Daniel Thill

Canton.  Daniel Thill, 63, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, at St. Dominics Catholic Church in Canton.  A private family burial will be held at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls.  Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton and will resume at St. Dominics at 6:00 p.m.  A scripture service will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

Dan was born April 10, 1950 at LeMars, IA, to Donald and Darlene (Bohlke) Thill.  At age 8, he and his family moved to Sioux Falls where he attended Little Flower Elementary.  He graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1968 and then attended South Dakota State University.

Dan was united in marriage to Joan Mikkelson August 27, 1971 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls.  They made their home in Sioux Falls, until they moved to Canton in 1974.  Dan was in the landscaping business for 43 years and most recently with Splitrock Nursery in Brandon.   Dan was a certified arborist and also one of the voices of the radio program “Land Language” for many years.  Dan loved spending time with his grandchildren and working outdoors on their acreage outside of Canton.  He was a long-time member of St. Dominics Catholic Church and the Nurseryman’s Associations in South Dakota and Minnesota.

Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife of 42 years, Joan; sons, Stephen (Tresa) Thill, Chancellor, SD and Scott (Tia) Thill, Canton; daughters, Kristen (Gary) Bunt, Sioux Falls and Sarah (Mark) Peterson, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Kayleigh and Ellianna Thill, Kaden and Mason Bunt, and Devon Violanta; brothers, Bryan (Lisa) Thill and Patrick (Kerry) Thill both of  Sioux Falls; sisters, Barbara Thill, Sioux Falls and Paula (Peter) Ruble, Hastings, MN; sister-in-law, Colleen Thill, Sioux Falls; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and his brother Dean.

Memorials can be directed to the Avera McKennan Foundation or the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.


Harlan Brynjulson


    Harlan Brynjulson, 82, passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at the Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Grand Valley Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 8 p.m., family present 5 to 7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

  Harlan was born on Nov. 26, 1930, on a farm south of Canton to Albert and Effie (Narum) Brynjulson.  He was graduated from Canton High School in 1948.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.  He married Dorothy Morris on Dec. 19, 1955, in Britton, SD.

      After his marriage, he began working for the Dept. of Agriculture while living in Watertown.  In 1960, the couple moved south of Canton and began farming.  Harlan briefly worked as a machinist at Grand Labs in Iowa and also worked at McCord/Behr.  He retired in 1996. After retirement, Harlan and Dorothy enjoyed traveling.  Harlan suffered a stroke in 1998.  They moved to Canton in 2000. He was a member of the American Legion and Grand Valley Lutheran Church. 

  Harlan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy; sons: Richard (fiancée  Cindy Hahn), LeMars, IA, David (Linda), Hartford, SD, and Glenn (Jennifer), Sioux Falls; brother: Robert (Carol) Canton; sisters: Verna (Julian) Holter, Canton and Doris Towne, Harlan, IA; grandchildren:  Zachary, Kyle, Eric, Tony (Beth), Kayla (Darren) Jibben, Dylan, and Kari; 6 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law, Monica.


Eloise Scott

          Canton.  Eloise Scott, age 87, passed away, Friday, November 22, 2013 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA.  Family will greet visitors Sunday (today) from 3 to 5:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  A private family burial will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery.

         Eloise was born on July 21, 1926 to Reginald and Josephine (Erikson) Bolding.  As a young girl she grew up south of Inwood, IA with her father and stepmother, Evelyn Bolding.  She attended country school and later moved to Sioux Falls to live with her grandmother to attend high school.  She worked at John Morrel’s, where she met and married Walter Viereck.  The couple lived in the Sioux Falls and Larchwood areas before moving to Muskegon, MI. 

          Eloise moved to Miami, Fl in 1955 and married William Scott in 1982.  She lived in Florida until moving to Canton in 2007 due to her declining health.  She moved to Hiawatha Heights in January 2008 and resided there until May of 2012.  She was a resident of Fellowship Village at the time of her death. 

          She is survived by her son, Richard (Gail) Viereck, Canton; daughter-in-law, Maureen Viereck, Sioux Falls; brother, Terry (Sherry) Bolding, Larchwood, IA; grandchildren, Gina Rabe, Jeanette Larson, and Michael Viereck, and 5 great-grandchildren. 

