Obituaries
     
   
     

Edna Marie Speers

February 22, 1916 - January 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018

 

Edna was born on a White Owl homestead on February 22, 1916. She grew up in Springfield, MO, where her father passed suddenly when she was 12. She married Glen E. Speers in 1933 at age 16 and raised 6 sons on the White Owl Ranch, many of whom when on to serve in the military.
Known to all as "Grandma" Edna lived independently with the help and care of family and friends. Coming to Washington she was thrilled to garden in the NW with fruit trees, grapes and large garden well into her late 90's. She had a great sense of humor and loved to hear of family adventures and mishaps, and posed in many "Fish" photos, some bigger than her! At the age of 100 she was caught on stage teaching her great-great granddaughters the Charleston. Her last trip to the ranch was met by loved ones and many travel "fans" and treated like celebrity!
Edna lived her life and faith to the fullest being missionary minded, supporting Billy Graham and Samaritan's Purse. Every year she helped her granddaughter pack and send shoe boxes to operation Christmas Child, over 50 boxes a year! The family would like to send 102 boxes in 2018 in her honor.
Grandma was a strong fighter, surviving everything from rattlesnake bites to cancer!! An inspiration to all.
Edna Marie Speers, 101, Puyallup, WA, formerly of White Owl, SD, died, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at her grandson's home in Puyallup, WA.
Edna is survived by her four sons; Bert G. Speers, Puyallup, WA; Lowell A. Speers, White Owl, SD; Stanley G. Speers, Toledo, WA; and Patrick R. Speers, Patterson, MO. 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters; Yonnie and Clara; one brother, Marion; two sons; Glen Jr, and Russell; two grandsons, John L. and sadly the same week of her passing her grandson Shane Speers.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
A celebration of her Life and Faith will be held, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the White Owl Church. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Karen J. Nelson

February 18, 1940 - January 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018

 

Karen was born February 18, 1940, to Gordon and Hildur (Johnson) Lund Sr. at Hitterdal, MN. She went on to have three children, Dale, Elizabeth and JoAnne. On September 5, 1975, she married Kenneth C. Nelson and they spent the rest of her time in Deadwood.
Karen J. Nelson, 77, Deadwood, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Karen is survived by her husband, Ken Nelson, Deadwood, SD; one son, Dale Hanson, Jamestown, ND; and daughters; Elizabeth (Wilson) Park, Deadwood, SD, and JoAnne (Rodney) Keller, Spring Hill, FL; grandchildren, Jessica Wibe, Hitterdal, MN; Jerad Hanson, Fargo, ND; Jason Keller, Lead, SD; and Kristan (Keller) Sears, Spring Hill, FL; two great grandchildren, Max Keller, Lead, SD, and Andrew Keller, Lead, SD. The boys always brought a smile to her face. One brother, Gordon (Louise) Lund, Jr., Texas and one sister, Deborah Lund, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Clarence Lund, MN and Gary Lund, MN.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Western Hills Humane Society.

 

     
   
     

Joyce Elaine Orr

January 31, 1945 - January 6, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Private Family At A Later Date

 

Joyce was born January 31, 1945, in Deadwood, SD, to Ina and Edwin Dahlquist. Joyce married Sherman Orr on November 12, 1961, in Sturgis. Joyce will be remembered by her family for her quirky sense of humor. She loved to tell her grandchildren silly stories that always made them laugh. She will also be remembered for her unique Christmas presents she gave her children.
Joyce E. Orr, 72, Newell, died on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at her residence in Newell.
Survivors include her three sons, Brian Orr, Spearfish., SD; Wiley Orr, Newell, SD; and Charles Orr, Newell, SD; three daughters, LaDonna Styles, Charlotte, NC; Celo Dickey, Newcastle, WY; and Stacie Kehn, Sturgis, SD; one sister, Patricia Hilde, Twin Valley MN; one brother, Gary Asher, Gillette, WY; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister.
A memorial service for her immediate family will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Vesta Mae Cha

September 28, 1925 - January 5, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

