Obituaries
     
   
     

Lila Mae Robillard

November 2, 1922 - November 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2017

 

Lila Mae Peregrine Robillard, was born in Newell, SD, on November 2, 1922, to Glenn and May (Boyner) Peregrine. Lila grew up in and attended school through the seventh grade in Mud Butte, SD, and went to eighth grade and high school in Sturgis, SD. After her high school graduation in 1940, she attended the University of Minnesota. She lived in California from 1942-1945, working at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach during WWII.
Lila and Bob, who was from Staten Island, NY, were married in Mexico in 1945. Lila lived in Sturgis with her parents while Bob was overseas with the Navy Air Corps. She and Bob moved to Staten Island in 1947, where they raised their two children. The couple moved to Milford, NJ, in 1972, and then back to Sturgis in 1985, when Bob retired. They moved to Albuquerque, NM, in 2006, to be near their daughter.
Lila served as a PTA officer in both Staten Island and Union Township, NJ, and was an honorary life member of the National Congress of PTA Associations. She also volunteered in the Union Township library for 13 years. In Sturgis, she volunteered for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), hospital auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, school library, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She received a reward for serving 1800 hours with the RSVP. In Albuquerque, she coordinated donations by seniors of food, clothing, and school supplies to the Albuquerque Public Schools Title I Homeless Students project. This included a "Make a Difference Day" drive that was recognized by the national "Make a Difference Day" committee.
Lila passed away on November 30, 2017, in Albuquerque, NM.
Lila is survived by her son, Robert Robillard, and his wife, Donna Benz, of Bound Brook, NJ; her daughter, Renee Robillard, and her husband, James Lynch, of Albuquerque; her brother, Robert Peregrine, and his wife, Donna, of Rapid City, SD; her sister, Betty Schumann, of Fairmont, MN; and many wonderful Peregrine and Robillard nieces and nephews and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert "Bob" G. Robillard; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Howard and Barbara Peregrine and Bill and Delores Peregrine; her nephew, Dale Schumann; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charles Schumann, Robert Knisel, Gregory Robillard, Charles Robillard, Jr, Doris Knisel, and Shirley Robillard.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lila's name may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis or the Sturgis Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

 

     
   
     

Billy Burt Cross

February 9, 1949 - September 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, October 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Billy was born February 9, 1949, in Ogallala, NE, to Burt and Margaret "Polly" Cross. He was the third of seven children in this Cross clan. When he was young, his family moved to the Moreau River area in Perkins County. He attended school there until they bought a place near Sturgis, SD. Bill then attended school in Sturgis where he met his high school sweetheart, Sally Hardy.
Bill and Sally tied the knot on July 29, 1967, in Sturgis. The newlyweds moved to Stoneville, SD, where Bill worked for his father. Then the young couple moved to work at the 2 Rivers Ranch before moving back to Stoneville. In 1975, Bill and Sally, along with Seth and Clay, moved to the old Hardy place on Alkali. Soon after, they welcomed their little girl, Cally, to their family. The family moved to Harding County to work on Zeta White's place. After Bill's mom passed away, the Cross family moved back to the family home outside of Sturgis, where they have lived, laughed, and loved for the past 39 years.
Bill started out working at Sturgis Livestock when he was in high school, as well as breaking and training horses, which he continued to do for his entire life-time. After the family moved back to Sturgis, Bill ranched with his father and worked at Wheeler Lumber and Bridge in Whitewood, SD. This is where he became skilled in welding. In 1985, Bill opened up his welding and repair shop at the family home. For the last 22 years, Bill and his son, Clay, have been running CMW/EquiRacks.
Family was everything to Bill. He and his beautiful bride celebrated 50 years of marriage on July 29, 2017. Although he may not have always showed how deep his affection was, he loved his children and grandchildren and was very proud of them and their accomplishments. No matter how busy Bill was, he never missed one of Seth or Clay's football games or Cally's dance recitals or volleyball or softball games. He made sure to carry on the Grandpa/Grandkid trail ride tradition. He spent many wonderful summers camping and riding with his grandkids. He taught his kids many life lessons through 4-H and high school rodeo and pushed them to excel in anything they tried. Bill was very active in his kid's rodeo careers. He loved hazing for his boys and anyone else at the rodeo he could assist to make sure they had a "good shot" at their steer. He was very proud to hold goats for his daughter or push a calf.
Bill could fix anything. Whenever something broke or needed repaired, he would think about it and figure it out. He was able to figure out problems from household to machinery, to ranching, to kids. If there was a problem, Bill always tried to handle it.
He was a member of the Sturgis Rodeo Booster Club from 1984-1994, and was a State Director of the High School Rodeo Association from 1984-1995. Through their kids in high school rodeos and 4-H rodeos, they got to go to many places and meet many people that became life-long friends.
Bill had a way with people. He made an impression on everyone he met. His nieces and nephews couldn't get enough of Uncle Bill, no matter how gruff they thought he was. He may look tough on the outside, but he had a huge, soft heart. Everyone remembers his big smile, twinkling eyes, and unforgettable laugh and how he could sit and tell stories for hours.
Bill had many interests in his life. He loved the land and hunting, team roping on Nose, playing guitar, and dancing the night away with his favorite partner, Sally. He enjoyed Dutch oven cooking, although he never did master the cleaning aspect of that. Bill loved horses and had a way with them like no other. Early in their marriage, his father-in-law, Glen, got Bill interested in Polo and a short time later invited him to join the Western South Dakota Buckaroos. Bill only missed one Buckaroo ride in the 47 years since that invitation, and that was this year. Bill served on the board of directors for almost two decades, with a term as president of the organization. Bill was a true Buckaroo, an old cowboy soul born over a century too late.
Billy Burt Cross, 68, Sturgis, died Saturday, September 30, 2017, in Rochester, MN.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sally, and their three children, Seth (Jeanie), Clay, and Cally Cross; his grandkids, Terrisa (Brandon) Henry, Kim (Doug) Neely, Brian Lamphere, Randi Cross, Cooper Cross, Kayla Cross, Carson Cross, Cassidy Cross, Jake Baxley, and Katelyn Baxley; his great-grandkids, Aspen Henry, Brecken Henry, and Easton Neely; his brothers and sisters, Eugene (Darla) Cross, Aloma (Don) Willey, Shelley Cross, Cary Cross Deane, Burt (Cheryl) Cross, and Carla (Mark) Calistro; his mother-in-law, Jerry Hardy; brother-in-law, Bill (Sally) Hardy; sister-in-law, Jan Lamphere; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Billy Jeb; his parents, Burt and Polly Cross; and father-in-law, Glen Hardy.
Bill never gave up the fight and kept the faith that he would "lick" this situation he was in. His body just got too weak to carry him through. He passed on with his family by his side.
A memorial has been established for a Western SD Buckaroo High School Rodeo Scholarship.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Sturgis Community Center Theater. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Bill Prell

September 26, 1927 - September 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017

 

Gillette resident, Bill Prell, 89, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD, of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was 20 days shy of his 90th birthday.
A military funeral will take place at 10:00 a.m. on September 23, 2017, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, WY, followed by “A celebration of Bill’s life” hosted at Primrose Retirement Community, 921 Mountain Meadow Lane, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
He was born September 26, 1927, in Anselmo, NE, the fourth of seven children to Jay and Florence (Beardsley) Prell. He was raised on his parent's ranch in northern Niobrara County, WY. Bill attended high school in Lusk, WY, and Gillette, WY. He enlisted in the US Navy July 21, 1945, with 5 buddies from Newcastle, WY.
He was a Fireman second class. He served on four different ships; The USS Sarita, USS PCE842, USS PCE 884, and the USS LSM 443. He received the Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal and American Area campaign medal.
He received an honorable discharge on November 7, 1947, and returned home to Newcastle, WY. There he worked on the Newcastle Police Force for a short time. Bill also served in the Army National Guard from 1950 – 1953.
Bill traveled many roads in life and lived in various states such as WY, NE, CO, IA, and CA. His working career included cowboy, policeman, plumber, and carpenter. He retired from Pioneer Manor as a Maintenance Engineer. Bill was a jack of all trades and a master of none he often quoted, but really a master of most.
He married Bonnie Marie Walkup October 13, 1948, in Omaha, NE. They had 3 daughters and one son.
Bill and Bonnie loved to polka. Wherever Bill was, Bonnie was by his side. They always enjoyed getting together with friends to play cards.
Bill was an avid reader. When his eyesight started deteriorating, he turned to books on tape. When you would stop to see him, he had his earphones on listening to another book.
He never missed an opportunity to smile and had a contagious laugh. Socializing and having lunch at the Campbell County Senior Center (Table 35) was a great pleasure for him. He looked forward to having breakfast with his son-in-law and grandson on the weekends. Going to Deadwood when he had a chance and playing card games with his family with huge jumbo cards, was always a joy for him.
He is survived by three daughters, Waunita (Dave) Black, Billings MT, LaVonna (Rick) Shank, Gillette, WY, and Dianne (Fred) Bagley, Canyon Country, CA; and a son, Billy (Terry) Prell, Canyon Country, CA; two sisters, Josephine Shacklefurd, Newcastle, WY, and Edith Graham, Montrose, CO; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie Marie (Walkup) Prell; parents, Jay and Florence Prell; three brothers, George, Glen, and Ed; one sister, Peg Chastain; one granddaughter, Tracy Linette Keister; and one grandson, Nathan Scott Bagley.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and at later date, he will be laid to rest in the Prell Family section at Greenwood Cemetery, Newcastle, WY.
A memorial can be made to Campbell County Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Billy D Peterson

November 8, 1930 - January 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017, 2:00 pm

 

Billy Dwayne Peterson was born in Audubon, IA, on November 8, 1930, to Carl Peterson and Minnie Thygesen. He and his younger brother, Bobby, raised sheep and farmed in their younger years. Billy enlisted in the military in December 1951, where he was trained as a medic, but ended up working as a tugboat operator in Alaska during his military service.
He married Beverly Miller shortly before enlisting, and upon returning, they started a family and worked at Roland Veren’s Ranch before taking a job at Ft Meade VA hospital where he worked for 18 years in nursing as a surgical technician and SPD supply worker that he worked as until retirement. He also volunteered for the Sturgis Fire Department and was a member of the Ambulance crew for 11 years.
He loved camping and was a member of the Red Dale (Black Hills Hillbillies) club since 1975, and later the Good Sam’s in the early 80’s. He would also call bingo at Ft. Meade and planned and facilitated many of the camping competitions, cookouts, and rallies until 2014.
Billy, 86, Sturgis, died January 10, 2017 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his two daughters, Gloria Peterson and Cheryl Goodall; his grandsons, Daniel (Jessica) Goodall, and Christopher (Luella) Goodall; and 3 great-grandchildren, Aliza, Xandria, and William Goodall.
Billy was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, and brother, Bobby.
Visitation will be Friday, January 13, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial with military honors will be at 9:00 a.m. Monday, January 15, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial for the Sturgis Ambulance is being created.

 

     
   
     

Billy Lynn Vansickel

September 15, 1997 - March 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016

 

Fly High…..Live Fast
Billy was born September 15, 1997, in Sturgis, SD, to Billy Ray and Jennifer (Griffee) Vansickel. He attended school in Opal, SD, and Sturgis. Billy enjoyed skateboarding, snowboarding, BMX, mudding, working on cars, dirt bikes, drifting, cruising dirt roads with friends, and time with his nephew.
Billy was always willing to help anyone he could and he was never without his smile. He was kind and loving to everyone he met.
Billy Lynn Vansickel, 18, Whitewood, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Dickinson, ND.
Survivors include his nephew, Toby Heidzig, Sioux Falls; mother, Jennifer Vansickel, Ross, ND; father, Billy R. Vansickel, Sturgis; sister, Kayla Vansickel, Sioux Falls; brothers, Kolt Vansickel, Brookings, SD, and Noah Hannah, Arizona; grandparents, Dwight and Karlene Griffee, Sturgis, and Bev and Sonny Christoffersen, Sturgis; great-grandmother, MaGee Vansickel, Spearfish, SD; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his nephew, Aiden Vansickel-Heidzig; and grandparents, Edna and Earl Matz, Norman Vansickel, and Bill Vansickel.
Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established for improvements to the Skate Park in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Billie Jean Baker

June 16, 1948 - August 30, 2013

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm. Wednesday September 4, 2013

 

Billie Jean (Mikudik) Baker was born June 16, 1948, at Rapid City, SD to Harold and Betty (Deibert) Mikudik. She attended country school near her parent’s ranch, first at Stoneville School and then Lucerne School through the 8th grade, then attended and graduated high school in Sturgis. She then completed her first year of Business at Black Hills State College in Spearfish.
Billie Jean married Ed Baker on July 8th, 1967, at Sturgis, SD. They lived in Sturgis until 1971 when Ed and Billie Jean bought their “home place” south of Newell. They raised livestock and crops and started a family on this place. After her fathers death in 1981, she assumed operation of her parent’s family ranch near Stoneville, SD. They operated this ranch successfully and in 1987 bought a ranch near Mud Butte, SD. From that time on she split her time and love of ranching and raising livestock between the places. Billie Jean spent the last year of her life patiently waiting to receive the Century Farm designation for her home ranch having been in the family for 100 years.
Billie Jean was a wife and indispensable partner to Ed in all activities of ranching and life, and a wonderful mother to her two boys, then became a very proud grandmother as her boys had children of their own. She enjoyed everything about ranching, especially calving and seeing all the calves frolicking in the spring. Even though springtime on the ranch was Billie Jean’s favorite, she was still happy to see the end of branding day, after she had fed the crew a wonderful meal and somehow managed to keep all the help “in line” up at corrals at the same time. She also found time to enjoy sewing and crocheting. She was an exceptional seamstress and enjoyed making clothes for herself, and her family, from the time she was young. She was also a member of Order of Eastern Star.
Billie Jean, 65, passed away peacefully at her home near Newell surrounded by her family on Friday, August 30, 2013, after a brief and heroic fight with cancer.
Survivors include her husband, Ed Baker, Newell; sons, Harold Baker, Newell, Gene (Casey) Baker, Belle Fourche; grandchildren, Tyrel and Jason Baker, Sydney and Zane Baker; and several nieces and nephews.
Billie Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Betty Mikudik.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood, SD, with Pastor David Baer and Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial follows at the Whitewood Cemetery.
Visitation will be noon until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Order of Eastern Star and the Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

William "Bill" Hudson

July 3, 1929 - July 8, 2013

 

Service to be held:

Friday, July 12, 2013, at 10:00am

 

William “Bill” Sedly Hudson, 84, Piedmont, died Monday, July 8, 2013 at his daughter’s home in Piedmont.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel from noon to 7:00pm, with family present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Nathan Ennis officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
Bill was born on July 3, 1929, in Sturgis to Paul and Mary Jane (Cope) Hudson. He joined the Army in 1951 and served honorably until his discharge in 1953. On February 13, 1954, he married Francine Jane Aijala.
Bill was a member of the Black Hills Fellowship in Piedmont. He and Francine had been members since the beginning of the church.
Survivors include his five sons, Dave (Colleen) Hudson, Piedmont, Greg (Sandy) Hudson, Piedmont, Billy Hudson, Sturgis, Wayne Hudson, Piedmont, and Brad (Carmen) Hudson, Sturgis; two daughters, Lenny Tollefson, Piedmont, and Mary Jane (Shannon) O’Grady, Sturgis; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bob Hudson, San Manuel, AZ, Adam Hudson, Spearfish, and Danny Hudson, Port Orchard, WA; two sisters, Judy Bauer, Spearfish, and Dorothy Bream, Sioux Falls; and special friends, Irene Winger, Jim Gillen, Nathan and Kathy Ennis, Darnell Gillman, Kurt Volvski; and Mike Jurisch.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters, one grandson, two great-grandsons, and one son-in-law.
A memorial has been established to the Christian Worship Hour located at PO Box 2002, Aberdeen, SD 57402.

 

     
   
     

Bill Schwartz

February 24, 1950 - November 19, 2011

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.

 

William Charles "Bill" Schwartz, 61 of Sturgis, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Sturgis Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family and co-workers.
Bill was born February 24, 1950, to Charles and Cecelia (Brekenfeld) Schwartz in Belle Fourche, SD. He grew up in Newell, SD, and attended school there until 1959 when his family moved to Sturgis. During his teen years, he spent summers at his cousin, Harlan Smizer's ranch in Burke, SD, and at the Kieffer ranch east of Sturgis. Bill graduated from Brown High School in 1969 and lettered in football. He later graduated from SD VoTech.
September 15, 1972, he married Rita Nonnast and they resided in Rapid City for two years where he worked various jobs and was stationed in Custer as a guard during the Aim uprising. They later moved back to Sturgis where they remained the rest of his life.
Bill enjoyed spending time with all his family and especially the company of his sons, Mike and Clark, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, motorcycling with his brother, and road trips plus, an occasional stop in Deadwood to drop a few nickels. He was employed at the Meade County Courthouse as a custodian where he enjoyed the camaraderie of his co-workers and staff.
He is survived by his wife Rita and sons, Mike and Clark, all of Sturgis; one brother, Lowell (Debbie) Schwartz, Sturgis; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials have been established to the Meade County Senior Center and the EMT crews.
Visitation will be Tuesday from noon to 9:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Rev. Willard Olsen officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Bill Dale Whinery

October 23, 1956 - November 2, 2010

 

Service to be held:

Monday, November 8, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Billy Dale Whinery, 54, Sturgis, died Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 9:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 8, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kyle Reinhiller officiating.
Bill was born October 23, 1956, in Albuquerque, NM, to Winnie Love and John Whinery. He moved to California at the age of 22. Bill moved to South Dakota in 1993. He worked for Lowe Roofing in Whitewood for many years.
Bill leaves behind his four children, Tristan (Ryan) Tysdal of Elyria, OH, and Taryn Whinery, Cameron Whinery, and Dylan Whinery, all of Sturgis. Bill was a grandfather of two, Breslyn Reece Kumley/Whinery and Alexa Rae Tysdal. His daughter, Tristan, is expecting her third child of which Bill was happily anticipating. Bill is also survived by his father, John Whinery and three brothers, John, Vernon, and Walter Whinery, all of CA; and two sisters, Valrie Whinery of New Mexico and Cheryl Gingell of California.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Winnie Love; his paternal grandparents, Mary and Walter Whinery; and one brother, Richard Whinery.
Bill will be missed by his family, friends, children, and grandchildren.

 

     
   
     

Bill Schlosser

March 18, 1940 - June 20, 2009

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2009

 

William A. "Bill" Schlosser, 69, Sturgis, died Saturday 20, 2009, at the Sturgis Regional Health Care Center.
Visitation will Tuesday, June 23rd from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A rosary service begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Fr. Arnold Kari officiating. Burial follows at the St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Bill was born March 18, 1940 at Ridgeview, SD, to Adam and Margaret (Werlinger) Schlosser. He attended school in Timberlake. Bill worked on a ranch prior to attending Barber College in Fargo, ND.
Bill married Alice "Raylene" Brown at Sturgis on January 26, 1962.
They moved to Hot Springs and later to Faulkton where Bill worked in Barber Shops. They lived a short time in Sturgis and Spearfish before moving to Wagner where Bill owned and operated his own shop. In 1979 they returned to Sturgis and Bill bought the Davis Barber Shop. He continued to cut hair until his health forced him to retire. The Barber Shop continues to be owned and operated by his son, Billy.
Bill was a member of the Knight's of Columbus, The Elks Lodge and Kiwanis. He was the state barber inspector for many years. Bill was a former member of the JayCees and Young Republicans.
Survivors include his wife Raylene Schlosser, Sturgis; sons Rich and Billy Schlosser, both of Sturgis; brothers, Larry (Nancy) Schlosser, Billings, MT, Joe (Waynita) Schlosser, Moorcroft, WY; sisters, Bernice Kari, Meadow, Dorothy (Mike) Fisher, Faith; three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one son.

 

     
   
     

Robert G Robillard

January 9, 1924 - May 11, 2009

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009

 

Robert "Bob" Gregory Robillard, Albuquerque, NM, and formerly of Sturgis, was born on Staten Island, NY, January 9, 1924, to Charles and Kathleen (Sherwood) Robillard. He died May 11, 2009 in Albuquerque.
After graduating from high school in 1942, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy flight training program. Bob received his Navy wings and was commissioned an Ensign on September 5, 1944. He served on the aircraft carrier, Boxer, in Chinese and Japanese waters.
Bob married Lila Peregrine of Sturgis, SD, on July 15, 1945, in Tijuana, Mexico. Following the war, Bob was a flight instructor in Pensacola, FL, from 1946-1947. He was discharged from the Navy in 1947 as LT (jg), but remained in the Naval reserves for two years. He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, in 1951 with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked for Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, CA. In 1952, he and his family moved to Staten Island, NY, and he worked for Western Electric (AT&T), in Kearney, NJ, for thirty years. Bob received a Master of Science degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1962 by attending night school. In 1985, when Bob retired, he and Lila moved to South Dakota and lived at Johnson Siding and Sturgis until moving to New Mexico in 2006. Bob was a volunteer member for RSVP, Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, and the Sturgis Hospital Auxiliary. He amassed 1800 hours of volunteer time with RSVP, all in Sturgis, SD.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Lila Peregrine Robillard, Albuquerque; daughter, Renee Robillard and husband, Jim Lynch, Albuquerque; son, Robert Robillard and wife, Donna Benz, Bound Brook, NJ; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Knisel, Panama City Beach, FL; Bill and Delores Peregrine, Counsil, ID; Bob and Donna Peregrine, Rapid City, SD; Betty Schumann, Fairmont, MN; Barbara Peregrine, Glenbrook, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Doris and Shirley; two brothers, Gregory and Charles; two brothers-in-law, Charles Schumann and Howard Peregrine.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Joel Higgins officiating. Burial with military honors by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northern Black Hills RSVP, 236 W. Jackson Blvd., Spearfish, SD, 57783, or Sturgis Regional Hospital Auxiliary, 949 Harmon St. Sturgis, SD 57785, or Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ, 07030-5991, www.stevens.edu. Please visit the online guestbook for Mr. Robillard at RememberTheirStory.com.


 

     
   
     

Bill Curtis Lindsey

September 14, 1960 - March 25, 2009

 

Service to be held:

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2009

 

Bill Curtis Lindsey, died Wednesday, March 25th on his ranch in
Newell, South Dakota. He was born on August 14, 1960, in San
Angelo, Texas to parents DeWayne and Janey Lindsey. He was married
to Denna Puckett Lindsey for 27 years. They had two children,
William and Lauren Lindsey.
Bill grew up in Rankin, Texas with his parents and three brothers, Tom,
Daymond, and Shane. He graduated from Rankin High School in 1978. He knew
from an early age that ranching was what he wanted to do for the rest of
his life. It was his true passion and he was the perfect man for this
occupation. He loved the land and livestock and always felt that ranching
was an honorable profession. In 1984, Bill and his family moved the
ranching operation north to Wyoming and South Dakota. Like a true
settler, he found ranches that he knew would make wonderful sheep
country. For the next 13 years, he put together an extensive ranching
operation that was the pride of his career.
Bill awoke each morning with a smile on his face and went about his
tasks with the optimism and good nature of a man doing what he loved
best. He truly believed that hard work and honest sweat were the
building blocks of a person's character.
Services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the First
United Methodist Church, Rankin, TX. Officiating the services will be
Johnny Kidd and Reverend Jennifer Kelley. Internment will immediately
follow at the Rankin Cemetery. There will be a memorial in Newell,
South Dakota this summer.
Bill was survived by his wife, Denna, and their two children, William
and Lauren of Rankin, Texas. His father and mother, Dewayne and
Janey Lindsey of Rankin. His brother, Tom, and sister-in-law, Janet,
of Rankin. His brother Daymond of Flower Mound, Texas. His brother,
Shane, and sister-in-law, Shelly, of McKinney, Texas. Sister-in-law
and husband, Ann and Keith Ferrell, of Twin Falls, Idaho. And
numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ed Templeton, Charlie Peterson, Danny Michum, and
Owen Yocham of Rankin, Texas; Curtis Wollman of San Angelo, Texas;
Matt Strohschein of Newell, South Dakota; Jeff Jasper of Sturgis,
South Dakota; and Levi Strohschein of Wright, Wyoming.

Online condolence can be sent to the family at www.shaffer-nichols.com.

 

     
   
     

Thomas E. Gell

May 2, 1956 - December 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017

 

Thomas was born May 2, 1956, to Richard E. Gell and Vera Louise (Fallon) Gell at Saint Mary's Hospital in Pittsford, NY. He and his two brothers, Ricky and Danny, grew up and attended school in Pittsford, NY, until Thomas joined the US Air Force in 1974 where he attended Douglas High School in Box Elder, SD.
While attending Douglas High School, Thomas met and married the love of his life, Carla Dial. The couple married on October 9, 1976. After his honorable discharge, Thomas went to work for Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a machine operator for several years. He later went to Cheyenne Aerotech School and completed a two year degree program and got his A&P license. He worked at Westjet air center until he made a career change and went to work for the local union at the Civic Center as a production crew member where he traveled all over the United States working at several venues meeting many of his lifelong friends.
Thomas loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He loved rock hunting also.
He was a loving husband, father, and friend to anyone he met. He will be truly missed.
Thomas E. Gell, 61, Rapid City, died Monday, December 4, 2017 at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Carla; daughters, Vera (Luke) Bourne and Michelle Gell; granddaughters, Harmony and Lillianna Morrison; parent, Nancy Gell; brothers, Richard (Anne) Gell and their sons, Ricky and Brian and their families, Danny (Maggie) Gell and their daughters, Kelly and Kate Gell and their families; and sister, Elizabeth (Glen) Wolfe and their children, Hanna and Alec Wolfe.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Richard E. and Vera Gell; and one grandson, Quentin E. Gell.
Visitation will be 8:00 a.m. to time of services on Saturday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Gene Virgil Albrecht

May 16, 1932 - December 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017

 

Gene V. Albrecht, 85 of Piedmont, died Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Fountain Springs Health Care Center in Rapid City.
Gene was born May 16, 1932, in Towner, ND, to Bill and Regina (Miller) Albrecht. He was the 5th child of 9 siblings. Gene graduated from high school in 1950 where he was senior class president, state officer in FFA, was the starting center of an undefeated 6-man football team, was the drummer in the band, and sang in Glee Club.
He was united in marriage on May 25, 1953, to Faith Guthrie of Surrey, ND. They had 6 kids: Grant Albrecht, Melana (Rod) Howe, Kristie Berg, Sally (Brian) Dodge, Lois Oetker, and Holly (Scott) Kopplin. He had 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Gene worked on the North Dakota family homestead for a number of years and in November 1966, moved his family to Big Elk Ranch on Bethlehem Cave Road, north of Piedmont where he and Faith bought and operated a dairy farm for many years. In 1980, they sold their dairy cows and began ranching with beef cattle. He was proud of his beautiful home and property up Big Elk Canyon. He also prided himself as being extremely well read and could easily speak about any current event.
Gene was a country gentleman in the true sense of the word. He was a loyal husband, loved his children and grandchildren, and was a good friend. He was known to be a generous, happy person. He loved his neighbors and his lifelong “coffee” friends. Gene was the type of guy who could make friends with anyone young and old.
He was active in the community and served as President for the Piedmont PTO and Meade County Farm Bureau. Gene was an active member of the Lions Club and Catholic Church. Later in life, he very much enjoyed traveling throughout the US, Central America, and Europe.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Faith; brothers, Bill, Jim, and Don; and sisters, Beatrice and Gloria.
Visitation will be Monday, December 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. A rosary service will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. Burial will follow at Piedmont Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Fountain Springs Health Care Center and should be mailed to Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Duane Everet Carstensen

December 16, 1933 - December 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017

 

Duane was born December 16, 1933, to Louie and Frances (Lemaster) Carstensen in Piedmont, SD. They then moved to a Centennial Valley farm-ranch near Spearfish.
He graduated from the Laboratory school in Spearfish. After completing correspondence courses, he operated Duane's TV and Appliances in Sturgis for over 40 years. He was the original T,V. Repairman. He was also a member of many organizations including, Lawrence County Historical Society, Modern Woodsmen, Rotary Club, Centennial Valley Preservation Program, American Legion, Model T Club and Corvette Club of America.
He married Esther Irene Stark on September 15, 1966.
Duane Everet Carstensen, 83, Sturgis, died Sunday December 3, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Esther Carstensen, Sturgis; sister, Verla Mae (Jim) Weaver, Spearfish; niece, Tami Kovalick, Davidsonville, MD; nephews, Mark Weaver, Gettysburg, PA, and Elton Hochhalter, Boise, ID.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Virginia Hochhalter and two infant brothers, Clifford and Myron Carstensen.
Visitation will be noon until service time on Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Grace Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Virginia Lee Scherer

July 17, 1928 - November 29, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017

 

Virginia Lee (Szymanski) Scherer was born July 17, 1928, in Sturgis, SD, to John and Virginia (Conlon) Szymanski. She grew up in Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1946. Following graduation from Chillicothe Business College in Missouri, she lived and worked in Texas, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Montana before returning to her family and friends in Sturgis and the Black Hills. Virginia married Robert Scherer on July 2, 1956, in Rockwall, TX, and worked at Massa-Berry Clinic for over 37 years before retiring.
Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Sturgis Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
Virginia, 89, Sturgis, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her son, Lance, and his wife, Malisa, and her granddaughter, Payton, Sturgis; her son, Clay, Alexandria, VA; and her sister, Etta Mae Bateman, Rapid City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, John and William George Szymanski.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, at the old St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Donald Gene Schoenberner

August 26, 1937 - November 29, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017

 

Donald was born August 26, 1937, to Harley “Smoky” and Maxine (Becker) Schoenberner in Rapid City, SD. He married Marilyn Lane on December 27, 1958, in Rapid City.
Don loved racing and drove stock cars at the Black Hills Speedway for several years. He also supported all of his sons in their motorcycle racing.
Don worked as a motor electrician in his own shop for many years and worked for the Rapid City School District.
Donald G. Schoenberner, 80, Newell, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marilyn Schoenberner; children, Deb (Gary) Williams, Todd (Donna), Brian, Dean (Wanda), and Kade (Laurie) Schoenberner; grandchildren, Shauna, Tara, Jess, Les, Lexi, Abbie, Carlee, Danielle, Brianna and Allyna, Remington, Marlee, Kalvin, and Kimber.
Visitation will be Friday, December 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Committal services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Piedmont Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

John William Young

May 7, 1949 - November 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, December 1, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

John W. Young was born to Lena Mae Weeks on May 7, 1949. Lena Mae, known as Sally to all, was married to Shirley Weeks who raised him as one of his own. At age 16, John started his first band, Weeks and the Three Days. He was raised with his brother, Derrel Weeks, and his sisters, Mary, Betty, and Shirleen.
John joined the US Air Force in 1971. He had his oldest daughter, Camile Fike. John met his wife of 44 years while stationed in Cheyenne, WY, where they had son, Russell Young, and daughter, Jonnetta Young. He was then transferred to Great Falls, MT, where he started his next band, Touch of Country, and a softball team for post 22 called Touch of Country, which won many awards. He was then transferred to Rapid City, SD, where he once again started the band, Touch of Country. John retired as a Tech Sgt. in the Air Force in 1991. He then traveled with his wife and youngest daughter to Texas and back to South Dakota, this time landing further into the hills. He lived and played music all over the hills. He was the head of the Country Music Association of the Black Hills for a few years.
Finally, in 2000, he bought a house in Whitewood, SD, and started the Chat-n-Chew café and Catering in Sturgis.
John became very ill because of a blood bacteria in 2008 which destroyed his heart. The VA sent him to Minneapolis for two titanium valves and a pace-maker. He then retired from music and the café, which was closed in 2011 when they lost the lease to the building.
John passed away on November, 24, 2017, just after midnight.
He is survived by his wife, Iris Young; his daughters, Jonnetta and Camile; his son, Russell; nine grandkids; and five great-grandkids. He accomplished many things in his life but the biggest in his eyes was his family.
Graveside services will be held Friday, December 1, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A celebration of his life will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Hale Hall in Whitewood.

 

     
   
     

Dale Herman Falk

April 5, 1965 - November 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, December 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Dale Herman Falk was born April 5, 1965, to Herman and Darlene (Keller) Falk in Deadwood, SD. He was raised in Newell and attended school in the Newell School District. He also attended Pluma School for several years before accepting a job at Pope and Talbot in Spearfish. He worked there for over twenty years until an injury forced him to stop.
Dale loved music and being around his friends and family. Whenever given the chance, you might find him set up with all his musical equipment in hopes to have others enjoy his music as much as he did. From an early age, he had an interest in anything that had wheels. He could describe the make, model, and color and owner of every car in Newell, going back many years. He was a gentle teddy bear and was loved by all who knew him.
After his mother passed away, Dale realized he could not handle her passing alone. It was at that time that he asked the Lord to help him heal his broken heart and be a part of his life. He was a faithful member of his church home in the Hickory House apartment complex. He found great joy in knowing that the Lord was always near in both the good and bad times.
Dale went to his heavenly home on November 24, 2017, after an automobile accident outside of Belle Fourche. He will be missed by so many.
Dale is survived by his brother, Gary of Spearfish, SD; his aunt, June Kosola of Newell , SD; uncle, Marvin (Ruth) Falk of Grand Junction, CO; nephew, Jason (Brittany) Falk of Box Elder, SD; nieces, Kenzie Falk of Rapid City, SD, Rileigh Falk of Spearfish, SD, Sara (John) Murphy of Sturgis, SD, and Laura (Sean) Pedro of Riverton, WY; many cousins; and special friends, Fred and Judee Wilson and family of Belle Fourche, SD.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Herman and Darlene Falk; brother, William; nephew, William Delbert; paternal grandparents, Anton and Sophia (Wennberg) Falk; maternal grandparents, Ellen (Wilcox) and William H. Keller; uncles, Ben E. Keller and Marvin Kosola; and step-grandfather, Ben F. Keller.
Services for Dale will be on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Newell Evangelical Church in Newell. Burial will follow in the Hope Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Newell Ambulance and the Newell Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Meriel M. McGlade

January 25, 1929 - November 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 

Meriel was born January 25, 1929, at Cresbard, SD, to Fred and Edith (Gross) Hansen. The Celtic meaning of the name, Meriel, is “Shining Sea Nymph.” With her red hair, shy smile, and sparkling eyes, she certainly lived up to her name. She loved her family and they returned that love. She accepted all 5 of us, including spouses, grandkids, and great-grandkids without question.
Meriel was a worker, always busy. She enjoyed gardening; her yard was immaculate, right down to her skunks and Kissing Dutch Boy lawn ornaments. She loved her pets, taking it pretty hard when they passed away. Even the garden snakes were safe in her yard! She loved her Pillsbury Dough Boys collection, even getting matching his/her Dough Boys PJs for Christmas one year! She was proud of her doll collection of which she painstakingly made all the dresses herself. Meriel was an excellent seamstress. She would see an outfit in a store but often times it would not fit. So she would buy the material and make her own!
Meriel was an excellent cook/baker. She made pies and jelly from their own apples, rhubarb, and strawberries. When you visited Meriel, always a dessert or a snack tray appeared. You never left Dad and Meriel’s hungry. She also made the best coffee!
Meriel’s house was spotless. Even when housekeeping got to be too much for her and she had help coming in, she would clean as best she could before they arrived. She didn’t want them thinking she was a bad housekeeper. Meriel enjoyed decorating the house for holidays. At Christmas, it was all about Santa, her Christmas dolls, nutcrackers, fun decorations, and Christmas olive cheese balls.
Meriel M. McGlade, 88, Whitewood, died Friday, November 17, 2017, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her spouse, Tom McGlade, Whitewood; children: Ricky Lillis, Belle Fourche; Tom (Donna) McGlade, Rapid City; Sue (Tim) Hinker, Santa Teresa, NM; Dan (Teresa) McGlade, Casper, WY; John (Mindy) McGlade, Casper WY, Bill (Kelly) McGlade, Aztec, NM; grandchildren, Jeff, Amy, Jared, Nicholas, Katie Jo, Erin, Josh, and Katie; and great-grandchildren, Regan, Cameron, and Daniel.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Black Hills Baptist Church in Whitewood. Inurnment will be at Whitewood Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

“Grief. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.”
C.S. Lewis

 

     
   
     

Spencer Alan Briscoe

May 5, 1993 - November 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Boyd Nathan Johnson

May 17, 1923 - November 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Lawrence "Sonny" Gleason

November 23, 1933 - October 31, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Kenneth Douglas Kiewel

April 16, 1943 - November 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Elaine Marie Schmidt

July 13, 1931 - November 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Karen Rae Crockford

February 14, 1944 - November 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Maxine Leanore Kermu

February 21, 1932 - November 8, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Marjorie Mae Van Cleave

July 31, 1925 - November 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

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

 

     
   
     

Linda Gail Remington

October 15, 1943 - November 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017

 

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

 

     
   
     

Arlo James "Buck" Thybo

July 16, 1933 - November 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Tuesday November 14, 2017

 

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

 

     
   
     

Cecilia M. Hinker

April 27, 1925 - November 5, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Charles Edward DeLeeuw

June 10, 1958 - November 5, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Ole Dean Olson

October 9, 1944 - November 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Richard Allen Griffith

March 22, 1970 - November 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Walter "Wally" M. Cox

May 25, 1949 - November 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Marie Wurnig

November 28, 1919 - November 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Walz

January 7, 1929 - November 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Arvid "Ed" Brown

May 20, 1950 - October 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm Monday, November 13, 2017

 

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

 

     
   
     

Cheryl Lou Richards

August 24, 1929 - October 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Donald Mark Clyne

April 13, 1954 - October 25, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Patrick Philip Beck

May 4, 1951 - October 25, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, October 30, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Pat was born on May 4, 1951, in Deadwood, SD, to James E. Beck and Helen E. Beck. He was a twin to a sister, Patti. He attended Deadwood public School and graduated in May of 1969. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 24, 1970, and was honorably discharged on December 4, 1973.
Pat worked at Homestake Gold Mine and Pope and Talbot sawmill as a saw filer until he left to work in the mill in Colorado. Pat moved from there to Hullett, WY, where he worked as a Mill Wright until moving to Casper, WY. He left Casper and moved back to SD where he met Deb Honey.
He loved going fishing at Deerfield Lake which was his favorite place. He also enjoyed deer hunting with his brother, Michael. Pat will be missed by many friends and family. He was loved by all.
Patrick Philip Beck died Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital at Fort Meade.
Pat is survived by his spouse, Deb Honey; children, Shannon and Kiley; mother, Helen E. Beck; brother, Michael Beck; sister, Patti Farrel; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Beck; a younger sister, Kimberly Tarrell; and his grandparents.
Memorial services will be Monday, October 30, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with an inurnment Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.

 

     
   
     

Herman E. Perry

January 27, 1939 - October 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Family Services at a Later Date

 

Herman was born, January 27, 1939, in Kilgore, TX, to Wiley B. and Opal (Price) Perry. In 1949, his family moved to Sydney, NE, and then in 1960, he moved to Hot Springs. He married Lisa Schroth in 1963, and in 1969, the couple bought one-half interest in the 7-11 ranch where they worked and resided ever since.
Herman served in the National Guard in Nebraska and was a volunteer firefighter for 57 years. He was a great friend, dad, husband, and grandpa, and was an even better great-grandpa.
Herman Eugene Perry, 78, a longtime area rancher from Hot Springs, died with his boots on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at his home in Hot Springs.
Herman is survived by his wife, Lisa Perry, son, James Perry, and daughter, Theresa L. Perry, all of Hot Springs; granddaughters, Shelby Eckdahl (Aaron Christmann), Hot Springs, and Amanda Clark, Dickinson, ND; grandson, Monte Perry; great-grandchildren, Treyson, Karinna, and Cameron Walker, ND, and Syrenity Eckdahl and Christopher Christmann, Hot Springs; and his two best friends, Duane McClure and Klinton (Steph) Rittberger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rosemary Deeds and (Ouida) Dean Perry; and brother, James of Texas.
Services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to the family at PO Box 124, Hot Springs, SD 57747. They will go to support the Wildland Firefighters Association.

 

     
   
     

Ila Marie (Meginness) Aldren

January 24, 1941 - October 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017

 

Ila Marie (Meginness) Aldren was born January 24, 1941, in Eagle Butte, SD, to Ed & Ione Meginness. She married Richard Aldren, Sr. June 9, 1959. They raised 1 son and 3 daughters in Rapid City, SD, where she and her husband ranched for many years until his death. During this time, she also gained an Associate in Business. Upon retiring, she split her time between Rapid City and Wichita, KS.
Ila embraced being a wife and mother as well as rejoiced in the joys of a grandmother. She encouraged family traditions that centered on get-togethers, storytelling and laughter, surrounded by food enjoyed, that will continue for generations to come.
She was also always available to patiently teach the art of baking, which lead to the gathering of all interested for the yearly (infamous) “Christmas Cookie Chaos Day.” As spring approached, Ila’s enthusiasm would then turn to gardening, in which she would proclaim she wasn’t planting any more flowers and invariably, always did. Moreover, Ila’s pride in her children and grandchildren was always in the forefront. If possible, she attended any and all school/sport events including horse shows as well as gave praise for achievements, big or small.
This willingness to enjoy life’s daily pleasures was admired. Her belief the world is simply a nicer place if you greet and are friendly to those people around you, whether a store clerk or next-door neighbor. It was a practice that had a ripple effect and, more often than not, was passed forward.
As retirement evolved, Ila found later in life a vocation that was close to her heart. She became an advocate for any stray cat that needed a home and care. During the last several years, Ila lived in the “cutest” home in Maize, KS, where she spent time doing all she enjoyed including sitting by the fireplace, reading a good book and allowing the cats vye for affection and lap-time.
Additionally, her home became the haven for family and friends to enjoy coffee, conversation as well as her front porch was the perfect spot to watch the world go by.
In celebrating Ila’s life, which was marked by happiness, sadness and adversities, it is (above all) the love she gave and the love for her that is remembered and will endure.
On October 21, 2017, Ila died at her home after a short illness.
She is survived by her son, Richard Olaf Aldren, Jr.; daughters, Lynn Aldren-Owens, Shawn Aldren-Wilke, and Meredith Aldren-Cutler; sister, Ethel Swanson; and 5 grandchildren, Justin Rollins, Justene Wilke, Nicholas Owens, Morgan Owens, and Terra Cutler.
Ila was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Olaf Aldren, Sr.; parents, Ed Meginness and Ione Meginness; sister, Addie Mae Koester; brother, Bert Meginness; and grandson, Eric Owens.
Should family or friends desire, contributions may be donated to the following website: Morris Animal Foundation.org.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services with a prayer at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Graveside services will be Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis with Pastor Denzel Nonhof officiating.

 

     
   
     

DeWayne C. Tveidt

January 10, 1953 - September 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A LAter Date

 

DeWayne C. Tveidt was born January 10, 1953, to Lewis Tveidt and Esther (Hanson) Tveidt. He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1971. DeWayne lived and ranched on the family farm near Sturgis in Boulder Canyon and Meade County his entire life.
DeWayne also spent many years with the Meade County Sheriff’s office, where he started as a volunteer and then worked part time often doing nights and weekends. This led to many good stories and him attending DCI School in Pierre.
DeWayne enjoyed shooting and hunting, especially yearly deer hunts with friends. His hobbies included designing and modifying equipment to help get the work done around the farm. DeWayne enjoyed history, especially western S.D. history and would attended auctions in search of antiques, a passion he shared with his mother. He also had a love for fast cars, off road vehicles, and pickup trucks.
DeWayne, 64, passed away September 30, 2017, at his home in Sturgis.
DeWayne is survived by his sister, Eileen (Neil) Hodges of Fort Pierre; his niece, Estell (William) Johnson of Towanda, KS; his nephew, Darin (April) Hodges of Pierre, SD; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Esther Tveidt; grandparents, Lena (Spilker) Hanson and Lauritz and Kristiana Tveidt.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Junior Lyle Andersen

March 26, 1923 - October 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Junior was born March 26, 1923, at Spearfish, SD, to Nels and Katrina (Evers) Andersen. He grew up in Spearfish and graduated from Spearfish High School.
Junior married Betty J. Bell on May 31, 1942. He worked at the Spearfish Co-op as a licensed cream tester, ice cream maker, and cheese and butter maker.
Junior served his country honorably in the US Army as a combat medic from 1943 until 1945. He received the bronze star, four battle stars, and numerous other citations. He returned home following his release as a POW and operated Andersen's Carpet and Drapery in Spearfish for 26 years.
He was active in his community and served with the Spearfish fire department and the Spearfish police department. Junior was a member of the VFW, POW, American Legion, and the DAV, as well as the SD Peace Officers Association and Fort Meade Volunteer Services.
Junior managed a furniture factory in Phoenix while living there for five years.
Junior L. Andersen, 94, Spearfish, died Thursday, October 12, 2017, at his residence.
Survivors include his son, Robert Andersen; daughter, Charlyne Sheehan; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Committal services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Sharon F. Ross

September 9, 1940 - October 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday October 17

 

Sharon was born September 9, 1940, in Ennis, MT, to John W. and Corinne A. (Elllefson) Schmidt. She grew up in Marcus on the family ranch where she lived with her parents and her brother, Jerry. She attended country school, taught by her mother. She stayed with her grandparents so she could attend high school in Sturgis, graduating in 1958. She then graduated from the National College of Business in Rapid City. She lived and worked in St. Petersburg, FL, and New Orleans, LA. She moved back to Sturgis in 1962 where she worked at Sturgis Community Federal Credit Union for 32 years, retiring in 2006. She married Vernon E. Ross on August 7, 1967 in Mitchell, SD.
She spent much of her youth playing along Red Owl Creek with her many cousins that also lived along the creek. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, canning, and attending the many activities and sporting events of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was adventurous. She rode on the back of her daughter's motorcycle from Sturgis to Cody, WY. She loved to camp, in a tent, the back of a pick-up, or in a camper, it didn't matter, as long as she was in the outdoors. She was an avid photographer, filling many photo albums and winning contests with some of her outdoor photos. She always grew a large garden, usually larger than she and Vern needed. She canned or froze many fruits and vegetables from her garden every year. Many family weekends were spent in the Hills picking berries which she would turn into syrup or jelly. She was an avid fisherman and hunter, most times out fishing and out shooting the men in her life.
She was very strong, overcoming many obstacles and illnesses in her life. She was sent to Shriners Hospital in Hot Springs to learn how to walk due to complications during her birth. She developed kidney disease and was put on dialysis until her husband Vern donated one of his kidneys, allowing them the freedom to enjoy doing the things they loved to do. She silently fought cancer for over 14 years, never complaining or giving up.
Sharon Faye Ross, 77, Sturgis, died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Vern, Sturgis; daughter, Corinne (Steve) Johnson, Kingston, WA; step-son, Jerry (Linda) Ross, Rapid City, SD; 7 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Corinne Schmidt; an infant daughter, Michelle; brother, Jerry Schmidt; step-son, Leonard Ross; and grandsons, Gavin Ross and David Ross.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Buddy Gene Freidel

September 30, 1966 - October 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Buddy Gene Freidel was born September 30, 1966, to Howard and Jackie (Rollins) Freidel in Missoula, Montana. Buddy grew up in Black Hawk, S.D. In 1985 he graduated from Rapid City Central High School. Shortly after graduating he entered the Army where spent four years. Buddy enjoyed hunting which he often did with his father and brother. He and his siblings also spent a great deal of their childhood with their maternal grandparents L.C. and Joan Rollins. This time was spent riding horses, going to parades, horse shows, rodeos and working in the hay fields. Buddy was extremely talented in woodwork which translated into his own construction company.
Buddy met and married his wife, Dawn Herron in Black Hawk, S.D. October 4, 2013.
Buddy, 51, Piedmont, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at his home.
He is survived by his wife Dawn; sons, Jacob Laware, Ethan Freidel and Orrin Stoddard; grandson, Sebastian Stoddard; mother, Jackie, of Washington; sister, Christine (Jason) Foust, of Washington; brother, Joseph, of Iowa; and 2 nephews and 4 great nieces.
Buddy was preceded in death by his father, Howard R Freidel; his paternal and maternal grandparents.
A memorial service will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Dale Marvin Wolff

March 31, 1958 - October 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Dale was born March 31, 1958, in Sturgis, SD, to Marvin J. and Helmi V. (Johnson) Wolff. He grew up in Whitewood and attended school in Whitewood and Sturgis, finally obtaining his GED. Dale spent many years working for the Burlington Northern Railroad in Wyoming. He eventually left his job on a medical discharge.
Dale was a strong, independent individual who had his likes and dislikes. He said he would not judge as there was only One to judge. But he would form and carry strong opinions. Dale loved anything mechanical that had grease on it. He was gifted to fix something broken and make it work again. All that it took was his mind, his hands, and time. Dale thought man's best friend was a dog, and he always had one.
Dale loved the outdoors and hanging out with his friends. A favorite of his was going to Sand Creek camping with his buddies. They called themselves "The Extreme Campers!"
Dale had been known to say "when it's your time, it'll be your time…we never know!"
Dale Marvin Wolff, 59, Whitewood, SD, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2017, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
He is survived by his siblings, Vicki Jeffery, Sturgis, Terry Wolff, Newell, Sarah Nelson and Debra (Rick) Heinrich, Whitewood, Sandra Johnson, St. Paul, MN, Linda (Tom) Young, Spearfish, SD, Lloyd Wolff and Mike (Vicki) Wolff, Newell, SD, and Richard (Leah) Wolff, Casper, WY; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Helmi Wolff; an infant sister; and a nephew.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Meadow Cemetery near Roubaix.

 

     
   
     

Delbert Emo Brink

November 8, 1954 - October 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. Monday October 16, 2017

 


Delbert was born November 8, 1954, at Belle Fourche, SD, to Delmar and Jeanette (Walloth) Brink. He was raised at the home place at Fairpoint, SD, and attended country school there. He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1973.
Delbert owned and drove trucks for many years. He loved flying, racing, hunting, animals, and camping. He was known as the "dog whisperer."
He owned and operated the pawn shop in Deadwood for several years. He was a good businessman and entrepreneur. He owned several businesses over the years.
Delbert Emo Brink, 62, Sturgis, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
He survived life, including a horrific crash in 2010. He beat the odds and survived. His faith in the Lord saw him through many events. Delbert fought a long, hard struggle with diabetes for over 30 years, but never gave up or complained.
Delbert's greatest passion in life was loving his wife, children, grandchildren, and family. "You will always be loved, Papa."
Survivors include his wife, Robin, Sturgis; son, Justin Brink, Groves City, PA; daughters, Amie Dennison, Rapid City, Kelsi Dennis, Rapid City, and Keisha Dennis, Sturgis; grandchildren, Aisling, Daveon, Rylee, Makai, and Michael, Jr.; siblings, Marlin (Linda) Brink, Fairpoint, Neoma (Karl) Richter, Enning, and Keith Brink, Box Elder; sisters-in-law, Terry Brink, Sturgis and Betty Jo (Chet) Stone, Hermosa; brother-in-law, Les (Lisa) Albertson, Sturgis; special uncle, Daryl Brink, Sturgis; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Maggie, Burkee, and Koda.
Delbert was met in Heaven by his parents; grandparents; his brother, Darwin; his in-laws; and his faithful dog, Shadow.
Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2017, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Melvin Earl Shuck

July 1, 1928 - October 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017

 

Melvin E. Shuck, 89, was born July 1, 1928, in Callaway, NE, and died of a glioblastoma October 9, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade. His parents, Fred Willis and Sylvia Belle (Rife) Shuck moved to Lantry, SD, when he was nine months old. Melvin graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1946 and served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953, at Fort Flagler, WA, Fort Belvoir, VA, and helped to build Camp Desert Rock in Nevada where he participated in nuclear blasts (air and tower drops) four times. He was injured by two amphibious “ducks” at Fort Flagler, which caused problems with his left shoulder for the rest of his life.
Melvin married Lorretta Griffith on October 15, 1960, and the marriage was strong and loving until her death on October 31, 2009. They had four children, Nancy residing in Belle Fourche, Harley (Rhonda) residing in Dayton, WY, Lyle (Tracy Hesse) residing in Albany, OR, and Judy (Skip) Hallett residing in Albany, OR. He also has four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Melvin worked many jobs in his life very successfully. First and foremost he was a farmer and rancher with his parents until the whole family moved to Oregon in 1969. He also drove truck; had a business with a partner putting up hay and moving hay stacks, building stock dams, building barns and other buildings, and laying concrete for many years; worked as a carpenter; harvested grass seed; and worked for Farm Services at Oregon State University for 22 years, retiring in 1993 as Assistant Manager. After his wife’s retirement, they returned to South Dakota, settling in Belle Fourche in 1998. After he retired, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Oregon and the DAV as a van driver in South Dakota, providing many hours and miles to drive veterans to medical appointments.
Melvin loved his family, animals (mostly dogs and horses), and baseball (playing on the Lantry town team and teaching all his children to play). He spent many hours catching a baseball for his sons and more hours playing games with his children (cards, baseball softball, or basketball). In retirement, he enjoyed coffee with his friends in Belle Fourche and volunteering with the DAV.
He is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several more cousins.
Melvin was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Jean Helmer officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the VA Fort Meade Hospice (contact VA Volunteer Services at Fort Meade at 605-347-7206) or the cancer-fighting organization of your choice are requested.

