Service to be held:
At A Later Date
Patricia was born November 23, 1932 to Palmer and Hannah (Haugen) Rustan in Brainerd, MN. Known for her tenacious will and independent spirit, Patricia persevered with grace the many challenges of life and leaves a legacy of unconditional love with her seven children and twenty six grandchildren. Patricia was an avid gardener and fastidious home-maker. She enjoyed the classics in movies and books and she was a whiz at cards. Her keen intellect and remarkable memory would have made her a formidable opponent on her favorite never-missed TV program, Jeopardy. She graced All Saints Episcopal Church in Spearfish as organist for ten years.
Patricia Barth, 84, passed away at Hospice House of the Hills on January 13, 2017.
She is survived by her children Rory (Karn) and Pamela of Sioux Falls, Toni (Greg) of Ponte Vedra Beach FL, Kirk (Jodi) of Pierre, Mark (Mary) and Mary of Rapid City.
Patricia is preceded in death by her husband, Al Barth, and her youngest child, David.
Memorial services will take place at a later date with Father Bunker Hill Officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial to Hospice House of the Hills, Rapid City SD.
Service to be held:
At A Later Date
Larry was born in Emmeram, KS, on August 12, 1933, to Charles and Josephine Hoff. He was second youngest of 11 children. In April of 1954, he married Barbara Corcoran in Oberlin, KS. To this union, 5 children were born. The family lived in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota while Larry worked in the oil and gas industry. The couple later divorced and he married Ardell Laughlin in 1972, gaining 4 step-children. They owned and operated a bar and café in Hot Springs, SD, while married. He then lived in Salem, OR, for approximately 10 years, working as a custodian and spending time with his youngest daughter. After retirement, he returned to Kansas to help care for one of his brothers.
Lawrence “Larry” A. Hoff, 83, of Victoria, KS, passed away January 10, 2017, in Pine Haven, WY, of natural causes.
Larry is survived by: his children: James “Pat” (Lori) Mitchell of Gillette, WY; Cathy (Ed) Gorder of Rozet, WY; Debby (Barry) Fuller of Loveland, CO; Terri Mitchell (Sunny Schell) of Pine Haven, WY; his step-children: Robert (Susan) Laughlin of Rapid City, SD; Mary Ann (Ron) Palmer of Golden Valley, AZ; John (Paula) Laughlin of Rapid City, SD; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both ex-wives, all of his siblings, son Richard Hoff, step-son Ronald Hoff, granddaughter Hannah Fuller, and grandson Matthew Gradin.
Interment will be at a later date in Rapid City, SD.
Service to be held:
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Pat Lehnertz was born January 9, 1941, in Salinas, CA, to Schuyler and Vivian (Solem) Ruttmann. She later traveled and attended school abroad with her mother Vivian and stepfather, Ted Cossairt. She graduated from Rapid City High School and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She met Jack in Sioux Falls and they were married on December 2, 1961. Jack had joined the US Air Force so they relocated a few times and they spent several years overseas finally ending up at Ellsworth Air Force Base and the Black Hills. Pat later worked in retail management in various capacities.
Pat loved her animals to include her Persian cats and her Yorkies “Rufus”. She often reminisced and shared stories about her travels abroad and she enjoyed reading.
Patricia Ann Lehnertz, 76, died Tuesday, January 11, 2017, at the Sturgis Massa Long-term Care Unit where she had been a long-time resident. She often spoke fondly about the staff and considered many of them her friends.
Survivors include a son, Shawn (Christina) Lehnertz and their children Michael, Jake and Catherine, Chantilly, VA; two daughters, Kim (Mark) Lantis, and their children Wyatt, Morgan & Josh (Karin) Shoemaker and their children Trynyty, Taylor and Ava, New Underwood, SD; and Cally McKay, Sergeant Bluff, IA; a brother-in-law; three sister-in-law’s and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; half-brother; husband and one grandchild.
Christian Rosary Service will be Monday, January 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assis Catholic Church in Sturgis, with Father Kerry Prendiville officiating.
Inurnment will be Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
Service to be held:
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.
Pearl was born October 21, 1919, to Ole and Ella (Vigdahl) Evjen in Turtle Lake, ND. She was baptized in Turtle Lake and confirmed in the Homme Lutheran Church in SD. She attended school in Turtle Lake and Underwood, ND.
