Eileen Katherine Lecy

January 18, 1932 - July 20, 2015


Service to be held:

Monday, August 17, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.


Eileen Katherine Brunson was born January 18, 1932, the oldest child of John and Martha (Kapsa) Brunson at New Underwood, SD, and died July 20, 2015, after her long journey with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Eileen grew up in Plainview, SD, in rural Meade County. She was a child of the Great Depression and World War II. She attended high school at St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis, SD, graduating in 1950. She continued her education at St. John McNamara School of Nursing graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1953.
She married Martin Bachand following graduation and they made their home in the Bear Butte Valley for twenty eight years. Four children were born to this union; Michael John in 1954, Mary Kathleen in 1958, Laurel Ann in 1959, and Martha Jean in 1964.
Eileen moved to Sturgis, SD, in 1980, and was divorced in 1982. She married Vernon Lecy on January 4, 1986, and moved to the Rebbe Ranch Estates in rural Spearfish, SD. Following Vern’s death in 2008, she moved back to Sturgis in 2009.
Eileen was a life time member of the Catholic Church. She was a member of the church altar society, the church choirs, singing for weddings and funerals in the churches she attended in Sturgis and Spearfish. Eileen was a life member the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and active member of NARFE holding offices of State Vice President and President. She began her professional career as a registered nurse at the VA at Ft. Meade, SD, and continued for thirty-six years. She was honored by the Sturgis Zonta Club as 1983 Woman of Achievement.
Due to failing health from ALS, she sold her Sturgis home and moved to Tualatin, OR, to be near her daughter, Marty Campbell, and the ALS clinic located in the Portland area.
She is survived by three children, Mike (Nancy) Bachand, Laurel (Brad) Moore, and Marty (Scott) Campbell; stepchildren, Robin (Jeannine) Lecy, Daniel (Dixie) Lecy, and Becky (Jim) Kemmerling; sixteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; her parents; her brother, Jack; and her daughter, Mary Kay.
Eileen wished to share her story about living with ALS in her book "My Journey, My Life" by Eileen Lecy, which is available at
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ALS organization in her name at: ( or to St. Martin’s restoration project in Sturgis, SD.
Eileen’s memorial Mass will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi’s Catholic Church, 1049 Howard St., Sturgis, SD, on Monday, August 17, 2015, at 10:00 AM, lunch following. Private burial will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery.



Timothy "Tim" Jon Farstad

April 5, 1946 - July 25, 2015


Service to be held:

Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.


Timothy Jon Farstad, 69, Sturgis, passed away July 25, 2015, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade. He left this earth peacefully, surrounded by his family and with his granddaughter at his side, reading him the Bible.
He was born April 5, 1946, in Bismarck, ND, to Raymond and Virginia (Simon) Farstad and grew up on the family ranch near Watauga. After graduating from McIntosh High School in 1964, he enlisted in the US Air Force. He married Alice Barr in 1967, and after his honorable discharge from the Air Force, they returned to Watauga where they farmed and ranched over the next 29 years. Tim graduated from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD, in 1985, where the family made their home for a short time. Tim was in the banking industry for 7 years at Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union in Lemmon.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Morristown, where he served on the Church Council, and was a volunteer ambulance driver for the Lemmon EMT Association. He enjoyed camping and fishing, riding horse and tending his cattle and after his retirement, loved spending time on his motorcycle. His favorite thing, however, was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
After his retirement, Tim made his home in the Black Hills area, where he lived until his death.
He is survived by two daughters, Laurie (Tom) Lorius, Sturgis, and Becky (Stephen) Bone, Rapid City; one son, Tyrell (Mallory Weimer), Gillette, WY; and five grandchildren, Allison and Amber Lorius, Sturgis, Zachary and Sophie Bone, Rapid City, and Lucas Farstad, Gillette. He is also survived by two brothers, David and Lanita Farstad, Waverly, MN, and Kory and Mary Farstad, Hurton; and two sisters, Kristi and Byron Utter, Mobridge, and Sharon and Don Johnson, Spicer, Mn. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, a host of friends and relatives and the mother of his children, Alice Farstad Glanz.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Morristown, SD, with Rev. Haasch officiating. Tim requested cremation and inurnment will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, is requesting donations be made to the Jeff McGregor Benefit Fund. C/o Leslie Niederman
9075 65th Ave. SW
Morristown, South Dakota 57645



Betty Jo McFarland

August 26, 1929 - July 24, 2015


Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:30 am


Betty Jo McFarland of Rapid City, South Dakota, passed away at 6:40 am on July 24, 2015 at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House at eighty five years young.

Betty was born August 26, 1929 in Webb City, Oklahoma to Clarence and Minnie (Alexander) Wass.
She married Merle Gerald McFarland on August 11, 1946 in Garber, Oklahoma and to this union three children were born, Robby, Brett and Randy.

Betty Jo enjoyed being and wife and mother to her husband and three boys and also enjoyed outings to Deadwood and other places around the Black Hills. She belonged to the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and spent many hours working with the mailers.

She will be deeply missed by her sons, Robby (Rebecca) of Los Osos, CA, Brett of Rapid City and Randy of Evans, CO; 2 grandsons, Ben and Micah and other extended family & friends.

Betty Jo was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merle, in June, 2000; and 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

Memorial graveside services will be Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:30 am at Black Hills National Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her husband Merle.



Patricia Lavon Musgrove

August 22, 1944 - July 24, 2015


Service to be held:

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:30 am


Patricia Lavon Musgrove, age 70, passed away in the Regional Hospital in Rapid City, South
Dakota, on July 24, 2015. She spent her last week hospitalized due to a sudden, acute infection
that couldn't be overcome in her frail and tired body.

She was born to Paul and Vera Musgrove on August 22, 1944 in Oklahoma City, OK. Patricia is survived by her brother David and sister-in-law Elaine Musgrove of Belle Fourche, SD; and by
her sister Pearl and brother-in-law Hank Burkhardt of Port Angeles, WA. She has a number of loving nieces and nephews of two generations. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents.

She lived in OK until 1989, when her mother and she moved to New Mexico to accompany Pearl who was suffering with health problems. In 1991 they all moved to Sequim, WA at the same time as Dave's family. When Pearl married Hank in 1998 they found a duplex home where Vera and Patricia could live with them in Port Angeles, WA. She remained in that home until 2011 when she joined Dave and Elaine in SD after Hank and Pearl were residing in Ecuador. Most of her last two years were spent in Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish, SD.

Patricia was a survivor, an overcomer of the odds against her. At the age of five she had a severe case of measles with high fever, and resulting encephalitis. She spent three months in the hospital before being discharged in a greatly impaired condition. She received therapy at home and relearned how to walk and talk. She was able to attend school to the eighth grade. Her weakened ankles from the illness caused even greater mobility challenges and frequent falls as she grew older.

At the age of 17 Patricia made her choice to serve the Lord. She faithfully read her Bible
daily and prayed to God for strength to make it through life's struggles. She attended fellow-
ship meetings as long as she was able. In latter years she often mentioned that she had enjoyed reading some verses in John 15 about abiding in the Vine, which is Christ.

She enjoyed reading children's stories and working word puzzles, and always had some needlework project going. When it was time to freeze or can at harvest time, she was ready to help. She loved interacting with people, and the family appreciates all of her friends who gave time to visit with her by phone. She faithfully wrote letters to the very end of life.

When Pearl was going through nurse's training, she commented that she, too, had wanted to be a nurse. Her desire came to pass to a degree when she lived in the home with her brother-in-law Hank who is quadriplegic due to MS. For over ten years Pearl didn't have to
hire any caregivers because Patty could meet his simple needs of eating, drinking, turning
pages, standing by his side when Pearl was needed to serve as family nurse to others or to do errands. They feel they couldn't have made it without her help.

Exactly one month ago Hank and Pearl drove to Spearfish to visit Patricia. It was three years since they had seen her, and they were comforted by her total acceptance of her lot. They had quality time together, more precious than ever now, not knowing how perfect God's timing would be. They are unable to make the journey now, but wish to express sincere thanks to Dave and Elaine, and to all who have been a support to Patricia.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:30am at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis. Burial will follow at Whitewood Cemetery, Whitewood, SD.



Gary Ralph Sprague

May 2, 1944 - July 23, 2015


Service to be held:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM


On the afternoon of July 23rd, Gary passed away at the Serenity House in Tomah WI, surrounded by family. Gary was 71 years old.
Gary was born May 2nd, 1944 to Hersil and Lorraine Sprague in Dupree, SD. At that time the Sprague family resided in the Cherry Creek area just outside of Dupree. The family later settled north of Mud Butte where Gary attended country school and then graduated from Newell High School in 1962. After high school, Gary attained a pilot's license and began flying crop dusting planes and also perfected the art of sheep shearing. In May of 1971 he married Nina Donahey. Gary and Nina lived in various places around Newell but finally bought a farm 2.5 miles east of Newell on Old Highway 212 where they raised 4 children; Letha, Amy, Toby, and Shelly. Gary kept his children busy; making sure they had cattle, sheep, and pigs to show at the 4-H county fair, horses to ride in the high school rodeo, and cars to run up and down the road to town as dad would say. He achieved this by taking pride in his work and always aiming for perfection. For example, Gary could stack the tightest, most symmetrical haystack you have ever seen! Even though Gary worked hard his entire life he always found time to have a little fun. He enjoyed shooting league pool, playing cards with his children and grandchildren, hunting, and has been known to enjoy a drink or two at the local bars, often entertaining folks with his “little ditties” and maybe telling a tall tale or two. Gary enjoyed socializing and would give the shirt off his back to all his friends and family. Gary retired from the Belle Fourche Irrigation District in 2010 where he was a heavy equipment operator. Gary spent the last 8 months of his life in Tomah WI to be closer to family stating he was “warm, full, and happy.” Gary told many treasured stories of his adventuresome life to his grandchildren which they will surely retell to their children someday.
Gary was preceded in death by his wife Nina; brother Lou John Sprague; sisters Shirley Anderson and Carol Alvarez; parents Hersil and Lorraine Sprague; in-laws Robert and Dena Donahey and brother-in-law Marvin Peters.
Gary is survived by his son, Toby Sprague of Brooklyn, NY; 3 daughters, Letha (Roger) Pettera of Wilton WI, Amy (David) McCarthy of Tomah WI, Shelly (Matthew) Ruder of Dublin, OH; 3 grandchildren, Derek Limpert, Skyler and Madison McCarthy; 2 brothers, Dale (Ruth Ann) Sprague of Mud Butte, SD and Lyle (Kim) Sprague of Nisland, SD; 2 sisters, Pearl (Calvin) Geis of Belle Fourche, SD and Nancy (Casey) Barnum of Lander WY; brother-in-laws, Roy Anderson of Sturgis, SD and Benjamin Alvarez of Albuquerque, NM; sister-in-law Mona Peters of Rapid City, SD; brother-in-law Gary (Connie) Donahey of Newell, SD; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 28th from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Newell Evangelical Church,110 E. 8th St., Newell, SD.
Services will be held on Wednesday, July 29th at 2:00pm at the church officiated by Pastor Tom Martin. Gary will be laid to rest at the Hope Cemetery in Newell, SD following the funeral. Please join the family at the Newell Senior Citizens Center for refreshments following the burial. A memorial will be established for Gary. Donations can be sent to 21773 Fleming Ave, Tomah, WI 54660.
A special thank you to Tomah Memorial Hospice Serenity House, Tomah Memorial Hospital, and his evening nurse Nikki for making Dad feel respected and comfortable. Also thank you to Sue and “Joe” for taking time to provide Dad with apple pie and goodies; Michelle for joking around and making him laugh and the neighborhood for all the support throughout Gary’s stay in Tomah.



Ronald Floyd "Ronnie" Fees

July 10, 1929 - July 21, 2015


Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.


Ronald "Ronnie" Floyd Fees, 86, Opal, SD, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Ronnie was born July 10, 1929, in Faith, SD, to Floyd and Emily (Hockinson) Fees. He grew up on the ranch at Opal, SD. He attended schools in the Opal area.
Ronnie served in the US Marine Corp actively from 1952 through 1954 during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the Reserves in November of 1959. Upon his return, he worked the ranch with his father, later taking it over.
Ronnie met Rose Moelter shortly after his return and they were married May 31, 1956. They had five children, Connie, David, Cathy, Candi, and Emily.
Ronnie was involved with the Opal Hall and enjoyed being "the cop" at the dances. He was active as a volunteer with the Opal Fire Department and served as Assistant Chief for several years.
Surviving are his children, Connie (Darwin) Hellekson of Philip, SD, David (Carmen) Fees of Opal, SD, Cathy Fees-Oliver of Guthrie, OK, and Candi (Jim) Fees-Davis of Rapid City, SD; grandchildren, Jesi Hellekson (fiancé TJ), Rapid City, SD, Dane Hellekson (fiancée Ashley) Philip, SD, Katrina (Jon) Collins, Faith, SD, Mandi (Cody) Skogen, Opal, SD, Clinton (Amanda) Fees, Summerset, SD, Joshua (Nedra) Fogelman, Mulhall, OK, Zackery (Tabitha) Fogelman, Mulhall, OK, Austin Oliver (fiancée Kristyn), Guthrie, OK, Emily (Jason) Hitchcock, Piedmont, SD, and Cortney Eaton, Rapid City, SD; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sister, Darlene Palmer of Aberdeen, SD. He is also survived by his best friend, Cubbi.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; three brothers, Wendell, Byron, and Glen Fees; and his parents, Floyd and Millie.
Visitation will be Monday, July 27th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Opal Church in Opal with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors provided by Post 1273 Veterans Honor Guard.
A memorial has been established to the Opal Fire Department.



George J. Messmer

April 3, 1930 - July 19, 2015


Service to be held:

none at this time


George John Messmer, 85, Deadwood, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
George was born April 3, 1930, to George Peter and Rosella (Keller) Messmer near Gladstone, ND. He was educated and raised a farm boy until he entered the US Army in 1950. He was a cook in the Army and even after his discharge, he loved to cook, many times, still making enough for an Army.
In September of 1954, he went to work at the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD. He had been an underground miner until a back injury brought him to the surgace. He worked at the Slime plant in Deadwood for a time then at the Assay Office in Lead until his retirement in 1990.
On November 16, 1954, George married Isabelle "Izie" Fichter from Taylor, ND. They had two daughters, Vicki and Nancy.
George had a passion for family, children, fishing, and cooking. He had a great sense of humor, which will be missed by many.
George is survived by his wife, Izie; daughters, Vicki (Roger) St. Pierre, Rapid City, and Nancy Field, Deadwood; grandchildren, Zachary (Vanessa) Plowman, Farmington, NM, Amanda (David) Holien, Isleham, England, and Andrew (Therese) Field, Casper, WY; eight great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. George also leaves behind a special nephew and niece, Perry (Belle) Messmer and family of Whitewood and Donna (Dave) VandenHoek-Wiles of Spearfish. George had many, many nieces and nephews who were all near and dear to his heart. His sisters were Elsie Thormaschy, Jane (Rod) Reith, Shirley (Gary) Semerod; and brothers, Harold (Delores) Messmer, Lee Messmer, Gerold (Kathy) Messmer. Special friends he thought of as family include Tony Plowman, New Mexico, Bill and Sherry Janssen, Mississippi, and Dorothy Tinnell and Krista Gueke of Whitewood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Barbara; sisters, Louise Messmer Ihm, Rosie Reisenauer, and Mary Price; brothers, Joe, Jack, Jerry, Bert, Leo, Frank, and Richard; and father to his grandchildren, Dan Field.
George requested no services and burial will be at a later date.



John "Jack" Charron

June 3, 1923 - July 21, 2015


Service to be held:

10 a.m. Friday July 24, 2015


John A. "Jack" Charron, 92, of Sturgis, SD, formerly of Seneca, SD, passed away surrounded by family on July 21, 2015, at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center, Sturgis, SD.
Jack, the oldest of eight children, was born June 3, 1923, in Crystal Falls, MI, to Wilfred O. and Dorothy M. (Bowden) Charron. At the age of 12, Jack’s family moved to Zell, SD, where he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, then Redfield High School his freshman and sophomore years. The family then moved to Seneca, SD, where he graduated from Seneca High School.
Jack joined the Air Force on March 8, 1944. He operated a turret 50 caliber machine gun in the tail of a B-24 airplane while serving in Italy for six months. He completed 29 combat missions over enemy territory and was awarded the Air Medal and Cluster, five Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense, and Victory Medal. He had responsibility of inspecting and pre-flighting the turret daily.
Upon returning to Seneca, Jack and his brother, Jim, owned and operated the Charron Grocery Store for several years.
Jack and Maurine Miesen were married February 7, 1950. They made their home in Seneca where Jack started Charron Fuel Company. Jack also served as the substitute rural mail carrier for 42 years, completing his mail carrier career in Roslyn, SD.
Jack was a lifelong member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and the VFW. While in Seneca, he was an active member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church where he served on the Church Council, led the choir, and taught CCD. He loved fishing and hunting with all of his children. Many will remember his favorite magic trick of taking his thumb off!
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Maurine, Sturgis, SD; his five children, Steve (Sheila), Huron, SD, Kathy Jeffries (Ron), Rapid City, SD, Tom, Sturgis, Jane Bryant (Keith), Sturgis, and Dave (Bonnie), Webster; nine grandchildren, Misty, Molly, Wade, Jackie, Kittrick, Liza, Keith, Kyle, and Jessica; 13 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Jeanne Berg, Billings, MT, and Mary Bowar (Tom), Huron, SD; his brothers, Bill, Kansas City, MO, and Bishop Joe, Des Moines, IA; and many, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Jim and Al; his sister, Rachel; and two grandchildren, Ashley and Jon.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 23, 2015, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Sturgis, SD, with the Rosary beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, July 24, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.



James G. Ramey

February 12, 1917 - July 19, 2015


Service to be held:

11:00 am Saturday July 25, 2015


James Graham Ramey, a South Dakota pioneer and trailherd cowboy, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the Philip Nursing Home in Philip, South Dakota, having recently moved there from his home near Deadwood. Cowboy, Father, Senator, Husband, Yarn-Spinner, Friend, Public Speaker, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather are roles that Jim lived and relished. Born February 12, 1917 to John Henry Ramey and Ruth Margaurite (Graham) Ramey at the house his father built in Dowling, SD, Jim always said it was 30 below zero when his father rode horseback to get the mid-wife.

Jim and his two older sisters went to grade school in the country schoolhouse at Dowling. He then went to high school in Philip and later in Wall. His parents and sisters (Alice, a nurse and Ollie, a teacher) paid for his room and board. Always short of money during the Depression, Jim asked Ted Hustead for a job, and became one of the first employees of Wall Drug. Because Ted was unable to drive he hired Jim to drive a Model A to Rapid City every Saturday. There Ted would purchase goods to sell at his store.

After graduating from Wall, Jim received a speech and debate scholarship and attended Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell.

His parents 'grasshoppered out' at Dowling and moved by team and wagon to Bear Creek, west of Wanblee, SD. Jim trailed the cattle on horseback and liked to say "There wasn't a fence between Wall and Wanblee in nineteen hundred and thirty-three."

On August 18, 1939, Jim married Myrtle Olive Alden in Philip, SD. They lived on Corn Creek where they used a cross-cut saw to cut wood for cooking and heat. When Jim's father was killed by lightning in 1944, Jim and Myrtle moved to Bear Creek. They lived in the log house there until 1965 when they purchased a ranch twelve miles north-west of Belle Fourche, SD. They worked the ranch until their retirement in 1983. They lived in Belle Fourche, and then in 1989 they purchased their dream place south of Deadwood. They had a few cows and horses and always welcomed family and friends.

