Obituaries
     
   
     

Larry Frederic Hanson

August 11, 1947 - August 17, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Larry died on August 17, 2014 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital after fighting a fast fight with colon cancer.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Larry Frederic Hanson was born on August 11, 1947, to Fred and Joyce (Chafee) Hanson. He grew up on the original homestead of his grandparents north of Sturgis. Larry attended rural elementary school before going into Sturgis and graduating from Sturgis High School. He went on to obtain a business degree from Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
Larry worked at the Sturgis Police Department as Chief of Police, the Sundance Hospital as an administrator, the Gillette Hospital as assistant administrator and EMT, and at Job Services in Rapid City. He then obtained his real estate license and worked for Lewis and Kirkeby in Rapid City, Ferguson Realty in Sturgis, and finally as a broker/realtor for Hanson Realty and Auction Service. Feeling the “itch” one more time, he bought a semi and started hauling hay and cattle with his son Bret. That one truck led him to a lifetime of love for trucking with Larry Hanson trucking. Larry also tried his hand at racing cars with his brother Bruce.
Larry loved spending time at his grandkids’ sporting events. When he wasn’t in the truck he could be found at motocross races, soccer games, rodeos, wrestling tournaments, basketball games, and track meets. He also had a passion for going to auctions and collecting paintings and coins. Actually, he had a passion for collecting anything!
He is survived by his children, Bret Hanson, Brenda Cassen, and Fathom Jensen; his brother, Bruce Hanson, Riverton, WY; his sister, Pam Leeper, Sheridan, WY; nine grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederic Hanson and Joyce Miller; his brother, Freddy Lee Hanson; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

 

     
   
     

George Millin

March 14, 1938 - August 18, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 10:00am

 

George Elton Millin, 76, Whitewood, died Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, August 22, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Pastor Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with Sturgis Veteran’s Honor Guard providing military honors. Visitation will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
George was born on March 14, 1938, in Sturgis to George and Maud (Lettau) Millin. He grew up in Sturgis where he attended school and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1956. From 1956 to 1961, he worked for Gram's Sawmill. In November 1961, he entered the U.S. Army and following his discharge in 1963, he returned to Sturgis where he worked for Sturgis Redi Mix. He then married Darlene J. Brieher in Sturgis on June 24, 1967. Following their marriage, they moved to Whitewood where they continued to live. In 1972, he went to work for Whitewood Post and Pole until 1979. He then worked for American Colliod, and in January 1981, went to work for Homestake Mining Company. He met Raynette, his loving companion and friend. She brought love and joy to his life and he enjoyed fishing and spending time with her family.
He was a member of the Whitewood Fire Department, the National Rifleman's Association, and the Sturgis American Legion. He also took great pride in caring for the Whitewood Cemetery. His many favorite things were camping, fishing, hunting, four wheeling, coffeeing in Whitewood, auctions, and just cowboying” in life.
George is survived by his daughters, Calyne (John) Starling, Randle, WA, Darceen (Len) Mitchell, Whitewood, Sheryl (Ron) Holman, Whitewood, Jacque (Rod) Williams, Spearfish, and Twyla (Todd) Millin Hansen, Pierre; eleven grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Darlene; brother, Hugh; an infant son; and an infant sister.
A memorial has been established to the South Dakota Lung Association and VA Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Robert "Bob" Steinmetz

September 10, 1929 - August 18, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 2:00pm

 

