Service to be held:
1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Marie Alma (Stensaas) Stuen, 87, Sturgis, passed away on November 26, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She had been surrounded by her loved ones and those that cherished her dearly.
Marie was born April 4, 1928, in Red Elm, SD, to Amy (Ross) and Arne Stensaas. Her family moved to eastern SD when she was four years old. She attended school near Vermillion and Volin, SD. She graduated from Volin High School and attended Dakota State Teacher College in Madison, SD.
Marie married Chester Stuen February 9, 1947. They farmed near Volin, SD, until moving to Sturgis, SD, in 1953. To this precious union three children were born; Ila Jean, Ronald, and Carolyn.
Marie helped with several organizations while the children were growing. She taught kindergarten at Grace Lutheran during "Missile Time." She worked at Sturgis High School until retiring in 1990. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Rachel Circle, L.C.E. Extension Club, DAV Auxiliary, Support Group, and the "Coffee Group."
Marie had many interests but especially enjoyed time with the grandchildren, camping, school events, rodeos, playing cards, and eating at Pizza Ranch with her friends and family. She loved baking goodies and passing out snacks at her card table. She enjoyed making care packages for the grandchildren and friends. She knew how to love people, serve them, and make them feel special. Marie will be missed by so many who loved her and although her passing leaves a void, we will hold dear to our precious memories. We are thankful for a wonderful example of what a true servant was.
Survivors include her daughters, Ila Kenoyer of Rapid City and Carolyn Park of Sioux Falls; daughter-in-law, Pat Stuen of Rapid City; eleven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; and one brother, Harlan Stensaas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Stuen; son, Ron Stuen; brothers, Albert, Gerald, Wesley, and Howard; and sisters, Amy, Elsie, and Helen. Her in-laws held a very special place in her heart. Her mother-in-law, Anna Stuen, was always a very special person to her.
Visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Monday, November 30, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a time of sharing at 6:00.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. Refreshments will be served at the church after burial.
A memorial has been established.
Service to be held:
At A Later Date
Donald Lee Hagen was born February 17, 1963 in Orange County, California to Charles E. and Juanita M. (Wyatt) Hagen. He was raised and educated in Timber Lake, South Dakota.
Donald worked as a handyman and had also worked as a house mover with Black Hills House Moving. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, gaming and spending time with his family.
Donald Lee Hagen, 52, of Box Elder, SD, passed away November 24, 2015 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Those left to mourn his passing include his long-time companion, Debora Fletcher; daughter, Cammie A. Hagen (Mike); sons, Brian (Linda) Fletcher and Andrew (Ami) Fletcher; sisters, Anna Shark and Loretta Richardson; brothers, Michael Hagen and Dennis Hagen; 8 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; Diesel, Max and all his friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack Hagen and Charles E. Hagen II.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Service to be held:
None at her request
Gloria was born to Frederick and Agnes (Whalen) Bunney on July 27th, 1944, in Belle Fourche, SD. Gloria married Dennis Dahlberg and to this union two sons were born, Dennis and Justin.
Gloria spent many years as a nurse in the VA hospitals until her retirement.
Gloria Dahlberg, age 71, passed away Sunday morning, November 22, 2015, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center in Belle Fourche, SD.
Gloria is survived by her sons; Dennis Dahlberg of Black Hawk, SD and Justin (Barbara) Dahlberg of Williamsburg, Virginia; grandchildren Cain and Emily Dahlberg, sister Lynette (Ed) Culver, Newell, SD, brothers Marjoe (Cathy) Bunney, Las Vegas, NV, Michael (Janelle) Bunney Rosemount, MN, Monte (Lina) Bunney, Las Vegas, NV, Marlon (Barbara) Bunney, Rapid City, SD, and step-mother Margery Bunney, Spearfish, SD., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Dahlberg, her parents, twin brother Ronald Bunney, and infant brother Frederick Bunney.
Inurnment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery. As per Gloria's wishes, there will be no memorial services.
Service to be held:
1:00 pm Friday November 27, 2015
Violet Idell Brown was born November 9, 1921, at Haydraw, SD, to Lena and Ludwig Solberg. Vi was one of seven siblings; two older brothers, Roy and John Solberg, and four younger sisters, Delores (Quinn), Fern (March/King), and twins, Jeanette (Darrow) and Jean (Swenson). They grew up on their Haydraw homestead with ranching and dairy farming chores. Vi loved riding her horse "Jeff" to the country school. She finished high school in Rapid City, excelling with bookkeeping courses.
