Obituaries

Obituaries James R. Brettell, M.D.

James Richard Brettell, M.D., Arlington, TX, died unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002. He was 49.

A memorial service was held 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at Grace Presbyterian Church, Arlington.

Dr. Brettell was a devoted husband, father and friend, as well as a dedicated physician in practice in Arlington since 1987. He was born Dec. 12, 1952, in San Antonio, TX. The son of a U.S. Army officer, he grew up on the move, with stops in Germany, Taiwan, Washington, Kansas and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Brettell was a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, KS. He received a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, where he graduated in the top 5 percent of his class.

After graduation, he was assigned as an engineer officer with the 1st Infantry Division in Ft. Riley, KS. He was later selected for participation in the Army Scholarship Program and earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas Medical al School.

He completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. In 1983 he asked to return to Ft. Riley for the valuable experience he knew he would gain in obstetrics among the young families based there.

Dr. Brettell resigned as a major in 1987, after more than 13 years in the Army. He joined the practice of Omega OB/Gyn Associates, with offices in Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield. He specialized in high-risk obstetrics, infertility and gynecological surgery. He was chief of staff of the Medical Center of Arlington from 1995 to 1997 and had served on the hospital's board of trustees for five years.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, first as cubmaster of Pack 276 from 1987 to 1996 and as an assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster of Troop 421 since 1992. He traveled with the Scouts on high adventure trips to Philmont, NM, the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and the Appalachian Trail.

Dr. Brettell was a volunteer in the Mansfield and Arlington school districts for many years, most notably as a guest lecturer with the health occupations program at the high school level. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Susan L. Brettell; sons James P. Brettell, Joseph A. Brettell and Benjamin G. Brettell, all of Arlington; father and step-mother LTC (Ret.) James A. and Joan Brettell of Tyler, TX; mother, Nancy C. Brettell of Lenexa, KS; sister, Sharon Knox of San Antonio, TX; brothers Steve Brettell and wife, Claire of Shawnee Mission, KS, and Pat Brettell and wife, Lori of Overland Park, KS; mother-in-law and father-in-law, LTC (Ret.) Young and Gwen Moore of Vermillion; brother-in-law, Col. (Ret.) Gordon Moore and wife, Marie of Syracuse, IN; and numerous aunts, cousins and friends.

John Fargo

John Mark Fargo of Springfield, IL, died Aug. 17, 2002 after a lawn mower accident.

He was born March 20, 1947 at the family farm south of Gayville, the son of Mark Howard and Lucille G. Hazen Fargo. He married Charlyn Archer on March 17, 1978.

Mr. Fargo was an MAI real estate appraiser, broker and consultant. Before he worked independently he was an appraiser with Kienzler-Briggs and Associates. He had previously been a science teacher and track coach at Glenwood Junior High in Chatham.

He was a member of Calvary Temple since 1969 where he was very active and participated on the finance committee, board of directors and board of trustees. He lived his faith and was kind and giving to others. He left his family well-loved. He worked hard at whatever he did and loved the Lord.

Survivors include his wife, Charlyn; a daughter, Katie at home; five sisters, Beulah (Don) Anderson of Plano, TX, Mary (Nels) Jensen of Gayville, Eunice (Dale) Montgomery of Burnsville, MN, Lois (Alec) Solberg, Volin, and Judith (Tom) Ingalls of Phoenix, AZ; four aunts, Beulah Larson, Maurine Mellem and Edna Fargo of Yankton, and Eve Hazen of Gayville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Russ Hanson.

Funeral services were held Aug. 19 at Calvary Temple with M.C. and Mark Johnson officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, the same cemetery where Abraham Lincoln is buried.

Ben T. Suga

Ben Tsutomu Suga died at his home Aug. 23, 2002, with his family at his side. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the First United Methodist Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Dayne Zachrison officiating with military rites by Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post #791, Yankton.

