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Elenora Spiry
Glenham -- The funeral for Elenora Spiry, 76, of Glenham will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Glenham. The Rev. Stephen Daley will officiate.
Burial will be in the Glenham Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. Sunday until the conclusion of the prayer service at the funeral home in Mobridge. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church in Glenham.
She died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, N.D.
Elenora Julia Horst was born March 3, 1924, to Reinhold and Magdalena (Schock) Horst in Java. She grew up on her parents' farm east of Java and attended a rural country school. 
She married Raymond Spiry on Nov. 25, 1945, in Java. They purchased a farm south of Glenham. Their home burned down and they then moved a trailer home onto the place, which they lived in until they bought another home. They lived on the farm until 1952, when they sold it and moved to Raymond, Minn. While living there, he worked for an egg and feed produce and worked construction. They then moved to Clara City, Minn., where he worked as a police officer and a night watchman, and she worked for seven years as a housekeeper at the Clara City Nursing Home. They made their home in Minnesota for 32 years. In 1985, they bought her father's home in Glenham, where she had since resided. 
She was a member of St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Glenham.
While living in Minnesota, she enjoyed watching Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins play and she was also enjoyed fishing, especially on Lake Oahe near Mobridge. She also made quilts for her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of Glenham; two sons, David Spiry and Joel Spiry, both of Glenham; one daughter, Linda (Loren) Weers of Aberdeen; one brother, Alvin Horst of Glenham; four sisters, Edna Voshall of North Bend, Wash., Cora Sandmeier of Glenham, Viola Goetz of Java, and Priscella Fadness of Walla Walla, Wash.; and three grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.
Casketbearers will be Loren Weers, Chris Weers, Mitchell Weers, Matt Weers, Wayne Sandmeier and Nathan Sandmeier.

J. Mildred Aaron Sperry
Groton -- The funeral for J. Mildred Aaron Sperry, 82, of Groton will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Groton. The Rev. Lyla Siebrecht will officiate.
Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Groton under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel of Groton. 
There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel. 
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel and for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
She died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2000, at the Beverly Healthcare Center in Groton. 
Jesse Mildred Aaron was born April 13, 1918, to Earl and Jesse (Turner) Aaron. She attended Arlington Public Schools and graduated from Arlington High School in 1936. She continued her education in Minnesota, where she attended beauty school. Following beauty school, she moved to Redfield, where she worked at a beauty salon. 
She married Kermit M. Sperry on April 4, 1942, in Baltimore. They lived in Baltimore for a short period of time. In 1943, they moved back to the Groton area, where she was a housewife while he farmed. They then moved to Groton, where she had lived until her death.
She was a member of Excelsior Rebekah Lodge No. 37, United Presbyterian Women, First Presbyterian Church in Groton, Eastern Star Diana Chapter No. 83 of Groton, was a den mother for the Boy Scouts, and was the past assembly president of the state of South Dakota, serving from 1978 to 1979. 
Survivors include one son, Ward (Autumn) Sperry of Groton; one daughter, Wanda (Harold) Hiddleson of Downingtown, Pa.; one brother, Paul Aaron of Arlington; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, one brother and one granddaughter.
Casketbearers will be Lee Thompson, Lee Schinkle, Roger Rix, Morris Webb, Rich Kruger and Allen Walter.

John H. Schuman
Stratford -- The funeral for John H. Schuman, 92, of Stratford will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Miller-Huebl Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St., Aberdeen. Vicar Monty A. Dell will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery near Stratford.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and for one hour prior to the service Monday, all at the funeral home.
He died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen.
John H. Schuman was born March 16, 1908, to Rudolph and Lizbeth (Neve) Schuman in Germany. He came to America as a boy with his parents. He attended rural school in both Brown and Spink counties. His father died when he was 11. During this time, he helped his mother with the farm work. At age 14, he was on his own, working for farmers near Stratford and Warner. 
He married Anna Miller on Sept. 29, 1937, in Watertown. After living on a rented farm for six years, he bought his present farm. She died April 5, 1993. He continued to make his home on the farm until his death. 
He loved his farm, the land and all the animals he cared for.
Survivors include two daughters, Lola (Phillip) Johnson of Anoka, Minn., and Terrill (Duane) Lenling of Stratford; one sister, Helene Wilcox of Aberdeen; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother in infancy and one great-granddaughter in infancy.
Casketbearers will be Lisa Esser, Steve Esser, Leila Stange, Arlen Stange, Teresa Lenling, Gregory Johnson and Doreen Johnson.

