Elizabeth Ann Sundstrom

April 10, 1922 - October 15, 2018


Service to be held:

12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018


Elizabeth was born April 10, 1922, the fifth of thirteen children born to Cumian and Julia (Swafford) McTighe at their home in Maurine, South Dakota. As a young woman, she earned a degree in teaching and taught in a country school.
She married Juno Sundstrom June 16, 1946, and they had four children, David, Darrell, Carl, and Betty.
She worked many jobs through the years, moving from South Dakota to Texas, to Colorado where she retired from civil service, to Wyoming where she and Juno managed the VFW in Moorcroft for many years and back home to South Dakota.
She loved to read books, crochet, embroider, watch sports and eat sweets! Because her husband and all three sons served in the military, she was a life time member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veteran of Foreign Wars.
Elizabeth (Liz) Ann Sundstrom, 96, passed away October 15, 2018, in Spearfish, SD.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Juno Sundstrom; sons, Darrell (Emily) Tyler, TX, Carl (Marsha) Mont Clair, WV; daughter, Betty Trevino, Deadwood, SD; brother, Joe (Joann) McTighe, Faith, SD; sister, Amy Gruntmeir DeSmit, SD; eleven grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren and a large extended family.
She was proceeded in death by son, David; son-in-law, Rhea Trevino; one brother, and nine sisters.
A kind heart and a beautiful soul will be missed by all who knew her.
Funeral Services will be 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW in Deadwood, SD.



Candis Irene Meyers

September 16, 1961 - October 10, 2018


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018


Candis was born September 16, 1961, in Ridley Park, PA, to Robert and Thelma Danks Candis lived in Newcastle for 23 yrs.
Everyone knew her as Candi, she loved watching her son and grandsons play sports, especially baseball every summer. Candi was a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks. She loved all of her friends and the community very much.
Candi worked at Subway for many years. She then moved on to work at the Weston County Senior Services in Newcastle till she got sick. She worked at the center for 4 yrs. The senior center was like a second family to her. She loved everyone at the Center very much.
Candis Irene Meyers, 57, of Newcastle, Wyoming, passed away at home surrounded by her family on October 10, 2018.
Candis is survived by her children, Autumn Meyers, Ryan Oliver; grandsons, Dayton Williams and Cameron Williams; her stepchildren, Josh Oliver, Julie Oliver, Travis Oliver, Adam Oliver and their families; her sisters, Sandy Phelps, Robyn Parrish, Patty Fennelly, Sherry Faust and Joyce Kracht and their families; and last but not least her real special friend that was in her heart, Jim Finley.
She is preceded in death by her long-time soul mate, Edwin Oliver; their son, Clay Oliver; her parents and her brother, Bobby Danks.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Weston County Senior Center 627 Pine St. Newcastle, Wyoming 82701.



Roxie Ann Chowen

September 7, 1945 - October 11, 2018


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Roxie Ann Bracewell was born to Kenneth and Rozella Bracewell on September 7, 1945, in Sturgis, SD, in a house that later turned into a hospital. She lived on the Vale family farm with her sister, Candace “Candy,” attended Cottonwood and Riggs Rural Schools through elementary, and graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1963.
Soon after, the love of her life, Dennis Wayne Chowen, swept her off her feet and across the globe. They married on June 13, 1965, and started their family in an energy efficient home they built together on a farm outside of Newell, SD. They had three children: DeLayne Wayne, Dana Wade, and DeeKenna Ann, and lived a self-sustaining lifestyle in the country. Roxie graduated from Black Hills State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Composite Music and walked across the commencement stage carrying her eldest son, then 1-year-old DeLayne, wearing a matching mortarboard. She also graduated from National College of Business. After graduation, she used her education and talents to teach music for several years in Sturgis Public Schools. Music was always her pride and joy. Roxie and Candy even performed with Lawrence Welk in California in 1972.
In 1981, Roxie and Dennis accepted an Active Duty Army tour and were assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. While there, Roxie exemplified the characteristics of an Officer’s wife by playing and singing for special events and dignitaries, including Secretary of Denfense Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, and several other U.S. Senators and Representatives. That Easter, Roxie and her family were invited to roll eggs with President Ronald Reagan on the White House lawn.
With every new duty station came new opportunities to share her love of music as neighborhood children saw her grand piano and other instruments move into their new living quarters. Roxie’s calendar was immediately full of music lessons, singing, directing, and playing organ and piano. When she went to chapel on her new Army post, she always had a job, even if the Catholic Priest had to remind her, “No Lutheran notes, now, Ms. Roxie!” She was a lifetime member of the Piano Guild and Music Teachers’ Association.
From 1989-1991, Roxie instructed the highest class of gentlemen in the Republic of Korea at Youngsan. With the utmost discretion, a private driver would pick her up each morning and deliver her safely to the private college where she taught Conversational English. Before Roxie and Dennis left Korea, he bought her a white grand piano which still resides in her lodge outside of Sturgis, SD.
Music was Roxie’s life and she shared her passion with others as a teacher, mentor, director, and accompanist. She played at many nursing homes, assisted living centers, student music contests, weddings, funerals, and other social events throughout the Northern Hills. She was also director and teacher at the Center for the Arts in Sturgis and Lead.
Roxie suddenly lost the angelic voice she loved to share and used to inspire so many in July 2016. After a year of testing locally, as well as with the Mayo Clinic, she was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in June 2017. Roxie and Dennis left no stone unturned in looking for answers and faced every battle with courage and grace. Over the course of just one year, they visited several Medical Doctors, Doctors of Naturopathy, and Homeopathic Healers whose treatments included a feeding tube, advising of organic diets, prescribing natural oils, and mercury and heavy metal detoxing. Her grace and strength in handling this last challenge was inspiration for many. Grace and strength which came from her Lord Jesus Christ.
Roxie, 73, Sturgis, passed away peacefully at the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital surrounded by family on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dennis Chowen; their three children, DeLayne (Beth), Dana, and DeeKenna (Jeremy) Rohde; sister, Candy (Brian) McKay; brother-in-law, Earl Remington; sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Geoff) Ryerson and Patti Hill; aunt, Shirly Jenks, and aunt, June Beckham; 7 grandchildren, Dani and Demi Chowen, Conrad, Fulton, and Wade Chowen, and Isla and Holland Rohde; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Rozella Bracewell; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bernice and Charles Grant; and sister-in-law, Linda Remington.
We are forever grateful to the hospital staff and especially Dr. Tom Hermann for their compassionate and loving care of Roxie. Thank you.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, Roxie has asked that donations be made to The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter (



John M. Young

August 13, 1954 - October 1, 2018


Service to be held:

Friday, October 12, 2018, at 2:30 p.m.


