Obituaries
     
   
     

Lonnie James Isam, Jr.

May 7, 1969 - August 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Take a ride through the country.

 

Lonnie James Isam, Jr

The world of antique motorcycling mourns the loss of one of their most beloved and respected personalities. With his parents by his side, Lonnie Isam, Jr. quietly lost his long and hard-fought battle with cancer on August 20, 2017 at his home in Sturgis, South Dakota. Born May 7, 1969 in Edmonds, Washington and raised as the only child of Lonnie Sr. and Marianne Isam, Lonnie grew up surrounded by antique machinery and was well versed in all things motorcycle at an early age. As a teenager he spent weekends scouring garage sales and swap meets with his best friend, then reselling their treasures to make spending money well before eBay, American Pickers or What’s in the Barn was ever thought of.
As a young man he traveled to Europe, worked with his father as a motorcycle wrangler on the movie set of Oliver Stone’s conspiracy film, JFK, and immersed himself in learning all he could about motorcycling’s past. Respected as a leading authority on motorcycle history and restoration, Lonnie eventually opened his own motorcycle shop called Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, but it is the Motorcycle Cannonball Run that he will always be remembered for.
Known around the globe as the founder of the most difficult antique motorcycle endurance ride in the world, Lonnie started the famous Cannonball Run back in 2010, forever changing the landscape of antique motorcycling by encouraging owners to make their ancient machines roadworthy and hit the blacktop with fellow enthusiasts. His original quest to just share a ride along America’s back roads with friends catapulted the wrenching visionary into the public eye as he managed to lead a different international group of adventurous riders in an epic excursion across the country three more times after the inaugural run. Participants have declared the runs as “life changing.” And while Lonnie Jr. was always happiest when sharing a lane with his friends, his role of promoter launched the quiet gear head into a spotlight he was ill prepared for. He eschewed the limelight and shunned publicity. As far as he was concerned, the old bikes deserved to live out their lives as they were intended, being ridden, and that was all that was important. Lonnie Isam Jr. will forever be a part of motorcycling’s glorious history.

His birth mother, Joanne Marie Isam, preceded Lonnie Jr. in death. As per his request, there will be no services. Instead, it is suggested you take a ride through the country and recall a man who lived his life for his many friends and the sincere love of antique motorcycles.

 

     
   
     

Eugene "Gene" Rottenbucher

January 13, 1935 - August 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Eugene "Gene" Carl Rottenbucher was born January13, 1935, at 4:00 a.m. to Jake and Margaret Rottenbucher at Carl Gerber's home on the kitchen table. He died August 20, 2017.
Gene was raised on a ranch in Cedar Canyon, SD. One of his most memorable experiences was breaking a horse his dad gave him named Peco. He was scared to break him but afterwards they were a great team. He attended school in Cedar Canyon, Sulfphur Creek, and St. Martins.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1953 during the Korean War, serving in Germany. Following his honorable discharge in 1955, he worked as a ranch hand. While doing this, he found the love of his life, Lila Richardson. They were married February 4, 1956. Together they had seven children.
In the 60's, Gene entered the heating and air conditioning trade. He later established Gene’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Sturgis, SD. He retired in 1996 after selling his business to Dave Shone.
During his life, Gene was active in the Sturgis American Legion and the VFW, serving as the Commander for a number of years. He also bartended and called bingo for the VFW. He enjoyed the motorcycle rally, which allowed him to meet a lot of people that he became lifelong friends with. Gene owned a Honda Helix that he and Lila drove for over 45,000 miles.
Gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lila; two sons, Jake (Murl) Rottenbucher and Jan (Sami) Rottenbucher; five daughters, Donna Baier, Debbie (Mark) Klabenes, Dixie Barnett, Sandy (Blaise) Frost, and LuAnn (Marvin) Kellsy; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Rottenbucher; sister, Katherine Symonds; and grandson, Greg Baier.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian burial will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at old St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to old St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Henry Herman Scherer

September 10, 1927 - August 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

 

Heinrich "Henry" Hermann Scherer passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017.
He was born September 10, 1927, in Selby, SD, to Heinrich and Christine (Schaack) Scherer. He entered the US Army as a “farmer general” and served in the Philippines during World War II. He tried his hand at several occupations and worked at Homestake Mine until he was disabled in a mining accident. He later co-owned the Lantern Motel for 25 years.
Henry was an active outdoorsman, an avid reader and pinochle player, and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and trips to Deadwood in his later years. He was instrumental in organizing family reunions and keeping everyone connected, and was known for having just the right saying for every occasion.
Henry is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ramona (Horst); their seven children, Debra (Dillard) Enright, David (Sherry) Scherer, Deanna Mattox, Doreen McGlade, Daniel (Amy) Scherer, Denise Noetzel, and Delphia (Kevin) Johnson; one stepson, Jim (Cheryl) Welckle. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; ten siblings; his grandson, Jesse Scherer; and his son-in-law, David Mattox.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church building fund.

