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Obituaries Donald Erickson

Donald E. Erickson, 66, Yankton, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, IA.

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 2, at First United Methodist Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Dayne Zachrison officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion, with military honors provided by Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791. Visitation was from 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday at Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton.

Mr. Erickson was born July 22, 1934, at Vermillion, to Gus and Alice (Wilder) Erickson. He grew up at Vermillion and graduated from Vermillion High School. He attended The University of South Dakota. He served in the United States Army from Jan. 19, 1955 to Dec. 18, 1957.

Following his discharge, he returned to Vermillion and attended The University of South Dakota, graduating from the USD School of Law. He moved to Pierre and worked in the attorney general's office, later serving as assistant attorney general.

He moved to Yankton and joined the law firm of Welter, Hosmer & Erickson. He later served as district county court judge and circuit court judge. Following his judgeship he returned to private practice. He served as deputy states attorney and then as state's attorney until his retirement.

He was a member of the South Dakota Bar Association, Elks Lodge and was an active member of AA. He enjoyed playing cards twice daily at Tastee Treet with his friends and was a Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include: his son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Nancy Erickson of Glendale, CA; daughter, Autumn Erickson of Fargo, ND; a granddaughter, Maja Erickson of Sunrise Beach, MO; and his former wife, Marilyn Cragun of Sunrise Beach, MO.

He was preceded death by his parents and several infant brothers and sisters.

Karen Seeley

Karen J. Seeley, 40, died Wednesday, June 28, 2001 at Good Samaritan Luther Manor in Sioux Falls.

Ms. Seeley, daughter of Richard W. and Barbara (Barre) Seeley, was born April 1, 1961 in Sayama-Shi, Saitama-Ken, Japan.

Survivors include: her mother, Barbara Hurley of Sioux Falls; her daughter, Karissa R. Seeley of Sioux Falls; one brother, Richard, of Sioux Falls; four sisters: Cynthia Maddux of Cedar Falls, IA, Sharon Draper of Tucson, AZ, Lynn Sabie of Sioux Falls, Sandra DeZeeuw of Dell Rapids, SD; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father.

The family has requested that memorials be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Visitation was 2 p.m., Sunday, July 1 at Barnett-Lewis with a scripture vigil at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary. Funeral Mass was 10 a.m. Monday, at Christ the King, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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