Obituaries Gerald Amundson
Gerald E. "Bud" Amundson, 71, of Vermillion, died Dec. 27, 2001 following a courageous battle with cancer.
Bud was born in South Dakota on July 14, 1930 to Burdette and Lillian Amundson. He graduated from Akron High School in 1948. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa in 1955. While attending school, Bud also was a four-year letterman on the Westmar football team.
Bud was united in marriage to Karine Emmons on July 4, 1959 in Albert Lea, MN.
Bud joined the Army as an enlisted soldier in July 1952 and served in Korea. After two years of active duty training as a rifleman, he enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in September 1956.
Bud spent most of his military career serving with the Iowa Army National Guard with the exception of a tour in Vietnam in 1968-69. Bud held various command and staff positions including: Company Commander Company B 2d Battalion (Mechanized) 133rd Infantry, Battalion Command 2d Battalion (Mechanized) 133rd Infantry, Brigade Command 34th Brigade 47th Infantry Division, Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) 47th Infantry Division.
General Amundson spent the last two years of his military career as the 88th Army Reserve Command (ARCOM) Commander. General Amundson's decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service and Vietnam Service Medals, Legion of Merit, Army Distinguished Service Medal, and the coveted Combat Infantry Badge. General Amundson retired with 37 years of military service.
In the civilian world Bud started his career as a teacher and football coach at Lynne Grove, IA and later at Kingsley-Pierson, IA from 1956-1962. He later worked as an insurance agent for the Old Northwest Company from 1962-1987.
In retirement he was happiest on his tractor and helping all those he loved. He resided on his farm for the last 10 years of his life and enjoyed every blessed moment.
Bud is survived by his wife, Karine of Vermillion; two daughters, Mary Emmons (Jeff) of Boxborough, MA, and Beth Amundson of Jefferson WI; two sons, Michael Amundson (Paula) of Vermillion, and Patrick Amundson (Jill) of Vermillion; grandchildren, Ben, Katy, Nick, Megan, Tyler, Morgan and Nate; his mother Lillian Amundson of Vermillion; sisters, Sally Gant, Arlys Gant, Ida Lou Horner, Judy Rasmussen, Sandy Amundson; brothers, Dean Amundson, Larry Amundson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant son John, his father Burdette, and a brother Arden.
Visitation was at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, followed by a wake at St. Agnes Catholic Church 7 p.m. in Vermillion. Funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
The family thanks all of the friends and family who extended their support to Bud.
Harold P. Hansen, 79, formerly of rural Vermillion, died Sunday morning, Dec. 30, 2001, at Mission Nursing Home, Plymouth, MN, where he had been a resident for the past two years.
Mr. Hansen was a farmer north of Vermillion and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. In 1993 he moved to Redwing, MN.
Funeral arrangements are being made with Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, Jan. 4. The funeral is scheduled at Roseni Lutheran Church, rural Beresford, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, with another visitation beginning at 1 p.m. prior to the service.
Steven Kronaizl, 69, Vermillion, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at his residence after a battle with cancer.
Steven was born Nov. 17, 1932 to Joseph and Sophie (Korton) Kronaizl. He lived on the farm in Utica with his brothers and sisters, and later moved to Meckling where he graduated from Meckling High School in 1950, and served in the Army in Germany from 1953 to 1955.
Returning from the service, he worked for a short time at The University of South Dakota, and then for the post office for 33 years. He married Judy Sealey in Vermillion on Aug. 26, 1967.
He was a life member of the Vermillion VFW, and Honor Guard, a member of the Eagles, Dakota Classic Car Club, and a member of the American Bowling Congress with Co-op league for 25 years. He was also the head representative of the VFW Teener Baseball Youth Organization.
Survivors include his wife Judy, Vermillion; two sons, Charles, Sioux Falls, and Scott, Yuma, AZ; a daughter, Josie Kronaizl, Sioux Falls; four brothers, Henry, Stanley and Jim, all of Vermillion, and Tom, Sioux Falls; three sisters, Helen Jones and Marie Graceffa, both of Rockford, IL, and Lillian Abild, Sun Lakes, AZ; granddaughters Audrianna, Yuma, and Vashti, Sioux Falls; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Adolph and Joe.
Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion.
Hansen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.