Frederick "Fritz" Fonck

May 14, 1923 - July 28, 2016


Service to be held:

Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


Fritz was born May 14, 1923, at Sturgis to Joseph and Bertha "Collins" Fonck. He grew up on the family homestead which was 25 miles East of Sturgis and 6 miles South of Volunteer, SD. He attended grade school at Wolf School District #24, South of Volunteer. He left home at the age of 12 years with the influence of the great depression and the dirty 30's, in search of work. He had many jobs for 60 cents per week with room and board and some jobs at 50 cents per day. He worked his way through high school with various jobs around the area. After completing high school he entered the US Navy.
Upon the end of his hitch and World War II, he returned with an honorable discharge to Sturgis where he married Betty Lou Simmons of Piedmont, SD. To this union of 25 years, three sons were born.
Fritz worked at different jobs around the area including Chase's Department Store, US Post Office, Ft. Meade VA Hospital, and all four sale barns in the area for 32 years. He also worked for several registered cattle outfits as herdsman. He worked for the State of South Dakota at the McNenny Fish Hatchery for 19 and a half years before his retirement due to a serious heart overhaul.
He still kept a job on a ranch near Union Center, SD. Fritz raised and broke horses and mules all through his life. He was a wagon master for the Black Hills National Cemetery Centennial Wagon Train into Deadwood's Days of '76 for 32 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion and the riding clubs of the area on his mules.
Fredrick Joseph "Fritz" Fonck, 93, Union Center, SD, died Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade.
Survivors include his son Thomas (Ginger) Fonck, West Virginia; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two great - great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Officiants Pastor Harold Delbridge and Pastor Denzel Nonhof. Burial with military honors follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery near Sturgis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, two brothers, five sisters, one granddaughter and a very precious friend, Yvonne Ferguson.



Jess Edward Nelson

June 14, 1925 - July 27, 2016


Service to be held:

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


Jess was born June 14, 1925, at his parent’s home in Seward County, NE to Carl H. and Margaret J. (Baker) Nelson. He attended grade school at Utica, then moved and attended Beaver Crossing High School starting in the 9th grade. He and his nephew, Norman Hohnbaum, were the only uncle/nephew pair to attend all 12 years of school together and graduate from Beaver Crossing.
After graduation, he worked on farms in the Waco, McCool, and York areas, and drove a semi-truck. In 1946, he started work as a mechanic at the Ford garage in York. He was promoted to Service Manager in 1960 and maintained that position until 1974.
Jess married Donna Beth Elenora Blum June 22, 1947, in York. They moved to Sturgis in 1974 and Jess assumed the Service Manager position at Jacobsen Ford-Mercury. He held that position until he retired in 1990. He continued to exchange cars between Ford dealerships for a number of years.
Jess spent his spare time through the years remodeling their first old home and then finishing the home they built in Blucksberg near Sturgis. He volunteered in Blucksberg doing road maintenance, organized the Blucksberg Homeowners Board and served as president, was a member of the Blucksberg Paving Board, and was a source of information for new and old homeowners in the development.
He was a baptized member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York. He was a charter member at Faith Lutheran Church in York and served on many boards and committees until they moved to Sturgis. Jess was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis where he also served the church and participated in Bible studies. He also served on an ushering team. He was a member of The Westerners International. Jess was always there to help a friend or stranger in need.
After a courageous struggle, Jess Edward Nelson, age 91 of Sturgis, SD went to be with Jesus on July 27, 2016 at Sturgis Regional Hospital, Hospice Suite.
Cherishing memories are his wife of 69 years, Donna, Sturgis; three daughters and their families: Linda (Rev. Phillip) Hannemann, Lincoln, NE, Heather (Rod) West, CA, Christopher (Elizabeth) Hannemann and their children, Gabriel, Isabel, and Ava, IA, and Timothy (Johanna) Hannemann and their children, Joella and Broderick, NE; Eileen (Bruce) Ness, Albert Lea, MN, Brent (Katherine) Ness and their children, Lydia and Cecilia, NY, Stuart (Christie) Ness and their children, Travis and David, MN, and Scott (Meghan) Ness, MI; Beverly (Philip) Seifert, Oregon City, OR, Victoria (Alex) Duffey, WA, and Ryan Seifert, OR; sister-niece Gwen (Dean) Pankoke, Beaver Crossing, NE, other nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and special friends.
Jess was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fay and Albert; and three sisters, Mae Hohnbaum, Lula Nelson, and Ruth Smith.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do a kind deed for a friend or stranger, as Jess always thought of others before himself. He donated his eyes to optic research so others may see.
Memorials will be distributed by the family to organizations that Jess supported.
Visitation will be Monday, August 1, 2016, at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a Remembrance time with family will be at 7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis.
Burial will be at the Utica Cemetery in Utica, Nebraska on Friday, August 5, 2016.