After high school, she worked for Haley's Grocery Store, bookkeeping, where she met Ivan Ellis Brown. They were married June 24, 1943. Ivan served during WWII through the beginning of the Vietnam War in the US Air Force as a pilot, retiring as a Lt. Col. Vi lived as a military wife in Wyoming, California, South Dakota, Philippines, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, and back to South Dakota.
During their 20 years in the Air Force, they had three children, Robert "Bob," Barbara, and Carol. Barbara passed away from leukemia at 22 months of age. Ivan retired in 1965. Vi and Ivan made their home in Sturgis, SD. Ivan passed away at 57 years of age. Vi stayed in Sturgis and worked as a bookkeeper for Leo Wakefield Construction and later for Dr. John Ismay, DVM. She retired in her seventies.
She enjoyed bowling, volunteering with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, playing card games, and having dinners with family and friends. She loved visits from her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She enjoyed traveling with her friends, Irene Long, Ann Ehlers, Phyllis Oyler, and Bessie Trohkimoinen. She was always there for her children, grand, and great-grandchildren. She spent her final years in the old town site of Crook City located near Whitewood, SD, with her daughter and son.
Vi passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the age of 94. She will be missed and loved by her family and friends.
Survivors include her sisters, Fern King, Dodgeville, WI, Jeanette Darrow, Hillsborough, NC, and Jean Swenson, Barneveld, WI; children, Bob Brown, Whitewood, SD, Caron (John) Trumpe, Whitewood, SD; grandchildren, Bill Trumpe, Sturgis, and Nicole (Jason) McFarland, Newcastle, WY; two great-grandchildren, Jory and Hunter McFarland, Newcastle; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A special Thank You to her many caregivers: Dr. Jason Knutson and staff, Spearfish Regional Hospital and staff, Safeway Pharmacy Staff, Whitewood Volunteer Ambulance Service, Comfort Keepers and staff, Northern Hills Hospice and staff, Kinkade Funeral Chapel and staff, Pastor David Baer, Danny Chapman, Black Hills National Cemetery, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, her many family and friends that have sent out prayers, and Our Holy Father, Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit that have given Vi Eternal care and love.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 25, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 27, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Whitewood Volunteer Fire Department and to Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Service to be held:
Monday, November 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Rev. Norman Blue Coat, 80, of On The Tree, SD, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on November 21, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29th, with prayer services at 7:00 p.m., MST, at the Eagle Butte UCC Church.
Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m., MST, Monday, November 30, 2015, at the church. Burial, with full military honors, will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Norman Paul Blue Coat was born January 14, 1935, at Cheyenne Agency, SD, to Thomas and Mary (Mann) Blue Coat. His biological mother died when he was seven years old. He shared his early life with 3 brothers, Homer, Joe Milo, and Severt. He was raised and educated in the Eagle Butte area, attending school at Old Agency and Brainerd Indian School near Hot Springs.
Norman served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1954 to 1957, serving first in Guam and then Korea before returning home. He was very proud of his service to his country.
He married Regina Gray Eagle from Bullhead, SD, on December 7, 1962. Norman worked in fencing and construction for most of his early years. He worked as a custodian for the B.I.A. School in Eagle Butte for a number of years, later working for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe for the cattle program and also taking care of the buffalo.
Norman’s happiest days were spent ministering to the people on many of the South Dakota Native American Reservations, but primarily the Cheyenne River and the Standing Rock Nations. He started out as an Episcopal Lay reader in 1963, and after taking exams and much study, became an ordained deacon in 1989. During this time, he adopted a son, Louis, named after his grandpa, and a daughter, Mary, named after his biological mother. The family lived in Isabel for a few years before getting a scattered site 12 miles north of Isabel where they remained for many years. He was a rodeo stock provider as well as an active Deacon in the Episcopal Church and a great supporter of Youth Ministries and inter-church relations, bringing youth onto the reservation from other states and taking youth and young adults to Thunderhead Episcopal Church Camp and Klein Ranch, south of McIntosh, SD. Norman transferred to the UCC Church in 1991, after having some conflicts with the priest in charge of the area. From there, people called on Pastor Blue Coat and he answered, doing hundreds of funeral, wakes, weddings, comfort services, baptism’s, and confirmations throughout his many years of tirelessly working for the church, sharing his faith and his love of Christ, and by living example. Norman was always willing to lend a hand wherever needed, often giving above and beyond what he truly had to give. He will be deeply missed and forever loved. There will be a deep hole in our hearts and a big empty spot that no shoes can fill.
Norman loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and they in turn loved him back. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Regina Blue Coat; son, Louis; daughters, Mary Rose and Crystal Gayle; Mary’s children, Austin, Jordyn, Jazmyn, and Jaclyn; brother, Joe Blue Coat; 4 great-grandchildren; and other extended family and a host of friends.
