Obituaries
     
   
     

Theodore "Ted" Foskett

February 3, 1940 - March 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Friday, March 24, 2017

 

Ted was born in Columbus, Ohio to Robert H. Foskett and Mildred Irene Raines on February 3, 1940. Ted's family moved to Detroit, MI, where he stayed until the age of 10, when he returned to Ohio in order to help his grandfather on the farm. Ted loved working on the farm and shared memories of it often.
He attended school in Pickerington, OH, until he was 17 and joined the US Air Force. Ted wanted to travel and see some of the world but unfortunately he was stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA, and remained there serving 8 years with the Air Force and 16 years Civil Service. He worked in Aircraft Structural Repair most of these years. He later went on to work for B&H Heating in Rapid City. This was a job that Ted loved and enjoyed going to each day.
Ted enjoyed riding motorcycles and rode in 49 states with Alaska being the exception. He was able to ride the entire parameter of the United States. It was on this trip that he ventured into Sturgis for the Annual Motorcycle Rally. He fell in love with the Black Hills and in 1990 he moved to Piedmont. In 1996, he met his wife, Betty, and they were married in 2001. They remained in the Black Hills until 2011, when they decided to move to New Mexico for the warmer weather. Ted stayed busy remodeling their home from the ground up! He was always busy, never wasting any time. He was a true workaholic. He loved the desert and the warm weather. He would enjoy a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon while watching the sunset each night.
He had been working on his bucket list the last few years. He did get to Hawaii and rented a Harley and rode the Big Island. He did a hot air balloon ride over Albuquerque, and he got his Alaskan Cruise as well.
Ted was truly a very loving, caring and giving man, always doing whatever he could to help others. Ted will be missed dearly by all. He touched so many lives in his 77 years.
Theodore Lee "Ted" Foskett, 77, New Mexico, and formerly of Piedmont, passed away on March 15, 2017.
Ted is survived by his wife, Betty, New Mexico; son, Robert Foskett (Diane), Lake Chaparral, NM; daughter, Leanne Hughes, San Diego; brother, Bill Foskett (Debra), Michigan; sister, Carol Willey (Jack); sister, Sue Anderson (Ron), Michigan; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine; his parents; and his sister, Sharon.
Visitation will be 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Carl "Bill" Hansen

May 19, 1926 - March 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m Saturday, March 25, 2017

 

Carl was the eldest of eight children of Carl and Ella (Toth) Hansen. He was born on the Walgren place near Horton, WY on May 19, 1926.
Bill was raised on the family ranch near Horton and in Newcastle. He attended grade school and high school in Newcastle, graduating in 1944. Bill then enlisted in the US Army (WWII) in 1944. He served two years in the European Theater (England, France and Germany). Bill was a combat infantryman and on the journey over on the Queen Elizabeth with 10,00 troops on the ship he was designated to go up into the crow’s nest (100’ in the air) to watch for enemy boats and aircraft. He landed at LaHarve, France, where the 106th Division was “Hitting the Battle of the Bulge” and used a BAR rifle. He returned home from service and worked in the oil fields at Newcastle, the City of Newcastle, then working for Sioux Oil Company (now Wyoming Refining Company), Bill retired after 23 years with the refinery in 1989. On June 8, 1952 he married Lorna Allen at the Methodist Church in Newcastle and they have made their home in Newcastle since that date. Two children were born, Chris and Darlene who now live in Spearfish, SD.
Bill was a member of the Country Church at Four Corners, WY, First United Methodist Church and the VFW. Being the oldest of eight children, he learned to work at an early age and took on many needed tasks when his dad was away at work. He was a man of many talents. Bill had the joy of spending summers at their Ponderosa Cabin after retirement, spending many hours cutting and splitting firewood. He loved to fish, hunt, walk and drive his Subaru. One of the delights of his life after retirement was a venture to remodel the Country Church building at Four Corners. He restored the old pews and built new ones, cut and hauled wood to church and worked wherever he was needed. The time spent working on the church and attending was so special to him, with a renewal of his faith in God and the joy of fellowship.
Carl William (Bill) Hansen, 90, Newcastle, died, Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Custer Regional Senior Care.
Bill is survived by his son, Chris Hansen and daughter Darlene (Travis) Sears, all of Spearfish, two brothers; Fred (Barbara) Hansen, and Jack (Betty) Hansen, four sisters; Rose (Ervin) Allen, Lorraine Davis, Shirley (Roy) Borgialli, and Helen (Corbin) Nicolls, all of Newcastle, WY, one aunt, Elizabeth Cummings, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Lorna Allen Hansen; parents, Carl and Ella Hansen; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ross and Lorella Allen; one brother, Jimmy Hansen; and one sister-in-law Zelpha Hansen; brothers and sisters –in-law; Ariel and Roosevelt Cole, Junior and Bertha Allen, Russell Davis, and David and Anna Marie Rawhouser.
Bill’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Westin County Senior Center on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 am with visitation starting at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at the Boyd Cemetery at Four Corners, WY. In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been stablished. Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD is in charge of the arrangements.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy Iris Gapp

