Daun Whetsel

Daun Whetsel


March 28, 1932 - August 22, 2022


Daun Whetsel, 90, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, August 22, 2022, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. A memorial service honoring Daun's life will be held at Bittner Funeral Chapel on October 1, at 10:30 AM.

Marnys (Daun) Rodee Whetsel beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, and sister passed from this life on August 22, 2022, in Mitchell, South Dakota. She was born March 28, 1932, in Mitchell, to Floyd and R. Grace (Smith) Rodee. Daun was the second of three children. Daun graduated from Garden City High School in 1950.

Daun started at South Dakota State University in 1950 and graduated with a two-year degree in home economics and education in 1952. On July 20, 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Roland Whetsel, of Garden City, South Dakota. Daun and Roland moved to Pierre, South Dakota, and she began her teaching career. Daun lived in several South Dakota towns, including Pierre, Platte, Wagner, Black Hawk, Sioux Falls, Hurley, and she retired in Artesian.

Daun was active in childhood education throughout her life. In 1973, she completed a BS at the University of South Dakota – Springfield, and in 1976, she completed a master's degree in special education at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Daun was a mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, education consultant, mentor, and active in church and civic organizations. In every endeavor, Daun went "above and beyond" to make things better for others, touching lives and sharing her warmth and loving in a respectful manner toward everyone.

Surviving her are her three children: Raleigh of Frederick, CO, Heidi Dorsey of Mitchell, SD, and Gretel (Rocco) Baird of Belvidere, IL. She leaves eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Daun was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Whetsel; son, Cameron; infant son, Dirk; sister, Donna Rodee Steichen; brother, Burton Rodee; and both of her parents.

In lieu of flowers or monetary donations, please donate to www.alz.org or parkinsonhope.org.


Saturday, October 1, 2022
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Jalene and Rick Martin on September 9, 2022
Our love to all of Daun’s children and grandchildren. We will see you soon.
Posted by Tim add Debbie Steichen on September 9, 2022
God bless Aunt Daun and God bless all of you. We are here for you.
Posted by Argil Hunter on August 31, 2022
Daun was married to my brother Roland Whetsel. She was a very unique, interesting, kind, loving person. I'm sure she is delighted to be united once again, with Roland in their heavenly home
Posted by Lynn TerMeer on August 30, 2022
So sorry to hear
Of your loss❗️ Daun was such a Sweet Lady ❗️ I enjoyed listening to her…,,,, A very Talented woman ❗️May she enjoy her Heavenly Home ,, She is FREE , GOD BLESS ALL YOU 🙏🏼❗️
Posted by Sandy Murray on August 29, 2022
Heidi and family I so sorry to hear of Daun’s passing. I loved taking care of her! I enjoyed her sharing stories and she was a sweetheart! She is with dad now! ❤️🌹
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