Obituaries
     
   
     

William Ward Fallon

January 29, 1930 - May 26, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016

 

William Ward Fallon, 86, Sturgis SD, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Ft. Meade, SD. He was born January 29, 1930 to Fred and Roma Fallon, in Ramona SD. He was the fourth of six children. He attended Ramona High School before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1948.
He left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He developed his lifelong carpentry skills at Ft. Warren, WY. He was then stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, and from there he went to the Philippines and later to Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD. He spent three and one half years at Hickam Air Force Base, HI, and ended his military service at Offutt Air Force Base, NE. While stationed at Offutt he completed a one year tour in Vietnam, thus retiring with twenty years of faithful service to his country.

While stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in 1954 he met the love of his life Dolores E. Lee. They eloped in July of 1954 to Miles City, MT. To this union were born seven children, and were married for nearly 62 years. After retiring from the Air Force he began a second career with the Meade County Rural School district giving nineteen and one half years of service. Bill served as a deacon and a charter member at Black Hills Baptist Church, where he also taught the adult Sunday School for many years. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, surfing in the tropical climate of Hawaii, and later in life golf. Bill continued his carpentry skills building many projects with his children and grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Dolores Fallon, Sturgis; children, Cynthia (Jim) Dempsey, Sturgis, Bryan (Melody) Fallon Whitewood, Delonne Burkhard, Sturgis, Amy (Dan) Scherer, Rapid City, Eric Fallon, Moorcroft WY, Matthew (Stephanie) Fallon, Black Hawk, Mark Fallon, Anchorage, AK; 15 grandchildren, Missy, Jesse, Lia, Kristy, Nathan, Danielle, Marlin, Shawn, Erica, Lloyd, Jacob, Alexsandra, Chase, Brady, Emilee; 15 great grandchildren, Dharma, Madison, Rian, Bailey, Cooper, Everett, KyAnne, Kaylee, Ysabella, Aspen, Genevieve, Natalie, Lilliana, Amelia, and Bentley.
Preceding in death were his parents and his siblings; Harold, Doris, Wayne, Jack, Mary Ann, and one grandson Jesse and one great grandson Cooper .

He was an inspiration to all who met him.

A memorial has been established to Realtors for Kids.

 

     
   
     

Lester James Blomberg

September 24, 1919 - December 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday,May 28, 2016 at 11:00a.m.

 

Longtime Faith, SD, area rancher Lester James Blomberg, 96, better known as “Lec”, “Les”, or fondly “Gumpsy” by his grandchildren, succumbed to complications of heart surgery on December 7, 2015.
Lec began his life journey on September 24, 1919, when he was born in a sod house at home on a ranch near Gill, SD, to Ernest and Bessie (Hallan) Blomberg. He arrived with no one present except his mother and 18 month old brother.
Lec attended grade school at Rock Ranch, then on to high school at Sorum, SD, graduating with the class of 1939. It was during high school he put his education on hold for 1 year as he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps. During the 1939-1940 school years, Lec attended Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, SD.
On June 1, 1940, he was united in marriage to Alyce Maye Giannonatti. To this union,four children were born which were Darrel, Bonnie, Wade, and Koreen.
After a short residency in California, Lec returned to South Dakota to begin a teaching career in rural schools that spanned nearly two decades.
In 1943, Lec purchased the first parcel of land of his ranch. Raising cattle, sheep, and horses became his passion.
Lec had many accomplishments he was proud of, but becoming and receiving his private pilot license in 1966 ranked very high. He was a Perkins County 4-H Leader, board member for West River Cooperative Telephone, director and founder of Meat Promoters of SD, Ag Advisor for Senator Larry Pressler, and a skilled poet for which two books have been published.
Lec was extremely proud of the achievements of his children. As the grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived, there was no one as proud as “Gumpsy”.
Survivors include longtime companion, Arlene Peterson; children, Darrel (Darlene)Blomberg, NV, Bonnie (Rickie) Root, Lake Forest, CA, Wade (Janet)Blomberg, Trabuco Canyon, CA, and Koreen (Chuck) Anderson, Lemmon, SD; grandchildren, Mona Scimeme, Shannon Root, JR and Blake Blomberg, Tiffany Sanderson, and Jack Anderson; great-grandchildren, Adam Scimeme, Christian Root, Tyson Blomberg, Sage Blomberg, Carter Sanderson, and Gage and Max Anderson.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Alyce; parents, Ernest and Bessie Blomberg; and brothers, Willis and Clarence (Jack).
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Russell Edmund Bonsell