April 28, 1927 - March 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 

Dorothy was born April 28, 1927, the 6th child of 9 to Emil Emanuel Reinhold (of Swedish decent) and Hazel Vernie (Jensen) Reinhold (of Danish, Pennsylvania Dutch and English decent).
Dorothy was a missionary always sharing the love of God, His word of encouragement and comfort…along with her many food dishes. Her mission field varied from being a telephone operator to teaching in many country schools right out of high school.
She married Willard Grenz in 1948. In 1950, Willard died of a bad heart from rheumatic fever as a child.
She then taught at Morristown near Lantry, SD. Dorothy attended Northern State College and taught at Ordway before moving to New Underwood working as an LPN, then moved to Rapid City and taught at Schaefer School near Box Elder in 1954.
Dorothy and John Gapp were married in 1955. Their long union was blessed with love and devotion. Their hospitality was enjoyed by their many family friends.
Dorothy was an Avon lady for many years, receiving the Sales Representative of the Year for SD one year. She loved leading bible studies for friends, customers and neighbors which led to starting a church first in their basement and then building Piedmont Community Bible Church, Inc. in 1960. Dorothy cooked for church camps and special dinner gatherings. She loved to teach little children about Jesus in Sunday School. Dorothy had a powerful faith and testimony of God healing her of different ailments and injuries. In later years, her mission was the hospital and doctor’s offices and finally the nursing home.
Dorothy loved many things, including collecting shoes, planting many flower and vegetable gardens, and learning good clean jokes to share at the appropriate time to make people smile. She loved to play the piano, accordion, and harmonica, and sing songs about the Lord and decorating for all the holidays and seasons, having parties or big gatherings and making beautiful cakes. She preferred to raise her own chickens as that was the best tasting chicken and she was known for her fried chicken dinners and caramel rolls which she loved to share. She loved raising horses.
Dorothy Iris Reinhold Grenz Gapp, 89, passed away peacefully, March 18, 2017, in Rapid City, SD. God wrapped His arms around Dorothy and took her home after a long life of serving God by serving others.
Dorothy is survived by four children, Duane Grenz, Rapid City, SD, Willard “Bill” Grenz (Linda), Sturgis, SD, Ronald (Jackie) Gapp, Piedmont, SD, and Patty Pottorff (Mark), Vienna, MO; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren; Dorothy’s youngest sister, Ruth Humke of Longview, TX; and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Willard Grenz; her second husband, John Gapp, and their 3 babies, James, Thomas, and Patti; her brothers, Carl “Dick,” Earl “Tom,” Paul “Brownie,” Marvin “Tige” and James Reinhold; and sisters, Rosa Davis and Ila Reinhold.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Celebration of life services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Chuck Loftis officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Vale Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to support the youth ministry of Rainbow Bible Ranch, operated by the Larry and Robin Reinhold family which is the homestead where Dorothy grew up.

 

     
   
     