Vesta Mae (Blair) Cha was born on September 28, 1925, at Tilford, South Dakota to John and Lois (Lamberton) Blair. She grew up on a ranch near Tilford with her older brother, Calvin, and her older sister, Lucile. Vesta graduated from Sturgis High School in 1943, and then attended a business college in Rapid City. She was baptized and became a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis o June 13, 1945, the same day Linda Blair was baptized.
She worked for the First Federal Savings and Loan for two years, and then went to Oakland, California where she worked for thirteen years for Colgate Palmolive Company. After serving in the Army, Frederick Cha was honorably discharged, he moved to California to work for the military base in Alameda, where he was trained and worked as a jet engine mechanic. The job he absolutely loved, showing up early every day. He also enjoyed the weather, riding his motorcycle to work almost every day. He enjoyed going to dances after work, and that is where he met the love of his life, Vesta Blair. They dated for a year before they were married on June 14, 1950, in Oakland, California.
Together they bought and ran three apartment buildings in California at different times, and Fred would do maintenance on them in his spare time. After several years, he and Vesta retired, and they later moved to Sturgis in 2004. Fred wanted to get away from traffic and enjoy the small town atmosphere, and they wintered in Chandler, Arizona for five years. Fred and Vesta moved to Berry unit at Sturgis Regional Long Term Care in 2011, due to health reasons.
Vesta Mae (Blair) Cha, 92, Sturgis, died Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Committal services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorial has been established to Sturgis Regional Senior Care activities fund.

 

     
   
     

Mary Ann Chapman

October 9, 1952 - January 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

Mary was born in Rotan, TX, on October 9, 1952, the second child of six of Eugene and Margaret (Margie Bethel) Webb. As a little child, her family moved to Fort Morgan, CO, where her last four siblings joined the family. Mary graduated from Ft. Morgan High School in 1970 and attended Morgan Community College part-time while working full time. She met and married Arthur LeRoy Chapman on April 16, 1972, at the Wiggins Community Church.
Mary and Art traveled extensively based on his on-going work in the oil fields. At one time, Mary, with two little sons in tow, lived in Spain while Art worked in Algeria for 18 months and then 18 months in Sudan. From there, the young family moved back to Rawlins, WY, where they lived many years. Mary worked at the local hospital and ultimately began a long lasting employment with Kroger Grocery Stores. She successfully managed the liquor store for the grocery chain many years.
In the past ten years, Mary and Art lived on their ranch north of Newell, SD, where Mary began raising sheep. Her biggest delight was in the little lambs. Her email address reflected this love: Maryslittlelamb. In Newell, Mary first worked for several years for Howdy's Newmart where she enjoyed meeting the community. Later, Mary Clerked at Conoco where, again, she so enjoyed meeting everyone. Mary never met a stranger and her attitude toward 'strangers' was one of friendly talk and 'How can I help?'
Mary Ann Webb Chapman left this earth on Thursday, January 4, 2018, after a short and fierce battle with cancer.
Survivors include her husband, Art; their son, Daniel; and her five siblings, Eugene (Judy) of Loveland, CO, Robert of Ft. Morgan, CO, Jack of San Antonio, TX, Kenneth (Gloria) of Fort Morgan, CO, and Barbara (Bruce) Sielaff of Rawlins, WY; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by their older son, Harold, who died in 2000, and her father, Eugene Webb, who died in 1985.
On Wednesday evening, January 10, visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Mary's farewell service is Thursday, January 11, 2018, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Following the service, there will be a celebration of Mary's life at the Newell City Hall, 101 Third Street, Newell, SD, for all family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

     
   
     

Marvin David Jensen, Sr.

November 18, 1939 - January 7, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018

 