In 1935, she moved to SD with her parents to her uncle’s farm south of Prairie City. She stayed home to help her parents and several neighbor ladies. In the spring of 1937 she began working for the Quaal family. She worked there for 6 years.
She met Harry Gerbracht in 1939. He left to go into military service in 1942. After he left she went to Bison and worked in the Jackson Café.
Harry returned home in November of 1945. They were married January 11, 1946. They bought a farm south of Prairie City where they farmed and raised cattle and sheep. Pearl enjoyed camping, playing cards, dancing, and sewing. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Zeona, the American Legion Auxiliary of Bison, SD, and the Hand and Hands Extension Club for 55 years. She also taught Sunday school and Bible school in Zeona. They moved to Rapid City in 2008.
Pearl Irene Gerbracht, 97, Rapid City and formerly of the Prairie City area, passed away Monday, January 10, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Harry, Rapid City; two daughters, Luella (Richard) Robinson, San Antonio, TX, and Betty (Robert) Petersen, North Platte, NE; three grandchildren, Kelly (Patrick) Smith, San Antonio, TX, Julie (Jason) Mueller, Lincoln, NE, and Jeremy Petersen, North Platte, NE; four great-grandchildren, Shelby and Dylan Smith, San Antonio, TX, and Adam and Gage Mueller, Lincoln, NE; brother-in-law, George (Margaret) Gerbracht; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Skogen and Eva Creighton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Oben, Leonard, Earl, Lloyd, and Orville Evjen; sisters, Eletha Fylling, Berneice Falck, and Freda Malloy; two sisters-in-law, Ida (Findley) Creighton and Alice Mae (Harold) Milner; and one brother-in-law, Mike Gerbracht.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 11:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zeona.
Service to be held:
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017, 2:00 pm
Billy Dwayne Peterson was born in Audubon, IA, on November 8, 1930, to Carl Peterson and Minnie Thygesen. He and his younger brother, Bobby, raised sheep and farmed in their younger years. Billy enlisted in the military in December 1951, where he was trained as a medic, but ended up working as a tugboat operator in Alaska during his military service.
He married Beverly Miller shortly before enlisting, and upon returning, they started a family and worked at Roland Veren’s Ranch before taking a job at Ft Meade VA hospital where he worked for 18 years in nursing as a surgical technician and SPD supply worker that he worked as until retirement. He also volunteered for the Sturgis Fire Department and was a member of the Ambulance crew for 11 years.
He loved camping and was a member of the Red Dale (Black Hills Hillbillies) club since 1975, and later the Good Sam’s in the early 80’s. He would also call bingo at Ft. Meade and planned and facilitated many of the camping competitions, cookouts, and rallies until 2014.
Billy, 86, Sturgis, died January 10, 2017 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his two daughters, Gloria Peterson and Cheryl Goodall; his grandsons, Daniel (Jessica) Goodall, and Christopher (Luella) Goodall; and 3 great-grandchildren, Aliza, Xandria, and William Goodall.
Billy was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, and brother, Bobby.
Visitation will be Friday, January 13, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial with military honors will be at 9:00 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial for the Sturgis Ambulance is being created.
Service to be held:
Friday, January 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
Justin Lee Plunkett, 33, died peacefully in the morning on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at his home in Whitewood, SD.
Justin “Woody” Plunkett was born April 19, 1983, in Spearfish, SD, to Clark and Glenda Plunkett. He was raised in Whitewood and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School with the Class of 2002. He later went on to work for BNSF as a track maintenance technician for the railroad.
Justin lived in Whitewood most of his life, but the railroad took him all over the country. He enjoyed traveling, and specifically to Glacier National Park.
In his spare time, Justin could be found with family and friends, camping, starting fires, or fishing the shores of the Missouri River, Orman Dam, the lakes of Custer State Park, and anywhere else he could drop a line.
A loving son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin, and always, faithful friend, Justin touched the lives of all he met.