Leo Edward Grubl

May 19, 1935 - March 16, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

Leo was born May 19, 1935, at St. John’s Hospital in Rapid City to Louis F. and Edna V. Grubl, the oldest of three sons. Leo was baptized and confirmed in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Bear Butte, SD. He attended grade school at the Middle Alkali School and high school at St. Martin's in Sturgis and Sturgis Brown High School. Dad played football for St. Martin's and was a band member at Sturgis Brown High and spoke fondly of the games and away trips he took part in. He grew up on the family ranch east of Sturgis working side by side with his dad and brothers. Leo was very active in the Alkali Troopers 4-H club and later college 4-H. Leo graduated from South Dakota State University in 1957 with a BS in Ag Education and earned his Masters of Education in 1964.
Leo married his 4-H sweetheart, Iva Bierschbach, August 3, 1957, in Webster, SD. One of Leo’s regrets was he won’t be able to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this coming August.
After college, he followed his mother’s example of educating youth. Leo taught for seven years in Tulare, SD, Elgin, ND, and Linton, ND. After one year, his teaching career was interrupted to serve his country in the U. S. Army from 1958 to 1959 at Fort Carson, CO.
A son, Christopher, born July 15, 1961, joined the family in Elgin, ND, and a daughter, Elizabeth, born August 13, 1962, in Linton, ND.
Leo, Iva, and family joined the family ranching operation in the summer of 1964. Leo has dedicated his life to agriculture and the betterment of rural community in the Dakotas. He returned to the family ranch when needed by the family and proceeded to build a strong reputation as a very competent ranch manager. Leo was one of the 1st area ranchers to Performance Test his cattle to strengthen bloodline. Leo managed the herd performance and ranch finances with up to date technology. His diligence and attention to detail has lead the ranch to be one of the biggest producers of stabilizer bulls for Leachman’s of Colorado. The Grubl Alkali Ranch will be celebrating 125 years and 7 generations this fall.
Leo was appointed to represent his area with the rural electric association. He dedicated 30+ years to bringing affordable, reliable energy to the rural areas. Leo was a Director for West River Electric for 31 years, Director of Cooperative Finance Corporation for 7 years (a bank set up by Rural Electric Associations), Director of Basin Electric for 7 years, and a Director of Rushmore Electric for 20+ years.
Leo was a member of Crop Improvement Association, Alkali Community Club, Soil Conservation Supervisor for 15 years, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, (Immaculate Conception Parish – Bear Butte Valley - Treasurer), Knights of Columbus, Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce for over 40 years - Director representing the Ag Community, Toast Master Member, and Alpha Zeta – Honorary Ag Fraternity.
A few awards he received were Outstanding Young Farmer – Sturgis Jaycees 1968, Sturgis Chamber of Commerce Ag Producer of the year 2008, and Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Ag Producer of the year 2012, and well as numerous other awards and recognitions for his years of service to the community.
Leo and his family very much appreciate the folks at Hospice of the Northern Hills for taking great care of Dad the last few months and the staff of the Sturgis Hospital for caring for dad the last few days. He truly appreciated your care and concern.
Leo E Grubl, 82, Sturgis, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Leo is survived by his wife of 59+ years, Iva Elaine (Bierschbach) Grubl; one son, Christopher Jon (Vera) Grubl; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Grubl; 2 grandsons, Adam Louis (Karly) Grubl and Lucas Jon (Kymber Keffeler, finance) Grubl; two brothers, Edward (Carol) Grubl and Lyle (Diane) Grubl; three great-grand babies due in June; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Martin’s Chapel at the west end of Sherman Street next to St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Interment is at 11:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, we are asking for memorials to be sent to St. Martin’s Chapel Restoration Fund, 1049 Howard Street, Sturgis, SD 57785. St. Martin’s Chapel is in need of additional restoration and Leo was very supportive of this project.

 

     
   
     

Ronald Richard Suchanuk

September 30, 1941 - March 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Ron was born September 30, 1941, to Richard and Stella (Winarski) Suchanuk in East Chicago, Indiana.
He attended high school at East Chicago Washington High and Morton High in Hammond Indiana. He joined the United States Army in 1959, where he honorably served for four years. His service took him to tours in Korea and Thailand. Once out of the service, he started his 30 year career with American Steel Foundries Indiana Harbor Works and also met his wife of 50 years Rudene Kaiser.
Ron and Rudene relocated to the Black Hills after falling in love with the area while visiting their daughter and her family who were stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Ron enjoyed spending time in Deadwood with his wife and watching his grandsons sporting events. He was so proud of his four grandsons and his two great granddaughters. He enjoyed looking for "finds". No discarded or lost coin would be passed up. He had a heart of gold and a love of animals that was passed on to all of his descendants.
Ronald Richard Suchanuk died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at Fort Meade.
He is survived by his wife, Rudene, son, David (Marsha) Suchanuk; daughter, Beth (Ron) Weaver; grandchildren; Edward and Zachary Suchanuk, Taylor (Marissa) and Tanner Weaver; two great-grandchildren, Adalynn and MacKenzie Weaver; sister, Betty Sudovich; brother, Raymond (Leilani) Suchanuk; sisters-in-law, Virginia Suchanuk, Celeste (Mike) Cooley; mother-in law, Harriett Kaiser and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard; mother, Stella; brother, Robert; sister, Stella (John) Waite; father-in-law, Rudolph Kaiser and brother-in-law, Steve Sudovich.
Service will be at a later date at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials can be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 in honor of Ron.

 

     
   
     

William "Bill" Barff

June 10, 1964 - March 8, 2017

 

Service to be held:

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 


Bill was born June 10, 1964, at Oakland, CA, to Henry and Connie Barff. He attended school and grew up at Clearlake, CA. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
While in the Air Force, he was a mechanic. He also met the love of his life, Patty Sigler. They were married September 22, 1984, in Sturgis.
After his honorable discharge, he started his career as an auto mechanic for Triple K Tire in Central City, SD, until 2004 when he started his dream job with the Sturgis Police Department. It was his nature to serve and protect. He was often asked for help and he gladly offered it to anyone in need.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, and scaring people, including his family.
William Joseph “Bill” Barff, 52, Sturgis, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at his home in Sturgis.
Survivors include his sons, Andy, Brandon (Tiffany), and Kyle (Lacy); his parents; several siblings; numerous extended family members; and his dog, Brutus.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Committal services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends and family are encouraged to meet at the funeral chapel at 9:30 a.m. for the procession.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Alvin A. Ala

April 8, 1929 - March 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017

 

Alvin was born April 8, 1929, to Isaac and Laura ( Neiminen) Ala. Alvin was a long time farmer in the Whitewood Valley. He was proud of his Finnish heritage, outgoing, and interested in the people around him.
Alvin Ala died March 9, 2017, at Belle Fourche Health Care.
He is survived by his sisters, Mable Harrison of Omaha, NE; and Elsie Bigelow of Lynwood, WA; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Viola Ala, and his parents Isaac and Laura Ala.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Graveside Services will be Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Whitewood Cemetery with Pastor David Baer officiating.

