Obituaries
     
   
     

Mona Vig Reichert

January 28, 1956 - March 25, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015

 

Mona Vig Reichert of Billings, MT passed away unexpectedly of an aortic aneurism, on March 25, 2015.
Mona was born in Belle Fourche, SD on January 28, 1956. She was raised on the family ranch with her parents and seven brothers and sisters. The family raised Hereford cattle. In 1970, Vig Limousin began raising Limousin cattle. Mona was an important part of this operation.
In 1976, Mona was crowned the South Dakota Limousin Queen. Ranching and the rural life were important throughout her life. Mona worked in the early years as a book keeper and had a long career in the trucking industry. She received her Realtor license in 2005, working as a realtor for the last several years as well as a chemist at the beet processing plant.
Mona was fun loving, meticulous and excelled in many things. Once her mind was set on something, there was no going back. She had a wonderful caring heart especially for her furry family, Rosie, Jack and Sissy. Early every morning her dogs took her for a walk around Lake Elmo.
Many people were blessed by her gift of gardening, canning, sewing, cooking, refinishing antiques, renovating and decorating homes. There was almost no task she wouldn’t tackle.
Mona was a mentor and a teacher for many. She had a heart for children, especially babies, and loved spending time with them. She was a special aunt to Nikki, Charity and Ella Terkildsen; Evan and Issac Moran, Amira and Arielle Loveridge and many other children.
Mona married Gene Reichert in 1981. Together they ran a trucking business and a boat touring business. Mona also had her Coast Guard Captain’s license.
Mona is proceeded in death by her parents A. Wayne and Carole Vig and sisters Susan Vig and Lorane Parker.
Mona is survived by her step mother Hope Weiss Vig, Piedmont, SD, brother Barry (Cheryl) and children, Opal, SD, brother Martin and children, Opal, SD, sister Lorane’s children, WY and OR, brother Andrew (Jacquee) and children, Rapid City, sister Lisa and daughters, Box Elder, SD, brother Morris, Rapid City, SD; step sister Sherri Brosmire and children, Billings, MT; step brother, Myron (Carol) Weiss and daughters, Fairpoint, SD; step sister Karen Bryan and children, Sturgis, SD; and step brother Chuck Weiss and daughters, Rapid City, SD, step children DeLynn Willis and children Jesse and Sadie Willis, New Underwood, SD, Monte (Loni) Reichert and children, Marissa (Jake) Dupre and Lacey of Rapid City, SD and Radley of New Underwood, SD.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Opal Community Church in Opal with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiatiing. Burial follows at the Opal Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Leo James Crawford

March 25, 1933 - March 27, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Wednesday, April1, 2015

 

Leo James Crawford, 82, Black Hawk, died Friday March 27, 2015 at Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
Leo was born March 25, 1933 to John and Marie (Larcum) Crawford in Medina, NY. He was raised by his grandparents, James and Mary Crawford in Canada. Leo served in the US Navy from 1950-1954, on the Aircraft Carrier USS Oriskany.
Leo married Florence Stewart in 1955 and they lived in Sanborn, NY and Laurel, MD, where Leo operated an auto repair and dealership. They had four children, Deborah, Edwin, Theresa, and Cynthia. In 1976 Leo moved to Philip, SD, where he worked as a ranch hand, mechanic and operated Leo's auto repair. Leo later moved to Riverside, CA to be near his daughter Cynthia and his grandchildren before moving back to SD in 2000.
Leo is survived by two daughters; Deborah (Stephen) Lysczek, Vestal, NY, and Cynthia (James) Hoag, Black Hawk, SD, daughter-in-law; Cindy Crawford, New Windsor, MD, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; Anthony (Kachina, Kat) Hoag and their children; Callum and Juniper, Redlands, CA, Bradley (DeShayne) Hoag, Rapid City, Shelly (Sean) Strominger, and their children; Madelyn, Natalie, Emily and Christopher, Columbia, MD, Cynthia (Matthew) Szeliga and their children; Evelyn and Nathan, Vestal, NY, Amanda (Robert) Engle, Albany, NY, Justin Crawford, New Windsor, MD, Elizabeth Santiago and Michael Dyer, Gordonsville, VA and their children, Racheal, Raven, Matthew and Devin, Christopher (Heather) Bellus, Lewisville, TX and their children, Stephen and Christopher Jr, and Kimberly Bellus, Denton, TX and her daughter Isabel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Marie Crawford, sister; Theresa Nugent, brother-in-law; Jim Nugent, daughter; Theresa Bellus, son-in-law; John Bellus, son; Edwin (Ed) Crawford and one great-grandchild; Claire Szeliga.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday April 1, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery with Father Steve Biegler officiating.