 

     
   
     

Jason William Bruce

April 6, 1979 - July 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Jason William Bruce was born April 6, 1979, in Greeley, CO, to John and Susan Bruce. As a child, Jason's family moved around a lot. During his high school years, his family moved to Denton, TX, where he graduated from high school. He also met his future wife, Brandy, and they were married in 2003. They had three children. Jason loved his family very much. Jason worked in the IT field for several years.
Jason, 38, died suddenly July 26, 2017, in Seattle, WA.
Jason is survived by his wife, Brandy Bruce, and his three children, Emmalee Bruce, Christopher Bruce, and Benjamin Bruce, all of Puyallup, WA; his parents, Susan Bruce, Sturgis, SD, and John Bruce, Houston, TX; his brother, Seth (Annie) Bruce; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorial graveside rites will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis with Pastor Tim Smith officiating.

 

     
   
     

Robert Cleveland "Bob" Smiley

May 4, 1925 - August 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

 

Robert Cleveland “Bob” Smiley was born May 4, 1925, in Belle Fourche, the third son of Artemas and Hilda (Satter) Smiley. His mother died of diphtheria when Bob was 16 months old, and Harry and Gertie (Simons) White, Red Owl, lovingly raised him as their foster son. Bob attended his first seven years of grade school at Red Owl and his final year at Marcus. He attended three years at Stoneville High School until it closed in 1941. Growing up, Bob enjoyed coon hunting, trapping, breaking and riding horses, ice skating, and playing baseball. Bob worked with Harry on the ranch raising sheep and cattle and bought the ranch after Harry died. He also worked for Kemp Gentry and other neighbors as a young adult.
Bob married Ardis Stage on June 28, 1956, at Union Center, and the couple made their home on the ranch near Red Owl. Bob owned a truck and permit with Harold Cobb and hauled livestock and feed for eight years. Bob and Ardis started raising Rambouillet sheep and Hereford cattle, enjoying the challenges and joys of ranching in Meade County. Four sons and two daughters were born to the couple. They lived on the ranch until September 2012 when they moved to Sturgis. In January 2014, Bob moved to the Sturgis Regional Nursing Home where he passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on August 11, 2017, at the age of 92.
Bob always had a love for outdoor activities including shooting, hunting, and fishing. He pitched for the Marcus baseball team. He also enjoyed reloading, horseshoes, cribbage, reading, and visiting with friends and neighbors. Bob was a hardworking, honest, humble, wise, and patient man. He is remembered as a good husband, father, and grandfather, a man who taught by example. He always took time from his busy life to spend quality time with family and found enjoyment in encouraging and supporting them. Bob was well liked and respected in the Red Owl area and will be dearly missed by all.
Blessed and grateful for Bob’s life are his wife of 61 years, Ardis of Sturgis; five 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.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his foster parents; an infant son, Cody Stage Smiley; two brothers John “Jack” Smiley and Richard “Dick” Smiley; infant sister, Clara Mae Smiley; and foster sisters Sis (White) Kovarik and Vivian (White) Murphy.
Visitation will be Friday, August 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at the Union Center Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery at Red Owl.
A memorial has been established to the Red Owl Hall.

