Obituaries
     
   
     

Charles Arthur Wenneberg

October 19, 1928 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

Charles Arthur Wennberg, 88, Spearfish and formerly of Whitewood, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Charles was born October 19, 1928, in Sturgis to Ruth (Gralapp) and Harry Wennberg. He lived his entire life on the home place in Whitewood Valley. He attended grade school at Hathaway School and graduated from Sturgis High School. Charles also attended Brooking State College from 1948 to 1950.
He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1951. Charles served in Korea during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge in 1953, he returned to Whitewood and worked the family farm/ranch. In 1970, he married Shirley Nonnast.
Charles was active in the American Legion, 4-H, and particularly enjoyed being a Boy Scout Leader. He was very involved in conservation and served on several conservation boards. He was a member of the Whitewood Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Paula (Bill Summers) granddaughter, Raylene (Jacob Presley); and great-granddaughter, Ilea.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Whitewood Presbyterian Church in Whitewood with Pastor Jil Jennewein officiating. Burial will follow in the Whitewood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Whitewood Presbyterian Church.

 

     
   
     

Doris Mae Bigler

January 17, 1926 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Doris was born January 17, 1926, at Dupree, SD, to Oscar and Gena (Knudson) Herren. Doris attended grade school at Sunnybrook Rural School and graduated from High School at Dupree in 1943. She attended Black Hills State College in 1944 and 1945 and several summer sessions. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1966.
She was united in marriage to Richard Bigler on November 6, 1957, at Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Doris spent 36 years teaching in rural and city schools. She retired from teaching in 1991. The balance of her years was spent on the farm.
Doris M. Bigler, 91, Piedmont, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at her home.
Survivors include her daughters, Vonda and Darla; one grandson, Jackson and Dick Bigler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters.
Private family services will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Leona Mae Casteel

March 7, 1926 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

 

Leona Mae (Huddleston) Casteel was born March 7, 1926, to Lee and Mayme (Miner) Huddleston in Wasta, SD. Leona was raised in Piedmont and Sturgis, SD. Leona graduated from Sturgis High School in 1944 and received her diploma from National School of Business in Rapid City, SD, in 1945. She married Donald W. Casteel on January 21, 1946, and they raised seven children on the family farm near Vale.
Leona, 91, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital surrounded by her family.
She is survived by sons, Don (Flora Weisz) Casteel, Riverton WY, Guy (Billye Jo) Casteel, Newell, SD, Jerry (Pat) Casteel, Sturgis, and Doug (Chomporn) Casteel, Mobile, AL; daughters, Susan Bruce, Sturgis, Connie (Michael) Manning, Littleton, CO, and Sandy (Tim) Smith, Belle Fourche, SD; 14 grandchildren, Dawn Casteel, Cressie Mahaffey, Gary Ellington, Steve Ellington, Wanda Casteel, Lynn (Josh) Nixon, Kelly (Miranda) Casteel, Krystal Casteel, Ryan (Keri) Casteel, Seth (Annie) Bruce, Stacy (Dan) Castro, Stephaine (Patrick) Isom, and Lisa Smith; 24 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Leona is also survived by sister, Lois (Blas) Skvicalo, Lead, SD, and brother, Bill (Darlene) Huddleston Sturgis, SD.
Leona was preceded in death by her spouse, Donald Casteel; parents, Lee and Mayme Hudleston; brothers, Bud Huddleston and Red Huddleston; sisters, Mrytle Malen and Betty Dubry; and grandson, Jason Bruce
Leona “THE SWEETEST” lady ever enjoyed making baked goods for friends, family, and strangers alike. She enjoyed working at the auctions (handing out numbers, visiting with people, and providing baked goods), and playing cards. She was still playing cards and winning up until the night before she went into the hospital. Family was very important to our mom. She was the center of our family and had a heart of gold. She is the best of each of us and will be missed!
Thank you to our brother, Jerry (& Pat), and sisters, Susan (Thank You So Much) and Sandy (& Tim), for being there to support Mom in her later years.
Memorials have been established to the Vale Fire Department and Sturgis Ambulance.
Visitation will be Monday, September 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Francis Cecil Blake

September 18, 1933 - September 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 

