Obituaries for January 7

2007-01-06T23:00:00Z Obituaries for January 7 Rapid City Journal
January 06, 2007 11:00 pm

Sylvia McTighe

PIERRE - Sylvia McTighe, 67, died Thursday, Jan. 4 at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, South Dakota. She was born September 29, l939 in Mitchell, SD, the daughter of Leonard and Marjorie Jennewein. In 1942 the family moved to Igloo, SD, followed by a move to Huron, SD in l948. During those early years she became "horse crazy" and rode horses with her friends, also taking ballet lessons and becoming fairly accomplished. The family moved to Mitchell, SD in l954 when her father was asked to become the organizer/curator of the FMB Museum. She graduated from high school in l957 and received a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Dakota Wesleyan in 1963, that same year her mother also graduated from Dakota Wesleyan.

She moved to Rapid City following graduation and was employed as the window designer at Donaldson's Department store. In l966, she was hired by the Pennington County juvenile judge Marshall Young as a probation officer.

She met her husband Darrell McTighe at Bare Butt Beach in Mitchell in l960. After a nine-year on and off again romance, they were married in Rapid City, SD in l969.

They moved to Pierre where her husband was employed by the Dept. of Transportation. Son Derek was born in l971 and Craig in l974.

She was a two career woman during those years, as staying home with her boys was as important to her as her part time work as a court service worker with the 6th Judicial Circuit in Pierre. During those years she was honored for having been the retired past-president of the SD Corrections Association. She was also active in the PTA serving as president. All throughout she was very involved in her son's baseball from the minor leagues to American Legion baseball, she never missed a game.

She was a passionate person - rarely a person of moderation, an incessant and eclectic reader, always carrying a book in her purse for any spare moment. She collected art from R. C. Gorman to Bev Doolittle to Charles Peterson. She cherished her friends and chose friends who were like her: curious minded and intellectually stimulating. But she also coveted her alone time. She packed her husband and sons for their camping, fishing, and hunting trips so that she could fulfill that need to be alone in her home.

This alone time was enhanced when she and Darrell bought a cottage at Cottonwood Lake where she could watch the sun rise and set while sitting on her porch dangling her feet in the lake.

In l997 she acquired a daughter-in-law when Derek and Amy were married, several years later a grandson Kade and a granddaughter Jessa arrived. She became "gramma lady" to them and she was now beyond satisfied with her life.

She will be remembered by her clients and their parents as fair, compassionate, and insightful. She touched the lives of many juveniles who were forever grateful. Her family will remember her as unique, amazing, loving and caring. Her sister will remember her as her greatest supporter and as her "lil sis".

She is survived by her husband Darrell, her sons Derek (Amy) of Pierre, SD, Craig of Englewood, Colorado, two grandchildren Kade and Jessa, her sister Rev. Lin Jennewein of Rapid City, three nieces: Jil Jennewein, Kari Blackett, Kim Hubbeling, one nephew Paul Hubbeling, and several grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and mother Leonard and Marjorie Jennewein and her grandparents, Rev. C.D. and Alta Bullock and Fred and Lena Jennewein.

A celebration of her life will be held at First Methodist Church in Pierre, S.D., Saturday, January 13 at 2 p.m. CST.

Monte LaBarge

LEMMON - Monte LaBarge, 86, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger.

Survivors include his wife, Norma LaBarge, Lemmon; four daughters, Sharon Fischer, Bismarck, N.D., Maxine Bacha, Bluewater, N.M., Angela Mahlberg, Corvallis, Ore., and Monica Kallstrom, Concrete, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 8, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Prince of Peace Chapel at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ken Miller, officiating.

Burial will be at Greenhill Cemetery with full military honors by Brattvet-Green American Legion Post 66 of Lemmon.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Marvin William Pawlowski

STURGIS - Marvin Pawlowski passed away on January 2, 2007, in Routt County, Colorado. Marvin was 51 at the time of his death, born December 5, 1955.

Marvin graduated from Brown High School in Sturgis in May 1974. He also attended electronics school at the Denver Technical Academy and started his lifetime of service to Jesus Christ while attending Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked as a dry-wall residential construction worker for most of his life. He resided in Sturgis, South Dakota; Ft. Wayne, Indiana area; and Thibodaux (Baton Rouge area of Louisiana) and lately in Nevada and California. He was recently employed by the SMS Custom Home Builders in Jackson, Wyoming.

