Obituaries
     
   
     

Dennie L. Simonson

May 17, 1928 - January 26, 2015

 

Service to be held:

11:00 AM Friday January 30, 2015

 

Dennie L. Simonson, 86, Sturgis, died Monday, January 26, 2015, peacefully at home. Dennie was born May 17, 1928 in Timberlake, SD. He spent his childhood in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana; graduating from Corvallis, MT, in 1947.

He worked as a carpenter, and then joined the United States Navy, in 1951, serving for four years. After the Navy he went to college and graduated Utah State University. During his college years he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service that spanned thirty years. He also helped begin the Range program that was integrated into 4-H at Broadus, MT. He helped organize Range and Wildlife camps in South Dakota.

After retiring he did some consultant work. He also used his time to help anyone resolve conflict with government agencies and did so free of charge.

He is survived by his wife, Leith; children, Kristi Kym (Scott) Bramwell, Kari (Jim) Russell, Kurt (Kathy) Simonson and Kendra (Eric) Garland. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Simonson; brother, Larry Simonson; grandson, Jory Russell.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January, 30, 2015 at the Lifespring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Memorial has been established to South Dakota 4-H


 

     
   
     

Rose Marie Kovacevich

August 11, 1930 - January 24, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Wednesday, February 4,2015

 

Rose Marie Kovacevich, 84, Lead, died Saturday January 24, 2015, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare in Belle Fourche.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lead with Father Leo Hausmann officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Rose was born August 11, 1930, in Lead, SD to Clemente and Rina (Bonato) Zambon. Her father was from Italy and her mother was from the Bonato Ranch, west of Belle Fourche by Aladdin, WY. She graduated from Lead High School in 1948, and was a resident of Lead for over 60 years. On May 4, 1968, Rose married James Joseph Kovacevich in Lead at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She worked 44 years at the Homestake Mining Company starting as a tour guide while still in high school and retiring as the Executive Secretary for the General Manager. In the early 90's they relocated to Whitewood, SD where James built a home in Whitewood Forest Acres.
Rose's life's highlights were: her career with Homestake Mining, building their cabin near Savoy on the road to Roughlock Falls with the many, many memories of fishing nearly every year in Alaska, visits to Canada, Italy, Monte Carlo, Croatia, Panama, Singapore and Hong Kong, and most of all her lifelong love of the Black Hills and Lead.
Rose is survived by her husband James, Belle Fourche; brother, Del (Jean) Zambon, Whitewood; sister-in-law, Marion Zambon, Rapid City; many cousins; nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Connie Haselhorst and Cindy Gillies.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clemente and Rina; brother, Clement Zambon; and sister, Irene (Zambon) Miller.

 

     
   
     

Gary Alan "HOPPY" Hopkins

May 13, 1946 - January 20, 2015

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

Gary Alan Hopkins, 68, of Sturgis, South Dakota. Also lived in Woonsocket SD and Maringouin, Louisiana. Died January 20, 2015.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 13, 1946. January of 1947 he was adopted by Lionel and Eileen Hopkins. On January 21st, 1951 his sister Lynelle Hopkins Tornow joined the family. Gary graduated from Shady Grove High School in 1964 in Rosedale, Louisiana. After graduation he went to work with his father, bee keeping which they traveled with the business between Minnesota, Mississippi, and Louisiana. In the 1960’s the bee business brought them to Woonsocket, South Dakota. On November 25th, 1967 he married Marvyl Ann Haugen in Woonsocket. He was involved with different activities and hobbies. He also had two brahma bulls, one he could ride and the other one would come running and lick him on his face. He enjoyed team roping as he owned many horses growing up. His true love was his motorcycles, he raced them and won many trophies doing so. He also was a great pool shark and won many trophies. He was part owner in a race car with John Fraser and the late Darrell Feistner. He loved to hunt all different game. On September 1, 1969 him and his wife gave birth to a beautiful daughter Melissa Ann Hopkins. On May 6th, 1972 they gave birth to their second child, a handsome Gary Ernest Hopkins.
He is survived by his daughter Missy, her children William and Breanna Brown of Arlington, Texas. His son Gary, his children Abbee, Ranni, and Stefan Hopkins, of Sturgis, South Dakota. Allen Aldinger, of Thiefriver Falls, Minnesota. A sister, Lynnelle and Steve Tornow, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A niece, Leslie Ohlrogge and family of Woonsocket, South Dakota. A nephew, Lincoln Feistner and family of Forestburg, South Dakota.
He is preceded in death by his parents Lionel and Eilene, grandparents, and numerous aunts and uncles.

