|Edna Kirschman Jacobson
The funeral for Edna Kirschman Jacobson, 86, of Pierpont, was held
February 6 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Pierpont. The Rev. George Wieland
Burial followed in the Homer Cemetery at Pierpont with Paetznick-Garness
Funeral Chapel in Groton in charge of arrangements.
She died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998, at Colonial Manor in Groton.
Edna Langager was born December 10, 1911, to Carl and Louise (Winson)
Langager in Pierpont. She grew up in the Pierpont area and attended Pierpont
Public School. She graduated from high school in 1930. She worked at her
mother’s cafe in Pierpont known as Ma’s Cafe. She also worked at the Shannon
Drug Store and the East End Cafe in Pierpont.
She married Vern Kirschman on May 28, 1934, in Minnesota. They made
their home in Pierpont. He died in August 1972.
She married Jacob Jacobson in February 1984 in Pierpont. They made
their home in Pierpont. She was a resident of Pierpont all of her life.
She moved to the Bethesda Home of Aberdeen in 1991 and moved to Colonial
Manor in Groton in 1993.
She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pierpont, the ladies’
aid and the church circle, and the Taking Off Pounds Sensibly Club.
She was known for her cooking and baking. She enjoyed music.
Survivors include four daughters, LaVonne (Charles) Raap, Groton, Karleen
(Wayne) Holler, Aberdeen, Ruth (Burton) Rademacher, Amherst, and Judy (Gary)
McKiver, Shakopee, Minn.; two sisters, Alvina Baltzell and Lillian Mortenson,
both of Colonial Manor in Groton; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, one grandson
and one brother.
Casketbearers will be her grandchildren.
Dwayne L. James
Dwayne L. James, 67, Bath, died September 3, 1998 at McKennan Hospital
in Sioux Falls. His funeral was held September 8 at Roy L. Hall American
Legion Post #58, Columbia. The Rev. Gerald Rife officiated and burial followed
at Lakeview Cemetery, Columbia, under the direction of Miller-Huebl Funeral
Home, Aberdeen. There were military graveside rites by the Roy L. Hall
American Legion Post #58 from Columbia.
Dwayne was born on January 15, 1931 to David and Mildred (Weismantel)
James at Britton. He lived in the Columbia, Houghton, and Bath area all
his life. He was educated at the Everson and Davis Township Schools. He
worked at Hub City Livestock Sales Barn for a time period. He served in
the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis, Wash., in 1953 and following his honorable
discharge in 1955, returned to the Columbia area. He attended an agriculture
school in Groton. He was involved in grain and livestock farming with his
father and his brother, Derald, throughout his life. His whole life revolved
He was a member of the Roy L. Hall American Legion Post #58 of Columbia.
He is survived by his father, David James, of Bath; his brother, Derald
(Pat) James, of Bath, and his sister, Darlys Kampa, of Groton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his mother and a sister.
Honorary casketbearers were the Roy L. Hall American Legion Post #58
Active casketbearers were nieces and nephews: David Kampa, Dwight Kampa,
Darwin Kampa, Derwin Kampa, Michael Kampa, Darlyne Daly, Brenda Johnson,
Barbara Everson and Bridget Lake.
Ushers were Doug Daly, Allen Johnson, Pat Everson and John Lake.
Ivan W. James
Ivan W. James, 71, of Houghton, died Sunday, September 27, 1998 at
his home. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 1,
at the Columbia Congregational Church, Columbia, with the Rev. Gerald Rife
officiating. Burial will be at the Houghton Cemetery under the directions
of the Paetznick-Garness Funeral Home, Groton.
