Obituaries
     
   
     

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.

 

     
   
     

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.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Morrison

April 25, 1947 - June 7, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:00 am Friday, June 26, 2015

 

Tom Morrison, age 68, Rapid City, died peacefully at home with his wife on June 7, 2015.
Thomas Wesley Morrison was born to Craig and Florence (Mitchell) Morrison on April 25, 1947, in Fairfield, IA. He lived in Keosauqua, IA, until his family moved to Cresco, IA, in 1959. He attended Crestwood High School where he lettered in three sports and was a member of the All State Band as a saxophonist. He graduated in 1965 and attended North Iowa Area Community College and the University of Iowa. In 1968, Tom joined the Army National Guard and served until 1974.
During college, he worked at JC Penney and fell in love with the retail business. In July of 1968, he began his management career with JC Penney in Ironwood, MI. Tom married his high school sweetheart, Margaret (Margie) Johnson on September 14, 1968. His career took them from Ironwood to LaCrosse, WI, where their daughter, Angela, was born, then to Brainerd, MN, where their son, Max, was born. They moved to Plymouth, MN, in 1977 and Tom spent almost 20 years of his career in the Minneapolis area, holding management positions in 3 stores and at the District Office. He and Margie moved to Butte, MT, in 1996 and to Rapid City, SD, in 1998 where Tom was the Store Manager until his retirement in 2007. He was very proud to have earned the Chairman’s Award in 2003.
Tom was very civic-minded. He was active in the Jaycees in Ironwood, coached youth football, basketball and baseball in Minnesota, and served on several boards while living in Rapid City. He was a board member of the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce where he was Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee, was a board member at Arrowhead Country Club and was instrumental in coordinating their remodel project. He was also on the Pro-Am committee and served as Co-Chairman. He was an Honorary Commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base and was on the committee for the Black Hills Works Golf Tournament. He served on the South Dakota Retailers Board for 8 years and especially enjoyed being the Chairman in 2007. He served on the Rapid City Regional Hospital Board of Directors and the Regional Health Board of Trustees. At the time that he had to resign for health reasons in April 2014, he was serving as the Chairman of the Regional Health Board of Trustees.
He loved children and truly enjoyed being a part of Junior Achievement, being a celebrity reader at an elementary school and playing Santa at the Children’s Home.
Tom was instrumental in bringing the ALS Association to Western South Dakota and was the top fund raiser for Rapid City’s first Walk to Defeat ALS held in June of 2014. He was happy to have been a part of raising money to allow others with ALS the opportunity to receive help from the Association. In his last act of charity, he donated his body to ALS research being conducted at the Boston VA.
Tom often stated that he loved people. He enjoyed helping customers and helping his staff learn more about the retail business. He was a great encourager and especially liked helping develop athletic skills in the kids that he coached both formally and informally. He was very proud of his children, his nieces and nephews and especially his grandchildren who could always bring a smile to his face. He was very loyal to his friends. His fishing buddies and his Burgundy buddies were considered to be his brothers. Golf was his great love and the friends that he met on the golf course were the best.
Tom was passionate about his job, his family, his friends and his God. When diagnosed with ALS, his goal was to live as long and as normally as possible. He was not ready to leave this world but when he knew that he must, he said,” It’s ok. I’m going to Paradise.” God’s speed, Tom! We love you all the way up to the sky! Tom asked that any memorials be directed to the Rapid City Walk to Defeat ALS in Tom’s name in care of Chelsea Cronin, P.O. Box 2223, Sioux Falls, SD 57101.
Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents and his in-laws, Allen and Patricia Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Margie of Rapid City, SD; his daughter, Angela (Dave) Mullin of Boston, MA; his son, Max (Kimberly) of San Diego, CA; his grandchildren, Alexander and Caroline Mullin and Maya and Deacon Morrison; his parents, Craig and Flossie Morrison of Cresco, IA; his sisters, Susan (Steve) Norland of Canton, CT, Trish (Rodney) Culbert of Watertown, MN, and Mary Morrison of Iowa City, IA; his brothers-in-law, Barry Johnson of Cresco, IA, and Scott (Lorie) Johnson of Kendallville, IA; and his sister-in-law, Gail (Bob) Beermann of Indianola, IA; as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
A time of remembrance will be 4:00-7:00 pm, Thursday June 25, 2015 at the Arrowhead Country Club in Rapid City.
Memorial services will be 10:00 am Friday June 26, 2015 at First United Methodist Church, 629 Kansas City St, Rapid City, with Pastor Greg Kroger Officiating.

