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.

Mary E. Rankin

Canton.  Mary Elizabeth (Hall) Rankin went to meet her Maker on March 6, 2013.  Mary was born November 28, 1928 in Lemmon, SD to Floyd C. and Marian (Groat) Hall.  She attended country school in Chance, SD and Lemmon High School.  She taught country school for 2 years.  She and her sister, June attended Sioux Valley Nursing School where she received her R. N. degree.  Mary was a nurse at Canton, SD; in Denver, CO; in Casper, WY; in Powell, WY; and Elementary School Nurse in the Natrona County School System in Casper, WY, for about 20 years.  In retirement she nursed at Keystone Treatment Center in Canton, SD.  She married Dudley Rankin, Jr. in 1957.  Mary belonged to Resurrection of Life Fellowship Church in Canton, SD and Eastern Star in Wyoming.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Dudley Rankin, Jr.  She is survived by her two sisters: Charlotte Chaon of Canton, SD and June Shortridge of Houston, TX; one brother, Charles Hall of Denver, CO; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Julie Kellogg. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Resurrection Life Fellowship (220 S. Bartlett Street Canton, SD).

Lawrence Walter Schoellerman

Lawrence Walter Schoellerman, age 87, died Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Palisade Manor in Garretson, SD.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, SD.  Visitation with family present will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Lawrence was born December 8, 1925 in Sioux County, IA to Sophie and Herman Schoellerman.  He was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Valley, IA.  He attended country school north of Fairview until 1938 when his parents moved to Fairview.  At this time he joined Bethany Lutheran Church. 

          For 18 years, Lawrence carried the mail back and forth between the post office and the train station.  He was the town handyman, raised and lowered the flag at the post office, took care of the water tower, delivered mail, mowed lawns, and shoveled snow for those unable to do so. 

          He loved trains and anything that concerned the railroads.   He knew how many trains went through town each day and the number of cars on each train.  He lived in Fairview until moving to Palisade Manor in October of 2011. 

          Lawrence is survived by 13 nephews, 12 nieces, and a sister-in-law.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers and 5 sisters.

Myrna Armstrong

Myrna Armstrong, 84, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2- 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral home in Canton, with family present from 6-8:00 p.m.  Burial of her cremains will be Friday at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.

          Myrna was born October 21, 1928 at Rock Valley, IA to Albert and Emilie (Tank) Klein.  She grew up near Inwood, IA and graduated from Inwood High School in 1946.

          She married Charles Armstrong October 12, 1952 at Alvord, IA.  They made their home on a farm near Canton and later moved into town.  Her husband died in 2006.  Myrna enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and crossword puzzles.  She was a member of Canton Lutheran Church and WELCA since 1959.

          Myrna is survived by her children- Jean Armstrong, Inwood, Jeffrey and Kevin Armstrong, both of Canton; one granddaughter, Lisa Armstrong (John Pederson), Canton; one great-granddaughter, Alyssa; and 2 brothers, Ladean (Lois) Klein and Wayne Klein, both of Sioux Falls.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and sister, Lois Sharon.

Dr. Raymond Bunkers

Dr. Raymond Bunkers, 91, formerly of Canton, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls with family present.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 25, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton.  Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery at Canton with military honors.  Visitation will be Friday, May 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, with a scripture service beginning at 7:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis House, VA Palliative and Hospice Care, or Forest Hill Cemetery Association.

                Raymond B. “Doc” Bunkers was born June 28, 1921 in Colman, SD to Al and Signe (Olson) Bunkers.  He attended school in Colman, graduating in 1939.  He entered the US Army in 1940 and served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.  He was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant and was the last surviving member of the 147th Field Artillery Battalion out of Flandreau, SD.  Following his discharge in 1945, he attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and went on to Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

                Ray married Dolores Lendt on September 28, 1946.  Soon after his graduation in 1948, they moved to Canton, where Ray opened his optometric practice.  He retired in 1989 after 41 years in business.  Ray was actively involved in Canton and a tireless supporter of his community.  An active member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church since 1949, he served on its building committee and was a member of Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Order of Foresters.  He was a long-time member   and served as post commander of the American Legion, and VFW, as well as president of Lions Club, and Canton Chamber of Commerce.  He served on the City Commission for 8 years, he was a member of the Forest Hill Cemetery Association for many years, and he was on the Colonial Village Board.  Ray was past president of the South Dakota Optometric Association and the North Central States Optometric Conference/Council. He also served as secretary of the SD State Board of Optometry for several years under the appointment of Governors Kneip, Wollman, and Janklow.  He was an active supporter of Legion Baseball and enjoyed carpentry and building.  Ray was selected as the Canton Citizen of the Year.

