Obituaries
     
   
     

Donald T. Fahrenwald, Jr.

March 31, 1936 - November 17, 2017

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service

 

Donald "Donnie" Theodore Fahrenwald, Jr., was born March 31, 1936, at Sturgis, SD, to Donald and Evelyn (Bestgen) Fahrenwald. He grew up in Sturgis. He spent some of his favorite times at his maternal grandparent's farm in Sturgis and at his paternal grandparent's farm in Steele City, NE. He also enjoyed hunting at his sister's, Joyce, farm near Vale, SD. He loved visiting with relatives and will be remembered for his "sense of humor."
Donnie joined the US Navy at the age of 17 years. He served on many ships. He retired after 20 years. He then worked for Meade County and retired again after 20 years.
He married Bonnie Sander on July 7, 1982.
He is survived by one step-son, Troy Sander and several grandchildren, including Damian Sander, and one great-grandchild; three sisters, Joyce Kaubisch, Sturgis, Dee (Dean) Dittus, Spearfish, and Paulie (Jack) Trisler, Cortland, NE; two brothers, Jerry (Jean) Fahrenwald, Merseyside, England, and Chuck Fahrenwald, Rapid City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Evelyn "Billie;" his wife, Bonnie; brother-in-law, Gus Kaubisch; and sister-in-law, Jan Fahrenwald.
Private family graveside services, with military honors, will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

 

     
   
     

Harlean Joan Engstrom

December 19, 1940 - June 18, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018

 


Harlean Joan Engstrom was born December 19, 1940, to Robert and Marie (Rein) Yekel. She graduated from Bayard High School in 1958. She graduated from West Nebraska Hospital School of Nursing in 1961 and enjoyed many years of working as a Registered Nurse.
Harlean was blessed with a son, Russell Allen, September 11, 1968. She married Bill Engstrom November 29, 1985.
Harlean and Bill owned the Grace Shop in Scottsbluff and Padgett Business Service in Rapid City and enjoyed working many years together.
Harlean Joan Engstrom died June 18, 2018, at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, SD.
She is survived by husband, Bill; son, Russell (Michelle); granddaughters, Myranda and MyKinzee Musfelt; brother, Bob (Jean) Yekel; sisters, Marge Langhofer, Joyce (Mike) Shepherd, Billie (Dennis) Kniss; brother-in-law, Tom (JoAnn) Engstrom; many nieces and nephews.
Harlean is preceded in death by her parents, brother, Donald; brothers-in-law, Richard Langhofer, John Engstrom; and sister-in-law, Ann Engstrom.
A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City, Friday, June 22, 2018, at 10:00 am with a second memorial service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Mary Ann Adams

January 2, 1956 - June 13, 2018

 

Service to be held:

At a later date

 

Mary Ann was born January 2, 1956, in Rapid City, SD. Mary Ann Adams, 62, Deadwood, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Deadwood Regional Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Mike Adams, Deadwood; daughter, Jennifer Broadbent and Kevin Carrier, McKinney, KY; her father, Nels Johnson, Rapid City; two sisters, Jackie (Dick) Podgett, Casper, WY, and Jan Lubin, Novato, CA; and five grandchildren, Alyciea, Michael, Xchyler, Kaiser, and Jagger.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bertha "Babe" Johnson; and grandmother, Bessie Elizabeth Jenson.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Dee Ora Lee Keller

December 20, 1933 - June 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 25, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Dee was born December 20, 1933, in Terraville, SD, to Margery Addison Orr and Leo Russell Orr. When Dee was 9, Leo moved the family to Idaho for work. When Leo died in a deer hunting accident, Margery moved Dee and her five brothers back to Lead where Dee attended school, graduating in 1951. In November 1952, she married Jake Keller of Mobridge, SD. They lived in Sturgis raising their five boys until Jake’s death in 1991. In May 1973, at age 39, Dee graduated from Black Hills State with a BS in Education and taught elementary school until she retired. Dee enjoyed an extremely active life and her gift of nurturing love and faith expressed itself in all she did.
Dee lived her life with gusto. Her art, patience, kindness, and passion for life influenced many of her students, family, friends, and others. Not one to boast about her creative skills; she did not consider herself special. But others considered her above and beyond ordinary. Whether sharing the gifts of her paintings, the sound of her piano playing, the telling of whimsical stories, or the helping at her local church and in her community, Dee wholeheartedly shared her talents. A member of the Black Hills Art Association, she practiced her oil painting at the Sturgis and Spearfish Art Centers; submitting her pieces in local Art shows and receiving awards for several of them. Dee loved storytelling and was a member of the Black Hills Storytellers Association. For over 16 years, she was active in fund raising and leadership of the Sturgis Hospital Auxiliary, serving over the years as president, vice president, and blood drive coordinator. She volunteered at the local Elementary School. Dee was also an active member of the Altar Society at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and over the years, taught CCD, lectured, was a greeter, and headed a funeral luncheon group. For personal enjoyment, Dee played the piano, painted, and traveled. Above all, however, Dee loved her family: sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers, and extended family members. She loved us all and we loved her.
Dee Ora Lee Keller, 84, Sturgis, died Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Seton Medical Center in Austin, TX.
Dee answered to many names including Mom, Nanny, Wuz, Aunt Suzie, Ora Lee, Dee, and Mrs. Keller. Loving and remembering her are her 5 sons and wives, Terry & Elaine Keller of Austin, TX, Gary & Mary Lou Keller of Eagle, CO, Dean Keller of Sturgis, SD, Keith & Karin Keller of Louisville, CO, and Kevin & Kelly Keller of Larose, LA; 15 grandchildren, Tonia (& Heath Miller), Tyler (& Amanda), Shane, Patrick, Jacob (& Chantel), Mathew, Mikaela, Brenan, Taylor, Daillen, McKenna, Dawson, Autumn, Chelcee, and Branden; 3 great-grandchildren, Etnie, Jack, and Arianna; 5 brothers and wives, Veldon & Janet Orr, Duane & Lupe Orr, Dean & Mary Orr, Doyle Orr, and Larry & Kathleen Orr; and her many nephews, nieces, friends, and the numerous others she touched, taught and influenced.
Dee was preceded in death by her parents, Margery & Leo; and her husband, Jake.
Funeral services for Dee Ora Lee Keller will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, SD, at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018, with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. Vigil will be Sunday, June 24, at 6:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel, preceded by visitation from 4-6:00 p.m.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Margery L. Orr Memorial Scholarship Fund, of which she was Vice President, at MLOScholarship.org. The Fund provides scholarships to academically talented, financially needy graduates of Lead-Deadwood High School.

