Obituaries

Obituaries Irwin Axlund

Irwin Gale Axlund, 57, of Wakonda, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton after a lengthy illness.

He was born July 7, 1943 in Yankton, to Fred and Florence (Rederick) Axlund and grew up in Wakonda. He graduated from Wakonda Public School in 1961 and Southern State Teachers College, Springfield, with degrees in automotive and diesel mechanics.

He married Nadine Shogren on June 23, 1965 and farmed in the Wakonda area his entire life. He married Dianne Payne on Aug. 5, 1989.

He was a member of the Wakonda United Methodist Church, the Wakonda Community Club, the Yankton Corvette Club and played in the Wakonda Community Band.

He is survived by his wife: Dianne; mother: Florence of Wakonda; two daughters: Brenda (Todd) Canfield, and Lois Axlund, both of Sioux Falls; a step-daughter: Helen Payne, San Antonio, TX; and four grandchildren: Brittany, Rachel and Riley Canfield, and Nathan Saygili, all of Sioux Falls.

His father and one brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the United Methodist Church in Wakonda. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Wakonda.

Hansen Funeral Home in Irene was in charge of arrangements.

James Alder

James Worth Alder was born Dec. 18, 1924 to C.E. and Nellie (Cooley) Alder at Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

He died Nov. 24, 2000 at the Cherrywood Mobile Home Court, Vermillion.

He attended Saybrook Rural School of Volin and graduated from Volin High School in 1943. He enlisted shortly after graduation in the Army Air Force. He trained as a radioman and was on a ship in the Pacific headed for Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. The ship was rerouted to Marcus Island where the U.S. military spent some months trying to convince Japanese snipers that the war was over.

After his discharge he returned to farm with his father east of Volin. He married Patricia Hart Nov. 23, 1947 at the Volin Methodist Church. The couple's daughter was born November of 1950 and in 1955 a son joined the family.

In 1957, he re-enlisted in the Army Air Force for a few months, then returned to Volin to form a construction company. He also purchased the Cherrywood Mobile Home Court in Vermillion.

He was a member of the Yankton Methodist Church and former member of the Volin Methodist Church. He held many offices and taught Sunday school. He was a past worthy patron and 50-year member of the Wakonda O.E.S. and later was a member of the Centerville O.E.S. He was a past master of the Ophir #193 Masonic Lodge of Wakonda, a member of the Rudolph Christensen American Legion Post #237 of Gayville, and a past post commander of the Volin American Legion.

He is survived by his wife: Patricia Alder of Volin; a daughter: Cynthia (Don) Finlayson of Heber, UT; a son: Gregory (Laura) Alder of Beaumont, TX; six grandchildren: Erin, Forrest and Taylor Finlayson, and Jacob, James and Cody Alder; and a brother: Alfred Alder of New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion, followed by a Masonic service by the Wakonda Ophir #193 Masonic Lodge. Burial was in Union Cemetery of Wakonda, with graveside services conducted by the Rudolph Christensen American Legion Post #237 of Gayville. Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

William Estee

William P. Estee, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000 in his home.

Estee was born Oct. 7, 1921 in Hecla where he grew up and graduated from high school. He attended Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND. He worked for the family business, the Estee Elevator, Hecla. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and received Signal Corps training in Minneapolis. While in Minneapolis, he and Lavonne G. Zirnhelt were married on Nov. 28, 1942 in Minneapolis. He served in the European Theater with the Army 31-11 Signal Corps Battalion. After his discharge, he returned to Hecla and continued work at the Estee Elevator.

He served as city treasurer of Hecla for two terms, was vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and served one term as mayor. They moved to Lisbon, ND where he worked for Grand Adams Trucking. In 1954 they moved to Fargo where he worked for Mercury Motor Freight, later known as Century/Mercury Freight. He was the terminal manager when he retired in 1986 at age 65.

His wife preceded him in death in 1997.

He is survived by two sons: David (Eileen), Onalaska, WI, and Jeffrey (Susan), Grand Rapids, MN; three daughters: Kathryn Estee, Fargo, ND, Marcia Estee (Craig Strehlow), Fargo, and Sara Estee, Fargo; a twin brother: Charles (Judy) Estee, Vermillion; two sisters: Eleanor Osher, Bettendorf, IA, and Beverly (Don) Crampton, Aberdeen; four grandchildren: Brian, Jennifer, Christopher and Alexander Estee.

Visitation was Nov. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Church of Nativity, Fargo. A prayer service was held at the church.

Funeral services were held Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.

Nora Peterson

Nora Louise Peterson, 81, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000 at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg.

Nora Naber was born March 14, 1919 in Waco, NE, to Fredrick and Wilhelmina (Schleuter) Nabor. She attended North St. John's Grade School, and graduated from Waco High School. She attended Lutheran Hospital Nurses Training school for three years, graduating as a registered nurse. She married Harold Peterson on June 30, 1946 in Waco. He died in 1992. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion.

Survivors include one son: David, of Vermillion; and three daughters: Mrs. Gary (Catherine) Hildebrandt of Decorah, IA, Mrs. Kenton (Diane) Maberry of Rapid City, and Karren Peterson of Aberdeen. She is also survived by two sisters: Ruth Eng of Waco, NE, and Florence Peeks of York, NE; four grandchildren: Mrs. Michael (Dawn) Blankartz, Mindy and Melony Hildebrandt, and Jerod Maberry.

Her parents, her husband Harold, a brother and a sister preceded her in death.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, with the family present at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

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