 

     
   
     

Evelyn M. Morrison

December 10, 1925 - December 18, 2013

 

Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Friday, December 20, 2013

 

Evelyn Mae Morrison, 88, Sturgis, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at her residence in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Larry Dahlstrom officiating. Burial follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers memorials have been established to the Grace Lutheran Quilters and Hospice of the Northern Hills.
Evelyn was born December 10, 1925 at Howard, SD, to Hjalmer and Randi Marie (Larson) Arneson. Evelyn was raised in a loving family where she helped on the farm. She graduated from high school at Salem, South Dakota. During her high school years she met the love of her life, Bob Morrison. She patiently waited for him to return from his duties in the Navy during World War II.
She married Bob at Sioux Falls, SD on March 10, 1946. Evelyn and Bob made there first home in Wahpeton, ND while Bob attended school. They moved to Salem, SD and transferred to many towns along the way with Bob’s work. After Bob’s death in 1990, Evelyn returned to Sturgis.
Throughout her life, Evelyn was devoted to her church. She taught Sunday school, vacation bible school, was a member of a church circle and helped in the kitchen. She painted prayer bowls for the Sunday School kids.
Evelyn enjoyed Rosemaling. Grace Lutheran has several examples of her artistry. She has painted upstairs, downstairs and everywhere in between at least twice.
Evelyn was also a 60 year member of PEO, Black Hills Rosemalers and the Grace Lutheran Church Quilters.
She enjoyed traveling and visited Rome and a great portion of Europe. She went to Norway many times. She painted every district of Norway in her own special way.
She cruised to Alaska and traveled to Canada with friends. She spent several bus tours going to both East and West Coasts to see the sights.
Evelyn was an active Grandmother and participated in her grandchildren’s activities. She browned a lot of hamburger for the concession stand at the ball park for many summers.
Her family includes her son John (Becky) Morrison, Floresville, TX; daughter, Donna (Jim) Jacobsen, Sturgis; brother, Darrell (Mickey) Arneson, Spirit Lake, IA; sister, Darlene (Stan) Harms, Belle Fourche, SD; also 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and a special hospice nurse and dear friend, Meghan Eakins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Marilyn; son, Dan; and her husband, Bob.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Duane Reed

December 4, 1944 - July 17, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018

 

Thomas was born on December 4, 1944, in Deadwood, S. D. to Wayne and Louise Reed. Wayne passed away in 1945. Louise married Keith McKay in 1952 and Keith became the best dad a boy could ever have. Tom graduated from Sturgis High school and USD, Vermillion. He retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road in 2008. He was an avid football fan, especially for the Wyoming Cowboys.
Thomas Duane Reed, 73, Wheatland, Wyoming, passed away in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 17, 2018, following open heart surgery.
Tom is survived by his cherished wife of 31 years, Betty; her children, Mike (Cindi) Norris, Washington, Randy (Kelley) Norris, Colorado, and Mary Ann (Matt) Butler, Washington; his loving "dad" Keith McKay: brother, Brian (Candy) McKay, and aunt, Bernice Murphey, all of South Dakota; brother, Scott (Liz) McKay, Colorado. He also survived by a large extended family and numerous friends.
A celebration of life and reception will be held September 8, 2018, in Sturgis, S.D. at 11 a.m. in the Erskine Club Rooms of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, following a private internment.
Memorials may be sent to the Sturgis V.F.D., C/O Brian McKay, 20725 Oak Ridge Road, Sturgis, SD 57785.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Ronald Faltynowicz

April 1, 1964 - July 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

3:00 pm, Friday July 13, 2018

 

Thomas Ronald Faltynowicz, 54, Belle Fourche, passed away, Tuesday July 10, 2018, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

A memorial Graveside service will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Viewfield Cemetery near New Underwood, SD.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Gene Smith

April 9, 1937 - May 22, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018

 

