Obituaries for Saturday, May 29, 2010

2010-05-28T15:00:00Z Obituaries for Saturday, May 29, 2010 Rapid City Journal
May 28, 2010 3:00 pm

Margaret E. Cooper

SPEARFISH - Margaret E. Cooper, 89, Spearfish, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at David Dorsett Regional Senior Care.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Cooper, Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Jim Cooper, Sundance, Wyo., and Tom Cooper, Belle Fourche; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Donna Schnaible, Aberdeen, Florence, Ryan, Ore., and Mavis, Grand Junction, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delvin.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

An online guestbook is available at

John Eagle Bull Jr.

MANDERSON - John Eagle Bull Jr., 71, Manderson, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, in Manderson.

Survivors include a son, Jefferson Eagle Bull, Manderson; three grandchildren; and a brother, Harold Eagle Bull, Minneapolis.

A two-night wake begins at 1 p.m. today at Wounded Knee District School.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Wounded Knee District School. Burial will be at St. Thomas Episcopal Cemetery.

Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald G. Ehrmantrout

BOWMAN, N.D. - Ronald G. Ehrmantrout, 76, Bowman, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.

Survivors include a son in Rapid City, S.D. 

A rosary and Scripture service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at St. Charles Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 31, at the church, with Deacon Lenny Fischer officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Lynda L. Fanning

SPEARFISH - Lynda L. (Mertz) Fanning, 75, Spearfish, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at her home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, Robert Fanning, and her children Blake Lyndon, Salida, Colo., Regan Jon (Jennifer), Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., Kara Rae, Salida, Colo., Kyle Mills (Virginia Dallam), Fort Collins, Colo. She is also survived by granddaughters, Sarah Mills Fanning and Leah Dallam Fanning, both of Fort Collins. Other survivors include her aunt, Vernette Waugh, and special cousin, Kay Kelly along with several other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Lynda was preceded in death by her parents, Lyndon and Thelma Mertz and brother, Ronald Mertz.

She was born March 9, 1935, to Lyndon and Thelma Mertz in Deadwood. Lynda attended grade school in Deadwood after which her family moved to Silverton, Colo., where Lynda graduated from Silverton High School receiving the honor of Salutatorian. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for two years before graduating from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1957 with a BBS. She received a M.Ed. Degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Lynda taught high school business courses in Colorado, Indiana, and Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda where she met a young Air Force pilot who became her husband on July 7, 1962, in Silverton. They were posted to Saitama, Japan, where their first two sons were born. The family moved to Clinton, N.Y., where their daughter and third son were born. During her years in New York, Lynda became involved in a charity called The Box Project and was later elected to the national board of directors; she traveled to the Mississippi Delta several times to provide families with food, clothing, and improved education. The family moved to Maryville, Tenn., in 1982 where Lynda was employed at Maryville College and taught English as a Second Language to international students from around the world.

Lynda and Robert retired in 1992 and moved to Spearfish to help take care of her elderly mother and aunt. She worked with students at Black Hills State University. In Spearfish, she continued to care about the environment and helped start the Recycling Program and volunteered there during its existence. She also, designed, planted and maintained the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden in Brady Park for the City of Spearfish.  Lynda's love for children led her to volunteer at the Spearfish Public Library, Northern Hills Area CASA Program, and Service Chair of the Zonta Club of Spearfish.  When she became involved in the Circle of Stones Book Club she made many dear friends who became a strong support group during her battle against cancer.

A memorial celebration of the life of Lynda Fanning will be at 6 p.m. Monday, June 7, at the Spearfish City Park Tretheway Pavilion.

Lynda will be interned in a private family ceremony.

People may remember Lynda with gifts to Hospice of the Northern Hills, 1440 N. Main St., Spearfish, 57783, Artemis House, P.O. Box 486, Spearfish, 57783, or CASA of the Northern Hills, 1940 North Ave, Suite 6, Spearfish, 57783.

"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Taken from the Great Law of the Six Nations of the Iroquois.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburg

Lorraine Floss

RAMONA, Calif. - Lorraine Floss, 82, Ramona, and formerly of Belle Fourche, S.D., died Friday, May 21, 2010, at home.

Survivors include a sister, Jean Watkins, Ramona.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, May 27, in Ramona.

A private family graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 1, at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, with Deacon Ray Klein officiating.

Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche is in charge of local arrangements. 

Martin H. Haeme

RAPID CITY - Martin H. Haeme, 77, Rapid City, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Marta Ankele, Rapid City; and a grandchild.

Services are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Wayne Murray Hannant

OREGON CITY, Ore. - Wayne Murray Hannant, 91, Oregon City, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Milwaukie.

