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Obituaries Kevin Sargent

Kevin L. Sargent, 27, of Vermillion, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at his residence.

He was born April 26, 1973 in Vermillion to Jerry and Nancy (Pierret) Sargent. He worked for Century 21 and Turner Plumbing in Vermillion, and was currently employed by LG Everest Inc. as a machine operator. He loved to camp, and loved his dog "B".

Survivors include his parents: Nancy and her husband John Pierret of Sioux Falls, and Jerry and his wife Deb Sargent of Palmdale, CA; and three brothers: David (Lisa) Styles, Jeff (Dawn) Styles, and Jason Pierret, all of Vermillion. Three sisters also survive him: Becky (Steven) Beene and Kim (Roger) Turner, all of Vermillion, and Kim Pierret of Thornton, CO. Two grandmothers also survive him: Clara Nielson of Vermillion, and Ella Gray of Meckling; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Myrtle Helgeson, a grandfather, Melvin Gray, and an uncle, Jim Sargent.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 24, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Visitation was held two hours prior to the service at the church. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was at BluffView cemetery.

Roseanne Pospisil

Roseanne L. Pospisil, 48, of Vermillion, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at the Beverly Healthcare-Covington Heights in Sioux Falls.

Roseanne Louise Haney was born Nov. 26, 1951 in Ontario, Canada to Lowell and Isobel (Leeves) Haney. She graduated from Twinsburg High School in Twinsburg, OH, in 1970, and attended Kent University in Kent, OH graduating in 1974 with a bachelor of arts degree. She married Ray Pospisil on April 20, 1974 in Twinsburg and she later attended The University of South Dakota, graduating with her master's in counseling in 1988. She was currently the associate registrar at The University of South Dakota.

Survivors include: her husband: Ray and her daughter, Katherine, both of Vermillion; her parents: Lowell and Isobel Haney of Port Charlotte, FL; her brothers; James Haney of Houston, TX, and John Haney of Oswego, NY; her mother-in-law: Sonia Pospisil and a sister-in-law: Rose Pospisil of Chagrin Falls, OH.

Visitation was Friday, July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the family present at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. There will be no funeral service, and burial will be at a later date.

Marie Thorson

Marie Thorson of San Jose, CA, died July 15, 2000. She was 88. Born in a farmhouse eight miles from Wakonda, she began a life devoted to family, friends, church and travel.

She was baptized, confirmed and married at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church in South Dakota before moving west to California.

Mrs. Thorson is survived by her four children: Janet Coonrod of Washington, Loran Thorson and daughter-in-law Arletha of Morgan Hill, CA, Joyce Cosce and Gary Thorson, both of San Jose, CA; 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Thorson was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; her parents: Joel and Hilma Johnson; a sister: Bernice Brooks; and a grandson: Loren Coonrod.

Burial was in Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, on Monday, July 24 at 11 a.m. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Monday at Advent Lutheran Church, Morgan Hill.

Those who wish may make a memorial gift to Advent Lutheran Church (408) 779-3551 or American Cancer Society (specify breast cancer) 1 (800) 227-2345.

Alfred Pierz Jr.

Alfred J. Pierz Jr., 50, Orland Park, IL, died Saturday, July 22, 2000 at Orland Park.

Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dalesburg Lutheran Cemetery, rural Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Anderson officiating.

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

He is survived by his wife: Nancy (Erickson) Pierz; daughters: Jennifer, Amy and Karen, all of Orland Park; parents: Alfred and Margaret (Friedl) Pierz Sr. of Orland Park; sister: Linda Pierret, Indianapolis, IN; mother-in-law: Lorrain (Erickson) Zeller, Vermillion; and brothers-in-law: Ted, Dan and Greg Erickson.

Harold Ashbaugh

Harold Bartlett Ashbaugh, 93, was born July 21, 1907 in Murdock, MN to Joseph Franklin and Eda Marie (Sasse) Ashbaugh. He died Saturday, July 22, 2000 at the Avera McKennan Hospital Hospice in Sioux Falls.

He grew up and attended school in Murdock. He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1929. He later received a B.M. degree in music from Vandercook School of Music in Chicago and a master's degree at The University of South Dakota in 1950. On Dec. 29, 1932 he married Marjorie Oliene White in Castlewood.

He enjoyed over 44 years in the field of education. He was a mathematics and science teacher and band director at Tripp for two years, and went on to continue as a science teacher and band director at Lake Preston for 11 years and at Webster for another six years.

Mr. Ashbaugh completed his 19-year career as band director when he came to Vermillion in 1948. He became high school principal and was named superintendent of schools in Vermillion in 1957, a position he held until retirement in 1973.

His interest in music continued as he played in the El Riad Shrine Band. He served on the Board of Control of the South Dakota High School Activities Association for six years and was president for one term. Mr. Ashbaugh was a long time member of the Lions International, joining in Tripp in 1930. He had also been a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1930 and was past president of the Knights Templar.

Survivors include his wife: Marjorie Ashbaugh of Sioux Falls; one son: Dr. James H. Ashbaugh and his wife, Jane of Sioux Falls; one daughter: Margaret and her husband, Dr. Gary C. Crippen of Sioux Falls; two grandchildren: Shannon and M. Benjamin Ashbaugh; and a sister: Lola Davis of Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 at the United Church of Christ,Vermillion.

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

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