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Deceased Name: Donald Boreson - Todd County Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - March 8, 2001
WINNER - Donald Boreson, 87, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center. He was born Oct. 30, 1913, in Ethan. He grew up on the family farm, then moved with his family to a ranch in White River in 1922. He married Lucille Jorgensen on Oct. 29, 1939. The couple ranched in Todd County, then moved to Winner, where he operated an earth moving business with Charlie Snow. They built the Buffalo Trail Motel in Winner, operating the business for many years. He later worked as land buyer and developer in Nebraska. He also farmed in the area. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Winner, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, Eastern Star, and served on the Winner City Council in the early 1960s. Survivors include his wife, Lucille two daughters: Delilah Sharpe of Mobridge, and Keo Boreson of Winner a son, Charles of Tucson, Ariz. five grandchildren nine great-grandchildren and a sister, Dorothy Ackerman of Minneapolis. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Winner with burial in the Winner Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
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Deceased Name: Robert "Bob" J. Borszich - Todd County and other places Aberdeen American News (SD) - May 13, 2001
Gettysburg --- The funeral for Robert "Bob" J. Borszich, 67, of Gettysburg will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the American Legion Hall in Gettysburg. The Rev. Bert Van Essen, Monsignor Marvin McPhee and Don Hericks will officiate. Burial will be in the Gettysburg Cemetery with military rites. Luce Funeral Home in Gettysburg is in charge of arrangements. A prayer service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. He died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at his home. Robert J. Borszich was born Nov. 26, 1933, to Anthony "Tony" and Florence (Ferris) Borszich on the family farm near Lakeview. The family moved to Keyapaha when he was young. He began first grade at the Longview School in Tripp County. Later that year the family moved back to Lakeview where he completed the first grade. When he was in the eighth grade his family moved near Mission. He graduated from Todd County High School in 1951. He joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Gettysburg. He married Jackie Potts on Oct. 20, 1956, in Gettysburg. His Air Force career lasted 20 years and took him to many foreign countries. He retired from the Air Force when he was 38 and they made their home in Gettysburg. He was employed as director of equalization, sold farm equipment for Nauman Farm Supply, worked at Potter County Implement, sold cars at Chase Ford, and returned to be director of equalization for Potter County, retiring in March 1999. Survivors include his wife of Gettysburg; two sons, Jim (Rochelle) Borszich of Huron, and Mike (Sandy) Borszich of Sioux Falls; one daughter, Nanette (Tim) Rasmussen of Watertown; two brothers, Everett Borszich of North Carolina, and Tom Borszich of Valentine, Neb.; three sisters, Sister Helen Borszich of St. Francis, Camilla Keller of New Mexico, and Bernadette Usera of Sturgis; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
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Deceased Name: Eula Buettner - Todd County Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - January 18, 2003
Mission - Eula Elma Buettner, age 86 of Mission, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2003, at the prince of Peace Nursing Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Eula was born on July 24, 1916 at St. Charles, South Dakota to Perry and Emma Greek. She was the third of ten children. Eula grew up on a ranch south of Carter, SD (Furrey's Ranch), north of Mission, SD (Goersch place), and in Parmelee, SD where she attended grade school She graduated from high school in Mission and then went on to Black Hills State College at Spearfish where she received a teaching certificate. She returned to the local area and taught school at the Littleburg, Clausen, Mann, Lone Hill and St. Francis schools. At other time during her life, Eula worked at the Mission Post Office, the Checkerboard Cafe, the Outlaw, Valentine Hospital and as a US Census taker. Eula married Warner (Bunny) Buettner on June 6, 1943. To this union three children were born - Loren, Linda and Nancy. Eula and Bunny lived on a ranch south of Mission their entire married life. Eula touched the lives of many by her active participation in many organizations and in her church. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women's Group in Mission. Eula will be remembered by many through her involvement in the Todd County Extension Clubs, 4-H Clubs, Cancer Society, and the Christmas Seals. She also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for 54 years and the secretary for 25 years, the Daughters of the Nile, the South Dakota Historical Society and the South Dakota Cattlewomen's Association. Eula always showed love and concern to her family and to her neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bunny parents, Perry and Emma Greek sister, Mildred Boese and brothers, Elvin, Hank, Lester and Irving. She is survived by her son, Loren and his wifeW Linda of Mission daughters, Linda Powers of Sioux Falls and Nancy Critcher and her husband Rob of Havelock, NC brother, Dan of Anaheim, CA sisters, Caroline Kreiger and Laura Schultz of Boise, ID, and Rachel Baldwin of Anchorage, AK seven grandchildren four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Prayer services were held Wednesday evening, January 15, 2003 at the First United Methodist Church in Mission, followed by funeral services at 10:30 AM, Thursday, January 16, 2003. Pastor Gary Walters officiated. Burial followed at the Winner Cemetery in Winner, South Dakota. Holmes Funeral Home of Valentine was in charge of the arrangements. Contributions may be directed to the family for a future memorial.
