Robert C. Roberts

CHETEK, Wis. - Robert C. Roberts, 64, Chetek and formerly of Rapid City, died Dec. 1, 2004.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include one son, Duane Roberts, Cumberland, Wis.; one daughter, Kimberly Powassin, Ontario, Canada; six grandchildren; one brother, Donald Roberts, Wisconsin; and three sisters, Sharon Burkhart, Minnesota, and Ruby Wilson and Anita Griffin, both of Belle Fourche, S.D.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Interment Service Center at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.

Phyllis E. Petera

SUNDANCE, Wyo. - Phyllis E. Petera, 89, Sundance, died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at Crook County Memorial Nursing Home in Sundance.

Survivors include one son, Francis "Pete" Petera, Dubois; one daughter, Marie Vetsch, Spokane, Wash.; one sister, Sylvia Draine, Sundance; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Her husband, Frank "Cap" Petera, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sundance, followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the church, with the Rev. Bruce Clapham officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Sundance.

Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance is in charge of arrangements.

Todd Thomas Schultz

KEYSTONE - Todd Thomas Schultz, 57, Keystone, died Friday, March 18, 2005, at his home.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his parents, Thomas and Ruth Schultz, Pierre, and two brothers, Steve Schultz, Sturgis, and Mark Schultz, Pierre.

Committal services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Chaplain Moe Greiner officiating. Friends may gather at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis before leaving for the cemetery.

Connie L. Drew Anderson

GREENWOOD, Ind. - Connie L. (Drew) Anderson, 68, Greenwood, died Monday, March 21, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

Survivors include two children, Lynette Sullivan, Greenwood, and Scott Drew, Rapid City, S.D.; her mother, Maurine Olson, Chamberlain, S.D.; two sisters, Nola Maxon, Chamberlain, and Lyla Adams, Moorcroft, Wyo.; one brother, Ray Olson, Chamberlain; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST Friday, March 25, with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Wevik Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the funeral chapel. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Bijou Hills, S.D.

Velma Neva 'Susie' Higgins

STURGIS - Velma Neva "Susie" Higgins, 91, Sturgis, died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at Sturgis Community Health Care Center Long Term Care.

Survivors include one daughter, Rose Derby, Whitewood; one son, Joe Higgins, Newell; one sister, Dorothy Wilcox, Sturgis; eight grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home of Sturgis.

Gerald 'Jerry' Russell

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Gerald "Jerry" Russell, 57, Gillette, died Friday, March 18, 2005, at the Wheatland hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Michelle; one daughter, Anne Marie Birdie; one son, Jeremy Russell; one granddaughter; his mother, Emma Wales, Buena Vista, Colo.; two sisters, Jeannie Stewart, Bayfield, Colo., and Marilyn Hollenbeck, Buena Vista; and one brother, Charles "Bud" Russell, Roy, Wash.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at Christian Church in Gillette, with Michael Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette.

A memorial has been established to Christian Church of Gillette. Memorial gifts and condolences can be sent to Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716, or on the internet at

Robert Richard Ferron

RAPID CITY - Robert Richard Ferron, 85, Rapid City, died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Cora "Candy" Ferron, Rapid City; two sons, Leonard Ferron and Paul Dyson Ferron, both of Beaverton, Ore.; four daughters, Roberta Ferron, Bellingham, Wash., Jacqueline Left Hand Bull Delahunt, Rapid City, Sandra Frazier, Eagle Butte, and Jeanette Frago, Denton, Texas; one brother, Frank Ferron, Columbus, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at St. Charles Church in St. Francis. Burial will be at St. Charles Cemetery in St. Francis. A wake will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday at Digman Hall in St. Francis.

You may sign Robert's online register book at

Irene Sylvia Nelson

RAPID CITY - Having shared her life with so many who loved her, Irene Nelson, age 95, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at Meadowbrook Manor and came rejoicing into the presence of our Lord Jesus. She was born March 24, 1909, in Madelia, MN, to Martin and Clara Nelson and worked most of her life as a stenographer in the state of Washington and Minnesota. Her life was one of humble service to her family and friends and her quiet demeanor masked a strong resolve and a loving heart shown to all in her handiwork, baking, and gifts of loving service. We will all miss her sweet giggle and twinkle in her eye. She is survived by her loving family: sister, Norma Fenske, Rapid City; nephew and wife, David and Judy Fenske, Rapid City; Grand-nieces, Cori Strecker, Rapid City, Casey Westphal, Hills, MN, Christy Kaiser, Shoreview, MN, Katy and Ann Peterson, Calamus, IA; and 7 great-grand-nieces and 1 great-grand-nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Edwin and Oliver.

