Kenneth D. Bowman

RAPID CITY - Kenneth D. Bowman, 64, Rapid City, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Kenneth was born in Presho, SD, on Sept. 29, 1939, to LaVerne and Clara (Anderson) Bowman. He was raised in New Underwood, SD, where he attended New Underwood schools for 12 years, graduating in 1957.

Kenneth joined the US Navy in 1957 and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1977. After his retirement from the Navy, Ken was employed by Rockwell in California, where he met and later married Nancy Bicknell.

After Nancy's death in 1994, Ken moved to Rapid City to be near his mother.

Kenneth is survived by his mother Clara Bowman; sister Carole and husband Jim McCoy; special niece, Wanda Thomas, all of Rapid City; 2 nephews, Ed McCoy and Tom McCoy, both of California; stepson, Gregg Bicknell, California; and numerous relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy and his father.

A memorial has been established to benefit Hospice of the Black Hills.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home, with Pastor Bruce Baum officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the US Navy Honor Guard.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

Harold Vernon Weiss

NORRIS - Harold Vernon Weiss was born July 8, 1923, at Akaska, SD, son of Ernest and Olga (Wiedman) Weiss. He was the oldest of seven children. Harold attended grade school at Akaska and in the Todd County schools for his elementary education.

Harold was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Akaska. He was confirmed in 1938 at St. John Lutheran Church at Norris, SD, and was a lifelong member of St. Johns.

In 1934 at age eleven he moved with his parents to a farm near Parmelee, SD. This adventure involved Harold "driving" a car, which was being pulled by a truck driven by his father. Ernest was hauling the family furniture in the truck and Harold had the children in the car. Occasionally the car would come unhooked and Ernest would have to go back and get his family. Harold's mother, Olga, walked all the way from Akaska to Parmelee bringing the herd of sheep. They caused quite a stir crossing the bridge at Ft. Pierre. They lost the family dog crossing the river. The dog had been a big help with the sheep up to that point.

Harold was united in marriage to Charity M. Kaufman (Epperly) on December 7, 1952, at Norris. They resided at their farm until moving to Rapid City in July of 2002.

Harold was a member of the Todd County Lions Club. He was a Supervisor for the Blackpipe Township for many years; he was a farmer/rancher and owned his own truck, hauling lumber, grain and cattle locally, to the West Coast, to Chicago and to Texas. At one time he had a dozer and built dams in the area. He liked working the dirt and working on his machinery.

He owned a cabin in the Black Hills near Rochford, SD, where he enjoyed hunting trips in the fall, hosting as many as twelve hunters in the one-room cabin.

Harold passed away May 26, 2004, at Sturgis Health Care in Sturgis, South Dakota, at age 80 years, 10 months and 18 days.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Charity; one stepson, John Epperly of Minneapolis, MN; two brothers, Earl of Parmelee and Richard (Carol) of Dayton, WY; four sisters, Erna (Walter) Heinert of Valentine, NE, Irene (James) Kaufman of Norris, Ellen (Robert) Totton of Murdo, SD, and Darlene (Roger) Guenther of Onalaska, TX; two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service for Harold Weiss was held June 1, 2004 at St. John Lutheran Church in Norris, SD. Burial followed at St. John Church Cemetery. Pastor Glenn Denke officiated at the 10 a.m. service. Pallbearers were Robert Kaufman, Howard Heinert, Jesse Kaufman, Alvin Huber, Jesse Ferguson and Peter Ferguson. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of the arrangements.

Donald P. Lee

RAPID CITY - Donald P. Lee, 74, Rapid City, died at the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital on Friday, May 28, 2004.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 3, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery with Chaplain Moe Greiner officiating. Family and friends may meet at Kinkade Funeral Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery.

Don was born January 30, 1930, at Kyack, NY, to Modack and Nora (Mann) Lee. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Don drove big block Chevy racecars in South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming. He was a long-distance truck driver for NCS in Rapid City. Don also drove semi for Johnson Trucking out of Minneapolis.