Norman was preceded in death by numerous brothers and sisters and a great grandson, Jastin “Ian” Blue Coat.
Service to be held:
Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Roger L. "Pard" McMath, 71, Ft. Meade, died Monday, November 23, 2015, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade.
Roger was born April 18, 1944, in Winner, SD, to Ernest and Edna McMath. He served in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Roger married Verbena in 1968 in Pierre, SD. Together they had two children, Shawn and Sonja.
He worked as a truck driver, hauling cattle and driving for Ellsworth Air Force Base and also for the City of Mission, SD. Roger enjoyed saddle bronc riding, golfing, family get-togethers, and spending time with his friends.
Survivors include his son, Shawn (Lisa) McMath; grandchildren, Jackson, Raven, Malik, and Asia McMath; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Bette Ann Marshall and Karen Hauff; nieces and nephews, Dianna Marshall, Dave Marshall, Dawn Marshall, Denita Marshall, Dana Marshall, and Danyelle Means; and his former wife, Verbena McMath.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Sonja McMath; nephew, Sundown Means; and former wife, Nyna McMath.
Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. until service time Friday, November 27, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.
Graveside services, with full military honors, will be held at11:00 a.m. Friday, November 27, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Service to be held:
Monday, November 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Thelma was born March 25, 1923, at Faith, SD, to Chester and Kate (Spilman) Johnson. She shared her childhood with three brothers and three sisters. Thelma attended grade school at Mud Butte Rural School, graduating from Faith High School in 1940. She went on to Spearfish Teaching College for one year, and in 1941 changed her last name to Frame, when she and Jim were united in marriage. They first lived eighteen miles south of Dupree on the old Frame place along Rattlesnake Creek before moving into town in 1945. Thelma taught at various country schools and at Dupree Grade School before beginning her federal postal career in 1950. She worked in the Dupree Post Office for 31 years, retiring as postmaster in 1981.
Thelma had an enduring drive to serve her community and to learn about the world around her. She had a profound love of books and was particularly interested in preserving Ziebach County history. Thelma was active in a number of civic and community groups, including the Dupree Community Club, the Ziebach County Historical Society, and the Dupree School Alumni group. Plays, hometown talent shows, and the Pioneer Days celebration were a few of the Dupree Community’s fun events that she was involved in. One of her most satisfying endeavors was helping to compile what has come to be known as the “Blue History Book,” a history of Ziebach County that was published in 1982. She also researched and compiled several books of Dupree-area historical newspaper articles and family history books.
Jim and Thelma retired and moved to Rapid City in 1994. After 64 years of marriage, Jim died in 2005. Thelma later moved to Summerset Assisted Living in 2011, and to the Good Samaritan Center in 2015.
Thelma Vivian Frame, 92, of Rapid City, and former long-time Dupree resident, died November 18, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center, New Underwood.
Thelma was the proud and busy mother of three boys, Gerald Frame, Gary Frame, and Jimmy Frame, all whom survive her. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Phillip Frame, Tracey Zephier, Shelby Frame, Amy Frame, Marina Camp, and Trygve Frame; four great grandchildren: Cody Frame, Coy Fischer, Cameron Zephier, and Kieran Duffy; and two great-great grandchildren: Cruz Frame and Brinkley Frame. She is also survived by her sister, Beverly (Dan) Lindblom; brother-in-law, Maurice (Jane) Frame; sister-in-law, Vivian Frame, and many nieces and nephews.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Kate Johnson; her husband, Jim Frame; brothers Russell, Daniel, and Kenneth; and sisters, Gertrude Trask and Ethel Lammers.
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, and conclude with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m., at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Dupree Pioneer Hall, Dupree, SD. Burial will follow at the Dupree Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Dupree Pioneer Hall.
Service to be held:
Rosary service 6:00 pm Thursday november 19, Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 am Friday November 20, 2015
Marjorie loved life, accepting and embracing all that was sent her way, even when it hurt. She was a very religious woman and worked hard to live the lessons she learned from her Bible and church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was unpretentious and fun. She took special joy in getting to know everyone she encountered; each person had a unique story and value, which Marjorie very much appreciated. She listened, a rare talent these days. Perhaps that goes to the heart of why she was so loved by all who came to know her, family, friends, and those she dealt with in almost any capacity.
