Paul L. Garr

BELLE FOURCHE - Paul L. Garr, 75, Belle Fourche, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, Okla.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie Garr, Belle Fourche; two sons, Al Garr, Belle Fourche, and Jack Garr, Grandview, Texas; three daughters, Paulette Washenburger and Diane Huft, both of Spearfish, and Jill Pace, Gladstone, Mo.; and two sisters, Blanche Bader, Spearfish, and Connie Boe, Silt, Colo.

Arrangements are pending with Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.

John Weeks

SPEARFISH - John Weeks, 76, Spearfish, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility in Spearfish.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to June 1947.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Weeks, Spearfish; one daughter, Lee Ann Bell, Spearfish; one son, Michael Weeks, Eden Valley, Minn.; five sisters, Evelyn Pagel, Minneapolis, Mary Demarais, Spearfish, Gloria Schafer, Hector, Minn., and Elizabeth Johnson and Burnadette Mutterer, both of Buffalo, Minn.; one brother, Robert Weeks, Buffalo, Minn.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Spearfish, with the Rev. Gene Bauman officiating.

Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with full military honors by American Legion Post No. 164 and VFW Post No. 5860 of Spearfish.

A memorial has been established for St. Paul Lutheran Church, 846 Seventh St., Spearfish, SD 57783.

Norma Jean Ham 'Jeannie' Fisher

BIG SPRINGS, Neb. - Norma Jean Ham "Jeannie" Fisher, 70, Big Springs, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Fisher, Big Springs; five children, Karoll Ham, Big Springs and Hettinger, N.D., Wayne Ham, Tipton, Iowa, Darlene Sabers, Huron, S.D., Richard Ham, Black Creek, Wis., and Judy Thomas, Parker, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Charles Sattler, Waterloo, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, S.D.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Spencer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lemmon, with the Rev. Ann Altman officiating. Burial will be at Greenhill Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

Alma E. Olson

RAPID CITY - Alma E. Olson, 86, died Tuesday, September 14, 2004, at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Alma was born, June 19, 1918, in Hillhead, South Dakota, to Adolph and Josie (Pederson) Hemmah.

On October 30, 1943, Alma married Virgil Olson in Roslyn, South Dakota. They also lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Britton, SD, and in 1952, Virgil and Alma moved to Rapid City, where they lived most of their married lives. Virgil died, July 30, 1997.

Alma was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapid City, since 1953. She worked at Pheasant Court, the Douglas School System and CP Claire. She was a member of the Black Hills Rosemaling Association, VFW Auxiliary and the Sons of Norway. She loved cooking quilting, sewing, rosemaling, gardening, making porcelain dolls, entertaining and helping others.

Alma is survived by a daughter, Karen Blasius and her husband Joel, Tea, SD; a son, Rodney Olson and his wife, Gwen, Hill City, SD; 3 grandchildren, Tami Blasius, Denver, Colorado, Susan Blasius, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Jeff Olson, Sioux City, Iowa; 3 brothers, Rueban Hemmah, Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Clarence Hemmah, Clinton Township, Michigan, and James Hemmah, Sturgis, SD; 4 sisters, Agnes Holm, Hendricks, Minnesota, Edna Steensland, Rolla, Missouri, Millie Loseth, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Thelma Granquist, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, her parents and a brother.

Visitation will be today, September 15, 2004, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Services will be Thursday, 1:30 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Rev. Dwight Stensgaard officiating.

Interment will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Avis I. Yeager

SPEARFISH - Avis I. Yeager, 93, Spearfish, died peacefully in her sleep, September 13, 2004, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility, Spearfish.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 16, 2004, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel, Spearfish.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 17, at Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church, Spearfish, with Rev. Dan Kent, officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Spearfish.

The family invites friends to join them for lunch at Calvary Temple, following the interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted by Avis' beloved charity, the Calvary Temple Food Pantry, W. HWY 14, Spearfish, SD 57783.

Avis was born March 11, 1911, in Chippewa Falls, WI, and lived in the Milwaukee area most of her life. She moved to Spearfish in 1994.

Avis was an avid bridge player and an excellent cook. She loved to travel and possessed a lifelong love of learning. She will be lovingly remembered by her family for her generous spirit and the bountiful table she always set.

Survivors include three sons Edwin Bates Jr., Clarksburg, MD, Bob (Linda) Bates, Spearfish, and Ronald Bates, Rapid City, SD, special friend Ray Otto, Spearfish, 8 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, Margaret, and one brother, Herbert.

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

Anna Lausser

SPEARFISH - Anna Lausser, 83, Spearfish, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at her son's home in Oklahoma City.

Arrangements are pending with Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish.