 

     
   
     

Bruce Raymond Garner

December 14, 1941 - March 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 to 4:00 p.m Friday, March 10, 2017

 

Born in Grand Rapids, MN, on December 14, 1941, to Leo and Esther (Makinen) Garner. Bruce graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1960. Enrolled in the US Army from 1964-66. Bruce married Jan Marshall in 1968. He worked at Blandin Paper Co. and went into his own Construction Business and retired from the Badlands National Parks in South Dakota.
Bruce loved the Black Hills. He would go prospecting with his friend Chuck, but we suspect there was more visiting and storytelling than panning, as not much gold came home. Bruce was an avid hunter for most of his life. He loved God, family and friends.
Bruce Raymond Garner, 75 of Hermosa, S.D., formerly of Cohasset, MN passed away peacefully in Rapid City, S.D on March 6, 2017.
Survived by wife Jan, of 48 years, son, Troy (Kathy), daughter, Tracy (Vinny); six grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sister, Nancy (Terry), brother, David (Mary), and numerous nieces and nephews, special brother-in-law, Harry (Linda), Louie (Donna). Also their special neighbors Lisa and John and family.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald, and granddaughter Felicia.
The Garner family invites you to a Celebration of Life luncheon at 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on March 10, 2017, at the Hermosa Legion Club, Hermosa, SD.

 

     
   
     

Sandra Jean Morgan

November 29, 1938 - March 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017

 

Sandra Jean (Schwandner) Morgan was born in Friendsville, IL, on November 29, 1938, to Albert and Laura (Leek)Schwandner. Sandy spent her childhood in southern Illinois where she attended Mount Carmel and Grayville Elementary Schools. She moved with her parents and brother, Jon, to Newcastle, WY, in 1952.
On September 26, 1956, she married Larry Doil Morgan in Rapid City and together they began to build their lives and start their family. Larry and Sandy had three children. LeAnn Larri was born in 1957, Randy Doil followed in 1958, and Laura Ilene in 1961.
Sandy worked in Greely Colorado School District as a teacher’s aide and as a secretary for six years before returning to Newcastle in 1971. She was employed at Gertrude Burns elementary school in Newcastle as a secretary for 10 years.
One of Sandy’s true joys in life was singing. She was a choir member in her church, Christ the King Lutheran Church, and also sang with the Joy singers for several years. She was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Weston County Senior Center and was also a member of Tops # 218 in Newcastle for 25 years.
In 2012, Larry and Sandy left Newcastle and moved to Spearfish, SD, to enjoy their retirement years. Together they enjoyed trips to Deadwood and time spent with family.
Sandy was very proud of her family and is survived by her husband, Larry; her three children; LeAnn (Larry) Butts, Randy Morgan, and Laura (Jay) Marchant; as well as her six grandchildren, Eliza (Doug) Dollison, Melody Marchant, Leilani (Jason) Williams, Shannon Morgan, Shaun Morgan, and Chance Morgan. Sandy also had three great–grandchildren, Tristin (Kellie) Dollison, Ashlyn Dollison, and Holly Rose Dollison. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Survivors also include her brother, Jon, and his wife, Susan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents and infant sister, Sylvia Ann Schwandner.
Sandy was a very special person. She touched everyone she met in a special way and will be missed by all.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Newcastle Senior Center with Pastor Ron Sample officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle, WY.

 

     
   
     

Ernest D. "Ernie" Cudmore

September 14, 1941 - March 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Ernie was born September 14, 1941, in Mobridge, SD, to Albert Ernest and Marjorie Darleen (Carls) Cudmore. He grew up at Timber Lake, SD, before his family moved to the Black Hills and then to Newcastle, WY. Ernie graduated from Newcastle High School in 1959.
Ernie served in the U. S. Army from 1961 until his honorable discharge in 1963. He served during the Vietnam War.
He graduated from Black Hills State College with a BS in Business. He married Linda Seih and from this union, three children were born.
Ernie married Gloria Peters in 1989. They lived in Pierre, SD, where Ernie worked for the DOT and Morris Construction. Following his retirement, they moved back to the Black Hills.
Ernie was a member of the American Legion and the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking and canning, and loved hearing and telling good jokes. He adored his wife and loved his entire family.
Ernest Duane "Ernie" Cudmore, 75, Sturgis, died Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria, Sturgis; son, Jimmy Cudmore, Idaho Falls, ID; daughters, Kimberly McPeek and Bonnie Ascioti, both of Tucson, AZ; step-son, Brian Singelton, Pierre, SD; step-daughter, Kimberly Roberts, Sturgis; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Fred Cudmore, George Cudmore, and Gary (Nickie) Cudmore; sisters, Danielle Cudmore, Rita (Michael) Lafferty, Mona Cudmore (Kyle), and Leigh Sheets; his stepmother, Mona Demery; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Delaney and Lee Cudmore.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy B. Short

