Service to be held:
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Daniel was born April 18, 1993, in Fairfax, VA, and lived in Woodbridge, VA. He moved to the Black Hills with his family in September 1993. He attended elementary, middle, and high school in the Lead-Deadwood School District and was from the graduating class of 2012.
He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Lead. Danny loved the great outdoors and wildlife. Danny spent his free time outside hiking, camping, long boarding, motorcycling, off-roading, snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding.
Danny had an infectious laugh and a twinkle in his eye. He was kindhearted and caring, always quick to help out those in need, he was faithful and loyal. Most of all, he was loved by many and will be terribly missed by his family and friends. There will be no doubt that when our time ends in this world, Danny will be waiting, with open arms and that beautiful smile.
Daniel Jordan Alley, 23, Nemo, died Sunday, May 1, 2016, due to a motor vehicle accident.
Danny is survived by his parents, Jim and Terri Alley, Nemo; brothers, Michael, Lead, and David and Jacob, both of Nemo; grandmother, JoAnn Weeks, Tampa, FL; uncles, Steve (Sandy) Alley, Absarokee, MT, and Tracy (Jessie) Howett, Apollo Beach, FL; aunts, Janet Holzer, Lead, Cheryl Holen, Dell Rapids, SD, Debra Alley, Bay City, TX, Darlene (Doug) Fettig, Rapid City, Brenda (Scott) Laurenti, Brigham City, UT, and Treena (Craig) Marvel, West Chester, PA; and too many cousins to list.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Imajean Alley, Lead, and John Weeks, Tampa, FL.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Lead.
Service to be held:
Services were held at Black Hills National Cemetery
Betty Beatrice “Bea” Mann a resident of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice SD State Veterans Home, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 89 years old. She was born November 3, 1926 in Hamill, SD and married her high school sweetheart Vernon on December 14, 1946 in Valentine NE. They lived on a ranch at Dog Ear Lake in the Winner area until 1957 when they moved to Hot Springs, SD. She enjoyed working at Jack & Jill’s for many years until she retired. Bea loved playing cards, fishing, camping, gardening, chocolate ice cream, and winning at Bingo. Vernon preceded her in death on July 4, 2011 after 64 years of marriage. Survivors include one son, Terry (Anita) of Florida. Three grandsons and their wives; Jason (Teihla) of South Dakota, Caleb (Zipporah) of Hawaii, and Jesse of Wyoming. Three great-granddaughters, one great-grandson, one step-grandson, his wife and two children as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends that will all miss her sweet and kind spirit. At her request, cremation and internment took place at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. A special thanks to the many staff members who lovingly cared for Bea during her stay at the MJF State Home.
Service to be held:
2:00 p.m. Friday April 29, 2016
Arlette was born August 1, 1918, to Reverend F.A. and Amanda (Nelson) Wick of Rhame, ND. They lived on a farm "Bullhogan", 32 miles from Rhame. When the family moved into Rhame, she worked on W.P.A. from 1934 to 1937 at the sewing center and also at the sewing center in Bowman.
In 1939, she married Ernest Weisz of Rhame, ND. They were blessed with five children, Geraldine "Gerrie" Barry of Sturgis, Ronald Weisz of Sturgis, Larry (Cheryl) Weisz of Rapid City, Ramona (Derwin) Dugger of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Jerry Weisz (deceased). In 1954, they moved to the Black Hills area. In 1969, she married Albert Douglas of Upton, WY, where they lived for several years before moving to back to Sturgis.
Arlette Henrietta Wick Weisz Douglas, 97, Sturgis, died Monday, April 25, 2016, at the Lippold Hospice Suite of the Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Arlette "Gunna", "Gramma D", "Gramma 'Lette" is survived by one sister, Hope Seifert of Bismarck, ND; 4 of her 5 children; 6 grandchildren, Steve, Barb, Nicki, Shawn, Derran, and Adam; 11 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and family of Albert Douglas.
She is preceded in death by her dear folks; her beloved son, Jerry; her wonderful husbands, Albert Douglas and Ernest Weisz; one brother, Fritz; three sisters, Fern, Faith, and Rosella; and her son-in-law, Dale Barry.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Service to be held:
10:00 am Wednesday April 27, 2016
LeRoy was born, October 2, 1932, to Elmer and Cassie Johnston in Alliance, NE. At the age of 9, his family moved to Deadwood, SD, where his father became a railroad engineer for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway.
In 1950, LeRoy graduated from Deadwood High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served 3 years spending most of that time in Korean waters.
He married Myrtle French in 1952 and to this union seven children were born. In 2000, LeRoy married Donna Luze in Deadwood, SD. In 1992, LeRoy retired from Homestake Gold Mine after 39 years working underground. Since then, he has truly been “living the dream.” LeRoy spent most of his time hunting, fishing and enjoying his caboose located near Rochford, SD. He has left a rich legacy of loving the outdoors, babies and dogs with all of his off-spring.
Albert “LeRoy” Johnston, 83, Spearfish, died Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the David M Dorsett Healthcare Community in Spearfish.
LeRoy is survived by his wife, Donna Johnston, Spearfish; one sister, Norma Lore, Rapid City; seven children, Pearl (Ted) Miller, Spearfish, Ed (Kathy) Johnston, Gillette, Pam Kracht and partner Dave Watkins, Upton, Norm (Deneen) Johnston, Brookings, Randy (Lori) Johnston, Spearfish, Ronnie (Laurie) Johnston, Rapid City, and Rick (Ranae) Johnston, Orofino, ID; and three step-children, Jim Luze Jr., Lead, Vonda (Shane) Storley, Britton, SD, and Todd (Kathy) Luze, Lead. He was the proud grandfather of 29 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; step-daughter, Linda Luze; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Bob Totino officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Service to be held:
10 a.m. Monday May 2, 2016
Mildred was born April 24, 1918, in Blooming Prairie, MN, to Eline (Sorenson) and Nels Wullum. She attended school in Eagle Butte, SD, and Red Wing, MN. She graduated from Red Wing High School in 1936.
Mildred met the love of her life, Glen Westberg, while working at her dad’s fountain shop in Red Wing. They eloped and were married on June 12, 1937, in New Hampton, IA. To this union were born three sons, Jerry, Tony, and Jeff; and two daughters, Karen and Kathy. The couple moved around a lot early in their marriage due to the Depression. Among the places they lived during their early married life were Escanaba, MI, Redwood City, CA, and Aberdeen, SD.
They moved to Whitewood, SD, in 1955. The family was involved in ranching and also owned Whitewood Post and Pole Company and Livestock Energy Systems Inc. In 1988, Glen and Mildred purchased Oak Leaf Ranch outside of Whitewood and worked in the ranching and horse raising business.
When Glen died in 2001, the couple had been married for 64 years.
Mildred loved to cook and loved being a rancher’s wife. While living in Whitewood, Mildred ran a ceramics business out of her home where she gave lessons and sold ceramics. Mildred also loved to collect dolls and had quite an extensive collection of dolls.
She was active in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Whitewood and the Church Ladies Aid.
Mildred K. Westberg, 97, of Whitewood, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Thursday, April 21, 2016, three days short of her 98th birthday at Judy’s Assisted Living Center in Belle Fourche S.D.
Survivors include her
sons, Jerry (Brigitte) Oregon City, OR, Tony (Alona), Whitewood SD, and Jeff (Julie), Whitewood; daughter, Kathy Hinckley, Wheat Ridge, CO; sister, Norma McKillip, Woodville, TX; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Karen Rossow; sister, Bernice Schutte; mother and stepfather, Eline and Chris Hanson; and father, Nels Wullum.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Whitewood. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Service to be held:
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Thomas was born on March 23, 1955 in Jamestown, ND, the son of Henry and Agnes (Nelson) Bohl of Missoula, MT.
He grew up on a small farm outside of Missoula. He attended school in Bonner, MT. He was the youngest of 7 children consisting of five sisters and one brother.
Thomas served in the United States Navy from April 1972 through May 1973.
After serving our country, Thomas worked in a variety of occupations over his life. He worked with oil rigs, commercial fishing boats in Alaska and became a painter in Seattle, WA to name a few.
As a member of the VA, he was honored with an appreciation award for his donations and contributions to their organization.
He will be missed by many fellow veterans, family and friends. Thomas was known for his kindness to others, positive spirit and for his incredibly big heart. We love and miss you!!
Thomas, age 61, of Hot Springs, SD passed away on March 30, 2016.
Survivors include three sisters, Charlene Stampa of Great Falls, MT, Sharon Correll of Glendive, MT and Patricia Orth of Billings, MT.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Janice Moose and Sonia Metcalf, both of Glendive, MT; one brother, Howard Bohl, of Billings, MT.
Graveside services will be, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Service to be held:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Dara was born April 18, 1996, in Spearfish, SD, to Sheila Standing Bear and Christopher Reynolds.
Dara lived in and attended school in Whitewood, Sturgis, and Rapid City. She graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2014. Through her youth, she lived with both sets of grandparents, Larry and Candy Morrell and Wayne and Pattie Reynolds.
Dara faced some difficult times in her life but one would always see beauty and grace shine through her. Her grandpa, Larry, quickly nicknamed her “sweet baby girl.” After graduation, Dara was employed at the Northern Hill Vet Clinic. She loved animals of all kinds but one had a special place in her heart, her dog, Koda.
She loved to be doing anything outdoors, hiking, camping, and 4wheeling to name a couple. Her friends were a very important part of her life and she will always be remembered as the little girl that could light up a room and make people smile. Dara was loved by all that knew her and will be missed by many.
Dara Ann Reynolds, 19, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, due to a motor vehicle accident.
Dara is survived by her mother, Sheila (Ben) Standing Bear, Whitewood; father, Christopher Reynolds, Rapid City; maternal grandparents, Candy (Larry) Morrell, Sturgis, and Herb Houchin, Sturgis; paternal grandparents, Wayne (Pattie) Reynolds, Sturgis, and Ann Reynolds, Minnesota; brother, Kyle Reynolds, Rapid City; sister, Tori Keffeler, Whitewood; brothers, Bradin, Brandin, and Tage Standing Bear, Whitewood; sister, Tyra Standing Bear, Whitewood; aunts, Joie Houchin, Spearfish, Shelli (Mike) Nelson, Sturgis, and Stacy Reynolds, Minnesota; uncles, Josh (Dani) Houchin, Sturgis, and Shannon (Marnie) Houchin, Piedmont; and numerous cousins.
Dara is preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Leonard and Shirley Hise and Bert and Mary Houchin
A service to celebrate Dara’s life is being held Wednesday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. at the Believers Fellowship Church at 180 Old Stone Road in Sturgis. A potluck and balloon release will follow at the Lions Club Gazebo in Sturgis.
In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dara Reynolds name at Pioneer Bank and Trust at 2611 Lazelle Street for the Sturgis Animal Shelter.
Service to be held:
Monday, April 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Willene was born April 17, 1946, in Sturgis to William and Mabel Lewis. She was the youngest of seven children. Willene grew up in the Nisland area on the family farm and graduated from Vale High School.
She married Frankie "Joe" Shinost in Boulder Canyon on September 15, 1979. Together, they raised three sons who blessed her with four grandchildren. They have lived in Sturgis since. Willene and Joe owned Paklin Shoe Repair from 1984 until 1998.
Willene loved the outdoors. While the boys were growing up, camping trips were a frequent getaway for the family. She loved taking pictures, growing flowers, and caring for her dogs, Tasha and Crocket, for a total of 21 years. She was often found walking them around the neighborhood. Some other hobbies included bowling, quilting, and crocheting. She belonged to the group "Knit Whits." Willene was a collector of anything wolf related. And she loved meeting at Weimer's with the breakfast crew. She also looked forward each year to her rally friends coming back.
Willene Grace Shinost, 69, Sturgis, died Thursday, April 14, 2016, at her residence.
Survivors include her loving husband of 37 years, Frankie "Joe" Shinost; three sons, Carlton "Cully" (Wendy) Kieckhafer, Lake City, FL, Brian (Donna) Kieckhafer, Cornwall on the Hudson, NY, and Frankie "JJ" Joe (Courtney) Shinost, Temecula, CA; four grandchildren, Carlton "CJ" Jr., Tyler, Katherine "Noel," and Tanner; three sisters, Lorraine (Harley) Rossow) Sherman, SD, Elma (DeWayne) Eatherton, Sturgis, and Elaine (Alfred) Merwin, Hot Springs, SD; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends who she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jack (June) Lewis and Gene (Lois) Lewis; and her sister, Ruth MacDonald.
Visitation will be Monday, April 18 from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Inurnment will be Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Service to be held:
Monday, April 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Harold was born in Sturgis, SD, to Bernard and Freida (Sjullie) Davis. He was one of six children born to Bernard and Freida.
Harold graduated from Sturgis Brown High School then served two years in the United States Army. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Sturgis where he worked for Junior Hurley then McKie Chevrolet/Hersruds as the parts manager until his retirement in 2011.
Harold and Patty (Philipsen) were united in marriage in Ely, NV, on January 4, 1980.
Harold was a member of First United Methodist Church, Sturgis Lions Club, and Sturgis VFW. He loved fishing, woodworking, camping, working in the yard, working on vehicles, spending time with his family, and especially loved his three beautiful granddaughters.
Harold Davis, 66, Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, hospice unit surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with Alzheimers.
His passing is definitely our loss but the Lord's gain and he will truly be missed by all. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife, Patty Davis, Sturgis; his sister, Virginia (Chubb) Baker, Ely, NV; his twin sister, Sally Blood, Anaheim, CA; his brother, Dean (Pat) Davis, Placerville, CA; sister-in-law, Lois Davis, Rapid City, SD; his son, Justin Davis, Hermosa, SD; daughter, Tina Davis Vasknetz, Hermosa, SD; daughter, Misty Davis, Yankton, SD; grandchildren, Courtney Davis, Spokane, WA, Chantel O'Brien, Rapid City, and Britney Davis, Yankton; and several nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Freida Davis; his brother, Charles Davis; and his sister, Barbara Grass.
Harold always loved Christmas and felt everyone always deserved a gift.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 18, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Realtors for Kids.
Service to be held:
Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
Spitfire, “a good kid”, opinionated, loyal, class clown, loving – these are just a few words used to describe Dara. Dara was killed in a motor vehicle accident early Tuesday morning.
Dara was born April 18, 1996. She grew up in Sturgis spending much of her childhood living with her Grandma Patty and Grandpa Wayne. Dara graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 2014 where she was friendly and social; so social that one of her teachers created a special “zone” using yellow tape to mark her area – otherwise she would wander the classroom visiting with everyone. Dara once received a Certificate of Achievement /Award of Distinction for “Keeping the Class Smiling” – a true representation of Dara! She also was a champion of others, and was always putting others before herself. Dara once told her Grandma Patty about another student that “I like her because no one else does.”
Dara worked for Virginia “the t-shirt lady” for three summers, always telling her that she would take a break after she sold” just one more shirt.” Recently, Dara had been employed by Northern Hills Vet clinic where she loved working with all the animals. Being petite didn’t keep Dara from jumping in to help wherever she was needed whether with a small kitten or helping support a 90 pound sedated dog.
Those that knew her would say that Dara would rather talk than eat. Growing up, her Grandma Patty would have to remind her to stop talking and eat, over and over again, with her Grandpa adding in his reminders. These gentle admonishments only worked briefly with Dara again starting a conversation, often with “so Grandpa how was your day?” This might have been a holdover from her early childhood when she was a very picky eater once hiding her “bouncy” bacon under the tablecloth.
Dara always had an opinion, and would stick to it. She’d take her grandpa, father, and brother to task - but never her grandma; she knew there were some limits you just didn’t push. Family was everything to Dara; she would always put her siblings before herself, and would do anything to help them.
Growing up in the Black Hills was a wonderful experience for Dara. She loved the outdoors and to go hiking in the Hills. She was an amazing artist and her love of life came through in her artwork. She showed her talent by drawing everything and anything. She would draw fantastic cartoon characters imbued with fun and life. Her geometric drawings were wildly creative and filled with her joy of life. Her joy and brightness will be missed by all who knew her. She was a special young woman who was loved by many.
Services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Vet's Club in Sturgis, SD.
Dara is survived by her father, Christopher Reynolds; her mother, Shelia Sanding Bear; siblings, Kyle Reynolds and Tori Keffeler; plus step-siblings, Braden, Branden, Tyra, and Tage Standing Bear; her grandparents, Wayne and Patty Reynolds, Anne Reynolds, Candy and Larry Morrell, and Herb Houchin; aunts, Stacy, Shannon, Sheila, Shelly, and Joie; uncle, Josh; and various cousins.
Hold the memory of Dara in your heart, her joy of life, and sense of fun. Let the sunshine of her smile carry you through the stormy days. “You can cry because I’m gone or you can celebrate because I lived.”
Service to be held:
7:00 pm Thursday April 14, 2016
Vivian was born August 28, 1929, in Aberdeen, SD to Harry and Inga (Olson) Gant. She attended 1st through 10th grade at the Brentford Consolidated Schools. She attended 11th and 12th grade at Augustana Academy in Canton, SD, graduating in May 1947.
Vivian started working March 15, 1948, for the Internal Revenue Service in Aberdeen. Except for intermittent breaks, she continued working there until the summer of 1953. Vivian moved to Denver where she met Harold Myrick, who was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base. They were married March 2, 1956, at Brewton, AL.
While Harold was shipped overseas, Vivian returned to live with her parents in Brentford. When Harold returned, they moved to Limestone Air Force Base, ME, before moving to Brentford, Redfield, and finally moving to Sturgis in the fall of 1959. Vivian worked at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center from February 1962 until her retirement in June 1985. Vivian Moved to Rapid City in 2002.
Vivian E. Myrick, 86, Sturgis, died Monday, April 11, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Vivian is survived by three daughters; Sandra Myrick, Rapid City, Joy Myrick, Overland Park, KS and Christy Barry, Spearfish, one son, James Myrick, Pittsburg, KS, 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one child, and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will be 4:00 pm Central Time at the Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery in Mellette, SD.
Service to be held:
4:00 p.m. Monday April 18, 2016
Loren Bruce Boettcher was born, July 1, 1960, in Sacramento, CA, to Bruce and June Boettcher, having traveled with his family in his younger years. The family moved to Haviland, KS, where he attended elementary school and most of high school. Moving to Washington State, he graduated from Bothel High School. Returning once more to Haviland, Loren attended Friends Bible College (now Barclay College), graduating with a degree in Bible/Christian Ed. He married Debbie Williamson on March 6, 1984, during spring break at the Haviland Friends Church. After graduating in 1984, they went on to Cabrini Green (inner city) Chicago, to do work with the local church and counsel the youth of the community.
In 1987 Loren and Debbie moved to Vale, SD to assist on the Williamson farm and continue his studies at BHSU, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He served on the Butte Meade Water Board for a number of years, made time to visit and help neighbors, and enjoyed quality time with friends and family. He was honored to be a part of the loyal and caring community of Vale. Acquiring their own homestead in 2002, they continued farming until Loren's retirement in 2015.
Loren was an avid sportsman from boyhood. He played basketball, volleyball, soccer, hunted, and many more. At Friends Bible College, he played collegiate basketball and soccer. His classmates affectionately referred to him as “Leapin’ Lo” on account of his incredible jumping ability. He coached both his sons’ soccer teams and was driven to teach life lessons through sports. He took great pride watching his sons play and grow through life.
Loren is not the sum of these words; he is so much more to his family and friends. He will be remembered as he spends Eternity with our Lord in Heaven, until we meet again.
Loren, 55, Vale, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016 at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Debbie (Williamson) Boettcher; his two sons, Luke and Tyrel and daughter-in-law, Jamie (Nupen); granddaughter, Elaina; his mother, June; his three brothers, Dave and wife, Caroline, of North Fork, CA, Mike and his wife, Joan, of Dodge City, KS, and Larry and his wife, Ruth, of Newton KS; and the Williamson family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce Boettcher.
Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Children’s Ministry in Burma, C/O Believers Fellowship Church, 180 Old Stone Road, Sturgis, SD 57785.
Service to be held:
10:00 am Saturday , April 16, 2016
Kay Ardith (Reich) Fletcher was born at high noon on August 20, 1931, at Dupree, SD, the first daughter of Frances (Jewett) and Johnnie Reich. The family lived in the Dupree vicinity when Kay was a small child, moving to a ranch on the Moreau River in 1939, where Kay grew up to womanhood. She attended her first grade of school at Cloverleaf rural school, northeast of Dupree, where her father had attended school as a young boy. She attended Liebelt School, rural and also public school in Dupree two years. She graduated from Dupree High School on May 18, 1950. She worked for the Public Welfare Department in Dupree, under Mrs. Mabel Ross, for 5 years. On March 3, 1955, she was married to Lloyd F. Fletcher, with the bride's grandparents as attendants, they, Bertha and Herman Reich were celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on that day. The Fletchers lived in the Dupree area until the fall of 1960, and then moved to Medicine Bow, WY, where Lloyd was ranch foreman for the Robbers Roost Ranch near Medicine Bow for eight years before moving back to South Dakota and settling in Sturgis, SD.
Kay was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Wyoming, serving 5 years as secretary and one year as president. She was also president of the local PTA in Medicine Bow. Kay was employed for 11 years at Phil-Town Restaurant, and then went to work for the Veterans Administration Hospital at Ft. Meade where she retired after working 24 years, in 2004.
Kay enjoyed bowling, was captain of her team for many years, and served as an extra member, bowling when needed. Kay was an avid gardener and homemaker, enjoyed writing poetry and wrote a novel. Kay was a skilled handiwork person and has done many projects for her and others. She underwent an emergency 5 by-pass heart operation in 1999, took sick leave and returned to her position as Nursing Timekeeper at Ft. Meade.
Kay is survived by her husband of 61 years, Lloyd Fletcher; two daughters, Jill V. Cook, Bonney Lake, WA, and Kim Engle, Denver, CO; one granddaughter, Kayla Frances Cook, Seattle, WA; two grandsons, Kameron Jay Engle, Montgomery, TX, and Conor Fletcher Cook, Bonney Lake, WA; two great-grandchildren, Zakkary and Emily Engle; one sister, Barbie (Charles) Begeman, Isabel, SD; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Gale , Norman and Jack; and 5 infants.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 16, one hour prior to the services at Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Sturgis. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.
Service to be held:
2:30 pm Thursday, April 14, 2016
James was born June 30, 1937, In Sioux Falls, SD, to Everett and Dorothy (Cottingham) Simmons. He graduated from Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, SD, in 1955 where he excelled in sports, which he enjoyed his entire life, and was crowned Homecoming King. James served in the US Army, 82nd Airborne, as a Paratrooper Medic out of Ft. Bragg, NC. He loved hunting, all things rodeo, had a passion for horses, and was very patriotic.
James Everett Simmons, 78, Rapid City, died Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Department of Veteran's Affairs, Ft Meade.
James is survived by 5 children, Linda (Vince) Romo, Steve (Toni) Simmons, Russ (Cindy) Simmons, Lisa (Steve) Blackman, and Jill (Tim) Stumpf; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry Simmons; one sister, Jean Sunvold; and a long-time companion, Barb Denton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Dorothy Simmons; and one sister, Joanne Lauer.
Graveside services with military honors will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Rev. David Baer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like a donation in James's honor to the Sturgis High School Rodeo Club, 21749 Coyote Lane, Piedmont, SD 57769.
Service to be held:
1:00 pm Friday, April 15, 2016
Carolyn Ann Smith was born August 15, 1928, at Newell, SD, to Clarence and Halya (Ekstrom) Smith. She attended school in Newell, SD.
Carolyn married Standly Oedekoven on October 3, 1948. They lived on the family ranch on Nine Mile Creek near Vale, SD. Three children were born to this union: Rick, Darrell, and Carol. They moved to Sturgis in 1982.
Standly and Carolyn were planning to celebrate their 60th year of marriage when Standly passed away in 2008. After his death, she moved to Heritage Acres and later to Aspen Grove Assisted Living.
Carolyn was a past member of Vale Lutheran Church, Rachel Circle, and the "Friendly V Club." She served on county and city elections for 45 years. Standly and Carolyn started the Nine Mile Guys & Dolls 4-H Club and were leaders for 17 years. After the children grew, they started square dancing and continued dancing for 20 years. Carolyn also loved to paint pictures and entered several of her paintings in the county fair.
Carolyn Ann Oedekoven, 87, Sturgis, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her sons, Rick (Carla) Oedekoven and Darrell (Penny) Oedekoven, all of Vale, SD; daughter, Carol (Kelvin) Grey of St. Lawrence, SD; eight grandchildren, Lea Ann (Waylon) Strohschein, Nicole (Justin) Mitchell, Clint (Jenny) Oedekoven, Wes (Amanda) Oedekoven, Misty (Will) Reedy, Kelli (Tad) DeVries, Kristina (Scott) Schaefer, and Kathy (Brad) Tofflemire; seventeen great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley (Andy) Aronson of Spearfish, SD; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Standly; her parents; three brothers, Chester, Stanley, and Carl; and two sisters, Fern Ryther and Elsie Oedekoven.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 14, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church, Sturgis, With a prayer service at 7:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 15, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Dan Ziebarth officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Sturgis FFA and to Meade County 4-H.
Service to be held:
Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Caroline was born January 12, 1930 at Deadwood, SD, the second of six children to Francis and Laura (Rolando) McNeill.
She went to school in St. Onge and married George E. Waterson, November 3, 1951 at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Onge.
Caroline and George made their home on a ranch outside of St. Onge for over 65 years. They both were dedicated and worked very hard . She was an all around hand at anything that needed to be done. She helped George cut hay with the big swather. She loved to raise a large garden and always had the most beautiful flowers.
Caroline even broke her own horse named “Nellie Mae”.
She loved to read, music and she could really dance!
Caroline was a friend to everyone. She had her faith and was right with the Lord.
Francis “Caroline” Waterson, 86, St. Onge, died Saturday, April 9th, 2016, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility in Spearfish.
Survivors include her devoted husband of 65 years, George; one son, Oakley Waterson; sister, Mary Jo Newcomb, Northglenn, CO.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Margaret Tusa, Colleen Larive, Geri Kittleson, Laura Eberhard.
Services will be 7 p.m. Saturday evening April 16, 2016 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the St. Onge Community Hall.
Service to be held:
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Fern was born August 8, 1939, in Faith, SD, to Ray and Dolly (Hart) Hughes. They lived in Plainview, SD, until 1942 when they moved to Sturgis. Fern graduated from Sturgis High School in 1958.
Fern married Don Goff on February 5, 1957, and they had five children: Ronald, Bart, Dan, Berniece, and Wesley.
She married Vern Blow in June of 1979 and they moved to Utah and then to Arizona where she lived until 1999 when, for health reasons, moved back to South Dakota. Fern lived with Berniece for a year and has been in the health care system until her passing.
Fern Ellen Blow, 76, Sturgis, died Friday, April 8, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Survivors include her children, Berniece (Tom) Duprel, Sturgis, Bart Goff, Mammoth, AZ, Ron Goff, Texas, and Wesley Goff, Sioux Falls, SD; one sister, Ruby Williamson, Rapid City; eight grandchildren, Joe (Lindsey) Duprel, Jake (Marissa) Duprel, Vanessa Goff, Seth Goff, Jennifer Goff, Donny Nequette, Elizabeth Goff, and Theresa Nequette; ten great-grandchildren, Lane Duprel, Colt Duprel, Meghan Duprel, Abby Duprel, Quinn Steve, Alana Steve, Kierra Nequette, Aiden Nequette, Hayley Wide, and Joey Wide; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, April 11, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Meade County Senior Center.
Service to be held:
11:00 a.m.Thursday April 14, 2016
On December 28, 1928, Bonnie was born on a farm in southwest Nebraska to Arthur and Elsie Berndt. The family later moved to northwest Kansas to another farm. She attended country school in Cedar Bluffs, KS, through the 8th grade. She went to high school in McCook, NE, and later graduated from North Central Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN.
Bonnie married Melvin Drews on September 7, 1951, and they had four children.
During her life, she worked in different churches, teaching Sunday school, Missionettes, and Women’s Ministries. She also provided daycare for several children. In 1977, she and Melvin moved to South Dakota from California and bought the KOA Campground in Deadwood. They retired to Sturgis from that business in 1995.
The job she loved most was mothering her children and she was an excellent example of a wife and mother. She would wash dishes to soak her arthritic hands and pray for each family member while doing so. She also was the main caregiver for 12 years for her husband, Melvin, after his debilitating stroke.
Her favorite pastime was reading. She continued to read via audio book and would joke about losing her place because she couldn’t figure out how to stop and rewind or she would fall asleep and have to start the book over. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and she loved shopping for gifts for each family member.
Bonnie A. Drews went home to be with Jesus on April 9, 2016. In the past few years, she became legally blind from macular degeneration but now she is clearly seeing the face of her Savior, Jesus.
Bonnie is survived by the children she loved dearly, Collette (Jason) Holmes, Lomita, CA, Cheryl (Mike) Glanzer, Lead, SD, Anitra (Don) McKnight, Sturgis, SD, and Alan Drews, Sturgis, SD; grandchildren, Shanna, Phil, Stacee, Susanna, Elise, Dusty, Evan, Aimee, Brad, Aaron, April, Adam, and Aric; three great-grandchildren, Vienna, Joel, and Andrew. Also surviving are two sisters, Lois Nelson and Leona Nelson; one brother, Arthur Berndt; several nieces and nephews; and to many more children and adults, she was Grandma Bonnie.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church in Spearfish, SD. Burial will follow in the afternoon at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.
Service to be held:
11:00 a.m. Friday April 15, 2016
John was born in Evergreen, Colorado to John Ellis Betts Sr and Linnea Othelia (Berggen) Betts on July 5, 1939. He was the second child of four. His parents owned and operated a pharmacy/grocery store in Evergreen before moving to Denver in the 1940's. John was active in ROTC at East High School in Denver, CO and upon graduating joined the Army. He was stationed in Germany where an automobile accident left him with one arm. In John's early years he was active in the Masonic orders. He was a DeMolay as a young man. He is Past Master of Masonic Lodge #6 (1970) and was also a member of El Jebel Shriners, Eastern Star and Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar.