Tom was born April 9, 1937, to Perry and Amanda (Sattler) Smith in New Underwood, SD, the seventh of eight children. He grew up on the family ranch working hard and finding a little mischief here and there. After high school, he helped his Dad on the ranch, installed poles for the Telephone Company in 1961, and helped to care for his mother who had multiple sclerosis.
On March 14, 1965, he married Linda Walker. They first lived on Tom’s parents’ ranch and worked there, and in 1966, they went on to work as ranch hands near Faith, SD, for Agnes Oakland. In 1969, they bought the Stoke Tibble place near Opal, SD, and began their adventure as ranch owners with their two young children, Rick and Vicky. In 1980, a third child, Christi, would join them. Tom and Linda went on to purchase the Emery Sternad ranch in 1985.
Tom spent 43 years on that ranch working hard, providing for his family, and taking pride in his place. He was a quiet man who was known for his hard work. He preferred family over crowds and loved playing pinochle. Tom was an example of honesty, integrity, generosity, hard work, and good character. He could always be counted on to help the neighbors, friends, and family. Tom took pride in well-fed animals, tight fences, good fields, and well-kept barns, corrals, and machinery. He loved trees and put forth great effort to plant tree patches and shelter belts on his place. He had a love of cats from an early age, and always had a favorite cat around. He despised weeds, and could often be found pulling them out by hand when it was past spraying season.
Tom had little use for money or material things. He found value in his family, friends, and ranch. His determination and work ethic was unmatched. Many times over the years, people in the community would comment to his children that their father was one of the hardest working, most honest men they had ever known.
Tom took good care of everything, especially his family. He touched our lives in so many ways, and left such a legacy. Saying goodbye in his final days taught us all that we had so many things to thank this great man for. We find comfort knowing he is Upstairs, sitting at the pinochle table with his granddaughter, Reese, in his lap, laughing with his brothers and sister who have gone before him.
Thomas Gene Smith, 81, of New Underwood, SD, was called home to the Lord on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. He was at home and lovingly surrounded by his family.
Tom is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Ricky (Cathy) Smith of Faith, SD, Vicky (Cole) Briggs of Midland, SD, and Christi (Clay) Marchant of Aladdin, WY; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Schuettpelz of Salem, OR, and Nylia (Harold) Severson of Rapid City, SD; and one brother, Rob Smith of Union Center, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Amanda Smith; his brothers, Jack, Keith, and Perry "Junior" Smith; sister, Karen (Smith) Delbridge; granddaughter, Reese Marchant; sister-in-law, Kay Smith; and brother-in-law, Wesley Schuettpelz.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. A private family burial will be held at the New Underwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Reese’s Angels Foundation in honor of his granddaughter. The foundation provides resources for counseling and support to parents who’ve lost children, or children who’ve lost parents.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Karl Van Pelt

February 22, 1979 - May 13, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 

Thomas Karl Van Pelt, son of Timothy and Linda (Pingrey) Van Pelt, was born February 22, 1979, in Mitchell, SD. He grew up in the Mitchell area and graduated from Mitchell High School. He furthered his education at Mitchell Technical Institute enrolling in the Telecommunications Program.
Tom worked in the telecommunications field for nearly 20 years. He was employed by SDN communications, Vantage Point Solutions, and Verizon. He most recently worked for SDN Communications as a network technician.
Tom was united in marriage to Tia Voyles on August 4, 2007. Their new family included daughters, Ali and Hannah, who were soon followed by Tessa and Levi. He was a devoted, kind, and loving father and husband. His children were his top priority.
Tom resided in Sioux Falls for many years before following the call of the Black Hills where he could enjoy his love of nature. The Sturgis motorcycle rally was a huge part of Tom’s life; he has not missed a year since 1998. He enjoyed the wind on his face, the rumble of the engine, and was always happiest when on his bike. In 2014, he made Piedmont his home. It was the happiest time of his life.
Tom enjoyed working in his shop and around the yard. He was always working on one project or another taking pride in all his work. He loved spending time with his children taking them for hikes in the hills, on ATV rides, and teaching them about the outdoors. He loved riding through the hills on his motorcycle with his friends and brothers from all over the country. Needles Highway was his favorite ride.
Thomas Karl Van Pelt, 39, of Piedmont, SD, passed away on May 13, 2018, near Bear Butte Sturgis, SD.
Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife, Tia (Voyles); his four amazing children, Aliyah (Charlie) Kono, Sioux Falls, SD, Hannah, Mitchell, SD, and Tessa and Levi, Piedmont, SD; his parents, Timothy and Linda Van Pelt, Mitchell, SD; his sister, Becki Van Pelt, Omaha, NE; his mother and father-in-law, Robert "Bob" and Cindy Voyles; his brother-in-law, Jesse (Kayla) Voyles; a large extended family; and his friends from the Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club and US Military Vets Motorcycle Club.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Hazel Van Pelt; grandparents, Karl and Gertrude Van Pelt, Sadie Paul, and Herbert Pingrey; uncle, Nick Van Pelt; aunt, Tammy Oller; and good friend, Mike Kutz.
Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He would do anything to help a friend, but most of all anything for his wife and children.
Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Hills View Evangelical Free in Piedmont, SD.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Hills View Evangelical Free in Piedmont, SD. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