He served with the 109th Engineers of the South Dakota National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Hannant, Oregon City; two sons, Harold Hannant, Bay City, Mich., and Larry Hannant, Township, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Ann Marie Raycraft, Oregon City, and Luella Vincent, Garden Valley, Idaho; stepson, Chuck Merritt, Oregon City; three grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; a stepgreat-great-grandson; and a sister, Arleen Woodford, Black Hawk, S.D.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Evangelical Church.

Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Mae Isaacson

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Beloved wife of Darrold Isaacson for 56 years; Loving Mother of Thomas, Michael, Mary, and Bruce; Beloved Grandmother of Meghan, Andrew, Tyler, Justin, Ryan, Claire, Phoebe, and Emma; Great-Grandmother of Cordelle; and Sister of Lois Miller of Bloomington, Minn., passed away Thursday, May 27, 2010.

Born, raised, educated and married in South Dakota and moved to Colorado in 1962.

Fond memories of Gladys, Mom and Grandma, will live on, especially her quick wit and smile, wonderful laugh and willingness to put others before herself.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 3, at Horan & McConaty, followed by interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Audrey M. Lohr

SPEARFISH - Audrey M. Lohr, 74, Spearfish, passed away Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Audrey was born April 10, 1936, at Clear Lake to Edward and Ann Susan (Mack) Kaiser. She moved to Estelline at age 10, where she attended school and worked for the Estelline Hospital. She married Arthur Lohr on Oct. 15, 1953, in Estelline and moved to the Black Hills. During their marriage they lived in various parts of the world, before returning to Spearfish. She worked at the Dorsett Home, Lawrence County Health, Mini Mart and Safeway.

Audrey's greatest achievement was being a wonderful grandmother and was known as G-Mister, Grams, Grana, Grannie and Gramma.

Survivors include her children, Lelia (Paul) Lewis, Stephanie (Joe) Sprigler, Richard (Maria) Lohr and Rhonda Lohr-French, all of Spearfish and Edward (Suzanne) Lohr of Anchorage, Alaska; 12 grandchildren, Tambi, Marc, Josh, Erica, Mathew, Brandon, Michael, Natasha, Zachary, Nicholas, Victor and Arthur; and sister, Eileen Linneman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur; and two brothers, Marvin and Edward.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with 7 p.m. vigil services, Monday, May 31, at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the church, with Father Timothy Castor as Celebrant. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory of Spearfish.

Online condolences may be written at

William K. ‘Bill' Mannion

RAPID CITY - William K. "Bill" Mannion, 80, Rapid City, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at home.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Mannion, Rapid City; two daughters, Shirley Johnson, Wheat Ridge, Colo., and Nancy Born, Peyton, Colo.; two sons, David Mannion, Denver, and Steven Mannion, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Edmund Mannion, Chico, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Rapid City with the Rev. Keith Garness officiating. Burial will be at Willow Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dell Rapids at a later date.

Kirk Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Michael B. Marion

DENVER - Michael B. Marion, 77, Denver, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

Mike was born June 3, 1932, in Rapid City to Frank and Jessie Marion. The family moved away briefly to Montana but returned to Rapid City in 1935. Mike grew up in Rapid City and graduated from Rapid City High School in 1950. He was very active in sports, lettering in both basketball and football. He was president of the "R" Club, co-captain of the football team and King Football when he was a senior. Always the center of fun, his carefree manner and vibrant personality earned his popularity throughout the school.

After graduation, Mike enrolled at the University of South Dakota. Midway through college he served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.

He returned to finish college at the University and earned a degree in Business Administration in 1958 and a law degree in 1960.

He married Colleen Walsh in 1962 and they moved to Denver where he practiced law with his brother-in-law, Jack Deish, for 47 years.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Mike, Tim, Molly and Katy; his brother, Frank; and his sister, Jody Desich.

A funeral mass was celebrated April 13 at the St. Vincent de Paul Church.

Benny Martinez

BURLEY, Idaho - Benny "Uncle Benny" Martinez, 86, Burley, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at Parke View Rehabilitation and Care Center.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include a sister, Adela Arguello, Rapid City, S.D.

A vigil service will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary service, Tuesday, June 1, at Little Flower Catholic Church.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, at the church, with the Rev. Justin Brady officiating. 

Burial, with military honors by the Mini-Cassia Veterans, will be at Paul Cemetery.

Rasmussen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia A. McKinstry

RAPID CITY - Patricia A. McKinstry, 86, Rapid City, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at Golden LivingCenter Prairie Hills in Rapid City.

Survivors include a son, Steve McKinstry, Rapid City; two sisters, Pauline McKee, Antioch, Ill., and Henrietta Gress, Waterloo, Iowa; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Delmar E. "Mac/Bud" McKinstry, preceded her in death.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, May 31, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home, with a vigil service at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, with the Rev. Ed Vanorny officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

An online guestbook is available at

Arlene Peterson

SPEARFISH - Arlene Peterson, 93, Spearfish, died Friday, May 28, 2010, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service in Spearfish.

