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Deeg, Larry C.

RAPID CITY | Larry Cramer Deeg, 76, died Friday, March 9, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters and spouses, Kristin and Joseph Regan and Karin and Edward Wommack; and grandchildren, Sarah and Vince Wommack.

Larry was born Sept. 24, 1941, in Huron the only child of Verl and Avis Deeg. He grew up raising cattle. He graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines. Upon graduation, he began what would become a 33-year career with Hercules, Inc. His first position was in Utah then transferred to California, Washington, Missouri, Georgia and finally to Pennsylvania where he retired his position as Plant Manager in 1996.

He was devoted first to family but friends and colleagues were a close second. He took great pride in leveraging the success of the businesses that he managed to enable opportunities and success for others.

A heart transplant recipient, he “beat the odds” for 22 years. He was moved by the classical masters, the joy of a great trail ride, a beautiful day on the sailboat, the thrill at the wheel of a sports car and healthy debate. There was no obstacle too great and he enjoyed a life well lived.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Savot officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will be at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325, are appreciated.

His online guestbook is available at

Forbes, James L.

STURGIS | James Lee Forbes, known by friends and family as Jim, passed away on March 6, 2018 while in hospice care in Loveland, CO. He was born March 26, 1939, in Sturgis to James and Doris Forbes.

Jim Forbes grew up in Sturgis. He graduated from Sturgis Williams High School in 1957. After high school he attended Black Hills College and obtained a bachelors degree in English and teaching. After two years of teaching English and speech, he attended San Anselmo Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. In 1968, he received his Master of Divinity and went on to become an ordained Presbyterian pastor. He served in the pastoral role at Presbyterian churches in St. Maries, ID, and White Sulphur Springs, MT. He went on to serve as chaplain and chief chaplain at Fort Meade VAMC for 13 years before he was forced to retire early due to extenuating health issues.

Jim Forbes met his beautiful wife Janice Taylor while in California and they were married on August 9, 1964, in Loveland. They enjoyed 53 years of loving companionship before he passed on to be with His Lord.

He was a man of numerous hobbies and interests some of which included downhill skiing, fly fishing, hiking, Christian magic and ventriloquism, and many more. He was passionate about his work in ministry and even more passionate about his job as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, James John Forbes and Doris (White) Forbes.

Jim Forbes will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Janice (Taylor) Forbes, and their children James Richard Forbes and Janalee (Forbes) Sexton. He will also be greatly missed by his six grandchildren, Nicolis, Lilly, Gus, Alyssa, Austin and Erica.

Services were held Monday, March 12, at the First Presbyterian Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Missions Fund of First Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Fields, Leona I.

ELM SPRINGS | Leona Irene Mooney Fields was born March 7, 1925, in Henrietta, OK, to Floyd A. and Margaret (Byard) Mooney. As a young child her family moved to Borger, TX, and lived there until moving to the community of Kelton, TX, where she attended grade school and graduated from Kelton High School in 1942. On Sept. 23, 1944, she married Mooris Fields at Pampa, TX, shortly before his departure to the army during World War II. After his honorable discharge, they farmed in Gageby, TX. In 1946, they moved to Panhandle, TX, and farmed there until moving to Elm Springs, SD, in 1958 to farm and ranch. She lived there until April 2017, when she entered The Victorian Assisted Living in Rapid City.

Leona was a member of the Union Center Baptist Church, serving on different committees over the years.

She took great interest and pride in their farmstead; spending many hours working in her yard, growing petunias every summer, and keeping fences and buildings painted to perfection.

Leona passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Hospice House in Rapid City.

She is survived by two sons, Wayne, Loveland, CO, and Lynn (Sandy), Elm Springs; a daughter, Gayla (Bob) Parker, Lodgepole; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, LaNelle Mooney of Boise, ID; a brother, Eudell Mooney of Kentucky; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mooris in 1997; her parents; sisters, Louise Worley, Leola Mooney, and Luvene Larsen; and brothers, Olin, Eugene, and Winifred Mooney, and a baby brother in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. March 14, at Union Center Baptist Church. Burial will be at Bear Butte Cemetery Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

Memorials have been established to the Enning and Elm Springs Fire Departments.

Condolences may be sent at

Kushman, Darlyne E.

AUSTIN, Texas | Darlyne Evelyn Payne Bower Kushman passed away on Feb. 13, 2018. 

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 5311 Sheridan Lake Road in Rapid City, SD. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Please send condolences to Jolyn Turner, 4437 East Hove Loop, Austin, TX 78749.

Bichler, Sophia

DEADWOOD | Sophia Bichler, 80, died March 11, 2018.

Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel of Lead

Birnbaum, William J.

RAPID CITY | William J. “Bill” Birnbaum, 73, died March 11, 2018.

