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2011-2012 Obituaries


Cindy L. (Ritter) Zellner, 59, formerly of Rapid City, SD died December 19 at Peace Hospice of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory. A memorial service, directed by Timothy Seery, will be held January 5 at 5 PM at First Congregational United Church of Christ (2900 9th Ave. South). Interment will take place at a later date in South Dakota.

Cindy was born May 4, 1953 in Edgemont, SD, where she lived until her senior year of high school. Cindy gave birth to a baby girl and selflessly blessed another family through Lutheran Family Services with a closed adoption. Until the day she died Cindy had her baby’s picture next to her. They were never reunited. Cindy was a proud birth mother but regretted never having met her daughter. After high school Cindy married Larry Renz of Hot Springs, SD. They later divorced.

While living in Iceland Cindy married Dennis Zellner. They later divorced. She lived and traveled the world, but her favorite place was Iceland.

Cindy is survived by her father James Ritter, brother Mike (Donna) Ritter and their four kids Tuesday, Moira, Lowell and James ; brother Tony (Sharon) Ritter and their three kids Eric, Amanda, and Scott; cousins Darrel (Linda) Clapman, Marilyn (Ritchie) Secor, Carleen (Scott) Peterson, Carolyn (Glen) Goodman, Cheryl (Tim) Van Hoecke and extra special caregivers Ellen Rasmussen and Thora Castling.

Cindy is preceded in death by grandparents Faye and Carolyn Gunderson, Barbara and Louis Ritter, her mom Shirley Jean Ritter, cousin David Clapman and her favorite two aunts Evelyn (Bob) Clapman and Joyce (Dick) Ott.

Memorials are suggested to the Great Falls Animal Foundation at PO Box 3426, Great Falls, MT 59403, or to Wounded Warriors at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or to a charity of your choice.

Condolences to the family may be left at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com

Margaret Rae ‘Peggy’ Bockman, age 76, of Hot Springs, and formerly of Edgemont, passed away December 24, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Survivors include sons, Bill (JoLynne) Bockman of Fairmont, MN; Steve (Margaret) Bockman of Greybull, WY; daughters, Tammy (Greg) Trout of Casper, WY; Lori (Mark) Peloquin of Casper; Jill (Alan) Siers of Loveland, CO; brother, William (Joan) Robb of Dexter, NM; sisters, Carolyn (Harold) Kosel of Mound City, SD; Cherrell ‘Cherry’ Myrvik of Edgemont, SD; Pearl (Dick) Myrvik of Edgemont; Marlene (Reldon) Doyle of Rapid City, SD; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at December 28, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs with Pastor Bill Russow officiating. Interment was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

John LeRoy “Mike” Michaels, 90, Hot Springs, formerly of Edgemont, died Dec. 18, 2012, at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Michaels, Hot Springs; sons Sidney Michaels, Rapid City, and Rodney Michaels, Cape Coral, Fla.; a daughter, Sharon “Kay” McCauley, Napa, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is available at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Esther Porter, 87, Edgemont, died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on December 7, 2012, at her home in Edgemont.

Esther was married for 66 years to Harry Edsel Porter of Edgemont; and is the mother of Terry Lee (Wally) Durham of Palos Verdes Estates, CA; Douglas Porter of San Antonio, TX; Michael (Tamara) Porter of Spearfish, SD; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Assembly of God Church in Edgemont on Wednesday, December 12, at 10:00 A.M. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service, and a luncheon will be served at the Edgemont Senior Center immediately following the graveside rites at the Edgemont Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Esther’s name to benefit the Edgemont Senior Citizens Center. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Byron “Barney” William Hastings, 63, of Sheridan passed away on December 7, 2012 at his residence.

Barney was born on January 1, 1949 in Hot Springs, S. D. to Byron and Marceline (McCloskey) Hastings. He was raised in Edgemont, S. D. He graduated from Edgemont High School in 1967. He married Veleare Peterson in 1971. Their daughter Vanessa was born in 1973. They moved to Sheridan in 1984. He later married Paula Ferber in 1998.

Barney worked for the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad for thirty years. He liked fishing, doing carpentry work, reading, guns, had a special way with animals and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He would help anyone hurting or in need.

Barney is preceded in death by his parents; Byron Hastings, Marceline Barkley, Step father, Lester “Bus” Barkley, his nephew Kelsey Peterson and his brother- in- law Tom Marsh. He is survived by his wife, Paula, daughter Vanessa Hastings ( Adrian Chavez), step-daughters, Lisa (Lee) Tracy, Ann Ferber, sisters, Jackie (Ned) Peterson, Mary Marsh, step sister, Vonna Hlavka, step brother, Tom Barkley, five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date in the summer of 2013.

Memorials to honor Byron can be made to the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter, 84 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, WY 82801 or to Joey’s Flyfishing Foundation 109 S. Main St. Suite B, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.

Paulette (Gull) Ezernack, age 69, of Edgemont, SD went with her Lord and Savior on Nov 1, 2012 at Rapid City Regional Hospital with her family by her side. She was born on June 24, 1943, in Hot Springs, SD, to Paul and Eloise Gull. As a young girl she grew up on Indian Creek in Nebraska where she developed her love of animals. At the age of 12, the family moved to Edgemont where she graduated in 1961 and later attended beautician school in Rapid City and earned her degree. While attending, she met and married James W. Ezernack on Aug. 25, 1963. They served their country as an Air Force family. After several years she eventually settled down in Edgemont where she lived the remainder of her life.

Paulette served her community in many ways throughout her life. She was a custodian for the Edgemont School District, used her degree as a hair dresser, spent many years as a courier for the Rapid City News Journal, clerked at many businesses, she enjoyed driving buses for the ESD, Edgemont senior citizens, and Pine Hills Retirement Community, and she always showed love and devotion to her family and friends.

Survivors include her mother, Eloise Gull of Custer, four children, Kristi L. Whitsett and husband Kevin of Carthage, TX; Tonya L. Castleman and husband Ken of Abilene, TX; Shaun L. Ezernack and Melissa Veil of Houston, TX; Shanon L. Bryan and husband Jeremy of Rapid City; and 14 grandchildren, Samantha Komes, Tyler and wife Jena Whitsett, Ashley and husband Jody Harris, Jacob Whitsett, Ryan and Amanda Castleman, Brianna Jo, Josh and Joslyn Bryan, and Kris, Jon, and Kim Komes, and her significant other Dennis Hubble. She is preceded in death by her father, Paul V. Gull and her daughter, Christi Lea.

Visitation will be held from 3pm to 5pm Sunday, November 4, 2012, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs . Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 5, 2012, with Rev. John McKnight officiating. Burial will follow at Edgemont Cemetery.

The family supports memorials to the Battle Mountain Humane Shelter, 27254 Wind Cave Road, Hot Springs, SD, 57747.
Condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Henry Clay “Bud” Hollenbeck died at the VA Hospice in Hot Springs, South Dakota on November 2, 2012.

Bud was born on December 4th, 1929, in Glenham, SD. He was the second child of eight born to Clay and Dorothy (Brown) Hollenbeck. He attended eight years of school at the Landeau school and then went on to graduate from Glenham High School in 1947. After serving 4 years as a mechanic for the Navy Air Force, Bud returned to Mobridge and married Mary Catherine Leary on October 26, 1956. They started their life together at Trail City and later moved to the banks of the Missouri River in the Gettysburg/Dodge Draw area on the Triple U Ranch. It was here that their first four children were born: Patrick Henry, Michael Clay, Mark John, and Linda Beth. In 1962, when the Oahe Dam was built and their home was flooded, Bud moved his family to the Black Hills. Two more children joined the family, Ann Marie and William Robert. In 1968 Bud and Mary bought the Hawthorn Ranch in Dewey and put the finishing touch on the family with the birth of David Bart. It would be here, at the Bridle Bit Ranch, that Bud instilled in his children a life-long love of ranching and the outdoors.

Bud rodeoed with the great Casey Tibbs; he was an accomplished thoroughbred and quarterhorse owner/breeder of state champion horses.

He enjoyed competing in poker tournaments from Deadwood to Las Vegas. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching college football with his sons and daughters... and was known to place an occasional wager. He was one of the most loyal St. Thomas More sports fans. He was a member of the Elk Mountain School District Board of Education, the American Legion, and South Dakota Stock Growers Association.

Blessed to have shared in his life is his wife of 56 years, Mary, his seven children and his 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren: Pat and Tammy of Dewey, SD, and sons Mike, Luke and Jake; Mike and Eva Jo of Billings, MT, and sons Henry, Zane, and Charlie; Mark and Suzanne of rural Edgemont, and children Elli, Hunter, Mackenzie, and Hadley; Linda and Louie Tidball of Edgemont, and children Chris (Michelle), Abigail, and Elizabeth; Annie and Jim Mehlhaff of Pierre, SD, and children Brice and Mary; Bill and Terri of Wamego, KS, and children Nate (Ashley), Jake (Nikki), Jessica, and Katelyn; and David and Denise of Rapid City and children Connor, Caleb, Caden, and baby. Bud is survived by his brothers and sister, Edith Sutfin, Tucson, AZ; L.E. “Pink” (Edwina), Promise; Dale (Helen), McClusky, ND; Robert (Ruby), Trail City; Gordon, Pierre; Don (Mary), Trail City. He is preceded in death by his parents Clay and Dorothy, his infant twins Mary Frances and Joseph William, his brother, Vic and sisters-in-law Nancy and Nellie, and Brother-in-law, Ben Sutfin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Dewey Clubhouse Renovation Fund, P.O. Box 739, Edgemont, SD 57735.

Condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
Wake services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont with Fr. Mike Mulloy officiating. Interment will follow at the Edgemont Cemetery.

