Carl Hammer




   Carl Andrew Hammer, 90, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2015 at the Canton Good Samaritan Society.


   Carl was born February 22, 1924 to Oluf and Ingrid (Rognan) Hammer in Volga, SD   The family moved to Lincoln  in 1931 where he was a lifelong resident.  He graduated from Canton High School in 1942.  He was drafted by the US Army in 1943 and served until March of 1946. 


    Carl was united in marriage to Fern Lorraine Butcher on December 27, 1944.  Following military service they farmed in the Canton area until retirement in 1986.  After retirement they enjoyed winters in Arizona and summers in South Dakota. 


    He was a member of the Grand Valley Lutheran Church and served on various boards and committees.  He was a member of the VFW Post #3164.

   Carl was preceded in death by his parents Oluf and Ingrid, brothers and sisters.  He is survived by his wife Fern, children Stephen (Barb), Patricia, Marcia, Charles (Lorie), several grandchildren and great grandchildren.














Albert Van Laar

   Albert Van Laar, 85, passed away in his wife’s arms Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at Good Samaritan Society in Canton.  His funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Canton United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, with family present from 6 to 8:00 p.m.  A prayer service will begin at 8:00 p.m.

   Albert Hiram Van Laar was born May 18, 1929 to John and Mary Van Laar on a farm near Schindler, close to Lincoln Lake.  He had 5 sisters.  He was raised in Canton and lived on various farms in the area.  He graduated from Canton High School in 1947.  After graduation he helped his parents on their large dairy farm and attended a trade school in Springfield, SD for 2 years.  He married Ruth Mull in 1955 and to this union had 2 sons, Randy and Kevin.  They later divorced.

   Albert worked for Tuthill Lumber Co. for 2 years and Larson Wholesale Hardware Co. for 28 years.  He also worked for the Canton School District as a janitor for 8 years, retiring in 1990. 

   He met his wife, Nancy, at Canton Good Samaritan Center in 1992.  They were married in 1995 in the back yard of the Van Laar home.  He attended church at Canton United Methodist Church after he and Nancy were married.  He loved gardening, raising beautiful flowers and fishing.  He had a large coin collection which he took much pride in.  His best friends were his wife and dog, Buddy.

   He was preceded in death by an infant brother, his parents, and 3 sisters, Rosemary, Margaret, and Gladys.  Those grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 20 years, Nancy; his 2 sons, Randy (Tammy), Renner, SD and Kevin (Betty), Clovis, CA; step children- Jason (Melissa) Walls, Sioux Falls, Jeff (Shannon) Walls, Sioux Falls, and Janae (Andy) McIntosh, Hamilton, MO; his 13 grandchildren- Amy, Jason, Meghan, Jacob, Ryan, Zach, Bryce, Madisyn, Olivia, Allison, Jonathan, Jordan, and Alissa; his 2 great-grandchildren- Kaylee and Thad; 2 sisters- Helen Volsch, Sioux Falls, and Mary Ann Albers, Lennox; his many nieces and nephews; and many friends. 

Karis “Kay” Sneve


On Jan. 1, 2015, Karis died in the comforting presence of family.  She was 80.


Karis was born in 1934 in Des Moines, IA, and adopted into a Sioux Falls family at age 7.  She worked in the medical and real estate fields, as well as farming with her husband on their Lincoln County farm until retirement. 


Karis was a member of East Side Lutheran Church. Sioux Falls VFW, American Legion, Women of the Moose, and the Springdale Cemetery Board.


She is survived by her husband, Dayton; five children: Stephen, David (Kyle), Mark (Kelley), Mary (Delmer Johnson), and John; 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; siblings: Dorothy, Helen, Roseanne, Terry, and Ron.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Art & Lillian Beymer (adoptive), John Briggs and Ada Mae Scott (birth), infant son Joseph John, and siblings Donald, Jack, Joe, Virginia, and Shirley.

Her memorial service will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, 4800 S. Minnesota, Sioux Falls, on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., followed by reception/fellowship.  All are invited to attend and celebrate Karis’ life. 

Elaine Harris

Elaine Joan Wallem Harris, 69, passed away on December 27, 2014 at Fairview Hospital in Wyoming Minnesota. Her funeral will be at 2PM on Tuesday Dec. 30, at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.  Visitation will be from 12 noon – 1:30 at the church prior to the service.

