Obituaries for Nov. 9

2004-11-08T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Nov. 9 Rapid City Journal
November 08, 2004 11:00 pm

David Evans

VALENTINE, Neb. - David Evans, 92, formerly of Pierre, SD, died November 5, 2004 at Pine View Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Valentine, NE.

David Walter Evans was born November 11, 1911 at Alpena to John and Margaret (Smith) Evans, the oldest of eight children. He graduated from Alpena High School in 1929 and from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1935. He earned his master's degree in education administration from the University of South Dakota in 1939.

He was married to Gertrude Aldrich, his college sweetheart, on July 30, 1936. This marriage lasted nearly 67 years until Gertrude's death in 2003.

After college graduation, David was hired as a teacher, coach and later a superintendent at Belvidere, SD in 1935. He spent seven years there and then moved to Kadoka, SD for a similar position in 1942. He remained at Kadoka until 1962, when he was hired by the South Dakota High School Activities Association as assistant executive secretary. The family moved to Pierre, SD that year. He became head of the SDHSAA in 1970 and remained until his retirement in 1977.

He is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Bill) Renning of Valentine, and a son, John (Florence) Evans of Flandreau, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Alice Lain of Columbus, IN, and two brothers, Hugh (Dorothy) Evans of Stillwater, OK, and Philip (Ruby) Evans of Raleigh, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Gertrude and brothers, William, Paul and Robert; and also a sister, Esther Camery.

David was a member of several professional organizations and the First United Methodist Church of Pierre.

Among honors bestowed to David include being inducted into both the South Dakota Hall of Fame and the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. CST at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre, and burial in Riverside Cemetery in Pierre.

Sandoz Chapel of the Pines in Valentine are in charge of the arrangements.

Amos Walter Smolik

RAPID CITY - Amos Walter Smolik, 92, Rapid City, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare Bella Vista in Rapid City.

Survivors include two daughters, Janet Johnson, Rapid City, and Judy Lane, Muncie, Ind.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

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

James William Barthel

SUNDANCE, Wyo. - James William Barthel, 70, Sundance, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Sundance Assisted Care.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Barthel, Sundance; six children, Linda Johnson, Moorcroft, Ronald Barthel, Minot, N.D., Donald Barthel, Wright, Lisa Barthel, Sundance, and Jon Barthel and Gerard Barthel, both of Bismarck, N.D.; 14 grandchildren; one brother, Richard Barthel, Lead, S.D.; and two sisters, Diana Dobrowski and Mary Barthel, both of Wibaux, Mont.

Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Golva, N.D., followed by a vigil/rosary service at 6:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the church, with the Rev. David Richter officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Golva.

A memorial has been established for Sundance Assisted Care, and donations may be sent to P.O. Box 1260, Sundance, WY 82729.

Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel, Sundance, and Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home, Beach, N.D., are in charge of arrangements.

Willard V. Church

RAPID CITY - Willard V. Church, 88, Rapid City, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Church, Rapid City, and a son, Timothy Church, Las Cruces, N.M.

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

Richard L. Ravellette

RAPID CITY - Richard L. Ravellette, 67, died at the Rapid City Regional Hospital, on Friday, Nov. 5, 2004.

Richard was born May 22, 1937, in Vincennes, Indiana to Joseph and Elsie (Meeks) Ravellette. As a young boy, he moved to Sisseton, and then to Watertown, where he attended school. While in high school he was active in basketball and track. After high school, he enlisted in the US Navy at the end of the Korean War. During his 22 years of service to his country in the US Navy, he served in the Vietnam War and was stationed throughout the world. While stationed in the country of Malta, Europe he met Elizabeth Moore. They were married two years later in 1959. After Richard retired from the Navy he pursued a career as a printer, retiring in 1998 to become a full-time Grandpa.

Richard was involved in Boy Scouting as a leader, The Retired Enlisted Association and The Discovery Motorcoach Association. Richard's hobbies included gardening and snowmobiling, landscaping his home, and touring with Liz in his RV. Spending time with his children and their families was his favorite pastime.