John M. Young was born August 13, 1954, to Fred and Mabel Young in Mt. Home, ID. He served in the US Navy and later became a Sgt in the US Army being honorable discharged in 1984. Both John and his father were professional chefs and restaurant owners. He was a skilled boxer and basketball player. He enjoyed building street rods and riding horses and motorcycles.
On September 9, 1999, John moved to Rapid City, and on November 23, 1999, he married Jo Stork. John worked 8 years at Tally’s Diner, and at the West Side Family Thrift Center, Boyd’s, and the Dollar Tree for 3 years each.
John, 64, Rapid City, died, at home Monday, October 1, 2018, after a four-month battle against cancer.
John is survived by his wife Jo, Rapid City; and many relatives and friends across the country, including brothers, Clarence, Oregon, and Joseph, Utah; nephew, J.W., Wyoming; and 3 cats.
Sincere gratitude to our pastors, medical professionals, neighbors, relatives, friends, co-workers, and the staff at Kinkade Funeral Chapel for their genuine kindness and concern toward us. God bless you all.
A memorial service, with military honors provided by Rapid City VFW Post 1273, will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Cards can be sent to 609 Wayside Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702



Lance Michael Sheely

March 4, 1975 - July 31, 2018


Service to be held:

Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.


Lance Michael Sheely, 43, born in Sturgis, SD, to Wayne A. Sheely and Evelyn M. (Compton) Sheely on March 4, 1975, passed away on July 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA, at the Los Angeles County University Southern California Hospital. He was born in Sturgis at Sturgis Community Hospital, now known as Regional Health Sturgis. He was raised in and around the Sturgis area along with his little sister, Leanne Michelle Sheely, who came along a few years later. The two were raised in and around Sturgis and attended the Sturgis schools. Lance graduated from high school in May of 1993.
He was also an ambitious person. Lance mowed lawns in his early preteen and early teen years to earn extra income. Lance was an active person when it came to the American Diabetes Association. He was elected twice to go to Washington DC to represent South Dakota’s diabetes youth among the association. He also attended diabetic camps not just for support for himself but to help support others. As he got older and became an older teen, he became a counselor at the camps.
He was hired on at McDonald’s in Sturgis, and by his senior year, Lance took on two more jobs plus managing senioritis. He was working at the Sturgis Community Center and as a custodial worker after school at the elementary schools. After Lance graduated from high school in 1993, he did attend Western Dakota Tech where he earned his Associate degree in computer science. He also earned his diploma or certificate for CPR and first aid training. He graduated in 1995 from WDT. Somewhere along the way, Lance moved on from McDonald’s to working at Motel 6 in Rapid City, SD, where he was trained by cousin, Darlene. Lance then was promoted to relief manager for Motel 6 and with this promotion, it gave him a chance to travel around the United States. He got to go to Reno, NV, and to Las Vegas, NV, and he walked the strip. I know he was in Texas once; he was able to live a little. From there, he finally decided to settle in Denver, CO, temporarily staying at another cousin’s place until he could get his own apartment. He found a job at EchoStar, which was a cable company in Denver at that time. He then was promoted to an executive position until his health declined enough that he had to go on disability due to being so sick due to kidney failure the first go around.
During the four years Lance was on disability, he went back to school to Metropolitan State University of Denver and earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. When he was unable to find work in Denver, he broadened his horizons and looked beyond Denver. He thought he had a really good job waiting for him in San Diego, CA. Long story short, he did not, and so he made his own path by starting his own business again. He started by dog sitting, house sitting, doing book work, accounting, and taxes for others. He finally called it “Lance’s Mobile Services.” He then found a job with a CPA, Leslie Martin, and he worked for her for about 3 years including 1 full summer because she and her husband went to Africa on vacation, so they entrusted him to hold down the fort for them. He even had an opportunity to try out for Wheel of Fortune with two call backs but missed out on the final call back to be on the show.
While Lance had still lived in Denver, he did have a chance to meet his donor family and was invited to meet them at the Rose Bowl Parade. Between a couple of fundraisers done for him, he was able to fly out to the Rose Bowl Parade to meet up with the family. He then stayed in contact with the sister of his donor. She then moved out to San Francisco, CA, so when he moved to San Diego, and he still went on occasion to San Francisco for his transplant checkups, they would meet up for a lunch or something and talk.
However, the past year or so, from May of 2017, he was unable to work again due to being so sick. He was back on kidney dialysis, and had diabetes, type 2 this time. He had his kidney and pancreas transplants for 10 years, so he was able to be healthy for nearly 10 years. He lived his life to the fullest and he still helped others by volunteering his free time when and where he was able to. He found happiness from within and it shined through.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Alma Sheely, and Glen and Bernice Compton; uncles, Jack Frost and Marvin McRoberts; and cousins, Wilbur McRoberts and Darlene (Sheely) Larson.
He is survived by parents, Wayne and Evelyn Sheely; sister, Leanne Sheely; uncle, Raymond and aunt, Marlene Sheely, aunt, Delona (Sheely) Frost, uncle, Jim and Hazel (Sheely) McRoberts, uncle, Ken Compton, and uncle, Robert and Jen Compton; and several cousins.
Lance had his body donated to research and UCLA had accepted this gift. They took the organs and tissue that they needed, and we had the body cremated and his ashes sent back here to Kinkade’s. UCLA then covered all of the costs including his cremation and costs for him to be sent back. Lance was a very giving person, even in death. In donating his body to research, the doctor that met with us informed us he would be helping not just thousands of people, but millions of people worldwide. He will be helping researchers across the world to come up with cures for what he had. This is an amazing gift that he gave. Lance couldn’t re-donate his organs due to the fact he was sick again. But, he did want to give back something in return because he was so grateful for receiving his double transplant 10 years ago. And talk about giving back, he has, tenfold. You can’t ask for a better gift to the world than what he has given.
We know in our hearts, Lance has gone to heaven. How could he not be in heaven with God through Jesus Christ when he had such a huge heart and a loving, giving one at that. This is why we want to reflect on his life here with us, and celebrate his new eternal life with God, through Jesus Christ, in heaven. God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten son, Jesus Christ. Jesus represents love and that is what shines through us. This is the light which we don’t want Satan to blow out. We keep it lit in our hearts and our minds throughout our lives and we share this with others. God Bless everyone.
There will be a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, SD, on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. We will also have snacks afterwards in the Erskine Clubroom (the basement of the church).