 

     
   
     

Mark Edward Devinney

April 19, 1954 - October 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10 a.m. Monday October 16, 2017

 

Mark was born April 19, 1954, in Luverne, MN, the second of five children born to James and Patricia (Walsh) Devinney. Mark grew up in Hardwick, MN, until the family moved. Mark graduated from high school in 1972 from Willmar Senior High School, Willmar, MN. Upon graduation, Mark enlisted in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged after 17 years of service to his country. He then worked for MCI and several other companies over the years.
Even though Mark loved playing in the snow as a child growing up in Minnesota, once he found the warmth of the South, he spent most of his life there. In recent years, he moved to Rapid City, SD, to be near family.
Mark Edward Devinney was called home by “his Lord and his Boss” on October 11, 2017, at the Fort Meade VA Hospice.
Mark is survived by two daughters, Marcie (Tomasz) Piotrowska of High Point, NC, and Myra Devinney of Scottsdale, AZ; three grandchildren; four sisters, Pauline (Steven) Staufacker, Camille (Charles) Callahan, and Julia (Shawn) Bitz, all of Rapid City, SD, and Jamielyn (Dale) Sauvage of Helena, AL; one aunt, Betty Devinney of Bloomington, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James, in 1993, and his mother, Patricia, in 1998.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 16, 2017, at Blessed Sacrament Church, Rapid City, SD, followed by burial with military honors at the Black Hills National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

 

     
   
     

Bernard "Benny" Goldade

June 9, 1937 - October 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017

 

Benny was born to George and Mary Goldade on June 9, 1937 at Glencross, SD. He married Betty Aubuchon on November 17, 1955, and to this union came 5 children; Rose, Cindy, Benny, Sandy and Scott.
Benny was a Drywall Contractor for most of his life.
Bernard Joseph “Benny” Goldade, 80 of Rapid City, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Rapid City at Hospice of the Hills.
Survivors include his daughters, Rose (Frank) Dupris, and Cindy Johnson (Dennis Meyers), all of Rapid City, SD; son, Scott Goldade of Sisseton, SD; brother, Jimmy Goldade of Springhill, FL; three sisters, Marie Morandin of Ocean Shores, WA; Helen Hubbard of Santa Rosa, CA; and Caroline Jangula of Brooksville, FL. He has 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; Betty, two children; Benny Jr. and Sandy Van Kley; parents, 3 sisters and 6 brothers.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Monday October 16, 2017, at the Sturgis Open Bible Church.

 

     
   
     

Daniel Kelly Keith

April 21, 1947 - October 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017

 

Dan was born April 21, 1947, in Gregory, SD, son of Ferdinand S. and Joyce Ann (Christensen) Keith. Dan attended school in Gregory, graduating in 1965. Dan was a proud member of the Gregory Gorillas basketball team when they played in the South Dakota State A Basketball Tournament in 1963. In his youth, Dan stayed busy hunting the surrounding fields and hills of Gregory and fishing the Missouri River.
Thanks to his athletic background, he received scholarships to play football, basketball, and baseball for the Pointers at USD/Springfield where Dan majored in science and physical education. While in college, Dan met his future wife, Joyce Osnes of Burke, SD. They were married in 1969 and spent the next 48 years in a loving, adventure-filled marriage. With teaching certificates in hand, they began their careers in secondary education. Dan entered the military in 1970 where he proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Dan’s career as a science teacher and coach spanned 37 years with stints in Delmont, SD, Wall, SD, and Gillette, WY. Dan and Joyce spent 27 fulfilling years in Gillette, as educators in Campbell County School District. Dan retired in 2006, and in 2007, the couple relocated from Gillette to their Black Hills cabin near Lead, SD, where they have enjoyed their retirement years.
Dan always wanted a son to share his love of the outdoors. He was blessed with two: Kelly born in 1977 and Brit in 1983. He felt especially lucky when daughter-in-law, Lacey Gerving, joined the family. Kelly and Lacey’s three children (Michael, Kelsey, and Caden) were the icing on Grandpa Dan’s cake. Brit brought Kimberly Wenger into our family to make it even better and more complete.
Dan loved to fish, hunt, and spend time visiting Maitland Road neighbors in his duty as the unofficial, self-appointed Mayor of Maitland. Dan enjoyed several fishing trips to Canada and Alaska, and closer jaunts to two of his favorite fishing holes: Orman Dam and Shade Hill Reservoir. Hiking expeditions into Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains over the years were always adventurous. South Dakota, Wyoming, and North Dakota also provided numerous opportunities for successful hunting trips for Dan.
Daniel Kelly Keith, 70, of Lead, SD, passed away Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.
Dan will be deeply missed by his wife, Joyce of Lead, SD; son, Kelly and Lacey Keith and grandchildren, Michael, Kelsey, and Caden of Lead, SD; son, Brit Keith and Kim Wenger of Sheridan, WY; sister-in-law, Gladys Keith of Eagle River, AK; brother-in-law, Doug and Julie Osnes of Pierre, SD; sister-in-law, Janet and Steve Legersky of Redstone, CO; niece, Patty and Jeff Rusher of California, MD; niece, Caroline and Doug Downs of Fairbanks, AK; nephew, Greg and Jaymee Keith and sons of Eagle River, AK; niece, Amber and Travis Antholz and daughters, Lincoln, NB; nephew, Drew Osnes, Pierre, SD; special cousin, Sara Webster of Edmond, OK; special uncle, Frank Kucera of Lead, SD; several cousins; and numerous friends all of whom enjoyed Dan’s surly but loving personality.
Dan was preceded in death by his sister, Marque Keith; parents, Joyce and Ferd Keith; his sister, Lura Mae Vernon; and his brother, Dean Keith.
Memorial service and burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD, on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
Memorials in Dan’s name can be made to organizations of the donor’s choice.

 

     
   
     

Bonnie Belle Wang

May 5, 1935 - October 8, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Bonnie was born May 5, 1935, to Clifford "Bud" and Minnie (McKee) Jordan in Armour, SD. Bonnie was born the fourth of eight children. For a while, the family farmed around Armour until Clifford contracted tuberculosis. At this time, the family made their way to Arizona for Clifford's health. However, being away from family was too difficult so they came back to South Dakota and lived in the Custer area.
In 1949, Bonnie married Clarence Mlejnek and moved to Rice Lake, WI. From this union came two sons, Gary and Douglas Mlejnek. In 1962, Bonnie then married Robert "Mike" Wang and from this union there were four daughters: Debra, Robin, Pearl, and Peggy. Mike and Bonnie farmed in White River, SD, until 1970 and then made their permanent residence in Sturgis, SD.
Bonnie was a homemaker and always had an open heart and open home. She was a guiding light and a helping hand not only to her own children, but many of her nieces and nephews. There was always coffee on the table for family, friends, or anyone who liked a good story, a good laugh, or to argue politics. Coffee and stories flowed freely around Bonnie's table.
Bonnie Belle Wang, 82, Sturgis, died Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility in Spearfish.
She is survived by her sister, Beverly (Duane) Rada of Boise, ID;, her sister-in-law, Charlotte Jordan of Sturgis, SD; her sister-in-law, Iona Jordan of Sturgis; her two sons, Gary and Douglas (Beverly) Mlejnek of Hoven, WI; her four daughters, Debbie (Ben) Andres of Greenfield, OH, Robin Kreis of Sturgis, Pearl (Patrick) Rooney of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, and Peggy (Mark) Mattke of Sturgis; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Wang; her parents, Bud and Minnie McKee; one sister, Betty Jean Stevens; and four brothers, Clifford Jordan, Merle Jordan, Frank Jordan, and Johnny Jordan.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Sheryl M. Hunter

January 6, 1949 - October 5, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am, Wednesday, Octorber 11, 2017

 

Sheryl was born January 6, 1949, during the "blizzard of 49," at home in Minnesela, SD, to Garrett and Marietta (Alexander) Kimball. She married David Hunter November 29, 1969, in Newell, SD. Through this union of 48 years were born three wonderful children. Sheryl worked as a dental assistant for 25 years and was very active in the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche, serving on several boards and also teaching Sunday school.
She was dedicated to her family and friends. With a wonderful sense of humor, she was loving, kind, and thoughtful of those around her. She always took time to listen with her heartfelt ear. Sheryl was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. Never complaining, she was strong and gentle. She loved the simple things in life, from decorating cakes to crafts like painting rocks and making homemade cards that the family all looked forward to receiving. Sheryl will be forever and dearly missed.
Sheryl M. Hunter, 68, Belle Fourche, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Sheryl is survived by her loving husband, David Hunter, Belle Fourche; daughter, Sandra (David) Kullbom, Rapid City, SD; two sons, James Hunter, Denver, CO, and Lauren (Kristen) Hunter, Denver ,CO; two brothers, Donald (Sue) Kimball, Tucson, AZ, and Douglas (Connie) Kimball, Henderson, NV; sister, Susan (Wayne) Lettau, Sturgis, SD; 4 grandsons, Alexander and Andrew Kullbom, Rapid City, SD and Calvin and Dalton Hunter, Denver, CO; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 infant brothers.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 10, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche. A private family burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche.

 

     
   
     

Terry John Setera

November 27, 1942 - September 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Terry was born November 27, 1942, in Billings, MT, to John and Alma (Mueller) Setera. He attended grade school and graduated high school in Billings, then continued on to receive a degree from North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy. After graduation, Terry moved to Belle Fourche, SD, where he went to work for his mentor, Cliff Thomas. It was in Belle Fourche where Terry unintentionally walked into the wrong drug store and ran into a young woman named Linda Jean.
On June 17, 1967, Terry married Linda Jean Shindoll; together they have three children; son, Craig, and daughters, Tracie and Tammi. To celebrate their 50 years of marriage this summer, Terry and Jeanne brought their entire family together at a beautiful resort in the north woods of Minnesota to share in the milestone. Terry's first love was always family.
In 1967, Terry completed an advanced medical training program to become a medical corpsman and was then attached to the 109th Engineer Battalion of the South Dakota National Guard. Terry and Jeanne then started their business life, partnering with Stroscheins at Sturgis Drug in downtown Sturgis. The business changed to County Drug, where they operated until they sold the business in 2008.
Terry blessed others with his many quality traits. Along with his infectious personality and a brilliant sense of humor, he had an unmatched compassion for helping people, professionally and personally. Terry loved his work for the connection it provided with the local community. Through these connections, he built strong bonds that lasted his lifetime. Friends of Terry knew the coffee pot at the drug store or home was hot and always full. His quick smile and ability to make everyone feel welcome will be sorely missed.
During his free time, Terry was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending his time hunting and fishing. He acted as a mentor to youth hunters and would often have the opportunity to take kids on their first ever pheasant hunt, which he truly enjoyed.
Terry John Setera, age 74, Sturgis, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and loved ones on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Terry is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne; son, Craig (Pam) Setera and their daughter, Maggie; daughter, Tracie Phelps (Kendall Kliewer), her daughter, Emily, and sons, Tanner and Tyler; daughter, Tammi (Brian) Schwab, and their daughter, Maddie, and son, Jack; his sister, Lana (Mike) Cruse; sister-in-law, Susan (Ron) Setera; and his nieces, nephews, the rest of his family, and of course his far-reaching group of close friends.
Terry is preceded in death by his parents, John and Alma Setera; brothers, David and Ron; and sister, Sharon.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures (http://sdyouthhunt.com/) and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/).

 

     
   
     

George John Fossen, Jr.

January 17, 1931 - September 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017

 

George was born January 17, 1931, in Colon, Panama, into a military family. The family lived in Hawaii until age ten when they moved to Washington State. He graduated high school in 1949 from Clover Park, Takoma, WA. He attended the University of Puget Sound where he met his first wife, Joyce Anderson, the sweetheart of Sigma Chi. To this union were born their sons, Skip and Geoff. In 1970, the family moved to Rapid City when George took the position of educational psychologist with the Rapid City School System. Joyce, South Dakota School of Mine’s traveling “Fossil Lady” died in 1990 after a siege of cancer from age 19. George remarried Mary Wood of Sturgis in 1992.
George’s military involvement included 4 Years in the Washington State National Guard followed by 2 Years of Active Duty in the US Army, Counter Intelligence. He was stationed in Korea briefly before being transferred to Japan and was honorably discharged in 1955. He was proud of his service to his country.
George graduated from Puget Sound in 1953 with a minor in pre-theology and a major in history. From 1956 to 1964, he was on the faculty of Clover Park High School. During his teaching career he also provided adult education at McNeil Island Penitentiary, taught civics to foreign wives of soldiers who had married overseas, taught Sunday School and developed the special education program at Bethel in Tacoma, WA. His spiritual philosophy continued throughout his life and was exhibited in all of his actions until his death (except perhaps when a Broncos football player made what he considered a bad play). He continued his education in various disciplines of psychology from a variety of schools and graduated with a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of North Dakota in 1970 at which time he joined the faculty of the Rapid City School System.
George always said that he “did the right thing for the wrong reason” and was a “phony” until age 34 when he reinvented himself after he was introduced to the 60’s upheavals through the students in his Sunday School Class. He quit shaving much to the chagrin of his mother, started experimenting with marijuana and alcohol and developed a strong aversion to conflict in general, including military conflict. His wife, Joyce, always said that she had been married to two different men.
George’s passion was his involvement with children and he was a strong advocate for children with special needs. He always worked for a child’s best interest but not necessarily by the book. He was a lifetime learner, fearless and courageous. He was generous with his love and his resources and always made an effort not to “yuck on anybody’s yum” and fiercely defended his own. He identified strongly with the “imp” of transactional analysis and was a magnet for his grandchildren and was delightfully playful to the end. At the time of his death, he had been “clean and sober” for 38 years.
George John Fossen, Jr., age 86 of Sturgis, SD, died September 26, 2017, at the Hospice Care Center, Fort Meade VA.
George is survived by his wife, Mary; his sons, Skip (Pat Cromell) and sons, Courtney and Chris, son, Geoff; his daughters by marriage, Paloma (aka Toni) Kinney (Dean) and their daughter, Kelsey, Pilar Bruch (Mark); grandchildren, Cole and Faryn Sawyer and Luke Bruch; sister-in-law, Susan Writer; brother, Richard Fossen in Scottsdale, AZ, (Dianne) and children; and the Saturday morning “Lesser Growth Group” (Patty Hamm, Katie Schroeder, Bryan Jonas and Dot Arnold).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; sisters, Bunny Lowe (Don) and Dot Keeth (Bob).
He will be so missed by those with whom he shared his life.
In lieu of a memorial or flowers, please give to a charity of your choice.
Service with military honors will be at 1:00 PM at Black Hills National Cemetery on Friday, September 29, 2017, with inurnment to follow. Please join the family in a celebration of George’s life following the service at 1933 Williams Street, Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Tom Byron Parsons

February 23, 1943 - August 25, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am on Friday, September 29, 2017

 

Tom was born February 23, 1943, in Mitchell, SD, to Byron and Vera Parsons. He lived his childhood in Woonsocket, SD. Tom attended school in Woonsocket, SD, and Lemmon SD.
In 1960, Tom joined the US Navy where he traveled the world sailing and serving in the Pacific on the USS Pine Island until his honorable discharge in 1964. After he was discharged, he returned to South Dakota where he continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until 1966.
He met the love of his life, Patricia Romereim, in Rapid City, SD, and they were married in February of 1965. After starting their family in Rapid City, they moved to Douglas, WY, where they would spend the next 40 years working and raising their two daughters. There, Tom began his long career in advertising specialties. He and Patricia would eventually return to Rapid City where he lived until his death.
Tom was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and hunter and enjoyed sharing that with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a marksman and used his skill to teach youth rifle clubs. He was never happier than when he was in the field pheasant hunting with his trusted and much-loved dog & sidekick, Bowser, his black lab. He had a love for firearms and was an avid gun collector and a lifetime member of the NRA. He was also a dedicated fisherman and enjoyed fly fishing in Rapid Creek, as well as fishing from a boat on the ocean or at the lake.
Tom Byron Parsons died Friday, August 25, 2017, at the Department of Veteran Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.
He is survived by his loving wife and life partner of 52 years, Patricia Parsons; his daughters, Victoria Stroup (Timothy) and Anne Duda, (Mike Sandidge). He has three grandchildren, Katelyn (Stroup) Kolb (Adam), Thomas Stroup (Stephanie Ellis) and Michael Duda; and one great-granddaughter, Melinda Jane Stroup.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Vera Parsons; brother, Dean Parsons; and his sister, Jane (Parsons) Roth.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 29, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Lawrence "Larry" Bride

February 22, 1936 - August 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

Larry was born in Yankton, SD, on February 22, 1936, to Joseph and Helen (Schneider) Bride. Larry was the middle child of five siblings ~ the late Patricia Kreber, Joe Bride, Dave Bride, and the late Kathie Grooms.
Larry grew up farming in the Missouri River Valley and attended country schools from 1st-8th grades. He then went on to Yankton High School, where he excelled in football and track and met the love of his life, Rochelle Hebner. They started dating in 1953 and after high school, with Rochelle’s encouragement, he left farming and followed his true calling ~ receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern State Teacher’s College in Springfield, SD, in 1959 and a Master’s in Education from South Dakota State University in 1965.
Larry and Rochelle married on June 2, 1958. Larry enjoyed a successful coaching and teaching career spanning 38 years in many small, tight-knit communities in South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, and Wyoming. He also had the honor of being invited to coach Track at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in the summer of 1981. His humor, talent, and gentle nurturing had a lasting impact on many of his students and athletes. Larry's interests and hobbies varied from camping, hunting and fishing to golfing, woodworking, traveling and sports of all kinds (especially track and football). Depending on where the Bride family lived at any given time, Larry was also active in the Elks, Kiwanas, Lions Club, PTA, and Chamber of Commerce. A life-long Catholic, Larry (along with Rochelle) counseled engaged couples through Marriage Preparation and served as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Ushers. After retiring in Sheridan, WY, Larry and Rochelle moved to Grand Junction, CO, for 5 years. Then in 2005, they moved to Sturgis, SD, in their beloved Black Hills and stayed until 2015 when they moved to Denver to be closer to some of their children.
Larry’s love and pride for his family resonated in everything he did and said. He will be dearly missed by his entire family.
Lawrence “Larry” William Bride of Denver, CO, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on August 23, 2017, after a six year battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Larry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rochelle; two brothers, Joe (Jeanne) and Dave (Doris); children, Melisa (Scott) Neil, Michael (Lisa) Bride, Erin (Fred) Telleen, and Shannon (Brendan) O’Neill; grandchildren, Matt (Cayte), Kit (Chelsey), and Brie Neil, Rachel, Tara, and Mitch Bride, Keeli and Kyle Telleen, and Grace O’Neill; and great-grandchildren, Beckett, Dinah Grace, Sadie, Chloe, and Connor Neil; sister-in-law, Ruthanne (Jerry) Huber; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Bride Family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful team at Encompass Home Health & Hospice and Senior Helpers for their gentle care and comfort.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, www.lbda.org or St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org.
Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at St. Martin’s Chapel in Sturgis with father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment at St. Aloysius Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Kitty Fern Coffield

May 26, 1939 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Kitty Fern Coffield was born May 26, 1939. The daughter of Joseph and Delvia (Smith) O’Dell, Kitty passed away unexpectedly on September 23, 2017.
Kitty began her teaching career in the Terraville school district and was a long time substitute teacher for the Lead-Deadwood school system. She was a strong believer in No Child Left Behind.
She enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and was a very active collector of all things Unicorns.
She is survived by her five children, Jack Raymond Coffield of Spearfish, Johnny Dale (Judy) Coffield of Belle Fourche, Susan Dell (Tom) Transcynger of Gillette, WY, Sherry Marie (Kenny) Leaver of Whitewood, and Kasey James (Kristine) Coffield of Spearfish; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one sister, Flo (O'Dell) Barnes of Baltimore, MD; three brothers, Joseph O'Dell of Blundt, SD, and Doyle O'Dell of Lead, SD and Randall Shell; partner, Mike Porter of Deadwood; and extended family.
Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, James O'Dell and John Charles O'Dell and one sister, Jackalynn O'Dell.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated.
Please join us for a Remembrance of Kitty on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bowman Hall, 1001 8th Avenue, Belle Fourche, SD.

 

     
   
     

Joan Jeannette Brunick

August 20, 1937 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Joan Brunick was born August 20, 1937, to John and Florence (Davis) McElhaney in Edgemont, SD. She was raised on the family ranch north of Edgemont. She attended and graduated from Edgemont High School in 1955.
On January 15, 1956, she married Harold “Dick” Remington Sr. in Edgemont and from this marriage, five children were born. They moved into the Rapid City area and eventually made their home in Piedmont in 1975. Joan later moved to Black Hawk in 1992 and married Bud Brunick in 1995. Joan started her career in 1978 as a bookkeeper at the Windmill Truck Stop in Rapid City. She worked there until her retirement in 2003.
Joan enjoyed spending her days of summer working in her yard planting trees, shrubs, and flowers. She loved sitting outside and watching the wildlife wander through her beautiful yard. Most of all, Joan loved her family. Her biggest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They brought a smile to her face that lit up the room around her. Joan’s favorite times of the year were the holidays when everyone could be together.
Joan Jeannette Brunick, 80, Rapid City, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospice House.
Survivors include her five children, Tim (Bobbi) Remington of Edgemont and their children, Dusty, Scott, Casey, Jerry, and Cindy, Dick (Jodie) Remington of Piedmont and their children, Charity, Sarah (Bill) Kinnerson, and Cynthia, Judy Duprel of Sturgis and her children, Ryan, Dan, and David, Julie (Mike) Peterson of Piedmont and their children, Beth (Casey) Pitsor and Jared, and Todd (Michele) Remington of Black Hawk and their children, Tasha, Steven, and Beau; 12 great-grandchildren, Damon, Braelyn, Mason, Ayden, Gage, Aurora, Jace, Charlii, Jake, Riley, Logan, and Jaylen; and one brother, Leonard McElhaney of Edgemont.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Brunick; parents, John and Florence McElhaney; sisters, Gloria Donohoe and Inez Nowlin; son-in-law, Albert Duprel; and grandson, Phillip Swallow.
Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A time of fellowship will be at the Sturgis Community Center following the service.

 

     
   
     

Bruce Richard Jensen

August 19, 1941 - September 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Bruce was born in Los Angeles on August 19, 1941, to Richard and Mildred (Finch) Jensen, and spent his early years in Pasadena, California. At age 13, his family moved to El Centro, California in the Imperial Valley. He graduated from Central High School in 1959, and went on to attend Imperial Valley College. He was employed in the furniture business as a salesman and manager in Arizona, and was a carpet salesman in Burbank. He moved with his family to San Diego where he was the sales manager for Design for Living and later became CEO and Chief Operating Manager.
In 1999, Bruce moved to Colorado to be near his grown children and worked for Farm Bureau Insurance in Glenwood Springs. He also briefly enjoyed working for Aspen Valley Harley Davidson. In 2003 he met the love of his life, Patty Leyba and they were married in Harvey Gap State Park in Rifle, Colorado in 2006. Bruce and Patty lived in Duchesne, Utah for five years and then moved to Sturgis, South Dakota in 2012 to be nearer to Patty’s family. He and Patty were avid outdoors people and adventurers. They loved traveling, fishing, road trips and new experiences.
Bruce passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, September 22, 2017.
Bruce is survived by his wife, brother Paul Jensen (Kathi), sister Myra Steffen, son Jeff Jensen (Debbie), daughter Shana Tyler Jensen (Bill), stepson Dustin Cook (Michelle) and stepson Jeremy Cook (Cheri). He was the proud Grandpa of seven grandchildren: Ashley, Barrett, Matthew, Morgan, Mackenzie, Samantha and Thomas, and had two great-grandchildren, Chase and Piper. He is also survived by nephews Eric Steffen (Kim), Sean Steffen (Nicole), Scott Jensen (Kathleen), Matthew Jensen (Chris, great nephew Aiden and great nieces Abbey, Elise and Avery. Bruce enjoyed being surrounded by a large, loving family.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Glenwood Springs, Colorado at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Charles Arthur Wenneberg

October 19, 1928 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017

 

Charles was born October 19, 1928, in Sturgis to Ruth (Gralapp) and Harry Wennberg. He lived his entire life on the home place in Whitewood Valley. He attended grade school at Hathaway School and graduated from Sturgis High School. Charles also attended Brooking State College from 1948 to 1950.
He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1951. Charles served in Korea during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge in 1953, he returned to Whitewood and worked the family farm/ranch. In 1970, he married Shirley Nonnast.
Charles was active in the American Legion, 4-H, and particularly enjoyed being a Boy Scout Leader. He was very involved in conservation and served on several conservation boards. He was a member of the Whitewood Presbyterian Church.
Charles Arthur Wennberg, 88, Spearfish and formerly of Whitewood, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Paula (Bill Summers) granddaughter, Raylene (Jacob Presley); and great-granddaughter, Ilea.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Whitewood Presbyterian Church in Whitewood with Pastor Jil Jennewein officiating. Burial will follow in the Whitewood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Whitewood Presbyterian Church.

 

     
   
     

Doris Mae Bigler

January 17, 1926 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Doris was born January 17, 1926, at Dupree, SD, to Oscar and Gena (Knudson) Herren. Doris attended grade school at Sunnybrook Rural School and graduated from High School at Dupree in 1943. She attended Black Hills State College in 1944 and 1945 and several summer sessions. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1966.
She was united in marriage to Richard Bigler on November 6, 1957, at Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Doris spent 36 years teaching in rural and city schools. She retired from teaching in 1991. The balance of her years was spent on the farm.
Doris M. Bigler, 91, Piedmont, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at her home.
Survivors include her daughters, Vonda and Darla; one grandson, Jackson and Dick Bigler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters.
Private family services will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Leona Mae Casteel

March 7, 1926 - September 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

 

Leona Mae (Huddleston) Casteel was born March 7, 1926, to Lee and Mayme (Miner) Huddleston in Wasta, SD. Leona was raised in Piedmont and Sturgis, SD. Leona graduated from Sturgis High School in 1944 and received her diploma from National School of Business in Rapid City, SD, in 1945. She married Donald W. Casteel on January 21, 1946, and they raised seven children on the family farm near Vale.
Leona, 91, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital surrounded by her family.
She is survived by sons, Don (Flora Weisz) Casteel, Riverton WY, Guy (Billye Jo) Casteel, Newell, SD, Jerry (Pat) Casteel, Sturgis, and Doug (Chomporn) Casteel, Mobile, AL; daughters, Susan Bruce, Sturgis, Connie (Michael) Manning, Littleton, CO, and Sandy (Tim) Smith, Belle Fourche, SD; 14 grandchildren, Dawn Casteel, Cressie Mahaffey, Gary Ellington, Steve Ellington, Wanda Casteel, Lynn (Josh) Nixon, Kelly (Miranda) Casteel, Krystal Casteel, Ryan (Keri) Casteel, Seth (Annie) Bruce, Stacy (Dan) Castro, Stephaine (Patrick) Isom, and Lisa Smith; 24 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. Leona is also survived by sister, Lois (Blas) Skvicalo, Lead, SD, and brother, Bill (Darlene) Huddleston Sturgis, SD.
Leona was preceded in death by her spouse, Donald Casteel; parents, Lee and Mayme Hudleston; brothers, Bud Huddleston and Red Huddleston; sisters, Mrytle Malen and Betty Dubry; and grandson, Jason Bruce
Leona “THE SWEETEST” lady ever enjoyed making baked goods for friends, family, and strangers alike. She enjoyed working at the auctions (handing out numbers, visiting with people, and providing baked goods), and playing cards. She was still playing cards and winning up until the night before she went into the hospital. Family was very important to our mom. She was the center of our family and had a heart of gold. She is the best of each of us and will be missed!
Thank you to our brother, Jerry (& Pat), and sisters, Susan (Thank You So Much) and Sandy (& Tim), for being there to support Mom in her later years.
Memorials have been established to the Vale Fire Department and Sturgis Ambulance.
Visitation will be Monday, September 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Francis Cecil Blake

September 18, 1933 - September 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 

Francis Cecil Blake was born September 18, 1933, to Clyde and Margaret (Story) Blake. He was raised in the Flandreau area. He met the love of his life, Shirley Daggitt, in Sioux Falls and they were married in Luverne, MN, on May 12, 1956. From this union, three sons were born: Steve and two boys who were lost at child birth. He had many professions but carpentry was his greatest accomplishment. His spare time passions were fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Francis, 84, Sturgis, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
He is survived by one son, Steve (Valoree) of Sturgis; two grandchildren, Jaime (Jeremiah) McKnight and Josh (Ronelle) Blake; seven great-grandchildren, Damian, Keenan, McKenzie, Dominic, Davin, Jonah and Haadyn all of Rapid City; two sisters, Doris (Russell) Wenzel and Lois (Lowell) Blumke, of Minnesota; brother, Darrel (Madlyn) Blake, of Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Francis was preceded in death by his parents; his spouse, Shirley; and two sons.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Reverend Denzel Nonhof officiating. Inurnment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Casper J. "Cap" Heidrich

January 4, 1927 - September 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017

 

Casper “Cap” was born January 4, 1927, at Linton, ND, to Rudolf and Philippina (Rohich) Heidrich. He attended country school near Strasburg, ND, and worked on the family farm.
In 1942, he moved to Vale and in 1944, he moved to Nisland where he worked in the beet fields.
On March 4, 1948, he married Clara Evelyn Einfalt at Belle Fourche, SD.
Cap worked as a hired man until 1949 and spent two winters at Homestake in Lead.
He was drafted in 1952 and served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps and was discharged as a corporal.
He returned to farming until 1974, when they sold out and Cap went to work for the Newell School District as the Nisland school janitor for 18 years. He drove a school bus for 31 years.
Cap was a member of the Nisland Post 33 American Legion.
Casper J. “Cap” Heidrich, 90, Nisland, died at his home on Monday, September 18, 2017.
Survivors include his wife, Clara; son, Bill (Sandy) Heidrich; daughters, Nancy Reid and Patsy Martin; brother, Harry (Jessie) Heidrich; sister, Jean Kryzsko; and three grandchildren, Lyle Hanson, Cody (Cassie) Heidrich, and Clay Heidrich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, three brothers, and three sisters.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, at the Nisland Independent Community Church in Nisland. Burial will follow, with military honors by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial to the Nisland Volunteer Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Ethel Marie Beaty

November 9, 1914 - September 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Ethel Marie (Heil) Beaty was born November 9, 1914, in Avon, SD, to Christian and Margaret (McPherson) Heil. Ethel was not able to have children of her own, so she adopted all her nieces and nephews, and also children of friends and neighbors. Ethel's warm and caring heart was always ready whenever the need was there.
Ethel is now united with family and friends who were called home before the rest of us. She will be tending the flowers in Heaven as here on earth!
Ethel was called home on September 17, 2017.
Graveside committal services will be held Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. She will be inurned with her husband, Ronald.

 

     
   
     

Keith Duane Marshall

May 14, 1946 - September 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm, Monday, September 18, 2017

 

Keith Marshall was born in Cheyenne Agency, SD in May 14, 1946 to Hazel and Sib Marshall. Mr. Marshall had a strong sense of family; he had 17 brothers and sisters and was very active member in church. SD
He and his siblings were bussed to the boarding school in Cheyenne Eagle Butte since they lived so far from school. They only saw their family during holidays and long weekends. He was very active in football, track, and band in school. He graduated high school in 1964 and continued on to Northern State University in Aberdeen. He graduated with a two year Elementary Teaching Certificate & Physical Education.
After completing Northern State University, he had an internal battle within himself to become either a minister or join the military. Feeling his dedication to family, country and his urge to help others, in December of 1966 he went to Sioux Falls Army Recruiter and enlisted as an airborne combat medic. He attended school in Fort Polk, LA; Fort Sam Houston, TX; Fort Benning, GA for paratrooper and airborne combat medic. After completing his training, he was stationed with 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, KY.
He was sent to Vietnam in Dec. 1967 with 101st Airborne on the DMZ. He participated in many search and destroy, and combat assault missions. He received his first Bronze Star (with "V") 5 months later. There were active fire fights and deaths of battalion members every few days. On Feb 22, 1968 Keith was injured with shrapnel during a fire fight. He refused medevac choosing to stay and assist as he was the last surviving medic.
During his time in Vietnam he was transferred over to the 173rd Airborne, assisting with aid for US soldiers and locals. During his time with the 173rd Airborne, he was under orders to return the United States. One day before his flight was to depart Vietnam, a fire broke out, and due to his selfless actions he was awarded the Silver Star.
Arriving back in SD, he worked in Rapid City for a short time as a paramedic. That was difficult assignment as during responses, it would bring him right back to Vietnam.
Keith attended welding school in Denver, Colorado becoming a certified welder. He then worked in the Wyoming oil fields for 16 years, also attending college at University of Wisconsin earning a BA in Human Services. The family later lived 4 years in upstate New York before moving to Sturgis in 2001.
Since retirement, his hobbies include dancing, being an active church member, spending time with family & friends, and very active member in the Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America.
Keith Duane Marshall, died, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at his home in Sturgis, SD
Visitation will be Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Monday, September 17, 2017 at the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis, with burial to follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Tommy "Tom" Glenn Lowry

July 6, 1966 - September 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017

 

Tom was born in Scottsbluff, NE, on July 6, 1966, to Tommy Lee and Margaret Ann (Gilmore) Lowry, and spent his early years in Torrington, WY. After marrying Victoria Montoya, they moved to Rapid City where he raised his family and worked for the City of Rapid City in the Recreation Department.
Tom enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid motorcyclist. He loved fishing the lakes and streams of the Black Hills. You would often find him on a golf course or in the kitchen cooking. He loved animals and could train anything. He was a Little League coach for his sons. Over the last couple years he became a skilled jewelry maker.
Most of all, Tom’s heart and soul was his family. He enjoyed spending as much time as he could with family and close friends. He especially loved to be at home with his grandchildren. Even in his last days when Vicki would try to keep “the girls” quiet he would say “Let them run and have fun. The sound they make is the best sound in the world.”
Tommy "Tom" Glenn Lowry passed away at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD, on Monday, September 11, 2017, at the age of 51.
Tom is survived by his wife of 28 years, Victoria; his sister, Stacy Ann (Brian) Beman of Laramie, WY; his two sons, Nicholas Joseph and Jared Anthony Lowry of Rapid City; his two daughters, Megan Michelle (Jakeb) Myers of Sidney, NE, and Amanda Elizabeth (Nico) Steele of Rapid City. Tom also had six beautiful granddaughters; Neveah, Taliya, Emma, Melody, Harper and Avey.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret "Sis" Ann Gilmore and Tommy Lee Lowry; and his grandparents, William and Margaret Elizabeth Gilmore.
Tom’s final wish was not to have a funeral but to celebrate his full life. He wanted a time for family and friends to come together in prayer so a Rosary will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. A mass will be held in honor of Tom on Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. The Rosary and the mass will be held at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Rapid City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice House, 224 Elk St., Rapid City, SD 57701. The family of Tom Lowry wishes to thank the staff of Hospice House and all of the family and friends that made Tom’s last days peaceful and loving.

 

     
   
     

Audrey Ellen Meyer

November 16, 1920 - September 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Audrey Ellen Bartlett Meyer was born November 16, 1920, in Kinghurst County, MN, to Vance Lovette and Sylvia Hazel (Grier) Bartlett.
She married Lawrence William Truax and they settled in Onamia, MN. Three children were born to this union; David William, Joanne Ellen, and Judy Ann.
Audrey worked at several jobs and enjoyed high ranking positions in the Rebecca Lodge in Sturgis. Helping others was her joy.
Audrey married Paul Meyer in 1985 and they lived in Sturgis, SD. They wintered in their comfy trailer in Quartzite, AZ, at their daughters ‘desert family property where daughter, Joanne, lived. Holidays were a joy with visitors from both Audrey and Paul’s families.
Audrey passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Happy to have shared her life are her son, David William (Judy) Truax, Maiden Rock, WI; daughter, Judy Ann Rees, Carlsbad, CA; six grandchildren, Steven and Brian Truax, Patrick Holbert and Kelly Shermak, Dell Weinkauf and Tonia Chambers; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Phillip Truax, Lacy Shermak, Jassandra and Cashton Holbert and Greg Weinkauf ; and one great-great-grandchild, Jacelyn Chambers; sisters, Lorraine Larson, Minn., and Barbara ”Bobby” Austin, Torrance, CA; brothers, Darwin (Mardell) Bartlett, Red Wing, MN, Vance Bartlett, Bruno, MN, and Douglas (Arlou) Bartlett, Chugiak, AK.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joanne Ellen Weinkauf-Donavan; husband, Paul Meyer; sisters, Vivian Anderson and Jocelyn Ridgway; and brothers, Jeffery, Lary, Norman, and Elwin.
Visitation is Sunday, September 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis.
Funeral service will be held Monday, September 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Spearfish. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A Memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Gary Wayne Lippold

November 6, 1950 - September 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017

 

Gary was born November 6, 1950, in Topeka, KS, to Wayne and Janet (Cruickshank) Lippold. The family moved to Corpus Christi, TX, in 1954, and remained in the state of Texas settling in the Austin area prior to Gary’s elementary school years.
Gary was a lifelong Texas Longhorn fan, since the day Darrell Royal visited his neighborhood in Austin, TX, and threw a pass to Gary (which Gary caught). Gary loved football and supported his Texas teams his whole life.
Gary graduated from Liberty Hill High School in Liberty Hill, TX, in 1969. As a sophomore in high school, Gary proved to be an entrepreneur raising cattle and 1,000 hogs, which he sold to pay for his college education. In his youth, Gary loved golf, water skiing, hunting, and fishing.
Gary graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in accounting. Upon graduation, Gary went to work for J. Storm Drilling in Corpus Christi as an accountant.
Gary put his whole heart into everything he did. So it was when he established Glencoe CampResort in 1982, building it into a large and successful enterprise. His family’s involvement during the Rally each year made these the happiest years of Gary’s life. His folks, Wayne and Janet, ran the concession stands, his sister, Peggy, and brother-in-law, Ed, and family were often able to help and several long-time employees were as close as family; Fritz Lamphere, Cindy and Shawn Cruickshank, RT Shaw, and Jan Lamphere. Over the years, Gary was happy to work with the clients of New Dawn Center at Vale, providing many of them second chances at life.
In December 1991, Gary helped establish Sturgis Rally and Races to better manage and organize the annual motorcycle Rally. It was Gary’s vision that the Rally return a tangible benefit to the residents of Sturgis.
Then he built Sturgis Dragway, Kickstart Travel Center, the Thunderdome, started Big G Construction, and became partners in Sturgis Bike Week, a t-shirt printing company. Since he missed raising cattle in Texas, during this time, he purchased a beautiful ranch near Enning, SD, where he made many improvements to the dams and infrastructure.
Gary was proud of his successful businesses, yet the story of Gary’s life can only be told by the things he did to help other people. Gary was a master organizer and problem solver. He was involved in more fund raising events than any of us can remember, including raising money for rural fire departments, friends with medical problems, community fund raisers and many others. In 1993, Gary organized an informal “inauguration” for Meade County resident Walter Dale Miller who became governor when Gov. Mickelson was killed in an airplane crash. Gary studied the art of catering to large groups of people, put together a battle plan, drew it out meticulously with every conceivable detail covered, then he and his friend, Bob Davis (and a large number of volunteers), fed over 3,000 people in 20 minutes.
Gary was a board member of the Greater Lifecare Foundation, Sturgis Area Business Alliance, and Meade Co. Taxpayers for Responsible Government.
Nothing was more dear to Gary’s heart than the Lippold Hospice Unit at Sturgis Regional Hospital. This wonderful facility was dedicated in 2005 and named in honor of Gary’s parents. At the dedication Gary said, “There is not a more compassionate or valuable gift than the support that hospice provides in a family’s greatest hour of need.” Countless families have been comforted over the years from this jewel in our community.
Gary will also be remembered as the co-founder of the Sturgis Mustang Rally, which just completed its 11th year. Gary’s superior organizational skills, dedication to a project, and determination certainly played a vital role in making the Mustang Rally into such a successful event.
Sturgis businessman Gary Wayne Lippold died September 11, 2017, at the Lippold Hospice Suite after a heroic battle with cancer.
Gary Lippold is survived by his muscle and enforcer, soulmate and love of his life, Robin Shrake; brothers, Gregor Lippold, Newell, Bob (Thelma) Lippold, Portland, TX, and Peggy (Ed) Luna, Troy, TX; nieces, Janell (Keith), Jamie Lynn (Clark), Tana, and Jalee; nephew, William; and special friend, Bob Davis.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Janet Lippold; and foster brother, John Bailey.
A visitation will be held Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Sturgis Community Center.
A memorial has been established to the upkeep and maintenance of the beloved Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Helen Marie Dunbar

July 14, 1918 - September 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 15, 2017

 

Helen Marie (Johnson) Dunbar was born July 14, 1918, to Clyde and Sylvia Johnson in the village of Big Falls, MN. Sometime later, the family moved to Bemidji, MN, where her father took on several business ventures trying to support a growing family. Helen graduated from the Bemidji school system.
The family then made a final move to McArthur, CA, to start a gas station-bar business. Helen eventually left Minneapolis, MN, to be with her sister, Marian. She then met Jack Dunbar and they were married in 1938 in Minnesota. Jack was a Gray Hound bus driver which led to several moves during which time Helen took on sales clerking jobs, mainly for J C Penny's.
Retirement brought them back to McArthur, CA, until Jack's death in 2003. Helen sold their property in 2005 and because of poor health, her niece, Helen Yantes, brought her to Sturgis, SD, in 2007. Recovering (Helen) was able to be in her own apartment and maintain her independence until her death September 7, 2017, at Deadwood Regional Hospital.
Helen is survived by her sister, Therese Johnsen of Redding, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Dunbar; her parents; and six siblings.
Helen's legacy is she never met anyone she didn't like and everyone liked her sweet and fun personality. Anyone who knew Helen knew she was a regular at Mineral Palace Gaming, where she was treated like family. They all watched over her and she felt like it was home away from home.
Rest in peace dear soul-You will be missed.
Memorial services will be held Friday, September 15, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will be in Minnesota at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Iris Oriole Taylor

January 31, 1919 - September 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Iris Oriole Taylor, 98, Sturgis, died Monday, September 4, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care in Sturgis, SD.
Iris was born January 31, 1919, in Niobrara, NE, to Henry Charles and Alice Mae (Richards) Lackmann. The family moved to Belle Fourche, SD, where Iris graduated from high school in 1937. She was united in marriage to Robert Louis Taylor on December 30, 1939, in Sundance, WY. Three children were born to this union.
Iris started her employment as a clerk at the JC Penney store in Belle Fourche during WWII. She continued working as a clerk until she retired from the Red Cross Drugstore in Sisseton, SD, when she was 75.
Iris "Grandma T" moved to Sturgis in 1994 to be closer to family where she enjoyed babysitting great-grandchildren and others. In her spare time she enjoyed walking and reading.
Iris is survived by her son, Steve (Linda) Taylor, Broken Arrow, OK; daughters, Sharon Stewart, Sturgis, and Dixie Labrake, Gainsville, VA; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren, with another due in November.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sisters, and 6 brothers.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, with burial following at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials are to the Berry Unit of Sturgis Regional Senior Care, for the excellent care they gave Iris during her 7 years as a resident. To all of her "LOVE" girls/ladies, her family says Thank You for your care.

 

     
   
     

Alan Boyd Price

December 6, 1947 - September 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service

 

Alan Boyd Price was born December 6, 1947, in Dupree, SD, to Walt & Thora Price. His childhood years were spent on the family ranch in Red Owl, SD. After attending country school, he graduated from Faith High School. In 1966, he enlisted in the US Army to serve during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged in 1969, he married the love of his life, Merla Dawn Weyer. They were blessed with two children, Launa and Chad. The next 48 years they spent ranching in the Red Owl / Opal area. Along with ranching, Alan enjoyed woodworking, welding, and spending time with his family.
Alan passed on Friday, September 1, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital as the result of an accident.
Alan is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Merla Dawn; daughter, Launa (Shane) Grubl; son, Chad (Jenny) Price; five grandchildren, Teigen & Trey Grubl, and Brayden, Brigg, & Brynlie Price; and his parents, Walt and Thora Price.
Alan was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Price; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Merle and Addie Boyd Weyer.
Per Alan’s wishes, private family services were held.
A memorial has been established in Alan’s memory to the Opal and Red Owl Fire Departments.

 

     
   
     

Debra Raye Enright

June 4, 1952 - September 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Debra Raye Enright, 65, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Debra was born June 4, 1952, in Mobridge, SD, to Henry and Ramona (Horst) Scherer. Debra graduated from Lead High School in 1970, and from Black Hills State University in 1997. She worked for many years as an accountant in the Lynn's corporate office in Rapid City. Debra was president of the Grace Lutheran Church Women and on the governing council at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Even though Deb had no children of her own, her love for children was demonstrated through the love and joy she shared with her nieces and nephews as well as the children of Grace Lutheran Church through her puppet ministry.
Debra is survived by her husband, Dillard Enright, Sturgis; mother, Ramona Scherer, Sturgis; and her siblings, David (Sherry) Scherer, Lead, Deanna Mattox, Rapid City, Doreen McGlade, Casper, WY, Dan (Amy) Scherer, Rapid City, Denise Noetzel, Redding, CA, Delphia (Kevin) Johnson, Elko, NV, and Jim (Cheryl) Welckle, Oracle, AZ. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Justin (Kendra) Enright and Scott Enright; mother-in-law, Lucille Enright; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; father, Henry Scherer; nephew, Jesse Scherer; brother-in-law, David Mattox; and father-in-law, Bruce Enright.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Relay for Life and to Grace Lutheran Church

 

     
   
     

Keith Hanson Sr.

September 15, 1935 - September 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Saturday, September 9, 2017

 

I was born September 15, 1935, to Harold and Opal (Papka) Hanson in Hettinger, ND, at Springer Hospital. My folks were working for Gunder Homme at the time, south of Strool. We moved to the Bagley place in 1936 working for George Elling, then to the Potter White place west of the Slim Buttes in 1937. After that we moved to the Rudolf Lee place in 1938 and then half a mile north to the Lars Rugdaberg place in 1939 which they purchased.
I went to the Jefferson School all eight years riding horse for the first four years. Roads were not good. In the spring of '49, there was 24 to 30 inches of snow everywhere. There was no way you could drive, so the teacher, three girls, and four boys stayed in the teacherage in two rooms for four weeks. I was the oldest boy so it was my job to get all three stoves started (bedroom, kitchen, and school house) in that order. When I got back from the school house, breakfast was ready. There was no running water or electricity. We had fun during our stay at the school house. I stayed home after getting out of school, working with my father and neighbors when they needed extra help, which made me a few extra dollars for gas and dance money. Every Saturday night there was a dance somewhere, and I was usually there. I loved to dance. The dances were something in the past. I was a maintenance man for the Reva community telephone until it was taken over by Bell Telephone Co.
I was working for the A.S.C., known as the Farm Service Agency, going from farm to farm measuring all wheat fields planted each spring. Also, I tested every grain bin the government had at their sites in Bowman, Scranton, and Reeder checking grain temperature and if there were any bugs present.
I entered the US Army on November 7, 1957, and was sent to Korea for 13 months and was discharged in September of '59. On July 15, 1961, Bonnie Sigman and I were married in Sturgis, SD, with Willie Tenold and Gloria Hanson standing up for us. We purchased the Ruby Mort place, we couldn't move in until November. We rented an 8X22 foot trailer house, living in it for almost four months, moving in November 7, 1961. I and Ellis Peck sheared sheep around the area for a few years and in the spring of 1960, I went to north east Nebraska shearing. There, everyone had a few sheep to trim and tree belts. I earned one dollar per head, which was much better than the 50 cents I earned back home.
I went on the township board in 1964, and also was on the County Commissioners board for four years. Bonnie and I have five children; Kevin, Suzan, Noreen, Edward, and Keith Jr. We also have five grandsons and one granddaughter. As the children got bigger so did their chores, they milked six cows by hand, later getting a milking machine. We bought baby calves at the sale barns, getting about ten head every other week or what we could get to feed the milk to. Then we had around 600 laying hens getting more than 30 dozen eggs to be washed and candled every day. Then we had an egg delivery route to Reva, Prairie City, Bison, SD, and Hettinger, ND, every week. It seemed as if someone always had a scoop shovel or fork in their hand, cleaning somewhere. Each year there were 400 chicks, 300 pullets, and a hundred fryers. In 1966, we purchased the Emmett Quatier and my parent's land. We started out with sheep, as all the land was fenced for them. I had a small herd to start with. Then as the kids left, a switch to cattle took place as this was much easier than lambing.
I had a couple of hobbies; one is the collecting of teaspoons with different patterns and sets like all the states and presidents, etc. Some are sterling silver, some are silver plate and others stainless. I also have a few twisted handle butter knives which are hard to find as they didn't make any past the 1920's. Bonnie started a Christmas village scene, but soon outgrew her expectancy, going from seven houses to over fifty. It takes most of the living room now. The set contains around 500 pieces now with trees, people, street lights, animals, roads and sidewalks. The scene is beautiful when lit at night.
In 2005, doctors discovered my kidneys were shutting down and in the fall of 2007, I was put on dialysis. I had to sell the cattle and retire. On March 6, 2009, I received a used (new to me) kidney. I have been doing great since then, having to watch my diet and take my pills, traveling many miles on numerous doctor visits.
In May of 2010, Bonnie entered the hospital at Hettinger, ND, with many problems. She had been in declining health for some time, which we did not realize. On July 17, two days after our 49th anniversary, she passed away. She is at peace with her Lord at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, in the wall at A.C. 21. On April 27, 2013, I married Margaretta (Smith) Ladson at the Reva Lutheran Church.
After a long fight of kidney disease, I left this life and entered Heaven to join family.
Keith E. Hanson, Sr., Reva, died Friday, September 1, 2017, at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD.
I am survived by my wife, Margaretta; three sons, Kevin (Linda), Edward, and Keith, Jr. (Julie); two daughters, Suzan, and Noreen (John) Green; grandchildren, Jake, Dalton, Lance, Lynn, Robert, and Kyla; and step-children, Lori, Lorin, Lisa, and Larry.
I am preceded in death by my parents; wife, Bonnie; and two brothers, Wesley and Leonard.
An evening service will be 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, with a visitation starting at 5:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Reva Community Hall in Reva, SD. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Wayne Otto Erickson

September 23, 1959 - August 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, September 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Wayne Otto Erickson, 57, Rapid City, died Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Wayne was born September 23, 1959, in Hot Springs, SD, to Lauren and Minnie (Boeken) Erickson. Throughout his life, he held many positions and it didn't matter what the job entailed, he gave 100% and did it with pride. He served in the U S Air Force from 1977 until his honorable discharge in 1981. He worked at a sawmill, washed dishes in a restaurant, rang the bell for the Salvation Army, was at the information desk at a city office, and was a dispatcher at a bus station.
Wayne loved life and would give whatever he had to help someone out. Football was the highlight of his TV. He also listened along with Gunsmoke, The Virginian, Bonanza, and Little House on the Prairie. He also enjoyed listening to the news.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Lou Erickson of Rapid City; his mother, Minnie Wood of Capitan, NM; daughters, Christy (Tom) Anderson of Rapid City, Melissa Sisk of Rapid City, and Ann Icenogle, soon to be Eutsler (Craig) of Glenrock, WY; grandson, Paul Wolfe; granddaughters, Faith and Rebekah Icenogle and Savannah Eutsler; his siblings, LaVonne (Marvin) Wolf, New Mexico, Barb (Les) Scarbrough, Texas, LeRoy (Shelly) Erickson, Wyoming, Carlos (Anne) Erickson, South Dakota, and Charlotte Bason, New Mexico; and Wayne's dog, Malaika.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lauren "Bumps" Erickson; and sister-in-law, Debbie Erickson.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Sean McPherson officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established for "Leader Dogs" for the blind.

 

     
   
     

Benjamin "Ben" Bauer

March 30, 1929 - August 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 

Benjamin was born March 30, 1929, to Benjamin and Florence (Warren) Bauer in Cottonwood, SD.
Ben served in the Navy Construction Battalion.
Ben spent the latter part of his life writing stories and recording his family history. The following was found among his writing as part of his self-written obituary and last wishes:
“I was here, now I am gone and it was for such a short time to. I can only hope that my presents here made a difference for some of you. My wealth was in my family which was more than some had. Additional wealth was in my friends,
There were many things I would have liked to have accomplished while I was here. But most important was the love, honor and humor that I received and tried to pass on to others. I leave no statues or famous last words to remember me by. What wisdom I held and tried to pass on was one of my gifts to you.
Hold your head high, be truthful. Follow the commandments and never trust a Politician no matter what he or she says.”
Ben R. Bauer, 88, of Rapid City, passed away August 28, 2017 at Fort Meade, SD.
Ben is survived by his children, Lynette Hall, Renton, WA; Cathy Labor, Rapid City; Paul (Noemi) Bauer, Piedmont;; Mark (Janelle) Bauer, Piedmont; Jay Bauer, Rapid City, and Scott Bauer, Rapid City; seven grandchildren, four great–grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, sisters, Roberta Freeman, Sturgis and Doris (Jack) Ward, Black Hawk; brother, Walt (Rose) Bauer, Ansonia, CT.
Ben is preceded in death by the joy of his life, Peggy R (Balander) Bauer, his parents Ben and Florence F. (Warren) Bauer and many family members and friends.
Graveside services will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. with military honors.
He requested no flowers and that any memorials go to his family for donation of their choice.

