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Obituaries Charles H. Peterson

Charles H. Peterson, 81, Yankton, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Peace Presbyterian Church, Yankton with the Rev. Kenneth Woodhams officiating. Burial was at approximately 1 p.m. in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitations will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Ron Miller, Dan Eich, Richie Novak, Marlow Christensen, David Dowd and Paul Peterson.

Charles Henry Peterson was born July 30, 1921 in rural Irene to Fred and Marie (Jensen) Petersen. He attended Kietzman School and helped on the family farm north of Yankton. He joined the CCC at Camp Narrows in the Black Hills in 1937.

He worked at the State Hospital in Yankton. Shortly after this, he started farming on his own. He married Joy Peterson, from Centerville, in 1947. They farmed north of Vermillion for many years, retiring from farming in 1982.

Mr Peterson did a lot of carpentry work and built their new home in Vermillion. Joy died Jan. 6, 1989. Mr. Peterson continued carpentry work in Vermillion and the surrounding area.

He started spending winters in Weslaco, TX where he met Alitha Auch. They married Nov. 2, 1991 and lived in Yankton.

He was a past member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion and present member of Peace Presbyterian Church in Yankton where he served on the church session.

His hobbies included fishing, woodworking and visiting with family and friends.

Those who will cherish his memory are his wife, Alitha of Yankton; two daughters, Diane (Fred) Savoie, Vermillion, and Sheryl Peterson (Ron Miller) of Gayville; one son, Duane (Julie) of Sioux City, IA; a stepmother, Elly Peterson, Walala, WA; a half brother, Niels Peterson, Harrison, WA; two step-daughters, Darlene Jensen of Yankton and Flora (Doug) Lebahn of Ramona; three sisters, Darlene (Jim) Chambers of Fillmore, Canada, Delores (Don) Klempnauer of Chatsworth, CA, and Mary Ann Stephens of Simi Valley, CA; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Joy.

Kenneth Larson

Ken Larson, 54, formerly of Wakonda, died Aug. 9, 2002 at his home in Tempe, AZ.

Mr. Larson, the son of Vernell and Marion Larson, was born Jan. 19, 1948 in Yankton. He attended the Wakonda Public School graduating in 1966. He then went to Southern State University in Springfield for two years.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1968 and served until 1972 as a radio technician on the planes.

After the service, he started working at Radio Shack where he won numerous awards for his sales abilities. After over 15 years with Radio Shack, Mr. Larson worked for Hart Lighting Company of Phoenix, until his death.

He is survived by his brother, Roger (Pauline) of Sioux Falls; his niece, Amy (Adam) Harrington of Apache Junction, AZ; and two grand-nephews, Tyler and Justin Harrington.

A memorial service was held Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Wakonda, with burial of the cremains at the Bethel Baptist Cemetery of rural Wakonda.

Ernest Tichy

Ernest James Tichy, 77, formerly of Gayville, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002 at the Sunset Manor Avera Health Center in Irene.

He was born Jan. 23, 1925 in Wagner to Adolph and Amelia (Wagner) Tichy. He married Menetta Boerema in Vermillion on May 30, 1947. He had just moved to the Sunset Manor in Irene, from Gayville.

He is survived by a son, Harvey (Cheryl) Tichy of Dover, IN, and two daughters, Linda (Mike) Rasmussen of Vermillion, and Cheryl (Lance) Smith of Lakewood, CO. Three brothers, James of Meckling, Jerome of Arizona, and Charles of Glendale, WY; and also two sisters, Lucille Kostel of Wagner, and Joyce Weiglitner of Langford, also survive him. Also surviving him are 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Cornerstone Church in Vermillion. Burial was prior to the service at 12:30 p.m. at the Yankton City Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation was from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Donald Munsch

Colonel Donald T. Munsch, USAF Ret., 84, of Monks Creek, SC, died Oct. 4, 2002 at the Trident Medical Center, Charleston, SC.

A native of South Dakota, a son of the late Theophil and Louise Benesch Munsch, he was a retired colonel for the U.S. Air Force during World War II, an air safety investigator for the Civil Aeronautics Board, and a graduate of The University Of South Dakota.

Surviving are his wife, Doris Law Munsch, of Monks Creek; a son, Don T. Munsch of Columbia; a sister, Dolly Larson and her husband, Stanley, of Vermillion; two grandchildren, Winnie Jacob and Ted Munsch both of Columbia; three great-grandchildren; and also dear friends, Ben and June Cox of Greer, SC, Dora McDaniel, and Wayne and Cathy Gardner, all of Griffin, GA.

Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at Wood Memorial Park with full military honors.

Visitation was held after the service at the graveside.

Duane Peterson

Duane Peterson, 78, of Irene, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg.

Milton Duane Peterson was born Dec. 18, 1923 in Viborg, to Peter and Lillian (Midland) Peterson. He graduated from Viborg High School.

After receiving an honorable discharge fron the United States Navy, he moved to Seattle, WA and worked for Boeing Aircraft.

He married Marjorie Mikkelson on March 16, 1946. He owned and operated his own road construction business in Irene and the surrounding areas.

