Joel Stevens

Larchwood, IA-  Joel Stevens, age 74, passed away Sunday, Feb.  19, 2012 at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center.  Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 25 at the River of Life Church in Canton, SD with burial to follow in the Larchwood Cemetery.   Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Joel was born April 28, 1937 at Slayton, MN to James E. and Lorraine (Yantzi) Stevens.  He attended school in Iona, MN and Strandberg, SD before attending Washington High School in Sioux Falls.  Following graduation in 1955, he joined the US Air Force and later the South Dakota Air National Guard, serving his country for 32 years.

          Joel married Lorna Grotewold July 2, 1966 in Sioux Falls.  The couple lived in the Larchwood area their entire married life.  He loved his family and enjoyed working on cars. He built his own home in 1976. 

          His survived by his wife Lorna; daughters- Lorie Stevens-Hudson and Lisa Stevens (Matt Levene) both of Larchwood, IA; 5 grandchildren- Blayke Stevens, Amanda Gardner, Cheyenne Hudson, Mikayla Hudson, and Tristan Hudson; and 4 step-grandchildren- Maxxwell, Alexander, Cheyenne, and Chevy Levene.

Delores E. Bankson,

Delores E. Bankson, age 83, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 11 AM Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6:30-8 PM.

          Delores Elaine Bankson was born November 10, 1928 at Redfield, SD to Fred and Gladys (Afdahl) Green.  She attended school in Ellendale, ND, graduating in 1946.  Delores married Torrance Bankson January 28, 1956 in Canton.  They were members of Canton United Methodist Church and the Canton Optimists Club.   Delores enjoyed sports and was an avid Vikings and Lakers fan. 

          Delores is survived by her husband Torrance; son Doug and his wife Nanci, Olathe, KS; two grandchildren, Connor and Kayla; two brothers, Frederick Marvin (Audrey) Green, Plymouth, MN and Rodney Roy (Guadalupe) Green, Corning, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

June Miller


  June Miller, age 90, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Fellowship Village of Inwood, IA.  Funeral services will be at 2 PM Saturday, Feb. 18, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 – 8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 – 8 PM.

June was born January 27, 1922 in Canton, SD to Albert and Lenora (Pompey) Anderson.  She married Frank Miller October 5, 1940 at Luverne, MN.  They made their home in Fairview and Canton.  Her husband died in 1988.  June was an avid baseball enthusiast, making many train trips to Chicago with her husband to attend White Sox and Cubs games.  She loved animals and had many pet dogs over the years.

June is survived by her daughter Gloria Summey of Canton; three grandchildren- Todd (Mary) Summey, Serena (Ken) Hillman, and Shane Summey; eight great-grandchildren- Lucas, Nathan, Paige, and Dylan Summey and Crystal (Sean) Glasgow, Bradley, Lisa, and Isaac Hillman ; one great-great-grandson Bentley Glasgow; and one sister, Olive Scott, Canton.

Mary Ovre

Mary Ovre Mary Ann Ovre passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Sanford USD Medical Center with her children at her side.  Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m., with family present from 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Mary was born March 12, 1918 to Paul and Sarah (Kliensasser) Pullman in Freeman, SD. She was 93 years old.  She married John T. Ovre on August 28, 1941 in Dakota City, NE.  To this union 4 children were born: daughter- Betty Quien, Harrisburg, SD; sons-Johnnie (Karen) Ovre, Harrisburg, SD, Donald (Clayene) Ovre, Larchwood, IA and Jerry (Judy) Ovre, Sioux Falls, SD.

          Mary worked over 30 years at Canton Good Samaritan Society in food service.  She enjoyed playing cards, embroidering dish towels, making quilts, and her birthday and card clubs. 

          She is survived by her children; sister, Anna Tschetter, Bridgewater, SD; sister-in-law, Marge Pullman, Wolsey, SD; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; and 1 step-grandson.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1969; grandson, Andy Quien, in 1988; parents; and 4 brothers.  

