Walter Panka

December 15, 2011

Walter Panka, age 87 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Hen­dricks Hospital in Hen­dricks.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Mon­day, Dec. 12 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visi­tation was from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 with a prayer service at 5 p.m.; rosary followed at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno and continued one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial was in St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno.

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Walter L. Panka was born in Lincoln County on Aug. 21, 1924 to John and Veronica (Janiszeski) Panka. He was baptized at St. John Cantius Church in Wilno. At age four he moved with his parents and sisters to St. Cloud, then returned to Ivanhoe at age eight, where he re­ceived First Communion and attended school until seventh grade. The next year the family moved to Wilno, where he attended school, was confirmed and graduated eighth grade. During the next few years he lived on several farms while his dad worked for those farmers. After his sister Martha was married and moved to a farm with her husband Paul, Walter liked the farm life they had so much that he talked his parents into buying a farm in Marble Township.

Walter was united in marriage to Evelyn Citter­man on June 19, 1951 in Wilno. To this union they were blessed with five chil­dren. The couple lived and farmed in Lincoln County for 40-plus years, where they raised their family. They retired in 2001 and moved to Ivanhoe. Church was very important to Walter. He served as an altar boy, helped his dad with janitorial duties and was an usher. Walter en­joyed farming, fishing for bullheads, carpentry work and telling stories. He al­ways looked forward to Sundays when the entire family would gather for dinner.

Walter is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ev­elyn Panka of Ivanhoe; their five children: Joann (Randy) Swanson of Fargo, N.D., David (Maureen) of Ivanhoe, Gene (Diane) of Canby, Donna Giere of New London and John (Car­men) of Ghent; 13 grand­children: Brian Schlap­kohl, Dawn Paulsrud, Alan, Michael, Daniel and Adam Panka, Victoria Harrison, Scott and Melissa Panka, Logan and Emily Giere and Braeden and Ava Panka, and seven great-grandchil­dren: Laura, Jack, Emma, Allyson, Abigail, Nathan and Madilyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sis­ters Emily and Martha and brothers Harry and Frank.

Blessed be his memory.

Gene Miller

December 15, 2011

Gene Miller, age 72 of Hendricks, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Hendricks Hospi­tal after a courageous bat­tle with cancer.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Bruce Mueller of­ficiating. Visitation was 5-7p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the Hen­dricks City Cemetery.

Gene Robert Miller was born June 14, 1939 in Min­neapolis to parents Lewis and Marguerite (Nichols) Miller. He was united in marriage to Millie Thom­sen on Aug. 26, 1989 in Coon Rapids.

Gene enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and just being outdoors in nature. He also enjoyed cars, es­pecially hot rods. Gene’s friends meant the world to him and he treasured the time spent visiting with each and every one of them. Gene had a true love for the Lord and he found comfort within his faith.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks, where he was president and treasurer.

Grateful for having shared Gene’s life is his wife of 22 years, Millie Miller of Hendricks; his daughter Angella (John) Fuller and their children Connor, Andy and Rachel of Becker; his son Robert Buelow of Carlisle, Iowa; one sister, Lois (Butch) Belmore of Crystal; sis­ter-in-law Mary Miller of Oakdale and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Marguerite Miller and one brother, Lewis “Jerry” Miller.

Blessed be his memory.

Harold Mickelson

December 8, 2011

Harold Mickelson, age 97 of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Saturday, Nov. 19. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Wild Flower Presbyterian Church with burial follow­ing at Hills of Rest Memo­rial Park. Visitation was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Survivors include his daughter Sharon (Francis) Eliason of Tampa, Fla., son Paul Mickelson of Sioux Falls, S.D., five grandchil­dren, 13 great-grandchil­dren, one great-great-grandchild and sisters Ida Goodroad of Brookings, S.D., Wilma Gerth of Wa­tertown, S.D. and Erlis An­derson of Astoria, S.D.

Kermit S. Kirkvold

December 8, 2011

Kermit S. Kirkvold, age 84 of Casa Grande, Ariz., died on Nov. 28 at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.

The memorial service was at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Sonland Lutheran Church, Casa Grande, with the Rev. Duane Bottjen of­ficiating.

Mr. Kirkvold was born on Dec. 7, 1926 near Brook­ings, S.D., on a farm, and to parents Peder and Emma (Singsaas) Kirkvold. He moved to Hendricks in 1942 and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1944. He worked with his father at a service station until he was inducted into the army in February 1945, during World War II. He was discharged in 1946, continued working with his father at the station as partners and bought his share in 1960. He sold the station in 1990.

Kermit married Mavis Nelson on Aug. 18, 1950. They raised two of Mr. Kirkvold’s cousins as fos­ter children.

Survivors include his wife Mavis; two sons, Brian Kirkvold of South Dakota and Alan Singsaas of California; a daughter, Janet Swenson of Oregon; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, JoAnn Kirkvold, and a sister, Clarice Bruns.

