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Obituaries Doyle Ritter

Doyle C. Ritter, 70, of Norman, OK, formerly of Vermillion, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 at the VA Hospital in Wichita, KS.

Services were held at the Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Mr. Ritter was born June 10, 1932 in Sac City, IA to Elmer and Lucy Ritter and moved to Osage, IA as a toddler. At age 13 he moved to Orchard, IA where he graduated from high school in 1950. He worked for a short time at the Oliver Corporation in Charles City, IA until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 during the Korean Conflict, and was honorably discharged in 1952.

On March 24, 1956 he married Mary Bierbaum, and they moved to Minneapolis where he attended the Brown's Institute of Broadcasting from 1956 to 1958. From 1959 to 1979 he was in the radio business and owned his own radio station for a few years. He had lived on Oklahoma since 1982, where he was an advertising representative for Ads Plus.

He is survived by four children; two sons, Randy Ritter and his wife, Karen, of Norfolk, NE and Brad Ritter of Durango, CO; two daughters, Jodi Pierret and her husband, Dan, of Wichita, KS and Jill Strom and her husband, Todd, of Crofton, NE; one brother, Lenus Ritter and his wife, Pat, of Bloomington, MN; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lucy Ritter, and a sister, Betty Grimm.

Lucille Brown

Lucille O. Brown, 82, of Springville, IA, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 in her home after a short illness. Services were 11 a.m. on Friday at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids, IA. Burial will be in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 13. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, is in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born Sept. 25, 1920 in Welcome, MN, the daughter of Benjamin and Gladys Silverthorn Jarchow. She married L. Manfred "Manny" Brown on Aug. 18, 1944 in Reno, NV. He died in 1955. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Turner and her husband, Thomas, of Springville, and Sandra Johnson and her husband, Dennis, of Monterey, CA. She is also survived by a sister, Lois Sheriff of California; seven grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas.

Larry Monfore

Larry L. Monfore, 63, Vermillion, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003 at the Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion. Burial will be in the Springfield Cemetery.

Visitation is from 3 to5 p.m. Friday with a 5 p.m. prayer service at the church. Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, is in charge of arrangements.

Melvin Hall

Melvin Henric Clemet Hall, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002 in Red Bluff, CA. Funeral services were held at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion, on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. with visitations from 12 until 2 p.m. Interment was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion, following the services.

Mr. Hall is survived by one sister, Viola Valentine Klimack of Glendale, AZ; three children, Mike Hall of Reno, NV, Marilyn Dailey of Red Bluff, CA, and Sharon Hall of Cupertino, CA; and one granddaughter, Kellie Holloway of White Hall, MD.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Elizabeth Winslow Hall, sister Grace, and by his other brothers and sisters, Nora Ruth Victoria Leigh, Harriet Dorthea Erickson, Albion Dennis Hall, Clarence Raymond Hall, Gertrude Annetta Roberts, Theodore Harvey Hall and Violet Valentine Broughall.

He was born March 1, 1911 in Irene. He learned farming, carpentry, blacksmithing, integrity, neighborliness and a love for coffee, storytelling and card playing from his parents. He grew up on the farm and then moved to Centerville where his father opened a planing mill.

He entered The University of South Dakota in 1930, interrupting his studies to help his folks on the farm when the Great Depression hit. He returned to USD in 1933-36 struggling with finances, only able to afford milk and graham crackers all week and looking forward to an invitation for Sunday dinner. While attending USD in his third year on the track team he broke the world's record in the half mile and the quarter mile.

He learned to fly in the Army Air Corps stationed at Randolph Field, TX. He met his bride while painting lines on a tennis court in Rosebud. He looked up and saw two beautiful pairs of legs. Margaret and her roommate had come to play tennis. Mel and Margaret married Aug. 22, 1940 and celebrated 60 years of matrimony together.

He completed his BS degree in civil engineering in 1941 at the University of Wyoming then moved to Settle where he worked for Boeing Aircraft designing the complicated electrical system for the B-29 during World War II. They moved to Grants Pass, OR, then, in 1945, to California. He maintained his ties to South Dakota through family and over 60 years of membership with South Dakota White River Masonic Lodge 181. He was a long time resident of San Carlos and

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