 

     
   
     

Cole Dorus Bertolotto

December 2, 1998 - August 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Cole Dorus Bertolotto was born December 2, 1998, in Rapid City, SD, to Jason and Connie Jo (Maier) Bertolotto. He grew up with his parents in Piedmont, SD. He attended grade school in Piedmont, Junior High at Sturgis Middle School, and high school at Sturgis Brown. Cole proudly graduated with the Class of 2017.
From a very young age, Cole had an admirable work ethic and had great anticipation for becoming old enough to drive and be legally employed. His first summer job was doing yard work for Dan and Jonni Larson in Sturgis. The following year he began working the summer months, and weekends during the school year, in the rental department for Harley Davidson in Rapid City. Cole later worked at Jack’s Campers in Piedmont doing maintenance work and helping move hundreds of campers to campgrounds for the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Most recently, Cole worked at Sturgis Motor Sports as a mechanic. Concurrently, he found a love for welding at a trade class in high school. In July 2017, Cole began taking night welding classes at Loenbro Technical Institute in Rapid City. A testament to his work ethic and passion, he would begin his days at 8:30 AM working until 4:00 PM at Sturgis Motor Sports before attending night welding class from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Throughout it all, Cole appreciated the camaraderie he held with his co-workers and the ability to learn and master a new skill with every project and task. His natural mechanical aptitude and willingness to take on any task made him a valued employee.
Cole was a kind, polite, warm-hearted and good-natured young man. For many, he was the go-to person when they needed someone to “just listen.” He deeply cared for his friends and family and held them all in high esteem. Cole was at ease in conversation with any person – young or old. At an early age, Cole learned the value of a dollar and received self-satisfaction from working hard to earn the things he wanted.
Cole’s many hobbies included hiking, camping, mountain biking, trail riding on dirt bike and riding his Yamaha R6 sport bike throughout the Hills and on the dragstrip. An avid car enthusiast, Cole derived great pleasure from seeing and identifying all makes and models of vehicles.
Cole had a strong faith in the Lord as he memorized Bible verses and had one engraved on his Leatherman that he carried every day. He was a regular member of the Countryside Church in Spearfish, SD.
Cole, 18, Piedmont, died Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Cole is survived by his parents, Jason and Connie Jo (Maier) Bertolotto of Piedmont; grandparents, Rich and Laura Maier of Mobridge, SD, Eleanor and Gary Merkel of Watauga, SD, and Dave Bertolotto of Sturgis, SD; great-grandparents, June Maier of Lemmon, SD and Lawrence and Mary Hertel of Piedmont, SD; also by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Dorus and Margaret Mollman and great-grandfather, Albert Maier.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, with a prayer service at 7:00pm, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Countryside Church in Spearfish. Burial will follow at the Piedmont Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Bessie "Lucille" Humble

June 28, 1916 - August 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017

 

Bessie Lucille Price was born in Sturgis, SD, to Robert A. and Florence B. (Hadley) Price on June 28, 1916. She began life on her dad’s ranch and later near his store at Maurine, SD. She attended elementary school at the Red Top School, freshman year at the Fox Ridge Rural School, and three years at Newell High School where she graduated in 1933 as salutatorian of her class. Next, she earned a first grade certification at the Dakota Territorial Normal School in Spearfish and then taught at the West Deep Creek School for one year. She went to the University of South Dakota at Vermillion earning a state certificate and continued teaching in various schools in the Maurine area for thirty-five years. During this time, she continued her education by attending summer school, taking extension and correspondence courses earning her degree in Elementary Education, and graduating cum laude in 1973 at age fifty-seven at Black Hills State University.
On January 3, 1940, she married Edward F. Humble. They had five children; Karen, Edward, Donnalee, Bruce, and Galen. They raised these children on a ranch which they bought from her dad and more land from other people.
When Ed suffered a stroke in 1984, they moved to Faith where she became involved with the Methodist Church singing in the choir, teaching a class, and participating in other capacities. After Ed died in 1992, she moved to Sturgis in 1994 where she continued working in the Methodist Church on various committees and serving as president of the United Methodist Women. She joined the Sturgis Senior Citizens Center where she served as president for two years, also active in crafts, card playing, and as a RSVP volunteer.
Through her teaching and child raising years, she was very active in YCL, declaim contests, holiday programs, puppet making, and as a 4-H Leader. She served as clerk of Vrooman Township for many years and was a member of the Fox Ridge Community Club.
In 1978, she was able to fly to Europe on a college sponsored tour. In later years, she traveled throughout the United States visiting California, Gulf of Mexico, points of interest in the East, Niagara Falls, Medora, Branson, and Minot plus others.
She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, quilting, leatherwork, and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Karen Wyant, Donnalee (Alton) Palmer, Ed (Connie), Bruce (Diane), and Galen (Vickie) Humble; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her siblings, Adelle (Darrell) Schuelke, Maurine (John) Fisher, and Robert W. (Earleen) Price; and son-in-law, Larry.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 18, 2017, at Prairie Home Church with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Faith Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Mud Butte Fire Department and the Sturgis Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Margaret Ann "Maggie" Niles

