Service to be held:
Monday, March 2, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.
Flo, Florie June Ehrlick was born March 15, 1965, in Greeley, CO, to R. Joyce and Robert H. Ehrlick. She grew up in Greeley for ten years of her life; six years in Akron, CO, and briefly for 2 ½ years, Flo lived in various other areas of Colorado; then moved to Phoenix, AZ, for one year and Fort Collins, CO, for ten years and Milliken, CO, for three years, before finally settling down in Sturgis, SD, for thirteen years. Flo received her GED in 1984 and from there she pursued careers in various fields. Flo considered herself to be a production worker, where she experienced many job opportunities that influenced her throughout her life. These experiences helped her to develop and grew into the woman her family knows her to be today.
Flo was a wonderful daughter and mother of three great children, Stephen T. Curtiss (Ty), Drew T. Ehrlick (Samantha), and Reece L. Ehrlick; and one beautiful granddaughter, Samya L. Ehrlick.
Flo’s most favorite thing was playing the guitar and flute which brought peace and solitude to her spiritually to calm both body and soul; being with her sons and granddaughter, Samya. Flo also loved to grow flowers, play with her dogs, and spend time with family and friends.
Flo Ehrlick, 49, Sturgis, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in her home in Sturgis, SD, from a nine year battle with ovarian cancer.
Grateful for sharing Flo’s life are her mother, R. Joyce; sons, Ty, Drew, and Reece; granddaughter, Samya; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father and other various family members.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of: Reece L. Ehrlick, c/o Douglas L. Green, 1331 3rd Street, Sturgis, SD 57785.
Graveside services will be held Monday, March 2, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Bear Butte Cemetery with Pastor Bill Meirose officiating. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.
The family invites you to join them for fellowship and lunch at Believers Fellowship Hall following the committal service. We thank you for your presence and condolences.
Service to be held:
Monday, March 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Jeanne was born Jeanne Marilyn Mc Clure on September 23, 1924, in Aurora, IL, to Dr. Chauncy McClure and Doris Lillian Benson McClure. They later moved to Valley Springs, SD, where she graduated from high school. She went on to college, and later met and married Cecil A. Reed on May 19, 1946.
Jeanne and Cecil had five children, four sons: Richard, Timothy, Jeffrey, and Mark Reed and one daughter, Deborah (Reed) Borton. During their marriage, they lived in various states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Nebraska, to name a few. They always had a love for South Dakota and moved to Rapid City in the late 1960’s and she resided there until present.
She spent many years as a caring parent and working along with her husband in various businesses. For a time, they owned hospitality businesses, and she was involved as a partner in these endeavors.
Later in her life, Jeanne went back to school for Nursing and became an LPN. She spent many years caring for others. She shared her great capacity for love and caring at various facilities: Rapid City Hospital, Westhills Village, Hot Springs VA, Ft. Meade VA, and Victorian Assisted Living Home until she retired.
She has shared her love with her children, grandchildren, and several adopted grandchildren, as well as numerous great- grandchildren. All were blessed to share in the love and attention that comes from a loving parent and grandparent. She had a great capacity for caring and shared this with all who knew her.
Jeanne has touched many lives in her long lifetime and will be greatly missed.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil, and one son, Timothy.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday March 1, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Elder Leonard Geidel officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.
A memorial has been established.
Service to be held:
10:00 am Friday February 27,2015
Vincent Anthony Hafner, age 53, of Spearfish, SD, died February 21, 2015, in Rochester, Minnesota, as a result of cancer.
Vincent Hafner was born April 25, 1961, in Rapid City SD, the youngest of nine children born to Vernon and Marjorie (Thomson) Hafner. He grew up in Newell SD and graduated from Newell High School in 1979. While in school, Vince was active in many activities, but especially excelled in football and track. He was Homecoming King and was given the Newell HS Outstanding Senior Athlete award.
Over the course of his life, Vince worked in many diverse settings. For several years he worked for Wharf Mines before returning to school and graduating with a degree in special education from Black Hills State University. Vince was committed to helping children with special needs and was employed in several educational environments. These included Black Hills Children’s Home in Custer, Black Hills Special Services in Belle Fourche, and the Takini and Rapid City school districts. Vince then became a stay-at-home father for several years until his youngest two children reached school age. Most recently he was employed with the Spearfish School system. Vince also worked summers for the Spearfish Canyon Country Club, where he enjoyed his time in the outdoors and being associated with his favorite sport – golf. Both at school and on the golf course, Vincent appreciated and cherished his relationship with his supervisors and fellow employees and the kindness they extended to him in so many different ways.
Vince was a committed and loving father and was the primary care provider for his four children, Joshua born in 1982, Cody in 1988, Matthias in 2005 and Magdalene in 2006. He especially wanted to thank all those who assisted him during his illness and those who stepped up to help with his younger children.
