Judith Ronning

July 13, 2012

Judith Ronning, age 98 of Hendricks, passed away on Sunday, July 1 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel in Hendricks with Rev. Duane Baun officiat­ing. Visitation was from 12-2 p.m. at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel the day of the service. Burial was in at the Singsaas Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Judith Selma Ronning was born on May 8, 1914 to parents Andrew and Caroline (Kirkvold) Ron­ning near Lake Hendricks in Brookings County, S.D.She was baptized in the First Lutheran Church in Hendricks and was con­firmed at Singsaas Luther­an Church. She attended District 73 country school for eight years.

Judith worked in Min­neapolis for five years do­ing housework before she returned to Hendricks, where she worked at the hospital in the kitchen. She had then taken LPN training and passed her test. She worked at the Hendricks Hospitalas an LPN until her retirement in 1979.

She enjoyed gardening and doing fancy work such as sewing and embroidery. She also enjoyed singing in the church choir and many other church activities.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the church choir, Ladies Aid, Circle and LDR.

Grateful for having shared Judith’s life is her sister-in-law Lynn Ron­ning of California; one niece, Irene Lovejoy of Sandpoint,Idaho, and nu­merous great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents An­drew and Caroline Ron­ning; two sisters, Clara and Ida, and three brothers, Clarence, Alvin and Justin.

Blessed be her memory.

Rudolf “Rudy” Hamer

July 13, 2012

Rudolf “Rudy” Hamer, age 85 of Hendricks, died Saturday, July 7 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Duane Baun officiat­ing. Burial will be in the Hendricks City Cemetery, Hendricks. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visita­tion will resume Wednes­day one hour prior to the service at the church. Birk Funeral Home in Hen­dricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Rudolf August Hamer was born March 18, 1927 to parents Rudolf and Emma (Brandt) Hamer in Lake Benton. In 1950 he served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On June 26, 1954 he was united in marriage to Pearl Kvernmo at First Lutheran Church in Hendricks. To this union two children were born, Gregory and Denise. Rudy and Pearl lived on a farm west of Hendricks, where they be­gan farming. Rudy started the first dairy farm with a milking parlor. Rudy re­tired from farming in 1973 and moved into Hendricks. During this time he started doing sales for silo unload­ers and worked with Louis Sherlin as a monument salesman.

Rudy was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Western Community Ac­tion for 11 years and the Ruben-Hansen American Legion Post 195. Rudy en­joyed playing cards, danc­ing, fishing and watching the Twins and Vikings. His greatest enjoyment was his family and granddaughters Chelsea and Justine.

Grateful for having shared his life is his wife Pearl; son Greg Hamer of Hendricks; daughter De­nise (Hamer) Sternke, son-in-law Ken Sternke and two granddaughters, Chel­sea and Justine Sternke, all of Lino Lakes, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ru­dolf and Emma Hamer; two sisters and their spouses, Meta(Donald) Kahnk and Ida (Ray) Kontz, and two brothers, Ted and Walter.

Blessed be his memory.

August Hamer

July 7, 2012

August Hamer, age 85 of Hendricks, passed away on Wednesday, June 20 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 25 at Christ Lutheran Church  in Hendricks with Pastor Allen Molascon offi­ciating. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 at Birk Funeral Home in Hen­dricks and resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the East Hendricks Cem­etery with military hon­ors by the Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195 of Hendricks.

August Wilhelm Hamer was born April 29, 1927 to parents Wilhelm and Marie (Kruger) Hamer in Lake Benton. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

August was united in marriage to Darlene Hoff on June 5, 1955 at Calvary Lutheran Churchin Hen­dricks, where they lived and raised their family. Darlene passed away on Jan. 18, 2002.

August enjoyed wood­working, tinkering, fish­ing, playing cards and vol­unteering. He also enjoyed coffee time with friends, traveling and going to auc­tions with his brother Er­nie. Most important to Au­gust was his family.

August was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, the Rueben-Hansen Amer­ican Legion Post 195, Ki­wanis Club and the Senior Center.

Grateful for having shared his life are his chil­dren: Rick (Pam) of Hen­dricks, Randy of Fresno, Calif. and Carla (Mark) Solem of Fargo, N.D.; three grandchildren: Mike (Aleisha), Matt and Nick; two brothers, Earl (Shir­ley) Hamer of White, S.D. and Ernie (Janice) Hamer of Bruce, S.D.; one brother-in-law, Richard (Wanice) Hoff; three sisters-in-law, Donna (Eldon) Thurow, Joan (Burt) Pederson of Hendricks and Judy Hoff; special friend Florence Dorn and many nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his son Edwin Hamer; his parents Wil­helm and Marie Hamer; his wife Darlene Hamer; three brothers, Herbert J. Hamer, Sr., Carl Hamer and Bill Hamer; sister Gladys Anderson; sister-in-law Jo Ann Hamer; two brothers-in-law, Bob Hoff and Walt Anderson; three nephews, Joel Hamer, Tim Hamer and Kenny Hamer, and one niece, Lynnette Hamer.

Blessed be his memory.

