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Carl Searby, age 85, of Edgemont, SD, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2014, at the Hot Springs VA Medical Center surrounded by a truly caring and dedicated staff and doctors. Carl was born August 30, 1928, on his parents’ farm near Crookston, NE, to Clio (Westlake) and C. Chester Searby, and then later lived with them near Long Valley, SD, where they raised sheep. Carl had 8 siblings, went to school, and helped around the house. When he was 18 he enlisted in the US Air Force of April 1947. After becoming a Corporal he was given an honorable discharge and returned home to marry Belva Jean Scholl of Wamblee, SD. They married on March 17, 1951, and started their own farm and family. After several years they moved to Pierre, SD, to raise their 5 children. Carl worked several jobs and later moved to Edgemont, after finding work with the SD State Veterans Home, a job he was very proud to have. He retired from there and worked a short time at Custom Kraft woodworks. Carl enjoyed staying busy in town helping as many people as possible, cutting grass, working odd jobs, shopping, reading, and taking care of his cats. The best part of the day was having lunch at the Cheyenne River Social Club and ice cream in the afternoon at P.J.’s. Survivors include his children Colleen Kayser, Frank Searby, Joyce Alexander, Glenda Klarich (Edgemont), and Steve Searby; granddaughters Christa Striano, Samantha Klarich, Krisana Jakeway; great grandchildren Autumn Roberts; Delilah Striano; Thrain Kumley; brothers Earl; Wiley; and Jim Searby; also numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Clio Searby; sisters, Lila Hart; Ruth Capp; brothers, Jay Searby; Kenneth Searby; and Nyle Searby.
To the world he was a person, but to us he was our world.
Graveside services were held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Rev. Loyd Nielson officiating.
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Renee Ploof, 60, of Watertown, SD passed away June 1, 2014 at Prairie Lakes Hospital after a courageous battle with colon cancer.
Funeral services were June 6, 2014 at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Watertown, with interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Renee Lorraine Ploof, was born January 6, 1954 to Harold and Creta (Boschma) Stickney in Douglas, Wyoming. She grew up in Edgemont, South Dakota and graduated from Watertown High School. Renee also attended the University of South Dakota. Renee married Gary James Ploof on September 18, 1976 in Watertown. She worked at Midland National Life Insurance and later at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. In 1981, the couple welcomed Sean Michael into the world and Eryn Ashley in 1986. During her life, Renee enjoyed gardening, reading, bird watching, hunting and fishing, but most importantly, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She was a member of PEO Chapter AV, and Associate member of the 90th Bomb Group.
Grateful for sharing her life are her husband, Gary of Watertown; her stepdaughter, Michelle (Wade) Swenson of Buffalo, MN, her son, Sean (Colleen Byers) Ploof of Winston Salem, NC, and her daughter, Eryn (Austin) McNamara of Watertown; her parents, Creta Stickney of Watertown and Harold (Alice) Stickney of Custer, SD; her siblings, Elayne (Jim) Molbreak of Sarasota, FL, Randy (Roxine) Stickney of Richland, WA, Leigh Ann (Gene) Schleusner of Watertown, Carl (Ann) Stickney of Watertown and Jeff (Liz) Stickney of Albuquerque, NM; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Guy and Blanche Stickney; and maternal grandparents, Sam and Viola Boschma.

Dewane Edward Stearns, age 78, passed away on June 28, 2014, at his home in Edgemont, SD.
Dewane was born in Edgemont, SD, on September 2, 1935, to Edward and Ida (Heiser) Stearns.
He is survived by wife, Flora Stearns of Edgemont, SD; children, Kathy (Bill) Cullen of Minnetonka, MN; Jerry (Melissa) Stearns of Edgemont; and Deann Stearns of Custer, SD; brother, Frank (Carol) Stearns of Cheyenne, WY; sister, Phyllis (Harry) Skea of Rapid City, SD; as well as five grandchildren, Renee Cullen; Amanda Cullen; Kaylen Stearns; Jared Stearns; and Jana Stearns.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014, between 5-7 pm at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, SD.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Assembly of God Church in Edgemont with Pastor K.C. Smith officiating.
Interment will be held 2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Horsehead Cemetery in Fall River County.
Memorials have been established in Dewane’s name to benefit the Edgemont Ambulance Service, Edgemont Volunteer Fire Department, and the Ardmore Fire Department.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs. Written condolences can be made at

Shirley A. Wasserburger, 70, a resident of Weatherby Lake, MO passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Shirley was born September 2, 1943 to Frankie and Mabel (Wegner) Carns in Crawford, NE.
She was united in marriage with Warren “Buzz” Wasserburger on January 16, 1965 in Edgemont, S.D.; from this loving union two children were born, Jennifer Elaine and Warren Henry Wasserburger, Jr. Shirley always enjoyed surrounding herself with the company of family and close friends and their laughter.
She was preceded in death by both parents, a sister, Dolly Dodgin and a brother, John W. Carns. She is survived by her husband, Buzz Wasserburger of the couple’s home in Weatherby Lake, MO; a daughter, Jennifer Higgins and husband (Mike) of Birmingham, AL; a son, Warren Wasserburger, Jr of Forsyth, MT; two grandchildren: Taylor Ann and Wyatt Daniel Wasserburger; a brother, Frank Carns and his wife, Doris of Charlotte, N.C.
Shirley’s wishes were for everyone to please “Celebrate her life” as they see fit. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to any animal rescue society of your choice. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the cremation arrangements. Memories of Shirley and condolences to the family may be shared at

Chrystal Barndt Blanton
In loving memory of Chrystal Dawn Barndt Blanton, passed away at Rapid City Regional Hospital on June 19, 2014. She was born on May 24, 1983 in Billings, Montana.
Chrystal was a graduate of Edgemont High School, class of 2001. She attended Headlines Academy Beauty School. She married Mark Merwin in March of 2002, and was blessed with her first child, Alex. In 2006, she then married Forrest Blanton and was again blessed with another child, Hailey. She attended Wyotech Harley Davidson in Daytona, Florida. She opened the Chop Shop Beauty Salon of Edgemont in April of 2014. Chrystal loved singing karaoke, working with people, along with her most important passions, her children, Hailey and Alexia.
Chrystal is survived by her parents, Clovia and Larry Barndt of Edgemont SD; her husband, Forrest Blanton of Rapid City; her sister, Lisa (Tam) of Rapid City; her brothers, Lee (Debbie) of Gillette, WY and Bill (Bree) of Rapid City; George and Shirley Knox of Warden, MT; Eugene and Lavonne Knox of Billings, MT; her Aunt Sheila Kamppinen of Rapid City and special cousins, nephews and nieces; Robyn, Thomas, Logan, Kalani, Scotty, Stephanie, Staci, Jordan, Oakley, Marissa, Emma Ray, Brayden, Madie, Hailey, Debbie, Gale, and numerous others.
The family would also like to thank all of the staff at Rapid City Regional Hospital for the outstanding care and a special thanks to the donor team for helping Chrystal live on through her organ donations. Chrystal would love knowing that she may save another’s life.
Family and friends will easily remember the smile that Chrystal was always wearing and her ability to turn anyone into a best friend. She was the light of the Barndt family and with her passing, the world is shining a little less.
A Celebration of Life Memorial service was held at 1pm on Tuesday, June 24th at Kirk Funeral Home, with Pastor Marion Gray officiating.