Warren James “Sonny” Christoffersen

September 27, 1942 - September 28, 2018


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Warren James “Sonny” Christoffersen was born September 27, 1942, in St. Paul, MN, to Warren and Orilee, and was the eldest of 4 boys.
He finished high school at 17, joined the U.S. Army as a combat engineer, and was stationed in West Germany and Alaska. After being discharged, he returned to St. Paul, MN, where he married Susan Ridell and had 4 children (Kim, Scott, Becki, and Bobbi). Employed with Spector Freight, he started out on the freight docks, eventually moving up to a route driver.
Sonny, his father, and his brothers spent deer season in Wyoming, and fell in love with the Black Hills. So, in 1976, he moved his family to Hulett, WY. After leaving St. Paul, all his friends and family said that he would be back, but he never did, only returning for visits. He worked at Neiman Sawmill for a few years before taking a position at Colloid in Colony, WY. He was with them for a short period, but went back to Neiman’s and drove their chip-truck, which he did until given an opportunity to purchase his own tractor-trailer.
In 1988, Sonny married Beverly Sternad-Vansickel, where there was a package deal of 5 step-children: Shawna, Deanna, Shane, Billy, and Bret. For the next 28 years, Sonny and Bev lived north of Sturgis, and it was here in his shop that he could be found if needed.
Sonny was an avid hunter, made his own ammo, and fiddled with weapons. After he had to give up trucking due to his health, he went to school to learn to be a slot technician in Deadwood. He then was employed with Superior Ammunition, where he honed his skills with loading ammunition.
He was an active member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Naja Shriners, the VFW, and the Sturgis First Baptist Church. Besides his love of his family, he loved talking with people, buffets, donuts, ice cream shops, and most of all, Coney Island hot dogs. Sonny enjoyed playing hockey back in Minnesota and while in the Army when he was stationed in Alaska. He loved to fix up old cars, and enjoyed the Rally every year with his Sportster.
Sonny, 76, Sturgis, died Friday, September 28, 2018, at his residence in Sturgis.
Sonny is survived by his wife, Beverly “Bev;” his children, Scott (Rebecka) Christoffersen of Rapid City, SD, Bobbi (Russ) Richardson of Davenport, IA, and Becki (Mike) Webb of Davenport, IA; step-children, Deanna (Daniel) Staudt of Elkhorn, NE, Shane Vansickel of Spearfish, SD, Billy Vansickel of Whitewood, SD, and Bret Vansickel of Aitkin, MN; 2 brothers, Virgil (Carolene) Christoffersen of Fridley, MN, and Ralph (Patti) Christoffersen of Cheyenne, WY; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren H. and Orilee Christoffersen; brother, Richard “Dick;” step-daughter, Shawna; daughter, Baby Kim; grandson, Billy Lynn; great-grandson, Baby Aiden; and 2 special friends that were in his life, Geno Mayo and Pastor Roger Crowhurst.
Visitation will be Monday, October 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Keith McCraw and Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, Sonny wanted donations to go to Shirley’s Adult Day Center, or to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.



Dino James DiGiacomo

January 20, 1947 - September 23, 2018


Service to be held:

5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18,2018


Dino James DiGiacomo, Hot Springs, South Dakota, was born in Dearborn, Michigan, January 20, 1947, the son of Italian immigrants.
Dino was a man of passion, living every day to the fullest and inspiring others. As a teen, to the consternation of his mother, he hitchhiked to the Black Hills, drawn by his love of Crazy Horse and western gunfighters. Although a teenage gangster of sorts, he graduated from Wayne State University as a high school history teacher and tried to keep other boys from gang life. He taught more from personal experience and knowledge than from textbooks. As an Army Private, Dino served as an Administrative Specialist in Germany.
Boxing was an early passion; he fought as an amateur (1960-65) and a professional (1965-67), unbeaten in 51 fights! He sparred with greats like Mohammed Ali, Roberto Duran and Joe Lewis, recalling late-night chats with all. After a hiking fall while in his twenties, doctors discovered an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in Dino’s brain. Trips to major hospitals proved surgery was not an option. Heartbroken, he left the ring—one blow could have burst the AVM. Knowing he could die at any moment, Dino lived as if he had no tomorrows, embracing the 60s hippy culture with abandon.
Dino jumped from one career to another—movie producer, western historian, writer and businessman. He gave talks on Crazy Horse and the gunfighters, produced film documentaries and was working on a movie script shortly before he passed. He published articles and poetry, receiving Editor's Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry, and participated in local writers’ groups. He volunteered for causes he was passionate about: Democratic Party Builder, Area Coordinator for Suncatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy, Horizons Community Development Project, Battle Mountain Humane Society and Cat's Meow Feline Rescue.
Dino was a protector of all creatures great and small. He walked the streets of Los Angeles with Kola the German Shepherd at his side, proud that Kola never once wore collar or leash. His favorite wild animal was the tiger, a kindred wild and free spirit. Dino must have had at least nine ‘tiger’ lives to fit his adventures into seven decades. Surely, he lives his ninth life now, in a place beyond our ken.
For better or worse, Dino seldom approached anything halfway. A loss by his beloved Chicago Bears could put him in a week-long funk; a win sent him over the moon. He deep-dived into friendships and often said heaven would be a place with all his loved ones in close proximity. His passion often led to deep rifts, but he found his way back to those he loved, friendship renewed. If Dino loved you, he loved you even when he was mad at you.
In the 70s and 80s, Dino made many dear friends at Elysium Sun Club in Topanga, California, a clothing optional resort where he also worked as groundskeeper; many remain friends today. He married Renee Winett in 1980, and was married for 10 years. Today Renee and husband Ron Mascitelli are dear friends and frequent visitors to Dino and Delores’ Sheps Canyon home.
In the 90s Dino followed Steve Brent, an Elysium friend, to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, settling at Evans Hotel. An AVM-induced stroke had damaged the right side of his body and Hot Springs, with its' VA facility, was a refuge for a simpler life. In July 2003, Dino met Delores Aul at a concert on the Evans porch. They fell in love and stayed together until the day he passed. They shared a passion for animals and provided refuge for cats and dogs—the furry family became an endless source of love and comfort.
One of Dino's great joys was teaching boxing at Hot Springs’ gyms for ten years, an opportunity provided by Kim Moir, most recently at Bodies in Motion. In spite of physical limitations, he taught kids and adults with patience and passion.
In November Dino suffered another severe stroke, limiting communication and mobility and forcing him to leave the home and lifestyle he loved. His family and friends are deeply grateful for the fine care provided by the committed and caring staff at the State Veterans Home. Dino and Delores shared supper daily. He watched the television programs he loved and enjoyed visitors, including furry ones. Staff provided a punching bag for an occasional jab and arranged visits to the gym so Dino could spend time with friends.
Dino James DiGiacomo, 71, passed away in his sleep, September 23, 2018 at the State Veterans Home.
Dino leaves behind his partner in life, Delores Aul, Hot Springs; stepdaughter, Jetaime (Tanner Massee) Aul, Winfield, IL; stepson, Brandon (Danielle) Aul, Hoboken, NJ; brother-in-law, Ron Barry, Southfield, MI; niece, Jennifer (Alec) McCandless and family, Hartford CT; and nephew, Gregg Barry, Royal Oak, MI; and more dear friends than can be listed here.
He was preceded in death by parents, Beatrice and Giacomo DiGiacomo and recently by sister, Norma (Ron) Barry.
The Celebration of the Life of Dino DiGiacomo will be 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18,2018, at the American Legion in Hot Springs, led by Pastor Aaron Hughes. Friends are encouraged to share memories. A main dish will be provided; bring a dish to share if you can. Tiger tee shirts, Chicago Bears jerseys, sweat pants and gym shorts are welcome attire.


Of all of the many things that we will miss on Dino’s passing, perhaps the most irreplaceable is his passion for life, and his ability to share that passion through friendship. Being a friend to Dino is to be swept up in his energy, his compassion, his opinions, and his quirks as well. His personality was so warm, so all-encompassing, that once you were exposed to it, becoming his friend was a foregone conclusion. You just couldn’t help yourself.
Being Dino’s friend was never boring; you were regaled with stories from boxing lore, educated in the true history of the old West, drawn into caring about every living thing, and surprised daily by his ability to laugh or cry about almost anything. It was the extremes of his personality that defined him: a tough ex-fighter who would melt at the sight of a kitten in distress, a disabled person who refused to be disabled, a man for whom food was a delight, and always made better with a mound of Romano cheese on top. We will miss all of it: the passion, the laughter, the love, as will the many others who had the great fortune to call Dino their friend.

Ron and Renee Mascitelli, Northridge, California



Adam Paul Dalke

June 9, 1984 - October 1, 2018


Service to be held:

2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018


Adam Paul Dalke was born June 9, 1984, to Ted Dalke and Donna Williams in Vancouver, WA. Adam moved from Washington to Georgia where he continued his education. After Georgia, he moved to South Dakota, where he lived until he passed away.
Adam met his loving wife in June of 2009 and she finally convinced him they should get married on January 11, 2014. Adam was known for his love of motorcycles and his “awesome” plumbing skills. He was the type of person to put his family before anything and always made sure they had what they needed.
Adam, 34, Belle Fourche, died Monday, October 1, 2018, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Adam is survived by his wife, Barbra Dalke, Belle Fourche, SD; daughter, Mackenzie Bentz, Belle Fourche, SD; 4 sons, Ayden, Tyler, and Dominic Dalke, all of Belle Fourche, SD, and Xander Raber of Catoosa, OK; sister, Sara Witcher, Hartwell, GA; father, Ted Dalke, Yacolt, WA; brother, Derrick Dalke, Walla Walla, WA; brother, Archie (Tara) Roberts, Sturgis, SD; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; both maternal and paternal grandmas; and many friends he considered family.
Adam was preceded in death by his mother, Donna (Williams) Dalke; brother, Richard Sisson; and both maternal and paternal grandfathers.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Tim Smith officiating.
A memorial has been established for his children at Wells Fargo under the Adam Dalke Memorial Fund.



Chris Robert Mechling

March 3, 1932 - September 28, 2018


Service to be held:

1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2018


Chris Robert “Bob” Mechling (Brigadier General, US Army, Ret.), 86, passed away unexpectedly after a short but serious illness on September 28, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Chris was born to Charles Mechling and Mary Jensen on March 3, 1932, in Faith. The family lived in Sturgis from 1938-1941, moved to California to work in the shipyards during WWII, and finally back to Sturgis in 1947. After graduating from Sturgis High School, Chris served in the Korean War from 1950-1952. After the war, he attended Black Hills State College earning a BS Ed in 1955.
Chris taught school and coached both at Buffalo and Sturgis for several years prior to accepting a full-time position with the South Dakota National Guard. He spent 45 years in the army uniform working his way to the ultimate rank of Brigadier General. Chris was a proud military man through and through.
As a lifetime resident of Sturgis, Chris practiced a strong civic duty. He sat on many boards: Park, Library, School, Water, Industrial Development; as well as serving 6 years as the Mayor of Sturgis. He was a club member: Lions, Elks, and Kiwanis. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the National Guard Association of the U.S., the Retired Officers Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Boulder Canyon Country Club, and the Grace Lutheran Church. He will miss Sturgis and Sturgis will miss him.
Chris married Ruth Thompson in 1953. They raised 5 children: Mark, Kelly Magdanz (Thomas), Todd (Michelle), Kris Little (Rick), and Shawn. He loved his 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is survived by the above and his brother, Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, John (Bill) and James.
Viewing and visitation will be held at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis on Wednesday, October 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial, with military honors, will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Memorials have been established to the American Cancer Society and to Grace Lutheran Church.