 

     
   
     

Carol Louise Dow

February 12, 1921 - March 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

March 30, 2015

 

Carol Louise Dow, 94, Sturgis, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Carol was born February 12, 1921, in Newell, SD, to Harry and Ivis (Babb) Hogan. She grew up on a ranch about 30 miles north of Newell where she worked herding sheep. She went to school through the eighth grade, which was all that was available to her. Carol married Ray Dow and had two children, Richard and Eileen. She managed Mary’s trailer court and her husband, Ray's, various businesses (he often had more than one) with no computer or calculator. Her home was always open for a cup of coffee or if they needed a place to stay. She took care of countless people, young and old. After moving to her apartment she still took care of anyone who needed it but not in her home.
Carol is survived by her daughter, Eileen Travis, Golden, CO; grandsons, Todd (Kathy) Dow, Burbank, WA, Sam Koontz, Aurora, CO, and Hunter Godsey, Golden, CO; great-grandchildren, Dakota Koontz, Denver, CO, Raymond Romero, Arvada, CO, and Cody Dow and Cassie Bell Collin Dow, both of Burbank, WA; sister, Fay Giannonatti, Sturgis, SD; brother, Jay (Rosemarry) Hogan, Rapid City, SD; sister-in-law, Wanda Hogan, Sturgis, SD; and many beloved nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Margaret Mutchler who put in countless hours caring for Carol.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Dow; one son, Richard Dow; and two brothers, Dale (Pinky) Hogan and Ross Hogan.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals .com.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy Ann Miller

March 19, 1947 - March 19, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dorothy Ann Miller was born March 19, 1947, to John and Katherine Plaggemeyer in Strasburg, ND. She lived in Pollock, SD, moving to Sturgis with her family when she was 13.
Dorothy married Walter Conway. To this marriage, three children were born; Walter, Ronald, and Kathryn. While her kids were growing up, Dorothy was also like a second mother to many of their friends. She always had a funny story to tell about her children and their friends and cousins.
In 1985, Dorothy met Robert Miller. They were married in 1987. That same year, a son, Jaread, was born.
Dorothy had an undying devotion to family, especially the young children. They could always find comfort in her arms, especially when being scolded by their parents. Her gentle touch and laid-back attitude gave you a sense of comfort when in her presence.
Dorothy passed away on her 68th birthday, March 19, 2015, after a very short battle with cancer.
Dorothy is survived by her four children, Walter (Donna) Conway, Rapid City, Ronald Conway, Sturgis, Kathryn Hulbert, Sturgis, and Jaread (Amy) Miller, New Salem, ND; four brothers, Jim (Vanessa) Plaggemeyer, Neil (Nancy) Plaggemeyer, Larry (Connie) Plaggemeyer, and Lloyd (Cindy) Plaggemeyer; sister-in-law, Julie Plaggemeyer; nine grandchildren, Cassandra Conway, Janie Conway, Tasha Conway, Jennifer Mertz, Kiley Vansickle, Hannah Conway, Shauna Hulbert, and Kolter and Kasyn Miller; nine great-grandchildren; special someone, Kim; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Robert; granddaughter, Kira; three brothers, Dick, Ronnie, and Gary Plaggemeyer; and sister, Anna Marie.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Sturgis Senior Citizens Center in memory of Dorothy.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church with Pastor Dan Ziebarth officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Warren Prascher

January 11, 1924 - March 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Monday March 23, 2015

 