Marjorie was born to William and Forbes Thomson on March 24, 1921 in Newcastle, WY, along with her beloved twin sister, Marian. The twins joined their two-year-old brother Keith, who grew up to become a three-term U.S. House representative from Wyoming and Senator elect. The family would add another brother, Billy, seven years after the twins. Marjorie lived briefly in Beulah, WY, where her father was a flour miller. The family then moved to Spearfish, where Marjorie’s father operated a gas station, and it was in Spearfish where Marjorie spent the next sixteen years. Marjorie graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in 1938, followed by a year at (then) Black Hills Teacher’s College. She married Vernon Hafner in Lead, SD, in 1939. Together they would have nine children, spending most of their married life in Newell, where Vern had been born and raised, and worked as a wool broker, following World War II. Vern died in 1974. Marjorie continued to live in the family home, which they had built in 1948, until just three months before her death.
Marjorie spent much of her life raising her children, and helping with her grandchildren. She absolutely loved children. Even in her later years, she kept up with the details in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she was “grand central station” in terms of keeping all family members advised about the most recent goings-on in each other’s lives.
Marjorie was a great cook, especially good at bread, rolls, donuts, and sweets in general. Growing up during the depression, she spent a lot of her summers on Beaver Creek at the Thomson family ranch near Newcastle, where she grew to love fresh eggs, butter, cream and other yummy foods. Marjorie hated to see anything go to waste and would often eat the leftovers on the children’s plates rather than throw them away. She spoke fondly of the neighborly sharing and comradery during those depression days, “when everyone was poor.”
Marjorie worked hard keeping house and doing all the tasks that a busy family brings, as well as focusing on religious activities. She also cared for her ill mother for several years. She and Vern put special value on education, and all of their children went to college or obtained higher degrees. In her spare time, Marjorie was involved in altar ociety, her “coffee club” (about 60 years), and loved to play bridge and other card games. She also enjoyed visiting with everyone, and kept in touch with all her family. The annual family reunion held each year at Camp Bob Marshall in the Black Hills always resulted in a big turnout (often up to 80 strong) from across the country (and sometimes even farther). Marjorie was the hub of this family wheel, and taught us all what family means.
Marjorie JoAnna (Thomson) Hafner of Newell, S.D., left this world at the age of 94, on the afternoon of November 18, 2015, while playing cards (a hobby she much enjoyed) with a friend. Up until the moments before her death, she was upbeat, sharp and engaged, aware of everything around her, whether at a personal level (with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren) or even on a worldwide scale (she was knowledgeable about almost any current event).
Survivors include her children: JoAnn (Ken) Michniewicz of South Elgin, Ill.; Daniel (Becki) Hafner of Rapid City, S.D.; Gail (Stephen) Goheen of Corvallis, Mont.; Beverly (Ken) Eide of Nisland, S.D.; Edwin (Alanson) Hafner of Littleton, Colo.; and Valerie (Stephen) Thomas of Tetonia, Idaho. Marjorie also leaves behind over more than 30 grandchildren and step grandchildren, and over 30 great grandchildren, who are too numerous to name.
Marjorie was preceded in death by so many she loved, including: her parents; her husband Vern; her brother and sister-in-law Keith and Thyra Thomson; her brother, Bill Thomson; her twin sister Marian Conway; her son Edward (at birth); in 2012, her daughter, Rosemary (Tom) Dalsaso; earlier this year, her son Vincent Hafner; her daughter-in-law Mary in 2006; and, in 2008 her grandson, Matthew Phifer.
Marjorie was so grateful for the compassion and care she received over the final few months of her life at Fountain Springs Community Health Care in Rapid City, as well as her doctors Samuel Durr and Kevin Weiland.
Thank you Marjorie for sharing so graciously your life well lived! We love you and know you have moved on to an even better place.
A rosary service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015 at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, with viewing one hour prior.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015 at St. Mary's Statr of the Sea with Msgr. Michael Woster officiating, Burial will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Newell, SD.
Service to be held:
10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 19, 2015
Veronica Schaff was born to Pauline Schaff on July 28, 1926, in Odense, North Dakota. When Veronica was 2 ½ years old, her mother married Anton Vetter, and they joined him and his four children on a farm in Selfridge, North Dakota. In 1936, the family moved to Bristol, Nebraska, and later to the Vale area where they worked sugar beets. The family also lived at Nisland and Belle Fourche. When Veronica turned 18, she moved to Belle Fourche to work.
Veronica married John William Youngberg on June 27, 1948, at the Congregational Church in Belle Fourche. They were engaged in farming at Vale until 1951, when they purchased the homestead of John’s grandparents (Jackson’s) on Horse Creek near Newell. They farmed and raised six children there.
Veronica was involved with the following community groups: Neighborhood Club, Riverside Extension Club, Vale Community Club, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Butte County Historical Society, and the Newell Christian Fellowship Church. She also was a volunteer at the Fort Meade Veterans’ Hospital.
Veronica "Ronnie" Youngberg, 89, of Spearfish, and formerly of Newell, died Monday, November 16, 2015, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish.
