Obituaries
     
   
     

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) OíNeil. 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.

 

     
   
     

Brian L. Pfeifle

December 11, 1949 - April 10, 2015

 

Service to be held:

1:30 pm Thursday April 30, 2015

 

Brian Lee Pfeifle, 65 of Tucson, Arizona passed away on Friday, April 10th, 2015 after a long and hard fought battle with cancer.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM at Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery, near Sturgis, Pastor Denzel Nonhof will be officiating.
Brian was born in Walworth County in 1949. He graduated from Mobridge High School.
After graduating from high school, Brian served our country during the Vietnam War. Upon returning, Brian was married to Dee Ann Hollenbeck on December 12, 1972; they were married for 28 years and had three children: Jada Loy born in 1974, Tigh Lawrence born in 1976, and Jimi Beth born in 1980.
Brian worked as a yard man for Mobridge Livestock for a couple of years after getting married. The family then moved to Valley Springs in 1977 where he was a brand inspector at the Sioux Falls Stock Exchange where he became a longtime employee for the South Dakota Stock Growers. The family returned to Mobridge, where he took over his father-in-laws position as a brand inspector for Mobridge and McLaughlin Sale Barns. He then moved to North Dakota to work for Kist Livestock as a brand inspector until his retirement 2013. He enjoyed meeting and working with all of the people that came through the sale barns. Before and after his retirement, Brian enjoyed working in the hay fields for his good friend, Loren Yates, of Mobridge.
After his retirement, Brian enjoyed visiting with his family and visiting casinos. He also made many trips to Las Vegas, where he watched the PBR.
Brian is survived by his 3 childrenís; Jada (Layne) Sulzle, Tigh (Amy) Pfeifle, and Jimi (Obreten) Obretenov, all of Rapid City. He has 8 grandchildren: Heidi Lee, Austyn Jordyn, Connor Lawrence, Taya LeeAnn, Caden John, Rylen Tigh, Alexander Ivan, and Andrew Brian. He is also survived by his sisters Geri Stillwell and Brenda Brixen, of Tucson, Arizona.
Brian is preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Katie Pfeifle, and one infant brother Floyd.

 

     
   
     

Marion Everett Kruse

February 13, 1927 - April 24, 2015

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Marion 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. 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 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; six great grandchildren; his brother Stanley Kruse, Sturgis, SD 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 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Paster Nicholas Haasch officiating. Burial will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established with the proceeds going to Trinity Lutheran Church of Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Lucille Homan

September 14, 1920 - April 23, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Saturday April 25, 2015

 

Lucille Homan, 94, Sturgis, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Lucille was born in Keya Paha County, NE, September 14, 1920. She graduated from Crawford High School in 1938. Lucille lived in various locations in Nebraska and held many jobs, including running a confectionary in Valentine for 22 years.
In 1961, she moved to Sturgis, SD, with her family where she remained until her death. She served as City Auditor for many years. Lucille was very active with the production of the annual mother-daughter banquet. She wrote a weekly "Did You Ever" column for the Black Hills Press, which detailed many of her childhood and early adulthood escapades. Many of these columns were published in a book by the same name.
Lucille is survived by three sons, Ken (Linda) Murphy, Dennis (Wava) Murphy, and Mike (Sheryl) Homan; 9 grandchildren, Djuana, Lester, Shanna, Jennifer, David, Kevin, Stephanie, Ryan, and Scott.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor John Tesnow officiating.
A memorial has been established in Lucille's name to the Sturgis Public Library.

 

     
   
     

Brian Lee Pfeifle

December 11, 1949 - April 10, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, April 30th at 1:30 p.m.

 

Brian Lee Pfeifle, 65, of Tucson, AZ and Rapid City, SD, formerly of Mobridge, SD, died April 10, 2015 in Tucson.
Brian was born December 11, 1949 in Mobridge, South Dakota, graduating from high school there. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from August 20, 1969 until his discharge on March 26, 1971. He worked for a number of years as a brand inspector. He loved his family and was an especially proud grandpa. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors include his children, Jimi (Obreten) Obretenov, Jada (Layne) Sulzle and Tigh (Amy) Pfeifle all of Rapid City; sisters, Gerri Stilwell and Brenda Brixon both of AZ and 8 grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services will be Thursday, April 30 at 1:30 PM at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Phylis L. Gotfredson

December 9, 1923 - April 18, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2 p.m. Wednesday April 22, 2015

 

Phylis L. Gotfredson, 91, Belle Fourche, died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at her home in Belle Fourche.