Ivan James was born on September 10, 1927 to R. Ward and Inez (Wright)
James at Britton. He attended country school and later attended high school
He married Evelyn Cole on November 1, 1945 at Aberdeen. Following their
marriage they farmed in the Houghton area all their lives. He retired in
1991 and spent his winters in Arizona. He greatly enjoyed traveling around
He was a member of the Houghton Congregational Church, the Masonic
Lodge at Claremont and the Elks Lodge of Aberdeen.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, Houghton; one son, Ronald (Harmony)
James, Phoenix; one daughter, Bobby Ann (Sheldon) Kangas, O’Neill, Neb.;
one sister, Cleo Joyce (Delbert) Eddy, Mina Lake; four grandchildren and
two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Honorary casketbearers will be Donald Miller Sr., John Knecht, Lowell
Drooz, Jerome Leslie, Harvey Bohling, Allen Mettler and Ted Winburn.
Active casketbearers will be Terry Haaland, John Freeland, Roy Wilkins,
Bill James, Doug Hinrichs, Bill McKiver and Lester James.
Ushers will be Kenneth Webb and Bruce Repp. Rhea Karlen will be the
The memorial service for Edith Johnson, 89, of Groton, was held Saturday,
May 16, in the United Methodist Church, Groton. The Rev. Emil Eberhart
officiated. Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel in Groton was in charge of
She died Sunday, May 10, 1998 at St. Luke’s Midland Regional Medical
Center in Aberdeen.
Edith Sarah Feller was born December 8, 1908, to Jason and Sarah (Bates)
Feller near Andover. She grew up on a farm and attended the Bates-Scotland
Township School. She graduated from Groton High School in 1927. She attended
Northern Normal and Industrial School in Aberdeen. She taught school in
Columbia and Pierpont.
She married Raymond E. Johnson on June 15, 1933, at Big Stone Lake.
They made their home on a farm south of Groton. In 1951, they moved into
Groton. They have lived there ever since.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Groton, the United
Methodist Women, Chapter AC of the PEO Sisterhood, the Delphian Club, Daughters
of the American Revolution, served as a committee woman for the Democratic
Party for 50 years, served on the Groton Centennial Committee and was knowledgeable
about the history of the area.
Survivors include her husband of Groton; one son, Jerry (Joan) Johnson
of Groton; two daughters, Joanne May of Marina Del Rey, Calif., and Jeanne
(Nicholas) Capozzoli of West Nyack, N.Y.; and three grandchildren, Lisa
Ford of Tucson, Ariz., Nick Capozzoli of Boulder, Colo., and Jerry Ray
Johnson of Groton.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church, 906 N. First
St., Groton, S.D. 57445.
Florence A. Johnson
The funeral for Florence A. Johnson, 86, Britton, was held December
7 in Augustana Lutheran Church, near Claremont. The Rev. Janine Rew-Werling
Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen with Paetznick-Garness
Funeral Chapel in Groton in charge of arrangements.
She died Thursday, December 3, 1998, at ManorCare Health Services in
Florence A. Carlson was born December 21, 1911 to Frank and Emma (Carlson)
Carlson in Claremont. She attended rural schools and graduated from the
eighth grade at Putney School.
She married Lambert C. Johnson on February 24, 1940 in Webster. They
farmed in the Claremont area until his death. She moved to Britton in 1967.
She cooked at Marshall Manor in Britton from 1967 to 1978. She lived in
the Claremont, Langford and Britton area all her life. She had been a resident
of ManorCare Health Services since the middle of October.
She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church near Claremont and the
Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Happy Circle Extension Club.
She enjoyed cooking, baking and crocheting.
Survivors include one son, Roger (Diane) Johnson of Groton; two daughters,
Diana (Bill) Ehrenberg of Rapid City and Barb (Dick) Morris of Britton;
nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four sisters
and one brother.
Casketbearers were Rick Morris, Jeff Morris, Shane Johnson, Matt Johnson,
Monte Claussen, Dave Claussen and Shad Albrecht.
Iva M. Jones
Iva M. Jones, 88, a long-time Langford resident, died June 1, 1998
at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen. Her funeral was held June 4. 1998 at Evangelical
Lutheran Church of Langford, with the Rev. Lyla Siebrecht officiating.
Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery of Langford under the direction of
the Franzen-Price Funeral Chapel of Britton.
