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Obituaries Ronald Bruyer

Ronald G. Bruyer, 79, rural Burbank, died Saturday, March 4, 2000 at the VA Hospital, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held March 7 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in the Fair View (Bruyer) Cemetery, rural Burbank. Military graveside rites were conducted by the Vermillion VFW Clay Post No. 3061.

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

He was born April 20, 1920, in Vermillion, to Louis and Mamie (Peterson) Bruyer. He graduated from University High School, Vermillion. He was a lifelong resident of Clay County, working as a farmer. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45 during World War II. He married Jo Peters on June 1, 1963, in Spokane, WA. In 1999, he was awarded the Normandy Invasion Medal.

He was a member of the Vermillion Eagles, Vermillion Clay Post No. 3061 VFW and a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion. Gardening was his favorite hobby.

He is survived by his wife: Jo, Burbank; sisters-in-law: Peggy Jones, Rogerts, AR, and Allison Bruyer, Post Falls, ID; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Robert.

Geraldine Dills

Geraldine Elizabeth Dills was born Dec. 24, 1934 in Watertown, the daughter of Edwin A. and Jeanette E. (Kones) Staudy. She died of cancer on Saturday, March 4, 2000 at the Brookview Manor Nursing Home, Brookings, at the age of 65 years.

Funeral services were held March 8 at the First Presbyterian Church, Brookings. Burial was in the Castlewood Cemetery, Castlewood. Visitation was 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rude's Funeral Home, Brookings, and prior to the services at the church Wednesday.

She lived with her parents in Custer and attended first grade there. They moved to a farm west of Castlewood and later moved into town where she attended school and graduated from Castlewood High School in 1952. Gerrie attended Nettleton College in Sioux Falls for one year and then worked for the Citizens State Bank in Castlewood and later for the State Insurance Commission in Pierre.

After her marriage to Arvid H. Dills in Castlewood on June 15, 1963, they lived in Mitchell where she worked at the Savings and Loan and served as president of the Mitchell Credit Women's Club. In 1968 they moved to Vermillion where she was employed at Home Trust Savings & Loan. In 1978 they moved to Brookings where she worked at Home Trust Savings & Loan and then she was employed for 15 years by Brookings Fertilizer and Propane which later became Ramsdalls Fertilizer and Propane. She was currently working with the Brookings County Weed and Pest Department when she became ill.

Gerrie was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Brookings. As a member she served as Sunday School teacher, elder, deacon, served on the Fellowship Committee, the Christian Education Committee, and many other church related duties. She was a secretary for the Boy Scouts and active with the Girl Scouts. She served in many ways for the Brookings Swim Club and attended and supported the Brookings PTA and South Dakota State University sporting events. With Gerrie, family always came first and was of foremost importance to her.

She is survived by her husband: Arvid of Brookings; one son: Eddie Dills and his special friend Mandy Johnson and her daughter Skylar, all of Raleigh, NC; one daughter: Julie Tangen and her husband Wade of Bruce; many cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gerrie was preceded in death by her parents.

Edwin Leer

Edwin Harold "Ed" Leer, 88, of Salinas, CA, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000 in an automobile accident.

He was born in Vermillion, and lived in Monterey County, CA since 1958, residing in Pebble Beach and Salinas. He was a real estate appraiser with Wells Fargo Bank and also owned and operated Paradise Lake Nursery and Christmas tree farm.

He graduated from The University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in business administration and attended military schools. While in college he was active in sports and activities associated with the military. He was a distinguished military graduate from The University of South Dakota and was appointed a second lieutenant of infantry upon graduating.

He retired as colonel from the Army following 30 years of service, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He acquired the Army Air Corps Rating of Aeronautical Pilot and Master Aviator and was also rated as an airline pilot. He was decorated 17 times for valor, receiving three Silver Stars, three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 11 Air Medals.

Leer was a member of Salinas Masonic Lodge No. 204, Hi Twelve Club, Scottish Rite Masons, a Shriner, past president of the Monterey Shrine Club 1980, Salinas Elk Lodge No. 614, Salinas Moose Lodge and Sons in Retirement.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years: Jean Rogers Leer of Salinas; his son: Edwin Roger Leer of Sarasota, FL; his daughter: Leslee Dixon of Salinas; his grandchildren: Kimberly Harrell of Fresno, CA, and Eric Leer of Florida; and two great-grandchildren.