Surviving are her children: Allen of Newell, Carol and Ron Shipley of Great Falls, MT, Wanda Schmaltz of Black Hawk, Melvin and Terrie of Vale, Sandy and Dick Tschetter of Spearfish, and Louise Hohn (Dean Vilhauer) of Lead. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Sisters; Margaret Teeters, of Bakersfield, CA., Teresa Smith of Belle Fourche. Sister-in-law, Darlene Vetter of Hermosa, and brothers-in-law, Guy Youngberg and Richard (Lucy) Youngberg also survive.
Preceding her in death was her husband, John in 1998; her mother and step father; brothers, Jake, Joe, John, and Philip; and sisters; Kathryn Bertch and Anna Sinner.
Ronnie especially enjoyed visiting with people and frequently visited and called her friends. She was a firm believer and lived by the belief to love one another for what and who they are.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Newell Christian Fellowship Church.
Service to be held:
Celebration of Life June, 2016
Sammi was born November 28, 1941, in Belle Fourche, SD, to Truman and Margaret (Hardy) Plattner. She was raised in Belle Fourche and graduated from Belle Fourche High School.
Sammi married the love of her life, Doug Davis, on October 29, 1960. They lived in Belle Fourche and were blessed with two daughters, Robyn and Rozelle.
After Doug was tragically taken from her, she started working as a bartender and tended bar for 25 years. Sammi worked other jobs, but bartending was her favorite because she got to meet so many people.
Sammi enjoyed flower gardening, ceramics, reading mysteries, and watching her favorite TV show, NCIS. She was an avid football fan and a die-hard Raiders fan, but watched all the games. She also loved the Clydesdale horses.
Sammi was a fiery redhead that everyone thought was a "pistol." But, everyone that knew her thought she was a "double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun."
Serola S. "Sammi" Davis, 73, Gillette, WY, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Hospice of Campbell County in Gillette.
She is survived by her two daughters, Robin Davis, Gillette, WY, and Rozelle Davis, Phoenix, AZ; four grandchildren she called her little people, Tara (Karl) Lefever, Tyler Norskog, Robby (Nicole) Green, and Reesa Green; four great-grandchildren she called the wee ones; and her main man and special cat, Raider.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug; and a grandson, Randy Green.
A celebration of Sammi's life will be held at Sand Creek in Beulah, WY, in June 2016.
A memorial has been established to the Animal Shelter in Gillette.
Service to be held:
Monday, November 16, at 10:00 am at St. Martin's Chapel
Patricia A. Bachand was born in Lead, SD, at St. Joseph’s Hospital on November 10, 1930, to Ed and Anne (Charnesky) Bachand. She spent her early childhood on the original homestead at Spring Creek in Bear Butte Valley. Following the death of her father, the family moved to Sturgis where she spent the rest of her days.
Patsy attended St. Martin's Academy and graduated in 1948. She continued her education at National College of Business before heading off to work at Ft. Meade Hospital. She worked as a secretary for the administration office as well as the social service department until her early retirement in 1971.
Sturgis was home for Patsy, however, she traveled the world over in the company of her siblings, Marilyn and Bruce. They all had a love for travel and the adventures it would offer them, touring 18 countries in Europe, the Holy Lands, New Zealand, Australia, and most of the 50 states. She was always happy to return home to her beloved mother whom she took great care. Not only was Patsy loyal to her mother and family, but also to our Lord, and the Catholic Church. Patsy never married and devoted herself to her holy devotion.
Patsy enjoyed playing cards after Sunday meals with her family, fishing, camping, and hiking. She also was an exceptional cook and pianist not to mention, a "step-in-mother" for her sister's children. Patsy had many attributes and touched many lives.
Patsy passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at the age of 85 at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Survivors include brother, Bruce Bachand of Connecticut; nieces, Dea (Bachand) Meyer and husband, Tim, of Santa Paula, CA; Stephanie (Bachand) Condon and husband, Gene, of Millersville, MD; Tammi (Bachand) Dunlap and husband, Dave, of Old Saybrook, CT; Nanci (Bachand) Williams and husband, Joe, of Madison, TN; and Becky (Nona) Townsend and husband, Rob, of Snohomish, WA; nephews, Doug Bachand and wife, Renae, of Fredericksburg, VA; Mike Nona of Spearfish,and many great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Anne Bachand; and her sister, Marilyn (Bachand) Nona.
Visitation will begin Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with a rosary beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, November 16, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Martin's Chapel with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to St. Martin's Chapel.
Service to be held:
Saturday, November 14, at 10:00 a.m.