February 9, 1956 - August 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017

 

Margaret Ann "Maggie" Niles, 61, Norfolk, VA, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, in Sturgis.
She was born in Rapid City, SD, and raised in Sturgis and the Camp Creek Ranch near Mud Butte, SD. She graduated from Brown High School and subsequently served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1979. During that time, she met and married her husband, and settled in Norfolk, VA. She served in the Naval Reserves until 1983 while concurrently attending Old Dominion University, graduating with a B.A. in English. She also completed several graduate courses in Engineering. Her outgoing personality combined with her technical knowledge led her to establish a technical writing-publishing business in downtown Norfolk from which she retired in 2016. Maggie loved playing card games (pinochle, cribbage, gin) and enjoyed crocheting and living life to the fullest.
Maggie is survived by her darling husband of 40 years, Chuck Niles; her dear brother, James Patterson in Salt Lake City, UT; his wife, Judy; nephew, Aaron; and nieces, Amanda and Kyna. Maggie was close with several cousins. Maggie is also survived by her beloved “Norfolk” sister, Kathy Grogg, and her husband, Jim, and their children, James, Kimberly, and Susanne and their spouses, and their children.
A memorial service will be held Friday, August 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
Donations in her name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

     
   
     

Perry William Smith, Jr.

October 17, 1931 - August 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 

Perry William Smith, Jr. was born at the family home in New Underwood, SD, on October 17, 1931, to Perry and Amanda (Sattler) Smith. He lived his childhood with his parents and siblings on the ranch in Hereford, Sd. Perry attended grade school at Doyle and attended New Underwood High School freshman year.
He served during the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1954.
In October of 1954 Perry met the love of his life at a dance in Whitewood, SD. Perry and Carol Whittaker was married October 22, 1955. They rented the Stoakley Tibble farm until January 1960 when they bought the Knute Kjorness ranch on Middle Brushie Creek southwest of Faith, SD. Perry and Carol were blessed with eight children; Sandra, Dixie, Wanda, Penny, Doug, Kevin, Monte and Greg.
He spent 55 years devoted to ranching, raising his children, and enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and father.”
Perry William Smith, Jr. 85, of Rapid City died Monday, August 7, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospice House.
Perry is survived by his wife Carol; children, Sandra (Maynard) Gjevre, Dixie (Mike) Briggs, Penny (Ron) Weifenbach, Doug (Penny) Smith, Kevin (Jimie) Smith, Monte (Stacy) Smith, Greg (Lindy) Smith; eighteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren;sister, Shirley Schuetpelz and Nylia (Harold) Severson; brothers, Rob Smith and Tom (Linda) Smith.
Perry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack Smith and Keith Smith; sister, Karen (Smith) Delbridge; sister –in-law, Kay Smith; brother-in-law, Wesley Schuetpelz and his precious daughter, Wanda Rae Smith.
Services will be at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis on August 15, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Harold Delbridge and Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. An interment with military honors will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established for Faith and Opal Fire Dept.

 

     
   
     

Sheila Murray Keller

August 17, 1931 - August 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

Sheila M. (Macdonald) Keller was born August 17, 1931, in Lead, SD. Her parents were William K. and Mary (Hancock) Macdonald. Sheila attended Lead High School. On May 20, 1950, she married LaVern Caldwell. Many years later she would marry Edward Keller.
Folks may remember Sheila’s smiling face at J.C. Penney’s in Deadwood, where she worked for several years. Her helpful nature served many customers.
As with any parent, her family was the center of her world. Sheila enjoyed crafts, music, making the best shortbread for the holidays and sharing coffee with friends. She was very proud of her Scottish heritage. She was able to travel with her siblings to Scotland to visit family. A kind and caring woman, Sheila always thought of others, putting their needs ahead of her own. An amazing woman who touched the hearts of all she met.
Sheila Murray Keller died Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Deadwood, SD.
Sheila is survived by her children; Roxie (Bill) Feterl of Sturgis, Corrine (Dennis) Schumacher of Lead, Lisa (Dan) Rappana of Montrose, SD, and Kirk Caldwell of Lead; step- children; Kim (Dorothy) Keller and Jill (Claude) Schweitzer; grandchildren; Denise (Rick) McGrath and family of Whitewood, Mitch (Stephanie) Feterl of Spearfish, Whitney Rappana of Chicago, IL, Dathan Rappana of Seattle, WA and Wyatt Caldwell of Lead; two step- grandsons; Brandon and Brett Schweitzer and families; and additional great-grandchildren; sister, Beryl Hutchinson, Austin, TX; brothers; Colin (Judy) Macdonald, Topeka, KS, and Roy (Joyce) Macdonald, Surprise, AZ; sister-in-law, Barb Macdonald, St. Onge, SD and brother-in-law, Bill Kinney of Sturgis. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Sheila was preceded in death by her spouse, Edward Keller; parents, brothers, Denny and Bill Macdonald; sister, Moira Jean Kinney and sister-in-law, Glenda Macdonald.
Memorial Mass will be on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lead, SD, with Father Leo Hausmann officiating. An inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Cindy Marie Vetter