Lloyd Earl Garnick, age 84, of Hot Springs, SD, a retired cowboy, trucker, and uranium miner with a passion for rock hunting died October 17, 2012, at the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs, SD.
Lloyd was born October 21, 1927, in Veteran, WY, to Arnold and Edith (Cross) Garnick. He grew up in Wyoming and met his wife, Viona (Oellrich) Garnick in South Dakota in 1948; they were married shortly after. They moved all over the Western US, spending time in Colorado, Oregon and Alaska, settling back down in Edgemont, SD, to retire.

Lloyd spent his retirement years as a lapidary, finding rocks and friends all over the country, and as a church elder.
Survivors include his wife, Viona of Hot Springs; sons, Steven (Robin) Garnick of Sitka, AK; Wayne (Shannon) Garnick of Republic, WA; Keith (Jackie) Garnick of Sitka, AK; two sisters, Ellen Doty of Copan OK; Avice Fuerst of Douglas, WY; brother, Guy Garnick of Douglas, WY; eight grandchildren, Ptarmica; Joshua; Jeremey; Heather; Harmony; Sunshine; Coral; Justin; ten great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Frances; brothers, Everett; LeRoy; Charlie and grandson, Ryan.

Memorial services were held October 21, 2012, at McColley’s Chapel in Hot Springs with Pastor Joe Story and Pastor Wayne Hayward of the Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Lloyd’s name at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hot Springs.
Written condolences can be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

June (Hey) Wagner
Word has been received of the passing of June Wagner, recently of Edgemont. Full obituary next week.

 

Betty M. Miller, of Hot Springs, passed away September 15th, 2012 in Rapid City South Dakota. She was born on September 4th, 1938 in Hill City, South Dakota. Betty attended Edgemont High School, where she graduated in 1957.

Betty and Rex were wed in June of 1960, before they moved to the Miller ranch near Minnekahta Junction. Betty worked numerous jobs throughout her life, but the two that she enjoyed the most were outfitting people in western wear at Merrill West, and working on the ranch, the lifestyle she loved. As a rancher, Betty could always be found on her four-wheeler with her dog, checking the cows.
Perhaps the most important job that Betty ever took on was being a grandma. She had five grandchildren, all of which she loved dearly. Betty is the mother of RexAnn Miller of Alliance, Nebraska, and Bill and Lisa Miller of Hot Springs. Her grandchildren are Josh Raskiewicz of Grand Island, Casey Raskiewicz, Marissa, Dani, and Sydney Miller, all of Hot Springs. Betty was always there for them every second of every day. Betty is also survived by her adopted mother, Ruth Snedeker of Newcastle, and her dear friend, Marie Orr of Hot Springs.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Rex, in 1983, Doreen Welborn, Ben Miller, and Betty Morgan.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Matthew James ‘Matt’ Canfield, age, 71, passed away September 15, 2012 at his home in Edgemont, SD.

Matt was born September 30, 1940, at home in Downing, WI, the 5th of five siblings, to Ted and Anna (Schmidt) Canfield. He lived in Downing, WI for 15 years. His father left home when he was very young, leaving his mother to raise five children on her own. Just before his 16th birthday the family moved to Baldwin, WI, where his mother got a job as a Nursing Home Administrator.
By this time Wes, his oldest brother, was in the US Air Force, Al, the next oldest, was working in Minneapolis, MN, Marlene, his sister, was working in St. Paul, MN. Denver and Matt were still in high school. They both attended Baldwin High School with Denver graduating in 1957 and Matt graduating in 1958 from Woodville High School.

Just after his junior year in high school, Matt hitched hiked to Timber Lake, SD, and worked on a cattle ranch. This would become his main home until 1963. From 1958 until 1961, Matt served in the US Army. In 1963 he went to Alaska for a short period of time, returning to Timber Lake to manage the ranch he had worked at for so many years.

From 1966 until 1993 he worked at many different occupation, including trucking, butcher-meat cutter, ranching, livestock sales yard, building construction, sawmill, logger, millwright, mechanic, welder, heavy equipment operator, mining, body shop, pyro-technic, owner-operator of Canfield Trucking in Livingston, MT, machinist-welder at BNRR in Livingston, MT, owner Bandera Mining in Custer, SD, until a back injury forced him into retirement in 1993. Matt hated retirement because he knew nothing but hard work and building things since he was 8 years old.

Matt was a volunteer firefighter from 1970 until 1978 at Cleghorn Volunteer Fire Department in Rapid City, SD, while there he was training captain, assistant chief at which time the greatest honor-recognition was bestowed upon him. In the 1972 flood in Rapid City he was nominated for “National Firefighter of the Year” for service above and beyond the call of duty for his rescue and organization skills.

Survivors include, his wife, Judy Marzolf Canfield of Edgemont; daughters, Vickie (Jim) Sheffers of MI; Kimberly (Jerry) Traphagen of Rapid City, SD; step-son, Tobbie Mountain of Rapid City; step-daughters, Jenny (Pedro) Duarte of Custer, SD; Paula Marzolf of Rapid City; brother, Denver (Diane) Canfield of Rochford, SD; sister, Marlene Stratton of Sheridan, WY; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 21, at the Edgemont Senior Center in Edgemont.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Kathryn Mary Spencer, age 100, of Edgemont, SD, passed away August 29, 2012, at Castle Manor Nursing Home in Hot Springs.
Kathryn was born March 11, 1912, in Edgemont. She attended the Dewey and Burdock school and graduated from Edgemont High School. She attended college in Spearfish for one year and received a Teacher’s Certificate. She taught schools at Elk Mountain and Bressnee.

Kathryn married Miles Spencer in Custer, SD. They had one son, Donald. They bought a ranch north of Edgemont where Kathryn called home for 65 years. She belonged to the Sagebrush Pals Extension Club for over 50 years.

Kathryn is survived by her son, Donald (Pat) Spencer of Edgemont, granddaughter, Diane Spencer; great-grandson, Miles VanUden and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Grace Richardson; two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the United Church in Edgemont with Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating. Interment followed at the Edgemont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Kathryn’s name have been established to benefit either the Sagebrush Pals or the Edgemont Ambulance Service.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Rodney L. ‘Rod’ Jewett, age 72, of Edgemont, SD, passed away August 21, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD, after being ill for quite a long time.

Rod was born May 24, 1940, in Tacoma, WA to Vernon R. and Ruby (Landis) Jewett.

When Rod was 9 1/2 the family went to the Philippines where his father was the Education Secretary for North Philippines Union. As a young boy he attended grade school and graduated from Golden Gate Academy in Oakland, CA. Later from various specialty classes, mostly in automotive work. Rod finished a shipbuilder’s course, learning to read blueprints, skills that carried on to later jobs.
Rod met his wife, Mary Alyce Scott, in Lincoln, NE at his brother’s wedding. They married August 14, 1960.

In 2003 they moved to Edgemont to retire and care for Mary’s parents. Rod was a member of the Hot Springs Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Rod’s greatest accomplishments were his devotion to his wife of 52 years and his children, Vern and Lori, his three grandchildren and his many friends.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alyce Jewett of Edgemont; son, Vern (Amber) Jewett of Campion, CO; daughter, Lori Jewett of Walla Walla, WA; brother, Richard (Billie) Jewett of Mesa, AZ and three grandchildren, Austin, Alex and Jonathan Jewett.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2012, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hot Springs with Pastor Joe Story officiating. Interment will follow at the Edgemont Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Rod’s name to benefit the Edgemont Volunteer Fire Department. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Harry Parker, Edgemont, 76, died Aug. 20, 2012, at Custer Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his sons, Carmen Girone, Lusk, Wyo., and Tony Girone, Toms River, N.J.; daughters, Mary Kellogg, Edgemont, Angel Hull, Sterling, Colo., Laura Matthews, Lusk, Wyo.; sisters, Joann Towne and Sharon Walker, both of Hemingford, Neb.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Rebekah Lodge, with the Rev. Tony Perry officiating. An online guestbook is available at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

James Alan “Jim” Knutson of rural Hot Springs passed away on August 11, 2012.

He was born on September 23, 1945 to Irwin and Gladys (Myhren) Knutson. He was raised on a ranch near Hill Head and graduated from Veblen High School in 1963. Jim graduated from Augustana College in 1967 where he participated in wrestling. He was named 1966-67 Outstanding Wrestler and became the first Viking to win a North Central Conference championship.

He married Laurie Alness in 1969. Jim was a teacher and coach at Brandon Valley High School, a loan officer at the State Bank of Alcester, the Manager of Dakota Heritage State Bank in Brandon and Valley Springs and a rancher.

Jim retired to rural Hot Springs where he enjoyed the outdoors and participating in community projects for the city of Edgemont. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life and he loved attending their activities and participating in their celebrations.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Irwin, son, Mark, sister, Joanne and nephew, Wade.

He is survived by his mother, Gladys, of Sisseton, his son, Kelly (Mary Swallow) of Red Shirt, his son Jon (Megan) of Sioux Falls, four grandchildren: James Knutson, Christian Knutson, Cathlyn Knutson, and Ava Knutson all of Red shirt, his brother Kent (Ileen) of Watertown, one niece, three nephews, and several cousins.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs with Rev. Morris Nelson officiating.

Burial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church in Veblen, SD.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Marlin Roy McKown 64, Funeral services for Marlin Roy McKown were held August 13, 2012 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Gillette, Wyoming. Interment was at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.

Marlin, age 64 passed away August 9, 2012 from an extended battle with cancer.

Marlin Roy McKown was born September 24, 1947 to Roy Horton and Ardith Louise (Moon) McKown in Miller, South Dakota. He was the oldest of five children. He began his elementary education in Bridgewater, SD and graduated from Edgemont High School in 1965, he MCCOWN cont. on page 9 finished his education after a year in South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.