Visitation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 18, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Services at 10 a.m. March 19, at the funeral home. Burial at the Fairburn Cemetery.

Corcoran, Stuart L.

BLACK HAWK | Stuart Leon Corcoran, 66, died March 10, 2018.

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City

Cristan, Debra J.

RAPID CITY | Debra J. Cristan, 64, died March 10, 2018.

Celebration of Life from 10 a.m. to noon March 17, at On Common Ground.

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home

Crouch, Karen J.

ROSEVILLE, Minn. | Karen Joyce Crouch, 69, formerly of Rapid City, SD, died on March 9, 2018, in Roseville.

Karen was born on July 13, 1948, in Ipswich, SD. On Oct. 26, 1968, she married Richard Crouch. Richard died on Feb. 24, 2012.

Survivors include her brothers, Leroy Jakober and Les Jakober, both of Minnesota, as well as nieces and nephews.

Inurnment will take place at a later date at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.

Friends may leave their condolences on Kirk Funeral Home’s website.

Johnson, Robert L.

PORCUPINE | Robert Laurence Johnson, 93, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Rapid City. 

Robert “Bob” was born May 27, 1924, the youngest child of Arthur and Edna (Lange) Johnson who ranched near Rapid City.

Bob always wanted to be a cowboy and later on a cowman. He served a six-year tour in the US Navy Air Corp. Bob and his wife Bette have been ranching in the Rockyford area since 1953. Clay, their son and his family have been partners in the ranch for many years.

Bob’s history with ranching started when he caught a heifer calf at a Calf Catching Contest at the Deadwood Rodeo when he was 14. Bob was raised on a farm-ranch 10 miles northeast of Rapid City. He attended eight years at a country school 4-1/2 miles from home. He graduated from Central High School in Rapid City, and attended South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Then World War II came along and he joined the Navy Flight Program. After he received his Wings, he was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA, where he met the love of this life, Bette Frostad. They were married on Feb. 20, 1948.

After fulfilling his call of serving our country he was ready to pursue his lifelong goal and in 1949, brought Bette back to cow country and settled on the ranch. Bob and Bette were 4-H leaders for many years. Bob had also been a Shannon County Extension Board Member, a Shannon County Commissioner and Secretary for the Oglala Sioux Livestock and Landowners Association. He was also a member of the South Dakota Beef Industry Council for seven years as well as a Director of the First National Bank of Gordon since 1998.

One of the roles he was most passionate about was serving as Director and President of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association. He was proud of the organization always standing for the grass roots rancher.

Bob was dearly loved and will be missed but we know we will see him again in God’s green pastures. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bette; his son, Clay (Nicole) Johnson of Porcupine; daughter, Chris (Billy) Hutchinson of White River; daughter, Kathleen (Bill) Timberman of Rapid City; grandchildren, Benjamin Johnson, Porcupine, Carly Johnson, Denver, CO, Kacy (Matt) Gill, Pierre, and Clay Hutchinson & great-grandson, Jace Hutchinson, both of White River; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as many wonderful cousins.

Previously passed are his parents Arthur and Edna Johnson and his sister, Georgiana Steinbach.

Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, 2700 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City. Burial, with military honors, will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Friends may sign his online guestbook at

Olerud, Roger D.

RAPID CITY | Roger D. Olerud, 86, died March 9, 2018.

Visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 19, at Kirk Funeral Home.

Services at 10 a.m. March 20, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial at 11:30 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis.

Oudin, Opal

SUNDANCE, Wyo. | Opal Oudin, 86, died March 10, 2018.

Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel 

Pettyjohn, Theodore

KADOKA | Theodore Winfield "Ted" Pettyjohn passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

He is survived by his children, Brenda Pettyjohn, Ted C. Pettyjohn (Laurie), Zane Pettyjohn (Sharri) and Jana Eich; daughter-in-law, Nancy Pettyjohn; sister, Kay Pettyjohn; brother, Dale Pettyjohn; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; son, Fred; parents, Alfred and Clarissa; sister, Nona Prang; and great-granddaughter, Jaylee Dae Coller.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at the Frying Pan family cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Oglala Pet Project.

Full obituary and online guestbook can be found at

Tyon, Floyd M.

PINE RIDGE | Floyd Milton Tyon, 73, died March 8, 2018.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

Wake services begin at 2 p.m. today at the Pine Ridge Elementary School Gymnasium.

Services at 10 a.m. March 14, at the gymnasium. Burial at the Tyon Family Cemetery, #4 Community, Oglala.

Sioux Funeral Home

Givenchy legacy: Hepburn's little black dress, and much more

PARIS — In her sleeveless black gown, with rows of pearl at the neck and oversized sunglasses, Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly defined understated elegance. Hers was the iconic little black dress.

