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Obituaries Eleanor Christensen

Eleanor Christensen, 86, died peacefully on Sunday, April 24, 2005 at Oak Hill Hospital in Hernando Beach, FL, with her four children at her side.

Eleanor Lingberg was born April 5, 1919 near Vermillion, to parents Walter and Florence Lingberg.

She married Peter Christensen on Feb. 29, 1952 at the Union County Courthouse. They farmed near Vermillion until 1987 when they moved to Vermillion.

Eleanor was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, and was involved in many church activities. She volunteered for many years at both the Vermillion Civic Council and the Food Pantry.

Eleanor enjoyed embroidery, playing cards and was well known for her cooking and baking skills. She loved having company and always had the coffee pot on.

She is survived by her four children, David (Jacquelyne) Morris of Hernando Beach, FL, Judy (Jim) Peters of Dell Rapids, Scott Christensen and special friend, Sandy of Rock Springs, WY, and Clark (Deb) Christensen of Vermillion; one brother, Richard (Corrine) Lingberg of Beresford; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Christensen and Martha Anderson; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by all who had the joy of knowing her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter, her parents, brothers, Douglas and Lloyd Lingberg, and an infant brother.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial in Bluff

View Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was Monday, May 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home and from 6 to 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Lee M. Jorgensen

Lee M. Jorgensen, long time journalist and Tripp County rancher, died unexpectedly at age 71, on Sunday, May 1, 2005 at the Heart Hospital of South Dakota from a pulmonary blood clot following heart by-pass surgery in Sioux Falls.

Mr. Jorgensen was born May 6, 1933 west of Winner. He began his journalism career as the advertising manager for the Winner Advocate after being discharged from the army in 1956. He attended South Dakota State University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1960, lettering in wrestling and making the dean's list every semester.

Upon graduation he became the news director and later managing editor of the Winner Advocate. In 1963, he became a Sunday features writer for the Sioux City Journal and in 1966 he became half owner and editor of the Vermillion Plain Talk.

In 1967 he became the assistant agricultural editor and later the ag news and features editor for South Dakota State University, serving on the Academic Senate, completing his master's degree in journalism in 1972, and teaching a course in interpretive journalism and serving as a guest lecturer in investigative journalism.

In 1978 he became the associate Extension news editor at Kansas State University, achieving the status of associate professor and ultimately serving as agricultural news coordinator.

In 1996 he retired from journalism and returned to Winner, where he and his wife Darlene (Smith) Jorgensen, assumed management of her parents' cattle and buffalo ranch near Witten.

Mr. Jorgensen received numerous professional and community awards, including the South Dakota Press Association's first place award for news and features, the Iowa Press Association's award for daily newspaper feature writing, induction into the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as an honorary member for his reporting on and promotion of tribal events for which he was given the Lakota name "Lone Wolf" and being the first recipient of the national Oscar in Agriculture Award for university journalism.

He was also the recipient of the Golden Arc Award for human-interest news from Kansas State University and the Press Award of Excellence from the Agricultural Communicators in Education. He also worked extensively in the Master Farmer/Master Homemaker program conducted through KSU Cooperative Extension Service.

Mr. Jorgensen's work was published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, True West and many other national, regional and local publications.

He was elected president of the S.D. chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees in 2003. In 1998 and 2000 he ran as the Democratic nominee for the S.D. State House of Representatives in western South Dakota's 26th District. He was also senior warden of both St. Paul Episcopal Church in Brookings, and Trinity Episcopal Church of Winner.

Mr. Jorgensen, his wife Darlene, and their four sons built many of the houses in which they lived, often salvaging lumber from old homes and recycling the lumber. He recently completed construction of the home he shared with his wife on the family ranch near Witten, using lumber salvaged from the three story Hamill school house.

Mr. Jorgensen was an avid sailor, having sailed with his sons in the British Virgin Islands, all of the South Dakota Great Lakes of the Missouri River and many of the lakes of eastern South Dakota.

Mr. Jorgensen married Darlene D. Smith of Witten on April 2, 1956. He was a devoted husband for 49 years. He is survived by Darlene and their four sons, Langdon, 48, his wife B.J. and their two daughters of Denver, CO, Brian, 46, his wife Edna and their three children of Witten, Stuart, 44, and his wife Amy and their two daughters of Denver, CO, and Blake, 41, and his wife Kelly and their three daughters of Ottawa, KS; two brothers, Jack of Denver, CO, and Richard of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his twin sister, Leah of San Francisco, CA, and by his father-in-law Orville Smith of Witten and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.L. "Tony" and Gladys Jorgensen, his brother Harry V. Jorgenson and his mother-in-law Luevern Smith.

Funeral services were held on May 5 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winner. Burial was in the Winner Cemetery. Visitation was May 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home in Winner. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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