John started his career at the Colorado Department of Transportation in the Engineering Department during the construction of the Eisenhower Tunnel. After leaving CDOT, he started his own surveying company, JB Engineering & Surveying, and also sold real estate before he began his travels. Country roads brought him to Spearfish, South Dakota in early 1984 where he met and later married the love of his life, Char. They were married in 1992 in an outdoor wedding at Sandcreek, WY. John helped Char doing the computer at the Spearfish Senior Center where Char was the director. In 1996 they bought and developed the Whispering Pines subdivision in Pine Haven, WY. John also designed and built their home while being the building inspector during construction. John held many jobs on committees before Alzheimer's took its toll. John helped start the Pine Haven Fire Auxiliary, Keyhole Fishing Association, Kids Fishing Derby and Devils Tower Flock Wild Turkey Confederation. John was on Pine Haven Town Council and Pine Haven Chamber Board of Directors.
John taught himself to do websites and developed several impressive websites, including Lead High School Class of 1962 for his wife. His talent included pamphlets for the town, beautiful posters and calendars including the devastating fires of 2001. John loved photography, which brought him to the Black Hills. He had award winning pictures through the years, especially the wildlife in Pine Haven.
John was a gentle loving man always willing to help where he could. John did more with one arm than most of us do with two. His passing is definitely our loss but the Lord's gain and will truly be missed.
John Ellis Betts Jr, 76, Pine Haven, WY, passed away at the Sturgis VA Hospital on April 8, 2016.
He is survived by his wife, Char (Lakson Dower) Betts, Pine Haven, WY; sisters, Joan Lamson, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, and twins Joyce Weyers and Jeanette (Warren) Neudorff, Colorado; daughter, Christine Betts, Denver, CO; son, Matthew (Petra) Budde, Lusby, MD; son-in-law, Bob Hudson; stepchildren, Cherie (Brian) McGrath, Belle Fourche, SD, Doug (Kris) Dower, Spearfish, SD, Cindee (Darrell) Wisnoski, Pine Haven, WY; grandchildren, Robert, Brooke and Jakoby Hudson, Thorton, CO, Anne Marie and Joseph Budde, Lusby, MD, Carissa (Gene) Cuesta, Belle Fourche, SD, Cassie ( Reuben) Estrada, Belle Fourche, SD, JT McGrath, Anza, CA, David and Derick Dower, Spearfish, SD, Brooke and Emilee Wisnoski, Pine Haven, WY; great grandchildren, Ethan Estrada, Belle Fourche, SD, Zylah Cuesta, Belle Fourche, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John Betts Sr. and Linnea (Berggren) Betts; his daughter, Elizabeth Lynn Betts Hudson; stepson, David Dower.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Disabled American Veterans or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Service to be held:
1:00 p.m. Saturday April 16, 2016
George was born February 21, 1946, in Saratoga WY, and was raised in Pine Bluffs, WY. He graduated from P.B. High School in 1964. George and Sandra (Smith) were married in 1967. Together, they raised two sons. George worked his entire career in service to rural electrification, having worked for Wyrulec in Lingle, WY, Wheatbelt Public Power District in Sidney, NE, and Polk County Rural Public Power District in Stromsburg, NE, from which he retired in 2012.
Following retirement, George and Sandra moved to Rapid City to be close to their son and family. George was a devoted grandfather and truly enjoyed his time with family.
After moving to Rapid City, George accomplished his goal of becoming a Rotarian. He was an active member of Rushmore Rotary Morning Club. He spent some time as a C.A.S.A. volunteer.
George belonged to First United Methodist Church and was serving on the newly created leadership council at the time of his death. He was a member of Stromsburg Lodge No. 126 A.F. and A.M. He will always be remembered for his wit and keen sense of humor, and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.
George S. Lyons, 70, Rapid City, died Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Marietta, OH.
He is survived by wife, Sandra of Rapid City; son, Robb of Mountain View, CA; daughter-in-law, Autumn Lyons and grandchildren Cyrus and Mallory, all of Sturgis; brothers, Chuck (Marietta) Lyons and Bob (Diane) Lyons, all of Pine Bluffs, WY; and brothers-in-law, Don (Norene) Schell of Sacramento CA, and Roger Smith of Niagara Falls, NY. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as a great-great-niece, four great-great-nephews, and several cousins of his generation.
He was preceded in death by his parents, B. E. Lyons and Lucille Lyons; sister, Winifred Schell; and his son, Brent Lyons.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Rapid City. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated a memorial to the Rushmore Rotary morning club.