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Obituaries Florence DeMers

Florence Berdella DeMers, 89, of Elk Point died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Prairie Estates Nursing Home in Elk Point.

Services were 2 p.m. July 22 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Jefferson, with the Rev. David Roehirch officiating. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery. Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. July 21, with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m., at the church. Anderson-Siecke Funeral Home of Elk Point was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. DeMers was born June 10, 1914, in Vermillion, the daughter of Jessie Edward and Effie Estella (Warnock) Davis. She attended schools in South Dakota and Nebraska.

She married Harold DeMers on April 14, 1950, in Dakota City, NE. He died on June 13, 1993. She was a lifelong resident of Elk Point and worked for the A.S.C. Office there. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Jefferson.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Swanson of Beresford, and Joy Thomas of Boise, ID; two sisters, Alise Peterson of Centerville, and Ethel Gray of Alcester; a brother, Richard Davis of Melbourne, FL; a granddaughter, Dixie Thomas of Boise; a grandson, Kerry Swanson of Royal, IA; a great-granddaughter, Leah Swanson of Royal; and a niece and three nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Davis.

Margaret Fullenkamp

Margaret "Marge" Fullenkamp, 86, of Vermillion, died Thursday, July 17, 2003 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Services were 10 a.m. July 21 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermilion, with the Rev. Don Imming officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Vermilion. Visitation was from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 20 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home. A prayer service was at 7 p.m. July 20 at the church.

Mrs. Fullenkamp was born May 9, 1917 in Yankton, the daughter of Frank and Emily (Cwach) Hacecky. She graduated from Sacred Heart School of Nursing and was a registered nurse at the hospital.

She married Joseph Fullenkamp on Sept. 22, 1941. He died May 15, 1969. She married Kenneth Sailor on Nov. 25, 1989. He died April 13, 2001.

She was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters, Burbank Thimble Club and the Extension Club.

Survivors include hers sons and their wives, Bob and Jeanne Fullenkamp of Sioux Falls and Jon and Candice Fullenkamp of Mission Viejo, CA; a daughter and her husband, Mary and Buck Kohles-Baker of Atlanta, GA; her sister, Leona Kreber, Tabor, Van Smolick, Florida; her brother, Milton Hacecky of Omaha, NE; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, and a daughter, Margaret Ann Fullenkamp.

Vernon Halverson

Vernon H. Halverson, 86, Vermillion, died Sunday, July 20, 2003 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. July 23 at the United Methodist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Brook McBride officiating. Burial was in Vangen Lutheran Cemetery, Mission Hill.

Visitation was from 3 to 7:30 p.m. July 22 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service and an I.O.O.F. service.

He was born Jan. 28, 1917, at Kennebec to Henry Halverson and Marie Skov. He attended Cornbelt Rural School, Irene. He served in the Air Force during World War II.

He married Anna Mathison on Aug. 25, 1952, at Mission Hill. She died Aug. 22, 1963. He married Maxine White Ashmore on Jan. 8, 1966, at Vermillion. She died July 3, 1998.

He farmed in the Gayville and Volin areas until 1969, then moved to Vermillion and operated Vern's Feed and Seed Store for three years. He then worked as a custodian for the Vermillion School District.

He was a member of the Vermillion I.O.O.F. Lodge, Gayville Legion and Vermillion Eagles. He was a member of the Vermillion United Methodist Church.

Mr. Halverson is survived by one son, Harlan, Dakota Dunes; three step-sons, Marlin Ashmore, Omaha, NE, Merle Ashmore, Valley, NE, and Douglas Ashmore, Norfolk, NE; one step-daughter, Marilyn Messler, Huntington Beach, CA; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established in Mr. Halverson's name.

Gladys Kougl

Gladys A. Kougl, 80, Elk Point, died Friday, July 25, 2003 in rural Elk Point.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. July 30, at Anderson-Siecke Funeral Home, Elk Point, with the Rev. Terry K. Olthoff officiating. Burial was in Elk Point Cemetery. Visitation was 9 to 11 a.m. July 30 at the funeral home.

Miss Kougl was born Oct. 2, 1922 at Elk Point to Albert and Anna (Pecha) Kougl. She attended Dakota Wesleyan and earned her master's degree and ABD from New York University. She was an elementary teacher and taught school in Faulkton, Rawlings, WY, Missouri Valley, IA and for 30 years in Minneapolis, MN, retiring in 1983.

She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters and two nieces.

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