June 25, 1964 - August 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Cindy was born June 25, 1964, in Hamilton, MT, to Gary and Barbara (Thornbrugh) Grotte. She grew up in Watford City, ND, and graduated from Watford City High School in 1982.
Cindy loved to work and to be around people. She started working in the Park Theater in Watford City at age 12 then worked at the Dahl House Cafe as a server at age 13 on weekends and after school. Cindy loved and looked forward to visiting her grandmother, Peggy, aunt, Sandy, uncle, Tony, uncle, Joe, aunt, Judy, and her cousin, Stacy, and all of her other cousins in Victor, MT, every year. Cindy and Arny were married at Watford City and lived and worked there and in Alexander, ND, until moving to Sturgis, SD, in 1991 to run Mom’s restaurant for many years. They also opened and ran The Last Ride on Junction. They moved to Gillette, WY, in early 2007.
She would drive to Sturgis as often as possible to see her grandchildren and to attend as many sports activities as possible. She was passionate and defensive of all of her grandchildren.
She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2009 and survived that for 8 years. She held numerous jobs in Gillette, her favorite and last being at Advance America. She and her boss, Tonya, became the best of friends. They were like Peanut Butter and Jelly; they planned to get tattoos, each with a slice of bread with peanut butter and jelly. She also was blessed with another best friend in Jessica Jones. Jess lived across the street from Cindy and Arny. Jess was always stopping in to check on her and she organized a benefit auction for Cindy in Gillette. She worked at Advance America up until being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. After being diagnosed with her 2nd cancer, she wanted nothing more than to move back home to Sturgis.
Cindy Marie Vetter, 53, Sturgis and Gillette, passed away Monday, August 6, 2017, in Rapid City, SD.
Cindy is survived by her husband of 35 years, Arnold Vetter; son, Gary (Alicia) Vetter of Sturgis, and their children, Kiara, Dylan, and Ayden; son, Bryan Vetter of Gillette, WY, and his children, Jaiven and Gabe; daughter, Nicole (James) Dean of Burt, IA, and their children, Dustin, Skyliar, Jaedyn, Braxton, and Teagan; her parents, Gary and Barbara Grotte of Sturgis; brother, Chad (Rhonda) Grotte of Malta, MT; and also her dog, Moto.
Cindy was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Wayne Grotte; aunt, Jann Grotte; uncle, Tony Thornbrugh; grandparents, Wayne and Peggy Thornbrugh and Joel and Edyth Grotte; Arnold’s mother, Marlene Vetter; and Arnold’s grandparents, Glen and Mabel Inghram and Adam and Laura Vetter.
Visitation will be Friday, August 11, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the JDRF Minnesota Chapter/Dakotas.

