Obituaries

Obituaries Mercedes Jensen

Mercedes Jensen, 85, Wakonda, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Mercedes Marcia Knutson was born June 3, 1914 in Clay County to Lewis and Judith (Olson) Knutson.

She married Harlan Jensen June 8, 1935 at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion. They lived and farmed in the Wakonda area all their lives. Her husband died Dec. 15, 1996.

Survivors include three sons: Gordon (Nadine), Paul (Myra) and Warren (Sue) all of Wakonda; three daughters: Mrs. Eldon (Charlotte) Smit, of Centerville, Norma DeJong of Volin and Mrs. Robert (Carol) Nelsen of Viborg; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Luther of Luverne, MN and LaMoyne of Centerville.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Wakonda. Burial followed in the Union Cemetery, rural Wakonda.

Visitation was from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Robert Krueger

Robert J. Krueger, 85, Sioux Falls, died Aug. 7, 1999 at Southridge Nursing Home, Sioux Falls. He was born May 15, 1914 at Sioux Falls.

Bob grew up in Sioux Falls and in the 1920s had a downtown Argus Leader paper route. He graduated from Washington High School and Sioux Falls College. He began working for Northwestern Bell Telephone in 1936.

He married Ada Walradth in 1937 at White. Ada died in 1969. Robert married Marge Mershon Hauer on Oct. 18, 1969 at Sioux Falls.

During his more than 41 years with Northwestern Bell he worked in Mitchell, Watertown, Aberdeen, Huron, Pierre and Gettysburg before spending 19 years in Vermillion. He returned to Sioux Falls in 1969 retiring in January of 1977.

He was a member of Rotary International, Hi-12, Elks, El Riad Shrine, Chanters, Order of Eastern Star and the Telephone Pioneers. While in Vermillion he served as president of the school board and president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was also very active in the Baptist Church in Vermillion.

He is survived by his wife: Marge of Sioux Falls; two daughters: Carol Wuertz and her husband, Robert of Aberdeen and Connie Krueger and her husband, Joe Kavanaugh of Rapid City; two sons: Jim Krueger and his wife Judy of Aberdeen and John Krueger and his wife, Val of Leavenworth, KS; a sister: Mildred Comstock of Florida; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 at Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Alzheimers Foundation.

Marion Larson

Marion Larson, 80, formerly of Wakonda, died Aug. 5, 1999 at the Desert Samaritan Hospice in Mesa, AZ.

Marion was born to Peter and Anna Jensen on the family farm, June 19, 1919. She attended Bethel Township School through eighth grade and graduated from Wakonda Public School. She went to Sioux Falls College for two years, getting her teaching certificate.

Marion married Vernell Larson Aug. 7, 1943. They started farming her home farm. After her two sons started school, she went back to teaching and attended The University of South Dakota during summer months. She retired after teaching for 22 years in 1971. She then worked at the USD Postal Service until she retired in 1986.

Her husband passed away Feb. 3, 1989. In 1992 she sold the family farm and moved to Arizona.

She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Wakonda until it closed. She then attended the Wakonda Methodist Church.

Survivors include her two sons: Roger of Sioux Falls and Kenneth of Tempe, AZ; one granddaughter: Amy Harrington of Apache Jet, AZ; and two great grandsons: Tyler and Justin.

There will be a memorial service for Mrs. Larson on Monday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church of Wakonda. Burial of the cremains will be after the service at the Bethel Baptist Cemetery, rural Wakonda.

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