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South Dakota Obituaries






Obituaries are listed alphabetically by FIRST name. Included are people whose last name, maiden name, or married name is Alford or a spelling variation: Alfred, Alvord, Allford, Halford, Hallford, Holford, etc.


The name of the newspaper (or other source) and place and date of publication follow the name of the deceased. If we included the obituary in AAFA ACTION, the issue is noted.


The Alford American Family Association (AAFA) often adds notes to each obituary, including Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data, relationship of the deceased to other Alfords, and lineages. We add to AAFA NOTES as time permits.


Where lineages are included (Alford unless otherwise stated), the format is: Name, year of birth, state or country of birth.


Obituaries of AAFA members and sometimes their spouses are also included on AAFA Member Memorials and may include more information.


We welcome corrections and additional information. If you have an obituary from this state that is not included here, please share it with us!


Date posted: 30 SEPTEMBER 2017





Frequently cited sources include these databases at Ancestry:


SSDI: Social Security Death Index, 1935–2014

SSACI: Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007






Bittner Funeral Chapel

Mitchell, Davison Co., SD—_____ October 2006




            Donald Alfred, 72, Mitchell, SD died Saturday, October 28, 2006 at his home under Hospice care. Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at First Lutheran Church, Mitchell. Visitation will be Tuesday, 6-8 PM at the Bitter Funeral Chapel with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Donald Alfred was born in New Ulm, MN July 24, 1934 to Albert and Erna (Pitzner) Alfred.

            Don spent his school years in New Ulm where he participated in music, sports and was a member of the National Honor Society. He graduated from New Ulm High School in 1952. Don entered the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Microbiology in 1957. While in college he met his future wife, Lorraine. They were married in Belle Plaine, MN on September 15, 1956. Shortly after graduation from college Don gained employment with the pharmaceutical manufacturer, Merck, as a sales representative. They moved to Mitchell, SD in 1957. Don traveled the eastern part of South Dakota for thirty-three years, logging over a million miles for Merck. He was well liked and respected by the hundreds of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and coworkers he worked with over the years. He retired in 1990. In retirement Don and Lorraine have spent the past nine winters at Viewpoint in Mesa, AZ.

            Don also was an active member of the community. He was a faithful and active member of First Lutheran Church and volunteered and served in many church functions. He was a member of the Mitchell Exchange Club for 34 years, honored as “Member of the Year”, served one year as president and handled the flag program for over twenty years. He was also a member of the Elks where he was twice honored as “Member of the Year” and served as secretary-treasurer for several years. He was a past member of the Jaycees and Toastmasters. His leisure activities included golf, traveling, cards, taking care of his yard and garden. He watched and supported the many activities of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed many types of music and knew the words and music to thousands of songs. All through his illness he was able to maintain his good sense of humor, sharp wit, and enjoyed the visits of friends.

            Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Lorraine; children, Brad and wife, Kathy, Sioux Falls, SD; Sandy and husband, George Pope, Eagle, CO; and Anne and husband, Tracee Mayfield, Seattle, WA. Grandchildren, Emily, Garrett, Sam, Makenzie and Kaylie. Don also leaves many other relatives and a host of lifelong friends.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list his death.

            His ALFRED lineage, from Ancestry family trees: Donald 1934 MN1, Albert 1903 IL2, Henry Albert 1872 MO3, Bernard ELLEFREDT 1836 Germany4, Peter ELLEFREDT 1808 Germany5.






Rapid City, Pennington Co., SD—Friday, 10 November 2006


RAPID CITY—Eugene Allford, 66, Rapid City, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at his home.

            Survivors include his wife, Chin Chu, Rapid City; three sons, Danny Allford, Kwan Allford and Jason Allford, all of Rapid City; and three grandchildren.

            Visitation will be one hour before services, which will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel in Rapid City, with the Rev. Erick Bonness officiating. Burial, with full military honors by Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

            Condolences may be sent to the family at



Photo from Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade Co., SD—

Permission granted by the photographer, Kris Jensen Pearson


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Eugene Allford (SS# issued in MS) was born 7 March 1940, last residence Rapid City, Pennington Co., SD.





[Although he died in SD, we are also including his obituary in Washington Obituaries because he lived there until immediately before his death.]


Source unknown, but probably:


Geddes, Charles Mix Co., SD—_____ November 1937




            Funeral Services for J.T. Alford, 90, of Longview, Wash., who died here in the home of H.S. Ross, Friday, Nov. 19, 1937, were held in the Crosby Funeral Chapel, sunday at 1 p.m. Rev. Strong of the Presbyterian church officiated, and the burial was in the Geddes Cemetery.

