Vernon Maas

September 13, 2013

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Aug. 17, 1921 – Sept. 2, 2013

Vernon Maas, age 92 of Canby, passed away Sept. 2 at the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake, S.D.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby with Rev. Levi Bollerud officiating. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Birk Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery. Military honors were provided by Canby/Porter Military Honor Guard. Online registry at
Vernon was born Aug. 17, 1921 in Fort Ransom, N.D., the son of Joseph and Anna (Paulsen) Maas. He was baptized in Fort Ransom and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mora. Vernon went on to graduate from Mora High School. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and served in Europe as a First Lieutenant. Upon coming back, he stayed in the reserves for 20 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He returned to Mora and worked in a general store. Vernon loved working on the family farm, which he bought from his father.
Later, he moved to Canby to work in insurance. He married his first wife Joyce Olson on April 5, 1959 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. They took in foster children as well as having children of their own. After marriage, he worked for the City of Canby. On June 19, 1994 he married Hazel (Hansen) Maas. He was active in his church and community. He became mayor after retiring from the city. At church he was a Sunday School teacher and volunteered with Aid Association for Lutherans on projects. Vernon was a volunteer driver and enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
He is survived by his wife Hazel of Clear Lake, S.D.; two daughters, Diane (Gary) Sik of Tyler and Elaine Maas of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one son, Brian (Michelle) Maas of Beresford, S.D.; two grandsons, Derek and Dustin Maas of Beresford, S.D.; one sister, Ruby Felt of Watertown; one brother, Gerald Maas of Northfield; two step-daughters, Darlene Tesch of Clear Lake, S.D. and Diane Jensen of Appleton.
Vernon was preceded in death by his first wife on Aug. 30, 1992; his parents; four brothers, Harry, Howard, Earl and Melvin Maas; one sister, Margaret Howard; and an infant daughter.
Blessed be his memory.

Timothy Petersen

September 6, 2013

Timothy Petersen, age 53, of Lake Benton passed away on Friday, Aug. 30 at his home.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson officiating. Visitation is from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday at the church prior to the service.
Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery at a later date.
Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Robert Pederson

August 29, 2013

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Aug. 20, 1934 – Nov. 21, 2012

Robert Jerome Pederson was born Aug. 20, 1934 in Nunda, S.D., the fifth of seven children of Philip and Burnette (Halseth) Pederson. He was a brother of five surviving siblings— June (Jack) Barker, Burt (Joan) Pederson, Phyllis Leuning, Gaylene (David) Olson and Rodney (Kathy) Pederson— and an uncle to many nieces and nephews.
His family moved to Estelline, S.D. and later to Hendricks with their grocery store business. He attended Hendricks Public School and enjoyed playing basketball, football and track. He was confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Hendricks. After graduating from high school he attended the Minnesota Institute of Art to study commercial art and dedicated his career to creating images and artwork for his clients and family.
Robert married Marilyn Westpahl on June 19, 1960 at Immanuel Evangelical United Brethren Church in Sheldon, N.D. They built their home in Golden Valley in 1962, when they also joined Calvary Lutheran Church of Golden Valley. The couple was blessed with two sons, Todd (Diane) and Mark (Diane), and six grandchildren— Marit Helen Kristiana, Luke James, Aiden Philip, Karl Anders, Caleb Francis and Aaron Edwin. He enjoyed his family, traveling, hunting with his brothers and nephews, sports and following his grandchildren’s activities.
Robert entered eternal rest on Nov. 21, 2012 at methodist Hospital following a long struggle with heart disease. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother Miles.
Robert was a beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend. His compassion and strong will to live will continue as an inspiration for those who loved him.
Blessed be his memory.
Inurnment will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery on Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. Please bring a lawn chair.