Iva Mildred Colcord was born April 20, 1910 at Port Arthur, Ontario,
Canada. She came to Langford as an infant and was raised by her parents,
Sheldon and Julia (Gamache) Colcord. She grew up there and attended Langford
school. On September 14, 1927 she married Newton T. Jones at Aberdeen.
They farmed and made their home on Newton’s family’s farm near Langford.
As a young woman, she sang vocal solos and also sang in the Presbyterian
church choir. He died December 11, 1996. Iva became a resident of the Bethesda
Home of Aberdeen this past February.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Langford until it closed,
at which time she became a member of the Presbytery. She was an active
member of the Presbyterian Ladies Aid. She was a member of the Rebecca
Lodge and had served as a district officer. She was well known for her
cooking talents, and her keen interest in the Langford community. Iva enjoyed
attending ball games and watching her grandchildren participate in their
activities. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed travelogues and
She is survived by two sons: Ramon K. (Sharon) Jones of Langford and
Keith (Rebecca) Jones of Santa Clarita, Calif., and two daughters: LaVonne
Helmer of Andover and Jean (Bruce A.) Likness of Langford; 10 grandchildren
and 11 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Music for the funeral was provided by Sheryl Keup, organist and Terry
Casketbearers were Jason Likness, Drew Likness, Ryan Likness, Rich
Helmer, Lanny Merkel and Bruce Likness.
Charles A. Judd
Charles A. Judd, 46, Aberdeen, died of natural causes Saturday, March
28, 1998 at St. Luke’s Midland Regional Medical Center, Aberdeen. His funeral
was held Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, with the Rev.
Ronald Laue officiating. Burial was held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen,
under the direction of the Miller-Huebl Funeral Home. Military graveside
rites were conducted by the Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post #24.
Charles A. Judd was born April 28, 1951 at Martin, S.D. to Henry M.
and Frieda (Martin) Judd, Sr. As a child he moved with his family to various
towns in South Dakota. He graduated from Hosmer High School in 1970. He
entered the U.S. Army in 1970 and was honorably discharged in 1973. After
the service he went to Presentation College and received his Registered
Nurses Degree in 1978. He married Holly Schaller on August 9, 1975 at Ferney.
He was employed at St. Luke’s Hospital in 1978. He later went back to college
at Northern State College and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in
Business. After graduating from Northern he went to work at Dakota Midland
Hospital until both hospitals merged. He then transferred to St. Luke’s
Midland Regional Medical Center where he continued to work until the time
of his death. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Aberdeen.
Charles is survived by his wife, Holly, of Aberdeen; three sons, Allan,
Christopher and Marcus Judd, all of Aberdeen; his mother, Frieda Judd-Gatz,
Tacoma, Wash.; six brothers, Henry Judd, Jr., Robert Judd, Roy Judd and
Kevin Judd, all of Tacoma, Wash.; David Judd of Warner, and James Judd
of Cleveland, Tenn.; two sisters, Verla Sporer, Pierre, and Marsha Vetch,
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents,
his father and one sister, Violet Sally.
Honorary casketbearers will be all of his friends and staff of St.
Luke’s Midland Regional Medical Center.
Active casketbearers will be Ken Kriech, Tom Zerfas, Ronnie Vetch,
Daniel Judd, Brad Vetch and Luke Vettel.
Ralph Judkins died September 2, 1998 in Roseville Calif. His funeral
was held September 8 at Mount Vernon Mortuary in Fair Oaks, Calif., with
Pastors Arnold Stover and Clifford Bauman officiating. Burial was at Mount
Vernon Memorial Park with arrangements by Mt. Vernon Mortuary, Fair Oakes.
Ralph Gordon Judkins was born June 10, 1908 in Groton. He was a veteran
of the U. S. military and a long time resident of the Citrus Heights and
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; one son, Gordon; one daughter, Jane,
and two granddaughters.