Warren Prascher, 91, Sturgis, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, March 23, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.
Warren was born January 11, 1924, at Kearney, NE, to George Arthur and Elizabeth Pearl Prascher. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from high school in 1941. Warren entered the US Army in 1945. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for the US Maritime Commission in California. He returned to Nebraska where he worked for a John Deere dealer before joining Farmhand, Inc. in December of 1950. He lived in Utah for three years, Portland, OR, for two years, and moved to South Dakota where he has lived since. Warren Retired in January 1991.
Warren did volunteer service with the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard for seventeen years, participating in 2,588 burials. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis, and the Elks.
He was married in 1945 to Arlone Habe. To this union were born, John, Kathryn, Craig, and Daniel. He married Ginnie Caldwell Strong in 1985.
Survivors include his wife, Ginnie; son, John and his wife, Stephannie, Memphis, TN; daughter, Kathryn and her husband, Guy Tillett, Black Hawk, SD; son, Craig and his wife, Carla, Plano, TX; son, Dan and his wife, Mary, Grapevine, TX; stepson Robert Strong and his wife Sandy, Sioux Falls, SD, and stepson Lonnie Strong and his wife Linda, Rapid City; five grandsons; one granddaughter; nine step-grandsons; four step-granddaughters and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leonard.
A memorial has been established to the Sturgis Vet's Club Warren Prascher Memorial Fund.

 

     
   
     

John Charles Smoot

August 25, 1929 - March 18, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, March 27, 2015, at 2:30 PM

 

John Charles Smoot, 85, Wall, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Belle Fourche Healthcare.
Graveside committal services will be at 2:30 pm, Friday, March 27, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran’s Honor Guard.
John was born August 25, 1929, at Belle Fourche to Elbert and Vivian (Schoeppach) Smoot. He served in the US Navy from 1947 until his honorable discharge in 1951. He ranched at Big Piney, WY, most of his life, and was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Smoot, St. Onge and Kim Smoot, Belle Fourche; one daughter, Barb Williamson, Belle Fourche; one sister, Janice Bush, Wall; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Vivian; a sister, Jackie Paulsen and a grandson, Chris Smoot.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Mary Jane Thomas

February 28, 1934 - March 11, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Tuesday March 17, 2015

 

Mary Jane Thomas, 81, Rapid City, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.
She was born February 28, 1934, in Leola, SD, to Jacob and O'Tilla (Hager) Maier. Mary Jane attended school in Leola and graduated from Leola High School. She attended Presentation School of Nursing, Aberdeen, SD, in 1952 and received her RN Diploma in 1955. Mary Jane married Harold Thomas May 20, 1962, in Rapid City, SD. She worked as an RN at Ft. Meade VA Hospital until her retirement. Mary Jane loved her family, especially her grandchildren, never missing an opportunity to spend quality time with them.
She is survived by her husband, Harold of Rapid City; daughter, Michelle (Brian) Smith, Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Isabella and Olivia Smith, Omaha, NE; sister, Luella Graves, Springfield; several cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Rev. Bruce Thalacker officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the South Canyon Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society.

 

     
   
     

Mary J. Hutter Baker

June 1, 1919 - March 11, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Wednesday March 18, 2015

 

Mary Johanna Hutter Baker, 95, Belle Fourche, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Belle Fourche Health Care.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Tuesday with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis with burial following at the St. Aloysius Cemetery.
Mary was born June 1, 1919, at Pedro, SD, to John and Anna (Tambornino) Hutter. She grew up in the Plainview Country. She attended high school at St. Martin's.
She married Carl A. Baker at St. Martin's Chapel on October 14, 1941. The couple lived on a ranch north of Sturgis.
Mary was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and the Blue Army.
Survivors include her sons, Martin (Kitty) Baker, Whitewood, Carl T. (Pat) Baker, Hidden Timber, SD, Norbert (Dawn) Baker, Rapid City, Gary (Shirley) Baker, Enning, and Steve (Susan) Baker, Rapid City; daughter, Phyllis Schild, Rapid City; 22 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, five sisters, and one granddaughter.
A memorial has been established to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

 

     
   
     