 

     
   
     

William Emmanuel Simmons

March 18, 1932 - January 21, 2015

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

William Emmanuel Simmons, 82, Custer, passed away on January 21, 2015, at Ft. Meade VA Medical Center, Sturgis.
Bill was born in San Diego, California on March 18, 1932, to William Dexter and Mary Simmons. He was raised in the San Diego area and graduated from the La Jolla Academy in La Jolla, CA.
Bill was a very good baseball player and was signed to a minor league baseball contract in the Detroit Tigers Organization. The Korean War started during this time and Bill served his country by signing up with the Marine Corps. He played on the Marine baseball team in Korea and unfortunately was struck in the eye by an errant ball. This made him partially blind in that eye for the rest of his life. His dreams of playing pro baseball were over. After this stint in the Marines, Bill came back to San Diego and became involved in the family construction business.
In 1955, he married Marlene Campbell and fathered sons William and John. Bill learned how to operate heave equipment and worked for the company that leveled the land for Jack Murphy Stadium (Quaalcom) in San Diego.
In the early 1960’s, Bill and Marlene’s marriage didn’t’ work out and they separated. Bill then met the love of his life Hilda Estabrook Neall. They were married in 1965, merging families. Bill and Hilda then had a daughter together they named Rhonda. During this time, Bill started and operated his own excavating and hauling business.
In the late 1970’s, Bill and Hilda set forth on a new venture starting an arts and crafts business that took them all over the country. Their travels brought them to Custer in the Black Hills of South Dakota and this became home.
Bill loved his family and enjoyed big band music, was a huge sports fan, and liked to work in his yard. He was very proud of his service in the Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda, Custer, SD; brother, Ron (Shirley) Simmons, Alpine, CA; son, William (Mary)Simmons, Sycamore, OH; son, John (Lynn) Simmons, Poway, CA; daughter, Rhonda (John) Anderson, Hot Springs, SD; daughters, Gwynne (Bill) McClellan and Cynthia Neall, Custer, SD; son, Wayne (Merritt) Neall, Belton, TX; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Simmons; and sister, Marilyn Metcalf.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Karleen Kay Erickson

December 30, 1957 - January 8, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2015

 

Karleen was only 57 when she unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015, in Rapid City SD. It’s hard to say goodbye, we wish we could have had more time that could have been spent together. We wish that so much of her life had not been lost to her illness, and that things could have been different for her. We know that she is at peace and her struggles are at an end, there will be more pain and sadness. But even though she is gone, she has left her legacy of love and perseverance. The way she touched our lives will remain, and we ask to keep those memories alive by sharing them with her children and one another.
Karleen is survived by her five children and eight grandchildren as well as other relatives and friends. Karleen was from an exceptional breed of nurses. They get up in the morning and go to work with one simple yet profound purpose in mind, we will care for you. Karleen’s most important tool in her work day was her heart. This family and her role as a mother and grandmother was the most important thing to her. This is where she drew her strength and left her legacy, being with her family is what Karleen enjoyed most of all. Her life had many obstacles, yet through it all her love and caring for her family remained her focus in so many, many ways she was able to show that love to us. This perseverance through adversity is a powerful lesson for us, and we believe it is her legacy. She has given us many wonderful lessons and kept our priorities straight. Keeping the most important things in focus, the love and care of our family; letting them know, in all ways, you can show them that you love them. Not letting adversities, or set back, or any distractions of the world keep you from the most important aspect in life.
Our mother was a lovely woman, she embodied all the attributes of a perfect mom. She was caring, thoughtful, hardworking, compassionate, loving, and so much more. It is so difficult to think of all of the words to describe our mother as a person and how much she meant to us and everyone around us. Karleen was a homemaker most of her life. Many people didn’t think of this as a job, but we can tell you that she worked harder than any woman we know. She was up early to get her kids to school, was there to drive them home, make dinner, help with homework, and put them to bed. She made sure her children studied hard and always attended activities as a family. When her children were younger, they weren’t’ able to comprehend how much time and care she put into their family.

