Marian V. Winkler

April 27, 1924 - February 14, 2017


Service to be held:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.


Marian V. (Janke) Winkler was born April 27, 1924, at home in rural Meade County to Edward and Theresa (Trinklebach) Janke. She attended elementary school at a nearby country school. In 1939, the family moved to the Horse Creek area and she attended high school in Newell graduating in 1942. She was married to Rodney "Bill" Winkler on December 27, 1942. They made their home on the ranch north of Newell for 50 years. In the early years on the ranch, they produced cattle and sheep, and Marian raised turkeys for sale to markets in the East. Later years the ranch was operated as a sheep ranch. Marian was involved in the record keeping and daily operation of the ranch, checking on the sheep herd each day. She knew the pastures, creek crossings and fence lines better than anyone else and her vigilance saved the lives of many lambs. They received awards for range management and conservation practices.
Visitors to the ranch were always welcome and invited in for meals or coffee and cookies. Marian enjoyed the activities and fellowship of the Pollyanna Extension Club winning many ribbons at the Butte County Fair for her sewing and baking. She served as Matron of Honor in the Newell Chapter of the Eastern Star and enjoyed the fellowship of the Past Matron's group in Spearfish. She enjoyed card games with family and neighbors and playing the piano and later the organ for sing-a-longs. The Janke sisters and their families always celebrated holidays and birthdays together. Her children, David and Judy, were a top priority in her life. She was always supportive of their activities and proud of their accomplishments.
Marian belonged to the United Church of Christ in Newell where she was a member of the choir for several years. She attended the UCC in Spearfish after moving from the ranch in 1993 when her husband passed away.
Marian, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Belle Estate Senior Living in Belle Fourche, SD.
She is survived by her son, David Winkler of Newell, SD; her daughter, Judy (Kermit) Johnson, living near Deadwood, SD; her three grandchildren, Paul (Cheyenne) Winkler at the ranch north of Newell, Eric Johnson, Seattle, WA, and Michael Johnson, Oakland, CA; five great-grandchildren, Cherokee, Wyatt, Garrett, Clint, and Cody Rose Winkler, all at the ranch north of Newell; four sisters, Norine Carswell of Rapid City, Alma Laumer of Lennox, SD, Betty Dahlberg of The Dalles, OR, and Lola (Kenneth) Pascoe of Spearfish; as well as 18 nieces and nephews.
Marian was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Rodney "Bill" Winkler; her sister, Elvera Minty of Seattle, WA; and her daughter-in-law, Beverly Winkler of Newell, SD.
Visitation will be Monday, February 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the UCC Church in Spearfish with Pastor Gordon Higgins officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.



Kindra Kay Aaker

December 9, 1964 - February 13, 2017


Service to be held:

Friday, February 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.


Kindra Kay Aaker was born December 9, 1964, to Floyd and Lila (Loughlin) Aaker in Sturgis, SD. She had one older sister, Connie, and they spent their whole lives by each other's side. She grew up in Bison, SD. Kindra faced many obstacles. She was short in stature but big in personality.
She was her grandma Loughlin's little angel.
Kindra's spunk, wit, stubbornness, and good heart made her taller than anyone else. She loved children and capturing life's greatest moments on camera. Kindra had a love of basketball and was a huge fan of the Winner Warriors and the Bison Cardinals. She worked at the Bison Bar for thirteen years and met many new friends throughout those years.
Kindra was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2015. She fought that battle hard and with the grace and fortitude that she did with every other obstacle she ever faced.
She was set free to be with her beloved mom and dad on February 13, 2017, at 2:17 a.m. surrounded by those that loved her most.
She is survived by her sister, Connie, and one niece, Brittnee, both of Bison. Kindra loved Brittnee very much and Brittnee loved her back. She is also survived by her three favorite puppies, Spud, Copper, and Mystique. She has 2 surviving aunts, Ellen Schick and Liz Loughlin, both of Sturgis, SD; many cousins; and lots of friends who were more like family.
She was preceded in death by her dad and mom; both sets of grandparents, Floyd and Ruth Loughlin and Ole and Ella Aaker; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm with family services at 1:00 p.m. until service time on Friday, February 17, 2017.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the American Lutheran Church in Bison with Pastor Tera Lowe officiating. She will be buried at the Bison cemetery next to her mom. Lunch will be served after the burial at the American Lutheran Church in the basement.
A memorial has been established.



Harold Paul Thomas

July 22, 1924 - February 6, 2017


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Harold was born July 22, 1924 in Dalzell, SD, to Paul and Elizabeth (Kramer) Thomas.
Harold attended and graduated Rapid City High School. He served in the US Army in WWII from 1943 until 1945. Harold married Mary Jane Maier on May 20, 1962, in Rapid City, SD. He was an auto mechanic and after working numerus other garages, he settled in at Thomas Auto with his brother until his retirement. Harold loved to play and teach his granddaughters the organ, take them fishing, and eat crab with them on Friday nights. One of his many sayings was, "I never have met a stranger."
Harold P. Thomas, 92, Rapid City, died Monday, February 6, 2017, at his home in Rapid City.
Harold is survived by his three daughters, Michelle (Brian) Smith, Omaha, NE, Diane (Terry) Upton, Jacksonville, AL, and Barbara (Bob) Watson, Roswell, NM; one brother, Frank Thomas, Rapid City; one sister, Betty Bloom, UT; seven grandchildren, Isabella and Olivia Smith, Steve and David Griffith, Stacy Upton, Meredith Scott, and Travis Watson; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane; one daughter, Cindy Griffith; one grandson; and one brother, Leland Thomas.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Rapid City, SD. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Story Book Island in Rapid City.



