Obituaries for March 30

2005-03-29T23:00:00Z Obituaries for March 30 Rapid City Journal
March 29, 2005 11:00 pm

Kevin James Wipf

RAPID CITY - Kevin James Wipf, 47, Rapid City, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Delores Wipf, Rapid City; two stepsons, Michael Schneider, Japan, and Paul Schnieder, Sioux Falls; one stepdaughter, Heather Oldfield, Rapid City; his mother and stepfather, Helen and LeRoy Lower, Rapid City; his father, Clifford Wipf, Rapid City; one brother, Kim Wipf; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Aline K. Ekeland

RAPID CITY - Aline K. Ekeland, 87, Rapid City, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include one daughter, Lani Phillips, Arlington, Texas; two sons, Craig Ekeland, Sioux Falls, and Mark Ekeland, Brookings; one sister, Alice Haakinson, Rapid City; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rapid City, with the Rev. LeRoy Flagstad officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established.

Noah James LaFlesche Solomon

WINNEBAGO, Neb. - Noah James LaFlesche Solomon, Ma-Chu-Pa, 74, Winnebago, died Monday, March 28, 2005, at Winnebago Treaty Hospital.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in August 1949 and the U.S. Air Force in December 1952.

Survivors include his wife, Nicky; two daughters, Nancy Solomon-Blackbird and Nilah Solomon, both of Aberdeen, S.D.; two sons, Neal Solomon, El Cajon, Calif., and Nolan Solomon, Bosque Farms, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and one brother, Wilbur Solomon, Ignacio, Colo.

Visitation will begin this morning at Ho-Chunk Community Center in Winnebago and will continue until service time.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the community center. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Walthill.

Christopher C. Coats

RAPID CITY - Christopher C. Coats, 34, died Monday, March 28, 2005, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his father, Darwin Coats Jr.; his mother, Esther Little, Pine Ridge; and two sisters, Cheryl Coats and Ellen Coats, both of Rapid City.

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

Pamela K. 'Pam' Hacanson

BELLE FOURCHE - Pamela K. "Pam" Hacanson, 53, Belle Fourche, died Sunday, March 27, 2005, at her home.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Hacanson, Belle Fourche; three step-children, Michelle Swensrud, Mandan, N.D., Michael Hacanson, Fargo, N.D., and Marsha Baumann, Bismarck, N.D.; four stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Gary Glader, Mobridge, and Kent Glader, Wellington, Fla.; and one sister, Diane Wortman, Lead.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 31, at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.

Service of Remembrance will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gail Arnold officiating.

A memorial has been established to Western Hills Humane Society, 324 Industrial Drive, Spearfish, SD 57783. Condolences can be sent to the family at

Mary Hayworth

SPEARFISH - Mary Hayworth, 94, Spearfish, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyo.

Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish.

Gertrude E. Rosedahl

RAPID CITY - Gertrude E. Rosedahl, 88, Rapid City, died Monday, March 28, 2005, at her home.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Keeney, Rapid City, and two sons, Roland Rosedahl, Spearfish, and Merlyn Rosedahl, Mounds View, Minn.

Arrangements are pending with Campbell, Paula & Quinn Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Theone D. 'Toni' Baustian

MESA, Ariz. - Theone D. "Toni" Baustian, 75, of Mesa, Arizona, entered eternal rest surrounded by her family on March 25, 2005. Toni was born Jan. 16, 1930 in Rapid City, SD, living there until moving to Minneapolis, MN in 1965 and to Arizona in 1979. She retired from US West in 1990 after over 37 years of service. Toni loved Arizona and spent many hours exploring and hiking this great state, especially the Grand Canyon. One of her greatest thrills was river rafting the Colorado River at age 67. She will be deeply missed by her son, Steven (Colleen) Baustian of Flagstaff; daughter, Denise (Joe) Stout of Mesa; siblings, Doris Convey, Naoma Rowen, Alma Wenn, Robert Hansen, Barbara Porter, Kenneth Hansen and Dee Ann Heller; grandson, Timothy (Tiffany) Stout; 2 great-granddaughters and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron and Mildred (Clemmons) Hansen and siblings, Dale, Billy & Betty Hansen. A celebration of Toni's life will be held on Saturday, Apr. 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the family home in Mesa. Please call for directions. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Toni's name to the Muhammed Ali Parkinson's Research Center, Movement Disorders Clinic, 500 W. Thomas Rd., Ste. 700, Phoenix, AZ 85013. Tempe Mortuary handling arrangements.

