August 29, 2012
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Gladys Dessie (Butler) Hansenwas born to Burtis G. and Agnes(Jameson) Butler near Faith, SD,on April 9, 1921, the 6th of sevensurviving children. She dedicatedher life to Jesus Christ as ateenager and strove to honor Himthroughout her life. Despite lim-ited resources, her parents pro-vided opportunity for Gladys andher siblings to develop their Godgiven musical abilities. Faith,family, and music greatly definedGladys.Upon graduating from FaithHigh School in 1938, Gladysmoved with her parents to Stur-gis and then to the Corning, IA,area. In the fall of 1942, they re-turned to Sturgis. Gladys enjoyedtraveling while working for theFarmer's Home Administrationfrom 1943 to 1954. Being single,she greatly enjoyed time spentwith her many nieces andnephews. On November 28, 1954,Gladys was united in marriage toOdin Hansen at Denton, MT. Shewas blessed with an instant fam-ily with Odin's three sons,Leonard, Eugene, and Robert,whose mother, Ethel ArvidsonHansen, had passed away in1945. Odin, Gladys, and the boyslived on a farm near Platte, SD,before moving back to Sturgiswhere she and Odin owned andoperated rental property from1956 to 1975. She was also em-ployed at H O Anderson Hard-ware before adding to their familyanother son, Larry, and daughter,Odena. From 1974 to 1983, shewas employed at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.Upon retirement, Gladys andOdin enjoyed traveling to visittheir children. But most of theirsummers were spent close tohome at the Hart Ranch nearRapid City. Gladys enjoyed read-ing, watching Trinity Broadcastnetwork, music, and the "gift of gab." She especially enjoyed play-ing her mandolin. She remainedinvolved in the lives and activitiesof her children, grandchildren,and great-grandchildren, even if unable to physically participate inthose events. Her relationshipwith her sisters and their chil-dren remained very close.Following the loss of Odin in2006, she often said she had herticket ready for her final trip.Her heart longed for the daywhen she would join her lovedones in heaven. On Monday, Au-gust 20, 2012, at the age of 91, theLord finally allowed her to usethat ticket. She peacefully passedfrom this life to her eternal re-ward at the Sturgis CommunityHospital. That day she spoke toMarilyn, her daughter-in-law,about the party Marilyn waspreparing. Even though it seemedshe was confused, we now know itwas the celebration of her life andhomecoming. Her quick wit anddetermined spirit will be fondlyremembered. Gladys was a mem-ber of the Open Bible Church, theSturgis Senior Citizens Center,and a local chapter of TOPS.Gladys is survived by her sons,Leonard (Marilyn), Sturgis, SD,Robert (Robin), Bellevue, WA,and Larry (Pam), Burnsville, MN;daughter, Odena (Mark) Koth,Sioux Falls, SD; fourteen grand-children; eight great-grandchil-dren; one sister, Laura (George)Levin, Sturgis; and a host of nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death byher husband, Odin; son, Eugene;brother, Leonard Butler; and sis-ters, Marjorie Gabrielson, MarianBarker, Dora Walter, and RuthShroyer. Visitation was Friday, August24th from noon to 8:00 p.m. withthe family present from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade FuneralChapel, with a sharing service at7:00 p.m.Funeral services were heldSaturday, August 25, 2012, at11:00 a.m. at Kinkade FuneralChapel with Pastor Ralph Vencillofficiating. Burial followed atBear Butte Cemetery. A memorial has been estab-lished to the Open Bible Church.Condolences may be sent to thefamily atwww.kinkadefunerals.com.
Gladys Dessie Hansen
Sarah Jordan and JeremyGann were married June 16, 2012at the Bethel Lutheran Church inFaith. The bride wore a beautifulfull length ivory lace gown with asweetheart neckline. She carrieda bouquet of ivory flowers lacedwith pearls made by her cousinCrissy Stevens. The bridesmaidswore lapis colored knee lengthdresses and carried purple flowerbouquets. The matron of honorwas Rachel Caspers (sister of thebride), Jessica Sletten, Andi Ford,Crissy Stevens (cousins of thebride), Kasey Till (friend of thebride), and Kayla Gann (sister of the groom). Personal attendantSpencer Gossel, helped with hairand makeup. Flower girl, TarynCaspers, wore a white floor lengthdress with a pearl beaded head-band. Jeremy and his groomsmenwore champagne vests over whitelong sleeved dress shirts withkhaki pants and cowboy boots.The best man was Brian Mc-Daniel, groomsmen were ClintGlaesmann, Dustin Broom, ReedCollins, Eric Ellis (friends of thegroom), and Adam Jordan(brother of the bride). The wed-ding party posed for pictures inthe city park before the ceremony.Pastor Jon Wellumson (uncleof the bride) and Pastor WayneOlson officiated the wedding. Jes-sica Hunt sang “How Great Thou Art” accompanied by LynnWellumson on the piano. Specialguests included Sarah’s grand-parents Wayne and Karen Slet-ten and Jeremy’s grandparentsDennis and Mary Clark. Thechurch was beautifully decoratedby family and friends of both thebride and groom. The 200 guestsmoved to a grandly decorated Le-gion Hall for the reception anddance. Hosting the event wereCarl and Amy Engwall (aunt anduncle of the bride), MC was MikeDornish (uncle of the bride). A de-licious barbecued meal wascatered by the Hartshorns. A funcountry dance polished off theevening. A special thanks for all theirhelp in decorating, planning, andproviding a rehearsal dinner goesto Amy Engwall, Tammy Sletten,Karen Sletten, Lynn Wellumson,Kary Dornish. Special thanks toall the Gann family that came upfrom Texas to be with us, Roxane,Kayla, Jerry, Vicki, Donald, Kory,Emily Rollison, Jeff Sadler, andDennis and Mary Clark.
Jordan & Gann went to the chapel