Obituaries
     
   
     

Conrad "Con" W. Comer

August 10, 1950 - September 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, September 24, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, Conrad ‘Con’ Comer of Spearfish, SD, passed away at home surrounded by family and friends.
Con was born August 10, 1950, in Deadwood, SD, to Cecil and Dolores Comer. Con attended school in Pluma, Rapid City, and Deadwood. Con graduated from Deadwood High School in 1968. It was during high school that Con met and fell in love with his high school sweetheart, Vikki Lungren.
Con and Vikki were married in 1967 and they had their first son, Timm. After graduation, Con and Vikki moved to Castle Rock, CO, so Con could attend mechanics’ college. Con and Vikki had their second son, Scott, during this time in Colorado.
Mechanics’ college led Con to a lifetime of work in the automobile industry. In 1973, Con moved his family back to Deadwood so the boys could be raised around the large extended family. Con continued to work in the automobile industry, including owning and operating Con’s Service Center in Deadwood, as well as worked for several automobile dealerships in the Black Hills.
Con had a great passion for his customers and customer service. This continued with Con until the very end.
Con’s personal passion was his family and the outdoors. Con attended all activities for his boys and continued this passion by attending his grandchildren’s activities. His love for the outdoors included hunting and working around the house. Con always had a project and prided himself on doing the job right the first time.
Lucky to have been in Con’s life include his wife of 51 years. Vikki; eldest son, Timm (Michelle) Comer of Spearfish; son, Scott (Keyra) Comer of Spearfish; and the loves of his life, his grandchildren, including Lyndy (Brandon), Lexie, Hunter, Kenna, Connor, Chelsea, Jackson, and Maxx.
So many other members of family meant so much to Con, including his brother, Craig Comer, numerous cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and god children. Con considered many friends and neighbors as close as family and he cared for them deeply.
Con was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Dolores Comer; paternal grandparents, Vern and Mae Comer; and maternal grandparents, Ray and Lillie Cowles.
Memorials have been established for the Little Dane Church and his grandchildrens’ college funds.
The service for Conrad will be on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Visitation for friends and family will be on Sunday, September 23, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
The family would like to thank everyone who touched Con’s life and sent their well wishes.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Rick" Duane Miller

March 6, 1949 - September 16, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.

 

Rick was born March 6, 1949, in Deadwood, SD, to Reinhold and Ila Mae (Edwards) Miller. Rick spent his growing up years mainly in Sturgis with his parents or in Vale between his maternal grandparents and his cousins.
He married Betty Felion March 17, 1974. They had two children, Lorri in 1974, and Lynn in 1976. They were married for about 8 years.
He married Sally Borden July 13, 1991. They remained married until his death.
Rick spent most of his work life as a highway maintenance worker for the SD DOT.
Rick enjoyed many hobbies, including horseback riding and driving, woodworking, welding, leather tooling, and shopping on e-bay. He especially enjoyed building things from scratch for family and friends.
Richard Duane Miller, 69, of Newell, SD, died Sunday, September 16, 2018 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; two daughters, Lorri (Sandy) Olson and Lynn McClure; three grandchildren, Rebecca (Travis) Ellendorf, Bethanie Zeestraten, and Austin McClure; and two great-grandchildren, Tayla and Leighton.
Memorial services will be at Newell Evangelical Church on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. in Newell, SD, with Pastor Tom Martin officiating.

 

     
   
     

Ray C. and Dorothy Lucille Oline Edwards

September 12, 1924 - September 6, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 21, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

 

Ray C. Edwards was born near Dupree to Clarke and Marie (Maynard) Edwards. He attended Lone Tree and Dupree schools.
Ray worked as a truck driver, construction worker, owned Ray’s Repair, parts manager for several Ford dealerships, owned pizza business, deputy sheriff, managed and maintenance at an apartment building, trainer at Northern Hills Training Center, and vehicle parts delivery person. He also was a volunteer firefighter and fire chief in Dupree and a firefighter in Sturgis. Ray was also a Mason.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Dorothy Rae; parents Clarke and Marie Edwards; brother, Gaylord; grandson, Shannon Kusser; great-grandson, Patrick Gorman; daughter-in-law, Vicky Edwards; parents-in-law, Ray and Alva Horton; and brothers-in-law, Rayford, Marvin and Alvin Horton.

