Wilbur “Willie” Meelberg

          Wilbur “Willie” Meelberg, age 89, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Morningside Manor in Alcester, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October, 18 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

                Willie was born on January 29, 1925 in Tabor, SD to Thuman and Ellen (Glynn) Meelberg.  In 1940, Willie and his sister, Dorothy,  were adopted by Albert and Nora (Glynn) Detmer. He graduated from Worthing High School in 1944.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to1953, including 19 months in Okinawa.  Willie began his career farming.  He then worked construction for a short time before working for Mel James at Standard Oil for 5 years.  He then purchased the station from Mel and ran it as Willie’s Standard for 27 years.  Before retiring in 1991, he worked for Harold’s Photo.   He enjoyed golf and traveling, especially his trip to Scandinavia.

                Willie is survived by his nephews, Bob (Marie) Yttreness, Lakeville, MN and John (Jerene) Yttreness, Ham Lake, MN; niece, Diane (Gary Case) Wood, Lester Prairie, MN;  sister,  Dorothy Crane, Wayzata, MN; half-brother, Roger Meelberg, Compton, CA;  along with numerous other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and parents.

          His family expresses great thanks to Morningside Manor for all they have done for Willie these past years and to Asera Care Hospice for the care they have provided the past few months.


Grace Janet Leih

Canton, SD- Grace Janet Leih, age 78,  passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  Memorial services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 18 at Faith United Lutheran Church, 44874 303rd St, Volin, SD.

     Janet was born in Canton, SD in 1936, moving to Sioux Falls when her parents purchased a large farm. After graduation Janet served in the Navy between 1954 and 1956; she received an honorable discharge after finding out she was pregnant with RuthAnne.  During the next decade she had two more children and achieved a double major in Mathematics and German.  She then relocated to Germany for a couple years to perfect her German.

     In Germany she worked as a programmer from 1969 to 1972 and after returning to the United States worked as a Sr. Programmer for large companies such as Macy’s and Levi’s Strauss before returning to South Dakota in 1978; a huge accomplishment for a woman at that time. While in California, she became a woman’s rights activist which she continued to be involved in until her death. After returning to Sioux Falls, Janet became a member (as her mother and sister had done) in the Sioux Falls Bardic Poetry Society. She started her own publishing company, Tasseract Publications, which allowed her to publish the Bardics monthly magazine, Pasque Petals, for many years, along with many books of poetry of her own and others.

            Her hobbies included cooking, gardening, sewing and needlepoint; her Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls won first prize at the fair. She enjoyed traveling; highlights were her trips to Germany with Rose and China with Pam. She also enjoyed reading, opera and loved her animals which included dogs, cats and geese.

            Surviving family includes: daughters RuthAnne Shephard and Pamela Meder; grandchildren Nathan Jeffords, Chris Jeffords, Bryan Meder, Sarah Centeno, Stephen Meder and Shantal Shephard;  great-grandchild, Jason Jeffords, all of Northern California; sister, Gertrude Johnson of Sioux Falls; and sister-in-law Shirley Leih of Viborg, SD.  Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Geurt Leih and Ruth Hall Leih of Sioux Falls; her brothers, Richard Leih of Viborg, Henry Leih of Arizona, and George Leih of Minnesota; and her son, John Jeffords of Sioux Falls.


Rev. Wesley H. Iverson

Rev. Wesley Harold Iverson, 92, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Bethany Reformed Church, Canton, SD with Pastor Bill Sites officiating.    Visitation with the family present will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Bethany Reformed Church.  A time of sharing will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Wesley Harold Iverson was born on Nov. 29, 1921, to Martin and Anna (Peterson) Iverson at Raymond, SD.  He was united in marriage to Eileen Lillian Hofer on January 3, 1944, in Huron, SD. They celebrated their 70th anniversary this year. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945, stationed in Bermuda, as chief machinist first mate.  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and Veteran of Foreign Wars.  He was honorably discharged and came back to farm in Alexandria, SD.   He went to agricultural school for three years until The Lord called him to be a minister while he was riding his tractor in 1952.

He attended Christian Workers Institute Bible School in Sioux Falls from 1953 to 1956.  He began his calling in Canton, SD, served Plainview, NE from 1960-1963, and returned to serve at the Canton Gospel Center for over 50 years.  He had “Chapel Hour” on KSOO for 30 years on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM.  In addition, he had jail, street, State Park and nursing home services for many years.  He was ordained as an Assemblies of God minister with the South Dakota District.

