Obituaries
     
   
     

Donald Casteel

June 22, 1920 - October 21, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, October 24, 2014, at 10:00am

 

Donald Worth Casteel, 94, Sturgis, died on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, October 24, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church with Pastors Denzel Nonhof and Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Donald was born on June 22, 1920, to Charles and Luela (Williamson) at Newell, SD. He was raised and lived on the family farm until October of 2008 when he moved into Sturgis. He married Leona Mae Huddleston on January 21, 1946 (68 years), and they raised their seven children on the family farm.
He is survived by his wife, Leona; sons, Don (Flora Weisz) Casteel, Riverton, WY, Guy (Billye Jo) Casteel, Newell, Jerry (Pat) Casteel, Sturgis, and Doug (Wand) Casteel, Mobile, AL; daughters, Susan Bruce, Frisco, TX, Connie (Michael) Manning, Littleton, CO, Sandy (Tim) Smith, Belle Fourche; grandchildren, Dawn (Ron) McCall, Steve Ellington, Gary Ellington, Cressie Mahaffey, Wanda (Mike) Cooper, Lynn (Josh) Nixon, Kelly (Miranda) Casteel, Krystal Casteel, Ryan (Keri) Casteel, Jason (Brandy) Bruce, Seth (Annie) Bruce, Stephaine (Patrick) Isom, Stacy (Dan) Castro, Lisa Smith, and 23 great-grandchildren.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Delia; sister, Thelma Wetz; and brother, Clarence Casteel.
Memorials have been established to the Vale and Hereford Fire Departments.

 

     
   
     

Matthew S. Leetch

March 8, 1941 - October 16, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:00pm

 

Matthew S. Leetch, Jr., 73, Piedmont, passed away on October 16, 2014, in Loveland, Colorado after complications from heart surgery.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, November 10, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church in Piedmont with Pastor Karl Kroger officiating. Burial will follow at Piedmont Cemetery.
He was born in St. Charles, South Dakota on March 06, 1941, to Matthew and Regina (Horst) Leetch. He went to school and grew up in Colome and Winner and was a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran Church. Matt loved life and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had a passion for gold panning, fishing, and watching boxing on television. Matt always looked for the good in people, and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Gerry Leetch of Piedmont; daughter, Debbie Gleason (Robin) of Eagle River, AK; sons, Mike Leetch of Rapid City, Arlon Leetch (Merri) of Sturgis, and Dan Leetch of Rapid City; grandchildren, Kyle, Drake, Skyler, Alexandrea, Dusty and Taylee; one great-grandchild on the way; sisters, Emmogene Hysell of Winner, Marcelline Dykeman of Spearfish, Marcella Kaiser of Spearfish; brother, John (Margaret) Leetch of Belle Fourche; and many other beloved family members.
He was preceded in death by his son, Aaron Leetch; parents, Matthew and Regina (Horst) Leetch; sister, Patricia Leetch; and brothers, Richard, William, and Robert Leetch.

 

     
   
     

James Elton Green

March 24, 1933 - October 16, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:00pm

 

James Elton Green, 81, died on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Weston County Manor in Newcastle, WY.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 1:00pm at Black Hills National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Darwin Lee Reimer

August 20, 1963 - October 18, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Darwin L. Reimer, 51, Gillette, WY, died Sunday, October 18, 2014 while working near Wright, WY.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 4-8 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Friday, October 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Jared Tucher officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Darwin was born August 20, 1963, in Huron, SD, to William and Verna Mae (Thompson) Reimer. He graduated from Huron High School and attended the auto body repair program at Western Dakota Vo-Tech.
On May 9, 1988 he married Brenda Reder. The couple moved to Colorado where Darwin managed an auto body shop for Macco in Ft. Collins. They lived in Colorado for five years until moving to Sheridan, WY, where he managed the body shop at a Buick dealership. They moved to Gillette where he worked for Energy Dodge. In 1998 He worked for Caterpillar for two years. At the time of his death he was a haul truck operator for North Antelope Rochelle Mine near Wright, WY.
Darwin was a huge sports fan. He enjoyed watching his boys play baseball and basketball. He also enjoyed working in his yard.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Reimer; sons, Gavin and Chase Reimer, all of Gillette, WY; brothers, Gary (Barb) Reimer, and Glenn (Toni) Reimer, all of Sturgis, SD; sisters, Shirley Buckley, Rapid City, SD, Bonnie Sondreal, Grand Forks, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-laws, David Buckley and D. Ray Sondreal.
A memorial has been established for his children's education.

