Obituaries William A. Pike

William A. "Bill" Pike, 73, of Vermillion died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Mr. Pike was born Dec. 18, 1931 in Fairfax to Gordon and Nettie (Redmond) Pike. He graduated from Martin Country School, and married Ardyce Melton on Feb. 15, 1957 in Brookings.

He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. After the war, he attended many colleges in South Dakota; Brookings, Spearfish, Rapid City, and received his doctorate from USD in Vermillion in 1973.

He moved to Vermillion before graduating in 1973, and worked as a professor of psychology at USD before working as a school psychologist for the Lincoln-Union Co-op in Beresford for many years.

Mr. Pike was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness since 1964.

He is survived by his wife, Ardyce of Vermillion; three sons; Bill Pike of Vermillion, Gene (Julie) Pike of Sioux Falls, and Gale (Brandee) Pike of Bay City, WI; and two daughters, Joan (Jim) Nauertz of Vermillion, and Leslie (Jerry) Fickbohm of Hartington, NE.

He is also survived by a brother, Ray, of Murdo, and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Kenneth, and two brothers, Robert and Gordon.

His funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Vermillion with burial to follow in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Betty Bye

Betty Jean Bye, 61, of Superior, WI, died Friday, March 26, 2004 at her residence.

Mrs. Bye was born Oct. 7, 1942 in Vermillion, and had lived in Superior since 1990. She was an apartment manager for various apartment complexes. For many years she was actively involved with the Polio foundation. She enjoyed reading, crafts, gardening, camping, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Lester and Ida (Brown) Gray; and two brothers, Melvin Gray and Lonnie Gray.

Survivors include her husband, Richard L. Bye; a son, Leslie (Karla) Benzel, Foxboro, WI; two daughters, Eunice (Larry Curnow, Jr.) Benzel, Superior, WI, and Cindy (Ben VanOsdel) Benzel, Vermillion; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Shawn, Shane, Amber, Brandon, Brittney, and Keirra; two sisters, Gladys (Elmer) Rasmussen, Vermillion, and Evelyn (Robert) Johnson, Sioux Falls; a brother, Leroy (Jan) Brown, Irene; sister-in-law, Ella Gray, Meckling; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews; two dogs, Bear and Misty, and a bird, Buddy.

Her funeral was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 30, at Downs Funeral Home, Superior, with the Rev. Mark Holmes officiating.

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