Spencer Alan Briscoe

May 5, 1993 - November 12, 2017


Service to be held:

4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017


Spencer Alan Briscoe was born May 5, 1993, in Okinawa Japan, to Sean Briscoe and Sheila Larson. Spencer was granted his angel wings on Sunday, November 12, 2017, in Rapid City, SD, at the age of 24, surrounded by family and friends. Spencer will forever be remembered and loved for his kind heart and big smile.
Spencer grew up in Sturgis, SD, and attended schools in both Sturgis and Rapid City. Spencer's infectious smile and open personality allowed him to easily make friends wherever he went. Spencer had a gift to see the good in everyone and was the first to make friends with others. Spencer shared his sincere kindness with everyone he met.
Spencer's adventurous spirit inspired him to enjoy the many activities that he could do with his friends, including hiking, rock hunting, rock climbing, and spending time at the lake. Whether it was at his construction jobs, or cooking for others at home, Spencer enjoyed being busy. Regardless of the challenge, Spencer would approach anything with a fearless attitude and his big, warm smile.
Spencer was blessed with a large, blended family and is survived by his mother, Sheila (Ryon) Larson; his father, Sean (Melissa) Briscoe; his brother, Derek (Kayla) Briscoe; sisters, Abby and Ashley Briscoe; nephew, Camden Briscoe; niece, Charli Briscoe; grandparents, Richard and Ann Briscoe, George (Judy) Gerig, Deb (Don) Steder, Dennis Tapia Sr., Lois Larson, and Jim Crockford.
Spencer was preceded in death by his great-grandma, Karen Crockford; and other family members from the Briscoe, Gerig, Tapia, Brady, and Larson families.
Memorial services will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor John Tesnow officiating.
A memorial has been established.



Boyd Nathan Johnson

May 17, 1923 - November 12, 2017


Service to be held:

Friday, November 17, 2017. at 10:00 a.m.


Boyd Johnson was born May 17, 1923, east of Columbia, SD, on his grandma’s farm. He passed from this life on November 12, 2017, at the age of 94 ½ in Spearfish, SD.
Boyd enlisted in the army in 1942 and spent 29 months on Guadalcanal in the south Pacific during WWII. After his honorable discharge, he married Frances Hinderks on June 3, 1947, in Hecla, SD. Boyd attended college in Logan, UT, and USC in Los Angeles. He worked 27 years as an Occupational Therapist at the Ft Meade VA Hospital and retired in 1981.
Boyd is survived by his wife of 70 years, Fran; children, Jerry (Randa) Johnson, Rapid City, Dee Johnson (wife of deceased son, Bob), Gillette, WY, Nathan (Cheryl) Johnson, Gillette, WY, Joan (Chuck) Mutchler, Spearfish, Patty (Chuck) Dennis, Plymouth, MN, and Bill (Tracy) Johnson, Tuolumne, CA; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ann Gleason, and her husband, Chuck; and his son, Bob Johnson.
His family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Vista for their kindness and compassion these past 2 years. We trust that dad is reunited with his deceased family and is also enjoying the perfect gin rummy hand with his card buddies. We love you and will miss you Dad!
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, with family present, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Fr. Arnold Kari officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please share your time and love with an elderly person. Memorials can also be made to the Sturgis Public Library.



Lawrence "Sonny" Gleason

November 23, 1933 - October 31, 2017


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017


Lawrence "Sonny" Ray Gleason, 83, Spearfish, and formerly of Sturgis, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Edgewood Vista in Spearfish.
Sonny was a very hard working man he worked many different jobs throughout his life, from helping on the family farm at Red Owl, SD, to the Anaconda copper mine near Butte, MT. He worked for Pappy Hoel in his motorcycle shop, as well as working road construction for a local company in Sturgis, SD. He worked for a time at a family owned implement company and eventually he went to work for the animal damage control for the South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks in February of 1984 until his retirement on February 9, 1996.
Sonny married Lila Eatherton. After her death he married Donna Rush in 1995.
In the early 70's, he was a member of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club where he dedicated many hours of service from leading the Southern Hills tour during the Rally to maintaining the short track for races. He was a lifetime member of the NRA as well as The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Sonny was an avid hunter, fisherman, and a well-known trapper. He truly belonged in the great outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; sons, Randall, Rodney, and Robin (Debbie) Gleason; one daughter, Ronda Stephenson; step-children; Misty Myers Blakeman and Marty (Thomas) Myers; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Lila.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment will follow at the Bear Butte Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to Edgewood Vista.



