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Funeral services will take place on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM (Mountain).

United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota
Visitation and musical celebration will be held 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, at the Methodist Church in Wall.

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In memory of

Dorothy Shearer

of Wall, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 84

Dorothy Mae Huether was born January 14, 1935 in Wall, South Dakota. She was the oldest of two daughters born to Edward and Frieda(Marquart) Huether. Dorothy grew up on their family ranch in the Conata Basin, where she attended the North Conata School along with all her beloved cousins. During her youth she took the train, with her mother Frieda, from Conata to Rapid City for piano lessons, which began her life-long passion for music.

Dorothy attended high school in Wall, and boarded in the homes of many locals, of which she often spoke highly of. Those with whom she boarded with and attended school would become her lifelong friends.

While in high school, Dorothy participated in writing the school paper, drama club and many musical ensembles where she played the timpani, bass drum, tuba, baritone, piano, and trombone. In 1951, she became a founding member of the Blue Notes dance band which played for several dances in the Wall area.

After graduating from high school in 1953, she went to work as a teller at First Western Bank, as well as working at Wall Drug as a soda jerk. She loved to reminisce of how Mrs. Dorothy Hustead would have her close up the store and secure the money box some nights, which was never put in the same place twice! When she wasn’t at work, Dorothy was very active as a Girl Scout leader in the community.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Lavon Shearer, on November 6, 1954, at the Lutheran Church in Wall. They made their home north of Quinn, where Glendon and Greg were born, and later moved north of Wall where Grant and DeAnna joined the family.

Dorothy was first and foremost a mother, and to more than just her own children. She was an active member of the community serving as 4-H leader, church school teacher for 50 years, choir director, church organist, and Christmas wreath maker, just to name a few. She was an influential member of the local Gourmet Club, and loved hosting her friends and family for Christmas dinner, summer brunch, or her famous “Hen” Parties!

In 1965, Dorothy, along with Donna Rae(Estes) Tsitrian, Dean Patterson, and Gene Patterson formed the Twilighters Band. For 53 years the Twilighters played for dances, entertaining hundreds of people throughout western South Dakota. During those years many honorary members joined the Twilighters, with DeAnna Kammerer becoming the latest joining member. As a member of the Twilighters, Dorothy played for the Catalyst Clubs’ Good Neighbor Banquet every year for 38 years. In 2008, she was honored with the Good Neighbor Award. For her, the true honor came from getting to play music for those who were recognized each year.

In the 1980s, Lavon and Dorothy started the Western Dakota Ranch Vacations Bed and Breakfast, where they and their family made many wonderful friends from all over the world. Dorothy was a gardener of more than just people; when she wasn’t inside, she could be found laying rock, pulling weeds, planting flowers and tending to her beautiful garden.

Her children cannot remember a time when there was not someone on her piano bench. For roughly 60 years she taught hundreds of students, and they learned much more than just how to play the piano; she taught them lessons about life, love, and God. She leaves tough musical shoes to fill, but hundreds of hearts are full because of the kindness and love she showed to each one.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 65 years, Lavon; four children, Glendon and his wife Pam, Greg and his wife Lori, Grant and his wife JoDee, DeAnna Kammerer and her husband Mitch, all of Wall, her Danish daughter Annette Garioud and her husband Roland of Lyon, France; 10 grandchildren, Colby, Kayla, Trent, Carisa, Lainee, Jace, Garrett, Chelsie, Jed, and July; 17 great-grandchildren, all the kids that called her Grandma Dorothy, which was many; one sister Margaret “Maggie” Bloom and her husband James of Rapid City; and a host of beloved cousins and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation and musical celebration will be from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, at the Methodist Church in Wall.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 11, at the Methodist Church, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

Interment will be at the Wall Cemetery.

4-7 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2019
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Pastor Harold Delbridge

Cheryl Walker - Pianist
Methodist Church Choir
“Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
“Heavenly Sunlight”
Linda Eisenbraun - Vocalist
“What A Wonderful World”
Other song selections by
Dawna Rae Tsitrian, Family and Friends

Jerry Johannesen - Wayne Davis

Glendon Shearer - Greg Shearer - Grant Shearer
Mitch Kammerer - Pat Guptill - Casey Trask
Colby Shearer - Kayla Eymer - Trent Shearer
Carisa Shearer - Lainee Sampson - Jace Shearer
Garrett Shearer - Chelsie Shearer
Jed Kammerer - July Kammerer

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Wall Cemetery, Wall, South Dakota