                Grateful for having shared his life are his children and their spouses:  Pamela (Bob) Lillibridge, Cedar Rapids, IA; Thomas (Donna) Bunkers, Tucson, AZ; Julie (Jimmy) Franken, Indianola, IA; Signe Espinoza, Centennial, CO; Daniel (Lara) Bunkers, Des Moines, IA, and Paul (Lori) Bunkers, Sioux Falls, SD; 19 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and brother, John Bunkers, Weston, Wisconsin.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dode; his parents; one sister, Darlene Sheridan; and three brothers, Don, Phil, and Steve.

                Ray always considered Canton his home, and for the past 6 years since Dode’s passing, had stated multiple times he couldn’t wait to see his “Dodie” again.  God bless the memory of Ray Bunkers and may the Angels lead you into Paradise.

Terrance (Terry) L. Olson

Terrance (Terry) L. Olson was born September 5, 1971, in Denver, Colorado and died March 13, 2013 in Johnstown, Colorado.

He graduated from Northglenn High School in 1989 and was educated at Metro State College, EMT, Paramedic School and North Washington Fire Academy.  He enjoyed working at Northglenn Ambulance, North Washington Fire District and Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District.

He married Michelle Welker in 1999 and they divorced in 2007.

He completed the Nursing Program at Casper College, Casper, Wyoming and received his Registered Nursing License in December 2011.  He worked briefly at Centennial Peaks Hospital in Louisville, Colorado. 

He was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease in December 2012.

Terry has enjoyed and maintained countless friendships throughout his life.  He touched many people with his kindness, compassion, wonderful hugs and his quick, warm smile.  He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and his special dog, & constant companion, Prince.  He left the world a better place for those left behind.

Those grateful for having shared his life are: his parents, M. John & Cathryn (Hall) Olson, Johnstown, CO; aunts, Elizabeth Melton, Casper,WY, Edna Pesall, Rapid City, SD, Mary (Duane) Wiebe, Canton , SD;  uncles, Cameron {Andy} (Mary Ann) Hall, Bismarck, ND, Robert (Lela) Hall, Canton, SD, Bill (Wendy) Thorson, Canton, SD, Alfred B. Olson, Miles City, MT, George (Elaine) Olson, Sioux Falls, SD, Rollin (Mabel),Olson, Kona, HI, and Terry Olson Sioux Falls, SD.  Also surviving are numerous cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Lands Lutheran Church on May 6, 2013, at 10:30 AM, with a lunch to follow.    In lieu of flowers, family recommends memorials for research for Huntington’s Disease or the Garden of Memories at Moe Parish Park.

“God be with you until we meet again”.

Local arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home.

Johnny Bernard Christion

Johnny Bernard Christion, 58, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 12 noon Saturday, April 27, at Friendship Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls. Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

Johnny was born June 13, 1954 in Sweatman, MS to John D. and Willie Mae (Taylor) Christion. As a young man Johnny worked for Allied Products in Memphis, TN.  He graduated from high school in Memphis and completed training in auto mechanics and truck driving school. He held various truck driving jobs throughout the years.

Johnny worked for John Morrell, Jostens, FedEx, Sara Lee, and most recently Show Place Wood Products.

On July 1, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV, Johnny married the love of his life, Barb Poss.

Grateful for having shared Johnny’s life are his wife, Barb of Lennox, SD; children- Steven (Becky) Thomas, Sioux Falls, Lakisha Christion, Memphis, TN, Clinton Ostrom, Ft. Meyers, FL, Cameryn (Aaron) Friesz, Sioux Falls, Cassius Christion, Ipswich, SD, and Caitlin Christion, Sioux Falls; step-children- Lt. Colonel Michael (Dawn) Poss, Bellevue, NE, Tricia Zimmer, Marshall, MN, Shelly Poss, Las Vegas, NV, and Ryan Poss and fiancee, Stephanie Kuper, Tea, SD; father and mother-in-law, Roy and Audrey Steffes, Ivanhoe, MN; 9 grandchildren; and 6 step-grandchildren.  He also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and brother and sister-in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. and Willie Mae Christion, his daughter, Nakisha, and granddaughter, Calixidy Christion.

Johnny loved being in the outdoors, fishing and hunting, especially at the farm owned by special friend, Irma Pick.  He also loved to ride his motorcycle and spend time at the Brant Lake Cabin giving rides on the pontoon. Johnny was also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Lenore B. Monen

Lenore Beatrice Monen was welcomed to her heavenly home on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the age of 96. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 26 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, rural Inwood, IA.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8pm, family present 6-8pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Lenore was born March 17, 1917 on the family farm near Canton, SD to Ole and Gunhild (Orstad) Aasheim, the third of seven children.  Her mother died when she was young so she helped raise her younger siblings. 