Kenneth Douglas Kiewel

April 16, 1943 - November 12, 2017


Service to be held:

Friday, November 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.


Kenneth Douglas Kiewel was born April 16, 1943, to Walter James Kiewel and Ruth Evelyn (Pederson) Kiewel in Akron, OH. Kenny grew up attending schools in Alzada, MT, then moved to Belle Fourche, SD, where he attended high school. During high school, he enjoyed playing football and racing cars, but above all else he spent most of his time working on ranches and at the Co-Op to help support his family. Kenny and his brothers spent a lot of time hunting to put food on the family table.
Upon graduating from high school, Kenny joined the US Army and served from 01/1962 to 10/1964. At the time Kenny got out of the Army, he was an SP4. Two years and six months of his enlistment was spent overseas.
Following his honorable discharge, Kenny started attending Black Hills State in Spearfish, SD, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree 05/1972. Kenny began his career with Knecht Lumber Mart the same year as a purchasing agent. He spent the next 40 years of his life at Knecht at which time he retired. Kenny was an excellent employee; very dedicated, loyal, and dependable, this led him to winning the Lumberman of the Year award in 2007. This was a very proud moment for Kenny and was something he cherished.
Above all, family was the most important thing to Kenny. He liked to participate in activities that the whole family could enjoy and do together like camping at Angostura, boating, water skiing, fishing, hunting, bean bags, horse shoes, volleyball, and bowling. He was inducted into the Rapid City United Bowling Congress for the Pioneer Award October 3, 2015. During the ceremony, he beamed with pride.
Kenny loved to support his children in whatever they did while growing up, but expected nothing less than 110%. His philosophy was that if you were going to do something you might as well be the best. After the kids were grown, he provided the same support to his grandchildren. During baseball season, you could always find him at the ball park cheering on the kids and giving advice whether it was asked for or not.
Kenny liked giving advice and never sugar coated what he said, but even when he was harsh, you knew that everything he did or said came from a place of love.
Kenny, 74, Rapid City, died Sunday, November 12, 2107, at Fountain Springs Healthcare Center.
Kenny is survived by his wife, Donna, one son, Fred (Teri) Kiewel, and one daughter, Karen (Brett) Foreman, all of Rapid City; three brothers, Wally (Dorthy) Kiewel of Belle Fourche, Clayton (Jeanette) Kiewel of Gillette, WY, and James "Jimmy" (Karin) Kiewel of Kansas; three sisters, Verla Crago, Grace Strickland, and Mavis (Bill) Jeffery all of Rapid City. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Fern Grubb; one brother-in-law, Kenny (Janet) Grubb; and one sister-in-law, Joyce (Dave) Hall.
Kenny had nine grandchildren: Brandon (Jada) Kiewel, Marcus Kiewel, Alex Rutan, Brandy Foreman, Brennan Bartos, Brady Foreman, Steven Kiewel, Kirsten Kiewel, and Trevor Rutan. He also had two great grandchildren: Paityn Kiewel and Rhylan Mazzola; and many nieces and nephews.
Kenny was preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Ruth Kiewel; his father-in-law, Donal Grubb; two brothers-in-law, Marvin Crago and Donald Strickland; and one great-nephew, Nolan Ahner.
A memorial service will be held Friday, November 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Valley Community Church, 5718 Longview Road, Rapid City. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.



Elaine Marie Schmidt

July 13, 1931 - November 11, 2017


Service to be held:

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


Elaine Marie Pfeifer Schmidt passed away peacefully Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Center.
She was born July 13, 1931, in Zeeland, ND, to Louie and Laya Pfeifer. Elaine married Maynard Schmidt on November 18, 1946, in Zeeland, ND. They resided on the family farm near Herreid, SD, until they retired to Sturgis, SD, in 1996. Elaine graduated from Pierre School of Nursing in 1975. She worked as a nurse in Ashley, ND, Eureka, SD, and the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in Sturgis, SD.
Elaine's true passion was caring for her animals, especially cats. Every stray cat seemed to find Elaine's front door. She had a beautiful alto voice and loved to sing church hymns. She also had an angel collection that was very special to her.
Elaine is survived by her son, Keith (Annette), Loudon, TN; and her daughter, Cheryl, Belle Fourche, SD. She has three grandchildren: Melissa (Brett) Phillips, Franklin, TN, Jay Wilczynski, Spearfish, SD, and Chad Wilczynski, Rapid City, SD; two great-grandsons, Joshua and Kellan Phillips, Franklin, TN; a niece, Vivian (John) Pitlo, Bellevue, IA; and her sister-in-law, Donna Sutton, Longview, WA.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; her husband, Maynard; her parents; and her sister, Florence Fischer.
Visitation will be held 5-7 PM on Friday, November 17th at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis followed by lunch at the Knuckle Brewery, 2nd St., Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established for the Humane Society of the Black Hills and the family requests that all memoriums be made to that organization at 1820 E Saint Patrick St, Rapid City, SD 57703.



