Gerald "Junior" Wetz

January 31, 1931 - October 24, 2014


Service to be held:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:00am


Gerald "Junior" Wetz, 83, Sturgis, and formerly of Vale, died Friday, October 24, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Hospital, Lippold Hospice Suite.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Believer's Fellowship with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Burial will follow at Vale Cemetery.
Junior was born on January 31, 1931, to Gerald and Amelia (Schaff) Wetz near Vale, and he grew up on the family ranch there. On October 1, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Marie Elizabeth Hunt and to this union, three children were born, LeRoy, Greg, and Tammie. In 1978, Junior and Marie moved to Alaska for eight years. They returned to the family ranch and retired. After Marie's death in 1999, Junior moved to Vale and lived there, until moving to Sturgis in 2010.
Junior is survived by his sons, LeRoy (Shirley) Wetz, Vale, and Greg (Kathy) Wetz, Vale; daughter, Tammie (Randy) Candelario, Pleasanton, CA; seven grandchildren, Dale, Darla, June, J.W., Lyle, Casey, and Evan; eleven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harold Wetz, James Wetz, and Darrell Wetz; two sisters, Helen Seitz and Geraldine Toner; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Marie; and two sisters, Julia Mullaney and Dorothy Boyce.
A memorial has been established to the Wetz School Museum Fund.



John M. Erk

September 21, 1925 - October 23, 2014


Service to be held:

Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.


John Martin Erk was born September 21, 1925, to Ludwig and Anna (Jestl) Erk on the family ranch between Castle Rock and Deer's Ears Buttes north of Newell, South Dakota and near the little homestead settlement of Deermont. He was the fourth of five children.
He passed away October 23, 2014 in the Hospice Unit at the VA BHHCS at Ft. Meade, South Dakota, where he had been since October 20.
His Childhood included hard work and herding sheep on the open range. He and his brothers built some of the "stone Johnnies" that still grace the hills and small buttes of the ranch while herding sheep. He attended the Deermont School thorough the eighth grade. After eighth grade, John stayed home and worked on the ranch while his brother, George, finished high school. Later, he attended St. Martin's High School in Sturgis, South Dakota for one year, then returned to the ranch at age 18.
He was drafted into the Army in 1945 and went to basic training at Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas. After completing his training, he transferred to the Army Air Force and was shipped to Japan in the spring of 1945. He served there through December 1946 when the draftees were sent home. John returned home to the ranch in January of 1946.
He formed a partnership with his brothers, Joe and George, in the 1950's (later dissolved in the 1970's) and they started the registered Rambouillet sheep that are still raised on the Erk Ranch today. In 1952, he met Mary Klein at the county fair and they were later married on February 24, 1954.
They set up housekeeping in the old homestead shack where John grew up and started building a new home in 1954. At this time, they also started their family. Mike was born January 1955, Jim in December 1955, Paul in October 1958, Mary Ann in February 1962 and Rosemary in August 1972.
In 1977, John and Mary bought a house in Newell so the kids could go to school and John drove back and forth to the ranch. In the mid 80's Paul took over the ranch and John moved to town and pursued the sheep order buying business he had started while he was still on the ranch.
He was an order buyer of sheep for nearly 30 years and finally retired when he was 84, after buying lambs for feeders all over the country.
John was a founding member of the Castle Rock Volunteer Fire Department and the Knights of Columbus Divine Shepherd Council #13088. He was also a member of the Castle Rock Election Board, past council member of St. Mary's Tar of the Sea Catholic Church, Butte County Planning Commission for over 20 years, Honorary Chapter Farmer of the Newell FFA, and a lifetime member of the VFW.
Throughout his life, John's faith and trust in God kept him going through the good times and the bad. He was proud of his family and was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. His devotion to the sheep industry and to the fine wool Rambouillets that have been the cornerstone of the Erk Ranch never wavered. In his final months, he declared that he had had a good live. It was not an easy one, but a good one and he would not have changed a thing.
John is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary; sons, Mike and Carla (Varland), Hot Springs, SD, Jim and Kerry (Fenton), Buffalo, SD, Paul and Beth (Curley), Newell, SD; daughters, Mary Ann and Andre' Fischbach, Seoul, South Korea, and Rosemary and Paul Hockran, Carlisle, PA. He was a proud grandfather of 12 and a step-grandfather of 5. He was a great-grandfather of 10 and a step-great-grandfather of 7. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Neil) Chauncey, Denison, TX; sisters-in law, Helen Erk, Spearfish, SD, Violet Erk, Vale, SD; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe and George; sister, Sister Celine O.S.B.; and daughter-in-law Micki (Collins) Erk.
Memorials have been established to St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church and The Castle Rock Volunteer Fire Department.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 5-7 p.m at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with a rosary and wake beginning at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with Monsignor Michael Wooster and Father Arnold Kari officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD, with Military Honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.



