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Bennie Waldner

Bennie Waldner, age 74, of Yale, died Monday, October 10, 2011, at Avera McKennen Hospital at Sioux Falls.  His funeral service was at 2:00 PM, Friday, October 14th, at the Prairie Bible Church with Rev. Rod Poppinga officiating.  Burial was in the Prairie Bible Church Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the American Legion, Thompson-Madsen Post #153 of Carpenter.  Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Bennie E. Waldner was born February 2, 1937, to John M. and Susie (Decker) Waldner at Huron.  He spent his boyhood on the family farm near Carpenter with his twelve brothers and sisters.  He graduated from Wheeler School in Barret Township.  Bennie helped his dad, working in partnership with his brother, Willis on the family farm. 

Bennie entered the United States Army on September 14, 1960.  He served as a medic specialist in Korea.  He was honorably discharged on August 21, 1962.  After his time in the military, Bennie lived with his father until his father died, and then moved to Yale.

Some of Bennie’s interests were traveling to the Black Hills, enjoying spending time with his friends, and at family gatherings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Willis Waldner and MelRoy Waldner; three brothers-in-law, Clarence Glanzer, Jim Gross, and Jerane Hofer; and one sister-in-law, Josephine Waldner.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his ten brothers and sisters, Alma Gross of Huron, Kathryn Glanzer of Huron, John E. (Emma) Waldner of Carpenter, Berniece (Paul) Kleinsasser of Huron, Viola (Mike) Hofer of Bridgewater, Naomi (Duane) Gross of Tulare, Pearl Hofer of Huron, Norman (Marge) Waldner of Carpenter, Barbara (LeRoy) Gross of Huron, and Lucille Waldner of Loveland, Colorado; two sisters-in-law, Julie Waldner of Sioux Falls and Lola Waldner of Yankton; thirty-one nieces and nephews; sixty-four great nieces and great nephews; forty-seven great great nieces and great great nephews; and special friends, Cindy, Liza and Gavin Tormanen all of Lake Norden.

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