Obituaries for October 4

2002-10-22T23:00:00Z Obituaries for October 4 Rapid City Journal
October 22, 2002 11:00 pm

C. Herman Ronning

RAPID CITY - C. Herman Ronning, 92, Rapid City, passed away Thurs., Oct. 3rd, 2002, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Herman was born on November 24th, 1910, at Persian Lake, North Dakota, to Alfred and Martha Ronning, the first of three sons. He graduated from high school in Steele, North Dakota, in 1929. He also graduated from Bismarck Business College in 1932.

He spent almost his entire life in the retail grocery business. He worked as a roving manager for the Red Owl stores in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota from 1933 through 1940. During World War II, he worked for the National Weather Service. From 1945 until 1952, he worked as an assistant manager for Safeway Stores. From 1952-1984, he owned and operated the Bi-Rite Grocery, until his retirement.

Herman did many memorable things in his life. During his younger years he performed in five concerts with noted composer and band

director, John Phillip Sousa. For 1 year he played drums with the famous band maestro, Lawrence Welk.

In the summer of 1931, Herman caught three games for the legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, while Paige was barnstorming across North Dakota. Satchel Paige referred to Herman in the late '50's as "the first white boy to catch him."

Herman was one of the founders of Rushmore Little League, North Rapid Baptist Church, Knollwood Heights United Methodist Church and the North Rapid Civic Association.

He served as a member or president of numerous committees in city, state and

national government. He was a member of the Rushmore

Amateur Radio Club.

He was an early member of the Sons of Norway, to celebrate his heritage; a member of the Shrine of Democracy Chorus and the Rushmore Barbershoppers; a past president of the Minneluzahan Senior Citizens Center and a life long member of the Elks Lodge.

On November 15th, 1938, Herman married his life long companion, Lillian Keester. They were together until Lillian's passing in June 1984.

Herman is survived by one son, Ronald and his wife Colleen, Rapid City; two grandchildren, Elizabeth, Salt Lake City, UT, and Zachary, Seattle, WA; a special niece, Lana and her husband Don Holloway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and two younger brothers.

A memorial has been established.

Visitation will be Friday, October 4, 2002, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Behrens Mortuary.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at Behrens Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Behrens Mortuary, Rapid City, is in care of arrangements.

Ruby Johnson Barber

ONTARIO, Ore. - Ruby Johnson Barber, 90, Ontario and formerly of western South Dakota, died Sept. 1, 2002, in Ontario.

Survivors include two daughters; one son; and one brother, Oliver Johnson, Rapid City. Services were in Ontario.

Ruben Yellow Thunder Sr.

MANDERSON - Ruben Yellow Thunder Sr., 48, Manderson, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Pine Ridge Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Ruben Yellow Thunder Jr., Red Shirt Table; one daughter, Carmelita Yellow Thunder, Rapid City; his mother, Sylvia Yellow Thunder, Hot Springs; four brothers, Orville Yellow Thunder, Aurora, Colo., Thomas Yellow Thunder, Fort Thompson, and Curtis Yellow Thunder and Patrick Yellow Thunder, both of Hot Springs; two sisters, Genevieve Ribitch, No. Four Community, Pine Ridge, and Rita White Bear, Fort Collins, Colo.; and 12 grandchildren.

A two-night wake will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Agnes Church Hall in Manderson. The second night will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Billy Mills Hall.

Burial will be at Highland Community Cemetery in Hot Springs.

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

Arlene R. Valandra

PINE RIDGE - Arlene R. Valandra, 56, Pine Ridge, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Valandra, Pine Ridge; three sons, Alexander Bad Bear Jr., Winston Bad Bear and Edsel Bad Bear, all of Pine Ridge; four adopted sons, Lyle Jack, Don Chase, Austin Backward and Tom

Goings, all of Pine Ridge; three daughters, Betty Bad Bear, Carol Bad Bear and Sharon Bad Bear, all of Pine Ridge; two adopted daughters, Cheryle Chase, Pine Ridge, and Nurse Muriel, Rushville, Neb.; three brothers, Joseph Fast Horse Jr. and Darrell Fast Horse, both of Pine Ridge, and Talbert Fast Horse, Rapid City; three sisters, Cecelia Spotted Bear, Fast Horse Creek, Patricia Red Eagle, Gordon, Neb., and Geraldine Fast Horse, Pine Ridge; 21 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A one-night wake will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Lakota Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Fast Horse Creek.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the church, with the Rev. Norman Cash and the Rev. Harold

Ambrose officiating.

Burial will be at Fast Horse Creek Cemetery in Wounded Knee.

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

Edith Goodwin

SPEARFISH - Funeral services for Edith Goodwin, age 93, of Spearfish, will be

1 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2002, at the United Church of Christ in Spearfish, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery, Sturgis. Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. to

6 p.m. at the Carlsen & Aldinger

Funeral Home in Spearfish and one hour before the services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche or the Hospice of the Northern Hills.

Edith Goodwin died at her home in Spearfish on Wednesday, October 2, 2002.

Edith Opal Rankin was born February 28, 1909, at Tyndall, SD, to pioneering parents James and Goldie (Baker) Rankin. Edith started her young life in a sod house on the Hereford Flats. In her early years, she loved riding her horse, Patch, on the open prairie. She enjoyed fishing with her Dad and watching him whittle small toys. Her first eight years of school were spent at the North Star, a school her mother petitioned to get started, then high school in New Underwood and Rapid City.