Biff Jones

ARLINGTON, Wash. - Biff Jones passed away on March 24, 2005 in his home in Arlington, Washington. He was born on December 14, 1953 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Bill and Minibelle Jones.

Biff graduated from Rapid City Central High in 1972. He then married Fran Adkins on October 22, 1972. The couple had two children and settled down in Arlington, Washington, where he had two more children.

His favorite pastimes included golf, trips to Las Vegas and coaching his kids. Biff lit up the room with his smile and terrific sense of humor aka "Biff Jokes."

Biff is survived by his daughters, Jennyfer Russ, Amber Brown, Lauryn Jones, son Russell Jones, grandchildren Devyn, Jayla, Meeya-Belle Russ, sister Christie Hayes and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and friends.

Funeral services were held at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home in Marysville, WA.

John W. Street

RAPID CITY - John W. Street, 90, died at Rapid City Regional Hospital on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005.

He was born October 21, 1914, at Quinn, South Dakota, to Mr. and Mrs. John E. Street.

John worked ranches around Hermosa following the 8th grade, later bootlegging Moonshine to the cowboys at dances in New Underwood, making more money at that than working at area ranches. He boxed as a young man.

John married Yvonne Lambert in Huron, South Dakota, on June 12, 1941.

During WWII he served with the Army Air Corps in North Africa. After the war he worked at the Army Ordnance Depot in Igloo, South Dakota, until 1946, when he attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Whapeton, studying sheet metal technology.

He returned to Rapid City where he worked at the Scheid Tin Shop then at Church Sheet Metal during construction at Rapid City Army Air Force Base.

On July 1, 1954, John took his paycheck from Church Sheet Metal and founded Street Heating and Sheet Metal, retiring in 1985.

He was the oldest living Past Master of Battle River Masonic Lodge #92 in Hermosa, serving as Worshipful Master in 1955, active in the Eastern Star and NAJA Shrine; John was also a member of Rushmore VFW Post 1273.

Survivors include his son, Steve Street and his wife Jean, Rapid City, and a daughter Susan Cook and her husband Herb, Downey, California, 4 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife Yvonne in November of 2002 and 2 sisters.

Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005, with Masonic Funeral Rites provided by the Battle River Lodge Masons at 7:00 p.m. at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 1, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home, Rev. Barb Gammeter officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273.

Memorials have been established by the family.

Brian McInerney

BELLE FOURCHE - Brian McInerney, 38, Belle Fourche, SD, died Friday, March 25, 2005, at his home after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Wake services will start at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, at his home: 10675 Habeck Road, rural Belle Fourche.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche with Pastor Paul Howard officiating; full military honors will be provided by the Belle Fourche Honor Guard. Private family burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers a memorial scholarship will be started in Brian's name at Belle Fourche High School.

Brian was born in Spearfish, SD, spent his early childhood in California and then returned to the Black Hills, where he graduated from Sundance High School in 1984. He attended Bismarck Junior College on a football scholarship, where he met his wife, Michele, and later transferred to the University of Wyoming, where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1990.

Brian joined the Wyoming National Guard in 1987. While in the Guard he also became active in the UW ROTC program. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army in January of 1990. After his initial training to become a helicopter pilot at Fort Rucker, AL, duty stations included: Griffis AFB, NY; Fort Drum, NY; Fort Rucker AL (again); Schoffield Barracks, HI; Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA; U.S. Embassy, Amman, Jordan; and the Great Lakes Naval Base, IL.

Although his career was demanding he always made time for the things he loved; his devotion to his three daughters and wife came first. The family spent many weekends camping, hunting, shooting, rollercoaster riding, playing sports, or just walking in the woods.