Larry T. Hines

October 11, 1938 - October 21, 2014


Service to be held:

10:00 am Saturday October 25, 2014


Larry Theodore Hines, 76, Sturgis, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.
Visitation will be 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday October 24, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday October 25, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Pastor Denzel Nonhof officiating.
Larry was born October 11, 1938 in Faith, South Dakota, to T.R. and Carrie (Dixon) Hines. He was homeschooled early on by his mother. The family moved to Whitewood where he grew up and attended grade school. In 1956, he graduated from Sturgis High School. He then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in math education from Black Hills State College. In 1965, Larry met Diane Cassell in Spearfish. He got his first teaching job in Broadus, MT and taught from 1963 to 1967. Larry received a grant from The National Science Foundation for his MS in 1968-69. He married Diane in Pierre on June 4, 1966, and to this union two daughters were born.
The couple moved to Sturgis in 1969, and he began teaching and coaching girls’ basketball until 1995. At the time of his retirement in 1995, he had been recognized by the SDHSAA for 25 years of coaching.
He often spent his summers logging and harvesting grass seed. Larry enjoyed golf, bowling, and getting together with friends. He especially loved watching his grandchildren participate in sports.
Larry is survived by his wife, Diane Hines, Sturgis; daughters, Kelli (Pat) Buscher, Pierre, and Carmen (Scott) Brooks, Palm Desert, CA; four grandchildren, Nate, Meghan, Aiden, and Brody; and one brother, Clyde (Charlotte) Hines.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother, Billy.



Ursa "Mavis" Symonds

January 28, 1931 - October 18, 2014


Service to be held:

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00am


Mavis Symonds, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital, surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 12-8 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Mavis was born January 28, 1931 in Sturgis, S.D. to Harvey G. Fitzgerald and Stella W. (Green) Fitzgerald. She grew up and attended school in the Enning-Stoneville area.
Mavis married Robert (Bob) Symonds on April 19, 1946, in Broadus, Montana. To this union, three children were born: Marlene, Marilyn and Robert (Robby).
They ranched in various rural areas in South Dakota until 1955, when they moved to Sturgis. She helped Bob with his construction business for many years. In 1966, they moved to Longmont, Colorado and she worked for IBM. In 1971, they moved back to Sturgis. In 1975, they opened the Sturgis Rent-All. Mavis’ favorite job was as a rural mail route carrier for several years in the Sturgis area. In 1981, they retired and enjoyed camping as well as spending time with their grandchildren.
Mavis loved to crochet and make quilts. We will never forget the twinkle in her eyes when a new baby was on the way and she could make another baby quilt. She was also a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Mavis is survived by her daughters, Marlene Albertson, Sturgis, Marilyn (Dick) Sass, Wheatland, WY; one son, Robby (Robin) Symonds, Sturgis; 8 grandchildren, Todd Dow, Travis Sass, Tracy Sass, Kody Spaulding, Kacee Spaulding, BJ Laymon, Rhonda Fairbanks, and Ryan Symonds; one brother, Harvey Fitzgerald, Sturgis; one sister, Audrae (Don) Howard, Sturgis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; infant brother, Ralph Thomas Fitzgerald; sisters, Shirley Demerly and Wyona Sundstrom.
We the family, feel honored to have shared her life. We are blessed with many fond memories and she will be missed tremendously by all.
We will always miss you!
Memorials have been established to the American Diabetes Foundation and Wounded Warriors Fund.