Karen Rae Crockford

February 14, 1944 - November 10, 2017


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017


Karen was born February 14, 1944, at Sioux Falls, SD, to Raymond Leonard and Maxine Mae (Conklin) Hudelson. She graduated from Sturgis Brown High School and worked at the Chat N Chew, Boulder Canyon Café, and the Senior Citizens Hall in Faith.
On March 13, 1993 she married James Crockford.
Karen loved crafts. She was known as the Dutch Oven Queen of the Rendezvous, that she and Jim attended. She also loved to dance and she was a seamstress for many of the people around Faith. She always took time to watch the Denver Broncos and she loved to have visitors.
Karen Rae Crockford, 73, Faith, died Friday, November 11, 2017, at her home in Faith.
Survivors include her husband, James Crockford; daughters, Ronda Tarrant, Dawn (Vaughn) Ryden, Sheila (Ryon) Larson, Anita Dickey and Renee Robb; stepchildren, Lyle (Deb) Crockford, Terry Crockford and DeeAnn Crockford; brothers, Walt (Mary) Hudelson, and Gary Hudelson; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Bert and Janet; her parents; and her favorite aunt, Joyce.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Thursday.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests a memorial to the Faith Cancer Walk.



Maxine Leanore Kermu

February 21, 1932 - November 8, 2017


Service to be held:

3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017


Maxine was born February 21, 1932, to Clarence and Dorothy Henderson in Lead, S.D. She graduated from Lead High School in 1949. She married Earle “Ike” Kermu on January 25, 1953. They had three children, Karen, Kathy & Kenneth.
Her career included working in a grocery store, a jewelry store, and a bakery. She worked at the Lead Public Schools as a custodian for thirty years, retiring in February of 1994. Her favorite hobbies included bowling, reading, word puzzles, pinochle, watching the Green Bay Packers and westerns, and fishing most weekends with the family. She also was a wonderful seamstress.
Maxine was a lifelong and faithful member of Christ Episcopal Church. She will be remembered for her faith, hard work, and kindness to all. Her sense of humor and quick wit will be missed by many!
Maxine (Henderson) Kermu died November 8, 2017, following a short illness.
She is survived by her children, Karen Anderson, Gering, NE;, Kathy (Tim) Gebhart, Sioux Falls, SD; Ken (Barb Shivers) Kermu, Lead, SD; and a special niece, Jenette (Larry) Styles , Rapid City, SD; three brothers, Robert (Mary Samson), Spearfish, SD; Keith (Kandis), Carroll, IA; and Steve (Gail), Papillion, NE; eight grandchildren, Karry (Brad Nehlich) Iverson, Groton, SD; Amy (Michelle) Anderson-Saenz, Gering, NE; Denise (Noah) Kay, Lincoln, NE; Larry (Stephanie) Anderson Jr., Lincoln, NE; Elizabeth (William Morgan) Gebhart, Lincoln, NE; Andrea (Timothy Ohnoutka) Gebhart, Lincoln, NE;, Tracy (Kewei Zhang) Gebhart, Durham, N.C., and Isaac (Crysti) Kermu, Deadwood, S.D.; and ten great grandchildren: Ashley, Kelsey, Tyler, and Lee Iverson, Groton, S.D., Evelyn, Julie, Dante, and Alyson Anderson–Saenz, Gering, Neb., and Myles and Quinn Kay, Lincoln, Neb. , and many cousins, nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Dorothy Henderson; two infant brothers, her husband, grandson-in-law John Iverson and great grandson Cole Iverson.
The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Ridge Senior Living Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital & Medical Clinic who cared for her these past few years.
Memorial services will be Friday, November 17, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Lead, S.D., with Rev. Michael Johnson officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in Maxine’s honor be made to Christ Episcopal Church. A private burial will be held at a later date at Black Hills National Cemetery.



