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Rex Allen Witte

GLAD VALLEY — Rex Allen Witte, 77, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2010.

Rex Allen was born June 8, 1932, to Charles and  Alma (Bleckwenn) Witte at Coal Springs. He was raised on the farm and attended Tip Top country school and graduated from Lemmon High School in 1950. He was drafted in the Army 1953 and was discharged in 1954 after being stationed in Alaska.

He married Jo Ann Drageset on August 10, 1955, in Firesteel. In 1956 they purchased the Glad Valley store from Elfrank and it remained open until 1982. He also was head Post Master from 1963 until the Feds shut him down in 1997.

According to Jo Ann, his wife, Rex WAS the Glad Valley Fire Dept. However, he was a volunteer from the time he moved to Glad Valley until old age caught up with him.

Surviving family members include his daughter, Ginger Knowlton; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Teresa Witte; six grandchildren, Sara and Beau Beaudet, Jaymie and Chris Brown, Saydee and Wayne Corcoran, Zach Knowlton, Courtney Witte and Andrew Witte; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline Beaudet and Belle and John Corcoran.

A Service of Remembrance will be at 2 p.m. today at the Glad Valley Fire Hall, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

His online guestbook is available at www.evanson jensenfuneralhome.com.

Lisa Elaine Dell

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Lisa Elaine Dell beloved Wife, Mother, and Nana was born April 13, 1959, in Berkeley, Calif. She spent her childhood in Kansas City, Kan., Newell, S.D., and Schuyler, Neb. She excelled in school and was an active member of the FHA and won the Future Homemakers of America Award. After meeting her husband Donald in college, she went on to have three children. Lisa devoted herself completely to her family and was a wonderful homemaker. She served as a CCD educator, Girl Scout leader, school volunteer, and was a member of the Democratic Party and MS Society.

Lisa leaves behind her husband, Donald John Dell of the Woodlands; her son, Jacob Joseph Dell and wife, Rachel, and grandchildren, Carolyn, Abigail and Elizabeth of San Antonio; her daughter, Meaghan Hurd Dell Steffek and husband, Matthew, and grandchildren, Winston and Henry of San Antonio; and her daughter, Abigail Anna Dell, and fiancé, Martin Epple of Zurich, Switzerland; her sister, Carrie Richardson and family of Fruita, Colo.; and her brother, Joseph Hurd and family of Columbus, Neb.

Lisa was the best Nana to her five grandchildren, whom she loved and cared for beyond measure. They will greatly miss their Nana as they hold steadfast to her memory.

Lisa was a treasure to all who knew her. Her quick wit, sense of humor, intelligence, and determination made her a respected member of her family and the community. Lisa’s fiery will and strength persisted as she dealt with the disease of MS for the past 15 years. Lisa handled herself with grace, pose, and kindness. Words cannot express how much she will be missed. Her family vows to keep her memory alive and will cherish always the time they were blessed to spend with her here on Earth. Lisa’s family knows she is with the Lord now and is at peace.

Heaven has a new treasure and her family here on Earth has a new Angel to look after and protect them. Lisa will always be in their hearts and on their minds. We love, honor, and miss you Lisa; Beloved Wife, Mother, and Nana.

Memorial Services will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newell on Saturday, June 5. 2010. Rosary will begin at 10 a.m., with services at 1 p.m. and interment to follow at Hope Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

Virginia Peiman

DALLAS, Texas — Virginia Peiman, 77, passed away suddenly Friday, May 28, 2010, at home.

Virginia Knodel was born Jan. 9, 1933, in Armour, S.D. She graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Neb., with a degree in music and education. This is where she met her husband,

Donald. Virginia and Donald were married June 17, 1955.

She was an elementary teacher in Amarillo from 1957-1961. They moved to Rapid City, S.D., in 1961. Virginia was an elementary teacher and gave private piano lessons until 1990 when they moved to Dallas, where she gave private piano lessons and was a member of the Texas Music Teachers Association for another 16 years.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Donald; son, Gregory of Dallas; son, James and wife, Mary Jo, and three grandchildren, Alex, Ashley and Jackson, all of Lincoln, Neb; one brother, Jerald and wife, Jean Knodel of Yankton, S.D.; and one sister, Shirley Dale of Savannah.

Services will be Saturday, June 5, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Armour.

Margaret Simons

MARCUS — Margaret Simons, 87, Marcus, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at her home on the ranch.

Margaret was born Dec. 23, 1922, on the family ranch in Bear Butte Valley to Edward and Agnes (Thein) May. She grew up in the Alkali area and graduated from Sturgis High School. She received her teaching certificate from Spearfish Normal. Her family moved to the Plainview area where Margaret taught in a small country school. De and Don King still refer to her as “Miss May.”

