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George & Dorothy Fedders

George Fedders of Sioux Falls, formerly of Rapid City, died November 21, 2016 at Sanford USD Medical Center. George was born February 20, 1930 in Orange City, Iowa and grew up in the Orange City area.

Dorothy Fedders of Sioux Falls, formerly of Rapid City, died December 3, 2016 at Sanford USD Medical Center. Dorothy was born April 3, 1929 in Sioux County, Iowa and grew up in the Orange City area.

George and Dorothy met as teenagers, each knowing they had found the love of their lives. They were married on November 22, 1949 in Orange City and began an adventure together that lasted over 67 years. George served heroically in the United States Army representing our country as part of the U.N. Forces in the Korean Conflict. He fought bravely, earning 3 bronze stars during some of the heaviest fighting of the Korean War. After returning home from Korea, George and Dorothy's family life began with the addition of 3 daughters, Debra, Rhonda, and Brenda. The young family moved to Rapid City, S.D., where in addition to raising their daughters, both George and Dorothy worked outside the home. George worked throughout his life as an office manager and in construction. Dorothy worked for the Rapid City School District and ultimately retired as an Assistant Vice President for First Federal Savings and Loan. After retirement, both George and Dorothy remained active. George stayed busy working on projects at his residences, caring for his beloved dogs and other animals as well as travelling, and playing golf. Dorothy volunteered with seniors and travelled with George. Perhaps one of their greatest joys however was spending time with their family which now included 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Children and grandchildren were always welcome at their house. Outdoor activities with Grandpa George followed by treats from Grandma Dorothy were common. Love was never in short supply as George and Dorothy cared greatly for their family which was their priority. They would do whatever was necessary to help them get ahead in life. George and Dorothy's travel plans often were centered on family visits, especially those involving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared their lives are their children, Debra (Steven) Rich, Rapid City, SD, Rhonda Smith, Sioux Falls, SD, Brenda (Scott) Brownlee, Evans, CO; seven grandchildren, Todd (Amy) Turpitt, Chaska, MN, Leah (Mike) McKemy, Reno, NV, Torry (Jen) Martin, Eaton, CO, Stephen (Sherrie) Burdick, Alexandria, VA, Jason Burdick, Philadelphia, PA, Kathryn Rich (Todd Hyronimus), Rapid City, SD, Aryan (Nycole) Tracy, Severance, CO; and eleven great grandchildren; George's four siblings, Nelvina DeHaan, Jeanette (Ernie) Wielenga, Bernie (Irma) Fedders, all of Orange City, IA, Mike (Audrey) Fedders, George, IA; Dorothy's three siblings, Margaret Franken, Sioux Falls, S.D., Pearl Kooima, Hawarden, IA, June (Bernie) Ver Berg , Sioux Falls, S.D. and numerous other family members and friends.

They were preceded in death by their parents; George's siblings, Gerald Fedders, Harriet Hubenette; and brother in law, Glen DeHaan. Dorothy's siblings, John D. Van Dyke, Garrett Van Dyke, Johanna Kleinwolterink; brother in laws, Warren Kleinwolterink, James Franken, and Clarence Kooima, and sister in law, Percella Van Dyke.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 8 at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls. Burial at Richland Township Cemetery, Inwood, IA.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 7 at Miller Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 6, 2016
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