Lillian Hanson

Lillian Opal Hanson passed away on March 28, 2014 at the age of 87.  Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Lillian was born on September 30, 1926 to Ole and Gunhild (Orstad) Aasheim near Canton, SD.  As a child she helped on the family farm while going to country school.  After graduation, she worked as a bookkeeper at Farmers Lumber in Canton.

          She married Kermit A. Hanson on February 17, 1954.  The couple moved to Simi Valley, CA where they ran a tractor and dump truck service for new home developments.    In 1971, they moved back to South Dakota with a short stay in Colorado.  Their last and permanent home was near Harrisburg, SD.  She worked at Litton Microwave until her retirement.

          Lillian loved spending time with her grandchildren and with anyone who would stop and visit.  She was always outdoors and relaxed by walk through the grove picking up twigs.  She also enjoyed playing the organ and accordion.

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit; siblings- Henry, Walter, Gladys Vandermeer, Esther Myland, Alma Van Bockern, and Lenore Monen.

          She is survived by her son, Kirk (Brenda) Hanson, Canton; granddaughters, Leah (Alex) Humbert, Worthing, SD and Mara Hanson (Brett Block), Canton, SD; brother-in-law, Dale Mydland; cousin Elsie Severson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.


Donald R. Gries

Donald Gries

Hudson.  Donald R. Gries, 65, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  There will be no service.  An open house gathering in memory of Donald will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the home of Todd Gries, 46996 280th St., Worthing, SD.  Donald is survived by his wife of 46 years, Donna; two sons- Todd Gries and his wife Tanna of Worthing and Thomas Gries and his fiancée Kimberly Boothby of Houston, TX; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; several brothers and sisters; and nieces and nephews.

Thank you to Donald Gries for being a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.   He left us with many memories and inspired us with his wisdom and knowledge.    His quirky sense of humor, his love for outdoors and his family, and his attention to detail made an impression upon all of our lives.     You will be missed by all.

Betty Larson

Fairview- Betty Jean Larson, age 84, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m., family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Betty was born on August 15, 1929 in Canton, SD to Henry and Alma (Ekle) Strand.  She attended country school and graduated from Canton High School.  She then worked at Halde Insulation prior to her marriage.  She married Art Larson on January 29, 1954 at Canton Lutheran Church.  The couple farmed near Fairview, SD.  Art died in 2011.

          She was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed playing the piano and organ and accompanying her husband at many funerals.  She also enjoyed quilting, sewing, and knitting.

          She is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Dan) Kearney, Sioux Falls, SD and Joni (Doug) Groskopf, Golden, CO; grandchildren, Dani Tryhorn, Jeni Miller and Liz Fields;  niece, Dr. Faye Fossum; nephews, Carlyle Johnson and Joel Johnson; and sister-in-law, Roma Larson, Lennox, SD.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Art; son, Craig; grandson, Tommy; brother, Neal; and  sister, Henrietta (Babe).

Eldene Danielson

Canton.  Eldene Danielson, age 90, died Monday, February 10, 2014, at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Her funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Canton Lutheran Church.  A private family burial will be held prior to the service.  Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

          Eldene was born on a farm near Canton, on April 21, 1923, to Frank and Edna (McMurray) Rohlf.  She attended rural school and graduated from Canton High School in 1941.  After attending college at South Dakota State University and graduating from the University of Sioux Falls, she taught school in Selby, Harrisburg, and Canton, South Dakota.  She married LeRoy Danielson on April 21, 1946.  They lived on a farm near Canton where they raised their two children.

          Eldene enjoyed teaching school, raising flowers and gardening, playing cards, and attending Bible studies.  She was a charter member of Modern Mrs. Extension Club and helped organize the Just Us Gals Extension Club.  She was a past president of Lincoln Farm Bureau Women, past president of Lincoln County Extension Women, a member of Worthing Ladies Aid, Lynn Club 56, and Rebekah Lodge No. 31.  She also belonged to BPW and Sons of Norway.  She was an active member of Canton Lutheran Church.

          Eldene is survived by her two children: Ethelyn (Wendell) Fossum of Norfolk, NE, and David of Sioux Falls, SD; two grandchildren: Maria (Ryan) Cadwallader of Rapid City, SD and Eric (Melinda) Fossum of Norfolk, NE; and five great-grandchildren: Jakob and Brooke Cadwallader and Hope, Harper, and Hadley Fossum.  She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy (October 17, 2008) her parents, Frank and Edna Rohlf, and her sister, Edna Mae Rohlf.

