Randy McFarland

October 23, 1949 - August 17, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday, October 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.


Randy McFarland, 65, of Greeley, CO, passed away at NCMC on August 17, 2015. He was born October 23, 1949, to Merle Gerald McFarland and Betty Jo McFarland in Gerber, OK.
Randy graduated high school from Rapid City Central High School, Rapid City, SD. He entered the U.S. Army November 28, 1969, and was honorably discharged June 9, 1972. He was a Vietnam Veteran Army Spec. 5. Randy married Juanita Popovich in 1979 and they divorced later. He worked at Central Homes Inc., Williams Scotsman Inc. and Roche Constructors. He was an avid Broncos fan. He survived the floods in Evans in 2013, losing everything and started over in Greeley.
Randy is survived by two brothers, Robby (Rebecca) of Los Osos, CA, and Brett, of Rapid City, SD; two nephews, Dan and Micah McFarland; and other extended family and friends.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Betty Jo McFarland.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday November 2, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes Association.



William Anton Maki

December 29, 1948 - September 18, 2015


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday October 2, 2015


William "Bill" Maki was born December 29, 1948 to Wilbert Maki and Hazel (Falk) Maki in Deadwood, SD. He grew up in Newell, SD and enlisted in the Navy while attending school. Bill was a diesel mechanic and was stationed in San Diego, CA. He was also a proud Vietnam veteran and was part of the Brown Water Navy while there.
Bill was a talented vehicle mechanic and restored many vehicles and built a race car out of an old Chevy Nova. He was a huge Denver Broncos fan and also loved the Chicago Cubs. Bill loved to spend time in the Black Hills fishing and loved to listen to the blues.
Bill suffered a brain aneurism in 2009 and went through many medical complications as a result of that, but cheated death many times. He resided at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice South Dakota State Vets Home in Hot Springs, SD
Bill peacefully passed on Friday, September 18th, 2015 in Thornton, CO. at the Suburban Medical Center.
Bill is survived by one daughter, Gina Lax, of Newcastle, WY; one brother, David (Mary) Maki of Gillette, WY; one sister Kathy Maki of Gillette, WY; one grandson, Jesse Lax of Gillette, WY; one granddaughter, Sharla Lax of Newcastle, WY; and one Niece, Malarie Maki of Gillette, WY.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Service will be Friday, Oct. 2, 11 AM at the Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Ross F. Jordan

January 15, 1929 - September 25, 2015


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday October 2, 2015


Ross F. Jordan, lifetime Meade County Rancher, died peacefully at the SD Human Services Center in Yankton on Friday, September 25, 2015, at the age of 86.
He was born January 15, 1929, in Sturgis, SD, to Frederick and Olga (Hanson) Jordan. Ross rode his horse to attend grade school at Pleasant Valley and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1947. He attended college at SDSU in Brookings, SD, and Laramie College in Laramie, WY.
Ross married Bonny Lou Strong May 22, 1955. Ross and Bonny Lou were blessed with two children, Rick and Judy.
Through his life, Ross was active in SD Stockgrowers, SD Polled Hereford Association, and FHA. He was a 50 year member of the Naja Shriners and a 60 year member of the Masonic Olive Branch Lodge #47. He enjoyed snow skiing, snowmobiling, and traveling with family and friends. Ross was the third generation on his ranch. He spent his life working and improving the land and built a beautiful polled hereford cow herd. He instilled his work ethic in his children and grandchildren and his legacy will continue through them.
Ross is survived by his children, Rick (Chris) Jordan and Judy (Al) Parsons; two grandchildren, Dustin Jordan and Shannon (Kyle) Brown; and three great-grandchildren, Isaac Jordan, Christine Jordan, and Wyatt Brown.
He was proceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Bonny Lou; and his parents, Frederick and Olga Jordan.
Special thanks to the staff at the SD Human Services Center for their care, kindness and support during his time with them.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 1, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Henrique Fleming and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the SD Human Services Center.



Alva Lucille Stone

December 29, 1930 - September 25, 2015


Service to be held:

10:a.m. Tuesday September 29, 2015


Alva was born December 29, 1930, to Tommy and Thekla “Brown” Olson in Sturgis, SD. She grew up on a ranch by Maurine, SD, and attended country schools in Meade and Perkins counties. Her mom taught her the first seven years of her schooling. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1948. Following graduation, she attended the Western Union School in Crawfordsville, IN. Upon graduation, she was employed as a relief manager for Western Union, covering a five state area.
Alva married John Lekberg in 1952 and one son, Michael, was born in 1953. They later divorced and she married Roger Stone in 1963. One son, Norman, was born in 1964.
Alva started working at the Sturgis Community Hospital as a receptionist and admissions clerk in 1959. She worked in various departments of the hospital and in 1967 was appointed the Assistant Administrator, a position she held until 1981 when she accepted Human Resource Director. She retired in 1994 after 34 and one half years.
Alva and Roger enjoyed dancing, camping and playing cards with friends and family after retirement. They also enjoyed taking bus tours within the US and Canada. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, doing ceramics, decorating and tending her flower beds.
She was a past member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.
They sold their home in Sturgis in 2001 and moved to Sioux Falls, SD, so they could spend time with family and their little granddaughter, Tatum. They were able to babysit their granddaughter and as she grew older, attend her sports and school activities. Needless to say, they enjoyed every minute being able to be with her and spoil her! In 2011, they decided to move back to Rapid City and the Black Hills to be closer to family and friends.
Alva Lucille Stone, 84, Rapid City, died Friday, September 25, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her sons, Michael (Steve Linman) Lekberg, Fruitdale, SD, and Norman (Juli) Stone, Sioux Falls, SD; granddaughters, Tatum Stone, Sioux Falls, Whitney (Brent) Schuettpelz, Denver, CO, Mallory Parks, Sioux Falls, and Morgan (Austin) Haberer, Sioux Falls; half-sister, Edyth Olson, Sturgis; and special nephews, Kevin Hull and Butch (Ergo) Hull, Rapid City.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her sister, Ida Hull.
A memorial has been established to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Harold Raymond Bauer

September 20, 1913 - September 21, 2015


Service to be held:

Monday, September 28, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.


Harold Raymond Bauer, 102, Rapid City, died Monday, September 21, 2015, at his residence in Rapid City.
Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 28, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Harold was born September 20, 1913, at Wagner, SD, to Ernest William and Bessie Viola (Shoop) Bauer. In 1919, he moved with his family to a ranch north of Marcus, SD. He attended rural school and Sturgis High School graduating in 1932. He attended Black Hills Teachers College at Spearfish where he lettered in football and received a teaching certificate. He taught for seven years in rural schools in Central Meade County.
On October 10, 1936, he married June V. Simons at Sturgis. In 1940, they moved to a ranch southeast of Enning where he and his wife operated the Bauer Angus Ranch until their retirement. He was the first president and organizer of the Black Hills Angus Association. Harold also served 16 years on the West River Electric Board including three years as President. He was an organizer of the Black Hills Egg Producers. He served several years on the local school board and 5 years on the Meade School Board. He served on the South Dakota rural electric board. Harold was active in various other community and agricultural organizations.
In 1990, he and June moved to Rapid City where Harold became active at the Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Center. After the death of his wife, Harold moved to the Alps Apartments where the many residents were like family to him.
Survivors include his sons, Kent (Sharon) Bauer and Linn (Beth) Bauer; daughters, Julee (Lyle) Steinmen and Peggy (Dan) Bourdo; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, infant son, and granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Center in Rapid City where Harold enjoyed endless hours of playing cards, pool, and socializing with his many friends.



Elizabeth R. Fischer

January 20, 1924 - September 22, 2015


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Elizabeth "Betty" Rose Fischer, 91, formerly of Sturgis, died Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at Belle Fourche Healthcare.
Betty was born January 20, 1924, to Ella and Raymond Cole. She was later adopted by Reverend and Mrs. Rudolph Hertz.
She was united in marriage to Andrew Joseph Fischer in Eagle Butte, SD, on May 20, 1941. To this union 6 children were born.
Betty and Andy made many moves during their married life. Andy worked for the Milwaukee Railroad which was downsizing at the time. The two would load their kids and belongings (sometime their worldly possessions were loaded into a rail car) and go on to the next assignment. Betty was quite an expert at settling into a new home and all the other "things" like school enrollment. She was good at putting up sheetrock, taping and painting for each new location. Her sewing skills were such that she kept her daughters in fashion, she made quilts, and many other craft items for her family. Mom had an avid love for flowers, gardens, and wood carving.
She is survived by three sons, James (Mona), David (Sharon), and Kevin (Cindy); three daughters, Delores (Dwight) Pogany, Judith (Wayne) Boehrs, and Deborah (Marvin) Linn; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; grandson, Bryan Pogany; and her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Willard Olsen officiating. Burial will follow at the Rosehill Cemetery in Spearfish.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral chapel in Sturgis on Tuesday.
A memorial has been established.



