September 2016

Alvin Halbur

Huron

Halbur obit 6    Alvin LeRoy Halbur, 88, of Huron, passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Prairie View Heathcare Community in Woonsocket.
His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept.30, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron with entombment in Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Welter Funeral Home in Huron, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Alvin LeRoy Halbur, the son of Frank and Clara (Ufken) Halbur, was born July 7, 1928, in Broadland. He attended Huron Public Schools.
He married Esther Schroeder on June 7, 1953, in Huron. The couple made their home in Huron and have lived there since that time.
Alvin worked as a dairy farmer for many years. In 1972, he started as a school bus driver, and in 1979, began to drive bus for the Senior Center. In 1982, he returned to the school district and worked as the transportation supervisor until his retirement in 1993.
Alvin loved farming and working outside. He enjoyed tinkering around the farm, mowing the lawn, and putting puzzles together with Esther. Alvin was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, where he served as the Secretary of Finance, Elder and Treasurer. He was also a board member for the Board of Eastern Milk Producers and the Beadle County Milk Producers.
He is survived by his wife, Esther of Huron; three children, Tony Halbur of Huron, Linda L. Stevens (Marcia Hagberg) of Las Vegas, Nev., and John L. Halbur of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter in infancy, Nancy; two brothers, Frank G. (Ethel) and Lester (Alice) Halbur; two sisters, Evelyn (Kenneth) Gifford and Marie (Orrin) Skinner; daughter-in-law, Jamie Halbur; two nephews, Leslie (Vickie) Halbur and Dennis Gifford; and niece, Audrey Peterson.
Memorials in Alvin’s name may be made to the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Preschool.
Arrangements were with Welter Funeral Home in Huron.

Gerald L. Welch

Mount Vernon

Welch obit 6    Gerald L. Welch, 83, of Mount Vernon, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at Prairie View Healthcare Community in Woonsocket.
Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 23, at the Will Funeral Chapel with burial at the Mount Vernon Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, also at the Chapel.
Gerald Lloyd Welch, son of Russell and Gladys (Brown) Welch, was born in Mitchell on Nov. 3, 1932. He grew up in rural Mount Vernon and attended country school through the seventh grade, later graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1950.
He was united in marriage to Betty Lenocker on Jan. 28, 1950. They farmed south of Mount Vernon until his health forced him to retire.
Gerald served on the Union Township Board for 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, racing go-karts, playing pool and riding snowmobiles. He and Betty attended the Sturgis Bike Rally for 25 years. He enjoyed attending the activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gerald was a member of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty of Mount Vernon; three daughters, Barb (David) Timmerman of Sioux Falls, Marlene (Wayne) Hofer of Rapid City, and Ronda (Bill) Sargent of Mount Vernon; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Marialyce Lenocker of Mitchell; and nieces and nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim Smith died suddenly on Sept. 16 at Skagit Valley Hospital. He was born in Ashton to Guy and Dale Smith and grew up in Woonsocket in the apartment above the train depot where his father was depot agent.
Jim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and later received a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Moorhead State College in Minnesota. After teaching in Okinawa for a year for the Department of Defense, he taught in various elementary and middle schools, including Sacramento, Calif., Fargo, N.D., and Seattle, Wash.
After moving to La Conner in 1970, Jim worked as supervisor for the tutorial program at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and launched his writing career as a columnist for the Sanborn Journal in Woonsocket and the La Conner Weekly News. In 1999, Jim topped off his working life by taking on a job as weekend barista at the Rexville Grocery just outside La Conner, Wash.
Jim’s greatest gifts were his sense of humor and his unconditional love and acceptance of family, friends and all people he came in contact with.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Saunders; his brother, Bill (Nancy); his twin sister, Joan Hegg (Marion); his sister, Ann Tollefson (Terry); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held for Jim at La Conner United Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. A potluck gathering will take place at Pioneer Park on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m.

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