    Elaine was born on November 25, 1945 in Canton, South Dakota to Anne (Enstad) and Luther Wallem.  She was baptized on February 4, 1946 at home.  Elaine grew up in Canton, graduated from Canton High School in 1963 and worked at Bidwell Corporation for over 40 years.  She was known as “Ducky” by many that loved her.

     Elaine cherished her three grandchildren, Shelby (23), Andrew (18, her Main Man) and Maggie (7).  She moved to Minnesota in 2011 allowing her to enjoy them immensely over the last 3 1/2 years.

     Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Anne and Luther Wallem, Canton; and two sisters LaVon and Charlotte. Elaine is survived by her son, Steven, daughter-in-law Rachel, and grandchildren Shelby, Andrew, and Maggie, Centerville, MN; sister, Ruthmary (Wallem) and husband Vern Ruhland, Green Bay, WI; brothers, Arvene and wife Margie Wallem, Tabor, SD and Loren Wallem, Canton.She is survived and loved by nephews Joe Ruhland, Paul Wallem, and Jeff Wallem and her adopted sisters Linda, Kathy, Mary, Marsha, Pam & Carol Oakland.


Leland Gordy

Brandt, SD- Leland Gordy, 68, formerly of Canton, died unexpectedly in a Victorville, CA hospital while visiting his daughter.  His memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 15, at Canton United Methodist Church, with inurnment at Forest Hill Cemetery.

          Leland was born November 11, 1946 in Canton, SD to Leuis and Helen (Armstrong) Gordy.  He attended school in Canton, graduating in 1965.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965, beginning a 20 year career.  Serving as an aircraft mechanic, he was stationed in Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, New Mexico and California.  Following his retirement as a master SGT in 1985, he lived in California.  He moved to Canton in 1991 and to Brandt, SD in 1993, where he was currently living.  Leland was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America.  He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and wildlife photography.

          Leland is survived by 2 daughters- Lesley McConnell (Scott Windham), Hesperia, CA and Helen Margaret (Matt) Miller of Elma, WA; 2 grandchildren- Davey and Melody; brother, Ron Gordy, Canton; sisters- Rhonda Gordy (Nancy Stonefield- a dear friend Leland considered as a sister), Sioux Falls and Mona (John) Gorman, Canton; aunts, Grace Feller, Canton, Alice Ramstad, Willard, MO, and Pearl World, Salt Lake City, UT; many nieces and nephews, and special friend, Steve Berndt and his family.


Deloris Nelson

Deloris Ann Lavila Nelson , 82, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at Hudson Care and Rehab Center.  Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

Deloris was born August 12, 1932 in Canton, SD to Fritz and Dora (Severson) Behring.  She graduated from Canton High School in 1950 and later attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield.  Deloris taught one year and held various office jobs.

She married Lester Nelson January 2, 1953.  They made their home in Canton.  Through the years, Deloris was a wife, mother, teacher, bookkeeper, factory worker, and antique dealer.  In 1974, Deloris and Lester opened Nelson Antiques and Second Hand Store.  They operated the store for twenty years, until Lester’s health began to fail.   She was a life-long member at both Canton Lutheran Church and VFW Auxiliary #3164.

Deloris is survived by her children- Lowell (fiancé Lori Tran) Nelson, Canton and Lavila Nelson (Rod Shedenhelm) Sanborn, IA; Lori’s children- Bryce (fiancé  Maryn Francis) Tran and Mason Tran; sister, Frances (Tom) Winter, Canton; sisters-in-law- Bonnie Behring, Mesa, AZ and Harriet Behring, Sioux Falls; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester (2003), brothers- Daniel and Arthur, and sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Paul Kroger.

Thomas Lee “Tom” Stolp

Freeman.  Thomas Lee “Tom” Stolp, 75, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.  Funeral services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church Freeman, SD.  Visitation at the church will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Tom was born August 9, 1939 in Sioux Falls, SD to Fred and Ella (Jundt) Stolp.  He graduated from Freeman High School and SDSU in Brookings, with a concentration in the industrial arts as well as art history.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a submarine specialist from 1959 to 1962.

Tom was a career insurance representative with primary responsibilities in the area of claims and rate adjustment serving clients South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota.  He also was the owner of an antique and coffee house business in Ft. Scott, KS.

Tom was married to LeAnn Irons for 20 years.

