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Deaths Eldon Anderson Olson

Eldon Anderson Olson, 83, Vermillion, died Monday, Jan. 4, 1999, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus.

He was born June 5, 1915, in Clay County. He attended Clay Point rural school.

He married Ardis Sundleaf on Aug. 27, 1938, in Harlan, IA. He farmed and raised livestock in Clay County for many years. His wife died Jan. 30, 1984.

He married Doris (Johnson) Haarsager on Sept. 6, 1986.

He was a member of Dalesburg Baptist Church, rural Beresford, a 4-H leader and a Clay County commissioner for two terms from 1961 to 1968.

In addition to his wife, survivors include one son, James and his wife, Joan and one daughter, Judith Robinson all of Vermillion; a daughter-in-law, Arlene Olson, Sioux Falls; three stepsons, Dennis Haarsager of Moscow, ID, Dudley Haarsager of Yankton and Robert Haarsager of St. Paul; one stepdaughter, Margaret Johnson of Centerville; six grandchildren; six great-grand children; 13 stepgrandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Frances Dornon of Sioux City, IA.

Services were held Jan. 7 at Dalesburg Baptist Church, rural Beresford, with burial at the church cemetery.

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

Randall Radigan

Randall Gordon Radigan, 52, formerly of Vermillion, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at his home in Glennallen, AK.

He was born Aug. 24, 1946, in Vermillion. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1964 and attended The University of South Dakota and several colleges. In 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served 39 months in Vietnam as a medical-evacuation helicopter pilot. He won several awards and flew 1,597 air-rescue missions and carried 4,191 wounded soldiers.

In 1974, he was employed by Alyeska Pipeline as a security helicopter pilot and was also self-employed.

He served on the Cooper River District School Board.

He married Lorraine Brink of Anchorage, AK, on Dec. 31, 1983.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Randall Jr. (Rocky) and Colt; three daughters, Tammy Custis, Brandie Bancroft and Alison Jaidinger; four grandchildren; his father, William of Vermillion; seven brothers, William, Jeffrey, Steven, Gregory, Daniel, Kelly and James; and three sisters, Suzanne, Laurie and Carol.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion.

Norman L. Wiken

Norman L. Wiken, 77, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998 at his home.

He was born Jan. 20, 1921 at Volin to Ludvig and Beret (Refseth) Wiken.

He was a graduate of Wakonda High School, and before his retirement, he farmed in the Meckling area. He was a member of the Gayville American Legion, and the Meckling Lutheran Church until it closed.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

He is survived by a sister, Emma Larson of Vermillion; four nephews: Doug and Don Wiken, and Darryl and Quentin Larson; two nieces: Karen Hattervig and M.K. (Kazy) Mollett; nine great nieces, five great nephews, one great-great grandniece and one great-great grandnephew.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with Rev. Greg Johnson officiating. Burial was in Lodi Cemetery, rural Wakonda.

Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home.

A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Einar, Hilmar and Charles Wiken; and a sister, Stella Wiken.

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