 

     
   
     

Floyd "Vern" Shinabarger

May 26, 1935 - October 18, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Thursday October 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Floyd L. “Vern” Shinabarger, 79, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center following a lingering illness.
Vern Shinabarger was born May 26, 1935 at Bison, SD to Warren and Lena (Schwandt) Shinabager. He grew up in the Bison/ Prairie City area before he joined the service. After serving a term in both the Army and Navy, he made his home in the Sturgis area for most of his adult life. He was proud to remain a lifetime member of the DAV.
Vern was a man of few words but he absolutely loved the time he spent at family gatherings or having coffee at one of his many favorite spots and listening to conversations around him. As his nieces and nephews were growing up, they cherished the little games he would make up and play with them. He always had a small toy in a shirt pocket to surprise them with.
Vern is survived by one brother, Raymond (Diane) Shinabarger; one daughter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Clarence (Buster) Shinabarger; and two sisters, Eleanor Lindholm and Gladys Baird Nelson.
Family and friends will gather at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Graveside services, with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at Black Hills National Cemetery, with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating.

 

     
   
     

Mary "Lorraine" Grant

October 22, 1922 - October 14, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, October 17, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.

 

Mary “Lorraine” Grant, 91, Whitewood, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 17, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Lorraine was born October 22, 1922, in Redfield, SD, to Clarence Leslie and Mary Ellen (Hahn) Mannings. She received her education in the Redfield schools. After graduating from Redfield High School in 1940, she worked as a clerk in the Ben Franklin Store and the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
On October 21, 1945, she and Clarence N. Grant were married. They farmed for nine years northeast of Redfield. In the next ten years, they lived in Parker and Mitchell and moved to Pierre in 1965. After their three children were in school, Lorraine clerked in a Variety Store and later worked for the SD Department of Agriculture and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. While with the USFWS, she received a Certificate of Honor for Superior Service. She retired in 1982 enjoying her family, neighbors, and friends.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Lorraine served on the election board for many years. In 2003, she moved to Whitewood making her home with her daughter and son-in-law.
She leaves to mourn a daughter, Candace (Keith) Randen, Whitewood; son, David (Rhonda) Grant, Rapid City; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Floyd Gjernes, Aberdeen, SD; sister-in-law, Esther Grant, Howard, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; son, Russell; granddaughter, Jody; her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Ray A. Hunter

May 9, 1928 - October 9, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Funeral Services 10:oo am Monday October 13, 2014

 

