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April 23. 2013 10:31AM
Clifford Callies, 85
Funeral services for Clifford Callies, 85, of Sioux Falls, were held Friday, April 5, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetry, also in Sioux Falls.
Mr. Callies died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls.
Clifford D. Callies was born Aug. 27, 1927, to Carl and Bertha (Ziemann) at Canistota. He attended school in Bridgewater and then entered the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his discharge in 1947, he returned to Sioux Falls and began his lifelong career working at John Morrell & Company.
On Feb. 10, 1952, he was united in marriage with Joan Neuheisel in Sioux Falls. In the early 1950’s, he attended school to be a television repairman, a side career that he enjoyed doing in the evenings. A member of Zion Lutheran Church, Cliff maintained a deep faith in Christ throughout his life. He loved attending church and meeting with his friends for coffee.
Cliff and Joan enjoyed camping and fishing with their kids at area campgrounds and lakes. He also liked going to the Missouri River. In between periods of fishing, he enjoyed rock hunting. In the late 1980’s, Joan and Cliff enjoyed a vacation to Alaska. Joan passed away Oct. 24, 1996. Cliff was a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his children, Douglas (Shaine) Callies, Sioux Falls, Diana (Rich) Shipley, Papillion, Neb., Teresa (Mike) Berg, Sioux Falls, Enid (Paul) Farmer, Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Irene Wheelock, Brandon, Shirley Herndon, Cannon Falls, Minn., Lois (Floyd) Haeuszer, Cannon Falls, DeWayne “Fuzzy” Callies, Sioux Falls, and Ron (Dorothy) Callies, Spearfish.
In addition to his wife, Joan, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret and Rhoda; and two brothers, Calvin and Richard.
Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, was in charge of arrangements.
Dolores J. Ellis, 79
Memorial services for Dolores J. (Battest) Ellis, 79, of Sioux Falls, were held Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Thelen Funeral Chapel in Redfield, with inurnment following at the Franfort Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Mrs. Ellis died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Bethany Home of Sioux Falls.
Dolores Joan Battest was born Jan. 2, 1934 in Doland to William and Louise (Meyer) Battest and was the youngest of 10 children. She attended and graduated from the South Dakota School for the Deaf. It was there that she met Raymond C. Ellis, whom she married in 1955.
Dolores loved to play cards and Bingo. She made many friends and was very active through the S.D. Association for the Deaf. She enjoyed traveling and socializing with her friends.
Dolores is survived by her five children, David (Joan) Ellis, Sioux Falls, Gordon Ellis, Grandview, Mo., Sandy (Bob) Piedmonte, Buckner, Mo., Paula (Tom) Couch, Independence, Mo., and Bernie Ellis, Blue Springs, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four brothers, Lloyd (Dee) Battest, Harold Battest, Richard (Alice) Battest and Norman (Janice) Battest.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and sisters, Bernell, Robert, Ray and Denise Battest, Betty Young and Don Carter.
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Lois F. Johnson, 80
Funeral services for Lois Frances (Anderson) Johnson, 80 of Vermillion, were held Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Cornerstone Church in Vermillion. Interment was in the Worthing Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Wakonda Heritage Manor.
She was born July 30, 1932 in Circle, Mont., and married Lewis John Hahn (died in 1966) in Sioux Falls in 1952. Lois married Kenneth Arthur Johnson (IBEW 426 Sioux Falls) in 1972 and lived in Worthing until moving to Vermillion in 2010.
Following in her parent’s footsteps, Lois, along with her immediate family, was a welfare foster parent in both the states of Kansas and South Dakota for 57 years, retiring in 2009. Among her more than 200 foster children were many with special needs. Lois also ran a daycare center in her home in Worthing for 24 years, and enjoyed quilting, embroidering, scrapbooking, canning, collecting dolls, and listening to music, especially the “Three Tenors.”
She is survived by her son, Barry (Peggy) Banks, of Vermillion; daughter-in-law, Teresa Banks of Bradshaw, Neb.; grandchildren, Bobbie Lee (Shannon) Halverson, Cook, Minn., Josh Banks, Randolph, Neb.; great-grandson, Stephan Halverson; siblings, Avis Blumer of Beresford, Stanley (Joanne) Anderson, Sioux Falls, Arlo (Marge) Anderson, Valley Springs; nine nieces and nephews; and lifetime friends, Lou and Joan Latendresse of Centerville and Karen Gibbs of Vermillion.
In lieu of flowers and in honor of Lois’ many years as a foster parent, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Children's Inn, 409 N. Western Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-5607.
Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

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