Rose ‘Rosie’ Elmore, age 53, passed away June 20, 2014, surrounded by her family, at her home near Hot Springs, SD.
Rosie was born June 24, 1960, in Hot Springs, to Stanley and Margaret (Coates) Englebert. She was the first of three siblings.Rosie grew up in Rapid City and completed secondary education at Douglas High School. She then moved to Evanston, WY, where she was the manager at the local JB’s restaurant. There, she met her husband, Marty. They moved to New Mexico, where they lived in Loving and Vaughn. The couple moved back to Sheridan, WY, where Rosie returned to work at JB’s and then for the Big Horn National Forest on a trail crew. The family moved to Hot Springs in 1998. Rosie worked in the kitchen at the VA Medical Center for 13 years. During her years in Hot Springs, Rosie and her daughters showed horses in local open shows. After her daughters started showing at the Quarter Horse level, Rosie began managing the Quarter Horse shows in the region, touching the lives of many people.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, June 25, at McColley’s Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs with Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating.
Rosie is survived by her husband, Marty of Hot Springs; two daughters, Leslie and Gina both of Hot Springs; mother, Margaret Nachtigall of Owanka, SD; sister, Cissie Englebert of Newcastle WY and brother, Everett Englebert of Burdock, SD; five nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Englebert, her step-father, Dean Nachtigall, her cousin Dean Weisser, and maternal grandparents Leslie and Edna Coates and paternal grandparents William Englebert and Rose Englebert.
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Luther Ray Stiver Jr., 90, Oral, died April 30, 2014, at son-in-law, Jack Cameron’s home east of Oral. He had been receiving in-home hospice care from many concerned family members over his last four months of life.
Luther met Naomi Bissell in 1947, when he was visiting her newly married sister in Nebraska. He was so impressed that he chased her on his tractor until she stopped the horse she was riding so that they could talk. It all led, as Naomi tells it, to her marrying her older sister’s younger husband’s older brother. Luther and Naomi went on to raise their four children on their family farm east of Oral.
Luther is survived by his wife, Naomi; daughter, Lark Durland; sons, Randy and Marshall Stiver; and one sister, June Rice. He’ll be missed by his 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grand-children and many nieces and nephews to whom he was close.
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Charles G. Keyser, 72, Eagle, NE, died June 8, 2014. Mr. Keyser was born March 29, 1942 to Kenneth and Gladys (Williams) Keyser in Lincoln, NE.
Charles worked over 30 years as a laborer at ADM Milling in Lincoln.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Keyser of Eagle; his children, Joyce (Mark) Maddison of Valpariso, NE, Kenneth “Joe” Keyser of Edgemont, SD, Phyllis (Gary) Belt of Lincoln; ten grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; siblings Bobbie and Larry Blackburn of Lincoln, NE, Joan McIntosh of Lincoln, NE, Neil and Sharon Keyser of Appleton, WI, Hary and Mary Keyser of Talihina, OK, Don & Theresa Keyser of Red Wing, MN.
He was preceded in death by his paretns; brother Robert; daughter Penny Piersall.
A Celebration of Charles’ life was held on Saturday June 14 in Raymond, NE.
At the request of the Keyser family there will be no viewing/visitation. Charles’ wishes were for cremation.
Online condolences can be left at which is the website for Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home, Lincoln NE.

Dorothy Margaret (Roth) Curl, age 75, of Edgemont, SD, passed away on June 10, 2014, with her family by her side at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Dorothy was born on February 6, 1939, in Lusk, Wyoming, to Ira and Irene (Thomas) Roth. Her entire adult life was spent as a member of the Edgemont community. She enjoyed participating in several local groups included Rebekah’s, TOPS and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her involvement with the church spanned almost sixty years, during which time she served in the Primary and Relief Society. She accepted many callings over her years and enjoyed fulfilling them.
Dorothy is a graduate of Edgemont High School and also attended Black Hills State University. During her high school years she worked at the Sister’s Hospital in Hot Springs and Ben Franklin in Edgemont. Later she found employment at the Edgemont and Lutheran Hospitals. She retired from Black Hills Power and Light after 36 years.
Her hobbies included ceramics, needlework, gardening, puzzles and playing cards. She was also known to never turn down a good ole’ competitive game of chess or checkers. Some of her favorite things are the color blue, roses and pansies.
Survivors include her husband, John Curl of Edgemont, SD; sons, Everett (Trina) Curl of Hill City, SD; James Curl of Edgemont, SD; John (Karalee) Curl of Lehi, UT; daughter, Cyndie (Dave) Strawn Douglas, WY; sister, Marlene (Mike) Finch of Milford, MI and brother, Thomas (Vonnie) Roth of Hot Springs, SD. Also surviving is mother-in-law Caroline Curl, Edgemont, SD and sister in law Mary (Floyd) LePoidven, Miles City, MT, as well as a host of others family and friends.
Dorothy was graced with eight grandchildren, Chad Smrstick, Erik Strawn, Johnny Curl, Brandon Smrstick, Jake Curl, Ashley Smrstick, Haylee Curl and Dustin Curl. Her great grandchildren include Chelcie Strawn, Brady Strawn and Landon Smrstick.
She was a fine example of selflessness and love. Dorothy’s life was a blessing to all who knew her. She will be sorely missed.
Funeral services was held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ-Latter Day Saints in Hot Springs, SD. Interment followed at Edgemont Cemetery in Edgemont, SD.
The Rebekah’s scholarship fund has been selected for the memorial. Written condolences can be made on

Candido Raymond Torres, Jr., age 67, left this life on April 8, 2014, at the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs, SD. He was born on March 6, 1947, in Hot Springs, SD to Dolores and Candido R. Torres, Sr.
Candido will be remembered as a very special son and brother to his family. He always had a warm smile and a friendly “hello” to all who came in contact with him. He loved to sing old songs he learned as a child from his mother, Dolores, and was quite a jokester. Candido thrived in his work and responsibilities at the Black Hills Special Services Workshop in Hot Springs, where he worked for many years.