Paula Marie Henry, 42, went home to heaven unexpectedly Monday evening, November 9, 2015, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Fairpoint Cemetery, Fairpoint, SD. A time of fellowship and lunch will follow the burial at the Union Center Baptist Church basement.
Paula was born May 24, 1973, in Deadwood, SD, to Don and Aneita (Remington) Henry. She spent her first 8 years in Sturgis before moving with the family to Vale. After 4 years there, the family moved to Kingman, AZ.
Paula loved to play volleyball at Manzanita Christian School. In her junior and senior years, she taught kindergarten in the mornings for her mom who ran the Christian school. Paula completed her studies and graduated in 1990, one year early, and also as valedictorian of her class.
Paula worked various jobs at truck stops in and around Kingman. In March of 1992, her son, Timothy Curtis, was born, 8 weeks premature. The next month was spent traveling back and forth to Phoenix until she brought him home at 4 lbs., 5 oz. at 1 month old.
In 1994, the family all migrated back to SD. Paula worked several years as a lunch lady in the Belle Fourche school system. She loved this job because of her passion for children, especially at the elementary school. She also housed delinquent teens when Timmy was in school never shutting the door or fridge to them whether she could afford it or not. Her biggest passion was reading. She always had at least one or two books with her that she was reading. Paula was currently working at Judy’s Place, an assisted living facility, in Belle Fourche. She loved working with the residents there.
Paula is survived by her son, Timothy Wheeler, Belle Fourche; her parents, Don and Aneita Henry, Stoneville, SD; her sister, Donna (Bob) Milburn, and their daughters, Amethyst, Emerald & Merijayne, all of Enning, SD; her grandfather, Cecil Remington, Union Center; grandparents, Calvin and Lanora Henry, Mesquite, NV; along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins too numerous to list.
Paula was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Helen Henry and LaVonne Remington.
A memorial has been established to Rainbow Bible Ranch.
Service to be held:
Friday, November 6, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.
LaVonne Ardelle (Casper) Holland, 91, died peacefully at home Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. She was born Feb, 27, 1924, on a farm near Lake Preston to Arthur and Agnes (Petersen) Casper.
She attended and graduated from Oldham High School in 1941.
LaVonne later moved to Sioux Falls where she worked in an office job at Lakeside Dairy for $64 a month. It was there that she met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Holland, on a blind date. They were married on June 2, 1946, and moved to Sturgis in October 1946. She had lived in Sturgis since.
LaVonne began working at Montana Dakota Utilities in Sturgis in 1947 and worked there until just before the birth of the couple's daughter, Catherine, in 1950. They welcomed a son, James, in 1956. She remained home serving as wife and mother until 1968, when she returned to work at MDU.
She and Bob decided to build a new home at 1639 Fulton and moved there in 1966. "I have thoroughly enjoyed this house, and I think everybody else has too. It isn't a fancy house, but it is a comfortable house," she said in an interview.
LaVonne loved to cook and bake. Her family waited all year to enjoy her lefse during the holidays. Making lefse was truly a labor of love because it was a days-long delicate process. Several years ago, she spent a day sharing her lefse making skills with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed embroidery and crocheting, sharing afghans with family and friends.
LaVonne cherished her children and grandchildren. “If I were to offer all of life's wisdom to my grandchildren, I would say, 'be yourself,'" she said. "Don't try to be somebody you're not. And don't get so tied up in activities that you become a robot to the world. Take time to enjoy the beauty that you see around you. Enjoy life whenever you can."
LaVonne lived that philosophy to the end. She, her daughter, Cathy, and son-in-law, Mike, had gone on a picnic in the Black Hills on Sunday.
She was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church of Sturgis and active in the Martha Circle.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Mike Hafner of Sturgis; her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Deb Holland of Sturgis; grandchildren, Chris and Leigh Hafner, Sophia and Jackson, Seattle, WA, Amy Hafner, Atlanta, GA, Aaron and Elizabeth Holland, Aurora, CO, and Matthew Holland, Brookings; a brother, Warren and Carolyn Casper, Lake Preston; a sister-in-law, Ruth Casper, Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; a brother, Wallace; a sister, Lila; and four sons in infancy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Grace Lutheran Church, with Rev. Henrique Fleming and Randy Bradley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the "LaVonne Holland Memorial Fund" and will be distrbuted to the following, Grace Lutheran Martha's Circle, Sturgis Public Library children's section and Sturgis Bereavement Support Group.
Service to be held:
Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.
Maxine Mae Wright, age 90, Deadwood, SD, passed away Thursday morning, October 29, 2015, at home with family.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at the VFW in Deadwood. Inurnment will be Monday, November 9, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Maxine was born November 1, 1924, in Estelline, SD, the daughter of Ora (Gray) and Norman Burgess. She attended the Little Red School House and graduated from Spearfish High School in the class of '43. Maxine then attended Spearfish Normal.
