Howard A. Closson

NEW UNDERWOOD - Howard A. Closson, 86, New Underwood, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Howard G. Closson, Denver; one daughter, Cathie Printz, Wright, Wyo.; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Al Dreamer Sr.

OGLALA - Al Dreamer Sr., 63, Oglala, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, in Rapid City.

Survivors include his wife, Delores Dreamer, Oglala; five sons, Al Dreamer Jr., Oglala, George Dreamer and Arley Dreamer, both of Pine Ridge, and Todd Dreamer and Gabe Dreamer Sr., both of Rapid City; four adopted sons, Peter Switzer and Ron Lupe, both of Rapid City, Orin Wing, Cortez, Colo., and Jeff McDonald, Pine Ridge; six daughters, Roxie Whirlwind Horse, Pine Ridge, Rhonda Dreamer, Rochelle Dreamer and Rose Clifford, all of Oglala, Rachel Dreamer, Washington, D.C., and Troylynn Yellow Wood, Denver; four sisters, Ann Sherman, Oakland, Calif., Frannie Clifford, Rapid City, and Fedelia Cross and Etta Young Man, Oglala; two brothers, Billy Siers, San Francisco, and John Siers, Rapid City; 59 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A two-night wake will begin at 3:30 p.m. today at Loneman School in Oglala.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the school, with the Rev. Oliver Yarlott officiating.

Burial will be at Makasan Presbyterian Cemetery in Oglala.

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

Donald Orvil Root

RAPID CITY - Donald Orvil Root, age 71, of Rapid City, passed away January 12, 2003, at Clarkson Mountain View Care Facility following an extended illness.

Don was born June 15, 1931, in Willow Lake, SD, to Friedericka and Gerald Root. He attended schools in Rapid City, graduating from Rapid City High School in 1949. Don was a Boy Scout with Troop #87.

In 1949, he enlisted in the Navy. He served his country unselfishly and with much dedication for 4 years during the Korean War. He was first stationed in Pensacola, FL, where he received training as a photographer. Don earned two letters of commendation as a land and amphibious photographer for his exceptional ability and diligence in the Korean War effort. His reconnaissance photography prior to the Inchon landing played a key role in that mission. He also received the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Ribbon.

Upon returning from the Navy, Don worked for Black Hills Packing Company for over 35 years. He was in charge of the smokehouse, like his father before him.

In 1960, Don married and 2 daughters were born to that union, Laura and Deb.

Don was an avid hunter and fisherman. He shared his skills and love of nature with his brothers, daughters, and granddaughters through numerous hunting, fishing and camping trips.

He is survived by his two daughters and their families, Laura and her husband Terry Gilbert, and Deb and her husband Dan Morris, all of Rapid City; four granddaughters, Shanna and Kailee Olson of Spearfish, and Brittany and Marissa Morris of Rapid City; and one great-granddaughter, Alexice Olson of Spearfish. He is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Root and his wife Laurie, of Rapid City, Roger Root and his wife Coleen of Longmont, CO; and one sister, Doris Wickersham and her husband Clarence of Boulder, CO; and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald Root and Friedericka (Root) Danley, and three sisters, Dorothy Root, who died at birth, Phyllis Twitty of Hubbard, OR, and Eunice Huchendorf of Lakeside, OR.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2003, at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

It is with the promise from God of eternal life and the wishes of his family, that we celebrate Don's life with services being held at Kirk Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2003. Burial with full military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Memorials and donations may be made in Don's name to the Heart and Lung Association.

James H. Kendall

LEAD - James H. Kendall, 59, Lead, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Black Hills Health Care Systems in Fort Meade.

Arrangements are pending with Lead-Deadwood Funeral Chapel in Lead.

Leo V. Small

RAPID CITY - Leo V. Small, 74, Rapid City, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Sturgis.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Small, Rapid City; one brother, Marvin Small, New Mexico; and one sister, Ila Cope, Tempe, Ariz.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City, with the Rev. Herb Cleveland officiating.

Burial, with military honors by VFW Post 1273, will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Rita Ring Clark

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Rita Ring Clark, 51, North Charleston, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Trident Hospital in Charleston.

She served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1978.

Survivors include one son, Eric Clark; two brothers, Loren Ring, Rapid City, and Glen Ring, Cedar Falls, Iowa; her mother, Luella Ring, Rapid City; and her special friend, William Todd.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Charleston.

Local memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Rapid City.

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

J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home of Charleston is in charge of arrangements.

Ollie White Butterfly-Gallego

MANDERSON - Ollie White Butterfly-Gallego, 101, Manderson, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Bella Vista Nursing Home in Rapid City.

Survivors include two adopted sons, the Rev. Darrell New Sr., Rapid City, and Dr. Dan Warren, Phoenix; one adopted daughter, Tessa Janis, Rapid City; one sister, Victoria White Butterfly, Manderson; two brothers, Roy White Butterfly and Ben White Butterfly, both of Manderson; and numerous grandchildren.

A two-night wake will begin at 1 p.m. today at St. Agnes Church Hall in Manderson.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the church, with the Rev. Darrell New officiating.