Mary Maher

January 30, 1909 - September 19, 2015


Service to be held:

11:00 am, Monday September 28, 2015


Mary Maher left this world on September 19, 2015.
Mary was born January 30, 1909, in Pittsburg, KS, to Joseph and Rosie (O'korn) Zorc. Mary moved from Pittsburg with her parents and her 2 sisters, Josie and Rosie, to a homestead 12 miles south of Eagle Butte, SD.
She attended the Liabolt/Olsen School and received her 8th grade diploma. Mary worked hard on the family homestead during her school years helping her dad with farming and ranching duties. Mary learned cattle herding skills, how to harness a team of horses, and many other necessary skills of a homestead family.
She met a neighbor homesteader, Myron J. Maher at a school dance. They were married in Senica, SD, on June 24, 1933. Two children were born, Mary Jean "Babe" Maher and Robert "Bud" William Maher.
Myron divorced Mary and married Mary's sister (Rosie Zorc) in 1939. Myron moved
Mary and the two children to his mother's, Mary Maher's, home near Redfield, SD. Mary Jean attended 1st grade in a rural school. At the end of the school year, Mary and her children moved back to Eagle Butte, SD.
Mary found a house to rent and the next day she was hired by Loretta to work as a waitress and cook. On weekends, she carried water from the Eagle Butte well to do laundry and sewing for local residents. Loretta, a wonderful negro lady left Eagle Butte and Mary found another job in Kate Mc Carty's restaurant. With the help of the kind people of Eagle Butte, Mary moved from job to available job doing a variety of things: meat cutter and clerk in Naves Store, hotel cleaner, and assistant in the beauty shop for Hazel Johnson, telephone operator for the Eagle Butte phone company, bar maid, and 24 years as custodian for the Eagle Butte Liquor Store, and meanwhile helping her children attend school.
Mary managed to always do other things after a day's work. Many friends remember some of the "silly" things. One night she had a foot race from Eagle Butte to Dupree with Eric Brueski and she won! While working for the Eagle Butte Liquor Store, she made friends with the children waiting for their parents. She would give the child a quarter to go to the grocery store for a snack. She shoveled the sidewalk snow for numerous employers. She loved to play cards and tricks of all sorts. She even learned how to do Eric B's one foot out and sit on your heel trick. Despite all the coaxing, Mary wouldn't drive a car. "I have two feet." When a neighbor needed groceries, their mail, or some other favor, she completed the task by walking.
Reluctantly, she sold her home and moved to Sturgis to be with her daughter and grandkids.
Survivors include daughter, Mary Jean Forrester, Sturgis, SD; brother, Joe (Nina) Zorc, Eagle Butte, SD; five grandchildren, Kevin (Nicole) Forrester, Sturgis, Darla (Matt) Burge, Sturgis, Deborah Hughes, Rapid City, Carol Owsley, Gillette, WY, and Marty (Crystal) Maher, Tyler, TX; 12 great-grandchildren, Ty Forrester, Chad Forrester, Brooks Forrester, Marlee Burge, Jordan Burge, Hayden Burge, Jasmine Flakus, Haley Hughes, Cody Maher, Carson Maher, Brittany Guindon, and Josh Guindon.
Preceding her in death are her sisters, Sophie, Josie, Jenny, and Cecil; brother, William; son, Robert "Bud"; and granddaughter, Sharon.
A celebration of Mary Maher's life will be Monday September 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the VFW Club in Sturgis, SD.
A private inurnment will be in the Eagle Butte Cemetery on a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to plant a flower or tree in the place of your choice in Mary’s memory.



John Andrew Jensen

June 11, 1930 - September 20, 2015


Service to be held:

10:00 am Friday September 25, 2015


John Andrew Jensen, was born on June 11, 1930 in New Underwood, SD to Benhard and Eda (Pearson) Jensen. John attended school at the Eleanor and Atall schools.
John grew up working on the ranch with his father and brother Frank. After his father passed away in 1950, he continued on the ranch with Frank until he was drafted in the US Army in 1952. He spent two years in Ft. Leonardwood, MO and Mineral Wells, TX before being discharged in 1954.
John married Mary Osborn in Clarkston, WA on June 22, 1956 and they made their home on the ranch. They were blessed with four children, Robert John, Kathryn Mary, Larry Dean and Jerry Lynn. John lived on the ranch all of his life until the last few months when they moved to Spearfish, SD. John had a passion for his livestock, remembering the specific details on each one of them.
John Andrew Jensen, 85, Union Center, died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at his home in Spearfish.
John is survived by his wife, Mary, Spearfish, daughter, Kathy, Elk City, OK, sons; Larry (Tammy), Union Center, and Jerry, Union Center, grandchildren; Mandi (Dustin) Ardry, Cody, Alisha and Katey Giblet, Christina Railsback, Micole (Dusty) Braun, Taylon Jensen and Fiance Gerri Laurenz, JohnD and Dally Jensen, Jason (Ashlee) Jensen, Jennifer Jensen and Fiancee Brent Howard and Justin Jensen, great grandchildren; Carson, Caden Ardry, Shaelee Jensen and Paisley Braun. Also survived by a special brother Cecil Remington and special sisters Kathryn Spring and Arlene Osborn and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, son Robert (Bobby) in 1977, brother, Frank and sister-in-law Hazel, nephew Bruce Osborn and son-in-law Walter Giblet.
Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 7:00 pm, Thursday September 24, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with Pastor Wes Labrier and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating, Burial to follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice of the Northern Hills, Rural Meade County Ambulance Service, Central Meade County Community Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



John George Milos

July 6, 1929 - September 20, 2015


Service to be held:

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.


