HURON — Betty Kohlmeyer, 95, of Huron and formerly of Wolsey, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at SunQuest Healthcare Center.
Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 26, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey. Private burial will be in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, it will precede the funeral service. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kuhler Funeral Home with her family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Betty Heitland was born April 6, 1922, to Frank and Lydia Heitland. She graduated from Wolsey High School and went to Nettelton Business School in Sioux Falls. On October 19, 1941, she married Richard Kohlmeyer, known as “Sugar Plum”, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey. Richard called her “June Bug”. They lived in Sioux Falls briefly, and then Omaha, Neb. where Richard attended Frye Aircraft School, he then worked as a draftsman in Dayton, Ohio. While there, Richard joined the Navy and they made their home in Alameda, Calif. where Richard Kohlmeyer Jr. was born January 2, 1944, and crowned “King Kid” because he was the first baby born in the new year.
After Richard was discharged from the Navy, they made their home on the farm near Wolsey. Their second child, Dianne, was born April 30, 1946. Betty worked at the County Extension Office and Northwest Finance Company in Huron. She was church secretary at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey for several years. She taught Sunday school, was a 4-H leader for many years, was an active member of the Hershman-Gordon Ladies Auxiliary and the Wolsey Lions Club. She was a member of the Social Sister’s Club for many years.
When Richard was past District Governor of the Lions Club, he and Betty traveled to Taiwan for a Lions International Convention.
Feeling blessed for having shared her life are one daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Dale Hemminger of Belle Fourche; five grandchildren, Curt Hemminger of Spearfish, Cara (Adam) Reilly of Colorado Springs, Colo., Chad (Rebecca) Hemminger of LaGrange Park, Ill., and Colleen Kohlmeyer Brooks of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven great-grandchildren, Quinn, Ian, Krysti Reilly, Holly and Sofie Hemminger, Josiah Kohlmeyer, and Berkely Brooks; and daughter-in-law, Macel Self of Sioux Falls.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Richard Kohlmeyer Jr.; two sisters, Kathryn Mae Heitland, and Maxine Ellingson; one brother, Frank Heitland Jr.; and one granddaughter, Christi Anne Hemminger.