Robert "Bob" Dale Steinmetz, 84, Hot Springs, died Monday, August 18, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Herbert Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard. Visitation will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 8:00am to time of service.
Bob was born in Sheridan, Wyoming to Jake and Mary (Taylor) Steinmetz. He grew up there and attended school to the 5th grade until he went to work for area ranches. He joined the Army and served from 1950 to 1953. He then joined the Navy and served until the end of his military career in 1960. He married Janice Jay Tanner in Billings, Montana on January 5, 1964. Bob obtained his GED in 1979, and finished his law enforcement education in 1980. He went on to serve as a police officer for five years at the rank of sergeant. He continued to work for ranches and eventually obtained the title of Ranch Manager. He was also a very skilled builder and carpenter, and worked in logging for a short time.
Bob liked to play all sorts of instruments, especially the accordion and steel guitar, and could do it all by ear. He also liked to sing, hunt, fish, cut firewood, tell stories, watch western movies, work, and was very artistic in many areas such as leather tooling and ceramic. He was a very friendly man with a very active personality. Bob was a good family man, taking time to enjoy everything there was to enjoy with his grandchildren. He also had a love for animals, especially dogs, and thoroughly enjoyed the occasional strawberry milkshake. He will also be remembered as a man that taught others well, including teaching irrigation to some members of the family.
He is survived by his two sons, Luke (Nina) Steinmetz, and Lucky Steinmetz; sister, Katherine (Duane) Odegard; his loyal dog, Lucy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob is preceded by his parents; his wife; brothers, Jake and Jerry; sister, Pat; and an infant daughter, Robin.
A memorial has been established to the Rambouillet Sheep Futurity Show.

 

     
   
     

Michele M. Howe

January 3, 1963 - August 13, 2014

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

Michele M. Howe, 51, Rapid City, died Wednesday August 13, 2014 at her home in Rapid City surrounded by family.
She was born January 3, 1963 at Lovelock, Nevada to Jim and Helen (Isaacson) Trainor.
She grew up in Newell, South Dakota and attended school there as well.
She married Michael Howe on December 2, 1985 at Rapid City. They lived in Rapid City throughout most of their marriage.
Michele worked at Perdue Woodworks for nearly 15 years.
She loved to be outdoors. Going camping and fishing with the family and friends was a favorite pastime.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Howe, as well as her two daughters, Carrie Alberts and Kristy Carter, and her beloved grandkids, Jazmine, Anthony and Jesse.
Committal services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Family and friends are encouraged to meet at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Casey Allen Chord

January 15, 1957 - August 7, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Casey Allen Chord passed away in Phoenix, AZ, on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the age of 57.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD at 10:00 a.m with Pastor Richard Chord officiating.
Casey was born in Cheyenne, WY, on January 15, 1957, to Everett Ellsworth Chord and LaVera Sundstrom. He graduated from Edgemont High School in 1975 and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1979. Casey relocated to the Phoenix area in 1981, and married Kari Cunningham in 1986.
Casey worked as an aeronautics engineer for Honeywell Aerospace, retiring in 2000 due to his medical condition. Before retiring, Casey traveled to Egypt, Israel, Germany and France, as well as multiple locations within the United States. Teaching guitar and music theory, Casey played guitar for his church, and pursued many other artistic endeavors.
Casey is survived by his mother, LaVera Sundstrom-Chord; wife, Kari Chord; daughter, Joyce (Richard) Gallagher; sister, Peggy (Lance) Hubbard; and grandchildren, Vincent-Riley, Celeste, Micah and Mina Gallagher.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a grandchild, Taylor.
A memorial has been established to Northern Hills Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Albert Nicholas Duprel

December 20, 1962 - August 9, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Albert Nicholas Duprel, 51, passed away peacefully after a cardiac arrest at the Rapid City Regional Hospital on August 9, 2014.
Albert was born to Andrew and MaryLin (Connelly) Duprel on December 20, 1962. Albert attended the Volunteer School in the country until the 6th grade. He then continued his education in the Meade School District graduating from Sturgis Brown High School in 1981. After graduation, he continued his love of farming and ranching on the Duprel Family Ranch east of Sturgis.
In his younger years, playing darts and pool was his favorite pastime. He was on many leagues and enjoyed making friends along the way.
He married the love of his life, Judy Remington, on February 10, 1990, in Sturgis, SD. He was so proud of the 3 sons that were born from this love.
He enjoyed all of their many activities and sports over the years, with his favorite being wrestling. You could find him mat side, running a tournament, or just being an avid supporter and fan sitting in the stands. He was the President of the Sturgis AAU Youth Wrestling Club for 13 years. He also had a huge love for poker. You could find him at Cadillac Jacks in Deadwood whenever he had the extra time (and cash). He enjoyed visiting with anyone he met.
He leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Judy Duprel, Sturgis; sons, Ryan Duprel, Sturgis, Dan Duprel, Rapid City, and David Duprel, Sturgis; mother, MaryLin (Bob) Anderson, Vale; brother, Allen (Lorna) Duprel, Sturgis; numerous nieces and nephews; and his cat, Schmitten.
Albert was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfred and Bernice Duprel and Mike and Martha Connelly; two brothers, Alton and Alfred Duprel; one nephew, Cody Duprel; and his father, Andy Duprel.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with a vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Vale Fire Department, Sturgis Wrestling, Sturgis EMS, and Sturgis Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Bradley John Anderson