To help support his wife and 10 children, he worked for Kindler Cadillac Pontiac in Sioux Falls.  He also helped his boys start their own business, Iverson’s Body Shop.  He worked with them from 1979 until his retirement in 2010.
Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Wanda Weflen; brothers, Melvin, Clifford, and Dale; sisters, Ruby Simoneck, Mamie Boss, Verna Oschner, Violet Woodland, and Nora Iverson; in-laws, David and Barbara Hofer; and 3 infant great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen; sons, David (Sharon), Phoenix, AZ, Daniel (Gina), Oakdale, CA,  Paul (Sherry), Canton, Philip, Lakeland, FL, and Mark (Tanya), Canton; daughters, Dianne (Leon) Freitag , Bismarck, ND, Ruth (Larry) Olson, Watford City, ND, Marleen (Dennis) Rath, Spearfish, SD, and Barbara(Stanley) Brower, Canton; son-in-law, Dennis Weflen, Gainesville, FL;  brother-in-law, Ronald Hofer and his wife Janet of St. Clair, MO; and  sister-in-law, Jean Vander Linde, Loveland, CO; 32 grandchildren;  52 great-grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.


Heather Van Noort

Heather Van Noort, 43, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Private family services will be held.

          Heather was born November 23, 1970 at Ogden, Utah, to Charles and Sandra (Foit) Weier.  She graduated from Viborg High School and attended college.

          Heather was united in marriage to Randy Van Noort in January of 2005 in Rapid City, SD.  They made their home on a farm near Hudson, SD.  She had been employed at Keystone Treatment Center, but most recently had been helping Randy on the farm.  She especially enjoyed caring for the baby calves.  She loved her children, gardening, and her pets.  She was a bird watcher and enjoyed collecting humming birds.

          Grateful for having shared her life are: her husband, Randy; children, Sam and Cassie Jackels of Minnesota and Austin Van Noort of Canton; her parents, Charles and Sandra Weier of Las Vegas, NV; and brother, Joshua and Sarah Weier of Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her son, Dillon Fischer.

Lyda Short

     Lyda E. Short, age 83, passed away, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Sanford USD medical Center.Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 27 at Canton Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Lyda was born on December 26, 1930 in Rock Rapids, IA to Earnest and Hilda (Langfeldt) Hermann. Her family lived in Rock Rapids for a short time before moving to rural Canton, SD. She was baptized and confirmed at Canton Lutheran Church.   She attended Dayton school for 8 years. She married Francis Short on September 8, 1951 in Luverne, MN.  After her husband’s death in 1989, Lyda moved into Canton.

     She enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, baking, taking care of her potted plants and in her younger years, canning and gardening.She also treasured the time spent with her grandchildren and was famous for her birthday cakes.

     She is survived by her daughter, Patty (Rick) Sehr, Canton, SD; grandchildren, Justin Sehr (Holly), Tea, SD, Adam Sehr (Heather), Canton, SD, and Darin (Meredith) Sehr, Canton, SD; great-grandchildren, Caden Rohrich, Morgan Sehr,Judson Sehr, and Ragan Sehr; sisters, Ella Nelson, Milaca, MN, Iola Short, Canton, SD, and Harriet Kuehl, Canton, SD; and sister-in-law, Betty Hermann, Ogilvie, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis; sister, Isabelle Herman; and brother, Delbert Hermann.


Sylvia Y. Spelhaug

     Sylvia Y. Spelhaug, age 90, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Center Canton, SD.  Visitation at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton will be Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 2-8 p.m., family present 5-7 p.m.  Funeral services in Minot, ND will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 26 at Bethany Lutheran Church.  Family will be present to greet visitors one hour prior to the service.

     Sylvia Y. (Anderson) Spelhaug was born October, 28, 1923 in Sioux County, IA to Melvin and Clara Anderson.  She attended grade school in rural Hudson, SD and graduated from Hudson, SD High School in 1941.

            She moved to Berkeley, CA in 1942 & worked in the Moore Shipyards of Oakland, CA for a few years.   She moved to North Dakota in 1946 and married Minor G. Spelhaug on October 22, 1947.  The couple farmed for several years near Glenburn, ND until moving to Southern California (Los Angeles area) in 1954.  She worked in the secretarial field for an electronics firm, then for the Air Force and finally for the U.S. Postal Service in Inglewood, CA for 13 years.  She retired in July of1978 and returned to N.D., due to her husband’s forced retirement because of his poor health.