 

     
   
     

Mona Jean Huck

November 28, 1946 - August 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. on August 9, 2017

 

Mona Jean (Fields) Huck, 70, Spearfish, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare in Spearfish.
Mona was born, November 28, 1946, in Sturgis, SD, to Harley and Helen (Arndt) Fields. Growing up, she attended Newell public school and was a member of band, chorus, and 4-H. She later attended Parks Business School in Colorado. In 1963, Mona met the love of her life, Ralph Huck, and on February 4, 1965, they were married in Sturgis. Together, they raised two children, Charlotte (Kelly) Mitchell and Christopher (Pamela) Huck, who blessed them with 6 grandchildren, Jeremy Huck, Kilee Vogt, Jared Mitchell, Miranda Coral, Kristen Huck, and Samuel Huck; and 12 great-grandchildren; She is also survived by 2 sisters, Cindy Meyers and Linda O'Donnell; and one brother, Steve Fields.
She worked at the Lawrence county courthouse and was the owner and operator of Mona's Cleaning service until she retired. Mona was a member of the local Extension Club, Quilting Guild, Altar Society, and Christian/ EMHC. She also was a volunteer tour guide for the Heritage Center, was involved with the Woodworkers of the Black Hills, and was part of various Bible Study groups, as well as the Teachers of Catholic Religious Education. She enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobiling, gardening, cooking, reading, quilting, crocheting, knitting, needle point, and the Pittsburg Steelers.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 8, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at St Patrick's Church in Lead, with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Lead. Inurnment will be at a later date at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to hospice care.

 

     
   
     

Helen Cleo Packer

August 18, 1936 - August 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017

 

Helen was born August 18, 1936, to Delbert and Bernice (Griffith) Day. She moved to Faith, SD, at a young age and attended High School there. On June 21, 1953, Helen married the love of her life, Dale R. Packer, in Sturgis, SD. They shared 54 years together and to their union four children were born; Nadine (Ray) Peek of Pueblo, CO, Koleen (Pete) Deleon of Riverton, WY, Bob (Lori) Packer of Sturgis, and Seline (Ed) Hawkins of Marysville, KS. Dale and Helen raised their family in Belle Fourche, while touring the 5-state area with their very popular family band. In the early 1970's, they started Cobb Trucking and added D & H Truck Dispatch in the late 70's. Dale ran the business while Helen kept the books, and together they created a wonderful family business. They toyed with retirement for a time; as snowbirds in Arizona and returning to South Dakota in the summers as campground hosts in the SD State Parks. Dale and Helen eventually settled in Rapid City until his death in 2007. Helen was office manager/bookkeeper for Packer Concrete until her retirement in June 2017. Helen was an active member of her church and would welcome the opportunity to share her love for the Lord to friends and strangers. Her faith was everything and her love of gospel music filled her days as she continued to write songs, play the piano, and sing like an angel.
Helen Cleo (Day) Packer, loving mother, adored grandmother, and proud servant of our Lord Jesus Christ passed away peacefully on August 2, 2017, in a Casper, WY, hospital.
In addition to her children, Helen's life will be treasured by her grandchildren whom she adored; Josh (Kori), Jon (Tisa), Jeremiah (Chelsea) Peek; Randy (Misti), James (Vanessa), Tyrel (Cristy), Jasper (Ronja), Samuel, Spencer (Roxanne) Ingalls; Troy (Gabriel) Crowser; Caden, Casey, Cody Packer; Sami Hawkins and fiancé, Brandon Crouse. She is also survived by 18 beautiful great-grandchildren, her precious sister, Mary (Dick) DeYoe; special niece, Dottie Jodzko; sisters-in-law, Iris and Debbie Day, Jalynn Bruno, and Gladys Pullins; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dale Packer; granddaughter, Janiece Dawn Peek in infancy; brothers, Tiny, Bud, Kenny Day and Sammy (Day) Bruno; sisters, Doris Jeffries and Bernice (Day) Bruno Hughes; her parents, Delbert and Bernice Day; and Dale's parents, Bob and Blanche Packer.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD
A Celebration of Helen's life will be held Monday, August 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Countryside Church, 625 Woodland Dr., Spearfish, SD 57783, with Pastor Gary Johnson and Pastor Donnie Williams officiating. A luncheon will follow the service and interment will be at Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche, SD, following the luncheon.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

James "Buz" Ronald Ferguson

December 15, 1942 - August 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

James “Buz” Ronald Ferguson was born December 15, 1942, in Gordon, NE, to James and Silvia (Williamson) Ferguson. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. He worked as a long haul Truck Driver, Coal Miner, and a Motel Owner. In 1974, he moved to Gillette, WY. In 1982, he bought and operated a motel in Custer, SD. He was very outgoing and had friends all over the country.
James Ronald “Buz” Ferguson died on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Ferguson; son, Heath Ferguson; daughters, Jamie (Allen) Hockenbary and Stephinie Ferguson; and six grandchildren, Corey, Collin, Layla, and Cole Hockenbary, and Jared and Terran Ferguson.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Matilida Mae Ferguson; father, James Corey Ferguson; and mother, Silvia Viola Mae Ferguson.
Graveside services will be Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

