Ainsworth Star Journal

No services are scheduled at this time. for Franklin Delano (Jack) Vinson. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Jack was born on January 28, 1936 in LaSalle, CO to John and Mattie Vinson. He married Dolores Channing December 13, 1957 in Baltimore, MD. They later divorced. On September 3, 1983 he married Carolyn Cole in Milford, MA, divorcing later. Jack grew up in the Hudson, CO area mostly on dryland farms. Jack and his siblings came up with their own entertainment. Breaking horses starting at age 12 years he and his brothers competed in rodeos throughout Colorado riding bulls and broncs. He served in the US Navy. After the Navy he ran his own service station, in Massachusetts. Then he was employed by the Mendon, MA school district as maintenance and business manager. After retiring he lived in South Dakota, Maine, and Florida. For a period he again lived in Massachusetts, but longed to be back in South Dakota. South Dakota is where he spent his last years. Franklin Delano (Jack) Vinson of Herrick passed away June 20, 2016 at Avera Gregory Hospital in Gregory after a battle with cancer at the age of 80. Jack is survived by his son, Kent Vinson; daughter, Shari Sudler (Jim); stepsons, John (Janice) Brown; Jay (Cindy) Brown; grandchildren Jack, Sam, Kayla, Kyra, Kennedy; step grandchildren, Davis, Tyler, Sarah, Alyssa, Hannah, Katie; two great-grandchildren; both his former wives, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill, Johnny, Jerald, Charles and sisters, Bernice, Genevieve and Mary Rose.

Funeral services for Veryl Wagaman were held on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory with Father Godfrey Muwanga officiating. Casket bearers were her family and friends. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery in Chamberlain. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was  in charge of arrangements. Veryl (Briggs) Wagaman was born on March 31, 1926 at Iona to Harry and Mary (Hickey) Briggs. Veryl had two brothers Dwane and Dean. She attended the Iona school through middle school and then attended high school for a while in Gregory. One of Veryl’s favorite things to do was to come to Gregory with her folks. She enjoyed taking in a movie when she could. Veryl was known by many as Sis. Sis had five children Bill, Ronnie, Rodney, Ardean and Rex. On September 12, 1962, Sis married Emil Wagaman at Buffalo, WY. In 1968 they moved to Gregory. They enjoyed visiting and traveling. Emil passed away in October of 2002. For a time she lived with Bill in Arizona. Sis lived the last several years at White Lake in the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home. Veryl passed away on June 20, 2016 at the age of 90 years. Veryl was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Emil; three sons Ronnie “Dude” Lux, Rodney Lux, and Rex Lux; her daughter Ardean Schoenhard; a granddaughter Crystal Gale Schoenhard, and a grandson Clinton Lux. Veryl is survived by her son Bill Briggs, many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services for Delmer Jons were held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Naper, NE with Pastor Joel Wentworth officiating. Music was provided by Loren “Bud” Jons, KayDon Jons, Ardeth Bachmann, vocalists, accompanied by Darlene Jons, pianist. Ed Jons and Janice Hausmann were in charge of registration. Casket bearers were Eldon Jons, Arlyn Jons, Verlyn Jons, Galen Jons, Gordon Jons and Keith Jons. Honorary casket bearers were Jeff Isenberg, Dan Murtha, David Murtha, Christopher Pistulka, Paul Jons, Alex Pistulka, Bryan Brwn, Curt Jons, Allen Wright and Toby Cox. Interment was in the Knollcrest Cemetery in Naper, NE with military honors conferred by Naper VFW. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Delmer Lee Jons was born January 31, 1925 in his family’s home in rural Bonesteel to Arthur and Alma (Vetter) Jons. He passed away June 21, 2016 at Sanford Cottage in Sioux Falls at the age of 91 years. Delmer attended grade school at Pleasant Valley Country School and Bonesteel High School, graduating in 1943. Delmer met JoAnn Cerny in 1950 at a St. Patrick’s Day dance in Bonesteel and they were engaged soon after. In 1951 he was drafted into the Army and served 21 months in the Korean War. After his discharge, he married JoAnn and bought a quarter of land and its buildings from her parents. It was on this small dairy farm that they raised their 14 children. For many years Delmer attended church, first as a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bonesteel and later during the beginning years of raising his family, attending the United Church of Christ in Naper, Nebraska. Delmer enjoyed working in the fields, milking cows, and singing to lots of music he played. He spent a lot of time gardening. Education was important to Delmer and he was proud that all of his children were able to get a college degree. A legacy Dad left us includes many beautiful tulips, gladiolas, star gazers, and other flowers around the house and yard. Delmer is survived by his wife of 64 years, JoAnn; children: Paula (John Brown), Lorna, Julie, Brenda (Ed Murtha), Eldon (Robin), Janet (Joe Pistulka), Arlyn, Verlyn (Dana), Barb, Lisa (Russ Wright), Galen (DJ), Patty (Ed Bowers), LeAnn (Maurice Cox), Gordon (Rhiannon); his grandchildren: Brittany Brown, Bryan Brown, Jeff Isenberg, Dan Murtha, David Murtha (Justine), Erin Murtha (Sean Hartka), Mateya Murtha, Christopher Pistulka, Alex Pistulka, Heather Kitzan (Josh), Paul Jons, Curt Jons, Andrew Jons, Matthew Jons, Katie Wright, Allen Wright, Logan Bowers, Lucas Bowers, Josie Cox, Jill Cox, Toby Cox, Tate Cox, Jenna Cox, Ty Cox, Abigail Jons, and Amos Jons; one great-grandchild; his brother, Malvern and wife Alice; sister Elaine Kurtz and husband Bob; sister-in-law Rose Marie Cerny and many nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant grandson Michael Pistulka and his brother Harley, and brother-in-law James Cerny.

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