Obituaries for April 11

2003-04-10T23:00:00Z Obituaries for April 11 Rapid City Journal
April 10, 2003 11:00 pm

Edmund F. Stamper

RAPID CITY - Edmund F. Stamper, 85, of Rapid City, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at a local nursing home.

He was born April 5, 1918, in Rushville, Neb., to Louis and Ruby (Sadler) Stamper. Ed lived for a time in Rushville, and then moved to Omaha, where he lived and was raised by his grandparents, Ed and Maude Stamper. After his schooling, he worked on a ranch in Sheridan County, Neb. Ed then served in the National Guard and the Army from 1940 until 1945, mostly in the Middle East. He was united in marriage to Amy Helen Brown in August of 1946 in Rushville. They were married for 56 years.

After attending watchmaking school in Kansas City from 1946-47, Ed returned to Rushville and opened a jewelry store. In 1956 the family moved to Rapid City and Ed purchased a jewelry store there. He then purchased a Black Hills Gold Jewelry manufacturing company in 1957, which eventually evolved into Stampers Black Hills Gold. Ed retired in 1983 and was then involved in oil production in Montana and Wyoming. Ed's passions in life were flying and golfing.

Ed is survived by his wife, Amy Brown Stamper, Rapid City; his son, Rodney E. Stamper and his wife, Terri of Rapid City; his two daughters, Jo Stamper Riley and her husband, Paul of Pierre and Kristine Stamper Huber and her husband, Larry of Gillette, Wyo; his grandchildren, Stephanie Dowling of Scottsdale, Ariz., Sarah Dowling of Watertown, E. Jason Stamper and his wife, Tracy of Rapid City, Nicole Riley Levy of Pierre, Jennifer Massey and her husband Tyler of Okinawa, Japan, Dylan Alexander Huber of Gillette, Jamie Morgan and her husband, Brian of Rapid City, Ian Scott Huber of Gillette, Adam Stamper Riley of Pierre and Kelly Kristine Huber of Gillette; and two great-grandchildren, Miles and Avery Massey of Okinawa. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Howard, and his sister Doris.

Visitation will be today (Friday) from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the funeral home, with Rev. Herb Cleveland officiating. Interment will be at Pine Lawn Memorial Park, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City.

A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Hills and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Dorothy M. Ream

RAPID CITY - Dorothy M. Ream, 82, Rapid City, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Sheridan Manor in Sheridan, Wyo.

Survivors include one son, J.T. Richer, Sheridan, and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Osheim-Catron Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Eleanor M. Morcom

THORNTON, Colo. - Eleanor M. Morcom, 87, Thornton and formerly of Lead, S.D., and Spearfish, S.D., died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Elms Haven Care Center in Thornton.

Survivors include one daughter, Carol Moon, Brighton, and one granddaughter.

Her husband, William Morcom, preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, at United Methodist Church in Spearfish, with the Rev. Kip Roozen officiating.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established for Parkinson's Institute of Research. Memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 487, Spearfish, SD 57783.

Fidler Funeral Chapel of Spearfish is in charge of arrangements.

Jordan Jeremiah Fire Thunder

KYLE - Jordan Jeremiah Fire Thunder, infant son of Edwina Fire Thunder of Kyle, was stillborn Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his mother; one brother, Tiger Brown Bull, Kyle; three Hunka brothers, Tyson Mills, Jay Jacobs and Ted Standing Soldier Jr., all of Rocky Ford; and his maternal grandmother, Betty Robertson, Kyle.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lakota Anglican Church in Kyle, with the Rev. Francis Apple officiating.

Burial will be at Fire Thunder Family Cemetery in Allen.

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

Susan 'Sis' Hanlon

HERMOSA - Susan "Sis" Hanlon, 46, Hermosa, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, John Hanlon, Hermosa; two sons, Jesse Hacecky and Robert Hacecky, both of Yankton; her father, Gordon Thorson, Yankton; one sister, Debbie Lippert, Yankton; two brothers, Tom Thorson, Mission Hill, and Mark Thorson, Piedmont; and one grandchild.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Audrey Lou Wilson

RAPID CITY - Audrey Lou Wilson, 74, of Rapid City, died at her home on Thurs., Apr. 10, 2003.

Audrey was born on Aug. 4, 1928, at Sioux Falls, SD, to Arlie and Evelyn (Voebel) Wilson. She has lived in Rapid City since 1982. She always loved children, animals and pictures.

She is survived by her sister, Arline Bannick of Englewood, Colo.; her brother, Dale Wilson of Minnesota; her nephew, Gregg Bannick and wife Cindy of Castle Rock, Colo.; her niece, Sue King and husband Ben of Morrill, Neb.; her great-niece and great-nephew, Cali Bannick and Hunter Bannick, both of Castle Rock, Colo.; and all her peers and staff of the Black Hills Workshop.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

Memorial services will be held at Kirk Funeral Home's Chapel of Light in Rapid City at 1:30 p.m. Fri., Apr. 11, 2003, with the Rev. Tom Haggar officiating. Inurnment will be held at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Memorials have been established to Black Hills Workshop - Indiana House at 232 E. Indiana St., where she has resided.

Clarice Wilson

RAPID CITY - Clarice Wilson, 66, Rapid City, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City.

Survivors include her husband, James Wilson, Rapid City; one son, Michael Clarkson, Rapid City; one daughter, Jamie Clark, Rapid City; two brothers, Richard Clarkson, Rapid City, and John Clarkson, Clear Lake, Minn.; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Osheim-Catron Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Gwendolyn Irene DePuglio

February 7, 1931

April 8, 2003

RICHMOND, Va. - Gwendolyn Irene DePuglio, 72, Richmond, Virginia, died with her children at her side, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, after a long illness.

Visitation will be Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, SD. A rosary and Christian prayer service will be Sunday at 5 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 14, 2003, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, with Father Arnold Kari officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Gwen was born in Sturgis, SD, on February 7, 1931, to Charles Lewis and Mary Louise (Sisk) Thomas. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1949. Gwen married William Michael DePuglio on December 26, 1949. Gwen and Bill resided in Sturgis, Lead, Rapid City, Bellevue, NE, and Lincoln, NE, throughout their 52 years of marriage. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Doug Dippert, Richmond, VA; her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Brenda DePuglio, Farmington, MN; and her grandchildren, Michael Dippert, Richmond, and Mary and Nicholas DePuglio, Farmington.

LeAnn Williamson

SPEARFISH - LeAnn Williamson passed away April 9, 2003, at her parents' home in Spearfish.

LeAnn Rose Williamson was born March 26, 1970, in Rapid City, SD. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1988 and moved to Spearfish, SD, in 1995, where she has been working for the Northern Hills Training Center.

Grateful for having shared in LeAnn's life are her parents, Max and Elvina Williamson, Spearfish, SD; five brothers, Ben (Laura) Williamson of Sturgis, SD, Don (Debbie) Williamson, Moorcroft, WY, Bud (Lucy) Williamson of Moorcroft, WY, Curtis (Melanie) Williamson of Sundance, WY, and Ray Williamson of Spearfish, SD; five sisters, Vina (Bill) Sipe, Rapid City, SD, Ruth (Rob) Nelson, Cologne, MN, Karen, Spearfish, SD, Linda (Curtis) Kuenzel, Spearfish, and Mary (Sven) Wilen, Belle Fourche, SD; also grandmother Flora Jewell of Brush Prairie, WA; and many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

LeAnn was preceded in death by a brother, Reed, in 1994; her paternal grandparents, Bud and Gladyce R. Williamson; and her maternal grandfather, William Jewell.

Services for LeAnn will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church located on the old Belle Fourche highway. Arrangements are with the Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be give to the Northern Hills Training Center.

Myrna Lynne Adams

RAPID CITY - Myrna Lynne Adams, 51, Rapid City, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis, with Pastor John Williamson officiating. Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Lawn Cemetery near Rapid City.

Myrna was born August 24, 1951, at Deadwood, SD, to Walter and Laurine (Edwards) Deane. She graduated from high school in Dupree and later moved to Deadwood. She lived in Sturgis from 1971 until 1973, when she moved to Rapid City. She worked for an insurance agency and later she purchased the aviation division. Myrna earned her private pilot's license. She sold aircraft insurance until 1978, when she started the Cut Above dog grooming business. She also raised and showed champion poodles.

Myrna worked as a secretary for National American University a few years and at the My Favorite Things gift shop in Hill City for many years.

Myrna was employed as a personal secretary at the Believers Fellowship Church in Sturgis for the last five years.

A memorial has been established to the church.

Survivors include her father, Walter Deane, Feasterville, PA; her mother, Laurine Deane, Rapid City; one son, Shawn Adams and his companion, Erin Brunner, Hermosa; one brother, Bill Deane and his wife Cary, O'Neill, NE; two sisters, Laura Deane, Willingboro, NJ, and Margaret Deane, Feasterville, PA; also three nieces, Riah Deane, Sayer Deane, Kelsey Deane, and one nephew, Cameron Deane, all of O'Neill, NE; and several aunts and uncles.

Everett Lunsford Blaylock

RAPID CITY - Everett Lunsford Blaylock, 90, Rapid City, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Fort Meade Veterans Administration Medical Center in Sturgis.

Survivors include his wife, Annita Blaylock, Rapid City; one son, Dennis Lunsford, Rapid City; two daughters, Cheryl Sinclair and Karen Powers, both of Sheridan, Wyo.; one sister, Grace Godwin, Barberton, Ohio; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Ralph W. Johnson

RAPID CITY - Ralph W. Johnson, 85, Rapid City, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Johnson, Rapid City; two daughters, Jackie Springer, San Jose, Calif., and Jo Bent, Rapid City; and one sister, Blanche Hanten, Rapid City.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City.

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