November 10, 1997 - August 8, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 15, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

 

Bradley John Anderson, 16, Sturgis, was taken from us on August 8, 2014, in a vehicle accident near Lusk, WY.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel from 4-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 15, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at Sturgis Brown High School with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
He was born November 10, 1997, to Kevin and Janis (Mathis) Anderson. He lived in Viborg, SD, for his first three years and then moved with his mom and dad to Sturgis, SD. His sister, Lindsey, joined the family in 2003.
Bradley was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church in Viborg and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis.
Bradley attended SBHS in Sturgis where he would have been a junior. While in elementary and middle school, he enjoyed flag football, soccer, baseball, track, and cross country. He listened to music of all types, and played trombone in band. He also learned how to play Ironman on his electric guitar. Bradley loved his Ag classes in school and was a member of FFA, which he was elected an officer. He also had an opportunity to go to FFA National Convention in Kentucky. He received many awards in both Ag and FFA. He enjoyed shooting bow at Full Draw Archery in Whitewood and participated in state 4-H archery competition. He enjoyed deer hunting every season and working on vehicles with his dad. His favorite things to do were spending time with his friends, riding BMX bikes, long boards, and driving around in whatever vehicle was running and had gas. He also enjoyed dirt bikes, ATV’s, and 4- wheeling with his Tahoe.
He worked at The Knuckle for the last three years as well as mowed lawns and scooped snow for anyone that needed help.
Family and friends meant everything to him and he helped anyone who needed him no matter what time of day or night, he was a phone call or text away. His contagious smile and the twinkle in his baby blue eyes kept everyone wondering what he was up to or what he had already done.
Bradley will be deeply missed by his mom and dad along with his sister, Lindsey; his maternal grandmother, Elaine Mathis, Watertown; paternal grandmother, Yvonne Anderson, Viborg; aunts, Karla (Paul) Harms, Parker, Julie Anderson, Viborg, Jolene (Doug) Vavra, Winner, and Juliane (Jim) Lloyd, Watertown; uncles, Chuck (Angie) Anderson, Viborg, Jim Mathis, Mitchell, Jerry (Shelly) Mathis, Brandon, and Jason Mathis, Sioux Falls; cousins; and many more family and friends.
Bradley was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ivan Mathis, and paternal grandfather L.E. Anderson.
Love you, Be Safe!
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Pauline Corey

May 19, 1923 - July 31, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.

 