Survivors include his two sons, Donald "Skip" Lee Jr., of Denver, Colorado, and Allen Lee of New York City, NY; one daughter, Arleeta Lee of Rapid City; three stepsisters, Lynette and Carrie Gramling and Francine Omaha, all of Rapid City; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rose Edith Thompson

WHITEWOOD - Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Edith Thompson, age 100, of Whitewood, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Arnold Kari officiating; burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home in Sturgis have been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Whitewood Cemetery.

Mrs. Thompson passed away on Monday, May 31, 2004, at Westhills Village Health Care in Rapid City. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas W. Thompson in 1998.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas and Charlotte Thompson of Whitewood, James and Nancy Thompson of Papillion, NE, 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Betty Nell Ireland

KADOKA - Betty Nell Mansfield was born March 8, 1923, in Center, Nebraska, the daughter of Benjamin J. and Leafy A (Larson) Mansfield. The family moved to Niobrara, Nebraska, when Betty was twelve days old. In 1929, Betty moved with her family to Bennett County, south of Vetal. She attended country school and Bennett County High School.

Betty was united in marriage to Forrest "Shorty" Ireland, May 16, 1942, in Valentine, Nebraska. Their first four years of marriage were spent ranching and farming in Bennett and Todd counties, moving to Washabaugh County thirteen miles southwest of Belvidere, on April 13, 1946. While at the Belvidere ranch, they raised their six children: Jerry, Howard, Kenny, Connie, Harold and Ronald.

In 1979, they retired from the ranch and moved into Kadoka, where they have since resided.

Betty was a member of and served countless hours in behalf of the Kadoka Presbyterian Church, the Kadoka Presbyterian Women, Order of Eastern Star, the Kadoka Lions Club, and the South Dakota Cowbelles.

Betty was beloved by all who knew her. She was active in her community her whole life and one of her greatest pleasures was bringing joy to those around her. She was always there to lend a helping hand. Betty enjoyed needlework, blessing many people with handmade quilts, doilies, and afghans. Her greatest love was her family.

Grateful for having shared her life include her husband of sixty-two years, Forrest H. "Shorty" Ireland; six children, Jerry Ireland and his wife Pam of Miami, Oklahoma, Howard Ireland and his wife Cathy of Belvidere, SD, Kenny Ireland and his wife Lyndy of Philip, Connie Holso and her husband Seig of Cody, Wyoming, Harold Ireland and his wife Edith of Ft. Belvoir, VA, and J. Ronald Ireland and his wife Thesa of Kadoka; twenty grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; a brother, John A. "Bert" Mansfield and his wife Eaulalia of Martin; and a sister, Joyce Handcock of Long Valley; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings.

Betty Ireland, age 81, of Kadoka, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour prior to the services at the auditorium on Friday.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2004, at the Kadoka City Auditorium with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Interment with Eastern Star service will be in the Kadoka Cemetery.

A memorial is established.

Written tributes may be made at

Bernard Francis Schmid

Interstate Commerce Director

SANDY SPRING, Md. - Bernard Francis Schmid, 90, who directed the Interstate Commerce Commission for 10 years, died May 21 at Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring. He had renal disease.

Mr. Schmid was managing director, the highest position at the ICC, for most of the 1960s. In that role, he supervised the administration of the agency and instituted a number of organizational changes. He was an authority on management and often addressed professional groups on that and other business topics.

He was born in Little Falls, Minn., and grew up in Rapid City, S.D. He attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for two years before moving to Washington in 1934. While attending the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, he worked for Homeowners Loan Corp. After graduation, he was admitted to the bar in 1937.

During World War II, he was an economic statistician and was instrumental in helping regulate prices during wartime. He later worked with the National Housing Agency and the Bureau of the Budget until he was appointed deputy administrative assistant attorney general in 1954.

He served with the Bureau of the Budget before joining the ICC, which regulated truck and railroad trade. The commission was abolished in 1995.

After retiring in 1971, Mr. Schmid was a consultant and lecturer on management and budgeting.

