Obituaries Chester Sorensen

Chester M. Sorensen, 84, of Yankton, formerly of Irene, died Sunday, May 25, 2003 at Sioux Valley Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls.

Chester was born on Aug. 21, 1918 to Soren and Emma (Olsen) Sorensen at Viborg. He attended several country schools and finished the eighth grade. He married Phyllis Babb on Aug. 10, 1940 at Morgan MN. They lived in Wakonda for 10 years and moved to Irene in 1950.The couple had three children, one boy and two girls. One girl died in 1958.

He was a member of Turkey Valley Lutheran Church until 1968, when the church disbanded. He was elected secretary treasurer of the Cemetery Corp. and held this position for 31 years. When the church disbanded, he joined Calvary Lutheran Church where he was presently a member. He was also a member of the VFW of Yankton and American Legion Post #193 of Irene. He served in the United States Army during World War II, spending time in the South Pacific, Leyette and Luzon Islands. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 29, 1945.

He had several jobs at Irene, working at the seed house for 13 years, managing a gas station for six years, his own custom feed grinding four years, water hauling six years and maintenance for the Sunset Manor Nursing Home for 13 years. He retired in 1989.

He loved fishing, camping, playing cards and playing the accordion. He played in several dance bands over a period of years.

Survivors include a son, Terry (Judy) Sorensen of Emmetsburg, IA; a daughter, Judy (Larry) Brunsvig of Madison; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Karen Boulter of Yankton, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Phyllis, daughter Cheryl and sister Helga Sundleaf.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Calvary Lutheran Church at Irene. Burial followed in the Turkey Valley Cemetery, rural Irene.

Visitation was from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

John Johnson

John A. Johnson, 86, of Vermillion, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 4, 1916 in Elk Point, to Olof and Hanna (Hanson) Johnson. He grew up in a family of 11 children. He was united in marriage to Vivian Hubert Nov. 18, 1942 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Denver, CO.

He served in the Army Air Force during World War II, as an MP sergeant.

He worked in maintenance for The University of South Dakota for over 20 years, retiring in 1979. Mr. Johnson was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church and the Vermillion VFW. His life was truly centered on his family, and he valued time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and also had a love for his garden.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 60 years, Vivian, of Vermillion; two daughters, Cathy (Dennis) Olson of Brandon, and Julie (Greg) Lee of Mason City, IA; two sons, Randy (Pam) of Holmen, WI, and Ronny (Cathy) of Washington, IL, as well as eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with burial in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

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