Michael Tennyson

IRENE - Michael Tennyson, 58, Irene and formerly of Quinn, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Irene.

Michael Thomas Tennyson, the son of Gail and Frances (Gates) Tennyson, was born March 5, 1950, in Rapid City, South Dakota. He attended eight years of grade school in Quinn, and graduated from Wall High School in 1968. After graduation, he attended vocational school in Rapid City for one year.

Due to health reasons, Michael moved to Yankton. While in Yankton he worked numerous jobs, including Dale's Electronics.

In 2000, Michael moved into the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Irene, South Dakota, where he has since resided. Michael enjoyed music, especially playing the guitar, and writing songs.

Grateful for having shared his life include his mother Frances Tennyson of Rapid City; two sisters Marilyn Stor of Denver, Colorado, and Debra Johnson and her husband Douglas of Omaha; four nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his father Gail Tennyson in January 21, 2002.

Michael's kindness and gentle spirit will be missed.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 2, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Sheri Fadley officiating.

Interment will take place at a later date at Black Hills National Cemetery.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

Online guestbook available at http://www.rushfuneralhome.com">www.rushfuneralhome.com.

Darrell Elmer 'Smitty' Schmidt

RAPID CITY - Darrell Elmer "Smitty" Schmidt, 89, Rapid City, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Schmidt, and a grandson, Jade Schmidt, both of Box Elder.

Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating.

A memorial has been established.

An online guestbook is available at http://www.kinkadefunerals.com">www.kinkadefunerals.com.

Dell Johnson

RAPID CITY - Dell Johnson, 69, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at his home.

Survivors include two sons, Todd Johnson, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Scott Rawie, Phoenix; a daughter, Jessica Fenner, Rapid City; a sister, Shirley Carlin, Wheatridge, Colo.; a brother, Kenneth Johnson of Florida; and three grandchildren.

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

Elbert W. Exendine

CHADRON, Neb. - Albert W. Exendine, 71, Chadron, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Exendine, Chadron; two sons, Robert Exendine, Webster, Wis., and Albert Exendine Jr., Tennessee; five daughters, Debbie Soar, Barnes, Wis., Lorelei Exendine, Pine Ridge, S.D., Terri Rattler and Leslie Skinner, both of Chadron, and Kelli Skinner, Rapid City; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Pine Ridge CAP office, with the Rev. Robert Two Bulls officiating.

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

Charles A. Senn

SENECA - Charles A. Senn, 79, Seneca, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre.

Survivors include his wife, Deon Senn, Seneca; eight children, Carol Potter, Joey Senn, Cara Senn and Jerard Senn, all of Seneca, Joan Hahn, Pierre, Charla Harford, Redfield, James Senn, Marquette, Neb., and Cheri Moke, Belle Fourche; two brothers, John Senn, Wyckoff, N.J., and George Senn, Piedmont; one sister, Lucille Senn, Los Angeles; and 20 grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 24, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Seneca, followed by military rites.

Burial will be at the church cemetery at a later date.

Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg was in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at http://www.familyfuneralhome.net">www.familyfuneralhome.net.

Richard B. Casey

HILL CITY - Richard B. Casey, 65, Hill City, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Deb, Hill City; two sons, William Robert "Rob" Casey, Hill City, and Richard Casey, Cheshire, Conn.; three daughters, Diana Procopio and Laura Talbot, both of New Fairfield, Conn., and Kristin Booth, Sheboygan, Wis.; a brother, Charles Casey, New Fairfield; a sister, Carol Mitchell, Wilton, Conn.; and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Gerald R. Kurylas

LAS VEGAS - Gerald R. Kurylas, 52, formerly of Rapid City, S.D., died at his home in Las Vegas.

Survivors include his parents, Dr. Roman and Wilma Kurylas, Rapid City; a brother, Dr. Stephan Kurylas, Crofton, Md.; three sisters, Dr. Teresa Kurylas, Rapid City, Dr. Carolyn Kurylas, Phoenix, and Roxana Nader, Parker, Colo.

Arrangements are pending with Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Anton Dillman

LEAD - Anton Dillman, 77, Lead, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital in Deadwood.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene, and a daughter, Kathy Stevens, both of Lead.

Services are pending with Aldinger Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Spearfish.

Ronald Milton Cazer

Ronald Milton Cazer, 78, of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House.

Ron was born Oct. 1, 1930, to Sherrell and Alta (Moore) Cazer in Lemmon. He went to school in Lemmon and spent his childhood in Cold Springs, SD. He joined the Navy in 1950 and was a Korean War veteran. He received numerous awards for serving his country, serving for four years.