After her husband’s death in 1990, she moved to Canton, SD and has remained there since.  She was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church of Minot, ND and continued to maintain that membership, albeit, long distance.

            In addition, she enjoyed music, travel, crossword puzzles, cooking, baking, and gardening.

            She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas & Charmaine Spelhaug, Sioux Falls, SD; her grandson, Erik Spelhaug, Canton, SD;  siblings Nila (George) Krenos, Marinette, WI, Doris Krenos, Yankton, SD, and Delores (Robert) Gwinn, Yankton, SD; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, ND or the charity of your choice.


Tony Severson

     Anthony “Tony” Severson, age 67, died Thursday, September 4, 2014, Marshall Avera Medical Center.  Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Canton United Methodist Church.  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.

     Tony was born November 7, 1946 in Canton, SD, to Arnold and Helen (VanBockern) Severson.  He attended Bailey #6 Country School through the 7th grade in rural Canton.  Tony then attended Canton Public School and graduated in 1964.  He joined the US Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam.   Tony achieved the rank of E-5 before being honorably discharged in 1969. Tony was a lifetime member of the VFW.

     Tony was united in marriage to Denys Wallquist, and to this union one child, Lance Severson, was born. He lived on acreage near Larchwood, IA.  Tony was later united in marriage to Deb Johnson, and to this union two children were born, Jamie and Jace Severson.  Tony and his family moved to Marshall MN where he worked at Schwan’s for 25 years as a Senior Production Analyst.

     His interests included muscle cars, hunting and working outdoors. He spent the years of his life with his family doing the things that he loved:  having bonfires and BBQs, playing poker and listening to music.  Tony was his children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan and he was their hero.

    Happy to have shared his life: sons, Lance Severson (Sarah),  Jace Severson (Nikki), and favorite daughter Jamie Severson (Lance); mother, Helen Severson; sister, Carol Nelson and Darryl; grandchildren, Anthony Severson, Trevor VanKeulen, Brett VanKeulen, Levi VanKeulen; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Fred VanBockern, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Severson, father Arne Severson, and brother, Verlyn Severson.

Evelyn Stengel

Evelyn A. Stengel, age 94, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society Canton.

Evelyn was born on December 18, 1919 in Sioux County, IA but grew up in South Dakota.  She attended country school and Augustana Academy.  She married Lyle Stengel on June 4, 1942 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI where her husband was stationed.  Upon his return from WWII, the couple began farming in South Dakota, moved to Missouri for several years, and then returned to South Dakota in 1979.

Evelyn was an active volunteer at the Canton Senior Citizens Center and was a board member for 18 years.  Her husband passed away in January of 1999.  Evelyn leaves no family but will be remembered by a host of friends.

Honoring Evelyn’s wishes, no memorial or burial service will be held but her ashes will be buried next to her husband at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Ron Toay

Ron Toay passed away, at the age of 66, on Labor Day after a seven-year battle with cancer (most of the rounds with which he won). A memorial visitation, with family present, will be held Friday, September 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

     Born in Norfolk, Nebraska to Elizabeth “Betty” (Bosch) and Howard Toay, Ron attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. An avid Husker fan and honorary armchair coach, Ron was a regular at games in Memorial Stadium. He also loved camping, hated politicians, and held his toy poodle, Cuddles, as another daughter. He was a gentle spirit and always quick with a joke.

     Choosing a fitting day to depart, Toay was a small business owner, who did over 4,000 construction projects in areas in and around Canton and Sioux Falls. He loved his work only behind his Black Shirts and family.

     With his departure, he joins his parents and siblings, Ted and Trudy. Grateful for having shared his life and humor are his loving wife, Donna; her children, Jessy (Mike) Johnson, and Justin (Mandi) Sievers; his son and daughter, Taun Toay and Andrea (Owen) Haubert; his grandchildren, Madi, Braedy, Owen, Riley and Elora; and, of course, Cuddles. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the American Cancer Society in Ron’s memory.

Doris Randall

Doris Randall, age 94, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society Canton.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 Wednesday, September 3 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.