 

     
   
     

Leona Margie Stapp

March 20, 1918 - January 12, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 2:00pm

 

Leona Margie Stapp, 96, Newell, died Monday January 12, 2015 at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Visitation will be 5:00pm to 7:00 pm Tuesday January 13, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday January 14, 2015 at the Christian Fellowship Church in Newell with Pastor Sean Carney officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
Leona was born March 20, 1918, in Wagner, SD to Nathan and Anna (Bechtold) Kade. She grew up and attended school in Sioux City, IA. On August 20, 1937, she married George "Blackie" Stapp in South Sioux City. In 1949 they moved to Belle Fourche, SD to farm and in 1952 they moved to Newell, SD. After her husband's death, Leona earned her GED from Western Dakota Vo-Tech in 1973 and went to work in a real estate office. Later she worked for the Butte County Water District as an office Manager from 1976 until her retirement in 1985. In 1984 Leona earned Rural Water District employee of the year.
Leona Loved to Golf and was a member of the Newell Golf Course. She also was an avid sports fan and especially loved watching her grandchildren play at ball games.
Leona is survived by her sons Harry (Merri) Stapp, Newell, and Tom (Darlene) Stapp, Newell, 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Blackie, daughter, Cyndee Roberts, her parents, one brother Harold Kade and one sister Lila Rhymer.
A memorial has been established to the Christian Fellowship Church candle fund.

 

     
   
     

William Dean "Bill" Cornish

April 8, 1941 - January 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2015

 

William Dean "Bill" Cornish, 73, died at his residence in Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
Memorial services will be Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with inurnment to follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
Bill was born April 8, 1941 at Ainsworth, NE, to Claude E. and Violet B. (Whitcomb) Cornish.
He lived on the family farm near Mission, SD until joining the US Navy on January 24, 1964. He served aboard the USS Arneb and was honorably discharged on March 16, 1966.
Bill married Jo Ruthven Flint at Pierre, SD on May 31, 1968.
He married Lois Price Scofield on January 3, 1974 in Tucson, AZ.
Bill referred to himself as “A jack of all trades”: which included ranch hand, cowboy in the Arizona mountains, pipe fitter, pole climber, heavy equipment operator, over the road truck driver, oil field truck dispatcher and driver, store clerk, prison guard, and mental health/drug rehab counselor. He worked in Arizona, California, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Bill had a steady, easy going, calming personality that family and friends relied on to be a help in any situation. He loved to play cards and be with family and was known for always coming out ahead in a poker game. He worked hard to provide for his family and ALWAYS put his family first in decisions that he made. He treated people fairly, with respect, and lived by The Golden Rule.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons and grandchildren, once having caught a 13 foot sailfish. In recent years his greatest pleasure was family gatherings, camping on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona, and going home to South Dakota in the summer.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Cornish, Phoenix, AZ; children, Christine Dawn Cornish Melton, Littlerock, CA, Casey C. Cornish, Tickfaw, Louisiana; Justin W. Cornish, Phoenix, AZ; M. Bentley Streat, Hayes, VA, Zane L. Scofield, Phoenix, AZ, Adela K. Scofield Veitch, Phoenix, AZ, James H. Scofield, Belle Fourche, SD; and 8 grandchildren; sister, Claudia (Rolland) Sharkey; also nieces, nephews and numerous family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a younger sister, Phyllis.
A Memorial will be established in his name.