During World War II Jim was occupied by raising horses for the Cavalry. He was supplied with a government stud and periodically would trail a herd of horses to Fort Robinson in Chadron Nebraska, for government pickup. Jim always said he hoped those boys could ride, because he gave them some feisty horses!

Jim served as President of the State Fair Board from 1950 to 1954. He was a delegate from SD to the national Republican Conventions in 1952, 1956 and 1968. He served as a Republican State Senator from 1954 to 1964. He was President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Chairman of the Taxation Committee. A lifelong friend of the business community, he was proud of the fact that SD does not have a state income tax. Jim served for 5 years on the South Dakota State Banking Commission. He was a director of an insurance group in Denver, CO, for several years. He was a director of the hospital and retirement home in Kadoka from 1953-1965. He was President of the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce for 2 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason, an active member of the Buckaroos, the Custer Trail Ride and the St. Onge Livestock Yards.

Jim was raised on the mother's knee with a Bible and called Jesus his friend. He was active in the Hisle Sunday School, the Kadoka Presbyterian Church, the Belle Fourche Baptist Church, and the Nemo Community Church. He was often called upon to deliver sermons in Hulett and other churches in the Northern Hills Region. He was baptized with his sisters in the Cheyenne River by the Rev. Wynn.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle, infant son Jeffrey, grandson Brian Schaefer and granddaughter Grace (Tom) DeVries. He is survived by his 4 children, Joy (Larry) Dolezal, Ann (Gary) Schaefer, John (Anita) Ramey, and Ellen Jane(Bryan) McMahon. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Jim will be remembered best for his many yarns and stories about cowboys in the old days. An avid reader, especially of history books, Jim requested that donations be made to your local public library or the Nemo Community Church.

Visitation will be 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Friday July 24, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Nemo Community Church with Pastor Nick Rambaugh officiating.

Burial will follow at the Nemo Cemetery.



Charles Orlando Olson

March 22, 1947 - July 19, 2015


Service to be held:

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.


Charles Orlando Olson of Hermosa, South Dakota, was born March 22, 1947, in Oakes, North Dakota, to Alben Eli Olson and Arlet Marion Johnson. He died peacefully at his own home after a battle with esophageal cancer Sunday, July 19, 2015. He married Judy Kopplin November 20, 1970, in Tacoma, Washington. They were blessed with two children, Aliesha Todd and Ashley (Leanne) Olson. They have one grandchild, Kyle Todd (Jenn).
Charlie loved to fish with his family. You could find him making fishing poles and teaching others to do the same. He loved the outdoors and loved hunting with his son and brothers-in-law every October.
Charlie traveled about the country with his wife's jobs taking him from Tacoma, Washington, to Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Ketchikan, Alaska, Yakima, Washington, Sitka, Alaska, Soldotna, Alaska, Pierre, South Dakota, and last to Anchorage, Alaska. This gave Charlie many opportunities to have a diverse career in carpentry, chef work, and custodial work. He especially enjoyed his last job as a custodian at a grade school in Anchorage. He enjoyed the 400 plus children and the teachers. He wanted their environment to be clean, tidy, and safe.
He loved his family and wanted to be sealed to them for time and all eternity which was done in the Seattle Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been a member of the Mt. Rushmore Ward here in Rapid City since November 2013 when he moved here from Alaska.
Charlie is survived by his wife; two children; one grandchild; three sisters, Arlemae Vernon, Gloria Rogers, and Virginia Potts; four brothers-in-law, Gary Potts, Douglas Lepinski, Jerry Kopplin, and Darrel Kopplin; two sisters-in-law, Vicki Kopplin and Ann Kopplin; one uncle, Merlie Johnson; four aunts, Alta Johnson, Florence Johnson, Irene Johnson, and Annabell Claeys; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Almira Rogers, Pearl Lepinski, and an infant sister; brother, Alben Olson; sister-in-law, Sandra Olson; two brothers-in-law, Hugh Vernon and Milo Rogers; three uncles, Gordon Johnson, Orlando Johnson, and Francis Claeys; and one niece, Christine Rogers.
His services will be at the Church of Latter Day Saints, Saturday July 25, 2015 at 11:00AM located at 2250 Moon Meadows Drive, Rapid City, SD. Interment will be in Spanaway, Washington on August 15, 2015.