Richard dedicated his life to his family. He was happiest when he was watching a grandchild at one of their many activities, or just going for a drive through the Black Hills.

Richard will be remembered deep in the hearts of those he touched throughout his life, especially his family.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth Ravellette, Rapid City, two sons, Robert L. Ravellette, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Timothy J. Ravellette and his wife Chery, Traverse City, Mich.; two daughters, Theresa Scharn and her husband, Mark, Rapid City, and Pauline Bendickson and her husband, Kieth, Forest Grove, Ore.; two brothers, Sam Ravellette and his wife, Ruth, Dallas, Tex., and Glenn Ravellette and his wife, Lucy, Hemet, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Belle Ravellette, Philip, South Dakota; nine grandchildren, Sarah, Melissa and Erik Bendickson, Nicole, Renee and Michelle Ravellette and Michael, Mathew and Jennifer Scharn and many nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lester.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home, with a Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12th., at Blessed Sacrament Church, with Rev. Kevin Achbach and Rev. Thomas Moore from Malta presiding.

Interment, with military honors provided by the TREA Honor Guard, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. A memorial has been established and cards may be sent to the family at 7313 Pinon Jay Circle, Rapid City, SD 57702. Please visit www.osheimcatron.com to leave condolences in the online registration book.

Edward C. Taylor

HURON - Edward C. Taylor, 80, Huron, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.

Survivors include three children, Deb Mahowald, Richmond, Minn., Gene Taylor, Huron, and Rita Taylor, Sioux Falls; three grandchildren; one brother, Alva Taylor, Massachusetts; and a very special friend, Maxine Robertson.

His wife, Patricia, preceded him in death.

Friends may call this afternoon and evening at Welter Funeral Home in Huron or before services Wednesday at the church. The family will be present from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST today at the funeral home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Congregational United Church of Christ in Huron, with the Rev. Brian Grover officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Huron with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council.

Wilma 'Billie' Copas

SPEARFISH - Wilma "Billie" Copas, 86, Spearfish, died Sunday, November 7, 2004, at Belle Fourche Health Care Center.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2004, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish with Reverend Kent Stillson officiating; inurnment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.

A memorial has been established to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish.

Billie was born May 30, 1918, to Wilhelm L. and Alice J. (Green) Meink at Lane, South Dakota. She attended first through tenth grade at Lane, SD. She then moved with her family to Spearfish, where she graduated. After graduation she worked at the Northwestern Bell Telephone office in Spearfish. She married Winfield "Scotty" Copas August 21, 1937, in Deadwood, SD; to this union four children were born. The couple lived briefly in Rapid City, SD, North Platte, and Valentine, NE, before moving to Spearfish in May of 1942. They moved to Lead in 1946, where they both worked at the Lead City Bakery for a number of years. In the early 1970s they retired and moved west of Spearfish. They later lived in Sundance, WY, for a brief while before returning to Spearfish, where she continued to live after her husband's death. Due to declining health she spent the last two years in Belle View Assisted Living and the Belle Fourche Health Care Center.

Billie enjoyed bowling, sewing, crocheting, cross stitching, poetry, music and her family and friends. She was a past secretary for the Spearfish City Bowling Association.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis (Karon) Copas, Isabel, SD, and Wayne (Karen) Copas, Hettinger, ND; two daughters, Querida "Rida" (Roger) Brunson, Sundance, WY, and Deanna (Lloyd) Bowman, Spearfish, SD; step-son, Paul (Irene) Copas, Sun City, AZ; ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Addie Britton, Lincoln, NE.

She was preceded in death by five sisters, Xilpha Long, Nancy Houlihan, Edith Ammon, Ruth Frost, and Effie Ring; five brothers, Clifford, Ralph, Raymond, Basil, and Harvey Meink; one nephew, Ivan Meink; and two nieces, Glenda Jo Britton and Patsy Singletary.