 

     
   
     

Wayne N. Wanhanen

November 16, 1941 - July 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

 

Wayne N. Wanhanen was born at home in Lead on November 16, 1941, to Swen and Thea (Nelson) Wanhanen. He graduated from Lead High School in 1960, and married his high school sweetheart Kathryn Cone on April 1, 1961.
He was the proud dad of 2 daughters, Jodi and Julie, grandpa of Nicki Ryan, Tallea Gallegos, Sarah Shoop, and Wade Shoop, and great-grandpa to Myca Ryan, Winter Carl, and Aurora Carl.
Wayne began his career with Homestake Mining Co. while he was still in high school and retired as a Junior Metallurgist in 1994.
Wayne passed his deep love of nature and respect for God’s beautiful creation on to his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. His interests included hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and travel, especially to Canada and Alaska.
Wayne N. Wanhanen 75, of Deadwood, SD, died Friday, July 28, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Wayne is survived by his wife Kathryn; daughters, Jodi (Denny) Holzer and Julie (Scott) Shoop; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his brother, Bernie (Gay) Wanhanen; half-brothers, Ted White, Ron White and half-sister, Teresa Berry.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, numerous aunts & uncles and a granddaughter, Stacey Ryan.
Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Christian Ministry Center of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead, SD, with Pastor Peggy Hanson Officiating.

 

     
   
     

Diane Irene McClintick

March 11, 1948 - July 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017

 

Diane Irene McClintick (Sanders) was born on March 11, 1948, in Fargo, ND, to John and Ramona (Johnson) Sanders.
Diane was the sister to four other siblings, Susan (Sanders) Gross, Wayne Sanders, Brenda (Sanders) Stasko and Sally (Sanders) Moore.
She received her high school diploma from Mapleton High School in 1966 and then attended Mayville University to get her teaching degree.
Diane moved to Sturgis, SD, and married Billie Mathew McClintick. Diane loved her family and cats, but also enjoyed traveling, baking and her love of God, church and her church family.
Diane died Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Fargo, ND.
She is survived by her spouse, Billie McClintick; children, James Calvin McClintick, Marie (McClintick) Hanson and Annette Joy (McClintick) Sharff; she was blessed to have nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be Monday, July 31, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Gerald Meadows officiating. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to Crossroads Assembly of God Church.

 

     
   
     

Victor "Vic" Jay Wang

August 15, 1945 - July 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017

 

Vic was born on August 15, 1945, to John and Pearl (McKee) Wang in Murdo, SD. Vic was the 8th child of nine children. Vic grew up on the family farm through his teen years. He worked at the Homestake Mine for a time before he was drafted into the U.S. Army in November of 1965 to 1967; he served in the Vietnam War from October 1967 to October 1968. After honorably serving his country Vic returned to SD. He longed to be back on the farm in White River, SD; and returned there. There he met and married Linda on June 30, 1974, and to this union there were four children, Brent, Randy, Victor Wade and Emily. Vic custom hayed and farmed for a short time around the White River area. The family farm was sold in 1978. Vic worked many different occupations after leaving the farm. Installing phone connecting cables in Texas and welding railroad cars in Edgemont, SD. He sold insurance for many years around western SD.
Vic bought lots in Tilford, SD, in 1994. Where he found his dream place, he dug his own water well. He had enough space to hold his family and friends auction bargains, and work on his tractors.
He lived in many places until his death. He loved life and lived every minute. He loved his children and spent as much time as possible with them and his grandchildren. But most of all he loved teaching his granddaughters how to work on their cars.
Victor Jay Wang, 71, of Piedmont, SD, died Monday, July 24, 2017, at Department of Affairs Fort Meade VA Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Vic is survived by his longtime caring partner, Shirley Sadler of Piedmont, SD; sons, Brent Wang, Randall Wang and Victor Wade Wang; daughter, Emily Wang; step-children Denise, Pat, Chad and Shane; brothers, Jerold (Carol) Wang and George (Janice) Wang; sisters, Susan (Larry) Tornow and Diane (Bob) Carlson; thirteen grandchildren and one great- grandchild and many nieces, nephews and cousins
Preceded in death by his parents, John and Pearl Wang; brothers, Mike and Homer; sisters, Dorothy Cwach and Jackie Bouman.
Funeral Services will be Friday, July 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Steve Selfrige officiating with an interment with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Betty Lou Chaloupka