Dorothy L.O. (Horton) Edwards was born to Ray and Alva (Bekken) Horton in Zeona, SD. She attended schools in Ekalaka, Sorum, Nisland, and graduated Faith High School.
Dorothy worked at the Post Office, bookkeeper at Ray’s Repair, clothing salesperson, meat cutter, nurse’s assistant, laborer at wood assembly business, carpenter assistant, part-time bartender, owned a pizza parlor, managed and maintenance at an apartment building, and trainer at Northern Hills Training Center. Both Ray and Dorothy bowled, played in the “Happy Times Band,” and were members of Good Sam’s Camping Club.
She preceded her husband, Ray, in death. Preceding her in death were daughter, Dorothy Rae; parents, Ray and Alva Horton; brothers, Rayford, Marvin, and Alvin; grandson, Shannon Kusser, great-grandson, Patrick Gorman; daughter-in-law, Vicky Edwards; parents-in-law, Clarke and Marie Edwards; and brother-in-law, Gaylord Edwards.
They are survived by their children, Harlan (Lois) Edwards, Judy (Mike) Gorman, Russel (Carol) Edwards, and Jean (Bob) Kusser; grandchildren, Robert John (Sara) Edwards, Alan Edwards, Robert Rogers, Jeffrey Gorman, Jason (Donna) Gorman, Daniel Edwards, Cynthia (Levi) Sabin, Trent Edwards, Trevor Edwards, Jessica Kusser, and Joshua (Alisha) Kusser; great-grandchildren, Lea and Lilly Ann Edwards, Sawyer, Alan Jr, Dalton, and Austin Edwards, Robbie Rogers, Paris, Ashley, and Raquel Gorman, Michael, Thomas, Christopher, and Elisabeth Gorman, McKaela Edwards, Luke and Madilyn Sabin, Brittany Roberts, Zachary Uselman, and Kaisen and Roanin Kusser; great-great-grandchildren, Brelynn Edwards, and Landon and McKenzie Wright; siblings, Shirley (Gerald) Schmautz, Rollis (Rosemarie) Horton, Lawrence (Paula) Horton, Mary Ann Horton, and Clarice Edwards; and many nieces and nephews, many, many “adopted” children, grandchildren, etc. and numerous friends.
They were preceded in death by their parents; Ray’s brother, Gaylord; Dorothy’s brothers, Rayford, Marvin, and Alvin; grandson, Shannon Kusser; great-grandson, Patrick Gorman; and daughter-in-law, Vicky Edwards.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to “Happy Times Band” at Spearfish Senior Center, or David Fischer Memorial at Black Hills Federal Credit Union, or your favorite charity.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 21, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Onge Church of Christ with Pastor Del Neumeister officiating. Burial will follow at the Dupree Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

 

     
   
     

Donna Mae Johnson

May 22, 1926 - September 14, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018

 

Donna Mae Johnson was born May 22, 1926, at new Underwood, SD, to Albert “Butch” and Lela (Derby) Roth.
She grew up on a ranch on Haydraw and graduated from Sturgis High School. She received her teaching certificate from Black Hills Normal and taught at the rural Cottonwood school until she married Kenneth Johnson on September 11, 1946. She spent her adult life on their ranch near Vale, SD.
Donna was a member of the National Cattleman’s Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers, Cowbelles, Order of Eastern Star, South Dakota Republican Women, and Grace Lutheran Church.
She loved to entertain friends and family. No matter how many extra stopped by there was always plenty of home cooked meals to share.
Donna’s children and grandchildren loved her 4th of July fried chicken. She enjoyed gardening and she shared her produce with everyone. She loved her family and friends and was a proud hard-working ranch wife.
Donna, 92, died Friday, September 14, 2018 in Sturgis.
Survivors include her brother, Jack (Mary) Roth; son, Carl Johnson; daughter, Susan (Bob) Heibult; grandchildren, Brett, Brook, Corey, Scott, Eric, Amanda, Kristin, and Sarah; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; son, Dale; parents; sister, Velma; and one brother, Albert Jr.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Aspen Grove Assisted Living Library.

 

     
   
     

Norma Jean Van Sickel

June 28, 1931 - September 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Norma Jean (Palmer) Van Sickel was born in Faith, SD, on June 28, 1931, to Grace Alverda (Murphy) Palmer and LeRoy Vern Palmer. She was 1 of 12 children, growing up in the Red Owl, SD, area.
Jean married Gale “Jack” Van Sickel on January 17, 1948. They lived most of their lives around Faith and Sturgis, SD, areas. To this union, 5 children were born: Galen Van Sickel, Aletha (Paul) Adcock, Terry Van Sickel, Velta (Rich) Grosch, and Jerry Van Sickel.
Jean worked as a waitress at the Westerner Café, as a dental assistant to Dr. Robert Woods, DDS, Ft. Meade Food Service, Dr. Hines and Watson, DO., and Wal-Mart, retiring from Wal-Mart after working for the company 19 years. She loved all the jobs she had and did them well. Her love for people showed in all that she did when she provided service to the people she encountered in her various jobs. In between and around these jobs, she and Jack started traveling south for the winter months.
A feat that Jean was very proud of was completing her GED and obtaining her high school diploma around 1971. She then went on to complete 2 years of clerical school at the Sturgis Vo/Tech.
She was a member of the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Sturgis Community Hospital Auxiliary, the Sturgis/Meade County Senior Citizen Center, VFW Auxiliary, the Button & Bows Club, TOPS SD#105 club, and the Red Hats of Sturgis. Jean was a baptized member of the Sturgis Church of Christ, but had many friends of all denominations of faith.
Jean was also an avid seamstress, making all of her children’s clothing and lots of western shirts (without patterns) for many in the family. Later, she had various other hobbies such as card playing, crochet, knitting, card making, and fun crafting, which she continued to do and share with the residents of the Sturgis Nursing home until a stroke in 2017 caused her to be unable to do her crafts.
Jean was a very determined soul, loving life and all that it had to offer, including her 8 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In 1949, she was a polio victim survivor and in 1972, she became a cancer survivor. Even though she was dealt these health challenges, she never let it stop her and she kept on smiling. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Jean, 87, Sturgis, died Monday, September 17, 2018, in the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Jean is survived by her husband of 70 years, Jack; her children, Galen Van Sickel of St. George UT, Aletha (Paul) Adcock of Hermosa, SD, Velta (Rich) Grosch of Whitewood, SD, and Jerry Van Sickel of Lake Powell, UT; sisters, June Tennis and Darliene Keffeler; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Jean was preceded in death by a son, Terry Van Sickel; her parents; brothers, Floyd, Jim, Dave, and Glenn; sisters, Dorothy Ypperilla, Alverda Wall, Ellen Talley, Larayne Clem, and Marjo Speakman; and several nephews and nieces.
The family would like and encourage any Red Hatters to wear their Red Hat attire should they feel so inclined. She loved the Red Hatters and dressing up for their events, which was evidenced by the many fancy Red Hats and articles of clothing still in her room at the nursing home.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Ozzy McDaniel officiating. Committal services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 24, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Meade County Citizen Center and the Lippold Hospice Unit in Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Darrell Floyd Halse