Tom was currently living in Freeman, where he has resided since 2004.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.  He was a former member of the Freeman City Council and a member of the American Legion, where he actively participated in Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day ceremonies.  He was the proud founder of the Freeman Fishing Derby.  An avid sportsman throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, ice fishing, boating, and water skiing.  Tom was a talented craftsman, woodworker, and avid collector of guns, fishing gear, and American Flyer trains.  He also was a pilot and loved to fly.

Tom was a loving stepfather to Susan (Keith) Beachler, Canton, SD and Jeannie Irons (Deron Denton) Prairie Village, KS; 6 grandchildren- Jack, Mary Kate, Christian, Jana, and Reece Beachler and August Denton; beloved uncle of Edward (Karen) Eckhardt, Fred (Kathy) Eckhardt, Margo (Robert) Littlehale, Jane Gabrielson, Joan (Donald) Hohs, and June (Rory) Barkley; great-uncle to many, and his former wife, LeAnn Orr.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Lyle Eckhardt, brother, Waldemar Stolp, and brother-in-law, Edward Eckhardt.

Dennis Lee Geraets

     Dennis Lee Geraets, age 60, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at Avera McKennan Hospital.  Memorial services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton.  Visitation will be Friday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

          Dennis was born on September 30, 1954 in Sioux Falls, SD to Leonard & Mary (Harris) Geraets.  His mother died at a young age and he was raised by his father and step-mother, Jeanine (Greenough) Geraets.  Danny and Phyllis Harris also had a major role in his upbringing.  He grew up in the rural Harrisburg/Canton area, graduating from Harrisburg High School in 1972.   He served in the Army for four years before returning to the Canton area.  He married Cheryl Dykstra on August 8, 1992 in Monroe, SD.  The couple had two children, Alex and Mary.

          Dennis had previously worked at McCord’s, Tri-State Ready Mix, Central Plains, and drove truck.  He spent the last 23 years in the Maintenance Department at Avera McKennan Hospital.  He had been involved in 4-H, MEPS, and the Worthing Fire Department.  He enjoyed farming, raising livestock, tinkering and family.  He will be remembered for always lending a hand to anyone in need.

Dennis is survived by his step-mother, Jeanine Geraets, Canton; son, Alex Geraets, Sioux Falls; daughter, Mary Geraets, Vermillion; brothers, Doug (Deana) Geraets,  Iowa City, IA, Jim (Vicki) Geraets, Janesville, WI, and Andy ( Kyle) Farmer, Des Moines, IA; sisters, Alice (Gene) Ahlquist, San Jose, CA, Pat (Stuart) Harms, Luverne, MN, and Cheryl (Kirk) Rikansrud, Canton, SD; family friends, Becca (Jess) Gilland and their children Zander, Gavin and Mackenzie; along with numerous other extended relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, Paul John.

Jim Madland

James “Jim” Sherwood Madland, age 78, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Hudson Health Care.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 2 at Canton Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Jim was born on April 10, 1936 in Canton, SD to Harold and Olive (Severson) Madland.  He grew up in IA and SD and graduated from Canton High School.    Jim served in the US Air Force and then graduated from USD.  He taught school for several years in St. Paul before moving back to Canton.  He married Linda (Bakker) Eilers on September 28, 1984.  He worked as a rural mail carrier before retiring in 1998.

Jim is survived by his wife, Linda; step-children, Kirk (Christy) Eilers, Canton, SD, Stacey, Sioux Falls, SD, Kelly (Jeanne) Eilers, Canton, SD and Steph (Gale) Nelson, Canton, SD; 6 grandchildren; sister, Carol (Don) Crawford, Canton, SD; nieces, Deb (Skip) Sorensen, Sioux Falls, SD and Joan (Bob) Lier, Canton, SD; nephews, Curt (Sherry) Crawford, Watertown, SD and Jeff (Janet) Crawford, Canton, SD; along with 13 great and 14 great-great nieces and nephews.

Marie Beitzel

Canton-  Marie Beitzel, 78, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  Her visitation with family present, will be from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Canton Lutheran Church.

Oldena Marie Bernhofson was born July 15, 1936 in Canton, the daughter of Jorund and Tilda (Larson) Bernhofson.  She grew up on the family farm north of Canton.  She attended country school.  Following her father’s death on March 6, 1949, Tilda and Marie moved to Canton.  Marie graduated from Canton High School in 1954.

