Rita Andree-Thompson

Canton, SD- Rita Gayle Andree-Thompson, age 72, died Friday, January 31,2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 5 at Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary & Crematory in Aberdeen, SD with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Rita was born on September 27, 1941 in Redding, CA to John Carl and Elizabeth (Krick) Kuntz. They moved back to the farm in September 1946.  She graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1959.  She then attended The School of Commerce for 1 year.  She was united in marriage to Sandy (Saniford) Dale Andree on June 25, 1960.  He died in February of 1979.  She was a stay at home mother until 1978.   She then worked for Control Data up until it closed in 1988.

After the closure of Control Data, she attended college and in 1990 moved to Sioux Falls and began working at John Morrell’s.  While in Sioux Falls, she met Gwen “Tom” Thompson.  They were married on August 28, 2002 at Fort Patrick AFB in Florida.  She retired due to health issues in the early 2000’s.  She was an avid bowler and also loved to hunt and fish.

Rita is survived by her husband, Gwen “Tom”, Canton, SD; sons-  Saniford “Bud” (Jennifer)Dale Andree Jr., Melbourne, FL, John-Paul Andree, Canton, SD, and Trent Dale Andree,  Aberdeen, SD; daughter, Shawn (Dana) Hermansen, Aberdeen, SD; step-children- Rob, Amy, Nathan, and  Jason Thompson; brothers, Donald (Midge) Kuntz and Robert Kuntz all of Aberdeen, SD; sister Carol Daly; 13 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Sandy.


Jim Harrison

James “Jim” Harrison, age 60, died Friday, January 31, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2014at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 pm, family present 6-8 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

        Jim was born July 11, 1953 in Burke, SD.  He was the fourth of eight children born to Lloyd and Marge (Anderson) Harrison.  He graduated from Gregory High School in 1971.  He attended Mitchell VoTech where he received a degree in electronics. Jim married Jackie Mikkelsen June 17, 1978 and was a loving husband and proud father to their children Kellie, Nicole, and Ben.  They lived in Yankton and Rapid City before moving to Canton in 1989.  Jim owned and operated Peterson TV for several years before going to work for Keystone Treatment Center where he made many friends.

          Jim was a member of Canton United Methodist Church and a member of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years.  Jim was known for his knowledge and love of music and will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor.  He always looked forward to his 5 o’clock Friday meetings in the Man Cave.

          Jim is survived by his wife, Jackie; daughter, Nicole (Mitch) Weber, of Omaha, NE; son, Ben of Canton; brothers- Scott (Kathy) of LeSueur, MN, Bob (Cathy) of Burke, VA, and Alfred (Sandy) of Gregory, SD; sisters- Helen (David) Rajewich of Grand Junction, CO, Janice (David) Harris of Butternut,WI, Holly (David) Wendland of Pioneer,  CA, and Tracey (Ron) Zylstra of Canton; mother-in-law Marcella Mikkelsen of Sioux Falls, SD, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kellie and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to the Harrison/Joslyn Scholarship or the Canton Volunteer Fire Department.



James ‘Jim’ A. Carpenter

Canton.  James ‘Jim’ A. Carpenter, age 72, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in hospice care at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA, surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.  His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2 to8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.

          Jim was born October 30, 1941 near Canton to Ed and Florance (Riley) Carpenter.  He attended country school and graduated from Canton High School in 1959, having been very involved in FFA, football and other activities.  Following graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and served 3 ½ years as an aviation mechanic.

          Jim married Jeanine Johnson September 17, 1965 at Ellsworth, MN.  The couple made their home on a farm near Canton.  He was very involved with his children and grandchildren, assisting them in 4-H and many other activities.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their events.  Jim was an active member of Canton United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities.  He served on the Township Board and was a past member of Lincoln County Farm Bureau and Lincoln County Pork Producers. Jim was chosen by the South Dakota FFA Association to be recognized as an Honorary Chapter Famer.   He also enjoyed fishing, camping, canoeing, biking, and watching football.  He rarely missed a C-Hawks game.

          Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife of 48 years, Jeanine; children- Christine (Mike) Tanner, Arkansas City, KS, Ed (Kristi) Carpenter, Canton and Michael (Nancy) Carpenter, Canton; 4 granddaughters- Kala Thompson, Abby, Kate, and Ally Carpenter; one great-granddaughter, Tessa Thompson; sister-in-law, Ardie (Mark) Nixa, Dakota Dunes, SD; sister-in-law, Sylvia Schroeder, Carroll, IA; brothers-in-law, Harlan (Dianne) Johnson, Ellsworth, MN and Melvin Johnson, Little Rock, IA; several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother George.