June 13, 1935 - May 15, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Russell Edmund Bonsell was born June 13, 1935, to Russell and Neva (Endicott) Bonsell in Lusk, WY. He was the oldest of 5 kids: Joan, Janice, Connie, and Doug. Growing up Russell worked on the family ranch in Lusk. At the age of 14 and in the 8th grade he was diagnosed with Polio along with his sisters JoAnn and Janice. He spent 6 months in Hot Springs hospital. Due to polio Russell was paralyzed on his right side. Russell had his own way of getting out of bed. He would scoot to edge of the bed and fall right out on the floor. Russell went to grade school in Hot Springs. He then attended 2years of high school in Faith and 1 year in Sturgis. He worked on a ranch with his father. He tried to enlist in the Army but was denied due to his polio. Later he went to Fort Meade and worked in the kitchen for a year. In 1959 he took a job with Homestake in Lead, SD, for a year. His father bought a ranch in Ekalaka MT, where he worked for a while.
Russ married Leslie McDaniels on July 17, 1960, at Union Center, SD. He then leased a ranch in Fairpoint, SD for 2 years. In 1962, Russell and Leslie welcomed their first daughter Twila. They lived in Red Owl, SD. In 1964 they welcomed their second daughter Ramona. They moved back to Ekalaka, MT, to help the family on their ranch. The family moved to Newell, SD, doing custom haying for 14 years. In 1988, Russell & Leslie moved to Rapid City, SD, where Russell worked on Doc Casey's ranch, which was owned by Bear Country, for 16 years. In 2004, Russell & Leslie moved to Spearfish, SD. After leaving Bear Country, Russell missed the interaction with the bears. He started volunteering at Spirit of the Hills working with bears again. After working with bears for over 15 years Russell finally had a run in with a bear and he got his hand to close to a bear’s mouth. He required several surgeries in order to fix his hand. This didn’t stop Russell from going back, as he said, "he was going to show the bear who was boss." He worked until 2014. He always thought of Mike (owner of spirit of the hills) as a son he never had. Grandchildren always remember the times they feed baby bears with bottles. Russell never had a fear of bears he would walk right into pen with them.
He may have been a small framed man but he could pack the food away when it came to Holidays!! His daughters remember him driving a snowmobile & pulling a sled with them in it. The neighbors would come to enjoy sled rides and skiing, followed by having hot chocolate and making taffy & fudge.
He liked to play cards and when the grandkids would get new electronic games he would take part with them. They also remember how very good he was @ math; he could whip up a problem faster than a blink of an eye. His grandchildren remember when they would misbehave he would say, "here, here you better stop that.", and that would be it. One grandson was driving a feed truck while Russell was in the back throwing out feed. He let out the clutch a little fast, dumping Russell out of the back end. Grandpa wasn’t too happy, so needless to say the grandson did not drive the feed after that day. He was a very soft spoken man who had a heart of gold...
Russell, 80, of Spearfish, SD, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at his home.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Leslie Bonsell, Spearfish, SD; daughters, Twila (Jim) Willadson and Ramona (Don) Adams; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan Egge and Connie (Doug) Yates; brother, Doug (Rhonda) Bonsell; sister-in-law, Beverly Hale; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; his sister, Janice Gorsuch; sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Audrey; and five nephews.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Rev. Tom Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Benjamin "Ben" Edward Keller

November 21, 1937 - May 16, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Benjamin “Ben” Edward Keller was born November 21, 1937, at Mills, WY, to William and Loretta (Wilcox) Keller. He grew up in Sturgis and Newell. Ben married Eleanor Wood on August 23, 1955, in Belle Fourche, SD. On March 14, 1955, he joined the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA, where he served as a Guided Missile Crewman. Upon Ben’s release from the Army, he moved his family back to Newell where he resided for the last 58 years.
Ben held several jobs during his career. His main jobs included 7 years at Lambert Lumber Company in Newell, SD. He spent the next 12 years at Dutton Lumber Company in Vale, SD. He retired in 2001 after spending 24 years as a highway maintenance worker for the South Dakota Highway Department. Ben was known as a hard worker who always found something to do with his hands. At the highway shop, he was always known as the “G” Man, the Go Man.
One of his proudest accomplishments was his building of the two homes that he lived in and built himself. When building the 2nd home, he always commented that he was going to build this one right and not make the mistakes that he made on the first one.
Ben, 78, Newell, died Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Hospice Unit at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, after a short battle with cancer.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eleanor Keller, Newell, SD; two sons, James (Debra) Keller of Katy, TX, and their children, Christopher Keller, Katherine Yancey, and William (Wilma) Keller of Anchorage, AK, and their children, Rebecca Becker and Robert Keller; sister, June Kosola, Newell, SD; one sister-in-law, Julie Ault, Torrington, WY; six brothers-in-law, James Wood, Pierre, SD, Robert Wood, Rapid City, SD, John Wood, Edgemont, SD, George Wood, Ft. Pierre, SD, Danny Wood, Pringle, SD, and William Wood, Blundt, SD; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Graveside services, with military honors, will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery with Pastor Darla Dunn officiating.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice Unit at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.

