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Obituaries Eleanor Stelpflug

Eleanor Kota Seeley Stelpflug, 82, Yankton, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton, with the Rev. Dean Trapp officiating. Burial was in the Yankton Cemetery.

Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 19, at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, with the family present in the Fellowship Room and resumed one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.

Mrs. Stelpflug was born April 5, 1919 to Frank and Lula (Gregory) Seeley in Yankton. She married Woodrow Mortensen in June 1935 and to this union were born two sons, Larry and Roger. She then married Joseph Stelpflug on Jan. 20, 1957. She lived in Yankton most of her life working at Red Owl as a checker and Croll Freeman Egg Plant of Yankton.

For a short time she lived in California working as a bookkeeper at Prudential Insurance and as a wirier and solderer with RCA Victor. She retired in 1961 and since then has enjoyed tapestry work for her family and donations to the church. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Yankton.

Two sons survive her, Larry (Gloria) of Vermillion, and Roger (Shirley) of Riverside, MO; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, four sisters, four brothers, two nephews, and many cousins.

George Bruyer

George E. Bruyer, 78, of Vermillion, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mr. Bruyer was born Dec. 1, 1922 in Vermillion on the family farm to Joseph and Louise (Lambert) Bruyer. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1940, and married Catherine Nooney on Aug. 13, 1945 in Yankton. He lived on the homestead up until his death. He farmed until his retirement in 1977. He also worked as a campus policeman for The University of South Dakota from 1960-1965.

He was a lifetime member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, and a charter member of the Eagles Club.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine of Vermillion; a son, Larry Bruyer, and his wife, Louise (Ester) of Sioux City, IA; five daughters, Peggy Zahm and her husband, Don of Eagan, MN; Mary Kay Sletten and her husband, Tom of Sioux City, IA; Roseann Bierle and her husband, Greg of Sioux Falls; Teresa Millage and her husband, Kevin; Patsy Sullivan and her husband, T.R., all of Vermillion; two sisters, Dorothy Andrews of Flint, TX; and Alma Jacobson of Torrignton, WY; and four sister-in-laws, Mary Peterson of Sioux City, IA; Agnes Nooney of Yankton; Teresa Brennen of Freeport, IL; and Eleanor Nooney of Lanark, IL; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

His parents, a brother, Ernest, and an infant sister Evelyn Bruyer, preceded him in death.

Funeral Mass was 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. Burial followed in the Fairview Cemetery, rural Vermillion. Visitation began at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the family present, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

Leonard Christenson

Leonard Christenson, 90, Vermillion, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton.

Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, with the Rev. Elizabeth Johnson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

He was born Oct. 16, 1911 in Clay County to Lars and Jennie (Johnson) Christenson. He married Dorothy Piersol Aug. 19, 1938, Elk Point.

He was a retired farmer who enjoyed hunting with his nephews and fishing with the Westerville group. He was active in community and church affairs.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; two sisters, Luella Bertrand, Scotland, and Esther Jensen, Wakonda; one brother, Robert, White; and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harold and Edward.

Memorials may be directed to the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church or to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

John Roning

Former South Dakota athletic director John Roning, 90, died Oct. 3, 2001 in Denver, CO.

Roning, nicknamed "Gentleman John," was a respected member of the sports community across the country. Following World War II service in the U.S. Navy, Roning was hired as football coach and athletic director at Utah State University, serving for four years. At Utah State, he was twice named Skyline Conference Coach of the Year. Roning was the head football coach at Denver University before taking the athletic director job at South Dakota in 1961. Roning, who coached South Dakota's golf team during his tenure, stayed at South Dakota until 1971. Later, he served as commissioner of the Big Sky Conference. Roning also coached in Minnesota's prep ranks and spent three years at Gustavus Adolphus College.

A 1935 graduate of the University of Minnesota, he played for the Gophers during coach Bernie Bierman's "Golden Days" from 1932-34.

Roning was a member of Rotary International and a mason in University Lodge #316 A.F. and A.M. in Minneapolis, MN. He is survived by his wife, Agnes Geib Roning; daughter, Ann R. Roemer, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial tribute was held at noon on Friday, Oct. 26 at Parkplace, 111 Emerson Street, Denver, CO. Contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 2460 W. 26th Ave., #250 C, Denver, CO, 80211.

