LaDonna J. Olson

Canton- LaDonna J. Olson, age 83, passed away Friday, January 18, 2013 at Good Samaritan Society in Canton.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tue., Jan. 22 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Mon. from 1-4 pm. at Anderson Funeral Home.  Visitation will resume from 6-8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. scripture service, at St. Dominic’s.

                LaDonna was born August 17, 1929 in Sioux Falls, SD to Nicholas and Nellie (Souvignier) Hanson.  LaDonna graduated from Canton High School in 1947. She married Ray Olson on October 9, 1950 in Sioux Falls, SD.   The couple made their home in Sioux Falls for 15 years before returning to Canton in 1965. They made their home on an acreage north of Canton.

                LaDonna worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Olson Plumbing, until his death in 1983.  She was a member St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and a past member of the Sons of Norway.   She enjoyed playing cards, especially whist.  In addition, she enjoyed bowling, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

                LaDonna is survived by her sons,  Brian (Donna), Sioux Falls, Craig (Cheryl), Sioux Falls, Daniel  (Diane) Lucas, TX, and Wayne (Lori) Schaumburg, IL; daughter, Linda Kudrna, Hay Springs, NE; sister, Carolyn (Cletus) Schuttloffel, Sioux Falls; 14 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; brothers, Donald and Selmer; and grandson, Michael.

David M. Rager

David Merritt Rager, age 61, of Montrose, SD, passed away on Friday December 28th, 2012.  He was able to spend his last weeks with family and close friends.

David was born March 23rd, 1951 in Yankton, SD to Wayne and Mary Ann Rager.  He was the older brother of Dan and Tom Rager.  David spent his childhood in many South Dakota small towns.  He lived in Scotland, Tyndall, White, Hitchcock and Canton.  David spent a lot of his youth hunting, trapping and fishing and could often be found traveling the Big Sioux with his beagle Pal.  David graduated from Canton High School in 1969 and attended Springfield College for a short time.  David joined the Air force in 1972 and served proudly until 1975.  He joined the South Dakota Air National Guard in 1975 and served for 22 years before his retirement in 1997.  David traveled and served in 18 different countries during his time in the service.

After returning from service in the Air Force, David resided in Canton, Sioux Falls and Mitchell before moving to Fort Pierre, SD.  David was a gentle, caring man who spent his career helping people with disabilities during his employment in Mitchell and Pierre, SD.  He retired in 2010. 

David was passionate about the outdoors and shared many days afield with good friends.  He would rather be out hunting and fishing than doing anything else.  He spent countless hours ice fishing and chasing catfish on the Bad River.  Some of his favorite days were spent fishing bluegills on the grasslands ponds.  David was a “dog man” and had many fantastic days afield with his Shorthairs and English Pointers.  He so looked forward to chasing grouse on the National Grasslands and spent many a good day with his dogs Slick and Big Ace.  David also had a passion for water fowling and was happiest when he was setting decoys and calling in flocks of mallards.  David also enjoyed trap shooting, metal detecting, mushroom hunting and anything that involved the outdoors.  David was a proud member of the NRA.

David is survived by his parents Wayne and Mary Ann Rager of Canton, SD; his brother Dan and wife Linda Rager of Sioux Falls, SD; his brother Tom Rager of Luverne, MN; many nieces and nephews; and long time friends Chad and Lisa Bare of Montrose, SD.

David was preceded in death by his Grandparents Karl and Johanne Damm and Clarence and Florence Rager.

David wished that any memorial donations be applied to a lifetime membership to the NRA for him.

Levi Richard Bartels

Levi Richard Bartels, age 20, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Canton United Methodist Church with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 2 – 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 – 8 p.m.

Levi Richard Bartels was born September 16, 1992 in Sioux Falls, SD to Sheila Plucker and Richard Bartels.  He attended school in Canton and graduated in 2011.  He was employed by the Vermillion (SD) Cemetery Association and currently at Laurie’s Café in Canton.

