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Beverly DanekBeverly A. Danek
Beverly A. Danek, 73, of Comanche, OK, formerly of Sisseton, SD, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015, in the Wilkins Nursing Center in Duncan, OK.
Services were held for her at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Bailes-Polk Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Byerly officiating. Interment followed at 2:00 p.m. in the Ft. Sill National Veterans Cemetery at Elgin, OK.
Beverly was born July 9, 1941, in Stephens County, the daughter of Thomas and Marjorie (Williams) Cox. She and Harvey L. Danek were married in Duncan on April 20, 1967. After their marriage, they made their home in Sisseton SD, raising their four children until Harvey’s retirement when they moved back to Comanche. She volunteered with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, loved playing bingo, cooking and most of all spending time with her family. She was a Watkins Dealer for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jimmy and Dewey; and one sister, Lisa.
Survivors include her husband, Harvey Danek of the home in Comanche, OK; sons, Timothy Danek of Watertown, SD, Charles Danek of Duncan, OK, and Dale Danek and his wife Kacy of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Cyndi Sears and her husband Kevin of Duncan, OK; grandchildren, Aaron Anderson and his wife Sara of Sioux Falls, SD, Bradley Anderson of Duncan, OK, and Tessa Danek of Sioux Falls, SD; great-grandson, Jensen Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD; brothers, Tom Cox Jr. and his wife Virginia of Comanche, OK, and Charley Cox and his wife Sherri of Loveland, CO; and sisters, Barbara June Wilkerson of Duncan, OK, and Carolyn Byerly and husband Don of Lawton, OK, and also sister-in-laws, Cherrie Cox of Marlow, OK, and Dorothy Baisley of Rosholt, SD.
Pallbearers were Bradley Anderson, Aaron Anderson, Greg Cox, Dewayne McCarty, Austin McCarty and Justin Byerly.

Arlene M. Dirks
Arlene May (Hansen) Dirks, 91, of Magnolia, IA, died on Monday, March 16, 2015, at Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, IA. She was born January 18, 1924 to Anton and Suzie May (Luke) Hansen in Avon, SD. She was raised near Avon. Arlene lived in Sioux City where she worked for Windcharger during WWII. On December 19, 1945, Arlene married Herbert Dirks in Sioux City, IA. The couple settled near Peever, SD, and began farming. They later moved to Wilmot, SD. In the 1970s they moved to Warden, WA, where Herb worked for the District and later for the pallet company. Arlene was the bookkeeper for the pallet business. They moved to Magnolia, IA in 2003 for health reasons. Arlene enjoyed visiting with people.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert Dirks in January of 2004; two infant children, Wilma Jean and Redmond Lyle; son-in-law, Clifford Carlile; great grandson, Tichon Carlile; five siblings, Ralph Luke, Defon Wood, Ada Ellis, Cecil Pratt and Robert Hansen. She is survived by five children, Judy Carlile of Missouri Valley, IA, Timothy (Karen) Dirks of Enola, PA, Joanne (Fred) Henry of Magnolia, IA, Roy (Wendy) Dirks of Moses Lake, WA, Raymond (Ruth) Dirks of Ravensdale, WA; 16 grand-children; 26 great grandchildren; brother, Arlo Hansen of Omaha, NE; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Mondamin Community Center in Mondamin, IA. Officiating were Titus Lehman and Cheston Stidolph. Music was provided by Ruth Dirks, Mike Aarestad and Ed and Jill Anderson. Pallbearers were Travis Carlile, William Carlile, Logan Carlile, Dirk Henry, Ben Henry and Mark Myers.
Graveside services were at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Sisseton Cemetery in Sisseton, SD. Officiating at the graveside were Dean Dykstra and Kyle Bredesky. Fouts Funeral Home of Woodbine, IA and Cahill Funeral Home of Sisseton, SD assisted the family with the arrangements.

Barbara Loraas
Barbara Ellen Loraas, 81 of Hankinson, ND formerly of Lidgerwood, ND, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Gerard’s Community of Care, Hankinson, ND. Funeral service was Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Hankinson, ND with burial at United Cemetery, Hankinson. Visitation was Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Frank Family Funeral Home, Hankinson. There was also visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
Barbara Ellen Emde was born on August 8, 1933 in Hankinson, ND, the daughter of Fred and Ella (Gustman) Emde. She grew up in Hankinson and attended school there. After graduating from high school, Barb moved to the Los Angeles, CA area and worked in the banking field for a few years. Barb returned to North Dakota and married Hans Loraas on May 28, 1955; they then moved to the Loraas farmstead south of Lidgerwood, where they farmed the family farm for many years. While farming with Hans and rearing four children, Barb went back to college part-time and graduated from Valley City State Teacher’s College in 1971. In 1972 she started teaching 6th grade in Veblen, SD where she taught for many years. She then went back to school again to further her teaching skills by getting her Special Education Teaching Certificate. She then transferred to New Effington, SD where she taught special education students for years. She retired from teaching in 1994. In 1999, they retired from farming and moved into Lidgerwood by the Gold Course where Hans continued to operate Mid-American Real Estate. They lived in their house in Lidgerwood until 2004 when Barb moved to St. Gerard’s Community Nursing Home in Hankinson where she resided until her death. Hans and Barb were life-long members of United Church of Christ in Hankinson, ND.
Barb’s dedication to students and her love of teaching elementary school children spanned more than 20 years. She was honored to be voted “Teacher of the Year” by Lidgerwood’s American Legion Post 84 in 1996. Barbara liked to bowl, golf and travel in their motor home with Hans.
Barb is survived by her husband, Hans Loraas, Hankinson, ND; children: Debra Simdorn (Greg) Hanson, Ames, IA; Cynthia Loraas, Papillion, NE; Robert Loraas, Wahpeton, ND and Sandra Loraas, Casselton, ND; granddaughters: Laura Simdorn (Joe) McComish, Plymouth, MN; Leslie Simdorn (Darin) Gully, Norman, IL; McKenzie Loraas, Wahpeton, ND and Amber Loraas, Papillion, NE; great-grandchildren: Ian McComish, Plymouth, MN and Ava and Savannah Gully, Norman, IL; brothers: Harry (Janice) Emde, Hankinson, ND; Ronald (Barbara) Emde, Racine, WI and Donald (Kathy) Emde, Blue Grass, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Ella Emde; brother, Fred Emde, Jr. and sister, Ramona Nelson.
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Frank Family Funeral Home, Hankinson, ND was in charge of the arrangements.

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