          Her family would like to express their gratitude for the care Eldene received at Sanford Hiawatha Heights, Canton Good Samaritan Center, and Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.

Wilma Rowland

Worthing.  Wilma (Willie) Donna Rowland, 81 died Tuesday February 4th, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation will be held Thursday February 6th from 7pm-9pm with family present at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Friday February 7th, at Canton Lutheran Church.

          Wilma was born on February 14th, 1932 in Sioux Falls, SD to Marinus and Margraet Van Laar. She married Don Rowland on November 11th, 1950. They divorced in 1978. She lived with Gary Robbins for 15 years. She worked at Sam’s Club and retired in 2000 due to health reasons.

          She loved playing Bingo and watching the Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. She loved spending time with family and friends.

          She is survived by one son, Ron Rowland of Sioux Falls, SD; two daughters Shari Rowland of Minneapolis, MN and Wendy Rowland of Canton, SD; seven grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; brothers, Garrett (Lori) Van Laar and Marvin (Barb) Van Laar; sisters, Betty (Curt) Vander Zee, Mary Hougland, Darlene (Gerb) Vant Hul and Arlene Brasel; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Harriett.

          She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Dean Van Laar; Don Rowland and Garry Robbins.

Lloyd Mercer

Lloyd Mercer, age 91,  died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  His memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD.  A visitation with family present will be Thursday from 5 to 7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home. 

          Lloyd was born December 23, 1922, to parents, Earl and Sarah (Bloomer) Mercer at Luton, Iowa.  He graduated from Luton High School in 1940.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 – 1946 during WWII.  He was stationed in Hawaii. 

          On May 27, 1951 he married Lorraine Nelson at Hudson, SD.  They lived near Sanborn, IA where Lloyd worked for a farmer and Lorraine taught school.  They later moved to the Fairview and Canton area before moving to Canton in 1965.  Lloyd worked for Souvignier Livestock and Trucking in Canton driving truck for many years.  Lloyd enjoyed his dogs, cats, horses, his old tractors, fishing, gardening, and friends.

          Lloyd is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine; son, Vic (Susan) Mercer, Canton; daughters- Jackie (John) Thompson, Beresford, SD and Patty (Tom) Beck, Martin, SD; grandchildren and great-grandchildren- Chad (Stella) Mercer, Tami (Brent) Schimnoski and their children, Madison and Henrik, Meggen (Dusty) Ditmore and their children, Sienna and Beau, Stacy (Andy) Dunaway, Jon (Reinique) Beck and their child, Greylyn, and Justin Thompson.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Elizabeth Cleveland and Bertha Christensen.

Torleiv Kampen

Torleiv Kampen, age 81, died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hudson, SD.  Public visitation will be Friday from 3-6 pm at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Torleiv was born on November 30, 1932 in a one-room log cabin in Skrautval, Valdres, Norway to Anton and Kristine (Homandberg) Kampen.  He attended eight years of grammar school in Norway.  In 1949, Torleiv came to America with his mother, sister Ragnhild, and brother Anton on the Stavangerfjord, leaving Erik and Berit in Norway in foster homes.  They settled in the Canton, SD area. 

          Torleiv served in the United Stated Army and National Guard from 1956 to 1964.  After spending some time in Korea, he came back to the states and became a United States citizen in 1959.  He worked as a hired man for Alvin & Darleen Homandberg and the Folkerts until 1961.

          On September 15, 1961, Torleiv was united in marriage to Doris Peterson at Trinity Church.  Their first year of marriage was spent in Lawton, OK, where Torleiv served in the National Guard.  In 1962 they located on the Peterson farm, a part of the John Ingebrigtson homestead. 

          The Kampens had three children: Douglas, Charlene, and Rosalyn.  Torleiv enjoyed attending Norwegian functions and often demonstrated carding and spinning wool on the wheel his father made.  He served on the Trinity Church Council, Moe Parish Park Board, was a janitor of Trinity, and rang the church bell for many years.  He enjoyed making wind props, flying kites, and looking at his Norwegian books. 

          Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Doris; son, Douglas of Canton; two daughters, Charlene and Rosalyn, both of Sioux Falls; two brothers, Erik Kampen of Skrautval, Norway and Anton (Albertha) Kampen of Canton; two sisters, Ragnhild Kampen and Berit (Ghazi) Dajani, all of Fagernes, Norway; along with numerous nephews and nieces.   

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.