Obituaries
     
   
     

John Orlan Ruff

August 26, 1940 - April 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2018

 

John Orlan Ruff was born on the family farm in Aurora County, South Dakota, on August 26, 1940, to John Carl “Jack” Ruff and Laura Clara Henrietta (Borman) Ruff. He was baptized at the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church and attended Beulah # 12 country school where he graduated from the eighth grade. He attended Stickney High School and at the age of 17, boarded a bus in Stickney, SD, for navy boot camp.
He mustered out of the Navy at the age of 21, after a tour as a Sea-bee in Gitmo Cuba and Puerto Rico. He returned to South Dakota and entered the construction trades, becoming a member of the International Iron Workers' Union. He worked on the Big Bend Dam and major construction projects across South Dakota and the Midwest.
In the mid-seventies, he moved to Custer, SD, where he engaged in various business ventures and decided to attend the South Dakota Police Academy in Pierre. He then became a Custer County Deputy Sheriff.
In 1981, he took a job becoming South Dakota's one and only Keystone Cop. In the late 80's, he attended the National College of Business in Rapid City, and graduated with an Associate’s Degree at age 47. He spent the rest of his working years in the insurance, security, and gaming industries.
He shall be forever remembered for his love of animals, his willingness to help out those less fortunate, his admiration of his family, and his personal relationship with God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ.
John Orlan Ruff, 77, of Sturgis, died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathy (Stam) Ruff; his sister, Deone Stredde; five children, John Srstka (Cindy), James Srstka (Jennifer), Charis Straatmeyer (Ken), Jonathan Ruff (fiancée, Sammy), Jodi Aga (Kevin), and special daughter, Julie Dobesh; sixteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Laura Ruff; one brother-in-law, Fred Stredde; and a godson and nephew, Brian Stredde.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2018, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family has decided that memorial monies will be given to Selah Youth Program at Believers Fellowship. This is a program to help kid’s strengthen their relationship with Christ.

 

     
   
     

Kay E. Snyder

May 18, 1937 - April 22, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Kay was born in Sturgis, SD, on May 18, 1937. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1955. She earned an Associate Elementary Education Degree from Black Hills State College and taught 1 year at Igloo, SD. Kay was a substitute teacher form many years. She loved music and shared her passion for the piano by giving private lessons for 17 years. For many years, she played the organ at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Family, faith, and friends were of the utmost importance in her life.
Kay married Dean Snyder in 1958. Together, they had two children. Her son, Ken, lives on the family ranch. Her daughter, Sherroll, is an accountant and lives near Sturgis.
Kay was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends in their ranch home. Kay also loved to travel, sketching detailed itineraries of the routes and sites. She especially enjoyed including the grandchildren in the travel plans.
Kay was a self-admitted "clipper/saver" of newspaper and magazine articles! However, she was a very organized saver leaving behind numerous files of her clipped treasures. She developed hand written paper spreadsheets of ranch income and expenses before people commonly used spreadsheets. She presented workshops on organizing ranch and personal records before the popularity of computerized record keeping.
Kay loved community engagement. Her organizational skills often led to her attaining leadership roles in activities she participated in. She was active in the Sturgis United Methodist Church. Kay served as the first female lay board president of the SD United Methodist Foundation. She was proud of tracing her family tree to a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as Chapter and State Regent. Kay was an active advocate for agriculture. She was a member of South Dakota CattleWomen for over 40 years. She was SDCW president in 1991. In 2000, she was president of the American National CattleWomen. She also served as Treasurer of the American National CattleWomen Foundation. She participated in and held offices in many local/state organizations including 4-H, Meade County Farm Bureau, Toastmistress, Church Women United, Federated Women's Literary Club, Order of the Eastern Star, and Republican Women. Kay was on the Board of Directors for the Black Hills Playhouse, SD 4-H Foundation, and was a member of SDSU Agricultural Advisory Committee.
Kay was the recipient of many awards and recognitions including the SD Honored Homemaker Award at SDSU, Outstanding Farm Bureau Woman in SD, Valiant Woman Award (SD Church Women United), Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year, and Outstanding Volunteer Leader (SD General Federation Women's Club).
Kay Elizabeth (Schryvers) Snyder, an area ranch wife and homemaker, passed away April 22, 2018.
Kay is survived by her husband, Dean; her sister, Marilyn Asher; son, Ken (Ronda) Snyder; daughter, Sherroll (Howard) Scow; six grandchildren, Bailey Collins, Andrew (Tacy) Snyder, Daniel Snyder, Michael Snyder, Casey Scow, and Hannah Scow.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Len and Doris Schryvers, and her sister, Shirley, who passed away 20 years ago to the day as Kay.
Kay battled cognitive dementia for several years eventually succumbing to its ugliness. She had loving caregivers who affectionately addressed her as "Miss Kay." She was a strong person in life and very strong in death.
Hard roads lead to beautiful places. Rest in Peace, Mom…Nanny…Kay.
Visitation will be Friday, April 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Meade County 4-H Event Center Building or the United Methodist Church in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Jimmie "Jim" Dean Sigman

