time passes by, longtime friends leave us.
We cannot thank them enough for the many things they have done. Their good deeds will remain in
the smiles of all our campers through time.
Longtime supporter, board member and volunteer
Dec 29 1928 - May 31 2011
It is with deep regrets yet with blessed reflections that we must tell of the death of Keith Paisley who met his demise
on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Keith lived a good life. He was born in Minneapolis MN in 1928, a son of Manley and Maxine (Watkins)
Paisley, grew up in St. Paul and graduated from Wilson
High School where he played on their 1945 City Championship basketball
team. Following his college degree from Hamline University where he was the yearbook editor, sat on the Student Senate and was the lead
sprinter, he served honorably in the Marine Corps during the time of the Korean War. It is interesting to note that he went
from kindergarten all through college without ever having to walk more than five blocks from his home in St. Paul. After his 1950 marriage to Jean Robson in Sioux
Falls and a brief time in this city in 1951 before his Marine years, his young family permanently settled
here in late 1953 and for many years managed the Robson Hardware on West 12th
Street before buying the business in 1975 and actively operating the store until his retirement
in 1994. The wonderfully comfortable Robson Hardware, which was for many years a major outlet for home appliances and TV,
and its many marvelous customers, employees and friends derived from that store remain as the center point of his life.
were no regrets in his whole existence. His ongoing aspirations dreamed of flying a jet fighter plane, writing a book, playing
guitar, being a super golf and tennis jock and somehow becoming a congressman and, while he fell many light years short of
reaching those stars, he managed an occasional swipe at a low flying moon. He often wished for a deeper mind and for a greater
sense of persuasion but unfortunately, wishes and attainment infrequently merge. The joys of life far overshadowed any regrets.
He spent his entire life surrounded by beautiful women; his mother, his elegant and beloved wife, Jeannie, his mother –in-law
Gertrude, his three daughters, Susan, Julie and Jeanne, and his lovely daughter –in-law, Linda. There were frequently
questions as to how he could possibly have warranted such luxury and he would laughingly explain it as justice being served.
played an active role in the life of his community and our state. He coached and led fifteen years of boys’ basketball
groups in the YMCA leagues and for many years served as chairman of the Y’s Youth Activities Board. He was a past member
of the Executive Boards of the YMCA, Westward Ho Country Club and at the First
Lutheran Church where he also
had been a choir member for a long period of time. In the 1970’s he spent eight years on the Sioux Falls School Board
with four of those years as president. Keith was one of the last surviving members of the Urban Renewal Commission which,
in the 70’s, resurrected the downtown tax base but in doing so enclosed two downtown blocks as a walking mall. This
is the first time since the resulting clamor that anyone will have admitted being a part of that involvement even though it
has worked so well. In 1981, he started a twenty-year tenure as a state legislator and his sixteen years as a state Senator
stands as the third longest term of senatorial service in the full history of Minnehaha
County. In 1992 when the Senate was defined as “Seventeen Republicans,
seventeen Democrats and Paisley,” he was one of the only two legislators selected on the list of the 100 most influential
South Dakota citizens. He often said that while being a
poor Republican he probably would have been an even less committed Democrat so as the longtime chairman of the Senate Taxation
Committee he independently balanced his strict concerns over the state tax revenues and how they were spent with far more
moderate positions on social and educational and environmental issues. He felt fair and reasonable solutions to be far more
important that partisan politics. As a part of the first term-limited legislators he was journalistically described as the
model for competence lost. His extensively written and compiled Legislative Journal covering the years 1981-2000 is housed
in the State Archives.
Keith’s greatest blessings and pride came
from Jean, his wife of 60 years, and from their family and the joys of life that they shared. Jean and Keith had the marvelous
privilege of traveling to Europe on six different occasions, been aboard several cruises
and had visited all fifty states including thirty-nine of the Capitols. Their four children; Mark (Linda) from Alice TX; Susan
(Mark) Brzezinski of Excelsior MN; Julie (Bill) Munson of Palm Desert CA; and Jeanne (John) Brandenburg who live in Spring
TX have all grown into exemplars of good wisdom and spirited humble service. There are eleven wonderful grandchildren and
two model great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie; three blessed children, Mark, Susan, and Jeanne; brother,
Richard and his wife Carol, the frequent partners in travel, who live in New Richmond, WI: a sister, Kathryn, who with her
husband Floyd Anderson, have lived fine lives in St. Paul, MN: and brothers and sister-in-law, Bob and Marlys Reimier Marshall
MN and Chad and Carolyn Hoyme, Olcott NY. His parents as well as his step mother, Virginia, the only Paisley grandmother that
his children ever knew, have long been deceased; the much beloved Julie lost her life in August 2010; and a younger brother,
Duncan, who has been an eternal hero, died in 1957. Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at 11:00 AM at First
Lutheran and you are all invited to join in a celebration of the richness of life. Visitation will be at 4:00 pm, Monday,
June 6, with the family present from 6:00-8:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, 507
South Main Street, Sioux Falls. Any remembrances will be assigned
to the work of the First Lutheran
Church or to those charities that have depended on you. The Paisley family
extends its deep thanks and appreciation to Dr. Bob Seidel, an extraordinary physician and a marvelous human being, the Sanford
Hospice Nurses especially Kari Jennings, and the E6100 staff at Sanford Hospital, and to the thoughtful, scholarly Pastors
John Christopherson and David Johnson, two pillars of First Lutheran Church.
