Obituaries Alan King

Alan Shell King, 64, of Vermillion, died May 22, 2004.

Mr. King was born April 23, 1940 in Denver, CO, to Kenneth and Edith (Shell) King. He graduated cum laude from the Phillips Academy of Andover, MA, in 1957 and graduated from Yale University in 1967.

Mr. King served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1966 and retained a life-long interest in military affairs. He was also a Red Cross first aid instructor and long-time member of the National Ski Patrol.

Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothy Ellsberry.

There will be no services. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements.

Gladys Spayde

Gladys Spayde, 85, died Monday May 3, 2004 at Bickford Cottage in Iowa City, IA.

A memorial service to celebrate her life was held Saturday, May 22, at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City.

Burial of cremated remains will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29 in Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield, IA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be directed to The Education Foundation of the Fairfield Public Schools.

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine R. Sorensen

Josephine R. Sorensen, 88, of Vermillion, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Josephine Rosella Peterson was born April 5, 1916 in Yankton County, SD to Bernet and Durdie (Iverson) Peterson. The family moved to Yankton in 1921. When her father passed away, she was 16, and stayed home to help raise her five younger siblings at 1515 Mulberry Street while her mother went to work.

She attended Yankton public schools, and married Lloyd M. Gudmunson Sorensen on Oct. 17, 1934 in Yankton.

The couple lived in Yankton and Elk Point before moving to Vermillion in 1952. Mrs. Sorensen worked at The University of South Dakota in Food Service from 1966-1980. Her husband farmed in Vermillion, and worked for the State Highway Department.

Mrs. Sorensen was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, and she will be lovingly remembered for her caring, kindness, and unselfish love she gave to all. Her door was always open and the coffee pot always on.

She loved visiting with family and friends, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, bingo, playing the piano, and singing with her sisters and children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lloyd; a daughter, JoAnn Bernard; two infant sons, Melvin and Bernard; a sister, Dorothy Young; and a brother, Ed Peterson.

She is survived by eight children, Adeline (Eric) Street of Meckling, Karen (Leonard) Hanson of Charter Oak, IA, Emma (Ed) Drissen of Vermillion, Lloyd (Helen) Sorensen of S. Sioux City, NE, Bonnie Sorensen of Minneapolis, MN, Jim (Neva) Sorensen of Spink, Trudy (Mark Lorenzen) Sorensen of Council Bluffs, IA, and Linda Sorensen of Vermillion.

She is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and four sisters, Stella Hanson, Inga Collar, Gertrude Fassio and Emma Peterson.

Her funeral service was 1 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.

Burial followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Midway, followed by a reception at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, rural Yankton.

Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

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