Services for Irene will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26th at Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapid City, with Rev. Dwight Stensgaard officiating. You are invited to sign Irene's online register book at

Frank A. Gabriel

FAITH - Frank A. Gabriel, 84, Faith, died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at the Sturgis Community Health Care Center.

Frank Allen Gabriel was born May 18, 1920, to Fred and Frances (Hunn) Gabriel at their home 13 miles south of Faith. Frank attended school through the 8th grade at Turtle Creek. Through his adolescent years he worked with the family freighting business from Faith to Lemmon.

June 19, 1942, Frank was drafted into the Army and served all of WWII in Burma, India, as a cook, animal veterinarian and soldier. He talked a lot about experiences holding prisoners at gunpoint, food drops, the weather and catching malaria. After his discharge from the Army in 1946, Frank sold his sheep to brother Earl and started cattle ranching. His cattle and 3 way cross feeder calves were always well accepted.

November 11, 1947, he married Ilma Gertrude Hanna in Rushville, NE. They ranched at Wounded Knee, SD, until they moved to Faith, SD, in 1952. They raised four children: Son Kent Gabriel, Bayard, NE, daughter, Faye Schalisky and her husband, T.W. live on the home ranch, son Zane Gabriel, Sturgis; a daughter, Gail, and their four grandchildren, Gail, Carrietta and Jacob Schalesky, Faith, and Gail Gabriel, Faith.

Frank was very respected as a friend, neighbor and cattleman. His horsemanship was unparalleled and admired by all that knew him. He was very proud to teach his grandkids to become talented horsemen and to drive the feed pickup at 4 years old. Many times the grandkids would crawl up on his knee (sometimes one on each) and say "Read Grandpa read." Grandpa would skip a page and they'd say "Go back Grandpa, you missed a page."

Also surviving is one brother, Earl (Erma) Gabriel, Philip, and one sister, Irna (Leo) Collins, Faith, and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Gail, 3 brothers, John, Floyd and Paul, and one sister, Freda.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zeona with Rev. Deb Geelsdottir officiating. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City with military honors by The Retired Enlisted Association of Rapid City. A memorial has been established.

Friends may sign the online guestbook and offer condolences at

Virgil L. Binnebose

RAPID CITY - Virgil L. Binnebose, 66, Rapid City, died Sunday March 20, 2005, at his home in Rapid City.

Virgil was born March 11, 1939, in Willmar, Minnesota, to Lawrence and Evelyn (Brink) Binnebose. He attended and graduated from school in Willmar before joining the US Air Force, serving from 1957 until 1962. After his discharge Virgil received computer training and is Co-owner of Dakota West Computers in Rapid City. Virgil met and married Sharon Carlock and they have happily spent the last 44 years together.

Virgil was a hard working family man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed his many friends, camping, NASCAR racing, bowling (belonging to the American Bowling Association) and the Black Hills. Virgil's other love was his 1960 Plymouth Fury. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Grateful for having shared his life is, his wife Sharon Binnebose, his three children, Larry Binnebose, Lori Joyce, and Linda Randolph, his seven grandchildren, Sarah Gillen, Bradley Binnebose, Tracey Gillen, Lesley Joyce, Jessica Binnebose, Natalie Joyce and Michelle Joyce, all of Rapid City; his father Lawrence Binnebose, and one brother Ron Binnebose, both of Willmar, Minn.

He is preceded in death by his mother Evelyn.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday March 23, 2005, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday March 24, 2005, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City with Reverend Robert Rudebusch officiating.

Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors provided by VFW Post #1273.

Arrangements are in the care of Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Dale Antoine Cuny


FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Dale Antoine Cuny, born Nov. 20, 1980, died March 16, 2005.

Dale was in the 82nd Airborne. Dale also had a great love for boxing. He was a member of Martinez Boxing Club.

Wakes will be held at Horse Creek Community Center in White River, S.D., on March 22 and 23.

The funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2005, at St. James Cemetery in White River, S.D., with Father John Spruhan officiating.

