Marion Ellen Larsen

January 8, 1943 - October 21, 2016


Service to be held:

Friday, October 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.


Marion Ellen (Lynch) Larsen, age 73, passed away in her sleep at the Hospice House on Friday night, October 21, 2016, at 7:15 p.m. with her family by her side after a 3 year battle with cancer.
Marion was born in Chatfield Township, MN, on January 8, 1943, to John and Lorna (Marker) Lynch. She graduated in 1961 from Chosen Valley High School in Chatfield, MN. She then moved to Rochester, MN, where she worked various jobs and met Conrad Henry Larsen. They were married on August 8, 1964, in Rochester. They moved to North Dakota and had one daughter, Kay Jeanine Larsen, who resides in Rapid City, SD, on November 19, 1966.
The Larsen's moved to Spearfish, SD; then to Lead, SD; and in 1976 they moved to Sturgis, SD. Marion moved to Rapid City in 2015 after her husband's death on December 1, 2013.
In 1978, Marion joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served faithfully in many callings including seminary teacher, Relief Society president, and music conductor.
Marion loved traveling, camping, traditional country music, singing with Henry, and playing the guitar and taught herself how to play the violin.
She cherished the time spent with her daughter including traveling together, especially a trip as recent as this July to the Pacific northwest.
Marion is survived by her daughter, Kay of Rapid City, SD; two brothers, Bob (Mary) Lynch of Stewartville, MN, and Bill (Linda) Lynch of Buffalo City, WI; four sisters, Carol Lynch of Rochester, MN, Helen (Dwayne) Hotopp of Racine, MN, Betty (Ken) Warner of Rochester, MN, and Lois (Rick) Berg of Eau Claire, WI; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad Henry Larsen; her parents, John and Lorna (Marker) Lynch of Chatfield, MN; her sister, Cathy (Stanley) Hahn of Medford, WI; two infant brothers, Duane and John Lynch; and one brother-in-law, Dwayne Hotopp of Racine, WI.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2822 Canyon Lake Drive, Rapid City, SD. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.



Janet Arlene Brink

October 16, 1939 - October 24, 2016


Service to be held:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.


Janet Arlene (Symonds) Brink, 77, Belle Fourche, passed away Monday, October 24, 2016, at her home in Belle Fourche.
Janet was born October 16, 1939, in Sturgis, SD, to Harry Cecil and Genevieve (Belhumeur) Symonds. She attended and graduated from Sturgis High School where she met Leland Keith Brink. Janet and Leland were married in Sturgis on February 21, 1959.
The couple followed construction for two years in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. They moved to Hulett, WY, where they spent the next 36 years. During those years, Janet raised her children, loved working in her garden, managed a motel, and owned a gift shop where all the little school kids came to know it as the candy store, one of her favorite places. After retirement, they moved to Belle Fourche where Janet continued to take care of her family and work in her flower gardens, her two most cherished things.
Survivors include one daughter, Debra Brink, Belle Fourche; one son, Murel (Christie) Brink, Gillette, WY; and two brothers, Dick Symonds, Belle Fourche, and Tom Symonds, Sundance.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Genevieve; her husband, Leland; one son, Bart Leland; one daughter, LaDonna Lynn; three brothers, Melvin, Darold, and Wayne; and one sister, Virginia.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating.



Caroline Marie Sherburne

April 5, 1939 - October 22, 2016


Service to be held:

At A Later Date


Caroline was born Caroline Marie Voigt in Mitchell, SD, on April 5, 1939, to Theodore and Anna Voigt. She grew up and attended schools in Mitchell, Woonsocket, and Wessington Springs, SD. After graduating from high school in 1957, she moved to Steilacoom, WA, to help care for her grandmother. She later lived and worked for many years in Chicago before relocating to Sioux Falls, SD, and later to Sturgis, SD.
Caroline loved her family and many friends in Sturgis and around the country that she always took care to keep in touch with as long as it was possible for her. Caroline loved her Christian life, her friends in Christ at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Black Hawk, SD, especially Pastor Randy Sturzenbecher who was a great comfort to her in her final days.
Caroline M. Sherburne, 77, passed away October 22, 2016, in Sturgis, SD.
She is survived by her brothers, Edward (Suki) Voigt and Terence M. (Gloria) Voigt, both of Sioux Falls, SD; Vernon D. (Cheryl) Voigt of Pierre, SD; sisters, Judy (Roger) Black of Sioux Falls, SD, and Robin (Brent) Cox, of Sturgis, SD; two God children: niece, Caroline Voigt and nephew, Christopher Severson; as well as many other nieces and nephews that she loved dearly; and special friend, D. Clyde Faber of Sturgis, SD.
Caroline was preceded in death by her mother and father; a brother, Theodore H. Voigt; a sister, Karen (Arnold) Westlake; and a brother, August H. Voigt.
Caroline donated her body to the University of South Dakota Medical School. She requested no funeral be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of memorial gifts, the family requests donations are sent to the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.



Ada Marie Shanholtzer

November 1, 1938 - October 23, 2016


Service to be held:

Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.


Ada Marie Shanholtzer was born November 1, 1938, at Onida, SD, and passed away October 23, 2016, surrounded by her children.
Ada worked for the government for many years, rising to the upper ranks in government service. She made many life-long friends along the way.
Ada was an avid gardener and bird watcher. She was known for her beautiful and meticulous gardens and home. She will be fondly remembered by her family for making her famous German chocolate cake and brownies, along with her delicious pies at the holidays.
Ada will always be remembered as a strong woman who made her choices and stood by them. Her family was her greatest source of pride and they will miss her.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses: daughter, Linda and Patrick of Mystic, CT, and their children, Michael, Devin, and Courtney and families; son, George and Carol and their daughter, Katie and family; and son, Shawn and Terri and their children, Charlie, Heather, and Tristan and families. Ada is also survived by her mother, Laura Hackworth of Sturgis; and eight sisters.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Kay Smith.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.



Warren Clifford Van Vactor

September 17, 1922 - October 15, 2016


Service to be held:

At A Later Date


Warren was born in Slope County, ND, on September 17, 1922, to Ellis and Miriam (Nichols) Van Vactor.
Warren married Grace Barber in November 1948, in Newell, SD. To this union his 4 children were born. He married Joan Calvert in November 1982, in Sturgis, SD.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1942-1946 aboard the USS Gleaves, the USS Moore and the USS Cascade. He was honorably discharged on January 7, 1946.
Warren worked for Gate City Sunshine Dairies, Orville's Garbage Service, and Spearfish Canyon Golf Course as greens keeper. His hobbies included golfing, rock hunting, lapidaries, wood craft, and flea marketing. Early in his retirement he spent his winters in Arizona selling his handmade crafts and used books at flea markets. In his later retirement he enjoyed playing the slots in Deadwood.
Warren C. Van Vactor, 94, passed away October 15, 2016, at David M. Dorsett Home in Spearfish, SD.
He is survived by his wife Joan, Spearfish; his son, Jerry (Kathy), Rapid City; his daughters, Robin (Dave) Henrikson, Rapid City, and Carol (Lanny) Beach Oregon City, Oregon; and their mother, Grace Van Vactor, Spearfish; a brother, Lloyd Van Vactor, Redmond, Washington; 5 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Karen; and three brothers, Glenn, Orville and Robert.
Services will be held at a later date.
Memorial has been established to the Veterans Wall in Spearfish Park.