February 23, 1949 - September 14, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2018

 

Colonel Darrell F. Halse accepted his final orders Friday, September 14, 2018, and reported for duty at the gates of Heaven.
His mission on earth began February 23, 1949, in Watertown, SD. He grew up in Clear Lake, SD, and at the age of 2 1/2, became a local celebrity when he climbed to the catwalk of the water tower. His safe descent made it apparent the Lord had plans for him! He spent his youth working in the family business, Halse’s Foods.
After graduating from Clear Lake High School in 1967, Darrell attended Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD, majoring in instrumental music education. While there, he met the love of his life, Marilyn Hector. They married June 19, 1971. Darrell taught band at Redfield Public School for one year until he received his draft notice – which led to the start of his Marine Corps career.
He served on active duty in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where his two daughters, Wendy and Becky, were born. In 1977, Darrell left active duty and returned to operate the family grocery store until 1999. For nearly 30 years, he was a volunteer EMT with the Deuel County Ambulance Service and was also a board member of the Deuel County National Bank for 18 years.
In 1980, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves and retired in 2010. During this time, he was mobilized for the following deployments: South Carolina during Desert Storm, 29 Palms on 9/11, Camp Pendleton during the Iraq invasion, recalled from retirement to the Washington DC unit managing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention center, and Iraq as liaison to the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.
In 2004, Darrell became a special agent for the SD Dept. of Revenue in Watertown, SD, moving to Spearfish, SD, in 2011 when he was transferred to the Rapid City office. Reading and running, including several marathons, filled Darrell’s R&R time.
Darrell’s faith was evident by his lifelong involvement in his local church. He knew what it meant to be a true follower of Jesus. He was a leader in all facets of his life. Above all else, he valued faith, family, and friends.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Wendy (Eric) Thorson and children, Miranda and Josh and Becky (Corey) Ochsner and children, Carter and Tanner; his mother, Shirley; brother, Richard; and sister-in-law, Linda (Ed) Benkowski.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin.
A celebration service will be held Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Spearfish, SD. Fellowship and lunch will immediately follow. Interment, with military honors, will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Deuel County Ambulance Service of Clear Lake, SD, or Semper Fi Fund of Oceanside, CA.

 

     
   
     

William Warren Franklin

July 8, 1953 - September 2, 2018

 

Service to be held:

9:15 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2018

 

William was born July 8,1953, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Bill grew up in Jackson, MS. He graduated from Mississippi State and was commissioned into the Air Force where he served for 20 years.
William (Bill) Franklin passed away September 2, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Franklin; daughter, Christina Svarstad and her husband Kelly; son, Noah Elliott and his girlfriend Brette; and step-daughter, Heather Harnish and her husband Wrex. He also leaves behind his brothers, Bobby and Jim Franklin and their wives.
A memorial service will be held at 9:15 on September 28, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Following the service Bill will be laid to rest with full military honors at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or the charity of your choice.

