Julie Tinnell

Julie Tinnell

October 21, 1961 - March 9, 2020
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Julie Tinnell was born in Deadwood, SD, on October 21, 1961, to Myron and Janet Stearns. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Deadwood and graduated from Lead Senior High in 1979.
When she and Randy Tinnell, her high school sweetheart, were married on August 4, 1986, in Deadwood, SD, they merged into one family that included their three young children, Jennie, John, and Jana. After first living in Central City where she was a miner’s wife, they moved to Whitewood, SD, where they started a trucking business. Necessity called and Julie became a bookkeeper, and continued to do the bookkeeping for all of their business ventures. Later, Randy and Julie started production logging. Julie learned to run a chain saw, and became skillful at falling and limbing trees. In 1999, Randy and Julie started an aluminum ramp building business in Whitewood, which eventually became Landsport, now located in the Sturgis Industrial Park. In 2005, they built a new home outside of St. Onge, where Julie put on another hat, ranching. She looked forward to seeing the calves born in the spring, but dreaded parting with them in the fall.
During the Whitewood years Julie was a Girl Scouts leader and a soccer coach. She became very attached to the community and made a great effort to contribute to it.
Her additional passions were gardening and music. She had a green thumb and could make anything grow. Julie was also a gifted singer. She and Randy enjoyed being part of the Classic Country band. Besides gardening and music, she also liked playing games, and could tell a great story. She would often entertain others with her unfiltered way of breaking down barriers and getting people to laugh.
Besides being a partner in their business ventures, family life was always a priority. She was there for her children, grandchildren, and parents. When her parents needed additional care, Julie was there to help them. Her caring ways were instilled in their children. All three of them grew up to be compassionate adults and came to her aid when she needed them the most, especially after she was diagnosed with lung cancer in August of 2019. They made it possible for her to remain at home until her death.
Julie Tinnell, age 58, died peacefully surrounded by her family on March 9, 2020, at her home in rural St. Onge, SD.
She is survived by her husband, Randy; children, Jennie (Truett) Carmichael, John (Nisi) Tinnell, and Jana Tinnell; grandchildren, Jack Tinnell and Bridger Nelson; father, Myron H. Stearns; siblings, Ronald Stearns (Jolene Ring) of Spearfish, and Heather (Cornelius) Beukhof of Montevideo, MN.
Preceding her in death are her mother, Janet, and sister, Marie.
A memorial fund has been established at First National Bank, 955 Main Street, Sturgis, SD 57785. Flowers may be sent to Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

*** Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Julie's service will be postponed and held at a later date to be announced. ***
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    Whitewood Hale Hall
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    Whitewood, SD 57793
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    Postponed, new date to be announced
    Heidi Anderson


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Jack and Laurie Smith

Posted at 06:45pm
Just watched the video tribute, what beautiful memories for you all. Julie was such a kind and beautiful person and we are so lucky to have known her. Just like in the pictures, she always had a smile on her face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jack and Laurie Smith

Laura Taylor

Posted at 02:07pm
Dear Family & Friends of Julie,
I was saddened to learn of your loss. I always remember Julie fondly when she would bring in her Dad Myron in for appointments at the clinic in Deadwood. Always a smile on her face and quick story to tell. You and yours are in my thoughts during this difficult time. Warmest Regards Always, Laura T :)

DONNA Auer Posted at 12:23pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. From Mike and Donna Auer ( Hopfinger)

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Posted at 11:06am
Randy: All our condolences for you and your family. Thinking of you, Miles & Alice
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Marilyn and Jim Shedd and Sandie and Terry Mammeng

Posted at 08:46pm
Our prayers are with your family, May Julie's smile, vibrant personality, and kindness always be a part of your family. We will miss her dearly!
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Posted at 02:57pm
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