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.

 

     
   
     

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.

 

     
   
     

Harold Paul Thomas

July 22, 1924 - February 6, 2017

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Thomas Joseph Charron

February 2, 1957 - December 6, 2016

 

Service to be held:

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

 

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

 

     
   
     

Thomas Joseph Jarding

May 27, 1953 - June 2, 2016

 

Service to be held:

No Service at this time

 

Tom was born May 27, 1953, in Mitchell, SD, to John and Marie Jarding and lived his early years on his parent's farm in Alexandria. His family moved to Ethan, SD, for several years before moving to Mitchell, where Tom attended Notre Dame High School before transferring to Mitchell Senior High School after Notre Dame closed its doors in 1970. Tom graduated from Mitchell High School in 1971. After high school, Tom attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.
In 1985, Tom married Norma Crosby. Tom and Norma spent much of their lives in California before moving to Utah where they lived until they moved to Hot Springs, SD, in 2005.
Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect as a teenager, Tom was told he would never live to see his twentieth birthday. Although his heart condition was always present in his life, Tom lived a full and fascinating life continuing to beat the odds and defy doctor’s warnings to the day he died – six days following his sixty-third birthday. Despite his medical condition, Tom never complained but rather relished every day of his life. He was always quick to offer support to someone in need and he fully understood the responsibility to fight for the least among us. His intellect was deep and expansive, his wit was substantial, and his readiness to laugh and smile was contagious.
Thomas Joseph Jarding, 63, Hot Springs, passed away June 2, 2016, while in hospice care in Rapid City.
Among his survivors are his stepson, Lynn Wirth, Layton, Utah; his grandchildren, Aleyssa and Danyail, both of Layton, Utah; his sisters, Susan Wingo and Elaine Verschoor of Boise, Idaho; his sister, Bette Wilkinson of Rapid City; and his brothers, John Jarding and Steve Jarding both of Rapid City, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie Jarding; his wife Norma; his brother, Walt Jarding; and his sister, Mary Walker.
Funeral services are pending at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Benjamin Bohl

March 23, 1955 - March 30, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

 

Thomas was born on March 23, 1955 in Jamestown, ND, the son of Henry and Agnes (Nelson) Bohl of Missoula, MT.
He grew up on a small farm outside of Missoula. He attended school in Bonner, MT. He was the youngest of 7 children consisting of five sisters and one brother.
Thomas served in the United States Navy from April 1972 through May 1973.
After serving our country, Thomas worked in a variety of occupations over his life. He worked with oil rigs, commercial fishing boats in Alaska and became a painter in Seattle, WA to name a few.
As a member of the VA, he was honored with an appreciation award for his donations and contributions to their organization.
He will be missed by many fellow veterans, family and friends. Thomas was known for his kindness to others, positive spirit and for his incredibly big heart. We love and miss you!!
Thomas, age 61, of Hot Springs, SD passed away on March 30, 2016.
Survivors include three sisters, Charlene Stampa of Great Falls, MT, Sharon Correll of Glendive, MT and Patricia Orth of Billings, MT.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Janice Moose and Sonia Metcalf, both of Glendive, MT; one brother, Howard Bohl, of Billings, MT.
Graveside services will be, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Ray Outka