 

     
   
     

Estella Louise Reese

November 5, 1909 - January 9, 2015

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday January 13, 2015

 

Perkins County Pioneer, Estella Louise Reese, also known as Grandma Reese to many, was born at home in Wentworth, SD, on November 5, 1909, to Frank and Hattie Knittel. She attended school through eighth grade at the Happy Hills School near Rabbit Creek north of Usta, SD.
In 1926, at the age of 16, she married Clifford Newton Reese when he returned from Germany where he served on the front lines during World War I. They settled in Perkins County in the Bixby area in 1935. Of this union three children were born; a son, Harold, and two daughters, Ellen Price and Erma Draine.
True to her pioneer spirit, Estella loved the ranch life. After the death of Clifford in 1963, Harold and Estella continued to ranch. During her 78 years of ranching, she raised many bum lambs, hatched her own chickens, milked cows, and enjoyed many years of gardening, canning, and cooking. She was self-sufficient and rarely had a need to go to town for supplies. Estella loved tending her chickens and splitting her own wood for her cook stove. She loved to make cake donuts and always had donuts for coffee company.
In 1996, following the death of her son, Harold, Estella’s youngest daughter, Erma, moved to the ranch, and they continued living on the ranch until 2006. At the age of 96, Estella left the ranch to live with Erma in rural Sturgis.
Estella celebrated her 105th birthday on November 5, 2014, and even at the age of 105, she still loved walking to her kitchen for her meals and tending her many houseplants.
This Perkins County Pioneer witnessed more change in 105 years than most will see in their lifetime. From horse-drawn buggies to the invention of electricity; from man walking on the moon to the computer age, Estella saw it all and continued to live the pioneer way of life until she passed away peacefully on January 9, 2015.
Estella is survived by her daughters, Ellen Price, Opal, and Erma Draine, Sturgis; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Clifford; her brothers, Ervin and Harry; her sisters, Ida, Sarah, and Mildred; her son, Harold; son-in-laws, Robert Draine and Harley Price; and her great-grandsons, Coy Price and Riley Haines.
Visitation will be Monday, January 12th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Faith VFW and the Wayne & Janet Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Fred "Bud" Anderson

July 13, 1923 - January 4, 2015

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Monday, January 12, 2015

 

Fred “Bud” Anderson, 86, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
Fred was born July 13, 1928 in Sturgis, SD to Louis and Elgie (Gardner) Anderson. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Bud also worked in maintenance for the Ft. Meade VA Hospital until his retirement. On November 9, 1968, Bud Married Marian Butts. They were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sturgis.
Bud is survived by his brother, Darol Anderson; sister-in-law, Geraldine Anderson; sister-in-law, Pat Anderson; sister-in-law Judy Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Marian; parents, Louie and Elgie; three brothers, Kenneth Anderson, Richard Anderson, Robert Anderson; and two sisters, Louise Scholl and Lois Botta.
Visitation will be 12:00pm to 1:30 pm Monday, January 12, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Monday, January 12, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis with Mr. Jim Hanhardt officiating. Military honors will be provided be the Sturgis Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Judy Schweigerdt

March 21, 1944 - December 30, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Judith “Judy” Schweigerdt walked the path to heaven on December 30, 2014.
She is survived by her husband James “Jim”; four sons Jerry (Cassie), Rapid City, Jeff, Rapid City, Jack (Sheryl), Pahrump, NV and John “JR” (Christina), Boulder, CO. Five grandchildren Mathew, Charles, Abigail, Andrew and Luke. One sister Henrietta (Kenny) McNenny and one brother Merle Dale (Linda) Young. Sister-in-law Janice (Dennis) Booth. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was also considered an adopted mother for many individuals.
She was preceded in death by her parents Merle and Jennie Young and one brother Gerald Young.
A memorial has been established, in lieu of flowers, please consider Nathan Adelson Hospice of Pahrump, Nevada. Services to be held at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Rapid City, SD on January 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Bruce Baum officiating.
Judy was born in Sturgis, SD on March 21, 1944, to Merle and Jennie Young. She moved to Rapid City, SD in the early fifties and attended school in Rapid City and worked for various employers until her marriage to Jim Schweigerdt on October 28, 1960. She liked bowling and coached many junior bowlers through the years. Later in life, she worked out of the home as a bookkeeper. On a Sunday afternoon, you could quite often find her shouting “B-I-N-G-O” at the local TREA. She cherished the moments working outdoors in the garden and doting over her flowers. She loved running around “treasure hunting” at various garage and rummage sales with friends. She enjoyed making Jim think he was the boss. Her concern was the well-being of her family and friends.

 

     
   
     

Joyce Vance

November 27, 1932 - January 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Services at a later date.

 

Joyce was born November 27, 1932, in Dupree, South Dakota. She was the second-to-youngest of 8 children born to Carl and Lorna (Robertson) Vance. During her life she was an extraordinary teacher, a much-loved sister and aunt, and a faithful and fun-loving friend. She will also be remembered for her abiding love of animals, most especially her feline companions.
Joyce graduated from Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, SD, in 1957. While at Northern, she was named Gypsy Day homecoming queen in 1956. Her teaching career spanned more than 30 years during which she first taught in Selby and Watertown, SD, and later in California. In each location she made lifelong friends and lasting memories. Her first job in California was in 1959 as the Girl Scout Field Director in San Bernardino, CA. In 1963 she began teaching in the Sanger (California) Unified School District as a 3rd grade teacher in Centerville, CA. For the next 27 years she educated the community’s children and forged strong relationships with the families and children she served.
She was honored with awards for her exceptional service in the field of education, including being named “Educator of the Year” by the Sanger Chamber of Commerce and receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern State University, both in 1991.
In retirement she remained busy with her books, her yard and garden (her own and others), travel, volunteering, and pet sitting for her friends. She died January 1, 2015, at her home in Sanger.
Joyce was pre-deceased by her parents, her brothers Dale and Wayne Vance, and her sister Shirley Vance Menzel. She is survived by sisters Wilma Vance Cowan, Rapid City, SD; Wanda Vance Dexheimer and Marilyn Vance Wenlund, both of Spearfish, SD; a brother Donald Dean Vance, Spearfish, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials to Joyce may be directed to the Cat House on the Kings, 7120 South Kings River Road, Parlier, CA; or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at this address: Family of Joyce Vance, P.O. Box 9191, Rapid City, SD 57709. Memorial services in South Dakota will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Pearl Rose McLean

January 7, 1936 - January 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 2:00pm

 

Pearl Rose McLean, 78, Hot Springs, died Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Rapid City Hospice House.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at Black Hills National Cemetery with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Military honors will be provided by Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard. Family and friends are welcome to gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel one hour prior to burial.

 

     
   
     

George Michael Medley

April 8, 1931 - January 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10:00am

 

George Michael Medley, 83, Sturgis, died at the VAMC Ft. Meade Hospice from complications of Parkinson's Disease. In his final moments, he was surrounded by family and he passed peacefully into God's hands on January 1, 2015.
Visitation will be from noon to 7:00pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. A rosary will be said Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial for George will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. He will be laid to rest at Black Hills National Cemetery at 11:30am with military honors provided by Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
George was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 8, 1931. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force. George loved the Air Force life and served with honor--including a tour in Vietnam--until his retirement in 1974. His last posting was to Ellsworth AFB, where he and Joyce fell in love with the Black Hills. They decided Rapid City would be the ideal place to raise their large brood of children.
After retiring from his various civilian jobs, George and Joyce moved to Boulder Canyon. He occupied himself with golfing, tinkering in his shop, and solving the world's problem with the Sturgis McDonald's Coffee Klatch each morning.
George was a man of rare talents, and his most useful skill was 'selective hearing.' He could also wiggle his ears on command, much to the amazement and delight of his young daughters. His greatest joy was his family and nothing made him happier than enjoying a beer with his sons.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the Ft. Meade VAMC--most especially the Community Living Center and Hospice staff. Their care, kindness, and compassion has been a blessing during this difficult time. Also thank you to Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis for their expert assistance with arrangements.
George is survived by his wife Joyce of 62 years, children Michael (Gina), Terry (Song Mi), Gayle (Tom) Ogle, Kathy (Andy) Simonson, Patrick, James, Susan, and Diana (Jack) Henris, twelve grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. George was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
A memorial has been established to the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Mae Louise Keffeler