 

     
   
     

Calvin Dale Cox

January 27, 1927 - September 13, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2018

 

Calvin Dale Cox was born January 27, 1927, on the family ranch, Upper Hinton Creek, near Heppner, OR. He attended school in Heppner and received a high school diploma. He worked on the ranch and for a local logging company as a teen.
Drafted in 1946, Calvin immediately volunteered for the Army Air Force. He was sent to Fort Lewis, WA, and trained as an aerial photographer at Lowry Field, CO. He later cross-trained in the aerial radar technician career field. In 1953, he was ordered to Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, where he started his new career as a radar technician. His 26-year active duty status included Roswell Army Air Field, New Mexico Lowry Field, Royal Air Force Sculthorpe UK (where he met his future bride) and U-Tapao, Royal Thai Airbase. One of the highlights of his career was instructing navigators at the first Air Force Academy at Lowry Field.
Calvin met his wife, Constance, at a USO dance. She was in the Women’s Royal Air Force. “I saw her, that was it.” He could still remember the dance, the music and even the dress. They married in 1952.
After retiring, Calvin worked another 20 years with the US Air Force. His second career included the 28th Communication Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He said the moment he saw the Black Hills National Cemetery, he knew he was here to stay. Calvin & wife were stationed back to England as a Department of Defense civilian with his wife for 2 years and then returned to Ellsworth.
Calvin took full advantage of those hills, prairie hunting and fishing. There’s a “trophy” room to prove it.
He was a member of American Legion Post 315, VFW post 1273, and DAV. He was also a Volunteer American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Calvin, 90, Box Elder, died Thursday, September 13, 2018, at his residence.
He is survived by son, James (Christine) Cox; daughter, Joy Cox; granddaughter, Julia Binkley; and grandson, Jason Cox.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Constance (Reay) Cox; son, Michael JD Cox; daughter, Melody (Cox) Rydgren; and granddaughter, Jennifer Williams.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Fellowship and lunch will be at the American Legion Post 315, Box Elder, following internment.

 

     
   
     

Phoebe Ann Wood

December 10, 1932 - September 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

September 21, 2018

 

Phoebe was born December 10th, 1932, in Brush, Colorado, Phoebe was the third child born to Glen and Gladys Cowen. Her family later moved to Haxtun, Colorado. She graduated from Haxtun High School in 1951. In 1952 she moved to Colorado Springs, graduating from Blair Business College where she married and traveled with her first husband, Laverne Westerman and their two sons, Rick and David.
In 1967 she met Julian “Woody” Wood and they were married at the Baptist Church in Canon City, Colorado where they raised a family of four children; Woody’s children, Gwen and Mark along with Phoebe’s two sons.
In 1987 Phoebe and Woody retired to a small mountain community near Texas Creek. After a brief move to Colorado Springs, they then moved again to Florida in 2009 due to Woody’s failing health. After Woody passed away, Phoebe returned to Colorado before relocating to Sturgis, South Dakota, where she resided at Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center until she went to be with our Lord.
Phoebe Ann Wood, age 85, passed away on September 9, 2018.
Phoebe is survived by her daughter, Gwen (Tom) McKee of Hudson, Florida; sons, Mark (Kathy) Wood of Rapid City, South Dakota and David Westerman of Gunnison, Colorado; two grandchildren, Mary (Mike) Pollard of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Matt McKee of Los Angeles, California; great-granddaughter, Amber Pollard of Rapid City, South Dakota; two sisters, Elizabeth Sedenburg of Johnstown, Colorado, and Joan Starnes, of Haxtun, Colorado; brother, Glen (Dorothy) Cowen of Grand Junction, Colorado; along with many nieces and nephews that she adored.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Gladys Cowen; husband, Julian “Woody” Wood; son, Rick Westerman; and brother, Manuel Cowen.
Services and inurnment will be in Canon City, Colorado on September 21, 2018.

 

     
   
     

Debra Kay Huwe

March 16, 1966 - September 5, 2018

 

Service to be held:

6:00 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018

 

Debbie was born March 16, 1966, in Deadwood, SD, to Fredrick and Patricia (Dunn) Goff. Growing up in Sturgis, SD, she was a part of Job’s Daughters and spent the summers camping with her family, as members of the Black Hills Hillbillies and Key City Ramblers Camping Clubs.
She graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1985. After high school, she attended Job Corp in Anaconda, MT, and graduated in 1986. While Debbie was attending Job Corps, she met Michael Huwe and the two were married August 7, 1987. Michael and Debbie had three beautiful daughters, Lisa, Jessica, and Julie.
Upon graduating from Job Corps, she worked as a certified nurse’s assistant taking care of the elderly before devoting her time to raising her family. Debbie enjoyed cooking, baking, taking her daughters fishing, and camping. She was known by her friends and family as a loving and compassionate person who always wore her heart on her sleeve and was always there to help anyone in need.
Debra Kay “Debbie” (Goff) Huwe, 52, passed away September 5, 2018, at her home in Sturgis, SD.
Debbie is survived by her daughters, Lisa Heidrich, Rapid City, Jessica Huwe, Maricopa AZ, and Julie (Robert) Bartlett, Rapid City; parents, Fred and Pat (Dunn) Goff, Sturgis; brothers, Michael (Marty Jacob) Goff and David Nightwine, Rapid City; sister, Sheela (Dale) VanDamme, Gillette, WY; sister-in-law, Pam Nightwine, Marinette, WI; nine grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Ken Trigg, Casper, WY.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Fred “Squeaky” Nightwine; one grandson, Kyrie Wilton; and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Raymond Joseph Bachmeier