Marlene Theresa Ketterling

February 21, 1938 - September 26, 2018


Service to be held:

Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.


Marlene was born in 1938 in Süpplingen, Germany. Born to Richard and Viktoria Kania, she was one of eleven children. Marlene immigrated to the United States and settled in Denton, TX. While living in Denton, she met and married Arthur Ketterling in 1959. Throughout the marriage, Marlene and Art had two children: a son, Larry Ketterling, and a daughter, Korina Evans (Ketterling).
With Art being in the United States Air Force, Marlene moved to many diverse places where she adapted different customs and cultures. Throughout her life, she enjoyed being a Dental Assistant, Teachers Assistant, and a Chef. Marlene retired from her passion to enjoy time with her grandchildren, Kasey, Kala, and Kaitlyn Kaseman. Later in life, she was gifted three adorable great-grandsons, Aiden Kaseman, Deklan Brown, and Kameron Davis. With her heart being filled with love and joy for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Marlene still had an abundance of love and joy to share with her niece, Katrin Kania-Galeano, and her children, Anna and Nick. As if her heart wasn’t full enough, she still had plenty more love to share with her adopted daughter, Andrea Eisenhauer, and adopted granddaughters, Jessica (Eisenhauer) and Priscilla Morataya.
Marlene loved to laugh, sew, crochet, knit, sing, and cook for others. Her biggest enjoyment was being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed many special friendships including Marsha, Mary, Jerry, Connie, and Tiny to name a few. To her former students and most of her friends, she was known as “Oma.” She will be greatly missed and to honor her she would like everyone to learn German!
Marlene Theresa Ketterling, 80, Black Hawk, died Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at her residence.
Closed casket visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until service time Sunday, October 7, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Steve Selfridge officiating. Burial will be 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 8, 2018, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.



Amanda Sue Heaton

September 19, 1970 - September 25, 2018


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018


Amanda Sue Lemoine was born September 19, 1970, in Baton Rouge, LA. She moved with her family to Newcastle, WY, in 1986 and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1988.
She attended college at the University of Wyoming.
Amanda began working for First Western Bank in September 1997 and had been a loyal employee for 21 years, most recently working as the Teller Hub Manager for the South Dakota market of First Interstate Bank. She will be dearly missed by her First Interstate Family.
Amanda enjoyed camping, ATV riding, dart league and pool league, and made many friends over the years. Her infectious laugh and smile will be missed by all who knew her.
Amanda Sue Heaton, 48, Spearfish, died Tuesday, September 25, 2018, in Spearfish.
She leaves behind her husband, Tracey L. Heaton, Spearfish, SD; sons, Mavrick Heaton, Spearfish, SD, and Jordan Edwards (Jade Neeman), Brookings, SD; daughter, Montana (Shane) Wagner, Shady Cove, OR; grandson, Payton Wagner; son, Jake Edwards, Rapid City, SD; daughter, Chaylynn Heaton, Spearfish, SD; mother, Shirley Lemoine Eilek, Gonzales, LA; step-father, William Thomas Eilek, LasVegas, NV; brother, Christopher Thomas Eilek, Baton Rouge, LA; sister, Sarah Elizabeth Eilek and fiancée, James Allred, Houston, TX; father-in-law, David W. Heaton, Sturgis; mother-in-law, Marsha I. Heaton, Sturgis; sister-in-law, Charity Sue Littleton, Whitewood, SD; sister-in-law, Christina R. Cox (George), Whitewood, SD; special friends, Janet Davis, Rob and Amanda Johnson, Bob and Gina Haiwick, and Ken and Julie Gardner; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many friends too numerous to name.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018, at the Countryside Church in Spearfish. Burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.



Darrell DeWayne Hogan

November 23, 1948 - August 3, 2018


Service to be held:

Friday, October 5, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.


Darrell D. Hogan was the first born of Ross W. and Wanda D. (Symonds) Hogan of rural Newell, SD, on November 23, 1948, in Sturgis, SD. He attended Newell Elementary School, Trail Creek School, and graduated from Newell High School in 1967. While in high school, he excelled in football and track. He even held a record in track for many years. He was also a member of the FFA Club and was chosen to attend the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, MO. He later spoke about the convention to his fellow club members and families at the Newell FFA Banquet. He enjoyed rodeos and also participated in Bronc Riding and Bull Riding in his younger years.
Darrell entered the US Army on April 10, 1968. He proudly served his country during active wartime in Vietnam where he served for 11 months and 3 days. He received the silver star and other commendations and medals for his exemplary service during the war. His time in the service left an indelible imprint on his life. Friendships and memories that were forged during that time meant a great deal to him. He was honorably discharged on March 26, 1970.
Darrell returned to Newell for a short time to work before moving to Tucson, AZ. He had gained a strong work ethic at a young age, even working during school vacations, and he found his niche as the manager of the VFW Club in Tucson. He enjoyed that position and made many friends in fellow co-workers and patrons.
Darrell was exceptionally talented. He had a knack for drawing and woodworking. Family members considered themselves lucky to have been recipients of his woodworking projects. He also loved the Black Hills and the wildlife and used them as many of the subjects in his drawings. He was also very generous and donated to many charities including Easter Seals and Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club in Tucson.
Darrel, 69, died Friday, August 3, 2018, in Tucson.
Darrell is survived by his daughter, Harmony (Tony) Savoia; two grandsons, Preston Wittmer and Kai Horton. He is also survived by his mother, Wanda Hogan; siblings, Beverly Bruse, Mike Hogan, Patty (Gary) Sattler, Connie (Gary) Donahey, and Doug (Sheryl) Hogan; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ross, in 1999; and brother-in-law, Jerry Bruse, in 2015.
A memorial service will be held at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD, on October 5, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. with military honors and interment at Black Hills National Cemetery immediately following.
A memorial has been established to the VFW in Newell.



Avin "Marty" Earnest Martin, Jr.