Marvin Jensen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, left this world January 7, 2018, to be with his Lord in Heaven.
Marvin was born November 18, 1939, to Christian and Belle (Painter) Jensen at West Weigand Place in Eagle Butte, SD. He married JoAnn Selby on December 22, 1961, in Isabel. They lived in Dupree for three years then lived in Lantry for the next 10 years working for McDaniel's Implement. Next he worked on his parent’s farm for a number of years, before finally moving to Faith, SD, in 1974 where they purchased the old Udegar house and have resided there until his passing. In Faith, he worked as a mechanic at many different places, a custodian at the Faith High School and CRST Head Start, and as a lock smith. He owned his own gas station in Lantry, SD, until it burned down in 1981. He loved tinkering around on old vehicles and tractors and driving around Durkee lake watching the wild life, rattle snake hunting, fishing, and stopping to visit and joke with his friends on the street or road. He was always a call away when someone was in need of any help or advice.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Jensen; children, Deloris Haibeck of Rapid City, SD, Marvin Jensen, Jr. (Doris) of Gillette, WY, Jeff (Barb) Jensen of Lantry, SD, Darlene (Zane) King of Faith, SD, Ronald (Paula) Jensen of Eagle Butte, SD, Gary (Kimberly) Jensen of Lantry, SD, and Bonny Jensen of Sturgis, SD; sisters, Janice Selby of Faith, SD, and Janelle Follette of Colorado; brothers, Lauren Jensen of Lantry, SD, and Roger (Barbara) Jensen of Sturgis, SD; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chris; mother, Belle; sister, Beulah; three brothers, Derl, Preston, and Lloyd; and son, Tracy Eugene.
Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. until service time Friday at the Faith Community Center.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Faith Community Center in Faith, SD, with Pastor Mark Richardson officiating. Burial will follow at the Faith Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Carol Ann Grubl

January 7, 1938 - January 6, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Carol Ann (Hilton) Grubl was born January 7, 1938, in Mobridge, SD, to George and Helen Hilton. She grew up and attended 1st-12th grade in Mobridge. Carol then ventured to Brookings, SD, where she attended college. This is where she met a bullrider she could not resist. After two years, they decided ranching might be for them.
City met country on June 14, 1958, when Carol and Eddie were united in marriage in Mobridge, SD. From that point forward, they resided on his grandparent’s place on the Alkali Divide. This was a journey they enjoyed for 59 years together. Carol was fortunate enough to spend her last day at home.
During their life together, they were blessed with two children, Georgi Ann and Barney. Carol was a gal of many talents. There was not one thing she couldn’t do or attempt to do. From cooking, gardening, sewing, photography, calving, gambling, or just speaking her mind…she could handle it all.
As she traveled through her life helping Eddie on the ranch, she also served on various boards and committees. And yes….She was always right! As many of you remember, Carol said it like it was in her column “Meanwhile Back At The Ranch.” A part of her has been passed on to each of our homes and hearts.
On the evening on January 6, 2018, surrounded by her family and her cat, one last time Carol said, “Load up the cream can, I’m ready to go home.”
Being grateful for sharing in her life as a wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma are her husband, Eddie Grubl; daughter, Georgi Ann (Delbert) Cobb of Red Owl, SD; son, Barney Grubl of Oceanside, CA; 5 grandkids, Ashly (Brett) Price, Clint (Donelle) Cobb, Brandon Grubl, Zach Grubl, and Brianna Grubl; and then the cream of the crop, her 7 great-grandchildren; Timber, RyLee, Cooper, Roan, Carsyn, Camri, and Arya.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother; and her mother and father-in-law.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Sturgis Community Center Theater with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Memorials have been established to Northern Hills Hospice and the Red Owl Hall Playground Fund.

 

     
   
     

Tarrie Jay Goddard

February 14, 1960 - January 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Tarrie was born Valentine’s day, 1960, to James and Merne (Jones) Gibson. She traveled as a child with her Air Force family, extensively, before landing in Lingle, WY, after her father retired.
She always loved a good time with her family and friends. After retiring in 2010, she and her husband, Monte, traveled the United States, RVing. After diagnosis in the fall of 2015, they settled in Sturgis.
Tarrie Jay Goddard, 57, Sturgis, SD, died Thursday, January 4, 2018, at her home in Sturgis.
She leaves behind her husband, Monte; daughter, Kristie Sierra; son, E.J. (Christina) Snyder; and grandchildren, Larissa Mayhew, Rylea Joyce, and TJ Snyder. Survivors also include her mother, Merne Gibson; brothers, Jack (Deb) Gibson, Jim Gibson, and Jerry (Beth) Gibson; sister, Tracy (Doug) Patrick; Sturgis family in-laws, Gerie Ericson, Lavina Goddard, Tom (Betty) Goddard; mother-in-law, Anna Goddard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Gibson; father-in-law, Forrest Goddard; brothers-in-law, Marshall Goddard and Donald Ericson; and sister-in-law, Annette Gibson.
A memorial may be made to the ALS Foundation on her behalf.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