Francis Cecil Blake was born September 18, 1933, to Clyde and Margaret (Story) Blake. He was raised in the Flandreau area. He met the love of his life, Shirley Daggitt, in Sioux Falls and they were married in Luverne, MN, on May 12, 1956. From this union, three sons were born: Steve and two boys who were lost at child birth. He had many professions but carpentry was his greatest accomplishment. His spare time passions were fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Francis, 84, Sturgis, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
He is survived by one son, Steve (Valoree) of Sturgis; two grandchildren, Jaime (Jeremiah) McKnight and Josh (Ronelle) Blake; seven great-grandchildren, Damian, Keenan, McKenzie, Dominic, Davin, Jonah and Haadyn all of Rapid City; two sisters, Doris (Russell) Wenzel and Lois (Lowell) Blumke, of Minnesota; brother, Darrel (Madlyn) Blake, of Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; his spouse, Shirley; and two sons.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Reverend Denzel Nonhof officiating. Inurnment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Casper J. "Cap" Heidrich

January 4, 1927 - September 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017

 

Casper “Cap” was born January 4, 1927, at Linton, ND, to Rudolf and Philippina (Rohich) Heidrich. He attended country school near Strasburg, ND, and worked on the family farm.
In 1942, he moved to Vale and in 1944, he moved to Nisland where he worked in the beet fields.
On March 4, 1948, he married Clara Evelyn Einfalt at Belle Fourche, SD.
Cap worked as a hired man until 1949 and spent two winters at Homestake in Lead.
He was drafted in 1952 and served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps and was discharged as a corporal.
He returned to farming until 1974, when they sold out and Cap went to work for the Newell School District as the Nisland school janitor for 18 years. He drove a school bus for 31 years.
Cap was a member of the Nisland Post 33 American Legion.
Casper J. “Cap” Heidrich, 90, Nisland, died at his home on Monday, September 18, 2017.
Survivors include his wife, Clara; son, Bill (Sandy) Heidrich; daughters, Nancy Reid and Patsy Martin; brother, Harry (Jessie) Heidrich; sister, Jean Kryzsko; and three grandchildren, Lyle Hanson, Cody (Cassie) Heidrich, and Clay Heidrich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, three brothers, and three sisters.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, at the Nisland Independent Community Church in Nisland. Burial will follow, with military honors by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial to the Nisland Volunteer Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Ethel Marie Beaty

November 9, 1914 - September 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Ethel Marie (Heil) Beaty was born November 9, 1914, in Avon, SD, to Christian and Margaret (McPherson) Heil. Ethel was not able to have children of her own, so she adopted all her nieces and nephews, and also children of friends and neighbors. Ethel's warm and caring heart was always ready whenever the need was there.
Ethel is now united with family and friends who were called home before the rest of us. She will be tending the flowers in Heaven as here on earth!
Ethel was called home on September 17, 2017.
Graveside committal services will be held Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. She will be inurned with her husband, Ronald.

 

     
   
     

Keith Duane Marshall

May 14, 1946 - September 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm, Monday, September 18, 2017

 

Keith Marshall was born in Cheyenne Agency, SD in May 14, 1946 to Hazel and Sib Marshall. Mr. Marshall had a strong sense of family; he had 17 brothers and sisters and was very active member in church. SD
He and his siblings were bussed to the boarding school in Cheyenne Eagle Butte since they lived so far from school. They only saw their family during holidays and long weekends. He was very active in football, track, and band in school. He graduated high school in 1964 and continued on to Northern State University in Aberdeen. He graduated with a two year Elementary Teaching Certificate & Physical Education.
After completing Northern State University, he had an internal battle within himself to become either a minister or join the military. Feeling his dedication to family, country and his urge to help others, in December of 1966 he went to Sioux Falls Army Recruiter and enlisted as an airborne combat medic. He attended school in Fort Polk, LA; Fort Sam Houston, TX; Fort Benning, GA for paratrooper and airborne combat medic. After completing his training, he was stationed with 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, KY.
He was sent to Vietnam in Dec. 1967 with 101st Airborne on the DMZ. He participated in many search and destroy, and combat assault missions. He received his first Bronze Star (with "V") 5 months later. There were active fire fights and deaths of battalion members every few days. On Feb 22, 1968 Keith was injured with shrapnel during a fire fight. He refused medevac choosing to stay and assist as he was the last surviving medic.
During his time in Vietnam he was transferred over to the 173rd Airborne, assisting with aid for US soldiers and locals. During his time with the 173rd Airborne, he was under orders to return the United States. One day before his flight was to depart Vietnam, a fire broke out, and due to his selfless actions he was awarded the Silver Star.
Arriving back in SD, he worked in Rapid City for a short time as a paramedic. That was difficult assignment as during responses, it would bring him right back to Vietnam.
Keith attended welding school in Denver, Colorado becoming a certified welder. He then worked in the Wyoming oil fields for 16 years, also attending college at University of Wisconsin earning a BA in Human Services. The family later lived 4 years in upstate New York before moving to Sturgis in 2001.
Since retirement, his hobbies include dancing, being an active church member, spending time with family & friends, and very active member in the Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America.
Keith Duane Marshall, died, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at his home in Sturgis, SD
Visitation will be Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Monday, September 17, 2017 at the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis, with burial to follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Tommy "Tom" Glenn Lowry