December 13, 1923 - March 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Dorothy B. "Sweetie" (Escott) Short was born December 13, 1923, in Faith, SD, to Christena "Tena" (Schradle) Escott and William "Bert" Escott. She was the oldest of 3 children. Dorothy and her family eventually moved to Sturgis where she would graduate high school in 1941. Following her graduation, she moved to Chance, SD, where she worked as a postal clerk and taught school. She later got certified through two summer school sessions to become a qualified teacher which allowed her to teach 1st-9th grade for a number of years.
In 1946, Dorothy married Robert Barr Short in a double wedding with his sister, Hazel and Charles Vansickel, in Broadus, MT. Robert was in the Army and transferred to the Air Force which stationed them at Ellsworth. Later, Robert was transferred to Denver while Dorothy stayed in Belle Fourche to teach. Robert and Dorothy moved to Sturgis in 1950 where they lived for over 60 years. Robert started Short Construction and Dorothy tended to her 6 children, Danny (1948), Duane (1950), Robin (1953), William "Bill" (1954), Robert "Bob" (1958), and Roger (1968).
In addition to her very busy family life, Dorothy was very active in a variety of groups throughout the community that included her membership with Grace Lutheran Church, Hospice, Meals on Wheels, TOPS, Red Hat Society, American Cancer Society, Buttons and Bows, and VFW Auxiliary. Her passion for being a part of the community and spending time with dear friends was no doubt the secret to living such a long and fulfilling life.
Dorothy’s energy was noticeable to every person she spent time with, whether it was for 5 minutes or for 50 years. She opened up her heart and her home on frequent occasions, whether it was offering support in a grave time in someone’s life, hosting nightly coffee, or offering a bed for a biker during the rally. She was truly one of a kind. While her death was unexpected to us all, we all can find peace knowing that she passed quickly and free of pain with her beloved friend, Charlene, by her side.
Surviving family includes sons, Danny (Bakey), Duane, Bill (Janine), Bobby (Judy), and Roger; daughter, Robin (Pat); as well as 13 grandchildren, Ben, Estee, Gram, Brad, Tessa, Brynn, Ryan, Carlyn, Taber, Errin, Seth, Griffin, and Sydney; 11 great-grandchildren; along with numerous extended family members.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Peggy McGinnis; brother, Mike Escott; and grandson, Adrian Short.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to Grace Lutheran Church and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Wallace R. Mollman

November 19, 1931 - March 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m.Wednesday, March 8, 2017

 

Wallace R. Mollman was born November 19, 1931, in McIntosh, SD, to Dorus and Margaret Mollman. He was the eldest of 13 children raised on a farm in Watauga, SD. Wally first saw his future wife, Roberta Morman, while attending Assumption Abbey in Richardton, ND. Wally's sisters invited Roberta home one weekend which is when they first met. Wally married Roberta on June 3, 1953. They lived near Watauga until 1960 when they moved to Deadwood, SD.
Although Wally was a highly respected mechanic, he never felt like he worked a day in his life as he often said his job was his hobby. But more importantly, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many people. He had a great sense of humor and always loved spending time with his family. Everyone he met was touched by his selflessness and humility.
Wally, 85, Deadwood, died on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at home surrounded by family.
Survivors include his loving wife, Roberta; daughters, Ramona (Gregory) Uhrig, Wheatland, WY, Rebecca (Daniel) Ryan, Collingdale, PA, Rosanna (Larry) Sorenson, Loveland, CO, and Renita Mollman, Fullerton, CA; sons, Jeffrey (Susan) Mollman, Lead, Patrick (Rhonda) Mollman, Deadwood, and Michael (Jenny) Mollman, Gilbert, AZ; 24 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 7 brothers; 4 sisters; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins;, and a large extended family.
Wally was preceded in death by four sons, Joseph, Joel, Timothy, and Loren; his parents, Dorus and Margaret; his brother, David; and two nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Birthright or Catholic Social Services.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a wake beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church in Deadwood.
Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church in Deadwood with Father Leo Hausmann officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lead.