          She was preceded in death by her husband, William Scott, her son Robert Viereck, and grandson, David Viereck.

Richard Bechdol

            Richard was born to Wayne & Margaret Bechdol on February 11, 1926 in Walton, Indiana.  He was the oldest of six children.  During his early years, he resided with his grandparents, Ruby (Bryant) and  JW Wilson, on their farm in rural Indiana.  He always spoke fondly of those years, speaking of the many lessons learned and the work ethic he developed under his grandfather’s watchful eye.

            Upon completing high school in Galveston, Ind. Richard entered military service as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division.  He served in the Philippines, Okinawa and Japan.  He ended this tour of duty as a personal guard to General Douglas McArthur, witnessing many history making events.

            With a short period of civilian life, during which time he entered Indiana University and married Alma Leslie in Kokomo, Ind. in June of 1948.  This marriage resulted in the birth of Julia Ann 1950; Janet Sue 1952; and James Warren 1955.

             A short time later, he returned to serve his Country as a Master Sargent in the First Calvary Division during the Korean Conflict.  During this service he was injured and eventually lost 100% of his hearing.  This led to his medical retirement from the service in 1955.

            Military service completed, he returned to Indiana and worked in construction.  Because of the harsh winters and many “non working” months, he moved his family to Corrales, NM in 1961.  He continued in his profession and worked extensively in the early development of Rio Rancho.

            Richard married Norma Renfro in the mid 60’s and they remained in the Albuquerque area until 1970.  They eventually settled in Canton, SD, where Richard finished his college obtaining a degree in Psychology.  He became an accomplished sculptor during this time using both wood and stone medium.

            Richard decided to return to NM in late summer 2013 to live with his daughter and family. He had high hopes of eventually being able to regain strength and helping with the daily chores of ranch life.  Richard was a devout Christian, a member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge.

            He was preceded in death by his wife Norma, his parents, sister Mary Carver, brothers Paul Bechdol, and Sam Bechdol.  He is survived by his daughters Janet Porter Carrejo, Julia Griffith, and son James W. Bechdol, and seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

            Richard went to be with The Lord on October 21, 2013 and will be laid to rest in the Carrejo Family Cemetery, Apache Creek, NM.  Services were held in New Mexico on October 24, 2013.

Miriam Hardy

Beresford- Miriam Hardy, age 91, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Bethesda Nursing Home in Beresford, SD.  Her funeral will be on Saturday, November 23rd at 10:30 am at Canton United Methodist Church in Canton, SD.  Visitation will be on Friday at 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Home, Canton, SD.

                Miriam was born at a farm near Fairview, SD on October 11, 1922 to Edwin and Violet (Crawford) Loken.  She attended rural school and Fairview High School, graduated in 1940 from Augustana Academy in Canton, SD. After attending college at Southern Normal School in Springfield, SD she taught rural schools in Lincoln County.  While she was teaching at Pleasant View School District 31, she met H. Scott Hardy.  They married in June 3, 1944.  They lived on a farm in rural Beresford where they raised seven children. She continued her education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD receiving a master’s degree in Elementary Education.

                Miriam enjoyed teaching school, raising a garden, and helping on the farm.  She especially enjoyed entertaining relatives and friends.  She belonged to Progress Extension Club, the local Birthday Club and was an active member of the United Methodist Church.  She taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years.  

                She is survived by her seven children: Dennis (Lynette) of Beresford, LaVonne of Beresford, Daryl (Karla) of Canton, Lynn (Lorrie) of Milbank, Brian (Robin) of Sioux Falls, Marilyn (Richard) Hyronimus of Beresford, and Jan (James) Claggett of Syracuse, NY.;  22 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; her sister, Elverna Buttz of Ankeny Iowa,  and many nieces and nephews.

                She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott (February 5, 1975); her grandson, Eric Hardy; her great-granddaughter, Ashley Heather Claggett; her great-granddaughter, Madelyn Michaloski; daughter-in-law, Kija Hardy; her parents, Edwin and Violet Loken; her sister, Vivian Geiken and her brother, Eldon Loken.

                Her family would like to express their gratitude to the superb care that Miriam received at Bethesda Nursing Home.