November 23, 1959 - September 24, 2018


Service to be held:

1:00p.m. Monday, October 1, 2018


“Marty” Avin E. Martin, Jr., age 58, passed away September 24, 2018 in Rapid City, SD, after a courageous battle with laryngeal cancer.
Marty was born November 23, 1959, in Faith, SD, to Avin and JoAnne (Anderson) Martin. Marty grew up in Eagle Butte, SD, then made homes in Wellington, TX, Aberdeen, and Fort Pierre, SD, before returning to make his home in Eagle Butte for his remaining years.
Marty was blessed with four sons, two daughters, and 13 grandchildren. Marty was a very loving son, brother, father, and grandpa. With his sharp wit, he would be quick to tease, but wouldn't think twice if you needed the shirt off his back. He was a proud grandpa and enjoyed traveling to watch various activities his grandchildren were involved in, from rodeos, baseball, wrestling, to even sitting through a 3-hour dance recital this spring.
Marty possessed natural skills in many trades including operating heavy construction equipment to build dams, working with his second "parents,” Boyd and Vallee Anderson, and "brother," Gus Anderson. He was a proud owner/operator of Martin Trucking based in Fort Pierre, logging well over a million miles over the years, as well as building roads in the Rapid City-Catron Boulevard area. He also spent many years working for very close family friends, Fred and Marie Kost, and their son, Kenny, on their family ranch south of Eagle Butte. Marty was known as an excellent cook, always had a neat, well-organized home, lawn, and an annual abundance of fresh vegetables from his garden. His mechanical skills enabled him to fix about anything.
Survivors include very special friend, Odiesa Little Star; sons, Ryan (Brock, Rylee, Jacey, and Rya), Robert (wife-Lisa, Rance and Katie), and Cole (wife-Amanda, Cade); daughters, Danielle (husband-Matt Scott, Reina, Rolla and Reva), and Lahnee (Maddie Avin Stoeser); parents, Avin & Jo Anne Martin; siblings, Leon (Krista) Martin, Vernie (Kathy) Martin, Terri Martin, Carolyn Martin, Gloria (Jim Bowman) Hunt, and Esther (Dayton) Newbrough; and numerous nieces and nephews. Odiesa's family members that were a very big part of Marty's life include Talika, Sterling, Ashley, Kaitlin, and Sakura.
Marty was preceded in death by son, Rodney (who is survived by wife-Rebecca, Tommie and Rowdy); maternal and paternal grandparents; and many special friends.
We want to wish a special thank you to Odiesa for her loving care and companionship. Thank you to everyone who called, visited, or is here today to share in our grief and honor Marty's life. He was blessed to have so many true friends who continued to be a part of his life and support his health concerns over the past several years, some of whom include: Carlyle Ducheneaux, Boyd and Vallee Anderson, Gus and Kathy Anderson, Bob and Marie Berndt, Randy and Barb Berndt, Wayne Maynard, Mike Peterson, Kristi Peterson, Rodney Westover, Brady Ward, Tommy Dale Vines, Danielle Williams, Darryl Stuart, Jim Bowman, Tom Christenson, Darrel Zahn, Mark Reinhart, Leann Hlavka, Duane Hannum, and Steve Kost. We apologize if there is anyone's name we have missed, as he had such a large circle of friends it is quite possible we have missed someone.
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2018, at United Church of Christ in Eagle Butte, SD, with Pastor Pauline Webb officiating. Inurnment will be follow at Eagle Butte Cemetery.



Sandra "Sandy" Lynn Shinost

October 5, 1963 - September 23, 2018


Service to be held:

10:00 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2018


Sandy was born to Shirley and Lloyd Nohava on October 5, 1963, in Sturgis. She lived the majority of her life in Sturgis along with her older brothers, Allen and Randy. Sandy married Mike Shinost in 1983. To this marriage they had Holly.
In 1994, Marty and Sandy welcomed Beth into the world. Sandy enjoyed working for her parents, whether it was in the Bootlegger, Nohava’s Gardens, or the daycare. She loved taking care of children, especially her grandchildren, Trigg and Kinley. They were her pride and joy.
Sandy was passionate about many things; decorating for holidays, planting flowers, and watching the Denver Broncos are just a few. She loved the summertime. Her favorite thing to do was go camping with friends and family. In earlier years, she had fun throwing darts. She liked to brag a little about placing in a dart tournament against all men, with her mom, Shirley.
Sandra Lynn Shinost passed away peacefully Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Left to cherish her memories are her parents, Lloyd and Shirley Nohava; brother, Randy (Brenda) Nohava; soulmate, Marty Plaggemeyer; daughters, Beth Plaggemeyer (Loren Wheeler), and Holly (Paul) Petrocco; grandchildren, Trigg and Kinley Petrocco; and many amazing uncles, aunts, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by brother, Allen Nohava; and grandparents, Stanley and Joan Nohava, Evelyn and Eddie Philipsen, and Patty Plaggemeyer.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September, 28, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis, SD, with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.



Karen Marsden-Keyser

November 14, 1943 - September 22, 2018


Service to be held:

11:30 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018


Karen Marsden-Keyser was born to Harold and Audrey Hood on November 14, 1943, in Alliance, NE. She grew up on a wheat farm where she learned to love nature, flowers, and animals. She graduated from Gordon High School in 1961 and attended National College of Business to study secretarial sciences.
In Rapid City, she met K.C. Marsden of Wall, an engineering student at SDSMT. They married in 1964 and raised three kids in Rapid City: Melanie Marsden, of Colorado Springs (Joe Loetscher and kids, Delaney and Casey); Valerie Simpson of Rapid City (David and kids, Joshua and Joelle); and Kenneth Marsden of Idaho Falls (Elizabeth and kids, Elliott, Chas, and Finn). Karen fought stage-4 lung cancer, exceeding everyone’s expectations many times over, so that she could watch these grandkids grow up and discover their gifts.
While primarily a homemaker, she worked for the SD Board of Engineering Examiners, Westhills Village, and United Airline’s Mileage Plus once the kids were in school. She took full advantage of United’s travel benefits to explore England, Peru, Costa Rica, and many domestic locations. In addition to being a great travel planner and lover of the outdoors, Karen was an avid gardener, accomplished big game hunter, and cat fancier. She was a member of Republican Women and Beta Sigma Phi (for 50+ years).
Karen met Bill Keyser, a widower from Williston, ND, when both were in their mid-sixties. They married on June 9, 2007. Bill was a welcome addition to the family, spending time with Karen’s family and standing beside her in her 5-year battle with cancer.
She was a fighter to the very end on September 22, 2018, and we know she will now be tending the flowers and kitties in Heaven while basking in the tunes of angelic harp. In lieu of flowers, Karen identified two charities supporting felines care. The Home for the Holiday’s campaign for the Black Hills Humane Society and Toliver Angel Fund 1813 N. Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 at Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic for the care of orphaned and abandoned animals.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis and a additional visitation and 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. September 27, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Rapid City.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Rapid City. Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Deadwood.



