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Deaths Marvin T. Brunick

Marvin T. Brunick passed away at his residence in Ft. Myers, FL, on Jan. 2, 1999 after a brief illness.

He was born in Vermillion on Jan. 27, 1922, the son of Lewis and Lillian Brunick. After a career in the military he retired to Ft. Myers, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Marvin, John, Carl and Brian; daughters, Beverly Caldwell, Sandra Jones and Susan Brunick; sister, Vivian Mount, Volin; brothers, Wayne, Vermillion, Bernt of Blackhawk, and Marion of Lakeland, FL.

Memorial services were conducted at the Evangelical Free Church in Ft. Myers.

Melvin 'Bud' Chamberlain

Melvin "Bud" Chamberlain, 69, Sioux City, IA, died Dec. 30, 1998 at his residence.

Graveside services were held Jan. 9 at BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating.

Mr. Chamberlain was born Aug. 1, 1929 in Jefferson to Oren and Pearl (Loving) Chamberlain. He worked on construction.

He is survived by a son, Ricky; three daughters, Sherry Broadway, Jackie Chamberlain and LaRae Chamberlain; a brother, Don of Vermillion; four sisters, Gladys Armstrong, Mesa, AZ, Frances Bullard, Phoenix, AZ, Evelyn Melton, Phoenix, AZ, and Betty Sloat, Anderson, CA; and two grandchildren.

Virgil Collar

Virgil K. Collar, 84, a retired farmer of rural Elk Point, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, at Marian Health Center, Sioux City, IA.

Mr. Collar was born Sept. 9, 1914, at Vermillion to Kenneth and Nellie (South) Collar. He attended Prairie Bell Rural School in Clay County.

He married Alta "Babe" Seeley on Sept. 9, 1935, at Yankton. She died May 14, 1975.

He later married Inga DeRoos on Sept. 5, 1975, at Gayville.

He farmed for many years in the Vermillion and Elk Point areas until his retirement. He also trained and raced horses for harness racing. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Vermillion, United States Trotting Association and a charter member of Sunshine Aerie No. 2421 Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Vermillion.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Faye and Bonnie.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three step-sons and their wives, Leslie and Carolyn DeRoos of Alta, IA, Benny and Norma DeRoos of Kennewick, WA, and Tom and Karen DeRoos of Dakota City, NE; 14 step-grandchildren; 23 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Keith and Winona Collar of The Dalles, OR, and Clayton and Dorothy Collar of Belmont, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Jan. 12 at First Baptist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Elmer (Sandy) Aakre officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Eilts

Bernice Eilts, 74, of Hawarden, IA, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999 at the Hillcrest Care Center in Hawarden.

Her funeral service was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden with Rev. Loren Vogler officiating. Burial was in the Grace Hill Cemetery at Hawarden.Visitation began at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Porter-Dow Funeral Home in Hawarden.

Mrs. Eilts was born Dec. 2, 1924 at Ireton, IA, the daughter of William and Johannah (Nenaber) Boisen. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton. Bernice graduated from Ireton High School in 1942. She married Raymond Eilts on Aug. 6, 1944 at her parents' home in Ireton.

They farmed near Ireton until moving to a farm near Hawarden in 1949. They retired into Hawarden in 1995. Bernice was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Raymond; six children and their spouses, Gloria and Henry Unruh of Burke, VA; Bobby and Marialyce Eilts of Urbandale, IA; Richard and Vikki Eilts of Wakonda; Pat and Terry Karr of Hawarden; Mary and Kenny Van Wyhe of Ireton; and John and Lynn Eilts of Hawarden; 13 grandchildren, Matthew and Stephanie Unruh, Brian and Andrew Eilts, Jason, Joshua and Colin Eilts, Angela De Raad, Travis, Tracie and Landon Karr, Blaine and Ashlyn Eilts; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Neva Kircher of Hawarden.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Harvey, Glenn, Ralph and Orin; three sisters, Helen Abbey, Lois Miniets and Ruth Popken; and two grandsons, Ryan Christopher Eilts and Kenen Van Wyhe.

Randall Radigan

Randall Gordon Radigan, 52, of Glennallen, AK, died suddenly on Dec. 31, 1998, at his home.

A funeral service was held at the Glennallen Chapel on Jan. 4. A memorial service was held at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion on Jan. 9.

Randy was born in Vermillion Aug. 24, 1946, the second of 11 children of William Joseph and Susie Albers Radigan. He was a 1964 graduate of Vermillion High School and attended The University of South Dakota and several colleges.

In 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, completed helicopter flight school, and began his first tour of duty as a medical-evacuation helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He volunteered for further tours of medivac duty in Vietnam, served 39 months there, and was decorated extensively for valor in combat.

He was awarded twice the Distinguished Flying Cross, twice the Silver Star, five times the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with oak cluster, the Air Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart. He flew 1,597 air-rescue missions in Vietnam and carried 4,191 wounded soldiers.

In 1974, Randy was employed by Alyeska Pipeline as a security helicopter pilot and was also self-employed. He was an accomplished big-game hunter and naturalist; he loved Alaska. He served on the Copper River District School Board since 1984. He married Lorraine Brink of Anchorage, AK, on Dec. 31, 1983. He was the father of five children.

He is survived by his wife; by his two sons, Randall Jr. (Rocky) and Colt; by his three daughters, Tammy Custis, Brandie Bancroft and Alison Jaidinger; by his four grandchildren; by his father, William J. Radigan of Vermillion; by his seven brothers, William, Jeffrey, Steven, Gregory, Daniel, Kelly and James; by his three sisters, Suzanne, Laurie and Carol; by his many nieces and nephews; and by his longtime friends Don and Joyce Horrell and their sons, Jim and Scott.

He was preceded in death by his mother and by his two infant daughters.

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