William Dean "Bill" Orwick

February 7, 1937 - February 9, 2017


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Bill was born February 7, 1937 in Deadwood, SD, to Christian and Kathryn Margaret (Sheridan) Orwick.
He grew up on the family ranch at Mud Butte, SD, attending country school at Mud Butte. He was an exceptional student and was allowed to skip two grades.
He graduated from Newell High School and attended Regis College in Denver, CO, and then served in the US Army for two years, mostly in Germany before returning to the family ranch. In 2007, Bill moved to Belle Fourche where he lived for the rest of his life.
Bill was very good with horses and enjoyed raising and training them. He became interested in Morgan horses and drove a pickup with a stock rack to Chicago where he bought a stallion.
William Dean “Bill” Orwick, 80, Belle Fourche, died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Belle Fourche Long Term Care Center.
Survivors include his brother James (Joyce) Orwick; sister in law, Susan Orwick; several cousins and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Betty Jean; brothers, Richard and Howard Orwick; two nephews, Dick and Matt Orwick; one niece Julie Orwick Sexton; one sister in law, Ida Mae Orwick.
Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday February 14, 2017, at the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell. Rosary services will begin at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with Father John Paul Trask officiating. Burial with military honors follows at the Hope Cemetery in Newell.
Memorials have been established to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mud Butte and the Mud Butte Fire Department.



Mildred Marie Willson

January 19, 1919 - February 8, 2017


Service to be held:

Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.


Mildred was born January 19, 1919 in Lusk, WY, to Clarence and Arta (Anderson) Leeling. She married Frank Willson on March 2, 1940, in Deadwood, SD. In 1946, they purchased land south of Whitewood in in 1953, began raising Angus cattle.
Mildred Willson, 98, of Whitewood, SD, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Jim and Donna of Whitewood and Vern and Shirley of Black Hawk, SD; one daughter, Irene Wehner of Whitewood; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, siblings, and a son-in-law.
Visitation will be Friday, February 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Whitewood Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jil Jennewein officiating.
Interment will be at St. Onge Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Whitewood Presbyterian Church Benevolence Fund.



Jeanette Claire Thacker

July 10, 1932 - February 6, 2017


Service to be held:

At A Later Date


Jeanette Claire (Shostrom) Thacker was born in Deadwood, SD, on July 10, 1932, to A.H "Lex" & Stelline (Van Heuvelen) Shostrom. She attended Deadwood schools and graduated from Deadwood High School in 1950. While in school she enjoyed tap dancing, tumbling and other sports. She was honored Queen of Bethel #4, Job’s Daughters, in 1950.
She married Fred Thacker in October 1950. From this union, three children were born: "Tass" Kathleen, Bruce, and "Beaner" Jean. Jeanette was very involved in her children's activities including frequent competitions with the Deadwood Swim Club and the Terry Peak Ski Racing teams. She kept detailed picture albums and scrapbooks for each of her children, and made all of their Halloween costumes along with many of their clothes by hand. Jeanette and Fred separated and divorced in the early 1970's.
Jeanette worked for Black Hills Abstract for several years. In the mid-1970's she opened her own shop, "What's Her Names," where she designed her own hand-sewn "Made by Jet" fashions, along with many other things.
Jeanette worked as a telephone operator and in other office departments for Homestake Mining Company from 1977 to 1993, when she happily retired to spend her days doing art and craft projects in her home.
She loved to make unique miniature displays including a large and well-stocked General Store, a Soda Fountain in an old cookie tin and a Laundry Room inside a Tide detergent container. Her Mouse House contained nine cleverly and intricately decorated miniature rooms.
She made a miniature replica of her daughter Tass' office, complete with world souvenirs, camera, slide photos, skis, mini-cactus, a black cat, and a bulletin board of her photos with note saying "call mom." Her daughter Beaner's miniature room includes skis, snowboards, a pool table and darts, a St. Bernard on a rug in front of the fireplace, plants in pink pots, and tiny pictures of her grandkids. Her son Bruce's miniature room garage features an immaculate work bench with shiny tools, dog, a mounted deer head, chainsaws, racing motorcycles and snowmobiles.
Jeanette loved to read, watch old movies, Saturday Night Live, and the Oscars. She enjoyed travel and collecting antiques. She collected hundreds of dolls. About twenty of them were called "the girls" and she changed their clothes with every season and holiday and created little tableaus of their activities. She made her own very creative greeting cards using photos of her dolls having fun together.
Jeanette had a keen eye for fashion and was always stylishly dressed. She was in her 50's when she got her first Vogue subscription.
She was the first person in the family to start skiing. She then taught all three of her children to ski. The family spent most weekends camping and water skiing at Pactola Lake. She had a great sense of humor.
She loved dogs, especially her American Samoyed, Casper, and her Shitzu, Hairy Barker.
Jeanette belonged to Beta Sigma Phi, Historic Deadwood-Lead Arts Council, Northern Hills Doll Club, and the Lawrence County Historical Society. She volunteered at the Adam’s Memorial Museum and helped work on displays.
The most important thing to her was spending time with her family. She was an amazing mother and was also loved by many of her children's friends. She will be greatly missed. She died after a short, rapid descent into Alzheimer's on February 6, 2017.
She is survived by her daughter, Tass Thacker (Bruce B. Junek) of Rapid City; son, Bruce Thacker (Tracy) of Lead; and daughter, Beaner Thacker (Rock Reman) of Whitewood; grandchildren, Guy Reman (Beth), Karl Thacker (Rhonda Anderson), and Suzanne Hays (Kyle); great-grandchildren, Tristyn, Taytum, Dylan, Carson, Madi, Niveah, Benton, Jersey, and Hailey; her brother, Keith Shostrom (Joyce); and nephews, John Shostrom and Mark Shostrom.
The family would like to express deep gratitude to the staff at Golden Ridge assisted living, and the amazing nurses at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital for treating her with such compassion and dignity. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Thom Groeger.
A celebration of her life will be held in the spring. Jeanette will be buried at Mt. Moriah in Deadwood.
A memorial in her name may be made to the Black Hills Children’s Center in Rockerville.