Harold John Wetz

December 13, 1922 - July 26, 2016


Service to be held:

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


Harold John Wetz was born on December 13, 1922, in Sturgis, SD, at the home of his maternal grandparents, to Gerald Wetz and Amelia Schaff Wetz. He grew up on the family ranch east of Vale, SD, along the Belle Fourche River. He attended school at the Wetz School through the eighth grade and then ranched with his father until his marriage to the school teacher, Sylvia Dobyns, on June 5, 1946. The newlyweds lived on the farm west of Vale where they farmed and Harold and Sylvia raised their growing family.
Harold ran a trucking business for a few years and then he learned to shear sheep and ran a shearing crew for many years. He was well-known for the quality work of his crew, which eventually included four of his sons, who carried on the tradition for several years. His legacy continues as a grandson still shears sheep.
In 1968, Harold and his family moved to Poplar, Montana. He began a new career in Montana with the Farmers Union Grain Elevators and worked at elevators in Poplar, Sprole, Circle, and Glasgow from where he retired in 1985.
After Sylvia retired from teaching school in Montana, they spent 19 winters in Arizona, because Dad hated the cold weather.
Harold was active in the Nashua senior citizens and was selected as the outstanding senior citizen for Valley County in 1987. He was also active in the Nashua Lions club for 25 years.
Harold loved to hunt and fish and spent many hours on Fort Peck Lake where he continued the quest for the large walleye. One of his proudest moments of hunting was when he was 90 years old and hunted with 4 generations of his family.
In 2006, Harold and Sylvia moved to Spearfish, SD, where they have resided since, first at the Redwood Apartments, the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living, and then Dad moved to the Dorsett Home, where he died on July 26, 2016, at the age of 93years, seven months and 13 days.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sylvia, of Spearfish. He is also survived by seven children: Norman (Gloria Jean) of Glendale, AZ, Kenneth (Donna) of Newell, SD, Beth Kelley (Bill) of Simms, MT, Roger (Carol) of Billings, MT, Linda Dutton (Phillip) of Pauls Valley, OK, Paul (Vicky) of Glasgow, MT, and April Baker (Roy) of Vaughn, MT. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is sister, Helen Seitz of Washington; and brothers, Jim of Colorado and Darrell of Montana.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Julia, Dorothy, and Geraldine; and brother, Gerald, Jr., and grandson, Doug Kelley.
Visitation will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Friday, July 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Spearfish. Burial will be at the Vale Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31st.
A memorial has been established for the preservation of the Wetz School.



Virginia Mae Theresa Grenstiner

September 19, 1933 - July 15, 2016


Service to be held:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


Virginia was born September 19, 1933, on the farm near Rhame, ND, to Albert and Cyrilla (Heying) Schaefer. She attended school at Harper County School until graduating the 8th grade and worked on the family farm.
Virginia married Art Grenstiner at Rhame, ND, on October 6, 1953. They moved to Deadwood, SD, in 1954 where Virginia was a devoted Catholic, wife, and mother. Once all of their children were raised, she managed the Covered Wagon Drive-thru until it closed and worked in the dietary department at the Sturgis Hospital for nearly 2 decades.
Virginia Mae Theresa (Schaefer) Grenstiner, 82, rural Sturgis, died Friday, July 15, 2016, at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital.
Survivors include brothers, Laverne (Margaret) and Jerome (Lorayne); sister-in-law, Audrey Schaefer; sons, Anthony Grenstiner, Sturgis, Mark (Dawn), Sturgis, and Eric (Samantha), Sturgis; daughter, Marcella (Randy) Westendorf, Deadwood; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Art; daughter, Kay; and one brother, Merlyn.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19th, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, with rosary services beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Deadwood with Fr. Leo Hausmann officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood. The family invites everyone for fellowship at the auditorium across from St. Ambrose Catholic Church.
A memorial has been established to the St. Ambrose Catholic Church.