Carol ‘Punkie” Caswell

Carol ‘Punkie’ Caswell, age 76, died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA.  Grave side services will be at 10 AM Friday, Nov.1, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, SD.  Family will greet visitors at a gathering at Canton Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall following the burial. 

 Carol was born August 29, 1937 in Canton, SD to Clifford and Florence (Wallquist) Minor.  She graduated Canton High School in 1955.  She married Loren “Tip” Caswell on August 31, 1956 in Canton, SD.  Loren died in 1996.   She had lived in Canton, Bloomington, MN, Sioux Falls for 30 years, Henderson, NV for 2 years, and moved back to Canton in 2007.  She retired from Shipley’s after 27 ½ years.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed walking, and knitting for causes. 

 Grateful for having shared her life are her sons, Scott (Laure) St. Louis, MO  and Greg (Kay) Canton, SD; brother, Larry (Carol) Minor, Canton, SD;  4 grandchildren- Eric, Anna,  Paula, and Jason; and 7 great-grandchildren- Alicia, Tyler, Lillie, Zachary, Abby, Caswell, and Bridget; and one great-great-granddaughter, La’Miya.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, step-father-Maurice, and brother- Gary.


Patricia ‘Pat’ Stubsten

Patricia Stubsten, 85, passed away at home on October 26, 2013 from pulmonary fibrosis with her children at her side.  She courageously lived with pulmonary fibrosis for the past two years.

 Pat was born on May 10, 1928 to Raymond and Florence Madson in Banning,California.  She lived in southernCaliforniauntil the summer of 1941 when she moved with her parents, older brother and younger sister to thePortlandarea.  After graduating fromGreshamHigh Schoolin 1946 she worked as a secretary for Blitz-Weinhard.  She met her future husband, Donald Stubsten, at a USO dance inPortlandwhen Don was in the Air Force stationed at Tillamook.  Don and Pat were married on November 25, 1955 in Don’s home town ofCanton,South Dakota.

 Don and Pat have two children, Pam and Doug.  Don and Pat moved often in the early years of marriage, always heading west, as Don changed hospital administrator jobs living in South Dakota,Minnesota,Idaho, and finally settling inWashingtonStatein 1968.  Pat embraced her role as a homemaker and also worked part time at local newspapers once her children were in school.

 Don and Pat retired to Enumclaw from Ilwaco in 1989 and then relocated toEverettin 2005 to be closer their children.  Pat was always an active member of her local Lutheran church.  In her retirement years Pat loved spending time with family, reading, gardening, traveling, crossword puzzles, keeping the hummingbirds fed and devoting countless hours to cutting squares and sewing hundreds of quilt tops for Lutheran World Relief. 

 Don preceded Pat in death in 2009 after 53 years of marriage.  After Don’s death Pat had had numerous health issues but dealt with each courageously without complaining.  For the past year of her life she had two gifted twenty four hour caregivers, Cynthia and Terri.  With their help, and the support of Providence Hospice, she was able to stay in her own home. 

 Pat is survived by her daughter, Pam Stubsten and her husband Frank Wichman; son Doug and wife Rebecca; two grandsons Nathaniel Wichman and Colin Stubsten; and one sister, Rosemary Rand ofPortland. 

 A memorial service will be held atCantonLutheranChurchinCanton,South Dakota, on November 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. preceded by internment at Forest Hill Cemetery beside her husband, Don at 1 p.m.

Agnes Teach

          Agnes Teach, age 75, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013 in Watertown, SD. Funeral services will be at 2PM Thursday, Oct. 31, at Canton United Methodist Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Agnes Janet Teach was born April 11, 1938 in Doon, Iowa to Dick and Crisena Tilstra. Agnes grew up near Fairview, SD. She was the eldest of eleven children. She graduated from Inwood High School in 1956. She then travelled to Elgin, Illinois where she lived with relatives while working at the watch factory. After returning to Fairview, Agnes met and married Orlando E. Teach.  They raised their family in the Canton area, settling near Newton Hills.  Agnes was an active member of Canton United Methodist Church and enjoyed being a member of Nightingales Circle.  She was adept at playing the keyboard, painting, and crafts especially crochet.  Agnes was a devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend.  After the death of her husband, Agnes worked as a housekeeper for Watertown Country Inn.   She enjoyed traveling to visit her children in Georgia and Oregon. She retired in Canton then moved in 2009 to Sunnycrest Apartments in Sioux Falls. Agnes had a great deal of resolve and was a long term survivor of metastatic lung cancer. She strived to live independently in spite of the consequences of cancer treatment.  In June 2010, Agnes moved into the Sioux Falls Good Samaritan Village.  Her smile, grace, and sparkling blue eyes captured the hearts of many who cared for her. She relished playing Bingo and appreciated the many musical events offered there.