Vera Marie Dutton

January 3, 1927 - February 4, 2017


Service to be held:

Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.


Vera was born on the Collins Homestead near Plainview, SD, on January 3, 1927, to William and Ida Collins. She graduated Valedictorian from Faith High School in 1945, then went on to receive her teaching certificate from Black Hills Normal School later that same year. Vera taught in a one room school house for the next three years, riding horseback 18 miles to school every week.
In 1943, she started "going steady" with her classmate, Harold Dutton, and in the summer of 1945 they were engaged, and were married on June 25, 1947. After their wedding, the couple made their home on the Dutton Ranch, where they lived until moving to Spearfish in 2007.
Vera was proud of their time on the ranch and took an active part in the day-to-day operations. Their stewardship was recognized in 1989 when they were selected as the State Range Managers of the year. In 2015, Vera traveled to the State Fair in Huron to receive recognition as a Centennial Ranch. She loved animals and horses, even reminiscing of how she rode a bronc for the full 8 seconds at the Faith Stock Show when she was just 18. Vera liked to garden and loved to cook, especially seeing others enjoy her food. Vera was a tender loving person, always thinking of others before herself. She was extremely sharp minded and could recall facts and details because she truly cared about others. Vera was an accomplished musician, playing the piano, accordion, harmonica, violin, and guitar, all by ear. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona, and taught Sunday School and Bible School and was active in the Ladies Aide group. She served her church eagerly with honor and praise, and later served on the Resident Council at Edgewood Vista and faithfully played the piano for Edgewood chapel services up until three weeks before her death. She said playing the piano was good for her spirit and kept her fingers nimble. She also provided her musical talents as an RSVP volunteer.
Family was important to her. She rarely missed any family event or activity. Her last request was to insure her kids were OK and to tell us to hug and kiss our kids every day.
Vera Marie (Collins) Dutton, 90, Spearfish, died Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center in Spearfish.
Vera is survived by her sons, Melvin (Marcia) Dutton, Faith, David (Bonnie) Dutton, Spearfish, and Daryle (Stacey) Dutton, Tempe, AZ; daughter, Linda (Dennis) Anders-Hathaway, Mud Butte; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ida; her husband, Harold; one daughter, Sheree' Dutton; six brothers, Leo, Lloyd, John, Tom, Ralph, and Elmer; one sister, Alyce Johnson; and a great-grandson, Gabriel Dutton.
Visitation will be Friday, February 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish with Pastor Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will be at the Dutton Family Ranch Cemetery at a later date.
A memorial has been established in her name to the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona, SD.



Mary Ellen Baker

March 27, 1947 - February 6, 2017


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017


Mary was born to Leach and Edna (Farnsworth) Bryant on March 27, 1947. She was raised on the family ranch in Pleasant Valley, Meade County, SD. She attended a rural elementary school then attended high school in Sturgis, SD, graduating in 1966.
On December 9, 1967, she was united in marriage to Raymond F. Baker in Piedmont, SD. She moved to the family ranch in Hereford, SD, where they raised their five children; Cody, Tonya, Roxona, Lawonza, and Joseph. She resided on the family ranch until moving to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in June of 2002. Special thanks are offered to the staff of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.
Mary was a very dedicated and beloved mother. She enjoyed horses and did a wonderful job raising numerous bum lambs. She was also a helpful hand to many in the community helping out by babysitting kids in the community. Mary was an advocate for youth in 4-H and was a leader of the Hereford Helpers 4-H club for several years and a member of the Hereford sewing circle. She also worked the Hereford precinct election board for many years. In her later years, her focus was on her beloved eight grandchildren and taking in all their activities.
Mary Ellen Baker, 69, died Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in New Underwood after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Raymond Baker, rural New Underwood, SD; children, Cody (Lynn) Baker, Rapid City, SD, Tonya Baker, Union Center, SD, Roxona (Dana) Thompson, Lawonza (Brad) Montague, and Joseph Baker, all of New Underwood, SD; and eight grandchildren, Trevor and Nicholas Baker, Keely (Kenny Carmichael), Rowdy, and Luke Thompson, Taylin and Kade Montague, and Hank Baker. In addition, she is survived by one sister, Ida Tryon; five brothers, Elmer Bryant, Roy Bryant, John Bryant, Paul Bryant, and Dave (Gracia) Bryant; and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Leach and Edna Bryant; two brothers, Louis Bryant and Dale Bryant; one niece, Chelsey Bryant; and one great-niece, Vicky Evans.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Burial will be at the Baker Family Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.



