Dr. Raymond Bunkers

Dr. Raymond Bunkers, 91, formerly of Canton, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls with family present.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 25, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton.  Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery at Canton with military honors.  Visitation will be Friday, May 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, with a scripture service beginning at 7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis House, VA Palliative and Hospice Care, or Forest Hill Cemetery Association.

                Raymond B. “Doc” Bunkers was born June 28, 1921 in Colman, SD to Al and Signe (Olson) Bunkers.  He attended school in Colman, graduating in 1939.  He entered the US Army in 1940 and served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.  He was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant and was the last surviving member of the 147th Field Artillery Battalion out of Flandreau, SD.  Following his discharge in 1945, he attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and went on to Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

                Ray married Dolores Lendt on September 28, 1946.  Soon after his graduation in 1948, they moved to Canton, where Ray opened his optometric practice.  He retired in 1989 after 41 years in business.  Ray was actively involved in Canton and a tireless supporter of his community.  An active member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church since 1949, he served on its building committee and was a member of Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Order of Foresters.  He was a long-time member   and served as post commander of the American Legion, and VFW, as well as president of Lions Club, and Canton Chamber of Commerce.  He served on the City Commission for 8 years, he was a member of the Forest Hill Cemetery Association for many years, and he was on the Colonial Village Board.  Ray was past president of the South Dakota Optometric Association and the North Central States Optometric Conference/Council. He also served as secretary of the SD State Board of Optometry for several years under the appointment of Governors Kneip, Wollman, and Janklow.  He was an active supporter of Legion Baseball and enjoyed carpentry and building.  Ray was selected as the Canton Citizen of the Year.

                Grateful for having shared his life are his children and their spouses:  Pamela (Bob) Lillibridge, Cedar Rapids, IA; Thomas (Donna) Bunkers, Tucson, AZ; Julie (Jimmy) Franken, Indianola, IA; Signe Espinoza, Centennial, CO; Daniel (Lara) Bunkers, Des Moines, IA, and Paul (Lori) Bunkers, Sioux Falls, SD; 19 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and brother, John Bunkers, Weston, Wisconsin.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dode; his parents; one sister, Darlene Sheridan; and three brothers, Don, Phil, and Steve.

                Ray always considered Canton his home, and for the past 6 years since Dode’s passing, had stated multiple times he couldn’t wait to see his “Dodie” again.  God bless the memory of Ray Bunkers and may the Angels lead you into Paradise. andersonandsonsfh.com

Terrance (Terry) L. Olson

Terrance (Terry) L. Olson was born September 5, 1971, in Denver, Colorado and died March 13, 2013 in Johnstown, Colorado.

He graduated from Northglenn High School in 1989 and was educated at Metro State College, EMT, Paramedic School and North Washington Fire Academy.  He enjoyed working at Northglenn Ambulance, North Washington Fire District and Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District.

He married Michelle Welker in 1999 and they divorced in 2007.

He completed the Nursing Program at Casper College, Casper, Wyoming and received his Registered Nursing License in December 2011.  He worked briefly at Centennial Peaks Hospital in Louisville, Colorado. 

He was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease in December 2012.

Terry has enjoyed and maintained countless friendships throughout his life.  He touched many people with his kindness, compassion, wonderful hugs and his quick, warm smile.  He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and his special dog, & constant companion, Prince.  He left the world a better place for those left behind.

Those grateful for having shared his life are: his parents, M. John & Cathryn (Hall) Olson, Johnstown, CO; aunts, Elizabeth Melton, Casper,WY, Edna Pesall, Rapid City, SD, Mary (Duane) Wiebe, Canton , SD;  uncles, Cameron {Andy} (Mary Ann) Hall, Bismarck, ND, Robert (Lela) Hall, Canton, SD, Bill (Wendy) Thorson, Canton, SD, Alfred B. Olson, Miles City, MT, George (Elaine) Olson, Sioux Falls, SD, Rollin (Mabel),Olson, Kona, HI, and Terry Olson Sioux Falls, SD.  Also surviving are numerous cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Lands Lutheran Church on May 6, 2013, at 10:30 AM, with a lunch to follow.    In lieu of flowers, family recommends memorials for research for Huntington’s Disease or the Garden of Memories at Moe Parish Park.

“God be with you until we meet again”.

Local arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home.

Johnny Bernard Christion

Johnny Bernard Christion, 58, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 12 noon Saturday, April 27, at Friendship Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

Johnny was born June 13, 1954 in Sweatman, MS to John D. and Willie Mae (Taylor) Christion. As a young man Johnny worked for Allied Products in Memphis, TN.  He graduated from high school in Memphis and completed training in auto mechanics and truck driving school. He held various truck driving jobs throughout the years.

Johnny worked for John Morrell, Jostens, FedEx, Sara Lee, and most recently Show Place Wood Products.

