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Obituaries Amanda Merrill

Private funeral services for Amanda Rose Merrill, 18, Boring OR, were held Tuesday, April 6, 1999 in Chapel Sandy Funeral Home, Boring. Burial was at Douglas Cemetery at Gresham, OR.

Amanda Merrill was born Jan. 7, 1981 in Sioux City, IA. She died April 1 of injuries following an auto accident.

Her parents, Don and Rosalie Merrill, moved to Welches, OR when she was 2 years old. She received her elementary education there. She lived in Boring since 1996.

She was a senior at Sandy High School, a member of the girls basketball team, and was active in school and the child development program.

She loved being with her family and friends and loved animals. She is remembered as someone with a big heart with much love and time to give to others.

She is survived by her parents; two sisters: Monica Peterson, Portland, OR and Melissa Merrill, Gresham; a brother: Steve Merrill, Gresham; her godparents: Lowell and Ella Severson, Vermillion; and two uncles: Larry Severson, Vermillion, and Dennis Severson, Bowling Green, MO.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandmother, her grandparents, Don and Eunice Merrill and an uncle, Dean Merrill.

Orville Night Pipe

Orville "Buzz" Night Pipe, 53, Eagle Butte, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at his home. A memorial rosary was held Wednesday, April 14, at 8 p.m., at All Saint's Catholic Church in Eagle Butte.

Funeral services were Thursday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the Okreek School Gymnasium in Okreek. Burial is Friday, April 16, at 1 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis. Hofmeister Funeral Chapels in Pierre handled the arrangements.

Orville Charles "Buzz" Night Pipe was born on Aug. 7, 1945, in Salt Lake City, UT, to Orville A. and Florence R. (Bordeaux) Night Pipe. He attended school in Chiloquin, OR, Warm Springs, OR, Eugene, OR, and Mission.

Buzz entered the United States Army on Dec. 3, 1965, and served until his honorable discharge on Dec. 2, 1968. While in the Army, Buzz received his GED. He also went on to receive his bachelor's degree from the Oregon College of Education in Monmounth, OR. He lived in Utah, Nevada, Oregon, Wisconsin and North Dakota before moving to Eagle Butte.

On Oct. 8, 1998, Buzz married Lynn LeCompte in Lake Tahoe, NV. He was currently the service unit director for the Indian Health Hospital in Eagle Butte. Buzz was chairman of the West River Consortium; member of the Clinical and Service Unit Directors Association; charter member and chairman at retirement of the Aberdeen Area Education Executive Board; instrumental in the development of the Mountain Plains Health Consortium and was an active participant and served early on the board of directors as a chairperson; member of the Rosebud Vietnam Veteran's Association and member of the American Legion Post #308 in Eagle Butte. His special interests included his family, grandchildren, golf, automobiles, basketball and boating.

Buzz is survived by his wife: Lynn LeCompte Night Pipe of Eagle Butte; three sons: Kevin Night Pipe of Sioux Falls, Brian Night Pipe of Gettysburg and Wayne Night Pipe of Eugene, OR; one daughter: Careen Night Pipe of Madison; one brother: Frank Night Pipe of Rapid City; five sisters: Twila Souers of Eugene, OR, Jo Burnette of St. Francis, Ilona Bordeaux of Rosebud, Angela Sue Night Pipe of Rhinelander, WI, and Coya Night Pipe of Rapid City; two grandchildren: Christopher Potter-Night Pipe and Flower Night Pipe.

Memorials may be directed to the Orville C. "Buzz" Night Pipe Memorial Fund, State Bank of Eagle Butte, Eagle Butte.

Walter Halverson

Former Vermillion resident Walter "Butch" Halverson, age 55, died Saturday, March 27, 1999, at his home in Huntington Beach, CA.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, March 30, 1999, in Corona del Mar, CA. There was also a memorial Mass dedicated to Mr. Halverson in Mankato, MN.

Mr. Halverson was born Feb. 15, 1944, to Ethel Sebring and Walt Halverson in Vermillion. He attended school in Vermillion and Brookings. He also attended college at the University of Hawaii. After school, Mr. Halverson served in the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, Washington, D.C., and Guantanomo Bay, Cuba. He owned his own technology business for 15 years, and was employed by IBM for the last two years.

He is survived by his wife: Lois (Jerde); his daughter and her husband: Shole and Rob Little, and granddaughter: Chandler, of Santa Ana, CA; his son, Shayne, of Brea, CA; his stepfather and his wife: Floyd and Eleanor Sebring, of Vermillion; two sisters and their husbands: Carolyn and Wayne Wandersee and nieces Tara and Julie of Mankato, MN, and Juanita and Bob Sawyer, and nephew Garrett and niece Jacqueline, of New Prague, MN; his sister-in-law: Patti Knutson of Tulsa, OK and nephews Brett and Craig; his brother-in-law and his wife: Leslie and Aht Jerde of northern California and nieces Pam and Victoria; two step-sisters: Sharon (Sebring) Block and Gloria (Sebring) Stewart and step-brother, Ed Sebring; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Halverson, and his mother, Ethel Sebring.

Lillian Brown

Lillian Brown, 78, Vermillion, died Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at her home.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with burial in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Friday, April 16 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. At 7 p.m. Friday there will be an open Rebekah Service at the funeral home.

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