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Obituaries John Kroupa

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Feb. 9, 2001 for John Kroupa, 60, of Reliance, who died Feb. 3. The services were held at the Wevik Funeral Home, Chamberlain, with burial in the Kimball Cemetery, Kimball.

Visitation was held Feb. 8 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Wevik Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Kroupa was born on Aug. 10, 1940 at Lake Andes to Vladimir and Pearl Marie (Jones) Kroupa. He came with his parents to his father's homestead northwest of Kimball. He attended Brehan Country School north of Kimball until the sixth grade.

In 1965, he moved into Chamberlain and worked in road construction and carpentry work. Around 1967, he attended a trade school in Kansas specializing in auto body mechanics. In November 1969, he moved to Vermillion and worked at The University of South Dakota as a janitor for 15 years.

He was also employed at the sanitation department in Vermillion for two years. After that he returned to Chamberlain and worked at the Chamberlain High School as a janitor for two years. The past two years, he was helping on a farm north of Reliance.

He is survived by a daughter: Janyce Marie Kroupa, Vermillion; a brother: Erling Kroupa, Rock Springs, WY; a sister: Sally Rohrback, Reliance; and special friends: Don, Ruby and Dennis McGee, Oacoma.

Harvey Larson

Harvey W. Larson, 76, of Meckling, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001 at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls after a brief illness.

Mr. Larson was born June 11, 1924 in Gayville to William and Ethel (Peterson) Larson. He attended Meckling High School, and entered the Navy during World War II. He married Georgia Clark in Gayville on Aug. 14, 1946. He had farmed in Meckling his entire life.

He was a member of the LST Association, and the Gayville Lutheran Church. He had devoted his whole life to farming, metalwork and welding. He especially enjoyed reading, the rodeo, and was a World War II buff. He was always willing to help family and others, and his last wish was to donate his body to the USD School of Medicine.

Survivors include his mother: Ethel Larson, Meckling; his wife: Georgia of Meckling; three sons: William (Jane) Larson Sr. of Meckling, Randy (Earlene) Larson of Gayville, and Milt (Rita) Larson of Kingsville, MO; a daughter: Gail Larson of Meckling; three sisters: Lucille Frank of Wessington Springs, Donna Voigt of Huron, and Judy McGillivray of Canton; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Gayville Lutheran Church, with burial at a later date. There was a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

David Slagle

David F. Slagle, 88, of Yankton, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 at Avera Sister James Nursing Home, Yankton. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, with Rev. Dewayne Kayser officiating. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation was from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton with a 7 p.m. rosary followed by a 7:30 p.m. scripture service.

Mr. Slagle was born on Dec. 28, 1912 to Levy and Emma (Boardman) Slagle at Murray, NE. He went to school in Aten, NE. He married Louise Kast on May 1, 1935 in Menominee, NE. He farmed for many years; when he retired from farming he worked at Cimpl's Meat Packing Company for many years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton Moose and Elks Lodges.

Survivors include his wife: Louise, Yankton; two sons: David Jr. (Nora), Clayton, CA, and Marlin (Darlene), Yankton; four daughters: Gladys (Lyle "Bill") Weeks, Minot, ND, Joyce Shurman, Yankton, Jan (Gene) Paetow, Sioux Falls, and Cathie (Michael) Merlino, Canon City, CO; one brother: Levy (Mary) Slagle, Julesburg, CO; five sisters: Mary Willman, Yankton, Susan Willman, Mitchell, Olga (Wally) Toupal, Utica, Gloria (Willis) Sheldon, Yankton, and Lola McGinnis, San Jose, CA; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents Levy and Emma Slagle, three brothers, Dallas, Allen, and Mick, one sister in infancy, Roberta, and one son-in-law, James Schurman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to Avera Sister James Nursing Home or Avera Adult Day Care Center.

Oscar Boardsen

Oscar A. Boardsen, 83, of Goldendale, WA, Jan. 30, 2001 in Goldendale.

He was born on May 18, 1917 in Burbank to Oscar and Ingeborg Boardsen. He attended school there and was married to Eileen Clifford on Oct. 12, 1940 in Vermillion.

The couple farmed in South Dakota and Mr. Boardsen later became employed on the dam building projects throughout the northwest. He loved his work and met lots of people who became life long friends.

After retirement in 1978 they lived in Bridgeport, WA, for a time, later moving to Union Gap, WA, Liberty, MT, and returning to Goldendale in 1992.

He is survived by his wife: Eileen of Goldendale: four daughters: Jeanne Johnson and husband, Gordon of Goldendale, Mary Jo Hopperstad and Julie Boardsen Smith of Yakima, WA, and Gloria Boardsen Riches and husband, Phil of Vancouver, WA; six grandchildren: Scott Bateman, Steve Bateman, Oscar Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Michael Smith and Lyn Hopperstad-Herrera; one sister: Emma Elliott; five great-grandchildren: Scott, Lorienne, Susan, Oscie and Jaden; two sisters-in-law: Helen and Dort; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Boardsen was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and loved fishing, hunting, gardening, raising flowers and feeding the birds.

He was blessed with many friendships. He enjoyed greeting the children as they passed by his house going to and from school.

Mass of Christian burial was on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Fr. William Byron, celebrant. Rosary services were Friday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Interment was in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

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