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Obituaries Roger Nielson

Roger R. Nielson, 80, Irene, died Friday, March 26, 1999, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, rural Irene, with the Rev. Robert Fedde officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, rural Irene. Visitation was from 4 – 9 p.m. Monday at Hansen Funeral Home, Irene, with the family present from 7 – 9 p.m.

Roger was born on May 26, 1918, in Yankton County to Olaf and Margaret (Teska) Nielson. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He attended school in rural Irene. On Nov. 15, 1941, he married Phyllis Christensen. In 1946 they moved to Midway where he owned and operated Midway Station along with custom corn shelling, water hauling and spraying services.

In his lifetime he was an avid baseball player, bowler, pool player and golfer. Memorable events of his life included his 1995 induction into the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame and receiving a lifetime membership to the Glenridge Golf Course.

He served as a council member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Yankton Moose Lodge and the Glenridge Golf Course.

He is survived by his wife: Phyllis, Irene; four daughters: Belva (Kenneth) Jorgensen, Yankton, LeAnna (Dick) Sherman, Irene, Delores (Hugh) Healy, Irene, and Rhonda Nielson, Yankton; one son: Roger Jr. (Kay) Nielson; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers: Orlyn (Arlene) Nielson, Tulare, Luther (Joan) Nielson, Mission Hill; two sisters: Olive (Ralph) Learing, Irene, Joyce (Lemoine) Jensen, Viborg; two sisters-in-law: Irene Boylan, Yankton and Shirley Christensen, Yankton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: James Nielson and Leland Nielson; and one brother-in-law: Dennis Christensen.

Robert Torkildson

Robert A. Torkildson, 83, died Sunday, March 28, 1999, at Avera McKennan Hospice, Sioux Falls, of cancer.

Bob was born May 2, 1915 in Lake City. He graduated from Britton High School and went to The University of South Dakota, receiving a bachelor of science in business and a law degree in 1942. Bob was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and Tau Kappa Alpha, a national honorary debate society.

He married Betty Piersol in Portsmouth VA, on March 24 1942.

He served as a lieutenant in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945. Two years of his duty were in the South Pacific Campaign of World War II.

Bob and Betty and their family lived in Norfolk, VA. He was in the automobile business. In 1953, they moved to Sioux Falls, where he operated a realty and appraisal company. From 1957 to 1982, Bob was a partner in McKinney, Allen and Associates. He received his MAI degree in 1967.

Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. His unique wit and sense of humor entertained his friends and family throughout his long and active life.

Bob served as president of the Sioux Falls Board of Realtors in 1972, was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Sioux Falls Board of Adjustment, and served as treasurer of the Minnehaha Chapter of the Children's Care Hospital. He was a member of South Sioux Kiwanis , the Elk's Club, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and St. Mary's parish.

He is survived by his wife: Betty; two daughters: Jeanne Torkildson, Sioux Falls, and Lynne Byrne, Sioux Falls; two sons: Dick Torkildson, Helena, MT, and Tom Torkildson, Greeley, CO; five grandchildren; two great – grandchildren; and one brother: Raymond Torkildson, Honolulu, HI.

Services were held March 31 at St. Mary's Church with burial following at St. Micheal's Cemetery.

Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, was in charge of arrangements.

The family wishes memorials to be directed to The O'Gorman Foundation or Avera McKennan Hospice.

Margaret Johnson

Margaret D. Johnson, 77, Vermillion, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion.

Funeral services were held March 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Greg Johnson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Sept. 9, 1921, at Omaha, NE, to Dave and Stella (Shymkwich) Murphy. She graduated from South Dakota High School, Omaha, NE. She married Lloyd C. Johnson on June 28, 1941, in Papillion, NE. He died March 26, 1989. She worked for Arlenes Department Store, Milwaukee, WI, for 10 years. She retired in 1969, and moved to Vermillion in 1984.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, the VFW Auxiliary and the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include her daughter: Linda Kay (Raymond) Walworth, Vermillion; one granddaughter; one sister: Estee Gorgoff, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and two sisters-in-law: Opal Peterson, Sioux Falls, and Lorraine Murphy, Pasadena, TX.

Joseph Prusa

Joseph J. Prusa, 77, Vermillion, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

He was born Dec. 14, 1921, to Joseph Michael and Marie (Vitek) Prusa in Dodge, NE. He grew up and attended schools in rural Wagner.

He married Phyllis Christopherson on May 6, 1941, in Vermillion. They farmed near Canby, MN, for three years before moving to Clay County. He farmed there for several years before retiring in 1990.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters and their husbands: Carolyn Prusa and Robert Boyd of Reno, NV, and Cathy and Charlie Logue of Wakonda; one son: Ron and his wife Karen of rural Vermillion; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister: Mary Soukup of Mesa, AZ; and one brother: Frank of Canby, MN.

Services were held March 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

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

Eleanor Cable

Eleanor Twedt, 84, was born February 22, 1915 on the family farm west of Hudson, to Alfred and Milda (Thompson) Twedt. She died on March 20, 1999 at the Bethesda Nursing Home in Beresford.

Eleanor graduated from Hudson High School in 1933 and earned her teaching certificate from Northern State Teacher's College in Aberdeen. She taught in rural schools in Lincoln County for several years.

She married Robert N. Cable Sept. 23, 1939 at South Sioux City, NE. The couple lived in Martin, Hudson, Brookings, Rapid City and Sioux Falls before making their home in Beresford from 1950 to 1965 and again after their retirement from 1975 to the present time.

Eleanor taught at rural schools in the Beresford area, the National College of Business in Rapid City, at Rapid Valley and Fort Pierre.

Special to Eleanor were her family, friends, students and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert; and two sisters: Kardina Krall and Doris Knutson.

She is survived by a daughter: Marsha Bruning and her husband Wayne of Vermillion; her son: Robert Cable Jr. of Somerville, MA; her former daughter-in-law: Layla Cable of Cambridge, MA; friend: Lorraine Pinto Grzyb; five grandchildren: Scott Bruning, Stephen Bruning, David Cable, Thuraya Cable; and Umayyah Cable, and one great-grandson: Micheal Bruning.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. March 24 at the United Church of Christ in Beresford. A private burial service was held at the Eden Cemetery in Hudson.

Beverly Reedy

Beverly J. Reedy, 69, Vermillion, died Wednesday, March 31, 1999. She was born Jan. 11, 1930 in Vermillion where she lived all her life. Beverly married Joe Reedy on June 21, 1953. Bev and Joe together ran a hardware store in Vermillion for 35 years.

She is survived by her husband: Joe; a son: Steve; two daughters: Suzanne and Shari, and two grandchildren. Her son Steve and his wife, Meg Reedy, live in Brandon and have two children, Morgan and Patrick. Her daughter Suzanne and her husband, Tom Hornish, live in San Diego, CA, and her daughter Shari and her husband, Brad Pulling, live in Chicago, IL. She is also survived by two sisters: Betty Jensen of Vermillion and Marlene Trudeau of Mitchell, and one brother: Daryl Johson of Vermillion.

Services will be held Saturday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion after visitation from 10 to 11 a.m.

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