Funeral services for Linda Seim, age 55, of Shadehill, South Dakota, were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013, at the F.J. Reeder Armory in Lemmon, South Dakota. Pastor Roger Dietterle and Pastor Dana Lockhart officiated and following a potluck luncheon, burial took place in the Seim Cemetery south of White Butte, South Dakota.
Linda Marie Block Seim was born January 27th, 1958 to Harry Michael Block and Jacquelyn Marie Richards Block on the front steps of the hospital in McLaughlin, South Dakota. She attended grade school in Mobridge and graduated from McIntosh High School in 1976. She moved to Lemmon after graduating to work at the hospital with her cousin Julie Hoff and soon to be sister in law Christina Loock-Block just as soon as she introduced her to her big brother Gene...Linda loved playing matchmaker. Her cousin Julie decided to take a chance at this matchmaking too, so she introduced Linda to a handsome black bearded cowboy named Nolan Seim...they were a match made in heaven and were married December 10th 1977 at the Lemmon Rural Lutheran Parsonage with friends Luke and Dawn Harris by their side as best man and matron of honor. The preacher's cat played the piano and Luke whistled rocking back and forth on the heels of his boots. Their wedding was cancelled due to the death of Nolan's uncle Andrew Johnson, he died a few days before the wedding was to take place so they decided to elope instead as Linda informed Nolan she wasn't going to live with him without being married and she was moving back home, Nolan wouldn't hear of it so together they shoveled their way through the four feet of snow left behind from a recent blizzard to get married. Shirley Harris made them a steak dinner after the wedding as a reception, years later Shirley gave Linda and Nolan the dinning set she used for their wedding night dinner as a gift.
This December would have been their 36th wedding anniversary. They were married as teenagers and grew up together building their life on the Seim family ranch raising cattle. On April 11, 1979 they welcomed a little girl into the world and named her Sarah Anne Seim. Linda's greatest passion in life was caring for others! She joined Communities Against Violence and Abuse "CAVA" in 1989 as an advocate, later serving on the board of directors and in 1996 she joined the staff in the office, in 1998 she became Executive Director and held that position until her death. She devoted 25 years to putting her heart and soul into helping women and children in crisis.
Linda and Nolan loved children and over the last 35 years many children have graced the Seim ranch and called Linda's mega-watt smile, big chested hugs, and great food home. Some stayed for a few days, a few weeks, and some forever, all were and still are loved to this day. Those who learned the lessons of life, love and unwavering loyalty from her are better for it, those who missed the point of these lessons completely missed her purpose in this life. Nevertheless once you were in her heart you were one of her kids forever.
Having even more love to give Linda and Nolan had the opportunity to adopt 2 beautiful little girls and add to their family so in November 2000 Linda and Nolan adopted Kathleen Nellie Briscoe and Lyndsay Marie Witt, Sarah now had "official" sisters, in January 2005 we were blessed with Jasmine Sage Weasel, and in 2006 they adopted their own grandson Logan James. Linda always had the ability to find the best in a person, even the lost souls, she'd say with every challenge there is a reward you just have to let God show you the way.
Her secret passion in life was being a storm chaser during every thunderstorm she would drive everyone to the top of the hill and wait for the approaching storm, she always had bottles of shampoo and condition in the event of a torrential downpour because showers courtesy of God where not to be wasted, and coats for wind surfing in gail force winds. She loved to dance in the rain and for many of us those are our best memories. She also loved her Buicks and went though many of them over the years. When she discovered Buick made a turbo-charged engine she was ecstatic and Nolan was so proud to bring her home her first turbo-charged Buick, which quickly earned it's name the Silver Bullet and had her praying to the corn Gods while children laughed hysterically in the back seat screaming that was the best launch ever. Nolan found out that week what the cost of air ride suspension was. Her prized car was her 76 Buick-The Rocket.
Linda screamed with delight in 2006 when a young man asked for her daughters hand in marriage, Larry Dreiske quickly took a place in her heart. The gems of her world were her grandchildren Spencer Allen and McKenna Rae Dreiske and she loved to spoil them and leave little presents in the "Grandma Drop Box" that Spencer made for her. She welcomed Ole Herland into the family with another scream of delight May 4th, 2013 when he asked Kathy to marry him. Linda was honored to start the wedding planning process with Kathy which will be held in the summer of 2014. Linda was so proud that her "Blue Jean Babies" had finally found men that could put up with them.
Even when her health started to fail her in 2013 Linda always had a smile and always wanted to help others even to the end, never letting anyone know how bad things were, her faithful Husband Nolan stayed by her side day and night showing her endless love and affection, she passed from this life November 8th 2013 in the arms of the man she adored most with one last kiss, beard snuggle and I love you.
Linda Seim gave many gifts of kindness to all she knew and even as we lay this amazing angel to rest today, her final act of kindness is in the works as she gave the gift of sight to a little girl with her eyes. What better gift is there than to see the world through Linda's eyes.
Keeping her in their hearts are her husband, Nolan Seim; three daughters, Sarah (Larry) Dreiske, Kathy (Ole Herland) Seim and Jasmine Weasel; one son, Logan Seim; two grandchildren, Spencer Dreiske and McKenna Rae Dreiske; two brothers, Bill (Debbie) Block and Jerry Block; one sister, Sandy (Jerry) Renken; one sister-in-law, Christina Block; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Gene Block, Roger Block and Mary Rose Block in infancy; and one granddaughter, Brenna Gene Dreiske.
Visitation was from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.
Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.