BV Challenger obituaries: 4/3
April 02. 2013 9:42AM
Alphie B. Swenson, 88
Funeral services for Alphie B. Swenson, 88, of Corson, were held Friday, March 29, 2013 at Beaver Valley Lutheran Church, rural Valley Springs.
Mrs. Swenson died Monday, March 25, 2013 at Helping Hands Assisted Living Center in Brandon.
Alphie B. Wallenberg was born Jan. 29, 1925 in rural Beaver Creek, Minn., to Adolph and Belle (Olson) Wallenberg. She was raised on the farm and graduated from Beaver Creek High School in 1943. On April 19, 1948 Alphie was united in marriage with Robert O. Swenson in Hills, Minn. The couple lived in Sioux Falls, while Alphie worked at John Morrell and Company until making their home in Corson in 1953. She then worked at the Beaver Creek Elevator, and also recorded river levels for the Corp of Engineers; above all her most important job was the raising of their seven children. She was a member of Beaver Valley Lutheran Church in rural Valley Springs.
Alphie enjoyed dancing with Bob, spending time with friends and family at the lake, her Saturday road trips, shopping and people watching. She was an excellent cook, especially her cookies.
She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Swenson, Corson; children, Jeff Swenson, Brandon, Bobby Jr. (Holly) Swenson, Brandon, Charlene (special friend, Paul Poncelet) Swenson, Sioux Falls, Julie (Kevin) Hauger, Brandon, and Mike (Peggy) Swenson, Corson; son-in-law, Carl Hoskins, Deadwood; seven grandchildren, Danielle Merrow, Travis Kapsch, Tobi Thompson, Jesse Vander Maten, Nicole (Jeremy) Haug, Chelsea Nelson and Luke Swenson; nine great-grandchildren, Destiny, Haley, Austin, Trevor, Jazlyn, Dylan, Taylor, Mason and Sally Jo; sister, Dorothy Drowden, Lennox; and special nephew, Don Swenson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Belle Wallenberg; two daughters, Sally Nelson and Donna Hoskins; son-in-law, Jeff Nelson; sister, Edna Noll; and brother, Elmer Wallenberg.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.georgeboom
H. Gerald ‘Jerry’ Bly, 74
Funeral services for H. Gerald “Jerry” Bly, 74, of Garretson, were held Saturday, March 30,2013 at Abiding Savior Free Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. Interment was in the Swedona Covenant Cemetery, rural Brandon. Mr. Bly died Monday, March 25, 2013, at the Avera Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.
H. Gerald Bly was born Jan. 7, 1939, in Luverne, Minn., to Helge and Edith (Harvey) Bly. The youngest of five boys, he grew up on the family farm near Garretson and graduated from Garretson High School in 1957 where he and his brother Marvin, proudly played football for the Blue Dragons. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1962 with a degree in animal science. He then began work with the USDA as a loan officer in the Farmers Home Administration. He married Bonnie Wehde on Oct.24, 1964. Jerry’s career took them all around South Dakota for the next 30 years. In 1981, the family returned to Garretson to his grandparents’ farm, which he purchased and began farming. In 1994, upon the adoption of computers in the workplace, Jerry retired from the Farmers Home Administration.
In 1992, he and Bonnie became members of Abiding Savior Free Lutheran church where he served on the Building and Trustee committees and was an usher. He was also involved in many Bible studies and small groups.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Bonnie, Garretson; two children, Anthony (Karla) Bly, Garretson, and Kristi (Tim) Toennies, Cresbard; four grandchildren, Hannah and Myra Toennies and Matthew and Katie Bly; two brothers, Vernon (Arlene) Bly of North Carolina, and Roger (Evelyn) Bly, Centerville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helge and Edith; two brothers and their wives, Maurice and Joyce Bly and Marvin and Delores Bly; and sister-in-law, Edwarda Bly.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
For the full obituary and online condolences, go to www.heartlandfunerals.com.
James I. Majors, 78
James Ivan Majors, 78, Rogersville, Mo., died peacefully at home on March 15, 2013.