He is survived by his father, Clark (Kayleen) Plunkett, Whitewood, SD; brother, Jeremy Nelson, Orange Vale, CA; brother, Ryan (Heather) Plunkett, Sheridan, WY; sister, Mandy Plunkett, Lead, SD; step-sister, Sheena (Brian) Cossette, Summerset, SD; step-brother, Shane (Sam) Boice, Nisland, SD; beloved nephews and nieces, Drew, Anthony, and Zachary Nelson, Molly and Morgan Plunkett, Avery Emme, and Natalie and Alex Boice; grandparents, Dean (Eileen) Strong, Spearfish, SD, Ginnie Prascher, Sturgis, SD and Darleen Plunkett, Spearfish, SD; uncles, Lonnie (Linda) Strong, Rapid City, SD, Bobby (Sandy) Strong, Sioux Falls, SD, Billy Plunkett, Sioux Falls, SD; aunts, Patrice (Manny) Fields, Cheyenne, WY, Christine (Ray) Kaiftors, Whitewood, SD, Linda (Mike) Trautman, Deadwood, SD, and Marcy (Delburn) Satterfield, Casper, WY; and several cherished cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Glenda Plunkett; aunt, Gina Engle; grandfathers, William Plunkett and Warren Prascher; and great-grandmother, Jessie Strong.
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at the Whitewood Presbyterian Church.
Memorials have been established to Whitewood AAU Wrestling or to the donor's choice.
Service to be held:
1:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017
Frank Harris Freeman, 84, Sturgis, died Friday, January 6, 2017 at the VA Black Hills Health Care at Fort Meade.
Committal services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.
Service to be held:
12:30 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017
Hannah Beatrice Pederson was born March 6, 1936, in Sturgis, SD, to Charles and Irene (McDonald) Limbo. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1955. Hannah married Richard Hobbs on December 1, 1955, in King County, Seattle, WA.
Hannah married Olin “Pete” Pederson on January 8, 1965, and to this marriage, she instantly became Mother to three children.
Hannah was a woman with many talents. She was winner of many Debate Contests in High School. She was a lifetime member of the Rebekah Assembly of South Dakota and was honored to be President from 1985 to 1986. Hannah was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW and the American Legion Auxiliary. She worked many different jobs throughout her life which included working as a waitress and cook, as a sales person, the Jailer for the Meade County Jail, and a seamstress and shipper for Black Hills Special Services.
Her last place of residency was at Heritage Acres Apartments where she made many friends. She had a very active social life playing cards or dominoes, having coffee and lunch with all her friends, attending entertainment events, and just spending time with her friends and family.
Hannah, 80, Sturgis, died Friday, December 30, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her step-children, Westley Pederson, Sturgis, Linda Yuill and her husband, Russell, Sturgis, and Patricia Santhanam and her husband, Suresh, New Cumberland, WV; three sisters, Delores Bachand, Sturgis, Jessie Mann and her husband, Warren, Seattle, WA, and Emma Aldren, Sturgis; and sister-in-law, Diane Limbo. She also is survived by ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and four brothers, Donald, Bud, Ray, and Wes.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Grace Lutheran Church.
Service to be held:
Private Family December 29, 2016
Alfred was born May 26, 1926 in Phoenix, AZ to Alfred and Augustine (Deubler) Dymock, He graduated in 1944 from Grants Pass, OR. He served in the Korean War as a jet fighter pilot, flying over 100 combat missions.
Alfred W. Dymock, Jr. died peacefully December 27, 2016 at the Fort Meade Hospice.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maureen and their three children, Karine (David) Carpenter, Rapid City, SD; Blaine Dymock, Hillsboro, OR; and Douglas (Jeanette) Dymock, Boise, ID; as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A small private family prayer and communion service is being presided over by Rev. Kathleen Batchelder at the First Congregational Church on December 29, 2016.
Service to be held:
Saturday, December 31, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Herbert Louis Merkel was born on October 28, 1922, to Jacob C. and Mathilda (Hintz) Merkel in Lowry, SD. He attended country school in Lowry and McIntosh, SD; finishing high school in Rush City, MN. He worked as a South Dakota Highway surveyor in the McIntosh area.
In 1948, he married LaVina Winters and to this union was born a son, Kurt Dwight Merkel. He moved to Seattle, WA, working a short time for Boeing Company before finding his niche in the service station business; first as an employee and later as an owner. During a service station robbery in 1965, Herb was shot. Following a 2-month recovery (and at the urging of his new love, Irene), he moved to Redmond, WA, and opened a service station of his own; most remembered for the ARCO Station at the corner of 32nd & 70th in Redmond/Kirkland, WA. On February 14, 1968, he married Irene R. Brady in Carson City, NV.