On July 31, 2014, one of this planet's nicest, kindest women, Pauline Corey, died in Sturgis, SD, with family at her side. She suddenly became ill on Tuesday and passed away on Thursday.
She was born Ellen Pauline Lindstrom on May 19, 1923, in Hamill, SD, to Ruth and Rudolph Lindstrom. She only spoke Swedish up until she attended country school and later graduated from Winner High School in 1940.
She married Orville Corey on October 4, 1946, and they farmed and raised sheep. Pauline was a bookkeeper at Nesbitt's Bottling Co. in Winner and in 1966, the family moved to Washington State after a devastating hailstorm killed hundreds of newborn lambs and ewes.
She was an accountant for the Massey Ferguson Dealership in Monroe, WA, where she retired after 20 years. She and Orville moved back to South Dakota in the fall of 1987. She was actively involved with the Senior Center in Sturgis where she became director for ten years. After Orville passed away in 2006, she moved to Heritage Acres (which she loved) and then to Foothills Assisted Living (again loving it) where she had great people caring for her day in and day out. She passed away very quickly at the Lippold Hospice Unit at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
She leaves behind her five children who were the priority in her life, Max (Liz) Corey, Dubuque, IA, Cal (Linda) Corey, Sturgis, SD, Lana (Dan) Andrews, Vale, OR, Linda (Jeff) Waltz, Colorado Springs, CO, and Paula (Mike) Schmeltzer, Sturgis; twelve grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
Her parents; brother, John; sister, Signa; and husband, Orville, preceded her in death. She will join her old friend and neighbor from Winner, Ruth Heying, who passed away on the very same day.
Visitation will be Friday, August 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Sturgis Library.

 

     
   
     

Jean Mae Andrews

May 9, 1925 - August 8, 2014

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

Jean Mae Andrews, 89, Sturgis, passed away peacefully at the Sturgis Regional Long Term Care Facility on August 8, 2014.
Jean was born to Archie and Hazel (Goss) Williams on May 9, 1925. Following graduation from high school she began working as a switchboard operator at the Northwestern Bell Office in Lead. Later she began working at the Miners and Merchants Bank in Lead and remained in the banking business for many years until her retirement in August of 1986 from the Wells Fargo Bank. After her retirement, she and husband, Bill moved to Sturgis where she enjoyed making new friends and volunteering for several civic organizations.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph "Bill" Andrews in Sturgis; son, Rodger (Becky) Andrews in Lead; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned at a later date.

 

     
   
     

John Joseph Boesl

June 11, 1941 - August 8, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

John Joseph Boesl
June 11, 1941 – August 8, 2014
John Joesph Boesl of Sturgis, SD passed away Friday August 8, 2014 at the VA Fort Meade Hospice Unit, after a short battle with cancer. He was 73 years old.
John was born in Langdon, ND on June 11, 1941 to Joseph and Gertrude (Schneider)Boesl. He graduated from St. Alphonsus High School Langdon, ND in 1959. John was working in Milwaukee when he enlisted in the U.S. Army, 101st Paratrooper Airborne Division from 1963-1966. While enlisted he did a tour in Vietnam in 1965-1966. Upon his return he worked for Drott Tractor Company, transporting and demonstrating heavy equipment. In 1972 he moved to Turton, SD where he operated a hardware business and subsequently started a trucking business for 18 years. He moved to Sturgis, SD in 1993 and managed a mobile home court before he was hired to work for The Department of Defense at Ellsworth Airforce Base in Rapid City, SD as an Airfield Clearing Equipment Operator. He was employed there until the time of his death.
John married Bernice (Imm) on July 29, 1967 in Turton, SD and they had three children: Shawn, Chad and Kent.
John was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed work, playing cards (especially the game of 31), watching his grandkids participate in sports activities and mentoring neighborhood kids.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice of Sturgis, SD, his sons Shawn (Chanda) Boesl and their 3 children Mitchell, Kaitlyn, and Alexis, of Warner, SD, Chad(Samantha) and son Blake Boesl, of Phoenix, AZ, Kent(Debra)Boesl of Sioux Falls, SD. Siblings include David(Donna)Boesl, Shelon, WI, Norbert (Patricia)Boesl, Brookfield, WI, Joseph (Laura)Boesl, Prairie Farm, WI, Aleatha Zettel, Milwaukee, WI, Bernice (Jerome)Sandhal, Westfield, WI, Timothy(Phyllis)Boesl, Parkers Prairie, MN, Joanne(Randy)Wertz, Oshkosh, WI, and Margaret(James)Ramthun, Campbellsport, WI, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Joseph and mother Gertrude, a sister Barbara, and a brother-in-law Earl Zettel.
A wake service will be held on Wednesday August 13, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Home, family present 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. with rosary to follow at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Sturgis, SD with Father Timothy officiating. Interment will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD following the memorial service.