James Edward Bradley

April 2, 1933 - January 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

James Edward Bradley was born April 2, 1933, in Wessington Springs, SD, to Donald and Florence (Krog) Bradley. Jim grew up in Wessington Springs where he attended school until he went into the Air Force where he stayed for three years.
After returning from the Air Force, Jim lived in Montana where he met his wife, Theresa. The couple lived in Montana for a while then moved to Wessington Springs where they raised their five children, after which Jim and Theresa moved to Sturgis where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Jim drove a Semi truck for 30 years, owned a tavern for a short period, and finally finished his work career as a boiler operator at the Pope and Talbot Saw Mill in Spearfish.
Jim always enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was hunting and fishing with his buddy’s in the mountains of Montana when he was a younger man or getting to go pheasant hunting and walleye fishing with his family later in his life. He also enjoyed the times when all his family got together for the holidays, a wedding, or a family reunion.
Jim is survived by his three sons, Jim and wife, Donna, of El Mirage, AZ, Mike and wife, Kristy, of Whitewood, and Mark and wife, Cathy, of Rapid City; and two daughters, Deb Buringa of Wessington and Sheila Jamison and husband, Jeff, of San Antonio. He is also survived by his brother, Gary, and wife, Evelyn, of Wessington Springs; two sisters, Mary Jackson of Lane, and Pat Christensen of Arizona; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Theresa; two brothers, Richard and William; and two brothers-in-law, Darrell Jackson and Dennis Christensen.
Visitation will be Monday, January 8, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Robert "Bob" Waddington

January 26, 1933 - January 2, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018

 

Robert "Bob" Roy Waddington was born January 26, 1933, to Robert C. Waddington and Gertrude D. Rada in Lead, SD. The family moved to Hill City in 1939.
Bob started working in the timber at an early age and put himself through high school cutting and hauling posts. On January 28, 1953, he married Deloris Ann Kester. He was drafted into the Army in April 1953 serving at Camp Kobe, Japan and Demarkation Zone, Korea. During this time, his home base was in Colorado Springs, CO, and Leadville, CO. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army in 1961, Bob and his family moved back to Rapid City and to Lead in 1962 where they resided until his death.
Bob loved his family, logging, hunting, and football. He was a practical jokester and added his special touch to all his projects which we referred to as "Hillbillyin Up." If he could only buy something in red, it was immediately painted green. He was a hard-working man who believed in helping his neighbors and fellowmen. If it was mechanical he could fix it! He hired one of the neighbor boys, Sam Millard, to help him in the woods and later his grandsons, Jason and Josh. What he taught them could not be learned in any book. He was a quiet man who spoke volumes by his actions.
Bob, 84, Lead, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Deloris Ann; his daughters, Judy (John) Coffield and Shelly (Bruce) Disbrow; his grandsons, Jason (Christina) Coffield, Joshua (Michelle) Coffield, Cal Coffield, and Christian Disbrow; his great-grandsons, Kevin Coffield, Matthew Curtis, Taylor Coffield, Ryan, Jace, and Hunter Evans, and Cody Coffield; his "Pretty Ladies" granddaughters, Jonna (Larry) Evans, Heather (James) Andrie, and Breanna (Jaz) Terzic; great-granddaughters, Shelby Wisser, Ashlyn and Jayden Coffield, and Maycee Coffield; and "His Baby" great-granddaughter, Camryn Coffield; and his brother, William (Billie) Waddington, San Antonio, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Vernon Gene; brothers, Richard and Gerald; half-brother, Robert; and special friend, Ronald Forrette.
Services will be Saturday, January 6, 2017, at the Lead Assembly of God Church in Lead at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Committal services, with military honors will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery on Monday, January 8, at 10:30 a.m.
A memorial has been established to Fort Meade Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Regine U. Jones Mack

June 3, 1957 - December 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018

 

