Obituaries for Sunday, December 14, 2008

2008-12-13T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Sunday, December 14, 2008 Rapid City Journal
December 13, 2008 11:00 pm

Treva A. Hopper

HURON - Treva A. Hopper, age 79, of 360 20th St. SE, Huron, SD, died Thursday, December 11, 2008, at the Huron Regional Medical Center. Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Huron with burial at the Riverside Cemetery, Huron. Visitation will be Monday, December 15, from 3-8 p.m., at the Welter Funeral Home with the family present from 6-8 p.m.; or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning. Visit

Treva Angellis Barnes was born April 25, 1929 to Ellis Robert and Angeline (Eberhard) Barnes at home in Alpena, SD. She attended grade school and high school in Alpena graduating in 1947. She was baptized as an infant and attended Alpena Methodist Church until she transferred to First United Methodist Church in Huron in 1948.

Treva married Herbert E. Rohrabaugh, Jr. on April 25, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Huron. They owned and operated Royal Radiator Repair and later Royal Distributing Company in Huron. She worked for the Habicht Department Store and Northwestern Public Service before beginning her career with the the Federal Government, starting in February 1948 and retiring in April 1984. The agencies she worked for included the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health and Human Services. After her retirement from federal services, she worked as a Kelly Girl in various positions in Rapid City for seven years.

Treva married Lyle J. Hopper in 1974 and they were later divorced. She moved to Rapid City, SD on August 1979, and completed her federal service there. She joined the Methodist Church in Rapid City and after retirement was a volunteer in the church office. Treva returned to Huron in June 1991 due to the failing health of her parents.

Treva was reinstated as a member of the First United Methodist Church in Huron, and served on various committees, was a United Methodist Women member, and served the church in many ways. She was a member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in both Rapid City and Huron. Treva enjoyed working crossword puzzles, crocheting, baking, and corresponding with many people. She also had a great love for dogs.

She is survived by her 3 nieces, Michelle Sexton, Huron, SD, Sheila Phillips, Pueblo, CO, and Jeanie Allerdings, Huron, SD; a nephew, Timothy Sexton, Ft. Morgan, CO; a grand nephew, Matthew Fischgrabe, Montevideo, MN; 3 grand nieces, Shelby Phillips, Pueblo, CO, and Katelyn and Halee Allerdings, Huron, SD; and five step-children.

Treva was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Trela Sexton; ex-husband, Herbert (Ed) Rohrabaugh, Jr.: and brother-in-law, Robert Sexton.

Maple (Mae) Trom

RAPID CITY - Mom put her hand in Jesus hand on Dec 11th and he took her home. Maple (Mae) Trom was born in Wentworth SD, May 27, 1910. She was the daughter of Charles and Louise Fader. She is survived by three children Patty Coates, of Coon Rapids MN, Ronnie (Virginia) Coates of Rapid City, and John (Amy) Coates, of Chadron NE, 12 grand children, 26 great grand children, and 7 great great grand children. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Charles Johnson, her husbands Clifford Johnson, Vincon Coates, William Trom, and two brothers Garnet Fader and Granger Fader.

Mae was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker and worked for several years as a local area Avon Representative. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Rapid City, a member of the IOOF Rebekah lodge, VFW Post 1273 Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, and Eagles Club. She was a retired senior volunteer, a member of the Salvation Army Home League and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America for over 50 years.

She loved playing bingo, enjoying friends, and never failed to remember a birthday or anniversary. She was and her memory will always be, a big part of her children's and grandchildren's lives. She will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her.

Funeral services will be on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City with Pastor Sharla McCas-kell officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City.

Friends may sign Maple's online guest book at

Randy 'RW' Walgamuth

DENVER - Randel Marion Walgamuth, 47, Denver and formerly of Sturgis, SD, and Custer, SD, passed on, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at the Rose Medical Center in Denver, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Randy was born April 18, 1961, in Rapid City, SD, to Roland "Bud" and Frances "Fran" (Vogeler) Walgamuth.