Herb and Irene moved to Rapid City, SD, living there from 1978-83. The couple owned Hallmark Card Stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. They then moved to Bismarck, ND, in 1987 and settled in Piedmont, SD in 1993. During their marriage, Herb and Irene traveled to Spain, Alaska and Hawaii. Herb loved to hunt and fish; and in later years was known for his huge vegetable garden which he happily shared with many in the Piedmont area. A proud American, he installed a flag pole and eagle statues, flying the US, South Dakota, Alaska and Washington flags.
Herbert “Herb” L. Merkel, 94, passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2016, with his “Sweetie” (wife of 49 years), Irene at his side.
Herb is survived by his wife of 49 years, Irene of Piedmont; son, Kurt D. Merkel, St. Louis, MO; grandsons, Thomas, Tyler and Tim Merkel; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, John, Brad and Bruce of Washington and Tim of Alaska; and neighbors.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Mathilda; brothers, George, Albert and Roy; and sister, Rosie.
The family will host a Remembrance Gathering on Saturday, December 31, 2016, from 3:00-5:00pm at the Piedmont American Legion (101 Pine Street). At the family’s request, there will be no burial service. Condolence cards can be sent to: 15174 Grandview Dr., Piedmont, SD 57769.
Service to be held:
Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Donald Robert Kivimaki was born July 19, 1934, at his grandparent's home west of Newell, SD, on Horse Creek to Lillie (Piekkola) and Nestor Kivimaki. He grew up north east of Newell in the Twilight area. He attended grade school at the Karinen School and then attended high school in Newell for two years. Due to his mother's death, he dropped out to help at home.
He was self-taught as he would read a lot. He was able to fix most anything along with all kinds of equipment through the years. In the neighborhood, he was called Dr. Don and many called for his help.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge for several years. He was also a County Commissioner for one term of four years.
He married Arvilla Viken September 18, 1955, and they lived in Rapid City where he worked for Winston Olson in landscaping until they moved south of Newell in 1956 and worked for Don Engelson at Valley Implement in Newell.
December 1957, they moved back to the home place where he and his brother and dad farmed and raised cattle and sheep. In 1960, he went into partnership with his brother, Elmer, and they ran the Kivimaki Brothers until Elmer's death in April 1988. Then he and Arvilla went in as partners and they farmed until selling the place and moving to Spearfish in 2001.
Don passed away December 20, 2016, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Facility in Spearfish, SD.
Survivors include his wife, Arvilla; daughter, Gail (Dale) Knutson, Vale, SD; son, Douglas, Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren, Amanda Knutson, Lubbock, TX, and Karl Knutson, Vale, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents; two brothers, Elmer and Jack; two sisters, Virginia Sprouse and Leona Lewton; and an infant son preceded him in death.
Visitation will be Monday, December 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don's name to the Newell Ambulance Service.
Service to be held:
At A Later Date
Monica (Dunne) Landwehr was born in Spain, in northeastern South Dakota, May 16, 1930, to Helene (Olson) and Peter J. Dunne. The family moved to Deadwood, SD, in 1933, and then back to northeastern South Dakota during WWII. Monica attended high school in Britton, SD, and graduated from Langford High School. She married W.E. (Willie) Landwehr in 1948; they had two daughters: Lee and Mary. The family lived in Britton, Claremont, and Groton before moving to Deadwood in 1970. For many years Monica worked alongside Willie in various business endeavors.
Monica is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Lee and Demarest Crary,Bison, and Mary and Galen Roesler, Custer; her sister, Patricia Nietert of Aberdeen; and her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Sherri Dunne, of Rapid City. She is also survived by five grandchildren; D.H. Crary, Ed (Sarah) Crary, Mary Lynn (Nicholas) Patterson,Patrick Roesler and Jennifer Burnett. Monica has three great-grandchildren: Eva Crary,Cayden and Easton Patterson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her younger sister, Sandra.
Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.
Service to be held:
11:00 a.m. Saturday December 17, 2016 Gillette, WY
Lori was born June 1, 1960, in Chamberlain, SD, to Coleen (Hickey) Short and Glenn Harmon. She was the third of five children. The family moved to Fort Thompson, SD, when Lori was in second grade. As a teenager, she worked at a grocery store where she loved to socialize with the locals. Everyone enjoyed working with Lori; she was outgoing, fun and friendly. Lori was also an active member of FFA and loved playing basketball. She graduated in 1978 from Chamberlain High School.