Norma June Skavang

June 27, 1928 - February 2, 2017


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2017


Norma was born June 27, 1928, in Miller, SD, to Trubert James and Pearl (Brachvogel) Gravett. She was the oldest of six children. After high school graduation in Wessington in 1946, Norma moved to Huron to work. While employed as a bank teller she met her future husband on a blind date. She married Richard Rudolph Skavang on June 12, 1949 in the Crocker Lutheran Church. Shortly after they married, they moved to Hot Springs where their daughter, Pam (1952), and son, Gary (1953), were born. In 1955, they moved to Sturgis where Dick operated a Standard Station for 42 years. Son, Bob, was born in 1959 in Deadwood.
Norma participated in many activities - whatever the family was doing – camping, golfing, boating at the lake, skating, sledding, or snow skiing. Some activities she enjoyed more than others! Throughout the years she was active in Jaycettes, Voter Registration Board, and the Hospital Auxiliary. She belonged to the Martha Circle at Grace Lutheran Church. She loved doing crafts for many years and was especially talented in her embroidery. She spent many hours sewing for the Sturgis Senior Center and the Sturgis Hospital gift shop.
Norma, 88, Sturgis, died Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Survivors include one daughter, Pam (Glenn) Garvin, Sacramento, CA; one son, Bob Skavang, Sturgis; a sister, Charlotte Paulson, Huron, SD; two brothers, Stanley (Virginia) Gravett, Newnan, GA, and Chancy (Marjorie) Gravett, Boise, ID; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick, a sister, Shirley Paulson; a brother, William (Bill) Gravett, and her son, Gary.
Memorials have been established to Grace Lutheran Church and Sturgis Senior Citizens Center.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.



Anna Irene Stenerson

April 26, 1921 - February 3, 2017


Service to be held:

1:30 pm Sturday, February 11, 2017


Anna was born April 26, 1921 to Mikal Norman and Anna Marie Moe Iverson on their Ladner farm, Ladner, SD. Anna grew up with her 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
She attended Ladner grade school, then attended high school in Camp Crook, SD.
Anna married Edson Richard Stenerson on April 26, 1938, 2 weeks before she completed her freshman year. They were married 52 years.
Annie and Eddie lived in Camp Crook, SD, Hardin, Montana, then later settling on their farm at Ladner, SD. To this union were 10 children: Edson Mikal (Micky) , David LeRoy, Jerry Lee, Karen Irene, Karl Iver, Robert Arland, Myrna Louise, LeAnna Kay, DiAnna Fay, and Joseph Lewis.
Anna's greatest love was her children. She would read the Bible, books, and make up stories and write in her own little books. She taught many games, especially scrabble, teaching crafts, sewing, making bread and being a wonderful role model!Annie held the role of 'Scrabble Queen'
Annie was rural mail carrier for approximately 45 years. She was one of the first EMTs in Ladner, a Home Health aide in Buffalo, wrote Ladner news for Nation Center paper, and a neighbor who loved company.
Annie and Eddie opened their home and hearts to young and old. They were support to all during many life experiences and their home was a safe haven. Many young persons boarded during winter months to attend school. They were considered family members!
Annie did not know the word 'bored'! She was a gifted quilt maker, sewed clothes for her children, grew gardens, canned food, collected rocks, hiked, climbed Bear Butte, and loved to explore!
Annie loved to travel! Her handle was 'Roadrunner"! She visited all 48 lower states and 2 countries. In 2004, she jumped the Grand River with her Nissan. Many of her grandchildren will tell of being taught to drive while on the mail route.
Anna Irene Iverson Stenerson, 95, died February 3, 2017 at Russellville Arkansas at her home surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her children. Sons: Edson (Micky), St. Francisville, La. , David, Jerry (Linda), Buffalo, SD, Karl (Barbara), Horicon, Wisconsin, Robert (Dawn) McKenna, Washington, Joseph (Cheri) Chandler, Arizona. Daughters: Karen (Sherman) Ruona, Canon City, Colorado, Myrna (Robby) Gumpenberger, Russellville, Arkansas, LeAnna Short, Wichita Kansas, DiAnna (Alvin Kasper) Gray, Salina, Kansas. Including 72 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, 2 Brothers: Iver (Bev) Iverson, San Manuel, Arizona, Norman (Lenora) Iverson , Des Moines Iowa. Sister, Elvida Hack, Radcliff, Kentucky. Sisters in laws: Gladys Stenerson Sonne, Albany ,Oregon, Verna Stenerson, Hardin, Mt, Vera Iverson, Questa, New Mexico and cousin Marcella Erickson, Rapid City, SD.
Numerous nieces and nephews.
Anna is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edson, 3 grandchildren:
Andrew Allen Stenerson, Jae Louis Stenerson, and Sabrina Marie Stenerson Hagler. Son in law Joseph Mayabb. Daughter in law Joann Scroggins Stenerson Brothers: Arthur Iverson, Arley Iverson. Sisters: Dorothy Iverson Parfrey, Olga Iverson Tuomi.
Visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD on Friday, February 10, from 2 to 4 pm.
Services will be at Camp Crook community center on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm with David Waller officiating.
Memorials may be made to Myrna Gumpenberger ,239 Willsfield Rd., Russellville, Arkansas 72802-1312.