J. Warren Funeral Ser­vices, Cole and Maud The Gardens Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Gene Miller

December 8, 2011

Gene Miller, age 72 of Hendricks, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Hendricks Hospi­tal after a courageous bat­tle with cancer.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Bruce Mueller officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visita­tion will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Hendricks City Cem­etery.

Grateful for having shared Gene’s life is his wife of 22 years, Millie Miller of Hendricks; his daughter Angella (John) Fuller and their children Connor, Andy and Rachel of Becker; his son Robert Buelow of Carlisle, Iowa; one sister, Lois (Butch) Belmore of Crystal, and many good friends.

Blessed be his memory.

Brian L. Ruhd

November 17, 2011

Brian L. Ruhd, age 55 of Sioux Falls, S.D., formerly of Brandt, S.D., passed away on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 in the Highland Lutheran Church, Brandt, S.D., with Rev. Carlene Rhody offi­ciating. Burial was in the Highland Lutheran Cem­etery, rural Brandt. Visi­tation was from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 in the Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt and resumed one hour prior to the ser­vice. The Houseman Fu­neral Home in Clear Lake, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.

Brian Leon Ruhd was born on Dec. 31, 1955 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Dar­rell and Annie (Schepker) Ruhd. Brian was baptized on Jan. 29, 1956 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids with his sponsors Lee and Marian Ruhd. The family moved to the Brandt, S.D. area where Brian graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1974. He continued his educa­tion at cosmetology school in Minneapolis. Following his graduation he was em­ployed in the Minneapolis area as a hair stylist. Brian then moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. and worked at Don and Co. as a hair stylist. He then started traveling throughout South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa sell­ing hair products to salons. Later he attended SDSU in Brookings, S.D. where he received his Bachelor of Science of music educa­tion in May of 2001 and a Masters of Education in December of 2002. While at SDSU, he participated in the Statesmen and Madrigal Choirs, where he enjoyed performing and entertaining, includ­ing his personal recitals. Upon graduation from SDSU, Brian was a substi­tute teacher for schools in Clear Lake, Sioux Falls and Brookings, S.D., teaching music and ESL (English as the secondary language). Brian resided in Sioux Falls due to his many challenges with health issues.

He enjoyed going to school, music of all variet­ies, computers and, most recently, quilting and sew­ing. He was always on the ball sending cards for spe­cial occasions and always wanting to know what the nieces and nephews were up to.

Brian is survived by his father Darrell Ruhd of Brandt, S.D.; siblings: Terry (Cherie) Ruhd of Brandt, S.D., Darla (Greg) Toben of Clear Lake, S.D., Brad (Tammy) Ruhd of To­ronto, S.D., Peggy (Dwight) Buller of Hendricks, Neal (Polly) Ruhd of Clear Lake, S.D. and Patsy (Don) Cas­sels of Clear Lake, S.D.; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; special friends include Lori (Bear) Watkins of Sioux Falls, who had been Brian’s caregiver for the past four years, Kevin Ball of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dennis Seen of Minneapo­lis and Curtis Skjong of Chicago, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his mother Annie Ruhd, niece Sarah Buller and several aunts and un­cles.

Kenneth Olson

November 14, 2011

Kenneth Olson, age 92 of Hendricks, passed away at his home on Saturday, Nov. 5. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Duane Baun offici­ating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the East Hendricks Cemetery with military honors by the Rueben-Hanson American Legion Post 195 of Hen­dricks and the Canby VFW.

Kenneth Milo Olson was born March 13, 1919 to parents Oscar and Della (Jensen) Olson in Mar­ble Township of Lincoln County. He was baptized and confirmed at Marble Lutheran Church. During WWII, Kenneth served in the U.S. Army, 74th Artil­lery Battalion Unit. Upon returning home he en­gaged in farming. On June 24, 1951 Kenneth was unit­ed in marriage to Deloris Aune at Calvary Lutheran Church, Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with one daughter, Darla. Kenneth farmed before moving to Fargo-Moor­head, where he was em­ployed by John Deere Co. as a mechanic for 20 years before retiring to Hen­dricks in 1976. As a youth, Kenneth helped build the Marble Church. He was a member of Christ Lu­theran Church, Hendricks American Legion, Canby VFW and Sons of Nor­way, Vennskap Lodge 554. Some of his enjoyments in life were spent fishing, gardening and on his farm. His most cherished mo­ments were spent with his grandchildren, Davis and wife Lisa, and Danielle. His greatest rememberances were spending summers at the lake near Alexan­dria. He enjoyed watching the MN Twins and Vikings football. He will be remem­bered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and a kind friend.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Deloris; daugh­ter Darla (Daniel) Buseth; grandchildren: Davis and Lisa Buseth and Danielle Buseth. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Bevelyn Olson, Elizabeth Kloster­man and Joan (Gerald) Lovro; brothers-in-law Cleon Aune, Paul (Penny) Aune and Vernon (Hazel) Maas, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Della Olson, brother Alton and sister Joyce Maas.

Blessed be his memory.