 

     
   
     

Kyle Levi Stumpf

December 17, 1993 - June 12, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018

 

Kyle was born in Rapid City, SD, to Jill and Tim Stumpf on December 17, 1993. Kyle was a graduate of Sturgis Brown High School in 2012. He loved football, weightlifting, was an avid "gamer" and most recently took up the game of golf. He was currently employed at the City of Sturgis Water Department.
We cannot begin to know all the people he touched in his short time on earth and sincerely appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that have been given our family. Our lives without his good nature and generous spirit are unimaginable.
Kyle Levi Stumpf, 24, of Sturgis, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at his home.
He is survived by his parents, Jill and Tim Stumpf of Sturgis; two older brothers: Jacob Stumpf of Iroquois, SD, and his wife, Lindsey, and their 3 children, Daivian, Arlyannah, and Brekyn; Travis Stumpf of Phoenix, AZ, and his wife, Kati; his grandmother, Marlene Simmons of Sturgis; and his very special friend, Nikita Heinert and her two children, Alayna and Daxtyn; and aunts, uncles, and cousins from various parts of the United States, all of whom meant the world to him.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018, with Rev. Linda Grenz officiating at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
A memorial will be established to honor him.

 

     
   
     

Lenore "Lonnie" Helene Levy

August 27, 1939 - June 10, 2018

 

Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2018

 

This is the dash of Lenore “Lonnie” Helene Levy. Lonnie was a beautiful woman that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. She was a devout wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Her story begins on August 27, 1939. She was born the second of four children to Alex and Anna Malenosky in Sioux City, IA. At a young age, she picked up thread and a needle and found her passion and calling of becoming a seamstress. She would use her amazing talents to make beautiful garments; from clothing for her children and grandchildren to elaborate wedding gowns. In 1956, she met a handsome fella by the name of James “Jim” Levy and they married December 1958. Lonnie traveled with Jim while he served our country in the United States Navy; having three gorgeous children along the way. They would eventually settle back in their hometown of Sioux City, IA. In 1979, they moved to the “farm” in Elk Point, SD. There she would make a home that was open and welcoming to all her friends and family, often a gathering place for her children and their friends. Her older grandchildren were at their home on a regular basis and have strong memories of playing in the yard, picking lilacs and peonies from the bushes, swinging on the tire swing, catching fireflies as the sun set, and playing with the malamute dogs they raised.
In 1999, Jim and Lonnie decided to move to the beautiful Black Hills to live their retirement years and to be closer to Jim’s family. Lonnie adored the beautiful nature of the area and she could go to Mount Rushmore any time she wished to take countless photos; something her family knew all too well that she loved, as she would often pull albums full of historical landmarks.
Lonnie was clumsy, stubborn, and boisterous. She had a voice distinct of any other and a heart bigger than life. She had the ability to love and share the joy in anything you were passionate about. If you were interested in something, you better believe that she would find any item associated with that topic. She enjoyed her later years volunteering at the VFW coordinating funeral service lunches.
Her loved ones will miss her phone calls to check in on them and always asking about the weather, her abundance of potato salad made for every family function, her enormous love for everything Christmas, and her obsession of Black Hills Gold jewelry. We will miss the smells of the house when she was baking countless loaves of bread or her beloved oatmeal raisin cookies. We will remember her in a thousand different ways. In the morning, in the night, when we look at the stars, a date, a song, a place, a smell, but it is the hope that every little memory will bring comfort and happiness.
Lonnie’s story came to peace on Sunday, June 10, 2018, when she went home to the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Loved ones that will miss Lonnie until they meet again are her husband, James Levy; children, Teresa Hansen, Ruth (Jay) McKinstry, and James (Kim) Levy; brother, Michael (Valerie) Malenosky; sister, Emilie (Ken) Woolington; grandchildren, Angela (Todd) Rose, Amanda Hansen, Darcy Hansen, Cassandra Hansen, Betsy Hansen, Alex Levy, Joshua Harkness, Wezley McKinstry, Jozie McKinstry, Kyle (Lindsey) Levy, and Ian Levy; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Blake, Dayten, James, Jacob, Cayden, Lucy and Jett.
Loved ones that cleared the path for Lonnie are her parents, Alex and Anna Malenosky; brother, Alex Malenosky, Jr.; and her grandson, Daniel Levy.
Memorial Mass will be on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Inurnment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. We ask that you bring something that reminds you of Lonnie; an item she has given you, made for you, or brings a smile to your face thinking of her. We wish to fill the room with love and memories as we celebrate her life.
“It isn’t the dates on either end that counts, but how they used their dash. For that dash between dates represents all the time they spent alive on this earth. And now only those who loved them know how precious that little line is worth.”
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the VFW Auxiliary.