Mary Jean Conklin

June 5, 1931 - October 13, 2016


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Octber 19, 2016


Mary Jean was born June 5, 1931, to Leo and Ann (Peterson) Starosta, in Ashland, WI. She was the eldest of 3 children and spent her childhood and early adult life in Ashland.
She graduated Valedictorian of DePadua High School in 1949, and went on to nursing school in Marshfield, WI, earning a degree as a Registered Nurse. She then went on to do her internship at Ft. Meade VA Hospital in South Dakota. There she met and married Daryl E. Brink in 1953. To that union, 4 children were born, Larry, Daryla, Claireen, and DeWayne.
Dad’s army service led them to several cities where Mom continued working as an RN. Mom and her 4 children moved back to South Dakota in 1961 to start her 25 year career at the Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
She married Jim Conklin in 1971 and gave birth to a son, Tal, in 1972. In 1984, they moved to Sitka, Alaska, to start her 12 year career in Community Health Service. In 1996, mom retired and moved back to Sturgis, where she remained until moving to a nursing facility in Rapid City, SD.
Mom was a devout Catholic and was very active in the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church as well as the St. Gregory Catholic Church in Sitka.
Mom was an extraordinary woman who raised her 5 children on her own. She was proud of her Polish/Irish heritage. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing in high school and in her church choirs, even recording a single in high school. She was involved in the theater group at Ft. Meade and enjoyed entertaining her patients as well as the community.
In her later years, mom suffered from severe dementia and slowly forgot her family and friends. But every now and then, there was that little “spark” that let you know she was with you in her own special way.
Mary Jean Conklin, our mother, went peacefully to the Lord on October 13, 2016.
She is survived by her 5 children, Larry (Darlene) Brink of Virginia Beach, VA, Daryla Sandy of Whitewood, SD, Claireen (Chuck) Spring of Union Center, SD, DeWayne (Roxanne) Brink of Houlton, ME, and Tal Conklin of Joliet, MT; her brother, Richard (Shirley) Starosta of Ashland WI; 21 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Ann Starosta; her brother, John Starosta, and his wife, Darlene; and an infant son, Joseph.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Interment will be at St. Aloysius Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.



Deborah Jean Shumaker

December 30, 1954 - October 7, 2016


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016


Deb began her life in North Platte, NE, on December 30, 1954, born to Ruth and George Hays. She was the oldest of four children who all attended and graduated from Douglas High School in Box Elder, SD. Deb lived in many places across the plains, Denver, CO; Gillette, WY; Spearfish, SD, and Faith, SD, before settling into her dream home on the corner of Douglas and Pine in Sturgis, SD. She worked diligently to decorate the home in her own mix of Victorian beauty and Country charm, with a dash of her favorite color, Burgundy.
Much like her favorite animal, Deb was a very busy rabbit. She was a dedicated bookkeeper who strived to ensure her clients were some of her closest friends. Her work was incredibly important to her and she enjoyed that it kept her jumping. Deb enjoyed many hobbies throughout her life including photography, crafting, floral arranging, sewing, home decorating and, nearest to her heart, motorcycle riding. Deb was a warm and caring person who opened her heart and her home freely, creating a very large extended family. She will be deeply missed by all.
Deb worked as a bookkeeper for many companies, including Rapid City Journal, Landstrom’s Jewelry, and De Mersseman, Jensen, Tellinghuisen & Huffman.
Deborah “Deb” Jean Shumaker, a dedicated bookkeeper, died suddenly on October 7, 2016, while on vacation at the age of 61.
Deb is survived by her sister, Georgina Estes; brother, George Bradley Hays; sister-in-law, Georgia Brooks; niece, Crystal Boschet; niece, Shannon Allen; and niece, Jessica Brooks.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Hays and Ruth Braden; as well as her sister, Lorena Allen.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14th at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
The funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating.



Russell Dean Geranen

September 16, 1946 - October 8, 2016


Service to be held:

October 15, 2016, From Noon to 4:00 p.m.


