Obituaries

Martin Andersen, Jr., 93, formerly of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. 

Funeral services will be held at Spirit of Faith Church in Woonsocket, Thursday, March 21, at 11 a.m. with visitation an hour and a half prior to the service. Burial will be in Eventide Cemetery, Woonsocket.

Martin was born Jan. 15, 1926, to Martin and Marie (Nielsen) Andersen on the Andersen family farm on the Pony Hills of Woonsocket.  He joined his older brother, Stanley, and sister, Viona.  He graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1944 and later joined the Navy serving on the USS Osberg DE 538 during WWII. He returned to the farm and went on to do custom corn picking and electrical work, in addition to working the farm with his dad that he later took over and has become a South Dakota Century Farm.

On June 18, 1949, Martin married Marian Jensen in Storla. He was a 70-plus-year member of Post 29 American Legion of Woonsocket, a member of Post 5548 VFW of Wessington Springs, Bethany Lutheran Church, Thrivent for Lutherans, a 4-H leader, and honored by SDSU for hosting 30 years of FFA Land and Range judging on his farm. 

As an avid hunter, he loved to hunt rabbits, pheasants, ducks and deer. He learned taxidermy to preserve his “trophies” and those of many others. Pheasant season was a very busy time and many mounted birds were shipped all over the United States.

Martin is survived by his wife, Marian; daughter, Judy (Dan) Hinker, of Woonsocket; son, Jim (Sheri) Andersen, of Mitchell; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Stanley Andersen; sister Viona Feistner; and grandson, Joshua Hinker.

ARLA JOHNSON

Mt. Vernon

Arla Mae Johnson, 82, Mt. Vernon, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

Visitation with a prayer service was Sunday, March 17, at Will Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. The funeral was Monday, March 18, at Storla Lutheran Church. Burial was in Victor Cemetery near Mount Vernon. 

Arla was born July 12, 1936, in Sioux Falls to Peder and Clara Endahl and grew up on her parents’ farm in Jerauld County. She was baptized in 1936 and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Arla attended Jerauld County elementary schools and graduated from Lane High School. She graduated from Augustana College in June 1956 and was an elementary teacher in Tyndall.  

On March 22, 1958, Arla married Delbert Clayton Johnson at the Salem Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon. They were members of the Victor Lutheran Church of rural Mount Vernon until it’s closure, and then they transferred their membership to Storla Lutheran Church in Aurora County. 

Arla had very fond memories of her trips to Norway with her cousin who was like a brother, Art Ovrelid of Sioux Falls, his wife, Marcy, and their wonderful daughters and grandchildren in the United States and the rest of the family in Norway. She was a member of the Mt. Vernon American Legion Auxiliary and enjoyed the regular Tuesday noon meals and fellowship at the Senior Center. She had recently become a Charter Member of the Mt. Vernon Area Historical Society.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda S. Miller, of Mt. Vernon; three grandchildren; two great-granddaughters, and other dear relatives. 

Arla was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert; her parents; uncles; aunts; and other relatives in America and Norway.

Max Erwin

Woonsocket

Max E. Erwin, 92, of Woonsocket and formerly of Hot Springs, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Prairie View Healthcare Community in Woonsocket.

A memorial service in spring 2019 is being planned with burial at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

Max Edward Erwin was born on Feb. 20, 1927 in Wellsville, Mo. to parents Edward L. and Mary E. (Kuhne) Erwin. Max graduated from Humboldt High School in Kansas in 1945. He enlisted in the Army and served in Germany during World War II. Max then attended Barber school in Minneapolis.

Max married Mavis M. Stembaugh in Aurora, S.D. on June 14, 1950. Max and Mavis lived in Hot Springs where Max served as a barber from 1950 to 2017.

Max was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Lions, Elks, and United Churches. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing, going on walks and coffee time.

Max is survived by his son, Greg (Suzanne) Erwin of Woonsocket; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Evelyn (Wesley) McCaskell of Rapid City; and brother-in-law, Virgil Stembaugh of Flandreau.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis, in 2011; his parents; and his brother, Bill.