Brian Kvernevig
Webster -- The funeral for Brian Kvernevig, 40, of Webster will be at 2 p.m. Monday at American Lutheran Church in Webster. The Rev. Sam Hatlestad will officiate.
Burial will be in the Webster Cemetery under the direction of Fiksdal Funeral Service of Webster.
There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, all at the funeral home.
He died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, near Webster.
Brian Sigurd Kvernevig was born Feb. 10, 1960, to Rodney and Arlene (Brenden) Kvernevig in Webster. He grew up in Bristol and graduated from Bristol High School in 1978. After high school he worked for Willard Horter on his farm near Bristol. 
He married Wanda Fast on July 6, 1979, in Webster. They made their home in Bristol. In 1987, he began working for Mereen-Johnson Company of Webster, where he had currently been working as an assembly mechanic. In 1996, they moved to a farm one mile east of Webster.
He was a member of American Lutheran Church, where he had served on various committees, and a member of the Webster Volunteer Fire Department. 
He enjoyed yard work, gardening, hunting, fishing and working with his dogs. 
Survivors include his wife of Webster; two sons, Matthew Kvernevig of Webster, and Nicholas Kvernevig of Webster; his father of Bristol; two brothers, his identical twin Bruce Kvernevig, and Gary Kvernevig, both of Aberdeen; and four sisters, Stephanie Huwe of Butler, Lola Conley of East Grand Forks, N.D., Karla Beisch of Waubay, and Kristi Hubsch of Webster.
He was preceded by his mother and his grandparents.
Casketbearers will be Jon Raap, Jaymy Spiering, Dave Engler, Jim Mikkelson, Eric Kwasniewski, Del Compaan, Buster Sichmeller and Brent Koens.

Donna House
Tacoma, Wash. -- Donna House, 56, of Tacoma and formerly of the area, died of natural causes Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at the Georgian House in Tacoma.
Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Pollock Senior Center. The Rev. Floyd Haan will officiate.
Burial will be in the Spring Valley Cemetery in Pollock.
She was cremated at the Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma.
Donna Ann Wittmeier was born June 3, 1944, to Reinhold and Lydia (Moser) Wittmeier in Mobridge. She grew up on a farm in Pollock. She attended school in Pollock and graduated from Herreid High School in 1962. She was a student at the Aberdeen School of Commerce in Aberdeen from 1962 to 1963.
She married Bill Fischer in 1963 in Aberdeen. They were divorced.
She married Gary House on June 19, 1969, in Las Vegas. They made their home in Tacoma. She was employed in various industries and businesses in Aberdeen and Tacoma. She enjoyed working with people. Suffering from Alzheimer's disease, she entered the Highland Hills Nursing Home in Tacoma in 1995, and then moved to the Georgian House in 1997.
She was a member of the Ladies Lion Club of Tacoma, a health fund-raising organization.
Her hobbies were cooking and baking. She enjoyed her trips back to South Dakota.
Survivors include her husband of Tacoma; one son, David Fischer of Tacoma; two stepdaughters, Janine Hildebrandt and Wendy Grover, both of Tacoma; her mother of Selby; one sister, Lorraine Kirschenmann of Aberdeen; two brothers, Irvin Wittmeier of Rapid City, and Duane Wittmeier of Santee, Calif.; and five stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son in infancy, her father and one brother.

Dennis Hoines 
Langford -- The funeral for Dennis Hoines, 57, of rural Langford will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Falnes Lutheran Church near Langford. The Rev. Craig Werling will officiate. 
Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Fiksdal Funeral Service of Webster.
There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the church near Langford.
Visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home in Webster and prior to the prayer service at the church near Langford. There will also be visitation prior to the service Monday at the church.
He died of natural causes Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at his home.
Dennis Alfred Hoines was born Aug. 16, 1943, to Alfred and Annie (Nickelson) Hoines in Britton. He grew up on a farm near Langford and attended country school near his home. He lived with his parents and farmed with his father until his father's death in 1960. He then continued farming with his mother and his brother David until the time of his death. 
He was a lifelong member of Falnes Lutheran Church. 
He enjoyed gardening, caring for animals and being a handyman wherever needed. He also enjoyed playing games with children.
Survivors include his mother of Langford; two brothers, Donnie Hoines of Aberdeen, and David Hoines of Langford, and one sister, Ardis Grorud of Grenville.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.
Casketbearers will be Kyle Hoines, Kurt Hoines, Terry Hoines, Mark Hoines, Dick Grorud and Jim Grorud.