Verlan Lorenzen

Verlan "Suzie" Lorenzen was born in Burbank on Sept. 11, 1936, the daughter of Martin and Pearl (Peterson) Jacobson. She died Feb. 23, 2000 at Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, IA at the age of 63.

Suzie was baptized on June 20, 1937 at Rockfield Lutheran Church in rural Vermillion, and was confirmed on May 28, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. She received her elementary education at Burbank Elementary School and graduated from Vermillion High School on May 31, 1955. After graduation, Suzie worked for a real estate firm in Sioux City for four years.

On Sept. 21, 1958 Suzie married Elmer Lorenzen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. The couple was blessed with four children. After the children were born, Suzie devoted her life to her family.

Suzie and Elmer lived in Sioux City for 12 years and then moved to San Diego, CA, where she sold Avon products for 13 years. The couple then moved to Arkansas where they lived for nearly three years and then returned to San Diego, where Suzie worked as a substitute secretary at local schools until 1987 when they moved to Manilla, IA.

Suzie was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA. She was a loving and caring mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed making crafts and crocheting afghans. She liked to bake, cook, collect recipes and attend garage sales. She also enjoyed fishing in Okoboji, Storm Lake and Lake View with Elmer and her family, and was very fond of her 18 year-old cat.

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

Survivors include her husband: Elmer of Manilla; three sons: Timothy Lorenzen and his wife, Mona, and Rodney Lorenzen, all of Bonita, CA, and Rick Lorenzen of Denison, IA; one daughter: Shelly Lorenzen of Manilla; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one step-great grandchild; two sisters: Denece Galloway and her husband, Richard of Modesto, CA, LaDonna Gill of Ocala, FL; one brother: Myron Jacobson and his wife, Sandy of Wilmington, NC; one sister-in-law: Ellen Jacobson of Vermillion; and many other relatives and friends.

Marjory Lundquist

Marjory Ann (Salberg) Lundquist, 65, was born Aug. 10, 1934, in Yankton to Sigward and Esther (Backlund) Salberg and died March 2, 2000 at her home in rural Beresford.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., March 6 at Dalesburg Baptist Church, rural Beresford, with the Rev. John Wilzewske officiating. Burial was in Dalesburg Baptist Cemetery, rural Beresford.

Marjory attended Dalesburg and Newdale rural schools and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1952. She married Duane Lundquist on July 12, 1975 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. The couple made their home in the rural Dalesburg community where Marjory had lived almost her entire life.

Marjory was a member of the Dalesburg Baptist Church where she was the church organist for almost 50 years. A great part of Marjory's life centered around music. She started piano lessons at four years of age. She also studied music at Augustana College and Morningside College. Marjory made a career of teaching piano and had as many as 80 students at one time. She enjoyed collecting dolls, clowns and stuffed animals. She also enjoyed cooking. Marjory dearly cherished her family and her many friends she had met during her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband: Duane of Beresford; her son: Travis of Graham, WA; four daughters: Tiffanie Dannen and her husband Daniel of Hurley, and their children Analis, Anthony and Natascha; and Rhonda, Stacie and Cassaundra, all of Beresford; and many nieces and nephews.

Gerrad Martin

Gerrad W. Martin, 24, of Sioux Falls, died Sunday, March 5, 2000 near Wakonda as the result of a car accident.

Gerrad was born June 25, 1975 in Twin Falls, ID. He grew up and attended school in Sioux Falls. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1993, and was currently attending The University of South Dakota majoring in English. He enjoyed music and sports, especially basketball and football.

Grateful for having shared his life are his parents: Roger and Sharon Martin of Sioux Falls; one sister: Erin of Sioux Falls; his paternal grandparents: Pat and Stan Martin of Columbia, MO, and Kent and Helen Marshal of Twin Falls, ID; his maternal grandfather: Robert Ingle of Coos Bay, OR; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, with burial at a later date.

Gene Murdock

Gene Wray Murdock, 51, of Laramie, WY, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at his home in Laramie.