July 6, 1966 - September 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017

 

Tom was born in Scottsbluff, NE, on July 6, 1966, to Tommy Lee and Margaret Ann (Gilmore) Lowry, and spent his early years in Torrington, WY. After marrying Victoria Montoya, they moved to Rapid City where he raised his family and worked for the City of Rapid City in the Recreation Department.
Tom enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid motorcyclist. He loved fishing the lakes and streams of the Black Hills. You would often find him on a golf course or in the kitchen cooking. He loved animals and could train anything. He was a Little League coach for his sons. Over the last couple years he became a skilled jewelry maker.
Most of all, Tom’s heart and soul was his family. He enjoyed spending as much time as he could with family and close friends. He especially loved to be at home with his grandchildren. Even in his last days when Vicki would try to keep “the girls” quiet he would say “Let them run and have fun. The sound they make is the best sound in the world.”
Tommy "Tom" Glenn Lowry passed away at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD, on Monday, September 11, 2017, at the age of 51.
Tom is survived by his wife of 28 years, Victoria; his sister, Stacy Ann (Brian) Beman of Laramie, WY; his two sons, Nicholas Joseph and Jared Anthony Lowry of Rapid City; his two daughters, Megan Michelle (Jakeb) Myers of Sidney, NE, and Amanda Elizabeth (Nico) Steele of Rapid City. Tom also had six beautiful granddaughters; Neveah, Taliya, Emma, Melody, Harper and Avey.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret "Sis" Ann Gilmore and Tommy Lee Lowry; and his grandparents, William and Margaret Elizabeth Gilmore.
Tom’s final wish was not to have a funeral but to celebrate his full life. He wanted a time for family and friends to come together in prayer so a Rosary will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. A mass will be held in honor of Tom on Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. The Rosary and the mass will be held at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Rapid City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice House, 224 Elk St., Rapid City, SD 57701. The family of Tom Lowry wishes to thank the staff of Hospice House and all of the family and friends that made Tom’s last days peaceful and loving.

 

     
   
     

Audrey Ellen Meyer

November 16, 1920 - September 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Audrey Ellen Bartlett Meyer was born November 16, 1920, in Kinghurst County, MN, to Vance Lovette and Sylvia Hazel (Grier) Bartlett.
She married Lawrence William Truax and they settled in Onamia, MN. Three children were born to this union; David William, Joanne Ellen, and Judy Ann.
Audrey worked at several jobs and enjoyed high ranking positions in the Rebecca Lodge in Sturgis. Helping others was her joy.
Audrey married Paul Meyer in 1985 and they lived in Sturgis, SD. They wintered in their comfy trailer in Quartzite, AZ, at their daughters ‘desert family property where daughter, Joanne, lived. Holidays were a joy with visitors from both Audrey and Paul’s families.
Audrey passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Happy to have shared her life are her son, David William (Judy) Truax, Maiden Rock, WI; daughter, Judy Ann Rees, Carlsbad, CA; six grandchildren, Steven and Brian Truax, Patrick Holbert and Kelly Shermak, Dell Weinkauf and Tonia Chambers; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Phillip Truax, Lacy Shermak, Jassandra and Cashton Holbert and Greg Weinkauf ; and one great-great-grandchild, Jacelyn Chambers; sisters, Lorraine Larson, Minn., and Barbara ”Bobby” Austin, Torrance, CA; brothers, Darwin (Mardell) Bartlett, Red Wing, MN, Vance Bartlett, Bruno, MN, and Douglas (Arlou) Bartlett, Chugiak, AK.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joanne Ellen Weinkauf-Donavan; husband, Paul Meyer; sisters, Vivian Anderson and Jocelyn Ridgway; and brothers, Jeffery, Lary, Norman, and Elwin.
Visitation is Sunday, September 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
Funeral service will be held Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Spearfish. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A Memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Bill Prell

September 26, 1927 - September 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017

 

