Francis Hunhoff

Francis Hunhoff, age 57, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly at the farm on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Monday, March 1, 2021, at St. Agnes Sigel Catholic Church in rural Utica, South Dakota, with Reverend Mark Lichter officiating.  Burial will be in Sigel Cemetery in rural Utica.  Visitation is from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with a rosary and vigil service at 4:00 PM.  The public is invited to attend any of the services for Francis or to view the live stream of the Mass visit  The rosary and vigil service will be live streamed on Francis’s obituary page at

Pallbearers are Michael Hunhoff, Troy Hunhoff, Jeff Herrboldt, Dave Kuehler, JD Drotzmann, and Mike Shutt. Honorary Pallbearers are Jack Herrboldt, Austen Herrboldt, and Phyllis Hunhoff.

Francis Hunhoff was born February 19, 1964, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Edward and Catherine (McDonald) Hunhoff. He grew up on the family farm near Utica, South Dakota and attended Klimisch Country School near Utica and later Beadle Elementary in Yankton. He graduated from Yankton High School in 1982. Following high school, he continued to pursue his dream of farming alongside his dad. Francis met the love of his life, Kristi Rothschadl, in 1985, and they married on April 25th, 1987, in Vermillion, South Dakota. Together, they raised three beautiful children. Francis was a man of few words, but through his actions, he instilled strong Midwestern morals and values in his children.

Francis was a selfless, reliable, hardworking man who always put the needs of others first. He would do anything for anyone. He was a dedicated Raiders fan, enjoyed raising goats on the farm and was a wonderful steward of the land. Francis never asked for much and would often say he was the richest man because he had everything he needed with his family and his farm. Francis cared dearly for his wife, loved family gatherings, and cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Kristi Hunhoff of Yankton, South Dakota; three children: Elizabeth (Jeff) Herrboldt of Lennox, South Dakota; Michael (Erika) Hunhoff of Boulder, Colorado; and Troy (Katie) Hunhoff of Utica, South Dakota; three grandchildren: Jack, Austen and Phyllis; mother, Catherine Hunhoff of Utica; sister, Mary Hunhoff of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother, Joseph (Suzanne) Hunhoff of Bloomfield, Nebraska; and his beloved chocolate lab, Sable.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Hunhoff; sister, Phyllis Hunhoff; father and mother-in-law, William and Elizabeth Rothschadl; brother-in-law, Ronnie Rothschadl and sister-in-law, Carol Sampson.







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3 response to "Francis Hunhoff"

  1. By: Anthony Kathol Posted: February 28, 2021

    I remember Francis growing up. He was paired up with me and Duane Huber as altar servers at St. Agnes (Sigel) Church. I was the youngest of the three servers. When mass would get over, we would have to take our albs and hang them up. Francis would throw his alb at me and say, “Here you go squirt” and leave the altar server alb room and have me hang it up for him. He and Duane trained me well.

    I look back on those days when we used to go to altar boy picnics, catechism on Wednesday nights, or summer catechism playing softball, or when he rode the school bus with us. We both smelled like pig farmers…but those were the good ol’ days when kids made fun for themselves, knew their faith, and worked hard on the farm.

    My condolence goes out to his wife Kristi and family and to his mother Catherine, his brother and sister, Joe and Mary. May he rest in peace.

    In Christ,
    Anthony Kathol
    Martin, SD

  2. By: Martin & VerLynn Kneifl Posted: March 1, 2021

    Joe & Suzanne and family, you are so much in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to all the Hunhoff family. Our hearts go out to you.

  3. By: Diane & Dick Fuhrer Posted: March 1, 2021

    Kristy and Catherine and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know him very well but when we met at the Clinic dinners he was always very nice. Kristy and Catherine know you are in our Thoughts and Prayers.

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