 

     
   
     

Oliver Argo Freimark

December 18, 1927 - August 5, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Oliver A. Freimark, 86, Hot Springs, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Oliver was born December 18, 1927, to John and Ernestina Freimark at Java, SD. Oliver served in the US Marine Corp from 1951 to 1953. He married Mary Jane Haynes in 1953 and moved to the family farm in Eureka, SD. Together they raised two daughters, Donna Marie and Debra Sue.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; two daughter, Donna (Lyle) Hartshorn and Debra (Al) DeBot; one sister, Darlene Ochsner; two brothers, Gordon and Emil Freimark; grandchildren, Darrell, Christopher, Travis, Lucas, Tanya, and Wendy; and great-grandchildren, David, Trevor, Hanna, Lynn, Carlee, Clayton, Ryan, Levi, Jacob, Lena. He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Delphia Schick, Audrey Bauer, and Bonnie Stuckle; and his brother, Floyd.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 8, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs with Chaplain Loyd Nielson officiating. Burial with military honors will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

John Avery Beehler

September 3, 1926 - August 3, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

 

John Avery Beehler, 87, Nisland, went to his Heavenly Home on August 3, 2014. John was born September 3, 1926, to Roy E. and Eugenia O. (Hall) Beehler. He joined the US Navy in 1943 at 16 ½ years old, and is a WWII Navy Veteran. After serving, he returned to high school, graduating from Sturgis High School in 1948. That same year, John married Mary Sorenson and to that union, seven children were born. In 1975, he married Mickey Alexander and her five children added to his seven became a recipe for a lot of good times for the two of them.
John’s first job was at Fort Meade. He then worked two years at the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead. After a short stay in Newcastle to work in the oilfield, he went to Edgemont to work for his mother, Jeannie, and her husband, Roy Chord, mining uranium. In 1955, he helped make the movie, "Long Day at Discovery Rock" where he had a bit part but was a useful hand helping to do stunts and special effects. The movie played in Edgemont at the Atomic Theatre. In 1956, John became employed with the C.B. & Q. Railroad while continuing to mine uranium. He retired in 1991 from the Burlington Northern Railroad after 37 years of service. John was a Webelo Scout Leader, an avid rock hunter, a member of the Cody, WY, V.F.W, a wood-worker, but most of all, John was a sports fan extraordinaire to his children and grandchildren, following every game that he could.
John is survived by his loving wife and constant companion, Mickey; their children, Janet Denny, Dale (Yoni) Beehler, Jonilee (Fred) Weibert, Michael (Chris) Beehler, Jill (William) Kreutzer, Jeff (LeeAnn) Beehler, Scott (Kathy) Beehler, Clifford Alexander, Donald Alexander, James (Suzanne) Alexander, Bill Alexander, and Patricia Alexander. Grandpa John will be greatly missed by their 32 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; his sister, Clara Graves from La Mesa, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy Beehler and Eugenia Chord; his brothers, Everett and Harold; his sister, Iris Komes; his son-in-law, Alvin Denny; one granddaughter; and one grandson, Justin (Stover) Beehler.
A memorial service will be held Monday, August 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Henrique Fleming officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Agnes Ganeff

June 4, 1921 - August 3, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

 

Agnes S. Ganeff, 93, of Spearfish, SD, formerly of Miles City, MT, and Gillette, WY, passed away at the Dorsett Home in Spearfish, SD on Sunday evening, August 3, 2014.
Agnes was born June 4, 1921, on the family ranch at Stroner, WY, to Joseph Sabatka and Anna (Prosser) Sabatka. She was the second youngest of 7 children. She grew up and attended country schools and later met and married her husband, John Z. Ganeff, on August 28, 1939, at Ft. Wayne, IN. Two daughters were born to this union; Jeanette Marie and Dorothy Ann. They ran the family ranch for many years and later moved to Gillette.
In 1969, they retired and moved to Miles City, MT, to be closer to family. John passed away June 2, 1971. Agnes resided there until 2010 when she moved to an assisted living in Spearfish.
Surviving are her two daughters, Jeanette Marie Crocker of Miles City and Dorothy Ann "Dottie" Steinlicht of Sturgis; five grandchildren, Robert Bandy, Donnie Bandy, Kerri Nicholson, Steven Crocker, and Tina Rafftery; and five great-grandchildren, Karon DeShaw, RaeLynn Bandy, Savannah Chaffin, Zachary Chaffin, and Trevor Wilson. There are also numerous nieces and nephews and extended family in Czechoslovakia.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gillette, WY, with Pastor Jared Tucher officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette.

