Carol Smith

Smith Front         Carol Smith, 76, of Canton, SD died Thursday June 9, 2016 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center surrounded by her family.

          Following a private interment service at Forest Hills Cemetery, the funeral will be at 1:30 pm on Monday, June 13 at Canton Lutheran Church in Canton, SD. Visitation will be Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 2:00 to 8:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Home with the family present from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

          Carol Jean Adeline Stettnichs was born December 21, 1939 in Doon, IA, the daughter of Harry and Martha (LaFrenz) Stettnichs.  She married Robert Smith in Luverne, MN, after which they made their home in Larchwood, IA where she worked with her parents as a waitress at the Stettnichs Café. In 1965 they moved to Canton, SD where Carol worked at Otis Electronics, The Lewdoc Café, Town & Country Lanes, and the Black Angus Bar & Grill until her retirement in 1992. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, gardening and attending her grandchildren’s sporting and musical events.

          Survivors include her husband of 57 years Robert Smith, two brothers Virgil (Sylvia) and Stan Stettnichs of Larchwood, IA, one sister Sharlene (John) Engel of Lake Park, IA.; one son Chuck (Dianne) Smith of Canton, SD; five daughters Vicki (Joel) Dykstra of Sioux Falls SD, Deb (Keven) Stahlecker, Ronda (Craig) Thompson, Shelly (Leon) Eich and Bobbi Jo (Phil) Ranschau all of Canton, SD; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by special family friends, Ila Torkelson and Dorothy TerWee.

Robert C. “Bob” Brynjulson

Robert Clayton ‘Bob’ Brynjulson, 87, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at Avera Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls.  His funeral service will be at 10:00am on Saturday, June 11th at Grand Valley Lutheran Church south of Canton.  Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00pm on Bob Brynjulson crop argusFriday, June 10th at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Bob was born July 7, 1928 to Albert and Effie (Narum) Brynjulson on the family homestead south of Canton.  He attended grade school at Riverside Rural School and graduated from Canton High School in 1946.  Bob farmed with his father until being drafted in 1951.  He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War, and after his discharge returned home to continue farming.  Bob married Carol Dorsman on October 14, 1956 in Sioux Falls.  They farmed together their entire married life on a “Century” farm, which has been in the Brynjulson family since 1876.  They raised corn, soybeans, cattle, hogs and two children.

Bob met Carol at the Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls, and they continued to dance regularly for the next sixty years.  They were avid travelers, visiting all fifty states and 27 foreign countries.  Bob enjoyed frequent camping and fishing trips with family and friends.  He was an active lifelong member of Grand Valley Lutheran Church, and served as trustee, treasurer, and deacon.  He was a member of VFW, Moose Lodge, and Farmers Union.

Grateful for having shared his life are:  his loving wife of 59 years, Carol; son, Curt (Brenda), Sioux Falls; daughter, Peggy (Charlie) Groen, Beresford; five grandchildren – Chad Groen, Spearfish, Chris (Sarah) MacDonald, Jennifer (Aric) Oslund, Andrew (Sony) Brynjulson, and Austin (Molly) Brynjulson, all of Sioux Falls; eleven great-grandchildren; sisters, Verna (Julian) Holter, Canton, and Doris Towne, Harlan, IA; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Brynjulson, Sioux Falls.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harlan; and brother-in-law Willis Towne.

Donald A. Farnsworth, Jr.

Don Farnsworth pix0001             Donald Farnsworth, Jr., age 74, died Friday, June 3, 2016 at Southridge Healthcare.  Memorial visitation, with family present, will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m.  A prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

          Donald was born on August 29, 1941 in Buckhannon, WV to Donald and Wanda (Frazee) Farnsworth.  Donald served his country in the US Army.  He married Karen  Klepel on July 1, 1964 in Luverne, MN.  The couple moved to West Virginia in 1968 and returned to Canton, SD in 1984.

          Donald worked various jobs in West Virginia and spent 21 years at John Morrell’s in Sioux Falls, SD.  Donald enjoyed fishing, motorcycles, junking , and collecting stuff.  He was best known for his story telling.

