Obituaries

Obituaries Mervin Eide

Mervin Eide, 68, Yankton, died after a lengthy battle with cancer on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

He was born Jan. 3, 1935 at Viborg, son of Otto and Amanda (Lee) Eide and stepson of Helma Eide.

He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. He married Norma Rudd on Dec. 7, 1957. He retired after 28 years of service with the state of South Dakota. He was a member of the Yankton Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his son and grandsons a well as his many friends. He truly enjoyed sightseeing in South Dakota and Nebraska via gravel roads.

He is survived by his loving wife Norma, and son Jay (Allene); two daughters, Janice (Anthony) Goeden and Jeannette Leeper; as well as his four loving grandsons, Mason, Mitch, and Max Eide and Alex Heglin; step-sister Ione (Curt) Aasheim; step-brother Darrell (Audrey) Eide; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, his sister and brother-in-law Bill and Doris Jensen and two sons, Jeffrey and Jerome (Jerry).

His family will always cherish all the wonderful memories of him.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Calvary Lutheran Church at Irene. Burial followed in the Meldal Cemetery, rural Irene.

Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral service on Feb. 19 at the church.

Betty Petersen

Betty M. Petersen, 73, Fremont, NE, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Arbor Manor, Fremont.

She was born Oct. 5, 1929 at Vermillion, to Elmer F. and Frances (Vincent) Anderson. She grew up and attended schools at Vermillion. She attended York College at York, NE for two years. She was a laboratory aide at Sacred Heart Hospital at Yankton for five years. She moved to Fremont, NE in 1967.

She married Orville J. Petersen Dec. 19, 1969 at Fremont. He died Nov. 18, 1990.

Survivors include a brother, Richard L. Anderson, Vermillion; and special friend Lois R. Ackerman, Aberdeen. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and brother, Robert V. Anderson.

Funeral services were Feb. 15 at Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont. Visitation was Feb. 14 at the funeral home. Burial was in New Lutheran Cemetery at Norfolk, NE. Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont, NE, was in charge of arrangements.

Francis M. Risk

Francis M. Risk, a 40 year resident of Missoula, MT, died of cancer on Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at his home in Spokane, WA just two days before his 84th birthday.

Mr. Risk was born on Jan. 29, 1919 to Thomas M. and Tillie Pearl Risk in Wautoma, WI, and moved to Vermillion with his family in 1927. He was a 1940 graduate of The University of SD at Vermillion.

He married Charlotte Strathman, Aug. 3, 1940 and they lived in Sioux Falls and Vermillion, South Dakota until moving to Missoula, MT in 1957. A daughter, Judith, was born to the couple while they were living in Vermillion.

Mr. Risk served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII, in Anchorage, AK and was honorably discharged as a technical sergeant after the war. His career covered over 45 years in various phases of printing and publishing, advertising and editorial positions in South Dakota, Washington, Nebraska, and Montana, including 13 years as the Commercial Printing Manager at the Missoulian.

From 1971-77 he and his wife lived in Scottsbluff, NE, returning to Missoula in 1977 where he worked full time at the Missoula Messenger until retiring in 1984. However, he continued working on a part-time basis for 10 more years at the Messenger.

Mr. Risk was for many years a member of Kiwanis clubs in Missoula and Scottsbluff, and a member of the University Congregational Church. He was active throughout his lifetime in many sports with golf and bowling as his retirement hobbies. He also played in a couples bridge club for many years with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charlotte, of Spokane, WA; a daughter, Judy Payne of Nine Mile Falls, WA; a granddaughter, Amy, of Madison, WI, a grandson, Josh, and son-in-law, David, of Nine Mile Falls, WA, and a brother, Stewart Risk of Paris, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Ellen Peterson, Dorotha Klein and Vivian Link.

The body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held in Missoula at a later date.

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