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Deaths Marvin W. Chamberlain

Marvin W. Chamberlain, 93 Vermillion, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998 at the Sioux Valley Dakota Care Center, Vermillion.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion. Burial will be in Bluff-View Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, with a prayer service at the funeral home at 7 p.m.

He was born June 6, 1905 in Vermillion to Archie and Royal (Goebel) Chamberlain. He attended Fairview and Bruyer rural schools, and was owner and operator of a welding repair shop in Vermillion.

He married Clara McClain on July 13, 1929. She died April 4, 1993. He farmed until 1942, and then worked for the Vermillion Power Plant for three years. He then opened his welding repair shop. He entered the nursing home in 1994.

He was a member of the Vermillion I.O.O.F., the Eagles, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

He is survived by two daughters: Joyce and her husband Bill Cook of South Sioux City, NE; and Florence Schmidt of Movile, IA; a sister, Lorraine Jones of Madison; six grandchildren: Craig, Haran, Bruce and Bryce Schmidt, Duane Lilly and Claresa Stene and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sons, James and Marvin, Jr., and a brother, Royal Chamberlain.

Royal Everson

Royal E. Everson, 83, Vermillion, died Oct. 4, 1998 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus.

Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at First Baptist Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Hansen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Royal was born Feb. 27, 1915 at St. Charles to Edward and Alma (Dustrude) Everson. He graduated from St. Charles High School in 1932 and studied business at the Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, NE.

He married Jessie M. Williams on July 1, 1937 in Armour.

Royal and Jessie "Chick" farmed north of Bonesteel and milked 23 head of cattle and raised chickens. Royal developed a cement block operation and poured concrete for farmers, ranchers, contractors and businessmen using sand from a quarry located on the farm.

In 1953, Royal moved family and business to Vermillion and opened Royal's Redi-Mix Concrete. In 1967, he purchased an alternator, starter, and generator repair business from Leo Marcotte. Royal's Repair on the airport road offered free estimates to the surrounding community, along with a full guarantee.

Royal retired in 1992. He and Jessie moved into the nursing home in 1997, and on July 1 they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Jessie died on July 3.

Royal was a member of the Burke Masonic Lodge #148 for 53 years. He was also a 32nd degree Mason at the Yankton Consistory.

Survivors include his son, Dr. Wayne and his wife Linda, Oklahoma City, OK; a daughter, Jean Weller, Cleborne, TX; three granddaughters, Dianna Holm, Renton, WA, Wendy Stough and Julie Everson, Oklahoma City, OK; and a sister, Vernice Hofherr, Muncie, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sisters and three infant brothers.

Alvin Johnson

Alvin A. "Swede" Johnson, 84, Vermillion, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998 at Dakota Care Center, Vermillion.

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Elmer "Sandy" Aakre officiating. Burial was in Elk Point Cemetery, Elk Point.

Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Nov. 9, 1913 to Conrad and Betsy (Bucklun) Johnson in the Dalesburg area of Clay County. He attended Clay County rural schools, and served in the U. S. Army during World War II. After his military service, he farmed for many years, then worked on Gavins Point Dam and the Clay County Roads Department for 14 years. On Sept. 29, 1963, he married Opal Lethcoe at St. Paul, MN. She died March 16, 1997.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Vermillion, and the Vermillion VFW Clay Post No. 3160.

Survivors include one step-daughter, Deanna (Sonny) Thompson, Yankton; one step-son, Richard (Jackie) Brunick, Anaheim, CA; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Ferry, California; and one brother, Carroll Johnson, Elk Point.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one step-son and one brother.

Patrick J. Kilbride

Patrick J. Kilbride, 34, Vermillion, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998 at the University of Nebraska Hospital, Omaha, NE.

He was born Feb. 18, 1964 to Eugene and Irene (Gross) Kilbride. He attended Wakonda schools, and graduated from Wakonda High School in 1983.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion. Burial was in Columb-kille Catholic Cemetery, Wakonda.

Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. A wake service was held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

He is survived by his parents, Eugene and Irene Kilbride of Vermillion; seven sisters: Patty Anderson, Mitchell; Joie Pickett, Vermillion; Jeanne Geiken, Sioux Falls; Gloria Bauske, Flandreau; Judy Utley, Yankton; Jackie Kilbride, Sioux Falls; and Madonna Severson, Vermillion; and three brothers: Dan Kilbride, Sioux Falls; Mike Kilbride, San Diego, CA; and Kevin Kilbride, Lawtey, FL.