Burial will be at St. Mark's Episcopal Cemetery in Rockyford.

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

Frieda Ida Heath

WINNER - Frieda Ida Heath, 88, Winner, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at Winner Regional Nursing Home.

Survivors include two sons, Roger Heath, Colome, and Robert Heath, Winner; one brother, Alfred Ring, Colome; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Clarence Heath, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Mason Funeral Home in Winner.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at United Methodist Church in Winner.

Burial will be at Colome Cemetery.

Baby Whirlwind Horse

ALLEN- Baby Whirlwind Horse, infant child of Mollie Whirlwind Horse of Allen and Ben Love Joy Jr. of Kyle, was born and died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Pine Ridge Hospital.

Survivors include the parents; one brother, Timothy Bull Bear, Allen; maternal grandparents, William Whirlwind Horse and Linda Hamel, both of Allen; and paternal grandparents, Linda Bull Bear, Kyle, and Ben Love Joy Sr., Oglala.

A one-night wake will begin at 1 p.m. today at St. John's Catholic Church Hall in Allen.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the church hall, with the Rev. Frank Schmitt officiating.

Burial will be at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Allen.

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

Nancy M. Yelkin

WALL - Nancy M. Yelkin, 81, Wall and formerly of Britton, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at her home.

Survivors include one son, Roger Yelkin, St. Paul, Minn.; one daughter, Myrtle Weifenbach, Wall; three brothers, Charles Rider, Newaygo, Mich., Jim Rider, Scottville, Mich., and Raymond Rider, Hastings, Mich.; and two sisters, Martha Thompson, Hastings, and Mayme Buckalow, Portage, Mich.; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall.

Merlin H. 'Merle' Ehlers

RAPID CITY - Merlin H. Ehlers, 83, Rapid City, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Ehlers, Rapid City; two daughters, Patricia Bambeck and Peggy Coates, both of Rapid City; two sisters, Arlene Jones, Washington, and Violet Young, Iowa; one brother, Elmer Ehlers, Montana; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Wayne R. Reed

RAPID CITY - Wayne R. Reed, 84, Rapid City, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Reed, Rapid City; one son, Gary Reed, Rapid City; three daughters, Carol Phillips, Owanka, Betty Prentice, Denver, and Donna Hacker, Peoria, Ariz.; one brother, Howard Reed, Woodland, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

George F. Zimmerman

FORT MEADE - George F. Zimmerman, 86, Fort Meade and formerly of Gettysburg and Hoven, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, in Sturgis.

Visitation will be for one hour before services, which will be at 1 p.m. MST Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Historic Fort Meade Chapel.

Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Larson's Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements.

Summer R. Chasing Horse

RAPID CITY - Summer R. Chasing Horse, infant daughter of Jerome Chasing Horse and Crystal Marsh of Rapid City, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003.

Survivors include her parents; one brother, Taylor Marsh, Rapid City; her grandmother, Fern Oldman, Rapid City; and her great-grandmother, Audrey Hilton, Rapid City.

A wake service will begin at 5 p.m. today at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Rapid City.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the church, with the Rev. Paul Sneve officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Cordell E. Wilson

PINE RIDGE - Cordell E. Wilson, 61, Pine Ridge, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, in Pine Ridge.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Wilson and James Wilson, both of Pine Ridge; one daughter, Alice Wilson, Pine Ridge; one adopted daughter, Brenda Pumpkin Seed, Pine Ridge; two sisters, Marilyn Cottier and Olivia Bruce, both of Seattle; and four grandchildren.

A two-night wake will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Lakota Baptist Chapel in Pine Ridge.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the church, with the Rev. Harold Heiney officiating.

Burial will be at Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery.

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

Bill Nissen

PIEDMONT - Bill Nissen, 72, Piedmont, died January 11, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Bill Nissen was born July 21, 1930, in Faulkton, SD, to John and Hilda (Jurries) Nissen.

Bill grew up and attended school in Orient, SD. He enlisted in the Army in October of 1949. He was honorably discharged in July 1952. He married Ruby Mae Chaussee in 1953 in Wakonda, SD. From this union four children were born. He was employed by Harris Construction for 18 years. Then he started his own construction company, continuous until his death. Bill was an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Piedmont American Legion. Bill loved collecting tractors and old construction toys. He enjoyed visiting with friends and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Bill never met a stranger, everyone was a friend!

Those who will miss him most are his devoted wife Ruby, and his family including: his three sons, Douglas and Cathryn (Andrew, Jacob, and Daniel), John and Laurie (Ashley and Amanda), Gordon (Stephanie and Matthew) and friend Sandy, and his only daughter, Carolyn and Frank Smith (Casey), all of Piedmont; four surviving brothers, Marvin and Marilyn of Hutchinson, MN, Alvin and Eva of Miller, SD, Jack and Betty of Auburn, WA, and Dick and Janice of Delta Junction, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Gordon.

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

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Piedmont, with Rev. Dan Freed officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery, with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 311 of Piedmont.

A memorial has been established.

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