Carroll Fossum

May 22, 1934 - May 19, 2017


Visitation: Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 5 to 7:00 p.m.
Service: His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church south of Canton

Carroll Fossum pix0001Canton.  E. Carroll Fossum, 82, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell, SD.  His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church south of Canton.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 5 to 7:00 p.m.

Carroll was born May 22, 1934 in Canton, SD to Elmo and Cora (Mickelson) Fossum.  He attended school in Canton. Following his graduation in 1952, he became employed by the state of South Dakota Livestock Sanitary Board working as a field technician.  He married Vivian Gayken November 5, 1956.  A month later he was drafted into the US Army.  He was stationed at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where both he and Vivian worked.  Following his discharge, they moved to Sioux Falls, SD. Carroll returned to work with the State of South Dakota doing meat inspections as well as livestock disease control duties.  They moved to an acreage west of Canton in 1968.  Carroll retired in July of 1996 after 41 years of employment with the state.  He enjoyed classic cars, golfing, and especially his two grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared his life are his son and his wife, Scott and Sonya of Mitchell, SD, two grandchildren, Christian and Elizabeth, one niece, and several nephews.   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 59 years, Vivian, and two brothers, Merlyn and Kenneth.

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  1. Sorry for your loss.. sending prayers your way for your family. Mac and Carol McEntee

  2. We are so sorry at Carroll’s passing. While we were simply acquaintances, Carroll and his personality made him a special person to us. He was always kind and had a smile that was quick to his face. We will deeply miss him and the visits we shared. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We have many great memories of your parents and now they are together.

  4. Scott and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and yours. Now your dad is in heaven with your mom, my parents and my brother, Gary. Your parents were such good neighbors to my brother, Gary & Barb Rikansrud, and Kirk & Cheryl Rikansrud.
    “Do not grieve that he passed away, but celebrate the days he passed your way.”
    Sincerely, Janis (Rikansrud) & Brian Campbell Emmetsburg, IA

  5. Many fond memories- Prayers and love to all of you.
    Rachel McMurry
    John & Catherine McMurry
    Carla & Doug McMurry-Kozak
    Diane McMurry
    Brent & Suzanne McMurry
    Renee & Brit McMurry-Gilman

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have many great memories of your dad.

  7. We are so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead
    Greg and Penny Hemmingson

  8. So very sorry to hear of this loss. Like Mary, I too have only fond and great memories of this wonderful man. He was a great neighbor. I remember going over just to talk to him and listening to Twins games in the garage!

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Deepest sympathies to you and yours, Scott. I have only the fondest memories of our time out in the country. Always so happy to see him when our paths would cross. May peace of mind and lightness of heart be yours again soon.