Having grown up in the newspaper/printing business under his father’s leadership, he followed by working in Custer, Sturgis, and Rapid City, SD before buying the Edgemont Herald Tribune from his father in March of 1974. In the same year he met and married his soul mate, JoAnn Beckley on July 18, 1974. To this union they were blessed with two children, Larry and Danielle. The couple recently celebrated thirty eight years of marriage.

Marlin and JoAnn sold the Edgemont paper in May 1980 and lived for a short period in Dillon, MT. In March of 1981 they moved to Gillette, WY where he entered into a partnership with Action Printing. In April, 1992 he began traveling to Spearfish to work in a printing facility. In August 1994 he secured employment in the printing department of the Campbell County School District. He transferred to the warehouse in May of 2001 where he worked until his health conditions forced him to retire in May of 2009.
He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in October 1981 and he and JoAnn were sealed for time and eternity in Salt Lake Temple on January 14, 2001. Marlin had a great love for our Lord Jesus Christ and held many callings in the Church.
Marlin most enjoyed time with his family and grandchildren. Some of his most favorite things to do included playing cards with family, working in his yard, racing, hunting and watching sports.

Marlin is survived by his wife JoAnn; son, Larry (Stephanie) McKown of Sundance, WY; daughter Danielle(Jason) Stovall of Gillette, WY; four grandchildren Paige McKown of Gillette, WY, Brittney (Luke) Olsen of Sidney, NE; Ethan and Brooklyn Stovall of Gillette, WY; and one great-grandaughter, Shaylee Olsen of Sidney, NE; father, Roy McKown of Hot Springs, SD; brother, Mike McKown of Custer, SD; sisters, Barbara (Randy) Barkley of Riverside, CA; Ellen (Charlie) Heafner of Hot Springs, SD; and Judith (Art) Licht of Gillette, WY as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ardith McKown, grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

Memorials to help defray major medical costs and condolences may be sent in Marlin’s name to Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be sent via the website at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com

Donna Marie Hudson formerly of Hot Springs, passed away suddenly on July 26th, 2012 in Tillamook, Oregon. Donna was born on August 15th 1959 in Hot Springs, South Dakota, the daughter of Donald R Hudson and Carol K (Joslin) Hudson. Granddaughter of Roy and Pertha Hudson of Edgemont, South Dakota. Donna lived on the Hudson ranch South of Edgemont until 1963 when they moved to Rapid City, S.D. Then in 1973 the family moved to Pheonix, Arizona where she graduated from Greenway High School in 1978. Donna went on to continue her education at Colorado University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Donna worked several jobs and went on to Graduate school to get her degree in Occupational Therapy, she worked as a therapist in Nursing homes in Payson , Arizona and went on to become a traveling Occupational Therapist where she worked with mostly pediatrics which she loved. Donna loved animals especially her 2 cats and several dogs she had over the years. Donna enjoyed the outdoors.

She loved living in the Black Hills and the Rockies, and she loved the ocean. She had a zest for life and would light up a room when she entered. Donna loved her Harley Davidson and rode it everyday she could. Donna loved all of her Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Grandparents and Parents. She leaves behind to honor her life, her loving family:
Sister Kristi Hudson and Charles McCune of Arizona, Brother Kenneth Hudson and Ysa Hudson of Texas, brother John Hudson and Vicki Hudson of South Dakota, brother Dave Hudson of Arizona, brother Jim Hudson and Anita Hudson of Kansas, Sister Theresa Hudson of Florida, and Troy Grantz and Mary Grantz of Nebraska, Sister Dawn (Hudson) Thomas and Mike of South Dakota, Brother Mike Hudson and Amy Hudson of South Dakota, Brother Sean Hudson and Bobbi Hudson of South Dakota and Step Mother Eileen Hudson of South Dakota, and numerous Nieces and Nephews and friends. A private Memorial will be held at a later date.

LaVerna Marjorie Wing, age 91, a long time resident of Edgemont, passed on at her home with her four children by her side on July 11, 2012.

LaVerna Muntz was born May 19, 1921, to Fred and Cecil Muntz in Havelock, NE. Havelock later became a suburb of Lincoln, NE. LaVerna attended school and graduated from Havelock High School in 1938. Upon graduation LaVerna followed her parents to Edgemont, SD.

LaVerna did a variety of jobs including Post Office clerk, sale barn clerk, bank teller, city auditor, licensed insurance agent for Southern Hills Agency, bookkeeper for Fall River Gas, and served on the city council. With her sister, Jackie, she created and operated a business called ‘The Knit Shop’.

On December 3, 1945 LaVerna married E. Duane Wing in Hot Springs, SD. They had four children, Carol Jean, Jane Ann, Diane Delores, and Duane Lloyd.

In addition to raising their four children, LaVerna also kept books for Duane’s garage business for 51 years. Duane died October 22, 1995. LaVerna enjoyed her family, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, cross stitching, painting, solving crossword puzzles, playing cards, fishing, reading and playing Scrabble. She enjoyed utilizing the latest technology for reading and communicating with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Robert) Van Cleave of Oelrichs, SD; Jane Ann (David) Henderson of Edgemont; Diane (John) Kane of Four Corners, WY; and son, Duane (Moneic) Wing of Rochester, MN; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and four great great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Virginia (Everett) Wing of Casper, WY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, E. Duane; a stillborn son, and her sister, Jacqueline (Art) Pearce.
Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at the United Church in Edgemont with Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating.

A memorial has been established in LaVerna’s name to benefit the Edgemont Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Francelia (“Frenchy”) Hudson Schumacher, 99, of Manchaca, Texas passed away peacefully on Monday, July 9. She was born in Edgemont, South Dakota to Ernest and Mary Ann Dibble where she lived most of her life. She married Laurence (“Larry”) Hudson on September 4, 1931 and 4 children were born to this union. After Larry’s passing, she married Arthur (“Art”) Schumacher on December 12, 1953 and she gained 6 step-sons and a daughter, Elayne was born to this union.

She worked as a grocery cashier in Edgemont and Salem, Oregon where she made lifelong friends and retired at age 75. We made her a “Texan” in 2002. She enjoyed her large family that included 38 grandkids, 71 great-grandkids and 68 great-great-grandkids. Her hobbies were family, crocheting, playing board and card games, especially “Bridge” and “Pinochle”.

Surviving her are sons, LeRoy (Shelbee) Hudson and Gene (Vicki) Hudson, Howard (Evelyn) Schumacher, Donald Schumacher, James Schumacher and Larry (Helen) Schumacher and daughters, Janis (Dick) Hires and Joyce Weaver, sister-in-law, Bonnie Dibble, step-daughters-in-law, Donna and Arlie Schumacher, her grandchildren and her many friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, 2 step-sons Daryl and Robert Schumacher and daughter, Elayne Schumacher.

At her request, there will not be a service but a Memorial is planned for an October date.

The Community of Edgemont extends its deepest sympathy to the families of the National Guard Airmen/Firefighters whose lives were lost near Edgemont on July 1st. They are:
Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, 42, of Mooresville, N.C.;
Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, 36, of Belmont, N.C.;
Maj. Ryan S. David, 35, of Boone, N.C.; and
Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, 50, of Charlotte.

Ed Reutter was born March 24, 1944 to Carl and Evelyn Reutter. The family moved to the ranch in 1950. Ed grew up in “God’s country” with his folks and big sister Beverly. When Ed was 20 years old, he met the love of his life, Wanda Moldenhauer. They were married in Edgemont on October 31, 1964. Together they raised three children, Theresa, Monica, and Ben. He worked various jobs, including working at the Black Hills Army Depot, driving the school bus on the Dewey route, working on the Pfister ranch and at the Chevy garage before he worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for nearly 20 years. After Ben was born, the family moved to the Bell ranch in Red Canyon. Due to Ed’s hard work ethic and love of ranching, they purchased the Edgemont Livestock Market and expanded their ranch out west while he was still working for the railroad. After a few years, Ed’s dream of ranching full time was fulfilled.

Family and friends were always the most important part of Ed’s life. He enjoyed roping, going to the Black Hills Stock Show, hunting, the NFR, branding, moving cattle with his special blue heeler friend “Tizzy” and he especially loved his kids and grandkids.

Ed was a loving husband, father, and grandpa. We will be forever grateful for the time we had with him. He will be missed.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda of Edgemont; son Ben (Becky) Reutter of Edgemont; daughters Monica (Scott) Hargens of Rapid City, Theresa (Dwight) Lackey; nine grandchildren; sister Beverly McBride of Edgemont; step-mother Louise Calvert of OR; step-brothers George (Jan) Calvert of OR, John (Linda) Calvert of OR; step-sister Nancy Dziekan of OR; mother-in-law Alvina Moldenhauer of IL; brother-in-law Bruce (Judy) Moldenhauer of IL; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Tizzy.

A memorial has been established in Ed’s name.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com

JoAnna Barber, 74, Custer died Tuesday, June 26 at Custer Regional Senior Care as a result of complications of congestive heart failure and diabetes.

Survivors include her daughters, Teresa (Victor) Pedersen, Custer and Misty Peck, Belle Fourche, a brother, Raymond Hanson of Hot Springs, a sister, Patricia (Stephen) Koller, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and her closest cousin, Verna Barker of Edgemont, nephews, cousins, Joanna is also survived by five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

James Nafziger, Hot Springs, passed away peacefully October 24, 2011, at Western Hills Health Center, Denver, CO.
Jim was born on September 11, 1928, in Spencer, SD, the sixth of eight siblings, to Chester and Elsie Nafziger. He moved to the Black Hills Ordinance Depot in Igloo, SD, with his parents in 1943. He graduated from Provo High School in Igloo in 1946. Jim served in the United States Army for four years, part of which was duty in Korea. After his military service he attended Carroll College in Helena, MT.

