Garret Christian Nelson, age 18, of Yankton, took his own life on Monday, Sept. 26, 2005. Funeral services were held 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the United Church of Christ (Congregational), Yankton, with Rev. Carl Kline officiating. Burial was in the Yankton Cemetery.
Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers were Ehrin Nelson, David Nelson, Jamie Arens, Mark Olson, and James Gurney. Honorary pallbearers were the current Yankton High School Debate Team, 2004-2005 Yankton High School Debate Team, T.J. Turner and Brad Norton.
Garret was born to Chris and Patricia (Arens) Nelson in Yankton, on June 25, 1987. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Yankton. He will always be remembered by his family for his wonderful smile. He participated in youth baseball, junior league and middle school football, and soccer.
In middle school, he was a member of the Science Olympiad team. In high school, he was a member of the Yankton High School Debate team at which he excelled. He also loved to work on computers. He examined life deeply and had an interest in philosophy as well as the sciences. He was a freshman at The University of South Dakota, Vermillion.
He is survived by his parents, Chris and Pat Nelson and his sister, Shannon, all of Yankton; his grandmothers, Delores Nelson of Yankton, and Elizabeth (Betty) Arens of Crofton, NE, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Luverne C. Nelson, Yankton, and Joseph L. Arens, Crofton, NE.
The family requests that memorials be directed to: UCC Youth Groups, 218 West 5th Street, Yankton, SD, 57078; Science Olympiad, Attn: Bob Medeck, 1801 Summit, Yankton, SD 57078; or Yankton High School Debate Team, Attn: Leo Kallis, 1801 Summit, Yankton, SD 57078.
Robert H. Macy
Robert H. Macy, 85, formerly of Vermillion, passed away late Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2005 at home in rural southeast South Dakota.
He was born Feb. 22, 1920, in Milbank, to Albert and Virginia Macy. He was a graduate of Milbank High School and received a business degree from the University of North Dakota in 1942. Following college, he enlisted and served in the armed forces until 1945.
In 1946, he married Helen Schmidt of Sisseton. Up until retirement, Robert was a farmer for the majority of his life. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed restoring antique tractors. Robert was of the Lutheran faith.
Robert is survived by his wife, two brothers, one sister, three sons, two daughters, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Private visitation was held at a funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 with funeral services commencing at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. Robert was laid to rest at the Oakview Cemetery.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and sister.