Obituaries for Saturday, January 8, 2011

2011-01-07T15:00:00Z 2011-01-07T21:11:53Z Obituaries for Saturday, January 8, 2011 Rapid City Journal
January 07, 2011 3:00 pm

Martin Matthew Warvi

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Martin Matthew Warvi died Friday morning, Jan. 7, 2011, at Hunstville Hospital after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.


Martin graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1957 with a degree in Civil Engineering and an ROTC commission to the U.S. Army. He served 24 years in the U.S. Corp of Engineers to include tours in Libya, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and twice in Vietnam. He retired in 1982 as a Lt. COL and continued his career at Teledyne Brown Engineering until his full retirement in 2002.

Martin married Virginia in 1957. They had four daughters, Ree Ann Jolly, Katherine Spencer, Cynthia Marowski and Patricia Warvi. He had four grandchildren, Melissa Marowski, Matthew Spencer, Cadence Jolly and Miranda Jolly.

Other than his family, Martin’s passion was his horses. This hobby started with a single Shetland pony when his children were young as a family affair to keep his girls engaged and out of trouble. He was active in the formation of the Huntsville Pony Club years ago. He was a longstanding member of the Mooreland Foxhunt. This hobby evolved over the years into a small horse breeding business. He was proud of the horses he had bred that were in the horse community and always dreamed about the possible achievements of the upcoming foals.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. CST Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Berryhill Funeral Home, Visitation will be for one hour before services.

In lieu of fresh flowers, a memorial fund has been established at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

Ivy M. Warren

LEAD — Ivy M. Warren, 101, Lead, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 5, 2011, at Belle Fourche Senior Care Center. 


She was born Jan. 26, 1909, in Dorking, England. The family came to Lead in 1911

where her father worked for the Homestake Gold Mine as a blacksmith. She attended school in Lead and graduated from Lead High School in 1928. She then worked at several retail shops in Lead.

She married Earl Warren in 1933 and he died May 26, 1965. Their son, Earl Marshall, died of polio at age 11 in 1946.

Ivy was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Lead. She was in the Eastern Star, Women’s Club and many neighborhood groups.

Survivors include her daughter, Rev. Donna Warren, Liberty, Mo.;  nieces, Elizabeth Rockwell, Daphney McCarty and Louise Duefee; and nephew, Frank M. Adamson Jr.

Preceding her in death were her father, John Adamson; her mother, Lucy Heard Adamson; a sister, Vera Rantapaa; and a brother, U.S. Navy Admiral Frank Adamson.

Friends will gather for a memorial service at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.10, at Christ Episcopal Church, 625 W. Main St.

Memorials can be made to Christ Episcopal Church.

Online condolences may be left at

Eileen Walport

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Eileen Walport, 75, Gillette, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, in Aurora, Colo. 


Survivors include her husband, Jim Walport, Gillette; two sons, Andrew Walport, Lander, and Patrick Walport, Gillette; and a brother, Ken Vaughn, Austin, Minn.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. vigil service and rosary Sunday, Jan. 9, at Walker Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church with Father Karl Millis and Father Tim Martinson as celebrants. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Casper.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Knights of Columbus.

An online guestbook is available at

Gloria Risse

MARTIN - Gloria Risse, 80, Martin, died Thursday, Jan. 6, at Bennett County Hospital.


Survivors include her husband, Ed, Martin; three daughters, Marty McCollam and Sandee Yordy, both of Martin, and Kim Buckles, Broken Bow, Neb.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Stanley Dean Peterson, Kadoka.

Wake will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the church, with the Rev. Bryan Sorensen officiating. Burial will be at Martin Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials have been established to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Bennett County Hospital.

Bennett County Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Ralph Reed Jr.

GILLETTE, Wyo. – The Rev. Ralph Reed Jr., 60, Gillette, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.