Elaine Nelson

August 22, 2013

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Elaine (Pearson) Nelson, age 80 of Estelline, S.D., died Tuesday, Aug. 13 at her home. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the United Church of Christ in Estelline, S.D. Geise Funeral Home of Estelline, S.D. assisted the family with arrangments.
The daughter of Melvin J. and Myrna F. (Nord) Pearson, Elaine was born June 17, 1933 in Flandreau, S.D. She grew up in the Hendricks-Astoria area and attended school in Hendricks and Ivanhoe. She was united in marriage to Wilfurd “Willie” Nelson on March 11, 1951 in Hendricks. They moved to Estelline, S.D. in 1966 and Elaine attended nursing school at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D., graduating in 1980. She was employed at the Estelline Hospital until its closing then worked at the Clear Lake Hospital. During the winter months she worked as a nurse in Arizona. Willie died on Feb. 3, 1995 and she continued to live in Estelline and winter in Arizona. Elaine was married to William Kingslien on April 7, 1999 and they continued to live in Estelline and winter in Arizona. She retired from nursing in 2003. Elaine died on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at her residence in Estelline at the age of 80 years.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Estelline and was very active in church and community activities. Elaine was instrumental in beginning the Estelline women’s exercise group.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband William Kingslien of Estelline, S.D.; son Bruce (Ronna) of Craig, Colo.; daughters Patricia IntVeld (Donald) of Glidden, Iowa, Julie Ellefson (Brian) of Waterford, Wisc. and Amy Shimon (Brian) of Havelock, Iowa; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three stepchildren; nine step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; her brother Kenneth Pearson (Marge) of Hendricks; sisters Fern Nelson of Hendricks and Janet Johnson (Alan) of Sioux Falls, S.D., and a host of other relatives and friends.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband Wilfurd and her parents.

Ramona Bailey

August 15, 2013


Oct. 10, 1939 – Aug. 6, 2013

Ramona D. Bailey, age 73 of Austin, died Tuesday, Aug. 6. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at the Hendricks Cemetery, Hendricks, with the Reverend John Stellick officiating. Visitation was held at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday.
Ramona Darlene Christensen was born Oct. 10, 1939 in Hendricks, the daughter of Merton and Lillie (Jensen) Christensen. Ramona graduated from Hendricks High School and moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for Honeywell. She was married to Everett A. Bailey on Feb. 14, 1959 in Hendricks.The Baileys lived in Austin, where Ramona worked as a secretary for the Austin Adjusting Co. and Weber Adjusting Co. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Ramona was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett in 1996, brother Gene and sister Frances.
She is survived by her son Robin Bailey of Austin, daughter Debbie Bailey of Austin, brother Calvin Christensen of Canby and nieces and nephews.

May Knutson

August 15, 2013

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Sept. 9, 1922 – Aug. 6, 2013

May Knutson, age 90 of Canby, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.
Funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby with the Rev. Janet Colby officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Birk Funeral Home in Canby with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to service at the church. Burial was in Trinity (Wahlstrom) Cemetery in rural Canby. Online registry is available at
May Nellie Knutson was born Sept. 9, 1922 in Hammer Township, rural Canby, the daughter of William (Warner) and Gertrude (Leuenberger) Smith. May was baptized on Nov. 5, 1922, had her first communion in 1939 and was confirmed on April 23, 1939 at the First English Lutheran Church in Canby. She attended school in Canby and graduated from Canby High School. May was united in marriage to Myron Knutson on May 8, 1953 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. May prided herself in being a great mother, homemaker and grandmother. She lived all her life in rural Canby.
May was a member of the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. Because of May’s love for history she would often visit local museums. She enjoyed reading, archeology articles in National Geographic and collecting NASA space articles.
May is survived by her two sons, Wesley Knutson of Canby and Dennis and Vera Knutson of League City, Texas; three grandchildren, Vera Lynn, Laura and David Knutson, all of League City, Texas, and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
May was preceded in death by her husband Myron and her parents William and Gertrude Smith.
Memorials are preferred “In Memory of May Knutson” to the Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55905.
Blessed be her memory.

