Wallace John Peter Mohnen, 90, of White Lake, SD, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2020 at his home under hospice care in White Lake. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Monday, December 14 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in White Lake. Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in White Lake. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: https://youtu.be/tgKcAiEdcwU
Wallace was born February 28, 1930 to Peter and Kathryn (Kieffer) Mohnen of White Lake, SD. He attended school in White Lake for his first two years, then went to the Gillen School through eighth grade. After the eighth grade, he helped his father on the farm. In 1952 he was drafted into the service where he spent seven months. He was then called home to take over the family farm because of his father’s illness.
In 1952 he married Lucille Fuerst of Mitchell, SD. His parents moved to town in 1953 and Wallace managed the homestead farm where they lived until 1968 and nine children were born. The family then moved to the Kieffer homestead where Wallace’s mother was raised. Here there were three more children born. Wallace and Lucille enjoyed farming and raising their twelve children. In March of 2020 they moved to town, where he lived until the time of his passing.
Wallace was a member of Saint Peter’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Elk’s Lodge, Moose Lodge, and a lifetime member of the White Lake Sportsmans’ Club. Wallace farmed his entire life and his passion was raising cattle. He was very proud of his 125 year Homestead Award. Wallace enjoyed camping, fishing, dancing, and socializing with friends. Most of all, Wallace was happiest when he was surrounded by his wife Lucille, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at their many family gatherings.
Grateful for having shared in Wallace’s life are his wife, Lucille for over 68 years; twelve children: Greg (Linda) Mohnen, Bend, OR; Christy (Phil) Schaefer, Sioux Falls, SD; Steve (Kathy) Mohnen, White Lake, SD; Renee (Rick) Lukkes, Waseca, MN; Carol Mohnen, Denver, CO; Dale Mohnen, White Lake, SD; Linda (Lenny) Kristensen, White Lake, SD; Mary (Ernie) LaFleur, Jefferson, SD; Robert (Shanna) Mohnen, White Lake, SD; Michelle (Joe) Koch, Stickney, SD; and Scott (Tonya) Mohnen, Crooks, SD; 27 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra; two infant sons, Michael and Duane; daughter-in-law, Brenda Mohnen; his parents; three sisters, Eileen (Luvern) Greenwell, Petronella (Alfred) Hettinger, Norma Jean (Alfred) Hanten; and an infant brother, Ivan.