Ray Alton Hunter, Jr., 86, Sturgis, died on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Ray, a true cowboy, was born in White River, SD, May 9, 1928, to Ray Alton Hunter, Sr., and Willynette (Hollenbeck) Hunter. Ray aspired to be a cowboy from a young age when he watched his dad wrangle buffalo for Custer State Park in the 1930s. At age eight, after his father died and the family fell on hard times, Ray was sent to live with many different families, working to earn his keep.
The cowboy life started for Ray when he when he went to live with Baxter and Lyndall Berry in 1941. He worked for the Berry Ranch off and on for thirty years and attributed his knowledge of “cowboying and the cowboy way” to Baxter Berry.
Cowboying and ranching were his life’s passions, but he also served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked construction, owned a bar in Cottonwood, auctioneered, and even ran for the state legislature.
Ray married Jean Elrod in 1950 and raised four kids in the Belvidere/Philip area.
He entered local rodeos for most of his life, putting his determination to be a top hand and riding skills to work in the arena. He later served as president of the South Dakota Rodeo Association. He loved to spend time with his kids in the arena and eventually went on to win the SDRA team roping championship with his son Casey in 1976.
One of Ray’s greatest achievements was the publication of his book “Dim Trails,” which recounts stories from his life that capture the legacy of the real west and the essence of cowboy life in early South Dakota for younger generations.
Ray remained a true cowboy to the end. He continued to attend local rodeos and show his support for the sport and cowboy lifestyle. He passed on his love of horses and the cowboy way to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. When his grandsons were young, he told them that to be a good cowboy, they would have to learn how to drink whiskey, fight, and ride broncs. Ray defined a good cowboy as someone who could ride a bad horse and still be a good hand.
Ray is survived by his sons, Casey (Linda) Hunter, Hulett, WY, and Mike (Kim) Hunter, Huntsville, TX; daughters, Billie (Steve) Swan, Hubbard, TX, and Jackie (Dave) Driscoll, Pierre, SD; grandsons, Tracy, Troy, and Don; granddaughters, Amy, Nicole, Jamie, Meagan, Morgan, and DeAnn; great-grandsons, Liam, Nolan, Jayden, and Kyler; and great-granddaughters, Darbi, Jocelyn, Jordan, and Shayda.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Willynette; sister, Geraldine; brother, Stanley; and family friend, David Krausert.
Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Henrique Fleming and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. A luncheon will follow.
Burial, with military honors, will be 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established at the McCrossan Boys Ranch.

 

     
   
     

Harry L. Hughes

December 13, 1924 - September 28, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service

 

Harry Lewis Hughes, 89, passed away peacefully at home on September 28th. Harry was born on December 13, 1924, in Houston, Texas, to Ruth (Nettles) and Rex Hughes. He spent most of his childhood in Topeka, Kansas, where he graduated from Topeka High School in 1943. He was a graduate of Kansas University, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in French. It was there that he met Mary Lou Vansant, whom he married on February 7, 1947. Mary Lou and Harry moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where Harry pursued a doctoral degree and taught French at Eastern Michigan University.
In 1954 Harry and Mary Lou began their “gypsy life” when Harry became a Foreign Service Officer. They were posted in Chile, Uruguay, Dahomey (now Benin), Chad, South Africa and Haiti. They loved immersing themselves in the local culture and getting acquainted with people from all over the world; they passed that love on to their children. The Hughes family enjoyed spending vacation time in fascinating places all over the globe. A favorite destination was their seaside home in Benicasim, Spain. After Harry retired, he and Mary Lou spent two months out of every year at this beautiful retreat until their loss of vision prevented them from traveling.
Harry’s last assignment prior to retirement was to sit on the Foreign Service Board of Examiners in Washington, D.C. He and fellow panel members tested and selected the next generation of Foreign Service Officers. Following retirement, Harry and Mary Lou lived in Arlington, Virginia, for several years. They then decided to move back to their roots in the Midwest and settled in Lawrence, Kansas, home of their alma mater. There they enjoyed the company of old friends -- and new -- for twenty years. In June 2012, Harry and Mary Lou moved to South Dakota to a home in the country, next door to daughter Amy. Harry’s total blindness meant he needed round the clock assistance, provided either by family members or a compassionate group of caregivers. Harry’s “helpers” (as he called them) became members of the family. Special thanks go out to Judy, Linda, Donise and Kimberly.
Harry is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Lou, daughter Amy (Greg Pauley) and grandson Ethan of Vale, SD; son Roger (Renee Martonik) and grandson Rex of Chicago, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Jeffrey, daughter Connie, brother Billie, and parents Rex and Ruth Hughes.
Harry was laid to rest in the Vale Cemetery, during a private family gathering. A memorial has been established in Harry’s name with Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Erna Magdalena Jarnecke

