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Obituaries Folmer Christensen

Folmer F. Christensen, 91, Vermillion, died Sunday, June 25, 2000 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Thursday at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

He was born April 25, 1909, at Skiva, Denmark, to Jens C. and Nelcene Christensen. He attended and graduated from grade schools in Denmark. After grade school, he began to learn the bakery trade. He worked for three different bakeries for three years, learning different skills at each one.

After a year of apprenticeship, he earned his degree as a master baker. He moved to Vermillion from Denmark in 1929. He married Lola Chamberlain March 10, 1934, at Vermillion. He worked for Jacobsen's Bakery until 1946, when Jacobsen retired. Then he and Einar Laurtzsen purchased the bakery. In 1961, Folmer and his wife purchased the business when Laurtzsen retired, and operated it until they retired in 1972.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, the Vermillion Eagle's, Vermillion Lions Club and Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include his wife: Lola, Vermillion; two sons: Folmer Jr. "Nick" (Janice), Tucson, AZ, Dan (JoAnne), Elk River, MN; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother: Bendix of Delaware; and a sister: Modith of Denmark.

John Dalton

John Charles Dalton, 69, of Reno, NV died on Monday, June 26, 2000 at Reno, NV.

A native of Akron, IA, he was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Sioux City, IA to Joseph Dalton and Dorothy Benjamin-Dalton and lived in Reno, NV for approximately 28 years, coming from California in 1963.

Dalton received a BA in business administration and an MA in education from The University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion. He was a member of the Lambda Chi, Alpha Omega Fraternity throughout his college years. He was a teacher and coach at Artesian High School in South Dakota for two years, as well as Park Mead Elementary School in Walnut Creek, CA for three years before becoming a pharmaceutical sales representative for A-H Robins Co. for 30 years.

Prior to returning to Reno, NV in June of 1999, Mr. Dalton retired from A-H Robins Co. and moved to Vermillion in 1991 where he served as the house advisor of the Lambda Chi, Alpha Omega Fraternity for three years, and was a member of the Lions Club for three years. He also volunteered as a timer at various track and field events at the USD DakotaDome, and devoted and volunteered his time to raise money for a permanent fund raising position for the USD Athletic Department. He was also a member of various card playing clubs. Dalton was a retired colonel in the Army Reserve, serving for 35 years.

His father, Joseph Dalton, mother, Dorothy Benjamin-Dalton, and wife, Kathleen Gunderson-Dalton preceded him in death.

Surviving are his sister: Claire Dalton of Los Altos, CA; his brother: Tom Dalton of Mill Valley, CA; his daughters: Elizabeth Ohrman-Gass and Mary Dalton-Viviano; and his grandchildren: Jonathan Ohrman, Christine Ohrman and Dalton Viviano, all of Reno, NV.

Visitation was held at Walton's Funeral Home, Reno, NV on Wednesday, June 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. Funeral services were held at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church on Thursday, June 29 in Reno at 10 a.m. Interment followed immediately at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery in Reno.

A memorial fund has been established at The University of South Dakota Athletic Department. Send donations to USD Foundation, The John C. Dalton Memorial Fund, USD Athletic Dept., Track and Field, P.O. Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069

Doris Englund

Former Vermillion resident Doris Englund died June 6, 2000 in Albuquerque, NM. Born April 28, 1912 in Elk Point to George and Christine Waugh, Doris married Alfred Englund, also of Elk Point. Her husband and oldest daughter, Sheila Englund-Bushkoff, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters: Sally Englund and Nancy Englund-Moreno, both of New Mexico; granddaughter: Elizabeth Moreno of New Mexico; and grandson: Alex Bushkoff of Boston, MA. Two sisters and two brothers also survive her and live in California.

Her strength and support for her family over the years came from the Great Depression years and she passed on these traits to her children. While in Vermillion she was a member of Sunshine Circle and in New Mexico she attended the Episcopal Church. She loved to cook, read and play the piano, but most of all, she loved going on trips in the mountains of New Mexico.

Charles Millage

Charles M. Millage, 92, Vermillion, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. June 23 at the United Methodist Church, Vermillion, with Rev. Brook McBride officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. June 22 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

He was born Oct. 6, 1907, at Vermillion to Charles F. and Mary Etta (Wiles) Millage. He attended Vermillion public schools. He was a farmer, a butcher for Dean Packing Plant, a construction worker on Gavins Point Dam and a custodian at USD. He married Evelyn Skeldum in 1934.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Vermillion.

He is survived by two daughters: Elaine Hirsch, Vermillion, and Barbara Filanowski, Midway, GA; one son: Robert C. Millage, Vermillion; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 12 siblings.

John Gregg

John L. Gregg, 93, of Yankton, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at the Yankton Care Center.

A memorial service was held 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton, with the Reverend O.K. Anderson officiating. Burial was at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Gayville Community Cemetery Gayville.

Visitation was from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, at the Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton.

He was born Jan. 16, 1907, to Samuel Grant and Mary (Brown) Gregg at Wynot, NE. His large family moved from farm to farm around the Yankton area. As a boy he attended several rural schools until moving just east of Yankton. He graduated from Yankton High School.

After high school, he continued to work for local farmers and acquired an interest in boxing. He trained under Charlie Masker and soon was fighting professionally from Yankton to Omaha. He won most of his fights with quick jabs and a crunching right cross which KO'd more than half of his opponents. He was the state welterweight boxing champion from 1928 to 1932.

During this time he met Aileen Margaret Mettet from Gayville. John and Aileen were married July 14, 1934 and his life changed. He landed a sales job with National Refining Company selling petroleum products "on the road." He soon had his own bulk plant and three delivery and wagons. Before long he purchased several service stations from Vermillion to Avon including three in Yankton.

In 1947, John applied for and was awarded the Pontiac franchise for the Yankton area. For a few years in the early 1950s he was a car dealer, household appliance dealer, and oil distributor at the same time. In the mid 1950s he eliminated the Motorola and Philco lines and sold his oil business to SunRay DX Oil Co. He then concentrated on the car business until 1966.

He became a real estate broker that year and specialized in commercial property. He enjoyed the real estate business and made his last sale at the age of 92. He made the sale and personally prepared the deed on his 1950 model manual Royal typewriter. John was instrumental in forming the Yankton Corporation which built the Yankton Shopping Center.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Yankton, was the AAU Commissioner for the state of South Dakota, Civil Defense Director for Yankton County, UCT productive member for over 60 years, member of St. John's Masonic Lodge, No. 1, A.F. & A.M. for over 60 years and a member of the Elks Lodge, No. 994 for over 50 years.

Through all these busy years he also was a great husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Survivors include his wife: Aileen; daughter and son-in-law: Sharon and Jim Haar of Tripp; son and daughter-in-law: John II (Jack) and Judy Gregg of Yankton; four grandchildren and spouses: Jill Gregg, John III (Jack) and Deanna Gregg, Jennifer and Jack Hieb and John and Karen Haar; and seven great-grandsons: A.J., Quincy, Austin, Griffin, Trevor, John IV and Nicholas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and seven brothers.

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