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Obituaries Olin Johnson

Olin Johnson, 75, Sioux Falls, died June 10, 2001, at his residence. Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 12, 1925, near Volin, to Oscar and Regna (Udlock) Johnson. He graduated from school at Irene in 1942.

He entered the U.S. Army in April 1942, and received his honorable discharge in December 1946.

Mr. Johnson married Blanche B. Darrow on Feb. 22, 1947, at Centerville. The couple made their home on a farm near Volin and in 1950, moved to Centerville. Mr. Johnson became a part owner of Darrow Construction with his father-in-law, and worked as a commercial builder.

In 1968, the family moved to Vermillion, where he began his career at The University of South Dakota as associate director of the Physical Plant. He retired from USD in 1989. The couple moved to Sioux Falls in 1995.

He was an avid fan of USD athletics, and along with his family, followed all campus sporting events. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling. Following his retirement, Mr. Johnson liked to go fishing and particularly enjoyed his springtime fishing trips to Canada. He cherished time with his family and enjoyed helping his daughters with home remodeling projects.

Survivors include: his wife, Blanche, Sioux Falls; two daughters, Betty (Elwood) Harmon and Deb (Jim) Harris, both of Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at Christ the Victor Chapel of First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls.

Grace Spain

Grace F. Spain, 87, Elk Point, died Monday, June 18, 200, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Elk Point, with the Rev. Earl Jones officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery.

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

She was born March 10, 1914, at Elk Point to Ralph and Jessie (Conent) Livingston. She attended Elk Point schools. She married John Spain in 1929 in Vermillion. He died in October of 1957.

She was a cook in various restaurants. She spent her whole life in the Elk Point and Vermillion areas.

She is survived by: two daughters, Patricia Brown, Sioux Falls, and Sandra Little, Elk Point; one son, Ronald Dean Spain, Gregory; 17 grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, John Allen and Tom Spain, a daughter, Derlene Spain, five brothers and three sisters.

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