Obituaries
     
   
     

Mary Ann Hackert

August 12, 1928 - March 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017

 

Mary Ann was born August 12, 1928 to Harrison & Laura (Hollmer) Sturges in Sioux City, IA.
Mary Ann Hackert, 88, of Lincoln, passed away on March 17, 2017.
She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth (Betsy) Howe, Ann Hackert (Hal Hellwig); siblings, Bill Sturges, Sally Sturges and Virginia Asbury. She will be missed by her nine grandchildren, Ben & David Hellwig, Lara Wooley, Alan Gertonson, Rob Howe, Berni Kappel, Karoline Neill, Amanda (Gerty) Wyatt, Peter Gertonson and twenty one great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph; sisters, Millie Pistuka, Suzie Sturges and brother, Tom Sturges.
Rosary is at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, S.D. 57785.
Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday May 26, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD, immediately followed by inurnment at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Mary Ann Hackert Memorial Funds to be divided among four charities she selected.

 

     
   
     

Monica Lee Landwehr

May 16, 1930 - December 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017

 

Monica (Dunne) Landwehr was born in Spain, in northeastern South Dakota, May 16, 1930, to Helene (Olson) and Peter J. Dunne. The family moved to Deadwood, SD, in 1933, and then back to northeastern South Dakota during WWII. Monica attended high school in Britton, SD, and graduated from Langford High School. She married W.E. (Willie) Landwehr in 1948; they had two daughters: Lee and Mary. The family lived in Britton, Claremont, and Groton before moving to Deadwood in 1970. For many years Monica worked alongside Willie in various business endeavors.
Monica is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Lee and Demarest Crary, Bison, and Mary and Galen Roesler, Custer; her sister, Patricia Nietert of Aberdeen; and her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Sherri Dunne, of Rapid City. She is also survived by five grandchildren; D.H. Crary, Ed (Sarah) Crary, Mary Lynn (Nicholas) Patterson, Patrick Roesler and Jennifer Burnett. Monica has three great-grandchildren: Eva Crary, Cayden and Easton Patterson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her younger sister, Sandra.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD, with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Ronald Richard Suchanuk

September 30, 1941 - March 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017

 

Ron was born September 30, 1941, to Richard and Stella (Winarski) Suchanuk in East Chicago, Indiana.
He attended high school at East Chicago Washington High and Morton High in Hammond Indiana. He joined the United States Army in 1959, where he honorably served for four years. His service took him to tours in Korea and Thailand. Once out of the service, he started his 30 year career with American Steel Foundries Indiana Harbor Works and also met his wife of 50 years Rudene Kaiser.
Ron and Rudene relocated to the Black Hills after falling in love with the area while visiting their daughter and her family who were stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Ron enjoyed spending time in Deadwood with his wife and watching his grandsons sporting events. He was so proud of his four grandsons and his two great granddaughters. He enjoyed looking for "finds". No discarded or lost coin would be passed up. He had a heart of gold and a love of animals that was passed on to all of his descendants.
Ronald Richard Suchanuk died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at Fort Meade.
He is survived by his wife, Rudene, son, David (Marsha) Suchanuk; daughter, Beth (Ron) Weaver; grandchildren; Edward and Zachary Suchanuk, Taylor (Marissa) and Tanner Weaver; two great-grandchildren, Adalynn and MacKenzie Weaver; sister, Betty Sudovich; brother, Raymond (Leilani) Suchanuk; sisters-in-law, Virginia Suchanuk, Celeste (Mike) Cooley; mother-in law, Harriett Kaiser and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard; mother, Stella; brother, Robert; sister, Stella (John) Waite; father-in-law, Rudolph Kaiser and brother-in-law, Steve Sudovich.
Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Gene Baumann officiating.
Memorials can be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 in honor of Ron.

 

     
   
     

Clara Murrie Holt

April 29, 1926 - April 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017

 

Clara was born on April 29, 1926, to William Henry Darg and Lydia Ann (Scott) Darg. Clara had a true pioneer spirit and a deep love of her home in South Dakota. On July 21, 1945, Clara married the love of her life, Charles Sammie Holt.
Clara Murrie Holt, our loving grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2017. Clara was 90 years old.
Clara is survived by 8 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Clara is preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings: William 'Bill', Charles, Alexander, Andrew, George, Kenneth, Ann (Long), Mable (Hill), Helen (Taylor); her children: Dean, Richard, Gerald; and one great-grandson.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers from Legacy House Assisted Living and Rocky Mountain Care that have played such an important role in her care for the past 15 years. A special thank you to Spencer (grandson) for being her everything after the passing of all of her children.
Graveside services will be held Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Jim Lassle officiating.

