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Obituaries Justin Loen

Justin Duane Loen, 22, of Wakonda, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000, as the result of an automobile accident near Brookings.

He was born Aug. 8, 1978 in Sioux Falls, to Jerry and Sharyl (Frier) Loen. He and his family moved to the family farm east of Wakonda.

He was confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Wakonda.

He attended Wakonda School from kindergarten through 12th grade. He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1997. After graduation, he moved to Sioux Falls and lived with his sister, Stacey, while attending Southeast Technical Institute. He then moved back to Wakonda and lived with his family while working at Fox Run Quick Lube in Yankton. He recently moved to Vermillion with his fianc�, Amanda, and began working at Yankton Auto Supply.

He will be remembered for his smile and kind, caring heart. He was an avid Chevy lover. He enjoyed driving his '55 Chevy on nice days and also his Chevy pickup. He also enjoyed playing paintball. He spent his spare time with family and friends.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Wakonda, and was a cancer survivor.

He is survived by his parents, Jerry and Sharyl, a sister, Alissa, and a brother, Luke, all of Wakonda; a sister, Stacey (Jeff) Dreesen, Meckling; his fianc�, Amanda Taggart, Vermillion; his grandparents, Alvina Frier, Wakonda, and Mary Ann and Orville Loen, Rapid City; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22, at the Wakonda High School gymnasium. Burial followed in Union Cemetery at Wakonda.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21, with the family present at First Lutheran Church in Wakonda.

Hansen Funeral Home in Irene was in charge of arrangements.

Laura Brunick

Laura Ailene Brunick, 18, of Meckling, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2000, near Brookings, as a result of an automobile accident.

She was born Sept. 2, 1982 in Yankton to Doug and Rena (Hanson) Brunick. She attended Vermillion grade schools, and was currently a senior at Vermillion High School. She was employed at the Vermillion Hy-Vee Deli, and was a member of the High School Rodeo, the NBHA, as well as numerous rodeo groups. She was also a member of the Vermillion 4-H, Bergen Lutheran Church, where she was baptized and confirmed, and a regular at the Vermillion fire station and the EMTs.

She is survived by her parents, Doug and Rena, and a stepbrother, Chad Brunick, all of Meckling. Her grandfather, Clayton Hanson of Meckling, and grandparents Wayne and Laura Brunick of Vermillion, also survive her. Her horse, Molly, will also miss her.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial in Meckling Cemetery, rural Meckling. Visitation was at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Memorials may be directed to First National Bank, Vermillion, in care of Laura Brunick Memorial.

Helen Millette

Helen (Foisey) Millette 95, of Denver, CO, died Aug. 25, 2000 at her residence.

Services were held Aug. 28 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Denver. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery.

She married Frederick Millette June, 10, 1929 at St. Peter's Catholic Church at Jefferson. Her father owned and operated the Foisey Grocery store in Jefferson. They moved to Colorado in the early 1940s.

Survivors include nieces and nephews: Lillian Amundson, Bob Millette and Dick Millette, Vermillion, Sylvia Lynch, Burbank, and Camelia Connors, Sioux Falls.

Her husband died in 1993.

E. Geraldine Butrum

Geraldine Butrum, 76, of Garretson, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000 on the family farm near Garretson.

Services were 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Zion Lutheran Church, Garretson. Burial followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Garretson. Visitation began at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Minnehaha Funeral Home, Garretson, which was in charge of arrangements.

Eleanor Geraldine Stalheim was born Jan. 23, 1924, on the family farm near Garretson to Henry and Ellen (Nelson) Stalheim. She attended White Willow School and graduated from Garretson High School. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a major in nursing education and Sioux Valley School of Nursing.

She was married to Rayburn Butrum on April 26, 1947 at Norway Lutheran Church near Garretson. The couple lived in Gettysburg and near Fedora until 1952 when they moved to the farm near Garretson. There they raised their family and were engaged in farming.

Mrs. Butrum was a nursing educator at Sioux Valley School of Nursing for 15 years. Following this, she was employed as an RN at Palisade Manor in Garretson. She was also an EMT and a trainer for the Garretson Ambulance Service. She retired from the nursing profession at the age of 72.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Garretson, the WELCA, the American Nurses Association, The American Legion Auxiliary, and the Neighbors Extension Club. She played an active role in church and community activities. Mrs. Butrum touched the lives of many people.

Survivors include four children: Renee (Bruce) Boehrns of Volin, Jeneane (Douglas Hornseth) Butrum of Richfield, MN, Keith (Holly) Butrum of Veblen and Kevin Butrum of Garretson; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers: Ole Stalheim of Ames, IA, and Lawrence Stalheim of Carefree AZ; and nieces and nephews.

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