 

     
   
     

Larry Lum Williams

February 16, 1942 - August 25, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 

Larry was born in Worland, WY, on February 16, 1942, to Roy and Leura Williams. He worked for various school districts as a maintenance man and various other jobs from construction to oil fields. He was raised hunting and fishing in the Big Horn Mountains and that is where his love laid until his passing.
He married Joann Rieker on February 28, 1965, in Casper, WY. Together they lived in various places, spending 16 years in Sundance, WY, and eventually moving to Deadwood, SD, where Larry worked as a cook for many years. Later they moved to Newell, SD, and enjoyed retirement together.
Larry was very active in his family and loved each one of them. Larry was an avid fisherman. He made sure to teach all his grandchildren how to fish and made sure to take them fishing on many occasions. Larry loved to sing, “You are my Sunshine” and “Here comes Peter Cottontail” to all of his grandchildren. Larry was always willing to help anyone in need.
Larry Lum Williams, 75, Newell, died Friday, August 25, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Larry is survived by his sister, Helen Case, Windsor, CO; daughter Laraya (Jeff) Royer, Sturgis; sons, Kenneth (Kristi) Williams, Newell, and Kevin (Patty) Williams, Whitewood; his grandchildren, Steven and Shawna Royer, and Christopher, Tonisha, Daniel, Colter, and Dustin Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews which he loved like his own children.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Joann; parents, Roy and Leura Williams; sister, Alberta (Berdie) Swanson; brothers, Edwin, Dale, and Delbert Williams; and his grandson, Weston Williams.
Visitation will be 8:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at Black Hills Baptist Church in Whitewood, SD, with Pastor Sean Donnelly officiating. Interment will be at Vale Cemetery.
A memorial has been set up for the education of his grandchildren.

 

     
   
     

Wray Willard Morrison

September 3, 1930 - August 25, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Sunday September 10, 2017

 

Wray was born September 3, 1930, at New Hill, North Carolina to Lamon and Ada (Powell) Morrison. He entered the United States Air Force in the 50’s and served his country honorably until his retirement after 20 years. He spent most of his 20 years at Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD. After his retirement, he went to work for the Federal Government in Civil Service. After retiring from civil service, he spent most of his time touring the United States in his motor home.
Wray Willard Morrison, 86, Rapid City, died Friday, August 25, 2017, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade, SD.
He has two sons, Dana and Mikie; and one daughter, Carlotta. He married Sandra Britton in December of 1982. He gained two stepdaughters Michele of Pennsylvania and Carol of Arizona, who considered him “Dad.” He has six grandchildren, Daniel, Kiley, Mickie, B.J., Nicole, and Savannah; four great-grandchildren, Sophie, Addisyn, McKensie and Landon (born four days before Wray’s death); one sister, Ruby in North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Hezzie, Herman, Sydney, Burton, and Burnette.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 4703 South Canyon Rd. in Rapid City, SD.

 

     
   
     

Joseph Wendell Schaffer

June 17, 1958 - August 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, August 28, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.

 

Joe was born June 17, 1958, to Jim and Doris Schaffer in Mitchell, SD. He graduated high school in 1976 and then completed the Culinary Arts program at MAVTS. Joe married Brenda Bollinger in Sturgis on June 22, 1985.
He was a chef in Yankton, Jacksonville, FL, and the Sluice Restaurant in Spearfish. He worked in numerous food venues until his love for children led him to become Food Service Director for Meade Schools.
Joe was a WWII history buff and restored two old jeeps. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved building things in his shop. He enjoyed camping, 4-wheeling, and motorcycling with family and friends.
Joseph Wendell Schaffer, 59, Sturgis, went on his eternal hunting journey on Thursday, August 24, 2017, after suffering a heart attack.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda; his mother, Doris Schaffer; two sisters, Rene DeJong and Connie (Larry) Mutchler; three brothers, Pat Schaffer, Bill (Connie) Schaffer, and Eric (Gwen) Schaffer; sisters-in-law, Barb (Todd) Colgrove and Lori (Keenan) Dohn; and brothers-in-law, Rick (Mercedes) Bollinger and Darrin Bollinger. He is also survived by numerous treasured nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Schaffer, and father and mother-in-law, Mel and Darlene Bollinger.
Visitation will be Sunday, August 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established for Pheasants Forever, Meade School District Nurses, and Hunter's Safety.

 

     
   
     

Michelle Rose Militello

July 8, 1958 - August 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, August 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

After a courageous battle with cancer, Michelle Militello left this world from the comfort of her home on August 24, 2017.
Michelle was born in Cobourge, Ontario, and came to the United States as a young child. She spent her childhood in Michigan, graduating from Evart High School in 1976. After high school, she had two children, Kevin and Madeleine, who she adored more than life itself. Later she moved to Box Elder, SD, where she met the love of her life, Richard Engleman. She found her passion in cosmetology where she would become an instructor; sharing her knowledge and helping others find their passion as well.
Michelle lived her life with compassion, caring for everyone that she met and never hesitating to go the extra mile for someone in need. She loved her family and always put their needs before her own. She put great emphasis on teaching her children and grandchildren to care for others and to always do the right thing. Michelle would be the first person there to support someone in their dreams and aspirations but would not hesitate to tell you if she thought you were not living up to your potential.
Michelle leaves behind son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Bridget; daughter, Madeleine, and son-in-law, Richard; along with her five granddaughters, Mikayla, Lily, Elizabeth, Kaydence, and Aubrey. Michelle also leaves behind 7 brothers and sisters, Gloria (Bill), Jerre (Danny), Kirk (Laurie), Kevin (Robin), Tim (Marcia), Craig (Shelly), and Kissy all of Michigan; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that have become family.
With her passing she joins the love of her life, Richard Engleman; step-son, Bryce Engleman; as well as her mother and father, Eileen and Edmund Gostlin.
Services will be held in her home at 319 Spruce Dr., Box Elder, SD. There will be a viewing on Sunday, August 27th at 5:00 p.m. A gathering will follow on Monday August 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.
While cancer may have taken Michelle’s life, it has never broken her spirit. “When I die, I know it will be a bitter sweet, and I am good with that.”

 

     
   
     

Quinn Patrick Schleuning

October 7, 1986 - August 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Quinn was born October 7, 1986, in Shannon County, SD. He was adopted by Bob and Peggy Schleuning. Quinn grew up and attended school in Sturgis until his senior year. He then moved to Gillette.
Quinn liked basketball, baseball, and football and participated in those sports as he grew up. He worked the past several years in construction.
Quinn Patrick Schleuning, 30, Mt. Vernon, SD, and formerly of Sturgis, died Tuesday, August 22, 2917, in Mitchell.
He is survived by two sons, Elijah and Leo Schleuning; parents, Bob and Peggy Schleuning of Mitchell, SD; four brothers, Chris of Plankington, SD, Erick of Phoenix, AZ, Derick of Springfield, SD, and Shannon Hanson Black Crow of Springfield, SD; two sisters, Haley Jolley of Spearfish, and Joley Millard of Gillette; 17 nieces and nephews; and one great-niece.
Visitation with family will be Friday, August 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

 

     
   
     

Connie Jo Stecher

January 3, 1948 - August 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017

 

Connie was born January 3, 1948, in Greeley, CO to Wilhelm and Edna Mae (Meads) Wonenberg.
Her most rewarding job was working at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood as a CNA. She loved taking care of her resident’s. And was able to keep her mom and Aunt Marge at their homes and care for them until their deaths.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was always ready for a game of liverpool rummy.
Connie Jo Stecher, 69, of New Underwood, died Tuesday, August 22, 2017, peacefully at her daughter’s home.
She is survived by her brothers, Carl, Jerry and Billie Wonenberg; son, Ron (Jodi) Brauher; daughter, Kammy (Ron) Trullinger; nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017, at New Underwood Community Center, 500 S. A Ave. with Pastor Gary Johnson officiating.


 

     
   
     

Reverend Donald Earle Hadrick

February 15, 1934 - August 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, August 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Reverend Donald Earle Hadrick, 83, of Boulder Canyon, SD, passed away August 20, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Earlier in the day, Don celebrated his 57th wedding anniversary with his wife, Jean.
Don was born February 15, 1934, near Faulkton, SD, to Louis and Bertha (Elliott) Hadrick. He grew up on the farm but left at a young age. Don enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1953 and was transferred to Marine Corps Depot in San Diego, CA. Due to an injury at a very young age, Don was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. Don then went to Minneapolis and worked in a pharmacy until 1956 when he responded to his calling to be a minister. He returned to South Dakota and attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD. While attending Dakota Wesleyan University, he met the love of his life, Virjean "Jean" Dykes and they married on August 20, 1960, at the Presbyterian Church in Bridgewater, SD, by Dr. Jack Early. (Dr. Early baptized all four of Don’s children). In 1960, Don graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a degree in History and Jean graduated from the Methodist School of Nursing.
While attending Dakota Wesleyan University, Don served the Methodist Churches in Kennebec and Reliance and continued to serve both churches for one year after graduation. In 1961, Don and Jean moved to Kansas City so Don could attend St. Paul School of Theology. While attending seminary, Don worked at Wyandotte Detention Center for Youth and they welcomed their first child, Mark Donald. In 1962, Don and Jean moved to Faith where Don served the Faith United Methodist Church and Plainview Community Church. Don completed his theology training at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and they welcomed their second child, Laura Jean.
In 1966, Don and Jean moved from Faith to Tulare where Don served the Tulare United Methodist Church, St. John United Church of Christ, and Salem United Church of Christ. In 1967, Don was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church and they welcomed their twins, Darla Kay and Brian Ray.
In 1969, Don was involved in a near fatal car accident and spent a month in the hospital and many more months recovering.
In 1972, Don was appointed to Selby, SD, where he served the Selby United Methodist Church and the Lowery Pilgrim United Church of Christ. During this time, Don served on the board of the South Dakota Mental Health Association and was later elected President. During his time at Selby, he was bestowed the nickname RD (Reverenced Don).
In 1979, Don was appointed to Webster, SD, and served the Webster and Bristol United Methodist Churches. Don worked with the area ministerial association and helped several families in refugee resettlement programs. Don served the community of Webster as a member of the Kiwanis Club and learned to roll cotton candy for the masses!
In 1985, Don was appointed to Deadwood United Methodist Church. Don loved the Black Hills and loved his role as Preacher Smith during the Days of 76. Don was also instrumental in erecting a monument at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, honoring Preacher Smith.
In 1989, Don was appointed the Senior Pastor at the Redfield Greater Parish. He served this appointment until 1996 when Don and Jean retired from the ministry and moved to Boulder Canyon, SD. Don and Jean moved into their retirement home which was built by their children and Don loved to show it off to anyone who stopped by. Sometimes the tours took several hours and included a meal.
Even though Don retired officially in 1996, he continued to serve the Lord as a pulpit supply pastor for many years until his Alzheimer’s refused to allow him to continue.
During his many years of ministry, Don served the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church in many capacities including: Board of Ordained Ministry, Board of Missions, Board of Trustees, Conference Council on Finance and Administration, and Camping Council.
In 2010, Don was honored as a Jubilee Clergy (clergy members serving 50 years) by Bishop Debra Lieder-Kiesey.
Don was a Mason and joined the lodge in Faulkton, SD. He served the Masons in various capacities and in 2015, Don was presented with a gold lapel pin honoring his 60 years of membership.
Don gave of himself and donated over 10 gallons of blood over the years.
Don loved the Lord and he loved to “Tell the Story.” Don loved people, those he knew and those he did not know and he always had a smile, a handshake, and a cup of coffee for anyone willing to accept it.
Don gave of himself and encouraged everyone to do better than they thought they could do. He never gave up, never gave in and fought the battle for the Lord with courage, dignity, integrity and love. Well done good and faithful servant.
Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virjean (Dykes) Hadrick; four children, Mark (Judy) Hadrick of Yuba City, CA, Laura (Todd) Baase of Santee, CA, Darla Hadrick of Selby, SD, and Brian Hadrick of Springfield, NE; his brother, Robert (Marilyn) Hadrick; brothers-in-law, Dale Dykes and Dan (Vicki) Dykes; sisters-in-law, Ardyce Hadrick, Janice Hadrick, and Glenda Stephenson; 8 grandchildren, Hiromi Tomita, Whitney Higgens, Jennifer Baase, Scott Baase, Brandon Hadrick, Kortney Hadrick, and Hanna and Halin Hadrick; 4 great-grandchildren, Grant Higgens, Garrett (Ali) Higgins, Emily Leonard, and Dax Tomita; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Kinzy, Ryan, Aysen, and Aubrey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Louis Hadrick; his in-laws, Nathan and Marie (Gossel) Dykes; two brothers, Charles Hadrick and Harold Hadrick; three sisters-in-law, Wanda (Dykes) Buell, Marlene Dykes , and Kathy Dykes; and one great-grandchild, James Leonard.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a family service beginning at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel and a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Sturgis United Methodist Church with Pastor Sharla McCaskell (Rev. Hadrick’s confirmation student) officiating.
In lieu of flowers and cookies, memorials have been established in Don's name for Alzheimer's on a local level, to the churches he served, and to the scholarship fund at the Faulkton Methodist Church.

 

     
   
     

Lonnie James Isam, Jr.

May 7, 1969 - August 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Take a ride through the country.

 

The world of antique motorcycling mourns the loss of one of their most beloved and respected personalities. With his parents by his side, Lonnie Isam, Jr., quietly lost his long and hard-fought battle with cancer on August 20, 2017, at his home in Sturgis, SD. Born May 7, 1969, in Edmonds, Washington, and raised as the only child of Lonnie Sr. and Marianne Isam, Lonnie grew up surrounded by antique machinery and was well versed in all things motorcycle at an early age. As a teenager, he spent weekends scouring garage sales and swap meets with his best friend, then reselling their treasures to make spending money well before eBay, American Pickers, or What’s in the Barn was ever thought of.
As a young man, he traveled to Europe, worked with his father as a motorcycle wrangler on the movie set of Oliver Stone’s conspiracy film, JFK, and immersed himself in learning all he could about motorcycling’s past. Respected as a leading authority on motorcycle history and restoration, Lonnie eventually opened his own motorcycle shop called Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, SD, but it is the Motorcycle Cannonball Run that he will always be remembered for.
Known around the globe as the founder of the most difficult antique motorcycle endurance ride in the world, Lonnie started the famous Cannonball Run back in 2010, forever changing the landscape of antique motorcycling by encouraging owners to make their ancient machines roadworthy and hit the blacktop with fellow enthusiasts. His original quest to just share a ride along America’s back roads with friends catapulted the wrenching visionary into the public eye as he managed to lead a different international group of adventurous riders in an epic excursion across the country three more times after the inaugural run. Participants have declared the runs as “life changing.” And while Lonnie Jr. was always happiest when sharing a lane with his friends, his role of promoter launched the quiet gear head into a spotlight he was ill prepared for. He eschewed the limelight and shunned publicity. As far as he was concerned, the old bikes deserved to live out their lives as they were intended, being ridden, and that was all that was important. Lonnie Isam, Jr., will forever be a part of motorcycling’s glorious history.
His birth mother, JoAnne Marie Isam, preceded Lonnie Jr. in death. As per his request, there will be no services. Instead, it is suggested you take a ride through the country and recall a man who lived his life for his many friends and the sincere love of antique motorcycles.

 

     
   
     

Eugene "Gene" Rottenbucher

January 13, 1935 - August 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Eugene "Gene" Carl Rottenbucher was born January13, 1935, at 4:00 a.m. to Jake and Margaret Rottenbucher at Carl Gerber's home on the kitchen table. He died August 20, 2017.
Gene was raised on a ranch in Cedar Canyon, SD. One of his most memorable experiences was breaking a horse his dad gave him named Peco. He was scared to break him but afterwards they were a great team. He attended school in Cedar Canyon, Sulfphur Creek, and St. Martins.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1953 during the Korean War, serving in Germany. Following his honorable discharge in 1955, he worked as a ranch hand. While doing this, he found the love of his life, Lila Richardson. They were married February 4, 1956. Together they had seven children.
In the 60's, Gene entered the heating and air conditioning trade. He later established Gene’s Heating and Air Conditioning in Sturgis, SD. He retired in 1996 after selling his business to Dave Shone.
During his life, Gene was active in the Sturgis American Legion and the VFW, serving as the Commander for a number of years. He also bartended and called bingo for the VFW. He enjoyed the motorcycle rally, which allowed him to meet a lot of people that he became lifelong friends with. Gene owned a Honda Helix that he and Lila drove for over 45,000 miles.
Gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lila; two sons, Jake (Murl) Rottenbucher and Jan (Sami) Rottenbucher; five daughters, Donna Baier, Debbie (Mark) Klabenes, Dixie Barnett, Sandy (Blaise) Frost, and LuAnn (Marvin) Kellsy; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Rottenbucher; sister, Katherine Symonds; and grandson, Greg Baier.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian burial will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at old St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to old St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Henry Herman Scherer

September 10, 1927 - August 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

 

Heinrich "Henry" Hermann Scherer passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017.
He was born September 10, 1927, in Selby, SD, to Heinrich and Christine (Schaack) Scherer. He entered the US Army as a “farmer general” and served in the Philippines during World War II. He tried his hand at several occupations and worked at Homestake Mine until he was disabled in a mining accident. He later co-owned the Lantern Motel for 25 years.
Henry was an active outdoorsman, an avid reader and pinochle player, and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and trips to Deadwood in his later years. He was instrumental in organizing family reunions and keeping everyone connected, and was known for having just the right saying for every occasion.
Henry is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ramona (Horst); their seven children, Debra (Dillard) Enright, David (Sherry) Scherer, Deanna Mattox, Doreen McGlade, Daniel (Amy) Scherer, Denise Noetzel, and Delphia (Kevin) Johnson; one stepson, Jim (Cheryl) Welckle. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; ten siblings; his grandson, Jesse Scherer; and his son-in-law, David Mattox.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church building fund.

 

     
   
     

Jason William Bruce

April 6, 1979 - July 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Jason William Bruce was born April 6, 1979, in Greeley, CO, to John and Susan Bruce. As a child, Jason's family moved around a lot. During his high school years, his family moved to Denton, TX, where he graduated from high school. He also met his future wife, Brandy, and they were married in 2003. They had three children. Jason loved his family very much. Jason worked in the IT field for several years.
Jason, 38, died suddenly July 26, 2017, in Seattle, WA.
Jason is survived by his wife, Brandy Bruce, and his three children, Emmalee Bruce, Christopher Bruce, and Benjamin Bruce, all of Puyallup, WA; his parents, Susan Bruce, Sturgis, SD, and John Bruce, Houston, TX; his brother, Seth (Annie) Bruce; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorial graveside rites will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis with Pastor Tim Smith officiating.

 

     
   
     

Robert Cleveland "Bob" Smiley

May 4, 1925 - August 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

 

Robert Cleveland “Bob” Smiley was born May 4, 1925, in Belle Fourche, the third son of Artemas and Hilda (Satter) Smiley. His mother died of diphtheria when Bob was 16 months old, and Harry and Gertie (Simons) White, Red Owl, lovingly raised him as their foster son. Bob attended his first seven years of grade school at Red Owl and his final year at Marcus. He attended three years at Stoneville High School until it closed in 1941. Growing up, Bob enjoyed coon hunting, trapping, breaking and riding horses, ice skating, and playing baseball. Bob worked with Harry on the ranch raising sheep and cattle and bought the ranch after Harry died. He also worked for Kemp Gentry and other neighbors as a young adult.
Bob married Ardis Stage on June 28, 1956, at Union Center, and the couple made their home on the ranch near Red Owl. Bob owned a truck and permit with Harold Cobb and hauled livestock and feed for eight years. Bob and Ardis started raising Rambouillet sheep and Hereford cattle, enjoying the challenges and joys of ranching in Meade County. Four sons and two daughters were born to the couple. They lived on the ranch until September 2012 when they moved to Sturgis. In January 2014, Bob moved to the Sturgis Regional Nursing Home where he passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on August 11, 2017, at the age of 92.
Bob always had a love for outdoor activities including shooting, hunting, and fishing. He pitched for the Marcus baseball team. He also enjoyed reloading, horseshoes, cribbage, reading, and visiting with friends and neighbors. Bob was a hardworking, honest, humble, wise, and patient man. He is remembered as a good husband, father, and grandfather, a man who taught by example. He always took time from his busy life to spend quality time with family and found enjoyment in encouraging and supporting them. Bob was well liked and respected in the Red Owl area and will be dearly missed by all.
Blessed and grateful for Bob’s life are his wife of 61 years, Ardis of Sturgis; five children, Rob (Kim) Smiley of Red Owl, Rick Smiley, Donna (Loren) Bruse, and Russell (Melinda) Smiley all of Sturgis, and Diana (Luke) Lopez of Mobridge; and eight grandchildren, Sierra Bruse, Kristin Smiley, Blake Smiley, Shelbi Bruse, Caden (Jori) Smiley, Sarah Lopez, Sophia Lopez, and Tanner Smiley.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his foster parents; an infant son, Cody Stage Smiley; two brothers John “Jack” Smiley and Richard “Dick” Smiley; infant sister, Clara Mae Smiley; and foster sisters Sis (White) Kovarik and Vivian (White) Murphy.
Visitation will be Friday, August 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at the Union Center Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery at Red Owl.
A memorial has been established to the Red Owl Hall.

 

     
   
     

Cole Dorus Bertolotto

December 2, 1998 - August 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Cole Dorus Bertolotto was born December 2, 1998, in Rapid City, SD, to Jason and Connie Jo (Maier) Bertolotto. He grew up with his parents in Piedmont, SD. He attended grade school in Piedmont, Junior High at Sturgis Middle School, and high school at Sturgis Brown. Cole proudly graduated with the Class of 2017.
From a very young age, Cole had an admirable work ethic and had great anticipation for becoming old enough to drive and be legally employed. His first summer job was doing yard work for Dan and Jonni Larson in Sturgis. The following year he began working the summer months, and weekends during the school year, in the rental department for Harley Davidson in Rapid City. Cole later worked at Jack’s Campers in Piedmont doing maintenance work and helping move hundreds of campers to campgrounds for the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Most recently, Cole worked at Sturgis Motor Sports as a mechanic. Concurrently, he found a love for welding at a trade class in high school. In July 2017, Cole began taking night welding classes at Loenbro Technical Institute in Rapid City. A testament to his work ethic and passion, he would begin his days at 8:30 AM working until 4:00 PM at Sturgis Motor Sports before attending night welding class from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Throughout it all, Cole appreciated the camaraderie he held with his co-workers and the ability to learn and master a new skill with every project and task. His natural mechanical aptitude and willingness to take on any task made him a valued employee.
Cole was a kind, polite, warm-hearted and good-natured young man. For many, he was the go-to person when they needed someone to “just listen.” He deeply cared for his friends and family and held them all in high esteem. Cole was at ease in conversation with any person – young or old. At an early age, Cole learned the value of a dollar and received self-satisfaction from working hard to earn the things he wanted.
Cole’s many hobbies included hiking, camping, mountain biking, trail riding on dirt bike and riding his Yamaha R6 sport bike throughout the Hills and on the dragstrip. An avid car enthusiast, Cole derived great pleasure from seeing and identifying all makes and models of vehicles.
Cole had a strong faith in the Lord as he memorized Bible verses and had one engraved on his Leatherman that he carried every day. He was a regular member of the Countryside Church in Spearfish, SD.
Cole, 18, Piedmont, died Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Cole is survived by his parents, Jason and Connie Jo (Maier) Bertolotto of Piedmont; grandparents, Rich and Laura Maier of Mobridge, SD, Eleanor and Gary Merkel of Watauga, SD, and Dave Bertolotto of Sturgis, SD; great-grandparents, June Maier of Lemmon, SD and Lawrence and Mary Hertel of Piedmont, SD; also by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Dorus and Margaret Mollman and great-grandfather, Albert Maier.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, with a prayer service at 7:00pm, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Countryside Church in Spearfish. Burial will follow at the Piedmont Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Bessie "Lucille" Humble

June 28, 1916 - August 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017

 

Bessie Lucille Price was born in Sturgis, SD, to Robert A. and Florence B. (Hadley) Price on June 28, 1916. She began life on her dad’s ranch and later near his store at Maurine, SD. She attended elementary school at the Red Top School, freshman year at the Fox Ridge Rural School, and three years at Newell High School where she graduated in 1933 as salutatorian of her class. Next, she earned a first grade certification at the Dakota Territorial Normal School in Spearfish and then taught at the West Deep Creek School for one year. She went to the University of South Dakota at Vermillion earning a state certificate and continued teaching in various schools in the Maurine area for thirty-five years. During this time, she continued her education by attending summer school, taking extension and correspondence courses earning her degree in Elementary Education, and graduating cum laude in 1973 at age fifty-seven at Black Hills State University.
On January 3, 1940, she married Edward F. Humble. They had five children; Karen, Edward, Donnalee, Bruce, and Galen. They raised these children on a ranch which they bought from her dad and more land from other people.
When Ed suffered a stroke in 1984, they moved to Faith where she became involved with the Methodist Church singing in the choir, teaching a class, and participating in other capacities. After Ed died in 1992, she moved to Sturgis in 1994 where she continued working in the Methodist Church on various committees and serving as president of the United Methodist Women. She joined the Sturgis Senior Citizens Center where she served as president for two years, also active in crafts, card playing, and as a RSVP volunteer.
Through her teaching and child raising years, she was very active in YCL, declaim contests, holiday programs, puppet making, and as a 4-H Leader. She served as clerk of Vrooman Township for many years and was a member of the Fox Ridge Community Club.
In 1978, she was able to fly to Europe on a college sponsored tour. In later years, she traveled throughout the United States visiting California, Gulf of Mexico, points of interest in the East, Niagara Falls, Medora, Branson, and Minot plus others.
She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, quilting, leatherwork, and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Karen Wyant, Donnalee (Alton) Palmer, Ed (Connie), Bruce (Diane), and Galen (Vickie) Humble; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her siblings, Adelle (Darrell) Schuelke, Maurine (John) Fisher, and Robert W. (Earleen) Price; and son-in-law, Larry.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 18, 2017, at Prairie Home Church with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Faith Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Mud Butte Fire Department and the Sturgis Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Margaret Ann "Maggie" Niles

February 9, 1956 - August 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017

 

Margaret Ann "Maggie" Niles, 61, Norfolk, VA, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, in Sturgis.
She was born in Rapid City, SD, and raised in Sturgis and the Camp Creek Ranch near Mud Butte, SD. She graduated from Brown High School and subsequently served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1979. During that time, she met and married her husband, and settled in Norfolk, VA. She served in the Naval Reserves until 1983 while concurrently attending Old Dominion University, graduating with a B.A. in English. She also completed several graduate courses in Engineering. Her outgoing personality combined with her technical knowledge led her to establish a technical writing-publishing business in downtown Norfolk from which she retired in 2016. Maggie loved playing card games (pinochle, cribbage, gin) and enjoyed crocheting and living life to the fullest.
Maggie is survived by her darling husband of 40 years, Chuck Niles; her dear brother, James Patterson in Salt Lake City, UT; his wife, Judy; nephew, Aaron; and nieces, Amanda and Kyna. Maggie was close with several cousins. Maggie is also survived by her beloved “Norfolk” sister, Kathy Grogg, and her husband, Jim, and their children, James, Kimberly, and Susanne and their spouses, and their children.
A memorial service will be held Friday, August 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
Donations in her name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

     
   
     

Perry William Smith, Jr.

October 17, 1931 - August 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

 

Perry William Smith, Jr. was born at the family home in New Underwood, SD, on October 17, 1931, to Perry and Amanda (Sattler) Smith. He lived his childhood with his parents and siblings on the ranch in Hereford, Sd. Perry attended grade school at Doyle and attended New Underwood High School freshman year.
He served during the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1954.
In October of 1954 Perry met the love of his life at a dance in Whitewood, SD. Perry and Carol Whittaker was married October 22, 1955. They rented the Stoakley Tibble farm until January 1960 when they bought the Knute Kjorness ranch on Middle Brushie Creek southwest of Faith, SD. Perry and Carol were blessed with eight children; Sandra, Dixie, Wanda, Penny, Doug, Kevin, Monte and Greg.
He spent 55 years devoted to ranching, raising his children, and enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and father.”
Perry William Smith, Jr. 85, of Rapid City died Monday, August 7, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospice House.
Perry is survived by his wife Carol; children, Sandra (Maynard) Gjevre, Dixie (Mike) Briggs, Penny (Ron) Weifenbach, Doug (Penny) Smith, Kevin (Jimie) Smith, Monte (Stacy) Smith, Greg (Lindy) Smith; eighteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren;sister, Shirley Schuetpelz and Nylia (Harold) Severson; brothers, Rob Smith and Tom (Linda) Smith.
Perry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack Smith and Keith Smith; sister, Karen (Smith) Delbridge; sister –in-law, Kay Smith; brother-in-law, Wesley Schuetpelz and his precious daughter, Wanda Rae Smith.
Services will be at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis on August 15, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Harold Delbridge and Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. An interment with military honors will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established for Faith and Opal Fire Dept.

 

     
   
     

Sheila Murray Keller

August 17, 1931 - August 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

Sheila M. (Macdonald) Keller was born August 17, 1931, in Lead, SD. Her parents were William K. and Mary (Hancock) Macdonald. Sheila attended Lead High School. On May 20, 1950, she married LaVern Caldwell. Many years later she would marry Edward Keller.
Folks may remember Sheila’s smiling face at J.C. Penney’s in Deadwood, where she worked for several years. Her helpful nature served many customers.
As with any parent, her family was the center of her world. Sheila enjoyed crafts, music, making the best shortbread for the holidays and sharing coffee with friends. She was very proud of her Scottish heritage. She was able to travel with her siblings to Scotland to visit family. A kind and caring woman, Sheila always thought of others, putting their needs ahead of her own. An amazing woman who touched the hearts of all she met.
Sheila Murray Keller died Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Deadwood, SD.
Sheila is survived by her children; Roxie (Bill) Feterl of Sturgis, Corrine (Dennis) Schumacher of Lead, Lisa (Dan) Rappana of Montrose, SD, and Kirk Caldwell of Lead; step- children; Kim (Dorothy) Keller and Jill (Claude) Schweitzer; grandchildren; Denise (Rick) McGrath and family of Whitewood, Mitch (Stephanie) Feterl of Spearfish, Whitney Rappana of Chicago, IL, Dathan Rappana of Seattle, WA and Wyatt Caldwell of Lead; two step- grandsons; Brandon and Brett Schweitzer and families; and additional great-grandchildren; sister, Beryl Hutchinson, Austin, TX; brothers; Colin (Judy) Macdonald, Topeka, KS, and Roy (Joyce) Macdonald, Surprise, AZ; sister-in-law, Barb Macdonald, St. Onge, SD and brother-in-law, Bill Kinney of Sturgis. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Sheila was preceded in death by her spouse, Edward Keller; parents, brothers, Denny and Bill Macdonald; sister, Moira Jean Kinney and sister-in-law, Glenda Macdonald.
Memorial Mass will be on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lead, SD, with Father Leo Hausmann officiating. An inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Cindy Marie Vetter

June 25, 1964 - August 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Cindy was born June 25, 1964, in Hamilton, MT, to Gary and Barbara (Thornbrugh) Grotte. She grew up in Watford City, ND, and graduated from Watford City High School in 1982.
Cindy loved to work and to be around people. She started working in the Park Theater in Watford City at age 12 then worked at the Dahl House Cafe as a server at age 13 on weekends and after school. Cindy loved and looked forward to visiting her grandmother, Peggy, aunt, Sandy, uncle, Tony, uncle, Joe, aunt, Judy, and her cousin, Stacy, and all of her other cousins in Victor, MT, every year. Cindy and Arny were married at Watford City and lived and worked there and in Alexander, ND, until moving to Sturgis, SD, in 1991 to run Mom’s restaurant for many years. They also opened and ran The Last Ride on Junction. They moved to Gillette, WY, in early 2007.
She would drive to Sturgis as often as possible to see her grandchildren and to attend as many sports activities as possible. She was passionate and defensive of all of her grandchildren.
She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2009 and survived that for 8 years. She held numerous jobs in Gillette, her favorite and last being at Advance America. She and her boss, Tonya, became the best of friends. They were like Peanut Butter and Jelly; they planned to get tattoos, each with a slice of bread with peanut butter and jelly. She also was blessed with another best friend in Jessica Jones. Jess lived across the street from Cindy and Arny. Jess was always stopping in to check on her and she organized a benefit auction for Cindy in Gillette. She worked at Advance America up until being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. After being diagnosed with her 2nd cancer, she wanted nothing more than to move back home to Sturgis.
Cindy Marie Vetter, 53, Sturgis and Gillette, passed away Monday, August 6, 2017, in Rapid City, SD.
Cindy is survived by her husband of 35 years, Arnold Vetter; son, Gary (Alicia) Vetter of Sturgis, and their children, Kiara, Dylan, and Ayden; son, Bryan Vetter of Gillette, WY, and his children, Jaiven and Gabe; daughter, Nicole (James) Dean of Burt, IA, and their children, Dustin, Skyliar, Jaedyn, Braxton, and Teagan; her parents, Gary and Barbara Grotte of Sturgis; brother, Chad (Rhonda) Grotte of Malta, MT; and also her dog, Moto.
Cindy was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Wayne Grotte; aunt, Jann Grotte; uncle, Tony Thornbrugh; grandparents, Wayne and Peggy Thornbrugh and Joel and Edyth Grotte; Arnold’s mother, Marlene Vetter; and Arnold’s grandparents, Glen and Mabel Inghram and Adam and Laura Vetter.
Visitation will be Friday, August 11, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the JDRF Minnesota Chapter/Dakotas.

 

     
   
     

Mona Jean Huck

November 28, 1946 - August 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. on August 9, 2017

 

Mona Jean (Fields) Huck, 70, Spearfish, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare in Spearfish.
Mona was born, November 28, 1946, in Sturgis, SD, to Harley and Helen (Arndt) Fields. Growing up, she attended Newell public school and was a member of band, chorus, and 4-H. She later attended Parks Business School in Colorado. In 1963, Mona met the love of her life, Ralph Huck, and on February 4, 1965, they were married in Sturgis. Together, they raised two children, Charlotte (Kelly) Mitchell and Christopher (Pamela) Huck, who blessed them with 6 grandchildren, Jeremy Huck, Kilee Vogt, Jared Mitchell, Miranda Coral, Kristen Huck, and Samuel Huck; and 12 great-grandchildren; She is also survived by 2 sisters, Cindy Meyers and Linda O'Donnell; and one brother, Steve Fields.
She worked at the Lawrence county courthouse and was the owner and operator of Mona's Cleaning service until she retired. Mona was a member of the local Extension Club, Quilting Guild, Altar Society, and Christian/ EMHC. She also was a volunteer tour guide for the Heritage Center, was involved with the Woodworkers of the Black Hills, and was part of various Bible Study groups, as well as the Teachers of Catholic Religious Education. She enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobiling, gardening, cooking, reading, quilting, crocheting, knitting, needle point, and the Pittsburg Steelers.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 8, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at St Patrick's Church in Lead, with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Lead. Inurnment will be at a later date at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to hospice care.

 

     
   
     

Helen Cleo Packer

August 18, 1936 - August 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017

 

Helen was born August 18, 1936, to Delbert and Bernice (Griffith) Day. She moved to Faith, SD, at a young age and attended High School there. On June 21, 1953, Helen married the love of her life, Dale R. Packer, in Sturgis, SD. They shared 54 years together and to their union four children were born; Nadine (Ray) Peek of Pueblo, CO, Koleen (Pete) Deleon of Riverton, WY, Bob (Lori) Packer of Sturgis, and Seline (Ed) Hawkins of Marysville, KS. Dale and Helen raised their family in Belle Fourche, while touring the 5-state area with their very popular family band. In the early 1970's, they started Cobb Trucking and added D & H Truck Dispatch in the late 70's. Dale ran the business while Helen kept the books, and together they created a wonderful family business. They toyed with retirement for a time; as snowbirds in Arizona and returning to South Dakota in the summers as campground hosts in the SD State Parks. Dale and Helen eventually settled in Rapid City until his death in 2007. Helen was office manager/bookkeeper for Packer Concrete until her retirement in June 2017. Helen was an active member of her church and would welcome the opportunity to share her love for the Lord to friends and strangers. Her faith was everything and her love of gospel music filled her days as she continued to write songs, play the piano, and sing like an angel.
Helen Cleo (Day) Packer, loving mother, adored grandmother, and proud servant of our Lord Jesus Christ passed away peacefully on August 2, 2017, in a Casper, WY, hospital.
In addition to her children, Helen's life will be treasured by her grandchildren whom she adored; Josh (Kori), Jon (Tisa), Jeremiah (Chelsea) Peek; Randy (Misti), James (Vanessa), Tyrel (Cristy), Jasper (Ronja), Samuel, Spencer (Roxanne) Ingalls; Troy (Gabriel) Crowser; Caden, Casey, Cody Packer; Sami Hawkins and fiancé, Brandon Crouse. She is also survived by 18 beautiful great-grandchildren, her precious sister, Mary (Dick) DeYoe; special niece, Dottie Jodzko; sisters-in-law, Iris and Debbie Day, Jalynn Bruno, and Gladys Pullins; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dale Packer; granddaughter, Janiece Dawn Peek in infancy; brothers, Tiny, Bud, Kenny Day and Sammy (Day) Bruno; sisters, Doris Jeffries and Bernice (Day) Bruno Hughes; her parents, Delbert and Bernice Day; and Dale's parents, Bob and Blanche Packer.
Visitation with the family will be Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD
A Celebration of Helen's life will be held Monday, August 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Countryside Church, 625 Woodland Dr., Spearfish, SD 57783, with Pastor Gary Johnson and Pastor Donnie Williams officiating. A luncheon will follow the service and interment will be at Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche, SD, following the luncheon.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

James "Buz" Ronald Ferguson

December 15, 1942 - August 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

James “Buz” Ronald Ferguson was born December 15, 1942, in Gordon, NE, to James and Silvia (Williamson) Ferguson. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. He worked as a long haul Truck Driver, Coal Miner, and a Motel Owner. In 1974, he moved to Gillette, WY. In 1982, he bought and operated a motel in Custer, SD. He was very outgoing and had friends all over the country.
James Ronald “Buz” Ferguson died on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Ferguson; son, Heath Ferguson; daughters, Jamie (Allen) Hockenbary and Stephinie Ferguson; and six grandchildren, Corey, Collin, Layla, and Cole Hockenbary, and Jared and Terran Ferguson.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Matilida Mae Ferguson; father, James Corey Ferguson; and mother, Silvia Viola Mae Ferguson.
Graveside services will be Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

 

     
   
     

Wayne N. Wanhanen

November 16, 1941 - July 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

 

Wayne N. Wanhanen was born at home in Lead on November 16, 1941, to Swen and Thea (Nelson) Wanhanen. He graduated from Lead High School in 1960, and married his high school sweetheart Kathryn Cone on April 1, 1961.
He was the proud dad of 2 daughters, Jodi and Julie, grandpa of Nicki Ryan, Tallea Gallegos, Sarah Shoop, and Wade Shoop, and great-grandpa to Myca Ryan, Winter Carl, and Aurora Carl.
Wayne began his career with Homestake Mining Co. while he was still in high school and retired as a Junior Metallurgist in 1994.
Wayne passed his deep love of nature and respect for God’s beautiful creation on to his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. His interests included hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and travel, especially to Canada and Alaska.
Wayne N. Wanhanen 75, of Deadwood, SD, died Friday, July 28, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Wayne is survived by his wife Kathryn; daughters, Jodi (Denny) Holzer and Julie (Scott) Shoop; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his brother, Bernie (Gay) Wanhanen; half-brothers, Ted White, Ron White and half-sister, Teresa Berry.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, numerous aunts & uncles and a granddaughter, Stacey Ryan.
Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Christian Ministry Center of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead, SD, with Pastor Peggy Hanson Officiating.

 

     
   
     

Diane Irene McClintick

March 11, 1948 - July 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017

 

Diane Irene McClintick (Sanders) was born on March 11, 1948, in Fargo, ND, to John and Ramona (Johnson) Sanders.
Diane was the sister to four other siblings, Susan (Sanders) Gross, Wayne Sanders, Brenda (Sanders) Stasko and Sally (Sanders) Moore.
She received her high school diploma from Mapleton High School in 1966 and then attended Mayville University to get her teaching degree.
Diane moved to Sturgis, SD, and married Billie Mathew McClintick. Diane loved her family and cats, but also enjoyed traveling, baking and her love of God, church and her church family.
Diane died Sunday, July 23, 2017, in Fargo, ND.
She is survived by her spouse, Billie McClintick; children, James Calvin McClintick, Marie (McClintick) Hanson and Annette Joy (McClintick) Sharff; she was blessed to have nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be Monday, July 31, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Gerald Meadows officiating. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to Crossroads Assembly of God Church.

 

     
   
     

Victor "Vic" Jay Wang

August 15, 1945 - July 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017

 

Vic was born on August 15, 1945, to John and Pearl (McKee) Wang in Murdo, SD. Vic was the 8th child of nine children. Vic grew up on the family farm through his teen years. He worked at the Homestake Mine for a time before he was drafted into the U.S. Army in November of 1965 to 1967; he served in the Vietnam War from October 1967 to October 1968. After honorably serving his country Vic returned to SD. He longed to be back on the farm in White River, SD; and returned there. There he met and married Linda on June 30, 1974, and to this union there were four children, Brent, Randy, Victor Wade and Emily. Vic custom hayed and farmed for a short time around the White River area. The family farm was sold in 1978. Vic worked many different occupations after leaving the farm. Installing phone connecting cables in Texas and welding railroad cars in Edgemont, SD. He sold insurance for many years around western SD.
Vic bought lots in Tilford, SD, in 1994. Where he found his dream place, he dug his own water well. He had enough space to hold his family and friends auction bargains, and work on his tractors.
He lived in many places until his death. He loved life and lived every minute. He loved his children and spent as much time as possible with them and his grandchildren. But most of all he loved teaching his granddaughters how to work on their cars.
Victor Jay Wang, 71, of Piedmont, SD, died Monday, July 24, 2017, at Department of Affairs Fort Meade VA Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Vic is survived by his longtime caring partner, Shirley Sadler of Piedmont, SD; sons, Brent Wang, Randall Wang and Victor Wade Wang; daughter, Emily Wang; step-children Denise, Pat, Chad and Shane; brothers, Jerold (Carol) Wang and George (Janice) Wang; sisters, Susan (Larry) Tornow and Diane (Bob) Carlson; thirteen grandchildren and one great- grandchild and many nieces, nephews and cousins
Preceded in death by his parents, John and Pearl Wang; brothers, Mike and Homer; sisters, Dorothy Cwach and Jackie Bouman.
Funeral Services will be Friday, July 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Steve Selfrige officiating with an interment with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Betty Lou Chaloupka

January 23, 1929 - July 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017

 

Betty was born January 23, 1929, at Milbank, SD, to Melbourne and Florence (Lindahl) Lewis. She grew up and attended school and graduated from high school.
She met Francis Chaloupka and they married June 20, 1950. They moved to Rapid City for Francis’ job at Northwestern Bell and Betty worked at Telco Federal Credit Union. She was one of the lucky people who loved her job immensely! After her retirement she still helped at the credit union stuffing statements and getting them ready to mail. She also helped with the Pioneer ladies.
Every week she enjoyed getting together with her lady friends to play bridge, eat goodies, laugh and just have fun!
Her summers were spent having Francis drive her around the hills to find driftwood. She enjoyed finishing them as decorative pieces. She always had delicious apple pie or some kind of dessert to give to whoever stopped by. One of the most traumatic events of her life was the family surviving the 1972 flood.
She never had anything negative to say about anyone or anything. So many lives were touched by her. She will be sorely missed!
Betty was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a great-great-grandmother.
Betty Lou Chaloupka, 88, Rapid City, died peacefully Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her sons and their wives, Roger (Debby) Chaloupka, Rapid City; David (Lisa) Chaloupka, Rapid City; two daughters and their husbands, Terri (Mark) Fischer, Rapid City; Patricia (Bob) Harder, Worland, WY; three brothers and their wives, Marwood (Carol) Lewis, Pensacola, FL; Neil (Sharon) Lewis, Scottsdale, AZ and Larry (Carol) Lewis, Rapid City; also nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Visitation will be 5- 7 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Rapid City.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday July 29, 2017, at Blessed Sacrament. Burial follows at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Blessed Sacrament Church.

 

     
   
     

Joyce Marie Bosch

January 1, 1963 - July 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on July 29, 2017

 

Joyce was born on January 1, 1963, to Tony and Theresa Rebsom in Dickinson, North Dakota.
Joyce worked a wide variety of jobs over the years ranging from a ditch rider, to becoming the “Master Baiter” in the 212 Bait Shop and Sportsman Bar that she owned and operated. She was a truly unique soul who will be remembered for her frequently used smile and her friendly demeanor. Joyce truly enjoyed caring for her beautiful flowers, spending time with her “Little Long Dog” (Alley Oops Too Low), creating unique crafts, listening to music and “Dancing like no one was watching” as well as spending time with her close family and friends.
Joyce Marie Bosch, 54, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, July 24, 2017, in Nisland, SD.
She will truly be missed. Joyce is survived by her sons, Brian Bosch, Jr. and Jesse Bosch; sisters, Mary Jane Rebsom and Barbara Rebsom; brothers, Leroy Rebsom and Harlan Rebsom.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Les Rebsom.
A memorial service will be held at her residence in Nisland, SD (606 3rd St) on July 29, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

     
   
     

Willard "Bill" LeRoy Grenz

June 19, 1950 - July 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 

Bill was born to Willard and Dorothy (Reinhold) Grenz on June 19, 1950.
He married Linda Wilson on May 25, 1969. She was a helpmate, companion and his love for over 49 years. This union was blessed with two loving sons.
Bill grew up in Piedmont, SD, where he went to elementary and junior high. He graduated from Sturgis High School in 1968. He worked for his father at Sturgis Meat Service and then went on to Black Hills Power and Light in Wyodak, WY. He owned a business in Upton, WY, before moving back to Sturgis where he later became a truck driver until his retirement in 2015.
Willard “Bill” Grenz went into the loving arms of Jesus on July 24, 2017, at home surrounded by his family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Grenz, son, Burt (Aimée)of Holland, MI; son, Bart (Stacey) of Cody, WY; four grand-children, Schylar, Jared, Julianna and Tyler; brothers, Duane Grenz and Ron (Jackie) Gapp; sister, Patty (Mark) Pottorff; mother-in-law, Freda Wilson; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Mike) Silbaugh and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Willard D. Grenz, John and Dorothy Gapp, two brothers, one sister and his grandparents.
Memorials are established at the Assembly of God Church in Sturgis and John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 6:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor J.R. Meadows officiating.

 

     
   
     

Virgil Dean Bennett

August 26, 1935 - July 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 2017

 

Virgil was born August 26, 1935, in Bonita Springs, SD, to Wiley and Katheran (Guthmiller) Bennett. As a child he grew up at Union Center, SD, with his brothers and sisters and he worked with them and their father on the family farm. As an adult he moved away to Sturgis, SD. and was married to his first wife. To this union a son was born Virgil Troy (Bennett) Koster of Sturgis. After their divorce he married his second wife, Zeta Baker, whom he married on November 5, 1959, in Spearfish, SD, and to this union five children were born, Tammy, Dale, Kevin, Sarah and Naomi.
In 1971, Virgil and Zeta both became Jehovah’s Witnesses and he faithfully served Jehovah until his death. He and Zeta taught their children and grandchildren to have the same amount of love for Jehovah God as he did. He had a love for music and played at local establishments around Deadwood and Lead as a young man. But his favorite time of all was playing music with his older brother, Sam Bennett who played by his side til the end. He loved to dance with his wife of 58 years in the living room of their home.
For many years he logged the Black Hills with his sons. He started out with a skid horse named Queen and logged with her til he got an old M tractor and retired Queen. He loved hunting to feed his family. When he retired from logging he drove truck for many companies but his favorite truck driving job was working and hauling gravel for Boom Concrete of Newell, SD, for the local farmers and ranchers. Virgil loved spending every waking moment with his family and friends, and he never knew a stranger.
Virgil Dean Bennett died July 20, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.
He is survived by his spouse, Zeta Bennett; five children; Tammy (Ed) Petree of Belle Fourche, SD; Dale (Rebecka) Bennett of Rifle, CO; Kevin (Denise) Bennett of Laurel, MT; Sarah Bennett and Naomi Bennett of Belle Fourche, SD; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Memorial services will be 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness in Belle Fourche, SD, at 3:00 p.m. with an inurnment at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Jean Savage

April 18, 1921 - July 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Georgine Murial "Jean" Savage, 96, Rapid City, died Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center.
Committal services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Survivors include her three children, Linda (Ken) Williams, Apache Junction, AZ, Dave (Shirley) Savage, Whitewood, SD, and Ron Savage, Rapid City, SD; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2003; her parents, Clarence and Mabel Pennington; and brothers, Victor, Sherwin, and Donald Pennington.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial to the Sturgis Vet’s Club.

 

     
   
     

Fidelia Beatrice Kosola

June 14, 1922 - July 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

Fidelia Beatrice Carriers was born June 14, 1922, at Castle Rock, SD, to Alexander and Emelda (Monty) Carriers. She attended country school at Castle Rock. She enjoyed climbing the Castle Rock Butte with her sibling, riding horses on their sheep ranch, and playing piano by ear. She was a member of various groups who played for a lot of dances over the years. At the time of her death she was the only living survivor of all those groups.
On March 30, 1942, she married David L. Tompkins where they made their home on the G.P. Foster farm east of Newell. They raised sheep and farmed. She was a great cook, gardener, and canned wonderful things. She had also worked at the Newell Sale Barn. To this union was born five children, David, Linda, Robert (died as an infant), Wanda, and Kathleen "Kathy." They divorced in 1960. Fidelia married Robert W. Kosola, May 24, 1962, in Deadwood, SD, and remained in the Newell area where she worked 25 years at various restaurants including the popular "Cove Café."
She was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church and Altar Society. She was also a member of the NVN Center and card clubs while living in Newell.
After her husband, Robert, died in 2002, she moved to Spearfish where she fully retired and became an active member of the Spearfish Senior Center and St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Fidelia Kosola, 95, Spearfish, died Friday, July 21, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish after a brief illness with the aid of the hospice program in the presence of her four children.
Survivors include her children, David E. Tompkins, Spearfish, Linda Sundstrom, Huntley, MT, Wanda Wood, Glendale, AZ, and Kathy (Clayton) Doan, Belle Fourche; five grandsons; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Cecilia Sundstrom, Newell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, and infant son, Robert.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish with burial at the Hope Cemetery in Newell.
A memorial has been established through St. Joseph's Catholic Church for the Newman Center on the campus of Black Hills State University.

 

     
   
     

Marty Patterson

March 7, 1929 - July 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Marty was the youngest of seven born to Frank B. and Mabel I. (Beatty) Cooper at Piedmont March 7, 1929. She started school at Piedmont, attended Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish then taught rural schools for three years in western South Dakota.
She married William J. "Bill" Patterson June 11, 1951. Two children, James (Judy) and Margaret (Chuck) Niles were born to this union.
She and Bill worked five years on the original Patterson Homestead, 9 miles east of Sulphur. In 1956, they moved to the Camp Creek Ranch 7 miles south of Mud Butte which they later bought.
Bill and Marty ran both sheep and cattle. She and Bill were active in both stock growers and woolgrowers organizations. She was state lamb promotion chairman and also participated in the "Make it yourself with wool" contests.
Marty maintained a home in Sturgis for over eight years while the children attended school. She came home on weekends and vacations in any kind of weather. Both Jim and Margaret graduated from Sturgis Brown High School. Marty worked side-by-side with Bill and still managed to be a good mother, cook, and companion. Homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, and lemon pie were family favorites.
In 1997, Bill and Marty retired to their home in Sturgis, leasing out their ranch.
One of Marty's passions was card playing. She belonged to several bridge groups and could always find time for a game of cribbage. She loved music - playing the organ "by ear" when she wasn't doodling. She often put her thoughts to verse, several of which were published.
Martha "Marty" Jean Patterson died Friday, July 21, 2017 at Hospice House in Rapid City.
She is survived by her sister, Alta; children, Jim and Margaret; and grandchildren, Aaron, Amanda, and Kyna.
Marty was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, and husband, Bill.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Memorial donations can be made to the Mud Butte VFD or the Sturgis Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Jean Keffeler

December 19, 1925 - July 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Jean was born December 19, 1925, at Philip, SD, to Gaylord and Marie (Marrington) Hudson. She grew up on the family ranch in the Kirley, SD, area. She attended country school and graduated from Pierre High School. Jean received her teaching certificate from Spearfish Normal and taught school in the Milesville and Hereford areas.
She met Marvin Keffeler at the wedding dance of mutual friends. Their first date was a rodeo in St. Onge, SD. They were married 63 years raising three children together. They moved to Whitewood in 1958 where she lived until 2017.
Jean worked at the grocery store in Whitewood. She was a substitute teacher and custodian at the Whitewood grade school. Many a student was told to “Wipe Your Feet!”
She was an Avon lady until she turned 80 years old and was the only active charter member of the “8-10” Club in Whitewood from 1961 until 2016. Upon retirement, Marv and Jean took a bus tour to the Rose Bowl Parade. This was the first of many bus trips around the United States.
Jean Keffeler, 91, Spearfish, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Spearfish.
Survivors include sons, Doug (Nikki) Keffeler, Watertown, and Brian (Debbie) Keffeler, Whitewood; daughter, Sheryl (Emmitt) Pittman, Whitewood; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Don Hudson, York, NE, and Dick (Gene) Hudson, Midland, SD; sister, Norma (Larry) Schenkel, Lincoln, NE; and sister-in-law, Phyllis (Stanley) Miner, Rapid City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; parents; sister, Doris; sister-in-law, Sharon; and Marvin's sisters and their husbands, Evelyn (John), Carol (Bob), and Beverly (Gene).
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Whitewood Presbyterian Church in Whitewood, SD. Private family inurnment services will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Whitewood Presbyterian Church in Whitewood, SD. Private family inurnment services will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial in her name for the Whitewood Presbyterian Church and the 8-10 Club.

 

     
   
     

Sharon Kathryn Piekkola

March 10, 1948 - July 16, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, July 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Sharon was born March 10, 1948, in Hoven, SD, to John and Patricia (Breen) Palon. She attended grade school at St. Martin's and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1966. She then went to National College of Business in Rapid City and graduated in 1968.
Sharon married Lawrence Piekkola September 4, 1971.
After graduating from Business School, Sharon moved to Minnesota where she worked for an insurance company for one year then moved to Denver where she worked at Gates Rubber Company. Sharon moved back to Sturgis. She and her dad built her own house in Sturgis. She worked at Cenex as a bookkeeper. She moved to Rapid City to be closer to Pat and Mike and her grandchildren. She worked at Pro Rental until her retirement. Sharon was a true-blue Bronco's fan.
Sharon Kathryn (Palon) Piekkola, 69, Sturgis, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her children; son, Pat (Deanna) and children, Dean and Brad; son, Mike and children, Hannah, Ashton, and Abby; and daughter, Lisa (Rich) Hestera-Loffelmacher and children, Lauren and Riley; one sister, Phyllis (Jake) Keffeler; and nephews, Troy, Kurt, and Bryan Keffeler and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and mother-in-law.
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A private family burial will be held at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Lillian Irene Simon

August 23, 1917 - July 16, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017

 

Lillian was the eldest of 9 children born to Rudolf and Amelia (Hintz) Kolb on August 23, 1917, at Date, SD. After graduating from high school, Lillian worked at the Jackson Cafe in Bison, SD. In 1938, she attended Spearfish Teachers College. She taught at Scotch Cap School until 1940, when she received a better offer ($60 a month) from Reder School where she had 16 pupils and all eight grades.
November 2, 1940, Lillian married Marion Lee Simon of Zeona, SD. They lived a while on the “Hintz place” in a three room rock house near her folks’ ranch. She became Assistant Postmaster of Date, SD, until 1945, when she and Lee moved onto the Simon family farm located 5 miles east of Zeona.
In 1950, they purchased the Zeona Store and Post Office after first taking a memorable trip to Alaska. Lillian was the Postmaster there until her retirement in 1987. A few years later (1996) she and Lee moved into a home located on their son’s ranch near Newell, SD.
Lillian enjoyed sewing, quilting, card playing, fishing, dancing, playing the piano, and traveling. She was always happy for the opportunity to serve a cup of coffee to friends or neighbors.
In the spring of 2009, Lillian moved to Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish where she lived until her passing.
Lillian Irene Simon was nearing her 100th birthday when she passed away July 16, 2017, at Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish, SD.
Lillian is survived by one daughter, Beverly (Duane) Finger of Wellington, CO; two sons, Kurt (Judy) of Belle Fourche and Lynn (Arleyn) of Tempe, AZ; three grandchildren, Darren (Carol) Finger of Fort Collins, CO, Janet (Boyd) Eisenbraun of Albert Lea, MN, and Rena (Matt) Stautberg of Portland, OR; two great-grandchildren, Joel (Emily) Eisenbraun of Summit, SD, and Josh (Samantha) Eisenbraun of Shakopee, MN; as well as one brother, Delbert (Betty) Kolb of Sturgis, SD; one sister, Deanna (Rod) Kensrud of Alexandria, VA; and two sisters-in-law, Jean Simon of Spearfish, SD, and Darlene Kolb of Bison, SD.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Lee; granddaughter, Sandy Finger; parents, Rudolf and Amelia Kolb; six brothers, Raymond, Gilbert, Ernest, Vernon, Arnold, and Eldred; four brothers-in-law; and seven sisters-in-law.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Private family inurnment will take place.
A memorial has been established to the Shriner’s Children Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Rebekah Anne Cummings

November 26, 1953 - July 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017

 

Becky was born November 26, 1953, in Greybull, WY, to Nancy Lee Carey and Wayne Curtis Hodson. In 1958, her mom married Becky's true dad, Don Jones. In 1959, they moved to Upton, WY, to help her grandparents with the Jones' truck stop where she had worked while going to school. Becky graduated Upton High School in 1973. As a child, Becky loved spending time and being spoiled by her aunt, Becky, who she had also been named after.
In 1975, she gave birth to her first son, Chad Michael Hodson. She married Harold (Buzz) Cummings in 1976. Together their son, Joseph Richard Cummings, was born in 1977. Becky enjoyed spending time with her boys and being on the back of a Harley even though she would always fall asleep. Becky also had a great love for pigs and roosters.
Becky was so excited when her grandbabies were born. They were her world. She had a special bond with each and every one of them. It was rare to see her without at least one grandbaby. In 2010, her best friend was born, Abigayle Serenity Cummings. They were inseparable.
Although Becky had worked many different jobs, she was excited when she became employed with the Weston County School District #7. She loved her job as a janitor. Her favorite times at work were when she got to see all the children. She would always give them hugs. Fridays were her most favorite. She would wait in the lobby, for the last bell to ring so she could give all the children a hug and a piece of candy for the weekend. Her name was never Miss Becky at work, it was Grandma.
July 2016, Becky was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Becky made the decision to go through with the treatment so she could see her oldest 3 grandbabies graduate High School; also to see her youngest son marry the love of his life, Kelly Lye. Becky had a huge heart. So much love for anyone that was in her life. Becky loved giving and receiving hugs.
Rebekah Anne "Becky" Cummings, 63, previously of Upton, WY, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017, surrounded by her family in Osage, WY.
Becky is survived by two sons, Chad (Bridgette) Hodson and Joseph (Kelly) Cummings; four brothers, Carey Jo (Catherine) Hodson, Jerry (Tracy) Jones, Jim (Terri) Jones, and Richard Hodson; four sisters, Kelly Lynn (Duane) Alexander, LaDonna (Bob) Hatch, Betty Jean (Monty) Mavity, and Wendy (Ralph) Page; eleven grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Jason) Hodson, Austin Hodson, Kelsie (Garrhett) Hodson, Tyler Cummings, Skyler Grenstiner, Amber Cummings, Wesley Cummings, Hailey Philipsen, Abigayle Cummings, Chelsea Hammond, and Dylan Echo Hammond; aunt, Sally and uncle, Frank Esquivel; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends she considered family.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alva (Lathum) Carey, John Joseph and Clair (Hecht) Carey; her parents, Nancy (Carey) and Don Jones, and Wayne Hodson; aunt, Becky (Lathum) Emmit; nephew, Dustin Alexander; and cousin, Ron Esquivel.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Upton Elementary School Auditorium with Pastor Zach Davis officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Charles William Fillmore

March 21, 1937 - July 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, July 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Charles was born March 21, 1937, (Palm Sunday) in Spearfish to William Orlo and Lillian G. (Waterfall) Fillmore. His father arrived at the (then) Methodist Episcopal Church in Spearfish to announce that his wife, Lillian, who was the choir director, had just given birth that morning to their fourth child, a boy. Charles William had joined his three sisters, ages 7, 8, and 11. The excitement ran high that morning as the family and their church family rejoiced over their new addition.
Charles was a happy, bright little tow head, with an infectious laugh, adored by his sisters, including his baby sister who arrived a year and one-half later, his parents, and the neighbors whom he visited regularly, charming them out of cookies and attention. When he was in first grade, he talked his parents into getting him a Shetland pony, which he kept on a vacant lot close to his home. Each day he would take the pony down to a stream a block from the house to water it. One day, he tied the lead rope, with a slip knot, around the waist of his new bib overalls and tugging on the rope tried to take the pony back to the lot. He just arrived there with him when the pony bolted and took off running back to the stream. The boy bouncing along behind him must have frightened him as the horse kept on running, through the stream and two blocks later was stopped by a man who saw him coming. Charles was unconscious for a week and his family gathered around him expecting the worst but praying for the best. Many churches in Spearfish and other places held prayer vigils for his recovery.
He grew up in Spearfish, and after graduating from High School in 1955, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served for three years, two of which he was in Korea.
While visiting his sister, Lin Falk, in Minneapolis on leave, he met Sharon Marie Helseth. They were married there on June 14, 1958. They moved to Spearfish and later to Rapid City where they bought a home. Charles worked at odd jobs for a while before going into the Insurance Business. In 1963, his company transferred him to the East River area of South Dakota. They moved to Colome, SD, and later to Dallas, SD, where they lived until 1973 when they moved back to the Black Hills.
About a year later, Charles, Sharon and their three children, Barbara, William, and Kristi, moved to the Fillmore Mine near Tinton, SD, where Charles worked a sluicing operation for mining gold and precious metals. The children caught the Spearfish school bus at Latchstring Inn (Savoy) and only missed school a few times when the snow piled up beyond what the road crew could handle. The worst storm, over six feet, the county sent in a helicopter to bring them to Spearfish until the roads could be opened again.
Charles and Sharon worked on renovating apartments and trailers for a real estate group at Black Hawk for a couple of years. Then she and her daughter, Barbara, opened the S & B upholstery shop in Whitewood around 1978. Charles then started working in construction and heavy equipment as well as mining. Charles and Sharon were divorced in 1982. She died June 8, 1990, of colon cancer.
In 1985, a construction job took Charles to Sonoma, CA, where he met Marge (Margaret Dybdahl). They were married September 3, 1988.
Retiring in 1991, Charles and Marge sold their home a bought a Fifth Wheeler and spent a year traveling. They ended up at the Fillmore Mine as soon as they could get their trailer there in the spring of '92.
In 1993, Charles and Marge bought one of the houses that Homestake sold when expanding the Open Cut. They had it moved to their property near the Fillmore Mine and rebuilt it into a comfortable and unique home. Marge died in 1998.
Charles William Fillmore, 80, Spearfish, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his three children, Barbara Diane Chellis, New Mexico, Kristi Kay Fillmore, Spearfish, and William Orlo (Nancy) Fillmore II, Spearfish; stepdaughter, Christen Amador and stepson, Richard Dybdahl, both of California; three sisters, LaEtta Heltibridle, Billie June Fillmore, and Sarah Buittner; and numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; and one sister, Lineal Falk.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 24, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Fillmore Cemetery near Spearfish.

 

     
   
     

Jerry Dean Miller

August 1, 1945 - July 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, 2017

 

Jerry was born August 01, 1945, to Garold & Odetta Miller of Ainsworth, NE. Jerry had three siblings: sister, Jackie Kirkpatrick; brother, William Miller and twin brother Larry Miller.
In December 1984, Jeff was born to Jerry and Mary. In 1985, Jerry entered into marriage with his best friend Mary. In November 1986, the couple welcomed their daughter Jessie into the world. Jerry and Mary later divorced but remained the best of friends.
Jerry enlisted in the US Army in January 1965, in Omaha NE. He served proudly during his tenure of service and was stationed in Alaska, California, & Germany. In 1971, Jerry moved to Wall, SD, where he became a Pennington County Deputy Sheriff and served as the Chief of Police in Wall until he retired in 1993. After retiring from the police force, Jerry moved to Rapid City. Jerry started work at Amcon Distributing in Rapid City and this became a place of great joy for him over the next 13 years. He loved his time there and Amcon became his second family as he shared his days with his coworkers, many of whom he cared for deeply. He retired in April 2017.
Jerry Dean Miller, 71, of Rapid City, SD, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017, after his battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Jessie; son, Jeff, both of Rapid City; best friend Mary Brown of Rapid City; twin brother, Larry Miller of Kadoka and sister, Jackie Kirkpatrick of Laurel, NE; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Garold & Odetta Miller of Ainsworth, NE.
Graveside memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Joseph Michael Dropik, IV

October 31, 1975 - July 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017

 

Joseph Michael Dropik the 4th was born in Minneapolis, MN, on October 31, 1975, to Joseph Michael Dropik III and Donna (Elias) Kolb.
He attended Patrick Henry high school, after which he joined the Air Force as a munitions specialist. He was stationed in England where he married and had a daughter Kelsey. He then was stationed at Rapid City, South Dakota, where he had a son Trei Camden Dropik. After 20 years of service in the Air Force, he retired. He loved fishing with his son Trei, watching sports and seeking new adventures. He absolutely loved his work; he will be dearly missed by family friends and loved ones.
Joseph Michael Dropik, IV, Rapid City, SD, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade, SD.
Survivors include his mother, Donna (Pat) Kolb; daughter, Kelsey Dropik; son, Trei Dropik and special friend, Shelly Gray.
He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, step- brother, aunt and uncle.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors.

 

     
   
     

Lynn Russell Dunn

April 30, 1933 - July 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, July 10, 2017, at 10L00 a.m.

 

Lynn was born April 30, 1933, in rural Harding County, SD, to Herman and Blanche (Thomas) Dunn. He was the youngest of eight children. Lynn served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He farmed and ranched on the Redwater before purchasing his current farm east of Vale in 1961.
Lynn married Dorothy Weyrich of rural Sturgis on June 4, 1953, in Belle Fourche. They reared their four sons, James, Daniel, Mark and Keith on the farm. Lynn started with sheep and switched to dairy cows in the 70's before retiring in the late 1990's. He loved to travel the country in his RV with his wife, Dorothy, which included several trips to Alaska.
Lynn served the local community throughout his life, first as a member of the Butte County Weed Board then thirty years on the Butte-Meade Rural Sanitary Water District Board in which he was instrumental in establishing in the late 1960's-early 1970's. He was awarded "Outstanding Young Farmer" in 1979 and was active in supporting FFA activities where he was awarded multiple honorary degrees including the State FFA Degree in 1983. He was an active member of the Empire Friends Church until it was closed.
Lynn R. Dunn, 84, rural Vale, died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy of Vale; his sons, James and his wife, Sarah, and their children, Ryan and Rachael of Austin, TX; Daniel and his wife, Wanda, and their children, Jennifer, Michael, Danielle and Kristen of Vale; Mark and his wife, Lori, and their children, Kevin, Scott and Brian of Conroe, TX; Keith and his wife, Colette, and their children, Brianne and Logan of Vale. He has five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Sara Lee Stark of New Underwood and Willanore Ruby of Belle Fourche.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Kenneth; sisters, Hazel, Maxine, Helen and an infant sister.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Burial will follow at the Vale Cemetery.
"By the visions of our father, touched by his loving sons" - Justin Hayward, Graham Edge

 

     
   
     

Margaret "Maurine" Charron

August 7, 1929 - July 5, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

“Maurine” as she was known, was born August 7, 1929, in Lebanon, SD, to Edward and Kathrine (Breene) Miesen. She attended school in Lebanon, graduating in 1947. She finished her education at the Aberdeen Teachers College. She taught country school west of Seneca until she met Jack Charron when he delivered the mail to her school.
Maurine and Jack were married on February 7, 1950, in Lebanon. They made their home in Seneca, where they raised five children. Together they operated Charron Fuel Company, with Maurine doing the “bookwork.”
She was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church and Altar Society. And as part of small town living, was also a member of the Dizzy Dozen Club, the Work & Play Club, the Muffin Mixers and the Coffee Sippers! As the kids grew up, Maurine worked at the Gettysburg Memorial Hospital in the business office. Jack and Maurine moved to Roslyn, SD, where Jack carried mail and they, along with Tom, owned and operated Charron’s Steakhouse. Later in retirement, they moved to Sturgis where they were members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Margaret Maurine (Miesen) Charron, 87, of Sturgis, SD, formerly of Seneca, SD, passed away on July 5, 2017, at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center, Sturgis, SD.
Survivors include her children, Steve (Sheila), Huron, Kathy Jeffries (Ron), Rapid City, Jane Bryant (Keith), Sturgis, and Dave (Bonnie), Webster; nine grandchildren, Misty, Molly, Wade, Jackie, Kittrick, Liza, Keith III, Kyle, and Jessica; 13 great-grandchildren; her brother, Milo, Orange City, IA; and sister-in-law, Florence Miesen, Cannon Falls, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; her sister, Marvel; her brother, Merle; her son, Tom; and two grandchildren, Ashley and Jon.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 11, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel starting at 3:00 p.m. with a rosary beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Amanda May Voisin

June 8, 1983 - July 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017

 

Amanda May, 34, of Saint Onge, SD earned her wings into heaven on Monday July 3, 2017 after a short but brave, strong & courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Mitchell, SD on June 8, 1983.
Amanda was an amazing and beautiful soul with the most beautiful, big eyes. She accomplished many feats in her life. Her outgoing nature & love to make a difference was sparked at the age of 11 at Spearfish Middle School and continued on-through Spearfish High School. She competed in Science Olympia, was in Art & French Club, lettered in Academics and was a member of The National Honor Society. She graduated in 2001 and went on to achieve several degrees and was currently working towards a B.A. in Art and Graphic Design at Black Hills State University.
She served in the U.S. Air Force at Scott's Air Force Base as a computer programmer from 2009 to 2012. In 2015 she returned to the Black Hills where she was very active in the Art Club and Mom’s Group at BHSU. In the summer of 2016 she began her entrepreneurship at BHSU making 3 minute commercials for local small-producers to promote locally sustainable foods in Spearfish.
Amanda was very passionate about giving back to the earth, making the environment safe and better for everyone. The loves of her life and greatest passion of all, was being the mother of her two sons Davin and Emeric, always telling them "You are My Heart"!
Survivors include her "Heart” the loves of her life, her sons, Davin Emery Voisin (6) and Emeric Reese Voisin (4); mother, Liz & Joe Vodicka of St. Onge, SD; father, Glenn & Michelle Bintliff of Hill City, SD; brother, Elliot Bintliff of Spearfish, SD; half-brother, Cory & Staci Bintliff of Sioux Falls, SD; half-sister, Jessica & Adam Lewis of Rapid City, SD; half-sister Cassadee Bintliff of Hill City, SD; paternal grandparents, Glenn & Joyce Bintliff of Hill City, SD; maternal grandparents, Henry & Kathleen Bos of Mitchell, SD; ex-husband, Jacques Voisin of Addis, LA; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Proceeded in death by her grandparents, Vernon & Marigold Herron of Hill City, SD; uncle, Garry Kee of Brookings, SD; aunt, Liz Kee of Brookings, SD; and great-grandparents, Ed & Mildred Bintliff of Hill City, SD.
Memorial Service will be July 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Spearfish, SD, with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date and a Memorial Stone will be placed at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Wayne Percy Reynolds

September 12, 1932 - June 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, July 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Wayne Percy Reynolds was born September 12, 1932, in Madison, SD, to Percy and Myrtle (Ness) Reynolds. He attended country school in many communities including Dewey County, Firesteele, and Timberlake just to name a few. Wayne graduated from Willow Lake High School at the age of 16.
He served four years, much of that time in Korea as a member of the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), the precursor of the Navy Seals. He was in the Guard for one year and then his Unit was activated by the Army. Wayne was sent to Vietnam where his duty was once again with UDTs. Wayne served with distinction and was discharged after four years of service.
This opportunity led Wayne to a variety of management positions in a variety of locations throughout the United States with Weyerhaeuser and other plywood and sawmills. For Wayne, "plywood was the love of his career." After a career that spanned 25 years, Wayne retired from Weyerhaeuser which brought him back to the state he loved.
Wayne's career of fun including helping anyone who needed his help, whether it was working on a car or rebuilding a lawn mower, he was everyone's helper. He enjoyed "tinkering" and "Projects" one building a super lawn mower to make mowing their acreage a little easier. He built computers for kids, putting together several hundred for those children whose parents couldn't afford to purchase one.
He loved kids and making them happy. He was known as the "Teddy Bear Butte Cemetery Man" at the Loud American, if there was a child in the building, Wayne would keep playing the arcade game until he won them a prize. Making kids smile was part of Wayne's fun.
Wayne was bigger than life in every way. He could play practical jokes or tell a joke that could have you laughing so hard you were crying. Whether it was setting up a Bigfoot sighting or entertaining a group of friends with "trashcan turkey." He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating, and always spending time with people; living life to the fullest with family and friends.
Wayne's journey in this life ended on June 30, 2017, at VA Black Hills Health Care Center. Wayne always felt the staff at the VA was the best, and his care there was top notch. He had been proud to serve his country and believed those who provided his care had that same pride of service.
Wayne died Friday, June 30, 2017, at Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.
Wayne is survived by Pattie, his wife of 37 years; son, Chris Reynolds and grandson, Kyle Reynolds; daughter, Stacy (Thomas) Ondov; and stepson, Joey (Maldara) White and grandchildren, Aleah and Fin.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Percy W. Reynolds; mother, Myrtle Dearborne; stepfather, Emile Dearborne; and granddaughter, Dara.
A graveside memorial service will be Friday, July 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Chaplain George Hughes officiating.

 

     
   
     

Donald Joseph Oliver

August 20, 1931 - July 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Donald Joseph Oliver was born to Earl W. Oliver and Goldie (Liston) Oliver on August 20, 1931, in rural Meade County, SD. Donald had 4 siblings; sister, Deloris Smith; brothers, Dale (Lolita) Oliver; John Oliver; Bert (Barb) Oliver.
Donald married his loving and supportive wife, Dottie, on February 21, 1954, in Sturgis. They welcomed 5 children into their lives: Edwin Earl (wid:Candy Meyers) Oliver; Leeann McLaughlin; Peggy Sue (Tom) Rounds; Merri Jo (Arlon) Leetch. They fostered Gary Patrick (wid:Rhonda) McKee into their home as a child. They loved him and called him son.
Donald worked as a janitor at the Meade County Courthouse from 1956 to 1959. Wanting to be his own boss, Donald started Oliver Ditching in 1959 and began building the business and the family home in Boulder Canyon. Donald retired in 2004 and he and Dottie moved to town soon after. Donald kept busy though. He became a handyman for his friend Dr. George Jenter doing tasks that he enjoyed. Donald was a helper. He would help, if he was able, anyone who was in need. Even though Donald was strong and hardworking, he had a kind and gentle soul. Donald always had a smile on his face and loved to laugh. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Donald enjoyed farming, gardening, fishing, and spending time with family. Donald liked all animals but he loved his fat little dog, Baby.
Donald Joseph Oliver went peacefully to gather his rewards in heaven on July 2, 2017, at home surrounded by his loved ones.
Donald is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dottie; daughters, Lee, Peggy, & Merri; sister, Deloris; brothers: Dale, John, and Bert; grandchildren, Travis, Adam, Julie, Joshua, and Ryan Oliver, Autumn Meyers, Collin McLaughlin, Jesse Rounds, Jordan Etherton, Kyle, Skyler, and Dusty Leetch, and Heather McKee; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and great and great-great-grandchildren.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Ed & Gary; and beloved granddaughter, Tiffany Winter Oliver.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Michael Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.+

 

     
   
     

Howard Irvin Fisher, Sr.

October 18, 1938 - July 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Howard Irvin Fisher, Sr., was born October 18, 1938, in Johnstown, PA. He joined the Air Force as a young man and was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base as a mechanic. It was during his time in the Air Force that he met Beverly Sneesby. The two were married December 12, 1959 and had been married for fifty-seven years. After his time in the Air Force, Howard began working for Homestake Gold Mine in Lead as a timber stope contractor and later as a shift boss until his retirement in 1993.
Howard will be remembered by many in the Black Hills as a good man. His family mourns the loss of a good man. His family mourns the loss of a good and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Howard of Rapid City, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017, after a long battle with COPD. He was 78 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Joann Fisher,(Sneesby), of Rapid City; five children, Howard Fisher, Jr., of Deadwood, Randy Fisher of Lead, Stephen Fisher of Deadwood, Shelly Fisher Rodriguez of Rapid City, and Terry Fisher of Washington; sixteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruth.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood with Pastor David Baer officiating.

 

     
   
     

Constance "Connie" Gray

March 31, 1919 - July 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on July 6, 2017

 

Constance "Connie" Gray was born March 31, 1919, to John and Jessie (Dryer) Bestgen on the family farm north of Sturgis, SD. She passed into the next life on July 2, 2017, at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.
The Valedictorian graduate, from St. Martin's Academy in Sturgis, went on to obtain her nursing degree from St. John's School of Nursing in Rapid City in 1943.
While working as a nurse at St. John's Hospital, Connie met her future husband, Robert Gray, from Viewfield, SD. The couple married on October 17, 1945. To this union, six children were born: David, Charlie, Mary, Mark, Richard, and Anne.
Connie was known to many as "Dr. Massa's Nurse," having worked for the well-known area physician for more than 30-years. She was passionate about her profession and witnessed the evolution of nursing from the World War II era, to modern times as a nurse through the 1980's. During that time, she helped deliver the first baby in the Sturgis Community hospital more than 50 years ago, and cared for hundreds of Meade County folks. She and Dr. Massa were truly pioneer caregivers, providing medical care in rural areas for nothing more than a loaf of bread or a chicken.
Connie was instrumental in starting the Future Nurse's Club at the Sturgis High School and participated in the establishment of the Nurse Scholarship fund at the hospital.
After her retirement in the early 80’s, she continued “service above self”, as she provided foot care for hundreds through the years at the Sturgis Senior Center; She was a member of St. Francis Circle and on various committees at her home parish of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church; volunteered at the Ft. Meade Museum and the Jolley Funeral Home, and was a member of Kiwanis.
Connie and Robert loved to travel and enjoyed trips throughout the United States and beyond. One of their favorites was to the Holy Land in the early 70's. They both loved living at their ranch west of Sturgis, where they enjoyed the flowers, birds, and wildlife every day. Connie was an award winning and published cowboy poet and author of a book on Dr. L. L. Massa. She loved to play Scrabble, proving her extensive vocabulary was second only to her quick wit and delightful sense of humor.
She is survived by son, Charlie Gray (Cindy), Sturgis; daughters, Mary Neugebauer (Joel), Rapid City, and Annie Valades (Vance), Colorado Springs, CO; daughters-in-law, Julie Gray (Dave), Hill City, and Chris Gray (Rich), Coeur d’Alene, ID; brother, Philip Bestgen, Whitewood, SD; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces and nephews; and many special friends including Dr. George and Ellen Jenter, Sturgis.
Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; sons, David, Mark, and Richard; parents, John and Jessie Bestgen; brothers, Leo and Steve Bestgen; sisters, Justine Bruch, Vonnie Bogner, Patricia McDermott, and Betty Bestgen.
Visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis. Mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. on July 6, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Memorials in Connie's name may be sent to the Kinkade Funeral Chapel and can be designated toward the restoration of the St. Martin's Chapel, the St. Aloysius Cemetery, or for the Nurse's Scholarship Fund at the Sturgis Community Health Center.

 

     
   
     

Imogene "Jean" Rotert

February 26, 1934 - July 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. July 7, 2017

 

Imogene “Jean” Rotert was born February 26, 1934, in Presho, SD, to Jess and Mabel (Harmon) Waldron. Jean married Dale Grosch and to this union they had two sons, Richard and Kenneth. She later married Marvin Sneesby and they had one daughter, Brenda. They later divorced. On August 6, 1976, Jean married James Rotert. After retirement they moved to Whitewood, SD. Jim passed away in 2010 and Jean continued to live in Whitewood until her health prevented her from living alone.
Jean worked many years as a nurse’s aide at the Sturgis Community Hospital. She made many friends throughout her life and loved them all dearly.
Our loving mother made her way home in the early morning hours of July 2, 2017, at the age of 83.
Surviving her are her children, Rich (Velta) Grosch, Whitewood, Ken (Barb) Grosch, Sturgis, and Brenda (DJ) Werlinger, Whitewood; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; as well as several extended family members.
Family preceding her are her husband, Jim; parents, Jess and Mabel; six sisters, Myrtle, Lucille, Dorene, Alice, May, and Donna; and four brothers, Chud, Bill, Port, and Melvin.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Services will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor John Tesnow officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Lyial Emroy Huber

May 11, 1939 - June 29, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Vistation Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

 

Lyial Emroy Huber was born to Adolf and Martha (DeWald) Huber on May 11, 1939, in Mobridge, SD. Lyial had six siblings; three brothers; Ervin, Calvin, and Raymond and three sisters; Shirley, Loraine and Ramona. Lyial served in the Army.
Lyail was an over the road Truck Driver for most of his life. He was a very kind hearted soul who loved to visit with people and tell stories to anyone that would listen of many of his experiences from everywhere he has been and everything he has seen while trucking throughout his life. He also loved to fish.
Lyial Emroy Huber died Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his children, Howard Huber of Rapid City, SD; Steven Huber of Nisland, SD and Karla Wendt of Sioux Falls, SD; brothers, Calvin, and Raymond, sisters, Shirley, Loraine and Ramona.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ervin.
Lyial will have a visitation on Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Charles "Ed" Brackett

September 3, 1939 - June 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Charles was born to Nannette & Ben Brackett at home in Banner, Arkansas, on September 3, 1939. He attended school in Modesto, California.
Charles and Ursula married October 13, 1958, 59 years ago. They welcomed four children into their home; Christine Coppola of Oregon, Sherrie VanVleet of Rapid City, John Brackett of Rapid City, and Susie Johnson of Dallas.
Charles raised and raced greyhounds for 25 years, his favorite life's work. He belonged to the Rapid City Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fishing and remodeling homes. Charles lived in the Rapid City community many years.
Charles "Ed" Brackett passed away June 23, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, with his loving wife, Ursula, by his side.
He is survived by his wife, Ursula; four of their children; three sons-in-law; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters; five brothers; and numerous relatives.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with visitation one hour prior at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Herman VanDenBerg

January 4, 1926 - June 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Herman VanDenBerg went to meet his maker June 26, 2017, at Spearfish Regional Hospital with his loving wife, Ruby, and family by his side.
Herman was born to Neil and Gertie VanDenBerg at home on the ranch near Strool January 4, 1926. He attended school at Center School and Lemmon High School.
Herman and Ruby married June 11, 1947. They just had their 70-year celebration on June 24th.
They welcomed six children into their home; Marilyn, Cindy, Susan, Gloria, Wynn, and Lisa.
Herman took over the family ranch, his favorite life's work. He raised registered Limousin cattle and Appaloosa horses. The family ranch was designated a Century Ranch in 2013. He was very active in the community. He belonged to Masons, Shriners, Center School Board, and Bison School Board. He was a guitar player and enjoyed sing-a-longs. He played Santa Claus to the surrounding community many years. One could always tell when Herman was at a gathering by his laugh.
On retirement in 2014, they moved to Spearfish.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; five of their children; one daughter-in-law; three sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and numerous relatives.
Herman was preceded in death by three sisters; two brothers; one son; one grandson; two great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spearfish with Pastors Stephen Sandness and Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Prairie City Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Memorials have been established to the Prairie City Cemetery and the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zeona.

 

     
   
     

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) Shannon from Waterloo, IA; sons, Ray (Cindy) 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 Ione 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, SD.
Margery married Frederick Bunney and they made their home in Newell. 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 Sunday, 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, and Marlon (Barbara), Rapid City, SD; and daughter, Lynette (Edward) Culver, Newell, SD; and 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; and stepchildren, Frederick Bunney, Jr., Ronald Bunney, and Gloria Dahlberg.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, 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:

1:00 p.m. July 22, 2017 Riverside Cemetery Pierre.

 

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.

 

     
   
     

Irma Graves

November 21, 1915 - May 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 2:00 pm

 

Irma was born November 21, 1915, to Halvor and Elma (Rose) Olson on their family farm south of Mitchell, SD, where she grew up with her parents and siblings, Delmar and Vera (Moe).
In 1942, she married Charles "Chuck" Graves of Ethan in Buffalo, NY. After WWII broke out, they were both employed at Curtis-Wright Aeronautical. Chuck was a fuselage foreman and Irma worked in the drafting department.
When the war ended, they moved to Ethan to be near family. Irma began a career as a Home Service Advisor for Northwestern Public Service in Mitchell. She retired after 21 years.
Irma Evelyn Graves, 101 years of age, died Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care surrounded by members of her family.
Irma and Chuck raised three children, Judy Hoenke of Rapid City, Jerry of Pierre and Jon of Sturgis. She moved to Rapid City from Mitchell following her mothers’ death to be closer to family. Irma was a member of South Canyon Lutheran Church.
Her husband, Chuck, preceded her in death in 1971. She is survived by her children, Judy (Jerry Hoenke), Jerry (Nancy), and Jon (Joyce); 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at the Ethan cemetery at a later date.
Memorials will be presented to the Sturgis Regional Senior Care facility.

 

     
   
     

Juanita Blossom Norton

January 13, 1920 - April 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

12:00 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Juanita Blossom Gullickson was born January 13, 1920, in Harding County on the family ranch near Reva. However, their address at the time was Strool, SD. Juanita arrived ahead of schedule and she was delivered by the county doctor, Doc Hodges. Her parents were Ernest Frederick Gullickson who was born in 1888 in Dakota Territory and Ida Oline Lien born in 1891 in Britton, SD. Juanita joined older brother, Gerald born in 1919 and would later gain another brother, Waldo, who arrived in 1924.
Both Ernest and Ida had entered homestead claims as individuals and had lived in sod houses. Juanita’s family lived on the land homesteaded by her father. The ranch was run as the Gullickson Brothers Ranch but Juanita’s family lived there and tended to the daily maintenance. Their home never had electricity, indoor plumbing or running water and the family never owned a tractor. Juanita grew up on the ranch. Her first eight years of education were at Grand View School, a one room school house. The first two years of high school took place at Sorum High School, a WPA school, where she lived in a dormitory. From there Juanita and her mother and two brothers moved to Spearfish where she finished her last two years of high school at Spearfish High. Her brothers entered college at the eighth grade.
In 1938, after Juanita finished high school, her father’s ill health forced the family to move to Buffalo. For a while they lived in the Lutheran Parsonage. Juanita went to work in the County Court House. She worked part-time for the Draft Board, County Superintendent, Treasurer and Auditor, sometimes working for her uncle, Cliff Gullickson, who was the treasurer and auditor. While at the Court House she met Lloyd G. Norton who worked for the Register of Deeds and was also a child of homesteaders (Tracy and Christena [Wheeler] Norton).
Lloyd left to join the Army Air Corps in 1942 and Juanita and her cousin decided to go to Seattle to find work in factories there. They got as far as Kalispell, MT, where a friend of her cousin lived. Juanita went to work in the office of the Equity Supply Company. She was still living there when Lloyd returned from Europe on a furlough. They were married June 21, 1945, in Baker, MT.
When Lloyd was discharged from the military several months later they began their life together in Kalispell. Airplanes was Lloyd’s life-long passion and he found work in Great Falls, MT, converting war planes from military to commercial use.
Lloyd went to work for United Air lines in 1946 and he and Juanita moved to Cheyenne, WY, where their first child, Bonita, was born in 1947. One year later, the family moved to Redwood City, CA, where their two sons, Leslie (1950) and Robert (1951), were born. In 1955, the family moved to Thornton, CO, and in 1958, they returned to California, settling in Hayward, where they lived the rest of their lives.
Juanita was a dedicated mother serving as a room mother, Cub Scout den mother, Sunday School and Bible School teacher, chauffeur, loyal member of the Little League cheering section, and supervisor of all things involving homework. As a grandmother she cheered at the sporting events, clapped at music programs, ate campfire food with the scouts, and beamed at graduations. In 1965, Juanita began working in the school cafeteria, first as a substitute and later as a cafeteria manager. She worked in the cafeteria for fifteen years. She also worked side-by-side with Lloyd as they built a cabin in the Sierra foothills in California.
Lloyd and Juanita always enjoyed traveling and after retirement they enjoyed it even more. South Dakota was always a favored destination and those visits became more frequent as special events were celebrated-all school reunions, Labor Day, milestones for Buffalo, Harding County, and family members. They had so much fun sharing time with family and friends in the area. They visited all fifty states, many more than once, and enjoyed special trips to Costa Rica, Norway, and New Zealand.
Juanita was a quiet woman with deep understanding of giving and sharing with others. She and Lloyd were charter members of their church in Hayward, which they attended faithfully since 1958. She was a member of the Altar Guild, taught the young children and, for the last twenty plus years, she was a dedicated member of the Craft Group at Messiah. Here she could share her creative talents freely and generously. At 96, she was still crocheting lap robes and baby blankets to sell at the annual boutique. Juanita loved her family and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them and listening to their chatter and stories.
Juanita B. Norton, 97, of Hayward, CA, died as she has lived her life, quietly and without fanfare, on April 24, 2017, at her home in Hayward.
Those left to carry on her spirit are her children, Bonnie (Tony) Sanchez, California, Leslie (Diane) Norton, Texas, and Robert (Anne) Norton, South Carolina; grandchildren, Matt (Alix) Norton, California, Anthony (Andrea) Sanchez, California, Elizabeth Byrd, South Carolina, Jeffery (Pamela) Sanchez, California, Sarah Norton, Maryland, and Brett Sinclair, California; great-grandchildren, Henry, Sadie, Cate, Maya, Grady, Delilah, Wynn, and Sierra; and many caring nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held in Hayward in May.
Inurnment will be 12:00 p.m. June 16, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Family and friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis at 11:30 a.m. prior going to the cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Jeffery Neal Shepard

August 6, 1969 - April 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

12:30 p.m. Springfield Motor Boat Club

 

Jeff was born on August 6, 1969, in Springfield, Illinois to James and Karen Shepard. On September 2, 2000 he married me, Debra Lynne O’Connor, whom he met in August of 1998 on the Coastal Star in Seattle where we headed to Alaska. We would find out on our first anniversary that we were blessed with huge surprise in the form of our sun, moon and stars. April 26, 2002 Kathryne (Katee) Janece Shepard joined us. She became his world as he became her daddy.
After Katee was born we decided that he could no longer be gone as long as the fishing industry required and so he took a job as an AB Unlimited for Weeks Marine. It was here that he finally decided to evolve and become an engineer (I was the engineer first so always the chief of the family, he was my favorite deck ape or knuckle dragger as I used to call him lol). He would work his way to chief engineer and his two favorite companies were Weeks Marine Inc. and Crosby Tug Company. He spent over half of our marriage on these tugs. He hated to fly and being away but he knew that this was the best way to provide for his family, plus stay on the seas that he loved.
His hobbies were guns, archery, fishing, anything mechanical, gardening, hiking, anything nautical, exercising and video games, he shares these loves with his baby girl and one of these is often what you saw them doing together.
Jeffery Neal Shepard “crossed the bar” on April 26, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Airport.
Jeff physically leaves behind a wife, Debra Shepard, a daughter, Katee Shepard. He is also survived by his mother, Karen Shepard; father, James Shepard (Lynn); brother, Kelly Shepard; sisters, Crystal (Chris) Emery and Brittney Shepard as well as many nieces, nephews and brother and sister in laws, aunts, uncles and cousins. Jeff was loved so much and will be missed greatly.
A private viewing was held for family and a celebration of life was held on May 3, 2017 at his property that he loved so much outside of Sturgis. Another celebration of life will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the Springfield Motor Boat Club, 17 Club Area, Springfield, IL. There will be a visitation from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. the memorial will be out by the lake at 12:30 p.m. and his mother would like to invite family and friends to lunch at 1:00 p.m. at the club. Please R.S.V.P. to an immediate family member if you plan the lunch by Monday, May 29, so we can let the club know how many will attend. We will also have an informal visitation following the lunch throughout part of the afternoon.
Katee and Debra will also be doing a “Tour of Ashes” throughout this next year to take Katee to all of the places that her daddy loved so much to “drop an anchor.” Jeff loved being a wanderer and so many places in the world left an impression on him, as well as his family.
We love and miss you so much babydoll..I will stand watch here while you stand watch from there. Love you always and your babies forever!!

 

     
   
     

Joyce Beverly Bowman

June 1, 1934 - May 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, June 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Joyce was born in Washington, Iowa, on June 1, 1934, the daughter of Clarence "Mike" and Marion (Helmer) Logan. Joyce graduated from Washington High School and went on to graduate from the College of Nursing, at the state University of Iowa.
Joyce enjoyed serving as a Pennington County Public Health nurse in Rapid City, SD, and later, as the nurse at the Box Elder Job Corps Center, near Nemo, SD.
Joyce B. Bowman, 82, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Clarkson Mountain View Health Care Facility in Rapid City, SD.
Survivors include her sons and their families: Mike (Mary, and children, Jason, Josh, and Kelly) Thalacker, of Whitehouse Station, NJ; Mark (Kathie O’Donnell Thalacker) Thalacker, of Rapid City, SD; Matt (Terry, and children, Kattie, and Jessie) Thalacker, also of Rapid City, SD; as well as her stepdaughters, Kathy Daniells, of Spearfish, SD, and Vicky Anderson (daughter, Tessa Allen and granddaughters, Shea and Macie Allen), of Deadwood, SD.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her first husband, Robert Thalacker; her second husband, Les Bowman; her brother, Robert Logan; her sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Lantz; her stepson, Jeff Bowman; and step son-in-law, Paul Daniells.
Services will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Friday June 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Nemo Church, in Nemo, SD, or to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Mary Anne Herring

October 21, 1930 - May 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Mary was born October 21, 1930, in Milbank, SD, to Frank and Anna (Croymans) Chaloupka. She was raised on the family farm with her two brothers and two sisters. Mary graduated from Milbank High School and became a "Six Week Wonder." The state of South Dakota was desperate for teachers and thus trained her for six weeks to become a teacher. She taught at the country school she had attended. Mary returned to college for a two year teaching degree and taught in Bowdle. There she met her first husband, Cletus "Fizzer" Huber. They married on June 2, 1954, and started their family of five children; Colgan, Colette, Kieran, Creden and Kenan. Mary later went back to college and obtained her degree in Elementary Education. She taught for more than two decades at Newell Elementary. Fizzer passed away on April 30, 1985.
On July 27, 1990, Mary married Eldon Herring. She then had three step-children to love; Joe, Shari, and Della. Eldon and Mary were married 26 and one-half years. They traveled to see kids and grandkids, as well as many historical places. They wintered in Arizona for several years.
Mary was an avid reader and book collector. She collected antiques as well as lots of other things. She enjoyed history and she and Eldon went on many historical tours. Her favorite pastime was clipping pictures, articles, and lots of 'stuff' from magazines and newspapers.
Mary loved children and being able to interact with them. She was a proud, loving, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her special joy was her only great-granddaughter, Ellie Anne Wheeler. Ellie adored her Great Grammy Mary.
Mary Anne Herring died Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Brookings Health System in Brookings, SD.
Survivors include her husband, Eldon Herring, Sturgis; five children, Colgan Huber, Bison, SD, Colette (Rob) Wheeler, Lemmon, SD, Kieran (Carmen) Huber, Rapid City, SD, Creden (Kristie) Huber, Sierra Vista, AZ, and Kenan (Teena) Huber, Spearfish, SD; three step children, Joe (Ermie) Herring, Waldorf, MD, Shari Kolbeck, Vermillion, SD, and Della (Larry) Browning, Brookings, SD; nine grandchildren, Lyndsey Wheeler, Lemmon, SD, Lucas (Lindsey) Wheeler, Rapid City, SD, Kayden Huber, Minneapolis, MN, Kyler Huber, Omaha, NE, Karlee Huber, Rapid City, SD, Kensington Huber, Sierra Vista, AZ, Carsten Huber, Sierra Vista, AZ, Kayla Huber, Spearfish, SD, and Tyler Huber, Spearfish; five step-grandchildren, Tom Kolbeck, San Francisco, CA, Theresa Kolbeck, Kansas City, MO, Michael Kolbeck, Vermillion, SD, Emily Browning, Potsdam, NY, and Joseph Browning, Brookings, SD; great-granddaughter, Ellie Anne Wheeler, Rapid City; two sisters, Helen (Marlowe) Kinkade, Sturgis, SD, and Margaret Simon, Nikiski, AK; and two sisters-in-law, Betty Chaloupka, Rapid City, and Gerry Chaloupka, Twin Brooks, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Cletus "Fizzer" Huber; daughter-in-law, Marjean Huber; step-son-in-law, Tom Kolbeck; brothers, Freddy Chaloupka and Francis Chaloupka; and brother-in-law, Don Simon.
Visitation will be Monday, May 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 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 near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established for Children's Programs at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

 

     
   
     

Darrel Barry

February 15, 1929 - May 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017

 

Darrel “Beechnut” Barry was born on February 15, 1929 in New Underwood, SD at his Grandma Barry’s home to Emory E. and Clara C. (Welfl) Barry. He attended grade school at the Barry School in the Haydraw area. He then stayed in a dormitory during the week while attending high school in New Underwood. He lettered in football and graduated in 1947. Following high school, he worked for Strong Dirt Work running large equipment and continued ranching and rodeoing until entering the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951. He was ship bound for Japan and Korea. Following his discharge in 1954 he returned to the family ranch until 1957. Darrel married Viola F. Ness on March 30, 1957 in Broadus, Montana by a woman justice of the peace. He worked at the Sturgis Sale Barn for a short time before starting his 7 years with Western Cattle Company at Hart Ranch, then he was moved to Two Rivers as a foreman. In 1964 he moved his family to the home place south of Union Center where he continued ranching. In the 80's he started working for Meade County as an Equipment Operator. He then was a Korkow Rodeo Stockman and continued his lifetime support of high school and 4-H rodeos, where he also taught rodeo schools. Darrel retired as a Brand Inspector at age 84.
Along with his many endeavors he was a member of Farmer’s Union, life member of the Sturgis V.F.W. American Legion, Past Post Commander of the New Underwood American Legion, and the Saddle Tramps of New Underwood. He received the United Nations service medal, Korea service medal, and the National Defense service medal. Some of Darrel's hobbies included his leather working, participating in trail rides, playing cards, pulling pranks, and never ending BS sessions.
Darrel Barry died Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Fort Meade, SD. Darrel is survived by his wife Viola and their children, Darrel W. Barry, Cheryl Pullins, Rod (Terri) Barry, Pam (Rick) Scott, Wade (Cleo) Barry, and Shannon (Drew) Holmquist. Sixteen grandchildren: Corey (Heather) Barry, Cody Pullins, Nikki Pullins, Tessa (Wes) Sufficool, Danni (Tom) Barry, Tyler Barry, Alisha Barry, Mary Barry, Allen Scott, Lisa (Duane) Bennett, Kyle Scott, David (Lexi) Scott, Wade (Stephanie) Barry, Taylor Barry, Tawny Barry, and Windsor Barry. Seven great-grandchildren; Connor Dove and Kaylee Barry; Allie and Tate Scott; Caleb Bennett; Brynlee Rudolph and Emory Barry.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Bryan Ray McMahon

January 6, 1963 - May 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017

 

Bryan was born January 6, 1963, in Price, Utah, to Katherine (Causer) McMahon and Ray Hunter. He grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona, with his mother and step-father, Gerald McMahon, now deceased.
He graduated from high school in Flagstaff. He went to technical school in Phoenix and received a degree in heating and air-conditioning.
Bryan spent several years working in his family's pawn shop in Flagstaff. There he grew to have a great appreciation of Native American art. Later, he worked for various electronic companies for a number of years.
In Flagstaff, he met Jane Ramey and they were married in Nemo, SD, on June 16, 2001. They have lived in the Black Hills for the last 10 years.
Bryan Ray McMahon, 54, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017. After years of operations and debilitating pain, Bryan chose to go to the Lord.
He leaves behind his wife, Ellen Jane McMahon; his mother; his father; two sisters; three brothers; and other extended family and friends.
Bryan loved music of all kinds, bird watching, and star gazing. He will best be remembered for being able to fix anything that plugged into the wall.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Nemo Church.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Nemo Community Church.

 

     
   
     

Theodore "Teddy" Charles Mahaffy

September 4, 1934 - May 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017

 

Theodore "Teddy" Charles Mahaffy was born September 4, 1934, in Rapid City, SD, to Theodore E. and Marie (Foote) Mahaffy. He grew up on the family ranch near Marcus, SD, on Sulphur Creek. He attended local country schools.
He married the love of his life, Ann Ingalls, on December 1, 1956, and together they raised six children. They ranched for 60 years. Along the way, he worked construction jobs, drove gravel trucks, and hauled sugar beets. He moved to Sturgis in 1998 where he worked in maintenance, until he retired due to health reasons. In 2012, they moved to the Newell area to his son's ranch, back in the country again where he loved to be. He enjoyed fishing with family and friends, shooting prairie dogs, and spending time in his side by side enjoying the outdoors.
Teddy was a member of the Sturgis Church of Christ.
Teddy, 82, was surrounded by his family when he went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 15, 2017. He loved to laugh and make you laugh with his quick wit and teasing nature.
Blessed to share his life are his wife of 60 years, Ann; his six children, D'Anna (LaVern) Fischer and Yvonne (Bob) Barry, both of Sturgis, Ronnie (Vonda) Mahaffy and Lonnie (Melissa) Mahaffy, both near Newell, and Dean (Sierra) Mahaffy and Dale (Amanda) Mahaffy, both near Sturgis; brother, Terry (Valerie) Mahaffy of Nemo; sisters, Kathy (Arnold) Williams of Baker City, OR, and Inez (Butch) Jibben of Nemo; sister-in-law, Nadene Mahaffy; 22 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many, many, many George's.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Marie Mahaffy; one brother, Duane Mahaffy; and one granddaughter, Anna Westberg.
Visitation will be Monday, May 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Meade County 4-H Building Fund.

 

     
   
     

Harold Herbert Permann

February 11, 1926 - January 31, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Harold was born February 11, 1926, at a farmstead in Lowry, SD, to Jacob and Christina (Huber) Permann. He attended School in Lowry. At age 14, he worked on the farm, and then in California. He returned to South Dakota in 1950. He entered the US Army in 1950 and was honorably discharged December 10, 1956. He was in the 38th Parle and was on the front lines in the Korean War for 10 Months and 28 days. He then returned to South Dakota March 15, 1952, a Staff /Tech Sargent. Harold was very proud to have been able to serve his country. He received a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with the Bronze Star, U.N. Service Medal. In January 2016, he was presented a Medal for Ambassador for Peace from the Republic of Korea at the state Capital in Pierre, SD.
He worked as a Road Engineer for the State Hwy. Dept. from 1953-1963. Then for the BIA Road Dept. as a Civil Engineer working on the Cheyenne and Standing Rock reservations and for the BIA Aberdeen office.
On October 25, 1963, he married Pauline “Peggy” Hockesson and to this union are two children; daughter, Jan, was adopted in 1960 and son, Lon, was born in 1963. Harold retired in 1984 and lived in Mobridge, SD, from 1963 till June 2016 and then moved to Heart Ranch in Rapid City, SD, and wintered in Mesa, AZ.
Harold was a member of the Shriners in Mobridge and Mesa, Masons, a lifetime member of the Moose and American Legion and V.F.W. He was also a member of the U.C.C. Church in Mobridge and of the Community Church in Apache Wells. Harold was very proud to have been able to drive Vets to the VA in Sturgis, SD.
Harold Herbert Permann “HP” passed away January 31, 2017, at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, AZ, at the age of 90 years old, which he proudly informed everyone. There was a Celebration of Life in Apache Wells, Mesa, AZ on February 7, 2017. There will be a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, followed by a lunch at the Veterans Club in Sturgis. We ask everyone to meet at Kinkade Funeral Chapel by 10:15 a.m. and follow in procession to the cemetery.
Harold “HP” is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pauline “Peggy” Permann; daughter, Jan (Kevin) Wenzel of Quinn, SD; son, Lon (KaTeri) Permann of Sturgis, SD; ten grandchildren, Jackie, Jason, Melanie, Vivian, Alex, Tristan, Austin, Chante, Steven, and Fauna; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Jerry) Oxner and Norva Giese; brother, Hess (Arba) Huber; three sisters-in-law, Shirley Permann, Norma Haerer, and Dotty Gunsalus; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
HP was preceded in death by his father, Jacob (Ida) Permann; mother, Christina (Jake) Schanzenbach; brothers, Herbert and Rodney Permann; sister, Adaline (Brownie) Couger; brothers-in-law, Donald Haererand and Gerry Gansalus; and sister-in-law, Mary Lou Moore.

 

     
   
     

James Reed

November 2, 1932 - May 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.

 

James Reed was born November 2, 1932, to Florence Reed (Morrisey) in Faith, SD. He moved with his family to Sundance, WY, where he graduated from Sundance High School. It was there that he met the love of his life, Patricia Fall. The two were married October 8, 1956, and created a wonderful life together. The couple moved their family to Newcastle, WY, in the early years of their marriage, where they raised their family until retiring to operate a chicken farm in Magazine, AR. Together, they had 5 children, Glen (Shelley) Reed, Sandy (William) Kohlbrand, Craig (Rhonda) Reed, Kevin Reed, and William Reed; 10 grandchildren, Brett (Ashley) Reed, Casey (Kellee) Reed, Jodean (Stephen) Brannan, Kaylynn (Rusty) Taper, Jeanien (Blaine) Burress, Ross Reed, Kristen Kohlbrand, Jenny (Mike) Pederson, Robert Peele, and Sean Peele; 20 great-grandchildren, Alaina and Samuel Reed, Miles, Zeke, and Hope Brannan, Jamie, Ethan, Bruce Taper, Sadie Hodges, Elliott Smith, Willow, Brock, and Wyatt Burress, Aryana and Tayshaun Kohlbrand, Sydney and Kaia Pederson, Aubrey, Ben, and Nathan Peele.
James loved being outside. His early careers involved working on a sheep wagon and for a logging company. He found his niche, however, running heavy equipment for road construction companies and at the coal mine. He was especially known for his skillfulness in the dozer. He didn’t need fancy equipment or tools, an eye level and a few hand tools were all he needed. He had a passion for working in the dirt. You would often find him working in his yard with his dogs in his spare time. After working several days in a row, his favorite hobby was hooking up the boat, loading up his family, and heading out to Keyhole Reservoir for a fun weekend of camping and fishing! He was a man who often kept to himself, who was tough as leather, and had a heart full of gold. In his later years, he found joy watching his great-grandkids grow and catch an occasional ballgame. He was so loved and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, George (Darlene) Reed; and sister, Evelyn Jensen.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence; wife, Patricia; brother, William Reed; brother, Elmer Christensen; and sister, Marie Christensen; son-in-law, William Kohlbrand; great-granddaughter, Hope Brannan; and great-grandson, Nathan Peele.
There will be a graveside service Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Newcastle Greenwood Cemetery at 1:30 PM for those who wish to attend. A reception will follow at the Newcastle Country Club.

 

     
   
     

Carol Ann Bloom

January 4, 1946 - February 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2017

 

Carol was born, January 4, 1946, in Boulder Sanitarium to Charles and Esther (Evey) Martin. She was the third of eight children. Although she was born in Boulder, she lived in Newcastle, WY, with the rest of her family. Carol and her siblings went to the Seventh Day Adventist Church School in Newcastle. She went on to academy at Platte Valley Academy where she was introduced into young adulthood. One teacher stands out from that time, Gayle Rhodes, and one friend, Vi Chaney, who was her best friend for life. She was very intelligent. This was often hidden by her shy personality, but on her Iowa tests, she came in at 96%. Carol enjoyed working on her family genealogy, researching courthouse documents and meeting with people about family, and writing several books on her family history. She was devoted to children, especially babies, using the same way of talking to them she learned from her mother.
Carol had many accomplishments. She went to Ashfield, North Carolina, to receive an award for employee of the year while working for the Juvenile Detention Center in Rapid City, but the greatest testament of her dedication came from some of the youths who ran into her around town, who all expressed their appreciation for her work with them, and she never forgot their names. She was also well liked on her mail route, which she ran until her stroke in 2012.
Carol Bloom, 71, Rapid City, died Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at her home in Rapid City.
Grateful for sharing Carol's life are her husband, Jim Bloom, Rapid City; their two sons, David (Sara) Bloom and Jeff Bloom; two granddaughters, Grace Carol and Dakota Jacqueline; one sister, Lisa; three brothers, Warren (Kathy) Martin, MD, Ronnie Martin, Edgemont, SD, and Charles (Rita) Martin, Cheyenne, WY; and many nieces and nephews and their children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Trish and Linda; and one brother, John.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rapid City.
Carol will be laid to rest at the Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle, WY.

 

     
   
     

Walter James Kari

June 26, 1924 - May 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 

Walter was born June 26, 1924, at Bixby, SD, to Peter and Katherine (Sperle) Kari. He graduated from Bison High School
Walter married Tillie Luvern Rogers on November 14, 1948, at Strool, SD. Their son, Randy, was born December 6, 1949. They ranched northwest of Faith, SD, for 16 years, then moved into Faith in 1964 so Randy could attend high school. They owned and operated the Star-Lite motel in Faith for the next 23 years. In 1988, Walter and Luvern retired to Sturgis, SD, where they resided until 2008, when they moved to Spearfish, SD, for health reasons.
Walter loved ranching, hunting and fishing, trapping, and the outdoors. His favorite rifle was the 30-40 Krag.
Walter James Kari, 92, Spearfish, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include his son, Randy (Kay) Kari; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brothers, John Kari and Raymond Kari; and sisters, Velma Johnson and Kathryn Schlosser.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife in 2016; two sisters; and two brothers.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father John Paul Trask officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospitals.


 

     
   
     

Frank "Sonny" Hogan, Jr.

November 26, 1946 - May 7, 2017

 

Service to be held:

4:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017

 

Sonny was born November 26, 1946, at Milbank, SD, to Pearl H. (Latham) and Frank Charles Hogan, Sr. Growing up on a farm, Sonny loved horses and the wild side of life. He always had the urge to come west. In the 90's, Sonny had that dream come true.
Forty years of driving truck, his life became hauling asphalt, living in a camper with the best of men, Jerry, Jerry, Buddy, and Jonathan; the good life of crockpot suppers and Jerry Schuelke making the lunch boxes.
Sonny married Jane Common in Tombstone, AZ, January 24, 2016.
Still having the urge to ranch, Sonny got that chance out west with Mike and Lyle, raising cattle, horses, and his wife, Jane, raising the sheep. (Sonny didn't like sheep. Ha!)
Frank “Sonny” Hogan, Jr., 70, of Vale, SD, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Jane; son, Philip (Melissa) Hogan, and grandchildren, Erica, Christine, Ashley, Philip Dakota, Emily, and Zachary, and great-grandchildren, Daylon, Drake, Dreyden, Payton, Candice, Audrey, Hayden, and Ridge; stepdaughter, Brandy (Jonathan) and grandchildren Kurtis and Haley; son, Ryan (Jamie) and grandchildren, Tayten, Tanner, and his fat baby, Tillee; his mother-in-law, Alta Common; three brothers, Darwin, Keith, and Mike Hogan; four sisters, Betty Saeger, Vonnie Hoeke, Shirley Busk, and Barbara Gerdes; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sisters at birth; brother, Jim Hogan; sister, Kay Voeltz; five brother-in-law’s, four nephews and one niece.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Marcia Brennan officiating.
A second visitation will be Saturday, May 27, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. (CST) at Hope Lutheran Church in Summit, SD. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. (CST) at Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Summit.

 

     
   
     

Robert Michael Branaugh

July 12, 1949 - January 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m Friday, May 19, 2017

 

Mike was born July 12, 1949, at Port Angeles, WA, to Robert and Teresa (Jordan) Jones, and later on his name was legally changed to Robert Michael Branaugh. He lived throughout Montana most of his life. He grew up and attended school in Alzada, Ekalaka and Broadus, MT, where he graduated high school, attending college in Missoula, MT, and eventually settled in Billings, MT, where he spent many years counseling youth with mental health problems, and was last affiliated with Deaconess Hospital in Billings.
Robert Michael “Mike” Branaugh, 67, passed away at his home in Billings, MT, on January 12, 2017
Mike is survived by all his friends that he considered as family at the Deconess Hospital in Billings, MT, especially Terry Smith, his buddies Tommy “J” and Randy. Together Mike and Teresa are survived by, Bob Thorne and family, Bill Thorne and family, Don (Sue) Thorne , Whitney Ponce and family all of Casper, WY; Lorie Dollison and family, Terry Miller and family all of Gillette, WY; Lee (Sonia) Fruit, Tracey (Peggy) Fruit and family all of Broadus, MT; Troy (Mikel) Fruit and family of Ekalaka, MT; Bim (Jody) Marston, Nathan (Katie) Marston all of Hardin, MT; Doug Marston Jr. of Ekalaka, MT; Sherry (Fats) Jardee of Ekalaka, MT; Ivan Jardee and family of Gillette, WY; the family of John (Blanche) Jordan of WA; sister, Jeanie Sneesby of Whitewood, SD; and her family Joddy (Pete) Tiemann of Reardon, WA; Suzan (Clay) Smith, Wesly Davis, both of Grass Valley, CA; and Jully Davis and their families.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur A. “Bill” Branaugh in 1969, his step-father Doug Marston in 1996, and his loving mother, Teresa (Jordan) Marston in 2002, nephew, Billy Ray Davis in 2014, and a brother-in-law, Marvin Sneesby in 2015, and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
As per Mike’s wishes there will no funeral services for him. However, his cremains, along with the cremains of his mother Teresa, will be inurned beside his father, Wilbur A. “Bill” Branaugh, in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Belle Fourche, SD.
Graveside services will be conducted at Belle Fourche, SD, on May 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cemetery, which is located on the east side of Pine Slope Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Teresa Branaugh Marston

June 16, 1916 - June 28, 2002

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017

 

Teresa was born June 6, 1916, at Newcastle, WY, to Joseph & Mattie (Hallisy) Jordan, and was raised in Wyoming, Montana and Washington. During her teenage years she lived with her sister, Wyomia Fruit and family at Powderville, MT, and met a handsome young cowboy named Doug Marston, and soon they became sweethearts. However when Teresa was needed in Washington to keep house for her father and brother, Dan, she went. So the sweethearts went their separate ways....And in time they both married and had their own families.
Teresa acquired a number of occupations during her life time but was especially good at cooking and running a cafe. She married Robert Terrell Jones in Washington and they had one son, Robert Michael, but when the marriage ended in divorce Teresa and Mike returned to Alzada MT where she ran a cafe for her sister and husband. It was here she met Bill Branaugh and they were married until Bill passed away in September, 1969, at Missoula, MT. During this time, Robert Michael Jones legally became Robert Michael Branaugh. Teresa stayed in Missoula for a while and then moved to Broadus MT where they had lived previously. She later moved to Billings, MT, where she had an apartment in the home of her son Mike. In 1980, when Teresa and her sister, Wyomia were passing through Hardin, MT ,they stopped at the Stockman's Cafe for a bite to eat when Teresa literally ran into Doug Marston, the not so young but still handsome cowboy from many years ago. They were married in 1981, and Doug passed away April 28, 1996, at Billings and was buried in Ekalaka, MT, beside his first wife. Teresa continued to live in Billings with her son Mike.
Teresa Marston passed away June 28, 2002 at Billings, MT, and a Memorial Mass was conducted at St David's Catholic Church in Broadus, MT, July 13, 2002.
Teresa was survived by her son Mike Branaugh of Billings MT, and her stepchildren: Bim (Jody) Marston & family of Hardin MT; Doug Marston Jr, and Sherry (Fats) Jardee & family of Ekalaka MT; Jean (Branaugh) (Marvin) Sneesby of Whitewood SD & their family, and many nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters and several precious nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be conducted at Belle Fourche, SD, on May 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cemetery, which is located on the east side of Pine Slope Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Warren Clifford Van Vactor

September 17, 1922 - October 15, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

 

Warren was born in Slope County, ND, on September 17, 1922, to Ellis and Miriam (Nichols) Van Vactor.
Warren married Grace Barber in November 1948, in Newell, SD. To this union his 4 children were born. He married Joan Calvert in November 1982, in Sturgis, SD.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1942-1946 aboard the USS Gleaves, the USS Moore and the USS Cascade. He was honorably discharged on January 7, 1946.
Warren worked for Gate City Sunshine Dairies, Orville's Garbage Service, and Spearfish Canyon Golf Course as greens keeper. His hobbies included golfing, rock hunting, lapidaries, wood craft, and flea marketing. Early in his retirement he spent his winters in Arizona selling his handmade crafts and used books at flea markets. In his later retirement he enjoyed playing the slots in Deadwood.
Warren C. Van Vactor, 94, passed away October 15, 2016, at David M. Dorsett Home in Spearfish, SD.
He is survived by his wife Joan, Spearfish; his son, Jerry (Kathy), Rapid City; his daughters, Robin (Dave) Henrikson, Rapid City, and Carol (Lanny) Beach, Oregon City, Oregon; and their mother, Grace Van Vactor, Spearfish; a brother, Lloyd Van Vactor, Redmond, Washington; 5 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Karen; and three brothers, Glenn, Orville and Robert.
Graveside Memorial services will be held Friday, May 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors.
A memorial has been established to the Veterans Wall in Spearfish Park.

 

     
   
     

Beverly Jean Coacher

December 4, 1930 - April 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017

 

Beverly was born December 4, 1930, to Nellie and William “Bill” Tucker, of Colorado Springs. Beverly graduated from Palmer High School as part of the Class of 1949. Shortly thereafter, she met William H. “Bill” Coacher, of Sturgis, SD. After their marriage on December 27, 1952, the couple moved to South Dakota, where they welcomed a daughter and three sons. After her husband’s graduation from the University of South Dakota Law School, the couple made their home in Sturgis, SD, where they resided until Bill’s retirement. At that time, they moved to Pierre, SD, where they remained until Bill’s death in 1989. Beverly remained in Pierre with her daughter until 1996, when the two ladies relocated back to Beverly’s hometown of Colorado Springs, CO.
Beverly was known throughout her life as a woman who valued elegance and class. She raised her children to be upstanding, civic-minded individuals with a deep patriotism and loyalty to family.
Beverly Jean Coacher 86, passed away April 30, 2017, in Colorado Springs, CO. Her daughter and sister were beside her as she departed.
Beverly is survived by her children: daughter, Sue Ellen Coacher of Colorado Springs, CO; son, Lt. Col. Robert “Bob” Coacher, USAF (ret.) and his wife, Catherine Maimon, of Alexandria, VA; son, William R. “Bill” Coacher of Sturgis, SD; and son, Barry Coacher of Sturgis, SD. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Joyce Howells of Colorado Springs, CO; her nieces, Linda Abramson of San Diego, CA, and Wendy Zerr of Denver, CO; and her nephew, Kent Howells of Las Vegas, NV. Finally, Beverly is survived by her five grandchildren: Capt. Kacey Ezell, USAF, of North Beach, MD; Robyn Kotter of Harriman, UT; Sgt. Ryan Coacher, USMC, of Jacksonville, NC; Romy Maimon of Cape Cod, MA; and Jessica Maimon of Alexandria, VA; as well as eight great-grandchildren.
Beverly was predeceased by her husband and parents, as well as by her elder brother, William “Bill” Tucker.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis.
Memorial donations to Boulder Crest Retreat Military and Veteran Wellness Center may be made online at bouldercrestretreat.org.

 

     
   
     

John Thomas "Tommy" Udager

December 28, 1930 - April 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2017

 

John Thomas "Tommy" Udager was born December 28, 1930, to Ole and Alice (Hansen) Udager in Faith, SD, with the help of a midwife. He was baptized into the Bethel Lutheran Church in Faith. Tom was raised on the family ranch 16 miles west of town; attending grade school at the one room country school and high school in Faith. Tommy enlisted in the army and served in the Korean War from 1953-1954. After his honorable discharge from the army, he returned to the ranch where he raised horses, cattle, and sheep.
Tommy married Eva Lorraine Keegan on December 11, 1951, and to this union was born 4 children; Doug, Dan, Doyle, and Kristy. In 1973, the ranch was sold and Tom, with his family, moved to town and went into the trucking business. In 1978, Tom and Eva purchased the Jack & Jill Food Store in Faith, which they operated until 1988. After selling his trucks, he worked for several area ranchers till the time of his retirement in 2006.
He enjoyed fishing, rodeo, horses, and a good game of pinochle or pitch. He also enjoyed a good shot of Blackberry Brandy. At an early age, he enjoyed riding bareback broncs and later, team roping with his friend, Marvin Derflinger. At age 50, he decided to ride bulls in the old timer’s rodeo.
Tommy passed away April 27, 2017, at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center following a brief illness.
Thankful for having shared his life are his children, Doug of Jacksonville, FL, Dan (Brenda) of Sturgis, SD, Doyle (Deanne) of Buckeye, AZ, and Kristy (Jerry) Spencer of Faith, SD; sister, Helen Samuelson of Cheyenne, WY; brother, Melvin Udager of St. Maries, ID; ten grandchildren; twenty-three great–grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tommy was preceded in death by his wife, Eva in 1988; one daughter-in-law, Diane in 2007; his parents, Ole and Alice; brothers, Oscar in 1958 and Carl in 2011; sister, Diane in 2005; and one great-granddaughter, Josephine Grace Fees.
Graveside services will be Monday, May 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery with Pastor Connie Eichinger officiating.

 

     
   
     

Mary Ann Hackert

August 12, 1928 - March 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017

 

Mary Ann was born August 12, 1928 to Harrison & Laura (Hollmer) Sturges in Sioux City, IA.
Mary Ann Hackert, 88, of Lincoln, passed away on March 17, 2017.
She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth (Betsy) Howe, Ann Hackert (Hal Hellwig); siblings, Bill Sturges, Sally Sturges and Virginia Asbury. She will be missed by her nine grandchildren, Ben & David Hellwig, Lara Wooley, Alan Gertonson, Rob Howe, Berni Kappel, Karoline Neill, Amanda (Gerty) Wyatt, Peter Gertonson and twenty one great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph; sisters, Millie Pistuka, Suzie Sturges and brother, Tom Sturges.
Rosary is at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, S.D. 57785.
Memorial Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday May 26, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD, immediately followed by inurnment at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Mary Ann Hackert Memorial Funds to be divided among four charities she selected.

 

     
   
     

Monica Lee Landwehr

May 16, 1930 - December 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017

 

Monica (Dunne) Landwehr was born in Spain, in northeastern SD, May 16, 1930, to Helene (Olson) and Peter J. Dunne. The family moved to Deadwood, SD, in 1933, and then back to northeastern South Dakota during WWII. Monica attended high school in Britton, SD, and graduated from Langford High School. She married W.E. (Willie) Landwehr in 1948; they had two daughters: Lee and Mary. The family lived in Britton, Claremont, and Groton before moving to Deadwood in 1970. For many years, Monica worked alongside Willie in various business endeavors.
Monica is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Lee and Demarest Crary, Bison, and Mary and Galen Roesler, Custer; her sister, Patricia Nietert of Aberdeen; and her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Sherri Dunne, of Rapid City. She is also survived by four grandchildren, D.H. Crary, Ed (Sarah) Crary, Mary Lynn (Nicholas) Patterson, and Patrick Roesler (Jennifer Burnett). Monica has three great-grandchildren, Eva Crary, and Cayden and Easton Patterson.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brother–in-law, Duke Nietert; and her younger sister, Sandra.
Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD, with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Ronald Richard Suchanuk

September 30, 1941 - March 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017

 

Ron was born September 30, 1941, to Richard and Stella (Winarski) Suchanuk in East Chicago, Indiana.
He attended high school at East Chicago Washington High and Morton High in Hammond Indiana. He joined the United States Army in 1959, where he honorably served for four years. His service took him to tours in Korea and Thailand. Once out of the service, he started his 30 year career with American Steel Foundries Indiana Harbor Works and also met his wife of 50 years Rudene Kaiser.
Ron and Rudene relocated to the Black Hills after falling in love with the area while visiting their daughter and her family who were stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Ron enjoyed spending time in Deadwood with his wife and watching his grandsons sporting events. He was so proud of his four grandsons and his two great granddaughters. He enjoyed looking for "finds". No discarded or lost coin would be passed up. He had a heart of gold and a love of animals that was passed on to all of his descendants.
Ronald Richard Suchanuk died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at Fort Meade.
He is survived by his wife, Rudene, son, David (Marsha) Suchanuk; daughter, Beth (Ron) Weaver; grandchildren; Edward and Zachary Suchanuk, Taylor (Marissa) and Tanner Weaver; two great-grandchildren, Adalynn and MacKenzie Weaver; sister, Betty Sudovich; brother, Raymond (Leilani) Suchanuk; sisters-in-law, Virginia Suchanuk, Celeste (Mike) Cooley; mother-in law, Harriett Kaiser and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard; mother, Stella; brother, Robert; sister, Stella (John) Waite; father-in-law, Rudolph Kaiser and brother-in-law, Steve Sudovich.
Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Gene Baumann officiating.
Memorials can be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 in honor of Ron.

 

     
   
     

Clara Murrie Holt

April 29, 1926 - April 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017

 

Clara was born on April 29, 1926, to William Henry Darg and Lydia Ann (Scott) Darg. Clara had a true pioneer spirit and a deep love of her home in South Dakota. On July 21, 1945, Clara married the love of her life, Charles Sammie Holt.
Clara Murrie Holt, our loving grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2017. Clara was 90 years old.
Clara is survived by 8 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Clara is preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings: William 'Bill', Charles, Alexander, Andrew, George, Kenneth, Ann (Long), Mable (Hill), Helen (Taylor); her children: Dean, Richard, Gerald; and one great-grandson.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers from Legacy House Assisted Living and Rocky Mountain Care that have played such an important role in her care for the past 15 years. A special thank you to Spencer (grandson) for being her everything after the passing of all of her children.
Graveside services will be held Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Pastor Jim Lassle officiating.

 

     
   
     

Sharon Lee Morrison

February 27, 1943 - April 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

Sharon was born February 27, 1943, in Newcastle, WY, to Doil and Ilene (Fryer) Morgan. With her family Sharon resided in Newcastle until 1958 when her family moved to a small ranch in Redbird Canyon, SD. Sharon attended schools in Newcastle and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1961. After graduation she worked as a checker at Red Owl. Sharon married Warren Morrison, June 14, 1962, in Custer, SD. Sharon and Warren lived for a short time in Sheridan, WY, before moving to Alaska where they made their home for many years living in Petersburg, Barrow and Anchorage.
In 1985, Sharon returned to Wyoming when she divorced. She graduated from Sheridan College (1988) and the University of Wyoming (1990) receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Sharon received academic scholarships for her excellent academic achievements. She was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, NationalHonorary Fraternity, at Sheridan College and Phi Kappa Phi, International Honor Society in Education, at the University of Wyoming.
Sharon did herstudent teaching at Kitty Moats School in Osage, WY. She had Elementary Teaching Certificates in Wyoming and South Dakota. Sharon taught elementary grades in Native American Schools in South Dakota at Loneman School, Porcupine School, and Lower Brule Elementary School for several years. Sharon's love of children was always evident, and her eight nieces and nephews as well as the many students she taught always brightened her world.
Sharon enjoyed traveling, especially in Alaska. She was an avid reader, loved shopping, collecting antiques, especially antique glassware, and spending time with family. After returning to Newcastle, Sharon suffered a stroke in 2004. After a long convalescence she was able to live independently for many years. Due to failing health Sharon resided at Weston County Manor the past couple of years.
Sharon Lee (Morgan) Morrison, 74, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at Weston County Manor.
Sharon is survived by her brother, Larry Morgan, Spearfish, SD; sister, Judy Scott, Newcastle, WY; aunts, June Mann, Newcastle, WY, and Helen Fryer, Billings, MT; uncle, Richard (Shirlene) Fryer, Idaho Falls, ID; sister-in-law, Bonnie (Vern) Meyer, Sturgis, SD; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Doil and Ilene Morgan, grandparents, brother, Dennis R. Morgan, brother-in-law, David Scott, sister-in-law, Sandra Morgan, and numerous aunts, and uncles.
Graveside rites will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.at Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle with Reverend Ron Sample officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Weston County Senior Citizens Center’s Meals-on-Wheels Program.

 

     
   
     

Fay Jean Giannonatti

December 27, 1938 - April 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m Monday, April 24, 2017

 

Fay Jean (Hogan) Giannonatti was born December 27, 1938, in Twilight, SD, to Ives (Babb) and Harry Hogan. Fay was the baby of the family, having a big sister to look up to and three big brothers to try to keep up with. Fay's dad passed away when she was four years old, and the family moved into Newell when she was in 3rd grade. Fay attended Newell School until she met the love of her life. Keith Giannonatti swept her off her feet with his quick wit and contagious laugh. They were married October 15, 1954, in Newell in a double ceremony with Keith's sister, Greta, and her husband, Don. Together Keith and Fay were longstanding residents of Newell, owning some businesses together. Fay could always be found somewhere on Main Street visiting with her neighbors and friends. Fay moved to Sturgis in 2008 to be closer to her sister, Carol Dow, and sister-in-law and best friend, Greta Nelson. Fay then moved to Rapid City in October 2015 to be closer to her family.
Fay peacefully passed away early April 20, 2017. She and dad are dancing together once again.
Fay is survived by her son, Jody Giannonatti of Rapid City, his wife, Shana, and children, Calista and boyfriend, Bryce King, and Destry Giannonatti; her daughter, Jewel Seidel of Rapid City, her fiancée, John Reiffenberger, and children, Cali (Jake) Swartz and Jordan Seidel with girlfriend, Sydney Hall; one brother, Jay (Rosemary) Hogan of Rapid City; and numerous other family members. Also surviving is the light of Fay's life, great-granddaughter, Harper James Swartz.
Preceding Fay in death are her husband, James "Keith" Giannonatti; brothers, Ross and Dale "Pinky" Hogan; sister, Carol Dow; as well as her parents.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 24, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
A memorial has been established in Fay's name.


 

     
   
     

Thomas Dean "Tom" Wilts

April 24, 1961 - April 19, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

Tom was born April 24, 1961, at Princeton, MN, to Harlan and Muriel (Walters) Wilts. He attended Big Lake, MN, schools and graduated from high school in 1979.
Tom worked a few odd jobs out of high school before earning his EMT Certificate. He started his law enforcement career at Sherburne County as a Jail dispatcher. Tom then went to Moody County and earned his LE License. Tom also worked for the Moody County Sheriff’s office and the Brookings County Sheriff’s office in South Dakota as well as the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
He graduated from many law enforcement specialty schools through his lengthy career. Tom started working for the Meade County Sheriff’s office in 1990 and retired as Chief Deputy in 2015.
Tom loved the outdoors. He was a hunter and enjoyed guiding with his partners in the world famous Turkey Track Club. He also guided elk hunters in the mountains of New Mexico and the Black Hills. He enjoyed hunting coyotes on the plains and fishing in the lakes. Tom especially loved his family, friends, and his grandkids.
Thomas Dean "Tom" Wilts, 55, Sturgis, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at his home in Sturgis following a long fight with cancer. Tom won!
Survivors include his partner, Sue King; brothers, Robert (Judy) Wilts and William Wilts; grandchildren, Mary, Rex and Griffin, Kreeden, Skylee, Kyan, Ashlyn, Kinley, and Kantler; niece and nephew, Jamie Wilts, Michael Wilts, four aunts; two uncles; step children, Jamison (Mark) Bahle, Blake Rave, Kory (Kim) Longley, Kelly (Amos) Blomquist, and Katie Jo (John) Ott.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Friday, April 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gymnasium with Chaplain Randy Bradley officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Meade County Graduating Senior to fund a Law Enforcement Scholarship.

 

     
   
     

Clyde Ronald Hepper

January 3, 1933 - April 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

9:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017

 

Clyde was born, January 3, 1933, at Lowry, SD, to Jacob and Magdelena (Bieber) Hepper. He attended Fuller rural school and later enlisted in the US Army September 10, 1953, and was honorably discharged August 17, 1955. Clyde worked at Ford garage in Gettysburg, SD, for a few years before moving to Sioux Falls, SD. He worked at Mel's Standard Service for a few years and then with DuAll Machinery Co., retiring in 1995 and moving back to Gettysburg. He later moved to the SD Veterans Home in Hot Springs, SD.
Clyde Ronald Hepper, 84, Hot Springs, SD, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Clyde is survived by his brothers, Arthur Hepper, Gettysburg, SD, and Donald (Sandra) Hepper, Onida, SD; one sister, Patricia Moore, Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters-in-law, Edith Hepper, Tolstoy, SD, and Thelma Hepper, Gettysburg, SD; and one brother-in-law, Paul Scheller, Sioux Falls, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Magdelena Hepper; brothers, Herbert Hepper, William Hepper, and James Hepper; and sisters, Esther Knecht, Ruth Nagel, Hazel Nagel, and Joyce Scheller.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 21, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

William "Koke" Cowan

October 7, 1939 - March 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

No Services Scheduled

 

William "Koke" Cowan passed away peacefully March 11, 2017, with his wife of 32 years, Janet, by his side.
Koke retired from driving truck in 2010 and lived a quiet life in Newell, surrounded by friends and family. He will be remembered for his candid nature, quick wit and abundant story telling about his life and adventures.
He is survived in death by his sister, Janelle Wilks of Post Falls Idaho; two daughters; four stepchildren; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elsie Cowan; as well as his brothers, Robert and Pat Cowan.
No official services will be held as was his request. He did, however, ask to be laid to rest with his beloved mother, Elsie, at the Bison Cemetery which is tentatively scheduled for Labor Day weekend.
Condolences and well wishes may be sent to the family C/O PO Box 274, Newell, SD 57760.
Koke was deeply loved and will be terribly missed.


 

     
   
     

Royce Leon Edelman

October 7, 1952 - April 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Royce was born to Leon and Ruby Edelman in Menno, SD. He went to school in Menno and Hot Springs, SD. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976 and enjoyed his time in Germany, making a lot of friends there. He retired after working 30 years for the government.
Royce enjoyed painting and wood carving, and liked to go camping and fishing with his family.
He was married to Betty Walden from 1986 to 2003. They had one son, Cade, who lives in Sturgis.
Royce Leon Edelman, 64, Sturgis, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his son, Cade Edelman, Sturgis, SD; two step-sons, Jeff (Jan) Walden, Wasilla, AK, and Stacy (Janette) Walden, Aberdeen, SD; one step-daughter, Lisa (Tom) Pekny, San Diego, CA; brother, Brian (Kathy) Edelman, Sioux City, IA; two half-brothers, Doug (Heather) Lehr and Dale (Shelly) Lehr, all of Menno, SD; eight step-grandchildren; three step-great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Jaden Allan Paklin

November 19, 2004 - April 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

Jaden Allan Paklin was born to Marcy Paklin on November 19, 2004, in Spearfish, SD. Jaden left us before his time on April 12, 2017. He attended Sturgis Elementary where he was a fifth grader.
Jaden was a fighter and very strong willed from the day he was born. He showed us all the true meaning of strength and became a hero to many. Even with all he went through, he was always smiling and won hearts with his big blue eyes and beautiful long eyelashes.
He loved to tear apart anything he could get a hold of. He also loved to build things and had many forts and tree houses around the neighborhood. Jaden’s hobbies were playing video games, riding his bike, dirt bike, and four wheelers. Jaden loved the outdoors, hunting, and was a very hard worker. He worked during the summer mowing lawns and was quite proud of his lawn mower. Jaden considered himself the man of the family. He was always giving and made sure to include his siblings in most the things he did. He was a very selfless kid.
Survivors include his mother, Marcy Paklin (Jeffery Fisher) Sturgis, SD; father, Todd Hieb, Aberdeen, SD; sisters, Nicole Luckie, Piedmont, and Madi Paklin, Sturgis; brothers, Chance and Leland Paklin, Sturgis SD, Landin Hieb, Aberdeen SD, and Dustin Hughes, Moore, OK; grandparents, Kay and Dale Grant ,Vale, and Don Paklin, Buffalo SD; great-grandmother, Roberta Freeman, Sturgis, SD; aunt, Misty (Tim) Myers; uncles, Chad Paklin, Sturgis, SD, Levi Grant, and Zach (Kenzie) Grant; cousins, Morgan Myers, Maloree Paklin, and Mesa Grant; and numerous great aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Devan Myers; grandparents, Paul Hieb and Marsha Richardson; great-grandparents, Gene and Angie Paklin, William Baush, Cliff Freeman, and Harry Hieb.
Visitation will be Monday, April 17, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at Believer's Fellowship Church in Sturgis, SD, with Tammy Iverson as speaker. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Gloria Ailene Carlson

August 5, 1938 - January 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017

 

Gloria Ailene Carlson, 78, Rapid City, passed peacefully Monday, January 9, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospice House surrounded by her loving family as she entered into heaven.
Committal services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Gloria was born in Antiock, NE, August 5, 1938 to Orval and Marion Hudson. She enjoyed school, was a majorette in marching band, and later became homecoming queen.
She met the love of her life, Clifford Horst, while she was a waitress at the Best Western Café in Lead, SD. They were married June 29, 1958. Gloria raised her three children and had various jobs including waitress, nurse's aide, and retired from the Meade County School district as a teacher’s aide.
After Clifford died she eventually married Palmer Carlson in April of 1996.
Gloria is survived by her two sons, Steven and Terry (Marion) Horst; daughter, Rebecca (David) Jorgensen; brothers, Bill, Larry, and Arthur Hudson; three sisters, Virginia, Barbara, and Mary Ann; eight grandchildren, Tyler, Alissa, Dean, Jewell, Guyla, Kimberly, Clifford and Gary; and seven great-grandchildren.
Gloria was preceded in death by her father, Orval; mother, Marion; brother, Richard; two sisters, Glenda and Wanda; and husbands Clifford Horst and Palmer Carlson.

 

     
   
     

Betty Ruth Darrach

May 25, 1947 - April 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

Betty Ulrich Darrach was born May 25, 1947, in Newell, SD, to Henry Ulrich and Lula (Gottman) Ulrich. She was the youngest of nine children, and as Betty’s youngest child says, "They kept going until they got the best one!" I am sure that her siblings, Henry, Helen, Jack, Vivian, Fritz, Ella, Evelyn, and Connie would agree.
Betty grew up on a farm in Vale, SD, and attended school in Newell. She graduated from Newell High School in 1965. Directly after high school, she attended Black Hills Beauty College in Rapid City, SD, and gained her cosmetology license.
Betty met her first husband while he was stationed at Ellsworth and became the mom she always wanted to be when she had her first child, Donald Lamb, who was born in March 1967. She moved to Haverhill, MA, and two years later she gave birth to Don’s sister, Laura (Lamb) Campbell in June 1969. When Don and Laura were 5 and 3 years old, Betty and her first husband parted ways and they moved back home to be near her father and family.
Betty met Kendall Darrach and fell in love. He was the partner she desired and they were married April 18, 1975. They were overjoyed at the expectation of their first child. Devastatingly, they lost the baby who they named Christina in January 1975. This tragedy did not tear them apart, but strengthened their faith and their love. They prayed that God would bless them with another child and their prayers were answered with a baby girl, Kendra (Darrach) Lawson in October 1976. Their final, and in his opinion, the perfect child, Nathan Darrach, was born August 1977.
Betty worked part time as a beautician at Bea’s Beauty shop in Sturgis. She and Ken raised their children in Sturgis and by 1997, they became empty nesters. Betty and her partners opened their own beauty shop called Generations of Style. Betty enjoyed her partners and her ladies which became her extended family. After many years, Betty retired and devoted her time to her garden. This brought her great joy. She had a yard that belonged in a magazine, so beautiful.
Betty enjoyed many activities with her family, traveling, camping, and fishing to name a few. Many memories were made with her family throughout the years, memories that they will always cherish. Betty lived for her family and bragged them up every chance she got.
Betty’s body grew tired and on April 6, 2017, and she passed away peacefully in her home. Her family and friends will miss her dearly but are thankful she is no longer in pain. The gardens in Heaven are even more beautiful now that she is there.
Betty is survived by her husband, Kendall Darrach; sons, Donald Lamb and Nathan Darrach; daughters, Laura (Lamb) Campbell and Kendra (Darrach) Lawson; sister, Connie (Ulrich) Whitaker; grandchildren, Zachary Zapatka, Alex Zapatka, Jeffrey Lamb, Sierra Lamb, Trysten Bowman, August Bowman, Myles Bowman, and Clara Lawson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Ulrich and Lula (Gottman) Ulrich; her siblings, Henry Ulrich, Fritz Ulrich, Jack Ulrich, Helen (Ulrich) Adams, Vivian (Ulrich) Plambeck, Ella (Ulrich) Scholl, and Evelyn Ulrich; her daughter, Christina Darrach; and grandson, Zin.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services are Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
Memorial has been
established.

 

     
   
     

Lorren Wright Moreland

June 19, 1926 - April 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

Lorren was born in New Underwood, SD, on June 19, 1926, to Alvin and Maggie (Judson) Moreland. He grew up on a ranch near Red Owl, SD, and attended the Red Owl School and a school they held in their home.
Lorren worked on several ranches in the surrounding area including: Interior, SD, Montana, Wyoming, and for the New Moon Trailer Company in Rapid City. He also worked on the missile bases. His ambition all his life was to be a good cowboy. He also served in the US Army.
He accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and that became the most important thing in his life.
In 1950, he married Lorraine Moore and in 1957, a son, Lance, was born. Upon his fathers' death, they returned to the ranch to operate it. In 1977, Lorraine was killed in an automobile accident.
In 1990, he married Florence Hinesley. They continued to live at the ranch until December 2016 when they moved to Belle Fourche, SD.
Lorren Wright Moreland, 90, Belle Fourche and formerly of Red Owl, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; son, Lance (Connie) Moreland, Forsyth, MT; grandson, Billy (Roxanne) Moreland, Buffalo, WY; three step-children, Gary Hinesley, Cheyenne, WY, Ted (Gail) Hinesley, Bismark, ND, and Lorna (Allen) Duprel, Sturgis, SD; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Larissa; sister, Mary (Virgil) VanDeventer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; two sisters, Leona Shoun and Darlene Pummel; and one step-son, Dennis Hinesley.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday, April 12, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center, SD.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Central Meade County Community Center. Burial with military honors will be 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Prairie Bible Church and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Phibie Joyce Moyer

March 21, 2011 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2017

 

Phibie was born March 21, 2011, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Josh Moyer and Shannon Huggett. From the second she came into this world, Phibie started touching hearts one by one, with her bright red hair and crystal baby blue eyes. She would brighten up a room with just a simple smile.
Phibie’s hobbies for the next few years included learning everything she could from her brother, the good and the bad. Being mom’s side kick and partner in crime and getting into everything and anything, no matter what she did though, you just couldn’t be mad at her. Those big blue eyes and that perfect smile made it absolutely impossible.
Phibie was always happy. She didn’t have a bad day, ever. She loved to sing and dance no matter who was watching. Phibie loved the summer, playing outside, and riding her bike. You could hear her coming a mile away thanks to her awesome training wheels. She was, though, borderline obsessed with her babies. To her, they were real. This girl loved to play mommy. Going to the grocery store was quite a task. She had to get her baby, whose name changed on a regular basis, dressed, put in her toy car seat and buckle it in. Phibie then had to get a diaper bag ready as if she was leaving for a month. Some might think it was a little overboard but she was definitely prepared. Phibie played T-ball last summer and was she excited and she loved being a part of something. Whether she was batting or playing the field, you can bet that she wasn’t paying attention to the game, mainly because she needed to show off her mad dance skills. Phibie started kindergarten in the fall of 2016. She felt all grown up. There wasn’t a day that she didn’t get all excited for school. Phibie loved and adored her teachers, Mrs. Tullis and Miss Moravec, and of course her classmates who were all her best friends. Phibie Joyce was too sweet, kind, and innocent for this world. We will miss you baby girl.
Phibie Joyce Moyer, 6, of Sturgis, SD, was called home to her Lord on April 1, 2017. She was one of five innocent souls who were victims to a tragic house fire in Spearfish, SD.
Phibie is survived by her mother, Shannon Huggett (Nate Dogg); her father, Josh Moyer, (Jesse Moyer); siblings, Noah Huggett Moyer, Caleb Moyer, Marina (Zach) Waldbilig, Keano Moyer, Sierra Moyer, and Dominick Moyer; aunts and uncles, Josh (Brittany) Huggett, Nick (Amanda) Huggett, Bobby Maxwell, Shannon Ostby, Michael Beatson, Travis Springer, Jill Moyer, and Ashley Anderson; grandparents, Wayne (Misty) Huggett, Donald Bella, Teresa Moyer, and Linda Anderson; numerous cousins and extended family; Mrs. Tullis and Ms. Moravec; and her kindergarten class and all of her besties.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Harold Holder officiating.
A memorial has been established to Sturgis Youth Little League.

 

     
   
     

Victoria Ellen Bergeron

January 12, 1960 - April 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

April 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Vickie was born January 12, 1960, in Rapid City to Bernard and Loretta Wiehl. She was raised on the Wiehl Ranch with her brothers, Paul and Chris. Vickie loved the Wiehl Ranch and she very much enjoyed life on the prairie. Vickie graduated from Sturgis High School in 1978 and started working at Howard Johnson's Hotel where she met her life-long friend and soon to be sister-in-law, Hollie.
Hollie introduced Vickie to her brother, David, and in August 1982 Vickie and David were married. Their honeymoon was a trip to Glacier National Park. The honeymoon "kick started" a hidden passion in Vickie to experience the vast outdoors, and she and David enjoyed many wonderful motorcycle adventures on their separate bikes meandering the back roads of the northwestern United States.
Vickie and David raised two daughters, Jessica and Kristina. Her family was her life -- she loved being a wife and mother. She gave very willingly of herself to make her family successful and happy.
Outside the home, Vickie held several jobs including being a receptionist at the Great Western Bank and working as a groundskeeper for Western Dakota Tech, but her last job was her favorite; working at the Salvation Army Thrift Store where she met and enjoyed the company of many interesting people.
Gardening, feeding the birds and surrounding herself with cats gave her much joy, personal satisfaction and pleasure. Although, shopping with her daughters, lunch dates and family time were her ultimate highs.
Vickie had an infectious sense of humor and was well known for her one-liners.
Victoria (Vickie) Ellen Bergeron (Wiehl) passed away peacefully April 4, 2017, at her home in Rapid City, surrounded by her beloved family. She put up an amazing battle fighting lymphoma for nearly 14 years. The strength and will she showed throughout the battle is an inspiration to us all.
Vickie is survived by her parents, Bernard and Loretta Wiehl; her husband, David; daughters, Jessica (Eric) and Kristina; brothers, Paul (Shirley) and Chris; mother-in-law, Phyllis; as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws and her very dear friend, Jeanette.
She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her father-in-law, John Bergeron.
A celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. April 7, 2017, at Fountain Springs Church, 2100 North Plaza Drive, Rapid City, SD 57702.

 

     
   
     

Clinton James Johnson

September 10, 2009 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Clinton Johnson, 7, Spearfish, died, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Clinton was born September 10, 2009, in Spearfish, SD, to Austin Johnson and Julia Gibson. He attended West Elementary School in Spearfish. Clinton enjoyed watching TV series with his Mom, family bike rides, Legos, T-ball, and karate. He was actively involved with his Mom and her school activities at Black Hills State University. Clinton loved playing and watching softball, spending time with his grandma, Vickie, making new friends, and playing with his best friends, William, Odin, and Jaxson. He liked spending time with Weston and Jezlin, whom he called his brother and sister, along with aunties, Amber and Amanda and uncle JoJo. Clinton looked up to and followed his cousin, Blake, and enjoyed giving advice and talking about life lessons with his uncles, Jon and Josh.
Clinton is survived by his father, Austin Johnson, Wichita Falls, TX; his mother, Julia Gibson, Spearfish, SD; grandmother, Vicky Gibson, Whitewood, SD; great-grandmother, Shirley Tate, Sturgis; Nana, Tana; grandpa, Marvin; papa, Jene; two uncles, Josh and Nick Gibson; and numerous other family members.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Fisk Tate; and cousins, Rhylin Gee, TanLynn Roden, and Justice Roden.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gym with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

Rhylin Zane Gee

March 31, 2008 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Rhylin was born March 31, 2008, in Wichita Falls, TX, to Jonathan Tate and Crystal Gee. He attended Henrietta Elementary in Texas and Creekside Elementary in Spearfish. His cousin, Aaron, introduced Rhylin to video games which became one of his favorite pastimes. He also enjoyed riding bikes with his sisters, TanLynn and Justice, picking on and antagonizing his brother and sisters, Blake, Skeye, Ashtyn, TanLynn, and Justice, and playing football with his cousin, Cody. He always had a smile on his face, and so much love for everyone, always making it a point to make sure you knew, and made a point to be with family. Rhylin touched the lives of many and was loved by everyone he came in contact with.
Rhylin Zane Gee, 9, Spearfish, died, Saturday April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Rhylin is survived by his father, Jonathan (Terri) Tate; his mother, Crystal Gee, Wichita Falls, TX; brothers, Blake Tate, Spearfish, Josh Roden, Spearfish, and Kennison Drury, Wichita Falls, TX; sisters, Skeye Pinney and Ashtyn Gee, Wichita Falls, TX; cousins, Cody Flickinger, Jadyn Flickinger, Jocln Flickinger, Aaron Gattis, and Kaylee Gattis; grandmudder, Shirley Tate; grandmother, Vickie Gibson; aunt, Julia "KK" Gibson; and uncle, Jimmy "Jim" Tate.
He was preceded in death by his cousin, Jurni Flickinger; grandfathers, Gary Gee and James Fisk Tate; cousin, Clinton James Johnson; and half-sisters, TanLynn Roden and Justice Roden.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gym with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

Justice Lillian Gene Roden

November 28, 2007 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

Justice was born November 28, 2007, in Gillette, WY. Justice enjoyed car rides as long as the music was loud and she would sing at the top of her lungs. She loved bike rides, dumpster diving, camping, and annoying her brother, Josh. She hated cleaning. Justice enjoyed sports and was involved with soccer and basketball.
TanLynn and Justice attended Whitewood, Belle Fourche, and Sturgis Elementary Schools. They both loved spending time with friends. They enjoyed sleepovers, jet skiing, tubing, and fishing and hunting with their uncles and cousins.
TanLynn was born October 18, 2005, in Gillette, WY. Camping wasn't TanLynn's favorite because of spiders, but she would go. She was always a protector, caregiver, and the first one to jump up to help anyone. She enjoyed going to her Uncle Smokes Ranch with Grandma Bonnie to care for Lilly the L'lama and the cats. She loved spending time with her brother, Josh, and cousin Staysha, and they meant the world to her. She also enjoyed babysitting. TanLynn was involved with cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball.
TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11, and Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9, both of Spearfish, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Survivors include their father, William "Billy" Roden, Rawlins, WY; their mother, Terri (Wilson) Roden, Spearfish; step-father, Jonathan Tate, Spearfish; uncles: Ted (Jenny) and Destiny, Anissa, Rylan, and Jaeden Wilson, Rapid City; Troy and Staysha Wilson, Sturgis; Victor Roden, Belle Fourche; Jimmy (Laurie) and Chris, R.J., and Toby Roden, Belle Fourche; Chuck (Tina) Wickstrom; aunts: Tammy Halvorsen, Devin Halvorsen and Adam, Martina, and A.J. Libby, Black Hawk, and Tracy and Toby Wilson, Sturgis; and Lavonne Jacob, Sioux Falls; brothers, Billy (Tiffany) and Bella Roden, Ontario, OR, Joshua Roden, Sturgis, and Blake Tate, Spearfish; sisters, Poetry (Ivan) Roden, Ontario, OR, and Alicia Roden, Deadwood, SD; and grandmother, Bonnie Wilson, Sturgis.
Both girls were preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur Gene Wilson, Fritz Roden, Bill Martell, and Carrie Martell; step-brother, Rhylin Gee; cousin, Clinton Johnson; special friend, Billy Vansickel; great-uncle, Gary "Smoke" Kopecky.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gymnasium with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden

October 18, 2005 - April 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017

 

TanLynn was born October 18, 2005, in Gillette, WY. Camping wasn't TanLynn's favorite because of spiders, but she would go. She was always a protector, caregiver, and the first one to jump up to help anyone. She enjoyed going to her Uncle Smokes Ranch with Grandma Bonnie to care for Lilly the L'lama and the cats. She loved spending time with her brother, Josh, and cousin Staysha, and they meant the world to her. She also enjoyed babysitting. TanLynn was involved with cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball.
TanLynn and Justice attended Whitewood, Belle Fourche, and Sturgis Elementary Schools. They both loved spending time with friends. They enjoyed sleepovers, jet skiing, tubing, and fishing and hunting with their uncles and cousins.
Justice was born November 28, 2007, in Gillette, WY. Justice enjoyed car rides as long as the music was loud and she would sing at the top of her lungs. She loved bike rides, dumpster diving, camping, and annoying her brother, Josh. She hated cleaning. Justice enjoyed sports and was involved with soccer and basketball.
TanLynn Crystal Rain Roden, age 11, and Justice Lillian Gene Roden, age 9, both of Spearfish, died Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Spearfish.
Survivors include their father, William "Billy" Roden, Rawlins, WY; their mother, Terri (Wilson) Roden, Spearfish; step-father, Jonathan Tate, Spearfish; uncles: Ted (Jenny) and Destiny, Anissa, Rylan, and Jaeden Wilson, Rapid City; Troy and Staysha Wilson, Sturgis; Victor Roden, Belle Fourche; Jimmy (Laurie) and Chris, R.J., and Toby Roden, Belle Fourche; Chuck (Tina) Wickstrom; aunts: Tammy Halvorsen, Devin Halvorsen and Adam, Martina, and A.J. Libby, Black Hawk, and Tracy and Toby Wilson, Sturgis; and Lavonne Jacob, Sioux Falls; brothers, Billy (Tiffany) and Bella Roden, Ontario, OR, Joshua Roden, Sturgis, and Blake Tate, Spearfish; sisters, Poetry (Ivan) Roden, Ontario, OR, and Alicia Roden, Deadwood, SD; and grandmother, Bonnie Wilson, Sturgis.
Both girls were preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur Gene Wilson, Fritz Roden, Bill Martell, and Carrie Martell; step-brother, Rhylin Gee; cousin, Clinton Johnson; special friend, Billy Vansickel; great-uncle, Gary "Smoke" Kopecky.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Brown High School West Gymnasium with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.

 

     
   
     

Robert "Bob" Chihak

May 27, 1927 - March 31, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017

 

Robert John "Bob" Chihak, 89, Sturgis, died, Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center.
Bob was born May 27, 1927, in Rapid City, SD, to John and Rozella (Pipal) Chihak. He was the youngest of three children; sister, Lynetta, and brother, Wally, a naval pilot. By the time he was 3, he had a fishing pole in his hand and from then on fishing became his number one passion in life. Due to his father and mother working, he was left in the hands of his big sister who would leave him at age 3 under the apple tree when the farmer came running after the children who were stealing apples. He said he never knew if he really made it home or not.
Bob grew up on Omaha Street when there were dirt roads and hobos. He often said they would have to watch the chickens so that the hobos would not run off with any. He talked often of Coney Island right across the road from their place. While in school at RC Central, he along with many classmates was drafted into the service in August 1945. Bob spent 3 years in the US Army, much of it as a medic and would tell how he took the train with the others to boot camp. These boys came home and graduated with his future bride's class on May 26, 1949.
He married Betty Evans June 24, 1951. To this union were born 5 children; Debbie (Bob) Looby, Judy (Ken) Miller, Karla (Sean Makepeace) McDonald, Bobby (Becky) and Paula (Don Bertalot) Basker; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren round up the family tree. Betty remained his loving wife for 65 years.
Many times Bob would talk about walking the dirt road from Sturgis to Deadwood. In his younger years, he worked as a taxi driver, a Western Union delivery boy, a metal shop worker and many other jobs. He worked hard. Bob found his most favorable employment at the Gamble's Store in Rapid City, where he worked in various departments including sporting goods. He was offered to come to Sturgis and run the store there of which he eventually purchased. Bob was a proud store owner when Main Street was Main Street, customers came first, and there was no 9 to 5. This store caved in during the May blizzard of 1983 and he and Betty went on to purchase the Gamble's store in Belle Fourche.
Bob served as an Elder in the Rapid City First Presbyterian Church. In 1995, he was presented a certificate by the VA Medical Center Director of Ft. Meade for 6,067 hours and 15 years of volunteer service to veterans. In August of 1968, he and Betty purchased their cabin on Camp 5 road. He grew to love this place and there he and his dog, George, would find their solitude. Bob was both an Honor Guard member which made him very proud, and the Commander of the Sturgis American Legion for many years.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Deanna Lynn O'Connor; son-in-law, John McDonald; his siblings; and his parents.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Otis "Lee" Colbert

August 30, 1937 - March 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

12:00 p.m. Wednesday March 29, 2017

 

Lee was born to Dorothy (Maupin) and Otis Lee Colbert, Sr., on August 30, 1937, in Elsberry, Missouri.
Lee is a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend. Also a marine, truck driver, teamster president, motel/restaurant/casino owner, and at age 72, built and owns a 160 Unit Storage Business. He could do EVERYTHING he set his mind to.
He loved God, work, cruise and travel, his motorcycles, and his family and friends.
He had a good 79 1/2 years of hard work, and "HE did it HIS WAY." He finally rests in the Lord's arms.
Otis “Lee” Colbert, Jr., 79, Belle Fourche, SD, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospice House.
Lee is survived by his daughters, Lisa (Mike) Modrick, Julie (Mike) Naumann, and Lana Sternhagen (Jimmy Sternhagen and Jeff Blake), Kris Reiling and Jeri (Bob) Trostheim and Jay Pritchard (passed). Grandchildren: Amanda Sternhagen (Brad Osborn), Allen Sternhagen, Aaron Sternhagen, Nicolle (Chris) Naumann-Burr, Natasha Naumann, Kyle Cross, Zachary Reiling and Cody Reiling; and great-grandchildren, Delilah and Maddox Burr.
Marriage/Friends: Lucille "Ann" Hilbig Pritchard, Elmer Pritchard and Phyllis Colbert (passed); his brothers: Eugene Colbert, Norman (Cindy) Colbert and Kenneth Colbert (passed) (Sharon Hunt Lozon); and his many nieces, nephews, cousins; and deceased parents: Otis Lee Colbert, Sr. and Dorothy Maupin Colbert (passed on to Heaven).
Inurnment services with military honors will be 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to be directed to Lifeways at 1010 9th Street, Suite 2, Rapid City, SD 57701. www.lifeways.us (prevention and intervention for teens in Rapid City).