 

     
   
     

Sharon Lee Morrison

February 27, 1943 - April 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

Sharon was born February 27, 1943, in Newcastle, WY, to Doil and Ilene (Fryer) Morgan. With her family Sharon resided in Newcastle until 1958 when her family moved to a small ranch in Redbird Canyon, SD. Sharon attended schools in Newcastle and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1961. After graduation she worked as a checker at Red Owl. Sharon married Warren Morrison, June 14, 1962, in Custer, SD. Sharon and Warren lived for a short time in Sheridan, WY, before moving to Alaska where they made their home for many years living in Petersburg, Barrow and Anchorage.
In 1985, Sharon returned to Wyoming when she divorced. She graduated from Sheridan College (1988) and the University of Wyoming (1990) receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Sharon received academic scholarships for her excellent academic achievements. She was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, NationalHonorary Fraternity, at Sheridan College and Phi Kappa Phi, International Honor Society in Education, at the University of Wyoming.
Sharon did herstudent teaching at Kitty Moats School in Osage, WY. She had Elementary Teaching Certificates in Wyoming and South Dakota. Sharon taught elementary grades in Native American Schools in South Dakota at Loneman School, Porcupine School, and Lower Brule Elementary School for several years. Sharon's love of children was always evident, and her eight nieces and nephews as well as the many students she taught always brightened her world.
Sharon enjoyed traveling, especially in Alaska. She was an avid reader, loved shopping, collecting antiques, especially antique glassware, and spending time with family. After returning to Newcastle, Sharon suffered a stroke in 2004. After a long convalescence she was able to live independently for many years. Due to failing health Sharon resided at Weston County Manor the past couple of years.
Sharon Lee (Morgan) Morrison, 74, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at Weston County Manor.
Sharon is survived by her brother, Larry Morgan, Spearfish, SD; sister, Judy Scott, Newcastle, WY; aunts, June Mann, Newcastle, WY, and Helen Fryer, Billings, MT; uncle, Richard (Shirlene) Fryer, Idaho Falls, ID; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Vern) Meyer, Sturgis, SD; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Doil and Ilene Morgan, grandparents, brother, Dennis R. Morgan, brother-in-law, David Scott, sister-in-law, Sandra Morgan, and numerous aunts, and uncles.
Graveside rites will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.at Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle with Reverend Ron Sample officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Weston County Senior Citizens Center’s Meals-on-Wheels Program.

 

     
   
     

Fay Jean Giannonatti

December 27, 1938 - April 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m Monday, April 24, 2017

 

Fay Jean (Hogan) Giannonatti was born December 27, 1938, in Twilight, SD, to Ives (Babb) and Harry Hogan. Fay was the baby of the family, having a big sister to look up to and three big brothers to try to keep up with. Fay's dad passed away when she was four years old, and the family moved into Newell when she was in 3rd grade. Fay attended Newell School until she met the love of her life. Keith Giannonatti swept her off her feet with his quick wit and contagious laugh. They were married October 15, 1954, in Newell in a double ceremony with Keith's sister, Greta, and her husband, Don. Together Keith and Fay were longstanding residents of Newell, owning some businesses together. Fay could always be found somewhere on Main Street visiting with her neighbors and friends. Fay moved to Sturgis in 2008 to be closer to her sister, Carol Dow, and sister-in-law and best friend, Greta Nelson. Fay then moved to Rapid City in October 2015 to be closer to her family.
Fay peacefully passed away early April 20, 2017. She and dad are dancing together once again.
Fay is survived by her son, Jody Giannonatti of Rapid City, his wife, Shana, and children, Calista and boyfriend, Bryce King, and Destry Giannonatti; her daughter, Jewel Seidel of Rapid City, her fiancée, John Reiffenberger, and children, Cali (Jake) Swartz and Jordan Seidel with girlfriend, Sydney Hall; one brother, Jay (Rosemary) Hogan of Rapid City; and numerous other family members. Also surviving is the light of Fay's life, great-granddaughter, Harper James Swartz.
Preceding Fay in death are her husband, James "Keith" Giannonatti; brothers, Ross and Dale "Pinky" Hogan; sister, Carol Dow; as well as her parents.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 24, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
A memorial has been established in Fay's name.


