John and Darlene (Miller) Lee

John and Darlene Lee Memorial Service

A memorial service for John and Darlene Lee will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 17th, 2015 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.

John Edward Lee, Jr. was born May 6, 1926 in Canton to John Edward Sr. and Gail (Bartholomew) Lee.  He attended school in Canton, graduating in 1944.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 – 1946.  He attended the Naval Academy and graduated from SDSU with an engineering degree.  He died November 16, 2012.

Darlene Lee was born September 17, 1930 in Canton to Alf and Jenny Miller.  She attended school in Canton, graduating in 1948.  Darlene died April 2, 2014.

John and Darlene were married in June of 1951 at Canton Lutheran Church.  John was employed by Hughes Aircraft for many years.  He and his family lived in Wichita, KS and Huntsville, AL before moving to the Seattle, WA area.  They were living in Kent, WA at the time of their death.

John and Darlene are survived by their son, Kevin and his wife, Landi, Lee and 4 grandchildren.  John is survived by a brother and Darlene is survived by a sister, Irene Franken and a brother, Parnell Miller.  

Mildred S. Thompson

          Mildred Sigrid Thompson, age 97, passed away on July 7, 2015.  She was born to Louis Cornelius and Hannah (Lang) Thompson on a farm near Schindler, in Lincoln County, S.D. on December 5, 1917.  She was baptized at Springdale Lutheran Church and confirmed at Canton Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Canton High School.  She attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis.  Back in Canton she worked for AAA (Agriculture Adjustment Act) and later was a deputy to the Register of Deeds in Lincoln County Courthouse.  Moving to Minneapolis she was employed at Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance Company and later in the home office of the American Lutheran Church (treasurer’s office and then in the office of evangelism).  She was at Allied Mutual Insurance Company for 12 years before she retired in 1989 and moved to Sioux Falls.  In 1990 she joined First Lutheran Church and was an active volunteer for the music department and folded bulletins.  She was a member of the Fidelis Circle and later the Martha Circle.  In her home, artifacts representing her Norwegian heritage were visible.  Early in her life she belonged to a square dance group and was a fan of the Minnesota Twins.  Mildred enjoyed travel in the U.S. going to Alaska and Hawaii as well as many other states.  In 1985 she visited Norway, Sweden and Denmark.  She also visited France, the Netherlands and Italy.  Well into her 90’s she was seen at the Center for Active Generations working out on a step machine.  Her most recent activities were to attend church, go to Bible Study and to read books and solve puzzles. 

          She is survived by nieces and nephews who live in Arizona and California.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Laura Bratlie and Helga Ivie, and two half-brothers Harold and Stanley Anderson.

Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2015 at Christ the Victor Chapel at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.  Burial was at the Lutheran Cemetery near Canton.

          In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Project Car or First Lutheran Church.

Richard Eugene “Gene” Escher

    Canton.  Richard Eugene “Gene” Escher, age 98, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015 in hospice care at Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Family will greet visitors Tuesday evening, June 16, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  A service of remembrance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

    Gene was born November 26, 1916 in Illinois to Walter and Stella (Masters) Escher.  He attended Wentworth Military Academy and Junior College in Lexington, MO.  Gene graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA.  He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII.

    Gene was united in marriage to Sally Fredrikson Asper on August 19, 1978.

    A resident of Sioux Falls since 1974, Gene worked in finance and retired as a vice president of Piper, Jaffrey, and Hopwood.  He and his wife moved to Canton in 1984.  In retirement, he enjoyed a daily round of golf and exercising at Dr. Swenson’s gym.  Earlier in his life, Gene showed Arabian horses and was a longstanding member of the Arabian Horse Association.

    Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife, Sally; son, Tim (Aileen) Escher of CA; stepson, Richard (Kathy) Asper of WI; stepdaughters- Cheryl (Larry) Tessmer of ND, Louise (Jerry) Johnson of SD, and Nancy (Larry) Fust of ND; 8 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.


Charles N. Hill

    Charles N. Hill, 94, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Canton Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

Charles Nellis Hill was born August 3, 1920, at Lennox, SD to Charles and Nora (Roe) Hill.  He attended Schiager rural school northeast of Canton.  On February 4, 1942, Charles was married to Gladys Knutson at her parent’s home.  Charles was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during WW II in New Guinea and the Philippines and was honorably discharged on October 15, 1945.  Charles and Gladys lived in the city of Canton and in the rural Canton area for all their years together.  Charles farmed the Hill family farm near Canton until 1961 when he quit farming, moved to their final home in Canton and took a job as a field man for Sokota Hybrid Seed Corn Company headquartered in Brookings, SD.  Charles retired from Sokota Hybrid in 1982.  Charles and Gladys lived in their Canton Home until May of 2011 when they both moved to Canton Good Samaritan Home where Charles resided until his death.  They raised two children: a son Larry and a daughter, DeAnn.