Mr. Peterson's pride and joy was his family.

His wife, Marjorie, died in 1998.

Survivors include one son, Bruce (Janiece) of Sioux Falls; five daughters, Cynthia Hines and Sheila (John) Healy of Sioux Falls, Janelle (John) Brockmueller of Irene, Michelle (Charles) Gholl and Kimberly (Tracy) Thie, all of Minneapolis, MN; four sisters, Evelyn (Carl) Van Gorkom of Rapid City, Naomi Flyger of Hurley, Elma Helgager and Bertha Bogard, both of California; and one brother, Wesley (Doris) Peterson of Viborg; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery at Viborg.

Visitation began at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 with a prayer service begining at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

Daniel Lennon

Daniel H. Lennon, 94, died Oct. 4, 2002 in Mesa, AZ.

He was born in Vermillion, on Jan. 5, 1908 to Eugene and Eliza (Dardis) Lennon. He was the youngest of 13 children. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1931, and The University of South Dakota in 1935.

He coached freshman football at USD from 1935 to 1937. He married Rosemary Walker in August of 1937. They moved to Hot Springs, where he taught and coached football, track, and basketball from 1937 to 1943 at Hot Springs High School.

Mr. Lennon served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. After serving in the Navy, the Lennon family moved to Rapid City in 1946, where Mr. Lennon taught and coached football at the S.D. School of Mines and Technology. The family then moved to Vermillion in 1947.

He taught and coached basketball, football and track at USD. He later became the head track coach at USD. During this time he also coached Vermillion's swim team.

Mr. Lennon was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He obtained his master's degree from USD in 1956. Rosemary died in 1959. He married Marjorie (Moser) Abell in November of 1961. Mr. Lennon retired from USD in 1975, and he and his wife traveled the country. In 1975 they began wintering in Arizona, and in 1981 made it their home.

Mr. Lennon was an outstanding football and track athlete in Vermillion High School. While attending USD, he excelled at athletics, and in 1933 was the first USD football player to be selected as the North Central Conference's most valuable player.

Mr. Lennon originated the USD Invitational Track Meet in 1949, and upon his retirement in 1975, USD honored him by renaming the meet to Dan Lennon Relays, which continues to date.

Mr. Lennon received many honors throughout his coaching career, including South Dakota coach of the year in 1963; in 1966, his USD track team was voted the College Team of the Year; received the NCC Honor Award in 1973; inducted into the USD Coyote Sports Hall of Fame in 1974, the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the South Dakota Sportswriter's Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Sioux City Relay's Hall of Fame in 1997.

USD established the Dan Lennon award to be awarded each year to a person who had made a long and lasting contribution to track and field in the midwest.

Survivors include his wife Marjorie of Mesa, AZ; his son, Richard Lennon and his wife Beverly of Rapid City, and their children, Dan and Christy; his daughter, Patsy Manton and her husband Greg of Scottsdale, AZ, and their children Jennifer of Scottsdale, AZ, and Cory and his wife Jennifer of Phoenix, AZ; his stepson, Roger Abell of Tempe, AZ; and his stepdaughter, Susan Rene Hutchinson and her husband Bill of Long Beach, CA.

Mr. Lennon loved his students and athletes. His life revolved around coaching and bringing the best out of every kid he ever coached.

A track scholarship has been established at The University of South Dakota in his name. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the scholarship.

Dorothy Anderson

Dorothy A. Anderson, 80, Elk Point, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 at Avera McKennan Hospice in Sioux Falls, following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Oct. 11, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Elk Point. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation was 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Elk Point.

Mrs. Anderson was born to Edward and Minnie (Anderson) Hofland in St. Louis, MO, on March 13, 1922. She moved to Sioux City, IA at age 2 and then to Elk Point. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She attended Pleasant Hill Country School and Elk Point High School, graduating in 1940. In 1941, she graduated from Southern State Teachers College at Springfield with a degree in elementary education. For eight years, she taught country school at Pleasant Ridge, Hoyt, and Richland. On Dec. 27, 1947, she and Ronald Anderson were married in Elk Point. During their 54 years of marriage, they farmed north of Elk Point for 51 years and moved to Elk Point in 1999. From 1972 to 1984, she worked as a lunchroom supervisor and cook for Elk Point Public Schools.

She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and a very active member of the St. Paul Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serving as secretary, treasurer, member of several committees, convention representative, quilter, and pianist. She also served as a Sunday School teacher and volunteer for many adult and youth activities. She volunteered at Prairie Estates Care Center in Elk Point as a pianist for all church services. She loved playing the piano and hearing others play. She also loved to cook and bake for her family and friends and especially enjoyed entertaining in their home.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald, of Elk Point; two daughters, Shirley and her husband, Karl Porisch, of Marshall, MN, Marilyn, and her husband, Jim Green, of Sioux Falls; one grandson, Bradley Green, of Sioux Falls; one brother, Merlin Hofland and his wife, Delores, of Elk Point; and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one nephew and one great-nephew. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Avera McKennan Hospice Program.

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