January 2021

Athena Zell, along with the Brandon Valley Mite Black hockey team, became repeat champions at the Mitchell Candy Cup Hockey Tournament over the weekend. Zell’s team played in the A division along with Mitchell Navy and Oahe. The Icecats played each team twice, and points were scored accordingly based on game outcomes – two points for a win, one additional point for a shutout, and one point for a tie. The Icecats swept the tournament in their division and remained undefeated in the end, with two shutouts, and outscoring their opponents 65-6. Brandon Valley ended the tournament with 10 game points declaring them the winners with Mitchell Navy coming in second with four game points. The previous year, Zell and her team won the Candy Cup Tournament in the B division. Athena scored two points in the tournament and had numerous assists while also playing some tough defense. She and her teammates played a lot of great hockey, had a ton of fun, and brought home the trophy cup full of candy. Athena lives in Garretson with her parents Lance and Mallory Zell, along with her older brother, Thor, and younger sister, Hera. She is the granddaughter of Richard and Joyce Zell of Woonsocket.

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

John Johnson

Salem

John O. Johnson, 94, died on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Avantara Salem Health Care Community in Salem.

Funeral services and visitation were held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with burial at the Mount Vernon Cemetery.

John Orville Johnson was born on April 5, 1926, in Mount Vernon to William and Anna (Soma) Johnson. He was raised on a farm near Letcher and graduated from Letcher High School. John then joined the war effort and entered the United States Army in 1944. John served with the 22 Infantry Company L. in Germany until he was wounded in battle.

Following his honorable discharge in 1945, John returned to South Dakota and attended college in Huron. He then began working with civil services in Huron until 1952 when he moved to Seattle, Wash., to work with Boeing for a few years. He then went back to work in civil services with the Department of the Interior in Minneapolis, Minn., and the Veterans Administration. John then spent six years working in civil services for the Air Force in Omaha, Neb. After Omaha, John moved to California, where he worked within the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior at Folsom Dam, retiring in 1981. John purchased a home in Crooks in 2001. He had been a resident at Avantara in Salem since 2015. He enjoyed camping and traveling.

John is survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Johnson; two sisters, Marie (Art) Larimer and Vivian (Clarence) Hoeltzner; three brothers, Floyd (Luetta) Johnson, Kenneth (Gail) Johnson and William (Wanda) Johnson.

E. Clair Lambert, 91, of Fulton, passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at the Madison Regional Health System.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian. Visitation will be held Friday from 2-6 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 6 p.m., followed by a Rosary led by the Knights of Columbus. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Artesian, with military rites provided by SDANG 114th Fighter Wing and American Legion Post 47. The funeral will be livestreamed on the funeral chapel Facebook page. Masks will be required. Online guestbook is available at www.rustandweilandfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted with Rustand-Weiland Funeral Chapel of Madison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Miner County 4-H, SD IFYE Assn., Good Samaritan Center~Howard and be sent to Rustand-Weiland Funeral Chapel, 320 N. Egan Ave., Madison, SD 57042.

Clair was born April 25, 1929, to Earl and Lois (Carpenter) Lambert. He graduated from Fedora High School as salutatorian in 1947 and attended South Dakota State University for three years before returning to the family farm. Clair enlisted in the US Air Force in 1951 and served as a TTAF Instructor for Avionics at Lowry Airfield, Denver, Colo. Clair met Phyllis Oster, of Ethan, through the SD Rural Youth Organization, and they were married on Oct. 6, 1952, in Ethan.

Upon completing his US military service in 1955, Clair and Phyllis returned to Miner County. Clair began with purebred Hampshire swine and sheep as a youth and built a diversified crop and livestock operation as his family grew. Purebred Shorthorn cattle, purebred and crossbred Spotted swine farrow to finish, commercial Holstein milk cows (40+ years), Hampshire sheep and all the various feeds necessary to sustain and grow them were produced on the farm. Even after his retirement, Clair remained involved in agriculture, working for 10 years at Mitchell Livestock Market and assisting on the farm.

Clair was instrumental in the growth of many organizations: Artesian School Board (24 years), Post 47 Artesian American Legion (60+ years) serving as Post Commander and longest active member of Post Color Guard, Chairman of the Fedora Alumni Association for many years, Miner County Extension Board (22 years), SD Shorthorn Assn., and Knights of Columbus Artesian Council and Msgr. Thomas A. Flynn Assembly (40+ years and Honorary Life Member).

Clair’s involvement in 4-H spanned nearly 80 years. He was awarded a trip to the National 4-H Club Congress, was a charter member of the Helpful Workers 4-H Club and 4-H Leader (40 years), attended 77 SD State Fairs as a youth exhibitor, 4-H Leader, and 4-H judge. He was a judge at the county level and on the 4-H Camp Lakodia Board. He was elected as President of the SD 4-H Leaders Association in 1988. Clair and Phyllis participated in the North Central 4-H Leaders forums for 15+ years, and Clair co-chaired the 1993 North Central 4-H Leaders Forum. He was an active member of Farmer’s Union and served as a Beaver Township Board Supervisor.

Among the awards Clair received for his contributions were Friend of Extension (1994), Volunteer of the Year at the 4-H Clover Classic (1995), Mitchell Daily Republic’s “50 Great Faces” Special Edition (1996), South Dakota Eminent Farmer (2001), SD 4-H Hall of Fame Inaugural Class (2002), and Miner County Friend of 4-H Award (2010).

Clair is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Howard; seven children, Karen Lambert of Artesian, Jane (Terry) Cooper of Bismarck, N.D., Alan Lambert of Sioux Falls, Paul (Julie) Lambert of Madison, Linda (Craig) Maeschen of Dell Rapids, Craig Lambert of Fulton, and Wayne (Heather) Lambert of Mitchell; four brothers, Harry Lambert of Mitchell, Merlyn Lambert of Longmont, Colo., Neil Lambert of Loveland, Colo., and Darrell Lambert of Ft. Worth, Texas; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Clair was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lois Lambert; and sister, Eloise (Lambert) Moon.

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