Lorraine B. Mercer

Lorraine B. Mercer, 87, formerly of Canton, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Morningside Manor in Alcester, SD.  Her memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD.  Family will greet visitors Wednesday evening from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Lorraine was born to Victor and Carrie (Amundson) Nelson on June 13, 1926 at Hudson, SD.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  She attended a one-room country school and graduated from Hudson High School in 1944.  After she received her Elementary Education teaching certificate from Augustana College, she taught at Egan, SD, Rock Valley, IA, and Lawton, IA.

She married Lloyd Mercer on May 27, 1951 at Hudson Lutheran Church.  They were married 62 years.  After living near Lawton and Sanborn, IA, they moved to the Fairview area, where they farmed until 1965 when they moved to Canton.  Lorraine worked at the Canton School Cafeteria for 23 years, retiring in 1991.

She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, painting, several other hobbies, and her friends.  She cherished spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved very much.

Lorraine is survived by her son, Vic (Susan) Mercer, Canton; daughters- Jackie (John) Thompson, Beresford, SD and Patty (Tom) Beck, Martin, SD; grandchildren and great-grandchildren- Chad (Stella) Mercer, Tami (Brent) Schimnoski and their children, Madison and Henrik, Meggen (Dusty) Ditmore and their children, Sienna and Beau, Stacy (Andy) Dunaway, Jon (Reinique) Beck and their child, Greylyn, and Justin Thompson.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, her parents, and sister, Margaret Wennblom.

Cecelia Oliphant

Cecelia Oliphant, 108 years, died June 2, 2014 at Good Samaritan Center, Canton, South Dakota.
Cecelia Anna Bertha, was born the third of five children to Ernest Carl & Magdalena Otelia Fernow on August 12, 1905, in Enderlin, North Dakota.  She attended Enderlin High School; graduated with a teacher’s certificate from Valley City State Teacher’s College, and taught children in one-roomed schools for 9 years.  She married Norman Sterling Oliphant in 1932 and they raised two children, Ronald Arthur and Mary Ann, while farming in Lisbon, Elliot, Sheldon and Enderlin, North Dakota.  After Sterling Oliphant died in 1960 she completed her Bachelor’s degree at Valley City State University and resumed teaching grade school in Fargo and West Fargo, North Dakota until retirement.  In 1992 she moved to Canton, South Dakota, to live with her daughter.
She was an avid gardener, enjoyed sewing, music, painting and travel.
She was an active member of the Lutheran Church and continued to volunteer in elementary school classrooms into her 90’s.
Cecelia Oliphant will be especially remembered for her positive outlook on living.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, husband and son.
Survivors include daughter Mary Ann (Oliphant) Siverson; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Celebration of her life and interment will take place in Lisbon, North Dakota at a later date.


Violet R. Brewer

            Violet R. Brewer, the daughter of Ragna and Berger Tonneson, was born November 19, 1926 in Inwood, Iowa.  She was graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1944 and married Richard A. Brewer in 1946.  She was a military wife and mother and lived in the East and Southern United States and also France.  Richard died in 1958 and Violet moved with her children to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she worked in the Athletic Department at Augustana College for many years.  The summer of 1974 she moved from Sioux Falls to the Los Angeles area of California, where she worked at Chaffey College until her retirement.   Violet moved to the Minneapolis area where she died on April 6, 2014.  She was preceded in death by husband, Richard, and her son Baron Richard; parents and Sister Sylvia Helgeson and her husband, Earl;  Sister Gerd Olson; and Sister-In-Law Beverly Tonneson.  She is survived by daughters Vickie Reph (Ron), Brainerd, Minnesota; and Denise Bailey (Mike), St. Anthony, Minnesota; brothers Carl Tonneson and Bjarne Tonneson and his wife Patricia and by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at Anderson, Jones, Corcoran Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, SD.  Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Harrisburg.


Kay Jones

     Kay Jones, age 82, died Monday, May 26, 2014 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton. Visitation at St. Dominic’s will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m. A scripture service will begin at 7 p.m.

     Kay was born June 18, 1931 in Fairview, SD to Clifton & Emma (Wiebesiek) Jones. He moved to Canton in his early youth. He graduated from Canton High School in 1950. After working at a local gas station, he began his 37 year career as a custodian for the Canton public school system. While working at the school, he also drove school bus. During this time he met his wife of 55 years, Monica Souvignier. They were married on April 14, 1959.

