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.


Steven Sanderson

Canton- Steven Sanderson, age 63, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 18, 2013.  Memorial services will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Visitation, with family present, will begin one hour prior to the service.

          Steven Edward Sanderson was born July 5, 1949 to Donald and Mary Belle (Wolfe) Sanderson.  Steve graduated from Canton High School in 1968 and joined the Marines in 1969.  He served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1972.  Steve was united in marriage to Jane Nelson in August of 1975.  The couple had two children, David and Jenna. 

          Steve spent most of his career in sales.  Steve particularly enjoyed woodworking and building things.  He was an active member of the Canton Historical Society.  Steve loved photography.  He had an eye for taking great pictures. 

          Steve was a good man.  He was a good father and grandfather.  He had a smile that would light up a room and a heart as big as Texas.  Steve was in a lot of pain the last couple years of his life but he will now be able to rest peacefully without the pain. 

          Steve is survived by his 2 children and 4 grandsons: David (Aubrey) Sanderson and their sons Aiden, Jett, and Fletcher of Sioux Falls, SD and Jenna (Ryan) Sechser and their son Luke of Sioux Falls, SD; 2 sisters, Marsha Brown and Susan Roeman; and many cousins, nieces, and great friends. 

          He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Mary Belle Sanderson; brother, Bob Sanderson; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Sanderson.


James R. Sine

Sioux Falls.  James Sine, age 74, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center, following a courageous 3 year battle with cancer.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.   Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, with family present from 5 to 8:00 p.m.  A prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Jim was born on January 7, 1939 in Lehigh Valley, PA to Oscar and Lillian (Leh) Sine.  He grew up and attended school in Quakertown, PA.  He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and served for 21 years.  He spent time in many places all over the world including Puerto Rico, Goose Bay, Labrador, and Vietnam. He spent the longest time of his career in Lincoln, NE.

In 1977 he retired and on June 4, 1977 he married the love of his life, Twyla Larson.  The couple made their home in Sioux Falls, SD.  He worked for the Minnehaha County 911 Emergency Center as a dispatcher for 20 years, retiring in 2001.  He then worked part-time for A & B Business Products.   He loved to hunt pheasants, fish, and work in his yard.  His family was the “joy” of his life.  He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Twyla; 3 sons: James, Jr. (fiancé Terry), Safford, AZ, Jack (Donna), Aurora, NE, and Jay (Mary), Rockford, IL; 10 grandchildren: James  III, Analea, Brandon, Jordan, Daniel, Tori, Zoey, Isaac, Owen, Taylor, and Zack; 1 brother: LeRoy (Sarah), Schertz, TX; 2 sisters: Orletta Bealer, Quakertown, PA and Olethea (Chuck) Egner, Sellersville, PA; 2 aunts: Joyce Eisenhart, Quakertown, PA and Alverna Erney, Bethlehem, PA; 1 sister-in-law: Doris Sine; mother-in-law: Alma Johnson; 2 brothers-in-law: Roger (Dorothy) Larson, Waconia, MN and Arley Larson, Brookings; 1 sister-in-law: Lazann (Roy) Caudill; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers: William, Elvin, and Franklin.


Leo Garcia

Leo Garcia, age 106, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  His ashes will be buried by his family in the Custer Cemetery at a later date .

Esther M. Sweeter

Canton.  Esther M. Sweeter, age 93, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Aberdeen, SD.  Her funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.


Esther Maxine Sweeter was born September 19, 1919 on a farm near Canton, SD to Oscar and Ethel (Leonard) Johnson.  She received her education at several country schools near Canton. 


Esther married Gerhard Sweeter December 15, 1940 in Lennox, SD.  They made their home on a farm near Canton, where her husband farmed and raised cattle.   Her husband died in 2007.  Esther moved to Ipswich in 2009 to be near her daughter, Carole. 


Completing a correspondence art course from a commercial art school, Esther developed a love of art through her drawings and paintings.  Her family cherishes many of her works.  She enjoyed collecting antiques and unique items such as clocks and watches.  She also enjoyed her flower gardens, birds, and square-dancing. 