 

     
   
     

Thomas Dean "Tom" Wilts

April 24, 1961 - April 19, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

Tom was born April 24, 1961, at Princeton, MN, to Harlan and Muriel (Walters) Wilts. He attended Big Lake, MN, schools and graduated from high school in 1979.
Tom worked a few odd jobs out of high school before earning his EMT Certificate. He started his law enforcement career at Sherburne County as a Jail dispatcher. Tom then went to Moody County and earned his LE License. Tom also worked for the Moody County Sheriff’s office and the Brookings County Sheriff’s office in South Dakota as well as the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
He graduated from many law enforcement specialty schools through his lengthy career. Tom started working for the Meade County Sheriff’s office in 1990 and retired as Chief Deputy in 2015.
Tom loved the outdoors. He was a hunter and enjoyed guiding with his partners in the world famous Turkey Track Club. He also guided elk hunters in the mountains of New Mexico and the Black Hills. He enjoyed hunting coyotes on the plains and fishing in the lakes. Tom especially loved his family, friends, and his grandkids.
Thomas Dean "Tom" Wilts, 55, Sturgis, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at his home in Sturgis following a long fight with cancer. Tom won!
Survivors include his partner, Sue King; brothers, Robert (Judy) Wilts and William Wilts; grandchildren, Mary, Rex and Griffin, Kreeden, Skylee, Kyan, Ashlyn, Kinley, and Kantler; niece and nephew, Jamie Wilts, Michael Wilts, four aunts; two uncles; step children, Jamison (Mark) Bahle, Blake Rave, Kory (Kim) Longley, Kelly (Amos) Blomquist, and Katie Jo (John) Ott.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Friday, April 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gymnasium with Chaplain Randy Bradley officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Meade County Graduating Senior to fund a Law Enforcement Scholarship.

 

     
   
     

Clyde Ronald Hepper

January 3, 1933 - April 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

9:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017

 

Clyde was born, January 3, 1933, at Lowry, SD, to Jacob and Magdelena (Bieber) Hepper. He attended Fuller rural school and later enlisted in the US Army September 10, 1953, and was honorably discharged August 17, 1955. Clyde worked at Ford garage in Gettysburg, SD, for a few years before moving to Sioux Falls, SD. He worked at Mel's Standard Service for a few years and then with DuAll Machinery Co., retiring in 1995 and moving back to Gettysburg. He later moved to the SD Veterans Home in Hot Springs, SD.
Clyde Ronald Hepper, 84, Hot Springs, SD, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Clyde is survived by his brothers, Arthur Hepper, Gettysburg, SD, and Donald (Sandra) Hepper, Onida, SD; one sister, Patricia Moore, Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters-in-law, Edith Hepper, Tolstoy, SD, and Thelma Hepper, Gettysburg, SD; and one brother-in-law, Paul Scheller, Sioux Falls, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Magdelena Hepper; brothers, Herbert Hepper, William Hepper, and James Hepper; and sisters, Esther Knecht, Ruth Nagel, Hazel Nagel, and Joyce Scheller.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

William "Koke" Cowan

October 7, 1939 - March 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

No Services Scheduled

 

William "Koke" Cowan passed away peacefully March 11, 2017, with his wife of 32 years, Janet, by his side.
Koke retired from driving truck in 2010 and lived a quiet life in Newell, surrounded by friends and family. He will be remembered for his candid nature, quick wit and abundant story telling about his life and adventures.
He is survived in death by his sister, Janelle Wilks of Post Falls Idaho; two daughters; four stepchildren; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elsie Cowan; as well as his brothers, Robert and Pat Cowan.
No official services will be held as was his request. He did, however, ask to be laid to rest with his beloved mother, Elsie, at the Bison Cemetery which is tentatively scheduled for Labor Day weekend.
Condolences and well wishes may be sent to the family C/O PO Box 274, Newell, SD 57760.
Koke was deeply loved and will be terribly missed.