Marvin was a devout Christian and continued his study of life, the Bible and his service to Jesus his whole life. His faith was strengthened by the Pentecostal Church and his many Christian friends throughout the country. These quotes from Marvin show his commitment to God. "Everyday he is showing us his perfect plan, all we have to do is obey." "Again and again, I continue to try in my own way to accomplish what I know to be impossible … Yet, even in my failings I have found a certain peace that cannot be shattered by others unless I choose to draw away from the absolute sure promises of Jesus, the Christ of God who is still saving men and women from themselves. Peace, Love, Joy in the Holy Spirit of God. Grace and truth by Jesus the Messiah. After all is said and done there is rest for the weary and hope."

Marvin is survived by his brothers, Donald R. Pawlowski of Reno, Nevada, and Larry J. Pawlowski of Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Max Pawlowski and Olive Schenk Pawlowski, and an infant death brother, Richard.

A memorial service will be held at the Black Hills Funeral Home in Sturgis at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, followed by inurnment at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis. A reception for family and friends will be held at the Best Western of Sturgis (formerly Philtown) following the service.

Flowers and donations may be sent to the Black Hills Funeral Home, 1440 Junction Ave., Sturgis, SD 57785, ph: 605-347-2522. Condolences and cards to the family may also be sent to the Black Hills Funeral Home, addressed to the Marvin Pawlowski family. Their e-mail address is; also, friends may sign Marvin's online guest book at Any funds sent will be donated in Marvin's name to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Mary Etta Scruton

SPEARFISH - Mary Etta Scruton, 88, Spearfish, SD, died Tuesday, January 2, 2007, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care in Spearfish.

Visitation will be Monday, January 8, 2007, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the family present from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitewood, SD, with Pastor Steve Agan officiating. Burial will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Mary Etta was born June 8, 1918, at Vale, SD, to Bern H. and Blanche (Casteel) Shoop. She attended grade school and high school in Whitewood, SD. After high school, she completed training as a beauty operator in Casper, WY.

Mary Etta married Alexander J. Scruton on September 29, 1942, at Watsonville, CA.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Whitewood. She also was a charter member of First Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, NV and a member of Beta-Sigma-Phi and Mesquite Club of Las Vegas. Mary Etta also served on the Whitewood Cemetery Board and the Whitewood City Council.

Mary Etta enjoyed embroidery and party bridge.

Survivors include two sons, Henry "Larry" (Edna) Scruton, Ragley, LA, Gary (Brenda) Scruton, Las Vegas, NV; two sisters, Helen Montgomery, Spearfish, SD, Jayne (Ray) Clark, Casper, WY; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, and great-grandson.

Memorials have been established to the First Presbyterian Church in Whitewood and the Whitewood Senior Center.

Paul David Thoreson

BOARDMAN, Ohio - Paul David Thoreson, 43, Boardman, Ohio, died at his home Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Thoreson, Boardman; four sons, Kelby Thoreson, Jordan Thoreson, Erik Thoreson and Brendan Thoreson, all of Boardman; his mother, Beverly Thoreson, Rapid City; his sister, Linda Holcomb, Rapid City; and his brother, Mark Thoreson, Fremont, Neb.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Leonard 'Gene' Mohr

BELLE FOURCHE - Leonard "Gene" Mohr, age 74 of Belle Fourche, died Saturday January 6th, 2007 at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

The funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche, with Rev. Gail Arnold officiating. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis, with Military Rites by the Belle Fourche Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred to the Fort Meade VA Extended Care Unit. An online guestbook is available at

Leonard Jean Mohr was born May 17, 1932 in Kennebec South Dakota. He was the son of George and Margaret (Hess) Mohr. Leonard grew up on the family farm in Lyman County and attended country school. During the Korean War, Gene served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953 and was stationed in Hawaii. On May 29, 1954 he was married to Helen L. (Hamiel) in Kennebec SD. Following their marriage they lived in Kennebec until 1974 when the moved to Belle Fourche. Gene drove a bulk truck, worked road construction, and was employed at American Colloid. He also worked at Wharf Resources near Lead. He retired in 1997, on his 65th birthday. Helen died in 2000.

Gene was a fun person to know. He enjoyed life. His grandchildren will remember the stories he used to tell, the tricks and jokes he'd pull on them, and how he would sometimes take the liberty of teaching them to drive at young ages. Gene enjoyed hunting and fishing; the annual hunting trip with family and friends in Lyman County will always be remembered. He loved rodeos, and would never miss a Fourth of July rodeo in Belle Fourche. He loved his children, grandchildren, and especially his wife. He was a devoted husband, having cared for Helen during her illness for some time. He was a "talker" as well and could talk to anyone. Gene was a special dad and grandpa, and will be missed greatly.

Gene is survived by his son, Loren (Linda) of Custer; daughters, Lynelle (Rod) Deibert of Glendale AZ, LeAnn (Newt) Luedecke of Farmington MO; 5 grandchildren, Steven and Christine Luedecke, Nicole Walton, Zac Bader, Sydney Mohr; 3 great-grandchildren, Tayla, Alyssa, and Keanna; brother, Gerald (Adella) Mohr of Reliance SD; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sisters, Mardell, Denise, and DeeVonne.