Vincent is survived by his mother, Marjorie Hafner, Newell, SD, and his four beloved children: Joshua Hafner, Spearfish SD, Cody Hafner, Bismarck ND, Matthias Hafner and Magdalene Hafner, both at home, and four grandchildren: Payton Hafner, Brynlie Hafner, Jaelynn Hafner, and Destin Hafner. He is also survived by two brothers, Daniel (Becki) Hafner of Rapid City, SD, and Edwin (Alanson) Hafner of Littleton, CO; four sisters: JoAnn (Ken) Michniewicz, South Elgin IL, Gail (Stephen) Goheen, Hamilton MT, Beverly (Ken) Eide, Nisland SD, and Valerie (Steven) Thomas, Tetonia ID, and one brother-in-law, Thomas Dalsaso of Colorado Springs CO. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and their children.
Vincent was preceded in death by his father, Vern Hafner, in 1974, an infant brother, Edward, in 1941, his oldest sister, Rosemary, in 2012, and nephew Matt Phifer, 2008.
Rosary services will be held Thursday evening February 26th, at 5:30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spearfish SD (844 North 5th St). A funeral mass will be held for Vincent at St. Joseph’s Church in Spearfish at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 27, with a reception immediately following at the church hall. Internment will take place on Saturday, February 28th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hope Cemetery in Newell. A memorial has been established for the education of his younger children at the First National Bank in Newell, SD.
Service to be held:
2:00 pm Saturday February 28, 2015
John H. “Jack” Seymour, 79, Sturgis, died, Friday, February 20, 2015, at his residence.
He was born August 6, 1935, in Dupree, SD, to Happy and Nola (Brummet) Seymour. He grew up in the Dupree area. Jack married Joan Fairbanks September 25, 1955,in Dupree.
John as a youth was an 11 yr. member of 4-H. John was a self-employed ranch operator from 1955 to 1958. In 1959, he worked road construction for C H Lien. In the early 60’s, John was a foreman for Sutton Ranch at Corson County. From 1964-1968, John went to college at BHSC while working at the Homestake saw mill and the Black Hills Passion Play. After completing college in the late 60’s and early 70’s, John was an Algebra Teacher in Sturgis and an Agriculture Teacher at Western Dakota Vo-tech. He was president of the local telephone co-op for 2 years and Teacher Association President and Negotiator, Wrestling Coach (6 time conference champ), and a School Board Member for 3 years. He was a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, Meade County Fair Board member and Treasurer for 5 years, and chairman of the South Dakota Rangeland Days for 2 years. In the 80’s, he was an Ag Finance Counselor for the Department of Agriculture. John was also a candidate for Meade County State Representative. In 1986-2009, John ranched and operated Bear Butte Gelbvieh of rural Sturgis. In the fall of 2009, John retired into Sturgis.
He is survived by his sisters, Lois Sever, Deadwood, SD, Gail (Fred) Stambach of Dupree, SD, and Bonnie Picton of Longville, MN; one son, John Seymour Sturgis, SD; one daughter, Kathy Seymour Sturgis, SD; and two grandchildren, Derek and Amy, Sturgis, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Happy and Nola Seymour, and his wife, Joan Seymour.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Sturgis Church of Christ.
A funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Church of Christ in Sturgis with Pastors Ron Ledford and Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the local youth programs and Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Service to be held:
Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.
Marion G. Fountain, 91, Sturgis, died February 21, 2015, at the Hospice house in Rapid City.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Marion was born November 19, 1923, at Laurenburg, NC, to Samuel E. and Viola (Beasley) Todd. She grew up in North and South Carolina and graduated from Lumberton, NC, High School. After completing her education, she worked as a switchboard operator for a telephone company.
She married Olen Dunn in 1941 and they had one child, Olen L. Dunn, Jr. In 1956, they divorced.
Marion married James Fountain in 1968 and they moved to Chattanooga, TN. While in Tennessee, she became a huge fan of the Tennessee Volunteers Football Team and enjoyed going to the games. In 1991, they moved to Shallotte, NC. Marion loved long walks on the beach and enjoyed collecting sea shells.
Following her husband's death in 1995, she moved to Rapid City to be close to her family. She became known to all as “Little Granny.” She enjoyed playing cards with her family, reading, movies, her dogs, and going to Deadwood. She especially loved her grandkids and great-grandkids.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Sharon Dunn, Rapid City; grandchildren, Trisha (Dan) Roe, Sturgis, and Trina (Corey) Norris, Rapid City; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Taylor, and Tanner Norris and Kaitlyn and Shelby Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, son, and brother.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Hills.
Service to be held:
10:00 am Monday February 23, 2015
Olga Marie Miller, 78, Sturgis, died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
She was born January 18, 1937, in Longmont, CO, to Claude and Maria Parra. Olga spent her youth in Colorado and South Dakota attending grade school at St. Martins Academy and high school in Cottonwood, SD. She received her certificate for nursing assistance in 1980.