 

     
   
     

Royce Leon Edelman

October 7, 1952 - April 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Royce was born to Leon and Ruby Edelman in Menno, SD. He went to school in Menno and Hot Springs, SD. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976 and enjoyed his time in Germany, making a lot of friends there. He retired after working 30 years for the government.
Royce enjoyed painting and wood carving, and liked to go camping and fishing with his family.
He was married to Betty Walden from 1986 to 2003. They had one son, Cade, who lives in Sturgis.
Royce Leon Edelman, 64, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his son, Cade Edelman, Sturgis, SD; two step-sons, Jeff (Jan) Walden, Wasilla, AK, and Stacy (Janette) Walden, Aberdeen, SD; one step-daughter, Lisa (Tom) Pekny, San Diego, CA; brother, Brian (Kathy) Edelman, Sioux City, IA; two half-brothers, Doug (Heather) Lehr and Dale (Shelly) Lehr, all of Menno, SD; eight step-grandchildren; three step-great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Jaden Allan Paklin

November 19, 2004 - April 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

Jaden Allan Paklin was born to Marcy Paklin on November 19, 2004, in Spearfish, SD. Jaden left us before his time on April 12, 2017. He attended Sturgis Elementary where he was a fifth grader.
Jaden was a fighter and very strong willed from the day he was born. He showed us all the true meaning of strength and became a hero to many. Even with all he went through, he was always smiling and won hearts with his big blue eyes and beautiful long eyelashes.
He loved to tear apart anything he could get a hold of. He also loved to build things and had many forts and tree houses around the neighborhood. Jaden’s hobbies were playing video games, riding his bike, dirt bike, and four wheelers. Jaden loved the outdoors, hunting, and was a very hard worker. He worked during the summer mowing lawns and was quite proud of his lawn mower. Jaden considered himself the man of the family. He was always giving and made sure to include his siblings in most the things he did. He was a very selfless kid.
Survivors include his mother, Marcy Paklin (Jeffery Fisher) Sturgis, SD; father, Todd Hieb, Aberdeen, SD; sisters, Nicole Luckie, Piedmont, and Madi Paklin, Sturgis; brothers, Chance and Leland Paklin, Sturgis SD, Landin Hieb, Aberdeen SD, and Dustin Hughes, Moore, OK; grandparents, Kay and Dale Grant ,Vale, and Don Paklin, Buffalo SD; great-grandmother, Roberta Freeman, Sturgis, SD; aunt, Misty (Tim) Myers; uncles, Chad Paklin, Sturgis, SD, Levi Grant, and Zach (Kenzie) Grant; cousins, Morgan Myers, Maloree Paklin, and Mesa Grant; and numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Devan Myers; grandparents, Paul Hieb and Marsha Richardson; great-grandparents, Gene and Angie Paklin, William Baush, Cliff Freeman, and Harry Hieb.
Visitation will be Monday, April 17, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at Believer's Fellowship Church in Sturgis, SD, with Tammy Iverson as speaker. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Gloria Ailene Carlson

August 5, 1938 - January 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017

 

Gloria Ailene Carlson, 78, Rapid City, passed peacefully Monday, January 9, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospice House surrounded by her loving family as she entered into heaven.
Committal services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Gloria was born in Antiock, NE, August 5, 1938 to Orval and Marion Hudson. She enjoyed school, was a majorette in marching band, and later became homecoming queen.
She met the love of her life, Clifford Horst, while she was a waitress at the Best Western Café in Lead, SD. They were married June 29, 1958. Gloria raised her three children and had various jobs including waitress, nurse's aide, and retired from the Meade County School district as a teacher’s aide.
After Clifford died she eventually married Palmer Carlson in April of 1996.
Gloria is survived by her two sons, Steven and Terry (Marion) Horst; daughter, Rebecca (David) Jorgensen; brothers, Bill, Larry, and Arthur Hudson; three sisters, Virginia, Barbara, and Mary Ann; eight grandchildren, Tyler, Alissa, Dean, Jewell, Guyla, Kimberly, Clifford and Gary; and seven great-grandchildren.
Gloria was preceded in death by her father, Orval; mother, Marion; brother, Richard; two sisters, Glenda and Wanda; and husbands Clifford Horst and Palmer Carlson.

