Obituaries for Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2008-10-26T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Rapid City Journal
October 26, 2008 11:00 pm

Thelma Anderson

RENO, Nev. - Thelma Anderson, 88, Reno, and formerly of Midland, S.D., died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Manor Care in Reno.

Survivors include two daughters, Faye Anderson, Riverton, Utah, and Deanna Peters, Reno; two grandchildren; one brother, Albert "Fuzz" Martin, Faith, S.D.; and one sister, Mickey Wiotte, Midland. S.D.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Curt Anderson. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip, S.D., and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with the Rev. Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Burial will be at the Midland Cemetery.

A memorial is established.

An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com

James 'Les' Baker Sr.

BLACK HAWK - James "Les" Baker Sr., 64, Black Hawk, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at home.

Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Baker, Rapid City; his son, Les Baker, Gillette, Wyo.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, with the Rev. Brent Woodard officiating. Private family burial will take place at a later date.

A memorial has been established.

An online guestbook is available at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.

Elaine (Amsbaugh) Bassett

MINOCQUA, Wis. - Elaine (Amsbaugh) Bassett, 61, Minocqua, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Bassett, Minocqua; her daughter, Kristin Bassett, Rockford, Ill.; her mother, Betty Amsbaugh, Rapid City, S.D.; two brothers, Jim Amsbaugh of Virginia and Dale Amsbaugh, Rapid City; and one sister, Bev Raymond, Barbaboo.

Services were held Oct. 24, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff.

Memorials may be made to the family or to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 611 W. Dodge St., Marshfield, WI 54449 in Elaine's name.

Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mabel Brown

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Mabel Brown, 94, Cheyenne and formerly of Newcastle, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, in Cheyenne.

Survivors include two daughters, Martha Allender, Newcastle, and Jeannie Martin, Billings, Mont.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne. There will be a memorial service in Newcastle at a later date.

Wiederspahn Radomsky Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ila Mae Croff

BELLE FOURCHE - Ila Mae Croff, 86, Belle Fourche, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Wally Croff and one son, Paige Croff, both of Belle Fourche; six grandchildren; and one sister, Ellie Safratowich, Butte, Mont.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish, with the Rev. Peg Grzelkowski officiating.

An online guestbook is available at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

Jesse R. Dillon

PINE RIDGE - Jesse R. Dillon, 5, Pine Ridge, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Pine Ridge.

Survivors include his parents, Tammy Dillon and Frank Brave Heart, two brothers, J.C. Dillon and Jeremy Dillon and two sisters, Summer Dillon and Delia Big Boy, all of Pine Ridge; his grandparents, John and Thelma Dillon, Martin, Kathy Dillon, Pine Ridge, and Wilma Standing Bear, Batesland; and adopted parents, John and Harriet Wilson, Pine Ridge.

A one-night wake will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Tammy Dillon residence in Pine Ridge and continue at 3 p.m. at the Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Billy Mills Hall, with the Rev. Craig West officiating.

Burial will be at the Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery in Pine Ridge.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Levi Eaton

PIEDMONT - Richard Levi Eaton, 26, Piedmont, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Clarkson Mountain View Health Care facility in Rapid City.

Survivors include his parents, Levi and Laurie Eaton, Piedmont; and two sisters, Kathy Albers, Spearfish, and Stephanie Deuter, Dell Rapids.

Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Grace United Methodist Church in Piedmont, with the Rev. Mike Bang officiating. Burial follows at the Piedmont Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Sturgis High School Rodeo Club.

An online guestbook is available at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

Jason J. Fenhaus

MILESVILLE - Jason J. Fenhaus, 37, Milesville, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, near Milesville.

Jason was born August 6, 1971, in Rapid City, to Carlos and Charlotte Fenhaus. He attended Rapid Valley Elementary, North Junior High and Rapid City Central, graduating in 1990.

Jason developed an interest in rodeo while in high school. He won the State High School Bareback Championship titles in 1989 and 1990. Following high school, Jason continued to compete nationally for several years, turning pro in 1994.

