Obituaries for Tuesday, December 4, 2007

2007-12-02T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Tuesday, December 4, 2007Journal staff Rapid City Journal
December 02, 2007 11:00 pm  • 
Gerald Wayne Falzerano
STURGIS - Gerald Wayne Falzerano, 56, Sturgis, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at his home.
Survivors include two sons, Joe Falzerano, Brandon, Texas, and Clayton Falzerano, Regina, Canada; two daughters, Louise Zwetzig and Alissa Hopkins, both of Sturgis; his father, Alvin Falzerano, Newell; two brothers, Warren Falzerano, Belle Fourche, and Doug Falzerano, Alaska; two sisters, Laura Fox, Newell, and Lorelie Barth, Brandon; and 11 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, with the family present, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Graveside rites will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, with the Rev. Tom Martin officiating.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Leonard A. Olsen
STURGIS - Leonard A. Olsen, 89, Sturgis, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
He is survived by three sons, Allen "Shorty" Olsen, Belle Fourche, Lyle Olsen, Cheney, Wash., and James Olsen, Zap, N.D.; three daughters, Donita Smith, Whitewood, Lois Olsen, Newell, and Judy Houser, Sturgis; 27 grandchildren; and 46 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today, and one hour before services at the chapel.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, with the Rev. Gordon Higgins officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Plentywood Cemetery in Plentywood, Mont.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Owen D. Goodnough
SPEARFISH - Owen D. Goodnough, 90, Spearfish, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, at Dorsett Regional Senior Care in Spearfish.
Survivors include one sister, Norma Anderson, Billings, Mont.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish with the Rev. Ken Fouty officiating. Burial will be at Bowman Cemetery in Bowman, N.D.
A memorial has been established.
Thelma B. Swenson
RAPID CITY - Thelma B. Swenson, 98, Rapid City, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at a Rapid City nursing home.
Survivors include one son, Knute Swenson, Rapid City; one daughter, Sylvia Dolly, Roanoke, Ill.; one brother, Seth Abrahamson, Belle Fourche; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services are pending with Osheim-Catron Funeral Home of Rapid City.
Dennis French
WASHOUGAL, Wash. - Dennis French, 61, Washougal, formerly of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, in Vancouver.
He served in the U.S. National Guard during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn Samborski, Washougal, Francis Lee, Orchards, and Christina French, Fort Myers, Fla.; and three brothers, Larry French, Rapid City, Terry French, Windsor, Colo., and Richard French, Aberdeen, S.D.
His wife, Shirley French, preceded him in death.
There will be a private family service at a later date.
Memorials in Dennis' honor may be sent to the Veterans Affairs Hospital.
Brown's Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Camas is in charge of arrangements.
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Nicholas 'Nick' Gunter
HASTINGS, Minn. - Nicholas "Nick" Gunter, 29, Hastings, died in an accident on 12/1/07. He was employed by Marathon Petroleum. He is survived by his wife Christy; son Hayden; parents John & Linda; siblings Abby (Scott) Schulte, Darcy Gunter; parents-in-law Chris & Kathy Howie; brother-in-law Darin (Amy) Howie; grandparents Mary Sorenson, Elmer & Wanda Gunter Jr.; also nieces & nephews Carter & Trent Schulte, Sierra, Cord, & Kyrst Howie.
Funeral services will be at 10 am Thursday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings. Interment will be at Parish Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation will be at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. 7th St. Hastings, from 4-8pm Wednesday and 1 hour prior to service at church. (651) 437-9419 or visit
Jacqueline A. 'Jackie' Pleinis
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. - Jacqueline A. "Jackie" Pleinis, 70, McMinnville, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville.
Survivors include her husband, Harry Pleinis, McMinnville; three sons, Dennis Schumacher and David Schumacher, both of Lead, S.D., and Donnie Schumacher Barraclogh, Golden, Colo.; two daughters, Pam Jones, Sheridan, and Tricia Hatfield, Dayton; her mother, Ida Barraclough, McMinnville; her stepfather, Dave Barraclough, McMinnville; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. PST Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Chapel of Macy & Son in McMinnville.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the chapel, with the Rev. Steve Ross officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in McMinnville.
Mary Estelle Mehling
RAPID CITY - Mary Estelle Mehling, 96, Rapid City, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at Clarkson-Mountain View Guest Home.
Survivors include one son, Jim Mehling, Rapid City.
A private family ceremony will be held.
Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City is in charge of the arrangements.
Athel L. Fuller
CHADRON, Neb. - Athel L. Fuller, 88, longtime Chadron resident and businessman, passed from this earth December 1, 2007 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home in Hay Springs.
Athel was born in Elgin, Nebraska August 12, 1919. He was raised in Fremont, Nebraska with his nine siblings by his mother after his parents divorced. He left home when he was fourteen years old, eventually living with his aunt and working her farm. He farmed until he enlisted in the army prior to World War 11.
During his military career he served in army intelligence and trained troops for jungle warfare. After Pearl Harbor was bombed he served across much of the Pacific theater training soldiers, mapping, surveying and disseminating enemy intelligence. He was an expert marksman with most weapons carried by the infantry. As a staff sergeant he worked closely with the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands, employing them as guides for the soldiers who served under him. He was actively involved in the liberation of the Philippine Islands from the Japanese Empire and was subsequently decorated by both the American and Philippine governments for his service.
After he was discharged from the military, he returned home to marry his sweetheart, Myrle Ellison. They farmed near Chambers, Nebraska and then moved to the Mirage Flats near Hay Springs, Nebraska where they farmed in the newly formed Irrigation District.
Athel had a long time interest in building construction and worked on many projects in the Mirage Flats area. He moved his family to Chadron, Nebraska in 1957 and shortly thereafter formed a construction company, which eventually became the three-generation firm that exists today as Fuller Construction. He built homes and other projects, forming a partnership with his son in 1972. After building many residential, commercial and institutional projects throughout the area, he retired from the construction company in 1984.
After his retirement he worked as a construction site inspector for Bahr, Vermeer and Haecker, Architects of Lincoln. He served as a special advisor on construction to the president of Chadron State College during the planning and construction phases of the Nelson Physical Activity Center and other projects on the campus. Throughout his career he was recognized as one of the area's foremost experts on construction methods.
For many years he continued to stay active as a partner in Fuller Real Estate and private investment ventures. He gave wise counsel to many and was a mentor to more than a few.
Although he had only one son and two grandchildren by blood, he was a father and grandfather figure to many nieces, nephews, children of friends, and children in his church.
He was active in his church and community. He was an elder at the Chadron Christian Church for more than forty years and served as a trustee for Platte Valley Bible College, now Summit Christian College. He served as a rural school board member, city councilman, vice mayor and mayor for the city of Chadron.
In virtually every area of his life he epitomized the spirit of the grand generation, yet he had a humble spirit, often saying that his success came only from God's many blessings on his life. He did not suffer fools gladly, but had a genuine, loving heart that all who knew him will miss.
Grateful for having shared his life, his family mourns his loss while looking forward to meeting again in eternity. His survivors are his wife, Myrle; son and daughter in law, Dana and Diane Fuller; grandson and wife, Eric and Joette Fuller; granddaughter and husband, Michelle and Peter Glassbrenner; great-grandson Carson Glassbrenner and great-granddaughters Micaiah and Makinley Fuller, Kendall Glassbrenner and Jentsyn Fuller.
Services will be Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:00 am at Chadron Christian Church with Pastor Dan Ludwick officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Chadron Christian Church.
Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron NE 69337.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron, Nebraska.
William Henry Speetzen
CUSTER - William Henry Speetzen, 56, Custer, SD, died December 1, 2007 at home.
He was born on February 6, 1951 in Greeley, CO to William Earl Speetzen and Alvina Gertrude Schomer Speetzen.
Bill was an Army veteran. He was an off-site inspector for the City of Chandler, AZ for 21 years and 11 months. He was married to Rita Ann Kline on December 25, 1987. Recently retired, he moved with his wife to Custer, SD in July 2007. Bill loved his family and pets, he enjoyed the outdoors, hiking in the woods with his wife and dogs. He was always there for his family. He was an avid home project person.
He leaves behind his wife, Rita Speetzen; stepsons, Bryan and Bobby Hille; his mother, Alvina Speetzen and three sisters, Pam Dorland, Judy Morgan and Cathy Krenzel.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Custer, SD. Written condolences can be made at
Marla Short Horn
KYLE - Marla Short Horn, 38, Kyle, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Survivors include one son, Jordan Moccasin, Kyle; her mother, Myrnette Wounded Head, Kyle; three brothers, Larry Short Horn, Denver, and William Short Horn and Victor Short Horn, both of Kyle; and three sisters, Donna Peniska, Sioux Falls, Pearl Hopkins, Kyle, and Veronica Lopez, Omaha, Neb.
A two-night wake service will begin at 1 p.m. today, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Hall in Pine Ridge.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the hall, with the Rev. Cordelia Red Owl officiating. Burial will be at St. Barnabas Episcopal Cemetery in Kyle.
Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Raver
CUSTER - Gladys Raver, 91, Custer, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at her home.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette Auen, Sturgis, and Kathleen Wright, Rapid City; two sons, Joseph Raver and Benjamin Raver, both of Custer; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services are pending with McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Custer.
James Joseph Solon
SPEARFISH - James Joseph Solon, 84, of Spearfish, SD, died Sunday evening, December 2nd 2007 at Spearfish Regional Hospital.
Rosary and Vigil services will take place at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 5th 2007 at Fidler- Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish, with Deacon Vern Rath officiating.
Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 AM on Thursday, December 6th 2007 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish with Father Tim Hoag as Celebrant, burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Rapid City, SD.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be given to the Spearfish Senior Center and the Lions Club Sight and Service.
James Joseph Solon was born February 16, 1923, the son of Harold E. (Buff) Solon and Mary Alice Mulquin Solon. He was born in Terraville, SD but lived in Kadoka, SD until he was in the 6th grade when the family moved to Rapid City, SD. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Rapid City in 1941, and from the School of Mines in 1944 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Jim enlisted in the US Navy after graduation from SDSM & T and served his boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois. He was then assigned to Officer Training School at Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from this school in June of 1945 with a commission of Ensign. He served at the Naval Gun Factory in Washington, D.C. and the Ammunition Depots in Hingham, MA and Port Chicago, CA. He was discharged from the service in 1946 and returned to Rapid City.
In the fall of 1952, he attended BHSC for one quarter to complete work on his teaching certificate and began teaching math in Lemmon, SD. During his stay in Lemmon, Jim earned a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from USD-Vermillion. He remained in Lemmon for nine years - three as a teacher and six years as the high school principal. In Lemmon, he married Eileen Valley in 1953. In 1962 he was hired as the high school principal in Hot Springs, SD and he served in that capacity for three years. In 1965 he was hired as the principal of Huron Senior High School in Huron, SD. He held that position for 20 years. He retired in 1985 after serving our state as a school administrator for 30 years. Upon retirement he moved to Spearfish and has lived there since 1988.
Jim was an avid sports fan. He played 5 years with the Rapid City American Legion Baseball team. As a senior in high school he was an all-state basketball player at Cathedral. Jim is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and is a member of the Spearfish Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and Spearfish Senior Center.
Jim is survived by his wife Eileen of Spearfish, David Solon of Lead, Cheryl Holt of Los Angeles, CA, Brad Solon of Rapid City and Gerri Moore of Sundance, WY. He had 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his only brother Pat Solon of Colorado Springs, CO and several aunts and uncles.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish.
Online condolences may be written at: fidler-isburgfuneral
Dellamae Hogan
RAPID CITY - Dellamae Hogan, 91, Rapid City, died at a Rapid City nursing home Friday, November 30, 2007.
She was born Nov. 10, 1916 at Hot Springs, the daughter of Joseph and Cora (Judson) Thebault. When Dellamae was nine, the family moved to Venice, CA and then to Santa Monica, CA. They later moved to Crawford, Nebraska where Dellamae attended High School. Dellamae eloped with Harry A. Lloyd, who was a Private at Ft. Robinson, in 1932.
Harry stayed in the military and as a result the family lived in numerous areas of the country. During WWII Harry was slated to be sent overseas and Dellamae returned to Sturgis where her mother lived. Harry died unexpectedly before he was sent overseas. Dellamae and the family remained in Sturgis and in 1949 she married Richard Hogan. They resided in California for a brief time but returned to Rapid City and made Rapid City their permanent home. Mr. Hogan died in 1974.
In later years Della enjoyed traveling with friends, swimming at the YMCA, entertaining her church friends and others, shopping, gardening, ceramics, sewing, reading and cooking delicious meals.
She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church. She will be greatly missed by her good friends, Margie Kenefick, Patti Gromer and JoAnn Lux. Survivors include two sons, Gerald D. Lloyd, Reading, PA and Richard Hogan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands and a son Harry Allen Lloyd Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 PM until 7 PM Wednesday at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.
Services will be at 1:30 PM Thursday at the Calvary Lutheran Church with Rev. Dwight Stensgaard officiating. Interment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Friends may sign the online guest register and offer condolences at
Debra Kay Johnson
MESA, Ariz. - Debra Kay Johnson, 52, Mesa, formerly of Belle Fourche, S.D., died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix.
Survivors include two daughters, Crystal and Kimberly, both of Mesa; three grandchildren; three sisters, Dee Ann Haala, Joplin, Mo., Georgie Verry, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Margie, Montana; and three brothers, Edward Johnson, Rogers, Ark., Howard "Butch" Johnson, Phoenix, and Charles Johnson, Belle Fourche.

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