 

     
   
     

Betty Ruth Darrach

May 25, 1947 - April 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

Betty Ulrich Darrach was born May 25, 1947, in Newell, SD, to Henry Ulrich and Lula (Gottman) Ulrich. She was the youngest of nine children, and as Betty’s youngest child says, "They kept going until they got the best one!" I am sure that her siblings, Henry, Helen, Jack, Vivian, Fritz, Ella, Evelyn, and Connie would agree.
Betty grew up on a farm in Vale, SD, and attended school in Newell. She graduated from Newell High School in 1965. Directly after high school, she attended Black Hills Beauty College in Rapid City, SD, and gained her cosmetology license.
Betty met her first husband while he was stationed at Ellsworth and became the mom she always wanted to be when she had her first child, Donald Lamb, who was born in March 1967. She moved to Haverhill, MA, and two years later she gave birth to Don’s sister, Laura (Lamb) Campbell in June 1969. When Don and Laura were 5 and 3 years old, Betty and her first husband parted ways and they moved back home to be near her father and family.
Betty met Kendall Darrach and fell in love. He was the partner she desired and they were married April 18, 1975. They were overjoyed at the expectation of their first child. Devastatingly, they lost the baby who they named Christina in January 1975. This tragedy did not tear them apart, but strengthened their faith and their love. They prayed that God would bless them with another child and their prayers were answered with a baby girl, Kendra (Darrach) Lawson in October 1976. Their final, and in his opinion, the perfect child, Nathan Darrach, was born August 1977.
Betty worked part time as a beautician at Bea’s Beauty shop in Sturgis. She and Ken raised their children in Sturgis and by 1997, they became empty nesters. Betty and her partners opened their own beauty shop called Generations of Style. Betty enjoyed her partners and her ladies which became her extended family. After many years, Betty retired and devoted her time to her garden. This brought her great joy. She had a yard that belonged in a magazine, so beautiful.
Betty enjoyed many activities with her family, traveling, camping, and fishing to name a few. Many memories were made with her family throughout the years, memories that they will always cherish. Betty lived for her family and bragged them up every chance she got.
Betty’s body grew tired and on April 6, 2017, and she passed away peacefully in her home. Her family and friends will miss her dearly but are thankful she is no longer in pain. The gardens in Heaven are even more beautiful now that she is there.
Betty is survived by her husband, Kendall Darrach; sons, Donald Lamb and Nathan Darrach; daughters, Laura (Lamb) Campbell and Kendra (Darrach) Lawson; sister, Connie (Ulrich) Whitaker; grandchildren, Zachary Zapatka, Alex Zapatka, Jeffrey Lamb, Sierra Lamb, Trysten Bowman, August Bowman, Myles Bowman, and Clara Lawson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Ulrich and Lula (Gottman) Ulrich; her siblings, Henry Ulrich, Fritz Ulrich, Jack Ulrich, Helen (Ulrich) Adams, Vivian (Ulrich) Plambeck, Ella (Ulrich) Scholl, and Evelyn Ulrich; her daughter, Christina Darrach; and grandson, Zin.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services are Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
Memorial has been
established.

 

     
   
     

Lorren Wright Moreland

June 19, 1926 - April 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

Lorren was born in New Underwood, SD, on June 19, 1926, to Alvin and Maggie (Judson) Moreland. He grew up on a ranch near Red Owl, SD, and attended the Red Owl School and a school they held in their home.
Lorren worked on several ranches in the surrounding area including: Interior, SD, Montana, Wyoming, and for the New Moon Trailer Company in Rapid City. He also worked on the missile bases. His ambition all his life was to be a good cowboy. He also served in the US Army.
He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and that became the most important thing in his life.
In 1950, he married Lorraine Moore and in 1957, a son, Lance, was born. Upon his fathers' death, they returned to the ranch to operate it. In 1977, Lorraine was killed in an automobile accident.
In 1990, he married Florence Hinesley. They continued to live at the ranch until December 2016 when they moved to Belle Fourche, SD.
Lorren Wright Moreland, 90, Belle Fourche and formerly of Red Owl, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; son, Lance (Connie) Moreland, Forsyth, MT; grandson, Billy (Roxanne) Moreland, Buffalo, WY; three step-children, Gary Hinesley, Cheyenne, WY, Ted (Gail) Hinesley, Bismark, ND, and Lorna (Allen) Duprel, Sturgis, SD; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Larissa; sister, Mary (Virgil) VanDeventer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; two sisters, Leona Shoun and Darlene Pummel; and one step-son, Dennis Hinesley.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday, April 12, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center, SD.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Central Meade County Community Center. Burial with military honors will be 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Prairie Bible Church and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Phibie Joyce Moyer