August 26, 1921 - October 1, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Our loving mother, Erna, was welcomed in the arms of Jesus on October 1, 2014.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Friends and family are invited for a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Hart Ranch Chuckwagon Restaurant on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 4:00pm.
Erna was born on August 26, 1921, to Magdalena and Julius Ziebarth in Scranton, ND on the Fischer homestead. She went to Scranton public school and graduated in 1940. In 1944, Erna's high school sweetheart, Lawrence "Larry" Jarnecke, came home on leave from military service and they were married on October 26, 1944. Larry's job as an electrician took them to various places including Dickinson, ND, Marshall, MN, and Glendive, MT. In 1953, they settled in Newell, SD where Larry worked for Black Hills Power and Light. In 1977, she lost Larry in a work related accident. She moved to Belle Fourche until her health no longer allowed her to live alone. She came to Rapid City to an assisted living home where she could be closer to her daughter.
Erna was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crocheting, music, and doing word search puzzles. Her children remember coming home from school to the smell of fresh homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Erna's heart was very tender in service to the Lord and helping others. Her life revolved around church and church functions. She had a dimpled smile that radiated the love of God to all she met. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Erna is survived by two sons, Mark (Toni) Jarnecke, and Carl (Paula) Jarnecke; two daughters, Mary (Majid) Alsayegh, and Ruth (Verne) Henrickson; her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry; son, Lawrence William "Billy"; brothers, Denis and Carl; and sisters, Bernalda, Eugenie, and Zelda.
A memorial has been established to Medora Bible Camp and Gospel of the
Kingdom Campground.

 

     
   
     

Violet A. Schieman

October 28, 1948 - October 1, 2014

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014

 

Violet Adell Schieman was born October 28,1948, to Joseph and Betty (Baker) Berney in Mio, MI.
After her father’s death Betty moved the family to Marion, OH.
By the 10th grade Violet left school and worked for a few years as an Aide before joining the Navy. She was stationed at the Great Lakes training Center working in a clerical position. That is where she met her husband Roger Schieman in October of 1970. They were married on January 16, 1971 and moved to Sturgis, SD.
On September 22,1973, they became parents to Dawn Marie, and again to Bettyjo on August 17,1975. And on August 17,1987, Violet received a call from her niece and they were blessed for a third time with another daughter, Rebecca Kaye. She always kept her Faith in God and Love for family.
Then in 1994, Violets medical battle began. First with her heart. Then in 1996 her liver was failing. On November 11,1998, she was given another blessing of a new liver. After the passing of her daughter Dawn Marie, she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Violet never faultered from her Faith in God, that He would help her and her family through whatever was thrown at them.
God blessed her with 3 daughters and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Morgan and Wyatt Blakeman and Amora Jenson. She loved watching them grow up and listening to their giggles.
On August 27th she was diagnosed with AML Leukemia and flown to Omaha, NE. She then developed a fatal blood infection. And in her final days it gave her great pleasure spending time with her family. She shared many special moments and laughter about the special memories.
In all her pain she still kept her Faith. Praying for her family to have peace, never asking for herself.
Violet passed away on October 1,2014 at the University of Nebraska in Omaha with her loving husband Roger sitting next to her.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014, at the First Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Don Blaine officiating. Burial with military honors follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.
Violet is preceded in death by her parents Joseph Berney and Betty Kear; sister Mary Hippensteel; daughter Dawn Marie; and son-in-law Dustin Jenson.
She is survived by her husband Roger Schieman, Sturgis; daughter and son-in-law Bettyjo and Jason Carlson of Harrisburg, SD; daughter and granddaughter Becky and Amora Jenson of Sturgis; son-in-law and grandchildren Jamie, Morgan and Wyatt Blakeman of Sturgis; sister, Barbara, Marion, OH.
Violets faith in God and family were everything to her. She always signed every E-Mail with 3 simple phrases that she believed with all her heart.
~In His Time,
~In His Way ,
~And For His Glory! ~

 

     
   
     

Chester "Sonnie" Carlson

May 18, 1956 - October 1, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1:00pm

 

