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Paul Eugene Kieffer
Paul “Bud” Eugene Kieffer was born April 11, 1929, at Rockerville, SD.  His parents were Fernan Kieffer and Mary (Raga) Kieffer.  Paul attended elementary school at Pine Grove School at Rockerville and graduated from Rapid City High School in 1948.  He ...
July 16, 2018

Lavona Irene Jonas
Lavona Irene (Stetson) Jonas, 90, Rapid City, SD, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at her home, surrounded by family. She was born July 1, 1928 to Ershall and Alma (Hagemeister) Stetson in Crawford, NE.  She graduated from Crawford High School in 1945, then moved to Rap...
July 16, 2018

Timothy James Ulrich
Timothy James Ulrich was born March 10, 1982, at Deadwood, SD, to his loving parents, Herb and Nancy (Garrett) Ulrich. He was an older brother to his sister and best friend, Jeanny Mae Ulrich. Tim graduated from Sturgis High School in 2000 and spent years making many friends whe...
July 16, 2018

Dean Arnold Vetter
Dean Arnold Vetter was born June 21, 1937, in Burtrum, MN, to Adam and Laura (Shinabarger) Vetter. When Dean was starting school, Adam decided to move his family to his home town, Bison, SD. Dean graduated from Bison High School in 1955. After high school, he worked construction ...
July 12, 2018

Thomas Ronald Faltynowicz
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....
July 12, 2018

Marjorie Ann Lyons
Marjorie was born Saturday, May 19, 1945, in Baker, MT, to Harley and Josephine (Lee) Celander.  It was there in Baker where she met her husband of 47 years, Kent Lyons.  Marj and Kent lived all over the Midwest and California, and had three sons along the way:  Tr...
July 10, 2018

Lillian Horton
Lillian Horton of Wall, South Dakota, died on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 99. Lillian E. Bagley was born October 27, 1918 at Hurley, South Dakota, the daughter of Addie and Vera (Radley) Bagley. She grew up in the Hurl...
July 9, 2018

Mike Kerns
Mike Kerns of Murdo, South Dakota, died on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre at the age of 62. Michael "Mike" Ward Kerns was born on December 17, 1955 to Daryl "Pete" and Linda (Dittman) Kerns in Kadoka, South Dakota. He was the first of nine children...
July 9, 2018

Robert Wallace White
Robert Wallace White of Rapid City, SD, formerly of Wall, died December 20, 2017 after a courageous fight with Alzheimer's and Parkinson Disease at the age of 76. Robert White was born June 29, 1941 in Sturgis, South Dakota, the son of Ward and Margaret(Mayer) White. The family ...
July 9, 2018

William R. Fox
Bob was born to Robert and Helen (Davis) Fox June 11, 1955.  He attended the Fruitdale School and continued his education at Belle Fourche High School. He was active in the family business, Fox Honey, in addition to various other jobs. He was married November 9, 1979, to S...
July 6, 2018

Doug Kaiser
Doug was born January 17, 1957, to Robert and Dorothy Kaiser.  Doug attended K-12 in Sturgis and completed a semester at Huron College. Doug married his high school sweetheart, Linda, on November 12, 1976, at Grace Lutheran Church.  Their son, Tyler, was born on J...
July 6, 2018

Stella B. Graham
Stella B. Graham, 95, of Custer, passed away July 1, 2018, at Spearfish Regional Hospital. Stella was born August 29, 1922, in Toronto, SD, where she attended grade school and high school. She graduated from General Beadle College (now Dakota State).  She taught school for ...
July 6, 2018

Barbra Ann Strachan
Barbra Ann Strachan, 76, a resident of Rapid City, SD, has passed on to be with her Lord and Savior. Anyone who met her knew her as a kind, gentle and caring soul. She is preceded in death by her husband, Silas K. Natus. She is survived by her three children, sons, John Strach...
July 6, 2018

Wanda Guptill
Wanda Guptill, age 93, of Interior, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the Philip Nursing Home. A visitation will be held one hour preceding the funeral service. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Interior Fire Hall in Interior wi...
July 5, 2018

Mary Margaret Leger
Mary Margaret Leger, 94, of Upton, WY passed away June 30, 2018 at the Crook County Memorial Hospital. She was born February 26, 1924 in Scranton, North Dakota to James and Amy (Williams) Maney.  Margaret married Thomas “Tuck” Leger on October 14, 1941. Margare...
July 3, 2018