Visitation will be prior to services on Wednesday.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Hospice of the Northern Hills.

Phylis was born December 9, 1923 at Belle Fourche to Philip and Helen (Masters) Vallery. She was raised on the homeplace in Fruitdale and attended the Hillside school. She graduated high school in Belle Fourche.

During World War II she worked in Washington, DC in the Pentagon and later in the Navy Yard in Seattle, WA.

She married Elvie Gotfredson on August 10, 1947. The couple eventually made their home on a ranch east of Newell.

Phylis was an avid reader and an accomplished china painter. She was active in the local china painting club. She cooked for many branding and shearing crews. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and sewing. She also enjoyed gardening. Phylis had a special talent for raising bum lambs.

She is survived by her sons Gary (Deb) and Bruce (Wava); grandson Chris and granddaughter Kayla (Adam) Wiechmannn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers; Don, Thornton and Verlon.

 

     
   
     

Loren Anton Humpal

April 12, 1926 - April 17, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m., Monday, April 20, 2015

 

Loren A. Humpal, 89, of Rapid City, SD passed away Friday, April 17th at the Ft. Meade V.A. Hospital.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Monday, April 20, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at South Canyon Lutheran Church, Rapid City, with Rev. Bruce Thalacker officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.
He is survived by his wife Cleone and children, Jean VerSchave, Tom Humpal, Shirley (Gary) Spaulding, Dan (Sandy) Humpal, Charlie Humpal, Gary (Linda) Humpal, Joan Van Skike, Sandy (Carl) Corona; 22 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; a brother, Marvin (Alice) Humpal and a sister, Pat Koenig.
He lived a fulfilled life. After graduating high school at Fairfax, SD, he joined the U.S. Army and served our country overseas. After his honorable discharge, he went to South Dakota Southern State Teachers College in Springfield where he met Cleone. They married April 25, 1948, and spent 67 loving years together raising 8 children. During his teaching tenure, he taught mathematics and industrial arts, as well as coached various sporting teams for many different schools in South Dakota, Iowa, Oregon and Arizona. In the summers, he would be found spending time on the family farm outside of Fairfax, SD. He loved music and played his accordion for many years. First and foremost he loved his family and could always be found filming their time together.
He will always be loved and missed by all.

 

     
   
     

Curtis (Sonny) Spann

July 5, 1937 - April 11, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Wednesday May 6, 2015

 

Curtis (Sonny) Spann, 77, Newell, passed away unexpectedly Saturday April 11, 2015, at his home.
Sonny was born in Needles, CA, July 5, 1937 to Charley and Lulabelle (Minter) Spann. He married his wife Sue in 1978.
Sonny served in the US Navy and the Montana National Guard, retiring from his military career in 1991 as a Staff Sergeant (E7). Sonny and Sue moved to Newell, SD in 1995.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, Newell, 5 children, 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and, 4 siblings.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and one sister.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 A.M., Wednesday May 6, 2015 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

A. Louise Cooper

November 22, 1928 - April 13, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Saturday, April 18,2015

 


Louise was born November 22, 1928, in Ottumwa, SD, to Wilhelm & Florence Schreiber. While she was young, she lived with her family in Ottumwa and Nemo. She finished through the 8th grade while attending several country schools, including Crook City School and the Hathaway School in Whitewood Valley. In 1944, she moved with her family to Bremerton, WA, where she worked in the ship yards. They moved back to Whitewood, to the farm in 1946.
On September 16, 1947, she married the love of her life, John E. Cooper. They lived in Sturgis, Whitewood, and Milesville, and finally settled in Whitewood in 1954.
Louise worked at a few small jobs before going to work at Ft. Meade, in the kitchen and bakery. She worked there for 27 years, then retired to do the things she loved to do. They included Bingo, camping with their camping club, the Centennial Roamers, and doing several arts and craft projects.
Anna "Louise" Cooper, 86 of Whitewood, SD, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015, at David M. Dorsett Healthcare Community in Spearfish, SD.
Louise is survived by her husband of 67 years, John; four children, Ken (Sharon) Cooper, Sturgis, SD, Bill (Roxie) Cooper, Whitewood, SD, Sandy (Roger) Gillespie, Whitewood, SD, and Calvin (Carmen) Cooper, Whitewood; two sisters, Johanna Turner, Colorado Springs, CO, and Alice Yuill, LaGrange, WY; two brothers, Fred Schreiber, Pittsburg, TX, and Charles Schreiber, Excelsior Springs, MO; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 sister, Helen Crist, 2 granddaughters, Lori Natchke and Cody Cooper; and a grandson, Tige Cooper.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

