Obituaries for Sunday, May 11

2008-05-10T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Sunday, May 11 Rapid City Journal
May 10, 2008 11:00 pm

Richard L. Quick Bear

RAPID CITY - Richard L. Quick Bear, 42, Rapid City, died Friday, May 9, 2008, at Golden Living Center, Mountain View, in Rapid City.

Survivors include two sisters, Theda Martin and Aleta Quick Bear, and three brothers, Charles Poor Thunder, Bruce King and Duane Quick Bear, all of Rapid City.

Services are pending with Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel in Rapid City.

Carol L. Eidse

RAPID CITY - Carol L. Eidse, 72, Rapid City, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at her home.

Survivors include one son, Michael Lee Fritts, Budapest, Hungary; two daughters, Lauree Lee Gotusso, Lafayette, Colo., and Cathy Lee Jobgen, Rapid City.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Kathe Barron

RAPID CITY - Kathe Barron, 88, Rapid City, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at her home.

Survivors include one son, Frank Barron Jr., Fallon, Nev.; three daughters, Kathe Littak, Aurora, Colo., and Helen Flannagan and Elizabeth Moyes, both of Rapid City.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Grace Staton

RAPID CITY - Grace Staton, 97, Rapid City, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include three daughters, Pat Wonacott, Buena Park, Calif., and Jean Powell and Joan Kinder, both of Anaheim, Calif.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Kyea Showalter

PIERRE - Kyea Showalter, 24, Pierre, died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital.

Survivors include three sisters, Julie Wallin, Windsor, Colo., Shonny Carroll, Evans, Colo., and Hope Showalter, Sioux Falls; two brothers, Barry Showalter, Pierre, and Scotty Showalter, Windsor, Colo.

Services will be 2 p.m. CDT Tuesday, May 13, at Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre.

Feigum VanLith Funeral Home in Pierre is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Meda Grosse

BELLE FOURCHE - Meda Grosse, 85, Belle Fourche, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Schmillen, Cherokee, Iowa, and Julie Brunner, Belle Fourche; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Haux, Spearfish and Chris Elliott, Deadwood; two brothers, Chuck Bear and Larry Bear, both of Worland, Wyo.; three sisters, Ellen Ethridge, Berthoud, Colo., Betty Carlton, Greybull, Wyo., and Sally Davies, Basin, Wyo.; seven grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche, and for one hour before services, which will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Summit Open Bible Church in Belle Fourche, with the Rev. Rick Brennan officiating.

Burial will be at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.

An online guestbook is available at www.klinefuneral

Gordon Dockter

CAPUTA - Gordon Dockter, 59, Caputa, died Friday, May 9, 2008, at his home.

Survivors include his mother, Atlanda Dockter, Ashley, N.D.; one brother, Charles Dockter, New Underwood; and one sister, Carol Stadig, Lorton, Va.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Marlyce Phelps

FORT PIERRE - Marlyce Phelps, 61, of Fort Pierre, died Friday, May 9th 2008 in her home. Visitation will be Monday, May 12, 2008, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Feigum-VanLith Funeral Home, Pierre. Memorial service will be Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 10:00 am, Feigum-VanLith Funeral Home, Pierre with Rev. Howard Grinager Officiating. Inurnment will follow at Onida Cemetery, Onida. Online register book at

Marlyce Ann (Chipman) Phelps was born October 18, 1946 in Aberdeen, SD. In February, 1947 she was adopted by Boyd and Emma Chipman of Onida.

Marlyce enjoyed gardening and yard work, she also enjoyed cooking for her husband and family, her most pride and joy was her family.

Marlyce is survived by her husband Bud Phelps of Fort Pierre, her daughter Nadene Thompson and husband Dallas of Pierre, four grandchildren Courtney and Lindsey Thompson of Pierre, SD, and Jared and Caitlin Langager of Rapid City, SD.

Marlyce was preceded in death by her brother Dale Chipman in 1961, her father Boyd Chipman in 1992, her mother Emma Chipman in 2002, and her son Douglas Langager in 2003.

Bonnie Belle Fritz

STURGIS - Bonnie Belle Fritz, 72, Sturgis, died Thursday, May 8, 2008 at the Northern Hills General Hospital in Deadwood.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. A family prayer service will begin at 5 p.m.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday May 13, 2008 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Mike Fox officiating. Burial follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to the Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis.

Bonnie was born March 14, 1936, at Isabel to Sam and Martha (Mundt) Goetz. She married Christian Adam Fritz on June 3, 1952. They were married for 56 years.

Bonnie loved babies and children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved reading, singing, baking, and caring for her indoor potted plants. She also loved having fun in Deadwood. She made the best caramel rolls, peanut butter balls and apple dumplings, ever.

Survivors include her husband Chris, Sturgis; two daughters, Cheryl Brewer, Belle Fourche, Beckie (Marty) Geffre, Sturgis; granddaughter, Bethaney (Tom) Stewart; grandsons, Adam and Andrew Geffre; great-grandchildren, Ashtin and Tommy Stewart; brothers, Victor Goetz, Coeur d'alene, ID, Jesse Goetz, Bayview, ID; sisters, Genevieve "Genny" Knecht, Garden Grove, CA.