He resided in various places in Virginia and Maryland, including Arlington County, College Park, Silver Spring and Alexandria. He was a lifelong Catholic and was elected to several leadership positions with the Edward Douglass White Council of the Knights of Columbus in Arlington.

His wife of 58 years, Pearl Carroll Schmid, died in 1992.

He is survived by two sisters, Viola M. Schmid, Aurora, Colorado, and Mildred Fenton, Denver, Colorado, and one brother, George P. Schmid, Rapid City; four children, Darlene Jo Piacesi of Rockville, Carol Marie McEvoy of Clancy, Mont., Robert Anthony Schmid of Westborough, Mass., and Kathleen Rose Rada of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Edward E. Quasney

RAPID CITY - Edward E. Quasney, 79, Rapid City, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Sunday, May 30, 2004.

He was born February 17, 1925, in Baltimore, Maryland, to Michael and Edna Quasney. Edward enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and served as a nose gunner on a B-24. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross during this service. Edward then served in the Air Force until 1952 and was honorably discharged from Rapid City Air Force Base as a Staff Sergeant.

After the service Edward stayed in Rapid City and was employed with Brown Swiss Dairy for 13 years. He then returned to Baltimore in 1967, where he was a painting contractor for 9 years. Edward was then employed with the Maryland Race Track Authority for 18 years, retiring in 1991. After retiring he returned to Rapid City.

Edward enjoyed thoroughbred racing, gardening, boxing, baseball and boating on Chesapeake Bay. He was a member of the 28th Bomb Wing Association, the Canyon Lake Senior Center and VFW Post 2916 in Baltimore.

Edward is survived by his wife, Fran Quasney, Rapid City; two daughters, Rita Dupres, Rapid City and Marlene Kleckner, Colorado Springs; three sons, Michael and Kevin Quasney, Rapid City, and Dale Quasney, Mitchell; two step-daughters, Debi Peiker, Denver and Myrna Becker, Rapid City; one stepson, Warren Weller, Black Hawk; three brothers, Milton, Melvin and Melroy Quasney, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Bernice Morgan, Lorraine Youngbar and Garneta Druin, all of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., with recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m., at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Rapid City with Rev. Brian Lane presiding. Interment, with military honors provided by Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard and Rushmore VFW Post 1273, will follow in Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

The family requests memorial contributions to the Canyon Lake Senior Center.

Roselind J. Hinek

HOT SPRINGS - Roselind J. Hinek, 87, Hot Springs, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include four sons, Lance Hinek, Bishop, Calif., Neil Hinek, Bowman, N.D., Bill Hinek, Los Molinos, Calif., and Roderick Hinek, Black Hawk; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs, with Dan Barcus officiating. Burial will be at Nemo Cemetery at a later date.

Patsy Ray Vitter

HILL CITY - Patsy Ray Vitter, 65, Hill City, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, state Sen. Drue Vitter, Hill City.

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

Pearl E. Swan

RAPID CITY - Pearl E. Swan, 91, Rapid City, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at her home.

Survivors include five children, Clarrissa Tobias, Pierre, Walter Swan, Pine Ridge, Cordila "Corly" Mills, Tulare, Calif., and Carroll Swan and Merrill Thompson, both of Rapid City; 38 grandchildren; 82 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

George McGee

RAPID CITY - George McGee, 61, Rapid City, died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, in Galesburg, Ill.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include four daughters, Robin McGee and Rhonda Novotney, both of Galesburg, Donna McGee, Pennsylvania, and Tina Bunn, Palm Harbor, Fla.; one son, Mick McGee, Mills, Neb.; one sister, Mary Helms, Galesburg; and a special friend, Shari Nedved, Rapid City.

