Virginia 'Ginger' Bakkegard

MOBRIDGE - Virginia "Ginger" Bakkegard, 70, Mobridge, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, in Bismarck, N.D.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge and before services Friday at the church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at United Congregational Church in Mobridge, with the Rev. Keith Kraft officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

James Bousa

TORRANCE, Calif. - James Bousa, 91, Torrance and formerly of the Black Hills of South Dakota, died Monday, July 31, 2006, in Torrance.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Gratz, Torrance, and Judy Marcoe, Rapid City, S.D.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Black Hills Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sturgis, S.D.

Wayne E. Erickson

STURGIS - Wayne E. Erickson, 80, Sturgis, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, at Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Survivors include his wife, Carolynn Erickson, Sturgis; three sons, Lawren Erickson and Roy Erickson, both of Rapid City, and Carroll Erickson, Sturgis; four brothers, Wilbur Erickson, Seattle, Lloyd Erickson and Melvin Erickson, both of Sturgis, and Carroll Erickson, Aberdeen; one sister, Edna Matz, Sturgis; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be after the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

Standing Soldier, Joseph Blaine

WANBLEE - Joseph Blaine Standing Soldier, infant, Wanblee, died Monday, July 31, 2006, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his parents, Vern Standing Soldier Jr. and Kehunna Poitra, Wanblee; one sister, Tyra Bree Poitra, Wanblee; his paternal grandparents, Vern Standing Soldier and Tina Lee Standing Soldier, Wanblee; and his maternal grandmother, Florine Chipps, Wanblee.

A one-night wake will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Wanblee CAP.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Wanblee CAP, with Deacon Gerald Bush officiating. Burial will be at St. Ignacius Catholic Cemetery in Wanblee.

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

Eastman Sr., Everett H.

RAPID CITY - Everett H. Eastman Sr., "Mato Taopi," 79, Rapid City, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at his home.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1966.

Survivors include one son, Everett Eastman Jr., Rapid City; one daughter, Gloria Eastman, Rapid City; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 4, at Bad Nation Cemetery near Wood.

Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel of Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

LaVonne O. Green

INTERIOR - LaVonne O. Green, 83, Interior, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, at Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Survivors include one son, Daniel Putnam Green, Nashville, Tenn.; one daughter, Teresa Mary Wooden Knife, Interior; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Lawrence Kruse, Interior, and Forrest Kruse, San Benito, Texas.

Her husband, Nathaniel Green, preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Fairview Cemetery in Interior.

Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at

Sandra L. Lund

RAPID CITY - Sandra L. Lund, 65, Rapid City, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Thomas Lund, Fort Carson, Colo.; one daughter, Zea Apa, Haven, N.D.; three brothers, Kelly Heryla, Daniel Heryla and Thomas Heryla, all of Minneapolis; three sisters, Nancy Joseph, Terri Bland and Julie Klische, all of Minneapolis; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, with a Christian wake service at 7 p.m., at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City, with the Rev. Bill Zandri officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Jack D. Franke

RAPID CITY - Jack D. Franke, 61, Rapid City, SD, died Monday, July 31, 2006, at the Custer Regional Hospital in Custer, SD.

He was born on March 31, 1945, in Belle Fourche, SD, to Arnold Keith and Jessie Belle (Wendt) Franke. He attended school in Belle Fourche while growing up on the family farm. Jack enlisted in the United States Army in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1965. He worked for Rod Barnes Packing House in Huron, SD, for a year where he met Donna Fisher. In 1967 he married Donna and to this union a daughter, Laura, was born. After his divorce he spent time working at the Rawhide Arizona Dude Ranch before returning to South Dakota to farm in the Belle Fourche and Arpan area. In 1976 he married Dalonda Tessness and to this union four children were born, Jason, Joshua, Jennifer and Jared. The family moved to Rapid City and have remained there up until the time of his death. Jack successfully built several businesses in the Rapid City area and most recently was in partnership with his oldest son, Jason, and also worked along side Joshua and Jared in the family business of A-1 Sewer and Drain.

Jack enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, livestock and farming. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Dalonda Franke; sons, Jason Franke, Joshua Franke and his wife Shannon and Jared Franke, all of Rapid City; daughters, Laura Murray and her husband James, Chisago, MN, and Jennifer Franke, Aberdeen; mother, Jessie Franke, Spearfish; sisters, Judy Morris and her husband Dave, Belle Fourche, and Darlene Dowdy and her husband Randy, Douglas, WY; brothers, Keith Franke and his wife Yvonne, Belle Fourche, Richard Franke and his wife Melanie, Gering, NE, and Don Franke and his wife Peggy, McCook, NE; grandchildren, Jacob, Christian, Dominic and Noah Franke and Ashley, Jimmy Jr. and Barbara Murray and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Franke, and nephew, Darwin Corliss.

Visitation was from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche and will continue for 1 hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, August 3 at the First Baptist Church in Belle Fourche with Pastor Anthony Bradseth officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis. A memorial has been established.

James Cudmore

COON RAPIDS, Minn. - James Cudmore, 53, Coon Rapids, MN, formerly of White Lake died Sunday, July 30, 2006 at Unity Hospital in Fridley, MN.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in White Lake. Burial will be in the Plankinton City Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

James Russell Cudmore was born July 15, 1953 at Wessington Springs, SD to Russell and Jean (Nightingale) Cudmore. He attended the Cudmore Country School and the White Lake School. For many years he worked on off shore oil rigs throughout the world and worked in gold mines in Nevada for a number of years. He later owned J&M Chem Dry carpet cleaning for seven years and installed and maintained salon equipment for Belvedere USA.

He is survived by his soulmate Marilyn Nightingale, Coon Rapids, MN, two daughters: Sondrae Jean Omine and husband Gregg, Jacksonville, NC; Ashley Eileen Cudmore, Sioux Falls, SD; his granddaughter, Arianna Omine, Jacksonville, NC; his mother, Jean Nightingale, Gillette, WY; one brother, Ronald Duane Cudmore, Casper, WY; one sister, Darlene Sperling and husband Robert, Rapid City, SD and one sister-in-law, Wendie Zimmer, Sioux Falls, SD. He was preceded in death by his father Russell and one brother, Allen Lee Cudmore.

John B. Littau

WINNER - John B. Littau, 88, Winner, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at Winner Regional Healthcare Center Nursing Home.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Littau, Winner; four children, Melvin Littau, Carter, Merlyn Littau, Winner, Larry Littau, Phoenix, and LaVonne Schweigert, Gregory; one brother, Ted Littau, Carter; four sisters, Freda Legge and Leona Mathis, both of Winner, Edna Haase, Valentine, Neb., and Arlene Post, Chandler, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 4, at Mason Funeral Home in Winner, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner. Burial will be at Winner Cemetery.

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