Norman Van Overbeke

January 10, 2018

Norm Obit PhotoJune 1, 1948 – Jan. 7, 2018

Mass of Christian Burial for Norman “Norm” Van Overbeke, age 69 of Ivan­hoe, will be 10:30 a.m. Sat­urday, Jan. 13 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation will be Friday, 4-8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at the church. Vivitation will continue Saturday morning, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow the service at Sts. Peter and Paul Catho­lic Cemetery in Ivanhoe. Attendees are invited to dress in their favorite Min­nesota sporting apparel.Military Honors provided by Lincoln County VFW Post 2980 of Ivanhoe.
Norman Alois Van Over­beke was born June 1, 1948 in Marshall to Arthur and Julia (Matthys) Van Over­beke. He grew up in GreenValley and graduated from MarshallHigh School in 1966. Norm served in the U.S. Marine Corps as part of an artillery unit in Vietnam. After his service, Norm attended Southwest Minnesota State University. He achieved a Bachelor’s Degree and participated on the wrestling team.
He was married to Pa­tricia “Patt” Van Robays and to this union were born son Todd and daugh­ter Kristi. Norm worked for the Great Plains Sup­ply Company in Ivanhoe. After a brief transfer to Hutchinson, he returned to Ivanhoe, where he opened and operated the local hardware store. He also served as the Lincoln County Emergency Man­ager. Norm later went to work as a building inspec­tor for DSI and drove bus for 4.0 Bus Company. He retired from his inspecting job, but continued driving his “Precious Cargo” until his death.
Norm was a very social person. He made friends easily and volunteered actively for many organi­zations. He was Gambling Commissioner of VFW Post 2980 and volunteered for the Ivanhoe Fire Depart­ment for over 35 years. He loved sports of all kinds, including golf, softball and racquetball. He was also an outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. Norm was most passionate about his family and especially enjoyed following his kids’ and grandkids’ activities.
Norm died Sunday, Jan. 7 at the Sioux Falls VA Medi­cal Center shortly after a bone cancer diagnosis.
He is survived by his son Todd (and Jennifer) Van Overbeke of Ivanhoe and grandchildren Cooper and Carson; daughter Kristi Van Overbeke Leach of Vir­ginia Beach, Virginia and grandchildren Shaemon and Shelby; siblings—De­lores Sumption of Breck­enridge, JoAnn Gerlach of Green Valley, MaryAnn and Rich Memmer of Ven­tura, California, Gordie and Solveig Van Overbeke of Lucan, Eugene and Joann Van Overbeke of Eagan, and Kathy and Paul Moen of Minneapolis; nieces, nephews, relatives and special friend Carol Jan­iszeski of Minneota. Norm was preceded in death by his parents, brother Don­ald Van Overbeke and sis­ter LouAnn Van Overbeke.
Memorials preferred. Arrangements with Re­hkamp Horvath Funeral Directors, Marshall, Min­nesota,

Walter Syltie, Sr.

