Obituaries Everett McChristy

Everett M. McChristy, 88, Viborg, and formerly of Volin, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Viborg.

Funeral service was 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26 at Faith United Lutheran Church, rural Volin. Burial is in the Zion Cemetery, rural Volin.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Hansen Funeral Home, Irene.

He was born March 29, 1915, at Ewing, MO, to Thomas and Minnie (Tieman) McChristy. In 1916, he moved with his family to Centerville. In 1920, the family moved to Wakonda where he attended school. He married Christine "Babe" Brandon Oct. 7, 1936, in Nebraska. They farmed in the Irene area until 1961, when they moved to the Volin area. He entered Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home Jan. 22. His wife died Aug. 30.

He was a farmer most of his life, but was also a talented carpenter and painter and enjoyed refinishing old furniture. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. He spent many weekends at the campgrounds near Gavins Point Dam.

He was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church, Volin, and a past member of the Yankton Antique Auto Club, where he and his wife took part in many parades.

He is survived by two daughters, Myrtle (Duane) Jackson, Pierre, and Irene (Lonnie) LaFave, Onida; one brother, Ray McChristy, San Jacinto, CA; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers and his stepmother.

John (Jack) Donnelly

John (Jack) Donnelly, 78, of Elk Point, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003 at Prairie Estates Care Center in Elk Point.

Mr. Donnelly was born Sept. 8, 1925 in Elk Point to George and Aldea (Benjamin) Donnelly. He graduated from Elk Point High School in 1943, and married Retha Carroll in 1947 in Elk Point. He spent his entire life farming in the Elk Point area.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Point, and the Vermillion Eagles.

His parents and a brother, Lawrence, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Retha of Elk Point; a daughter, Barbara of Denver, CO; a son, Steve (Peggy) Donnelly of Vermillion; four grandchildren, Melissa Donnelly, John Donnelly, Meggie Donnelly and Jeff Donnelly; two brothers, Joe (Carol), and George Jr. (Diane), all of Elk Point; and four sisters, Darlene Maloney of Watertown, Ruth Buchholz of Denver, CO, Doris Grobeck of Phoenix, AZ, and Helen (Richard) Dirks of Akron, IA.

Memorial Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Point, with burial of ashes to follow in the Elk Point City Cemetery. Am memorial prayer service was 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at the church. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements.

Arlen Wheelock

Arlen J. Wheelock, 71, of Vermillion, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Mr. Wheelock was born Aug. 17, 1932 in Elk Point, to Orlando and Loretta (Limoges) Wheelock, he grew up in Elk Point, and attended Elk Point school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served from 1949-1952 stationed in Korea and Japan.

Mr. Wheelock married Janette Johnson in 1953, and he had worked in several locations throughout the midwest as a butcher and federal meat inspector. He had volunteered many hours as a Boy Scout leader and baseball coach. He had two great loves in his life, cooking and the Chicago Cubs.

Mr. Wheelock is survived by his three sons, Randy (Sally) Wheelock of Vermillion, Jim Wheelock of Bothell, WA, and Kevin (Teresa) Wheelock of Omaha, NE; a daughter, Teresa (Dennis) Wessling of Sergeant Bluff, IA; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with burial to follow in the Elk Point City Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at the funeral home.

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