Obituaries for Sunday, October 9, 2011

2011-10-09T06:00:00Z Obituaries for Sunday, October 9, 2011 Rapid City Journal
October 09, 2011 6:00 am

Rebecca Jean Williams

HILL CITY - Rebecca Jean Clifford Williams, 55, Hill City, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.

Rebecca Jean Williams, known to her friends and family as Becky, was born Aug. 18, 1956, in Amarillo, Texas, to Charlie and Beverly (Taylor) Lynn. She grew up in Amarillo and graduated from West Texas State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She worked at the Amarillo Livestock Auction, Clifford Auctions, the Amarillo National Bank, and the Herring Bank. After moving to Hill City in 2003, she worked at Rushmore Forest Products.

Becky married her partner of many years, Douglas L. Williams. Together they shared their love of horses, all things cowboy, Professional Bull Riding (PBR), beautiful country, and their precocious cats. Becky loved spending time with her family, riding horseback, taking long walks, spoiling her cats, arranging flowers, and gardening.

Becky is survived by her husband, Doug of Hill City; a daughter, Mandee Ross of Bella Vista, Ark.; her grandchildren, Destinee and Hunter Ross, Montana Wheeler, Cassandra Wheeler; her mother, Beverly Lynn; her sisters, Claudia Mask, Kay Vickers (Larry Vickers), and Cody Rust; her nephews, Monte, Kip, and Flint Mask, Justin Moss, and Casey Rust and families; her nieces, Sparklynn and Katie Rust; and her extended family, Darrell Winterfield and Ronnie Patterson. Becky's loving touch will be forever missed by all who knew her.

Becky was preceded in death by her son, Copen Wheeler in 1999; her father, Charlie Lynn in 1986; and her brother, Thomas (Bud) Lynn in 2009.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Chapel in the Hills/Stavkirke in Rapid City.

As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to one of following charities in loving memory of Rebecca Jean Williams: SunCatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy, P.O. Box 3975 Rapid City, SD 57709 (http:// or PBR Riders Relief Fund 101 W. Riverwalk Pueblo, CO 81003 (www.riderrelief. com).

Friends may sign Becky's online guestbook at

Arrangements are under the care of Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Joan A. Jacobs

RAPID CITY - Joan A. Jacobs, Rapid City, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

Joan was the middle daughter of three born to Clara and John Anderson. She was born Oct. 3, 1938, and grew up in Lakefield, Minn.

After finishing school she found the love of her life in Eugene F. Jacobs. Together they farmed and started a family, adding Frank, Mark, and Linda to the rolls of the Jacobs' family. In 1969 they moved off of the farm for the first time to live in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

For a short time they returned to Minnesota before again returning to the Black Hills in 1977. They remained there except for a short time when they returned to Northern Iowa to take care of the ailing father of Eugene. After his passing they returned immediately to the Black Hills to stay.

Joan worked as a registered cosmetologist and had several other jobs in support of her family. She witnessed the growth of the Jacobs' family through the addition of spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joan and Eugene enjoyed 51 years of marriage together. They enjoyed traveling and watching the grandkids.

Joan is survived by her children, Frank Jacobs, Mark Jacobs (wife Becky), and Linda Rogers (husband Phil); eight grandchildren, Heather, Matthew, Justin, Shirley Anne, JayCee, Sara, Christopher, and Jessica; and four great-grandchildren, Eddie, Dominic, Luke, and Rory.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Loretta Dunaway and Nancy Berhow and Nancy's husband, Roger; and her husband, Eugene.

Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Lyle Arleigh McLellan

RAPID CITY - On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, Lyle Arleigh McLellan went to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven.

Lyle was the seventh and youngest child, born on Sept. 18, 1925, to Arleigh and Selma (Speker) McLellan in Dupree. He was raised on a homestead ranch/farm near Lantry. He attended Soliday country school through the 8th grade and graduated as valedictorian from Eagle Butte High School in 1943. After graduation, he remained on the farm to help his family until 1946 when he entered the armed forces. He served in the U.S. Army on the island of Okinawa, Japan, until 1948. After his military discharge, he attended South Dakota State University, graduating in 1952 with a degree in vocational agriculture.

Lyle married Hazel Jean Rousseau on Aug. 20, 1951, in Fort Pierre. Lyle taught school in Macintosh and McLaughlin, then began a 30+ year career with the USDA in Farmers Home Administration. His job took him and his family to Hot Springs, McLaughlin, Gettysburg, Sisseton, Pierre, Rapid City, and finally Huron, the head state office for the Department of Agriculture. After retiring, they moved to a beautiful acreage outside of Custer, where he and Hazel remained until 2000. Rapid City was the final retirement place for the couple. Lyle enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding horses, but his real love was doing these things with his family.

