Obituaries
     
   
     

Mary Kathryn Reausaw

December 28, 1923 - September 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Thursday, September 29, 2016

 

Kathryn was born at home on the family ranch near Tilford, SD, on December 28, 1923, to Guido and Lois Soelzer. She attended Morse Creek School for eight years and made the seven mile journey on horseback. She spent the next four years in the Sturgis High School and graduated in 1941. Kathryn married Bernard Reausaw II on November 16, 1947. Bernard died on November 1, 1980.
Kathryn first worked at the USO (United Services Organization) in the 1940's. After her marriage, she helped run the family dry cleaning business (Deluxe Cleaners), as she raised her family in Lead. She cared for her multiple handicapped son, Rhyan, at home for eleven and a half years. Kathryn enjoyed working at the New York Store in Deadwood, as well as working as a secretary for her son, Bernie, for several years.
She enjoyed playing bridge, poker, and cribbage with her children, family, and friends. She loved to dance. Hosting large family get-togethers was a special talent and joy to her. Her most well-known trait was the love for her children. From the moment they were born, her grandchildren knew her love. She developed strong bonds with them all.
Mary Kathryn (Soelzer) Reausaw, 92, Spearfish, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility in Spearfish.
Kathryn was a beloved and well respected lady in the Lead community, over the past sixty-five years. She will be greatly missed by friends and family. Kathryn is survived by children, Bernard Reausaw III (Judy), Ralph Reausaw (Carol), and Lois Ann Jacobs (Curt); grandchildren, Tammie Stiess (Matt), Sara Reausaw Wilson (Kyle), Brent Reausaw (Carena), Jess Reausaw (Becky), Phillip Reausaw, Ryan Reausaw, Mark Jacobs (Abby) and Kelsey Jacobs; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Frank and Ralph Soelzer, husband, Bernard Reausaw II; son, Rhyan Reausaw; and one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Wilson.
Memorial donations may be given to the Kathryn Reausaw memorial, which will be given for the use of Alzheimer's Patients.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Dick" Fort

July 6, 1922 - September 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Black Hills artist and environmentalist Dick Fort, 94, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center near Sturgis, with family and friends at his bedside.
Dick was a prolific painter and composer, but he was best known as a leader of two decades-long projects. He and fellow cross-country skiers worked with the U.S. Forest Service to create the Eagle Cliff Cross Country Ski Area in the Northern Hills. Dick also was a founding member of ACTion for the Environment, formed to protect the Black Hills from damage threatened by open-pit gold mining.
Richard Lindsey Fort was born July 6, 1922, in Mitchell, the son of Lyman and Mildred Fort. His father was principal of the local high school and his mother taught grade school and was a composer. She taught Dick piano. As a boy, Dick also painted and drew cartoons, and he taught himself to sculpt roadside alabaster. In summers the family camped in the Black Hills. Eventually his parents bought a cabin in Spearfish Canyon, where Dick hiked, climbed and fished for trout.
The Fort family later moved to Sioux Falls. Dick graduated from Washington High School in 1940. Later he attended Grinnell College in Iowa, majoring in English and German.
In 1943, Dick was called up from the Army reserves. He trained in Ohio with a special German-language unit and in London as a cryptanalyst. After D-Day, Dick served with combat units in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, intercepting and decoding German radio messages. He earned battle stars for pinpointing enemy positions — some of them during the Battle of the Bulge — and he was honorably discharged at Christmas in 1945.
After the war, Dick returned to Grinnell College to finish his degree, and he earned a second degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, supported in part by the GI Bill.
In 1956, Dick began a 28-year teaching career at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. During a 1960's sabbatical, Dick returned to Europe to visit galleries, museums, cathedrals and other architectural landmarks. He drew on those experiences for his own art and for the courses he taught. In Chicago, Dick often took his sketchbook to the jazz joints of Rush Street. He also drew inspiration from artists ranging from 17th century Baroque painters to 20th century abstract expressionists.
Most summers during his teaching career, Dick returned to the family cabin on Spearfish Creek to paint, compose, hike and fish. He also organized popular Sunday volleyball games in Spearfish Canyon, and his reputation as a maker of chokecherry and dandelion wine grew with each vintage.
In 1984, after he retired from Wright College, Dick moved permanently to the Black Hills to the small community of Englewood, not far from Spearfish Canyon. There, inspired by Buckminster Fuller, Dick built a home of connected geodesic domes, which became a weekend headquarters for his large, eclectic group of friends. Dick organized cross-country ski expeditions in winter and hikes in summer. In his 70's, he took up mountain biking. When gold prices shot up in the early 1980's, sparking a new gold rush in the Black Hills, Dick was among the first to see the risk. And he took action, recruiting and organizing environmentalists and testifying before regulatory agencies, the state Legislature and in court.
Dick also created space in his home for a small music studio equipped with 1970's consumer electronics and two keyboards. There he composed 24 Black Hills-themed symphonies, each in a different key. Those works remain mostly unheard, but a 2014 documentary about Dick’s life, “Fort: a Spearfish Canyon Rhapsody,” used some of them as a score. A 2014 coffee-table book also preserves some of Dick’s art. The impact of his life, however, reaches further. Black Hills journalist Kevin Woster summed it up: “If the human spirit can live on in a landscape, Dick Fort’s will surely live on in Spearfish Canyon.”
Survivors include Dick’s nephew, Michael Fort, and Michael’s wife, Yvonne, and their children, Jason and Melissa Fort; and Dick’s niece, Sandra Larson, and her husband, Mark, and their children, Chad Larson and Carrie Morris.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Donald and Gerald Fort.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A Celebration of Dick’s life will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Spearfish Canyon Lodge near Lead.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Dakota Rural Action.