 

     
   
     

Hannah Oedekoven

May 25, 1932 - March 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm, Friday, March 10, 2017

 

Hannah was born May 25, 1932, in Hettinger, ND, to Paul & Nordis (Fordahl) Ruby. They lived near Hettinger, ND, near Chance, SD, and then at Sorum, SD, where she grew up and attended Sorum Grade School. She attended Sturgis High School and graduated in 1950. She then worked at First National Bank in Sturgis for three years at which time she married Allen L. Oedekoven on August 23, 1953. They made their home on his farm on Nine Mile Creek northeast of Sturgis until 1971.
To this union were born a son, Timothy Allen on April 6, 1957, and daughter, Rebecca Lynne on September 26, 1961. They moved to Boulder Canyon in 1971. Allen and Hannah ran the Boulder Park Campground and Allen continued to farm the place on Nine Mile until 2006. Due to declining health and hard winters, they moved to Heritage Acres Apartments in Sturgis at the end of June 2009 after which they sold the campground. In November of 2016, she moved to Key City Assisted Living where she resided with Allen until her passing.
She was a member of the Vale Lutheran Church in Vale and Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. She was active in the women’s organizations in both of these churches.
Hannah Adela (Ruby) Oedekoven, Sturgis, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital surrounded by family.
She is survived by her husband, Allen; her daughter, Rebecca (David) Jeitz of Belle Fourche; two grandchildren, Theodore (Sarah) Jeitz of Belle Fourche and Jennifer Jeitz of Brookings; and six great-grandchildren, Walker, Weston, Audrey, Oliver, Owen, and Addie. She is also survived by her five sisters and two brothers, Lila Stark of Riverton, WY, Delores (Tom) Livingston, Decatur, AL, Leroy Ruby of Belle Fourche, Violet (Ray) Melton, Republic, MO, Richard Ruby, Black Hawk, Frances (Ron) DeWeese, Somerville, AL, and Rosella (David) Jacobs, Aurora, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy; her parents, Paul and Nordis Ruby; and one brother, Arlen Ruby.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Grace Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

James Albert Meyer

July 3, 1931 - February 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m., Monday, March 6, 2017

 

James Albert Meyer was born July 3, 1931, in Sturgis, SD, to Frank and Hattie (Mailloux) Meyer. He grew up and attended school in Sturgis. Following school, he worked for a short time at Howkola Refinery. In 1949, he joined the Air Force where he served four years and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. When he came home from the service, he married Marlys Tippey on November 28, 1954. They had two daughters, Debbie and Sandi "Jayne."
In 1962, Jim and his brother, Vernon "Tuffy," opened up the Meyer Brothers Auto Repair Shop in Sturgis. Following this business venture, he went to work for Wheeler Lumber & Bridge in Whitewood, SD. He then semi-retired and purchased the Southside Carwash in Sturgis where he enjoyed frequent trips back and forth in his Jeep.
Jim "Gramps" enjoyed life to the fullest. Some things he enjoyed with his family and friends were hunting, fishing, archery, motorcycling, water skiing, square dancing, karate, S’mores and barbecues on the patio, and camping. Gran and Gramps enjoyed the outdoor life so much. They built a cabin on their property by Deadwood where they spent many days with family and friends playing horseshoes, cards, hunting, and weekend trips with their grandchildren. When they were not at the cabin, they logged many miles touring the Black Hills in their camper. Jim and Marlys both learned to fly and were proud owners of a two-passenger plane. He also spent hours building and flying model airplanes. Jim lived a full life and his family and friends will miss him greatly. He has left us all with many cherished memories.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years Marlys; two daughters, Debbie Christensen of Harrisburg, SD, and Sandi "Jayne" (Bryce) Sigman of Sturgis, SD; two brothers, Vernon "Tuffy" (Bonnie) Meyer and Bill (Judy) Meyer and his sister, Betty Griffin, all of Sturgis, SD; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Nels Christensen; one brother-in-law, Lyle Tippey; and one sister-in-law, Jean Miller.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the First Presbyterian Church.

 

     
   
     

Robert Mark Regan

May 15, 1924 - February 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017

 