Leo Erwin Oliphant, 90, passed away on June 23, 2012 at his home in Newnan, GA.

Mr. Oliphant was born Dec, 24 1921 in Charles City, Iowa to the late Forrest F. Oliphant & Freda Hazel Carlen Oliphant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Richard, Margaret, Shirley, and Jeanetta.. Mr. Oliphant graduated from Edgemont High School (SD) in 1940. He was trained as surgical technician and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the UK, France and Germany. After his discharge, he attended the University of Arkansas

He married Lila Joan Chastain on March 16, 1946, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

He was employed as a civilian in the U.S. Army. His career began as the administrator of the Igloo Hospital at the Black Hills Army Depot (SD). He transferred and moved his family to Atlanta, GA in 1964 serving at Fort Gillem and Fort McPherson, retiring in 1981.
In retirement, he built the home that he and Lila have lived in for the past 23 years. He also made most of the finely crafted furniture for the home and made furniture for his children and grandchildren. His children believed that he could make or repair anything. He was a member of Southpointe Church for 48 years. He was a supporter and friend of Heritage Christian School where Lila has been a teacher for 47 years.

He is survived by Lila Oliphant, his wife of 66 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Alan Egerdahl of Newnan GA; son and daughter-in-law, Mike Oliphant and Martha Dysart of Hendersonville, NC; daughter Gale Oliphant of Brasstown. NC; and son and daughter-in-law Patrick and Stacey Oliphant of Newnan GA; grandchildren and spouses Lisa & David Glass, Kristen Egerdahl, Sarah & Paul Rivard, Ethan Egerdahl, Forrest & Aino Oliphant, Claire Oliphant, Mark Baker, Michael Baker, Leo & Mandy Oliphant, April Oliphant; 11 great grandchildren; and extended family in Colorado and Arkansas.

Condolences can be expressed online at www.mckoon.com
McKoon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is planned at Southpointe Church located at 3613 Highway 34 E, Sharpsburg, GA on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Southpointe Church, 3613 Highway 34 E, Sharpsburg, GA 30277.

Jayme Shawn Manke, age 20, of Edgemont, SD, passed away June 6, 2012, at the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs, SD, as a result of an automobile accident.

Jayme was a 2010 honor graduate of Edgemont High School and she obtained her associates degree from Western Dakota Tech in the spring of 2011. She then went on to work for Fall River Health Services as a Pharmacy Technician. She enjoyed her job and loved the people she worked with.

Jayme loved playing volleyball, going for walks, reading, and just hanging out with her friends and family. She was the person that kept the rest of the family in line, she was the family’s keeper. She had a stern presence but a soft heart. Jayme was an amazing daughter, sister and friend. She would do anything, for anyone, at anytime. She was a beautiful person inside and out, she will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her mother, Stephanie (William) Clark of Edgemont; father, Jay Manke of Edgemont; brothers, David (Stephanie) Kinsella of Rapid City, SD; Tyler Manke of Rapid City; Jordan Clark of Edgemont; sisters, Katie (Jeremy) Langdeau of Rapid City; Jessica Schumacher of Edgemont; Sabrina Clark of Williston, ND; Jackie Manke of Edgemont; grandparents, Franklin and Audrey Manke of Edgemont; Richard Van Win of Meridian, ID, and Bob and Carol Worden of Edgemont.

Visitation was held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the United Church in Edgemont.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Edgemont High School Auditorium with Pastor Peary Wilson officiating. Interment at the Edgemont Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Jayme’s name to benefit the Edgemont Booster Club.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

E. Wesley ‘Wes’ Benton, 77, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at his ranch near Edgemont, SD, surrounded by his family.

Wes was born January 28, 1935, the first son of Ed and Ethel Benton at the Edgemont Hospital. He was a true cowboy his entire life. He rode his horse across the river to Marietta Country School for eight years. Les upgraded to a 1936 Chevy Coup to continue his education at Edgemont High School. It was there that he met the love of his life, Elizabeth ’Betty’ Lundblad in January 1950. Being the new girl in the school he decided right away that she was the one for him and he had no problem expressing those feelings to all the other boys in their class. After eighteen months of courting they expressed their love for each other and were married on May 18, 1951, in Big Timber, MT. Shortly after the wedding, they moved to Wyoming where they ranched and he owned and operated his own trucking company. Their daughter, Linda, was born on February 4, 1953, a son who passed away at birth on July 19, 1958, and a son, Alan Wesley, on July 27, 1966. They moved back to Edgemont in 1979 where they have ranched for the last thirty-three years. Wes also mined, milled and helped with the cleanup and burying at the Edgemont Uranium mill. He enjoyed restoring old tractors and his 1927 Model T Roadster, which he built from over 100 prairie parts.
Wes is survived by his wife, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Benton; daughter, Linda (Mike) Koopman of Edgemont; son, Alan (Anita) Benton of Cheyenne, WY; grandson, Chris Koopman; granddaughters, Michelle (Derik) Jones, Ashley (Aaron) Kuha, Amanda (Zach) Zarling, three great grandchildren, Hayden, Adrienne Elizabeth and Zoey; two brothers, Arthur ‘Art’ (Georgia) Benton of Sheridan, WY; James ‘Jim’ (Cindy) Benton and step-mother Verna Mae Benton.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and infant son.
A Celebration of his life will take place at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2012, at the United Church in Edgemont with Rev. Peary Wilson and Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating.

Stories of his life and a time of fellowship will be shared with a lunch at the Odd Fellows Hall at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Due to allergies the family would like to recommend that memorials in Wes’ name be sent to the United Church in Edgemont in lieu of flowers. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Annie Hoar, age 92, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away April 15, 2012, at the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs.

Annie was born on October 16, 1919 at Bison, SD, to Hans John and Anna (Anderson) Haugen.

Survivors include sons, Ivan (wife Sandy) Hoar of Hot Springs; Marcus (wife Mary) Hoar of Edgemont, SD; daughters, Eunice Forney of Hot Springs; Judy (husband Jerry) Ebeling of Ama, LA; eleven grandchildren, William R. and Robert (Kim) Vargo; Steven and Donald Parker; Deanna (Chris) Elmquist; Terri (Hector) Flores; John Hoar; Charles and Aaron Forney; Michael (April) and David Ebeling; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her oldest daughter, Amy Vargo and her sons-in-law, William Vargo and William Forney; parents, Hans John and Anna Haugen; brother, Ivan Anton Haugen and sister, Mary Adelle Haugen.

Annie’s hobbies included card games, quilting, baking, cooking, crocheting, tatting, bingo, extension clubs, and helping with 4H club activities.


Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Sunday, April 22, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hot Springs.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 23, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Dwayne Hunzeker officiating.

Committal service will be at 2:30 p.m. April 23, 2012, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Annie’s name to benefit St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Sylvia Marie Faulkner Dibble was born in Edgemont, SD, on November 30, 1930, to Norma and Sterling Faulkner. She and her family moved to Wisconsin in the late 1930’s where she graduated high school. After high school, she returned to Edgemont and worked at the Golden Rule.

On September 1, 1951, Sylvia married Ern Dibble with whom she raised three sons.

In 1982, they purchased the Edgemont Jack and Jill store and ran it together until they retired.

Sylvia was a dedicated housewife who enjoyed baking and sharing treats each Sunday. She dearly loved her family and was especially thrilled to spend time with her great-grandchildren. Sylvia also enriched her life with hobbies, such as ceramics, and enjoyed spending time visiting with friends at PJ’s.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Sandy; two brothers, Howard and Jerry Faulkner; and her husband Ern.
She is survived by her three sons: Ed and Kathy Dibble of Belle Fourche, SD; Jerry and Trudy Dibble of Edgemont, SD; and Scott Dibble and partner Scott Hegenbart of Omaha, NE. Five grandchildren: Chris and Misty Dibble of Casper, WY; Molly and Billy Wartenbee of Casper, WY; Teri and Jon Aberle of Spearfish, SD; Daniel Dibble of Gillette, WY; and Renee and Joe Rothermel of Jacksonville, FL. Five great grandchildren: Haley, Brady, Cooper, Michael and Jordan. And two sisters: Patricia and Wallace Jensen of Sioux Falls, SD; and Sue Brayman of Reno, NV.

Committal services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 9, 2012 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD with Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating.

The family requests memorials be sent to the Edgemont Senior Citizen’s Center.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Cassandra Lee Burbank, 67, Edgemont, died April 2, 2012 at Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs.

Cassandra was born September 9, 1944, in Scottsbluff, NE, to Lyle and Virginia (Miller) Burry. She graduated high school in Nebraska and attended one year of college in Cheyenne, WY.
On November 24, 1987, she married Donald Hughes, Jr. in Shalimar, FL. Cassandra owned and operated a health food store in Lamar, CO for two years and a health food store in Destin, FL for two years, she then moved to Cheyenne, WY, where she worked as a nurse’s aide for four years. In July 2003, Cassandra and Donald moved to Edgemont, SD.

Cassandra was a loving mother, wife and best friend. She gave much loyalty, faithfulness and unconditional love to all she knew.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Hughes, Jr. of Edgemont; daughter, Aegea (Daniel) Lee of Laguna Beach, CA; sister, Shelby (Eugen) Willer of Edgemont, and two grandchildren, Gage Lee and Sienna Lee.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the Edgemont Cemetery with Father Peter Kovarik officiating.

A memorial has been established in Cassandra’s name to benefit the Edgemont Cemetery Committee, PO Box A, Edgemont, SD, 57735

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, SD. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Christine Claire (Ferguson) Mattern age 69, passed away March 15, 2012 in Gretna, Nebraska.