Adolph Bruno Karjalainen
Adolph Bruno Karjalainen, 83, Fargo died Wednesday, August 12, 1998
in ManorCare Nursing Home, Fargo. A memorial service was held August 17
at the Church of God with Pastor Stephan Avants officiating and William
Adolph Bruno Karjalainen was born April 5, 1915 in Gackle, N.D., to
Andrew and Greta Karjalainen. He moved with his family to Frederick, in
1929 where he grew up and worked in farming until joining the Army in 1941.
After he was discharged in 1943, he moved to Fargo where he attended Hanson
Auto School to be a machinist. In 1944 he joined Nelson Optical Co. He
trained as an optician at Sheron Optical Company in Geneva, N.Y. There
he learned lens theory and mechanical optics. He worked for Nelson Optical
for 18 years, joining Bausch and Lomb in Fargo in 1979 and worked there
He married Evelyn Cheadle June 16, 1946. She preceded him in death
Religion was important in his life and he was very active in his church.
His hobbies were playing accordion, drawing and photography. He will be
remembered for his sense of humor, kindness, gentleness, and generous ways.
He is survived by his daughter, Clydeen Johnson, Gilbert, Ariz.; a
grandson, Christopher Formanek, Gilbert, Ariz., granddaughter, Anne Formanek,
Mesa, Ariz.; his sister, Lillian Hunter, and her two grandchildren.
He was a brother to Arjile and Leonard Karjalainen of Frederick.
LeRoy Henry Kenitzer
The funeral for LeRoy Henry Kenitzer, 67, of the Aberdeen Living Center,
was held Friday in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aberdeen with the Rev. Roger
Burial followed in the Riverside Cemetery with military rites by Stanley
Stearns American Legion Post No. 68 of Hecla. Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary
was in charge of arrangements.
He died Monday, April 27, 1998, in the Aberdeen Living Center.
LeRoy Henry Kenitzer was born May 24, 1930, to Henry and Barbara (Gruenstein)
Kenitzer in Aberdeen. He attended Sacred Heart Parochial School. After
he graduated, he worked for the Sherman Hotel as a bell boy. In 1951, he
was drafted into the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge in
1953, and returned to Aberdeen. He worked for the Farmers Lumber Company.
He married Ellatina Rohrbach on March 1, 1954, in Aberdeen. He was
later employed with the Bolduan Mobil Oil Company of Aberdeen. In 1959,
they moved to Sioux Falls and he was employed with the Sioux Valley Milk
Company for several years. In 1963, they moved back to Aberdeen, where
he continued working for the Mobil Oil Company for a few years. He later
worked at Presentation College, retiring in 1992. They moved to Leola and
he continued working part-time at the St. James Lutheran Church and Green
Thumb, where he mowed lawns, until he became ill.
He loved the outdoors, was an avid fisherman and enjoyed watching NASCAR
Winston Cup races every Sunday.
Survivors include his wife of Aberdeen; four sons, Michael Roy Kenitzer,
Rapid City, Vincent H. (Louise) Kenitzer and Christopher W. (Denise) Kenitzer,
both of Aberdeen, and Donald Lee (Chin Yong) Kenitzer of Fort Campbell,
Ky.; six daughters, Sheila Marie (Lee “Tink”) Sullivan of Hecla, Julie
E. (Frank) Burchard and Joyce A. Kenitzer, both of Aberdeen, Theresa K.
(Jeffery) Rogge, Lead, Susan J. (James) Morgan, Watertown, and Barbara
M. (Jeff) Wacholz, Mellette; 16 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one grandson.
Casketbearers were Jesse Sullivan, Ron Feickert, Dick Jensen, Steve
Sommers, Myron Voegele, Delton Sihrer and John Grabowska.
Charles John Kepke
Charles John Kepke, 76, of Roseville, Minn., and formerly of Groton,
died Monday, July 20, 1998, in Roseville.
His funeral was held Friday in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Roseville.
Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery with Roseville Memorial Chapel in charge
Charles John Kepke was born December 4, 1921, to John H. and Nora O.
