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Deaths Harold A. Ahlgrim

Harold A. Ahlgrim, 71, Vermillion, died Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, at the Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls after a brief illness.

Mr. Ahlgrim was born June 15, 1927 in Vermillion to Ellery and Evelyn (Walz) Ahlgrim. He attended Centerville School, Bloomingdale Rural School and Vermillion grade schools.

He spent his life in the Vermillion area and was the owner and operator of Ahlgrim Trucking Co. for over 50 years and also operated a repair shop.

Mr. Ahlgrim served in the U.S. Army during World War II for 14 months. He married Jean Ficken on Oct. 15, 1944 at South Sioux City, NE.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; sons Richard Harold and Jeffery Scott Ahlgrim; and a brother, Howard Keith Ahlgrim.

Survivors include: his wife, Jean, Vermillion; daughters Sharon Ahlgrim-McNamara, Stony Creek, CT, Eleriann and her husband Mick Odens, Vermillion; a sister, Charlotte Erickson, Yankton; grandchildren Amy McNamara-Higgens, Christopher Vonsik, Jacob Andrew Odens and Rachel Odens; and a great-grandson, Cole Vonsik.

Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at United Methodist Church of Vermillion, with the Rev. Stephen Perry officiating, with burial in BluffView Cemetery. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles 'Ike' Brewer

Charles I. "Ike" Brewer, 89, Yankton, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998 at the Sister James Nursing Home, Yankton.

Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at the First Baptist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Elmer "Sandy" Aakre officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brewer was born July 5, 1909, in Scottsbluff, NE, to Joseph Ira and Margaret Ann Isabell (Mann) Brewer. His family moved to Vermillion in 1918. He attended Vermillion grade schools. He worked as a farm hand for several farmers in the Vermillion area. He has lived in Yankton for the past 20 years and at the Sister James Nursing Home for eight years.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Mearl Brewer, Vermillion, and several nieces and nephews.

Leo L. Hollingsworth

Leo L. Hollingsworth, 92, Meckling, died Friday, Sept. 11, 1998 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus.

Funeral services were held Sept. 15 at the Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible Church, Vermillion, with the Revs. Joe Villalobos, Greg Trueblood and T.E. Hollingsworth officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hollingsworth was born April 30, 1906 in Meckling to Thomas E. and Myrtle (Conger) Hollingsworth. He attended Meckling schools and attended South Dakota State University from 1927-1928.

On March 3, 1927 he married Ruda E. Turner in Meckling. He was a lifelong farmer in the Meckling area. He was a member of the Meckling School Board from 1944-1948 and the Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible Church Board.

He is survived by a daughter Rhoda Blaeser, Rapid City; sons Bub Hollingsworth, Lake City, MI, and Tim Hollingsworth, Meckling; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Vera Rosen, Vermillion; and a brother, Tom Hollingsworth, Ft. Worth, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife in 1988 and one son, grandson and three sisters.

Memorials may be directed to the Vermillion Area Hospice.

John F. Simmons

John F. Simmons, 72, Meckling, a former electrician, died Friday, Sept. 11, 1998 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus in Vermillion.

Mr. Simmons was born May 26, 1926, in Nacora, NE. He attended school in Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He married Lois Carmen Brennan. He worked as an electrician for a heating and air conditioning business.

He was a member of the Eagles and a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3061 in Vermillion.

In addition to his wife, survivors include one son, David, of Longmont, CO; three stepsons, Tom Brennan of Newcastle, NE, Terry Brennan of Douglas, WY, and Allan Brennan of Hayward, CA; one daughter, Susan Ashlock, Beatrice, NE; four step daughters, Carol Bostwick of Ponca, NE, Lynn Brennan of Redondo Beach, CA, Dorothy Brennan of Denver, CO, and Lana Brennan of Lincoln, NE; four grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert, of Texas; and two sisters, Rose Puetz of LeMars, IA, and Madelene Wietke of California.

Memorial services were held September 14 at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with burial in Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

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