Obituaries for Sept. 14

2003-09-13T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Sept. 14 Rapid City Journal
September 13, 2003 11:00 pm

Selma C. Gunderson

LADNER - Selma C. Gunderson, 96, Ladner, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at Southwest Longterm Healthcare Center in Bowman, N.D.

Survivors include two sons, Alfred Gunderson, Spearfish, and Lyle Gunderson, Buffalo; one daughter, Florence Brengle, Buffalo; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Krebsbach Funeral Service Chapel in Bowman. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Ladner Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Art Wietschat officiating. Burial will follow at Ladner Lutheran Cemetery.

Jim Oswald

RAPID CITY - Jim Oswald, 65, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, in Auburn, CA.

Jim grew up in Sterling, CO. He attended public schools in Sterling and was a 4 year letterman in track, wrestling, and football. He had a passion for cars, hunting and fishing in the rural area of Colorado. Jim attended Colorado State University.

Upon leaving college he became a fireman for the city of Sterling for 8 years and started working part time for Tele Communications Inc. In 1967 Jim began a 28 year career with TCI. He made lifelong friends thru his work and retired in 1995.

Retirement was a wonderful time for he and his lovely wife Susan. They traveled in their motor home the last six winters to Mesa AZ and Palm Springs, CA where they made wonderful new friendships.

The Rapid City YMCA was a big part of Jim's life. He raised his family thru the YMCA programs, and when in town he could always be found there every noon hour.

Jim was a life long Elks member and served on the board at Arrowhead Country Club. He also sponsored many sports teams over the years.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed countless good times with his golfing buddies.

Jim was passionate about his family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandpa. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Susan Oswald, Rapid City; a son and daughter in-law Mike and Joni Oswald, Bozeman, MT; a daughter and son-in-law Stacey and Karl Buhr, Boise, ID; a step-daughter and her husband Shelly and Duane Remington, Boulder City, NV. two step-sons and their wives, Jeff and Sandy Mount, Rapid City, SD, Ryan and Danielle Huth, Littleton, CO. A sister and her husband Joan and Dick Gifford, Delaven, WI, Precious grandchildren Kate and Kyle Oswald; Morgan, Kellen and Sydney Buhr; Chad and Chelsie Asheim, and D.J. Remington; Craig, Andy and Alyssa Mount, and a 12th on the way.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16th. at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17th. at the Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dwight Stensgaard officiating.

Interment will be at the Mountain View Cemetery. A luncheon-reception will follow at the Arrowhead Country Club at 12 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the Rapid City YMCA.

John Ostlien

PHILIP - John Ostlien, 92, Philip and formerly of Midland, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, Philip; one son, Dale Ostlien, Abilene, Texas; two daughters, Nancy Durm, Franklin, N.C., and Sharon Partida, Midland; two brothers, Auge and Hansman, both of Norway; one sister, Gerde, Norway; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Open Bible Church in Midland, with the the Rev. Dan Carlson officiating.

Burial will be at Midland Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

Larry R. Liddell

RAPID CITY - Larry R. Liddell, 58, Rapid City resident, passed away Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Larry Robert Liddell was born Dec. 2, 1944, at Creston, Iowa, the only son of Orville and Ruth (Holmes) Liddell.

Larry was a graduate of Corning High School in Corning, Iowa, with the Class of 1963. He graduated from Black Hills State College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He graduated from National American University, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972 and was honorably discharged at Pensacola Naval Air Station where his last duties included logistical support to the U.S. Naval Aerial Demonstration Team, The Blue Angels. He taught American and World History and Social Science in Grades 7 through 12 at the Cainsville Community Schools in Cainsville, Missouri thru 1974. In 1975, Larry chose to return to the Black Hills and was employed by Johnson Machine/NAPA in Rapid City. He was employed by Johnson Machine/NAPA until the time of his death, a period of twenty-eight years. During those twenty-eight years Larry was a member of Canyon Lake United Methodist Church and a brother in Christ to all. Larry was a Bible scholar, teacher and living example of the Word as he taught church school classes at all levels and led adult Bible Studies. Larry had a heart for working with youth and taught and touched many hearts during his 28 years as a teacher of Sunday School, confirmation and youth group activities.

Survivors include a maternal aunt, Helen Thomas, Urbandale, Iowa, and many cousins and many brothers and sisters in Christ.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Ruedebusch officiating.

Interment, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

James B. Johnson

RAPID CITY - James Bruce Johnson, 54, Rapid City, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital, surrounded by loving family and friends. Jim had been in intensive care since Saturday evening, when he suffered a catastrophic brain injury resulting from a fall at home.

Jim was born October 8, 1948, in Hot Springs, SD to Darline M. (Rutan) and James A. Johnson. He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1966. He was a star performer on the Tumbling team in high school. He also started working on and rebuilding cars with his Dad while in high school. He played on the American Legion Baseball Team in 1964. His lifetime loves were his children and grandchildren, sports, cars and camping and boating at Angostura Reservoir at the family cabin that he helped to build.

He graduated from Black Hills State College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

In 1971, he married Patty (Hadcock). Three children were born to this union. James Christian, Amanda Joy, and Joshua Lee (who passed away in infancy).

