Darrel Ray Holm

Darrel Ray Holm, 67, passed away September 2, 2013 at Dougherty Hospice House surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous nine month battle against cancer.

Darrel Ray son of Merlyn and Gladys (Stuen) Holm was born August 25, 1946 in Viborg, SD. The family moved to a farm North of Lake Alvin, Harrisburg SD at the age of 3. Darrel was baptized at Meldow Lutheran church in Viborg, SD and confirmed at Springdale Lutheran Church, rural Harrisburg, SD.  He attended Muller grade School 1st through the 8th grade and then attended Harrisburg High School graduating in 1964.

Darrel was involved with the Army Reserve from November 1965 to December of 1966.  He then enlisted in the U. S. Navy in December 1966.  He served in Vietnam on a fighter Ship USS Kawishewi.  He was honorably discharged on November of 1971. He was united in marriage with Beckey Allen on December 6th 1975 in Harrisburg, SD.

Darrel worked for Sutherland Lumber, Friessen Construction, Bob Colwill Construction where he laid water pipe for Lincoln County Rural Water in northern Lincoln County. He drove semi for Farmland Industries for several years and then owned and operated DH Transportation in 1992 leasing his semi to Fairbualt Foods.

He was a past member of the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department, Harrisburg Booster Club, Community Club and played on the Harrisburg softball team.  Darrel participated in South Dakota Truck Rodeo’s and placed 1st numerous times and the state competition and 3rd at the national competition.

Survivors include his wife, Beckey, Harrisburg, SD; daughters, Amanda (Chad) Allison, Harrisburg, SD, Ashley (Jay) Hortness, Canton, SD;  two grandchildren, Emma Rae ,and  Mataya Rae ; father, Merlyn Holm, Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Linda Slack, Harrisburg, SD; brother, Jon Holm, Caledonia, CA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Esther Lena Raymon

          Canton.  Esther Lena Raymon, 94, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013 at Fellowship Village at Inwood, IA.  Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, August 30, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m., with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

        Esther was born October 21, 1918 at Canova, SD to William and Cora (Trout) Schierholz.  She married Ellwood (Al) Raymon on October 21, 1942 in Canova.  They made their home in Canton since 1955.

        Esther is survived by 2 sons: Thomas (Cindy) Raymon, Canton, SD and Robert (Lenora) Raymon, Canton, SD; 3 daughters: MaryAnn (Laverne) Gesaman, Wadsworth, OH, Dorothy (Clint) Egleston, San Diego, CA, and Kay (Terry) Ploski, Golden, CO; 7 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

        She was preceded in death by her husband, Al, infant daughter, Joyce, son Scott, sister, Leona Dickey, and two brothers, Ralph and Norman Schierholz.

        Esther was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


Marlin Sletvold

Marlin Sletvold, age 84, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Canistota Good Samaritan Center.  Private family burial will take place at a later date in the Lennox Cemetery.

Beverly Pederson

          Beverly Pederson, age 84, died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Memorial services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 6th at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2-9 p.m., family present 7-9 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Private family burial will take place prior to the service. 

          Beverly was born April 12, 1929 in Sioux Falls, SD to Ludwig and Ann (Rodvold) Moratzka.  She graduated from Washington High School in 1947.  She worked at Sears from 1943- 1947, Sioux Falls Paper Company 1947-1950, and was a homemaker the rest of her life.  She married C. Wes Pedersen on September 4, 1949.  Before moving to Canton in 1968, the couple lived in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Winner, and Alcester.   Wes died on December 11, 1979. 

          Bev was a Boy Scouts Den Mother for 9 years and was active in the Alter Guild, Care and Share, and Martha Circle at Canton Lutheran Church. 

          Bev is survived by her sons, Michael (Deborah) Pederson, Canton, SD , Douglas (Debra) Pederson, Canton, SD, and Randall (Jan) Pederson, Thief River Falls, MN; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Timothy (Lynn) Moratzka, Twin Cities, MN; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Nelson, Cambridge, MN and Fran Hall, Madison, WI; brother-in-law, Robert (Edie) Pederson, Coupeville, WA; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Wes; her parents; and in-laws, Emmett and Edith (Tieman) Pederson. 

