Obituaries for Nov. 21

2006-11-20T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Nov. 21 Rapid City Journal
November 20, 2006 11:00 pm

Running Hawk, Lita L.

PINE RIDGE - Lita L. Running Hawk, 38, Pine Ridge, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at Pine Ridge Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Running Hawk, Pine Ridge; two daughters, Aubree Running Hawk and Taryn Running Hawk, both of Pine Ridge; three stepdaughters, Stephanie Running Hawk, Lynelle Running Hawk and Grace Clifford, all of Pine Ridge; nine brothers, Ray Stands, Fallon, Nev., Burnell Stands, Bluch Fire Thunder Jr., A.V. Fire Thunder, Donovan Steele Jr. and Ricky Josefzyk, all of Manderson, Harlan Fire Thunder, Pierre, Ivis Long Visitor Sr., Oglala, and

Preston Good Voice Flute, No. Four Community; six sisters, Ingrid One Feather and Mary Blue Legs, both of Oglala, Leah Fire Thunder and Lucy Running Horse, both of Manderson, Marilyn White, Pine Ridge, and Lori Mesteth, Wounded Knee; and three grandchildren.

A one-night wake will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at St. Agnes Catholic Hall in Manderson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at the hall, with the Rev. Chris Collins officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Episcopal Cemetery in Grass Creek.

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

Katherine H. Peldo

STURGIS - Katherine H. Peldo, 83, Sturgis, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at Sturgis Hospice.

Survivors include one sister, Mildred Steinwand, Lander, Wyo.; one brother, Delbert Weitala, Mitchell; 10 children, Richard Peldo, Randy Peldo, Ralph Peldo and Sandra Leetch, all of Vancouver, Wash., Deanna Williamson, Piedmont, Robert Peldo, Columbia Falls, Mont., MaryAnn Roberts and Ronald Peldo, both of Sturgis, Roger Peldo, Whitewood, and Sonia Hartjenstein, Hot Springs; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. today at Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Spearfish.

Visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. PST Friday, Nov. 24, at Layne Funeral Home & Chapel in Battle Ground, Wash.

Services will be at 1 p.m. PST Saturday, Nov. 25, at Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie, Wash. Burial will be at Elim Cemetery in Brush Prairie.

Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish and Layne's Funeral Home & Chapel of Battle Ground, Wash., are in charge of arrangements.

Larry Wagoner

PIERRE - Larry Wagoner, 58, Pierre, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.

He served in Vietnam from October 1968 to May 1969.

Survivors include his wife, Penney Wagoner; one son, Wayne Wagoner; one daughter, Debbie Wagoner; two brothers, George Wagoner Jr. and Bob Wagoner; and one grandson.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST today at Isburg Funeral Chapel in Pierre.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at First United Methodist Church in Pierre, with the Rev. Howard Grinager officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre.

A memorial has been established at BankWest.

Margaret Becker

OGDEN, Utah - Margaret Becker, 101, Ogden, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2006.

A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte, S.D.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the church, with the Rev. Tom Westhoven officiating. Burial will be at Eagle Butte Cemetery.

Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements.

Harry F. Naiman

RAPID CITY - Harry F. Naiman, 93, Rapid City, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at a Rapid City nursing home.

Survivors include one son, Thomas Naiman, Fresno, Calif.; one daughter, Kathy Rolfing, Rochester Hills, Mich.; one sister, Arlene Leslie, Ennis, Mont.; 10 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rapid City, with the Rev. Ed Bode officiating. Burial will be at Pine Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Rapid City.

Thomas A. Prosper

LANSING, Mich. - Thomas A. Prosper, 57, Lansing and formerly of Spearfish, S.D., died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

Survivors include his wife, Laurel Prosper, Lansing; one daughter, Leila Pace, Indianapolis; his parents, Arthur and Jane Prosper, Spearfish; one brother, Bob Prosper, Rapid City; and two sisters, Judy DeNio and Mary New, both of Pueblo West, Colo.