Karen Hogie

June 28, 2012

Karen Hogie, age 68 of Brookings, S.D., was united with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 19. Visi­tation was Friday, June 22 from 5-7 p.m. at Rudes Fu­neral Home in Brookings, S.D. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at Ascension Lu­theran Church in Brook­ings with a private burial at Bethlehem Cemetery near Astoria, S.D.

Karen was born on Aug. 30, 1943 to Henry and Ella Ommen. She spent her early childhood on a farm near Fulda. The family then moved to a farm on Oak Lake near Hendricks, where she attended coun­try school and graduated from Astoria High School in 1961. She then attended Lutheran Deaconess Col­legein Minneapolis, where she graduated with her nursing degree in 1964. In September 1964 she was united in marriage with Eldon (her high school sweetheart). Karen worked as an RN supervisor at the Hendricks Hospital for 35 years while helping Eldon on the family farm between Hendricks and Astoria. Karen and Eldon raised three children— Tony, Steven and Tami. In 1999 Karen and Eldon moved to Brookings, S.D. and Karen worked as an RN at the Brookings Hos­pital O.R. for 10 years, un­til the time of her illness. She was known by every­one in the O.R. as Grandma Karen.

Karen was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in March 2010 and lived life to the fullest until the very end. She completed her bucket list and made many wonderful memo­ries for her family to enjoy for years to come. She met each day with determina­tion and faith.

Karen is survived by her husband Eldon of Brookings, S.D.; children: Tony (Coleen) and chil­dren Brendan and Jared of Colorado Springs, Colo., Steve (Andrea) and chil­dren Chantel and Brittney of Brookings and Anasta­sia, currently residing in Pierre, S.D. and Tami (Paul Lorenzen) and children Al­ano, Angel and Allyson of Pierre, S.D. She is also sur­vived by her very special proxy grandchild, Taylor Neuman. She is survived by three brothers: Duane (Illa) Ommen of Walker, Eugene (Sylvia) Ommen of Lindstrom and Gary (Fran) Ommen of Clear Lake, Iowa; sister-in-law Deloris Ommen of Aberdeen, S.D. and brother-in-law Phil (Darrylin) Hogie of Brook­ings, S.D.

She was proceeded in death by her parents Hen­ry and Ella, brother Lester and sister Rosella.

Karen was an active member at Ascension Lu­theran Church and enjoyed being involved in First Place Bible Study, Dorcas Circle, quilting group and the WAVE. She was known for her famous homemade waffles!

Karen found great en­joyment in tending to her flowers and garden, going to dances, cooking with her family and grandchil­dren, singing, writing po­etry, quilting, sewing, be­ing an avid Twins fan and always putting her family first.

Memorials may be di­rected to McCrory Gar­dens, Bethlehem Cemetery or SD Urban Indian Health Clinic.

Karen will always be re­membered for her love for life, smile, courage, wit, humor, faith and many tal­ents.

Blessed by her memory.

Telena DeSchepper

June 21, 2012

Telena DeSchepper, age 82 of Jasper, died Wednes­day, June 13 at her home. Funeral services were Monday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with in­terment in St. Joseph Cath­olic Cemetery, Jasper. Visi­tation was 4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 17 at the church.

She is lovingly remem­bered by her four children: Elroy DeSchepper and his wife Karen of Jasper, Randel DeSchepper and his wife Nancy of Spicer, Debra Browning and her husband James “Denny” of Hendricks and Glenda Manchanda and her hus­band Vini of Hudson, Wisc.; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four sisters: Edna Harald­son and her husband Ver­non of Pipestone, Wylma Van Dyke and her husband John of Enumclaw, Wash., Lillian Mouw and her hus­band John of Leota and Alma Schnyder and her husband Don of Enum­claw, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband Glenn, her son Douglas, who died on March 27, 1976, her parents and her sister Henrietta.

Norma Johnson

June 15, 2012

Norma Johnson, age 91 of Hendri cks, passed away on Tuesday, June 5 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Duane Baun officiating. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hen­dricks. Burial was in the East Hendricks Cemetery.

Norma Jean Johnson was born on April 7, 1921 at her grandparent’s home in Bushnell, S.D.to parents Robert and Hazel Felton. She grew up on the farm near Bushnell and at­tended school in Bushnell for 10 years. She gradu­ated from Brookings High School in 1939.

Norma was united in marriage to Clifford Eachen on Sept. 4, 1940 in Rock Rapids,Iowa. To this union they were blessed with one son, Larry. Clif­ford passed away on June 30, 1975. Norma was united in marriage to Car­old Johnson on Dec. 18, 1976 at Calvary Lutheran Church near Hendricks. She worked for Brookings High School as a cook for nine years.

She enjoyed garden­ing, cats and coffee with friends. She also enjoyed taking rides around the lake and out in the country. Norma’s most cherished moments were spent with her family, especially with her grandchildren.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the church care group.