 

     
   
     

Betty JoAnn Goldade

January 18, 1937 - September 17, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Betty was born to James and Mary Aubuchon on Jan. 18, 1937, in St. Louis, MO. She married Benny Goldade on Nov. 17, 1955, and to this union came 5 children; Rose, Cindy, Benny, Sandy, and Scott.
Betty JoAnn Goldade died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital in hospice
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Benny Goldade of Sturgis; daughters, Rose (Frank) Dupris, and Cindy Johnson (Dennis Meyers) of Rapid City, SD; son, Scott Goldade of Sisseton, SD. She has 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two children, Benny, Jr. and Sandy Van Kley.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Open Bible Church in Sturgis with Pastor Michael Smith officiating.

 

     
   
     

Wayne A. Freeland

October 17, 1929 - September 18, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Wayne A. Freeland, 86, Lead, died Sunday, September 18, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 23, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Methodist Church in Lead with Pastor Mark Phillips officiating. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Wayne was born October 17, 1929, in Palmer, NE, to Frank and Jessie (Swaim) Freeland. He grew up in Palmer and graduated from Palmer High School in 1948. He studied taxidermy for a time. Wayne served in the US Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged.
Wayne moved to Lead in the mid 1950's. He worked for Homestake Gold Mine for several years.
Wayne married Dorthy (Tryon) Dachtler in 1959. They continued to live in Lead.
He was a mail carrier in Lead until his retirement from the post office. Wayne then ran a trolley in Deadwood and later worked as security at Wharf Mining Company.
Wayne was active in the local Boy Scout and Cub Scout program in Lead for many years. He loved wood working and excelled at cabinet making. He was a long-time member of the Trinity Methodist Church and also enjoyed going to the chapel at Rochford, SD, in good weather. Wayne loved to hunt deer and spent many nights fishing off his boat at Deerfield Lake with this family. He also enjoyed raising his "bunnies" and showing them to the grandkids.
He is survived by his brothers, Ernest Freeland, Council Bluffs, IA, and Don Freeland, Hampton, NE; five sons, Dave Freeland, Spearfish, Philip "Doc" Dachtler, Sturgis, Larry Dachtler, Bruno, AR, Howard Dachtler, Madison, SD, and Wayne (Barb) Dachtler, Arvada, CO; grandchildren, Brian Dachtler and Eric Dachtler, both of Littleton, CO, Lisa Dachtler, Sturgis, Linda Dachtler, Rapid City, Perry Dachtler, Irene, SD, Tabitha Dachtler, Ft. Lewis, WA, Gregory Dachtler, Old Ham, SD, Heather Dachtler, Madison, SD, and Larry Carl and Connie Dachtler, Camby, IN; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Jessie; his wife, Dorthy; and one sister, Dorothy Witton.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Leslie James Justice