 

     
   
     

Shannon Dawn Kirsch

October 8, 1978 - March 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017

 

Shannon was born October 8, 1978, to Lionel Kirsch and Amber Lynn Allen in Deadwood, SD. She was a 10lb black haired beautiful baby girl.
Shannon married Terry Hudson on January 27, 2001. From this union a daughter, Chevelle Danae and a son, Lucas Scott was born. Shannon loved her children to the moon and they will always miss her.
Shannon Dawn Kirsch, 38, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
Shannon is survived by ex-husband, Terry Hudson; daughter, Chevelle; son, Lucas; mother, Lynn (Steve) Carlson; sister, Kacee (Scott Burnham); step-sister, Stephanie Carlson; niece, Katlynn Tarrant; paternal grandmother, Sally Allen; maternal grandmother, Helen Kirsch; many cousins and a thousand friends.
Shannon is preceded in death by father, Lionel Lewis Kirsch; her paternal and maternal grandfathers.
My heart is hanging heavy with the thoughts of you in mind.
Memorial service will be Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD with an inurnment at Piedmont cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Carrie Lynn Olson

June 6, 1963 - March 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017

 

Carrie was born in Moorehead, MN, on June 6, 1963, the daughter of Carl Aabye and Cheryl Peterson.
She grew up and attended school in the Moorehead, MN, area where most of her family lived. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Chapell of Rapid City, SD, married September 17, 2010.
Carrie was an incredible person. She enjoyed working around people and had the ability to make them smile. She loved spending time with her grandchildren as often as possible. She loved to go camping, travel and wanted very much to take one last trip, to take her mother to Colorado. She enjoyed going to bingo, thrift store shopping, cooking and her new found love of crafting, yet still leaving time to spend with her friends.
Carrie Lynn Olson, age 53, of Fargo, ND, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017, at home in Box Elder, SD, after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was survived by her daughter, Stephanie Olson; son, Lee Folden; daughter, September Martin; sisters, Dawn, Carla, Christy and Cara; brothers, Craig and Cory; four nephews and 5 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Michael Chapell.
A special thank you to Carrie’s friends, Sherry and Chris Aldridge of Box Elder, SD, who were blessed to be a part of her life and support her wishes of remaining comfortable at home until her angel wings were granted.
Interment service at the Black Hills National Cemetery are being handled by Kinkade Funeral Chapel of Sturgis. This will be a private event for immediate family only. A “CELEBRATION OF LIFE” will be held at 1:00 pm at the Time Out Lounge on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 615 E. North Street, Rapid City. SD.
Flowers may be sent to Time Out Lounge.
Graveside services will be held 11:30 am Friday, March 31, 2017 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorial donations may be sent to:
Carrie Olson Memorial Fund
c/o Chris & Sherry Aldridge
357 Expectation Street
Box Elder, SD 57719


 

     
   
     

Barry Wayne Vig

January 23, 1950 - March 16, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017

 

Barry Wayne Vig, 67, was born in Rapid City on January 23, 1950, the oldest of eight children, to A.Wayne and Carole (Weiss) Vig. Home was on the ranch 30 miles southwest of Faith near Opal. Barry attended grade school at the Lemmon Butte School and the Opal School. He graduated from Newell High School in 1968. He then attended South Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in Animal Science in 1973. He also worked at the sale barn in Brookings while in college.
Barry completed the ROTC program at SDSU and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1973. He attended Summer Camp at Ft. Lewis, WA, in the summer of 1972 and Officer Basic Training at Ft. Benning, GA, in the fall of 1973. He spent eight years in the Army Reserve and was discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1981.
Barry married Cheryl Hight from Murdo in 1973. They were blessed with four children: Georgia, Justin, Marti Jo, and Ryan. The kids all played a very important part in the family ranch operation by helping with the work.
Barry and Cheryl came home to the ranch in 1973. In 1975, they moved to Murdo and worked for Cheryl’s parents for a year. They came home to the ranch again for a time, then in 1981, they moved to the Bob Talley place. In 1986, they moved back to the ranch. It was always very special to Barry that he was home again where he grew up and that part of his ranch was once owned by his Grandpa Weiss and the other part, by his Great Uncle Jim Vig.
The Vigs introduced Limousin genetics into their cattle herd in 1970 and have been raising registered Limousin and commercial cattle ever since. Barry always enjoyed those long-time relationships that he and his parents had with other Limousin breeders from across the state. Barry went to an A-I school in the late 60’s, and for many years, helped his parents with their A-I program, using what he learned and always learning more. For quite a few years, Barry played a major part in putting on his family’s annual bull sales and, then later, their private treaty sales. And for a long time, he preg tested all his own cows, plus some for the neighbors also. His desire was to improve his own cattle herd and help his kids get started in ranching. Barry always felt blessed that he was able to work with his sons on the ranch and would be very happy to see them as they carry on. Barry truly enjoyed ranching and raising good cattle.
Barry has always had a special interest in water and has always done a lot of work to improve the water system on whatever piece of ground he owned. He also enjoyed talking to his neighbors and learning more about how they did water systems on their ranches. Barry always said that one of the best sights ever was a tank full of water out in the middle of the prairie.
Barry did not buy a class ring, but put that money towards flying lessons instead. He learned to fly while in college and has always had a plane around to check cattle, both at home and in pastures away from home. He always appreciated being able to just walk out of the house, get in his plane, and look around a little bit. Through the years, Barry has flown cowboys to rodeos, has done some mercy flights, has flown the family to many family events, school events, and livestock events, and has flown to Bible Camp many times. And he loved flying to visit his kids back when they were living in Tennessee, Arkansas, Utah, and Iowa. He’s said many times, “I never fly for pleasure, but it’s always a pleasure to fly.”
In the last few years, Barry was seldom seen without his loyal cowdog, “Hoots,” by his side, whether on a 4-wheeler, in the pickup, tractor, or airplane, or working cattle. He really liked watching her work. Barry took her to Bible Camp, which the kids at camp absolutely loved. She was also a favorite greeter of the After-School Bible Hour kids on Wednesdays, which Barry was a big part of.
Barry’s spiritual life was the most important thing of all to him. He was baptized into Christ in 1973 and had devoted his life to living for Jesus. He always got up early in the morning and studied his Bible, taught Bible classes for many years, preached a few sermons, and spent many hours talking “Bible” with his Christian brothers, which he loved to do. He even hosted some early-morning Bible studies out in his hangar for a time. Barry was an active member of the Church of Christ and has served as an elder for his church family for over 20 years. He would want to be known not as a “Christian rancher" but rather as a “ranching Christian.”
Barry always said, “We’re just passing through.” Barry died in an airplane accident on his ranch on Thursday, March 16, 2017, doing what he loved to do, with his cowdog right beside him.
Preceding Barry in death are his parents, Wayne in 2002, and Carole in 1980; sisters, Susan Vig in 1968, Lorie Parker in 1995, and Mona Reichert in 2015.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl of Opal; children, Georgia and her husband, Steve Dale, of Rapid City, Justin and his wife, Mellissa, of Opal, Marti Jo and her husband, Bucky Derflinger of Opal, and Ryan of Opal; grandchildren, Joe Dale, Jeremy Dale, Jami Derflinger, Blake Vig, and Skylar Vig; brothers, Marty Vig of Opal, Andrew (Jacquee) Vig of Rapid City, and Morris Vig of Rapid City; sister, Lisa Loveridge of Box Elder; brother-in-law, Dan (Vanessa) Hight of White River; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials have been established to the Dakota Christian Bible Camp and the Opal Fire Department.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 27, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at the Faith Community Center. Burial will follow at the Opal Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Theodore "Ted" Foskett

February 3, 1940 - March 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Friday, March 24, 2017

 

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

 

     
   
     

Carl "Bill" Hansen

May 19, 1926 - March 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Dorothy Iris Gapp

April 28, 1927 - March 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Leo Edward Grubl

May 19, 1935 - March 16, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

William "Bill" Barff

June 10, 1964 - March 8, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 


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

 

     
   
     

Alvin A. Ala

April 8, 1929 - March 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Bruce Raymond Garner

December 14, 1941 - March 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Sandra Jean Morgan

November 29, 1938 - March 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Ernest D. "Ernie" Cudmore

September 14, 1941 - March 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Dorothy B. Short

December 13, 1923 - March 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Wallace R. Mollman

November 19, 1931 - March 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Hannah Oedekoven

May 25, 1932 - March 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm, Friday, March 10, 2017

 

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

 

     
   
     

James Albert Meyer

July 3, 1931 - February 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Robert Mark Regan

May 15, 1924 - February 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Michael Roy Kindt

April 14, 1968 - February 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

No Service

 

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

 

     
   
     

JoAnne Stambaugh

March 30, 1929 - February 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Berniece Jean Chord

December 26, 1930 - February 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Nels Martin Larive

June 12, 1934 - February 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Ethelyn "Sallie" Palmer

January 4, 1934 - February 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Oscar George Walthall

August 24, 1924 - February 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 2:00 PM

 

Oscar was born August 24, 1924, to Ozra and Ellis (Bidleman) Walthall at New Underwood, SD. Following high school graduation, Oscar served in the US Army during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he married Alice Schumaker in Belle Fourche, SD, in 1951. Oscar worked as a miner at Homestake Gold Mine in Lead.
Oscar was a very eccentric man and no matter how you met him you would see this. Whether it was his personal inventions such as 2 tires fitted together to create the world's fastest spinning single person merry go around or with his ideas about life. Either way he was very loving and would do almost anything for anyone. However, it is that you know him and will remember him and he will always be the world's best Grandpa to 4 grandkids.
Not only did he create so many different things for us but he also had a playful side. One summer when Michael was visiting, Grandpa built him a skateboard ramp and bought him a skateboard. Michael never let me play on the ramp or board. So one morning while Mike was sleeping Grandpa grabbed the skateboard and told me to come along. We got out to the shed and he put the board at the top of the ramp and told me to have a seat, which I did. He pushed me down the ramp and things didn't go as expected. I ended up falling backwards and getting splinters all down the back of my neck. When we got back to the house, Grandma tore Grandpa up one side and the other, leaving Grandma to pick all the splinters out. When I was younger, they had an old recliner and would play a game called down the drain, which consisted of tipping the recliner backwards and falling to the ground.
Most people may not know this but Grandpa was a very patient man with his grandkids. This was a trait many adults may not have seen but when we were kids was endless. One afternoon, Grandpa found Heleina with a wooden baseball bat beating on his big red dump truck. He asked her why she was doing this. Her response was that she was bored. He then asked, "Why don't you do this to your mom's car?" Heleina innocently replied, "Cause mom will get mad at me." From what I remember, the severity of her punishment was getting the bat taken away. Not only did he calmly deal with beating of his property but even on himself. While going through a tool box, I pulled out a wrench asking, "What's this," at the same time whacking him in the face causing a huge gash on his eye. Along with patiently taking punishment to himself and his belongings, he patiently stood by our side while we figured things out. During winter months, we all know what can happen with a wet tongue on a frozen fence. Well, as a child it may have taken us a few times to figure this out. Luckily he was patient enough to help get us unstuck each and every time. Even when I thought I was playing king of the mountain only to find out it was a fire ant hill I was the king of. Or in the middle of a freezing cold winter day and had to go chop ice for the cows only to be bored as a child and to think a good idea would be to throw the ice back into the water; because doing that somehow would make standing in a stuffed full snow suit in the freezing cold would make it move along faster.
Being a grandparent has its perks but he also used this role to reach us life lessons. The main life lesson I remember was how babies were made. Every breeding season we would have to go watch the cows reproduce. I remember asking, "Why are we watching this?" His fast thinking response was, "This is how your parents made you." Needless to say, I was speechless. He also taught us how to drive, however there was a catch. We always had to drive the truck. Being younger, we didn't understand the reason why, but now we are very thankful. Having to drive the truck taught us how to drive a manual, a lost are art in today's world.
He so lived up to the quote, "Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime." He taught all of us how to fish, whether it was using too much bait on a single hook to catch the big one, or while in a metal canoe having to cross under an electrical fence, keeping in mind not to touch the fence. Fishing with him was always a memorable experience.
Oscar lived to be 92. While we are all grateful for this, it would be an understatement to say we are shocked. He always had his way of doing things or living life on the edge. When he built his house, he didn't have a meter for the electrical. He just locked his fingers and slightly tapped the wire to test it. Take even a rattlesnake, most of us would move along and avoid one as much as possible. Not Grandpa. Heleina needed something for show and tell when she was in kindergarten. While checking on the cows out in the pasture, we came across a rattlesnake. Grandpa, with only rocks and his bare hands, captured and beheaded this rattlesnake so his youngest granddaughter had a show and tell item.
Oscar left us with many, many, memories; most of them are very unforgettable and priceless. He loved his family very much and his family loved him unconditionally.
Oscar G. Walthall, 92, of Sturgis, died Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, Sturgis, 2 children; Jerry (Theresa), SC, and Judy, IL, three sisters; Edna, Alma and Jeneva, CA, 4 grandchildren; Michael (Codey), NC, Phillip (Hope), SC, Holli (Michael),and Helenia (Cameron) KS, and neumorus great-grandchildren, we can only hope some of his eccentric qualities get passed through the generations. Grandpa, you are missed and will be remembered forever.
Memorial services will be Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with an inurnment at a later date at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Vern Thomas Jones

June 7, 1931 - February 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

No Services Scheduled

 

Vern was born June 7, 1931, to Richmond Earl and Eva Merle (Christensen) Jones in Spearfish, SD, in the house where his paternal grandparents resided. For the first twelve years of his life, the family lived near Sundance, WY, where they operated a dairy. As soon as he was old enough, Vern was expected to milk cows in the morning and evening as well as go to school. He said he’d just as soon forget about those years!
In April of 1944, the family moved to a ranch 4½ miles northeast of Whitewood, SD. Vern attended Hathaway School through the eighth grade then Sturgis High School where he graduated in the class of 1949.
He worked on the ranch the rest of his life until the property was sold at auction in August 2000. He purchased a home in Sturgis, SD, and kept busy with his flower and vegetable gardening, volunteering at the Sturgis Senior Citizens Center, the Kiwanis Club, the Food Pantry, and the Grace Lutheran Church rally breakfast during Rally Week. Everywhere he went his quiet generosity followed. He was so proud to be honored by Mayor Carstensen, City Council Member Rhea Crane, and all his Sturgis Senior Center friends on October 21, 2016, which was declared "Vern Jones Day." Vern never married choosing the bachelor life.
Vern Thomas Jones, 85, died Wednesday evening, February 22, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in the cardiac care unit. His weary, unrepairable heart signaled the cardiac team and his family that it was time to be tending flower gardens in heaven.
Survivors include his sisters, LaVon Peek, Blaine, MN, and Thelma (David) Bottum, Roscoe, IL; sister-in-law, Mary Jones, Spearfish, SD; nephews, Edward (Angie) Peek, Blaine, MN, Gordon (Annette) Bottum, Roscoe, IL, and Steven (Tammy) Jones, Humboldt, SD; nieces, Jennifer (Michael) Schultz, St. Paul, MN, Laura (Tom) Ondich, Maple Grove, MN, Karen (Marvin) Mayberry, Morrison, IL, Trudie (Joe) Havermann, Sioux Falls, SD, and Teesha Jones, Spearfish, SD; eight great-nephews; and nine great-nieces. Also surviving is his good friend and helper, Sean McGinnis, Sturgis, SD.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dick Jones; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Cremation has taken place with no service planned. Memorials may be given to the Sturgis Senior Citizens Center or the Sturgis Kiwanis Club.

 

     
   
     

Elva Marie Lolley

March 10, 1930 - February 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Elva was born March 10, 1930, to Guy and Bessie (Parsons) Harp, the sixth of nine children. She married Joe Lolley on November 1, 1947, in Valentine, NE. Elva was a lady of many talents- mother, ranch wife, cook for BIA, babysitter and baby quilt maker.
Elva Marie Lolley, 86, Hot Springs, passed away at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs, February 18, 2017.
Elva is survived by her husband of 69 years, Joe; three children; Jerry (Harriet) Lolley, Sturgis, Mary Reimer, Hot Springs, and Paul (Susan) Lolley, Bonaire, GA; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Smith, Mustang, OK, and Leona Bilt, Ainsworth, NE; and all of the children she babysat and loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Charles Isaaca in 1995; brothers, Kenneth, Carmen, and Richard: sisters, Garths Duetsch, Athel Whiting, and Betsy Morlang.
Elva was cremated with inurnment taking place at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Cody Lee Eatherton

May 14, 1990 - February 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 24, 2017

 

Cody Lee Eatherton was born May 14, 1990, In Gillette WY, to William (Bill) Eatherton and Merlene Cossitt. He attended school in Newcastle WY. He attended Clearfield Job Corps in Utah, after completing the program he worked in Utah for several months before moving back to Wyoming.
Upon his arrival, back to Gillette, WY, Cody worked for Badger Daylighting, and Charter Communications where he worked as a BBT Technician.
When Cody was 2 years old he went to live with his father and Grandma JoAnne Foertsch. He was raised in Newcastle WY. Growing up Cody had many different animals, He had a favorite pet Goat. His most favorite fur Baby was his Boxer Rosy. Cody, was active in Track and Field and Swimming for the Newcastle Dogies. Cody enjoyed computers and Xbox, he loved Final Fantasy, Rome Total War, Arc Survival Revolved Dungeons and Dragons, He also played Magic the Gathering. His favorite music groups were Avenge Sevenfold, Cradle of Filfth.
He was a family man and loved his Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Sisters, Brother, Nephew, and Nieces.
Cody, 26, Gillette, passed away suddenly February 14, 2017, at his residence in Gillette WY.
He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents, Paternal Grandparents, and Three uncles.
Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Family Life Church in Gillette, Wyoming with Pastor Donny Edwards officiating. Private family inurnment at a later date.
Memorial may be sent to Gillette Humane Society or Campbell County suicide Prevention coalition.

 

     
   
     

Viola May Zaugg

October 11, 1942 - February 20, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017

 

Viola was born October 11, 1942 at Corsica, SD, to Ralph and Martha (Bruning) Powers. She spent her life close to family and friends. She taught her children the importance of being near family. She was also a dear friend and second mother to many of her children’s friends. It was common to see other children staying at her house. She would lend an understanding and caring ear and a stern lecture when they needed it. Anyone that knew her called her Mom, Grandma, or Friend.
She loved children and worked with many while working as a Direct Support Professional at Black Hills Special Services for 25 years before retiring in 2013. Her influence of ethics and compassion were felt by all she encountered in several different facilities over the years.
Her hobbies were spending time in her flower garden, crocheting and she was not opposed to spending time in Deadwood. It was considered a rite of passage to all her grandchildren.
Viola May Zaugg, 74, Sturgis, died February 20, 2017 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her children; Julie Schmit, Sturgis, James Hoey, Rapid City, Jeffrie Hoey, Sturgis, Kellie Mraz, Sturgis; ten grandchildren, Corey Schmit, Kyle Mraz, Thomas Mraz, Casey Schmit, Tristan Hoey, Brandon Mraz, Kenyon Hoey, Blaine Mraz, Kaya Kuriga, Alisha Labane; five great grandchildren; brother, Gerald (Deb) Powers, Sturgis; aunt, Viola Chiller, Sturgis; first husband James Hoey.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and second husband, Eugene Zaugg.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Camille Abeln

March 2, 1938 - February 19, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 24, 2017

 

Camille was born on March 2, 1938 to Murray D. Miller and Helen L. Mutchler in Sturgis , SD The family lived in Sulphur, SD before moving to Sturgis in 1945. Camille Graduated Sturgis High School in May 1956 and married Leonard G. Abeln on June 15th that same year. Being a wife, mother and homemaker was of utmost importance to Camille.
Camille was instrumental in starting the Presbyterian Church Pancake Breakfast for the annual Black Hills Motorcycle Classic. After Leonard retired she went to work part time at McDonalds, and Lynn’s Country Market in Sturgis, SD.
Camille Abeln 78 died on Sunday February 19, 2017 at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Facility.
Camille is survived by her three children, Larry Abeln(Seattle, WA), Kevin Abeln(Sturgis, SD) and Linda Abeln(San Antonio, TX) and her brother Alan Miller, (Gillette, WY).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in 2002, her mother in 2012, and her father in 1975.
Funeral Services will be Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Interment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Sturgis Regional Long Term Senior Care.

 

     
   
     

Norman Eugene Halbmaier

January 19, 1966 - February 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Norman Eugene Halbmaier was born January 19, 1966, in Rapid City, SD, to Donald "Buddy" and Darlene (Burk) Halbmaier. He lived his entire life on the land his father purchased in the early 1950's east of Vale, SD, in the family farmhouse, going away to AMI school in Florida after graduating from Newell High School, and various times when he went away for work, always returning to Vale.
Norman "Stormin Norman," 51, passed away peacefully at his home in Vale on February 15, 2017.
He is survived by one daughter, Keyo Martha Grae Halbmaier, Sturgis (recently moved to Pueblo, Colorado); one brother, Doug and Rolene Halbmaier, Vale (Aladdin, Wyoming); and his aunts, Phyllis Mailloux, Sturgis, Marian Young, Rose Tax, Rapid City; Alice and Duane Queen, Sundance, WY; Katherine Glaze, Florida; three nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death as a child by his mother, Darlene; his father, Buddy; his grandfather, William; and his grandmother, Martha, whom he was very close to.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Believers Fellowship church in Sturgis with Pastor Gerold F. Meadows Jr. officiating. He will be inurned at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Bonnie Jean Tarun

August 5, 1918 - February 15, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 

Bonnie Jean Tarun, 98, of Lake Forest, Illinois died February 15, 2017 at Lake Forest Place, Lake Forest, Illinois.
She was born August 5, 1918 a t Sturgis to Robert and Theresa (Berg) Cruickshank. She attended the University of Wyoming and then followed her 6th grade sweetheart Donald W. Tarun of Sturgis to Chicago, supporting him in medical school while she earned an R.N. at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital .She married Don Tarun at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, SD, on August 30, 1941.She and Dr. Tarun lived in Chicago for sixty – five years until his death in 2005. They were members of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.
She loved her family, her Black Hills heritage, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Cubs. She was especially devoted to her two sisters the late Barbara Ann Lutz (Dr.J. Frederick) of Sturgis and Lois Tilgner (Dwight) of Sioux Falls. The three Cruickshank girls were raised in a 1917 Sturgis home that was held in the family including the successor owner Tarun and Lutz families for a century.
In Chicago Bonnie Jean Tarun was a Girl Scout troop leader, president of Sauganash PTA and chair of the Lake Forest Antiques Show. “My Mother could lead a dozen Girl Scouts, fifty antique dealers or a hundred parents into action. Everyone knew she was organized, of great humor and above, all dependable. She in her reliable warm way personified “The Greatest Generation.’” said her son Bob of San Francisco.
In addition to her son, she is survived by her daughter, Terry Tarun Hall , Hanover, NH.; granddaughters, Anna Hall Dorchester, MA., Bonnie Jean Hall Walker (Edward) Millbury, MA., Morgan Hall Palac (Jeremy) Los Gatos, CA., Abigail E. and Aimee Dakota Tarun Chicago, IL; grandsons, Tyler V. Tarun Chicago, IL, Parker D. Tarun San Francisco, CA.,
She is also survived by Anne Lutz Dravigny (Michel) of Green Valley, AZ, Lt. Col, (Ret) Charles F. Lutz (Mary Jane) of Sturgis, Bruce F. Lutz of Columbia Falls, MT, Carol Tilgner Vouga of St. Louis, MO and Sandra Tilgner Marckmann (Darold) of Hurst, TX; and five great-grandchildren. She was blessed by two extraordinary and loving care givers in her last year’s Faye Brown and Christine Shaurette-Safy.
Services will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery with Reverend Jane Ireland officiating. Dr. Tarun was a Captain in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Bagpiper Susan Jean Peterson, a Cruickshank by marriage, will play Amazing Grace on a splendidly warm February morning in the Black Hills.

 

     
   
     

Marian V. Winkler

April 27, 1924 - February 14, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Marian V. (Janke) Winkler was born April 27, 1924, at home in rural Meade County to Edward and Theresa (Trinklebach) Janke. She attended elementary school at a nearby country school. In 1939, the family moved to the Horse Creek area and she attended high school in Newell graduating in 1942. She was married to Rodney "Bill" Winkler on December 27, 1942. They made their home on the ranch north of Newell for 50 years. In the early years on the ranch, they produced cattle and sheep, and Marian raised turkeys for sale to markets in the East. Later years the ranch was operated as a sheep ranch. Marian was involved in the record keeping and daily operation of the ranch, checking on the sheep herd each day. She knew the pastures, creek crossings and fence lines better than anyone else and her vigilance saved the lives of many lambs. They received awards for range management and conservation practices.
Visitors to the ranch were always welcome and invited in for meals or coffee and cookies. Marian enjoyed the activities and fellowship of the Pollyanna Extension Club winning many ribbons at the Butte County Fair for her sewing and baking. She served as Matron of Honor in the Newell Chapter of the Eastern Star and enjoyed the fellowship of the Past Matron's group in Spearfish. She enjoyed card games with family and neighbors and playing the piano and later the organ for sing-a-longs. The Janke sisters and their families always celebrated holidays and birthdays together. Her children, David and Judy, were a top priority in her life. She was always supportive of their activities and proud of their accomplishments.
Marian belonged to the United Church of Christ in Newell where she was a member of the choir for several years. She attended the UCC in Spearfish after moving from the ranch in 1993 when her husband passed away.
Marian, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Belle Estate Senior Living in Belle Fourche, SD.
She is survived by her son, David Winkler of Newell, SD; her daughter, Judy (Kermit) Johnson, living near Deadwood, SD; her three grandchildren, Paul (Cheyenne) Winkler at the ranch north of Newell, Eric Johnson, Seattle, WA, and Michael Johnson, Oakland, CA; five great-grandchildren, Cherokee, Wyatt, Garrett, Clint, and Cody Rose Winkler, all at the ranch north of Newell; four sisters, Norine Carswell of Rapid City, Alma Laumer of Lennox, SD, Betty Dahlberg of The Dalles, OR, and Lola (Kenneth) Pascoe of Spearfish; as well as 18 nieces and nephews.
Marian was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Rodney "Bill" Winkler; her sister, Elvera Minty of Seattle, WA; and her daughter-in-law, Beverly Winkler of Newell, SD.
Visitation will be Monday, February 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the UCC Church in Spearfish with Pastor Gordon Higgins officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Kindra Kay Aaker

December 9, 1964 - February 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, February 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Kindra Kay Aaker was born December 9, 1964, to Floyd and Lila (Loughlin) Aaker in Sturgis, SD. She had one older sister, Connie, and they spent their whole lives by each other's side. She grew up in Bison, SD. Kindra faced many obstacles. She was short in stature but big in personality.
She was her grandma Loughlin's little angel.
Kindra's spunk, wit, stubbornness, and good heart made her taller than anyone else. She loved children and capturing life's greatest moments on camera. Kindra had a love of basketball and was a huge fan of the Winner Warriors and the Bison Cardinals. She worked at the Bison Bar for thirteen years and met many new friends throughout those years.
Kindra was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2015. She fought that battle hard and with the grace and fortitude that she did with every other obstacle she ever faced.
She was set free to be with her beloved mom and dad on February 13, 2017, at 2:17 a.m. surrounded by those that loved her most.
She is survived by her sister, Connie, and one niece, Brittnee, both of Bison. Kindra loved Brittnee very much and Brittnee loved her back. She is also survived by her three favorite puppies, Spud, Copper, and Mystique. She has 2 surviving aunts, Ellen Schick and Liz Loughlin, both of Sturgis, SD; many cousins; and lots of friends who were more like family.
She was preceded in death by her dad and mom; both sets of grandparents, Floyd and Ruth Loughlin and Ole and Ella Aaker; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 pm with family services at 1:00 p.m. until service time on Friday, February 17, 2017.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, at the American Lutheran Church in Bison with Pastor Tera Lowe officiating. She will be buried at the Bison cemetery next to her mom. Lunch will be served after the burial at the American Lutheran Church in the basement.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Harold Paul Thomas

July 22, 1924 - February 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 

Harold was born July 22, 1924 in Dalzell, SD, to Paul and Elizabeth (Kramer) Thomas.
Harold attended and graduated Rapid City High School. He served in the US Army in WWII from 1943 until 1945. Harold married Mary Jane Maier on May 20, 1962, in Rapid City, SD. He was an auto mechanic and after working numerus other garages, he settled in at Thomas Auto with his brother until his retirement. Harold loved to play and teach his granddaughters the organ, take them fishing, and eat crab with them on Friday nights. One of his many sayings was, "I never have met a stranger."
Harold P. Thomas, 92, Rapid City, died Monday, February 6, 2017, at his home in Rapid City.
Harold is survived by his three daughters, Michelle (Brian) Smith, Omaha, NE, Diane (Terry) Upton, Jacksonville, AL, and Barbara (Bob) Watson, Roswell, NM; one brother, Frank Thomas, Rapid City; one sister, Betty Bloom, UT; seven grandchildren, Isabella and Olivia Smith, Steve and David Griffith, Stacy Upton, Meredith Scott, and Travis Watson; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane; one daughter, Cindy Griffith; one grandson; and one brother, Leland Thomas.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Rapid City, SD. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Story Book Island in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

William Dean "Bill" Orwick

February 7, 1937 - February 9, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

Bill was born February 7, 1937 in Deadwood, SD, to Christian and Kathryn Margaret (Sheridan) Orwick.
He grew up on the family ranch at Mud Butte, SD, attending country school at Mud Butte. He was an exceptional student and was allowed to skip two grades.
He graduated from Newell High School and attended Regis College in Denver, CO, and then served in the US Army for two years, mostly in Germany before returning to the family ranch. In 2007, Bill moved to Belle Fourche where he lived for the rest of his life.
Bill was very good with horses and enjoyed raising and training them. He became interested in Morgan horses and drove a pickup with a stock rack to Chicago where he bought a stallion.
William Dean “Bill” Orwick, 80, Belle Fourche, died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Belle Fourche Long Term Care Center.
Survivors include his brother James (Joyce) Orwick; sister in law, Susan Orwick; several cousins and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Betty Jean; brothers, Richard and Howard Orwick; two nephews, Dick and Matt Orwick; one niece Julie Orwick Sexton; one sister in law, Ida Mae Orwick.
Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday February 14, 2017, at the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell. Rosary services will begin at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with Father John Paul Trask officiating. Burial with military honors follows at the Hope Cemetery in Newell.
Memorials have been established to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mud Butte and the Mud Butte Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Mildred Marie Willson

January 19, 1919 - February 8, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Mildred was born January 19, 1919 in Lusk, WY, to Clarence and Arta (Anderson) Leeling. She married Frank Willson on March 2, 1940, in Deadwood, SD. In 1946, they purchased land south of Whitewood in in 1953, began raising Angus cattle.
Mildred Willson, 98, of Whitewood, SD, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Survivors include two sons and their wives, Jim and Donna of Whitewood and Vern and Shirley of Black Hawk, SD; one daughter, Irene Wehner of Whitewood; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, siblings, and a son-in-law.
Visitation will be Friday, February 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Whitewood Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jil Jennewein officiating.
Interment will be at St. Onge Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Whitewood Presbyterian Church Benevolence Fund.

 

     
   
     

Jeanette Claire Thacker

July 10, 1932 - February 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Jeanette Claire (Shostrom) Thacker was born in Deadwood, SD, on July 10, 1932, to A.H "Lex" & Stelline (Van Heuvelen) Shostrom. She attended Deadwood schools and graduated from Deadwood High School in 1950. While in school she enjoyed tap dancing, tumbling and other sports. She was honored Queen of Bethel #4, Job’s Daughters, in 1950.
She married Fred Thacker in October 1950. From this union, three children were born: "Tass" Kathleen, Bruce, and "Beaner" Jean. Jeanette was very involved in her children's activities including frequent competitions with the Deadwood Swim Club and the Terry Peak Ski Racing teams. She kept detailed picture albums and scrapbooks for each of her children, and made all of their Halloween costumes along with many of their clothes by hand. Jeanette and Fred separated and divorced in the early 1970's.
Jeanette worked for Black Hills Abstract for several years. In the mid-1970's she opened her own shop, "What's Her Names," where she designed her own hand-sewn "Made by Jet" fashions, along with many other things.
Jeanette worked as a telephone operator and in other office departments for Homestake Mining Company from 1977 to 1993, when she happily retired to spend her days doing art and craft projects in her home.
She loved to make unique miniature displays including a large and well-stocked General Store, a Soda Fountain in an old cookie tin and a Laundry Room inside a Tide detergent container. Her Mouse House contained nine cleverly and intricately decorated miniature rooms.
She made a miniature replica of her daughter Tass' office, complete with world souvenirs, camera, slide photos, skis, mini-cactus, a black cat, and a bulletin board of her photos with note saying "call mom." Her daughter Beaner's miniature room includes skis, snowboards, a pool table and darts, a St. Bernard on a rug in front of the fireplace, plants in pink pots, and tiny pictures of her grandkids. Her son Bruce's miniature room garage features an immaculate work bench with shiny tools, dog, a mounted deer head, chainsaws, racing motorcycles and snowmobiles.
Jeanette loved to read, watch old movies, Saturday Night Live, and the Oscars. She enjoyed travel and collecting antiques. She collected hundreds of dolls. About twenty of them were called "the girls" and she changed their clothes with every season and holiday and created little tableaus of their activities. She made her own very creative greeting cards using photos of her dolls having fun together.
Jeanette had a keen eye for fashion and was always stylishly dressed. She was in her 50's when she got her first Vogue subscription.
She was the first person in the family to start skiing. She then taught all three of her children to ski. The family spent most weekends camping and water skiing at Pactola Lake. She had a great sense of humor.
She loved dogs, especially her American Samoyed, Casper, and her Shitzu, Hairy Barker.
Jeanette belonged to Beta Sigma Phi, Historic Deadwood-Lead Arts Council, Northern Hills Doll Club, and the Lawrence County Historical Society. She volunteered at the Adam’s Memorial Museum and helped work on displays.
The most important thing to her was spending time with her family. She was an amazing mother and was also loved by many of her children's friends. She will be greatly missed. She died after a short, rapid descent into Alzheimer's on February 6, 2017.
She is survived by her daughter, Tass Thacker (Bruce B. Junek) of Rapid City; son, Bruce Thacker (Tracy) of Lead; and daughter, Beaner Thacker (Rock Reman) of Whitewood; grandchildren, Guy Reman (Beth), Karl Thacker (Rhonda Anderson), and Suzanne Hays (Kyle); great-grandchildren, Tristyn, Taytum, Dylan, Carson, Madi, Niveah, Benton, Jersey, and Hailey; her brother, Keith Shostrom (Joyce); and nephews, John Shostrom and Mark Shostrom.
The family would like to express deep gratitude to the staff at Golden Ridge assisted living, and the amazing nurses at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital for treating her with such compassion and dignity. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Thom Groeger.
A celebration of her life will be held in the spring. Jeanette will be buried at Mt. Moriah in Deadwood.
A memorial in her name may be made to the Black Hills Children’s Center in Rockerville.

 

     
   
     

Vera Marie Dutton

January 3, 1927 - February 4, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Vera was born on the Collins Homestead near Plainview, SD, on January 3, 1927, to William and Ida Collins. She graduated Valedictorian from Faith High School in 1945, then went on to receive her teaching certificate from Black Hills Normal School later that same year. Vera taught in a one room school house for the next three years, riding horseback 18 miles to school every week.
In 1943, she started "going steady" with her classmate, Harold Dutton, and in the summer of 1945 they were engaged, and were married on June 25, 1947. After their wedding, the couple made their home on the Dutton Ranch, where they lived until moving to Spearfish in 2007.
Vera was proud of their time on the ranch and took an active part in the day-to-day operations. Their stewardship was recognized in 1989 when they were selected as the State Range Managers of the year. In 2015, Vera traveled to the State Fair in Huron to receive recognition as a Centennial Ranch. She loved animals and horses, even reminiscing of how she rode a bronc for the full 8 seconds at the Faith Stock Show when she was just 18. Vera liked to garden and loved to cook, especially seeing others enjoy her food. Vera was a tender loving person, always thinking of others before herself. She was extremely sharp minded and could recall facts and details because she truly cared about others. Vera was an accomplished musician, playing the piano, accordion, harmonica, violin, and guitar, all by ear. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona, and taught Sunday School and Bible School and was active in the Ladies Aide group. She served her church eagerly with honor and praise, and later served on the Resident Council at Edgewood Vista and faithfully played the piano for Edgewood chapel services up until three weeks before her death. She said playing the piano was good for her spirit and kept her fingers nimble. She also provided her musical talents as an RSVP volunteer.
Family was important to her. She rarely missed any family event or activity. Her last request was to insure her kids were OK and to tell us to hug and kiss our kids every day.
Vera Marie (Collins) Dutton, 90, Spearfish, died Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Center in Spearfish.
Vera is survived by her sons, Melvin (Marcia) Dutton, Faith, David (Bonnie) Dutton, Spearfish, and Daryle (Stacey) Dutton, Tempe, AZ; daughter, Linda (Dennis) Anders-Hathaway, Mud Butte; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ida; her husband, Harold; one daughter, Sheree' Dutton; six brothers, Leo, Lloyd, John, Tom, Ralph, and Elmer; one sister, Alyce Johnson; and a great-grandson, Gabriel Dutton.
Visitation will be Friday, February 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish with Pastor Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will be at the Dutton Family Ranch Cemetery at a later date.
A memorial has been established in her name to the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona, SD.

 

     
   
     

Mary Ellen Baker

March 27, 1947 - February 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017

 

Mary was born to Leach and Edna (Farnsworth) Bryant on March 27, 1947. She was raised on the family ranch in Pleasant Valley, Meade County, SD. She attended a rural elementary school then attended high school in Sturgis, SD, graduating in 1966.
On December 9, 1967, she was united in marriage to Raymond F. Baker in Piedmont, SD. She moved to the family ranch in Hereford, SD, where they raised their five children; Cody, Tonya, Roxona, Lawonza, and Joseph. She resided on the family ranch until moving to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in June of 2002. Special thanks are offered to the staff of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.
Mary was a very dedicated and beloved mother. She enjoyed horses and did a wonderful job raising numerous bum lambs. She was also a helpful hand to many in the community helping out by babysitting kids in the community. Mary was an advocate for youth in 4-H and was a leader of the Hereford Helpers 4-H club for several years and a member of the Hereford sewing circle. She also worked the Hereford precinct election board for many years. In her later years, her focus was on her beloved eight grandchildren and taking in all their activities.
Mary Ellen Baker, 69, died Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in New Underwood after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Raymond Baker, rural New Underwood, SD; children, Cody (Lynn) Baker, Rapid City, SD, Tonya Baker, Union Center, SD, Roxona (Dana) Thompson, Lawonza (Brad) Montague, and Joseph Baker, all of New Underwood, SD; and eight grandchildren, Trevor and Nicholas Baker, Keely (Kenny Carmichael), Rowdy, and Luke Thompson, Taylin and Kade Montague, and Hank Baker. In addition, she is survived by one sister, Ida Tryon; five brothers, Elmer Bryant, Roy Bryant, John Bryant, Paul Bryant, and Dave (Gracia) Bryant; and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Leach and Edna Bryant; two brothers, Louis Bryant and Dale Bryant; one niece, Chelsey Bryant; and one great-niece, Vicky Evans.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Burial will be at the Baker Family Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Norma June Skavang

June 27, 1928 - February 2, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Norma was born June 27, 1928, in Miller, SD, to Trubert James and Pearl (Brachvogel) Gravett. She was the oldest of six children. After high school graduation in Wessington in 1946, Norma moved to Huron to work. While employed as a bank teller she met her future husband on a blind date. She married Richard Rudolph Skavang on June 12, 1949 in the Crocker Lutheran Church. Shortly after they married, they moved to Hot Springs where their daughter, Pam (1952), and son, Gary (1953), were born. In 1955, they moved to Sturgis where Dick operated a Standard Station for 42 years. Son, Bob, was born in 1959 in Deadwood.
Norma participated in many activities - whatever the family was doing – camping, golfing, boating at the lake, skating, sledding, or snow skiing. Some activities she enjoyed more than others! Throughout the years she was active in Jaycettes, Voter Registration Board, and the Hospital Auxiliary. She belonged to the Martha Circle at Grace Lutheran Church. She loved doing crafts for many years and was especially talented in her embroidery. She spent many hours sewing for the Sturgis Senior Center and the Sturgis Hospital gift shop.
Norma, 88, Sturgis, died Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Survivors include one daughter, Pam (Glenn) Garvin, Sacramento, CA; one son, Bob Skavang, Sturgis; a sister, Charlotte Paulson, Huron, SD; two brothers, Stanley (Virginia) Gravett, Newnan, GA, and Chancy (Marjorie) Gravett, Boise, ID; eight grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick, a sister, Shirley Paulson; a brother, William (Bill) Gravett, and her son, Gary.
Memorials have been established to Grace Lutheran Church and Sturgis Senior Citizens Center.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 9th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Anna Irene Stenerson

April 26, 1921 - February 3, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 pm Sturday, February 11, 2017

 

Anna was born April 26, 1921 to Mikal Norman and Anna Marie Moe Iverson on their Ladner farm, Ladner, SD. Anna grew up with her 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
She attended Ladner grade school, then attended high school in Camp Crook, SD.
Anna married Edson Richard Stenerson on April 26, 1938, 2 weeks before she completed her freshman year. They were married 52 years.
Annie and Eddie lived in Camp Crook, SD, Hardin, Montana, then later settling on their farm at Ladner, SD. To this union were 10 children: Edson Mikal (Micky) , David LeRoy, Jerry Lee, Karen Irene, Karl Iver, Robert Arland, Myrna Louise, LeAnna Kay, DiAnna Fay, and Joseph Lewis.
Anna's greatest love was her children. She would read the Bible, books, and make up stories and write in her own little books. She taught many games, especially scrabble, teaching crafts, sewing, making bread and being a wonderful role model!Annie held the role of 'Scrabble Queen'
Annie was rural mail carrier for approximately 45 years. She was one of the first EMTs in Ladner, a Home Health aide in Buffalo, wrote Ladner news for Nation Center paper, and a neighbor who loved company.
Annie and Eddie opened their home and hearts to young and old. They were support to all during many life experiences and their home was a safe haven. Many young persons boarded during winter months to attend school. They were considered family members!
Annie did not know the word 'bored'! She was a gifted quilt maker, sewed clothes for her children, grew gardens, canned food, collected rocks, hiked, climbed Bear Butte, and loved to explore!
Annie loved to travel! Her handle was 'Roadrunner"! She visited all 48 lower states and 2 countries. In 2004, she jumped the Grand River with her Nissan. Many of her grandchildren will tell of being taught to drive while on the mail route.
Anna Irene Iverson Stenerson, 95, died February 3, 2017 at Russellville Arkansas at her home surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her children. Sons: Edson (Micky), St. Francisville, La. , David, Jerry (Linda), Buffalo, SD, Karl (Barbara), Horicon, Wisconsin, Robert (Dawn) McKenna, Washington, Joseph (Cheri) Chandler, Arizona. Daughters: Karen (Sherman) Ruona, Canon City, Colorado, Myrna (Robby) Gumpenberger, Russellville, Arkansas, LeAnna Short, Wichita Kansas, DiAnna (Alvin Kasper) Gray, Salina, Kansas. Including 72 grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, 2 Brothers: Iver (Bev) Iverson, San Manuel, Arizona, Norman (Lenora) Iverson , Des Moines Iowa. Sister, Elvida Hack, Radcliff, Kentucky. Sisters in laws: Gladys Stenerson Sonne, Albany ,Oregon, Verna Stenerson, Hardin, Mt, Vera Iverson, Questa, New Mexico and cousin Marcella Erickson, Rapid City, SD.
Numerous nieces and nephews.
Anna is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edson, 3 grandchildren:
Andrew Allen Stenerson, Jae Louis Stenerson, and Sabrina Marie Stenerson Hagler. Son in law Joseph Mayabb. Daughter in law Joann Scroggins Stenerson Brothers: Arthur Iverson, Arley Iverson. Sisters: Dorothy Iverson Parfrey, Olga Iverson Tuomi.
Visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD on Friday, February 10, from 2 to 4 pm.
Services will be at Camp Crook community center on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm with David Waller officiating.
Memorials may be made to Myrna Gumpenberger ,239 Willsfield Rd., Russellville, Arkansas 72802-1312.

 

     
   
     

Stella Arlene Taylor

March 4, 1923 - February 1, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m on Monday, February 6, 2017

 

Stella was born March 4, 1923, to Jacob and Minnie Ochsner on the family ranch near Gopher, SD. Her early childhood was spent on the ranch with her three sisters and six brothers. Stella graduated from Isabel High School in 1941. Following High School graduation, Stella attended Northern State College from 1941-1943 and received a teaching certificate.
She met the love of her life, Paul (Hank) Taylor, at a dance in Isabel and they were married in September 1943. That same year, they moved to California where Hank was employed by the Los Angeles Police Department and Stella worked at the Naval Ship Yard in Long Beach. She held that position while Hank was in the U.S. Army until his discharge in 1947. The couple then moved back to South Dakota to the ranch north of Dupree. Stella taught country school for ten years. During that time in 1948 their son, Terry, was born and in 1950 their daughter, Cheryl, was born. In 1954, Hank was elected Ziebach County Sherriff and they moved into Dupree.
Stella was determined to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in education and attended summer school for several years at both Northern State in Aberdeen and USD in Vermillion. Education was a priority for Stella and she continued teaching at both the elementary and high school level until her retirement in 1984.
One of Stella’s favorite pastimes was horse racing. Hank owned and trained several thoroughbreds along with their son, Terry. Stella, through luck or wisdom, or a combination of both, invariably came out a winner. In 1985, following retirement from their professions, Hank and Stella retired to their 10 acre ranch in Piedmont, SD. Hank passed away in 2008 and in 2010 Stella moved into Echo Ridge Lodge independent apartments. In August of 2016, Stella fell and broke her hip and following surgery was moved to Clarkson Health Care where she remained until her death.
Stella Arlene Taylor died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Clarkson Health Care in Rapid City.
Stella is survived by her son, Terry (Barb)Taylor, Rapid City; daughter, Cheryl Marx (Kent Benson), Hot Springs; one sister, Violet Rost, Lead, SD; two brothers, Clarence (Darlene) Ochsner, Salem, OR, and Alvin (Fran) Ochsner Filer, ID; one grandson, James (Amanda) Taylor; two granddaughters, Darci (Kenneth) Guise, Sedro Wooley, WA, and Tami (Aaron) Welsh, Rapid City; four great-grandchildren, Danae and Devon Taylor, Natalie and Nathan Napoli; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Ginger Marie Lolley

May 15, 1952 - January 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

 

Ginger was born May 15, 1952, in Lusk, WY, to Oleta and Harry Engebretsen. She grew up on the family ranch north-east of Harrison, NE, attending country school until she began her High School years. She then attended Sioux County High School in Harrison.
In 1969, Ginger met her soul mate and love of her life, Bryan Eugene Lolley. They were united in marriage on February 21, 1970, in Glenrock, WY. To this union, two daughters were born: Monty Jo Lolley and Darby Dee Lolley.
Bryan and Ginger made their home in Edgemont, SD, where Ginger worked at Southern Hills Bank as a teller for many years. After the girls graduated from High School, Bryan and Ginger moved to Gillette, WY. This remained their home for several years. Ginger began working at First National Bank in Gillette before she retired in 2012 and moved to Hayden, ID, to be closer to her daughter, Darby.
Moving to Idaho filled a huge void for Ginger after the death of her beloved husband in 2005, as she enjoyed exploring the wonderful country that Idaho had to offer. She loved to go on hikes, bird watch, see the beauty of nature and more.
Ginger Marie (Engebretsen) Lolley passed into the arms of our Savior on January 30, 2017, at Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene, ID, after a long battle with cancer. She joined her beloved husband, Bryan.
Ginger is survived by her daughters, Monty Jo Lolley of Gillette, WY, and Darby Dee Lolley (Del Wright) of Hayden, ID; her grandchildren that she loved dearly, Brianna Marie Lolley, Jacob Bradly Moody, Londyn Lolley Moody, and Bryce William Barrett all of Gillette and Ian Bryan Wright of Hayden, ID; as well as 2 great-grandchildren, Christian Bryan Gardner and Kaige Jakob Geis of Gillette. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Merrill and Audrey Engebretsen of San Marcus, CA; sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Jim Bialas of Columbus, NE; and brother and sister-in-law, Clay and Gail Engebretsen of Alpine, CA; as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Ginger was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan; her parents; brother, Jerry Engebretsen; and brother, Dan Staudenmaier.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to PBS or Hospice of North Idaho.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis as she will be laid to rest with her husband, Bryan. A luncheon will follow at the American Legion in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Ralph "Don" Bruce

October 25, 1932 - January 30, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

Don was born October 25, 1932, the third of seven children to Carl and Muriel (Aarons) Bruce in White River, SD. He attended school and graduated from Mission High School in 1950.
He married Rose Schubauer on April 17, 1952, in Mission. After traveling to California and Montana, they moved to Sturgis in 1953 and raised their family.
Ralph Donald "Don" Bruce, 84, Sturgis, died Monday, January 30, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Don is survived by his six children, Max (Karen), Gillette, WY, Terry (Linda), Gillette, WY, Gene (Peggy), Sturgis, Debbie (Tim) Patmore, Sturgis, Jerry (Cindy), Sedona, AZ, and Connie (Randy) Berg, Sturgis; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Tom, Dale, and Harry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; his parents; and siblings, Helen, Roy, and Harvey.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Interment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Melvin "Lefty" Albrecht

April 12, 1927 - January 28, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017

 

Lefty was born in Hosmer SD, April 12, 1927, to Edward and Anna (Job) Albrecht. He grew up on a farm near Wetonka, SD. He was drafted into the US Army and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan during WWII where he was an infantryman and a truck driver. After the war, he met Evangeline Jahraus where they courted and were married March 13, 1949. In 1956, Lefty and Vangie packed up their kids and belongings and moved to the Black Hills where he worked for the Homestake Mine for 34 years until his retirement in 1990. Lefty enjoyed getting his boys involved in construction projects, spending time at the local dance halls dancing, and on occasion sitting on the back deck having a “cold one” swatting flies – he was the master fly swatter! On any given day, he could be found listening to many different Polkas and Waltzes on the Jukebox! He was also a charter member of the Woodchuck Hunters of America.
Lefty was active in the VFW; he was a lifetime member and was given an award for flying the American Flag every day at his home. He was a very proud American and was more proud of his military service. He was also a lifetime member of the Homestake Veterans Association and the United Steel Workers. Over his life, he completed many construction projects including remodels of the Moose Lodge and signature bar at the VFW and shingling the roof of the First Lutheran Church.
Lefty will be remembered for his sense of humor often telling a joke or showing off his picture of his first girlfriend or just having a friendly conversation. He liked to B.S. and have a good time. He had a kind heart, always helping those in need and always willing to pitch in to lend a hand.
Melvin “Lefty” Albrecht passed away January 28, 2017, at the Belle Fourche Health Care Center.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Vangie; two daughters, Debbie (Ray) Stoor and Tami (Ralph) Long; three sons, Steve (Debbie), Mark (Sherilyn), and Brent (Julie); grandchildren, Dawn, Dusk, Adam, Wyatt, Cody, Meggan, Balie, and Matt; fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul, and Tom; and three sisters, Martha Jerke, Annie Bauer, and Marcella Bonnet.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Milbert, Albert, Herbert, and Allan; and two sisters, Gertrude Krietel and Alice Wilson.
Lefty will be missed by his family and those that know him.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD with a luncheon to follow at the Deadwood VFW. Inurnment will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery east of Sturgis.
A memorial will be established.