April 15, 1913 - January 1, 2015

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

 



Mae Louise (McPherson) Keffeler
April 15,1913- January 1, 2015
Mae Louise (McPherson) Keffeler, of Sturgis, went to be with her beloved husband Bud on January 1, 2015 at the age of 101 years 8 months 17 days. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, January 5th, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis with Pastor Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery at 3:30 P.M. Visitation with family present will be from 2:00-5:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 4th, 2015 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
The 4th of 8 children, Mae was born on April 15th, 1913 to Eugene and Ida (Theirs) McPherson at their family home located on Alkali Creek. She attended grade school at the Alkali country school. She then attended Sturgis High School where she graduated in May 1930.
At the age of 17, Mae married the love of her life, Charles (Bud) Keffeler, on June 1st, 1930 at the Meade/Pennington County line. It was later discovered that Mae and Bud were actually married a few yards short of the Pennington County line. This resulted in Mae often joking that she and Bud were “never legally married.”
Bud and Mae began their married life in a one room shack at Alkali. They ranched at Alkali until a drought moved them to Enning, South Dakota in 1939. Though times were tough for this young couple and they often “didn’t have two pennies to rub together,” their unconditional love for each other got them through. Mae and Bud did everything “Side by Side”.
God blessed Mae and Bud with four children: Darleen, Duane, Kay, and Roger. All children have grown up and continue to live and ranch in Meade County. Mae’s world was turned upside down on November 2nd, 1974 when she suddenly lost her beloved husband and best friend, Bud. She always was quick to tell anyone that she wouldn’t have made it through that difficult time without her family.
She continued living at Enning for another 10 years. In 1984 she made the move to Sturgis. She said the Good Lord was watching over her when she found the perfect house. It had a large yard and garden spot that would allow her to exercise her strong work ethic. She mowed her own yard and grew her own garden until the age of 94.
After moving to Sturgis, Mae quickly became involved in a number of community organizations including Meals on Wheels, Hospital Auxiliary, the Meade County Senior Citizen Center and Presbyterian Women. Although she was a major asset to the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis, it was important to her to remain a member of her home church which was the Marcus Presbyterian Church in Marcus, South Dakota.
When Mae wasn’t volunteering, she enjoyed having Monday morning coffee with her friends and playing both 500 and Bridge. She also enjoyed the many trips she went on, especially those with the “Go Club” of First Western Bank.
Family was the most important thing to Mae. The highlight of each year was the Sunday before Christmas when her family gathered to celebrate. She would talk about that for an entire year until the next celebration rolled around. Mae was blessed with a large family, and she proved time and time again that she had plenty of love to go around. She touched each and every one of her kids and grandkids in a special kind of way.

Mae is survived by her children, Darleen (Chick) Simons; Duane (Sharon) Keffeler; Kay (De) King; and Roger (Diane) Keffeler. Her 11 surviving grandchildren are Grant (Nancy) Simons, Johnny (Janice) Simons, Russell (Dawn) Simons, Mickey (Drinda) Simons, Jay De (Dana) Keffeler, Joy Keffeler, Gayle (Troy) Roth, Gene King, Glen (Elke) King, Kristal Keffeler, and Michelle (Rich) Boyles. Also surviving are Mae’s 26 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren, one great-great-great-granddaughter; and her brothers, Donald (Mabel) McPherson and Dale (Dorothy) McPherson; Sisters-in-law Rosalind McPherson, Darliene Keffeler, Irene Long, and Rose Marie Van Sickle; Brothers-in-law Murrin Keffeler and Ralph (Betty) Keffeler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mae was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles (Bud) Keffeler, both of her parents, her sister Edna Watkins and brothers Earl, Arnold, Joe, and Glenn McPherson, 9 brothers-in-law, 7 sisters-in-law, 2 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson.
Memorials have been established to both the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis and the Marcus Presbyterian Church along with the Meade County Senior Citizen Center and the Lippold Hospice Unit.

 

     
   
     

James "Jim" Edmiston

September 29, 1932 - December 25, 2014

 

Service to be held:

No Services At This Time

 

Lt. Col (Ret.) James R. “Jim” Edmiston, 82, of Rapid City, SD, died Thursday, December 25, 2014, at his home.
Jim was born September 29, 1932, in Mt. Carmel, PA, to Robert and Erma Edmiston. A graduate of Livingston, Illinois High School Class of 1950, he attended Blackburn College before entering the U.S. Air Force. Beginning as a navigator aboard air refueling aircraft, he deployed multiple times during the Vietnam conflict, retiring after 20 years of service.
He operated an income tax preparation business in Staunton, Illinois for 18 years. After retiring to Rapid City, he enjoyed golfing with many friends over the years. He was a long-time member of Elks Lodge #1187.
He is survived by his wife Ann, son James (Susan) of Glen Carbon, IL, daughter Holly of St. Louis, MO, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
No services are planned. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to your preferred charity in Jim’s name.

 

     
   
     

Charles "Chad" Plambeck

January 3, 1922 - December 29, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10:00am

 

Charles "Chad" Kenneth Plambeck, 92, Sturgis, died Monday December 29, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Herbert Cleveland officiating. Visitation will be held from 8:00am until service time on Saturday. Burial will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery on Monday, January 5, 2015, at 10:00am with honors provided by Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
Chad was born on January 3, 1922, near Box Elder to Ernest and Edna (Powers) Plambeck. He grew up in the area, and moved with his mother and siblings to Idaho at the age of 15, after the death of his father. They lived there for a short time, but moved back to South Dakota after the death of his mother. He joined the Civil Service Conservation Corps and served for one year, until he joined the US Navy and served for about two years. After his honorable discharge, he married the love of his life, Vivian "Butch" Blanche Ulrich on August 31, 1946, in Sturgis. He went to work for McMahon Feed shortly after they were married and was working there for about ten years. Chad then went to work driving truck for about four years, until he decided to do some odd jobs before he started working in carpentry in the early 1960's. He enjoyed carpentry and worked at it until he semi-retired at the age of 62, and from then on he did odd carpentry jobs, such as cabinetry. He and Butch kept busy maintaining their rental houses in the hills; at one time they owned as many as ten. When they weren't working at a paying job, they were building their house from daylight to dark, on their own 80 acres together. They just finished it in time for the Christmas of 1974. They would log firewood for the house from Vale to the hills.
Chad and Butch loved bowling, traveling, and country music.
He is survived by his sons, Joseph (Marcia) and Gene (Rindi); grandchildren, Chad, Brad, Vicky, Nikki, and Brandy Joe; great-grandchildren, Trevor, Hudsyn, and Hadley; sister, "Sissy" (Joe) Ramirez; sister-in-law, Glorene (George), and their son, Tom; and many nieces and nephews.
Chad is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Butch; brothers, George and Dick; and sisters, Clara and Mildred.
A memorial has been established to the Disabled American Veterans.

 

     
   
     

Arthur Leroy Ketterling

March 10, 1935 - December 25, 2014

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday December 31, 2014

 

Arthur L. Ketterling was born in Selby, SD, on March 10, 1935, to Arthur and Gertrude Ketterling. After graduating from Selby High School, Art worked for Selby Implement. At age 22, he joined the United States Air Force. He served his country for 20 years as a Weather Equipment Operator. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked various jobs in the Black Hills area.
In 1958, he married Marlene Kania. They had two children, Larry H. Ketterling and Korina L. Ketterling.
Arthur died unexpectedly on December 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn B. Kaseman.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; daughter, Korina Kaseman; grandson, Kasey Kaseman; granddaughter, Kala Kaseman; two great-grandsons, Aiden Kaseman and Deklan Brown; neice, Katrin Kania-Galeano and her children; and special granddaughter, Jessica Eisenhauer-Morataya.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve Selfridge officiating. He will be laid to rest at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD, at 11:30 a.m. with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.
Art will be greatly missed by his family and all of his friends.
A memorial has been established to Disabled American Veterans.