Maxine married her first husband of 13 years, Edwin Goeringer, in 1944 and had two sons. She then met her love of 33 years, Everett Wright, and his daughter. They were married in 1958 and added a son to the family. Throughout her lifetime, she lived in South Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and wintered in Arizona for some 30 years.
Maxine loved spending time with people and had many friends dating back over 75 plus years. She loved to have people visit and stay with her. Her hobbies included traveling, snowmobiling, knitting, reading books, baking cookies, and talking. Maxine was a life-member of the VFW Auxiliary, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Black Hills Pioneers, to name a few.
She is survived by sons, Norman "Rick" (Joanann) Goeringer of Deadwood, SD, and Randy (Celeste) Wright of Loveland, CO; step-daughter, Sharon (Dave) Zadra of Byers, CO; grandsons, Keith (Kate) Goeringer of TN, Jeremy Goeringer and Brandon (Melissa) Goeringer of SC, Chris (Suzanne) Zadra, Craig Zadra, Justin Wright, and Nathan Wright of CO, and Clayton Wright of OR; one granddaughter, Lacey Goeringer of SD; five great-grandsons; and four great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Wright; son, Ronald Goeringer; and her parents.
Maxine will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Service to be held:
4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2015
William "Bill" Ray Iverson, 72, Black Hawk, died Sunday, November 1, 2015, peacefully with his family by his side after a long battle with complications with ALS.
Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Private family inurnment services will be at a later date at Mt. View Cemetery in Rapid City.
Bill was born August 2, 1943, at home in Lead, SD, to Morgan and Louise (Schell) Iverson. He graduated from Lead High School in 1961.
On February 10, 1966, he married Betty Anderson. To this union, three children were born.
On May 8, 1999, Bill married his soul mate, Dianne Reasor, and became the most loving father to five more children. A feline was born from this marriage, "Kitty."
Dianne loved and cared for Bill faithfully until the day he lost his battle with ALS.
During his life of fun and frolic, Bill enjoyed camping, golf, weekends up in Deadwood, bowling, and spending time with his best friend, "wife" and family.
Bill was employed as a produce manager from 1970 until he was diagnosed in 2013. He was a dedicated hard working man, who became a well-known family face at Lynn’s Dakotamart in Sturgis. He loved to play with those melons.
Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Dianne; eight children, Deb (Sam) Carr, Bryan (Lori) Iverson, Marci Flemming, Brad (Roni) Deschamp, Kari (Jason) Clites, Dawn (Mark) Prindle, Kalli (Chad) Reasor, and Tawni (Sean) Woods; 22 grandchildren, Emily, Brady, Daniel, Aloni, Meghan, Katie, Austin, Kaylee, Karissa, Jamie, Devon, Demi, Don, Giovanni, Tanner, Hunter, Taylor, Renea, Erin, Alayna, Macey, and Dalton; eight great-grandchildren, Zoey, Aaliyah, Auden, Riley, Mason, Bella, Elijah, and Emma; sister, Lois Iverson, Rapid City; brother, Eugene Iverson, Springtown, TX; his mother and father-in-law, William and Catherine Richards, Rapid City; sister-in-law, Sherry Beck, Rapid City; and brothers-in-law, Ronald (Dorothy) Richards, Hot Springs, SD, and Steven (Jinx) Richards, Rapid City.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bill will always be remembered for his fun loving personality. He was always smiling even until the end of his battle. His eyes could light up the room and he will be forever missed and forever in our hearts. Until we meet again.
Service to be held:
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Linda Sue Hawley, 66, of Belle Fourche, SD, passed away November 1, 2015, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.
Linda was born February 7, 1949, in Marysville, KS, to Francis and Rhevay (Harris) Stirrat. While still a baby, the family moved to Alliance, NE, then to Bridgeport, NE, and to Deadwood, SD, when Linda was 10. For a time, the family lived in Hot Springs before moving to Sturgis where Linda graduated from Sturgis High School in 1967.
Linda married Jerry Hawley on December 29, 1967, at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis. While Jerry was serving the U.S. Army, they lived for a time in Ft. Meade, MD, and after his discharge in 1969, moved back to Sturgis.
Linda worked for F. L. Thorpe making Black Hills Gold Jewelry, at OEM Worldwide in the warehouse, and later at Pamida in Belle Fourche as a cashier.
Linda enjoyed cross stitch, crocheting and knitting, and had a big heart for animals, especially dogs. Above all, Linda loved her family. In her later years, after her health declined, she especially enjoyed keeping in touch with all her loved ones by facebook.