Thank you Keith for all you did for the "Y".
Les Scherschligt, longtime board member and friend
of the YMCA.
July 17, 1926-August 6, 2010
"Les" Scherschligt, age 84, died Friday, August 6, 2010 at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. His memorial service will be
at 10:30 am on Tuesday, August 10th at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux
Falls. A memorial visitation with the family present will be on Monday, August 9th from 5-7 pm at Miller Funeral Home (507
Les was born in Yankton,
South Dakota on July 17th, 1926 to Joseph and Rose Scherschligt. He was raised in a large family, as he was the youngest of
six siblings. His family moved to Sioux Falls in 1928.
Les served his country in the armed forces from 1946
to 1947 and married the love of his life, Arlette Nerison the same year. He finished his education at the University of South
Dakota in 1950 and began his life-long career in insurance.
He served as President and Majority Owner of Howalt+McDowell Insurance from 1968 to 1986. During that
time he became the 2nd Certified Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) in South Dakota, served as President of the South
Dakota Independent Insurance Agents, and past State National Director of the South Dakota Independent Insurance Agents.
Les was active in his community. He
had a genuine love of service and philanthropy. Some of Les’s achievements include: Ducks Unlimited State Chairman,
Past President of Junior Achievement, Co-Founder of the Sioux Falls YMCA Indian Guides, YMCA Board Member, Founding Member
of the Sioux Empire United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society, and Member of Elks Club
Les loved the outdoors. You could find him most happy throwing a fishing
line into the river, sitting in a duck slough, enjoying a good autumn pheasant hunt, and swinging his golf club. Les was also
a great pool and billiards player, an ace card player, and enjoyed a good game of racquetball.
Above all else, Les loved spending time with his family. Cherished
moments were spent all together at the hunting farm in Armour and at their home in Arizona. He was a central part of these
gatherings and he will be greatly missed.
Les is survived by his wife Arlette Scherschligt, brother Alvin Scherschligt, daughter Stephanie (Gary) Joyce, Kevin
(Peggy) Scherschligt, Jeff (Katie) Scherschligt, Scott (Deloris) Scherschligt, nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be sent
to the Sioux Falls Family YMCA, Alzheimer’s Association, Sanford Health Foundation or Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.
youth programs at the "Y" are forever indebted to Les for his generosity and concern for the kids of Sioux Falls.
you Les, for all the great things you did for the YMCA.
Bob Hazard, friend of the YMCA and former longtime
April 17, 1931-August 30, 2009
Robert (Bob) Zenas Hazard
Sioux Falls - Robert (Bob) Zenas Hazard, Jr passed away in Colorado on August 30,
2009. He was born to Robert Z and Esther (Marquison) Hazard in Sioux Falls, SD on April 17th, 1931. He lived with his grandparents
and the Al Jennings family during his childhood in Sioux Falls. Bob graduated from and played football for Washington Senior
High School before attending Rice University in Texas. He later transferred to the University of Colorado where he graduated
with majors in Business and Architectural Engineering. He was active in Delta Tau Delta fraternity while at Colorado.
worked in his beloved Black Hills every summer and met his future bride at the Custer State Park Game Lodge. He and Marilyn
(Mim) Weller were united in marriage on August 27, 1953 and moved to Sioux Falls following Bob's honorable discharge from
the US Army. Bob was an architect with the firm of Fritzel, Kroeger, Griffin and Berg for 13 years until joining Ralph Koch
to form Koch Hazard Architects in 1969. Bob remained with the firm until retiring in 2000 and thereafter enjoyed going to
the office regularly when he was in town.
Professionally, Bob served twice as president of the SD American Institute of
Architects. He also served on the SD Board of Technical Professions and the SD State Historical Society board for many years.
Bob was pleased to have been involved in designing projects all over the state, including the restoration of the SD State
Capitol, the new Washington High School, Spearfish Middle School, LCM, Medical Building II, the new campus of the Children's
Home Society, and many others.
Bob was a community servant, active in many charitable and service organizations in Sioux
Falls. He served as Potentate of the El Riad Shrine Temple and was Exalted Ruler of the local Elks chapter 262. He was a member
of the Shrine Snacks unit, Jesters, Rotary, and American Legion. He served on the boards of the SD Children's Home Society,
Woodlawn Cemetery and the YMCA for many years. He was very proud to have been a member and supporter of the "Y" and its programs
for the last 61 years.
