David Roti

         David Roti, age 82, died Friday, November 20, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD.  Visitation, with family present, will be Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Mask use is required.  A link to the livestream of the service can be found at www.andersonandsonsfh.com

          David Myron Roti was born August 10th, 1938 to Myron and Minnie Mae Roti in Fairview, SD.  He grew up in Fairview, SD, attended Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD. He was an avid speller, qualifying for a speling championship many times.  “That’s a funny.”

          David enlisted in the Army in 1955.  He was stationed in Korea, Ft. Carson, CO, Germany, Lincoln, NE, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and Fort Knox, KY.

          He married the love of his life Carol Steineke, on June 28th, 1958. The very first time that David meet Carol he told her that he was going to marry her!  David was right, together they had and raised five daughters.

          After 20 years in the Army he retired in November 1975, after serving to two tours in Vietnam and obtaining several medals including 2 Bronze stars and an Air Medal.

          They then moved to Fairview, SD where they lived in the house that David’s grandfather built in 1916.  They lived there till the time of his death.  He worked as a carpenter, a trade he learned from his father.  David was a master of building things as well as a master of telling others how to fix things.

          He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his loved ones. He loved it when all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren would visit.  He totally enjoyed giving all of us a bad time equally, no one was left out.  He also loved to hunt, fish, play poker, play bean bags, and mow the town of Fairview with his brother, Jim.

          He survived by his wife Carol;  5 daughters: Karla (Mitch)Johnson, Brenda (Charles) Larsgaard,  Jill (Larry) Johnson, Jean (Rick) Fossum, and Dawn (Dana) Kranz; 18 grandchildren:  Nicholas (Joyce) Richards, PJ (Beth) Richards,  Alex Richards, David (Abby Henderson) Richards, Mical Johnson, Eric (Dana) Larsgaard, Andy Larsgaard, Kelsey (Steve) Olson, Megan (Cody) Fritz, Sarah (Brennen) Ahlers, Trevor Johnson, Derik (Jessica) Fossum, Abigail (Jared) Stearns, Benjamin (Kristen) Hammer, Brittney (Tigh) Faehnrich, Brianna Hammer, Aiden Kranz,  and Avery Kranz; 18 great-grandchildren: Kaiden Larsgaard; Dyson, Skylar and Ryker Olson; Genevieve and Cecelia Richards; Nolan, Isaac and Chole Richards; Emrick Fritz; Liam, Lincoln and Lucah Ahlers, Micah Stearns; Hank, Charlie and Coy Faehnrich, and baby Fossum due in January 2021; sister-in-law, Donna Roti and brother-in-law, Arlyn Johnson.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters; Betty Sawina, Phyllis Donnaud, Jacqueline Wold, Judy Vortherms, and Susie Johnson, and brothers, Donald and James Roti.


Irene Williams

  Irene Dorothy Williams, age 88, died Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Alcester Care & Rehab. Private family funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Visitation, without family, will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.    A link to the livestream of the service can be found at www.andersonandsonsfh.com

Irene Dorothy Williams was born on June 12, 1932 to Marinus and Gertrude (Rozenboom) Middendorp, the youngest of five children.  She was born in Hollandale, MN, attended school at Maple Island, MN then moved to Inwood, IA in 1946, finishing school there.  She moved to a farm south of Canton in 1950.  She married Lester Williams on December 12, 1953.  The couple farmed near Sioux Falls until moving to a farm near Canton in 1960.  She lived on the farm until moving to Hudson Care & Rehab in 2016.  In her early years, she also worked at A & R grocery store.

            In addition to raising her children, Irene enjoyed quilting, making rag dolls, crossword puzzles, birds, doodling, and was an avid reader.  Her favorite hobby was her flower gardens.  She had flowers all over the yard and a 20×40 garden in her back yard with a little bit of everything.  Over the years she gave away many varieties of flowers and could tell you what each one was.  She was known for her quick wit, you never knew what she might say or do, she loved gag gifts at Christmas, and she brought a lot of joy to our family.

            Grateful for sharing her life are her husband of 66 years, Lester; sons, Stephen (Deb) Williams,  and Jeff Williams, all of Canton, SD; grandchildren, Racheal (Steve) Clay, Jody (Joel) Bentz, Steve (Loralie) Williams , Mindy Williams, and Veryln (Anje) Williams; 15 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren, along with a host of relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Mary Jane, Wilma, Corrie and Frances.