Marjorie Mae Van Cleave

July 31, 1925 - November 11, 2017


Service to be held:

At a later date


Marjorie Mae (Yates) Van Cleave, 92, formerly of Whitewood, passed away Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, Robert and Carol.
She was born July 31, 1925, in Perkins County, SD, and worked the family ranch in younger years. Marjorie married Milo Robert Van Cleave in 1943. Seven children were born to this union.
She retired from the Fort Meade Veteran's Hospital after a 30 year career and manyu of those as head dietitian.
Marjorie loved her many grandchildren and spent many years camping with them.
She is survived by sons, Robert Milo and Galen Russell; daughters, Donna (Lee) and Anita Van Cleave.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milo Robert; and sons, Randy, Raymond, and Dean.
Services will be held at a later date.



Linda Gail Remington

October 15, 1943 - November 9, 2017


Service to be held:

10 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Linda Gail Chowen was born October 15, 1943, in London Ontario, Canada to June Madeline (Abel) and Robert Wayne Chowen. Linda, along with her brother, Dennis, came to the USA in the winter of 1948 and made their home with Ma (Bernice) and Dad (Charles) Grant. Linda attended grade school at Empire, just East of Vale, and attended Vale High School.
Linda married Earl Jr. Remington on October 19, 1961, in the Vale Lutheran Church where she was a lifetime member. They moved to Red Owl where they made their home. Their children, Barb, was born November 13, 1962, and Craig, March 10, 1966. In 1962, they moved to Spearfish for work and returned to Red Owl in 1963. In 1970, they bought a farm near Vale and helped run a dairy farm with her parents. In 1983, they began and ran their own dairy farm until they sold it in 2001 and retired to the town of Vale.
Linda’s lifetime accomplishments included: being baptized in 1948; becoming a US Citizen in 1970; obtaining her GED in 1974.
Linda, 74, Vale, died Thursday, November 9, 2017, at her home in Vale.
She is survived by her husband, Earl; her children; daughter, Barbara (Bud) Ray, and son, Craig (Teresa) Remington; her brother, Dennis (Roxie) Chowen; her grandchildren, Michael Ray, Tyler Remington, Sumer (Blake) Hogan, and Hannah Cline; her great-grandchildren, Autumn and Jaxon Hogan; her birth-father, Bob Chowen, and his children, Melvin, Wayne, and Brenda Chowen; her sisters, Patti Hill and Bonnie (Geoff) Ryerson, and Fred Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernice and Charles Grant; nephew, Rick Michaels; her birth mother, June Park; and sister, Bonnie Chowen.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the Vale Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Rainbow Bible Ranch.



Arlo James "Buck" Thybo

July 16, 1933 - November 10, 2017


Service to be held:

10 a.m. Tuesday November 14, 2017


Arlo James "Buck" Thybo left this world on November 10, 2017, on Veterans Day, after a battle with cancer.
Buck was born in 1933 to James and Mary (Wicks) Thybo and grew up ranching in the Slim Buttes in Harding County, SD. He attended grade school just over the hill from his house. He graduated from Nisland High School, where he lived with Bud and Jean Sorenson.
Buck was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Infantry from 1954-1956. He came back to the Thybo ranch, and married Karen Steele (who passed away in 1976). He continued to ranch, breed quarter horses, and broke many horses.
He enjoyed loading up most Sundays and going to the area team ropings. Buck was known for his good heart, teasing, kidding and good humor. He enjoyed his friends and having a good drink and a good time. He had many talents; he was an auctioneer, pilot, bar owner, and a truck driver besides ranching. He loved a good bucking horse.
He had survived by his 4 children, Kay Kornemann, Cal (Gail) Thybo, James (Rhonda) Thybo, and Oddette Lambert; 13 grandchildren, Tresea, Ty, and Ashley Thybo, Wacey and Wade Kornemann, Trever, Tate, and Jesse Thybo, Joey Thybo, Amanda Mason, Pete Stocker, and Karen and Katie Lambert; 5 great-grandchildren, Aonna, Brayden, Caydence, and Dannica Mason, and Ryder Kornemann; and one sister, Marie (James) Donahue.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; parents, James and Mary Thybo; and 2 sisters, Marge Wulf and Elaine Larson.
There will be a time of sharing on Monday, November 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Bezler's Cadillac Ranch near Belle Fourche.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November14, 2017, at the Little Dane Church near St. Onge, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Little Dane Church.