Emma Martha Raba

NEW UNDERWOOD - Emma Martha Mueller Raba was born Oct. 17, 1919, to Heinrich and Martha (Bollinger) Mueller on the family farm south of Java. She attended East Spring Valley School for eight years. She worked as a hired girl for a while and then went to Hardin, Mont., to work. Emma returned home and then worked with the NYA (National Youth Association) at Timber Lake until she became engaged to Gabriel Raba of Piedmont. They were married May 24, 1941, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Piedmont by Father McNamara. They farmed and ranched at Piedmont until they bought their own place and moved south of New Underwood in March of 1946. They lived there until moving into assisted living in September of 2007, and then to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in New Underwood in February of 2010.

Emma was a good wife and wonderful nurturing mother who taught her children how to grow their own wings. She was famous for her rye bread and her huge vegetable gardens, which she loved. She was an accomplished seamstress and was quite good at Tole painting. She was a traveler at heart, and could be ready to go at a moment's notice.

She quietly passed away from us on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, (one day after their 69th wedding anniversary) at the age of 90 years, 5 months and 8 days. 

She is survived by her husband, Gabriel John Raba of New Underwood; and five children, Janice (Roger) Overby of Rapid City, Evelyn Pickersgill of London, Ontario, Canada, Cynthia (Dominic) Horning of Rapid City, Thomas (Gayla) Raba of Rapid City and Timothy (Sharon) Raba of New Underwood. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas and Melissa Horning, and Theresa (Arron) Sigler, all of Rapid City, Andrew Raba of New Underwood, Mathew (Jammie) Raba of Belle Fourche, Amie (Manuel) Williams of Buckeye, Ariz., Therese, Christine and Annemarie Pickersgill of London, Ontario, Canada, Jessica Crawford of Anchorage, Alaska; four step-grandchildren, Steve (Lyn) Overby of Douglas, Wyo., Gary (Jennifer) Overby of Tracy, Calif., and Sherri (Donald) Crown and Denise (Kelly) Moore, both of Rapid City; eight great-grandchildren, Joe, Jacob, Samantha, Alanisse, Alonzo, Tori, Amareyon and Gabriel; three brothers, Otto (Anna) and Ervin (Priscilla), all of Java, and Harold (Beverly) of Hitchcock; one sister, Anne Witlock of Java; special niece, Charlotte (EJ) Monthye of Butte, Mont.; brother-in-law, Mark (Verna) Raba and sister-in-law Katherine Kindel, both of Selby, and sister-in-law Irene Kosters of Mobridge; and special friend, Nancee Nesbitt of New Underwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Henry, Anton and Carl; and one sister, Marie Schreter.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a 5 p.m. prayer service, Monday, May 31, at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 532 Adams St., Rapid City, with Father Bill Zandri as Celebrant. Burial will follow at the New Underwood Cemetery.

There will be a luncheon at the New Underwood Community Center following burial.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to St. John's Catholic Church in New Underwood and the New Underwood Cemetery.

Family and friends may sign Emma's online guest book at

Douglas M. Sund

NORTHGLENN, Colo. - Douglas M. Sund, 69, Northglenn, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2010.

He was born Jan. 18, 1941, at Custer, S.D., to Lois (Durkee) and Glen Sund. He was the oldest of five children. Doug spent his high school years in Rochelle, Ill., where he lettered in many sports while working to support his mother and siblings.

Doug volunteered to go into the service and worked as a medic (Army and Navy) in Vietnam from 1962 to 1966.

Upon his honorable discharge, he came back to South Dakota and resumed taking care of his family and becoming a lineman for Black Hills Power and Light.

He married Jill Bachand on Dec. 8, 1967. Since Doug was a lineman, they traveled all across the western United States. After the birth of their son, Shannon "Shaun," they settled in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1971 and Doug worked for Arizona Public Service.

They lived in Cottonwood, Ariz., from 1973 to 1979. During this time, Doug was a member of and president of the Jaycees. He was instrumental in bringing the first professional rodeo to Cottonwood. From 1979 to 1990, Doug and his family lived in Phoenix and during this time Doug went to night school and obtained his Bachelor's degree in Business Management. In 1990 Doug and Jill moved to Colorado where Doug had been offered a job in the Safety Department at Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant. He retired from this position in 2005.

Doug's favorite things in life were his grandchildren, going out to breakfast almost every morning, real estate investing, watching television, and betting on the horses!

He is survived by his wife, Jill; son and daughter-in-law, Shaun and Kelly Sund of Thornton; daughter, Denice Bachand of Northglenn; grandchildren, Taylor, Darrian, Danika, Selina, Tylo, Elijah and Isiah; brothers, Dennis Sund and Tom Sund; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Doug was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and sisters, Lee Harper and Judy Hill.

Services were held at Tabor Rice Funeral Home in Brighton,

Graveside Service will be Tuesday, June 1, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.

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