Levi is survived by his parents – Sheila Plucker and Richard (Tracy Montgomery) Bartels; his brother, Russell Bartels; his sisters, Janet Bartels and Kelly (Seth Miles) Bartels; his grandmother, Karen Plucker; and many other relatives and friends.

Ada L. Stroman

Canton – Ada L. Stroman, 98, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Ada was born near Tea, SD on January 27, 1914. 

          Survivors are sisters Norma Roggenkamp of Sioux Falls, Lenore Thomson of Sinai, many nieces and nephews, as well as friends in Canton. Preceding her in death were her parents, Reinder and Helena Stroman and sister Bertha Kessel.

          Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the Canton Lutheran Church Chapel with burial at Germantown Cemetery near Lennox.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Canton Good Samaritan Society or Canton Senior Citizen’s Center.

Loxy White Gruver

Loxy White Gruver, 66, formerly of Canton, died November 4th in West Melbourne, Florida.  She is the daughter of former Superintendent of Schools C.E. White and Violet White.  Loxy is survived by her sons, Curtis of Elwood, Virginia, and Jason of Front Royal, Virginia, Robert, her husband of West Melbourne and her brother Butch of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey.

Loxy graduated from Canton High School in 1964 and attended SDSU in Brookings.  She and her husband then moved to Centerville, Virginia.  After retiring a few years ago, Loxy and Bob moved to West Melbourne where most of their time was spent with children and grandchildren.  She will be missed by her immediate and extended families and friends who all gathered in Florida to celebrate her life. RIP

Lloyd Verley

Lloyd Verley, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.  Lloyd was born in Hurley, SD on January 12, 1927 to Myron and Katherine (Lode) Verley.  His family moved to Davis, SD when he was eight.  At age 16 he went to Akron, Ohio to work at Goodyear Tire.  Then he joined the 11th Airborne as a paratrooper during World War II.  He married Geraldine Calvert from Castlewood, SD on March 1, 1949 in Luverne, MN.

          Lloyd and Gerry moved to Canton, SD in 1954 where Lloyd worked as a well driller until 1972.  He then started Harvestore Construction and worked all over the US and Canada until 1987.  He continued to work part time for Eastern Farmers Coop into his 80’s.   He and his wife enjoyed spending several winters in Arizona where they made many wonderful friends.

          Lloyd was a member of Canton Lutheran Church.  He served ten years as a Canton volunteer fireman.  He was a past Commander of V.F.W. Post 3164 and a past First District Commander for the State of SD.

          Lloyd’s is survived by his wife of 63 years, Geraldine; two sons, Doug (Julie) Verley of Canton, SD; David (Dianna) Verley of Blooming Prairie, MN; five grandchildren, Laura (Steven) Blankenship, Rachel Verley, Brian Verley, Kyle (Val) Verley, and Scott Verley; and one great grandchild, Kayden Verley. 

          Preceding Lloyd in death are his parents, his brothers Roscoe, Lester, and Clarence and two sisters, Gladys Kroger and Florence Buskohl.

          Services will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, November 25 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD on Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, with family present from 4-6 PM.

Alice Mitchell

Lancaster, CA.  Alice Irene Mitchell, beloved mother, sister, wife and friend went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 11, 2012.  Alice is survived by her daughter, Lois James and son, Verlin Mitchell, as well as three grandsons, Michael, Scott and Todd James and their spouses, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Alice was born June 1, 1911 in Inwood, Iowa.  
Funeral services will be held at Anderson Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 20, at 11:00am.  Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery near Canton.

Agnes Marie ‘Aggie’ Bierschbach

Agnes “Aggie” Bierschbach, age 52, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Dougherty Hospice Cottage. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00am Saturday, Nov. 17 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, SD. Visitation with family present will be from 6-8pm Friday at Prince of Peace Retirement Community Chapel. A prayer service will be held at 7pm.

