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Obituaries Howard 'Huss' Johnson

Howard "Huss" R. Johnson, 72, Vermillion, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Friday at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, with the Rev. Kwen Sanderson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

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

He was born Aug. 10, 1929, at rural Beresford to J. Matts and Nannie (Messler) Johnson. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1947. He farmed for 45 years and also was a painter at USD for 27 years. He was a member of Alsen American Legion and Beresford VFW and the Dalesburg Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion.

He joined the Air Force during the Korean Conflict 1951-54. He married Rosabell Farris on June 30, 1972, in Vermillion.

He is survived by his wife Rosie, Vermillion; one daughter, Virginia (Dick) Rowlands, Vermillion; and one son, Raymond (Deb) Farris, Vermillion; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a twin brother, Harold Johnson, and a sister, Mildred Carlson, both of Minneapolis.

Irene Kilbride

Irene I. Kilbride, 73, died Feb. 2, 2002 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

She was born Dec. 8, 1928 to Edward and Myrtle (Woods) Gross. She attended Beresford Elementary School.

She married Eugene J. Kilbride April 29, 1948, in Beresford. The couple farmed near Wakonda until their retirement in 1976. They moved to Vermillion in 1984 where they were involved in buying and selling antiques and gardening.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion. Her greatest joys in life were her husband and family.

Mrs. Kilbride is survived by her husband, Eugene; seven daughters, Pat (Steve) Anderson, Mitchell, Joie (Terry) Pickett and Madonna Severson, Vermillion, Jeanne (John) Geiken, Sioux Falls, Gloria (Reg) Bauske, Flandreau, Judy (Bill) Utley, Yankton, Jackie Kilbride, Sioux Falls; three sons, Dan Kilbride, Sioux Falls, Mike (Maria) Kilbride, Patterson, CA, Kevin (Maria) Kilbride, Lawtey, FL; a sister, Mary Nemitz, Wilmer, MN; two brothers, Frank Gross, Blair, NE, and Patrick Gross, Jefferson; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Brian and Patrick, a sister, Myrtle and a brother, Edward.

Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion. A prayer service was held 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Agnes Church.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in St. Columbkill Cemetery, rural Wakonda.

Allen Knapp

Allen Knapp, 49, of Sioux Falls died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002 in Sioux Falls following a brief illness.

Mr. Knapp was born March 22, 1952 in Webster. He grew up in Webster where he received his education, graduating from Webster High School in 1970. He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, graduating in 1974. While attending college, he also worked for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. In 1978, he began work as a conservation officer in Vermillion. He graduated with a master's degree from The University of South Dakota in public administration in 1989.

On Nov. 8, 1980, he was united in marriage with Lotus Ann Crandall at Arlington. Following their marriage, the couple lived in the Vermillion area. Their daughter, Jennifer Nicole was born Aug. 28, 1984. They moved to Sioux Falls in June of 1988 when Mr. Knapp took the position of regional fisheries manager for the department of Game, Fish and Parks. He was responsible for managing fisheries for southeastern South Dakota.

Among his many achievements was the reconstruction of Lake Menno and Lake Dimock. He was also responsible for the "Catch A Rainbow" project in the Sioux Falls area, which allows the elderly and people with disabilities to catch trout. Mr. Knapp was active in the Water Festival committee and headed up educational activities for the youth and the Girl Scouts. He was involved with nearly all fisheries and water projects in the southeastern part of the state.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Lotus, of Sioux Falls; his daughter, Jenny, also of Sioux Falls; his brothers, James, of Ballantine, MT, Kermit and Gary, both of rural Webster, and Greg, of Sioux Falls; and one sister, Cheryl Krueger of Groton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Doris Knapp.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church. Burial was in the Webster Cemetery, Webster. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Outdoor Campus, 4500 South Oxbow Avenue. Visitation began at noon Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location Sioux Falls, and continue until 4 p.m. Visitation resumed at the Outdoor Campus prior to the prayer service.

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