His family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to all the staff at Black Hills Special Services Cooperative for providing an environment where he could partake and practice new skills. The family also wishes to thank the caregivers at the Minnekahta House who provided a loving and safe home for Candido for so many years.

Survivors include sisters, Maria Riley of Lawrence, KS; Evangeline (Robert) McClaren of Custer, SD; Eleanor Ribondy of Northglenn, CO; and Magdalena Atkinson of Glenwood Springs, CO; brothers, Jose B. Torres of Rockford, IL; Gonzalo (Marilyn) Torres of Rapid City, SD; Javier (Arvella) Torres of Lead, SD; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Theodore Torres; sister, Beatrice Consuelo Torres; nephew, Tracy Torres; and great nephew Christopher Capps.

Wake was held Friday April 11, at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont, SD. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the same location with Father Kerry Prendiville officiating. Interment was in Edgemont Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Candido’s name, donations may be sent care of McColleys Chapels P.O. Box 812; Hot Springs SD, 57747. Written condolences may be made at

Anna Jane Sedlacek, age 89, of Edgemont, SD, passed away March 12, 2014, at the Custer Regional Senior Care Center in Custer, SD.
Anna was born August 29, 1924, in Red Oak, IA, to Michael and Lucy (Shay) Murray. Anna was raised in Nebraska and in her late teens moved to Arkansas. This is where she married Joseph A. Sedlacek on May 27, 1947. Four of their five children were born during their time there. Around 1953 the family moved to Provo, SD, where Anna owned a small café. They soon bought land in Dudley where they built a home and where their fifth child was born. Anna worked in several cafes around town as a waitress and later on as a cook. Anna was well known in the community for her skills.

When her husband became ill she became the sole wage earner and worked more than one job to provide for her family. When her husband died in December of 1959, Anna took on the role of a single mom and raised the children ranging in age of 14 years down to 5 years old by herself. They may not have had everything they wanted but they had all they needed. In the early seventies she went to work for Kustom Kraft Corporation, where she remained until she retired. Anna enjoyed her family, sewing, crocheting, camping and gardening. She was a member of the Saint James Catholic Church and a member of the Edgemont Senior Citizens Center. She lived in her home alone in Edgemont until August 2013 when she moved to Custer Regional Senior Care until her death.

She is survived by four children, Juliann (Bruce) Bown of Edgemont; JoAnn (Bill) Pond of Rapid City, SD; Gene (Linda) Sedlacek of Rapid City; Robert (Candy) Sedlacek of Ely, NV; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

Anna is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; son, George, Sr.; two grandsons, George, Jr. and Todd; great grandson, Kyle; two brothers Joe and Mike as well as her sister, Mary Francis.
Wake services will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Kerry Prendiville officiating. Interment will follow at the Edgemont Cemetery near Edgemont.

Luncheon will be held at the Catholic Church Hall in Edgemont immediately following the interment service.

A memorial has been established in Anna’s name to benefit the Edgemont Senior Center.

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Edward L. ‘Ed’ Stevens, age 68, of Edgemont, SD, passed away March 5, 2014, at the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs, SD.
Ed was born in Edgemont, SD, on March 12, 1945, the only son of the late Earl Stevens and Lorraine (Kant) Stevens. He was the beloved husband of Marlous L. (Benda) Stevens with whom he shared 49 years of marriage.

Ed was employed by the government and worked at the Igloo Army Depot in Igloo, SD. After several years Ed was transferred to Hawthorne Naval Depot in Hawthorne, NV, and two years later was transferred to Umatilla Depot in Umatilla, OR. Ed returned home to Edgemont taking a position as a car salesman for Reichardt Chevrolet in Edgemont and was busy building a new home on the Stevens’ family homestead in Red Canyon. Ed continued selling cars until he was hired by Burlington Northern Railroad as a conductor in 1974. Ed retired after 32 years of service with the Burlington Northern Railroad in April, 2006.

Ed was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent many hours doing so with his sons, and in recent years his grandson. He loved the families’ ranch and after retiring, looked forward each day to doing what needed to be done on the ranch. Often you could drive down Red Canyon Road and see the entire family working together on the ranch. All of his time was spent with his children and grandchildren.
Ed was a people person and truly enjoyed visiting with anyone that was near him. Grandpa Ed was most frequently seen in the stands of any Edgemont School event watching and enjoying any event his grandchildren were participating in. In addition to his wife Marlous (Benda) Stevens, he is survived and will be deeply missed by his sons, Bob of Edgemont, SD; and Randy (Diane) of Edgemont; 5 grandchildren, Cassandra Groen of Blacksburg, VA; Caylen Groen, of Rapid City, SD; Lacy Stevens of Spearfish, SD; Ronnelle Stevens of Lincoln, NE; Lathen Stevens of Edgemont; and mother-in-law Vivian Woehl of Edgemont. Ed was also preceded in death by his parents and son, Ron Stevens.

A memorial celebration of Ed’s life was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, at the United Church in Edgemont with Pastor Tom Peacock officiating. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Ed’s Name.

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Inez M. (Wallace) Rust, age 96, of Ardmore, SD, passed away on March 7, 2014, at Castle Manor in Hot Springs, SD.

Inez was born in Ardmore, on December 21, 1917, to William and Lena (Rivers) Guffey. She attended school in Ardmore for a few years but mostly helped her mother baby sit the other kids and attended to chores around the home.

Inez married Robert E. Wallace of Ardmore on July 19, 1940. They lived on the ranch near Ardmore until the passing of her husband in 1983. Then she moved to Edgemont and later married Floyd Rust. She was a member of the Rebecca lodge of Edgemont and attended senior citizens every day that she could. She really enjoyed all the friends she had.

Inez spent her last years at Castle Manor in Hot Springs, where the nurses said she was a complete joy to take care of.

Inez is survived by her two sons, James (Pene) Wallace of Surprise, AZ; John (Barbara) Wallace of Rose Hill, KS; daughter, Judy Wallace of Hot Springs; four grandchildren and six great grand-children.
She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lena (Rivers) Guffey; husbands, Robert E. Wallace; Floyd Rust and son, Robert W. Wallace.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a. m., Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with a visitation one hour prior to service at the United Church in Edgemont with Pastor Tom Peacock officiating and Rev. Dr. J. Edwin Coates as a guest minister. Interment will be held at the Ranch Cemetery on Indian Creek.