 

     
   
     

Ethel Yvonne Ferguson

March 27, 1933 - May 15, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Ethel Yvonne Ferguson was born March 27, 1933, in Rapid City, SD, to Tom and Marvel Shaw. She grew up on the ranch near Union Center and she loved her animals; horses, dogs, sheep, chickens, and cows. She attended rural school at Red Owl and then attended high school in Sturgis, SD, but graduated in Faith, SD.
She married Wiley Wesley Ferguson at Union Center on July 7, 1952. They lived on the ranch together and had two children, Monica and P.T. Yvonne and Wiley moved to Gillette, WY, and turned the ranch over to their daughter and son-in-law. Yvonne worked as a janitor at Hillcrest Elementary School in Gillette while assisting to care for her grandchildren, Matt, Kelly, and Ali until she retired and moved back to the ranch. She assisted in caring for her grandchildren, Karissa, Alyssa, Jaydon, Hunter, and Colter while enjoying her gardening and yard work at the ranch.
Yvonne, 83, Union Center, SD, passed away from cancer on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at her home with her family on the ranch near Union Center.
Survivors include her one daughter, Monica Wilcox, and her husband, Darrel, Union Center, SD; one son, P.T. Ferguson, and his wife, Kathy, Moorcroft, WY; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her significant other, Fritz Fonck, Union Center, SD; and Barbara Gales, Gillette, WY, who was raised by Yvonne and Wiley while they were still on the ranch.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, and brother, David Shaw.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 19, 2016, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with funeral services beginning at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Harold Delbridge will officiate. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery at Red Owl.
Memorials have been established to the Central Meade County Community Center and the Red Owl Hall.

 

     
   
     

Elsie Jeanne Marie Pietila

May 10, 2016 - May 10, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Entombment at a later date, Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, La Carosse, WI

 

Elsie Jeanne Marie Pietila was born at Rapid City Regional Hospital, baptized by her father, James H. Pietila, and went home to God. She is survived by her parents, Provatia (Potvin) Pietila and James Pietila, and one brother, Louis Alexander Pietila, all of Belle Fourche, SD; aunt, Letitia (Potvin) Pietila, uncle, Martin Fashbaugh and daughter, Lucy Fashbaugh, all of Belle Fourche, SD; uncle, Damian Potvin and Rachel Baghelai of Crystal Lake, IL; aunt, Christina Pietila of Fargo, ND; aunt, Rachael Pietila, and uncle, Nick Hill, and son, Aidan Pietila, and daughter, Sylvia Hill, all of Menagha, MN; aunt, Melissa Pietila of Menahga, MN; grandparents, Jerome Pietila and Marie (Hallikainen) Pietila of Menahga, MN, Portia (Dannenbring Potvin) Larsen and Curt Larsen of Arlington, SD, David Potvin and Michael Kriska of Las Vegas, NV; and great-grandmother, Ellen (Johnson) Hallikainen of Park Rapids, MN.
Her name is rich in meaning. Elsie is a form of Elizabeth, after St. Elizabeth, cousin of Mary the Mother of God. Jeanne is a form of Joan, after St. Joan of Arc. Marie is a form of Mary, Mother of God. Elsie is named after James' great aunt, Elsie. Elsie, an energetic 80 years young, had a genuine warmth and always made everyone in her presence feel special and important. Baby Elsie was also energetic in the womb. Jeanne (Durand Potvin) Georgen is Provatia's grandmother. She was a woman of immense faith, hope, and resiliency. Marie (Hallikainen) Pietila, James' mother, has a plethora of artistic and culinary talents not yet known to the world.
Entombment at a later date will take place at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, La Crosse, Wisconsin, at their Memorial of the Unborn

 

     
   
     