Survivors include her children, John P. (Julie) Mattern; Kathy Mattern (Mandy Axmann); Steven (Rebecca) Mattern; brother, Tony (Julie) Shedden; three grandchildren; nieces, Amber (Bob) Correa; Nichole Shedden; nephews, Chris and Sam Shedden and John H. Mattern.
She loved many and was loved by many.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Ellen Shedden and James Ferguson and step-father, Thomas Shedden.

A visitation was held Sunday, March 18, at the Bethany Funeral Home Chapel in La Vista, NE. An additional visitation was held Tuesday, March 20, at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont. Graveside services followed at the Edgemont Cemetery with Father Peter Kovarik officiating.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Maria Rosanne Bossingham, 54, died March 1, 2012, at her home near Edgemont.

Survivors include her husband, Samuel Joe Bossingham, Edgemont; son, Seth Bossingham, Hot Springs; daughters, Erika McMillin, and Anna Maciejewski, both of Hot Springs; brother, Jan Malik, Buckley, Mich.; and six grandchildren including Jake and Maddie Mundorf.
At her request no services will be held.

An online guestbook is available at www.mccolleyschapels.com

Richard L. ‘Dick’ Vande Bossche age 85, of Edgemont, SD, died January 28, 2012, at the Niobrara Health and Life Center in Lusk, WY. Dick was born on August 9, 1926, to Henry and Mayme Paul (Miles) Vande Bossche in Mitchell, SD. He lived in Mitchell for his elementary and high school years. He graduated from Notre Dame High School.

After high school, Dick enlisted in the Navy and spent two years in the service and was a veteran of World War II. After leaving the Navy, he attended college at the School of Mines in Rapid City, SD, for one year. He then moved back to Mitchell to begin his lifelong career as a mortician. He received his degree after going to college in Chicago attending Worsham Mortuary College.

Dick married the love of his life, Joanie Schuver, on August 16, 1949. After their marriage, they moved to Hot Springs, SD, to work for McColley’s funeral homes. After working a few years in Hot Springs, they took over the funeral home in Edgemont. They stayed in Edgemont until their retirement from the business in 1989. Dick and Joanie also ran the Inn by the River in Hot Springs until their complete retirement and moving back to Edgemont. They enjoyed their retirement life doing craft projects, were active members of St. James Catholic Church, and traveling to one of their seven children’s homes to visit grandchildren. He lost the love of his life on January 19, 2006.

Dick then moved over to Lusk, WY, where his was embraced by the community as a life-long member. His family is eternally grateful for their love and support of Dick of his final years of his life in Lusk. He was an avid fan of the athletic teams of Lusk and loved giving his advice to all who would listen. Dick committed himself to his community throughout his life. He served on the parish council of St. James, was a member of the Lions Club, a third degree Knight of Columbus, member of the hospital board, member of the American Legion, served two terms as mayor and six years on city council of Edgemont. He was also very instrumental in establishing the ambulance service in the Edgemont area and was the ambulance service for many years. He was the Volunteer Fire chief for 9 years and served for 15 years. Dick started the blood bank in Fall River County. He was recognized by the State of South Dakota for his 51 years of service.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife, one sister, and his parents.
Rosary and wake service will be held 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am, Thursday, February 2, 2012, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Peter Kovarik officiating.

Committal services will be held 10:00 am, Friday, February 3, 2012, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
A memorial has been established in Dick’s name to benefit the St. James Catholic Church and Niobrara Health and Life Center Extended Life Facility.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Edgemont, SD. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Donald Martin Harding As the family of Don comes to grip with their loss, they realize even more what an impact he had on their lives.

Donald Martin Harding passed away early Christmas Day. Christmas was his favorite holiday, and he delighted in making Christmas special for his family, even during lean years.

Don was born on December 20, 1924 to Chloe and Ruth Harding. He spent most of his growing up years at Sanator near Custer where his father worked. There he became a proficient figure skater when the baseball field was transformed into a skating rink in the winter.

A memorial service was held at the State Vet’s Home on Friday, December 30 with Chaplain Loyd Nielson officiating. A second memorial service will be held in Hot Springs at a later date.
A memorial has been established to the Edgemont Community Church and the Fountain of Life Church in Hot Springs.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com

Harold Honadel Memorial services for Harold Arthur Honadel will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Blanch Beck Memorial Chapel in Pioneer Manor Nursing Home with Pastor Bill Morel of Family Life Church officiating. A second memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 9, 2011 at the Edgemont Odd Fellows Hall in Edgemont, South Dakota.

Mr. Honadel, age 89, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away on Monday, November 28, 2011 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home of natural causes.

Harold Honadel was born on February 13, 1922 in West Point, Iowa the son of Arthur and Christiana (Klingler) Honadel. He was raised and educated in the Edgemont, South Dakota area. Harold married Betty Ellen Martin on July 23, 1963. He worked for Robinson and Putnam ranching, Northwestern Engineering, Susquehanna Western and for the South Dakota State Highway Department. Harold owned and operated the Edgemont Laundromat. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Edgemont Volunteer Fire Department, Edgemont City Council, Edgemont Senior Citizen Center and the Eagles Club. Harold loved gardening, playing cards, bowling and golfing. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

Harold is survived by his children: Sue (Gary) Peters of Gillette, Wyoming and Dr. James (Lena) Martin of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; special friend, Josephine Spencer of Edgemont, South Dakota; brother, Alfred (Dorothy) Honadel of Spearfish, South Dakota; sisters-in-law: Wyoma Honadel of Newcastle, Wyoming, Iva Belle Honadel of Evanston, Wyoming and Maxine Honadel of Glenrock, Wyoming; two grandchildren: Blaine (Cathe) Peters and Tessa Peters; 1 great-grandchild, Samuel Peters; Josephine Spencer’s family; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, twin brother, Howard Honadel; brothers: Richard Honadel and Glen Honadel; sisters: Alice Dahl and Betty Scott.

Memorials are suggested to benefit the Edgemont Senior Center in Harold’s name. Donations and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.

Bertha Lee Witte, 81, Edgemont, died Dec. 3. 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

She was born July 21, 1930 in Hahira, Georgia. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Earl “Joe” Witte; four sons, Thomas (Colleen) Witte, Houston, Texas; Steven (Nancy) Witte, Elizabeth, Colorado; Paul (Teresa) Witte, Rapid City; Russell (Hope) Witte, Hot Springs; one daughter, Joyce (Larry) Williamson, Piedmont; daughter in law, Grace Witte, Hot Springs, 22 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister, Christine (John) Wynn, Topton, North Carolina; brother, Richard (Joyce) Williams, Valdosta, Georgia; brother-in-law, Carl “Pete” (Betty) Witte, Chadron, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Phyllis McDill, Cheyenne, Wyoming; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James (Berner) and Sula (Warner) Williams; her son, Harold Witte; her brothers, James, Warren and Franklin Williams; and her sisters, Grace Goth and Jane Williams. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, with a Christian Wake Service following at 7 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont, S.D.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at the church with Father Peter Kovarik presiding. Interment will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established. Her online guestbook is available to sign at www.osheimschmidt.com

 

Obituaries for 2011 as published by the Edgemont Herald-Tribune

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Harold Honadel

Memorial services for Harold Arthur Honadel will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Blanch Beck Memorial Chapel in Pioneer Manor Nursing Home with Pastor Bill Morel of Family Life Church officiating. A second memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 9, 2011 at the Edgemont Odd Fellows Hall in Edgemont, South Dakota.

Mr. Honadel, age 89, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away on Monday, November 28, 2011 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home of natural causes.

Harold Honadel was born on February 13, 1922 in West Point, Iowa the son of Arthur and Christiana (Klingler) Honadel. He was raised and educated in the Edgemont, South Dakota area. Harold married Betty Ellen Martin on July 23, 1963. He worked for Robinson and Putnam ranching, Northwestern Engineering, Susquehanna Western and for the South Dakota State Highway Department. Harold owned and operated the Edgemont Laundromat. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Edgemont Volunteer Fire Department, Edgemont City Council, Edgemont Senior Citizen Center and the Eagles Club. Harold loved gardening, playing cards, bowling and golfing. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

Harold is survived by his children: Sue (Gary) Peters of Gillette, Wyoming and Dr. James (Lena) Martin of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; special friend, Josephine Spencer of Edgemont, South Dakota; brother, Alfred (Dorothy) Honadel of Spearfish, South Dakota; sisters-in-law: Wyoma Honadel of Newcastle, Wyoming, Iva Belle Honadel of Evanston, Wyoming and Maxine Honadel of Glenrock, Wyoming; two grandchildren: Blaine (Cathe) Peters and Tessa Peters; 1 great-grandchild, Samuel Peters; Josephine Spencer’s family; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, twin brother, Howard Honadel; brothers: Richard Honadel and Glen Honadel; sisters: Alice Dahl and Betty Scott.

Memorials are suggested to benefit the Edgemont Senior Center in Harold’s name. Donations and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or condolences via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.

Bertha Lee Witte, 81,

Edgemont, died Dec. 3. 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

She was born July 21, 1930 in Hahira, Georgia. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Earl “Joe” Witte; four sons, Thomas (Colleen) Witte, Houston, Texas; Steven (Nancy) Witte, Elizabeth, Colorado; Paul (Teresa) Witte, Rapid City; Russell (Hope) Witte, Hot Springs; one daughter, Joyce (Larry) Williamson, Piedmont; daughter in law, Grace Witte, Hot Springs, 22 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister, Christine (John) Wynn, Topton, North Carolina; brother, Richard (Joyce) Williams, Valdosta, Georgia; brother-in-law, Carl “Pete” (Betty) Witte, Chadron, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Phyllis McDill, Cheyenne, Wyoming; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James (Berner) and Sula (Warner) Williams; her son, Harold Witte; her brothers, James, Warren and Franklin Williams; and her sisters, Grace Goth and Jane Williams. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, with a Christian Wake Service following at 7 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont, S.D.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at the church with Father Peter Kovarik presiding. Interment will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established. Her online guestbook is available to sign at www.osheimschmidt.com

Mike Kevin Stevens,

age 58, of Edgemont, SD, passed away November 5, 2011, at Custer Regional Hospital after a short illness. He was born July 2, 1953, in Aberdeen, SD; the first-born child of parents Duane and Agnes Stevens of Faulkton SD. He spent his childhood on the family farm near Miranda, SD, attending grade school at Centerville school, a one-room country school then attended Faulkton High School, graduating in 1971.