Donald Casteel

June 22, 1920 - October 21, 2014


Service to be held:

Friday, October 24, 2014, at 10:00am


Donald Worth Casteel, 94, Sturgis, died on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, October 24, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church with Pastors Denzel Nonhof and Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Donald was born on June 22, 1920, to Charles and Luela (Williamson) at Newell, SD. He was raised and lived on the family farm until October of 2008 when he moved into Sturgis. He married Leona Mae Huddleston on January 21, 1946 (68 years), and they raised their seven children on the family farm.
He is survived by his wife, Leona; sons, Don (Flora Weisz) Casteel, Riverton, WY, Guy (Billye Jo) Casteel, Newell, Jerry (Pat) Casteel, Sturgis, and Doug (Wand) Casteel, Mobile, AL; daughters, Susan Bruce, Frisco, TX, Connie (Michael) Manning, Littleton, CO, Sandy (Tim) Smith, Belle Fourche; grandchildren, Dawn (Ron) McCall, Steve Ellington, Gary Ellington, Cressie Mahaffey, Wanda (Mike) Cooper, Lynn (Josh) Nixon, Kelly (Miranda) Casteel, Krystal Casteel, Ryan (Keri) Casteel, Jason (Brandy) Bruce, Seth (Annie) Bruce, Stephaine (Patrick) Isom, Stacy (Dan) Castro, Lisa Smith, and 23 great-grandchildren.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Delia; sister, Thelma Wetz; and brother, Clarence Casteel.
Memorials have been established to the Vale and Hereford Fire Departments.



Matthew S. Leetch

March 6, 1941 - October 16, 2014


Service to be held:

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:00pm


Matthew S. Leetch, Jr., 73, Piedmont, passed away on October 16, 2014, in Loveland, Colorado after complications from heart surgery.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, November 10, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church in Piedmont with Pastor Karl Kroger officiating. Burial will follow at Piedmont Cemetery.
He was born in St. Charles, South Dakota on March 06, 1941, to Matthew and Regina (Horst) Leetch. He went to school and grew up in Colome and Winner and was a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran Church. Matt loved life and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had a passion for gold panning, fishing, and watching boxing on television. Matt always looked for the good in people, and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Gerry Leetch of Piedmont; daughter, Debbie Gleason (Robin) of Eagle River, AK; sons, Mike Leetch of Rapid City, Arlon Leetch (Merri) of Sturgis, and Dan Leetch of Rapid City; grandchildren, Kyle, Drake, Skyler, Alexandrea, Dusty and Taylee; one great-grandchild on the way; sisters, Emmogene Hysell of Winner, Marcelline Dykeman of Spearfish, Marcella Kaiser of Spearfish; brother, John (Margaret) Leetch of Belle Fourche; and many other beloved family members.
He was preceded in death by his son, Aaron Leetch; parents, Matthew and Regina (Horst) Leetch; sister, Patricia Leetch; and brothers, Richard, William, and Robert Leetch.



James Elton Green

March 24, 1933 - October 16, 2014


Service to be held:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:00pm


James Elton Green, 81, died on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Weston County Manor in Newcastle, WY.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:00pm at Black Hills National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.



Darwin Lee Reimer

August 20, 1963 - October 18, 2014


Service to be held:

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.


Darwin L. Reimer, 51, Gillette, WY, died Saturday, October 18, 2014 while working near Wright, WY.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 4-8 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Friday, October 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Jared Tucher officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Darwin was born August 20, 1963, in Huron, SD, to William and Verna Mae (Thompson) Reimer. He graduated from Huron High School and attended the auto body repair program at Western Dakota Vo-Tech.
On May 9, 1988 he married Brenda Reder. The couple moved to Colorado where Darwin managed an auto body shop for Macco in Ft. Collins. They lived in Colorado for five years until moving to Sheridan, WY, where he managed the body shop at a Buick dealership. They moved to Gillette where he worked for Energy Dodge. In 1998 He worked for Caterpillar for two years. At the time of his death he was a haul truck operator for North Antelope Rochelle Mine near Wright, WY.
Darwin was a huge sports fan. He enjoyed watching his boys play baseball and basketball. He also enjoyed working in his yard.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Reimer; sons, Gavin and Chase Reimer, all of Gillette, WY; brothers, Gary (Barb) Reimer, and Glenn (Toni) Reimer, all of Sturgis, SD; sisters, Shirley Buckley, Rapid City, SD, Bonnie Sondreal, Grand Forks, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-laws, David Buckley and D. Ray Sondreal.
A memorial has been established for his children's education.



Floyd "Vern" Shinabarger

May 26, 1935 - October 18, 2014


Service to be held:

Thursday October 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.


