Obituaries

Obituaries Frederick Zuercher

Frederick W. Zuercher, 68, of Vermillion died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, at his residence in Vermillion.

Mr. Zuercher was born July 24, 1933 in Louisville, KY, to Frederick and Imogene (Greenaway) Zuercher. He graduated from the Louisville Male High School in 1950 and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1954.

After serving in the Army, he went on to receive his master's degree in 1960 from the University of Wyoming in Laramie and a Ph.D. from UCLA in 1969.

He was working as a political science professor at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

He was a strong member of the ATO Fraternity house in Vermillion, a member of the American Society for Public Administration, and was very active in the Methodist Church. He also led annual USD student trips to Washington, DC, and was named USD's 2002 Harrington Lecturer.

Survivors include his two sons, James (Gina) of Fuquay Varina, NC, and William of Durham, NC; a grandson, Jonathan Henry Zuercher of NC; a sister, Imogene Hansen of Helena, MT; two nieces, Jane Fulkerson and Susan Hansen; a nephew, Andrew Hansen; and several cousins.

Funeral services were held Oct. 2, at the United Methodist Church in Vermillion, with burial at a later date in the Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Adams

Richard W. Adams, 92, Augusta, KS, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001 in Augusta.

Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at First United Methodist Church, Augusta. Burial was in Bluffview Cemetery in Vermillion on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.

Mr. Adams was born Oct. 24, 1908, the second of five children, to William Bonsteil and Ethylinda Davenport Adams. He lived on the Rosebud Indian Reservation where his parents worked until they homesteaded in western South Dakota near Newell. On the claim they lived in a sod house, the nearest neighbor being about a mile away. At age seven, his father died and his mother, two sisters and two brothers moved to Vermillion. After graduating from Vermillion High School, he worked a variety of jobs. In the fall of 1930, he began work in the state chemical laboratory, which was then located at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion. After working in the chemical lab for one year, he began attending the university as a student, continuing to work in the chemical lab full time.

In 1936, he graduated from the university with a B.A. in chemistry and took a job at the White Eagle Oil & Refining Company in Augusta as a chemist in the plant laboratory. On Oct. 19, 1936, he married Dorothy Elaine Lown in Vermillion and they set up housekeeping in Augusta. After a few years, Mr. Adams was promoted to the head of the plant laboratory. Later, when Mobil Oil Corp. took over, he worked as head of the plant laboratory and Houdry laboratory. He spent some time as an alkylation chemist before being responsible for the treating, blending and transferring department. He retired as supervisor of light oil for Mobil Oil after 38 years in 1974.

Mr. Adams was a member of the Augusta Country Club, BPO Elks and United Methodist Church where he served as an usher for many years, taught Sunday School, was president of the Men's Brotherhood and president of Christian Forum Sunday School class. He was the organizational leader of the Boys baseball Program in Augusta.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Frank and Bernard, and two sisters, Inez Cusick and Frances Laiwin.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Adams; two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Ruth Adams of Dallas, TX, and Stanley and Linda Adams of Tucson, AZ; a sister, Jean Wright of Sioux City, IA; two grandsons, Lance Adams of Dallas, and Marc Adams of Tucson, AZ; two granddaughters, Kari Urban of Dallas, and Angela Bailey of Scottsdale, AZ; and four great-grandchildren, Taylor Adams, Brandt Urban, Lauren Urban and Grace Adams.

Memorials should be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund of Augusta.

Donald Heckenlaible

Donald Herbert Heckenlaible, 54, Menno, died early Saturday morning, Sept. 29, 2001, at his residence of an apparent heart attack.

Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at the Salem Reformed United Church of Christ, Menno, with the Rev. Todd Jones officiating. Burial was in the Menno Cemetery with military graveside rites by Rames-Bender American Legion Post No. 152. Aisenbrey-Kostel Funeral Home, Menno, handled arrangements.

He was born in Scotland on July 4, 1947, to Herbert and Elsie (Breitkreutz) Heckenlaible. He married Connie Nelson on Nov. 13, 1971. He was a Pioneer Seed dealer and farmer for many years. He also worked part-time at the Menno Lumber Yard and the Menno Livestock Auction.

He married JoAnn Frost on May 30, 1998, at Salem Reformed UCC of Menno. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and was honorably discharged in 1972.