            J.T. Alford was born in Zionsville, Ind., Feb. 5, 1847. Was married to Ruby Ann Brown of Finn, N.Y., in 1869. In 1883 he homesteaded in Charles Mix County, South Dakota, near Wheeler and resided there for 27 years. His wife passed away in 1910. And in that year he went to Canada and made his home with his sons, and moved with them to Longview, Wash., in 1922, where he had resided until coming here Nov. 13, 1937.

            Surviving are two sons Harry Alford of Longview, Wash.; Brown Alford, Vancouver, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. H.S. Ross, of Avon, So. Dak; 21 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, three great great-grandchildren.



Photo from Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Geddes, Charles Mix Co., SD—

Permission granted by the photographer, Becky


AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of his wife, Ruby Ann Brown Alford, in this compilation. We included the obituaries of his parents, Jonathan C. Alford and Sarah Anne Price Alford, in Indiana Obituaries.

            Although his gravestone says he died in 1938, South Dakota Death Index, 1905–1955 (Ancestry) lists J.T. Alford, died 19 Nov 1937 in Bon Homme Co., which agrees with his obituary.

            For more information on this family, see AAFA published genealogy, Known Descendants of John and Polly Markland Alford.

            His lineage: James Tennyson 1847 IN1, Jonathan C. 1813 NC2, John 1786 PA3.




Mother of Charlotte Ann Nedved, AAFA #1040



Yankton, Yankton Co., SD—Friday, 22 February 2002


            Marguerite Alene Nedved, 84, Tyndall [Bon Homme Co.], died Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton. Funeral services were held at United Methodist Church, Tyndall. Burial was in Czech National Cemetery, Tyndall.

            She was born on August 6, 1917, at Verdel, Nebraska, to William H. and Hilda Ethel McLane Alford. Graduating from Springfield High School, she attended Southern Normal College, Springfield. She taught school for a few years and then helped in the Tourist Café, Tyndall. On June 5, 1946, she married Leo Nedved at Tyndall. They farmed southeast of Tyndall. She was a member of the Tyndall United Methodist Women and taught Sunday School.

            Her husband and children, Charlotte Nedved, Alan, Jerome, Richard, and John (Melissa), all of Tyndall, Duane (Susie) of Crooks, and Gloria Nedved of Denver, sister, Bonnie Hinzman of Salem, Oregon, and sisters-in-law, Renate Alford of Sun City, Arizona, and Ann Alford of Aurora, Colorado survive her.

            Preceding her in death were her parents, an infant son, Bruce, two sisters, and two brothers.


In another article:


From web page,, not functioning as of 3 Feb 2009:


            Marguerite Alene Alford was born on August 6, 1917 at Verdel, Nebraska. Her parents were William H. and Hilda Ethel (McLane) Alford. She graduated from Springfield High School and attended Southern Normal College in Springfield. Marguerite taught school for a few years and then helped in the Tourist Cafe located at 1506 Main Street in Tyndall, South Dakota. The Tourist Cafe was owned by her parents and is where she met Leo Nedved. Marguerite married Leo Nedved on June 5, 1946 at Tyndall. They farmed southeast of Tyndall.

            Marguerite was a member of the Tyndall United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Board of Trustees, United Methodist Women and taught Sunday School. She loved to read, knit, crochet and was a member of Help One Another Extension Club. She was also a member and president of the T.O.P.S. Club for many years.

            Marguerite died on Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton at the age of 84 years.

            Marguerite’s memory will be cherished by her husband, Leo Nedved, Tyndall; seven children, Charlotte Nedved, Tyndall; Alan Nedved, Tyndall; Duane and wife, Susie Nedved, Crooks, South Dakota; Jerome Nedved, and special friend, Margo Hoffman, Tyndall; Gloria Nedved, Denver, Colorado; Richard Nedved, Tyndall; John and wife, Melissa Nedved, Tyndall; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister, Bonnie Hinzman, Salem, Oregon; two sisters-in-law, Renate Alford, Sun City, Arizona; and Ann Alford, Aurora, Colorado.

            Marguerite was preceded in death by one infant son, Bruce Nedved on March 7, 1956, her parents, two sisters and two brothers.



Photo from Czech National Cemetery, Tyndall, Bon Homme Co., SD—

Permission granted by the photographer, William Ewing


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records do not list her death.

            We included the obituary of her brother William W. Alford in Arizona Obituaries.