     He retired in 1988 to spend more time fishing, hunting, and gardening with his family.He also enjoyed bowling, camping and looking for four leaf clovers.  Kay was a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan.

     He is survived by his wife, Monica; six children- Dominic (Barb) Jones, Windom, MN, Kathy (Mark) Janus, Springdale, AR, Roxanne (Dennis) Johnson, Jackie (Jeff) Van DeStroet, Michelle (Mike) Ingebrigtson, and Tim Jones, all of Canton, SD; thirteen grandchildren- Derek (Darci Eigenberg) Jones, Carrie (Andrew) Bowman, Justin Jones, Austin Jones, Allan (Megan) Janus, Heather (Michael) Wallace, Kyle (Melissa Martins) Janus, Steven (Shaunna) Johnson, Jennifer (Jason) Nyhus, Kimberly (Jordan) Dykstra, Amanda (Cley Deryke) Roskam, Abby Roskam, and Adam Roskam; six great-grandchildren- Mark, Ashlyn, & Ethan Janus, Chloe Janus, Landen Dykstra, and Wyatt DeRyke; and two step great-grandchildren- Ryan & Tristan McDaniel

     He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hugh & John Jones; and son-in-law, Daryl Roskam.


Joan Marie (Skinner) Rauscher

Joan Marie (Skinner) Rauscher, 67, died May 15, 2014 at her home in rural Canton.  A private family service will be held at a later date.

Joan was born August 23, 1946 at Alcester, SD to Russell and Mildred (Loger) Skinner.  She married Richard Rauscher October 10, 1964 in Sioux Falls.  They made their home on an acreage near Canton.  Joan was employed at Adam’s Thermal for 30 years.  She enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching and taking care of her birds, and playing bingo and cards.

Survivors include her husband, Richard; son Chad, Sioux Falls; daughters, Traci (Jason) Roseland, Inwood, IA and Tammi (Brian) Van Voorst, Canton; 10 grandchildren- Lance, Mataya, Desi, Dallas, Tate, Maddie, Alayna, Kyra, Tanner, and Jadarrien; sisters- Joyce Jenson and Jean (Jim) Johnson; brothers- Russell Skinner, Dennis Skinner, Ron Skinner, and Tracy Skinner; sister-in-law, Sharon Niemi; and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.  She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Joe, and brother, Robert. 

Theola Parke

Theola Grace Severson Parke, 85, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2014 at the Pleasant Care Living Center in Pleasantville, IA with family at her side.  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Theola was born on December 21, 1928 on the family farm near Canton, SD to Adolph and Thelma (Ugland) Severson.  She attended country school and graduated from Canton High School.   She was united in marriage to George Parke of Canton on October 1, 1949.  The couple made their home and raised four children in Indianola, IA, where her husband practiced optometry.  Theola also worked as an optometric assistant.  Theola had a unique nature to make friends with everyone and everyone enjoyed calling her “T”.  She loved her gardening and she was a natural for loving her grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

          Theola is preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, and four brothers.  She is survived by her son, Richard of Marshall, MN; three daughters, Patricia of St. Charles, IA, Nancy of Iowa City, IA, and Janice of Goose Creek, SC; sister, Lois Weisenbach of Sioux Falls, SD; eight grandchildren, Ryan Parke, Bobbie Smith, Steven Leigh, Julie Backstom, Jill Sutherland, and Melissa Decker;  and ten great-grandchildren. 


Jim Orr

Jim Orr passed away after a short illness on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Prince of Peace, Sioux Falls, SD. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014 in the chapel at Avera Prince of Peace Nursing Home. 

          Jim was born September 14, 1920 in Little Rock, AR to James and Corrine (McHugh) Orr. He graduated from Miami High School (FL).

          Jim attended Miami University after high school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving 1942-1944, and earning the rank of sergeant. After his time in the Army, Jim worked for the Veterans’ Administration from 1944 to 1956. He completed his degree in industrial engineering at the University of Miami in 1956 and went to work at the Air Force Missile Test Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. When the Kennedy Space Center opened in 1962, he started work there as industrial/systems engineer, and remained there until his retirement in 1986.