She left some delicious recipes for spicy salsa, enchiladas, and tomato relish that will keep her memory alive. A gifted cook and homemaker, she warmed the heart of many folks throughout her lifetime with her culinary delights.
She loved the outdoors, spending time fishing, camping, hiking, and watching the stars. There are many who have cherished memories of outdoor adventure, which extends into 3 generations! She was an excellent cook, wonderful aunt, and loved her family. Olga touched a lot of lives. Her friends and family will miss her contagious zest for life, laughter, and amazing gift of unconditional love.
She is survived by one brother, Alonzo Parra, Unalask, AK; one sister, Cleo (Lawrence) Loobey, Sturgis, SD; special friends, Lisa and Bob Cermack, Sturgis, Eldon Schroeder and family, Jack (Kelly) Gully of Newell, and Reba Loobey and family; nieces and nephews, Michael Loobey and Mitchell Loobey and his children and grandchildren, Nicole Jones, Jucole (Kayla) Jones, Jaezdyn, Kaezlynn, Laesha, and Jessi, LJ (Jaymie) Loobey and their child, Zedekiaha, Tina (Mark) Wynia, and their children, Nick, Johanna, and Leo, and Michele Loobey-Gertsch and her children, Sean and Drew.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am Monday, February 23, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating.
Service to be held:
Sunday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m.
Edward H. Kleinheksel, 67, Whitewood, passed away February 18, 2015, at his home. He was born July 21, 1947, in Ft. Pierre, SD, to Alfred and Anna Kleinheksel.
Edward moved to Lead, SD, and attended school there. In later years moved to Whitewood, SD. He worked at Homestake for 35 years as a Miner.
He loved having fun, calving out cows, farming, haying, running and driving tractors and all aspects of the ranching life.
He is survived by by one brother, Dale and Virginia Keinheksel of Freeman, SD; nephews, Donnie and Dave; his nieces, Michelle, Lisa, Barb, and Debbie; and numerous, great-nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Anna Kleinheksel, and one brother, Roy Kleinheksel.
Visitation will be at 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. February 22, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis,SD.
Inurnment will be at a later date.
Service to be held:
Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.
Melvin Drews went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
He was born July 8, 1929, to August and Ruth Drews in McCook, NE. He attended school there and played football for the McCook High School Bison. They became state champions in 1946 and the team was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Following high school, he graduated from North Central Bible College with a degree in Theology.
On September 7, 1951, he married Bonnie Berndt. Together, they worked in several Assembly of God churches. Later, they moved to California where he began his construction career. He supervised many large construction projects including the church they attended in Hawthorne, CA. Melvin also went on several construction mission trips to Arizona, Africa, El Salvador, and Panama.
In 1977, Melvin and Bonnie purchased the Deadwood KOA campground and met many friends and visitors until they retired in 1995. After retirement, they moved to Sturgis.
He loved woodworking and model trains and spent many hours doing both. He also loved watching the Nebraska Cornhusker football team play.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 63 years, Bonnie; three daughters, Collette (Jason) Holmes of Lomita, CA, Cheryl (Mike) Glanzer of Lead, SD, and Anitra (Don) McKnight of Sturgis, SD; their son, Alan of Sturgis, SD; nine grandchildren, Shanna (Phil) Carnehl, Stacee Holmes, Susanna Holmes, Elise (Dusty) Hess, Evan Glanzer, Aimee (Brad) Bell, Aaron (April) McKnight, Adam McKnight, and Aric McKnight; and two great-grandchildren, Vienna McKnight and Joel Hess.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and three brothers.
Visitation will be Friday, February 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church, 240 W Highway 14, Spearfish, with Pastors S. Robert Maddox, Paul Thompson, and Mark Chaplin officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Assembly of God Missions and Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Service to be held:
Monday, February 23, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
Herbert Louis Baldwin, 91, of Sturgis, SD, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2014, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade.
Herbert was born February 4, 1924, in Newell, SD, to Sophia C. and Louis B. Baldwin. He attended school in the lower grades in Red Owl schools and in the Vale community where he graduated from High School in 1943 with a class of ten. Herbert worked on his father's ranch, helping with sheep, cattle, and farming.
Herb proudly served his country, as a member of the US Army from December 29, 1948, to August 6, 1949.
On March 1, 1950, he married Goldie Miller. They lived and worked on his father's ranch from 1950 to 1961. He later worked as an electrician, plumber, carpenter, and ranch hand, building their home in Sturgis. They raised three daughters; Teresa, Renee, and Tina. After 41 years of marriage, Goldie passed away in 1991.
Much of Herb s enjoyment was to read about our nation's history, rock and artifact hunting, photography, bottle digging, hunting, fishing, and gold panning.