After graduation Lori moved to Belle Fourche, SD, where she worked at the Colony Truck Stop. On September 8, 1979, she married David Eixenberger in Belle Fourche. During their first year of marriage they adopted their first daughter, Jennifer Lynn, in 1980. The family lived in Colony over the next 10 years where Lori ran the Colony Truck Stop and Diner. In April of 1987, Lori and Dave welcomed their second daughter, Fayleen Marie, to their family. After a few years, the family moved to Gillette, WY, where they welcomed their third child, Derek William, in 1991. Lori loved staying home with her kids when they were little. She taught Sunday school at St. Matthews, was a girl scout leader, coached basketball, and enjoyed watching her children play sports. Lori was also amazingly creative; she loved to paint and do crafts with her friends. After staying home with her kids for several years, Lori decided to return to the workforce. She began working at the Credit Bureau where she later became the manager.
Lori and Dave divorced and then in 1998, she married Mike Couch in Gillette. During their marriage, Lori decided to become a nail tech. She opened her salon, Illusions, in Gillette. Lori loved doing nails and running the salon. Everyone that came into the salon felt welcomed. She later started doing permanent make-up tattooing and piercings as well. Lori always had her hands busy with projects. When she wasn’t working on her house laying flooring, tearing down walls, or repairing washers, she was helping others. Following Mike’s death, Lori became very competitive in throwing horse shoes. She also loved spending time with her friends and working on projects around the house with her longtime friend, Conrad Schuhrke. In 2003, Lori married Anthony Koch in Gillette. After years of renting salon space, Lori and Conrad created a salon in her home. While doing nails for over 15 years Lori established a dedicated clientele list whom became some of her greatest friends.
Lori’s greatest joys in life were her grandchildren. She had six grandkids that kept her on her toes. Lori took her grandkids whenever she could and she spoiled them rotten. They spent most of their time shopping and playing outside. Four years ago, Lori began the most courageous battle of her life. She was diagnosed with stage four laryngeal cancer. After six months of chemotherapy then radiation she was in remission. Lori went on vacation with her children and visited family with her sisters and mother. She spent a lot of time traveling visiting friends and family all over the country. Later the cancer returned; however, Lori’s strong will to survive outshined and she started a new form of treatment. She was an inspiration to everyone that knew her. No matter how poorly she felt she always put on a strong face and trusted in God. During her treatments, despite being ill, she never faltered in her faith knowing that God had a special plan for her.
In her last few days, Lori was surrounded by family and friends; her home was always busy with people coming to spend time with her and support her. On December 12, 2016, at the age of 56, Lori left to be with her heavenly father, at her home surrounded by her family….God is good, All the time.
Lori is survived by her loving children: Fayleen (Joe) Prosenick and their children, Drew, Kirsten, Alivia, and Lila; Derek (Tylin) Eixenberger and their children, Dyson and Daven all of Gillette, WY; and Jennifer Meek of Puerto Rico; her mother, Coleen Short of Piedmont, SD; her siblings, Richard (Sabrina) Harmon of Newell, SD, Myra (Bruce) Fees of Rozet, WY, Tina Hayton and fiancé, Scott Hopkins of Murray, KY, and Rebecca (Robert) Boylan of Newell, SD; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her father, Glenn Harmon; stepfather, Lloyd Short; niece, Trista Meyer; great-niece, Shyann Lenz; as well as her best friend, Conrad Schuhrke.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Gillette with Father Cliff Jackonson officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Service to be held:
At A Later Date
Alan Jeffers Kinney, 75 of Black Hawk, passed away Sunday December 11, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade, Sturgis, SD.
Alan was born September 23, 1941, in Amesbury, MA, to Hermann and Ruth (Jeffers) Kinney. Alan met the love of his life, Joyce Fall, at Uncle Jack’s Dairy Corner in Newburyport, MA. On October 5, 1963, they vowed their love at the ICC church in Newburyport. Alan Joined the United States Air Force in 1962, serving until 1970 as a lineman and school instructor, as well as during the Viet Nam Conflict. Alan took what he learned in the military and began working for Southwestern Bell as a Lineman and Engineer, and a valid member of the Southwestern Bell Pioneers. He moved his family to Texas where he and Joyce raised their 3 loving children: Bridget A. Hooper (Robert), Battle Mountain, NV; Gregory C. Kinney (Mary), Lillington, NC; and Jennifer B. Kinney, Summerset, SD.
