Katherine Sipe

January 21, 2016

obit Katherine SipeNov. 11, 1949 – Jan. 14, 2016

Katherine Elizabeth “Katie” Gleason Sipe, 66, passed away Jan. 14 at Brookings Health System in Brookings, South Da­kota after a courageous battle with cancer. There will be a memorial ser­vice in Brookings, to be announced at a later date. Another memorial service will be held in Hanover at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, at a later date. Rude’s Fu­neral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Katherine Elizabeth Gleason was born Nov. 11, 1949, the daughter of James and Frances (Brad­shaw) Gleason in Minne­apolis. She attended school in Minneapolis, graduating from Minneapolis Central High School in 1967. At the age of 17 she started work­ing for Northern States Power and stayed with them for 29 years, retiring in 1996. She was united in marriage to Daryl Sipe on March 25, 1972. They made their home on Beebe Lake in Minnesota.
Katie was known as a nomad, a loving wife, just one of “the guys,” and was a best friend to the world. She was fun-loving, always willing to help, and a per­son who enjoyed every minute of her life. For 43 years she taught Daryl how to have fun. People who knew Katie loved her and she loved everyone she met. She will be missed by all who knew her. Her time on Earth was far too short.
Katie is survived by her husband Daryl of Brook­ings, South Dakota; four sisters—Pat Koosmann, Rosemary St. Denis, Judy Payne and Marie Neitzke; three brothers—Gary Gleason, Tom Gleason and George Gleason; several brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Michael and John and sister Marge.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all the Hospice, infusion, and Brookings Hospital personnel who helped Katie through her two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. They were all won­derful, as were her caring neighbors.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com

Lurine Knutson

January 21, 2016

obit Lurine Knutson picJune 5, 1926 – Jan. 12, 2016

Lurine Knutson, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church in rural Hendricks with Pastor Ron Smith of­ficiating. Visitation was 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer ser­vice at 6 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Sing­saas Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hendricks. Birk Fu­neral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
Lurine Myrrle Knutson was born June 5, 1926 near Hendricks, to Albert P. and Mabel (Johnson) Sagmoe. She was the only girl born to the Sagmoe family and she grew up with five older brothers. She graduated from Hen­dricks High School then took nurses’ training in Minneapolis. She worked for the Hendricks Public School before starting at the Hendricks Hospital and Nursing Home, where she worked for 47 years.
On Aug. 28, 1947 Lurine was united in marriage to Paul Oscar Knutson at the First Lutheran Church in Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with seven children. She raised her children and later took care of her mother in her home as well as caring for her father-in-law in their final years. Lurine and Paul were caretakers of Singsaas Lutheran Church for over 25 years.
Lurine enjoyed baking, cooking and reading her Bible. Keeping a journal and a calendar were en­joyable as well. She loved serving others and was very hospitable. Sunday afternoons were always spent visiting others, espe­cially people at the nursing home where she would be known for spreading God’s love and joy. As a resident of the nursing home for al­most the last five years she never missed an activity as she enjoyed them all.
She was a member of Singsaas Free Lutheran Church, where belonged to the Ladies Aid group.
Grateful for having shared Lurine’s life are her seven children—Pauline (Bob) McKnight of Brook­ings, South Dakota, Na­dine (Mike) McHugh of Hendricks, Joline (Mike) Glazier of Hendricks, Peter (Leslie) Knutson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Colleen Knut­son of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kathleen (John) Burke of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Sharlene (Jim) Koenig of Toronto, South Dako­ta; 16 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Al­bert and Mabel Sagmoe, her husband Paul Knutson and five brothers.
Blessed be her memory.

Vincent Sik

January 14, 2016

obit Vincent Sik 20160106_143857April 25, 1922 – Jan. 5, 2016

Vincent Sik, age 93 of Hendricks, died Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 9, 2 p.m. at Grace Unit­ed Methodist Church in Hendricks. Burial was in the Hendricks Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 8, 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service in the Hen­dricks Hospital Chapel. The Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Vincent Adrian Sik was born April 25, 1922 to John and Katherine (Sa­dergaski) Sik at home on the family farm, where he lived and worked his en­tire life. He attended coun­try school District No. 72 through the eighth grade. Following his education, Vincent worked on the family farm.
He married the love of his life, Eloise Hultz, on Feb. 15, 1945. They spent their lives farming, trav­eling to all 50 states, and going to many grandchil­dren’s events. Vince and Ellie celebrated 70 years of marriage in February 2015. Vince became a resident of the Hendricks Nursing Home on Sept. 16, 2013, where he remained until his death on Tues­day, Jan. 5 at the age of 93 years.
Vince was a member of Grace United Method­ist Church in Hendricks, served on the Marble Dis­trict 405 School Board and the Hendricks Elevator Board. He was a lifelong member of the commu­nity. Vince was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Ellie; three daughters—Ila Schult, Betty (Larry) VanDeVeire and Terri An­derson; seven grandchil­dren—Tanya, Brandon, Victoria, Andrea, Jacqulyn, Nicole and Katelyn; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rozy Thompson and Eleanor Wiering; two sisters-in-law, Lydia Sik and Faye Wahl; brother-in-law Nels Jorgensen and many nieces and neph­ews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Martin, and sister Mary Lacek.
Blessed be his memory.

