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.

 

     
   
     

John Orlan Ruff

August 26, 1940 - April 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2018

 

John Orlan Ruff was born on the family farm in Aurora County, South Dakota, on August 26, 1940, to John Carl “Jack” Ruff and Laura Clara Henrietta (Borman) Ruff. He was baptized at the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church and attended Beulah # 12 country school where he graduated from the eighth grade. He attended Stickney High School and at the age of 17, boarded a bus in Stickney, SD, for navy boot camp.
He mustered out of the Navy at the age of 21, after a tour as a Sea-bee in Gitmo Cuba and Puerto Rico. He returned to South Dakota and entered the construction trades, becoming a member of the International Iron Workers' Union. He worked on the Big Bend Dam and major construction projects across South Dakota and the Midwest.
In the mid-seventies, he moved to Custer, SD, where he engaged in various business ventures and decided to attend the South Dakota Police Academy in Pierre. He then became a Custer County Deputy Sheriff.
In 1981, he took a job becoming South Dakota's one and only Keystone Cop. In the late 80's, he attended the National College of Business in Rapid City, and graduated with an Associate’s Degree at age 47. He spent the rest of his working years in the insurance, security, and gaming industries.
He shall be forever remembered for his love of animals, his willingness to help out those less fortunate, his admiration of his family, and his personal relationship with God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ.
John Orlan Ruff, 77, of Sturgis, died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathy (Stam) Ruff; his sister, Deone Stredde; five children, John Srstka (Cindy), James Srstka (Jennifer), Charis Straatmeyer (Ken), Jonathan Ruff (fiancée, Sammy), Jodi Aga (Kevin), and special daughter, Julie Dobesh; sixteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Laura Ruff; one brother-in-law, Fred Stredde; and a godson and nephew, Brian Stredde.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2018, at Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family has decided that memorial monies will be given to Selah Youth Program at Believers Fellowship. This is a program to help kid’s strengthen their relationship with Christ.

 

     
   
     

Kay E. Snyder

May 18, 1937 - April 22, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Kay was born in Sturgis, SD, on May 18, 1937. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1955. She earned an Associate Elementary Education Degree from Black Hills State College and taught 1 year at Igloo, SD. Kay was a substitute teacher form many years. She loved music and shared her passion for the piano by giving private lessons for 17 years. For many years, she played the organ at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Family, faith, and friends were of the utmost importance in her life.
Kay married Dean Snyder in 1958. Together, they had two children. Her son, Ken, lives on the family ranch. Her daughter, Sherroll, is an accountant and lives near Sturgis.
Kay was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends in their ranch home. Kay also loved to travel, sketching detailed itineraries of the routes and sites. She especially enjoyed including the grandchildren in the travel plans.
Kay was a self-admitted "clipper/saver" of newspaper and magazine articles! However, she was a very organized saver leaving behind numerous files of her clipped treasures. She developed hand written paper spreadsheets of ranch income and expenses before people commonly used spreadsheets. She presented workshops on organizing ranch and personal records before the popularity of computerized record keeping.
Kay loved community engagement. Her organizational skills often led to her attaining leadership roles in activities she participated in. She was active in the Sturgis United Methodist Church. Kay served as the first female lay board president of the SD United Methodist Foundation. She was proud of tracing her family tree to a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as Chapter and State Regent. Kay was an active advocate for agriculture. She was a member of South Dakota CattleWomen for over 40 years. She was SDCW president in 1991. In 2000, she was president of the American National CattleWomen. She also served as Treasurer of the American National CattleWomen Foundation. She participated in and held offices in many local/state organizations including 4-H, Meade County Farm Bureau, Toastmistress, Church Women United, Federated Women's Literary Club, Order of the Eastern Star, and Republican Women. Kay was on the Board of Directors for the Black Hills Playhouse, SD 4-H Foundation, and was a member of SDSU Agricultural Advisory Committee.
Kay was the recipient of many awards and recognitions including the SD Honored Homemaker Award at SDSU, Outstanding Farm Bureau Woman in SD, Valiant Woman Award (SD Church Women United), Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year, and Outstanding Volunteer Leader (SD General Federation Women's Club).
Kay Elizabeth (Schryvers) Snyder, an area ranch wife and homemaker, passed away April 22, 2018.
Kay is survived by her husband, Dean; her sister, Marilyn Asher; son, Ken (Ronda) Snyder; daughter, Sherroll (Howard) Scow; six grandchildren, Bailey Collins, Andrew (Tacy) Snyder, Daniel Snyder, Michael Snyder, Casey Scow, and Hannah Scow.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Len and Doris Schryvers, and her sister, Shirley, who passed away 20 years ago to the day as Kay.
Kay battled cognitive dementia for several years eventually succumbing to its ugliness. She had loving caregivers who affectionately addressed her as "Miss Kay." She was a strong person in life and very strong in death.
Hard roads lead to beautiful places. Rest in Peace, Mom…Nanny…Kay.
Visitation will be Friday, April 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Meade County 4-H Event Center Building or the United Methodist Church in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Jimmie "Jim" Dean Sigman

June 7, 1935 - April 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. April 23, 2018

 

Jim was born June 7, 1935, in a house at the base of Bear Butte, to Les and Anna (Gates) Sigman. He graduated from Sturgis in 1953.
Jim married Peggy Horton at Sturgis, SD, on September 19, 1953. The couple lived in Alzada, MT, where Jim trucked for the Bentonite Mines and Peggy taught school. They returned to the family ranch east of Sturgis in 1957 and continued to ranch, always a family affair, for nearly 61 years.
Jim thoroughly enjoyed team roping and spent many hours in the roping arena that he built for family entertainment making numerous lifetime friends. He was one of the original founders of the Head and Heels Roping Club. The arena is also used for County 4-H Horse Shows. The arena also led him “down the road” as a contestant in SDRA and NCRA Rodeos and uncountable team roping’s.
Jim’s greatest pleasure was watching and hearing about his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s rodeo and school endeavors.
Jim and Peggy enjoyed bowling on leagues and delivering Meals on Wheels.
He loved a good game of cards and played often with neighbors and friends. He and Peggy would go to Deadwood to “test their skills”.
He was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis, serving on numerous church committees.
Jim Sigman, 82, Sturgis, died Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Sturgis Regional Care Facility. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his daughters, Bekki Reinert, Wall, Teena Sigman, Sturgis; son, Bryce (Sandi) Sigman, Sturgis; five grandchildren, Casey Reinert, Cole (Jill) Reinert, Breezy (Jon) Millar, Tabitha (Jess) Harris and Cassie (Tyler) Hicks and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy; son, Rick; daughter, Teresa; brothers, Lyle and Bob; sister, Marge and parents.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Interment will be at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorial has been established to Meade County 4-H Events Center.

 

     
   
     

Joelane Elizabeth Lindberg

June 28, 1969 - April 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018

 

Joelane was born June 28, 1969, to Joel and Katheryn (Boose) Lindberg in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
Her interest were helping out and donating to numerous foundations and her passion was traveling around the world to experience as many cultures as she could.
Joelane graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor in Computer Programming in 1991. She also graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Master’s in Computer Programming.
Joelane served 21 years with the U.S. Air Force as a Captain and was honorably discharged.
She was currently working at the Department of Affairs Veterans Administration Medical Center in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Joelane Elizabeth Lindberg, 48, of Sturgis died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Department of Affairs Fort Meade Medical Center at Fort Meade, SD.
Joelane is survived by her brother, Rob (Pam) Lindberg of Fort Knox, KY.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Katheryn Lindberg.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Baer officiating. Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Arol S. Knutson

August 12, 1923 - April 12, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Friday, May 4, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Arol S. Knutson, 94, Spearfish, passed away April 12, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Arol "Bud" Knutson was born August 12, 1923, to parents, Selma and Albert, at their rural homestead in Harding County, SD. He was the oldest boy of 15 children.
Bud was baptized at The Golden Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church (built in 1921) where his uncle donated some land and his family helped build the church. His family farm is very close to where the church is located. He attended a country school and graduated High School in Hettinger, ND. He was called to service in the Army and was sent to Texas for training. Due to circumstances back home, he was called back to help his mother with the farm, as his father passed away.
Bud met Joyce Ladson (his sweetheart) at a dance and they fell in love, and were later married in Miles City, MT, on June 12, 1948. They had six children, 15 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. This June, they would have been married 70 years.
Arol "Bud" had a genuine, kind-hearted, soul. He instantly became your friend as soon as you met him. Everyone loved his generosity and warm smile. To family and friends, he was known as everyone’s "Bud" or "Buddy" hence the endearing nickname.
Bud was a true Norwegian and took great pride in his heritage. He loved eating lutefisk and Norwegian potato dumplings while telling stories of his family and their travels from the Old Country. He also loved spending time fishing and picnicking. He was extremely fond of Fried Chicken! There was always a bucket of chicken at any function where he was at.
He spent a good part of his life traveling the Western US on road trips with his wife, Joyce, to flea markets, national parks, and state parks. They loved getting in the car/van, with a map in hand, country music on the radio, a full tank of gas, and a bucket of fried chicken between them. No matter what town they found themselves in, they would always find someone selling vanilla ice cream cones, and would pull over next to a nice shady tree and remanence about the good times.
Arol "Bud" was extremely fond of country music, and he loved to play the piano and steel guitar. There are many memories of him playing country music in the house along with family. Often, his children would bring him country music tapes/CD’s to listen to. He also enjoyed science and learning about the universe, loved talking about cars, and playing Bingo and slot machines.
But most of all, Bud was true family man. He loved his wife, Joyce, and family with all his heart. Nothing meant more to him than the love of family.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, of Spearfish; 3 brothers, James, Junior, and Gary; and 3 sisters, Gayle, Mabel, and Louise. Arol "Bud" and Joyce had 6 children, Redgee, Ava, Faye, Lance (deceased), Bonnie, and Monty.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery, 20901 Pleasant Valley Dr., Sturgis, SD 57785. A reception will follow at the American Legion Post 311, 101 Pine Street, Piedmont, SD.

 

     
   
     

Leland "Sonny" Bostrom

January 1, 1939 - April 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018

 

Leland “Sonny” Bostrom, 79, died April 17, 2018, while at the nursing home in Sturgis, SD. Leland battled many years of pain, caused from a severe stroke in 2002 that left him with permanent nerve damage. With the loving care and attention provided by his wife, Dorothy, he was able to spend the majority of those years at home, enjoying time with his family. Leland is now free of his pain.
Leland was born January 1, 1939, in Sidney, MT. He proudly served 3 years in the United States Marine Corp. After the Marines, he married Dorothy, and they moved to North Dakota. Leland enjoyed fishing, playing cards, bowling, and telling a good joke. He was a very hard worker and an excellent provider for his family. He farmed for quite a few years, but eventually found work in the oilfield, where he stayed until his stroke forced him into early retirement. Leland and Dorothy moved to Sturgis in 2013. It was a huge change for them, after 50 years in North Dakota, but turned out to be a blessing. Leland was able to obtain better healthcare within the region and had loving family members nearby. Leland was a kindhearted man that cared deeply for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy; his daughters, Laurie, Terry, and Susan (John); his grandchildren, Amanda, Laurel, and Austin; his siblings, Gail, Orlon (Bobbi), Keith (Paula), and Charlotte (Bruce); and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Anna; sister, Sharon; step-son, Bob; and grandson, Adam.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating.

 

     
   
     

Lyle Aldean Delbridge

September 10, 1955 - April 13, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 Tuesday April 17, 2018

 

Lyle Aldean Delbridge was born September 10, 1955, in Sturgis to David "Ernest" and Viola Mae (Kellogg) Delbridge. He grew up on the family ranch at Howes, SD. He learned at an early age the value of hard work and a good horse. His strong work ethic stayed with him throughout his entire life.
Lyle attended first and second grades in Sturgis while his mom was staying with his older sibling during their high school days. He then attended Plainview School from third through eighth grades. He graduated with honors from Sturgis Brown High School in 1973.
Lyle worked for Sturgis Livestock Auction and Chet, Vera, and Larry Walker, before taking a job with M&M Construction in Rapid City, building fences. He continued this job until the summer of 1976.
On June 14, 1975, Lyle married his high school sweetheart, Juanita Simons. The couple resided in Rapid City until the summer of 1976 when the opportunity arose to move to his maternal grandfather's ranch. He took great pride in working the ranch that was his grandfather's homestead.
Lyle was a member of the Howes Grazing Association. He served many terms on the board of directors. Several terms he served as president of the board.
If you asked him what his greatest accomplishment was, he would tell you his family. The couple was blessed with four children; Kendra, Shane, Chet, and Kelsey.
He enjoyed watching his children grow into adulthood, spending many hours teaching them the value of a hard day's work, and developing "Bleacher Butt" at their sporting events! Most of the family vacations were going to different sporting events. If he was unable to attend, he would send them off with a smile and words of encouragement. He would watch the videos of their competitions over and over.
As the kids grew up and married, grandkids came into his life. He loved spending time with them. In short order, sporting events again became a regular occurrence. He decided that bleachers hadn't gotten any softer.
Lyle fought courageously against pancreatic cancer. He won several major battles but was unable to win the war. Lyle, 62, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 13, 2018, at his ranch near Union Center.
Lyle will be missed greatly by his family and friends. Anyone that knew him, knew he enjoyed having a good time. His smile matched his size, and his laugh could fill the entire room. God blessed us immensely with Lyle's love.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Juanita; his children and their spouses (whom he also considered his children), Kendra and Justin Hanks, New Underwood, Shane and Randi Delbridge, Sturgis, Chet and Emily Delbridge, Brookings, and Kelsey and MSgt. Willy Dominguez, Box Elder; grandchildren, Jae, Karie, and Jarren Hanks, Connor, Dillon, and Adalynn Delbridge, Clara and Ty Delbridge, Tucker Paris, and Cristian, Aziah, and Joey Dominguez; siblings, Arnold (Camille) Delbridge, Cedar Falls, IA, Sandra Cox, Jefferson, OR, Harold (Debbie) Delbridge, Phillip, Norman (Susan) Delbridge, Faith, and Paul (Debbie) Delbridge, Howes; mother and father-in-law, Vern and Rosalie Simons, Sturgis; aunt, Blanche Kellogg, Riverton, WY; uncle, Leo Harris, Little Rock, AR; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd; parents, Ernest and Viola; brother-in-law, Gary Cox; nephew, Troy Cox; nephew-in-law, Scott Sandquist; sister-in-law, Karen Delbridge; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center.
Memorials have been established to the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center and the Enning Volunteer Fire Department.

 

     
   
     

David Eugene Relf

April 2, 1954 - March 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018

 

David Eugene was born unto Tom and Bonnie Relf in Rapid City, SD, on April 2, 1954. As a little boy with boundless energy and enthusiasm, he excelled at baseball and spent every summer of his youth playing in the Pony League and Little League games. He participated in Track at North Junior High and won many medals. As a teenager, he enjoyed the car races and worked with the Pit Crew for his cousin, Bob Baumberger at the Black Hills Speedway until he enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1972. He was proud to be a sailor and serve aboard the USS Enterprise as an Administrative Specialist Clerk; and received the Vietnam Service Medal as well as the National Defense Service Medal.
He returned to Rapid City and married his high school sweetheart, Teri Allard. They built a home together and enjoyed raising their two sons, Tommy and Nick.
Dave inherited his father Tom’s artistic talents and carpentry skills and the two of them worked alongside each other for many years building houses. It was a skill they passed on to David’s sons which gave them both a great deal of pride.
Dave and Teri remained close friends and devoted parents even after their divorce and were especially active in the lives of their two little grandsons, Vander and Gage, who gave them so much joy. Dave loved being a grandpa spending time with them.
He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and always looked forward to attending the Sturgis Rally.
Dave was a proud and protective big brother to Darla Kaye and Mike and was blessed to spend the last month of his life in the loving care of his devoted mom and sister along with his family in Watertown, SD. A special time for all of them…
He will be buried at the National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD, in May, surrounded by his immediate family. We will fondly reminisce about his antics and celebrate the life of an incredible man. Above all else, we will remember his unique sense of humor. If Dave loved you, he teased you and we loved him in return for always making us laugh. He will be missed by all of us who knew him, including his sweet, Aunt Shirley, whom he shared a special bond with.
“See Ya’ Later, Dude…” was Dave’s classic goodbye.
David is survived by his two sons, Tom (Shannon) Relf and Nick Relf of Rapid City, SD; mother, Bonnie Relf, and his sister, Darla Gilman, of Watertown, SD; and brother, Dr. Michael Relf and Shawn McKenna of Raleigh, NC. He was a wonderful uncle to Dacia Oaks, Dustin Gilman, and great-uncle to Avery and Alexis Oaks of Watertown, SD.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Relf; paternal grandparents, Edward and Elsie Relf; and maternal grandparents, Dick and Della Klinetobe. His dad, beloved uncle, Lloyd, and dear cousin, Buddy, as well as many others surely greeted him with joy upon his arrival at heaven’s gate.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Kevin Douglas "KD" Paugh

February 17, 1959 - April 5, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.

 

Kevin Douglas “KD” Paugh, Sr., 59, Rapid City, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.
He was born February 17, 1959, in Box Elder, SD, to Rex and Mary Paugh. KD attended school in Oklahoma.
KD is survived by his sons, Kevin Paugh, Jr., and Leon (Brittany) Paugh both of Rapid City; best friend and mother of his children, Carolyn Paugh; two brothers; four grandchildren, Mathew, Seth, Jenny, and Tessa Paugh; and many great friends.
KD was preceded in death by his parents.
Celebration of life will be on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at Kevin Jr.’s house, 2111 Central Blvd in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Kenneth William McCollom

November 12, 1935 - March 25, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Satuday, April 7, 2018

 

Kenneth W. McCollom was the youngest of three children born to Harold V. and Gretchen (Thornburg) McCollom on November 12, 1936, between Sundance and Hullett, WY, near Sunny Divide.
This was the reason he was known to most as "Sonny." He was raised in Osage and attended school there until graduating from 8th grade. He attended high school in Newcastle, graduating in 1954.
He married Patricia Braley in 1953. They had two children, Rick and Joyce. They later divorced. He later met the love of his life, Arlene Anne Trenham of Custer, SD. They were married on June 25, 1960. To this union, they had four children; Kenneth, Jr., Rodney, a little girl, Arlene, who died at birth, and Todd.
Ken graduated from Wel-Tech Electronics School in Salt Lake City, UT, in 1963. They moved to California where he went to work for General Dynamics. In 1971, the family moved back to Osage where he went to work for Butte Resources, Petro-Lewis, and other various places.
Ken loved spending time with family and friends telling jokes and playing cards. He enjoyed fly fishing, camping, hunting, and gardening.
Ken passed on Sunday March 25, 2018, at Weston County Health Services in Newcastle, WY.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Arlene of Newcastle; his children, Rick (Linda) of LA, Joyce Hall of Cheyenne, WY, Kenneth of MO, Rodney of Newcastle, and Todd (Lynette) McCollom of NV; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Arlene; and two sisters, Eleanor (Tom) Beale and Phyllis (John) Reynolds.
A memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Newcastle Senior Center.

 

     
   
     

Junior Lee Colvin

October 19, 1925 - April 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 

Junior Lee Colvin was born October 19, 1925, to Robert and Florence Colvin in Brûlé County, South Dakota. Junior was married to Elizabeth June January 2, 1948.
Junior Lee, 92, Lead, died April 4, 2018, at the David M. Dorsett Nursing Facility in Spearfish, SD.
Survivors include three children, Diana (Tom) Regan, Lead, SD, Nancy (Chuck) Gruba, Piedmont, SD, and Monty (Debbie) Colvin, Vermillion, SD; five grandchildren, Michelle Feiszli, Jay Gruba, Serena Colvin, Jennifer Hamilton, and Ryan Gruba ; ten great-grandchildren; longtime companion, Shirley Busk; and best friend, Dale Burrer.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, June; his parents; brothers, Mike Colvin and Bun Colvin; and sisters, Loretta Crawford and Betty Harper.
Funeral services will be conducted at Kinkade Funeral Chapel at 1235 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, SD, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. Father Tom Campbell will officiate. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the continued support of the Bridgewater Cemetery in Bridgewater, SD, where many of the Colvin family is buried.