Marjorie Mullinix

Marjorie Mullinix, age 90, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday,  Jan.  23 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton with burial to follow in the Beloit Cemetery, Beloit, IA.  Visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 p.m.
 Marjorie Lucille Mullinix, daughter of Claude and Thelma (Scott) Wilcox, was born November 5, 1921 in Canton, SD.  She grew up in Canton with her four sisters: Lorraine, Betty, Dorothy, and Nancy. 
 She fell in love and married Carroll “Swede” Mullinix on October 10, 1938.  They were thankful for their six children: Michael, John, Carrie, Claude, Cheryle, and Kim. Marge was the epitome “50’s TV Mom”, doing housework in her dress, high heels, made up hair and make-up.   Though times were lean, Marge’s creative nature left fond memories of sock puppets, mud pies, paper dolls, big bowls of popcorn, and chocolate cake.  Marge loved flowers and had a beautiful flower garden.  Marge’s Good Samaritan family lovingly remembers her spunk, love of music, and mischievous nature.
 Marge’s seven day journey home brought her to the loving arms of her Father.  She lived to be 90 years, 2 month, and 14 days old.   Marge is survived by her children: Cheryle (Bill) Sauers  Canton, SD, Kim (Sue) Mullinix Inwood, IA, Claude (Claire) Mullinix Sioux Falls, SD, and Mike Mullinix Sioux Falls, SD; 17 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; as well as her adopted Good Samaritan children. 
 She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Swede; sisters Lorraine,  Nancy, and Dorothy; son John and his wife Faye Mullinix; daughter, Carrie; and son-in-law Art Kroger. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Canton Good Samaritan Center.

Pearl Hill

Pearl Hill, age 87, died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Inn on Westport, Sioux Falls, SD.  Memorial services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.  A private family burial will be held prior to the service at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., with family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 
 Pearl was born May 17, 1924 in rural Freeman, SD to Arthur and Mary (Anderson) Sorenson.  She graduated from Viborg High School in 1942.  She married Normand Hill on October 9, 1942 in Reno, NV.  The couple lived in California, Yankton, SD, and moved to Canton, SD in 1947. 
 Pearl worked for Otis Radio, Trumm Pharmacy, and K-Products.  Pearl was known for her Christmas candy, rhubarb pie, and loved having family over for big meals.  She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, and tending to her flowers.  She was a member of Canton Lutheran Church, VFW Auxiliary, and Canton RSVP. 
 Grateful for having shared Pearl’s life are her sons: Ronald (Kathy), Canton, SD and Gerald (Karen), Tucson, AZ; daughters: Charolyn Hoogendoorn, Sioux Falls, SD, Janette Spreckels, Chamberlain, SD, and Jeanne (Jan) Norton, Phoenix, AZ; sister: Bernice (LuVerne) Christensen, Pierre, SD; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, brother Lorrimore Sorenson, and grandsons Scott Hill and Gary Hoogendoorn.

Anona Thorson

C. Anona Thorson, age 93, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Funeral services will be at 2 PM Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Lands Lutheran Church rural Hudson, SD with burial following in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 PM at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8 PM.  A Prayer Service will begin at 7 PM. 
Anona was born May 4, 1918 on a farm in Lincoln County, South Dakota, to Sam K. and Vida P. (Alness) Ulrikson.  She attended country school and graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton in 1935.  She then moved to Chicago, IL where she graduated from Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing in 1939.
She married Cameron Hall in 1944 and they moved to Canton in 1949.
Anona married Charles Thorson in 1961.  She was a registered nurse at Canton-Inwood Hospital for 37 years and served as director of nursing for 10 years retiring in 1987.  She was an active member at Lands Lutheran Church, serving the church in many capacities.  Anona was a member of Extension Club and South Dakota Nursing Association.  She enjoyed baking, sewing, and gardening.
Those grateful for having shared her life are: her children Cathryn (John) Olson, Johnstown, CO; Cameron A. (MaryAnn) Hall, Sheridan, WY; Robert (Lela) Hall, Canton, SD; Elizabeth Melton, Casper, WY; and William Thorson, Canton, SD and special friend Wendy Hass, Sioux Falls, SD; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her sister Avonelle Sogn, Beresford, SD; sisters-in-law Vera Gilbertson, Sioux Falls, SD and Alice (John) Evans, Williams, IA; and brother-in-law Norm (Nila) Thorson, Belle Fourche, SD.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, two brothers Homer and Kerwin, sister Lois, and infant brother Lyle.