Robert "Bob" Duane Daane

August 13, 1932 - May 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, May 16, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Robert D."Bob" Daane, 83, Sturgis, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016, surrounded by his family, at his home in Sturgis.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 15, with the family present, with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Timothy Castor will officiate. Burial with military honors will be 10:00 am Tuesday, May 17, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Bob was born August 13, 1932, in Faith, SD, the oldest of the 12 children of Elmer and Blanche (Wagner) Daane. He attended grade schools in Montrose, CA, Yakima, WA, Bakersfield, CA, and Brawley, CA, as his parents worked migrant jobs during the Great Depression. He was 9 years old when his family finally settled in Sturgis in 1941, the first year he spent a full year in one grade school. He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1950.
In 1952, during the Korean War, Bob enlisted in the Army and was assigned to an Artillery unit in Europe, rising to the rank of Sergeant. Upon his return in 1954, he worked in Wyoming oil fields, farmed, and tended bar.
He was married to Kathryn Donnenwirth on August 17, 1957, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. While working evenings at Gunner’s Lounge, he completed his bachelor’s degree on the GI bill at Black Hills State Teacher’s College in 1961. He also reenlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1958 and was selected for, and completed, Officer Candidate School.
In 1961, he commenced his career in the Meade County school district teaching Jr. High math and science. During school year 1965-66, he attended San Jose State College on a National Science Foundation grant. Upon his return to Sturgis in 1966, he was groomed by R.B. Williams as his assistant principal at the Jr. High, eventually assuming the principal position upon Mr. Williams’ retirement. He obtained his master’s degree from South Dakota State University and continued to serve as principal until 1984, when he resumed teaching math, at Sturgis Brown High School, until his retirement.
During his National Guard career, he served as the first commander of the 842nd Light Equipment Company in Spearfish, and later commanded the Headquarters Company of the 109th Combat Engineer Battalion in Sturgis. He was extremely proud to have then served as the commander of the 109th Engineer Battalion in Sturgis, and as President of the South Dakota National Guard Association. He was an officer in several units that won the prestigious Itscher Award, presented annually to the most outstanding engineer company in each Army component. He was also a regular instructor at Camp Rapid summer camps, and was elected Outstanding Instructor by his students on several occasions. He retired from the Guard in the rank of Colonel in 1986.
Bob was active in the Sturgis community, serving in the VFW, and the Lions and Elks clubs. His Guard units were active in service projects in Sturgis and throughout the Black Hills, including the construction of roads at Bear Butte and Custer State Parks and in preparation of the Jeff Smit memorial track. Bob also maintained the Sturgis sign on Sturgis hill for many years. He also led the National Guard mission up the Deadman channel in June 1972 to prevent the dam from repeating the tragedy in Rapid City.
Bob’s hobbies were golf and “family things”, a priority his children and grandchildren grew to love. He was also a founding member of the West River & Black Hills Epicurean & Reading Society, a/k/a The Cabin.
He is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Kathryn; three children, Janelle (Jeff) Rogers of Newcastle, WA, James (Tami) Daane of Sioux City, IA, and Jeffrey (Lori) Daane of Rapid City, SD; six grandchildren, May Rogers, Jillian (Michael) Hixson, and Nicholas, Brooke, Sydney and Benjamin Daane; a sister, Norma Frick of Anchorage, AK; eight brothers, Jon and William of Las Vegas, NV, Gerald, Donald, Ronald, Patrick, and Michael of Reno, NV, and Thomas of Canton, GA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Daane; a sister, Joan Brunson; and a grandchild, Christopher Daane.
Memorials may be directed to the Sturgis Boy Scouts, in care of the Black Hills Area Council, 144 North St, Rapid City, SD 57701, or to St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, in care of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 1049 Howard St., Sturgis, SD 57785.

 

     
   
     

Judith Eileen Deutsch

August 6, 1945 - March 24, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Judy's ride began on August 6, 1945, in St. Paul, MN, and ended at her home on March 24, 2016, in Sturgis, SD.
Judy was the oldest of 7 children born to Ernest and Delores Salmon. She attended elementary and junior high schools in St. Paul and graduated from St. Paul Johnson Senior High School in 1963. She worked for Northwestern Bell from 1962 to 1979.
She married Michael Deutsch 50 years ago today, May 21, 1966. They were blessed with three sons: Todd, Brad and Ryan. The family moved to Denver, CO, in 1978, and to Sturgis, SD, in 1983. In 1995, her only grandchild, Jordan, was born ~~ the light of her life.
Judy loved to travel and took many trips and cruises. She enjoyed scrapbooking, card making, interior decorating, gardening, Scrabble, and spending time with her boys and granddaughter.
She was preceded by her mother, Delores; father, Ernest; and nephew, Blake.
She is survived by loving husband, Mike; sons, Todd, Brad, and Ryan; granddaughter, Jordan; siblings, Cheryl (Bob), Craig, Debbie, Kim (Guy), Joy, and Lori (Greg); sisters-in-law, Carol, Susie, and Lynda (Chuck); and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of Judy's life will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Bruce Baum officiating. Lunch will follow at the Sturgis Vet's Club.
The family thanks you for sharing in the celebration of Judy's life.

 

     
   
     

Mary Margaret Burke

October 21, 1934 - May 8, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Mary Margaret Murphy was born in Pierre, SD, on October 21, 1934, to Marion and Claire (O’Donnell) Murphy. The family moved to a ranch north of Reliance, SD, when Mary was three years old. Mary attended school in Kennebec, SD, the Murphy Country School in Lyman County, SD, and graduated valedictorian from Notre Dame High School in Mitchell, SD, in 1952. Mary graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Mitchell in 1955 earning her Registered Nursing degree. This began a long career in nursing, retiring from Ft. Meade VA Medical Center in 1997.
Mary was united in marriage to Paul Burke in Reliance, SD, on January 18, 1956. To this union, eight children were born.
Paul and Mary settled in Whitewood, SD, in 1963 where Mary continued to live until February 2016 when she moved to Aspen Grove Assisted Living in Sturgis until her death.
Mary won the Miss Reliance competition for the Miss USA pageant in 1953. She was an avid bowler and belonged to the Whitewood Senior Center, the Red Hats, and NARFE. Mary was a member of 8-10 Club and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Mary Margaret Burke, 81, Whitewood, died Sunday, May 8, 2016, at the Lippold Hospice Suite of the Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Mary is survived by her eight children; son, Monte (Megan) and their children and grandchildren, Lindsey, Sunni (Justin), Dylan, Lennon (deceased), Ezrah, and Michael (Jacob); son, John (Carlene) and their children and grandchildren, Damien, Chris, Mason, Madelynn, McKenna, Katie (Jared), Zach, Zaiden, Zandria, Nick (Kimberly), Devin, Kyleigh, Jeremy, Adam, and Eric (Gabby) and Jayma; daughter, Monica and her children and grandchildren, Jeremiah (Anna), Jaylen, Savahna, Tucker, Brielle, Keagan, and Kendra (Zach); daughter, Melody and her daughter and grandchildren, Nichole (Rob), Rowan, and Marlee; son, Mark and his daughter and grandchildren, Jenica (Larry), Isabella, and Carsen; daughter, Michelle (Roger) and their children and grandchildren, Erin (Uriah), Dylan, Taylor, Kennedi, Tyson, Ireland, Maddie, Riley, and Dylan; daughter, Laurie (Jack) and their children, Jakob (Kasey) and Melinda; son, Shaun, and his daughter, Grace; siblings, Kathleen (Bob) Sherrell, Jim (Gay) Murphy, and Owen (Lois) Murphy; sister-in-law, Joan Lester; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and cousins.
She was preceded in death by Paul on October 10, 1986. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John Murphy; sister-in-law, Irene Murphy; nephew, Brian Murphy; and great-grandson, Lennon Lindberg.
The family would like to thank the staff and residents of Aspen Grove Assisted Living, granddaughter, Anna Burke, and the Lippold Hospice Suite Staff.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with Rosary and wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at St. Martin’s Chapel in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Lippold Hospice Suite and the Whitewood Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Leslie Duane Koster