 

     
   
     

Shirley Mae Overland

January 8, 1920 - January 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

Shirley Mae Overland, 97, was living at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City at the time of her death on January 26, 2017.
In her earlier years while living in Huron, SD, she was very active in her church and also became the director of the Huron Area Senior Center. She was instrumental in changing a dormitory at Huron College into a senior center and housing complex for seniors. It was the first senior center in the nation to be developed on a college campus. During her years as director, it was selected as one of the top 10 senior centers in the nation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Over the years, she was active in programs and committees at the local and national level and received numerous awards and recognition for her work with seniors. In 1981-82, she was recognized in Who's Who of American Women.
Shirley was a "go-getter" and made things happen that improved the quality of life for many seniors. For her daughter, Dianne, who was born with spina bifida, she fought for her right to attend public school and for other rights that were not available to physically challenged people at that time in our history.
In her later years living at Aspen Grove Assisted Living in Sturgis, she loved the motorcycle rally and spent many an hour on the porch at Aspen watching the bikers ride by as well as trips downtown with her daughters to get "closer to the action!" She continued to be an active participant in the activities at Aspen Grove and very much enjoyed having her family close by. They will always remember and treasure their times together.
She was very gracious and accepting of the changes her family "suggested" to her. First was moving from her country home outside Custer into senior apartments in town. The apartments were named Landover (Overland backwards) Estates in recognition of her efforts that helped make the facility a reality. Little did she know that she would someday be living there! She also agreed to give up driving and ultimately moved into assisted living. How fortunate for us that she went along with these major changes in her life! Thanks, dear Mom...
Age and health issues slowed her down in her 90's, but her spirit, sense of humor, and outlook on life remained strong, positive, and fearless - a tribute to her faith and the strength she gained from it.
Memorial service will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Custer Lutheran Fellowship with and inurnment at Riverside Cemetery in Huron in the spring.

 

     
   
     

Joseph Eugene DesJarlais

July 11, 1939 - January 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2017

 

Joseph Eugene DesJarlais was born to Joseph Henry and Mae (Hammond) DesJarlais in Murdo, SD, on July 11, 1939. Joe’s mother taught school on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. His father was one of the early cowboys who drove cattle from Texas to Kansas and on to Belle Fourche and Montana on what we know as the Chisolm Trail. He later bought a barbershop, hotel and saloon in Norris, all of which he traded for a ‘37 Chevy during the depression. He loaded his family and moved to Sturgis in 1940. In 1941, his father purchased the farm property which has since served as the family residence.
Joe grew up in Sturgis where his earliest job was working as a shoe shine boy in his dad’s barbershop. Joe had a passion for visiting the surrounding towns, attending Saturday night dances during his high school days. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He graduated in 1958 from Brown High School then attended college in Ames, Iowa, studying architecture.
Joe met his wife, Sylvia Kramer who was also attending college in Ames as a Nursing student. They were married 4 months later in August 1960 and moved to Des Moines where they had 3 children. Joe worked for Capp homes as an Architect and Sylvia worked in the local hospital as an RN.
Joe returned to Sturgis in 1964 when his father became ill. He attended Barber school in Fargo, ND, and took over the Midway barbershop on Main Street Sturgis. He later opened the People Place but had a temporary setback due to cardiac problems and moved his business to his home in 1983. Joe was active in the Jaycees, Lions Club, and helping with the Boy Scouts program.
Joe bought his boyhood home from his mother in 1970 and began building his vision of paradise from the ground up. Using plans from high school drafting class he and his family built their current home and he continued building and shaping the property right up until his death.
Joe worked on the planning and zoning committee in Sturgis and later served on the city council for 5 years. He was very active with the Mended Hearts association, more importantly as a voice for the children of Mended Little Hearts, which is a program dedicated to patients and families of children with congenital heart disease and improving their quality of life.
His hobbies were too many to mention but enjoyed hunting and fishing with his kids, gold panning, and especially wood working, glass etching, and any new creative building project he dreamed up.
One of the legacies he left for his boys was an annual camping trip. It all started in 1969 over Memorial Day, a tradition that has continued every year for the last 46 years.
Another one of Joe’s favorite events started with a few friends staying with them during the Sturgis Rally over 30 years ago. The group of friends has grown over the years and his presence will be sorely missed.
Joe passed away January 27, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital from complications relating to longstanding cardiovascular disease.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; sister, Devee (Cliff) Lushbough, Aurora CO; daughter, Tami DesJarlais, Sturgis; son, Joe (Sharon), Westminster, CO; son, Scott (Amy), South Pittsburg, TN; and grandchildren, Kristina, Joe, Ryan, Tyler, and Maggie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Henry and Mae DesJarlais.
Memorial services will be held Monday, January 30, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association.

 

     
   
     

Richard Travis Copeland

February 23, 1937 - January 27, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

Richard was born to Benjamin and Lessie (Smith) Copeland on February 23, 1937 in Cheneville, LA.
Richard served in the Air Force for 22 years. He loved to read in his spare time and listening to his favorite artist Patsy Cline.
Richard Travis Copeland died January 27, 2017 at Fort Meade Medical Center in Sturgis; SD.
He is survived by his 2 daughters Catherine Kuntz of Black Hawk, SD; Christine Anschutz of Midland, TX; son, Richard Copeland of Komo, TX; ex-wife Jennie Copeland , Bonner Springs, KS;7 grandchildren. Richard is proceded in death by his parents, sister and brother.
Graveside Services with military honors will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

 

     
   
     

Patricia Rose Plaggemeyer

September 5, 1943 - January 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m.Saturday, January 28, 2017

 

Patty was born in Lead, SD, on September 5, 1943, to George and Blanche Sargent. Growing up, she attended the Catholic school where she was active in volleyball, basketball, and loved being in the school plays.
Patty grew up with a large family which included six protective brothers and three sisters. She enjoyed sledding down the steep hills in the wintertime in Deadwood with her siblings.
In 1966, Patty married Danny Gurwell at the Phil Town Hotel. They had one daughter, Sonya. They later divorced. In 1969, Patty married Neil Plaggemeyer and together, they shared five children: one daughter, Tanya, and three sons, Mike, Marty, and Troy.
They resided in Sturgis and later moved to Kansas for a short period of time. They moved back to Sturgis where they divorced.
Patty was a hard worker. She worked at McKee's Nursing Home in Sturgis and later at Bob's Family Restaurant where everyone always asked to sit at her station. Patty also had a second job working nights at the Trailside General Store.
Patty worked towards getting her CNA and began working at the Sturgis Community Nursing Home. Patty's last job was at the Fort Meade VA Hospital where she worked for 13 years upon retiring at the age of 71 after receiving numerous awards.
Patty loved working with the elderly people. This was her passion. She truly had a place in their hearts. They were sad when she left and asked about her often. The men often compared her to the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor.
Patty truly had a heart of gold! She would do anything for anyone, even give them the shirt off her back. She did the best she could at being a single mom of five children. She loved her children unconditionally and taught them service.
Patty's pastime enjoyments included going to the park with her kids and grandchildren for a picnic and a good game of volleyball.
She looked forward to her brother, Jimmy, coming up the hill to enjoy a cup of coffee and some Weimer's doughnuts. Patty and Jimmy were the youngest and were very close.
Patty was a fan of the slots and enjoyed on occasional trip to Deadwood. She was also a fan of the late Elvis Presley. She had many friends and coworkers that enjoyed her spunky attitude and beautiful spirit.
As a true friend, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she will always be in our hearts and we will remember the memories we created forever.
Patricia Rose Plaggemeyer, 73, Evanston, WY, and formerly of Sturgis, passed away peacefully January 22, 2017, at the Evanston Regional Hospital.
Patty is survived by her sister, Betty Sullivan, Rapid City; one brother, Jerry (LeeAnn) Sargent, Nemo, SD; daughters, Sonya (Bryan) Sowers and Tanya Sexton; three sons, Mike (Rikki) Plaggemeyer, Marty Plaggemeyer (girlfriend, Sandy), and Troy Plaggemeyer (girlfriend, Debbie); 17 grandchildren, Christie Lea, Joey, Jacob, Daniel, Sean (Jessy), Isaiah, Hannah, Leah, Michael, Kamille, Beth, Holly, Renee, Elaina, Lexi, and Presley; and 6 great-grandchildren, Jesse, Conner, Tyson, Bella, Aveya, and Raelynn.
Visitation will be Friday, January 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Dick, Raymond, Roger, Jimmy, and Ronnie; and two sisters, June and Doris.
A memorial has been established to the VA Hospital Veterans.


 

     
   
     

James R. "Bob" Hanson

October 3, 1918 - January 24, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm, Saturday, January 28, 2017

 

Today January 24, 2017, James Robert "Bob" Hanson, a true American hero rode off into his last sunset. His story began on the plains of South Dakota, born on the family farm in Bison to James Henry and Elsie Bertina (Knutson) on October 3, 1918. His mother taught him and his siblings in grade school. He went on to attend high school in Bison and ag school in Brookings.
He was drafted in the first round, but elected to enlist so he could pick his branch of service. Being a horseman, he chose the cavalry. He arrived in France June 9, 1944, three days after D-Day. He was injured and captured on August 4, 1944. He was held captive for 10 months, weighing only 85 pounds when he was liberated on May 8, 1945.
Upon returning to the family farm, he found and courted his leading lady, Donna Wright, a local school teacher who had many admirers. On December 9, 1946, the two snuck off to Broadus, MT, to get married, in a suit he borrowed from his brother, Leland. They completed their posse with 3 boys; Terry, Jim, and Erick (Ricky). This posse roamed all over the west, settling in such places as Broadus, Moorcroft, Recluse, Hullett, and Bison.
After retiring from the Sheriff's office in Bison, he and his leading lady set up camp in Washington State coming to the aid of his kinfolk, Erick and Kathy, as they settled their homestead. As always, Bison called to this cowboy. Upon their return, they settled in the house on Rogers street.
This cowboy never met a stranger, and has touched the lives of many people. He always had a joke or story to bring a smile to your face, and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He broke horses and blacksmithed into his 90's, teaching these trades to anyone willing to learn. This was one of his many legacies that will live on.
His last few years were spent with family in Gillette. It took a village to keep up with him.
Awaiting his arrival on the other side are his leading lady, Donna; posse members, Terry, Jim, and Erick; parents, Jim and Elsie; brothers, Bud, Leland, and Llewellyn; and sisters, Genevieve, Mildred, and Evelyn (Tootsie).
Hands left to tend the camp are daughters-in-law, Kathy and Jo; grandchildren, Sheila (Doug), Tanya (Ray), Josh (Michelle), Adam (Cas), Amber (Tim), Dawn (Brandon), Justin (Christina), Teresa (John), and Shane (Krista); 20 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017, at the Bentley Building in Bison, SD, with Pastor Brad Abelseth officiating, with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Burial with military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in his name.

 

     
   
     

Lucille Denese "Nunny" Tysdal

December 6, 1929 - January 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017

 

Nunny was born December 6, 1929, on her grandfather's ranch at White Owl, SD, to Jimmie and Ethel "Honey" (Horton) Simons. The family lived for 9 years at White Owl before moving to Marcus. They moved to Plainview where they owned and operated the Plainview Store. Nunny graduated from Faith High School in 1947.
Nunny met Clinton Tysdal at a country dance. They were married April 20, 1949, at Red Owl. They lived north of Red Owl before buying the Phillips place east of Red Owl. They leased the old Tysdal Ranch for 25 years. They retired in 1995 and moved to Sturgis. Nunny and Clinton wintered in Wickenburg, AZ, for 20 years where she made many friends and the ladies there still call their weekly get togethers after Nunny. It was often said she could have been elected Mayor of Wickenburg.
Nunny kept her coffee pot hot and usually a stop at her home meant pie and coffee or if near meal time a wholesome meal would be ready and she insisted everyone stay for the meal. Hospitality was her motto.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, the VFW Auxiliary, and the Red Owl Decksters Card Club.
Lucille Denese "Nunny" Tysdal 87. Elwood, NE, and formerly of Sturgis, died Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Elwood Care Center.
Survivors include her son, Wade (Pat) Tysdal, Johnson Lake, NE; daughter, Wendi (Jeff) Kranz, Kranzburg, SD; two sisters, Bonnie Hunt, Custer, SD, and Phoenix, AZ, and Ting (Volmer) Jensen, Sturgis and Chandler, AZ; five grandchildren, Travis (Kasey) Tysdal, Blair NE, Beth Ann, Wall, SD, Trent (Melissa) Tysdal, Sioux Falls, Kyle (Desi) Kranz, Rapid City, and Denise (Wesley) Westrum, Watertown, SD; and seven great-grandchildren, Alex, Morgan, Tripp, Brendon Clinton, Taryn, Jake, and Sydney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, Louie, John L., and Galen.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, January 27, 2017, 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 near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to St. Anthony's Catholic Church at Red Owl and the Red Owl Hall.

 

     
   
     

John Carl Zwingelberg

November 17, 1931 - January 21, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017

 

John was born November 17, 1931, in Colman, SD, to John and Anna Zwingelberg. John was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He graduated from Flandreau High School in 1949 and attended Augustana and South Dakota State College. He served in the United States Army for 2 years during the Korean War.
John started "going steady" with the love of his life, Audrey Simons, at the age of 16. John and Audrey were united in marriage on June 13, 1953, in Colman, SD. Because two people fell in love, from this union came eight children: Julie (Jeff) Westberg, Janelle (Dave) Arehart, David (Sandra) Zwingelberg, Rick (Tracy) Zwingelberg, Holly (Jeff) Ailts, Heidi (Jon) Aldren, Scott (Rhonda) Zwingelberg, and Kathi Karas; grandchildren, Bryan, Jody, Zacharius (Anna), Jamie, Ginger (Vaughn), Uriah (Erin), Aaron (Jenny), Sunshine, Luke, Amy (Tom), Audra (Thomas), Miranda, Emily (Chris), Paul, Jessica (Brandon), Benjamin (Dixie), Joshua, Karissa, Ryan (Jennifer), Kelly (Jenn), Jennifer (Brittan), Julie, Jason (Tara), Amanda, Heather, Stephen (Alicia), Timothy,(Shaunna), Cory, Brandon, and Adrian; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Rylan, Abigail, William, Dustin, Jordan, Ariel, Grace, Gavin, Stella, Dylan, Taylor, Tyson, Madalyn, Kennedi, Ireland, Kayden, Kaylee, Kylan, Rachel, Sara, James, Kate, Ella, Wyatt, Wes, Brit, Penny, Ronin, August, Johnny, Olivia, Brayton, Kaydence, Owen, Brennen, Brighton, and Cora, with two more blessings on the way.
In his early years, he taught school in the eastern part of the state, and then moved his family to the Black Hills where he spent most of his life working for Northern Hills Homes. He has been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood for 52 years, serving on the Church Council for a number of years. He served on the Library Board, City Council, the Whitewood Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of the Red Dale Camping Club and the Lions Club. John enjoyed nothing more in life than being with his family. He loved to cook, go camping, and take hunting and fishing trips. John and Audrey were fortunate in their life to do a lot of traveling. The highlight of their travels was a 50th wedding anniversary trip to Germany given to them by their children. Lefse making was one of the many family traditions that he shared with his family.
Johnny "John" Carl Zwingelberg, 85, Whitewood, passed away January 21, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Audrey; his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, two brothers, and one sister.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Zwingelberg; his son-in-law, Jeffrey Ailts; grandsons, Joshua Ailts and Paul Zwingelberg; and granddaughter, Anna Westberg.
John always said he was a blessed man, and all that matters in life is Faith and Family. "John’s greatest joy in life is leaving his legacy of one hundred and two!"
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood with Pastor David Baer officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

William Donald Williamson

February 21, 1942 - December 28, 2016

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Donald Williamson, 74, of Rapid City, passed away in the loving company of family and friends on December 28, 2016, at Hospice House of the Hills after a long battle with cancer.
William Donald Williamson was born in Sturgis, SD on February 21, 1942, to Marjorie (Holtry) and Bill Williamson, Don grew up on the family farm in Vale. Don was an all-around athlete, lettering in basketball, football, track, and wrestling at Sturgis High School.
Don’s love of flying began early when he was given a ride in a J-3 Cub as a boy. His career as a pilot included flying tankers fighting Alaskan wildfires and aerial wildlife surveys in Wyoming. He was also an excellent mechanic who worked on many different airplanes.
After retirement, flying and working on planes continued to be a joy that he shared with many friends. Time outside of the airplane hangar was often spent enjoying the family cabin in the Black Hills.
Don is survived by his daughter, Heidi Zangara (Rob), of Chapel Hill, NC; his sisters, Sharon Williamson of Warwick, NY, and Lynne Stanley of Spearfish, SD; and his grandsons, Dean and Theo, who enjoyed fishing at the cabin with Grandpa Don. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and his sister, Dianne Hildebrand of Costa Mesa, CA.
A remembrance and celebration of Don’s life will be held in the Black Hills this summer.

 

     
   
     

Kenneth George McNenny

December 10, 1935 - January 17, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 21, 2017

 

Kenneth George McNenny was born December 10, 1935, the only son to Tom and Mabel (Jorensen) McNenny. He grew up on the Homesteaded McNenny Ranch on the Belle Fourche River. Kenny attended a one room school country school from first thru eighth grade. He then was “boarded out” to attend High School in Sturgis, SD. He was the graduating class of 1954.
Being the only son of a rancher, it was inevitable that he would take over the family ranch which he did proudly. After many months of logging timber in the Black Hills to build a home, Kenny married the love of his life, Henrietta Young, on May 11, 1957. The couple had four children: Lyle Wayne, Lynn Del, Larry Allen, and Denise Doreen.
Kenny was also able to pursue a rewarding career in politics. In 1986, Kenny made a run for District 29 State Representative which he won. He started his first term in January 1987. Kenny served seven 2-year terms as a District 29 State Representative. During his time as a Representative, he served on the Health and Welfare Committee and was the Majority Whip from 1997 thru 2000. After Kenny “termed” out of the House he then went on to serve two 2-year terms as a District 29 State Senator. As a Senator, he was made Chairman of House Ag & Nature Resources Committee, Chairman of Legislative Research Committee, Chairman of Taxation, and Vice Chairman of House of State Affairs.
Aside from his government politics, Kenny was a very active member of the community. He held many offices in the Meade County Farm Bureau. He served on the Local School Board, Meade County Extension Board for three years, was a Soil Conservation Supervisor for thirteen years, Chairman of the High School Rodeo Booster Club, served on the Finance Committee for S. D. A. Conservation Districts, Director of S.D. Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and the Committees of S.D. and Meade County Stockgrowers.
Kenny was awarded the Meade County Outstanding Young Farmer in 1968. In 2007, he won the National Conservative Award, and in 2011, he was appointed to the South Dakota Ellsworth Development.
Survivors include his wife, Henrietta McNenny, Sturgis, SD; sons, Lyle McNenny, Spearfish, Lynn (D.D.) McNenny, Sturgis, and Larry McNenny, Spearfish; daughter, Denise (Mike) Johnson, Kill Devil Hills, NC; sister, Verna Greenfield, Mesa, AZ; grandchildren, Kalyn (Jacob) Harlow, Ellinwood, KS, Daine McNenny, Sturgis, Hunter Johnson, Kill Devil Hills, NC, M’Kenzi McNenny, Sturgis, Aspen Johnson, Cary, NC, and Connor McNenny, Sturgis; four great-grandsons, Landyn, Maxton and Owenn Harlow, Ellinwood KS, and Cleo Underwood, Cary, NC; one great-granddaughter, Noah Lynn Harlow, Ellinwood, KS; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Mabel McNenny; sister, Darla Huddleston; brother-in-law, Roger “Red” Huddleston; brother-in-law, Don Greenfield; nephew, Korby Greenfield; sister-in-law, Judy Schweigerdt; brother-in-law, Gerald Young; niece Kim Reeves; and sister-in-law, Shirly Young.
Visitation will be Friday, January 20th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Community Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
A memorial has been established for the Meade and Butte County (District 29) Legislative Pages and Children's Care Hospital and School of Sioux Falls.

 

     
   
     

Gail Clara Cox

July 18, 1935 - January 12, 2017

 

Service to be held:

11:30 am Thursday, January 19, 2017

 

Gail Muller was born in Rapid City, SD, on July 18, 1935, to William and Clarcie (Giles) Muller. She married William A. "Bill" Cox on August 29, 1950. Gail raised 4 children and loved having family get-togethers listening to everyone playing guitars and singing.
Gail Clara Cox, 81, Rapid City, died at home on Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Gail is survived by her sons, Bill Cox and David Cox, and one daughter, Linda Arguello, all of Rapid City; three sisters, Donna Taylor, Rapid City, Sally Brown, Rapid City, and Betty Phillis, Waterloo, IA; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Clarcie Muller; husband, William "Bill" Cox; one son, Larry Cox; grandson, Zachary Cox; great-grandson, Dory Meyers; three brothers, Robert "Bob" Muller, Don Muller, and Billy Muller; and one sister, Linda Muller.
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until service time on Thursday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Donny Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Patricia Helen Barth

November 23, 1932 - January 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Patricia was born November 23, 1932 to Palmer and Hannah (Haugen) Rustan in Brainerd, MN. Known for her tenacious will and independent spirit, Patricia persevered with grace the many challenges of life and leaves a legacy of unconditional love with her seven children and twenty six grandchildren. Patricia was an avid gardener and fastidious home-maker. She enjoyed the classics in movies and books and she was a whiz at cards. Her keen intellect and remarkable memory would have made her a formidable opponent on her favorite never-missed TV program, Jeopardy. She graced All Angels Episcopal Church in Spearfish as organist for ten years.
Patricia Barth, 84, passed away at Hospice House of the Hills on January 13, 2017.
She is survived by her children Rory (Karn) and Pamela of Sioux Falls, Toni (Greg) of Ponte Vedra Beach FL, Kirk (Jodi) of Pierre, Mark (Mary) and Mary of Rapid City.
Patricia is preceded in death by her husband, Al Barth, and her youngest child, David.
Memorial services will take place at a later date with Father Bunker Hill Officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial to Hospice House of the Hills, Rapid City SD.

 

     
   
     

Lawrence "Larry" Hoff

August 12, 1933 - January 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Larry was born in Emmeram, KS, on August 12, 1933, to Charles and Josephine Hoff. He was second youngest of 11 children. In April of 1954, he married Barbara Corcoran in Oberlin, KS. To this union, 5 children were born. The family lived in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota while Larry worked in the oil and gas industry. The couple later divorced and he married Ardell Laughlin in 1972, gaining 4 step-children. They owned and operated a bar and café in Hot Springs, SD, while married. He then lived in Salem, OR, for approximately 10 years, working as a custodian and spending time with his youngest daughter. After retirement, he returned to Kansas to help care for one of his brothers.
Lawrence “Larry” A. Hoff, 83, of Victoria, KS, passed away January 10, 2017, in Pine Haven, WY, of natural causes.
Larry is survived by: his children: James “Pat” (Lori) Mitchell of Gillette, WY; Cathy (Ed) Gorder of Rozet, WY; Debby (Barry) Fuller of Loveland, CO; Terri Mitchell (Sunny Schell) of Pine Haven, WY; his step-children: Robert (Susan) Laughlin of Rapid City, SD; Mary Ann (Ron) Palmer of Golden Valley, AZ; John (Paula) Laughlin of Rapid City, SD; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both ex-wives, all of his siblings, son Richard Hoff, step-son Ronald Hoff, granddaughter Hannah Fuller, and grandson Matthew Gradin.
Inurnment will be at a later date in Rapid City, SD.

 

     
   
     

Patricia Ann Lehnertz

January 9, 1941 - January 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Pat Lehnertz was born January 9, 1941, in Salinas, CA, to Schuyler and Vivian (Solem) Ruttmann. She later traveled and attended school abroad with her mother Vivian and stepfather, Ted Cossairt. She graduated from Rapid City High School and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She met Jack in Sioux Falls and they were married on December 2, 1961. Jack had joined the US Air Force so they relocated a few times and they spent several years overseas finally ending up at Ellsworth Air Force Base and the Black Hills. Pat later worked in retail management in various capacities.
Pat loved her animals to include her Persian cats and her Yorkies “Rufus”. She often reminisced and shared stories about her travels abroad and she enjoyed reading.
Patricia Ann Lehnertz, 76, died Tuesday, January 11, 2017, at the Sturgis Massa Long-term Care Unit where she had been a long-time resident. She often spoke fondly about the staff and considered many of them her friends.
Survivors include a son, Shawn (Christina) Lehnertz and their children Michael, Jake and Catherine, Chantilly, VA; two daughters, Kim (Mark) Lantis, and their children Wyatt, Morgan & Josh (Karin) Shoemaker and their children Trynyty, Taylor and Ava, New Underwood, SD; and Cally McKay, Sergeant Bluff, IA; a brother-in-law; three sister-in-law’s and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; half-brother; husband and one grandchild.
Christian Rosary Service will be Monday, January 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assis Catholic Church in Sturgis, with Father Kerry Prendiville officiating.
Inurnment will be Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Pearl Irene Gerbracht

October 21, 1919 - January 10, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Pearl was born October 21, 1919, to Ole and Ella (Vigdahl) Evjen in Turtle Lake, ND. She was baptized in Turtle Lake and confirmed in the Homme Lutheran Church in SD. She attended school in Turtle Lake and Underwood, ND.
In 1935, she moved to SD with her parents to her uncle’s farm south of Prairie City. She stayed home to help her parents and several neighbor ladies. In the spring of 1937 she began working for the Quaal family. She worked there for 6 years.
She met Harry Gerbracht in 1939. He left to go into military service in 1942. After he left she went to Bison and worked in the Jackson Café.
Harry returned home in November of 1945. They were married January 11, 1946. They bought a farm south of Prairie City where they farmed and raised cattle and sheep. Pearl enjoyed camping, playing cards, dancing, and sewing. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Zeona, the American Legion Auxiliary of Bison, SD, and the Hand and Hands Extension Club for 55 years. She also taught Sunday school and Bible school in Zeona. They moved to Rapid City in 2008.
Pearl Irene Gerbracht, 97, Rapid City and formerly of the Prairie City area, passed away Monday, January 10, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Harry, Rapid City; two daughters, Luella (Richard) Robinson, San Antonio, TX, and Betty (Robert) Petersen, North Platte, NE; three grandchildren, Kelly (Patrick) Smith, San Antonio, TX, Julie (Jason) Mueller, Lincoln, NE, and Jeremy Petersen, North Platte, NE; four great-grandchildren, Shelby and Dylan Smith, San Antonio, TX, and Adam and Gage Mueller, Lincoln, NE; brother-in-law, George (Margaret) Gerbracht; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Skogen and Eva Creighton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Oben, Leonard, Earl, Lloyd, and Orville Evjen; sisters, Eletha Fylling, Berneice Falck, and Freda Malloy; two sisters-in-law, Ida (Findley) Creighton and Alice Mae (Harold) Milner; and one brother-in-law, Mike Gerbracht.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 11:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zeona.

 

     
   
     

Justin Lee Plunkett

April 19, 1983 - January 8, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Friday, January 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

 

Justin Lee Plunkett, 33, died peacefully in the morning on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at his home in Whitewood, SD.
Justin “Woody” Plunkett was born April 19, 1983, in Spearfish, SD, to Clark and Glenda Plunkett. He was raised in Whitewood and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School with the Class of 2002. He later went on to work for BNSF as a track maintenance technician for the railroad.
Justin lived in Whitewood most of his life, but the railroad took him all over the country. He enjoyed traveling, and specifically to Glacier National Park.
In his spare time, Justin could be found with family and friends, camping, starting fires, or fishing the shores of the Missouri River, Orman Dam, the lakes of Custer State Park, and anywhere else he could drop a line.
A loving son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin, and always, faithful friend, Justin touched the lives of all he met.
He is survived by his father, Clark (Kayleen) Plunkett, Whitewood, SD; brother, Jeremy Nelson, Orange Vale, CA; brother, Ryan (Heather) Plunkett, Sheridan, WY; sister, Mandy Plunkett, Lead, SD; step-sister, Sheena (Brian) Cossette, Summerset, SD; step-brother, Shane (Sam) Boice, Nisland, SD; beloved nephews and nieces, Drew, Anthony, and Zachary Nelson, Molly and Morgan Plunkett, Avery Emme, and Natalie and Alex Boice; grandparents, Dean (Eileen) Strong, Spearfish, SD, Ginnie Prascher, Sturgis, SD and Darleen Plunkett, Spearfish, SD; uncles, Lonnie (Linda) Strong, Rapid City, SD, Bobby (Sandy) Strong, Sioux Falls, SD, Billy Plunkett, Sioux Falls, SD; aunts, Patrice (Manny) Fields, Cheyenne, WY, Christine (Ray) Kaiftors, Whitewood, SD, Linda (Mike) Trautman, Deadwood, SD, and Marcy (Delburn) Satterfield, Casper, WY; and several cherished cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Glenda Plunkett; aunt, Gina Engle; grandfathers, William Plunkett and Warren Prascher; and great-grandmother, Jessie Strong.
A memorial service will be held Friday, January 13, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at the Whitewood Presbyterian Church.
Memorials have been established to Whitewood AAU Wrestling or to the donor's choice.

 

     
   
     

Frank Harris Freeman

March 5, 1932 - January 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017

 

Frank Harris Freeman, 84, Sturgis, died Friday, January 6, 2017 at the VA Black Hills Health Care at Fort Meade.

Committal services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.

 

     
   
     

Hannah Beatrice Pederson

March 6, 1936 - December 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

12:30 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017

 

Hannah Beatrice Pederson was born March 6, 1936, in Sturgis, SD, to Charles and Irene (McDonald) Limbo. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1955. Hannah married Richard Hobbs on December 1, 1955, in King County, Seattle, WA.
Hannah married Olin “Pete” Pederson on January 8, 1965, and to this marriage, she instantly became Mother to three children.
Hannah was a woman with many talents. She was winner of many Debate Contests in High School. She was a lifetime member of the Rebekah Assembly of South Dakota and was honored to be President from 1985 to 1986. Hannah was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW and the American Legion Auxiliary. She worked many different jobs throughout her life which included working as a waitress and cook, as a sales person, the Jailer for the Meade County Jail, and a seamstress and shipper for Black Hills Special Services.
Her last place of residency was at Heritage Acres Apartments where she made many friends. She had a very active social life playing cards or dominoes, having coffee and lunch with all her friends, attending entertainment events, and just spending time with her friends and family.
Hannah, 80, Sturgis, died Friday, December 30, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include her step-children, Westley Pederson, Sturgis, Linda Yuill and her husband, Russell, Sturgis, and Patricia Santhanam and her husband, Suresh, New Cumberland, WV; three sisters, Delores Bachand, Sturgis, Jessie Mann and her husband, Warren, Seattle, WA, and Emma Aldren, Sturgis; and sister-in-law, Diane Limbo. She also is survived by ten grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and four brothers, Donald, Bud, Ray, and Wes.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Grace Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Alfred William Dymock, Jr.

May 26, 1926 - December 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Private Family December 29, 2016

 

Alfred was born May 26, 1926 in Phoenix, AZ to Alfred and Augustine (Deubler) Dymock, He graduated in 1944 from Grants Pass, OR. He served in the Korean War as a jet fighter pilot, flying over 100 combat missions.
Alfred W. Dymock, Jr. died peacefully December 27, 2016 at the Fort Meade Hospice.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maureen and their three children, Karine (David) Carpenter, Rapid City, SD; Blaine Dymock, Hillsboro, OR; and Douglas (Jeanette) Dymock, Boise, ID; as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A small private family prayer and communion service is being presided over by Rev. Kathleen Batchelder at the First Congregational Church on December 29, 2016.

 

     
   
     

Herbert Louis Merkel

October 28, 1922 - December 26, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, December 31, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 

Herbert Louis Merkel was born on October 28, 1922, to Jacob C. and Mathilda (Hintz) Merkel in Lowry, SD. He attended country school in Lowry and McIntosh, SD; finishing high school in Rush City, MN. He worked as a South Dakota Highway surveyor in the McIntosh area.
In 1948, he married LaVina Winters and to this union was born a son, Kurt Dwight Merkel. He moved to Seattle, WA, working a short time for Boeing Company before finding his niche in the service station business; first as an employee and later as an owner. During a service station robbery in 1965, Herb was shot. Following a 2-month recovery (and at the urging of his new love, Irene), he moved to Redmond, WA, and opened a service station of his own; most remembered for the ARCO Station at the corner of 32nd & 70th in Redmond/Kirkland, WA. On February 14, 1968, he married Irene R. Brady in Carson City, NV.
Herb and Irene moved to Rapid City, SD, living there from 1978-83. The couple owned Hallmark Card Stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. They then moved to Bismarck, ND, in 1987 and settled in Piedmont, SD in 1993. During their marriage, Herb and Irene traveled to Spain, Alaska and Hawaii. Herb loved to hunt and fish; and in later years was known for his huge vegetable garden which he happily shared with many in the Piedmont area. A proud American, he installed a flag pole and eagle statues, flying the US, South Dakota, Alaska and Washington flags.
Herbert “Herb” L. Merkel, 94, passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2016, with his “Sweetie” (wife of 49 years), Irene at his side.
Herb is survived by his wife of 49 years, Irene of Piedmont; son, Kurt D. Merkel, St. Louis, MO; grandsons, Thomas, Tyler and Tim Merkel; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, John, Brad and Bruce of Washington and Tim of Alaska; and neighbors.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Mathilda; brothers, George, Albert and Roy; and sister, Rosie.
The family will host a Remembrance Gathering on Saturday, December 31, 2016, from 3:00-5:00pm at the Piedmont American Legion (101 Pine Street). At the family’s request, there will be no burial service. Condolence cards can be sent to: 15174 Grandview Dr., Piedmont, SD 57769.

 

     
   
     

Donald Robert Kivimaki

July 19, 1934 - December 20, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Donald Robert Kivimaki was born July 19, 1934, at his grandparent's home west of Newell, SD, on Horse Creek to Lillie (Piekkola) and Nestor Kivimaki. He grew up north east of Newell in the Twilight area. He attended grade school at the Karinen School and then attended high school in Newell for two years. Due to his mother's death, he dropped out to help at home.
He was self-taught as he would read a lot. He was able to fix most anything along with all kinds of equipment through the years. In the neighborhood, he was called Dr. Don and many called for his help.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge for several years. He was also a County Commissioner for one term of four years.
He married Arvilla Viken September 18, 1955, and they lived in Rapid City where he worked for Winston Olson in landscaping until they moved south of Newell in 1956 and worked for Don Engelson at Valley Implement in Newell.
December 1957, they moved back to the home place where he and his brother and dad farmed and raised cattle and sheep. In 1960, he went into partnership with his brother, Elmer, and they ran the Kivimaki Brothers until Elmer's death in April 1988. Then he and Arvilla went in as partners and they farmed until selling the place and moving to Spearfish in 2001.
Don passed away December 20, 2016, at the David M. Dorsett Healthcare Facility in Spearfish, SD.
Survivors include his wife, Arvilla; daughter, Gail (Dale) Knutson, Vale, SD; son, Douglas, Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren, Amanda Knutson, Lubbock, TX, and Karl Knutson, Vale, SD; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents; two brothers, Elmer and Jack; two sisters, Virginia Sprouse and Leona Lewton; and an infant son preceded him in death.
Visitation will be Monday, December 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don's name to the Newell Ambulance Service.

 

     
   
     

Lori J. Koch

June 1, 1960 - December 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday December 17, 2016 Gillette, WY

 

Lori was born June 1, 1960, in Chamberlain, SD, to Coleen (Hickey) Short and Glenn Harmon. She was the third of five children. The family moved to Fort Thompson, SD, when Lori was in second grade. As a teenager, she worked at a grocery store where she loved to socialize with the locals. Everyone enjoyed working with Lori; she was outgoing, fun and friendly. Lori was also an active member of FFA and loved playing basketball. She graduated in 1978 from Chamberlain High School.
After graduation Lori moved to Belle Fourche, SD, where she worked at the Colony Truck Stop. On September 8, 1979, she married David Eixenberger in Belle Fourche. During their first year of marriage they adopted their first daughter, Jennifer Lynn, in 1980. The family lived in Colony over the next 10 years where Lori ran the Colony Truck Stop and Diner. In April of 1987, Lori and Dave welcomed their second daughter, Fayleen Marie, to their family. After a few years, the family moved to Gillette, WY, where they welcomed their third child, Derek William, in 1991. Lori loved staying home with her kids when they were little. She taught Sunday school at St. Matthews, was a girl scout leader, coached basketball, and enjoyed watching her children play sports. Lori was also amazingly creative; she loved to paint and do crafts with her friends. After staying home with her kids for several years, Lori decided to return to the workforce. She began working at the Credit Bureau where she later became the manager.
Lori and Dave divorced and then in 1998, she married Mike Couch in Gillette. During their marriage, Lori decided to become a nail tech. She opened her salon, Illusions, in Gillette. Lori loved doing nails and running the salon. Everyone that came into the salon felt welcomed. She later started doing permanent make-up tattooing and piercings as well. Lori always had her hands busy with projects. When she wasn’t working on her house laying flooring, tearing down walls, or repairing washers, she was helping others. Following Mike’s death, Lori became very competitive in throwing horse shoes. She also loved spending time with her friends and working on projects around the house with her longtime friend, Conrad Schuhrke. In 2003, Lori married Anthony Koch in Gillette. After years of renting salon space, Lori and Conrad created a salon in her home. While doing nails for over 15 years Lori established a dedicated clientele list whom became some of her greatest friends.
Lori’s greatest joys in life were her grandchildren. She had six grandkids that kept her on her toes. Lori took her grandkids whenever she could and she spoiled them rotten. They spent most of their time shopping and playing outside. Four years ago, Lori began the most courageous battle of her life. She was diagnosed with stage four laryngeal cancer. After six months of chemotherapy then radiation she was in remission. Lori went on vacation with her children and visited family with her sisters and mother. She spent a lot of time traveling visiting friends and family all over the country. Later the cancer returned; however, Lori’s strong will to survive outshined and she started a new form of treatment. She was an inspiration to everyone that knew her. No matter how poorly she felt she always put on a strong face and trusted in God. During her treatments, despite being ill, she never faltered in her faith knowing that God had a special plan for her.
In her last few days, Lori was surrounded by family and friends; her home was always busy with people coming to spend time with her and support her. On December 12, 2016, at the age of 56, Lori left to be with her heavenly father, at her home surrounded by her family….God is good, All the time.
Lori is survived by her loving children: Fayleen (Joe) Prosenick and their children, Drew, Kirsten, Alivia, and Lila; Derek (Tylin) Eixenberger and their children, Dyson and Daven all of Gillette, WY; and Jennifer Meek of Puerto Rico; her mother, Coleen Short of Piedmont, SD; her siblings, Richard (Sabrina) Harmon of Newell, SD, Myra (Bruce) Fees of Rozet, WY, Tina Hayton and fiancé, Scott Hopkins of Murray, KY, and Rebecca (Robert) Boylan of Newell, SD; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her father, Glenn Harmon; stepfather, Lloyd Short; niece, Trista Meyer; great-niece, Shyann Lenz; as well as her best friend, Conrad Schuhrke.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Gillette with Father Cliff Jackonson officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Alan Jeffers Kinney

September 23, 1941 - December 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

Alan Jeffers Kinney, 75 of Black Hawk, passed away Sunday December 11, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ft. Meade, SD.
Alan was born September 23, 1941, in Amesbury, MA, to Hermann and Ruth (Jeffers) Kinney. Alan met the love of his life, Joyce Fall, at Uncle Jack’s Dairy Corner in Newburyport, MA. On October 5, 1963, they vowed their love at the ICC church in Newburyport. Alan Joined the United States Air Force in 1962, serving until 1970 as a lineman and school instructor, as well as during the Viet Nam Conflict. Alan took what he learned in the military and began working for Southwestern Bell as a Lineman and Engineer, and a valid member of the Southwestern Bell Pioneers. He moved his family to Texas where he and Joyce raised their 3 loving children: Bridget A. Hooper (Robert), Battle Mountain, NV; Gregory C. Kinney (Mary), Lillington, NC; and Jennifer B. Kinney, Summerset, SD.
Alan loved spending time with his family as well as being out in the community. He was an Umpire for Canyon, TX, Little League for 15 years. He loved working with the kids, as he was a big kid himself, always with a mischievous smile. Alan had many talents that brought joy to his family. He loved to work with leather, making many gifts over the years and he showed his love of music by playing the organ, anything from classical music to classical rock. After retiring, Joyce and Alan spent time travelling, fulltime RVing, and enjoyed meeting new people and seeing new places. During his travels, his favorite place was working at the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, CO.
Alan was “Papa” to his four grandchildren: Brandon W. Mills, Perry, OK; Bailey Mills-Kolander, Jackson, MN; Christopher A. Kinney, Lillington, NC; and Eric G. Kinney, Lillington, NC. He is also survived by his sister’s four amazing children: Kathy, Wendy, Laurie and David; and his wife’s brother’s children, Stephanie and Michelle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermann and Ruth Kinney; one sister, Joan K. Drew; and two brothers-in-law, Michael Fall and Timothy Fall.
Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Black Hills,Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Andrzej Wyrostek officiating.Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to www.dav.org.

 

     
   
     

Jimmie Lewis Aldren, Sr.

August 1, 1932 - December 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, December 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Jimmie Lewis Aldren, Sr., 84, of Sturgis, died at his home on December 11, 2016. He was born on August 1, 1932, to Olaf and Beda Aldren in Lennox, SD.
During his early years through his graduation from Rapid City High School in 1950, Jim spent his life on the family farm in Black Hawk, SD. On August 2, 1952, Jim married June Huchendorf and, by this union, had four children. After moving to Sturgis, SD, in 1957, Jim purchased and operated the A & W Drive-In, a venture he continued for twenty-nine years afterward. It was in Sturgis that Jim met his second wife, Emma Draine, whom he married on December 22, 1986. A gifted repairman, Jim also worked as the service manager at Owens Interstate Sales for twenty years and, even after his retirement, stayed busy by helping his wife, Emma, deliver the mail. Apart from his work, Jim’s varied interests led him to pursue many diverse undertakings in his church and community. At different points throughout his life, Jim was a business owner, a deputy sheriff, a volunteer firefighter, a licensed pilot, and a city councilman. He truly was a jack of all trades.
The only quality that eclipsed Jim’s relentless work ethic was his endless devotion to family and friends. From broken washing machines to unfinished school projects, Jim was always willing to lend a helping hand in order to get a job done, and get it done right. His kind heart and gentle demeanor endeared him to many, as his graciousness became quickly evident to anyone whom he met. However, this cordial compassion did not come from a conscious effort on Jim’s part. Instead, it was natural for him, inherent in his personality, and it seemed to physically manifest itself in his rich laugh and big smile. Jim’s kindness, however, was not compensation for a weakness of spirit, because behind his amiable exterior was a man of integrity and virtue. His common sense helped him dictate right from wrong, and his strong will helped him to make the honest choice in any situation. Quite simply, Jim was the perfect example of a good man: a loving father and husband, a loyal friend, and a man of the highest personal character.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Emma; his four children, Janice (John) Simons, Jim Jr. (Margie) Aldren, Jerry Aldren, and Jon (Heidi) Aldren; his three stepchildren, Jim Draine, Randy Draine, and Denise (Steve) Shuck; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Beda Aldren; his brother, Richard Aldren; his granddaughter, Kristi Simons; his great-grandson, Christian VanHorn; and his daughter-in-law, Shari Aldren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, December 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastors Willard Olsen and Herbert Cleveland officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to Grace Lutheran Church and the Sturgis Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Harley Alvin Gray

January 10, 1947 - December 10, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Harley Gray, age 69 of Black Hawk, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.
Harley was born January 10, 1947, in rural Douglas County, Missouri, to Raymond and Lala Gray. He graduated from Norwood (MO) High School in 1964. Harley enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966. He served for 4 years at Ellsworth AFB including 5 months in Vietnam as crew chief on a B52 bomber.
Harley married Diane Schmautz on November 18, 1967. They were blessed with two children, a daughter, Lisa, in 1969 and a son, Rodney, in 1973. Upon Harley’s discharge from the Air Force, they settled in Lead, where he would spend 25 years working for the Homestake Mining Company. While living in Lead, Harley was a member of the Lead volunteer fire department and the Lead volunteer police reserve. In 1997, he went to work for Roth Trucking where he was employed for 2 years. In 1999, he went to work for Trimac Transportation in Rapid City and he and Diane moved to Black Hawk in 2000. Harley worked for Trimac until his health began to fail in August of 2016. He became an accomplished truck driver, finishing in the top 5 in the SD state truck driving competition for 4 consecutive years and earning a trip to the national competition in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2014.
In his spare time, Harley enjoyed fishing, riding his motorcycle, and working on cars and trucks, but his greatest joy, by far, was spending time with his family and friends.
Grateful for having shared his life are the family members he leaves behind: his wife of 49 years, Diane Gray of Black Hawk; his daughter, Lisa (Jim) Maciejewski of Summerset; his son, Rodney (Terri) Gray of Summerset; 4 grandchildren, Alex (Jordan) Feterl, Dylan Johnson, Jessie Gray, and Jake Gray; a great-grandson due to arrive in January 2017; one sister, Mary Gray of Springfield, MO; 2 brothers, Bill Gray of Kirbyville, MO, and Doyle Gray of Seymour, MO; as well as countless in-laws, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Steve Gray.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Karl Kroger officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Donald Herman Berger

February 17, 1936 - December 10, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016

 

Donald Herman Berger passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Sturgis SD, after a short illness. This was a surprise and brought sadness to many of his family and friends who were convinced he would outlive them all from pure German stubbornness. He would have been 81 in February.
Donald was born on February 17, 1936, in Sturgis, SD, to Fred and Elizabeth (Friehauf) Berger. He was raised on the family farm ten miles north of Whitewood, in Whitewood Valley and attended Country School via horseback near his home until High School. Don graduated from Sturgis High School and went on to work with his Dad on the farm. He always worked hard even at a young age and built his own beekeeping business and the family farm into a profitable ranch.
In June of 1971 he married Betty Rud from Gettysburg, SD. They had two children, Harold Berger and Dawn Berger who he raised to value hard work by giving them a great childhood experience of life on a farm. He had an infectious love of livestock husbandry with a special ability for cattle and poultry. He loved to hatch chicks and geese in the spring and couldn't wait for all the babies every year.
At the age of 50, life circumstances sent Don on a new adventure, moving the family into Whitewood. Don went to work for Hills Materials Company and drove delivery truck for them for the next twenty years. He loved going all over in the truck, meeting new people and seeing new parts of beautiful country.
Don loved to have good conversations with great friends, a cold beer and a lot of laughs. He liked nothing better than a good "visit". He also enjoyed seeing his three grandsons, Nolan and Orin Berger and Christopher Egerdahl, to whom he bestowed many nuggets of grandfatherly wisdom on, if they wanted it or not. In the last few years of his life, with the help of his son and grandson, he resumed beekeeping. He enjoyed teaching them what he knew from the past, learning new methods and meeting other bee keepers.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, SD, with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating followed by luncheon at the church and burial at Whitewood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Whitewood Senior Citizens.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Joseph Charron

February 2, 1957 - December 6, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Monday, December 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Thomas Joseph Charron, 59, Sturgis, SD, passed away suddenly at home on December 6, 2016.
Tom was born February 2, 1957, at Gettysburg Memorial Hospital in Gettysburg, SD, to Jack and Maurine (Miesen) Charron of Seneca, SD. He attended Seneca Grade School and graduated from Faulkton High School. His early years were filled with hunting, fishing, baseball, track, wrestling, and helping his Dad with the Texaco Bulk business.
Following graduation, Tom operated the Texaco Station in Faulkton. He then became a managing partner of Charron’s Steakhouse at Pickerel Lake, where many memories were made with friends and family. In the years following, Tom became the Food Service Manager for IBP (Tyson Foods), residing in multiple states. When his first grandchild was born, he relocated to the Black Hills area to be closer to family. Once in the Black Hills area, Tom followed his passion for the food industry by managing several restaurants and most recently, owned and operated Charron’s Catering, the best food in the Hills.
No stronger bond ever existed than there was between Tom and his daughter, Liza, who was born July 8, 1977. Tom was at his happiest while spending time camping, fishing, cooking, and watching football with Liza, Chad, Shae and Jace. Tom had a "heart of gold," which was obvious to anyone that ever had the privilege of meeting him. He was a very generous man and would give the shirt off of his back to help anyone. He was a great storyteller, host, and entertainer. He loved people, and we all knew his favorite word was "HUUUUUGE," which is how he lived his life.
Tom is survived by his mother, Maurine; his daughter, Liza and her husband, Chad Owens; grandsons, Shae and Jace; brothers, Steve (Sheila) and Dave (Bonnie); sisters, Kathy Jeffries (Ron) and Jane Bryant (Keith); and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his father, Jack; maternal grandparents, Edward and Catherine Miesen; and paternal grandparents, Wilfred and Dorothy Charron.
A memorial service will be held Monday, December 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Warren Lee Johnson

July 21, 1954 - December 5, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

 

Warren Lee Johnson, 62, of Rapid City, SD, passed away peacefully at Hospice House of Rapid City on Monday, December 5, 2016.
Warren was born July 21, 1954, in Webster, SD. Warren was raised on his family’s farm in Pierpont, SD. After graduating from Langford High School in 1973, he attended Lake Area Vocational Technical School in Watertown, SD. From 1975 – 1982, Warren worked for Kyburz Construction and Franzen Construction before going out on his own from 1982-1988 in Aberdeen.
Warren married Pam in 1977 and had a beautiful daughter, Erin, in 1979. Warren and his family lived in Aberdeen until they moved to Rapid City in 1989, where he lived and worked for the next 26 years.
In October of 1989, Warren started working full time for the wonderful company Riddles Group. He enjoyed putting his carpentry skills to use with Riddles Group until recently in 2016.
Warren and Colleen met in late 2007 and married in 2011. Warren was gifted in carpentry and spent his life enjoying building things and working on projects. He was gifted and talented and his work was amazing. Aside from work, Warren enjoyed the water. Any free moment was spent at the lake with family and friends. Warren’s favorite pastime was boating and watching off shore Power Boat races.
This world won’t be the same without him. He had an awesome sense of humor and calming effect on those around him. He will be remembered for his love of the Word and his strength in Christ. Warren enjoyed his daily walk with God over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen; his daughter, Erin Johnson-Slowey (Pete Slowey), Los Angeles, CA; one grandson, William Warren Slowey; stepchildren, Keenan Thomas (Cory Antonakos), Berkeley, CA, and Elizabeth Ericson (Dave Ericson), Monticello, MN; brother, Mark Johnson and wife, Audrey, Pierpont, SD; sisters, Jayne Johnson Tillema and husband, Mark, Simi Valley, CA, and Kristen Johnson Heuther and husband, Kevin, Simi Valley, CA; sister-in-law, Roxanne Johnson; in addition to many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, and aunts. He was a great man and will be missed very much by all his family and friends.
Warren was preceded in death by his loving brother, Scott Johnson; and his parents, Richard Daniels Johnson and Violet Louise Johnson.
A celebration of Warren's life will be held at Fountain Springs Church, 2100 N. Plaza Drive, Rapid City, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

 

     
   
     

Doris Isabel Williamson

August 30, 1923 - December 5, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016

 

Doris was born in 1923 to Albert and Ella (Linstrom) Oedekoven, in Sturgis, SD. She was raised on the family ranch near Vale, SD, attended grade school at Nine Mile School and graduated from Sturgis High School.
She married Richard Williamson in 1943 in Sturgis. They ranched near Union Center for 19 years. Due to Richard's health, they moved to Hot Springs, SD. Upon Richard's death in 1996, she moved to Sturgis.
While in Hot Springs, Doris worked at the VA Medical Center, the school lunch program, and at the Hot Springs Public Library where she served as librarian for 12 years.
Doris and Richard were instrumental in developing programs for the handicapped which included a group living facility in Hot Springs. They were involved in the Association for Retarded Citizens, charter members of the Evangelical Free Church, and volunteered at the Elderly Meals Program. Since moving to Sturgis, Doris has also volunteered at the Sturgis Hospital.
Doris Williamson, 93, formerly of Sturgis, died Monday, December 5, 2016, at Seasons Hospice House in Redwood Falls, MN.
Survivors include her four daughters, Norma (Bill) Wright, Sandra Williamson, Milaca, MN, Patricia (Dick) Salmon, Redwood Falls, MN, and Joyce (Ron) Karlsten, Mukilteo, WA; a son, Dick (Jody)Williamson, Fort Worth, TX; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Allen (Hannah) Oedekoven, Sturgis; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Richard; a daughter, Nancy; an infant son; four brothers, two sisters; and her parents along with many relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Services will be Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Aaron Munsell officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorials have been established for LifeSpring Wesleyan Church and the Service Enterprise Inc. of Redwood Falls, MN.