He was born Jan. 13, 1949, the son of Robert E. and Roberta (Wray) Murdock in Eads, CO.

Gene was a professor at the University of Wyoming for 20 years. He had also taught at The University of South Dakota at Vermillion and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He was a member of Kappa Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma, and The American Marketing Association. Gene was honored to be the Mortar Board Top Professor three years, Outstanding Young Man of America, and was awarded the John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award.

He was nominated for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as Wyoming Professor of the Year. Gene served as the faculty advisor for the American Marketing Association at the University of Wyoming, as treasurer of the Albany County Tourism Board, and on the Graduate Business Council.

Hunting and fishing were two of his passions. He also enjoyed photography, skiing and collecting old bottles. He especially loved the Snowy Range area.

Gene will be remembered as a faithful, loving husband, a dedicated and compassionate father, a wonderful son and dedicated brother, an outstanding professor, and a man of integrity and character with a passion for the outdoors and all of creation. Most of all, he will be remembered always because he loved and is so dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, in February of 1998.

He is survived by his wife: Sherrie of Laramie; a son: Christopher Robert Murdock, Gillette, WY; a daughter: Laura Marie Murdock, of Laramie; his mother: Roberta Wray Murdock of Mission, TX; and a sister: Nancy Louise Murdock of Mission, TX.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at the First United Methodist Church, with the Reverend G. Bruce Maxwell officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation, 21021 Ventura Blvd. Suite 321, Woodland Hills CA, 91364, or donations may be made on-line at www.alsa.org.

Catherine Noonan

Catherine Noonan, 87, of Wakonda, died Tuesday Feb. 29, 2000, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton. Funeral services were 2 p.m., Friday, March 3, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Wakonda, with the Rev. Mark Lichter officiating. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Yankton. Visitations were 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, at Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born to James and Rose (Frazier) Noonan Nov. 19, 1912 in Yankton. She was raised on a farm in rural Mission Hill and attended Rempp School. She lived and worked on her parents' farm until her father's death in 1963. She and her mother moved into Yankton and then in 1967, she moved into the Nancy Home. In 1981, she moved into the Wakonda Heritage Manor where she resided until her death.

She is survived by one brother: Willard Noonan, LaJunta, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

Minnie Olson

Minnie Olson, 91, of Yankton, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000 at Avera Sister James Nursing Home, Yankton. Funeral services were 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at Bergen Lutheran Church, rural Meckling, with the Rev. Erika Lehmann officiating. Burial was in the Gayville Cemetery, Gayville. Visitation was from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton.

The family was present in the fellowship room at 7 p.m., with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. Visitations resumed one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born April 3, 1908 at St. Helena, NE to William and Lucinda (Risling) Harts. She married Wilmer Olson on April 9, 1939 at Mission Hill. They farmed in the Gayville and Vermillion areas for several years. Wilmer died June 23, 1970, and Minnie remained on the farm until she moved to Yankton in 1973. She was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing and gardening.

She is survived by two sons: Elden (Lana) Olson, Sioux City, IA, and Don (Jane) Olson, Vermillion; one daughter: Aileen Henrikson, Baltimore, MD; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother: Wendell Harts, Yankton; and one sister: Mabel Robbins, Gresham, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one infant son, three brothers and one sister.

Kenneth Pike

Kenneth J. Pike, 34, formerly of Vermillion, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at the Prairie Estates Care Center in Elk Point.

Kenneth was born June 3, 1965 in Pierre, to William A. and Ardyce (Melton) Pike. He was a nature lover, and enjoyed people.

Survivors include his parents, three brothers: William R. of Vermillion, Gene of Sioux Falls and Gale of Ellsworth, WI; and two sisters: Joan Nauertz of Vermillion and Leslie Fickbohm of Yankton.

Funeral services were 1 pm Thursday March 9, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. Burial followed in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday at the funeral home.

Keith Thomson

Keith Thomson, 56, was born Sept. 8, 1943 in Platte to Louis and Norma (Porter) Thomson died March 1, 2000 at his home in Centerville of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 6 at the Federated United Church of Christ, Centerville, with the Rev. Patti Helmer officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Centerville.

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m., March 17 at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion.