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

Derald 'Gene' Bunnell

CHAMBERLAIN - Derald "Gene" Bunnell, 77, Chamberlain, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include two sons, Derald "George" Bunnell, Oacoma, and Doug Bunnell, Pukwana; five daughters, Linda Stallman, Glenda Braun, Della Meagher and Valerie Giedd, all of Chamberlain, and Gayle Neisen, Rapid City; one sister, Sandy Lanoue, Rapid City; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Wevik Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at United Methodist Church in Reliance. Burial will be at Reliance Cemetery.

Don Potts

RAPID CITY - Don Potts, 75, passed away on Saturday, November 6th, in Rapid City. Visitation will be at Kirk Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 9th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a prayer service. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10th, at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Duane Duley officiating. Burial will be at Mt. View Cemetery following the service.

Don is preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Bernice (Kasper) Potts. He leaves behind his loving wife of 53 years, Phyllis; his children, Kathleen Golden of Colorado; Colleen and Mark Murphy of Rapid City; Mark and Janet Potts of Gillette, WY; and Karla and Jesse Richards of Gillette, WY. His family included one sister, Marjorie Meyers of Rapid City; and five brothers, Vern of Rapid City; James and Priss of Rapid City; David and Cheryl of Rapid City; Eugene and Ellie of Colorado; and Archie of Georgia and his sister-in-law Carol Bottomley. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was born December 17, 1928 in Rapid City, SD. His life included a love of saddle bronc riding in the rodeo in his early years as well as a love of fishing and the outdoors. Throughout his life he worked on cultivating his unique sense of humor. He was a kind and gentle man who loved and cared deeply for all his family. He says to all of us, "Bye now, Take care."

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Black Hills or Zion Lutheran Church.

You may sign Don's register book online at KirkFuneralHome.com.

Windelyn Shoulderblade

LAME DEER, Mont. - Windelyn Shoulderblade, 53, Lame Deer, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at Deaconess Billings Clinic.

A wake will begin at 8 p.m. today and Wednesday, Nov. 9 and 10, in Lame Deer.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Lame Deer Boys and Girls Club. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.

Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is in charge of arrangements.

Looking Back, Clement

LITTLE EAGLE - Clement Looking Back, 38, Little Eagle, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Medical Center One Hospital in Bismarck, N.D.

Arrangements are pending with Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Wayne Howard Kutil

WOONSOCKET - Wayne Howard Kutil, 82, Woonsocket, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Kutil, Manchester, Tenn., and the Rev. Dale Kutil, Fort Pierre; one daughter, Lynn Powell, Rapid City; one brother, Gerald Kutil, Rapid City; a special friend, Henrietta Doering, Mitchell; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His wife, Coral Kutil, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Thursday, Nov. 11, at Basham Funeral Chapel in Woonsocket.

A Christian burial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be at St. Wilfrid's Catholic Cemetery in Woonsocket.

A memorial will be established in lieu of flowers.

Jaycee Boyd Miller (Welk)

RAPID CITY - Jaycee left us on November 2, 2004. He was born on May 30, 1977 to Debbie Miller and Jeff Welk (Mainard). He moved to Rapid City in 1990. There he found two loves, one for cliff diving and the other his wife Katie. They married on September 15, 2000 and started a wonderful family with Dhani and soon to follow - Nova Star on Feb. 28th 2001.

Survivors include wife Katie Miller, stepson Dhani, daughter Nova Star, mother Debbie Lilly and husband Mark, dad Mainard (Jeff) Welk and wife Billee. And six brothers and sisters, Suzy Welk, Savannah Brennan, Taran Lilly, Zane Lilly, Steena Marie Welk, Samantha Welk. And grandmothers Gert Welk, Crystal Miller and Ruth Hunt and grandfather Dale Miller. Great-grandmother Maxine Butterbaugh.

He is preceded in death by: Marjorie Miller, Harvey Higby, John Welk, Stan Jeffords, Dennise Welk, Sherman Butterbaugh.