Wayne D. Ficken

RAPID CITY - Wayne D. Ficken, 76, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Thursday, January 4, 2007.

Wayne was born on May 4, 1930, in Blue Earth, MN, to Paul and Lulu Mae (Rowley) Ficken.

Wayne served during the Korean War from May 19, 1951 until May 1, 1953 in the US Army. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Thies on November 1, 1954.

Wayne worked for Jackrabbit Bus Lines in Sioux Falls for many years before moving to Rapid City in 1972. He worked for Gray Lines of the Black Hills until purchasing South Canyon Standard, and later moving to Canyon Lake Conoco. He retired in 1987. After his retirement, Wayne did much volunteer work, with his most enjoyed being the Pennington County Sheriff's Dept. While on the road with Don, their favorite "donut stop" was Wall Drug.

Wayne loved hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons. Attending sports functions for the grandsons was a favorite pastime.

Wayne was a member of Moose Lodge #1137, Elks Lodge #1187, VFW Post 1273 and American Legion Post 118.

Wayne was survived by his wife Dorothy; daughter Pam (Sam) Anchorage, AK; sons, Bill (Rise) and Doug (Traci), all of Rapid City and Scott, Dallas, TX; six grandsons, Jason (Brenda), Matt, Brad, Stephen, Kevin and Cody; a brother, Paul (Elaine) Ficken, Jr.; a sister Rachel (Ernie) Smyres, Oregon and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and five brothers.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Monday at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Services will be at 10 A.M. on Monday, Jan. 8, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Rapid City with Rev. Ted Huffman officiating.

Interment, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City, will follow in Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Friends may sign his online guest register and leave condolence wishes at

Brock L. Heckel

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Brock L. Heckel, 22, died Friday, January 5, 2007, at his home from complication of muscular dystrophy.

Visitation will be from

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Gillette, with the Rev. Cliff Jacobsen celebrating.

Burial will be at a later date in the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.

Dorothy Fratzke

HAYES - Dorothy Fratzke, 83, Hayes, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Fratzke, Hayes; four children, Lynora May Swartzel, Sgt. Bluff, Iowa, Kenneth Scott, Trout Creek, Mont., Charles Alan, Grand Junction, Colo., and Barbara Jo Herren, Dupree; one brother, Robert Stirling, Miller; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today, Jan. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Feigum-VanLith Funeral Home in Pierre.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre. Burial will follow at Scotty Philip Cemetery in Fort Pierre.

Delores E. 'Dee' Curtis

RAPID CITY - Delores E. "Dee" Curtis, 72, of Rapid City, passed away on Fri., Jan. 5, 2007 at her daughter's home in Rapid City, surrounded by her loving family.

Delores was born Feb. 7, 1934 in Backus, MN to Edward and Zelma (Blanchard) Kimball. She married Myron "Mike" Curtis on Mar. 31, 1950 in Henning, MN. They moved to Rapid City from Duluth, MN in 1972. She was a clerk at Sooper Dooper Liquor Store in Rapid City for 30 years, retiring on Jan. 29, 2006.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, the American Legion Auxiliary and Eagles Auxiliary.

Delores's husband, Mike, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were very important to her. She enjoyed crocheting and playing Bingo. She was a bowler and won many trophies and awards. She enjoyed camping, car racing, swimming, and fishing in Minnesota. She was an awesome cook.

She is survived by four children, Kathryn Graham (fiance' Randy Bailey) of Rapid City, Douglas (Linda) Curtis of Duluth, MN, Karla (Paul) Laulunen of Duluth, MN, Karmen (Lynn) Aga of Sturgis; her brothers, Sherald Kimball and Nels (Christine) Kimball of Duluth, her sister, Carolyn Ernest of Duluth, MN; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003, parents, four brothers, Merl Kimball, Alfred Kimball, Edwin Kimball and Edward Kimball.

Visitation will be at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then on Tuesday for one hour before services.

Services are set for 11:00 a.m. Tues., Jan. 9, 2007 at Kirk Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael J. Fox officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

A memorial has been established to the John T. Vucurevich Cancer Center in Rapid City. Friends may sign Delores's guestbook online at

A special thank you to Hospice of the Hills, Dr. Tackett for his care and compassion, and her sister-in-law, Tina Kimball, for her unselfish care of our mother.

Hilda Pforr

RAPID CITY - Hilda Pforr, 86, of Rapid City, passed away at her home on Thurs., Jan. 4, 2007.

Hilda was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rapid City, member of Canyon Lake Senior Center, volunteered for various fund raising causes, and loved to play cards.

She is survived by her three children, Rodney (Marie) Pforr of Rapid City, Linda (Steve) Pravecek of Rapid City, Sherryl (Jerry) Schilling of Laramie, Wyo.; two sisters, Lauretta Schilling of Anamoose, ND, Viola Ellingson of Harvey, ND; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984, five brothers and four sisters.

Visitation will be at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm, and then at the church on Monday for one hour before services.

Services are set for 10 a.m. Mon., Jan. 8, 2007 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 910 Wood Ave. in Rapid City, with the Rev. Raymond Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

A memorial has been established to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and to Hospice of the Hills. Friends may sign Hilda's guestbook online at

Little Cloud, Fabian

PHOENIX. - Fabian Little Cloud, 46, Phoenix, and formerly of Rapid City, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, in Phoenix.

Survivors include two sisters, Sarah Little Cloud, Rapid City, S.D., and Irene Little Cloud, Minneapolis; and a brother, Hobart Little Cloud, Sioux Falls.

A wake will begin at 3:00 p.m. today, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 at Mother Butler Center in Rapid City.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Mother Butler Center.

Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Anna Davis

BELLE FOURCHE - Margaret Anna Davis, 91, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care.

Survivors include two sons, Vernon Davis, Beulah, Wyo., and Kenneth LeRoy Davis, Rapid City; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; four brothers, John Ginsbach, LaQuinta, Calif., Edward Ginsbach, Sun City, Calif., Lyle Ginsbach, Sisseton, and Raymond Ginsbach, Spearfish; and three sisters, Francis Gordon, Gillette, Wyo., Lucille Buttler, Florence, Ore., and Betty Conniff, Macco, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Davis.

Services are pending with Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche.

Michael Bert DeMersseman II

RAPID CITY - Michael Bert DeMersseman II was born on Dec. 26, 1982, to Robert and Paula DeMersseman.

For the short 24 years of his life, he filled our lives with joy and happiness. He was a caring and loving son, brother and friend, but could not escape his own personal sorrow. Michael died at his own hand on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. We grieve for our loss and miss him terribly.

Michael attended St. Elizabeth Seton School for nine years and graduated from Central High School in 2001. He attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for three years. He loved studying philosophy, sociology and history. He enjoyed his music, playing the guitar and recently taught himself how to play the banjo. He spent many hours reading and writing. He dearly loved his niece, Sophia, and always enjoyed hearing about her antics.

Michael leaves his parents, two sisters, Kristi (Miguel) Reyes of San Diego, and Alexis of Portland, his beloved niece, Sophia Reyes, and his maternal grandmother, Joyce Diamond. He is also survived by Mike and Kathy DeMersseman, Rapid City, Anne Dean, Minneapolis, Laura DeMersseman, Spokane, Kirsten Hangas, Missoula, Mont., Alex DeMersseman, Rapid City, Gavin DeMersseman, Minneapolis, Susan DeMersseman Holbert, Lauryn and Brian Holbert, Berkeley, Calif., Arlen Diamond and Jevne Diamond, Springfield, Mo., Candy Diamond and Laura Sumner, Rapid City, Adam Sumner, Spearfish, and Sarah Sumner-Eisenbraun, St. Paul. Chris Heutzeuroeder was his good buddy.

Michael was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bert and Louise DeMersseman, his maternal grandfather, Ben Diamond, and his cousin Tony Diamond.

Wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the Immaculate Conception Chapel, 922 Fifth St. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at ICC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Michael's name to Wellspring.

Rebecca L. Kusiek

RAPID CITY - Rebecca L. Kusiek, 57, Rapid City, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at a Rapid City nursing home.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin F. Kusiek, Rapid City; two sons, Brian Kusiek and Ryan Kusiek, both of Stockton, Calif.; three daughters, Kristina Kusiek, Buffalo, Wyo., Darci Griffith, Belle Plaine, Iowa, and Brandy Kusiek, Sioux Falls; one brother, Steve Lashwood, Rapid City; one sister, Pam Fenner, Rapid City; 12 grandchildren; and a stepfather, Hal Weber, Rapid City.

Visitation will Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. until services begin at 11 a.m., at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

David Leon Heinbaugh

BELLE FOURCHE - David Leon Heinbaugh, 76, Belle Fourche, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, at Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care.

Survivors include his wife, Orlene Heinbaugh, Belle Fourche; a son, Scott Heinbaugh, Belle Fourche; a daughter, Kathy Glines, Buffalo, S.D.; two brothers, Bob Heinbaugh and Jerry Heinbaugh, both of Belle Fourche; and a sister, Patty Niesent of Spearfish.

Arrangements are pending with Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche.

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