Gillette resident, Bill Prell, 89, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD, of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was 20 days shy of his 90th birthday.
A military funeral will take place at 10:00 a.m. on September 23, 2017, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, WY, followed by “A celebration of Bill’s life” hosted at Primrose Retirement Community, 921 Mountain Meadow Lane, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
He was born September 26, 1927, in Anselmo, NE, the fourth of seven children to Jay and Florence (Beardsley) Prell. He was raised on his parent's ranch in northern Niobrara County, WY. Bill attended high school in Lusk, WY, and Gillette, WY. He enlisted in the US Navy July 21, 1945, with 5 buddies from Newcastle, WY.
He was a Fireman second class. He served on four different ships; The USS Sarita, USS PCE842, USS PCE 884, and the USS LSM 443. He received the Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal and American Area campaign medal.
He received an honorable discharge on November 7, 1947, and returned home to Newcastle, WY. There he worked on the Newcastle Police Force for a short time. Bill also served in the Army National Guard from 1950 – 1953.
Bill traveled many roads in life and lived in various states such as WY, NE, CO, IA, and CA. His working career included cowboy, policeman, plumber, and carpenter. He retired from Pioneer Manor as a Maintenance Engineer. Bill was a jack of all trades and a master of none he often quoted, but really a master of most.
He married Bonnie Marie Walkup October 13, 1948, in Omaha, NE. They had 3 daughters and one son.
Bill and Bonnie loved to polka. Wherever Bill was, Bonnie was by his side. They always enjoyed getting together with friends to play cards.
Bill was an avid reader. When his eyesight started deteriorating, he turned to books on tape. When you would stop to see him, he had his earphones on listening to another book.
He never missed an opportunity to smile and had a contagious laugh. Socializing and having lunch at the Campbell County Senior Center (Table 35) was a great pleasure for him. He looked forward to having breakfast with his son-in-law and grandson on the weekends. Going to Deadwood when he had a chance and playing card games with his family with huge jumbo cards, was always a joy for him.
He is survived by three daughters, Waunita (Dave) Black, Billings MT, LaVonna (Rick) Shank, Gillette, WY, and Dianne (Fred) Bagley, Canyon Country, CA; and a son, Billy (Terry) Prell, Canyon Country, CA; two sisters, Josephine Shacklefurd, Newcastle, WY, and Edith Graham, Montrose, CO; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie Marie (Walkup) Prell; parents, Jay and Florence Prell; three brothers, George, Glen, and Ed; one sister, Peg Chastain; one granddaughter, Tracy Linette Keister; and one grandson, Nathan Scott Bagley.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and at later date, he will be laid to rest in the Prell Family section at Greenwood Cemetery, Newcastle, WY.
A memorial can be made to Campbell County Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Gary Wayne Lippold

November 6, 1950 - September 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017

 

Gary was born November 6, 1950, in Topeka, KS, to Wayne and Janet (Cruickshank) Lippold. The family moved to Corpus Christi, TX, in 1954, and remained in the state of Texas settling in the Austin area prior to Gary’s elementary school years.
Gary was a lifelong Texas Longhorn fan, since the day Darrell Royal visited his neighborhood in Austin, TX, and threw a pass to Gary (which Gary caught). Gary loved football and supported his Texas teams his whole life.
Gary graduated from Liberty Hill High School in Liberty Hill, TX, in 1969. As a sophomore in high school, Gary proved to be an entrepreneur raising cattle and 1,000 hogs, which he sold to pay for his college education. In his youth, Gary loved golf, water skiing, hunting, and fishing.
Gary graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in accounting. Upon graduation, Gary went to work for J. Storm Drilling in Corpus Christi as an accountant.
Gary put his whole heart into everything he did. So it was when he established Glencoe CampResort in 1982, building it into a large and successful enterprise. His family’s involvement during the Rally each year made these the happiest years of Gary’s life. His folks, Wayne and Janet, ran the concession stands, his sister, Peggy, and brother-in-law, Ed, and family were often able to help and several long-time employees were as close as family; Fritz Lamphere, Cindy and Shawn Cruickshank, RT Shaw, and Jan Lamphere. Over the years, Gary was happy to work with the clients of New Dawn Center at Vale, providing many of them second chances at life.
In December 1991, Gary helped establish Sturgis Rally and Races to better manage and organize the annual motorcycle Rally. It was Gary’s vision that the Rally return a tangible benefit to the residents of Sturgis.
Then he built Sturgis Dragway, Kickstart Travel Center, the Thunderdome, started Big G Construction, and became partners in Sturgis Bike Week, a t-shirt printing company. Since he missed raising cattle in Texas, during this time, he purchased a beautiful ranch near Enning, SD, where he made many improvements to the dams and infrastructure.
Gary was proud of his successful businesses, yet the story of Gary’s life can only be told by the things he did to help other people. Gary was a master organizer and problem solver. He was involved in more fund raising events than any of us can remember, including raising money for rural fire departments, friends with medical problems, community fund raisers and many others. In 1993, Gary organized an informal “inauguration” for Meade County resident Walter Dale Miller who became governor when Gov. Mickelson was killed in an airplane crash. Gary studied the art of catering to large groups of people, put together a battle plan, drew it out meticulously with every conceivable detail covered, then he and his friend, Bob Davis (and a large number of volunteers), fed over 3,000 people in 20 minutes.
Gary was a board member of the Greater Lifecare Foundation, Sturgis Area Business Alliance, and Meade Co. Taxpayers for Responsible Government.
Nothing was more dear to Gary’s heart than the Lippold Hospice Unit at Sturgis Regional Hospital. This wonderful facility was dedicated in 2005 and named in honor of Gary’s parents. At the dedication Gary said, “There is not a more compassionate or valuable gift than the support that hospice provides in a family’s greatest hour of need.” Countless families have been comforted over the years from this jewel in our community.
Gary will also be remembered as the co-founder of the Sturgis Mustang Rally, which just completed its 11th year. Gary’s superior organizational skills, dedication to a project, and determination certainly played a vital role in making the Mustang Rally into such a successful event.
Sturgis businessman Gary Wayne Lippold died September 11, 2017, at the Lippold Hospice Suite after a heroic battle with cancer.
Gary Lippold is survived by his muscle and enforcer, soulmate and love of his life, Robin Shrake; brothers, Gregor Lippold, Newell, Bob (Thelma) Lippold, Portland, TX, and Peggy (Ed) Luna, Troy, TX; nieces, Janell (Keith), Jamie Lynn (Clark), Tana, and Jalee; nephew, William; and special friend, Bob Davis.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Janet Lippold; and foster brother, John Bailey.
A visitation will be held Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Sturgis Community Center.
A memorial has been established to the upkeep and maintenance of the beloved Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Helen Marie Dunbar

July 14, 1918 - September 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017

 

Helen Marie (Johnson) Dunbar was born July 14, 1918, to Clyde and Sylvia Johnson in the village of Big Falls, MN. Sometime later, the family moved to Bemidji, MN, where her father took on several business ventures trying to support a growing family. Helen graduated from the Bemidji school system.
The family then made a final move to McArthur, CA, to start a gas station-bar business. Helen eventually left Minneapolis, MN, to be with her sister, Marian. She then met Jack Dunbar and they were married in 1938 in Minnesota. Jack was a Gray Hound bus driver which led to several moves during which time Helen took on sales clerking jobs, mainly for J C Penny's.
Retirement brought them back to McArthur, CA, until Jack's death in 2003. Helen sold their property in 2005 and because of poor health, her niece, Helen Yantes, brought her to Sturgis, SD, in 2007. Recovering (Helen) was able to be in her own apartment and maintain her independence until her death September 7, 2017, at Deadwood Regional Hospital.
Helen is survived by her sister, Therese Johnsen of Redding, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Dunbar; her parents; and six siblings.
Helen's legacy is she never met anyone she didn't like and everyone liked her sweet and fun personality. Anyone who knew Helen knew she was a regular at Mineral Palace Gaming, where she was treated like family. They all watched over her and she felt like it was home away from home.
Rest in peace dear soul-You will be missed.
Memorial services will be held Friday, September 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will be in Minnesota at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Iris Oriole Taylor

January 31, 1919 - September 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017

 

Iris Oriole Taylor, 98, Sturgis, died Monday, September 4, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care in Sturgis, SD.
Iris was born January 31, 1919, in Niobrara, NE, to Henry Charles and Alice Mae (Richards) Lackmann. The family moved to Belle Fourche, SD, where Iris graduated from high school in 1937. She was united in marriage to Robert Louis Taylor on December 30, 1939, in Sundance, WY. Three children were born to this union.
Iris started her employment as a clerk at the JC Penney store in Belle Fourche during WWII. She continued working as a clerk until she retired from the Red Cross Drugstore in Sisseton, SD, when she was 75.
Iris "Grandma T" moved to Sturgis in 1994 to be closer to family where she enjoyed babysitting great-grandchildren and others. In her spare time she enjoyed walking and reading.
Iris is survived by her son, Steve (Linda) Taylor, Broken Arrow, OK; daughters, Sharon Stewart, Sturgis, and Dixie Labrake, Gainsville, VA; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren, with another due in November.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, and 6 brothers.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, with burial following at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials are to the Berry Unit of Sturgis Regional Senior Care, for the excellent care they gave Iris during her 7 years as a resident. To all of her "LOVE" girls/ladies, her family says Thank You for your care.

 

     
   
     

Alan Boyd Price

December 6, 1947 - September 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service

 

Alan Boyd Price was born December 6, 1947, in Dupree, SD, to Walt & Thora Price. His childhood years were spent on the family ranch in Red Owl, SD. After attending country school, he graduated from Faith High School. In 1966, he enlisted in the US Army to serve during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged in 1969, he married the love of his life, Merla Dawn Weyer. They were blessed with two children, Launa and Chad. The next 48 years they spent ranching in the Red Owl / Opal area. Along with ranching, Alan enjoyed woodworking, welding, and spending time with his family.
Alan passed on Friday, September 1, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital as the result of an accident.
Alan is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Merla Dawn; daughter, Launa (Shane) Grubl; son, Chad (Jenny) Price; five grandchildren, Teigen & Trey Grubl, and Brayden, Brigg, & Brynlie Price; and his parents, Walt and Thora Price.
Alan was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Price; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Merle and Addie Boyd Weyer.
Per Alan’s wishes, private family services were held.
A memorial has been established in Alan’s memory to the Opal and Red Owl Fire Departments.

 

     
   
     

Debra Raye Enright

June 4, 1952 - September 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Debra Raye Enright, 65, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Debra was born June 4, 1952, in Mobridge, SD, to Henry and Ramona (Horst) Scherer. Debra graduated from Lead High School in 1970, and from Black Hills State University in 1997. She worked for many years as an accountant in the Lynn's corporate office in Rapid City. Debra was president of the Grace Lutheran Church Women and on the governing council at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Even though Deb had no children of her own, her love for children was demonstrated through the love and joy she shared with her nieces and nephews as well as the children of Grace Lutheran Church through her puppet ministry.
Debra is survived by her husband, Dillard Enright, Sturgis; mother, Ramona Scherer, Sturgis; and her siblings, David (Sherry) Scherer, Lead, Deanna Mattox, Rapid City, Doreen McGlade, Casper, WY, Dan (Amy) Scherer, Rapid City, Denise Noetzel, Redding, CA, Delphia (Kevin) Johnson, Elko, NV, and Jim (Cheryl) Welckle, Oracle, AZ. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Justin (Kendra) Enright and Scott Enright; mother-in-law, Lucille Enright; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; father, Henry Scherer; nephew, Jesse Scherer; brother-in-law, David Mattox; and father-in-law, Bruce Enright.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Relay for Life and to Grace Lutheran Church

 

     
   
     

Keith Hanson Sr.

September 15, 1935 - September 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Saturday, September 9, 2017

 