Rosmaye Laverna Steward

September 15, 1937 - March 10, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, March 16, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Rosmaye Laverna Steward, 77, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at her home in Sturgis.
Rosmaye was born in Alva, OK, to Charles Fred and Edna Aline Crouch on September 15, 1937. She spent most of her childhood on the family farm until they moved to Alva when she was 14 years old. She was the oldest of 3 and treasured her younger siblings, Charlene and Charlie.
She met her future husband, Wilbur "Bub" Steward when they were both attending Oklahoma Northwestern College in Alva. They married on August 26, 1955. They both graduated with teaching degrees and eventually relocated to South Dakota, first living in Dupree for 3 years before settling in Sturgis in 1963.
She taught in the Meade County School District eventually becoming the junior high librarian until her retirement in 1989. Rosmaye was always the bookkeeper, organizer, and helpmate for Bub with his many business endeavors. After retiring from teaching, they always enjoyed golfing and snowbirding to Arizona with Bill and Charlene.
Rosmaye was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was an avid lifelong learner and instilled a love of learning in her entire family. She loved family gatherings with all her grandchildren home from far away. She loved to cook with her granddaughters, play cards, and always had a crossword puzzle in progress someplace. She was the heart the family gathered around.
She is survived by her daughters, Donna Denker, Rapid City, Dena (Darrell Anderson) Steward, Westminster, CO, and Darci (Bruce) Weyrich, Sturgis; five grandchildren, Jennifer Denker, Denver, CO, Jake Denker, Rapid City, Dr. Laura (Dr. Justin) Weyrich-VanderBerg, Adelaide, Australia, Keith Weyrich, Sturgis, and Macki Anderson, Minneapolis; and her beloved sister, Charlene (Bill) Koch, Jay, OK. She is also survived by her dear friend, Ginni Brandt; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bub; her father, Charlie; her mother, Aline; and her brother, Charlie.
Memorial services will be held Monday, March 16, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Heifer International.

 

     
   
     

Terry N. Stephens

February 5, 1958 - March 9, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.

 

Terry N. Stephens, 57, Fort Meade, died Monday, March 9, 2015.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the VA Hospital Chapel at Fort Meade. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Marta "Marty" Appel

September 17, 1958 - March 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Thursday March 12, 2015

 

Marta Kae (Laughlin) Appel entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday March 7, 2015, after a courageous ten year battle with a unique type of skin cancer.
Marta Kae, affectionately known as Martie to her friends and family, was born September 17, 1958, in Des Moines, IA, to Donald and Jonna Deane (Watson) Laughlin. Martie attended elementary and middle school in Des Moines and high school at Lead High School, Lead, SD, as a member of the Class of 1977. She did not graduate, but one of her biggest accomplishments was obtaining her GED.
Martie selflessly served her country in the United States Navy as a Cook and had been stationed in Hawaii prior to honorably being discharged from the Navy and returning home to South Dakota. Martie worked as a cook within Sturgis for several years before retiring and studied Culinary Arts at National College in Rapid City for two years. Cooking was always Martie’s passion and her spaghetti and meatballs and Reesee’s peanut butter cup pie will always be remembered fondly.
Martie had a strong love for the outdoors and would always be sneaking off to go fishing or camping, although her greatest loves were always her pets. Never one to back down from a fight, Martie faced this cancer with the bravest of souls and as she had given her life to her Savior, Jesus, she put the cancer in His hands and continued fighting until the very end. Martie’s hope was that they would be able to use her and learn from this cancer and be able to help anyone else stricken with it.
Martie was married to Daniel Appel of Denver, CO, and the two had remained the best of friends. Although Martie had no children of her own, she had the biggest heart and even considered two special people as her children and adored her nieces and nephews with every fiber of her being.
Martie’s memory will be cherished by her best friend, husband, Daniel of Denver, CO; her brothers, Hammer (Mindy) Laughlin, Des Moines, IA, and Michael Laughlin, Bremerton, WA; her sisters, Kellie (Richard) Huffmaster, Springfield, OR, and Shannon Laughlin Jackson, Lawton, OK; nieces and nephews, Sarah (Levi) Bishop, Amber and Tim Reed of Springfield, OR, Marina Yelko, Cleveland, OH, Chase Fust, Des Moines, IA, JonnaDeane, Dalton, Cleveland, and Sailor Laughlin, Des Moines, IA, Seth and Amy Laughlin, Bremerton, WA, Christopher (Nicolle) Burr and Philip Burr, Spearfish, SD, and Veronika Laughlin, Lawton, OK: great-nieces and nephews, Taryn Peck and Olivia Bishop, Springfield, OR, Aliaha and Jaden Yelko, Cleveland, OH, and Delilah and Maddox Burr, Spearfish, SD; several cousins in the rural Iowa area; special friends she cherished as a daughter and son, Heidi Erhart and her significant other, John Hill, and their children, Trisha and Summer, Belle Fourche, SD; and special friends who were family to her, Denise LaFranz, Whitewood, SD, and Sharon Brown.
Martie was met in Heaven by her mother, Jonna Deane, and father, Donald; her brother, Thomas Laughlin; her maternal grandparents, Raymond Jennings and Thomas and Bernice Watson; and her paternal grandparents, Martin and Mabel Laughlin.
Beyond the door, there is peace I’m sure. And I know there’ll be no more tears in Heaven. Rest in Paradise, Martie.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.