Raymond E. Dunker
Aberdeen -- The funeral for Raymond E. Dunker, 82, of Aberdeen will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1429 N. Dakota St. The Rev. Roger Noer will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park under the direction of Miller-Huebl Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St. 
There will be a public prayer service at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until noon Monday, all at the funeral home. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
He died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital.
Raymond E. Dunker was born Jan. 24, 1918, to Edward and Eva (Carter) Dunker on the family farm east of Stratford. He attended country school in East Rondell Township and graduated from Groton High School in 1936. 
He married M. Carol Larson on Oct. 14, 1945, in Warner. They bought the family farm in 1945 and farmed there until their retirement in 1983. During retirement he became an accomplished woodworker. They were married for 54 years.
He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran church, and he served on the church council and also as a member of Lutheran Brotherhood.
Survivors include his wife of Aberdeen; one son, Larry Dunker of Mankato, Minn.; two daughters, Darlyne (Bill) Johnson of Stratford, and Linda (Buzz) Anderson of Eagan, Minn.; four sisters, Hazel Sager and Inez Knickrehm, both of Groton, Evelyn Clausen of Aberdeen, and Millie Williams of Brentford; two brothers, Wallace Dunker of Aberdeen, and Dale Dunker of Groton; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Casketbearers will be Max Williams, Steven Dunker, Gerald Osterman, Lewis Borge, Jerry Shley and David Kalt.

Aloys Lewis Rohrich
Linton, N.D. -- Aloys Lewis Rohrich, 77, of Linton died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at the Linton Hospital.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Linton. The Rev. Bruce Krebs will officiate.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with Myers Funeral Home in Linton in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, all at the funeral home. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
Aloys Lewis Rohrich was born Jan. 22, 1923, to Anton and Barbara (Senger) Rohrich on a farm near Strasburg, N.D. He attended a rural school. He worked in Everett, Wash., as a boiler maker. After he returned to the Dakotas, he worked on the Garrison Dam. He also farmed east of Strasburg and did custom combining. In 1964, he moved into Linton. The last three years he spent his winters in the Strasburg Care Center and became a permanent resident in 1998.
He was a former member of the Linton Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include two half-brothers, Joe Kelsch and Alvin Kelsch, both of Linton; two stepbrothers, Tony Kelsch and Gregory Kelsch, both of Linton; one sister, Magdalena Fischer of Linton; one half sister, Loretta Burgad of Linton; and one stepsister, Alice Eberle of Eugene, Ore.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Casketbearers will be LeRoy Fischer, Gregory Kelsch Jr., Bob Hammond, Eugene Nagel, Paul Fischer and Richard Deis.

Marie Ripley
Pierre -- Marie Ripley, 92, of Pierre and formerly of Onida, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the United Methodist Church in Onida.
Burial will be in the Onida Cemetery with Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre in charge of arrangements.
A prayer service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
D. Marie Ripley was born Oct. 13, 1907, to Milton and Hattie Mae (Dorrel) Ripley near Okobojo in Sully County. She attended school in Sully County and graduated from Onida High School. Following high school, she attended Aberdeen Normal for one year and then transferred to Spearfish for three years. She received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She taught school in Sully County country schools for 41 years, retiring in 1972. She moved to Pierre in 1995.
She enjoyed making crafts, crocheting and sewing.
Survivors include two sisters, Gladys Wilcox of Pierre and Alberta "Bertie" Spicer of Longmont, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Mary Prentice
Wessington -- Mary Prentice, 77, of Wessington died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian Church in Wessington. The Rev. Allen Sager will officiate.
Burial will be in the Wessington Cemetery with Welter Funeral Home in Huron in charge of arrangements.
Mary Elizabeth Zerfoss was born Dec. 30, 1922, to Donley and Nellie (Eads) Zerfoss in Wahkon, Minn.
She married Lowell Prentice on May 9, 1943, in Wolsey. They lived in Oregon, Georgia, Colorado and Arizona while he was in the U.S. Army. They later farmed in the Wessington area and moved into Wessington in 1978.
Survivors include her husband of Wessington; two daughters, Deanna (Norg) Sanderson of Aberdeen and Glenda (Doug) DeVore of Leavenworth, Wash.; one son, Delton (Susan) Prentice of Wessington; one sister, Joyce Wells of Tenino, Wash.; one brother, Myron Zerfoss of Monroe, Wash.; seven grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; and one great-grandson.