Survivors include his wife, Georgia Reed, Gillette; two sons, Ralph Reed III, Ringgold, Ga., and Nathaniel Reed, Morgantown, W.V.; three daughters, Stephanie Espan’a, Farmington, N.M., Stacey Randall, Rising Sun, and Joann Walsh, Billings, Mont.; five grandchildren; his father, Ralph E. Reed Sr., Rising Sun, Md.; a brother, David Reed; and two half sisters, JoAnn and Kathy.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church in Gillette with Pastor Steve Carnahan officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

David Charles Whipple

NEW YORK, N.Y. — David Charles Whipple, 44, New York, and formerly of Pine Ridge, S.D., died Dec. 17, 2010, in Manhattan.


Arrangements are pending with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.

Thomas Brown Eyes

SLIM BUTTES — Thomas Brown Eyes, 22, Slim Buttes, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, near Slim Buttes.


Arrangements are pending with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.

Ruth A. Wahl

BLACK HAWK — Ruth A. Wahl, 67, Black Hawk, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Rapid City Regional  Auxiliary Hospice House after fighting cancer for a short period of time.


Ruth was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Burke. Ruth retired from Quest Telephone Company in 1990. For many years she was very involved in many activities as well as the Secretary at Divine Shepard Lutheran Church.

On April 12, 1991, she married Doug Wahl. The couple lived in Champline, Minn., until moving to Black Hawk, in 1990.

Survivors include her husband, Doug, Black Hawk; two daughters Cindra Dede (special friend, Dean Furney), Worthing; Megan (Lee) Diede, Rapid City; one sister Deloris (Ken) Norberg, Burke; three grandchildren: Victoria Diede, Roxy Diede, and Hunter Diede; and one expected in May.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one infant brother; three sisters: Shirley Doering, Berneice Vawser, Bernita Vosika; and one son, William Anthony Hillman.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Divine Shepard Lutheran Church in Black Hawk with Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher officiating.

Inurnment will take place at later date in Graceland Cemetery in Burke.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Divine Shepard Lutheran Church.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

John B. ‘Jack’ Earley

HILL CITY — John B. “Jack” Earley, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at home.


Survivors include a brother, Emmett Earley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores, in 1978.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Rude’s Funeral Home of Brookings is in charge of the arrangements. 

Alexis Kurzenberger

RAPID CITY — Alexis Kurzenberger, infant daughter of Cheena Bennett and Michael Kurzenberger of Rapid City, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls.


Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday Jan. 10, at Rosehill Cemetery in Spearfish.

Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Clinton ‘Reno’ Clown

EAGLE BUTTE — Clinton “Reno” Clown, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Rapid City.


Family and friends will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at 4-mile Junction to join in procession to the Cultural Center for 7 p.m. wake services. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the Cultural Center. Burial will follow at Dupree Cemetery.

Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements. 

Irven Ladely

LONG VALLEY - Irven Ladely, 76, Long Valley, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.


Survivors include his wife, Ardis Ladely, Long Valley; a son, James Ladely, West Moreland, Tenn.; two daughters, Floydeen Buchholz, Kadoka, and Kyla Medley, Hermosa; five grandchildren; a brother, Wayne Ladely, Sidney, Neb.; and three sisters, Eileen Kamerzell, Martin, Ruth Suiter, Alliance, Neb., and Kay Christner, Sterling, Colo.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the American Legion Auditorium in Martin, with Father Bryan Sorensen officiating. Visitation will be one hour before services.

Burial will be at Martin Community Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

An online guestbook is available at

‘Vi’ Medicine Eagle

WINNER - “Vi” Medicine Eagle, 59, Winner, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Winner Regional Healthcare Center.


Two-night wake services begin today at Assembly of God Fellowship Hall.

Services will be at 11 a.m. (CST) Monday, Jan. 10, at Assembly of God Church. Burial will be at Holy Spirit Cemetery in Ideal.

An online guestbook is available at

Lois Ione Hills

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Lois Ione Hills, 73, Muscatine, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.


Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Tompkins, Rapid City, S.D., and Sherry Buffington, Columbus Junction; five sons, Richie Hills, Columbus Junction, Robert Hills and George Hills, both of Muscatine, Douglas Hills, Schwabhausen, Germany, and William Hills, Mount Pleasant; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ed Chamberlain, Muscatine, Lynne Chamberlain, Davenport, and Melvin Chamberlain, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a sister, Ruth Midkiff, Muscatine. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 2003.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Columbus City Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

An online guestbook is available at


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