She will deeply missed and forever loved by her husband of almost 48 years, Jerry of Belle Fourche; sons, James and Mathew, both of Belle Fourche; brother, Ronald (Jo Ann) Stirrat, Renner, SD; sisters, Janice Nequette and Jeanie (Jerry) Wood, all of Sturgis; a grandson, Richard Moore of Vancouver, WA; brothers-in-law, Richard (Donna) Hawley and Roger (Connie) Hawley; and sister-in-law, Donna Sigman.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Michelle; and granddaughter, Jessica.
A memorial has been established.
Service to be held:
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Joseph A. Nonnast, Sr., 79, Sturgis, died Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at the South Dakota Human Services Center in Yankton.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Joe was born April 11, 1936, at Sturgis, SD, to August Edward and Jennie Louise (McKenzie) Nonnast. Joe graduated from Sturgis High School.
Joe married Grace Brockel in 1957. They had two daughters. In 1967, he married Lois Miller and they had two sons. Following her death in 1972, he married Marcella Sorenson in 1974.
Joe worked for the South Dakota Department of Transportation for 37 years as a sign foreman, retiring in 1991.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis and served as an Elder. He was also a member of the South Dakota Archeological Society.
Survivors include his wife, Marcella; sons, Joe Nonnast, Jr., and Jim (Ann) Nonnast; stepson, Guy (Karen) Miller; daughters, Melody (Greg) McNulty and Betty Jo (Richard) Cook; stepdaughters, Vicki (Mike) Bradley and Valoree (Steve) Blake; brother, Eugene (Sonja) Nonnast; sisters, Betty Swanson, Shirley (Charles) Wennberg, and Rita Schwartz; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one brother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the South Dakota Human Services Center or the South Dakota Archeological Society.
Service to be held:
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Anna Lou Lanphear, 87, Casper, WY, and formerly of Sturgis, died Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date.
Anna Lou was born September 27, 1928, in Texas County, OK, the daughter of Harry (Pete) Miller and Carthel Kuykendall. She married Jack Barclay and they had three children, living mostly in the Sturgis area and a short time in Wyoming. After they divorced, she moved back to Sturgis, SD, and later married Cletus Lanphear. She then earned her GED, worked at Bob's Restaurant for many years and also worked at the Sturgis library. She was always reading books and magazines and loved to go to garage sales to find lost treasures. She loved spending time visiting with her family and friends, and enjoyed the Sturgis Rally as lots of friends stopped by to visit her, year after year.
Survivors include her children, James (Nancy) Barclay, Casper, WY, Jeannie (Keith) Blessing, San Antonio, TX, and Fred (Kim Jones) Barclay, Casper, WY; sisters, Maxine Johnson, Clinton, OK, and Doris Oblander, Billings, MT; brother, Gale (Jacque) Kuykendall, Cohassett, MN; 6 grandchildren;, and 7 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus Lanphear; her parents, Harry Miller and Carthel Kuykendall; her step-father, Hollis Kuykendall; two sisters, Faye Leveque and Joanne Foertsch; two brothers, Hollis Jr. and Jack Kuykendall; and 2 great-grandchildren, Connor and Chloe Beier.
Service to be held:
Sunday, November 8, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Melissa Dawn Bettencourt, 42, of Rapid City, passed away in her home on October 26, 2015. Melissa was born February 13, 1973 at Ft. Campbell, KY to Michael and Paula (Arnold) Skinner. She has a husband, Jude, son, Ian, and sister, Stephanie who survive. Both parents also survive. Melissa spent most of her childhood in Newcastle, WY, and attended the nursing program at Casper College. She loved working in the labor and delivery Dept. at Rapid City Regional Hospital, working there since 2001. The love and passion for her work was apparent to all who knew her. Melissa enjoyed cooking and loved to spend time on the water. Warm smiles and kind gestures were always extended, and her love for life was unparalleled. In the end, it was Cancer that took her life early. After a long and courageous battle, Melissa went peacefully, surrounded by great friends and family. She will be forever remembered and deeply missed.
A celebration of Melissa's life will be held Sunday, November 8, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at the Ramkota.
Service to be held:
Private family services were held
Charles Richard Larimore, 81, of Whitewood, SD, died October 20, 2015 at his home. Private family memorial services have been held. Survivors include his wife, Melba J.; son, Mark (Debbie) Larimore, Whitewood, SD; daughters, Stacey (Brian) Vance, Ft. Wayne, IN, Lisa (Aaron) Rance, Las Vegas, NV, and Linda (Jim) Burk, Rapid City, SD; sisters, Joann Kinsey of Ohio and Helen Dowling of Massachusetts; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 siblings. Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD.