Jerry Van De Stroet

Fairview.  Jerry Dean Van De Stroet, 51, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012 surrounded by his family at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Monday from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton and will resume at 5:30 p.m. at Bethany Reformed Church.  A prayer service and family sharing time will begin at 8:00 p.m.

 Jerry was born May 21, 1961in Canton, SD to Case and Alice (Van De Kieft) Van De Stroet.  He attended Fairview Country School and graduated from Canton High School in 1979.  He worked at the Fairview Elevator, Canton Sale Barn, and Excel Machine before returning to the family farm.

Jerry was united in marriage to Sharon Van Veldhuizen September 14, 1985 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton.  They farmed and raised two children on their farm south Fairview.

Jerry was an active member of Bethany Reformed Church, where he taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible school and enjoyed mentoring the youth.  He was a dedicated husband and father.  He and his family looked forward to their family game night every Saturday.  He liked helping his friends and neighbors, especially in the busy seasons of the spring and fall. He loved his black cows and kept busy fixing corn and bean heads in his spare time.  He was actively involved in The Three Rivers Wildlife and Gun Club where he taught gun safety and trap shooting to the youth.  He also taught many teens how to drive a stick shift.  His favorite outdoor activities included: hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, riding snowmobiles, dirt bikes,  ATVs, and participating and attending demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and enduro races.  He loved to pull pranks on his family and friends.

Those grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Sharon; his son,  Cody and his fiancé, Britney Bott and daughter, Shana; his father, Case Van De Stroet, Canton; sister, Cindy (Paul) Garbers, Canton and their children, Becky (Austin) Parks and Cory Garbers (Bre Meins); and many other family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother Alice, brother Gene, and good friends, Vince Beck and Tom Petry.

Marie Fait

            Florence Olive Marie Baty Fait, 95, recently of Henderson, NV, passed away June 21, 2012.  She was born November 20, 1916 on a farm near Canton, SD to Irwin and Mary Baty.  She attended the Grand Valley School.  Later, her folks moved five miles west of Canton and she attended Kersley School. 

            On November 10, 1936, she married Millard H. Fait and on November 10, 2006, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary!  During the first 4 years of their marriage, they lived in Beresford, SD and then moved to Pewaukee, WI for 3 years, returning to the Canton area in 1943.  Marie helped as a bookkeeper for the Fait Brothers Auto Body Shop and was a busy homemaker.  When Millard purchased the Fait Chevrolet Pontiac dealership in 1955, Marie became the full-time bookkeeper until they retired on May 1, 1983.

             She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Canton, SD, a member of the Senior Citizens in Canton and a member of the Sons of Norway.  She was also a past member of the local Business and Professional Women of Canton. 

            Millard & Marie moved to Henderson, NV in August, 2005 to be close to their two sons.  Marie was a wonderful woman of honesty and integrity and was gifted with a great sense of humor. 

            She was preceeded in death by her husband, Millard on October 7, 2007, two brothers, Durward Baty of WI, and Willard Baty of Denver; three sisters, Ruth Stefan of Canton, Ethel Mullinex of Canton and Leota Swanson of AR; and a granddaughter, Karlynda Most of Canton. 

            She is survived by their two sons, Richard A. Fait and Stephen M. Fait, both living in Henderson, NV.  Marie had 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  This was a woman who loved life and will be missed by all who knew her. 

            A visitation will be held on Friday, June 29 from 2-8 pm, with the family being present from 6-8 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 am Saturday, June 30 at Anderson Funeral Home with burial immediately following at Forest Hills Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “LV Sertoma Deaf Scholarship Foundation”.

Harriette Corrine Scott

Harriette C. Scott, age 88, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls.  Harriette is the mother of Donna Kuehn of Minneapolis, MN, Linda (Chip) Joyslin of Harrisburg,SD, and Russell (Gail) Scott of Cambridge, IA.  Her funeral service will be at 10:30 AM Friday, June 1, at Farragut United Methodist Church in Farragut, IA.  Her visitation with family present will be from 6 to 8:00 PM Thursday, May 31,  at Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah, IA.  Anderson Funeral Home in Canton is handling local arrangements.

