Obituaries

Obituaries Grace Johnson

Grace Johnson, 79, of Council Bluffs, IA, died at the Hospice House in Omaha, NE, on Aug. 11, 2001.

A graveside memorial service was held Aug. 15 at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, followed by inurnment in the cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson was born July 11, 1922 to Andy E. and Jessie (Hansen) Lawrensen. She was raised on a farm in Clay County. On Oct. 18, 1942, she married Elmore W. Johnson. She worked for 36 years at the Army ROTC Office at The University of South Dakota at Vermillion.

In 1994, the Johnsons moved to Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brother, Elvin W. Lawrensen.

She is survived by: one daughter, Camille (Dennis) Tech, of Council Bluffs; two sons, Roger, La Crosse, WI, and Clair (Margie) Delray Beach, FL; one sister, Leone (Herbert) Christopherson, one brother, Glen R. (Paula) Lawrensen, and a sister-in-law, Anna Lawrensen, all of Vermillion; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

George Dibbert

George Dibbert, 97, was born June 6, 1904, to Henry and Maria (Boldt) Dibbert in Knox County, NE, and died on Aug. 16, 2001 at the Wakonda Heritage Manor.

Funeral services were held Aug. 21 at the First English Lutheran Church, Centerville. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Centerville.

Mr. Dibbert was baptized and confirmed at the Golgotha Lutheran Church in rural Wausa, NE. He married Lillie Hiz on Feb. 14, 1929, at the Golgotha Church. The couple farmed in the Osmond, NE area. After their farm sale, he worked for several area farmers. Farming was his lifelong vocation. The couple retired in 1970 and moved to South Dakota, living near their daughter and son.

Mr. Dibbert was a member of the First English Lutheran Church in Centerville where he was an usher for many years. He enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, and playing cards with his family.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; his brothers, August, Albert, Herman and Emil; his sisters Minnie and Frieda; a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter-in-law.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lillie; his daughter, Roma and husband, Robert Halvorson of Wakonda; their children, Judy, Jerry, Duane, Keith, Arlen, Paul and Amy; his son, Ronald, and wife, Lorraine, of Sioux Falls; their children, Alan and Warren; 18 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Mathilda Dibbert, of Magnet, NE; sister-in-law, Hazel Dibbert; and many nieces and nephews.

Ivan Hunter

Ivan R. Hunter, 83, of Vermillion, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mr. Hunter was born June 12, 1918 in Walthill, NE, to James and Ida (Haines) Hunter. He went to school in Walthill, and served in the Army during World War II. He married Dorothy Brown on Dec. 22, 1945 in South Sioux City, NE. He owned and operated his own cement contracting business for many years.

Two sons survive him: Dennis of Meckling, and Perry of Texas. He is also survived by five daughters: Cheryl (Dan) Kurtz of Papillion, NE, Robyn (Dick) Jones of Vermillion, Phyllis Hunter of Tea, Rhonda (Dan) Hart of Yankton, and Kelleen (Curt) Gregg of Vermillion. Sixteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive him.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with burial in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Joshua Schroeder

Joshua Schroeder, 18, Alexandria, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, near Vermillion.

Services were held Aug. 18 at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Joshua John Schroeder was born Jan. 18, 1983, to Bernard and Brenda Hawley Schroeder in Gettysburg. He completed second grade in Gettysburg then moved to Alexandria with his family where he attended school.

At the age of 11 he was a child host on South Dakota Public TV. While in high school he participated in drama, oral interpretation, football, chorus and received numerous awards in track, including the 2000 Hustler Award. He starred as Judd in the Area Community Theatre production of Oklahoma.

He was a graduate of the General Brady Boot Camp in Custer. He was a member of St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria and graduated from Hanson High School with the class of 2001.

He is survived by: his parents, Brenda Schroeder and her fiancee Alvin McKeown of Mitchell, his father Bernie Schroeder and his wife Mary of Alexandria; two sisters, Alicia Schroeder of Michell and Savanna Schroeder of Alexandria; his grandparents, John and Ila Schroaeder of Alexandria, Ralph and Jan Munyon of Gettysburg, and Bob and Audrey Hawley of New Underwood; one brother, Dylan Smith of Alexandria; one stepbrother, Lance McKeown of Vermillion; two stepsisters, Nichole McKeown of Livingston, CO, and Natasha McKeown of Vermillion; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Kristen Shroeder, and cousin, Alex Anderson, and his great-grandparents.

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