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Obituaries Mearl L. Brewer

Mearl L. Brewer, 86, Vermillion, died Jan. 28, 2005 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Vermillion with the Rev. Shelly Aakre officiating.

Burial followed in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Rebekah service.

She was born July 24, 1918 in Gayville, the daughter of George and Goldie (Zuke) Clark. She attended and graduated from Gayville schools, and worked in food service at USD until her retirement in 1987.

She married George Brewer May 25, 1974 in Vermillion. He died Jan. 22, 1987.

Mrs. Brewer lived in Vermillion for 70 years. For many years, she was an Avon representative. She was a member of L.E.A., the Eagles Auxiliary and Vermillion Rebekah Lodge #28, where she held numerous offices.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vermillion.

She is survived by two daughters, Aileen (Herman) Hosek, Winner, and Irene (Don) Chamberlain, Vermillion; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Brewer of Vermillion; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Richard, and a grandson, Larry Chamberlain.

Cleo Kosters

Cleo Jean Kosters, 74, Burbank, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 at Sister James Care Center, Yankton.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 at United Methodist Church, Vermillion. Burial was in Rock Valley Cemetery, Rock Valley, IA.

Visitation was from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home. There was also visitation from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pioneer Methodist Church in Rock Valley, IA, with a prayer service at 3 p.m.

Cleo was born Oct. 27, 1930 in Rock Valley, IA, to Alden and Della (Nelson) Eggleston. She graduated from Rock Valley High School in 1948 and attended Westmar College, Le Mars, IA, Northwestern in Orange City, IA, and earned a Ph.D. in library science from The University of South Dakota.

She was an elementary school teacher and was a librarian for Rock Valley schools.

She married William Kosters on Feb. 18, 1951 in Rock Valley. He died on April 7, 1977.

She had lived in Vermillion since 1970 and was president of the Vermillion Civic Council. She was a charter member of the Vermillion Red Classic Chicks. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary, ESA, and the Clay County Historical Society.

Survivors include her brother, Rollin Eggleston of Glen Carbon, IL; her sister, Christine DiPirro of Orchard Park, NY; nieces and nephews; and her sister-in-law, Sara Eggleston, Charlotte, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Nelson.

Francis 'Frank' Lull

LaVerne H. Muckey Lull

Frank Lull, 88, was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Vermillion. He died Oct. 5, 2004, at his home in Apple Valley, CA, with his wife and daughters at his side. During WWII, Frank was in the U.S. Army and served in Europe.

After the war he and his wife, LaVerne, made their home in Downey, CA, for 32 years. After retiring from Tyre Brothers Glass Co. in 1978, he and LaVerne traveled between Arizona and Colorado, finally settling in Apple Valley, CA, in 1985.

LaVerne Lull, 83, was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Yankton. She died Jan. 5, 2005, in Fountain Valley, CA, with her daughters at her side. La-

Verne worked in Washington, DC during WWII.

After the war LaVerne and Frank were married Nov. 19, 1946. LaVerne was a homemaker and worked for North American and Duracell Batteries. While living in Apple Valley, she was active in Apple Valley Seniors Club and was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church.

Frank and LaVerne are survived by their daughters, Sharon Windhorst and her husband, Gerrit, of Huntington Beach, CA, and Betty Lane and her husband, Jon, of Cypress, CA. They are also survived by two granddaughters, Lauren Windhorst and Hope Lane.

Frank and LaVerne were loving parents and grandparents. They went so quickly and are missed so much.

Sidney Anderson

Sidney Elmer Anderson, a resident of the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center, Vermillion, died Jan. 30, 2005 at the age of 89 years at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the First United Methodist Church in Vermillion.

Burial, assisted by the Wallace Post # 1 American Legion of Vermillion, was in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion.

Memorials may be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc. in care of: Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053 (1-888-633-3937).

On Aug. 26, 1915 Sidney Elmer Anderson was born to J. Alfred Anderson and Selma Hoyer Anderson in their farm home 20 miles north of Vermillion, at Komstad. The house that Sidney Elmer Anderson was born in had been the Komstad Post Office from 1876 to 1906.

Mr. Anderson graduated from Vermillion High School. In 1937 he graduated from The University of South Dakota with a B.S. degree in applied science. He operated a grain and dairy farm with his father until 1940, at which time he took a position with G.M. Allison Engineering in Speedway City, IN.