In lieu of flowers the families suggest memorial be sent to the Edgemont Senior Citizens of Edgemont.

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Larry Lancaster age 76, of Edgemont, SD, died suddenly on February 14, 2014, surrounded by friends at the Edgemont Senior Citizen’s Center.

Larry was born December 4, 1938, in Ottawa County, KS, to John Craig and Ella Mae (Parsons) Lancaster. He attended Minneapolis High School and enlisted in the Navy shortly after graduating. Larry had a knack for making friends and did not know a stranger. He was known on a local Rapid City radio station as Mad Yodeler. His girls recall him singing songs and making up lyrics as he went along. Larry worked several jobs but loved railroading and retired from Burlington Northern Railroad. He was loved by many and will be truly missed.

He is survived by three daughters, Lisa Lawton of Manhattan, KS; Lashelle (Norm, Jr.) Francis of Manhattan, KS; Julie (Andy) Kennicutt of Rochester, MN; two granddaughers; four grandsons; and one great granddaughter.

He is preceded in death by his son, Lance Craig Lancaster, and his parents.

No services will be held at this time. Written condolences can be made at

Myrle Caylor, age 93, of Edgemont, SD died February 9, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Myrle was born November 4, 1920 in Chicago, IL to Leroy Countryman and Jenny (Lacy) Countryman.

Those of you in Edgemont may not know her by name. You may not even recognize her face. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t touched your life. You may have been blessed by her kindness as the “cookie lady.” Or you may have enjoyed the beauty she created as the “flower lady.”

Heaven rejoices today at the return of one of theirs. While those left behind mourn the passing of a woman who always made a difference to those around her. She used sunshine and smiles to warm the hearts of those she knew. And cookies and flowers to those she didn’t. Perhaps now she will finally understand what a blessing she was to all of us and see the wings on her shoulders that all of us have known were there all along.

Survivors include her son, Rick Caylor of Torrington, WY; Daughters, JoAnn Kuhnel of Keystone, SD; Delores Vik of Newcastle, WY; Patricia Dressler of Owanka, SD; Janet Caylor of Custer, SD; 9 Grandchildren and numerous Great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband, Clinton; parents, Leroy and Jenny (Lacy) Countryman.

Mass of Christian burial was held 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 15, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont, SD., with Father Kerry Prendiville officiating.

A memorial has been established in Myrle’s name for the Edgemont Ambulance Service.

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

Fred Kelvin Coates was born to Fred and Alice Coates in Fall River County, South Dakota, on November 24, 1932 and passed away February 13, 2014.

The Coates family were pioneers to the area, immigrating from Lancastershire, England. Fred grew up in the Provo, Igloo, Edgemont area. His father was postmaster at Provo, then at the Black Hills Ordnance Depot during World War II.
Fred bore the effects of childhood polio for life. He proudly and fiercely refused to be a victim of disease. He married Frederica Dorner, and they had one son, Albert Herrick. He was employed as a rural mail carrier for fifteen years in the Provo - Ardmore area; then worked for the Fall River County Road Department for twenty-six years, driving truck, mowing ditches, and some office work.
He was a faithful member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs. Fred was the unofficial historian of the Coates family; keeping close tabs on extended family members from South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Texas, England, and elsewhere. He was a treasure trove of anecdotes, with photos, newspaper clippings, and other lore.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Fredia; his son, Herrick; his parents; his brother Herrick, brother Allan, and sister Doris Huff. He is survived by nephews: Bob Coates, Somerset, S. D.; George Coates, George, Texas; by nieces: Patty Dawson, Hot Springs, S. D.; Evelyn Dinning, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and Margie Yongue, Blanchard, Idaho ; by great nephews: Richard Odegaard of Montana; Jim Odegaard, Miller, S. D.; and by numerous cousins, relatives and friends.

His funeral will be Friday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m., in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hot Springs with Deacon Linda Valandra and Rev Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating. Interment will follow at the Edgemont Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in Fred’s name for the Edgemont Senior Center, PO Box 566 Edgemont, SD, 57735.

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

Freda M. Dibble, age 81, formerly of Edgemont, SD, passed away peacefully January 21, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Ft. Collins, CO.

Freda was born December 22, 1932, in Moorcroft, WY, to Jessie Beatrice McEntire and Fred Eugene Minard.

Freda is survived by: her three daughters, Carla Jean Trosper (husband Ed), Rea Ann Trotter (husband Tom), Debra Sue Moore (husband Kevin); her grandchildren, Amy, Holly, Lindsey, Rylan, Emily, Devin, and Tesia; and her great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Richard Dibble, and her two brothers, Bill and Jack Jones, preceded her in death.

Freda requested no services. She was a “cut to the chase” person; so with that in mind, in lieu of memorial contributions: enjoy life as if today were your last, love as if there were no tomorrow, be generous, practice compassion, be honest with yourself and others, and forgive people.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

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Esther Martin Markey, 91, of Edgemont passed away January 5, 2014 in Sidney, NE where she was visiting her daughter.
Esther was born and raised in Broadwater, NE. She was married August 27, 1941 in Chadron, NE to Cecil Martin. She was married in 1991 to Woodrow Markey of Edgemont.

Esther was preceded in death by both of her husbands, Cecil in 1981 and Woody in 2005; as well as three of her children.
Survivors include her children: Warren Martin, Ronald Martin (Newcastle, WY), Charles Martin, Carol Bloom, Lisa Johnson; 27 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

A visitation was held at Worden Funeral Home in Newcastle on Saturday, January 11th and the funeral was Sunday January 12th at 10 a.m. at the Newcastle Seventh Day Adventist Church. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in rural Crook County, WY, where her first husband is also buried.
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Mary Elizabeth Hoar, 63, of Edgemont, SD, passed away December 13, 2013, at Hospice House in Rapid City, SD, after a long battle with cancer.

Mary was born August 18, 1950, to Francis and Charlotte Koller at the Sister’s Hospital in Hot Springs, SD. On June 18, 1970, Mary married Marcus Hoar and to this union two children were born.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, motorcycle riding, quilting, craft shows, jewelry, volksmarching, gardening and having nice long talks with her sister, Susan.

Before passing, Mary got to enjoy some time with her new great-grandchild, Pailsey. She brought joy to her life at the end.