George D. Levin

July 4, 1921 - July 15, 2016


Service to be held:

Visitation 11:00 am until 12.45 pm Friday July 22, 2016 graveside services 1:00 pm at Bear Butte Cemetery


George Daniel Levin, 95, long time area farmer, rancher & political activist passed away at Sturgis Regional Senior Care on July 15, 2016.
George was born in Sturgis, SD, on July 4, 1921, to Daniel & Dorothy Levin of Hereford, SD. It took him many years to realize that everyone was not celebrating his birthday on July 4. George grew up on the family farm and attended school at Hereford. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1940. Upon graduation, he attended Spearfish Normal School until his father had a massive heart attack and could no longer run the farm at Hereford. George took over the operation in 1941. In 1942, he and his brother operated together on the Levin place at Hereford.
George married Laura Butler on June 14, 1943. To this union, four children were born; Lauren, Dennis, Sheryl, and Marlin (infant deceased). They lived at Hereford, working the family farm, until 1952 when they moved to Sturgis. In 1953, they moved to Chester, MT, where George worked as an ironworker. They moved to Hungry Horse, MT, later in 1953. They returned to western South Dakota in the fall of 1953. George worked construction in the area including working on the Kirk Power Station in Lead and the missile base east of Sturgis. In 1958, they purchased an irrigated farm near Newell. In 1965, they purchased a farm & ranch operation near Hereford and in 1968 they sold the farm at Newell and moved to Hereford. They built and operated a very successful family farm/ranch operation with the help of their two sons and families. In 1985, they retired to their home in Sturgis and began to enjoy retirement. George was still actively involved in the ranching operation and continued to operate until 2000 when he turned the operation over to his sons. He and Laura farmed their own land until 2005.
George was a founding member of the Independent Stock Growers of America and in 1974 testified as an expert witness in a federal court in San Francisco regarding price fixing of beef by the large super market chains. Although George did not benefit from the case, the plaintiffs in the case were awarded $32.5 million in damages. George also served on the Marketing and Processing board of directors for Farmers Union for many years. He was an active member of the Democratic Party in South Dakota. He was a candidate for state office from Butte County in the early 1960’s. In 1968, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, IL.
George and Laura traveled extensively. They spent many winters in south Texas where George performed in the many musical jams held in the winter. They traveled to Sweden, the homeland of his father, twice. George loved to read, sing, and play his guitar. But most of all he loved to talk politics and go bird watching. George was an atheist and requests that there not be a funeral service but relented in having a visitation.
Special thank you goes to all the caregivers at Sturgis Regional Senior Care. Thank you so much for loving and caring so much for our loved ones. You hold a very special place in our heart. We are so grateful for your hard work & dedication.
He is survived by two sons, Lauren (Judy) and Dennis (Jessie); and daughter, Sheryl (Les). He leaves behind numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, adopted grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
George is preceded in death by his loving wife, Laura; his parents; an infant son; a brother; and two sisters.
Visitation is 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established. Cards may be mailed to 14796 Whistler Ct, Summerset, SD 57769.



Paul Glenn Baker

December 8, 1947 - July 14, 2016


Service to be held:

Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:30 am


Paul Glenn Baker was born in Sturgis, SD, December 8, 1947, to Glenn and Holly (Howie) Baker. In his younger years, he enjoyed high school wrestling, steer wrestling, 4-H, and loved driving his Cyclone. He attended both SDSU and BHSU before becoming a full time rancher.
He married Gloria Ann Weber of Dickinson, ND, September 20, 1974. They had four children; Andrew, Lesa, Sara, and Michael.
He built the family home with his father, Glenn. He loved participating in the barber shop quartet, woodworking, and was a 28-year member of the County Weed Board. He was an amazing short order breakfast cook for his family and he kept a detailed daily journal and enjoyed making people laugh. His passion was ranching. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Paul Baker, 68, of Centennial Prairie Ranch passed away on his ranch July 14, 2016.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria; sons, Andrew Baker and Michael (Marta) Baker; daughters, Lesa (Eric) Jongeling, and their children, Sophia, Abby, and Elena,
and Sara (Zachary) Carter, and their children, Glenn, Garrett, Lindy, and Gunnar; sister, Myrna Clark
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Holly Baker.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 17, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spearfish, SD, with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 18, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spearfish with Msg. Michael Woster officiating. Interment will follow at Whitewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Vincent de Paul or St. Onge, SD 4-H.



Noreen Jennie Richards

March 12, 1934 - July 13, 2016


Service to be held:

Monday, July 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.