Chester "Sonnie" Neven Carlson, 58, Rapid City, died Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at the School Auditorium in Osage, WY.
Sonnie was born on May 18, 1956, to Duane and Elda (Germundson) Carlson in Browning, MT. He attended school in Upton, WY up to the ninth grade. He joined the Army for a few years and when he came home, he worked in many fields including mechanic, oilfield work, carpentry, and working on cooling towers. He loved to tinker and could fix about anything. But when he fixed something it had to be done right. He also liked to go to yard sales and second hand stores. His favorite place to go was Harbor Freight and everybody knew him there. He was a very good story teller and could be both believable and unbelievable.
Sonnie is survived by his mother, Elda M. Carlson; daughter, Cassie Carlson; brothers, Mike (Jan) Carlson, Colony, WY, Gary (Cheri) Carlson, Hitchcock, SD, Jerald Carlson, Newcastle, WY, Ricky (Sequina) Hoff, Anchorage, AK, and Ivan Hoff, Seattle, WA; sisters, Dianne (Richard) Corey, Sioux Falls, Zena (Loren) Hieb, Loveland, CO, Kim (Lloyd) Thomas, Redding, CA, Vickie Solmonson, Newcastle, WY, and Marilyn (Russ) Bushaw, Federal Way, WA; sister-in-law, Bobbi Carlson; his loyal caretaker and niece, Irene Reub, Rapid City; and many other nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Duane; and brothers, Richard and George Carlson.

 

     
   
     

Margery Anna Ingalls

March 29, 1912 - September 28, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Margery Anna Ingalls, 102, Sturgis, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 28, 2014, where she longed to be for many years. Margery was a soft spoken, mighty, little lady who was born on March 29, 1912, to Charles and Nona (Carter) Bowlby. She was born in Faith, SD, at her Grandma Bowlby's home, grew up in the Opal, SD, area, and was one of thirteen children. She attended rural school through the 8th grade.
Margery married Walter Howard Ingalls on December 8, 1930, in Sturgis, SD. They ranched and raised their family near Opal. They moved to Sturgis in the early 1970's where she was very active at the Sturgis Senior Citizen Center and the Square Dance Club. Margery enjoyed sewing and made most of her clothes. She also made numerous things for her grandchildren which even included some wedding dresses. After Walter passed away, Margery lived in their home where she push mowed her own lawn until she was 98. On July 30, 2010, she moved into Our House Assisted Living where she lived until she entered her new home in heaven.
Margery is survived by five children, Catherine Tifft, Faye Fees, Marlin (Ethel) Ingalls, Howard (Kay) Ingalls, and Ann (Ted) Mahaffy; one brother, Carl Bowlby; one sister, Mary Arneson; 17 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; and 46 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; ten siblings; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will Thursday, October 2nd starting at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Mark Park and Our House Assisted Living.

 

     
   
     

Mark David Donaldson

June 24, 1962 - September 23, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Mark David Donaldson, 52, of Sturgis, SD died Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 26th from 5-7pm at Kinkade Funeral Home in Sturgis. Services will be held on Saturday, September 27th at 2pm at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD.
Mark was born in Brookings, SD on June 24, 1962 to David and Ramona Donaldson. He graduated from Merced High School, CA in 1980 and attended a few years at Merced Jr. College.
His early years were spent in California where he was involved in water polo, took photographs for the Merced Sun Star, and led Boy Scout Troop 100 in Merced for many years. He also owned a very successful tile business. He loved the outdoors and would often take week long camping trips through Yosemite.
Whatever Mark did, he did to the fullest, and he loved life. He also loved people; everyone he came in contact with became a friend. He especially enjoyed time with his daughter, and the love of his life, his grandson. He was a very generous and loyal friend to many and a favorite uncle to his many nieces and nephews because he could see the world from a child’s perspective. Many times he would say “I tried growing up once, it was no fun.”
In 1996 he “retired” from CA and moved to Sturgis, SD where he began working for the Meade School District in their custodial services department, first at Sturgis Williams Middle School, and later at Sturgis Brown High School. He would always say it didn’t matter what he did in life, as long as he loved where he lived. Mark instantly fell in love with the Black Hills and spent the last few years of his life riding through them on his ATV with family and friends.
He is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Donna Baier of Sturgis, SD; daughter, Kathleen Donaldson (special friend, Nathan Krueger) and grandson, Jason Moomau Jr., of Modesto, CA; mother, Ramona Zeiner, and stepfather, Daniel Zeiner, both of Sturgis; his stepson, Jeff Baier and granddaughters Keylee and Jazlynn Baier, of Cheyenne, WY; sisters, Kimberly (Greg) Jones, Carlsbad, CA; Kelly (Danny) Valdez, Broomfield, CO; and Kari (Glenn) Sanders, Blythewood, SC; nieces and nephews, Zak and Alex Jones, Alena and Austin Valdez, and Kira and Kelli Sanders.
He is preceded in death by his father, David Donaldson, stepson, Greg Baier, and grandparents, Kelly and Adelaide Donaldson, and Morris and Mildred Anderson.