March 21, 2011 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2017

 

Phibie was born March 21, 2011, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Josh Moyer and Shannon Huggett. From the second she came into this world, Phibie started touching hearts one by one, with her bright red hair and crystal baby blue eyes. She would brighten up a room with just a simple smile.
Phibie’s hobbies for the next few years included learning everything she could from her brother, the good and the bad. Being mom’s side kick and partner in crime and getting into everything and anything, no matter what she did though, you just couldn’t be mad at her. Those big blue eyes and that perfect smile made it absolutely impossible.
Phibie was always happy. She didn’t have a bad day, ever. She loved to sing and dance no matter who was watching. Phibie loved the summer, playing outside, and riding her bike. You could hear her coming a mile away thanks to her awesome training wheels. She was, though, borderline obsessed with her babies. To her, they were real. This girl loved to play mommy. Going to the grocery store was quite a task. She had to get her baby, whose name changed on a regular basis, dressed, put in her toy car seat and buckle it in. Phibie then had to get a diaper bag ready as if she was leaving for a month. Some might think it was a little overboard but she was definitely prepared. Phibie played T-ball last summer and was she excited and she loved being a part of something. Whether she was batting or playing the field, you can bet that she wasn’t paying attention to the game, mainly because she needed to show off her mad dance skills. Phibie started kindergarten in the fall of 2016. She felt all grown up. There wasn’t a day that she didn’t get all excited for school. Phibie loved and adored her teachers, Mrs. Tullis and Miss Moravec, and of course her classmates who were all her best friends. Phibie Joyce was too sweet, kind, and innocent for this world. We will miss you baby girl.
Phibie Joyce Moyer, 6, of Sturgis, SD, was called home to her Lord on April 1, 2017. She was one of five innocent souls who were victims to a tragic house fire in Spearfish, SD.
Phibie is survived by her mother, Shannon Huggett (Nate Dogg); her father, Josh Moyer, (Jesse Moyer); siblings, Noah Huggett Moyer, Caleb Moyer, Marina (Zach) Waldbilig, Keano Moyer, Sierra Moyer, and Dominick Moyer; aunts and uncles, Josh (Brittany) Huggett, Nick (Amanda) Huggett, Bobby Maxwell, Shannon Ostby, Michael Beatson, Travis Springer, Jill Moyer, and Ashley Anderson; grandparents, Wayne (Misty) Huggett, Donald Bella, Teresa Moyer, and Linda Anderson; numerous cousins and extended family; Mrs. Tullis and Ms. Moravec; and her kindergarten class and all of her besties.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Harold Holder officiating.
A memorial has been established to Sturgis Youth Little League.

 

     
   
     

Victoria Ellen Bergeron

January 12, 1960 - April 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

April 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Vickie was born January 12, 1960, in Rapid City to Bernard and Loretta Wiehl. She was raised on the Wiehl Ranch with her brothers, Paul and Chris. Vickie loved the Wiehl Ranch and she very much enjoyed life on the prairie. Vickie graduated from Sturgis High School in 1978 and started working at Howard Johnson's Hotel where she met her life-long friend and soon to be sister-in-law, Hollie.
Hollie introduced Vickie to her brother, David, and in August 1982 Vickie and David were married. Their honeymoon was a trip to Glacier National Park. The honeymoon "kick started" a hidden passion in Vickie to experience the vast outdoors, and she and David enjoyed many wonderful motorcycle adventures on their separate bikes meandering the back roads of the northwestern United States.
Vickie and David raised two daughters, Jessica and Kristina. Her family was her life -- she loved being a wife and mother. She gave very willingly of herself to make her family successful and happy.
Outside the home, Vickie held several jobs including being a receptionist at the Great Western Bank and working as a groundskeeper for Western Dakota Tech, but her last job was her favorite; working at the Salvation Army Thrift Store where she met and enjoyed the company of many interesting people.
Gardening, feeding the birds and surrounding herself with cats gave her much joy, personal satisfaction and pleasure. Although, shopping with her daughters, lunch dates and family time were her ultimate highs.
Vickie had an infectious sense of humor and was well known for her one-liners.
Victoria (Vickie) Ellen Bergeron (Wiehl) passed away peacefully April 4, 2017, at her home in Rapid City, surrounded by her beloved family. She put up an amazing battle fighting lymphoma for nearly 14 years. The strength and will she showed throughout the battle is an inspiration to us all.
Vickie is survived by her parents, Bernard and Loretta Wiehl; her husband, David; daughters, Jessica (Eric) and Kristina; brothers, Paul (Shirley) and Chris; mother-in-law, Phyllis; as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws and her very dear friend, Jeanette.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her father-in-law, John Bergeron.
A celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. April 7, 2017, at Fountain Springs Church, 2100 North Plaza Drive, Rapid City, SD 57702.