Robert “Bob” Duane Anderson

     Robert “Bob” Duane Anderson, age 73, of Sioux Falls, SD (formerly of Hudson, SD) passed away at Sanford Hospital on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from COVID-19.

     After suffering a major stroke in 2019, Robert was admitted to the Sioux Falls VA Hospital and was later transferred to the Alcester Care & Rehab Center for further care. At the end of life he was transported to Sioux Falls Sanford for emergency care. Robert was the son of Harry and Audrey Anderson. Inturnment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD.

     Due to COVID-19 a burial service and celebration of life will be held in the Summer of 2021.

Helmer Haugland

 Helmer Thomas Haugland, born June 19, 1924, in Jerauld County, near Wessington Springs, SD, passed away at Canton Good Samaritan Center, Canton, SD, on November 15, 2020, from COVID-19, at age 96.
Helmer was the second of five children born to Tom and Gertrude (Reese) Haugland.
Helmer loved Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, family, neighbors, church, farming, socializing and chatting, singing songs, strumming and picking guitar, hearing a catchy tune or toe-tapping rhythm, good pitch and close harmonies. Helmer had a quick wit and enjoyed mimicking voices and sounds.  Faith, a strong work ethic, determination, grit and surviving the Great Depression made him who he was.
Helmer was preceded in death by wives, Isabelle Haugland and Ethel Haugland, parents, Tom and Gertrude Haugland, twin brother Selmer Haugland, sisters Hazel Haugland, Thelma (Gunnar) Lindaas, and Ruth (Alvin) Olson.  Also preceding in death were in-laws Virgil (Judy) Johnson, Murray Johnson, Eleanor Florey and Palmer (Ingeborg) Paulson.
Helmer is survived by children Grace (Jon) Romaine, Lois (Don) Kahl, Donna (Bernard Thompson) Haugland and Stanley (Cynthia) Haugland. Grandchildren include Sarah (Matt) Reisetter, Kristin (Jacob) Everhart, Matthew (Catrina) Bargstadt, Aaron (Amy) Kahl, Elise (Geoff) Knobloch, Nathan Kahl, Katherine (Stephen) Cunliffe, Laura (Whit) Alexander, Erik (Ken Perez) Haugland, Ingrid (Nathan) Holt and Greta (Nick) Bliek, along with 25 great grandchildren.  Additional survivors include in-laws Elmer (Nancy) Johnson, Floyd Florey, Marguerite Johnson and many nieces and nephews.

          A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 20 at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery.  NO visitation will be held.  Mask and social distancing will be required. Memorials may be directed to Our Saviors Lutheran Church.  A family celebration of Helmer’s life will be held at a later date.

Robert “Bob” Reimers,

     Robert Reimers passed away Sunday, November 15th at Good Samaritan Society Canton SD.

               Bob Reimers was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. People often referred to him as Big Bob, referring to his physical size. But he was big in many other ways. He was big in heart, generosity, intelligence, honesty, kindness, wit and wisdom.

         Bob knew something about almost everything. He was a master conversationalist and storyteller. Time spent with Bob was never wasted on small talk or complaints. A favorite time with Bob was morning conversations over coffee at the kitchen table. Tableside chats will be missed but never forgotten.

             Bob’s education started in a one room schoolhouse outside of Inwood Iowa where he attended through eighth grade. He then went to school “in town” until accelerated advancement allowed him to graduate at age 16. Because of Bob’s big-ness in intellect and athleticism, he received a full ride scholarship to play basketball at the University of Iowa under Bucky O’Connor, starting out with 21 credit hours focused on a major in Engineering. He was always proud to say that his freshman team went on to play Bill Russell with the University of San Francisco for the national championship.  The U of I experience, complete with a new car, an open checkbook, Delta Upsilon membership, and an invite to also play on the football team was a bit much for the small-town boy. Bob decided to head to greener pastures closer to home and he transferred to Morningside College where he was recognized as a “Big Man on Campus” and graduated with a major in English.

         Bob married Sylvia Pappas on June 6, 1955. As it was 4 days before his 21st birthday, his father had to sign permission for him to get married. Bob and Sylvia lived in Santa Moncia for 4 years, where Bob sold Wear Ever kitchen utensils with his friend Darold Puff. One successful sales tactic they discovered was making pancakes for the potential female customer. In 1960 Bob and Syl returned home and settled in with Bob’s parents, Leone and Al Reimers, while they looked for a place to live. They were lucky to eventually buy a home at 602 East Lynn where they lived for 60 years.  Bob often joked that the selection of Canton was no random choice. After leaving work at the VA one day, Bob stopped and bought a quart of Grain Belt and started driving. When the beer was gone, he was in Canton. That seemed as good a place as any to live he said. He then added, with a smirk, if I would have bought a 12 ouncer we would be living in Harrisburg.