 

     
   
     

Donald Henry Gardner

June 5, 1935 - September 19, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Donald Henry Gardner, 79, Fairburn, SD, died September 19, 2014, at Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Donald Henry Gardner was born June 5, 1935, in Sturgis, South Dakota, to Bert and Daisy Gardner. Don lived in Fairburn, South Dakota, which he called home for over 20 years.
He was a logger, trader, collector, hunter, fisherman, gardener and a blue ribbon winemaker. Don and his brother Dell owned and operated a tree trimming service and also the Caputa store during the 1980’s. Don and his wife Karyl also owned and operated the Oglala Store for a couple years before they retired to Fairburn. Don was a man of numerous talents and trades and was loved by many.
His loving family whom he is survived by are, his wife, Rosie; his daughters, Shanna Parker and Donita Pena and her husband Ray; his sons, Johnny Gardner and his wife Kim, Tony Gardner, and step-son Justin King; also are his children Don, Richard, Randy, Rickita and Tanya; sister, Virginia Utter and her husband Dave; sister-in-law Sharon Gardner; nephews, Bob Gardner, David Utter, Darrell Utter; niece, Susie Utter; grandchildren, Brandy Jojola, Casey Olguin, Dustin Parker and his wife Stephanie, Bella Pena, Tanner Parker, Nikko Pena, Brittany Gardner, Shay Gardner, Kenneth Englert, Bryce King, RJ Pena, Cody Gardner and Amber King; and eight great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dell Gardner; Karyl King; and nephew, Michael Gardner.
Graveside services will be held on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Fairburn Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Dean Patrick O'Dea

July 30, 1936 - September 15, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:30pm

 

Dean Patrick O'Dea, 78, Spearfish, died Monday, September 15, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Funeral services are scheduled at 1:30pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Whitewood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, from noon to 5:00pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Dean and his twin brother, Dennis Paul, were born on July 30, 1936, in Philip, the son of John and Edna (Bennett) O'Dea. He was one of a set of identical twins to a family of fifteen children. He attended the Empire and Fairplay rural schools and his mother later home schooled the kids for a time. He then attended Philip High School. After high school he worked as a farmhand for a neighbor, where he met Sally Sundstrom in 1955. She was a schoolteacher that taught a number of Dean's siblings. They were married in 1956 and were blessed with five children. The couple moved to Lead where Dean worked in the Homestake Mine for three years, until they moved to Whitewood where he worked in any capacity that was needed including marshal, city maintenance man, fire chief, police chief, garbage man, and he took care of the cemetery. He faithfully worked for about ten years, until 1978, when the family moved to Vale and he began work at American Colloid. In 1982, he then went to work for Warf Mining Company until his retirement in 2000 when he went back to the family farm. He enjoyed his time on the farm until he was no longer able, then he moved to Spearfish and lived at Serenity Corner for the past three years where he was safe and well cared for.
Dean is survived by his sons, Randy (Betty) O'Dea, Gillette, WY, Marty (Dale) O'Dea, Whitewood, SD, Daniel (Lois) O'Dea, Vale, SD, Matthew (Koreen) O'Dea, Vale, SD; daughter, LaVera O'Dea-Ford, Vale, SD; brothers, Jack (Charlotte) O'Dea, Midland, Gene O'Dea, Hot Springs, Jim (Vonnie) O'Dea, Howes, Jerry O'Dea, Hot Springs, Leo O'Dea, Hot Springs, and Richard O'Dea, Hot Springs; sisters, Maurine Hagler, Meridian, ID, Phyllis (Marvin) Coleman, Quinn, Lillian (Eddie) DeKnikker, Gettysburg, Lorraine Smith, Emmett, ID, Mary Bauer, Rapid City, and Rosella (Tom) O'Bryan, Bagley, MN; five grandsons, four granddaughters, ten great-grandsons, and nine great-granddaughters.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sally; one grandson, Jesse; one great-grandson, Tate, twin brother, Dennis; and his sister, Bonna Hagler.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Daisy M. Hareter