Charles was a loving husband and father and devoted his life to his wife and children.  He was a member of Canton Lutheran Church.

Charles is lovingly remembered by his son, Larry and his wife Yong of Fairmont, MN and his daughter, DeAnn Belcher of Phoenix, AZ; 3 grandchildren: Robbie Belcher, John (Jamie) Hill, and Diane (Cameron) Serk; 4 great-grandchildren: Mason and Lauren Hill, Harrison and Parker Serk; and two brothers: Manfred (Leona) Hill of Canton and Lyle Hill of Apache Junction, AZ.

In addition to his parents and his wife Gladys (2012), Charles was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Charlotte Edwards and Erma Lyso.

Helen “Fluffy” McCann

Helen D. “Fluffy” McCann, age 87, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Dougherty Hospice House after suffering a heart attack.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 6th at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Canton, SD.  Private family burial  at Forest Hill Cemetery will follow the service and lunch.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Visitation will resume, with family present,  at St. Dominic’s from 6-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service.  In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the charity of your choice.

            Helen was born on October 12, 1927 on a farm near Cherokee, IA to Herb and Sophia (Erdman) Lynn.  She attended country school near Cherokee and began high school in Schaller, IA.  Her family moved to Lismore, MN, where she graduated from Lismore High School and met her future husband, Bill McCann.

            Helen married Bill on January 12, 1946 in Camp Pickett, VA.  Helen worked on the base post office before the couple moved to Minneapolis, MN for Bill’s schooling.  The couple moved to Bridgewater, SD in 1948 and began to raise their family.  The family moved to Canton, SD in 1968, where she resided until her death.

            Besides raising 7 children, Helen worked as a seamstress for many years.  She was also a very active member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church.  She enjoyed flowers, fishing, rummages, coffee, playing mahjong, and attending her grandchildren’s activities.  She was a member of the Canton Lion’s Club and was active in the community.  She was an excellent cook and her pies and apple crisp were second to none.  Helen loved life and she will be remembered for knowing how to have a good time.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband of 69 years, Bill; children, Barb (Ed) Meyer, Bridgewater, SD, Judy Sperling, Sioux Falls, SD,  Connie (Sid Walters) Sweeter,  Sioux Falls, SD,  Janet McCann, Canton, SD, Kevin (Cheryl) McCann, Canton, SD, Kathy McCann, Sioux Falls, SD, and Carol Kruse, Sioux Falls, SD; 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters; 1 brother; along with numerous other extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandson, Scott Meyer; great-grandson, Dillon Bublitz; 5 sisters; and 1 brother.

Louise Sorum

Louise A. Sorum, age 82, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the Sanford Heart Hospital.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, SD.  Public visitation will be Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.  In Lieu of Flowers, memorials can be directed to Gideons International.

        Louise was born on April 25, 1933, to Elmer and Della (Ingebrigtson) Peterson in the log house on the Thormodsgaard homestead which now stands in Prairie Village in Madison, SD.  She attended Fairview Center District #83, Pleasant Valley School #74, and graduated from Augustana Academy in 1951.  She married John A. Sorum on June 21, 1957, at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, SD.

            She was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was the Moe Parish secretary from 1952 until her retirement in 2013.  She was active in Ladies Aid and Bible studies.  She also enjoyed quilting and was known for her cooking.  Faith and family were very important in Louise’s life.

            Louise was preceded in death by her parents.  Grateful for having shared her life are her husband of 57 years, John; children, Glenda Sorum, Sioux Falls, SD, Jean (Joel) Rosgaard, Rock Valley, IA, Karen E. (Mark) Gubbrud, Alcester, SD, John E. Sorum, Fairview, SD, and Jerry (Rebecca) Sorum, Canton, SD; sister, Doris Kampen, Canton, SD; grandchildren: William, Anne, and Sarah Rosgaard and Aaron, Caleb, and Haley Sorum; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Nordahl Nervig

