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Obituaries Daniel Alkire

Daniel Sidney Avon Alkire, Sr., 58, died at his home on Aug. 28, 2001 at North Fork, CA.

He was buried in Vermillion, BluffView Cemetery, on Sept. 8.

Mr. Alkire was born in Yankton on Nov. 27, 1942. He was the son of George Donvan Alkire and Fern Leone Gregg. He attended schools in Vermillion and Fresno, CA.

He taught at Sierra High School for almost 14 years before moving back to South Dakota to raise his family.

Teaching took him back to the Central Valley where he taught at Fresno City College during the school year and at Sierra High School during the summer.

Mr. Alkire was a long-time resident of the mountain community and spent the last 10 years of his teaching career at Willow Creek High School, the last five as its principal. He was successful in getting the school accredited and helped bring it a long way in the activities and programs that are now offered there.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry and children, Daniel Jr., Deadrea, Ann, David, and his mother, Fern.

Lowell Brown

Lowell B. Brown, 80, Vermillion, died Sept. 5, 2001 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Revs. Joe Villalobos and Ed Anderson officiating.

Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home.

Mr. Brown was born Dec. 28, 1920, in Vermillion to Freeman and Eva (Anglin) Brown. He married Gladys Sorensen on Feb. 21, 1942, at Elk Point. He worked for many years as the manager of the dairy department for Tom & Bud's Super Valu in Vermillion. He retired in 1982.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran and Faith Fellowship churches.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys, Vermillion; one son, Bruce Brown, Huron; four daughters, Sharon Kephart, Tucson, AZ; JoAnn Wischmeyer, Austin, TX; Connie Allred, Palm Springs, CA; and Betty Garcia, Omaha, NE; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Max, Austin, MN; and a sister, Irene Rabausch, Sioux Falls.

Arthur Junker

Arthur Joseph Junker, Sioux Falls, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, died Sept. 10, 2001, at the V.A. Hospital. He was 78.

Mr. Junker was born Nov 11, 1922, at Emery, to Peter and Lena (Heiter) Junker. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Sioux Falls where he attended Cathedral School. He then joined the CCC and worked in the Black Hills. His father died when he was 15 years old. This led to a valiant and noble responsibility to provide for his mother and family.

On Feb. 19, 1943, he became active in he U.S. Army and served in the 44th Infantry in Germany. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Sioux Falls. He married Vivian Hisel on July 20, 1945. Mr. Junker began working for Billion Motors as an auto mechanic. Throughout his career, he worked for various automotive businesses including Garvicks Garage. He retired in 1982, due to poor health.

He was a member of the D.A.V. and St. Joseph Cathedral.

Mr. Junker enjoyed retelling service related stories and reminiscing about war history. In his younger years, he liked going fishing and hunting. Especially enjoyable to Mr. Junker was a trip taken to the Black Hills with his family in 1991, in which he re-visited the project areas that he had helped build with the CCC as a young man. Soft-spoken and kind, his concern for the welfare of others was dominant in his life.

He is survived by a son, Arden "Pete" Junker and his wife, Julie, Centerville; two grandchildren, JoLynn and Braden Junker, Centerville; his sister, Marion Junker, Sioux Falls; three nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Junker and Bernetta Mathison and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Mathison.

Mass of Christian Burial was 1:30 p.m., Sept. 13, at St. Joseph Cathedral Chapel. A Scripture service was held at 7 p.m., Sept. 12 at Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls. Visitation began at noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.

George Thompson

George T. Thompson, Sioux Falls died Sept. 5, 2001 at Sioux Falls Regional Veterans Hospital. Mr. Thompson was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Omaha, NE to George and Katherine (Lucas) Thompson. He was raised and educated in Omaha until 1944 when at age 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned to the Pacific Theater. After the war, he returned to civilian life and was employed by Western Electric.

During this time, he met Jane E. Budgett and they were married in Sioux Falls in 1950. He then worked for Norwestern Bell Telephone and continued his education at College and earned a master's degree from The University of South Dakota. In 1955, he began employment as a science, math, and photography teacher with the Sioux Falls Public School District at the newly organized Edison Junior High School. He completed his teaching career at Edison Junior High 34 years later, retiring in 1988.

Besides his involvement in career and alumni related associations, he was also active in the YMCA, Sioux Falls Ski Club, Howard Wood Relays, Elks Club, VFW, Joslyn Art Museum, Henry Doorley Zoo, and Sioux Falls Geologial and Mineral Society. Since the 1960s he worked 27 years as a crop adjuster for Farmers Mutual of Iowa.

Mr. Thompson especially enjoyed the company of his step-grandchildren and in his retirement the couple spent time at their Minnesota lakehome.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Jane, five children, Nancy (Paul) Putz of Clancy, MT, George James (Renee) Thompson of Sioux Falls, Julie (Pedro) Tombago of Roseville, MN, Karen (Ernest) Jones of Omaha, NE, Lisa (Mark) Thompson-Blaine of Omaha, NE, 16 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, a sister, Sheila Carlson of Wimberly, TX, a brother Clarke of Omaha, NE, an uncle, Clarke M. Lucas of Morgan, UT a brother-in-law, Gerald R. (Dorothy) Budgett of Tempe, AZ, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Greene.

Visitation was at 4 p.m. Friday Sept. 7. A scripture vigil was held at 7 p.m. at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home. Mass of the Resurrection was at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Full military rites were held at the burial.

John Williams

John R. Williams, 70, of Vermillion died Tuesday, Sept 4, 2001 at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls. Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001 at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Fairfax, at approximately 3 p.m. Visitations began Friday at 4 p.m. at the United Church of Christ (Vermillion) and continued until the time of the service. There was a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the church Friday evening. Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Williams was born June 13, 1931 to Joe and Stella (Valandry) Williams in Hot Springs. He spent much of his childhood living on a ranch south of Kadoka. He attended a country school for the first eight years and graduated from Martin High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

Following his honorable discharge, he attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, and earned a BS in industrial arts in 1959. While in Springfield, he met and married his wife of 42 years, Diane Wolf. He worked as a teacher and counselor at Todd County Schools in Mission until 1964. The family moved to Laramie, WY, where John earned his M. Ed. in guidance and counseling in 1965. The family returned to South Dakota, where he served as director of guidance at both the Todd County School System and Vermillion School District.

He worked at the Indian Community Action Program, Mount Marty College and Vermillion Ford. He received his Ed.D in guidance and counseling from The University of South Dakota in 1975. He developed, directed, and taught in the USD Alcohol & Drug Abuse Studies Program from 1973 until his death. He was an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

He is survived by his wife, Diane of Vermillion; son, Monte of Mission, KS; daughter, Joni Wilder, son-in-law, Kyle Wilder, grandson, Damon Wilder, all of Derby, KS; brother, Ward of Norris; sister, Rosemary Sayers of Rapid City; sister, Linda Westover of Parker, AZ; many nieces and nephews, and numerous relatives of the Vermillion Wase Wakpa Community.

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