Marie attended the University of South Dakota.  There she met Robert Beitzel.  They were married at Canton Lutheran Church on August 12, 1956.  Robert worked for the U.S. Forest Service which brought them to several locations including, Custer, SD, Durango, CO, Lincoln, NE, and Sheridan, WY.  They also lived in Ogdensburg, WI, where Bob worked for the family business, Beitzel Mill, for a short time.  They had three children: Tena, Richard, and Lisa.

Robert passed away on Jan. 10, 1966.  Marie and the kids moved back to her new home, Canton, where she spent the rest of her life.  She lived at Hudson Health Care and Rehab the past month due to failing health.

Marie was baptized, confirmed at and was a member of Canton Lutheran Church.  She was dedicated to community service.  She was a 75 year member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, a past city commissioner, and helped when Canton Transit Program began.  She also enjoyed gardening.

Marie loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren- Zach, Chase, and Emily.  She lovingly donated her bone marrow to her daughter, Tena, who needed a transplant due to leukemia.

She is survived by her children, Tena (Dwain) Gibson of Ipswich, Richard (Teresa) Beitzel of Canton, and Lisa Beitzel of Sioux Falls; grandchildren- Zach, Chase, and Emily Beitzel; brother-in-law, Richard (Josie) Beitzel of Bemidji, MN; and a life-long friend, neighbor, and classmate, Ila Torkelson and her family.  Marie was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Lorraine “Tooty” Voigt

                Lorraine “Tooty” Hermanson Voigt, age 78, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 25 at Hudson Lutheran Church, Hudson, SD.  Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m., family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD.  A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

                Lorraine was born on March 3, 1936 to Gilbert and Tillie (Jepp) Ryken.  She graduated from Hudson High School in 1953.  Lorraine was united in marriage to Donald “Bud” Hermanson on May 15, 1954. The couple made their home near Hudson, SD.   Bud passed away in 2002.  Lorraine married Roger Voigt on October 14, 2006.  The couple made their home in Canton.

                 Lorraine enjoyed sewing, cooking, and shopping for a bargain.   She had a special interest in horses and participated in roping as a heeler for many years.

                Lorraine is survived by her husband, Roger; sons, Dale (Brenda) Hermanson and David Hermanson; grandchildren, Ashley (Justin) Kerr, Tawnya Hermanson, C.J. Hermanson, Anna Hermanson, Amber (Keith) Grotliuschen, Alyssa (Chris) Sutton, and Donald (Mindy) Hermanson; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence (Hilma) Ryken; step-children, Chelaine (Cary) Villanueve, Stephine Schnabel, Wendy (Wayne) Stowsend, and Tim Voigt; and special friends that called her grandma,  Katie and Taylor Boote.

                Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Hermanson; and grandchild, David Hermanson.  Memorials may be directed to Love, Inc. in Canton, SD.

Mildred E. Wallquist Harries

Mildred Elaine Wallquist Harries, 96, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Canton Good Samaritan Society.  Memorial services will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church rural Canton, SD.

            Mildred was born April 17, 1918 to Ole & Cora (Holter) Borneman in Canton, SD.  She attended Riverside Elementary School near Canton and graduated from Canton High School in 1936.  She worked 2 years at Vick’s Café in Canton before moving to Evanston, IL where she worked for Illinois Bell Telephone.  She returned home to work for NW Bell in Sioux Falls.  She also worked for Farmers State Bank and Molstad Drug.

          Mildred was united in marriage to George A. Wallquist on September 1, 1945.  Together they farmed south of Canton for many years.  Later in life, they enjoyed winters in Texas and Arizona.  George passed away in March of 1983.      Mildred married Harry G. Harries on April 20, 1991.  They lived in Green Valley, AZ until his death.  Mildred then returned to Canton and resided at the Canton Good Samaritan Center for 8 years.

          Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, George; and brothers, Gerald and Donald Borneman.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Denys (Chuck) Dorr, Green Valley, AZ; grandchildren, Lance (Sarah) Severson;  great-grandsons, Ty, Anthony, Trevor, Brett, and Levi, all of Marshall, MN; niece, Debbe Graue, Sioux Falls, SD; along with several other relatives and friends.

Mildred’s family wishes to express their thanks for the loving care Mildred received from the staff of the Canton Good Samaritan Center and Asera Care Hospice.