Obituaries

Obituaries Ron Hill

A prayer service was held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26 for Ron Hill, 61, of Sneads Ferry, NC, who died Wednesday, May 23, 2001 of a massive heart attack at his home in North Carolina.

Mr. Hill donated his body to medical science at the University of North Carolina.

He was born March 16, 1940 at San Diego, CA, to Charles T. and Ursula (Parisher) Hill. He attended school in Sneads Ferry, NC. He worked in printing and most recently was interested in deep sea fishing. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially hunting and fishing. He lived in Vermillion for 20 years and then resided in North Carolina.

Survivors include his two daughters: Holly Annis and her husband, Kevin of Vermillion, and Trudy Hull of Rapid City; four grandchildren: Kristine, Ryan and Tyler Annis and Jade Easton; one brother: John of California; one half-sister: Patricia Smith and her husband, Hubert and their children Hilary and Bert; one half-brother: Richard Hill and his wife, Tina and son Henry of Washington.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

Patricia Halvorson

Patricia Lynn Halvorson 45, of Littleton, CO, died May 18, 2001.

Services were held on Wednesday, May 23, at Church of Risen Christ, with burial at Fairmont Cemetery.

Patty was born in Sidney, NE, on May 1, 1956. She married Duane Halvorson on Aug. 21, 1981. She was a computer programer.

Survivors include her husband; a son: Erik of Littleton; her parents: Frank and Irene Hand of Denver; four sisters: Susan, Rebecca Cynthia and Deborah; and two brothers: Scott and Shawn.

Duane's parents, Bob and Roma Halvorson, his four brothers and two sisters and their families, and several other relatives attended the funeral.

Judith Hanson

Judith Hanson, 85, of Faribault, MN, died Sunday, May 20, 2001 at the District One Hospital in Faribault.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at the Assemblies of God Church in Faribault with the Rev. Tomm Byrtus officiating. Interment was at the Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation was held at the Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault on Tuesday and Wednesday at the church prior to services.

Judith Charlotte Swee, the daughter of Magnus and Ella (Hovde) Swee, was born on Nov. 3, 1915 in Prairie Center Township, Clay County. She attended school there and graduated from University High School in 1934. On May 11, 1935 she married Victor Hanson in Parker. Mr. Hanson preceded her in death on April 18, 1995.

Mrs. Hanson and her husband farmed for many years in South Dakota before moving to Faribault on Nov. 6, 1956. She was active in her church and served as a Sunday school teacher and was also Women's Missionary Circle president. Judith worked at the Faribault Woolen Mill, Hammer Publishing Service and Gopher Shooter Supply Co. She also volunteered as a Pink Lady at District One Hospital for 10 years and volunteered with the American Red Cross.

She is survived by four children: Kenneth (and Marlene) Hanson of Vermillion, Vivian (and Jerry) Downing of Geneseo, IL, Donna (and Jim) Newport of Faribault, and Mervin (and Carole) Hanson of Faribault; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three brothers: Maynard (and Marilyn) Swee of Sioux Falls, Marvin (and Lorraine) Swee of Vermillion, and Verlyn (and Nancy) Swee of Holbrook, AZ; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a grandson, Dennis Hanson, her twin brother, Erling Swee and by three sisters: Leila Erickson, Berniece Tiltrum and Hazel Olson.

Gwendolyn Kimball

Gwendolyn L. Kimball, 89, Vermillion, died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at the Prairie Estates Care Center, Elk Point.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible Church, Vermillion, with the Revs. Joe Villalobos and Wilbur Tiahrt officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

She was born Feb. 27, 1912, in Batavia, IA, to Rex O. and Effel (Downey) Ramey. She graduated from North Central Bible College, Minneapolis, MN, and Springfield Normal College. As an elementary school teacher, she taught at rural schools in Clay County, and in the Wood and Winner areas. On June 9, 1959, she married Raymond Kimball in Meckling. He died Dec. 8, 1990. She has lived in Vermillion the past three years.

She was a member of the Winner Assembly of God and the Vermillion Faith Fellowship of the Open Bible.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cleo Peterson

Cleo Peterson, 76, Pierre, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre. Burial was at Bethlehem Cemetery at Menno.

Memorials may be directed to the World War II Veterans' Memorial in Mr. or Mrs. Peterson's name.