Floyd L. “Vern” Shinabarger, 79, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center following a lingering illness.
Vern Shinabarger was born May 26, 1935 at Bison, SD to Warren and Lena (Schwandt) Shinabager. He grew up in the Bison/ Prairie City area before he joined the service. After serving a term in both the Army and Navy, he made his home in the Sturgis area for most of his adult life. He was proud to remain a lifetime member of the DAV.
Vern was a man of few words but he absolutely loved the time he spent at family gatherings or having coffee at one of his many favorite spots and listening to conversations around him. As his nieces and nephews were growing up, they cherished the little games he would make up and play with them. He always had a small toy in a shirt pocket to surprise them with.
Vern is survived by one brother, Raymond (Diane) Shinabarger; one daughter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Clarence (Buster) Shinabarger; and two sisters, Eleanor Lindholm and Gladys Baird Nelson.
Family and friends will gather at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Graveside services, with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Black Hills National Cemetery, with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating.



Mary "Lorraine" Grant

October 22, 1922 - October 14, 2014


Service to be held:

Friday, October 17, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.


Mary “Lorraine” Grant, 91, Whitewood, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 17, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Lorraine was born October 22, 1922, in Redfield, SD, to Clarence Leslie and Mary Ellen (Hahn) Mannings. She received her education in the Redfield schools. After graduating from Redfield High School in 1940, she worked as a clerk in the Ben Franklin Store and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
On October 21, 1945, she and Clarence N. Grant were married. They farmed for nine years northeast of Redfield. In the next ten years, they lived in Parker and Mitchell and moved to Pierre in 1965. After their three children were in school, Lorraine clerked in a Variety Store and later worked for the SD Department of Agriculture and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. While with the USFWS, she received a Certificate of Honor for Superior Service. She retired in 1982 enjoying her family, neighbors, and friends.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Lorraine served on the election board for many years. In 2003, she moved to Whitewood making her home with her daughter and son-in-law.
She leaves to mourn a daughter, Candace (Keith) Randen, Whitewood; son, David (Rhonda) Grant, Rapid City; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Floyd Gjernes, Aberdeen, SD; sister-in-law, Esther Grant, Howard, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; son, Russell; granddaughter, Jody; her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
A memorial has been established.



Ray A. Hunter

May 9, 1928 - October 9, 2014


Service to be held:

Funeral Services 10:oo am Monday October 13, 2014


Ray Alton Hunter, Jr., 86, Sturgis, died on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Ray, a true cowboy, was born in White River, SD, May 9, 1928, to Ray Alton Hunter, Sr., and Willynette (Hollenbeck) Hunter. Ray aspired to be a cowboy from a young age when he watched his dad wrangle buffalo for Custer State Park in the 1930s. At age eight, after his father died and the family fell on hard times, Ray was sent to live with many different families, working to earn his keep.
The cowboy life started for Ray when he when he went to live with Baxter and Lyndall Berry in 1941. He worked for the Berry Ranch off and on for thirty years and attributed his knowledge of “cowboying and the cowboy way” to Baxter Berry.
Cowboying and ranching were his life’s passions, but he also served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked construction, owned a bar in Cottonwood, auctioneered, and even ran for the state legislature.
Ray married Jean Elrod in 1950 and raised four kids in the Belvidere/Philip area.
He entered local rodeos for most of his life, putting his determination to be a top hand and riding skills to work in the arena. He later served as president of the South Dakota Rodeo Association. He loved to spend time with his kids in the arena and eventually went on to win the SDRA team roping championship with his son Casey in 1976.
One of Ray’s greatest achievements was the publication of his book “Dim Trails,” which recounts stories from his life that capture the legacy of the real west and the essence of cowboy life in early South Dakota for younger generations.
Ray remained a true cowboy to the end. He continued to attend local rodeos and show his support for the sport and cowboy lifestyle. He passed on his love of horses and the cowboy way to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. When his grandsons were young, he told them that to be a good cowboy, they would have to learn how to drink whiskey, fight, and ride broncs. Ray defined a good cowboy as someone who could ride a bad horse and still be a good hand.
Ray is survived by his sons, Casey (Linda) Hunter, Hulett, WY, and Mike (Kim) Hunter, Huntsville, TX; daughters, Billie (Steve) Swan, Hubbard, TX, and Jackie (Dave) Driscoll, Pierre, SD; grandsons, Tracy, Troy, and Don; granddaughters, Amy, Nicole, Jamie, Meagan, Morgan, and DeAnn; great-grandsons, Liam, Nolan, Jayden, and Kyler; and great-granddaughters, Darbi, Jocelyn, Jordan, and Shayda.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Willynette; sister, Geraldine; brother, Stanley; and family friend, David Krausert.
Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Henrique Fleming and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. A luncheon will follow.
Burial, with military honors, will be 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established at the McCrossan Boys Ranch.