January 4, 2018

obit syltie DOC122717-12272017093637-0001May 21, 1927 – Dec. 25, 2017

Walter Syltie Sr., age 90 of Porter, passed away Mon­day, Dec. 25, 2017 at his home in Porter. Memorial Service was 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Bethel Lu­theran Church in Porter. Burial was at the Bethel Lu­theran Cemetery in Porter. Visitation was Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, two hours prior to the service at Bethel Lu­theran Church. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Walter Syltie was born May 21, 1927 in Alta Vista Township, Lincoln County, in the house in which he lived for 89 years, to John J. and Anna (Gilbertson) Syltie. He was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran church in Porter. He attend­ed country school in Alta Vista Township and trans­ferred to Canby High School in Canby. He graduated in 1944. Walter was drafted into the U.S. Army in Janu­ary 1953 and completed basic training at Fort Chaf­fee, Arkansas. Following completion of basic train­ing, he transferred to the 470th Counter Intelligence Corps at Fort Holabird, Bal­timore, Maryland. Walter completed Counter Intel­ligence School and served as an Intelligence Analyst at Fort Amador in the Panama Canal Zone. After transfer­ring to the reserves, he was honorably discharged in 1961.
After completing ac­tive military service he re­turned to farm and on June 18, 1956 Walter was united in marriage to Ramona Ann Fier. They raised three children—Christopher, Re­becca and Walter II.
As a farmer, Walter raised cash and feed crops and livestock. He had pigs, dairy cows, feeder cattle and stock cows (he always en­joyed seeing the new batch of calves being born in the spring). Walter retired from farming in 1995.
During his life, Walter was active in the American Le­gion and Porter Town and Country Club. He served on several county and town­ship governing bodies, sev­eral co-op boards, the Lin­coln County Fair Board, as a 4-H advisor, and was very active in Bethel Lutheran Church. Walter’s hobbies included bowling, hunting, fishing, bridge club, many card games, and he could always hold his own in a poker game. He enjoyed spending time with his fam­ily, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Walter is survived by his sister Peggy McCellan; his children—Christopher Syltie of Marshall, Rebec­ca (Richard) Clayton of New London, and Walter II (Jane) Syltie of Brook­ings, South Dakota; three grandchildren—Kelly Jo (Nate Miller), John Syltie and Will Clayton; two great-grandchildren—Jessa and Graham Miller; many nieces and nephews; and sisters- and brothers-in-law Den­nis (Martha) Fier, Pat Fier, Adrienne (Eldon) Ouver­son, Barb Fier and Karen (Roger) Moody.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife Ramona; his parents John and Anna Syltie; brothers and sisters Hans (Elvina) Syltie, James (Dora) Syltie, Agnes (Clar­ence) Johnson, Bruce McCel­lan, Ella (Robert) Blomberg, Cora (Arthur) Ochmcke, Laura (Floyd) Misner and Jane (Luvern) Dehlin; sis­ters- and brothers-in-law Rose Marie Hoffman, Har­old (Nancy) Fier, Jim Fier and Doris Mathews.
Blessed be his memory.

Barbara Ovall

January 4, 2018

Barbara M. (nee Engen) Ovall, age 72 of Oak ParkHeights, passed away peacefully on Dec. 25, 2017.
She is survived by her husband Phil; sons Jason (Ginger) and Joel; grand­children Ryan and Ashley; sisters Beverly (Orville) Halstad and Arlene Swen­son; and brothers Roger (Arla) Engen and Robert (Doris) Engen. She was preceded in death by her parents Hjalmer and Al­ice Engen; brother Blaine Engen; and sisters Marlys Anderson and Bonnie Ben­taas.
The family will be hon­oring Barb’s wish to not have a service.
Arrangements were with Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services, 2800 Curve Crest Boule­vard, Stillwater.