Survivors include her husband, Mark Hoar; daughter, Terri (Hector) Flores of Custer; son, John Hoar of Casper, WY; two grandchildren, Melissa (Austin) Bass of Rapid City; David Flores of Custer; great-granddaughter, Pailsey Elizabeth Bass; brothers, John (Janet) Koller of Edgemont; Joseph Koller of Edgemont; sisters, Kathy (Ed) Dibble of Belle Fourche, SD; Susan (David) Bennett of Rapid City; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont with Fr. Kerry Prendiville officiating.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to benefit the American Cancer Society.

McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Edgemont is in charge of arrangements. An online guest book is available at

William Ray ‘Bill’ Graham, Jr., age 41, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away December 10, 2013, at the Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs.
Bill was born April 7, 1972, in Chicago, IL, to William and Patricia (Gonzalez) Graham. He graduated from Pierce City High School in Pierce City, MO; Bill was president of the Hot Springs School Board, involved in the Edgemont, SD, Chamber of Commerce and was very active in so many other activities in the area, especially those activities of his children.

Bill is survived by his children, Alex and Justice Graham of Hot Springs; Molly Curtis of Edgemont, SD; mother, Patricia Gonzalez of Monett, MO; brother, Michael Graham of D’lberville, MI; sisters, Carrie Ann (Chris) Folds of Beckley, WV; Angie (Earl) Woods D’lberville, MI; Lisa (Gus) Alder of D’lberville, MI; Tina Brown of Berryville, AR; granddaughter, Raelee Provorse; and mother of his children, Julie (Kelly) Silvernail of Edgemont; Bill is preceded in death by his father, Bill Graham, Sr..

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Mueller Center Theater in Hot Springs with Pastor Matt Lim officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to help with expenses and may be sent to Graham family, PO Box 226, Edgemont, SD 57735. Written condolences may be made at

Vivian Flo Griffith Rennard passed away on November 9, 2013. Services will be held on November 13, at 10 a.m. at the Pier Funeral Home in Lusk, WY. Burial will follow in Edgemont, SD at the family plot.

Vivian was the older daughter of Leonard and Ruth Hughes Griffith. She was born in Randolph, Nebraska, February 6, 1920.

Her father and mother worked for her family. Eventually her father and his older brother farmed together on the farm rented by their father-in-law who had moved to O’Neil Nebraska. Her dad fixed a sled with a knife along one side to harvest the corn. Vivian drove the team and her dad collected the corn stalks.

Vivian welcomed younger sister, Ruby on April 12, 1922.
The family moved to Wyoming in May 1931. They lived with one of her mother’s older sisters and husband in the Flat Top area until 1932 when they were able to find a farm to rent. They raised a garden and also grain and corn to feed cattle.

In July 1934, at age 14, she lost her mother. That fall she started high school in Lusk and attended two years. Another family with children had rented a basement apartment in Lusk and she was able to stay with them some of the time. On weekends when she didn’t go home, she worked at a sewing center. She had started learning to sew when they first came to Wyoming. If she could salvage any part of clothing that had seen better days, she would make clothes for her doll.

The family moved to Manville in 1936. Vivian graduated from Manville high school in 1938.

Her father helped build the Manville gymnasium and when his work hours were over for the day, he walked to a farm near Manville and worked there. Later her father was hired as janitor for the school.
Vivian and her sister found work cleaning homes. She worked for a family with seven children and did the cooking and helped clean house. She was paid $5 for six days work. Sometimes Vivian and Ruby worked at the one and only café.

After high school in Manville, Vivian went to college in Laramie. While in college she worked for a psychology teacher and the next year for a home economics teacher. After one year of college, with help from Mrs. Kunes, county superintendent, she taught at the Dryer school with three children. After several years she begin teaching at the Cheyenne River school. In addition to teaching, she also had to chop wood for the furnace and keep it going all week long.

While teaching at Cheyenne River school, she met and married Sam Rennard. They lived on the family ranch where she enjoyed being a homemaker and helping with ranch duties. Sam and Vivian raised three children, Cheryll, Stan and Carol in the Cheyenne River community.

In the mid 1950’s Sam and Vivian built a gas station and café at the junction of highway 85 and 18 and leased it for several years. In 1960, Sam and Vivian moved to Mule Creek Junction and ran the station until 1973.

After selling the station, they built a new home on the family ranch which they were able to enjoy for many years. She lived in the home until age 90. At that time she moved to assisted living in Newcastle and then to the nursing home in Wheatland in early 2013.

Vivian enjoyed gardening, sewing, canning food and later took some tole painting classes in Edgemont. She liked to host Sunday School at her home and was also a member of the Road Runners Homemakers Club. She fondly talked of her grandchildren Jennifer and Tye and also her great granddaughters Peyton and Abby.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam, sister Ruby, and grandson Tye. She is survived by her children Cheryll (Carl) Christianson and Stan Rennard of Lusk, and Carol Sutherland of Cheyenne; and granddaughter Jennifer (Bo), great granddaughters Peyton and Abby, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Niobrara Homemakers Council, American Missionary Fellowship or a charity of the donors’ choice.

Danny Bollwerk, Edgemont, passed away October 14, 2013. There were no services per his request.

Velma Miller, formerly from Edgemont.

Services for Velma Marie Sterns Miller formerly of Edgemont, SD will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 4th at the United Church in Edgemont, with Rev. Thomas Peacock and Rev. John McKnight officiating. Visitation will be held 5-7 pm on Thursday, Oct 3rd, at the United Church in Edgemont.

Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D. directed by McColley’s Funeral Home following the service.
Velma passed away on September 28, 2013 in Ft. Worth, TX.
Velma was born March 6, 1925 to Elmer and Mae Sterns in Atkinson, NE the oldest of 6 children.

She was married to David William Miller on May 29, 1948 in Rapid City, SD.

She worked in Edgemont in the restaurant industry at several locations including Irene’s, Stockmans, the Dario, and the Hillsview Café. She will be remembered by many railroaders as they came through Edgemont. Velma was retired from the restaurant industry and living in Ft. Worth with her daughter, Mary Kay.

Velma was very active in community including the Edgemont 4-H board, Edgemont Library Board, and the Fall River County Fair Board.

Velma is preceded in death by her husband David; her mother and father; her brothers Mike, Francis, Gene Sterns, and a sister in infancy.

Velma is survived by daughters Juanita (Michael) Wright of Grand Priarie, TX and Mary Kay Jansante of Ft. Worth, TX; grandchildren Christine (Eddie) Quijada of Nashville, TN, David Peterson of Nashville, TN, Tim (Priscilla) Jansante of Ft. Worth, TX; 4 great grandchildren (Shaun, Tanner, Kerri, Nikali), 3 step-great grandchildren(Alexis, Jordyn, Rian); brother Bernard Sterns of Atkinson, NE; one sister-in-law Rose; 10 nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been set up with the Edgemont Senior Center to the attention of Betty Patrick.