Harry L. Hughes

December 13, 1924 - September 28, 2014


Service to be held:

Private Family Service


Harry Lewis Hughes, 89, passed away peacefully at home on September 28th. Harry was born on December 13, 1924, in Houston, Texas, to Ruth (Nettles) and Rex Hughes. He spent most of his childhood in Topeka, Kansas, where he graduated from Topeka High School in 1943. He was a graduate of Kansas University, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in French. It was there that he met Mary Lou Vansant, whom he married on February 7, 1947. Mary Lou and Harry moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where Harry pursued a doctoral degree and taught French at Eastern Michigan University.
In 1954 Harry and Mary Lou began their “gypsy life” when Harry became a Foreign Service Officer. They were posted in Chile, Uruguay, Dahomey (now Benin), Chad, South Africa and Haiti. They loved immersing themselves in the local culture and getting acquainted with people from all over the world; they passed that love on to their children. The Hughes family enjoyed spending vacation time in fascinating places all over the globe. A favorite destination was their seaside home in Benicasim, Spain. After Harry retired, he and Mary Lou spent two months out of every year at this beautiful retreat until their loss of vision prevented them from traveling.
Harry’s last assignment prior to retirement was to sit on the Foreign Service Board of Examiners in Washington, D.C. He and fellow panel members tested and selected the next generation of Foreign Service Officers. Following retirement, Harry and Mary Lou lived in Arlington, Virginia, for several years. They then decided to move back to their roots in the Midwest and settled in Lawrence, Kansas, home of their alma mater. There they enjoyed the company of old friends -- and new -- for twenty years. In June 2012, Harry and Mary Lou moved to South Dakota to a home in the country, next door to daughter Amy. Harry’s total blindness meant he needed round the clock assistance, provided either by family members or a compassionate group of caregivers. Harry’s “helpers” (as he called them) became members of the family. Special thanks go out to Judy, Linda, Donise and Kimberly.
Harry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Lou, daughter Amy (Greg Pauley) and grandson Ethan of Vale, SD; son Roger (Renee Martonik) and grandson Rex of Chicago, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Jeffrey, daughter Connie, brother Billie, and parents Rex and Ruth Hughes.
Harry was laid to rest in the Vale Cemetery, during a private family gathering. A memorial has been established in Harry’s name with Hospice of the Northern Hills.



Erna Magdalena Jarnecke

August 26, 1921 - October 1, 2014


Service to be held:

Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.


Our loving mother, Erna, was welcomed in the arms of Jesus on October 1, 2014.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Friends and family are invited for a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Hart Ranch Chuckwagon Restaurant on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 4:00pm.
Erna was born on August 26, 1921, to Magdalena and Julius Ziebarth in Scranton, ND on the Fischer homestead. She went to Scranton public school and graduated in 1940. In 1944, Erna's high school sweetheart, Lawrence "Larry" Jarnecke, came home on leave from military service and they were married on October 26, 1944. Larry's job as an electrician took them to various places including Dickinson, ND, Marshall, MN, and Glendive, MT. In 1953, they settled in Newell, SD where Larry worked for Black Hills Power and Light. In 1977, she lost Larry in a work related accident. She moved to Belle Fourche until her health no longer allowed her to live alone. She came to Rapid City to an assisted living home where she could be closer to her daughter.
Erna was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, music, and doing word search puzzles. Her children remember coming home from school to the smell of fresh homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Erna's heart was very tender in service to the Lord and helping others. Her life revolved around church and church functions. She had a dimpled smile that radiated the love of God to all she met. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Erna is survived by two sons, Mark (Toni) Jarnecke, and Carl (Paula) Jarnecke; two daughters, Mary (Majid) Alsayegh, and Ruth (Verne) Henrickson; her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry; son, Lawrence William "Billy"; brothers, Denis and Carl; and sisters, Bernalda, Eugenie, and Zelda.
A memorial has been established to Medora Bible Camp and Gospel of the
Kingdom Campground.