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Deceased Name: Marvin Cihak - Todd County Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - April 18, 2001
PHILIP - Marvin E. Cihak, 59, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at Rapid City Regional Hospital after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 9, 1942, in Avon to Edward and Lucille (Pekas) Cihak. He grew up on the family farm near Dante and graduated from Wagner High School in 1959. He attended Southern State College in Springfield, where he received a bachelor's degree in education. He married Betty Novak on Aug. 18, 1964, in Dante. The couple lived in Mission, where he taught and coached at Todd County School. He received his master's degree from Black Hills State College, and the family moved to Philip in 1975. He served as Philip High School principal until 1983, then began work as an insurance agent with National Mutual Benefit Branch No. 85 in Philip, where he was currently employed. He also worked as a volunteer EMT, and on the board of the Haakon County EMT/Ambulance board. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, where he served on the parish council, and a member of the Philip Knights of Columbus Council No. 2679. He was a charter agent at National Mutual Benefit Branch No. 85 in Philip, and took part in many community programs and projects. He was a volunteer wrestling and baseball coach and a volunteer fireman. He won several awards and recognition in his work as an insurance agent. Survivors include his wife, Betty a daughter, Patricia Cihak of Littleton, Colo. three sons: Paul of Sturgis, Kenneth "Kenny" of Spearfish, and Kurtis of Philip five grandchildren his parents, Edward and Lucille of Wagner and two sisters: Marlene Stone of Wagner and Virginia Sadler of Bacliff, Texas. Funeral Mass begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Philip High School in Philip with burial at 3 p.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Sturgis. Visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues prior to the service Friday at the high school. Rush Funeral Home in Philip is in charge of arrangements.
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Deceased Name: Larry Dormady - Todd County Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - October 17, 1999
MISSION - Larry D. Dormady, 48, formerly of Huron, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, at St. Mary's HealthCare Center in Pierre. He was born June 26, 1951, at Huron, where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Huron High School in 1969. He received a degree in recreation and psychology from Northern State University in Aberdeen, where he later obtained his master's degree in guidance and counseling. He worked as a counselor for the Boys Club of Aberdeen, the Adjustment Training Center Group Home at Aberdeen and the Developmental Center at Redfield. He married Carol Schumacher on June 4, 1977, at Aberdeen. They moved to Mission in 1984, where he worked as a counselor at Todd County Middle School for the past 15 years. In addition to his wife, survivors include his parents, Pete and Peg Dormady of Huron two sisters: Kathy Waldorf of St. Paul and Jeanne Dormady of Redfield and two brothers: Tom of Northfield, Minn., and Bob of South St. Paul, Minn. Funeral Mass begins at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Martin's Catholic Church. Visitation with family present is 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Welter Funeral Home of Huron. Memorials may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21279-0495.
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Deceased Name: Ronald Conrad Gassman - Todd County Bellingham Herald, The (WA) - December 28, 2002
Ronald Gassman was a resident in the St Francis Nursing Home in Bellingham, WA when he died on December 23, 2002. Ronald Gassman was born on July 6, 1932 in the Tom Fox ranch house in northern Todd County, South Dakota. He started life in a one room sod shanty with his parents Walter and Elizabeth Gassman and his older brothers Walter Jr. and Max. Other children, Margaret and Theodore, joined the family later. Ronald attended county grade schools and the Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Day School in Mission, SD. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mission, SD. Ronald served in the US Army from 1949 to 1953. He was a medic on the Island of Okinawa during the Korean Conflict. Ronald married Sharon Barrows in Hot Springs, SD in 1960. Their son, David John Gassman, was born in 1961. This marriage ended in 1963 Ronald married Joyce Lapinsky Telling in Bozeman, MT in 1967 and adopted her five children, Edward, Roxanne, John, Timothy, and Raymond. This marriage ended in 1978. Joyce died in Bellingham, WA in 1979. Ronald's third wife was Lois Norby from Ferndale, WA. Lois died in July 1999. Ronald will be remembered by many, most notably his sister Margaret, his brothers Max, and Theodore, his son David, and the five children of his second marriage. His parents and his brother Walter Jr preceded him in death. Gillies Funeral Home, Bellingham, WA, is handling funeral arrangements. A memorial service will be held for Ronald in Valentine, NE at a later date.