On July 1, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV, Johnny married the love of his life, Barb Poss.

Grateful for having shared Johnny’s life are his wife, Barb of Lennox, SD; children- Steven (Becky) Thomas, Sioux Falls, Lakisha Christion, Memphis, TN, Clinton Ostrom, Ft. Meyers, FL, Cameryn (Aaron) Friesz, Sioux Falls, Cassius Christion, Ipswich, SD, and Caitlin Christion, Sioux Falls; step-children- Lt. Colonel Michael (Dawn) Poss, Bellevue, NE, Tricia Zimmer, Marshall, MN, Shelly Poss, Las Vegas, NV, and Ryan Poss and fiancee, Stephanie Kuper, Tea, SD; father and mother-in-law, Roy and Audrey Steffes, Ivanhoe, MN; 9 grandchildren; and 6 step-grandchildren.  He also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and brother and sister-in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. and Willie Mae Christion, his daughter, Nakisha, and granddaughter, Calixidy Christion.

Johnny loved being in the outdoors, fishing and hunting, especially at the farm owned by special friend, Irma Pick.  He also loved to ride his motorcycle and spend time at the Brant Lake Cabin giving rides on the pontoon. Johnny was also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.


Lenore B. Monen

Lenore Beatrice Monen was welcomed to her heavenly home on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the age of 96. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 26 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, rural Inwood, IA.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8pm, family present 6-8pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Lenore was born March 17, 1917 on the family farm near Canton, SD to Ole and Gunhild (Orstad) Aasheim, the third of seven children.  Her mother died when she was young so she helped raise her younger siblings. 

          She met the love of her life, Gidvert Monen, at the Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls, and they were married in July of 1944.  Together with her husband she raised their 4 children, Loren, twins Verne and Vivian, and Roger, as well as Gidvert’s 2 sons, Donnie and Gene.

          As a young woman, she worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Stenberg.  She later was employed at McKennan Hospital and then at Sioux Valley Hospital for many years until Gidvert had a stroke.  Then she turned her full attention to tending for him.  After he died, she started working at Luther Manor in Sioux Falls.  She finally retired at the age of 83.

          When you consider that the value of a person is how they live between Sundays, Lenore was certainly more valuable than most.  She was patient, kind and hard working woman.  She was never envious, but instead was content and acceptant of whatever life held for her.  She never spoke harshly and she was slow to anger.  “Colorful” language was never in her vocabulary.  When she needed an explanatory word it was usually “uffda”.  She always put others first.  She was truly a servant.  She will be deeply missed.

          Left to cherish her memory is Vivian LaRoche, Sioux Falls, Verne Monen, and his daughters, Leah and Sarah, and Roger Monen (Cheryl), Lester, IA and their three sons, Brian, Adam, and Mitchell, and Loren’s children, Elias Monen and Della DeSchepper.  She is also survived by her step-son, Gene, Portland, OR and her sister, Lillian Hanson, Canton, SD; 15 great-grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her husband in 1979, her son, Loren in 2009, grandson, Jordan in 2011, her parents and five siblings, Walter, Henry, Esther Mydland, Alma Van Bockern, and Gladys Vander Meer.  Blessed be her memory.


Connie Lee Nelson

       Connie Lee Nelson, age 67, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 23 at Lincoln Hills Bible Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2-8pm, family present 6-8 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Connie was born September 19, 1945 in Cushing, MN.  She was the second oldest child of Elliott and Elsie (Gregerson) Kjeldergaard.   She graduated from Little Falls High School in 1963 and went on to attend Wadena Vo-Tech. 

          She married Wilbert Nelson on August 8, 1964 in Lincoln, MN.  The couple was involved in church planting in ND for 10 years.  The family moved to Canton, SD in 1992.  In addition to 18 years of service at the Canton Good Samaritan Society, she served as the pastor’s wife of First Baptist Church in Canton.   She enjoyed collecting salt and pepper shakers. 

          She is survived by her husband, Wilbert; children, Kristine (Tony) Lynch, Belleville, IL, Eileen (Kirk) Brown, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, Marla (Jason) Huston, Sioux Falls, SD; Sarah (Ryan) Woods, Sioux Falls, SD, and Rebekah Nelson, Fargo, ND; grandchildren- Daniel & Josiah Lynch, Benjamin & Kyle Brown, Joylee & Koda Huston, and Leviathan, Zachariah, & Micah Woods;  sisters- Cathy Hyatt, Terri Holmgren, Rosie Bolin, & Nelda Martinson; and brothers- Steven Kjeldergaard, Ralph Kjeldergaard, Walton Kjeldergaard, & Dennis Kjeldergaard.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Melvin Kjeldergaard, and sister Darryl Karjala. 