After his honorable discharge he met the love of his life, JoAnne Hulbert. They united in marriage on Aug. 8, 1955, making their home in Milbank. He went to work for the South Dakota Department of Transportation in Milbank, then transferred to Belle Fourche, working a total of 35 years for the DOT.

He was an active member of the VFW and the Moose Lodge. During this time he loved to fish, hunt and do leatherwork. After he retired he took up art painting and woodworking. He won numerous prizes for his work. He loved sharing his wonderful work with family and friends. He also donated some of his fine work to the Outdoor Women of South Dakota for fundraising.

Ron was a generous, loving and energetic person, with a real passion for gardening and bird watching. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Ronny showed amazing strength with his battle against cancer. His final days were spent peacefully with his family and friends. He always said "Don't think of me as passing away but just going on an extended vacation." He is at peace with the Lord and has left his family with lots of loving and amazing memories.

He is survived by his loving wife, JoAnne, of 53 years; two daughters, Sherry (Lloyd) Edmond of Rapid City, Ronna Jo (Dean) Griffin of Gillette, Wyo.; three sons, Terry (Ayda) Cazer of Belle Fourche, Monty (Vickie) Cazer and Rory (Michelle) Cazer of Hot Springs; two brothers, Gale (Carol) Cazer of Custer and Dick (Mary) Cazer of Plankinton; one sister, Peggy (Charles) Clark of Keldron; four sisters-in-law, Edna (Jim) Hedrick of Casper, Wyo., Doneen Graham of Rapid City, Ann Cazer of Custer, and Ruth Cazer of Watertown; one brother-in-law, Ronny (Kay) Hulbert of Alexandria, Va.; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Allen and Gordon, and one sister, Ione Manning.

Graveside services will be Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Hospice Chaplain Jane Ireland officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Sturgis Honor Guard. All Belle Fourche Department of Transportation employees are considered honorary pallbearers, as are Marvin, Allen and Jim Stevens of Hot Springs.

A memorial has been established. Friends may sign Ron's online guestbook at http://www.kirkfuneralhome.com">www.kirkfuneralhome.com. Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City is in charge of the arrangements.

Marvin S. Rasmussen

PLATTE - Marvin S. Rasmussen, 94, Platte, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Platte Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Rasmussen, Platte; two daughters, Jane Rafferty, Phoenix, and Jean Ann Qualm, Mesa, Ariz.; two sons, Paul DeHaan, Custer, and Donald DeHaan, Wagner; a brother, Glen Rasmussen, North Ridge, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST Sunday, Nov. 30, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Platte Funeral Chapel.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dan Daum officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be at Platte Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at http://www.plattestickneyfh.com">www.plattestickneyfh.com.

Earlwin J. Rencountre Sr.

RAPID CITY - Earlwin James Rencountre Sr., 77, Rapid City, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Rencountre, Rapid City; four sons, Earlwin J. "Jim" Rencountre Jr., Roy Rencountre and Francis Rencountre, all of Rapid City, and Charles Rencountre, Santa Fe, N.M; two daughters, Jeavene Running Shield, Rapid City, and Adele Jean Dougherty, Panama City, Fla.; five sisters, Artie McCrae and Jeanne Grissom, both of Rapid City, Ethel Lovelace, Browerville, Minn., Linda Horton of Oklahoma, and Karen Guess of Georgia; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

An all-night wake will begin with a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at St. Isaac Jogues Church at Mother Butler Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the church, with the Rev. David Matzko officiating.

Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at http://www.osheimschmidt.com">www.osheimschmidt.com.

Dr. Carter J. Francis

RAPID CITY - Dr. Carter James Francis, 76, Rapid City, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, in Gallup, N.M.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include two sons, Joe Francis and Carter Francis Jr., both of Denver; a brother, Charles Francis, North Platte, Neb.; and a sister, Janie Kennedy of Philip; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Rapid City, with the Rev. Dan Juelfs officiating.

Burial with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at http://www.rushfuneralhome.com">www.rushfuneralhome.com.

Viola 'Vi' Sommer

ARIZONA CITY, Ariz. - Viola "Vi" Sommer, 83, Arizona City and formerly of Pierre, S.D., died Oct. 25, 2008, in Arizona City.

Survivors include a brother, Delbert Schroeder of Sioux Falls, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chet.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. CST Monday, Dec. 1, at Isburg Funeral Chapel in Pierre. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre.

Mary Bryant Petty

RAPID CITY - Mary Bryant Petty, 73, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at Golden Living Center, Bella Vista.

Survivors include Ronald Petty, Rapid City; her two sons, Ron Petty II and John Petty, both of Rapid City; a brother, Leon Tittman, Quakertown, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

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

Walter E. Tiedeman

RAPID CITY - Walter E. Tiedeman, 56, Rapid City, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, in Rapid City.

Arrangements are pending with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.

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