Cleo Bernice Denzin was born Nov. 4, 1924, in rural Douglas County near Armour to Charles H. and Marie F. (Ruck) Denzin. She lived at Armour until the age of 13, then moved with her family to a farm north of Yankton. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1942. She went on to Mount Marty College, receiving her teaching certificate. She taught two years at Pleasant Hill rural school in rural Yankton and one year at Pleasant Valley in rural Wakonda.

She married Edward C. Peterson on June 4, 1946, at Yankton. Three children � Eldon, Errol and Lori � were born to the couple.

Mrs. Peterson lived at Yankton until 1955, then moved with her family to Wawina, MN. In 1956 she moved to Fort Peck, MT, where her husband was employed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1961 she and her family moved to Pierre where Mr. Peterson worked at the Oahe Dam powerhouse. She worked at the Sears store from 1968 until she retired in 1993. Mr. Peterson died in 1983.

She was an avid bowler and bingo player. She loved being with her family and going to coffee with her friends.

She is survived by two sons: Eldon E. Peterson and his wife, Gloria, of Pierre, and Errol B. Peterson and his wife, Carol, of Pierre; one daughter: Lori M. O'Daniel and her husband, Larry, of Fort Pierre; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother: Charles A. Denzin of Wakonda; and one sister: Marlene Coffman and her husband, Lloyd, of Stigler, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edward, and a sister, Verla Iverson.

Clifton Anderson

Clifton A. Anderson was born July 2, 1911, in the Komstad area of Clay County, to Alfred and Selma Anderson. He moved with his family to Vermillion in 1916. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1928 and enrolled in the electrical engineering program at The University of South Dakota. There, he earned his BSEE in 1932 and a BA in 1933.

Following five years with Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, PA, he was appointed to the faculty at Penn State College (now University) in 1938 and began working on his master's degree in industrial engineering while teaching full time. He served in World War II as an officer in the U.S. Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He completed his MS degree from Penn State, and earned a PhD in industrial engineering at Ohio State University in 1952.

In 1957 he accepted the position as department head of industrial engineering at North Carolina State University, where he established the university's doctoral program in industrial engineering and developed the department's furniture manufacturing program He remained at NC State until his retirement in 1976.

Dr. Anderson was honored with memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Phi, and Alpha Pi Mu (of which he served as national president), and he was chaired as the first Henry Foscue professor at NC State. In January 2001, Dr. Anderson gained membership in the Lewis Akeley Society at The University of South Dakota.

In August of 1983 he was married to Lillian Kennedy who preceded him in death in 1980. Anne Harris became his wife in 1982 and died in 1997. Since 1998, Dr. Anderson resided in Roswell, GA, until his death on May 25, 2001.

He enjoyed extensive travel in all 50 states and in 43 countries abroad, including a world cruise in 1997.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: Bruce and Bonnie Anderson of Alpharetta, GA, and John and Pam Anderson of High Point, NC; grandchildren: Brett Anderson and his wife Hope, Ryan Anderson of Norcross, GA, and Dana Anderson of High Point, NC; sisters: Aldna Ufford of Pine Island, MN, and Olivia Peak of Yuba City, CA, and a brother: Sidney Anderson of Rockford, IL.

Private services and interment will be in Raleigh, NC. Memorials should be directed to the Clifton and Lillian Kennedy Anderson National Merit Scholarship Endowment at The University of South Dakota, PO Box 5555, Vermillion, SD 57069-5555, (800-521-3575).

Bobb Ann Lyon

Bobb Ann Lyon, 84, Vermillion, died Sunday, May 27, 2001 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Miss Lyon and her twin sister, Mary JoAnn Turner, were born Sept. 20, 1916 in Kearney, NE, to Margert and Arthur Gerow. On Oct. 2, 1920, they both were adopted by Lou and Harry Lyon. She spent most of her life in St. Louis, MO.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in Missouri and taught junior high school. After receiving her master's degree from Iowa State University, she joined the staff of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion in 1946.

She taught both graduate and undergraduate students in the the area of health, physical education and recreation. She retired after 36 years at USD. In Vermillion, she taught Red Cross swimming for years, was president of the Quarterback Club and participated in ladies golf, the League of Women Voters of Vermillion and many other activities. She also owned a kennel with Glades Lenard on the west side of Vermillion.

She was best known for her ability to tell good jokes. She loved her dogs and often spoke of them as her kids.

She is survived by her twin sister: Mary JoAnn Turner, Winfield, WV; and two nephews: William Turner, Winfield, and Robert Turner, Becky, WV.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lou and Harry Lyon.

No services are planned, upon Miss Lyon's request. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to the USD Foundation for the Bobb Lyon Scholarship Fund.

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