After rodeo, Jason went into the building construction trades, excelling in carpentry, tile setting, concrete, painting and finish work. He was most recently employed at Norsvin Farms.

Jason's hobbies and interests included sketching, sculpturing, wood carving and leather work. He was an avid rock and fossil collector. Jason's love for horses never ceased. Jason, Kirsten and the children spend their free time riding in the country. He also enjoyed riding his Harley.

Jason was unied in marriage to Nichole Jansen in 1993. To this union two daughters were born: Kaeley in 1993 and Abby in 1997. Jason met his life partner, Kirsten Stillwell and daughter Alyssa in 1999. A son, Jade, was born in 2001.

Survivors include his children, Kaeley, Abby, Alyssa and Jade; his fiancée, Kirsten Stillwell, Milesville; his parents, Carlos and Charlotte (Olson) Fenhaus, Hermosa; four brothers, Harold (Gwen) Fenhaus, Carlos (Cindy) Fenhaus Jr. and Mark Fenhaus, all of Rapid City, and Matthew (Lacie Cain) Fenhaus, Indiahoma, Okla.; three sisters, Angela (Kevin) Morgan, Spearfish, Christie (Stan Anders) Oster, Union Center, and Charlotte Murphy, Rapid City. Additional survivors include his extended family and numerous friends.

Jason was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his nephew, Richard Fenhaus.

Jason will always be remembered for his quick smile, sense of humor and cowboy spirit.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, with the Rev. Ron Garry officiating. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

A memorial has been established.

Friends may sign his online guestbook and view his obituary at www.osheim schmidt.com.

Russell J. Haley Sr.

RAPID CITY - Russell J. Haley Sr., 77, Rapid City, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Hendrikson, Grand Forks, N.D., and Susan Heil, Rapid City; two sons, Russell Haley Jr. and Larry Haley, both of Rapid City; two stepdaughters, Deborah Hunter, Shawnee, Kan., and Elizabeth Kuehn, Rapid City; two stepsons, Wayne Paris, Little River, Kan., and Marty Paris, Mulbane, Kan.; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Bea Brenna, New Brighton, Minn.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Gertrude Huiner

HETTINGER, N.D. - Gertrude Huiner, 84, Hettinger, and formerly of Lodgepole, S.D., died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, at the Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger.

Survivors include two sons, Duane Huiner and Darwin Huiner, both of Hettinger; one daughter, Phyllis Andress, Lodgepole; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her her husband, Henry.

Visitations will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger and one hour before services at the church on Thursday.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Holland Center Christian Reformed Church near Lodgepole, with the Rev. Brad Burkhalter officiating. Burial will follow at the Holland Center Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com

Donald E. Larson

RAPID CITY - Donald E. Larson, 78, Rapid City, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Donald was born Jan. 7, 1930, at his grandparents' rural Gregory County home. He was the only son of Perry and May (Jernberg) Larson. His childhood home was a Gregory County farmstead. During WW II, Donald and his parents lived at Igloo, where his father worked for the railroad at the munitions depot. Donald attended grammar school at a rural country school in Gregory County. He attended freshman year in high school at Provo and graduated from Gregory High School in 1948.

On June 5, 1949, Donald married the love of his life, Lillian Joyce (Larsh). The young couple farmed with Donald's parents southwest of Gregory until moving their family to Rapid City in 1961. Don began his work as a refrigeration service technician at Green's Refrigeration in Rapid City. He continued his refrigeration service work for Black Hills Power & Light, retiring in 1992 after 30 years in their employ.

Donald took great pride in caring for his family. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He and Joyce celebrated 57 years of marriage and raised four children.

Donald enjoyed visiting with relatives and friends and he loved to tell stories about his life experiences. In his later years, the servers at the local restaurants became important to both Don and Joyce as they enjoyed their visits when out for lunch.