 

     
   
     

Jean Elizabeth Olson

June 7, 1928 - December 24, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Services at a later date.

 

Jean Elizabeth Olson, 86, Sturgis, died Wednesday December 24, 2014 at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.

Jean was born June 7, 1928 at Cavalier, ND, to Osgeir and Elizabeth (Haldarson) Sturlaugson; the youngest of seven siblings.

She met her first husband, Cliff Dahl, in Fargo, ND, while attending secretarial school. She worked at the Fargo, Veterans Administration Hospital in admitting until she retired.

Jean had two children, Morris Dahl of Hewitt, MN, and Janis Anderson of Sturgis, SD.

Jean lived at Heritage Acres in Sturgis prior to living with her daughter, Janis.

She leaves behind two grandchildren; Drew and Jenna in Denver, CO and two great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her siblings and two husbands.

 

     
   
     

Ronald Lee Heil

July 17, 1965 - December 24, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, December 29, 2014

 

Ronald L. Heil, 49, Newell, died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Known by his best friends as "Homer", Ron was born July 17, 1965 at Sturgis, SD, to Donald J and Hazel A. (Kinney) Heil. He graduated from Newell High School in 1983. After that he went to Mitchell Vo-Tech for auto-mechanics. Ron then came back to Newell where he did various jobs that included ditch-work and mechanic work. Ron would drop everything to lend a hand to those who needed help, but his passion was working with his best friends Al and Les Page at 212-79 Service Center, which he did for 35 years. He could fix anything, especially when it came to mechanics, and would resurrect the oldest cars for Sonja to drive, just to save on the newer cars.
In July 11, 1998, Ron married the love of his life, Sonja L. Roe and on September 20, 2001 they had a daughter, Jessica. She was his pride and joy and he rarely went anywhere without her. He taught Jessica everything she knows (whether or not her mother approved)! Ron, Sonja and Jessica shared a love of horses and enjoyed trail rides and taking Jess to Rodeos. He was especially talented at giving Jessica’s horse “Nick” special pep talks before entering the arena.
Ron had many hidden talents. He and his sidekick, Jessica, sang many songs and he taught her several of his favorites like "Come Sail Away", "The Beverly Hillbillies", and the "Rodeo" song. He was quite the cook and unbeknown to many, he wrote poetry. He loved to hunt, fish, tell jokes and to make everything "FUN", especially for those folks that might be having a bad day.
Survivors include his wife Sonja Heil, Newell; daughter, Jessica Heil, Newell; mother, Hazel Heil, Newell; sister, Dawn (Henry) Erk, Rapid City; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

John E. Gapp

July 22, 1926 - December 25, 2014

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Tuesday December 30, 2014

 

John E. Gapp, 88, Piedmont, died Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Ft. Meade VA Medical Center.
John was born July 12, 1926, in Elm Springs, SD to Otto and Anna (Leonard) Gapp. He joined the US Navy from 1951 to 1954, serving during the Korean conflict. In the mid 1960’s John partnered with his brother Bob Gapp in Sturgis Meat Service. They worked together until Bob’s retirement in the mid 1980’s. John continued to run the business until his retirement in 2000.
John is survived by his wife, Dorothy Gapp; three sons, Duane Grenz, Bill Grenz, and Ronald Gapp; one daughter, Patty Pottorff; 12 Grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Anna Gapp; three children, Jimmy, Tommy and Patty Ann; three sisters, Lola, Jean and Esther; and one brother, Robert.
Visitation will be from 5:00pm until 7:00 pm Monday December 29, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday December 30, 2014 at the Open Bible Christian Center in Rapid City with Pastor Les Potts officiating. Burial at Mt. View Cemetery in Rapid City will follow after the services.