Conrad "Con" W. Comer

August 10, 1950 - September 18, 2018


Service to be held:

Monday, September 24, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.


On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, Conrad ‘Con’ Comer of Spearfish, SD, passed away at home surrounded by family and friends.
Con was born August 10, 1950, in Deadwood, SD, to Cecil and Dolores Comer. Con attended school in Pluma, Rapid City, and Deadwood. Con graduated from Deadwood High School in 1968. It was during high school that Con met and fell in love with his high school sweetheart, Vikki Lungren.
Con and Vikki were married in 1967 and they had their first son, Timm. After graduation, Con and Vikki moved to Castle Rock, CO, so Con could attend mechanics’ college. Con and Vikki had their second son, Scott, during this time in Colorado.
Mechanics’ college led Con to a lifetime of work in the automobile industry. In 1973, Con moved his family back to Deadwood so the boys could be raised around the large extended family. Con continued to work in the automobile industry, including owning and operating Con’s Service Center in Deadwood, as well as worked for several automobile dealerships in the Black Hills.
Con had a great passion for his customers and customer service. This continued with Con until the very end.
Con’s personal passion was his family and the outdoors. Con attended all activities for his boys and continued this passion by attending his grandchildren’s activities. His love for the outdoors included hunting and working around the house. Con always had a project and prided himself on doing the job right the first time.
Lucky to have been in Con’s life include his wife of 51 years. Vikki; eldest son, Timm (Michelle) Comer of Spearfish; son, Scott (Keyra) Comer of Spearfish; and the loves of his life, his grandchildren, including Lyndy (Brandon), Lexie, Hunter, Kenna, Connor, Chelsea, Jackson, and Maxx.
So many other members of family meant so much to Con, including his brother, Craig Comer, numerous cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and god children. Con considered many friends and neighbors as close as family and he cared for them deeply.
Con was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Dolores Comer; paternal grandparents, Vern and Mae Comer; and maternal grandparents, Ray and Lillie Cowles.
Memorials have been established for the Little Dane Church and his grandchildrens’ college funds.
The service for Conrad will be on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis. Visitation for friends and family will be on Sunday, September 23, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
The family would like to thank everyone who touched Con’s life and sent their well wishes.



Richard "Rick" Duane Miller

March 6, 1949 - September 16, 2018


Service to be held:

Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.


Rick was born March 6, 1949, in Deadwood, SD, to Reinhold and Ila Mae (Edwards) Miller. Rick spent his growing up years mainly in Sturgis with his parents or in Vale between his maternal grandparents and his cousins.
He married Betty Felion March 17, 1974. They had two children, Lorri in 1974, and Lynn in 1976. They were married for about 8 years.
He married Sally Borden July 13, 1991. They remained married until his death.
Rick spent most of his work life as a highway maintenance worker for the SD DOT.
Rick enjoyed many hobbies, including horseback riding and driving, woodworking, welding, leather tooling, and shopping on e-bay. He especially enjoyed building things from scratch for family and friends.
Richard Duane Miller, 69, of Newell, SD, died Sunday, September 16, 2018 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; two daughters, Lorri (Sandy) Olson and Lynn McClure; three grandchildren, Rebecca (Travis) Ellendorf, Bethanie Zeestraten, and Austin McClure; and two great-grandchildren, Tayla and Leighton.
Memorial services will be at Newell Evangelical Church on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. in Newell, SD, with Pastor Tom Martin officiating.



Ray C. and Dorothy Lucille Oline Edwards

September 12, 1924 - September 6, 2018


Service to be held:

Friday, September 21, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.


Ray C. Edwards was born near Dupree to Clarke and Marie (Maynard) Edwards. He attended Lone Tree and Dupree schools.
Ray worked as a truck driver, construction worker, owned Ray’s Repair, parts manager for several Ford dealerships, owned pizza business, deputy sheriff, managed and maintenance at an apartment building, trainer at Northern Hills Training Center, and vehicle parts delivery person. He also was a volunteer firefighter and fire chief in Dupree and a firefighter in Sturgis. Ray was also a Mason.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Dorothy Rae; parents Clarke and Marie Edwards; brother, Gaylord; grandson, Shannon Kusser; great-grandson, Patrick Gorman; daughter-in-law, Vicky Edwards; parents-in-law, Ray and Alva Horton; and brothers-in-law, Rayford, Marvin and Alvin Horton.