Donald was a history buff, particularly interested in the history of the American West and the Native American tribes of the Great Plains.

Grateful to have shared his life are three daughters, Carol (Keith) Umenthum, Deadwood, Sandy (Roger) Jensen, Lexington, NE, and Pam (Dave) Kunzweiler, Rapid City; eight grandchildren, Neile (Kelly) Hoops, Sturgis, Laura (Reese) Clarkson, Buffalo, Amy (Corey) Anderson, Omaha, NE, Ryan Jensen, Omaha, NE, Eric Larson, Spearfish, Greg (Tarra and her son, Tyler) Larson, Rapid City, and Hannah and Rachel Kunzweiler, Rapid City; four great-grandchildren, Shelby and Odessa Clarkson, Buffalo, and Gwendolyn and Owen Hoops, Sturgis; three sisters-in-law, Hazel Peterson, Pierre, Marvel Pugh, Rapid City, and Barb(Meade) Himrich, Rapid City; one brother-in-law, John "Casey" Larsh Jr., Rapid City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bradley J. "Brad" Larson in 1993; and his wife, Joyce in 2006.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Douglas E. Diehl officiating.

Interment will be at the Mountain View Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

Friends may sign his online guest register and offer condolences at www.osheimschmidt.com.

Evonne June Plaggemeyer

GORDONSVILLE, Va. - Evonne June Plaggemeyer, 58, Gordonsville, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at her home.

Survivors include her husband, David Hobbs, Gordonsville; one daughter, Tami Plaggemeyer, Rapid City, S.D.; one son, Jason Plaggemeyer, Trout Dale, Ore.; one brother, Todd Hehr, Dale City; and one sister, Nancy Potter, Gillette, Wyo.

A memorial service was held Oct 25 in Gordonsville.

Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville, was in charge of arrangements.

Benno Frank Roller

RAPID CITY - Benno Frank Roller, 74, Rapid City, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at home.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Regina Roller, Rapid City; two sons, Curtis Roller, Liberty, Mo., and Zac Roller, Rapid City; four daughters, Cheri Ernst, Powell, Wyo., Suzie Blair, Piedmont, Shelly Schrader, Minot, N.D., and Zina Workman, Granite, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Wenzel Roller, New England, N.D.; and three sisters, Diane Schwehr, Thompson Falls, Mont., Elsie Miller, Dickinson, N.D., and Maggie Roller.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont, with a rosary and Christian prayer at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the church, with the Rev. Mark McCormick officiating.

Burial, with military honors by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard, will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Hills.

An online guestbook is available at www.kinkadefuner als.com.

James A. Rosencranz

BELLE FOURCHE - James A Rosencranz, 82, rural Belle Fourche, died Sunday Oct. 26, 2008, at home.

Survivors include two sons, Glen Rosencranz and Lynn Rosencranz, both of rural Belle Fourche; three brothers, Jerry Rosencranz, Boyes, Mont., Bill Rosencranz, Capitol, Mont., and Frank Rosencranz, Broadus, Mont.; and one sister, Gladys Williams, Great Falls, Mont.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills, and one hour before services, which will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Doug Clark officiating.

Burial will be in Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.

An online guestbook is available at www.funeralhomeofthenorthernhills.com

Patricia L. 'Patty' Thurman

RAPID CITY - Patricia L. "Patty" Thurman, 70, Rapid City, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Thurman, Rapid City; six children, Kenny Thurman, Teddy Thurman, Eddie Thurman, Kelly Thurman and Lisa Myers, all of Rapid City, and Mike Thurman of Brownsburg, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Patrick Fitzgerald and Steve Fitzgerald, both of Grand Island, Neb.; and two sisters, Beverly Pooley, Mitchell, and Barbara Waryan, Minneapolis.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Kirk Funeral Home, with a Rosary service at 7 p.m., and then one hour before services on Thursday.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bill Zandri officiating.

Burial will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City.

An online guestbook is available at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.

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