GeorgiaMae Theresa Krosschell

August 25, 1925 - April 10, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Wednesday April 15, 2015

 

GeorgiaMae Krosschell, 87, Rapid City, died, Friday April 10, 2015 at the Golden Living Center Black Hills.
She was born August 25, 1925 in Pipestone County, MN to George and Emma (Rohrer) Knochenmuss. Attending school in Minnehaha County, SD and graduating from High School in Flandreau, SD. She then went to the College of Automation in Des Moines, IA and attended Classes at BHSC. GeorgiaMae married Harold Krosschell on March 7, 1944 in Flandreau, SD. The couple farmed at Flandreau from 1944 to 1947 and at Clear Lake, SD from 1947 until 1956. She worked as a secretary in the Deuel County Highway Department until 1959. Then as a clerk in the Department of Motor Vehicles, issuing some of the first driverís licenses in SD, from 1959 until 1961. GeorgiaMae then transferred to the South Dakota Highway Patrol as a statistician from 1961 to 1969. They then moved to Rapid City where she worked as a licensed insurance agent until 1974. She was bookkeeper for the Central States Fair from 1974 until 1978 and for the Wyoming Fair from 1980 until 1983. She last worked as an insurance agent in Casper Wyoming from 1985 until her retirement.
GeorgiaMae loved embroidery and small and large game hunting with her husband Harold. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Business and Professional Women, and was very active in the Knollwood Heights Methodist Church in Rapid City, working as Treasurer from 1970 to 1975.
She is survived by her daughter; Linda (William) Marchand, Rapid City, two sons; Harold (Connie) Krosschell, Rapid City and James (Diana) Krosschell, Boise, ID, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold, parents, George and Emma, and her step-mother Lou Knochenmuss.
Memorial services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Knollwood Heights Methodist Church in Rapid City with Pastor Sharla McCaskell officiating.
Burial will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the DAV.

 

     
   
     

Mary Ann Trople

June 3, 1927 - April 9, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Tuesday April 13, 2015

 

Together again forever! Mary Ann Trople, 87, slipped away peacefully into the arms of Jesus and joined her beloved husband, Ralph, in Heaven on April 9, 2015. She was born June 3, 1927, the third child of William and Nora (Suing) Meirose and grew up on a farm north of Wall, South Dakota.
On July 25, 1946, she eloped to Brodus, Montana and married Ralph Trople. They cherished their 54 years together, raising three children. She enjoyed being a wife, homemaker, and devoted mother. She sold Avon for over 55 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ralph, her two sisters, Inez (Bob) Greear and Geneva (Jerome) Urban, two brothers, Jerome (Alice) and Francis Meirose,.
She is survived by brother Galen (Kay) Meirose, Fort Collins, CO, her sister-in-law, Alvina Meirose of Spearfish, SD; her three children, Phyllis (Lynn) Gossard of Battlefield, MO, Linda (Ron) Brown of Rapid City, SD, and Tom (Jenny) Trople of Scenic, SD, her six grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Monday April 13, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with a rosary at 7:00 pm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am, Tuesday April 14, 2015 at St. John's Catholic Church in New Underwood.
Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to St John's church building fund in New Underwood, SD.

 

     
   
     

Betty Jean Johnson

July 19, 1948 - April 5, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2015

 

Betty Jean Johnson (Parks) went to be with the lord on April 5, 2015. Betty was born on July 19, 1948 in Pierre, SD. She was preceded in death by parents Theodore Parks Sr. & Alice Elizabeth Parks (Turner), 1 Sister Sharon Raye Parks, Niece Debbie Rouse and 3 brothers Theodore Parks Jr., Donald Parks and Edward Parks. She is survived by her sister Donna Marie (Theodore) Kemery of Pierre, SD, her significant other and best friend David Peck and his son Brett Peck, 4 sons Daniel Hansen & Patrick (Britney) Hudalla of Rapid City, SD , Theodore (Chelsea) Hudalla of Plattsmouth, NE and Bobbie Hansen of Minnesota, 3 daughters Karen Stuart (Ken) , Danelle Hansen and Cheryl (Paul) Bettmeng of Rapid City, SD. Betty was blessed with 13 grandchildren Javen, McCoy, Tyler, Drew, Austin, Zachery, Abigail, Samantha, Adrian, Amber, Kelton, Michael & Jay and nephews David and Donald Rouse
Betty was Member of The American Legion, the Eagles Club and Family Life Church in Gillette, Wyo., She also attended Fountain Springs Community Church where she was recently baptized.
Memorials are suggested to the family at Kinkade Funeral Home, % Cheryl Bettmeng
1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, SD 57785
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10 with visitation prior to the service at Fountain Springs Community Church, 2100 North Plaza Drive, Rapid City, SD.
A Memorial Service will also be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at Family Life Church, 480 South Hwy. 50, Gillette, Wyo.
Burial will be in Pierre, SD at a later time.

