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Obituaries Lt. Col. David Cowles

Lt. Col. David R. Cowles, 72, Widefield, CO, died April 6, 2003, in Denver, CO, from renal cell cancer.

A memorial service was April 11, at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, Fountain, CO.

Lt. Col. Cowles was born, June 11, 1930 to David and Helen (Jones) Cowels, at Wessington. The family moved to Vermillion when he was 8 years old. He graduated from Vermillion High School in 1949 and from USD in 1954.

He went into the Army after graduation and served two tours in the Vietnam War. Cowels served 22 years in the Army and retired as lt. col. He married Shirley L. Ericson June 9, 1954 in West Point, NE.

He was a member of the Vermillion Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the VFW and American Legion. He served on the Resource Exchange Board for mentally handicapped people.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; two daughters, Kimberly (Bernie) Schoenfelder of Aurora, CO, and Shelly K. (Mark) Laborde of Widefield, CO, two sons, David H. of Widefield, CO, and Mark A. of Denver, CO; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Jaeger and Janet (Ernie) Dutra, both of San Jose, CA; and one brother, James (Leona) of Yankton. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter.

Bessie Erickson

Bessie E. Erickson, age 85, of Golden Valley, MN, died at her residence on April 15, 2003. Funeral service were held Friday, April 18, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, MN. Buril was 4:30 p.m. Friday at Dalesburg Lutheran Cemetery, Hub City. Visitation was Thursday, April 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gearty Delmore Plymouth Chapel, Plymouth, MN.

Mrs. Erickson was born Jan. 21, 1918 at Vermillion, to parents John M. Erickson and Emma Hedlin Erickson. She was baptized at Dalesburg Church. She attended Vermillion High School, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, and took her nurse's training at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis.

She married Erwin Erickson of Clear Lake, IA, on May 24, 1941 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. They lived in Iowa and then moved to South Dakota in 1947 where they farmed north of Vermillion, until 1959. She worked for Drs. Andre and Helbranson in Vermillion until 1967. They moved to Minneapolis where she worked in the surgical departments of Eitel and Abbott Hospitals. She retired in 1980. Erwin preceded her death on Feb. 6, 2002.

Survivors include three sons, John (Mary Kay) Erickson of Arizona, David (Elizabeth) Erickson of North Carolina, Mark (Lorraine) Erickson of Maple Grove, MN; a daughter, Elizabeth Amad of St. Louis Park, MN; eight grandchildren, Stephanie (Fred) Kinzer, Michael (Kelly) Erickson, Stacy Erickson, Jeremy (Erica) Erickson, Justin Erickson, Sarah and Margaret Amad and Chris (Theresa) Houck; five great-grandchildren Oscar, Reyna, Connor, Tyler and Caleb; a brother, Maurice (Lois) Erickson of Vermillion; and a sister, Estelle Natwick of Hutchinson, MN.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and Sheridan; and a sister, Virginia.

Memorials may be sent to Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, MN. Gearty Delmore Plymouth Chapel, Plymouth, MN, was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Jordan

Evelyn L. Jordan, 96, of Vermillion, died on April 19, 2003. A prayer and Eastern Star service was held on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home, with family members present from 6-7 p.m.

Services were held at the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Vermillion at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 25. Interment was in BluffView Cemetery, with family members only present.

Evelyn Jordan was born Feb. 15, 1907 in Berlin, ND, to Oscar and Hattie Mae (O'Brien) Kurth. She moved with her parents to Clark, where she graduated from high school. She attended South Dakota State University at Brookings, where she was graduated in 1930 with a major in home economics. Early in her teaching career, she taught in Clark and Watertown high schools.

She married Harold M. Jordan, a fellow teacher, on June 6, 1934, in Watertown. After brief stays in Iowa, Illinois and Ohio, she and her husband settled in Vermillion. She and her husband both taught at The University of South Dakota, she in home ec. and he in speech. She also taught at Vermillion High School and at three country schools near Vermillion.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ-Congregational of Vermillion, the Retired Teacher's Association, Juno Chapter 44, Order of Eastern Star, the International Sisterhood of the P.E.O., Faculty Women's Club, and Zeta Phi Eta, National Professional Speech Arts Fraternity for Women.

She was a charter member of the Senior Citizen's Center and the Heritage Club. She is a lifetime member of the American Association of University Women. She served as membership chairperson for the Senior Citizen's Center and as national chairman for Reading for the Blind, a project of Zeta Phi Eta.

She received the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Diana Award (1977) for "exceptional service to humanity," the Distinguished Service Award from Zeta Phi Eta for outstanding contributions to the fraternity, a Certificate of Appreciation from Lions Sight and Service Foundation of South Dakota (1983), and recognition as one of "The 2000 Most Notable Women in America for the Year 2000." She was a volunteer at the Vermillion Civic Council and the public lounge.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her parents, a daughter, Nancye Jordan Meyer (1968), and by a sister, Pearl Poirier of Payette, ID.

Among those who survive and gratefully shared her life are Dr. David Jordan, at home, and Shawna (Stacy) Lavin of Avondale, AZ.

Memorials may be given to the Evelyn L. Jordan SDSU Scholarship Fund, care of Community First Bank of Vermillion at 15 E. Main Street 57069.

Clady Lloyd

Clady V. Lloyd, age 90, of Wakonda, died April 20, 2003 at Heritage Manor, Wakonda.

He was born July 1, 1912 in Concordia, KS. Mr. Lloyd's mother died when he was an infant. He lived with his father in various places until he was placed in Bethesda Children's Home in Beresford.

At age 12, he came to live with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Oursland of rural Wakonda and has been a member of the Oursland family since that time.

