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Obituaries Sanden Bakke

Sanden O. Bakke, 71, Irene, died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

He was born Sept. 29, 1927 at Irene, to Sigurd O. and Clara (Sanden) Bakke. He graduated from Irene High School in 1945. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

He married Virginia Larsen on Dec. 28, 1955 in Sioux Falls. He farmed in the Irene area his entire life.

He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, rural Irene, Hall Thompson American Legion Post #193, Irene and Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post #791, Yankton.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons: Clair and Arlene and Wally and Vivian all of Irene; three grandchildren: Andrea, Brittney and Calla; one sister: Mary F. Kepp of Orange City, IA; one brother: Luke of Yankton; and his mother-in-law: Mildred Larsen of Viborg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law Walter Larsen.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church, rural Irene. Private burial will be held prior to the funeral service. Hansen Funeral Home, Irene, was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Greene

Robert T. (Bob) Greene, 87, Spokane, WA, died of pneumonia Feb. 13, 1999 at a Spokane hospital.

Services were held Feb. 19 at South Hill Bible Church in Spokane.

Mr. Greene was born Dec. 2, 1911 in Indianapolis, IN, the son of Edward M. and Helen Carter Greene. He moved with his family to Vermillion in 1919. He attended Vermillion public schools and graduated from The University of South Dakota in 1932. He took graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Colorado.

During World War II he was a captain with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star and participated in five combat operations in Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He married Dorothy Jeanne Gay on Sept. 15, 1946 in Spokane.

After leaving the service he entered the insurance and pension business in Spokane and became a Chartered Life underwriter in 1951. He founded Greene Co. Service, Inc. in 1969. He was a charter member of the Downtown Exchange Club where he served as president. He was also the executive secretary for 25 years.

His other civic activities included: president of Junior Achievement; 15-year committee member for Boy Scout Troop #353; president of Hutton School PTA; vice president of the Western Division of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity; Big Brothers; five – year board member of the Washington State Community District #17; president of the Washington State Community College Foundation and four year board member; three – year member of State Board for Washington State Community Colleges; a member of the Spokane Club and Manito Golf and Country Club; a long time member of Manito Presbyterian Church; six – year member of the Development Fund at Sacred Heart Medical Center; and member of Spokane Estate Planning Council.

His political career included president of Spokane County Republican Club, 1958; county chairman of the Republican Party, 1959 and 1960; Delegate National Republican Convention, Chicago, 1960; Republican Finance Committee and Precinct Committeeman for 12 years.

Survivors include his wife; four sons: Robert T. Jr., Thomas P., Jon E. of Spokane and James C. of Seattle; daughters-in-law: Mary and Kristi; two daughters: Marijean, San Francisco, CA and Jonny Joyce Guenther of Spokane; son-in-law: Gary Guenther; a brother: John C. Greene of Pacific Grove, CA; two nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Edward.

Eleanor Hendriksen

Eleanor Hendriksen, 98, died Sunday, March 7, 1999, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Eleanor Hansen was born July 18, 1900, in Clay County to Nels and Mary Hansen. She attended Rockfield rural schools.

She married Hans Hendriksen in 1924. They farmed in the Rockfield area until he died on Dec. 11, 1959.

She moved to Vermillion in 1960 and worked in the cafeteria at The University of South Dakota. She entered the Dakota Care Center in 1983.

Survivors include nieces and nephews: Helen Abraham, Viola Bebo, Deloris Kubal, Dorothy Smith, Evelyn Smith, Gerald Kirkle, Burdette Ramsel, Ronald Gordon and Elvin Hansen.

Services begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion, with the Rev. Kevin Clark officiating.

Private burial was held in Rockfield Cemetery in rural Burbank.

Oliver Hult

Oliver John Hult, 91, Beresford, died March 11, 1999 at Bethesda Nursing Home in Beresford.

Funeral services were March 15 at Dalesburg Baptist Church, rural Beresford, with the Rev. John Wilzewske officiating. Burial was in Dalesburg Baptist Church Cemetery. Wass Funeral Home, Beresford, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hult was born Oct. 7, 1907 to Richard Anselius and Goldie M. (Vennard) Hult on a farm southwest of Beresford. He attended and graduated from Danefield School in Glenwood Township of Clay County. After graduating he worked on the family farm.

He married Eunice Anna May Olson on Jan. 25, 1934 at his parents' home. They were married for over 64 � 1/2 years. The couple farmed and lived in Union County for eight years. In 1943 they moved to their homestead of "Spring Valley Farm" west of Beresford.

Mr. Hult was a baptized member of the Dalesburg Baptist Church in rural Beresford. He also served on the Glenwood School Board, the Glenwood Township Board, and the Glenwood Township Weed Board. He cared for and loved his family very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eunice, a son Milton and his brothers Fred, Louis and Dwight.

Survivors include his daughter: Nada Landeen of Sioux Falls; four grandsons: Vern P. Landeen and his wife Darla and their children Ana, Ian and Ty of Perham, MN, Neal J. Landeen and his wife Laurie and their children Glen, Ryan, Kelly and Kyle of Sioux Falls, Jon M. Hult and his wife Mechelle and their children Erika and Austen of Maryville, TN, and Steven M. Hult and his wife Lisa of Hill Air Force Base, UT; his daughter-in-law: Gloria Hult of Beresford; and his brother: Eugene G. Hult of Vermillion.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Bethesda Nursing Home, Beresford, or the Union Gospel Mission, Sioux Falls.

Charlotte Meek

Charlotte Meek, 79, Fallbrook, CA, died Feb. 5, 1999.

She was born July 8, 1918, on a farm near Akron, IA, to Charles and Catherine (White) Johnson. She graduated from Akron High School in 1936. She taught country schools in the Akron area.

The family moved to the Vermillion area in 1940. She went on to nurses training at the Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City, IA, and received her RN degree. She worked in Nebraska, South Dakota and in Pamona, CA.

She married Howard Meek on May 15, 1954.

She is survived by her daughter: Susan Johnson of Seattle, WA; one sister: Irene (Mrs. Bill) Towner, Bentonville, AR; one brother: Charles (Pat) and his wife, Lola Johnson, Meckling; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard, and sister Carolyn Johnson Morse.

Morris Odeen

Morris Odeen, 62, died Sat., March 6, 1999, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Centerville.

Morris was born Dec. 12, 1936 in Geddes and grew up on a farm there. He and his brother lived in Beresford with their parents prior to moving to Vermillion in 1982. He lived and worked at SESDAC, Inc. until 1995. He moved to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Centerville in 1995.

Morris enjoyed being outdoors in the sunshine, movies, listening to music, singing and most of all spending time with family and friends. He always had a smile for everyone and brightened the day. He was loved by all.

He is survived by his brother: Norman of Vermillion; and sister: Lillian of Rochester Hills, MI.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Steven Vennard

Steven Scott Vennard, 29, Colorado Springs CO, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999 at Colorado Springs.

A memorial service was held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the Blunt Mortuary Chapel, Colorado Springs. Blunt Mortuary of Colorado Springs was in charge of arrangements.

He was born May 7, 1969, in California, to Delmer and Karen (Orr) Vennard. He attended high school in Woodland Park, CO. He married Ann G.N. Kleppin July 27, 1991. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 – 1992 and was a business communications technician with U S West Communications.

He is survived by his parents; expectant wife: Ann, Colorado Springs; sister: Pamela Vennard, Sheboygan Falls, WI; and grandmothers: Frances Coleman, Meckling, and Hazel Vennard, Yankton.

Memorials may be sent to Ann Vennard at 6310 Galway Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

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