Noreen was born March 12, 1934, to Victor and Jennie (Hentila) Kosola on the farm at Horse Creek attended by a midwife. She weighed 3 pounds and for the first few weeks of life was kept in a shoebox by the stove. Noreen joined siblings, Ione, Howard, Hazel, Harold, and Marvin.
She attended grade school at the Winkler School until the 8th grade and then she graduated Newell High School in 1952.
Upon graduation Noreen married local rancher Dale Richards on June 15, 1952, and began ranch life northeast of Newell on Willow Creek. To this union were born sons, Monte and Rick, and daughter, Rhonda.
Through the years, Noreen held a variety of interests including bowling, watching the Denver Bronco football team, car racing, and bird watching.
Music had a tremendous role in her life. She played the accordion and often took part in jam sessions – traveling long distances and through storms to get there. She sang all the time and the radio was always on. Sunday morning the gospel songs were playing and she was an avid listener of the Grand Ole Opry.
Later in life, she would fulfill a lifelong dream of going to Nashville, TN, several times, along with Branson, MO.
Gardening was also an interest and she spent time canning and helping her son, Monte, with his garden at Vale.
Noreen was noted for her cooking skills and family gatherings were very important to her with lots of food to go around. Angel food cake, baked beans, and fried chicken were among her specialties. Several cowboys came to the Richards branding just for her dinner.
She was an immaculate housekeeper and a tidy house she did keep. She prided herself on a clean house and had two seasons in which she kept – spring and fall housekeeping – which actually seemed to be year around to many.
Her Finnish heritage was important to her and she kept in touch with extended family in Finland. Holidays were highlights for her. She enjoyed her family around her and made efforts to establish special memories, instituting Easter egg dying and Christmas parties for the grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren.
Her life with Dale on the ranch was always busy. They never took a trip that didn’t involve horses and she was interested in the cattle herd until late in life. Spring on Willow Creek, where she could see the foals and calves, was among her favorite times of year and she enjoyed checking the livestock with son, Rick.
Noreen Jennie (Kosola) Richards, 82, of rural Newell, SD, passed away July 13, 2016.
She is survived by sons, Monte, Vale, and Rick (Deb), Newell; and daughter, Rhonda (Randy) Vallery, Nisland; grandchildren, LaRae (Chad) Hanson, Lonnie Richards, and Codi (Brian) Mills; great-grandchildren, Aspen and Hunter Hanson, Justin, Daycie, and Brodie Richards, and Kimber Mills; sister-in-law, June Kosola; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Noreen was preceded in death by parents, Victor and Jennie; in-laws, Burnie and Thelma Richards; husband, Dale; siblings, Ione, Howard, Hazel, Harold, and Marvin; infant twin brothers; and two infant sisters.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Newell with Pastor Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will follow at the Richards Ranch Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Make A Wish Foundation.



Annabel Grace Luze, "Turtle Woman"

June 8, 1941 - July 12, 2016


Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.


Annabel Grace Luze, 75, "Turtle Woman," Midaxi Wiash, Deadwood, SD, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at home peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
Traditional Wake services will be held Friday, July 15, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at Johnny Bird Memorial Hall in Four Bears, ND.
Visitation will be Monday, July 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lead with Pastor Frederick Johnsen officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood.
Annabel was born June 8, 1941, to George and Louise Bruce at home in Shellcreek, ND, and grew up in Newtown, ND, where she met her first husband Alvie Harrison. On their way to California, they made a stop in Deadwood, SD, and decided to stay and raise their family. Annabel raised 7 children: Curtis, Alvie Jr., Larry, David, Dorla, Kent, and Tracey; and 4 stepchildren, Charles, Cheryl, Jay, and Jennie. Once all her children were in school, she went to work in the healthcare field. In 1978, Annabel met her second husband, James "Jim" Luze, and added to her family: James Jr., Linda, Vonda, and Todd. Annabel loved her family and her job. Annabel was a very loving, compassionate, and giving person. She was loved by everybody she encountered.
She is survived by one sister, Georgann (Solly) Danks, Newtown, ND; one brother, Malcolm (Reba) Bruce, Phoenix, AZ; three sons, Alvie Jr. (Josie) Harrison, Newtown, ND, Larry Harrison, Gillette, WY, and Kent (Subrina) Harrison, Baggs, WY; two daughters, Dorla Harrison and Tracey Harrison, both of Deadwood; stepchildren, Cheryl Johnson Ogden, UT, Jennie Harrison, Salt Lake City, UT, James Jr. Luze, Lead, SD, Vonda (Shane) Storley, Britton, SD, and Todd (Kathy) Luze, Lead; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Louise; her husband, Jim; and children, Curtis, David, Charles, Jay, and Linda.
Memorials have been established to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lead, Deadwood VFW Auxiliary, and Hospice of the Northern Hills.