Herb retired from the S D Highway Dept. in 1983 where he had served as Maintenance Supervisor for 22 years.
Herb was a founding/lifetime member of the Western Dakota Antique Club and participated in the WDAC Steam and Gas threshing Bee since 1969. He was an active member of the Buttons and Bows Square Dance Club.
In 1992, Herb married a high school classmate, Veora Johnson Bliss. They had been married for 23 years.
He is survived by his wife, Veora; sister, Helen Komes, Sturgis, SD; a brother, Duane Baldwin, Yuma, AZ; three daughters, Teresa Baldwin of Germantown, MD, Renee Kluck of Sturgis, and Tina Cox of Greenbrier, TN; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; six step-children; and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Herb was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 41 years, Goldie Baldwin; and a sister, Edith Palmer.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 23, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Henrique Fleming and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Memorial Building at Western Dakota Antique Club and the Children's Miracle Network.
Service to be held:
3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015
Nancy Ann Shaw passed away on February 14, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family, after a brief battle with cancer. She was 63 years old.
Nancy was born to William Reginald Hoskin and Elizabeth Florence Hoskin (Mikalonis) on February 7, 1952, the 5th child of seven, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Henry Dymnicki, in 1969. They would have two children together, Richard “Rick” Henry Dymnicki, and Jason Derek Dymnicki, before divorcing in 1978. She personally raised her two boys while working full time at Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, CT. While working there, Nancy also managed to get her GED. Despite being that busy, her boys can never remember a day they didn’t have a home cooked meal when she got home from work, and still always made time for them.
In 1980, Nancy bought her first home right next to the home she grew up in, on Wareham St. in Springfield. Shortly thereafter, she met her soul mate and husband, David Dean Shaw, and they were married on February 14, 1981. The happy couple would have another son, Aaron David Shaw later the next year. In 1988, Nancy quit Pratt & Whitney to follow her dream of business ownership and purchased a “Diet Center” franchise in East Longmeadow, MA. The family continued to live in that home until September of 1991 when they moved to Black Hawk, SD.
Having sold her business, Nancy worked in the medical field as an office administrator, later getting certified as a medical transcriptionist, and later conducting sleep studies for a neurological center in Rapid City, SD. Nancy cultivated strong, lifelong friendships with her coworkers there. Following the tragic and sudden death of her husband, David, in 2007, Nancy picked up Dave’s mantle for Heartland Payment Systems as a Relationship Manager selling credit card processing. While there, Nancy achieved vesting status with the company before retiring in 2013. Nancy took great pride and pleasure in the relationships and friendships made while working for Heartland.
True to her hard working and compassionate nature, Nancy again found herself helping people, finding a job with Comfort Keepers. She found helping people very rewarding, but rarely mentioned her good deeds, inside of work and out –many not even realized by her family until those she helped came to her side when she first became sick in January of 2015. We can only imagine how many others she helped and cared for that we may never know about.
Nancy went out of her way to talk about her faith, and in 2009 was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses at a District Convention in Bismarck, ND. After her sister, Betty Jane’s battle against breast cancer was lost, Nancy immersed herself in raising money for breast cancer research –raising over $10,000 through reselling merchandise on eBay—as well as participating in breast cancer fund raising events.
Nancy loved spending time with her grandchildren, setting up sleepovers, tea parties, sundae bars and video game tournaments in her home. She also loved drinking coffee on her back deck enjoying the outdoors and beautifying her yard. Her dancing and “singing” entertained her family and her fun sense of humor made the family’s weekly Friday get-togethers unforgettable. Her presence will be sorely missed.
She is preceded in death by both her parents, her brother Russell, her close friend & sister Betty Jane, and her husband David. She is survived by her sister Joyce (Merlo), and her three brothers, Bill, Gary and Mark; and her three sons, Rick Dymnicki, Jason (Kara) Dymnicki, and Aaron Shaw as well as four grandchildren who love and miss her very much.
Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall in Rapid City.
Service to be held:
10 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015
Jean was born January 2, 1932, near Weldon, MT, to Jennie V. (Lukin) and Lawerence D. Lockhart. She spent her childhood on her parent’s homestead in the badlands of Montana. She always loved ranch life and missed it always. She had great stories about all the fun she had with her 2 closest siblings, Mary and Jim. They spent a lot of time on horseback. She boarded in Circle, MT, for her high school years.
She was united in marriage to Theodore “Ted” Schieffer on November 6, 1950, in Circle, MT. She always thought him to be the handsomest man. Unfortunately they only had 26 years together before he passed away in 1976. They lived in Circle, MT, and Wisconsin before moving to Beach, ND, where they farmed and owned a shoe repair business “Ted’s Shoe Repair” in Beach, ND and Sturgis, SD. In 1963, they bought “Carl’s Confectionary” renaming it “The Sturgis Confectionary.” Many residents have fond memories of buying Candy and Magazines there.