          Donald is survived by his sons, Donald (Glenna) Centerville, SD and Harold (Cheryl), West Virginia; daughters, Tracy (Jeff) Kleinhesselink, Alton, IA, Lisa (James) Walker, Sioux Falls, SD, and Lori (Mike) Kezar, Canton, SD; brothers, John, Ricky, Sammy, and Kevin; sisters, Norma, Margaret, Vera, Geneva, Dee Dee; 17 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Karen;  infant sons, Brian, Bradley, and Todd; 2 sisters; and 3 brothers.


Perry Juel

perry Juel       Ellenton, Fl.  Perry Juel, 91, formerly of Sioux Falls and Canton, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at his home in Ellenton.  A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Lutheran Cemetery north of Canton.

        Perry was born December 10, 1924 in Lincoln County, one of 8 children, to Paul and Pearl (Wahl) Juel.  He attended school in Canton, graduating in 1943.  Perry served in the US Navy during WWII.  Following his discharge, he attended Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, MO.  He married Thelma Stadum June 4, 1950.  They lived in Sioux Falls until 1979, when they moved to Florida.  He was a partner with his brother-in-law at Stadum Construction in Sioux Falls for many years.

         Perry was a former member of First Lutheran Church, 55 year member of the Sioux Falls American Legion, life member of Sertoma International and past president of Sioux Falls Sertoma Club, charter member of Westward Ho Country Club, Sioux Falls Elks Club, Norwegian Singers Association, and member of the Norse Glee Club.

        Perry is survived by his wife of 66 years, Thelma; one son, Craig of Connecticut; 2 granddaughters, Christen and Caroline;  one great-grandson, Graham; and a host of nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Brian, and 7 brothers and sisters.

Gary Romereim

Dad Photo Gary Romereim photo          Gary Wendell Romereim, age 65, died Thursday May 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation with family present will be Monday from 2-5 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Gary was born in Canton, SD on April 9, 1951 to Ralph and Mavis (Enstad) Romereim. He was baptized and confirmed at Canton Lutheran Church. He attended Sunnyside number 5 country school until the school closed, then attended C. C. Jacobson Elementary and Canton High School, graduating in 1970.

          Gary married Wilma Van Den Top on June 8, 1972 at her parents’ farm. Together they lived and farmed in the Canton area for nearly 44 years. Gary started farming with his dad as a young boy and never lost his love of the land. He started raising cattle and built a herd of Herefords that were his pride and joy.  In addition to his love of Herefords, he also loved to collect Allis­Chalmers tractors. Gary shared his endless love of farming with family and friends, including serving 25 years as a leader of the Dakota Farmers 4-H club.

          He served on the boards of Canton Township, Lutheran Cemetery, Lincoln County 4-H and the Canton Township Rural Fire Department.  Gary also volunteered his time with the Lions Club and was a member of the South Dakota Farmers Union. He was a member of Redeemer Free Lutheran Church.

        Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife- Wilma; his sons- Chris (Karla), Omaha, NE and Randy (Cheryl), Rosemount, MN; three granddaughters- Caiolyn, Kira, and Clara; one grandson- Gage; sisters- Pat (Tom) Parsons, Carol Tousignant, Cheri (Paul)Gasser, and Susan Lottman; brother- Warren (Mary). Gary also has a host of nieces, nephews, and numerous friends whom he enjoyed spending time with. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law Cheryl Van Den Top; and brothers-in law, Roger Tousignant and Jet Hieronymus.

Howard Van Muyden

Howard  V.          Howard Van Muyden, 66, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Avera Dougherty Hospice in Sioux Falls after battling cancer.  His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Visitation with family present will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

          Howard was born November 25, 1949 in Hull, IA to Milton and Tena (Van Grootheest) Van Muyden.  He attended school in the Rock Valley/Doon area.  He also lived in California for 4 years.

          Howard married Linda Nichols on February 23, 1973.  One son, Jason, was born to this union.  He served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 4 years.  Howard was employed at Bidwell in Canton for over 40 years, retiring in 2015.  He moved to Sioux Falls from his acreage near Canton that same year.  Howard enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, camping, watching movies, music, and playing guitar.

          Howard is survived by his son, Jason (Mindy Cleland) of Sioux Falls; 2 grandsons, Parker Van Muyden and Andrew Serie; sister, Delores Mulder of Lemars, IA; special aunt and uncle, Wilma and Hans Van Roekel of  Rock Valley, IA, who Howard spent a lot of time with growing up; good friend, Jean Armstrong; along with many other relatives and friends.   He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Dick Hoffman

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    Edward R. “Dick” Hoffman, age 82, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 27 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

        Dick was born on November 17, 1933 in Elk Point, SD to Edward and Ella (Howey) Hoffman.  He graduated from Elk Point High School.  He attended Southern State Teachers College for one year.  He married Dorothy Beatty on March 19, 1954 in Sioux City, IA.  He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957.

