirschenmann, and five sisters, Clara Sutter, Albina Claiborne, Adeline Preszler, Irma Nehlich, and Ella Bosch.

Helmuth enjoyed spending time welding, hunting, maintaining his farm, playing cards, dancing, playing the piano (which he did voluntarily at local nursing homes), and feeding his farm animals.

We would like to thank a valued and exceptional friend, Mabel Ulmer from Mobridge, for checking in on him and being his "ears" for doctor appointments, due to severe hearing loss.

His memory will be carried with us as we reflect on our lives with him during our farm experiences, his words of wisdom about life experiences and how to live experientially.

Services through Gramm Funeral Home of Ipswich,

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