Mary Louise Hughes

March 24, 1925 - May 10, 2015


Service to be held:

Private Family Services at a later date.


Mary Louise Vansant Hughes, 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Vale, SD, on May 10, 2015. Mary Lou was born on March 24, 1925, to James and Jewell (Lovinggood) Vansant. She spent an idyllic childhood in Dewey, OK, where her beloved father practiced medicine for nearly 50 years.
After graduating from Dewey High School in 1943, Mary Lou spent her freshman year at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, majoring in music. She then transferred to Kansas University in Lawrence, KS, and became an English major. Throughout her life, Mary Lou upheld the sanctity of the English language, freely chastising any poor soul who dared violate “the rules”. Transferring to KU proved to be a turning point in Mary Lou’s life; it was there she met her soulmate, Harry Lewis Hughes. On February 7, 1947, Mary Lou and Harry were married in Danforth Chapel, on the KU campus.
The couple began their “gypsy lives” in 1954, when Harry entered the Foreign Service. They were posted in South America (Chile and Uruguay), Africa (Benin, Chad and South Africa), and the Caribbean (Haiti). Learning everything possible about the local culture and art was Mary Lou’s passion. While living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mary Lou collected over 100 paintings and other art objects. That superb collection, which Mary Lou donated to KU’s Spencer Museum, gained even more importance after the earthquake in Haiti destroyed most of the art housed in the country’s museums.
Following Harry’s retirement, he and Mary Lou settled in Lawrence, KS, home of their alma mater. They thoroughly enjoyed the 20 years spent there, which included yearly trips to Villa Malu, their seaside home in Spain. One of Mary Lou’s favorite activities was volunteering as a docent at the Spencer Museum; she particularly relished giving tours to groups of school children. In June 2012, Mary Lou and Harry moved to the great plains of South Dakota to be near their daughter and her family.
Mary Lou was brave, resilient, curious, and she embodied an enormous “joie de vivre”. Survivors include her daughter Amy (Greg Pauley) and grandson Ethan; son Roger (Renee Martonik) and grandson Rex; a number of nephews and nieces; and her extended family of caregivers -- especially long-time “angels” Judy, Linda, Donise and Nancy. She was preceded in death by husband Harry, son Jeff, daughter Connie, parents James and Jewell Vansant, brother James, and sister Martha.
Mary Lou’s ashes will be laid to rest in the Vale Cemetery during a private family gathering. A memorial has been established with Hospice of the Northern Hills.



Stanley Charles Radle

May 28, 1956 - May 19, 2015


Service to be held:

At a later date


Stanley C. Radle was born to Richard and Delores Radle on May 28, 1956, in Germany while his father, Richard, was serving in the Air Force.
During the time Richard served in the Air Force, Stan’s family was stationed in Germany, Turkey, and Spain, and had the opportunity to travel to Greece, Italy, France, Austria, and Switzerland. When Stan was around the age of 15 his father retired and his family moved to Duluth, MN. He graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1975.
After high school, Stan moved to Williston, ND, and worked for International Harvester selling truck parts. He then met Sharon Dahl at a picnic on a warm sunny day. As the romance began, Stan and Sharon packed up and moved to Vancouver, WA. On December 17, 1982, they were married with Sharon’s daughter, Jacqueline, and son, Travis, present.
While working evenings in Portland, OR, Stan had the opportunity to attend college during the day and received an Associate's Degree in Telecommunications from Clark Community College in 1993.
In 1994, Stan and Sharon moved back to Williston, ND, and lived on Sharon’s family homestead. While living in Williston, Stan was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999. His battle with cancer lasted 2 years at which time he was “cancer free.”
Stan started working for Verizon in 1995 and was transferred to Deadwood in 2001. Stan was an avid outdoorsman. While living in Washington, he loved to go to the lake as often as he could to water ski. He also thoroughly enjoyed all types of hunting and fishing. Every fall, the horses were loaded in the trailers along with camping gear, and the elk trips began. Stan and Sharon would pack in on their horses, being gone for several weeks camping in inclement weather with sometimes lots of snow. The prize always being an elk.
He loved his dogs, all Labradors, Buddy, Bo, Buford, and last but not least, Baily. Bird hunting was always at the top of his hunting list. Being the outgoing person he was, strangers were all his friends. Sharon never knew who was coming to dinner!!
He loved his log home in Deadwood, SD, and it was difficult at times to get him to leave to visit friends. He enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the wildlife (deer, turkeys, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and coyotes). It was his dream life.
Stan also longed to moose hunt in the Yukon. In October 2014, Stan bought all his extreme cold hunting gear at his favorite store, “Cabela’s,” and off for 1 week to the Yukon he went. He was also able to “bag” a gigantic bull moose. Check, a dream fulfilled.
On May 19, 2015, Stan passed away at his home after his battle with lung cancer. Sharon never left his side. He was exactly where he wanted to be.
In addition to his wife, Sharon, Stan is survived by his step-daughter, Jacqueline (Daryl) Lager, and step-son, Travis (Tina) Wickum, all from Williston, ND; grandchildren, Jessica (Seth) Dixon (a great grandbaby due in October 2015, YEAH), Cassidy Lager, Caitlin Lager, Tate Wickum, and Turner Wickum; four sisters, Maris (Hermann) Zielhke, Neiderhausen, Germany, Cathy (Paul) Rogers, Burnsville, MN, Janice Canerdy, Williston, ND, and Tess Steir, Lakeville, MN; two brothers, Ron (Lauri) Radle, Aurora, MN, and Mark (Marina) Radle, Lakeville, MN; along with seventeen nieces and nephews.
Stan was preceded in death by his father, Richard; mother, Dolores; and father-in-law, Roger Dahl.
Services will be held at a later date.