 

     
   
     

Helen Mae Montgomery

September 20, 1921 - April 5, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Helen Mae Montgomery, 93, formerly of Whitewood, died Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be Friday, April 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Whitewood Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jil Jennewein officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery.
Helen was born September 20, 1921, at Whitewood, SD, to Bern and Blanche (Casteel) Shoop. She grew up in Whitewood where she attended school and graduated from Whitewood High School. She attended Black Hills Teacher's College and taught at a rural Whitewood school for one year.
Helen moved to Sacramento where she worked as a riveter in the aircraft industry during WWII. While in California, her boyfriend from South Dakota called her and proposed. He went to California to bring her home and she married George Montgomery August 3, 1942, in Reno, NV, on their way back to South Dakota. They lived in Rapid City for a short time before moving to Whitewood. While in Whitewood, they owned Montgomery's Market and Grocery Store in the 50's and 60's. Helen then worked as a secretary in the Radiology Department at Fort Meade for several years.
Helen enjoyed traveling, camping, and was an avid bridge player. She also enjoyed crocheting, flower gardening, canning, and was a wonderful cook and baker, especially pies.
Survivors include one son, George (Karen) Montgomery, Gillette, WY; one daughter, Judy Martinkus, Rapid City; one sister, Jayne (Ray) Clark, Casper, WY; five grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1982; sister, Maryetta Scruton; and two half-brothers.
A memorial has been established to the Whitewood Presbyterian Church.

 

     
   
     

Katherine Ann Dick Faison

January 12, 1941 - April 3, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

 

Katherine Ann Faison (Dick) Known fondly as Tootsie, passed away on April 3, 2015 surrounded by her family and friends at Hospice of the Hills. She was 74. Kathy and her husband lived in many places but always considered Rapid City their home. Kathy worked at the Community Health Center in the past and was currently a volunteer at Rapid City Regional Hospital and was a member of the cathedral Community Clergy with her friend Nancy Coleman. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 49 years Chuck Faison; her sisters, Delray Dick Marston and Dorothy Dick Goss. She is survived by her 4 Children, Teri Larabel (Chris) of Alpine, TX, Tracy Obert of Gillette, WY, Scott Faison of Virginia Beach, & Julie Martinez of Rapid City; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren with another due on April 20; her brother, James Dick of Piedmont; her beloved dog Pete; brother-in-law Vern Marston; many nieces, nephews and in-laws, and her friends Nancy, Francie and many more. Her Generosity of Spirit came thru in her smile and her kindness was felt by all who knew her. She will be deeply missed.
Services will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The rosary will be held on Monday April 13, at 6 pm. The Funeral Mass at 11 am on Tuesday the 14th followed by the internment at Black Hills National Cemetery where she will rest in peace with her husband. The family asks that you make donations to Catholic Social Services of Rapid City in lieu of flowers.
Now Mom is walking in Heaven with the Lord and those she loved.

 

     
   
     

Robert J. "Bob" Moelter

July 22, 1935 - April 4, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. April 8, 2015

 

Robert "Bob" Joseph Moelter, 79, Sturgis, died Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A rosary begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Fr. Timothy Castor officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Bob was born July 22, 1935, to John and Josephine (Ritler) Moelter in Faith, SD. They moved to Seattle, WA, where he attended school until he was drafted into the US Army in 1953.
He met and married Linda Sedig in 1962.
Bob was a soldier, bronc rider, farmer, rancher, miner, and finished his working years as a mechanic for the state of South Dakota.
Survivors include his sister, Frances Hanzlik, Sturgis; children, Brenda (Doug) Nikkila, Sturgis, Col. John (Bridgette) Moelter, Miami, FL, Bill Moelter, Sturgis, and Carolyn Bertalot, Sturgis; 19 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Linda; sister, Rose Fees; brother, Alfred Moelter; and son, Larry Moelter.
A memorial has been established for Alzheimer's Research.

