Obituaries

Obituaries Ralph Learing

Ralph E. Learing, 92, of Irene, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999 at Avera Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Irene.

He was born Nov. 29, 1906 to John and Ida (Bartsch) Learing in Yankton. He was baptized and confirmed in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Menno. He attended Klimisch Rural School and Yankton High School. He farmed with his father in the Utica area and later moved to Oregon, where he worked with his uncle during the Depression. He entered the U.S. Army in South Carolina in February of 1942. He served his country during World Was II mainly in various European countries. He was honorably discharged in September of 1945.

He married Olive M. Nielson on Aug. 3, 1942. The couple farmed in the Utica area until 1955 when they moved to the Irene area. They farmed there until 1977 after which they moved into Irene. In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing and making birdhouses and feeders for his children and grandchildren. He entered Avera Sunset Manor Nursing Home in February 1999.

He was a member of the Calvery Lutheran Church, an active member of the American Legion Hall Thompson Post #193 of Irene and an active member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Olive, three daughters: Gloria (Goeken) Kindopp of Sioux Falls, Ardis (Dan) Moen of Aberdeen and Mary (Perry) Anderson of Colville, WA; four sons: Merlyn of Marshall, MN, Dennis of Sioux Falls, Floyd of Remsen, IA and Greg of Grand Forks, ND. He also leaves 28 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sons: Vernon (Jim), Robert and Donald; two grandsons: Daniel and Darin Learing; one son-in-law: Ronald Goeken; one brother: Sanford and one sister, Josephine Jensen.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 2, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene. Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery at Irene, with military graveside rites by Hall Thompson Post #193.

Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Lamoine Babb

Lamoine "Turk" Babb, 76, of Irene, died Sunday, Sept, 26, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 2, 1923 in Clay County to Frank and Hazel (Fairfield) Babb. He grew up in the Wakonda area, and graduated from Wakonda High School.

He served as a ship's Cook, 3rd Class with the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, and was honorably discharged. He was a member of the Gingrich Dixon Post #13 of the American Legion in Wakonda.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Wakonda.

He was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. When he moved to an apartment in Irene, he gardened on a smaller scale indoors.

He had many trades in his lifetime. He was a truck driver and custodian at the Sheraton Motel in Yankton, and later at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Wakonda and the Wakonda Public School. Turk was also a cook, and installed furnaces. He was the Standard Oil Bulk dealer in Wakonda for many years.

Survivors include, one son, Greg, of Spearfish, one daughter, Mrs. Dan (Jolene) Lyngstad of Irene, seven grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and one sister, Mrs. Chester (Phyllis) Sorensen of Irene.

His parents, wife Betty, two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Friday at the First Lutheran Church in Wakonda. Burial followed in the Union Cemetery at Wakonda, with military graveside rites by Gingrich Dixon Post #13 of Wakonda.

Visitation was Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Nora Overton

Nora Overton, 97, of Irene, died Friday, Oct. 1, 1999 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg.

Nora Solem was born Dec. 12, 1901 in rural Irene to Albert and Anna (Nelson) Solem. She attended the Plainview Country School in rural Irene, and married Glen Overton on Dec. 14, 1921 in rural Irene. She has lived in the Irene community all her life.

She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, the W.E.L.C.A., and the Rebekah's. She was also a member of the Irene Garden Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, baking and working on her flower garden. She loved her grandchildren very much.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ken (Gwenn) Rye of Irene, three granddaughters: Sharon Akland and her husband Dave of Irene, Mary DeVaal and her husband Dennis of Bloomington, MN and Carla Biehler and her husband Mark of East Grand Forks, ND. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, two sisters and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene. Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery at Irene.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with family present from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

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