Henry "Hank" Reitz

October 17, 1922 - May 15, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm


Henry "Hank" Reitz, 92, of Spearfish, died May 15, 2015, at David M. Dorsett Health Care in Spearfish.
Henry was born October 17, 1922, in Minatare, NE. He started school in Idaho, but when still young, the family moved to Vale, SD, where he continued his education, later graduating from Belle Fourche High School.
Henry joined the U.S. Army in 1942, serving during WW II and Korea where he received a Purple Heart. Henry reenlisted after the war, continuing to serve for over 23 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant in March of 1966. He was stationed in the Phillipines, Japan, New Guinea, Austria, Korea, Germany, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, the Presidio in San Francisco, and Ft. Ord, CA.
After his retirement, Henry lived in California where he worked as a prison guard. In his off time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching sporting events.
On the 18th of May, 1985, Henry married Dorothy Lungren in Sturgis, SD, making their home for several years in Watsonville, CA. They moved to Spearfish in 1988 where they enjoyed their retirement.
Henry will be deeply missed by his step-children, Cindy (Alan) Merkel and Scott (Barbara) Lungren of Spearfish, Peggy (Greg) Calvert of WV, and Ford Lungren of OK; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other extended family and friends.
Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, and eight brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
Graveside services, will full military honors, will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at the U.C.C. Church in Spearfish at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Joseph Francis Saathoff

March 13, 1925 - May 15, 2015


Service to be held:

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 am


Joseph Francis Saathoff, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, military officer, pilot, musician, athlete, and faithful Catholic departed this world on May 15, 2015, in Austin, TX.
Joseph Francis Saathoff was born March 13, 1925, to Joseph and Margaret (Fahey) Saathoff in Crofton, NE. He grew up with his two younger brothers, Bill and Jack, in Omaha, moving to Marcus, SD, in 1933 following the untimely death of his father due to pneumonia. After attending a one-room school house in Marcus, he graduated from St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis in 1943. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps in 1943 and served during WWII, the Korean War, and the Cold War. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha following his military career, and assisted in the development of a model medical computer system at the University of Missouri. Pioneered by the current Director Emeritus of the U.S National Library of Medicine, Donald Lindberg, MD, the program at the University of Missouri was groundbreaking in its application of computer technology to healthcare.
Joe married Jeanne Frances Kovarik on April 14, 1953, while stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD. Joe and Jeanne raised six children in the course of his careers in the military and computer science, and her career in nursing education. Joe was an avid athlete and musician. During retirement, Joe’s greatest pleasure was in spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. A world traveler, he appreciated the opportunity to share his experience with others, whether piloting his planes or behind the wheel of his car.
Joe is survived by his brother, William; his children, Daniel Saathoff (Linda), Patrick Saathoff, Gregory Saathoff (Andrea), Mary Blackwell (Chuck), Joanne Saathoff (Dan Lupo), and Stephen Saathoff (Anna), as well as 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanne Saathoff; and his infant daughter, Anne Therese.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, followed by Rosary, Scripture, and Sharing at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will occur at 10:00 a.m. at St. Martin’s Chapel, Sturgis, SD, followed by 11:00 a.m. lunch for friends and family at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall and then burial service at Black Hills National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. Family and friends may sign/view the registry on their online guestbook at
In lieu of flowers, to honor Joe Saathoff’s memory, please consider a donation in his name to Conception Abbey through its Development Office at 660-944-2827 or



Lila Burrington Feist

June 5, 1924 - May 14, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday, May 22, at 10:30 am


Lila M. Burrington Feist, 90, of Rapid City, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Belle Fourche Health Care.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, with visitation one hour prior to services. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Lila Marie Anders was born June 5, 1924, in Ellendale, ND, to Roy and Lillian (Babcock) Anders. She grew up and was educated in Deadwood. After high school, Lila worked for some years at Thorpe Jewelry in Deadwood. On January 18, 1948, Lila married Hugh Burrington and to this union, two children were born, Rick and Kevin. Lila enjoyed being a wife, mother, and homemaker. After her boys were older, Lila went back to school, graduating from Black Hills State, receiving her Bachelor's in education. She taught elementary school in Deadwood before going back and getting her master's at BHSU. She then taught high school in Deadwood and Lead. Lila again continued on in her education, receiving her Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Colorado in Greeley. She went on to teach at Black Hills State and at National College in Rapid City.
Lila married John McColley on December 27, 1988. The couple only had a few years together before John's death in May of 1992. Lila married Tony Feist in September of 1997 in Deadwood, making their home in Rapid City. She and Tony enjoyed traveling and RV'ing. Lila enjoyed collecting bird and bell figurines and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority.
She will be deeply missed by her sons, Rick (Sarah) Burrington of Sturgis and Kevin (Debbie) Burrington of Manhattan, MT; a sister, Barbara Baier and her daughter, Sherry Ragatz, both of Rapid City; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and her life-long and very beloved friend, Yvonne Weyrich.
Lila was preceded in death by her husbands, Hugh Burrington in 1985, John McColley in 1992 and Tony Feist in 2014; and siblings, Don and Ed Anders.
A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences to the family may be made at