Stella Arlene Taylor

March 4, 1923 - February 1, 2017


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m on Monday, February 6, 2017


Stella was born March 4, 1923, to Jacob and Minnie Ochsner on the family ranch near Gopher, SD. Her early childhood was spent on the ranch with her three sisters and six brothers. Stella graduated from Isabel High School in 1941. Following High School graduation, Stella attended Northern State College from 1941-1943 and received a teaching certificate.
She met the love of her life, Paul (Hank) Taylor, at a dance in Isabel and they were married in September 1943. That same year, they moved to California where Hank was employed by the Los Angeles Police Department and Stella worked at the Naval Ship Yard in Long Beach. She held that position while Hank was in the U.S. Army until his discharge in 1947. The couple then moved back to South Dakota to the ranch north of Dupree. Stella taught country school for ten years. During that time in 1948 their son, Terry, was born and in 1950 their daughter, Cheryl, was born. In 1954, Hank was elected Ziebach County Sherriff and they moved into Dupree.
Stella was determined to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in education and attended summer school for several years at both Northern State in Aberdeen and USD in Vermillion. Education was a priority for Stella and she continued teaching at both the elementary and high school level until her retirement in 1984.
One of Stella’s favorite pastimes was horse racing. Hank owned and trained several thoroughbreds along with their son, Terry. Stella, through luck or wisdom, or a combination of both, invariably came out a winner. In 1985, following retirement from their professions, Hank and Stella retired to their 10 acre ranch in Piedmont, SD. Hank passed away in 2008 and in 2010 Stella moved into Echo Ridge Lodge independent apartments. In August of 2016, Stella fell and broke her hip and following surgery was moved to Clarkson Health Care where she remained until her death.
Stella Arlene Taylor died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Clarkson Health Care in Rapid City.
Stella is survived by her son, Terry (Barb)Taylor, Rapid City; daughter, Cheryl Marx (Kent Benson), Hot Springs; one sister, Violet Rost, Lead, SD; two brothers, Clarence (Darlene) Ochsner, Salem, OR, and Alvin (Fran) Ochsner Filer, ID; one grandson, James (Amanda) Taylor; two granddaughters, Darci (Kenneth) Guise, Sedro Wooley, WA, and Tami (Aaron) Welsh, Rapid City; four great-grandchildren, Danae and Devon Taylor, Natalie and Nathan Napoli; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.



Ginger Marie Lolley

May 15, 1952 - January 30, 2017


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Ginger was born May 15, 1952, in Lusk, WY, to Oleta and Harry Engebretsen. She grew up on the family ranch north-east of Harrison, NE, attending country school until she began her High School years. She then attended Sioux County High School in Harrison.
In 1969, Ginger met her soul mate and love of her life, Bryan Eugene Lolley. They were united in marriage on February 21, 1970, in Glenrock, WY. To this union, two daughters were born: Monty Jo Lolley and Darby Dee Lolley.
Bryan and Ginger made their home in Edgemont, SD, where Ginger worked at Southern Hills Bank as a teller for many years. After the girls graduated from High School, Bryan and Ginger moved to Gillette, WY. This remained their home for several years. Ginger began working at First National Bank in Gillette before she retired in 2012 and moved to Hayden, ID, to be closer to her daughter, Darby.
Moving to Idaho filled a huge void for Ginger after the death of her beloved husband in 2005, as she enjoyed exploring the wonderful country that Idaho had to offer. She loved to go on hikes, bird watch, see the beauty of nature and more.
Ginger Marie (Engebretsen) Lolley passed into the arms of our Savior on January 30, 2017, at Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene, ID, after a long battle with cancer. She joined her beloved husband, Bryan.
Ginger is survived by her daughters, Monty Jo Lolley of Gillette, WY, and Darby Dee Lolley (Del Wright) of Hayden, ID; her grandchildren that she loved dearly, Brianna Marie Lolley, Jacob Bradly Moody, Londyn Lolley Moody, and Bryce William Barrett all of Gillette and Ian Bryan Wright of Hayden, ID; as well as 2 great-grandchildren, Christian Bryan Gardner and Kaige Jakob Geis of Gillette. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Merrill and Audrey Engebretsen of San Marcus, CA; sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Jim Bialas of Columbus, NE; and brother and sister-in-law, Clay and Gail Engebretsen of Alpine, CA; as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Ginger was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan; her parents; brother, Jerry Engebretsen; and brother, Dan Staudenmaier.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to PBS or Hospice of North Idaho.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis as she will be laid to rest with her husband, Bryan. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion in Sturgis.



