Obituaries
     
   
     

Rory James Hise

January 8, 1958 - June 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017

 

Rory James Hise was born to Shirley and Leonard Hise on January 8, 1958, in Benton City, WA. His first four years were spent in Benton City until the family moved to Belle Fourche and then Fruitdale. The family then moved to Sturgis where he attended grade school and high school.
Rory was very adventurous in his younger years. He wrestled in high school and won many ribbons. He also loved moto cross racing.
Rory enjoyed fishing and camping with his family and loved being on a ranch or farm where he could tend to the animals. He especially enjoyed riding horses.
Rory worked many jobs in his later years which included working at Skelly's truck stop, painting houses, construction, and roofing work until his health issues caused his disability. He suffered a lot in his last year of life physically, mentally, and spiritually. Rory was looking for his place in life and what God's plan was for him. Seeking his spirituality meant a lot to him. Rory quite often read his bible and reflected on passages that fit his life.
His seeking came to an end June 20, 2017, when his Heavenly Father called him home.
Survivors include his two sons, Casey (Tiffani) Hise, Waddell, AZ, and Taylor Hise, Rapid City; four sisters, Caddie (Gary) Nelson, Lander, WY, Mary Ann (Jerry) Remer, Sturgis, Candy (Larry) Morrell, Sturgis, and Peggy (Steve) Geyer, Hendersonville, NC; four brothers, Claude (Laurie) Hise, Lander, WY, Bruce Hise, Rapid City, Wayne (Kristine) Hise, Huntington Beach, CA, and Jamey (Lori) Hise, Fort Morgan, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Gloria Mae Murphy

March 4, 1937 - June 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday June 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Gloria was born at Winona, MN, on March 4, 1937, to Eugene and Vernola "Dolly" Roedeske. Gloria graduated from Dunkerton, IA, in 1955. After graduation, she modeled at Black’s Clothing Store in Waterloo, IA. It was here that she met a handsome hat salesman named Tom Murphy. They were married in May, 1958. Immediately after their marriage, Tom enlisted in the Air Force and later into the Army. From this sacred union, three children were born. They enjoyed various transfers during their military years and their first born, Ray, was born in Biloxi, MS, in 1959. Randy was born in Mascoutah, IL, in 1960, and Roxanne was born in Waterloo, IA, in 1964. Sadly, Tom was killed in action in Vietnam in March of 1967. As a "sudden" single mother when single moms were less than the norm, and now back home in Iowa surrounded by her extended family, she focused her entire self on the livelihood and activities of her three children. It was here that Ray, Randy, and Roxy were raised with the love of a selfless, caring mother. In 1972, after years in Iowa, Gloria, her children, and her parents re-located to rural Edgemont to ranch. At this point in time, Gloria opened a women's clothing store called "The Glori Shop." She was a business owner for the next 7 years.
Following the sale of her business, she moved to Rapid City and worked for the Circle B Chuckwagon and then Riddles Jewelers in Rapid City until her retirement in 2011. After retirement, she moved to Sturgis to be closer to her daughter, Roxy. In later years, Gloria also enjoyed the spectator role even further while watching and supporting Roxy in her years as a high school basketball coach. She was known for baking dozens and dozens of cookies for Roxy to distribute with each basketball trip across the state. Her cookies and baking were greatly appreciated and always heart-felt and baked with pride. Literally hundreds of Sturgis athletes enjoyed "Glo's Cookies" through the years. At the time of her death, Gloria lived in Sturgis, SD.
Gloria Mae Murphy passed away at Sturgis Regional Hospital on June 24, 2017, at the age of 80 with her daughter at her side.
Gloria is survived by her sister, Deanna (Danny) from Waterloo, IA; sons, Ray Murphy, Houston, TX, and Randy (Heidi) Murphy, Westminster, CO; one daughter, Roxanne Murphy, Sturgis, SD; and grandchildren, Thomas, Emily, Kyle, Tristin, and Piper. Gloria was also very proud of her seven great-grandchildren and loved them all greatly.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Dolly Roedeske; and her husband, Tom Murphy.
A memorial mass will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Bonnie L. Coleman (Herrmann)

December 23, 1942 - June 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am, November 4, 2017

 

Life of Bonnie L. Coleman (Herrmann)

Bonnie was born on December 23, 1942. She was raised on a farm near Seneca, South Dakota with her 5 siblings (four sisters and one baby brother). It was during these early years that Bonnie developed a strong work ethic while helping feed the lambs, tend the garden, raise livestock, show horses, and sew for the 4-H. As she entered Faulkton High School, she continued with her responsibilities at home and participated in glee club, pep club, band, library, all-state chorus, intramural basketball and cheerleading.

After high school, Bonnie and her husband Dean Herrmann moved to Sturgis, S.D., in the beautiful Black Hills. Bonnie ran the family business, the Star-lite Motel, while raising their two children. She was also very involved in the Sturgis Jaycees. Her involvement ultimately led to her becoming President and receiving several awards for her charity work.

During her time in Sturgis, Bonnie and her family built a home on 80 acres at the edge of the Black Hills where she raised elk, reindeer, buffalo, exotic birds, and tropical fish. She also attended Black Hills State College where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business.

Bonnie became involved in American Kennel Club activities and began showing Akitas, Keeshonds, and English Bulldogs. She became a professional dog handler and won many championships across the U.S. showing her AKC dogs. For several years, she bred, raised, trained, and showed her dogs. She even learned the basic veterinary work her dogs needed.

In later years, Bonnie put her Business degree to work at GE and Assurant. In her time off, Bonnie traveled extensively with friends and family. After over 50 years in the Black Hills, Bonnie moved to Henderson, Nevada, in May of 2016 to be near her daughter, Dee.

On June 13th, 2017 Bonnie peacefully lost her battle to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) while surrounded by loved ones in Henderson, NV. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford Coleman, Marjorie Joy Benson Coleman and her former husband Dean Herrmann. She was survived by her longtime companion, Dean Levy, a son, Perry (Melanie) Herrmann, a daughter, Dee (Brian) Gilbert, four sisters, Carol Lynn Coleman, Coleen Krier, Sandra (Paul) Coleman, Penny (Leo) Coleman, a brother Kole (Kelli) Coleman, three grandchildren, Justin, Ashley (Toni), and Lexie, two great grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.

There will be a service and Celebration of Bonnie’s Life on November 4, 2017, 11:00 am, at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at www.gofundme.com/bonnie-colemans-memorial-fund, where all funds raised will be donated to the PKD Foundation in memory of Bonnie. Please feel free to visit Bonnie’s Facebook to share any memories and photos you have.

 

     
   
     

Margery I. Bunney

February 2, 1930 - June 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 pm Thursday, July 6, 2017

 

Margery Ione Bunney was born February 2, 1930 in Arlington, SD to Clarence (Mike) Friedel and Abbie (Coy) Friedel. Margery attended elementary school in Wolsey and high school in Newell. Margery married Frederick Bunney and they made their home in Newell, SD. Margery and her husband owned and operated Bunney’s Cleaners. After her husband’s death Margery worked at the local grocery store and Tri-County Lockers. Margery later moved to Spearfish, SD and managed Lou’s Liquor Store until her retirement.
Margery Ione Bunney , 87, Spearfish, died June 18, 2017, at Rapid City Regional hospital with her family by her side. She is survived by her sister Mildred Vasknetz, sons, Marjoe (Cathy), Las Vegas, NV, Michael (Janelle), Rosemount, MN, Monte (Lina), Las Vegas, NV, Marlon (Barbara), Rapid City, SD, and daughter Lynette (Edward) Culver, Newell, SD, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other extended family who considered her “mother”. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brothers James A. Friedel, and Richard Friedel, stepchildren Frederick Bunney Jr., Ronald Bunney and Gloria Dahlberg.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. July 6, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Tom Martin officiating. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis at 1:00 p.m. prior going to the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Colette Kaye Hopson

August 11, 1959 - June 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

Colette Kaye Hopson, 57, of Sturgis, stepped onto higher ground surrounded by her family on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospice House. She was born August 11, 1959, in McLaughlin, SD, to Leo Wiest and Violet Anderson.
Colette graduated in 1977 from Sturgis Brown High School. On August 7, 1977, she was united in marriage to Timothy Joe Hopson. In her spare time, she enjoyed going on drives through the hills with her husband, playing bunko with friends, decorating her home, spending time with her grandchildren, and having Sunday morning breakfast with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Timothy Joe Hopson of Sturgis; her daughter, Cody and husband, Ryan Eixenberger, of Sturgis; son, Tyler and wife, Amanda Hopson, of Sturgis; son, Drew and Kalee Hopson of Corpus Christi, TX; nine grandchildren, Tre` Parlier, Kaidan Hopson, Ari Eixenberger, Liam Eixenberger, Bennett Hopson, Bodhi Hopson, Carter Hopson, Keira Hopson, and Coen Hopson; her mother, Violet Anderson and step-father, Bill Anderson, of Sturgis; father, Leo Wiest of Chadron, NE; sister, Brenda and husband, Babe Johnson, of Newcastle; sister, Patti and husband, Mike Reid, of Highlands Ranch, CO; brother, Gary and wife, Shannon Wiest of Carmichael, CA; and brother, Waylon Wiest and wife, Courtney, of Chadron, NE. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who love and will miss her dearly.
A memorial services will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Sturgis United Methodist Church.
Colette was encouraged and found strength by following the stories of children battling cancer. Knowing that these young warriors were fighting so hard to get better gave her the courage to keep fighting her own battle. Her courage, sense of humor and will to survive were an inspiration to her friends, family and loved ones. Her spirit will live on with those she left behind.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the following link: http://giftfunds.stjude.org/colette.