        After his discharge, the couple lived in Elk Point, SD where they owned and operated a service station.  Dick was a member of the Elk Point Fire Dept. for 10 years.  The couple moved to Canton, SD in 1965 where they owned and operated Dick’s Texaco, Hoffman Oil, and Pump & Pak until retiring in 1993.

        Dick was very active in the community during his lifetime.  He was a past member of the Canton Planning Commission, Hiawatha Golf Course Board of Directors, Canton Development Corp. Board of Directors, First Federal Savings and Loan Board of Directors, and the Canton Chamber of Commerce.   He was on the Canton School Board for 9 years, the Canton Fire Dept. for 10 years, and was the past Director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Board.  He was a two gallon plus blood donor and was active in Canton’s 100 & 125 year celebrations.  He was a member of Canton Lutheran Church where he was involved in the Native American Committee and Milk’s Camp.

        Dick loved fishing, especially for walleye.  Dick also enjoyed talking with people, golfing, going to coffee at Laurie’s Cafe, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

        Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy; sons, Mike (Marcia) and Gary (Kathy); daughters, Lori (John) Lems and Diana (Jim) Wiebe, all of Canton, SD; brother, Ronald (Beverly) Hoffman; sisters, Kay (Darmon) Staum and Shirley (Jon) Larsen, all of Elk Point, SD; 11 grandchildren; 9 great- grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends.   He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Shantell.

       In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Milk’s Camp or the Canton Lutheran Church Basement Renovation.

Ruby Veldkamp

Veldkamp paperRuby Veldkamp, age 84, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will begin at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at Canton High School.  Visitation, with family present, will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at the school.

          Ruby was born on October 30, 1931 in Sioux County, IA to Gerrit and Florence (Popma) Kots.   She attended school in Maurice, IA.  She professed to walk with the Lord at a young age.   She married Peter Veldkamp on November 27, 1951 in Canton, SD.  The couple lived in Canton and Beaver Creek, MN before returning to Canton in 1966.  Peter died in 2000.

          Ruby was a farmer’s wife and mother.  She enjoyed crocheting, writing letters, and emailing.

Ruby is survived by her children, Patsy Layman, Banning, CA, Delbert (Brenda)Veldkamp, Canton, SD, David (Diane) Veldkamp, Columbus, NE, Paul (Juli) Veldkamp, Wayne, NE, and Sadie (Jay) Heetland, Lincoln, MO; sister, Goldie (Max) Bowman, Elgin, NE; sister-in-law, Adrianna Kots; brothers-in-law, Ted Coleman, Don Jones, and George Hearick; 12 grandchildren;  4 great-grandchildren; along with numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; daughter, Twyla; brothers, James, George, and Hubert; and sisters, Ethel, Esther, Pearl, Rose, Daisy, Violet (infant).

Bonnie Slade

 SladeSioux Falls.  Bonnie J. Slade, 88, formerly of Canton, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Sanford Centennial Hospice.  Her Service of Remembrance will be at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

   Bon was born August 31, 1927 at Burlington, IA, to Justin and Nancy Jane (Orton) Robbins.  She attended school in Burlington, graduating in 1945.  She continued her education at Burlington Community College and The University of Illinois.

   Bon was united in marriage to William “Bill” Slade June 26, 1960 in Canton, SD.  They resided in several countries since her husband was a career Air Force officer.  Bon also served as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Government for 20 years.  Their careers brought them to Spain, China, India, South Africa, the Netherlands, and Washington, D.C.  They moved to Canton in 1969, where she was a member of Canton United Methodist Church.  Bon moved to Sioux Falls following Bill’s death in 2005.

   Bon is survived by her two sons, Billy, of Sioux Falls and Marky (Lisa) of Williamsburg, VA; one granddaughter, Britty, of San Diego, CA; and one granddaughter, Emma Taylor, of San Diego, CA.