May 25, 1946 - September 15, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Leslie James Justice was born May 25, 1946, in Belle Fourche, SD, to Santford and Maxine (Raber) Justice. He was the big brother and chief tormentor to siblings, Sandra and Jim.
Les grew up in the idealistic '50's in Belle Fourche, graduating from Belle Fourche High School with the class of 1964. In July of 1965, he was united in marriage to LynnDee Lyons. Together the couple raised their daughter, Lisa, making their home in Belle Fourche for 51 years. During this time, Les owned trucks and hauled bentonite for many years, but eventually fell into the family tradition of carpentry work.
He opened Dakota Lumber Company in the late 70's and later sold the business to the Bowman family. He was a very talented man and could do most anything he set his mind to.
Les enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping trips, and good times with family and friends. He especially enjoyed the annual "Old Friends Reunion" with six other couples. This was the 29th year – he missed the telling of tall tales this year.
In later years, Les could usually be found "tinkering" in his shop, listening to old time (really old) western music. He loved having his grandsons and son-in-law around working on their various projects. The only downside of working in Grandpa's shop was putting up with his old western music blaring in the background.
Les passed away at home on September 15, 2016, with his wife and daughter by his side.
Celebrating his life are his wife, LynnDee, daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Terry Kudlock, sister, Sandi Wahlfeldt, and brother, Jim (Nita) Justice, all of Belle Fourche; one uncle, Delbert Justice, Ekalaka, MT; one aunt, Murva Justice, Woodburn, OR; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Missing him are his three grandsons, Brandon and Vanessa, Colton and Coree, and Carter Kudlock; and his three great-granddaughters, Kaylor, Hadley, and Tierney Kudlock.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Jean Helmer officiating.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Nickie Stella Johnson

April 2, 1931 - September 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Nickie was born to Blas and Helen Skvicalo on April, 2, 1931. Nickie enjoyed her childhood spending time with her two brothers, Blas and Pete. She attended St. Patrick’s Catholic school and graduated from Lead High School. Nickie worked at various grocery stores in the Lead area until going to work for Fl. Thorpe as a jeweler.
Nickie was an avid sports enthusiast watching Notre Dame Football religiously as well as Yankee and Dodger baseball. Nickie became a very good bowler with the coaching of her brother, Pete. Nickie was a two-time South Dakota state bowling champion as well as tournament champion at various tournaments across the Midwest.
In January of 1974, Nickie married Elwood Johnson; the two of them spent a lot of time traveling around the Midwest visiting Elwood’s brothers. Elwood spent time fly-fishing in Spearfish Canyon and hunting deer and antelope in the Black Hills and South Dakota prairies and Nickie would go with Elwood to spend time with her husband. Nickie was a devout Catholic attending mass every week until the onset of her illness. Nickie cherished her family; assisting them in any way possible.
Nickie Stella Johnson, 85, Sturgis, died Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Nickie will be greatly missed by her surviving family. Nickie is survived by her brother, Blas, and his wife, Lois Skvicalo; and several nieces and nephews.
Nickie was preceded in death by her father, Blas; mother, Helen; brother, Pete; infant brother, Blas; and her husband, Elwood.
A vigil will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel at 7:00 p.m.
A memorial mass will be held Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

 

     
   
     

Gertrude Mary Christianson

April 20, 1922 - September 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

 