Audrey Bergjord

December 28, 2017

obit Audrey Bergjord picSept. 21, 1920 – Dec. 15, 2017

Audrey Bergjord, age 97 of Toronto, South Da­kota, passed away Friday, Dec. 15 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hen­dricks. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Wednes­day, Dec. 20 at Houseman Funeral Home Visitation Chapel in Toronto. Visi­tation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Toronto City Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home of Clear Lake, South Da­kota was entrusted with the arrangements.
Audrey Geraldine (Westgard) Bergjord was born Sept. 21, 1920 to Oscar and Mollie (Peter­son) Westgard. Audrey received her education at rural Oak Lake School and graduated in 1938 from Astoria High School.
On Oct. 28, 1939, Au­drey married Evenor Bergjord. They made their first home on a small acre­age called the Moe place, just across the road from his dad’s farm. The newly married couple started out with a team of hors­es, four cows, and $70 in cash. In 1946 they bought the Emerson farm, which was across the section from the Bergjord farm. The Emerson farm was bought for $50 an acre. Audrey loved life and en­joyed the challenges of being a wife, a partner in farming and a mother of five. Her Christian con­viction was strong as she served in many capaci­ties at Leganger Lutheran and was installed as their first woman Deacon. She considered it an honor to teach Sunday School.
In the early ‘60s Au­drey began working out of the home for Louie at Ensberg Store. In 1968 she was employed by 3M, retiring 20 years later.
In 2000, Audrey moved from the farm and settled in Toronto, South Dakota. In 2004, she moved to out of her home to receive ex­tra care due to Alzheim­er’s.
Her zest for life was expressed through her many interests—baking, quilting-sewing, garden­ing, church activity, PTA, Legion Auxiliary, trav­eling and especially through her good humor and wonderful laugh. She enjoyed a good story, and would often tell jokes only to discover she told the punchline at the be­ginning of the story, but had a good laugh anyway. Throughout the com­munity she was often referred to as “the donut lady” and enjoyed bring­ing baked items to friends and shut-ins.
Audrey is survived by her children who are grateful to have shared her life—Joan and Vir­gil Oldre of Minneapolis, Sally Bergjord of Hen­dricks, Brian and Dianne Bergjord of Flandreau, South Dakota, and Larry and Carol Bergjord of Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta; grandchildren Carman Oldre, Tina (Bob) Sand, Valerie (Doyle) Trooi­en, Meera (Cory) Lyver, Soni (Mike) Cariveau, Sandy (Phil) Orlick, Amy (Dwaine) Sutherand, Blake (Capri) Bergjord, Jason Bergjord and Ka­tie Bergjord; 20 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Norris Bergjord and sisters-in-law Carol Behrens and LeDonna Potter; numerous nieces, nephews and a wealth of friends.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Evenor and her son Dennis.

Gregory Johnson

December 22, 2017

Nov. 29, 1961 – Dec. 11, 2017

A Celebration of Life Service for Greg G. John­son, age 56 of Windom, was 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Gene Alms of­ficiating. Burial will be at a later date in Hendricks. Greg passed away Mon­day, Dec. 11 at his home in Windom.
Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Funeral Service.
Gregory “Greg” G. John­son was born Nov. 29, 1961 in Hendricks to the late Richard Arlen and Ag­nes Ann (Torrenga) John­son. On Sept. 1, 1984 he was united in marriage to Paige Hanson.
Greg is survived by his sons Hunter Johnson of Minneapolis and Landon Johnson of Windom; sis­ter Debra (Ray) Beltran of Las Cruces, New Mexico; brothers Rick Johnson of Astoria, South Dakota and Eric Johnson of Hendricks; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Brian Johnson, Sr.
Condolences can be sent online to www.lacannefu­

Audrey Bergjord

December 22, 2017

Audrey Bergjord, age 97 of Toronto, South Dakota, passed away Friday, Dec. 15 at the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home in Hendricks.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto, South Dakota. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Houseman Funeral Home Visitation Chapel in Toronto. Visita­tion will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Toronto City Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home of Clear Lake, South Da­kota is entrusted with the arrangements.