Gina was born to Helga Seidel on June 3, 1957, in Baden-Baden, West Germany. After Helga married Dale Jones, who was stationed at a US army base in Kaiserslautern, Dale adopted Gina in 1959, and she joyfully celebrated that day with him every year. With a younger brother in tow, the family moved back to the States to the Jones family ranch at Stoneville, SD. Following another move to Belle Fourche, they settled permanently in Sturgis, SD, where Troy was born several years later.
Apart from living as a foreign exchange student in Germany, her college years, and a tour of duty in the military, Gina lived the rest of her life in Sturgis. Throughout her childhood, she spent significant time at the Jones and Wahl (Union Center) ranches with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. She was a member of 4-H and German Club. She graduated high school in 1975 and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings and Western Dakota Area Vo-Tech, graduating with honors. She entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Ft. Riley, Kansas, and near Ulm, West Germany. While in the army she met her first husband, Tim Jones, and they had one child, Brandon, in 1981. On April 15, 2010, she received her United States Citizenship.
Back in Sturgis with Brandon, Gina worked as an office manager for Western Land Brokers and Auctioneers and as a bartender at the Pyramid Beer Garden and the Oasis in Sturgis. She met the husband who would love and care for her the rest of her life, Joseph Mack, and they were married in May 1999.
Gina was an avid reader her entire life and consistently found outlets for her talents, German language, crafting hand-made greeting cards, and writing poetry, having “Ebony & Ivory” published in “Our World’s Best Loved Poems.” She enjoyed learning about new things and exploring the world. She loved caring for her yard and garden and on weekends, she and Joe could often be found out in the Hills rock hunting or in the winter season cheering on the RUSH Hockey Team. Her friends and family will all attest to her commitment to staying connected and to her capacity to love those around her.
Regine "Gina" U. Jones Mack, 60, died December 26, 2017.
She is survived by her husband, Joe; son, Brandon, Spearfish; her mother, Helga (Max) Rogers, Sturgis; her mother-in-law, Frances Mack, Wisconsin, Deanna Clark, Sturgis; siblings, Ken (Mary) Jones, Des Moines, IA, Troy Jones, Sturgis, and Lynne (Dennis) Bishop, Gettysburg, PA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Brian, John, Pam, Roxanne Mack, and Dawn Grenstiner; and several nieces and nephews, Codi, Celie, Sam, Daniel, Alyssa, Jonathan, and Jennifer.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dale; father-in-law, James Mack; her maternal grandparents, Hedwig and Rudolf Seidel; paternal grandparents, Buster and Luberta Jones; cousin, Vivien Pritchard; niece, Brooke Fiorentino; and special furry friends Kramer and Suie.
A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Chaplain Herbert Cleveland officiating. Military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to Regional Health Home Plus Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Ardis Pearl Smiley

January 9, 1931 - December 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, December 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Ardis Pearl (Stage) Smiley was born January 9, 1931, in Faith, SD, to Albert and Clyde (Timmons) Stage of Red Owl. On Friday, December 22, 2017, Ardis went to be with the Lord and many of her loved ones who have passed on before her.
Gratitude, humor, quick wit, and an easy going nature were present in Ardis's life. Her deep and ever growing faith in God was interwoven in the fabric of her life. Ardis showed patience, hard work, and humility. So often she was found selflessly putting the needs of other’s above her own. Ardis radiated a spirit of gentle grace and love without condition; it was felt by all who knew her.
Ardis attended 1st – 7th grade at Sherman School and her 8th grade year at the Red Owl School. She graduated from Faith High School in 1948. Following graduation, she attended a summer program at Spearfish Teaching College and received her teaching certificate. At the age of 17, Ardis took her first teaching position at Lucerne School. She taught for many years at the Lucerne, Sherman, and Red Owl Schools. Ardis reminisced fondly of her teaching years saying, “I taught some great kids.”
Ardis was a talented artist and pianist, playing by ear from a young age. She enjoyed drawing, writing skits and plays, and playing piano for school programs and events throughout the Red Owl community. Area children received musical instruction from Ardis as she taught piano lessons in her home and music in the rural schools for many years. She was also a long time pianist for the Union Center Baptist Church. Most recently, Ardis shared her love of music by playing piano with a group of musicians at Heritage Acres in Sturgis, SD.
In her years at Red Owl, she was very involved in the community as a school board member, Secretary/Treasurer for the Meade County Farm Bureau, Right to Life member, and substitute teacher. She found great joy and satisfaction sharing the love of God with children in various children’s ministries, both in Union Center and Stoneville.
Ardis married Robert “Bob” Smiley on June 28, 1956, at Union Center. Four boys and two girls were born to the couple. Ardis loved working and living alongside Bob on their ranch near Red Owl, calling it home for 56 years until moving to Sturgis in September 2012. In addition to being an excellent homemaker and cook, she raised bum lambs and bottle calves and enjoyed gardening, canning, and planting flowers in the spring. Ardis was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. Like Bob, she parented by example, leaving a legacy that is worthy to be emulated. In her busy life, she never failed to create time for her family through thousands of simple acts of kindness. She rarely missed her kids’ or grandkids’ school or church events. She will be dearly missed by friends and family.
Blessed and grateful for Ardis’s life are her 5 children, Rob (Kim) Smiley of Red Owl, Rick Smiley, Donna (Loren) Bruse, and Russell (Melinda) Smiley all of Sturgis, and Diana (Luke) Lopez of Mobridge; and eight grandchildren, Sierra Bruse, Kristin Smiley, Blake Smiley, Shelbi Bruse, Caden (Jori) Smiley, Sarah Lopez, Sophia Lopez, and Tanner Smiley.
Ardis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bob; infant son, Cody; her parents; two sisters, Alice Jensen and Arlene Kolbu; and one brother, Elmer “Bones” Ashton.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Union Center Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery at Red Owl.
Memorials have been established to Soldiers of the Cross at Union Center and the Red Owl Hall.