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Deceased Name: Shawn Klein - Todd County and other places Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - September 17, 2002
Nenzel, NE - Shawn William Klein, 23, of Nenzel, Nebraska, formerly of Crooks, died due to injuries received in a four-wheeler accident. Shawn was born September 13, 1979, in Sioux Falls. Shawn attended Tri-Valley Grade School and graduated from Tri-Valley High School in 1998. Since his graduation, he has been a foreman on a ranch in Todd County, working for his father and his Uncle Steve. He was a member of the Cody-Kilgore-Nenzel Volunteer Fire Department. Shawn enjoyed ranch life, riding horses, Sunday afternoon ropings with friends, and going on wagon trains where he made many friends. Survivors include his parents, Dennis and Cheryl Klein, Crooks a sister and her husband, Crystal and Jason Mitchell, Colton a brother, Corey Klein, Crooks two nieces, Brittney and Paige his grandparents, Walt and Marian Klein, Hartford, and Charlotte Boysen, Crooks and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002 at St. George Catholic Church, Hartford. Burial will be in the St. Michael Cemetery, Sioux Falls. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic, and will resume at 6 p.m. at the church with a Wake Service at 7 p.m. at the church.
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Deceased Name: Retired Gen. Lloyd Moses, author of 2 books, dies at 95 - By JARETT C. BIES
Todd County Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - August 30, 2000
VERMILLION - Whether as a teacher, author or Army officer, Lloyd Moses maintained a sense of meticulous determination in the missions he accomplished. "His motto was 'Whatever it takes,' and he used it for the title of his autobiography," said his friend and co-worker of 35 years, Emogene Paulson of Vermillion. "He felt it was important for people to be responsible for their actions. When I started working for him, he explained that what I would expect of him was all he expected of me: loyalty, consideration and an emphasis on results." Retired Gen. Lloyd Roosevelt Moses, 95, died of congestive heart failure Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000, at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital. He was born Sept. 30, 1904, in Todd County. He attended Indian elementary school on White Thunder Creek and Colome High School, 70 miles from his home. He worked as a one-room school teacher in rural Tripp County, then worked as deputy county superintendent of schools. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1931, then worked as a chemistry instructor at Sioux Falls College. He married Ruth West Feb. 14, 1935, in Vermillion. Faced with a decision between chemistry and the military, Moses joined the Army in 1931. At the outbreak of World War II, he served in Europe and also saw action with the 507th parachute regiment's airborne assault across the Rhine River in 1945. At the close of the war, he served in several posts as an Army officer. He served as primary action officer during the Berlin Airlift and during the development of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He commanded the 31st Infantry Regiment during the Korean Conflict and was engaged in heavy fighting at Triangle Hill in 1952. He was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star. Moses was promoted to general in 1955 and served as a divisional commander with numerous units, including the Eighth Infantry Division, the only composite infantry-airborne division in the Army. He later commanded the Fifth Army, which comprised all units in 13 north-central states. He retired in 1964 after 33 years and returned to Vermillion. Three years later, he took charge of the Institute of Indian Studies at the University of South Dakota. "He really took command of the program when he joined, and he would help in any way he could," Paulson said. "He was very down-to-earth, and people appreciated that." He retired in the mid-'70s. Moses published an autobiography, "Whatever it Takes," that documented his work in the military, and another book in coordination with Paulson, "Who's Who Among the Sioux," that documented his work with the Institute of Indian Studies. His wife preceded him in death. Conversations with Moses often were lessons in history, and he used his keen intellect and personality in counseling many students and associates. "He treated everyone the same, with respect and attentiveness," Paulson said. "Over the last few days, I have met people who have said they were going to miss the general." In addition to his close friend Emogene Paulson, survivors include many other friends, colleagues in the university community and supporters. Services begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Vermillion. Military rites and burial begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the University of South Dakota Foundation for Scholarship, Clay County Historical Society, the United Methodist Church or the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center. Reach reporter Jarett C. Bies at 977-3925.