I was born September 15, 1935, to Harold and Opal (Papka) Hanson in Hettinger, ND, at Springer Hospital. My folks were working for Gunder Homme at the time, south of Strool. We moved to the Bagley place in 1936 working for George Elling, then to the Potter White place west of the Slim Buttes in 1937. After that we moved to the Rudolf Lee place in 1938 and then half a mile north to the Lars Rugdaberg place in 1939 which they purchased.
I went to the Jefferson School all eight years riding horse for the first four years. Roads were not good. In the spring of '49, there was 24 to 30 inches of snow everywhere. There was no way you could drive, so the teacher, three girls, and four boys stayed in the teacherage in two rooms for four weeks. I was the oldest boy so it was my job to get all three stoves started (bedroom, kitchen, and school house) in that order. When I got back from the school house, breakfast was ready. There was no running water or electricity. We had fun during our stay at the school house. I stayed home after getting out of school, working with my father and neighbors when they needed extra help, which made me a few extra dollars for gas and dance money. Every Saturday night there was a dance somewhere, and I was usually there. I loved to dance. The dances were something in the past. I was a maintenance man for the Reva community telephone until it was taken over by Bell Telephone Co.
I was working for the A.S.C., known as the Farm Service Agency, going from farm to farm measuring all wheat fields planted each spring. Also, I tested every grain bin the government had at their sites in Bowman, Scranton, and Reeder checking grain temperature and if there were any bugs present.
I entered the US Army on November 7, 1957, and was sent to Korea for 13 months and was discharged in September of '59. On July 15, 1961, Bonnie Sigman and I were married in Sturgis, SD, with Willie Tenold and Gloria Hanson standing up for us. We purchased the Ruby Mort place, we couldn't move in until November. We rented an 8X22 foot trailer house, living in it for almost four months, moving in November 7, 1961. I and Ellis Peck sheared sheep around the area for a few years and in the spring of 1960, I went to north east Nebraska shearing. There, everyone had a few sheep to trim and tree belts. I earned one dollar per head, which was much better than the 50 cents I earned back home.
I went on the township board in 1964, and also was on the County Commissioners board for four years. Bonnie and I have five children; Kevin, Suzan, Noreen, Edward, and Keith Jr. We also have five grandsons and one granddaughter. As the children got bigger so did their chores, they milked six cows by hand, later getting a milking machine. We bought baby calves at the sale barns, getting about ten head every other week or what we could get to feed the milk to. Then we had around 600 laying hens getting more than 30 dozen eggs to be washed and candled every day. Then we had an egg delivery route to Reva, Prairie City, Bison, SD, and Hettinger, ND, every week. It seemed as if someone always had a scoop shovel or fork in their hand, cleaning somewhere. Each year there were 400 chicks, 300 pullets, and a hundred fryers. In 1966, we purchased the Emmett Quatier and my parent's land. We started out with sheep, as all the land was fenced for them. I had a small herd to start with. Then as the kids left, a switch to cattle took place as this was much easier than lambing.
I had a couple of hobbies; one is the collecting of teaspoons with different patterns and sets like all the states and presidents, etc. Some are sterling silver, some are silver plate and others stainless. I also have a few twisted handle butter knives which are hard to find as they didn't make any past the 1920's. Bonnie started a Christmas village scene, but soon outgrew her expectancy, going from seven houses to over fifty. It takes most of the living room now. The set contains around 500 pieces now with trees, people, street lights, animals, roads and sidewalks. The scene is beautiful when lit at night.
In 2005, doctors discovered my kidneys were shutting down and in the fall of 2007, I was put on dialysis. I had to sell the cattle and retire. On March 6, 2009, I received a used (new to me) kidney. I have been doing great since then, having to watch my diet and take my pills, traveling many miles on numerous doctor visits.
In May of 2010, Bonnie entered the hospital at Hettinger, ND, with many problems. She had been in declining health for some time, which we did not realize. On July 17, two days after our 49th anniversary, she passed away. She is at peace with her Lord at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, in the wall at A.C. 21. On April 27, 2013, I married Margaretta (Smith) Ladson at the Reva Lutheran Church.
After a long fight of kidney disease, I left this life and entered Heaven to join family.
Keith E. Hanson, Sr., Reva, died Friday, September 1, 2017, at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD.
I am survived by my wife, Margaretta; three sons, Kevin (Linda), Edward, and Keith, Jr. (Julie); two daughters, Suzan, and Noreen (John) Green; grandchildren, Jake, Dalton, Lance, Lynn, Robert, and Kyla; and step-children, Lori, Lorin, Lisa, and Larry.
I am preceded in death by my parents; wife, Bonnie; and two brothers, Wesley and Leonard.
An evening service will be 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, with a visitation starting at 5:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Reva Community Hall in Reva, SD. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Wayne Otto Erickson

September 23, 1959 - August 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Wayne Otto Erickson, 57, Rapid City, died Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Wayne was born September 23, 1959, in Hot Springs, SD, to Lauren and Minnie (Boeken) Erickson. Throughout his life, he held many positions and it didn't matter what the job entailed, he gave 100% and did it with pride. He served in the U S Air Force from 1977 until his honorable discharge in 1981. He worked at a sawmill, washed dishes in a restaurant, rang the bell for the Salvation Army, was at the information desk at a city office, and was a dispatcher at a bus station.
Wayne loved life and would give whatever he had to help someone out. Football was the highlight of his TV. He also listened along with Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Bonanza, and Little House on the Prairie. He also enjoyed listening to the news.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Lou Erickson of Rapid City; his mother, Minnie Wood of Capitan, NM; daughters, Christy (Tom) Anderson of Rapid City, Melissa Sisk of Rapid City, and Ann Icenogle, soon to be Eutsler (Craig) of Glenrock, WY; grandson, Paul Wolfe; granddaughters, Faith and Rebekah Icenogle and Savannah Eutsler; his siblings, LaVonne (Marvin) Wolf, New Mexico, Barb (Les) Scarbrough, Texas, LeRoy (Shelly) Erickson, Wyoming, Carlos (Anne) Erickson, South Dakota, and Charlotte Bason, New Mexico; and Wayne's dog, Malaika.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lauren "Bumps" Erickson; and sister-in-law, Debbie Erickson.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Sean McPherson officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established for "Leader Dogs" for the blind.

