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Obituaries Gwendolyn Moore

Gwendolyn M. Moore, Vermillion, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004 at Morningside Manor, Alcester.

Services were 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Vermillion, with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. The body will be cremated and the ashes buried in the family plot at Stony Point Cemetery, Clunette, IN.

Mrs. Moore was born March 24, 1921 at the family farm in Kosciusko County, IN, to John and Eva (Zimmerman) McCormick. She was educated as a registered nurse at the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, IN.

She was employed for a number of years as an obstetrics nurse at Coleman Women's Hospital in Indianapolis, and worked in that capacity at Falls Church, VA, Elkhart, IN, and Huntsville, AL.

From 1951 to 1967 she was an Army wife, making a home for her husband and children where ever they might be stationed. After moving to Vermillion in 1964, she was active in the Sioux Trails Girls Scout Council on the local level and later as a board member and council president.

She became a real estate broker and for several years operated her own firm of Moore Real Estate. She was a member and president of a local PEO chapter.

She married Young Moore III on Nov. 17, 1948 at Indianapolis, IN. Survivors include her husband; a son, Gordon and his wife Marie of Syracuse, IN; a daughter, Susan, and her two sons, James and Joseph of Arlington, TX.

Memorials may be directed to UCCC Trust Fund in Vermillion, the Sioux Valley Hospice, Vermillion, or Morningside Manor Nursing Home, Alcester.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Larsen

Linda Marie Larsen, 58, was born June 5, 1946 at Wakonda, and died in Denver, CO, on Oct. 16, 2004 after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

After high school graduation she attended South Dakota State University at Brookings for two years.�Later she attended Colorado State University where she earned a bachelor of science in housing and design and graduated with high honors. For the last seven years she worked for Champion Window Company of Denver, CO, where she was office manager. �She was loved by her family, friends and well respected by her co-workers for a great job performance.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodor and Corinne Larsen; one brother, Don Larsen; and one brother-in-law, Arvid Johnson.

Survivors are her sisters, Dorothy (Ken) Borah, Oldham, and Ann Johnson, Russell, MN; her brother, David (Maggie) Larsen, Marshall, MN; her sister-in-law, Lois Larsen, Wakonda; 11 nieces and nephews, 17 grand-nieces and nephews and one great-grand niece.

Her enjoyments in life were her two cats, traveling, reading, and dining out. She belonged to a book club and a dining club.

Funeral services will be at the Baptist Church in Wakonda on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.�Burial will be at the Union Cemetery. �Memorials can be given in her memory to the Denver Hospice or to the Cancer Society.

James Novak

James Novak, 86, of Yankton, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, at his residence.

A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 22, at First United Methodist Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Dean Trapp officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Yankton, with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.

Visitation was from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, Yankton, with an Eastern Star Service at 6:30 p.m. by Keystone Chapter, No. 33, O.E.S. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral at church.

Pallbearers are Brandon Novak, Travis Auch, Noel Johansen, Rick Knock, Daryl Mello and Richard Petzoldt. Honorary pallbearers are Jordan Johnson and Larry Novak.

Mr. Novak was born February 26, 1918 at Yankton, to Albert and Marie (Stern) Novak. He grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School in 1937. He then attended Yankton College and graduated with a teaching degree. On Aug. 26, 1939, he married Lorraine Ligon at Yankton. After their marriage, he worked at the Human Services Center for several years. He then served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

After his discharge, he became a toll taker for the Meridian Bridge in Yankton until the bridge went free in 1953. He also worked at Kapitan's, K&K Grocery, and later became the owner of Novak Groceries. After his years in the grocery business, he became a smoke house manager at Cimpl's Meat Packing Company until his retirement in 1980.

Mr. Novak was involved in several organizations in Yankton. He was Past Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Keystone Chapter, No. 33, and a Past Master of St. Andrew's Lodge No. 208. He was a member of the American Legion and a 32 degree KCCH with the El Riad Shrine. He was also a TEAM volunteer at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Larry (Janice) Novak of Verdigre, NE; two daughters, Judy Johnson of Saginaw, MI, and Sheila (Rick) Knock of Yankton; daughter-in-law, Nancy Novak of Santa Cruz, CA; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorraine on Jan. 13; son, Gene Novak; son-in-law, Gerald Johnson; five brothers and sisters, Henry Novak, Joseph Novak, Rose Freidel, and Mary and James in infancy.

Richard Rowlands

Richard Mark Rowlands, 78, Vermillion, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

He was born Feb. 8, 1926 in Pasadena, CA, to Clarence and Lorene (Childs) Rowlands.

He served for 28 years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine torpedo man. He married Virginia Farris Lawrensen on Set. 27, 1995 in Vermillion. The couple lived in Vermillion for the past three years.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; his children Linda (Don) Brown, Cheryl (Charlie) Graves, and Rick (Sharon) Rowlands; step-children Marty (Brenda) Lawrensen, and Lynn (Ron) LaMie; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted later in San Diego, CA. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wesley Larsen

Wesley M. Larsen, 95, Beresford, died Oct. 15, 2005 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Services for were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, with burial at the church cemetery.

Mr. Larsen was born June 25, 1909, in rural Union County to parents Robert and Mary (Petersen) Larsen. He attended Brule rural school. He married Florence Strom on Sept. 16, 1937.

The couple farmed and lived all their married lives south of Beresford. Mrs. Larsen died in February of 1990. Mr. Larsen lived on the farm until 2001 when he became a resident at Bethesda Nursing Home in Beresford, where he resided until the present time.

Mr. Larsen was baptized at Dalesburg Baptist Church and was currently a member of Dalesburg Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Union County Livestock Improvement Association and the Union County Crop Improvement Association.

He helped organize the South East South Dakota Experiment Farm and served many years on its board of directors. He also helped organize the Prairie Herdsman 4-H Club and was a 4-H leader for many years.

Mr. Larsen was recognized for his service on the SDSU Agriculture Advisory Board. He served on the Union County Planning and Zoning Board, as well as donating his time to many other civic and agricultural organizations and boards.

Mr. Larsen loved working with his cattle and proudly raised purebred Polled Herefords. His other hobbies included bowling and pitching horseshoes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and six sisters.

He is survived by three sons, Morris (Connie) Larsen, David (Esther) Larsen and Ron (Jean) Larsen, all of Beresford; two daughters, Sharron (David) Heinemann, Dell Rapids, and Jan (Charles) Bingen, Vermillion; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother Eldon (Phyllis) Larsen, Canova; sister Phoebe Selle, Sioux Falls; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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