Russell was born September 16, 1946, to parents of Finnish descent, Eddie H. and Stella (Anderson) Geranen of Frederick, SD. He was proud of his Finnish heritage, but always happy to tell or hear jokes at his expense.
He was proud of his education he received attending a one-room school house through 8th grade in rural Frederick, SD. He developed a life-long love of track and field at Frederick High School and graduated in 1964. After graduation, he moved to the San Francisco area to attend the College of San Mateo and begin his 50 year career in carpentry.
While there, he met Ronna Brynjolffson and they married in 1966. After Ronna’s death in 1969, he returned to South Dakota. He met Cynthia M. Podoll. They married in 1970 in Minnesota. Together they had 2 children, Brett R. and Chandra M. Geranen.
Upon his return to the Frederick area in 1974, he co-owned a lumber yard with his father–in-law, brother, and cousin. In 1984, Russell, Cynthia, and family moved to Rapid City where they enjoyed many years in the construction industry. While Russell appreciated being asked to build and renovate homes, he particularly relished building relationships with the people he worked with and for and developed many lifelong friendships during these years.
Russell adored his house and yard, doting especially upon his numerous rose bushes. He enjoyed track events, horseback riding or anything to do with horses, being outside working on his family home, and spending time with all generations of his family and many close friends.
Russell Dean Geranen, 70, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016.
He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Cynthia of Rapid City, SD; son, Brett (Joan Welles) Geranen of Washington, DC; daughter, Chandra Geranen of Rapid City, SD to mourn his passing and to celebrate his life. He is also survived by his sister, Joan (Manual) Saroff; brothers, Dayton (Connie) Geranen, James Geranen and Dennis Geranen; brother-in-law, Herb Brynjolffson; sisters-in-law, Toni (Mike) McCormick and Lois Podoll; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Stella; wife, Ronna; sisters-in-law, Darlene and Karen; and a nephew.
Cremation has taken place. An open house will be held at the Geranen home (3005 Chapel Lane, Rapid City) Saturday, October 15, 2016, from Noon to 4:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Aberdeen, SD.



Genevieve Eva Hecker

December 24, 1931 - October 7, 2016


Service to be held:

11:00 am Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Gen was born December 24, 1931, in Belfield, ND, to Joseph and Anna (Houska) Luptak. She attended rural school through the 8th grade. On October 4, 1948, she married Lawrence S. Hecker. In 1959, she and Lawrence moved to Fargo, ND, where they were both employed by NDSU. After retirement in 1982, they moved to Rapid City, SD, to be closer to their sons and grandchildren.
Gen had many interests. She loved fishing, camping, and was an avid Denver Broncos fan, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Genevieve Eva Hecker, 84, Sturgis, died Friday, October 7, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Genevieve is survived by three sons, Joseph (Beverly) Hecker, Rapid City, SD, Curtis (Paula) Hecker, Winfield, KS, and Dennis (Lauryce) Hecker, Trinidad, CO; one daughter, Donna Hecker, Fort Walton Beach, FL; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence; three sisters, Edith Stransky, Vicky Beehan, and Emma Frank; two brothers, Albert and Charles Luptak; and one infant granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Belfield, ND. Inurnment will follow at the St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery.



Robert "Bob" E. Meier

June 2, 1946 - October 2, 2016


Service to be held:

Friday, October 21, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.


Bob was born June 2, 1946, in Mitchell, SD, to Albert and Darleen (Cummings) Meier. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1964 and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Liberty University in 1990. Bob married Linda McDaniel on September 3, 1967, in Mitchell, SD. He said many times how he had found his true love with Linda. They were married for 49 years. She was his closest friend and she meant everything to him. Throughout their married life, Bob and Linda lived in Mitchell, SD, Rapid City, SD, Webster, SD, Pierre, SD, Whitewood, SD, and Cheyenne, WY. Bob and Linda were blessed with two children: Michael "Mike" Meier of Nampa, ID, and Melisa (Jim) Meier-Whatton of Parker, CO.
Bob served and worked full time for the South Dakota Army National Guard for thirty-eight years. The first ten years were enlisted, and twenty-eight years were as a commissioned officer. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and retired in 2003. Bob’s love of his country was apparent to all that met him, even in his favorite song, which was Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”
Bob loved the outdoors and hunting and fishing. Once he retired, golfing, which was his true passion, became his full time “job.” You could often find him on the course in just about any weather condition. He was proud that for many years, he played 200+ rounds of golf in a year. While living in Whitewood, SD, Bob belonged to The Boulder Canyon Country Club in Sturgis and the Belle Fourche Country Club in Belle Fourche.
Robert "Bob" Meier, age 70, passed away on October 2, 2016, at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, WY. He was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 1995 and Squamous Cell Carcinoma in 2014.
Grateful for having shared his life are Bob’s wife, Linda; his children, Mike Meier, Nampa, ID, and Melisa (Jim) Meier-Whatton, Parker, CO; granddaughters, Cierra Meier & Marquie Gilbertson, Nampa, ID; sisters, Sharon Krutsch, Karon (Jon) Davis of Sioux Falls, SD, and Deb Henriksen, Spearfish, SD; aunts, Nadine Cummings and Beverly Cummings, Sioux Falls, SD; Jackie Cummings, Phoenix, AZ; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Meier; step-father, Delmer Boyd; and mother, Darleen Meier Boyd.
Memorial services for Bob will be held Friday, October 21, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, SD. Bob will be inurned at the Black Hills National Cemetery immediately following services.
In lieu of flowers or plants, a memorial has been established.