Sharon Lynn McDermott

         Sharon Lynn McDermott, age 57, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Sharon was born September 26, 1955 in Canton, SD to LeRoy and Mary (Anderson) Aasheim.  She was baptized and confirmed at Canton Lutheran Church and graduated from Canton High School in 1973. 

          She married Charles Thomas “Chuck” Muller on February 28, 1975.  To this union, Charles Thomas, Jr, Heather, and Kylie were born.  Chuck passed away on May 25,  1978.  She married Robert “Bob” McDermott on September 4, 1981.  To this union, Jody and Brent were born. 

          In addition to taking care of her children, she had worked at Ottis Radio, K-Products, and ran an in-home daycare.  In her younger years she enjoyed playing bingo.  She loved her dogs, enjoyed collecting pigs, and could often be found cruising around listening to the oldies.  She had a knack for crafts and sewing.  She made quilts, dresses, and her own wedding and bridesmaid dresses.

          She will be remembered by her son, Brent (Kari), Sioux Falls, SD; daughters, Heather Muller (David Figg), Hampton, VA, Kylie (Jason) Kidd, Sioux Falls, SD, and Jody McDermott, Sioux Falls, SD; mother, Mary Nelson, Canton, SD; grandchildren, Parker Kidd, Jaden Kidd, and Gavin Muller; brothers, Roger Aasheim and Darryl Nelson, both of Canton, SD; sisters, Linda (Randy) Severson and Darla (Ray) Boren, all of Canton, SD; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. 

          She was preceded in death by her father, LeRoy;  son, Charles Thomas Muller, Jr.; and husband, Charles Muller.



Claude Hignite Sr.

Claude Hignite Sr., 86, of Sioux Falls, S.D., formerly of Ashland, KY, died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

He was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Ashland, to the late Franklin T. and Mary Marcum Hignite.

He is survived by his son, Claude Jr. and wife, Jeanette; daughter, Donna Sparks and husband, Bill; sisters, Yvonnia Dickison, Marlene Ettinger, and Lucille Johnson; grandsons, Stephen Burkhart, Travis and Brandon Hignite; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Smith Hignite; a grandson, Paul D. Burkhart; nine brothers; and three sisters.

Claude will be lovingly remembered by the family of his dear friend, Polly Olson, who died in 2010.

Friends will gather from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton to celebrate his life, with a service of remembrance and prayers beginning at 7:00 p.m.  His cremains will be interred in the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Daniel Behring

Daniel Leroy Behring, age 86, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his home in Mesa, Arizona. He was born to Fritz and Dora Behring on September 23, 1926.

                After graduating from Canton High School in 1944, Dan joined the Merchant Marines where he served until 1948. He then returned to Canton where he was a police officer until joining the Army with his younger brother Art, later the same year.  He was honorably discharged in February 1950.  After leaving the Army, Dan returned to Canton to work with his father, Fritz.

                Dan met the love of his life, Bonnie Matteson, in January of 1951 and they were married on May 26 of the same year.  They celebrated their 61st anniversary in 2012.

                Dan and Bonnie started their lives together in Sioux Falls then later lived in Denver, CO and Butte, MT before returning to Canton to raise their family. Dan and Bonnie moved to Sioux Falls in 1970. Dan worked at John Morrell & Co. in Sioux Falls from 1958 thru 1985.  After retiring from Morrell’s, Dan worked at Bierschbach Equipment and Supply until 1995.

                Dan and Bonnie moved to Arizona in 1995 but for many years returned to South Dakota each summer where they would serve as volunteers with the Corps of Engineers at Lake Oahe near Pierre, SD, at Newton Hills State Park, and finally at Custer State Park in their beloved Black Hills, where they first honeymooned.

                Dan is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie; son John and wife Shari, CA; son Mark, NE; son Dale and fiancée Kris DeWandel, IA; daughter Tabby Sehr and husband Dave, SD; daughter Karen Vickers and husband Alan, AZ; and sisters Frances Winter and Deloris Nelson, both of Canton. Dan and Bonnie have 18 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren: Maile, Crew, and Max, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, sister Anna, brother Arthur, and an infant brother, also named Daniel.

                A memorial service was held in Mesa, AZ on Saturday, April 13.  Memorial services will be held at Canton Lutheran Church in Canton, SD at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 20.  A private family burial take place at Forest Hill Cemetery.


Torrance Bankson

Torrance Bankson, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Villa St. Francis nursing facility in Olathe, KS.  His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 8, at Canton United Methodist Church.  A visitation with family present will be Sunday, April 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  andersonandsonsfh.com

Torrance was born August 31, 1930 in Canton, SD to Thomas and Emma (Brurud) Bankson, and attended school in Canton, graduating in 1948.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Torrance married Delores Green January 28, 1956 in Canton, where they made their home.  He was employed at John Morrell and Company for 30 years.   Torrance was a member of Canton United Methodist Church, Canton Optimist Club, and VFW.  He was a home handyman who could fix just about anything, and also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Following his wife’s death in 2012, Torrance had lived in Villa St. Francis in Olathe, KS to be near his son.