          She met the love of her life, Gidvert Monen, at the Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls, and they were married in July of 1944.  Together with her husband she raised their 4 children, Loren, twins Verne and Vivian, and Roger, as well as Gidvert’s 2 sons, Donnie and Gene.

          As a young woman, she worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Stenberg.  She later was employed at McKennan Hospital and then at Sioux Valley Hospital for many years until Gidvert had a stroke.  Then she turned her full attention to tending for him.  After he died, she started working at Luther Manor in Sioux Falls.  She finally retired at the age of 83.

          When you consider that the value of a person is how they live between Sundays, Lenore was certainly more valuable than most.  She was patient, kind and hard working woman.  She was never envious, but instead was content and acceptant of whatever life held for her.  She never spoke harshly and she was slow to anger.  “Colorful” language was never in her vocabulary.  When she needed an explanatory word it was usually “uffda”.  She always put others first.  She was truly a servant.  She will be deeply missed.

          Left to cherish her memory is Vivian LaRoche, Sioux Falls, Verne Monen, and his daughters, Leah and Sarah, and Roger Monen (Cheryl), Lester, IA and their three sons, Brian, Adam, and Mitchell, and Loren’s children, Elias Monen and Della DeSchepper.  She is also survived by her step-son, Gene, Portland, OR and her sister, Lillian Hanson, Canton, SD; 15 great-grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

          She was preceded in death by her husband in 1979, her son, Loren in 2009, grandson, Jordan in 2011, her parents and five siblings, Walter, Henry, Esther Mydland, Alma Van Bockern, and Gladys Vander Meer.  Blessed be her memory.

Connie Lee Nelson

       Connie Lee Nelson, age 67, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Canton Good Samaritan Center.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 23 at Lincoln Hills Bible Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2-8pm, family present 6-8 pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Connie was born September 19, 1945 in Cushing, MN.  She was the second oldest child of Elliott and Elsie (Gregerson) Kjeldergaard.   She graduated from Little Falls High School in 1963 and went on to attend Wadena Vo-Tech. 

          She married Wilbert Nelson on August 8, 1964 in Lincoln, MN.  The couple was involved in church planting in ND for 10 years.  The family moved to Canton, SD in 1992.  In addition to 18 years of service at the Canton Good Samaritan Society, she served as the pastor’s wife of First Baptist Church in Canton.   She enjoyed collecting salt and pepper shakers. 

          She is survived by her husband, Wilbert; children, Kristine (Tony) Lynch, Belleville, IL, Eileen (Kirk) Brown, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, Marla (Jason) Huston, Sioux Falls, SD; Sarah (Ryan) Woods, Sioux Falls, SD, and Rebekah Nelson, Fargo, ND; grandchildren- Daniel & Josiah Lynch, Benjamin & Kyle Brown, Joylee & Koda Huston, and Leviathan, Zachariah, & Micah Woods;  sisters- Cathy Hyatt, Terri Holmgren, Rosie Bolin, & Nelda Martinson; and brothers- Steven Kjeldergaard, Ralph Kjeldergaard, Walton Kjeldergaard, & Dennis Kjeldergaard.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Melvin Kjeldergaard, and sister Darryl Karjala.

Sharon Lynn McDermott

         Sharon Lynn McDermott, age 57, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

          Sharon was born September 26, 1955 in Canton, SD to LeRoy and Mary (Anderson) Aasheim.  She was baptized and confirmed at Canton Lutheran Church and graduated from Canton High School in 1973. 

          She married Charles Thomas “Chuck” Muller on February 28, 1975.  To this union, Charles Thomas, Jr, Heather, and Kylie were born.  Chuck passed away on May 25,  1978.  She married Robert “Bob” McDermott on September 4, 1981.  To this union, Jody and Brent were born. 

          In addition to taking care of her children, she had worked at Ottis Radio, K-Products, and ran an in-home daycare.  In her younger years she enjoyed playing bingo.  She loved her dogs, enjoyed collecting pigs, and could often be found cruising around listening to the oldies.  She had a knack for crafts and sewing.  She made quilts, dresses, and her own wedding and bridesmaid dresses.

          She will be remembered by her son, Brent (Kari), Sioux Falls, SD; daughters, Heather Muller (David Figg), Hampton, VA, Kylie (Jason) Kidd, Sioux Falls, SD, and Jody McDermott, Sioux Falls, SD; mother, Mary Nelson, Canton, SD; grandchildren, Parker Kidd, Jaden Kidd, and Gavin Muller; brothers, Roger Aasheim and Darryl Nelson, both of Canton, SD; sisters, Linda (Randy) Severson and Darla (Ray) Boren, all of Canton, SD; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. 

          She was preceded in death by her father, LeRoy;  son, Charles Thomas Muller, Jr.; and husband, Charles Muller.