January 6, 1935 - September 14, 2014

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Saturday, September 20, 2014

 

Daisy M. Hareter, 79, Grand Junction, CO, Died Sunday September 14, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, CO.

Visitation will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Friday September 19, 2014 At Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Saturday September 20, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Sean Donnelly officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.

Daisy was born in Spearfish, South Dakota on January 6, 1935 to Agnes Muriel and Lee Thomas. She went to Spearfish grade schools and high school. Daisy worked for the Dorsett home in Spearfish for 3 years before injuring her back putting her into retirement on disability. She also worked at the Canyon Café, the Hills Drive in Spearfish and the Best Western in Sturgis for a couple years each.

Daisy moved to Casper, Wyoming in 1994 and then moved to Grand Junction, CO in 2010. She enjoyed having company and visiting with family and friends, reading (while she had her vision), cooking, baking and working outside with her flower gardens. She also loved listening to music especially Polka music. Daisy attended Pear Park Baptist Church and St. Mary’s Life Center.

Survivors include 2 sons, Bob Syers, Grand Junction, CO and James (Peggie) Cook Whitewood, South Dakota. Four daughters: Kathy Syers, Grand Junction, CO; Shirley Hahka and John Oliver Whitewood, South Dakota; Helen (Edward) Petitt, Grand Junction, CO; and Dixie (Dale) Walker, Grand Junction, CO. Grandchildren include: Currin, Velvet (Kyle), Cubby, Sherianne, Scott (Caroline), Jimmy Lee (Willa), Sarah (Francisco), Alson and Amorie.
Great grandchildren: Dartanian, Celeste, Perry, Kalvin, Corey, Amanda, Adam, MaKinzie, Jonathan, Landen, McKayla, Heidi, little Francisco, and Gabriel. Great-great grandchildren: Tatum and Kierra. Also her lifelong best friend, Virginia Meisel of Spearfish, South Dakota, her bothers Bill (Thelma), Richard (Georgia), Roger and Sisters Linda and Joanne, And numerous nephews and nieces.

Proceeded in death by her mother Agnes, her Father Lee, grandson Trampus Haize and sister Sylvia.


 

     
   
     

Greta Nelson

January 6, 1934 - September 15, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:00am

 

Greta Giannonatti Nelson, 80, Sturgis, passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014, at Rapid City Hospice of the Hills.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Greta was born at Buffalo, SD on January 6, 1934, the daughter of James and Eva Maney Giannonatti. She was raised in Buffalo on a ranch in the Slim Buttes. She attended schools at Buffalo, Newell, and Black Hills State College, working after that at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as a stenographer for the registrar.
In 1954, she married Donald C. Nelson at Newell, where they lived and raised their family. She worked at the Belle Fourche Irrigation District, the Newell Field Station and Fort Meade, retiring in 1992. Greta's favorite pastimes were spending time with family and friends, and reading. She loved being able to follow her grandchildren's activities and spend time with them.
Survivors include her daughter, Dawn Hill, her husband, Brent, and children, Matt (Katie) Hill, Bridgett Hill, and Whitney (Charlie) Baker and their children, Eliza and Addlyn; son, Gary and his wife, Linda, and their son, Ben Nelson; and one brother, Robert Giannonattti.
Greta is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; one brother, Keith; and one sister, Sharon Dawn.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Hills and may be sent to 224 Elk Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.