Stanley Lipinski

January 14, 2016

obit Stanley LipinskiJuly 2, 1928 – Jan. 8, 2016

Stanley Lipinski, age 87 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Jan. 8 at the Sanford Medical Center in Canby. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the Hendricks Funer­al Home in Hendricks with Fr. Ron Huberty officiating. Burial will be held at a lat­er date. The Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks is en­trusted with the arrange­ments.
Stanley Joseph Lipinski was born July 2, 1928 in Royal Township, Lincoln County, to Anton and Mar­tha (Remerowski) Lipin­ski. Stanley was baptized, received his First Holy Communion and con­firmed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Stanley attended St. John Cantius Parochial School in Wilno, completing the seventh grade, after which he farmed with his dad.
Stanley served in the U.S. Army from August 1951 until October 1953 as a construction engineer in the Korean conflict. Af­ter his tour of duty, Stanley attended television repair school in Kansas City, Mis­souri. He later worked at a variety of jobs including truck driving and working at implement dealerships. After his retirement, he lived in Hendricks.
Stanley’s enjoyments included listening to mu­sic, dancing and traveling. He spent several winters in the southern states. Stanley was a resident of the Senior Haven Nursing Home since August 2014. He died on Jan. 8 at the Sanford Canby Hospital.
Stanley is survived by one sister, Mildred Wodz­inski of Tampa, Florida; one brother, Leo Lipinski of Hendricks; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Clarence, Aloy­sius, Josephine, Walter and Lawrence.
Blessed be his memory.

Neal Ronning

January 7, 2016

obit Neal Ronning pic3Feb. 13, 1949 – Dec. 26, 2015

Neal Ronning, age 66 of rural White, South Dakota, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at Sanford Medical Center in Clear Lake, South Dakota.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor David Schoeld officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Calvary Cemetery east of Hendricks. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Neal Eddie Ronning was born Feb. 13, 1949 in Hendricks to Eddie and Bowena (Prevo) Ronning. He attended country school in Brookings County, South Dakota at District No. 74. He graduated from Hendricks High School in 1967 then attended South Dakota State University and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture. All Neal ever wanted to do was farm; he farmed with his parents until their passing in 1992 then took over and continued to farm his family’s land.
Neal was a very social and generous person who loved to be an organic farmer. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, MN Sustainable Farming Association, OCIA, NPSAS and Dakota Rural Action.
Grateful for having shared Neal’s life are his siblings—Brenda Ronning of Brookings, South Dakota, Donald Ronning of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Joyce (Deven) Oldenburg of Rochester; three nephews—Kris (Suzanna) Oldenburg, Kyle Oldenburg and Nicholas Oldenburg; one niece, Rebecca (Harry) Kingston; one uncle, Harris Halstead, and cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Eddie and Bowena Ronning, both maternal and paternal grandparents, and aunts and uncles.
Blessed be his memory.