Cecilia M. Hinker

April 27, 1925 - November 5, 2017


Service to be held:

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


Cecilia was born April 27, 1925, at Port Angeles, WA, to Fred and Mary (Henry) Waldecker. She graduated from Lemmon High School in 1945 and attended various colleges. On February 5, 1947, she married Robert Hinker at Lemmon, SD.
Cecilia was a telephone operator in Lemmon, Sturgis, and Deadwood for North Western Bell Telephone Company. She had her own upholstery shop in Whitewood for several years. She worked as a Deputy Auditor in Lawrence and Meade County prior to retirement.
Cecilia was active in the auxiliaries in the VFW, Moose, and Elks. She was a support for her children’s sports activities. She also made jewelry and finished wood projects built by her husband, Bob. She loved to garden and grow fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, and especially her roses. Cecilia was a member of the St. Francis Parish and helped with Bike Week meals, the fall bazar, bible study, and the making of rosaries. She was a member of Thursday Club and Rotary International and she worked the election boards. She and Bob were members of the Town n Country Square Dance Club.
Cecilia M. Hinker, 92, Sturgis, died Sunday, November 5, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her three children, Jeanette Kuntz, Timothy, and Jerry Hinker; grandchildren, Jennifer (Roland) Enninga, Eric (Kate) Kuntz, Paul Kuntz, Jared (Ashley) Hinker, Leah (Adam) Hosch, and Lacey Hinker (Orion); great-grandchildren, Tina Enninga, Lora Enninga, Jesse Enninga, Connor Enninga, Robert Pruchnicki, Shane Pruchnicki, Kinley Pruchnicki, Ragen Hinker, and Cameron Hinker.
Cecilia was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hinker.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7:00 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
Committal services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends may gather at the cemetery.
A memorial mass will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.



Charles Edward DeLeeuw

June 10, 1958 - November 5, 2017


Service to be held:

Friday, November 10, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.


Charles Edward DeLeeuw was born in Mankato, MN, on June 10, 1958, to Dutch and Lillian (Mott) DeLeeuw, the fifth born of six children. He spent his early growing up years in Lake Crystal, MN. Charlie lost his left arm at the age of 13 in a hunting accident on October 2, 1971. His family moved to Rapid City, SD, in June of 1972, just days after the Rapid City flood.
After high school, he moved back to Mankato, MN, where he met Debbie Dahlen and they were married April 18, 1980. Charlie and Debbie raised two children, Heather Dawn and Thomas Charles. They moved to Rapid City in 1982 and have lived in the Black Hills area ever since. Charlie worked as a mechanic and truly enjoyed working at Angel Brothers.
Charlie's favorite things included riding his motorcycle, drag racing, Ford and Coca-Cola collectibles, filling his garage with tools and projects, listening to gospel music, researching war history, going to movies, and serving his family. Charlie lived an extreme life that didn't always agree with the "norm," but he lived big and with joy.
Charlie, 59, died unexpectedly Sunday, November 5, 2017, at his home in Piedmont.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie; daughter, Heather; son, Thomas; three sisters, Mary DeLeeuw (Harlan Christianson), Barb (Steve) Dreyer, and Karen (Tom) Whitehead; and the two shining stars of his life, grandsons, Owen and Shaughn. Gramps, we will miss your jolly laugh.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bill; and sister, Joyce.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Fountain Springs Church, 2100 N Plaza Drive, Rapid City. Burial will follow at the Nemo Cemetery.



Ole Dean Olson

October 9, 1944 - November 4, 2017


Service to be held:

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


Ole Dean Olson was born October 9, 1944, in Britton, SD, to Clayton and Delores Olson. He lived in the Langford area until the family moved to Terryville, SD. He graduated from Lead High School where he ran track and played football.
He joined the US Navy in November 1962. He served 27 months in Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, he stayed in the Reno, NV, area where he worked in the banking industry. His strong love for the Black Hills brought him back to Lead where he worked for the Homestake Mine, worked in the timber logging, worked at the Old Style as a bartender, worked in construction, ran a bait shop, and later did some taxidermy.
In March of 1977, he married Janis Basel and they moved to the Newell/Vale area. They later moved to the Sturgis area. In 2007, they moved to Northwest Arkansas and returned to the Black Hills in 2017.
His mother passed away when Ole was 3 years old. Mother nature became his mother. He spent his free time wandering the hills, playing with the chipmunks and squirrels, and learning characteristics of the animals in the woods.
Ole's passion was bow hunting. He spent many hours sitting in tree stands observing nature. He named many of the animals that he saw often. He became an excellent marksman with his 270 and the bow, but tracked many an animal. He had a great love for his children, grandchildren, and the Black Hills.
Ole, 73, Lead, died November 4, 2017, at his residence near Lead.
Survivors include his wife, Janis; son, Eric of Springfield, MO; daughter, Kelly and son, Levi, of Lead; stepmother, Lois Olson of Rapid City; stepbrother, David Quaschnick of California; stepsister, Joann Crawford of Texas; sister, Diana Fritz of Arkansas; and sister, Marilyn Jacob of Minnesota; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David Lee, Bruce, George, Doug, and infant twin, Dennis.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis.
Inurnment with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established for Mickelson Trail improvements.



