Obituaries Robert Morse

Robert "Doc" Warren Morse, 53, son of Warren and Fern Morse of Vermillion, died suddenly in his home at the Panama Canal on Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999.

He was born in Glendale, CA on June 15, 1946 and moved to South Dakota where he lived in Vermillion and Mitchell. The family moved to the former Panama Canal Zone in 1951.

"Doc" attended Canal Zone schools then served as a Navy Corpsman for four years, assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps in a combined action company at the DMZ in Vietnam. Upon his return from Vietnam to the Canal Zone, he was employed with the Panama Canal Company as an Instrument Repair Mechanic/Marine Machinist until his death.

Survivors are his wife: Rosario of Panama; two daughters, Angelique Marie, 10, and Jennifer, 7, of Panama; his parents; three brothers: Richard (Susanna) of El Paso, TX, Douglas (Joann) of Grand Bay, AL, and Charles (Phyllis of Vancouver, WA; two sisters: Janelle (Patrick) Kribell of Irene and Adrienne (David) Whitehead of Vermillion; five nephews and three nieces.

Memorial services were held at the Odd Fellows/Rebekah Lodge in Vermillion on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m.

Alma Hall

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

Funeral services were held at 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 John 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.

Lester Lindstrom

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 2 at Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN, for Lester Lindstrom, who died Dec. 29, 1999 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial was in North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud, MN.

Lester E. Lindstrom was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Clay County, to Andrew and Margaret (Carlson) Lindstrom. He married Betty Jean Anderson on Oct. 4, 1958 at Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood, MI.

Lindstrom came to St. Cloud State in 1967. Prior to that he had taught at the secondary level in Iowa and South Dakota, was a seasonal park ranger for the U.S. Park Service in the Badlands National Monument at Interior, and taught at he college level at Huron University and Valley City (ND) State University during two of his six summers as seasonal park ranger at Badlands. He had an article published in the South Dakota Academy of Science; and served as a graduate teaching assistant while earning his M.A. degree in botany and a minor in zoology.

While at St. Cloud State University, Lindstrom served as curator of the herbarium since 1973. In that time hundreds of specimens were added. Lindstrom started the fleshy fungi collection in 1975. Most of the specimens collected were obtained in conjunction with his mycology class. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN.

Survivors include his wife: Betty Jean; children: Frederick of St. Cloud, MN, Mae Beth Lindstrom of Slayton, MN; one grandson; sister: Irene Larson of Whitting, IA; and brother: Glen Lindstrom of Pine City, MN.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph, Orville, Elmer and Donald Lindstrom.

Robert Messler

Robert Arnie Messler, 63, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000 at Mary Lanning Hospital at Kenesaw, NE.

He was born May 11, 1936, at Beresford. He graduated from high school at Vermillion in 1954. He attended The University of South Dakota and University of Nebraska at Omaha to become an industrial engineer.

He moved to Hastings in 1973 and worked for Western Landroller of Hastings for 18 years, Lincoln Industries Tool for one year, Nebraska A.C. of Hastings and at Hastings Industries as a supervisor for the past four years. He moved to Kenesaw in 1994.

He married Marilyn Ashmore on June 24, 1957, at Vermillion.

He was a member of Elks of Hastings and Society Machinery of Engineers.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter: Kristina Messler of Omaha; two sons: Robert and Curtis both of Long Beach, CA; a sister: Anna Lawrensen of Vermillion; and a brother: Gary of Chicago, IL.

Services were held Jan. 5 at Brand-Wilson Chapel at Hastings, NE, with burial in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings.

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