Arthur Fritzhof Behring

Arthur Fritzhof Behring, 84, passed away on May 25, 2012, at Covington Heights in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  The family will be present from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  There will be a Masonic Funeral Rites Ceremony at 7:00 PM.        

A celebration of life ceremony for Art will be held on Thursday, May 31st, at 2:00 PM at Canton Lutheran Church in Canton, South Dakota.  Interment will be at Forest Hills immediately following the service.  A luncheon will be served at the church following burial.    

Arthur Fritzhof Behring was born on May 19, 1928, in Canton, South Dakota, to Fritz and Dora Behring.  He attended school in Canton, South Dakota.  Before graduating from high school, Art served a year in the Merchant Marines.  He returned home to finish his education, graduating in 1947.  From 1948 to 1952, he served for four years in the army in Germany.  After returning from his army service, he attended the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota.  He was recruited from college by John Morrell & Company to work as an Industrial Engineer.  He married Harriet Lavonne Wold on July 12, 1957, at Renner Lutheran Church in Renner, South Dakota.  He worked at Morrell’s for 35 years until he retired in 1990.  

He was a member of the Silver Star Lodge #4 in Canton, South Dakota.  He was a member of the El Riad Shrine Director’s Staff unit where he served as President for one year.  He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was also a Mason at the Masonic Lodge in Sioux Falls.

Throughout his life he enjoyed working on cars, building computers, internet research on medical issues, photography, hunting and genealogy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fritz and Dora Behring and his sister Anna Kroger and an infant baby brother.  He is survived by wife Harriet Behring, daughter Julie (Behring) Wilson, Des Moines, Iowa, daughter Joyce (Behring) Beard and husband Doug, Abilene, Texas, son Fritz Behring, Phoenix, Arizona and daughter Deborah (Behring) Reese and significant other Jeff Johnson, Pierre, South Dakota, seven grandchildren, Nicole Wilson  and fiancé Henry Chavez and Chantelle Wilson and fiancé Matthew Broome of Des Moines, Iowa, Brittany Beard, Brandon Beard, Bethany Beard, Brianna Beard and Nathan Beard all of Abilene, Texas, and two great grand children Micah Wilson and Kiana Chavez of Des Moines, Iowa. He is also survived by his brother Daniel Behring (Bonnie), Mesa, Arizona, his sister Deloris Nelson, Canton, South Dakota, and his sister Frances Winter (Tom), Canton, South Dakota, cousin Delores Anna Counts, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Keith Allan Steier

 Keith Allan Steier, 28, died Friday, May 11, 2012, the result of an auto accident 9 miles east of Rock Valley, Ia.  A celebration of life will be held at 2 PM Thursday, May 17, at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 PM. 

Keith Allan Steier was born Feb. 18, 1984 in Dickinson, ND to David and Rhonda (Tipton) Steier.  He attended school in Dickinson and graduated in 2002.  He has lived in Canton for 5 years and has been a welder with VH Manufacturing in Rock Valley, IA.  He enjoyed fishing, cars and speed, reading, drawing, cooking, playing guitar, and tattoos.

Keith is survived by his fiancé  Lisa Quick, Hudson, SD and her children, Megan, Tyler, and Daniel; his mother, Rhonda (Richard) Rapp, Dickinson, ND; his father, David Steier, California; brothers- Kevin (Tamara) Tipton, Larchwood, IA and Harley Rapp, Dickinson, ND; sister Crystal Rapp, Dickinson, ND; and grandmother Edith Steier, of North Dakota.

He was preceded in death by grandparents- Joe Steier, Ruby and Adelbert Tipton, uncle, Dennis Tipton, cousin Darnell Tipton, and his best friend in high school, Nathan.

Mary Ann Schmid

Beresford.  Mary Ann Schmid, age 79, died Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, peacefully with family by her side.  Funeral services will be at 2 PM Monday, May 7, at Beresford Zion United Methodist Church, with burial in the church cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 2 PM Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 4 to 6 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Beresford Zion United Methodist Church or the Zion Cemetery Fund.

Mary Ann was born September 14, 1932 near Ida Grove, IA to Clyde and Maxine Hinrickson.  She attended school in Mapleton and Castana, IA. 