          After retirement, Jim moved to Fort Scott, KS and resided there until 2002. He married Le Ann in 2003 and they lived in both Canton and Sioux Falls, SD.

          Jim is survived by his wife Le Ann, Sioux Falls; two stepdaughters – Susan Beachler and husband Keith, Canton, SD, and Jeannie Irons and husband Deron Denton, Prairie Village, KS; and six grandchildren.


Carroll Heath

Carroll Duane Heath went to be with the Lord on May 5th, 2014 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at Springdale Lutheran Church, rural Harrisburg, SD.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-9, family present from 7-9, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Carroll was born May 21st, 1925 in Volga, SD to Fred and Mary Isabelle (Stewart) Heath. Carroll graduated from Rutland High School in 1943.

          Dad served in the Army from June of 1944 till April of 1946, after which he spent 2 years in California where his two sisters lived.

          Dad married his sweetheart Hjordis Lucille Eriksrud his wife of 55 years, February 16, 1950. Together they worked on the family farm near Sinai, SD from 1950 till 1960.

          Dad & Mom moved to Sioux Falls for a short time, where they met many life-long friends. In 1962 they moved to a farm east of Sioux Falls.

          Dad hobby farmed and worked at Kolman/Athey in Sioux Falls for 27 years, retiring in 1990. They continued to live at the farm until they bought a house in Canton in 2003, so they could be closer to their children and grandchildren.

          Dad spent his retirement maintaining his yard, which he took great pride in, working on family history and enjoying his family. He also loved to do woodworking in his shop; there he spent many long hours building knick knacks, furniture and other items for the family. He also built and designed a replica of Springdale Lutheran Church.

          Dad loved to have his family gather at his house so he could enjoy his 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great- grandchild.

          Dad is survived by his five children; Steven (Glenda), Grand Island NE, Berdine (Louie) Bowyer, Carol (Jeff) Anderberg, (Mary) Sterling, and Kim De Smet all of Canton, SD.  His many grandchildren, three sister-in-laws Arleen Tillison of Sacramento, CA, Doris Haugen of Flandreau, SD and Betty Eriksrud of Sioux Falls, SD; many wonderful friends and the loving congregation at Springdale Lutheran Church.

          Dad was preceded in death by his parents, his seven siblings, his loving wife Hjordis and one great grandchild Amelia Grace Heath.


Terry Bergerson

   Terry Lee Bergerson, 64, of Canton died on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Sanford USD Medical Center. Funeral services begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Canton Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

   Terry was born on February 8, 1950 to Oscar and Hazel (Vesting) Bergerson in Sisseton, SD. He was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Sisseton High School and Augustana College. He married Eileen Iverson on October 26, 1974. They lived in Lennox, Colton, and Wilmot before locating in Canton. He was the assistant director of the Sioux Falls Boys’ Club, the business manager for the Wilmot School District, but dedicated 29 years to the Canton School District as their business manager.

   Terry was active in his professional organizations serving many years as a director and officer in the School Administrators of South Dakota and the South Dakota Association of School Business Officials. In 1993 he received an award for the Outstanding School Business Official. He was also active at Canton Lutheran being on the board of parish Education and as a trustee and treasurer. He served on the board of directors for the Hiawatha Golf Course.

   He loved spending time with his family at their cabin on Red Iron Lake and taking numerous family vacations. Terry was an avid fisherman, hunter, and golfer. He had a delightful sense of humor and a caring heart!

Terry will be deeply missed by his wife, Eileen, Canton, and his son, Jared, of Sioux Falls, his sister, Mary (Robert) Sieger of Durango, CO, two brothers, Brian (Marquetta) of Des Moines, IA and Stephen (Lois) of Minnetrista, MN, and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Keith.


Reavis R. Heiskell, Sr. (Ret. Maj. USAF)


Reavis R. Heiskell, Sr. (Ret. Maj. USAF), age 80,  died Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 at Canton United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

    Reavis Rayborn Heiskell, Sr. was born October 2, 1933 at Okemah, OK to Troy and Vona Belle (Burford) Heiskell.  At age 11, he moved with his family to Canton where he continued his education, graduating in 1951.  He attended SDSU and worked in the oil fields before being drafted into the service in 1954.  He was accepted into flight school in the Air Force, beginning a 20 year career in aviation.      He served in Korea and Tripoli, North Africa, including several locations in the U.S.  Following his retirement from the Air Force as a Major in 1974, he returned to Canton with his family.  He worked in car sales at Jim Deinema Ford and was a rural mail carrier for almost 18 years.  Following his retirement in 1998, he and Helen enjoyed traveling in their motor homes. 

