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Obituaries Edward Neeman

Edward Neeman, 90, died Oct. 9, 2000 at his farm near Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Wakonda.

Edward Neeman was born May 28, 1910 near Humbolt, to Fred and Dena (Jergens) Neeman. Edward attended rural school near Parker, and graduated from Chancellor High School. After attending Eastern States Teacher's College at Madison, he taught in rural schools.

On Dec. 14, 1942 he was inducted into the Armed Forces and served during World War II in the Air Transport Command until Nov. 4, 1945.

On June 7, 1948 he married Aimee Thomsen at Wakonda. The Neemans made their home in Sioux Falls. He worked in the Moreell lamb cooler department for 29 years, retiring in 1975. Edward also kept the family farm near Humbolt and enjoyed spending time and planting trees at the farm.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church for over 50 years, the Senior Citizens of First Lutheran, and the Morrell's Retiree Club. Edward was also a life member of the American Legion and the VFW. As well as planting trees, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife: Aimee Neeman of Sioux Falls; his daughter: Linda Zweep of Sioux City, IA; three grandchildren: Katie Zweep, Amanda Comer and her husband, Jason, and James Zweep, all of Sioux City, IA. Edward was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

William Smith

William Smith, 89, of Pierre, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000 at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.

Visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Hofmeister Funeral Chapel in Pierre. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre, with The Rev. Genie Butler officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery, Pierre.

William John Smith was born on Nov. 5, 1910 on his parents' homestead north of Presho to John and Ella (Rasmussen) Smith. At the age of 3 he moved with his family to Climbing Hill, IA. When Bill was 12 years old they returned to their farmstead north of Presho. He attended Cedar School and graduated from Pierre High School in 1931. He later attended Springfield College.

On June, 1944 Smith married Alice Smith. They had five children; Sharyn, Judy, Nancy, Pam and Bill, Jr. They resided on their ranch in Lyman County until 1951 when they moved to Pierre to educate their children. For the next 27 years Bill drove to the ranch to take care of the cattle and crops. During the summer the family lived on the ranch where they learned to love the land like their dad.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for the past 50 years. He sang in the church choir while in high school and after they moved back to town. He loved to sing hymns during church service. Smith served on the Cedar School Board from 1934-1970 when the district was dissolved. He also served on the Applegate Township Board from 1934-1985. He was a member of the Prairie Grange and Pierre Senior Citizens.

Smith spent his entire life farming and ranching; he felt there was no better life. He took great pleasure in raising his family on the land where he was born which he loved. Smith was an avid baseball, football and Pierre Governors fan. He especially enjoyed the Pierre Governors when his grandchildren were participating.

He was proud when he became the father of four daughters and one son, he glorified in being the grandfather of seven grandchildren, and he marveled in living to become a great-grandfather. Bill will be remembered for his life passions � his unconditional love for his wife and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his loyalty to his friends.

Smith is survived by Alice, his wife of 56 years; four daughters: Sharyn and husband Charles Martinson of Lamberton, MN, Judy Smith of Des Moines, IA, Nancy and husband Rick Riggle and Pam and husband Clay Roberts all of Pierre; seven grandchildren: Clay and wife Rea Riggle, Shad Riggle of Hayes, Cort Riggle of Rapid City, Danyell Martinson of Sioux Falls, Chuck Martinson, Jr. of Lamberton, MN, Hunter Roberts and Chelsey Roberts of Vermillion; and three great-grandchildren: Chancy and Cattibrie Riggle and Kinsley Lee Riggle, who was born four hours after her great-grandfather died. His twin brother, Wilbur Smith, of Kearney, NE and a host of nephews and nieces also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his only son, Bill, Jr. in 1978 and his brother, True Smith, in 1993.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials directed to Countryside Hospice of Pierre, or the First United Methodist Church in Pierre.

Robert Marsden

Robert D. Marsden, better known as Bob or Santa to his family and friends, was born Aug. 18, 1915 on his parents' ranch five miles southeast of Wasta. He was the son of Clarence Gordon and Edith Belle (Starks) Marsden.