 

     
   
     

Ralph E. Soelzer

July 17, 1930 - April 4, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015

 

Ralph E. Soelzer, 84, Spearfish, died Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was born in Sturgis, SD, on July 17, 1930. He was the son of Guido and Lois (McFarland) Soelzer. He attended rural school in Meade County and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1948. He attended South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City for one year and then graduated from SDSU in Brookings, SD.
Ralph farmed and ranched in south central Meade County. In 1965, he started teaching in rural schools in Meade County. After two years of teaching in the rural school, he taught sixth grade math and science in Sturgis. He continued in that position until his retirement in 1986.
After retirement, he and his wife, Marilyn, moved to Rapid City. They spent six months in Rapid City and six months in Mesa, AZ. Marilyn passed away in 1998. He married Joan Haley McDowell in 1999 at which time they moved to Spearfish, SD. They continued the South Dakota/Arizona life style.
Ralph maintained his interest in ranching his entire life. Leisure time was spent golfing, reading, dancing, and playing bridge.
Surviving are his wife, Joan, Spearfish; sister, Kathryn Reausaw, Spearfish; stepdaughter, Kristin Marshall, Tempe, AZ; nephews, Ron Soelzer and Una, Steve and Mary Soelzer, and Rick and Colleen Soelzer, all of Piedmont, SD; niece, Sherry and Dan Solberg, Alcester; nephews, Ralph and Carol Reausaw, and Bernie and Judy Reausaw, Lead; niece, Lois Ann and Curt Jacobs, Spearfish; stepsons, Mark and Sue McDowell, Colorado Springs, CO, and Bill and Nancy McDowell, Mission Viejo, CA; stepdaughter, Linda and Dick Homann, Fort Collins, CO. Other survivors include eight step grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and 18 great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents; and a brother, Frank. Also preceding his was a great-nephew, Chris Soelzer, killed in Iraq on Christmas Eve day, in 2003.
The memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish, SD. Inurnment will be at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Western Heritage Center in Spearfish.

 

     
   
     

Mary Louise Losch

May 17, 1932 - April 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Monday April 6,2015

 

Mary Louise Losch, 82, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Belle Fourche Long Term Health Care.
Mary was born May 17, 1932, in Deadwood, SD to Bernard (Doc) and Mildred (Faragher) Smith. After sixth grade she and her family moved to Hawthorne, NV where she lived until she graduated from Hawthorne High School. In the early 1950s she moved to Oregon to attend Oregon State University and later settled in Southern California. Mary and her children moved back to Deadwood in 1969.
In the late 1970s Mary started working as a live-in caregiver. She loved spending time with family and friends, reading books, reciting poetry and telling stories. She enjoyed participating in slot tournaments with her group of friends, and was active in St. John's Episcopal Church in Deadwood.
Mary is survived by three daughters, Mary Ellen (Jeffrey Lloyd) Currie, Auburn, WA; Christina Louise Losch, Phoenix, AZ; Laurie Michelle (Lawrence) Parker, Newell, SD; one son, Timothy Losch (Brandi Brooks), San Francisco, CA; one sister, Patricia Springer, Spearfish, SD; four grandchildren, Christopher Fredrickson, Phoenix, AZ; Nicole Merwin, Deadwood, SD; Lisa Wonderly, Tacoma, WA; Jacob Parker, Redmond, WA; and two great-grandchildren, Bentlee Fredrickson, Phoenix, AZ and EllaFay Wonderly, Tacoma, WA.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Dorothy, Margaret, Ruthie, and Shirley, and her brother B.A. (Smitty) Smith.
A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, April 6, 2015, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Deadwood, with Father Michael Johnson officiating.
In Lieu of flowers the family wishes for memorials to be sent to The Lord's Cupboard in Lead, or St. John's Episcopal Church.