Memorials may be directed to the Dr. Keith A. Thomson Memorial Fund, c/o the USD Foundation, Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069.

Keith moved to the Black Hills area with his family as a child. He graduated from Spearfish High School and Black Hills State University. He performed in the band the Starfires and sang for many in the area. Keith also taught in Armour and Lead. In 1970, he moved to Vermillion to pursue his master's and doctoral degrees from The University of South Dakota.

Keith married Norma Muckey McDowell on Aug. 15, 1971 at the Latchstring Inn in Spearfish Canyon. Keith spent the last 26 years instructing future educators at USD's School of Education. He was a friend to staff and students alike.

He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Thomson.

Survivors include his wife: Norma of Centerville; his mother: Norma of Spearfish; his step-son: Jamie McDowell and his wife Sue of Sioux Falls, and their children Sasha and Maya; two brothers: Paul Thomson and his wife Michelle of Spearfish, and James Thomson and his wife Kathy of Sturgis; his sister: Caroline Schuldies and her husband Gerald of Fruitdale; and many more family and friends.

Marion Slocum

Marion George Slocum, 81, of Liberty, MO, died Monday, March 6, 2000 at his home in Liberty.

Memorial services were held Thursday, March 9 at St. James Lutheran Church in Kansas City, MO. A second memorial service will be held in Vermillion on May 12 (the 82nd anniversary of George's birth) at George's interment in Evergreen Cemetery.

George was born on May 12, 1918 in Ipswich. His parents, Marion and Marie Slocum, raised George in Vermillion, where he graduated from University High School in May, 1937. He attended The University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

In June, 1942, after World War II broke out, George enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He married Shirley Ann Christopherson, his high school sweetheart, on Dec. 24, 1942 just before heading off to basic and flight training in January, 1943.

George completed cadet flight training, earned his pilot's wings, and was commissioned in the Army Air Corps as a second lieutenant in Fort Sumner, NM in November, 1943. Subsequently, George's Air Force career took him and his family to Del Rio, TX, Rapid City, Sioux City, IA, Denver, CO, Anchorage, AK, Merced, CA, Houston, TX, and Lake Charles, LA. In addition to flying B-26 bombers, he served in the Strategic Air Command as pilot of a B-47 bomber. George retired from the Air Force in 1965.

After flying for a corporate jet service out of Lake Charles, LA, George joined the Federal Aviation Administration as a flight inspector and moved to Boston, MA. He continued his FAA career in Washington, DC, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City � where he retired from the FAA in 1979.

George and his wife Shirley continued to live in the Kansas City area in their home in Liberty. George served actively as a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Kansas City and, in recent years, of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Liberty. George was active in numerous community affairs in Liberty and the Kansas City area. He served in the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years: as a member of the National Sojourners, as a Commander of Liberty Past Commanders Knights Templar #6, in Liberty Chapter #3, in Liberty Council #50, in the Ararat Temple of Kansas City, and in the Liberty Shrine Club. He served as a volunteer for the Liberty Hospital Auxiliary for over 20 years. In addition, George was a member of The Retired Officers Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, the US Air Force Association, and the American Legion.

George is survived by his wife: Shirley of Liberty; his brother: Glenn of Whitewater, WI; three children: Craig Slocum of Peabody, MA, Margie S. Clark of New York, NY, and Marion George Slocum Jr. of Wichita KS; three grandsons: Jeffrey Slocum of Spotsylvania, VA, Lee Slocum of Groveland, MA, and Christopher Clark of Boulder, CO; and four great-grandchildren.

Gerrad Martin

Gerrad W. Martin, 24, of Sioux Falls, died Sunday, March 5, 2000 near Wakonda as the result of a car accident.

Gerrad was born June 25, 1975 in Twin Falls, ID. He grew up and attended school in Sioux Falls. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1993, and was currently attending The University of South Dakota majoring in English. He enjoyed music and sports, especially basketball and football.

Grateful for having shared his life are his parents: Roger and Sharon Martin of Sioux Falls; one sister: Erin of Sioux Falls; his paternal grandparents: Pat and Stan Martin of Columbia, MO, and Kent and Helen Marshal of Twin Falls, ID; his maternal grandfather: Robert Ingle of Coos Bay, OR; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, with burial at a later date.

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