Alan loved spending time with his family as well as being out in the community. He was an Umpire for Canyon, TX, Little League for 15 years. He loved working with the kids, as he was a big kid himself, always with a mischievous smile. Alan had many talents that brought joy to his family. He loved to work with leather, making many gifts over the years and he showed his love of music by playing the organ, anything from classical music to classical rock. After retiring, Joyce and Alan spent time travelling, fulltime RVing, and enjoyed meeting new people and seeing new places. During his travels, his favorite place was working at the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, CO.
Alan was “Papa” to his four grandchildren: Brandon W. Mills, Perry, OK; Bailey Mills-Kolander, Jackson, MN; Christopher A. Kinney, Lillington, NC; and Eric G. Kinney, Lillington, NC. He is also survived by his sister’s four amazing children: Kathy, Wendy, Laurie and David; and his wife’s brother’s children, Stephanie and Michelle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermann and Ruth Kinney; one sister, Joan K. Drew; and two brothers-in-law, Michael Fall and Timothy Fall.
Memorial services will be held at Our Lady of the Black Hills, Summerset, SD, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to www.dav.org.
Service to be held:
Friday, December 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Jimmie Lewis Aldren, Sr., 84, of Sturgis, died at his home on December 11, 2016. He was born on August 1, 1932, to Olaf and Beda Aldren in Lennox, SD.
During his early years through his graduation from Rapid City High School in 1950, Jim spent his life on the family farm in Black Hawk, SD. On August 2, 1952, Jim married June Huchendorf and, by this union, had four children. After moving to Sturgis, SD, in 1957, Jim purchased and operated the A & W Drive-In, a venture he continued for twenty-nine years afterward. It was in Sturgis that Jim met his second wife, Emma Draine, whom he married on December 22, 1986. A gifted repairman, Jim also worked as the service manager at Owens Interstate Sales for twenty years and, even after his retirement, stayed busy by helping his wife, Emma, deliver the mail. Apart from his work, Jim’s varied interests led him to pursue many diverse undertakings in his church and community. At different points throughout his life, Jim was a business owner, a deputy sheriff, a volunteer firefighter, a licensed pilot, and a city councilman. He truly was a jack of all trades.
The only quality that eclipsed Jim’s relentless work ethic was his endless devotion to family and friends. From broken washing machines to unfinished school projects, Jim was always willing to lend a helping hand in order to get a job done, and get it done right. His kind heart and gentle demeanor endeared him to many, as his graciousness became quickly evident to anyone whom he met. However, this cordial compassion did not come from a conscious effort on Jim’s part. Instead, it was natural for him, inherent in his personality, and it seemed to physically manifest itself in his rich laugh and big smile. Jim’s kindness, however, was not compensation for a weakness of spirit, because behind his amiable exterior was a man of integrity and virtue. His common sense helped him dictate right from wrong, and his strong will helped him to make the honest choice in any situation. Quite simply, Jim was the perfect example of a good man: a loving father and husband, a loyal friend, and a man of the highest personal character.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Emma; his four children, Janice (John) Simons, Jim Jr. (Margie) Aldren, Jerry Aldren, and Jon (Heidi) Aldren; his three stepchildren, Jim Draine, Randy Draine, and Denise (Steve) Shuck; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Beda Aldren; his brother, Richard Aldren; his granddaughter, Kristi Simons; his great-grandson, Christian VanHorn; and his daughter-in-law, Shari Aldren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, December 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastors Willard Olsen and Herbert Cleveland officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Grace Lutheran Church and the Sturgis Senior Center.
Service to be held:
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Harley Gray, age 69 of Black Hawk, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.
Harley was born January 10, 1947, in rural Douglas County, Missouri, to Raymond and Lala Gray. He graduated from Norwood (MO) High School in 1964. Harley enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966. He served for 4 years at Ellsworth AFB including 5 months in Vietnam as crew chief on a B52 bomber.