June 14, 1936 - September 7, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, 2018

 

Ray was born June 14, 1936, at Vale, SD, to Lucas and Elizabeth (Werlinger) Bachmeier. He attended school in Sturgis, graduating from St. Martin’s Academy in 1955.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in October 1955. He was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base for 17 months before serving at Tokyo, Japan as a warehouse specialist with the 341st Supply Squadron, transporting cargo between Tokyo and Guam.
While stationed in Japan, Ray met and married Chiyoko Kikuchi on February 14, 1959.
Following his tour in Japan, Ray completed his enlistment at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT. The family moved to Tilford, SD, in 1968 before making their home in Deadwood.
Ray began a career as a salesman for Twin City Fruit, covering SD, WY, and NE. Having a talent for troubleshooting and repairing everything from coffee makers to ice machines, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and vehicles, he opened and operated Ray’s Refrigeration.
He later worked for the Lead-Deadwood School District in the maintenance department and drove school bus for many years. Realizing his passion for driving bus, Ray embarked on a long and storied career as a tour bus operator, mechanic, and guide.
After leaving the Lead-Deadwood School District, he returned to Tilford and made it his home for the past 18 years.
During his many years of driving for Dakota Bus, he logged more than 2 million miles and traveled to nearly all 50 U.S. states, busing tourists, gambling aficionados, National Guardsmen, firefighters, and students. He was thrilled when he finally completed his 50-state tour as he crossed Utah on a trip home from a family reunion in Washington State in 2014.
After turning 75, Ray worked as a bus driver and tour guide at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum, earning the highest praise and referrals from his customers. He beamed with pride when sharing guest book accolades thanking him for his exceptional knowledge and customer service. He also purchased his own buses and operated a shuttle during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally many years, before officially retiring in 2016 due to declining health.
Ray enjoyed gardening and loved sharing his annual harvest with family and friends. He will be remembered for his love and dedication to family, unwavering work ethic, generosity and willingness to help others, and his never-ending sense of humor. He made friends everywhere he went.
Raymond Joseph Bachmeier, 82, died at his home in Tilford on Friday, September 7, 2018, as the result of a fire.
Ray is survived by a brother, Luke (Joan) Bachmeier of Sturgis; daughters, Deb Rawlins (Ray Osloond), Central City, SD, Sandy Geffre (Jerry Prestjohn), Piedmont, and Jean (Cory) Washechek, Sydney, MT; and longtime companion of more than 20 years, Shirley Marsolek and her sons, Scott Howard of St. Paul, MN, and Patrick (Amber) Marsolek, Frederick, CO. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Jillian McLaughlin, Albin, WY, Michaela (Charlie) Freeman, Piedmont, Dannica and Cody Percevich, Belle Fourche, and Brock (Tylissa) Geffre, Lead; Shirley’s grandchildren, Chris, Tyler, and Lyndsay Howard, Jenny Labore, Vanessa Berg, Alicia Lamanna, and Alex Marsolek, all of St. Paul, MN, Lorena Marsolek, Sioux Falls, and Aubrey, Lila, and Ellery Marsolek, Frederick, CO; and five great-grandchildren, Riley and Teegan McLaughlin, Myles Freeman, Brekyn, Berkley, and Briggs Geffre, and Sawyer Percevich; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Chiyoko, in 1988; 5 sisters; 2 brothers; and Shirley’s son, Wade Howard.
Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends and family are invited back to the church for a luncheon after the burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Raymond Bachmeier requests memorials be directed to the David Fischer Family Memorial at Black Hills Federal Credit Union to assist the family of fallen firefighter David Fischer of the Sturgis Fire Department and Sturgis Ambulance Service, who lost his life fighting the fire.

 

     
   
     

David P. Fischer

January 6, 1975 - September 7, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Dave was born January 6, 1975, in Colorado Springs, CO, to Paul and Robyn Fischer. At 18 months, Dave began his journey of military moves that started in Germany and ended in Sturgis, SD. Dave was a member of the South Dakota National Guard for 23 years, which began with Basic Training between his junior and senior year of High School and he was currently a member of the 82nd Civil Support Team. He was also a member of the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance for 22 years.
Dave attended Sturgis schools and was an active member in track and cross country. He still holds a record with the Sturgis Middle School for the two-mile run, of which his children, nieces, and nephews all have tried to break.
Dave got his Firefighting certification at age 21 and was currently Asst. Fire Chief for the Sturgis Fire Department. Dave put his heart and soul in Firefighting and was always on-scene, day or night. In addition, Dave worked as an EMT with the Sturgis Ambulance alongside his wife, Shawn, and son, Parker. Dave received many awards and certifications throughout the years for his dedication to his Firefighting career and will be remembered for being there for anyone in need.
David P. “Davey” Fischer, 43, tragically passed away doing what he loved most, being a Fireman, on Friday, September 7, 2018, at the site of a house fire.
He is survived by his loving wife of five years, Shawn; his seven children, Parker, Cayden (Chelsae), Bethany, Jace, Dawson, Steven, and Hunter; his mother, Robyn; two brothers, Tim (Keri) and Eric (Mikaela); one sister, Louise (PJ); and nine nieces and nephews. Dave also leaves behind his precious farm animals including llama, Sebastian, and alpacas, peacocks, sheep, and exotic chickens. One of Dave’s greatest enjoyments in life was caring for and showing off his little farm.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul; and a son, Mason.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 13, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Community Center.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Sturgis Brown High School Gymnasium with Chaplain Col. Lynn Wilson and Pastor Ozzy McDaniel officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Bonnie June Shuttlesworth

