Rev. Duane Coates
“Amazing Grace” by Braveheart
“Crazy” by Patsy Cline
“Angels Among Us” by Alabama
Debra Denice (McFarland) Kougl Schmeling was born Friday, September 7, 1956 to LaVern and Marcie (Nepodal) McFarland. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1973. She graduated from USD and touched many lives with her chosen career paths. She married John Kougl and they had a daughter, Jessica. Debra always put the needs and wellbeing of her daughter first. She married William Schmeling in 2000 and began a new chapter in her life. Debra gained a strong spirituality though her numerous years in AA. She always had a kind heart to guide others though their difficult times. Due to her caring soul, she was a mother to more children than her biological child. Debra passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 55 years, 10 months and 10 days.
Debra is survived by her husband, William Schmeling of Brandon; three daughters and their families: Jessica (Dave) Murphy of Valley Springs and grandsons J.D. and Connor, Hilary (Roger) Iverson of St. Paul, Minnesota and Connor and Cody, and Rachel (Neil) Zigerman of Chisago City, Minnesota and Nathan and Max; her mother, Marcie McFarland of Tyndall; two brothers and a sister: Marlan McFarland, Bryan McFarland and Tami McFarland, all of Sioux Falls; and all the people that were blessed to meet and love her.
She is preceded in death by her father, LaVern McFarland, an uncle, Karl Winckler, and numerous other aunts, uncles and loved ones.