Memorial services will be Wed., Nov. 10, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. at Campbell, Paula & Quinn Funeral Home. Burial will be private.

Susan M. Dean

RAPID CITY - Susan M. Dean, 55, Rapid City, died Saturday, November 6, 2004 at her home in Rapid City following a year and a half battle with colon cancer.

Susan was born Nov. 24, 1948 at Ellendale, ND to Gilbert L. and Margaret M. (Kelly) Fleming. She grew up in Aberdeen where she attended Aberdeen Central High School. She moved with her family to Rapid City in 1966 where she graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1967.

Susan married Terry M. Dean, July 15, 1967 in Rapid City. They moved to Illinois in 1968, where she started and raised her family. She returned to Rapid City in 1999 and has worked as a Bindery Associate for Fenske Companies.

Susan enjoyed shopping, sewing, crafting and especially spending time with her many family and friends. Susan attended St. Therese Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children, Sheila Petty, Colona, IL, Patrick Dean, Rock Island, IL, Beth and husband Erik Kauppila, Ft. Atkinson, WI, Abby Dean, Rapid City; a grandson, Riley Petty; her parents, Gilbert and Margaret (Kelly) Fleming, Rapid City; siblings, Dennis and wife Carla Fleming, Rapid City, Mary and husband Robert Davis, Keystone, Thomas Fleming, NY, Bob and wife Shelly Fleming, Rapid City, David and wife Mary Fleming, Rapid City, Mike and wife Carol Fleming, Black Hawk, Jim and wife Becky Fleming, Rapid City, John Fleming, Orlando, FL, Chuck and wife Lisa Fleming, Rapid City; numerous nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Mickey Dean, Moline, IL and in-laws, Mike and Mary Lee Peterson and Steve and Carol DePron, all of Rock Island, IL. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Fleming.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to benefit Hospice of the Hills in Susan's memory.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004 at St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church with Father Dan Juelfs officiating. Inurnment will be at Mt. View Cemetery.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com.

Arrangements are in the care of Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

Assmann, Nellie Gladys Beckman

LEAD - Nell (Beckman) Assmann, 99, of Lead, passed away, Friday, November 5, 2004, at the Sturgis Community Health Care Center.

Nell was born October 19, 1905, at Spearfish, SD, to Al and Florence (Barnes) Gray. She was the younger of two children, living on a ranch near Albin, MT. She went to school in the Spearfish community, finishing with two years at Spearfish Normal School. She taught elementary school in Nemo, SD, St. Onge, SD, and Lead. On August 8, 1928, at Sturgis, SD, she married Axel Beckman. To this union they had two daughters, Jean and Margie. Together they lived in St. Onge, then moving to Gillette and running the creamery there. Axel passed away on March 27, 1971.

On September 27, 1974, she married Fred Assmann. Together they traveled until his death in 1988.

Nell was a life member of the Eastern Star of Spearfish, helped with the Girl Scouts, Women's Club, loved to play bridge, and spend time with her family.

Survivors include daughters: Jean and husband Gene Carter of Rapid City, Margie and husband Sherman Teigen of Lead, five grandchildren: Keith and wife Paula Carter, Vicki Carter, Terri Carter, Mark Teigen, Tracy and husband Mark Medina, and 2 great-grandchildren: Scott Carter, and Haley Medina, Fred's children Shirley and husband Bob Swanson of Pueblo, CO, and Bill and wife Colleen Ausmann of Lead.

At Nell's request graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 9, 2004, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish, with Rev. Keith Nelson officiating.

Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements. You may sign the guest book for Nell at www.carlsenaldinger.com.

Memorials have been established to the Lead Senior Citizen Center, and 1st United Methodist Church of Lead.

Laura Condon

An all-night wake for Laura Condon, 85, Eagle Butte, will begin at 7 p.m. today at H.V. Johnston Cultural Center in Eagle Butte. A second wake will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Community Gym in Cherry Creek.

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