 

     
   
     

Hazel Lucille Holmes

February 24, 1922 - July 31, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Hazel Lucille Holmes, 92, Sturgis, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 1:00pm at Bear Butte Cemetery with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Visitation will be held from 8:00am to service time on Tuesday.
Hazel was born on February 22, 1922, at Lesterville, SD to Chester and Myrtle Dow. At age 8, the family moved to Fairpoint, SD. In 1936, she moved to Sturgis with her family, two brothers and three sisters.
She met and married Sgt. Lenard Conkle in 1939, when he was stationed at Fort Meade. After deployment to the WWII European front, he was killed in France during October 1944. They had one child, Judith Lee (Conkle) Harwood.
She met and married her second husband, DeVillo Holmes from Mobridge, SD, in January of 1946. He had five children, Patti, Jim, Sonny, Gary, and Wayne. They lived in Sturgis, while he worked as a mechanic at Matkins Motors. They enjoyed their airplane, and riding their Indian motorcycles. They were very active members of the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club.
She lived in Sturgis most of her life and enjoyed being a homemaker, raising African Violets, working outside in her yard, and sewing. She was a member of Eastern Star, Sturgis Senior Citizens, and was baptized as a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith Lee Conkle Harwood of Sturgis, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be set up for the benefit of the education of Hazel's great-grandchildren.

 

     
   
     

Helen Ann Komes

December 19, 1921 - July 27, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Helen Ann (Weyrich) Komes was born December 19, 1921 near Volunteer, SD, on the family farm with a midwife assisting, to Jakob and Margaret (Lorang) Weyrich. She grew up on the farm and ranch and attended the Wolff School through the 8th grade. She helped with the children and the work on the farm and ranch until she married.
Helen married Joseph Komes on February 21, 1941 at the Catholic Church in Bear Butte Valley.
The couple moved to their own home in lower Bear Butte Valley. They raised seven children and Helen helped her husband with the farm and ranch work. She quilted, sewed, gardened, canned and especially like her cattle. She lived on the ranch until March of 2008 when she entered Foot Hills Assisted Living.
Helen was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She served on the school board for many years, she was a 30 year member of Thursday Anns Extension Club, member of the Altar Society.
Helen Ann Komes, 92, Sturgis, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 30, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Fr. Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Aloysius Cemetery.
Survivors include her sons, Timothy (Kathy) Komes, Sturgis, Todd (Hope) Komes, Newell; daughters, Barbara J. Hudson, Sturgis, Patricia J. (Jerry) Casteel, Sturgis, SD, Jody E. Diestel, Aberdeen, Marjorie A. (Jack) Duprel, Sturgis, Carol E. (Wayne) Oedekoven, Vale; brother Paul (Helen) Weyrich, Newcastle, WY, Frank (Karen) Weyrich, Yoder, WY; sisters, Gladys Brown, Vale, Dorothy (Lynn) Dunn, Vale; 18 grandchildren, Tom (Bernice) Duprel, James (Lori) Duprel, Chris (Vicki) Hudson, Keith (Laura) Hudson, Bobbi (Dave) Emmett, Adam Oedekoven, Debbie (DJ Meyer) Oedekoven, April (Kelly Halter) Oedekoven, Ryan (Keri) Casteel, Kristy Casteel, Michelle (Chris) Mohr, Laurie Komes, Josh (Heidi) Komes, Amanda (Dale) Mahaffy, Brandon (Paige) Komes, Joe Komes, Jesse Komes, Matt (Carlee) Komes; 24 great grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters, Louise Christenson, Clara Knutson, Mary Rosser; brothers, Vic Weyrich, Leo Weyrich; son in laws, Mike Hudson, James Diestel; one grandchild, Jacque L. Duprel Jr.
Memorials have been established to the Sturgis, Vale and Hereford Volunteer Fire Departments.