     Reavis continued his lifelong love of aviation by owning several planes and even rebuilt his second plane.  His grandchildren loved flying with him and many youth in Canton had their first plane ride with Reavis.  He always had time for his grandchildren, which is shown by their love and respect for him.  Besides flying and traveling, Reavis enjoyed fishing trips and hunting.

          Reavis was very active in the community, serving on the city commission for 10 years.  He also was an active member of the VFW and Forest Hill Cemetery Association.  He was an avid C-Hawk fan and a member of the football chain gang, which gave a close-up view watching his grandsons play.

          Reavis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen; his children- Reavis, Jr. Vicki (Bill) Peterson, and Carmen (Clair) Gard all of Canton; 11 grandchildren- Brendan, Keelan, Emily, and Landon Peterson, Reavis III and Charles Heiskell, Amy Bertsch, Jodi Ekle, Bob, Derek, and Brett Gard; 9 great-grandchildren- Kaleb Peterson, Lexie and Knox Kapperman, Karter Heiskell, Owen and Asher Gard, Courtney Ekle, and Zoey and Shelby Bertsch; and two sisters- Mary Ann Stewart, Durant, OK and Vivian (Charles) Holt, Norman, OK.    

Norma A. Roggenkamp

Sioux Falls.  Norma Anna Roggenkamp, 98, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Brookings Health System.  Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Canton Lutheran Church Bethlehem Chapel.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church.

Norma was born December 7, 1915 on a farm near Tea, SD to Reinder and Helena (Musch) Stroman.  She attended country school near Tea.  Norma married Otto Roggenkamp September 20, 1946.  She lived in Seattle, WA and Canton before moving to Sioux Falls.  She worked at Boeing while in Seattle and was a nurse’s aide in several nursing homes.  Her career was caring for other people. Her hobbies included travel, enjoying wildlife and pets.

Norma is survived by her sister, Lenore Thomson of Sinai, SD, and many nieces, nephews, and friends in Sioux Falls and Canton.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Bertha Kessel and Ada Stroman, and brother Harry Stroman.


Joyce Slack

 Harrisburg- Joyce Slack, age 84, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Sanford USD Medical Center Emergency Room.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 21 at Harrisburg United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson-Jones-Corcoran Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.

           Joyce was born on September 21, 1929 in Fairview, SD to Carl and Lena (Anderson) Linder.  She grew up on a farm outside of Hudson and attended Hudson West Branch School.  At the age of fourteen she moved with her family to Canton and attended Canton Schools.  She worked for her Aunt Peg and Uncle Elmer Torkelson at their grocery store in Hudson, SD. 

            She married Richard Slack on November 21, 1954 in the original Harrisburg United Methodist Church.  Joyce looked forward to celebrating 60 years of marriage this fall.  The couple lived and farmed near Harrisburg until their retirement.  Joyce enjoyed refinishing furniture, collecting dolls, antiques, going to auctions and sales, and spending time with her grandchildren, dear friends and sister. 

            She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters, Vickie Straw (David Kappenman), Sioux Falls, and  Mary (Mark) McClung, Harrisburg, SD; son, Wesley (Linda) Simpson, Mount Vernon, WA; grandchildren, Jennifer (Gene) Schaffer, Jason (Michele) Heibult, Emily Robinson, Nichole (Jeff) Drexler, and Nicholas McClung; great-grandchildren, Brittany (Geoff), Destiny, Dawson, Jacob, Miranda, Harley, Caleb, Paige, Carson, Kenslee, and Kyle; great-great grandchildren, Brayden and Paeton; sisters, Marian Reed and Carole Barnhart; brother,  Gary Linder; brothers-in-law, Roger Deno and Vernon (Carolyn) Slack; and sister-in-law, Jane Linder. 

            She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Barbara Schmid, Beverly Sweeney, and Audrey Deno; and brothers, Carl Linder, Jr. and Robert Linder.