A memorial has been established for the construction of The Beacon of Hope and Light, a 36-foot tall structure to be placed on the north side of the Arkansas River and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum.

Robert M. Jaragoske

GETTYSBURG - Robert Jaragoske, 85, Gettysburg, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at Gettysburg Medical Center.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1944 to 1946 and in the Korean War from October 1950 to July 1951.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel Jaragoske, Gettysburg; two sons, Richard Jaragoske, Sioux Falls, and Larry Jaragoske, Aberdeen; three daughters, Nadine Glaesman and Lori Hunnel, both of Gettysburg, and Kristi Hoon, Sioux Falls; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation with family present will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST Thursday, Nov. 23, at Luce Funeral Home in Gettysburg.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at United Methodist Church in Gettysburg, with the Rev. Mike Ward officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Gettysburg Cemetery.

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Donald H. Gross

LEAD - Donald H. Gross, 86, of Lead, died Sunday, November 19, 2006, at the Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital.

Donald was born August 28, 1920, at Osborn, MO, to Wallace and Madge (Morgan) Gross. He grew up in Cameron, MO, where he graduated from high school.

Donald served in the U.S. Army during World War II during the China Offensive in Central Burma, India. He married Maxine Pries on April 22, 1972, in Moville, Iowa.

They moved to Lead, SD, a little over a year ago.

He was a lifelong member of Moili Temple Shrine at St. Joseph, MO.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Gross of Lead, SD; two stepsons, Gary (Sharon) Van Norman, Lead, SD, and Mark (Lee) Cornils of San Francisco, CA; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepson, Danny Van Norman; two brothers; a granddaughter and a nephew.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at the Lead-Deadwood Funeral Chapel in Lead, SD. Cremation has taken place and inurnment will be at a later date in Iowa. The Aldinger Funeral Home of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Edward A. Shaffer

RAPID CITY - Edward A. Shaffer, 74, Rapid City, passed peacefully away Sunday, November 19, 2006, at Rapid City Regional Hospital after a short illness.

He was born in Highland Park, Michigan, on June 3rd, 1932, to George L. and Charlotte K. (Hartford) Shaffer.

He graduated from East Palestine HS, East Palestine, OH. He entered the Air Force on February 12, 1952, and retired on June 1, 1973.

He met and married the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Church, on February 13, 1955, in Albany, GA.

Ed and Mary along with their daughter Joyce Ann traveled to many Air Force Bases in the US and abroad, including 3 memorable years at Torrjon Air Force Base, Madrid, Spain.

After retiring from Ellsworth AFB Mary and Ed moved to Rainelle WV, where they spent many years before moving back to Rapid City, SD. Even though Ed worked different jobs after retiring from the military, his fondest memories were of his military service and the many friends he met throughout the USA.

He is preceded in death by his wife Mary, his parents, his sister Ethel Beresford, and his brother George Shaffer.

He is survived by his daughter Joyce and her husband Steven Heinis, of Rapid City, SD, his grandsons Nickolis, Todd, Ron and Bill Heinis, 12 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, a special sister-in-law, Theresa Church, and many close friends he met while in the military. We will all miss him.

A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell, Paula & Quinn Funeral Home, 1123 Kansas City St., Rapid City, SD.

Funeral Mass will be at St. Therese Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, with Fr. William Zandri officiating.

Orville Thomas 'Pete' Whitley

CUSTER - Orville Thomas "Pete" Whitley, a veteran of "The Greater Generation," passed away November 19, 2006, at Custer Community Hospital, a facility he helped established over 40 years ago.

Pete, as he preferred to be called, was born September 14, 1918, in Mills, Nebraska, and after spending his youth growing up on small farms throughout the area, graduated from Gregory High School. As a son of the Depression, Pete was stoic and unassuming, was always ready to take on any formidable challenge and had a profound sense of duty to his family, friends, community and country.

