Lawrence Wolter ‘Larry’ Becker
Lawrence Wolter ‘Larry’ Becker, 93, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away April 28, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs.
Larry, a loving and loved husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, was born June 28, 1924, to William Karl and Marie Margurita (Wolter) Becker in Doon, IA. He grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Wadena High School in 1942. Lawrence served honorably in the United States Army from 1949 to 1951 during the Korean War. He married the love of his life, Irene E. Sachan October 7, 1950, at Deer Creek, MN. They moved to Hot Springs in 1959 and enjoyed raising their family, working and the many wonderful friends that they have.
Larry's work ethic and personality brought him a variety of jobs in his life. He built silos,
worked as a stone mason, delivered fuel in the Twin Cities, and trained for the railroad before he
was drafted. After returning from the Army, he drove semi-trucks, was a meat-cutter in
Minnesota and South Dakota. In Hot Springs, Larry was a meat cutter for several grocers, a milk-
man for Brown Swiss, school bus driver for the school system and also worked at the lumber
store in town. Larry enjoyed his family and home, serving his church, spending time on the lake, camping and all his woodworking projects.
The latter part of his life was under the wonderful care of staff at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs. Larry encountered many medical challenges in his later years and was always able to come thru them with the support of the medical community.
He is survived by his wife Irene; son, Mike (Deb) Becker of Rapid City; daughters, Sharon (Richard) Hallberg of Atlanta, GA; Donna (Joseph) Charron of Torrington, WY; Nancy (Kent) Bryant of Rapid City; Sally (Jeff) Menze of Holyoke, MN; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Lloyd (Carole) of Lake Isabella, CA; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents, William and Marie; brothers, Harold; Vernon; Erwin and sister, Loretta Peterson.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., May 4,2018, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Hot Springs,
with Pastor Gary Jacobsen officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Larry’s name to benefit the Bethesda Lutheran School in Hot Springs.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.
Eleanore Jean (LaFrenz) Popp
Eleanore Jean (LaFrenz) Popp, 85, of Hayfield, MN passed away at her home in Hayfield on May 1, 2018.
Eleanore was born on July 29, 1932, in Durant, IA the daughter of Albert and Marga (Pagels) LaFrenz. Her parents both immigrated from the Island of Fehmarn, Germany. Eleanore was Baptized and Confirmed into the Lutheran faith. She was raised and educated in Cedar County Country Schools and Tipton High School in Tipton, Iowa. Eleanore grew up on the farm in Cedar County, Iowa and in 1953, moved with her parents to Dexter, MN. June 12, 1953, she was united in marriage to Maurice Popp from Bennett, IA. At this time they moved back to Rockwell City, IA. Eleanore was a telephone operator and repair service clerk for General Telephone for 20 years until the closing of the office. Eleanore and her husband later moved to Hayfield, MN. She then went to Vo Tech in Rochester, MN and graduated as an unit secretary and worked at St. Mary's Hospital/Mayo Clinic for 20 years until retirement. The couple moved to Hot Spring, SD. In 2007, Eleanore moved back to Hayfield.
Eleanore was involved in 4-H, taught Sunday School and vacation bible School. She loved reading, music, and quilting. She made many quilts for the Pine Ridge, SD Native American Reservation and for her churches and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved traveling and in 1987, had the privilege of going to Hamburg, and the Island of Fehmarn, Germany to visit her mother's family.
Eleanore had no children, but she and her husband enjoyed their nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She kept in touch with friends and family through e-mail. Eleanore was also a caregiver to her parents, husband, brother and other family members. One of her greatest moments was when she was able to see nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews graduate from high school and go to college and seeing one of them graduate from college.
One of the greatest quotes passed on to Eleanore at the age of 10, was by her mother. It was "Jesus see's everything you do and the Lord is always with you." That is what carried her through the difficult times of her life. Her favorite Bible Story was "The woman at the well."
Eleanore is survived by her brother, LeRoy LaFrenz, Hayfield, MN; sister, Lorna Lauinger, Hayfield, MN; nephews, Tony McGee, Curtis Lauinger, Jim Lauinger, and Tom Lauinger, and nieces, Melissa Barth, Janet Lauinger, and Cathy Lauinger and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maurice Popp in 2003; sister, Dorothy McGee; infant sister, Alberta Velma LaFrenz; brother-in-law, Robert Lauinger; and sister-in-law, Bonnie LaFrenz.
Memorial service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 1st Street SE in Hayfield with Reverend Paul Hauschild officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Inurnment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield. In lieu of flowers family prefers memorials to Camp Companion Pet Rescue.
Blessed be her memory.
Betty L Carlson
Betty L Carlson, 85, Hot Springs, died Friday May 4, 2018.
Betty was born July 1, 1932 to Walter and Luella (Williams) Jackson in Crawford, NE. The family later moved to Belle Fourche where she graduated high school. After high school, she moved to Rapid City where she attended the National College of Business and upon receiving her degree she worked for the Sears & Roebuck Company in the accounting department. On November 13, 1960, she married Myron Carlson in Rapid City. They moved to Mobridge, SD where she tended bar along with her husband. Three years later they moved back to Rapid City. In 1965 they moved their growing family to Hill City to own and operate the Custer Toy Store. She then went to work for the city managing the Hill City liquor store with her husband for the next four years. She later worked for the local newspaper the Hill City Prevailer for many years. She also worked for the Mt Rushmore KOA Campground as a bookkeeper until she retired. In 2014 she moved to Hot Springs to be closer to family. She is survived by her 2 daughters, Vicki Phipps, Sioux Falls; Toni and husband Les Madsen, Hot Springs; 2 sons, Mike and wife Kim Carlson, Rapids City; Steve and wife Molly Carlson, Grand Rapids, MI; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother Neil Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Myron Carlson April 5, 2006; 1 son Richard Phipps, May 10, 1980; 1 brother Garold Jackson January 21, 2003; and her parents.
Funeral services will be Friday May 11th at Behrens – Wilson Funeral Home. Visitation will be 9 to 11:00 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11:00. Interment will be at 1:00 p.m., at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Condolences may be conveyed to the family through the funeral home website.
Garry L. Cole
Garry L. Cole, 64, Sturgis, died, Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Veterans Administration Ft. Meade in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, May 11, 2018 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, with viewing 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.