 

     
   
     

Dixie Lee Wilson

August 25, 1936 - March 3, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Dixie Lee Wilson, 78, Sturgis, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on March 3, 2015, while in the care of the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Wilson, and their two children, Tyler and Teresa Wilson.
Dixie was one of three children born to Frances and Leander Seefeld on August 25, 1936. The two other siblings of the triplet trio are Donna Maharas and Dennis Seefeld. They also have one older sister, Shirley Pecoy. Dennis Seefeld preceded his sister in death in 2008, and her two sisters still currently reside in Algona, IA.
Dixie's early life was spent working on the family farm and attending a country schoolhouse near Wesley, IA. She was an avid roller skater, entering many competitions with her sister, Donna. Her love of skating was later passed onto her children who are not quite as adept at skating backwards or doing spins but still love it anyway.
Roller skating was one of her many talents. She was also an accomplished and self-taught accordion player, seamstress, and chess player. All of these skills she continued with throughout her life, and enriched the lives of all who knew her through them. Her accordion playing was very popular with neighbor children who liked to watch her play.
After graduating from Wesley High School, she chose to pursue a career in nursing and attended the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital and Nursing School in Marshalltown, IA. She graduated in 1958 and proceeded to have a successful, forty-five year career as a nurse in Iowa, South Dakota, and Southern California. Her concentration throughout most of her career was primarily in Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care.
Dixie married Jerry Wilson on June 13, 1964, at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Their first child, Tyler, was born in 1972, and their second child, Teresa, was born in 1974.
Throughout her life, Dixie has always committed herself to helping people, whether it was as a Nurse, a wife and mother, or as a friend. The contributions she has made are quite honestly too numerous to count in just a few short paragraphs. Let it just be said that as a nurse she was very influential to all who ever worked with her. As a wife, mother, and friend, she was greatly loved and left a lasting impact that will never be forgotten.
One of the most challenging battles Dixie had to contend with was cancer. She bravely fought against this enemy twice in the last twenty-five years. After more than a year-long battle she finally succumbed. She was a beautiful and strong person who will be missed by all who knew her.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating.

 

     
   
     

Silas C. Grinstead III

October 20, 1946 - March 6, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of a great man, Silas C. Grinstead III of Sturgis.
Silas was born October 20, 1946, in Mooresville, IN, the son of Silas Carl Grinstead, Jr., and Clara L. Grinstead. He moved to Lake Worth, FL, in 1969 where he worked as a General Contractor. Silas moved to Sturgis, SD, in 1994. He resided in Sturgis for the remainder of his life where he was the owner/operator of Days End Campground. He was married to Debbie Hurt, Jill McKinley, and Lorna Wilbanks.
His hobbies included coaching and watching his grandchildren play sports, woodworking, reading books, and of course riding his Harley Davidson. He looked forward to seeing all of his friends every year at the Sturgis Rally. Silas was a great,great man and an amazing father, son, and brother. He had in incredible effect on so many people's lives. He cast a huge shadow. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his mother, Clara L. Grinstead; sister, Janice Grinstead; son, Silas C. Grinstead IV; daughter, Gena Rodman; son, Greg Hare; stepson, William McKenzie; stepdaughter, Sarah McKenzie; 15 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until service time at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ron Ledford officiating.