Mary Theresa Henn
Linton, N.D. -- The funeral for Mary Theresa Henn, 91, of Linton will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Linton. The Rev. Bruce Krebs will officiate.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with Myers Funeral Home in Linton in charge of arrangements.
A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
She died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, N.D.
Mary Theresa Wagner was born March 26, 1909, to Thomas and Nathalia (Brickner) Wagner on a farm in the Krassna, N.D., area southwest of Strasburg, N.D. She attended a rural school and graduated as valedictorian from Strasburg High School in 1929. She received her teaching certificate from Valley City (N.D.) State College. She taught in Lake District and the Strasburg Elementary School System.
She married Raymond J. Henn on Nov. 24, 1932, in Strasburg. They made their home in Linton.
She was a member of Christian Mothers, the Forresters and was a past member of the Linton Hospital Board and the hospital auxiliary.
She was known for her ability as a seamstress and for her cooking. Her hobbies included needlework and playing cards.
Survivors include her husband of Linton; one son, Thomas (Judy) Henn of Bismarck; three daughters, Beverly (David) O'Brien of Bismarck, Rita (Edwin) Hunting of Norwalk, Conn., and Judy (Bruce) Grunefelder of Kintyre, N.D.; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and eight sisters.
Casketbearers will be Jon Grunefelder, James Grunefelder, Mary Beth Gross, Nicholas Gross, Tim Gross and Terri Ann Walters.

Isiah John Teigen
Aberdeen -- The funeral for Isiah John Teigen will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Schriver's Memorial Mortuary, 414 Fifth Ave. N.W. The Rev. Terry Naasz will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the mortuary.
Isiah John Teigen, infant son of Carisa (Backman) Yordy of Aberdeen and Wayne Teigen of Aitkin, Minn., was stillborn Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Survivors include his parents; one half-brother, Jason Teigen of Red Wing, Minn.; three half-sisters, Savannah Yordy of Aberdeen, Renee Teigen of Prescott, Wis., and Sarah Teigen of Red Wing; his maternal grandparents, Jeanette and Mike Hassebroek of Aberdeen, and Leon and Julie Backman of Beardsley, Minn.; and his paternal grandparents, Melvin and Eleanor Teigen of Faribault, Minn.
Casketbearers will be Jason Hassebroek and Jason Rudolph.