June Trautman

December 14, 2017

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June Trautman, age 90 of Hendricks, passed away Monday, Dec. 4 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home. Fu­neral service was 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Trin­ity Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Hen­dricks. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery near Verdi.
June Lou Trautman was born to Hans and Clara (Hoberg) on June 22, 1927 in Lincoln County. She was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Lake Benton. She at­tended School District 2 through 8th grade and graduated from Lake Ben­ton High School. Following high school she worked as a waitress at the Corner Cafe in Lake Benton.
On Dec. 5, 1948 she was united in marriage to Glenn Trautman at Im­manuel Lutheran Church in Verdi. To this union four daughters were born— Kathleen (Robert) Bu­chholz of Frisco, Texas, Sandra (Craig) Johnson of Hendricks, Connie (Rich) Olson of Phoenix, Arizo­na, and Glenyce (Charles) Sommervold of Hendricks. She was blessed with five grandchildren—Jacque­line (Cory) Wilde, Christo­pher Johnson, Lia (Gregg) Gordon, Kristi (Nick) Dyer, and Cody Sommer­vold; nine great-grand­children—Alex (Chelsey) Johnson, Taylor and Estes Wilde, Gracie and Sawyer Johnson, Violet and Jack Gordon, and Sophia and Ethan Dyer; and two great-great-granddaughters, Morgan and Ella.
June was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Some of her en­joyments in life were cook­ing, sewing, fancywork, flowers, gardening and spending time with her family. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and loved them dearly!
She is survived by three daughters—Kathy, Sandi and Glenyce, along with her sons-in-law, grandchil­dren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grand­children. Also left behind are numerous nieces and nephews.
Those preceding her death were her husband Glenn, her daughter Con­nie, her and Glenn’s par­ents, brothers Milton, Glen and Donald, sisters Lu­cille, Luverne and Phyllis, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from both families.
Blessed be her memory!

Gerald Lovro

December 14, 2017

obit Gerald Lovro picMay 18, 1931 – Dec. 6, 2017

Gerald Lovro, age 86 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Me­morial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. at House­man Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Hendricks with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will re­sume one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home- Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Gerald Silas Lovro was born May 18, 1931 to Even and Laura (Friestad) Lovro on the family farm in rural Hendricks. He was baptized and con­firmed at Singsaas Luther­an Church. He attended country school and gradu­ated from Hendricks High School. Following gradu­ation, Gerald farmed and worked at various con­struction jobs and at Hen­dricks Lumber and Veire Oil. After retirement he worked full-time spring and fall at the Farmers Elevator. He was a mem­ber of the Hendricks Fire Department for 25-plus years. He was also a Su­perintendent of Singsaas Sunday School for many years.
He was united in mar­riage to Joan Aune on Dec. 30, 1962 at Calvary Church in Hendricks. To this union they were blessed with a daughter, Rebecca.
Gerald was proud of his strong Norwegian heri­tage and spoke fluent Nor­wegian up until the end. He looked forward to vis­iting with the Norwegians when they came to Hen­dricks to visit. There was not a holiday meal that went by that Gerald didn’t speak the table prayer in Norwegian.
Throughout Gerald’s life he was there to lend a help­ing hand to anyone that needed it. His memory of the past was quite good. If an individual needed to remember an event, date or person he would be able to tell you. Gerald enjoyed visiting with oth­ers; his best pastime was joking and laughing with those around him.
Gerald took great pride knowing he had built his home for his family. He was proud of his family and grandchildren. He en­joyed spending time with them playing games, mak­ing numerous phone calls a day, and going to his grandchildren’s events.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan; daughter Rebecca (Duane) Behnke of Canby; grandchildren Gavin, Rylan, Keigan, Dan­ica and Shelby; brother Eldon Lovro of Hendricks; sister-in-law Carol Lovro of Brookings, South Da­kota; brother-in-law Paul (Penny) Aune of Glawgow, Montana; sisters-in-law Deloris Olson of Hendricks and Elizabeth Klosterman of Madison South Dako­ta; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sis­ter Judith; brother Earl; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from both sides of the family.