Survivors include his wife Michele McInerney, Belle Fourche, three daughters; Megan (Kyle) Ludeman, Sundance, Randi McInerney, Belle Fourche, and Caitlin McInerney, Belle Fourche, granddaughter Arayla Ludeman, Sundance, one sister, Fawne (Ronnie) Dennis, Dallas, TX, his mother, Lois McInerney, Spearfish, one brother-in-law, Dan (Lea) Essink, Deadwood, two step-brothers, Mike (Holly) Haines, Faith, and Squeak (Roxie) Haines, Faith, and four step-sisters, Connie (Roger) Hawley, Spearfish, Linda Gram, Colorado Springs, CO, Jackie (Ed) Logan, Hooker, OK, and Mikki (Michael) Brugman, Las Vegas, NV.

Brian was preceded in death by one daughter, Hunter, one sister, Teddi, and his father Ted.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish.

Eleanor M. Weaver

SPEARFISH - Eleanor M. Weaver, 78, Spearfish and formerly of Lead, died Friday, March 25, 2005, at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Spearfish.

Eleanor M. Olson was born on March 20, 1927, at Portland, North Dakota. The family moved to Lantry, South Dakota, in 1931 and she attended grade school in Lantry and high school in Dupree, South Dakota. She married Lynn A. Weaver on April 3, 1943, at Dupree and they made their home there until 1953, when they moved to Lead. Eleanor went to work as a clerk in the Red Owl Store in Lead. She went to work at J.C. Penney in 1967 and retired from there in 1984. During her retirement years she enjoyed golfing and bowling, and traveling with her husband. Due to her husband's health they moved to Rapid City in 1999, and following his death in 2001 she returned to Lead. She had recently moved to the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Spearfish.

Eleanor was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Tomahawk Country Club, was active bowling, sewing and cross-stitching.

Eleanor is survived by three sons: Lyle A. Weaver, Tahlequah, OK; Steve (Julie) Weaver, Black Hawk, SD; and Joel (Tonchi) Weaver, Rapid City, SD; one brother, Ole Olson, Manhattan, MT; four sisters: Marian Rimestad and Inga Birkeland, both of Spearfish, SD; Ruby Gray, Dupree, SD; and Vivian (Dennis) Thomas, Deadwood, SD; ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Darrell (Mabel) Weaver and sister-in-law, Lavonne Lawien and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Lynn; parents, two brothers, Tom and Vernon, preceded Eleanor in death.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 1, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. at the Lead-Deadwood Funeral Chapel in Lead, SD. Burial will follow in Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis. A closed casket visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be given to the Hospice of the Northern Hills.

The Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home and Lead-Deadwood Funeral Chapel have been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. You may sign her guest book at

M. Rochelle Dodge

RAPID CITY - M. Rochelle Dodge, 73, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 26, 2005, at her home.

She was born February 19, 1932, in Pierce County, WI, to Paul and Verbena Boleen.

On April 19, 1953, she married the love of her life, Donald "Red" Dodge. The couple lived in Red Wing, MN, until they moved to Irving, Texas, in 1959. A few years later, they returned to Red Wing and in 1968, their life adventure brought them to Rapid City, where she resided until her death.

Rochelle poured her life into her family providing them with love and security beyond measure. Her children were blessed with a mom who chose Motherhood to be her career. Her love knew no limits. God blessed her with the gift of hospitality and a good sense of humor which she graciously shared with all.

Rochelle enjoyed being an active member of her church and took great pleasure in spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Donald 'Red' Dodge, Rapid City; a son, Brian Dodge and his wife Sally, Piedmont; two daughters, Susan Gilyard and her husband Dustan, Traverse City, Michigan, and Jeana Dodge, Parker, Colorado; a son-in-law, Jack Behrens, Hermosa; her grandchildren, Amy Graves and her husband Jim, Rory and Lacy Behrens, Jared and Michael Gilyard, Tyler and Brianna Dodge, and her special great-grandbabies, Alex and Garrett Graves.

Rochelle was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Teddy, a sister, Dorothy, and her precious daughter, Karen Behrens.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at First Congregational Church with Rev. Ted Huffman officiating. A private burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date.

The family requests memorials to be made to the American Heart Association.

Friends may leave condolence wishes and sign her online guestbook at

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