Gertrude was born April 20, 1922, in Colome, SD, the daughter of Irwin L. Adams and Ethel L. (Griswold) Adams. Gertrude spent her childhood in Colome and graduated from Colome High School in May of 1940. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the school of nursing at St. Joseph Hospital in Clinton, IA. She began her career as a registered nurse in December of 1944 by enlisting in the Naval Reserve Nurse Corps.
On November 23, 1950, Gertrude married William E. Christianson in Minneapolis, MN, and shortly after received orders to report for duty aboard the USNS SGT Charles E. Mower as a Junior Ship's Nurse, Military Department. She also served aboard the USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey during her naval career. Her military career allowed her to care for the wounded during WW II and the Korean War. Gertrude was honorably discharged from the Armed forces in June of 1955.
After the birth of her children, Gertrude accepted a nursing position at the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital near Sturgis. She retired in June of 1970.
Gertrude "Trudy" Mary Christianson, aged 94, passed away in the early morning hour Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her five children, Ann (Marlon) Healey, Rapid City, SD, William (Jolie) Christianson, Hot Springs, SD, David Christianson, Rapid City, SD, Laura (Wes) Fleischhacker, Rapid City, SD, and Diane Christianson, Shakopee, MN. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William E. Christianson, and her grandson, Luke Christianson.
There will be a private graveside service for immediate family at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Wounded Warrior Project.

 

     
   
     

Pauline "Hope" Vig

September 4, 1930 - September 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Pauline "Hope" (Hubbard) Weiss Vig died Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at the end of life suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be Friday, September 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date at the Hope Cemetery in Newell.
Hope was born September 4, 1930, at Pierre, SD, to Mark and Ella (Weyland) Hubbard. They lived at Draper, SD, until 1934 when they moved to Newell, SD, and in 1936 to Vale, SD.
She graduated high school at St. Martin's Academy in Sturgis in 1948. She taught school at Horse Creek near Newell and at Royal Center in Meade County.
Hope married Dorwin Weiss in Newell on June 28, 1950. They ranched at Fairpoint until an accident claimed the lives of her husband and oldest son July 5, 1963. She moved with the rest of her family to California for a while. The family lived in Spearfish for a number of years where she built three mobile home parks and later moved to Box Elder where she owned and operated Wagon Wheel Village Mobile Home Park until her retirement in 2006.
She married Wayne Vig November 7, 1985, at Billings, MT, and combined two great families hosting many events for family and friends.
She is survived by four children, Sherri Brosmire, Piedmont, Karen Bryan, Sturgis, Myron (Carol) Weiss, Union Center, and Chuck (Brenda) Weiss, Rapid City; five stepchildren, Barry (Cheryl) Vig, Opal, Marty Vig, Opal, Andrew (Jacque) Vig, Rapid City, Lisa Loveridge, Box Elder, and Morris Vig, Rapid City; 33 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; both husbands; one son; and three stepdaughters.
Memorials have been established to the Sturgis Regional Hospital and the Piedmont Valley Library.

 

     
   
     

Etta Eschenbaum

August 17, 1929 - September 9, 2016

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Wednesday September 14, 2016

 

Etta was born August 17, 1929, in Miller, SD, to Anton and Rose (Brueggeman) Schaefer.
Etta grew up on the family farm near Polo, SD, and graduated from St. Liborius High School in 1947. After graduation she married Norman Eschenbaum of Orient, SD, on August 28, 1950, at Miller, SD.
When her husband returned from the Korean War in 1953, they moved to Fargo, ND, where Norman attended auto body school. In 1954, they moved to Miller where she and her husband owned and operated Norm's Body Shop for 20 years. In 1974, Etta and her husband moved briefly to Colorado returning to Rapid City, SD, and finally in Sturgis since 2005.
Etta loved her yard and garden and spent many long hours making them beautiful. She and her family also loved to fish and made many trips to many locations on the Missouri River and trout fishing in the Black Hills. No one could get enough of the smoked trout. Etta also enjoyed having the grandkids stay in the summers which always seemed too short and to go by too fast.
Esther "Etta" Jane Eschenbaum died Friday, September 9, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center with her family at her side.
Etta is survived by her husband of 66 years, Norman; one daughter, Judy (Bruce) Homan, Gillette, WY; two grandchildren, Patrick Homan, Gillette, WY, and Stephanie Homan, Fairbanks, AK; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five older sisters; Eva Riner, Catherine Oligmueller, Madlyn Pilch, Blanche Houck, and Marge Schaefer; two nieces; and one nephew.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral chapel on Wednesday.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial to the Sturgis Regional Long Term Care Center.