 

     
   
     

Clinton James Johnson

September 10, 2009 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Clinton Johnson, 7, Spearfish, died, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Clinton was born September 10, 2009, in Spearfish, SD, to Austin Johnson and Julia Gibson. He attended West Elementary School in Spearfish. Clinton enjoyed watching TV series with his Mom, family bike rides, Legos, T-ball, and karate. He was actively involved with his Mom and her school activities at Black Hills State University. Clinton loved playing and watching softball, spending time with his grandma, Vickie, making new friends, and playing with his best friends, William, Odin, and Jaxson. He liked spending time with Weston and Jezlin, whom he called his brother and sister, along with aunties, Amber and Amanda and uncle JoJo. Clinton looked up to and followed his cousin, Blake, and enjoyed giving advice and talking about life lessons with his uncles, Jon and Josh.
Clinton is survived by his father, Austin Johnson, Wichita Falls, TX; his mother, Julia Gibson, Spearfish, SD; grandmother, Vicky Gibson, Whitewood, SD; great-grandmother, Shirley Tate, Sturgis; Nana, Tana; grandpa, Marvin; papa, Jene; two uncles, Josh and Nick Gibson; and numerous other family members.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Fisk Tate; and cousins, Rhylin Gee, TanLynn Roden, and Justice Roden.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gym with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

Rhylin Zane Gee

March 31, 2008 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Rhylin was born March 31, 2008, in Wichita Falls, TX, to Jonathan Tate and Crystal Gee. He attended Henrietta Elementary in Texas and Creekside Elementary in Spearfish. His cousin, Aaron, introduced Rhylin to video games which became one of his favorite pastimes. He also enjoyed riding bikes with his sisters, TanLynn and Justice, picking on and antagonizing his brother and sisters, Blake, Skeye, Ashtyn, TanLynn, and Justice, and playing football with his cousin, Cody. He always had a smile on his face, and so much love for everyone, always making it a point to make sure you knew, and made a point to be with family. Rhylin touched the lives of many and was loved by everyone he came in contact with.
Rhylin Zane Gee, 9, Spearfish, died, Saturday April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Rhylin is survived by his father, Jonathan (Terri) Tate; his mother, Crystal Gee, Wichita Falls, TX; brothers, Blake Tate, Spearfish, Josh Roden, Spearfish, and Kennison Drury, Wichita Falls, TX; sisters, Skeye Pinney and Ashtyn Gee, Wichita Falls, TX; cousins, Cody Flickinger, Jadyn Flickinger, Jocln Flickinger, Aaron Gattis, and Kaylee Gattis; grandmudder, Shirley Tate; grandmother, Vickie Gibson; aunt, Julia "KK" Gibson; and uncle, Jimmy "Jim" Tate.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Jurni Flickinger; grandfathers, Gary Gee and James Fisk Tate; cousin, Clinton James Johnson; and half-sisters, TanLynn Roden and Justice Roden.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gym with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