She is survived by her children: Larry (Dorothy) Sweeter, Lawrence, KS, Linda (Ron) Aten, Abilene, TX, and Carole Curtis, Ipswich, SD; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Doris Pedersen, Canton, SD; and two nieces and a nephew.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Orville, sister, Vera Bong, and her son-in-law, Dale Curtis.


Margaret A. Johnson

Margaret A. Johnson, age 91, died Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Luther Manor in Sioux Falls, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Shalom Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, SD.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD.  A prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. 

          Margaret was born to Oscar and Leela (Shewmaker) Larson on December 2, 1921.  She grew up on a farm NW of Canton.  She attended Prairie Grove Country School and Harrisburg High School, graduating in 1939.  She then attended beauty school and later worked at Morrell’s. 

          On her birthday in 1942 she married Harrold M. Johnson.  They spent most of their married life on their farm southeast of Harrisburg farming and raising their family.

          Margaret was an active member of the Springdale Extension Club and a charter member of Shalom Lutheran Church.

          Grateful for sharing her life are her husband of 70 years, Harrold; daughter, Dalyce (Alan) Myers of Canton, SD; grandchildren, Tami Toumberlin of Sioux Falls and Bret (Tracy)Myers of Centralia, KS; great-granddaughter, Molly Myers of Canton, SD; 3 sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clifford, Palmer, and Lawrence; and her son, Craig.


Mary Alice Lintvedt

Mary Alice Lintvedt, 94, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2013 at Sanford Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls.  Memorial services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.  22 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation, with family present, will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bessie Sletto Lintvedt Augustana College Scholarship Fund or to Canton Lutheran Church. 

                Mary Alice Mallory was born on May 23, 1918 in Mitchell, SD to Mary and William Mallory.  She attended Lennox High School, Augustana College, and graduated from USD in 1944.  Mary Alice served in the Navy Singing Platoon and The Drum and Bugle Corp during WWII.  Following her military service, she taught in Flandreau and Midland, SD and Salem, OR.  She married Loren Mussler in 1946.  In 1990 she married Maynard Lintvedt.  They lived in Canton, SD until moving, in 2009, to Touchmark at All Saints in Sioux Falls.

                Mary Alice was active in community theater in Salem, OR and with the Corson Mighty Arts Players in Corson, SD.  She loved music and shared her talents in church and community activities.  She had an avid interest in current affairs and often voiced her opinions in letters to the editor.

                Mary Alice is survived by her son, Jeffrey Mussler of Salem, OR; step-daughters, Carol Carlson (Eldean) of Fairfield, IA and Marty Johnson (Ray)of Sioux Falls; three step-grandchildren, Kristin Lucas (Ron) of Washington, IA, Chris Johnson of Milford, IA, and Rachel Knight (Derrick) of Lakeville, MN; and four great-grandchildren.

                Mary Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard; an infant daughter; her daughter, Elizabet; and three brothers. 


LaDonna J. Olson

Canton- LaDonna J. Olson, age 83, passed away Friday, January 18, 2013 at Good Samaritan Society in Canton.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tue., Jan. 22 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Mon. from 1-4 pm. at Anderson Funeral Home.  Visitation will resume from 6-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. scripture service, at St. Dominic’s.

                LaDonna was born August 17, 1929 in Sioux Falls, SD to Nicholas and Nellie (Souvignier) Hanson.  LaDonna graduated from Canton High School in 1947. She married Ray Olson on October 9, 1950 in Sioux Falls, SD.   The couple made their home in Sioux Falls for 15 years before returning to Canton in 1965. They made their home on an acreage north of Canton.

                LaDonna worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Olson Plumbing, until his death in 1983.  She was a member St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and a past member of the Sons of Norway.   She enjoyed playing cards, especially whist.  In addition, she enjoyed bowling, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

                LaDonna is survived by her sons,  Brian (Donna), Sioux Falls, Craig (Cheryl), Sioux Falls, Daniel  (Diane) Lucas, TX, and Wayne (Lori) Schaumburg, IL; daughter, Linda Kudrna, Hay Springs, NE; sister, Carolyn (Cletus) Schuttloffel, Sioux Falls; 14 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; brothers, Donald and Selmer; and grandson, Michael.