October 30, 1951 - March 27, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Thomas Ray Outka, 64, Sturgis, passed away on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
Tom was born October 30, 1951, to LeRoy and Evelyn (Harris) Outka in Rapid City, SD, a brother to LaVon, Lois, and Randall. Tom graduated from New Underwood High School in 1971 where he lettered and played football and ran track. Tom grew up farming and ranching next to his dad in Enning, SD. Tom later worked at Homestake Gold Mine for 18 years, then at Rockingtree where he did landscaping. Tom's last place of employment was with Horsley Specialties where he was a foreman for asbestos removal.
For everyone who knew Tom, knew he liked to tinker in the garage, around the house, and on vehicles. Tom loved being outdoors hunting and fishing, and he always had a story about "the one that got away." Tom was a talker and his stories were never short…but his fish were sure long.
Tom was always willing to lend a helping hand and if you needed to borrow anything, it was guaranteed that it had his name written on it with a big black marker. Tom was famous for phrases such as "ever what," "Git-r-done," and "The deal of it is."
Tom was married to Mary Lou Simmons and from this marriage, they had two wonderful daughters, April and Lisa. Tom later married Teddy (Finn) Varns on November 28, 1986. The two together became T-N-T. Tom and Teddy became best friends and soul mates. With this marriage, Tom became a loving and caring father to Sheila, Jesse, and Shannon. Tom was also a proud papa to twelve amazing grandchildren that love him dearly.
Tom is survived by his wife, Teddy Outka, Sturgis, SD; son, Jesse (Layla) Varns, Rapid City; daughters, April Keller, Cedar Rapids, IA, Lisa (Reid) Outka-Perkins, Missoula, MT, Sheila Varns (Travis) Huck, Sturgis, and Shannon Varns Royer, Sturgis; grandchildren, Timothy and Madison Walker, Zac and Shelby Keller, Tevin and Reese Huck, Dylan, Coby and Samantha Varns, and Brody and Logan Royer; sisters, LaVon Williams, Bonners Ferry, ID, and Lois Davis, Rapid City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Randall Outka; and one granddaughter, MacKenna Varns.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve Talley officiating.

 

     
   
     

Thomas John Davis Jr.

July 5, 1954 - March 13, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Tom was born on July 5, 1954, to Thomas and Mary (Richardson) Davis in Spearfish, SD. He attended school in Belle Fourche, graduating in 1973. Tom participated and lettered as a member of the Belle Fourche High School Rodeo Club.
He served in the United States Army as a Diesel Mechanic in Ft Hood, TX, Germany, and Ft. Carson, CO. During his service in the army, he was selected to represent his unit in the Division’s “Soldier of the Quarter” competition where he placed second, the highest anyone from his unit had ever placed.
Tom graduated from the University of South Dakota: Springfield, with an Associate’s Degree in Diesel Technology in 1980. Tom was employed at Bentonite Performance Minerals for 22 years until declining health forced him to retire.
Tom was active in the Belle Fourche Chapters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as Commander and Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 32. He also participated in the Belle Fourche Cowtown Festival, and other re-enactments, bringing to life the image of the “working cowboy.” He also participated in local team penning completions.
Thomas John Davis, Jr., 61, Belle Fourche, passed away March 18, 2016, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Tom is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Mary Virginia; father, Thomas J. Davis; and brother, Bill Davis. Also grateful for sharing his life are stepchildren, Bobbi Staley, Laurie Oster, Kevin Smith, Russell Smith, Amy Smith, and Tina Newlander; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Davis, and brother, Randy Davis.
Graveside services will be at Black Hills National Cemetery on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 11:00 AM.

 

     
   
     

Mary Jane Thomas

February 28, 1934 - March 11, 2015

 

Service to be held:

10:30 am Tuesday March 17, 2015

 

Mary Jane Thomas, 81, Rapid City, died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.
She was born February 28, 1934, in Leola, SD, to Jacob and O'Tilla (Hager) Maier. Mary Jane attended school in Leola and graduated from Leola High School. She attended Presentation School of Nursing, Aberdeen, SD, in 1952 and received her RN Diploma in 1955. Mary Jane married Harold Thomas May 20, 1962, in Rapid City, SD. She worked as an RN at Ft. Meade VA Hospital until her retirement. Mary Jane loved her family, especially her grandchildren, never missing an opportunity to spend quality time with them.
She is survived by her husband, Harold of Rapid City; daughter, Michelle (Brian) Smith, Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Isabella and Olivia Smith, Omaha, NE; sister, Luella Graves, Springfield; several cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Rev. Bruce Thalacker officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the South Canyon Lutheran Church and the American Cancer Society.

 

     
   
     

Thomas John "TJ" Jaeger

November 5, 1981 - August 22, 2014

 

Service to be held:

August 27, 2014

 

Thomas James Jaeger “TJ”, Sturgis, SD passed away at his home Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 32.
Family services were held August 27, 2014 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Tom lived a quiet life and enjoyed music, his pets and loved his family.
Tom is survived by his mother, Joanne Jaeger, Sturgis; his brothers, John and Shane Steffensen and their families, Vaughn, Matt and Jonathan Jaeger and their families; sisters, Tess, Shawna, Janelle and their families; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his fathers, Greg Jaeger and Tom McBrayer; and both grandparents from the Henry, Jaeger and McBrayer families.
God bless the memory of Tom Jaeger!
A memorial has been established to the Sturgis Humane Society.

 

     
   
     

Thomas G. Murphy

June 6, 1943 - July 16, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Monday, July 21, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Thomas G. Murphy, 71, Rapid City, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 16, 2014.
A memorial service will be held Monday, July 21, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at The Little White Church in Hill City with Pastor Julie Lantis officiating. The burial will follow at the Hill City Cemetery.
Thomas G. Murphy was born June 6, 1943, in Hot Springs, SD, to Thomas R. and Evelyn M. Murphy.
During the first twelve years of his life the family lived in Hot Springs and various military posts in the US as his father was a member of Hot Springs' Activated National Guard unit during the Korean War. In 1955, they moved to Hill City and operated Murphy's Texaco.
Tom Graduated from Hill City high school. Following graduation he worked for Flyte Construction on the Minnekahta to Pringle road. His next job was in the uranium processing plant in Edgemont. When the mill was to close he took a job at Harvey's Texaco in Hot Springs as an island attendant and mechanic. Early in 1967, Tom started working for Terra Chemical in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. He worked there for five years as a plant operator. When the Gasification Plant in Rapid City started operations, Tom was one of the first operators on site. He was the one who locked the gates at the end of operations and turned the keys over to the new owners. He also worked at underground coal gasification sites in Rawlings, Wyoming, and Centralia, Washington. For a time he worked for Spiers Plumbing in Hill City, and later owned and operated Murphy's Plumbing in Hill City. He then began his twenty year employment with the state of South Dakota: first as the boiler operator and maintenance specialist at the State Veteran's Home in Hot Springs, then with the Department of Transportation as highway maintenance and snowplow operator in Hill City, and finally with the survey crew out of Custer. For the past fifteen years Tom has been the friendly face and hard-working back of Gordon Gulch, keeping things in the Mobile Home Park running smoothly as well as providing security and much of the daily maintenance for the recreational side of the property. Perhaps the job he enjoyed the most was driving the Hill City school activity bus. He always spoke of the wonderful kids and the good times he had with them going to and from games, on field trips and to other activities. The past four winters have been spent in Yuma, Arizona, enjoying the warmer weather.
Tom and his wife Karen celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in June.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; two children, Terry Murphy of Moorcroft, WY and Pamala Louden of Spearfish, SD; five granddaughters; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.
The family invites you to join them for fellowship and lunch in the church hall following the committal service. We thank you for your presence and condolences. wishes to thank the wonderful people oat Hospice of the Black Hills National Cemetery for the help and care they provided the past few months, Dr. Dzintars for his wonderful care of Tom, and all the friends and neighbors who have always been there for us. Thank you.
Cards may be sent to Karen Murphy 23775 Hwy 385 Rapid City, SD 57702

 

     
   
     

John Thomas "Tom" Millett

November 29, 1937 - June 26, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:00am

 

John Thomas "Tom" Millett, 76, Caputa, and formerly of 15341 Longview Road, Rapid City, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Harvest Community Church in Rapid City with Pastor Steven Lindsay officiating.
Tom was born on November 29, 1937, in Plainfield, New Jersey to John Joseph and Marion "Sally" (Mitchell) Millett. He was a great dad, beloved husband, and wonderful friend. His kind, friendly, and funny mannerisms touched many people. His gift of being a "people person" served him well throughout his life and his career as a salesman. An adventurer and traveler, he lived everywhere from California to Maine and many places in between. One of his favorite, most recent "jobs" was as a greeter at the Sam's Club in Rapid City. He flirted with all the girls, from toddler to elderly- having as he called it "a five second relationship". We will truly miss his bright smile and wonderful hugs.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Laura Lea (Reece) Millett, Caupta; mother of his children, Connie Marie (Coillot) Millett, North Augusta, SC; daughters, Cindy Marie Olson, Caputa, and Heather Dawn Massey, North Augusta, SC; sons, John Mitchell Millett, Beach Island, SC, and Jason Thomas Millett, North Augusta, SC; sisters, Susan Millett and Sally Jean Meeker; brother, George Millett; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Peter Millett.
A memorial has been established to the American Stroke Association.
Cards can be sent to Laura at PO Box 149 in Caputa, SD 57725.