His family lived in Caputa during his preschool years and settled in Sturgis, where Randy attended grade school and high school, graduating from Sturgis Brown High School in 1979. He then went on to study business at Black Hills State University.

Randy's interests and other talents included cooking, canning, gardening, photography and decorating (especially for Christmas). He enjoyed plants, animals and making friends.

His entrepreneurial spirit began at an early age with snow shoveling and delivering papers.

In his teenage years he was employed at Lynn's Grocery working his way up to Assistant Manager.

Once he completed his education, he moved to Rapid City to manage the Roller Rink. Then it was on to Custer, where he established many business ventures including: High Country Herald Newspaper, High Country Printing Company, High Country Gift Shop and Christmas Store and High Country Greenhouse. He owned and operated a gym and a golf driving range. Randy also owned and managed apartments.

Randy sold his business ventures in Custer and moved to Denver to work in retail sales starting with Kohl's and then moving to Fashion Bar. He then transferred to advertising sales becoming the district manager for Network Communications, Inc., where he was employed at the time of his passing.

Randy leaves behind two sisters, Judy (Evan) Taylor, Sturgis, and Karla (Larry) Wickwire, Aladdin, WY ; his brother, Ron (Myrtle) Walgamuth, Pierre, SD; his niece, Bradie; nephews, Rod, Bo, RJ, JR, Graham and Kolby; as well as several great-nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his extended family, Janet Carlson, Lynn Moran and Scott Shaw, plus a vast multitude of friends, who were his chosen family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents, Bud and Fran; his sister, Shirley Jean; and his brother, Jerry Jim.

Private services were held in Denver, with the Monarch Society of Denver lovingly handling cremation.

At Randy's request, a Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at the Canyon Lake Resort, 2720 Chapel Lane in Rapid City.

In remembrance and celebration of Randy, the family invites you to wear something blue, his favorite color.

Nora Vivian Humphrey

CUSTER - Nora Vivian Humphrey, 90, Custer, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the Prairie Pines Assisted Living Center in Chadron, NE.

Nora was born at the Sister's Hospital in Hot Springs, on June 27, 1918, the first child of Ben and Marie (Peterson) Harrison.

Nora lived on a ranch south of Oelrichs, until 1930 when they moved into Oelrichs township. When she was 17 years old her Mother then her Father died and she was left to care for her two younger sisters, one 15 years old and the other 12 years old. She graduated from Oelrichs High School in 1936.

In 1937, she married Harold Humphrey. Harold worked in the light plant for his stepfather. They then went into the Gamble Store business. Harold went into the military service during WWII and Nora continued managing the store and also carried mail for the surrounding area. Their two sons, John and Joe were born in 1946 and 1948. In 1958, another son, Ben was born.

Harold entered employment with Peter Kiewit & Co., when the canals were built at Angostura Dam. He continued employment with them and traveled to several places in the United States with family in tow. They settled in La Crescenta, CA, for about 25 years until retiring and moving back to Custer, in 1978. Nora continued to live in that home until May 2008, when she moved to Prairie Pines Lodge in Chadron, to be with her two sisters, Adeline and Sarah.

Nora was very talented in the arts. She sewed and crocheted many beautiful things. She then took up painting classes and became an artist. For several years after moving to Custer she taught Tole painting until this past spring. The last couple of years she painted hundreds of Christmas ornaments with roses and buffalo, which she sold and gave away. Last year she entered the Custer Stampede painted buffalo auction and was proud to have her work displayed on the side of a buffalo which was than auctioned off to benefit the cause.

Nora was also an antique collector and became knowledgeable in that field. Her home was decorated with antiques including furniture, glass and lamps, which she knew how to display. She liked to entertain and have friends and family visit her home often.

Nora was a member of St. John's the Baptist Catholic Church in Custer and The American Legion Auxiliary in Oelrichs.