(Ruden) Kepke, who were residents of Putney Township. He served in the
Navy during World War II and was an employee at Northern States Power for
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Kepke; two daughters, Jeanette
(Harry) Gerdes, and Cheryl (Tom Forsmark) Kepke; one son, Jerry (Cheri)
Kepke; one brother, Bob Kepke, and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and one brother.
Barbara (Zollar) Kersting
The mass of Christian burial for Barb Kersting, Groton, was held January
2, 1997 at St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church in Groton. Monsignor
Marvin McPhee officiated. Burial was held January 2 at Mount Calvary Cemetery
at Cogswell, N.D., with Dahlstrom Funeral Home in Oakes in charge of the
arrangements. She died Saturday, December 28, 1996 at her home, having
reached the age of 54 years.
Barbara Ann Zollar was born August 14, 1942 to Frank and Mildred (Hallan)
Zollar in Underwood, N.D. She grew up in Cogswell and graduated from Sargent
Central High School. She attended Valley City State College where she earned
her teaching certificate. She was united in marriage to Leo Kersting on
December 29, 1962 in Cogswell. They moved to Fairfield, Mont., in 1962
and she taught grade school during the ten years they made their home there.
They moved to Groton in 1972 where she had a nursery school for 15 years
before owning and operating a craft and flower shop until September of
Survivors include her husband, Leo; a son, Jeff (Kathy) Kersting, Idaho
Falls, Idaho; a daughter, Brenda (Jon) Carey, Warner; four brothers, Paul
(Karen) Zollar, Minneapolis, Dick (Dee) Zollar, Barnesville, Minn., Robert
(Noreen) Zollar, Grey Eagle, Minn., and Tim (Sue) Zollar, Owatonna, Min.;
a sister, Tresa (Eugene) Miller, Forman, N.D.; and three grandchildren,
Rylee, Rikki and Ryder Carey.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers were Paul Zollar, Robert Zollar, Richard Zollar, Tim Zollar,
Doran Kersting and Ed Huffman.
Matt Hinds served as organist and Jeff Kersting was the soloist for
Francis H. Kimball
Francis H. Kimball, 83, Claremont, died at his home in rural Claremont
on Sunday, Jan. 12, 1997. The funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 18, at United
Methodist Church in Claremont with the Rev. Steve Olson officiating. Burial
was in the Huffton Cemetery with Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel in charge
Francis H. Kimball was born March 11, 1913 at Novelty, Mo. His parents
were Charles and Ethel (Tully) Kimball. He grew up in Missouri and attended
rural elementary school. He came to the Claremont area in the early 1930’s.
He married Ruth Peterson May 21, 1932 at Aberdeen. The made their home
in the Claremont area where he farmed all of his life. She died in 1985.
He enjoyed travel and playing cards and he took part in and won many
corn picking contests. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in
He is survived by one son, Jack (Judie) Kimball, Claremont; three daughters,
Beverly Smith, Glenda (Alva) Madren, both of Hopewell, Va., and Louise
Atkinson, Britton; one brother, Hobart Kimball, Springfield, Mo.; two sisters,
Rosemary Kimball, Fredricktown, Mo., and Judy (Raymond) Buckallew, Lancaster,
Mo.; thirteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, one grandson and six brothers.
Casketbearers were Kirk Swanson, Brian Loebs, Mark Perkins, Richard
Anderson, Neal Wietgrefe and Doug Svatos.
The organist was Joan Thompson, the pianist was Shirley Olson and the
soloist was Bob Carlson. The ushers were Bill James and Tom Feser.
James (Jimmy) Knoll
James “Jimmy” Knoll, 62, Groton, died Monday, April 27, 1998 at Colonial
Manor in Groton. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday,
April 30, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Groton with Msgr.
Marvin McPhee officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in
James William Knoll was born June 23, 1935 at Aberdeen. His parents
were William and Ethel (Bonn) Knoll. He moved with his family to Everett,
Wash., and attended school there from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from Groton
High School in 1956. He was an employee of the city of Groton working in
park maintenance and he was the manager of the Groton ice skating rink.
