Obituaries for June 29

2006-06-28T23:00:00Z Obituaries for June 29 Rapid City Journal
June 28, 2006 11:00 pm

Catherine Eleanor 'Ellie' Maines

RAPID CITY - Catherine Eleanor "Ellie" Maines, 87, died at Canby, MN, on Saturday, June 24, 2006.

Ellie was born January 4, 1919, in Aberdeen, SD, the daughter of George and Ruby (Reed) Cox.

She lived and attended school in Harrold, SD, with three brothers, Warren, Sheldon, and David.

After finishing high school, she married DeZell Hollister Maines on October 20, 1938, and opened a new chapter in her life. Eleanor and DeZell had four children: Walter (Sandy), Larry (a tragic loss at two years old,) Judy and Leta. They worked hard raising their family in rural Northville, SD, until 1968, when they moved to Albany, Oregon. With their children grown and retirement at hand, Ellie moved with DeZell to Britton, SD, in 1981 to be near their immediate and extended family. They spent many enjoyable years there welcoming numerous great-grandchildren into the family. The last few years of their life together, DeZell and Eleanor lived in Rapid City, SD. When her beloved DeZell passed away in November of 1997, Eleanor remained actively involved with friends and in her church. Eleanor remained an inspiration to everyone who knew her, bravely traveling long distances to attend family functions and special occasions even through the health challenges of old age. Eleanor left this world in typical fine fashion: with her mind sharp, her sense of humor in full bloom and no trauma, pain, or suffering. Ellie will always be remembered as a shining example of God's love. She remarked in her final days that if given the chance to live her life again … she would not have changed a thing.

Eleanor is greatly missed and survived by her son, Sandy Maines; two daughters, Judy Haven and Leta Brewster; her brothers David Cox and his wife Linda and Sheldon Cox and his wife Betty, grandchildren, Kathy and Brian Greene, Denise Church, Shelly Lewis, Kristin Bennett, Vicky and Doug Smith, Larry and Jennie Haven and Jason Haven; great-grandchildren Kristin and Adam Fisher, Colin, Cameron, Karli, and Kelsey Myers, Brandon Cerimele, Emma, Clara, and Joe Bennett, Maria Lewis, and Chloe Haven; great-great-grandchildren, Grace and Addison Fisher; and extended family Terry Haven and GayLynn Brewer.

Memorial services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 30, at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

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

Leonhard Karl Keck

WINNER - Leonhard Karl Keck, 89, Winner, died Monday, June 26, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

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

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, at United Methodist Church in Winner. Burial will be at Winner Cemetery.

An online registry and a full obituary are at

Mesteth Jr., Pete

PORTLAND, Ore. - Pete Mesteth Jr., 54, Portland, died Monday, June 26, 2006, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.

Survivors include two sons, John Mesteth, Portland, and Charles Blue Bird, Kyle, S.D.; two daughters, Michelle Mesteth, Kyle, and Morning Star Mesteth, Chinlee, Ariz.; three brothers, Dave Mesteth, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Gilbert Mesteth Jr. and Freeman Mesteth, both of Rapid City; and five sisters, Joy Mesteth, Sioux Falls, Janette Mauley, Piner, N.C., Ardenna Oliver, Columbus, Ohio, Stefanie Mesteth, Sisseton, S.D., and Linda Roper, Rapid City.

A one-night wake will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at Oglala Recreation Center in Oglala, S.D.

Traditional services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, at Oglala Recreation Center, with Wilmer Mesteth officiating. Scattering of cremains will be at a later date at Bear Butte near Sturgis, S.D.

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

Woodrow W. Downs

BLACK HAWK - Woodrow W. Downs, 82, Black Hawk, died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Downs, Black Hawk; two sons, Donald Downs, Rapid City, and Michael Downs, Bluffdale, Utah; one daughter, Diana Feiock, Rosemont, Minn.; one brother, Ivan Downs, Thief River Falls, Minn.; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be one hour before services, which will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City, with the Rev. Herb Cleveland officiating. Burial, with military honors by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 Honor Guard, will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established for the American Heart Association.

Rutledge Jr., Robert Earl

RAPID CITY - Robert Earl Rutledge Jr., 50, Rapid City and formerly of Oakwood, Ill., died Monday, June 26, 2006, at Casper, Wyo.

He served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Terry Ludington, Rapid City; one son, Christopher Rutledge, San Antonio; two daughters, Patricia Rutledge, San Antonio, and Rebekah Rutledge, Austin, Texas; one grandson; his mother, Dorothy Rutledge, Oakwood; two brothers, James Rutledge, Oakwood, and David Rutledge, Bedford, Ind.; and two sisters, Catherine Georgia, Southgate, Mich., and Debra Kuchenrod, St. Joseph, Ill.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT Friday, June 30, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 1, at Freese Funeral Home in St. Joseph.

Services will be at noon Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Rev. Tom Anders officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. A memorial service will be at a later date in Rapid City.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Randy Mitchell Bettelyoun

WANBLEE - Randy Mitchell Bettelyoun, 42, Wanblee, died Monday, June 26, 2006, in Tuthill.

Survivors include his wife, Lenee Bettelyoun, Wanblee; six sons, Arrow Bettelyoun, Jared Bettelyoun, Aaron Bettelyoun, Richard Bettelyoun Jr., Brian Bettelyoun and Skye Bettelyoun, all of Wanblee; four daughters, Ran Dawn Bettelyoun, Corrie Ann Bettelyoun, Nikia Bettelyoun and Lauren Bettelyoun, all of Wanblee; his mother, Gladys Iron Elk-Bettelyoun, Wanblee; six brothers, Jed Bettelyoun, Batesland, and Frank Bettelyoun, Larry Bettelyoun, Roger Bettelyoun, Ned Bettelyoun and Doyle Bettelyoun, all of Wanblee; and four sisters, Charlotte Bettelyoun, Fort Hood, Texas, Irene Duke, Allen, Angie Eisenbram, Kadoka, and Doris Bettelyoun, Aberdeen.

A two-night wake will begin at noon Saturday, July 1, at Crazy Horse School in Wanblee.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, at the school, with Deacon Calvin Clifford and Deacon Gerald Bush officiating and traditional services by Richard M. Moves Camp. Burial will be at Bear In The Lodge Cemetery, Bettelyoun Ranch.

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

Elsie Donnenwirth Anderson

MESA, Ariz. - Elsie Donnenwirth Anderson, 88, Mesa and formerly of Faith, S.D., died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Banner Hospice Center in Mesa.

Survivors include four children, Lanny Callen, Lana Jean Callen, Clayton Meyers and Michael Anderson; four brothers, Kenneth Donnenwirth, Buzz Donnenwirth, Robert Donnenwirth and Lloyd Donnenwirth; and one sister, Naomi "Patsy" Irwin.

Her husbands, Arthur Callen, Leo Meyers and Earl Anderson, preceded her in death.

Graveside memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis, S.D., with the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating.

Peter Rousseau

The time of services for Peter Rousseau, 52, McIntosh, has been changed. Services will be at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday, July 1, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in White Horse.

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