Obituaries
     
   
     

Margerie Lee Crowe

April 24, 1943 - August 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

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

 


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

 

     
   
     

Rodney Allen Ahner

April 12, 1966 - August 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Neil Leslie Fox

May 25, 1951 - August 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service at a later date

 

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

 

     
   
     

Michael "Mike" Joseph Deutsch

May 17, 1945 - August 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Babe Overholt

October 8, 1934 - August 24, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday August 30, 2016

 

Priscilla “Babe” Overholt, 81, Piedmont, SD, passed away peacefully Aug. 24th, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Babe was born on Oct. 8th, 1934 in Stuart, Nebraska, to John and Marie Deseive. She married Wayne Overholt in 1950, and moved to Rapid City, SD; later moving to their Elk Creek Ranch in 1959 where the couple lived and worked for 38 years before retiring to their home in Piedmont in 1995.
Babe is survived by her husband, Wayne Overholt, Piedmont, SD; her daughter, Debbie (Wayne) Johnson, Piedmont, SD; four grandchildren: Chasity Overholt, Terry Gullage, Brian (Kelsey) Johnson, Angie (Gabe Arthur) Nemeth; and six great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by sons Brian and Dennis Overholt; parents, John and Marie Deseive, Battle Ground, WA; sister, Marge Overholt, Sturgis, SD; and brother, Bob Deseive, Ridgefield, WA.
Service will be held at 10 a.m. MDT Tuesday, Aug. 30th at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, in Sturgis, SD, followed by a short graveside service at Bear Butte Cemetery, with Pastor Evelyn Johnson officiating. Visitation will take place the evening prior from 5 p.m. til 7 p.m. at same location.

Flowers, memorial funds (Genesis Lutheran) and condolences may be sent to Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Ave, Sturgis, SD 57785.

 

     
   
     

Corey Dustin Mann

June 19, 1987 - July 25, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 19, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

 

Corey was born June 19, 1987, to Jeff and Laurie Mann in Lakewood, CA. Along with his parents, he had a brother, Phil Mann. Corey may have been born in California, but he spent most of his childhood in Baker, MT. He grew up around many loving family members and friends. Even from when he was a baby, he was known for being very loving and kind. A very big part of his childhood was spent fishing with his father, brother, and grandfathers. His love for fishing never ended. He enjoyed going as much as possible. Along with fishing, he really loved being out in nature. Corey went to middle school and high school in Sturgis, SD, after moving from Baker, MT. He was known for being very funny and loved being with people. He was very social and had so many friends. A very big part of Corey and his brother, Phil's teenage years was music. They both became very talented with playing guitar and had their own Bands. Corey's band was with his very close friends, Sean, Chad, and Erik. They went by two different names at different times; Teenage Tragedy and Beautiful Distraction. They played at shows as much as possible and became very passionate about their music. It was very rare to ever see him without his guitar and he was never shy about playing it wherever he went.
At the age of 23, Corey was gifted a daughter, Paisley Erik Mann. From the very day she was born, he was a very proud father and loved her immensely. Paisley's middle name is after Corey's very dear friend, Erik Eixenberger (Ike) who passed away before Paisley was born. Corey always wanted to be with Paisley. Not only was he a proud father, he was also very amazing at it. He had so much love and patience. At the age of 25, Corey met his fiancée, Heidi Rice. Heidi has a daughter the very same age as Paisley. Kadlin was born one month before Paisley. Over time, Corey had claimed Kadlin as his own daughter and was a wonderful father to both girls. They experienced everything together from the time they were 2 year olds. Corey always took them on little adventures and taught them so many important things about love and life. Together Corey and Heidi had made their own little family. His brother, Phil, also has a daughter the same age and the 3 of them have spent lots of time together over the years. Corey was a very much loved uncle to both of Phil's children. Corey was also known as "Uncle Corey" to many of his friend's children. He always knew how to make kids laugh and enjoy life.
Corey will mostly be remembered for all the great times he's spent with many people. He would go out of his way to cheer anyone up or help anyone in need. He always had a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. He channeled his love for people into his work life and was a Sales Representative for DishOne. During his time with DishOne, he met many people from different walks of life and enjoyed visiting with them and learning more about them. He loved taking pictures. He wanted to be able to capture every little moment he could. He has many photos out there with many friends and loved ones. He always made time to stop and talk to people he knew and see how they were doing. He gave great advice to anyone who needed it. He always knew how to make someone feel better no matter how they were feeling. He meant so much to his family, daughters, and fiancé. His big heart and infectious smile will never be forgotten.
Corey is survived by his mother, Laurie Mann; father, Jeff Mann; brother, Phil Mann; nephew, Alden; niece, Bella; daughter, Paisley Mann; his fiancé, Heidi; stepdaughter, Kadlin; his aunts and uncles, Jackie and Bob Schumacher, Sherry Hoenke, Judy and Joe Janz, Danny and Leah Hoenke, Elaine and John Martucci, and Anita and Rick Caulk; his grandfather, Arnold Hoenke; and cousins, Ryan, Jamie, Jase, Joey, Jorja, Chanse, Zack, Lachen, Connor, Veta, Sarah, Ramie, Megan, Camille, and Ian.
A memorial service will be held Friday, August 19, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church with Pastor Matt Shulaw officiating.

 

     
   
     

Carl Henry Wendt

October 14, 1931 - August 6, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Carl was born October 14, 1931, to William and Ella (Helmer) Wendt in Belle Fourche SD.
Growing up, Carl attended country schools in the Belle Fourche and Spearfish areas. He went to work in Belle Fourche at the Vanco Ford Garage as a mechanic, where he met Pauline (Homan) they were married on August 17, 1956, in Nisland SD. They lived in Belle Fourche then moved to Hot Springs where Carl worked for Silverman Ford. He then later worked with the Dept of Transportation of SD for 30 years, he retired as Foreman in 1991, after Pauline retired from Golden West Telecommunication services in Hot Springs, they traveled from South Dakota to Arizona, and California to avoid the cold winters. They lived in their RV at Hart Ranch, and various campgrounds in the Black Hills and Wyoming near their daughters, and volunteered as Camp Host at Custer State Park, and also at the D.C Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish. They currently reside in Spearfish.
Carl was a member of the Moose Club. He enjoyed making things with wood , wood working and working in the yard.
Carl Henry Wendt, 84, Spearfish, SD, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on August 6, 2016.
Carl is survived by his wife Pauline; two daughters, Cindy (Jim) McDill, Custer, SD, and Connie (Randee) Peterson of Spearfish, SD. They have 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; Dusty (Heather) McDill, Custer, SD; Lynn McDill, Denver, CO; and Rebecca (Tyrel) and Connor, Maizy and Parker Owens of Newcastle, WY; Jared (Jenni) and Emily, Ella and Erik Peterson, and granddaughter Breonn Peterson of Spearfish, SD; brothers; Kenny (Mary) Wendt, Belle Fourche, SD; Jack (Carol) Wendt, Denver, CO; Sister; Gladys (George) Babcock of Post Falls, ID; and many, many nieces and nephews.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ella Wendt, and brothers, Donald, Bill, Chris, Fred, and Jerry, sisters Rosie Frick, Anna Bonato, Margie Jepsen, Ellen Rueb and Jessie Franke and Grandson, Jason Paul McDill of Newcastle WY.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. with Pastor David Baer officiating. Inurnment will be at the Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Spearfish Ambulance Service.

 

     
   
     

Merle Louis Kopren

June 9, 1930 - August 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Former Perkins County rancher Merle Kopren, of Sturgis, SD, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital at the age of 86.
Visitation will start at 5:00 p.m. with Family/Masonic Rites to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Thursday, August 18, 2016.
A memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church Friday, August 19, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Willard Olsen officiating. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Merle Louis Kopren was born June 9, 1930, in Lemmon, SD, to Louis and Martha Kopren. He grew up on the family farm/ranch south of Bison along with his brothers, Norman and Dean, and sisters, Della and Cleo. His love for livestock and farming was nurtured during this time and his interest in these areas stayed with him throughout his life.
Merle attended grade school in the Bison area. He obtained his G.E.D. while serving in the United States Air Force, from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1956. He learned the trade of welding during his time of service. While serving in the Air Force, he married the love of his life, Jean John on May 29, 1954, at Homme Lutheran Church in Prairie City. They made their first home in an 18 foot trailer house in Wichita, KS. Merle and Jean just celebrated their 62nd anniversary and had enjoyed a lifetime of friendship, good spirited ribbing, and their share of hardships and blessings. They were great role models for their children and grandchildren of what love and devotion in a marriage should look like. After Merle’s discharge from the Air Force, he and Jean made their home south of Bison on Merle’s parent’s ranch. Later, they purchased their own ranch/farm 16 miles south of Prairie City where they raised sheep, cattle, crops, and 4 children. In 1996, Merle and Jean moved to Sturgis and made their home. They lived surrounded by friends and family and enjoyed many nights of card playing and socializing.
Merle worked hard but also enjoyed life to its fullest. He enjoyed numerous trips hunting and fishing with his buddies and was a charter member of the Raccoon Lodge #2. Merle loved to visit with family, friends and neighbors, both on the ranch and after his move to Sturgis. After his retirement to Sturgis, his heart continued to be on the Fishhook Ranch and he often called nightly to check on his “boys.”
Merle was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, NAJA, and West River Shrine. He served on various boards including: NF Lyon Trust Fund, Farm Credit, Bison School Board, and Antelope Township. He served as Homme Lutheran Church treasurer and District Master of the Grand Lodge of SD. Merle received his 60-year pin from the Pasque Lodge #214 in Bison last year.
Merle’s generosity and kindness will continue to be an inspiration to his family. His strength and courage during his tough times of illness were evidence of his strong faith. He rebounded time after time, working hard and following Jean’s orders to get better so he could get back home. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was so proud of his family and enjoyed every minute he could spend with them.
Merle leaves behind his loving wife, Jean; four children, Merlene (Dale) Palczewski, Reeder, ND, Willis (Cindy) Kopren, Prairie City, SD, Debra (Terry) McPherson, Piedmont, SD, and Ross (Beverly) Kopren, Prairie City, SD; grandchildren include, Nathan (Lynae) Palczewski, John (Tessa) Palczewski, Wade (Jenny) Kopren, Randy (Heidi) Kopren, Michael, Misty, and Marty McPherson, Kyle (Amanda) Kopren, and Lane and Tessa Kopren. Merle also had 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Norman Kopren; sister, Cleo (Wally) Miller; sister-in-law, Darlyne Kopren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dean; sister and brother-in-law, John and Della Dreis; sister-in-law, Gen Kopren; nephews, Mark and Tim Dreis; and great-grandson, Ray Kopren.
Memorials have been established to the Grace Lutheran Church Radio Broadcast fund and the West River Shrine Club NF Lyon Trust fund.

 

     
   
     

Eileen D. Hofer

January 4, 1929 - August 8, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Eileen was born January 4, 1929, to Frank Joseph and Dorothy Ellen Blanche (Wintermote) Sack on a farm near Liberty, KS. During her childhood, Eileen lived on farms near Liberty, Valley Center and Sedgewick, KS. In 1946, Eileen graduated from high school in Wichita, KS.
In the spring of 1946, Eileen and her family moved to a farm three miles west of Onida. Eileen worked for Hilton’s restaurant and Onida High School until the spring of 1947. From 1947 to 1959, she worked for the Sully County ASCS Office. Eileen then elected to stay home to raise her family. From 1967 to 1973, Eileen went back to work outside the home at the Peavey Lumber Yard. She worked as secretary for her husband and manager, Wilbur. From 1973 to 1989, Eileen completed her civil service career at the Onida ASCS office. She retired in 1989.
On September 3, 1950, Eileen married Wilbur Hofer. After raising their family, Eileen and Wilbur toured the United States on numerous bus trips. In 1985, they enjoyed the plane trip and excursion to Hawaii. In 1989, they became world travelers. Supporting their youngest son, Calvin, who at the time was Director of the Rapid City Central High School Band on concert tour, they traveled to Romania, Russia, Hungary and Austria. In 1997, they embarked on yet another bus trip to Guadalajara, Mexico.
In 1995, Eileen and Wilbur established a winter home in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, residing at Rollin Home Mobile Park in Mission. They lived six months in Texas and six months in South Dakota, until both Wilbur’s and Eileen’s health required they remain in South Dakota. After Wilbur’s death in 2005, Eileen lived at the South Dakota Veterans Home in Hot Springs and at Holiday Hills Estates, The Victorian and Bella Vista in Rapid City until her death.
Holding numerous offices over many years, Eileen was active in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of the Onida First Presbyterian Church, holding deacon and photo album chair offices for the women’s organization. Eileen loved to work in her yard at home planting flowers for all to see and enjoy. She was always ready to help anyone who needed help. She was involved in the Onida senior center and senior meal delivery program.
Dorothy Eileen (Sack) Hofer, 87, of Onida and Rapid City, SD, died peacefully Monday, August 8, 2016, at the Golden Living Centers-Bella Vista nursing home in Rapid City.
Eileen is survived by her three sons and their wives: Terry (Janet) of Rapid City, SD; Scotty (Wendy) of Denver, CO; and Calvin (Margaret) of Grand Junction, CO; by her six grandsons and two great-grandchildren: Colin (Jamie) and great-granddaughters, Addison and Emerson, Andrew, Jared, Zachary, Stephen and Timothy; by her four siblings: two sisters, Jeanne Marie Johnson of Manteno, IL, and Ann Bridges of Pierre, SD; two brothers, Donald (Carol) of Snohomish, WA, and Dan of Kansas City, MO; three sisters-in-law, Sylvia of Spearfish, SD, Lexie of Ft. Pierre, SD, and Joyce of Onida, SD; and by her numerous nieces and nephews.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Ronald, Louis, Paul, Leland, Phillip, and his wife, Nona, and Frank; one sister, Madeline, and her husband, John Zebroski; and two brothers-in-law, Leo Johnson and Bill Bridges.
Eileen was a mother’s mother. Although at times feisty with a “sparkling” personality, she mothered, mentored and tutored in a firm but loving manner, not only her three sons, who tended to need strong, loving direction, but also those around her, including extended family from South Dakota to Missouri to Minnesota and beyond, whom she felt needed support, help and guidance. Eileen lived and mothered from a gracious, honest and good heart. In Eileen’s unique way, she expressed her love to those she loved, through Jesus Christ, for the benefit of all she touched.
Funeral services will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1012 Soo San Drive, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702, on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., Pastor Dillon Ferguson presiding. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Burial services will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, on Monday, August 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

 

     
   
     

Mary Lee Hathaway

May 7, 1952 - August 4, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Tuesday, August 9, 2016

 

Mary Lee Hathaway, 64, Bison, SD, passed away on August 4th after a five year battle with cancer; while being comforted by family members at the Regional Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Mary Lee was born in Lemmon, SD on May 7, 1952 to August and Lorraine Sonn. She grew up on a farm North of Lemmon and was a 1970 graduate of Lemmon High School. Upon completing high school she attended Dickinson State University. On July 22, 1972 she married Dennis Hathaway and they made their home in Bison, SD. They had two children, Kelly and Brady. Mary Lee worked many years at the Perkins County Courthouse and Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union. In 2013, she and her love, Wade Chapman purchased their dream house in Piedmont where she retired to in 2015.
She loved her family beyond measure and was always ready to prepare a feast whenever someone might be stopping in to visit. She had a green thumb and it was evident to anyone who had ever seen her yards. She had a keen eye and love of landscaping, and could often be found working in her yard on numerous different projects. Her humor was enjoyed by not only her close family and friends, but community members who would often witness the shenanigans she and her Red Hatter gals were up to. The laughs were endless. Her home was always in pristine order, and was decorated elaborately for each holiday. Her yearly Christmas light display was looked forward to by all. Her grandchildren were the apple of her eye, and close behind them were her pets. Gifts from her came from the heart, often being something she had hand crafted. She was always dreaming of sandy beaches and a cold drink in her hand to relax.
Survivors include her soulmate of 8 years, Wade Chapman, Lodgepole, SD; daughter, Kelly (Denton) McGregor, Piedmont, SD; son, Brady (Charity) Hathaway, Bison, SD; grandkids: Mason, Jada & Karsyn McGregor, Piedmont, SD; Joshua Cook & baby Hathaway (due in January), Bison, SD; 3 brothers: Mike (Penny) Sonn, San Jose, CA; Roger Sonn, Hettinger, ND; David (Vicky) Sonn, Lemmon, SD; 1 sister, Linda (Jim) Nehl, Keldron, SD; many nieces, nephews and special friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, August and Lorraine Sonn and one sister, Shirley Wilcox.
Visitation will be held Monday, August 8 from 5-7pm followed by a Rosary Service at 7pm at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church, Piedmont SD.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11am Tuesday, August 9, at Our Lady of the Black Hills in Piedmont, SD, Lunch will be provided after Mass followed by burial at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis SD.

 

     
   
     

Nedra Delores Ingersoll

February 28, 1926 - December 27, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 5, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

 

Nedra was born February 28, 1926, in Sturgis, SD, to Ruth V. Sisk Arney and Milo Arney. Her father was a soldier at the Ft. Meade Calvary Post in Sturgis where Nedra grew up and went to school. She married Earl C. Grimes on January 1, 1943, having three sons, and later married Everett E. Ingersoll on March 15, 1966, having one son.
Nedra left Sturgis and was an active business woman in North Dakota and Iowa before returning to South Dakota in 1988 living in Newell, Sturgis, and Spearfish. She volunteered and worked as a soldier in the Salvation Army.
Nedra Delores “Dory” Arney Grimes Ingersoll, 89, Spearfish, died, Sunday, December 27, 2015, at the David M. Dorsett Heathcare Facility in Spearfish.
Nedra is survived by her three sons, Larry P. Ingersoll, Spearfish, Gary (Diana) Grimes, Ankeny, IA, and Jerry (Kathy) Grimes, Johnstone, IA; one daughter-in-law, Charla Grimes, Woodward, IA; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; three brothers, Milton (Faye) Collins, Newell, Ronald (Wendy) Collins, Whitewood, and Lloyd E. “Gene” (Georgia) Collins, Spearfish; and one sister, Patricia (Jerry) Austin, White Owl, and their families.
She was preceded in death by both husbands; her son, Larry L. Grimes; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.
A Graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to Northern Hills Salvation Army or the David M. Dorsett Healthcare.

 

     
   
     

Roxanne Rae Anderson

May 23, 1958 - August 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 pm Monday Aug. 22, 2016

 

Roxie was born May, 23rd, 1958 in Deadwood to Geneva and Richard Anderson. She grew up in Lead, SD and attended schools in Lead until her family moved in 1973 to Whitewood, SD. She finished her education at Sturgis High school and graduated in 1976. Upon completing high school she joined the United States Army and served from September 1977 to September of 1980 when she was honorably discharged. Roxie moved back to Rapid City and worked for United Mileage Plus, United Blood Services and currently as a CNP at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in the Hospice Care Unit. Roxie loved working with the elderly veterans giving them special care and loved listening to their many service stories and about their lives. Roxie had a very tender heart when it came to the elderly. Roxie enjoyed spending time in the outdoors hiking, taking photos and scrapbooking. Roxie had a special place in her heart for her numerous nieces and nephews. She was always known as the fun and playful aunt and enjoyed spending time with them. She will be in our hearts forever and missed dearly.
Roxanne Rae Anderson passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 1st, 2016 at her home in Rapid City, SD.
Roxie is survived by her four sisters and one brother, Barb and Ken Grosch Sturgis, SD - Deb and Emmett Boomgaarden , St. Onge, SD – Robyn Orr, Newell, SD – Connie and Dean Weis, Whitewood, SD and Steve and Stella Anderson, Gillette, Wyoming as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Roxie was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Anderson, Geneva and Alfred Klein and an infant brother.
Her family is honoring her request for no service but a visitation will be 5:00 until 7 p.m. Monday, August 22, 2016 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Homestake Opera House in Lead.

 

     
   
     

Briana Rose (Wilson) Funk

June 4, 1955 - July 29, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Briana Rose (Wilson) Funk let go of her earthbound oars and has floated the heavenly stream to eternity on July 29, 2016. She had a short battle with cancer, but those who know her well knew she died of a broken heart from the loss of their son, Shawn.
Briana was born June 4, 1955, to Howard K. and Constance I. (Weaver) Wilson at John Burns Memorial Hospital in Belle Fourche, SD. Her loving mother and father brought her home to the family farm, northeast of Vale, to join three sisters and 2 brothers. This is where she spent the first three years of her life. In 1958, the family made the move to their brand new home in Newell. That is where the third and final brother joined the family in 1960 to make the Wilson family complete.
Briana attended all her school years at the Newell School and graduated in 1973.
Briana loved music. She enjoyed playing the piano and French horn. She absolutely loved marching band.
Her love of reading she inherited from her mom. She spent summers checking out every book she could from the local library. She would continue to be an avid reader all of her life.
Yes, Briana worked and retired from two different corporations. She was a very dedicated and favorite employee but that was not what was important to her in her list of accomplishments. Her life force was the love of her family and friends.
She married the apple of her eye, her soul mate, and the best husband and father in the universe, Ron, on May 21, 1983. Together they raised a beautiful son, Shawn, in Colorado. Shawn was the absolute joy of their life.
In 1996, circumstances brought them to South Dakota to help Briana's mom and dad out so they could stay in their own home. Shawn followed a year later to help with their care. Many wonderful and lasting memories were made.
The time spent together in Newell was a wonderful and very enjoyable time. Being with family and helping family was what life was about to all of them. Through all the laughter and tears, the family bond stood strong. Mom passed in February 2003, and Dad passed in July 7, 2008. They both were able to stay in their home as they had wished. Six weeks later after his grandpa passed, Shawn was taken to eternity unexpectedly. It broke Ron and Briana's hearts. After the loss of their son, Ron and Briana moved outside of Spearfish in the hills. They enjoyed their time there with family and friends. They loved living near Spearfish and all the wonderful, kind people they grew to know and love.
Briana is survived by her husband, Ron; brothers, Kirk (Joyce) Wilson, Tim (Pam) Wilson, and Tom (Kathryn) Wilson; sisters, Kathy (Bob) Nikodym, Mary Wilson, and Corinne (Syd) Iwan. Survivors also include stepdaughter, Brandi Black (Andre) and children; and stepson Joshua Daleigh and family. She is also survived by numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Briana had a wonderful group of nieces and nephews who all held a very special place in her heart. They were all very special to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Constance Wilson; son, Shawn Funk; nephew, Jeremiah Wilson; niece, Jennifer Wilson; paternal grandparents, Henry and Alice Wilson; and maternal grandparents, Ralph Weaver and Eve Anderson.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Services will be held Thursday, August 4th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.at the Belle Fourche Community Center with Chaplain Randy Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at the Wilson Cemetery.
A memorial had been established to the Wilson Cemetery Fund.

 

     
   
     

Shirley Esther Kammerer

June 4, 1929 - July 29, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Shirley Esther Kammerer, Age 87, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016, in Rapid City, SD.
Shirley Esther Hale was born on June 4, 1929, in Sturgis, SD to Louis Bryant “Brick”and Alyce (Fruth) Hale. She grew up in Sturgis, SD and attended St. Martin’s Academy for eight years and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1947. She attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD.
Shirley was employed at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Ft. Meade, SD, as a medical stenographer for four years.
Shirley’s interests were varied. Faith, family and friends were her special loves.
She married Alfred “Lefty” Kammerer, a cattle rancher in Elk Creek Valley, on December 27, 1952, in Sturgis, SD by Msgr. Leo S. Feurerbach. They were blessed with five children – two sons, Eliot and Brian, and three daughters, Jan (Sommars), Mary Kay (Lemmel) and Lisa; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; one Sister-in-Law, Pauline Guffey; numerous nieces, nephews and special cousins.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, “Lefty”, and her son, Brian.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Rosary will be offered at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Home. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at St. Martin’s Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to St. Martin’s Chapel and St. Aloysius Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Robert "Bob" Johnson

October 22, 1929 - July 29, 2016

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm Thursday, August 4, 2016

 

Bob was born October, 22, 1929, on his parent's ranch east of Newell to Albert and Mary (Schultz) Johnson. He was the oldest son and dropped out of school at 13 to become the father figure after his father passed away. He worked various jobs as a ranch hand with all of his income going back to his Mother to help out at home and take care of his siblings.
He was drafted in 1951 and served in the Korean War. He was wounded on Christmas Eve and received a Purple Heart, but continued to go to the front line so he was able to earn points to get back Stateside and help his family. He was discharged in 1953 and worked various jobs until he was offered a job at the Ft Meade VA Hospital where he stayed for 30 plus years working as a Nurse's Aide.
On Dec 6, 1958, he married Jeanne Dailey at Bear Butte Church and two children were born from this union; Albert and Theresa (Terri). In 1974 he married Penny and they adopted two children Bobby and Jenny Walsh and an infant Marya that died in infancy.
Bob lived in Sturgis and Newell until 2002 when he moved to Spearfish where he lived until his death. After retiring from the VA he worked as a ranch hand. He loved his horses and his family. He was a strong supporter of the VFW, but his greatest joy came from watching his children participate in various sports. He wanted everyone to live out their dream.
Bob is survived by four children: Albert (Janet), Senoia, GA and their children John Robert, Heather (Nick Hoyne and baby Lydia), Josh and Brittany; Theresa (Clifford) King, Cheyenne, WY, and their children Shannon (Clifford) Ferree and Bailey, Waylon, Kellie, Cody (Chelsea) and Brooke ; Bobby (Lynn) Johnson, Omaha, NE, and their children Ivan, Mariah, and Max ; and Jenny Casper, Wy, and her children Megan, Jessica, and Jordan; brothers Ralph (Claudia), Larry (Roxy) Jensen, Jim (Karen) Jensen and sisters Kathy (Richard) Ogle, Jerry Ann Hagen, Pat Jensen and numerous nieces and nephews and they were all his favorites ! He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Vivian and brother-in-law Bud Hagen.
Robert (Bob) Theodore Johnson, age 86 of Spearfish, SD passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
Graveside Services will be held, Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.
"There might be too many people here but they're all mine"

 

     
   
     

Frederick "Fritz" Fonck

May 14, 1923 - July 28, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Fritz was born May 14, 1923, at Sturgis to Joseph and Bertha "Collins" Fonck. He grew up on the family homestead which was 25 miles East of Sturgis and 6 miles South of Volunteer, SD. He attended grade school at Wolf School District #24, South of Volunteer. He left home at the age of 12 years with the influence of the great depression and the dirty 30's, in search of work. He had many jobs for 60 cents per week with room and board and some jobs at 50 cents per day. He worked his way through high school with various jobs around the area. After completing high school he entered the US Navy.
Upon the end of his hitch and World War II, he returned with an honorable discharge to Sturgis where he married Betty Lou Simmons of Piedmont, SD. To this union of 25 years, three sons were born.
Fritz worked at different jobs around the area including Chase's Department Store, US Post Office, Ft. Meade VA Hospital, and all four sale barns in the area for 32 years. He also worked for several registered cattle outfits as herdsman. He worked for the State of South Dakota at the McNenny Fish Hatchery for 19 and a half years before his retirement due to a serious heart overhaul.
He still kept a job on a ranch near Union Center, SD. Fritz raised and broke horses and mules all through his life. He was a wagon master for the Black Hills National Cemetery Centennial Wagon Train into Deadwood's Days of '76 for 32 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion and the riding clubs of the area on his mules.
Fredrick Joseph "Fritz" Fonck, 93, Union Center, SD, died Thursday, July 28, 2016, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade.
Survivors include his son Thomas (Ginger) Fonck, West Virginia; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two great - great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Officiants Pastor Harold Delbridge and Pastor Denzel Nonhof. Burial with military honors follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery near Sturgis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, two brothers, five sisters, one granddaughter and a very precious friend, Yvonne Ferguson.

 

     
   
     

Jess Edward Nelson

June 14, 1925 - July 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Jess was born June 14, 1925, at his parent’s home in Seward County, NE to Carl H. and Margaret J. (Baker) Nelson. He attended grade school at Utica, then moved and attended Beaver Crossing High School starting in the 9th grade. He and his nephew, Norman Hohnbaum, were the only uncle/nephew pair to attend all 12 years of school together and graduate from Beaver Crossing.
After graduation, he worked on farms in the Waco, McCool, and York areas, and drove a semi-truck. In 1946, he started work as a mechanic at the Ford garage in York. He was promoted to Service Manager in 1960 and maintained that position until 1974.
Jess married Donna Beth Elenora Blum June 22, 1947, in York. They moved to Sturgis in 1974 and Jess assumed the Service Manager position at Jacobsen Ford-Mercury. He held that position until he retired in 1990. He continued to exchange cars between Ford dealerships for a number of years.
Jess spent his spare time through the years remodeling their first old home and then finishing the home they built in Blucksberg near Sturgis. He volunteered in Blucksberg doing road maintenance, organized the Blucksberg Homeowners Board and served as president, was a member of the Blucksberg Paving Board, and was a source of information for new and old homeowners in the development.
He was a baptized member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York. He was a charter member at Faith Lutheran Church in York and served on many boards and committees until they moved to Sturgis. Jess was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis where he also served the church and participated in Bible studies. He also served on an ushering team. He was a member of The Westerners International. Jess was always there to help a friend or stranger in need.
After a courageous struggle, Jess Edward Nelson, age 91 of Sturgis, SD went to be with Jesus on July 27, 2016 at Sturgis Regional Hospital, Hospice Suite.
Cherishing memories are his wife of 69 years, Donna, Sturgis; three daughters and their families: Linda (Rev. Phillip) Hannemann, Lincoln, NE, Heather (Rod) West, CA, Christopher (Elizabeth) Hannemann and their children, Gabriel, Isabel, and Ava, IA, and Timothy (Johanna) Hannemann and their children, Joella and Broderick, NE; Eileen (Bruce) Ness, Albert Lea, MN, Brent (Katherine) Ness and their children, Lydia and Cecilia, NY, Stuart (Christie) Ness and their children, Travis and David, MN, and Scott (Meghan) Ness, MI; Beverly (Philip) Seifert, Oregon City, OR, Victoria (Alex) Duffey, WA, and Ryan Seifert, OR; sister-niece Gwen (Dean) Pankoke, Beaver Crossing, NE, other nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and special friends.
Jess was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fay and Albert; and three sisters, Mae Hohnbaum, Lula Nelson, and Ruth Smith.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do a kind deed for a friend or stranger, as Jess always thought of others before himself. He donated his eyes to optic research so others may see.
Memorials will be distributed by the family to organizations that Jess supported.
Visitation will be Monday, August 1, 2016, at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a Remembrance time with family will be at 7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis.
Burial will be at the Utica Cemetery in Utica, Nebraska on Friday, August 5, 2016.

 

     
   
     

Harold John Wetz

December 13, 1922 - July 26, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Harold John Wetz was born on December 13, 1922, in Sturgis, SD, at the home of his maternal grandparents, to Gerald Wetz and Amelia Schaff Wetz. He grew up on the family ranch east of Vale, SD, along the Belle Fourche River. He attended school at the Wetz School through the eighth grade and then ranched with his father until his marriage to the school teacher, Sylvia Dobyns, on June 5, 1946. The newlyweds lived on the farm west of Vale where they farmed and Harold and Sylvia raised their growing family.
Harold ran a trucking business for a few years and then he learned to shear sheep and ran a shearing crew for many years. He was well-known for the quality work of his crew, which eventually included four of his sons, who carried on the tradition for several years. His legacy continues as a grandson still shears sheep.
In 1968, Harold and his family moved to Poplar, Montana. He began a new career in Montana with the Farmers Union Grain Elevators and worked at elevators in Poplar, Sprole, Circle, and Glasgow from where he retired in 1985.
After Sylvia retired from teaching school in Montana, they spent 19 winters in Arizona, because Dad hated the cold weather.
Harold was active in the Nashua senior citizens and was selected as the outstanding senior citizen for Valley County in 1987. He was also active in the Nashua Lions club for 25 years.
Harold loved to hunt and fish and spent many hours on Fort Peck Lake where he continued the quest for the large walleye. One of his proudest moments of hunting was when he was 90 years old and hunted with 4 generations of his family.
In 2006, Harold and Sylvia moved to Spearfish, SD, where they have resided since, first at the Redwood Apartments, the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living, and then Dad moved to the Dorsett Home, where he died on July 26, 2016, at the age of 93years, seven months and 13 days.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sylvia, of Spearfish. He is also survived by seven children: Norman (Gloria Jean) of Glendale, AZ, Kenneth (Donna) of Newell, SD, Beth Kelley (Bill) of Simms, MT, Roger (Carol) of Billings, MT, Linda Dutton (Phillip) of Pauls Valley, OK, Paul (Vicky) of Glasgow, MT, and April Baker (Roy) of Vaughn, MT. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is sister, Helen Seitz of Washington; and brothers, Jim of Colorado and Darrell of Montana.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Julia, Dorothy, and Geraldine; and brother, Gerald, Jr., and grandson, Doug Kelley.
Visitation will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Friday, July 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Spearfish. Burial will be at the Vale Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31st.
A memorial has been established for the preservation of the Wetz School.

 

     
   
     

Virginia Mae Theresa Grenstiner

September 19, 1933 - July 15, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Virginia was born September 19, 1933, on the farm near Rhame, ND, to Albert and Cyrilla (Heying) Schaefer. She attended school at Harper County School until graduating the 8th grade and worked on the family farm.
Virginia married Art Grenstiner at Rhame, ND, on October 6, 1953. They moved to Deadwood, SD, in 1954 where Virginia was a devoted Catholic, wife, and mother. Once all of their children were raised, she managed the Covered Wagon Drive-thru until it closed and worked in the dietary department at the Sturgis Hospital for nearly 2 decades.
Virginia Mae Theresa (Schaefer) Grenstiner, 82, rural Sturgis, died Friday, July 15, 2016, at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital.
Survivors include brothers, Laverne (Margaret) and Jerome (Lorayne); sister-in-law, Audrey Schaefer; sons, Anthony Grenstiner, Sturgis, Mark (Dawn), Sturgis, and Eric (Samantha), Sturgis; daughter, Marcella (Randy) Westendorf, Deadwood; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Art; daughter, Kay; and one brother, Merlyn.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19th, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, with rosary services beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Deadwood with Fr. Leo Hausmann officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood. The family invites everyone for fellowship at the auditorium across from St. Ambrose Catholic Church.
A memorial has been established to the St. Ambrose Catholic Church.

 

     
   
     

George D. Levin

July 4, 1921 - July 15, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Visitation 11:00 am until 12.45 pm Friday July 22, 2016 graveside services 1:00 pm at Bear Butte Cemetery

 

George Daniel Levin, 95, long time area farmer, rancher & political activist passed away at Sturgis Regional Senior Care on July 15, 2016.
George was born in Sturgis, SD, on July 4, 1921, to Daniel & Dorothy Levin of Hereford, SD. It took him many years to realize that everyone was not celebrating his birthday on July 4. George grew up on the family farm and attended school at Hereford. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1940. Upon graduation, he attended Spearfish Normal School until his father had a massive heart attack and could no longer run the farm at Hereford. George took over the operation in 1941. In 1942, he and his brother operated together on the Levin place at Hereford.
George married Laura Butler on June 14, 1943. To this union, four children were born; Lauren, Dennis, Sheryl, and Marlin (infant deceased). They lived at Hereford, working the family farm, until 1952 when they moved to Sturgis. In 1953, they moved to Chester, MT, where George worked as an ironworker. They moved to Hungry Horse, MT, later in 1953. They returned to western South Dakota in the fall of 1953. George worked construction in the area including working on the Kirk Power Station in Lead and the missile base east of Sturgis. In 1958, they purchased an irrigated farm near Newell. In 1965, they purchased a farm & ranch operation near Hereford and in 1968 they sold the farm at Newell and moved to Hereford. They built and operated a very successful family farm/ranch operation with the help of their two sons and families. In 1985, they retired to their home in Sturgis and began to enjoy retirement. George was still actively involved in the ranching operation and continued to operate until 2000 when he turned the operation over to his sons. He and Laura farmed their own land until 2005.
George was a founding member of the Independent Stock Growers of America and in 1974 testified as an expert witness in a federal court in San Francisco regarding price fixing of beef by the large super market chains. Although George did not benefit from the case, the plaintiffs in the case were awarded $32.5 million in damages. George also served on the Marketing and Processing board of directors for Farmers Union for many years. He was an active member of the Democratic Party in South Dakota. He was a candidate for state office from Butte County in the early 1960’s. In 1968, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, IL.
George and Laura traveled extensively. They spent many winters in south Texas where George performed in the many musical jams held in the winter. They traveled to Sweden, the homeland of his father, twice. George loved to read, sing, and play his guitar. But most of all he loved to talk politics and go bird watching. George was an atheist and requests that there not be a funeral service but relented in having a visitation.
Special thank you goes to all the caregivers at Sturgis Regional Senior Care. Thank you so much for loving and caring so much for our loved ones. You hold a very special place in our heart. We are so grateful for your hard work & dedication.
He is survived by two sons, Lauren (Judy) and Dennis (Jessie); and daughter, Sheryl (Les). He leaves behind numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, adopted grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
George is preceded in death by his loving wife, Laura; his parents; an infant son; a brother; and two sisters.
Visitation is 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established. Cards may be mailed to 14796 Whistler Ct, Summerset, SD 57769.