Paul Ray Sletten

Paul Ray Sletten, age 58, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 as the result of a hunting accident.  Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan.  14 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-9 p.m., with family present 7-9 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.
 Paul was born October 15, 1953 in Sioux Falls, SD, to Wanda Schunneman and later adopted by Samuel Sletten.  He attended country school and graduated from Canton High School in 1971, where he enjoyed playing football for the C-Hawks.   He attended college for a year at Springfield, SD. 
 Paul married Gail Lukes August 25, 1973 in Sioux Falls.  They made their home on a farm in rural Beresford, where they raised two sons.  Paul loved farming and played as hard as he worked.  After working all day, he still had time to play with his boys.  Gail felt like she raised three kids.  He loved hunting, fishing, and building street rods.  He built one of his street rods from start to finish in three months.  He and Gail participated in rod runs all over the country.   Paul was a past president and former member of the Siouxland Street Rodders and a member of Three Rivers Gun Club.
 When Paul’s physical health began to fail in 2000, he became limited in his ability to farm, but that never stopped him from loving to hunt.  He enjoyed playing internet poker and made many friends all over the country participating in hunting forums on the web.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
 Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife of 38 years, Gail; sons- Nick and his wife, Halie, Beresford, SD and Adam and his wife, Kelly, Canton, SD; four grandchildren- Jurnie, Jerrica, Kaidyn, and Ava; father, Sam and his wife, Lavonne, Lennox, SD; sisters- Pauline (Neal) Albers, Garretson and Connie Dickinson, Slidell, LA; brother-in-law, Greg (Kathy) Lukes, Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Sandie (Larry) Wibeto, Mesa, AZ; nieces and nephews- Toby, Casey, Lory, Lonny, Craig, Stacy, Lisa, Donny, Katie, and Cory; and many other extended family members.

Paul’s family requests that you please wear camouflage to the memorial service to honor Paul’s love of hunting.

Barbara A. Wiebers

Barbara A. Wiebers, age 83, formerly of Canton died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Her memorial service will be held at 7 PM Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. 
Barbara was born October 22, 1928 in Columbus, WI, to Roy and Evelyn (Roob) Eggleston.  She lived in Wisconsin until 1944, when she moved to Sioux Falls.  She worked as a beautician for 10 years and also worked at Red Owl, Zip Feed, and McKennan Hospital.  She moved to Canton in 1994, and returned to Sioux Falls in 2008.  She enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, baking, gardening, especially caring for her violets. 
She is survived by her son, Bill Baxter, Sioux Falls; 2 grandchildren, Gwen and Owen; brother, James Eggleston, Sturgis, SD; and several nieces and nephews.

Janice Dougherty

Janice Dougherty, age 67, passed away late January 2, 2012 at her home.
Janice was born September 2, 1944 in Lincoln, NE to Dale and Dorothy (Johnson) Fuhs.  She graduated from Watsonville High School in Watsonville, CA.  Janice was united in marriage to Richard Elroy Dougherty on January 25, 1964 in Santa Cruz, CA.  The couple farmed the Spaulding Homestead in the Flandreau, SD area before moving to Canton, SD in 1983.   Besides raising her family, she did the bookkeeping for her husband’s business, Canton Plumbing and Heating.  She also enjoyed reading and crocheting.
Janice is survived by her daughters- Christine (Tony) Pick, Canton, SD, Michele (Michael) Morgan, Canton, SD, Roxanne (Andy) Majka, Lake Forest, IL, Teresa Stansbury, Canton, SD and Barbara (Chad) Rozeboom, Canton, SD; grandchildren- Ashley, Jacalyn, Bryce, Derek, Austin, Melissa, Amber, Carrie, Dylan, Jessica, Jordan, Allison, John, Dalton, Breanna, Shaylee, Dawson, Danica, and Tyler;  great-grandchildren- Maison, Tallen, Jayden, and Martin; and sisters- Janet McMahon and Peggy (Darwin) Ernst.  
She was preceded in death by husband, Richard, daughter, Carrie Lynn, and parents, Dale and Dorothy Fuhs.

Merrik Steven Carlson

Merrik Steven Carlson, age 69, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 at the Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.  His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Shalom Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.  Visitation will Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.  Family will greet visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 7:00p.m. 
 Merrik Steven was born Aug. 30, 1942 in Green County, IA.  He grew up on a farm and graduated from Paton High School. 
 He was employed at the Argus Leader for several years and then owned & published the Wells Mirror in Wells, MN.  After returning to Sioux Falls, he was an owner/operator truck driver.  In the last few years he was leased to TeSlaa Trucking, Le Mars, IA.
 He married Cheryl Larson October 27, 1973.  He was a member of the Elks Club & a member of Shalom Lutheran Church, Harrisburg.
 Grateful for having shared his life are: his wife, Cheryl; sons- Todd (Jolene) of Wells, MN, Brett (Tiffany) of Cherokee, IA; daughters- Michelle (David) Warner, of Alcester, SD, Marcia (Clint) Leighty of Persia, IA, and Amy (Dan) Foss of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren- Tanya, Derrik, Austin &Kaylee Carlson, Sam & Carmen Borns, Cassie Leighty, Katie & Rylee Gannon, Brielle, Braelin & Brinlie Foss; great-granddaughter, Aliza Neitzel; sister, Sue (Ed) Olson of Yuma, AZ and two brothers- Roger (Marianne) Carlson of Jefferson, IA and David (Ann) Carlson of Manly, IA.
 Steve was preceded in death by his daughter, Angela, and parents Emrik and Ruth Carlson.