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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
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Agnes Ekstrum

Agnes Elaine Ekstrum (Arhart)

Thursday, September 2nd, 1937 - Saturday, March 7th, 2020
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Agnes Elaine Ekstrum, 82, of Kimball, SD passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral Services are 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Kimball Protestant Parish, Kimball with Pastor Derek Runge officiating. A Committal Service will follow at Kimball Community Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service.

Agnes Elaine (Arhart) Ekstrum was born September 2, 1937 to Alfred and Clara (Feistner) Arhart on a farm near Alpena, SD. She attended rural school and graduated high school from Lane, SD. She went on to receive her two-year elementary degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and taught school in Clark and Chamberlain, SD.

On August 12, 1962, she married Richard Ekstrum of Kimball, SD. They were blessed with two daughters, Lori and Marcee. They lived on the farm south of Kimball for over 50 years.

Agnes was involved with the Brule County Porkettes and Cowbelles. She taught Sunday School, confirmation and Wednesday Release Time classes at Emanuel Lutheran Church, in Kimball. Being a member of the church women’s circle was fulfilling for her.

Agnes loved her Golden Retriever dogs, collected books and angels, and enjoyed baking. She was a member of the Angels Collector’s Club.

Through many years with Farm Bureau, Agnes and Richard traveled extensively and made many friends.

Grateful for sharing Agnes’ life are, her daughters: Lori (Kevin) Quimby of Sioux Falls, SD and Marcee Ekstrum of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Diane (Harlan) Thompson of Emerson, NE; sister-in-law, Phyllis Arhart of Sioux Falls, SD; brother-in law and sister-in-law, Duane and Sheryn Ekstrum of Kimball, SD; sister-in-law, Karlene Morris of Pasadena, CA, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Nancy Ekstrum of Philip, SD and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Jill Ekstrum of Kimball, SD; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceding her in death were: her husband, Richard (Sept. 11, 2015); her parents, Alfred and Clara; step-father, Leonard Sheffield; sister, Alice (Gene) Olson; two brothers: LeRoy Arhart and LaVerne (Judy) Arhart; brother-in-law, Donald Ekstrum; sister-in-law, Jane Ekstrum; and brother-in-law, Robert Morris.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Agnes may be directed to: Kimball Protestant Parish, PO Box 340, Kimball, SD 57355 or Lutherans Outdoors in SD, Admin. Office, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197 (
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kimball Protestant Parish
    301 S. Babcock
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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    7:00pm Prayer Service
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 10:00am
    Kimball Protestant Parish
    301 S. Babcock
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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    Pastor Derek Runge
  • Interment

    Kimball Community Cemetery
    Corner of SD Hwy 45 and SD Hwy 16
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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  • Reception

    Kimball Protestant Parish
    301 S. Babcock
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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Deanna Leikvold

Posted at 05:34pm
Dear Lori and Marcee, I do have pictures of our Farm Bureau Days. I'll always treasure the many wonderful times we had together. Virginia Jensen also a member of Clay County Farm Bureau called me with the news about your beloved Mother yesterday. She is going to send me the obituary from the Chamberlain paper. I want to wish you my deepest sympathy as she was a truly great lady and we did spend many wonderful times together. I did send her Christmas Cards, and I didn't hear back so I thought maybe her address had maybe changed. I am thankful for the many years in Farm Bureau we spent together. We traveled to many National Farm Bureau Conferences together and had many memorable times together.
May the Lord Bless you at this time of such great loss.
Sincerely in His love,
Deanna Leikvold

Rhonda McGregor

Posted at 04:14pm
Dear Lori & Marcee I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Agnes was such a wonderful lady. I have many fond memories of the time spent with the entire Ekstrum clan while growing up. The body may no longer be present but her presence will forever remain as she lives on in you. You remain in my thoughts & prayers...Rhonda McGregor

Holly Swenson

Posted at 12:58pm
Dear Lori & Family,
I was so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. We are never prepared to lose a parent. Please know I am thinking of you as you mourn and celebrate her life. Blessed be her memory.
Holly Swenson

Harriet Barrett, Amy Barrett Eckerman, Ann Barrett

Posted at 07:00am
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