 

     
   
     

Mertie Charlene Bowen

January 22, 1934 - June 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Mertie was born January 22, 1934, in New Underwood, SD, to Henry and Laura (Eveleth) Wildberger.
On July 12, 1953, in Sturgis, SD, Mertie was joined in marriage with Eugene Edward Bowen. They were married 38 years until Gene's death in 1991. To this union were born two daughters and one son.
Mertie spent her first four years in Union Center then in 1938 moved with her family to the Boulder Canyon ranch where she resided until her marriage. She attended Boulder Park School through sixth grade and her remaining school years at "town" school, graduating in 1951 from Sturgis High School. For a short time, Mertie worked at Sturgis Hospital. She was employed as a clerk at Black Hills Power and Light from 1963 to 1976 until health issues caused her to separate from the company. Mertie was a long-standing member of Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD, serving on the church council. She particularly enjoyed attending her ladies Bible studies. Mertie was also a long-standing member of the VFW auxiliary. In 2006, Mertie moved to Rapid City to live at the Echo Ridge assisted living complex. Mertie loved the sunshine, flowers, frogs and birds. She was an avid reader, a spirited Colorado Rockies fan and enjoyed a "mean" game of Scrabble, Rummikub, or Cribbage with her daughters, grandson, Charles, and friends.
Mertie Charlene Bowen, 83, was joyfully met by our Heavenly Father on June 18, 2017, at Fountain Springs Healthcare Center in Rapid City, SD.
Mertie is survived by daughters, Cathy (Gary) Svarstad of Rapid City and Mary Jo Cotter (Gary Jewell) of Kingsville, MO; her sisters, Twyla Huffman of Sturgis and Valda Yamada of Kent, WA; four grandsons; one granddaughter; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her son, Charles; husband, Eugene; brother, Thomas; sister, Dorothea; her parents, Henry and Laura Wildberger; and grandson, Caine, Sr.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 26, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Vicky Lee Waterland

March 3, 1953 - June 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Vicky Lee (Thompson) Waterland was born March 3, 1953, at Faith, SD, to Irvin and Marian (Howie) Thompson. She attended grade school in Timber Lake and high school in Faith graduating in 1971. She went on to BHSU and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She then taught in various grades and positions over the course of 38 years, before she retired due to health reasons.
Her childhood was spent riding horse and attending rodeos. She and her pony, Pedro, won many events including the pony race at Timber Lake Saddle Club Field Days. In high school, she would go on to win the Dupree Snow Queen Contest and Runner-up in the local Jr. Miss.
Her teaching career began at United School, where she taught for 3 years. She then was employed by the Faith School District where she taught for 29 years. She retired from the state system in 2008, but her love of teaching led her to teach at Takini for 5 more years. Her passion for teaching did not stop in the classroom. Every moment was a teachable moment to her, and her children, grandkids, nieces, and nephews are better people because of it. Her methods were not always the norm, but effective. She loved the "bad boy" of the class and could always gain their respect. Her students were always on her mind and she spent many hours at home correcting papers, making assignments, and projects. She would always go on a shopping trip to the teacher store with a specific student in mind.
Vicky was blessed with a daughter, Lacey Lee, in 1982. She married Harold Waterland July 3, 1995, at Marcus. They enjoyed traveling, checking wheat, and attending various sporting events.
She was a Faith cheerleading/drill team advisor for many years, taught Gifted and Talented, ran the Stock Show exhibit building in Faith, timed for 4-h rodeos, wrote Marcus news for the Faith independent for 12 years after her mother's passing, coached Odyssey of the Minds, helped with Faith High School Rodeo, was a leader of Hazy Hills 4-H club, Faith Alumni Assoc. past officer, Faith library board member, Marcus Hall board secretary and Volunteer for many years, and she ran the Faith Stock Show Horse show for many years. She loved teaching, South Dakota History, collecting rocks and Fire King Glassware. She was passionate about learning her family history and passing it on to the next generation.
Vicky Lee Waterland, 64, Faith, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her residence.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Waterland of Howes; her daughter, Lacey (Robert) Wondercheck of Howes; three step-daughters, Jill (Ted) Schilling and Kristin (Chet) Kilmer, both of Spearfish, and Kim (George) Langendorfer of New Underwood; one sister, Adele Enright, Timber Lake; one brother, Alton "Bub" (D’anne) Thompson, Marcus; sister-in-law, Corinna Thompson of Faith; six grandsons and three granddaughters, Quirt and Rio Wondercheck of Howes, Daniel, Mathew, Timothy, and Emma Schilling and Cadence Kilmer of Spearfish, Shane Langendorfer of Rapid City, and Ele of New Underwood; four nephews and one niece, Richard and Mitch Enright, Timber Lake, Max Thompson, Sturgis, and Troy and Amanda Thompson of Marcus.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Earl Thompson; and her brother-in-law, Denver Enright.
Visitation will be Monday, June 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Faith Community Center in Faith with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
A memorial has been established to the Marcus Hall.

 

     
   
     

Edwina "Eddie" Whitaker

June 12, 1939 - June 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Edwina "Eddie" Leah Whitaker, 78, Piedmont, passed away at home with family surrounding her this day June 20, 2017, after a heroic battle with lung cancer.
Eddie was born in Belle Fourche, SD, and lived in South Dakota until her husband took her to Arkansas where she helped him work in a 7 state wide area for Southwestern Bell Telephone Yellow pages.
Eddie was a retired SD Case Worker and a Manager of Renos Casino in Black Hawk, SD. She worked hard at many jobs in her life-time and possessed a great work ethic.
She was past American Legion Auxiliary President of Post 311, Piedmont, SD. She supported many veterans with her fine cooking and holiday food baskets until her arthritis became too severe. She was a loyal, honorable, honest, warm-hearted person, who was one great wife, mother, and citizen of these United States. Eddie was an outstanding cook and home manager who shared her food and service to others.
Eddie loved fishing, dancing, and canning vegetables. She will be missed and forever loved by her husband, family, and friends. God speed to Heaven, Edwina!
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, George R. Whitaker; three children, Phillip Streeter of Rapid City, SD, Timothy Streeter of Grand Forks, ND, and Colleen Boman of Grand Forks, ND; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Carla Streeter; and brother-in-law, Terry Bittle of Tumbling Shoals, AR.
Visitation will be Friday, June 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Robert Louis Johnston

September 29, 1946 - June 16, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Bob was born September 29, 1946, at Sundance, Wyoming, to Wesley and Dorothy Stallbaum.
Bob retired from the Ft. Meade Fire Department as a captain in 1999.
He loved motorcycles, fishing, woodworking, and visiting with friends and family. He was an avid pool player and he never met a stranger.
Robert Louis Johnston, 70, Sturgis, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include his children; Wes and Ken Johnston and Rachelle Mundy; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brother, Francis Mullenburg; sisters, Karen Maesjos, and Kathy Kennon.
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, June 22, 2017, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

     
   
     

Evangeline Florence Orthouse

February 27, 1926 - May 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017

 

Evangeline “Van” Orthouse went to her heavenly Father on May 24, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD. She was born on February 27, 1926 in Wahpeton, North Dakota, the middle child, with older brother Robert, and younger sister Kathryn of parents Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stein of Dora, Minnesota. She attended grade school in Wahpeton, N.D.
She went to work in a café where she was seen by William Orthouse the love of her life, they were married on March 17, 1944 at Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Two sons were born to this union, Delton of Spokane, Washington and William of Rapid City, SD. The Orthouse’s lived in Kearney, Nebraska until 1950, when the family moved to Rapid City, SD.
Mr. Orthouse was employed for some time at Ellsworth Air Force Base and also for the city of Rapid City; Van was a hard worker, working for 12 years at the Holiday Inn on Lacrosse Street in the laundry room, she also worked at two different times for the R.C. Rehab Hospital for a total of ten years.
Van was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; she will be greatly missed by her family, relatives and anyone she came into contact with.
She is survived by her son, Delton (Mary) and family in Spokane, WA; son, William in Rapid City, SD. Relatives in Wisconsin and Kearney, Nebraska.
Van was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and older brother Robert.
Services will be on Monday, July 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the rotunda at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorial may be sent in her name to the; Humane Society of the Black Hills
1820 E. St. Patrick Street Rapid City, South Dakota 57701.

 

     
   
     

Efstathia Elainie Ioanna Ackles

July 9, 1947 - June 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Private Family at a later date

 

Efstathia Elainie Ioanna Ackles-of Hill City, SD, passed peacefully Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Rapid City Hospice House with her family by her side.
Efstathia was born on July 9, 1947 to James and Efstathia (Tgiros) Plympton in Charles City, Iowa. Efstathia was a beloved mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her son, Ron (Jennifer) Alcott of Culpepper, VA; daughter, Efstathia “Thia”(Casey) Derflinger of Spearfish, SD; brother, James T. Plympton of Wichita, KS; sister, Alice M. Kellsy of Hill City, SD, Pota Cook, Atlantic, IA; and four grandchildren, Jayson, Tyler, Tucker and Emily.
Efstathia is preceded in death by her spouse, Verl Ackles and parents.
A private family service will be at a later date with an inurnment at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Rev. Lyle Fay Martin

March 26, 1926 - June 16, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Lyle Fay Martin was born March 26, 1926, in Erwin, SD, to Joseph and Hannah (Munger) Martin. His father was an Irish orphan who came out west on an orphan train, and Fr. Lyle spent many years searching for his ancestors. After graduation in 1944, he enlisted in the US Army, and his very first combat experience was in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Bronze Star and many other awards for his bravery there. He never forgot General Patton’s command to be the best soldier and return home to be the best citizen he could be. Fr. Lyle was a proud American and a true patriot.
After his honorable discharge, he returned home and married Jean Larson. They had four children, and he worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as a lineman, salesman, and manager for 18 years. In 1964, he became a salesman for Equitable Life in Gregory, achieving million-dollar roundtable his first year. Later he became broker/owner of Martin Real Estate in Sturgis and Belle Fourche.
Lyle’s faith was always strong, and after the death of his son, Bob, in 1983, Lyle made the choice to become a deacon in the Episcopal Church, and from there he began his ascent towards priesthood. At age 63, he entered the seminary, and upon his ordainment, he served the parishes of Mobridge and Gettysburg. Later, he served in Winner, Watertown, Sidney and Blair, NE, and ended his career in Gregory, at the age of 85.
As a priest, Lyle did many great works. He strongly believed that his mission was to serve his fellow man. In many of the towns where he served, he started thrift stores and food banks to assist the less fortunate in his community. For this work, he was recognized as Citizen of the Year in Sidney, Blair, and Winner, and in 2016, Governor Daugaard proclaimed March 26 Father Lyle Martin Day. Lyle was the “idea” man. Like many people, he had great ideas, but the difference is, he always followed through, never stopping until he accomplished what he had set out to do. Lyle will be most remembered for his charismatic sense of humor. He was a proud Irishman and a great story teller; one could never predict what he would say next, but he always got the punch line right.
In 2006, Lyle married Moyra Pospisil of Winner, and they moved to Gregory. They had ten happy years together until her passing in 2016. As a priest, Lyle officiated the weddings, baptisms, and funerals of many people throughout South Dakota, but he was especially proud to officiate the weddings of his grandchildren and baptisms of his great-grandchildren.
Rev. Lyle Fay Martin, 91, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
He is survived by his daughters, Lynne (Pete) Greenwaldt, Rapid City, and Randi (Rob) Oviatt, Whitewood; his son, Dan (Julie) Martin, Rapid City; stepdaughters, Liane (Doug) Christensen, Ideal, Laurie Pospisil, Sioux Falls, and Beth (Geoff) Simon, Bismarck; stepsons, Terry (Peggy) Pospisil, New Orleans, and Lance Pospisil, Sioux Falls; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Cody, Darla, Ashlyn, and Rhys Greenwaldt, Castle Rock, CO, Liza, John, Kali, Damon and Aspen Lushbough , Rapid City, Megan, Curtis, Waylon, and Martin Jones, Sturgis, Cara Oviatt, Sturgis , Nate, Sammie, Max, and Will Oviatt, Rapid City, Anne, Jason, Seth, Cash, and McKenna Phillips, Rapid City, Alison, Brad, and Langston Short, Rapid City, and Molly Martin (Cameron Price), Rapid City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Bob; his sister, Lila; his brother, Donald; and his wife, Moyra.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sturgis, with Bishop John Tarrant officiating and Claude E. Vershure assisting. Burial will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials will be directed to Lyle’s legacy of thrift stores and food pantries. The family would like to thank the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs and the Ft. Meade VA Hospital in Sturgis for their kind, compassionate care.
“The peace of the Lord be always with you.”