On November 15, 1928, she was united in marriage to James V. Goodwin at the Congregational Church in Rapid City. The newlyweds lived at Nemo before they settled at Hereford. They raised three daughters and five sons on a dryland farm.

Edith was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and nurtured and cared for countless others with her chocolate chip cookies and loving ways. She was a member of the Hereford Sewing Circle. She lived her last eighteen years at the Redwood Apartments in Spearfish, where she made wonderful friends and memories.

She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years; twin sons, Teddy and Eddy; a grandson, Duane Bennett; great-granddaughter, Lori Dawn Bennett; sons-in-law, Arthur Schjenken and Melvin Simmons; two brothers; and a sister.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lucille and Junior Bennett of Belle Fourche, Lois and Jim Hoffman of Casper, WY, Beverly Schjenken of Sacred Heart, MN; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Clyle Goodwin of Greeley, CO, Jerry and Flora Goodwin of Ogden, UT, Delbert and Lorene Goodwin of Fruitdale; a brother, Clifford Rankin of Hampton, VA; a sister, Marie Roberts of Daytona Beach, FL; 18 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home in Sturgis.

Franklin Edward Simons

BEULAH, Wyo. - Franklin Edward Simons, 78, Beulah, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at Lookout Memorial Hospital in Spearfish, S.D.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene Simons, Beulah; two sons, Franklin Simons Jr., Denver, and Sully Simons, Beulah; one daughter, Linda Johnson, Belle Fourche, S.D.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Vellna Martin, Rapid City, and Veva Ferguson, Mountain Home, Idaho.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at United Methodist Church in Sundance, with the Rev. Kip Roozen officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beulah Volunteer Fire Department or Crook County Hospice.

John George Homan

IRRIGON, Ore. - John George Homan, 89, Irrigon, died Sept. 16, 2002, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore.

Survivors include five

children, John Homan Jr.,

Orange, Calif., Don Homan, Chuiak, Alaska, Jim Hansan, Kennewick, Wash., S. Leroy Homan, Irrigon, and Sally Todd, Camano Island, Wash., and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Peace Lutheran Church in Rapid City.

Campbell, Paula & Quinn of Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

Jacqueline S. Ten Fingers

OGLALA - Jacqueline S. Ten Fingers, 31, Oglala, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include two daughters, Misty Whary and Mia Whary, both of Oglala; her parents, Richard Ten Fingers Sr. and Florence Ten Fingers, Oglala; seven brothers, Richard Ten Fingers Jr., Dean Ten Fingers and Scott Ten Fingers, all of Oglala, Ron Ten Fingers and Wilmer Ten Fingers, both of Pine Ridge, Javon Ten Fingers, San Jose, Calif., and Arpata McKay, Las Vegas; and four sisters, Wanda Ten Fingers, Pine Ridge, Sherri Ten Fingers and Denyse Ten Fingers, both of Oglala, and Delores Anderlik, St. Roberts, Mo.

A one-night wake will begin at 6 p.m. today at Loneman School in Oglala.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the school, with the Rev. Robert Two Bulls officiating.

Burial will be at St. Jude's Episcopal Cemetery, Drywood Community, Oglala.

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

Adelyn Gullickson


Gullickson, 90, Spearfish, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at Serenity Corner Assisted

Living in Spearfish.

Survivors include two sons, Don Gullickson, Spearfish, and Norman Gullickson, Mankato, Minn.; one sister, Helen Norton, Buffalo; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Fidler Funeral Chapel of Spearfish.

L. Allen Thomsen

MARTIN - L. Allen Thomsen, 78, Martin, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Bennett County Hospital in Martin.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church in Martin, with the Rev. Ardeth Kocourek officiating.

Burial will be at Martin Community Cemetery.

Cicmanec-Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Richard 'Dick' Siedschlaw

PIERRE - James Richard "Dick" Siedschlaw, 59, Pierre, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Beverly Health Care in Pierre.

Survivors include five children, Tere Herman, J. Scott Siedschlaw, Jon Siedschlaw, Barb Herman and Richard Siedschlaw; four siblings, Robert Siedschlaw, Kurt Siedschlaw, Bonnie Traetow and Nancy Nack; and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at

Isburg-Hofmeister Funeral Chapel in Pierre.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at First United Methodist Church in Pierre.

Burial will be at 2:15 p.m. Saturday in Woonsocket.

Emma D. Bierschenk

SPEARFISH - Emma D. Bierschenk, 99, Spearfish and formerly of Lead, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish.

Survivors include one daughter, Arlene Peterson, Spearfish; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Henry Bierschenk, preceded her in death.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Chaput Memorial Chapel in Lead, with the Rev. Harold Brink and the Rev. Steve Egan officiating.

Inurnment will be at Mountain Lawn Cemetery in Lead.

A memorial has been established by the family.

Edsel Rogers

SUNDANCE, Wyo. - Edsel Rogers, 77, Sundance, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Elta Rogers, Sundance; one son, John Rogers, Sundance; one daughter, Bonnie Queen, Sundance; two brothers, Jack Rogers, Mesa, Ariz., and James Rogers, Springfield, Calif.; two sisters, Leora

Myers, Sundance, and Frankie Patillo, West Plains, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Fidler-Roberts Funeral Chapel in Sundance and for one hour before services Saturday, Oct. 5, at Northern Hills Church of Christ, five miles north of Spearfish on Highway 85.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Family burial, with full military honors by Sturgis Honor Guard, will be Monday, Oct. 7, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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