 

     
   
     

Ivan T. Shonley

November 7, 1923 - March 5, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Friday March 13, 2015

 

Ivan Shonley, 91, Sturgis, Died, Thursday March 5, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Ivan was born November 7, 1923 at Hillside, SD near Mitchell, SD to Theodore and Lena Shonley. After 8th grade he worked for his father as a carpenter. In 1943 he joined the US Navy and participated in the Seabees. In 1946 he returned home to South Dakota.
Ivan married Margaret Strand of rural Mitchell they had one son (Douglas), and was divorced in 1956. Ivan married Dottie Ulmet in 1960 she preceded him in death Dec 26th, 2014.
Ivan built many custom homes and commercial buildings in the Mitchell area. In 1976 he moved to the Black Hills and started a development in Boulder Canyon known as Boulder Park Subdivision. Later he also developed more land that came to be known as Boulder Canyon Subdivision. Ivan had Alzheimer’s the last ten years of his life.
Visitation will be on Thursday March 12, 2015 from 5 - 7pm at Kinkade funeral home, Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday March 13, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof Officiating.
Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Dustin Lee Jutting

May 23, 1986 - March 2, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dustin Lee Jutting, 28, passed into Heaven on Monday, March 2, 2015, as a result of a car accident. Dustin lived in Wright, WY, but Sturgis was his home.
Dustin was born May 23, 1986, to parents Bob and Donna (Hemenway) Jutting. Dustin had a love for baseball, lawn mowers and small engine repair. Dustin loved to go to auctions and make business deals with his brother, Justin. He had a memorable sense of humor and was always trying to put a smile on everyone’s face. Most of all Dustin was a family man who loved spending time with his fiancée, Jen, son, Chase, and his family.
Dustin is survived by his son, Chase Dustin Jutting; his parents, Bob and Donna Jutting; sisters, Christi Wells and Misty Jutting; brother, Justin (Katy) Jutting; and grandmothers, Marge Jutting and Violet Hemenway. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dustin entered Heaven with his fiancée, Jennifer Griffith, and newborn son, Carter Lee Jutting. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Melvin Jutting and Leslie Hemenway; brother, Jason Jutting; unlce, Rodney Hemenway; and aunt, Nancy Eckhart.
Visitation will be Monday, March 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. The family requests casual attire in honor of Dustin.
A memorial fund has been established for Chase Jutting, memorial funds can be sent to PO Box 1072, Sturgis SD 57785.

 

     
   
     

Michael Thomas Schmaltz

September 11, 1919 - March 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, March 9, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Michael Thomas Schmaltz was born September 11, 1919, to Elizabeth (Sander) and Ludwig Schmaltz at Drew, SD. He was the second to the youngest, and the last surviving of nine children in his family. He passed from this life to eternal life on March 1, 2105, at the Hospice House in Rapid City at the age of 95.
Mike was born and raised on his parents’ homestead, attended grade school at Brushy rural school, and graduated from Bison High School in 1939. Following graduation, he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corp, where he took part in the construction of Orman Dam. Mike entered the Army on October 22, 1941. He was headquartered in the India-Burma Theater during World War II and was honorably discharged on January 25, 1946, at the rank of Sergeant. After the war, he returned home, where he farmed and ranched with his brothers, Tony and Joe. After a farm accident claimed the life of Joe, he continued to work side-by-side with Tony and later, with his nephew, Joe. Mike’s home was with Tony and his wife, Lela, and their children Joe and Tricia.
Mike was a hard worker and loved the farm/ranch, where he worked every day until the age of 90, when he retired in Rapid City (even though he wasn’t really ready to), and lived with his niece, Tricia and her children, Derek and Kaylea Bruhn. In March of 2014, he entered the Victorian Assisted Living, where he has resided since.
Mike enjoyed reading, gardening, playing cards, dancing, and working in the fields and with the cattle. Mike’s Catholic faith was very important to him. He was a member of the Drew Parish, Blessed Sacrament in Bison, and attended St. Therese in Rapid City.
He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ludwig and Elizabeth, and his siblings and their spouses: Tony and Lela Schmaltz, Joe Schmaltz, Maggie and Fritz Nelson, Mary and Mike Fisher, Margaret and Adam Fritz, Barbara and Bill Wyde, Elizabeth and Pete Zacher, and Sister Mary Hilda Schmaltz.
Visitation will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison from 11 am – 1 pm. Rosary service will be at 1 pm and Mass of Christian burial will take place at 2 pm, with Fr. Arnold Kari officiating. Music will be provided by Kristen Seidel as soloist and Lanae Pinnow as pianist. Committal will be in the Bison Cemetery. A memorial has been established.
Pallbearers are Joe Smaltz, Derek Bruhn, Thad Bruhn, Roger Prunty, Bill Zacher, Don Wyde, and Michael Fisher. All relatives, friends, staff and residents of the Victorian Assisted Living are considered honorary pallbearers.

