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Obituaries Carl Weisz

Carl C. Weisz, 88, Vermillion, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at the Prairie Estate Care Center, Elk Point, of heart complications.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

He was born Feb. 26, 1913, at Delmont to Christ and Emma (Wenzel) Weisz. He married Zelena Fuerst at Kaylor on June 8, 1939.

He was an agricultural engineer employed by the South Dakota State Highway Department, the Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service at various locations in South and North Dakota and Nebraska. He was also employed by the Atomic Energy Commission project at Hanford, WA.

He retired at Vermillion on Jan. 1, 1974, after more than 31 years of federal service with the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service.

He was a member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and several government retirement organizations, the local Senior Citizens Center and the Eagles Club.

He is survived by his wife: Zelena; two sons: Dennis (Kathleen), Sioux City, IA, and Duane (Shirley), Garden City, KS; five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

Clifford Knudson

Clifford R. Knudson, 85, Kelso, WA, died April 19, 2001 at the St. John Medical Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 24 at the Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park, Longview, WA.

Visitation at the chapel was from 1 to 4 p.m. April 22, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 23.

Mr. Knudson was born Jan. 16, 1916 in Wakonda to Ole and Josephine (Anderson) Knudson. He was raised in Wakonda, and had lived more than 50 years in Kelso. He worked for Weyerhaeuser for over 20 years.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include a son: Bob Knudson, Vancouver, WA; two daughters: Jeanene Fittro and Clarice Moon, both of Longview; a sister: Doris Anderson, Sioux Falls; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leone in 1999, one brother, three sisters and one grandson.

Elmer Willenburg

Elmer Willenburg was born on April 15, 1915 at Omaha, NE, and died April 27, 2001.

Funeral services were held 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 2 at Grace Lutheran Church in Parker. Interment, with full military honors by VFW Post 2821, was in Rosehill Cemetery, Parker.

His mother, Sophia, died when he was 3 years old and he was raised at the St. James Orphanage in Omaha.

He was enlisted in the Army National Guard and was called to active duty during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater in Hawaii, battle of the Marshall Islands, Phillipines and Okinawa. He was awarded two Bronze Stars.

After his discharge from the service he came to the Parker area to farm. On Sept. 30, 1948 he married Anna Marie Ebsen, Vermillion. They farmed in the Parker area before moving into Parker in 1972. He also sold DeSmet Farm Mutual Insurance and worked for the ASCS Office.

They moved to St. Paul, MN in 1995 to be close to their children.

Mr. Willenburg was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, life member of the VFW Post 2821, having served for many years as quartermaster and past commander, life member of the American Legion Post 30, DAV, Parker Masonic Lodge #30, El Riad Shrine, Yankton Consistory, and past member of IOOF.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife: Anna; a son: Bob and his wife Shirley, St. Paul, MN; three daughters: Betty Ann Stock, Madison, Joan Halstenson and her husband Steve, Forest Lake, MN, and Deborah Willenburg, St. Paul; seven grandchildren: Justin, Tracy, Carol, Karen, Nyla, James, and Bobbie Jo; and four great grandchildren.

Brian Patrick

Brian K. Patrick, 53, Vermillion, died Saturday, April 28, 2001 at the Sioux Valley Hospital and USD School of Medicine.

Services were held May 1 at Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, with burial in Rosehill Cemetery, Parker.

Hofmeister-Jones Funeral Home, Parker, was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 17, 1948, in Sioux Falls, to Keith and Willda (Jacobs) Patrick in Parker. He graduated from Parker High School in 1966. He earned a bachelor's degree from The University of South Dakota in 1975.

Prior to graduation he served in the U.S. Army. While serving in Vietnam, he was presented with the Bronze Star, another Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.

After graduation, he worked at the psychiatric unit of McKennan Hospital and part-time at the Pomp Room. In 1980, he began employment with the S.D. Department of Social Services, Sioux Falls, where he remained until his death.

He is survived by many cousins and a host of friends he considered his extended family.

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