 

     
   
     

Steve Bestgen

July 29, 1927 - September 8, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016

 

Steve was born July 29, 1927, on a farm north of Sturgis to John and Jesse (Dryer) Bestgen. He graduated from St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis. Along with his dad and brother, Phillip, he worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Upon returning to America after his service, he attended Black Hills State College where he studied pre-med. He was accepted into Creighton University in Omaha, but his love of farming called him home. In his spare time from the farm, during the late 60’s and throughout the 70’s, he was responsible for the construction and development of many properties in Sturgis. Eventually, he married Norma Deckert and settled on ranching.
For those who knew him, he was a very generous man who helped countless people in countless ways; and he will be sorely missed.
Steve Bestgen, 89, Sturgis, died Thursday, September 8, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital. He was a lifetime area rancher and businessman.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; daughter, Lori (Mike) Rodenz; stepchildren, Cindy Hugen, Jerry (Sue) Hugen, and Marty Hugen; step-granddaughter, Amanda (Joe) Jaksha; step-grandsons, Chance Rodenz and Jett Rodenz; and two step great-granddaughters, Ava Jaksha and Aliza Jaksha; brother, Phillip Bestgen; sister, Connie Gray; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Justine Bruch, Veronica Bogner, Bette Bestgen, and Pat McDermott; and one brother, Leo Bestgen.
Visitation will be Sunday, September11, 2016, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2016, at St. Martin’s Chapel in Sturgis. Burial with military honors will follow at the St. Aloysius Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the St. Martin’s Chapel Restoration Fund or the St. Aloysius Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Peter James Russo

May 2, 1943 - September 4, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service Friday, September 9, 2016

 

Peter James Russo was born in Brooklyn, NY, on May 2, 1943. His devoted parents were the late Jeanette Florence (Della Rocca) Russo and Peter Joseph Russo of Orlando, FL. Pete was the first of two boys raised in Lindenhurst, NY.
Pete’s working career included several quality control positions with aerospace companies in New York, California, and South Dakota before retiring from ITT (EDO) in 2008. In his early years, he enjoyed fishing the waters of The Great South Bay off the coast of Long Island. After building a home in Hill City, South Dakota in 2004, he made that his permanent retirement residence. He enjoyed the peacefulness of rural life and the freedom of riding his Harley through the rolling hills of South Dakota.
Pete, 73, of Hill City, SD, passed away on September 4, 2016.
He will be forever remembered by his loving wife, Suthinee Russo of Hill City, SD; daughters, Carol Grossi of Lynbrook, NY, and Jessica McQuown of Birmingham, AL; and brother, Richard Russo of Katy, TX. He was blessed with five grandsons; Remy, Daniel, Joseph, Kayden, and Dawson.
At Pete’s request, a private family service will be held on Friday September 9, 2016.

 

     
   
     

Paul G. Patterson

April 28, 1948 - September 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

1:30 pm Friday, September 9, 2016

 