 Noel Nordahl Nervig was born in Alberta, MN in 1923, son of Edward Nervig and Hazel Williams. He was born in a family of eventually six children, Edward Jr., Newman, Dorothy, George, Nordahl, and Robert.  He was raised in Canton, S.D. where he finished high school and attended a year at Augustana College.
Nordahl worked as a farm hand until World War II. He failed to get in the Army due to sight issues so he joined the Merchant Marines instead. While in the Merchant Marines, he traveled around the world twice before getting out of the Merchant Marines in Paris, France after the war. His Brother George managed to help him get into the Army in 1946.
Also in 1946, while in Paris, he met and married Yvonne A. Delgehier. The couple went on to have 3 children, Nicole born in 1947 in Austria, Monica born in 1949 in Colorado Springs, and Olaf born also in Colorado Springs in 1951.
Nordahl stayed in the Army for 20 years with tours of duty in Germany, Greece, and traveling through Europe several times.  He retired in Utah working for Thiokol/Job Corp obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree at Weber State.
For his hard work and experience at Thiokol he received a grant to Utah State University. After six years he obtained his Master’s and finally a Doctorate a Utah State. Nordahl went on to work at the University of Southern Illinois where obtained his tenure after 10 years. After writing a book on education, he retired in 1991.
After many years in the Army while being around loud missiles and rockets he soon began to lose his hearing and eventually went deaf. His grandson managed to get him into the Tricare/Medicare program and he was able to get into a program that just started up, where they provided him a Cochlear hearing implant which allowed him to hear again.
Nordahl died in his home in Millville, Utah on March 24, 2015. Nordahl is survived by one brother, George 94 and his one sister Dorothy who is 98. He is also survived by his one son, Olaf, his daughter, Nicole, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.  Inurnment will be at the Lutheran Cemetery near Canton, SD.

Cecil Crawford

    Cecil Everett Crawford, age 93, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Hudson Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hudson, SD following a five month illness.  His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Eden Cemetery near Hudson, SD.   Lunch and fellowship will be at the Hudson Community Center following the burial.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

Cecil was born on a farm near Fairview, SD on August 9, 1921 to Clifford and Maggie (Fossum) Crawford. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Lands Lutheran Church near Hudson, SD.  He attended Moe school and later Canton High School.

Cecil was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 26, 1942 and served in Panama and the European theater under Patton’s Third Army, 89th Infantry Division during World War II.  There he saw action in the Battle of Rhineland and was present when his Division liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp near Ohrdruf, Germany in April of 1945.  He was honorably discharged on December 10, 1945.

On January 24, 1947 Cecil married Norma Kittelson and was employed at John Morrell in Sioux Falls and the Canton Greenhouse before he began farming in 1953.  He farmed near Parker, SD until 1960 at which time he and his family moved to a farm near Hudson where he continued to farm until 1999.  Cecil and Norma moved to Canton in 1987.

A life member of the Canton VFW, and the Hudson American Legion, Cecil was a past active member of Grace Lutheran Church at Parker and Hudson Lutheran Church.  He was currently a member of Canton Lutheran Church.

Cecil was preceded in death by his father and mother, and a sister, Delores.  He is survived by his loving wife Norma, and four children: Ronald (Julie) Crawford, Fenton, MO; David (Trudy) Crawford, Spearfish, SD; Karen (Robert) Evanson, Hudson, SD;  James (Janet) Crawford, Waterloo, IL; two brothers, Donald (Carol) Crawford, Canton, SD; Kip (Julie) Crawford, Canton, SD; 10 grandchildren: Maggie and Vince; Matthew and Rachel; Jennifer, Laurie and Judson; Megan, Kristin and Erica; and seven great-grandchildren.

Lillian Richter

Lillian Richter, 90, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015, after a brief illness.

 Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Canton United Methodist Church in Canton, SD with the Reverend Steve Ziebarth presiding. Her burial will be in the Serviceman’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell, SD following the luncheon.  Family will greet visitors Monday from 4-6 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

Lillian was born April 2, 1925 to William and Anna Grueneich of Monango, North Dakota.

On September 15th, 1943, she was united in marriage to Wilfred Richter. After Wilfred’s death on August 28, 1991, she moved to Sioux Falls, SD.

She was an active member of the Linwood Wesleyan Church, Bible Study programs and a member of the Women’s Auxiliary.  She worked as a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital and received an Honoree Award for her 10 years of service.  Lillian also enjoyed traveling with her friends and loved working with flowers and crafts.