June 7, 1935 - April 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. April 23, 2018

 

Jim was born June 7, 1935, in a house at the base of Bear Butte, to Les and Anna (Gates) Sigman. He graduated from Sturgis in 1953.
Jim married Peggy Horton at Sturgis, SD, on September 19, 1953. The couple lived in Alzada, MT, where Jim trucked for the Bentonite Mines and Peggy taught school. They returned to the family ranch east of Sturgis in 1957 and continued to ranch, always a family affair, for nearly 61 years.
Jim thoroughly enjoyed team roping and spent many hours in the roping arena that he built for family entertainment making numerous lifetime friends. He was one of the original founders of the Head and Heels Roping Club. The arena is also used for County 4-H Horse Shows. The arena also led him “down the road” as a contestant in SDRA and NCRA Rodeos and uncountable team roping’s.
Jim’s greatest pleasure was watching and hearing about his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s rodeo and school endeavors.
Jim and Peggy enjoyed bowling on leagues and delivering Meals on Wheels.
He loved a good game of cards and played often with neighbors and friends. He and Peggy would go to Deadwood to “test their skills”.
He was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis, serving on numerous church committees.
Jim Sigman, 82, Sturgis, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Sturgis Regional Care Facility. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his daughters, Bekki Reinert, Wall, Teena Sigman, Sturgis; son, Bryce (Sandi) Sigman, Sturgis; five grandchildren, Casey Reinert, Cole (Jill) Reinert, Breezy (Jon) Millar, Tabitha (Jess) Harris and Cassie (Tyler) Hicks and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy; son, Rick; daughter, Teresa; brothers, Lyle and Bob; sister, Marge and parents.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Interment will be at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorial has been established to Meade County 4-H Events Center.

 

     
   
     

Joelane Elizabeth Lindberg

June 28, 1969 - April 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018

 

Joelane was born June 28, 1969, to Joel and Katheryn (Boose) Lindberg in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
Her interest were helping out and donating to numerous foundations and her passion was traveling around the world to experience as many cultures as she could.
Joelane graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor in Computer Programming in 1991. She also graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Master’s in Computer Programming.
Joelane served 21 years with the U.S. Air Force as a Captain and was honorably discharged.
She was currently working at the Department of Affairs Veterans Administration Medical Center in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Joelane Elizabeth Lindberg, 48, of Sturgis died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Department of Affairs Fort Meade Medical Center at Fort Meade, SD.
Joelane is survived by her brother, Rob (Pam) Lindberg of Fort Knox, KY.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Katheryn Lindberg.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Baer officiating. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Arol S. Knutson

