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Obituaries Lela Emerson

Lela J. Emerson, 77, of Vermillion died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at Sioux Falls Vermillion Care Center.

Services were held Nov. 2 at Faith Fellowship Church in Vermillion, with Greg Johnson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Emerson was born June 3, 1923, in Davis, the daughter of Henry and Jessie (Butterfield) Temple. She graduated from Centerville High School in 1942. She was employed as an assistant postmaster in Davis for three years.

She married Russell Emerson on Aug. 16, 1945, in Sioux Falls. The couple farmed in the Greenfield area. In 1949, they moved to Gary, then moved to the Vermillion area in 1959. She was employed with Chi Omega sorority for one year and then was with the Beta frat house for seven years as a cook. She also was employed with the Chamber of Commerce for three years and as a custodian with The University of South Dakota for 13 years. Her husband died Aug. 9, 1993.

She was a 54-year member of American Legion Auxiliary in Davis, a 38-year member and former president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Vermillion and was a member of Faith Fellowship Church and Beta Zeta ESA.

Survivors include four daughters: Roxan and her husband James Brown, Cheryl and her husband Bill Johnson and Agnes Emerson, all of Vermillion, and Dawn and her husband Richard Thornton of Harrisburg; a son: Jay of Vermillion; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 27 great-step-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Loraine Miller of Gary, and Rosie Krumbach of Chancellor; and a brother-in-law and his wife: Lester and Hazel Emerson of Elk Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Ivan and Peter Temple.

Memorials may be directed to Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 3061 for Cancer Aid and Research or to the Parkinson's Foundation.

Julius Christensen

Julius P. Christensen, 65, of rural Vermillion died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at The Abbey in Le Mars, IA.

Services were held Nov. 1 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church in rural Vermillion, with the Rev. Annette Granchow officiating. Burial was in Dalesburg Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Mr. Christensen was born March 20, 1935, in Clay County, the son of Clarence J. and Violet F. (Dahlin) Christensen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He attended Dalesburg District 35 and graduated from Beresford High School in 1953. He attended The University of South Dakota for one year.

He served in the U.S. Army four years, stationed in Germany. He wad discharged in 1959. He then farmed. He had been a resident of The Abbey since 1983.

He was a member of Dalesburg Lutheran Church where he was baptized and confirmed.

Survivors include a sister and her husband: Darlene and Jerry Ballard of Marcus, IA; two nieces: Julie Ballard and Susan (Arlan) Kolker, both of Lawton, IA; and two grandnieces: Allison and Ashley Kolker, both of Lawton, IA.

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