DeLayne "Red" Kinney

October 5, 1926 - September 27, 2016


Service to be held:

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


DeLayne John “Red” Kinney was born October 5, 1926 in Faith, SD to John B. and Grace Marie (Boehrs) Kinney. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1944. After serving in the Army in WWII and Korea he returned to Sturgis where he met and married Lucille M. Wolf on April 16, 1955. Red worked for a short time for Peter Kiewit & Sons and then became a civil service employee. He worked on the installation of the Minuteman missiles while assigned to Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD, Whiteman AFB in Knob Noster, MO, and Minot AFB in Minot, ND. During those years he also had the opportunity to work on the Appollo Lunar Landing Module. He then worked as a Quality Assurance Specialist at the Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Il. and Camp Walker in Daegu, South Korea. He was proud to have contributed to the manufacture of the US Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He retired from Civil Service in 1984.
After Lucille’s death in 1990, Red was reacquainted with his high school sweetheart Shirley Raaen whom he married on October 14, 1993. He and Shirley moved from Aurora, Colorado to Sturgis in 1995. He enjoyed playing golf at the Boulder Canyon Country Club and he and Shirley loved to take car trips and sing duets. Golf and football (especially the Broncos!) were favorites on the tv and he took pleasure in feeding the birds and squirrels in the backyard and playing with his cats. If you came to visit he was sure to offer you a funny story, a cup of coffee and a donut hole but not the whole donut. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.
Red 89, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Spearfish, SD.
Red is survived by his wife Shirley, son, James, Columbia, MO; daughter Kathy, Hayward, CA; step-daughters, Sandy (Ken) Meintzer, Windsor, CO, Jan (Fred) Frei and Susan (Evan) Vergin, New Castle, CO. and step-son Bill Lueth, Brighton, CO. He is also survived by his sisters, Sharon (Paul) Kilzer, Newton, IA, Coral Kinney Smith and brothers, Bill (Moria) and Don (Peggy) Kinney, all from Sturgis. He was preceded in death by his brothers Jim, Jack and Rob Kinney.
Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to the American Kidney Foundation.



Dennis H. Hinesley

January 29, 1962 - September 22, 2016


Service to be held:

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.


Dennis was born January 29, 1962, in Sturgis, SD. He was the youngest son of Florence (Olson) Moreland. Dennis graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1980. He attended Vo Tech in Rapid City for auto body and graduated in 1981.
Dennis owned Hinesley Body Shop in Sturgis in the early 1980’s. He worked at the Nite Owl Bar from 1979 until 2007. He also worked for Jacobsen Ford from 2008 until 2013.
He married his loving wife, Shaun, in Las Vegas on June 5, 2010. He loved camping and fishing with his wife, Shaun, and his dog, Demon, along with friends. He also enjoyed Nascar, Football, and playing pool. He was also a lifetime member of the Black Hills 4 Wheelers.
Dennis H. Hinesley, 54, Sturgis, died Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital with his family and friends by his side.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Shaun, Sturgis; sister, Lorna (Allen) Duprel, Sturgis; brothers, Gary Hinesley, Cheyenne, WY, and Ted (Gail) Hinesley, Bismarck, ND; mother, Florence (Lorren) Moreland, Red Owl, SD; daughters, Jeri Jo, Stephnie (Todd) Connoley, and Vanessa Stettson, Gillette, WY; stepdaughter, Summer (Jake) Carter, Imperial Beach, CA; ten grandchildren, Tyler, Zoey, McKenzie, Alley, Jordan, Demi Jo, Colt, Amelia, Elizabeth, and Anthony; his mother-in-law, Judy Tighe, and brother-in-law, Brad (Anita) Olson, all of Sturgis; and several nieces and nephews along with lots of lifetime friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Hinesley.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, SD, with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.



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.