In her later years, she joined The Sturgis Senior Center where she loved to play pinocle. To her great sorrow, none of her children played it. She worked at the Senior Thrift Store until her death. She truly loved the job and her co- workers there.
Jean Irene Schieffer, 83, Sturgis, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015, in Rapid City, SD.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Curtiss, Miles City, MT; her five children, Cheryl(Larry) Weisz, Rapid City, SD, Richard(Joyce) Schieffer, Sturgis, SD, Patrick (Lisa) Schieffer, Sturgis, SD, Larry (LeighAnn) Schieffer, Littleton, CO, and Dan (Jean) (Schieffer) Lockhart, New Underwood, SD; twelve grandchildren, Shawn Weisz, Adam Weisz, Beth Severson, Christina Hollearn, Kelly Jean Sanderson, Dylan Schieffer, Dawson Schieffer, Drew Hunt, Aidan Schieffer, Ian Schieffer, Jenny Alvarez, and Lukin Lockhart; four great-grandchildren, Conor and Ethan Weisz, James Hallearn, and Felicia Sauceman; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ted; two brothers, Dan and Jim Lockhart; and one sister, Ruth Schriver.
A memorial has been established.
Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis. Burial follows at St. Aloyius Cemetery.
Service to be held:
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Trula Marcella (Horn) Fields passed away Friday, February, 13, 2015 at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center in Belle Fourche, SD. She was 91.
Trula was born May 27, 1923 to Franklin Sturgis and Rosie (Layne) Horn. She was born near Quinlan, OK. Trula was the first girl born in a family of 13 grown children. She took on early responsibility helping to raise her younger siblings when her mother Rosie died from childbirth complications. Trula was only six when her mother died at age 39. Rosie had 11 children but two died when small. Trula's step-mother was Josie Harris Horn, and she had four more children with Frank. Trula's childhood was during the "Dirty Thirties" in Oklahoma. This instilled in her the values of hard work, honesty and the deep feeling for our Lord. She truly tried to live her life in those beliefs.
Trula graduated from Quinlan High School in 1941. She married Charles "Bill" Milton Fields in Woodward, OK on May 29, 1941, two days after her 18th birthday. This union lasted 73 years. Their first two children, Charlene and Billy, were born in Oklahoma. In December 1946, Bill and Trula and their two young children moved to a ranch south of Dupree, SD. Bill managed the ranch that was purchased one year earlier.
Shortly after their arrival, Trula was asked to teach in a "Country School". That was the beginning of a very long, dedicated, and decorated education journey. She taught for several years at three rural schools; Sunnybrook, Fairview, and White Swan. Her students loved her and remembered her, as she inspired learning. While she taught, she spent many summers attending summer school at Northern State and Black Hills College. Bob and Bernie were born by then, and they also went to Summer School. She received her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education in 1960 from Northern State, and her M.S. Degree in Administration in 1972 from Black Hills State University.
Trula was Ziebach County Superintendent of School in 1957. She was Head Start Director on the Cheyenne River Reservation from 1965-69. She was Teacher Corp Director for Eagle Butte School District in 1970-71. She taught both in Dupree and Eagle Butte until moving to Vale, SD in 1979. Then she became Elementary Principal in Newell, SD, from 1979-1991 when she retired. She served 22 years in teaching and 20 years as an administrator.
Retirement allowed Trula to pursue her love of family, sewing, quilting, art, gardening, water aerobics and writing a book entitled "A Baker's Dozen". This book tells her life story in Oklahoma and then in South Dakota, especially focusing on the Great Depression. Trula was named Ziebach County Historian of the Year in 2013.
Survivors are her children, Charlene (David) Schmidt, Brandon, SD, Billy (Nancy) Fields, Sturgis, SD, Robert (Evon) Fields, Great Falls, MT, and Bernard (Vicky) Fields, Sturgis, SD; Grandchildren, Camille (Adam) Lewis, Hartford, SD, Mark (Cindy) Schmidt, Gettysburg, SD, Paul Schmidt, Brandon, SD, Michael (Donna) Fields, Torrington, WY, Jason (Jaclyn) Fields, Sturgis, SD, Joshua Fields, Phoenix, AZ, Marci (John) Ridle, Chatham, IL, Amanda (Blake) Ladage, Chatham, IL, Stacey (Aric) Balster, Whitewood, SD, Lisa (Robert) Moore, Gillette, WY, David (Terri) Fields, Black Hawk, SD; Trula also had 17 great-grandchildren. The only surviving sibling is John (Koula) Horn, Athens Greece.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Charles "Bill" Fields, who died November 26, 2014. She also lost her first born son, Ralph Milton, at birth; her eight brothers and three sisters, Calvin, Walter, Harvey, Jesse, Leroy, Mike, Pat, Marlow, Leatha, Annabelle and Lavetta.