Thus it was that shortly after his marriage to his sweetheart, Wilma Jean O'Connor, in December 1941, he dutifully went off to war. Like most of the veterans of his generation, Pete seldom spoke of, nor asked any glory for his heroic war service. But, in his later years he did speak with particular pride of his 3-1/2 year stint on the Battleship U.S.S. Colorado and, specifically, of one assignment involving the search for Amelia Earhart and Captain Noonan.

After serving four years in the Marines and almost four more in the Army, including duty in the Okinawa campaign, Pete returned home to Custer to raise a family and help his parents run the family business, Bill's Grocery. Pete and Jean eventually purchased the business and operated it for many years while, at the same time, Pete served on the Custer City Council and later was elected Mayor.

It was during this time in the late sixties that Pete led the campaign to procure a hospital for Custer. Succeeding in that, he then lent his talents to the construction of the facility and, later, both he and Jean worked in the hospital for many years. In 1979, having successfully raised their family, Pete and Jean set out on a new adventure, moving to Lake Havasu, Arizona.

There, they both worked in the hospital for many years until retirement. Even though they both loved the climate, their home and their many friends in Arizona, they looked forward each spring to returning to the Black Hills, where Pete flourished building birdhouses, tending his amazing garden and amusing friends with his warm sense of humor. So it was that this past spring, Pete and Jean left their Lake Havasu home for the last time, returning to their real home in Custer, just in time for Pete to enjoy one last summer with the people and the beautiful hills he loved so much. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to spend that time with him.

Pete is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean Whitley; four children, Wilma Whitley of Englewood, CO, Margaret French and her husband, Bruce, of Custer, SD, Jim Whitley of Fort Smith, MT, Fred Whitley of Rapid City, SD; two sisters, Lucille Homan of Sturgis, SD, Betty Floyd and her husband, John of Scottsbluff, NE; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pete was preceded in death by his father, William Walter Whitley; his mothers, Elsie Bartlett and Eva B. Whitley; four brothers and a sister and Jean's parents, Fred and Darlymond O'Connor.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Custer, SD.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Custer, SD, with Pastor Bill Savery officiating. Interment will follow at the Custer Cemetery in Custer, SD, with military honors provided by the Custer Honor Guard.

A memorial has been established in Pete's name to benefit the Custer Regional Hospital in Custer, SD.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Custer, SD. Written condolences can be made at

Dorothy Irene Allison

STURGIS - Retired Black Hills newspaper publisher Dorothy Irene Allison died Sunday, November 19, 2006, at her Sturgis home. Her death came within two weeks of being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a development she handled as she had done with all events in her life, with dignity and grace.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis from noon until 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.

A rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Arnold Kari officiating. Burial will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Dorothy Irene Allison was born in Deadwood, SD, to Joseph and Katherine (Sarkis) Pugh on October 31, 1921. She lived in Deadwood until she was six. When her mother married John Soldat, the family moved to the Fort Meade 7th Cavalry military post, and it was under her stepfather's direction, she developed her equestrian skills.

Like her mother, she was successful in the male-dominated business world decades prior to the women's movement. Dorothy, who graduated from Sturgis High School in 1940, spent her school years working with her mother, Katherine Soldat, at the Rushmore Ads. This advertising shopper founded in 1937 would be the precursor to Allison Publishing, Inc. Again like her mother, Dorothy was always simultaneously involved in more than one occupation. During the day, she would be legal secretary/abstractor and at night built ads at the shopper. In 1938, she was chosen Miss Black Hills and also sang in area dance bands. When World War II broke out she was the first civilian stenographer hired at Fort Meade.

It was at Fort Meade she met her life partner, Vernon Allison, a master sergeant in the U.S. Army. When his orders came for deployment to the Burmese-China combat zone, the pair took the train to his San Francisco debarkation point so they could stop in Reno, Nevada, and be married on May 29, 1944. After World War II, the couple was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. When the Korean Conflict started, Vern would spend the next two years in Korea with Gen. MacArthur's troops and Dorothy returned to Sturgis. After this war ended, Vern was stationed at San Luis Obispo, CA, and it was then the couple decided a career change was in order and they returned to their native state.

