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Obituaries Arvard Bertrand

Arvard R. "Bert" Bertrand, 70, Westport, WA, and formerly of Vermillion, died of cancer at his home on April 16, 1999.

Survivors include his wife: Mary; four sons: Michael Melia, Mossyrock, WA, Donovan Kirkpatrick, Navy Chief, Atsuki, Japan, Arvard Bertrand Jr., Castlerock, CO, and Jeff Bertrand, Lincoln, NE; daughters: Susan Bertrand, Omaha, NE, Mary Jo Stephens, LaVista, NE, and Sheryl Park, Lincoln, NE; sister: Cheri Hamilton, Mitchell; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Dennis, daughter Pam and brother Gordon Bertrand.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #75, Cortez, CO, and VFW Post #3057, Westport, WA. He played professional drums with many bands during his lifetime. In his retirement, he played with the Locus Street Dixieland Band in Centralia, WA and was drummer in the Centralia Community Band.

A memorial service was held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Westport, WA on April 28.

Evelyn Lawton

Services for Evelyn Lawton, 74, were held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Wheaton, IL, on June 9, 1999.

Evelyn was born in Vermillion on Aug. 2, 1924 to Arnold and Lillie (Severson) Christopherson. In June 1945 she married Robert Lawton and moved to the Chicago area where they'd continue to live. She worked at the media processing center of the Wheaton school district for 17 years, retiring in 1987. She died June 6, 1999 at Tabor Hills Healthcare facility in Naperville, IL where she had been a resident for about three years.

Surviving are her husband: Robert; daughters: Ann (Steve) Balling and Janet (David) Hood; grandchildren: Adam and Matthew Balling and Daniel, Shannon and Thomas Hood; two sisters: Phyllis Prusa of Vermillion and Marjorie Portwood, Wakefield, NE; and one brother: Verdon Christopherson of Sioux Falls.

Joseph Millette

Joseph "Joe" P. Millette, 80, Vermillion, died June 2, 1999 at Sioux Valley Medical Center, Sioux Falls.

Memorial services were held June 8 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Aug. 11, 1918, to Theophile and Nora (Kyte) Millette in Vermillion. He graduated from Saginaw School in Clay County. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II. On July 12, 1945, he married Delphine "Del" Lehman in St. Louis, MO. He was a longtime Clay County farmer.

He belonged to the Clay County Ramblers, Knights of Columbus, Vermillion Saddle Club and was a 50-year member of the VFW.

He is survived by his wife: Del, Vermillion; a son: Richard (Judy) Millette, Dakota Dunes; a daughter and fiance: Nancy Starks and Craig Edelman, Sioux Falls; a brother: Leo Millette, Portland, OR.; a sister: Teresa Marshall, Carmel, IN; four grandchildren: Shelby Edelman, Steven and Michael Kennedy and Lisa Stark; and several nieces and nephews.

David Bensen

David Allen Bensen, 50, Sioux Falls, died Thursday, June 10, 1999, at his home.

David was born Oct. 16, 1948 in Yankton to Donald and Roberta (Hood) Bensen. He attended Vermillion grade schools, and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1966. On April 28, 1972 he married Anne Bierle in Vermillion. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1974, where David worked as a plumber.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. He is survived by his parents: Donald and Roberta of Vermillion; his wife: Anne; and one son: Jason, both of Sioux Falls. He is also survived by two sisters: Susan and her husband Alan Ruedebusch of Port Orchard, WA, and Carol Bensen of Tacoma, WA. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.

Services were Monday, June 14, at 10 a.m., at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery, rural Meckling. Visitation was Sunday beginning at 6 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Wayne DeJong

Wayne DeJong, 58, Volin, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

He was born to William and Mathilda (Gustad) DeJong on June 22, 1940 at Sioux Falls. He grew up in the Volin area and graduated from Volin High School. He married Norma Jensen on June 18, 1958 at Wakonda. He was a self-employed farmer who farmed in the Volin area for many years.

He was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife: Norma of Volin; one son: Jeff and wife Tammy of Volin; two daughters: Mrs. Tom (Vicki) McDonald of Volin and Mrs. Todd (Kim) Jorgensen of Yankton; and six grandchildren.

His parents, William and Mathilda DeJong, and one sister, Jean Hegestad, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at Faith United Lutheran Church, rural Volin. Burial followed in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation was from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

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