Obituaries John Girard

John R. Girard, 54, of Rapid City, formerly of the Wakonda area, died Saturday, May 29, 2004 in Rapid City.

Mr. Girard was born Dec. 14, 1949 in Vermillion, to Francis and Betty (Marcotte) Girard. He attended school in Elk Point, and entered the Army and served in Vietnam from 1969-1972.

Mr. Girard was an avid motorcycle fan and belonged to several clubs, including the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club of Rapid City. He owned his own mechanics business, where he spent most of his time doing what he loved, working on cars and motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his father and two infant brothers.

His survivors include his wife, Julie, and son, Michael, of Rapid City; his mother, Betty Schmidt, and step-father, Virgil Schmidt, of Wakonda; a brother, Joseph, of Wakonda; sisters, Cathi (Leo) Powell of Vermillion, Carla (Tom) Ostrem and Carol (Donnie) Peterson, all of Wakonda, Christine (Jim) Skonhovd of Phoenix, AZ, and Charleen Hansen of Irene; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Warren Morse

Warren W. Morse, 83, of Vermillion, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at the Heart Hospital of South Dakota in Sioux Falls.

Mr. Morse was born Oct. 28, 1920 in Vermillion, to Walter and Dorothea (Ferber) Morse. He graduated from University High School in Vermillion in 1939, and joined the Navy. He was assigned to submarine service and spent his tour of duty in the South Pacific.

Mr. Morse married Fern Marcotte on Aug. 21, 1944 in Warrenton, VA, and together they had six children.

The family moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1951, and Mr. Morse worked for the Panama Canal Company at the Locks, the railroad, the power plant, and retired as Chief Engineer of Motor Vessels in 1977. He owned his own airplane, and was considered an experienced bush pilot in Central and South America. He was an avid traveler, visiting countries all over the world.

Mr. Morse was a past member of the Darien Lodge AF & AM, past patron of Fern Leaf Chapter #4 OES, a member of the Abou Saad Shriners, and York Rite of the Canal Zone. He was also a member of the Juno Chapter #44 OES, and Odd Fellow Lodge #3 of Vermillion. He served as commander of the World War II Submarine Veterans of S.D. for 12 years, and was a member of the VFW Post 3061 in Vermillion.

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

Survivors include his wife, Fern, of Vermillion; three sons, Richard (Susanna) of El Paso, TX, Douglas (JoAnn) of Grand Bay, AL, Charles of Tacoma, WA, and two daughters, Janelle (Patrick) Kribell of Irene, Adrienne (David) Whitehead of Vermillion, and a daughter-in-law, Rosario Morse of Panama; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, at the First Baptist Church in Vermillion. Burial of ashes was in the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

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