Deb Vierhuf

November 14, 2011

Deb Vierhuf, age 52 of White, S.D., died Monday, Oct. 31 at the Brookings Hospital in Brookings, S.D. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in White, with interment in Fairview Cemetery, White. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Eidsness Fu­neral Chapel in White, and one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church.

Debra Lynn Vierhuf was born Feb. 21, 1959 to Vir­gil and Lucille (Olthoff) Halbur in Slayton. She at­tended public school in Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School. After graduation Deb ma­jored in animal science at South Dakota State Univer­sity. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. She then became a cook at Ione’s Café in Brookings, S.D. for three years until the café burned down.

On Aug. 4, 1984 Deb wed Richard “Butch” Vierhuf in White, S.D. Deb became head cook in the dietary department at the Brook­ings Hospital and was there for 23 1/2 years. For the last few years Deb was employed as an overnight custodian at SDSU until her death.

Deb was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in White, S.D. She enjoyed animals and gardening. She and Butch took their produce to many farmers markets. Deb also liked to sew, knit and embroi­der, taking many of her creations to various craft shows. The time she en­joyed the most was being with all her family.

Deb is survived by her husband Butch of White, S.D.; a step-daughter, Jody (Carl) Unverrich of Ta­coma, Wash.; her parents, Virgil and Lucille Halbur of Slayton; two sisters, Gail (Rick) Demmer of El­lendale and Cheryl (Mike) Kellen of Parkers Prai­rie; two brothers, Doug (Becky) Halbur and Gregg (Denise) Halbur, both of Hadley; one sister-in-law, Barb (Martin) Bosch, of Brookings, S.D.; numerous nieces, nephews and cous­ins and one great-nephew, Karson Kreun.

Delores Vizecky

November 14, 2011

Delores Vizecky, age 76 of Granite Falls, passed away Saturday evening at the Granite Falls Manor.Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Granite Falls. Burial will be in the church cemetery.Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls and contin­ued for one hour prior to the service at the church.Arrangements were with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls.

Delores Ann Vizecky was born to Henry and Sa­die (DeVries) Lambertus on Jan. 17, 1935 in White, S.D. She was baptized and confirmed into the Chris­tian faith at Zion Lutheran Church in White, S.D. Delo­res grew up and attended school in White before she went on and received her teaching degree in Madi­son, S.D. She came back home and taught country school near White. On June 3, 1956 Delores was unit­ed in marriage to Eugene Vizecky at Zion Lutheran Church in White.

Delores was a devoted wife and loving mother who raised her children while caring for the home. They lived in the com­munities of Bushnell, S.D. and Hendricks. When De­lores and Eugene retired from farming they moved to Granite Falls. She was a member of Bethany Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe and was active in many church activities. Delores was currently an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gran­ite Falls. She enjoyed sew­ing, crocheting, knitting, gardening and working on jigsaw puzzles.

Delores is survived by her children: Pamela (Don­ald) Odenbrett of Glencoe, Steven Vizecky of Hen­dricks, Patricia Forseth of Pipestone and Chad (Sarah) Vizecky of Belle Plaine; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one sister, Avis Vier­huf of Hendricks.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eu­gene in 2005, and her par­ents Henry and Sadie.

Colleen Przymus

November 14, 2011

Colleen Przymus, age 58 of Ivanhoe, passed away Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Mon­day, Oct. 31 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno with Father Ron Hu­berty as celebrant. Visita­tion was from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 7p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was in the St. John Cantius Catholic Church Cemetery near Wilno.

Colleen Ann Przymus was born Dec. 1, 1952 in Canby to Myron and Irene (Skorczewski) Las­netski. She was baptized at St. John Cantius Catho­lic Church in Wilno, where she also received First Holy Communion and was confirmed. She graduated from Ivanhoe High School in 1971.

Colleen was united in marriage to Robert Przy­mus on June 9, 1971 in Minneota. To this union they were blessed with three daughters. She re­sided in the Ivanhoe area her whole life. She worked 33 years for Lincoln, Lyon, Murray Human Services until her retirement in 2009. She also worked several other part-time jobs in the community.

Colleen enjoyed garden­ing, golfing, word searches and going out for supper. She also enjoyed all kinds of sports, especially tak­ing stats for the Lincoln HI Boys Basketball Team. She also truly enjoyed trips to the casino, especially her annual birthday trip with Jackie and Patty. Nothing gave her more enjoyment than spending time with her six grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared Colleen’s life is her father, Myron Las­netski of Canby; her three daughters, Jill (Jim) Jerzak and children Hannah and Emma of Ivanhoe, Jackie (John) Lacek and children Terrence, Alex, Jack and Joey of Ivanhoe and Jes­sica (Chad) Olesch of Mar­shall and their father, Bob Przymus of Ivanhoe; three brothers, Gerry Lasnetski, Nick (Linnea) Lasnetski and Jeff (Darla) Lasnetski; two sisters, Maelene (Jim Vanek) Lasnetski and Patty (Jim Redlinger) Lasnetski, and numerous relatives and friends, especially Aunt Elaine Stynski.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Irene Lasnetski.

Blessed be her memory.