Brenda Ronning

December 14, 2017

obit Brenda Ronning PhotoSept. 16, 1950 – Nov. 20, 2017

Brenda Bowena Ron­ning, age 67 of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away Monday, Nov. 20 at Good Samaritan Soci­ety in Clear Lake, South Dakota. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Rude’s Funeral Home, Brookings. Visita­tion was 10 a.m. until the time of services at the fu­neral home.
Brenda Bowena Ron­ning was born Sept. 16, 1950, in Hendricks, the daughter of Eddie and Bowena (Prevo) Ron­ning. Brenda was bap­tized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Hendricks. She at­tended country school in District 74 until the 4th grade. She continued her education at Hendricks Public School, graduat­ing in 1968. She was a 1972 graduate of USD with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology/Sociology, along with achieving an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement and Cor­rection, plus a minor in Math.
In 1973 she entered the U.S. Army and completed basic training at Ft. Mc­Clellan, Alabama. She also served at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri before being stationed at Rhein Mein Air Force Base, Ger­many. Brenda returned to Ft. McClellan for Criminal Investigation Command Training prior to being stationed in Seoul, Korea. Returning to Ft. Lewis, Washington, she received her honorable discharge in 1979. Brenda then moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she was employed for the Dept. of Labor. In 1981 she began her career with the Dept. of Social Services in Economic As­sistance. She transferred to the Brookings office in 1983, where she served the community until her retirement in 2014.
Brenda was an active member in the Brookings community and was also a member of Northern Plains Sustainable Ag As­sociation, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and the American Legion. She enjoyed gar­dening, organic farming with her brother Neal, and attending the Farm­ers Market.
Brenda is survived by her brother Donald Ron­ning of Nashua, New Hampshire; sister Joyce (Deven) Oldenburg of Rochester; nephews Kris (Suzanna) Oldenburg, Kyle Oldenburg, and Nich­olas Oldenburg; niece Re­becca Oldenburg; and her uncle, Harris Halstead.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com

Orville Skorseth

December 14, 2017

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Orville Skorseth, age 98 of Astoria, South Dakota, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the church and resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at East Highland Cemetery, rural Astoria. Houseman Funeral Home of Clear Lake, South Dakota was en­trusted with the arrange­ments.
Orville Kenneth Skorseth was born on a farm near Park Rapids on Jan. 27, 1919. He was the first son and fourth child of six chil­dren born to Norwegian immigrants Oluf and Kris­tina (Bakken) Skorseth. He attended country schools near Stony Lake and later at Dorsett east of Park Rap­ids. Orville did not have the opportunity to go to high school, but went to work for farmers at age 15 in 1934 in the midst of the Great De­pression and Dust Bowl. In 1940 he moved near Porter and continued farm work. Orville was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1941 and served until discharge on Dec. 7, 1945.
During the war, Orville met Lucy Marie Kimber­ling while on furlough in Kansas City, Missouri. Or­ville and Marie were mar­ried at her parents’ home near Jamesport, Missouri on March 21, 1946. Orville continued farm work after the war in the Canby area. In 1948 he began farming on his own, in partnership with his brother Harry, in the Lake Cochrane commu­nity. Orville and Marie were blessed with three chil­dren—Kenneth, Jean and Lyle. He was very active in the community, serving on the Norden Twp. Board, the Spring Dell School Board, the Deuel County Zoning Commission, and the East Highland Church Board.
In September 1983, Or­ville and Marie retired and moved to their home in As­toria, South Dakota. Orville continued doing part-time work for local farmers and also worked on the Win­chester Place Thorough­bred horse farm. He simply could not stand boredom and was always busy. Working and doing things well were his greatest plea­sure in life. Orville received his last paycheck for work when he was 95 years old. He continued community service and was once hon­ored as the Volunteer of the Year by the Astoria Commu­nity Club. He also did vol­unteer work at Deubrook Elementary School and was active in the Bakken-Engen American Legion Post 103. A highlight for Orville was an Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC for WWII veterans in 2014.
Orville moved to Hen­dricks in March, then to the Hendricks Nursing Home on Nov. 10, and he passed away there on Dec. 5.
Orville is survived by his children—Ken (Dianne) Skorseth, Jr. of Gary, South Dakota, Jean Skorseth and Lyle Skorseth (Kris) of Hen­dricks; his sister Edna Dom­holt of Park Rapids; grand­children—Paul (Kristie) of New Underwood, South Dakota, Kendra Branden­burg (Chuck) of Lane, South Dakota, and Glenda Milton (John) of Volga, South Da­kota; and six great-grand­children. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marie, sis­ters Alvilde, Clara and Olva, and his brother Harry.
Orville’s wish is for me­morials to be given to the East Highland Cemetery Association.