Ralph "Don" Bruce

October 25, 1932 - January 30, 2017


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2017


Don was born October 25, 1932, the third of seven children to Carl and Muriel (Aarons) Bruce in White River, SD. He attended school and graduated from Mission High School in 1950.
He married Rose Schubauer on April 17, 1952, in Mission. After traveling to California and Montana, they moved to Sturgis in 1953 and raised their family.
Ralph Donald "Don" Bruce, 84, Sturgis, died Monday, January 30, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Don is survived by his six children, Max (Karen), Gillette, WY, Terry (Linda), Gillette, WY, Gene (Peggy), Sturgis, Debbie (Tim) Patmore, Sturgis, Jerry (Cindy), Sedona, AZ, and Connie (Randy) Berg, Sturgis; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Tom, Dale, and Harry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; his parents; and siblings, Helen, Roy, and Harvey.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:00 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Interment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.



Melvin "Lefty" Albrecht

April 12, 1927 - January 28, 2017


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017


Lefty was born in Hosmer SD, April 12, 1927, to Edward and Anna (Job) Albrecht. He grew up on a farm near Wetonka, SD. He was drafted into the US Army and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan during WWII where he was an infantryman and a truck driver. After the war, he met Evangeline Jahraus where they courted and were married March 13, 1949. In 1956, Lefty and Vangie packed up their kids and belongings and moved to the Black Hills where he worked for the Homestake Mine for 34 years until his retirement in 1990. Lefty enjoyed getting his boys involved in construction projects, spending time at the local dance halls dancing, and on occasion sitting on the back deck having a “cold one” swatting flies – he was the master fly swatter! On any given day, he could be found listening to many different Polkas and Waltzes on the Jukebox! He was also a charter member of the Woodchuck Hunters of America.
Lefty was active in the VFW; he was a lifetime member and was given an award for flying the American Flag every day at his home. He was a very proud American and was more proud of his military service. He was also a lifetime member of the Homestake Veterans Association and the United Steel Workers. Over his life, he completed many construction projects including remodels of the Moose Lodge and signature bar at the VFW and shingling the roof of the First Lutheran Church.
Lefty will be remembered for his sense of humor often telling a joke or showing off his picture of his first girlfriend or just having a friendly conversation. He liked to B.S. and have a good time. He had a kind heart, always helping those in need and always willing to pitch in to lend a hand.
Melvin “Lefty” Albrecht passed away January 28, 2017, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Vangie; two daughters, Debbie (Ray) Stoor and Tami (Ralph) Long; three sons, Steve (Debbie), Mark (Sherilyn), and Brent (Julie); grandchildren, Dawn, Dusk, Adam, Wyatt, Cody, Meggan, Balie, and Matt; fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul, and Tom; and three sisters, Martha Jerke, Annie Bauer, and Marcella Bonnet.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Milbert, Albert, Herbert, and Allan; and two sisters, Gertrude Krietel and Alice Wilson.
Lefty will be missed by his family and those that know him.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD with a luncheon to follow at the Deadwood VFW. Inurnment will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery east of Sturgis.
A memorial will be established.



Shirley Mae Overland

January 8, 1920 - January 26, 2017


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Shirley Mae Overland, 97, was living at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City at the time of her death on January 26, 2017.
In her earlier years while living in Huron, SD, she was very active in her church and also became the director of the Huron Area Senior Center. She was instrumental in changing a dormitory at Huron College into a senior center and housing complex for seniors. It was the first senior center in the nation to be developed on a college campus. During her years as director, it was selected as one of the top 10 senior centers in the nation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Over the years, she was active in programs and committees at the local and national level and received numerous awards and recognition for her work with seniors. In 1981-82, she was recognized in Who's Who of American Women.
Shirley was a "go-getter" and made things happen that improved the quality of life for many seniors. For her daughter, Dianne, who was born with spina bifida, she fought for her right to attend public school and for other rights that were not available to physically challenged people at that time in our history.
In her later years living at Aspen Grove Assisted Living in Sturgis, she loved the motorcycle rally and spent many an hour on the porch at Aspen watching the bikers ride by as well as trips downtown with her daughters to get "closer to the action!" She continued to be an active participant in the activities at Aspen Grove and very much enjoyed having her family close by. They will always remember and treasure their times together.
She was very gracious and accepting of the changes her family "suggested" to her. First was moving from her country home outside Custer into senior apartments in town. The apartments were named Landover (Overland backwards) Estates in recognition of her efforts that helped make the facility a reality. Little did she know that she would someday be living there! She also agreed to give up driving and ultimately moved into assisted living. How fortunate for us that she went along with these major changes in her life! Thanks, dear Mom...
Age and health issues slowed her down in her 90's, but her spirit, sense of humor, and outlook on life remained strong, positive, and fearless - a tribute to her faith and the strength she gained from it.
Memorial service will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Custer Lutheran Fellowship with and inurnment at Riverside Cemetery in Huron in the spring.