July 29, 1934 - May 4, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Les was born July 29, 1934, in New Underwood, SD. He attended 8 years of school at the Hamilton #2 Country School. Les joined the US Army on May 8, 1957, and was a recovery specialist until his honorable discharge on May 7, 1959.
Les and his brothers were avid sportsmen. They loved to hunt and fish and Les enjoyed trapping. Many times, his brothers would come to the Black Hills for opening days of deer hunting season. They also enjoyed antelope hunting near Faith, SD. Les loved to fish, especially when he caught a 40 inch tiger muskee at Orman Dam.
Les moved to Piedmont, SD, where he helped take care of his aunt, Suzy Koster, after her husband died in 1964. Les was working as a butcher at the Bargain Barn Grocery when he met Ginger Benett. He and Ginger were married on May 4, 1964, and the made their home in Piedmont. He adopted Troy soon after.
Les loved his woodworking and gathering firewood. He was either building with wood, or burning it. His passion for wood led him into a career as a supervisor for Self Help Housing in Rapid Valley. Les also worked Meade County where he drove road grader for 3 years.
Leslie Duane Koster, 81, Piedmont, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen "Ginger" Koster; son, Troy Koster; brother, Dean (Linda) Koster; and three sisters, Bonnie Tatum, June Garrett, and Marilyn (Tom) Tatum.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Pearl Koster; and his brother, Marvin.
Memorial services will be held Monday, May 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Daniel Jordan Alley

April 18, 1993 - May 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Daniel was born April 18, 1993, in Fairfax, VA, and lived in Woodbridge, VA. He moved to the Black Hills with his family in September 1993. He attended elementary, middle, and high school in the Lead-Deadwood School District and was from the graduating class of 2012.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Lead. Danny loved the great outdoors and wildlife. Danny spent his free time outside hiking, camping, long boarding, motorcycling, off-roading, snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding.
Danny had an infectious laugh and a twinkle in his eye. He was kindhearted and caring, always quick to help out those in need, he was faithful and loyal. Most of all, he was loved by many and will be terribly missed by his family and friends. There will be no doubt that when our time ends in this world, Danny will be waiting, with open arms and that beautiful smile.
Daniel Jordan Alley, 23, Nemo, died Sunday, May 1, 2016, due to a motor vehicle accident.
Danny is survived by his parents, Jim and Terri Alley, Nemo; brothers, Michael, Lead, and David and Jacob, both of Nemo; grandmother, JoAnn Weeks, Tampa, FL; uncles, Steve (Sandy) Alley, Absarokee, MT, and Tracy (Jessie) Howett, Apollo Beach, FL; aunts, Janet Holzer, Lead, Cheryl Holen, Dell Rapids, SD, Debra Alley, Bay City, TX, Darlene (Doug) Fettig, Rapid City, Brenda (Scott) Laurenti, Brigham City, UT, and Treena (Craig) Marvel, West Chester, PA; and too many cousins to list.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Imajean Alley, Lead, and John Weeks, Tampa, FL.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Lead.

 

     
   
     

Betty "Bea" Mann

November 3, 1926 - April 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Services were held at Black Hills National Cemetery

 

Betty Beatrice “Bea” Mann a resident of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice SD State Veterans Home, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 89 years old. She was born November 3, 1926 in Hamill, SD and married her high school sweetheart Vernon on December 14, 1946 in Valentine NE. They lived on a ranch at Dog Ear Lake in the Winner area until 1957 when they moved to Hot Springs, SD. She enjoyed working at Jack & Jill’s for many years until she retired. Bea loved playing cards, fishing, camping, gardening, chocolate ice cream, and winning at Bingo. Vernon preceded her in death on July 4, 2011 after 64 years of marriage. Survivors include one son, Terry (Anita) of Florida. Three grandsons and their wives; Jason (Teihla) of South Dakota, Caleb (Zipporah) of Hawaii, and Jesse of Wyoming. Three great-granddaughters, one great-grandson, one step-grandson, his wife and two children as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends that will all miss her sweet and kind spirit. At her request, cremation and internment took place at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. A special thanks to the many staff members who lovingly cared for Bea during her stay at the MJF State Home.