January 23, 1929 - July 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017

 

Betty was born January 23, 1929, at Milbank, SD, to Melbourne and Florence (Lindahl) Lewis. She grew up and attended school and graduated from high school.
She met Francis Chaloupka and they married June 20, 1950. They moved to Rapid City for Francis’ job at Northwestern Bell and Betty worked at Telco Federal Credit Union. She was one of the lucky people who loved her job immensely! After her retirement she still helped at the credit union stuffing statements and getting them ready to mail. She also helped with the Pioneer ladies.
Every week she enjoyed getting together with her lady friends to play bridge, eat goodies, laugh and just have fun!
Her summers were spent having Francis drive her around the hills to find driftwood. She enjoyed finishing them as decorative pieces. She always had delicious apple pie or some kind of dessert to give to whoever stopped by. One of the most traumatic events of her life was the family surviving the 1972 flood.
She never had anything negative to say about anyone or anything. So many lives were touched by her. She will be sorely missed!
Betty was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a great-great-grandmother.
Betty Lou Chaloupka, 88, Rapid City, died peacefully Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her sons and their wives, Roger (Debby) Chaloupka, Rapid City; David (Lisa) Chaloupka, Rapid City; two daughters and their husbands, Terri (Mark) Fischer, Rapid City; Patricia (Bob) Harder, Worland, WY; three brothers and their wives, Marwood (Carol) Lewis, Pensacola, FL; Neil (Sharon) Lewis, Scottsdale, AZ and Larry (Carol) Lewis, Rapid City; also nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Visitation will be 5- 7 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Rapid City.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday July 29, 2017, at Blessed Sacrament. Burial follows at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Blessed Sacrament Church.

 

     
   
     

Joyce Marie Bosch

January 1, 1963 - July 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on July 29, 2017

 

Joyce was born on January 1, 1963, to Tony and Theresa Rebsom in Dickinson, North Dakota.
Joyce worked a wide variety of jobs over the years ranging from a ditch rider, to becoming the “Master Baiter” in the 212 Bait Shop and Sportsman Bar that she owned and operated. She was a truly unique soul who will be remembered for her frequently used smile and her friendly demeanor. Joyce truly enjoyed caring for her beautiful flowers, spending time with her “Little Long Dog” (Alley Oops Too Low), creating unique crafts, listening to music and “Dancing like no one was watching” as well as spending time with her close family and friends.
Joyce Marie Bosch, 54, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, July 24, 2017, in Nisland, SD.
She will truly be missed. Joyce is survived by her sons, Brian Bosch, Jr. and Jesse Bosch; sisters, Mary Jane Rebsom and Barbara Rebsom; brothers, Leroy Rebsom and Harlan Rebsom.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Les Rebsom.
A memorial service will be held at her residence in Nisland, SD (606 3rd St) on July 29, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

     
   
     

Willard "Bill" LeRoy Grenz

June 19, 1950 - July 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 

Bill was born to Willard and Dorothy (Reinhold) Grenz on June 19, 1950.
He married Linda Wilson on May 25, 1969. She was a helpmate, companion and his love for over 49 years. This union was blessed with two loving sons.
Bill grew up in Piedmont, SD, where he went to elementary and junior high. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1968. He worked for his father at Sturgis Meat Service and then went on to Black Hills Power and Light in Wyodak, WY. He owned a business in Upton, WY, before moving back to Sturgis where he later became a truck driver until his retirement in 2015.
Willard “Bill” Grenz went into the loving arms of Jesus on July 24, 2017, at home surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Grenz, son, Burt (Aimée)of Holland, MI; son, Bart (Stacey) of Cody, WY; four grand-children, Schylar, Jared, Julianna and Tyler; brothers, Duane Grenz and Ron (Jackie) Gapp; sister, Patty (Mark) Pottorff; mother-in-law, Freda Wilson; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Mike) Silbaugh and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Willard D. Grenz, John and Dorothy Gapp, two brothers, one sister and his grandparents.
Memorials are established at the Assembly of God Church in Sturgis and John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 6:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor J.R. Meadows officiating.