          Agnes Marie Bierschbach was born April 15, 1960 in Lemmon, SD to Don and Leona (Meyer) Bierschbach. She attended school at Crippled Children’s School in Sioux Falls, graduating in 1978. She attended Southwest Minnesota State University for a year before transferring to Northern State University in Aberdeen.

          She is survived by her parents, Don and Leona, Canton; brothers, Rick (Lois) of Sioux Falls, Mike (Kristy) of Mt. Holly, NC, and Dave (Sally) of Canton, SD; sisters, Linda (Eugene) Halbur of Jasper, MN and Barb Wolter of Perry, IA; 15 nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

          She was preceded in death by her grandparents and brother-in-law Perry Wolter.

          In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Children’s Care Hospital and School or Dougherty Hospice Cottage.


Wava L. Burgess

Wava L. Burgess, 91, passed away Saturday Nov. 10, 2012 at Canton Samaritan Society.  Her memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Canton First Baptist Church.  A private family burial will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery prior to the service.  Visitation will be Monday from 4 – 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 – 8:00 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to Canton Good Samaritan Society or Canton First Baptist Church.

          Wava Lorraine Hoover was born June 3, 1921 at Chancellor, SD, to Elmer and Marion (Anderson) Hoover.  She married Herbert Burgess Dec. 11, 1944    and made their home in Canton.

          Wava was a homemaker who also did cleaning for local businesses.  Her hobies included: bowling, gardening, embroidery work, baking, listening to country western music and Twin’s games.  She loved home decorating and collecting dolls.  She received several awards for her ceramic pieces.  She also enjoyed quilting with her mother.

          Survivors include: two sons, Richard and Layne (Marcia) both of Canton, SD; two daughters, Karen Burgess-Gibson (Pat), Sioux Falls, SD and Barb Hartland (Warren) Canton, SD; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lowell (Julie) Hoover, Champlain, MN and Kenny (Norma) Hoover, Sioux Falls; sister-in-law, Bonnie Hoover, Canton, SD; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Hope Cruse, and two brothers, Eugene and Dwight Hoover.

Burdell Coplan









           Burdell Joseph Coplan, age 84, passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital, following a strong and courageous battle with cancer as Jesus took him home to be by his side. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2 – 8:00 p.m. at Canton Lutheran Church.  Family will greet visitors from 5 – 7:00 p.m.  A prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

            Burdell was born January 13, 1928 in Watertown, SD, to Joseph and Ella (David) Coplan.  He graduated from Watertown High School in 1946.  Burdell proudly served his country during both WWII and the Korean War.  While serving, he played football for the US Army. He played in the Rice Bowl game in Yokohama, Japan on New Year’s Day in 1947.  Following his discharge, he attended USD at Vermillion, SD, graduating in 1952.  While at USD, he played football for the Coyotes, helping win the 1951 North Central Conference Title.  He was named to the USD 1950’s team of the decade as a defensive back.

            Burdell was united in marriage to Betty Lou Berg on June 8, 1952.  They moved to Canton in 1955, where ‘Cop’ taught and coached for 35 years.  He retired in 1990.  During his career he coached football, basketball, track, and served as Athletic Director. His successful football coaching career resulted in: a record of 228 wins, 81 losses, 9 ties, seven undefeated seasons, 15 conference championships, and winning the Class 11A State Championship in 1986.  He received many coaching awards which included: National High School Football Coach of the Year, 4 time National Regional High School Football Coach of the Year, the S.D. High School Athletic Association Distinguished Service Award, and was the S.D. Coach of the Year 11 times.  Coach was inducted into many hall of fames, including: National High School Coaches Hall of Fame, S.D. High School Coaches Hall of Fame, USD Hall of Fame, S.D. Football Coaches Hall of Fame, S.D. Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, Watertown High School Athletic Hall of Fame, S.D. Sports Hall of Fame, SDIAAA Hall of Fame, and was named to the S.D. High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Excellence. In 1995, the athletic complex at Canton was named Coplan Field in his honor.