Her greatest joy was being with family and friends.  Grateful for having shared her life are her four children: Donald Richter, Sioux Falls, SD, Marilyn (Steve) Joyce, Sioux City IA, Kathy (Randy) Hardie, Canton, SD, Brad (Nancy) Richter Mahtomedi, MN.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  Lillian is survived by one brother, Marvin (Joan) Grueneich, Ellendale ND, and one sister, Martha Bartel of Aberdeen, SD.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred Richter, three brothers, Willie, Albert, and Clarence Grueneich and one sister, Esther Iverson.

The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Administration and staff at Stoney Brooke Suites in Dakota Dunes, SD who provided exceptional care, companionship and spiritual support. Your kindness and thoughtfulness you showed our mother will always be remembered.

Richard “Dick” Haisch

Richard K. “Dick” Haisch, 80, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at Canton Lutheran Church.   Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Canton Lutheran Basement Renovation Fund or a charity of your choice.

          Richard Keith Haisch was born August 28, 1934 at Webster, SD to Lloyd and Marian (Mulford) Haisch.  Dick graduated from Canton High School in 1952.  He received a degree in pharmacy from SDSU in 1956.  While at Brookings, he was a member of  ROTC and served in the US Army for two years as a 2nd Lieutenant.

          Dick was united in marriage to Maureen Kay Anderson July 9, 1956 in Canton.  They lived in Albuquerque, NM and Phoenix, AZ before moving to Canton in 1960.  Dick was a pharmacist and partner at Molstad Drug for 5 years and a partner at Bruggman Drug in Rock Rapids for 2 years.  He purchased Noid Drug Store in 1967, changing the name to Haisch Pharmacy, which he owned for 26 years.  He retired in 1996.  Dick was an active member of Canton Lutheran Church since 1960, serving in stewardship, as a deacon and trustee, and sang in the choir.  He was also very involved in the community as a member of Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Canton-Inwood Hospital Board, Canton Good Samaritan Advisory Board, and Canton Development Corporation.  He was a consultant pharmacist for the nursing and hospital for 10 years.  He was a member of several state and national pharmacy association s.  Dick and Kay enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona for over 20 years.   Dick was an avid golfer and enjoyed photography and woodworking.

          Those grateful for having shared his life are: his wife of 58 years, Kay; sons, Rick (Kathy) Haisch, Minot, ND and Paul (Lee Ann) Haisch, Alcester, SD; daughter, Lori (Don) Lems, Larchwood, IA; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one angel; two brothers, Don (Phyllis) Haisch, Brandon, IA  and Charles (Sue) Haisch, Polo, IL; and one sister, Janet (Larry) Ingalls,Webster, SD.

Earl Dean

Earl Dean, age 87, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 3 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.   A Masonic service will be held at 7:00 p.m.    In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Canton Student Loan Fund.

Earl William Dean was born on September 1, 1927 in Olivet, SD to William and Katie (Grim) Dean.  The family soon moved to Sioux Falls where Earl graduated from Washington High School in 1945.  He then attended Augustana College for a year before entering the Army.  Upon his discharge, he resumed his studies at USD, obtaining his Master’s in Education.  He married Mary McBride on November 22, 1951 in Sioux City, IA.

Earl began his lifelong career in education in Montrose, SD as a teacher and coach for 5 years.  He then moved to Marion, SD where he taught for a year and was superintendent for 4 years.  His career next brought him to Salem, SD for 7 year as superintendent and finally 20 years as the Canton, SD superintendent.

Earl was active in the Canton United Methodist Church.  He served as treasurer and was interested in the youth programs.  He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and loved to visit with people, especially at the coffee shop and senior center.  He was a 50+ year Mason, member of the Rotary, and was on the Canton Student Loan Fund Board.  He enjoyed and excelled at basketball in his high school and college days.  He also played softball in his younger years and was active in the YMCA, where he learned to play basketball as a kid.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 63 years, Mary;  sons, Terry, Gayville, SD and Todd, Canton, SD; daughter, Trudy (Kevin) Wicks, Reno, NV; grandchildren, Steve (Nacy) Dean, Travis Wicks (Lorena Valencia),  Tyler Wicks, Kayla Wicks, and Lynn VanSloten; great-grandchildren, Ella, Kaleb, and Kaylee; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Billy, two brothers, and 2 sisters.

Emersyn Brigh Eiesland

Emersyn Brigh Eiesland, infant daughter of Sam and Elissa (Funge) Eiesland, passed away at birth Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital.  A private family service will be held.  Including Sam and Elissa, her loss is mourned by her grandparents- Rick Funge, Sioux Falls and Tom and Joann Eiesland, Canton; her aunt, Mariah Eiesland; and uncles- Chris McFarland and Josh Funge.