He was very active in helping with the annual Carnival of Silver Skates.
Due to ill health he retired in 1996 and was a resident of Colonial Manor
at the time of his death.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and the
Royal Neighbors of America.
He enjoyed studying the history of Groton and collecting the Groton
High School annuals.
He is survived by one sister, Linda (Gary) Thurston, Groton, and three
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Casketbearers will be David Anderson, Eddie Nehls, John Lowary, Orville
Schaller, Walter Schaller and Lyle Von Wald.
The organist will be Matt Hinds and the soloist will be the Rev. Bill
Harold “Punch” Charles Koch
Harold “Punch” Charles Koch, 83, Aberdeen and formerly of Hecla, died
Sunday, May 31, 1998 at the Bethesda Home of Aberdeen. Funeral services
are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, June 4, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
in Frederick, with the Rev. Jeffrey Martinson officiating. Burial will
be in the Hecla City Cemetery, Hecla, with Miller-Huebl Funeral Home, Aberdeen,
in charge of arrangements.
Harold “Punch” Charles Koch was born November 17, 1914 to Christine
(Pfutzenreuter) and Ernest F. Koch near Hecla. He attended and graduated
from Hecla High School in 1932. After his education he continued to work
on the family homestead four miles west and one and one fourth mile south
of Hecla. He was known for his love of the land, any and all animals and
wild life, and his musical abilities. He was a bachelor until he married
Leona (Zeller) Karlen on May 30, 1974. They continued to live on the homestead
until 1979 when they retired from farming and moved to Frederick. In November
of 1996 they moved to Aberdeen. On April 3, 1997, after the death of his
wife, he moved to New West Living Center until February 24, 1998 when he
was transferred to Bethesda Sharing Center, where he was living at the
time of his death.
He was an active member, chorus member, soloist, and organ player of
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hecla. After moving to Frederick he became
an active member and chorus member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. During
his farming years, he enjoyed his land, Hereford cattle and his musical
talents. He was a drummer in a band, soloist for many functions, was an
organist and entertainment for the Snow Queen Pageant in Hecla for several
years. He was a member of “The Four Old Crows” Barbershop Quartet which
entertained many people. Harold was a faithful charter member of Aberdeen’s
Dakota Heritage Barbershop Chorus and a member of the Society for the Preservation
and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) for
thirty years. In his spare time he would share his beautiful organ music
with his family and friends.
Survivors include his three step sons: Kent Z. (Darlene) Karlen of
Aberdeen, Terry L. (Barbara) Karlen of Winters, Calif., and Dean P. (Nancy)
Karlen of Aberdeen; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers and two
Casketbearers will be Robert Campbell, Pat Dinger, Bernie Elsen, Al
Dosch, Sterling Kenny and Ron Maddocks.
Organist will be Marie Schlosser and soloist will be Mark Marion.
Willard C. Koch
The funeral for Willard C. Koch was held May 12 at the Hoven Funeral
Chapel in Ellendale, with Pastor Dennis B. O’Neill officiating. He died
May 8, 1998 at the age of 77 years.
Willard C. Koch was born March 13, 1921 southwest of Hecla. He was
the son of William A. and Anna (Unterborn) Koch. Willard was raised on
the farm and attended rural school near Hecla. After attending the Hecla
High School he took over the family farm. He married Dorothy Webb in Aberdeen
on October 1, 1945. They made their home on the family farm which he operated
until 1953. Willard and Dorothy moved to Aberdeen for one year while Willard
worked for Spaulding Auto Company. They returned to Hecla in 1954 where
Willard began working for the State Highway Department. He retired in 1965
because of health reasons. Throughout his retirement, Willard worked part-time
as a sales representative for Lahman Manufacturing Company in Hecla and
enjoyed helping others. He entered the Prince of Peace Care Center in January
1998, where he resided until his death.
