Deaths Emma S. Larson

Emma S. Larson, 85, Vermillion, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion. She was born June 21, 1913 in Volin to Ludvig and Beret (Refseth) Wiken.

She graduated from Volin High School in 1930, and from USD in 1940. She owned The Cavalier Cafe in Vermillion for 43 years.

She was a member of several honor societies at USD, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion.

She married Gordon E. Larson June 10, 1942, at Las Vegas, NV. He died March 17, 1984.

Emma taught high school English and Latin during the 1940s at Platte, and a year at Meckling High School. After Gordon was released from the service, the couple worked at a war plant in Rockford, IL from 1944 to 1945. They then moved to Vermillion where they operated The Cavalier Cafe.

She is survived by two sons: Darryl L. Larson of Eugene, OR and Quentin L. Larson of Vermillion; two daughters: Karen A. Hattervig of Sioux Falls, and Mary Kaye (Kazy) Mollet of Vermillion; four grandsons, four granddaughters, one great-grandson, one great-granddaughter, two foster sons: Randy Finwall of Tea and Chris Kaphers of Minneapolis, MN; two sisters-in-law: Vera Larson of Sioux Falls and Ruth Tiemens of Elk Point; a brother-in-law and his wife: T.O. (Ted) and Doris Larson of Marysville, WA and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion with Rev. Greg Johnson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m.

Emma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers: Einar, Hilmar and Norman, and a sister: Stella Wiken.

O.L. (Orval) Bussmus

O.L. (Orval) Bussmus, 74 of Mitchell, died Jan. 29, 1999. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Visitation was from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Will Funeral Chapel with a Scripture reading at 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery with military rites.

He was born Nov. 19, 1924 at Mitchell to Lawrence and Edna (Murphy) Bussmus. He enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1943-1946 in the South Pacific and the European Theatre. He married Rita Schelle Nov. 6, 1947 at Reliance. In 1952, he went into business for himself and started the O.L. Bussmus Construction Company. He started ranching in 1964 with the purchase of 18 registered Angus heifers and currently had over 650 cows and heifers. Some of his contracting accomplishments included the construction of Mitchell Senior High School, Mitchell Technical Institute, Super City Mall, the Elks, the Moose, the US Post Office in Mitchell, the Bell Telephone Co. and the Mitchell Library and the domes on the Mitchell Corn Palace. Other buildings included the two dormitories at the Springfield Correctional Facility, the Archeodome Interpretive Center and in 1992 the four story addition to the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Elks, Moose, Knights of Columbus, and the Association of General Contractors. He served on the Holy Family Catholic Church Board, the St. Joseph Hospital Board and the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce. He was a past director of the First Mitchell National Bank and served on the Mitchell Area Development board.

He is survived by his wife, Rita of Mitchell; three sons, Dwight Bussmus and wife, Joyce, Kenneth Bussmus and wife, Deb and Gary Bussmus and wife, Cindy all of Mitchell; four daughters, Rosann and husband Howard Legge, Rapid City, Diane and husband Mark Weide, Mandan, ND, Lanette Kiefer, Rapid City and Janel and husband Ron Blotz, Deadwood.

Survivors also include 17 grandchildren, one brother, Donald Bussmus, Tucson, AZ and four sisters, Clara May Baker, and Helen Ripp, both of Mitchell, Doris Johnson, Washougal, WA, and Donna Wilkie, Tucson, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.

Memorials may be directed to the Mitchell Community Hospice.

Opal Kryger

Opal G. Kryger, 93, died Jan. 27, 1999 at St. Antony's Hospital, O'Neill, NE.

Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Kevin Clark officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was held Jan. 31 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion, with a public Rebekah service following.

Opal Varing was born Nov. 1, 1905 to Louie and Mamie (Hocking) Varing at Irene. She attended Wakonda Schools.

She married Theodore Kryger March 8, 1933 at Yankton. She then worked as a homemaker.

Her husband died on Oct. 6, 1966.

She spent the past six months living with her son and daughter-in-law in Spencer, NE.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, American Lutheran Church Women, Vermillion Rebekah Lodge and Vermillion Senior Citizens Center.

In addition to her son, Lyle, and his wife, Carol, she is survived by three grandsons, Ron Kryger of Dodge City, KS, Randy Kryger of Ellicott City, MD, and Rick Kryger also of Ellicott City; six great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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