After college, Jim worked for GAC Finance Company in Rapid City and Denver. He moved the family back to Rapid City in 1973, when he began a 13-year career as Installment Loan Officer, Manager, and finally Vice President at First National Bank. He received a Master of Banking Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He was employed at Hills Materials Company from 1986 until his death. He recently was awarded the honor of Safety Director of the Year for Oldcastle Materials.

In recent years, he had taught himself master woodworking and furniture building, and had crafted many beautiful pieces of furniture for family and friends. He would work many long hours perfecting a piece of furniture in his garage, which became the gathering place of family and friends alike.

Jim loved all sports and participated in many. He was a fierce and hot-tempered competitor. He played on a six-foot and under basketball team and refereed volleyball games at the YMCA. In his lifetime, he played and competed in baseball, fast-pitch softball, and basketball. He also played tennis, racquetball, golf, and water skied. He played soccer for the Rapid City Adult Soccer League.

He was a long-distance runner, and competed in various runs, including the Mt. Rushmore International Marathon on a relay team 15 years in a row.

In May 2002, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease. That year, when Jim was unable to run anymore, his children, James and Amanda, joined a five-person team and ran the Mt. Rushmore International Marathon in their father's place. They will be running this year in his honor.

Jim is survived by his son and his wife, James and Jennifer Johnson, and his two granddaughters, Caitlyn Case Johnson (2-1/2 years old) and Sophia Jordan Johnson (two months old), Manteca CA; his daughter, Amanda Joy Johnson, Rosebud SD; his father and his wife, James A. and Gina Johnson, Piedmont SD; his sister and her husband, Linda and Kieth Ginter, Piedmont SD; his brother and his wife, Jerry and Cheryl Johnson, Johnstown CO; and his very special friend, Rebecca Kline. In addition, he leaves several aunts and uncles, a niece and two nephews, two grand-nieces, and many special friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Joshua Lee, in 1975, and his mother, Darline Johnson, in 1985. He grieved their loss as long as he lived. His maternal and paternal grandparents also preceded him in death.

Jim was a wonderfully devoted and caring father. His children and grandchildren were always the most important people in his life. Whatever he could do, be it coach every sport, go out and shoot hoops, or just spend time talking and being close, he was always available for his kids. Jim was truly a one-of-a-kind person, an extraordinary man who saw himself as ordinary. His many friends are a testament to his character and his love for the people in his life.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 15, 2003, at the Kirk Funeral home with a celebration of his life to follow at Murphy's Bar around 7 p.m.

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A memorial has been established.

Wayne Romero

PINE RIDGE - Wayne Romero, 32, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Pine Ridge.

Survivors include his mother, Lema Martin, Pine Ridge.

Arrangements are pending with Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge.

Julia Agnes Brehe

RAPID CITY - Julia Agnes Brehe, 91, of Rapid City, died on Thurs., Sept. 11, 2003, at a local nursing home. In keeping with Julia's wishes, no funeral service was held. Ken Kirk, Kirk Funeral Home, recited the Lord's Prayer and burial was at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

Julia was born May 22, 1912, in Murdo, SD. She was the last surviving child of John Sr. and Helen (Jorgenson) Oulman. She spent her early years in Murdo until her father's job with the Milwaukee Railroad brought the family to Rapid City. She was a cook for many years at the Pennington County Hospital near the fairgrounds. She retired as a cook from the Beebe Retirement Home in North Rapid City.

She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, and spending time with her family - especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She read her Bible daily. While in the nursing home, she loved playing Bingo.

Survivors include her daughters, Lois Brehe of Fort Pierre, SD; Mary Nerison of Rapid City; 10 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Julia was preceded in death by her brothers; Richard, Milton, and her twin, John Jr.; her sisters; Florence, Jessie, Millie, Mable, Maude, Ollie, Minnie, and Helen. She was also preceded in death by a special grandson Roger.

Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

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Wayne R. Musilek

STURGIS - Wayne R. Musilek, 62, Sturgis, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, at Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, Sturgis; one son, Tony Musilek, Sturgis; one daughter, Monique Uttecht, Pittsburgh, Pa.; one brother, Lyle Musilek, Sturgis; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Richard M. 'Dick' Clarkson

RAPID CITY - Richard M. "Dick" Clarkson, 68, Rapid City, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at the home of his daughter in Rapid City.

Richard was born Dec. 28, 1934, in Rapid City to Maurice and Glessnor Clarkson. He spent his younger years in Indiana but the family moved back to the Rapid City area and he graduated from Rapid City High School in 1953. In 1956 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Greenland until 1959. He graduated from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering. On February 8, 1969 he married Lorraine Meredith in Rapid City and they enjoyed bowling and square dancing.

Richard was a loving and wonderful husband, father and uncle, but above all, he was the greatest "Papa" in the world.

Survivors include a son, Gerald Meredith, Rapid City, 2 daughters, Roxanne Hammill, Rapid City and Dawn Swan, Rapid City, one brother, John R. Clarkson, Clear Lake, MN, 4 grandsons and 3 granddaughters and many special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, a sister, his parents and one grandson.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the funeral home with Deacon Marty Garwood officiating. Interment will be at Pine Lawn Memorial Park. A memorial has been established.

Donna F. Barta

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Donna F. Barta, 59, Surprise and formerly of Rapid City, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, in Surprise.

Survivors include her husband, John Barta, Surprise.

Private family services will be Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Mountain View Cemetery.

Osheim-Catron Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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