He had many friends and was always ready to help someone in need. He was a very active member of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church where he served as usher for over 50 years. He also was a member of Odd Fellows where he held various offices.

He is survived by his step-brother, George Oursland and his wife, Marguerite of El Paso, TX; nieces, Jane Pingel,

Sioux Falls, Susan Conklin, Muleshoe, TX, and Kristin Burke, Gallatin, TN.

Also surviving are step-brother, Ellis Randall of Canada; and a half-sister, Bonnie Norman of Tennessee.

Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Visitation was from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, with a prayer service following at 7:30 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. An IOOF service followed.

James Prusha

James E. Prusha, 76, formerly of Vermillion, died Saturday, April 12, 2003 at Las Vegas, NV.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with the Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial is in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation is one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born July 13, 1926, in Omaha, NE, to Edward and Marjorie (Petersen) Prusha. He attended Omaha schools and graduated from The University of South Dakota in 1957 with a degree in communications engineering. He worked at KUSD as director of engineering at USD from 1948 to 1990 when he retired.

He was in the U.S. Navy from 1946-48. He married Florence Young Oct. 2, 1948, in Omaha. She died Jan. 28, 1980. He married Marjorie (Brolin) Griffith Oct. 23, 1986, in Vermillion. He lived in Las Vegas the past several years.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, Las Vegas; 13 children, Patricia Hansen, Vermillion, Dorthy (Dave) Landell, Bloomfield, NE, Steven Prusha, White Bear Lake, MN, Donald (Jenny) Prusha, Round Rock, TX, Richard (Donna) Prusha, Yankton, Dwight (Linda) Griffith, Temecula, CA, Dana Noldner, Purhum, NV, Max (Lynn) Griffith, Buffalo, MN, Deborah (David) Schroeder, Plano, TX, Kim Griffith, Woodbury, MN, Hugh (LaShelle) Griffith, Bartlesville, OK, Colby (Helen) Griffith, San Antonio, TX, and Tolef Griffith, Quapaw, OK; 38 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ralph 'Babe' Rasmussen

Ralph "Babe" Edward Rasmussen, 83, Vermillion, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Sioux Valley Hospital, Vermillion.

Services were 10:30 a.m. April 23 at the Cornerstone Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Dave Tims officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion, with military graveside services by Vermillion VFW Clay Post 3061.

The Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 13, 1919, to Mads and Anna (Madsen) Rasmussen in Vermillion. He was confirmed and baptized in Bergen Lutheran Church, Meckling. He was a World War II sergeant with the 147th company artillery division of the U.S. Army.

He married Jessie Lorena Brown Oct. 18, 1946, in Ponca, NE, and they lived on the homestead where he was born and raised. He was a farmer, power plant operator and water plant operator for 21 years.

He was a member of Cornerstone Church, Vermillion. Survivors include his wife, Jessie Rasmussen, Vermillion; one son, Russell (Robin) Rasmussen, Crane, MO; a brother, Elmer Rasmussen, Vermillion; two sisters, Christy Thorsen, Yankton, and Martha Andrews, Payatte, ID; four grandchildren, Mark (Jen) Swanson and Becky Sterns, both of Sioux Falls, and John and Cody Rasmussen of Crane, MO; and one great grandchild, Conor Swanson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Linda.

Isabell Brooks

Isabell Brooks, 84, died April 17, 2003, in Santa Barbara, CA.

Isabell Elizabeth Rodman was born on Aug. 3, 1918 in Alpena, to Franklin Leslie and Mary Magdeline (Burnison) Rodman. She was on the girls basketball team and graduated from Alpena High School. While attending her first year at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, her sister introduced her to Ellsworth Allen Brooks, son of Guy and Edna (West) Brooks; they were married on May 8, 1937.

The couple worked and lived for three years for a few farmers in the Beresford and Wakonda areas before settling down on one of his parent's farms five miles northeast of Vermillion. In August of 1952 the Brooks family moved to Lakewood, CA.

Mrs. Brooks was secretary, youth counselor and choir member of the Paramount Methodist Church. Later, she was employed in the office of Bell Foundry, Bell, CA, and later worked at Parker & Son Printing Co., Commerce, CA, until retirement at the age of 65.

She then worked part time for Signal Hills Industrial Tool Co. in Signal Hill, CA.

In September of 1992, Mrs. Brooks returned to South Dakota in order to be closer to her sister in Centerville where she purchased a small home. In 1998 she became a member of the Centerville United Church of Christ (Federated).

Early in 2001, she returned to California to live near her daughter Lois.

Mrs. Brooks is preceded in death by her infant twins Carol Ann and Carl Dean; parents; brother and wife, Raymond and Alice Rodman; a nephew, David Rodman; an infant great-grand daughter Rachel Rutherford; a son-in-law Elmer Pruitt; and a sister and husband, Jessie and Leaf Larson.

She is survived by three daughters and one son, Connie Pruitt, Vermillion, Lois (Chester) Loggins, Santa Barbara CA, Earl (Elaine) Brooks, Alburquerque NM, Joan (Eddie) Clergy, Mead WA, eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her former husband and friend, Ellsworth (Bonnie) Brooks, Downey CA; nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws as well as numerous friends across the country, and will be loved forever. In lieu of flowers her children request donations be made in her name to the United Church of Christ (Federated) Building Fund or the American Diabetes Association Memorial Program, P. O. Box 2680 North Canton, OH 44720.

Burial will be during a private family ceremony in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Everyone is invited to attend the celebration of life/memorial service to be held at the United Church of Christ (Federated), 700 Main Street, Centerville on Saturday, May 3, 2003 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Russ Tarver and Rev. Cal Peterson officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church.

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