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Harry Edsel Porter passed away on September 11, 2013, at the age of 89. He was born in Riddleton, TN, December 18, 1923, and had three older brothers and a younger sister. He graduated from Littleton HS, in Nashville, TN, and moved to Edgemont, SD in 1944. Harry married Esther Terry on June 6, 1945. They had two children, Terry Lee (now in California) and Doug (now in Texas). Years later, they adopted a son (now in South Dakota).

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years. His sister Ruth, his children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him.

Harry had many interests throughout his life, including his beloved paper route and model airplanes. He loved woodworking and photography (he even developed his own film). He had a ham radio and used it to talk to his brothers in Tennessee. He was an avid coin and stamp collector. He liked to gather old bicycle parts, put them together, and give the “new” bikes away. An avid gardener of flowers and vegetables, his variety of irises was incredible and he shared bulbs with anyone who asked. His mother’s peonies, transplanted from Tennessee, still bloom in his backyard in Edgemont.

When the U.S. entered WWII, much to his chagrin, he was unable to join the Merchant Marines because of his asthma. Instead, he made his contribution by selling stamps and war bonds. His sales were ranked 10th in the nation, and he was chosen to make a movie about the war effort with Cornelia Fort.

Harry was a railroader for over 40 years beginning on the Burlington Route. He was scheduled for a short time out of Sheridan, WY, but the majority and remainder of his career was out of Edgemont, SD. He retired in 1985.

Harry was a proud Master at Masonic Mountain View Lodge #161 in Edgemont, a member of the Fraternal Oder of Eagles Aerie #2711 of Gillette, WY, and belonged to several unions and organizations.
A memorial tribute was held at 1:00 p.m., September 17, 2013 at the Pine Hills Retirement Community Chapel in Hot Springs, SD with reception and gathering immediately following in the facility’s dining room. In lieu of flowers, please honor Harry by giving the gift of your presence to someone you love while they can still enjoy your thoughtfulness and friendship. Take the time to make a phone call, drop by for a visit, write a letter, or send a card with pictures.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs.

Dennis (Denny) William Bell, 57, of Crawford, passed away August 22, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He was born April 29, 1956, in Alliance, Nebraska to Don and Bonita (Hoffman) Bell. He attended Crawford Public Schools and graduated in 1974. While in high school Denny took part in football, basketball and baseball/softball. After high school, he attended two years at Chadron State College. After the two years at Chadron State he began working for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Over his 36 years with the railroad he made numerous friends.

On September 11, 1989 Denny and Jana Henry were married in Hawaii. They have a daughter Denya and a son Dustin. Denny enjoyed spending time with his children and supporting them in all their activities. He was known for his warm, welcoming smile, and helpful, giving personality to all.

Denny’s survivors include his wife Jana, children Denya and Dustin, brothers D.J., Scott and Chris, father Don, mother and father-in-law Gale and Renee Henry.

He is preceded in death by mother Bonita Hoffman Bell; maternal grandparents William G. Hoffman and Marie (Hale) Hoffman; paternal grandparents Elza I. Bell and Dora S. (Twiss) Bell; Aunt Jane Bell and cousin Richard (Ricky) Bell.

Funeral services for Denny were held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Crawford Community Building with Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating. Burial was at the Crawford City Cemetery.
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Mavis J. Ahartz, age 81, of Edgemont, SD, passed away May 14, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Mavis was born February 24, 1932, in Greenway, SD, to Arthur and Ida Rebecca (Kusler) Heer. She graduated from high school in Igloo, SD. After graduating she was employed at Dutiots for many years until they closed, than was a checker at Fresh Start until she retired in 2007.

Survivors include her sons, David (Cheryl) Hyatt of Edgemont; Thomas Hyatt of Umatilla, OR; brother, Walter Heer of Bakersfield, CA; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Edgemont with Pastor K.C. Smith officiating.

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Phyllis Jeane Dout Tapley Chlecq, 85, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away May 9, 2013, at the Rapid City Hospital Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.

Phyllis was born in 1927 and lived with her parents Leona and Clarence Dout and younger sister Doris on a ranch in Sioux County Nebraska. She graduated from Harrison Nebraska High School and taught in a country school for one year. She married Joe Tapley and they had a son, Deray Dout. She attended Beauty School in Scottsbluff, NE, and opened the Powder Puff Beauty Shop in Harrison NE, 1949-1950. Phyllis was married to John Chlecq in 1950 and moved to his ranch near Rumford, SD. They had one daughter Linda Chlecq-Lysaght. She started and operated the Rumford Beauty Shop 1950-1957, when she started working at Black Hills Army Depot at Igloo, SD, until it closed in 1967. Her great love was hard work and watching their baby calves in the spring. Her other passion was planting many trees on her ranch and was very proud when she received an award for conservation.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Deray Dout , his daughter, Heidi Adams (Christian) and 3 beautiful granddaughters; daughter,Linda Chlecq (Larry Lysaght) and their son, John Lysaght (Theresa) and their baby son and daughter; as well as granddaughter, Meghan Lysaght, who loved to stay with grandma on the Rumford ranch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, former husband, Joe Tapley, and husband John Chlecq.

Phyllis loved her church family and the many friends she made over a long a productive life.

Memorial services were held at Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Southern Hills Evangelical Free Church in Hot Springs with Pastor Mark Crossman officiating. Interment will be held later at the Harrison cemetery in Harrison, NE.

Written condolences may be made at www.Mccolleyschapels.Com.

William Thomas ‘Bill’ Bennett, age 86, passed away May 4, 2013, at his home in Edgemont, SD.

Bill was born August 24, 1926, in Vivian, SD, to William Earl and Mildred Ethel (Nutt) Bennett. He proudly served in the United States Army from March of 1945, until his honorable discharge in December of 1946.

Bill is survived by his five sons, David (Sue) Bennett of Rapid City, SD; Tom (Jamie) Bennett of Platte City, MO; Gene (Sharon) Bennett of Virginia Beach, VA; Mark (Patty) Bennett of Rapid City, SD; Jerry (Jane) Bennett of Black Hawk, SD; daughter, Patricia ‘Trish’ (Luis) Lora of Anchorage, AK; stepson, Jim (Mary Fechner of Custer, SD; stepson-in-law Keith Roeser; brothers, Paul Bennett of Winner, SD; Jim (Marlene) Bennett of Gregory, SD; Ed (Judy) Bennett of Valentine, NE; sisters, Kathy Engel of Winner, SD; Virginia Ensminger of Valentine, NE.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Edgemont with a viewing beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Committal services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Wood, SD, with the Winner American Legion and VFW Veterans Honor Guard providing Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Bill’s name to benefit the VA Medical Center, 500 N. 5th Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747.
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Boyd A. ‘Buck’ Rathke of Provo, SD, died April 15, 2013.