Hazel M. Burge

August 12, 1919 - May 14, 2015


Service to be held:

1:30 pm Wednesday May 20,2015


Hazel M. (Capp) Burge, 95, Sturgis, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Hazel was born August 12, 1919, at home in Bouton, IA, to Mathias C. and Anna (Schnoor) Capp. The family moved to Faith, SD, in 1926. She attended school in the country and in Faith. Hazel married Loren W. Burge on June 22, 1940, at her parents’ home. They lived in Perkins County until 1961 when they moved to Sturgis.
She is survived by one son, Dwayne (Linda) Burge, Sturgis; one daughter, Barbara (Kenny) Yates, Sturgis; one brother, Earl Capp, Arpan, SD; one sister, Mae Donnenwirth, Omaha, NE; two grandchildren, Matt Burge (Darla), Sturgis, and Ryan Yates, Arvada, CO; three great-grandchildren, Marlee, Jordan, and Hayden Burge, Sturgis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren; her parents; six brothers, Howard Capp, Vern Capp, Donno Capp, William "Bill" Capp, Harry Capp, and Charles Capp; and one sister, Doris Talley.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.



Claire Catherine Stambaugh

August 30, 1926 - May 14, 2015


Service to be held:

Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.


Claire Catherine Stambaugh peacefully departed this earth May 14, 2015, at the age of 88. She had been a resident of the Dorsett Special Care Unit for the past 5 years.
Claire was born in Belle Fourche, SD, and raised on a farm/ranch between Spearfish and Belle Fourche with her two sisters and brother. Her parents, Ralph Wendelken and Anne Quarnberg Wendelken began their family later in life. Perhaps in part at least, this contributed to the free rein Claire and her siblings enjoyed as they grew up exploring the rimrock above the Redwater River, rearranging the household furniture to make tents, and making many "unsupervised" excursions. The most notorious was a walk of a few miles to Belle with a lunch of canned beans planned. Unfortunately, the anticipated lunch ended with the unopened can of beans exploding over their campfire. And perhaps this independence allowed during childhood contributed to Claire's independence and love of learning as an adult. Her list of activities and interests included Master Gardener, geology, quilting, sewing, knitting, Elderhostel, woodworking, music (clarinet, piano, choir, New Horizons Band, Belle Fourche Cowboy Band), swimming, flower arranging, tutoring (neighborhood swim and piano teacher, adult reading program), and volunteer work (Hospice, Canyon Lake Senior Citizens gardener, kids fair, and Journey Museum).
Claire graduated from a three year nursing program at the Hamlin-Asbury Hospital School of Nursing at St. Paul, MN. Her roommate there, Marian Stambaugh, introduced Claire to her sailor brother, Maurice, and a month before she graduated on August 6, 1947, Claire married Maurice Stambaugh in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, MaryAnn and Jack Wells.
Claire and Maurice raised their five children, Sharon, Gerry, John, Randy, and Brian, on a dairy farm near Nisland, SD. Claire didn't work in her nursing career for 17 years as she raised her family. She then worked part-time at John Burns Hospital in Belle Fourche. After moving from the farm in 1971, her nursing career at various times included Rapid City Regional Hospital, a dermatology clinic, dialysis, and River Park Treatment Center.
Woven into all her other interests and activities was a love of the Black Hills. She went backpacking in the Black Hills with her grandkids at age 70 - no tent! Another adventure was tubing Rapid Creek with the grandkids at age 72. A beautiful garden, a walk through the Hills, a decorated sugar cookie, or a handful of just-picked berries will always remind us of Mom/Granny.
Survivors include her children, Sharon (Steve) Bostic, Mesa, AZ, Gerry (Ray) Dockter, Baldwin, ND, John (Robin) Stambaugh, Rapid City, SD, Randy (Kaye) Stambaugh, San Diego, CA, and Brian (Linda) Stambaugh, Newell, SD; one brother, Jim Wendelken, Littleton, CO; one sister, Mary Ann (Jack) Wells, Belle Fourche, SD; ten grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Maurice; and one sister, Sara Horman.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Memorial services will be held Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche with Pastor Jeff Otterman officiating. Inurnment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City.
A memorial has been established to Alzheimer's Association.



James Anton Marx

September 14, 1945 - May 11, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.