Teddy Ann Outka
Teddy Ann Outka, 61, Sturgis, was called  home to be with her soulmate and loving husband on July 2, 2018. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Lifespring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Teddy Ann was...
July 3, 2018

Robert White
Robert "Bob" White, age 76, of Rapid City, formerly of Wall, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. A celebration of life will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16, at the Wall Golf Course in Wall. A meal will be served. Surv...
July 2, 2018

Pedro James Dennis
Pedro Dennis, age 18, of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital as a result of a farm accident. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, at the American Legion Hall in Philip. Funeral services will be held a...
July 2, 2018

Roger Dean Keahey
Roger Dean Keahey died June 22, 2018 at Rapid City Regional Hospital after being air lifted there following an accident in Spearfish, SD on June 14,  2018. He was born in Sheridan, WY to Glen and Florence Mae (Kelly) Keahey on February 1, 1943.  He joined his only sibl...
June 29, 2018

Terry G. Mahaffy
Terry G. Mahaffy was born March 13, 1943, in Faith, SD, to Theodore E. and Marie (Foote) Mahaffy.  He grew up on the family ranch near Marcus, SD, on Sulphur Creek and attended country school at Howie School. His love of trucking started in 1963 when he bought his first gra...
June 28, 2018

Ronald C. Anders
Ronald C. "Ronnie" Anders was born May 22, 1929, to Carl & Alice (Edwards) Anders, and was raised in the Marcus, SD, area where he worked on various ranches. On September 21, 1949, he married Wanda Raetz in Sturgis, SD, and began their life together. In 1952, he got his firs...
June 26, 2018

Marcella Agnes Skinner
A dedicated wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother in life, Marcella was born January 10, 1927, in Kingman, KS, to Benedict and Genevieve Wieser. As a young girl, her family moved to New Underwood, SD, and set up operations on a ranch that has stayed in the famil...
June 26, 2018

Donna Kay Johnson
Donna Kay Johnson, 67, of Belle Fourche, SD, went to rest with the Lord on Thursday June 21, 2018, at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital. Donna was born on April 18, 1951 to Barbara and Wayne Besler in Hettinger, ND.  She grew up on the Besler family ranch near Bison and becam...
June 26, 2018

Phyllis Marion Oliver
Phyllis Marian Oliver was born August 30, 1932, to Lemuel McMains and Florence (Bronson) McMains in Belle Fourche, SD.  Phyllis graduated from Newell School and married Dean Oliver, right out of high school in December 1950.  They had 63 years of wedded bliss before Dea...
June 26, 2018

Carla Ann Caneva
Carla Ann Caneva, 76, of Deadwood died Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with neuroendocrine cancer.    She is survived by her children: Brandon (Laura) Caneva of Sturgis and their children, Connor and Annika; Deana (Mo...
June 25, 2018

Carole Cecelia Wince
Carole Cecelia (Bartelt) Wince, 76, of Belle Fourche and formerly of Dupree, peacefully let go of her fight against cancer and passed away on June 23, 2018 at her home surrounded by her five children. Carole was born in Elkton, SD on April 22, 1942 to Orville and Marvel (Munsch)...
June 25, 2018

Daryl Redinger
Daryl Redinger, 80 of Spearfish formerly of Deadwood passed away at his home on Friday, June 22, 2018. A Funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, June 27th at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Spearfish. Visitation will be 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday June 26th at...
June 25, 2018

Dean Orin Parsons
Dean Orin Parsons, age 91, of Philip, South Dakota, died on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25, at the Americ...
June 23, 2018

Janet Schone
Janet was born September 19, 1959, in Sturgis, SD, to William Howard and Alyce (Sparks) Boyer.  Janet was called home to be with her parents on June 21, 2018, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.  She fought a short battle with cancer. Janet met the love of her life, Dave Sch...
June 22, 2018

Jerry Lee Ellingson
Jerry Lee Ellingson, 75, of Spearfish, SD passed away on November 19, 2017. Jerry was born on May 8, 1942, in Torrington, WY to Ken & Tommie (Thelma) Ellingson. Jerry was educated in Spearfish and graduated from high school, class of 1960. Jerry married his high school sweet...
June 22, 2018

Marcia Lee Ludeman
Marcia Lee Ludeman, 64 of Sundance, WY passed away early Tuesday morning, June 19th following a seven-year battle with ovarian cancer. Marcia was born to Liz and Elton Culp in Loveland, CO on Feb. 23, 1954.  When Marcia was four years old the family moved to Longmont where ...
June 22, 2018

