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Obituaries Alma Hall

Alma L. Hall, 73, Wakonda, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, Wakonda, with the Rev. Oswald Elbe officiating. Burial was in the Union Cemetery, Wakonda.

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

She was born Feb. 9, 1926, at rural Viborg to Lars and Carrie (Peterson) Hansen. She attended and graduated from rural county school, Viborg. She married Willoughby Hall Jr. Nov. 17, 1952, at Pipestone, MN. The couple farmed northeast of Wakonda until 1969 when they moved into Wakonda. She was a farm homemaker, was a member of the United Church of Christ Women's Fellowship and attended the United Church of Christ, Wakonda.

She is survived by her husband: Willoughby Hall Jr.; sons: Calvin, Wakonda, Marvin and Cheryl, Hurley, Edwin and Pam, Vermillion, and Steven, Sioux Falls; daughters: Charlene and Jim Hopf, Freeman, and Jolene Wolf, Vermillion; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters: May Falk, Centerville, and Erma Disbrow, Sioux Falls; brothers: Lester and Lindy Hansen, Viborg, her twin brother, Arnold Hansen, Yankton, and LeVern Hansen, Council Bluffs, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Keith.

O.A. "Gus" Amundsen

O.A. "Gus" Amundsen, 69, of Vermillion, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Gus was born Aug. 9, 1930 in Alcester to Sverre and Marie (Meinjohans) Amundsen. He attended school in the Alcester area, until moving to Centerville in 1946. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1948. After high school, he spent a year in the Navy, and in 1951, began working for Northwestern Bell. He served in the Korean War from 1952-1954. He married Marlene Christensen April 21, 1956 in Colman. He continued working as an equipment technician for Northwestern Bell and ATT, for 34 1/2 years, retiring in 1984. They have been in the Vermillion area since 1956.

For the past 15 years, Gus has been busy with his apartment house business, as well as very active in the VFW Post #3061. He held many offices with the local district, and at the state level. He served as state commander in 1981-1982, and also had numerous national appointments. He was currently serving as state VFW inspector, a position he has held 16 of the last 17 years. He was also a member of the American Legion, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

His parents and a son, Jeffrey, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife: Marlene of Vermillion; two sons: Edward and his wife Melody of Kansas City, KS, and Terry of Sioux Falls; a brother: Jerry Amundson of Sioux Falls; and two sisters: Barbara Lykken of Sedona, AZ, and Bonnie Rhode of Clara City, MN. Also surviving him are four grandchildren: Janet Marie, Joshua, Jeremy and Andrew, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Burial followed in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion, with graveside rites by the VFW Post #3061. Visitation was Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. The family was present at 6:30 p.m. to greet friends.

Irene Killian

Irene E. Killian, 71, of Yankton, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at her home.

A funeral service was held Jan. 19 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Yankton, with the Rev. David Gunderson officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Yankton.

Ray-Lane Funeral Chapel, Yankton, was in charge of arrangements.

Irene was born Feb. 28, 1928, at Meckling, to Howard and Metha (Nelson) Hanson. She grew up in Meckling and graduated from the Wakonda High School in 1946. She moved to Yankton in 1946 and worked as a bank teller at First Dakota National Bank for 20 years. In 1977, she was elected Yankton County Treasurer, proudly serving four terms, retiring in 1997.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Yankton County Democrats, Women of the Moose where she held offices, VFW Auxiliary, Yankton Women's Bowling Association and had coordinated fund raising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Irene will be remembered for her love and commitment for her job, her help in raising her nieces Cheryl and Wanda, bowling for 25 years and going out to supper with her friends.

Survivors include her sisters: Carol (Lee) Tieman of Vermillion and Helen (Ray) Kubik of Corpus Christi, TX; 16 nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Leo and Merlin Hanson.

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