Dorothy L.O. (Horton) Edwards was born to Ray and Alva (Bekken) Horton in Zeona, SD. She attended schools in Ekalaka, Sorum, Nisland, and graduated Faith High School.
Dorothy worked at the Post Office, bookkeeper at Ray’s Repair, clothing salesperson, meat cutter, nurse’s assistant, laborer at wood assembly business, carpenter assistant, part-time bartender, owned a pizza parlor, managed and maintenance at an apartment building, and trainer at Northern Hills Training Center. Both Ray and Dorothy bowled, played in the “Happy Times Band,” and were members of Good Sam’s Camping Club.
She preceded her husband, Ray, in death. Preceding her in death were daughter, Dorothy Rae; parents, Ray and Alva Horton; brothers, Rayford, Marvin, and Alvin; grandson, Shannon Kusser, great-grandson, Patrick Gorman; daughter-in-law, Vicky Edwards; parents-in-law, Clarke and Marie Edwards; and brother-in-law, Gaylord Edwards.
They are survived by their children, Harlan (Lois) Edwards, Judy (Mike) Gorman, Russel (Carol) Edwards, and Jean (Bob) Kusser; grandchildren, Robert John (Sara) Edwards, Alan Edwards, Robert Rogers, Jeffrey Gorman, Jason (Donna) Gorman, Daniel Edwards, Cynthia (Levi) Sabin, Trent Edwards, Trevor Edwards, Jessica Kusser, and Joshua (Alisha) Kusser; great-grandchildren, Lea and Lilly Ann Edwards, Sawyer, Alan Jr, Dalton, and Austin Edwards, Robbie Rogers, Paris, Ashley, and Raquel Gorman, Michael, Thomas, Christopher, and Elisabeth Gorman, McKaela Edwards, Luke and Madilyn Sabin, Brittany Roberts, Zachary Uselman, and Kaisen and Roanin Kusser; great-great-grandchildren, Brelynn Edwards, and Landon and McKenzie Wright; siblings, Shirley (Gerald) Schmautz, Rollis (Rosemarie) Horton, Lawrence (Paula) Horton, Mary Ann Horton, and Clarice Edwards; and many nieces and nephews, many, many “adopted” children, grandchildren, etc. and numerous friends.
They were preceded in death by their parents; Ray’s brother, Gaylord; Dorothy’s brothers, Rayford, Marvin, and Alvin; grandson, Shannon Kusser; great-grandson, Patrick Gorman; and daughter-in-law, Vicky Edwards.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to “Happy Times Band” at Spearfish Senior Center, or David Fischer Memorial at Black Hills Federal Credit Union, or your favorite charity.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 21, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Onge Church of Christ with Pastor Del Neumeister officiating. Burial will follow at the Dupree Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.



Donna Mae Johnson

May 22, 1926 - September 14, 2018


Service to be held:

10:30 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018


Donna Mae Johnson was born May 22, 1926, at new Underwood, SD, to Albert “Butch” and Lela (Derby) Roth.
She grew up on a ranch on Haydraw and graduated from Sturgis High School. She received her teaching certificate from Black Hills Normal and taught at the rural Cottonwood school until she married Kenneth Johnson on September 11, 1946. She spent her adult life on their ranch near Vale, SD.
Donna was a member of the National Cattleman’s Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers, Cowbelles, Order of Eastern Star, South Dakota Republican Women, and Grace Lutheran Church.
She loved to entertain friends and family. No matter how many extra stopped by there was always plenty of home cooked meals to share.
Donna’s children and grandchildren loved her 4th of July fried chicken. She enjoyed gardening and she shared her produce with everyone. She loved her family and friends and was a proud hard-working ranch wife.
Donna, 92, died Friday, September 14, 2018 in Sturgis.
Survivors include her brother, Jack (Mary) Roth; son, Carl Johnson; daughter, Susan (Bob) Heibult; grandchildren, Brett, Brook, Corey, Scott, Eric, Amanda, Kristin, and Sarah; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; son, Dale; parents; sister, Velma; and one brother, Albert Jr.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 21, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Kris Garlick officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established to the Aspen Grove Assisted Living Library.



Norma Jean Van Sickel

June 28, 1931 - September 17, 2018


Service to be held:

Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.


Norma Jean (Palmer) Van Sickel was born in Faith, SD, on June 28, 1931, to Grace Alverda (Murphy) Palmer and LeRoy Vern Palmer. She was 1 of 12 children, growing up in the Red Owl, SD, area.
Jean married Gale “Jack” Van Sickel on January 17, 1948. They lived most of their lives around Faith and Sturgis, SD, areas. To this union, 5 children were born: Galen Van Sickel, Aletha (Paul) Adcock, Terry Van Sickel, Velta (Rich) Grosch, and Jerry Van Sickel.
Jean worked as a waitress at the Westerner Café, as a dental assistant to Dr. Robert Woods, DDS, Ft. Meade Food Service, Dr. Hines and Watson, DO., and Wal-Mart, retiring from Wal-Mart after working for the company 19 years. She loved all the jobs she had and did them well. Her love for people showed in all that she did when she provided service to the people she encountered in her various jobs. In between and around these jobs, she and Jack started traveling south for the winter months.
A feat that Jean was very proud of was completing her GED and obtaining her high school diploma around 1971. She then went on to complete 2 years of clerical school at the Sturgis Vo/Tech.
She was a member of the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Sturgis Community Hospital Auxiliary, the Sturgis/Meade County Senior Citizen Center, VFW Auxiliary, the Button & Bows Club, TOPS SD#105 club, and the Red Hats of Sturgis. Jean was a baptized member of the Sturgis Church of Christ, but had many friends of all denominations of faith.
Jean was also an avid seamstress, making all of her children’s clothing and lots of western shirts (without patterns) for many in the family. Later, she had various other hobbies such as card playing, crochet, knitting, card making, and fun crafting, which she continued to do and share with the residents of the Sturgis Nursing home until a stroke in 2017 caused her to be unable to do her crafts.
Jean was a very determined soul, loving life and all that it had to offer, including her 8 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In 1949, she was a polio victim survivor and in 1972, she became a cancer survivor. Even though she was dealt these health challenges, she never let it stop her and she kept on smiling. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Jean, 87, Sturgis, died Monday, September 17, 2018, in the Lippold Hospice Suite at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Jean is survived by her husband of 70 years, Jack; her children, Galen Van Sickel of St. George UT, Aletha (Paul) Adcock of Hermosa, SD, Velta (Rich) Grosch of Whitewood, SD, and Jerry Van Sickel of Lake Powell, UT; sisters, June Tennis and Darliene Keffeler; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Jean was preceded in death by a son, Terry Van Sickel; her parents; brothers, Floyd, Jim, Dave, and Glenn; sisters, Dorothy Ypperilla, Alverda Wall, Ellen Talley, Larayne Clem, and Marjo Speakman; and several nephews and nieces.
The family would like and encourage any Red Hatters to wear their Red Hat attire should they feel so inclined. She loved the Red Hatters and dressing up for their events, which was evidenced by the many fancy Red Hats and articles of clothing still in her room at the nursing home.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Ozzy McDaniel officiating. Committal services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 24, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Memorials have been established to the Meade County Citizen Center and the Lippold Hospice Unit in Sturgis, SD.