Harland Thomas Hermann, Sr.
Harland Thomas Hermann, Sr., was born and raised in Lincoln, NE.  He graduated from Valley High School in 1936 at the age of 16, completed his undergraduate degree in pre-med from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1939, and completed his doctorate in medicine from the Un...
June 22, 2018

Albert N. Springer
Albert N. Springer, 83 of Spearfish died June 19, 2018 at Belle Fourche Healthcare. Visitation will be from 1:00pm-2:00pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish followed by graveside services at 2:00pm at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish. Albert wa...
June 21, 2018

Donna Jones
Donna Jones, 59, of Sundance, WY passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018, at her ranch home. A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 23. 2018, at Fidler-Roberts-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance. Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral...
June 19, 2018

Todd Antonsen
Todd Antonsen, age 21, of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at his home in Philip. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June ...
June 19, 2018

Dee Ora Lee Keller
Dee was born December 20, 1933, in Terraville, SD, to Margery Addison Orr and Leo Russell Orr.  When Dee was 9, Leo moved the family to Idaho for work.  When Leo died in a deer hunting accident, Margery moved Dee and her five brothers back to Lead where Dee attended sch...
June 18, 2018

Gertrude Ring
Gertrude Ring, age 89, of McKinney, Texas, formerly of Norris, South Dakota, died on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Ivy Assisted Living Center in McKinney, Texas. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. (CDT) on Saturday, June 23, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Norris. Interme...
June 18, 2018

Gary Jorgensen
Gary Jorgensen, age 89, of Murdo, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. (CDT) with a prayer service at 7 on Sunday, June 24, at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo. Funeral services will ...
June 18, 2018

Jacob Adam Geigle
Jacob Adam Geigle, age 96, of Renton, Washington, formerly of Creighton, died on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at his caregiver's home in Renton, Washington. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Wall Cemetery in Wall. Jacob was born in Creighton...
June 18, 2018

Kyle Levi Stumpf
Kyle was born in Rapid City, SD to Jill and Tim Stumpf on December 17, 1993. Kyle was a graduate of Sturgis Brown High School in 2012.  He loved football, weightlifting, was an avid "gamer" and most recently took up the game of golf.   He was currently employ...
June 15, 2018

Lenore Helene Levy
This is the dash of Lenore “Lonnie” Helene Levy.  Lonnie was a beautiful woman that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished.  She was a devout wife, grandmother, and great-grandmother.      Her story begins on August 27, 1939....
June 14, 2018

Corinne E. Stevens
Corinne "Connie" E. Stevens was born December 6, 1926, in Phillip, SD to Bernard and Leota Schimke. Her family moved to Custer where she grew up and graduated from Custer High School in 1944.  After high school she worked in Igloo, SD for the BH Ordinance Depot for a year. ...
June 11, 2018

Raymond Boyd Isaacs
Raymond Boyd Isaacs, first son of Joe C. and Genevieve A. (Harrison) Isaacs, was born on his father’s birthday, Christmas Day, 1931. He was raised with his brothers, Richard and Harold, on the family ranch on Avance Road outside of Faith, South Dakota. In some of Raymond&rs...
June 11, 2018

Gary Allen Pletan
Gary Allen Pletan, 74, passed away June 9, 2018, at his home near Sturgis, SD. Gary was born May 11, 1944, in Sioux Falls, SD to Rosella (Tokheim) Pletan and Burnette Pletan. Gary married Pam Ortman of Canistota June 14, 1969. Gary spent his childhood in Canistota, SD, and gra...
June 11, 2018

Christine Messmer
Mass of Christian Burial for Christine Messmer, age 90, of Lemmon, SD, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon, SD.  Fr. Tony Grossenburg will officiate with burial to follow in the Greenhill Cemetery at Lemmon...
June 11, 2018

Kenneth Duane Lillehaug
Kenneth Duane Lillehaug, 87, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Lemmon SD, with Pastor Carin Bear officiating.  Burial with full military honors will be held in the Prince...
June 11, 2018

Carol Barber
Carol Barber, age 65, of Wall, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 near Elm Springs, South Dakota. A memorial visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, at the ...
June 8, 2018

Patricia L. Eastman
On June 3, 2018, Patricia L. Eastman, 77, Rapid City, passed away quietly surrounded by her family at Rapid City Regional Hospital. On September 29, 1940, Addison and Genevieve Cavanaugh, along with her brother, Peter, welcomed Patti into the world.  Patti was the light of ...
June 8, 2018

Loretta Fay Westbrook
Loretta Fay Westbrook was born March 19, 1933, near Pollock, SD, the eldest of nine children born to Archie and Gertrude (Biesheuvel) Ryckman.  She grew up on a farm eight miles northwest of Pollock and attended rural school. Loretta married Lester M. Westbrook on June 7, 1...
June 8, 2018

Betty Paulson
Funeral services for Betty Paulson, age 85, of Lemmon, SD, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Prince of Peace Chapel of the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, SD.  Pastor Tara Kossow will officiate with burial to follow in the Greenhill Cemetery a...
June 8, 2018

Carol Jean Callihan Fairbanks
Carol Jean Callihan Fairbanks was born on Jan. 2, 1945 to Benjamin Callihan and Bernice Van Pelt Callihan in Mitchell, South Dakota. She was raised on her family homestead in Van Metre, SD for many years. The family moved to Murdo around 1960 where Carol attended high school. Aft...
June 8, 2018

Norval Gene Waller
Norval Gene Waller was born in Belden, Nebraska on December 4, 1933 to Robert Leroy and Gertrude Mae Griggs Waller. He died at The Denver Hospice in Aurora, Colorado on November 8, 2017 following a five week illness with a sinus abscess that led to a serious brain infection. Norv...
June 8, 2018

Billie June Fillmore
Billie June Fillmore, 88 of Spearfish SD passed away May 20, 2018 in Spearfish, SD. Billie June was born in Winner, SD on October 18, 1929. Her parents were W.O. and Lillian Fillmore. She was the third of five children. Her family moved to Spearfish in 1932. Billie attended gra...
June 7, 2018

John Edward Doerges
John Edward “Jack” Doerges, 92, died June 3, 2018, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Community, Belle Fourche, SD. He was born March 8, 1926 in Cheyenne, WY, to Robert F. Doerges and Mary (Heckmann) Doerges.   Jack grew up in Hereford and Cortez, CO, and worked i...
June 7, 2018

Kevin Alan Mailloux
Kevin Alan Mailloux was born on February 12, 1959, to Alan and Joyce (Hiam) Mailloux in Valley City, North Dakota. Kevin was a longtime resident of Rapid City and Box Elder.  His outgoing personality allowed him to make friends readily and his generosity and sincerity ensur...
June 6, 2018

William Theron Ziegenbein
William Theron Ziegenbein was born on a homestead in rural Haakon County northeast of Philip, SD, on November 15, 1933, to Theron and Selma Ziegenbein.  He went to a country school in rural Philip and the family moved to Sturgis when he was in 6th grade.  Bill completed...
June 6, 2018

John Lee
John "Jack" Lee, age 89, of Rapid City, South Dakota, died on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Bella Vista Care and Rehabilitation Center in Rapid City. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, at the South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Pastor Lind...
June 6, 2018

Beverly Jean "Betts" Seeley
Beverly Jean "Betts" Seeley, 85 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away in the early morning hours of June 2, 2018 at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Betts was born to Richard and Florence (Linton) Schulze on N...
June 5, 2018

Jerard Kent Hargis
Jerard "Jerry" Kent Hargis, 88 of Spearfish, passed away unexpectedly on May 31, 2018. Jerry was born on June 30, 1929 in Champaign, Illinois to Lloyd and Helen Hargis. He was raised in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. Jerry graduated from Western Illinois University and served four years...
June 5, 2018

Margaret Lucille Ellsbury
Margaret Lucille Ellsbury, 88 of Sundance, Wyoming passed away peacefully Sunday, June 3, 2018, following a day spent at home surrounded by her family, including all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Margaret was born June 12, 1929 in Crook County, Wyoming in the hom...
June 5, 2018

Franklyn Sumners
Franklyn "Pat" Sumners, age 73, Pierre, South Dakota, formerly of White River Franklyn "Pat" Sumners, age 73, of Pierre formerly of White River, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre. Franklyn Wayne Sumners, better known a...
June 4, 2018

John Peter Kraft
John Peter Kraft, 88, Central City, died Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the VA Black Hills Health Care Center at Fort Meade, SD. Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kinkade Funeral ...
June 4, 2018


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