Robert was born on May 15th, 1924 in Faith, SD to Devillo Daniel “Dan” and Agnes (Quinn) Regan. The family later moved to Marcus, where Bob developed his love for the game of baseball as his dad was the manager of the Marcus team for ten years. During the depression years of the Dirty 30’s, this was a cheap form of entertainment that brought the whole community together on Sunday afternoons. In 1937, the family moved to Sturgis where his dad built and operated Regan’s Service Station. Bob attended St. Martin’s Academy where he graduated in 1942.
After completing high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served 4 years. On November 3rd, 1944, he and his high school sweetheart, Mary Blackney, were married in the chapel at St. Martin’s Academy by Fr. Columban.
Bob and Mary were a hardworking team. They owned and operated Mary's Apparel and the motel and lounge at Phil Town Inn. In the 60’s and 70’s, it was a popular nightspot where people knew they could get a fabulous meal and enjoy dancing and great entertainment, which often included Bob singing his most requested song, Tiny Bubbles, or one of his favorite Irish songs.
Bob and Mary also managed the Boulder Canyon Country Club for several years and the Bodega in Deadwood, where he helped establish gaming in 1989.
Bob was a lifelong Meade County resident and took great pride in promoting Sturgis as a member and leader of numerous state and community organizations. He was so proud to be one of a group of businessmen in town who built Strong Field, which became the home of the Basin League team, the Sturgis Titans.
He also worked at the Gold Dust as the Ambassador of Good Will and the poker room was named in his honor. He retired from there at age 85.
Bob was especially proud of his Irish heritage, which was reflected in many Deadwood St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and parades. He was an avid sports fan, and loved cheering on the Boston Red Sox and Denver Broncos.
Robert Mark “Bob” Regan died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 28th at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center surrounded by his family while listening to none other than Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral.
Bob is survived by his four children, Kathryn (Gary) Lamberton, Pompano Beach, FL, Dan (Mary) Regan, Mesa, AZ, Kelley (Gale) Schipke, Rapid City, and Quinn Regan, Rapid City; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary; his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Tiny and Glenn Burgess; his grandsons, Todd Lamberton and John Robert Regan; and his great-granddaughter, Gwyn Regan.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 6:30 pm at St. Martins Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be Monday, March 6, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
An interment with military honors will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the St. Martin’s Chapel Restoration Fund and the Sturgis Post 33 Baseball Organization in care of the Regan family, PO Box 566, Sturgis, SD 57785.
This St. Patrick’s Day, his Irish eyes will be smiling in heaven and he’ll have the mic in his hand singing an Irish tune. Rest in peace, Dad. We will miss you. Until we meet again…

 

     
   
     

Michael Roy Kindt

April 14, 1968 - February 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

No Service

 

Michael Roy Kindt was born April 14, 1968, to Sheila and Doug Kindt. He was born with a congenital heart defect and he always considered himself lucky to be alive. He underwent open heart surgery at a couple days and years old to give him the best chance of survival. When he was young he lived in Wyoming but spent most of his childhood growing up in Custer, SD, with his sister, Brandi.
When he was 25, he had a son, Hadrian Michael. Hadrian was the light of his life. He was very proud of his son and was very determined to not just be a father to him but to be the best father he could possibly be. He moved to Spearfish to attend Black Hills State University to gain an education to better support his son. While attending college, he met and fell in love with his wife, Lisa Hinz. After dating for five years they married on September 30, 2000. He always said Lisa was the best thing that happened to him and the two most important people in his life were Lisa and Hadrian.
Michael had many careers throughout his life. He was a cook, a cashier, a fake psychic, a sport betting tout, and a produce clerk. But his true passion and what he enjoyed most was writing. He authored two books (with a third soon to be released). His sense of humor was dark, somewhat twisted and thoroughly entertaining. He had a sharp wit and was extremely intelligent. He had a natural curiosity about everything around him. He had a thirst for knowledge and read vast amounts on varied subjects. He had a large collection of bibles and knew the differences of each one. He enjoyed cooking for the people he loved. He enjoyed taking care of his wife as much as she took care of him. He also had a kind heart when it came to his pets. He loved to care for animals, especially if they seemed to have no one else who would want to care for them. He also had a collection of cacti he grew from seeds. He commented they would be around long after he was gone.
Michael Kindt left this earth far too soon on February 21, 2017. He will be deeply missed by his wife and son, not to mention by countless family members and friends. He was one of a kind and can never be replaced.

 

     
   
     

JoAnne Stambaugh

March 30, 1929 - February 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017

 

JoAnne was born March 30, 1929, in Grand Forks, ND. JoAnne (Quigley) Stambaugh of Spearfish, SD, died Friday, February 24, 2017.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, J.W. (Bill) Stambaugh; son, Dean (Stacy); and daughter, Kay (Brian). She is also survived by grandchildren, Michael, Sara, Allison, Daniel, and Isaac; and great-grandchildren, Atlas and Josie. Many other relatives and friends will miss her lively presence.
JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents, Vivian Skutle Quigley and Francis Daniel Quigley, and her son, Daniel William Stambaugh
A celebration of life service will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Another celebration of life will be conducted in Milaca, MN, later this spring, which will be followed by inurnment there in Forest Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association.

