Obituaries

Obituaries Edgar Green

Edgar T. Green, 79, died Aug. 12, 2003 at Mennonite Friendship Manor, South Hutchinson, KS. He was born May 10, 1924 in Jett, OK, the son of Henry and Gretna Pittman Green. He had been a resident of Hutchinson most of his life.

He was a graduate of North High School, Wichita, KS. He was a retired chief petty officer in the United States Navy, serving during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a 50 year Free Mason and member of the American Legion, Post #0068. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers, The Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Kansas, Lodge #124, the Scottish Rite Free Masonary, Wichita, 32nd Degree, and a member of the Mitchell United Methodist Church.

He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone for 39 years, until retirement, May 8, 1987. He married Peggy Jo Watkins on Aug. 5, 1953 in Wichita. She died Oct. 23, 1991.

He was also preceded in death by a brother Henry "Ursel" Green, three sisters, Juliet Ludgwick, Gertrude Johnson, and Bonnie Jo Green.

Survivors include a son, Vincent Green, Hollywood, CA; three daughters, Judy Brown, Pretty Prairie, KS, June Unrein, Edmond, OK, and Janet Rickard, Lansing, KS; a brother, Kenneth Green, Kingston, RI; a sister, Mary Shults, Wichita; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one step-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Johnson and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel with Rev. Tom Griffith presiding. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was held from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Friendship Manor Special Care Unit and sent in care of the funeral home. Personal condolences may be left for the family at www.funeralchoice.com.

Benjamin Brettell

Benjamin Gordon Brettell, 17, of Arlington, TX, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003. Ben was a devoted son, brother, and friend. He was a student at Summit High School, Mansfield, TX. The son of James and Susan Brettell, he was born Oct. 11, 1985 at Ft. Riles, KS.

He and his family moved to Arlington in 1987. He attended Mansfield schools since kindergarten. Ben had a life long love of drama, and since the age of 10 spent a great deal of time at Creative Arts Theatre and School in Arlington, enrolled in classes and performing in numerous plays including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Annie, Scrooge, Cinderella and Godspell.

He participated in various activities throughout his high school career including the MHS Ice Hockey Team, Student Council, and Drama Club. He received the Theatre I Award at MHS in 2001. He was very pleased to have been signed by Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas, as he had hoped to pursue a career in acting.

His many friends were very important to him and he spent countless hours with them as well. He was preceded in death by his father, James R. Brettell. Survivors include his mother, Susan L. Brettell, brothers, James P. Brettell and Joseph A. Brettell, all of Arlington, TX; grandparents James and Joan Brettell of Tyler, TX, Nancy Brettell of Lenexa, KS, and Young and Gwen Moore of Vermillion; and numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

James Fitzpatrick

James Fitzpatrick, 58, Sioux Falls, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident near Yankton.

Burial Mass will be Friday in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Gary, with Msgr. Steve Barnett officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Gary.

A prayer service was held Thursday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Gary.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1945, to Martin and Lois (Kieninger) Fitzpatrick in Gary. He was raised on a farm north of Gary where he attended country school. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Gary.

He graduated in 1963 from the Gary High School. During high school he was very active in music which he continued throughout his life. He continued his education at Dakota State University where he graduated in 1966. He then taught in Lamberton, MN, for one year before moving to Minneapolis. There he began working in insurance.

In 1969, he entered the U.S. Army where he played the saxophone in the 60th Army Band. In 1971, he was honorably discharged and returned to Minneapolis. That same year he was transferred to Aberdeen where he continued working in insurance.

On April 6, 1974, he married Jo Ann Sandness in Canton. Following their marriage, they moved to Sioux Falls. In 1980, they moved to Yankton where he continued his work in insurance. In 1997, he moved to Sioux Falls where he was employed at First Premiere Bank.

He played in many dance bands with his father throughout his life. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a past member of Ducks Unlimited and the Elks Club.

He is survived by two children, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Sioux Falls, and Cory Fitzpatrick, Vermillion; parents, Martin and Lois Fitzpatrick, Gary; one sister, Karen Miller, Kingwood, TX; one nephew and one uncle.

Donald Larsen

Donald Paul Larsen, 67, of Wakonda, died at his home Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 after a four-year battle with cancer.

He was born April 10, 1936 to Theodore and Corrine (Jacobsen) Larsen on a farm near Wakonda.

He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1954 then attended the SDSU Agriculture course.

His greatest love was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his family. He married Lois Jean Jensen of Wakonda on January 6, 1956. From that devoted 47-year union, four children were born: Craig, Brian, Peggy, and Amy.

Mr. Larsen lived from the age of 7 on the family farm one mile east of Wakonda, where he farmed his entire life raising cattle, hogs and crops.

He served on many community boards and in other community activities such as 4-H leader, gun safety course instructor, church boys club and the M-2 ministry to men in jail.

An active member of the Gideon Ministry for 28 years, Mr. Larsen served in many capacities and offices at the local and state levels including South Dakota State Gideon president. He took great joy in presenting the Gideon work at numerous area churches.

Through the years Mr. Larsen taught Sunday school and served on many church boards as well as being a deacon at Dalesburg, Calvary and Bethel Baptist Churches.

One of his final joys was seeing the Bethel Baptist Church, which he grew up attending, restarted and again serving as a place of worship.

Survivors include his wife, Lois; his children, Craig (Karla) Larsen of Chanhassen, MN, Brian (Rhonda) Larsen of Worthington, MN, Peggy (Paul) Heppner of Hayfield, MN, and Amy (Tim) Anderton of Fairmont, MN; 12 grandchildren, Adam, Markus and Elizabeth Larsen, Joshua, Jason and Timothy Larsen, Benjamin, Peter and Jacob Heppner, and Nicholas and Mitchel Anderton; his sisters Dorothy (Ken) Borah of Oldham, Ann Johnson of Russell, MN, and Linda Larsen of Denver, CO; his brother David (Maggie) Larsen of Marshall, MN; mother-in-law Esther Jensen of Wakonda; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were 10:30 am Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton. Burial followed in the Union Cemetery at Wakonda.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Wakonda.

Hansen Funeral Home in Irene was in charge of arrangements.

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