Obituaries

Obituaries Milton Dabe

Milton R. Dabe, 85, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Services will be at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Daniel Christensen

Funeral services were held Jan. 20, 2001 at Central Lutheran Church, Elk River, MN, for Daniel Christensen, 61.

Dan was born April 24, 1939 in Vermillion to Folmer and Lola Christensen.

He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1957 and from The University of South Dakota in 1961. He married Jo Anne Ruhaak on June 10, 1962 in Elk Point.

He earned his master's degree from the University of Minnesota-St. Cloud. He taught two years in Madison and in the Minneapolis school system for 27 years.

His father preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters: Suzanne (Jamie) Ross, Duluth, MN, Kim (Byron) O'Keefe, and Karin (Mitch) Neuhouse; his mother: Lola Christensen; a brother: Folmer (Janice) Christensen Jr.; three grandchildren; and many cousins and friends.

Gordon Larson

Gordon Ador Larson, 81, was born Feb. 15, 1919 in Union County on the family farm south of Beresford to Paul G. and Clara E. (Ronning) Larson. Gordon died Jan. 26, 2001 in the presence of his family in Beresford.

Mr. Larson was baptized and confirmed at Roseni Lutheran Church, where he was a member for many years. He was also a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He spent his boyhood years at Brule School #50 and graduated from Beresford High School in 1938.

Following graduation, he started farming and on Dec. 23, 1939 he married Emma Johnson at Brooklyn Evangelical Church of rural Beresford. The couple farmed in the Roseni area until 1956, when he and his family moved to California to pursue a new adventure.

He drove for Greyhound Bus Lines for three years, returning to the farm where his heart was, and resumed farming and drove bus for the Beresford schools, retiring from the farm in 1969 and moving into Beresford. He continued driving bus and doing custodial engineering for the school for many years. This was one of his most rewarding experiences, working with youth and being a friend to many.

After retiring from the school system he went to work with the Beresford Telephone Company, another fulfilling experience working with the community.

Mr. Larson also had a special interest in birds, rocks, flower gardening and enjoyed sharing his flowers with others. Cribbage was the game.

Special activities of his were organizing the Prairie Herdsmen and Rosy Ramblers 4-H clubs and being a 4-H leader in Union County for many years. He was also active in church council, chorus and Beresford Lions Club, Bethesda Life Line, Senior Companion Program, and an EMT for Beresford Ambulance. Because of the many volunteer programs he assisted with he was the Volunteer of the Year recipient.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Emma; his parents; a sister: Hazel Larrabee; and a brother: Ernest.

Among those who gratefully shared his life are his children: Karen and Robert Isakson, Rapid City, Phyllis and Sheridan Sternquist, Centerville, Gerald and Betty Larson, Beresford, and Claire and Jerry Antonson, Vermillion; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Clarence, Beresford, Palmer (Marion), Portland, OR, and Roger (Kathryn), Rapid City; two sisters-in-law: Vera (Casper) Voog and Leona (Ken) Sandvall, both of Beresford; a brother-in-law: Robert (Lucille) Johnson, Cornelius, OR; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Gordon and Emma Larson Scholarship Fund.

Gene Tosch

Gene Tosch, 68, of Des Moines, IA, died of a heart ailment Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at home.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Jan. 31 at St. James Lutheran Church in Johnston, IA. Graveside services at West Prairie Lutheran Church, rural Lennox, will be held at a later date.

Mr. Tosch was born in Lee Summit, MO, and had lived most of his life in Vermillion and Tea, before moving to Des Moines in 1999. He served in the US Army for two years, including a stint in Korea.

He married Joanne Hoffman on Nov. 28, 1954. He worked as a repair technician for US West for 40 years before retiring in 1992. He was a volunteer fireman in Vermillion and Tea for nearly 40 years.

He is survived by a daughter: Debby Wylie of Des Moines, IA; two sons: Mike Tosch of Des Moines, IA and Tom Tosch of Sioux Falls; his mother: Eunice Tosch of Madison; a brother: William Tosch of Fort Collins, CO; a sister: Karen Campbell of Fairfield, CT; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joanne.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. James Lutheran Church in Johnston, IA, or Trinity Lutheran Church of Tea.

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