Violet A. Schieman

October 28, 1948 - October 1, 2014


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014


Violet Adell Schieman was born October 28,1948, to Joseph and Betty (Baker) Berney in Mio, MI.
After her father’s death Betty moved the family to Marion, OH.
By the 10th grade Violet left school and worked for a few years as an Aide before joining the Navy. She was stationed at the Great Lakes training Center working in a clerical position. That is where she met her husband Roger Schieman in October of 1970. They were married on January 16, 1971 and moved to Sturgis, SD.
On September 22,1973, they became parents to Dawn Marie, and again to Bettyjo on August 17,1975. And on August 17,1987, Violet received a call from her niece and they were blessed for a third time with another daughter, Rebecca Kaye. She always kept her Faith in God and Love for family.
Then in 1994, Violets medical battle began. First with her heart. Then in 1996 her liver was failing. On November 11,1998, she was given another blessing of a new liver. After the passing of her daughter Dawn Marie, she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Violet never faultered from her Faith in God, that He would help her and her family through whatever was thrown at them.
God blessed her with 3 daughters and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Morgan and Wyatt Blakeman and Amora Jenson. She loved watching them grow up and listening to their giggles.
On August 27th she was diagnosed with AML Leukemia and flown to Omaha, NE. She then developed a fatal blood infection. And in her final days it gave her great pleasure spending time with her family. She shared many special moments and laughter about the special memories.
In all her pain she still kept her Faith. Praying for her family to have peace, never asking for herself.
Violet passed away on October 1,2014 at the University of Nebraska in Omaha with her loving husband Roger sitting next to her.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014, at the First Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Don Blaine officiating. Burial with military honors follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.
Violet is preceded in death by her parents Joseph Berney and Betty Kear; sister Mary Hippensteel; daughter Dawn Marie; and son-in-law Dustin Jenson.
She is survived by her husband Roger Schieman, Sturgis; daughter and son-in-law Bettyjo and Jason Carlson of Harrisburg, SD; daughter and granddaughter Becky and Amora Jenson of Sturgis; son-in-law and grandchildren Jamie, Morgan and Wyatt Blakeman of Sturgis; sister, Barbara, Marion, OH.
Violets faith in God and family were everything to her. She always signed every E-Mail with 3 simple phrases that she believed with all her heart.
~In His Time,
~In His Way ,
~And For His Glory! ~



Chester "Sonnie" Carlson

May 18, 1956 - October 1, 2014


Service to be held:

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1:00pm


Chester "Sonnie" Neven Carlson, 58, Rapid City, died Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at the School Auditorium in Osage, WY.
Sonnie was born on May 18, 1956, to Duane and Elda (Germundson) Carlson in Browning, MT. He attended school in Upton, WY up to the ninth grade. He joined the Army for a few years and when he came home, he worked in many fields including mechanic, oilfield work, carpentry, and working on cooling towers. He loved to tinker and could fix about anything. But when he fixed something it had to be done right. He also liked to go to yard sales and second hand stores. His favorite place to go was Harbor Freight and everybody knew him there. He was a very good story teller and could be both believable and unbelievable.
Sonnie is survived by his mother, Elda M. Carlson; daughter, Cassie Carlson; brothers, Mike (Jan) Carlson, Colony, WY, Gary (Cheri) Carlson, Hitchcock, SD, Jerald Carlson, Newcastle, WY, Ricky (Sequina) Hoff, Anchorage, AK, and Ivan Hoff, Seattle, WA; sisters, Dianne (Richard) Corey, Sioux Falls, Zena (Loren) Hieb, Loveland, CO, Kim (Lloyd) Thomas, Redding, CA, Vickie Solmonson, Newcastle, WY, and Marilyn (Russ) Bushaw, Federal Way, WA; sister-in-law, Bobbi Carlson; his loyal caretaker and niece, Irene Reub, Rapid City; and many other nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Duane; and brothers, Richard and George Carlson.



Margery Anna Ingalls

March 29, 1912 - September 28, 2014


Service to be held:

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.


Margery Anna Ingalls, 102, Sturgis, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 28, 2014, where she longed to be for many years. Margery was a soft spoken, mighty, little lady who was born on March 29, 1912, to Charles and Nona (Carter) Bowlby. She was born in Faith, SD, at her Grandma Bowlby's home, grew up in the Opal, SD, area, and was one of thirteen children. She attended rural school through the 8th grade.
Margery married Walter Howard Ingalls on December 8, 1930, in Sturgis, SD. They ranched and raised their family near Opal. They moved to Sturgis in the early 1970's where she was very active at the Sturgis Senior Citizen Center and the Square Dance Club. Margery enjoyed sewing and made most of her clothes. She also made numerous things for her grandchildren which even included some wedding dresses. After Walter passed away, Margery lived in their home where she push mowed her own lawn until she was 98. On July 30, 2010, she moved into Our House Assisted Living where she lived until she entered her new home in heaven.
Margery is survived by five children, Catherine Tifft, Faye Fees, Marlin (Ethel) Ingalls, Howard (Kay) Ingalls, and Ann (Ted) Mahaffy; one brother, Carl Bowlby; one sister, Mary Arneson; 17 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; and 46 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; ten siblings; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will Thursday, October 2nd starting at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Mark Park and Our House Assisted Living.