August 12, 1923 - April 12, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 4, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Arol S. Knutson, 94, Spearfish, passed away April 12, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Arol "Bud" Knutson was born August 12, 1923, to parents, Selma and Albert, at their rural homestead in Harding County, SD. He was the oldest boy of 15 children.
Bud was baptized at The Golden Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church (built in 1921) where his uncle donated some land and his family helped build the church. His family farm is very close to where the church is located. He attended a country school and graduated High School in Hettinger, ND. He was called to service in the Army and was sent to Texas for training. Due to circumstances back home, he was called back to help his mother with the farm, as his father passed away.
Bud met Joyce Ladson (his sweetheart) at a dance and they fell in love, and were later married in Miles City, MT, on June 12, 1948. They had six children, 15 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. This June, they would have been married 70 years.
Arol "Bud" had a genuine, kind-hearted, soul. He instantly became your friend as soon as you met him. Everyone loved his generosity and warm smile. To family and friends, he was known as everyone’s "Bud" or "Buddy" hence the endearing nickname.
Bud was a true Norwegian and took great pride in his heritage. He loved eating lutefisk and Norwegian potato dumplings while telling stories of his family and their travels from the Old Country. He also loved spending time fishing and picnicking. He was extremely fond of Fried Chicken! There was always a bucket of chicken at any function where he was at.
He spent a good part of his life traveling the Western US on road trips with his wife, Joyce, to flea markets, national parks, and state parks. They loved getting in the car/van, with a map in hand, country music on the radio, a full tank of gas, and a bucket of fried chicken between them. No matter what town they found themselves in, they would always find someone selling vanilla ice cream cones, and would pull over next to a nice shady tree and remanence about the good times.
Arol "Bud" was extremely fond of country music, and he loved to play the piano and steel guitar. There are many memories of him playing country music in the house along with family. Often, his children would bring him country music tapes/CD’s to listen to. He also enjoyed science and learning about the universe, loved talking about cars, and playing Bingo and slot machines.
But most of all, Bud was true family man. He loved his wife, Joyce, and family with all his heart. Nothing meant more to him than the love of family.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Spearfish; 3 brothers, James, Junior, and Gary; and 3 sisters, Gayle, Mabel, and Louise. Arol "Bud" and Joyce had 6 children, Redgee, Ava, Faye, Lance (deceased), Bonnie, and Monty.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery, 20901 Pleasant Valley Dr., Sturgis, SD 57785. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post 311, 101 Pine Street, Piedmont, SD.

 

     
   
     

Leland "Sonny" Bostrom

January 1, 1939 - April 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018

 

Leland “Sonny” Bostrom, 79, died April 17, 2018, while at the nursing home in Sturgis, SD. Leland battled many years of pain, caused from a severe stroke in 2002 that left him with permanent nerve damage. With the loving care and attention provided by his wife, Dorothy, he was able to spend the majority of those years at home, enjoying time with his family. Leland is now free of his pain.
Leland was born January 1, 1939, in Sidney, MT. He proudly served 3 years in the United States Marine Corp. After the Marines, he married Dorothy, and they moved to North Dakota. Leland enjoyed fishing, playing cards, bowling, and telling a good joke. He was a very hard worker and an excellent provider for his family. He farmed for quite a few years, but eventually found work in the oilfield, where he stayed until his stroke forced him into early retirement. Leland and Dorothy moved to Sturgis in 2013. It was a huge change for them, after 50 years in North Dakota, but turned out to be a blessing. Leland was able to obtain better healthcare within the region and had loving family members nearby. Leland was a kindhearted man that cared deeply for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy; his daughters, Laurie, Terry, and Susan (John); his grandchildren, Amanda, Laurel, and Austin; his siblings, Gail, Orlon (Bobbi), Keith (Paula), and Charlotte (Bruce); and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Anna; sister, Sharon; step-son, Bob; and grandson, Adam.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating.

 

     
   
     

Lyle Aldean Delbridge

September 10, 1955 - April 13, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 Tuesday April 17, 2018

 

