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Obituaries Paul (Doc) Jensen

Paul E. Jensen was born on Nov. 10, 1923 in Denmark, the son of Peter and Sena (Christensen) Jensen. With family at his bedside, he died on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at the Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 81. He is in heaven with his Lord, renewing old friendships of those who passed before him.

Paul came to the United States in February of 1928. He was a long-time resident of Brookings County, graduating from Aurora High School. He farmed near Brookings until 1952 when he entered veterinary school, graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1957.

He owned his own veterinary practice in Volga, until selling the practice in 1978. He eventually went to work for USDA Veterinary Services and served in Lake Charles, LA; Jackson, MS; Topeka, KS; and Austin, TX. He retired as the assistant veterinarian in charge for Texas.

In May of 1998, he moved to a farm near Elk Point and began a hog feeding operation and raised cattle, continuing his lifelong passion for animals and enjoying the rural lifestyle with his beloved black lab, Susie.

He was a long-time resident of Austin, TX, where he was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Yankton Scottish Rites Consistory, and El Riad Shriners Temple of Sioux Falls. He was a past president and secretary of the Northeast South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association.

He was a lucky man, living a full and active life until his death. He made friends wherever he went.

Paul is survived by his brother, Jens (Edna) of Sioux Falls; his four children, Bonnie Jean (Hal) Malecha of Eugene, OR, Rolland Jensen of Sioux Falls, Curtis (Laurie) Jensen of Adrian, MN, and Lisa Jensen (Adrian Gustai) of Salt Lake City, UT; as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife, Nellie Jensen of Brookings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna and Paul Sterud and Agnes and Elwood Smith.

In lieu of flowers or the usual remembrances, memorials in Paul's name can be sent to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or the Shriner's organization.

Sanford C. Ufford

Sanford C. Ufford, 71, of Vermillion, died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Sanford was born March 7, 1934, at Vermillion, to Frank S. Ufford and Glenna Hastings. He attended Vermilllion High School. He farmed with his father and brother for 68 years.

He was a member of Missouri River Valley Association of the Deaf and the South Dakota Association of the Deaf. He was also a member of First Baptist Church, Vermillion.

He is survived by his brother, George (Gladys) of Vermillion; his sister, Margaret (Bert) Weinstein of Santa Ana, CA; nephews, Don and Alex Ufford and Greg and Eric Weinstein; and a niece, Gail (Mike) Cutler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Monday, April 18, at First Baptist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 17, with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

Memorials may be directed to Missouri River Valley Association of the Deaf, the South Dakota Association of the Deaf or Sioux Valley Hospice.

Deanna K. Thompson

Deanna K. Thompson, 64, of Vermillion died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Deanna was born Sept. 25, 1940, at Vermillion, to Clifford and Opal (Lethcoe) Brunick. She received a GED from Vermillion High School. She married Millard Thompson Dec. 22, 1956 in Vermillion. She retired in 1992 from USD Food Service as a baker. She was a member of Eagles Auxiliary since 1983, where she was a trustee from 1986-89; and was named Mrs. Eagle in 1989. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Vermillion. She loved bingo, playing cards and her dog, Asha.

She is survived by her husband, Millard "Sonny" Thompson, Vermillion; two daughters, Teresa Hays, Vermillion and Brenda Sealey of Volin; a son, Keith Thompson of Vermillion; a foster daughter, Merri Kissick of Cheyenne, WY; a brother, Richard Brunick of Anaheim, CA; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Alvin "Swede" Johnson, an infant daughter, Betty, and a brother, Warren Brunick.

Services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, at First Baptist Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating. Burial was in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, and from 6 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the church.

Edna Johannsen

Edna Johannsen, 93, of Huron, died Monday, April 18, 2005, at the Huron Nursing Home. Her funeral service was at 2 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Iroquois.

Survivors include a daughter, Marlys (LeRoy) Larson, Vermillion.

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