John Milos, born in Lead, SD, on July 6, 1929, to Nicholas and Pauline (Kojan) Milos, he was a twin, one of seven children. He attended St. Patrick Catholic School in Lead and served in the army during the Korean War. He returned to Lead, SD, following his tour of duty, and married Paula Engebretson (Bauer) on January 5, 1957. They were married for 19 years and had three sons.
John worked for Homestake Mining Company for 42 years until his retirement in 1991. He was an active member of United Steelworkers of America Local 7044 and served as recording secretary for several years. He loved walking, dancing, big band music, bowling, playing dominos with his dear friend, Esther Roth, and taking leisurely drives, especially through Spearfish Canyon. His parents, Nicholas and Pauline Milos, were immigrants from Croatia, and John loved to tell stories of the rich traditions of “Slavonian Alley” in Lead. He was a life-long member of St. Patrick Parish where he served as an usher. He was well-known in the community, was generous, fun loving, and kind.
John Milos, 86, of Lead, died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Ft. Meade VA Medical Center in Sturgis.
Survivors include three sons: Nicholas (Ann), Bremerton, WA; Patrick (Cecilia), Palm Springs, CA; and Anthony, Rapid City, SD; five grandchildren: Aerin Van Den Bosch, Lynnwood, WA; Nathan Milos, Woodland, CA; Jessica Pelton, Lynnwood, WA; Derek Milos, Seattle, WA; and Isaac Milos, Cameron Park, CA; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Braun, Lead; several nieces and nephews, and his dear friend, Esther Roth, Lead.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Pauline; his sister Anna; brothers, Antone, George, and Peter and his twin brother, Stephen, who died shortly after birth.
There will be a Rosary at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lead. Mass of Christian Burial will be the following day at 10:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2015, also at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Interment will be at 1:00 pm Thursday afternoon, October 1, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
Arrangements are under the care of Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Memorial donations may be given to St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Wilbur F. "Bill" Armagost, Jr.

April 7, 1926 - September 20, 2015


Service to be held:

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 11:00 am


Wilbur F. "Bill" Armagost, the son of Wilbur and Izetta Armagost, grew up in Cat Creek, MT, later serving in the Army Air Corps during WW II. Bill served as the pastor of several churches including, First Baptist Church of the Northern Hills in Deadwood until his retirement. Bill was a backyard mechanic and carpenter. He enjoyed reading, woodworking, and the beauty of the Black Hills, but above all he loved the Lord and his family.
Wilbur F. Armagost, 89, of Rapid City, passed away September 20, 2015.
He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Shirley Buchholz Armagost; 4 children, Steve (Lori) Armagost, John (Tomoko) Armagost, Kay (Mike) Donnelly, and Karol (Kelly) Clevenger; his sister, Frances Black; 11 grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Naoma Knudsen Armagost, and his brother, Clark.
Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 25 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 26 at 11:00 AM at 1st Baptist Church, 707 St. Patrick Street, Rapid City. Interment, with military honors, will be on Monday, Sept. 28th at 11:30 AM at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Baptist Retired Ministers and Missionaries Fund.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Jimmy Lee Steeves

April 1, 1970 - September 18, 2015


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Jimmy Lee Steeves, born April 1st, 1970 to Robert and Carrie (Finn) Steeves, passed away September 18th, 2015 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Jimmy attended the Meade school District K-12, graduating in 1988 from Sturgis Brown High school.
He married Shohn Bryan on February 12th, 1995. Jimmy was the loving father to Jessica Anne Sturis and Aspen Lee Steeves and became the proud grandfather to Lucah Sky Cummings on July 6th, 2014.
Jimmy worked for various electrical companies before starting his own business, Primary Electric.
Jimmy, known to close friends as "Flip", loved cars and speed. The love he had for speed became relevant when he managed to "Flip" a car or two in high school. He was a lover of camping, water and fishing. His biggest smile came when he was casting a pole, spending time with his children and family, or listening to music. Jimmy's passion for music spilled over into quite the collection and became an influence on his children.
His raspy chuckle and voice was that of a heart filled with love.
Jimmy is survived by his children, Jessica Sturis and Aspen Steeves; parents, Robert and Carrie (Finn) Steeves; a beautiful granddaughter, Lucah Cummings; brother, Clark (Tanya) Steeves; nieces, Davin and Carlee Steeves, and numerous family members who will forever miss the twinkle in his eye and mischievous smile.
Services will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at 2:00 pm at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church, 1638 Junction Ave, Sturgis, SD
A memorial has been established.



Ira R. Bayless

August 17, 1941 - September 15, 2015


Service to be held:

10 a.m. Monday September 21, 2015


Ira R. Bayless, 74, died Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at the home of his sister, Janet, in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, 2015, at the Congregational Church in Eagle Butte with Rev. Mark Richardson officiating. Burial will follow at the Eagle Butte Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.
Ira was born August 17, 1941, at Eagle Butte, SD, to Ray and Ingeborg (Moland) Bayless. He resided and worked in Eagle Butte all of his life until becoming ill and needing more medical attention. He moved to Sturgis in August, 2015, and lived there until the time of his death.
As a young boy, he enjoyed spending summers at the Curtis ranch north of Eagle Butte, where he helped with the daily ranch work and also enjoyed his Aunt Borghild’s delicious cooking.
In 1965, he married Merle Rave. To this union, two children, Eileen and Royce, were born.
Ira worked at Moland Auto Repair, drove a bread truck for Old Home Bakery and was manager of Thompson Drug in Eagle Butte. The last 15 years of his working career were spent at the Eagle Butte Coop overseeing and working in the repair department, retiring in 2012.
Ira loved to fix and restore vehicles. His restoration projects included a Chevy pickup, Jeep, and a 56 Chevy Belair. He was also a very dedicated Vikings football fan.
Survivors include his daughter, Eileen Bayless and son, Royce Bayless, both of Eagle Butte; sisters, Janet Bayless and Eileen Malcolm, both of Sturgis; one niece, Corena Carmichael; three nephews, Audey Anderson, A.C. Simons, and Kolt Simons; as well as numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a nephew, J.R. Anderson.
A memorial has been established to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Eagle Butte.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Helen Marie Anderson

March 31, 1924 - September 9, 2015


Service to be held:

2:30 pm. Monday, September 21, 2015


Helen Marie Ploog was born March 31, 1924, to Henry and Mayme (Ruziska) Ploog
at their country home weighing only 4 lbs., fitting in one of her Dad's hands. Helen or, "Toots"
as she was called by friends and family, went to country school not far from her home. She
attended High school in Thunder Hawk until the school was closed at the end of her junior
year. She then attended Lemmon High School staying in town during the school year and
graduated in 1941.
She met Charles Anderson in 1940. After he graduated, he went on to Mankato, ND, for a year. Helen, after graduating, went to Business College in Minneapolis as she was not old enough to attend nursing school which was her real passion. When she came home, she worked at Fort Meade in the Ordinance Department continuing to spend lots of time with Charles.
Charles and Helen were married on July 19, 1943. They lived on Charles' parents place. When Charles was drafted into the service in 1945, Helen went to live with her parents in Thunder Hawk until he returned from the war in 1946. They made their home on the Culver place.
Helen was a devoted and caring Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma.
She enjoyed cooking and baking her favorites like kolaches, homemade breads and awesome rolls. She was the best lefse maker in the county. Helen had a yard and flowers that should have been in Better Homes & Garden magazine. She loved to go dancing, bowling and golfing and was hard to beat. Helen loved making clothes for herself and her daughters, and was an avid quilter making many quilts for friends and family.
Helen, 91, Meadow, SD, died Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society of Mott, ND.
She is survived by daughters, Sandy Wagner and Cindy (Leroy) Klein; one son, Tim (Merna)
Anderson; seven grandchildren, Scott and Lisa Wagner, Terry, Michael and Brian Klein, and Stacy and Cody Anderson; sixteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Charles; granddaughter, Tanya; and brother, Kenny.
Committal services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends may gather at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis prior to leaving for the cemetery.



Marvin Dale Sneesby

August 18, 1934 - September 11, 2015


Service to be held:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.


Marvin Dale Sneesby, age 81, of Whitewood, SD, passed away September 11, 2015, at his home with family around him, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Marvin was born August 18, 1934, in Carthage, SD, to Phillip & Opal (Windedahl) Sneesby. He was raised and attended school in the Carthage area and graduated Carthage High School in 1952. Marv was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carthage. Marvin proudly served in the US Army from 1953 until 1955.
He worked for Cal-Gas in California, drove truck with his brother, and worked at Homestake Mine in Lead, SD, for about 1 year before going to Ft. Meade VA Center for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He then owned and operated TJ's Treasures and Junk in Spearfish, SD, for 8 years with his wife, Jean, retiring a second time in 1998.
His first marriage was to Dale Johnson and they had 4 children: David Johnson, Michael, Cheryl & Brett Sneesby. He then married Imogene Grosch and they had 3 children: Richard & Kenneth Grosch, and Brenda Sneesby. Then on April 20, 1978, Marvin married Jean Davis at the VFW Chapel, Ft Meade, SD, and added 5 stepchildren: Billy, Joddy, Suzan, Wesly, & Jully Davis, then yours and mine became ours.
Marv and Jean loved their large family and many friends and many groups: Carthage Club, Club 54, South Dakota Retreads (recycled teenagers who rode motorcycles), Tuesday Coffee, Friday Lunch, Whitewood Senior Center, Sturgis Senior Center, singing with the Senior Chorus and planning the monthly birthday parties, and putting together flowers for Memorial Day. He loved rummage sales and second hand stores, family reunions, and Jean's interest in family history. He also belonged to the VFW and Immanuel Lutheran Church at Whitewood.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Jean of Whitewood, SD; his mother, Opal Sneesby of Mitchell, SD; his brother, Eldon (Ardis) Sneesby of Howard, SD. Also surviving are his son, Brett Sneesby, of Rapid City, SD, and his family: Jeff, Brittany, Brianna & Phillip. Two daughters: Cheryl Fraijo of Pomona, CA, and her family: Nicole & Mike Igel and 5 girls, Brianna, Heather, Natasha, Ashley & Kylie. Brenda (DJ) Werlinger of Whitewood, SD, Emily & Aaron. Stepson David's family: Tonya Johnson of Brookdale, CA, Jessica (Dean) DeSelle of Brookdale, CA, and their family: Lilly, Jordan, Michael, Mikayla, Ben & Emily. Stepson Richard (Velta) Grosch of Whitewood, SD, and their family: Patti & Doug Edwards, OK, Hunter & Blair; Sierra (Dean) Mahaffy of Whitewood, SD, Shailey, Kydn & Kylr; Lindsey (Troy) Roberts of Spearfish, SD, Dylan, Alora, Piper & Ella Rae. Stepson Kenneth (Barb) Grosch of Sturgis, SD, Jesse & Josh. Stepson Billy (Annette) Davis' family: Christina & Jon Patrick, Roseville, CA, Kinsley & Ellie Ray. Brian & Myrsa Davis of Grass Valley, CA, Lilly, Jered, Mika, Kaleb & Nolan. Stepdaughter Joddy (Pete) Tiemann of Reardon, WA, Robert & Jessie. Stepdaughter Suzan (Clay) Smith of Grass Valley, CA, and their family: Jered & Paula McGivern of Grass Valley, CA, Lailanna, William & Jack. Jamee McGivern of Grass Valley, CA. Stepson Wesly Davis of Grass Valley, CA, and family: Kristina (Dan) Jones of CA, Jeni and Jaci Davis who are in the US Navy. Stepdaughter Jully Davis and her family: Brooke (Brenton Springer) Abdallah and Kaden; Lucas Hayes & Erin Niehaus; also nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Sneesby; his sister, Phyllis Sorheim; his son, Michael Sneesby; and stepsons, David Johnson and Billy Ray Davis.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, please give memorials in Marvin's name to Hospice of the Black Hills, Sturgis Senior Center, or Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood, SD.



John Richard Moore

January 23, 1931 - September 3, 2015


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2015


John Richard Moore, 84, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2015, after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family.
John was born in Mitchell, SD, on January 23, 1931, to Ralph and Laura Moore. In 1949, he joined the U.S. Army and served this country in the Korean War until 1952. In 1953, he married Dolores Pedretti where they resided in Wisconsin for 2 years before moving back to South Dakota to start their family. They moved to Washington in 1966 where they raised their family until 1976 when they moved to Deadwood, SD. John worked in his brother-in-laws welding shop for several years before moving on to working in the logging industry.
In 1994, John filled his traveling desires and moved to Guam to work with his son, Jim, in the sandblasting business. In 1997, John married Remidious Orilla and they moved to the Philippines where John retired. John spent the next many years traveling back and forth between the Philippines and the U.S. keeping in close touch with his family in the U.S. for family reunions, extended stays, and other special events. He spent a lot of time with his son Jim's family in Guam as well.
John had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, boating, listening to music, and playing pool. His greatest passion was the love of his family and it provided great joy for those of us remaining here on earth. He could always be depended on to tell great stories, reminisce about the 'old days', swing a country dance, pull you on water skis, play a game of crib, or throw in a line.
He leaves his children, John Moore, Jackie McCulloch, Tom Moore (Merrily), Jim Moore (Rose), Janet Asheim (Tim), Teri Allsup (Ross), Jill Chapman (Llee); 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pat Webster (Chuck), Linda Endorf (Gary), Mary Lou Knappmiller (Gil); and many close friends and family. John also had an extended family in the Philippines; wife, Remy; daughter, Korina; and many other family members.
John was preceded in death by his grandson, Jake; his father, Ralph; mother, Laura; daughter, Monica; and brother, Ralph Junior.
He will be greatly missed by his family and we are excited to meet up with him in the afterworld.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis with Pastor Willard Olsen officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.



Albert "Bill" William Munroe Jr.

October 31, 1946 - September 1, 2015


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2015


Albert William "Bill" Munroe, 68, Stoneville, SD, died Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at the ranch due to a tractor accident.
Bill was born October 31, 1946, at Deadwood, SD, to Albert and Mabel (McGillivray) Munroe. His father brought Mabel and Bill home to a sheep wagon on Sulphur Creek where they lived until moving into a house on Sulphur Creek.
Bill and his parents herded sheep for years until Bill sold enough horses to fence everything and start building his ranch. He bought his first sheep when he was nine years old and sold his last one when he was 68. It was either him or them! Bill was a "do it your selfer." He either made do with what he had or built something to make things work.
He loved a good horse and raised and broke horses for many years. Horse people came from all over to have their mares bred to the old stud who always threw cow sense into his colts.
Bill's greatest achievement in life was his family and his friends. When he needed you the most, you were there for him and he could never thank you enough.
Bill married Marvis McNary on October 17, 1980, at the ranch.
Survivors include his wife, Marvis, Stoneville; son, Will (Heather) Munroe, Pierre; daughter, Kelly (Heath) Keffeler, Sturgis; three amazing grandchildren, Esther, Everett, and Oakley; sister, Mary Beth (Gary) Anderson; aunt, Barbara (Roger) Jensen; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Bernard) Andera, Carol Tuckerman, Karen (Butch) Pribnow; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his rodeo sidekick, Grandpa Everett.
Visitation will be Friday, September 4, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Central Meade County Community Center at Union Center, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Private family committal services will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Central Meade County Community Center and the Enning Ambulance.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Vincent Thomas Fitzgerald

April 23, 1927 - August 24, 2015


Service to be held:

Graveside Services will be 12:00 pm Monday August 31, 2015 at Black Hills National Cemetery


Vincent Thomas Fitzgerald, 88, Rapid City, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was born April 23, 1927, in Aberdeen, the son of Thomas and Carrie (Brueske) Fitzgerald.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1944, during World War II. He operated a Landing Ship Vehicle Personnel (LSVP) which carried 36 troops and three crewmen during the invasion of Iwo Jima. While in the Navy he became a Plank owner (which designates one who was aboard a ship when it was commissioned and de-commissioned), and a Shellback (designates one who has crossed the equator, which he did several times). He was on the ship U.S.S. Ozark when the war ended in 1945.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended college in Texas and returned to Redfield. He joined the South Dakota National Guard in 1955.
He married Marianne Eldredge in 1957.
He was a full time technician with the National Guard in Redfield, Belle Fourche and Rapid City. He retired as a technician and from the National Guard in 1989.
During his 38 years of military service, he progressed from the rank of Petty Officer Second Class in the Navy to Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the Army National Guard, earning the following awards: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 stars, Navy Presidential Unit Citation with 1 star, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation Medal (Japan), World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 stars, Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3rd award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Meritorious Service Ribbon, and the Legion of Merit.
He was a Life Member of the VFW, National Guard Association of the United States and the South Dakota National Guard Officers Association. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the 196th Regimental Combat Team Association, American Association of Retired Persons, the Military Officers Association of America, and was President of the Rapid City Yacht Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marianne Fitzgerald of Rapid City; five children, Mike and Jonna Fitzgerald of Denver, Barry Fitzgerald of Whitefish, MT, Vicki and Craig Sorenson of Deaver, WY, Jamie and Bonnie Fitzgerald of Rapid City, and Sheri and Hank Sponder of Rapid City; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Fort Meade for the compassionate care that was provided.
The family will recieve freinds at the "Coyote Den" at Camp Rapid from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015.
Graveside services will be at noon Monday, Aug. 31, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with full military honors provided by the South Dakota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team and Sturgis Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Barbara Alice Barritt