Joseph Eugene DesJarlais

July 11, 1939 - January 27, 2017


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2017


Joseph Eugene DesJarlais was born to Joseph Henry and Mae (Hammond) DesJarlais in Murdo, SD, on July 11, 1939. Joe’s mother taught school on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. His father was one of the early cowboys who drove cattle from Texas to Kansas and on to Belle Fourche and Montana on what we know as the Chisolm Trail. He later bought a barbershop, hotel and saloon in Norris, all of which he traded for a ‘37 Chevy during the depression. He loaded his family and moved to Sturgis in 1940. In 1941, his father purchased the farm property which has since served as the family residence.
Joe grew up in Sturgis where his earliest job was working as a shoe shine boy in his dad’s barbershop. Joe had a passion for visiting the surrounding towns, attending Saturday night dances during his high school days. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He graduated in 1958 from Brown High School then attended college in Ames, Iowa, studying architecture.
Joe met his wife, Sylvia Kramer who was also attending college in Ames as a Nursing student. They were married 4 months later in August 1960 and moved to Des Moines where they had 3 children. Joe worked for Capp homes as an Architect and Sylvia worked in the local hospital as an RN.
Joe returned to Sturgis in 1964 when his father became ill. He attended Barber school in Fargo, ND, and took over the Midway barbershop on Main Street Sturgis. He later opened the People Place but had a temporary setback due to cardiac problems and moved his business to his home in 1983. Joe was active in the Jaycees, Lions Club, and helping with the Boy Scouts program.
Joe bought his boyhood home from his mother in 1970 and began building his vision of paradise from the ground up. Using plans from high school drafting class he and his family built their current home and he continued building and shaping the property right up until his death.
Joe worked on the planning and zoning committee in Sturgis and later served on the city council for 5 years. He was very active with the Mended Hearts association, more importantly as a voice for the children of Mended Little Hearts, which is a program dedicated to patients and families of children with congenital heart disease and improving their quality of life.
His hobbies were too many to mention but enjoyed hunting and fishing with his kids, gold panning, and especially wood working, glass etching, and any new creative building project he dreamed up.
One of the legacies he left for his boys was an annual camping trip. It all started in 1969 over Memorial Day, a tradition that has continued every year for the last 46 years.
Another one of Joe’s favorite events started with a few friends staying with them during the Sturgis Rally over 30 years ago. The group of friends has grown over the years and his presence will be sorely missed.
Joe passed away January 27, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital from complications relating to longstanding cardiovascular disease.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; sister, Devee (Cliff) Lushbough, Aurora CO; daughter, Tami DesJarlais, Sturgis; son, Joe (Sharon), Westminster, CO; son, Scott (Amy), South Pittsburg, TN; and grandchildren, Kristina, Joe, Ryan, Tyler, and Maggie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Henry and Mae DesJarlais.
Memorial services will be held Monday, January 30, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association.



Richard Travis Copeland

February 23, 1937 - January 27, 2017


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Richard was born to Benjamin and Lessie (Smith) Copeland on February 23, 1937 in Cheneville, LA.
Richard served in the Air Force for 22 years. He loved to read in his spare time and listening to his favorite artist Patsy Cline.
Richard Travis Copeland died January 27, 2017 at Fort Meade Medical Center in Sturgis; SD.
He is survived by his 2 daughters Catherine Kuntz of Black Hawk, SD; Christine Anschutz of Midland, TX; son, Richard Copeland of Komo, TX; ex-wife Jennie Copeland , Bonner Springs, KS;7 grandchildren. Richard is proceded in death by his parents, sister and brother.
Graveside Services with military honors will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Kinkade Funeral Chapel.



Patricia Rose Plaggemeyer

September 5, 1943 - January 22, 2017


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m.Saturday, January 28, 2017


Patty was born in Lead, SD, on September 5, 1943, to George and Blanche Sargent. Growing up, she attended the Catholic school where she was active in volleyball, basketball, and loved being in the school plays.
Patty grew up with a large family which included six protective brothers and three sisters. She enjoyed sledding down the steep hills in the wintertime in Deadwood with her siblings.
In 1966, Patty married Danny Gurwell at the Phil Town Hotel. They had one daughter, Sonya. They later divorced. In 1969, Patty married Neil Plaggemeyer and together, they shared five children: one daughter, Tanya, and three sons, Mike, Marty, and Troy.
They resided in Sturgis and later moved to Kansas for a short period of time. They moved back to Sturgis where they divorced.
Patty was a hard worker. She worked at McKee's Nursing Home in Sturgis and later at Bob's Family Restaurant where everyone always asked to sit at her station. Patty also had a second job working nights at the Trailside General Store.
Patty worked towards getting her CNA and began working at the Sturgis Community Nursing Home. Patty's last job was at the Fort Meade VA Hospital where she worked for 13 years upon retiring at the age of 71 after receiving numerous awards.
Patty loved working with the elderly people. This was her passion. She truly had a place in their hearts. They were sad when she left and asked about her often. The men often compared her to the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor.
Patty truly had a heart of gold! She would do anything for anyone, even give them the shirt off her back. She did the best she could at being a single mom of five children. She loved her children unconditionally and taught them service.
Patty's pastime enjoyments included going to the park with her kids and grandchildren for a picnic and a good game of volleyball.
She looked forward to her brother, Jimmy, coming up the hill to enjoy a cup of coffee and some Weimer's doughnuts. Patty and Jimmy were the youngest and were very close.
Patty was a fan of the slots and enjoyed on occasional trip to Deadwood. She was also a fan of the late Elvis Presley. She had many friends and coworkers that enjoyed her spunky attitude and beautiful spirit.
As a true friend, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she will always be in our hearts and we will remember the memories we created forever.
Patricia Rose Plaggemeyer, 73, Evanston, WY, and formerly of Sturgis, passed away peacefully January 22, 2017, at the Evanston Regional Hospital.
Patty is survived by her sister, Betty Sullivan, Rapid City; one brother, Jerry (LeeAnn) Sargent, Nemo, SD; daughters, Sonya (Bryan) Sowers and Tanya Sexton; three sons, Mike (Rikki) Plaggemeyer, Marty Plaggemeyer (girlfriend, Sandy), and Troy Plaggemeyer (girlfriend, Debbie); 17 grandchildren, Christie Lea, Joey, Jacob, Daniel, Sean (Jessy), Isaiah, Hannah, Leah, Michael, Kamille, Beth, Holly, Renee, Elaina, Lexi, and Presley; and 6 great-grandchildren, Jesse, Conner, Tyson, Bella, Aveya, and Raelynn.
Visitation will be Friday, January 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Dick, Raymond, Roger, Jimmy, and Ronnie; and two sisters, June and Doris.
A memorial has been established to the VA Hospital Veterans.