Mike eventually became the big brother to nine other siblings: Maureen, Patrick, Colleen, Erin, Kathleen, Timothy, Shannon, Kelly and Theresa. Even though he was raised on the farm, his passion was writing songs and singing. He began entertaining on stage at the age of six and continued until the time of his death. He was a member of both Rock and Roll and Christian music bands in California and South Dakota.

He married Linda Eiesland in Rapid City, SD on August 2, 1980, and had one son, Derek Michael, who was born in 1981. They moved to California for nine years before returning to South Dakota and settling in Pringle then eventually Edgemont.

Mike is survived by his wife, Linda of Edgemont; son, Derek of Rapid City, his mother, Agnes Stevens of Faulkton, SD; sisters: Maureen Eiesland, Rapid City, SD; Colleen Stevens, Buffalo Gap, SD; Erin Talbot, San Gabriel, CA; Kathleen Ybanez, Eugene, OR; Shannon Miles, Sioux Falls, SD and Theresa Wilkes, Valencia, CA; brothers: Patrick Stevens, Cresbard, SD; Timothy Stevens, Escondido, CA; Kelly Stevens, Faulkton, SD. His mother-in-law, Joanne Eiesland of Custer, SD; brothers-in-laws Lonny Eiesland of Piedmont, SD; Jerry Eiesland of Rapid City, SD; Vic Eiesland of Custer, SD; and Steve Eiesland of Edgemont, SD. Sisters-in-law: Diane Eiesland, Edgemont, SD and Loretta Eiesland, Black Hawk, SD, his many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 1:00 pm at the Fountain of Life Assembly of God Church, 1828 University Avenue, Hot Springs.Burial will follow in the Pringle Cemetery, Pringle, SD.

Condolences may be sent to the church or to PO Box 326, Edgemont, SD 57735 or at www.mccolleyschapels.com

Glen George Stewart,

age 72, passed away September 14, 2011, at his home in Edgemont, SD. Glen was born February 22, 1939, in Riverdale TWP., Watonwan County, MN to John and Iloa (Childes) Stewart. He graduated from St. James High School in St. James, MN and served and was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve from 1962-1965 and the Navy Reserve from 1967-1971. Glen worked for Balceans Auto in Cheyenne, WY, for thirteen years when his niece, Christy Stewart and Lucille’s daughter, Rosellen Straub (Grandy) arranged their first meeting. Glen and Lucille have been inseparable since. They married two years later on February 14, 1975, in Cheyenne. Glen was proud to step into the role of stepfather to Lucille’s four children. He also worked for Cal-Cas transportation until the company moved and then for Diesel Service, both in Cheyenne. They then moved to Naponee, NE, to enjoy the living of a small town. Glen ran a small engine repair shop and eventually retired from Coleman Powermate in Kearney, NE. Glen and Lucille then moved to Edgemont in 2006 and shortly thereafter Glen became a devoted member of the Edgemont Community Church where he rarely missed a Sunday service, Monday men’s meeting or Tuesday prayer meetings. He was also a member of the Edgemont Senior Center where he enjoyed his morning cup of coffee and visiting with friends and was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Cheyenne Lodge 257.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 22, 2011, at the Edgemont Assembly of God Church with Pastor K.C. Smith officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Stewart of Edgemont; sons, Wayne (Roni) Straub of Edgemont; Dean (Glenda) Straub of Cheyenne, WY; daughters, Teresa Straub of Cheyenne, WY; Rosellen (Kim) Grandy of North Pole, AK; brothers, Bill (Myra) Stewart of Heron Lake, MN; Henry ‘Hank’ Stewart of Fairmont, NE; Roy Stewart of Cheyenne, WY; grandchildren, Iris Boehm, Abby Grandy and Kim Grandy all of Fairbanks AK; three great-grandchildren who are all in Fairbanks as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials in Glen’s name may be sent to either the Edgemont Assembly of God or the Edgemont Senior Citizen’s Center.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Raymond E. Hardy,

28, Minot, died Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Region Hospital in St. Paul, MN, from injuries sustained at a work related accident Wednesday, near Williston, ND.

 Raymond Eugene Hardy was born August 24, 1983 at mile marker 15 Highway 18 near Custer, SD to Raymond and Lynda (Stanton) Hardy.  He graduated from Bowbells High School, Bowbells, ND in 2002.  Following graduation he attended Williston State College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Auto Mechanics in 2004.

Following school Ray worked at Myaer Motors in Mohall for a time.  He then started a career in the oil field and at the time of his death he was employed by Carlson Well Service, Powers Lake, ND as a Relief Operator of Rig #3.

Raymond married Amanda Williams on June 20, 2007 in Minot.  Together they had two beautiful children, whom he adored.   Their daughter, Skylar and son, Dylon, and a daughter, Raychel who is soon to be born.

Ray loved his family and the crews he worked with in the oil field.  He loved taking his kids on four-wheeler rides and just being with them as much as he could.  He liked hunting, riding horses and going on hayrides with his family.  He also liked to collect decorative knives and guns.

Those who shared in his life, His loving wife, Amanda, Minot; children, Skylar, Dylon and soon to be baby Raychel; his parents, Raymond and Lynda Hardy, Edgemont, SD; brothers, Scott (Wendy) Stanton, Kenmare, ND, Chad (Stacey) Kremer, Sioux Falls, SD; sisters, Elizabeth (Brian) Leingang, Carpio, ND, Amanda (Shaun) Hylle and Paula (Bill) Morrow, all of Hot Springs, SD; grandfather, Ralph (Inez) Stanton of California; mother-in-law, Joetta (Don Broden) Williams, Mohall, ND; father-in-law, Rob (Brian McLaughlin) Williams, Benicia, CA; brothers-in-law, Jim (Laura) Williams, Kenmare, ND, Scott (Jaci) Williams, Harvey, ND and Adam Williams, Mohall, ND.  Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Ray was preceded in death by his grandparents, Louise Stanton, Mahlon and Pauline Hardy, and a cousin, Tammy Macomber.

Memorial Service:  Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 215 3rd Ave. SE, Minot, ND.

Visitation:  There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the guest register Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, 21 3rd Ave. SW, Minot, ND.  

Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Raymond may access the online obituaries at www.thompsonlarson.com

Tom Landers,

82, of Hot Springs, South Dakota died Saturday August 20, 2011 at the South Dakota State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.

A memorial service will be held at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Maverick Junction, Hot Springs, South Dakota on Wednesday August 24, 2011 at 11:00 am with burial to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery at Hot Springs.

Tom was born July 3, 1929 at the Hot Springs Sisters Hospital in Hot Springs, to George W. and Augusta Landers. He graduated from Chadron Prep School at Chadron, Nebraska and then entered the United States Air Force becoming a First Lieutenant pilot serving a tour in Korea. He then returned home to marry Barbara D. Hageman on October 16, 1955. Barbara then joined him in Japan after he completed ferrying a B-57 jet fighter bomber from Georgia to Japan.

Tom enjoyed history and visiting historical places, reading and keeping up with current events. He loved attending his children’s activities and spending time with friends and family visiting. He liked flying small planes to check the cattle and to attend business meetings and was a member of the Edgemont Flying Club.

After leaving the service Tom returned to the family ranch that had its start in 1885. He continued the family business of buying and selling cattle and having a yearly pure bred Hereford bull sale. He attended auctioneer school in Billings, Montana and operated an Auctioneer and Real Estate Business in Hot Springs. He had a lot of fun auctioning for the Hot Springs High School Post Prom Party, Golf Calcutta’s and other community fund raisers.

Tom loved being involved in organizations that promote agriculture and was very active in the South Dakota Stockgrower Associations becoming both the President and Serving on the Board of Directors. Tom was also an area Vice President of the National Cattleman’s Association for Region Three. Tom is a past President of the Fall River Farm Bureau Association and also served as a Fall River County Commissioner. Tom and his wife Barbara were the recipients of Fall River Outstanding Agriculture Producer of the year 2008.

Tom also enjoyed politics and served various times as Fall River County Republican Chairman and State Committee Representative. He was a delegate at the National Republican Convention and he and Barbara were honored in 2006 as Fall River Outstanding Republicans. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Left to cherish Tom’s life is his wife of 56 years Barbara of Hot Springs; children Tamar (Darrell) of Nebraska, Jay of Hot Springs and Grant (Allison) of New Jersey. Also surviving him is his brother Harry (Margaret) of Montana and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter.

A memorial has been established in Tom’s name to benefit the Michael J. Fitzmaurice South Dakota State Veterans Home.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Gordon R. Pederson,

84, Wall, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Pederson, Wall; two sons, Gary Pederson, Wall, and James Pederson, Yankton; two daughters, Carol Naescher, Oacoma, and Nancy Holub, Wall; four grandchildren; and three sisters.

Trampus S. Haskvitz,

23, Buffalo Gap, passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, while fighting a wildland fire near Edgemont. Trampus was born Dec. 28, 1987, in Custer, to Don and LuJean Haskvitz. Trampus was born six minutes after his twin brother, John. He has lived in Edgemont, Ely, Nev., Hot Springs, Dickinson, N.D., and was currently residing in Buffalo Gap.