November 9, 1946 - September 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 14, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Bonnie was born in Hot Springs, SD, on November 9, 1946, the middle child of Raymond and Mary Hartman. She lived life to the fullest; she served as an RN, drove farm equipment and coal trucks, even co-piloting her husband’s airplane.
Her motto to her grandchildren was to face your fears, even to picking up a 5' bull snake one day.
In 2015, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She went through treatment with a peaceful spirit before finally losing her battle with cancer on September 9th, 2018.
Bonnie was selfless, loving, caring, nurturing, and quietly lived out her faith in Christ, often putting the needs of others before her own. She attended Prairie View United Methodist Church and filled in on occasion as an organist.
Bonnie June Shuttlesworth, age 71, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018, surrounded by family. She was the wife of Bob Shuttlesworth. They shared 51 happy years of marriage together. Bonnie was a resident of Oelrichs, SD, at the time of her passing.
She is survived by her husband and spouse, Bob Shuttlesworth; son, Robb Shuttlesworth; daughter, Robonna Kelley and husband, Scott Kelley; grandchildren, Mikayla Kelley Smith and husband, Adam Smith, Cade Kelley, Hope Kelley, and Tessa Kelley. She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Sandra Owens and husband, Ron Owens, and Twila Mae Ash and husband, Ken Ash.
The celebration of life service will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Prairie View United Methodist Church, Smithwick, SD. Burial will follow at the Smithwick Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Michael E. Scheler

March 31, 1940 - September 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Michael was born to Dale and Wanda Scheler on March 31, 1940 in Wheatland, WY, and grew up in Casper, WY.
He married the love of his life, Carolyn Pabst, on May 12, 1984.
Michael E. Scheler, 78, Box Elder, SD, passed away after a long, courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Scheler; children, Jason, Joshua, Christina (George), Mark (Shelly), Michelle, and his Jamaican son, Karl McFarland; and 4 grandchildren, Jared, Kevin, Memphis, and Brandon.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Box Elder Events Center, 420 Villa Drive, Box Elder, SD.

 

     
   
     

Galand Franklin Bohn

May 31, 1928 - September 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 21, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.

 

Galand was born May 31, 1928, in the original house on the homestead near Holmquist, SD, to Frank and Helen (Malloy) Bohn. He attended country school 1 mile from the farm, Butler High School, and then transferred to Webster High School to play drums and basketball. He graduated in 1945 and joined the National Guard in 1948. He enlisted in the Army and was activated in 1950. He proudly served in the Korean War as a Sergeant 1st Class Tank Commander in Alaska until 1953. In June 1954, he married Betty Thennis and they made their home on the family farm where together they raised the 4 Ks - Kevin, Karen, Kristine, and Kathleen. In 1959, they moved to California for a year because of the drought and Galand worked for Standard Oil as an Operator. Farm life called him back and in 1970 he added another profession, working for the US Postal Service in Webster. He delivered mail for 14 years, walking 12 miles a day. He worked another 6 years as maintenance for the Post Office and then retired in 1991. He continued farming until 2006 then sold the homestead and moved to Fort Collins, CO, where he lived until moving to the nursing home in June of 2018.
Galand was a lifetime member of the American Legion and served as an Honor Guard for 35 years. His military service and the bonds of friendship he made there were very important to him. He was fortunate to travel to Washington, DC on the 2011 Honor Flight to visit the Korean/WWII Memorial. This was an incredible and very emotional experience for him. He proudly wore his Korean hat, jacket and shirt and displayed a lighted American flag outside his home year-round.
Galand was a natural athlete at any sport he tried. He was on a bowling league for 30 years with a high game of 264 and a 205 average. He was an avid golfer and played many tournaments with his buddies, Roger Grimsrud, Jim Delaney, Willy Fisher, and Jim Caster. He loved the sport, teaching it to as many friends and family as possible. Fall brought out the hunter in him, especially when he had his dog, Trina, by his side. Skiing was another past-time he enjoyed and was tickled to be able to ski free at Terry Peak at the age of 70! He taught his kids and grandkids all his skills over the years and enjoyed being a bleacher coach for basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, football, and his newest love - hockey.
His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the light of his life and they loved their "Opa"and "Poopa"! He was so much a part of their lives, attending the many activities and celebrating their accomplishments. He loved music and was always requesting a tune from the grandkids. He was very artistic and loved to paint, draw, carve, and create yard art. He planted the seeds of love of life and knowledge, adventure and humor in everyone he touched. Known to many as "Joe Foreman", Galand loved his family, his friends and neighbors and was always ready for a Crown Royal. Cheers Dad! You will forever be in our hearts. We love you and we will miss you!
Galand Franklin Bohn passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018, at Bethesda Nursing Home in Webster, SD, at the age of 90.
Those forever grateful to share in his life include Betty - his wife of 64 years; children: Kevin - Webster, SD, Karen (Brett) Lynass - Sturgis, SD, Kristine (Todd) Kurle - Pullman, WA, and Kathleen (Terry) Kulesa - Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren: Kristine, Kelly, Luke, Rachel, Emily, JD, Jake, Joe, Kobie, Keegan, and Kylie; great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Beckham; brother: Gerald (Elayne) Bohn, Chaska, MN; and sister: Donna (Ed) Majeske, Webster, SD; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen; sisters, Dorothy and Delores; and half-brother, Bud Zimmerman.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bethesda Nursing Home in Webster, SD, for their kindness and compassion during Galand's stay.
A service with military honors will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 1:30 PM with a Celebration of Life following the service at The Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Webster American Legion Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Casey Christopher Schnell