Rebecca Lynn (Chord) Clemons

July 16, 1972 - July 1, 2016


Service to be held:

Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 2:00 PM


Rebekah Lynn (personal spelling), 43, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2016. She is sitting with her Grandpa Wayne Chord, her "Partner," having coffee with him once again. She was born on July 16, 1972 in Omaha, NE.
Rebekah married Bill Clemons on April 6, 2001, and together they had the pride and joys of her life, her son, Kobe (15), and her daughter, Felicia (11).
Rebekah was a beautiful, funny, caring, spunky lady who loved the Lord. She was a very special wife, mother, daughter, auntie, and the best sister anyone could ask for. We all looked up to her in so many ways and were so proud of who she was. She will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Our hearts are broken that she left us too soon but we know someday we will see her again.
She is survived by her husband, Bill, her son, Kobe, and her daughter, Felicia Clemons, all of Ann Arbor, MI; her mother, Carla Welbaum, Kenneth City, FL; her father and mother, Cliff and Arla Chord, Sturgis; sister, Carri (Darren) Odle, Sturgis; nephews and niece, Kolten, Jenna, and Devin; her grandmothers, Berniece Chord, Carolyn Moreland, and Geraldine Greene; grandfather, Gene (Mary Lou) Wright; father-in-law, Ed Clemons; brother-in-law, David (Cathi) Clemons; nephews and niece, Jarret, Zack, and Brena; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her step-father, Earl Welbaum; mother-in-law, Felicia Clemons; and her grandfathers, Wayne Chord and Jesse Moreland.
A celebration of life will be held on her birthday, July 16, 2016, at 2:00 PM at Believer’s Fellowship with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
A memorial fund has been established for her children.



Francis "Just Frank" Parker Walsh

August 12, 1951 - July 10, 2016


Service to be held:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.


Frank was born August 12, 1951, in Tipperary, Ireland, at Sean Ross Crea Abbey. He was adopted by Judge J. Casey Walsh of St. Louis, MO. Frank became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1957. He grew up in St. Louis, and upon graduation, enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. Frank proudly served his country in the Vietnam War. He completed multiple tours of duty in Korea. Frank retired from his military career in 1989.
Frank was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club. Family and brotherhood defined his character.
Francis ¨Just Frank¨ Parker Walsh, 64, Piedmont, SD, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2016, surrounded by family & special friends at the VA Black Hills Healthcare System, Ft. Meade, SD.
He is lovingly survived by his wife, Jane Walsh; daughter, Karma (Jamie) Vollmer; granddaughters, Baylee "Boo" Vollmer (Carl Gifford) & Rian "Ri" Vollmer; adopted son, Aaron (Sami) Magnus; sons, Casey Walsh & Brian Walsh; daughters, Kimberly Walsh & Lisa Orso; and numerous treasured friends.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with an inurnment at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.



Cecil Eugene Remington

April 16, 1928 - July 11, 2016


Service to be held:

Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.


Cecil Eugene Remington was born April 16, 1928, to Earl and Elsie (Pugh) Remington at their ranch near Fairpoint, SD. He attended grade school at the Atall School through 8th grade. Cecil then worked with his dad on the family ranch.
As a young lad, he worked with his dad for the WPA. He herded sheep for the neighbors living alone in a sheep wagon on the prairie. For many years, he helped move hay with Oscar Funell all over the community.
On July 17, 1949, Cecil married LaVonne Hanzlik at the Fairpoint Church. They made their home on the “Schuster” place until they lost it to fire in 1956. Then they moved in with his parents and ran the family ranch together for many years. In the early 70’s, they built their existing home from two schoolhouses.
Cecil was always proud of keeping the family ranch that was purchased in 1920 and wanted to see it as a century ranch. He loved his God, family and friends. He loved to dance, especially with the love of his life, LaVonne. He took pride in his special horses, brown Swiss milk cows, and border collie dogs that he raised over the years.
Cecil was well known for his hugs, whether you were family, friend, or medical staff. Cecil was known to be one of the first people to be at a function and one of the last to leave. He loved to go to church, singspirations, Sunday school conventions, Rainbow Bible Ranch, Rural Neighbors, softball games, auction sales, family reunions, and about anything that included visiting. He was president of the Fairpoint Church, the Fairpoint Cemetery, and held offices in the Cross Country Saddle Club.
Cecil died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care with his loving family by his side.
Cecil is survived by his siblings, Loretta (Sam) Bennett, Earl (Linda) Remington, and Melvin (Jean) Remington; his children, Galen (Nancy) Remington,Sturgis, SD.; Aneita (Don)Henry,Stoneville,SD.; Marvin Remington,Union Center, SD.; Gary (Roxanne) Remington,Union Center, SD.; and Adele (Terry) VanZee, Huron, SD.; his grandchildren, Donna (Bob) Milburn, Tyler, Keith, and Shadryn VanZee, Katie Remington, and Randi Tivis; and his great-grandchildren, Timmy Wheeler, and Amethyst, Emerald and Merijayne Milburn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, LaVonne; a sister, Eva Grandpre Neuheisel; a granddaughter, Paula Henry; and countless loved ones.
Visitation will be Friday, July 15, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at the Union Center Baptist Church with Pastors Harold Delbridge and Wes Labrier officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairpoint Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Rainbow Bible Ranch.