His hobbies included traveling, watching television, playing cards
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ellendale and the Ellendale
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Koch, Ellendale; three sons and
daughters-in-law, Terry and Gwenda Koch, Chester, S.D., Dennis and Susan
Koch, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and William and Terri Koch, Bismark; two daughters
and one son-in-law, Sandra and Jeff Kolbo, Rocky Point, N.Y. and Susan
Sheppard, Tampa, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; one great grandson; four sisters
and one brother-in-law, Marie Salzer, Rochester, N.Y., Wilma Karlen, Aberdeen,
Ruth and Willmer Vollmer, Mobridge, and Annabell Koch, Portland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Casketbearers were Torey Koch, Theran Koch, Christopher Koch, Kent
Webb, Bret Olson and Michael Koch.
Honorary casketbearers were all of Willard’s friends.
Marilyn Burrow was the organist and Pastor Bill Duncan was the soloist.
Eunice (Herron) Kolbo
The funeral for Eunice (Herron) Kolbo, Aberdeen, was held Wednesday
at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aberdeen with Pastor Gerold Sevig officiating.
Graveside services were held at the Groton Union Cemetery under the direction
of Miller-Huebl Funeral Home of Aberdeen. She died Sunday, September 27,
1998 due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Eunice Edna Kolbo was born April 12, 1914 to Ray and Alma (Schlick)
Herron at rural Groton. She grew up and attended country school and graduated
from Groton High School. She worked for several years at Miller’s Department
Store in Groton, as a clerk and later became an order buyer for the store.
She married Juel Kolbo on March 6, 1949 at James. They worked for his father
at the Kolbo Dairy, later starting their cafe with a line of ice cream
and short order. They expanded by adding a complete dining menu and the
large Anchor Room. Eunice supervised the many employees who continued to
be close friends until the time of her death.
She was a working partner in the development of the Juel Egg Company
with locations in Groton and Bismarck. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran
Church in Aberdeen, and was active in church functions and circle until
complications of the disease prevented her participation. She enjoyed ballroom
dancing, was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed playing cards, and particularly
enjoyed their lake cottage at Enemy Swim. She had been residing at Manor
Care in Aberdeen for the past eighteen months.
Survivors include her husband of Aberdeen; one daughter, Rae (Dennis)
Nelson; two sons, Lamont (Cindy) Kolbo of Canistota and Larry (Margo) Kolbo
of Bismarck; and 10 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers (Elmer and LeRoy),
and three sisters (Pearl, Cora and Gladys).
Pall bearers were Steve Herron, Terry Herron, Jim Hovrud, Gwynne Jones,
Ron Adler and John Schuck.
Honorary pall bearers were all her friends that knew and loved her.
Special music was provided by Rosalie Wylie, accompanied by Arliss
The family prefers memorials be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Building
Fund, 215 4th Avenue SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401.
Charles Lapham, formerly of Andover, died May 13, 1998 at Wesley Medical
Center, Petal, Miss. The funeral was held Saturday, May 16, at the Jones
Funeral Chapel in Richton, Miss. Burial was in Edwards Cemetery, Richton.
Charles Albert Lapham was born to Homer and Ella (Schroeder) Lapham,
December 28, 1930, at Andover. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran
Church, Andover, and attended school in Andover, graduating in 1949.
After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force,
and retired at Jacksonville, Ark., after 20 years of service. While in
the Air Force he was stationed in England, Germany, Guam, Washington and
Little Rock, Ark. While living in Jacksonville, he was a postal mail carrier
for 15 years.
He married Patricia Willoughby in England on January 2, 1953. A daughter,
Carol Ann, was born to this union. He married Ruth Easterling-Walley in
1990 in Arkansas. They made their home in Jacksonville for several and
recently moved to Petal, Miss.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters, Carol Allen, Conconully,
Washington and Margot Griffin, Purvis, Miss.; a son, Mike Walley, Indialantic,
Fla.; one brother, Arthur (Maxine) Lapham, LaMoure, N.D.; six grandchildren
and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister and