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Obituaries Alan 'Al' Miller

Alan D. "Al" Miller, 52, of Watertown, died on Friday, July 6, 2001 at a local hospital. Funeral Mass was on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Name Catholic Church with The Rev. John Lantsberger, The Rev. Kevin O'Dell and The Rev. Bernie Ashfeld officiating. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Watertown, with military rites conducted by the Frank H. Adams Post 750 of the VFW.

Al Miller, the son of Melvin and Helen (Jensen) Miller was born on March 18, 1949 in Parker. After attending Vermillion High School, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. He attended Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls. On Oct. 16, 1970, he married Mary Ann Koehn at Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown, and the couple moved to Watertown in 1973. He purchased an accounting business in Watertown, which became Miller Tax Service. In 1998 he entered into a partnership with longtime employee and niece, Peggy Hulscher.

Mr. Miller was instrumental in establishing the Residents Encounter Christ Program in the South Dakota State Penitentiary and became coordinator of the program, along with his wife, from 1983-1999. He was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, a member of the American Society of Tax Professionals, and SD Society of Tax Professionals. Throughout his life he was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers-in-law, Eugene, The Rev. Don, Arlan, and Jerry Koehn.

He is survived by: his wife, Mary Ann Miller, Watertown;

two daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Peter Colucci of Rosemount, MN, and Tracie and Jerry Bents of Moorhead, MN; four sisters, Linda Miller of Tucumcari, NM, Cheryl Kay Miller, Rita Anglin and Dawn Waggener of Watertown; his stepfather, Fred Waggener of Vermillion; his mother-in-law, Laura Koehn; three sisters-in-law, Alice Hoff, Marge Van Well, and LaRayne Koehn, all of Watertown; a brother-in-law, Jim Koehn of Watertown; one grandson, Zachariah Alan Colucci, and Baby Bents to be.

Bobby Peterson

Bobby G. Peterson, 70, Wakonda, died July 6, 2001 at Wakonda Heritage Manor.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. July 9 at Cornerstone Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. David Tims officiating. Burial was in Hurley Cemetery.

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

He was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Vermillion to Henry and Ragna (Peterson) Johnson. He graduated from the Vermillion schools. He served in the Army during World War II and was a farm laborer.

He is survived by: his children JoAnn, Jerry and Eddie, all of Detroit, MI; and two sisters, Melva (John) Wastlund and Ruby (Ted) Martinson, both of Vermillion.

William Knudsen

William K. Knudsen, 75, Vermillion, died Monday, July 9, 2001 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Joe Forcelle officiating. There will be a private burial.

Mr. Knudsen was born May 7, 1926 in Bronson, IA, to Walter and Clerce (Gregoire) Knudsen. He attended and graduated from Bronson schools.

He moved to Vermillion 58 years ago where he worked for the Lass Service Station, which he eventually owned and operated for 35 years. He also worked at The University of South Dakota DakotaDome for 12 years, and was employed by Quality Motors in Vermillion.

He married Donna Lull on July 2, 1949 in Jackson, MN.

He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Vermillion Eagles, a life member of Clay County VFW Post #3061, and the Senior Citizens of Vermillion.

He is survived by: his wife, Donna, Vermillion; two daughters, Connie Knudsen and Susan and her husband, Ken Giegling, all of Sioux Falls; a son, Mark, and his wife, Cindy Knudsen, Vermillion; a sister, Ann Marie, and her husband, Paul McNally, Tucson, AZ; a brother, Walter, and his wife, Lanie Knudsen, Lake City, FL; three grandchildren, Becky and her husband, Steve Thomas, Thomas Giegling and Troy Giegling, all of Sioux Falls; and one great-grandson, Trey Michael Thomas, Sioux Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospice, the Vincent DePaul Society or the Vermillion Senior Citizens.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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