 

     
   
     

Arlette H. Douglas

August 1, 1918 - April 25, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday April 29, 2016

 

Arlette was born August 1, 1918, to Reverend F.A. and Amanda (Nelson) Wick of Rhame, ND. They lived on a farm "Bullhogan", 32 miles from Rhame. When the family moved into Rhame, she worked on W.P.A. from 1934 to 1937 at the sewing center and also at the sewing center in Bowman.
In 1939, she married Ernest Weisz of Rhame, ND. They were blessed with five children, Geraldine "Gerrie" Barry of Sturgis, Ronald Weisz of Sturgis, Larry (Cheryl) Weisz of Rapid City, Ramona (Derwin) Dugger of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Jerry Weisz (deceased). In 1954, they moved to the Black Hills area. In 1969, she married Albert Douglas of Upton, WY, where they lived for several years before moving to back to Sturgis.
Arlette Henrietta Wick Weisz Douglas, 97, Sturgis, died Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Lippold Hospice Suite of the Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Arlette "Gunna", "Gramma D", "Gramma 'Lette" is survived by one sister, Hope Seifert of Bismarck, ND; 4 of her 5 children; 6 grandchildren, Steve, Barb, Nicki, Shawn, Derran, and Adam; 11 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and family of Albert Douglas.
She is preceded in death by her dear folks; her beloved son, Jerry; her wonderful husbands, Albert Douglas and Ernest Weisz; one brother, Fritz; three sisters, Fern, Faith, and Rosella; and her son-in-law, Dale Barry.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Albert "LeRoy" Johnston

October 2, 1932 - April 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Wednesday April 27, 2016

 

LeRoy was born, October 2, 1932, to Elmer and Cassie Johnston in Alliance, NE. At the age of 9, his family moved to Deadwood, SD, where his father became a railroad engineer for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway.
In 1950, LeRoy graduated from Deadwood High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served 3 years spending most of that time in Korean waters.
He married Myrtle French in 1952 and to this union seven children were born. In 2000, LeRoy married Donna Luze in Deadwood, SD. In 1992, LeRoy retired from Homestake Gold Mine after 39 years working underground. Since then, he has truly been “living the dream.” LeRoy spent most of his time hunting, fishing and enjoying his caboose located near Rochford, SD. He has left a rich legacy of loving the outdoors, babies and dogs with all of his off-spring.
Albert “LeRoy” Johnston, 83, Spearfish, died Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the David M Dorsett Healthcare Community in Spearfish.
LeRoy is survived by his wife, Donna Johnston, Spearfish; one sister, Norma Lore, Rapid City; seven children, Pearl (Ted) Miller, Spearfish, Ed (Kathy) Johnston, Gillette, Pam Kracht and partner Dave Watkins, Upton, Norm (Deneen) Johnston, Brookings, Randy (Lori) Johnston, Spearfish, Ronnie (Laurie) Johnston, Rapid City, and Rick (Ranae) Johnston, Orofino, ID; and three step-children, Jim Luze Jr., Lead, Vonda (Shane) Storley, Britton, SD, and Todd (Kathy) Luze, Lead. He was the proud grandfather of 29 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; step-daughter, Linda Luze; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bob Totino officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Mildred Westberg

April 24, 1918 - April 21, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Monday May 2, 2016

 

Mildred was born April 24, 1918, in Blooming Prairie, MN, to Eline (Sorenson) and Nels Wullum. She attended school in Eagle Butte, SD, and Red Wing, MN. She graduated from Red Wing High School in 1936.
Mildred met the love of her life, Glen Westberg, while working at her dad’s fountain shop in Red Wing. They eloped and were married on June 12, 1937, in New Hampton, IA. To this union were born three sons, Jerry, Tony, and Jeff; and two daughters, Karen and Kathy. The couple moved around a lot early in their marriage due to the Depression. Among the places they lived during their early married life were Escanaba, MI, Redwood City, CA, and Aberdeen, SD.
They moved to Whitewood, SD, in 1955. The family was involved in ranching and also owned Whitewood Post and Pole Company and Livestock Energy Systems Inc. In 1988, Glen and Mildred purchased Oak Leaf Ranch outside of Whitewood and worked in the ranching and horse raising business.
When Glen died in 2001, the couple had been married for 64 years.
Mildred loved to cook and loved being a rancher’s wife. While living in Whitewood, Mildred ran a ceramics business out of her home where she gave lessons and sold ceramics. Mildred also loved to collect dolls and had quite an extensive collection of dolls.
She was active in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Whitewood and the Church Ladies Aid.
Mildred K. Westberg, 97, of Whitewood, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, April 21, 2016, three days short of her 98th birthday at Judy’s Assisted Living Center in Belle Fourche S.D.
Survivors include her
sons, Jerry (Brigitte) Oregon City, OR, Tony (Alona), Whitewood SD, and Jeff (Julie), Whitewood; daughter, Kathy Hinckley, Wheat Ridge, CO; sister, Norma McKillip, Woodville, TX; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Karen Rossow; sister, Bernice Schutte; mother and stepfather, Eline and Chris Hanson; and father, Nels Wullum.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Whitewood. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Benjamin Bohl

