Allen L. Fossum

December 19, 1927-September 21, 2011


Visitation: Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Lands Lutheran Church of rural Hudson.

Allen L. Fossum, age 83, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Lands Lutheran Church of rural Hudson.  Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Allen LeRoy Fossum was born December 19, 1927 on a farm near Canton, the son of Paul and Clara (Ulrikson) Fossum.  He attended country school near Canton.
Allen and Erma Tammen were untied in marriage July 12, 1949 in Lennox, SD.  They farmed in the Worthing and Sioux Falls area before moving to a farm near Canton.  Besides farming, Allen also worked as a crop insurance adjustor.
Allen was an active member of Lands Lutheran Church and a former deacon.  Allen and Erma loved to dance and were members of the Arkota Polka Club and Moose Lodge.  He was Boy Scout leader and 4-H leader and was an instrumental leader in starting Peace Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.   He enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, and restoring tractors.  Allen was a devoted husband, father, and grandpa.
Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife of 62 years, Erma; his children- Lynda (Richard) Rol, Gary, SD, Gary (Lori)Fossum, Lennox, SD, Ardyce Fossum, wife of Dennis, who died in 2010 , Dell Rapids, SD, Douglas (Jodie) Fossum, Canton, SD, Debra (Raymond) Harris, Canton, SD, Carol (Robert) Bucholz, Harrisburg, SD, and Alan (Mary) Fossum, Canton, SD; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two sisters- Nila Olson, Centerville, SD and Clarice (Fred) Haan, Chancellor, SD; and two sisters-in-law- Ida Fossum, Lennox, SD and Mildred Fossum, Canton, SD.
He was preceded in death by, his son, Dennis, grandson, Douglas Fossum, Jr., great-granddaughter, Lauren Peterson, his parents, and two brothers, Ernest and Paul. 
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6 condolences have been left

  1. Erma and Family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Alan & Dalyce Myers, Centralia, KS

  2. Erma, Our thoughts & prayers are with you in the loss of Allen. Allen was a kind man.We enjoyed visiting with the both of you. With sincere sympathy, Dr. VandenBosch, Laura & Patty

  3. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.Allen will be truly missed, he was a wonderful man with a huge heart. Charlie & Lynda Johnson

  4. For Erma and the entire family of Allen Fossum. I was so sorry to hear of your loss and my prayers are with you all at this time. No words can take away your grief, but beautiful memories and God’s grace can help to ease your sadness. Allen is with God and will remain free forever! My love to you all, Shari

  5. My heart breaks at the loss of this great man. I will never forget his humor, love for his family and how welcoming he was when first I met your family. Love Cindy

  6. Doug and Jodi- our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. If there is anything you need, please let us know