Karyl Sandal

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, June 15, 2021
at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 79

Karyl Anne (Kittelson) Sandal was born in Watertown, South Dakota to Elwin and Harriet (Muller) Kittelson. She was the youngest of seven children. She attended grade school at a country school near the family farm in Henry, South Dakota. Karyl graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton, South Dakota in May of 1960. She then attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and worked there until she was united in marriage to John William “Bill” Sandal on June 16, 1962 (59 years ago) at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota.

They lived in Chadron, Nebraska for three years while Bill was attending college. After Bill graduated, they moved to Milesville in 1965 where they raised their six children: Tami, Tricia, Todd, Monte, Michelle and Matt. The family later moved to Philip while the children attended high school.

Karyl worked as a dietary aid at the school and the hospital before going to work in the Register of Deeds Office as Deputy Register in 1984. She was elected Haakon County Register of Deeds in January 1991 and served that office until she retired in 2010.

Karyl became an EMT-B in December 1996 and served with the Philip Ambulance Service for many years. She gave piano lessons for over 20 years and was a church pianist in both Milesville and Philip. Karyl loved to bake and made many decorated wedding and event cakes along with many baked goods for the community. She was known for always wanting to feed people and keep them warm. Her caramel rolls and rollie pollies kept people around her table and she made many quilts for her children and grandchildren.

Karyl is survived by her husband Bill of Philip; three sons: John Todd (Jennifer) of Eden, SD, Monte (Shari) of New Underwood, SD and Matt (Anita) of Quinn; three daughters: Tami (Don) Ravellette of Philip, Tricia (Bart) Naasz of Sioux Falls, and Michelle (Rob) Thornton of Auburn, California; 27 grandchildren: Tasya Ravellette, Beau (Mary) Ravellette, Tonya (Joe) Kruger, and Tara Ravellette; Trey (Hannah) Naasz, Trevor (fiancé, Bailee) Naasz, Trent Naasz; John, Jack, and Taya Sandal; Josiah, Bethany, Emma, and Olivia Thornton; Kanitia (Erik) Knutson, Brock Sandal, Matrix (fiancé Tristan) Sandal, Ty Ward and Jewel Hopkins; Ridge (Kennedy) Sandal, Gabel (Afton) Sandal, Mason, Gavin, Kohl Sandal, Sawyer, Rivers, and Brooke Sandal; 13 great-grandchildren: Gage and Taryn Ravellette; Samantha, Charles, Eleanor Kruger; Ruby Naasz; Allie, Aiden, and Alivia Knutson; Staehli, Rehmi, and Calum Sandal; Boone Sandal; a sister, Betty Nelson of Iowa and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Gil Kittelson, Albert Kittelson, Floyd Kittelson, and David Kittelson; and sister, Ruth Roe.

Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 654 Philip, SD 57567.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 6:30 Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating. Live streaming will be provided, and the service can be watched on this page at the start of the service.

Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Service Details

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 5:00 -6:30 p.m.
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 6:30 p.m.
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.
United Church
Philip, South Dakota

Pastor Kathy Chesney

Barb Bowen - Pianist
Congregational Hymns
"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"
"Amazing Grace"
Mason Sandal - Special Music
"How Great Thou Art"