Contributed by Rita Bergendahl

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Deceased Name: Colton Patton - Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - June 18, 2004
Mission - Colton James Patton was born on Nov. 30, 1975 in Sioux Falls, SD to Rita Broken Leg. He was blessed to have both his Dad, Norbert Patton, Jr. and his father, Victor Neuroth in his life. His earthly journey ended June 6, 2004. Colton attended the Todd County Schools through the 10th grade and completed his secondary education at the Turnabout Program in Sioux Falls. He completed a certificate program in electronics from Southeast Area Vo-Tech of Sioux Falls in May 2001 and was currently employed in the maintenance department of Sinte Gleska University. Colton's greatest joy was his daughter, Raven. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Blessed to have shared his life are his mother of Mission; his father, Victor of Sioux Falls; his daughter, Raven Patton and her mother, Summer Herman of Mission; brothers: Nicholas Broken Leg of Denver, CO, Kyle Patton and Cody Short Bull; sisters: Kari Short Bull and Callie Short Bull, Colleen Raymond, all of Mission; uncles: Martin Broken Leg of Vancouver, BC, Lesley J. Broken Leg of Mission, Peter Broken Leg of Albuquerque, NM, Dean Patton, Mike Grage, Rapid City, Ron Grage, Cody, WY; aunts: Dolores Barron, Mission, Darlene DeWitt, Elaine Hairston, Jeanne Hale, all of Rapid City. Also left to share his memory are his many cousins, numerous other relatives, and his many friends. Colton was preceded in death by his Dad, Norbert Patton, Jr., his maternal grandparents, Rev. Noah and Anna Broken Leg, and his paternal grandparents, Norbert Patton, Sr. and Bonnie Lundgren. Wakes were held in Mission on June 10 and 11 at St. Thomas Hall. Funeral services were held June 12, 2004 at 10 a.m. officiated by Rev. Martin Broken Leg and Rev. John Spruhan. Pallbearers were Norman Woehl, Patrick Redfish, Nick Grimshaw, Brandon Wilson, Justin DeLong, and Mike Grage. Honorary pallbearers were the SGU maintenance co-workers and all other friends and relatives. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of the arrangements.
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Deceased Name: Harold Sell - Todd & Tripp Counties Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - January 29, 2001
CLEARFIELD - Harold B. Sell, 71, died after a long battle with cancer Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center. He was born Jan. 17, 1930, in Wagner. He moved with his family to Todd County. He attended school in Todd and Tripp counties, then graduated from Winner High School in 1949. He worked as an elementary school teacher for two years in Todd County, then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He returned to the Winner area after his discharge in 1955. He married Betty Dougherty on Oct. 28, 1961. The couple ranched in Todd County for many years, where they raised their family. Survivors include his wife, Betty three daughters: Denise and Daile Sell, both of Clearfield, and Delaine Warner of Burke a grandson and two sisters: Katherine Mann of Clearfield, and Mary Schrader of Mitchell. Services begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner with burial in Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
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Deceased Name: Clarence Shelbourn - Todd County and other places Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - May 10, 2000
WINNER - Clarence Edward Shelbourn, 38, died of heart failure Monday, May 8, 2000, at his home in Winner. He was born Jan. 20, 1962, in Ainsworth, Neb. He grew up in Littleberg, where he attended elementary school. He graduated from Todd County High School in 1980. He then attended Wyoming Technical School in Laramie, Wyo., graduating with a degree in diesel mechanics. He worked for Floyd's Truck Service in Scotts Bluff, Neb., and Mathis Implement and Mike's Diesel, both of Winner. He was currently working for United Parcel Service in Winner. He married Kathy Larabee on July 3, 1983, in Valentine, Neb. The couple lived in Winner. He was a member of the Winner Elks Lodge No. 2084 and was past president of the Winner Jaycees. Survivors include his wife, Kathy a daughter, Kagny of Winner a son, Jesse of Winner his parents, Gordon and Alice Shelbourn of Valentine, Neb. two brothers: Bruce of Lakeview and Marvin of Thorton, Colo. and two sisters: Lavonne Eibert of Littleton, Colo., and Beverly Cassady of Hastings, Neb. Services begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Valentine, Neb., with burial in Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church in Valentine.
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Deceased Name: Richard Tays - Todd County Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - December 27, 1999
RAPID CITY - Richard R. Tays, 65, formerly of Eagle Butte, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 3, 1934, in Gettysburg. He grew up and graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1952. He graduated in 1956 from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, received his master's degree from the University of Montana, and had almost completed his doctoral studies at Iowa State University. He married Glenny Trimble on May 29, 1954, in Presho. He taught in Kimball and Burke. He was an assistant dean at Boone, Iowa, Junior College and taught at Des Moines Area Junior College. He was principal and director of secondary education at Todd County High School for 13 years. The past 4 years, he had been superintendent of schools at Eagle Butte-Eagle Butte. He served 43 years in education. In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons: Bob of Edwardsville, Ill., and Tom of Des Moines two grandsons a brother, Jim of Hot Springs and a sister, Colleen Simon of Gettysburg. Memorial services begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, with private burial after services. Memorials may be sent to the Richard R. Tays Dakota Wesleyan University Teacher's Education Scholarship.