Piper Mae Haisch

Piper Mae Haisch, infant daughter of Corey and Kristin Haisch, passed away at birth Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  A private family funeral service and burial will be held on Monday in Canton.  Piper’s family includes: her parents of Mitchell, SD; her twin sisters, Tarryn Renae and Madelyn Jayne and her identical twin, Lilah Marie; paternal grandparents, Paul and LeeAnn Haisch; maternal grandparents, Tom Gietzen and Marna Gietzen; and great-grandparents, Dick and Kay Haisch, John and Anne Murtha, and Leon and Virginia Johnson.

Debbie R. Woods

           Debbie R. Woods, 52, passed away Friday, July 12, at Sanford USD Medical Center after battling severe C.O.P.D. for the last eight years and was surrounded by her loving family.  Debbie was a positive, happy, and gentle soul that always saw the good in everyone and always put others before herself.  Her love and smile will be sorely missed, but will always be in our hearts forever.  She is survived by her husband, Randy Woods, son Tanan Woods, mother and father, Donna and Howard Paul, brother, Stephen Paul, and nephews, Casey and Cameron Paul.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell, SD, with burial in Graceland Cemetery, Mitchell. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A prayer service and family sharing will begin at 7:00 p.m.  www.andersonandsonsfh.com

Louis E. “Jack” Seubert

Louis E. “Jack” Seubert, age 82, died May 21, 2013, in California.

Jack was born and raised in Sioux Falls. He attended Washington High School (1948), Augustana College (1952), and William Mitchell College of Law (1961) in St. Paul, MN.  He served his country in the Navy (1952-1955), Korean War, and Naval Reserves.

His adult life was mainly in California, but he kept in close contact with family and good friends with many trips back to South Dakota.

A son, Kurt E. Seubert, of Garden Grove, California, and a daughter, Dawn S. Austin and granddaughters, Natasha and Katarina Austin, of Rancho Mirage, California, survives him.

Jack was the son of Elmer E. and Zoe M. Seubert.  Inurnment will be Friday, July 12, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at their gravesite, Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, SD.


Norma Bechdol

Norma Bechdol, 80, formerly of Canton, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, IA.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at New Life Assembly of God in Inwood, with burial at the Worthing Cemetery.  Visitation with family present will be Tuesday from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Norma was born August 24, 1932 in Milbank, SD to John and Ella (Wilson) Miller.  She attended school in Revillo, SD.  Norma married Richard Bechdol March 19, 1966 at Lindrith, NM.  They made their home on a farm near Canton until moving into town.  Norma has been living at Fellowship Village in Inwood since 2009.

Norma was a member of New Life Assembly of God in Inwood.  She was active in Women’s Ministries and End Time Handmaidens.  She traveled to West Guinea, Africa for mission work.

She is survived by her husband, Richard, Inwood, IA; her son, Lee Daniels, Phoenix, AZ ; a grandson, Troy Daniels; and great-granddaughters, Chloe and Tori Daniels.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Karla; granddaughter, Justine, and sister, Mary Jane.

Craig Larson

Sioux Falls.  Craig Larson, age 56, died Wednesday, June 26, unexpectedly at his home in Sioux Falls, due to natural causes.  His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD.  Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 5 to 7:00 p.m.   

Craig was born November 20, 1956 in Canton, SD, to Arthur and Betty (Strand) Larson.  He grew up on the farm and attended Fairview Center District # 83 country school.  Craig graduated from Canton High School in 1975.  While in school, he farmed with his father and worked at Farmers Elevator in Canton.  He also helped his neighbor’s farm and milked cows.  Craig continued working at Harvest States Elevator and later became manager at elevators in Harrisburg, Viborg, and Hawarden.  He most recently was district manager at Farmers Coop Elevator in Rock Valley.  He enjoyed woodworking, electronic gadgetry, computers, and simulated flying.  Craig took great pride in restoring his father’s John Deere 70 tractor.  Playing the piano in his younger years helped Craig develop a great love of piano music.

