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May 08. 2013 10:21AM
Norman C. Hoium, 87
Funeral services for Norman C. Hoium, 87, of Coon Rapids, Minn., were held Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Faith Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. Interment was in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Surrounded by family, Mr. Hoium died Friday, May 3, 2013.
Norman was born Dec. 8, 1925 in Rochester, Minn., to Ole N. and Helmi (Johansen). He graduated from Columbia Heights High School and served in Germany during World War II. After graduating from Augsburg College, he married Doretta May Tietz on June 21, 1952. They moved to Coon Rapids in 1960 and Norman started his own company, N.C. Hoium & Assoc., Land Surveyors, retiring in 2008.
He is survived by his children, Larry (Donna) Hoium, Pamela Fredrick, Karla (Scott) Hanson and Scott (Terry) Hoium; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three siblings; and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and Doretta, his beloved wife of 59 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Faith Lutheran Church.
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Myron A. Joneson, 81
Funeral services for Myron A. Joneson, 81, of Dell Rapids, were held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Quarry Rock Church in Dell Rapids. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery.
Mr. Joneson died Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Myron A. Joneson was born Aug. 29, 1931 on a farm near Valley Springs, to Gust and Johanna (Nielsen) Joneson. He attended grade school at the district #46 country school and then attended and graduated from Valley Springs High School in 1949. After high school, Myron worked for his brother on the family farm. He married Margaret Olson on Jan. 19, 1951 at the First Baptist Church in Dell Rapids. The couple continued to farm on the family farm in Valley Springs. He was drafted into the U.S. Marines on Jan. 22, 1952. The couple spent 17 months in Hawaii where their oldest son was born. After Myronís discharge, the family moved to Dell Rapids and started farming northeast of Dell Rapids. They made their home there for 53 years. The couple moved into Dell Rapids in November of 2007.
Myron was a member of the Dell Rapids American Legion where he served as the commander of the firing squad for over 25 years. He served on the township board and many other organizations. He was very active in the draft horse business, attending many sales. He enjoyed pulling his horse-drawn sleigh during Christmas for many of the local kids. In the summer he enjoyed giving horse drawn hay rides to the residence of Achieve and the School for the Deaf.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Dell Rapids; son, Mark (Linda) of Rapid City; daughter, Mary (Bud Purvis) Joneson of Dell Rapids; grandchildren, Ali, Michael and Brooks; a special nephew, Ray Riley of Clairmont, Fla.; sister, Lois (Ralph) Hansen of Brandon; and nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mike; brother, Harold; and four sisters, Helen, Norma, Alice, Jane and Marjorie.
Kahler Funeral Home, Dell Rapids, was in charge of arrangements.
Patricia A. Kleinvachter, 80
Patricia Ann Kleinvachter, 80, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., died Monday, April 29, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon, with burial at St. Michael Cemetery, Sioux Falls. Visitation begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at George Boom Funeral Chapel, Brandon, where the family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a liturgical wake service and Rosary at 7.
Patricia Ann was born Feb. 13, 1933, to Tom and Gertrude (Swanson) Burns in Worthington, Minn. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1951 and earned a degree in home economics from Saint Catherine's College, St. Paul, Minn., in 1955. Pat worked for Northern States Power in St. Paul for several years before moving to Sioux Falls.
On Oct. 8, 1960 in Worthington, Pat was united in marriage with Dennis Kleinvachter. While a full-time mother, she continued working in her field of home economics at Daytonís, served as president of McKennan Hospital Auxiliary, and worked several years at Cecelia's dress shop in Sioux Falls. After retirement, Dennis and Pat found ample time to pursue their passion of road tripping around the country in their RV, and traveling to the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico. She and Dennis relocated to Sun Lakes in 1995.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dennis; four children, Kimberly (David) Dolan, Rapid City, Thomas (Shelly) Kleinvachter, Humboldt, Kelly Kleinvachter, Falls Church, Va., Julie (John) Ashby, Falcon, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Matthew, Stephen, Kaela, Andrew, Sarah, Adam and Marc; two siblings, Colleen (Galen) Gordon and Dennis (Mary Ellen) Burns; and many nieces and nephews.
Patricia was preceded in death by her mother and father, and infant brother, Stephen.
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Nettie Nelson, 91
Funeral services for Nettie Nelson, 91, of Garretson, were held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Split Rock Lutheran Church, rural Brandon. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Nelson died Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Dow-Rummel Village in Sioux Falls.
Nettie was born Sept. 4, 1921 in Bond, Miss. She grew up and graduated from high school in Perkinson, Miss. During World War II she moved to California and worked at McDonald Douglas, where she met her husband, Robert. She and Robert were married Feb. 14, 1947 at Gulfport, Miss.