 

     
   
     

Dorothy Lucille Oline Edwards

June 14, 1926 - June 6, 2016

 

Service to be held:

Services at a later date.

 

Dorothy was born June 14, 1926, to Ray and Alva (Bekken) Horton in Zeona, SD.
Dorothy was a jack of all trades and a master of some!
Whether she was your 1st grade Sunday school teacher or made your (angel food) wedding cake, made sure your car was fixed at Ray’s Repair in the 60’s or made you the best pizza at the Krust ‘n Keg in the late 70’s, made your uncles bed at the Fort Meade VA or did the finish work on the cupboards in your kitchen. Dorothy not only raised 4 very successful, willful children, but also found it in her heart to take in many of their friends for a night, a week, for life.
Cousin Ruthie had this to say: “I loved your mom. Dorothy had a very special pioneer spirit of “Can Do”. She was one of the toughest but compassionate women I’ve known and set the bar for honesty, loyalty, and telling things like they are.”
“Hugs and prayers for Ray and all the family, Enjoy all the happy memories your mom created. I especially loved watching Ray and Dorothy play together in the Happy Times Band….what a team!!”
As Dad has stated a few times this past month, Dorothy had beautiful black hair. Dad told great-grandchildren McKaela that he chased and had to catch that black hair beauty before all those soldiers came home from the war!!
Dorothy Lucille Oline Edwards, 91, Spearfish, died June 6, 2018 in Spearfish.
A memorial service will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Graham Howard Chesnut

May 28, 1926 - June 6, 2018

 

Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 14th 2018

 

Graham was born on May 28, 1926, in Saginaw Michigan. He spent his youth enjoying the beautiful outdoors and lake country with his parents Howard and Bernice (Graham) Chesnut and sisters, Joanne and Marilyn. After graduating from Marysville, Michigan High school, he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the South Pacific. When the war ended, he was assigned to Peking, China, where he helped repatriate Japanese. Following the war, he attended the University of Michigan and Ohio Northern University, graduating as a pharmacist.
His interest in medicine continued and he attended the Kirksville, Missouri School of Osteopathy, graduating with a Doctorate of Osteopathic medicine degree. He had a private medical practice in Auburn, Michigan, but his interest in the care of our nation’s veterans lead Dr. Chesnut to work for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio. He later did his Residency in Psychiatry at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. After becoming a board certified psychiatrist, he and his family moved to Ft. Meade, SD, where he served as a staff Psychiatrist at Fort Meade Veterans Administration Medical Center from 1974 until his retirement.
He married Joyce Churchill in 1948, and they were blessed with three children, a son, David,and twin daughters, Cinda and Linda. He married Alma Sansom Hutchins in 1971, in Topeka,KS, which added four more children to the family- Susan, Alan, Nancy and Jill.
His interest in flying began in his youth. He loved nothing better than sharing a good cup of airport coffee with his fellow pilots. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol. He was a life-long member of the Shriners, and served as president of the Naja Air Patrol and Naja Flying Aces. He and Alma loved their time with the Rapid City Shrine Club and were always at events. Graham especially loved riding his mini-scooter in formation with his fellow Shriners in the annual parades! He was active for over 60 years with Masonic Organizations, holding many offices and positions of leadership. Graham and Alma were life-long members of the Sturgis Methodist Church and he especially enjoyed the early morning Men’s Group breakfast, which he rarely missed. In addition, the Elk’s Camping Group and National Camping Travelers (the Masonic camping group) brought them much joy, friendship, and wonderful memories of nearly 50 years of camping and doing community service in the Black Hills.
Another one of his many interests was working on electronics. He built his first radio as a teenager and belonged to the HAM radio group for over 70 years. Graham Howard Chesnut was an independent and self-contained man, who never met a gadget he didn’t want to fix or build. To quote Graham: “You want to do something? Buy a book, read it, and accomplish the project.”
Graham and Alma have spent many years researching Genealogy and this resulted in involvement in the Scot-Irish of the Black Hills organization. He and his wife traveled to Scotland and became official members of the Graham Clan. They were guests of the Duke of Montrose, a member of the Graham clan.
One of Graham’s greatest honors was serving in the South Dakota National Guard. Rising to the rank of Colonel, he served 20 years as a flight surgeon.
The family, especially his wife, Alma, wish to express gratitude to the Hospice of the Northern Hills, Heartland Home Health, and to the staff of the V.A. Hospice Unit at Ft. Meade Veterans Administration Medical Center for their compassionate care of Graham in his last months.
Dr. Graham Howard Chesnut passed away after a long struggle with cancer on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at age 91 years.
Survivors happy to share his life’s journey are his wife, Alma Chesnut; sons, Dr. David Chesnut (Ruth), Willmington, OH, Alan Hutchins (Allison) Denver, CO; daughters, Cinda Kesler, Orient, OH, Linda Blackwell, Ashville, OH, Susan Maloney (Pete) Castro Valley, CA, Dr. Nancy Babbitt (Steve) Rapid City, SD; sister, Marilyn Litzenberger; and many grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Graham was preceded in death by: his parents; his daughter, Jill Ann Chesnut Reddy; his sister, Joanne Rozek; brothers in laws, Carroll Meade, Louis Rozek and David Litzenberger; son in law, Tom Kesler; and daughter in law, Susan Johnson Hutchins.
The Celebration of Graham’s life will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating.
Alma and family invite friends to join them one hour before the service for conversation in the library of the Sturgis United Methodist Church- 1755 Ballpark Rd, Sturgis, SD.
Interment will follow Black Hills National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Hospice of the Northern Hills, 1440 N. Main St, Spearfish, SD 57783, First United Methodist Church Building Preservation Fund, 1755 Ballpark Rd., Sturgis 57785 or Naja Temple Travel Fund (funds used for children to travel to Shriner’s Hospital appointments) 4091 Sturgis Road, Rapid City, SD 57702.