James Anton Marx was chosen on May 11, 2015, by God to become an Angel. After a brief illness, Jim left this world whole, pain free, and when he was ready.
Jim was born September 14, 1945, in Sturgis, SD, to Lois (Symonds) and Sylvester John Marx. He joined older brothers Gene Talley and Jerry Marx. The three of them would later be joined by Judy (Lemke), JoAnn (Webb), Frank McDaniel, Cindy McDaniel, and Mona (Rabern). Quite a handful for Grandma Lois.
He was homecoming king in 1963 and graduated from Dupree High School in 1964 at the top of his class (according to Jim). He enlisted in the US Air Force, serving exactly one full year in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge, Jim continued his military career in the SD National Guard, serving his country for a total of 13 ½ years.
Jim married Terri Martin in 1971 and to this union, three children were born; Tammi, Jamie, and Caryn. Jim and Terri parted ways in 1978.
Jim also spent 20 plus years married to Bonnie Morris. Her children, Shelly, Jody, Jason, and Cody, were as blessed as we were to have grown up with dad.
Jim took great pride in his business, Jim's Automotive. This was his outlet for finding the fabulous cars he restored, specifically a certain 1967 cherry red Camaro. We spent many summers in fields with Counts Car Club so dad could show off that gorgeous car. Who knew his passion for that car would ever come second? But it did, when Jim got grandkids. That's when his real passion showed up.
Jim became a first-time grandpa on January 14, 1993. Cassandra JoAnn showed up to forever steal his heart. She became the light and twinkle in his eye and the reason he started growing plums.
Tyler GW arrived October 4, 1994, and once again it was love at first sight for Jim. He had a "Bud."
There was a 20 year gap in grandbabies but on July 14, 2014, Alyssa "Punkin" Rae Ann was born to Caryn Marx and Brian Wood. She became Jim's babysitter every Saturday morning. He looked his happiest when she was sleeping in his arms.
Tessa Ann, born to Jamie and Alisha showed up August 11, 2014. All Jim could do was talk about getting to Minnesota to see her more often.
Not a person walked by Jim who didn't get treated or tortured by photo albums of pictures of his four grandkids. They truly lit up his eyes and were his reason for living.
Jim moved from Edgemont, SD, to Sturgis, SD, in December of 2014. Who knew we'd only have four months left. Love you to the moon and beyond, Pops!
Those left to remember Jim and celebrate his life are his children, Tammi, Jamie, and Caryn; brothers, Frank and Jerry; sisters, Judy, Cindy, JoAnn, and Mona; and numerous nieces and nephews. Most importantly, also surviving are the lights of his life, Cassandra, Tyler, Alyssa, and Tessa, his grandkids. My, my, how he loved you four grandkids more than words can express.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Lois; father, Sylvester; brother, Gene; and numerous other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 15, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Brother Duane Lemke officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.
An education fund has been established for his grandkids.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



James Joseph Kovacevich

May 15, 1928 - May 9, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.


James "Jim" J. Kovacevich, 86, formerly of Lead and Whitewood, died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Community.
Jim was born May 15, 1928, in Lead, SD, to Peter and Frances (Spaleta) Kovacevich. He graduated from Lead Catholic High School in the class of 1946, and was a resident of Lead for 65 years.
Jim joined the US Army in January 1951, serving in Korea. He was wounded in November of 1951 in Mango-Ri N. Korea and received the Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Army Occupation Medal (Japan). He was Honorably Discharged in December 1952. Jim Married Rose Marie Zambon at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lead on May 4, 1968. He was a Plumber and pipefitter operating Jim's Plumbing and HVAC in Lead. In the early 1990's, they relocated to Whitewood where Jim built a home in Whitewood Forest Acres and he continued to work in his field until his health forced him to quit.
Jim's life's highlights were: his career in the Plumbing and HVAC business, and in particular installing the HVAC in the "new" Catholic Church in Lead, building a cabin near Savoy on the road to Roughlock Falls and its many, many memories, fishing nearly every year in Alaska, visits to Canada, Italy, Monte Carlo, Croatia, Panama, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan, and his lifelong love of hunting in the Black Hills and Lead.
Jim is survived by his brother-in-law, Del (Jean) Zambon; sister-in-law, Marian Zambon; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; parents, Peter and Frances; and 13 brothers and sisters.
A rosary will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lead.
A memorial mass will be held Friday, May 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lead with Father Leo Hausmann officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Shriners Children's Hospital.



Shaun Albert Loring

July 6, 1959 - April 29, 2015


Service to be held:

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.


Shaun Albert Loring, 55, of Sturgis, SD, formerly of Brinnon, WA, passed away April 29, 2015 at Rapid City Regional Hospital after a brief illness.

Shaun was born July 6, 1959 in Seattle, WA to Harry & Jeannie (Morency) Loring. He grew up in Brinnon, attending grade school there, graduating from Quilcene High School.

Shaun was a logger for many years in the Olympic Mountains. When his health began to fail, Shaun had to retire, moving to Sturgis, SD in 2013.

Shaun loved hunting, especially elk & grouse. He enjoyed the outdoors and hiked many trails, but especially enjoyed spending time with his kids.

Survivors include his wife, Beth Bartlett of Sturgis, SD; his children, Emily Ward, Steven Daniel "Buck Jr.", Cody, Garret, Raymond and adopted daughter, Megan Short; brothers, Sam Boling, Tim Hodge, Gary Loring, Lynn Loring and Steve Loring; sisters, Jenny Loring, Vicki Visser and Sandy Boling; aunt, Maryann Morency; nieces and nephews, Logan York, Katie York, Nellie Morency, Samantha Coleman, Aaron Boling, Jason Boling, Adam Boling, Brant Boling, Jake Boling, Ryan Larrance Alicia Johnson and Phillip; cousins, Danae Morency, Keli Anderson, Melissa Boling and Terri Morency and numerous other family members.

A memorial has been established to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.

A celebration of Shaun's life will be held Saturday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Quilcene Assembly of God Church, Quilcene, WA.