 

     
   
     

John Elmer Cooper

December 3, 1923 - December 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

 

John was born December 3, 1923, in Newell, SD. weighing only 3lbs when born and living to be 94, he was destined to be great.
John served in the U.S. Navy, 1944 to 1946. In 1947, John married Louise Schreiber, and they were married for 67 years until Louise passed away in April 2015.
John worked at several jobs as a ranch hand, sawmill worker, Homestake Gold Mine and retired from Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
John E. Cooper, 94, passed away December 23, 2017, at David Dorsett Health Care in Spearfish.
John is survived by his four children, Ken (Sharon) Cooper of Sturgis; Bill (Roxie) Cooper of Whitewood; Sandy (Roger) Gillespie of Whitewood; Calvin (Carmen) Cooper of Whitewood; seven grandchildren and their spouses; twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Arlene Martin of Dupree; two brothers, Ted Cooper of Sequim, WA; Arthur Cooper of San Bernardino, CA; two sister-in- laws, Johanna Turner of Colorado Springs, CO; Alice Yuill of La Grange, WY; brother-in-law, Fred Schreiber of TX.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; grandson, Tige Cooper; two granddaughters, Lori Natchke and Cody Cooper; two sisters and parents.
Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Chaplain Patricia Aunar officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be at Whitewood Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Darwyn Frank Stebbins

January 15, 1943 - December 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Wednesday December 27, 2017

 

To celebrate Darwyn's life. Trucking was his life and his hobby. He always felt he wanted to give people a second chance. Over the years he had many friends in his trucking business and working with his brother, his wife and three children made that the best life. He was a "Truckers Trucker" with over 2 million miles under his belt.
Harvest time at his daughter and son-in-law was an enjoyable time. He loved to try and tell them how to do things the North Dakota way, but nobody would listen to him. He loved going to breakfast and happy hour with the locals. He felt like Lake Preston was his second home.
People who knew Darwyn said they wanted to come back as his dogs! He loved all dogs whether they were his or not. He even heated the garage, not for the vehicles, but for the dogs and had a mattress in there for them to sleep on. They received lots of treats and enjoyed listening to Darwyn talk to them.
Old dogs, children and (black velvet!) watermelon wine.
He loved to travel, sometimes protesting to his wife! They spent their winters in Yuma, AZ enjoying time with their Canadian friends and cousins. His favorite past time was playing jokes on them.
His children and grandchildren were his life. The grandkids loved to go to breakfast with him whenever they got the chance.
Darwyn spent 2 years in the army and was stationed in Germany. Boy did he have stories to tell. He then returned to Bowman and married Bette the love of his life on November 16, 1968. They celebrated 49 years together. If you ask her the order of his loves were 1) Ford pickup 2)Dogs 3)John Deer and 4)his wife. But we all know she was #1.
Nobody had a bigger heart than Darwyn. He was the person that stopped on the road to give assistance to weary travelers who didn't even know him. He was the person who would always say hello to you no matter who you were. He was the person who would help other people in trouble in whatever way he could. He was not a man seeking riches but was a man rich in kindness, goodness and friendliness to his fellow man. He was the person who never intentionally did harm to man or animal through his words or deeds. He was the person the saying goes that would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was not a church going man, but was as much a Christian in his thoughts, words and deeds that a person can be.
Darwyn Frank Stebbins, 74, Piedmont, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at his home in Piedmont.
Darwyn is survived by his wife Bette, son Wade (Lori), daughter Jodi (Mike) Tolzin, and son Scott (Lisa). 7 Grandchildren, Derek, Lexi, Amanda, Halie, Evan, Ethan, & Morgan. Brother David (Cathy) Stebbins, father-in-law Gene Langlee and tons of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father Lyle & Kathryn Stebbins, and mother in-law Jo Langlee.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in one of two ways: 1) donate blood as often as possible, Darwyn was long time donor and received hundreds of units of blood these past two years, 2)Because of his love for animals donate to your local animal shelter as often as possible.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. A rosary service will begin at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. Burial with military honors follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Please dress casual per Darwyn.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com

