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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Kayleen Deacon

Kayleen Ann Deacon (Jorgensen)

Tuesday, June 11th, 1940 - Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
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Kayleen (Jorgensen) Johnson-Deacon (79) of Volin, SD, formally of Yankton, SD, passed away on February 11, 2020 at the Wakonda Heritage Manor, in Wakonda, SD, surrounded by family. We lost a family member and friend while heaven gained a ray of light.

Kay was known for her kind heart and endless love of children. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her love and kindness had no boundaries and extended beyond family to approximately 80 foster children. She was also known for her colorful outfit and face paint when she dressed up as a kid’s superhero, the clown Jiggerbites.

She enjoyed spending time with friends, family, children, volunteering, traveling, and her late introduction to farm life. She also enjoyed singing in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church choir and was active in the St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Kay is survived by her husband Rodney Deacon, sister Jean (Louis) Lucero, and brother Dennis (Danute) Jorgensen.

Daughters Kelly (Brian) Bellmer, Becky (Marty) Raue and Kristi Johnson.
Sons Butch Deacon, Danny (Michelle) Johnson, Darren Johnson, and Todd Deacon.

Grandchildren Cory Bellmer, Zachary Deacon, Breanna Deacon, Lakyn Humphrey, Maleik Franklin, Gracie Deacon, Zendaya Franklin, and Temprance Deacon.

Great grandchildren Kameron Bellmer, Talon Bellmer, Aunalei Cyrus, and Scarlett Grasso.

Kay was proceeded in death by husband Ronald Johnson, parents Emma and Harold Jorgensen, and daughter Christine Deacon.

Honorary Pall Bearers – Cory Bellmer, Zachary Deacon, Breanna Deacon, Lakyn Humphrey, Maleik Franklin, Gracie Deacon, Zendaya Franklin, Temprance Deacon, Kameron Bellmer, Talon Bellmer, Aunalei Cyrus, and Scarlett Grasso.

The family requests no flowers or plants. Those wishing to honor her life can make a donation in her name to Wakonda Heritage Manor. (515 Ohio street Wakonda, SD 57073).

“We are not alone; we do not walk alone. We are part of the one flock of Christ that walks together.”
– Pope Francis
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    Rosary and Scripture services will begin at 7pm.
  • Service

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    Fr. John Fischer
  • Interment

    Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
    Douglas Ave.
    YANKTON, SD 57078
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    Burial will be for immediate family only.
  • Reception

    Fr. McMahon Center
    206 Iowa Street
    WAKONDA, SD 57073
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Posted at 03:13pm
What a wonderful lady Kay was. She got me my first job that I worked at for 27 years. She will be missed by many. RIP KaY.

Kelly Bellmer

Posted at 06:25pm
I love you Mom!

Danny Johnson

Posted at 04:30pm
Say hi to dad for me and I miss you both!

MaryKay Gilbert

Posted at 12:29pm
Kay was our neighbor in Yankton yrs ago. She was such a wonderful loving woman.

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