Doris Vivian Sorlye Randall was born on May 3, 1920 in Hudson, SD to Soren and Anna (Tverberg) Sorlye.  She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, SD.  She married Stanley M. Randall on May 3, 1941 at Trinity Lutheran Church.  They were married for 60 years.  He passed away on November 26, 2001.

 She lived her entire life in Lincoln County.  She loved art, the great outdoors, planting, trimming, and mowing.  During the winter, she enjoyed painting, restoring antiques, and woodworking in her basement.  She was a member of Canton Lutheran Church, Martha Circle, WELCA, and Lincoln County Post 3164 Auxiliary.

          Grateful for having shared her life were her son, Stanley, Sioux Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by 5 brothers, Gordon, Leo, Arnum, Sanford, and Oliver; and three sisters, Opal, Verna, and Gloria.

Julie Rock

Julie Ann Vander Waerdt Rock died August 11th, 2014 in her sleep at home in Seattle, WA.

A memorial service will be held at Cannon Beach Community Church in Canon Beach, OR at 2:00 PM September 14th, and a marker will be placed in the Vander Waerdt family plot in Canton, SD.

She was born on August 12th, 1954 in Canton, SD, the daughter of Harry and Gladys Edman Vander Waerdt Thorson.   She grew up and graduated from high school in Canton, SD.

She was married to Jim Rock in Canton, SD and had four children:  three sons, Aaron, Ryan, and Andrew, and a daughter, Nichole.

Julie saw much of the country living with her family as a stay at home mother in Washington, California, Georgia, Arizona, Kansas, New York, Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico.    She expressed many of her happiest memories were multiple outings at Cannon Beach when her whole family was gathered together.  She was always happiest at family gatherings.   Her focus was always her family.  Even through extended illness, she was as generous as possible with her children and grandchildren.  She was an avid reader.  She especially enjoyed and took comfort in the works and ministry of Joyce Meyers.

Julie is survived by her son Aaron of Corvallis, OR; her daughter Nichole of Seattle, WA; her son Ryan of Seattle, WA, and son Andrew of Seattle, WA;   2 grandsons, Tyson of Seattle, WA, and Hayden of Corvallis, OR; 2 granddaughters, Kelsey and Cherish, both of Corvallis, OR; her sisters Linda Meyers of Longview, TX and Vicki Christiansen of Sioux Falls, SD; and her brothers, Roy of Worthing, SD, and Daniel of Canton, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Gladys Lucille Edman Vander Waerdt Thorson of Canton SD, her brother Richard, and her sister Mary Sehr.

Memorials may be directed to Anderson Funeral Home, of Canton SD.


Opal Ramse

Opal Ramse, age 93, passed away peacefully at her home at the Inn on Westport on Sunday, August 17, 2014.    Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 20 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

            Opal Lorraine Ramse was born on May 29, 1921 in Canton, SD to John & Elsie (Aurit) Stengel.  She attended country school near Canton.  On November 15, 1941 she married Art Ramse at Canton Lutheran Church.  After marriage, the couple moved to Dayton, OH where Opal worked at a local canning factory.  They then moved back to SD to farm in the Lennox/Worthing area.  In the late 1960’s they began farming near Canton.  Upon retirement, they moved into Canton and for the last several years had lived at the Inn on Westport.

            Opal was a wonderful farm wife and was known for cooking, especially her fried chicken.  She was a member of the Sons-of-Norway, ladies aid, and helped with 4-H.  She enjoyed gnomes, ceramics, her grandchildren, and playing cards, especially bridge.  She will be remembered as a kind and caring wife, mother, and grandmother who was always willing to lend a hand when needed.

            Opal is survived by her husband of 72 years, Art, Sioux Falls; children, Verlyn, Sioux Falls, Arlys Sanderson, Sioux Falls, and Loren (Patti), Canton; grandchildren, Becky (Keith) Behl, Melanie (Andrew) Linnaus, Greg Ramse, Todd (Wendy) Ramse, Aaron (Allison) Sanderson, Jessica Ramse, and Katie Ramse; great-grand children, Tegan & Brinly Sanderson, Briella & Kieran Behl, and Allison & Natalie Linnaus; great-great grandchild, Makenna Ramse; sister, Esther Heeren, Sioux Falls; and numerous other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Irene Ness, Hazel Stensland, and Helen Torberson; and brothers, Lyle, Pete, and an infant brother.