Survivors should have been his mother, Sally Rathke of Edgemont,SD; wife, Terry Rathke of Provo; sons, Brandon Gillio and wife, Marcie, of Washington; Boyd ‘Hoss’ and Ronald ‘Ronny’ Rathke of Provo; brother, Richard Rathke and wife, Mindy, of Pringle, SD; Gary Rathke of Edgemont; sister, Milisa Palmer and husband, Rick, of Edgemont; Niece Lexy Palmer; nephews, Rickey Palmer, Dustin and Dylan Rathke as well as many, many friends near and far.
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Chris Andersen, age 55 of Douglas, Wyoming.
Died Monday, April 8, 2013 in Douglas, Wyoming.
Chris was born on 10/31/57 in Hot Springs, South Dakota to Richard and Charlotte Andersen, where he joined his three brothers on the family ranch in Burdock, South Dakota. Chris graduated in 1976 from High School Edgemont, South Dakota. After graduation, he worked for Burlington Northern. Over the years, Chris held many jobs but was best known for his knowledge of operating heavy equipment, especially the dozer. He lived in several states but always called the Burdock ranch his home. Chris enjoyed many titles throughout his life, including son, brother, and father, but his favorite was to be called “Papa” by his three grandchildren. He loved rodeos, family events, and watching his grandchildren’s activities. Chris lived a life that left many stories to be told and no one was better at telling those stories than he was.

Chris is survived by his daughter TyLea (Scott) Sorensen Gillette, WY; grandchildren, Jarek, Brody and Alix Sorensen; brothers, Don (Lynda) Andersen Burdock, SD, Mike Andersen Rapid City, SD, and Bob (Pamela) Andersen Surprise, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chris was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Charlotte Andersen.

Memorial service will be April 22, 2013 at 2pm in Edgemont, SD at the Trinity Lutheran Church and services will be officiated by Pastor Hunzeker and Edwin Coates.

Condolences may be sent in Chris Andersen’s name in care of McColley’s Chapels of the Hills,

Robert Lee Irwin, age 41, of Bonham, TX, passed away Friday. March 22, 2013, at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ in Sherman.

Robert was born January 20, 1972, to Mick Irwin and Paula Miller in Chadron, NE. He married Deana Jane (Blosser) Irwin September 28, 1991, in Hot Springs, SD. He worked at Texas Manufacturing as a Welder in Whitesboro, TX. Robert was a true cowboy. He spent a lot of time traveling to rodeos all over, and especially loved sharing his passion for rodeo with his son, Rope. Robert loved spending time with his wife and children and traveling many miles to support his kids at various events. Robert was a strong man with a passion for life and he will be missed dearly by many who loved him.
Robert is survived by wife, Deana of Bonham; daughter, Kayla Irwin of Bonham; sons, Tucker and Rope Irwin of Bonham; father, Mick Irwin of Edgemont, SD; mother, Paula Miller of Waldport, OR; brothers, Michael Irwin of Box Elder, SD; Buck Irwin of Custer, SD; sister, Corinna Irwin of Shreveport, LA, as well as father and mother-in-law, Dean and Barbara Blosser of Cheyenne, WY.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Marty Kueckelhan, Quinry Kueckelhan, Rion Howard, Casey Blosser, Max Wright, and Shawn Hussey.
Funeral services was held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home Chapel in Bonham. Funeral services were held Friday, March 29, 2013, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs with interment followed at the Duck Creek Cemetery near Ardmore, SD

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Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs and Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home Chapel in Bonham, TX.

Billie Stearns Jr
William A. “Bill” Stearns (Newcastle) crossed the Great Divide from his home range in Northeastern Wyoming on Passover, March 26, 2013 — just two weeks short of his 73rd birthday.

Following the tradition of his parents, Billy and Evelyn (Dailey) Stearns, the 3rd-generation Wyoming cowboy grew up on a horse, making pony tracks over a 75-100-mile circle where the Stearns family had holdings at the edge of the Black Hills near the Wyoming/South Dakota border.

Working as an outside cowboy across more than six decades in the livestock industry, Bill rode hundreds of horses thousands of miles in several states, earning a reputation as one of the best in handling cattle, horses and country.

He played polo in the US and Canada, trained polo ponies and trained race horses. In recent years he did a lot of day-work across Wyoming’s Thunder Basin Grasslands.

Bill was South Dakota State Champion All Around Cowboy, Saddle Bronc Rider, and Bulldogger in 1958, and competed at the National High School Rodeo in Sulphur, Louisiana, later doing some college rodeoing from SDSU in Brookings and Sheridan Junior College in WY.
A ‘60s bronc riding champion in the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association, Bill rode PRCA on a permit, won the Kansas State Rodeo Association Bronc Riding Finals in 1983 and competed in the NARC Finals in Texas.

At the Old Timer’s National Finals in Amarillo, Texas, in 1985 Bill won the Saddle Bronc Riding Average, repeating the feat in 1994. He was the 50+ NSPRA World Champion Bronc Rider in 1995 and the Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association 50+ Bronc Riding Champion that same year, repeating the Canadian championship in 1996 as well as Runner-Up to the NSPRA World Champion Bronc Rider that year.

Bill’s wife Rhonda, daughter and son-in-law, Shelly Stearns and Brian Anderson, son and daughter-in-law, Cody and Rachel Stearns, grandchildren, Mackenzie, Andrew, Liam and Ava Stearns, brother, Joe (Kate) Stearns, and sister, Carol Mc Inerney, are left to mourn his passing.

Edward Eugene Muhm, SR., age 77, passed away January 26, 2013, at his home in Edgemont, SD.

Edward was an avid hunter and fisherman; he enjoyed rock hunting and photography. He loved the outdoors and nature; he was accomplished in gunsmithing, mechanics, painting, taxidermy, and photography. He was a self-taught man who enjoyed everything.
Survivors include his sons, Edward E. Muhm, Jr. of Rapid City, SD; Thomas L. Muhm of Sioux Falls, SD; William L Muhm of Rapid City’ sisters, Delores Naazs of Hot Springs, SD; Shirley Bowman of Edgemont; Teresa Evans of Edgemont; brother, James Muhm of Hot Springs; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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Leonard L Sheaman, 84, passed away at the Casper, WY hospital February 11, 2013, from pneumonia.