Jessica Irene Blue Coat

November 17, 1977 - July 9, 2016


Service to be held:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.


Jessica Irene Blue Coat was born to Lorna Blue Coat on November 17, 1977. Jess was recently diagnosed with cancer. She passed away on July 9, 2016, with Keith and Deb lovingly by her side.
Jessica attended the School for the Deaf from 1983 until she was enrolled at Black Hills Special Services in 1991. Jess has lived with her foster parents, Keith and Deb Pickett, and foster brothers, Nick, Tucker, and Tyler since 1994. Other foster siblings who have shared Jessica’s life include Sharon, Thomas, and Zion.
Jess enjoyed having her guardian, Denise Bakke, visit her and join her at parties on special occasions. Jessica took great pride and enjoyment in her work. She had a passion for all children, including family, friends and the children at the day care where she volunteered. Lonnie Jenson was Jess’s special friend who assisted her while volunteering, and they spent many hours together doing things they enjoyed. Jessica loved her friends and staff at Black Hills Special Services and was greatly loved by them as well. Jess started each day with several cups of coffee to get her good and ready forthe day’s adventure.
Life at the Pickett household included many activities that they enjoyed together from camping to shopping to cheering on her brothers at sporting activities. Jessica showed an interest in becoming a pilot when she attended an air show at Ellsworth Air Force Base and climbed into the pilot’s seat of a B1 bomber.
Jessica is also survived by her mother, Lorna, and three biological siblings: brothers, Dayzsha and Emanual, and sister, Krista. Jessica will be greatly missed but we take comfort knowing that she had a rich and full life surrounded by people who loved her.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Father Bunker Hill officiating.



Max Maurice Marr

May 27, 1935 - July 7, 2016


Service to be held:

10:00 am Friday, July 15, 2016


Max was born May 27, 1935, in Coyville, KS, to Joseph and Alpha (Bentley) Marr. While still in Nursery School, he met the young lady that would become his wife, Janice Williams. They dated all through High School and they married on April 11, 1954, at Elko, NV. They were married 62 years and together for 77.
Max served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict as a Yeoman First Class. On his return from war, Max entered college at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, eventually graduating with a Master's Degree in education. After graduation, Max took a teaching position in Pendleton, OR. In 1963, Max joined the FBI as a special agent. He spent 23 years in the Bureau ending that career in 1986 in Grand Junction, CO. After retirement, Max started and operated his own private investigators service for a number of years. Max was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending many family filled hours in the field and on the water.
Max Maurice Marr, 81, Rapid City, died Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Fountain Springs Healthcare in Rapid City after a prolonged illness.
Max is survived by his wife, Janice N. Marr; son, Richard Marr; two daughters, Diana (Dean) Heymans and Kellie (Blake) Thomas; grandchildren, Angie Marr Fielder, Blanca Sirignano, Allison Heymans, Chelsea Marr, Felicia Tietjen, Matthew Marr, Andrew Heymans, Ian Garduna, Isaac Heymans, Joseph Marr, Nika Garduna and Tyson Tietjen; great-grandchildren, Cameron Marr, Mckinsey Marr, Ayden Sirignano, Aubree Sirignano, Alivia Heymans, Max Sirignano, Mason Marr, Juliet Tietjen, Abigail Heymans, and Margret Heymans; sister, Jody (Bob) Dawson; brother-in-law, Joe Williams; nephews, Danny Miller and Jack Williams; and nieces, Deana Miller, Cathy Mitzie, and Michelle Dawson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2016, at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Glen Duggin officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alpha Marr; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Vita Williams.



Ruth Elaine Simon

May 15, 1925 - July 7, 2016


Service to be held:

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.