After their marriage they lived in Sioux Falls, Chester and Great Falls, Mont., and Los Banos, Calif. They moved to Garretson in 1972 after Robertís retirement and farmed for 15 years. Nettie moved to Dow-Rummel Village in 2003.
She is survived by her children, George (Susan) Nelson of Fresno, Calif., Debbie (Dan) Gouveia of Hines, Ore., and Gary (Linda) Nelson of Garretson; five grandchildren, Craig and Keith Nelson, Nicholas Gouveia, Jeremy and Chris Nelson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents, George and Marion Sapp; three brothers, Edgar Sapp, Bernard Sapp and James Sapp; four sisters, Helen Johnson, Georgia Smit, Irline Smith and Vesta Liles.
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Vernon L. Smith, 76
Vernon L. Smith, 76, lost his nine-year battle with cancer on Friday, May 3, 2013, following six weeks of home hospice care. His memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church, 705 S. Sioux Blvd., Brandon. The committal of the urn will be at Avon First Baptist Cemetery in Avon at a later date.
Vernon Lloyd Smith was born at home in Avon, S.D., to Walter and Sadie (Van Gerpen) Smith on Oct. 5, 1936, his parentsí ninth anniversary. He was 10 years old when his brother, Bob, was born in 1947. Their father, a rural mail carrier, passed away of a heart attack in 1950 when Vern was 13 and Bob was 3. Vern made a two-wheeled cart, attached it to his bike, and was soon taking Bob with him wherever he went.
During high school Vern worked in the Avon bakery, movie theater, bowling alley and grocery store. He worked on several farms, for a building contractor, plus unloaded coal cars by hand. He graduated from Avon High School in 1954, where he participated in all sports plus debate. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, with dual majors in English and industrial arts.
Vern taught and coached in Winner from 1958-1960. During that time he had a part-time contract with Modern Woodmen of America. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on June 9, 1960 and was at Ft. Hood, Texas, for basic training. Vern and Martha Haley were married at Christ Lutheran Church in Winner on Aug. 21, 1960. They lived in Petersburg, Va., while Vern was stationed at Ft. Lee, Va. He served on the traveling pistol team and played the bugle for the Burial Squad.
On the day of his honorable discharge, June 8, 1962, they left for South Dakota, pulling their trailer house to Avon and spent the summer in his mother, Sadieís backyard. He worked for the local telephone company.
They moved to Winner where Vern taught another five years of high school English and shop. Vern, Dick Shoemaker and Bill Pistulka formed a partnership and built 10 houses. He also built a home for his family and refereed basketball games.
Vern began his full-time career with Modern Woodmen in 1967. He moved his family to Casper, Wyo., in 1968. They moved to Rapid City in 1969 where he became a supervisor for MWA.
In 1972 Vern was named agency manager of west central Illinois and the family moved to Macomb, Ill. After five years of building the agency and their second house, Vern decided he wanted to return to South Dakota. In 1977 he became a supervisor in the eastern South Dakota agency and they moved to Brandon, where they built their third and final home.
Vern was named agency manager of eastern South Dakota in January 1980 where he built a leading agency for MWA. When he retired in March 2003, his agency covered all of the state and parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska.
He received MWAís Agency Builder Award in 1983, the T.W. Cheney award in 1995 and 1997. Vern was elected to Modern Wdoodmenís Board of Directors in 1998 and served until his retirement. He also served on the Board of Directors of Security Bank of Sioux Falls.
After retirement, Vern used his woodworking talent to build cabinets, furniture, cradles and boat bookshelves. He loved to fish, hunt and collect animals from all over the world. He loved horses and raised AQHA cutting and roping horses from 1985-2012.
Vern was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in 1969. Vern and Martha were members of Zion Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, until they became charter members of Blessed Redeemer Lutheran, Brandon, in 1990 where he served on the building committee and as an elder. He also served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Main Street Living.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha; three children, Tad, Los Angeles, Julie (Scott) Van Gerpen, Avon, and Jenny (Dwight) Williams, Brandon; grandchildren, Whitney (Kenny) Podzimek, Nicholas Qualantone, Zachary, Ellie and Ryan Williams and Hannah Van Gerpen; two great-grandsons, Parker and Palmer Podzimek; brother, Robert (Linda) Smith, Brandon; mother-in-law, Lorraine Haley; brothers-in-law, Roger (Marilyn) Haley, Mike (Jean) Haley and Jim Brunz. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Wilma; father-in-law Don Haley; and sister-in-law Linda Brunz.
Vernís family requests that memorials be directed to Main Street Living, 1400 S. Duluth Ave., Sioux Falls, SD or Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church, 301 N. Splitrock Blvd., Brandon, SD 57005.
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