Barbara Johnson

August 9, 2013

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Dec. 5, 1935 – Aug. 4, 2013

Barbara Jeannine (Arndt) Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D., formerly of Hendricks, died peacefully at Sanford Hospital on Aug. 4 after her courageous battle against multiple illnesses. Each day of her life she lived with dignity and grace and always had a positive attitude, a beautiful smile and a loving heart.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. A graveside service will follow on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, S.D. with the family present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m.
Barb was born on Dec. 5, 1935 to Blanche Florence Johnson and Harvey Ray Arndt in Minneapolis. She grew up in the Cities and graduated from high school in Columbia Heights. After graduation Barb worked at the University of Minnesota, where she met and later married David Lloyd Johnson on Dec. 3, 1960. After they married they moved to Hendricks, where they worked and raised their children. Barb had three daughters, Mary Beth, Kirsten Darlene and Stacy Lynn. Kirsten went to Heaven at 13 months of age due to complications of spina bifida.
In addition to working at the University of Minnesota, Barb worked as a nurse’s aide and as a cook at a senior citizens center. The career she was most proud of was her 15-year career as a U.S. Postal employee. After retirement from the Postal Service, she was blessed with the opportunity to serve five years as a receptionist and secretary for First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Barb so loved her church and her church family and also cherished her Ruth Circle ladies and their fellowship. Barb was most proud of her daughters and especially of her five grandchildren. Barb made every effort to attend all of their childhood events and times spent watching her grandkids grow were the highlights of her life. Barb also loved all of her church activities; she loved to cook, read and travel, especially to Norway; the ocean cruises and camping near Ely in northern Minnesota, and basically spending time anywhere with family and friends.
Barb will be deeply missed by two daughters and their husbands, Mary (David) Howard and Stacy (Troy) Thompson; five grandchildren, Megan Kirsten, Molly Marie and Maxwel David Howard and Sadey Lynn and Brody Loren Thompson; one sister, Sharon (Wayne) Paschke; six nieces and nephews, Nancy Stangle, Steve Paschke, Deanne Paschke Altenhofen, Raymond Tiradeau, Joni Selle and Bruce Van Valkenburg; six Godchildren, Amy Kvernmo, Sara Citterman, Deanne Paschke Altenhofen, Nancy Stangle, Raymond Tiradeau and Allen Peterson, and one special friend, Robbyn (Matt) Kerkaert and their sons Jackson, Justin and Jett.
Barb was preceded in death by her husband David Johnson, daughter Kirsten Johnson, mother Blanche Arndt, sister Darlene Tiradeau, brother Jerry Arndt and her dear cat Arne.
Blessed be her life, blessed be her memory.

Ruby Campbell

August 2, 2013

Oct. 1, 1948 – Dec. 22, 2012

A memorial service for Ruby Koopman-Campbell will be held at the West Elim Cemetery on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. Please bring a chair.
Ruby was born Oct. 1, 1948 in Ivanhoe to Frank and Jeanettie Koopman.
She is survived by her beloved husband Fred Campbell; daughters Nicki Pantuso (Bobby), Aviva Campbell and Anna Campbell; grandsons Jake, Josh and Joey; brothers Harvey (Muriel), Joel (Jan) and Garry (Barb); sister Wanice Hoff (Dick), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert (Robin) and Johndale.