She is survived by three sons, John (Jan) of Hill City, Joe (Denise) of Las Vegas, and Ben (Michael) of Lead; four grandchildren, Amy DeLoera (Rafael) of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Sara Covey (Martin) of Big Bear City, CA, and Michael Humphrey and Karin Morrison (Nate), all of Las Vegas; three great-granddaughters, Paige, Willow and Dakota from CA; two sisters, Adeline (Bill) Frahm of Chadron, and Sarah Arvesen of South Bend, IN, and presently Chadron; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Those preceding her in death are her husband Harold of 50 years; her Father and Mother; her brother-in-law, Harold Arvesen; and ten half-brothers and sisters; Jessie (Bill) Ormesher, Blanche (Milo) Groves, Ethel (Ralph) Wilcox, Abigail Harrison, Arthur (Helen) Harrison, Archie (Ellen) Harrison, Walter (Eunice) Harrison, Bill (DeVee) Harrison, Alonzo Harrison and Ruth (Leon) Bennett.

Wake services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Custer.

Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Father Peter Kovarik officiating.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Custer. Written condolences can be made at

Pauline Marie Walgren

HOT SPRINGS - Pauline Marie Walgren, 81, Hot Springs, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in Hot Springs.

Survivors include her husband, Frederick, Hot Springs; a son, Sheldon "Butch" Walgren, Burlington, Kan.; two daughters, Debra Johnston, Hot Springs, and Paula Stackhouse, Cedar Falls, Iowa; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A wake service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the church. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.

McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Richard R. 'Buzz' Sawyer

RAPID CITY - Richard R. "Buzz" Sawyer, 73, Rapid City, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Roxanne Schmelz, Rapid City, and Paula

Korus, Spokane, Wash.; three sons, Kevin Sawyer, Wellington, Colo.,

Brian Sawyer, Rapid City, and Ronald Sawyer, Gillette, Wyo.; two sisters, Helen Hardin, Cascade, Idaho, and Leona Smith, Boise, Idaho; two brothers, Jimmy Sawyer, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, and Ray Sawyer, Newport, Ore.; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

A Christian wake service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Church of St. Therese, the Little Flower.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the church, with the Rev. Bill Zandri officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.

An online guestbook is available at

Margaret Erdmann

MOBRIDGE - Margaret Erdmann, 86, Mobridge, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Bethany Lutheran Nursing Home in Sioux Falls.

Services are pending with Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Sandra Gramling

RAPID CITY - Sandra Gramling, 62, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.

Survivors include five children, Lynette Gramling, Rapid City, Ronette Gallegos and Maria Johnson, both of Evans, Colo., Carrie Gramling, Rapid City, and Brent Gramling, Springfield; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her life companion, Les Hubbard, Rapid City; three sisters, Cecile R. Grambling, Greeley, Colo., Francine Rencountre, Box Elder, and Mary Hairy Chin, Evans; and a brother, Ronald Gramling, St. Xavier, Mont.

A wake service will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Rapid City.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the church, with the Rev. Paul

Sneve officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

Rhoda M. Huffman

BELLE FOURCHE - Rhoda M. Huffman, 88, Belle Fourche, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at her home.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosalie Bury, Belle Fourche; two sons, Clarence "Sandy" Huffman, Worden, Wash., and Roy A. Huffman, Wenatchee, Wash.; a sister, Nadine Kindsfater, Belle Fourche; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence.

Services are pending with Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche.

An online guest book is available at

Darrell William Wulf

VALE - Darrell William Wulf, 78, Vale, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, Vale; a son, Randy Wulf, Nisland; two daughters, Debra Timm and Colette Dunn, both of Vale; a brother, Floyd Wulf, Vale; a sister, Leotta Smith, Lodgepole; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Newell City Hall, with the Rev. Nathan Keller officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Newell Vale Nisland American Legion Post 233, will be at 1 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established. An online guest book is available at

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