September 22, 1928 - August 22, 2015


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015


Barbara Giffin Barritt "Bobber" died Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Weston County Memorial Hospital in Newcastle, WY.
Barbara Alice Giffin was born September 22, 1928, at her family home near Osage, WY, to parents, LeRoy and Daisy (Martens) Giffin. She grew up in the Osage area and graduated from Upton High School in 1946. On September 22, 1946, on her 18th birthday, she married her high school sweetheart, Keith Barritt. They made their home in Upton, WY, where they enjoyed raising their family.
She made her own wedding cake which led to a life-long career of baking cakes. She made cakes for nearly every one of her grandchildren's birthdays and weddings. She was also employed by the Upton Schools for over twenty years.
They built their cabin in the Big Horns in 1981 where they spent many days with their grandkids, family, and friends. Bobber always had a meal ready for family or anyone who happened to drop in. It seemed she always had fresh baked Butterhorns along with some kind of delicious dessert.
One of her favorite pastimes was attending all of her grandchildren's activities. She especially enjoyed their sporting events. She was a fan to the point of questioning "most" of the referee's calls, especially if the call was on one of her grandkids. She also spent many hours videoing their activities which they still enjoy watching.
Survivors include her husband, Keith; her sons, Tim (Yvonne) and Tom (Liz); brother, Ron Giffin; grandchildren, Loren, Heather, Brian, Mindy, April, and Cody; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harry Giffin; and her sister, June Graeber.
Memorial services will be Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Upton Community Center. Inurnment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Upton at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Allen Lane Adams

February 22, 1970 - August 21, 2015


Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.


The world lost a beautiful man and kind soul with the sudden passing of Allen Adams, 45, Sturgis, SD, on August 21, 2015.
Allen Lane Adams was born in Sioux Falls, SD, on February 22, 1970, to wonderful parents, Jim and Shirley (Davidson) Adams.
Early childhood was spent with his brothers and sisters and extensive family that included cousins, aunts, and uncles that spent hours together just enjoying each other's company. Just a short eleven months after Allen's birth, he was joined by his almost twin brother Joe, who became his co-heart and side kick, to be forever known as the little boys by his family, the two even had their own language for a number of years until school separated them for the first time that first year of school.
Allen graduated from Sturgis Brown High School and started his extensive work history in the painting and tape/texturing business.
He met and married Lana Culver. This would be the start of the most wonderful journey of his life, fatherhood. Allen's heart would beat a little louder and faster and his smile got a little brighter when he was with or talked about his beloved son, Trent Adams, of Pierre. Allen would brag of Trent's talents and his wonderful future to any and all that would listen.
Allen lived with his best friend the last few years, his dad, Jim Adams. The two could be found almost hooked at the hip, whether it was working side by side, hunting, or spending time with their friends and neighbors.
Allen enjoyed life to the fullest, even with the hiccups that life tried to throw his way. He is survived by his precious son, Trent Adams, who resides with his mother, Lana Culver of Pierre, SD; his father, Jim Adams of Sturgis; brother, Jim (Kathy) Adams of Whitewood; sisters, Denise Adams of Belle Fourche and Pam (Carl) Bartlett of Pierre; brother, Joe (Samantha) Adams of Sturgis; and his sister-in-law, Shari Adams of Sturgis. A good friend, Emily. His nieces, nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins were his life-line of happiness and joy.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Davidson Adams; brother, Charles Adams; and nephew, Tony Bartlett.
Allen had such a large heart for people he considered so many others, if not related by blood, but related by love, his family. Allen was a fighter of good and would drop everything at a drop of a hat to help anyone who wanted or needed it. May his heart for others in the world be filled with the memory of the incredible joy he felt for life.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.



Bryan "Wily" D. Freidel

March 6, 1958 - August 15, 2015


Service to be held:

1 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015


Bryan "Wily" D. Freidel, 57, Whitewood, died Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Honor Health Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Wily was born March 6, 1958, at Mitchell, SD, to Leonard and Ramona (Schoppert) Freidel. His parents died at an early age and Wily was raised by his maternal grandparents. He grew up and went to school at Mt. Vernon, SD.
He attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for a time. He resided in Whitewood, SD, since 1976.
Wily worked at Wheeler Lumber in Whitewood, the open cut mine at Lead, as a heavy equipment operator in the logging industry, and a service technician for Montana Dakota Utilities.
He met and married Michelle Jenniges on December 26, 1996.
In 2000, Wily attended Mitchell Technical Institute and graduated in the Natural Gas field. He taught commercial driver licensing at MTI prior to returning to Whitewood and working for MDU.
Wily was an avid motorcycle rider. Wily was a strong advocate for motorcycle rights and safety. He was the founding member of the Black Hills Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. Wily was very active in promoting and organizing concerts during the 1980's for the annual Black Hills Bike Rally. He also enjoyed motorcycle racing and was a crew chief for Salt of the Earth race team at the Bonneville Salt Flats for the last several years. Wily also enjoyed scuba diving.
Wily was a teacher and perfectionist. He believed in doing things right the first time.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle, Whitewood; one uncle; and several aunts and cousins.
A memorial has been established to Sturgis Main Street Brick Project.