         Bob and Syl lived in their home in Canton for almost 60 years. They traveled to many places but enjoyed nowhere as well as Canton. The house and garden were an anchor for them both. It’s hard to separate thoughts of Bob & Syl from memories of the house, the yard and the garden. They enjoyed life in Canton with friends and family. Summers were spent gardening and coaching Heidi’s softball team, “Bob and Jack’s Sluggers” (Bob and Jack Fox sponsored a team in the first girls’ softball league in Canton). They also enjoyed time with many friends at Dickerson’s resort at Lake Florida, Minnesota. And their fourth of July celebrations became notorious, a tradition carried on by their children.

        While Syl’s family tree was largely unknown, Bob’s was clear. Robert James Reimers was born June 10, 1935 to Elmer “Al” and Leone (Schemmel) Reimers in Minneapolis, MN. He was 4th generation German American. His great grandfather Jacob came to the states when he was a young man and settled in Alvord, IA. His grandpa Herman settled in Inwood. Bob’s father Elmer, known as Al, farmed outside of Inwood Iowa. Bob and brother Dave grew up there. Bob’s professional career was spent at the Sioux Falls VA Hospital where he worked for 37 years. How this came to be was also a story. Bob had signed a contract to start teaching high school at Rock Valley. Before starting the job, he was taking care of some business at the local post office. As he describes it, when he left the post office, he turned right instead of left to go to his car. On the right was an employment office. He stopped in where he struck up conversation. The staff person mentioned that he had just heard about a newly created position at the VA hospital, which was so new the description was written on a napkin from a dinner party he’d attended the night before. Bob decided to follow up, and the rest is history.

        Even though Bob spent 37 years in various administrative jobs at the Veteran’s Administration in Sioux Falls, Bob’s life was spent focused on volunteerism. Bob went from being the director of voluntary services at the VA to being a volunteer himself. He preferred the latter. The happiest workdays of his life were spent as a volunteer at the Outdoor Campus, teaching kids how to fish, snowshoe, identify wildlife and other outdoor activities. Bob spent a lot of time untangling fishing line. He once helped chaperone a group of disabled adults to Hawaii, and spent time chaperoning a group of Boy Scouts to the Boundary Waters. He often told a story of one of the boys getting an injury that required stitches. Bob set out with the boy to get help. Remarkably, on the way to find emergency transportation out, they met the only other people they had seen while in the wilderness. One of them happened to be a physician who was able to provide the care the boy needed, right there on the spot. Emergency evacuation averted.

         Teaching responsibility was important to Bob. Growing up, punctuality was enforced. The standing rule was one day grounded for each minute late, and it didn’t matter if the clock at home was running fast. On family trips, arriving late at the airport was never a risk. A bigger risk was arriving at the airport before it opened. And manners were also strictly enforced. When Tom got a minus on his report card for “is courteous” in 6th grade, Bob learned that Tom had not held the door for the girls following him out to recess. Tom’s lesson came in the form of Bob mandating that he hold the door open for all his classmates at recess for the rest of the year.

        Bob enjoyed spending time with friends whether it was sitting out on the deck, playing bridge, or visiting Cousin Amanda with his best friend Jake. The magnet of home and living in Canton was strong for Bob. He was offered many job offers in his career, all of them requiring a move. Once he had planted roots in Canton, he had no interest in uprooting his family. He loved his home, his town, his neighbors and friends. That was enough for Bob.

          But mostly, he was the rock of the family. He was steadfast in his love for family and friends always offering his time, love, kindness, resources and a guiding hand to anyone who wanted or needed it. He was flawlessly honest and trustworthy. You could count on Bob as reliably as you could count on the sun rising in the morning. He lived a life guided by his faith and values and did so with a level of integrity that is simply admirable. Bob touched many lives throughout his journey and we are all better because of it. He lived a life that offered all of us a model of how to live, love and give. And although he set the bar exceedingly high, it offers all of us something to reach for. As life moves forward and we find ourselves pondering some issue or concern, we will simply need to ask ourselves one question; “what would Bob do”.