Ruth Elaine Friese Simon, was born May 15, 1925, in Wolsey, SD. to Harold and Korea (Leonard) Friese.
Ruth was raised in Wolsey along with her brother, Duane Friese. She graduated from Wolsey High School and in 1947 she graduated from nursing school in Huron, SD. As a nurse, she met her future husband who was a patient in the Army Ward at Huron.
Ruth Elaine Friese was united in marriage to Glen Arthur Simon on June 8, 1947, in Huron, SD. They made their first home in Lead, SD. Later, they moved to the Bison and Meadow area. Eventually they purchased a ranch south of Timber Lake, SD.
To this union, four sons were born. Glen passed away in March 1969 of lung cancer. In 1971, her oldest son was killed in Indiana from a car crash. In the late summer of 1969, Elaine moved to Sturgis, SD, and worked as a County Health Nurse and eventually as a nurse at the Sturgis Community Nursing Home. She retired in 1992, and after selling her home moved to several locations to be closer to family. In 2008, she returned to the Black Hills, which she loved. She had a great passion for fishing, hiking, and camping throughout the hills. She enjoyed taking her grandchildren to great places and spending time with them in the outdoors.
Elaine passed away peacefully in Spearfish, SD, at age 91, surrounded by family on July 7, 2016.
She is survived by her sons, Gary (Ramona) Simon of Timber Lake, SD, Dick (Janelle) Simon of Elko, NV, and Brent (Laura) Simon of Sandy, OR; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Duane Friese of Hot Springs, SD.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glen; and son, Darrel Simon. Elaine will be laid to rest between her husband and son at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 2:00 Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Interment will follow at Bear Butte cemetery.
A memorial has been established to LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis.



Joyce Josephine Medley

March 19, 1933 - July 4, 2016


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday July 8, 2016


Joyce Josephine (Goetzelmann) Medley was born in Chicago, IL, on March 19, 1933. After graduating from high school, she married George Medley and they embarked on a life in the US Air Force. Their last posting was to Ellsworth AFB, where she and George fell in love with the Black Hills. They decided Rapid City would be the ideal place to raise their large brood of children.
Home and hearth were very important to Joyce, and she dedicated her life to raising her eight kids to be good people. She had a terrific sense of humor, and suppertime around the large kitchen table was always filled with laughter, and unfortunately, sometimes spinach. Her mother had taught her how to play penny-ante poker, and she made sure this knowledge was passed on to her kids. Her favorite pastime, however--and the one she excelled at the most--was worrying about her children, even after they had grown and left the nest. Her greatest reward for raising 8 children were all the grandchildren who were absolutely the most special part of her life, and always brightened her day.
Joyce, 83, of Sturgis, SD, died at the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital on July 4, 2016. In her final moments, she was surrounded by family when God called her home.
Joyce is survived by children, Michael (Gina), Terry (Song Mi), Gayle (Tom Ogle), Kathy (Andy) Simonson, Patrick (Lori Snellgrove), James (Lisa Glenn), Susan (Brian Mettler), and Diana (Jack) Henris; twelve grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Joyce was predeceased by George, her husband of 62 years.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the people of Sturgis Regional Hospital-most especially the Massa-Berry Nursing Home and Hospital staffs. Their care, kindness, and compassion has been a blessing during this difficult time.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Thursday, July 7. A rosary will be said Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian burial for Joyce will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Sturgis at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016, with Father Timothy Castor officiating. She will be laid to rest at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.



Florence Cecelia Karrels

August 20, 1911 - July 2, 2016


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Wednesday July 6, 2016


Florence was born August 20, 1911, to John and Mamie (Weiss) Determan in Paxton, SD. She married Victor George Karrels on November 16, 1932, and moved into the Karrels family home on the ranch in Bear Butte Valley near Sturgis, SD. She lived at the ranch until 1981 when she moved into Sturgis.
Florence was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bear Butte Valley and later a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. She was an active member of the Ladies Altar Society in both locations serving in many officer positions over the years. She continued helping by making dessert for the Sturgis Rally dinners into her late 90’s.
Florence worked at the Sturgis Senior Center assisting with meals. She was a Bailiff for several years. Jurors were lucky because she added making homemade cookies for the jury to the list of her Bailiff duties. She volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels for several years. She also helped her daughter, Irene, at the Ranch House café on sale day for many years.
Florence enjoyed traveling and took several trips with local tour groups to the Eastern and Southern parts of the US. She also traveled to the Southwest and even Canada with friends and family.
She also loved to read, play cribbage, and embroider. Unfortunately, in her last few years, her eyesight had failed so she could no longer enjoy those pleasures. She never complained though and she would spend much of her time praying the rosary for those she loved and those who needed prayers.
A little known fact about Florence is that she attended the very first Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Her brother-in-law, Henry “Hank” Karrels, owned an Indian Motorcycle with a side car and she rode into Sturgis with him in the side car.
Florence Cecelia Determan Karrels, 104, Sturgis, died Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Sturgis.
Florence is survived by sisters, Hilda Raymond and Mary Rita Liebel; children, Irene Millin, Alice (Bill) La Brie, and Mike (Lisa) Karrels; grandchildren, Vic (Linda) Millin, Diane (Sam) Fish, Vern (Robin) Millin, David (Tanya) Millin, Brian La Brie, Michelle (Gary) La Brie Van Kilsdonk, Clint (Lexi) Ridley, Tee Ridley, KayCee (Brett) Geck, and Ben Craft; great-grandchildren, Michael Fish, Dallas Millin, Clint Millin, Mark Millin, Austin Millin, CJ Mace, Hazer Mace & Shaina Van Kilsdonk, Cameron La Brie, Jacob La Brie, and Wyatt Geck; and great-great-grandchildren, Kyle and Riley Fish.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to "Our House," 811 Main St., Sturgis, SD 57785, the residence in which Florence was being cared for since October 2014. The staff was so caring, thoughtful, and dedicated.



