Miscellaneous Brown County, South Dakota Obituaries


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 officiated.
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 around farming.
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 of Columbia.
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 in Columbia.
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 the world.
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 organist.

Edith Johnson
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 arrangements
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 officiated.
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 Aberdeen.
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 geography.
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 Price, soloist. 
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, Tolstoy.
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
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 Sacramento area. 
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 Crone, eulogist. 
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 until retirement.
He married Evelyn Cheadle June 16, 1946. She preceded him in death in 1975.
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 Noer officiating.
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 of arrangements.
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 33 years.
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 1993.
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 the funeral.

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 of arrangements.
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 Claremont.
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 Aberdeen.
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 nephews.
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 Duncan.

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 sisters.
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 and hunting.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ellendale and the Ellendale Senior Citizens.
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 Alberts.
The family prefers memorials be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Building Fund, 215 4th Avenue SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401.

Charles Lapham
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 a nephew.

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