 

     
   
     

Berniece Jean Chord

December 26, 1930 - February 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Berniece was born December 26, 1930, in Elm Springs, SD, to Henry and Netti (Horton) Raetz. She was the third of five children.
She married Wayne S. Chord on June 29, 1946, and they were married 63 years. Her early-married life was spent raising four children and furthering her husband’s ministry. Berniece and Wayne lived in 7 states and 30 communities over the course of their marriage. She loved to decorate and had the wonderful ability of making a house a home not only for her family but all who visited.
Berniece was never one to sit idle and will be remembered for her unrelenting work ethic. In her lifetime, she held numerous jobs including ranching, beautician, retail clerk, caterer, professional painter, driving a packer steamroller, and all the duties of a preacher’s wife. She retired from the Fort Meade Food Service Department in 2008.
Studying her Bible, playing the piano, listening to music, watching westerns, going to rodeos, and riding horse-back were some of the many activities she enjoyed. Her family will forever see her hands clapping upon hearing a rousing gospel tune.
Berniece (Raetz) Chord, a long-time resident of the Sturgis area, went to be with our Lord Sunday the 26th of February at the David M. Dorsett Care Facility in Spearfish, SD.
Left to cherish her memory are her four children and their families, Jackquline (Tom) Lewis of McCook Lake, SD, Roy (Gretchen) Chord of Torrington, WY, Clifford (Arla) Chord of Sturgis, SD, and Jeanette (Mark) Gearhart of Columbus, NE; grandchildren, Teresa (Paul) Wolf, Michelle (Pat Newton) Lewis, Carri (Darren) Odle, Rebekah (Bill) Clemons, Nichole (Scott) Ernst, Rachel (Tyler) Gaither, Cory (Heather) Gearhart, and Ashlee (Jay) Wilson; 17 great-grandchildren; and her many friends. She is also survived by one brother, William (Jo) Raetz of Lubbock, TX; and two sisters, Wanda (Ron) Anders of Sturgis, SD, and Gloria (Larry) Roberdeau of Brandon, SD.
Berniece was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Warren Raetz; a sister, Ellen (Raetz) Cowen; and one granddaughter, Rebekah (Chord) Clemons.
Memorial services will be held at Believers Fellowship Church, 180 Old Stone Road, Sturgis, SD, on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Following the service, burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Nels Martin Larive

June 12, 1934 - February 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017

 

Nels was born to George and Maita Christensen on June 12, 1934, in Sundance, WY. His father passed away when he was 3 years old. His mother, Maita, married Raphael Larive in 1941. They moved to St. Onge where he grew up. He married Kay F. Blotz in December 1956. They were blessed with seven children, 9 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Growing up, he worked on the family farm and from there he was a lineman and a truck driver before ending his career as a school bus driver. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and family gatherings, but most of all, spending time with his grandchildren. They were his pride and joy.
Nels M. Larive, 82, entered into eternal peace on February 24, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care. His devotion to his family supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him his peace.
He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his very special wife of 60 years, Kay; sons, Mark (Tanya) Larive and Dan Larive; daughters, Cindy Barry, Lori (Bob) Packer, and Beck (Allen) Reiman; nine grandchildren, Corey (Heather) Barry, Holly (Marty) Spurlock, Gunnar Foss, Shania Larive, Tyler (Sheridan) Larive, Amanda Larive, Casey Packer, Cody Packer, and Caden Packer; four great-grandchildren, Chyanne Spurlock, Sophia Spurlock, KayLee Barry, and Connor Dove; two sisters, Alberta Nelson and Violet Erk; two brothers, Albert (Janet) Larive and George Larive; and several nieces and nephews.
Nels was preceded in death by his son, Chuck; daughter, Mary Esther; mother, Maita; fathers, Raphael Larive and George Christenson; and a sister, Lillian Derosier.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017, with a wake beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with an inurnment on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.at St. Aloysius Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in memory of Nels Larive.

 

     
   
     

Ethelyn "Sallie" Palmer

January 4, 1934 - February 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017

 

Sallie was born January 4, 1934, in Yankton, SD, to Harold W. and Ethelyn G. Kjeldseth. Sallie grew up and attended school in Yankton and Woonsocket. In 1950, she married Ervin Palmer. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Huron where Erv worked at the Daily Plainsman. In 1962, Sallie and Erv purchased the Lake Andes Wave newspaper and worked together there until moving to Rapid City in 1976. There, they continued to work together operating a bakery and later owned and operated Palmer Printing. Sallie also worked as a Decorating and Drapery Consultant at the Linoleum and Carpet Center in Rapid City.
Sallie and Erv purchased a ranch near Whitewood, SD, in 1986 which they operated with their son, Dan. In 2000, they retired and moved to Sturgis, and most winters were spent in Mesa, AZ.
Sallie was an avid bowler for many years and enjoyed crafting, painting, refinishing furniture, quilting, and sewing. Over the years, she was a member of community clubs, quilting and sewing clubs, and the Red Hat Society.
Sallie and Erv were married for 67 years and raised two children.
Ethelyn A. "Sallie" Palmer, 83, Sturgis, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Erv; son, Dan (Heidi) Palmer, Whitewood; daughter, Lana (Keith) Culver, Newcastle, WY; one grandson, Justin (Dawn); and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Clyde Vaughn; an infant daughter; and three step-sisters.
Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Yankton.
A memorial has been established in Sallie's honor.