Trampus attended Hot Springs public school K-12 grades. While in school he was involved in football, basketball, school and Legion baseball. After high school Trampus attended Dickinson State University, where he played football for the Blue Hawks and graduated with a degree in business administration.

For the last five years and at the time of his death, Trampus worked as a seasonal fire firefighter for South Dakota Wildland Fire Division Suppression.

Trampus was a very kind hearted caring person, always putting other people first and taking care of everyone. He was his family’s rock.

Trampus is survived by parents Don and LuJean; sister, Betsy; brothers, Ben and John; niece, Ella Lou; grandparents, Bob and Jane Haskvitz, Edgemont; and numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.

Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapelscom.

Doris Evelyn Mader,

87, Rapid City, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at a local nursing home.

She was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Hot Springs to Samuel and Viola (Anderson) Boschma.

Doris grew up in Ardmore, graduating from Ardmore High School in 1941. She received a degree from Rapid City Business College and began working at the Igloo Army Depot.

She married Merlin Mader in Ardmore on June 27, 1943. They ranched near Ardmore, moving off of the ranch into Edgemont, while Merlin continued ranching. Doris taught piano in her home and taught music in the school system in Edgemont.

She is survived by her three sons, John Mader, Lincoln, Neb., David Mader, and his wife, Vickie, Sheridan, Wyo., and Duane Mader and his wife, Jodie, Rapid City; a sister, Creta Stickney, Watertown; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may sign her online guest register and offer condolences at www.serenityspringsfuneralchapel.com.

Denley Clay Norman

Denley Norman, 44, passed away in Lusk, WY, Wed., July 27, 2011, from injuries sustained in a ranching accident. Funeral services were held Sat., July 30, 2011 in Lusk, with interment in the Lusk Cemetery.

Denley Clay Norman was born the second of 4 children to Chester and Claudette Norman of Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1966. He attended school in Tucumcari, NM until high school, where he finished in Las Vegas. He and his brothers, Arlyn and Bryan and little sister Jinger grew up on ranches in New Mexico and became good hands under the watchful eye of their cowboy dad. Denley and his siblings were raised in a home where the seeds of faith were tended to by both of his parents. In 1980 at 12 years old he made a choice to serve God in his own heart. The years that followed took him to many wide open spaces, but he remained faithful throughout his life to the promise he’d made.

His first job away from home was on the Bell Ranch where he had wonderful memories of big country, plenty of horses and a bit of independence. He ventured north in 1989 following his lifelong friend to a remote camp on the Kendrick Ranch.

It wasn’t long until he claimed Wyoming as home and met his wife, Lisa Mengering from Buffalo. They were married in December 1991 and embarked on a new life starting out in West Texas working for Buster Welch. Wyoming soon called them back and after 3 years on the Padlock they moved to the Haythorn Ranch of Nebraska. The Sandhills of Nebraska were home for over 14 years and the Haythorn family became lifelong friends. They welcomed two daughters, Kate and Carly into their lives, and Denley became a daddy to be treasured.

In 2009 they made a jump to working on their own, and were living on the 4-3 ranch north of Lusk, WY at the time of Denley’s death.

He is survived by his wife Lisa and two daughters, Kate and Carly, brother Arlyn Norman (Alva, OK), brother Bryan Norman (Pine Bluffs, WY), sister Jinger Bates (Meeker, CO), and parents Chester and Claudette Norman of Las Vegas, NM. Condolences and memorials can be sent to Lisa Norman, 251B Greasewood Rd. Lusk, WY 82225 or you can visit: denleynorman.blogspot.com

James Leonard Rickard,

95, passed away June 14, 2011, at Hearthstone Manor in Woodstock, Ill. He lived most of his life in Provo, but came to Illinois a year ago to be closer to family. He spent the past year at Autumn Leaves Assisted Living Facility in Crystal Lake, Ill.

He was born Nov. 5, 1915 in Edgemont to Harry and Elizabeth Towler Rickard. His parents were homesteaders all the years that Jim was growing up.

James was a veteran of World War II and served with the 59th Ordnance Company in the U.S. Army. He retired from his job as ammunition specialist for the government in 1970.

Jim loved to build and repair things. He and his wife, Irene, spent many winters in Laguna Beach, Calif., and summers in the Black Hills.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph (Jan) Rickard, Crystal Lake, and Noel Rickard, League City, Texas; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Irene Bauer; his brother Louis Rickard; and his daughter-in-law, Judy Rickard.

Committal services will be at 10:30 a.m. July 22, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

John Augustus Bell,

86, Edgemont, died July 14, 2011, at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at Fort Meade.

John was born March 29, 1925, at Cut Hand, Texas, to Gus and Katie (Alexander) Bell. John had fond memories of his great-grandfather. He was a Texas Ranger and Confederate Civil War veteran. John’s other great-grandfather was a Union Civil War veteran.

John married Franklyn Bessie Block in Morristown on Sept. 24, 1949. The couple lived in Vermillion where John was employed by the University of South Dakota.

John loved the outdoors. He spent most of the warm weather checking throw lines and hoops nets on the Missouri River. He and Buster Moore bought a deep fat fryer and had fish fries at local bars and for groups of friends. He liked fishing at Roy Lake and trolling below Gavin’s Point Dam all night for walleye, then trout fishing in the lakes and ponds of the Black Hills. He also enjoyed deer hunting in the “Hills.”

He also enjoyed working in the garden and yard work.

John served his country honorably with the 8th Air Force, 351st Bomb Group as a radio operator on B-17 heavy bomber during World War II from 1943 until 1945. He also served in the U.S .Navy from 1946 until 1948.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, National Rifle Association, and a 25-year member of the Vermillion Volunteer Fire Department, former Texas Rangers Association, sons of Confederate Veterans, and a charter member of the Black Hills Good Time German Club. He enjoyed polka music and attended and helped in every festival for the last 21 years.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Bell, Edgemont; son, Steven (Nancy) Bell, Vermillion; daughters, Jerri (Dave Walsh) Balke, South Sioux City, Neb., and Cathy Bell, Edgemont; half-brother, Gene (Barbara) Hoag, Vermillion; half-sister, Helen (Ernie) Metz, Yankton; four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Services were Tuesday, July 19, at the Little White Church in Hill City, with Pastor Ron Walker officiating. A second service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 21, at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, with Pastor Trisha Boese officiating. Burial with military honors follows at the Bluff View Cemetery in Vermillion.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com

Eddie Palmer,

69, Laramie, died Friday, June 24, 2011 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Eddie was born in Aurora, IL, the son of Omer and Marjorie (Price) Palmer. The family later moved to Richmond, Virginia. Ed joined the Air Force in 1960 and served four years out of Dover, DE. He moved west in 1968. He eventually went to work for Union Pacific Railroad out of Cheyenne, and later for Burlington Northern Santa Fe out of Edgemont, SD, completing 22 years of service.

Ed was happiest when he was on his Harley and especially loved riding in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He also loved railroading and had many interesting stories to tell about the “old days” on the rails, including time he worked in Edgemont.

He also so enjoyed his time with family and friends. Ed had a unique sense of humor and quite a large capacity for trivia!

He is survived by his wife of nearly 25 years, Sue (Zappa); his mother and stepfather, Laurence Gaydosh; his sister Marjorie “Mickey” Palmer; his son Jeff of Texas and daughter Cheryl of Las Vegas; five grandchildren, Dustin, Roby, Brittany, Thomas and Brandy; and many friends and devoted in-laws!

A memorial service will be held July 31, 2011 at the American Legion Post 14, 417 E. Ivinson Ave., Laramie, at 1:00 pm, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association to further research and some day soon find a cure for this devastating disease. Contact Sue Zappa-Palmer (307) 399-5939

George Wesley Sedlacek Sr,

age 63, passed away June 12, 2011, at his home in Edgemont, SD.

Survivors include his wife, Linda of Edgemont; mother, Anna Sedlacek of Edgemont; son, Gary Wayne Sedlacek of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Laura Lynn Sedlacek of Edgemont; brothers, Robert Sedlacek of Ely, NV; Gene Sedlacek of Alliance, NE; sisters, Juliann Bown of Edgemont; JoAnn Pond of Rapid City, SD; half brothers, John Sedlacek of Chicago, IL; Brandon Sedlacek of FL; half sisters, Rosemary of MO; Harriet of Valentine, NE; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

George was preceded in death by his father, Joseph A. Sedlacek; his son, George W. Sedlacek Jr. and ten half brothers and sisters.

Wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 16, 2011 at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 17, 2011, at St. James Fellowship Hall in Edgemont with Father Peter Kovarik officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in George’s name.

Written condolences can be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Roger Roy Redetzke,

Roger lost his battle with cancer on April 13, 2011. He passed away at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD. He was 77 years old.

Roger was born in Fargo, ND on October 3rd, 1933, to Roy and Alice Redetzke.

He attended Aggassize school the first nine years and three years at Central High in Fargo, ND.

At the age of 16 he worked for Rex Brace, a rural, Lisbon, ND rancher for 11 years. On November 20th, 1955, he married Herma Bjugstad. They had two childern, Randy and Carla.

After they were married he continued to work four more years for Mr. Brace, until they purchased their own farm in Fort Ransom, ND. They lived there 20 years, when they sold it to the North Dakota State Park Association, which is now known as the Sunne Demostration Farm. A hiking trail has been dedicated in the Redetzke name. In 1979 they moved to Edgemont, SD and have been there since.

Roger worked as custodian at the Edgemont school for 22 years.