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Deceased Name: Diana Rae Turgeon-Bordeaux - Aberdeen American News (SD) - November 10, 2004
Aberdeen - Memorial service for Diana Rae Turgeon-Bordeaux, 60, of Aberdeen will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at Sandoz's Chapel of the Pines at Valentine, Neb. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine. She died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at her home. Diana Rae Turgeon, daughter of Clinton Ray and Beulah (LaGrande) Turgeon was born Sept. 11, 1944, at Idabel, Okla. When she was 4 years old, her family returned to the Rosebud, S.D., area. She attended Rosebud School and graduated as Valedictorian from Todd County High School, where she was also the Homecoming Queen. She then attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion receiving her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and her Masters in Social Work. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Rosebud as a social worker. In 1984, she moved to Aberdeen and was a contract specialist at Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1994, she retired. She was united in marriage to William Bordeaux on Sept. 11, 1997, at Aberdeen. Diana enjoyed craft work, crocheting and beadwork. She loved to sew and quilt. Spending time outside was always wonderful as she enjoyed fishing and hunting. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Aberdeen and a former member of Church of Jesus at Rosebud. Survivors include her husband of Aberdeen, her mother, Beulah Turgeon of Mission, S.D. and six stepchildren, William Bordeaux, Jr., Christiaan Barrera and Nannette Antoine, all of Mission, Adelita Guerue of Winnebago, Neb., Dominic Barrera of St. Francis, S.D. and Pierre Barrera of Santa Fe, Neb. Her father preceded her in death. The family prefers memorials to North Plains Hospice, 305 S. State St., Aberdeen, SD 57401. Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen have been entrusted with arrangements.
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Deceased Name: Robert Whiting - Todd County and other places Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - June 16, 2000
ELWOOD, Kan. - Robert Lee Whiting, 51, formerly of Hidden Timber, died of apparent heart attack Saturday, June 10, 2000, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Jan. 26, 1949, in Winner. He graduated from Todd County High School in 1967. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1968 and served for 20 years. After his retirement in 1988, he began a second career with Michelin Tire Company, where he was currently employed. Survivors include two daughters: Corine Zepeda and Shawna Montgomery three grandchildren his parents, Harold "Bud" and Evelyn Whiting, both of Hidden Timber two sisters: Patsy Baker and June Jansen, both of Hidden Timber and a brother, Danny of Rapid City. Services begin at 11 a.m. today at the Mason Funeral Home in Winner with burial in the Winner Cemetery. The Mason Funeral Home in Winner is in charge of arrangements.
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Deceased Name: John R. Williams - Todd County Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - September 7, 2001
Vermillion - John R. Williams, age 70, of Vermillion passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2001 at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 8, 2001 at the United Church of Christ, Vermillion with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Fairfax, SD at approximately 3:00 PM. Visitations will begin Friday at 4:00 PM at the United Church of Christ (Vermillion) and continue until the time of the service. There will be a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the church Friday evening. Pallbearers will be Jim Brown, Elijah Sitting Crow, Sr., Mathias Stricherz, Gene W. Thin Elk, Jr., Len Griffith, Harry Buckanaga, Virgil Charging Hawk and Rich Boyd. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Pike, Reginald Crawford, Wayne Livermont, Wayne Evans, David Valandry, Duane Mackey, Art McDonald and Jerry Pratt. Kostel Funeral Home, Yankton is in charge of the arrangements. John was born June 13, 1931 to Joe and Stella (Valandry) Williams in Hot Springs, SD. He spent much of his childhood living on a ranch south of Kadoka, SD. He attended a country school for the first 8 years and graduated from Martin High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Following his honorable discharge, John attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD and earned a BS in Industrial Arts in 1959. While in Springfield, he met and married his wife of 42 years, Diane Wolf. He worked as a teacher and counselor at Todd County Schools in Mission, SD until 1964. The family moved to Laramie, WY, where John earned his M. Ed. in Guidance and Counseling in 1965. The family returned to SD, where he served as Director of Guidance at both Todd County School System and Vermillion School District. He worked at the Indian Community Action Program, Mount Marty College and Vermillion Ford. He received his Ed.D in Guidance and Counseling from the University of South Dakota in 1975. He developed, directed, and taught in the USD Alcohol & Drug Abuse Studies Program from 1973 until his death. He was an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Diane of Vermillion son, Monte of Mission, KS daughter, Joni Wilder, son-in-law, Kyle Wilder, grandson, Damon Wilder, all of Derby, KS brother, Ward of Norris, SD sister, Rosemary Sayers of Rapid City, SD sister, Linda Westover of Parker, AZ many nieces and nephews, and numerous relatives of the Vermillion Wase Wakpa Community.
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