Mary Ann married Rueben Schmid September 14, 1951.  They made their home on a farm north of Beresford, SD.  She was very dedicated in helping her husband with the farm work.  Following her husband’s death in 1977, she made her home at the old Pleasant Valley School house.  Mary Ann enjoyed making crafts, crocheting, playing cards, picking mulberries, gathering wood, putting up hay, gardening, telling memories around the camp fire, fishing, canning, and cooking for other people.

She is survived by her mother, Maxine Hinrickson, Mapleton, IA; her daughter, Isabell ‘Isy’ Larson, Harrisburg, SD; two sons, Lester of Beresford, SD and Joe of Garretson, SD; eight grandchildren- Susan Schmid, Tea, SD, Jason (Traci) Schmid, Harrisburg, SD, Stacy (Donnie) Eichhorn, Canistota, SD, Matthew Schmid, Beresford, SD, Robin (Brandon) Reiter, Vermillion, SD, Levi Schmid, Garretson, SD, Ethan and Luke Larson, Tea, SD  and ; 10 great-grandchildren; and five siblings- Charles (Barb) Hinrickson, Castana, IA, Maxine Shipley, Hastings, IA, Pearl (Richard) Baker, Castana, IA, Ruby (Bob) Frank, and Ronnie Hinrickson, Onawa, IA. Special friends- Ruby and Dave Yanak, Rick and Nancy Bradley, Kirk Orstad, Chris Bair, Elwood Krejci, and Wanda Saugstad.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rueben, son, Earl, grandson, Josh, her father, Clyde, and brothers, Andy and Lester, and special friend Myrtle Tuntland.

Athalyn Bakkene

Athalyn A. Bakkene, age 92, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Saturday, May 5, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Canton Lutheran Church. 

          Athalyn, one of nine children, was born December 4, 1919 at Aurora, SD to Everett and Mary (Johnson) Sanderson.  She graduated from Brookings High School in 1938 and attended Samuel’s Beauty School in Sioux City, IA.  She moved to Canton in 1940.

          Athalyn married Johnnie Bakkene Feb. 1, 1942 in Canton, where they raised their children, Lynn and Lorin.   She worked as a beautician early in her marriage and later was employed at Home Federal Saving Bank as secretary and insurance agent for several years.  A member of Canton Lutheran, she was active in WELCA, Care and Share, Circle, and taught Sunday school.  She was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries and volunteered at the Canton Public Library.  Her hobbies included upholstering, sewing, and word games.

          Athalyn is survived by her children, Lynn (Louis) Ungarelli, Enfield, NH and Lorin Bakkene, Altoona, IA; 3 grandchildren, Anthony, John, and Stephanie; and 7 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and eight brothers and sisters.

Charlotte O’Brien

          Charlotte O’ Brien passed away April 22, 2012 at Avera McKennan.  She was born January 16, 1946 to Emil and Irene (Hemstock) Klepel.  She was one of the first students to attend kindergarten the first year it was offered in Canton.  She went on to graduated from Canton High School.

          Charlotte married Louis O’Brien August 29, 1964.  During Louis’s military career they were stationed at several Army bases in the U.S. and Germany.  When Louis was deployed to Vietnam, she returned to Canton with their son.

          During her working years, she worked at Otis, Canton Good Samaritan, and did home health care.

          Grateful for sharing her life are her husband, Louis; her son Louis Jr.; her grandchildren, Zoey, Iva Jane, Trinity, and Tanner; her sisters, Bonnie (LeRoy) Hemmer, and  Erma Jean Thompson; her brother, Emil Klepel; many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly; and special friends, Jamie and Shelly.

          She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Karen Farnsworth, and niece Brandi.

          A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Optimists Club.

Gladys Hill

Canton.  Gladys P. Hill, age 91, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Canton Good Samaritan Center.  A celebration of life will be held at 10 AM Thursday, April 5, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 PM.  