Jim Bob Eymer - Tim Eymer

All of Karyl's Grandsons

All of Karyl's Granddaughters

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Guest Book

Bill and family so sad to learn of your wife and mother's passing. The Lord has a special place in Heaven for the wonderful life she lead, love for her family and for showing her love to others. She will always be with you, in your hearts and memories. God Bless you all.
   ~ Richard & Marcia Curtis Rawlins, WY (6/18/2021)
Bill an Family We are so sorry for your loss Sending prayers and comforting hugs with deepest sympathy to you an family
   ~ Floyd an Deloris Luken Mineola Tx (6/18/2021)
Our hearts are saddened to read of Karyl's passing. She was a great neighbor and pretty much my first boss. In the summer she would often take Tami to Pierre and I would babysit all the rest of the kids. I wasn't legally old enough to drive but........it was only a few miles on the gravel. I was often there 10 -12 hours. I was rich as she paid me a whole $1 an hour! I can't imagine doing that now especially when there were 3 in diapers for a while! Many fond memories! Prayers for each of you.
   ~ Tom and Jane Aasby Piedmont SD (6/17/2021)
We are thinking of all of our extended family as you go through the most difficult experience we know of. Losing a mother is excruciating and Aunt Kitty was the best of the best. We loved her and know she will be sorely missed by her family and in her community. Hugs to all of you - we love you!
   ~ Jon and Wendy Iseman Mukilteo, Washington (6/18/2021)
Sorry for your loss of Karyl. May God bless all of you during this difficult time.
   ~ Vicki Neiderworder Presho SD (6/18/2021)
It breaks my heart to hear that Karyl passed away! She was a kind, sweet lady. I will always treasure the memories I have of her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! About 10 years ago I came up to Phillip from Rapid City to stay with Bill and Karyl for a day so I could learn to make lefse.
   ~ Stephanie Pillatzki Milbank, SD (6/17/2021)
Condolences and prayers for the family.
   ~ Terry and Carol Stoakes Sioux Falls SD (6/16/2021)
Matt and Family,
My Deepest Sympathy. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

   ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (6/17/2021)
We were sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one thoughts and prayers are with you all.
   ~ Kelly and Deanna Fees Summerset, South Dakota (6/16/2021)
   ~ Tucker and Bev Hudson Howes (6/17/2021)
Bill and Family, We were so sorry to hear about Karyls passing. She was a very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
   ~ Ron and JoAnn Sanders Spearfish, SD (6/18/2021)
We are so sorry to hear Karyl's passing. Our sympathies to Bill and all her family.
   ~ Kenneth & Linda McIlravy Philip (6/18/2021)
I am sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers.
   ~ Bonnie Fitzgerald Memphis (6/22/2021)
I'm so sorry to hear about Karyl. Another friend and neighbor from the Milesville area. I'm sorry I can't be there with you, but I'm leaving today.

   ~ Elaine Staben Bozeman, MT (6/17/2021)
We are thinking of all you folks during this difficult time. Karyl was quite a lady, she will be missed by many. Hold on to all the memories.
   ~ Les and Joann Pearson Philip, SD (6/17/2021)
Bill & Family, sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers.
   ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, SD (6/18/2021)
Sorry for lose, she was such a wonderful person. Lots ofemories of visiting at the ranch.
   ~ Debra Powell (6/17/2021)
My condolence's to the family of Karyl, what a beautiful service. Such a remarkable wife, mother and grandmother.
   ~ Lawrence & Barbara Kindvall Sioux Falls, SD (6/18/2021)
Dear Bill,Tami and family, God will hold you in the palm of his hand as you walk through this deep season of sorrow. Lot of memories, loved her cooking, taking care of others, early morning swimming, and serving a breakfast at Christmas time at the court house. We all love Karyl. Love and prayers, Debbie
   ~ Debbie and Marty Hansen Philip ,SD (6/17/2021)
My sympathies to your family. Remember our young cousin days at my Aunt Harriet's on the farm
   ~ Curtis Jensen Rapid City (6/17/2021)
We were sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one thoughts and prayers are with you all .
   ~ Kelly and Deanna Fees. Summerset South Dakota (7/18/2021)
Tami, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.
   ~ Doreen Harter Rapid City, SD (6/18/2021)
Billie , I am so sad on hearing of the passing of Kitty, I was in Jackie's class and came home with her for Easter vacation in 1957. Great memories of that time at your place and your cousins.
   ~ Clarice Johnson Nystrup Akron IA (6/18/2021)
Very sorry to hear this. My condolences to all of the family.

   ~ Julie Elshere Furchner Ft. Pierre (6/17/2021)


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