Marsden grew up on the ranch, going to grade school at the Lincoln Rural School and graduating from Rapid City High School in 1934. He graduated from Black Hills State Teachers College in 1940. At Black Hills, Bob was instrumental in getting the four-year degree program reinstated, and the first bachelor's degrees were granted to 23 students in 1940. Bob taught school for two years before joining the U.S. Army Air Force. He served at several bases in the U.S. during World War II, serving his last 22 months in Goose Bay, Labrador. After his discharge, he returned to the Wasta area, where he taught school and served as principal for one year.

In 1947, he began managing his parents' ranch. On Aug. 1, 1948, he married Herma Durst Pittman in Custer. They continued to manage the ranch until his parents retired when they purchased the ranch. They operated the ranch until he retired in 1979 and resided on the ranch until 1989, when they moved into Wall. After his retirement, he worked for Sen. Larry Pressler.

Marsden was a member of the Wall Methodist Church, and he served as chairman of the administrative board for three years. He held lifetime memberships in the Wall Carroll McDonald American Legion Post #246, the Quinn F.J. Willuweit V.F.W. Post #9120, and the Sturgis D.A.V., and he was a member of each of these organizations for over 40 years. He held all the local offices in the Legion and served as State Department Vice Commander.

He served as a school board member in rural schools for 16 years and in Wall for nine years. He was a member of the Catalyst Club of Western South Dakota, SCORE, the Wall Lion's Club. He was also active in Masons. As a member of the Wall Crescent Lodge #210, he held all the local offices and served as District Master. He was a member of the Naja Temple Shrine, participating as a member of the Majacks Unit and serving one year as president. He was also a member of the 4 Rivers Shrine Club, serving one year as president. He was a member of wonderland Chapter O.E.S. in Wall and later of Golden Links Chapter 168 in Rapid City. He served as clerk of Wasta Township #2 from 1966 until 1989.

After moving to Wall, Marsden played the role he most delighted in � that of Santa. With his striking white beard, his red jumpsuits, and pockets full of toys, he could make a child's eyes light up. He participated as Santa in Wall's annual Parade of Trees, at area nursing homes, and around Wall, passing out toys to kids at the drug store.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Herma, of Wall; three sons: Lloyd of Sheridan, WY, Roy of Cambridge, WI, and Tom of Rapid City; one daughter, Janet Kyte of Arlington Heights, IL; eight grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two sons: Edward Alan as an infant and Kenneth Charles "K.C."; his parents, and two sisters: Eunice Christine Marsden and Ruth Marsden Hanifin Sargent.

Evelyn Babb

Evelyn M. Babb, 92, of Wakonda, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 9 at Hansen Funeral Home, Irene, with interment in Union Cemetery, Wakonda.

Evelyn M. Hall was born Dec. 27, 1907 on a farm near Wakonda, to Herbert and Olga (Thompson) Hall. She attended Mount Pleasant grade school and graduated from Wakonda High School in 1924. She continued her education at Northern Normal in Aberdeen. She married Fern Babb on Aug. 19, 1925. They lived in Wakonda and Viborg.

In 1941, she moved to Santa Ana, CA, where she worked at the Santa Ana Air Base. She worked with Joe DeMaggio at the air base and received two signed baseballs that she gave to her sons. She also worked for the Santa Ana School Board.

She acquired her real estate license and worked in that business before moving to Grass Valley, CA, where she was employed by the Nevada Irrigation District until her retirement.

In 1976, she moved back to Wakonda where she lived in her own home until she entered the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in October of 1999.

She loved gardening, was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing and making her famous rugs.

Survivors include one son: Lloyd (Marcy) Babb, Live Oak, CA; one daughter-in-law: Odile Babb, Wakonda; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one brother: Herbert Hall, Viborg; and one sister: Ardiss (Jim) Dwyer of Vermillion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Joel Babb, an infant daughter, one grandson, three brothers, George, Kermit and Louis and two sisters, Elizabeth Everson and Minnie Myer.

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