Visitation will be 5:00pm until 7:00 pm Tuesday February 17, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Ron Ledford officiating. Burial follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Ziebach County Historical Society.
Service to be held:
At a later date
Charles (Chuck) Wheeler passed away on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 after a decade long battle with cancer. Through all the operations, radiation, chemo and medications he never lost one ounce of his signature patience and kindness to everyone he met.
He joined the Air Force in 1952 and began a 21 year career at Sampson AFB in New York. His Air Force career took him all over the world where he worked as an electronics tech on a myriad of bombers. He served in Florida, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Guam, England and South Dakota.
While stationed at Ellsworth AFB in the 60’s, a local gal turned the head of this self proclaimed “lifelong bachelor.” He met Rosalie (Rosie) Abeln and on September 25, 1964 he changed her last name to his. They remained husband and wife and best friends for the next 50 years.
Chuck retired from the Air Force in 1974 while stationed at Pease AFB in New Hampshire. He moved his family back to Rapid City, bought some land in the hills, built a house and raised a family while working at the US Post Office.
Chuck and Rosie provided a slice of heaven for their four boys at the junction of Nemo Road and Norris Peak Road. This is where they put down roots and remained for over 30 years.
They raised four boys without the aid of bicycle helmets, seatbelts, mulch under the monkey bars, child safety locks, child proof aspirin bottles, baby gates, car seats, bunk beds without a railing and family counseling. He worked overnights for over 20 years to provide a home and so much more for his family.
Chuck is preceded in death by his mother and father, Eleanor and James Wheeler. He is survived by his wife Rosie and their four sons’; Gerald (Cindy), Livermore, CA, Anthony (Susan), Cleveland, TN, Brian (Noel), Havlock, NC and Kenneth (Julie), Rapid City, SD. He leaves behind 17 grandkids and 3 great grandkids.
Trying to depict his life in a few short passages is not only impossible, but would be a great injustice to the legacy he has left behind. So, to sum it up and keep it short (just like he would), we’ll end with this; Chuck Wheeler, his demeanor was quiet but his character was deafening. He gave more than he received. He loved unconditionally and without fear. Dad, Grandpa Chuck, Uncle Chuck, Chuck-simply put, you were the best.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Fort Meade E-Ward Hospice.
Service to be held:
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
James A. "Jim" Schopen passed away on February 13, 2015, due to complications related to Parkinson's.
He was born in Lead on June 5, 1936, the youngest of six children, to the family of Fred and Martha (Schock) Schopen. He attended St. Patrick’s elementary school and graduated from Lead High School in 1955.
Jim was drafted in 1960 and served in the U.S. Army until 1963, stationed in Germany and serving part of his time on the Army ski patrol. Jim was briefly employed by Homestake Mining Co. He later purchased the Twin City Redi-Mix Plant and several other local businesses.
James also became part-owner of the Terry Peak Ski Area and was actively involved in its development and operations. He installed several of the original chairlifts and was instrumental in bringing snowmaking to Terry Peak, which included drilling an 800 foot well to find water below the slopes of Stuart hill. Jim also constructed the Schopenhaus dormatory at the base of Terry Peak, which was later renovated and became one of the ski area's chalets.
James also worked on the demolition of many notable structures in Lead including the Assembly Hall on Lead’s Central School Campus, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Grier Apartments, Homestake Hospital, and Lead Bakery.
In 1964, James married Judy Gullickson. The couple had two sons, Tony and Scott. He was a loving father and devoted husband, providing diligent care and support to Judy during her long illness. In 2006, Jim was married to Sherry Lewis Toms.
Jim was an avid skier, snowmobiler, and long-time member of the Lead Country Club. He loved to hunt when he was younger and enjoyed exploring the back roads in the Black Hills throughout his life.
James is survived by his wife, Sherry of Lead; his sons, Tony and Scott; Tony’s wife, Trevor, and grandsons, Tyler, Gage, and Wells of San Francisco; his sisters, Irene Kennison and Dolores Mattson; sisters-in-law, Arlene Schopen and Delores Sentovich; and brother-in-law, Don Olson.
Services will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at St. Patrick’s Church in Lead at 10:00 a.m.
Service to be held:
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Faith Sorlie (Spear) Andersen, 85, went to her heavenly home on February 2, 2015, in Bartlett, TN.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Rev. Vernon Andersen in 1994.
She is survived by her sister, Marion (Edward) Eskildsen of Claremont, CA; her brother, Ralph (Nina) Spear of Graham, NC; and her three treasured children, Lisa West of Cordova, TN, Marie Strohm (Tim Goldammer) of Cocoa, FL, and Mark (Arlene) Andersen of Bowie, MD. She also loved and cherished her grandchildren, Josh, Matt, Katie, and Alexandra, and her great-grandchildren, Tristan, Faydra, Jordyn, and Jaxon.