Richard Allen Griffith

March 22, 1970 - November 2, 2017


Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017


Richard "Rich" Allen Griffith was born March 22, 1970, in Rapid City, SD. His parents were Thomas and Sharon (Schmaus) Griffith.
Rich attended several elementary schools while growing up as he moved around with his family in South Dakota, Oregon, and Wyoming. He would talk of many memories from the different places he lived, but his fondest memories were spent in Montana at the 'Schmaus House' with his Grandpa Carl, Grandma Margaret, and brother, Scott. Many a story was told of the trouble Rich and Scott would get into all in the name of having fun and picking up cans with Grandma Margaret. He graduated from Sundance High School and left directly after graduation for boot camp for the Army National Guard. He was honorably discharged in January 1995.
Rich married Marla Ingalls on June 17, 1995. They lived in Gillette, WY. Rich worked as a mechanic, machinist, roustabout, and laborer while living in Gillette. They had one daughter, Kaylee Rae Griffith. They later divorced.
Rich enjoyed hunting/trapping, fishing, working on vehicles, and helping many people. After moving to South Dakota, Rich was very involved in the AA program. He touched many lives while being active in AA and will always be remembered by those people he helped.
Rich passed away surrounded by family on November 2, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Surviving are his daughter, Kaylee Griffith; her mother, Marla Griffith; his father, Thomas (Karen) Griffith; brother, Scott Riddell (Jody Nunez); sisters, Gwen Young and Jamie (Tim) Rath and children; brother, Sam Charles (Tori Sallee) and children; and DeeDee (Ron) Sowers.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Richards, and his grandparents.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 9, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating. Inurnment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.



Walter "Wally" M. Cox

May 25, 1949 - November 3, 2017


Service to be held:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.


Walt was born to George R. & Berniece (Low) Cox on May 25, 1949, at Cheyenne, WY. He grew up in Albin, WY, and attended grade school there. He also lived in California for a short time. When he was a freshman, he moved to Belle Fourche, SD. He attended Belle Fourche High School, graduating in 1968.
On May 25, 1970, he married Janet Hardacre and to this union, a son, George, and a daughter, Denise, were born.
After graduating high school, some of the jobs he held included working at Dale’s Tire & Retread in Deadwood, the Meade County Highway dept., the City of Sturgis street maintenance, and the SD DOT. He plowed many miles of roads in the winter and performed other road maintenance in the summer.
On June 13, 1999, he suffered a massive stroke and was unable to continue his employment. Before he became disabled, some of his pastimes included camping with his family and dogs, going to auctions, working on pickups-especially Fords, riding horses, telling jokes, hunting, and joining friends at the restaurant in Whitewood for coffee. After his stroke, he was able to drive around Whitewood in his blue jeep for a few years. He would go to the Diner in Whitewood for lunch almost every day. After he had to give up driving, he spent many hours doing word search puzzles, coin collecting, and watching old westerns on TV. He still enjoyed going to the Hideaway Restaurant for lunch on occasion.
Walt Cox 68, Whitewood, died November 3, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Jan; son, George; daughter, Denise; daughter-in-law, Chris Cox; son-in-law, Paul Faiman; granddaughter, Bailey Richards and grandson-in-law, Ryan Richards; grandsons, Kody Cox and Alec Faiman; and great-grandchildren, Angelina, Braxton, and Brynleigh Richards. He is also survived by sisters, Vivian Flores of Maricopa, AZ, and Patty Kruse of Lead, SD; a special friend, Frank Perez (who was like a brother) of Pine Bluff, WY; sister-in-law, Lois Hardacre; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by both parents; his father-in-law, Cliff Hardacre; mother-in-law, Betty Hardacre; sisters, Nancy Yeminez, Georgia Moore, Jacque Offerdahl, and Ethel DiSimone; and a niece, Sherry Heidrich.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 1 hour prior to services at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials have been established at Western Hills Humane Society or donate to your favorite charity.