Orville W. Robbins
Selby -- The funeral for Orville W. Robbins, 85, of Selby will be at 10:30 a.m. today in St. John Lutheran Church, Selby. The Rev. Lance Yohe will officiate.
Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. today in the Fairview Cemetery in Herreid with military graveside rites by the Fredrick Schauer American Legion Post No. 100 of Selby. Miller Funeral Home in Bowdle is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service today at the church. He died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at the Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Orville W. Robbins was born June 13, 1915, to Lydia (Siegele) and Charles Orville Robbins in Herreid. He attended public school in Herreid and graduated from Herreid High School in 1933. After a brief employment as deputy register of deeds of Campbell County and 3 1/2 years as postal clerk at the U.S. Post Office in Herreid, he spent a year as a professional big band musician in Chicago. He began college at the University of Montana in Missoula in January 1938. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Feb. 20, 1942. He graduated with a degree in business administration the following June and was commissioned a naval officer at Columbia University in New York City in December. He was ordered to duty on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise CV-6. He was assigned to an antiaircraft gunnery division. His World War II combat experience, which extended from February 1943 through December 1944, began with the securing of Guadalcanal. He was awarded a Naval Unit Citation, and was honorably discharged Feb. 22, 1946.
He received his law degree at Montana University in March 1948 and a master of laws in taxation at New York University in June 1949. During his senior year at Montana University Law School, he was president of the Legal Honorary and contributor to the Law Review. While in New York City, he practiced in the tax division of a law firm. He returned to South Dakota in 1950 and opened a law office in Herreid. In September 1955, he closed the Herreid office and joined Fred J. Homeyer in a law office in Selby. In addition to his law practice, he served as the Walworth County state's attorney from 1957 to 1960, the Selby city attorney from 1956 to 1969 and as the attorney for Cam-Wal Electric Cooperative in Selby for many years. He retired in 1981.
He was a member of the original Selby Commercial Club Steering Committee for the Selby Rest Home project and later served as attorney for and as a member of the nursing home building committee. He was one of a small group of golfers instrumental in reviving Selby golf in 1959 and served as a director on the Executive Committee of the Selby Community Golf Association during construction of the Selby course.
He was an avid water fowl hunter and a sports enthusiast with emphasis on the game of golf, which he began playing in the late 1920s. Another lifetime interest was music, both vocal and instrumental. He sang in the adult church choirs from age 16 until recently and was an original member of the Selby Men's Chorus. From 1934 to 1965, while living in the area, he belonged to the Elks, Shrine and Municipal bands in Aberdeen. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Selby, where he served on the church council. He was a member and past commander of the Fredrick Schauer American Legion Post No. 100 in Selby. He belonged to the Java-Selby Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a life member of the Shrine Children's Hospital Association, Aberdeen Elks Lodge No. 1046, and the USS Enterprise Association. He was a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge AF & AM and past member of the Masonic Scottish Rite and Yelduz Shrine of Aberdeen, and Mobridge Commandery No. 27 K.T. of Mobridge.
Survivors include one nephew, William Orville Robbins of Chandler, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister in infancy. Casketbearers will be Paul Jordre, Jack VonWald, John VonWald, Murlyn Bickel and Hartson White, all of Selby, and Clark Jordre of Onida.

Emily R. Piovosi
Pierpont -- A service of remembrance for Emily R. Piovosi, 85, of Pierpoint and formerly of Chicago, will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Price Funeral Chapel in Britton. The Rev. Brent Bodenhammer will conduct the service.
Entombment will be Tuesday in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill., with Colonial Wojciechowski Funeral Home in Niles, Ill., in charge of arrangements.
She died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at the home of her daughter in Pierpont.
Emily Rose Vanek was born July 17, 1915, to Martin and Rose (Strobl) Vanek in Chicago. She grew up and was educated in Chicago.
She married Harry E. Piovosi on Feb. 18, 1939, in Chicago. They made their home in Chicago until moving to Bountiful, Utah, in the late 1970s. He died Dec. 16, 1984. A few years after his death, she moved to Tempe, Ariz., and where she resided for the next seven years. The past seven years she had lived with her daughter, Arlene Stokke and her family in Pierpont.
She was an avid reader. She loved music and dancing. She was a Chicago sports fan, whether it was the Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks or Cubs. She was dedicated to her Lord.
Survivors include one son, Daniel (Janet) Piovosi of Des Plaines; one daughter, Arlene R. (Neil) Stokke of Pierpont; and three granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister and one brother.

Lester Harms
Redfield -- The funeral for Lester Harms, 88, of Redfield will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Redfield. Leland Harms will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield with Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
He died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield.
Lester Harms was born May 26, 1912, to Henry and Molly Harms in Hitchcock. He attended Hitchcock schools and spent most of his life in the Redfield and Hitchcock areas.
He married Mildred Stege on July 10, 1937, in Redfield. They lived in Redfield, Clark, Onamia, Minn., and Madison, Minn. During his lifetime he farmed near Hitchcock, drove bus and truck, and owned and operated several small business enterprises.
He enjoyed sporting events, both as a participant and as a spectator, and raising ponies.
Survivors include his wife of Redfield; two sons, Leland (Doris) Harms of Raymore, Mo., and Loren (Carol) Harms of Belton, Mo.; one daughter, Linda (Robert) Meisenheimer of Royalton, Minn.; two brothers; three sisters; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Helen Dreiske
Lemmon -- The funeral for Helen Dreiske, 81, of Lemmon was Thursday in Spencer Memorial Presbyterian Church, Lemmon. Lay Pastor Rick Darnell officiated.
Burial was in Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon with Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon in charge of arrangements.
She died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, N.D.
Helen Fern Haynes was born Dec. 27, 1918, to Clarence and Fern (Kent) Haynes in Belle Plaine, Iowa. Later her family moved to Grand Valley, S.D., where she attended Riverside School. She later taught school in the area.
She married Edwin Gordon Dreiske on Nov. 26, 1942, at her parents' home south of Keldron. They began their life together on the Dreiske homestead, where they farmed and ranched. In July 1986, they retired and purchased a home in Lemmon. He died Dec. 29, 1999. She entered Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon.
She was a longtime member of Hope Presbyterian Church and after moving to Lemmon she joined Spencer Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and a longtime member of a local Extension club. She volunteered at the nursing home and the Thrift Shop and was a dedicated blood donor.
She loved to play cards and attend dances and parties.
Survivors include four sons, Donald (Rhonda) Dreiske of Belle Fourche, John (Linda) Dreiske of Green Acres, Wash., Randy (Shirley) Dreiske of Lemmon, and Tom (Rosemary) Dreiske of Keldron; 14 grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers.
Casketbearers were Jim Petik, Edward Schmidt, Charles Clark, Arnold Zielke, Emil Tomac and Joe Tomac.

Donald 'Don' E. Burke
Oceanside, Calif. -- Donald 'Don' E. Burke, 63, of Oceanside and formerly of Aberdeen, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, in San Diego.
A memorial service was Sept. 6 in San Diego. Another memorial service will be Oct. 7 in Firestone, Colo.
Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside was in charge of arrangements.
Donald E. Burke was born March 10, 1937, to Esten and Vivian Burke in Aberdeen. After graduating from Aberdeen Central High School in 1955, he enlisted in the Air Force and served at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Ironworkers and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Pueblo, Colo.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Burke of Oceanside; one daughter, Hollie Macmaster of Firestone; one stepdaughter, Cassy Greive of Oceanside; one stepson, Jeff McDonald of Oceanside; his father of Aberdeen; one sister, Barbara Smart of Ottumwa, Iowa; and nine grandchildren.

Daniel Joseph Walters
Daniel Joseph Walters, was born January 6, 1962 in Mitchell, SD to Samuel & Leone Walters. He passed away on September 12th, 2000 in Colton, CA, at the age of 38.
Dan attended school in California and South Dakota, and went on to join the United States Navy, serving eight yrs., five of which he spent overseas in Spain and Scotland as a Cryptological Technician Communication Intelligence Analyst, with top secret special background investigation Clearance. He received numerous medals and awards, and is the Author of a Cryptology Guide, which is now used aboard the United States Naval fleet. He was Honorably discharged. For the last ten years, Dan was employed by Guardian Industries in Fullerton, CA, as one of the company's top specialists.
Dan's creative talents included a deep passion for the arts with his oil paintings, sketches, free-form sculptures, music, poetry, and gourmet cooking. He was intelligent, compassionate, generous, and had the greatest sense of humor, he made us all smile. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the many hearts he touched.
He is survived by his wife and three children: Johnathan James Walters, Andrew Eli Walters and Samantha Danielle Walters. He is also survived by his mother, Leone Walters, Aberdeen, SD; sister, Kelly Walters, Aberdeen, SD; two brothers, Steve Walters, Aberdeen, SD and Sammy Walters, Claremont, CA; grandmother, Katie Walters, Montclair, CA; and his Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He is proceeded in death by his father, Samuel James Walters.
The families wish to thank the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA for their compassionate care and support, especially Dr. John Spitaleri, Dr. Dennis Miller, the ICU Nursing Staff, and the Southern California Organ Procurement Center. A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, Sept. 17th in Montclair, CA, with Dan's cousin Pastor Mark Fisk officiating. A Military Burial Service will be held at a later date.