Faith was born on March 27, 1929, in Greenville, MI, to Ingborg (Sorlie) Spear and Rev. Christian Ludwig Spear (Sorensen). She graduated from Greenville High and studied for two years at Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN. She took her RN degree at Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Moline, IL.
Faith established her career as a surgical nurse in Illinois and Michigan until she met and married Rev. Vernon Andersen in 1958 and moved to Hazard, NE. Faith partnered with Vernon in Lutheran ministry for 35 years in six parishes in Nebraska and South Dakota, and returned to work as a nurse in Madison, SD, and for the Veteran’s Administration in both Sturgis, SD, and Grand Island, NE. When she retired from nursing, Faith traveled to visit her family and friends, and to explore. She visited Japan, Thailand, Spain, Switzerland, France, England, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Scotland, along with Hawaii and Alaska among a plethora of domestic destinations.
Faith will be greatly missed by her family and friends for her deeply caring nature, kindness, and graciousness. She was a blessing to those whose lives she touched.
Visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, SD, on Friday, February 20th from 5 – 7 PM.
The celebration of her life will be held at Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church, 16155 Spring Valley Road, Piedmont, SD, on February 21, 2015, at 1:30 PM. Interment will be in Black Hills National Cemetery on Monday, February 23rd.
Service to be held:
Friday, February 13, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Louie Scherer went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 8, 2015. He passed away at Sturgis Regional Hospital at the age of 89.
Louie was born in Dallas, SD, on November 10, 1925, to Cecilia (Gordon) Scherer and Van Scherer. He grew up mostly in Lead and Whitewood. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served his country for 4 years.
Louie married Agnes Thompson on February 22, 1947. He worked at Homestake for 25 years and MSHA for 16, residing in Sturgis for 9 years; Hauber, WY, for 3-1/2 years; Lead, 9 years; Vincennes, IN, 2 years; Hebron, OH, for 2 years; Alameda, CA, for 12 years before retiring back to Sturgis in 1987. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, the VFW, and the Elks club. During retirement, he enjoyed making wooden puzzles and diamond willow canes.
Surviving are his wife, Agnes, Sturgis; five sons, Rodney (Maria) of Battle Mountain, NV, Larry of Lead, Patrick (Kathy) of Sturgis, Mark of Helena, MT, and Louie (Angie) of Sturgis; one daughter, Cecilia (Brian) Davidson of Lancaster, OH; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Vivian Davenport of Kingman, AZ.
Louie was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Bob, Joe, Bernard, and Charlie.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 12, 2015, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7:00 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 13, 2015, at St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor as Celebrant. Burial, with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial may be made in Louie's name to St Martin's Chapel, c/o St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1049 Howard Street, Sturgis, SD 57785.
Service to be held:
1:00 pm Saturday February 7, 2015
Phyllis Marie (Stuve) Green, 98, passed on to her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, from Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Services for Phyllis will be Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Lifespring Wesleyan Church with visitation 1 hour prior to the service.
A second service will be 10:00 am Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Curtiss, WI. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 pm Friday, February 13, 2015, at Maurina Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Burial follows at the Pine Hill Cemetery near Curtiss.
Phyllis was born in Humbird, Wisconsin, October 25, 1916. She was the first of ten children born to Howell and Mabel (Stallard) Stuve.
She lived a long-full life devoted to the Lord and to others. Surely she could say I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Tim 4:7-8
She graduated from Humbird High School in 1934, and attended Wessington Springs College at Wessington Springs, SD for two years and earned her teaching certificate. She then taught school for two years to pay off her college debt. In 1942, Phyllis earned a degree as a registered nurse at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire Wisconsin. It was required that nursing students live in the dorm at the hospital and they worked at the hospital to pay for their nurses training. In 1943, she joined the US Army Nurses Corp with a number of her nursing classmates and served in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippine Islands for four years during World War II.
Following her time in the Army Nurses Corp she worked at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, WI, in the Maternity Department where they were very busy with the Baby Boomers until the fall of 1947, when she went to Columbia University in New York City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Education and trained in midwifery. She then taught obstetrics to nursing students at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. She also worked at hospitals in Oklahoma City, OK, Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and Portland, OR. Her final years of nursing were at the Clark County Health Care Center of Owen, WI.
On October 12th, 1968, she married Neil Green of Curtiss, WI. They were married for 34 years. Though they never had children, they never tired of baking cookies every week for release-time classes, working at the church, helping neighbors, and sharing garden produce and canned pickles, jellies and much more with so many others. They always wanted to be the givers and did not take gifts from anyone without objecting. They both were so active with their church and gave of their time and resources to promote Gods love.
