Obituaries
     
   
     

Cora "Corky " May Liston

November 8, 1938 - June 25, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, May 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Cora was born in Iola, Kansas, to Lewis and Emmaline Seals on November 8, 1938. Cora later married Wendell Sowers and was married to him for 23 years. They had four children: Richard, Ronald, Randall, and Sharon.
Cora then married Wilbur Liston and spent several years in Union Center, Sturgis, and then later Yuma, Arizona.
Cora loved spending time with her children and her many friends. She loved to do embroidery, go to garage sales and play bingo. She would always welcome all to her home and enjoyed spending time with her friends.
Cora May "Corky" Liston, 77, Sturgis, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, after living a full life.
Cora is survived by her sisters, Mary Jane (David) Hill from Iola, Kansas, Vera Seals, and Catherine Seals; three children, Richard Sowers from Rapid City, Ronald (Dee Dee) Sowers of Deadwood, and Sharon (Pat) Carlson of Casper, Wyoming; four grandchildren: Dru Sowers, Dan (Samantha) Sowers, Clay Carlson, and Samantha Carlson.
She was preceded in death by her son, Randall Sowers; her late husband, Wilbur Liston; Wendell Sowers; and her parents.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Sturgis. Committal services will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Joseph James Kribell

December 5, 1926 - June 25, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Joe was born December 5, 1926, to Thomas and Helen (McIlvenna) Kribell, the youngest of 9 children in Alcester, SD, and grew up on a farm near Beresford, SD. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and proudly served during WWII.
At the end of the war, he returned to farming near Beresford. On June 18, 1947, he married Mildred Ann Gillen, his wife for 63 years, until her death in 2010.
After a move to California and 25 years as a truck driver, he retired, and returned to SD, settling in the Sturgis area. He worked his small acreage as a hobby farmer.
Joseph James Kribell died peacefully on June 25, 2016 at the age of 89.
He is survived by one sister, Florence; 5 children; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Burial will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to VA Hospice.
We love you Dad!

 

     
   
     

Daniel Harold Hehn

August 9, 1956 - June 21, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Services Sunday, June 26, 2016

 

Daniel Harold Hehn was born on August 9, 1956, Deadwood, SD with Cerebral Palsy. He was baptized into Christ immediately. He began a life-long battle to overcome the effects of his disability. He passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the age of 59 at his home in Sturgis, SD of natural causes.
Danny graduated from Spearfish High School and worked for the Homestake Mine in Lead, SD. He was given full disability when he was diagnosed with narcolepsy in addition to his CP. He lived his final years in Sturgis, SD. Danny was very loyal to his friends and deeply loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Charlotte (Backhaus) Hehn, his sister, Patricia, and his nephew, Adam. He is survived by his sister Diane (Bruce) Alkire, six nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held at the Sturgis City Park on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

 

     
   
     

Dwane Delmer Lewis

September 13, 1933 - June 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Dwane was born September 13, 1933, in Sioux Falls, SD, the eldest son of Carl and Lillian (Miller) Lewis. In his early years, he worked with his father-in-law, James Adams, in the family excavating business. But his life-long career was water well drilling. He worked for many drilling companies over his career and owned his own company until his retirement. He was well-respected in his field and continued consulting until his death. He loved the geology of South Dakota and was an expert on the formations of the Black Hills.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose. His interests included fishing, boating, hunting, reading, poker, the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Twins, and building model ships, airplanes, and cars. In retirement, he enjoyed building outdoor furniture and wishing wells.
But, what he treasured most in life was his wife of 63 years, Justine. He met Gussie at the age of 15 while ice-skating at Drake Springs in Sioux Falls. They were married three years later on August 28, 1952. He was blessed with ten children, 28 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. The couple enjoyed puzzles, playing cards, and the companionship of family and life-long friends. Dwane had a caring soul and believed there was always room for one more. Many of his nieces, nephews, and children’s friends considered him a second dad.
Dwane Delmer Lewis, 82, died peacefully at his Sturgis home on Thursday, June 23, 2016.
Dwane is survived by his wife, Justine (Adams) Lewis; his ten children, Dwane (Denise) Lewis, Cathy (Dana) Shay, Mark Lewis, James (Joan) Lewis, David Lewis, Edward (Colleen) Lewis, Mary (Mike) Jensen, Carol Hamilton, Robert (Melissa) Lewis, and Julie (Greg) Bernal; his 28 grandchildren, Rebecca (Scott) Winn, Andrea (Taylor) Kuhl, Adam Clauson, Jesse Riddle, Moriah (Brock) Williams, Samantha (Joel) Greenacre, Heidi Jo (Mike) Uit De Flesch, Tina (Terje) Hansen, Josh (Kathy) Lewis, Heidi Ann Hoffman, Jeremiah (Alicia) Lewis, Shaun (Karen) Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Sarah (Pat) Lewis, Jamie (Stephen) Standen, Adam Lewis, Krista Lewis, Daniel Jensen, Kristi Jensen, Elizabeth Jensen, Amanda (Kasey) Shoun, Robert Hamilton, Ben Hamilton, Dwane (Amore`) Hamilton, Cassandra (Jeff) Reed, Mary (Danny) Strain, Megan Bernal and Alyssa Bernal; 30 great grandchildren, Landon and Thomas Winn, Sophia Kuhl, Terrel, Terrance, Tatum and Tessa Williams, Daniel Walter, Ireland Uit De Flesch, Kristian and Olivia Hansen, EJ and Adalee Lewis, Jace Johnson, Karina Perusquia, Nolan and Jaden Williams, Addison Wetzler, Abigail, Ashley and Andrew Standen, Hayden Wipf, Justin Jensen, Gage, Breanna, Gavin, Maddison and MaKayla Shoun, Jocelyn Reed, and Hudson Strain; siblings, Carole (Joe) Whalen, Virgil Lewis, Julie Carr, Debbie (Terry) Hopkins, Mitzi Baustian, Bud Adams, Jim Adams, Susie Thomas, and Georgia Lee (Harold) Bates; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and outlaws.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mona Lewis, Barbara Rodecap, and Marge Sumner; sons-in-law, Robert Hamilton and James Riddle; and countless loved ones.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, June 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will be at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Jennings Floden

November 21, 1923 - June 19, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Jennings was born November 21, 1923, in Bradley, SD, to Jens and Clara (Karlson) Floden. Jens arrived from Norway at the age of seventeen and he and Clara homesteaded on separate pieces of land, eventually creating the ranch between Hoover and Mud Butte where Jennings grew up. Jennings used to tell stories of how the family survived through the 30’s living on cream and egg checks.
Jennings graduated from Nisland High School in 1942 as class valedictorian. He started to attend college at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology but was called home to work on the ranch when his brother, Kermit, went into the military. He also worked as a ranch hand for neighbors during that time in order to help the family income. He used to talk about living by himself on the prairie in the sheep wagon for days at a time to safeguard the herd (and drinking cowboy coffee).
Jennings married Shirley Spencer June 10, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rapid City. He adopted Anne Marie, and Shirley and Jennings had three children, Karl, Susan, and James. Early in their marriage, they lived a short time in the old sod house on the ranch, and eventually built their own home.
The family ranch and everything associated with it was his life’s work. He loved the land and the wildlife, planting shelter belts, and building small spreader dams to hold water on hardpan spots on the prairie so they would grass over. He focused on good range management and conservation practices, and expanded the size of the ranch. Over the years, he added forty-four dams to the ranch, bought new acreage, built new structures, and switched from raising sheep to building up a cattle herd.
Jennings always had a story. Many were hunting stories or focused on survival from the days when they used a horse and buggy up to the time when he retired and the family moved to Rapid City in December, 2008. He used to say that he battled Mother Nature for 85 years on the ranch and that Mother Nature finally won. He was an excellent hunter and always said that if he couldn’t shoot something on the run with his trusty old thirty-thirty, it was too far away. He was the guide for a number of relatives who hunted deer and antelope on the ranch, and always seemed to know how and where the "critters" would run.
One of the highlights for Shirley and Jennings was participating in an archeological "dig" on the ranch that unearthed a Tyrannosaurus Rex scull and partial skeleton, at that time only the sixth available specimen of that dinosaur in the world. The "find" attracted national media attention and brought a number of people into their lives who were interested in archeology and local history.
Jennings was a long time member of the local chapter of Farmer's Union, officer in Cottonwood Township, a member of Northern Hills Archeology Society and Butte County Historical Society, and attended Darton Geological Society meetings. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran and was one of the longest members. He read extensively and had a broad base of knowledge about local and national subjects.
Jennings Floden, 92, Rapid City, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, Father’s Day evening, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Left behind are his wife, Shirley, son, Karl, and daughter, Anne Fines (Jerry), all of Rapid City; daughter, Susan Clausen (James), Alpine, TX; and son, James (Shaye) of Hermosa; grandsons, Jeremy (Anitra), Matthew (Margaret), and Shawn; and great-grandson, Dillon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kermit "Kurt;" sister, Blanche; and infant daughter, Carol Jeanne.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor LeRoy Flagstad officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Zeona, SD.
A memorial has been established for the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Zeona.

 

     
   
     

Frances Louise Almen

September 20, 1924 - June 17, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

 

Frances was born September 20, 1924, at Baker MT, to Francis "Frank" and Helen (Hanson) Poseley. She was raised in Bison and graduated from Bison High School.
On May 4, 1946 she married Wayne Almen at Baker, MT. The couple moved to Wayne's grandparents farm they worked for several years.
In 1960, Frances worked as a clerk at the Perkins County Courthouse. She worked for the Treasurer's office, the Auditor and spent time as the Assessor.
She began working for the Bison Branch of the Lemmon Bank in 1962 and retired in 1986.
Frances enjoyed camping and boating at the local lakes with her husband.
Wayne died in 1993 and Frances moved to Sturgis in 2005.
Frances Louise Almen, 91, Sturgis, formerly of Bison, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital Hospice.
Survivors include her daughters; Peggy Smith, Piedmont, Janet Almen, Boulder Canyon; one brother, Jerry (Pat) Poseley, Bison; sister, Pat Hamilton, Spearfish; daughter in law, Deb Almen, Rozet, WY; 8 granddaughters, and one special granddaughter, Tonya Smith, 11 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Wayne, one son Chip Almen, parents, Frank and Helen Poseley, two brothers, Bill and Ronald Poseley, one sister Jessie Kolb, and one brother-in-law Herb Kolb.
A graveside service will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Rev. David Baer officiating.

 

     
   
     

Tommy Nathan Stapp

February 19, 1943 - June 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Tommy was born February 19, 1943, in Sioux City, IA, to George "Blackie" and Leona M. (Kade) Stapp. He grew up and attended school in Newell and graduated from Newell High School.
Tommy joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Rhode Island. He met and married Darlene Gordon in Attleboro, MA, on September 18, 1965. Following his honorable discharge, they returned to Newell and helped on his dad's farm. They ran a dairy and raised hogs.
Tommy and Darlene moved into Newell in the 80's. Tommy drove a school bus and was a rural mail carrier. He trained Labrador retrievers for 35 years. He guided hunts for Sutton Bay and High Plains Game Ranch.
Their family activities included many sports and drag racing cars. He loved kids, his family, and especially his grandchildren.
Tommy Nathan Stapp, 73, Newell, died Monday, June 13, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Stapp; daughter, Sundi (Admiral) Brist; sons, Bryan (Tasha) Stapp and Chad Stapp; eight grandchildren; one brother, Harry (Merri) Stapp; five nieces; and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. and a time of sharing from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Newell City Hall with Pastor Doug Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
A memorial has been established to the Newell Ambulance Service.

 

     
   
     

Donald James Patterson

January 25, 1976 - June 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Donnie was born January 25, 1976, in Sturgis, SD, to Donald W. and Roxann (Bartels) Patterson. He grew up in Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School. He completed his education at Western Dakota Vo-Tech where he earned his degree in Human Disabilities.
He worked at Black Hills Special Services and became a journeyman electrician for Freeman Electric, where he worked for 13 years. Following his retirement from a disability, he continued to battle his health. He had a form of muscular dystrophy.
Donnie was a good father and he loved his kids. He enjoyed taxidermy, hunting, fishing, old motorcycles, and cars. He was a huge Denver Bronco’s fan.
Donald James “Donnie” Patterson, 40, Sturgis, died Sunday, June 12, 2016, at his home in Sturgis, after a long battle with his health.
Survivors include his parents, Donald and Roxann Patterson; daughter, Tiana; son, Tryten; brothers, Wayne (Kelly Jo), Terry (Cassy), and Mike; maternal grandparents, Robert and Rose Bartels; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Committal services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis. Friends are welcome to join the family at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Frances A. Hanzlik

June 23, 1933 - June 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Thursday, June 16, 2016

 

Frances Anna Moelter was born June 23, 1933, to John and Josephine (Ritter) Moelter at Opal, SD. She was the second of four children. They farmed and ranched at Opal until they moved to Tacoma, WA, in 1944 where her father joined the war effort and worked in the shipyards building ships. They moved back to South Dakota in 1948 and resumed life on the farm.
Frances graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1952 and she married Raymond L. Hanzlik June 3, 1952, at Opal. They ranched on Sulphur Creek, raising sheep and cattle until 2009 when they moved to Sturgis, SD.
Frances was a wonderful wife and mother. She worked several jobs over the years while putting her children through high school. She waited tables and worked at the Faith Independent newspaper. After her children were grown and married, she cleaned homes for many all over Meade County. She also worked as a teacher's aide and a substitute teacher.
Frances loved baking bread for her family. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy and she loved all the neighborhood children and was a surrogate grandmother to many.
Frances passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital
She is survived by four sons, Robert (Maureen) Hanzlik, Mud Butte, Tater Hanzlik, Gillette, WY, Norman (Theresa) Hanzlik, Union Center, and Maurice (Shirley) Hanzlik, Winnemucca, NV; two daughters, Christi (Dennis) Gregersen, Gillette, WY, and Janette Collins, Gillette, WY; 12 grandchildren, Heath, Clinton, and Lindsy Hanzlik, Dana Sparks, Trinity Neno, Heidie Jasiak, Todd Hanzlik, Michael Hanzlik, Brittny Hanzlik, Niesha Gregersen, Cindy Collins, and Colleen Collins; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents; brothers, Alfred Moelter and Robert Moelter; one sister, Rosie Fees; one son, Frank Hanzlik; and one granddaughter, Charity Collins.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary starting at 6:30 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Fairpoint Cemetery in Fairpoint, SD.
Memorials have been established to the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital and the Fairpoint Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Beulah Wanhanen

January 6, 1922 - June 10, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Beulah was born January 6, 1922, at Alkali, SD, to Nels and Birget (Lunda) Nelson. She attended country school at Alkali before moving to the Mackey Place on the Elk Creek.
Beulah married Otto Wanhanen at Sturgis on December 18, 1939. The couple moved to Moskee, WY, and Beulah, WY. They returned to the Black Hills and lived at Chicken Ranch south of Strawberry Hill before buying the farm on Old Ridge Road in March of 1943. Beulah remained there for most of her life.
She was a quilter and cross stitcher. She loved her flowers and vegetable gardens. She was known for her farmer’s bread and she loved taking care of her animals. She always lent a helping hand to friends and family.
Beulah Wanhanen, 94, Sturgis and formerly of Nemo, died Friday, June 10, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara (Chet) Aman, Nemo; two grandsons, Layne Aman, Rapid City, and Bret (Roni) Aman, Nemo; one great-granddaughter, Amanda Aman, Mitchell; two great-grandsons, Garret and Jared Aman, Nemo; numerous nieces and nephews; and one special niece, Patti Tesky, Sturgis.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Otto Wanhanen; three brothers; two sisters; two half-brothers; and three half-sisters.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Committal services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Nemo Cemetery with Reverend Nick Rombaugh officiating.

 

     
   
     

Kenneth Earnest Holst

May 27, 1930 - June 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 1:00p.m.

 

Kenneth Earnest Holst was born May 27, 1930, to Dora (Trigg) and Ernest Holst of Vale, SD. He was the second of five children. He went to high school at Vale High School and graduated in 1948. In 1950, he entered the US Air Force and served a four-year tour of duty. He returned to his family farm in 1954.
He met JoAnn Lovegren at a dance in Union Center and after a period of time, they were married on August 23, 1958. They lived in a very small trailer with their first two boys, Ricky and Randy, on the family farm. They found a farm just a few miles away to move to before their daughter, Ronda, was born. This is where they lived until 1985. Then they moved to Sturgis for retirement.
They spent most of their life serving Jehovah and speaking to others about the bible and the kingdom hope. Kenneth was a giving person. If someone needed something and he could help, he wouldn't hesitate. When JoAnn passed a few years ago, he lived by himself except for a little miniature pincher named Jo Jo. They were the best of friends.
In the past three years he has lived with his daughter, grandson, granddaughter-in-law, and great-granddaughter. He was diagnosed with dementia and could no longer take care of himself. He was able to remain home with family until his final two weeks that he spent in hospice at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs at Fort Meade Medical Center.
He passed away peacefully on June 3, 2016.
He is survived by his sister, Judy Ollila; brothers, Alan Holst and Alvin Holst; sons, Ricky Holst and Randy Holst; daughter, Ronda Halvorson; his grandchildren, Tina Ulmer, Jeremy Halvorson, Sabrina Reid, Monique Shackles, Daylene Holst/Allen, Heather Baker, and Shane Baker. His great-grandchildren are Cynthia Turnbaugh, Tiana Ulmer, Angel Ulmer, Dakota Halvorson, Leif Baker, Devin Alan Baker, Nathan Allen, Tristan Allen, Breanna Allen, Austin Allen, McKenna Allen, and Ashlynn Allen,
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dora and Ernest Holst; his oldest brother, Roger Holst; his wife of 50 years, JoAnn Holst; and a great-grandson, Maciah Holst.
Services will be Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Kingdom Hall in Sturgis, SD. A get-together will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center in Vale, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Kingdom Hall in Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Joseph Jarding

May 27, 1953 - June 2, 2016

 

Service to be held:

No Service at this time

 

Tom was born May 27, 1953, in Mitchell, SD, to John and Marie Jarding and lived his early years on his parent's farm in Alexandria. His family moved to Ethan, SD, for several years before moving to Mitchell, where Tom attended Notre Dame High School before transferring to Mitchell Senior High School after Notre Dame closed its doors in 1970. Tom graduated from Mitchell High School in 1971. After high school, Tom attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.
In 1985, Tom married Norma Crosby. Tom and Norma spent much of their lives in California before moving to Utah where they lived until they moved to Hot Springs, SD, in 2005.
Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect as a teenager, Tom was told he would never live to see his twentieth birthday. Although his heart condition was always present in his life, Tom lived a full and fascinating life continuing to beat the odds and defy doctor’s warnings to the day he died – six days following his sixty-third birthday. Despite his medical condition, Tom never complained but rather relished every day of his life. He was always quick to offer support to someone in need and he fully understood the responsibility to fight for the least among us. His intellect was deep and expansive, his wit was substantial, and his readiness to laugh and smile was contagious.
Thomas Joseph Jarding, 63, Hot Springs, passed away June 2, 2016, while in hospice care in Rapid City.
Among his survivors are his stepson, Lynn Wirth, Layton, Utah; his grandchildren, Aleyssa and Danyail, both of Layton, Utah; his sisters, Susan Wingo and Elaine Verschoor of Boise, Idaho; his sister, Bette Wilkinson of Rapid City; and his brothers, John Jarding and Steve Jarding both of Rapid City, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie Jarding; his wife Norma; his brother, Walt Jarding; and his sister, Mary Walker.
Funeral services are pending at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Dik" Alban Kopp

October 16, 1948 - June 4, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Dik was born to Al and Eleanor (Jahner) Kopp October 16, 1948, in Mott, ND. He attended grade school at St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1966.
He joined the Navy in 1966, where he served four years which included service in Japan and Vietnam. Dik was very proud to serve his country and to be an American. Veterans have always been dear to his heart.
In 1971, he married Debbie Bruse and to this union three children were born; Kirk, Heath and Justin.
Throughout his life he enjoyed being a mechanic for the Ford Motor Company in various cities. During this time he formed the band (DK & The Coachmen). Eventually due to a funny mishap they became the "Broken Coach." His fellow musicians became best lifelong friends and stayed in contact. Last summer they had a reunion jam session at "The Knuckle" in Sturgis, SD. All their musical talent was just as great as in the early days (even without practicing).
On June 21, 1990, he married his soul mate, Suzanne Hogan, and to this union a son, Jesse James Perry, was born.
Dik was diagnosed with an unknown primary cancer with metastases to the bone, lymph system and brain in May of 2015. He never complained and was always concerned about others. He was "Our Hero" in this brave battle he fought.
On Saturday June 4, 2016, "Our Hero" Dik Kopp, 67, took his last breath as he joined his maker in heaven. He passed away peacefully at the Ft. Meade VA Hospice Unit with his son, wife, and siblings by his side.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Kopp; sons, Kirk (Amber) Kopp, Heath (Sarah) Kopp, Justin Kopp, and Jesse Kopp; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; two brothers, Dennis (Tina) Kopp and Neil (Mary) Kopp; four sisters, Bonnie Bruch, Patti (Kim) Coe, Connie Grayum, and Carmen (Todd) Sherman; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor Kopp-Wright; father, Al Kopp; and stepfather, Lee Wright; two nephews, Trent Coe and Byron Crown; and brother-in-law, (Doug Grayum). Enjoy that heavenly ride.
Funeral Services will be Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Charlene M. Heilman

June 9, 1925 - May 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Tuesday, June 14, 2016

 

Charlene was born June 9, 1925, at her grandparent's homestead to Otis and Gladys (Porter) Palmer, one of 4 children. Charlene attended and graduated from Miller in 1943. She then obtained a temporary two-year teaching certificate and taught in a rural school close to home.
Charlene married her life-long best friend, Elmer Heilman, on October 13, 1944. Together they had 4 children; Pam, Joan, Mike, and Becky. Elmer and Charlene ran many businesses; The Highway Store on Hwy 85 between Miller and Gann Valley; a television and appliance store and a drive-in called “Whoa Boy” both in McIntosh. In 1962, the family moved to Custer and continued the television and electronic business. While in Custer Charlene also worked at various locations; local grocery store, Dr. Calvin, Custer Weekly, and retired from the United States Forest Service. In 1973, tragedy hit when their daughter, Joan, and her husband, Carl Peterson, were killed in a house fire. Their only child, Carla, survived the fire and came to live with her grandparents and was raised as their own. In 1992, Elmer and Charlene retired and moved to Rapid City. They spent many winters in Arizona and camping with the Paha Sapa Good Sam Campers during the summer. Charlene also volunteered at Regional Hospital in the surgical waiting room.
Charlene was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church and active with the Presbyterian Women’s Groups. She was also a life-long member of the Republican Party and has been involved with the local party and served as State Central Committee Women of Corson County GOP. She was also a 60 plus year member of the order of Eastern Star and served and advanced to Worthy Matron. She supported her daughters, Becky and Carla, while they were in Jobs Daughters and served as Bethel Guardian of Bethel #23 of Custer. She also has been a member of several bible studies, NARFE, and the Hand, Corson, Custer, Pennington, and Meade County Republican Women.
Charlene May Heilman, 90, of Sturgis, passed away on May 27, 2016.
Survivors include daughter, Pam and Jerry Gardner of Walla Walla, WA; son, Mike Heilman of Sturgis, SD; daughter, Becky and David Sutterfield of Pahrump, NV; granddaughter, Carla and Todd Knutson of Spearfish, SD; sister, Gale and Bill Ogilvie of Tonasket, WA; 8 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and after 90 years, many, many friends.
Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Heilman; parents, Otis & Gladys Palmer; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Carl Peterson, Jr; brothers and sisters-in-law, John & Arlen Palmer and Keith and Doris Palmer; and son-in-law, Howard Sutterfield.
Memorial Services will be 10:00 am Tuesday June 14, 2016 at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating.
Inurnment will follow at 2:00 pm in the Custer City Cemetery, Custer, SD.
Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis is in charge of the arrangements.

 

     
   
     

Louis E. Woznick, Jr.

January 25, 1923 - May 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, June 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Louis was born January 25, 1923, in Chicago, Illinois, to Louis Edward Woznick, Sr. and Nellie (Herbert) Woznick.
Louis, 93, Sheridan, WY, was a Navy veteran who served in WWII and the Korean Conflict as a radioman and petty officer. He received 8 commendations.
Louis Edward Woznick, Jr. died at Westview Health Care Center in Sheridan, Wyoming, on May 27, 2016.
He is survived by a daughter, Jean (Ron) Croley of Denver, CO.
A graveside service with full military honors will be at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D., Friday, June 3, 2016, at 10:00 AM.

 

     
   
     

William Ward Fallon

January 29, 1930 - May 26, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016

 

Bill was born January 29, 1930, to Fred and Roma Fallon in Ramona, SD. He was the fourth of six children. He attended Ramona High School before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1948.
Bill left for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. He developed his lifelong carpentry skills at Ft. Warren, WY. He was then stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, and from there he went to the Philippines and later to Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD. He spent three and one half years at Hickam Air Force Base, HI, and ended his military service at Offutt Air Force Base, NE. While stationed at Offutt, he completed a one year tour in Vietnam, thus retiring with twenty years of faithful service to his country.
While stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in 1954 he met the love of his life, Dolores E. Lee. They eloped in July of 1954 to Miles City, MT. To this union were born seven children, and were married for nearly 62 years. After retiring from the Air Force, he began a second career with the Meade County Rural School district giving nineteen and one half years of service. Bill served as a deacon and a charter member at Black Hills Baptist Church, where he also taught the adult Sunday School for many years. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, surfing in the tropical climate of Hawaii, and later in life, golf. Bill continued his carpentry skills building many projects with his children and grandchildren.
William Ward Fallon, 86, Sturgis, SD, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Ft. Meade, SD.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Dolores Fallon, Sturgis; children, Cynthia (Jim) Dempsey, Sturgis, Bryan (Melody) Fallon, Whitewood, Delonne Burkhard, Sturgis, Amy (Dan) Scherer, Rapid City, Eric Fallon, Moorcroft, WY, Matthew (Stephanie) Fallon, Black Hawk, and Mark Fallon, Anchorage, AK; 15 grandchildren, Missy, Jesse, Lia, Kristy, Nathan, Danielle, Marlin, Shawn, Erica, Lloyd, Jacob, Alexsandra, Chase, Brady, and Emilee; 15 great-grandchildren, Dharma, Madison, Rian, Bailey, Cooper, Everett, KyAnne, Kylee, Ysabella, Aspen, Genevieve, Natalie, Lilliana, Amelia, and Bentley.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his siblings, Harold, Doris, Wayne, Jack, and Mary Ann; one grandson, Jesse; and one great-grandson, Cooper.
He was an inspiration to all who met him.
A memorial has been established to Realtors for Kids.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Black Hills Baptist Church in Whitewood. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Lester James Blomberg

September 24, 1919 - December 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday,May 28, 2016 at 11:00a.m.

 

Longtime Faith, SD, area rancher Lester James Blomberg, 96, better known as “Lec”, “Les”, or fondly “Gumpsy” by his grandchildren, succumbed to complications of heart surgery on December 7, 2015.
Lec began his life journey on September 24, 1919, when he was born in a sod house at home on a ranch near Gill, SD, to Ernest and Bessie (Hallan) Blomberg. He arrived with no one present except his mother and 18 month old brother.
Lec attended grade school at Rock Ranch, then on to high school at Sorum, SD, graduating with the class of 1939. It was during high school he put his education on hold for 1 year as he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps. During the 1939-1940 school years, Lec attended Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, SD.
On June 1, 1940, he was united in marriage to Alyce Maye Giannonatti. To this union,four children were born which were Darrel, Bonnie, Wade, and Koreen.
After a short residency in California, Lec returned to South Dakota to begin a teaching career in rural schools that spanned nearly two decades.
In 1943, Lec purchased the first parcel of land of his ranch. Raising cattle, sheep, and horses became his passion.
Lec had many accomplishments he was proud of, but becoming and receiving his private pilot license in 1966 ranked very high. He was a Perkins County 4-H Leader, board member for West River Cooperative Telephone, director and founder of Meat Promoters of SD, Ag Advisor for Senator Larry Pressler, and a skilled poet for which two books have been published.
Lec was extremely proud of the achievements of his children. As the grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived, there was no one as proud as “Gumpsy”.
Survivors include longtime companion, Arlene Peterson; children, Darrel (Darlene)Blomberg, NV, Bonnie (Rickie) Root, Lake Forest, CA, Wade (Janet)Blomberg, Trabuco Canyon, CA, and Koreen (Chuck) Anderson, Lemmon, SD; grandchildren, Mona Scimeme, Shannon Root, JR and Blake Blomberg, Tiffany Sanderson, and Jack Anderson; great-grandchildren, Adam Scimeme, Christian Root, Tyson Blomberg, Sage Blomberg, Carter Sanderson, and Gage and Max Anderson.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Alyce; parents, Ernest and Bessie Blomberg; and brothers, Willis and Clarence (Jack).
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Russell Edmund Bonsell

June 13, 1935 - May 15, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Russell Edmund Bonsell was born June 13, 1935, to Russell and Neva (Endicott) Bonsell in Lusk, WY. He was the oldest of 5 kids: Joan, Janice, Connie, and Doug. Growing up Russell worked on the family ranch in Lusk. At the age of 14 and in the 8th grade he was diagnosed with Polio along with his sisters JoAnn and Janice. He spent 6 months in Hot Springs hospital. Due to polio Russell was paralyzed on his right side. Russell had his own way of getting out of bed. He would scoot to edge of the bed and fall right out on the floor. Russell went to grade school in Hot Springs. He then attended 2years of high school in Faith and 1 year in Sturgis. He worked on a ranch with his father. He tried to enlist in the Army but was denied due to his polio. Later he went to Fort Meade and worked in the kitchen for a year. In 1959 he took a job with Homestake in Lead, SD, for a year. His father bought a ranch in Ekalaka MT, where he worked for a while.
Russ married Leslie McDaniels on July 17, 1960, at Union Center, SD. He then leased a ranch in Fairpoint, SD for 2 years. In 1962, Russell and Leslie welcomed their first daughter Twila. They lived in Red Owl, SD. In 1964 they welcomed their second daughter Ramona. They moved back to Ekalaka, MT, to help the family on their ranch. The family moved to Newell, SD, doing custom haying for 14 years. In 1988, Russell & Leslie moved to Rapid City, SD, where Russell worked on Doc Casey's ranch, which was owned by Bear Country, for 16 years. In 2004, Russell & Leslie moved to Spearfish, SD. After leaving Bear Country, Russell missed the interaction with the bears. He started volunteering at Spirit of the Hills working with bears again. After working with bears for over 15 years Russell finally had a run in with a bear and he got his hand to close to a bear’s mouth. He required several surgeries in order to fix his hand. This didn’t stop Russell from going back, as he said, "he was going to show the bear who was boss." He worked until 2014. He always thought of Mike (owner of spirit of the hills) as a son he never had. Grandchildren always remember the times they feed baby bears with bottles. Russell never had a fear of bears he would walk right into pen with them.
He may have been a small framed man but he could pack the food away when it came to Holidays!! His daughters remember him driving a snowmobile & pulling a sled with them in it. The neighbors would come to enjoy sled rides and skiing, followed by having hot chocolate and making taffy & fudge.
He liked to play cards and when the grandkids would get new electronic games he would take part with them. They also remember how very good he was @ math; he could whip up a problem faster than a blink of an eye. His grandchildren remember when they would misbehave he would say, "here, here you better stop that.", and that would be it. One grandson was driving a feed truck while Russell was in the back throwing out feed. He let out the clutch a little fast, dumping Russell out of the back end. Grandpa wasn’t too happy, so needless to say the grandson did not drive the feed after that day. He was a very soft spoken man who had a heart of gold...
Russell, 80, of Spearfish, SD, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at his home.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Leslie Bonsell, Spearfish, SD; daughters, Twila (Jim) Willadson and Ramona (Don) Adams; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan Egge and Connie (Doug) Yates; brother, Doug (Rhonda) Bonsell; sister-in-law, Beverly Hale; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Russ was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; his sister, Janice Gorsuch; sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Audrey; and five nephews.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Rev. Tom Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Benjamin "Ben" Edward Keller

November 21, 1937 - May 16, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Benjamin “Ben” Edward Keller was born November 21, 1937, at Mills, WY, to William and Loretta (Wilcox) Keller. He grew up in Sturgis and Newell. Ben married Eleanor Wood on August 23, 1955, in Belle Fourche, SD. On March 14, 1955, he joined the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA, where he served as a Guided Missile Crewman. Upon Ben’s release from the Army, he moved his family back to Newell where he resided for the last 58 years.
Ben held several jobs during his career. His main jobs included 7 years at Lambert Lumber Company in Newell, SD. He spent the next 12 years at Dutton Lumber Company in Vale, SD. He retired in 2001 after spending 24 years as a highway maintenance worker for the South Dakota Highway Department. Ben was known as a hard worker who always found something to do with his hands. At the highway shop, he was always known as the “G” Man, the Go Man.
One of his proudest accomplishments was his building of the two homes that he lived in and built himself. When building the 2nd home, he always commented that he was going to build this one right and not make the mistakes that he made on the first one.
Ben, 78, Newell, died Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Hospice Unit at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, after a short battle with cancer.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eleanor Keller, Newell, SD; two sons, James (Debra) Keller of Katy, TX, and their children, Christopher Keller, Katherine Yancey, and William (Wilma) Keller of Anchorage, AK, and their children, Rebecca Becker and Robert Keller; sister, June Kosola, Newell, SD; one sister-in-law, Julie Ault, Torrington, WY; six brothers-in-law, James Wood, Pierre, SD, Robert Wood, Rapid City, SD, John Wood, Edgemont, SD, George Wood, Ft. Pierre, SD, Danny Wood, Pringle, SD, and William Wood, Blundt, SD; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Graveside services, with military honors, will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery with Pastor Darla Dunn officiating.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice Unit at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.

 

     
   
     

Ethel Yvonne Ferguson

March 27, 1933 - May 15, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Ethel Yvonne Ferguson was born March 27, 1933, in Rapid City, SD, to Tom and Marvel Shaw. She grew up on the ranch near Union Center and she loved her animals; horses, dogs, sheep, chickens, and cows. She attended rural school at Red Owl and then attended high school in Sturgis, SD, but graduated in Faith, SD.
She married Wiley Wesley Ferguson at Union Center on July 7, 1952. They lived on the ranch together and had two children, Monica and P.T. Yvonne and Wiley moved to Gillette, WY, and turned the ranch over to their daughter and son-in-law. Yvonne worked as a janitor at Hillcrest Elementary School in Gillette while assisting to care for her grandchildren, Matt, Kelly, and Ali until she retired and moved back to the ranch. She assisted in caring for her grandchildren, Karissa, Alyssa, Jaydon, Hunter, and Colter while enjoying her gardening and yard work at the ranch.
Yvonne, 83, Union Center, SD, passed away from cancer on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at her home with her family on the ranch near Union Center.
Survivors include her one daughter, Monica Wilcox, and her husband, Darrel, Union Center, SD; one son, P.T. Ferguson, and his wife, Kathy, Moorcroft, WY; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her significant other, Fritz Fonck, Union Center, SD; and Barbara Gales, Gillette, WY, who was raised by Yvonne and Wiley while they were still on the ranch.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, and brother, David Shaw.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 19, 2016, from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with funeral services beginning at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Harold Delbridge will officiate. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery at Red Owl.
Memorials have been established to the Central Meade County Community Center and the Red Owl Hall.