Howard Lind

Howard E. Lind, 80, Beresford, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001 at Heart Hospital of SD, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, with the Rev. Kwen Sanderson officiating. Burial was in the Emmett Cemetery, rural Beresford.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Lind was born April 26, 1921 in Vermillion, to Ernest and Florence (Hedlin) Lind. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1939.

He married Rosamond Dolan Aug. 28, 1965 in Emmett. He was a livestock and grain farmer in rural Vermillion until he retired in 1997 and moved into Beresford. Many years he was a cattle and hog buyer. He was a good mechanic and was always helping others to fix things.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Lind, and granddaughters, Shelby and Megan of North Carolina; one brother, Richard (Thelma), Vermillion; two sisters, Avis (Virgil) Brugger, Centerville, Lenette Macy, Sioux Falls; and special friend, Chris Farley, Beresford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, Mark.

George Merry

George Merry, 88, Vermillion, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton.

Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in the Pender City Cemetery, Pender, NE.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Merry was born Dec. 25, 1912 in Thurston, NE, to Frank and Julia (Cupp) Merry. He married Augusta Fink June 3, 1940 in Morton, ND. He worked as a yard manager at Fullerton Lumber.

He belonged to the Vermillion Eagles, where he held all the offices, and was Dakota State president, all in Vermillion, where he held all the offices. He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Augusta; daughters Beverly (Robert) Jacobson, Davis, Deloris (Douglas) Hruby, Marion, and Carla (Michael) Feller, Ithica, NE; a son, Ronald (Jackie) Merry, Tacoma, WA; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gordon; two sisters, Helen and Bell; and four brothers, Alvin, Oscar, Percy and Rufus.

Ron Richards

Ron Richards, age 58, of Yankton died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton with Rev. Nelson Stone officiating. Burial was in the Yankton Cemetery. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 19, at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the Kostel Funeral Home.

Mr. Richards was born in Upland, CA, on May 21, 1943 to Pearl and Ivan Richards. He graduated from high school at Genesha in Pomona, CA. After two years at college he spent two years in the U.S. Army. He became a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. He retired as a detective in 1993 after 25 years.

He worked in Facilities Management at USD in Brookman Hall until recently. He married Linda Wensel in 1969 in Ontario, CA. He was a long-time member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Alta Loma, CA. He was past president and member of the Yankton Lions Club and the Community Relations Board at Yankton Federal Prison Camp. He was a speaker at various service clubs and at Mount Marty. He came to love South Dakota, particularly its hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, Yankton; two daughters, Trisha Richards, Minneapolis, MN, and Lisa Richards, Chicago, IL; and one brother, Roger, Huntington Beach, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Stanley Christensen

Stanley L. Christensen, 85, Wakonda, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home-Avera Health, Wakonda.

Funeral services were held Thursday at Hansen Funeral Home, Irene. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Irene. He was born July 20, 1916, at Irene to Ernest and Anna (Aalboe) Christensen. He served in the Civil Conservation Corps in the Black Hills where he was injured and spent many years in various nursing homes.

He is survived by two sisters, Mildred Freng, Yankton, and Evelyn Eide, Cherokee, IA; and one brother, Vernon Christensen, Vermillion.

He was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Michael Sanders

Michael A. Sanders, 56, Vermillion, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with services conducted by the Vermillion IOOF Lodge.

Mr. Sanders was born June 10, 1945 in Arnolds Park, IA, to Milton and Shirley (Harris) Sanders. He married Hannah Hathaway Feb. 28, 1981 in Shawnee Mission, KS. He was a retired attorney in the Attorney General's Office in Kansas City, MO. They lived in Vermillion for the past 14 years.

He belonged to the Vermillion IOOF.

Survivors include his wife Hannah; a daughter, Kimberly Porter, Shawnee Mission, KS; sons David Sanders, Overland Park, KS, and Daniel Sanders, Oklahoma, OK; a stepson Jon Colen, Columbia, MO; stepdaughters Claudia Thompson, Alliance, OH, and Jenifer Meyers, Derby, KS; and eight grandchildren.

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