March 23, 1955 - March 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

 

Thomas was born on March 23, 1955 in Jamestown, ND, the son of Henry and Agnes (Nelson) Bohl of Missoula, MT.
He grew up on a small farm outside of Missoula. He attended school in Bonner, MT. He was the youngest of 7 children consisting of five sisters and one brother.
Thomas served in the United States Navy from April 1972 through May 1973.
After serving our country, Thomas worked in a variety of occupations over his life. He worked with oil rigs, commercial fishing boats in Alaska and became a painter in Seattle, WA to name a few.
As a member of the VA, he was honored with an appreciation award for his donations and contributions to their organization.
He will be missed by many fellow veterans, family and friends. Thomas was known for his kindness to others, positive spirit and for his incredibly big heart. We love and miss you!!
Thomas, age 61, of Hot Springs, SD passed away on March 30, 2016.
Survivors include three sisters, Charlene Stampa of Great Falls, MT, Sharon Correll of Glendive, MT and Patricia Orth of Billings, MT.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Janice Moose and Sonia Metcalf, both of Glendive, MT; one brother, Howard Bohl, of Billings, MT.
Graveside services will be, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Dara Ann Lucille Reynolds

April 18, 1996 - April 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dara was born April 18, 1996, in Spearfish, SD, to Sheila Standing Bear and Christopher Reynolds.
Dara lived in and attended school in Whitewood, Sturgis, and Rapid City. She graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2014. Through her youth, she lived with both sets of grandparents, Larry and Candy Morrell and Wayne and Pattie Reynolds.
Dara faced some difficult times in her life but one would always see beauty and grace shine through her. Her grandpa, Larry, quickly nicknamed her “sweet baby girl.” After graduation, Dara was employed at the Northern Hill Vet Clinic. She loved animals of all kinds but one had a special place in her heart, her dog, Koda.
She loved to be doing anything outdoors, hiking, camping, and 4wheeling to name a couple. Her friends were a very important part of her life and she will always be remembered as the little girl that could light up a room and make people smile. Dara was loved by all that knew her and will be missed by many.
Dara Ann Reynolds, 19, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, due to a motor vehicle accident.
Dara is survived by her mother, Sheila (Ben) Standing Bear, Whitewood; father, Christopher Reynolds, Rapid City; maternal grandparents, Candy (Larry) Morrell, Sturgis, and Herb Houchin, Sturgis; paternal grandparents, Wayne (Pattie) Reynolds, Sturgis, and Ann Reynolds, Minnesota; brother, Kyle Reynolds, Rapid City; sister, Tori Keffeler, Whitewood; brothers, Bradin, Brandin, and Tage Standing Bear, Whitewood; sister, Tyra Standing Bear, Whitewood; aunts, Joie Houchin, Spearfish, Shelli (Mike) Nelson, Sturgis, and Stacy Reynolds, Minnesota; uncles, Josh (Dani) Houchin, Sturgis, and Shannon (Marnie) Houchin, Piedmont; and numerous cousins.
Dara is preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Leonard and Shirley Hise and Bert and Mary Houchin
A service to celebrate Dara’s life is being held Wednesday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the Believers Fellowship Church at 180 Old Stone Road in Sturgis. A potluck and balloon release will follow at the Lions Club Gazebo in Sturgis.
In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dara Reynolds name at Pioneer Bank and Trust at 2611 Lazelle Street for the Sturgis Animal Shelter.

 

     
   
     

Willene Grace Shinost

April 17, 1946 - April 14, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, April 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Willene was born April 17, 1946, in Sturgis to William and Mabel Lewis. She was the youngest of seven children. Willene grew up in the Nisland area on the family farm and graduated from Vale High School.
She married Frankie "Joe" Shinost in Boulder Canyon on September 15, 1979. Together, they raised three sons who blessed her with four grandchildren. They have lived in Sturgis since. Willene and Joe owned Paklin Shoe Repair from 1984 until 1998.
Willene loved the outdoors. While the boys were growing up, camping trips were a frequent getaway for the family. She loved taking pictures, growing flowers, and caring for her dogs, Tasha and Crocket, for a total of 21 years. She was often found walking them around the neighborhood. Some other hobbies included bowling, quilting, and crocheting. She belonged to the group "Knit Whits." Willene was a collector of anything wolf related. And she loved meeting at Weimer's with the breakfast crew. She also looked forward each year to her rally friends coming back.
Willene Grace Shinost, 69, Sturgis, died Thursday, April 14, 2016, at her residence.
Survivors include her loving husband of 37 years, Frankie "Joe" Shinost; three sons, Carlton "Cully" (Wendy) Kieckhafer, Lake City, FL, Brian (Donna) Kieckhafer, Cornwall on the Hudson, NY, and Frankie "JJ" Joe (Courtney) Shinost, Temecula, CA; four grandchildren, Carlton "CJ" Jr., Tyler, Katherine "Noel," and Tanner; three sisters, Lorraine (Harley) Rossow) Sherman, SD, Elma (DeWayne) Eatherton, Sturgis, and Elaine (Alfred) Merwin, Hot Springs, SD; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends who she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jack (June) Lewis and Gene (Lois) Lewis; and her sister, Ruth MacDonald.
Visitation will be Monday, April 18 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Inurnment will be Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Harold Loy Davis