 

     
   
     

Helen Elaine Erion

February 15, 1923 - December 5, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016

 

Helen was born February 15, 1923, at Grand Island, NE, to Forest Loren, Sr., and Ellen (Sunberg) Huston. She had an older brother, Forest, and sister, Mildred. She was raised on a farm south of Grand Island and attended rural school in district one. She graduated from Grand Island High School in 1940.
Her father passed away six weeks before her graduation. She went to work that fall caring for a family of four.
Her mother, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew moved to Oregon and Helen went to work during the summer of 1941 for her uncle's family.
Helen married her high school sweetheart, Don Erion, April 5, 1942. They moved to Portland, OR, where she worked for the Chase Bag factory. They returned that fall to Grand Island, so Don could be near his folks, as his draft number was coming up. Don was drafted and Helen lived with his parents. They built a home in Grand Island where their four sons were born.
They moved to Minden, NE, where Helen kept books for the Yost Lumber Company where Don was manager.
They moved to Newton, KS, for a short time and then moved to Holdrege, NE. Helen did bookkeeping at the Gamble Store and then later kept books for Perry Lumber Company for seventeen years. She retired from there and a year later Don retired. In 1979, they moved to Sturgis, SD, and they built a home in the beautiful Black Hills.
Helen enjoyed raising a large garden and flowers. Helen was a member of the United Methodist Women. Don and Helen enjoyed "R V" ing for recreation and traveled to many states and Canada.
Helen E. Erion, 93, Sturgis, died Monday, December 5, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Survivors include three sons, Ron (Terry) Erion, Cozad, NE, Dan Erion, Sturgis, and Sam (Linda) Erion, Sturgis; daughter-in-law, Marge (Kermit) Erion Johnson; six grandchildren; and one stepgrandson.
Preceding her in death include her husband, Don; son, David; her parents; brother, Forest, and sister, Mildred.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to Mountain View Assisted Living in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Michael Anthony Huber

May 18, 1966 - December 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016

 

Mike was born May 18, 1966, in Denver, Co, to Ervin and Delores Huber. He graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1984, and lived in Sturgis most of his life and held various jobs in that lifetime.
Michael learned music at a young age playing the saxophone and the accordion and most recently the guitar and drums. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed just being a kid with his nieces and nephews. He would frequently help his church, friends and family in whatever task was needed.
Mike marched to the beat of his own drum and found happiness in the fantastical, the outer limits of space, music and computers.
He will be remembered for his dry humor, jokes, generosity, kindness and willing to help and be there for us all. With the passing of his father in March, he was a blessing to his mother, Delores, and will be greatly missed.
Michael Anthony Huber, age 50, was called home to our heavenly Father after a short but tedious battle with Lymphoma cancer, December 1, 2016.
He is survived by his mother, Delores “Dee” Huber; his brother, Scott (Margaret) Huber, Portland, OR; two sisters, Sonja (Dalton) Peacock, Rapid City, SD, and Melissa (Loren) Ditsch, Omaha, NE; nieces and nephews; Sarah, Noelle, Erin, Aidan, Collin and Valerie and various family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ervin Huber, grandparents, three cousins and two nieces and nephew.
We will mourn his passing and take comfort in his peace and joy with the Lord.
Visitation will be Friday, December 9, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating. Interment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Maria Angelina Parsons

November 20, 1935 - November 28, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Maria Angelina Parsons, 81, Sturgis, left on her journey to heaven, November 28, 2016, following complications from surgery.
"Angie" was born November 20, 1935, in Safford, AZ, to Pedro and Carlota Campos. She lived in Safford until moving to Tucson, AZ, to attend St. Mary's School of Nursing. In 1958, she met the man of her dreams, Airman Second Class William "Bill" Parsons. They were married and had four children: Patricia, Katherine, Robert, and Roseann.
In 1975, after Bill's retirement from the Air Force, the family moved to Sturgis, SD, and Angie began working at St. Joseph's Hospital in Deadwood. After 40 years of nursing and mentoring people in the medical field she retired, but her caring heart and teaching are still in evidence today. During her battle, several staff members she had trained and nurtured were there to care for her; making her as comfortable as possible. To these special people: Dr. Holloway, Shelia, Mary Jo, Todd, Jo Brackett, and others, "Thank you. It is a blessing to know how much she was loved by those she worked with."
Angie was devoted to God, to her family, and to her job. She will be very much missed by the many people who were touched by her loving care.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Parsons, Sturgis, SD; three children, Robert Parsons, Sturgis, SD, Katherine Parsons, Sturgis, SD, and Roseann Silvernagel, Sturgis, SD; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Parsons; and her mother, Carlota Campos.
Visitation will be on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:00 AM at St. Martin's Chapel in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Laura Ida Compton

November 22, 1916 - November 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Wednesday December 7, 2016

 

Laura was born November 22, 1916, to Fred and Ida Dachtler at the home of her grandparents, Charles and Rosena Dachtler, north of Sturgis. In spring of 1917, the family moved on the old Littlefield farm about 15 miles straight north of Sturgis near the Sam Martin place. In the spring of 1921, the family moved on another place of 320 acres on the Stinking Water Creek called the Holmdahl farm. The spring of 1924, they rented the Orean Pickering farm that joined the Holmdahl place and had good buildings where they lived for 24 years. While living on the Pickering place, Laura attended Oakdale School with her sister, Rose, and brother, Perry.
She helped milk cows and the family brought cream to the Whitewood Creamery by team and wagon. She helped with the farming by operating a variety of equipment with the teams.
Laura learned to read by reading fruit boxes at home and used her reading ability to read what books her family owned. The teacher started Laura in the 3rd grade because of her ability to read. She missed one of her early years of school due to illness. She skipped the 6th grade to join three other 7th graders and graduated from 8th grade at the age of 12. She attended Whitewood High School for two years, and she completed her last 2 years of High School in Spearfish where she was able to work for board and room.
After finishing two years at Spearfish Normal, Laura received her State Teaching Certificate and taught country elementary schools for four years at Tepee Creek School south of Marcus, Eden School north of Sturgis, Red Top School of Viewfield, and Riverside School between Nisland and Newell.
Laura met Reid Compton while teaching at Tepee Creek School where his younger sister, Hazel, was a student. They were married June 3, 1940, at her parents’ home in Whitewood Valley by Rev. C.D. Erskine. It was raining so hard that they had to use a team of horses to pull cars through the mud to the house and away after the wedding.
After working for other ranchers and leasing a ranch, Reid and Laura bought and developed their ranch, south of Marcus. They lived on the ranch from 1945 to retirement in 1990 and raised their family. From 1973 to 1990, they split their time between the ranch and their house in Sturgis.
Laura was a two time survivor of colon cancer, enduring two cancer surgeries 50 years apart. Fifty years made a huge difference in the approach to surgery.
She was a 70 year member of SD Extension Club and active in 4-H, White Owl school board, Flying Farmers and Ranchers, and taught Sunday school in Marcus and Plainview. She enjoyed playing piano and singing, sewing clothes, and baking decorative cakes.
Laura Ida Compton, age 100, died of a stroke on November 30, 2016, in Spearfish, SD.
Laura is survived by her two sons, Myron (Nadine) of Spearfish and Charles (Myra) of Bringhurst, IN; four grandchildren, Paul Compton (Janell), Susan Steiner (Ken), Nathan Compton (Greta), Michelle Booster (Scott); six great-grandchildren, Bash and Bea Footh, Maegan Steiner, Elianna Booster, MiKaylin Booster, and Anneliese Compton
She was preceded in death by her husband, L. Reid Compton, and her siblings, Rose and Perry.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 6, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Laura’s memory to First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis or American Cancer Society.


 

     
   
     

John William Jordan

June 18, 1944 - November 29, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

John William Jordan, 72, Sturgis, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
John was born June 18, 1944, in Wagner, SD, to Clifford and Mini Jordan, the youngest of seven children. Soon after John's birth, his father was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The family farm near Armor, SD, was sold, and like a scene out of the Grapes of Wrath, the family traveled in an old Model A with household goods strapped to the top to Superior, AZ. The warm and dry climate did not provide the conditions expected to improve his father's health. The family soon moved back to South Dakota where his father became a patient in the sanatorium in Custer, SD. After his father's death when John was three, the family moved to White River, SD, to be close to his mother's family, the McKees. It was in White River where John spent his formative years and became fiercely attached and loyal to his extended family. Throughout his life, his closest friends were his relatives and he never lived far from this extended family.
John was quick to stand up for himself and his family. Growing up in the 1950's he and his siblings suffered the social stigma against tuberculosis, since it was well known that his father had died of the disease. It was not uncommon for kids to taunt him and his sister, Beverly, as "TB Jordan." John was quick to protect his family's honor and had many visits with school officials for fighting. He once said that after a while the kids left him alone, not because he won every fight, but because he never backed down from one.
Though John never knew his father well, he only had faint and vague memories of his dad, he was fortunate to have a "father-like" relationship with his uncle, Jim Goff. John lived with Uncle Jim and Aunt Evelyn in California during his early years of high school in the late 1950's. With a smile, John always called this his boot camp experience, since as a young and somewhat rowdy teenager, his mother sent him to live with Uncle Jim to provide "father-like" discipline she felt he needed, which for those who remember Uncle Jim, he had no problem providing. John loved Jim and was at his side when Jim died tragically in a vehicle accident in the mid 1970's.
John was married at the age of 21 to Susanne Smithburg. Though the marriage was not destined to last, their relationship did result in three children; Aaron, Jenifer, and Karena. John loved and took pride in his children, their spouses, and his many grandchildren. Though he grew up without a father, he himself was a good father to his children. He gave them love, encouragement, discipline when necessary, and was always there to assist when they needed a helping hand.
In 1982, John married his life partner, Charlotte Peterson. This marriage extended John's family to include Char's daughter, Cheryl, and her two sons. John and Char packed a lot into a marriage that spanned 34 years. In addition to working, raising children, doting on their grandchildren, they also traveled throughout the United States on their Honda motorcycle, spent many winters living it up in Arizona, and spent several years living in California during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays selling pumpkins and Christmas trees. Char became a member of the extended family, and in addition to her own daughter, Cheryl, and her family, was a loving and caring parent to Aaron, Jenifer, and Karena, and their families.
John was never one to sit still; there was always something that needed to be done. He loved tinkering with anything that needed to be fixed. His home is scattered with finished projects, others still waiting his experienced touch. He didn't like spending more on gasoline than what was necessary; he would spend $1 driving around to find the cheapest gas that saved him 50 cents. John was not known for his great memory, one grandson once remarked about his many trips to McDonalds with Grandpa, "Why does Grandpa always forget to turn into McDonalds?" John's memory issue is most likely a byproduct of his next trait; he was a dreamer, a trait he shares with many of his relatives (like Mike and Vic Wang); he always had or was making a plan or had a "can’t lose" idea. But above all else, John was dedicated to his family; their problems became his problems. He was unselfish with his time and was always willing to lend an ear, advise, and along with Char, ensured that his siblings and cousins had access to the best medical care. They always took the time and expense to drive family members to appointments in Rochester, MN, or opened up their home if they needed a place to convalesce. John will be greatly missed and his loss opens a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled; but like the example he provided through his own trials and tribulations, we will endure and carry his example forward.
John is survived by his wife, Charlotte Jordan; son, Aaron of Sturgis, and his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, John and wife, Taylor, Andy, and Mya; daughter, Jenifer Jensen of Lance Creek, WY, her husband, Chris, and two sons, Keith Eich and Drake Jennings and his wife, Megan; daughter, Karena Carlson from Burke, VA, and her husband, Travis, and their two children, Zoe and Anders; daughter, Cheryl Salsbury of Sturgis, her partner, Brian, and son, Sean Salsbury, and his wife, Becca; sisters, Bonnie Wang of Sturgis and Beverly Rada of Boise, ID; and his many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Minnie; brothers, Clifford, Merle and Frank; sister, Betty Scull; and grandson, Ryan Waterland.
Visitation will be Friday, December 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Herbert Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood.

 

     
   
     

Ida Mae Orwick

May 22, 1929 - December 1, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Monday, December 5, 2016

 

Ida Mae was the daughter of Theodore C. and Mary (Graf) Renelt of the Twilight area and lived all her life on the family ranch. She attended a country school at Twilight (Heston School) and high school at St. Martin's Academy in Sturgis for 4 years because her father wanted her and her sister, Betty Anne, to have a religious education! She obtained a teaching certificate at Black Hills State College and taught for 3 years at country schools. She married a neighbor boy from Mud Butte, Richard Orwick, son of Christ and Kathryn Orwick, on July 9, 1950. She always loved the ranch life, working with livestock and horses, being a helpmate to her husband, and taking care of the cattle, sheep, and horses.
She enjoyed sewing and her garden but killed all houseplants. She was active member of the Western South Dakota Sheep Grower’s Auxiliary and served as president. She was treasurer of Union Township for 20 years and was on the election board for 20 years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Mud Butte.
Ida Mae Orwick, age 87, Newell, SD, passed away peacefully from cancer on Wednesday, December 1, 2016, in Spearfish, SD.
Her main interests were her family and her grandchildren. She is survived by three daughters, Joan Luft, New Orleans, LA, Mary Kathryn (Jeff) Burket, Spearfish, SD, and Marcia (Dan) Olson, Spearfish, SD; two sons, Dale (Sundae) Orwick, Winnemucca, NV, and Bob (Jennifer) Orwick on the ranch north of Newell, SD. She is also survived by her sister, Betty Anne Smeenk; her cousin, Frances Graf, Hoover, SD; ten grandchildren, Erin (Alex) Katz, New Orleans, LA, Courtney (Lucas) Buchholz, Nashville, TN, Trevor (Angela) Olson, Sundance, WY, Nick, Ryan, and Zack Olson, Spearfish, SD, Lexy and Logan Burket, Spearfish, SD, and Will and Sam Orwick, Newell, SD; four great-grandchildren, MacKenna and Jhett Olson, Sundance, WY, and John Bennett and Sloane Katz, New Orleans, LA; four step-grandchildren, Cody Shane Simons, Shannon Simons, Travis Simons, and Ashley Selgeby; and several nieces and nephews and friends in the surrounding area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Orwick on December 4, 1991; and son, Dick, age 26, on November 9, 1993, in a car accident. This changed her life. She was also preceded by her parents, Theordore C. Renelt and Mary (Graf) Renelt; two infant sisters, Marian Fay, born February 9, 1927, died March 21, 1927, and Nancy Elaine, born and died on February 27, 1938; brother-in-law, Jack Smeenk; son-in-law, John Luft; and several uncles and aunts.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary/Vigil service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 5, 2016, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell with celebrants Monsignor Michael Woster and Father James Hoerter. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Mud Butte, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell, and the Newell Ambulance Service.

 

     
   
     

Darlene Sara Ziegenbein

February 9, 1939 - November 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Darlene Sara Thomson was born February 9, 1939, in Deadwood, SD, to James and Leota Thomson. She attended school at St. Pats in Lead and began dating Bill Ziegenbein in 1954. Darlene graduated from Sturgis High School in 1957. Upon graduation, Darlene moved to Seattle, WA, and worked for The Boeing Company. She returned to the Black Hills and married the love of her life on September 28, 1958. Darlene and Bill made their home and raised their children in the Piedmont area. They established Zieg Trucking in 1960 and Darlene spent 44 years keeping the books for their business ventures. More importantly, Darlene raised their three children and created a warm and loving home for her family. In 1993, Darlene and Bill partially retired when they sold Zieg Trucking and in 2004 they fully retired after selling their farm on Red Shirt Table.
Darlene was an active member and volunteer in her catholic church. She was a longtime member of the Piedmont Sewing Circle and enjoyed helping in her children’s classrooms. Flower gardening was one of her most loved pastimes and Darlene spent every spring and summer creating a gorgeous yard. Darlene was an avid reader, enjoyed bird watching, and was always ready to play a good-natured game with family and friends.
Darlene was a wonderful and beloved mother and grandmother. She and Bill spent much of their time traveling, visiting their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Together, they toured the Black Hills by four-wheeler and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with their many cherished friends.
Darlene’s memory and inspiration is carried on by her husband, Bill Ziegenbein, Piedmont, SD; son, Zane (Conni) Ziegenbein, Sturgis, SD; daughter, Kim (Dan) Quenon, Peoria, AZ; son, Shane (Shawna) Ziegenbein, Portland, OR; granddaughters, Kyndal (Chad) Strenge, Colman, SD, Genevieve Quenon, Peoria, AZ, and Stevie Spencer, Box Elder, SD; grandsons, Jake Quenon, Peoria, AZ, and Zachary Ziegenbein, Sturgis, SD; great-grandchildren, Cody, Kaia, Kali, and Cole Strenge, Colman, SD; brother, Paul (Helen) Thomson, Sun City, AZ; sister-in-law, Joann Thomson, Rapid City, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and lifelong friends.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, James and Leota; her parents-in-law, Theron and Selma Ziegenbein; three brothers, Irvin (Helen) Thomson, Junior (Marge) Thomson, and Rodger Thomson; sister, Louise (Francis) Parsons; and sisters-in-law, Charlotte Bachand and Jeanne (Buzz) Andrews.
Visitation will be held Monday, December 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont with Father Andrzej Wyrostek officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers the family request that a memorial be given to the Piedmont Library or the Red Cloud Indian School.

 

     
   
     

James Wayne Bradley

December 15, 1932 - November 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Jim was born December 15, 1932, to Edmund and Laura (Higgins) Bradley in Springfield, SD. He is the second eldest of five children; Charles, Mary, Sharon, and Mark (Bub). Jim was raised near Marcus, SD, where he attended grade school. He graduated high school from St. Martin’s Academy in 1952. After graduation, he returned to work on the family ranch near Marcus until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1955. He attended basic training at Fort Lewis and was stationed in Japan until 1957. He then served with the SD Army National Guard until 1961 when he was honorably discharged.
Jim met the love of his life, Thelma McAmis, in 1958 and they married January 2, 1960. Together, Jim and Thelma were blessed with seven children; Janet, Lori, Brian, Pamela, Patricia, Lisa, and Bruce.
Jim was a passionate rancher from an early age. After serving his country, he returned to Hermosa, SD, where he continued to ranch with his father. During his time in Hermosa, he began working for Western Cattle Company as a ranch manager, where he then operated several ranches throughout western South Dakota. In 1974, Jim and his family moved to Sturgis where he worked for Bradley Sodding until 1979. After retirement, he kept busy lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He especially enjoyed spending time with and helping his children and grandchildren.
Our favorite memories of Dad include his daily phone calls to family and friends "just checking in." He never spoke a word without a sense of humor or teasing remark which all of us enjoyed. Family gatherings always surrounded the dinner table, which filled him with joy, love, and pride.
James Wayne Bradley, 83, Sturgis, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Fort Meade surrounded by family.
Jim is survived by his wife, Thelma of Sturgis; five daughters, Janet (Glen) Long of Enning, Lori (Dave) Kunz of Edina, MN, Pamela (Ulrich) Hollering of Ingolstadt, Germany, Patricia (Gary) Hinkle of Omaha, NE, Lisa Larsen of Spearfish, and Bruce Bradley (Tracy Davis) of Sturgis; 13 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Laura; father, Edmund; stepmother, Madge; son, Brian; grandson, Benjamin; son-in-law, Scott; and brother, Mark.
Our family would like to extend a special thank you to all those who kept us in their thoughts and prayers; and to the nursing staff at Fort Meade who provided excellent care and support to our father and family.
Rosary services will be held Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Interment will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial has been established at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Ruth Elaine Mulloy

September 22, 1928 - November 26, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, December 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Ruth Elaine Christensen was born September 22, 1928, the 2nd child of Hans Peter and June Nina Christensen in Hemingford, Nebraska. Ruth completed the Christensen family of four. She had one sister, Ellen Christensen. Six short months later, after she was born, the family moved to Berea, NE. Growing up on the family ranch in the 1930's Ruth learned, at an early age, the value of hard work. The Christensen girls were in charge of gathering the eggs from the chickens (even though she disliked it) and milking the cows.
Ruth would run away to school, so at the young age of four they decided to enroll her at the Berea School where she attended grades 1st-10th. The first two years of high school were at Berea School and then 11th-12th grade in Alliance, NE. While attending high school in Alliance, Ruth met the love of her life, Robert Mulloy. They married June 19, 1949. Together, Robert and Ruth had three children: Patricia Eileen, Robert Bruce, and Janice Claire.
After getting married, they lived on the family homestead near Alliance. They moved a few more times, before finally moving to their forever home in 1955 where they would raise their children near Elm Springs, SD. Ruth was not only a homemaker, but also worked alongside Bob on the ranch tending to the sheep, cattle, and chickens. She also served on the Election Board for 35+ years.
Ruth enjoyed many things in life including cooking, reading, gardening, canning, and her grandchildren. She always has been and always will be very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always made it a point to share with them just how proud of them she truly was, and she never missed a birthday or anniversary. Ruth was always willing to lend a hand no matter what it was. She was always just a phone call away willing to give advice on whatever it might be.
Ruth and Bob had an endless love for each other and built their love around their children, grandchildren, and their families. They loved visiting with neighbors and friends and held these relationships near to their hearts. They will forever be in ours!
Ruth, 88, Union Center, died Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Ruth is survived by one son, Bruce (Patsy) Mulloy of Union Center, SD; one daughter, Janice Mulloy of Rapid City, SD; four grandchildren, Elaine (Randy) Smith, Carol-Anne (Jade) Hlavka, Marie Mulloy, and Jaymeson Eisenbraun; three great-grandchildren, Waylon Hlavka, Rowan Smith, and Carston Smith; and one sister, Ellen Christensen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hans Peter and June Nina Christensen; her husband, Robert Mulloy; and one daughter, Patricia Mulloy.
Visitation will be Friday morning one hour prior to the service at the community center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 2, 2016, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established for the Meade County Ambulance and the Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

Joseph Mark Johengen

August 30, 1966 - November 25, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am,Tuesday, November 29, 2016

 

Joseph was born August 30, 1966, in Minneapolis, MN, to Eugene and Joan (Beer) Johengen. In December of 1987, he joined the US Air Force. Ellsworth AFB was his first and only duty post for 20 of his 21 years, with the exception of one year in Korea and various deployments around the world. Joseph retired from the Air Force in 2009. After retirement he continued to support the Air Force as a civilian contract employee at Ellsworth AFB. He liked model rockets, ham radio, fishing, east river deer hunting, repairing small engines and electronics, along with horseback trail riding.
Joseph Mark Johengen, 50, Box Elder, passed away, Friday, November 25, 2016, surrounded by his family at his home.
Joseph is survived by his mother, Joan Johengen, Hackensack, MN; one brother, James (Robin) Johengen, Eau Claire, WI; one sister, Janet Johengen, Lakewood, WA; and one niece, Jasmine Johengen and her husband, Jeff Hughes, Edwards AFB, CA.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene, and his grandparents.
A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral in Rapid City, SD. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Mark (Mac) Bell

July 13, 1936 - November 23, 2016

 

Service to be held:

1:00 pm, Monday, November 28, 2016

 

Mark "Mac" Bell was born July 13, 1936, in Dallas, SD, to Elmer and Hazel (Brumbaugh) Bell. Mark was stationed at Portsmouth AFB, New Hampshire, and served in the Korean War as an Aircraft Radio Repairman. Following his honorable discharge, he married his wife of 58 years, Priscilla Frasch from Bonesteel, SD, on November 26, 1958.
Mac retired from the Black Hills National Forest Service. He enjoyed restoring antique cars and spending time working in his wood shop.
Mac died Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at his home in Rapid City.
Survivors include, his wife Priscilla; his sister, Joy (Don) Stevenson; his sons, Timothy (Brenda) and Ricky (Dawn) Bell; his daughters, Lynn Koscielski and Pamela (Brian Cotter) Bell; his granddaughters, Lisa (Carlos) Diaz and Amanda McDaniels; his grandsons, Nicholas Koscielski, and Kade and Anthony Bell; his step-grandchildren, Megan (Zack) Brackens and Jesse Weber; his great-great-grandchildren, Hayden, Kylar, and Lillian; and his beloved nieces and nephews.
Graveside services with military honors will be held November 28, 2016, at 1:00 PM at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Reverend Herb Cleveland officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
The family of Mark Bell wishes to thank all those who have loved and supported Mac throughout the years.

 

     
   
     

Jessie Irene Strong

October 7, 1920 - November 19, 2016

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2016 at First Persbyterian Church, Sturgis

 

Jessie Irene Cress was born on October 7, 1920, in Dalzell, SD, to William and Etta Cress. Her family moved to Dalzell and began farming. Jessie went to school in Dalzell, Wasta, and New Underwood High School. Jessie was united in marriage to Robert Strong on November 13, 1937, in Buffalo, SD.
They lived near Union Center until 1955. The two then moved into Sturgis, SD, where they began a road construction company. They donated the time and equipment to help build the baseball field in Sturgis to bring in the semi pro team, the Sturgis Titans in 1961. The field remains named "Strong Field" and is home to the local high school and post teams. The two of them ran the construction company until Bob's untimely death in 1966. Jessie and Bob had 2 children, Dean Strong and Karen (Strong) Froelich.
After selling the construction company, Jessie spent the bulk of her time doting on and helping to care for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loving, giving, and inspiring woman who was always there for her family. Jessie's loving and caring manner, with a side of discipline, made her a strong influence in her grandkids and great-grandkid's lives. She tried her best to teach manners, etiquette, and proper attire to all of them. Our families are better for her.
She was a 60 year member of the Eastern Star.
Jessie Strong, 96, died peacefully in the early morning on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the Crook County nursing home.
She is survived by her son, Dean (Eileen) Strong, Spearfish, SD; her daughter, Karen (Don) Froelich, Laguna Hills, CA; brother, William (Mary) Cress, Rapid City, SD; granddaughters, Kim Page, Los Alamos, NM, and Nicole (Matt) Barlow, Sammamish, WA; grandsons, Bob (Sandy) Strong, Sioux Falls, SD, Ken (Michelle) Froelich, South Pasadena, CA, Darin (Karmon) Brickman, Kansas City, MO, and Lonnie (Linda) Strong, Rapid City, SD; 5 great-granddaughters, Jessica Engle, Mandy Plunkett, Megan Strong, Alyse Barlow, Kaleigh Strong, and Sophie Brickman; 12 great-grandsons, Jeremy, Ryan, and Justin Plunkett, Tyler and Travis Strong, Bryce and Chase Barlow, Austin and Alex Froelich, Keegan Engle, Jake and Joe Stevens, Nic Brickman, Christopher Hejde, and Brandon Page; and 6 great-great-grandkids.
Jessie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Strong; sisters, Maudeen Trask, Gertrude (Gertie) Chachula, and Opal (Babe) Lorenzo; brothers, Bud and Donald Cress; and granddaughters, Gina Engle and Glenda Plunkett.
Visitation will be Friday, November 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. Interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery on Sheridan Lake Rd., Rapid City, SD.
A memorial has been established to Strong Athletic Field.

 

     
   
     

Carol Jean Roe

November 20, 1942 - November 19, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016

 

Carol was born November 20, 1942, in Sturgis, SD, to Kennard and Hazel (Arneson) Hart. She grew up in Sturgis. Carol married James "Edsell" Roe in Sturgis in 1960.
She lived, laughed, and loved. Carol was tender with her listening ear, gracious with her giving heart, and loving with unconditional love. She did not judge others, but accepted them for who they were. She was fierce when her family was in trouble. She was herself with everyone.
Carol loved to play "In The Mood" on her piano and do leather work, which she did beautifully. She loved her roses, flower garden, and birds. Traditions meant a lot to her, and above all else, she was sassy, determined (you noticed that we did not say stubborn), giving, loving, and forgiving. She picked her battles to fight and helped others find their way. She prayed for and loved her family and friends. She fretted over her grandchildren and adored her great-grandchildren.
When Carol was blessed with her grandchildren, she said she could have skipped her kids and gone straight to her grandchildren. She said the same thing with the great-grandchildren.
Carol Jean Roe, 73, Rapid City, died Saturday, November 19, 2016, at her residence.
She is survived by her husband, James "Edsell" Roe; daughter, Sharie (Brad) Nelson; daughter, Hazel (Randy) Jackson; son, Jim (Dawn) Roe; special adopted daughter, Carmen Flockhart; sister, Gleva Stafford; brothers, Ed (Tawny) Hart and Fred Hart; thirteen grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bernie Hart; sister, Helen Blare; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Pauline and Jake Block; and two brothers-in-law, Monty Roe and Thomas Wendell Roe.
A memorial service will be held Monday, November 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Joseph "Bill" Andrews

September 20, 1927 - November 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Joseph "Bill" Andrews, 89 of Sturgis, passed away November 13, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital. He was a kind and gentle soul who had been in failing health for several weeks and was comforted by his son.
Bill was born in Lead, SD, on September 20, 1927, to Nina Leona and John Henry Andrews. He attended Lead High School and worked part-time at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Lead. He married Jean Williams in July, 1957. He worked for Homestake Mining Co. for 43 years retiring in 1989 holding the title of Master Machinist. Bill especially enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being at the cabin in Spearfish Canyon. He enjoyed walking all of their dogs.
After retirement Bill and Jean moved to Sturgis where they loved meeting new friends and volunteering for civic organizations.
Bill is survived by his son, Rodger (Becky) Andrews; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean in 2014; his two brothers, Johnny and Leo; and his two sisters, Phyllis and Gertrude.
Services for Bill and for Jean will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Tuesday November 22, 2016, at 10:00 AM with a reception to follow. Inurnment will be in the family plot at West Lead Cemetery. Father Tom Campbell will be officiating. We will carry their memory with us and miss them always.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

     
   
     

Harold Dale Jones

December 22, 1936 - November 11, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Harold Dale Jones, 79, Sturgis, died Friday, November 11, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Harold Dale Jones was born at a maternity home in Sturgis, SD, on December 22, 1936, to Darrell C. "Buster" Jones and Luberta Dow Jones. He joined an older brother, Bobby, and later his little sister, Ida Mae, joined the family. His parents ranched near Stoneville, SD. His father was also a musician, and Dale went to his first New Year's Eve dance when he was only a few days old. Dale attended country school at Stoneville, followed by two years at Nisland High School, and graduated from the School of Agriculture in Brookings.
Dale had polio as a young child and survived. He delighted in the fact that, even though his illness left him with one leg a couple inches shorter than the other, he was inducted into the US Army, and spent a long term of duty in Germany. There, he met and married Helga Seidel. With a daughter, Regine Ursula, and a son, Kenneth Dale, both born in Germany, they returned to the States, and their son, Troy Dean, was born several years later.
Dale built his own home, and he and Helga operated Helga's Home, a supervised living care facility. Dale was a five-state area coordinator for Youth for Understanding and later for International Cultural Exchange, bringing students from countries all over the world and placing them with families for a high school year. German student, Christine (Hoffer) Hamer, became one of the family, and thereafter came back to visit many times, the last time in October of this year. Patricia Rangel Pestana (Brazil), Sigrid Klasmann (Germany), and Shalimar Ramos Mujica (Venezuela) were also welcomed as temporary daughters.
Dale liked to tell that he began working at the age of fourteen as a sheepherder. He also worked for his uncle, Ray, at Dow Sanitation. After his return from Germany, he worked as a millwright in constructing Titan missile sites and for a time, he sold tractors and farm equipment out of Belle Fourche, and for Don's Implement in Sturgis. He operated a shoe and saddle repair shop in Sturgis, and then went on to develop his furnace and heating equipment business, Hometown Energy. He also liked to refer to himself as a chimney-sweep. He attended Black Hills State College, SD School of Mines and Technology, and the Rapid City School of Nursing. In the late 1970's, he discovered his true passion by training and becoming a nationally certified clinical hypnotherapist, and thereafter maintained a practice in Sturgis for the rest of his life. He also founded the Hypnotism Training Institute, and trained many students as therapists. For many years in the 1980's, he presented programs at the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship Retreats at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
Dale was a natural-born entertainer and comic. For many summers, he performed three times a week as one of the Jesus' disciples in the Black Hills Passion Play in Spearfish. He produced his stage shows over the years as a hypnotist in the local area and in several surrounding states and did private shows for family and business Christmas parties. He loved performing "The Night Before" Christmas" in costume at nursing homes and parties. In 1994, Dale bought his first wooden flute, and before long he designed, carved, and sold his own instruments. His flute went with him everywhere he went, fascinating children and adults alike, and his music comforted many a fussy baby. He visited patients in area hospitals and nursing homes and played for them and was asked to play at many weddings and funerals, including graveside rites at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Dale met Deanna Clark in 1986, and they joined their lives together for nearly thirty years. As part of their journey, they began a life-long study in the Concept Therapy educational program, attended classes here in South Dakota, and traveled many times for higher level training at the CT Institute in Boerne, TX, completing every course available. For about twenty years, beginning in 1988, they held weekly classes at their Institute, teaching Concept Therapy, meditation, self-hypnosis, and various other related self-improvement and spiritual growth topics.
In the Sturgis area, Dale served for thirty-five years on the Board of Serenity, Inc., holding various offices up to the time he died. He was a long-time member of the Olive Branch #47 AF & AM Masonic Lodge in Sturgis and was also a member of the Deadwood Scottish Rite.
On June 26, 1992, Dale and Dee were ordained at Bear Butte State Park as ministers in Universal Brotherhood. Through their ministry, the High Plains Spiritual Life Center, they performed countless weddings and other ceremonies. They attended every Spiritual Unity of the World/Gathering of Eagles event in the United States from 1995 through 2016, and help organize those held in the Black Hills area.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Deanna Clark; his daughter, Regine (Joe Mack) and grandson, Brandon Jones; his son, Kenny (Mary Sundet Jones) and grandson, Sam, and his son, Troy, and granddaughters, Codi, Celie, and Baylee; first wife, Helga Rogers (Max); brother, Bobbie Jones (Aggie) and their children; and sister, Ida Mae Rounds (Arlen) and their children; and sister-in-law, Ursula Sharp, and brother-in-law, Carl Wahl, and their children. Among his closest circle of adopted family are John and Judi Palmer of Australia, Katharina and Gerard Berthie-Donnadieu in France, Christine Hamer in Germany, Clay and Mary Ellen Uptain in Colorado, Maxine Maeder in St. Louis, MO, and Ricky Martin of Silver City, NM.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Vivien Wahl Pritchard; former fiancé, Elaine Viles; Dale and Dee's adopted daughter, Theresa Joseph; and spiritual mentors, Grover Horned Antelope and Ralph Reddfox.
It is said that in his later years, Dale found his true calling as a Dumpster-Diver Extraordinaire, and was often spotted riding one of his many scooters on the streets and byways around town in Sturgis. It is certainly true that – while he was always willing to give something away to someone who needed it, he never wanted to give up on anyone or anything, including his friends and loved ones gather here today.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Leora May Burgee

May 15, 1924 - November 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016

 

Leora May (Bierman) Burgee was born May 15, 1924, to Fred and Bertha (Jost) Bierman. Leora was born on the family homestead near Isabel, SD, and was the fourth child of six born into her family. She, along with her siblings, attended the Bloom school from the 1st grade to the 9th grade. After completing the 9th grade, Leora stayed home on the farm one school year to help with the family chores. Leora then attended 10th grade to 12th grade at Isabel High School, graduating in May 1943.
Leora met Roland “Dude” Burgee in 1945. They were married on June 27, 1950, in Isabel, SD. To this union, two children were born; Kerry Allen in 1951 and Michael Joe in 1957. When Michael was an infant, Leora and Dude moved to the Dugal place near Isabel and in 1961, Leora and Dude moved to Dupree. It was there they made their life and considered Dupree their home.
Leora began her career as a teacher in 1943. She taught at several schools including VanDusen, Bloom, McIntosh, Lantry, and Dupree. In 1985, Leora received her Master’s Degree from Northern State at the young age of 59. She then was the Dupree School Elementary Principal for three years, retiring in 1989. Leora had an extreme dedication to education, which was something she stressed to every child she encountered.
Leora loved to cook and bake. She could go into a kitchen with a handful of flour to return with the most delicious cake. Leora loved to make cakes and made cakes for every occasion and then some. She took pride in each cake she made and never made one alike. It was with great joy she made each of her children and grandchildren their yearly birthday cake and her final wedding cake was that of her granddaughters in 2003.
Leora had a steady hand and often found herself at her beloved sewing machine. She made the majority of her dresses and blouses when she taught school. She frequently made her children and grandchildren clothes as well. When each grandchild graduated from high school, Leora presented them with a quilt, hand sewn and hand quilted. Each quilt was unique to the child, and Leora would say “Millions of stitches with you in mind were carefully sewn for a quilt – one of a kind.”
Leora loved her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She enjoyed company and would always “whip something up quick.” The coffee pot was always on and as her grandchildren would leave, she would say “Thank you for coming to see your ole’ fat grandma.” Leora could recite poetry and caddy sayings that she learned as a youngster, finding something to fit each moment. Her mind was that of a steel trap and she would often awe her company by recalling times, dates, and memories of each person. A quote Leora would say and she lived by is “what we send into the lives of others will come back to our own.”
Leora was a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Merifu Extension Club, and the Dupree Senior Center. She enjoyed a good hand of cards, dominos, Wheel of Fortune, and often found herself a contestant on Jeopardy via her living room chair. Leora loved the color green, the smells of fresh cut hay and fried chicken, climbing into bed at night after the linens had been washed and hung in the sunshine, pink Dove soap, the pitter patter of rain, and a good pair of walking shoes.
After Dude’s passing in 1990, Leora remained in the Dupree area until July 2005. Following a back surgery, she was unable to return home and made her new home at Edgewood Vista in Spearfish. She resided there until November 2010, when she moved to Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Leora May (Bierman) Burgee died Sunday, November 13, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Leora is survived by her children, Kerry (Diane) Burgee of Dupree, SD, and Michael (Debbie) Burgee of Black Hawk, SD; her grandchildren, Justin Burgee and Marty Burgee of Dupree, SD, JoLynn (Dustin) Bostrom of Sturgis, SD, and Susan (Albert) Daou of Bismarck, ND, as well as her great-grandchildren, Taylor and Ty Burgee, Ryne and Owen Bostrom, and Christopher Daou. She is also survived by her brother, Ronald (Evelyn) Bierman, who reside on her parent’s original homestead near Isabel, SD; sister-in-law, Beverly Hayward, Billings MT; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives.
Leora was preceded in death by her husband, Dude; her parents, Fred and Bertha; her brother, Robert; and her sisters, Viola, Neoma, and Paula.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established to Trinity Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Juanita James

June 1, 1931 - November 12, 2016

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 

Juanita was born June 1, 1931, in Sylva, NC, to Frankie (Creasman) and James Gibbs. She moved to Washington where she completed her schooling. A very big influence in Juanita’s upbringing was her Aunt Minnie, she taught her about the Lord and to always trust his guidance. She stayed in-touch with Aunt Minnie until her own passing. She was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital and worked as a nurse’s aide until retirement. She belonged to the Church of God of Prophecy. Her work with Missions through the Church was greatly important to her. She enjoyed all needle work and baking; all of which she passed down onto her children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her ability to strike up conversations with those who needed it the most, raising her children to follow the Lord, and for always loving those around her.
Juanita Georgia “Nana” (Gibbs) James, 85, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Fred James. Together they had 6 children; Dianna (Steve) Sjomeling, Dan (Rhea) James, Todd (Cindy) James, Terry (Clareen) James, and Larry (Sherryl) James; brothers, Jim (Evelyn) Gibbs and Jack Gibbs; and sisters, Linda, Libby, and May Kay “Katie;” 11 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and son, Fred Gerald James; and brothers, Frank Gibbs and Ed “JayBird” Gibbs.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Bill Wendt officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Countryside Community Church and the Children’s Mission.

 

     
   
     

Shirley "Maxine" Marty

March 15, 1925 - November 8, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Maxine "Mac Marty was born March 15, 1925, near Dupree, SD, to Jesse and Anna (Hovland) Wells. When Maxine was a child, her family moved from South Dakota to Arkansas. She spent her youth growing up near Fifty Six, Arkansas, where she attended grade school and high school and was an outstanding athlete at both baseball and basketball. She and her sister, Helen, were all-state basketball champs with Maxine playing forward.
Shortly after moving back to South Dakota, the Wells family visited some relatives who lived south of the Marty Ranch. In what turned out to be a life shaping event, the relatives took the family to the Marty Ranch where the Wells sisters were introduced to two young men who would later become their husbands, the Marty brothers.
On November 17, 1944, Maxine Wells and William "Bill" Marty were married in Baker, MT. To this union, two children were born: William Jesse and Ruth Ann. Maxine was a ranch wife on the Marty ranch her entire married life until the passing of her beloved husband, Bill, in 2014. With changing conditions and needs, she moved to Belle Estate Senior Living in Belle Fourche.
During her lifetime on the ranch, Maxine worked tirelessly and was willing to make any personal sacrifice in support of her family and the ranching operation. Her day usually began before anyone else was up and ended long after the sun went down. She enjoyed the best of times and endured the worst of times with the same positive attitude. If there was a silver lining to be found, she would find it.
Maxine loved caring for her band of sheep, her flock of chickens, and tending her garden. She was very self-reliant and rarely had a need to go to town in the early years as she did her own canning of vegetables and meat and she made homemade jellies and jams. When the family had milk cows, she would separate the milk using the cream to make homemade cream puffs and ice cream. In addition to her household responsibilities, she was always ready to help out with the ranch work.
Her baking and cooking skills were unmatched and she was well known for making homemade pies and crusts that would melt in your mouth and cakes made from scratch. Ever the gracious hostess, she had the coffee pot on for anybody who stopped by and they could count on being served a freshly baked pie, cake, cobbler, or cookies. She had a constant smile, an easy laugh, and a fondness for conversation that made visitors feel welcome and relaxed.
Maxine had a competitive, yet friendly, spirit and found pleasure in playing cards, marbles, and checkers. She and her brother, Errol, would sometimes stay up all night playing checkers using a kerosene lantern for light, and she would usually win. Maxine excelled at any sport she participated in and was an avid bowler and golfer, winning numerous trophies in both. She also enjoyed fishing and was an excellent shot with a rifle. Animals of every type brought a joy to her heart and she was never without a dog and cat in her loving care. Even on those occasions when a wild cat might wander in, it didn’t stay wild for long as she had a special connection and devotion to animals and children.
When her children were young, she would make her outstanding potato salad, fried chicken, and all the trimmings. Then, she and Bill would take the kids to the Slim Buttes for a picnic where they had fun rolling rocks off the rim and waiting and listening for them to hit the bottom. Maxine and Bill also took them skating, sledding, fishing, snowmobiling, and climbing Sheep Mt. With Maxine’s involvement, you could always count on a wonderful and fun time.
She encouraged and worked with her two children, Jesse and Ruth Ann, in their school activities and sports throughout high school and college. Their house became a hangout for the other high school kids who were completely at ease there and knew the attention they received would probably include a good meal. She and Bill never missed an activity of their son or daughter in high school or college. In later years, Maxine demonstrated a similar love and interest in her precious granddaughter, Melissa’s activities. She would travel numerous miles to attend her track meets, and tutored and practiced softball with her in the summer months. Even when she was in her 80’s, Maxine still enjoyed playing ball with the youngsters and could surprise them with her athletic ability.
Maxine had an instinctive ability to talk to kids, listen to matters they considered important, and then offer guidance without letting them know she was giving advice. A group of children, now grown with kids of their own, remember "Aunt Mac" driving them over gravel roads to Belle Fourche to see their first movie about a boy and his dog. They cried all the way home because "Old Yeller" died. Maxine didn't tell them not to cry or that it wasn't okay to cry. She just kept talking to them and, in the end, they were okay because "Aunt Mac" made it okay. Love, patience, and understanding were the hallmarks of her character and her manner was tender and sweet. She was truly a gift to all who knew her.
Maxine was baptized, confirmed, and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Zeona, a member of the Eastern Star and Past Worthy Matron, Fairview Chapter, since 1953, VFW Auxiliary member, and a member of the Lutheran Church Women.
Shirley "Maxine" Marty, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Belle Estate Senior Living in Belle Fourche, SD.
She is survived by her son, William Jesse Marty (Mary Lee), living near Spearfish, SD; her daughter, Ruth Ann Marty-Sprague (Dale), living on a ranch NW of Mud Butte, SD; her granddaughter, Melissa Ann Marty (Todd Schick) and her great-granddaughter, Ella Mia Marty, all living near Whitewood, SD; her sister, Helen Marty, living in Spearfish, SD; and nephews and nieces, Jerry Wells, Sam Marty, Mary Lou Marty, Elizabeth "Dinky" May, Grace Blair, Tom Blair, and Doris Matz.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Errol Wells; and her husband of 69 1/2 years, Bill.
God has called home a dearly loved angel…
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastors Marcia Brennan and Randy Bradley officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Sorum and Castle Rock Fire Department and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Phillip Lee "Booge" Lemmel

November 28, 1931 - November 7, 2016

 

Service to be held:

November 14, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Booge was born November 28, 1931, at Cedar Canyon, SD, to Elmer A. and Lela Pearl (Bushong) Lemmel. He herded sheep for the McGuirers, mined copper at Butte, MT, and joined the United States Army.
Following his honorable discharge, he worked at the Homestake mine in Lead. Later, he worked for area ranchers in the Faith Country and also in Oregon and Idaho.
Booge married Kathryn "Tense" Short at Faith, SD, on June 20, 1957.
Booge worked for the City of Faith for six years. He also had his own electric business and carried mail along highway 34 for 14 years. He also trapped furs for extra income.
He always had dynamite on hand to blow up anything, from old cars to beaver dams, just to see how high and far things could fly. Booge had a very unique ability to give people nicknames and make up words that weren’t in the dictionary.
Phillip Lee "Booge" Lemmel, 84, Sturgis, died Monday, November 7, 2016, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Tense Lemmel, Sturgis; son, Tam Lemmel, Upton, WY; daughters, Sandy Lemmel and Lori (Tony Cummins) Lemmel, all of Sturgis; four grandchildren, Kelsey Gilcrease, and Shayne, Makenna, and Madisyn Lemmel; one great-grandchild, Ethan Gilcrease; brothers, Spud (Bernice) Lemmel, Mud Butte, SD, and Charlie (Jessie) Russell, Sturgis; sister, Dede Kinney, Sturgis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; sisters, Phyllis Hohenberger and Marilyn Russell; brothers, Dud and Alvin Leroy Lemmel; and his infant son, Randy Lemmel.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers the family has established a memorial to Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Donna L. Greenwaldt

October 20, 1929 - November 7, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Friday, November 11, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Donna was born October 20, 1929, in Sturgis, SD, to Theadore and Sarah (Rogers) Barden. She grew up and attended school in Sturgis. Donna married Victor "Vic" Greenwaldt in Sturgis on August 25, 1948. They lived on a farm near Nisland for a few years and later moved back to Sturgis. Donna worked as a bookkeeper with her husband at the service station he owned.
Donna was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the ELCW. She was a former member of the Extension Club, Zonta, Lions, and the Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed crafts and making puppets.
Donna L. Greenwaldt, 87, Sturgis, died Monday, November 7, 2016, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
She is survived by her son, Randy (Gail) Greenwaldt, Black Hawk, SD; daughter, Sandy (Walt) Gardner, Raymond, WA; three brothers, Elmer Barden, Spearfish, SD, Francis "Pat" Barden, Belle Fourche, SD, and Roger Barden, Aurora, CO; one sister, Dianna Loup, Whitewood, SD; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vic; and three brothers, Robert, Earl, and Frank Barden.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 11, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Willard Olsen officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Berry Unit at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.

 

     
   
     

Linda Marie Holter

March 2, 1950 - November 5, 2016

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2016

 

Linda was born March 2, 1950, at Deadwood, SD, to Earl and Eileen (DeLange) Swanson. Linda graduated from Buffalo High School May 22, 1970. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Sturgis Hospital. She then went on to work at SCI as a computer builder for many years until her health made her retire.
Linda and Aldon Holter were married October 31, 2001, in Sturgis, SD. Aldon passed away June 20, 2011.
Linda Marie Holter, 66, Rapid City, died Saturday, November 5, 2016, at David M. Dorsett Healthcare.
Linda is survived by her brother, Russell (Linda) Swanson; sister, Sharon (Wayne) Vollmer; sister-in-law, Jeannie (Jerry) Talkington; nephews, Jeremy (Trisha) Vollmer and Jamie (Karma)Vollmer; nieces, Josie Vollmer, Heather Painter, and Christina (Robert) Lutzick and their families; and aunts, Natalie DeLange, Marcella DeLange and Margaret "Micky" (George) Gibroch.
Linda was preceded in death by her husband; son, Harold, Jr.; her parents; and brother, Sam Swanson.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating.
A memorial has been established to Rapid City Regional Dialysis Unit.

 

     
   
     

Archie Edward Filley

May 19, 1939 - November 7, 2016

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

Archie Edward Filley, 77, Newcastle, WY, died, Monday, November 7, 2016, after a five-year battle with T-Cell Lymphoma. Archie passed surrounded by his family in his home. Archie was born May 19, 1939, in Gardiner, MT, and graduated from Fergus Falls, MN, High School in 1957. He attended North Dakota State University for a short time before entering the field of finance.
He is survived by his wife, Connie of Newcastle, WY; two sons, Chad (Jane), Cambridge, MN, and Reed (Rebekah), Tahoka, TX; one brother, Dennis Filley (Connie) of Spicer, MN; two sisters, Sharon Christenson of Stacy, MN, and Lana Bandli (Robert) of West Fargo, ND; five grandchildren, Trent Filley, El Paso, TX, Ty Filley, Fargo, ND, Isaiah Filley, Decorah, IA, Kinley Filley and Kennedy Filley, both of Tahoka, TX; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of ten years, Diane Kay (Chandler) Filley; his parents, Willard Filley, and Lily Filley; and brother-in-law, Arlynn Christenson.
Archie grew up on the farm, and like many others, his family didn’t have much, but they never went hungry. He always loved fried chicken just like his mother made. Archie and his brother, Dennis, often reminisced about the times they shared while growing up. His two sisters, Sharon and Lana, thought the sun rose and set on him; he was their protector. He was a great “big” brother.
Archie had many accomplishments throughout his life. He excelled in sports. His highschool football team went undefeated his junior and senior seasons, and he had a record of 33-1 during his senior wrestling season. Wrestling was the sport he both excelled in and loved.
In adulthood, Archie found the profession of finance. His 40-year career ended with the last 26 years at State Bank of West Fargo as Vice President. When asked once what would he say about his career to sum it up? Archie replied, “I did it legally. There have been some who have not.”
Archie married Kay Chandler in 1965. To that union were born Chad and Reed. Kay passed in 1975.
Archie and Connie Hedstrom married in 1977. Once again Archie had a family. As the children grew, there were many camping trips, vacations spent at the lakes in Minnesota, boating, family get-togethers and, not to forget, oh yes, horseshoe pitching. Archie was a tremendous organizer. Archie introduced and mentored many people in horseshoe over the years, some of them going on to do the same. Archie in his own right has many horseshoe accomplishments. He attended 15 World Tournaments winning many placings, and participated in too many State Tournaments to count.
People liked Archie. His dry Norwegian humor might have had something to do with that. While Archie and Connie lived in Custer, the Wrangler was the place to meet the guys in the morning. All the guys at the breakfast table became his crowd. Many stories were told across the table with Don, Al, Tom, with Misty keeping them all in line. Archie and Don Ostenson were best friends. Don was his rock taking many rides to the Cancer Center with Archie during his treatments. The group at the Custer Senior Center became his ritual morning visit. He especially loved playing pool with Frankie and the boys. He also loved the trips with the group to Hot Springs to bowl with Lisa and Archie, betting Indian tacos for the winner. After moving to Newcastle, breakfasts with Mike at Donna’s were his pleasure. Archie and Mike had a little competition with who could come up with something the other hadn’t heard before. The Newcastle Senior Center was where he finally found a pool player, Billy, who could give him a run and beat even him. Archie was so competitive and didn’t mind getting beat by Billy, but bragged how good Billy was. He loved to converse with his group of friends who included Ken and Dee. He always made sure to give Connie news briefs at the end of every day.
In his last days, Archie’s sister-in-law, Pat, packed her bags when she heard he was coming home from the hospital, and said, “I’m coming.” No one else could give him the quality care and banter with him the way she could. The two of them loved the bantering back and forth. He enjoyed his visits with Dave who would spend his lunch time just to be with Archie.
Archie had a full life. He worked hard, was an excellent provider, didn’t ask for much, never complained, and was not afraid to leave this world as he knew The Lord would not go back on His word that He would always be there for him.
We will miss you Archie Filley, but look forward to the day when you’ll organize that horseshoe tournament for everyone once again. A celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Melinda Grace Thompson

December 28, 1960 - November 3, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Melinda Grace Thompson rose to join our Lord on Thursday, November 3, 2016, and she is flying peacefully among her fellow Angels. Melinda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and enjoyed remission from the disease for almost 2 years before it returned and she eventually lost her battle with it.
Melinda had a strong love for all life, her home in the Black Hills, the Texas Coast, and Hawaii. She started life as the daughter of a doctor and an amazingly caring mother. Melinda shared their passion for love and curing of others. Melinda would often boast that her daddy is a doctor and, 'you better listen to me.' She touched many lives because she sought knowledge about health and nutrition and eagerly shared it with others; even strangers.
Melinda had so many gifts and so many talents that she touched the lives of almost every person she met. She was a bright star and followed her own ideas. She was very outgoing. She really knew how to get to know people and had many great loving friends. She was also a strong believer in prayer and had many Christian, Lakota, and Navajo prayer partners.
Melinda graduated high school in Electra, Texas, and met her husband, Scott, briefly while she attended Midwestern State University. They were reintroduced 14 years later by a friend who worked for Scott's research company as a graduate student. Scott and Melinda immediately began a fairy-tale romance novel life together that continued through her last breath. Both operated home based businesses and traveled the country frequently to meet customers. Owing to the nature of their work, they were together 24 hours a day. Scott and Melinda were literally inseparable and they never lost that "crazy about each other" love that many couples only feel during the early stages of courtship.
She enjoyed the great love of her nieces and nephews and is further survived by her husband, Scott; mother & father, Shirley & Ron; and her sisters, Deanna, Donna, and Heather. There will never be another beaming light like Melinda and she will be deeply missed. She loved every bit of God's creations and her beautiful spirit is looking down upon all that was dear to her during her time on earth. God Bless you my love.