Orland Thompson

January 4, 2016

obit Thompson, OrlandFeb. 21, 1933 – Dec. 18, 2015

Funeral service for Or­land Thompson, age 81 of Alexandria, was held Tuesday, Dec. 22 at First Lutheran Church in Alex­andria. Rev. Phil Blow offi­ciated. Interment followed on Wednesday. Dec. 23 in Hendricks. Military hon­ors were accorded by the American Legion Post 87, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 936, the Vietnam Vet­erans of America Chapter 235 and the Minnesota National Guard.
Orland Jay “OT” Thomp­son was born Feb. 21, 1933 in Pierre, South Da­kota, the son of Oliver and Thelma (Tvedt) Thomp­son. He grew up in Draper, South Dakota and later in Hendricks, where he grad­uated from high school. Following high school, OT joined the U.S. Air Force in December 1951. He was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base, where he learned aircraft mechan­ics. OT later served in Ko­rea during the Korean War. He was discharged from the service in December 1955.
He returned to South Dakota where he attended South Dakota State College and received his engineer­ing degree. OT and Sharon Kamstra had known each other since she was age ten; on Nov. 28, 1958 they were united in marriage. They lived in Brookings, South Dakota briefly be­fore moving to Milwau­kee, Wisconsin, where OT worked for Allis Chalmers Co. He brought his fam­ily back to Minnesota and worked for the 3M Compa­ny in St. Paul. When 3M de­cided to open a new plant in Alexandria, OT was on board. He moved his fam­ily to Alexandria and was on the team that started the new factory there. In 1992 OT retired from 3M.
OT was always fasci­nated with aviation. He worked on airplanes in the service, learned to fly and was an avid flyer of radio-controlled airplanes and sailplanes. He was a member of the Model Air­plane Club and the Acad­emy of Model Aeronautics. OT liked spending time playing cards; his favorite games were Screwy Louie and solitaire. Music was an important part of OT’s life. He played trombone in marching bands and taught himself to play the piano, accordion, guitar and trombone. OT was a sportsman. He enjoyed hunting; he hunted deer, geese, pheasants and grouse. He loved hunting with his dogs. He also en­joyed spending time fish­ing in the summer and winter. OT admired the fishing Catch and Release program so much that, for hunters, he founded the Shoot and Release pro­gram. OT was well-liked for his sense of humor. Most important to OT was his family, he loved his children and was proud of them. Sharon was the love of his life and he was hers.
On Friday, Dec. 18, OT died surrounded by his family in the home-like setting of Prairie Senior Cottages.
OT is survived by his lov­ing wife Sharon Thompson of Alexandria; son Scott Thompson and wife Julie of Glyndon; daughter Jodi Simons and husband Kevin of Brookings, South Dako­ta; grandchildren, Tafney, Josh, Allie, Cassie (Matt and Gidget) and Ashley (Race); two brothers, War­ren Thompson and wife Darla of Dayton, Ohio and Tommy Thompson and wife Wanda of Wilming­ton, North Carolina; broth­er-in-law Russell Smith of Hendricks; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Virginia Smith.

Neal Ronning

January 4, 2016

Neal Ronning, age 66 of rural Hendricks, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26 at Sanford Medical Center in Clear Lake, South Da­kota.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor David Schoeld of­ficiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Calva­ry Cemetery, east of Hen­dricks. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Grateful for having shared Neal’s life are his siblings—Brenda Ronning of Brookings, South Da­kota, Donald Ronning of Nashua, New Hampshire, and Joyce (Deven) Old­eburg of Rochester; neph­ews Kris (Suzanna) Olden­burg, Kyle Oldenburg and Nicholas Oldenburg; niece Rebecca (Harry) Kingston; uncle Harris Halstead and cousins and friends.

Barbara J. Nelson

December 24, 2015

Sept. 12, 1966 – Dec. 20, 2015

ObitSept. 12, 1966 – Dec. 20, 2015 Barbara J. Nelson, age 49 of White, South Dakota, died Sunday, Dec. 20 at Sanford/USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, South Dakota. No formal services are planned. Barbara Jean (McGhghy) Nelson was born Sept. 12, 1966 in Beloit, Kansas to Lloyd and Marlene (Dennison) McGhghy. She graduated from high school in Plainville, Kansas. She received training to be a Certified Nursing Assistant then worked in Phillipsburg and Stockton, Kansas. She also worked as a housekeeper. In 2007 she moved to White, South Dakota and worked at the Hendricks Nursing Home as a CNA. She enjoyed drawing. Survivors include her four children—Kasey (Kevin) Kulla of Hartford, South Dakota, David (Lexi) Nelson of Hartford, South Dakota, Sierra (Zak) Brown of White, South Dakota, and Rachelle (Colton) Nelson) of Stockton, Kansas; six grandchildren— Jaxon, Blake, Kamden, Korbin, Colton and Kiley; two sisters—Dorothy (Patrick) Lauber of Osborne, Kansas and Cindy (LeRoy) Buser of Mankato, Kansas; nephews Michael, Jamie, Matthew, Jonathan, Nicholas and Shawn Lauber and niece Tanya Buser. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David.


