Bruce Alan, “Rick”, Rikansrud

Bruce Alan, “Rick”, Rikansrud, 61, died comfortably while in the care of the dedicated staff at Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque, NM, on October 7, 2013 from advanced lung cancer.  He was preceded in death by his father, Don Rikansrud.  He is survived by his mother, Opal Rikansrud; siblings: Denise (Mick Hager), Daryle (Mary Ann), and Marcia (Mark Holman); nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Bruce was born in Canton, South Dakota; and moved to Grinnell, Iowa with his family in 1962.  He graduated from Grinnell High School in 1970.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, President of the GHS Student Council, and played on the Grinnell Tiger’s football team.  A previous quote from his football coach, “Bruce wasn’t big, but his spirit was huge!  I wish all my players had that”.

Bruce attended Luther College, and lived in Decorah, Iowa. While in Decorah, Bruce developed and expanded his lifelong passion for the creative arts: pottery, ceramics, and the restoration of old log cabins.  There are several of his restored log cabins throughout Iowa.  Examples of his ceramic pieces are displayed in the Norwegian museum in Decorah, including the commemorative mug for one year’s Nordic Festival.

After moving to Phoenix, he continued expanding his pottery and ceramic skills.  In collaboration with Arizona State University Art Department, Bruce designed and built an extruding machine that would press out large slabs of clay.  He would create a design and cut that design into the clay, cut that clay design into small mosaic pieces, glaze in multiple colors depending on the design, and then fire the pieces.  After firing, he would assemble all the individual colored, glazed pieces onto a backboard of the same shape as the mural, creating the final work of the original design, now in hundreds of multi colored mosaic pieces.  Bruce moved to Truth or Consequences (T or C), NM in 2006.

Private internment will include scattering Bruce’s ashes in several places that were especially meaningful to him.    Bruce’s family wishes to thank his friends and all those who cared for him throughout his hospitalization/hospice: his caring neighbor who made the initial call for help; hospital personnel at T or C Hospital and Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque; Presbyterian Hospice staff; the friends who visited him regularly in the hospital/hospice; and his landlord.  We are deeply appreciative and grateful. Memorials in Bruce’s name can be sent to Presbyterian Hospice, 8300 Constitution Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM, 57110; or to a charity of your choice.  May he rest in peace!

Dale E. Severson

Harrisburg.  Dale E. Severson, 82, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Good Samaritan Society in Canton.  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.  His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg.  Burial will precede the funeral service at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton at 9:30 a.m.


Dale Eugene Severson was born April 9, 1931 on the family farm near Canton, SD to Adolph and Thelma (Ugland) Severson.  He attended country school and Canton High School.  He farmed with his dad before enlisting in the US Air Force in 1951.  He served in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1953 as a Senior Airman.


Dale was united in marriage to Delores Lustfield June 15, 1953 in Sioux Falls, SD.  The couple made their home and raised their six children on a farm near Harrisburg.  He semi-retired from farming in 1998, and continued helping on the farm until 2010.  He also worked at the Harrisburg Elevator.  Dale enjoyed buying and selling cars and carpentry.  He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.


Dale is survived by his wife of 60 years, Delores; daughters- Lorrie (Dan) Boyer, Canton, Vicki (Darwin) Reiners, Worthing, and Gail (Dale) Kroger, Canton; sons Randy (Linda) Canton, LeRoy, Harrisburg, and Brad (LuAnn) Canton; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters- Lois Weisenbach, Sioux Falls and Theola Parke, South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Arnold, Donald, and Sylvester, and 2 sisters, Eleanor Helgeson and Arlys Wiebe.

Donald Kenneth Sandness

Donald K. Sandness, 86, of Canton died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  A service of thanksgiving to God for the life of Donald will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at Canton Lutheran Church.  A visitation with family and a lunch will follow the service at the church.  A private family burial will be held Monday at the Canton Lutheran Cemetery.

He was born July 25, 1927 on the family farm south of Canton, to Ole and Jenny (Halvorson) Sandnes.  Donald attended country school, and started farming at a young age with his father.  He married Marcella Reiff on Sunday, January 30, 1949 at the Dell Rapids Methodist Church.  Two daughters, JoAnn and Donna, were born to this union.  The couple lived and farmed north of Canton all their married life.

He was a member of Canton Lutheran Church, but also enjoyed fellowship at Springdale and Grand Valley Lutheran Churches.  Donald was always very proud of his Norwegian heritage and enjoyed his many trips to Norway, as well as hosting many Norwegian visitors.  He especially enjoyed his years singing with the Greig Male Chorus and many activities with the Sons of Norway.  Donald was a wonderful “old time” dancer and met his bride at the Arkota Ballroom.  In his later years, watching the Lawrence Welk Show and any other polka show was his favorite pastime.

Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters; JoAnn Fitzpatrick of Sioux Falls and Donna (Jim) Crowl of Faribault, MN; three grandchildren: Lisa (Chris) Berg of Wayzata, MN, Kelly Fitzpatrick of Sioux Falls, and Cory Fitzpatrick of Minneapolis; and three great-grandchildren: Keagen and Paxton Fitzpatrick and Max Berg.  He is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Ivona Sandnes of Canton and Arlayne Grottveit of Wauwatosa, WI; as well as several nieces and nephews and special friends (almost daughters) Nancy Garry of Harrisburg and Jane Sinning of Lee’s Summit, MO.  Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Marcella, his parents, his sister, Helen, and brothers, John Omar I, John Omar II, and Harold Kenneth.

Dolorse E. McDonald

Sioux Falls.  Dolorse E. McDonald, 84, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 at Sanford Hospice Cottage.  Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.  A private family burial will be held Wednesday at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.

Dolorse was born October 18, 1928 at Greenwood, WI, to Palmer and Inga (Minsaas) Nelson.  She grew up and attended school in Canton.  She married Bill McDonald May 25, 1957 in Los Angeles County, CA.  Besides living in California, they also lived in Arkansas and Utah.  Dolorse moved to Sioux Falls in 2003 following her husband’s death in 2002.  Dolorse was a homemaker and enjoyed hunting for antiques.

She is survived by 4 sisters- Hazel Larson, Sioux Falls, Naomi “Mickey” (Jan) Riddle, Sioux Falls, Lynda Griffin, Sioux Falls, and Sherri Veldman, Rock Valley, IA; 5 brothers- Darrell (LaDonna)Nelson, Canton, John (Jackie) Nelson, Warren, MI, Carroll “Kelly” ( Jolene) Nelson, Canton, Gene (Judy) Nelson, Canyon City, CO, and Alan (Mary Lou) Nelson, Fort Collins, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Herman A. Smidt

Sioux Falls.  Herman A. Smidt, 87, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the VA Medical Center.  Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Heritage Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Heritage Funeral Home, with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Herman was born in Lincoln County on April 13, 1926 to Alfred J. and Christine (Goeman) Smidt, of rural Lennox, SD.  At 16, he took a 3 day train to Vancouver, WA and worked in a plywood factory.  When he had saved $1000, he sent the money home so his dad could purchase his first tractor.  He farmed with his father until 1950, when he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was in an artillery division and served as mechanic  in Korea.  Following his honorable discharge as Sergeant First Class in 1952, he returned to Worthing.

Herman married Barbara Hackman at Canton Lutheran Church September 11, 1955. He farmed near Worthing and worked at the Canton Municipal Liquor Store for 3 years.  He then began a 30 year career at John Morrells.  Following his retirement, he worked at Augustana College for 16 years.  Herman and Barbara moved from Canton to Sioux Falls in 1974.

Herman is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; three children- David Smidt and his fiancé, Darcel, Dwight Smidt and his special friend, Patricia, and Lisa Smidt and her special friend, Bill, all of Sioux Falls; two grandchildren, Joshua Smidt and Ashley Smidt; and two sisters, Gladys Johnson and Joyce Molstad, both of Sioux Falls.  He was preceded in death by his infant son, Clayton, his parents, brother, John, an infant sister, and his in-laws, Rudy and Emma Hackman.

Selma E. Hanson

Canton.  Selma Esther (Anderson) Hanson, age 94, passed away Thursday, September 5, at the Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Grand Valley Lutheran Church, south of Canton, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation with family present will be from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

 Selma was born in Sioux County, Iowa to Casper Melvin Anderson and Clara Regina (Loe) Anderson on December 17, 1918, on the family farm.  Selma started school at the age of 5, walking 2 ½ miles with her brother.  While attending Hudson High School, she played the violin orchestra and clarinet in the band, and sang in the glee club.  While at Hudson High School, she was named for the National Citizenship Award.  Following her graduation in 1936, she worked on the family farm.

Selma played piano with Selmer Hanson’s Dance Band until the band members were inducted into the military for WWII.  She married Selmer on February 22, 1940.

While working on the farm, Selma also worked at cafés in Canton, the Produce House, Sivesind and Opland Tax Preparation, Hunting Elevator and over 46 years in the office at Souvignier Livestock.

They retired from farming in 1982 and moved to Canton.  She as very active in Grand Valley Lutheran Church for over 60 years, and enjoyed the fellowship of the Sons of  Norway for many years.  Selma was preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years, Selmer, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.  She is survived by 2 sons, Dennis Hanson of Las Vegas, NV and Alan (Bonnie) Hanson of Anacortes, WA; 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren, 4 sisters- Sylvia Spelhaug, Canton, Nila Krenos, Marinett, WI, and Doris Krenos and Delores Gwinn both of Yankton, SD; and special friends and neighbors, Richard and Connie Bogue.

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.