Obituaries

Obituaries Ed Turner

Ed Turner, former resident of the Vermillion and Meckling area, died Feb. 14, 2001 at his home in St. James, MN.

He was born Feb. 17, 1926 in Vermillion to Evie and the late Edgar Turner. Due to his construction work, he traveled extensively and settled in St. James, MN. He is survived by three sons: Wayne, Richard, and Larry; one daughter: Joni Pettigrew; three step-daughters: Arlis Dwello Hanson, Vickie Dwello Landen, and Charlene Dwello Barns; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on Jan. 21, 2001, his parents, Evie and Edgar Turner, two brothers; Everett and Earl, and two sisters; Violet Katzanbverger, and Mildred Turner.

His funeral was Feb. 19 in St. James, MN. He was buried at BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Lawrence Dunn

Lawrence Dunn, 89, Vermillion, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion.

Memorial services were Thursday, Feb. 22, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, with the Rev. Steve Miller and the Rev. Paul Opsahl officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney, OH, at a later date. Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, was in charge of local arrangements.

Mr. Dunn was born July 4, 1911 to Edward P. and M. Josephine (Roberts) Dunn, in Sidney, OH. He grew up in Sidney, where he married Jane Louise Rostron on Aug. 19, 1939. Together they had one daughter, Jacquelin Rostron Dunn. Mr. Dunn worked as a plumber for most of his life. He was a Master Mason at the Temperance Lodge No. 73 in Sidney.

Survivors include his daughter: Jacquelin Rostron Dunn, Vermillion; a brother: Wayne C. Dunn, Tehachipi, CA; a granddaughter: Jennifer Jane (Russ) Dunn-Foster Owatonna, MN; and a great-granddaughter: Josephine Alexandra Dunn-Foster of Owatonna, MN.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Louise (Roston) Dunn, his sister, Constance Hughes, and brother, Robert Dunn.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Lions International Eyebank, 1321 West 22nd Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Peggy Fox

Peggy Delight Bickers Fox, 66, Sioux Falls, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, as a result of an auto accident east of Vermillion.

She was born March 31, 1934 to Orley Ernest Bickers and Elizabeth Lake Bickers in Sanford, TX. She graduated from Phillips High School in 1951.

She married Rev. Claude H. Fox Jr. on Feb. 25, 1955 in Clovis, NM. She and her husband served a variety of South Baptist Churches in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming and Yankton, South Dakota.

In 1983 she moved to Vermillion where she was employed by The University of South Dakota until her retirement in 1991. She also served as a trustee at the First Baptist Church of Vermillion. She was currently residing with her daughters in Sioux Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by her five children: Ernetta Fox, Sioux Falls, Mike Fox, Las Vegas, NV, Sara Jepsen, Gayville, Elizabeth Fox, Sioux Falls, and Bryan Fox, Colorado Springs, CO; a son-in-law: Craig Jepsen, Gayville; a daughter-in-law: Michelle Koehn Fox, Colorado Springs, CO; two grandchildren: Rebecca and Emily Jepsen, Gayville; and brothers: William Bickers, San Antonio, TX, and James Bickers, Henderson, NV.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 21 at First Baptist Church in Vermillion. Interment was in the Yankton Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to The Banquet in Sioux Falls.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Gravrok

Ralph E. Gravrok, 84, Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Vermillion, died Feb. 13, 2001 at Scottsdale.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with Father Don Imming officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

He was born Oct. 12, 1917, at Vermillion to Richard and Carrie (Skartland) Gravrok. He graduated from Vermillion High School and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from The University of South Dakota in 1941. He married Winifred Cody in 1941. He was in the ROTC at USD and was a 1st Lt. for the Army Infantry from 1942-45, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He was a chemist for Texaco for 37 years. He had resided in Beacon, NY, Glen Ellyn, IL, and Bogota, Colombia. He had retired in Coral Gables, FL, and Scottsdale, AZ.

He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and was of the Catholic faith.

He enjoyed ballroom dancing and playing bridge.

He is survived by his son: Ralph Cody Gravrok, Elmhurst, IL; a daughter: Winnie (Bill) Dicus, Missoula, MT; two granddaughters: Stephanie and Charity Dicus, Missoula, MT; a sister: Selma (Gerald) Lawton, Mankato, MN; a brother: Robert Gravrok, Minneapolis, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Georgia.

Brad Pederson

Brad Pederson, 42, of Elk Point died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Prairie Estates Care Center.

Services were Feb. 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elk Point with the Rev. John Rasmussen officiating. Burial was in St. Mary's Gary Owen Cemetery in rural Elk Point. Anderson Funeral Home in Elk Point is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Pederson was born Nov. 11, 1958, in Sioux City, IA, the son of John (Jack) and Frances (Twitchell) Pederson. He attended and graduated from Elk Point High School and later attended both The University of South Dakota and the University of Nebraska. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at the University of Nebraska. He married Teresa Beumer on Aug. 25, 1990, in Elk Point. He was employed with Curry Seed Company of Elk Point.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife; four children: Zachary, Carly, Evan and Jack; a sister: Lori of Merckel, TX; two brothers: Chris and his wife, Sandy of Ft. Collins, CO, and Ross of Los Gatos, CA; and his mother.

He was preceded in death by his father.

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