He was born May 16, 1934 in Imperial, Neb., to the late William H. and Core Etta Dukes Majors.
Jim attended school in Imperial, Wauneta and graduated high school in Oshkosh, Neb., where he was an outstanding three-sport athlete. He attended the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship and also Hastings College. His love of competition continued as he won multiple shot put titles in the Show Me State Games and Senior Olympics.
He was employed in management with JC Penney for 38 years. The family resided in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Kansas City and Overland Park, Kan.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Dodge City, Kan.; Columbia and Rogersville, Mo., before retiring at age 60 to follow his dream of cattle ranching.
Jim was married to Joann for 58 years to which four children were born: Nancy Jo Tiffany (Burt) Crockett, Clinton, Mo.; Donald James Majors, Seymour, Mo.; Susan Diann Majors, Nixa, Mo.; and Mark Leon (Julie) Majors, Columbia, Mo.; four grandchildren, Justin (Sara) Tiffany, Megan Tiffany, Alexandra Majors, James Raymond Majors; and two great-grandchildren, Ava Mae and Grace Tiffany. He also leaves a brother, Don (Bonnie) Majors, Wauneta, Neb.; sister-in-law, Ibbie Majors, North Platte, Neb.; father-in-law, Leon Stinnette, Broomfield, Colo.; brother-in-law, Jim (Meda) Goddard, Colo.; several nieces, nephews and many great friends.
He wasalso preceded in death by two sisters, Elmira Fielder and Vi Piva, and two brothers, Bill and Keith Majors.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation is under the care of J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, Rogersville, Mo.
The family request memorial donations to the Humane Society or charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences and guest book signing may be made at www.jdleeandsons.com.
Iona Hanson, 93
Funeral services for Iona L. Hanson, 93, of Sioux Falls, were held Monday, March 25, 2013 at Beaver Valley Lutheran Church, rural Valley Springs.
Mrs. Hanson died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls.
Iona Louise Olson was born July 17, 1919 in rural Valley Springs to Hulda (Paulson) and Elmer Olson. She was baptized and confirmed at Beaver Valley Lutheran Church, rural Valley Springs, and attended Sunnyside Country School grades 1-8. Iona stayed during the school week with her aunt Clara and uncle Edwin Olson in Valley Springs so that she could attend high school in Valley Springs. She graduated from Valley Springs High School in 1937 as salutatorian of her class. Iona enjoyed working on the farm with her brother Norman. She appreciated that her brother Adolphus taught her how to drive a manual transmission car. She enjoyed her work at JC Penney in downtown Sioux Falls where she unpacked and ironed clothing before it was placed out on the floor. She also was an elevator operator at the store.
Iona and Dean were married Feb. 14, 1948 at Beaver Valley Lutheran Church. They took the train to Loveland, Colo., for their honeymoon. Iona enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and preserving food and washing clothes, even with a wringer washer and before she had a dryer, and keeping a clean house. Iona was active in her church through circle and WELCA, furnishing and serving food and putting together quilts.
She is survived by her children, Mary Hanson of Sioux Falls, Marlene Hanson of Blue Earth, Minn., Daniel (Virginia) Hanson of Garretson, Dale (Krista) Hanson of Valley Springs, and Martha (Richard) Archer of Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Katherine Hanson, Natalie Hanson, Mattie Hanson, Jenny Kline, Tom Hanson, Derek Hanson, Isaac Hanson, Andy (Khalila) Archer, Tyler Archer, Meghan Archer, and Elizabeth Archer; sister, LaVonne (Delmar) Johnson of Beresford; dear friend, Margaret Scholten of Brandon; many dear relatives and friends.
Iona was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; parents, Elmer and Hulda (Paulson) Olson; brothers, Norman, David and Adolphus Olson; sisters-in-laws, Doris Olson, Alta Olson and Mattie Taylor; brother-in-law, Frank Taylor; niece, Natalie Plueger; and nephew, Edward Taylor.
George Boom Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, was in charge of arrangements.