Craig is survived by his daughters, Jeni and Liz; several grandchildren; his mother, Betty; sisters, Sandra (Dan) Kearney, Sioux Falls, SD and Joni (Doug) Groskopf, Golden, CO; niece, Dani Tryhorn; aunts, Roma Larson and Velma Johnson, both of Lennox, SD; cousins, Faye Fossum, Canton, SD  Carlyle Johnson, TX, Maynard Johnson, Lennox, SD, and Joel Johnson, CA; and many close friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, Art, and his nephew, Thomas “Tommy” Tryhorn.

Virgie Gardner

Huron.  Virgie Lee Gardner, 76, formerly of the Canton-Beloit area, died Sunday, June 16, at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8 p.m.  

          Virgie was born May 1, 1937 at Platte, SD to Jim and Eva (Enstad) Teeslink.  She attended grade school in the Black Hills and high school in Canton. 

          Virgie married Leo Gardner August 12, 1955 in Canton.  They lived in the Canton, Beloit and Fairview areas.  She owned and operated Virgie’s Café in Fairview, Newton Hills Drive-In, the Green Spade and a restaurant in Canton.  She was a caretaker for elderly in Lennox, Eagle Butte, Worthing, and Huron.  Virgie enjoyed camping, fishing, cards, dice, and having fun.

          Survivors include: sons- Ray Gardner, Inwood and Terry (Becky) Gardner, Yankton; daughters- Brenda (Keith) Gilbertson, Canton, Lori Gardner (LeRoy Anderson) Perham, MN, Lisa (Mark) Sanow, Huron, and Sara Gardner, Inwood; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters- Lu (Blaine) Olson, Hudson and Shirley Detmer, Minneapolis, MN; and brothers- Danny (Dawn) Teeslink, Sioux Falls and Kevin Teeslink, Simpsonville, NC.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Jane McCarty, brother, George Teeslink, sons- James and Leon Gardner, and 2 great-grandchildren, Leo and Madison.


Rev. Wayne L. Rager

                                                           Canton.  Rev. Wayne L. Rager, age 85, a former Methodist pastor in South Dakota, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013 at Sanford Centennial Hospice in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Canton United Methodist Church, followed by burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.  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.   

          Wayne was born October 1, 1927 at Crofton, NE, the son of Clarence and Florence  (Zurcher) Rager.  He graduated from high school in Dallas, OR and later from Yankton College.  He then completed seminary school in Washington, D.C.

          Wayne was united in marriage to Mary Ann Damm July 31, 1949 in Yankton.  They lived in several cities in South Dakota (Irene, Scotland, Tyndall, White, Hitchcock, Canton, Sioux Falls, and Madison) where Wayne served as pastor. He also served as a pastor in Huntingtown, MD.  Wayne retired in 1990.  Wayne enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed his pets, raising Bantam chickens, and compiling information for his family’s genealogy.  Wayne a member of the Canton Masonic Lodge and served on the Colonial Village board of directors.

          Wayne is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ann; two sons, Daniel (Linda) Rager of Sioux Falls and Tom (Deb Simunek) of Luverne, MN; 5 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, David, and two sisters, Pat and Sherrie.


John ‘Jack’ Kuhns

Canton.  John ‘Jack’ Kuhns, age 81, formerly of the Worthing area, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013 under hospice care at the Lennox Good Samaritan Center after a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-8pm, family present 6-8 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  A Masonic service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

          Jack was born October 3, 1931 to Lloyd and Maude (Grayson) Kuhns on the family farm in rural Worthing.

          Jack graduated from Canton High School in 1949 and entered the US Army.  He was stationed in Maryland during the Korean Conflict.  Following his discharge, he returned to the family farm near Worthing.   He moved to Canton following his retirement.  In his later years, he worked at various jobs including, mowing at Newton Hills State Park and maintenance at Canton Good Samaritan Center.  He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

          Jack was united in marriage to Elvina Nichols on November 15, 1996. She died February 3, 2005.  Jack was then blessed in marriage with his second wife, Dorothy Gedstad on January 6, 2007.

          He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; 4 nephews, David and Loren Vosburg of Colton, Bob (Carolyn) and Brad Vosburg of Renner; and 9 step children.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Myrna Vosburg, and his first wife, Elvina.