Adel Marie Koss

August 19, 1922 - June 30, 2016


Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.


Marie was born August 19, 1922, in Valentine, NE, to Barney and Adeline DeNaeyer. She attended school in Valentine, NE.
Marie worked as a waitress before her marriage to Ralph Duane Koss. After she married, she was self-employed as an Avon representative for many years. She was a member of St John’s Episcopal Church in Valentine and served as a Sunday School teacher and Altar Guild member. After moving to South Dakota, she was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis, SD.
Adel Marie (DeNaeyer) Koss passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Golden Living Center in Rapid City, SD.
Marie is survived by her son, Leslie (Cora) Koss, Rapid City; granddaughters, Lisa Kautz, Rapid City, and Stephanie Nelson, Forrest Lake, MN; four great-grandchildren, Sara and Tyler Kautz, and Ashley and Austin Nelson.
She was preceded in death by her husband Duane; sister, Dorothy; brother, Doug; and her grandson, Larry.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis with viewing one hour prior to the services and with Father Tom Campbell and Father Bunker Hill officiating. Burial will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.



Cora "Corky " May Liston

November 8, 1938 - June 25, 2016


Service to be held:

Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.


Cora was born in Iola, Kansas, to Lewis and Emmaline Seals on November 8, 1938. Cora later married Wendell Sowers and was married to him for 23 years. They had four children: Richard, Ronald, Randall, and Sharon.
Cora then married Wilbur Liston and spent several years in Union Center, Sturgis, and then later Yuma, Arizona.
Cora loved spending time with her children and her many friends. She loved to do embroidery, go to garage sales and play bingo. She would always welcome all to her home and enjoyed spending time with her friends.
Cora May "Corky" Liston, 77, Sturgis, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, after living a full life.
Cora is survived by her sisters, Mary Jane (David) Hill from Iola, Kansas, Vera Seals, and Catherine Seals; three children, Richard Sowers from Rapid City, Ronald (Dee Dee) Sowers of Deadwood, and Sharon (Pat) Carlson of Casper, Wyoming; four grandchildren: Dru Sowers, Dan (Samantha) Sowers, Clay Carlson, and Samantha Carlson.
She was preceded in death by her son, Randall Sowers; her late husband, Wilbur Liston; Wendell Sowers; and her parents.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Sturgis. Committal services will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.



Joseph James Kribell

December 5, 1926 - June 25, 2016


Service to be held:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.


Joe was born December 5, 1926, to Thomas and Helen (McIlvenna) Kribell, the youngest of 9 children in Alcester, SD, and grew up on a farm near Beresford, SD. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and proudly served during WWII.
At the end of the war, he returned to farming near Beresford. On June 18, 1947, he married Mildred Ann Gillen, his wife for 63 years, until her death in 2010.
After a move to California and 25 years as a truck driver, he retired, and returned to SD, settling in the Sturgis area. He worked his small acreage as a hobby farmer.
Joseph James Kribell died peacefully on June 25, 2016 at the age of 89.
He is survived by one sister, Florence; 5 children; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Burial will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to VA Hospice.
We love you Dad!



Daniel Harold Hehn

August 9, 1956 - June 21, 2016


Service to be held:

Private Family Services Sunday, June 26, 2016


Daniel Harold Hehn was born on August 9, 1956, Deadwood, SD with Cerebral Palsy. He was baptized into Christ immediately. He began a life-long battle to overcome the effects of his disability. He passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the age of 59 at his home in Sturgis, SD of natural causes.
Danny graduated from Spearfish High School and worked for the Homestake Mine in Lead, SD. He was given full disability when he was diagnosed with narcolepsy in addition to his CP. He lived his final years in Sturgis, SD. Danny was very loyal to his friends and deeply loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Charlotte (Backhaus) Hehn, his sister, Patricia, and his nephew, Adam. He is survived by his sister Diane (Bruce) Alkire, six nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held at the Sturgis City Park on Sunday, June 26, 2016.