He was born August 28, 1928, at Lance Creek, WY, to Harry C. and Marie Andersen Sheaman.

He married Gertude Collins in September of 1958. She passed away in 1996.

He then moved to Wheatland, WY, in 1997. Later he married Alta Mae Hathaway in 2004, whom he had known for 50 years. She passed away in 2007.

Leonard is survived by his sister Lenore Bell of Edgemont, Nephews Wayne and Bruce (Cathy) Peterson, a niece Judy (Cap) Ferguson; 7 great nieces and nephews; 12 great great nieces and nephews; 2 aunts Jane Coates and Agnes Medsker, 2 step daughters Susan Williams and Beth (Randy) Cole; step grandaughter Riley (whom he thought the world of), and many, many cousins. Special friends were Bob Cox, Rocky Bell, Robert and Jake (Sandy) Shook, and Shirley Chiles.

Graveside rites will be Feb 22, 2013 at 1 pm at Oblinger Highland Cemetery & Mortuary in Thornton, CO.

Robert Wayne ‘Bob’ Brown, age 69, passed away February 3, 2013, at his home near Provo, SD.

Bob was born October 14, 1943, in Hill City, SD, to Carl and Ruth (Jackson) Brown. He grew up working on ranches most of his life.
Bob is survived by his brother, Glenn Brown of Edgemont, SD.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty Miller.
Per Bob’s request, no services will be held.

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Brian David Sisley, passed away at his home outside of Minneapolis on January 31, 2013. Brian was born on January 18, 1964 in Edgemont, SD, to Marie and Warner Sisley. Brian was the youngest of five children: Margaret, Elizabeth, Jeanette, and Jason. He grew up in the Southern Black Hills surrounded by many loving friends. Brian graduated from EHS with the class of 1982.

Brian was a gifted athlete whose talents earned him a scholarship and college degree from South Dakota State University and eventually the opportunity to play in the National Football League for the New York Giants.

After football, he achieved success in the business world. Outside of work, Brian poured his passion into his love for animals, motorcycle racing, home improvement, and a few closely held relationships.

The funeral service was held at Christ Episcopal Church, Woodbury, Minn. on February 10. Burial services will be held at a later date.

Fredrick Wayne Muhm Jr., 79, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, near his home.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Muhm, New Boston, Texas; a daughter, Juanita Muhm, Rapid City; a stepdaughter, Sandra Brigando, Chicago; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Eugene Muhm, Edgemont, and James Muhm, Hot Springs; and sisters Delores Naasz, Hot Springs, and Shirley Boman and Teresa Evans, both of Edgemont.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at McColley’s Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs, with the Rev. Morris Nelson officiating.

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Shirley Ann O’Neal, age 77, passed away January 8, 2013, at her home in Provo, SD.

Shirley was born June 27, 1935, to Harvey and Minnie Gamel at Page, NE. She joined four brothers, Sandy, Pat, Lester, and Ed, three sisters, Etta, Francis, and Irene. Growing up in rural Nebraska gave her the desire and drive to work hard and to care for and protect helpless animals. That is her legacy, caring for animals that were dumped or abandoned. On March 20, 1954, she married Robert Hart in Mills, NE. This union brought her a daughter, Linda. On May 29, 1963, she married Dave O’Neal in Ainsworth, Nebraska.

Despite doctors’ orders from an illness in 1963, she cut timber in Nebraska, wrangled sheep, tied wool, lambed out ewes, raised bum lambs, worked on a steel gang for Burlington Northern Railroad, worked for a pig farm in Igloo, and worked in town at numerous cafes. Shirley had her own second hand store which she enjoyed because of all the kids in town she got to know.

Shirley has lived in this area for forty years and I’m sure she will be remembered for her kindness to animals.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Linda (Robert) Moran of Provo; sisters, Etta VanBuren of Oakland, NE and Irene (Robert) Hanson of Grand Island, NE.

Her husband, Dave preceded her in death, also brothers, Sandy Gamel; Lester Gamel; Ed Gamel; Pat Gamel and sister, Francis Ford.

Memorial services were held Saturday, January 12, at McColley’s Chapel of the Hills in Edgemont with Pastor Thomas Peacock officiating.

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Robert ‘Bob’ Delos Tubbs, 91, of Edgemont, SD, died Sunday, January 13, 2012, at Custer Regional Hospital in Custer, SD.
He was born November 9, 1921, in a little 12 X 16 homestead house in Fall River County, two miles outside of Edgemont, to Carl A. and Winnie J. (Wallace) Tubbs. Bob attended school at the Dry Creek School through 8th grade. He then went to high school in Edgemont and graduated in 1939. He spent four years in the US Army Medical Corps, three in New Guinea and two or three months in Japan.

After he returned from his service, he took over the family dairy and ranch. Bob worked tirelessly on the ranch and dairy, milking cows twice a day and delivering milk. He was an excellent example for his three children, Shelley, Mark and Nancy, of someone who worked hard, persevered through many challenges, and loved his family and community.

During his leisure time, Bob served on the Fall River County Fair Board for 50 plus years, was a Master Mason and Shriner, a member of the American Legion and a school board member. On November 20, 1999, Bob was inducted into the South Dakota Fairmans Hall of Fame. Bob was also a member of the National Grasslands for 50 years and the South Dakota Stock Growers Association. He served as a brand inspector for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia; son, Mark (Danielle); daughters, Shelley (Pat) O’Connor; Nancy Goodwin and husband Brian Hartmann; grandchildren, Ryan O’Connor, Courtney Goodwin; Jessica Tubbs; Nate Tubbs; brother, Niel (Verna)Tubbs; sister, Joy Hoar; brother-in-law, John (Donna) Parks; caregiver, Trisha Hair; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Wallace and Edward.

Ted Sheehan of Upton, WY, was a very special friend. Bob enjoyed coffee time with Mason Miller, Ken Barker and Marvin Kern in his retirement years.

Bob liked to tell people to “take a pencil and paper and draw it out” to solve problems. He had a sense of humor and a common sense approach to life.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2013, at United Church in Edgemont with Pastor Thomas Peacock officiating. Interment will follow at the Edgemont Cemetery. Masonic rites will be provided by Mountain View Masonic Lodge #161.

A memorial has been established in Bob’s name to benefit the Edgemont Volunteer Ambulance Service.
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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 or to a charity of your choice.

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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

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.

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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

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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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

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

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.
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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

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.

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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.
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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
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.
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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

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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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