Obituaries

Obituaries Dorothy Christenson

Dorothy E. Christenson, 87, Vermillion, died Saturday, March 2, 2002 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, with the Rev. Elizabeth Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

She was born Aug. 2, 1914, at Clay County, to Roy and Mary (Nelson) Piersol. She attended Spirit Mound Rural Grade School and graduated from Vermillion High School. She was a homemaker and was an active member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church.

She married Leonard Christenson on Aug. 19, 1938, at Elk Point. He died Oct. 18, 2001. The couple farmed near Westerville for many years, retired and moved into Vermillion in March of 1982 and then to Yankton October of 2001.

She enjoyed crafts, sewing, oil and China painting, bird watching and flower gardening.

She is survived by four sisters, Ruth Neer, Fresno, CA, Corinne Callahan, Phoenix, AZ, Arlene Larson and Margie Stengle, both of Yankton; a special cousin, Emma Johnson, Vermillion; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and a brother.

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

Arnold Drugley

Arnold O. Drugley, 85, of Irene, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg.

He was born Dec. 15, 1916 in Yankton County to Einer and Martha (Neilsen) Drugley. He attended the Sletten Country School, and entered the Army in 1942. He served over three years in the Army Air Force, which included a year overseas in Guam.

Mr. Drugley married Ruth Carroll on April 9, 1944 in Bartlesville, OK, and was discharged from the service in 1946, and returned home to resume farming on his mother's farm.

He served as president on the Meldal Lutheran Church Board, as well as various other jobs. He also served on the Sletten School Board for nine years, quit farming in 1973 and did custom feed grinding for two years. He was custodian for the Irene school from 1975-1999.

He was a member of the Irene American Legion, the Viborg VFW, a lifelong member of Meldal Lutheran Church, and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Irene; a son, Gary (Susan) Drugley of Copperas Cove, TX; and two daughters, Arnetta (Kermit) Knutson of Storm Lake, IA, and Brenda Drugley of Yankton. Also surviving him is a sister, Esther Eide of Elk Point; six grandchildren, Debra (Bill) Horn, Paul and Jeffrey Knutson, Robert, Scott, and Brett Drugley; three great-grandchildren, Mathew and Casey Horn, and Tatum Marie Drugley; and a special friend, Cindy Drugley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters, as well as an infant brother and sister.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene, with the Pastor Tonya Casci officiating. Burial followed in Meldal Cemetery, rural Irene. Visitation was Sunday, March 3, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Kristi Emmick

Kristi K. Emmick, 44, Dakota Dunes, died Saturday, March 2, 2002 at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sioux City, IA, with Rev. Marvin Mueller officiating.

Burial was at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Newell Cemetery in Newell, IA, with Rev. Thomas Hagen officiating.

Visitation was at Nelson Berger Northside Chapel, Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

She was born Dec. 24, 1957 in Storm Lake, IA, to Holger and Kay (Raper) Grau. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sioux City. She graduated from the Omaha School of Nursing and also attended Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA, graduating in 1984 with a BA degree in business administration and education.

She married Robert S. Emmick May 14, 1988 in Newell, IA.

Mrs. Emmick was employed as a medical assistant with a private medical practice and also worked as an advertising specialist for the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune in Storm Lake, IA.

She is survived by her husband, Robert; two sons, Jason and Cameron Emmick; her mother, Kay Grau of Newell, IA; a brother, Harlan Grau and his wife, Sharon, of Newell, IA; two stepsons, Michial Emmick and his wife, Angela of Kansas City, MO, and Brian Emmick and his wife, Anita of Great Falls, MN; one stepdaughter, Gina Emmick of Chicago IL; and four step-grandchildren, Nina and Nichole Emmick and Bradley and Ashley Emmick.

Memorials in her name may be directed to Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

Ralph Larson

Ralph J. Larson, 90, of Irene, died Saturday, March 2, 2002 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

He was born Nov. 8, 1911 to Alfred and Carolina (Hammer) Larson. He received his 12 years of education at the South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls. He had lived most of his life in the Irene area, and enjoyed working on the farm with his brothers. His pride and joy was his 1929 Model A.

Survivors include two brothers, Louis of Yankton, and Bervin of Sioux Falls, and a sister, Stella Skogen of Irene. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Joseph, Adolph and Ernest.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene, with burial following in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Volin. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Charles Amant

Charles L. Amant, 76, of Vermillion, died Friday, March 1, 2002 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital, after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Amant was born Feb. 16, 1926 in Chandlerville, IL, to Charles and Helen (Lambert) Amant. He graduated from Chandlerville High School and attended the University of Illinois where he graduated with his BS and ME. He served in the Army during World War II from 1944-46, and later worked for the Allis Chalmers Co. in Illinois for 18 years, and married Corinne "Peg" Amant on Dec. 31, 1950 in Ashland, IL.

He moved to Vermillion in 1968, where he was general manager of Electro-Magic Co. He became mayor of Vermillion in 1974, and served a two-year term. In 1983 he became president and CEO of the Alkota Cleaning Systems, Inc. in Alcester, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of the Vermillion Eagles, the UCC Church, the El Riad Shrine, and liked to play golf, hunt, fish, and play cards. He was a big supporter of Coyote athletics, as well as a member of the USD Athletic Foundation. Mr. Amant was South Dakota Small Businessman of the Year in 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Peg of Vermillion; two sons, Lance of Vermillion, and Jack (Louise) of Longmont, CO. He is also survived by a daughter, Shari (Andrew) Barden of Cedar Rapids, IA, and three grandchildren, Emma and Charles Barden, and Kaitlyn Amant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Janice, a brother, Richard, and sister, Mary Coyle.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can by made to the United Church of Christ, 226, E. Main St., Vermillion, SD 57069. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

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