 

     
   
     

Ramsey Lee Kendall

January 16, 1931 - June 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017

 

Ramsey Lee Kendall was born in Westover, SD, to Nordine and Carrie (Smith) Kendall on January 16, 1931. As a youngster, he moved to Custer where he graduated high school, achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout, and joined the Custer National Guard in 1947 at the young age of 16. In August of 1950, his unit was alerted for active duty to the Korean War. The unit members were informed of overseas movements and then shipped to Alaska in early 1951.
He married Ardeth Hicks on October 24, 1952. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Philip, SD, where they had four children: two sons, Steven L. and Douglas A.; and two daughters, Karen M. and Rebecca S.
While in Philip, he was deeply involved in the community participating in Boy Scouts, School Board, Fire Department, Ambulance Crew, and many other areas involving the entire community and for the betterment of the community. He was instrumental in organizing the first Philip National Guard unit in 1956 where he worked full time.
After his discharge in January 1975, he pursued a career in insurance sales, income tax preparations, along with being a part-time justice of the peace.
In 1978, Ramsey and Ardeth moved back to the Black Hills, where he sold insurance in Deadwood, Lead, and the surrounding area, until 2005 when he retired and they moved to Rapid City. Ardeth preceded him in death in 2010.
In 2013, he met up with an old friend, Kay Hall, at a funeral, at which time they got together, marrying May 2014. In the three short years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Arizona.
Ramsey Lee Kendall, passed away in Rapid City on June 14, 2017, with his family by his side.
He leaves behind Steven, Douglas (Donna), Karen Hanson, and Rebecca Kendall, along with Pam Kendall and bonus children, Daniel Hall, Bonnie Hall, Lonnie Hall, and Konnie Hall-Grass; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five bonus grandchildren; two bonus great-grandchildren; one brother, Norval G. Kendall; two sisters, Thelma June (Lyle) Koerper and Phyllis A. Boggs(Everett Morsett); and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Ardeth and his parents, Nordine H. and Carrie Lee Kendall.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Canyon Lake United Methodist Church in Rapid City, SD, with Pastor Erik Grinager officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Being blessed with a cherished man, whose great love for his family was never ending, he will be truly missed.

 

     
   
     

Jans Gustav Melby

November 29, 1963 - June 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017

 

Jans Gustav Melby was born November 29, 1963, in Fargo, ND, to Peter and Carole Melby. In his early years, the family lived in Minnesota where Jans enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, and living life to its fullest. The Melby family moved to Pierre, SD, in 1976 where Jans graduated from Riggs High School in 1982. Jans' teen years were filled with time spent on motorcycles and jet skis.
Jans spent his working years trucking, and worked for Eddie's Truck Service, Cross Country, and most recently for the Coeur Wharf Mine in Lead, SD.
Jans had a passion for snowmobiling and worked part-time grooming trails for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. He kept an apartment out at Trailshead Lodge so that he had easy access to his snowmobiling passion, and he made many friends who shared this pastime. An extraordinary friend to many, Jans was an example to all in the way that he loved people and always stepped up to do the right thing for those in need.
Jans finished a life well lived on June 12, 2017, at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, SD.
While Jans never married or had a family, he had a myriad of friends who loved him like family. Jans is survived by his younger brother, Kyle, sister-in-law, Lisa, nephew, Jayce, and niece, Jaxin, all of Loveland, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Services will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. An inurnment will be at a later date in Pierre, SD.
The family suggests memorials be directed to the South Dakota Snowmobile Association, Snowmobilers for Snowmobilers, PO Box 206, Gary, SD 57237, (605) 272-5900.

 

     
   
     

Jerry Alan Roth

September 19, 1955 - June 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Jerry was born September 19, 1955, at Rapid City, SD, to Clarence E. and Patricia A. (Kammerer) Roth.
He grew up on Elk Creek and moved to Boulder Canyon at a young age. He went to school in Boulder Canyon. After his parents death the kids moved to Oshkosh, WI. They lived there four years before moving back to Rapid City. Jerry graduated from Spearfish High School in 1973. He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings. He met Rhonda White and they married in 1978. He attended Western Dakota Vo-Tech for auto mechanics. Jerry worked in construction around Rapid City. He moved to California in 1980 where he worked construction and rodeoed. They moved back in 1989.
Jerry was truly a cowboy at heart. He loved being with the horses and cattle and was forever improving his roping skills by practicing and roping every chance he got. He had many skills, sort of a jack-of-all-trades. He could do any ranch work that you wanted done, good at training horses, team roping, calf roping, building homes, working on vehicles, and concrete work. He actually worked on "Dances With Wolves" in special effects. You name it, Jerry could do it. While in California, he traveled all over the area to team rope with his roping buddies. Occasionally, he would calf rope and would come in first or second.
Jerry would take his cousins, nieces, and nephews with him whenever he would go out to work with the horses, go fishing, or whatever his plan was for the day. He was a great kidder and would tease the kids and play and wrestle with them. His smile would light up the room with that mischievous twinkle in his eye, and he was a very social man. All who know him will forever miss his smile and compassionate heart and the wonderful man that he was.
Jerry worked at the Sturgis Livestock Exchange and Campbell’s Supply for many years.
Jerry Alan Roth, 61, Belle Fourche, SD, died Sunday, June 4, 2017, at his home in Belle Fourche.
Survivors include sister, Patsy (Pete) Richardson; brother, Mike Roth; twin sister, Jean (Jim) Smeenk; sister, Debbie (Bob) Reynolds; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Pat; grandparents, Fritz and Kathryn Kammerer and Albert and Flora Roth; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral Service will be Friday, June 16, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. A private family interment will be at the Smeenk cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Marlene Ann Haivala