            Burdell and his wife, Betty, started the local chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes holding meetings in their home.  He was a member of Canton Lutheran Church and Canton Lion’s Club.  He served as a Lincoln County Commissioner for 16 years and was a probation officer for many years.  He and Betty owned and operated the Canton Greenhouse from 1980 to 1990.  Cop was an avid hunter since age 12.  He missed the opening of pheasant season 4 years, three times while in Korea and this past opening.  He regularly attended many local athletic games and events since his retirement.  Coach has remained in close contact with many of his former players and fellow coaches.  He was known for his good sense of humor, outstanding memory, his love of telling stories and reminiscing about the old days. He enjoyed working and helping on the farm. He was a devoted grandpa and loved spending time with his grandkids.

            Those grateful for having shared his life are: his wife of 60 years, Betty; two daughters- Elizabeth Slack of Chippewa Falls, WI and Patty Kroger of Canton, SD; two grandchildren- Lindsey Woodford and Madeline Kroger; great-grandson, Hunter Woodford; brother, Arlo (Nancy) Coplan of Greendale, WI; along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

           He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Maythel Dahl, brother Elwood Coplan, and grandson Seth Kroger.

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Canton Booster Club in Burdell’s honor.

David A. Van Bockern

Sioux Falls.  David A. Van Bockern, 66, formerly of Canton, died suddenly Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at his home in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Canton Lutheran Church, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

David was born February 21, 1946 in Canton, SD to Leo and Chrystal (Miller) Van Bockern.  He attended school in Canton, graduating in 1964.  David attended a Vo/Tech school in Omaha.  He was married to LaRae Rollag and later to Sharla Sickler.  He had been employed at John Morrell & Co. and most recently at Sanford USD Medical Center, where he had worked in the maintenance department for over 20 years.  He loved his work and over the years he developed many friendships with coworkers and employees at Sanford.  David was an avid Chicago Bears and NASCAR fan and enjoyed accompanying his hunting friends.

          David is survived by four daughters- Darcy (Brian ) Olson, Rapid City, SD, Holli (Ron) Dohrer, Sioux Falls, SD, Aimee (Kelly) Finke, Crooks, SD, and Jessica Van Bockern (Brent Spanier), Belgrade, MN; six grand children; one great-granddaughter; and many other extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jim, and sister, Arlene.

Olive V. Rikansrud

Olive Rikansrud, age 97, died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital.  Funeral services will begin at 2 pm Sunday, October 21 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Saturday from 2-8pm, family present 6-8pm, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Olive Nelson was born November 9, 1914 to May Sogn and John M. Nelson at their farm home near Beresford.  She was baptized at Romsdal Lutheran Church.  In 1926 she and her family moved to Canton.  She was confirmed at Canton Lutheran Church and was a lifelong member of the church.  She graduated from Canton High School in 1932.  She then attended General Beadle College in Madison for 1 year.  She was employed in Sioux Falls and the bakery in Canton before her marriage.

          She married Clifford Rikansrud on June 10, 1938 at the bride’s home. The couple made their home northwest of Canton where they farmed and raised their three children: Gary, Janis, and Kirk.  She was a girls’ 4H leader and was active in the church’s bible and Sunday School programs, boards, and circle.  She served on the Altar Guild for over 20 years.

          Survivors include her daughter, Janis (Brian) Campbell, Emmetsburg, IA; son, Kirk (Cheryl), Canton, SD; daughter –in –law, Barbara Rikansrud, Canton, SD; 4 grandchildren- Kim Campbell, Chad (Kelly) Rikansrud, Travis (Amber) Rikansrud, and Tami Rikansrud; 6 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 57 years, Clifford, who died exactly 17 years prior to Olive on October 18, 1995; son, Gary; 3 sisters; and 2 brothers.