Lyle and Hazel had four children: three sons, Phillip "Pat" and Mary (Vrochta) McLellan, Black Hawk; Robert and Dorothy (Fullenkamp) McLellan, Beatrice, Neb.; and Douglas and Mary Beth (Steinfeld) McLellan, Rapid City; and daughter, Nancy and Brian Ryan, Watertown, Wis. Grandchildren include: Amy and Greg Bohn of Denver; Dylan McLellan of Black Hawk; Katherine (Reed) Jorgensen and Elizabeth (Michael) Froeschl of Kansas City, Mo.; Nicholas Ryan of Milwaukee; James McLellan of Austin, Texas; Lindsey Ryan of Watertown; and Molly McLellan of Rapid City. He was looking forward to the arrival of his first great-granddaughter due in October 2011.

He is survived by his wife and children; one brother, Paul (Nancy) McLellan, Irvine, Calif.; one sister, Ruth (Gus) Galvin, Hayward, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine McLellan and June McLellan, both of Lantry; one brother-in-law, Robert Rousseau, Minneapolis; and one aunt, Lena Speker, Rapid City.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Walter "Everett," Owen, and Archie; and a sister, Arlene.

Visitation will be from 3 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Kirk Funeral Home, with a rosary at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City. Tuesday's visitation will be for one hour before the service at the cathedral.

Mass of Christian Burial is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the cathedral, with Father Nathan Sparks as celebrant. A luncheon and reception will follow at the church, with interment at 1 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Military rites will be performed by VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City and South Dakota Army National Honor Guard.

Friends may sign Lyle's online guestbook at

Regina Conrath

RAPID CITY - Regina Conrath, aged 100 years, 9 months and 23 days, passed away at Rapid City Regional Hospital Auxiliary Hospice House on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011.

Regina Rose Wagener was born on Dec. 14, 1910, in Randolph, Kansas, to Carl Francis and Esther Clarinda (Anderson) Wagener. The family moved from Kansas and homesteaded about 12 miles north of Isabel. When Regina was five years old, the family moved into Isabel, where Regina attended the Isabel Independent School. In 1928 she attended Notre Dame Junior College. She received a South Dakota State Teachers Certificate and taught two years in the Pioneer School, then a year in the Cloverleaf School near Dupree.

On Feb. 28, 1933, she married Russell Phillip Conrath. James Patrick was born Aug. 13, 1934. In that drought-stricken year, the family moved several times as Russell worked for the Works Progress Administration. In 1940 the family moved to Helena, Mont., and later to Spokane, Wash., where Russell entered the U.S. Air Force. He left for England five weeks later. Regina and James moved to Bozeman, Mont., where she worked in a dry cleaning establishment. Six months later she relieved a Gardiner, Mont., teacher of her 7th and 8th grade teaching position. Russell completed his tour of duty and the family lived in Helena. He died a little less than two years later in 1947.

Regina and James returned to Isabel and she attended summer school in Spearfish. She received a bachelor's degree in education and in 1963 a master's degree in education. She taught during the next 30 years in South Dakota, and also in Ruthton, Minn. Her last 17 years were in the Douglas school system at E.A.F.B., South Dakota. She resided in Rapid City, where she moved in 1959.

Her memberships include the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, life member of Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, life member of Gold Star Wives, Eight and Forty (subsidiary of the A.L. Auxiliary) and Minnelusa Historical Society.

Regina was ever the teacher, and was always sharing her wisdom and giving advice right up to the end. She had a recent, short-term stay at Golden Living Center-Black Hills and at the age of 100 was resident of the month. The staff reported that "she was a delight to be around. Regina always had a smile on her face and kind words to share with those around her. Regina's response to the secret of a long life? "It all goes by so fast. Just keep breathing."

Leaving to mourn her passing are her six nieces, Alexis, Penny, Karla, Mary, Ann and Kay; seven nephews, Todd, Kurt, Gregg, Paul, Shawn, Walter and Alan; and her adopted family, Sandy, Mackenzie and Marshall Staples.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Carl and Esther Wagener; her husband, Russell Conrath; three brothers, Leander, Robert and Lawrence Wagener; and her son, James Conrath.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the Immaculate Conception Church (5th and South Streets) with Rev. Ed Vanorny presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice House or charity of the donor's choice.

Her online guestbook is available at

Glen Ernest Wahlfeldt

NEWELL - Glen Ernest Wahlfeldt, 89, Newell, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at his residence in Newell.

Glen was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Newell, to Henry John Augustus and Anna (Babb) Wahlfeldt. He grew up on the family ranch near Twilight and attended the Trail Creek country school through the 8th grade. His father gave him the choice of attending high school or herding sheep. Glen chose sheep. As a 13-year-old he started in the sheep business, first herding, then shearing and finally running his own ranch.

He met the love of his life at a country dance. On Nov. 12, 1943, he married LaVonne Symonds in Broadus, Mont. The couple made their home on the ranch where Glen was a member of the Butte County Commissioners, president of the SD Woolgrowers/Sheepgrowers, and served on the Predator Board. He was also a member of the Sampont Township Board, Scottish Rite, Shrine and the Masonic Lodge. He also learned to fly in the ‘50s and owned several planes.

