Vincent Thomas Fitzgerald

April 23, 1927 - August 24, 2015


Service to be held:

Graveside Services will be 12:00 pm Monday August 31, 2015 at Black Hills National Cemetery


Vincent Thomas Fitzgerald, 88, Rapid City, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was born April 23, 1927, in Aberdeen, the son of Thomas and Carrie (Brueske) Fitzgerald.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1944, during World War II. He operated a Landing Ship Vehicle Personnel (LSVP) which carried 36 troops and three crewmen during the invasion of Iwo Jima. While in the Navy he became a Plank owner (which designates one who was aboard a ship when it was commissioned and de-commissioned), and a Shellback (designates one who has crossed the equator, which he did several times). He was on the ship U.S.S. Ozark when the war ended in 1945.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he attended college in Texas and returned to Redfield. He joined the South Dakota National Guard in 1955.
He married Marianne Eldredge in 1957.
He was a full time technician with the National Guard in Redfield, Belle Fourche and Rapid City. He retired as a technician and from the National Guard in 1989.
During his 38 years of military service, he progressed from the rank of Petty Officer Second Class in the Navy to Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the Army National Guard, earning the following awards: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 stars, Navy Presidential Unit Citation with 1 star, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation Medal (Japan), World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 stars, Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3rd award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Meritorious Service Ribbon, and the Legion of Merit.
He was a Life Member of the VFW, National Guard Association of the United States and the South Dakota National Guard Officers Association. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the 196th Regimental Combat Team Association, American Association of Retired Persons, the Military Officers Association of America, and was President of the Rapid City Yacht Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marianne Fitzgerald of Rapid City; five children, Mike and Jonna Fitzgerald of Denver, Barry Fitzgerald of Whitefish, MT, Vicki and Craig Sorenson of Deaver, WY, Jamie and Bonnie Fitzgerald of Rapid City, and Sheri and Hank Sponder of Rapid City; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Fort Meade for the compassionate care that was provided.
The family will recieve freinds at the "Coyote Den" at Camp Rapid from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015.
Graveside services will be at noon Monday, Aug. 31, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with full military honors provided by the South Dakota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team and Sturgis Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Barbara Alice Barritt

September 22, 1928 - August 22, 2015


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015


Barbara Giffin Barritt "Bobber" died Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Weston County Memorial Hospital in Newcastle, WY.
Barbara Alice Giffin was born September 22, 1928, at her family home near Osage, WY, to parents, LeRoy and Daisy (Martens) Giffin. She grew up in the Osage area and graduated from Upton High School in 1946. On September 22, 1946, on her 18th birthday, she married her high school sweetheart, Keith Barritt. They made their home in Upton, WY, where they enjoyed raising their family.
She made her own wedding cake which led to a life-long career of baking cakes. She made cakes for nearly every one of her grandchildren's birthdays and weddings. She was also employed by the Upton Schools for over twenty years.
They built their cabin in the Big Horns in 1981 where they spent many days with their grandkids, family, and friends. Bobber always had a meal ready for family or anyone who happened to drop in. It seemed she always had fresh baked Butterhorns along with some kind of delicious dessert.
One of her favorite pastimes was attending all of her grandchildren's activities. She especially enjoyed their sporting events. She was a fan to the point of questioning "most" of the referee's calls, especially if the call was on one of her grandkids. She also spent many hours videoing their activities which they still enjoy watching.
Survivors include her husband, Keith; her sons, Tim (Yvonne) and Tom (Liz); brother, Ron Giffin; grandchildren, Loren, Heather, Brian, Mindy, April, and Cody; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harry Giffin; and her sister, June Graeber.
Memorial services will be Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Upton Community Center. Inurnment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Upton at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Allen Lane Adams

February 22, 1970 - August 21, 2015


Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.


The world lost a beautiful man and kind soul with the sudden passing of Allen Adams, 45, Sturgis, SD, on August 21, 2015.
Allen Lane Adams was born in Sioux Falls, SD, on February 22, 1970, to wonderful parents, Jim and Shirley (Davidson) Adams.
Early childhood was spent with his brothers and sisters and extensive family that included cousins, aunts, and uncles that spent hours together just enjoying each other's company. Just a short eleven months after Allen's birth, he was joined by his almost twin brother Joe, who became his co-heart and side kick, to be forever known as the little boys by his family, the two even had their own language for a number of years until school separated them for the first time that first year of school.
Allen graduated from Sturgis Brown High School and started his extensive work history in the painting and tape/texturing business.
He met and married Lana Culver. This would be the start of the most wonderful journey of his life, fatherhood. Allen's heart would beat a little louder and faster and his smile got a little brighter when he was with or talked about his beloved son, Trent Adams, of Pierre. Allen would brag of Trent's talents and his wonderful future to any and all that would listen.
Allen lived with his best friend the last few years, his dad, Jim Adams. The two could be found almost hooked at the hip, whether it was working side by side, hunting, or spending time with their friends and neighbors.
Allen enjoyed life to the fullest, even with the hiccups that life tried to throw his way. He is survived by his precious son, Trent Adams, who resides with his mother, Lana Culver of Pierre, SD; his father, Jim Adams of Sturgis; brother, Jim (Kathy) Adams of Whitewood; sisters, Denise Adams of Belle Fourche and Pam (Carl) Bartlett of Pierre; brother, Joe (Samantha) Adams of Sturgis; and his sister-in-law, Shari Adams of Sturgis. A good friend, Emily. His nieces, nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins were his life-line of happiness and joy.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Davidson Adams; brother, Charles Adams; and nephew, Tony Bartlett.
Allen had such a large heart for people he considered so many others, if not related by blood, but related by love, his family. Allen was a fighter of good and would drop everything at a drop of a hat to help anyone who wanted or needed it. May his heart for others in the world be filled with the memory of the incredible joy he felt for life.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.



Bryan "Wily" D. Freidel

March 6, 1958 - August 15, 2015


Service to be held:

1 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015


Bryan "Wily" D. Freidel, 57, Whitewood, died Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Honor Health Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Wily was born March 6, 1958, at Mitchell, SD, to Leonard and Ramona (Schoppert) Freidel. His parents died at an early age and Wily was raised by his maternal grandparents. He grew up and went to school at Mt. Vernon, SD.
He attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for a time. He resided in Whitewood, SD, since 1976.
Wily worked at Wheeler Lumber in Whitewood, the open cut mine at Lead, as a heavy equipment operator in the logging industry, and a service technician for Montana Dakota Utilities.
He met and married Michelle Jenniges on December 26, 1996.
In 2000, Wily attended Mitchell Technical Institute and graduated in the Natural Gas field. He taught commercial driver licensing at MTI prior to returning to Whitewood and working for MDU.
Wily was an avid motorcycle rider. Wily was a strong advocate for motorcycle rights and safety. He was the founding member of the Black Hills Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. Wily was very active in promoting and organizing concerts during the 1980's for the annual Black Hills Bike Rally. He also enjoyed motorcycle racing and was a crew chief for Salt of the Earth race team at the Bonneville Salt Flats for the last several years. Wily also enjoyed scuba diving.
Wily was a teacher and perfectionist. He believed in doing things right the first time.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle, Whitewood; one uncle; and several aunts and cousins.
A memorial has been established to Sturgis Main Street Brick Project.



LaVaun Lou Kinzler

April 29, 1932 - August 9, 2015


Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:00 a.m.


LaVaun Lou (Leuthold) Kinzler was born April 29, 1932, in Maryville, MO, to Walter and Lydia (Lehmann) Leuthold. LaVaun graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1950. After graduation, she saw a picture of the pastor's handsome son, Louie Kinzler. They met at a church social, were engaged, and married on April 6, 1951. Soon after, Louie served in Korea; LaVaun remained in Maryville and worked as a telephone operator. After his discharge, they moved to Lawrence, KS, where she worked in the school lunch room and also cleaned houses. After coming to the Black Hills to vacation with family for numerous years, they moved to Sturgis on June 9, 1972. She worked briefly at Philtown Restaurant as a waitress but was known by many from working at Sooper Dooper for 21 years where she retired. She enjoyed camping with family, sewing, knitting, quilting, neighborhood book club, painting, and volunteering at the Senior Thrift Store. She returned to playing the piano after an absence of 50 years, often playing for Louie and friends and occasionally at church. LaVaun had a deep appreciation for her family, friends, neighbors, and her pastor.
LaVaun, 83, Sturgis, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include sons, Ted (Susan) Kinzler, Gary (Kellie) Kinzler, and daughter, Carla (Kelly) Evans, all residing in Sturgis; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her cat, Tiger, whom she loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; her husband; and one grandson.
Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church, Sturgis, South Dakota. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota.
A memorial has been established to Sturgis Harbor Youth.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Margaret Conklin

August 8, 1917 - August 19, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday, September 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.


Margaret Conklin, age 98, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at Belle Fourche Healthcare Community with her family by her side.
Ethel Margaret Mahoney was born in Sundance, WY, on August 8, 1917, to Ben & Nina (Morris) Mahoney. Her parents had a large ranch at Alva, WY. Margaret loved her life on the ranch. She attended grade school at Alva and high school (where she excelled in band) & teacher’s college in Spearfish, SD. During this time, she roomed at her grandmother's (Minerva Black Morris) home in Spearfish. Margaret entered the teaching profession at the age of nineteen; teaching approximately eleven years.
Margaret met Oscar William Conklin and they were married on September 16, 1942, at Hulett, WY. To this union, three sons were born, Wayne, Vaughn, and Jeff.
At the time of their marriage, Oscar was in the army serving during World War II. When he was stationed at Camp Hood, TX, and Camp Carson, CO, Margaret went with him finding work in the nursing field. During the two years he was stationed overseas, she taught in a country school near Alva, WY. Margaret would ride her horse six miles to the school to teach grades one through eight. She liked to reminisce about the wonderful students she taught. After military service, Oscar's work in the timber industry had them living in the mountainous areas of Wyoming. Hulett, Meteetse, Jackson, Wilson, and Buffalo were a few of the communities in which they lived. During these times, Margaret worked in area hospitals and nursing homes. She enjoyed that profession and always wanted to be an RN.
Margaret and Oscar were long-time residents of Buffalo, WY. They retired in Newcastle, WY, in 1981; later, moving to Sturgis, SD, when Oscar's health deteriorated. After Oscar's death in 1996, Margaret moved to Spearfish, SD. Her love in life was her family and her music. She would entertain family and friends playing the organ. Some of her other interests included cooking, embroidery, and crossword puzzles. Margaret was an avid football fan. She enjoyed spending time with her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. She was generous and loving to all who knew her.
Survivors include her sons, Wayne of Spearfish, SD, Vaughn (Darcy) of Sinclair, WY, and Jeff (Tina) of Newcastle, WY; one sister, Dorothy (Max) Razo of Canyon Country, CA; four grandchildren, Brian, Tara, Cory, and Sean; and five great-grandchildren, Payge, Tom, Taylor, Maddie and Brodie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar; her parents; one sister, Harriett; and three brothers, Ben, Lyle, and Bill.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015, at the Alva Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Margaret’s name made to the charity of the donor’s choice.



Vera Simons Denker

January 8, 1922 - August 17, 2015


Service to be held:

Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 1:00 PM


Vera Simons Denker passed into eternity August 17, 2015.
Vera was born January 8, 1922, at home to Garfield and May Simons near Enning, SD. Vera graduated from Sturgis High School in South Dakota and got her teaching certificate at Black Hills Teachers College. Vera taught at several one room schools before moving from Enning, SD, to Belle Fourche, SD.
Vera married George Denker in 1942. Together they raised one son and three daughters. They moved to Caldwell, ID, in 1967 and resided there until her death.
Survivors include one son, Gary (Arlene) Denker of Spearfish, SD; three daughters, Beverly Fowble of Caldwell, ID, Carol (Ron) Voorhees and Joyce (Kevin) Olaveson of Boise, ID; 13 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; grandson, George Denker; two sisters; and one brother.
Funeral services will be held at Flahiffs on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 1:00 PM and at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.



Hertha B. Bown

November 16, 1915 - August 12, 2015


Service to be held:

Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.


Hertha B. Bown, 99, Sturgis, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Hertha B. (Kemmet) Bown was born on November 16, 1915, in Schuler, Alberta, Canada, to George and Christina (Rohrbach) Kemmet. She joined an older sister, Adeline, and older brother, Albert. She grew up on the family farm and remained in Canada, living in various locations, until on one of her trips to South Dakota to visit family, she met her future husband, Albert James "Jim" Bown. They were married on January 15, 1966, and lived in the Onida, SD, area where they ranched until retiring and moving to Sturgis, SD.
Hertha was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on July 10, 1940. Through all these years, she lived up to her dedication to Jehovah and was eager to share the good news from the Bible with everyone she could. She was especially very supportive to anyone in the full time ministry.
Hertha will always be remembered for her warm hospitality whether it was sharing meals with friends or an overnight stay or many weeks of sharing – she was an excellent cook, gardener, musician, and poet.
She is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, and many very close friends. Some of whom she was especially close to include her cousin, Mavis (Irvin) Putzier; special nieces, Caron (Ron) Possmore and Nola (Bob) Spoerl; and special friend, Pat (Karl) Carstensen.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Sturgis. Inurnment will be at a later date at Lebanon Cemetery.



Keith Verlin Smith

July 28, 1927 - August 14, 2015


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Keith V. Smith, 88, Hereford passed away and was called home surrounded by his family on Aug. 14, 2015.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Tue. Aug. 18 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held in Sturgis at 2 p.m. Wed. Aug 19 at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial services will be held at the New Underwood Cemetery followed by a luncheon at the New Underwood Community Center.
Keith was born on July 28,1927 to Perry and Manda Smith in Dante, SD. He graduated from New Underwood high school in 1945. He taught grade school in Hereford for 2 years before entering the US Army in 1950. He spent 17 months in Korea as a team chief on a radio teletype. Later when he returned to the states he was stationed at Camp San Luis Obispo, as assistant motor pool Sergeant and mechanic foreman. Keith was given an honorable discharge in 1953. In 1954 he married his neighborhood gal, Deloris Oliver. In 1957 they started ranching in Whitewood Valley until 1964, then moved to Union Center area until 1968. They moved to the Perry and Manda Smith home place where he continued ranching until 1996 where he retired on the ranch. Keith was a member and deacon of the Hereford Baptist Church. He had a love for his cattle, ranching and hunting with his family and friends. His grandchildren were his pride and joy, he really enjoyed watching them participate in all their sporting events. Grandpa and Grandma were usually there to cheer them on.
To this union 6 children were born. Earl (Melody) Smith, Lynn (Gloria) Smith, Robby (Darla) Smith, Clinton (Kerri) Smith, Tina (Joel) Whipple, and Eric Smith.
He is survived by his wife Deloris of 61 years, all of his children, 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, sisters, Shirley (Wesley) Schuettpelz, and Nylia (Harold) Severson, brothers, Perry (Carol) Smith Jr., Robert L. Smith, Tom (Linda) Smith and brother-in-law Harold Delbridge.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Jack Smith, sister Karen Delbridge & sister-in-law Kay Smith.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established for improvements to the New Underwood Cemetery.



John "Jack" William Smith

August 4, 1925 - August 12, 2015


Service to be held:

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.


John William "Jack" Smith, 90, Sturgis, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2015, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center. Private family interment services will be later in the day at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.
Jack was born August 4, 1925, at Presho, SD, to Perry William and Amanda (Sattler) Smith. He moved with his parents to the Hereford, SD, community in 1929 attending the Lodge and Doyle schools and the Hereford High School. He started farming on his own in 1949 and worked at the Homestake Mine in Lead that winter. In March of 1951, he entered the US Army, serving until March 1953, mostly in the state of Washington.
On June 1, 1957, he married Edna Haley. He continued farming and ranching but also worked for Strong Construction, Hills Gas and Appliance, and Farmers Union Oil Co. of Union Center. In May 1962, he rented the Gardner farm in Kennebec where they lived until he began managing the Farmers Union Oil Co. of Union Center in October of 1963. In February 1973, he bought a herd of cattle and purchased a farm near Foreston, MN. Besides doing his own farming and ranching, he did lots of custom work and rented farm land until they sold the farm and moved into Milaca in October of 1993. From September of 1994 until April 2000, he worked in a factory at Princeton, MN, rebuilding starters. He enjoyed farming for Diamond Ring Farms, Midland, SD, and for Gary Cammack of Cammack Ranch Supply after moving back to Union Center in May of 2000.
Jack was a lover of the soil, animals (especially dogs, horses and cattle), his family, and the Lord Jesus Christ. He accepted Jesus as his savior in 1967. He was best known for his friendliness, sense of humor, hard work, willingness to help anyone, and for being a wonderful husband and father. He was a church usher and greeter for many years and was known by many of the children as "Candy Man Jack" because he gave them candy after church.
Jack is survived by his wife, Edna, Sturgis; son, Marvin, Sturgis; daughters, Tammy (Dale) Langner, Holdingford, MN, and DeAnn (James) Brady, Pacific Grove, CA; grandchildren, Brianna (Tommy) Thomalla and Jake Langner, MN, Trinity McCullers and Joshua Smith, NV, and Gypsy (Luke) Hauptman, AZ; great-grandchildren, NaShawn McCullers, NV, and Nevaiah and Isaiah Geurts, AZ; great-great-grandson, Jayden; brothers, Keith (Deloris) Smith, New Underwood, Perry (Carol) Smith, Faith, Robert Smith, Union Center, and Tom (Linda) Smith, New Underwood; sisters, Shirley (Wesley) Schuettpelz, Salem, OR, and Nylia (Harold) Severson, Rapid City; brothers-in-law, Richard Haley, Bud Evans, Lester Main, and Harold Delbridge. He leaves behind many many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen Delbridge; Several brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws; and several aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the air conditioning fund at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Deloris Mae Tiedemann

March 22, 1929 - August 9, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday August 14, 2015 1:00 p.m. Black Hills National Cemetery


Deloris Mae "Sis" Tiedemann, 86, Tioga, ND, passed away peacefully August 9, 2015, at Tioga Long Term Care Center.
Graveside services will be held Friday, August 14, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.
Deloris was born March 22, 1929, in Lead, SD. She married Billie J. Tiedemann in 1950. He preceded her in death in 2006. She and Bill raised their family in Tioga, ND, and Gillette, WY. They moved back to Tioga in 2005.
She was a devoted mother to Marla Iverson (deceased in 2009), Corby (Pat) Tiedemann and Coty (Rick) Johnson. She was a loving grandmother to Tyler Johnson, Tori Johnson, Ryan Thornberg, and Breanna Thornberg; and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Bonita (Don) Pulse; brother, Paul (Corliss) Waterland; and sister-in-law, Marge Waterland.
She loved cross stitch, embroidery, the Denver Broncos, and spending time at Waterland family reunions.
We will forever miss her sense of humor and her determined spirit.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Patty Jo Barff

March 31, 1965 - August 8, 2015


Service to be held:

10 a.m. Wednesday August 12 , 2015


Patty Jo Barff, 50, Sturgis, died Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Rosary services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Patty was born March 31, 1965, in Deadwood, SD, to Orville and Bonnie (Trebil) Sigler. She grew up in Sturgis where she graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1984.
Patty married Bill Barff at Sturgis on September 22, 1984. The family lived in Rapid City until moving to Sturgis in 1991.
Patty was a loving mother and homemaker. She was proud of and loved her husband and three sons. Her life’s joy was caring for her family. Patty enjoyed all of the holidays, especially Christmas when she and Bill spent days preparing and delivering treats and candy for their family and numerous friends. Patty also enjoyed the many years she worked at the West photo tower during the annual Sturgis Rally.
Patty was a free spirit and quick witted. She had a fantastic sense of humor and always had people laughing with her one line remarks. She was a brilliant comedienne who added many laughs to camping trips and family gatherings.
Survivors include her husband, Bill; three sons, Andy, Brandon, and Kyle; sisters, Peggy (Don) Kinney and Pam (John) Riggs; brother, Pat (Bobbi) Sigler; nieces and nephews include Scott Bekken, Stacey Shipley, Adam Riggs, Angela Poitras, Craig Sigler and Breanne Bosanko; and very special friend Dawn McCarthy.
She was preceded in death by her parents Orville and Bonnie Sigler.
It was a privilege and a blessing having Patty in all of our lives. She will be sorely missed.
A memorial has been established.



Elizabeth "Betty" Jean Jones

December 3, 1931 - July 29, 2015


Service to be held:

Private Family Service At A Later Date


Elizabeth "Betty" Jones, 83, passed away July 29, 2015, in Spearfish.
Betty was born December 3, 1931, in Detroit, MI, to Raymond and Doris (Donovan) Paridee. She was raised and graduated from high school in Detroit. She later traveled to California where she met Alphonse "Ace" Tennis. They were married May 12, 1951. Ace and Betty were self-employed most of their married lives. They were long-time restaurant owners in Sturgis until Ace passed away in 1980. In 1986, she married Martin Jones of Belle Fourche. They later divorced. Betty enjoyed traveling, playing golf, cooking, and bowling. She was devoted to her family, loved life, and never met a stranger.
Betty is survived by her four daughters, Sinnet (Leo) Bestgen, Catherine Brink, Annesse (Mark) Brockley, and Jody (Tisha) Tennis; one son, Robert Tennis; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ace, and one grandson, Andy.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Donations can be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.



Shirley Peter Miller

January 9, 1920 - July 27, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday, July 31, 2015, at 10:00 a.m


Shirley Miller, 95, departed from this life to his heavenly home on July 27, 2015, from Salina, KS.
Shirley Peter Miller was born January 9, 1920, near Malta, MT, the second child of Arnt and Cora (Anderson) Miller. Still very young, he moved with his family back to South Dakota, where they eventually settled along Highway 212 near Cedar Canyon. Joining Shirley and his older sister, Mazy, were his two younger brothers, Earl and Ronald.
Shirley attended country grade school and enjoyed playing the violin in the school orchestra. He and Mazy boarded in Newell, SD, to go to high school. He did well and enjoyed classes and after-school jobs, but he never finished high school, choosing rather to return home to help his family. He worked for several neighbors, herding sheep, cleaning barns, and doing a variety of other odd jobs. Early years for the Miller family were a struggle, farming with horses and milking cows. Eventually they purchased sheep of their own, and then were able to add more land and cattle.
Family and the family business were always Shirley's top priorities. One of his big disappointments was not being able to serve his country because he did not pass the physical exam.
In 1944, he met his sister's friend, Erma Gamble, a third grade teacher in Belle Fourche, SD. He greatly appreciated and respected the love of the Lord that they shared. They were married on June 15, 1947. For the first two years of their marriage, their home was a sheep wagon. When their first daughter, Della Rae, joined them, the big storage drawer became a crib. Before Reta Fae completed their family a few years later, they had begun combining and remodeling a couple shanties that would be their happy family home and continual building project in progress for their over 60 years of marriage.
Shirley worked with his parents and brothers on their ranch near Mud Butte, SD. He remained in a partnership with his brother, Ronald, for many years. As the two families worked together, Shirley was always looking for ways to "make things easier." Others involved sometimes mused about how much hard work it often took to accomplish a project to "make things easier!" Just one of those projects was moving in abandoned RR depots for ranch use. He often admitted that somehow more projects got started than finished.
Shirley loved ranching and all the related challenges. He also desired to share his faith in Christ and enjoyed being a part of Prairie Home Church and Cedar Canyon Bible Camp.
In later years, Shirley and Erma spent winter months in a camper in Kelly's yard in Kansas. They somehow enjoyed the cozy quarters, reminiscent of their sheep wagon home. Eventually, Shirley spent increasing time in Kansas, always interested in the crops, the livestock, and the latest project.
Surviving family includes his daughter, Reta Fae Kelly and husband, Ken, at Ada, KS; son-in-law, Sam Mickelson and wife, Crystal, of Maurine, SD; and also eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren: Travis Mickelson, wife, Haley, and children, Natalie, Tarrence, Makeltie, and Latham, Mud Butte, SD; Fran Mickelson, Union Center, SD; Tim Mickelson, wife, Courtney, and children, Toby, Soleil, Ciera, and Ruby, Maurine, SD; Tyler Mickelson, wife, Jennifer, and son, Will, Mandan, ND; Faye Lynn Stoddard, husband, Levi, and daughters, Reece, Sidney, and Paisley, La Junta, CO; Felicia Cammack, husband, Chris, Union Center, SD; Kimberly McCosh, husband, Nathan, and daughter, Kassidy, Beverly, KS; and Ryan Kelly, Ada, KS. Other surviving family includes his brother, Ronald Miller, wife, Faith, Mud Butte, SD; sisters-in-law, Anita Morris and Edith Nisick, Richland, WA, and Darlene McNaughton, Ledyard, CT; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Erma; sister, Mazy Weiss; brother, Earl Miller; and daughter, Della Rae Mickelson.
Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at Prairie Home Church.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 31, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Prairie Home Church at Maurine, SD, with Pastor Roger Monson officiating. Burial will follow at Monument Hill Cemetery at Mud Butte, SD, with Pastor Allen Menter officiating.
The family suggests memorials to Prairie Home Church, Sunshine Bible Academy, or Cedar Canyon Bible Camp.



Nicholas Dean Vinson

March 19, 1991 - July 25, 2015


Service to be held:

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


Nicholas Dean Vinson, 24, Deadwood, passed away on July 25, 2015, in Deadwood, SD.
Nicholas was born in Missoula, MT, to his parents, Lynette Anderson and Jim Vinson. At 3 weeks old, the family moved to Sturgis, SD, where Nick grew up and attended grade school along with his younger sister, Madison Vinson Bales. In 2009, Nick graduated from high school in Miles City, MT, and attended Dickinson State College. Later, Nick returned to Sturgis, eventually moving to Deadwood, SD, working at The Gem Steakhouse. Nick enjoyed cooking and was looking forward to moving to Seattle to attend the Art Institute Culinary School next month. Nick loved the sport of baseball and enjoyed cheering on his favorite team, the Seattle Mariners. He enjoyed acting and participated in the Deadwood Alive Gun Slingers Reenactment team. Nick is remembered as an extremely loving and caring person. He always had the ability to make others laugh and find the humor in every situation. His smile was infectious and radiated warmth to anyone who received it. Nick took very little in life serious and lived his short life the same way. He was blessed with the ability to make others feel better just with a warm hug.
May this be his legacy to others.
Nicholas is survived by his parents, Jim Vinson (Pam), Sturgis; mother, Lynette Anderson (Todd), Billings, MT; sisters, Madison Bales (Steven), Rose Barracks, Germany, Kayela DeLong, Sturgis, Avery Anderson, Billings, MT, and Kayla Biers, Denver, CO; brothers, Chris Vinson, Dickinson, ND, Jake Vinson, Sturgis, Josh Vinson, Sturgis, Weston Anderson, Billings, MT, Travis Biers, Piedmont, and Austin Biers, Sturgis; stepmother, Raye Ann DeLong, Whitewood; nephew, Gavin DeLong, Sturgis; grandparents; great-grandmother; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Sturgis and Deadwood Little League programs.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Private family inurnment will be at a later date at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
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Eileen Katherine Bachand Lecy

January 18, 1932 - July 20, 2015


Service to be held:

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


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



Timothy "Tim" Jon Farstad

April 5, 1946 - July 25, 2015


Service to be held:

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


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



Betty Jo McFarland

August 26, 1929 - July 24, 2015


Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:30 am


Betty Jo McFarland of Rapid City, SD, passed away at 6:40 a.m. on July 24, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House at eighty-five years young.
Betty was born August 26, 1929, in Webb City, OK, to Clarence and Minnie (Alexander) Wass. She married Merle Gerald McFarland on August 11, 1946, in Garber, OK, and to this union, three children were born, Robby, Brett, and Randy.
Betty Jo enjoyed being a wife and mother to her husband and three boys and also enjoyed outings to Deadwood and other places around the Black Hills. She belonged to the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and spent many hours working with the mailers.
She will be deeply missed by her sons, Robby (Rebecca) of Los Osos, CA, Brett of Rapid City, and Randy of Evans, CO; two grandsons, Ben and Micah; and other extended family and friends.
Betty Jo was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merle, in June, 2000; two brothers; and four sisters.
Memorial graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Merle.
A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be made to the family at



Patricia Lavon Musgrove

August 22, 1944 - July 24, 2015


Service to be held:

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:30 am


Patricia Lavon Musgrove, age 70, passed away in the Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD, on July 24, 2015. She spent her last week hospitalized due to a sudden, acute infection that couldn't be overcome in her frail and tired body.
She was born to Paul and Vera Musgrove on August 22, 1944, in Oklahoma City, OK. Patricia is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, David and Elaine Musgrove of Belle Fourche, SD; and by her sister and brother-in-law, Pearl and Hank Burkhardt of Port Angeles, WA. She has a number of loving nieces and nephews of two generations. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents.
She lived in Oklahoma until 1989, when her mother and she moved to New Mexico to accompany Pearl who was suffering with health problems. In 1991, they all moved to Sequim, WA, at the same time as Dave's family. When Pearl married Hank in 1998 they found a duplex home where Vera and Patricia could live with them in Port Angeles, WA. She remained in that home until 2011 when she joined Dave and Elaine in South Dakota after Hank and Pearl were residing in Ecuador. Most of her last two years were spent in Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish, SD.
Patricia was a survivor, an overcomer of the odds against her. At the age of five she had a severe case of measles with high fever, and resulting encephalitis. She spent three months in the hospital before being discharged in a greatly impaired condition. She received therapy at home and relearned how to walk and talk. She was able to attend school to the eighth grade. Her weakened ankles from the illness caused even greater mobility challenges and frequent falls as she grew older.
At the age of 17 Patricia made her choice to serve the Lord. She faithfully read her Bible daily and prayed to God for strength to make it through life's struggles. She attended fellowship meetings as long as she was able. In latter years she often mentioned that she had enjoyed reading some verses in John 15 about abiding in the Vine, which is Christ.
She enjoyed reading children's stories and working word puzzles, and always had some needlework project going. When it was time to freeze or can at harvest time, she was ready to help. She loved interacting with people, and the family appreciates all of her friends who gave time to visit with her by phone. She faithfully wrote letters to the very end of life.
When Pearl was going through nurse's training, she commented that she, too, had wanted to be a nurse. Her desire came to pass to a degree when she lived in the home with her brother-in-law, Hank, who is quadriplegic due to MS. For over ten years, Pearl didn't have to hire any caregivers because Patty could meet his simple needs of eating, drinking, turning pages, and standing by his side when Pearl was needed to serve as family nurse to others or to do errands. They feel they couldn't have made it without her help.
Exactly one month ago, Hank and Pearl drove to Spearfish to visit Patricia. It was three years since they had seen her, and they were comforted by her total acceptance of her lot. They had quality time together, more precious than ever now, not knowing how perfect God's timing would be. They are unable to make the journey now, but wish to express sincere thanks to Dave and Elaine, and to all who have been a support to Patricia.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 30 from 8:00 a.m. until service time at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Gary Ralph Sprague

May 2, 1944 - July 23, 2015


Service to be held:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM


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