Veronica Volk
Strasburg, N.D. -- Veronica Volk, 99, of Strasburg died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at the Strasburg Care Center.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Strasburg. The Rev. Leonard Eckroth will officiate.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with Myers Funeral Home in Linton, N.D., in charge of arrangements.
A prayer service will be at 7:30 tonight at the funeral home in Linton.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Linton and for one hour prior to the service Friday at the church in Strasburg.
Veronica Volk was born March 18, 1901, to Steve and Elizabeth (Glass) Volk in Winona, N.D. She attended rural school. She lived with her parents until age 23. She went to work for the Rev. Otto Weber at St. Anthony's Parish in Linton from 1924 to 1930. They transferred to Hebron, N.D. They were there for 11 years. They then transferred to Fifield, Wis., where they stayed for 30 years. When he died in 1971, she returned to Strasburg. She entered the Strasburg Care Center on May 28, 1993.
She was a member of St. Mary' Society and the Strasburg Senior Citizens.
Survivors include three sisters, Regina Orley and Anne Anderson, both of Milwaukee, and Peggy Sheffield of Vancouver, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Chico Dean Red Legs
Wakpala -- The funeral for Chico Dean Red Legs, 18, of Wakpala will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Community Center in Little Eagle. The Rev. Leslie Bobtail Bear and the Rev. Norman Blue Coat will officiate.
Burial will be in the Messiah Church Cemetery on Friday in Little Eagle with Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge in charge of arrangements.
An all-night wake service will start at 6 p.m. Friday at the community center.
He died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Mobridge.
Chico Dean Red Legs was born Oct. 13, 1981, to Donavon and Patricia (Grindstone) Red Legs in Fort Yates, N.D. During his life he lived with his foster parent Melinda Red Legs and then with Morris and Margaret Yellow from 1997 until 1999, near Wakpala. He attended school in Wakpala, Mobridge and at the St. Joe Indian School in Chamberlain.
He was known for his swimming and was a lifeguard in Chamberlain. He played basketball and football and enjoyed being in the country.
Survivors include his parents of McLaughlin; his foster parents, the Yellows of Wakpala; two brothers, Jonathan Red Legs and Patrick Red Legs, both of McLaughlin; five sisters, Verinda Red Legs of Chamberlain and Latoya Red Legs, Melissa Red Legs, Mandy Red Legs and Kelsey Red Legs, all of McLaughlin; two half-brothers, Clyde Weasel of Bullhead, and Keith Grindstone of Wisconsin; one half-sister, Justine Grindstone of McLaughlin; one stepbrother, Donavon Red Legs Jr. of McLaughlin; four foster brothers, Morris Yellow Jr. and Morgan Yellow, both of Rapid City, and Morey Yellow and John Feather, both of Wakpala; three foster sisters, Marlo Thompson and Tina Cadotte, both of Rapid City, and Mary Ouellette of McLaughlin; his maternal grandmother, Lucille Yellow Earrings of Little Eagle; his maternal grandfather, Ralph Conley of Eagle Butte; and his paternal grandmother, Donna Red Legs of McLaughlin.
Casketbearers will be Morey Yellow, John Flying Horse Jr., Trampus Tiger, Jared Red Legs, Jesse Demarris, Jerome Yellow Earrings, Neil Thompson and Michael Wald Jr.

Frank L. Nikolas
Clearwater, Fla. -- Graveside service for Frank L. Nikolas, 87, of Clearwater and formerly of Aberdeen, will be at 3 p.m. Friday in St. Mary's Cemetery, Aberdeen. The Rev. Doug Binsfeld will officiate. Schriver's Memorial Mortuary, 414 Fifth Ave. N.W., is in charge of arrangements.
He died Sunday, March 12, 2000, in Clearwater. His body was cremated.
Frank L. Nikolas was born June 12, 1912, to Bruno and Magdalena (Moser) Nikolas.
He married Catherine Heintzman on Aug. 17, 1935, in Aberdeen. They later moved to Milwaukee, where he worked for Kearney and Trecker Company until his retirement. After his retirement, they moved to Clearwater and had resided there since then. She died in 1997.
Survivors include one son, Gary Nikolas of Clearwater; two daughters, Dorothy (Dave) Fernholz of Arcadia, Wis., and Sally (Richard) Brach of Racine, Wis.; two sisters, Philomena Stroh and Annie Gefre, both of Reseda, Calif.; and three grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, six brothers and two sisters.

Viola E. Moffenbier
Aberdeen -- The graveside service for Viola E. Moffenbier, 92, of 400 Eighth Ave. N.W. will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Cemetery. The Rev. Doug Binsfeld will officiate. Schriver's Memorial Mortuary, 414 Fifth Ave. N.W., is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the mortuary.
She died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at ManorCare Health Services in Aberdeen.
Viola E. Bean was born March 20, 1908, to Ernst and Carrie (Weaver) Bean in Ashton. She grew up in Ashton and attended Ashton schools. She graduated from Ashton High School in 1926. In 1938, she started working for the Montgomery Wards Store in Aberdeen, where she was employed for many years.
She married Edward N. Moffenbier on June 27, 1944, in Aberdeen. She continued working for Montgomery Wards until 1972, when the store closed. She later worked part time at Parsch's Hardware Store for several years until retiring. She had continued to make Aberdeen her home. He died in 1964.
Survivors include one brother, Floyd Bean of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and two sisters.

