Agnes Clifford Dozark

KYLE - Agnes Clifford Dozark, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

She was born Feb. 12, 1913, daughter of Mortimer "Morty" Shelly Clifford and Anestasia Hernandez. She was delivered at home by her grandmother, Julia Clifford, near Kyle on the White River where Medicine Root Creek pours into the river. Her mother died when she was two years old. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Catherine Hernandez Clifford. The family lived near White River until 1930, when they first moved to Potato Creek and then on Three Mile Creek.

Agnes went to school at Davidson Flats, west of Interior, then attended Rapid City Indian School through the 8th grade. In her 10th year of school, she and her cousin, Cecelia Hernandez Montgomery went to Genoa, Neb., to attend the Indian school there. The school closed that same year, so Agnes returned to Kyle where she met and married Frank Dozark on March 29, 1932.

Frank and Agnes moved to Three Mile Creek, where they built their home and ranched with her parents, brothers and sisters for more than 40 years. She was an excellent horseman and could calm any horse she rode. She had a beautiful herd of Palominos during those years.

She worked with LaCreek Electric as a member in the late 1950s so electricity could be brought to the Kyle area. She served as a Council Representative from Medicine Root District in the early 1960s and helped establish the Public Health Service committee to improve health care on the reservation.

Upon her husband's death in 1965, she worked at Stone's Grocery in Manderson, then Sioux Nation, the first shopping center on the reservation, where she worked for 22 years. She retired in 1990, at age 77.

She loved to play the piano and organ and filled St. Sophie's Church at Three Mile Creek with music. She was active in the community, raising money through quilting and other activities so the community could enjoy Christmas time with presents for young and old, and food for all.

She is survived by three daughters, Annette (Henry) Matt, Hermosa, Connie Whirlwind Horse and Norma Kaye Ceron, both of Kyle; ; one brother, Calvin Clifford Sr., Kyle; one sister, Gloria Stone, Denver; and one son-in-law, Orval Van Deest; 22 grandchildren, Bob, Bill, Dennis, DeWayne, Donald, Dan, Thea, Reni, Arlin, Paula, Louis III, Jean, Madonna, Artie, Jim, Lolita, Terrance, Leslie, Lana, Lucinda, LuWanda and Rudy; 54 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, two brothers, Morty Jr. and Sidney; one sister, Evelyn "Evie" Ballard; one daughter, Violet Van Deest; and granddaughter, Diana Matt Gehrels.

Rosary and wake services will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Kyle. Mass of Christian Burial will be at

10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the church, with the Father Ryan officiating. Burial will be at Christ the King Cemetery at Our Lady of Lourdes in Porcupine.

A dinner will follow at the church hall.

A memorial has been established.

Twila M. Hard Heart

RAPID CITY - Twila M. Hard Heart, 28, Rapid City, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, in Rapid City.

Survivors include three daughters, Cody Hard Heart, Carly Hard Heart and Bryonna Hard Heart, all of Rapid City; her mother, Francine Broken Leg, Pine Ridge; her father, Christopher Hard Heart, Pine Ridge; four sisters, April Lopez, Cheyenne, Wyo., Beneva Grey Grass, Gordon, Neb., Ardean Hard Heart, Rapid City, and Sheila Returns From Scout, Pine Ridge; one adopted sister, Monica Tuttle, Idaho; three brothers, Ben Hard Heart and Jeremy Waters, both of Pine Ridge, and Patrick Roan Eagle, Rosebud; and her fiance, Brian Brewer Jr., Rapid City.

Two-night wake will begin at 3:30 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge. Mass of Christian Burial will be at

10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the church. Burial will be at Holy Rosary Mission Catholic Cemetery in Pine Ridge.

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

Richard A. 'Dick' Nygaard

RAPID CITY - Richard A. "Dick" Nygaard, 62, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Nygaard, Rapid City; three children, Michael Nygaard, Rapid City, Roxanne Nygaard, Tucson, Ariz., and Scott Nygaard, Hickman, Ky.; one brother, Duane Nygaard, Mitchell; one sister, Barb Nygaard, Minneapolis; and one grandson.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

R. Paul Larson

RAPID CITY - R. Paul Larson, 87, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Larson, Rapid City; and two sons, Joseph Larson, Iberia, Mo., and Dever Larson, Rapid City.

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

Merle Keith 'Jeff' Pool

SPEARFISH - Merle Keith "Jeff" Pool , 84, Spearfish, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Pool, Spearfish; two sons, Charles Pool, Gillette, Wyo., and Jerry Pool, Susanville, Calif.; three daughters, Sharron Malone, Aurora, Colo., Peggy Hubbard, Whitewood, and Susan Vasquez, Englewood, Colo.; one brother, Darrel Pool, Avon; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home in Spearfish. Inurnment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established by the family.

Albert 'Buck' Ripley

SPEARFISH - Albert "Buck" Ripley, 87, Spearfish, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at Dorsett Health Care Facility.

Survivors include his guardian and friend, John Niehaus, Spearfish.

Arrangements are pending with Fidler Funeral Chapel.

William H. Eilers

RAPID CITY - William H. Eilers, 73, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Eilers, Rapid City; three sons, W. Burke Eilers, Rapid City, Christopher Eilers, Wyzata, Minn., and Mark Eilers, St. Paul, Minn.; one daughter, Erin Feree, Westchester, Pa.; one brother, John Eilers, Long Beach, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

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

Frederick L. Kills Small

PORCUPINE - Frederick L. Kills Small, 51, Porcupine, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Porcupine.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Brave Heart, Porcupine; two daughters, Tammy Means and Tiffany Kills Small, both of Porcupine; three brothers, Ivan Left Hand Jr., Pine Ridge, Marvin Left Hand, Porcupine, and Jerome Kills Small, Oglala; and three grandchildren.

Two-night wake services will begin at 11:30 a.m. today at Porcupine School in Porcupine. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the school, with the Rev. Simon Looking Elk officiating. Burial will be at Porcupine Presbyterian Cemetery in Porcupine.

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

Thomas Clifford

RAPID CITY - Thomas Clifford, 78, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at his home.

Survivors include one daughter, Robin Clifford, Rapid City; and one son, Michael Clifford, Rapid City.

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

Clifford K. 'Chuck' Engen

RAPID CITY - Clifford K. "Chuck" Engen, 71, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at a local nursing home.

Survivors include two sisters, Norma Hofer, Larimore, N.D., and LaVonne Webb, Golden Valley, Ariz.; two brothers, Edwin Engen,

Tualatin, Ore., and Kenneth Engen, Watertown.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Donald C. Yanders

RAPID CITY - Donald C. Yanders, 78, Rapid City, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at a local nursing home.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Yanders, Rapid City; his son, Ward Yanders. Rapid City; one brother, Robert Yanders, Oviedo, Fla.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

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