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DEIDRA LYN RAHN

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DEIDRA LYN RAHN

Deidra Lyn (Doll) Rahn passed away on November 24, 2013, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, after fighting a courageous 11-month battle with cancer. She was 49 years young.

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Deidra was born June 28, 1964, in Minneapolis to Patricia and Ansel Doll. She grew up in Appleton, MN, where she was active in cheerleading, acting, and singing. She attended college at the University of Minnesota, Morris, receiving a degree in Social Sciences. While attending college Deidra worked in a local group home and joined the Morris unit of the US Army National Guard. She served as a field medic and earned a commission of 2nd Lieutenant. She was honorably discharged in 1988.

While attending UMM, Deidra also met the love of her life, Christopher Rahn. They were married on July 25, 1987 at the United Methodist Church of Appleton. They were blessed with three sons and a daughter, and opened their home to a second daughter.

Deidra was a very people oriented individual with a great sense of humor and positive attitude. She was dedicated to helping others. She began her professional life working with adults with special needs. Thereafter for several years she ran an in-home daycare. After moving to Centerville, SD, she worked for Lutheran Social Services in Beresford, SD, providing counseling and supervision to at-risk young women. Most recently, Deidra worked for the state of South Dakota as a Social Services Specialist. She provided care and services to the elderly and special needs population of Union County, SD. She also dedicated herself to serving others by being an active member of the Centerville Community Ambulance Service for 12 years as secretary and captain. She was actively pursuing her Paramedic education, and was just concluding the year-long training, when she was diagnosed with cancer.

She was an avid long distance runner and ran her first official marathon after turning 40. Following that were seven more marathons and 2 ultra-marathons. She enjoyed hunting with her family, especially pheasants and mule deer in the Missouri River hills of central South Dakota. She enjoyed gardening and had the ability to grow anything.

Deidra is survived by her husband, Christopher of Centerville; three sons, Chris (Allie) of Sioux Falls, Joshua and Ethan, both of Centerville; two daughters, Clarissa of Centerville and Tessa Slechta of Sioux Falls; one grandson, Owen Louis Rahn of Sioux Falls; her parents, Ansel, of Appleton and Patricia of Edina; three brothers, Michael (Liesl) of Montevideo, Mathew of Morris, and Mark (Margie Roberts) of Appleton; one sister, Amy (Donny Wohlers) of Morris; her grandmother, Josephine Otis of Duluth; mother-in-law, Marilynn Rahn of Sioux Falls; two brothers-in-law, Rick (Ann) Rahn of Sioux Falls and Jeff (Laurie) Rahn of Sioux Falls; sister-in-law, Lisa Rahn of Centerville, and; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ben Doll, William Schultz, and Paul Otis; grandmother Bernadine Doll; and father-in-law The Reverend Donald Rahn, Jr..

A memorial service was held on November 27, 2013, in Centerville, SD. Deidra's remains will be laid to rest at her favorite spot in Spearfish Canyon, SD, above the Roughlock Falls, on her 50th birthday.

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