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Lowell E. Anderson
Funeral Service for Lowell E. Anderson, 88, of Sisseton, SD was held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, with the Rev. Dwight Fearing officiating. Pallbearers were Rodger Carlson, Michael Kurpius, Michael Lee, Brittany Kurpius, Jordan Kurpius, and Leslie Kurpius. Honorary Pallbearers were all of the Staff at Tekakwitha Living Center. Interment was in the Lakeview Cemetery, South Shore, SD, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., with Military Rites by the Otto-Quande-Renville American Legion Post #50 and Fort Sisseton VFW Post #3342. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
Lowell Elden Anderson was born on March 10, 1926, in South Shore, SD, to Carl and Adelia (Schmeling) Anderson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, in South Shore. He graduated from South Shore High School with the class of 1944. Lowell enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served on active duty from March 4, 1944 until his honorable discharge July 19, 1946. He served in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. He received the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific-Ribbon with one star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Victory Medal, and Japanese Occupation Ribbon, Following his discharge he went to work for Red Owl and Gamble Store in South Shore for nine years. Lowell was united in marriage to Ruth Carlson of Marvin, SD on March 15, 1947 in South Shore. They moved to Sisseton and he worked for different dairies until health problems forced him to change jobs. He went to work for the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority for seventeen years. He retired for health reasons. Lowell passed away suddenly on October 7, 2014, at St. Francis Healthcare in Breckenridge, MN.
Lowell is survived by his wife, Ruth Anderson of Sisseton, SD; one daughter, Paula and Joe Lee of Wahpeton, ND; two grandchildren, Leslie and Michael Kupius and great- grandchildren, Brittany and Jordan of Wahpeton, ND, and Michael and Jennifer Lee, and great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Mariah, and Andrew of Watertown, SD.
Lowell was preceded death by his parents and one brother, Donald.
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A Memorial Service for Leo Cameron, age 75, who died September 6, 2014 at his farm near Wilmot, SD, was planned for Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmot, with the Rev. Sheila Pohl officiating. Inurnment at the Wilmot Cemetery will be at a later date.
Leo Gordon Cameron was born July 3, 1939 in Milbank SD, to Gordon and Luella (Remund) Cameron. He graduated from Wilmot High School in 1958 and then farmed until his retirement.
Survivors include his brother, Richard Cameron of Lakewood, CO; nephews Shawn (Christine) Cameron of Watertown, SD, and Aaron (Cristiana) Cameron of Arvada, CO; many cousins; and his stepsisters, Betty Busch of St. Louis Park, MN, and Sharon (Bill) Reil of Wilmot, SD.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; two brothers, Donald and Gerald; and his stepmother, Gladys (Fogel) Cameron.
Lowell James Werdal
Lowell was the ninth (or tenth -- the order is up for discussion with his twin sister Lois) of eleven children born to Anton and Martha Bendicca Thompson Werdal in Sisseton, SD, on October 21, 1928.
Lowell was an enterprising young man and always found ways to help his family with finances, whether selling chokecherries for 10 cents a quart, candling eggs, or paying another to candle eggs for part of his pay while he took tickets at the movie theater. During high school he worked nights as a printer’s devil at the Sisseton Courier, climbing off the press in time to race to school the next morning.
Lowell enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard at Sisseton in December 1946. He was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War, and proposed to his future wife, Lola Raymond while home on leave in 1951. They were married at Goodwill Lutheran Church in Sisseton in August 1952.
In 1953 the couple welcomed their first daughter, Cheri Lynn, who died at four months of age. A year later, their first son, Curtis Lowell, was born on May 30, 1954. The family then moved to Pierre, SD, where daughter Shari Dawn joined the family on May 28, 1955.
Lowell was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer II in 1956 and transferred their little family to Webster, SD. The couple spent 18 years there perfecting golf games, bridge hands, bowling and forming many lasting friendships. Here they completed their family with Todd Alan, born December 1, 1961 and Lisa Anne on May 22, 1968.
Lowell was an active part of the Webster community, and was a member of the Jaycees, St. John’s Lutheran Church, a charter member of the Lions Club and many other civic and service organizations. He also enjoyed bird hunting in eastern SD -- pheasant, duck, and goose.
In 1972, Lowell joined the rescue efforts during the Rapid City flood, and in 1974 Lt. Colonel Werdal made the family’s final move to the Black Hills, where he retired as Colonel in 1985.
Lowell and Lola loved living in the Black Hills and spent many weekends exploring the Hills hiking and picnicking, cutting wood for winter warmth, exploring old mines and rock hunting. Any untraveled gravel road was cause for exploration. Other hobbies he enjoyed included woodworking, coin collecting, golfing, home improvement projects, reading, and writing short stories and poetry.
Lowell was a self-described “second monotone,” but enjoyed music and was therefore subjected to countless piano, vocal and instrumental recitals by his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a master whistler and loved singing his own version of beloved hymns with a “joyful noise.”
As a first generation Norwegian-American (his father having emigrated from Inderøy, Norway in 1893), he was proud of his Norwegian heritage, which was supported by both parents’ sides of the family, as well as by Lola’s family. The couple embraced all that is Norwegian, from lutefisk to authentic handcrafted items. In the 1980s, Lowell began handcrafting bentwood tine and laup boxes and made nearly 400 of them. Many family members and close friends have received these gifts of love over the years, including each of his children and grandchildren. He also perfected the art of chip carving, which he incorporated into his bentwood boxes.
Lowell passed away October 12, 2014.
He was preceded in death by Lola, his wife of nearly 50 years; daughter, Cheri Lynn; and nine siblings, Mabel Benidt, Alice Saloom, Lora Murray, Arnold Werdal, Hazel Larrabee, Walter Werdal, Millie Birkeland, Muriel Tysver and Neil Werdal.
He is survived by his twin sister, Lois Jean, Rapid City, SD; four children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Children: Curt, Eden Prairie, MN; Shari (Robert Nelson) of Baxter, MN; Todd (Lisa Pacheco), Robbinsville, NJ; and Lisa, Rapid City, SD.
Grandchildren: Chad Nelson, St. Paul, MN; Eric Nelson, active duty Air Force in Germany and James Nelson, active duty Air Force in Henderson, NV; Emily, Shawn and Jamie Werdal, Robbinsville, NJ; Madison Oslund, (Kyle Linster) and son Kaiden, Surprise, AZ; Dominic Usera, Clinton, IA and Parker Usera, Rapid City, SD.
Services were held at Lord of Life Lutheran Church of Baxter at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 16, 2014, with interment at the Sisseton Cemetery at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 17, 2014. A memorial service was held Monday, October 20, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church of Rapid City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Lowell’s name to one of the following:
RCRH Foundation, Cardiac Services Fund, PO Box 6000, Rapid City, SD 57709-6000
Chapel in the Hills, Museum Fund, 3788 Chapel Lane, Rapid City, SD 57702.
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