Cornelis (Corky) Havelaar

Cornelis (Corky) Havelaar, 89, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 under hospice care at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.   Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 3 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 pm, with family present from 2-4 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Corky was born December 22, 1924 on the home farm 6 miles southwest of Inwood, IA.  He was the 3rd of 9 children born to Dick and Gertrude (De Bruin) Havelaar.  He attended several schools while his family lived on various farms in IA and SD.  Corky enlisted in the Army in 1943.  He was a paratrooper during WWII serving in the Philippine and Tinian Islands.  After the war, he served in Okinawa as well as at the Atsugi Airbase north of Tokyo, Japan.   After being discharged, he returned to the Hudson, SD area to begin farming. 

          Corky married Bertha Koopsma, his high school sweetheart, on January 15, 1947 in Canton, SD.  They bought a farm south of Canton near Newton Hills where they raised their three daughters.  Bertha died of cancer on December 11, 1973.  On July 25, 1975 Corky married Gertrude Bakker Everhart.  They continued to farm until moving to Canton in 1983.  Corky used his carpentry skills doing remodeling and repairs for the next 15 years.  

          In his spare time, Corky enjoyed working in his flower beds, stamp collecting, golfing, and volunteering as a member of the Canton Optimist Club.  He was a member of the VFW, DAV, and Historical Society.  He was instrumental in restoring the Canton Heritage House.  Corky was voted “Citizen of the Year” by the Canton Chamber of Commerce in 1990. 

          Corky is survived by his wife, Gertrude; daughters- Donna (Rollie) VerWey, Sioux Falls, SD and Kathleen (Merlin) Halma, Inwood, IA; son-in-law, Jonn Byre, Sioux Falls, SD; step-children- Marla (Bill) Gerritsen, Inwood, IA, Myrna (Rick) Jones, Sioux Falls, SD, Mark Everhart, Canton, SD and  Madonna (Ken) Putnam, Marion, IA; sisters- Grace (Harvey) Brevik, Buffalo, MN, June (Allen) Carlson, Omaha, NE and Rose (Orian) Hawkins, Rapid City, SD;  15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha; daughter, Julie Byre; parents; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.  In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed towards the Canton United Methodist Church Prayer Garden


Elwood Krejci

Canton.  Elwood Morris Krejci, 82 died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  His funeral will be at 11 AM Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 PM.

          Elwood was born July 20, 1931 at Pocahontas, IA to Charles and Ethel (Ross) Krejci.  He served in the US Air Force.  Elwood married Gertrude Stock on October 2, 1954 at Oxford, England.  They moved to Canton in 1956, where he owned and operated a gas station for several years.  Elwood enjoyed fishing and camping.

          He is survived by 2 daughters, Darlene (Robert) Battle, Richland, MO and Dawn Krejci, Canton; son, Glenn (Karla), Canton; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister Marlene (Ron) Livermore, Sioux Falls.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Trudy, and his brother Kenneth. 


Daryl Hardy

Daryl Edwin Hardy, 65, died Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Saturday from 1-5 pm, family present from 3-5 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

       Daryl was born June 1, 1948 in Sioux Falls, SD to H. Scott and Miriam (Loken) Hardy.  He graduated from Canton High School and SDSU.  He married Karla Thorsby on May 8, 1971.   Daryl worked as an engineer at Bidwell/Terex until his retirement.

       Daryl was on the Board of Trustees at CUMC, a lifetime member of the NRA, and a member of the Fort Randall Gun Club.  He also enjoyed golf, hunting, classic cars, and drag racing. 

       He is survived by his wife, Karla; daughters- Jami, Jill, Erin (Greg Cain), and Tammy; brothers- Dennis (Lynette), Lynn (Lorrie), and Brian (Robin); sisters- LaVonne, Marilyn (Richard) Hyronimus, and Jan (James) Claggett; and 7 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son, Eric and parents. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards the Avera Transplant Institute. 


Victor Blade

Victor Merno Blade, 65, died at his home of natural causes on Thursday, December 26, 2013.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014 at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton, SD.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Victor was born September 29, 1948 in Lemmon, SD to Marion and Lula (Ford) Blade.  Victor was a farmer and rancher for his entire life.  He loved riding horses, fishing, farming, and working in his garden.  He was a skilled mechanic and enjoyed tinkering.  He will be remembered for always lending a hand when needed.  He recently began attending Redeemer Free Lutheran Church in Canton.

Victor is survived by his children, Ian (Carla) Hettinger, ND, Brad (Kristie), Belfield, ND, Cherri (Steve) Hendricks,  Hettinger, ND, and Justin (Jamie), Canton, SD; brothers, Randy, Terry, Neil, David, and Leonard; sisters, Cindy and Linda; 11 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Willie and Val; and sister, Sherry.


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.