In 1997 they sold the ranch and moved to Newell where Glen enjoyed fishing with his buddies, gardening and hunting. Glen hunted in Canada, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana as well as South Dakota. He killed his last elk at the age of 85.

Survivors include his sons, Wes (Sandi) Wahlfeldt, Belle Fourche, and Bill (Pam) Wahlfeldt, Sturgis; daughters, Bobbi (Baine Maupin) Wahlfeldt, Buffalo, and Roxie (Jack) Huston, Sturgis; sisters, Leona Eckles, Lincoln, Neb., and Ruth McDermott, Rapid City; also eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVonne; daughter, Sharon Maynard; three brothers, Alvin, Donald and Louis; and one sister, Esther.

Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, with Pastor Denzel Nonhof officiating.

Memorials have been established to the Newell Ambulance, Newell Fire Department and the Mud Butte Fire Department.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Charlotte Cracco

DEADWOOD - Charlotte Cracco, 66, Deadwood, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

Survivors include three children, Crystal Bartlowe, Kim Stafford, and Kevin Peyton; two stepchildren, Nancy Marlatt and Mike Cracco; and 15 grandchildren.

Her husband, Joe Cracco, preceded her in death.

A time for remembrance will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Brownsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Thomas Joseph Sheehan

SAN ANTONIO - Thomas Joseph Sheehan, beloved husband, son, brother and uncle, passed away on Oct. 4, 2011, after a long and courageous struggle with ALS.

Tom was born Aug. 5, 1949, in Rapid City, S.D., to Robert and Josephine Sheehan. He married Lita Bonciolini of Brandon, South Dakota, in 1977. They moved to Texas in 1980 and have lived in San Antonio for the past 19 years.

Tom is survived by his wife; his mother, Josephine Sheehan of Sioux Falls, S.D.; his brothers, Mike Sheehan and wife Sally, of Gillette, Wyo., and John Sheehan and wife Carol of Minot, N.D.; his sister, Patricia Wilson and husband Jack of Sioux Falls; his sisters-in-law and brothers in-law; nephews; nieces; and many friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Robert R. Sheehan; and his brother, Bobby Sheehan.

A memorial service will be held October 15, at Sunset North Funeral Home in San Antonio.

To share memories or offer condolences you may sign the guest book at www.sunsetnorthfuneral

Channing King White Face

WANBLEE - Channing King White Face, infant son of Autumn Baker and Steven White Face, Wanblee, was stillborn on Oct. 5, 2011 in Rapid City.

Survivors include his parents, and a brother, John David Romero Jr.

One night wake services will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Wanblee CAP Office. Family will meet at Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge at noon.

Services: will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the office, with the Rev. Rick Abert officiating. Burial will be at St. Ignacious Cemetery.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

William H. ‘Bill' Finch

GILLETTE, Wyo. - William H. "Bill" Finch, 78, Gillette, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Finch, Gillette; a daughter, Vera Neal, Westville, Ind.; and two brothers, Jim Finch, Billings, Mont., and John Finch, Fairfield, Mont.

Visitation will be for two hours before services.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Gillette Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Ernie Bishop officiating and military honors by American Legion Post #42. Burial will take place at a later date in Forsyth, Mont.

An online guestbook is available at

Merle R. ‘Pug' Davis

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. - Merle R. "Pug" Davis, 64, Newcastle, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Weston County Health Services.

He served in the Wyoming National Guard from 1965 to 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne, Newcastle; a son, Scott Davis, Plano, Texas; a daughter, Janet Davis, Newcastle; and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Weston County Senior Center. Private family burial will take place at a later date.

Black Hills Funeral Home in Sturgis, S.D., is in charge of the arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Josh A. Brooks

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Josh A. Brooks, 44, Cheyenne, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1966, in Fergus Falls, Minn., a son to Robert and Lorraine (Brech) Brooks. At a young age, Josh moved with his family to South Dakota where he received his schooling. He moved from Rapid City, S.D., to Cheyenne in 1991.

Josh married Michelle Brent on April 27, 1991, in Cheyenne, and they had two sons, Jake and Aaron. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later following 9/11 he joined the Army National Guard and served in Iraq.

He was employed with the city of Cheyenne. He enjoyed four-wheeling with his boys in the Vedauwoo area and camping.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle, Cheyenne; two sons, Jake and Aaron Brooks, Cheyenne; his parents, Robert and Lorraine Brooks, Rapid City; two grandchildren; two brothers; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Cremation took place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel of the Chimes in Cheyenne, with Father Rob Spaulding officiating.

Robin Rae Baker

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Robin Rae Baker, 42, Glendale, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, as the result of an accident. She is survived by her husband, Roland Baker, Glendale; three children, Jason Piebenga, Jenna Piebenga and Jeffery Piebenga, Rapid City, S.D.; her parents, Robert and Patricia Wise, Rapid City; and her brother, Rob Wise, Rapid City.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City.

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