 

     
   
     

Gary Allen Pletan

May 11, 1944 - June 9, 2018

 

Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018

 

Gary was born May 11, 1944, in Sioux Falls, SD to Rosella (Tokheim) Pletan and Burnette Pletan.
Gary married Pam Ortman of Canistota June 14, 1969.
Gary spent his childhood in Canistota, SD, and graduated from Canistota High School. He graduated from Huron College in 1967. After graduation he taught school in Clear Lake, SD, for several years. He started a furniture business in Clear Lake in1975. Later, Gary and his brother Roger owned and operated a furniture store in Watertown.
Gary Allen Pletan, 74, passed away June 9, 2018 at his home near Sturgis, SD.
Gary is survived by his wife, Pam and two children, a son, Lane and his wife Michele from Billings MT; and a daughter, Kara and her husband Kyle Munier from Livingston, MT. He is also survived by three special grandchildren, Tomiyah, Austin, and Braydon; brother, Roger and Wanda and family from Nemo SD. His tight knit family also includes a number of close nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gayle.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating.


 

     
   
     

Patricia L. Eastman

September 29, 1940 - June 3, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Monday, June 11, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

On June 3, 2018, Patricia L. Eastman, 77, Rapid City, passed away quietly surrounded by her family at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
On September 29, 1940, Addison and Genevieve Cavanaugh, along with her brother, Peter, welcomed Patti into the world. Patti was the light of her parents' life. Patti grew up in Van Nuys, CA, a happy carefree child. She loved her animals, music and family.
On June 6, 1958, Patti married the first love of her life, Robert "Bob" Bettis. Soon after, they began their family with a baby girl, Elizabeth, followed by Robert "Bobby," Patrice, and Jon. In February 1993, her first husband, Bob, passed away due to an on-going illness.
In 1999, Patti was fortunate enough to meet the second love of her life by chance at the train station in Burbank, CA, Robert "Bob" Eastman. On June 22, 2003, they married and enjoyed a fun and happy life together in Delaware.
In 2014, Bob and Patti relocated to Rapid City, SD, where she lived out her life enjoying her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and husband.
We, her family, have lost the most beautiful, loving, and caring wife, mother, grammie, and Gigi. To know Patti was to love her. Patti had the sweetest, most loving soul of anyone we will ever know. Patti loved the Lord with all of her heart and it showed in how she lived her life.
Patti will be deeply missed by her family. She is survived by her loving husband, Bob Eastman; 4 children, Elizabeth and husband, Jim King, Robert Bettis and wife, Liz Bettis, Patrice Holdren, and Jon Bettis; 9 grandchildren, Amber Milner, Julia Atterberry and husband, Antonio Atterberry, Brandon Nadelman, Eric Holdren and wife, Brandy Holdren, Jon Rasmussen, James Rasmussen and fiancé, Hannah Lind, Allison Bettis, Alexander Rasmussen, and Emily Bettis; 6 great-grandchildren, Iver Atterberry, Quinn Milner, Jamason Nadelman, Berkley Holdren, Echo Rasmussen, and Ezra Atterberry.
A memorial service will be held Monday, June 11, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Spearfish with Pastor Jim Kack officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

 

     
   
     

Loretta Fay Westbrook

March 19, 1933 - June 5, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

Loretta Fay Westbrook was born March 19, 1933, near Pollock, SD, the eldest of nine children born to Archie and Gertrude (Biesheuvel) Ryckman. She grew up on a farm eight miles northwest of Pollock and attended rural school.
Loretta married Lester M. Westbrook on June 7, 1952, at the Pollock Presbyterian Church. The couple lived in Pollock until moving to Belle Fourche, SD, in the late 50’s, then on to Deadwood where they raised their four children, Terry, Allen, Sharon, and Steve. Loretta worked for many years in housekeeping at both the Terrace and the Lariat Motels.
Loretta was a specialist when it came to cooking with beans; the best red chili - but according to her daughter and grandchildren, “ham & beans” was her # 1 dish. She also made the best rhubarb sauce and sloppy joes that her family loved. She made many trails to town and back on foot as she never did learn to drive. This was a hard task, as when her youngest son was little he had many health challenges and visits to Doctors and clinics. Steve proved to be her godsend for his dedication providing transportation to events, appointments, and outings, especially the last few years. Loretta loved to crochet, making afghans for all her children, grandchildren, and friends, later specializing in baby blankets of every color.
Along with her confidante, Lucy, Loretta had so many close friends in and near the McKinley Apartments where she lived for 13 years, with each and every one of them watching over and assisting one another. She spent her days visiting with these folks, often going on luncheon excursions and usually ending with a good game of rummy, another one of her passions. Loretta was always willing to help anyone with whatever they may have needed. As you can imagine, transportation was a huge obstacle for Loretta, between Steve and her network of close friends, she was always able to make it to church, the store, luncheons, appointments, and even road trips to see her sisters in Pollock, especially at Christmas.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, Loretta passed peacefully at Serenity Corner Assisted Living, where she had been a resident for the past several months. The family remains very thankful to Serenity Corner for the comfort and care provided during Loretta’s time there.
Loretta loved all of her children and grandchildren. She is survived by sons, Terry, Sparks, NV, and Steve, Spearfish, SD; daughter, Sharon (Doug) Uhrig, Rock Springs, WY; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; sisters, Polly Becker, Phyllis (Rueben) Schatz, Carol (Lloyd) Schaner, Arlene Cullen, and Patty (Arvin) Kilen; brother, Tom Ryckman; brother-in-law, Dennis Mittleider; sister-in-laws, Evelyn Stienbach, Shirley (Albert) Dockter and numerous nieces and nephews.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester on February 13, 2003; son, Allen; and sisters, Virginia Mittleider and Evelyn Backhaus; and three brothers-in-law, Donnie Becker, Ronald Backhaus, and Mike Cullen.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Thursday, June 14, at the First Baptist Church in Deadwood.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Deadwood with Pastor Pat McBride officiating. Inurnment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood at a later date.
A memorial has been established to the First Baptist Church in Deadwood.