Having been commissioned in the Officer Reserves, Mr. Anderson reported for active duty in August of 1941 and served with a photo reconnaissance squadron in the South-West Pacific Theater. Later overseas duty was with a troop carrier wing as a scheduler in the operations section, approving orders for the movement of troops by air transport. After two years of overseas duty from New Guinea to Tokyo, Japan, Mr. Anderson was discharged as a Major in the Air Force, in March of 1946. He continued in the Active Reserves, and was promoted to Lt. Colonel.

From l946 to 195l, Mr. Anderson was an instructor in the applied science department at The University of South Dakota, and operated a grain and dairy farm.

On June 12, 1949 he married Edis Juel Orr.

In 195l, Sidney E. Anderson began 32 years of employment as a design engineer with John Deere at the John Deere Des Moines Works, near Ankeny, IA. He worked on the 226 mounted picker and the 101 and 100 one-row pickers and the 200 pull type picker. He also did design work on the #16 cotton stripper, developing and installing the first pair of stalk rolls for cotton strippers.

In l959, he designed and developed a two-row corn head for use on the 40 and 42 combines. Later developments expanded the two-row corn head to a four-row machine, and finally a 12-row corn head was built.

In 1969, the manufacture of the corn head was moved to the Harvester Works in Moline, IA. Mr. Anderson was asked to transfer to the Moline plant, and he relocated his family to the Geneseo, IA, area. At the Harvester Works, Mr. Anderson was the design engineer for the 40 Series corn equipment. He became known, affectionately, as Mr. Corn Head. Reliability was a high priority for Mr. Anderson. The machine was a pride of John Deere. Over the years with John Deere, Mr. Anderson was issued nine United States patents, and two European patents in his name.

A life-time member of the United Methodist Church, Mr. Anderson served as lay leader and finance committee chairman during the construction of the education unit and fellowship hall at the Ankeny United Methodist Church. He and his wife were team teachers in the Sunday school program at Ankeny, and later at the Geneseo First United Methodist Church they served as Junior High Youth Fellowship counselors.

Mr. Anderson enjoyed wood-working, and crafted a number of beautiful handmade pieces. He also enjoyed gardening, and was a member of the Quad City Men's Rose and Garden Club, as well as being a member of the American Legion, Reserve Officers Association and the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

Survivors include his wife, Edis J. Anderson of Vermillion; their four children, Lucinda Juel Anderson Dittmer of St. Charles, IL, Dr. Susan Elizabeth Anderson Swedo of McClean, VA, Sidney Edison Anderson of Avon, CT, and Dr. Shawn David Anderson of Peachtree City, GA; 11 grandchildren; sons-in-law Gary L. Dittmer and Dr. Gregory Swedo; daughters-in-law Cynthia J. Anderson and Colleen J. Anderson; and a sister, Aldna Ufford.

He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Rudy, Clifton and Irving; three sisters, Irene Burton, Austrid Smith and Olivia Peak; and his parents, J. Alfred and Selma Anderson.

Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

Frank C. Witt

Frank C. Witt, 100, died at the Vermillion Care Center on Jan. 26, 2005. He was born to Henry and Mathilda (Kruger) Witt on Oct. 10, 1904, in Los Angeles, CA, while the family was visiting relatives.

Frank grew up on the family farm in Troy Township, Day County, and graduated from Webster High School. Illness interrupted his schooling at South Dakota School of Mines. However, Frank's innovative mind kept him building equipment and inventing numerous labor saving devices. He also enjoyed traveling in the western U.S.

On Nov. 26, 1936, he married Adeline Urban at the Urban farm near Butler. The couple farmed and raised purebred Polled Hereford cattle. After retiring from the farm, they lived in Sisseton, Aberdeen, and Vermillion.

Survivors include his wife, Adeline of Vermillion; two sons, Robert (Velma) of Butler, and Richard (Kathy) of Flossmoor, IL; two daughters, Faith (Bob) Freese of Vermillion, and Bette Poss of Sandpoint, ID; 10 grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Harry; his sisters, Violet Witt and Lillian Wetter-berg; and grandchildren, Heidi Freese and Ryan Poss.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Butler Lutheran Church of which Frank was a lifelong member. Memorials may be sent to the Butler Lutheran Church or the Parish Nurse Program at Vermillion Trinity Lutheran Church.

A celebration of Frank's life was held at Vermillion Assisted Living at 809 N. Norbeck on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2:30 p.m.

Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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