Obituaries

Obituaries Rose Johnson

Rose Johnson, 86, Vermillion, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at St. Luke's Medical Center, Sioux City, IA.

Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Donald Sneen, officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

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

She was born Sept. 19, 1913 in Wisconsin, to John and Katherine Kirckhofer. She moved with her family from Wisconsin to Chamberlain. She graduated from Chamberlain High School. She moved to Vermillion in 1933. She married Lewis Johnson Oct. 26, 1945, in Yankton. She was a homemaker. Her husband died June 27, 1997.

She is survived by three sons: Russel "Butch" Johnson, Vermillion, Jim (Kathy) Johnson, Ames, IA, Rodney (JoLynn) Johnson, Sioux City, IA; two daughters: Veeda "Tootie" (Dennis) Lafferty, Sioux City, IA, Bonita "Bonnie" (Gary) Horst, Sioux Falls; one brother: Russell Kirckhofer, Seattle, WA; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, two sisters and one half-brother.

Robert Ruelle

Robert Ruelle, 67, died Jan. 18, 2000 at the Carle Cancer Center in Champaign, IL. He was born in Vermillion on May 17, 1932 to Robert and Madge Ruelle. He was a graduate of Vermillion High School. Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Air Force where he served for four years. After discharge from the service he enrolled at USD, graduating in 1958. He was employed at the University of Illinois as a flight instructor and later as a pilot. He belonged to several aviation organizations and was an avid glider pilot.

After his retirement, he became a scorekeeper for the University of Illinois' sporting teams. He also was the owner and operator of an aerial photography business at the time of his death.

He is survived by one brother: Richard of Brookings; two sisters: Barbara Jensen of Beloit, WI and Mona Bye of Vermillion. He was preceded in death by his parents and fiance, Rosemary Ahlmendinger.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Reinhold Renschler

Reinhold G. Renschler, 86, Waco, TX, formerly of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000 at the V.A. Hospital, Temple, TX.

Graveside services were Jan. 15 at Bluff View Cemetery, Vermillion, with V.F.W. Clay Post No. 3061 of Vermillion.

Visitation was from 1-2 p.m. Jan. 15 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with the family present.

He was born Jan. 29, 1913, inAvon, to George and Rosina (Schmidt) Renschler. He attended school through the eighth grade at Myrtle Rural School, in Bon Homme County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was awarded the purple heart. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Vermillion where he farmed. He then moved to Waco, where he worked as a mechanic for his brother, Richard.

He was a member of the Lutheran faith.

Survivors include his brothers: Alvin, Meckling, Richard, Waco, TX, Hugo, Vermillion; sisters: Ella Severson and Linda Klave, both of Vermillion, and Leah Laferriere, Sheldon, WA. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandmother Julia Renschler, Jeff Severson, Rosemary Severson and Amanda Rose Merrill.

Ruby Armstrong

Ruby Louise Armstrong, 78, of Vermillion, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital from a stroke.

Ruby Shurtleff was born July 28, 1921 in Vermillion to Harold and Roena (Ridenour) Shurtleff. She attended the Vermillion schools, and married Clarence Armstrong on Jan. 19, 1940 in Dakota City, NE. They farmed in the Vermillion area until 1957, when they began their ownership in the caf�/bar business. She retired in 1996, and was active in the VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter: Mrs. Gayle (June) Davis of Vermillion; four grandchildren: Mrs. Frank (Kathy) Butler of Manhattan, KS, Greg Davis of Sioux Falls, Kenny Davis and his wife JoAnn of Ft. Knox, KY and Clayton "Gus" Davis and his wife Tammy of Jefferson. Also surviving her are nine great-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren; a sister: Mrs. Bret (Opal) Langford; and two half sisters: Mrs. Jerry (Jackie Voudry) and Marilyn Shurtleff.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant son, and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with burial in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Joan Burke

Funeral services for Joan Marie Burke, 66, were held Thursday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Rosemount United Methodist Church, Rosemount, MN. She died Jan. 16, 2000 in her home of a heart attack. Burial was in Lakeville Grove Cemetery, Lakeville, MN.

Joan Marie McConahie was born Jan. 3, 1934, in Elk Point. She was the first child and only daughter of Arthur and Mildred (Millage) McConahie. She had three brothers, Ronald, James and Michael. Joan grew up and attended high school in Vermillion. She was married to Dalton Stevenson on July 17, 1950, in Vermillion. Together they had three children, LeAnn, William and Jane. Joan became a widow in 1962 when Dalton died. After three years of being a single mother, she married Thomas Burke on June 22, 1965 in Rapid City. After living in Minot, ND for two years, the family moved to Lakeville. Joan was employed by UBC in Lakeville for the past 18 years.

Joan had many interests. Among them were dancing, anything musical and reading. She passed many of these interests on to her children. She was a person who could always be counted on and was there for many.

She is survived by her husband: Thomas; two daughters: LeAnn (Stan) Mack and Jane Grapevine; a son, William (Julie Larsen) Stevenson; five grandchildren: Alexa and Max Stevenson, Thomas and Shannon Mack and Sam Grapevine; and three brothers: Ronald (Barbara), James McConahie and Michael Walz.

Mabel Baity

Mabel Ellen Baity, 102, died Jan. 22, 2000 at Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller. She had been a resident of Highmore Healthcare Center in Highmore since September of 1999. Before then, she had been living in Fort Thompson since the summer of 1995.

Born Mabel Ellen Hoag at Vermillion on June 25, 1897, she grew up in the "brooky bottom" region of northeastern Nebraska. She was the oldest of 13 children born to Jed and Ellen Hoag.

The family moved to Presho in 1917 and later to Nebraska and Iowa, then to the Vermillion area.

Mabel married George William Baity in September of 1923. The couple moved to Minnesota where George farmed for six years and raised dairy cattle. They moved back to Vermillion in 1929.

Mabel worked at hanging wallpaper, doing laundry and worked at a bakery for 30 years preparing bread and pastries. George died in 1975.

At age 98, Mabel moved to Fort Thompson to live near her daughter, Sarah Jane at an independent-living elderly complex. She was able to take care of herself until she was over 100.

Survivors include two children: George Baity Jr., Vermillion, and Sarah Jane Alver, Fort Thompson; seven grandchildren: Dale Baity, Allan Alver, Linda Everson, Patty Pfau, Jacqueline Ridgway, Donna Darnell and Audrey Hauck; 11 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Howard Hoag of Sioux City, IA, and Ike Hoag of Vermillion; and one sister: Violet Ruth Byars of Omaha, NE.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Gladys Welby, and one grandson, Larry Alver.

Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Norma Hall

Norma Jean DeLange Hall, 81, of Wakonda, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center at Vermillion.

Norma DeLange was born Sept. 4, 1918 to Heike and Nora (Swartz) DeLange of Hurley. She graduated from Hurley High School. She married Lewis Hall Feb. 18, 1942. They farmed in the Hurley and Wakonda areas until 1975 when they retired and moved into Wakonda. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Garden Club.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four sisters, Lena Bensen, Ida Hannum, Lorayne Chosvig and Florence Hauge, and two brothers, William DeLange and Casper DeLange.

Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Burial was in the Union Cemetery at Wakonda.

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