Obituaries Donald Eugene Svarstad

Donald Eugene Svarstad, 80, of Irene, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000 at Sioux Valley Hospital & University Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Gene was born May 22, 1920 at Aberdeen to Ole and Ida (Locken) Svarstad. He grew up in the Aberdeen area. He graduated from South Dakota State University at Brookings in 1942, with a BS degree in agronomy, with a Commission of 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army.

He married Betty Overgaard on June 14, 1942 at Centerville.

While serving in the US Army, he saw duty in the European Theater. The army was setting up a separate unit to liberate Norway from her oppressors and on July 10, 1942 the 99th Battalion (Separate), a unit composed solely of Norwegians and Americans of direct Norwegian descent (including Gene), was activated by War Department order at Camp Ripley, MN. Gene emerged from the war as a major. He had led his company's campaigns in France, Belgium and Germany and finally to Norway.

At the end of WWII, Gene and his wife farmed near Centerville for two years with Gene's father-in-law and brother-in-law. He later purchased the Soren Madsen farm, east of Irene in 1947, where he farmed until his retirement in 1985. He continued to spend time on the farm until his death.

Gene was actively involved with Calvary Lutheran Church, South Dakota Livestock Feeders, Daneville Township and rural school, soil conservation organizations, Hall Thompson Post #193 of the American Legion and 4-H club leader.

Survivors include his wife: Betty, Irene; two sons: Gary (Cathy) Svarstad, Rapid City, Curt (Mary) Svarstad, Irene; one daughter: Crystal (Kim) Petersen of Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister: Agnes Schornack, Essexville, MI.

He was preceded in death by his son Donald, great-granddaughter Madison Hackett, three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, with military rites by Hall Thompson Post #193 of the American Legion.

Hansen Funeral Home, Irene, was in charge of arrangements.

Annie K. Devine

Annie K. Devine, 82, of Wakonda, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Jenkins Living Center in Watertown.

Services were held Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Wakonda. Burial was in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery.

Hansen Funeral Home, Irene, was in charge of arrangements.

Louis Cihak

Louis F. Cihak, 89, Vermillion, died Oct. 11, 2000 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were held Oct. 14 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with Fr. Joe Forcelle officiating. Entombment will be in Christ The King Garden Mausoleum Berwyn, IL.

He was born March 15, 1911, at Chicago, IL, to Louis F. and Mary (Petrak) Cihak. He graduated from Morton High in Cicero, IL. He married Libbie Dvorak, Aug. 16, 1936, at Berwyn. He owned and operated a meat market in Chicago. He then was employed as meat manager for the National Tea food stores in Berwyn. The couple lived in Vermillion for the past 16 months.

He was a member of the C.S.A., Pilsen Butchers Benevolent Association and the Czech Garden Club, V.I.P., at Berwin. He was also a member of the Catholic faith.

He is survived by his wife: Libbie, Vermillion; one daughter: Loretta (John) Thomas, Vermillion; one son: Lou Cihak, Warner Robins, GA; six grand children; two great-grandchildren; and one brother: Ervin Cihak, Lamont, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Dorothy Orr

Dorothy Orr, 80, Sioux Falls, died October 16, 2000 at Sioux Valley Hospital.

Funeral services were held Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Kippes was born Feb. 6, 1920 at Marion where she grew up. She attended Marion Public schools.

She married Joseph S. Orr on Sept. 1, 1941 at Milwaukee, WI. The couple farmed for many years north of Spirit Mound. They also lived for 13 years in Gayville. Joseph died Sept. 29, 1998.

She moved to Sioux Falls two years ago to make her home with her daughter, Cynthia.

She was a long-time member of Clay County Extension Club, a former member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton.

Survivors include two daughters: Cynthia Jensen and her husband Gary of Sioux Falls, and Helen Kephart, Vermillion; a brother: Anthony Kippes, Marion; a sister: Lillian Splonskowski, Bismarck, ND; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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