Mark David Donaldson

June 24, 1962 - September 23, 2014


Service to be held:

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.


Mark David Donaldson, 52, of Sturgis, SD died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 26th from 5-7pm at Kinkade Funeral Home in Sturgis. Services will be held on Saturday, September 27th at 2pm at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD.
Mark was born in Brookings, SD on June 24, 1962 to David and Ramona Donaldson. He graduated from Merced High School, CA in 1980 and attended a few years at Merced Jr. College.
His early years were spent in California where he was involved in water polo, took photographs for the Merced Sun Star, and led Boy Scout Troop 100 in Merced for many years. He also owned a very successful tile business. He loved the outdoors and would often take week long camping trips through Yosemite.
Whatever Mark did, he did to the fullest, and he loved life. He also loved people; everyone he came in contact with became a friend. He especially enjoyed time with his daughter, and the love of his life, his grandson. He was a very generous and loyal friend to many and a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews because he could see the world from a child’s perspective. Many times he would say “I tried growing up once, it was no fun.”
In 1996 he “retired” from CA and moved to Sturgis, SD where he began working for the Meade School District in their custodial services department, first at Sturgis Williams Middle School, and later at Sturgis Brown High School. He would always say it didn’t matter what he did in life, as long as he loved where he lived. Mark instantly fell in love with the Black Hills and spent the last few years of his life riding through them on his ATV with family and friends.
He is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Donna Baier of Sturgis, SD; daughter, Kathleen Donaldson (special friend, Nathan Krueger) and grandson, Jason Moomau Jr., of Modesto, CA; mother, Ramona Zeiner, and stepfather, Daniel Zeiner, both of Sturgis; his stepson, Jeff Baier and granddaughters Keylee and Jazlynn Baier, of Cheyenne, WY; sisters, Kimberly (Greg) Jones, Carlsbad, CA; Kelly (Danny) Valdez, Broomfield, CO; and Kari (Glenn) Sanders, Blythewood, SC; nieces and nephews, Zak and Alex Jones, Alena and Austin Valdez, and Kira and Kelli Sanders.
He is preceded in death by his father, David Donaldson, stepson, Greg Baier, and grandparents, Kelly and Adelaide Donaldson, and Morris and Mildred Anderson.



Donald Henry Gardner

June 5, 1935 - September 19, 2014


Service to be held:

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.


Donald Henry Gardner, 79, Fairburn, SD, died September 19, 2014, at Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Donald Henry Gardner was born June 5, 1935, in Sturgis, South Dakota, to Bert and Daisy Gardner. Don lived in Fairburn, South Dakota, which he called home for over 20 years.
He was a logger, trader, collector, hunter, fisherman, gardener and a blue ribbon winemaker. Don and his brother Dell owned and operated a tree trimming service and also the Caputa store during the 1980’s. Don and his wife Karyl also owned and operated the Oglala Store for a couple years before they retired to Fairburn. Don was a man of numerous talents and trades and was loved by many.
His loving family whom he is survived by are, his wife, Rosie; his daughters, Shanna Parker and Donita Pena and her husband Ray; his sons, Johnny Gardner and his wife Kim, Tony Gardner, and step-son Justin King; also are his children Don, Richard, Randy, Rickita and Tanya; sister, Virginia Utter and her husband Dave; sister-in-law Sharon Gardner; nephews, Bob Gardner, David Utter, Darrell Utter; niece, Susie Utter; grandchildren, Brandy Jojola, Casey Olguin, Dustin Parker and his wife Stephanie, Bella Pena, Tanner Parker, Nikko Pena, Brittany Gardner, Shay Gardner, Kenneth Englert, Bryce King, RJ Pena, Cody Gardner and Amber King; and eight great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dell Gardner; Karyl King; and nephew, Michael Gardner.
Graveside services will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Fairburn Cemetery.



