DeWane D. Frohreich

DeWane D. Frohreich, age 90, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Friday, September 2, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota, with Reverend Steve Weispfennig officiating.  The funeral will be live streamed and can be viewed below this obituary or at  Burial will be in Martinus Lutheran Cemetery in Utica, South Dakota, with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are: Jake Frohreich, Luke Frohreich, Colton Frohreich, Jordan Kussman, Zach Adams, and Sam Thalken.  Honorary Pallbearers are: Jenna Kussman, Shelby Adams, Jessica Frohreich, Alyssa Thalken, Hannah Williams, Kristine Frohreich, Sterling Hubbard, Brooke Loecker, Jesse Gullikson, Nick Ahrens, and Kelsey Dorr.

DeWane D. Frohreich was born May 8, 1932, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Herman and Martha (Diede) Frohreich.  He grew up on the family farm near Yankton and attended country school.  He helped on the farm until he was drafted into the United States Army.  He was stationed at Camp Roberts in California and while awaiting his deployment he worked at Sears Roebuck, assembling and delivering furniture oftentimes working 12 hour days.  During the Korean War, he was stationed in Germany at Kitzinger Army Base.  After the war, he returned to the farm.

DeWane married Betty Soukup on August 21, 1957 in Yankton and purchased the family farm.  For the next 11 years, he built up the farm adding a feedlot, chicken operation and hogs.  His forward thinking and additions to the farm, gained him the Outstanding Young Farmer Award.  DeWane sold the farm and moved into Yankton where he began working for Jack Halstead at the Utica Lumberyard.   He then began Frohreich Construction, which he operated for many years.  In 1987, DeWane retired from construction and bought the farm back.  He continued farming until his health forced him to retire in 2007.

DeWane was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton, a lifetime member of the Yankton VFW, and helped start The Youth Center in Yankton.  He was a hardworking, fair and generous man who knew how to do everything and was willing to help anyone.  He taught his children the value of hard work and many skills from fishing to carpentry.  He enjoyed fishing and spending time at their cabin at Pickerel Lake, but above all he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Betty Frohreich of Yankton, South Dakota; four children: Tim (Brenda) Frohreich, Bob (Connie) Frohreich, Linda (Randy) Kussman and Lisa (Allen) Williams all of Yankton; nine grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother, Wilmer Frohreich of Yankton; two sisters: Lois Anderson of Yankton and Verna (Lyle) Sorensen of Boerne, Texas; sister-in-law, Agnes Grovijahn of Yankton; brother-in-law, Bob (Theresa) Soukup of Minneapolis, Minnesota and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sons in infancy; great grandson, Levi Frohreich; brother-in-law, Roger Soukup and sister-in-law, Rosemary Souhrada.




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8 response to "DeWane D. Frohreich"

  1. By: Les & Mary Marek Posted: September 3, 2022

    We are shocked and saddened by the news of Duane’s passing. We’ve been blessed by having such good neighbors. He will surely be missed.

  2. By: Darrell Mahoney Posted: September 4, 2022

    So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for your family.

  3. By: Cynthia Belohlavek Posted: September 5, 2022

    DeWane, what a kind man! I always enjoyed his gentle demeanor! So sorry for your loss. Love, Cindy

  4. By: Tim Branaugh Posted: September 5, 2022

    Tim, Dads are special in a man’s life, yours was exceptional. So sorry for your loss.

  5. By: Jane Hawk Posted: September 5, 2022

    To all of DeWane’s family I offer my condolences. He blessed so many people with his knowledge and willingness to “help”.
    We appreciated, many years ago, when he totally reconstructed our kitchen. Cherish the special memories . . .
    Sincerely, Jane Hawk

  6. By: Tom and Dorothea Merrill Posted: September 6, 2022

    So very sorry for your loss of DeWane! DeWane always had something good to say when we visited. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

  7. By: Tom Graham Posted: September 6, 2022

    It was a pleasure to be around Dewayne. He was fun to visit with. My condolences to Betty and their children. May God hold you in the Palm of His hand always !

  8. By: Denny Schieffer Posted: September 7, 2022

    Probably the most honest man i ever did work for , My deepest sympathy to DeWanes family.

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