Paul was born April 28, 1948, in Deadwood, SD, to Clyde and Constance (Aga) Patterson. He served in the US Army from 1969 until 1971 in Vietnam.
He moved his family to Flippin, Arkansas in 1971 till 1979 then to Colstrip and Hammond MT till 1987 where he moved back and stayed in Belle Fourche. Paul worked at Wolf Plumbing for 15 years and before that he worked at the Black Hills National Cemetery he also drove a bus and took the veterans to their appointment. Paul loved riding his 4-Wheeler to visit friends in town. Paul enjoyed working with wood. After his stroke 18 years ago, he learned to overcome only being able to use one hand. He was willing to lend advice and help any way he could.
Paul Gayle Patterson, 68, Belle Fourche, died Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by Helen Patterson, Belle Fourche; daughter, VickiLee (Robert) Larson, Belle Fourche; son, John Paul (Amber) Patterson, Sanford, NC; seven grandchildren, Tyler Roden, Milica, MN, Samantha Patterson (Corey Matchett), Ashby, MA, Christina Patterson, Spearfish, SD, Trenten Larson, Belle Fourche, Jacob Patterson, Sanford, NC, Trinity Patterson, Sanford, NC, and Teneesha Larson, Belle Fourche; two great-grandchildren, Skylar Roden, Duluth, MN, and Cooper Matchett, Ashby, MA; two brothers, William (Judy) Patterson, Huston, TX, and Jesse (Gayle) Patterson, Mountain Home, AR; two sisters, Cindy Eide, Sturgis, and Vicky (Dave) Saulsbury, Colstrip, MT; special family also still alive is aunts ,uncles, cousins and nephews and nieces; sister-in-law, Jessie Wilson, Thermopolis, WY; niece, Cindee Vitto, Hullett, WY, nephew, Jimmy Eide, Sturgis; niece, Sydney Eide, Deadwood; great-niece, Jessica Eide, Deadwood; and great-nephew, Chase Funell, Deadwood.
A memorial services will be held Friday, September 9, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Jim; his parents; and his stepfather, Tom Powell.

 

     
   
     

Robert "Rob" V. Kinney

January 23, 1938 - September 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Robert V. "Rob" Kinney, 78, Sturgis, died Thursday, September 1, 2016, at his residence.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Reverend Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will be at Bear Butte Cemetery at a later date.
Rob was born January 23, 1938, at Faith, SD, to John B. and Grace Marie (Boehrs) Kinney. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1957. Prior to retirement, he was manager of cadet sales at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Rob was a very private person. He was very proud of and enjoyed his Model A truck.
Survivors include his sisters, Sharon (Paul) Kilzer, Madrid, IA, and Coral Kinney Smith, Sturgis; brothers, DeLayne (Shirley) Kinney, Bill (Moira) Kinney, and Don (Peggy) Kinney, all of Sturgis; stepson, Tim Fisher, and daughter-in-law, Rhonda; two daughters-in-law, Kim Fisher and Sheila Fisher; grandchildren, Amber, Mike, Carrie, Erica, Luke, Garett, and Jessica; and great-grandchildren, Jay, Mitchell, Bryce, Kaitlyn, Tristin, Tracin, Sierra, Mackennah, and Colter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Leland; brothers, Jim and Jack Kinney; grandsons, Zack Fisher and Owen Fisher; and two stepsons, Scott Fisher and Mark Fisher.
Memorials have been established to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the First Presbyterian Church Bell Choir.

 

     
   
     

Brian Patrick Collins

May 22, 1958 - August 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2016

 

Brian Patrick Collins, 58, of Rapid City, South Dakota passed away August 12, 2016.
He was born in Davenport, Iowa on May 22, 1958. His devoted parents were the late Florence Anne (Forbes) Collins and late Donnie Harrison Collins of Buffalo, Iowa. Brian was the second born of six children raised in Buffalo, Iowa. He will be forever remembered by his loving brothers and sisters, Allen Collins of Tipton; Donnie Collins and wife Cris of Buffalo; Russell Collins of Buffalo; Karen Davis and husband Steve of Blue Grass; and Yvonne Koch and husband Gerard of Winfield, Missouri. In adulthood, he also connected with half sisters he had not previously known, Loretta Smith Cunningham and Tina Reed of California. He is also survived by fourteen loving nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Brian entered the US Navy after graduating from Davenport West High School. He served on the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier in the Pacific. One of his many duties was working the clean-up after the Mt. St. Helens volcano eruption in Washington state in 1980. Throughout his life he held many maintenance positions including snow removal, roofing, and most recently a position with the University of South Dakota in Rapid City.
Brian received his Holy Sacraments at St. Peter Catholic Church, and with God’s promise we can be certain he is at eternal peace in God’s hands. It is with confidence we say: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church, 406 4th Street, Buffalo, Iowa at 11:00 a.m. on September 17. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Buffalo. All family and friends are invited to a fellowship luncheon following the service at Calvary Lutheran Church, 404 4th Street, Buffalo.