More recently, he had been supporting the beautification of Sioux Falls as a founding member of
Sioux Falls Beautiful and by helping to restore the luster of the 21st Street boulevard near McKennan Park.
In his leisure
time, Bob enjoyed hunting, racquetball, reading, hiking and gardening. Following retirement, he spent several years building
a log cabin in the Black Hills and spent much of his time there with family and friends.
Celebrating their time with Bob
are his wife of 56 years, Mim; their three children: Jeff (Sheila) Hazard and Rob (Jill) Hazard of Sioux Falls; Pam (Bill)
Calderwood of Broomfield, Colorado and six grandchildren: Erin, Blake, Katie, Nolan, Ashlyn and Caryn.
A visitation and
Masonic Service are planned for Monday September 7th at Miller Funeral Home. The family will welcome friends from 5:00 to
7:00 and the service will begin at 7:00. The ashes will be interred during a family ceremony Tuesday morning. A memorial service
will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.
The family requests memorials be directed
to one of Bob's favorite Sioux Falls charities: YMCA, SD Children's Home Society or Center for Western Studies.
Thank you, Bob, for all the hours you put in helping our camps.
Donald L. Davis
friend of everything Leif Ericson
Jun 18 1925 - Dec
Donald Linton Davis, 83, died
Thursday, December 11, 2008 in Sioux Falls following a brief illness.
Don was born June 18, 1925 in
Fargo, ND and moved to Sioux Falls at a young age. After graduating from Washington High School, he served in the 80th
Infantry Division and was subsequently captured in France and interred as a POW in Germany for over 7 months. During his service,
he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He graduated from USD Law School in
1950. Don married Cara Lee Cornelius on January 27, 1951.
Don was co-founder of Culbert-Davis
Insurance Company, where he worked until his retirement in 1985. Culbert–Davis Insurance was known as one as one of
the top insurance agencies in the state. He was certified as the first CPCU in South Dakota. He also served as president of
the Sioux Falls and South Dakota Insurance Agents Association as well as the state national director of the National Association
Don was active in numerous civic
organizations including Leif Ericson Day Camp, Lion’s Club, Y’s Men’s Club, USD Foundation, and the YMCA,
where he and Cara Lee had a combined membership of 100 years. He and Cara Lee received the Inman Award for Distinguished Service
in 2003 from the USD Foundation. The 80th Infantry Division recently promoted him to honorary Colonel.
Known for his optimism and ever-present
smile, he enjoyed his family, world travel, playing cards with his wife and buddies, hunting, and racquetball.
In addition to his wife Cara Lee,
Don is survived by a brother-in-law Louis Cornelius, 4 children and their spouses: Dr. John Baillie Davis and wife Stephanie
(St. Paul), Dr. Laura Davis Keppen (Sioux Falls), Dr. Diane Davis Davey and spouse David (Orlando),
and Dr. Daniel Cornelius Davis (Wichita). He has 6 granddaughters, 5 grandsons, and one great-granddaughter.
Don was preceded
in death by his parents Deane and Marjorie, brothers John and Chuck, and sister Alice.
In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be directed to the Camp Leif Ericson Endowment through the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation or
the Don and Cara Lee Davis medical school scholarship at the USD Foundation.
you Don, for all the years you spent doing great thing for camp.
Leif Ericson Friend and Board Member
Raymond G. Syverson Jr.
Nov 28 1936 - Oct 16 2008
Ray Syverson was born November 28, 1936, in Sioux Falls, to Raymond Sr., and Ruth (Brooks) Syverson.
He attended Sioux Falls schools and graduated from Washington Senior High School. Following graduation, Ray attended Augustana
College. For a period of time afterward, he traveled in Europe. Ray returned to Sioux Falls and began work for his father
at Syverson Tile & Stone. Ray was united in marriage to Gayle Shaw on July 25, 1964, in Sioux Falls. He continued working
for his father where he worked in all aspects of the family business. He eventually retired as CEO from Syverson Tile &
Stone.Ray enjoyed fishing and boating at Lewis and Clark Lake and later spending time at their lake home at Poinsett.
In his free time he liked playing golf, Pitch, and going pheasant hunting. Every other year, the Syverson family attended
the Brooks Family reunions in different locations throughout the US. Throughout the years, Ray and Gayle traveled to Europe,
Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and particularly enjoyed a trip to Norway. In the center of his life was his
family. Ray thoroughly loved and cherished spending time with them.He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church;
Elks Lodge #262, where he was past Exalted Ruler; El Riad Shrine Snack Unit; and board member of Leif Erickson Day Camp.
man with a big heart, Ray was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Blessed with an outgoing and hearty personality,
Ray had a large community of friends. As his daughter Mary recalled, He cast his net widely and touched many, many lives.
Regarded as an ideal boss, his employees thought the world of him. Ray will long be remembered for his love for life,
his loyalty to friends and family, his booming laugh, and his bigger-than-life spirit.
Thank you Ray for your many years of helping us at camp.