Thordis Moi Bultena

MINNEAPOLIS - Thordis Moi Bultena, 86, formerly of Rapid City, died September 10, at Mount Olivet Careview Home in Minneapolis. Her life ended peacefully after enduring for several years both Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease.

Mrs. Bultena was born April 25, 1918, in Decorah, IA, to Henry Moi and Inger Tomine (Minnie) Skeisvold Moi, both of whom were Norwegian immigrants. As a young girl, she moved with her parents to Hudson, SD, where her father was a blacksmith. Following graduation from Hudson High School, she attended Augustana College, where she obtained her teaching certificate in 1937. She later earned a bachelor's degree from Black Hills State University, where she also completed graduate level course work. She taught elementary school in Colton, Lennox, Huron, and Rapid City.

On October 22, 1947, she married John L. Bultena in Lennox, SD. The couple lived in Huron until moving to Rapid City in 1962.

Mrs. Bultena was a long-time member of South Canyon Lutheran Church before moving to the Twin Cities in 1998, where she became a member of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. She was active in all manner of church activities, and in the 1950s while living in Huron, produced and hosted a weekly Lutheran church women's radio broadcast. She also was active in various educational and teacher's organizations. Second only to her love for her family was her love for the teaching profession and the innumerable students whose lives she touched during a teaching career that spanned over 40 years. She also enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and visiting with friends. There always was an extra place for friends and extended family at the Bultena dinner table or the picnic table on the patio.

Survivors include her son, John, his wife, Cindy, and their two children Christopher and Catherine, of Mendota Heights, MN, her daughter Mary Cottam, her husband Keith, and her three children, Asher, Gabe, and Lizzie Albertson, of Casper, WY. She was preceded in death by her husband, her son-in-law, Gary Albertson, her sister, Helen Hegstad, and her parents.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 16, at South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Rev. Bruce Thalacker officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to South Canyon Lutheran Church, Mount Olivet Careview Home, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Donald Stanford Ellsworth

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Donald Stanford Ellsworth, 80, Gillette, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at his home.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Cecelia "Shorty" Ellsworth, Gillette; two sons, Roy Ellsworth and Randy Ellsworth, both of Gillette; three daughters, Donna Nickel and Jean Edwards, both of Gillette, and Gale Folvag, Grenora, N.D.; two sisters, Ruth Fedje, Rugby, N.D., and Bette Bailey, of Battle Lake, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Gillette, with the Rev. Marty Crump officiating and military honors by American Legion Post No. 42. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D., with full military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Hospice of Campbell County Memorial Hospital. Donations may be sent in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may be sent on the Internet to

Sandra Lynne Gear

RAPID CITY - Sandra Lynne Gear, 43, Rapid City, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at her home.

Sandy was born in Clifton Springs, NY, on September 6, 1961, to Carl and Florence Fulmer.

Sandy was employed with Rapid City Regional Hospital since Sept. 2000. She enjoyed music and the simple things in life. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew her.

She is survived by her husband Michael Gear, Rapid City; 2 daughters, Malonie Curtis, Rapid City, Tina Murrenus, Sodus, NY; and 1 son, John Curtis, Zephyrhills, FL.

Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at the funeral home with Pastor Dale Bartscher officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

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

Clifford Nelson Stygles

BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz. - Clifford Nelson Stygles, 76, Black Canyon City, AZ, died in his sleep at his home on Sept. 12, 2004.

Cliff was born May 8, 1928, to Nelson W. and Glenna G. (Adams) Stygles at Hyde Park, VT. He graduated from the Peoples Academy School in 1946, after completing his tour of duty in the US Navy.

Cliff married Janet Margorie Husk in 1955 and they moved to Keystone. Together they had three children. Mr. Stygles began C.N. Stygles and Sons Construction Company, which he operated for 50 years. Margorie died in a car accident in 1961.

In 1963, he married Louise VanBeek and they were divorced in 1975. He then married Betty Hogan in 1978 and they lived in Black Hawk and spent their winters at Black Canyon City, AZ. Betty died in 2002.

Cliff, as his friends and family called him, loved to travel and explore the country. He especially enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, visiting with friends and family, and hunting and fishing. Cliff is much loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all.

Cliff is survived by 2 sons, Dean Stygles, Rapid City; Jeff Stygles, Keystone; 5 daughters, Julie Cook, Sheridan, WY; Jodi Coy, Charlotte, NC; Suzanne Hughes, Hill City; Sherri Carrell, Sioux Falls; Linda Larson, Prescott, AZ; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Marceline Meyerriecks, Danbury, CT; 1 brother, Brice Stygles, West Berlin, VT; half brothers and sisters, Dorrence; Betty Lou; Cheryl, Karey and Brian John. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 sister, Garnetta; 2 brothers, Wayne and Wenzel; and 1 half-brother, Darwin.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2004, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

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

William R. Degnan

HOT SPRINGS - William R. Degnan, 86, of Hot Springs, died September 14, 2004 at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Friday, September 17, 2004 at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 17, 2004 at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs with Pastor Williamson officiating.

Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2004 at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

William was born August 21, 1918 in Hot Springs, South Dakota to William and Gladys Ione (Morgreidge) Degnan. He attended school in Buffalo Gap, graduating in 1937. He spent some time working on a ranch in Wyoming. In 1938, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He did his bootcamp training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. He attended communications school and was assigned to the USS Helena. It was anchored at Pearl Harbor and it was badly damaged. He was injured and spent time in the hospital and when released was assigned to a sub chaser. He later taught classes at Great Lakes Training station. He was a Chief Petty Officer and was to be commissioned as Lieutenant, but he decided to take his discharge in 1945. He returned to Buffalo Gap and ranched and farmed until 1965 when he worked for the U.S. Government in the department of defense and Park Service, where he later retired. He married Mavis Lyons on June 23, 1978 in Igloo, South Dakota. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the DAV and the Senior Center. William enjoyed people, and had a great sense of humor. He loved his family.

Survivors include: his wife Mavis of Hot Springs; daughter: Rita M. Degnan of Hot Springs; one sister: Anita Gallentine of Buffalo Gap; one daughter-in-law, Donna Degnan of Buffalo Gap; grandsons: Jes and wife Kim Degnan of Hot Springs; Cory and wife Cyndi Degnan of Garden City, KS; 2 great-granddaughters: Caylin and Abigail; stepson Robert Lyons of Sultan, WA and stepdaughter Chris Hernandez and husband George ofAlbuquerque, NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Beryl and one sister Vivian and son Danny and one great-granddaughter Cassidy.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Castle Manor Nursing Home in Hot Springs.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs.

Charles 'Chuck' Littleton

WHITEWOOD - Charles "Chuck" Littleton, 76, Whitewood, our dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa, passed away with his loving wife, Donna, his daughter, Pauletta, and his granddaughter, Jennifer, by his side and the rest of the family in his heart, on Monday, September 13, 2004, at the Dorsett Health Care Center in Spearfish.

Visitation will be Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with the family present from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 17, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitewood with Pastor David Baer and Pastor Richard Counts officiating. Burial will follow at the Whitewood Cemetery.

Charles was born August 25, 1928, at Mena, Arkansas, to Paul Nathan and Maude (Crawford) Littleton. He married Donna Mae Stiverson at Nampa, ID, on February 21, 1953.

Charles was a member of the Lions Club, the Whitewood Fire Department, the Whitewood Saddle Club, and the Newell Golf Course. He loved fishing in Alaska and hunting and golfing with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Littleton, Whitewood; two sons and their wives, Brian and Teresa Littleton, Whitewood, and their children, Josh, Jordan, and Jasmine, and Scot and Sue Littleton, Montrose, CO, and their children, Bradley and Mackenzie; one daughter and her husband, Pauletta and Dean Bliege, Belle Fourche, and their children, Jennifer and her husband, David Langenfeld, Kirk, and Jason; one brother,M. K. Littleton, Petersburg, AK; one sister, Mary Andrews, San Anselmo, CA; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.

A memorial has been established.

See to sign his online guestbook.

Dolores 'Dee' Verschoor

HURON - Dolores 'Dee' Verschoor, 82, Huron, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Huron Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Verschoor, Huron; seven children, William M. Verschoor and Philip Verschoor, both of Sioux Falls, Jim Verschoor and Margaret Aldren, both of Rapid City, Susan Jordahl, Cathedral City, Calif., Bob Verschoor, Pueblo West, Colo., and Richard Verschoor, Sturgis; five grandchildren; and two brothers, John Langenfeld, Rapid City, and Norb Neisen, Watertown.

Visitation will be Thursday afternoon and evening, Sept. 16, at Welter Funeral Home in Huron and before services Friday morning. A scripture service will be at 7 p.m. CDT Thursday, with the family present from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Huron, with the Rev. Donald Imming officiating.

Burial will be at St. Martin Cemetery.

Spider Sr., Emerson

PORCUPINE - The Rev. Emerson Spider Sr., 83, Porcupine, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, at Martin Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Swallow, Porcupine; three daughters, Verola Spider, Buelah White Crane and Vina Andrews, all of Porcupine; one son, Emerson Spider Jr., Porcupine; one sister, Geneva Richards, Porcupine; and numerous grandchildren.

A three-night wake will begin at 11 a.m. today at the Spider-Richards residence.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Native American Church/Spider Residence in Porcupine, with the Rev. Aloysius Weasel Bear officiating. Burial will be at Native American Church Cemetery in Porcupine.

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

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