Obituaries Doyle Robbins

Doyle E. Robbins, 75, of Elk Point, died Friday, May 11, 2001 at a Sioux City hospital.

Services were Monday, May 14 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elk Point with Pastor Richard Wiekert officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in rural Meckling, with military services taking place at the grave. Visitation and a prayer service were held Sunday at the church.

Mr. Robbins was born on Dec. 12, 1925 at Sioux City, IA, the son of Howard E. and Mary A. (Goss) Robbins. He resided at rural Elk Point. He graduated from Elk Point High School in 1943 and entered the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet and served at several Navy schools in engineering and aviation including Wilt Chamberlain Field, Minneapolis, St. Mary's (MN) and St. Mary's (CA).

After being discharged from the Navy, he attended the State University of Colorado where he received a BS degree in zoology. He was an honorary member of Tri Beta, a biological fraternity.

He married Glennys A. Bensen on Aug. 20, 1950 at Bergen Lutheran Church in rural Vermillion.

They farmed for 13 years. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years and with the S.D. Racing Gaming Commission for 38 years. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Elk Point Masonic Lodge #3 Af & Am (since 1965) and the American Legion-Bert L. Smith Post 134.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Lorie L. and husband Joe Hembd of Sioux City, and Dena and husband Doug Donnelly of Elk Point; a sister: Janice Ludy of Florida; six grandchildren: Mary, Kristina, Andrew and Beth Hembd, Molly and Blake Donnelly;

one great-grandson: Tyson Trobaugh; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and a brother, Russell, preceded him in death.

Richard Ellefson

Richard James Ellefson, 54, of Vermillion, died Friday, May 11, 2001 at Gayville.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 15, at the Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton, with the Rev. Erika Lehmann officiating. Burial was in Vangen Lutheran Cemetery, Mission Hill, with military honors provided by the Ernest Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.

Mr. Ellefson was born Jan. 27, 1947, to Clarence and Eleanor (Anderson) Ellefson at Yankton. He grew up in the Mission Hill area, graduating from Yankton High School in 1965. He served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970 at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. He then lived in California and Nebraska. He was currently living in Vermillion, where he was employed by Polaris. He enjoyed fishing, sports and collecting stamps and coins.

Survivors include his sisters: Colette Wilcox of LeMars, IA, and Janet and her husband, Boyd McPeek of Sioux Falls; and five nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bernard Doohen

Bernard James Doohen, 85, of Vermillion died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Services were Thursday, May 17 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Doohen was born Jan. 3, 1916, in Garryowen, the son of James and Agatha (Kyte) Doohen. He attended Prairie Center rural school and attended South Dakota State in Brookings.

He married Marjorie Heck on Sept. 23, 1946, in Elk Point. The couple farmed in the Garryowen area until 1967, then farmed near Wakonda. They moved to Vermillion in 1978.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife; three sons: James and his wife, Patricia, and Tom, all of Vermillion, and Jerry and his wife, Sheila of Dickenson, ND; a daughter: Ann Doohen of St. Joseph, MO; three sisters: Claire Duerst of Riverside, CA, Agatha Fix of Leola, and Sister Julianna Doohen of Aberdeen; a brother: Robert of Sioux Falls; and five grandchildren: Tyler, Dawn, Sarah, Laura and Lisa.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth, Marie and Pearl, and a brother, Edward.

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