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Funeral services will take place on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

First Lutheran Church
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.



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In memory of

Lola Simpfenderfer

of Wall, South Dakota, died on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City at the age of 96

Lola D. Simpfenderfer was called to her heavenly home on March 7, at the age of 96 at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City.

Lola was born on October 30, 1923 to Thomas and Julia Mitchell Hall in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. She grew up in the Wasta and Elm Springs area, and she graduated from New Underwood High School in 1943. After high school Lola joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 where she served as a shore patrolman until her honorable discharge in 1945 with the rank of second-class V-10.

Lola returned to South Dakota where she met her future husband, Robert Simpfenderfer. They were united in marriage on October 18, 1947 in Rapid City. Lola and Robert made their home on a farm south of Wall. In 1970 they moved into Wall where they built a home. They also owned a tourist attraction called the Indian Village. Lola was a member of the First Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a 60-year member of the American Legion Post #246 and also a Legion Auxiliary member.

To their loving union they brought six children into this world: Van, Robert Jr., Linda, Gary, Retha, and Kathy.

Survivors include three children Van (Cathy) Simpfenderfer, Retha Simpfenderfer, and Kathy Simpfenderfer, all of Wall; five grandchildren: Jason Jarvis of Pierre, Jerry (Doralynne) Jarvis of Yankton, Jordan (Jill) Jarvis of Las Vegas, NV, Blake (Amanda) Simpfenderfer of Burlington, VT, and Erin (Nick) Cox of Wall; five great-grandchildren: Jake Jarvis of Pierre, Lauren and Evan Jarvis of Yankton, and Colin and Emmett Simpfenderfer of Burlington, VT; two sisters Florence Dale of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and Janice Williams of Rapid City; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Lola was preceded in death by her husband Robert Simpfenderfer, Sr.; two sons Gary Simpfenderfer and Robert Simpfenderfer, Jr.; one daughter Linda Jarvis; one son-in-law Ken Jarvis; one grandson Paul Simpfenderfer; one sister Fannette McKey; one brother Perry Hall; and her parents.

A memorial has been established to the First Lutheran Church of Wall.

A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 16, at First Lutheran Church in Wall with Pastor Christopher McCarthy officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow at the Wall Cemetery.

VISITATION
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 4-7 p.m.
Rush Funeral Chapel
Wall, South Dakota

FUNERAL SERVICE
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
First Lutheran Church
Wall, South Dakota

CLERGY
Pastor Christopher McCarthy

MUSIC
Mary Kay Wilson - Pianist
Congregational Hymns
“I Am But a Stranger Here”
“How Great Thou Art”
“On Eagles Wings”

USHERS
David Fauske - B.J. Dartt

PALLBEARERS
Lola’s Five Grandchildren and Their Spouses:
Jason Jarvis - Jerry (DoraLynne) Jarvis - Erin (Nick) Cox
Jordan (Jill) Jarvis - Blake (Amanda) Simpfenderfer

HONORARY PALLBEARERS
All Great-Grandchildren, Relatives, and Friends

INTERMENT WITH MILITARY HONORS
Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota

  • Lola held a special place in my heart. You all have been a part of my life for so many years. Thinking of you all. ~ Melissa Bale Sileby (3/16/2020)
  • Lola holds a special place in my heart. RIP my friend. ~ Alice Mettler Rapid City, SD (3/13/2020)
  • Thinking ;of you in prayer and Gods Blessings at this difficult time. ~ Veva Wernke Wall SD (3/11/2020)
  • sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of her when Linda and I were in high school ~ jeanette (Schuler) Miller Kadoka, S.D. (3/11/2020)
  • So many loving and fun memories of my Aunt Lola. I will miss her tremendously but will carry her forever in my heart. I love you Aunt Lola. ~ Fannette Prois Coon Rapids, MN (3/11/2020)
  • Sad but also happy for my birthday-buddy-Aunt, she has earned her wings, very proud of her. Prayers for the Family. ~ Clint & Judi Hall Sturgis (3/10/2020)
  • We lost such a loving and caring Lady. Always stopped to see her while visiting Wall. Prayers and thoughts to the family. ~ Mike and Yuliya Sioux Falls, SD (3/10/2020)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Lola was a great lady! ~ Dick and Pam Johnson Wall (3/10/2020)
  • We are sorry to hear about Lola. What a wonderful lady she was. We want to extend our sympathy to your family. ~ Tom and Kamie Carmichael Oakland, Nebraska (3/10/2020)