 

     
   
     

William Theron Ziegenbein

November 15, 1933 - June 1, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Friday, June 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

William Theron Ziegenbein was born on a homestead in rural Haakon County northeast of Philip, SD, on November 15, 1933, to Theron and Selma Ziegenbein. He went to a country school in rural Philip and the family moved to Sturgis when he was in 6th grade. Bill completed the 8th grade and when given the choice to leave school or to work in 9th grade, he chose to go to work, and never stopped. Bill always displayed an avid thirst for knowledge and was often reading books and studying maps.
Bill was a hard-working and highly respected businessman. His truck driving days began in 1949 when he drove a meat delivery truck, after which he started working for the sawmill in Whitewood, sawing and hauling logs within the Black Hills area. In the mid 50’s, he went to work for Shirley Hussey hauling cattle and rodeo stock and drove for RB Wilson out of Denver, CO, hauling fuel in the late fifties. In 1960, he started driving for Claude Roth
Trucking and shortly thereafter established Zieg trucking and also had several other business ventures. In the late 70’s, Bill and Darlene purchased a wheat farm on Red Shirt Table near the Badlands.
A true cowboy at heart, Billy loved riding horses and especially enjoyed raising cattle. He fully appreciated the sport of rodeo and all things related to cowboy culture. Always an adventurer, one of Bill’s last great excursions was fulfilling his lifelong dream of riding a mule down the Grand Canyon.
Bill began dating the love of his life, Darlene Thomson, in 1954 and they married in 1958. Darlene and Bill made their home and raised their children in the Piedmont area. In 1993, Bill and Darlene partially retired when they sold Zieg Trucking and in 2004, they fully retired after selling their farm on Red Shirt Table.
Bill was a wonderful and beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, and friend. He and Darlene spent much of their time traveling, visiting their children, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with their many cherished friends. His friends at Red Shirt Table Village fondly called him “Billy Big Heart,” and there could not be a better way to honor and describe Bill. It is no secret that he was deeply loved and respected by many.
Bill had an amazing gift of being able to make friends. He was never afraid to sit down and have a cup of coffee with a stranger and often walked away with not only a phone number but also more often than not, a new friendship and a great story. Bill’s love of life, family, and friends brought many to his side throughout the years where he offered his wisdom, love, and support. When asked how he was doing, Bill would often state, “well, I have never had a bad day in my life,” and he meant it. His positivity and kindness was genuine and touched everyone around him.
Bill's memory and inspiration is carried on by his son, Zane Ziegenbein, Sturgis SD; daughter, Kim (Dan) Quenon, Peoria, AZ; son, Shane (Shawna) Ziegenbein, Bend, OR; granddaughters, Kyndal (Chad) Strenge, Colman, SD, and Genevieve Quenon, Peoria, AZ; grandsons, Jake Quenon, Peoria, AZ, and Zachary Ziegenbein, Sturgis, SD; great-grandchildren, Cody, Kaia, Kali, and Cole Strenge, Colman, SD; sister-in-law, Joann Thomson, Rapid City, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many lifelong friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Darlene; his parents, Theron and Selma Ziegenbein; his parents-in-law, James and Leota Thomson; two sisters, Charlotte Bachand and Jeanne (Buzz) Andrews; four brothers-in-law, Irvin (Helen) Thomson, Junior (Marge) Thomson, Paul (Helen) Thomson, and Roger Thomson; and sister-in-law, Louise (Francis) Parsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to the High Plains Western Heritage Center and the Red Shirt Table Elementary School.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2018, at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont with Father Andrzej Wyrostek officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at Black Hills National Cemetery.

 

     
   
     

Kevin Alan Mailloux

February 12, 1959 - May 28, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.

