John Erwin Harmelink, age 81, and retired senior partner of Harmelink, Fox & Ravnsborg Law of Yankton, SD passed away Saturday August 17, 2019 at Avera Sister James Care Center, Yankton, SD of complications of COPD/emphysema. Memorial services were 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019 at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory with the Rev. Jerry Webber officiating. Private burial of his cremated remains will be in the Aten Cemetery, Aten, Nebraska. Arrangements are under the direction of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory in Yankton. Online condolences may be made at: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com.
John was born October 24, 1937 in Sheldon, IA to Edward Harmelink and Caroline Getting Harmelink. John attended public schools in Harwarden, IA, graduated from Hawarden High School in 1956, earning letters in football, basketball, and track. He attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a law degree in 1962. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In a delay of a law career, he was called to assist an ailing father to manage Yankton Concrete Products, Inc. until it's closing in 1975. He often jokingly said that he saved Karen Schempp from "old maidenhood" by marrying her in 1965 and to this union, three children were born. He was a very affectionate grandfather. They have since resided in Yankton. John was an active member of Hillcrest Golf and Country Club, serving as president in 1976. He was a member of St. John's Lodge Masonic Order and Yankton Shrine Club, and Christ Episcopal Church.
John’s law career began in a partnership with attorney David Humphrey and later formed his own firm with Wanda Fox, eventually including Jason Ravnsborg. John specialized, but not entirely, in bankruptcy work especially during the farm crisis of the 1980's. After retiring from law, he and Karen became "snowbirds" in Cave Creek, AZ where he divided his leisure time between golf and serving on the Board of Directors of the Villas at Black Mountain part time as president. Other hobbies he had enjoyed and been involved with were family farming, hunting, fishing, and gardening.
John is survived by his wife, Karen of Yankton, SD; children: Jason (Renae) Harmelink of Crofton, NE, Scott (Stacy) Harmelink of Sioux City, IA, and Krista Haugen of Cave Creek, AZ; grandchildren: Amanda (Kurt) Watkins of Phoenix, AZ, Tyler (Taylor) Harmelink of Crofton, NE, Tara (Tanner) Foxhoven of Bennington, NE, Raychel Schurman of Crofton, NE, Emma and Maya Harmelink of Sioux City, IA, and Jacob and Nathan Haugen of Cave Creek, AZ; great-grandsons: Cash of Phoenix, AZ and Jameson and Kyler of Bennington, NE; sister, Mary (Jan) Mennig of St. Louis, MO
John is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be sent to the Mead Cultural Education Center at 82 Mickelson Dr., Yankton, SD, 57078.
James L. Cope, age 91 of Yankton, SD passed away Monday, September 2, 2019 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home, Viborg, SD. Memorial services were 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Christ Episcopal Church, Yankton, SD with Rev. Tom Hurley officiating and a US Flag Presentation by the United States Navy. Private family burial of his cremated remains will be in the Yankton Cemetery, Yankton, SD. Visitations will be 5 to 7 PM, Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, SD with Masonic services at 7:00 PM by St. John’s Lodge #1 AF & AM.
James Lee Cope was born on May 30th, 1928 in Yankton, SD to Lee and Mabel (Gunderson) Cope. He attended grade school in Yankton, SD and high school in Alexandria, VA. He served his country in the United States Navy during both World War II and the Korean War. He graduated from the University of South Dakota Law School in 1950 and joined his father in Cope & Cope law firm in Yankton, SD. While at USD he was active in Beta Theta Pi fraternity and KUSD Radio. He received a BA in Business Administration from Yankton College in 1954. On December 8th, 1950, Jim married Shirlee Enquist, his wife of 51 years and to this union 5 children were born. Additionally, in 1950 Jim became one of the founders of Morgen Manufacturing Company, becoming general manager in 1956 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 1964.
Jim was a leader both nationally and locally in his industry. He was a fellow of the American Concrete Institute, where he chaired two national committees. He was active in the National Association of Manufacturers, became a member of the Young President’s Organization in 1967 and joined the World Business Council in 1977. In South Dakota he was a founder and first chair of the South Dakota Manufacturers’ and Processors’ Association, served on the South Dakota Industrial Development Expansion Agency Commission and the South Dakota Safety Council. Morgen Manufacturing was awarded the E Award in 1981 and the E Star Award in 1991 for exports. Jim was also active with the Yankton Manufacturers Association, and Yankton Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his professional achievements, Jim was active in Civic and Fraternal Organizations including Christ Episcopal Church, Free Masonry, holding the 33rd degree and was a member of El Riad Shrine, the Elks Club, the American Legion and Community Forum. He served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Care Hospital and School for 23 years and on the University of South Dakota Foundation for 20 years.
Awards include: 1965 Small Businessman of the Year in South Dakota, 1979 Yankton College Alumni Achievement Award, 1980 South Dakotan of the Year by the USD School of Business, 1987 Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award from the American Concrete Institute, 2000 American Concrete Pumping Association Pioneer Award and 2001 The Darwin and Adele Inman Award from the USD Foundation.
Jim established many family traditions that are carried on today by his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed being a Missouri River Rat and spent most summer weekends boating and floating in the Missouri River.
Jim is survived by his children: Bill Cope of Yankton, SD, Cindy (Terry) Wright of Little Rock, AR, Sandy Cope (Ken Smith) of Yankton, SD, Drew (Chris) Cope of Evanston, WY, and Nancy (Dave) Hecht of Homer, NE; nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Jim was proceeded in death by his wife, Shirlee in 2002; his sister, Ann Apted and his parents.
Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church,517 Douglas, Yankton, SD 57078, LifeScapes (formerly the Children’s Care Hospital), 2501 W. 21st Street. Sioux Falls, SD 57105 or the USD Foundation, 1110 North Dakota Street Vermillion, SD 57069.