 

     
   
     

Blas Nick Skvicalo

April 26, 1928 - April 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2018

 

Blas N. Skvicalo was born in Lead, SD, to Blas and Helen Skvicalo on April 26, 1928. After graduation from Lead High School in 1946, Blas continued his 52 year career in the dairy business with Brown Swiss Milk Co., eventually retiring from Gillette Dairy in 1994. In these years, Blas married his wife, Lois Huddleston of Sturgis on November 23, 1953. Not long after their marriage, Blas joined the United States Army and proudly served for three years alongside his brother, Peter. Blas was a Quartermaster, serving in the Commissary at Fort Bliss, TX, for his three year tenure.
Blas enjoyed his retirement with Lois and their family on his ranch 10 miles south of Lead. His time was best spent sharing stories with his children, grandchildren, and their families. Blas enjoyed entertaining everyone with a wide variety of songs and his magnificent singing abilities. Blas was a devout Catholic, attending mass regularly until his passing.
Blas N. Skvicalo, 89, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at his homestead. He will be greatly missed by his surviving family and friends.
Blas is survived by his wife, Lois Skvicalo of Lead; his sons, John (Cathy) Skvicalo of Lead, George (Shelly) Skvicalo of Savage, MN, and Mark (Tami) Skvicalo of Lead; his daughter, Mary (John) McNeary of Minneapolis, MN; seven grandsons; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.
Blas was preceded in death by his father, Blas; his mother, Helen; brother, Peter; sister, Nickie; and infant brother, Blas.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lead with a Rosary and Christian wake service for Blas beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lead at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018, with Father Leo Hausmann officiating. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery south of Lead on Rochford Road.
A memorial has been established to the St. Patrick's Church.

 

     
   
     

John M. Reed

September 18, 1937 - January 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018

 

John was born on September 18, 1937, in Gary, IN, to Vance and Madeline Reed. He grew up in IN and was an alumnus of Indiana University, where he majored in Chemistry before entering the Air Force in 1961.
John began his Air Force career at Harlingen, TX. After completing Undergraduate Navigator Training, he was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB, NY, flying KC-97s. He participated in the Cuban Crisis securing planes safely in Greenland. Flying KC-135s, he was stationed at March AFB, CA, traveling to Thailand and Okinawa where he flew in and around Vietnam providing air refueling support for aircraft flying missions over North Vietnam. In 1972, he was stationed at DaNang AB in Vietnam where he flew “Gooney Birds”, the EC-47, on reconnaissance missions.
He was stationed at RAF Mildenhall, UK in the 10th ACCS flying EC-135s. Before returning to the states, he was Chief of the Command Post at Mildenhall where they tracked all US flights that took off from every command in Europe. He was the navigator on Standard/Evaluation at each AFB where he was stationed, and he particularly enjoyed supporting and educating new navigators to the squadrons. His navigational skills were unprecedented and praised by generals, pilots, navigators and others which earned him the nickname of “Magellan.” He loved statistics and noted how many sorties and air refueling missions he had flown and even how much fuel he had transferred in his career. He retired from the Air Force in 1989 after serving in the 4th ACCS at Ellsworth AFB, SD.
Retired Lt. Colonel John Morgan Reed passed away on January 28, 2018, at the age of 80.
Described as “quietly proud,” John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Biff; his daughter, Shawn; his son-in-law, Steve; his sisters, Janet and Sandy; his grandchildren, McKenzie and Will; and countless caring family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. Military honors will be by the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard.

 

     
   
     

Donald Earl Simmons

October 5, 1961 - March 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018

 


Donald Earl Simmons, 57, Rapid City, passed away March 26, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was born October 5, 1961, in Rapid City, SD, to Donald L. and Alta R. (Jensen) Simmons. Donald attended White Eagle School and Douglas school system.
Donald is survived by his father, Donald L. Simmons; a brother; sisters; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Alta R. Simmons.
Celebration of life will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the First Church Of God, 706 East Monroe Street in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Robert William "Bill" Bausch

February 22, 1957 - March 27, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018

 

Robert William “Bill” Bausch was born on February 22, 1957, in Rapid City, SD, to William and Roberta (Freeman) Bausch. He died on March 27, 2018, in Sturgis, SD.
Bill grew up in Sturgis where he spent his school years. He later moved to Hill City where he married Hill Smith and had a son, Joshua. They divorced and he moved to Rapid City. He met Cathy Coates and they had a daughter, Amanda.
He worked in a mica mine in Keystone for a few years and then worked at Ellsworth Air Force Base as a telephone operator. When he became disabled he moved back to Sturgis.
He loved driving his motorcycle or riding in a 4-wheel drive with friends and family through the Black Hills where he would search for signs of old railroads. He was interested in the railroad history and did a lot of research on them.
Bill was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Association of Recovering Motorcyclists where his nickname was “Smutley” and was proud of being clean and sober for 16 years. He found Jesus at that time and was at peace with God when he passed.
Bill’s last wish was for all of us to get along together and love one another. His last night on earth, he dreamed he was playing a game of Asteroids with Jesus and Jesus won. He said he was going to ride a trike to heaven where he was going to meet Jaden and Jesus.
He is survived by his children, Amanda Cates of St. Louis, MO, Joshua Bausch of Sioux Falls, SD, and grandchildren; mother, Roberta Freeman, Sturgis; sisters, Linda Newland of Sturgis and Kay (Dale) Grant of Vale; brother, Larry (Roxanna) Bausch recently of Rapid City formerly of Lead; many nieces and nephews; and best friends, Angela and Steve McDonnell, Steve and Brian.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Bausch; his step-father, Clifford Freeman; his grandparents, Ben (Florence) Bauer and Herman (Irene) Bausch; and nephews, Jaden Paklin and Deven Meyers.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. A private family inurnment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.
A special thank you goes to Bruce Berger, a cousin, and Angel McDonnell, for sharing with us their love and memories of Bill during the service.

 

     
   
     

Marjorie L.Tivis

May 14, 1922 - March 29, 2018

 

Service to be held:

April 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Marge was born May 14, 1922, to Peter and Jeannette (Peterson) Larson in Ralph, SD. She attended Black Hills State Teacher's College and received her state teaching certificate. She met George Tivis in college and they were married June 25, 1941, at Broadus, MT. The couple taught school for a short period of time.
She and George had four children: Margie Gaye (Butch) Tysdal, Adelle Rae (Roger) Erickson, Jeffrey George Tivis, deceased, and Layne Charles (Sandi) Tivis.
In 1946, they purchased the Wall Café and Badlands Bar in Wall, SD. From 1955 to 1975, they owned and operated the Silver Dollar Bar in Bowman, ND, after which they moved to the family ranch near Opal, SD. During their ranching days, they also owned and operated Granny's Café in Faith, SD.
Marge would light up a room with her infectious laugh and witty personality. Anyone that met her was a friend for life. She would never turn down a friendly game of cards or a board game. Anyone that knew Marge, in her later years, knew that she was a devoted Minnesota Twin's fan and ironically her passing occurred on the Twin’s first game of the 2018 season.
Marjorie L. "Marge" Tivis, 95 of Bowman, ND, died Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Southwest Healthcare Services Long Term Care facility in Bowman.
She leaves to mourn her children, thirteen grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jeffrey; her husband; three sisters; and three brothers.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery.
In fulfilling Marge's wish, a memorial has been established to the South Dakota Make a Wish Chapter.

 

     
   
     

John Thomas Vancas

January 5, 1954 - March 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

John Thomas Vancas was born January 5, 1954, to Francis and Muriel Vancas in Deadwood. John was the youngest of four and grew up in Deadwood with siblings, David, Mark, and Carol.
John enlisted in the US Army in 1971 and served until 1975.
In October of 1974, John met his wife, Joette Rae Burrer. They were married August 5, 1975. To this union, they welcomed three children: Tracy, Stacy, and Mark. John worked at Homestake Mine in Deadwood until they closed their doors in 1998. After that, he went to driving truck; a job that he enjoyed very much. After years of hard work, John retired in 2017. In his free time, John enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, throwing horseshoes, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.
John, 64, Whitewood, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, March 26, 2018, at Lead Deadwood Regional Hospital.
John is survived by his wife, Joette Vancas, Whitewood; children, Tracy Silvernail, Belle Fourche, Mark Vancas, Nisland, and Stacy (Bub) Harrison, Fruitdale; sister, Carol Papka, Dahlonega, GA; brother, David (Florence) Vancas; grandchildren, Shelby (Tanner) Hughes, Whitewood, Anthony Melbye, Spearfish, Mercedes Harrison, Belle Fourche, and Trevor Harrison, Fruitdale.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Muriel Vancas; brother, Mark Vancas; and great-granddaughter, Tynslee Faye Hughes.
Visitation will be Friday, March 30, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood.

 

     
   
     

James Wesley Whetsell, Sr.

August 30, 1937 - March 24, 2018

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

Jim was born August 30, 1937, in the Whetsell Settlement in Preston County, WV. After finishing high school, Jim joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Merced, CA. He served honorably for 4 years.
His passion in life was farming. He resided near Stockton, CA, for many years where he farmed and worked the land. He then moved to Culpeper, VA, to be near his brothers for several years, eventually returning to Brentwood, CA, to live with his daughter. Jim loved to come to Newcastle, WY, to spend the summers with his son and his family.
Jim was a very kind and gentle man and will leave a lasting impression on his family and his friends, near and far. He will be missed.
James "Jim" Wesley Whetsell, Sr., 80, of Newcastle, WY, passed away, March 24, 2018, at the Weston County Manor, surrounded by his family after losing his battle to cancer.
Jim leaves behind his son, James Whetsell, Jr. (Julie) of Newcastle, WY; his daughter, Victoria Ratcliffe of Brentwood, CA; his five grandchildren, Travis Schmollinger of Brentwood, CA, Holly Rogers (Blake) of Perry, GA, Jacob Ratcliffe, of Virginia Beach, VA, Tracey Whetsell of Gillette, WY, and Danielle Levers, (Jonathan) of Brentwood, CA. He was blessed with 8 great-grandchildren, Riley Schmollinger of Brentwood, CA, Ava Ratcliffe of Virginia Beach, VA, Robert and Karsen Rogers of Perry, GA, and Landon, Lacey, Lexi, and Lucas Levers, all of Brentwood, CA. Jim also leaves behind his brother, John Whetsell of Culpeper, VA; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Thelma (Waugerman) Whetsell; his brother, Carl; and sisters, Pearl and Inez.
A private memorial will be held at a later date in Kingwood, WV.

 

     
   
     

Tamara "Tami" Nacey

November 13, 1957 - March 23, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 pm Saturday, March 31, 2018

 

Tami was born November 13, 1957, in Rapid City to George and Charlotte (Engle) Carter. She was a simple and sentimental person. Tami loved springtime, listening to the birds sing, playing jokes on family, and having family play jokes on her. She was a wonderful listener, never judging and never complaining. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed.
Tamara “Tami” Carter Nacey, 60, Sturgis, died Friday, March 23, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Tami is survived by her children, Nicole Nacey, Kerri Nacey, and Adrienne Nacey; and her grandchildren, Drew Nelson, Kennedi Nacey, Ireland Nacey, Skyler Bryant, Jace Johnson, and Gavin Nacey; mother, Charlotte Carter, two sisters; Deborah Snook, and Sharla Price.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Carter; and many special friends throughout the years.
A celebration of her life will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Sturgis Veteran’s Club, 868 Main Street in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Charles "Charlie" Yuill

September 26, 1928 - March 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018

 

Charles “Charlie” Raymond Yuill was born September 26, 1928, in Rapid City to William A. Yuill, Sr. and Hazel (Hasselstrom) Yuill. Charlie was raised on the family farm northwest of Newell. He attended Horse Creek School and Newell High School. Charlie received a high school diploma from SDSU School of Ag in 1948.
Charlie served in the Army from 1951-1953 and was trained in the Signal Corp. While in the Army, he bought a car for his family so they would have reliable transportation. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a lineman for the Horse Creek Telephone Company.
Charlie raised sheep, cattle, corn, and alfalfa on the family farm while battling grasshoppers, hail, drought, mosquitos, irrigation mud, and blizzards for over 50 years. He was always willing to help a neighbor in need. Charlie was looking forward to the family farm turning 100 years old in 2019.
Charlie served as the president of Thrivent Northern Hills Chapter. He also served on the Butte-Meade Water District for 30 years as well as serving several terms on the council of First Lutheran Church. He drove a bus route for the Newell School District. Charlie was a devoted son, brother, uncle, and community member.
After a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis, Charles Raymond Yuill, 89, Newell, died Monday, March 26, 2018, at Regional Health Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Charlie is survived by his sister, Patricia Lee; nieces, Karla Burke (Jeff) and Tami Yuill; nephews, Joel Yuill (Shawna), Sean Yuill, and Brendan Yuill; great-nephews, Jeremy Yuill, Dan Gosnell, Tory Gosnell, Coltan Burke, and Quinn Burke; great-nieces, Madison Yuill and Rachel Chudy; and sister-in-law, Barbara Yuill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William A. Yuill, Jr.
A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2018, at St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Willard Olsen and Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Inurnment of ashes will be at a later date at Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Lutherans Outdoors or Lutheran Social Services.

 

     
   
     

Melvin Sven Tammi

May 5, 1938 - March 24, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Melvin was born in Lead, SD, on May 5, 1938, to Sven and Lilly (Ahoe) Tammi and was the youngest of three brothers and two sisters. He attended Lead High School and graduated in 1965. He took over the family ranch which he worked his entire life until the very end.
In 1978, he married Claudette Cheney at the First Lutheran Church in Lead. Together they had two daughters, Colleen and Erin. Melvin spent his entire life devoted to his family and the ranch. He was well known for his expertise and was often relied on by neighbors when it came to ranching. He was a hardworking man that always put the needs of others before his own. He was a dedicated and loving father and provider. He loved his daughters with all is heart and was able to give them a wonderful childhood. He always used to say, “You are only young once.” Melvin was a gentle man and touched all those that were blessed to know him. He always had a smile for everyone and a twinkle in his eyes. Both people and animals gravitated towards him, and he had a wonderful sense of humor. There was never a dog that he owned that wasn’t his shadow.
Melvin loved to watch sports and was especially fond of the New York Yankees. In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting with his brothers. He also enjoyed history a great deal. Melvin had an amazing ability to recall dates and events, even on his wife’s side of the family. In his later years, he enjoyed trips taken with Claudette and her cousin Charlie. They took turns each year picking their destinations.
Melvin Sven Tammi, 79, of Deadwood, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Lead Deadwood Regional Hospital.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Claudette; daughters, Colleen Casavan and Erin Tammi; grand-daughter, Evelyn Tammi; brother, Leo; sister, Lillian; and several nieces and nephews and their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Karinen; and twin brothers, Clarence and Howard.
Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Roubaix Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Angus "Gus" Forbes

February 18, 2006 - March 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 am Tuesday, March 27, 2018

 

Angus LaRue Forbes was born on February 18, 2006. He was put into the loving arms of James and Teresa to complete our family by joining his two siblings Nicolis and Lilly. His amazing life as a little boy was all about fishing, playing hard, swimming at the lake, and quietly resting in the lap of a family member reading a book. As he grew up, he added football and basketball to his list of passions. His first touchdown, sack, and three-point shot were proud moments and a fun part of the ups and downs of playing sports. Early on he became known to all as “Gus the Bus” Forbes for his strength and aggressiveness. His short life was filled with love and passion for his friends and family, making everyone laugh with his quick sense of humor. He was a skier, snowboarder, fisherman, dancer, singer, football and basketball player, lover of lake time and quiet time snuggled up with mom and dad. Not a day went by when he didn’t tell someone he loved them. Today he is with God in Heaven and lives forever in our hearts and in all the beauty on earth.
Gus is survived by parents Teresa and James, brother Nicolis (Kaiya), sister Lilly, grandmothers Denise LaRue and Janice Forbes, aunts Janalee Sexton and Carole (Joel) Skalsky, honorary uncle John (Carolyn Johnson) Teigen, and many great aunt, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by Maury LaRue (grandfather) and Chaplain Jim Forbes (grandfather)
Visitation will be Monday, March 26, 2018 from 4:00 until 6:00 pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel Funeral Chapel.
A funeral Service will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:00 am, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will be at Bear Butte Cemetery Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Memorials can be made to, Pioneer and Rimrock Camp, and Sturgis Youth Athletics

 

     
   
     

Guy Tillett

December 6, 1935 - March 20, 2018

 

Service to be held:

March 26, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.

 

Guy Tillett was born in Indiana and graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Biological Science and Indiana University with Master’s Degree in Teaching Biology. This was interrupted by two years of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, FL, and Kingsville, TX.
Guy was an educator, teaching life sciences for 10 years in the secondary schools in Indiana and advancing to the collegiate level in 1967 as a part-time faculty member for National College of Business what was to become National American University. In 1969, he relocated to the Black Hills, continuing on to a full-time faculty position in 1970 and later named the Dean of Students.
For 49 years, Guy Tillett dedicated himself and his work to the success of students at National American University. The longest employed staff member at NAU, he played an active role in the evolution of the university as it currently exists. He authored a book on NAU history titled Milestones, The 70-year progression of National American University. In honor of his dedicated service to NAU, Guy was presented with an honorary doctorate degree in 2015. Most recently he served as one of the Directors for the NAU Foundation.
As wildlife enthusiast, photographer, author and artist, Guy guided wild turkey hunters from all over the USA for more than 30 years. He maintained active membership in several wildlife organizations. His photographs have been used on magazine covers and in article illustrations nationally as well as by The State of South Dakota. He authored books on North American wild sheep and Black Hills birds.
Guy presented several wildlife video programs for youth and adult groups at various venues in Rapid City and Black Hills area.
Guy, 82, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Guy is survived by spouse, Kathy; daughter, Lisa; son, Mark; and grandchildren, Lindsey, Trevor, Lauren, and Trent; brothers-in-law, John (Steph) Prascher, Craig (Carla) Prascher, and Dan (Mary) Prascher; and nephews, Will, Brian, Chris, Scott, and Matthew; and niece, Katie.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Guy Tillett Maverick Scholarship fund at NAU, or to a charity of your choice.

 

     
   
     

William J. Landon

June 23, 1939 - March 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Friday, March 30, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Bill lived an interesting and varied life. He was born in a small town in rural South Dakota, attended a country school along with his five brothers and two sisters, and later moved to the Yankton area.
When his parents died, he moved to the Mitchell area to live with family members. As soon as possible, he joined the Marine Corp and served two tours of duty. Much of his 2nd tour was in the Middle East doing intelligence work. His passion was for the intelligence field and he held many positions related to that field. He attended law school, studied criminology, police science and forensic science among others. Bill enjoyed learning and new hobbies until the end. He was interested in drafting and architecture, fencing, art, and held a black belt in Kung Fu. He also studied for his pilot's license. He was a big fan of anything historical. Bill always enjoyed telling stories of his past experiences. He even wrote family history books and his autobiography. Bill was truly one of a kind.
William J. Landon, 78, Rapid City, died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at his residence.
Bill is survived by two brothers, Douglas Scroggins, Golden Valley, AZ, and Raymond Neuharth, Boise, ID; one sister, Grace Chittick, Huntsville, AR; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helmuth and Violet Neuharth; and siblings, Milo, Elaine, and David.
Graveside services, with military honors, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Laverne Elliott

February 24, 1924 - March 20, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2018

 

Laverne was born in the West Texas town of Stamford in 1924 and raised in nearby Abilene. Laverne was the youngest of seven children in the Gratz and Lorena Baker family.
Laverne married Lt. Albert Selden Elliott on July 24, 1943. After her husband returned from the Pacific Theater in 1945, they settled in a small Texas town where their son, Michael, was born. They moved to Sturgis in 1953.
Laverne graduated from Black Hills Teachers College to follow in the teaching footsteps of her four older sisters. She began her career teaching kindergarten at Deadwood Public Schools in 1959. On her first day, with 45 students she did not know, a forest fire surrounded Deadwood. The city had to be evacuated. She later said “There was nothing in my lesson plan for this insanity.”
A few years later, she accepted a job teaching first grade in Sturgis, first at Badger-Clark Elementary School and later at Sturgis Elementary. She retired in 1988, twenty-nine rewarding years as a teacher.
Teaching young children was her life’s work and passion. She believed it was her duty to ensure that every child who passed through her classroom would be able to read . . . and she believed that reading should be Fun! Fun! Fun! She strongly believed if children could not read at the end of first grade, their future was bleak.
A number of her students were inspired by her to become elementary teachers . . . and some of them still use her “Fun-Fun-Fun” tricks-of-the-trade.
She was publicly recognized for her work in the classroom when she was named South Dakota Teacher of the Year. She also served on the governor’s Education Task Force.
Throughout her life in Sturgis, Laverne was active in many local organizations, including the Sturgis Area Arts Council, Fort Meade History Museum, St. Thomas Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, and PEO. She had an intense love of gardening and entertaining her many friends gave her great pleasure.
Laverne (Baker) Elliott, 94, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care in Sturgis, SD.
Survivors include her son, Michael (Kathy); many nieces and nephews; and her devoted companion, Don Dubbe.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Al.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 25, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis, SD, with Reverend Bunker Hill officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Sturgis Senior Center or Sturgis Area Arts Council.