Joseph Orr

Joseph Orr, 78, of Gayville, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998 at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Yankton.

Services were held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. John Rasmussen officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. The family was present from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Gayville Community Center.

He was born March 31, 1920, to Joseph S. Sr. and Edna Mae (Styles) Orr in Meckling. He graduated from Meckling High School in 1938. He married Dorothy Kippes on Sept. 1, 1941, in North Chicago, IL. He farmed until 1970 when he moved to Dakota City, NE to become scale master for IBP, where he worked for 15 years. He retired in 1985 and moved to Gayville.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, and was former president of the Vermillion Eagles Club.

Survivors include his wife: Dorothy, Gayville; daughters: Cynthia (Gary) Jensen, Sioux Falls; and Helen Kephart, Vermillion; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Helen Beede Sill

Helen Beede Sill, Walnut Creek, CA, died early Sunday morning, Aug. 30, 1998.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the First Baptist Church of Vermillion. Burial will be in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. The Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Beede Sill was born in Vermillion on April 1, 1895 of a pioneering family. Her parents, Rosa and William Beede, were the first teachers in the Territory — teaching in a one room schoolhouse. She grew up in a time when there were no cars, airplanes and no man had been on the moon. Electricity and the telephone were exciting new inventions. Yet she saw, and wondered, of all the advances happening in her lifetime of 103 years.

Helen followed in her parents' footsteps and after graduating from The University of South Dakota and receiving her master's degree from Smith College, she too became a teacher. To see the world she taught in Montana, Oregon, and California before being swept off her feet by Robert Sill. They moved to Lincoln, NE, where she was active in church groups and worked for the University Press. Upon retirement, they moved to Capitola, CA, to an apartment overlooking Monterey Bay.

The Loma Prieta earthquake caused her to move to Walnut Creek, CA, to live with her daughter. She enjoyed church and the Senior Adult Fellowship and was an avid reader and story teller. Wherever Helen was, her cheerful spirit and wit brought laughter to those around her. She lived life, thankful each day, loving and caring about others. Her faith gave her a calm and peaceful spirit.

Her husband, Bob, and her sister, Dr. Grace Beede, preceded her in death in 1978 and 1990 respectively.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Bob Thorne of Walnut Creek, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the First Baptist Church.

James Taylor

James D. Taylor, 72, Vermillion, died Sept. 30, 1998 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus.

Funeral services were held Oct. 3 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Mercy Hobbs officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Hansen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James was born Aug. 14, 1926 at Louisville, KY to Adrian and Mary Dowell Taylor. He graduated from high school in Davenport, IA, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

He served in the Navy during World War II and during the Korean Conflict. He moved to Vermillion in 1953.

He retired from a position as professor of marketing at The University of South Dakota in 1988, after a 35-year career with the university.

He was a member of the Vermillion Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and the Emeritus Club. He was also a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion and a long time volunteer in the community.

James is survived by his wife, Sharon of Vermillion; son Tom and his wife JoAnn Taylor of Vermillion; daughter Mary and her husband Scot Sorensen of Pierre; five grandchildren, Jimmy and Stephanie Taylor, Eric, Dan and Nick Sorensen; sister Mary Beth Reed, Denver, CO; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Vermillion Hospice, St. Paul's Episcopal Church or the James Taylor Scholarship Fund through the USD Foundation office.

Agnes VandenBerge

Agnes M. VandenBerge, 89, Hastings, MN, formerly of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, at Regina Nursing Home, Hastings.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. John Rasmussen officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home. There was a prayer service at 8 p.m. at the church.

She was born Nov. 15, 1908, in White Lake to Henry and Mary (Rebensdorf) Mueller. She attended White Lake public schools and got her teaching degree from Southern Normal College, Springfield.

On June 28, 1933, she married Harold VandenBerge in White Lake. The couple lived in Elk Point from 1933-1937, then moving into Vermillion. She taught elementary school in Elk Point in 1933 and 1934. Her husband died July 16, 1963. She has lived in Hastings, MN for the past three years.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, where she was the Catholic Daughter of the Year in 1976. She was also a member of the St. Agnes Altar Society and a member of the Vermillion Porcelain Artists.

She is survived by her sons: Robert, Kulm, ND and Paul (Patricia), Bella Vista, AK; a daughter, Mary Jo (Otto) Kaiser, Minneapolis, MN; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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