Gladys Palma (Knutson) Hill was born July 27, 1920, at her parents farm home near Canton, SD in Lincoln County, to Peter and Caroline (Christopherson)  Knutson.  She attended Pleasant Valley #74 rural school.  On February 4, 1942, Gladys was married to Charles Hill at her parent’s home.  They lived in Canton and rural Canton all their married life.  They lived in their home in Canton from 1961 to May of 2011, when they became residents at Canton Good Samaritan Center.  They raised two children: a son, Larry and a daughter, DeAnn. 

Gladys was a loving wife and mother and devoted her life to her husband and children.  She was a member of Canton Lutheran Church.  She loved to spend time shopping for clothes at the malls in Sioux Falls and eating out with her husband Charles and family at the many good restaurants in Sioux Falls and the Canton area.  She loved her home and enjoyed playing cards, playing her mouthpiece (harmonica) and spending quiet time at home with her husband and family.

Gladys is lovingly remembered by Charles, her husband of 70 years,  her son, Larry and his wife Yong of Fairmont, Minnesota and her daughter, DeAnn Belcher of Phoenix, Arizona; 3 grandchildren: Robbie Belcher, John (Jamie) Hill, Diane (Cameron) Serk; and great-grandchildren: Mason and Lauren Hill and Harrison and Parker Serk.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by 4 sisters: Camella Sundvold, Myrtle Sundvold, Alice Rusten and Frances Drost; and 5 brothers Arthur, Floyd, Clarence, Palmer, and Milford.

Richard Oakland

Richard Oakland, 72, passed away March 29, 2012 at the VA Medical Center. A memorial service will be held 7:00pm Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Anderson –Jones-Corcoran Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg, SD.  Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00pm.

Richard was born January 18, 1940 in Humboldt to Russell and Florence Oakland.  He grew up in Sioux Falls, SD, and the Canton area and graduated from Canton High School in 1959.  He served in the Army from 1959 until 1962.  He was united in marriage with Patricia Bakewell on February 19, 1966.  They made their home in Sioux Falls and had three children.  He worked as a milk deliveryman, for the Argus Leader, Carlisle Plastics, and as a Yellow Cab driver.

Rich loved fishing, hunting, scouting, and outdoor sports until poor health eliminated him enjoying them.

Wife Patricia, daughter, Amanda (Nate), daughter, Gwen, grandchildren, Aaron, Amber, Kade  and Kyler morn his passing along with sisters, Janice Henning, Tenia (Tom) Wagner, Donna  Butts,  and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding him in death were two sons, Adam, and Aaron, his parents, and one brother, Patrick Jack.

Hildegarde ‘Hildy’ Bower


Canton, SD.  Hildegarde ‘Hildy’ Bower, age 80, formerly of Aberdeen, died Wednesday, March 28 surrounded by family.  A worship service celebrating her life in thanksgiving to God will be held at Canton Lutheran Church, 2 PM Saturday, March 31. There will be visitation one hour prior to the service.  Hildy is survived by her children: Rory (Jan) Bower, St. Paul, MN, Ray (Chris) Bower, Harlingen, TX, Rikki (Mike) Norton, Milford, IA, Rhonda (Tony) Haglund, Canton, SD, and Ranee (Lyle) Eszlinger, Sioux Falls, SD; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Peggy Bunger

Harrisburg, SD – Peggy J. Bunger, age 70, passed away, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.  Private family services will be held.  Peggy was the third of seven children born to Glenn and Arlene (Schult) Schroeder on September 20, 1941.  She was raised on farms near Elkton and Flandreau before moving to Sioux Falls with her family.  Peggy was married to Myron Bunger on July 1, 1964.  She spent many years as an active Cub Scout Den Mother, full time farm wife and mother.  In her free time she enjoyed working with her hands doing gardening, sewing, quilting and woodworking.

Surviving are her husband, Myron Bunger, daughter, Niki Anderson of Thief River Falls, MN, two sons, Daron Bunger of Harrisburg, SD and Layne (Bonnie) Bunger of Sioux Falls and eight grandchildren.  Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Lyle Schroeder, a sister, Sharolyn Jones, brother-in-law, Neil McNab, and son, Damon Bunger.  She will be missed by many other friends and relatives whose lives she impacted in a variety of ways. Arrangements were made by Anderson-Jones-Corcoran Funeral Chapel.

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