His wife, Carol McGee, preceded him in death.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 3, at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City, with military honors by TREA Honor Guard.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

John Girard

RAPID CITY - John Girard, 54, Rapid City, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, in a motorcycle accident.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Girard, Rapid City; one son, Mike Girard; his mother, Betty Schmidt, Wakonda; one brother, Joe Girard, Wakonda; and five sisters, Cathy Powell, Vermillion, Carla Ostrem and Carol Peterson, both of Wakonda, Chris Skonhovd, Surprise, Ariz., and Charlene Hansen, Irene.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 4, at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, with the Rev. Brent Woodard officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Melvin Ray Paige

PRESHO - Melvin Ray Paige, 64, Presho, died Sunday, May 30, 2004, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Sioux Falls.

He served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Survivors include his wife, Margene Paige, Presho; two sons, Joseph Paige, Sioux Falls, and David Paige, Presho; one daughter, Judith Paige, Sioux Falls; three brothers, Ken Paige, Edmonds, Wash., Vernon Paige, Sioux Falls, and Tom Paige, Brookings; and four sisters, Betty Raymond, Oshkosh, Wis., Gloria Paige, Sioux Falls, Sharon Paige, Kathryn, N.D., and Patti Goudy, Artesian.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. CDT Monday, June 7, at United Methodist Church in Presho.

Isburg-Hofmeister Funeral Chapel of Pierre is in charge of arrangements.

Marlys Hindman

BELLE FOURCHE - Marlys Hindman, 56, Belle Fourche, died Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Lookout Memorial Hospital in Spearfish.

Survivors include her husband, John Hindman.

Arrangements are pending with Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.

Adrian L. Cross

PORCUPINE - Adrian L. Cross, 68, Porcupine, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon, Neb.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include three sons, Duane Cross and Miguel Cross, both of Porcupine, and Tony Cross, Wakpamni Lake; two daughters, Hope Cross, Wakpamni Lake, and Faith Cross, Rapid City; two brothers, Cecil Cross, Allen, and William Cross, Gordon; two sisters, Ruby Clyburn, Dayton, Ohio, and Fern Cross, Scottsbluff, Neb.; and 11 grandchildren.

A two-night wake will begin at noon today at Our Lady of Lourdes School Gym in Porcupine.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 4, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Porcupine, with the Rev. Tegga officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul's Catholic Church Cemetery in Porcupine.

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

Ruth L. McGinnis

FAITH - Ruth L. McGinnis, 85, Faith, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at her home.

Survivors include four sons, Gary McGinnis, Faith and Mesa, Ariz., Jay Dee McGinnis, Shelton, Wash., Mickey McGinnis, Faith, and Rockey McGinnnis, Belle Fourche; three daughters, Treva McNeill, Edmonton, Alberta, Patricia Sandstrom, Rapid City, and Donna Keller, Baldwin, N.D.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Kathleen Spawn, Casper, Wyo., Frances Dixon, Miltonvale, Kan., and Ethelyn Peters, Faith.

Arrangements are pending with Faith Area Memorial Chapel of Evanson-Jensen Funeral Homes.

Tim D. Land

SUNDANCE, Wyo. - Tim D. Land, 33, Sundance, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Lookout Memorial Hospital in Spearfish, S.D.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Land, Sundance; two daughters, Anna Land and Tempest Land, both of Sundance; his father, Jerry Land, Sundance; his mother, Linda Weidlein, Sundance; one brother, Donald Morrill, Veneta, Ore.; and three sisters, Barbara Haar, Sundance, and Tammy Clark and Tina Hagemann, Evanston.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, at the Old High School Gymnasium in Sundance.

A memorial has been established.

Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance is in charge of arrangements.

Marcella Pearson

LEMMON - Marcella Pearson, 90, Lemmon, died Monday, May 31, 2004, in Bowman, N.D.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Ebel, Cottage Grove, Minn.; four sons, Clarence Pearson, Grand Junction, Colo., Howard Pearson, Bowman, Donald Pearson, Lemmon, and Charles Pearson, Lusk, Wyo.; 23 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, and for one hour before services Thursday, June 3, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lemmon. A rosary service will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, with the Rev. Brian Fawcett and the Rev. Jeff Zwack officiating. Burial will be at Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon.

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