Maedora Hoff

         Maedora Hoff, 78, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 2 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

       Maedora Lenora Hoff was born March 20, 1938 to Theodore and Lenora (Pietz) Krueger in Tripp, SD.  Maedora graduated from Tripp High School and attended Wartburg and Augustana Colleges.  She married Harlan Hoff on August 21, 1960 in Tripp, SD.  The couple moved to Dell Rapids, SD then to Canton, SD where they lived for the next 50 years and raised their three children.  Throughout those years, Maedora worked at the Souvignier Sales Barn and Farmers State Bank.

        Maedora found great joy in supporting and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.  She was also known for her love of shopping with her family.  Maedora participated in Pallathene and volunteered at the Avera Heart Hospital in her retirement.

           Grateful for sharing her life are loving husband of over 55 years Harlan Hoff; children:  Sherry Larson (Tom Schmidt) of Sioux Falls, SD; Steve Hoff (Jeanne) of Dell Rapids, SD; and Sheila Etrheim (John) of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren:  Tyler Larson (Lindsey Kuehl), Bryant Larson (Chandra), Garrett Hoff, Corynn Hoff, Shaylee Hoff, Brody Etrheim, Megan Etrheim, Elise Etrheim, and Griffin Etrheim; sister Sandra Hauser of Lafayette, IN; and many other family and friends.    Maedora was preceded in death by her parents; niece, Barbara Hauser; nephew, Jimmy Hauser; brother-in-law, Gary Hauser; and sister-in-law, LuAnn Hoff.

               Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota (1000 N. West Ave. #250 Sioux Falls, SD 57104).

Mahlon Johnson

Johnson Pic         Mahlon Johnson, age 90, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at Lands Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, SD.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Mahlon was born on November 6, 1925 on a farm near Alcester, SD to Clarence and Ruth (Eneboe) Johnson.  He graduated from Alcester High School in 1943.  He served in the US Army from 1951-1952.  While on leave, he married Delores Roti on April 28, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, SD.  Following his discharge, the couple moved back to the farm near Alcester where they lived and farmed until moving to Canton in 2011.

          After retiring, the couple wintered in Arizona for 26 years and also spent a month in Europe.  Mahlon was also a regular pool player at the Alcester City Auditorium and he was an avid New York Yankee fan.

          Mahlon is survived by his wife of 64 years, Delores; sons, Gary (Janyce) Johnson, Canton, SD, Tim (Carolina) Johnson, Torrance, CA, and Wayne Johnson, New York City, NY; grandchildren, Rosa (Travis) Nordstrom, Sarah (Kristopher) Shrewsberry, and Laura (Edwin) Frerichs; 4 great-grandchildren, Theo, Isabella, Isaac, and Elijah; sister, Ardis Bergquist, Omaha, NE; and numerous other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kurt; sister, Eunice Twedt; and granddaughter, Ashley.

LaVern Kuper

LaVern Carol Kuper, 81, went with the angels Friday, April 22, 2016 at Avera Dougherty Hospice surrounded by family and love.  LaVern Kuper

LaVern was born September 9, 1934 on a farm south of Fairview, SD, to Andy and Ina (Crawford) Helgeland.  She attended country school through the 5th grade and was excited to “move to town” and finish her education in Canton.

LaVern was united in marriage to Al Kuper April 25, 1954 at Canton Lutheran Church.  They made their home in Sioux Falls all their married life.  LaVern worked at Dornberger Insurance and Crum and Forester Insurance in the early years.  She spent most of her life working alongside her husband, Al, in his many business ventures.  They purchased Perkins in 1968 and LaVern was instrumental in the restaurant remodels and a solid supporter of Al’s ideas.  She and Al spent their winters in Arizona since 1984.  They also spent much time traveling in their motorhome visiting 48 states.  She enjoyed reading, mahjong and never passed up an opportunity to do a little shopping.

LaVern is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, Al; daughter, Debra (Dar) Yeager, Sioux Falls; son Steve (Rebecca) Kuper, Sioux Falls; 3 grandchildren, Cory, Ross, and Alan McMillen; 3 great-grandchildren, Kuper, Lilly, and Marsha; one step-grandson, Caleb; a brother, Lloyd Helgeland, Sioux Falls; and sister-in-law, Kathy Kuper, Sioux Falls.

Charities were dear to LaVern’s heart.  Memorials may be directed to The Children’s Inn or your favorite charity.