Grateful for having shared Norma’s life is her son Larry (Sally) Eachen of Aurora, S.D.; two grand­daughters, Rhonda (Paul) Brown of White, S.D. and Lisa (Russ) Skovlund of Fort Meade, S.D.; three great-grandchildren, Nich­olas Brown and Jordanna and Makenzie Skovlund; four step-grandchildren, Amy (Troy) Anderson, Corey McLaughlin, Lisa (Brad) Rupert and Jeff McLaughlin; six step-great-grandchildren; two nieces, two nephews and a sister-in-law, Helen Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Clifford Eachen and husband Carold John­son; one brother, Ronald; one sister-in-law, Mabel and one infant sister.


Arvin Jeppesen

June 15, 2012

Arvin Jeppesen, age 84 of Canby, passed away Sat­urday, June 9 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby with Father Steve Verhelst as the Celebrant. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Birk Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Rosary to follow. Vis­itation will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home fol­lowed by procession to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Online registry at www.birkfu­neralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to St. Pe­ter’s Catholic Church So­cial Hall Fund, Canby Hos­pice or donor’s choice.

Arvin Alburn Jeppesen was born Dec. 16, 1927 in Marble Township, Lincoln County, the son of Henry and Edna (Olsen) Jeppes­en. Arvin was baptized, confirmed and received his First Communion at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. He completed his first eight years of education at Dis­trict 74 in Marble Town­ship. He then attended Canby High School where he graduated in 1947. On July 12, 1950 Arvin mar­ried Caryl (Klosterman) at St. Martin’s Catholic Church inWoodstock. Af­ter their marriage they moved to a farm just west of the Marble Lutheran Church. Arvin retired from farming in 2000.

When Arvin was a young man he played baseball with the Hansonville and Canby baseball teams. He also could be found playing softball, throwing horse­shoes and playing pool with a team from Shady Beach. Arvin would also be a clerk for Southwest Auc­tion Company for some 20 years. Arvin lived on his farm in Marble Township from 1950 to 2000. He en­joyed hunting, fishing and playing cards, but most of all, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Caryl of Canby; chil­dren: Mary Jo Knutson (Al Reiners) of Fargo, N.D., Connie (Bill) Otto of Canby, Gregg Jeppesen of Hendricks, Bruce (Avis) Jeppesen of Brookings, S.D., Lori (Chris) Husby of Canby, Barb Jeppesen of Canby, Karin (Jim) Beer of Hendricks and Brad Jeppesen of Canby; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; siblings: Orlin (Lillian) Jeppesen of Canby, Darlys (Harvey) Johnson of the Twin Cities and Janice (Ron) Emmons of St. Michael.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hen­ry and Edna Jeppesen and a sister, Bernice Jeppesen.

Blessed be his memory.

Helen Ullmann

June 1, 2012

Helen Ullmann, age 93 of Hendricks, passed away on Thursday, May 24 at Hendricks Community Hospital.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at Grace United Methodist Church in Hen­dricks with Rev. Robert Neff officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial was in Hendricks City Cemetery. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Hen­dricks. Online registry at www.birkfuneralhome.com.

Helen Marian Evans was born Oct. 7, 1918 on a farm west of Canby, the daughter of William and Mary (Uasey) Evans. She attended school until she came down with yellow jaundice. She was a very smart student, receiving mostly A’s in her classes.

On Feb. 21, 1941 Helen was united in marriage to Ernest Ullmann at the Pres­byterian Church in Canby with Rev. Rowland offici­ating. The couple farmed around Canby until Ernie was hit by a barn door and his health declined, so he had to quit farming. They bought Moritz Store and managed that for 16 years. Ernest passed away on Feb. 1, 1988 at their home in Hendricks. Helen worked at Swifts inMar­shallfor eight years, at the thrift shop and then as a dietary cook at the Hen­dricks Hospital.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hendricks. She enjoyed baking, making flatbread, but most of all visiting with people. She loved dancing and so did Ernie. Helen loved her many dogs and cats over the years. She attended a lot of dances at Burr Hall, Canby, Argonne Pavilion and later Bohemian Hall.

Helen is lovingly remem­bered by her son Barry (Rose) Ullmann of Jordan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band Ernie and siblings Earl, Howard and Pearl Bresson.

Blessed be her memory.

Robert William (Bob) Hoff

June 1, 2012

Memorial services for Robert William (Bob) Hoff, age 69 of Eckert, Colo., will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat­urday, June 9 at Christ Lu­theran Church, Hendricks, with interment of ashes at the Calvary Cemetery in Hendricks.

Bob passed away peace­fully in his home in the presence of his family on March 7 after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Lowell Lee Hormann

May 25, 2012

Lowell Lee Hormann, age 60 of Pleasanton,Tex­as, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21 in San Antonio, Texas.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26 at the Hendricks City Cem­etery with Rev. Janet Colby officiating. There will be a luncheon following the burial at The Connection at209 Saint Olaf Ave. N., Canby.

Lowellis survived by his sisters Alyse Grant of Moberly, Mo.and Darlette Kampmann of St. Charles, Mo. and nephew Bradley Grant and wife Sarah of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is also survived by ad­opted daughter Jacqueline and numerous other rela­tives in Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents Orlan and Corrine (Ouverson) Hormann.