Obituaries

Obituaries Wendell Clark

Wendell George W. Clark died unexpectedly at Valley Medical Center in Kent, WA, on Dec. 6, 2004 from complications following hip surgery.

He was born Feb. 23, 1927 in Vermillion, to Isaac Clark and Lenora (Millage) Clark. In 1957, he moved his wife, Lois, and daughters, Diana and Lynne, to Seattle, WA. He worked at Washington Natural Gas company for 13 years where he was selected to install the gold-plated meter (which the company displayed during the Seattle World's Fair) for the 100,000th customer in 1963.

In 1983, Mr. Clark married Claudia Olson. In 1984 he started Clark Mechanical, a heating installation business in Tukwila, WA, from which he retired in 1991.

Mr. Clark is survived by two daughters, Diana Beneke and her husband, Ray, of Renton, WA, and Lynne Lang and her husband, Pat, of Anacortes, WA; six grandchildren, David Lafollette, his fianc� Chris, and three children of Kennewick, WA, Danny LaFollette, his wife Tina, and three children of Prosser, WA, Dyanna Montelongo, her husband Euticio, and two children of Yakima, WA, Tammy Dugan, her husband Kevin, and daughter of Mt. Vernon, WA, Brad Lang, his wife Debra, and two children of Oak Harbor, WA, and Vince Lang, his wife Kelli, and two children of Oak Harbor, WA. In addition to 13 great-grandchildren, Wendell is also survived by one great-great grandchild.

Dorothy Murphy

Dorothy Mae Murphy, 87, Vermillion, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Dec. 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with the Rev. Judith Johnson officiating. Visitation was held at the church one hour prior to the services.

She was born April 16, 1917, in Akron, IA, to Gerhard and Caroline (Beerman) Lucken. Her parents were German immigrants.

She graduated from the South Sioux City, NE high school in 1935. She was crowned homecoming queen there.

She graduated from the St. Luke's Nursing School, Sioux City, IA, in 1940.

On Sept. 19, 1942, she married Charles "Bud" Murphy in Sioux City. The couple lived in Greenfield and operated the Greenfield Store from 1948 to 1964.

The family moved to Vermillion in 1969, and Mrs. Murphy was employed as a registered nurse for Dr. Roger Herbrandson from 1967 to 1975.

She was then employed by various doctors until 1986.

Mrs. Murphy is survived by her husband, Bud; two sons, Jan Scott Murphy, Ft. Collins, CO, and Jeffery Charles (Jan) Murphy, San Clemente, CA; a daughter, Jean Ann (Paul) Colon, Sioux Falls; three granddaughters, Megan Marie Colon, Washington, DC; Maren Elizabeth Colon, Sioux Falls, and Samantha Murphy, San Clemente; a grandson, Adam Paul Colon, Sioux Falls; a sister, Johanna Erickson, Spencer, IA; a sister-in-law, Merle Lucken, Akron, IA; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and four sisters.

Memorials may be directed to the W.H. Over Museum, Vermillion, or the Vermillion Public Library.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

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