 

     
   
     

Erhart Edwin Denke

May 15, 1927 - December 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m.Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

Erhart was born May 15, 1927, to Henry Denke and Esther (Eisenbraun) Votroubek of Sturgis. Erhart grew up on the family farm north of Creighton along with his siblings and attended Hammon Country School.
Erhart enlisted in the U. S. Army December 22, 1948, and transferred to the U. S. Army Reserve December 22, 1949. He was honorably discharged on December 21, 1951. During the Korean War, he worked as a medical technician in the Tokyo Army Hospital.
On June 1, 1955, he was united in marriage to Alice Hirchert in Quinn, SD. To this union, six children were born. Erhart and Alice raised their family on the farm north of Creighton. Erhart also worked various other businesses including a spraying business, D & H gas station, and the country store to name a few.
Erhart enjoyed spending time with friends and family, hunting, fishing, attending auctions, and traveling.
Erhart Edwin Denke, 90, of Sturgis, was called home December 18, 2017, surrounded by family.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Alice of Sturgis; his children, Kenneth (Nancy) of Creighton, Debbie (Marty) Gartner of Philip, Bruce of Sturgis, and Michael of Sturgis; grandchildren, Zachary Denke, Kari Denke, Coddy (Rachael) Gartner, Katrina Gartner, and Tyler Gartner; great-grandchildren, Kiara Perkins, Andy Grimes, Maria Denke, and Fisher Trautmann; brother-in-law, Jimmy Hirchert; and nephew Justin Hirchert.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Denke and Esther Votroubek; daughter, Barbara; son, Carl; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Hilda Denke, Helmuth and Marie Denke, Adolph and Violet Denke, Julius Denke, and Eugene and Marge Denke; sister and brother-in-law, Clara and Thurston Crose.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor John Fries officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Chase Dillon Clark

July 6, 1985 - December 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017

 

Chase was born July 6, 1985, in Gillette, WY, to Monty Clark and Sonja Herren-Clark. He lived in Gillette until he was 2 years old when his family moved to Aladdin, WY. Chase attended Sundance Elementary School, Sheridan Junior High School, and graduated from the Bear Lodge High School in Sundance, WY, class of 2003. While growing up, he enjoyed football, wrestling, fishing with his family, checking traps with his Dad, but more than anything, Chase enjoyed playing Nintendo. His love for video games led to a passion for computer coding, website design, and the development of his own online games; “MagiKnights” and “King of Kings Dynasty.”
In 2004, Chase moved to Washington where he designed, developed, and maintained websites for numerous clients including Humanity Unites Brilliance, a non-profit organization fighting to end the cycle of poverty and starvation.
His proudest accomplishment while in Washington was the birth of his daughter, Kailey Rose Clark, who is now 10 years old.
In the summer of 2014, Chase came back to the Black Hills to be closer to his family and help his mother get settled onto her property. He spent countless hours playing basketball, football, board games, and whatever else his best bud and nephew, James Clark, wanted to play. While living here and working with his father, Chase became a skilled carpenter and worked for various construction companies.
Chase, 32, of Whitewood, SD, passed away in the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital on December 13, 2017.
Chase is survived by his daughter, Kailey Rose Clark; father, Monty Clark; mother, Sonja Herren-Clark; sisters, Shannon Stewart and Jamie Clark; and brothers, Derrik Zebroski and Triton Barden.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David Young.
Celebration of Life will be
Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Hale Hall in Whitewood, SD.