Agnes is survived by two sons, Alan (Susie) Teach of Inwood, IA; Brian of Minneapolis, MN; two daughters, Gail (Jeff) Burden of Loganville, GA; Sherry (Curt) Crawford of Watertown, SD; eight grandchildren, Brandy(Jodi ) Thompson, Blake Burden , Ryan Burden, Nikki (Shane) Mullinix, Jeremy Teach, Travis (Catherine)Teach, Justin Crawford, Amy Crawford, and 7 great grandchildren,  (Alan: 5  Gail: 2); two brothers, Ronald (Sally) Tilstra of Sioux Falls, SD; Richard (Carol) Tilstra of Hawarden, IA; six sisters, Dianna Liston of Alcester,SD; Loretta (Kenneth) Hillrichs of Akron, IA; Connie (William) Satter of Akron, IA; Rosella (Leonard) Van Muyden of Hawarden, IA; Delores (Harvard) Voetburg; and Joanne (John) Degen of Hawarden, IA. Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, sister Geraldine Ragels, brother Bill Tilstra, husband, Orlando Teach and son, Orlan Teach.

Mildred “Millie” Fossum

Mildred “Millie” Fossum, age 87, died Friday, October 25, 2013 at Dougherty Hospice Cottage.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 28 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton.  Visitation, with family present, will be Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at the church.  A prayer service will begin at 7 p.m.  

          Millie was born October 25, 1926 in Dell Rapids, SD to John and Mary (Mairose) Lickteig.  She attended school  at  Dell Rapids  St. Mary’s.  She married Warren Fossum on June 8, 1951 in Sioux Falls, SD.  The couple lived on farms near Harrisburg and north of Canton.  The couple moved to Canton in 1976.  Millie had lived at Dougherty Hospice Cottage since March 2013.  Warren died on March 21, 1986. 

          In addition to raising her children, Millie had worked at Otis Radio, Canton Good Samaritan Society, and McCords/Behr.   She enjoyed crocheting, bingo,  taking care of her grandkids, and watching her grandkids activities. 

          Grateful for having shared her life are her children- Marcia (Jerome) Engelhaupt, Spencer, NE,  Jay (Roxie) Fossum, Canton, SD, Diana (Monte Miller) Fossum, Canton, SD, Paula Fossum, Sioux Falls, SD, and  Perry (Barb) Fossum, Canton, SD; brother, Julius Lickteig, CA; 7 grandchildren- Sara Engelhaupt, Brad Hewer, Kennedy and Madison Fossum, Ashley Murphy, Kirby Christensen, and Chris Kott; and 3 great- grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers, Arnold, Florian, and Virgil, and 1 grandson. 


Bruce Alan, “Rick”, Rikansrud

Bruce Alan, “Rick”, Rikansrud, 61, died comfortably while in the care of the dedicated staff at Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque, NM, on October 7, 2013 from advanced lung cancer.  He was preceded in death by his father, Don Rikansrud.  He is survived by his mother, Opal Rikansrud; siblings: Denise (Mick Hager), Daryle (Mary Ann), and Marcia (Mark Holman); nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Bruce was born in Canton, South Dakota; and moved to Grinnell, Iowa with his family in 1962.  He graduated from Grinnell High School in 1970.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, President of the GHS Student Council, and played on the Grinnell Tiger’s football team.  A previous quote from his football coach, “Bruce wasn’t big, but his spirit was huge!  I wish all my players had that”.

Bruce attended Luther College, and lived in Decorah, Iowa. While in Decorah, Bruce developed and expanded his lifelong passion for the creative arts: pottery, ceramics, and the restoration of old log cabins.  There are several of his restored log cabins throughout Iowa.  Examples of his ceramic pieces are displayed in the Norwegian museum in Decorah, including the commemorative mug for one year’s Nordic Festival.