 

     
   
     

Averil Mae Yuill

October 1, 1929 - July 26, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Averil Mae Yuill, 84, Whitewood, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Averil was born October 1, 1929, at Stratford, SD, to Louis and DeEtte (Campbell) Rossow and grew up in the Black Hills area. Averil spent the happiest years of her childhood during grade school at Stratford, nurtured by her beloved aunt, Alvina, and uncles, Adolph and Bill. In 1946, she graduated from Deadwood High School. She worked at the 1st National Bank for two years.
On November 2, 1947, she married Eugene W. Yuill. To this union, five children were born. Averil was an exceptionally loving mother. They lived on a farm outside of Whitewood for over 60 years.
Averil was famous for her delicious homemade biscuits; she baked a triple batch every week for over 50 years. She was a Sunday school teacher at Whitewood Immanuel Lutheran Church. She had a special gift for letter writing and wrote weekly letters to uplift and encourage family and friends. Averil loved the Lord, lived by His word, and encouraged others to grow in faith. A humble, giving, caring person, she strove every day to find the positive in life and to share kindnesses with everyone she met. An avid reader, she also enjoyed scrapbooking, nature, bird watching, sewing, and crafting.
Survivors include three sons, Randall (Renata) Yuill, Naperville, IL, Russell (Linda) Yuill, Sturgis, and Ray (Violet) Yuill, Alliance, NE; one daughter, LaVon Yuill, Sturgis; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and dearest friend, Cleo Loobey, Sturgis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene; one brother; and a daughter, LeAnn Glenn.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 31st from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Joanne T. Grubl

January 3, 1935 - July 23, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 10:30 AM

 

Joanne T. Walter Grubl, 79, Whitewood, was called home to be with her loving daughter Janet and her mother and father Fred and Mary Kenstler in heaven on July 23, 2014. Joanne was born on January 3, 1935 in Sturgis, South Dakota and as a child she grew up in Mud Butte. She also resided in Tuscon, Arizona, St. Onge, SD, Sturgis, SD to raise her family then most recently resided in Whitewood, SD.
Joanne was survived by her children, Nancy, Duane (Sonja), Mary Ann (Glen), Maureen (Mitch), Jackie, Maurice, Mark, and Daniel. She was also survived by 34 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren, and siblings; brothers, Maurice and Kevin, and sisters, Carol and Kathleen.
Joanne was also preceded in death by her husband Duane; her brother, Paul; and her sister, Maureen; grandchild, Jamie; and daughter-in-law, Cindy.
Joanne was a country girl at heart and would love to tell stories of living out in the country and the freedom of riding her horses out in the rugged prairie. She loved the ranch life, she was active on her son’s ranch outside of Sturgis, where a familiar sight would be her walking around the ranch with a herd of bum lambs following close behind. Her patience and compassion for animals made her a natural when working with livestock.
Joanne was very active and well known in the area. She was involved in several community groups including VFW auxiliary, Cowbells, and the senior center. She was a devout catholic and heavily involved in her church. She was an extrovert and loved to be around people to either chat, drink coffee, or go out dancing. Her charisma, integrity, and infectious personality earned her numerous lifelong friendships.
Joanne’s biggest passion was being a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was the matriarch of her family and always tried to instill encouragement, patience, and self-respect in all her children either by teaching or leading by example. Joanne would never give up on her kids and was always their biggest advocate.
The viewing will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday July 28th with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Gary Eugene Eckhart

