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Obituaries Thomas Bice

Thomas E. Bice, 50, of Akron, IA, died Saturday, May 6, 2000 after suffering a short illness at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

Services were held Wednesday, May 10 at the First Baptist Church of Vermillion, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating.

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

Burial was in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 3061 of Vermillion.

Mr. Bice was born Jan. 8, 1950 in Vermillion to David and Bonnie (Collar) Bice.

He married Pat Towner on Aug. 2, 1972 in Harrisburg. He entered the U.S. Army in 1969 at Omaha, NE and served until 1971. He was stationed in Vietnam from 1969-70.

Following his discharge from the military, he was employed with Wells Fargo before joining the police department in Vermillion in 1972. He left the VPD to join the Union County Sheriff's Department. He served as a deputy until 1979 when he moved to the Akron Police Department and shortly thereafter the Sheriff's Department of Plymouth County. He served 20 years as a deputy and currently held the rank of sergeant.

He was a member of the Peace Officers, VFW Post 3061 of Vermillion, The Iowa State Sheriff's and Deputy's Association and the American Legion. He was an avid fisherman and a lover of horses.

Survivors include his wife: Pat of Akron, IA; three sons: Chad (Beth) of Great Falls, MT, Jeremy (Jill) of Vermillion, Kyle of Akron, IA; two daughters: Bonnie (Jeremy) Murfin of Le Mars, IA and Savanna of Akron, IA; a sister: Janel (David) Wherry of Vermillion; one brother: John (Jennie) of Williston, ND; two uncles: Clayton (Dorothy "Dot") Collar of Bellmont, IL, Keith (Wynn) of The Dells, OR; an aunt: Inga Collar of Vermillion; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents Kenneth "KB" and Nellie (South) Collar, one brother Ronald Bice, niece Christine Wherry and many aunts and uncles.

Albie Seney

Albie J. Seney, 83, Vermillion, died Friday, May 5, 2000 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with Fr. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Vermillion.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 26, 1916, at Burbank, to Senie and Irene (Benoit) Seney. He attended Burbank grade school and Vermillion high school. He married Helen Bruyer Oct. 8, 1935, at Vermillion. He farmed east of Vermillion and also at Hubbard, MN. He did custom farm work. He also worked at a Sioux City packing plant and held various part time jobs. After retirement he still enjoyed helping with the farm work. He was an accomplished investor and closely followed the markets.

He was a charter member of Vermillion Eagle's Club and was a member for 51 years. He was also a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion.

He enjoyed his grandchildren and told them many stories, and had a good memory for dates and numbers.

He is survived by his wife: Helen, Vermillion; four sons: Pierre and special friend Connie Mitchell, Billings, MT, Bud, Fairfield, CA, Duane (Karlyn), Sioux Falls, Terry, Vermillion; daughter: Nancy (Bob) Woodard, Burbank; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister: Blanch Gregoire, Vermillion; brother: Freemond (Lorena), Denver, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Albert.

Lloyd Duenwald

Lloyd P. Duenwald, 73, died of complications following a stroke Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at the Platte Health Center in Platte.

He was born May 28, 1926, in Hoven. He attended St. Anthony's Grade School and Hoven High School, graduating from high school in Bremerton, WA, in 1944.

He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after high school and served during World War II. He received his honorable discharge in 1946.

He married Ruth Sullivan on July 24, 1950, in Madison.

Duenwald studied education throughout his college and postgraduate career. He received his bachelor's degree from Dakota State University in 1950, his master's degree from The University of South Dakota in 1955, and his doctorate from USD in 1971.

He worked as a high school teacher in Wakonda, then as superintendent for the Wakonda School System from 1949 until 1960. While he enjoyed the communication that went with teaching, school administration came to him with ease. "He was a natural administrator, good at being in charge," his daughter said.

He served as superintendent of schools in Burke from 1962 to 1964, then stepped in as the original director of the Title One program in the South Dakota Department of Public Instruction in Pierre from 1965 until 1966.