He played and managed the Menno baseball town team and played softball for the Legion team. He enjoyed playing darts, bowling and pool, along with hunting, fishing and woodworking. He was a great supporter of all his kids' activities.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, Menno; three sons, Chris, Mitchell, Troy, Norfolk, NE, and Lee, Menno; two step-sons, Nathan Wingen, Vermillion, and Chris Wingen, Menno; one daughter, Jolene Heckenlaible, Yankton; four step-daughters, Bona Wingen, Vermillion, JoMarie (Aaron) Bjorkman, St. Michael, MN, Mindy Wingen, Vermillion, and Lindsey Wingen, Menno; three step-grandchildren; and one sister, Arlene Stern, Brookings. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Roger Larson

Roger Allen Larson, 57, Woonsocket, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001 at Huron Regional Medical Center, after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3 at St. Wilfrid Catholic Church in Woonsocket, with the Reverend Gerald Thury officiating. Visitation was Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Basham Funeral Home in Woonsocket and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church with a 7:30 prayer service. Arrangements were by Basham Funeral Service, Woonsocket. Burial was in St. Wilfrid's Cemetery at Woonsocket. Military rites were provided by American Legion Post #29.

Mr. Larson was born Oct. 5, 1943 in Huron, to Melcolm and Elsie (Forbes) Larson. He attended country grade school, graduated from Forestburg High School in 1961, and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1963 and completed his training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, and Ft. Carson, CO.

He married Patricia (Pat) Rankin at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell on Jan. 28, 1967. They resided in Mitchell for a short time and Mr. Larson worked for the Daily Republic and then lived near Letcher for two years, while he worked on the John Berg farm. In 1969, they moved to a farm near Woonsocket.

Mr. Larson had a true love of the land and farmed his entire life. Throughout the years they raised watermelons, milked cows, raised sheep, hogs and chickens, raised feeder crops and most recently raised beef cattle. He also sheared sheep and worked various part-time jobs. He was an Archer Oil dealer for many years and a Mallard Seed Corn dealer. He had most recently worked part-time for Farm Service Agency as a field representative.

Mr. Larson enjoyed and cherished his involvement with the community. He was a member of St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church, a lifetime member of Farmers Union, a member and officer of Sanborn County Farmers Union, a former member and officer of Woonsocket Jaycees, and a former member and officer of the Belles & Beaus Square Dance Club. He was a veteran and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #29, past commander and adjutant, and was chosen District Legionnaire of the Year. He was chairman of the Woonsocket Water Festival for 18 years and was honored as parade marshal for the 2000 parade. He was the Sanborn County Weed Board chairman, and a member and office of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, spending time with family and spoiling his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of Woonsocket; two daughters, Paula (Henry) Linke of Woonsocket; and Cheryl (Clyde) Dethlefsen of Stickney; two sons, Steve (Roxann) Larson of Vermillion, and Andy Larson at home; his parents of Woonsocket; a sister, Karen (Gordon) Luker of Twin Falls, ID; a brother, Randy Larson of Woonsocket; seven grandchildren, Jonathan, Aaron and Nathan Linke, Jared Hettinger, Gina, Jackie and Abby Dethlefsen, and several other relatives.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jody, in 1980; a son-in-law, Phil Hettinger; and his grandparents.

DeWayne Olson

DeWayne Olson, 74, Vermillion, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at his residence. Mr. Olson was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Volin to Bernard and Alice (Johnson) Olson. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1945, and served in the Army during World War II.

He married Patricia Bernard on Nov. 7, 1953 in Vermillion, and worked for 37 years as a postal clerk at the U.S. Post Office in Vermillion until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church and funeral committee, the Knights of Columbus, and the Senior Citizens in Vermillion. Gardening was very important to him.

He is survived by his wife Patricia of Vermillion; a son, Jeff and his wife Amber of Omaha, NE; two daughters, Vicky and husband Terry Cleland of Sioux Falls, and Kristi and husband Michael Abild of Lake Jackson, TX; a brother, Roger of Los Angeles, CA; and grandchildren Nick and Megan Cleland, and Katharine and Karen Abild.

Memorial services were held Friday, Oct. 5, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with a Knights of Columbus rosary prior to the service. A private family burial followed in the Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion.

Hansen Funeral Home, in Vermillion, handled the arrangements.

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