November 4, 1958 - September 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

No Service

 

Casey was born on November 4, 1958, in Belle Fourche, SD, where he resided for most of his life.
Casey Christopher Schnell passed Monday, September 10, 2018, at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, SD.
Casey struggled with brain cancer for two years before his death at 59 years.
Casey is survived by his mother, Iola Schnell of Wibaux, MT; his brother, Jess Schnell of Glen Allen, VA; his brother, Dean Schnell of Milbank, SD; his son, Dakota Schnell of Killdeer, ND; and one grandson.
Cremation has taken place.

 

     
   
     

Judy Lorine Horlick

June 24, 1955 - September 6, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

Judy was born June 24, 1955, in O'Neill, NE, to Emil and Phyllis Slattery. Her early years were spent on several ranches throughout Nebraska, South Dakota, and Colorado. The family settled in Sterling, CO. Judy finished her high school education in Sterling, and then gave birth to her first daughter, Kim, on September 14, 1972. One year later, she gave birth to her son, Neil, on September 23, 1973. In November of 1973, she met her first husband, David Gleason. They were married on February 16, 1974. On October 10, 1974, she gave birth to their daughter, Brandy.
In 1981, the family moved to Gillette, WY, where her dad opened his diesel repair shop. It was Emil and Ron’s Diesel Repair. She worked there until her dad passed away in 1989. She then cleaned houses with her sister, Vonnie, for a number of years. Judy and David divorced in 2000, and she then met her current husband, Gary Horlick. They were married on March 15, 2004. Judy decided to stay at home to raise her stepson, Cameron. She also wanted to stay home to help her mom take care of their home, Slattery Acres.
Some of Judy's favorite things included: her horses, her kitty cats (especially her kitty cat, Thelma), crafting, wood working, her flower garden, crossword puzzles, and decorating for Christmas. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved acting silly with her grandkids, and her great-grandson. She always lit up when her great-grandson would come to spend time with his "GG." She had a favorite thing she would say when her kids or grandkids would head home: "Don't do anything I wouldn't do, and if you do, name it after me."
Judy (Slattery) Horlick, 63, passed away peacefully at Close to Home Hospice House on September 6, 2018, in Gillette, WY.
Judy is survived by her husband, Gary; her mom, Phyllis; her children: daughter, Kim (Tim) Hahn and their children, Dustin, Amber, and Shelby; son, Neil Prehmus; daughter, Brandy (Shawn) Zentner, and their children, Shawnice (great-grandson Asher), Shannon, and Bradley (great-granddaughter Aryiah); stepson, Cameron; brothers, Ron (Pam) Slattery and Daniel (Lisa) Slattery; sisters, Vonnie (Kenny) Gentry-Bergfield and Linda Ford; as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Judy was preceded in death by her dad, Emil, in 1989; brother, Emil Jr., in 1990; as well as her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 11, prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Central Baptist Church, 1170 Country Club Road, Gillette, WY, with Pastor Richard Prettyman officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Merl Eugene Harp

April 2, 1927 - August 22, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018

 