Harley married Diane Schmautz on November 18, 1967. They were blessed with two children, a daughter, Lisa, in 1969 and a son, Rodney, in 1973. Upon Harley’s discharge from the Air Force, they settled in Lead, where he would spend 25 years working for the Homestake Mining Company. While living in Lead, Harley was a member of the Lead volunteer fire department and the Lead volunteer police reserve. In 1997, he went to work for Roth Trucking where he was employed for 2 years. In 1999, he went to work for Trimac Transportation in Rapid City and he and Diane moved to Black Hawk in 2000. Harley worked for Trimac until his health began to fail in August of 2016. He became an accomplished truck driver, finishing in the top 5 in the SD state truck driving competition for 4 consecutive years and earning a trip to the national competition in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2014.
In his spare time, Harley enjoyed fishing, riding his motorcycle, and working on cars and trucks, but his greatest joy, by far, was spending time with his family and friends.
Grateful for having shared his life are the family members he leaves behind: his wife of 49 years, Diane Gray of Black Hawk; his daughter, Lisa (Jim) Maciejewski of Summerset; his son, Rodney (Terri) Gray of Summerset; 4 grandchildren, Alex (Jordan) Feterl, Dylan Johnson, Jessie Gray, and Jake Gray; a great-grandson due to arrive in January 2017; one sister, Mary Gray of Springfield, MO; 2 brothers, Bill Gray of Kirbyville, MO, and Doyle Gray of Seymour, MO; as well as countless in-laws, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Steve Gray.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Karl Kroger officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.
Service to be held:
10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016
Donald Herman Berger passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Sturgis SD, after a short illness. This was a surprise and brought sadness to many of his family and friends who were convinced he would outlive them all from pure German stubbornness. He would have been 81 in February.
Donald was born on February 17, 1936, in Sturgis, SD, to Fred and Elizabeth (Friehauf) Berger. He was raised on the family farm ten miles north of Whitewood, in Whitewood Valley and attended Country School via horseback near his home until High School. Don graduated from Sturgis High School and went on to work with his Dad on the farm. He always worked hard even at a young age and built his own beekeeping business and the family farm into a profitable ranch.
In June of 1971 he married Betty Rud from Gettysburg, SD. They had two children, Harold Berger and Dawn Berger who he raised to value hard work by giving them a great childhood experience of life on a farm. He had an infectious love of livestock husbandry with a special ability for cattle and poultry. He loved to hatch chicks and geese in the spring and couldn't wait for all the babies every year.
At the age of 50, life circumstances sent Don on a new adventure, moving the family into Whitewood. Don went to work for Hills Materials Company and drove delivery truck for them for the next twenty years. He loved going all over in the truck, meeting new people and seeing new parts of beautiful country.
Don loved to have good conversations with great friends, a cold beer and a lot of laughs. He liked nothing better than a good "visit". He also enjoyed seeing his three grandsons, Nolan and Orin Berger and Christopher Egerdahl, to whom he bestowed many nuggets of grandfatherly wisdom on, if they wanted it or not. In the last few years of his life, with the help of his son and grandson, he resumed beekeeping. He enjoyed teaching them what he knew from the past, learning new methods and meeting other bee keepers.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, SD, with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating followed by luncheon at the church and burial at Whitewood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Whitewood Senior Citizens.
Service to be held:
Monday, December 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Thomas Joseph Charron, 59, Sturgis, SD, passed away suddenly at home on December 6, 2016.
Tom was born February 2, 1957, at Gettysburg Memorial Hospital in Gettysburg, SD, to Jack and Maurine (Miesen) Charron of Seneca, SD. He attended Seneca Grade School and graduated from Faulkton High School. His early years were filled with hunting, fishing, baseball, track, wrestling, and helping his Dad with the Texaco Bulk business.
Following graduation, Tom operated the Texaco Station in Faulkton. He then became a managing partner of Charron’s Steakhouse at Pickerel Lake, where many memories were made with friends and family. In the years following, Tom became the Food Service Manager for IBP (Tyson Foods), residing in multiple states. When his first grandchild was born, he relocated to the Black Hills area to be closer to family. Once in the Black Hills area, Tom followed his passion for the food industry by managing several restaurants and most recently, owned and operated Charron’s Catering, the best food in the Hills.
No stronger bond ever existed than there was between Tom and his daughter, Liza, who was born July 8, 1977. Tom was at his happiest while spending time camping, fishing, cooking, and watching football with Liza, Chad, Shae and Jace. Tom had a "heart of gold," which was obvious to anyone that ever had the privilege of meeting him. He was a very generous man and would give the shirt off of his back to help anyone. He was a great storyteller, host, and entertainer. He loved people, and we all knew his favorite word was "HUUUUUGE," which is how he lived his life.