 

     
   
     

Ida Mae Rounds

October 6, 1942 - March 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Ida Mae was born October 6, 1942, in Sturgis, SD, to Darrell “Buster” and Luberta Adeline (Dow) Jones.
Ida Mae married James Arlen Rounds on April 30, 1966, in Sturgis.
She graduated from high school in Belle Fouche, SD, and attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, receiving her BA in teaching. Ida Mae worked for Sitka Mental Health Clinic while living in Sitka, Alaska, for twenty years. She worked for the Albany County School District #1 at Linford Elementary.
She enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing, gardening, and camping with her family. She was a member and past worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Stars Chapter #46, the President of the Benevolent Order of Does in Laramie, an organist, secretary, and treasurer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Medicine Bow, WY, and a member of the Medicine Bow Lions Club.
Ida Mamie (nee Jones) Rounds, 75, of Laramie, died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Hospice of Laramie.
She is survived by her husband, J. Arlen Rounds of Laramie, WY; her children, Craig Arlen Rounds (Hope Brock), John Allen Rounds (Josie), and Valerie Mae Pontillo (Victor); her grandchildren, Brock Rounds, Chase Rounds, Addison Rounds, Lyla Rounds, and Tyson Rounds. She is also survived by her brother, Bobby Jones (Aggie); and her numerous nieces and nephews.
Ida Mae is preceded in death by her parents, Luberta and Darrell Jones; her grandparents, Ida Saunders, and Mamie and Fred Dow; her brother, Dale Jones; and her niece, Gina Mack.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with the Reverend Bunker Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Red Owl, SD.
A Memorial service will also be held in Laramie at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Laramie, 1754 Centennial Drive, Laramie, WY 82070 and/or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 220 Pine St., Medicine Bow, WY 82329.

 

     
   
     

Betty Ann Borninkhof

June 7, 1948 - March 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

12:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018

 

Bettyann Seifert was born to Edward and Betty (Knapp) Seifert on June 7, 1948, in Shelby, MT. Bettyann completed elementary through high school in Shelby. As a young girl, Bettyann enjoyed raising and riding horses on the farm and for 4-H. She enjoyed working on the farm with her family.
She met her husband, Denley Borninkhof, in school and while working on the farm. They were married April 28, 1968, in Shelby, MT, where they enjoyed married life for many years ranching and farming in Toole & Glacier counties. They added two sons and a daughter to their life. Bettyann was a homemaker and a devoted mother. Bettyann was an avid seamstress and made all her children’s clothing for the first few years of their lives. She loved crocheting, where she made many beautiful gifts for friends and family. Bettyann was a wonderful cook and baker and she enjoyed canning and making meals for her family.
Years later to apply his mechanical skills, Denley and Bettyann moved to Sturgis, SD, and were followed by one son and one daughter. Bettyann created her own flowerbed/garden with Denley’s help. Daisies, Iris, and Roses were her flowers of choice and her gardens showed this.
Bettyann and Denley enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fly fishing, finding new streams to land their flies in, and often traveling the Black Hills which brought them much joy and togetherness. They enjoyed seeing their family grow and meeting their grandchildren.
Upon Denley’s death in 1999, Bettyann renewed her faith and enjoyed reading the bible often. She got to meet her great-grandchildren. Bettyann also started her career as a sales associate at a local store where she worked until her death.
Bettyann Borninkhof, 69, died Sunday, March, 18, 2018, at her residence in Sturgis, SD.
Bettyann leaves behind her children, John (Natalie) Borninkhof of Laurel, MT, Shawn Borninkhof of Sturgis, SD, and Christine (Chuck) Coolley of Spearfish, SD; grandchildren, Kara, Cassie, Shawn Ashley, Eddie, Shane, Taynger, Shelby, Jessica, and Brady; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Veronica, and Dean; siblings, Pat (Joe) Congdon, Marlene (Robert) Daley, Edward (Jackie) Seifert, Tom Seifert, and Barb Jenkins (Don Denning); and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Denley Borninkhof; parents, Edward (Betty) Seifert; sister, Karen Bergman; and nephew, Shane Luchi.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor David Baer officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Darlene Mae Larson

April 19, 1961 - March 12, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 2018

 

A little bundle of Joy, Darlene Sheely, was born April 19, 1961, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Raymond and Marlene Sheely of Sturgis South Dakota.
Darlene Sheely attended grade school and high school in Sturgis, graduating in 1979. Then went on to secretarial school at South Dakota vo-tech and graduated from there in 1981.
Darlene was gifted with a beautiful voice and pursued a musical career playing Country Music in the Tri-State area. She also participated in the summer music shows at Custer, South Dakota. John Culbertson and Darlene recorded a Country Music album, "John and Darlene By Request" in Evergreen, Colorado. Four years later, Darlene recorded a Country Music album "One Dream" with Stringbean Swenson in Hermosa South Dakota.
Darlene and John also formed their own country music band "Nashville Gold." Darlene also played with country bands "Country Sunshine", "Nuttin Honey" and "The Whiskey River Band." She won “Female Vocalist of The Year” three years in a row. When she played with Whiskey River Band, they won “Band of The Year” at the Black Hills Country Music Association Show.
Darlene worked at Black Hills Gold Creations and KOTA Television and Radio station for several years. She also worked for Motel 6 as Desk Clerk and Manager.
Russell Larson and Darlene were married on February 14, 2004. After their divorce in 2008, Darlene went back to work for Motel 6 as relief Manager traveling from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.
Due to a lot of medical problems, in 2017, Darlene had to quit driving and could no longer work. She enjoyed quilting these last few years. One of the joys in her life was her traveling companions, Teddy and Heiti, her poodles.
Darlene Mae Larson died Monday, March 12, 2018 at her residence in Laurel Montana.
Darlene is survived by her sister, Cheryl Russell; parents, Raymond and Marlene Sheely; and was a second mom to her niece, Tamera (Pat) Wilcox; nephews, Steven (Tracy) Russell and Brian (TC) Russell; eight grand-nieces and nephews.
Darlene was preceded in death by her grandparents on both sides; uncles, Gary Clem, Alzada, Montana; Jack Frost, Commerce City, Colorado.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Rev.Chip Dye officiating.
Interment will be in Keystone, South Dakota at Mt. View Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Lonuld "Lonny" Gene Balo

April 27, 1960 - March 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

Lonuld "Lonny" Gene Balo was born in Deadwood, SD, on April 27, 1960, to Guy and Ilene (Carlson) Balo. He lived around Whitewood Valley until 1968 when they moved to the home ranch down Whitewood Valley where he lived the rest of his life. Lonny was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. On October 6, 1979, he married the love of his life, Mona Heggem. To this union, 2 children were born, Guy Melvin and Etta Marie. He was blessed with a loving family, wonderful in-laws, and good friends. For that he thanks his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He attended Whitewood Elementary and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1978. After high school he continued doing what he loved, working with his family on the ranch in the dairy & progressing into their beef cattle. Lonny always enjoyed helping anyone he could. He had the gift of taking what some may have seen as a piece of junk & tinkering with it until it sprang into a new life of its own. Lonny’s life experiences always provided opportunity for a good joke even if its origin came from a negative situation. Lonny had the God given gift to laugh at himself or any situation quicker than most people. He always appreciated people who accepted him for who he was. To his family & friends, respect & humor were Lonny’s strong suits. A more humble person is hard to find. Lonny’s qualities are too numerous for words.
Lonny, 57, passed away March 9, 2018, at home after a 7 year battle with ALS. He got to meet his 3 day old granddaughter, Sophie, just hours before he changed his address to Heaven. Even though he couldn’t hold his grandchildren in his hands he held them in his heart.
Grateful for sharing his life include his wife of 38 years, Mona; father, Guy L; son, Guy Melvin (Dawn Vassalotti), Whitewood Valley; daughter; Etta (Mike) Knuth; 3 grandchildren: Garrett William, Levi Lonuld, and Sophie Rose Knuth, Hettinger, ND. He is also survived by sisters, Kathy (Jube) Kester, New Raymer, CO, Kyla (Gene) Thompson, Whitewood Valley, SD, and Sherri (Barry) Knippling, Ft. Thomson, SD; in-laws, Marvin (Linda) Heggem, Meridianville, AL, Mark (Jamea) Heggem, Billings, MT, and Marcia (Mark) Lermeny, Reva, SD; close friends, Stan and Sharon Holsclaw; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ilene; infant sister, Sharon; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Melvin and Martha Heggem.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood. Inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

     
   
     

Evelyn Marguerite Douglas

November 26, 1920 - March 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2018

 

Evelyn M. Douglas was born in Nashport, Ohio, on November 26, 1920. She attended and graduated from Nashport High School where she had the honor of being the class Valedictorian. Evelyn went on to college, taking her first two years at Ohio University Branch in Zanesville, OH. Evelyn continued on to the main campus of Ohio University in Athens, OH, where she completed her degree, majoring in Home Economics with a minor in English. After teaching one year of Home Economics, Evelyn returned to Nashport, where she taught school. Her students remembered her fondly and to her dying day sent her letters.
Evelyn was married to Winston Douglas (aka Doug) while he was in the army. Just eleven days after they were married in Augusta, Georgia, he was shipped out (WWII). After returning home, they were remarried in the Nashport Methodist Church.
Evelyn and Doug lived in Zanesville, OH, for a few years before moving to Baltimore, MD. They eventually moved to South Dakota and resided in Pierre, where she worked for the State Department of Health. Evelyn had received an Honorary Award for the work she accomplished for the State Health Laboratory.
Evelyn was involved in many community organizations such as Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Gray Ladies, Pierre census taker, Cub Scouts den mother, and Bible study.
Evelyn relocated to Sturgis, SD, after her husband's illness, and lived there 16 years. She then moved in with her daughter, Vicki Bush, where Vicki and Jim provided her loving care for the remaining years of her life.
Evelyn died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at home surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her five children and their spouses: Jayne and Tony Kolb, Sioux Falls, SD; James and Phyllis Douglas, Pierre, SD; Vicki and Jim Bush, Sturgis, SD; Dee and Glen Hartson, Rapid City, SD; and Karen and Joe Watson, Blunt, SD. In addition, her survivors include 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Williams, Rapid City, SD.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Doug in 2000, and her two brothers, Gerald and Gene Minnick, Nashport, Ohio.
Services will be at the Church of Christ, Sturgis, SD, on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at the church following her committal at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Northern Hills.

 

     
   
     

Leona Irene Fields

March 17, 1925 - March 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

 

Leona Irene (Mooney) Fields was born March 17, 1925, at Henrietta, OK, to Floyd A. and Margaret (Byard) Mooney. As a young child, her family moved to Borger, TX, and lived there until moving to the community of Kelton, TX, where she attended grade school and graduated from Kelton High School in 1942. On September 23, 1944, she married Mooris Fields at Pampa, TX, shortly before his departure to the army during World War II. After his honorable discharge, they farmed in Gageby, TX. In 1946, they moved to Panhandle, TX, and farmed there until moving to Elm Springs, SD, in 1958 to farm and ranch. She lived there until April 2017, when she entered The Victorian Assisted Living in Rapid City, SD.
Leona was a member of the Union Center Baptist Church, serving on different committees over the years.
She took great interest and pride in their farmstead; spending many hours working in her yard, growing petunias every summer, and keeping fences and buildings painted to perfection.
Leona passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
She is survived by two sons, Wayne, Loveland, CO, and Lynn (Sandy), Elm Springs, SD; one daughter, Gayla (Bob) Parker, Lodgepole, SD; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; one sister; LaNelle Mooney of Boise, ID; one brother, Eudell Mooney of Kentucky; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mooris, in 1997; her parents; sisters, Louise Worley, Leola Mooney, and Luvene Larsen; and brothers, Olin, Eugene, and Winifred Mooney; and a baby brother in infancy.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Union Center Baptist Church. Burial will be at Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.
Memorials have been established to the Enning and Elm Springs Fire Departments.

 

     
   
     

Elsie Tarrant

September 24, 1928 - March 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Elsie was born September 24, 1928, to George and Berta Magenheimer. Elsie grew up on her parents' homestead near Fairpoint, SD, along with her two siblings, Ella and John. She graduated from Newell High School in 1947, while living with her sister.
After graduation, she returned to the family's homestead to help her brother, John, until she married Jess Tarrant on October 4, 1948. She spent 60 very busy years living and working with her husband on the Tarrant homestead/ranch near White Owl. Their three children were exposed to a pretty typical farm/ranch setting with herd cattle, a small dairy operation, pigs, sheep, and chickens. A large garden provided just about everything else the family needed. Eventually, efforts were concentrated on registered Angus cattle. Elsie enjoyed being outside and was an invaluable asset to her husband's farming and ranching efforts.
For enjoyment, Elsie liked to crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint. And, she was an avid reader. She also loved to spend time in the garden tending to the flowers and vegetables. Though she never believed she was a good cook, her family thought she was; and, home-made cookies were always available. She found pleasure in the simple things of life, e.g. a family picnic in a park or a Sunday drive in the Black Hills.
Marion "Elsie" Tarrant died at the Sturgis Regional Hospital on March 9, 2018, after a brief illness.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy and Peggy; as well as several nieces and nephews. Judy is currently living in Gig Harbor, WA, with her husband, Ron Smith. Peggy resides in Folsom, CA, with her husband, Kurt Hall; and, their children, Zodanne and Conrad.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, George and Berta; her two siblings and their spouses, Ella and Bob Getty and John and Mae Magenheimer; her husband, Jess; and, her only son, William.
There will be an informal gathering of her remaining family later this spring; and, inurnment of her ashes will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorial funds may be submitted, in her memory, to the Rural Meade County Ambulance Service (17506 South Dakota Hwy 34, Enning, SD 57737). Elsie and her husband were very grateful for this service, over the years.

 

     
   
     

James Lee Forbes

March 26, 1939 - March 6, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Monday March 12, 2018

 

James was born in Sturgis, SD, on March 26, 1939, to James and Doris Forbes.
Jim grew up in Sturgis, SD. He graduated from Sturgis Williams High School in 1957. After high school, he attended Black Hills College and obtained a bachelor's degree in English and teaching. After two years of teaching English and speech, he attended San Anselmo Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. In 1968, he received his Master of Divinity and went on to become an ordained Presbyterian pastor. He served in the pastoral role at Presbyterian churches in St. Maries, ID, and White Sulphur Springs, MT. He went on to serve as chaplain and chief chaplain at Fort Meade VAMC for 13 years before he was forced to retire early due to extenuating health issues.
Jim met his beautiful wife, Janice (Taylor) Forbes, while in California and they were married on August 9, 1964, in Loveland, CO. They enjoyed 53 years of loving companionship before he passed on to be with his Lord. He was a man of numerous hobbies and interests some of which included downhill skiing, fly fishing, hiking, Christian magic and ventriloquism, and many more. He was passionate about his work in ministry and even more passionate about his job as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
James Lee Forbes, known by friends and family as Jim, passed away on March 6, 2018, while in hospice care in Loveland, CO.
Jim Forbes will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Janice (Taylor) Forbes, and their children, James Richard Forbes and Janalee (Forbes) Sexton. He will also be greatly missed by his six grandchildren, Nicolis, Lilly, Gus, Alyssa, Austin, and Erica.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James John Forbes and Doris (White) Forbes.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, Sturgis, SD. Interment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Missions fund of First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Violet Janeen Potter

July 15, 1948 - February 27, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018

 

Violet Janeen Potter was born on July 15, 1948, in Deadwood, SD, to Francis and Alice (Stainbrook) Potter. She was joined by siblings, LaVonne, Arlo and Colleen. The family lived for 2 years in Custer and then for many years on Crook City Road between Spearfish and Whitewood. Violet attended school in Custer and then her remaining years in Spearfish, graduating from Spearfish High School in 1966.
As a youngster Violet enjoyed life on the family ranch with pine covered hills to the back and wide pasture grounds to the front of the family home. She loved birds and fish and assorted family pets. Exotic fish in large aquariums were main stays of the home. After graduation Violet worked at a greenhouse and loved working with plants. She also was an excellent quilter and made many quilts for family and friends through the years. Violet also attended and graduated from Black Hills Beauty College. She worked in that field for a time and always enjoyed arranging hair for herself and others.
Not to be forgotten was her love for music. She played several musical instruments most prominently the accordion and piano. In the days before recorded music she played with the circuit orchestra for assemblies.
Violet was raised by her parents as one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized on June 1, 1957. After high school graduation she bean pioneering with the Deadwood Congregation. Although her career as a pioneer was cut short by health issues she lived up to her dedication to Jehovah and was happy to share the good news of the kingdom with many people through the years. Meeting attendance and participating in the ministry were always priorities in her life.
She is survived by her sister, LaVonne (Mark) LaLonde of Spearfish, SD; brother, Arlo (Patricia) Potter of Whitewood, SD; and sister, Colleen (Bruce) Bennett of Sturgis, SD; also nephews and nieces including Brad LaLonde of Spearfish, SD; Tonya Owen of Denver, CO; Jared LaLonde of Minneapolis, MN; Mistie Goddard of Piedmont, SD; Cameron Potter of Whitewood, SD; Quentin Potter of Spearfish, SD; Natasha Alt of Rapid City, SD; Tara Creagor of Rapid City, SD; Levi Bennet of Rapid City, SD; and Beau Bennett of CO.
Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

 

     
   
     

Lyle Edwin Collins, Sr.

