Deidra Lyn (Doll) Rahn
Deidra Lyn (Doll) Rahn, 49, was called back to her maker when she died on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD following a valiant 11 month battle with cancer.
Deidra was delivered unto this world from her maker on June 28, 1964, born to Patricia and Ansel Doll. Deidra grew up and graduated from high school in Appleton, MN. She attended Minnesota State University Moorhead for her first year in college then transferred to and graduated from University of Minnesota Morris in 1986, with a degree in Social Sciences. Deidra enlisted in the US Army National Guard and served as a field medic and completed OCS with a commission of 2nd Lt. until she was honorably discharged for medical conditions in 1988.
At UMM she met her husband, Christopher Rahn. Deidra was wed to Christopher on July 25, 1987 in the United Methodist Church of Appleton, MN by her father-in-law, The Reverend Donald W. Rahn, Jr.
Deidra was a very people oriented individual, who always saw the ability and the possibility in all those she met. Because of this trait, Deidra began her professional life working with adults with special needs. She was dedicated to helping all those that needed help.
After moving to Centerville, she worked for Lutheran Social Services at Woodfield Center in Beresford, providing counseling and supervision for at-risk young women. Most recently she worked in the Vermillion office for the South Dakota Department of Social Services. While there, she worked as a dedicated Social Services Specialist, providing care and services to the elderly and special needs population of Union County.
Deidra also dedicated herself to serving others by being an active member of the Centerville Community Ambulance Service for 12 years, acting as secretary and captain during her time with the crew. Deidra was also pursuing her Paramedic education when she was struck down by her disease.
Deidra was an avid long distance runner and ran her first official marathon in her 40th year. Following that were seven more marathons and two ultra marathons. Deidra enjoyed hunting with her family, especially pheasants and mule deer in the Missouri River hills of Potter County of central South Dakota. And she enjoyed camping in the Black Hills. Her favorite spot was in Spearfish Canyon, above the Roughlock Falls.
Deidra is survived by her husband Christopher and her five children, Christopher Jr. and his wife Allie of Brandon, Joshua of Centerville, Ethan of Rapid City, Tessa Slechta of Sioux Falls, and Clarissa of Centerville. She is also survived by the light of her life, grandson Owen Louis Rahn.
Deidra is survived by her parents Patricia and Ansel Doll, her siblings, Michael Doll, Matthew Doll, Amy Doll Wohlers and Mark Doll, her grandmother, Joey Otis, aunt MaryLou McCoy and her cousins David and Tami McCoy. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in the Centerville High School gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m., officiated by Pastor Dan Redhage of the Old English Lutheran Church of Centerville SD. A celebration of Deidra’s life will be scheduled at a later date.