She met Mark “Seets” Simons while teaching and the couple were married June 1, 1942, at Sturgis.

She quit teaching in order to raise her family. Some of her children were schooled at home.  She returned to teaching when the children were all in school. She taught until the birth of her youngest son, Buddy.  She retired in 1968 and returned to the ranch where she helped her husband and continued to raise her family.

Margaret enjoyed her yard and flower gardens. She liked feeding her birds and caring for her pets. She most especially loved her family. She had recently attended kindergarten graduation for her great-grandchildren. She was a member of a local quilting circle and a member of the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church where she was also a lay minister.

Survivors include four sons, Monte and Ann Simons, Bennett, Colo., Jack Simons, Enning, Clark and Marilyn Simons, Aurora, Colo., and Buddy and Lori Simons, Howes; three daughters, Valarie and Larry Brown, Faith, and Mary Jacobsen and Marlene and Gary Wendt, all of Castle Rock; 26 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edna Taylor, Rapid City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark in 1996; one sister, Clara; one brother, Joe; one grandson, Danny; one granddaughter, April; son-in-law, Harlan; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl.

Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Rosary services will follow at 7 p.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, with Fr. Marcin Garbacz officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at the Pedro Cemetery near the Sioux Spiritual Center south of Plainview.

Memorials have been established to the Sioux Spiritual Center and Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

Harold F. Hardy

HILL CITY — Harold F. Hardy, 59, Hill City, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at home.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret D. Davis-Hardy, Hill City; two daughters, Breeann Carson, Spokane, Wash., and Thea Diane Davis, Hill City; four stepdaughters, Carrie Haack and Heidi Roos both of Spokane, Cindy Kidder, Stevensville, Mont., and Frida Ross, Keystone; 14 grandchildren; and one brother, Dave Hardy, Portland, Ore.

Graveside services, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and the South Dakota National Guard, will be at noon Monday, June 7, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with the Rev. Brian Anderson officiating.

His online guestbook is available at www.osheimschmidt.com

Allen R. Tomac

BUFFALO — Allen R. Tomac, 35, Buffalo and formerly of Keldron, died Monday, May 31, 2010, due to injuries sustained in an ATV accident while rounding up cattle on the family ranch south of Keldron.

Survivors include his children, Alayna, twins, Logen and Livia, and Elyssa, and their mother, Nicole Bloom-Tomac, all of Webster; his parents, Ron and Rae Tomac, and his brother, Greg Tomac, all of Keldron; two sisters, Ronette Lutz, Lemmon, and Nicolette Lensegrav, Meadow; and his paternal grandmother, Grace Tomac, and his maternal grandparents, Richard and Iva Krausz, all of Lemmon.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon. A Christian Wake service will follow at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at the church, with the Rev. Brian Fawcett and Deacon Bill Dustman officiating. Burial will be at Morristown Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

An online guestbook is available at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.

Robert Dean Moore

MISSION — Robert Dean Moore, 47, Mission, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, in Denver.

Survivors include his parents, the Rev. Dr.  Marrles and Frances Moore and his brother, the Rev. Jack Moore, all of Mission.

He will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 4, at the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Chambers. Wake services will follow at 2 p.m. at the Sinte Gleska University Multipurpose Building in Mission.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at the SGU Multipurpose Building. Burial will be at Calvary Episcopal Cemetery in Okreek.

Holmes Funeral Home of Valentine, Neb., is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.holmesfh.com.

Evonna Schelling

MOORCROFT, Wyo. — Evonna Schelling, 51, Moorcroft, died Monday May 31, 2010, at home.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Schelling, and her son, Ray Schelling, both of Moorcroft; four daughters, Andrea Mills and Laura Schelling, both of Moorcroft, and Ami Hanson and Bethany Schelling, both of Gillette; 10 grandchildren; her mother, Fern Blakeman; four brothers, Randy Blakeman, Steve Blakeman, Ken Blakeman and Kevin Blakeman; and a sister, Mona Gill.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at First Southern Baptist Church.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 4, at Moorcroft Elementary School, with the Rev. Guille Seigler officiating. 

An online guestbook is available at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.

Tamara R. Bragge

HAYWARD, Calif. — Tamara R. Bragge, 45, Hayward and formerly of Belle Fourche, S.D., died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Survivors include her husband, David Bragge, Hayward; her father, George Giroux, Belle Fourche; three brothers, Darrell Giroux, Shiprock, N.M., Allen Giroux, Belle Fourche, and George Giroux Jr., Rapid City, S.D.; and a sister, Carol King, Rosebud S.D.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. Saturday, June 12, until services start at 10:30 a.m. at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Inurnment will be at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.

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An online guestbook is available at www.funeralhomeofthenorthernhills.com

Michael Francis Olic

NEW UNDERWOOD — Michael Francis Olic, 54, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2010, at Angostura Lake, while enjoying time in the presence of his daughters. 

Mike was born May 21, 1956, in Rapid City to Frank and Margaret (Jobgen) Olic. He grew up on his family homestead in the badlands outside Imlay, where he first learned how to ride a horse, swing a rope, swing a hammer, and bait a line.  He attended grade school in Scenic and graduated from Wall High School in 1974. In high school he was involved in a variety of activities and sports and is well remembered for his agility and athleticism.

Growing up Mike was always involved in the many operations of his parents’ ranch. After high school he continued to work for his parents and in 1979 he bought the Olic Ranch. He eventually built and operated a ranch just southeast of the family homestead. In 1998 he gave up ranching, moved to the Rapid City area, and pursued a career in general construction. In 2002 he moved to New Underwood where he continued his construction business in partnership with his nephew.

Mike loved to ride, rope, fish, water ski, toss horseshoes, dance, play cards, and work with wood. He was a loving father to his four daughters and a great friend to all who knew him.

Mike is survived by four daughters, Latona (Toby) Austin, Smithwick, Andrea Olic, Scenic, Hope Olic, Faulkton, and Mikala Olic, New Underwood; his mother, Margaret Olic, New Underwood; three sisters, Connie (Arlen) Carmichael, New Underwood, Carolyn Thompson, Rapid City, and Carla (John) Dean, Platte; and special friend, Michelle Swallow, New Underwood. 

He is preceded in death by his father, Frank, and by his grandparents.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 4, at Open Bible Christian Center, 2225 E. St. Patrick in Rapid City, with the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Scenic Cemetery.

His online guestbook is available at www.Osheim Schmidt.com.

Edwin J. McKnight

BELLE FOURCHE — Edwin J. McKnight, 78, Belle Fourche, died Wednesday June 2, 2010, at Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care Center.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie McKnight, Belle Fourche; five daughters, Twila Suwyn, Belle Fourche, Janet Barden, Belle Fourche, Bonnie Elvestrom, Billings, Mont., Loretta Stuart, Wright, Wyo., and Jamie (Tim) Goeringer, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; a son, Randall McKnight, Austin, Texas; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur McKnight, Hastings, Mich., and Royal McKnight, Rapid City; and two sisters, Ione Johnston, Billings, Mont., and Betty Kronholm, Minnesota.

Arrangements are pending with Funeral Home of the Northern Hills.

Mary Frances Terpening

STURGIS — Mary Frances Terpening, 56, Sturgis, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at home.Survivors include her husband, Thomas Terpening, Sturgis; a son, Jake; three brothers; and three sisters.Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 4, at the Black Hills Funeral Home.

A second memorial service will be at 10 a.m. (CDT) Monday, June 7, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wagner, with the Rev. Richard Baumberger officiating.An online guestbook is available at blackhillsfuneralhome.com

Mary A. Gainey

SPEARFISH – Mary A. Gainey, 68, Spearfish and formerly of Rapid City, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at home.

Survivors include three sons, William Gainey, Gardner, Kan., Michael Gainey, Las Vegas, and Patrick Gainey, Spearfish; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Dick Sladovnik and Paul Sladovnik, both of Omaha, Neb., and David Sladovnik, Honolulu; and a sister, Susan Kohlf, Aurora, Neb.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Christian wake service Monday, June 7, at the Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Her online guestbook is available at www.osheimschmidt.com

Marcella ‘Marci’ Briggs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Marcella Ann “Marci” Briggs passed away Monday, May 31, 2010, at North Kansas City Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

Marci was born Nov. 30, 1956, in Rapid City, S.D., to George Robert and Patricia Ann (Entenman) Bock. She moved to the Kansas City area in 1985 where she lived and worked in Human Resources until April 2009. Marci met her husband, Garry L. Briggs, in 1997. They married in October 2006.

She is survived by her husband, Garry Briggs, Kansas City, and their beloved “pooch,” Maggie. She is also survived by two brothers, G. Roger Bock and his wife, Cheryl, and Bennett Bock and his wife, Jen, all of Littleton, Colo.; a sister, Teresa Jones, Bunnell, Fla.; nephews, Kevin Bock, Las Vegas, and Jason Bock and Matthew Bock, both of Littleton; nieces, Starla Davis, Rock Hill, S.C., and Crystal Jones, Hutto, Texas; and great-nephew, Vincent Davis, and great-niece, Leah Davis, both of Rock Hill.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of services Saturday, June 5, at the Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery, with the Rev. Dwight Stensgaard officiating.

A memorial has been  established for the American Cancer Society.

Friends may sign the online guest register at www.osheimschmidt.com

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