Obituaries

Obituaries Bruce Milne

Bruce G. Milne, professor emeritus at USD, died peacefully in Vermillion Thursday, July 31, 2003 after spending June and July in the hospital battling new infections that complicated a decades-old bone disease.

Dr. Milne was born April 10, 1927 to William and Catherine Milne in Roundup, MT. After a childhood sporting accident, he developed osteomyelitis, which left him crippled in his right hip. This challenge was the first of many that he answered with an attitude of learning, creativity and determination to excel where his body failed.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Montana (Missoula) and first taught at Noxon, then Denton, MT. It was there he met and married Marlys Alt on May 28, 1950. The couple moved to Bigfork, MT where their three daughters were born.

He became principal there and went on to earn his master's degree. In 1962, Dr. Milne became superintendent at Valier Public Schools and in 1967 returned to the University of Montana for his Ed.D.

In 1969, Dr. Milne accepted a position at The University of South Dakota, became director of the Educational Research and Services Center and was involved in the beginnings of the modern era of gifted education. As a professor at the university, in 1983 he conceived of a camp experience for gifted young people from South Dakota.

Since then, over 200 seventh- through ninth-graders have attended the camp. In 1988 Dr. Milne and his co-founder Dr. Carole Kasen opened the first South Dakota Ambassadors of Excellence camp for 10th- through 12th-graders that had previously attended the camp. Dr. Milne led this advocacy group of performers on tours to Australia, Amsterdam, Great Britain, Germany and Taiwan to promote gifted education and South Dakota's young talent.

July 21-31, 2003 marked the 20th and 15th anniversaries of these programs respectively. Dr. Milne also served as mentor and advisor to many groups on campus, especially the Taiwanese and Sudanese student organizations.

His achievements include the Distinguished Alumni Award from Roundup, a Lifetime Achievement Award from The University of South Dakota and Governor Rounds' proclamation of July 30, 2003 as Bruce G. Milne Day.

Dr. Milne had a rich life outside education, especially his passion for art. He began painting as a boy in the Billings Crippled Children Hospital and later moved to sculpting and pen and ink drawings � his annual Christmas cards are treasured. He wrote and published a book of poems about his experiences at the hospital titled Angels, Cripples and Culprits and was completing a novel describing life in the 1800s in Montana.

His parents, his wife and a brother William preceded him in death. Survivors include his daughters, Kate Martens, Nancy (Tom) Bruch, and Jennifer (Jon) Spradling; brothers Albert (Helen) Milne, and Richard (Dorothy) Milne; four grandchildren, Bruce, James and Robert Martens, and Stefny VonCossman; one great-grandson, Liam Martens; Doug and LuAnn Welty and special friend Marianne.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks for the care and tenderness of the Sioux Valley Medical Center staff in Vermillion. Memorial services to celebrate and honor his life were held Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Vermillion First United Methodist Church. Service arrangements were handled by the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home of Vermillion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Oscar Howe Museum, USD School of Education, the University of Montana Foundation or Sioux Valley Vermillion Children's Hospital.

Melvin Hansen

Melvin H. Hansen, 83, died on Aug. 2, 2003 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. He was brought to the hospital on his birthday following a heart attack after finishing play on the third hole at the Elk Point Country Club golf course.

Mr. Hansen was born on the family farm in Spring Valley on Aug. 1, 1920 to Hans and Mergrethe Hansen. He was the youngest of five children. His three sisters and brother preceded him in death. He attended country school in Spring Valley and joined the U.S. Army in 1942. He served in World War II until his honorable discharge in 1945.

During his enlistment he met his future wife, Marion Sheppard, in Chicago, IL at the USO Club. They married on June 16, 1945 at Spring Valley Lutheran Church and eventually settled in Hurley. Before being employed by the city of Hurley, he operated a trucking business. He later began work for the South Dakota Department of Highways. He was a volunteer fireman, fire chief, rescue worker and school board president.

The Hansens raised five children: Elaine, twins DeWayne and Doreen, Gloria and Richard. In 1973 they moved to Elk Point where Mr. Hansen continued working for the South Dakota Department of Highways until his retirement in 1982. He was active in the American Legion for 55 years and was actively involved with the Bert Smith Post 134 in Elk Point.

He was an adjutant of the American Legion for many years and managed the Legion's Thursday and Sunday night bingo. He was a member of the Elk Point Country Club and enjoyed many rounds of league play, tournaments and family golf outings.

Survivors include his children, Elaine of Anchorage, AK, Dewayne (Linda) of Denver, CO, Doreen of Fairway, KS, Gloria (Greg) Wirt of Olathe, KS, and Richard of Reno, NV; seven grandchildren, Steven Pedersen, Mark Eisenbraun, Karen Eisenbraun, John Wirt, Matt Hansen, Sarah Hansen and Ashley Hansen; and two great-granddaughters, Bailey Eisenbraun and MacKenzi Eisenbraun; as well as several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elk Point followed by a military service at the Elk Point cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elk Point American Legion Post 134. Arrangements were by Anderson-Siecke Funeral Home.

Robert Lipp

Robert James Lipp, 78, professor emeritus at USD, Vermillion, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Vermillion with the Rev. David Hussey and the Rev. Mercy Hobbs officiating. Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Lipp was born on April 28, 1925, the second of three brothers to Florence Pearl (Armstrong) and Friedrich Thomas Lipp in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from New Castle High School in Pennsylvania in 1942. He served in the United States Navy in World War II, when he was trained as a quartermaster but served as a signalman. Later, he served as an operative in the Central Intelligence Agency in Salzburg, Austria for three years.

In 1950, he received his bachelor of arts from Westminster College in Wilmington, PA. In 1954, he received his master in letters from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught foreign languages one year in Lynchburg, VA and four years at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.

It was there he met and married Karen Maxine Lindblade on March 15, 1958. The couple then moved to Vermillion, where Mr. Lipp accepted a position at The University of South Dakota.

Throughout his entire life, he took a keen interest in the linguistics and literature of Romance and Germanic languages, which he taught with dedication and enthusiasm. He retired from USD in 1989, after teaching there for 30 years. He was also an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Karen of Vermillion; four sons, Bryan of Vermillion, Greg and his wife Christine of Columbus, WI, Thomas and his wife, Hildegard, and their daughter, Carmen of Topeka, KS, and Erich of Portland, OR; his two brothers, John of Sarasota, FL, and Frederick and his wife, Judy of Fredericksburg, VA.

Memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 10 Linden Avenue, Vermillion, SD 57069.

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