Burial will be in the Municipal Cemetery in Clarinda, IA at a later date. Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born to Ischiro and Hide Suga on June 14, 1918 in Whitefish, MT. The origins of the name Suga remain a mystery, but for some reason his father listed this as his family name upon entering the country.

Mr. Suga had an older sister, Lena, who died in 1995 and a younger brother, Don, who died in 1970, the same year as his mother's death.

Mr. Suga graduated from high school in Whitefish and then attended the University of Montana, the University of Minnesota, Temple University in Philadelphia, and Michigan State University throughout his college career. His studies were interrupted during WW II when he served a medical unit in Europe.

Professionally, Mr. Suga's passion was psychiatric nursing. He served as director of nursing departments in large, Midwestern, psychiatric facilities until he came to The University of South Dakota in 1969 to serve as the director of the university's struggling nursing department.

Within a short time he had elevated this department to an independent school within the university and became dean of this school, a position he held until his retirement in 1983.

During his tenure at USD, one of his favorite accomplishments was the establishment of satellite nursing programs at South Dakota's Pine Ridge and Rosebud nursing reservations. He believed that these programs served to help meet Native American's unique educational needs, enhance their medical treatment, while recognizing and respecting their rich tribal and cultural heritages.

He was also proud of his appointment to the federal Nurse's Training Act in 1972 by President Nixon.

Mr. Suga was married to Joyce Elaine D�mm on Oct. 23, 1955. They initially had three children: Bob, Sioux Falls, Les, Indianapolis, IN, and his twin sister, Carol. She died in 1963.

Two years later, the family adopted Courtney, who now lives in suburban Dallas, TX. He also has four grandchildren, Ben, Kim, and Ellyn in Sioux Falls, and Emily in suburban Dallas.

Mr. Suga was active with the Kiwanis Club, the Sertoma Club, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Lewis and Clark Mental Health Center, the Yankton County Mental Health Board, and the United Methodist Church.

During his time at USD, Mr. Suga was often referred to by the nickname "Gentle Ben." The reference seemed to capture both his initial presence that was often gruff and foreboding, but also his thumbprint in the world, that firm, but warm and tender love that was so constant. It was this love that inspired his family, his university, and his community to destinies greater than they would have achieved without him.

The family requests any memorials in lieu of flowers be directed to the USD Ben T. Suga Scholarship Endowment.

Dr. Gerald

Gordon Williams

Gerald G. Williams, 84, of Vermillion, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 at home.

He was born Dec. 10, 1917, in Victoria County, TX, to Daniel and Myrtle (Killebrew) Williams, the eldest of seven children. He graduated from high school in Goliad, TX, and entered the Navy to serve during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He married Ella Florence Williams in the Little Church of the Flowers in Los Angeles on May 17, 1941.

He spent most of his professional career in Florence, AL, as an agricultural director for Tennessee Valley Authority. After retirement, he and Ella Florence traveled to Cameroon, West Africa, to live several years where they served world hunger as leaders for Heifer Project International. In later years, he continued to aid world hunger by serving as an agricultural consultant volunteer to USAID, Presbyterian Church International, the Peace Corps, and Heifer Project. They moved to Vermillion in 1995 to be near grandchildren.

Ella Florence died in Vermillion on May 22, 2000.

Survivors include five sons, Gerald (Woody) Williams of Berlin, Germany, David Williams of Mattawa, WA, Dr. James Williams of Washington, NH, Dr. Jack Williams of Vermillion, Dr. Grant Williams of Germantown, MD; two daughters, Michelle Williams Clark of Dublin, CA, Shannon Williams of Walpole, NH; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Larry Williams of Vacaville, CA, Roy Williams of Eagle River, AK; and one sister, Mildred Williams Taylor of Lawrence, KS.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion, with burial to follow in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, with a brief prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion. Donations can be made to the Heifer Project International, Box 727, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Kenneth C. Novotny

Kenneth C. Novotny, 80, of Vermillion, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital in Vermillion.

Private family services are being handled by the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

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