 

Kevin Alan Mailloux was born on February 12, 1959, to Alan and Joyce (Hiam) Mailloux in Valley City, North Dakota.
Kevin was a longtime resident of Rapid City and Box Elder. His outgoing personality allowed him to make friends readily and his generosity and sincerity ensured he kept them. Kevin enjoyed reading, gaming, fishing, and sports among other things.
Kevin was born in North Dakota, but lived in the San Francisco Bay area and often spoke of the majestic beauty and wonderful music of that area. He was an avid supporter of the S.F. Giants and the S.F. 49’ers. Kevin left home at age 16 and never looked back. He was attracted to the Sturgis/Rapid City area by the Sturgis Rally but was seriously injured in an accident which kept him in the local area. He met his soulmate, Kari King, in 2013, and was welcomed into the King family. Kevin also held deep religious beliefs and as we mourn his death-We Praise God knowing he will be judged by a merciful God who knows Kevin well.
Kevin, 59, of Box Elder, SD, passed away suddenly on May 28, 2018, due to heart failure.
Kevin is survived by Kari King; sisters, Marsha, Michelle, and Jackey; and his brothers, Joseph and Jeffery.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Alan and Joyce; his daughter, Sunshine; and his special friend of 15 years, Mary Ann Tremble.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis with Father Bunker Hill officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

 

     
   
     

Albert "Donald" Erfman

October 23, 1934 - June 4, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

Albert "Donald" Erfman was born October 23, 1934, to Henry and Edna (Stock) Erfman in Howard, SD. He was the oldest of 13 children and grew up on his Uncle Bud’s farm near Howard.
He enlisted in the US Army National Guard on March 16, 1953, and was also a member of the SD National Guard. He was an expert marksman and served as a Motor Sgt. Don was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1961.
Don was a jack of many trades and enjoyed visiting with anyone. When he was young, he worked as a ranch hand and worked around Deadwood.
He met his wife, Carla Lindstrom, while he was working for a horse trainer and she was a student at SDSU in Brookings, SD. Don and Carla were married on January 27, 1956, in Brookings. In 1959, Don and Carla lost their cabin in the Deadwood Fire.
Don loved working with cattle, animal nutrition, and ran cattle in Gettysburg, Maurine, Stoneville, and Whitewood. Don worked for other feed companies before opening and operating Hi-Plains Nutrition. He was very proud of his business.
He loved playing cribbage with his grandsons. Don was an avid solitaire player as well. He enjoyed watching and coaching his grandchildren while participating in sports. Don enjoyed living at Aspen Grove, and playing a variety of games with other residents.
Don, 83, Whitewood, died Monday June 4, 2018, at the Aspen Grove Assisted Living in Sturgis. Dad had battled with cancer for more than 10 years. He kept on working when he could and persevered. He moved to Aspen Grove Assisted Living in April and was happy there.
He was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. RIP-you have earned your wings.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carla; his son, David (Phyllis) Erfman, Sturgis; daughters, Lisa (Mark) Williams, Whitewood, and Lori (Tim) Patrick, Whitewood; grandchildren, Jeremy, Sheena, and Amy Hannah, Luke and Sam Erfman, and Ian Williams; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Bill (Shirley) Erfman, Colorado, Elaine Kasdorf, Sioux Falls, Fred Erfman, Colorado, Darrell (Butch) Erfman, Newell, Rod Erfman, Colorado, Cheryl (John) Daugaard, Sioux Falls, Hank Erfman, Sioux Falls, Bobby Erfman, Pennsylvania, Gary (Teri) Erfman, Iowa, Chip (Marilee) Erfman, Sioux Falls, Marlene (Greg) Alderman, Sioux Falls, and Diana Leuth, Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Stanley and Winnifred Lindstrom; and grandson, Paul Erfman.
Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A rosary begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Aloysius Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the St. Aloysius Cemetery Fund, the Retired Priest Fund, and the Priest Seminarian Fund.

 

     
   
     

Lois Edith Hubbard

June 28, 1936 - May 27, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Service

 

On May 27, 2018, Lois Eileen (Lange) Hubbard passed away peacefully at the Dorsett Health Care Facility Hospice Unit in Spearfish, SD.
Lois was born on June 28, 1936, in Springfield, SD, to Hubert and Ruth (Fitch) Lange.
Lois spent much of her adult life in Colorado where she was an administrative assistant in the Montrose County School District. In 1999, she moved to Spearfish, SD, to live near her sister, Beverly DeWeese, and nephew's family, Rodney "Buck" and Rhonda (Wilson) DeWeese.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Donald-KY, and Kenneth-CO; sister, Beverly DeWeese, Nisland, SD; and husband, Louie, Olathe, CO.
Lois asked for no funeral or graveside services. Her ashes will be interred with her mother at Pine Slope Cemetery, Belle Fourche, SD.
Cards and wishes may be sent to Kinkade Funeral Chapel, 1235 Junction Ave, Sturgis SD 57785.

 

     
   
     

John Peter Kraft

April 11, 1930 - June 2, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.

 

John Peter Kraft was the fifth child of eight of Peter and Pauline Kraft. He was born and raised on the family farm outside Selfridge, ND. He went into the service 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1960 from the US Army as a Corporal E-4, ER 55 233 951, AMEDS, ASAR.
In 1955, John married LaVonne Harrison and to that union, three children were born, Linda, Shirley and Melody. He later moved to Lead, SD, and was employed at Homestake Mining Company where he retired. But being the hard-working man he was, he went to work as maintenance for Central City, SD, where he resided and could be found mowing, weed eating, snow plowing, and tinkering in the garage.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge where a dance and great time could be had. John also was an active member in the VFW Post 5969 where he could be found on Wednesday burger nite.
John loved to fish, hunt, dance, camp, play cards, snowmobile, shoot pool, and pitch horseshoes. While in the service, he took up boxing. John also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was also a good joker and teaser!
John 88, Central City, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
John is survived and will be greatly missed by his daughters, Shirley and Mike Strang and Melody and Brian Nelson; grandchildren, Brianna and Matthew McCroden, Casey Nelson, Schelli and Doug Hardesty, and Michael and Marie Strang; great-grandchildren, Payton, Keaten, Kinsly, Shantel, Jessica, Kyle, Ashlin, and Esther; great-great-grandchild, Kynlee; brothers, Joe, Pete (Ann), and Matt (Jeanie); several nieces and nephews; and his fiancee, Eveyln Quenzer.
He was preceded in death by his first born, Linda; his parents, Peter and Pauline; sisters, Wally, Stephena, and Theresa; and brother, Jack.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Rev. Bruce Baum officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established.