The couple bought the Rushmore Ads from Mrs. Soldat and transformed it into what would become Allison Publishing. It was this philosophy of a strong family network; dedicated employees; superior news coverage of local events culminating in a quality package that resulted in Allison Publishing becoming the largest non-daily newspaper group in South Dakota.

The Allison family published the Meade County Times-Tribune, Black Hills Press, both in Sturgis; the twice-weekly Lawrence County Centennial in Deadwood and Spearfish; the Belle Fourche Daily Post and Bee; the Butte County Valley Irrigator; the Black Hills News shopper; numerous specialty publications and was as a central printing plant for other newspapers and commercial customers in a three-state region.

Allison Publishing, Inc. sold to Dickson Media, Inc. of Charlottesville, VA, in November 1993, which marked the end of Dorothy's 55 years in the media business. Ultimately Lee Enterprises, corporate owner of the Rapid City Journal, acquired the properties once owned by the Allison family.

The S.D. Newspaper Association recognized her many contributions to the profession and presented her with its highest honor in 2003. In 2004, the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce presented Dorothy and her family with its highest distinction, the Key City Award for outstanding service to the community through the newspapers and the Vernon Heights Housing Development.

In addition, she was elected the first woman president of the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce; South Dakota's representative at the 1984 Republican National Convention's and its Platform Committee in Dallas, Texas; held several offices in the Rocky Mountain Region's Zonta International; and played a pivotal role in organizing many service and professional organizations in the Black Hills including Beta Sigma Phi, Toastmistresses, and Zonta. She also served several terms on the S.D. GOP executive board and was a gubernatorial appointee to state boards.

Following her retirement she served on the Fort Meade Museum Board and on the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church council.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern in 1992; her mother, Katherine Soldat; her father and stepfather, and an infant grandchild.

She is survived by her daughter, Doreen Creed, Sturgis; two sons, Vernon James (Jim) Allison and his wife, Jackie of Sturgis; David Allison and his wife, Sharon, of Waynesville, NC; grandchildren, Allison Creed, University of SD nursing student; Jonathan and Jennifer Creed, students at South Dakota State University, Brookings; Sandi (Brad) Napier and their children, Lauren and Kelsey of McKinney, Texas; Karri (Bret) Hansen and their children, Codi, Brooklyn, Sidney, of Faith, SD; Amie Allison of Minneapolis, MN; Christopher Allison, Alexandria, VA; other survivors include a niece, Ginger Tait, and a nephew, Mark Nelson, both of Rapid City.

A memorial has been established.

Mary Jane Schneider

RAPID CITY - Mary Jane Schneider, 85, Rapid City, died at her residence Monday, Nov. 20, 2006.

She was born July 14, 1921, at Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of William M. and Gertrude (Hollenbeck) Stapleton. Mary Jane married John G. Schneider on April 26, 1941, at Dubuque. The couple moved to Rapid City in 1963. Following retirement in 1980 they moved to Sun City, AZ, returning to Rapid City in 2000.

Survivors include her husband, John G. Schneider, Rapid City; two sons, William John Schneider, Fountain Hills, AZ, and Richard G. Schneider and his wife Terri, Spokane, Washington; two daughters, Judith Ann Lyon and her husband Don, Athol, Idaho, and Kristine Jane Brekhus and her husband Jim, Rapid City; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Blessed Sacrament Church with Rev. Dan Juelfs presiding.

Inurnment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Friends may sign the online guest register and offer condolences at

Martin Arthur Fallgren

STURGIS - God, Family, Country. Martin Arthur Fallgren, 59, Sturgis, died Monday, November 20, 2006, at the Sturgis Regional Health Care Center.

