Obituaries for Jan. 5

2006-01-04T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Jan. 5 Rapid City Journal
January 04, 2006 11:00 pm

David LeBeau Phillips

CUSTER - David LeBeau Phillips, 75, Custer, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs.

Survivors include one son, Thomas Phillips, San Diego; four daughters, Lucinda VanderWoude and Pamela Phillips, both of Rapid City, Lynn Phillips, Las Vegas, and Laura Inman, Hot Springs; one brother, Benjamin Phillips, Egan, Minn.; one sister, Rose Musel, Aberdeen; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation and a wake will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at St. John's Catholic Church in Custer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with the Rev. Pete Kovarik officiating. Inurnment will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit the 1880 Train Museum in Hill City.

McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Custer is in charge of arrangements.

Kelley G. Hanson

RAPID CITY - Kelley G. Hanson, 42, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at his home.

Survivors include his mother, Joyce Hanson, Rapid City; one brother, Michael Hanson, Sioux Falls; and one sister, Tracy Romey, Oelrichs.

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

Ann Marie Bornhofer Donaldson

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Ann Marie Bornhofer Donaldson, 83, Northridge and formerly of South Dakota, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, in Northridge.

Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Streff, Northridge, and Colette Sbelgio, Whittier; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret and Vernie.

Her husband, Walter, preceded her in death.

Memorial Services will be at 10 a.m. PST Saturday, Jan. 7, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Northridge.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to The American Diabetes Association, 6300 Welshere Blvd., No. 100, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Rex T. Collins

FORT WORTH, Texas - Rex T. Collins, 62, Fort Worth and formerly of Rapid City, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, in Fort Worth.

Survivors include a sister, Jean Ewart, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Arrangements are pending with Campbell, Paula & Quinn Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Ann Marie Bruns

BURKE - Ann Marie Bruns, 41, Burke, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, in Rapid City as a result of an automobile accident.

Survivors include her husband, Ron; three sons, James, Adam and Garrett; her father, Earl Drey; and 11 brothers and sisters, Sheri, Julie, Mike, Larry, Mark, Gregg, Stacey, Joel, Earl Jr., Scot and Brian.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST Friday, Jan. 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burke, followed by a 7 p.m. rosary, and for one hour before services Saturday at the civic center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the civic center in Burke. Burial will be at Herrick Cemetery.

Clausen Funeral Home of Burke is in charge of arrangements. An online registry and complete obituary may be viewed at

Donald K. Rifenberick

SPEARFISH - Donald K. Rifenberick, age 62, of Spearfish, SD passed away at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, MN, January 3, 2006 after a courageous battle with Anaplastic Cancer.

After graduating in Spartansburg, PA, Don enlisted and proudly served in the United States Air Force. He then resided in Madison, WI as a banker. He moved to Minnesota to pursue a real estate career with Thorp realtors for many years.

Don met his wife Sue and they moved to SD where he started his fifteen-year career as a very committed and proud assistant manager for Wal-Mart. He cared very deeply for his associates and loved his management team and peer managers.

Don was a wonderful and loving husband, father, and grandfather (PaPa). He had a very keen/fun/intelligent sense of humor. He had a great love for the outdoors, cooking, books, Pepsi and Corvettes. He will be greatly missed by the so many hearts he has truly touched.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Susan, children: Sean, Scott, Jon (Tiffany), Ben (Amy), Ian, Tammy (Eric), Katie (Jason), Alison (Jeff), eleven grandchildren: Cole, Carter, Bailey, Brandon, Kameron, Kahler, James, Kason, Kohen, Mary Ann, and Aleyiah, brothers: Danny and David, sister; Peggy, his father-in-law, Gordon, brothers-in-law: Ken (Bev), Paul (AJ), Doug (Mary), and John.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Lois, mother-in-law, Kathryn and brother Alan.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2006 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Spearfish with Rev. Kent Stillson officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2006 at the Aldinger Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Spearfish. A family prayer service will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Cremation will follow with inurnment to be held at a later date. You may sign the guest book for Donald at

B. Elizabeth Wendt

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. - B. Elizabeth Wendt, age 92, of Strawberry Lane Medical Center, Wisconsin Rapids died Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at Strawberry Lane.

Funeral Services are 11:00 AM Friday at Faith Baptist Church, Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Stephen Steinmetz will officiate. Burial in Restlawn Memorial Park.

Elizabeth was born January 26, 1913 in Vale, South Dakota to Fred and Fern (Strayer) Follette. She married Dolph Moser in 1933 in Vale South Dakota. He preceded her in death. She married George Wendt in 1967 in Toledo, Ohio. He preceded her in death.

Elizabeth was a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Deadwood, S.D. and at Fort Meade VA Hospital in Sturgis, S.D. She was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids.

Survivors include: Daughter - Loyola (Paul) Rundell of Lynchburg, Virginia; Step children - Gerald (Margie) Wendt of Wisconsin Rapids, Janet (Ingvar) Arneson of Wisconsin Rapids, Sharon (Roger) Giese of Wisconsin Rapids, Joan (John) Love of Tucson, AZ; Grandsons - Aaron Moser and Jonathan Bradley; Brothers - George Follette of Vale, SD, Robert Follette of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Richard Follette of Sinclairville, New York; Sister - Delta Glee Waterman of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by 12 step grandchildren.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her two husbands, son Fred Moser; and two brothers, Everett and Leroy Follette.

Friends may call at Faith Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday from 10:00-11:00 AM CST.

Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is handling all arrangements.

John J. Jones

STURGIS - John J. Jones, 61, Sturgis, died Saturday, December 31, 2005, at the Hospice Suite of Sturgis Regional Hospital. At John's request, his body was cremated.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. at the new Sturgis Brown High School gym. Kinkade Funeral Chapel of Sturgis is in charge of the arrangements.

John was born July 31, 1944, in Kadoka, SD, to Donald and Georgia Jones. He grew up in White River, SD, and graduated from high school there in 1962. He attended college at both the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, graduating in 1968 from SDSU with a degree in Pharmacy. John then began his career in pharmacy by interning at a drug store in his home town. From there, he took a retail position at Dite's Drug Store in Hot Springs, SD, at which time he met Bonnie Burrell. They were married in Hot Springs on October 25, 1969, and resided there until 1973. John then accepted a job with the V. A. Hospital in Marion, IN. John worked at the V. A. and at a retail pharmacy for five years before returning to South Dakota to accept the position of Chief of Pharmacy at Fort Meade, a job he held until November when he was forced to retire due to declining health.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Bonnie; three sons, Charley Jones and Kelly Jones, both of Sturgis, and Cory (Amber) Jones of Summerset; three grandchildren, Alyssa, Canin, and Savannah Jones, Summerset; two brothers, Steve Jones of Fort Collins, CO, and Richard Jones of Panama City Beach, FL; and a sister, Nancy Walker of Red Wing, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Georgia Jones of White River, and a brother, Donnie Jones of White River.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your local animal shelter or an animal charity of your choosing.

Alvin M. Skaarvold

HETTINGER, N.D. - Alvin M. Skaarvold, 87, Hettinger, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at Hillcrest Care Center in Hettinger.

Survivors include his wife, Ardis, Hettinger; three sons, Lee Skaarvold, Omack, Wash., Jay Skaarvold, Hettinger, and Todd Skaarvold, Rapid City; one brother, Marvin Skaarvold, Colfax; one sister, Olga Malin, Quartzite, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger and one hour before services Saturday at the church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Hettinger Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Kathleen Dettmann officiating. Burial will follow at Hettinger Cemetery.

Mildred M. Knapp

RAPID CITY - Mildred M. Knapp, 94, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Monday, January 2, 2006.

From riding a horse 2-1/2 miles to school, to using a scrub board and bar of soap to washers and dryers, from carrying water and outdoor toilets to indoor plumbing, Mildred M. Knapp saw many changes in her almost 95 years. Born Mildred M. Hughes on January 17, 1911, in Olivet, SD, to John C. and Tiney (Jenison) Hughes, she grew up on the family farm with her brother Glen and sister Vida.

They worked hard with very few conveniences - no telephone, no radio, no television, no refrigerator or freezer to make life easier. While they may not have had everything they wanted, they certainly had everything they needed. Her strong, deep sense of family came from these times when there was lots of love, laughter, and fun, even if there wasn't much money.

Mildred and her family moved to a farm near New Underwood, SD, in 1924. She completed the 8th grade. President Calvin Coolidge attended her 8th grade graduation.

Mildred loved to dance. She had many friends. A young man from a neighboring farm, Delmar Knapp, also liked to dance and noticed the pretty neighbor girl with the great sense of humor and loving heart. On October 21, 1928, Delmar and Mildred married in Rapid City. She was 17 and he was 27. Mildred and Delmar farmed until 1934 when they moved to Rapid City.

Mildred was a wonderful cook. She not only made wonderful meals for her family but worked outside the home cooking for others. She retired as a pastry cook from the Westwood Restaurant, which was located on 8th Street. Her pies and desserts were the best. One time, her pie was served to Roy Rogers and his son when they stopped at the restaurant for lunch.

Mildred believed in making her community better and volunteered for many organizations. Her most recent activities included Royal Neighbors of America, the Canyon Lake and Minneluzahan Senior Citizen Centers, American Association of Retired Persons and volunteering at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mildred was a well known spectator at area sporting events for many years and through several generations of family. She understood how important it was to her family to be there cheering them on. She could be counted on to be at a school program, competition, concert, or a retirement party, graduation or birthday party. No matter what the occasion, whether she personally liked the event or not, she was there because it was important to support family.

It was a Spring ritual to look at the newborn calves at her son Don's ranch. Mildred enjoyed traveling and took many trips with her daughters, Norma and Evelyn, and if her son, Ken, was coaching or playing basketball, she was at his games.

She loved the color purple, even before there was a "Red Hat Society." Family and friends showered her with all manner of things purple.

She was honored in the Progress Report of the RC Journal, in February, 1994. When asked about her outlook on life, she said, "My parents taught me the value of hard work, honesty, and family. There were hard times, but it was a good life. It was important to raise my family in a good home with two loving parents. It was also important to have friends. I believe that my ability to like people for who they are without judging them is one of my greatest attributes."

Indeed, her family knew that she did not judge them. She loved them. They all learned through her example that family is first, more important than money or things. Mildred taught her family to see the humor in life and to laugh together. She taught them to live each day well and fully.

Those blessed to have had Mildred as a part of their life include her children, Don and Maxine Knapp, Hermosa and Norma Johnson, Evelyn Knapp, and Ken and Pam Knapp, all of Rapid City. She had 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. But she was friend, mother and grandmother to many outside her family and will be missed by them as well; especially Tony and Judy Schunot of Michigan. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Flossie Newman, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Delmar, a daughter, Luella, her parents, a sister, a brother and many extended family members and friends.

A memorial has been established to the Knollwood Heights Methodist Church and Minneluzahan Senior Center.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Friday at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Rapid City with Rev. Jim Patrick officiating.

Interment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

Mildred had a life well lived. She had many memories and left her family and friends with a wealth of more memories. She made a difference; and on January 2, 2006, she could dance again - with the angels.

"You had love for your family,

Love for all People,

Love for the Father and Son.

Your heart will be heard

In your unspoken words,

Through generations to come." (from Dancing with the Angels, by Monk and Neagel)

Friends may sign her online guestbook and offer condolence wishes at

Myra Evelyn Stukel

WINNER - Myra Evelyn Stukel, 85, Winner, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Winner Regional Nursing Home.

Survivors include four children, Lloyd, Winner, Joseph, Jeffrey City, Wyo., Kathleen Janecek, Linton, N.D., and Wallace, Roseville, Minn.; three siblings, Gladys Harder, Winner, Norma Knox, Highmore, and Walt Graesser, Gregory; 18 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST Friday, Jan. 6, at Mason Funeral Home in Winner.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at United Methodist Church in Gregory. Burial will be at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Gregory.

Lloyd Harold Reichardt

EDGEMONT - Lloyd Harold Reichardt, age 79, of Edgemont, SD, died January 3, 2006 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Lloyd was a well-known area businessman with over 50 years experience as owner and operator of several businesses in Edgemont and Hot Springs.

Lloyd was born on April 25, 1926 in Wood, SD, to John and Anna (Larson) Reichardt. As a teenager, his family moved from Wood, to a farm near White River. Shortly thereafter, Lloyd met Goldie Sumners. They both graduated from Murdo High School and were married in 1944 in Pierre, SD. Their early married life was spent on a farm near White River.

In 1952, Lloyd and Goldie moved to Edgemont. Lloyd went to work at the Black Hills Army Depot in Igloo, SD. He bought W&W Body Shop in 1954. He was an outstanding body and fender repairman. Lloyd had a life long interest in cars and the automobile industry. In 1967, Lloyd and Goldie bought the Chevrolet dealership in Edgemont, which they owned for 34 years. Other businesses they have owned include the Napa Store and R&S Motors in Hot Springs and Mr. Automotive, Big A Auto Parts, Reichardt Auto Sales and R&R Housing in Edgemont.

Lloyd has been active in local community affairs throughout his life. In past years, Lloyd was president of the Edgemont Chamber of Commerce. He was also an Edgemont City Council member and acting Mayor of Edgemont. He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Elks and Odd Fellows Lodge and Lions Club.

Lloyd and Goldie celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on May 12, 2004.

Survivors include his wife, Goldie Reichardt of Edgemont, SD; son, Larry (Linda) Reichardt of Sheridan, WY; three daughters, Janice (William) Nelson of Atlanta, GA; Carolyn Fines (Buddy Heck) of Edgemont, SD; Linda (Stephen) Lolley of Oak Harbor, WA; sister, Rosella Glynn of White River, SD; fourteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents of White River, SD.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2006 at McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs, SD, with Reverend Edwin Coates officiating.

A memorial has been established in Lloyd's name to benefit the American Heart Association.

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

Jule 'Bud' Bergen

OZARK, Ark. - Jule "Bud" Bergen, 85, former Shannon County resident, died January 1st, 2006 at the Hospital in Ozark, Arkansas. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Sacred Heart Church in Pine Ridge. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Jule was born July 16, 1920 in Martin, South Dakota to William and Maggie Bergen. He graduated from OCHS, Pine Ridge, SD. He held a South Dakota State Track record during his high school days in the late 30's. That record was broken by Glen Three Stars. After high school graduation, he attended college on a track scholarship in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Jule served in the Army during WWII, surviving combat in Java. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he returned home to South Dakota and married Luta Lafferty. He is survived by his daughter Cheryl Richards, Ozark, Arkansas and his stepdaughter, Mary Louise Mousseau of Rapid City, South Dakota; a sister, Sylvia M. Young of Rapid City, South Dakota and a sister, Minerva James of Lee Summit, Mo., and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; children, Bunny, Steve, Gary and Jan; parents; brothers, Richard, William, Bert and Roy Bergen and sisters, Gloria Bergen and Floreine Bergen Larsh.

Baby Jay Clark

PIERRE - Baby Jay Clark, infant son of Jay and Stephanie Clark of Pierre, was stillborn Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with the Rev. Jeffry Barnes officiating. Burial will be at Emmanuel Cemetery in Whitehorse.

Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth M. Johnson

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Ruth M. Johnson, 93, Gillette and formerly of Spearfish, S.D., died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Pioneer Manor in Gillette.

Survivors include one sister, M. Katherine Johnson, Spearfish.

In keeping with her wishes, Ruth has been cremated, and inurnment will be at a later date at Greenwood Cemetery in Upton.

Aldinger Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Spearfish is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the guest book for Ruth at

Long Chase, Anthony Joseph

BULLHEAD - Anthony Joseph Long Chase, infant son of Marvella Starr and Cody Long Chase of Bullhead, was stillborn Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at Medcenter One in Bismarck, N.D.

Services will be at 2 p.m. CST today at the community center in Bullhead, with the Rev. Kerry Prendiville and the Rev. Tony Grossenburg officiating. Burial will be at St. Aloysius Catholic Church Cemetery in Bullhead.

Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements.

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