 

     
   
     

Gabriel Fillipe Chavez

September 10, 1972 - May 31, 2018

 

Service to be held:

3:30 Monday June 4, 2018

 

Gabe was born September 10, 1972, in Bagdad, AZ, where his journey began. He grew up in Spearfish, SD, most of his life. For a short period of time he lived in Flagstaff, AZ, where he was given his greatest gift from God, his two beautiful daughters.
He was a very nice and caring person he would lend a helping hand to anyone in need, give anyone his last dollar if it made them happy, a roof over their head for as long as they needed. He loved his two daughters, both of his dogs, and all of his nieces and nephews. They truly meant the world to him. He held a special place in his heart for anyone he ever met. Anyone that came into contact with him knew what a genuine individual he was.
The love he had for his daughters was known by everyone. He enjoyed the company of others, hiking, rocking hunting, fishing, fixer up projects, camping, driving through the hills, and most of all, listening to music in “his” bar. He has touched many lives and will be truly missed by many. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Gabriel Fillipe Chavez, 45, of Sturgis died May 31, 2018, at his home.
He is survived by his two daughters, Jenica Chavez (Hunter Wilder) and Selicia Chavez; siblings: Corrina (Johnny) Ross and all of their children, Tanner Ross, Corrianna Ross, Skyler Ross, and Devin Ross; Jeffrey (Katie) Chavez and all of their children, Derek Chavez, his son, Cayden, Selina Chavez, and Abby (Lee) Smart; his father, Gabriel (Tina) Chavez; his grandparents, Dominga (Benny) Chavez, Gabriel B (Connie) Chavez; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that he loved dearly.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with a vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, June 4, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Timothy Castor officiating.

 

     
   
     

Urby Duane Smith

June 10, 1942 - May 14, 2018

 

Service to be held:

Private Family Services

 

Duane was born to Urby and Mary (Foree) Smith on June 10, 1942, in Long Beach, CA while his father worked at the Naval Shipyard during the war. After the war, they returned to Grand Junction, CO, eventually moving to Hot Springs when he was in the 6th grade. He attended public schools in Grand Junction and Hot Springs before completing a BA in chemistry at Union College in Lincoln, NE, and graduating from Loma Linda University as a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine. In 1964 he married Evelyn Prunty and to this union was born 3 sons. During Vietnam he served in the Navy at the Marine Core Air Station in Yuma, AZ. In his career as an internal medicine and family doctor he practiced in Nicaragua, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Palau. Duane enjoyed flying the Piper Comanche airplane that he co-owned with a friend, traveling with his family, snow skiing and water skiing.
Duane died May 14, 2018, in Hot Springs, SD.
Remaining to honor his life are his sons, Brad (Courtney) and grandchildren Anna and Connor of Naples, FL; Jeff (Tammy) of Brighton, CO; and Tim of Brighton, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Evie.
Committal services will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors.
He is being laid to rest at Black Hills National Cemetery in a private service. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for the excellent care he received from the staff at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice Veterans Home over the last 4 years.

 

     
   
     

James Colin Spraggins

March 22, 1948 - May 21, 2018

 

Service to be held:

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

 

James Colin Spraggins, family man, freedom rider of Harley’s, gun connoisseur, and accomplished diesel mechanic, passed away peacefully surrounded by his favorite possessions on May 21, 2018.
Jim was born in Minot, ND, but was raised in the bustling town of Berthold, ND, by his father, Newton Spraggins, and his mother, Coleen (Jeffery) Spraggins. Jim was surrounded by six brothers and sisters who he enjoyed accompanying in many numerous excursions with which would wind up with him getting into mischief.
When Jim was 18, he answered the call for help and volunteered to enlist in the United States Navy as a Machinst Mate in 1966 where he got to travel the world and raise hell in foreign countries. He separated from the service in 1968 as a Second Class Petty Officer with an Honorable Discharge. Jim’s one regret he had was that he didn’t stay in the service. Jim was one of the most patriotic Americans you would ever meet who often talked how he was waiting for the government to take him up on his offer to show these “youngins” how to do it right.
After Jim blew a rainbow out of the smoke stacks of the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk when leaving the Navy, he swiftly went ashore to avoid blame, where he then wound up in Stockton, CA, working as a diesel mechanic for CASE. In 1974, Jim’s greatest journey began when he became a father with the birth of his first daughter.
It was shortly after then he met his wife of 40 years, Sheila. They were married September 10, 1978. After years of dedicated service to CASE, Jim decided to strike out on his own and start his own Heavy Equipment Repair business in 1985, just two weeks after the birth of his second daughter. In 1988, he was in for a shock when he was blessed with yet another bouncing baby, and all his dreams of a boy vanished in a puff of smoke when it came out a girl.
In 1998, Jim discovered what true freedom meant when he purchased his first motorcycle “Ol’ Blue,” a 1998 Dyna Wide Glide. He ended up with a permanent adrenaline high and wanted one for every day of the week, although he quickly realized that it would be a waste of money because he only ever wanted to ride Ol’ Blue.
In 2009, Jim traded his reigning titles of “Dad,” “Sprocket,” and “Jimmy the Spoon,” and took on the most important title of all, “Grampy.” Jim was blessed with a granddaughter followed by four grandsons. He didn’t know he could love anything so much until he had grandchildren. While he loved his daughters, the grandkids could do no wrong in his eyes.
With “Sister #1,” “Sister #2,” and “Sister #3” grown, Jim and Sheila retired to Sturgis, SD, where he wished to live out the remainder of his days surrounded by all the things that brought him the most joy; his wife, his dogs, his Harley’s, and his grandkids when they came to visit.
Anyone who ever met Jim knows he was the most impressionable person you would ever meet. For a small man he had a large presence. He was blunt and outspoken to a fault, and never shied away from confrontation. And while many people experienced a sensation known as intimidation at first, they also had an undeniable respect for him. Jim showed affection in his own unique way, and those who were closest to him knew of his unfathomable kindness, fierce protectiveness, and undying love for those he cared about. There will never be another man like Jim, as it should be.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sheila Spraggins of Sturgis, SD; and three daughters, Amber Spraggins of Tracy, CA, Laura Spraggins of Stockton, CA, and Rebecca (Ethan) Spraggins-Rosalez of Charleston, SC. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren that were his pride and joy, Mackenzie (9), Connor (7), Jace (3), Cillian (1), and Lucas (2 weeks). Jim is also survived by three brothers, Rand, Hugh, and Stacey; two sisters, Avon and Sharon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Mardeth, who passed 13 years ago.
There will be a public viewing Tuesday May 29th, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, if anyone would like to say their final farewell.
There will be a graveside service on Wednesday May 30, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis where we will place him at his final resting place.