Neil Johnson

December 17, 2015

obit Johnson, Neil photoSept. 23, 1931 – Dec. 9, 2015

Neil P Johnson, age 84 of Longville, formerly of Burnsville and Elk River, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Dec. 9 at Hennepin County Medical Center, following a tragic car accident.
Celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 at Life Church, 2201 W. 108th St., Bloomington.
Neil was born Sept. 23, 1931 to Clifford and Helen (Pierson) Johnson at Swedish Hospital, Min­neapolis. Neil was a true entrepreneur at heart; he started his first business as a high schooler deliv­ering ice. He graduated from Robbinsdale High School and joined the U.S. Navy, while completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mu­sic Education.
He married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Pollock, in 1953. They had two children, Denny and Pam. During that time, Neil worked as a high school band teacher, then worked for the Fingerhut Corpora­tion, after which he started a mail marketing business, and later purchased a re­tail floor covering store. After Gloria’s passing, he raised his two children for six years by himself. In 1970 he married Netta, and his family grew by four children—Vicki, Mike, Pat and Bev.
Neil enjoyed traveling and anything that was an adventure. Some of his fa­vorite trips were to Spain, Hawaii and Mexico. One of the most memorable trips was a three-week vacation with the clan of eight, traveling in a sta­tion wagon with a pop-up camper across the west­ern U.S. Most recently, he traveled as far southeast as the Florida Keys, and as far northwest as Alaska within the same year.
Neil had a true appre­ciation for nature that he passed along to his chil­dren and grandchildren. Whether camping, hunt­ing, or boating, he loved being in the outdoors, es­pecially with his family. He was a man who loved to explore, but one of his fa­vorite places to be was at a table filled with good food he prepared for those he loved. Neil kept his mind sharp doing daily cross­word puzzles and beating his buddies in Cribbage. Although he loved his win­ters in Texas, Neil was a true Minnesotan, cheering on the Twins, Vikings and Gophers. Neil had many passions, but most of all he loved family and spend­ing time with his children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends.
Neil was preceded in death by his wives Gloria and Netta, daughter Vicki, granddaughter Lucy Kate, brother Corky and sister Phyllis. He is survived by his children—Mike, Denny (Kate), Pam (Mark), Pat (Kristin) and Bev (Sara); 13 grandchildren and many friends and rela­tives.

Darlene Ball

December 17, 2015

obit Darlene BallNov. 28, 1930 – Dec. 4, 2015

Darlene (Wahl) Ball passed away Friday, Dec. 4 at home in Denver, Colo­rado surrounded by her loving family.
Darlene Gloria Jean (Wahl) Ball was born Nov. 28, 1930 to Joseph and Ida (Hexem) Wahl on a farm in Brookings County, South Dakota. She grew up on the farm, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended rural school in Lake Hendricks Township and gradu­ated from Hendricks High School in Hendricks. After attending Nettleton Com­mercial College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she worked as a secretary at various companies there. In 1952 she and a girl­friend ventured to Den­ver, Colorado where she worked as a secretary for a number of firms. On July 16, 1955 she was united in marriage to James Ball at Singsaas Lutheran Church, rural Hendricks. To this union four children were born—Susan, Cynthia, John and Elizabeth.
Darlene enjoyed work­ing for 25 years at Univer­sity of Colorado Hospital in the medical records department. She and Jim traveled to Santa Fe and Albuquerque often, where they loved trying Mexican restaurants. They made memorable trips to New Orleans, Washington,DC and Banff National Park. They also made many journeys to Oregon, Indi­ana, Nebraska, South Da­kota and Minnesota to visit family and friends. Darlene loved to bake pies, lemon bars and cinnamon rolls and cook beef barley soup, sharing her creations with many. Later in life, her day always included watching an episode of “Jeopardy.” Her good humor and so­cial grace will be missed by all who knew her.
Darlene is survived by her husband of 60 years James Ball; her four chil­dren—Susan (Michael) Horn of Monticello, In­diana, Cynthia (David) Schiappa of Lorane, Ore­gon, John Ball (Cheryl Kes­sell) of Omaha, Nebraska and Elizabeth (Michael) Boxler of Golden, Colo­rado; five grandsons— Ian Kimsey, Walter Horn, James Herman, Benjamin Herman and Nicholas Boxler; step-granddaugh­ter Cynthia Butler; her dearest and oldest friend Eloise Rickard; a host of other loving relatives and friends, and Juno, her kitty companion.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harvey Wahl and grandson John Thomas Horn.
Darlene’s family sin­cerely thanks the Denver Hospice for their guid­ance, encouragement and loving care in the past few weeks and Atonement Lu­theran Church, where Jim and Darlene have been members for years and encourage memorial do­nations be given to either organization. Addition­ally, Darlene loved animals and our family would like to encourage donations of useful items or money to the Foothills Animal Shelter (www.foothillsani­malshelter.org)