 

     
   
     

Cheryl Lou Palo

September 20, 1959 - December 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017

 

Cheryl was born September 20, 1959, to Earl and Evelyn (Van Cleave) Cochran in Deadwood, SD.
Cheryl was passionate about life, and lived it to the absolute fullest. She loved nothing more than being surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and beloved Bulldogs. Cheryl was strong willed and always stood up for what she believed in. Her strength, courage, and spirit were apparent. She had a beautiful smile and an unforgettable laugh that will forever be engrained in our hearts. Cheryl was a warrior in life, and left this earth fighting until the end.
Cheryl Lou Palo passed away peacefully at the family ranch in Newell, SD, on December 17, 2017.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Jim Palo; children, Justin Ford, Charlie (Lisa) Ford, Melissa Ford (Steve Netterberg) and Jesse Arends; grandchildren, Brodie Richards, Zara Ford, and Sanden Netterberg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl & Evelyn Cochran; and her brother, Alan Cochran.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Drew Meyer officiating.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Dick" Silvernail

November 3, 1929 - December 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

Dick was born November 3, 1929, at Danbury, CT, to Paul and Evelyn (Lange) Silvernail. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medic in the Korean War on a medical supply ship. He was presented a Red Cross citation for saving a baby’s life while he was a Police Force Officer.
Dick was also a representative for Hartford Insurance Company on the West Coast. He was an avid golfer; he loved to travel and also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. He served as a greeter and usher for 14 years.
Richard L. “Dick” Silvernail, 88, Sturgis, died Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Department of Affairs at Fort Meade VA Medical Center.
Dick is survived by his children, Paul Silvernail of Connecticut, Chrissy Wornall, of Santa Ynez, CA, Janis Solomon of Los Angeles, CA, and Brad Julson of Bryan, TX, and their families. His extended family includes Pat Bartholow, Betty Wootten, and Buddy (Char) Bartholow and their sons, Foster and Matt.
A graveside memorial service, with military honors, will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

William Dale Sherman

July 1, 1956 - December 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017

 

William Dale Sherman, 61, Spearfish, died Monday, December 11, 2017, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade, SD.
Committal services, with military honors, will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Survivors include his brothers, Stephen and Renny; sisters, Bette Cogley, Sturgis, and Ruth and Debra Sherman; niece, Candice Schwake; nephews, Michael Lee Sherman, Kevin Lindsey, and Timothy Lindsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Ruth Sherman, and sister, Patricia Lindsey.

 

     
   
     

Bernice Marie Szymanski

November 14, 1930 - December 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Tuesday

 

Bernice “Bernie” Marie Szymanski was born November 14, 1930, in Campbell County, WY, to Guy and Elaine (Nordgren) Kephart. The family moved to Western South Dakota in 1938, and in 1949, she graduated from Sturgis High School. In 1952, Bernice married George Szymanski at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with the Rev. C.D. Erskine officiating. Bernice and George raised four children.
Bernice began her career in banking at Bear Butte Valley Bank before joining the staff at the First National Bank, both in Sturgis.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for 73 years. Bernice remained active in the church and choir throughout her life. She also was a member of the bell choir and was an ordained elder and deacon. Bernice will be remembered for always acknowledging her friends and family by sending cards and greetings.
Some of her best times after retirement were spent motorcycle riding with George and their friends they met along the way. They logged many miles on the motorcycle.
Bernice died Monday, December 11, 2017, surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her sister, Elsie Kephart; three daughters, Kathryn "Kate" (Henry) Karrels and Elizabeth "Beth" (Linn) Bauer, both of Sturgis, and Mary Szymanski (Bill Martin) of Live Oak, TX; one son, Bill (Pamela) Szymanski of San Antonio, TX; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Gale; parents, Guy and Elaine Kephart; and her husband, George.
Visitation is Sunday, December 17, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorial have been established to the First Presbyterian Church or the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.