Jon Axelsen

July 18, 2013

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Oct. 12, 1961 – July 8, 2013

Jon Axelsen, age 51 of Marshall, passed away Monday, July 8 at his residence in Marshall.
Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 12 at Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson officiating. Visitation was from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. A private family internment will take place in Hendricks City Cemetery. Online registry at
Jon Jay Axelsen was born on Oct. 12, 1961 in Hendricks, the son of Daniel J. and LeAnn (Kragness) Axelsen. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Jon served his country in the U.S. Army. He was married to Kathryn Holt on May 25, 1983 at First Lutheran Church and to this union three children were born—Joshua, Daniel and Kristina. After going to Minnesota School of Business, they lived in Minneapolis when Jon was employed with Prudential for a few years; then he went into construction where he was a welder and pipefitter. Jon was a member of the American Legion Post 113 in Marshall. He lived in Marshall until his passing.
Jon is survived by his daughter Kristina and son Joshua; grandsons Brendan, Kaidan and Christopher; mother LeAnn Steffen; sister Peggy (Joe) Johnson; brother David (Lisa) Axelsen; nieces and nephews Blake and Kayla Johnson, Andy (Andray) Knutson and Tom Knutson, Dalton and Derek Axelsen, and many cousins and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his dad Daniel, son Daniel, maternal grandparents Harold and Hazel Kragness and paternal grandparents Albert and Evangeline Axelsen.
Blessed be his memory.

Harold Conlin

July 18, 2013

obit Harold ConlinOct. 19, 1936 – July 8, 2013

Harold Conlin passed away July 8 at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. A Celebration of Life service was held at 11 a.m. on July 11 at Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, S.D. Heritage Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, S.D. handled the arrangements.
Harold Everett Conlin was born at home in rural Sherburn on Oct. 19, 1936 to Eddie Conlin and Hazel Marie (DeLapp) Conlin. He had two brothers, Edward “Bud” and David, and two sisters, Mavis and Leila Rae (stillborn). He was the grandson of Nick Conlin, a police officer in Sherburn. He attended country school in Martin County. He moved with his family to a farm in Jackson County when he was 12. He helped his father farm and later came to run the farm until 1986.
He met his wife Sheris Ann Titus while dancing at the Fox Lake Ballroom outside of Sherburn and they married on Feb. 18, 1956. They had four children—Glen Michael (died at birth), Marci Layne, Jaci Lee and Staci Lyn.
Harold loved farming, hunting, fishing, cowboy hats and boots. He always had a tool pouch hooked on his belt as he could fix almost anything. He enjoyed his numerous trips to various places in the U.S. to hunt, fish, camp and go for snowmobile rides. He loved working the land and could be found at all hours of the day in the fields. However, sometimes he managed to find the time to play a few pranks with and on his friends.
Harold and Sheri later resettled in Sioux Falls, S.D. where he became a pipefitter with Total Fire Protection and worked there until he retired. Harold and Sheris divorced after nearly 36 years of marriage.
Harold met his special friend Patricia Schaefer, who shared his love of the outdoors. He and Pat spent many years being each other’s friend and companion.
Harold lived his life to the fullest each day. He remained active even in his later years despite his chronic respiratory illness. Even on his last day he didn’t quit until the chores were done. The lawn needed to be mowed so Harold strapped the oxygen tank to the mower and got to work. The next day his breathing became difficult so he was brought to Sanford Medical Center, where it became known that he suffered a heart attack. He later died of heart complications, advanced COPD and prostate cancer. He passed away peacefully on July 8 with his “three girls” and Pat by his side.
He leaves behind his three daughters—Marci (Antonio) Rodriguez of Trophy Club, Texas, Jaci (John) Entenza of Hudson, Wisc. and Staci (Rollin) Unruh of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four grandchildren—Gabriella Rodriguez, Andrew Entenza, Samuel Entenza and Erin Unruh; special friend Patricia Schaefer of Chancellor, S.D. and her two children, Roberta Weelborg and Lynn Schaefer; sister Mavis (George) Conors of Hendricks; sister-in-law Ruth Conlin of St. Paul; many nephews, nieces, dear friends and ex-wife Sheris Kensinger of San Benito, Texas.
Harold was preceded in death by his infant son Glen, his parents Eddie and Hazel, two brothers, Edward and David, and infant sister Leila Rae. He is returning home to Sherburn where he will be laid to rest in the Conlin family plot.