Tom is survived by his mother, Maurine; his daughter, Liza and her husband, Chad Owens; grandsons, Shae and Jace; brothers, Steve (Sheila) and Dave (Bonnie); sisters, Kathy Jeffries (Ron) and Jane Bryant (Keith); and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Jack; maternal grandparents, Edward and Catherine Miesen; and paternal grandparents, Wilfred and Dorothy Charron.
A memorial service will be held Monday, December 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Service to be held:
11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Warren Lee Johnson, 62, of Rapid City, SD, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Rapid City on Monday, December 5, 2016.
Warren was born July 21, 1954, in Webster, SD. Warren was raised on his family’s farm in Pierpont, SD. After graduating from Langford High School in 1973, he attended Lake Area Vocational Technical School in Watertown, SD. From 1975 – 1982, Warren worked for Kyburz Construction and Franzen Construction before going out on his own from 1982-1988 in Aberdeen.
Warren married Pam in 1977 and had a beautiful daughter, Erin, in 1979. Warren and his family lived in Aberdeen until they moved to Rapid City in 1989, where he lived and worked for the next 26 years.
In October of 1989, Warren started working full time for the wonderful company Riddles Group. He enjoyed putting his carpentry skills to use with Riddles Group until recently in 2016.
Warren and Colleen met in late 2007 and married in 2011. Warren was gifted in carpentry and spent his life enjoying building things and working on projects. He was gifted and talented and his work was amazing. Aside from work, Warren enjoyed the water. Any free moment was spent at the lake with family and friends. Warren’s favorite pastime was boating and watching off shore Power Boat races.
This world won’t be the same without him. He had an awesome sense of humor and calming effect on those around him. He will be remembered for his love of the Word and his strength in Christ. Warren enjoyed his daily walk with God over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen; his daughter, Erin Johnson-Slowey (Pete Slowey), Los Angeles, CA; one grandson, William Warren Slowey; stepchildren, Keenan Thomas (Cory Antonakos), Berkeley, CA, and Elizabeth Ericson (Dave Ericson), Monticello, MN; brother, Mark Johnson and wife, Audrey, Pierpont, SD; sisters, Jayne Johnson Tillema and husband, Mark, Simi Valley, CA, and Kristen Johnson Heuther and husband, Kevin, Simi Valley, CA; sister-in-law, Roxanne Johnson; in addition to many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, and aunts. He was a great man and will be missed very much by all his family and friends.
Warren was preceded in death by his loving brother, Scott Johnson; and his parents, Richard Daniels Johnson and Violet Louise Johnson.
A celebration of Warren's life will be held at Fountain Springs Church, 2100 N. Plaza Drive, Rapid City, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
Service to be held:
2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016
Doris was born in 1923 to Albert and Ella (Linstrom) Oedekoven, in Sturgis, SD. She was raised on the family ranch near Vale, SD, attended grade school at Nine Mile School and graduated from Sturgis High School.
She married Richard Williamson in 1943 in Sturgis. They ranched near Union Center for 19 years. Due to Richard's health, they moved to Hot Springs, SD. Upon Richard's death in 1996, she moved to Sturgis.
While in Hot Springs, Doris worked at the VA Medical Center, the school lunch program, and at the Hot Springs Public Library where she served as librarian for 12 years.
Doris and Richard were instrumental in developing programs for the handicapped which included a group living facility in Hot Springs. They were involved in the Association for Retarded Citizens, charter members of the Evangelical Free Church, and volunteered at the Elderly Meals Program. Since moving to Sturgis, Doris has also volunteered at the Sturgis Hospital.
Doris Williamson, 93, formerly of Sturgis, died Monday, December 5, 2016, at Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls, MN.
Survivors include her four daughters, Norma (Bill) Wright, Sandra Williamson, Milaca, MN, Patricia (Dick) Salmon, Redwood Falls, MN, and Joyce (Ron) Karlsten, Mukilteo, WA; a son, Dick (Jody)Williamson, Fort Worth, TX; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Allen (Hannah) Oedekoven, Sturgis; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Richard; a daughter, Nancy; an infant son; four brothers, two sisters; and her parents along with many relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Services will be Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Aaron Munsell officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for LifeSpring Wesleyan Church and the Service Enterprise Inc. of Redwood Falls, MN.