September 22, 1922 - March 7, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2017

 

Lyle was born in Vale, SD, on September 22, 1922, the only child of Milton and Marguerite Collins, who operated restaurants in Deadwood, and were known to all, including their son, as Mom and Pop.
Lyle graduated from Deadwood High School where he played basketball, football, and baseball. He entered the U.S. Navy in January 1943. He served as a Ships Cook First Class on troop transports and Landing Ship, Tanks (LTS) in the Pacific until his honorable discharge in March 1946. He was a founding member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5969 in Deadwood.
On October 26, 1946, Lyle married Lucille Pridgeon Whitelock in Deadwood. They lived in Deadwood where Lyle owned and operated businesses as well as working in auto and real estate sales. Lyle was active in Eastern Star and the Masons. He served as Master of the Deadwood Masonic Temple, Worthy Grand Patron for the South Dakota Eastern Star, and Potentate of the Naja Shrine Temple. He spent many hours helping children get treatment at the Shrine hospitals. Lucille died in 2002.
In 2004, Lyle married Keo (Nelson) Lang of Loveland. For a few years they split their time between Colorado and the Black Hills. About eight years ago, the couple began living in Loveland full time.
Longtime Black Hills resident, Lyle Edwin Collins, Sr., died March 7, 2018, in Loveland, CO. He was 95.
Lyle is survived by his wife, Keo Collins; son, Lyle, Jr. of Deadwood; former daughter-in-law, Mary Smith of Whitewood; daughter, Linda (Joe) Ames of West Linn, OR; daughter-in-law, Marcia Kay Whitelock of Beaverton, OR; grandsons, Lance Collins of Tempe, AZ, Chris Collins and Paul Miller, both of Scottsdale, AZ, and Jack Ames of Minneapolis, MN; granddaughter, Marcy Patton of Lake Oswego, OR; stepdaughters, Julia (Dee) Clements and Val (Greg) Hecker, both of Loveland, and Karen (Gary) Baxter of Virginia Beach, VA; stepson, Joe (Linda) Lang of Vista, CA; step-grandchildren, Brian Clements, Austin Johnson, David Johnson, and Sam Hecker, all of Loveland, Georgia Baxter of Virginia Beach, Amanda Lang of Cleveland, TN, and Nicole Smith of Vista, CA; and numerous step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Lucille; stepsons, Eddie Whitelock and Gene Whitelock; and a granddaughter, Roberta Whitelock Reed.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. March 12, 2018, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Deadwood burial with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be directed to the Shrine Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

 

     
   
     

Donald Joseph Lineback

October 31, 1952 - February 24, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

Donald Joseph Lineback was born in Rapid City, SD, on October 31, 1952, to Donald L. and June E. (Keeler) Lineback of Winner, SD. He was raised in Winner and attended school there until 1970 when the family moved to Mission, SD. He graduated from Todd County High School in 1971. Shortly after that he moved to the Black Hills area. He met Robin Schiesser in Sturgis, SD, in 1976 at the local truck stop where she worked as a waitress. He made a habit of letting her know each time he came in to have a cup of coffee, that he would ask her out “if her boyfriend wasn’t so big.” Finally, on the weekend before Labor Day in 1977, he came into the restaurant and made that same comment to her and she took him up on the invitation as the boyfriend was no longer in the picture. On Labor Day weekend, they had their second date and he asked her to marry him. They were married in Sturgis on October 31, 1977.
Don began his driving career in Winner, SD, where he drove delivering feed for his grandfather who owned the local feed store. Don loved to drive. If it was motorized, he wanted to drive it. He obtained his private pilot’s license when he was in high school and flew airplanes with his dad. He also obtained a motorcycle endorsement and rode a motorcycle when he invited Robin on their very first date. Don had a few various jobs in his life after he graduated from high school. These jobs included a short time at the Homestake mine in Lead, SD, a year working for Burlington Northern Railroad, and a couple of years on his father-in-law’s ranch near Hayes, SD. He tried to find something that would not take him away from his wife and family, but it seemed that the road always called him back and that calling was stronger than any other. During the first few years of Don and Robin’s marriage, he worked for various local trucking companies including Johnson Fuel Liners, Hlavka Excavation, Budmayr Trucking, Bradley Sodding, and Blackhawk Transport. All along, his dream was to become an owner operator.
Don began his career as an owner operator when he purchased a 1972 Kenworth cab-over in the mid 80’s and pulled a 53 foot bull rack. He hauled livestock for a few years from South Dakota to Texas and beyond. After tiring of the long hours without sleep he decided a career path change was needed and went to work pulling a flatbed. As most young truck drivers did, he longed to own the ultimate rig, which for him was a long nose Peterbilt with a Cat engine. On his quest for that goal, in 1990 he upgraded from the cab-over to a 1985 Autocar. In 1993, he traded for a 1990 Pete. Then in January of 1997 he traded for a brand new 1997 Peterbilt 379 with a 550 Cat, 18 speed transmission and 355 rears. He had finally achieved his dream. In June of that year, Don leased to Mercer Transportation in Louisville, KY, and finished his career with that company. He pulled flatbed and hauled just about anything that could be hauled on a flatbed in all 48 contiguous United States and Canada.
While Don was out soothing his wanderlust, Robin stayed in Sturgis and worked and took care of the children. From time to time, he would make a trip with one of the kids and occasionally the whole family. He always worried that he was gone too much and missed too many of the kids’ milestones and he tried hard to make up for that in the love that he shared with them when he was able to be home. Ultimately, the children grew and became stronger by seeing the dedication and work ethic that their father showed them. The time apart only proved to make the time together more important and the love stronger.
After the children were all grown, and after 23 years of being apart a good share of the time, Don and Robin decided that it was time to get to know each other all over again. In 1999, Robin attained her CDL learners permit so that she could learn to drive the Pete and go on the road with Don. To do that, she would need some drive time to be able to pass the driving test for a valid CDL license. In February of 2000, Don stopped in Sturgis and picked Robin up to go on a run with him to Seattle, WA. On the evening of the 9th of February, while in downtown Seattle to unload the escalator that he was hauling, Don suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He spent the next 4 days in ICU at Harborview Medical Center, and 5 more days in the hospital. After a month of physical therapy at home and grueling driving lessons teaching Robin to drive, he was back on the road by April 1st. After that close call, Don and Robin spent the next 17 years on the road together running as a team on the longest adventure two people could imagine. Don hauled his last load in May of 2017. Early in June, he was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. He spent the next 9 months fighting for his life. He passed away peacefully at his home in Sturgis on February 24, 2018. In life he loved well.
Don is survived by his wife, Robin; three daughters, Cherri Rolla (Conrad), Watford City, ND, Britany Mullen (Lee), Cisco, TX, and Amanda Gallipeau (Howard), Phoenix, AZ; and one son, Brian Lineback (Jill), Martinsville, IN. He is also survived by two sisters, Debra Placey (Alan), Caldwell, ID, and Rhonda Hand (Ricky), Hermosa, SD; and one brother, Kevin (Tami), Powell, WY; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Vicki; and one brother, Scott.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Chris Erickson officiating.

 

     
   
     

Edward Charles Hawks

July 19, 1953 - February 25, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018

 

By the age of four, Ed Hawks knew that he was born to be a cattleman. He fulfilled his childhood dream until he passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, of natural causes on the ranch that he loved.
Edward Charles Hawks was born July 19, 1953, in Sturgis, SD, to Charles and Mildred Hawks. He attended first through eighth grades at Plainview School and attended and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1971. In the fall of 1971, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served most of his career in Seoul, Korea. He received an honorable discharge in the fall of 1974, and returned to the family ranch. He spent the ensuing years passionately improving his registered Hereford breed.
Ed waited patiently to find the perfect wife for him. While attending his 20 year class reunion, Ed found her in his high school classmate, Gloria LeLaCheur. In August of 1992, Ed and Gloria were united in marriage at the Presbyterian Church in Sturgis and Ed helped Gloria raise her two children, Cyndi and Bryan, as his own.
Gloria changed Ed's life by introducing him to golf, bowling, white water rafting (which he still did in blue jeans), parasailing, and lots of other travel and crazy adventures. She showed Ed that there was another world beyond the ranch. Ed changed Gloria's life by sharing his faith with her and her children. He was an active member in the Church of Christ.
Ed carried on his father's fudge making tradition and rewarded his bull buyers with a tin of fudge. Ed's fudge was a staple at the community potlucks and he was proud that his son, Bryan, is carrying on the family tradition.
Ed never complained and was always optimistic. Ed loved spending time with friends and family and especially loved his role as Papa Eddie to his two grandchildren. He recently taught his granddaughter to play Cribbage and he never got tired of spending time around the kitchen table playing cards. Ed recently discovered Facebook and would spend hours "friending" people he knew, and people he didn't.
Ed is survived by his wife, Gloria; his children, Cyndi (Matt Nelson), Sergeant Bluff, IA, and their children, Makenna and Parker, and Bryan Braley (Kyle Martinek), Omaha, NE. He is also survived by his brother, Gary (Connie), Tyndall, SD; sisters, Sue (Curtis Jones), Piedmont, SD, and Karen (Al Shade), Davis, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mildred Hawks.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge, Pastor Calvin Chapman and Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

John Joseph Marvin

August 10, 1950 - February 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018

 

John Joseph Marvin, born August 10, 1950, suffered a long battle with heart disease that finally, sadly, took him away from us February 26, 2018. Beloved son of Tim and Johanna (Carr) Marvin, and brother to Mary, Anna, and Tim, John was born in Wallace, ID. He went to school in Sturgis, SD, and learned ranching in Elm Springs, SD.
John worked at Dickson Saw Mill before being drafted into the Army in February of 1970. While serving in Vietnam, he obtained expertise with grenade launchers, M16 rifles, and machine guns as well as earning a Service Medal, Campaign Medal, Company Infantry Badge, and two Purple Hearts.
John spent nine years working on the Durham Buffalo Ranch near Gillette, WY, before moving his family back to Sturgis where he eventually retired from the Housekeeping Department at Fort Meade.
John shared his life with his soulmate, Carol (Ulrich) Marvin since 1969 and never could two people be more as one. Their union was blessed by Elizabeth Dawn (Brian Morgan), Gillette, WY, John Marvin, Jr., Rapid City, SD, Melvin (Krista Keene), Sturgis, SD, Toby, Sturgis, SD, Jessica (Mason Abell), Sturgis, SD, and Dorothy, Spearfish, SD. His grandchildren are Patricia, Rebecca, Ruth, Wally, Danny, and David Morgan and Paige and Roman Abell. John’s great-grandchild is Ethan Morgan who will be joined by a younger sibling this June.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 2, 2018, at Church of Christ in Sturgis, SD. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Randy Goff

November 19, 1960 - February 16, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018

 

Randy Goff was born November 19, 1960, to Frank Goff and Ida (Bryant-Goff) Tryon in Rapid City, SD. He was the 2nd of 8 children. He always enjoyed the country life. He was a proud 4-H'er and member of the Newell FFA. He enjoyed showing cattle, dairy, and horses. He was an avid agronomist. He loved haying at the Bryant place. He worked for many friends and neighbors haying and on their ranches during high school. He always worried about his mom and would help her pay bills in HS during the tough times. He graduated from Newell HS in 1979 then continued his education at SDSU in Brookings, SD. He graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture Science and he was a registered Seed Technologist.
He proudly began his adventure of a Seed Technologist in California for 3 years but his heart was still in South Dakota with his family. He then went to work at Huron then to Madison. After a few years, he bought a small acreage and house where he started his horse herd, also known as Randy’s addictions. He could rattle off pedigrees of Quarter horses like most people would say their ABC’s. He didn’t have a lot of time to work on his place because even though he was on salary, he worked countless extra hours on weekends and nights to finish his projects. He had a passion for his job. He would rattle off grass names and talk of seeds in his sleep. He missed many family functions out west because he had a germination test or something going on at work that he knew he had to get done. For 27 years, he was a dedicated Madison, SD, Seed Technologist that ran on plant time. He was as giving as his mother, Ida. If someone needed it more than him, he would give what he had. If they needed a place to stay, his door was always open. He always enjoyed going to darts with Diana Finch, family, and his friends. He tried to get out to the state dart tournaments every year. He loved to visit and tell stories.
Randy, 57, Madison, died at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls on February 16, 2018.
Randy is survived by brothers and sisters, Idamae Goff, Champlin, MN, Larry Goff, Box Elder, SD, Adam Goff, Box Elder, SD, June (Rex) Eagon, Rhame, ND, Guy Goff, Springfield, SD, Hope (Mike) Mastel, Marmarth. ND, and half-brother, Glen (Margie) Tryon, Rapid City, SD; his nieces and nephews, Lee Stenstron, Carl Vacha, Amanda Vacha, Lisa (Dennis) Fisher, Rhonda Reiswig, Sara, April, and Miranda Goff, Ana Goff, Chuck Goff, Ashley Goff, Dillon and Kalorada Eagon, Josie (Kasey) Tharp, Chance, Seth, and Mattie Mastel, and Taylor, Taton, and Myah Tryon; and numerous uncles and aunts. He is also survived by his friends, Diana Finch; Tara (Willy) Beckers and Tanner, Jacob, and Paige; Tricia (Brad) Johnson; Ginger (James) Harris and Sierra, Kaitlyn, and Cameron; and Justina Finch, Daytona, McKenna, and Hadley.
Randy is preceded in death by his grandparents, Leach and Edna Bryant; his father, Frank Goff; mother, Ida Tryon; aunt, Mary Baker; uncles, Louis Bryant and Dale Bryant; and great-niece, Kinley Joe Tharp.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 21, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison, SD.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.


 

     
   
     

Gene Arthur Robertson

March 9, 1960 - February 16, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018

 

Gene Arthur Robertson was born March 9, 1960, at Ellsworth AFB at Rapid City, SD, to Donald and Beverly (Madsen) Robertson. His father served 20 years in the US Army so Gene spent the first 14 years of his life traveling the world as an army brat living in so many wonderful places.
Gene attended Lead High School. He served 4 years in the US Navy in San Diego. Following his honorable discharge, he enjoyed many adventures through the United States. He enjoyed being a cook in many different venues.
Gene, 57, died Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his father, Donald Robertson; his step-mother, Hazel Robertson; sister, Judy (Mark) Geffre of Lead, SD; sister, Nancy Robertson of Spearfish, SD; nephew, Nicholas Geffre of Lead, SD; daughter, Amber Wychoff of Stockton, CA; and three grandchildren, Jared, Alexander, and Emily.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Robertson.
A memorial service, with military honors, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Chaplain Randy Bradley officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to Fort Meade Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Charles Edward Brewster

October 10, 1952 - February 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Burial will be , February 20, 2018 at Black Hills National Cemtery

 

Charles was born October 10, 1952, to Charles & Anna Marie (Dain) Brewster. He grew up in Cottage Hills, Illinois, before joining the Army in 1969, serving in the Vietnam War.
Charles Edward Brewster, 65 "Chuck" of Sturgis, South Dakota passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018.
He is survived by a sister, Diana; Aunt, Faye (John) Govero, of Forest Homes; Aunt, Sharon (Sam) Madrey, of Cottage Hills, IL; and many cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jimmy & Richard.
Chuck will be interred on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota.

 

     
   
     

Edward Henry Poss

June 16, 1924 - February 14, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018

 

Edward H. "Ed" Poss was born June 16, 1924, to Frank and Clara (Karrels) Poss. He attended the 4 Mile rural school for 8 years and made it through 8 weeks of high school before he and a friend decided to quit and walked the 25 miles home to the ranch.
After quitting school, Ed found work at the Homestake Gold Mine and Ft. Meade, but wasn’t hired because of his age. He did find work at a farm in Vale, where he took a shine to the farmer’s daughter.
He and Leah Pflaumer were married December 29, 1948. To this union, three children were born. Leah passed away from cancer in 1995.
Ed continued on the ranch with the help of his grandson, Dustin, until 2001. Then because of aches and pains, Ed got a hired man and moved into the townhouse he had built. It was very difficult for him to move to Sturgis and leave the ranch that was his entire life. He was very proud of all he had accomplished with the improvements and the adding of land to the ranch. He still worked in the field last summer raking hay and checking on heifers. He was talking about buying bulls and calving right up until the time he passed away. He was a true farmer/rancher through and through.
Ed, 93, of Sturgis, SD, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Sturgis, SD.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Debbie (Gary) Mailloux, Vale, SD; grandsons, Dayne Mailloux, and Dustin (Melissa) Mailloux, both of Rapid City, SD; granddaughter, Amanda (Scott) Sheeler, Vale, SD; great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Nathan Mailloux, Rapid City, SD, Braylee and Keion Freytag, Vale, SD, and Lainey Sheeler and step great-granddaughter, Lexie Sheeler, Vale, SD; brother, John Poss, Gainesville, FL; sisters, Mary Baker, Spearfish, SD, and Lois Halbrook, Red Bluff, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his very special friend and helper, Helen Komes, Sturgis, SD, and her children, David (Dianna) Komes, Rapid City, SD, and Diane Hallock, Sturgis, SD.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leah Poss; a son, Roger Allen Poss; and an infant daughter.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

 

     
   
     

Rolland William Willard

September 11, 1926 - February 11, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2017

 

Rolland was born September 11, 1926, to Everett and Bertha Willard at Rapid City, SD. Rolland graduated from Rapid City High School in 1946. He was drafted into the Army in 1954 and discharged in 1956. In 1954, he married Laura Price and they had 3 children. Rolland worked his entire life in HVAC. Rolland enjoyed fishing, haying, and tending his cattle.
Rolland William Willard, 91, of Rapid City, passed away peacefully at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, February 11, 2018.
Rolland is survived by his wife of 63 years, Laura, son, William, daughter, Lillian (Gene) Kienzle, son, Kenneth (Linda), all of Rapid City; five grandchildren, Jeff (Kim) Olson, Arizona, Jamie (Karin) Kienzle and Shelly Kienzle, both Rapid City, Mike (Becky) Willard, Sturgis, and Melissa (Chris) Spielmann, Sioux Falls; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Big Bend Presbyterian Church in Rapid City with Pastor Bob Savot officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to Big Bend Presbyterian Church.

 

     
   
     

Ida Emelia Tryon

February 6, 1943 - February 7, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Monday, February 12, 2018

 

Ida Emelia Tryon was born February 6, 1943, to Leach and Edna Bryant. She was the 2nd of 9 children. She was raised on the Bryant ranch and attended a one room schoolhouse in Pleasant Valley.
Ida married Frank Goff in 1958. In their union, 7 children were born.
Ida married Charlie Tryon on July 17, 1979. Her and her children moved to the Tryon ranch at Deers Ears. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, and the ranch life. On August 31, 1983, Ida and Chuck were blessed with a son, Glen Leach Tryon. Charlie passed away in 1988. Ida lived the rest of her life caring for poultry, horses, bum lambs, and cows.
Ida enjoyed visiting with everyone. She was a very giving woman. She would give her last dollar to someone if she thought they needed it more. Her needs were very small. She loved getting together, but always wanted to get back to her animals at the ranch. The cows became very important. She would call them her children. Many cows wore tags with family members' names.
Even age would not slow her down. She still chopped ice for the cows and burned wood. When anyone would tell her to slow down, she would say, "If I die doing things on the ranch, I will die happy.
Happy Trails, Mom.
We Love You.
Ida, 75, Newell, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at her ranch.
Ida is survived by children, Idamae Goff, Champlin, MN, Randy (Diane) Goff, Madison, SD, Larry Goff, Box Elder, SD, Adam Goff, Box Elder, SD, June (Rex) Eagon, Rhame, ND, Guy Goff, Springfield, SD, Hope (Mike) Mastel, Marmarth, ND, and Glen (Margie) Tryon, Rapid City, SD; her pride and joy, her grandchildren, Lee Stenstron, Carl Vacha, Amanda Vacha, Lisa Sanchez-Fisher, Rhonda Reiswig, Sara, April, Miranda Goff, Anna Goff, Chuck Goff, Ashley Goff, Dillon Eagon, Kalorada Eagon, Josie (Kasey) Tharp, Chance Mastel, Seth (Mattie) Mastel, Taylor, Taton, and Myah Tryon; her great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ida was preceded in death by her parents, Leach and Edna Bryant; her husband, Charlie Tryon; sister, Mary Baker; brothers, Louis Bryant and Dale Bryant; great-granddaughter, Kinley Joe Tharp; niece, Chelsey Bryant; and great-niece, Vicky Evans.
Visitation will be Sunday, February 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Newell.

 

     
   
     

Von "Melrose" Ullman

November 22, 1931 - January 29, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Melrose was born to Clinton and Carrie (Childers) Brashears at home in the Brush Creek community at Leola, AR. Melrose began first grade at the Brush Creek School. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized and joined Brush Creek Missionary Baptist Church. She worked and trusted God all of her life.
Melrose grew up willingly working on the farm where all the children helped the parents and younger children. They had no piano but that was no problem for her. Melrose made drawings of the piano keys on the inside window sills and learned to play on her drawings. She practiced on her Aunt Lea's organ at her home. She completed the Piano Home Study Course through the American School of Music. Her parents had bought a piano by then and she was happily playing at home as well as at church.
For a time, she and her sister, Iwana, took turns caring for their great-grandmother while their Aunt Lillian worked. They'd walk up the road and through the weeds a mile and a half and then the same path back to their home. They enjoyed that.
She graduated from Leola High School in 1948 and received her Bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist College in 1956. She also graduated from Louisiana State University in 1959 with a Master's degree.
Melrose kept Jesus close, prayed often, and found the way to get things done and managed even suffering with her own pains. On Labor Day before her first day of college at Ouachita Baptist, she was seriously injured in the Bookmobile accident while working for the library at Arkadelphia, AR. She graduated in four years and felt so blessed to be alive and about and thankful for the persons caring for her through the many weeks she was hospitalized.
Melrose married Gene Ullman February 11, 1994, at the First Baptist Church in Sturgis. They lived north of Bear Butte.
She worked 31 years for the Veterans Administration starting in 1963 at Hines VA in Maywood Park, IL. She began working at the Fort Meade VA in 1977 and retired after 17 years in 1994.
Recently she was doing some hard work and was asked about it. She replied that her pain was gone. God had taken her pain away after so long and she was very blessed.
Melrose supported causes that she cared about and was always interested in how other people were. She prayed for our nation and the whole world. She was praying for sweet, baby Faith the day that she left us. She was certainly an angel God loaned to us for a while and she is dearly missed.
Von Melrose (Brashears) Ullman, 86, Sturgis, SD, died at Sturgis Regional Hospital Monday, January 29, 2018.
She is survived by one son, John Edward (Wanda) Brashears, Sturgis, SD; one granddaughter, Carrie Rose Brashears (Bruce Bricker), Casper, WY; grandsons, Kalib John (Dakota) Brashears, Devin Glen (Carlie) Brashears, Spearfish, SD, and Beau Nathaniel Brashears, Hulette, WY; one great-grandson, Gavin Brashears; very special angel, great-granddaughter, Harmony Faith Ray Brashears Bricker; sisters, Iwana Mitchell, Hutsonville, IL, and Jaime Walker, Joette (Bill) Cordell, and one brother, Glen Brashears, all of Malvern, AR; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; special aunt, Irene Childers, Dubberly, LA; and special cousins, Nadine Saffell, Houston, TX, and Erline Crain, Corpus Christi, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene Ullman of Vale, SD; sister-in-law, Nikki Maria Lindvall Brashears; two brothers-in-law, G. A. Walker and F. Leon Mitchell.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the 7th Day Adventist Church at 290 West US Hwy 14 in Spearfish with Pastor Jim Kack officiating. Inurnment will be Tuesday, March 6th at 10:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Darwin "Hank" Gene Kurtz

February 26, 1946 - February 5, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2018

 

Hank was born February 26, 1946, to Darrel and Cora (Jensen) Kurtz in Groton, SD. He attended elementary and junior high school at Joan of Arc school, a half mile from the family farm and graduated from Groton High School in 1965.
He joined the United States Air Force after high school and served as a flight crewman for medical evacuations during the Vietnam War. While stationed at McCord AFB in Tacoma, WA, he met the love of his life, Joyce, and they spent 49 years in marriage until his death.
They moved back to Groton, SD, where he worked on the family farm until 1974, when he enrolled in the Denver Automotive and Diesel School studying diesel mechanics. After completing his degree, he returned to SD and worked as construction and feedlot foreman for Delzer Construction in Spearfish. Hank opened D.G. Kurtz Trucking and ran his company for many years. In addition to over the road trucking, he loved to help family and friends doing any projects and building things. He spent many hours working with his children and grandchildren sharing his skills and knowledge. He was completely devoted to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Darwin "Hank" Kurtz, 71, of Whitewood, SD, lost his battle with cancer on February 5, 2018. After a brief but fierce fight, he passed away in the hospice unit in the VA hospital at Ft. Meade, SD.
He is survived by his wife Joyce; children, Laura (Dennie) Clausen, Everett, WA, Deb (Ted) Bartunek, Rapid City, SD, and Bill (Jen) Kurtz, Chamberlain, SD; grandchildren, Adria (Dale) Gohman, St Cloud, MN, Megan (Justin) Long, Red Owl, SD, Andrew Aker, Ft. Benning, GA, Trevor Bartunek, Phoenix, AZ, Austin Bartunek, Rapid City, SD, and Autumn and Ainsley Kurtz, Chamberlain, SD; great-grandchildren, Jerika, Keaton, and Tavin Gohman, and Lexi, Leigh, Drew, and Dawson Long; sisters and brothers, Karon Kurtz and Duane Kurtz of Aberdeen, SD, Shirley Simon, Yuma, AZ, Lois (Victor) Schwahn, San Jacinto, CA, Connie Olson, Rapid City, SD, and Dennis (Sue) Kurtz, Claremore, OK; one aunt, Abbie Jensen, Spearfish, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Myrtle.
Services will be held Friday, February 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood, SD, followed by interment at Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Quilting Auxiliary at Ft Meade, SD.

 

     
   
     

Willie John Tenold

April 3, 1938 - February 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018

 

Willie "Willy" John Tenold was born April 3, 1938, to Peder and Astrid "Esther" (Rasmussen) Tenold in Buffalo, SD. He was the 9th of 10 children and grew up on the family ranch 3 miles east of Reva, SD. After Willie’s father died, he and his brother, Bob, purchased the family ranch where Willie lived until his death. Willie and his siblings attended Jefferson and Reva country schools. In 1956, he graduated from Hetttinger High School.
Willie married Venoy Idella Smith February 6, 1971. They raised 4 children on the family ranch where 2 children, Pete and Laura, continue the family operation to this day. In 1960, Willie was named "Outstanding Young Rancher." He was always active in the community including, serving on the Slim Buttes Lutheran Church Council, HC Weed and Pest Board, and measuring fields and grain bins for the FSA, to name a few. Willie was always busy. When he had everything in order at home, he and Bob did custom farming, haying, and corn chopping for the neighbors. Willie enjoyed local history and was excited to help with the Harding County history books, taking a special interest in the churches and cemeteries.
Willie’s favorite pastime was working on the ranch and he especially looked forward to farming in the spring. In 1990, Willy was paralyzed in a tractor accident as he was getting ready for spring planting. Special modifications allowed Willie to use the telephone and computer unassisted. In 2001, Willie started working in Buffalo for his daughter, Angela, answering phones and keeping everyone on task. Sonny Nation, Karen Brown, and Marilyn Parfrey became good friends in the years he spent at the Tatanka Plaza, sharing stories and when needed, encouragement.
Willie always loved a good story and a hearty laugh. After he retired from his town job, Willie commenced his true life’s passion – the phone tree! Every day he called his people to visit, share a laugh, and lend encouragement. "I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in!," was his favorite line, and a good reminder to keep life’s troubles into perspective. In 1977, Willie recommitted his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His relationship with Jesus has sustained him through many trials and tribulations over the years.
Some people may assume that Willie’s life ended 28 years ago from his accident, they would be mistaken. This last chapter was a new beginning, and some of the best years of his life. He watched his children grow to adulthood and enjoyed every minute spent with his grandkids and great-grandkid, Isabella Rose. You may have seen him out in the field in his wheelchair directing Pete on a tractor repair, traipsing around the countryside with youthful chauffeurs, Laura and Julianna, sorting bolts at the kitchen table with Dalton and Jesse, supervising Alexis’ egg collection duties, or anywhere in the whole country with his lifelong travelling partner, wife, and caregiver, Venoy. We joked that Dad’s accident was God’s version of "forced retirement," but the fact of the matter is, these were the years Willie got to enjoy his greatest treasure on earth, his family.
Willy Tenold, 79, Reva, SD, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at home in Reva.
Willie is survived by his wife, Venoy; children, Angela & Dalyn McCann, Peder, Julianna, and Laura; grandchildren, Dalton & Ashley, Jesse Bill, and Alexis; great grand-daughter, Isabella Rose McCann; sisters, Mildred Peterson, Agnes Steinbach, Bertha Nelson, and Delores Coffield; brother, Robert and Norma Tenold; brother-in-law, Phil Hulse; Venoy’s brothers and sisters; and nieces and nephews too numerous to mention in this small space.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Peder and Esther; sisters, Alpha Hulse, Luella and Richard Steinbach, and Florence and Jerrold Peterson; brother, Orvin and Eileen Tenold; brothers-in-law, James Peterson, Raymond Nelson, and John Steinbach; parents-in-law, J. Richard Smith, Ivan and Martha Smith Sabo; sister-in-law, Marie Smith; brothers-in-law, George Smith, Gene Ladson, and Keith Hanson; nephews, Ricky and Todd Tenold and Roger Coffield; and great-nephew, Tyrel Brengle; and cousin, Tommy Rasmussen.
Visitation will be Wednesday from noon until time of services at the REC center.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the Harding County REC Center in Buffalo. Burial will follow at the Slim Buttes Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Slim Buttes Lutheran Radio Broadcast.

 

     
   
     

Barbara Mae Baier

October 9, 1928 - February 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

02-09-2018

 

Barbara was born in Sturgis, SD, to Roy and Lillian (Babcock) Anders on October 9, 1928. She spent her childhood in Sturgis and Portland, OR, and then returned to Deadwood, SD, where she graduated from high school in 1946.
Barbara met Verlynne "Squirt" Larson and they were married in 1947 and had one daughter, Sharon. Barbara divorced in 1956 and went to work for MDU where then she met her second husband, Albert "Ab" Baier. They were married in 1963 at Belle Fourche, SD. They made their home in Deadwood until moving to Rapid City the following summer. Barbara worked many years at Whitaker and Mattson where she was a bookkeeper until she retired in the late 80's. Barbara and Ab were snowbirds after retirement making their winter home in Casa Grande, AZ, until Ab's passing in 2008.
Barbara Baier, 89, Rapid City, passed comfortably at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Mike) Ragatz, grandson, Rob (Lynnette) Ragatz, and great-grandchildren, Jake and Madie Wolfe, all of Rapid City, SD; special nieces, Doneen Ross and Barbara Jean Anders; special friends, Yvonne Weyrich and family, and Mary Jane Clauser and her sister, Grace (Lawrence) Calvetti, and extended family. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Lila; brothers, Ed and Don; and her parents.
Barbara enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was an avid crochet-er and reader. She was very independent, stubborn, and strong willed. Being handicapped, she still pursued her goals and dreams in life. She was the most loving, caring mother, grandmother, and friend. A memorial has been established to "Shirley's Adult Day Center" where she spent some of the most wonderful last months of her life, making new friends and enjoying herself.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jil Jennewein officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

John Bumgarner

March 25, 1955 - January 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

 

John was born March 25, 1955, in Anchorage. John was raised in Alaska and graduated from Service High School in 1973. Throughout most of his adult life, John worked at Noble Mechanical, an Anchorage sheet metal business owned by his parents, William and Georgina Bumgarner. After William’s retirement in 1992, John operated the business with his brother, Warren. He was a lifetime member of the Alaska Southcentral/Southeastern Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 23.
John was married to Catherine Johnson in Anchorage, and together they had one daughter, Tracy, in April 1977. After he and Catherine divorced, John married Laurie (Gochanour, Ratliff) Fleming in 1981, becoming step-father to her daughter, Wendy Marie Ratliff.
He was a skilled sheet metal worker and pilot. Together, he and Laurie — with the help of dear family and friends — built a cabin in Alaska, accessible by airplane or snowmachine. It was one of his favorite places to be.
In 2010, John and Laurie bought ranch land in Upton, Wyo., where they built their dream retirement home and began learning the business of cattle ranching from their many kind neighbors and friends along Sundown Trail. They spent the next several years between Wyoming and Alaska, where John was a tremendous help to his father-in-law, Boyd Gochanour and his wife Mary Ann.
John’s family and friends said, “John was one of the most generous people you will ever meet. He would do anything at all to help his family, his neighbors and his friends, and was a devoted husband to Laurie. He also had a warm, witty sense of humor and was sure to make everyone laugh. John was always great with kids; he kept them giggling, and was a father figure to the children of family friends. He will be missed beyond words.”
John Bumgarner, 62, of Upton, Wyo., and Anchorage, Alaska, died suddenly on January 28, 2018.
Survivors include his wife, Laurie Bumgarner of Upton and Anchorage; daughters, Tracy Thompson and Wendy (Robert) Haverfield, both of Anchorage; brother, Warren (Cyndi) Bumgarner of Big Lake, Alaska; sisters, Linda (John) Schwamm of Arizona and Lori (Mark) Haynes of Anchorage; father-in-law, Boyd (Mary Ann) Gochanour of Big Lake; mother-in-law, Donna Gochanour of Newcastle, Wyo.; brothers-in-law, Kevin Gochanour of Newcastle, and Randall (Dou) Gochanour of Wasilla, Alaska; sister-in-law, Amy (Dan) Runestad of Custer, S.D.; aunt, Ruth (John) Swank of Oregon; uncles, Robert (Jane) Sullivan and Lyle (Kay) Sullivan, both of California, and Kenny Lancaster of Soldotna, Alaska; grandchildren, Kandus (Garren) Lee, Jashawa Lamb, Kaeyln Barlow, Christopher Thompson and Kara Thompson, all of Anchorage; great-grandchildren, Presley Oxholm and Keilani Lee, both of Anchorage; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, William Carl and Georgina L. (Sullivan) Bumgarner; his birth parents, James and Joanie (Lancaster) Bumgarner; his half-sister, Jamee Bumgarner; uncle, Jack Bumgarner; aunts, Iris Bumgarner and Helen Fay; and grandparents, Noble and Alice Bumgarner, and George and Vera Sullivan.
Funeral Services will be held Feb. 10 at 1 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle, with a reception at the church following. A Celebration of Life will also be held at a later date in Alaska.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s in John’s memory.
Services will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle, Wyoming.

 

     
   
     

Francis Marion McDaniel

March 25, 1923 - February 1, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

Francis Marion McDaniel was born March 25, 1923, to Frank and Esther (Burke) McDaniel in Lantry, SD. He attended grade school in Lantry, graduated from Dupree High School in 1941, and attended Business College in Rapid City, SD. After serving in the Army during WWII, he attended Northrup Aeronautical Institute in California, graduating with a degree in aeronautical engineering. After working as head engineer for American Potash and Chemical Corp. in Henderson, NV, for several years, he returned to Lantry. Marion served as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives for the 51st District from 1963-1966. He worked at the Lantry Garage until it closed in 1972, helped run the Lantry Four Winds Club, sold real estate, and pursued farming. In later years, he moved to Spearfish, SD, to care for his parents. In December of 2017, he moved to the Michael J. Fitzmaurice SD State Veterans Home in Hot Springs, SD.
Marion enjoyed boating, fishing, water skiing, and flying.
Marion, 94, passed away on February 1, 2018, at the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
He is survived by one brother, Bill (Dianne); and sister-in-law, Betty (Jim); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gailen and Jim.
Services for Marion will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Mary "Madell" McDonagh

May 18, 1925 - January 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Madell was born in Sturgis May 18, 1925, in her grandmother Keffler's "midwifery" house. Her parents were Joseph and Florence (Keffler) Schuster. She attended St. Martin's Academy from 1st through 12th grade. She graduated from National College of Business in Rapid City.
She married George Piekkola in February of 1950 in Sturgis. They ranched at the Piekkola homestead until George's death in 1973. Madell and George adopted two children: Janice, age 4, and Kenneth, age 2, in 1954. Later they adopted a baby boy of two weeks of age, William Thomas. Madell loved being a wife and mother and grandmother. Her family was her greatest joy.
She loved dancing, sewing, cooking, canning, traveling, playing cards, and visiting. She was an amazing woman, always having projects to work on. Madell was a very hands-on mother with her children. She was very active in extension club, altar society, 4-H, and sports, and a beloved leader in Boy Scouts. One of her greatest joys was when William attained his Eagle Scout award. She was a long-time den mother and officer in that organization.
Madell loved and excelled at sewing. She made many prom/pageant dresses and "Make it with Wool" projects winning many purple ribbons. She made her daughter's complete wedding attire. She was very honored to make her two granddaughter's complete wedding outfits for a double wedding. She made hats as well as men's suits. Madell also made many little "coats" for baby animals on the farm.
She suffered the last of her years battling health issues, mainly her legs causing her to be in a wheelchair. She remained confident, kind, helpful, and happy.
After George's death, she spent many years alone, but the Lord blessed her with her second husband, William "Bill" McDonagh. They traveled in their 5th wheel all over the U.S. Bill was her knight in shining armor. Madell wanted to return to Sturgis. She moved into Sturgis Regional Senior Care for where she lived for 1½ years. She made very special friends there, Betty, Rene, and Sara, to name a few.
Mary Madell (Schuster) McDonagh, 92, Sturgis, died Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her sister, Hazel Schuster Malmbeck of Hawaii; daughter, Janice Anderson; son-in-law, Brad Sedlacek; sons, Kenneth Piekkola (Anita Ulrich) and William Piekkola (Kymberlie); grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Mason and Spencer, Rachel and Rodney Schaub, Alex and Scott Craig, Julianna and Taylor, Lisa Anderson Pelton (Bruce), Kaine, Hayden, and Christian, Michael and Sharon Anderson, Raedon, Laeton, Talon, and Rhianna, Daniel and Kirby Anderson, Taite, Thad, Tyson, and Triton, Corey Piekkola, Jennifer Piekkola, Lea and Neeko, Max Piekkola, Marissa, Chaz and Deena Piekkola, Lathan, Johnny, Chaz, Alessa, and Annie Piekkola.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her parents; brother, LaVerne; husbands, George Piekkola and William McDonagh; grandson, Mark Piekkola; and son-in-law, Andy Anderson.
Madell's children and grandchildren will forever be grateful for her loving, kind, and moral example she always set! "'Til we meet again, Mom."
Visitation will be Friday, February 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the St. Francis of Assisi Altar Society.

 

     
   
     

Donald L. Miller

September 14, 1927 - January 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, February 5, 2018

 

Don was born September 14, 1927 to Herman F. and Florence M(Matthews) Miller in Chamberlain, SD. On June 12, 1952, he married Kathleen Shirley Buss at St. Bernard’s
Catholic Church in Redfield, SD. She preceded him in death in 2013 after 61 years of marriage.
Don graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1945 and served as a corporal in the US Army 1946-49. He was stationed with the 2nd Army Air Force (AAF) Radio Squadron
Mobile in Allied-occupied Germany in 1946-47, and later posted to the Ft. Jay detachment, Governor’s Island, NY.
Following his army discharge, Don returned to Chamberlain where he partnered with his father and founded the Miller Construction Company. He was a self-taught draftsman and custom homebuilder. He built many homes and commercial buildings in the area, and was considered an artisan in his craft.
A keen interest in teaching led Don to enroll at Colorado State University in 1968 to pursue a teaching certificate. He taught at Mitchell Technical Institute (formerly Mitchell Area Voc-Tech School) in Mitchell, SD and later at Utah Valley University(formerly Utah Technical College) in Orem, UT. He was a generous and innovative teacher, and he mentored students to do the kind of work that would endure for many years.
After his retirement from teaching, Don resumed his construction business in Orem.
Ready to try new ideas, he built one of the first solar homes in Utah. He was always diligent and would go the extra mile to ensure any job, large or small, was done to the best of his ability.
Having an insatiable curiosity, Don was an avid reader and had a great love of learning. When confronted with an obstacle, he would say, “It’s not a problem but an opportunity for a solution.” He was courteous and respectful to everyone he met. His strong and
quiet faith made him always hopeful and was an inspiration to those around him. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6341 and volunteered many hours of
service to his home parish, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.
When Don was in his 70’s, he and Kathy retired in the Black Hills of South Dakota where he designed and constructed their Boulder Canyon dream home. It was a special place where family gathered for reunions, laughed and cried, and made wonderful memories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers John and Edward, and sister Harriet “Dottie” Baker.
Donald Leroy Miller, devoted husband, father and friend, passed away on January 28,2018 at Bickford Assisted Living in Macomb, IL, surrounded by those who loved him, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Grateful for his loving presence in their lives are his children: Nancy (John) Gruidl of Macomb IL; Timothy of Mitchell, SD; Theresa (Christopher) Tsoi of Fort Collins, CO; Robert of Midvale, UT; Mary McElroy of Spokane, WA; Patricia McGee of Rapid City, SD;
and Susan (John) Bird of Excelsior, MN; fourteen grandchildren, and five
great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 6-7:30 pm, immediately followed by a Vigil at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis SD. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, February 5, 2018 at 10 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Sturgis SD, with Reverend Timothy Castor presiding, followed by burial in the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Donald and Kathleen Miller Seminarian Burse(for the education of seminarians) at the Diocese of Rapid City, 606 Cathedral Drive, Rapid City SD 57701 or to St. Paul School, Macomb, IL.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual Light shine upon him.

 

     
   
     

Merla Dawn Price

April 4, 1949 - January 30, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:30 a.m. Vet's Club Sturgis

 

Merla Dawn Price was born April 4, 1949, in Sturgis, SD, to Merle and Addie Boyd (Howie) Weyer. Her childhood years were spent in Marcus where she attended rural school. She graduated in 1967 from Faith High School.
After graduation, she attended National College of Business in Rapid City. In 1969, she married her high school sweetheart, Alan Price, in Sturgis. After living in Denver for over a year, they made their home ranching in Red Owl. Here, they welcomed 2 children to their family; a daughter, Launa, and a son, Chad. To many, Merla was known as Boo, a nickname she received as a young girl. Merla Dawn enjoyed her summers in her vegetable garden and yard. She said there was no greater feeling than having her pantry shelves full of produce ready for the winter months! She was a great cook who always had a hearty meal for her family and anyone who stopped in. She also loved to be creative, whether it is with painted ceramics, oil painting, hand-made baby quilts for her grandchildren, or crocheting. She most cherished the time spent with her family and was grateful to have them nearby. In 2014, they semi-retired to Whitewood.
Merla Dawn passed away peacefully on January 30, 2018, at Hospice of the Hills, Rapid City, SD.
Merla Dawn is survived by her daughter, Launa (Shane) Grubl, Red Owl; son, Chad (Jennifer) Price, Red Owl; sister, Mary Lee (Jesse) Marty, Spearfish; brother, Harley (Connie) Weyer, Sturgis; father and mother-in-law, Walt (Thora) Price, Belle Fourche; 5 grandchildren, Teigen and Trey Grubl, Brayden, Brigg and Brynlie Price: and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alan; sister, Virginia Rae Mahaffy; nephew, Lyman Mahaffy; and brother-in-law, Roy Price.
Private family services will be held followed by a time of fellowship and remembrance at the VFW Club in Sturgis, SD, on February 5, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
Memorials have been established to the Hospice of the Hills and Rural Meade Ambulance.

 

     
   
     

Lisle Leonard Reeve

April 21, 1925 - January 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018

 

Lisle was born April 21, 1925, at Page County, IA, to Leonard and Lydia (Kenagy) Reeve. At a young age, the family moved to Western Nebraska near Marsland. They worked for local potato farmers and moved a lot during the 1930’s in that area.
Lisle graduated from Hemingford High School and shortly thereafter, he joined the United States Army. He was in Germany at the end of World War II and saw one of the prison camps. He was discharged in San Antonio, TX, and bought a saddle there. He used it until a few years ago.
His folks and younger siblings had moved near Cody, NE, so he came back there and met his future wife. His folks then moved to Isabel, SD, so he courted long distance.
Mary and Lisle were married on November 14, 1948, in Cody, NE. They started ranch living south of Cody, when their first born, Steven, arrived. They moved to Isabel, and worked on a sheep outfit, where they welcomed Mike and Linda to the family. Then they moved to Belle Fourche where they worked on the R.A. Smiley ranch where Marjorie and Dennis joined the family. It was back to Nenzel, NE, from 1960 to 1963 and in 1968, they built a house on Reeve ranch and lived in it until 2016 when he went to Colorado.
Lisle was Meade County Farm Bureau President for many years and was involved in the Opal Fire Department as its fire chief for many years. He helped build the new Opal Church and was a deacon for many years.
Lisle liked working with wood and built kitchen cupboards in his house and many small articles for his family. He loved playing Mexican Train and Hand and Foot “card games” and other card games with his family. Mary and Lisle loved playing cribbage.
Lisle Leonard Reeve, 92, Opal, died Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Florence Care Center at Florence, CO.
Lisle is survived by two sons, Steven (Vicky) Reeve, Montrose, CO, and Mike Reeve, Opal, SD; two daughters, Linda (Bill) Farnum, Hondo, TX, and Marjorie (Allen) Hartwell, Rapid City, SD; sisters, Lois Gebhart, Florence, CO, and Merle Schmelzel, New Plymouth, ID; brother, Larry Reeve, Florence, CO; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary in 2011; his parents; one son, Dennis; brother, Ermal; and sisters, Doris and Lucille.
Funeral services will 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center. Burial will follow at the Opal Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials have been established to the Opal Community Church or the Opal Hall.

 

     
   
     

Irene Alvena Berndt

March 4, 1933 - January 27, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. February 1, 2018

 

Irene Alvena (Webb) Berndt was born March 4, 1933, to George and Ella Webb. She was the 7th of 12 children. Irene died at home on January 27, 2018, after a short illness at the age of 84.
Irene grew up in Eagle Butte. She attended Butte View School in the Fox Ridge District and graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1950. She went to college in Spearfish at Black hills State College and obtained a teaching certificate. She taught school at the Zeona country school from September 1951 to May 1952. Upon completion of her year contract she returned to Eagle Butte.
On August 28, 1951, she married Edgar John Berndt in Pierre, SD. To this union of 49 years, 5 children were born: Karen, Leann, Russell, Evelyn, and Bill. Irene was blessed with 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Irene worked at Lynn's Super Valu as the manager of the Bakery and Deli from September 1978 until March of 1990. In August of 1990, she went to work at the Cheyenne Eagle Butte middle school as a kitchen assistant. She retired in 2003 from the school system.
Irene had many hobbies including baking cookies for the special people in her life, collecting her precious teapots, and decorating her home for Christmas. She got no greater joy than to see the community drive by and check out her Christmas decorations. Everyone knows the green house with all the lights on highway 212. Irene was an excellent cook and knew everyone’s favorite meal and when they arrived at her home, it was ready to be served. Mashed potatoes required a minimum of 1 pound of butter.
While employed at the school, she entertained the children with her decorative necklaces. She always had kind words for each child she served at the school. She loved to see their smiles each day. Irene was a natural caregiver who was always willing to help family and friends in need. She spent many hours at the NAPA store assisting Bill with running the store. Irene was an avid reader and was constantly reading with mystery novels being her favorite.
Irene is survived by daughter, Karen (Doug) Wendel and their children, Grace (Seth) Holley and son, Sterling, David Wendel, Jonathan Wendel, and Danielle (Derek) Wilkerson; daughter, Leann (Larry) Thorsness and their children, Chris (Jodi) Luoma and children, Quinn and Noah, Jeremy (Tiffany) Luoma and children, Desi, Madison, and Jada, and Greg Thorsness; son, Russ (Jeanie) Berndt and their children, Jon (Amber) Walder and children, Grady, Drew, Gannon, and Haddie, Kristin Walder, and Jordan Berndt; daughter, Evelyn Berndt (Ronnie Neigel) and their children, Daniel (Charlie) Berndt and Kelsey (Nate) Skoglund; son, Bill (Susan) Berndt and their children, Amanda Vu and children, Cameron and Ben, Melissa Berndt and children, Adam and Annabell, Cy Johnson, Sarah, Emma, and Johny, and CJ Johnson and family; three brothers, Wayne (Lorraine) Webb, William (Frances) Webb, and Melvin (Vonnie) Webb; sister, Lucille Berndt; sisters-in-law, Joan Webb and Pauline Webb; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar John Berndt; her parents, George and Ella Webb; brothers, Ray, Lee, Jim, Martin, Lyle, and Gene; one sister, Betty Lindeman; brothers-in-law, George Lindeman, Gerald Berndt, Elmer Berndt, and Earl Berndt; sisters-in-law, Betty Berndt, Georgia Berndt, Phyllis McQuire, and Irene Webb.
A service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the United Church of Christ in Eagle Butte. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 2nd at Black Hills National Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Margaret Tusha

May 23, 1930 - January 26, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

 

Margaret was born the third of five children to Parks and Emma (Hebner) DuPont on May 23, 1930, in Nisland, SD. She attended school in Lead, SD, and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
She married Frank Matulovich and they started their family in Lead where they raised their children, Lon and Pamela. Margaret moved to Gillette, WY, in the late sixties and worked as an activity director for Pioneer Manor for over 20 years until her retirement. After marrying Dean Tusha they moved to Spearfish, SD, in order to enjoy life in the Black Hills.
Margaret was well known for her beautiful garden and flowers. She loved hosting dinner parties as she was an amazing cook. She especially loved Christmas and had an extensive Christmas / Santa collection. Margaret found great joy being in nature and camping. She also loved watching and feeding birds.
Margaret Tusha, 87, Lead and formerly of Gillette, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018, at Deadwood Regional Hospital with family by her side.
Grateful to have shared in her life are her daughter, Pam Jackson; grandsons, Bob (April) Matulovich and Randy Matulovich, Fred (Jennifer), Michael, and Frank (Rosie) Jackson; sister, Marcadas Borup; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of additional relatives and friends.
Margaret and Pam were grateful for the love and support from the Stabnow family and Margaret's niece, Laura LaPorte.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Parks DuPont; son, Lon Matulovich; two brothers, Emil Gurwell and Lyle DuPont; sister, Laurel Abraham; and her husbands.
A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lead, SD. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall. Interment will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery later this summer.

 

     
   
     

Kelton Lane Feickert

January 21, 1956 - January 23, 2018

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Kelton "Kelly" Feickert was born January 21, 1956, in Aberdeen, SD, to Elmer and Ardella (Schlepp) Feickert. The family lived in Aberdeen, SD, Minot, ND, and Valley City, ND, before moving to Rapid City in 1965. Kelton attended public schools in the Rapid City area and graduated from Central High School in 1974.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1974, and was honorably discharged in December 1974. He loved the ocean and enjoyed activities on the waterways. He earned several medals for diving during his school years. He loved to go fishing with family and friends.
He built and operated Kelly’s Flooring in the 1980’s. Prior to that, he worked in and managed the Sooper Dooper Bakery in Rapid City.
Kelton died January 23, 2018, after a lengthy illness. He was most happy to celebrate his 62nd birthday surrounded by his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Ardella; brother, Quinten (Eileen); sisters, Juel (Darrell) Farnsworth and Cheri (Kevin) Kenyon; son, Ryan; daughter, Kyla; and son, Corey (Amanda); granddaughter, Adalind; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer; and brothers, Douglas and Monty.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Bernice Florence Lemmel

January 29, 1933 - January 25, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018

 

Bernice Florence Mettler was born January 29, 1933, at Sturgis, SD, to Leopold J. and Delores (Ferdig) Mettler. She was born the 2nd of 4 children: older sister, Arlene (Strohschein), younger sister, Mary (Murray), and younger brother, Lewis (Mettler). Times were tough, but they had each other. The siblings remained very close throughout life.
Bernice was raised in Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis High School in 1953. She married Louis "Spud" Lemmel at the First Presbyterian Church on August 2nd of 1953.
To say their beginnings were modest is an understatement. Their first home was a sheep wagon near the family place on Sulphur Creek. From that modest sheep wagon to a small 2 room basement house and then eventually building their home they raised their 5 children along the way.
They built their life and ranch together as a family, with Bernice overlooking every step. Breakfast was on the table at daylight and she would work side by side with Spud doing ranch work and at lunch break, she would have an amazing meal with all the fixings and of course always dessert. When she finished the dishes out the door she went until dark and again for supper, another big meal awaited you.
Everyone was always welcome to eat and stay at the Lemmel home. If you stopped by near mealtime, it was expected you would eat and a plate was promptly set for you…no was not an option at Bernice’s house. Neighbors would stop by often, and cowboy after cowboy would stay for days and rodeo out of the ranch. Mom would cook for everyone. When shearing would take 3 or 4 days with crews of 30 plus, she would never miss a beat, or packing lunches to the all-day rides on yearlings at the gumbo.
The house on Sulphur Creek was headquarters and Bernice was the general. She made sure that her kids missed no opportunity: basketball, wrestling, baseball, horse shows, and rodeos. She hauled the kids everywhere, pickup and trailer in tow.
Bernice was very athletic and competitive. She drove her kids to be the best they could be. Not just her kids, but the whole community. She was a basketball and baseball coach for 3 decades in the country. But her real passion was 4-H. You could easily call her the first lady of 4-H in South Dakota. She touched many lives by encouraging and being a 4-H leader for over 6 decades. If you belonged to her club, you didn’t just rodeo; you sewed, made crafts, showed livestock, gave demonstrations, and did your books.
Her leadership included being on the S.D. woolgrowers auxiliary, Fox Ridge community club, Meade County election board, Meade county 4-H club, Western Junior, and Jr. Stock growers and Busy Stichers along with Sulphur Creek 4-H in later years. Bernice was elected to the South Dakota 4-H hall of fame in 2002 and she continued to be a 4-H leader until her death.
Mom had some quirky sayings, but you never had to wonder where she stood. She would tell you. She was a fierce competitor and had spunk to the very end.
Bernice Florence Lemmel, 84, Mud Butte, died Thursday, January 25, 2018, at her home.
Survivors include her husband, Spud, Mud Butte; sons, Rick Lemmel, Mud Butte, Ronny (Carmen) Lemmel, Faith, and Rorey (Crysta) Lemmel, Whitewood; daughters, Roxie (Tim) Tetrault, St. Onge, and Ronna (Pat) Burke, Castlerock; sister, Mary Murray, Sturgis; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Arlene Strohschein, and brother, Lewis Mettler
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday January 31, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with a burial to follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Bernice Lemmel 4-H scholarship fund.
The family sends a special thank you to the Meade County 4-H leaders for serving lunch.

 

     
   
     

John Milton Askew

April 27, 1943 - January 8, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, February 5, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

John was born April 27, 1943, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Milton and Eldene Askew. He graduated high school from Sioux Falls Cathedral in 1961. After high school, John worked for his father at Askew Music in Sioux Falls until hitting the road with his own band, Bluez Beri Jam, playing under the stage name of Johnny Q.
John went to work at the Huron Music Center in Huron, SD, where he met Hank Zeigler. In 1973, John moved to Pierre where he and Hank opened A&Z Music, a business they operated successfully for more than 30 years. A&Z Music was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2017.
John married Dawn Riegel March 20, 1987, in Deadwood, SD. John and Dawn spent their retirement years in Wichita, KS, where he continued to play music at a local level. John was a devoted husband, father, uncle, and grandfather, and a very talented musician. He was also an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. Throughout John's life, he never knew a stranger.
John Milton Askew, formerly of Pierre, SD, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, January 8, 2018, in Wichita, KS.
John is survived by his wife, Dawn, of Sturgis; two children, daughter, Lynda (Scott) Pruett of Keenesburg, CO, and son, Tom (Connie) Askew of Olathe, KS; grandsons, Nick Askew and Mason Askew; step-daughter, Chris (Rick) Jordan of Sturgis; step-son, Troy (Christine) Riegel of Rapid City; grandson, Dustin Jordan; granddaughter, Shannon (Kyle) Brown; grandson, Stone Riegel; great-grandchildren, Isaac Jordan, Christine Jordan, Wyatt Brown, and Allie Brown; nieces and nephews, Pam (Ed) Wilds, Brad Hastings, Brian (Meg) Hastings, Bart (Tammy) Hastings, Barbara (Steve) Kildahl, and Beth Bolstad (Tim Johnson); and countless friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Eldene; and his sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Ken Hastings.
The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 5, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Phyllis "JoAnne" Merwin

May 7, 1940 - January 22, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 

Phyllis "JoAnne" O'Dea Merwin was born on May 7, 1940, to Michael and Virginia (Martin) O'Dea. She was raised on the family farm and attended school in Oral, SD, through the 8th grade and graduated from Hot Springs, SD, high school in 1957. After graduating high school she married her high school sweet heart Albert Merwin on November 4, 1957. In their 60 years of marriage they had 6 children, 25 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 1 great grandchild is due April 18, 2018. She enjoyed raising goats and bum lambs on the farm she shared with Albert and one of her greatest achievements was a summer she raised 100 bum lambs. She also enjoyed many years of crafting and taught others to do the same. She would say she loved giving more than receiving.
JoAnne O'Dea Merwin went to meet her Lord & Savior on January 22, 2018.
Survivors include her husband, Albert; her two sons, Ron (Becky) Merwin of Piedmont, SD; Mike (Lisa) Merwin of Park Hall, Maryland; three daughters, Vicky (Henry) Ulrich of Sturgis, SD; Gaylene Funell (significant other Greg Voegeli) of Sturgis, SD; Stacy (Jeff) Lenards of Rapid City, SD; brother, Jim (Doris) O'Dea of Bluffton, MN; 2 sisters, Bonnie (Tom) Jones of Vale, SD; Jane (John) Knapp of Rapid City, SD; as well as 57 grandkids and great grandkids and many nieces and nephews. Also a very special friend Geri Ericson.
She was reunited with her daughter, Connie, her mother, Virginia, and her brother, Loren on January 22, 2018.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Church of Christ in Sturgis with Pastor Ozzy McDaniel officiating.
Burial will be at Bear Butte Cemetery.
Memorial has been established to the Hospital Gift Shop.

 

     
   
     

Ruth Louise Schlomer Snyder

October 7, 1931 - January 24, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 

Ruth was born October 7, 1931, at Washington, IA, to James Leroy and Irma (Walker) Jugenheimer. She graduated from high school in Washington, IA, and earned a two year teaching certificate at Sioux Falls College. She married John Carl Schlomer on December 23, 1956, at Glenham, SD.
She taught school for the Smee School District at Wakpala, SD, before becoming a cook at the Silver Grill in Mobridge, SD.
Ruth Louise Schlomer Snyder, 86, Sturgis, SD, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Survivors include her sons, Leroy (Sue) Schlomer, Rapid City, Lloyd (Darlene) Schlomer, Moorhead, MN, Neal (Pam) Schlomer, Ada, MI, and Dean (Linda) Schlomer, Eagle, ID; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband; one son, Kenneth; and her second husband, Dale Snyder.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Burial will be Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at the Glenham Cemetery at 11:30 a.m. central time.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Richard E. Van Calligan

December 29, 1923 - January 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Richard was born December 29, 1923, in Antigo, Wisconsin, to James and Fern (Lindsay) Van Calligan.
Richard received: the distinguished unit badge, bronze arrowhead, victory medal, American Theater Service Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater service Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal for New Guinea, Southern Phillippines (liberation), and Luzon.
Richard married Ardis Rennpferd on July 3, 1948. He was ahead of his time encouraging his wife to enjoy non-traditional sports and hobbies. Richard opened up a world of adventure, love, and companionship for Ardis.
Richard E. Van Calligan, 94, of Rapid City, SD, passed away January 18, 2018, at VA Medical Center at Fort Meade, SD. His family appreciates the excellent care he received.
He is survived by his spouse, Ardis; children, Mark and Heidi, and many devoted relatives and friends.
Cremation arrangements were completed by Kinkade Funeral Chapel, in Sturgis, SD.
Services scheduled later in Antigo, Wisconsin.

 

     
   
     

Troy James Wilson

February 17, 1971 - January 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m Friday, January 26, 2018

 

Troy James Wilson, 46, Wright, WY, formerly of Sturgis, passed away, January 18, 2018, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, after collapsing on the job site.
Troy was born, February 17, 1971, in Rapid City, SD, to Arthur and Bonnie (Kopecky) Wilson. He was involved in the family business then at the age of 17, he moved to Hulett, WY, and was employed with Neiman Sawmill. Troy also worked for Western Gas (Anadarko), American Colloid, Wood Group, and Pegasus Optimization. He was married, and later divorced, to Mandee Conzelman, to this union was born their daughter Staysha Wilson. Troy and Staysha continued their journey together; she was the "Light of his Life"
He was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. He enjoyed spending time with friends, family and co-workers, and times well spent in Mark Strohschein's shop with Grant Schlidt and many others playing games and handing them tools as they worked on vehicles. Troy was very passionate with everything he did.
Troy is survived by his daughter, Staysha Wilson; fiancee, Misty Jutting, and children, Bobby and Brady; mother, Bonnie Wilson; sisters, Tammy Halvorsen, and children Devin, and Adam; Tracy Wilson and son, Toby; Terri Wilson- Roden (Johnathon Tate) and sons, Joshua Roden, and Blake Tate, all of Sturgis; brother Ted (Jennifer) Wilson, and children Anissa, Rylan and Jaeden, Rapid City; and niece, Destiny Wilson, Pierre.
He is preceded in death by his father, Arthur Wilson; grandparents, aunts and uncles, special uncle "Smoke" Kopecky; father-in-law, Roy Conzelman; nieces, Tanlynn, and Justice Roden, and special friend of the family Mike Rogge.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm, Friday, January 26, 2018, at the Sturgis Community Center in Sturgis with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Inurnment will be at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis at a later date.
"Don't Tell Ted"




 

     
   
     

Kathleen Kay Kandt

February 22, 1942 - January 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018

 

Kathy was born, February 22, 1942, to Gustav and Mildred (Saueressig) Kandt in Bismarck, ND. She was raised on the family farm and in McClusky, ND, where she graduated from high school. She received a BS degree in English from Minot State University.
In her lifetime, she taught English at Standing Rock High School in ND and at the Flandreau Indian Boarding School in Flandreau, SD. Kathy trained as a welder and was a proud member of the Sheetmetal Workers Union where she was a journeyman. She worked as a treatment parent in a supportive youth home in Madison, WI. She taught math and spatial relations classes at the Madison Area Technical College.
It was also in Wisconsin where she met the love of her life, Bess Brown. In 1997 she and her wife Bess moved to Tilford, SD, where Kathy worked as a home health caregiver and at a local gardening nursery where she learned about plants and trees that grow well in the local region. Kathy and Bess took care of her mother until her death in 2005.
Kathy served as the Executive Director of the Black Hills Center for Equality during a time when the Center was struggling. She worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness and guided the Center in a new direction in developing services to Western South Dakota's LGBT community. She devoted many hours to working with state and local government and other LGBT groups in SD. Kathy was recently honored by the LGBT community for her lifelong dedication to the cause of equality.
Kathy was a proud lifelong member of the Democratic Party. She fought for worker's rights and against oppression of any kind. She set up and helped govern organizations that supported battered women. Over the course of her life, she made many gifts to organizations like this to help victims of abuse reclaim their lives and to raise their children in peaceful homes. She volunteered at the women's shelter and the Hospice House. She was a powerful role model in caring for our fellow human beings.
Kathy loved everything that grows on God's green earth. She had a passion for planting, harvesting and preserving the healthy foods that came from the amazing gardens she and Bess grew. Together she and Bess developed a particular love for the iris and their beautiful collection of irises was well-known to many. Kathy was a voracious reader and a natural teacher who loved to engage on long conversations about any topic under the sun. She was an incredibly interesting person to talk to and loved to share her knowledge and experience with everyone. Kathy trained for and became a Reiki Master.
Kathy and Bess were proudly married on September 6, 2015, along with eleven other couples at Mount Rushmore. They made a loving life together for 34 years.
Kathleen "Kathy" Kay Gus Kandt, died, January 21, 2018, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.
Kathy is survived by her wife, Bess Brown; sisters, Linda Brown, Eileen Luchsinger, Pemina Yellow Bird, and many other friends and family.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial in Kathy's name may donate to the Regional Hospital Hospice House. Special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and support staff at the Rapid City Regional Hospital's Dialysis Center and Cancer Clinic for your loving care of Kathy during her illness. A great deal of gratitude also goes to Kathy's circle of fellow patients; she truly loved and cared about you all.
Kathy was the kind of person who never knew a stranger she couldn't turn into a friend. She was brave, and kind and cheerful in all weathers. She was a devoted wife, friend and relative, and a fearless defender of many. May she rest in peace and may all who mourn her loss be comforted by loving memories.
A celebration of Life will be held, Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 2:00 pm (we are calling it a Super Bowl pregame party), at On Common Ground located at 610 St Francis St, Rapid City, SD.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice House in Rapid City.

 

     
   
     

Shirley Mae Hessman

June 7, 1925 - January 22, 2018

 

Service to be held:

At A Later Date

 

Shirley Hessman, 92, of Rapid City, SD, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and devoted friend to many went home to her lord on January 22, 2018. Shirley was admired for her strength, spirit, tenacity and intelligence. Her faithfulness to God and others and her capacity to love everyone she encountered made her a significant person in many people’s lives. She will be missed here on Earth but the heavens are singing with her arrival. A private mass will be held in her honor.

 

     
   
     

Maxine Grace Bongard

February 2, 1929 - January 19, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018

 

Maxine Grace (Anderson) Bongard passed from this world on January 19, 2018. The reigning matriarch of the Anderson Family, Maxine was born the second of eight children, on February 2, 1929, in Alpena, SD, to Esther Jane (Cunningham) and Grant Vernon (“Jim”) Anderson, and grew up around the Woonsocket and Green Grass areas of South Dakota. She met and married Calvin Leroy Bongard in Fort Lewis, Washington, on July 12, 1947. Thereafter, they traveled around the country and the world together, and with their children, as he served in the US Army.
Maxine earned her GED while in Monterey, California. She had many talents and was a tireless worker, starting as a waitress at age 17, and continuing in that profession for many years as they lived at various Army postings. The family moved from the Twin Cities to Tomah, Wisconsin, in 1970, where she worked at the Holiday Inn as banquet manager, a salesperson at Tomah Office Supply, and was a sales partner at Tomah Sew and Vac. Calvin’s passing in 1994, led Maxine to move to Rapid City, SD, to be near her siblings. She spent the last 23 years enjoying every minute with her large extended family, sharing stories, and as the go-to person for questions about the Anderson and Cunningham family histories. She particularly enjoyed visiting with extended family at the annual Anderson and Cunningham Family reunions.
Sewing was a lifetime passion. Maxine sewed clothes for herself and for the children as they were growing up, and in later years she became an avid quilter, working at the Quilt Connection Etc. quilt shop in Rapid City where she was a jack of all trades, working as a salesperson, teacher, and sewing machine repair person. The customers she served often became close friends. She continued repairing machines for many years even after being diagnosed with COPD thanks to her portable oxygen machine. She retired from all work when macular degeneration stole her eyesight.
Maxine is survived by her four children; Kellie (Jim) LaRue of Black Hawk, SD; Kathy (Rob) Hoey of Searsmont, ME; Jerry (Patricia) Bongard of Warner, QLD, Australia; and D’Anne (Bub) Thompson of Marcus, SD; grandchildren, Christopher (Catherine) and Michael Bongard, Sam and Isaac Hoey, and Amanda and Troy Thompson; siblings, JoAnne (Avin) Martin, Kenny (Geneann) Anderson and Joyce Peterson all of Piedmont, SD; sister-in-law, Muriel (Dupris) Anderson of Bloomington, MN; many nieces, nephews and greats that she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin (Kelly) Bongard; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly (Wes) Steele, Norma (Lester) Hertel; brothers, Grant Vernon (“Junior”) Anderson, Jr., Leonard Anderson, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Wednesday, January 24 from 4-7 PM.
Services will be Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 11 AM at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers or memorials, please consider donating in her name to the Anderson Education Fund, macular degeneration research at Bright Focus Foundation (https://www.brightfocus.org), or Regional Health Hospice House.

 

     
   
     

Elaine Donna Rowett

March 3, 1961 - January 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018

 

Elaine was born on March 3, 1961, in Deadwood, SD, to Floyd A. Cammack and Donna (Lee) Cammack. She grew up on the family ranch near Stoneville, SD, with her four older brothers. She attended a two-room grade school in Stoneville through the 8th grade. She then attended Sturgis Brown High School where she lived with her grandparents Cecil and Ella Cammack during the school year. As a young woman she loved to ride her motorcycle and try to keep up with her older brothers.
She married the love of her life, Clair D. Rowett, on June, 27, 1981. Through this union they raised two wonderful children at their rural home east of Sturgis. Early in her life she was diagnosed with MS, even through her struggles she never complained and always had a smile. She was a woman of incredible faith and often sought comfort through God’s word. She was a member of LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis, SD.
Elaine never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone. She always had a pan of brownies or a batch of cookies ready for visitors. Elaine always had a smile and will be remembered for her great attitude. Elaine enjoyed many things but most of all she loved her grand children and loved being a grandmother.
Elaine Donna (Cammack) Rowett, 56, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday January 18, 2018, at her home east of Sturgis, South Dakota.
Survivors include her husband, Clair; her son, Eric (Brittney) Rowett of Sturgis, SD; her daughter, Joanna (Bo) Secrest of Alliance, NE; her parents, Floyd (Donna) Cammack of Stoneville, SD; her brothers, Gary (Amy) Cammack of Union Center, SD; Randy (Mary Ellen) Cammack of Alakali, SD; Lane Cammack of Stoneville, SD; Mike (Bartly) Cammack of Fairbanks, AK; her father and mother-in-law Neal (Elaine) Rowett of rural Sturgis, SD; brother and sister in-laws; Tom (Janice) Rowett and Lonnie (Janie) Humbracht both from Spearfish, SD; Ross (Judy) Rowett of Entait, WA; 6 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Cecil and Ella Cammack and Lloyd (Bernadine) Lee.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Matt Schulaw officiating with an inurnment at a later date.
Memorials have been established for both the Union Center Community Cemetery Archway; and the Lippold Hospice Suite.

 

     
   
     

Edna Marie Speers

February 22, 1916 - January 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018

 

Edna was born on a White Owl homestead on February 22, 1916. She grew up in Springfield, MO, where her father passed suddenly when she was 12. She married Glen E. Speers in 1933 at age 16 and raised 6 sons on the White Owl Ranch, many of whom when on to serve in the military.
Known to all as "Grandma" Edna lived independently with the help and care of family and friends. Coming to Washington she was thrilled to garden in the NW with fruit trees, grapes and large garden well into her late 90's. She had a great sense of humor and loved to hear of family adventures and mishaps, and posed in many "Fish" photos, some bigger than her! At the age of 100 she was caught on stage teaching her great-great granddaughters the Charleston. Her last trip to the ranch was met by loved ones and many travel "fans" and treated like celebrity!
Edna lived her life and faith to the fullest being missionary minded, supporting Billy Graham and Samaritan's Purse. Every year she helped her granddaughter pack and send shoe boxes to operation Christmas Child, over 50 boxes a year! The family would like to send 102 boxes in 2018 in her honor.
Grandma was a strong fighter, surviving everything from rattlesnake bites to cancer!! An inspiration to all.
Edna Marie Speers, 101, Puyallup, WA, formerly of White Owl, SD, died, Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at her grandson's home in Puyallup, WA.
Edna is survived by her four sons; Bert G. Speers, Puyallup, WA; Lowell A. Speers, White Owl, SD; Stanley G. Speers, Toledo, WA; and Patrick R. Speers, Patterson, MO. 19 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters; Yonnie and Clara; one brother, Marion; two sons; Glen Jr, and Russell; two grandsons, John L. and sadly the same week of her passing her grandson Shane Speers.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
A celebration of her Life and Faith will be held, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at the White Owl Church. Burial will follow at the White Owl Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Karen J. Nelson

February 18, 1940 - January 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018

 

Karen was born February 18, 1940, to Gordon and Hildur (Johnson) Lund Sr. at Hitterdal, MN. She went on to have three children, Dale, Elizabeth and JoAnne. On September 5, 1975, she married Kenneth C. Nelson and they spent the rest of her time in Deadwood.
Karen J. Nelson, 77, Deadwood, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Karen is survived by her husband, Ken Nelson, Deadwood, SD; one son, Dale Hanson, Jamestown, ND; and daughters; Elizabeth (Wilson) Park, Deadwood, SD, and JoAnne (Rodney) Keller, Spring Hill, FL; grandchildren, Jessica Wibe, Hitterdal, MN; Jerad Hanson, Fargo, ND; Jason Keller, Lead, SD; and Kristan (Keller) Sears, Spring Hill, FL; two great grandchildren, Max Keller, Lead, SD, and Andrew Keller, Lead, SD. The boys always brought a smile to her face. One brother, Gordon (Louise) Lund, Jr., Texas and one sister, Deborah Lund, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Clarence Lund, MN and Gary Lund, MN.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Inurnment follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Western Hills Humane Society.

 

     
   
     

Joyce Elaine Orr

January 31, 1945 - January 6, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Private Family At A Later Date

 

Joyce was born January 31, 1945, in Deadwood, SD, to Ina and Edwin Dahlquist. Joyce married Sherman Orr on November 12, 1961, in Sturgis. Joyce will be remembered by her family for her quirky sense of humor. She loved to tell her grandchildren silly stories that always made them laugh. She will also be remembered for her unique Christmas presents she gave her children.
Joyce E. Orr, 72, Newell, died on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at her residence in Newell.
Survivors include her three sons, Brian Orr, Spearfish., SD; Wiley Orr, Newell, SD; and Charles Orr, Newell, SD; three daughters, LaDonna Styles, Charlotte, NC; Celo Dickey, Newcastle, WY; and Stacie Kehn, Sturgis, SD; one sister, Patricia Hilde, Twin Valley MN; one brother, Gary Asher, Gillette, WY; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister.
A memorial service for her immediate family will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Vesta Mae Cha

September 28, 1925 - January 5, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

Vesta Mae (Blair) Cha was born on September 28, 1925, at Tilford, South Dakota to John and Lois (Lamberton) Blair. She grew up on a ranch near Tilford with her older brother, Calvin, and her older sister, Lucile. Vesta graduated from Sturgis High School in 1943, and then attended a business college in Rapid City. She was baptized and became a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis o June 13, 1945, the same day Linda Blair was baptized.
She worked for the First Federal Savings and Loan for two years, and then went to Oakland, California where she worked for thirteen years for Colgate Palmolive Company. After serving in the Army, Frederick Cha was honorably discharged, he moved to California to work for the military base in Alameda, where he was trained and worked as a jet engine mechanic. The job he absolutely loved, showing up early every day. He also enjoyed the weather, riding his motorcycle to work almost every day. He enjoyed going to dances after work, and that is where he met the love of his life, Vesta Blair. They dated for a year before they were married on June 14, 1950, in Oakland, California.
Together they bought and ran three apartment buildings in California at different times, and Fred would do maintenance on them in his spare time. After several years, he and Vesta retired, and they later moved to Sturgis in 2004. Fred wanted to get away from traffic and enjoy the small town atmosphere, and they wintered in Chandler, Arizona for five years. Fred and Vesta moved to Berry unit at Sturgis Regional Long Term Care in 2011, due to health reasons.
Vesta Mae (Blair) Cha, 92, Sturgis, died Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Committal services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorial has been established to Sturgis Regional Senior Care activities fund.

 

     
   
     

Mary Ann Chapman

October 9, 1952 - January 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

Mary was born in Rotan, TX, on October 9, 1952, the second child of six of Eugene and Margaret (Margie Bethel) Webb. As a little child, her family moved to Fort Morgan, CO, where her last four siblings joined the family. Mary graduated from Ft. Morgan High School in 1970 and attended Morgan Community College part-time while working full time. She met and married Arthur LeRoy Chapman on April 16, 1972, at the Wiggins Community Church.
Mary and Art traveled extensively based on his on-going work in the oil fields. At one time, Mary, with two little sons in tow, lived in Spain while Art worked in Algeria for 18 months and then 18 months in Sudan. From there, the young family moved back to Rawlins, WY, where they lived many years. Mary worked at the local hospital and ultimately began a long lasting employment with Kroger Grocery Stores. She successfully managed the liquor store for the grocery chain many years.
In the past ten years, Mary and Art lived on their ranch north of Newell, SD, where Mary began raising sheep. Her biggest delight was in the little lambs. Her email address reflected this love: Maryslittlelamb. In Newell, Mary first worked for several years for Howdy's Newmart where she enjoyed meeting the community. Later, Mary Clerked at Conoco where, again, she so enjoyed meeting everyone. Mary never met a stranger and her attitude toward 'strangers' was one of friendly talk and 'How can I help?'
Mary Ann Webb Chapman left this earth on Thursday, January 4, 2018, after a short and fierce battle with cancer.
Survivors include her husband, Art; their son, Daniel; and her five siblings, Eugene (Judy) of Loveland, CO, Robert of Ft. Morgan, CO, Jack of San Antonio, TX, Kenneth (Gloria) of Fort Morgan, CO, and Barbara (Bruce) Sielaff of Rawlins, WY; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by their older son, Harold, who died in 2000, and her father, Eugene Webb, who died in 1985.
On Wednesday evening, January 10, visitation will be at Kinkade Funeral Chapel from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Mary's farewell service is Thursday, January 11, 2018, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Following the service, there will be a celebration of Mary's life at the Newell City Hall, 101 Third Street, Newell, SD, for all family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

     
   
     

Marvin David Jensen, Sr.

November 18, 1939 - January 7, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018

 

Marvin Jensen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, left this world January 7, 2018, to be with his Lord in Heaven.
Marvin was born November 18, 1939, to Christian and Belle (Painter) Jensen at West Weigand Place in Eagle Butte, SD. He married JoAnn Selby on December 22, 1961, in Isabel. They lived in Dupree for three years then lived in Lantry for the next 10 years working for McDaniel's Implement. Next he worked on his parent’s farm for a number of years, before finally moving to Faith, SD, in 1974 where they purchased the old Udegar house and have resided there until his passing. In Faith, he worked as a mechanic at many different places, a custodian at the Faith High School and CRST Head Start, and as a lock smith. He owned his own gas station in Lantry, SD, until it burned down in 1981. He loved tinkering around on old vehicles and tractors and driving around Durkee lake watching the wild life, rattle snake hunting, fishing, and stopping to visit and joke with his friends on the street or road. He was always a call away when someone was in need of any help or advice.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Jensen; children, Deloris Haibeck of Rapid City, SD, Marvin Jensen, Jr. (Doris) of Gillette, WY, Jeff (Barb) Jensen of Lantry, SD, Darlene (Zane) King of Faith, SD, Ronald (Paula) Jensen of Eagle Butte, SD, Gary (Kimberly) Jensen of Lantry, SD, and Bonny Jensen of Sturgis, SD; sisters, Janice Selby of Faith, SD, and Janelle Follette of Colorado; brothers, Lauren Jensen of Lantry, SD, and Roger (Barbara) Jensen of Sturgis, SD; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chris; mother, Belle; sister, Beulah; three brothers, Derl, Preston, and Lloyd; and son, Tracy Eugene.
Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. until service time Friday at the Faith Community Center.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Faith Community Center in Faith, SD, with Pastor Mark Richardson officiating. Burial will follow at the Faith Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Carol Ann Grubl

January 7, 1938 - January 6, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Carol Ann (Hilton) Grubl was born January 7, 1938, in Mobridge, SD, to George and Helen Hilton. She grew up and attended 1st-12th grade in Mobridge. Carol then ventured to Brookings, SD, where she attended college. This is where she met a bullrider she could not resist. After two years, they decided ranching might be for them.
City met country on June 14, 1958, when Carol and Eddie were united in marriage in Mobridge, SD. From that point forward, they resided on his grandparent’s place on the Alkali Divide. This was a journey they enjoyed for 59 years together. Carol was fortunate enough to spend her last day at home.
During their life together, they were blessed with two children, Georgi Ann and Barney. Carol was a gal of many talents. There was not one thing she couldn’t do or attempt to do. From cooking, gardening, sewing, photography, calving, gambling, or just speaking her mind…she could handle it all.
As she traveled through her life helping Eddie on the ranch, she also served on various boards and committees. And yes….She was always right! As many of you remember, Carol said it like it was in her column “Meanwhile Back At The Ranch.” A part of her has been passed on to each of our homes and hearts.
On the evening on January 6, 2018, surrounded by her family and her cat, one last time Carol said, “Load up the cream can, I’m ready to go home.”
Being grateful for sharing in her life as a wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma are her husband, Eddie Grubl; daughter, Georgi Ann (Delbert) Cobb of Red Owl, SD; son, Barney Grubl of Oceanside, CA; 5 grandkids, Ashly (Brett) Price, Clint (Donelle) Cobb, Brandon Grubl, Zach Grubl, and Brianna Grubl; and then the cream of the crop, her 7 great-grandchildren; Timber, RyLee, Cooper, Roan, Carsyn, Camri, and Arya.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother; and her mother and father-in-law.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 14, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Sturgis Community Center Theater with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Memorials have been established to Northern Hills Hospice and the Red Owl Hall Playground Fund.

 

     
   
     

Tarrie Jay Goddard

February 14, 1960 - January 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 8, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Tarrie was born Valentine’s day, 1960, to James and Merne (Jones) Gibson. She traveled as a child with her Air Force family, extensively, before landing in Lingle, WY, after her father retired.
She always loved a good time with her family and friends. After retiring in 2010, she and her husband, Monte, traveled the United States, RVing. After diagnosis in the fall of 2015, they settled in Sturgis.
Tarrie Jay Goddard, 57, Sturgis, SD, died Thursday, January 4, 2018, at her home in Sturgis.
She leaves behind her husband, Monte; daughter, Kristie Sierra; son, E.J. (Christina) Snyder; and grandchildren, Larissa Mayhew, Rylea Joyce, and TJ Snyder. Survivors also include her mother, Merne Gibson; brothers, Jack (Deb) Gibson, Jim Gibson, and Jerry (Beth) Gibson; sister, Tracy (Doug) Patrick; Sturgis family in-laws, Gerie Ericson, Lavina Goddard, Tom (Betty) Goddard; mother-in-law, Anna Goddard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Gibson; father-in-law, Forrest Goddard; brothers-in-law, Marshall Goddard and Donald Ericson; and sister-in-law, Annette Gibson.
A memorial may be made to the ALS Foundation on her behalf.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Burial will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

James Edward Bradley

April 2, 1933 - January 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, January 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

James Edward Bradley was born April 2, 1933, in Wessington Springs, SD, to Donald and Florence (Krog) Bradley. Jim grew up in Wessington Springs where he attended school until he went into the Air Force where he stayed for three years.
After returning from the Air Force, Jim lived in Montana where he met his wife, Theresa. The couple lived in Montana for a while then moved to Wessington Springs where they raised their five children, after which Jim and Theresa moved to Sturgis where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Jim drove a Semi truck for 30 years, owned a tavern for a short period, and finally finished his work career as a boiler operator at the Pope and Talbot Saw Mill in Spearfish.
Jim always enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was hunting and fishing with his buddy’s in the mountains of Montana when he was a younger man or getting to go pheasant hunting and walleye fishing with his family later in his life. He also enjoyed the times when all his family got together for the holidays, a wedding, or a family reunion.
Jim is survived by his three sons, Jim and wife, Donna, of El Mirage, AZ, Mike and wife, Kristy, of Whitewood, and Mark and wife, Cathy, of Rapid City; and two daughters, Deb Buringa of Wessington and Sheila Jamison and husband, Jeff, of San Antonio. He is also survived by his brother, Gary, and wife, Evelyn, of Wessington Springs; two sisters, Mary Jackson of Lane, and Pat Christensen of Arizona; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Theresa; two brothers, Richard and William; and two brothers-in-law, Darrell Jackson and Dennis Christensen.
Visitation will be Monday, January 8, from 8:00 a.m. until service time at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Robert "Bob" Waddington

January 26, 1933 - January 2, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018

 