Condolences may be sent to



Mabel F. Trohkimoinen

December 16, 1918 - May 5, 2015


Service to be held:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.


Mabel F. Trohkimoinen, 96, Spearfish and formerly of Vale, died at her son Bob's home on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at the Nisland Independent Community Church in Nisland. Burial will follow at the Vale Cemetery.
Mabel was born December 16, 1918, at Deadwood, SD, to Wesley and Henrietta (Rysdam) Williamson. Mabel attended the Empire School through the eighth grade and two years at Vale High School.
She moved to Iowa in 1936 to work at a post office. She returned to Vale in 1940 where she married George A. Trohkimoinen at Sturgis on November 9, 1940.
The couple farmed and raised their children near Vale. Mabel worked in food service at Fort Meade from 1974 until 1984. The couple moved to Spearfish in 1991. They were married for fifty years prior to George’s death in 1991. Mabel moved back to Vale in 1993 where she lived until returning to Spearfish in 2000.
She was a charter member of the Alladin Club. Mabel was a former parishioner of the Empire Friends Church near Vale, until it closed. She was also active in the Nisland Community.
Survivors include her son, Bob (Sheryl) Trohkimoinen; daughters, Carol Palmer and LaDona Wheatley; grandchildren, Ann, Jill, Toby, and Tyler; and great-grandchildren, Ezri, Alec, Wyatt, and Tel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and eleven siblings.
A memorial has been established to the Vale Cemetery.



Sharon Grace Halls

April 12, 1939 - May 5, 2015


Service to be held:

Monday, May 11, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.


Sharon Grace Halls, 76, Rapid City and formerly of Sturgis, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Morningstar Assisted Living in Rapid City.
Sharon was born April 12, 1939, in Sturgis, SD, to Harold and Aileen Remington. She attended school in Sturgis, graduating from Sturgis High School.
Sharon married Clarence Halls February 17, 1967, in Roseburg, OR, where they lived until Clarence retired. They moved to Sturgis where Sharon worked for the Sturgis Tribune, the Sturgis Hospital, and the Sturgis Methodist Church. She also worked for a time at the VA Hospital in Hot Springs.
Sharon was involved with the local TOPS Club and was the past president of the SD Unit. She was also very active in the VFW Auxiliary, and was a member of the twenty thousand hour plus Club with the VA where she volunteered at the Fort Meade VA Hospital.
Sharon, in her spare time, enjoyed gardening, camping, and traveling. She spent many summers at the cabin by Tobin Lake in Nipausin, Saskatchewan, and also wintered in Arizona.
Sharon was a member of the First Methodist Church in Sturgis, and had worked at the church as the secretary for Rev. Harold Fitch. She continued to attend church until her health began failing and she moved to Morningstar Assisted Living in Rapid City in 2012.
Sharon will be deeply missed by Delores Gisi; Patty & Lonnie Ellwinger; Brent, Brad, and Brock Klapperich and families; the Clarence Halls family; and many nieces and nephews.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Halls; her daughter, Melody Rae Halls; 2 brothers, Darrow and Dick Remington; and one sister, Donna Widner.
A special thank you to everyone at Morningstar Assisted Living for the wonderful care they provided Sharon.
Visitation will be Monday, May 11, at 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 11, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Cystic Fibrosis.



Colleen Hunter

June 7, 1954 - April 29, 2015


Service to be held:

Saturday May 16, 2015, 10:00 a.m -12:00 p.m.


Colleen Hunter passed away April 29, 2015 at the Hospice House in Rapid City with her husband by her side. Colleen was born June 7, 1954, in Rapid City to Betty Jean (Boom) Collins and Thomas LeRoy Collins. Colleen attended Wilson Elementary, South Junior High and graduated from Central High School in 1972. Colleen attended the School of Mines and the University of South Dakota, graduating with a degree in painting and drawing. She went on to complete masters’ degrees in Counseling and Guidance and in Administration from the SDSU West River Graduate School.

Colleen began her teaching career in 1976 as an art teacher at West Junior High. She made a name for herself by encouraging the potential of all of her students--regardless of their ability--and by leaving the kiln in the art room plugged in over a long weekend and burning it to the ground.

The remainder of her career was spent as a counselor at West—much to the relief of the fire department and custodial crew. For the next 30 years Colleen was a tireless advocate for hundreds of students. She was fearless in her fight for students’ rights and never hesitated to speak her mind. She was also very funny, wickedly funny. Colleen provided her kids with unconditional regard and in turn earned their trust and respect. She said she felt honored by the relationships that she shared with her students. During her years at West she created the Children’s Care Fund and co-wrote the grant for the Natural High Day. She served on the Chemical Action Team, the Working Against Violence Team and spent countless hours in programs educating staff and students about harassment and suicide prevention. It is said that Colleen took mischievous pleasure in antagonizing her administrators, especially those she respected. She loved a discussion of ideas different than her own and was known as a lively and intelligent debater.

Colleen was a strong advocate for the arts in schools. She directed the spring Talent Show for many years, providing countless numbers of talented middle-schoolers (and some not-so-talented) an equal chance for their moment in the spotlight. Her choreography efforts and spirited performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller remain legend among the faculty of West Middle School.

Colleen enjoyed travel, most notably a trip to China in 1998. Highlights of the trip included climbing the Great Wall in dangerously sweltering heat; surviving a near-kidnapping in a rickshaw and contracting a before-unheard-of mysterious black-furry tongue disease. Witnesses cannot confirm the accuracy of the above information, given Colleen’s flair for embellishment. But it is true that she considered this trip the experience of a lifetime.

Colleen was a gifted artist and her talent manifested itself in the great sense of style that marked everything she did. She had a fabulous wardrobe and a killer collection of shoes and jewelry that were openly coveted by family and friends. Her very, very small office at school sported a kite collection, a life-sized tree and an innumerable number of over-sized knick-knacks. But her artistic spirit was most at home in the Black Hills where she and Phil built a home outside of Keystone in sight of Mt. Baldy. She enjoyed hiking, camping, skiing, playing the flute, creating art and tending to her Zen Garden. She and Phil shared much live music and many s’mores around the campfire with friends. She said her body and soul felt most nourished there.

Colleen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and with metastatic cancer in 2013. Her sense of humor and sharp wit remained intact during the last difficult months of her illness. She will be greatly missed.

Colleen is survived by her husband and caretaker Phil Hunter, son Miles Thomas Hunter (granddaughter Hailey Jean), daughter Erin Hunter (Michael and granddaughter Mia Colleen), Phil’s sons Philip (Jody) Hunter, Brett (Joey) Hunter, Blake (Kristen) Hunter and their children: Silas, Elliot, Adaline, PJ and Ronan as well as her brother Thomas L. (Susan) Collins and his daughters: Laura Roetzel and Angie Glines, numerous nieces and nephews, cousin and best buddie Craig Kurtz and many friends, co-workers and former students.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, sister and grandparents.

Colleen greatly appreciated the care given to her by her husband and constant companion, Phil, as well as the staff and volunteers of the Hospice House, and an extra thanks to nurse Blake who was with Colleen and Phil at her passing, and her brother Tom who came every day to her great comfort. A celebration of Colleen’s life is planned for Saturday, May 16 at West Middle School cafeteria from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



Julia M. Young

May 2, 1929 - April 29, 2015


Service to be held:

10 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Julia Marie Eveleth was born May 2, 1929, at Sturgis, SD, to Minnie (Steffes) and A.C. (Cobe) Eveleth. She attended Clough School located north of Cobes Corner for one and a half years before moving into Sturgis with her mom and brother. She finished her grade school education and graduated in 1948 from St. Martin’s.
Julia earned a teaching certificate from Black Hills Teachers College and taught two years. While teaching at the Lucerne School north of Stoneville, she met Paul Young and they were married on September 2, 1950, in Rapid City at the Old Cathedral Church. They made their home on the ranch until 1988, when they retired and moved into Sturgis. To this union, five children were born. Paul passed away in July, 2007, and Julia moved to Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Spearfish in August, 2007. She resided there until she moved to Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City in December, 2010. Julia passed away on April 29, 2015, at Fountain Springs.
Julia was a devoted lifelong member of the Catholic Church in Red Owl and Sturgis. She was a member of the Stoneville Steadies Extension Club for 35 years and the Thursday A’s for two years, a member of Cowbelles for 10 years, a 4-H leader, a member of the VFW, the Hospital Auxiliary, the Birthday Club, the Sturgis Senior Citizen’s Center, the Altar Society and St. Francis Circle. Throughout most of her life, she had many Round Robin pen pals. She advanced from using a manual typewriter to an electric typewriter with memory to using the computer to write the letters. She continued to use the computer in her room at the nursing home to write emails and play games on until just a couple years ago. Even though Julia had MS for most of her adult life, she never complained or let it hold her back. Through it all, she raised her family, took care of her home, and enjoyed the many years spent with Paul, her brothers and their wives, and her many dear friends. We were blessed.
Julia is survived by her children, Shirley (Steve) Larson of Rapid City, Dale Young of Stoneville, Carol (Tom) Olesen of Spanaway, WA, and Nina (Luke) Steinmetz of Hot Springs; sister-in-law, Wanna Young of Sturgis; six grandchildren, Jeff Larson, Zac Olesen, Michelle Larson Lund, Colter Steinmetz, Clayton Steinmetz, and Jessica Steinmetz; three great-grandchildren, Sophia, Gianna, and Cooper; and a large beloved extended family and close friends.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; her infant son, William Francis in 1951; her grandson, Travis Olesen in 2000; and her brothers and their wives, Bernard and Helen Eveleth and Francis and Alice Eveleth. Also preceding Julia were her brother-in-law, Robert Young; and her sister-in-law and husband, Violet and Russ Speed.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Vigil services will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the restoration of the St. Martin’s Chapel.



John F. Fillmore

September 30, 1937 - April 28, 2015


Service to be held:

Monday, May 4, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.


John Franklin Fillmore, 77, of Whitewood, SD, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital, after a difficult battle with cancer and heart disease.
There will be a visitation at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Sunday, May 3, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 4, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Whitewood Presbyterian Church. There will be a reception following the funeral at the Whitewood City (Hale) Hall. Inurnment will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
John was born September 30, 1937, at Spearfish, SD, to Millard and Muriel (Schaefer) Fillmore. His first home was in the Tinton area. His family later moved to Spearfish before moving to Casper, WY, for a few years. When he was 5, his family moved to Deadwood. He graduated from Deadwood High School in 1955.
In 1956, he joined the U. S. Air Force. He was stationed in South Carolina. While there, he met his bride-to-be at Myrtle Beach. He was transferred to Japan for 2 years. Upon returning from Japan, he married M. Anne Heaton on January 11, 1959. They moved to Whitewood in 1962, where he lived at his time of death. They had four daughters.
John worked in his father's hardware store before opening a grocery store in Whitewood. He graduated from Black Hills State College in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in education. He taught school for 7 years and worked as a salesman for Sears. In 1980, he opened The Donut Hole bakery in Spearfish. He sold the bakery in 1994 and semi-retired. He had several rental properties in Whitewood.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, M. Anne Fillmore; daughters, Tracy (Marvin) Fillmore-Frey, Cindy (Lyle) Long, and Kim (Jim) O'Connor; sister, Jeanne Chambers; 11 grandchildren, Amanda (Wade) Smith, John (Connie) Long, Lyle (Darcy) Long, Chad (Jami) Anderson, Jake (Kristi) Heidrich, Josh (Jenn) Long, Jason (Valerie) Anderson, Bobbi Jo (Robert) Koyama, Tiffany (Jessie) Skavang, Kelsey (David) Schweiterman, and Garrett Weber; 4 step-grandchildren, Shanna Martin, Stephanie Johnson, Scot Johnson, and Jessica Frey; 26 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; an aunt; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Christy (Bob) Weber; step-grandson, Andrew "AJ" Frey; brother-in-law, Lloyd Chambers; and son-in-law, Tom Johnson.
A memorial has been established to the Whitewood Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Don E. Ericson

June 26, 1942 - April 28, 2015


Service to be held:

2:00 pm Saturday May 2, 2015


Donald Eugene Ericson was born June 26, 1942, to Gene and Annie (Freed) Ericson. He was delivered by a midwife and was small enough to be taken home in a shoe box. Don died Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at home with his family at his side.
Don grew up on the family ranch south of Nisland. He attended rural schools and graduated from Newell High School. Upon graduation, he attended SDSM&T and graduated from BHSU with his teaching degree. Following graduation, Don accepted a teaching position with Meade 46-1 as a "starting point." 43 years later he retired, having taught math, science, electronics, geology, archaeology, and paleontology. Don was one of the original teachers at the Sturgis Academy and spent many additional hours tutoring students either at the dining room table or his favorite spot on the floor in his home. In 2008, Don was honored as teacher of the year.
In 1964, he married his first love and best friend, Gerie Goddard (ask Gerie about the wedding video – she literally fell head over heels for him). Don was an elder in the Church of Christ and attended the Sturgis congregation. One highlight for him was baptizing both of his grandsons.
Don was involved in many activities through the years. He served on the board of directors for the Newell and Fort Meade Museums. He was an active member of the Sturgis Fire Department for many years and also worked for the Sturgis Police Department in the summer for several years. He was an avocational archaeologist doing volunteer research for the BLM and South Dakota Archaeology Research Center. He achieved his goal of being the first to discover and record a prehistoric site, which he named "The Bucket List Site." Don owned his own communication business and also had an amateur radio operator's license.
He is survived by Gerie, his wife of 50 years; son, Jay and his wife, Laura, of Nisland, SD; daughter, DeeAnna Opstedahl and her husband, Jon, of Dickinson, ND; two grandsons, Gabe and Greg Opstedahl; sister, Barbara Kapinos and her husband, Kip, of Bozeman, MT; mother-in-law, Anna Goddard of Sturgis; brothers-in-law, Tom (Betty) Goddard of Sturgis and Monte (Tarrie) Goddard of Sturgis; sister-in-law, Lavina Goddard of Sturgis; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Don is also survived by his church family.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; father-in-law, Forrest Goddard; brother-in-law, Marshall Goddard; his grandparents; and several uncles and aunts.
Visitation will be Friday, May 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Church of Christ with Ron Ledford officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.



Cleo Ann Wood

March 16, 1942 - April 28, 2015


Service to be held:

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.


Cleo Ann Wood, 73, Newell, passed peacefully Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at her residence.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with a vigil beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 1, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with Father Tyler Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
Cleo influenced the lives of many and was known for her loving spirit and wonderful sense of humor. She was born March 16, 1942, in Bison, SD, to Ann and Adolph Aaker. She graduated from Bison High School in 1960. She married Tom Nelson on February 19, 1960, and had two daughters, Julie Ann Nelson in 1960 and Paula Sue Janovy in 1966. After she & Tom divorced, she worked at Black Hills State University in Spearfish at her first job as Secretary to Dr. Charles Schad.
She married Norman Wood on March 8, 1976, in Las Vegas, NV, and moved to Newell after remodeling their old farmhouse in 1977. Their daughter, Jennifer Lynn Wood, was born in 1981. After Norman's passing in 1996, she moved closer to Newell, but still had land on a dirt road, animals, and her beloved garden. Cleo enjoyed spending time gardening, playing cribbage and card games, attending rodeos, and being with her family, friends, and her loved grandchildren and pets.
She will be greatly missed by her family; brother, Arlen Aaker of Bison, SD; daughters, Julie (Paul Gaither) Nelson of Austin, TX, Paula (Dan) Janovy of Spearfish, SD, and Jennifer Wood of Newell SD; four grandchildren, Connor Janovy, Taylor Janovy, Norma Jo Wood, and Tyrell Wood, as well as extended family.
Cleo was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Ann Aaker of Bison, SD; and her husband, Norman Wood.
Condolences may be sent to the family at



Ila P. Wiedemer

January 1, 1927 - April 26, 2015


Service to be held:

11:30 am Thursday, April 30, 2015


Ila Pearl Wiedemer, 88, Deadwood, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Our House Assisted Living in Sturgis.
Ila was born January 1, 1927, in Santa Barbara, CA, to Myrtle and Albert (Wilbur) O’Neil. She spent her early years during the hard depression era shuttled between relatives after her parents divorced. She finished high school at the Girls Polytech in Portland, OR. World War II was on and she met and married a handsome young sailor from South Dakota, Richard Raymond Wiedemer. Four years later, a son was born on July 2, 1949. The family lived in Vancouver, WA, Ilwaco, WA, and Tulelake, CA, before returning to "Dick's" South Dakota roots. They settled the family in Fort Pierre, SD, where Dick ran his own construction company for forty plus years. Ila started her museum career volunteering at the Verendrye Museum in Ft Pierre and then working for the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, SD, for 25 years. Her love of history and books showed in her passion for antiques, artifacts, and South Dakota history. Even in her last days with rapidly declining health, she still enjoyed reading history books.
Ila is survived by her son, Donald (Melinda) Wiedemer, Deadwood; her grandson, Chad (Jenny) Seidel, and their children, Tyler and Shania, Pierre, SD; and an extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard, and their parents.
Visitation will be held Thursday April 30, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a graveside service to be held at 11:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Gordon Phillips officiating.



Mathilda "Tillie" Grueb

August 23, 1922 - April 25, 2015


Service to be held:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.


Mathilda Anna "Tillie" Grueb, 92, Faith, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, at home on the ranch with her loving family by her side.
A vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Tillie was born on a bright sunshiny day on August 23, 1922, at home near Opal, SD, to Mathias and Anna (Backes) Moelter. She was the youngest girl of six children. She attended grade school at Opal through the 8th grade. She worked in the community where she babysat, built dams with her dad, and cooked at cafes. She took great pride in her cooking in which all of her family enjoyed throughout the years as they all gained weight.
One of her favorite memories of a job was working with Doc Bernds in which she was proud to have received a dollar a day for her wages. One of the many things she experienced with the Bernds' was a trip to New York-her first experience ever being out of South Dakota.
Little did Tillie know that in 1944 a blind date with Walter Grueb would lead to marriage in October 6th of 1945 and that they would have 68 wonderful years together. To this union were born five children. Walter and Tillie owned and operated their ranch west of Faith since 1965.
Tillie's joys in life were her five children, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren (with twins on the way). She loved being outdoors, helping with the livestock, assorted animals, and ranch work. She especially loved raising a huge garden in which many family and friends enjoyed the fruits of her labor, especially Walt.
Tillie had a special place in her heart for everyone and everyone had a special place in their heart for her. She was a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all.
Tillie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five siblings, Johnny Moelter, Margaret Moelter, Gertrude Hoffman, Elvera Howell, and William Moelter; one daughter-in-law, Debra Grueb.
Survivors include five children, Linda (Wayne) Lensegrav, Sturgis, Herb (Marcia) Grueb, Black Hawk, Rod (Tawana) Grueb, Onida, Irma (Kevin) Fees, Hot Springs, and Larry (Beth Ann) Grueb, Faith; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith.



Marion Everett Kruse

February 13, 1927 - April 24, 2015


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday April 28, 2015


Marion Everett Kruse, 88, Sturgis, died Friday, April 24, 2015, at the VA Black Hills Health Care System at Fort Meade.
Marion was born February 13, 1927, at Dimock, SD, to Helge & Sarah (Bennett) Kruse. The family moved to Batseland, SD, where he and his siblings grew up on the family farm. He spent two years in the army and was honorably discharged in 1952.
He married Joyce Higgs of Porcupine, SD, on December 21, 1955. At that time, he owned a filling station and bulk plant in Batesland, SD. Marion and Joyce bought a wheat farm near Tuthill, SD, and they lived on the farm for a number of years. Marion joined the Soil Conservation Service in Martin, SD, and moved to Sturgis, SD, in 1963. He continued working for the SCS in Sturgis. He was named The South Dakota Outstanding Conservation Technician of the year in 1969. He retired from SCS after 20 years of service. Marion and Joyce then operated a second hand store in Sturgis, KRUSES, for 27 years.
Marion enjoyed going hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He loved playing cards & going bowling.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Kruse, Sturgis; son, Russell (Ralphine) Kruse, Moline IL; three daughters, Laurie Behrens, Broomfield, CO, Lisa (Scott) Bellew, Rapid City, SD, and Katherine (Byron) Sarchet of Levenworth, KS; fourteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brother, Stanley Kruse, Sturgis; and his sister, Odessa Elwood, Gordon, NE. 

He was preceeded in death by his parents; three brothers; two sisters; and his son, James Kruse.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Nicholas Haasch officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established with the proceeds going to Trinity Lutheran Church of Sturgis.
Condolences may be sent to the family at