Lyle Aldean Delbridge was born September 10, 1955, in Sturgis to David "Ernest" and Viola Mae (Kellogg) Delbridge. He grew up on the family ranch at Howes, SD. He learned at an early age the value of hard work and a good horse. His strong work ethic stayed with him throughout his entire life.
Lyle attended first and second grades in Sturgis while his mom was staying with his older sibling during their high school days. He then attended Plainview School from third through eighth grades. He graduated with honors from Sturgis Brown High School in 1973.
Lyle worked for Sturgis Livestock Auction and Chet, Vera, and Larry Walker, before taking a job with M&M Construction in Rapid City, building fences. He continued this job until the summer of 1976.
On June 14, 1975, Lyle married his high school sweetheart, Juanita Simons. The couple resided in Rapid City until the summer of 1976 when the opportunity arose to move to his maternal grandfather's ranch. He took great pride in working the ranch that was his grandfather's homestead.
Lyle was a member of the Howes Grazing Association. He served many terms on the board of directors. Several terms he served as president of the board.
If you asked him what his greatest accomplishment was, he would tell you his family. The couple was blessed with four children; Kendra, Shane, Chet, and Kelsey.
He enjoyed watching his children grow into adulthood, spending many hours teaching them the value of a hard day's work, and developing "Bleacher Butt" at their sporting events! Most of the family vacations were going to different sporting events. If he was unable to attend, he would send them off with a smile and words of encouragement. He would watch the videos of their competitions over and over.
As the kids grew up and married, grandkids came into his life. He loved spending time with them. In short order, sporting events again became a regular occurrence. He decided that bleachers hadn't gotten any softer.
Lyle fought courageously against pancreatic cancer. He won several major battles but was unable to win the war. Lyle, 62, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 13, 2018, at his ranch near Union Center.
Lyle will be missed greatly by his family and friends. Anyone that knew him, knew he enjoyed having a good time. His smile matched his size, and his laugh could fill the entire room. God blessed us immensely with Lyle's love.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Juanita; his children and their spouses (whom he also considered his children), Kendra and Justin Hanks, New Underwood, Shane and Randi Delbridge, Sturgis, Chet and Emily Delbridge, Brookings, and Kelsey and MSgt. Willy Dominguez, Box Elder; grandchildren, Jae, Karie, and Jarren Hanks, Connor, Dillon, and Adalynn Delbridge, Clara and Ty Delbridge, Tucker Paris, and Cristian, Aziah, and Joey Dominguez; siblings, Arnold (Camille) Delbridge, Cedar Falls, IA, Sandra Cox, Jefferson, OR, Harold (Debbie) Delbridge, Phillip, Norman (Susan) Delbridge, Faith, and Paul (Debbie) Delbridge, Howes; mother and father-in-law, Vern and Rosalie Simons, Sturgis; aunt, Blanche Kellogg, Riverton, WY; uncle, Leo Harris, Little Rock, AR; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd; parents, Ernest and Viola; brother-in-law, Gary Cox; nephew, Troy Cox; nephew-in-law, Scott Sandquist; sister-in-law, Karen Delbridge; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center.
Memorials have been established to the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center and the Enning Volunteer Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

David Eugene Relf

April 2, 1954 - March 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018

 

David Eugene was born unto Tom and Bonnie Relf in Rapid City, SD, on April 2, 1954. As a little boy with boundless energy and enthusiasm, he excelled at baseball and spent every summer of his youth playing in the Pony League and Little League games. He participated in Track at North Junior High and won many medals. As a teenager, he enjoyed the car races and worked with the Pit Crew for his cousin, Bob Baumberger at the Black Hills Speedway until he enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1972. He was proud to be a sailor and serve aboard the USS Enterprise as an Administrative Specialist Clerk; and received the Vietnam Service Medal as well as the National Defense Service Medal.
He returned to Rapid City and married his high school sweetheart, Teri Allard. They built a home together and enjoyed raising their two sons, Tommy and Nick.
Dave inherited his father Tom’s artistic talents and carpentry skills and the two of them worked alongside each other for many years building houses. It was a skill they passed on to David’s sons which gave them both a great deal of pride.
Dave and Teri remained close friends and devoted parents even after their divorce and were especially active in the lives of their two little grandsons, Vander and Gage, who gave them so much joy. Dave loved being a grandpa spending time with them.
He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and always looked forward to attending the Sturgis Rally.
Dave was a proud and protective big brother to Darla Kaye and Mike and was blessed to spend the last month of his life in the loving care of his devoted mom and sister along with his family in Watertown, SD. A special time for all of them…
He will be buried at the National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD, in May, surrounded by his immediate family. We will fondly reminisce about his antics and celebrate the life of an incredible man. Above all else, we will remember his unique sense of humor. If Dave loved you, he teased you and we loved him in return for always making us laugh. He will be missed by all of us who knew him, including his sweet, Aunt Shirley, whom he shared a special bond with.
“See Ya’ Later, Dude…” was Dave’s classic goodbye.
David is survived by his two sons, Tom (Shannon) Relf and Nick Relf of Rapid City, SD; mother, Bonnie Relf, and his sister, Darla Gilman, of Watertown, SD; and brother, Dr. Michael Relf and Shawn McKenna of Raleigh, NC. He was a wonderful uncle to Dacia Oaks, Dustin Gilman, and great-uncle to Avery and Alexis Oaks of Watertown, SD.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Relf; paternal grandparents, Edward and Elsie Relf; and maternal grandparents, Dick and Della Klinetobe. His dad, beloved uncle, Lloyd, and dear cousin, Buddy, as well as many others surely greeted him with joy upon his arrival at heaven’s gate.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Kevin Douglas "KD" Paugh

February 17, 1959 - April 5, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.

 

Kevin Douglas “KD” Paugh, Sr., 59, Rapid City, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.
He was born February 17, 1959, in Box Elder, SD, to Rex and Mary Paugh. KD attended school in Oklahoma.
KD is survived by his sons, Kevin Paugh, Jr., and Leon (Brittany) Paugh both of Rapid City; best friend and mother of his children, Carolyn Paugh; two brothers; four grandchildren, Mathew, Seth, Jenny, and Tessa Paugh; and many great friends.
KD was preceded in death by his parents.
Celebration of life will be on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at Kevin Jr.’s house, 2111 Central Blvd in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Kenneth William McCollom

November 12, 1935 - March 25, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Satuday, April 7, 2018

 

Kenneth W. McCollom was the youngest of three children born to Harold V. and Gretchen (Thornburg) McCollom on November 12, 1936, between Sundance and Hullett, WY, near Sunny Divide.
This was the reason he was known to most as "Sonny." He was raised in Osage and attended school there until graduating from 8th grade. He attended high school in Newcastle, graduating in 1954.
He married Patricia Braley in 1953. They had two children, Rick and Joyce. They later divorced. He later met the love of his life, Arlene Anne Trenham of Custer, SD. They were married on June 25, 1960. To this union, they had four children; Kenneth, Jr., Rodney, a little girl, Arlene, who died at birth, and Todd.
Ken graduated from Wel-Tech Electronics School in Salt Lake City, UT, in 1963. They moved to California where he went to work for General Dynamics. In 1971, the family moved back to Osage where he went to work for Butte Resources, Petro-Lewis, and other various places.
Ken loved spending time with family and friends telling jokes and playing cards. He enjoyed fly fishing, camping, hunting, and gardening.
Ken passed on Sunday March 25, 2018, at Weston County Health Services in Newcastle, WY.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Arlene of Newcastle; his children, Rick (Linda) of LA, Joyce Hall of Cheyenne, WY, Kenneth of MO, Rodney of Newcastle, and Todd (Lynette) McCollom of NV; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Arlene; and two sisters, Eleanor (Tom) Beale and Phyllis (John) Reynolds.
A memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Newcastle Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Junior Lee Colvin

October 19, 1925 - April 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 

Junior Lee Colvin was born October 19, 1925, to Robert and Florence Colvin in Brûlé County, South Dakota. Junior was married to Elizabeth June January 2, 1948.
Junior Lee, 92, Lead, died April 4, 2018, at the David M. Dorsett Nursing Facility in Spearfish, SD.
Survivors include three children, Diana (Tom) Regan, Lead, SD, Nancy (Chuck) Gruba, Piedmont, SD, and Monty (Debbie) Colvin, Vermillion, SD; five grandchildren, Michelle Feiszli, Jay Gruba, Serena Colvin, Jennifer Hamilton, and Ryan Gruba ; ten great-grandchildren; longtime companion, Shirley Busk; and best friend, Dale Burrer.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, June; his parents; brothers, Mike Colvin and Bun Colvin; and sisters, Loretta Crawford and Betty Harper.
Funeral services will be conducted at Kinkade Funeral Chapel at 1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, SD, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. Father Tom Campbell will officiate. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the continued support of the Bridgewater Cemetery in Bridgewater, SD, where many of the Colvin family is buried.

 

     
   
     

Blas Nick Skvicalo

April 26, 1928 - April 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2018

 

Blas N. Skvicalo was born in Lead, SD, to Blas and Helen Skvicalo on April 26, 1928. After graduation from Lead High School in 1946, Blas continued his 52 year career in the dairy business with Brown Swiss Milk Co., eventually retiring from Gillette Dairy in 1994. In these years, Blas married his wife, Lois Huddleston of Sturgis on November 23, 1953. Not long after their marriage, Blas joined the United States Army and proudly served for three years alongside his brother, Peter. Blas was a Quartermaster, serving in the Commissary at Fort Bliss, TX, for his three year tenure.
Blas enjoyed his retirement with Lois and their family on his ranch 10 miles south of Lead. His time was best spent sharing stories with his children, grandchildren, and their families. Blas enjoyed entertaining everyone with a wide variety of songs and his magnificent singing abilities. Blas was a devout Catholic, attending mass regularly until his passing.
Blas N. Skvicalo, 89, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at his homestead. He will be greatly missed by his surviving family and friends.
Blas is survived by his wife, Lois Skvicalo of Lead; his sons, John (Cathy) Skvicalo of Lead, George (Shelly) Skvicalo of Savage, MN, and Mark (Tami) Skvicalo of Lead; his daughter, Mary (John) McNeary of Minneapolis, MN; seven grandsons; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.
Blas was preceded in death by his father, Blas; his mother, Helen; brother, Peter; sister, Nickie; and infant brother, Blas.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lead with a Rosary and Christian wake service for Blas beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lead at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018, with Father Leo Hausmann officiating. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery south of Lead on Rochford Road.
A memorial has been established to the St. Patrick's Church.

 

     
   
     

John M. Reed

September 18, 1937 - January 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018

 

John was born on September 18, 1937, in Gary, IN, to Vance and Madeline Reed. He grew up in IN and was an alumnus of Indiana University, where he majored in Chemistry before entering the Air Force in 1961.
John began his Air Force career at Harlingen, TX. After completing Undergraduate Navigator Training, he was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB, NY, flying KC-97s. He participated in the Cuban Crisis securing planes safely in Greenland. Flying KC-135s, he was stationed at March AFB, CA, traveling to Thailand and Okinawa where he flew in and around Vietnam providing air refueling support for aircraft flying missions over North Vietnam. In 1972, he was stationed at DaNang AB in Vietnam where he flew “Gooney Birds”, the EC-47, on reconnaissance missions.
He was stationed at RAF Mildenhall, UK in the 10th ACCS flying EC-135s. Before returning to the states, he was Chief of the Command Post at Mildenhall where they tracked all US flights that took off from every command in Europe. He was the navigator on Standard/Evaluation at each AFB where he was stationed, and he particularly enjoyed supporting and educating new navigators to the squadrons. His navigational skills were unprecedented and praised by generals, pilots, navigators and others which earned him the nickname of “Magellan.” He loved statistics and noted how many sorties and air refueling missions he had flown and even how much fuel he had transferred in his career. He retired from the Air Force in 1989 after serving in the 4th ACCS at Ellsworth AFB, SD.
Retired Lt. Colonel John Morgan Reed passed away on January 28, 2018, at the age of 80.
Described as “quietly proud,” John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Biff; his daughter, Shawn; his son-in-law, Steve; his sisters, Janet and Sandy; his grandchildren, McKenzie and Will; and countless caring family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. Military honors will be by the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Donald Earl Simmons

October 5, 1961 - March 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018

 


Donald Earl Simmons, 57, Rapid City, passed away March 26, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was born October 5, 1961, in Rapid City, SD, to Donald L. and Alta R. (Jensen) Simmons. Donald attended White Eagle School and Douglas school system.
Donald is survived by his father, Donald L. Simmons; a brother; sisters; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Alta R. Simmons.
Celebration of life will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the First Church Of God, 706 East Monroe Street in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Robert William "Bill" Bausch

February 22, 1957 - March 27, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018

 

Robert William “Bill” Bausch was born on February 22, 1957, in Rapid City, SD, to William and Roberta (Freeman) Bausch. He died on March 27, 2018, in Sturgis, SD.
Bill grew up in Sturgis where he spent his school years. He later moved to Hill City where he married Hill Smith and had a son, Joshua. They divorced and he moved to Rapid City. He met Cathy Coates and they had a daughter, Amanda.
He worked in a mica mine in Keystone for a few years and then worked at Ellsworth Air Force Base as a telephone operator. When he became disabled he moved back to Sturgis.
He loved driving his motorcycle or riding in a 4-wheel drive with friends and family through the Black Hills where he would search for signs of old railroads. He was interested in the railroad history and did a lot of research on them.
Bill was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Association of Recovering Motorcyclists where his nickname was “Smutley” and was proud of being clean and sober for 16 years. He found Jesus at that time and was at peace with God when he passed.
Bill’s last wish was for all of us to get along together and love one another. His last night on earth, he dreamed he was playing a game of Asteroids with Jesus and Jesus won. He said he was going to ride a trike to heaven where he was going to meet Jaden and Jesus.
He is survived by his children, Amanda Cates of St. Louis, MO, Joshua Bausch of Sioux Falls, SD, and grandchildren; mother, Roberta Freeman, Sturgis; sisters, Linda Newland of Sturgis and Kay (Dale) Grant of Vale; brother, Larry (Roxanna) Bausch recently of Rapid City formerly of Lead; many nieces and nephews; and best friends, Angela and Steve McDonnell, Steve and Brian.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Bausch; his step-father, Clifford Freeman; his grandparents, Ben (Florence) Bauer and Herman (Irene) Bausch; and nephews, Jaden Paklin and Deven Meyers.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. A private family inurnment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A special thank you goes to Bruce Berger, a cousin, and Angel McDonnell, for sharing with us their love and memories of Bill during the service.

 

     
   
     

Marjorie L.Tivis

May 14, 1922 - March 29, 2018

 

Service to be held:

April 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Marge was born May 14, 1922, to Peter and Jeannette (Peterson) Larson in Ralph, SD. She attended Black Hills State Teacher's College and received her state teaching certificate. She met George Tivis in college and they were married June 25, 1941, at Broadus, MT. The couple taught school for a short period of time.
She and George had four children: Margie Gaye (Butch) Tysdal, Adelle Rae (Roger) Erickson, Jeffrey George Tivis, deceased, and Layne Charles (Sandi) Tivis.
In 1946, they purchased the Wall Café and Badlands Bar in Wall, SD. From 1955 to 1975, they owned and operated the Silver Dollar Bar in Bowman, ND, after which they moved to the family ranch near Opal, SD. During their ranching days, they also owned and operated Granny's Café in Faith, SD.
Marge would light up a room with her infectious laugh and witty personality. Anyone that met her was a friend for life. She would never turn down a friendly game of cards or a board game. Anyone that knew Marge, in her later years, knew that she was a devoted Minnesota Twin's fan and ironically her passing occurred on the Twin’s first game of the 2018 season.
Marjorie L. "Marge" Tivis, 95 of Bowman, ND, died Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Southwest Healthcare Services Long Term Care facility in Bowman.
She leaves to mourn her children, thirteen grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jeffrey; her husband; three sisters; and three brothers.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery.
In fulfilling Marge's wish, a memorial has been established to the South Dakota Make a Wish Chapter.

 

     
   
     

John Thomas Vancas

January 5, 1954 - March 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

John Thomas Vancas was born January 5, 1954, to Francis and Muriel Vancas in Deadwood. John was the youngest of four and grew up in Deadwood with siblings, David, Mark, and Carol.
John enlisted in the US Army in 1971 and served until 1975.
In October of 1974, John met his wife, Joette Rae Burrer. They were married August 5, 1975. To this union, they welcomed three children: Tracy, Stacy, and Mark. John worked at Homestake Mine in Deadwood until they closed their doors in 1998. After that, he went to driving truck; a job that he enjoyed very much. After years of hard work, John retired in 2017. In his free time, John enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, throwing horseshoes, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
John, 64, Whitewood, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, March 26, 2018, at Lead Deadwood Regional Hospital.
John is survived by his wife, Joette Vancas, Whitewood; children, Tracy Silvernail, Belle Fourche, Mark Vancas, Nisland, and Stacy (Bub) Harrison, Fruitdale; sister, Carol Papka, Dahlonega, GA; brother, David (Florence) Vancas; grandchildren, Shelby (Tanner) Hughes, Whitewood, Anthony Melbye, Spearfish, Mercedes Harrison, Belle Fourche, and Trevor Harrison, Fruitdale.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Muriel Vancas; brother, Mark Vancas; and great-granddaughter, Tynslee Faye Hughes.
Visitation will be Friday, March 30, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood.

 

     
   
     

James Wesley Whetsell, Sr.

August 30, 1937 - March 24, 2018

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

Jim was born August 30, 1937, in the Whetsell Settlement in Preston County, WV. After finishing high school, Jim joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Merced, CA. He served honorably for 4 years.
His passion in life was farming. He resided near Stockton, CA, for many years where he farmed and worked the land. He then moved to Culpeper, VA, to be near his brothers for several years, eventually returning to Brentwood, CA, to live with his daughter. Jim loved to come to Newcastle, WY, to spend the summers with his son and his family.
Jim was a very kind and gentle man and will leave a lasting impression on his family and his friends, near and far. He will be missed.
James "Jim" Wesley Whetsell, Sr., 80, of Newcastle, WY, passed away, March 24, 2018, at the Weston County Manor, surrounded by his family after losing his battle to cancer.
Jim leaves behind his son, James Whetsell, Jr. (Julie) of Newcastle, WY; his daughter, Victoria Ratcliffe of Brentwood, CA; his five grandchildren, Travis Schmollinger of Brentwood, CA, Holly Rogers (Blake) of Perry, GA, Jacob Ratcliffe, of Virginia Beach, VA, Tracey Whetsell of Gillette, WY, and Danielle Levers, (Jonathan) of Brentwood, CA. He was blessed with 8 great-grandchildren, Riley Schmollinger of Brentwood, CA, Ava Ratcliffe of Virginia Beach, VA, Robert and Karsen Rogers of Perry, GA, and Landon, Lacey, Lexi, and Lucas Levers, all of Brentwood, CA. Jim also leaves behind his brother, John Whetsell of Culpeper, VA; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Thelma (Waugerman) Whetsell; his brother, Carl; and sisters, Pearl and Inez.
A private memorial will be held at a later date in Kingwood, WV.

 

     
   
     

Tamara "Tami" Nacey

November 13, 1957 - March 23, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

Tami was born November 13, 1957, in Rapid City to George and Charlotte (Engle) Carter. She was a simple and sentimental person. Tami loved springtime, listening to the birds sing, playing jokes on family, and having family play jokes on her. She was a wonderful listener, never judging and never complaining. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed.
Tamara “Tami” Carter Nacey, 60, Sturgis, died Friday, March 23, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Tami is survived by her children, Nicole Nacey, Kerri Nacey, and Adrienne Nacey; and her grandchildren, Drew Nelson, Kennedi Nacey, Ireland Nacey, Skyler Bryant, Jace Johnson, and Gavin Nacey; mother, Charlotte Carter, two sisters; Deborah Snook, and Sharla Price.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Carter; and many special friends throughout the years.
A celebration of her life will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Sturgis Veteran’s Club, 868 Main Street in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Charles "Charlie" Yuill

September 26, 1928 - March 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018

 

Charles “Charlie” Raymond Yuill was born September 26, 1928, in Rapid City to William A. Yuill, Sr. and Hazel (Hasselstrom) Yuill. Charlie was raised on the family farm northwest of Newell. He attended Horse Creek School and Newell High School. Charlie received a high school diploma from SDSU School of Ag in 1948.
Charlie served in the Army from 1951-1953 and was trained in the Signal Corp. While in the Army, he bought a car for his family so they would have reliable transportation. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a lineman for the Horse Creek Telephone Company.
Charlie raised sheep, cattle, corn, and alfalfa on the family farm while battling grasshoppers, hail, drought, mosquitos, irrigation mud, and blizzards for over 50 years. He was always willing to help a neighbor in need. Charlie was looking forward to the family farm turning 100 years old in 2019.
Charlie served as the president of Thrivent Northern Hills Chapter. He also served on the Butte-Meade Water District for 30 years as well as serving several terms on the council of First Lutheran Church. He drove a bus route for the Newell School District. Charlie was a devoted son, brother, uncle, and community member.
After a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis, Charles Raymond Yuill, 89, Newell, died Monday, March 26, 2018, at Regional Health Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Charlie is survived by his sister, Patricia Lee; nieces, Karla Burke (Jeff) and Tami Yuill; nephews, Joel Yuill (Shawna), Sean Yuill, and Brendan Yuill; great-nephews, Jeremy Yuill, Dan Gosnell, Tory Gosnell, Coltan Burke, and Quinn Burke; great-nieces, Madison Yuill and Rachel Chudy; and sister-in-law, Barbara Yuill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William A. Yuill, Jr.
A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018, at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Willard Olsen and Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Inurnment of ashes will be at a later date at Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Lutherans Outdoors or Lutheran Social Services.