Rose Arla (Houtkooper) Daum, age 83

Rose Daum

Rose Arla (Houtkooper) Daum, age 83, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Kadoka Care Center in Kadoka, S.D., following a struggle with congestive heart failure. 
Rose was born on Oct. 28, 1933, near Corsica. She was the younger of twin daughters (older twin Ruby) born to John and Alta (DeGeest) Houtkooper. She was the third of five children.
Growing up on the farm her childhood was full of memories like milking cows, feeding chickens, picking rocks and surviving the blizzard of 1949, thanks to the kindness of neighbors. She graduated from Corsica High School in 1952. After graduation she worked on the family farm, then moved to Mitchell where she worked in the dietary department of a Mitchell hospital. She later moved to Denver, Colo., working for Dr. Peterson, DDS as a dental hygienist. While in Denver, she enjoyed church activities, bowling, going to movies, roller skating, and hiking. It was through mutual friends that during this time she met the love of her life. On June 28, 1962, in Aurora Center, she married Samuel (Sam) J. Daum. 
Life’s adventures for Rose included supporting Sam while he was attending graduate school at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, raising a family and of course farming. In 1969, they returned their young family to Jones County, and made the town of Murdo their home becoming “city-farmers.” She had a “green thumb,” loved gardening and canning the “fruits of her labor.” Making whole wheat bread, buns and cinnamon rolls was her joy. Often these loaves of bread made their way as gifts to the kids’ teachers. She had a love for animals which was passed along to her children. She always enjoyed getting together with her parents, siblings and their families during holidays and special occasions. When traveling the many miles between visiting family, then later her children in Minnesota and Wisconsin, many laughs were had while teasing her about the many old run down farmsteads that “she had neglected.”
Rose’s beautiful smile, contagious laughter and sincere love for life were enjoyed by all who knew her. Rose gave the best hugs and after she could no longer stand, following a leg amputation she still gave “hand hugs” using her incredible grip. Her greatest joy was in Christ, her love for her children, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
Rose worked for over 20 years at the Sioux Motel in Murdo, until her stroke in April of 2012. She was a 40-year member of the Gideons Auxiliary, was a member of the Okaton Evangelical Free Church and in more recent years the Community Bible Church in Murdo. Rose encouraged her children to always walk with the Lord. She enjoyed singing songs of praise at church and prayed faithfully for her family and others. 
Rose is survived by her four children, Ruth Daum and Cheryl Daum, Murdo, Sharon (Tom) Daum-Bartelt, Rapid City, and Brian (Tammi) Daum, Belgrade, Mont.; two grandchildren, Caleb and Abigail Daum; her sister-in-law, Edna Houtkooper, Denver, Colo.; sisters, Ruby Bult, Corsica, Donna (Don) Kuyper, Plankinton, and Mavis Veurink, Platte; and many nieces and nephews.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ken; brothers-in-law, John DeWaard, Stanley Bult and Edwin Veurink; and loving husband, Sam.
Services were held Saturday, July 29, at the Community Bible Church in Murdo.
Graveside services were held Monday, July 31, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International at Cards may be sent to: The Rose Daum Family, PO Box 361, Murdo, SD 57559.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Her online guestbook is available at

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