 

     
   
     

Thomas James Jackson

July 8, 1931 - May 2, 2014

 

Service to be held:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:30am

 

Thomas James Jackson, 82, Sturgis, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Graveside memorial services will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery with Chaplain Herbert Cleveland officiating. Military honors will be provided by Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard. Family and friends are welcome to meet at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to going to the cemetery.
Tom was born on July 8, 1931, to James Roger and Catherine Mary (Twilligan) Jackson at Ithaca, New York. He served in the Navy from 1949 to 1952, and the Army from 1952 to 1955, until his honorable discharge. He married Jeannette Reta (Deschamps) Gillies on November 1, 1975, at Fort Meade.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2730, American Legion in Piedmont, and a lifetime member of the Freemasons of Deadwood.
Tom enjoyed fishing, camping, and volunteering at Ralph's Auctions and the Kiwanis Food Pantry.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette "Jeanne", Sturgis; two daughters, Janette (Alan) Edwards, Antheim, AZ, and Laura Zimmerman, Catskill, MT; son, Thomas Jackson, Jr., Ojai, CA; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Vance (Kathy) Gillies, Sturgis, Boyce (Cindy) Gillies, Whitewood, Regina (Jim) Bowman, Sundance, WY, and Penny Nyberg, Gillette, WY; nine step-grandchildren; and nineteen great-step-grandchildren.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Haven.

 

     
   
     

Thomas E. "Gene" Lewis

July 7, 1932 - September 7, 2013

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2013

 

Thomas Eugene “Gene” Lewis, 81, Nisland, died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with family present from 5 until 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Mr. Joe Hobbs and Mr. Craig Winquist officiating. Burial follows at the Hope Cemetery in Newell.
Gene was born July 7, 1932, to John and Mabel Lewis in Sturgis. He attended Langdon School near Nisland, SD for eight years.
He was joined in marriage to Lois Kosbau on November 10, 1955 at Hot Springs, SD. To this union four sons and one daughter were born.
Gene and Lois lived in Rapid City until 1958, where Gene worked for the Manchester Biscuit Company. They moved to Nisland, SD, in 1958 and farmed there until his death.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lois Lewis, Nisland; three sons, Tommy (Melodie) Lewis, Newell, Loren (Kris) Lewis, Nisland, Stanley (Karla) Lewis, Nisland; daughter, Noreen (Maynard) Yule, Nisland, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; four sisters, Lorraine (Harley) Rossow, Garretson, SD, Elma (Dewayne) Eatherton, Sturgis, Elaine (Alfred) Merwin, Hot Springs, Willene (Joe) Shinost, Sturgis; plus a host of lifelong friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Everett Lewis; one brother, John “Jack” Lewis, and one sister, Ruth MacDonald.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Milan, Jr.

December 7, 1957 - August 4, 2013

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

Thomas “Tom” Franklin Milan, Jr., 55, died on Sunday, August 4, 2013, at the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Tom was born in Galesburg, Illinois, on December 7, 1957, to Thomas F., Sr. and Deana (Cebert) Milan.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Galesburg, Illinois.
Survivors include his mother, Deana M. (Bob) Hartzell; father, Thomas F. Milan, Sr.; life-long partner, Angie Christenson; sister, Becky Milan; and his special canine companion, Bella.
Tom is preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.
The family has established weblinks to post comments, or share memories / photos: http://tommilanjrcondolences.blogspot.com/ http://tommilanjrmemories.blogspot.com/ http://tommilanjrphotos.blogspot.com/
Here are details of the planned Celebration of Life at the following web link: http://obituaries.galesburg.com/obituaries/register-mail/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-f-milan&pid=166401731#fbLoggedOut

 

     
   
     

Tom Bennett

October 15, 1968 - January 27, 2011

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2011

 

Thomas James Russell Bennett, 42, Sturgis, died Thursday, January 27, 2011, in Deadwood.
Visitation will be Monday from noon until 9:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday evening.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Rev. Michael Fox officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Tom was born October 15, 1968, in Vancouver,WA, to Thomas L. & Myrna (Storlie) Bennett. They moved to Bismarck, ND, when he was two. He attended Northridge grade school, Hughes Junior High, and graduated from Bismarck High in 1987. In school, he played basketball and soccer, but BMX racing was his sport. He raced in the first race Bismarck held and encouraged many to join.
He attended Palomar College in California and graduated from the Motorcycle Mechanics Intitute in Phoenix, AZ, in 1992. He worked on motorcycles several years in New Mexico and California until deciding selling was his preference. He sold motorcycles and cars in CA, ND, and SD. He moved to the Black hills from Mobridge in 2002 to work construction on the President's Park. He proudly signed one of the concrete paths. At the time of his death he was working for Bridger Norstegaard.
Music was his passion. He was often heard at open mike & karaoke nights. He always knew the words to every song. He played drums since he was two years old.
Those left to mourn his passing are his precious young daughter, Brooklynn Bennett and her mother, Alyssa Anders, and her grandparents, Steve & Sue Anders all of Sturgis; his young son, Brandon Thomas Bennett of Albuquerque, NM; his brother, William Bennett of San Diego, CA; his parents, Myrna and Brad Ansley of Escondido, CA, and Tom and Tamra Bennett of Mobridge, SD; his nephew, Christian Bennett of San Diego, CA; his aunts and uncles, Beverly and Steve Allen of Bismarck, ND, Jim and Kathy Bennett of MT/AZ, and Russ and Sandi Bennett of MN; and many, many special cousins, and friends.
Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Henry and Ethel Storlie, Morris Bennett, and Mickey and Cleon Willette, all of Bowman, ND; his stepbrother, Marc Ansley of CA; and his aunt, Lura Williams of OR.
A memorial for an educational fund for his daughter has been established at NHFCU as the Thomas Bennett Memorial Fund.

 

     
   
     

Thomas Lee LeMond

January 28, 1923 - March 8, 2010

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

Thomas Lee LeMond, 87, Spearfish, died Monday, March 8, 2010 at the Dorsett Senior Care Facility in Spearfish. Survivors include his sons Tom LeMond, Pickerington, OH, Frank LeMond, Akron, Oh, and Dale LeMond, Deadwood, SD. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Akron, Ohio.

 

     
   
     

Thomas L. Wurl

August 9, 1920 - October 11, 2009

 

Service to be held:

Monday, October 19, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Thomas L. Wurl was born at Red Lake, Minnesota, on August 9, 1920, to Otto and Mary Wurl, and died in Sturgis, South Dakota, on October 11, 2009. As a young man, Tom worked with the CCC before joining the U.S Army in 1942 and serving in the Air Corps (in Guam, among other places) until 1947. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Tom returned home stateside and began his lifelong work in the automotive repair business. Owner of Tom and Gary’s Body Shop for a number of years, Tom also owned and raced stock cars for a time, and was a trolley driver for the City of Deadwood until illness forced him to quit work in 2005.
Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing most of his life, and he delighted in teaching his children and grandchildren to appreciate the great outdoors. For many years, he was a pretty decent bowler despite his bad back, and later in life he enjoyed golfing and spending time with what he called ‘Deadwood’s one-armed bandits.‘
He is survived by six of his seven children (on April 16, 1946, he married and later had seven children with wife Olivia before they divorced in 1970): daughters, Sheryl Wurl of Tucson, Arizona; Nance (Leroy) Warren of Fargo, North Dakota; and Teresa Bertalot of Fargo, North Dakota; sons Mike of Spearfish; Bob of Rapid City; and Jim of Whitewood; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and seven siblings.
Graveside services and inurnment will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 19, 2009, in the Black Hills National Cemetery with Chaplain Ralph Vencill officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard. Friends may gather at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.
A reception for Tom’s relatives and friends will follow from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Deadwood VFW, which always had a special place in his heart. Memorials may be sent to VFW Post 5969, 10 Pine Street, Deadwood, SD 57732 for veterans programs or a charity of your choice.