Olive S. Mahlen
Watertown -- Olive S. Mahlen, 85, of Watertown and formerly of Pierpont and Webster, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, in a local care center.
Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Grace Lutheran Church Chapel in Watertown. The Rev. Bill Hamill will officiate.
Burial will be in the Fron Lutheran Cemetery in Roslyn with Wight and Fox Funeral Chapel in Watertown in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.
Olive S. Anderson was born Oct. 6, 1914, to August and Clara (Miklebost) Anderson in Pierpont. She attended school in Pierpont and graduated from Pierpont High School in 1932. After graduation, she worked in the school library on book binding and repair of library books. She also took night classes offered by the government in 1932 and 1933 on typing and short hand.
On Sept. 3, 1936, she married Ernest E. Mahlen in Minneapolis. In 1957, the couple moved to Webster. She worked at the Day County Hospital office and was chosen by the Board of Doctors to be medical records librarian clerk of insurance and Medicare. They moved to Watertown in 1967, and she was hired by Memorial Hospital as admissions clerk in the office. Later she joined Fedt Clinic as office manager and insurance clerk for several years. He died April 30, 1989.
She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, Altar Guild and Church Circle.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean (Roger) Nygaard of Grand Island, Neb., Arlene (Bob) Helwig of Redwood Falls, Minn., and Marilyn (Kerry) Stevens of Mahtomedi, Minn.; two sons, Jerald (Karan) Mahlen of Leesville, La., and Lee Mahlen of Sioux Falls; one sister, Jean Doll of Howard Lake, Minn.; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and 11 sisters and brothers.
Casketbearers will be Jewel Brekke, Terry Brekke, Arthur Lapham, Tim Stevens, Steven Nygaard and Chester Mahlen.

Kenneth "Knute" C. Knudson
Cooperstown, N.D. -- Kenneth "Knute" C. Knudson, 39, of Cooperstown died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Trinity Lutheran Church, Cooperstown. The Rev. Ray Branstiter and the Rev. James Cheney will officiate.
Burial will be in the family cemetery near Cooperstown with Stanley-Iverson Funeral Home in McVille, N.D., in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and for one hour prior to the service Friday, all at the church in Cooperstown.
Kenneth C. Knudson was born Aug. 20, 1961, to Vernon and Lois (Hendrickson) Knudson in Minneapolis.
He married Mary Jo Pauley of Aberdeen on Jan. 28, 1993. They worked together and lived in the Cooperstown area until the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife of Cooperstown; three sons, Klint Knudson at home, and Matthew Habeck and Jared Habeck, both of Aberdeen; one daughter, Jessica Habeck of Denver; his parents of Cooperstown; one brother, John Knudson of Glyndon, Minn.; and one sister, Kristen Stoick of Fargo.

Verne W. Collins
Mellette -- A memorial service for Verne W. Collins, 83, of Mellette will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Northwestern United Methodist Church, Mellette. The Rev. Jon Damaska will officiate.
Burial of cremains will be in the Mellette Cemetery with military rites by Harris Dennis American Legion Post of Mellette. Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield is in charge of arrangements.
Verne W. Collins was born March 11, 1917, to Wesley and Lyda (Cheatham) Collins in Aberdeen. He graduated from Williston (N.D.) High School and the University of Montana in Missoula.
He married Norma Jacobson on Nov. 16, 1941, in Glasgow, Mont. On March 2, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and served until Sept. 6, 1945. He worked for various JC Penney stores in Montana and Wyoming until 1961, when they moved to Mellette. He worked for the Farmers State Bank until 1985, when he retired. He served as vice president and was a member of the board of directors of the bank. She died in 1999.
He was a member of the Harris Dennis American Legion Post of Mellette, serving as treasurer, and was a member of the Northwestern United Methodist Church in Mellette. He was a past member of the Mellette Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as treasurer, Plains Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Masonic Lodge AF&AM.
He was known as Santa Claus at the Mellette children's community Christmas party and the surrounding area for 38 years.
Survivors include two sons, John (Violy) Collins of Auburn, Neb., and Peter Collins of Mellette; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and one brother.


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