October 31, 1939 - June 8, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017

 

Marlene Ann "Molly" Haivala was born on October 31, 1939, to Nick and Addeline Mackey at Buffalo, SD. She attended Lone Mountain and Buffalo elementary schools and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1958. She married Leonard (Lenny) Haivala on August 10, 1958, and they were married 49 years when Lenny passed away in 2007.
Marlene and Lenny had two sons, Bret and Bart. In their younger years, they traveled with a road construction crew and lived in a mobile trailer until the kids started school. They lived in Buffalo until the boys graduated high school. Marlene worked at the Western Café and was a secretary at the school. They moved to Dickinson, ND, where she worked as a bank teller. In 1983, they moved to Rapid City, SD, where she worked as a bookkeeper for Trimac Trucking until she retired. In 1985, they purchased their ranch in Piedmont, SD, where they ran cattle.
Marlene loved her grandkids and you could find her at nearly all of their activities, whether it was school or extracurricular activities. Her other loves were her flower gardens during the summer and her Christmas lights in the winter.
Marlene Ann Haivala, 77, Piedmont, died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Hospice House in
Rapid City.
Survivors include two sons, Bret Haivala, Piedmont, SD, and Bart (Beth) Haivala, Black Hawk, SD; two grandchildren, Heidi and Nickolas Haivala, Black Hawk, SD; one sister, Suzy (Don) Ostenson, Custer, SD; two brothers, Nick (Shirley) Mackey, Buffalo, SD, and Bob (Betsy) Mackey, Belle Fourche, SD; special friend, Carol Haivala, Rapid City, SD; plus numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lenny, and her parents.
Prayer services will be Monday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Grace United Methodist Church in Piedmont. Inurnment will follow at the Piedmont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the local ALS Foundation.

 

     
   
     

John William O'Grady

June 30, 1962 - June 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 

John was born in Sturgis, SD, June 30, 1962, to William and Ella Jane (Alexander) O'Grady. John attended grade school at the Plainview School, St. Francis, and Metishigoshe School. He went to high school at St. Martin's Academy, Rapid City, SD, and graduated in 1980. He was a longtime rancher until health concerns caused him to retire in 2012.
John was always a good neighbor, lived his Faith, and was a generous supporter of his church and community. He was a life-member of Our Lady of Victory near Howes. He enjoyed bargain hunting and sharing his treasures. In later years, the KBHB radio auction was a Saturday morning staple. John was also very active on a couple agricultural message boards and will be missed by online friends from across the United States. They recognized his wisdom, humor and passion for ranch life.
In later years, it was harder for John to work but he still maintained the local cemetery and community hall grounds. That service gave him great pleasure.
John William O'Grady, 54, longtime resident of rural Meade county, died Friday June 9, 2017, at the Black Hills Care and Rehab Center in Rapid City, SD.
He is survived by his sister, Lucille; two aunts and two uncles; and numerous generations of cousins. John loved his family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, James Robert; maternal and paternal grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, June 13, with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Fr. Timothy Castor and Fr. James Hoerter officiating. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius cemetery in Sturgis.
Pallbearers are Dale Heaton, Brad Austin, Lynn Tarrant, Greg Loen, Jim O'Dea, and Wayne Mickelson. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Austin, Robert Compton, Allen Waterland, Cory Cody, and Dwight Winn, along with all family and friends.
A memorial has been established to the Enning Ambulance Service and Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Alice M. Iversen

