Obituaries

Obituaries Arthur Bridges Arthur P. Bridges, 92, of Vermillion, died Wednesday, July 9, at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital. Arthur was born Sept. 9, 1915 in Hanwell, West London to Thomas and Ethel Bridges. He attended school through eighth grade, and on Aug. 31, 1935 married Winifred Searle in Brentford, England. In 1939, he joined the Royal Scotts Army as a paratrooper serving for six years and was stationed in Italy and Egypt. After the military, Arthur worked for Rockware Glass Company making glass jars and vases and was a part-time chimney sweep. He and his wife came to the U.S. in 1959 and lived in Hawarden, IA until 1961 when they moved to Elmonte, CA. Arthur worked as a machinist for Kaiser Aluminum in Elmonte and they moved to Vermillion from California in 1999, and Winifred died in 2000. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son Norman, three brothers, and two sisters. Arthur is survived by a daughter, Ann Van Beek of Hudson, and a daughter-in-law, Sandra Bridges of Palmdale, CA; seven grand- children; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with a private family burial at a later date. For online condolences and obituary please visit; hansenfuneralhome .com. JoAnn Reed Morse JoAnn Reed Morse died Wednesday, July 19, 2008 at the Springhill Memorial Hospital in Mobile, AL. She was born on Sept. 27, 1943 in Vermillion to Carl and Meryl Reed. She graduated from Vermillion High School and worked in Vermillion for several years. She married Bill Towner and had two sons. She married Douglas Morse Feb. 2, 1988 and lived in Grand Bay, AL working as a receptionist at Springhill Senior Residence in Mobile. She loved her work and friends there. She is survived by her husband; her mother; her sons, Bill Jr. of Fort Pierce, FL and Carl Towner of Vermillion; brothers, Gary Reed of Sioux Falls, and Jim Reed of Vermillion; and two grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at the Methodist Church in Vermillion on Wednesday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Brook McBride officiating. J. Willard O��?Connor Joseph Willard O��?Connor, 81, passed away Monday, June 16, 2008, in Santa Ana, CA, after losing a courageous battle against cancer. Willard was born in Sioux City, IA to Joseph and Marie (Bourdelais) O��?Connor on June 25, 1926. His parents, who preceded him in death, lived in Vermillion, where Willard attended high school. After working for a time in the trucking business with his father, Willard moved to Yankton to start his own business and begin a family. His love for automobiles and his skill as a mechanic and businessman led to his opening O��?Connor Used Cars, which became a well-known business in Yankton. The success of his first enterprise led to a new car dealership, O��?Connor Sales and Service, which was a fixture in downtown Yankton for many years. In 1980, Willard retired to Orange County, CA, where he was residing at the time of his death. Willard was a kind and helpful friend to everyone he met and he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by many friends and family, especially his children, Jerry O��?Connor (Stephanie) of Omaha, NE, Julie Pitel (Bob) of Granite Bay, CA, and Mary Walter (Jeff) of Fremont, CA. He is also survived by six siblings, brother David O��?Connor (Charlotte) of Pipestone, MN; sisters Margaret Fortin of Atwater, CA, Catherine Danielson (Glenn) of Vermillion, Leticia Boro of Middletown, NJ, Suzanne Sorheim (Clare) of Gillette, WY, Judith Shannon (Bob) of Modesto, CA; 10 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Willard will be interred in Calvary Cemetery next to his parents. Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The House of Mary Shrine in Yankton.

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