Obituaries

Obituaries Carol Sue Cain

Carol Sue Cain, 48, of Vermillion, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

She was born April 21, 1955 in Bonneterra, MO, to Virgil and Martha (Nash) Cain. She married Robert Cain Nov. 26, 1970 in Bonneterra.

Mrs. Cain was a strong member of the community, and a great believer in God and family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vermillion, the Rebekah Lodge #28, and the Vermillion Odd Fellows.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana, a brother, Virgil, and a sister, Leona Jones.

She is survived by her husband Robert, of Vermillion; a daughter, Sheila Isom and her husband, Arnold, of Vermillion; a brother, Joe Cain, of Cadet, WY; and three sisters, Mandy Culp of Mineral Point, MO, Mary Jane Voss of Potosi Lake, MO, and Sarah Degonia of Farmington, MO.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the First Baptist Church in Vermillion with burial in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Monday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Loren Carlson

Loren Merle Carlson, 80, Sioux Falls and formerly of Vermillion, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004 at his home.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, on Friday, Jan. 30 at the church.

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

Mr. Carlson was born Nov. 2, 1923, at Mitchell, to Clarence and Edna (Rosenquist) Carlson. He received his bachelor's degree from Yankton College, his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and his juris doctorate from George Washington University.

He was a professor in the political science department at The University of South Dakota, Vermillion. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-46.

He married Verona Gladys "Midge" Hole Dec. 21, 1950, at Winner.

He served on the Vermillion City Council for 12 years and as president for eight years. He served in the State Budget Office for five years, was director of the Legislative Research Council, worked in U.S. State Department and was administrative assistant to U.S. Senators Case and Bottum and to U.S. Congressman Larry Pressler. He was also the Dean of Continuing Education. He retired as emeritus professor of political science in 1989.

Mr. Carlson was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, the Vermillion Lions, American Legion, American Society of Public Administrators and Spirit Mound Trust.

He was an avid golfer. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, horseshoes, bowling and Republican politics.

He is survived by his wife, Midge, Sioux Falls; two daughters: Cathy (Michael Mallory), Gray, Minneapolis, MN, and Nancy (Stanley) Girard, Portland, OR; one son, Bradley (Paula) Carlson, Minneapolis, MN; three grandchildren, Sarah Carlson, Stacey and Douglas Girard; one sister, Clarice Orr, Lincoln, NE; and one brother, Keith Carlson, St. Louis.

Robert Hodgen

The Rev. Robert Trudel Hodgen, 71, of Sheridan, WY, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County after a life-long struggle with coronary disease.

Memorial services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at First Christian Church, with the Rev. Doug Goodwin officiating.

Robert Hodgen was born March 4, 1932 in Holyoke, MA, to Olive Frances (Trudel) and Isaac Alexander Hodgen. He graduated from Belchertown High School in 1950, Amherst College in 1954, attended Yale Divinity School, graduated from the Episcopal Theological School in 1958, and received his masters of divinity from ETS in 1972. He was ordained June 11, 1958, St. Barnabas' Day, to the protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.

He served his first churches, Saint John's Church in Millville, MA, and St. James' in Woonsocket, RI, from 1958 to 1960. Other parishes include Church of the Good Shepherd, Federal Way, WA, 1960-1964; Holy Trinity and St. Francis on the Prairie, Gillette, WY, 1964-1969, where he was also a radio disc jockey from KIML AM radio; Trinity Episcopal Church, Pierre, 1969-1976; St. Paul's, Vermillion, where he was also assistant professor of Allied Health Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies at The University of South Dakota.

In 1992 he became the Treatment Coordinator of the Chemical Dependency Unit at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital, in Tulsa, OK, and then served as priest at St. Paul's in Claremore, OK, until 1992. He retired to Belle Fourche in 1992. In 2002, he moved to Sheridan, WY to be closer to family.

The Rev. Hodgen was a Master Mason since Sept. 2, 1953, and in 2003 received his Veterans Medal from the Vernon Lodge and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts for 50 years of membership. He enjoyed painting, playing piano, God's country, writing and reading poetry, lobster, music, and theater.

Survivors include his daughters, Constance Heuer of Minnetonka, MN, and the Rev. Cynthia H. Shipley of Sheridan, WY; a brother, David Hodgen, of Belchertown, MA, and two nephews and a niece.

The Robert T. Hodgen Memorial Fund has been established in care of LaDean or Elizabeth at Sheridan State Bank, P.O. Box 6268, Sheridan, WY 82801.