Robert "Bob" Roy Waddington was born January 26, 1933, to Robert C. Waddington and Gertrude D. Rada in Lead, SD. The family moved to Hill City in 1939.
Bob started working in the timber at an early age and put himself through high school cutting and hauling posts. On January 28, 1953, he married Deloris Ann Kester. He was drafted into the Army in April 1953 serving at Camp Kobe, Japan and Demarkation Zone, Korea. During this time, his home base was in Colorado Springs, CO, and Leadville, CO. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army in 1961, Bob and his family moved back to Rapid City and to Lead in 1962 where they resided until his death.
Bob loved his family, logging, hunting, and football. He was a practical jokester and added his special touch to all his projects which we referred to as "Hillbillyin Up." If he could only buy something in red, it was immediately painted green. He was a hard-working man who believed in helping his neighbors and fellowmen. If it was mechanical he could fix it! He hired one of the neighbor boys, Sam Millard, to help him in the woods and later his grandsons, Jason and Josh. What he taught them could not be learned in any book. He was a quiet man who spoke volumes by his actions.
Bob, 84, Lead, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Deloris Ann; his daughters, Judy (John) Coffield and Shelly (Bruce) Disbrow; his grandsons, Jason (Christina) Coffield, Joshua (Michelle) Coffield, Cal Coffield, and Christian Disbrow; his great-grandsons, Kevin Coffield, Matthew Curtis, Taylor Coffield, Ryan, Jace, and Hunter Evans, and Cody Coffield; his "Pretty Ladies" granddaughters, Jonna (Larry) Evans, Heather (James) Andrie, and Breanna (Jaz) Terzic; great-granddaughters, Shelby Wisser, Ashlyn and Jayden Coffield, and Maycee Coffield; and "His Baby" great-granddaughter, Camryn Coffield; and his brother, William (Billie) Waddington, San Antonio, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Vernon Gene; brothers, Richard and Gerald; half-brother, Robert; and special friend, Ronald Forrette.
Services will be Saturday, January 6, 2017, at the Lead Assembly of God Church in Lead at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Committal services, with military honors will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery on Monday, January 8, at 10:30 a.m.
A memorial has been established to Fort Meade Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Regine U. Jones Mack

June 3, 1957 - December 26, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018

 

Gina was born to Helga Seidel on June 3, 1957, in Baden-Baden, West Germany. After Helga married Dale Jones, who was stationed at a US army base in Kaiserslautern, Dale adopted Gina in 1959, and she joyfully celebrated that day with him every year. With a younger brother in tow, the family moved back to the States to the Jones family ranch at Stoneville, SD. Following another move to Belle Fourche, they settled permanently in Sturgis, SD, where Troy was born several years later.
Apart from living as a foreign exchange student in Germany, her college years, and a tour of duty in the military, Gina lived the rest of her life in Sturgis. Throughout her childhood, she spent significant time at the Jones and Wahl (Union Center) ranches with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins. She was a member of 4-H and German Club. She graduated high school in 1975 and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings and Western Dakota Area Vo-Tech, graduating with honors. She entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Ft. Riley, Kansas, and near Ulm, West Germany. While in the army she met her first husband, Tim Jones, and they had one child, Brandon, in 1981. On April 15, 2010, she received her United States Citizenship.
Back in Sturgis with Brandon, Gina worked as an office manager for Western Land Brokers and Auctioneers and as a bartender at the Pyramid Beer Garden and the Oasis in Sturgis. She met the husband who would love and care for her the rest of her life, Joseph Mack, and they were married in May 1999.
Gina was an avid reader her entire life and consistently found outlets for her talents, German language, crafting hand-made greeting cards, and writing poetry, having “Ebony & Ivory” published in “Our World’s Best Loved Poems.” She enjoyed learning about new things and exploring the world. She loved caring for her yard and garden and on weekends, she and Joe could often be found out in the Hills rock hunting or in the winter season cheering on the RUSH Hockey Team. Her friends and family will all attest to her commitment to staying connected and to her capacity to love those around her.
Regine "Gina" U. Jones Mack, 60, died December 26, 2017.
She is survived by her husband, Joe; son, Brandon, Spearfish; her mother, Helga (Max) Rogers, Sturgis; her mother-in-law, Frances Mack, Wisconsin, Deanna Clark, Sturgis; siblings, Ken (Mary) Jones, Des Moines, IA, Troy Jones, Sturgis, and Lynne (Dennis) Bishop, Gettysburg, PA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Brian, John, Pam, Roxanne Mack, and Dawn Grenstiner; and several nieces and nephews, Codi, Celie, Sam, Daniel, Alyssa, Jonathan, and Jennifer.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dale; father-in-law, James Mack; her maternal grandparents, Hedwig and Rudolf Seidel; paternal grandparents, Buster and Luberta Jones; cousin, Vivien Pritchard; niece, Brooke Fiorentino; and special furry friends Kramer and Suie.
A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Chaplain Herbert Cleveland officiating. Military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to Regional Health Home Plus Hospice.

 

     
   
     

Ardis Pearl Smiley

January 9, 1931 - December 22, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, December 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Ardis Pearl (Stage) Smiley was born January 9, 1931, in Faith, SD, to Albert and Clyde (Timmons) Stage of Red Owl. On Friday, December 22, 2017, Ardis went to be with the Lord and many of her loved ones who have passed on before her.
Gratitude, humor, quick wit, and an easy going nature were present in Ardis's life. Her deep and ever growing faith in God was interwoven in the fabric of her life. Ardis showed patience, hard work, and humility. So often she was found selflessly putting the needs of other’s above her own. Ardis radiated a spirit of gentle grace and love without condition; it was felt by all who knew her.
Ardis attended 1st – 7th grade at Sherman School and her 8th grade year at the Red Owl School. She graduated from Faith High School in 1948. Following graduation, she attended a summer program at Spearfish Teaching College and received her teaching certificate. At the age of 17, Ardis took her first teaching position at Lucerne School. She taught for many years at the Lucerne, Sherman, and Red Owl Schools. Ardis reminisced fondly of her teaching years saying, “I taught some great kids.”
Ardis was a talented artist and pianist, playing by ear from a young age. She enjoyed drawing, writing skits and plays, and playing piano for school programs and events throughout the Red Owl community. Area children received musical instruction from Ardis as she taught piano lessons in her home and music in the rural schools for many years. She was also a long time pianist for the Union Center Baptist Church. Most recently, Ardis shared her love of music by playing piano with a group of musicians at Heritage Acres in Sturgis, SD.
In her years at Red Owl, she was very involved in the community as a school board member, Secretary/Treasurer for the Meade County Farm Bureau, Right to Life member, and substitute teacher. She found great joy and satisfaction sharing the love of God with children in various children’s ministries, both in Union Center and Stoneville.
Ardis married Robert “Bob” Smiley on June 28, 1956, at Union Center. Four boys and two girls were born to the couple. Ardis loved working and living alongside Bob on their ranch near Red Owl, calling it home for 56 years until moving to Sturgis in September 2012. In addition to being an excellent homemaker and cook, she raised bum lambs and bottle calves and enjoyed gardening, canning, and planting flowers in the spring. Ardis was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. Like Bob, she parented by example, leaving a legacy that is worthy to be emulated. In her busy life, she never failed to create time for her family through thousands of simple acts of kindness. She rarely missed her kids’ or grandkids’ school or church events. She will be dearly missed by friends and family.
Blessed and grateful for Ardis’s life are her 5 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.
Ardis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bob; infant son, Cody; her parents; two sisters, Alice Jensen and Arlene Kolbu; and one brother, Elmer “Bones” Ashton.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at the Union Center Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery at Red Owl.
Memorials have been established to Soldiers of the Cross at Union Center and the Red Owl Hall.

 

     
   
     

John Elmer Cooper

December 3, 1923 - December 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

 

John was born December 3, 1923, in Newell, SD. weighing only 3lbs when born and living to be 94, he was destined to be great.
John served in the U.S. Navy, 1944 to 1946. In 1947, John married Louise Schreiber, and they were married for 67 years until Louise passed away in April 2015.
John worked at several jobs as a ranch hand, sawmill worker, Homestake Gold Mine and retired from Ft. Meade VA Hospital.
John E. Cooper, 94, passed away December 23, 2017, at David Dorsett Health Care in Spearfish.
John is survived by his four children, Ken (Sharon) Cooper of Sturgis; Bill (Roxie) Cooper of Whitewood; Sandy (Roger) Gillespie of Whitewood; Calvin (Carmen) Cooper of Whitewood; seven grandchildren and their spouses; twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Arlene Martin of Dupree; two brothers, Ted Cooper of Sequim, WA; Arthur Cooper of San Bernardino, CA; two sister-in- laws, Johanna Turner of Colorado Springs, CO; Alice Yuill of La Grange, WY; brother-in-law, Fred Schreiber of TX.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; grandson, Tige Cooper; two granddaughters, Lori Natchke and Cody Cooper; two sisters and parents.
Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Chaplain Patricia Aunar officiating. Inurnment with military honors will be at Whitewood Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Darwyn Frank Stebbins

January 15, 1943 - December 23, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:30 p.m. Wednesday December 27, 2017

 

To celebrate Darwyn's life. Trucking was his life and his hobby. He always felt he wanted to give people a second chance. Over the years he had many friends in his trucking business and working with his brother, his wife and three children made that the best life. He was a "Truckers Trucker" with over 2 million miles under his belt.
Harvest time at his daughter and son-in-law was an enjoyable time. He loved to try and tell them how to do things the North Dakota way, but nobody would listen to him. He loved going to breakfast and happy hour with the locals. He felt like Lake Preston was his second home.
People who knew Darwyn said they wanted to come back as his dogs! He loved all dogs whether they were his or not. He even heated the garage, not for the vehicles, but for the dogs and had a mattress in there for them to sleep on. They received lots of treats and enjoyed listening to Darwyn talk to them.
Old dogs, children and (black velvet!) watermelon wine.
He loved to travel, sometimes protesting to his wife! They spent their winters in Yuma, AZ enjoying time with their Canadian friends and cousins. His favorite past time was playing jokes on them.
His children and grandchildren were his life. The grandkids loved to go to breakfast with him whenever they got the chance.
Darwyn spent 2 years in the army and was stationed in Germany. Boy did he have stories to tell. He then returned to Bowman and married Bette the love of his life on November 16, 1968. They celebrated 49 years together. If you ask her the order of his loves were 1) Ford pickup 2)Dogs 3)John Deer and 4)his wife. But we all know she was #1.
Nobody had a bigger heart than Darwyn. He was the person that stopped on the road to give assistance to weary travelers who didn't even know him. He was the person who would always say hello to you no matter who you were. He was the person who would help other people in trouble in whatever way he could. He was not a man seeking riches but was a man rich in kindness, goodness and friendliness to his fellow man. He was the person who never intentionally did harm to man or animal through his words or deeds. He was the person the saying goes that would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was not a church going man, but was as much a Christian in his thoughts, words and deeds that a person can be.
Darwyn Frank Stebbins, 74, Piedmont, died Saturday, December 23, 2017 at his home in Piedmont.
Darwyn is survived by his wife Bette, son Wade (Lori), daughter Jodi (Mike) Tolzin, and son Scott (Lisa). 7 Grandchildren, Derek, Lexi, Amanda, Halie, Evan, Ethan, & Morgan. Brother David (Cathy) Stebbins, father-in-law Gene Langlee and tons of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father Lyle & Kathryn Stebbins, and mother in-law Jo Langlee.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in one of two ways: 1) donate blood as often as possible, Darwyn was long time donor and received hundreds of units of blood these past two years, 2)Because of his love for animals donate to your local animal shelter as often as possible.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. A rosary service will begin at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont. Burial with military honors follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Please dress casual per Darwyn.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com

 

     
   
     

Erhart Edwin Denke

May 15, 1927 - December 18, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m.Wednesday, December 27, 2017

 

Erhart was born May 15, 1927, to Henry Denke and Esther (Eisenbraun) Votroubek of Sturgis. Erhart grew up on the family farm north of Creighton along with his siblings and attended Hammon Country School.
Erhart enlisted in the U. S. Army December 22, 1948, and transferred to the U. S. Army Reserve December 22, 1949. He was honorably discharged on December 21, 1951. During the Korean War, he worked as a medical technician in the Tokyo Army Hospital.
On June 1, 1955, he was united in marriage to Alice Hirchert in Quinn, SD. To this union, six children were born. Erhart and Alice raised their family on the farm north of Creighton. Erhart also worked various other businesses including a spraying business, D & H gas station, and the country store to name a few.
Erhart enjoyed spending time with friends and family, hunting, fishing, attending auctions, and traveling.
Erhart Edwin Denke, 90, of Sturgis, was called home December 18, 2017, surrounded by family.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Alice of Sturgis; his children, Kenneth (Nancy) of Creighton, Debbie (Marty) Gartner of Philip, Bruce of Sturgis, and Michael of Sturgis; grandchildren, Zachary Denke, Kari Denke, Coddy (Rachael) Gartner, Katrina Gartner, and Tyler Gartner; great-grandchildren, Kiara Perkins, Andy Grimes, Maria Denke, and Fisher Trautmann; brother-in-law, Jimmy Hirchert; and nephew Justin Hirchert.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Denke and Esther Votroubek; daughter, Barbara; son, Carl; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Hilda Denke, Helmuth and Marie Denke, Adolph and Violet Denke, Julius Denke, and Eugene and Marge Denke; sister and brother-in-law, Clara and Thurston Crose.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Blessed Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor John Fries officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Chase Dillon Clark

July 6, 1985 - December 13, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017

 

Chase was born July 6, 1985, in Gillette, WY, to Monty Clark and Sonja Herren-Clark. He lived in Gillette until he was 2 years old when his family moved to Aladdin, WY. Chase attended Sundance Elementary School, Sheridan Junior High School, and graduated from the Bear Lodge High School in Sundance, WY, class of 2003. While growing up, he enjoyed football, wrestling, fishing with his family, checking traps with his Dad, but more than anything, Chase enjoyed playing Nintendo. His love for video games led to a passion for computer coding, website design, and the development of his own online games; “MagiKnights” and “King of Kings Dynasty.”
In 2004, Chase moved to Washington where he designed, developed, and maintained websites for numerous clients including Humanity Unites Brilliance, a non-profit organization fighting to end the cycle of poverty and starvation.
His proudest accomplishment while in Washington was the birth of his daughter, Kailey Rose Clark, who is now 10 years old.
In the summer of 2014, Chase came back to the Black Hills to be closer to his family and help his mother get settled onto her property. He spent countless hours playing basketball, football, board games, and whatever else his best bud and nephew, James Clark, wanted to play. While living here and working with his father, Chase became a skilled carpenter and worked for various construction companies.
Chase, 32, of Whitewood, SD, passed away in the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital on December 13, 2017.
Chase is survived by his daughter, Kailey Rose Clark; father, Monty Clark; mother, Sonja Herren-Clark; sisters, Shannon Stewart and Jamie Clark; and brothers, Derrik Zebroski and Triton Barden.
He was preceded in death by his brother, David Young.
Celebration of Life will be
Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Hale Hall in Whitewood, SD.

 

     
   
     

Cheryl Lou Palo

September 20, 1959 - December 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:00p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017

 

Cheryl was born September 20, 1959, to Earl and Evelyn (Van Cleave) Cochran in Deadwood, SD.
Cheryl was passionate about life, and lived it to the absolute fullest. She loved nothing more than being surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and beloved Bulldogs. Cheryl was strong willed and always stood up for what she believed in. Her strength, courage, and spirit were apparent. She had a beautiful smile and an unforgettable laugh that will forever be engrained in our hearts. Cheryl was a warrior in life, and left this earth fighting until the end.
Cheryl Lou Palo passed away peacefully at the family ranch in Newell, SD, on December 17, 2017.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Jim Palo; children, Justin Ford, Charlie (Lisa) Ford, Melissa Ford (Steve Netterberg) and Jesse Arends; grandchildren, Brodie Richards, Zara Ford, and Sanden Netterberg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl & Evelyn Cochran; and her brother, Alan Cochran.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Drew Meyer officiating.

 

     
   
     

Richard "Dick" Silvernail

November 3, 1929 - December 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

Dick was born November 3, 1929, at Danbury, CT, to Paul and Evelyn (Lange) Silvernail. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medic in the Korean War on a medical supply ship. He was presented a Red Cross citation for saving a baby’s life while he was a Police Force Officer.
Dick was also a representative for Hartford Insurance Company on the West Coast. He was an avid golfer; he loved to travel and also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis. He served as a greeter and usher for 14 years.
Richard L. “Dick” Silvernail, 88, Sturgis, died Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Department of Affairs at Fort Meade VA Medical Center.
Dick is survived by his children, Paul Silvernail of Connecticut, Chrissy Wornall, of Santa Ynez, CA, Janis Solomon of Los Angeles, CA, and Brad Julson of Bryan, TX, and their families. His extended family includes Pat Bartholow, Betty Wootten, and Buddy (Char) Bartholow and their sons, Foster and Matt.
A graveside memorial service, with military honors, will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

William Dale Sherman

July 1, 1956 - December 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

2:30 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017

 

William Dale Sherman, 61, Spearfish, died Monday, December 11, 2017, at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade, SD.
Committal services, with military honors, will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Survivors include his brothers, Stephen and Renny; sisters, Bette Cogley, Sturgis, and Ruth and Debra Sherman; niece, Candice Schwake; nephews, Michael Lee Sherman, Kevin Lindsey, and Timothy Lindsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Ruth Sherman, and sister, Patricia Lindsey.

 

     
   
     

Bernice Marie Szymanski

November 14, 1930 - December 11, 2017

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Tuesday

 

Bernice “Bernie” Marie Szymanski was born November 14, 1930, in Campbell County, WY, to Guy and Elaine (Nordgren) Kephart. The family moved to Western South Dakota in 1938, and in 1949, she graduated from Sturgis High School. In 1952, Bernice married George Szymanski at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with the Rev. C.D. Erskine officiating. Bernice and George raised four children.
Bernice began her career in banking at Bear Butte Valley Bank before joining the staff at the First National Bank, both in Sturgis.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for 73 years. Bernice remained active in the church and choir throughout her life. She also was a member of the bell choir and was an ordained elder and deacon. Bernice will be remembered for always acknowledging her friends and family by sending cards and greetings.
Some of her best times after retirement were spent motorcycle riding with George and their friends they met along the way. They logged many miles on the motorcycle.
Bernice died Monday, December 11, 2017, surrounded by her family.
She is survived by her sister, Elsie Kephart; three daughters, Kathryn "Kate" (Henry) Karrels and Elizabeth "Beth" (Linn) Bauer, both of Sturgis, and Mary Szymanski (Bill Martin) of Live Oak, TX; one son, Bill (Pamela) Szymanski of San Antonio, TX; 8 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Gale; parents, Guy and Elaine Kephart; and her husband, George.
Visitation is Sunday, December 17, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorial have been established to the First Presbyterian Church or the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

 

     
   
     

Alvina Carol Rogers

August 26, 1954 - December 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017

 

Alvina was born August 26, 1954, in Dalton, NE. She graduated from high school in Ephrata, WA, in 1972. Alvina married Hershal D. Rogers in July of 1973 at Scottsbluff, NE. They divorced in 1993.
Alvina belonged to the Black Hills Christian Motorcycle Association. CMA was very dear to her and she held several positions in her service with them. She was a member of the Black Hills Fellowship Church, always helping others and doing the Lord's work. Alvina was always ready to ride with her purple motorcycle, and her purple clothes, for the Lord or just for fun. She enjoyed meeting up with other riders and having fellowship.
Alvina was always there for her family and friends, and wanted to spend time with her kids and grandkids, and was so happy about her great-grandkids. She will be missed by everyone that knew her.
Alvina C. (Neel) Rogers went to be with her Lord December 6, 2017, at her home in Rapid City, SD.
She is survived by her mother, Phyllis M. Neel of Cheyenne, WY; brother, Eddie D. (Shirley) Neel of Dalton, NE; sisters, Helen K. McFaul of Roseburg, OR, Mona L. Neel of Cheyenne, WY, and Betty and Kevin Hullet of Bismarck, ND; children, Robert Neel and special friend, Annette Vasquez, of San Antonio, TX, Karen Neel of Surprise, AZ, and Dale and Enid Neel of Helena, MT; three stepsons, Toby Rogers, Tommy Rogers, and Trevor Rogers of Scottsbluff, NE; grandkids, Justin Neel, Emily Neel, San Tan Valley, AZ, Tiffany and Trevor Robbins, Surprise, AZ, Josh and Marissa Neel, Fairbanks, AK, and Derek and Joel Neel, Helena, MT; great-grandkids, Emerson and River Neel, San Tan Valley, AZ, and Mckenzie and Roxanne Robbins, Surprise, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carl E. Neel, and brother, Danny J. Neel.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation.
There will be a celebration of life memorial, followed by lunch, at the Black Hills Fellowship Church, 3394 Marvel Mtn. Dr., Rapid City, SD, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Black Hills Fellowship Church; CMA; or Soldiers Motorcycle Club. Cards may be sent to PO Box 9232, Rapid City, SD 57709.

 

     
   
     

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