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Obituaries, October 27, 2005

MARLIN SCHMIDT, 76, of Westbrook, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at his home. Born March 23, 1929, in Hum-boldt, S.D., he was the son of Harry and Hattie Albers Schmidt. He married Dona Rae Keiner June 8, 1951, in Madison, S.D. He graduated in 1947...

MARLIN SCHMIDT, 76, of Westbrook, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at his home.

Born March 23, 1929, in Hum-boldt, S.D., he was the son of Harry and Hattie Albers Schmidt. He married Dona Rae Keiner June 8, 1951, in Madison, S.D.

He graduated in 1947 from Lennox High School, Lennox, S.D. He served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. After his discharge, they lived in Lennox and he started a construction business. They moved to Madi-son in 1957. In 1958, they moved to Albuquerque, N.M., and in 1961 lived in Del Norte, Colo. They moved to Westbrook in 1963, and he owned and oper-ated a grocery store with his brother. He started Schmidt Construction in 1973 and also ran the Blue Eagle Car Wash. In 1989, they began operating Parkview Board and Care Fa-cility and a bed & breakfast business in Westbrook, retiring in 2001. He was active in veter-ans' affairs, serving on the Vet-erans Volunteer Board in Luverne and the advisory board at Royal C. Johnson Vet-erans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was a member of the Westbrook American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and was a charter member of the West-brook Ambulance Association.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Michael Schmidt and David (Teri) Schmidt, both of Sioux Falls, and James (Kris) Schmidt, Westbrook; one daughter, Barbara (Aaron) Aasen, Sioux Falls; one brother, Harold Schmidt, Westbrook; one sister, Tena Lengkeek, Chamberlain, S.D.; 10 grand-children; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at West-brook Funeral Home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lu-theran Church, Westbrook.

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The service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Westbrook. Burial will be in Westbrook Cemetery.

NORRIS M. ERICKSON, 94, of Worthington, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at the Worthington Regional Hospital.

Born Nov. 14, 1910, in Malta, Ill., he was the son of Nels and Martha Kvam Erickson. He married Lydia Christians April 28, 1946, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Rost Township, Jack-son County. She died June 1, 2003.

In 1911, he moved with his family to Tracy, where they farmed. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. After his discharge, he was employed as a mechanic for Earl Swartz & Lutz Garage, Tracy. In 1948, they moved to a farm in Ewington Township, Jackson County. In 1975, they retired and moved to Worthing-ton. They became residents of The Meadows in 1997. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Brewster, where he had served as a trustee, and was a member of the Okabena American Legion for more than 50 years.

Surviving are three sons, Dennis Erickson, Gully, David (Gila) Erickson, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Dale (Karen) Erick-son, New Brighton; one daugh-ter, Nyla (Steve) Bergan, Water-town, S.D.; one sister, Lorraine (Howard) Nelson, Westbrook; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 Friday at Dingmann Funeral Home, Worthington, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brewster.

The service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brewster, with the Rev. David McDonald officiat-ing. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Brewster.

DICK KING, 89, of Ellsworth, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Ellsworth.

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Born April 3, 1916, near Sibley, Iowa, he was the son of George Sr. and Kassiena Vander Werff King. He married Hilda Didier Feb. 4, 1956, in Worthington. She died March 23, 1986.

He lived most of his life in the Rushmore-Reading area. He helped on the family farm and later hired out as a farm hand. After marriage, they lived in Worthington. In 1976, they moved to the Adrian area. After his wife's death, he was a resi-dent of Prairie House in Wor-thington and later became a resident of Parkview manor Nursing Home.

Surviving are five brothers, John (Irene) King and James (Hattie) King, both of Worthing-ton, George King Jr. and Carl (Lucille) King, both of Rush-more, and Percy (Ella) King, Bloomington; and one sister, Jennie Wasmund, Worthington.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Benson Fu-neral Home, Worthington.

The service will be 2 p.m. to-day at Benson Funeral Home, Worthington, with the Rev. Bill Davis officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Wilmont.

VICTOR LEROY OPHEIM, 84, of Jackson, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at Sunset Cottage, Wor-thington.

Born Oct. 22, 1920, in Peters-burg Township, Jackson County, he was the son of Otto and Agnes Gilbertson Opheim. He married Mary Yeadicke Jan. 17, 1944, at the St. Wenceslaus parish house.

He attended school in Peters-burg and graduated in 1939 from Jackson High School. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II, de-livering bombs and gas to troops on the China border. After his discharge, he returned to Jackson and they farmed in Petersburg Township until 1953, when he bought Opheim Sand and Gravel pit and later formed Jackson Ready-Mix and then Lakefield Ready-Mix. In 1965, he sold the businesses and went to work for Ag-Chem until 1970, when they moved to Lub-bock, Texas. He worked with his brother in the cabinet-making business until retiring in 1987. They moved back to Jackson in 2003. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Jackson, and had been a member of the Jack-son Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had his private pilot's li-cense and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

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Surviving are his wife; two sons, Gene (Joy) Opheim, Tal-lahassee, Fla., and Myles Opheim, Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Vicki (David) Olson, Jackson; two brothers, Les (Muriel) Opheim, Jackson, and Don (Sue) Opheim, Lubbock; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hi-Rise in Jack-son with the Rev. Peter Schus-ter officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Jackson.

DORTHEA ORVIS, 69, of Mountain Lake, died Wednes-day, Oct. 26, 2005, at Sioux Val-ley Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Arrangements are pending at Bjerum Funeral Home, Moun-tain Lake.

FRANKLYN P. SANDHOLM, 84, of Rock Rapids, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at Merrill Pioneer Medical Center, Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, with the family pre-sent from 6 to 8 p.m., at Roste Funeral Home, Rock Rapids.

The service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Rapids, with the Rev. Jim Little officiating. Bur-ial with military honors will be in Riverview Cemetery, Rock Rapids.

MINNIE VOSBERG, 87, of Windom, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at Avera-McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sat-urday at LaCanne Family Fu-neral Home, Windom.

The service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at LaCanne Family Funeral Home, Windom, with the Rev. Gregory Hall officiat-ing. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Windom.

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