Justice Lillian Gene Roden

November 28, 2007 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

Justice was born November 28, 2007, in Gillette, WY. Justice enjoyed car rides as long as the music was loud and she would sing at the top of her lungs. She loved bike rides, dumpster diving, camping, and annoying her brother, Josh. She hated cleaning. Justice enjoyed sports and was involved with soccer and basketball.
TanLynn and Justice attended Whitewood, Belle Fourche, and Sturgis Elementary Schools. They both loved spending time with friends. They enjoyed sleepovers, jet skiing, tubing, and fishing and hunting with their uncles and cousins.
TanLynn was born October 18, 2005, in Gillette, WY. Camping wasn't TanLynn's favorite because of spiders, but she would go. She was always a protector, caregiver, and the first one to jump up to help anyone. She enjoyed going to her Uncle Smokes Ranch with Grandma Bonnie to care for Lilly the L'lama and the cats. She loved spending time with her brother, Josh, and cousin Staysha, and they meant the world to her. She also enjoyed babysitting. TanLynn was involved with cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball.
TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11, and Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9, both of Spearfish, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Survivors include their father, William "Billy" Roden, Rawlins, WY; their mother, Terri (Wilson) Roden, Spearfish; step-father, Jonathan Tate, Spearfish; uncles: Ted (Jenny) and Destiny, Anissa, Rylan, and Jaeden Wilson, Rapid City; Troy and Staysha Wilson, Sturgis; Victor Roden, Belle Fourche; Jimmy (Laurie) and Chris, R.J., and Toby Roden, Belle Fourche; Chuck (Tina) Wickstrom; aunts: Tammy Halvorsen, Devin Halvorsen and Adam, Martina, and A.J. Libby, Black Hawk, and Tracy and Toby Wilson, Sturgis; and Lavonne Jacob, Sioux Falls; brothers, Billy (Tiffany) and Bella Roden, Ontario, OR, Joshua Roden, Sturgis, and Blake Tate, Spearfish; sisters, Poetry (Ivan) Roden, Ontario, OR, and Alicia Roden, Deadwood, SD; and grandmother, Bonnie Wilson, Sturgis.
Both girls were preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur Gene Wilson, Fritz Roden, Bill Martell, and Carrie Martell; step-brother, Rhylin Gee; cousin, Clinton Johnson; special friend, Billy Vansickel; great-uncle, Gary "Smoke" Kopecky.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gymnasium with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden

October 18, 2005 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

TanLynn was born October 18, 2005, in Gillette, WY. Camping wasn't TanLynn's favorite because of spiders, but she would go. She was always a protector, caregiver, and the first one to jump up to help anyone. She enjoyed going to her Uncle Smokes Ranch with Grandma Bonnie to care for Lilly the L'lama and the cats. She loved spending time with her brother, Josh, and cousin Staysha, and they meant the world to her. She also enjoyed babysitting. TanLynn was involved with cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball.
TanLynn and Justice attended Whitewood, Belle Fourche, and Sturgis Elementary Schools. They both loved spending time with friends. They enjoyed sleepovers, jet skiing, tubing, and fishing and hunting with their uncles and cousins.
Justice was born November 28, 2007, in Gillette, WY. Justice enjoyed car rides as long as the music was loud and she would sing at the top of her lungs. She loved bike rides, dumpster diving, camping, and annoying her brother, Josh. She hated cleaning. Justice enjoyed sports and was involved with soccer and basketball.
TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11, and Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9, both of Spearfish, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Survivors include their father, William "Billy" Roden, Rawlins, WY; their mother, Terri (Wilson) Roden, Spearfish; step-father, Jonathan Tate, Spearfish; uncles: Ted (Jenny) and Destiny, Anissa, Rylan, and Jaeden Wilson, Rapid City; Troy and Staysha Wilson, Sturgis; Victor Roden, Belle Fourche; Jimmy (Laurie) and Chris, R.J., and Toby Roden, Belle Fourche; Chuck (Tina) Wickstrom; aunts: Tammy Halvorsen, Devin Halvorsen and Adam, Martina, and A.J. Libby, Black Hawk, and Tracy and Toby Wilson, Sturgis; and Lavonne Jacob, Sioux Falls; brothers, Billy (Tiffany) and Bella Roden, Ontario, OR, Joshua Roden, Sturgis, and Blake Tate, Spearfish; sisters, Poetry (Ivan) Roden, Ontario, OR, and Alicia Roden, Deadwood, SD; and grandmother, Bonnie Wilson, Sturgis.
Both girls were preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur Gene Wilson, Fritz Roden, Bill Martell, and Carrie Martell; step-brother, Rhylin Gee; cousin, Clinton Johnson; special friend, Billy Vansickel; great-uncle, Gary "Smoke" Kopecky.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gymnasium with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.