 

     
   
     

Benjamin "Ben" Bauer

March 30, 1929 - August 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 

Benjamin was born March 30, 1929, to Benjamin and Florence (Warren) Bauer in Cottonwood, SD.
Ben served in the Navy Construction Battalion.
Ben spent the latter part of his life writing stories and recording his family history. The following was found among his writing as part of his self-written obituary and last wishes:
“I was here, now I am gone and it was for such a short time to. I can only hope that my presents here made a difference for some of you. My wealth was in my family which was more than some had. Additional wealth was in my friends,
There were many things I would have liked to have accomplished while I was here. But most important was the love, honor and humor that I received and tried to pass on to others. I leave no statues or famous last words to remember me by. What wisdom I held and tried to pass on was one of my gifts to you.
Hold your head high, be truthful. Follow the commandments and never trust a Politician no matter what he or she says.”
Ben R. Bauer, 88, of Rapid City, passed away August 28, 2017 at Fort Meade, SD.
Ben is survived by his children, Lynette Hall, Renton, WA; Cathy Labor, Rapid City; Paul (Noemi) Bauer, Piedmont;; Mark (Janelle) Bauer, Piedmont; Jay Bauer, Rapid City, and Scott Bauer, Rapid City; seven grandchildren, four great–grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, sisters, Roberta Freeman, Sturgis and Doris (Jack) Ward, Black Hawk; brother, Walt (Rose) Bauer, Ansonia, CT.
Ben is preceded in death by the joy of his life, Peggy R (Balander) Bauer, his parents Ben and Florence F. (Warren) Bauer and many family members and friends.
Graveside services will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. with military honors.
He requested no flowers and that any memorials go to his family for donation of their choice.

 

     
   
     

Larry Lum Williams

February 16, 1942 - August 25, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 

Larry was born in Worland, WY, on February 16, 1942, to Roy and Leura Williams. He worked for various school districts as a maintenance man and various other jobs from construction to oil fields. He was raised hunting and fishing in the Big Horn Mountains and that is where his love laid until his passing.
He married Joann Rieker on February 28, 1965, in Casper, WY. Together they lived in various places, spending 16 years in Sundance, WY, and eventually moving to Deadwood, SD, where Larry worked as a cook for many years. Later they moved to Newell, SD, and enjoyed retirement together.
Larry was very active in his family and loved each one of them. Larry was an avid fisherman. He made sure to teach all his grandchildren how to fish and made sure to take them fishing on many occasions. Larry loved to sing, “You are my Sunshine” and “Here comes Peter Cottontail” to all of his grandchildren. Larry was always willing to help anyone in need.
Larry Lum Williams, 75, Newell, died Friday, August 25, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Larry is survived by his sister, Helen Case, Windsor, CO; daughter Laraya (Jeff) Royer, Sturgis; sons, Kenneth (Kristi) Williams, Newell, and Kevin (Patty) Williams, Whitewood; his grandchildren, Steven and Shawna Royer, and Christopher, Tonisha, Daniel, Colter, and Dustin Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews which he loved like his own children.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Joann; parents, Roy and Leura Williams; sister, Alberta (Berdie) Swanson; brothers, Edwin, Dale, and Delbert Williams; and his grandson, Weston Williams.
Visitation will be 8:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Black Hills Baptist Church in Whitewood, SD, with Pastor Sean Donnelly officiating. Interment will be at Vale Cemetery.
A memorial has been set up for the education of his grandchildren.

 

     
   
     

Tom Byron Parsons

February 23, 1943 - August 25, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017

 

Tom was born February 23, 1943, in Mitchell, SD, to Byron and Vera Parsons. He lived his childhood in Woonsocket, SD. Tom attended school in Woonsocket, SD, and Lemmon SD.
In 1960, Tom joined the US Navy where he traveled the world sailing and serving in the Pacific on the USS Pine Island until his honorable discharge in 1964. After he was discharged, he returned to South Dakota where he continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until 1966.
He met the love of his life, Patricia Romereim, in Rapid City, SD, and they were married in February of 1965. After starting their family in Rapid City, they moved to Douglas, WY, where they would spend the next 40 years working and raising their two daughters. There, Tom began his long career in advertising specialties. He and Patricia would eventually return to Rapid City where he lived until his death.
Tom was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and hunter and enjoyed sharing that with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a marksman and used his skill to teach youth rifle clubs. He was never happier than when he was in the field pheasant hunting with his trusted and much-loved dog & sidekick, Bowser, his black lab. He had a love for firearms and was an avid gun collector and a lifetime member of the NRA. He was also a dedicated fisherman and enjoyed fly fishing in Rapid Creek, as well as fishing from a boat on the ocean or at the lake.
Tom Byron Parsons died Friday, August 25, 2017, at the Department of Veteran Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.
He is survived by his loving wife and life partner of 52 years, Patricia Parsons; his daughters, Victoria (Parsons) Stroup (Timothy) and Anne (Parsons) Duda, (Mike Sandidge). He has three grandchildren, Katelyn (Stroup) Kolb (Adam), Thomas Stroup (Stephanie Ellis) and Michael Duda; and one great-granddaughter, Melinda Jane Stroup.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Vera Parsons; brother, Dean Parsons; and his sister, Jane (Parsons) Roth.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 29, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.