 

     
   
     

Gladys Faith Peterson

May 10, 1919 - May 24, 2018

 

Service to be held:

11:00 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2018

 

Gladys Faith (Hansell) Peterson was born May 10, 1919, to George Washington Hansell and Susan Lorena (Selby) Hansell in Faith, SD. Gladys, 99, passed away May 24, 2018, at Prestige Assisted Living in Kalispell, MT.
Through her youth, she herded sheep, worked as a housekeeper, candled eggs on a chicken farm, as a laundress at Ft. Meade, and housekeeping. Gladys finally ended up working at the home of Tello and Lisa Peterson, where she met Harvey Peterson.
Gladys and Harvey married July 19, 1937. They farmed at Opal, in Meade County, living in the sod house on the Harvey Talley ranch. In 1939, they moved to Sturgis for a short time, then to Faith, then returning to Opal. There they farmed and ran the Moree store. Gladys said she always wished for a house with a lot of bedrooms, so in 1961 they moved to Faith and purchased the West Hotel. (Be careful what you wish for!) They ran the hotel for 20 years and farmed north of Faith.
They had four children, Lois Luverne Peterson, Mark LeRoy Peterson, Sr., Marilynn Joyce
Peterson Aasheim, and Carl Harvey Peterson, Sr. The couple loved to dance. As babysitting was not the norm, the children were always taken to the dances. There they learned to dance and socialize. When it became late the children were put on the benches, and slept covered with coats. The adults continued to dance and visit with their friends. Gladys’ profile said she could ’Kick as high as the Rockettes.’
Gladys enjoyed traveling with Harvey and her family. She had visited much of the United States. She was fortunate to be able to attend two world fairs; Dollywood; Branson, MO; plus many more sites. The best travels were close to home to Mount Rushmore, Dinosaur Park and Wall Drug, which occurred almost every time the family was together.
After retiring, she volunteered at the Senior Center. She was instrumental in opening the Faith Legion Community Hall. There she served as Treasurer for 24 years, helped with the distribution of commodities, rummage sales, hunter's dinners, and other community events.
In 2013, Gladys moved to Kalispell, MT to live with her daughter, Marilynn. In July 2017 Gladys moved in to Prestige Assisted Living.
Gladys is survived by her daughter, Marilynn Aasheim, Kalispell, MT; son, Carl Sr., (Judy) Peterson of Rapid City; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Peterson, Jonesborough, TN; grandchildren, Lois (Terry) Heckman, Loveland, CO, Lester Jr. (Valarie Jaxson,) Kalispell, Joyce (Darrel) Bosket, Kalispell, Mark Jr. (Linda) Peterson, Harriman, TN, Shanna Jones, Dunkirk, IN, Carl Peterson Jr., Opal, SD, and Michelle McGraw (Tom Kjenstad), Newell, SD; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Gladys in death were her parents, George and Susan Hansell; husband, Harvey; daughter, Lois; son, Mark, Sr. (Nina); son-in-law, Lester Aasheim; sisters, Laverne (Ercile) Gaumer, and Betty (Farnham) and Clifford Hardacre; brothers, Robert (Bernie) Faler, George (Eve) Faler, Franklin (Mary) Walker, Zachary Peterson, and Sharilyn Peterson; and friend, “Columbus” Joseph Overland.
Viewing will be Thursday, May 31, 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. Viewing continues Friday, June 1, from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at Faith Legion Community Hall, Faith, SD.
Funeral services will commence at 11:00 A.M., Friday, June 1, 2018, at Faith Legion Community Hall. A luncheon will follow the service. Interment will occur at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis around 3:00 P.M.
Memorials can be made to Faith Legion Community Hall, Lions Club, or an organization of your choice in Gladys Peterson’s name.