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.

David M. Rager

David Merritt Rager, age 61, of Montrose, SD, passed away on Friday December 28th, 2012.  He was able to spend his last weeks with family and close friends.

David was born March 23rd, 1951 in Yankton, SD to Wayne and Mary Ann Rager.  He was the older brother of Dan and Tom Rager.  David spent his childhood in many South Dakota small towns.  He lived in Scotland, Tyndall, White, Hitchcock and Canton.  David spent a lot of his youth hunting, trapping and fishing and could often be found traveling the Big Sioux with his beagle Pal.  David graduated from Canton High School in 1969 and attended Springfield College for a short time.  David joined the Air force in 1972 and served proudly until 1975.  He joined the South Dakota Air National Guard in 1975 and served for 22 years before his retirement in 1997.  David traveled and served in 18 different countries during his time in the service.

After returning from service in the Air Force, David resided in Canton, Sioux Falls and Mitchell before moving to Fort Pierre, SD.  David was a gentle, caring man who spent his career helping people with disabilities during his employment in Mitchell and Pierre, SD.  He retired in 2010. 

David was passionate about the outdoors and shared many days afield with good friends.  He would rather be out hunting and fishing than doing anything else.  He spent countless hours ice fishing and chasing catfish on the Bad River.  Some of his favorite days were spent fishing bluegills on the grasslands ponds.  David was a “dog man” and had many fantastic days afield with his Shorthairs and English Pointers.  He so looked forward to chasing grouse on the National Grasslands and spent many a good day with his dogs Slick and Big Ace.  David also had a passion for water fowling and was happiest when he was setting decoys and calling in flocks of mallards.  David also enjoyed trap shooting, metal detecting, mushroom hunting and anything that involved the outdoors.  David was a proud member of the NRA.

David is survived by his parents Wayne and Mary Ann Rager of Canton, SD; his brother Dan and wife Linda Rager of Sioux Falls, SD; his brother Tom Rager of Luverne, MN; many nieces and nephews; and long time friends Chad and Lisa Bare of Montrose, SD.

David was preceded in death by his Grandparents Karl and Johanne Damm and Clarence and Florence Rager.

David wished that any memorial donations be applied to a lifetime membership to the NRA for him.

Levi Richard Bartels

Levi Richard Bartels, age 20, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Canton United Methodist Church with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 – 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 – 8 p.m.

Levi Richard Bartels was born September 16, 1992 in Sioux Falls, SD to Sheila Plucker and Richard Bartels.  He attended school in Canton and graduated in 2011.  He was employed by the Vermillion (SD) Cemetery Association and currently at Laurie’s Café in Canton.

Levi is survived by his parents – Sheila Plucker and Richard (Tracy Montgomery) Bartels; his brother, Russell Bartels; his sisters, Janet Bartels and Kelly (Seth Miles) Bartels; his grandmother, Karen Plucker; and many other relatives and friends.

Ada L. Stroman

Canton – Ada L. Stroman, 98, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Ada was born near Tea, SD on January 27, 1914. 

          Survivors are sisters Norma Roggenkamp of Sioux Falls, Lenore Thomson of Sinai, many nieces and nephews, as well as friends in Canton. Preceding her in death were her parents, Reinder and Helena Stroman and sister Bertha Kessel.

          Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the Canton Lutheran Church Chapel with burial at Germantown Cemetery near Lennox.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Canton Good Samaritan Society or Canton Senior Citizen’s Center.

Loxy White Gruver

Loxy White Gruver, 66, formerly of Canton, died November 4th in West Melbourne, Florida.  She is the daughter of former Superintendent of Schools C.E. White and Violet White.  Loxy is survived by her sons, Curtis of Elwood, Virginia, and Jason of Front Royal, Virginia, Robert, her husband of West Melbourne and her brother Butch of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.

Loxy graduated from Canton High School in 1964 and attended SDSU in Brookings.  She and her husband then moved to Centerville, Virginia.  After retiring a few years ago, Loxy and Bob moved to West Melbourne where most of their time was spent with children and grandchildren.  She will be missed by her immediate and extended families and friends who all gathered in Florida to celebrate her life. RIP

Lloyd Verley

Lloyd Verley, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.  Lloyd was born in Hurley, SD on January 12, 1927 to Myron and Katherine (Lode) Verley.  His family moved to Davis, SD when he was eight.  At age 16 he went to Akron, Ohio to work at Goodyear Tire.  Then he joined the 11th Airborne as a paratrooper during World War II.  He married Geraldine Calvert from Castlewood, SD on March 1, 1949 in Luverne, MN.

          Lloyd and Gerry moved to Canton, SD in 1954 where Lloyd worked as a well driller until 1972.  He then started Harvestore Construction and worked all over the US and Canada until 1987.  He continued to work part time for Eastern Farmers Coop into his 80’s.   He and his wife enjoyed spending several winters in Arizona where they made many wonderful friends.

          Lloyd was a member of Canton Lutheran Church.  He served ten years as a Canton volunteer fireman.  He was a past Commander of V.F.W. Post 3164 and a past First District Commander for the State of SD.

          Lloyd’s is survived by his wife of 63 years, Geraldine; two sons, Doug (Julie) Verley of Canton, SD; David (Dianna) Verley of Blooming Prairie, MN; five grandchildren, Laura (Steven) Blankenship, Rachel Verley, Brian Verley, Kyle (Val) Verley, and Scott Verley; and one great grandchild, Kayden Verley. 

          Preceding Lloyd in death are his parents, his brothers Roscoe, Lester, and Clarence and two sisters, Gladys Kroger and Florence Buskohl.

          Services will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, November 25 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD on Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, with family present from 4-6 PM.