       Bob is survived by his children Tom (Kristi) Reimers and Heidi (Charles) Conley; grandchildren: Melissa Hasty, Courtney Herndon, Sarah Reimers and Laura (Jordan) Warnock; great-granddaughter Lilly Hasty; Brother: David (Ronda) Reimers and Niece Kim (Rich) Sola.  Preceding him in death: Wife, Syl Reimers.

        Memorials can be sent to the Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, SD. Due to Covid-19, a memorial service will be held in the Spring/Summer of 2021 for Bob and Syl Reimers. Details to follow.

Walter “Walt” Staude

Walter L. Staude, age 82, died from COVID-19 complications, Friday, November 13, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital.  A memorial service and burial will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Canton Wrestling program or the Canton Senior Center.

          Walter Lee Staude was born on December 9, 1937 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver, CO to Walter E. and Frances LeRoy (Landrum) Staude.  He attended Barum School and then Denver West High School, graduating in 1956.  From 1956 – 1957, Walt attended University of Denver.  In 1959, he graduated from Northeastern Junior College with an AA degree.  In 1961, he attended and graduated from Colorado State College (University of Northern Colorado) with a BA in history and mathematics.  Walt graduated from Northeast Missouri State (Trumann University) with a MA in administration in 1976.

          From 1961 to 1984, he taught at Woodlin School near Woodrow, CO assuming many positions: teacher, wrestling coach, athletic director, and principal.  On August 9, 1980, Walt married Sharon Faith (Boelman) in Aplington, IA.  In 1984, they moved to Strasburg, CO where he taught and coached at the local high school.  Their next move was in 1987 to Canton, SD where he taught and coached until his retirement in 2000.

          Walt was a member of the Woodlin Lion’s’ Club for 25 years.   In his early years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling.  He was an avid sports fan, who also enjoyed listening to his juke box and playing bridge and pinochle at the Canton Senior Citizen Center.  He was a member of the Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD.

          Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 40 years, Sharon; brother-in-law David Boelman, nephew and niece-in-law, Brandon and Valerie Boelman, and grandnephews, Brody and Kellen, all from West Des Moines, IA; sister-in-law, Pat Boelman of Sioux Falls, SD; stepsister, Valerie Hager and step-niece, Kathy Hager, both of Colorado; along with numerous extended family and friends.   Walt was proceeded in death by his parents, stepmother, Margaret Staude, sister-in-law, Julie Boelman, and brother-in-law, Marvin L. Boelman.

James “Jim” Roti

         Jim passed away in his home on November 10, 2020 after suffering from cancer for the past several weeks. Jim Roti, son of Minne Mae and Myron Rotil was born in Fairview, SD on May 2,1933. He served in the 11th Airborne Division and was united in marriage to Donna Roti in 1957.

            Jim was an accomplished carpenter and skilled craftsman . These skills were passed on to his sons. He worked at Meiliman/Greenlee’s Packing plant from 1966-1979 and at New Zealand Milk Producers from 1968 to 1998. Jim owned and operated Jim’s Texaco from 1963 1966.

            Jim was a perfectionist in every aspect of his life. His work ethics were awesome and he was still cutting wood up until a few weeks before his passing. His motto was to “Plan your work…..work your plan”, When borrowing his many range of tools, his friends marveled that he not only had the tool they needed (maybe even a backup) but he knew where to locate it. Incidentally, he also wanted it returned. He had the uncanny ability to take anything apart and fix it. As Jamie, his great grandson said, “the three J’s, Jim Jeff and Jamie could fix anything”.

            Jim’s home was his domain where he enjoyed the company of his family and friends. His favorite vacation spot was Lake Carlos where he only missed vacationing there one year since 1968. Even though he was reluctant to admit it, he enjoyed spending time in AZ each winter. His favorite hours were with his great grandson Jamie, “hanging out” at Grandpa’s, walking the trails and bridges at Newton Hills and allowing Jamie to enjoy many hours on the playground equipment.

            Inside his “gruffness” was a tender hearted kind man to the elderly and less fortunate. He was constantly giving a helping hand and donating to St, Jude, Boystown, Feeding the Hungry, etc.

            It is only fitting that Jim’s services be at Bethany Lutheran Church. He was an active member, mowing the yard in the summer, removing the snow in the winter and his services will be officiated by the son of the retired Pastor Richard Gilman whom Jim admired very much.

            Jim is survived by his wife Donna, of 63 years and his children, Stephanie Olseth of Canton, SD, Jeff Roti, Fairview, SD, Mark Roti, Glennallen, AK, his granddaughter, Amy Olseth, Canton, SD, great grandson, James Olseth of Canton SD, brother David (Carol) Roti of Fairview and Doris Welch of Ft Myers, Fl.