Lois A. Rosander

November 9, 1925 - July 18, 2015


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Monday July 27, 2015


Lois was born November 9, 1925, on a farm near Liberty, NE, to Carl E. and Francis A. (Elliott) Leinweber. The family moved to a farm near Frankfort, KS, when she was very young. Lois loved to be around all the animals including the cows, horses, chickens, goats, cats and working dogs. She had a Shetland pony that was fun but “ornery”. Her cousin visited every summer from Nebraska and since she did not have a horse, she really enjoyed the pony. The cousin had a bike and Lois remembered how fun it was to visit the cousin and ride the bike.
Lois and her sisters learned to swim in two cement horse tanks fed by the windmill. They swam in the town pool and a lake nearby. She walked one and a half miles to country school. She attended high school in Colorado and graduated in 1944. She always returned to the farm in Kansas for the summer.
Lois was working at Montgomery Wards when she met her future husband, Judge, Elrae Rosander, at her aunt and uncles house. They were married November 24, 1948 in Evergreen, CO, in a little log Christian church. They were blessed with a son and daughter.
The family lived in Lakewood, CO, for 23 years and moved to LaPorte, CO in 1974, living there until moving to Nisland in 1984
Over the years, Lois helped her husband in the trenching business and later worked at nursing homes in Colorado.
Lois Anne Rosander, 89, of Spearfish, formerly of Nisland, died Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Spearfish.
Visitation will be from noon until time of services at the funeral chapel on Monday.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Laura Thomas, Emily Susanne Wright, Sonya Rosander, Loren French, Jaren French, Bernard Rosander and several great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Glen; daughter, Carol; two sisters, Maxine and Dorothy; and a brother, Carl.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Robert Paul Borbely

June 14, 1969 - July 13, 2015


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015


Robert "Borb" Paul Borbely, 46, of Belle Fourche, SD, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015, due to a motorcycle crash.
He was born June 14, 1969, in Kadoka, SD. In 1976, he and his family moved to Pleasant Valley near Sturgis. Robert graduated High School in 1988 at Sturgis Brown High School. Following high school, Robert attended Western Dakota VoTech for auto body.
In May of 1991 Robert completed Basic Training for the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base. His first duty assignment was Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. During his time in the Air Force, he deployed to multiple locations for various amounts of time including Kunsan South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Diego Garcia and Qatar. He served in the active duty Air Force for 22 years and retired at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska as a Master Sergeant. I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S. Robert and his family settled down in Belle Fourche, SD. He worked as the Director of Environmental Services at David M. Dorset Health Care Center.
He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson with the American Legion Riders around the Black Hills, camping, and spending time with his family. He was proud to serve his country, shared his beliefs, and supported those who needed him most.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberley Borbely; his three children, Michael, Cheyanne, and Mason Borbely; his two sisters Jodie (Mike) Lehrkamp and Dixie (Tom) Opheim; his mother-in-law, Barbara Faulk; his sister-in-law, Katie (Doug) Metayer; his nieces, Kelsey Faulk, and Tosha and Lexi Opheim; and his nephews, Michael (Kori), Sig, Carl Lehrkamp, and Cade Opheim.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard "Dick" and Marjorie (Weller) Borbely; and his father-in-law, Rick Faulk.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 24, 2015, at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis, SD. Pastor Mark Fuhr will officiate the service. Following the service, an escort will ride with the family to Black Hills National Cemetery where Robert will be buried at 2:30 p.m. On Thursday July 23rd, a visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial fund has been established to Northern Hills American Legion Riders.



James "Jim" D. Mason

March 24, 1942 - July 17, 2015


Service to be held:

2:00 pm Tuesday July 21, 2015 Lifespring Wesleyan Church


James D. Mason, 73, of Sturgis, SD, died Friday, July 17, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Jim was born March 24, 1942, to Jack and Ollie (Olmire) Mason at 1133 Hill Street, Sturgis, SD where Dr. Massa and his grandmother, Johanna Olmire, who was a midwife, delivered him. His childhood was spent sharing time with his mother, father, and uncle and aunt, Simon and Katie Ferdig. This resulted in his attending 24 different schools in 8 years.
On January 25, 1961, he married Loretta Hansen in Sturgis. This is when his life really began. He loved her very much, and the two of them were always together as a team. They enjoyed bowling and taking road trips through the hills. Jim, being a kid at heart, enjoyed coaching baseball, and he enjoyed playing games with his own children and the neighborhood kids. He was very family oriented and they did many family things together. He enjoyed racing stock cars, loved to play basketball and men's softball, and WOW, could he hit those "Cans of Corn." As years went on, they were seen in Deadwood making numerous friends, memories, and enjoying each other.
He was "ONE OF A KIND!" He worked numerous jobs over the years. The one he enjoyed the most was being a "Hawker" at "BB Cody's" starting in 1987. He was the voice of Deadwood bringing in business with his famous "BB Cody's" voice. He could be heard for blocks and he met a lot of people from all walks of life in the process and loved to joke with them. After his health failed him, he wasn't able to work but could still go see old friends, with Loretta by his side.
Jim loved giving nicknames and if you got one it stuck. Even if it was years between visits, he would remember it and always called you by your nickname.
Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Loretta (Hansen); daughter, Francie (Casey) Brink; son, Jim (Donna) Mason; six grandchildren, Alicia (Mike) Salazar, Nicole (Josh) Meirose, Kyle (Lynsy) Brink, Kayla (Matt) Littlefield, Callen Brink, and Paige Brink; ten great-grandkids, Nathan, Shyloh, Tegan, Landon, Levi, Lance, Cayson, Trygg, Austin, and Emily; sister, Patty (Chuck) Carroll; special sister-in-law, June Mason; special cousin, Betty (Ferdig) Bevier; and also many other relatives and friends.
He was loved very much and we are so thankful to have been a part of his life. He will be greatly missed, not only by the ones who knew him, but also by his dogs that were so special to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; aunt, Katie; and uncle, Simon.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Lifespring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastors Steve Agan and Bill Meirose officiating.
A memorial has been established.



Kenneth James Maakestad

February 17, 1922 - July 16, 2015


Service to be held:

11:00 am Wednesday July 22, 2015


On July 16, 2015, Kenny got to KISS his ANGEL (Mardy) "Good Morning" once again. He passed away at the Ft. Meade Veterans Hospital.
Ken was born February 17, 1922, in Mason City, IA, to Helmer and Edith Maakestad. He graduated from Mitchell, SD, High School in 1940. Ken joined the Army in September of 1942. He was very proud to be a World War II Veteran. On December 24, 1944, he married his doll, Mardella Dietzel. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Ken worked at many jobs including Gebhardt's Hardware in Alexandria, SD, before moving to Sturgis in 1962 where he worked for the Homestake Mine for 9 years. He then worked for Corner Construction in Rapid City. Some of the proudest projects of his career were the Rapid City Regional Hospital, the Rapid City Civic Center, and Sturgis Community Center, working till the age of 72. He was a member of various bowling leagues, rolling his last ball at the age of 91.
Ken and Mardy's house was open to all and welcomed with a smile. They had 7 children who learned from the best on how to treat your fellow man. His greatest joy was the holidays and being Santa to many generations of family, neighbors, and patients in hospitals.
Survivors include seven children, Jim (Barb) Maakestad, Sheridan, WY, Connie (Stan) Holmes, Abilene, KS, Sheila (Bill) Limbo, Sturgis, SD, Ken Maakestad, TX, Scott (RuthAnne) Maakestad, Littleton, CO, Dawn Wagness, Sturgis, SD, and Tim Maakestad, Gillette, WY; one sister, Jean Muck, Mitchell, SD; one brother, Stan Maakestad, Woonsocket, SD; eleven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special sons; Mitch and Michael Loobey.
His wife, Mardy, preceded him in death by 36 days. His parents, two sisters, and one grandson also preceded him in death.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor John Tesnow officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.
A memorial has been established.



Marina Dionisio dela Cruz

June 18, 1952 - July 14, 2015


Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM


Beloved wife and mother, Marina dela Cruz, 63, of Rapid City, peacefully returned to the arms of her Heavenly Father on July 14, 2015, in her home, with her husband and daughter at her side.
Marina was born June 18, 1952, in Bulacan, Philippines, to Leonardo and Eustaquia Dionisio. She married Sigfredo dela Cruz in 1981 and lived in Tarlac, Philippines until they moved to Rapid City in 2006.
She is survived by her husband, Sigfredo; daughter, Mary Grace; three brothers, Antonio (Lorna), Greg (Leah, Mary Lou), and Ariel (Mharcy) of the Philippines; sister, Elenita (Jessie) of the Philippines; sister-in-law, Ester (Harold) of Box Elder; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, SD.



Marvin Earl Herron

August 3, 1933 - June 23, 2015


Service to be held:

11:00 am Tuesday August 4, 2015


Marvin Earl Herron, 81, of Boise, ID, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at the Veterans Hospital in Boise, after a long illness.
A memorial service was held in Idaho by his close friends and associates. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Marvin was born August 3, 1933, in Artesian, SD, to Andrew J. and Marie (Breen) Herron. He later lived in Pierre where he grew up and attended school with one sister and two brothers. In 1952, he served in the Korean War.
On June 3, 1956, he married Verla Carpenter, daughter of Troy and Lillie Carpenter of Volga, SD. They raised seven sons and one daughter. Marvin worked as an electrician in various towns in South Dakota and Nebraska until his retirement. He was a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Marvin is survived by his ex-wife, Verla; five sons, Michael, Black Hawk, Timothy, Lebanon, MO, Scott, Sturgis, and Dan and Jeffery, Rapid City; one daughter, Becky, Salina, KS; one brother, Calvin, Nebraska; half-brother, James, Rapid City; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Orville Sweet; step-mother, Mae Herron; two sons, David and Rick; one granddaughter, Wanda Marie; sister, Gladys (Herron) Schmidt; brother, Marlyn; half-brother, Lonnie; brother-in-law, Paul Schmidt; sister-in-laws, Angeline (wife of Marlyn), Lois (wife of Calvin Sweet), and Marline and Marlys Carpenter; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



David Allen Larsh

March 29, 1953 - July 7, 2015


Service to be held:

Private Family Services - Black Hillls National Cemetery


David Allen Larsh, 62, of Hill City, SD, died July 7, 2015 at Fort Meade VA Hospital from complications of diabetes.
David was born March 29, 1953 in Burke, SD to John and Dorothy (Pejsa) Larsh. He graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1971, serving in the U.S. Army from 1972-1975.
David was part owner of Andrea's Saw Shop in Hill City and had spent much of his life as a logger in the Black Hills.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Larsh, Rapid City; father, John "Casey" Larsh, Rapid City; sister, Linda Eddy, Rapid City and long-time friends, Bob Shaffner, Sturgis, Al Reimann, Rapid City and the "kid" Aaron Everett of Washington.
Private family graveside services will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.



Darrel Eugene Varner

January 7, 1951 - July 9, 2015


Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 10:30 a.m.


Darrel was born January 7, 1951, at Flint, MI, to Leland Ray and Donna Jean (Morey) Varner. Following the completion of his education, he enlisted in the US Air Force, and served his country honorably.
He met Katherine Murray and the couple was married in Enid, OK, on February 22, 1974.
Following his discharge, he worked in construction for the next 35 years, starting in Fort Collins, CO. In 1995, the family moved to Summerset, SD. He built homes until 2006 when he retired.
Darrel Eugene Varner, 64, Summerset, SD, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Fort Meade.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Varner, Summerset; one son, Brad (Annette) Varner, Box Elder, SD; one daughter, Tina (Sergio) Saraceni, Watertown, SD; brothers, Paul (Dawn) Varner, Belleville, MI, and Craig (Sarah) Varner, Ferndale, MI; sisters, Susan (Dave) Oliver, Waterford, MI, and Karen (Kenny) Vollmer, Davison, MI; grandchildren, Austin and Lucas Saraceni, Stephanie Blalack, Cameron Varner, and Taylor Anderson; stepfather, Warren Tucker, Waterford, MI; stepmother, Mary Varner, Swartz Creek, MI; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Jerry Leigh Reid

August 7, 1945 - July 6, 2015


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2015


Jerry was born in Belle Fourche, SD, on August 7, 1945, to Donald and Johanna Reid. Jerry was raised on farms in the Arpan, SD, area and 3 miles southwest of Newell, SD, during his childhood. His family then moved to Newell, SD, while he was in high school, graduating in 1963. He then attended University of South Dakota and Black Hills State University before completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the National College of Business.
After graduating, he married Sharon Smith of Cottonwood, SD. Together they lived and raised two daughters in Rapid City, SD. Throughout the years, he worked as an accountant, owned Green Hills Landscaping Company, and worked for UTI/Trimac trucking company (CB radio handle “Easy”).
Jerry’s farm background showed in his love for animals. He spent many hours feeding every critter that found its way to his yard, a yard he kept dark green and mowed every three days. In the summer, you could always find at least 6 tomato plants and many beautiful flowers.
Over the last 10 years, Jerry enjoyed many vacations with his wife, children, and grandchildren. We all knew his love for warm weather, but who knew how much he could love Disney World.
Jerry Leigh Reid, 69, passed away July 6, 2015, in Greeley, CO, after a short battle with cancer.
He is survived by Sharon Reid of Rapid City; daughters, Tanya (Arlen) Gerdes of Cheyenne, WY, and Tara (Scott) Koenig of Rapid City, SD; three grandchildren, Nolan, Adam, and Regan Gerdes of Cheyenne, WY; brother, Bruce (Deborah) Reid of Indian Land, SC; sister, Debra (Ken) Mitchell of Belle Fourche, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
His parents, Donald and Johanna Reid, and numerous family and friends he cared for preceded him in death.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals. com.



Thomas J. Baldwin

December 27, 1928 - July 4, 2015


Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Monday July 27, 2015


Tom Baldwin was born in Vale, South Dakota December 27, 1928. He passed away at Whitehall Nursing and Rehabilitation in Deerfield, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Ann Baldwin (Morgan) and his parents Lester and Esther Larson Baldwin. He is survived by his daughter Shirl Ann Fiocchi (Richard) Grandchildren Michael Vilches (Gina) and Lisa Chesser, and great grandchildren Ricky, Michael Jr., Bailee and Cody. He is also is survived by a brother Gerald Baldwin.

Tom served in the military for two years during the Korean War. He was a Sargent First Class in the U.S. Army Artillery. His civilian work included Civil Engineer for Holmes and Narver Engineering. As part of that position he worked in California, Alaska, and the Marshall Islands. He also worked for the Atomic Energy Commission.

He and his wife Shirley were married in Sturgis, South Dakota in 1956. They were married until the time of her death in 2012. The same year they married he purchased his grandparents Homestead. They received a Century Farm Award during that time. While farming Tom was a lifetime VFW member, served Vale Volunteer Fire Department and Township Board. They owned the farm until January 2008.

Tom enjoyed fishing and later he and his wife took up golf. They spent winters in Ft Clark Springs, Texas after retiring until permanently settling there. They loved to travel and for a few years drove a motor home to visit family and friends. They also enjoyed cruises. Two cruises included trips to Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal.

The last year of his life he spent with his daughter and son-in-law in Northfield, Illinois enjoying spending time with his daughter and husband and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 26th at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Committal services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday July 27, 2015 at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Friends are encouraged to gather at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages a donation in memory of Tom to the charity of the donor’s choice.