  • Your family is in my prayers. ~ Cleo Williams Rapid City SD (2/12/2019)
  • Our sympathy goes out to all the Shearer family. Dorothy was such a joyful person and wonderful community citizen. She will be missed by many. ~ Jim Estes Saint Paul, MN (2/11/2019)
  • My deepest condolences. I will always remember her friendliness, especially at the reunions. ~ Stacey (Sether) Fielder Rapid City (2/11/2019)
  • We are so sorry to hear of Dorothy. We always had so much fun singing in the church choir. Dorothy will be missed by all who knew her. May God be with you all. Love and Prayers. ~ Tom and Kamie Carmichael Oakland , NE (2/11/2019)
  • Dear Lavon and family. Our love and prayers are with you all at this time. Dorothy was a very special person. Sincerely Susan and Dennis Walsh ~ Dennis Walsh Miami, FL. (2/11/2019)
  • The Lord definitely gained another angel for his heavenly choir when he called Dorothy home. My 1st memory of her is from the mid 1970's when my home economics class toured her 'then new' home! Her excitement & joy was the 1 thing that I remember most about that day. Many, many years later when I was asked to sing for my aunts funeral & she was the pianist...we laughed at the fact that the song chosen was 1 that SHE had never heard of, even with all her years of providing music. We laughed then & even later, that we had to put our own spin on that particular song. She welcomed me with open arms when I joined the choir at the Methodist church, her laughter & joy when singing for the Lord was utterly amazing and so uplifting every Sunday morning! She loved each & every child during release time and she sang out so loud & each child would giggle and join in. There was never a doubt as to how much she loved her God...and the musical gift that HE had given her. She was a true blessing & and absolute joy to know. I will miss her hugs & that beautiful raspy voice when she would say "Well Hello Cindy". My deepest sympathies to Lavon & the entire family. Remember the happy, remember the love & watch her live on thru the eyes of everyone whose life she touched. God's greatest blessings to you all. ~ Cindy Nuzum Wall, SD (2/11/2019)
  • I didn't know Dorothy well, but remember her as a kind and carrying person and always had a smile on her face. I'm sorry for your loss and know she will be missed, not only by the family but the many lives that she touched over the years. ~ Janet Kahler Rapid City (2/10/2019)
  • God poured an extra cup of love, energy and enthusiasm into Dorothy when she was born and she seemed to spend a lifetime sharing it with all of us who were given the chance to be in her presence. My memories of singing with her and performing under her direction will always bring me joy. Her laughter was contagious! She was one of many strong, independent women in the history of Wall who made it a better community and certainly influenced my life and many, many others for the better. My condolences to all of her family for your loss. ~ Roy Marsden Cambridge, Wisconsin (2/10/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss My heart goes out to the family Dorothy was a caring and loving person to all she will be missed GOD BLESS

    ~ Patty Hauk Hot Springs SD (2/9/2019)
  • Our deepest sympathy to you all. Will never forget all the visits we had. She always had something going on in her life that made you smile. May God give you comfort now and peace in days to come. ~ Gene and Ester Johannesen Wall, SD (2/9/2019)
  • We are so sorry to hear this. Our prayers are with all of you at this time. ~ Richard and Sue Rausch Hermosa, SD (2/9/2019)
  • I am so very sorry. She was a wonderful, delightful woman. ~ Susan Brooke Belen, New Mexico (2/9/2019)
  • I can see Dorothy having some good conversations with the Lord. I am so saddened for all of you. She passed on a ton of great talents to her kids and grand kids. Hugs to you all. She always made me feel so welcome in your church. I am grateful to her for that. Maggie, thinking of you and hugs to all. Love Kiya ~ Kiya Kelly Yellowstone (2/9/2019)
  • sorry to hear of your mothers passing.......our thoughts are with you during this hard time.....both of our parents are gone, so know how hard it is to loose them....God Bless you and your family. ~ Rick and Nancy Brooks Rapid City, SD (2/9/2019)
  • Dear Maggie & Jim. so sorry for your loss. How sad. a terrible lose, May God hold you in His arms during this sad time. Our thoughts & prayers are with you ~ Joyce Williamson Rapid City (2/8/2019)
  • My sympathies to the Shearer family. I remember Dorothy as a fine musician and great mother to her kids. ~ Lee Ferguson Colton, SD (2/8/2019)
  • God called home His dedicated servant Dorothy after permitting her light to shine brightly here on earth. Dorothy blessed all she met with her gracious, kind, strong & loving spirit& leaves a legacy that will be carried forward & felt for many generations. May God hold close all whom she loved & who loved her. ~ Marcia Eisenbraun Custer, SD (2/8/2019)
  • Mitch & DeAnna and family. Our heartfelt condolences to you all. God bless ~ Norm & Romy Thomas 9044 Willow St Black Hawk, SD (2/8/2019)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shearer family. ~ Sean and Cindy Doyle Springfield SD (2/8/2019)
  • My sympathy to the entire Shearer family. Dorothy has touched so many lives over the years and will be fondly remembered. I will miss her exuberance and joy. ~ Janet Lurz Wall (2/8/2019)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My memories of Dorothy go way back - all the years of piano lessons. It was always so nice to visit with her whenever we were back and would run into her.
    Heaven has gained an angel.
    ~ Lea Willuweit Ymker Armour SD (2/8/2019)
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lavon, and all the Shearer family. Dorothy was such a Super lady. ~ Kari and Kendall Kjerstad Grand Junction CO (2/7/2019)
  • My deepest sympathy to you all!! I have many memories of church school programs and piano lessons with Dorothy. Thoughts and prayers to you all! ~ Ashley (Kitterman) Hedblom Huron SD (2/7/2019)
  • My deepest sympathy to you all. I really enjoyed talking with Dorothy at thr family reunions and seeing her do the "Chicken Dance" with all the kids. What a contagious laugh and smile she had, literally lit up a room in an instant.Love to you All. ~ Jill Moore Zenisek Douglas, Wyoming (2/7/2019)
  • You have our deepest sympathies, your mom (as well as your dad)always had time for a kind word and wondered how we were doing.
    We will not be around for the services, but our thoughts will be with you.
    ~ Philip and Mary Kay Wilson Elm Springs (2/7/2019)
  • My Deepest Sympathy. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Always enjoyed visiting with Dorothy and she always had a smile for everyone. May the Lord Be With You Now and Always. ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (2/7/2019)