After moving to Phoenix, he continued expanding his pottery and ceramic skills.  In collaboration with Arizona State University Art Department, Bruce designed and built an extruding machine that would press out large slabs of clay.  He would create a design and cut that design into the clay, cut that clay design into small mosaic pieces, glaze in multiple colors depending on the design, and then fire the pieces.  After firing, he would assemble all the individual colored, glazed pieces onto a backboard of the same shape as the mural, creating the final work of the original design, now in hundreds of multi colored mosaic pieces.  Bruce moved to Truth or Consequences (T or C), NM in 2006.

Private internment will include scattering Bruce’s ashes in several places that were especially meaningful to him.    Bruce’s family wishes to thank his friends and all those who cared for him throughout his hospitalization/hospice: his caring neighbor who made the initial call for help; hospital personnel at T or C Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque; Presbyterian Hospice staff; the friends who visited him regularly in the hospital/hospice; and his landlord.  We are deeply appreciative and grateful. Memorials in Bruce’s name can be sent to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM, 57110; or to a charity of your choice.  May he rest in peace!

Dale E. Severson

Harrisburg.  Dale E. Severson, 82, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Good Samaritan Society in Canton.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.  His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg.  Burial will precede the funeral service at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton at 9:30 a.m.


Dale Eugene Severson was born April 9, 1931 on the family farm near Canton, SD to Adolph and Thelma (Ugland) Severson.  He attended country school and Canton High School.  He farmed with his dad before enlisting in the US Air Force in 1951.  He served in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1953 as a Senior Airman.


Dale was united in marriage to Delores Lustfield June 15, 1953 in Sioux Falls, SD.  The couple made their home and raised their six children on a farm near Harrisburg.  He semi-retired from farming in 1998, and continued helping on the farm until 2010.  He also worked at the Harrisburg Elevator.  Dale enjoyed buying and selling cars and carpentry.  He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.


Dale is survived by his wife of 60 years, Delores; daughters- Lorrie (Dan) Boyer, Canton, Vicki (Darwin) Reiners, Worthing, and Gail (Dale) Kroger, Canton; sons Randy (Linda) Canton, LeRoy, Harrisburg, and Brad (LuAnn) Canton; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters- Lois Weisenbach, Sioux Falls and Theola Parke, South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Arnold, Donald, and Sylvester, and 2 sisters, Eleanor Helgeson and Arlys Wiebe.

Donald Kenneth Sandness

Donald K. Sandness, 86, of Canton died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  A service of thanksgiving to God for the life of Donald will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at Canton Lutheran Church.  A visitation with family and a lunch will follow the service at the church.  A private family burial will be held Monday at the Canton Lutheran Cemetery.

He was born July 25, 1927 on the family farm south of Canton, to Ole and Jenny (Halvorson) Sandnes.  Donald attended country school, and started farming at a young age with his father.  He married Marcella Reiff on Sunday, January 30, 1949 at the Dell Rapids Methodist Church.  Two daughters, JoAnn and Donna, were born to this union.  The couple lived and farmed north of Canton all their married life.

He was a member of Canton Lutheran Church, but also enjoyed fellowship at Springdale and Grand Valley Lutheran Churches.  Donald was always very proud of his Norwegian heritage and enjoyed his many trips to Norway, as well as hosting many Norwegian visitors.  He especially enjoyed his years singing with the Greig Male Chorus and many activities with the Sons of Norway.  Donald was a wonderful “old time” dancer and met his bride at the Arkota Ballroom.  In his later years, watching the Lawrence Welk Show and any other polka show was his favorite pastime.

Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters; JoAnn Fitzpatrick of Sioux Falls and Donna (Jim) Crowl of Faribault, MN; three grandchildren: Lisa (Chris) Berg of Wayzata, MN, Kelly Fitzpatrick of Sioux Falls, and Cory Fitzpatrick of Minneapolis; and three great-grandchildren: Keagen and Paxton Fitzpatrick and Max Berg.  He is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Ivona Sandnes of Canton and Arlayne Grottveit of Wauwatosa, WI; as well as several nieces and nephews and special friends (almost daughters) Nancy Garry of Harrisburg and Jane Sinning of Lee’s Summit, MO.  Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Marcella, his parents, his sister, Helen, and brothers, John Omar I, John Omar II, and Harold Kenneth.