It was the work of Hubert de Givenchy, the French couturier who, along with Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Cristobal Balenciaga, redefined fashion in the wake of World War II. Givenchy was the epitome of Paris chic. His death at age 91 was announced Monday.

A towering man of elegance and impeccable manners, Givenchy forged close friendships with his famous clients, including Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco.

But none were as close to him or the fashion house that bore his name as Hepburn, whose simple chic became a kind of shorthand for the label. Besides the little black dress from the 1961 hit "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Hepburn wore Givenchy's designs in nearly a dozen other movies, as well on the red carpet and also in real life.

Born Feb. 21, 1927, in the provincial city of Beauvais, north of Paris, Givenchy was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents after his father, a business executive and amateur pilot, died when he was a toddler.

His grandfather, an administrator of a tapestry workshop in Beauvais, cultivated the young Givenchy's appreciation of the arts and honed his aesthetic sensibility.

Early on, Givenchy set his sights on fashion — a career choice that left his family cold. After high school, he acceded to family pressure and joined a notary firm in Beauvais, but it didn't last long.

Givenchy struck out for Paris in his late teens, in the wake of World War II.

Couturier Jacques Fath hired Givenchy on the strength of his sketches and he spent two years learning the basics of fashion design, from sketching to cutting and fitting haute couture styles.

After a brief stint at the house of Piguet, he joined celebrated Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli in 1949, leaving her to found his own house in 1952.

Headquartered in a small room off the Parc Monceau, well off Paris' famed Golden Triangle, the house of Givenchy proved an instant success.

His debut collection ushered in the concept of separates — tops and bottoms that could be mixed and matched, as opposed to head-to-toe looks that were the norm among Paris couture purveyors.

Working on a tight budget, Givenchy served up the floor-length skirts and country chic blouses in raw cotton materials normally reserved for fittings.

The collection's body-conscious shapes created a sensation among the fashion press and buyers used to the wasp-waisted, full-skirted "New Look" pioneered by Dior. Givenchy's "Bettina blouse" — a concoction of white broadcloth with tiers of eyelet ruffles at the sleeves, which was named for his favorite model and publicist, Bettina Graziani — would go down in fashion history.

In 1955, Givenchy relocated to the tony Avenue George V, across the street from his idol, Spanish-born designer Balenciaga.

"Balenciaga was my religion," he told fashion trade publication Women's Wear Daily in 2007. "There's Balenciaga and the good lord."

"Le Grand Hubert," as he was often called for his 6-foot, 5-inch frame, became popular with privileged haute couture customers, among them Gloria Guinness, Wallis Simpson and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran.

But the client whose name would become almost synonymous with the house was Hepburn, whom he met in 1953, when he dressed her for the romantic comedy "Sabrina." Legend has it that Givenchy — told only that Mademoiselle Hepburn would be coming in for a fitting — was expecting the grand Katharine Hepburn. Instead the diminutive Audrey showed up, dressed in cigarette pants, a T-shirt and sandals.

That encounter marked the start of a decades-long friendship that saw Givenchy dress the star in nearly a dozen films, making her the brand's de-facto ambassador.

"His clothes for me have always not only thrilled me but also given me so much confidence. I've worked in them, I've played in them, I've borrowed them, I've bought them," Hepburn once gushed in a television interview.

Aiming to reach a wider market, Givenchy launched a line of upscale ready-to-wear and accessories in the 1960s, and its commercial success soon enabled him to buy out his backers, making him one of a handful of Paris couturiers to own their own label outright.

In 1988, he sold the house to French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of a stable of top fashion labels that now includes Dior, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Pucci and Kenzo.

Givenchy retired in 1995, and was succeeded by John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Julien Macdonald, Italy's Riccardo Tisci and current chief designer Claire Waight Keller, the first woman to hold the post. Just last week she showed her latest collection in Paris, revealing a brooding and gritty side with razor shoulders and hulking coats.

Givenchy will be remembered as a pioneer of pure lines and flattering elegance — an aesthetic summed up in the motto he shared with Balenciaga: "Make it simple, make it pure."

Today's obituaries

Sophia Bichler, 80 Deadwood

William J. Birnbaum, 73 Rapid City

Stuart L. Corcoran, 66 Black Hawk

Debra J. Cristan, 64 Rapid City

Karen J. Crouch, 69 Roseville, Minn.

Larry C. Deeg, 76 Rapid City

James L. Forbes, 78 Sturgis

Leona I. Fields, 92 Elm Springs

Robert L. Johnson, 93 Porcupine

Darlyne E. Kushman, 96 Austin, Texas

Roger D. Olerud, 86 Rapid City

Opal Oudin, 86 Sundance, Wyo.

Theodore W. Pettyjohn, 89 Kadoka

Floyd M. Tyon, 73 Pine Ridge