November 19, 1949 - April 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Harold was born in Sturgis, SD, to Bernard and Freida (Sjullie) Davis. He was one of six children born to Bernard and Freida.
Harold graduated from Sturgis Brown High School then served two years in the United States Army. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Sturgis where he worked for Junior Hurley then McKie Chevrolet/Hersruds as the parts manager until his retirement in 2011.
Harold and Patty (Philipsen) were united in marriage in Ely, NV, on January 4, 1980.
Harold was a member of First United Methodist Church, Sturgis Lions Club, and Sturgis VFW. He loved fishing, woodworking, camping, working in the yard, working on vehicles, spending time with his family, and especially loved his three beautiful granddaughters.
Harold Davis, 66, Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, hospice unit surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with Alzheimers.
His passing is definitely our loss but the Lord's gain and he will truly be missed by all. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife, Patty Davis, Sturgis; his sister, Virginia (Chubb) Baker, Ely, NV; his twin sister, Sally Blood, Anaheim, CA; his brother, Dean (Pat) Davis, Placerville, CA; sister-in-law, Lois Davis, Rapid City, SD; his son, Justin Davis, Hermosa, SD; daughter, Tina Davis Vasknetz, Hermosa, SD; daughter, Misty Davis, Yankton, SD; grandchildren, Courtney Davis, Spokane, WA, Chantel O'Brien, Rapid City, and Britney Davis, Yankton; and several nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Freida Davis; his brother, Charles Davis; and his sister, Barbara Grass.
Harold always loved Christmas and felt everyone always deserved a gift.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Realtors for Kids.

 

     
   
     

Dara Ann Reynolds

April 18, 1996 - April 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Spitfire, “a good kid”, opinionated, loyal, class clown, loving – these are just a few words used to describe Dara. Dara was killed in a motor vehicle accident early Tuesday morning.
Dara was born April 18, 1996. She grew up in Sturgis spending much of her childhood living with her Grandma Patty and Grandpa Wayne. Dara graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2014 where she was friendly and social; so social that one of her teachers created a special “zone” using yellow tape to mark her area – otherwise she would wander the classroom visiting with everyone. Dara once received a Certificate of Achievement /Award of Distinction for “Keeping the Class Smiling” – a true representation of Dara! She also was a champion of others, and was always putting others before herself. Dara once told her Grandma Patty about another student that “I like her because no one else does.”
Dara worked for Virginia “the t-shirt lady” for three summers, always telling her that she would take a break after she sold” just one more shirt.” Recently, Dara had been employed by Northern Hills Vet clinic where she loved working with all the animals. Being petite didn’t keep Dara from jumping in to help wherever she was needed whether with a small kitten or helping support a 90 pound sedated dog.
Those that knew her would say that Dara would rather talk than eat. Growing up, her Grandma Patty would have to remind her to stop talking and eat, over and over again, with her Grandpa adding in his reminders. These gentle admonishments only worked briefly with Dara again starting a conversation, often with “so Grandpa how was your day?” This might have been a holdover from her early childhood when she was a very picky eater once hiding her “bouncy” bacon under the tablecloth.
Dara always had an opinion, and would stick to it. She’d take her grandpa, father, and brother to task - but never her grandma; she knew there were some limits you just didn’t push. Family was everything to Dara; she would always put her siblings before herself, and would do anything to help them.
Growing up in the Black Hills was a wonderful experience for Dara. She loved the outdoors and to go hiking in the Hills. She was an amazing artist and her love of life came through in her artwork. She showed her talent by drawing everything and anything. She would draw fantastic cartoon characters imbued with fun and life. Her geometric drawings were wildly creative and filled with her joy of life. Her joy and brightness will be missed by all who knew her. She was a special young woman who was loved by many.
Services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Vet's Club in Sturgis, SD.
Dara is survived by her father, Christopher Reynolds; her mother, Shelia Sanding Bear; siblings, Kyle Reynolds and Tori Keffeler; plus step-siblings, Braden, Branden, Tyra, and Tage Standing Bear; her grandparents, Wayne and Patty Reynolds, Anne Reynolds, Candy and Larry Morrell, and Herb Houchin; aunts, Stacy, Shannon, Sheila, Shelly, and Joie; uncle, Josh; and various cousins.
Hold the memory of Dara in your heart, her joy of life, and sense of fun. Let the sunshine of her smile carry you through the stormy days. “You can cry because I’m gone or you can celebrate because I lived.”