Beside his family, Roger’s joy in his life was the 18 years he rode saddle bronc and bulls. He was so devoted to all his friends in the rodeo circuit and at the Edgemont school. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Herma of 56 years. Son Randy (Martha) and daughter Carla (Robert) Schepler. Grandchildren, Stacy (Andy) Lunde, Germantown, WI, Marty (Amanda) Redetzke, Marysville, WA, Darla (Matthew) Van Camp, Lansing, MI, Kelly (Casey) Kellogg, Gulfport, MS, Alicia Redeztke, Lead, SD, Nathan Redetzke, Everett, MA, Chris Schepler, Edgemont and one step-grandson Bobby (Daniela) Schepler, Keller, TX. Six great-grandchildren, Brooke Heppner, Austin Lunde, Kaitlyn and Taylor Kellogg, Jaila and Anthony Redetzke, and three step-great grandchildren, Jackson and Jacob Schepler and Jourdan LeBeau. A sister, Mary and a brother, David Redetzke, Eugene, OR. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial will be held at a later date. He was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at the rodeo grounds where he first rode in Fort Ransom, ND.

Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 206 Edgemont, SD 57735.

Lucille Muhm

Funeral service for Lucille Muhm were held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the St. Francis on the Prairie Episcopal Church in Wright, Wyoming with Rev. Sally Boyd officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to service at the church in Wright. Burial was later that day at the Edgemont Cemetery in Edgemont, South Dakota.

Lucille Muhm, age 67, of Wright, Wyoming died on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at her home of natural causes.

Lucille Irene Muhm was born on February 13, 1944 the daughter of James A. and Jane H. (Andersen) Coates in Hot Springs, South Dakota. She lived in the Burdock, South Dakota area until age seven; then in Edgemont, South Dakota until she married. Lucille attended school at the Burdock Rural School, Edgemont Elementary and graduated from the Edgemont High School in 1962. Lucille attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, South Dakota. On July 16, 1963, she was united in marriage with John F. Muhm. To this union two daughters were born: Kandita Kay, and Michele Lynn. John worked in the oil fields in Mule Creek, Wyoming, Woodward, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; Douglas, Wyoming and finally Wright, Wyoming. Lucille worked in the accounting business, and owned her own tax and bookkeeping business in Douglas and Wright. She was a member of the St. Francis on the Prairie Episcopal Church in Wright and was the music lady for over twenty years. Lucille was a member of the Thunder Basin Bell’s and enjoyed sewing, crocheting and reading.

Lucille is survived by her mother, Jane Coates of Edgemont, South Dakota; her son-in-law, Jim Cobb and two grandchildren: Debbie and Marc Cobb all of Wright, Wyoming; three brothers: Edwin (Ginny) Coates of Hot Springs, South Dakota, Albert (Sandy) Coates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Donald (Patty) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, twelve nieces and nephews, seventeen great nieces and nephews and hundreds of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her father and her two daughters.

A memorial has been established in Lucille’s name and can be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West Fifth St. Gillette, Wyoming or condolences via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.

Esther Miller

Esther P. Miller passed away March 20, at the age of 87. She was born June 14, 1923, to George and Anna (Saatoff) Gleeck in Lamars, IA.

She attended school in Edgemont, SD graduating in 1943. On June 7, 1943, she married John (Jack) Miller. The couple ranched on Lance Creek in Wyoming for several years and later moved to Edgemont, SD, which became their permanent home. Esther loved the ranch life and her favorite time of year was spring with all the baby animals to include bum lambs and raising baby chickens. She loved making dolls, crocheting, baking and gardening on the ranch. The most important priority in life was her children and grandchildren. She was dedicated to seeing they were all loved. She loved people and loved being there for support.

She was a member of the United Church of Edgemont, the Esther Rachel Circle, the Rebekahs and loved playing darts.

She is survived by four sons: John (Bill) Miller, Alliance, NE, Ronald (Diane) Miller, Powell, WY, Thomas Miller, Edgemont, SD, Robert (Linda) Miller, Alliance, NE, three daughters, Caroline (Glenn) Zerbst, Newcastle, WY, Nancy (Larry) Renz, Hot Springs, SD, Debbie (Brad) Vlotho, Lemoore, CA, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who considered her a second mom.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John (Jack) Miller, her parents, two brothers, Hank and George Gleeck and her sister, Evelyn Murray.

Funeral Services were, March 25, 2011 at United Churches in Edgemont. Interment followed at the Edgemont Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Esther P. Miller’s name to benefit the United Church of Edgemont.

Written condolences can be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.

Louise Cloyd,

of Hot Springs passed away March 20, 2011. Visitation was Tuesday at McColley’s Funeral Chapel in Hot Springs Visitation 6-8 pm on Thursday, March 23 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East in Springfield, MO Funeral 1 pm on Friday, March 25th at Greenlawn Funeral Home East, burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Springfield, MO.

Donald “Jim” Sondergard

Word was received that Don Sondergard has died.

He retired from his teaching profession in Edgemont, SD in 1994. On May 29, 1951 he married Lois Ann Strome and was married for over 59 years. Jim enjoyed golfing, playing pool, playing cards, walking, gardening, working in the yard and camping with his family.

Survivors include his wife Lois, 5 children, Don Sondergard of Hot Springs, SD; Barbara (Bill) Duncan of Colorado Springs, CO; Susan (Jiri) Krofta of Simi Valley, CA; Pat (Randy) Scheppmann of Littleton, CO; Dean (Marie) Sondergard of Denver, CO; 12 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.

John Bailie

90, passed away on Feb. 8, 2011

Marceline Mae “Marcie” Barkley,

86, of Edgemont, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Marceline was born on July 2, 1924 north of Mission, SD to Clemet and Caroline “Lena” (Horst) McCloskey. Her school years were spent in Mobridge and Todd County, SD. After, Marceline graduated from high school, she moved to Rapid City. She then moved to Igloo, SD and worked as a truck driver driving an Army 6x6 and hauling ammunition to Buckley Field in Denver, CO during the war years in the 1940’s. She married Byron W. Hastings in February of 1947, he passed away in 1979. She later married Lester “Bus” Barkley in August of 1991, he passed away in 2004. Together, they ranched on the Barkley ranch near Ardmore, SD. The Barkley Ranch was Marcie and Bus’ life. Bus tended the cattle while Marcie tended the sheep (she was a good shepherd!). Marcie sold the ranch in 2006 and bought a home in Provo, SD where she lived until her passing. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City.

She is survived by one son, Byron (Paula) Hastings of Sheridan, WY, two daughters, Jacque (Ned) Peterson of Rapid City and Mary Marsh of Edgemont, one step-son, Tom (Jenny) Barkley of Gillette, WY and one step-daughter, Vonna Hlavaka of Henderson, NV, grandchildren, Melody (Dan) Bircher, Klint (Kelly) Peterson, Colleen (Rob) Phillips, Vanessa (Adrian) Hastings-Chavez, Nancy Peterson, Mitch Marsh, Ann Ferber, Lisa (Lee) Tracy, Tim Barkley, Beau Barkley, Katie Barkley, and 6 great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held February 18, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Edgemont. An online guestbook is available to sign at www.kirkfuneralhome.com. A memorial has been established.

Alta Glassley Martinson,

age 84, of Edgemont passed away Thursday, February 3, 2011, at Custer Regional Senior Care in Custer, SD. Alta was born July 19, 1926, at Stillwell, OK to Alfred and Frances (Fisher) Glassley. In 1941 she moved with her parents and twin sister, Alma, to Sundance, WY, and then to Edgemont, SD in 1943. She graduated from Edgemont High School with the class of 1944. Nearly all of her adult life was spent in or near Edgemont.

Alta was married to Wrey Martinson for 33 years until his death in 1977. Three sons were born to this union: Larry and wife, Sandra of Harrison, NE; Robert and Kim of Amarillo, TX; and James and wife, Jana of Hill City, SD. In 1977, she married Perry Wheeler of Custer. Perry passed away in 1987.

Alta was a member of the Methodist church and the VFW Auxiliary of Custer.

Survivors include her three sons, a step-son and step-daughter, six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, four sisters,one brother and one granddaughter.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Written condolences can be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com

Sharon ‘Sue’ Bryant,

age 53, passed away Monday, January 24, 2011, at her home in Edgemont, SD.

She was born November 5, 1957 in Omaha, NE, the youngest girl of seven children born to Dorm and Marjorie Updike. She lived in the Omaha area until she was 15 years old and then moved to Minnesota in the early 1970’s. From there she moved to many states including South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Texas and back to South Dakota. In 2004 she moved to Edgemont and worked at the Trail Head Café where she met the love of her life, Joe Keyser. The couple became engaged and made their home in Edgemont. While making her home in Edgemont she worked as a flagger. She loved being out in the hot sunny weather.

Sue was the most caring and loving person. She would do anything and everything she could to help anyone. She loved being outdoors camping, fishing, walking her dogs and being in her garden. She loved her family and friends very much and will be dearly missed by all.

Sue is survived by four daughters, Terri Ann (Coy Kester) Oberle of Pringle, SD; Jessica (Rob) Sell of Wheatland, ND; Anji Middagh of Fargo, ND; Theresa (Kelly Busche) Gray of Fargo, ND; fiancé, Joe Keyser of Edgemont; three brothers, Bob (Debbie Becker) Updike of Avon, MN; Jan (Debbie) Updike of Hampton, TN; Gary Updike of Richmond, MN; three sisters, Peggy (Virgil) Poff of Richmond, MN; Mary (John) Peya of Shawnee, OK; Judy (Chuck) Pegley of Birch Run, MI; six grandchildren, Trista; Destinee; Brody; Kamerai; Carlie; Dylan and two great grandchildren on the way, Bentley and Jazmine.

Memorial Services will be held in June 2011, at the Poff cabin in Blackduck, MN, contact the family for additional information.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Edgemont. Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.