Marie Wurnig

November 28, 1919 - November 2, 2017


Service to be held:

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


Marie was born November 28, 1919, at Rapid City, SD, to Leo and Martha (Raybourne) Ashland. She grew up in the Elk Creek area. She attended country school until the ninth grade when she began her high school education in Sturgis.
On June 3, 1946, she married George Wurnig at the Cathedral in Rapid City. They ranched at Hereford, SD, until they retired in 1980 and moved to Sturgis. She lived there until her death.
Marie was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and the Black Hills Rosary Makers. In her final days she could be found making rosaries for the missions in Africa.
Marie Wurnig, 97, Sturgis, died Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her three daughters, Ann Mooney, Frankie (Pat) Deering, and Marty Hanson; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and a special friend, Roberta Freeman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and a son-in-law.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Rosary services will be at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 6, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to St. Jude's Hospital and the Knights of Columbus.



Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Walz

January 7, 1929 - November 1, 2017


Service to be held:

Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.


Betty was born Elizabeth Ann Hohn in Ethan, SD, to Albert and Kathryn Hohn.
She married Raymond L. Walz on July 12, 1949. They started their lives together in Parkston, Faith, Deadwood, Rapid City, and Harrisburg, SD, all compliments of the SD Highway Patrol. Together they had four children Darla, Janet, Dale, and Delmar. A house wife and long standing Avon representative, she also worked for the Piedmont postal service.
Retirement took them to their fishing camp every year on the Missouri river where they always enjoyed their good times with friends and relatives every weekend for many, many years. If you wanted to see them in the summer months you traveled to Platte and their fishing camp. The camp where all the fishing stories about the big walleye catch of the day was tossed from one fisherman to another during "happy hour." Those were the good old days as Betty would say.
After they retired from fishing the Missouri river, Betty was an avid bingo player. She loved to go to Deadwood on the weekends to gamble at First Gold. She had a full rich life.
Nothing ranked higher than the love of her family. She loved her grandsons and great-grandchildren. Her eyes would sparkle when they came into a room. And of course, there was the love of her life, her husband, Ray. Rest in peace mom!
Betty A. Walz, 88, Piedmont, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Betty is survived by her husband, Raymond; daughters, Darla (John) Pereira and Janet (David) Murphy; daughter-in-law, Shirley (Curt) Rising; grandsons, Jarred Dunn, Tanner (Stevie) Walz, and Riley Walz; step-grandson, Frank (Laurie) Murphy; 2 great-granddaughters, Raya Dunn and Kennedy Walz; step-great-grandson, Parker Murphy; sister, Shirley Meyers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by sons, Dale and Delmar; both parents; brothers, Louis, Luverne, and Andy; and sister, Florentine Neeley.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017, with a vigil service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont, SD.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Our Lady of the Black Hills. Burial will follow at the Piedmont Cemetery.



Arvid "Ed" Brown

May 20, 1950 - October 26, 2017


Service to be held:

1:00 pm Monday, November 13, 2017


Ed worked for Rochester Security services, and had a great passion for music, playing drums for the band, Mesa Drive.
Arvid "Ed" Brown, 67, Rapid City, was handed his angel wings on October 26, 2017.
He leaves behind his wife, Lynne, son, Ryan, daughters; Kelly, Roberta and Lynnette, sisters; Marcy and Mary Lou, and many friends.
A graveside service will be held, 1:00 pm Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with a celebration of his life to follow at the Veterans Club in Sturgis.
Kinkade Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.



Cheryl Lou Richards

August 24, 1929 - October 28, 2017


Service to be held:

Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.


