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Obituaries Robert 'Bob' Millette

Robert "Bob" A. Millette, 78, Vermillion, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001 at Mitchell.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Leonard Fox officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Vermillion.

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

He was born Dec. 27, 1922, at Vermillion, to Xavier and Ida (Couture) Millette. He graduated from Vermillion High School. He served in the Air Force for 24 years and retired as major. He served at Travis Air Force Base, CA.

After retirement, he moved back to Vermillion in 1976. He married Maxine Trudeau Christopherson in January of 1977. He belonged to the Vermillion Eagles and St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine, Vermillion; his daughter and son-in-law, Jody and John Larned, Vandenburg Air Force Base, CA; two grandsons, Ryan Nelson and Michael Larned; two great-grandsons, Robert and Rodney Nelson; two sisters, Lillian Amundson, Vermillion, and Evelyn Kleinjohn, Hastings, NE; and one brother, Richard Millette, Vermillion.

Memorials may be directed to The World War II Memorial, American Battle Monuments Commission, PO Box 96766, Washington, DC 20090-6766.

Betty Hogan

Betty Hogan, 79, Riverside, MO, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.

Memorial services were held Nov. 17, at the McGilley Antioch Chapel, Kansas City, MO.

Mrs. Hogan earned her bachelor's degree from South Dakota Normal School in 1943. She completed a two-year M.D. degree at The University of South Dakota Medical School in 1945.

She engaged in many volunteer community activities during her years as mother and housewife, while her husband pursued an engineering career with U.S. Steel and Brunswick Corp. She returned to full-time work after her youngest child was enrolled in school.

She worked for Virginia Jo Corps and later for Cincinnati Goodwill Instrustries, seeking job opportunities for disadvantaged workers.

After her husband's death in 1970, she chose to renew her graduate studies at The University of South Dakota and worked in that institution's School of Medicine as a laboratory technician and research assistant. Her research papers were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

After retirement, she enlisted in the Peace Corps and served two years in Mahalpye, Botswana, teaching science and sharing her culture with teenage students.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Minerva Chapter #5 and Friends of the W.H. Over Museum.

In her final years she developed Alzheimer's disease and was placed at HIS of Kansas City at Alpine North in Riverside under the supervision of her daughter. She was an intellectual person who loved to teach and impart knowledge to others. She enjoyed music, and encouraged all her children to learn and appreciate the arts. She enjoyed debating current political events with friends and family members. She chose the Unitarian Universalism religion for its broad acceptance of people from all races, backgrounds and lifestyles.

She was a lifelong birdwatcher, joining bird-counting expeditions in retirement and adding to her life list throughout her travels in America and Africa. Her older grandchilren remember her as one who always answered every child's question with a full, age-appropriate explanation of facts.

She was preceded in death by parents Lillias Young and William Lawrence Butler; brother William Robert "Buddy" Butler; husband James Barton "Bart" Hogan; daughter, Mary Eileen Hogan Konen, and a nephew.

Survivors include a brother, William Richard Butler of Woodland, CA; children, Jamie Hogan of Hockley, TX, Larry Hogan, of Katy, TX, Mark Hogan of Plano, TX, Andy Hogan of Brooklyn Center, MN, Lillias Freeman-Hogan of Kansas City, MO; 19 nephews and nieces; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Irene Sommervold

Irene M. Sommervold, 93, Vermillion, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion. Burial will be in Roseni Cemetery, rural Beresford.

There will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

Don Druin

Don W. Druin, 68, Volin, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at his residence.

Mr. Druin was born June 27, 1933, in Vermillion to Clarence and Laurabelle (Craig) Druin. He graduated from Meckling High School and entered the Army, serving from 1954-56.

After serving in the Army, he was employed at the Boeing Aircraft Co. in Seattle, WA, from 1956-58. He married Leona Seeba on May 24, 1959 in Cook, NE, and from 1959-1972 he worked for the Continental Can Co. in Omaha.

Mr. Druin moved to the Volin area in 1970, where he and his wife farmed until retiring in 2000.

He is survived by his wife, Leona, Volin; two sons, Wade and wife Chris of Volin, and Todd and wife Kendra of Sioux Falls; five very special grandsons, Isaac, Ethan, Austin, Seth and Joel; and a brother, Wilmer, Seattle, WA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Beverly Nelson and Phyllis Dahlmen.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Judy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion, with military rites by the Vermillion VFW Clay Post #3061. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements.

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