Duenwald then began work as the Director of School Cooperatives in Sioux Falls. The federal project, originally called Title Three, involved educational funding for 21 counties in southeastern South Dakota. He began work as the Director of Rehabilitation Services for South Dakota in 1971. The organization served injured and handicapped people in South Dakota, and Duenwald took part in many programs which assisted in vocational rehabilitation. He retired with his wife to Platte in 1989.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

When time permitted, he enjoyed relaxing on the golf course, fishing and hunting, and raising vegetables in his garden. He possessed an acute knowledge of his home state and took pleasure in traveling the dusty roads of rural South Dakota.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife: Ruth of Platte; a son: David of San Francisco; two more daughters: Donna Ringling of Platte, and Denise Duenwald of Englewood CO; six grandchildren; a sister: Genevieve Cizadlo of Omaha; and a brother: Anthony of Lebanon.

Services were April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Platte with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation was 1 to 5 p.m. at the Platte Funeral Chapel. A wake service was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Platte.

Ross Ham

Ross C. Ham, 70, Vermillion, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at a Sioux Falls hospital.

He was born Sept. 9, 1929 at Rapid City, the son of Ernest B. and Nancy (Hanum) Ham. He grew up at Elk Creek near Piedmont, attended rural schools and graduated from Rapid City High School. He attended South Dakota State College at Brookings and college in Ft. Collins, CO, then ranched in the Elk Creek area near Piedmont for a number of years. He was charter president of SD Junior Stock Growers Association, served on the SD State Fair Board, and was a member of Western SD Buckaroos. He was well known throughout the Black Hills for his love of life and his singing. He was presently employed by Meckling Fertilizer. He was married to Sandra Morgan in November 1995 at Camp Rapid in Rapid City and they lived in Vermillion.

Surviving are his wife: Sandra Ham, Vermillion; a son: Jason Ham, Sioux Falls; two daughters: Mollie Klinghagen, Tea, and Tanja Jo Brown, Toledo, OH; a sister: Grace Neyens, Winner; and four grandchildren.

Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. May 5 at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home, Rapid City. Funeral services were 1 p.m. May 6 at the First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City with Dr. David Miller officiating. Burial was in the Nemo Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Western SD Buckaroos.

W. Matthew 'Matty' Pike

W. Matthew "Matty" Pike, 81, of Rockford, MI, died Saturday morning, April 22, 2000 after a five-year battle with cancer. He was born June 28, 1918, in Jefferson, the son of William and Aurora Pike, and moved from California to Rockford in 1950.

Matty was employed by Rockford Products as a welder for 18 years. He moved to Michigan in 1970 and was employed as head greenskeeper at University of Michigan Radrick Farms Golf Course, retiring in 1977. A sports enthusiast, he excelled in competitive horseshoe pitching, bowling, fishing and loved gardening.

He enjoyed the companionship of special cats Mittys, Muff an LeLe. Matthew was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, companion and friend. He also was a wonderful caregiver, always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Matthew will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include special friend and companion of 13 years: Jan Bauer, and her family; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother: Ron (Mary) Mathieson of Sioux City, IA; sons-in-law: Larry Severson of Vermillion and Ron Finken of Sioux City, IA; and many nieces, nephews and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Natalie; his two daughters: Rosemary and Linda; a brother: Claudis (Alene) Pike; and four sisters: Florence (Maynard) Faber, R. Maxine Markell, Vernice (Red) Douglas and Gladys Pike.

Services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, in Fitzgerald & Associates Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Hein, chaplain of Northern Illinois Hospice, officiating. Interment will be private. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the funeral home.

Marion George Slocum

A memorial service for Marion George Slocum will held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion at 7 p.m., Friday, May 12.

After struggling with cancer, George died in his home in Liberty, MO on March 6, 2000.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, the Liberty Hospital Hospice (2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty, MO 64068), or Hosanna Lutheran Church Memorial Fund (7604 NE 84th Street, Kansas City, MO 64157), or to the American Cancer Society.

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