Vigil services will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday, November 24, 2006, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Bishop Donald Kettler officiating. Burial with military honors follows at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to the Hospice Unit of the Fort Meade Veterans Hospital.

Martin was born August 16, 1947, at Minneapolis, MN, to Harold and Lillian Fallgren. He was the oldest of eight children and was raised on the North Shore of Lake Superior. He graduated from Silver Bay High School in 1965 and went to college at St. Cloud State, where he participated in football and swimming before entering the United States Marine Corps. After his commissioning as an officer, Martin served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He married Elizabeth Kettler in Sioux Falls on May 31, 1971. Martin worked at VA Hospital in San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN, St. Cloud, MN, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Fort Meade, SD, from 1984 until his retirement in June of 2006.

He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lt. Colonel in 1993.

Martin was an active member of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish, the Knights of Columbus and he served on the board of Catholic Social Services for seven years. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth Fallgren, Sturgis; daughter, Kristin Maag and her husband Pat, Scottsbluff, NE; son, Fr. Matthew Fallgren, Rapid City, SD, son Peter Fallgren and his wife Vicki, Toledo, OH; daughter, Suzanne Reeve and her husband Capt. Jeremy Reeve, USAF, Sturgis, SD; son, A.J. Fallgren, Sturgis, SD; his parents, Harold and Lillian Fallgren, Silver Bay, MN; sister Betty Rohlfing and her husband Bob, Brainerd, MN, brother, Ron Fallgren, Silver Bay, MN, brother Richard Fallgren and his wife Byong, Glenrock, WY, brother, Craig Fallgren and his wife Kitty, Hazen, ND, sister, Roberta Cosner and her husband Richard, Brainerd, MN, sister, Loretta Fallgren, Robbinsdale, MN, brother, Roger Fallgren and his wife Julie, Aikin, MN; 12 grandchildren, Jennifer Maag, Jonathon Maag, James Maag, Collin Maag, Joseph Maag, Nicholas Maag, Isabelle Maag, Casey Wurth, Joshua Fallgren, Marguerite Reeve, Nathaniel Reeve, Gabriel Reeve; and a special God-son, Eric Rohlfing.

Carl R. Roetzel

CUSTER - Carl R. Roetzel, age 82, of Custer, SD, died Sunday, November 19, 2006, at his home, with his family by his side after a short battle with cancer.

Carl was born May 7, 1924, in Lead, SD, to Frank and Helen (Doll) Roetzel. When he was one year old his family moved to the Bear Springs Place in the Custer Limestone northwest of Custer. Shortly after that his family moved to the Roetzel Ranch eight miles northwest of Custer, where he grew up. Carl graduated from Custer High School in 1943. After graduation he joined the United States Army and served in WWII. He was inducted into the Army on October 21, 1943, and served with the 10th Mountain 2nd Quarter Master Battalion, stationed in Italy and the European Theater. Carl was very proud of his service to this country. He received his honorable discharge on May 12, 1946.

On December 15, 1946, he married Alice Hammond in Custer, SD, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Their daughter, Mary, was born May 19, 1954. He spent his life in the Custer area working in the logging industry. He drove logging trucks for Linde's Sawmill for 25 years. Carl retired in 1987. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing walleye on the Missouri River, and spending time with family and friends. He always had a story and time for others. He loved taking his family and friends on drives through the Black Hills and showing them his favorite spots.

He was a life time member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and was a cornerstone in the church.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of Custer, SD; daughter, Mary (Richard) Bradeen of Black Hawk, SD; three grandchildren, Tim (Kelly) Bradeen of Rapid City, SD; Jeff Bradeen of Custer, SD; Teresa Bradeen of Black Hawk, SD; one brother, Arthur (Joanna) Roetzel of Custer, SD; one sister, Lucille (William) Hiller of Merced, CA; many nieces nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2006, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Custer, SD, with Reverend Robert Anderson officiating.

Interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Carl's name to benefit Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Custer.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Custer, SD. Written condolences can be made at

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