 

     
   
     

Kathleen Michele Miner

April 20, 1944 - August 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Friday, September 2, 2016

 

Kathleen Michele Miner was born April 20, 1944, to John and Wilma (Winkler) Peak in Washington, DC.
Kathleen, 72, Black Hawk, SD, died peacefully on Saturday, August 27, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Virgle Miner; daughters, Dawn Miner and Heidi Fontana; her grandchildren, Savannah Hill, Michael Fontana, and Jakob Fontana; and her great-grandchildren, Arizona and Brookelynn Hill and Lydia Fontana.
Memorial services will be held Friday, September 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Inurnment will be at the Piedmont Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Robert James Ingersoll

December 15, 1939 - August 29, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

 

Robert was born December 15, 1939 to Robert and Margaret (Dadson) Ingersoll.
Jim was raised in Dearborn, Michigan. After high school he entered the Air Force as an Aviation Cadet. In 1960 he earned a commission as a second lieutenant and navigator wings. During his career he served with the Strategic Air Command, was assigned to Thailand and South Viet Nam during the Viet Nam war, flew the aircraft which provide air transportation to the president and other government officials, and was a staff office with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He completed his career with the rank of lieutenant colonel.He was a decorated Vietnam War veteran having served with the United States Air Force. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Robert J Ingersoll died peacefully surrounded by family, August 29, 2016.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Martha, brothers Larry and Bill (Becky), children Kim (Rick), Susie (Tom), Bob (Alicia), Cathy (Bryan), 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 1 nephew.
Interment will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project.

 

     
   
     

Margerie Lee Crowe

April 24, 1943 - August 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 


Margerie Lee (Jira) Crowe passed away on August 27, 2016 in Rapid City, SD. Marge was born on April 24, 1943 in Chamberlain, SD, to John and Bessie (Strand) Jira. Marge attended school in Kimball, SD. Marge graduated from Kimball High School in 1961. Following graduation, she received a degree from Mitchell Technical Institute.
Margerie Jira married Sam Crowe at Chamberlain on Sept. 19, 1964. They moved to Long Beach, CA, where they lived from 1965 to 1969. The family moved to Mitchell in 1969 where Marge worked at Dakota Wesleyan. In 1972, the family moved to Sturgis, South Dakota where Marge began her career at Fort Meade working in the dietetics department where she worked for 33 years until her retirement in June 2005.
Marge relocated to Amador County, CA, in July 2005 in order to spend time with her son, Shane Crowe, and granddaughter, Skyler Crowe. Marge lived in both Sturgis and Amador County over the next six years.
Marge enjoyed spending time with her family especially attending her son’s athletic events. Marge cherished her time with her grandchildren. Marge enjoyed going on drives to see nature’s beauty and loved the beauty of the Black Hills, Yosemite, the California coast, and the Redwoods of California.
Marge is survived by her brother, Marvin Jira (Judy), Plankinton, SD; sons, Shane Crowe (Sarah), Sutter Creek, CA, Devon Crowe, Sturgis, SD, and Corey Crowe, Mitchell, SD; grandchildren, Andi Vondra, Presley Crowe, Skyler Crowe, Madison Crowe, Marisa Crowe, and Sam Crowe; stepmother, Rosemary Jira; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Crowe in 2000; her father, John Jira, Jr., in 1992; her mother, Bessie VanEssen, in 2000; and an infant brother, Maynard.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Open Bible Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the youth at the Open Bible Church in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Rodney Allen Ahner