She is survived by four sisters, Virginia (Jesse) Bonney of Centrailia, WA, Mary (Carl) Harms and Janet (Robert) Anderson of Sturgis, SD, and Gwendolyn (Jerry) Pearson of Oshkosh, WI; one brother, Dwight (Norma) Stuve , Wisconsin Rapids, WI; many nieces and nephews and was a great support to all and encouraged them.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Neil; her parents, Howell & Mable Stuve; three brothers, Franklin, Gordon and Paul Stuve; and one sister, Dorothy Kostlevy.
A memorial has been established to Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Curtiss, WI.
Service to be held:
11:00 AM Friday January 30, 2015
Dennie L. Simonson, 86, Sturgis, died Monday, January 26, 2015, peacefully at home. Dennie was born May 17, 1928 in Timberlake, SD. He spent his childhood in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana; graduating from Corvallis, MT, in 1947.
He worked as a carpenter, and then joined the United States Navy, in 1951, serving for four years. After the Navy he went to college and graduated Utah State University. During his college years he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service that spanned thirty years. He also helped begin the Range program that was integrated into 4-H at Broadus, MT. He helped organize Range and Wildlife camps in South Dakota.
After retiring he did some consultant work. He also used his time to help anyone resolve conflict with government agencies and did so free of charge.
He is survived by his wife, Leith; children, Kristi Kym (Scott) Bramwell, Kari (Jim) Russell, Kurt (Kathy) Simonson and Kendra (Eric) Garland. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Simonson; brother, Larry Simonson; grandson, Jory Russell.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January, 30, 2015 at the Lifespring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Visitation with the family will be Thursday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Memorial has been established to South Dakota 4-H
Service to be held:
10:00 am Wednesday, February 4,2015
Rose Marie Kovacevich, 84, Lead, died Saturday January 24, 2015, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare in Belle Fourche.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, February 4, 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.
Rose was born August 11, 1930, in Lead, SD to Clemente and Rina (Bonato) Zambon. Her father was from Italy and her mother was from the Bonato Ranch, west of Belle Fourche by Aladdin, WY. She graduated from Lead High School in 1948, and was a resident of Lead for over 60 years. On May 4, 1968, Rose married James Joseph Kovacevich in Lead at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She worked 44 years at the Homestake Mining Company starting as a tour guide while still in high school and retiring as the Executive Secretary for the General Manager. In the early 90's they relocated to Whitewood, SD where James built a home in Whitewood Forest Acres.
Rose's life's highlights were: her career with Homestake Mining, building their cabin near Savoy on the road to Roughlock Falls with the many, many memories of fishing nearly every year in Alaska, visits to Canada, Italy, Monte Carlo, Croatia, Panama, Singapore and Hong Kong, and most of all her lifelong love of the Black Hills and Lead.
Rose is survived by her husband James, Belle Fourche; brother, Del (Jean) Zambon, Whitewood; sister-in-law, Marion Zambon, Rapid City; many cousins; nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Connie Haselhorst and Cindy Gillies.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clemente and Rina; brother, Clement Zambon; and sister, Irene (Zambon) Miller.
A memorial has been established to the shriners hospital.
Service to be held:
At a later date
Gary Alan Hopkins, 68, of Sturgis, SD, formerly of Woonsocket, SD, and Maringouin, LA, died January 20, 2015.
He was born in Minneapolis, MN, on May 13, 1946. January of 1947, he was adopted by Lionel and Eileen Hopkins. On January 21, 1951, his sister, Lynelle (Hopkins) Tornow, joined the family. Gary graduated from Shady Grove High School in 1964 in Rosedale, Louisiana. After graduation he went to work with his father, bee keeping which they traveled with the business between Minnesota, Mississippi, and Louisiana. In the 1960’s the bee business brought them to Woonsocket, SD. On November 25, 1967, he married Marvyl Ann Haugen in Woonsocket. He was involved with different activities and hobbies. He also had two brahma bulls, one he could ride and the other one would come running to lick him on his face. He enjoyed team roping as he owned many horses growing up. His true love were motorcycles, he raced them and won many trophies doing so. He also was a great pool shark and won many trophies. He was part owner of a race car with John Fraser and the late Darrell Feistner. He loved to hunt all different game. On September 1, 1969, they were blessed with a beautiful daughter Melissa Ann Hopkins and on May 6, 1972, they had a handsome baby boy, Gary Ernest Hopkins.
He is survived by his daughter, Missy and her children, William and Breanna Brown, Arlington, TX; his son, Gary; his children, Abbee, Ranni, and Stefan Hopkins, Sturgis, SD; Allen Aldinger, Thief River Falls, MN; a sister, Lynnelle (Steve) Tornow, Sioux Falls, SD; a niece, Leslie Ohlrogge and family Woonsocket, SD; a nephew, Lincoln Feistner and family, Forestburg, SD.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lionel and Eilene; grandparents; and numerous aunts and uncles.