July 31, 1952 - July 15, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, July 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Gary Eugene Eckhart, 61, Sturgis, went to join his loving wife, Nancy in Heaven on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Hospice.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 21, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating.
Gary Eugene Eckhart came into this world on July 31, 1952. He was born in Deadwood, SD to Ellsworth and Emma Eckhart.
He graduated from Lead High School in 1970. On December 18, 1971 he married Debbie Markve. To this union he was blessed with two daughters, Jennifer Eckhart Sherman, Rapid City, and Leslie Eckhart, Lead, SD. On April 30, 1982, in Delano, CA he married Nancy Swenby. To this union he was blessed with a son, Jeremy Eckhart and a daughter, Jessie Eckhart both of Sturgis, SD.
Gary is survived by his children, Jennifer, Leslie, Jeremy (Kelsey) and Jessie; his sisters, Virginia Eckhart, Lead, Eleanor Adamson, VA; a brother, Darwin Eckhart, Lead; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his wife Nancy; his parents; and two sisters, Darlene Dillman and Kay Penrod.

 

     
   
     

Veronica Louise Pesarchic

May 18, 1933 - July 23, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, July 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Veronica Louise Pesarchic, 81, Sturgis, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
A rosary will be held Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, July 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
Veronica was born during the great depression in Johnstown, PA, on May 18, 1933, to Francis and Elizabeth (Mindyas) Pesarchic. When she was 3 years old, she was in one of the great Johnstown floods.
She was educated in her home town, the US Army, and Fort Meade (where she worked for 25 years), and the School of Mines.
Veronica spent 2 years in the US Army and walked by faith with the Holy Spirit and our Blessed Mother. She was blessed and inspired to be a workaholic and enjoyed all the jobs sent her way. No matter how hard times were, there was always enough money in her brown teapot to cover all bills and needs.
She was active in her church and taught Catechism for 25 years, was a Eucharistic Minister, a homebound minister, helped with funeral lunches, started St. Patricia Circle, helped with the cookie and candy sale at Christmas, Holy water bottles, welcoming baskets, helped with the dinner for the policemen during the Rally, Monday night Fatima Prayer group, or anything that came up. They were a good group.
Veronica was a welcome committee member on her block and loved to bake, sew, decorate, cook, and most of all, she loved her children and friends. She was well known for helping others, for her sense of humor, and for her smile. Veronica was also very proud that she had written two books.
Survivors include her son, Dennis (Vicki) Clark, Pennsylvania; daughter, Denise (Richard) Deaver, Sturgis; one brother, Franci Pesarchic, Pennsylvania; one granddaughter, Julie Jenter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and one brother.
A memorial has been established for the restoration of St. Martin's Chapel.

 

     
   
     

Lola Jean (Richardson) Frederickson

October 5, 1938 - July 18, 2014

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014

 

Lola Jean (Richardson) Frederickson was born on October 5, 1938 in Rapid City, SD, to Irwin and Inga (Stalheim) Richardson. When Lola was 6 months old, she moved with her family to a ranch near Marcus, SD, where she grew up and attended grade school. She went to high school in Faith, SD and Rapid City, SD and business college in Billings, Montana. She became a legal secretary in Billings, where she met Richard Frederickson, and they were married in 1962. They made their home in Billings, Montana; Denver, Colorado where their daughter, Nancy, was born; Clearfield, Utah and then Dayton, Ohio. When Richard retired in 1992, they began spending their summers in South Dakota and returning to Dayton for the winter to spend time with their daughter, Nancy, and their grandchildren, Derek & Danielle. In 2011 due to poor health, they made their full-time home in Sturgis, SD. Lola passed away on Friday, July 18th in Sturgis, SD, following a long and courageous bout with cancer. She is survived by her husband Richard Frederickson, daughter Nancy Lapsins in Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren Derek and Danielle Lapsins, Dayton, Ohio; brother, Pete (Pat) Richardson, San Diego, CA; sister, Jesse (Charlie) Russell, Sturgis, SD, and sister, Lila (Clinton) Jones, Dowling, MI. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan; her father, Irwin Richardson and mother, Inga Richardson. A memorial in lieu of flowers may be sent to hospice of the Northern Hills. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Pastor Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.