James R. "Bob" Hanson

October 3, 1918 - January 24, 2017


Service to be held:

1:00 pm, Saturday, January 28, 2017


Today January 24, 2017, James Robert "Bob" Hanson, a true American hero rode off into his last sunset. His story began on the plains of South Dakota, born on the family farm in Bison to James Henry and Elsie Bertina (Knutson) on October 3, 1918. His mother taught him and his siblings in grade school. He went on to attend high school in Bison and ag school in Brookings.
He was drafted in the first round, but elected to enlist so he could pick his branch of service. Being a horseman, he chose the cavalry. He arrived in France June 9, 1944, three days after D-Day. He was injured and captured on August 4, 1944. He was held captive for 10 months, weighing only 85 pounds when he was liberated on May 8, 1945.
Upon returning to the family farm, he found and courted his leading lady, Donna Wright, a local school teacher who had many admirers. On December 9, 1946, the two snuck off to Broadus, MT, to get married, in a suit he borrowed from his brother, Leland. They completed their posse with 3 boys; Terry, Jim, and Erick (Ricky). This posse roamed all over the west, settling in such places as Broadus, Moorcroft, Recluse, Hullett, and Bison.
After retiring from the Sheriff's office in Bison, he and his leading lady set up camp in Washington State coming to the aid of his kinfolk, Erick and Kathy, as they settled their homestead. As always, Bison called to this cowboy. Upon their return, they settled in the house on Rogers street.
This cowboy never met a stranger, and has touched the lives of many people. He always had a joke or story to bring a smile to your face, and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He broke horses and blacksmithed into his 90's, teaching these trades to anyone willing to learn. This was one of his many legacies that will live on.
His last few years were spent with family in Gillette. It took a village to keep up with him.
Awaiting his arrival on the other side are his leading lady, Donna; posse members, Terry, Jim, and Erick; parents, Jim and Elsie; brothers, Bud, Leland, and Llewellyn; and sisters, Genevieve, Mildred, and Evelyn (Tootsie).
Hands left to tend the camp are daughters-in-law, Kathy and Jo; grandchildren, Sheila (Doug), Tanya (Ray), Josh (Michelle), Adam (Cas), Amber (Tim), Dawn (Brandon), Justin (Christina), Teresa (John), and Shane (Krista); 20 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Bentley Building in Bison, SD, with Pastor Brad Abelseth officiating, with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Burial with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in his name.



Lucille Denese "Nunny" Tysdal

December 6, 1929 - January 22, 2017


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017


Nunny was born December 6, 1929, on her grandfather's ranch at White Owl, SD, to Jimmie and Ethel "Honey" (Horton) Simons. The family lived for 9 years at White Owl before moving to Marcus. They moved to Plainview where they owned and operated the Plainview Store. Nunny graduated from Faith High School in 1947.
Nunny met Clinton Tysdal at a country dance. They were married April 20, 1949, at Red Owl. They lived north of Red Owl before buying the Phillips place east of Red Owl. They leased the old Tysdal Ranch for 25 years. They retired in 1995 and moved to Sturgis. Nunny and Clinton wintered in Wickenburg, AZ, for 20 years where she made many friends and the ladies there still call their weekly get togethers after Nunny. It was often said she could have been elected Mayor of Wickenburg.
Nunny kept her coffee pot hot and usually a stop at her home meant pie and coffee or if near meal time a wholesome meal would be ready and she insisted everyone stay for the meal. Hospitality was her motto.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, the VFW Auxiliary, and the Red Owl Decksters Card Club.
Lucille Denese "Nunny" Tysdal 87. Elwood, NE, and formerly of Sturgis, died Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Elwood Care Center.
Survivors include her son, Wade (Pat) Tysdal, Johnson Lake, NE; daughter, Wendi (Jeff) Kranz, Kranzburg, SD; two sisters, Bonnie Hunt, Custer, SD, and Phoenix, AZ, and Ting (Volmer) Jensen, Sturgis and Chandler, AZ; five grandchildren, Travis (Kasey) Tysdal, Blair NE, Beth Ann, Wall, SD, Trent (Melissa) Tysdal, Sioux Falls, Kyle (Desi) Kranz, Rapid City, and Denise (Wesley) Westrum, Watertown, SD; and seven great-grandchildren, Alex, Morgan, Tripp, Brendon Clinton, Taryn, Jake, and Sydney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, Louie, John L., and Galen.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, January 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to St. Anthony's Catholic Church at Red Owl and the Red Owl Hall.