April 12, 1966 - August 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Rodney "Rod" Allen Ahner, 50, Rapid City, went to our heavenly father after suffering a massive heart attack, Saturday, August 27, 2016, in Rapid City.
He loved his family more than anything and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. Rod loved working in his garage, woodworking, working on cars, his house, camping, boating, and fishing.
He served in the USAF from 1984 until 1994, and then worked for Perdue Woodworks until his death. Rod will be sorely missed by all, especially his wife and family.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Jennifer Ahner, Rapid City; daughters, Shaina (Orin) Voges, Tylar (Sam) Riedel, Morgan Ahner, and Kim Ahner, all of Rapid City, and Kayla Ahner of Lehighton, PA; his parents, Melvin and Jane Ahner, Lehighton, PA; two brothers, Keith and Dennis Ahner, Palmerton, PA; and his SD family, Bill and Mavis Jeffery, Shell and Chad Tomjack, and Pam and Matt Fisher, all of Rapid City; 5 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Nolan Ahner.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2016, at the Valley Community Church in Rapid City. Inurnment will be at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City at a later date.
A memorial has been established to help with expenses and his young daughters.

 

     
   
     

Neil Leslie Fox

May 25, 1951 - August 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service at a later date

 

Neil Leslie Fox was born May 25, 1951, to Delmont "Del" and Evelyn Mae (Stoda) Fox in Deadwood. He grew up in the Lead – Deadwood area and graduated from Lead High School in 1969. After graduating from high school, he joined the National Guards and in 1979 he joined the US Army, from which he retired in 1992. Neil had a variety of jobs over the years working at Homestake, his family's grocery store in Lead, Department of Corrections in Georgia, and Walmart in Rapid City.
Neil, 65, passed away at his home on August 12, 2016, after several years of declining health.
Neil is survived by his long-time companion, Virginia Jensen, Sturgis; sister, Launa and Steve Mason, Lead; daughter, Nicole Fox and her fiancé, John McCoy, Belle Fourche; grandsons, Justis Quenzer, Hunter Quenzer, and Thomas McCoy III; niece, Melissa (Joel) Coolley; nephews, Garrett Fox, Christopher Fox, and Shawn Mason; great-nieces, Kimber Mae Cooley and Giuliana Holsinger.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gale and Lynn Fox.
At Neil's request, a private family burial will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Michael "Mike" Joseph Deutsch

May 17, 1945 - August 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Michael Joseph Deutsch was born on May 17, 1945, in Veblen, South Dakota to Joe M. and Edythe Deutsch where he was raised on the family farm by Buffalo Lake near Eden, South Dakota. Mike was the second born of four children including one older sister Carol and two younger sisters, Susie and Lynda. He attended high school in Webster and Roslyn, South Dakota, after which he joined the National Guard. Mike went on to live in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he met Judy (Salmon), and his wife of 50 years. Mike and Judy married in 1966 and were later blessed with three sons Todd, Brad, and Ryan. They moved their family from Little Canada, Minnesota to Westminster, Colorado in 1978 and then settled in Sturgis in 1983. In 1995, their only grandchild Jordan was born and she recently gave birth to her daughter Karter on June 21, 2016.
Mike always had an incredible work ethic and was a successful self-made business man. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and also make sure his customers were satisfied. He was a fire protection sprinkler fitter for about 15 years and then started Cimarron Drilling in the early 1980s. Initially, Mike and the company worked in several western states drilling shot holes for seismographic oil exploration. After moving to Sturgis, the company begins drilling and servicing water wells throughout the Black Hills area for over 30 years. Mike later also became involved in real estate ventures and land development.
Mike loved horses and owned them all of his life. He enjoyed going to rodeos, auctions and traveling with his wife. In his earlier years, he liked to hunt with friends and take his family snowmobiling and boating at their cabin on the lake. He refused to drive anything but a Ford and also owned several classic cars. Mike was a great conversationalist and loved meeting new people and running into folks that he already knew.
Mike died peacefully at his home on August 23, 2016.
He is survived by family members; sons Ryan, Brad, and Todd; granddaughter Jordan, and great granddaughter Karter; sisters Lynda (Chuck) Pulliam, Carol Koslowski, as well as his in-laws, and numerous friends, and acquaintances.
He was preceded in death by his wife Judy, Sister Susie Sichmeller, brother-in-law Larry Sichmeller, and his parents Edythe and Joe Deutsch.
Michael will be dearly missed by the many lives he touched. We cherish the many memories of love, caring ways, joy, and laughter he brought to our lives. His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. with an
Inurnment at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.