Survivors include his wife, April Dubray Cuny, son Taylor Antoine Cuny, daughter Jolei Rosalyn Cuny, daughter Mataya Dubray, father Ben Knife, brothers Pete Knife, Jesse Knife and Joe Saul, mother Suzie Cuny, aunt Delores Cordier, sister Leona Cuny, uncle Clare Moran and wife Sylvia, aunt Judy Roubideaux, aunt Judith Yellow, aunt Josie Yellow, aunt Brenda Yellow, aunt Phyliss Yellow, uncle Tom Yellow, special friends John and Cheryle Slagle, Caryn Slagle, Eddie Martinez and Chauncey LaPointe, and numerous cousins and nephews and nieces.

Harold D. Walker

HOT SPRINGS - Harold D. Walker, 73, of Hot Springs, died March 21, 2005, while surrounded by his family at his home in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Harold was born February 18, 1932, to Daniel and Grace (Worden) Walker in Hot Springs. Graduated from the Hot Springs High School in 1950, where he was active in track and football. He served one and a half years of active military duty in Germany, during the Korean War, from 1950 to 1952. After his separation from the Army, Harold attended Chadron State College from 1952 to 1954. He married Sonja Volden on June 7, 1958 in Henning, MN. Harold was a twenty-one year member of the Army National Guard in which he attained the rank of 1st Sergeant.

Harold was employed by People's Telephone/Golden West Telecommunication Company for 34 years. He was also a 34 year member of the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department. He served 5 years as Fire Chief; during that time one of his most memorable experiences was fighting the Evans Hotel fire. In addition, Harold was an active member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, the VFW and the American Legion.

Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing and taking rides in the Black Hills. He was a caring man, who will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Survivors include wife, Sonja Walker of Hot Springs, SD; sons, Paul Walker of Rapid City, SD; Brian (Mary) Walker of Portland, OR; Wayne (Beth) Walker of Rapid City, SD; daughter, Linda (Tom) Lippert of Royalton, MN; six grandchildren; one brother, K (Lena) Walker of Hot Springs, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Ilene Walker.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2005, at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Hot Springs, South Dakota, with Reverend Kevin Clark officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department and his 10:00 coffee group.

Inurnment will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

A memorial has been established in Harold's name to benefit the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department and the St. John's Lutheran Church of Hot Springs.

Arrangements have been place in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, SD.

Britain Jr., Garrison 'Gary' A.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Garrison "Gary" A. Britain Jr. of Overland Park, KS, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, March 20, 2005 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, ending a full and generous life of 74 years. Visitation will be Thursday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m. followed by the Funeral service at 3:00 p.m. at D.W. Newcomer's, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. Gary was born November 15, 1930 in Oelrichs, SD, the first of five children born to Garrison A. Britain and C. Mildred Folger Britain. He lived in SD until 1946, when his family moved to Homewood, KS, and he graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1948. He married Margaret L. Harding on March 18, 1951 in Topeka, KS. They spent their first three years together in Honolulu, HI, where Gary served in the U.S. Navy as personal photographer to Admiral John Hoskins. Following his service in the Korean War he returned to Topeka, KS to complete his B.A. Degree. During his years in Topeka, he was employed by WIBW-TV and Topeka Engraving. He was a member of First Baptist Church and a Boy Scout Leader. The family was complete when two sons were born, Scott Alan in 1958 and Hugh Warren in 1961. He joined Western Paper Company in Houston, TX in 1968 and was transferred to the Kansas City Branch in 1970. He was promoted to the Executive Office as Regional Marketing Manager of P.E. & S. in 1974. He and the family relocated to Lincoln, NE when he was promoted to Branch Manager in 1976. He retired as Regional Vice President of Western Paper Company in 1992. During his time in Lincoln, he served on the Safety Council of Nebraska, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Symphony Board, Goodwill Board, Streets & Highway Board, Advisory Board for Southeast Community College, and the Honorary Board for Juvenile Diabetes.

Gary and Margaret retired and returned to Overland Park, KS in 1992 to enjoy time with their family. During retirement Gary was a volunteer at Stanley and Blue River Elementary schools. In 1999 he was honored as Distinguished Share Volunteer for the Blue Valley School District and in 2002 he was the "Volunteer of the Year" at Blue River Elementary. Gary enjoyed 54 years with his wife Margaret and was happiest spending time with his sons, Scott & Hugh, his daughter-in-law, Karla and his two precious granddaughters, Taryn Kaye and Corey Ann. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Garrison and Mildred Britain, an infant sister and sister, Betty Allen. He is survived by sister Sharon Wood and brother Ted Britain. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association-Heartland Chapter, 3846 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, KS 66208 or Kansas City Hospice, 10100 W. 87th St., Ste 100, Overland Park, KS 66212 or American Heart Association-Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 917, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-0917.

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