He is survived by his son Doug, his wife Nanci, (Olathe, KS) and two grandchildren, Connor and Kayla. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Delores.

Layne Alvin Swier

       Layne Alvin Swier passed away peacefully in the arms of family on Monday, March 25, 2013 in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Richland Cemetery  near Inwood, IA.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m.

            Layne was born on August 18, 2012 to Marie Swier.  Although his life was a brief gift to us, he touched everyone he met with his big warm smile and bright beautiful blue eyes.  Layne was such a happy baby whose laughs captivated the room and smile melted mommy’s heart.

Layne loved listening to music, especially with his uncle Jakob.  His favorite bedtime song was “Tonight Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins.  Booger Butt was unstoppable in his walker, his hanger in hand and grandma’s knick-knacks in sight.  Layne loved being held close by grandpa.  Their bond was so extraordinary that Layne had a special hug for grandpa only.  Besides his grandpa, his other best friend was his kitty, Fritz.

Survivors include his  mother, Marie Swier, Canton; grandparents, Jim and Deb Swier, Canton; uncle, Jakob Swier, Canton; and three great-grandmothers, Bev Knutson, Nina Larson, and Penny Sievert; special cousin, Stephanie Swier; godparents, Murray and Helen Rowe; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Layne is greeted in heaven by his great-grandfather, Alvin, for whom he is named after; great-grandfather, Roger; great-uncle, Randy; and great-great-grandmother, Gilma.


Beulah Mae French

Beulah Mae French, age 90, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Beulah was born on October 30, 1922 in Beloit, WI to Albert and Elsie (Hunt) Engen.  She lived in rural Wisconsin until moving at age 3 to a farm southwest of Canton, SD.  She graduated from Canton High School and received a teaching degree from Sioux Falls College.  She married Darrell French on September 1, 1944 in Luverne, MN.  The couple made their home on a farm west of Canton. 

          Beulah taught elementary education in mostly rural schools.  She retired in 1973.  She had been a member of Canton United Methodist church since 1937.  She served the church as a Sunday school teacher, member of the administrative board, and member of the United Methodist Women.   She led many neighborhood bible studies which often concluded with her testing her newest dessert recipe.  In addition she was involved in the extension club and was a 4-H leader. 

          Beulah and Darrell traveled extensively.  They toured all 50 states, Canada, and Mexico.  She also enjoyed reading, sewing, and square dancing.   She loved to be in the kitchen and was known for her wonderful cooking and baking skills.   She was famous for her ability to stretch a meal to feed stranded travelers or unexpected guests.   Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.

          Grateful for having shared her life are her four children, Glenn French of Canton, SD, Darla (Roger) Cronn of Plymouth, MN, Marlys French of Sioux Falls, SD, and Sherrie French of East Dover, VT; and two granddaughters, Shannon and Dana Cronn.   She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Darrell.


Don C. Anderson

  Donald C. Anderson, 86, died Monday, March 18, 2013 at Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton under the direction of Rev. Perry Bauer of Redeemer Free Lutheran Church.  Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 5-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the church or organization of your choice.

          Don was born August 12, 1926 in Canton, SD, to Clarence and Olga (Olson) Anderson. He attended school in Canton, graduating in 1944.  While in school he was very active in all sports.  He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.  Following his discharge from the Navy he attended USD in Vermillion and St. Louis Mortuary School.  He then joined his father and uncle in the family business at the funeral home and furniture store.  He retired from the funeral home in 1997.  Due to failing health, he had been a resident of Canton Good Samaritan Society since October 2011.  Don and his family were very appreciative of the loving care he received while at Good Sam.

          Don married Dorothy ‘Dotty’ Frislie June 21, 1948 in Canton, where they made their home.  Don was active in several community organizations, including- Canton Lion’s Club, Canton Development Corp., Masonic Lodge, Canton School Board, Forest Hill Cemetery Assoc., VFW, and American  Legion .  He served as president of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Assoc.   In his younger years he played and coached softball in Canton and refereed many high school games in the area.  He enjoyed following his children and grandchildren in their school and sport activities.   He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, playing cards, and traveling.  He was a member of Canton Lutheran Church and currently was a member of Redeemer Free Lutheran Church.

          He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dotty; three children- Marcia (Dave) Earll, John (Peg) Anderson, and Gary Anderson, all of Canton; seven grandchildren- Brad (Jill) Earll, Becky Earll, Courtney Earll, Meghan (Thad) Meister, Ashley (Josh) Vestal, Tom (Carissa Kelley) Anderson, and Chase Anderson ; four great-grandchildren- Laken, Landree, and Theo Meister and Brooklyn Earll.   He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Ryan Earll.