Frank Kutilek

Frank Kutilek, 89, of Vermillion died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mr. Kutilek was born Jan. 3, 1915 in Tabor, to Joseph and Mary (Vancura) Kutilek. He attended school in Utica, and married Alice Bursell on May 2, 1943 in Pocahontas, IA. Mr. Kutilek worked as a carpenter most his life, and enjoyed gardening. He was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, and the Eagles.

Survivors include his wife, Alice, of Vermillion; one son, Arnold (Sheila) Isom, of Vermillion; three daughters, Bonnie Kutilek, Jennifer Kutilek, and Casandra Kutilek, all of Vermillion; nephews Jerry Kutilek, Emil Kutilek, and Charles Kutilek and nieces Anna Knight and Emily Johnson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe, and three sisters, Mary Kryger, Ann Kutilek, and Beatrice Kryger.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church with burial in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Visitation began at 5 p.m. on Thursday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church.

The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Parsons

Robert A. Parsons, 62, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 at his home in Inman, SC after a long battle with cancer.

He married Sandra Schafstall on Sept. 10, 1966 in Vermillion. They lived in Des Moines, IA, for 25 years where he worked as an account executive for Look magazine for several years. He then managed the Art-O-Type printing firm until going to work for the Meredith Publishing Company.

He was with Meredith as an executive for 10 years before retiring because of poor health.

In 1992 Mr. and Mrs. Parsons moved to Auburndale, FL, where they lived until moving to Inman, SC to be near their daughters.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Sandra; his two daughters, Shelley Parsons and Shilea (Paul) Wolfe; his parents, Allen and Annabelle Parsons, of Volin; his brothers, Roger (Laurie), of Tea, and Rodney of Spearfish; a sister, Linda (Earl) Brown of Vermillion; and a granddaughter, Morgan Jade Wolfe; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Vermillion.

Agnes Skaane

Agnes Irene (Aaen) Skaane, 95, died Jan. 27, 2004 at the Westminster-Thurber Health Center, Columbus, OH.

She was born in Minneapolis, MN, to Norwegian immigrants, Tore E. and Eline (Agholt) Aaen on May 15, 1908. When she was young, the family homesteaded in western South Dakota where her mother died when she was 13 years old. She and her three sisters were relocated to Bethesda Children's Home in Beresford while a homestead neighbor in western South Dakota raised her baby brother.

As a young lady, she worked in family homes in the Yankton and Clay County areas and helped with the delivery of many babies. On Dec. 24, 1929, she married Olai E. Skaane and they farmed in the Marindahl and Wakonda areas all of their lives.

Mrs. Skaane was always known to be spunky and sassy. She loved letter writing, poetry, dancing, cowboys and rodeos and in particular she enjoyed watching bull riding. She crocheted and made doughnuts for her friends and family but her true enjoyment and pleasure was the weekly quilting with the ladies at First Lutheran Church of Wakonda.

Those who remain to cherish her memory are her daughters, Evelyn Nelson and Nancy Osborne; her son-in-law, Wilmar Nelson; her grandson, Jerald Nelson and granddaughter, Cinda Sanderson; her sisters, Edna Oursland, Lillian Olson and Hazel Aaen; six great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson, five nieces and hundreds of friends.

In addition to a memorial service held in Columbus, OH, a memorial service and committal will be held in the spring at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, Vermillion. In remembrance of Mrs. Skaane, memorials may be made to the Wakonda First Lutheran Quilters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Olai; and infant daughter; a brother, Edward Aaen, and sons-in-law Jim Smith and John Osborne.

Rose Stratman

Rose A. Stratman, 85, of Mitchell, died Jan. 27, 2004 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a 2 p.m. burial at the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Will Funeral Chapel with a wake service beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Rose A. Stratman, daughter of Michael and Mary (Dolejsi) Pesicka, was born Jan. 21, 1919 in Geddes. She grew up on the family farm near Geddes and attended school in Geddes.

She was united in marriage with Loren Ruhaak on Oct. 23, 1938 in Beresford. The couple farmed near Elk Point until Mr. Ruhaak's death in September of 1979.

She was later united in marriage with Ed Stratman on Feb. 27, 1982 in Sioux Falls. The couple made their home in the country near Elk Point. They moved to Mitchell in June of 2001.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Ed Stratman, Mitchell; three daughters, JoAnne Christensen Bjorlo and her husband, Gerry, Melrose, MN, Lorraine Charrlin and her husband, Bob, Warrensburg, MO, Judy Schmitz and her husband, Bill, Stafford, VA; daughter-in-law, Genny Ruhaak, Elk Point; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Loren Ruhaak; her parents; a son, William Ruhaak; and all her brothers and sisters.

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