Merl was the youngest of three children born to Edgar and Luella (Brookhart) Harp on April 2, 1927, in McCall, ID, at the family home.
Merl graduated from Cascade High School in 1945. Immediately he enlisted in the United States Navy and was sent to San Diego, CA. He received his Certificate of Graduation by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. for Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class.
He married June E. Noland while in San Diego in 1945. Gregory Eugene Harp was born in Council, ID, in 1948, and Jeffrey Merl Harp was also born there in 1951.
Merl worked with his brother, Everette Harp, sawing logs for MacGregor Logging. Later, MacGregor Logging expanded their business to include utility line construction and highway road construction, and called it MacGregor Triangle.
Merl moved his family of four from Council to Boise, ID, in 1955. The corporation MacTrico was established and Merl was promoted to Vice-President. In 1968, Merl worked for Boise Cascade. His primary job was equipment procurement for The Minnesota Woodland Division, International Falls, MN, and Merl and June moved to Minnesota.
In 1971, Merl transferred to Osage, WY, to start a softwood chip plant for Boise Cascade.
In 1972, Merl and June divorced. Later in the year, Merl married Helen Kennedy and her two children, Tony and Dana. Merl and Helen separated in 1980. That union was dissolved in 1991.
Greg came to work in Osage, employed by DME Enterprises and logged for Boise Cascade for a period.
The softwood chip plant in Osage was closed in 1979. At that time, Merl and Gary Mallams started a partnership. The Powder River Timber Sawmill was created and continued until 1991.
Merl contacted Jeff in 1980 and asked him to move to Osage to be an independent contractor hauling logs for Powder River Timber, which Jeff did. Jeff and Patty and their two daughters, Tifnee and Katie, moved from Boise, ID, to Osage, WY.
Merl and Arlene enjoyed 38 years of happiness from 1980 to 2018. They were married in 1997 until his death in 2018. Together they traveled with Jim and Kathy Dixon on many trips. Merl enjoyed hunting, camping, and fishing trips with his brother and his sons, Mike Waggener and Kenny McCullum. He spent many hours playing golf and poker with friends. Merl and Jim Dixon were active in the Newcastle and Sheridan Masonic Lodge and the Kalif Shriner Lodge in Sheridan, WY. Merl also received his 50-year pin from the Masonic Lodge in Cambride, ID.
When Merl and Arlene married, he accepted the responsibility of Arlene’s son, Bill Senior, and raised him as his own. Merl directed him and helped Bill grow into the man he is today. Bill often thanked Merl and expressed his appreciation. He treated Bill as an equal with Greg and Jeff.
After the Powder River Timber Sawmill closed, Merl continued to work for the Dixon Brothers and Tom Farnsworth. His work ethic was deeply driven and he passed that on to his sons.
Merl Eugene Harp passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, with Arlene by his side, holding his hand. In peace he left this temporary home in Newcastle, WY.
Merl leaves behind his wife, Arlene; and his sons, Greg Harp, Jeff Harp, and Bill Senior, along with each of their families.
Merl is preceded in death by his father, Edgar Harp of Cascade, ID; his mother, Luella Harp, of Boise, ID; his brother, Everette Harp of Kuna, ID; and his sister, Thelma Thomlinson of Boise, ID.
Memorial graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018, at Black Hills National cemetery with military honors.
A memorial has been established to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Merl’s name.


 

     
   
     

Thomas Duane Reed

December 4, 1944 - July 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018

 

Thomas was born on December 4, 1944, in Deadwood, S. D. to Wayne and Louise Reed. Wayne passed away in 1945. Louise married Keith McKay in 1952 and Keith became the best dad a boy could ever have. Tom graduated from Sturgis High school and USD, Vermillion. He retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road in 2008. He was an avid football fan, especially for the Wyoming Cowboys.
Thomas Duane Reed, 73, Wheatland, Wyoming, passed away in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 17, 2018, following open heart surgery.
Tom is survived by his cherished wife of 31 years, Betty; her children, Mike (Cindi) Norris, Washington, Randy (Kelley) Norris, Colorado, and Mary Ann (Matt) Butler, Washington; his loving "dad" Keith McKay: brother, Brian (Candy) McKay, and aunt, Bernice Murphey, all of South Dakota; brother, Scott (Liz) McKay, Colorado. He also survived by a large extended family and numerous friends.
A celebration of life and reception will be held September 8, 2018, in Sturgis, S.D. at 11 a.m. in the Erskine Club Rooms of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, following a private internment.
Memorials may be sent to the Sturgis V.F.D., C/O Brian McKay, 20725 Oak Ridge Road, Sturgis, SD 57785.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Joyce Evon (Wester) Jones Williams

June 22, 1931 - August 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 PM Saturday, September 8, 2018

 

Joyce Evon (Wester) Jones Williams was born in Nisland, SD, June 22, 1931, to Elmer Carl Wester and Bertha (Stoddard) Wester. In 1933, they moved to Sturgis, SD, where she attended school and graduated in 1950. She married Spencer Phillip Jones on September 5, 1951, and to this union four children were born; Norman Spencer, Robert Lee, Richard Leroy, and LaDonna Deanne. In 1971, she married Loral “Bob” Vale Williams.
She attended LPN school and worked at both the Sturgis hospital and the Massa Berry Clinic. In the 80’s, she was hired to work at Ingalls Department Store for the Christmas season, and stayed there for the next 14 years. She enjoyed belonging to First Presbyterian Church where she played in the bell choir for six years. She was also active in Beta Sigma Phi and the order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile.
Joyce Evon (Wester) Jones Williams, 87, of Rapid City died Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Regional Home plus Hospice in Rapid City.
Joyce is survived by three sons and one daughter; eight grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Clayton; both husbands; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.
Visitation will Friday, September 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.