September 17, 1919 - June 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Alice was given life by her Creator and was born September 17, 1919, at Gorman, SD, to Henry A. and Mabel (Warn) Hagny. She grew up near Gettysburg. Alice was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
Alice married Harold B. Iversen March 23, 1941, at Harrold, SD, and God blessed them with three children; Barbara, Greg, and Gretchen. They farmed at Gettysburg until 1960 when they moved to the ranch south of Sturgis. Alice was a ranch wife her entire life.
On June 3, 2017, the Lord Jesus called His faithful servant, Alice, into the joys of eternal life in heaven.
Alice is survived by her three children, Barbara Robinson, Greg (Janice) Iversen, and Gretchen (David) Lee; twelve grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Philip (Gladys) Hagny.
She was preceded in death by her spouse, Harold; her parents; two brothers; five sisters; and son-in-law, Ronald Robinson.
Visitation will be Friday, June 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
All thanks and praise to God for the gift of Alice! Confident in the promises of God's Word we await with anticipation the return of our Lord Jesus, the Day of Resurrection, and a glad reunion in heaven.

Soli deo Gloria ~ To God Alone Be the Glory

 

     
   
     

Richard F. Feiok

May 14, 1924 - June 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Richard F. Feiok, 93, Sturgis, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held Monday, June 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Rev. John Fries officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Richard was born May 14, 1924, at Tripp, SD, to Dr. Richard and Helen (Herrbolt) Feiok. He grew up in Tripp.
Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1946 until his honorable discharge in 1947. He served with the 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion in Kokura, Japan.
Richard returned to South Dakota and attended college. He graduated from South Dakota State College in Brookings in June 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Richard owned and operated many stores in Mobile, IA, Platte, SD, and Broadus, MT.
He married Mary Ellen Kowalke on November 2, 1952.
He was a member of Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Feiok, Sturgis; one son, Jeffrey (Pearl) Feiok; one grandson, Heath (Jamie) Feiok; four great-grandchildren, Owen, Jack, Penny, and Emily; niece, Luanne (Dan) Head; and brother-in-law, Robert Kowalke.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Vesta Kuipers and Geneva Schwantes; and one granddaughter, Heather.
A memorial has been established to Blessed Emmanuel Church.

 

     
   
     

Doris "Ethel" Ingalls

November 7, 1938 - June 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, June 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Doris Ethel Ingalls was born November 7, 1938, in Sturgis, SD. Her parents were Wayne and Doris (Allen) Palmer. Ethel grew up in the Red Owl area. She spent a lot of time in the sheep wagon with her mother watching over the sheep and riding her horse. Her mother would get up early to check on the sheep. Before she left, she would saddle Ethel's horse and tie it to the wagon. Later, when Ethel woke and had her breakfast, she would jump on her horse and ride out to find her mother.
Ethel attended various country schools in the area while having to stay away from home during the school year. She was known as "Little Ethel" to some, and her brother, Arden, called her Naughty Autty. Arden always watched out for her. She told the story of riding with Arden out to work cattle and as they were crossing the dam fill, a bat flew in the window. Arden was so busy swatting at the bat he drove off the fill and rolled the car.
Ethel had a fear of water after falling in Sulphur Creek with her horse as a small girl. She and her horse went under a few times while her horse was trying to get up the bank. As they went down the creek, she wrapped her arms around her horse's neck until the horse finally made it up on the bank. She got home and changed her clothes without her mother knowing…she thought. When she came out of her room with different clothes on, her mother knew what had happened.
Ethel married Marlin Ingalls on June 8, 1956, in Faith, SD. They lived and ranched in the Opal community near Fox Ridge. They had three girls, Sheryl, Debbie, and Marla.
Ethel enjoyed riding horse, dancing, square dancing, sewing, playing cards, scrapbooking, cardmaking and snowmobiling throughout the years. She always loved attending her children's functions as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ethel was a member of the Church of Christ.
Ethel passed away peacefully on June 3, 2017, at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Surviving are her husband, Marlin; daughters, Sheryl (Steve) Lesmeister, Debbie (Paul) Delbridge, and Marla Griffith; grandchildren, Cody Hostetter, Jesse (Amanda) Lesmeister, Jodi (Nathan) Howie, Christy Sandquist, and Kaylee Griffith; and great-grandchildren, Buddy and Brandy Howie and Sabrina Krause.
She was preceded in death by her folks, Wayne and Doris; brothers, Frank, Everett, Arden, and an infant brother, Wayne, Jr.; her sister, Evelyn Whitman; and her grandson, Scott Sandquist.
Funeral services will be Friday, June 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Community Center in Faith, SD. Burial will follow at the Opal Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Faith Community Center.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice House in Rapid City.