Cheryl was born August 24, 1929, in Henry, SD, to Clifford Glidden and Arlene
(Aldous) Glidden. She graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1947 and prior to marrying the love of her life, Thomas W. Richards on September 5, 1948, she worked at the Bell Telephone Office and Creamery. Once married, they moved to the Trojan/Lead area and had 4 children together.
Cheryl worked at the Piggly Wiggly and Lead High School as they raised their family. She greatly enjoyed her family and was a loving mother & grandmother.
Cheryl was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Lead and was deeply devoted to helping church members and elderly neighbors in need. She played the cello beautifully and enjoyed all genres of music. Her family and friends will always remember her as a kind gentle soul as well as a patron of the arts.
Cheryl Lou Richards, age 88, died October 28, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Community in Spearfish, SD, after a lengthy illness.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Richards of Lead, SD; son, Conrad M. Richards (Bonnie) of Redford, MI; daughter, Roxanne M. Qualley (Steven) of Bloomington, IN; son, Travis G. Richards (Amy) of Lead, SD; son, Trent C. Richards (Lila) of Hawarden, IA; sister, Vera D. Iverson (Ken) of Manassas, VA; 10 grandchildren: April A. Decker (Nathan) of Bothell, WA; Michelle M. Qualley (Jason) of Bloomington, IN; Jon Richards (Adriana) of Deerborn Heights, MI; Ryan Richards (Charity) of Redford, MI; Jennifer McKenny (Jon) of Inwood, IA; Alecia Ellerkamp (Andy) of Culbertson, MT; Jasmine Kaskie (John) of LeMars, IA; Zach Richards (Carmen) of Moorcroft, WY; Kyle Richards of Emporia, KS; and Brooke Richards of Spearfish, SD; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Mark T. Richards; parents, Clifford & Arlene Glidden of Belle Fourche, SD; sister, Betty Jensen of Spearfish, SD; and numerous lifelong friends that held a special place in her heart.
Services for Cheryl will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead, SD, on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Graveside rites will follow at the Mountain Lawn Cemetery. Pastor Connie Eichinger will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Cheryl’s life.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.



Donald Mark Clyne

April 13, 1954 - October 25, 2017


Service to be held:

Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.


Donald was born the only son of Donald LaVar and Betty (Moore) Clyne on April 13, 1954, Don had to contend with three sisters. Don grew up in Nampa, ID, where he attended Nampa High School. He enjoyed driving fast cars, and riding bulls in high school rodeo club. It was in Nampa where he met his first wife. Don became a father at a young age, but like many things in his life he was a natural at it. He was a fun and affectionate dad that always had time to play and laugh with his kids, even after working a twelve-hour shift.
Don was classically trained in the school of life. He wore many hats and did many jobs. Logger, construction worker, police officer, mechanic, trucker, demolitions expert (only by exaggerating his explosives experience) and the handiest man that we ever knew. He was very proud of his most recent position as building maintenance technician for the city of Deadwood.
Being a logger took Don and his family all over the western states. He worked in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, and finally settled in South Dakota. It was a warm summer night in Deadwood when he met his wife, best friend, and love of his life, Gail. He had been visiting his co-worker, LeeAnn (and future step-daughter), in the hospital while she recovered from gall bladder surgery. Gail showed up at the same time to pay her daughter a visit. It was an instant connection and they were married the following summer.
Don and Gail shared their home in Lead where they enjoyed each other’s company doing many activities. They loved to hike and bike in the Black Hills as well as shoot the ever-revolving gun collection that Don liked to keep. Gardening was also a hobby and a challenge in the Lead climate, but Don built elaborate watering systems and hail-proof protectors to keep their greens growing.
Ask anyone what they remember about Don, and they will tell you it was his humor. Don loved to laugh and to make others laugh. He would tease and play and joke; there was never a time that he wasn’t laughing about some crack he made or a prank he pulled.
Don always had a wild story to tell. Whether it was entirely truthful, was up to you to decide. However, some stories had scars for proof, like the time his chainsaw kicked back and cut open his thigh. He drove himself to the hospital with one hand holding his leg on and the other on the wheel. Fifty-five stitches later and he was still wielding chainsaws!
Generosity was one of Don’s most outstanding qualities. He would bestow gifts of knives or shoes or hats to unsuspecting visitors. He would never hesitate to offer a helping hand, especially if it meant carrying or hauling something heavy.
Donald Mark Clyne left this earth before we were ready to say goodbye. He passed peacefully on October 25, 2017, with his wife and kids by his side.
Don leaves behind his wife, Gail; children, Tara Clyne Rhodes, Olin Clyne, Bethany Clyne Reman, and Marcus Clyne; his mother, Betty Clyne; sisters, Susan Contreras, Sandra Chrest, and Lorie Stites; step-daughters, Lisa Burrer, LeeAnn Burrer, Leslie Burrer, and Lindsay Burrer; grandchildren, Serenity, Adriana, Sophie, Caden, Quinton, and Brennen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017, followed by graveside services at Mountain Lawn Cemetery in Lead, SD. Lunch will be immediately after at the VFW in Deadwood.
Why you had to leave us so early, we will never know. For this day and the rest to come, we will remember your laugh, your smile, your twinkling eyes, your loving heart, and your generous spirit.
In lieu of flowers, any contributions can be made directly to the family to aid with unexpected medical costs or to Make a Wish SD.