            Marguerite’s grandfather Henry and his older brother William moved from England to Canada in 1876 to work. In nine months William sent for his wife. They had lost an 8 month old son in England. From Canada they moved first to Iowa and then to Avon, SD. In 1890 they moved to Nebraska where they homesteaded southwest of Monowi. Henry left Clayton, IA, in 1884 and settled north of Springfield, SD, near Avon. In 1892 they moved to Boyd Co., NE.

            Her lineage: Marguerite 1917 NE1, William H. 1886 SD2, Henry 1860 England3.





[She died in SD, but we are also including her obituary in North Dakota Obituaries because of her close ties to ND.]


Photo from Thompson-Larson Funeral Home



Minot, Ward Co., ND—Saturday, 1 April 2007


            Mary Ellen Alford, 77, 1327 25th St. SE #706, Minot, ND, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in a Sioux Falls, SD, hospital.

            Mary Ellen Ann Blonigen was born on June 9, 1929, the daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth (Finken) Blonigen in Douglas, ND. She graduated from Douglas High School, in 1947.

            Mary Ellen married Howard Todd April 21, 1955, in Douglas, ND, at a double wedding with Wade and Rita Gulbranson. They made their home in Douglas. From this union a daughter, Lynelle, was born. Both Lynelle and Howard passed away in 1956.

            Following her husband’s death, she attended nurses training in Crosby, ND, and graduated as a Registered Nurse.

            Mary Ellen married Gerald Denval Alford on April 16, 1966, in Fortuna, ND. They moved to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, OK, where their two children, Elizabeth Ann and Denval Lee were born. They eventually returned to the Minot Air Force Base in 1969, where she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Americana Nursing Home until May of 1977.

            Following Gerald’s honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1977, the family moved to Cleveland, Texas for a short time. Mary Ellen worked as a RN at the Cleveland Hospital. They then settled in Wichita, Kansas, where she worked as a RN at a local nursing home until 1991. Mary Ellen and her husband then returned to Minot, ND, to enjoy retirement with friends and family.

            She was blessed with two grandchildren who gave her much joy and pleasure in the last four years of her life.

            She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.

            Her loving family includes: daughter, Elizabeth Alford, Sioux Falls, SD; son, Denny (Sophia) Alford, Minot; grandchildren, Austin Gregory and Braydon James Alford; sisters, Rita (Wade) Gulbranson, Portal, ND; sister-in-law, Evangeline Blonigen, Carrington, ND; and numerous nieces, and nephews.

            Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald; infant daughter, Lynelle Todd; brothers, Ryland and Clarence Blonigen; and sister-in-law, Frances Karlsbroten.

            Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, April 2, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.

            Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot, ND.

            Visitation: Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot....


In another article:



Wichita, Sedgwick Co., KS—Sunday, 1 April 2007


            Alford, Mary Ellen, 77, died March 28, 2007, in Sioux Falls [Minnehaha Co.], S.D. Service Monday, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot, N.D.

            Survivors: daughter, Elizabeth; son, Denny; sister, Rita (Wade) Gulbranson; sister-in-law, Evangeline Blonigen; 2 grandchildren.

            Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, N.D., 701-852-3446.


Photo from Rose Hill Memorial Park, Minot, Ward Co., ND—

Permission granted by the photographer, 4-ever-Nanny


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Mary Ellen Ann Alford (SS# issued in ND), last residence Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD.

            We included the obituary of her second husband, Gerald Denval Alford, in North Dakota Obituaries.






Geddes, Charles Mix Co., SD—Thursday, 19 May 1910


            Mrs. J.T. Alford died on Tuesday May 10th, 1910, at her home near Wheeler. She had been in poor health for a number of years but always uncomplaining. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Camfield of Academy. His sermon was one great power, freighted as it was with faith and hope—flowers were on the casket, tokens of sympathy from kind friends—the remains were laid at rest in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Geddes, and so another pioneer of Charles Mix County has crossed to the farther shore and way beyond the reach of care or pain, out into the sunlight of an eternal day.

            Ruby Ann Alford, wife of James T. Alford, was born at Fine, St. Lawrence County, New York, on Sept 8 1851; was married at Zionsville, Indiana, in 1869, moved to South Dakota in 1883 settled upon a homestead in Jackson Township, this county, where she resided up to the time of her death.

            She was the mother of three sons, Harry B., Charles B., and Brown Alford and one daughter, now Ruby K. Ross. She was the only daughter of Rev. and Mrs. A.A. Brown.



Photos from Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Geddes, Charles Mix Co., SD—

Permission granted by the photographer, Becky


AAFA NOTES: See the obituary of her husband, James Tennyson Alford, in this compilation.

            Family members reported that Ruby was killed in a horse and buggy accident on May 10. The horse bolted and threw her from the buggy.

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