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Obituaries Darrel K. Benson

Darrel K. Benson, 84, of Meckling, died Monday, April 26, 2004 at his residence.

Mr. Benson was born July 9, 1919 in Vermillion, to Nels and Amanda (Hansen) Benson. He attended school in Vermillion, and married Joyce Buckman on Sept. 6, 1952 in Vermillion. He entered the Army in 1942, serving for three years during WWII.

Mr. Benson spent his life farming in the Vermillion and Meckling areas, was a member of the Vermillion VFW Clay Post #3061, a past member of the Gayville American Legion, and a member of the Bergen Lutheran Church in Meckling.

In addition to being a member of the VFW, he was past commander and captain of the firing squad for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of Meckling; a son, Kenneth of Vermillion; a daughter, Diane, of Santa Fe, NM; three brothers, Amos and Donald both of Vermillion, and Glen of Chandler Heights, AZ; and three sisters, Shirley Marcotte of Worthington, MN, Glennys Robbins of Elk Point, and Emlin Benson of Algona, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Lloyd and Adrian, and two brothers- in-law; Bud Benson and Doyle Robbins.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 30, at the Bergen Lutheran Church in rural Meckling. Burial of ashes will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at a later date. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Thursday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

James E. Michels

James E. Michels, 72, died on Tuesday, April 6, 2004, in his home in Albuquerque, NM. Father Jerome Holtzman will conduct the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 3, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with interment at Bluff View Cemetery.

James Ernest Michels was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Chicago, IL. His parents were Ernest T. Michels and Gertrude E. Michels. Mr. Michels attended and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1949 and The University of South Dakota in 1954. He worked for VanKamp Insurance, Pierre, from 1954 through 1965 and married Patricia Mann Tarbell on Jan. 2, 1957.

He worked in the investment brokerage business in Vermillion from 1965 to 1976. From 1976 through 1980 he worked in the investment business in Albuquerque, NM and from 1980-1993 owned and operated a jewelry and Indian artifact store in Old Town Albuquerque.

Mr. Michels is survived by three sons and two daughters, Mark (Nancy) Michels, Campbell, CA, Matthew (Karen) Michels, Yankton, Mary Pat (Monte) Forsberg, Sioux Falls, Margaret "Migs" (Randy) Randel, Albuquerque, NM, Marshall (Lynette) Michels, Rapid City, and six grandchildren, Patrick, Jared, Collin, A.J., Allie and Aiden.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Thomas.

Hazel Perkins

Hazel Carr Linderman Perkins, 96 of Ft. Myers, FL since 1995, died April 22, 2004 at Hope Hospice House in Ft. Myers.�She was born June 9, 1907 in Delmont to George E. Carr and Elizabeth (Winings) Carr. She graduated from Delmont High School in 1925.�

She attended teacher's college in Madison, and began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Douglas County and later in Timberlake, Tripp, and Armour before coming to Vermillion in 1943.� She attended summer schools in Northern State, Aberdeen and USD in Vermillion, earning her B.S. degree in education in 1953.

She taught in the Vermillion public school system from 1943 until her retirement in 1973.� She taught primarily at Austin School, except for one year in Permasens, Germany for the U.S. Army and two years at Jolley school. She served as principal of Austin School for several years of her career. During all her teaching years in Vermillion she served as supervisor over student teachers of The University of South Dakota.

Survivors include a daughter, Joan and son-in-law Richard� Marilley of Bonita Springs, FL; two grandchildren, Rachelle Marilley of Sterling, VA, and Stephen (Leanne) Marilley of Virginia�Beach, VA; a step-daughter, Janet (Gerald) Perkins Petersen of Vermillion; and step-grandchilden Jodi (Derek) Rezac of Coon Rapids, MN and Joel (Arisa) Petersen of Seattle, WA; a step-son-in-law, Don Pratt and children, Christopher (Mary) Pratt, Gregory (Shawna) Pratt, and Amy (Alan) Davis; one niece, Ann Louise (Curtis) Kuehn of Sioux Falls; two nephews, James (Ellen) Jensen of Broomfield, CO, and Jack Carr; and three� grandnieces, Susan (Mark) Greeno, Andrea (Leo) Devaney and Christina Kuehn; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Nina and Louise; two brothers, Charles and Earl; her loving husbands, Harold M. Linderman (1939) and Bernard D. Perkins (1994); and a grandson Michael Marilley (1995).

She was a member of the United Church of Christ and Women's Fellowship, Delta Kappa Gamma, PEO, Annie Talent Club (Honored Women of Education of South Dakota), Retired Teachers, Senior Citizens, Friends of the W.H. Over Museum, Eastern Star, Historical Society, and Friends of the Library.

Cremation services are by Beechwood Society, Cape Coral, FL. A memorial service will be �held Saturday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the "Hazel Linderman Scholarship Endowment," The University of South Dakota Foundation, 414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069 or Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.

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