Lavina Aga

April 10, 1921 - April 22, 2014


Service to be held:

Monday, April 28, 2014, at 2:00 PM


Lavina Miller Aga, 93, Sturgis, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Lavina was born in Sterling, CO, on April 10, 1921, to John and Matilda (Leinweber) Stark. She lived on a farm near Belle Fourche until her parents took her and her two sisters, Helen and Esther, and moved to Vale where she attended school. After her school years, Lavina helped her parents with farm work by operating farm equipment and working in the sugar beet fields along with her sister, Helen.
She was married to Fred Miller, Jr. and to this union, four children were born: Tommy Wayne, Roy Allen, Dawn Rexine, and Carmen Renae. After moving to Sturgis, Lavina was married to Carl Aga until his passing. Lavina, also known by her friends and family as “Hon”, was employed by the Deadwood Hospital as a supervisor in the dietary department. She was an excellent cook and baker, and her German hotcakes were especially delicious.
Lavina is survived by son, Roy Allen Miller, Sturgis; daughters, Dawn Rexine (Joe) Nelson, and Carmen Renae (Dave) Albrandt, West Palm Beach, FL; daughter-in-law, Delores Miller, Rapid City; sister, Esther Irene (Duane E.) Carstensen, Sturgis; four grandchildren, Aaron Miller, Pierre, Allison Miller, Miami, FL, and Joshua, and Nicholas Nelson, West Palm Beach, FL; four great-grandchildren; and niece, Debra (Marlo) Heupel, Lead.
She is preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; infant brother, Albert John “Johnny”; and her sister and brother-in-law, Helen Leona and John Kalmbach.
Lavina was a baptized and confirmed member of Grace Lutheran Church, and her faith in the Lord was always a very important part of her life.
In lieu of flowers, any honorariums, cards, and expressions of sympathy may be sent to Esther and Duane Carstensen at 2129 Park Avenue, Sturgis, SD 57785.



Lorraine Roberts

November 14, 1954 - April 12, 2014


Service to be held:

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:00pm


Lorraine Marilyn Roberts, 59, Rapid City, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Fort Meade VA Medical Center.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00pm, on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Lorraine was born on November 14, 1954, to Earl and Marjorie (Halliday) Roberts in Manhattan, New York, and grew up in Brooklyn. She joined the Air Force on March 1, 1979, and served until May 24, 1983. She later earned her Master’s Degree in social work and had been working for the Fort Meade VA Medical Center until her retirement in 2013.
It was the Air Force that brought her to South Dakota where she decided to make Rapid City her home.
She enjoyed martial arts and teaching artwork.
Lorraine is survived by her daughters, Alison (Ryan) Ficek, Sturgis, and Theresa (Dean) Plaggemeyer, Rapid City; and six grandchildren.



Laurie Vainio

February 19, 1941 - February 11, 2014


Service to be held:

2pm Saturday, April 26, 2014 Kinkade Funeral Chapel


Laurie E. (Fair) Vainio, 72, passed away peacefully at her home near Whitewood, SD on February 11, 2014. She was born on a farm near Royal Oak, Michigan on February 19, 1941, to parents Jesse and Gladys (Gregory) Fair. Laurie was born a triplet and was 1 of 9 children.
She met her husband, John Vainio while visiting her Grandparents in Sturgis. She married him in 1963, raised 2 children, and was proud of her life on the farm where they both led a successful life in dairy farming and beef cattle. Her door was always open to any stray dog, stray cat, or stray person. She wasn't shy of hard work and loved every moment of the farm and what it stood for. She was a modest woman that had a talent for all types of art including drawing and wood crafts. She carried a smile everywhere she went and had a generous heart to anyone in need. She was a loving wife, beloved mother, hard worker, lovingly stubborn, one of a kind, and loved by all.
Family and friends are invited to "come as you are" and share this Celebration of Life at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Saturday, April 26 at 2pm.
Laurie is survived by her daughter, Tina (Chris) and four grandchildren of St. Paul, Minnesota; her son, Curt (Debbie) of Stafford, Virginia; her triplet sister, Loraine Faschingbauer of Bloomer, Wisconsin; and triplet brother, Loa (Ruth) Fair of Paragould, Arkansas; sister, Betty (Raymond) Rousch of Dolph, Arkansas; and brothers, Jesse F. (Jo Ann) Fair of Troy, Michigan; and brother, William L. Fair of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is preceded in death by her husband, John, and brothers, Edward, Harry, and Jack.



Annette Marie Eixenberger

June 5, 1949 - April 7, 2014


Service to be held:

Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.


Annette Marie Eixenberger, born June 5, 1949, lost her seventeen year battle with cancer on Monday, April 7, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Father Bob Baden officiating. Visitation will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Friday, April 11, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. with family present.
She was born in Deadwood, SD, to Maurice (Ike) and Gertrude (Judy) Eixenberger. She grew up in Sturgis, SD, and attended Sturgis Brown High School. In 1969, she married Steven Leonard. They had two children, Steven V. Leonard and Kelli Ann Leonard. In 1971, the family moved to Illinois, where Annette began her career at Cherry Electric in production. She spent her lifetime working there and became a close friend to many of her coworkers. She was able to pursue her education during her employment and earned her MBA in Business in 1996. In 1997, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and could no longer work.
Annette’s passions in life were her grandchildren, her animals, and traveling. She spent much of her life exploring new areas. She enjoyed countless journeys to many tropical destinations, Europe, Mexico, Florida, and Las Vegas! She liked to play cards, was a talented artist, and loved to give people a hard time.
She is survived by her children, Kelli and Steve (Heather); grandchildren, Alan, Tyler, Amanda, Alyssa, and Kaden; brothers, Jim, John (Roze), and Ed; sister, Mary Ellen (Herman) Murray; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; cats, Sugar and Mugho; and dog, MeMe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Judy; brothers, Jerry, Frankie, Ronnie, and Max; and her cat, Bindi.
A memorial has been established.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Julie Ann Baker

March 27, 1982 - April 6, 2014


Service to be held:

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10:00am


Julie Ann Baker, 32, Whitewood, died Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Michel Mulloy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel from noon to 7:00 p.m., with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Julie was born March 27, 1982, to Martin and Kitty (Helm) Baker in Sturgis. She grew up in the area and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2000. She then went to Laramie Community College where she graduated in 2002, and from there she went to Montana State University and graduated in 2005 with a degree in equine reproduction.
She spent three winters in Texas working with horses on the Babcock Ranch, but she always returned to her home in South Dakota. Julie worked for Dr. Cammack at Northern Hills Veterinary Clinic for several years off and on. She also raised her own quarter horse herd, and was very talented at showing horses.
Julie loved to bake, especially for her family. One of her specialties was baking bread from "scratch." She also taught herself to crochet. A great void has been left and she will be greatly missed; she made the ranch tick.
Julie is survived by her parents, Martin and Kitty Baker, Whitewood; brothers, Tony, David, and Joe Baker, all of Whitewood; grandmother, Mary J. Baker, Belle Fourche; great-aunt, Babe Pelkey, Sturgis; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Carl Baker, and Dorothy and Herb Helm.
A memorial has been established to the St. Aloysius Cemetery Fund.



Sandra "Sandy" Lynn Williamson

November 30, 1950 - April 3, 2014


Service to be held:

At A Later Date


Sandra "Sandy" Lynn Williamson, 63, passed away surrounded by her family on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at her home in Spearfish. She was born on November 30, 1950, to Mr. and Mrs. John Croghan in Deadwood, SD. She graduated from Doniphan Senior High School in Doniphan, MO. in 1969 and, answering a calling, fulfilled a dream and graduated from USD in 1998 as a registered nurse. She touched so many with her work in long term care facilities and was especially proud of her service at the Fort Meade VA Hospital.
Sandy married Raymond Williamson in July 1971, and they had a daughter, Nikki Lynn, who was born in 1972. They made their home in Whitewood, SD. She was a committed member and volunteer of many organizations including the Jaycees, Whitewood PTO, and as an EMT with the Whitewood Volunteer Fire Department.
The family will be having a private service at a later date. Sandy is survived by a daughter, Nikki Williamson; granddaughter, Elsie Lynn; grandson, Raymond Daniel; all of Spearfish. She is also survived by sisters, Lonnie (Terry) ONeil of Portland OR, and Lorraine (Talmon) Harber of Doniphan MO; a brother, Lance (Helan) Croghan of Saint Louis, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
In lieu of flowers memorials have been established to Northern Hills Hospice or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.



Darrell Dean Besler

June 17, 1941 - March 30, 2014


Service to be held:

10AM Monday, April 7, 2014 St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Rapid City


Darrell Dean Besler, age 72, Sturgis, died unexpectedly on March 30, 2014. His infectious smile and big ((bear hugs)) will never be forgotten.
Darrell was born June 17, 1941, in Bison, SD, to Christian and Julia (Wolfe) Besler, the third youngest of thirteen siblings. Aside from being a first grade drop-out, Darrell was a star athlete lettering in football, track and basketball for the Bison Cardinals and was said to have been the "Michael Jordan" of his era. After graduation in 1960, he relocated to Sturgis, SD, and began working for the SD Highway Dept. He was then drafted into the Army in 1963 and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA. He served two years in the military and two years in the Army reserves before taking an honorable discharge to be with his ailing father.
Upon returning to Sturgis, he met the love of his life, Linda Lenore Robbins who worked as a secretary at the SD Highway Dept. The two wed on August 13, 1966, in Newell, SD. The two of them loved to dance a waltz, bowl, and play cards; just a few of their favorite pastimes. Their last waltz was on March 22nd. They welcomed their first born, Tanya Leigh on May 28, 1972, and their second child, Jason Darrell on November 16, 1976. Darrell was so proud of his kids and was looking forward to celebrating his son's recent promotion to shareholder later this month.
In 1976, Darrell began his career with Farmers Union Oil Company where he worked approx. 27 years before retiring in 2003. As so many know, Darrell was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and sports enthusiast. For several years he enjoyed taking road trips to Viking games with a group of close friends; a storied family tradition that lives on. One of his highlights was attending the sixth and seventh games of the 1987 World Series (Twins vs Cardinals). He also loved to bowl and established many of his great friendships on the lanes. Upon his retirement in 2003, he began his second love of being a green-thumb. Maintaining a meticulous lawn with beautiful shrubs and flowers was something he loved.
In September 2004, he became a "papa" to twins, Layne and Lance, and in January 2010 to Sammy who he grew to have a special bond with. He was looking forward to watching their sporting events and recently commented on how old he was going to be when they graduated.
Many have said Darrell was their "worry-wort," and was "always in a hurry to get nowhere," but that's what made him special to those he loved. He was always the life of the party and his good sense of humor and caring heart will always be cherished.
He and his wife were long time members of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and gave his time and talents. He was also a member of the local American Legion.
Darrell is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Linda; daughter, Tanya (Dave) Septka and grandkids, Layne and Lance, Piedmont, SD; son, Jason (Laura) and granddaughter, Samantha, Chanhassen, MN; brother, Victor (Pauline), Cupertino, CA; sister, Alma O'Rourke, Spearfish, SD; sister, Esther Haggart, Bison, SD; brother, Oscar, Van Vleck, TX; brother, Wayne (Barbara), Bison, SD; brother, Ralph (Renae), Whitewood, SD; brother, LeRoy (Virginia), Madison, WI; brother, Marlin (Dorothy), Peoria, AZ; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; brothers, Leland, Raymond, and Elmer; sister, Elsie; sisters-in-law, Mary Besler and Ellen Besler; and brothers-in-law, Larry O'Rourke, Sherman Wells, and Jim Haggart.
Memorial funds will be established for the benefit of the Besler Scholarship Fund and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 7, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.



James A. Grover

August 20, 1923 - April 1, 2014


Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Tuesday April 8, 2014


James A. Grover, 90, Newell, died Tuesday, April 01, 2014, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish.
Visitation will be 8 a.m. until time of services at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Tuesday.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial follows with military honors by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Newell Volunteer Fire Department.
Jim was born August 20, 1923 at Wessington Springs, SD. He went to country school on the Lower Brule Reservation. After completing his formal education he broke horses and worked for local ranchers.
Jim entered the US Army on September 13, 1946, and was honorably discharged September 12, 1949.
On April 14, 1944 he married Vanona Jean Wilson. They lived in Eastern South Dakota and North Dakota before settling in Sturgis where Jim worked for McPherson Propane. They moved to Belle Fourche where Jim owned and operated his own propane business. Following the death of his first wife, he met Judy Marie Holt, who had also lost her spouse. The couple retired to Newell where they enjoyed their horses, wagon trains and working for a local rancher.
Jim was a 4H leader for the Wyo Dak Range Riders, life member of the Bit and Spur Saddle Club and a horsemanship judge of 35 years for Miss Rodeo South Dakota.
Survivors include his wife Judy Holt, Newell; daughters, Charel and Jim Pitts, Newcastle, WY, Vana and Glen Larcom, Humansville, MO, Roxy and Don Marti, Spearfish, Kim and Mark Watson, Moorcroft, WY, Barb and Lou DeJong, Kennebec, SD, Shawn and Jerry Jaskela, Newell, SD, Mary (Jason McChristie) Grover, Denver, CO; brother, Sam (Rosie) Grover, Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Shirley Jastorff, Council Bluffs, IA, Arlene and Durwood Bouzek, Hot Springs, SD; also 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, three sisters, two brothers, and one granddaughter.



Arthur DeKnikker

September 7, 1934 - March 28, 2014


Service to be held:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:00am


Arthur Henry DeKnikker, 79, Faith, died on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Hettinger West River Health Services.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Faith Community Legion Hall with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Art was born September 7, 1934 at Pringle, SD the 5th of 11 children born to Adrian and Dorothy (Durston) DeKnikker. His father immigrated to the US from Holland in the early 1900’s.
At age 13, after completing 8th grade, Art was urged, as his older brothers had been, to set out on his own to seek work from someone who would provide room and board as it was getting more difficult to provide for the growing family. Art jumped in the back of a family friend’s truck box and landed in the Philip area. Soon thereafter, his parents packed up the younger siblings and moved to Florida. Art worked on ranches around both the Philip and Faith areas. When the opportunity arose, he took work on a fencing crew, building fences along the state highways. He later took a full time position with the State of SD doing highway maintenance and driving snowplow for the next 43 years.
Art married his love and perfect companion, Cleo Collins, on June 7, 1955. Four children were born to them: Susan Arlene in 1956, Stuart Arthur in 1957, Debora Lynn in 1960 and Danny Lee in 1962. Art and Cleo spent nearly sixty years sharing their love for the outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening, working together on projects and raising family. Art loved to help with ranch work and also mechanic on vehicles. Probably most notable was his passion for fishing and the big, beautiful garden he raised every year. There was not a weed to be found and each plant was treated with tender loving care. He had great luck raising things like peach and cherry trees and asparagus that would challenge the greenest of thumbs.
Art had a natural thirst for knowledge and academics from a young age. As a 5th grader, he won his way to the State Spelling Bee. Having been unable to attend high school, he often sat down with the kids’ textbooks that they brought home from school and would read an entire textbook in a night. To the point, they joke, that they had a hard time pulling it away long enough to do their homework. Art was awarded a GED the same year as his oldest daughter graduated from high school in 1974.
A few trademarks that many people associate with Art is Velvet tobacco and the “roll your own” cigarettes he smoked for many years, the silver dollar belt buckle Cleo gave him as a wedding gift that he wore every day, and his appreciation for Chevy pickups and an ice cold Old Milwaukee.
Art will be remembered as a kind, gentle man who never had a bad word to say. He lived a life full of contentment. He worked hard his entire life and appreciated everything he had. He loved his life, his family and friends more than words can describe, and the beauty of God’s creations.
Art dealt with diabetes & Parkinson’s disease for many years, but he never complained. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 2 months ago, which ultimately took him from this life.
Grateful for each day with him and keeping his memory close are his loving and devoted wife of 58 years and 9 months, Cleo, his daughters, Susan (Jess) Carmichael and Debora Wicks; son, Danny (Sharon) DeKnikker; daughter-in-law, Barbara DeKnikker; brothers, Ed (Lillian), Albert (Marie), and Lester (Cheryl) DeKnikker; sisters, Bonnie Wilson and Esther DeKnikker; brothers-in-law, James (Linda) and Robert (Jennie) Collins; grandchildren, Carrie, Colette, Kyle, Kelly Chaundra, Josh, Kendra, Rollie, Jackie, Randie, Lorrie, Lacey, Lee, Annie, Rick, Rodney, Vickie and Royce; 30 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Art in death were his parents, Adrian and Dorothy DeKnikker; Cleo’s parents, Leo and Irna Collins; son, Stuart DeKnikker; son-in-law, Tom Wicks; brothers, Gene, Jim and Guy DeKnikker; and sisters, Josephine Cooley and Caroline Hughes.
A memorial has been established.



Donald Mayhugh

January 23, 1932 - March 26, 2014


Service to be held:

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00pm


Donald “Don” Eugene Mayhugh, 82, Sturgis, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, peacefully at home surrounded by his family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve Agan and Pastor Skip Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from noon to 7:00pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Don was born in Weeges, Ohio on January 23, 1932, to Russell and Nada Mayhugh.
He enjoyed tinkering, building trikes, and fishing.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda, Sharon, and Jeanine; special friend, Kami; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, family, and friends.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, and his loving wife, Lucille “Lou".
Memorials have been established to the First Presbyterian Church in Whitewood and Hospice of the Northern Hills.



Yvonne Marie Holter

September 23, 1942 - March 9, 2014


Service to be held:

At a later date


Yvonne Marie Holter, 71, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital due to declining health.
Yvonne was born to Robert and Olive Manley on September 23, 1942, in Rapid City. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; sister, Kathy; and half-sister, Robin. She was the eldest of seven siblings, Bob, Kathy (D) Jim, Mike, Becky, and Robin (D). Her best friends included Norene and Don Lantz and Norene’s brother, Wesley. She graduated from St. Martin’s Academy in 1960. She married Aldon (Sparkey) Holter and later they were divorced. She was a police dispatcher for 30+ years in Sturgis and later Belle Fourche. She resided with her son, Bob, for the last 20 years until declining health forced her to move into Sturgis Regional Nursing Home, Berry Unit. Her children include stepchildren, Connie of Sioux Falls and Tim of Rapid City, and children, Bob of Box Elder and Roy of Cheyenne, WY. She has 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Donations will be accepted at Kinkade Funeral Home 1235 Junction Ave. Sturgis. No services are scheduled at this time.



Leo Hagemann

April 16, 1925 - March 18, 2014


Service to be held:

Monday, March 24, 2014


Leo Hagemann, 88, Sturgis, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Graveside services will be held Monday, March 24, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Nemo Cemetery with Pastor Paul Howard officiating. Visitation will be Monday from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Leo was born April 16, 1925, at Luverne, MN, to Ernest and Bernadena (Bodenberg) Hagemann. He married Lucille Elizabeth Hawes on May 9, 1944, in Tyler, TX.
He served in the US Army during WWII in Ardennes, Belgium, and Rhineland in Europe. Following his honorable discharge, he moved to Nemo, SD, in 1946, and was employed by the US Forest Service for 35 years. He retired in 1983 and moved to Sturgis.
Survivors include daughter, Cheryl (Kenneth) Schmidt of Colorado; son, Dan (Pam) of Wyoming; daughter, Jackie of Nebraska; son, Tim (Lorraine) of South Dakota; son, Jeff of Nebraska; son, Casey (Laura) of Georgia; son, Charles (Sandra) of South Dakota; twelve grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; four sisters; son, David Leo; and grandson, Chad Hagemann.



Kimberly Ann Westland

April 6, 1963 - March 21, 2014


Service to be held:

Friday, March 28, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.


Kimberly Ann Westland, 50, Belle Fourche, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Rochester Methodist Hospital due to complications from liver disease after a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time of her death.
Kimberly Ann (Hastings) Westland was born April 6, 1963, in Deadwood, SD, to Delbert Hastings and Patricia Mailloux. She lived in Newcastle, WY, until the death of her father, Delbert. She was 7 years old. She and Patricia moved to Spearfish where she lived and attended school. Kim graduated from Spearfish High School in 1981. After graduation, she moved to Phoenix, AZ, where she worked and attended Plaza 3 Academy. After graduating from Plaza 3 Academy with a degree in fashion merchandising, she moved to Dallas, TX, to work. In 1987, she moved to Belle Fourche, SD, where she began work at the Belle Fourche Country Club, started her own catering business and met the love of her life, Jeffrey Westland, who she married in 1992. During this job, her talent and love for cooking was brought out and it eventually lead to her next job as manager of the Bullock Express in Deadwood, SD. During her tenure there, the birth of her three sons, Austin, Zachary, and Bryson, happened. After a long run in the kitchen industry she went on to work for the Rapid City Journal as an advertisement salesman and discovered that she had a trait for selling advertisement. This job is where she met many of her lifelong friends. She briefly went back to the restaurant business before accepting a job at the Black Hills Pioneer, where she worked until her health deteriorated too far to work.
Kim was a loving mother, wife, and daughter who had a passion for cooking. She fought a long and hard battle with a slew of medical problems but she never once gave up.
Kim is survived by her mother, Patricia Tope; husband, Jeffrey Westland; sons, Austin, Zachary, and Bryson Westland, Belle Fourche; step-sister, Cindy (Brett) Nieber, Sioux Falls; step-brother, Doug Tope, Belle Fourche; uncle, Homer Hastings, Newcastle, WY; aunt, Doris Mayes, Owasso, OK; uncle, Mike Hastings, West Virginia; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Floyd Jr. and Bonnie Westland, Belle Fourche; sister-in-law, Deb (Don) Ward, Belle Fourche; brother-in-law, Steve (Rose) Westland, Belle Fourche; brother-in-law, Mike Westland, Belle Fourche; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her father, Delbert; step-father, Wilfred Tope; and grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche with the burial to follow in Pine Slope Cemetery. Pastor Paul Howard will be officiating.



Pamela Kaye Calvert

November 23, 1954 - March 20, 2014


Service to be held:

Visitation 5pm to 7pm Thursday March 27, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel


Pamela Kaye Calvert, 59, Spearfish, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Family will be present at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.
Celebration of her Life will be held 1 pm Friday March 28, 2014 at the Deadwood VFW.
Pam was born on November 23, 1954, in Deadwood to Victor and Mildred (Timm) Lungren. She grew up in Deadwood and graduated from Lead High School in 1973. She started work at Carr's Pizza House for a couple of years and went on to work in sales and bookkeeping at various places.
Pam enjoyed gardening, cooking, boating, camping, collecting antiques, and cleaning her house. She loved all of her family and friends, as well as her animals. She got a lot of joy from being a grandmother, and having family dinners.
She is survived by her son, Larry (Jenica) Griffith, Loveland, CO; daughter, Jessi (Tony) Merkel, Woodway, TX; brothers, Larry (Bernie) Lungren, Spearfish, SD, and her twin, Tom Lungren, Belle Fourche; sister, Vikki (Conrad) Comer, Spearfish; grandchildren, Orianna Merkel, and Isabella and Carsen Griffith and her beloved dog, Baylee.
Pam is preceded in death by her parents.



Marguerite V. Wulf

May 14, 1932 - March 21, 2014


Service to be held:

10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Marguerite “Marge” V. Wulf ,81, Vale passed peacefully to Heaven Friday, March 21 at Hospice House, Rapid City, after a brief illness.
Marge was born May 14, 1932 in Deadwood, SD to Mary B. (Wicks) and James M. Thybo. Marge, the eldest of 4 children, was raised on the family ranch in the Slim Buttes of Harding County and graduated from Bison High School. After high school she worked at Mill's Drug in Rapid City. She was a teacher for one year then worked in the ASC office in Bison. She and her sister Elaine owned a dress shop in Bison.
Marge married the love of her life, Floyd Wulf, on March 14, 1959. No children were born to this union, however, Marge and Floyd had more children than they could count. Marge was “Mom” to nieces and nephews, children and many adults considered Marge as their second Mom. Marge and Floyd farmed in the Mound City area, worked construction in Wyoming, before settling in Vale, SD where Floyd farmed with his brother and Marge worked for the ASC Office in Sturgis and The Drug Store of Sturgis for 23 years.
Marge and Floyd loved to fish, hunt for artifacts, square dance and entertain friends in their home in Vale. The coffee was always on, a homemade treat baked and ready to eat, a piece of candy available for any “little one” that walked through the door. Their dogs, all except one named Tip, were always at their side, whether working pigs or begging for a dish of ice cream.
Marge is survived by her aunt Helen Hoar, brother, Arlo “Buck” Thybo, sisters, Elaine (LeVern) Larson and Marie (James) Donohue, cousin Lorraine Wicks Fuller, numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be noon until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with a Rosary service beginning at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul's Catholic Church in Belle Fourche with Fr. Tyler Dennis officiating. Burial follows at the Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.
Memorials have been established to the Vale Community Hall, Vale Fire Department and Vale City Park.



Viola Mae Delbridge

November 9, 1916 - March 19, 2014


Service to be held:



Viola Delbridge, 97, of Rapid City, died March 19, 2014, at Fountain Springs Health Care.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 23, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel from 4-8 p.m. with family present.
Funeral services will be Monday, March 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Union Center Community Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery.
Viola Delbridge, was a long time resident of the Howes, Plainview area. She was born November 9, 1916, near Boneita Springs, later named Haydraw, SD, to Ryerson "Earl" and Amelia (Grupe) Kellogg. Her mother passed away when Viola was very young, so she grew up with her father, brothers, and sisters. She attended country school through the 8th grade then went to high school in Iowa and Rapid City where she graduated. Viola received her Teaching Certificate from Spearfish Normal and for the next seven years taught at Elm Springs, Alkali, Mann School, Fairpoint, and Nigger Creek.
Viola married Ernest Delbridge on March 28, 1942, and raised 7 children. She was a great mother and homemaker. She also worked as a ranch wife.
After retirement in 1999, Ernest and Viola moved to Sturgis where they lived in the High Rise for four years. Due to Viola's health, they moved in with their son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Susan. They moved to Country Side Estates in Faith. Following several hospital stays, Viola was sent to Beverly Health Care for therapy. Following her release, she moved to Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City where she has lived since.
Viola was an active member of the Church of Christ. She was a member of the Extension Club and received her 25-year pin. She was also a member of WSCS, and was on the election board. Viola was secretary of the Farm Bureau for 4 years, Women's Chairman of the Farm Bureau, and was active in many community functions.
Survivors include her children, Arnold (Camille) Delbridge, Cedar Falls, IA, Sandra Cox, Jefferson, OR, Harold Delbridge, Red Owl, SD, Norman (Susan) Delbridge, Faith, SD, Lyle (Juanita) Delbridge, Union Center, SD, and Paul (Debbie) Delbridge, Howes, SD; sixteen grandchildren; and forty great-grandchildren.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Lloyd; two brothers; four sisters; one grandson; one son-in-law; and one daughter-in-law; one grandson in law.
Because of her love of children, a memorial has been established to the Faith School Library.



William "Bill" Marty, Jr.

September 14, 1925 - March 18, 2014


Service to be held:



William "Bill" Marty, Jr., 88, Prairie City, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Country Senior Living in Belle Fourche.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Andy Anderson and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with family present from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bill was born September 14, 1925, in Spearfish to William and Ruth L. (Phipps) Marty, Sr. He grew up and lived on the Marty Ranch, which he enjoyed and was proud of until July 2013, and then retired at the Country Assisted Living in Belle Fourche, due to health. He remained there until his death, with family by his side.
Bill went to grade school at the Marty-Granpre School on the Marty Ranch. He graduated from Spearfish High School and attended one year of college at Black Hills College at the young age of 16. He came back to the Marty Ranch and went into partnership with his father and brother, John Marty, raising sheep and Hereford cattle. When his dad retired, they raised only Herefords and were one of the few and last ranches to sell three year old steers.
Bill was very well known for his personality and humor. He was born with a natural talent for drawing and art. He drew cartoons of real life experiences of friends and family. It was easy for him to tell the story in a picture. He drew hundreds of pictures and gave them to friends and relatives which are precious to everyone. Bill was awarded the Northwest Ranch Cowboy's Rodeo Assoc. Cartoonist of the year for several years, and received several awards in high school and college. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Belle Fourche and a Master Mason and Eastern Star, Pasque Lodge in Bison for nearly 65 years, and was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona.
Bill married Shirley Maxine Wells from Fifty-Six, AR, on November 17, 1944. They had one son, William Jesse Marty, who remains on the ranch; a daughter, Ruth Ann Marty-Sprague, who lives northwest of Mud Butte on a ranch; and granddaughter, Melissa Ann Marty and great-granddaughter, Ella Mia Marty of Beresford, SD.
Bill built a roping/barrel racing arena on the ranch for Jesse and Ruth Ann. Friends and neighbors gathered on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons for roping and pot lucks, which gave everyone wonderful memories. Bill and Maxine enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, and dancing. They were actively involved in and supported Jesse in track and football, and Ruth Ann in rodeo. He loved taking his family to the Slim Buttes for picnics, going to movies, fishing, hunting, sledding, ice skating, and spending time with them as they were growing up. He made everything fun.
He is survived by his wife of 69 ½ years, Maxine; one son, William Jesse (Mary Lee) Marty; daughter, Ruth Ann (Dale) Sprague; grand-daughter, Melissa Ann Marty (Todd Schick); and great-granddaughter, Ella Mia Marty; a sister, Ruth Marie Blair of Ekalaka, MT; and sister-in-law, Helen Marty of Spearfish; nieces and nephews, Jerry Wells, Sam Marty, Mary Lou Marty, Liz May, Grace Blair, Tom Blair, and Doris Matz; step-grandchildren, Randy Russell, Delana Nelson, and Chuck Russell; and several step-great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Marty; and brother, John Marty.



Helen "Maureen" Vig

August 12, 1918 - March 17, 2014


Service to be held:

Friday, March 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.


Helen “Maureen” Vig, 95, Mud Butte, died on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Jim Hoerter, Father John Heying, and Father Arnold Kari officiating. Burial will follow at Opal Cemetery.
Maureen was born August 12, 1918, at Newell, SD, to William and Marie (Heying) Patterson. Because her Irish ancestors objected to any name but Maureen, she spent most of her life answering to that name. Maureen grew up on the Squaw Butte Ranch her parents homesteaded. The quarter section by her parents was added to the homestead land of their neighbors who soon deserted their 160 acres in Western South Dakota. It would not generate enough money to furnish even poverty level living.
In the mid-twenties, the snow was deep and there were no roads and therefore transportation was on foot or horseback. Many rural kids, including the Patterson’s, were taught at home. School away from the house began in the fourth grade for Maureen at Squaw Butte School. She graduated from there in 1932 and went on, one year to Newell, and then three years at St. Martin’s Academy where she graduated in 1936.
Money was scarce but with beginning help from one of her uncles, she enrolled at the University of Wyoming. She worked and went to school year round, and upon graduation, she taught secondary education in Lusk, WY. She also worked as Home Director for Food Safety Administration in Douglas and Basin, WY. During World War II, Maureen operated and supervised food operations for imported hard labor. In 1957, she returned to South Dakota where she worked on the ranch for a year and then on to Extension in Meade, Ziebach, and Cheyenne River for fifteen years.
In 1958, Maureen married Art Vig and she spent the rest of her life on the ranch.
She is survived by sons, Lester Vig, Dupree, and Tim Vig, Mud Butte; daughters, Maryann Vig, Rapid City, and Barbara Harry, Texas; two sisters, Joan Craig, Spearfish, and Kathryn Dennis, Rapid City; sister-in-law, Martha Patterson, Sturgis; seventeen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are very special friends and neighbors, Carol and Myron Weiss.
Maureen is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant sister; brother, Bill Patterson; sister, Patricia Staley; and brother-in-laws, Harry Craig, and Wayne Dennis.
A memorial has been established in Maureen’s name at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mud Butte, SD.



James Eugene "Gene" Wickersham

September 11, 1928 - March 11, 2014


Service to be held:

Memorial Day weekend in Gettysburg, SD


James Eugene “Gene” Wickersham, 85, of Rapid City, SD passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center in Spearfish, SD. He was born on Sept.11, 1928, in Gettysburg, SD. He was the fourth of five children from James “Roy” LeRoy and Vesta (Chiles) Wickersham, and lived most of his life in Gettysburg, SD.
Much of Gene’s younger years were spent on the family homestead at Cheyenne Creek, 13 miles west of Gettysburg, and one mile south of Lake Hurley. During the Great Depression, some of the siblings moved to family nearby Hannibal, MO. Gene attended 1st and 2nd grade in Missouri, returned to Gettysburg for the 3rd and 4th grade, and attended West Sanner Country School for the 5th through 8th grade. He attended Gettysburg High School into his second year before working full-time on the farm with his dad.
The US Army called Gene to duty in March of 1951. He served with the 687th Engineer Water Supply Company and was stationed in France. Gene was honorably discharged after the Korean Conflict and returned home to the farm near Gettysburg. He married his first wife, Angetta Marie Tobin, on December 2, 1953 and they had one daughter, Karen. They later divorced.
Gene moved to Lead, SD, where he worked for Homestake Mining Company and married Mary Lou Work on December 16, 1956. They had their first two sons, Timothy and Jamie, before moving to Gettysburg to operate the Windsor Hotel with Gene’s father. They added a daughter, Sandy, and two more sons, Todd and Michael. They later divorced.
Gene married Joyce Mary O’Meara Biedenfeld on October 1, 1971 and became a step-father to her five children, Dennis, Barb, Nancy, Janet and Jerry. He and Joyce had four more children, Scott, James, Ted and Ann. They divorced in 1999.
Gene’s father purchased the Windsor Hotel in 1960. The historic hotel offered a night’s rest to many and a home to some, including Gene’s family. During Gene’s time, the Windsor operated as a depot for Jackrabbit Bus Lines, served as a pick-up location for Buhl’s Dry Cleaning, and the VFW club operated in the basement. Gene and family tore down the Windsor in 1992. Gene also rented farm land 45 miles northwest of Gettysburg. He stopped farming and took work at the Potter County Courthouse as a custodian. Through the years, Gene worked with the VFW club and did various carpentry jobs in the Gettysburg area. After retiring, Gene spent some time with family in California, but the majority of his remaining days were spent in the Black Hills.
Gene was a great storyteller and captured many of them in his memoir, The Gene Wickersham Story. He enjoyed playing the guitar and socializing with others. Gene was a member of VFW Post 8530 and American Legion Ralph Leui Post 135. Gene’s best friend and lifelong hero was his father and his children were his pride and joy.
Gene is survived by one sister, Nadine Sievers, Rapid City, SD; his 10 children and 18 grandchildren: Karen Wickersham, Brookings, SD; Tim Wickersham (Kelly) and daughter, Rapid City, SD; Jamie Wickersham and son, Box Elder, SD; Sandy Dempsey (Larry) and two sons, Rapid City, SD; Todd Wickersham (Malissa), one son and one daughter, Richlands, NC; Michael Wickersham (Mary), one daughter and one son, Sioux Falls, SD; Scott Wickersham (Abbie), three sons and one daughter, Brandon, SD; James Wickersham (Cori), two daughters, Healdsburg, CA; Ted Wickersham (Anna), two daughters, Fort Collins, CO; Ann LaBeau (Mark), one son and one daughter, Black Hawk, SD.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Vesta; one brother, Chiles “Buck” Wickersham; and two sisters, Marjorie (Dale) Lane and Jackie (Ron) Jarrett.
More details will be announced regarding a memorial service and gathering of Gene’s friends and family in Gettysburg on Memorial Weekend. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations may be made to VFW Post 8530, PO Box 15, Gettysburg, SD 57442.



Charles Andrew Anderson

January 16, 1923 - March 8, 2014


Service to be held:

Monday, March 17, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.


Charles Andrew Anderson, 91, Meadow, SD, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Hettinger Medical Center in Hettinger, ND.
Charles was born on January 16, 1923, to Oscar and Lillian (Lorenz) Anderson at Bath, SD. The family moved to Strool, SD, and rented from Molly in 1929. They moved to the Culver Place that was purchased in 1939. Charles attended grade school in Strool and high school in Lemmon, graduating in 1940. Charles met Helen Ploog in 1940 as they closed the Thunder Hawk School. Charles went to Mankato Business College in Mankato, MN, for a year.
He worked at a bank in Fairmont, ND, before going to work at First National Bank in Lemmon as he had come home to help with farming. Charles married Helen in July 1943. They lived in a trailer house on Charles' parents farm. Charles was drafted into service and chose the Navy where he repaired PT boats in Eniwetok Island near Guam in the Pacific until his honorable discharge in 1946. When Charles returned, they moved on the Culver place as Charles' parents moved to Rapid City.
Charles enjoyed raising his Hereford cattle and raising registered bulls and farming. When he started farming, he used a WD 9 caterpillar. He was a hard-working father that provided for his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Helen Anderson; daughters, Sandy Wagner, and Cindy (Leroy) Klein; one son, Tim (Merna) Anderson; seven grandchildren, Scott and Lisa Wagner, Terry, Michael, and Brian Klein, and Stacy and Cody Anderson; sixteen great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Nora); one brother-in-law, Gale Holbrook; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Tanya; brother, Maurice; and two sisters, Janie Holbrook and Jocie McCarney.
Graveside services with full military honors will be on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery near Sturgis.