 

     
   
     

Arlet Bernita Liedtke

December 25, 1922 - March 31, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015

 

Arlet Bernita Liedtke was born on Christmas Day (December 25), 1922, in
Emery S.D. to John and Martha Lehr. The Lehr family lived on a farm outside of Emery for many years until Arletís father opened and operated the Lehr Family Grocery Store in downtown Emery, where Arlet spent many hours as a girl. She graduated from Emery High School in 1940 and married Reuben Liedtke on January 19, 1941. They lived on the Liedtke family farm near Wessington Springs, SD for several years and eventually moved to Sioux Falls where they lived most of their lives, attending Central Baptist Church and raising 3 sons, Chuck, Kim and Curt.
Arletís many interests during her 92 years of life included her occupation as a Lab Technician, gardening, oil painting and teaching Sunday School. She and Reuben retired in 1976 and moved to Arkansas where they lived for several years before returning to Sturgis in 1978. They lived in Sturgis and Rapid City until Reubenís death in 2004. Throughout her life, her primary joys were her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and serving her Lord in many capacities.
After Reubenís death, Arlet lived with her sons and families, Edgewood Vista (Spearfish) and the Sturgis Regional Senior Care where she died on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the age of 92.
Survivors include her 3 sons: Chuck (Nikki) Liedtke, Branson, Mo;
Kim (Gwen) Liedtke, Humboldt, SD; Curt (Jan) Liedtke, Sturgis, SD;
one brother, Roger (Bessie) Lehr, Emery, SD; her 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Her parents and husband preceeded her in death. A memorial has been established to Foothills Community Church, Sturgis, SD.
Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Foothills Community Church in Sturgis with Pastor Brian Carpenter officiating. Burial follows at the Emery Community Cemetery near Emery, South Dakota at 6 p.m. CST.

 

     
   
     

Elnora "Ellie" Elaine Anderson

September 6, 1929 - March 27, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Elnora "Ellie" Elaine Anderson was born September 6, 1929, and was born into eternal life, March 27, 2015.
Ellie was the daughter of Willis and Helen Dewitt. She was raised by her grandparents in Huron, SD. There, she met her chosen sisters, Sylvia and Janet, and they became inseparable. They would write each other's excuses to skip school, would smoke coffee cigarettes at the cemetery, and got into trouble for charging a large amount of cherry coke at the local drugstore. The three of them shared a lifetime bonded as sisters, friendship and love.
Ellie would often go to the farm in Bryant, SD. There she would visit her siblings, Lenora, Wanda, LaMerna, Lawrence, Willis, Lavonne, Delores, and Wilma. She enjoyed that time with her siblings and would often talk of the picnics, adventures, and endless summer nights that they shared. Ellie formed a special bond with her sister, Wilma. She said it was a deep and powerful love.
Ellie met her husband, James, in Huron, SD. She would let him into the movie theater where she worked for free. He said he had been paying for it ever since. They married April 13, 1949, and they spent 50 years together. James and Ellie based their marriage on laughter, joking, and being each other's very best friend. Together they raised six girls; Lynn, Debbie, Leona, Kim, Tammy, and Tana. They adopted their youngest daughter, Tana. She would often tease them that even when given the choice, they got another girl.
James and Ellie moved to Rapid City, in the late 70's. They purchased the little red house on the corner of Milwaukee. The memories inside that home consisted of slumber parties with the grandkids, family dinners, grandpa teaching the grandsons how to check your oil in the pickup, the smell of fresh laundry, and unconditional love.
Ellie enjoyed movies, reading mysteries, cats, music of all kinds, and going for walks. She was a very active person. Even at the end, she would walk the bike path with her walker that she called "Clyde." She once said that she was going to change his name to Charlotte as she was tired of dragging a man around. In her last years, she was cared for by her daughters, Tammy and Tana. She moved to Aspen Grove Assisted Living in Sturgis for a while and then into her daughter Tana's home for the last months of her life.
Ellie passed away peacefully at her home with Tammy, Tana, and her chosen daughter, Misty, by her side on the morning of Friday March 27, 2015.
She leaves behind her daughters, Lynn (John) Norton, Debbie (George) McClain, Tammy (Arden) Davis, Tana (Brad) Stock, and her fur baby, Star Shine; her chosen sons, Alan Wessel, Steve Wessel, Dan Bermingham, Lance Berg, and Rick Demma; her chosen daughters, Misty Bruce, Jill Mundy, April Lutheran, and Kelly Hammerstaedt; her chosen sister, Sylvia Myers; her siblings, Wilma, Lenora, LaMerna, Delores, and Willis; and her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
She was rejoined in heaven by her husband, James Anderson; daughter, Leona Demma; granddaughter, Jasmine Cliff; two sisters; and one brother.
Ellie's humor, laughter, and award winning smile will be greatly missed. What Ellie taught us and leaves behind with us is this family isn't always blood, there is room in your heart to love, and each day you're alive should be greeted with child-like wonder and laughter.
Visitation will be Friday April 3, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City, with a gathering at her daughter Tana's home in Spearfish following the committal.