Obituaries

Obituaries Byron Bymers

Byron L. Bymers, 58, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Byron was born Nov. 4, 1942 in Aberdeen to Garrett and Gladys (Lewis) Bymers. He graduated from the Northville-Northwestern High School in 1960 and attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, graduating in 1964 with his teaching degree.

He married Carol Borchard on June 3, 1962 in rural Aberdeen. They moved to Vermillion in 1969, where he was currently operating Bymers Insurance with his wife Carol.

Byron was the past president of the following organizations: State Association of Life Underwriters, Lewis & Clark Life Underwriters, USD Foundation, Vermillion Chamber of Commerce, Vermillion Development Company and the Rotary Club, in which he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served on the boards for the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital, was a National Association of Life Underwriters committee member and was active in the Golf for Guardianship program. He was a board member of Trinity Lutheran Church and active in numerous other organizations.

Survivors include his wife: Carol Bymers of Vermillion; a son and daughter: Lance Bymers and Desha Bymers, both of Tucson, AZ; and three grandchildren: Brandon, Blair, and Andre.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial to follow in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Visitation is at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, the USD Foundation, or the American Heart Association.

John Rabusch

Mass of Christian burial was held Dec. 28, 2000 for John "Jack" Rabusch, 67, who died Dec. 24, 2000 in Burnsville, MN.

Funeral services were held at Mary Mother of the Church in Burnsville. Burial was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Fort Snelling, MN.

Mr. Rabusch was born May 16, 1933 in Vermillion to John and Mildred Rabusch. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1951.

Mr. Rabusch entered the US Army after graduating from high school, serving in Germany from 1953-1955. While attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, he was married to Gerrie DeSmet on Aug. 13, 1957 in Larchwood, IA. After graduating from college Mr. Rabusch and his wife moved to Minnesota where he worked for the Food and Drug Administration. He and his family lived in Texas and Illinois before moving to Burnsville in 1973 when Mr. Rabusch became the director of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, retiring in 1988.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping with his family and hunting and fishing with both his family and friends. He especially liked fishing for salmon on Lake Superior. In recent years, he enjoyed his time on the golf course.

Mr. and Mrs. Rabusch loved to travel throughout the United States and Europe. They also enjoyed time spent in southern California each February and March. He loved to be with friends and family and found joy in spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife: Gerrie; two daughters: Karla Rabusch and Kathy Fagot and her husband, Rob; a son: Tom Rabusch and his wife, Annette; his mother: Mildred Engle, Vermillion; and six grandchildren: Jacob, Emma, Nate, Nikki, Jack and Kirk.

Iola Henderson

Iola Mardell Henderson, the daughter of Lewis and Verna Thompson Anderson, was born June 7, 1928, in Obert, NE, and received her education in Yankton.

On Nov. 17, 1947, she married Alvin Henderson in Yankton. Following their marriage, they lived in Beresford for 13 years and Paullina, IA, for over 32 years. While living in Paullina, she was a member of the Methodist and Presbyterian churchs.

Mrs. Henderson died at the Longhouse Residence in Spencer, IA, on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at the age of 72. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Craig; one sister, Velma Post; one brother, William Anderson; and two half sisters, Violet and Juliet.

She is survived by her husband: Alvin, of Spencer, IA; one son and his wife: Lee and Lynn Henderson of Spencer, IA; one daughter and her husband: Beth and Randy Rainey of Ft. Collins, CO; two grandchildren: Jenny and Ryan; as well as other relatives and friends.

Her ashes were scattered in Bluff View Cemetery on Jan. 17 next to her parents.

Patricia O'Shea

Patricia O'Shea, 63, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Pat was born Aug. 17, 1937 in Aberdeen. She spent her early childhood in Allendale, ND.

She married Thomas O'Shea in 1959 at the Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City.

Pat had an associate of arts degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. She received her RM from the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers in 1989. She had worked as a real estate appraiser in Sioux Falls, Phoenix, and most recently in Vermillion.

Pat is survived by two foster children: Jessica Huynh of Katy, TX, and Vien Nguyn of Sioux City, IA; and two special friends: Dee Rose of Sioux Falls, and Beverly Meredith of Albuquerque, NM.

Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with burial to follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation will begin two hours prior to the service at the church. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements.

Bernice Delaney

Bernice H. Delaney, 78, Vermillion, died Jan. 22, 2001 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Feb. 28, 1922, at Viborg to Gustaf and Ana Johnson. She graduated from Meckling High School. She married Martin Delaney March 17, 1942. She and her husband farmed near Volin. He died March 13, 1971. After his death, she remained on the farm until 1972 when she moved into Vermillion. She was a nurse aide at Dakota Care Center for 29 1/2 years, retiring in 1991. She was a resident of the care center for about two years.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, and the Vermillion VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter: Barbara (Richard) Ellis, Madison; two sons: Bradley, Volin, and Larry, Vermillion; five grandchildren: Darrell and Duane Amundson, both of Vermillion, Sheri Ellis of Madison, and Colby and Stacey Orr, both of Meckling; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Myrtle Larson and Evelyn Styles, both of Vermillion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, two brothers and three sisters.

Donald Namanny

Donald D. Namanny, 71, of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hot Springs.

Post Everlasting was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19 at the American Legion in Hot Springs.

Burial was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Mr. Namanny was born on June 2, 1929 in Spirit Lake, IA, to John and Ella (Voss) Namanny. He served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean conflict. In 1974, he married Marcine Bardwell. They had one daughter, Kristen.

He was a lifetime member of the DAV and a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He enjoyed bowling, woodworking and reading. He was a very friendly person who was always willing to help a friend in need.

Survivors include his loving companion: Alyce Bennett of Hot Springs; one daughter: Kristen Namanny Oldenkamp and her husband, Paul, of Kennebec; one brother: Robert Namanny and his wife, Ella, of Worthington, MN and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Marlene "Molly" Christensen and one brother, Louie Namanny.

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