 

     
   
     

Mary E. Goodrich

May 31, 1916 - September 11, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Mary Ella Denker Goodrich died Thursday, September 11, 2014, at the Akron Care Center, Akron, IA.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral chapel from 8 a.m. until time of services. Interment follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

Mary was born on May 31, 1916 at Haydraw, Meade County, SD to John and Ida Denker.

Mary attended rural school for 8 years, Sturgis High School, SDSU for BS, and graduate school at Fort Collins, Colorado.

Mary worked as Deputy Auditor of Meade County, SD; did secretarial work at Crane Co, Chicago, IL and for POATC in California during WW II; taught high school Home Ec, Science, English and Speech in South Dakota; and did job placement for Job Services of SD in Rapid City, SD.

Mary was married to John Goodrich on August 25, 1952.

Mary is survived by daughter Gail (Marten) Trotzig of Le Mars, IA; daughter Janet Goodrich (Jim Nelson) of Eden Prairie, MN; grandchildren Kristin (Matt) Overton, Dane (Chelsea) Trotzig, Ethan and Nathaniel Nelson: great grandchildren Liam and Olivia Overton;sisters, Lillian Denker of Spearfish and Fern O’Connor of Sturgis
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, son Jack, sisters Kathryn Harwood and Ruth Eppenbaugh, and brothers Robert, Henry, and George Denker.

 

     
   
     

Reese Fehryn Marchant

January 29, 2013 - September 9, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Reese Fehryn Marchant, born January 29, 2013, was received by God on September 9, 2014, at age 19 months. Our beautiful baby girl touched so many lives in her short time on Earth. She brightened the darkest rooms with her gap toothed, silly face smile. Her big beautiful blue eyes could snap fire or melt your heart with love. She loved animals, especially our family cat and dogs. Our little princess loved jewelry and dresses, but left her messy, food filled hair draped in her face. She found joy in playing in the mud with her two big brothers, who often told her they loved her to the moon and stars and sun and back. Our feisty, independent little girl had a spirit so much larger than her petite little body. She won everyone's heart and soul and peppered her mom and dad with sweet, slobbery kisses and hugs. Strong and sassy, goofy and full of joy for life, she was the heartbeat of our family. We miss you so very much sweet baby girl, but we know you are dancing in your little pink tutu in heaven. There will never be a more beautiful angel.
Our family invites you to celebrate her life with us. Visitation will be on Monday, September 15th from 4-8pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. Services will be held at Countryside Church in Spearfish, SD on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10a.m. with Pastor Harold Delbridge and Pastor Bob Totino officiating, with lunch and fellowship to follow.
Survivors include her parents, Clay and Christi, Aladdin, WY; brothers, Tel and Cord, Aladdin, WY; maternal and paternal grandparents; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by all of her great-grandparents.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy E. Voorhees

March 29, 1927 - September 12, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

 

Dorothy E. Voorhees, 87, passed peacefully on September 12th, 2014 at the Sturgis Regional Care Facility.
Visitation will be 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
She was born March 29, 1927, in Mitchell, SD to Louis and Nellie (Noteboom) Cooper, and was one of 5 children. She attended Coleman High School. Dorothy married Melford Voorhees on June 10, 1945 and raised 4 children. She was a longtime employee of First National Bank of the Black Hills presently known as Wells Fargo. Family was her passion; she was very involved with of all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dorothy loved attending all their activities. She was a faithful member and volunteer of the First Presbyterian Church, Eastern Star, member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Meade County Election Board.
She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte (Darel) Mowry, McKinney, TX; daughter in law, Barbara Voorhees of Sturgis, son Douglas (Betty) Voorhees, Sturgis, SD and son James (Janis) Voorhees, Scottsdale, AZ. She has 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Melford, son Donald, her parents, two brothers and a sister.
A memorial has been established with the Shriner Hospital.