          Visitation, with family present, will be Sunday, November 15 from 3-5 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.  Funeral Services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 16 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Fairview, SD with burial to follow at Bethany Cemetery, Fairview, SD.   A link to the livestream of his service can be found at www.andersonandsonsfh.com

Rose Rock

          Rose Rock, age 90, died Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Private family Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 12, at St. Dominic Catholic Church.  Visitation, without family, will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Canton Good Samaritan Center.

          Rose Catherine was born on March 16, 1930 in Cincinnati, IA to Roy and Oral (Mcintire) Ervin.  She grew up and attended school in Cincinnati.  She married William Rock on April 5, 1948.  Ten children were born to this union.

          In addition to raising her family, Rose enjoyed crocheting baby blankets and hand towels, helping her family at the family fireworks stand, bowling, and attending the IA girls state basketball tournament.

          She is survived by her children: Terry, Claremore, OK, Jim, Richland, WA, Bob (Ellen), Sioux Falls, SD, Mike, Canton, SD, Paul (Josephine), Fallon, NV,  Alice (Tom) Kadinger, Bernie (Christy) and Patty (Dean) VanBockern, all of Canton, SD; 28 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter; 2 sisters; along with a numerous extended relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, Bill; son, Donald; daughter, Margaret; 1 brother; and 1 sister.


Quintin Sorenson

       Quintin Sorenson, age 96, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020 surrounded by his family at his home.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 13 at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton, SD.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-7 p.m., family present from 5-7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.  A link to the livestream of his service can be found at www.andersonandsonsfh.com

          Quintin was the youngest of 5 children born to Martin and Clara (Anderson) Sorenson on August 19, 1924 on the family farm near Inwood, IA.  Quintin was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  He attended Centennial Twp. #6 before serving his country in the US Navy.  He married Lucille Hartmann on March 15, 1947 in Sioux Falls, SD.  The couple lived in various communities in Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota before buying a farm north of Canton, SD in 1968.  Quintin farmed until retiring and moving to Canton in 2004.  The couple moved to Washington Crossing in Sioux Falls, SD in 2015.

          Quintin was passionate about farming and participated in the American Ag Movement Tractorcade to Washington, DC.  He enjoyed playing blackjack, traveling in his motorhome, and spending time with his family.  He was a member of the Canton American Legion and VFW, was a past commander of the Canton VFW, and served on the Honor Guard.  He will also be remembered for his great sense of humor.

          He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Lucille; children: Barb (Dale) Flannery, Welton, AZ, Raymond (Joan) Sorenson, Marshall, MN, Carol Sorenson, Sioux Falls, SD, Clayton (Vonda) Sorenson, Billings, MT, Gordon Sorenson, Sioux Falls, SD, Shari Sorenson, Sioux Falls, SD and Gerald (Janet) Sorenson, Canton, SD; 12 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lori Bade; 1 brother; and 3 sisters.

Hazel Haugland,

Hazel Selma Haugland, born July 24, 1922, in Jerauld County, near Wessington Springs, SD, passed away at Canton Good Samaritan Center, Canton, SD, on November 9, 2020, from COVID-19, at the age of 98. A graveside service will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery, rural Inwood, IA.  Visitation will be held in the church one hour prior to the service.  Mask and social distancing will be required.

          Hazel was the first of 5 children born to Tom and Gertrude (Reese) Haugland.  At the age of 21, Hazel became the matriarch of the family when Gertrude passed away.  Hazel continued in that family role throughout her lifetime and created a home for her father, siblings and at times, nieces and nephews.

          Hazel loved Jesus, gardening, sewing and Bible studies with Our Savior’s women’s groups, visiting with family and friends, supporting charities dear to her heart, reading and playing Scrabble.

          Hazel was preceded in death by parents, Tom and Gertrude Haugland, siblings, Selmer Haugland, Thelma (Gunnar) Lindaas, Ruth (Alvin) Olson and sisters-in-law Isabellle Haugland and Ethel Haugland.

          Hazel is survived by her brother, Helmer Haugland, nieces and nephews, Grace (Jon) Romaine, Lois (Don) Kahl, Donna (Bernard Thompson) Haugland, Stanley (Cynthia) Haugland, Steven (Marybeth) Olson, Tim Olson, Arnold (Evamarie) Lindaas, and Marit (Ryan) Larson.