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Obituaries Dexter Johnson

Dexter Allen Johnson, 12, Vermillion, died Saturday, May 10, 2003 at Vermillion.

Funeral services were 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Brook McBride officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a special service time for his classmates and friends at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

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

He was born Oct. 26, 1990, at Yankton, to Shannon Johnson and Jeannie Pickett. He was in the sixth grade at Vermillion Middle School. He was baptized in the Catholic faith.

He was an avid NASCAR and Oakland Raiders fan. He was also an eye donor.

He is survived by his parents, Shannon Johnson and Jeannie Pickett, one sister, Sierra Johnson, one brother, Simon Johnson, and one half-brother, Justin Guthmiller, all of Vermillion; his grandparents, Terry and Joie Pickett and Ronnie Johnson, all of Vermillion, and Terri Brose, Globe, AZ, and Donna Baltazar, Denver, CO; his great-grandfather, Eugene Kilbride, Vermillion; his great-grandmothers, Vera Johnson, Vermillion, and Margaret Hughes, Denver; and his godparents, MaDonna Severson, Vermillion, and Doug Severson, Gayville.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Adrian "Bud" Brose and Bob Hughes; his great-grandparents, Eldora and Ted Pickett and Delmar "Bud" Johnson; his great-grandmother, Irene Kilbride; and a special friend, Daryl Amundson.

Gene Solomon

Gene A Solomon, 53, of Ocala FL, died Friday, May 2, 2003 after a brief illness.

Survivors include his sons Nathan and Jarad; a daughter, Gena; two grandchildren; three brothers, Albert, Robert, and Thomas; two sisters, Blanche Bosteder and Louise Gregoire; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Solomon was preceded in death by his parents, Albert A. Solomon Sr. and Leona Wellendorf, and one nephew.

He was born Sept. 5, 1949 in Vermillion. He attended Vermillion High School.

Mr. Solomon was a jockey and enjoyed his horses and family.

Norman 'Doc' Nielsen

Norman W. "Doc" Nielsen, 79, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Viborg, died May 8, 2003 at the Avera McKennan Hospice Unit in Sioux Falls.

He was born to G. Martin and Anna (Hansen) Nielsen on May 14, 1923, joining his brothers, Nanfeldt and Wilfert and sister Melissa. He spent his entire life in South Dakota, where he met and married Josephine Olesen. They were blessed with two sons, Larry and Jim, and a daughter, Peggy. They raised their family in Viborg.

"Doc" was a very successful businessman in Viborg for many years. His carpentry skills were well known and sought after and he left many improvements in the Danish community that he loved.

Here he enjoyed watching his sons and daughter grow up and excel in many things. "Doc" grew up loving the outdoors, learning to fish and hunt and continued this passion throughout his life. His parents, siblings and their families lived in the area and this extended family was important to "Doc."

Later on, "Doc" moved to Rapid City, where he married Mary Ellen Knudsen and enjoyed life as one of the most sought after carpenters in the area.

Grateful for having the privilege of sharing his life are his wife, Mary Ellen of Sioux Falls; two sons, Larry and his wife, Gail, of Viborg, and Jim and his wife, Janelle, of Madison; a daughter, Peggy and her husband, Brett Freemole of Greeley, CO; a step-daughter, Kelly and her husband, Monty, of Sioux Falls; a step-son, Kevin and his wife, Karen of Viborg; six grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; and one step-grandchild.

He is also survived by his sister, Melissa Jensen of Viborg; many nieces and nephews and just as importantly the many close and dear friends in Viborg, Rapid City and Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday, May 12, at the First Baptist Church in Viborg. Burial followed in the Rosehill Cemetery at Viborg.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. The family was present from 6 to 8 p.m.

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