 

     
   
     

Alfred John Hertel

August 28, 1926 - March 3, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, March 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Alfred John Hertel, 88, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2015, in hospice care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade.
Alfred was born August 28, 1926, in McLaughlin, SD, to Fred M. and Anna Helen Louise (Zimmerman) Hertel. He was raised on the family farm west of McLaughlin, and attended school in McLaughlin.
Alfred was drafted in the Army where he served in the Military Police from 1944 to 1947.
Alfred married Elnor Eisenbeis on May 17, 1949, in McLaughlin, SD. They started their lives farming in McLaughlin. In 1962, they moved to Central City, SD, and Alfred went to work for Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD, as an underground miner in 1962 where he worked for 29 years, retiring in 1989.
After retirement, Alfred built a home in Sturgis, SD, where he and his bride (Elnor) of over 65 years live still today.
Alfred played many rolls in his life, loving husband and father, farmer, miner, entrepreneur, and carpenter.
He was baptized in the Lutheran faith in McLaughlin, SD. He raised his family in the Lutheran faith in Lead, SD.
Alfred loved to build. He built 2 homes, remodeled many on a large scale, but also built furniture to windmills to bird houses on a small scale. If you would visit him at their home, you’d probably find Alfred building something in his garage or checking his gardens, but he’d gladly break away just to play cards or marbles with his family and friends.
Alfred is survived by his loving wife, Elnor; five children; ten brothers; one sister; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fred M. and Anna (Zimmerman) Hertel; step-mother, Hildagard Billigmeier (Dobler) Hertel; six brothers; one sister; one child in infancy; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Fort Meade Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Bruce William Foster

December 12, 1938 - March 2, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Bruce William Foster died of lung cancer on March 2, 2015, at Hospice House in Rapid City. He was born December 12, 1938, to C.W. (Bill) Foster and Edna (Wullweber) Foster in Los Angeles, CA.
He attended elementary schools in Sepulveda, CA, Huron, Cavour and Virgil, SD, and graduated from Virgil High School in 1956.
In December of 1962, he married Katherine Brandt in Elkton, SD, and put up with the hassle of that decision for 52 years. At that time, he was working for the SD Department of Transportation and Reciprocity (1960 to 1963) after which he began work with Greyhound Bus Lines in Omaha, NE, later moving to Cedar Rapids, IA, and Davenport, IA.
With the arrival of daughter Jacqueline, he decided to go back to school and get his M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from South Dakota State University in 1967. He worked at Vermillion High School and Springfield State before tackling his Ed.D in Educational Psychology and Guidance and Counseling from USD in 1970. With that in hand, he worked for Badlands Human Service Center and in private practice in Dickinson, ND, until Northeastern Mental Health brought him to Mobridge, SD, where he worked until his partial retirement in 1999. In 1987, he received his private pilot license.
Bruce loved gardening and many other outdoor activities. He often combined camping with hunting or fishing and hanging out with his friends. When the weather got cold he would look for a card game. He was a devoted lifetime member and past president of DTGCA. His warped sense of humor and quick wit will be missed by many of us.
Survivors are his wife, Katherine; his daughter, Jacqueline Foster, and her husband, Jack Hauswirth, and two grandsons, Julian and Colin Davidson, all of New Braunfels, TX; and two cousins, Dwight and Lloyd Wullweber and their families.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, several aunts and uncles, and many dear friends.
Memorials have been established to the Hospice House, Knollwood Heights United Methodist Church, and the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network, PO Box 114, Curwensville, PA 16833.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Knollwood Heights United Methodist Church in Rapid City, SD.