Dean Patrick O'Dea

July 30, 1936 - September 15, 2014


Service to be held:

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:30pm


Dean Patrick O'Dea, 78, Spearfish, died Monday, September 15, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Funeral services are scheduled at 1:30pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Whitewood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, from noon to 5:00pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Dean and his twin brother, Dennis Paul, were born on July 30, 1936, in Philip, the son of John and Edna (Bennett) O'Dea. He was one of a set of identical twins to a family of fifteen children. He attended the Empire and Fairplay rural schools and his mother later home schooled the kids for a time. He then attended Philip High School. After high school he worked as a farmhand for a neighbor, where he met Sally Sundstrom in 1955. She was a schoolteacher that taught a number of Dean's siblings. They were married in 1956 and were blessed with five children. The couple moved to Lead where Dean worked in the Homestake Mine for three years, until they moved to Whitewood where he worked in any capacity that was needed including marshal, city maintenance man, fire chief, police chief, garbage man, and he took care of the cemetery. He faithfully worked for about ten years, until 1978, when the family moved to Vale and he began work at American Colloid. In 1982, he then went to work for Warf Mining Company until his retirement in 2000 when he went back to the family farm. He enjoyed his time on the farm until he was no longer able, then he moved to Spearfish and lived at Serenity Corner for the past three years where he was safe and well cared for.
Dean is survived by his sons, Randy (Betty) O'Dea, Gillette, WY, Marty (Dale) O'Dea, Whitewood, SD, Daniel (Lois) O'Dea, Vale, SD, Matthew (Koreen) O'Dea, Vale, SD; daughter, LaVera O'Dea-Ford, Vale, SD; brothers, Jack (Charlotte) O'Dea, Midland, Gene O'Dea, Hot Springs, Jim (Vonnie) O'Dea, Howes, Jerry O'Dea, Hot Springs, Leo O'Dea, Hot Springs, and Richard O'Dea, Hot Springs; sisters, Maurine Hagler, Meridian, ID, Phyllis (Marvin) Coleman, Quinn, Lillian (Eddie) DeKnikker, Gettysburg, Lorraine Smith, Emmett, ID, Mary Bauer, Rapid City, and Rosella (Tom) O'Bryan, Bagley, MN; five grandsons, four granddaughters, ten great-grandsons, and nine great-granddaughters.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sally; one grandson, Jesse; one great-grandson, Tate, twin brother, Dennis; and his sister, Bonna Hagler.
A memorial has been established.



Daisy M. Hareter

January 6, 1935 - September 14, 2014


Service to be held:

10:00 am Saturday, September 20, 2014


Daisy M. Hareter, 79, Grand Junction, CO, Died Sunday September 14, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, CO.

Visitation will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday September 19, 2014 At Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Saturday September 20, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Sean Donnelly officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.

Daisy was born in Spearfish, South Dakota on January 6, 1935 to Agnes Muriel and Lee Thomas. She went to Spearfish grade schools and high school. Daisy worked for the Dorsett home in Spearfish for 3 years before injuring her back putting her into retirement on disability. She also worked at the Canyon Café, the Hills Drive in Spearfish and the Best Western in Sturgis for a couple years each.

Daisy moved to Casper, Wyoming in 1994 and then moved to Grand Junction, CO in 2010. She enjoyed having company and visiting with family and friends, reading (while she had her vision), cooking, baking and working outside with her flower gardens. She also loved listening to music especially Polka music. Daisy attended Pear Park Baptist Church and St. Mary’s Life Center.

Survivors include 2 sons, Bob Syers, Grand Junction, CO and James (Peggie) Cook Whitewood, South Dakota. Four daughters: Kathy Syers, Grand Junction, CO; Shirley Hahka and John Oliver Whitewood, South Dakota; Helen (Edward) Petitt, Grand Junction, CO; and Dixie (Dale) Walker, Grand Junction, CO. Grandchildren include: Currin, Velvet (Kyle), Cubby, Sherianne, Scott (Caroline), Jimmy Lee (Willa), Sarah (Francisco), Alson and Amorie.
Great grandchildren: Dartanian, Celeste, Perry, Kalvin, Corey, Amanda, Adam, MaKinzie, Jonathan, Landen, McKayla, Heidi, little Francisco, and Gabriel. Great-great grandchildren: Tatum and Kierra. Also her lifelong best friend, Virginia Meisel of Spearfish, South Dakota, her bothers Bill (Thelma), Richard (Georgia), Roger and Sisters Linda and Joanne, And numerous nephews and nieces.

Proceeded in death by her mother Agnes, her Father Lee, grandson Trampus Haize and sister Sylvia.