We love you and miss you. We will never forget you.

Your Loving Family!

Condolences may be sent to the family at for Bonnie Fritz.

Joyce Petheram

SIOUX FALLS - Joyce Petheram, 84 of Sioux Falls, died Thursday at Edgewood Vista.

Visitation will be 3-7 pm Sunday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 17th & Minnesota Ave, with family present 5-7 pm. Funeral services 10 am Monday at Zion Lutheran Church. Online registry at

Joyce was born May 30, 1923 near Lake Norden, SD, the daughter of Oliver and Evangeline Olson. She graduated from Lake Norden High School and attended Sioux Falls College. While in college at Sioux Falls, she met Frank W. Petheram and they were married August 28, 1943 in Sioux Falls. Frank died in 1975.

Joyce worked at Morrells for several years and spent the last several years working in the sausage cooler. She retired in 1983.

Joyce was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and an auxiliary member of the UFCW Union. She loved getting her family and friends together at the cabin on Lake Ponsette. She enjoyed quilting and made many baby blankets for her family and friends, playing Canasta and Scrabble, and working crossword puzzles. Joyce liked being outdoors and taking care of her yard.

Joyce is survived by three children and their spouses, Frank and Deb Petheram, Sioux Falls, Terry and Sharon Petheram, Sioux Falls, Linda and Terry Nelson, Black Hawk, SD; 7 grandchildren, Grant Nelson (April), Gregory Nelson (Liza), Staci Limoges, Anne Anderson (Jon), Lori Coufal (Mike), Jason Petheram (Kerry), Lisa Petheram; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Olson (Della) of Waddell, AZ; two sisters, Beverly Thompson of Sioux Falls and Charmane Solonen (Lowell) of Colman; and sisters-in-law, Beth Olson and Louise Olson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and five siblings, Clayton, Eugene, Kenneth, Charles and Delight (Thompson).

Rev. William C. Hibbert

RAPID CITY - The Very Reverend William Chattin Hibbert, 67, died on March 4, 2008 in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was born in Oak Park, IL to Frederick and Virginia (Woelfel) Hibbert and grew up in the Chicago suburbs. In 1962 he graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors Degree and in 1965 from Nashotah House Seminary (Episcopal) in Delafield, WI with a Masters of Divinity Degree.

Fr. Bill served parishes in the Diocese of Northern Indiana, the Diocese of Indianapolis, and the Diocese of South Dakota, retiring in July 2002. In his retirement he continued to serve in the Diocese of South Dakota as needed, particularly working with the congregation of St. James in Belle Fourche as they developed a Mutual Ministry Team there. He lived, on a daily basis, the gospel he preached and taught.

An important part of Fr. Bill's ministry was his work with various youth serving agencies, especially the Boy Scouts of America. He worked with various packs, troops and high-adventure explorer posts while living in South Bend and Indianapolis and traveled with scouts through 48 states; he particularly enjoyed canoe trips in the Boundary Waters and hiking Isle Royale and the Grand Canyon. Upon moving to South Dakota he served as a board member and chaplain in the Black Hills Area Council. In 2003 he put together a Chaplaincy Program for the Boy Scout Sea Base in Florida and served as "All Faiths Chaplain" there for one entire summer and part of another. He attended all the National Jamborees from 1973-2005 serving as Chaplain General and Chaplain Coordinator for most of those years. He also supported the 1983 XV World Jamboree in Canada, serving as a Protestant Chaplain. He was the principle author of the Episcopal Church Supplement to the God and Country program and served as the Episcopal Church liaison, as well as the National Council of Churches, for Youth Agencies; he particularly enjoyed his work with P.R.A.Y. (Programs of Religious Activity with Youth). Among his scouting recognitions are the Scouter's Key, Woodbadge, Order of the Arrow - Vigil Honor Member, the Silver Beaver award, the Episcopal St. George Emblem (he was the first priest to receive this and the presentation was made by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. John M. Allin) and the Roman Catholic St. George Award.

Survivors include two brothers, Frederick Hibbert (Pat), Joliet, IL and Richard Hibbert (Nenette), Anaheim, CA; two step-brothers, Douglas Piercy (Marilee), Naples, FL and Don Piercy (Pat), Hanover Park, IL; a nephew and cousins; and a very special friend, Deacon Virginia Bird, Rapid City, SD.

Fr. Bill asked that any memorial contributions be sent to a church or church organization of the donor's choice, preferably for programs dealing with children and youth. He was especially fond of Thunderhead Episcopal Camp in the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, Nashotah House Theological Seminary, the Black Hills Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and P.R.A.Y. (8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO, 63123).

A service and interment in the Columbarium of St. James Cathedral Church in South Bend, Indiana will take place on May 16, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. (A service was also held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Rapid City, SD, prior to this.)

Friends may sign his online guest register at www.osheim

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