Obituaries John W. Wastlund

John W. Wastlund, 84, Vermillion, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at his residence.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Cornerstone Church, Vermillion, with the Revs. Devon Devoux and David Timms officiating. Burial followed in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, with the family present from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Wastlund was born Jan. 14, 1920 in Vermillion to J.W. and Ida (Holmes) Wastlund. He graduated from University High School, Vermillion, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from Nov. 25, 1940 to Dec. 5, 1945. He spent two and one-half years overseas.

He married Melva Peterson March 6, 1952 in Rapid City.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Cindy (John) Fenton, and a grandson, J.T. Fenton, both of Cedar Rapids, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Timothy John; five brothers and two sisters.

Carl Walz

Carl Walz, 92, of Vermillion died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center.

Mr. Walz was born Sept. 23, 1912 in Vermillion to Andrew and Agnes (Nicholson) Walz. He attended the Vermillion area schools, and married Dorothy Christopherson on Dec. 24, 1932 in Vermillion. The couple lived on several Clay County farms until their retirement in 1976. They retired to their home in Vermillion, and spent their winters in Arizona for about 30 years. In 2001, they moved into the assisted living in Vermillion, and in 2003 into the care center.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Vermillion; six sons, Melvin, Marvin (Carol), and Jerry (Linda) all of Vermillion, Roger (Avis) of Alcester, Alan (Bertha) of Centerville, and Don (Andrea) of Sioux Falls; and three daughters, Janet (Dave) Macy of Vermillion, Janice (Monte) Hartung of Sioux Falls, and Janell (Steve) Manning of Tucson, AZ.

He is also survived by two sisters, Fern Ostrem of Centerville, and Margaret Peterson of Wickenburg, AZ; a sister-in-law, Pearl Walz of Sioux City, IA; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Henry, Arnold, and Burdette; and two sisters, Evelyn Ahlgrim, and Phyllis Melcher.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Visitation began at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Lyman Mollet

Lyman Mollet, Burbank, died Dec. 8, 2004 in a Sioux City, IA hospital.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

Betty L. Jensen

Betty L. Jensen, 80, of Isanti, MN, formerly of Vermillion, died on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004 at the Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge, MN.

She was born Nov. 17, 1924 in Clay County, South Dakota to Lee and Amy (Nelson) Millage.

Betty was united in marriage to Ivan Jensen on Aug. 4, 1946 in Vermillion.

She is survived by her four children, Gary and wife Teri Jo Jensen of Isanti, Keith and wife Carol Jensen of Billings, MT, Vicki and husband Gregory Fullenkamp of Atlanta, GA, Dawn and husband Mark Myron of Vermillion; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leo and wife Joyce Millage of Rapid City; four sisters, Ethel Harrington of Clear Lake, IA, Juanita Bailey of Yankton, Virginia Mockler of Vermillion, and Doris Myron of Mount Vernon, OH, as well as many other relatives.

Mrs. Jensen was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Amy, her husband Ivan, two brothers, Irvin and Earl Millage, and three sisters, Margie Millage, Eileen Delaney and Kay Munson.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 3, at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti with Rev. Valerie Brown-Greenly officiating. Mary Falk, accompanied by Shirley Olson, sang Precious Lord Take My Hand and Softly and Tenderly. A second memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with Rev. Judy Johnson officiating. Marlys Miller, accompanied by Christy Kimball, sang, Precious Lord Take My Hand and Softly and Tenderly.

Interment was in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Arrangements were with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge.

Elaine E. Meyer

Elaine E. Meyer, 89, retired professor of library science at The University of South Dakota, died at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center on Friday, Dec. 3, 2004.

Miss Meyer, the second of nine children, was born May 3, 1915 in Beadle County near Bonilla to Mildred (Borah) and John C. Meyer. Following her education in country schools, Bonilla High School, and her graduation Magna Cum Laude from Huron College in 1938, Miss Meyer had a 15 year career as a mathematics and science teacher in Ideal, Highmore, Vermillion and Lemmon SD.

In 1953, she received an award from the S.D. High School Press Association for distinguished service in the field of high school journalism.

In 1953, she embarked on a second career, earned her MA degree in library science at the University of Denver, and held high school library positions at Los Alamos, NM and at Lead and became reference librarian and professor of library media at The University of South Dakota.

She was a key figure in developing the Library Media program at the university. Miss Meyer retired in 1978.

She has held memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Library Association, the S.D. Library Association, Delta Kappa Gamma International, and the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library. In 1985, she was the first recipient of the Friend of the School Library/ Media Center award presented by the South Dakota Library Association. This honor was followed in 2000 when the American Library Association added her name to its National Honor Roll of Librarians whose work strengthened library service in the 20th Century.

Miss Meyer is survived by an adopted sister, and long time friend, Edith Siegrist with whom she made her home with for 44 years in Vermillion, three brothers, Harlan (Inez) Meyer of Sioux Falls, Dr. Norman (Miriam) Meyer of San Miguel d' Allende, Mexico, Kerwin (Marjorie) Meyer of Sioux City, IA; and a sister, Caryl Lynn (Calvin) Poppen of DeSmet. She is also survived by 21 nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Camden and Durward, and two sisters Leora Rearick, and Lorna Poppen.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the United Church of Christ in Vermillion with visitation starting one hour prior at the church. Burial was at 3:30 p.m. in the Bonilla Cemetery in Bonilla. The Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion was in charge of the arrangements.

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