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Obituaries William Kneip

William Louis "Bill" Kneip was born Dec. 31, 1930 in Elkton, the son of Frank and Bernice (Pederson) Kneip. He died on Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at the age of 68 years at the Brookings Hospital as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

He grew up in Elkton and Arlington and graduated from St. John's High School in St. Cloud, MN in 1948. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. He married Sue Carter in 1953 in Belleville, IL. In 1956 he joined his father and brothers in the family John Deere/GMC dealership, Kneip Implement in Arlington. Bill sold cars alongside his brother Bob for nearly 50 years. He had a great love for his church, selling cars, telling jokes and helping those in need.

Bill is survived by his six children: Mark Kneip and his wife Martina of El Paso, TX, Paul Kneip and his wife Kristen of Brookings, Anne Manning and her husband Dan of Vermillion, Matthew Kneip of El Paso, TX, Patricia Bierle and her husband Larry of Tampa, FL and Mary Houska and her husband Randy of Vermillion; 19 granchildren; four great�grandchildren; two brothers: Bob Kneip and his wife Joyce of Arlington, and Tom Kneip and his wife Chickie of Brookings; two sisters: Joan Bennet of Brookings and Beverly Rogers and her husband Tom of Bloomington, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one grandson Joshua Kneip.

Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 26, at the Catholic Campus Parish, Brookings. A scripture service was held at 7 p.m., Friday, June 25, at the Catholic Campus Parish, Brookings. Visitation was from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Rude's Funeral Home in Brookings. Interment was in Arlington City Cemetery, Arlington, with military graveside rites by the Arlington American Legion.

Arthur Rosenbaum

Arthur R. Rosenbaum, 83, Vermillion, died Monday, June 28, 1999 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral services were held Thursday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with Rev. Justin May, Akron, IA, officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

He was born April 17, 1916, at Westfield, IA, to Meridith and Elizabeth (Carter) Rosenbaum. He attended Westfield Schools. He married Frances Harvey, Oct. 10, 1940. She died Aug. 14, 1955.

He farmed with his father until 1941. He worked on various farms until 1945 when he moved to Akron, IA. He worked for Claeys Produce until 1951. He then worked for Akron Creamery until 1965. He was employed by Farmers Cooperative for seven years and with Westfield Feed & Grain from 1976-78 when he retired. He managed the Weinberg Apartments and the Ridgewood Apartments, Akron, IA. He married Lena Solomon, Dec. 8, 1990. He had lived in Vermillion since 1987.

He is survived by his wife: Lena Rosenbaum, Vermillion; two daughters: Patricia (Dean) Weyen, Akron; JoAnn Coenen, Sioux City, IA; one son: Douglas "Butch" Rosenbaum, Akron, IA; one sister: Mary Katherine Trefren, Akron, IA; three stepsons: Leo and Jerry Erickson, Yankton and Joe Erickson, Vermillion; two stepdaughters: JoAnn Hoffman, Rapid City and Terryann Davidson, Vermillion; 10 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Janice, one grandson, Timothy Brown, five brothers Frank, Main, Walter, Theodore, Harry, and four sisters. Alta, Phoebe, Ada and Fern.

Melvin Erickson

Melvin A. Erickson, 74, Clinton, IA, died Thursday, June 24, 1999 at Samaritan North Hospital, Clinton, IA. The body was donated to the University of Iowa's department of anatomy, Iowa City, IA.

Memorial services were at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 1999 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clinton, IA. The Rev. Robert Wegehoft officiated. Inurement will be at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery, Clinton, IA.

Memorial visitation was Saturday, June 26, 1999 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Home & Crematory, with a Masonic Service conducted at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to the Melvin A. Erickson Scholarship Fund at Clinton Community College or Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clinton.

Melvin Adrain Erickson was born May 4, 1925 in Volin, to John and Anna (Hansen) Erickson. He married Beverly Jensen Aug. 16, 1952 in Sioux City, IA. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946. He was a Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class serving in both the Pacific and European theaters. He was a 1943 graduate of Vermillion High School, and graduated from The University of South Dakota in 1950 with a B.A. in education.

He received his masters in education from The University of South Dakota in 1954. He also did graduate work at the University of IA. Mr. Erickson was a teacher in the Clinton Community Schools and Clinton Community College for 45 years, retiring in 1994. He taught English, speech, literature, humanities and creative writing.

At the time of his retirement he was division chairman of humanities at Clinton Community College. His memberships include: Immanuel Lutheran Church Clinton, where he served as president of the congregation and on the council. He also held many other positions in the church.

He was a life member of the American Legion and VFW, a life member of the NEA. and a past member of ISEA, Clinton Historical Society, Emulation Masonic Lodge #255, Clinton Scottish Rite Bodies, KAABA Shrine, Clinton Oriental Band, Magi Shrine, Order of Eastern Star and editor of the Masonic Boaster News.

He is survived by his wife: Beverly, of Clinton; son: Mark Erickson of Jefferson; daughters: Karen Erickson of Des Moines, IA and Mary Erickson of Sandwich, IL; three grandchildren; four brothers: Ernest Erickson of Gold River, CA, Clarence Erickson of Sioux Falls, Arthur Erickson of Salem, NY and Richard "Dutch" Erickson of Yankton; and a sister: Catherine Kidd of Avon Park, FL. He was preceded in death by a son, Gilbert in 1997, his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Hilda Buechler

Hilda M. Buechler, 86, formerly of Highmore, died Tuesday, June 22, 1999 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg.

Hilda Magdalena Heerde was born Nov. 4, 1912 to Charles and Emma (Schubert) Heerde in rural Rock Rapids, IA where she lived until the age of three. Hilda, her mother and stepfather, John McTague, lived in Minneapolis, MN a short time before settling in Highmore where she resided until moving to Irene in March of 1996 and later to Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg, in March of 1998.

Hilda graduated from Highmore High School in 1930. She was united in marriage to Adolph Buechler on July 27, 1930. One daughter, Wanita, was born to their union. Hilda, with her husband and brother-in-law, owned and operated the Gambles Store in Highmore. She was employed many years at Chucks Shoe Repair and was an active part in helping her husband on their farm. Hilda was a charter member of the Seven Misses bowling league. She enjoyed traveling to national bowling tournaments with her friends, sewing quilts, her mending and alteration business, crocheting and her cats.

Those who cherish her memory are two grandsons: Jerry (Midge) Torgerson, Toledo, OH and Larry (Connie) Torgerson, Irene; one granddaughter: Sherry Kenyon, Sioux Falls; three great-grandsons: Brian, Chris and Kajun, one great-great grandson: BJ, one sister: Evelyn Cermack, Highmore, one brother: Ray McTague, Tulsa, OK and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, daughter, grandson, Terry Kenyon, parents, two brothers: Vincent McTague and Arthur Heerde and an infant sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at the Luze Funeral Home in Highmore. Burial followed at the Highmore City Cemetery.

Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 24 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene and also from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Luze Funeral Home in Highmore.

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