 

     
   
     

Phillip Carl Beck

July 11, 1930 - February 15, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Former Deadwood resident, Phillip Carl Beck, died peacefully at his home in Tucson, AZ, on February 15, 2015. He was 84.
Carl was born July 11, 1930, in Lead, SD. He graduated from Deadwood High School in 1948, and joined the Navy. He received an honorable discharge from the Navy, and then attended college and medical school. Carl earned his medical degree in 1960 from the University of Arkansas.
Carl decided to specialize in Pathology, and moved his young family to Albuquerque, NM, where he spent his internship and residency at Bernalillo County Indian Hospital.
In 1965, he followed his dream of adventure, and accepted a job in Anchorage, AK, where he was the first board-certified pathologist. He practiced at Providence Hospital in Anchorage until his retirement in 1990.
Upon retirement, he and his wife, Ellen, travelled around North America and eventually settled in Tucson.
Carl was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and to fish. He had many hobbies, and was accomplished at every one of them: bird watching, skeet shooting, decoy carving, sailing, and photography to name just a few.
Carl is survived by his wife, Ellen (Ellie); her son, Ken Blue, and his five children: Shawn Beck (Jacqueline Carr), Anchorage, AK; Martin Beck (Victoria), Manhattan Beach, CA; Todd Beck (Cathy), Albuquerque, NM; Thais Anderson (Neil), Pasadena, CA, and Hedy Liau (Zan), Glendora CA. His brother, James Beck of Sturgis, SD, preceded him in death.
Carl led a full life and will be missed beyond measure. He was intelligent, unique, a passionate naturalist, and a champion shot. He passed many of these qualities on to his twelve lucky grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ron Ledford officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Jess Ann Collier

October 26, 1926 - February 21, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, March 6, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Jess Ann was born the 29th day of October, 1926, in Meade County, Sturgis, South Dakota, to Roderick Cruickshank and Esther McGregor. She grew up on the family ranch at Glencoe, near Sturgis. She had 2 sisters, Joann and Janet, and a brother, Gregor. Their family raised cattle and hogs on the ranch where she remembered living in the big ranch house with a cookstove and ice skating on their pond. When she was 16, she was out in her family hay field and a small plane flew over, dipping its wings to say hello. That was when she knew she wanted to fly.
She attended Sturgis High School. Her favorite subjects were speech, science and Home Ec. She was a successful member of the Athletic Association, Pep club, Journalism, Debate club, student council, a spunky cheerleader, Vice President of her class, and played music. She graduated third in her class in 1944. In 1947 she married her high school sweetheart.
In 1952, she gave birth to her baby girl, Kay Adele, and in 1955, a baby boy, Kraig Maurice. On a paper written by her, she says, "We are often judged by our greatest achievements, you, Kay and Kraig are mine." At the time she wrote that, she might have never dreamed that she would have 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
From 1949 to 1975, she lived and worked in Ogden, UT, Hamilton, MT, Prescott, AZ, and settled in Chino Valley by her 60 acre farm. She worked in secretarial work and she was the head of the personnel section of the forest service. She enjoyed going to Sturgis every summer to help manage the food stand at Glencoe camp ground for the Sturgis bike rally. She especially loved being there with her sister, Janet, and daughter, Kay, and family. That day in the field led her to North Aire Flight School where she started out as the office manager and eventually she owned the School. She did get her pilots license and flew just like she always dreamed. She enjoyed working and retired at the age of 80 years old.
Everything she did in her life was to make life better for her posterity. She loved the outdoors. She liked to fly-fish and one of her favorite fishing spots was Swan Valley, ID. She was an avid gardener and liked to take her prize winning produce to the county fair. Her favorite smell was of new cut hay, and got to enjoy this smell her whole life with her son, Kraig, on the farm. She lived a life of such dignity, spunk, and spirit. She left a legacy of optimism and character worthy of us all to follow. She lived with the motto, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain" and from the desk of Jess Ann she wrote. "You can’t control the length of your life, but you can control the width and the depth." Our precious Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Aunt, Friend, and Co-worker will be missed.
Services for Jess Ann were held at Hampton Funeral home in Prescott, Arizona. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5th at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A graveside service will follow on Friday, March 6th at Bear Butte Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.