Obituaries for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

2009-04-08T23:00:00Z Obituaries for Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Rapid City Journal
April 08, 2009 11:00 pm

Thelma M. Anderson

LEMMON - Thelma M. Anderson, 89, Lemmon, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, N.D.

Survivors include two sons, Dave Anderson and Robert Anderson, both of Lemmon; one daughter, Kathy Rieb, Omaha, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Prince of Peace Chapel of the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, with Neale Lorius officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established.

An online guestbook is available at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com

Ethel M. Engebretson

STURGIS - Ethel was born to Gilbert and Juliette (Iverson) Ogdahl May 21, 1922, on the family homestead near Boehrs. She grew up and attended school at Boehrs. She married Gordon Engebretson on Oct. 5, 1942 in Baker, MT. When Gordon returned from the service they purchased a farm near Chance. Their family now included son David Lee and daughter Carole Ann. In 1958, the family moved to Spearfish where Ethel began her career with Black Hills State University's food service and retired in 1981. In the spring of 1982 Gordon passed away.

Ethel was a long time member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Spearfish and the VFW Auxiliary.

In her later years she enjoyed her many church activities and especially her volunteer work at a local nursing home. Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy.

Ethel died at the Sturgis Senior Care Center Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the age of 86.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son, David (and Jackie) Engebretson, Sturgis; her daughter, Carole Stubsten, Bonham, TX; grandsons, Teric (and Joanne) Engebretson, Sundance, WY, Trent (and Heather) Engebretson, Rapid City, Sean Stubsten, Denison, TX, Kris (and Jennifer) Stubsten, Denton, TX; granddaughter, Cara Stubsten, Sherman, TX; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Marvin (and Emma) Ogdahl, Sturgis; her sister-in-law, Eldora Ogdahl, Bison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Gordon; her sisters, Lilah and Amy; and her brothers, George and Kermit.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the Aldinger Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Spearfish, with the Rev. Kent Stillson officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

The Aldinger Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.aldingerfuneralhome.com

Daryl Eberhard

PIERRE - Daryl Eberhard, 75, Pierre, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at his home.

Daryl Dean Eberhard was born Nov. 24, 1933, in Dupree to Edgar and Elnora Eberhard. Daryl was the youngest of seven children, on a sheep ranch near Lantry, and graduated from high school in Eagle Butte.

After high school, Daryl enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from the 23rd of October 1953 to the 29th of September 1955. Most of his service was in Germany, where he was trained in heavy equipment operation. Upon returning to the states, he attended college in Spearfish for a few years and worked heavy equipment jobs in the Black Hills.

In 1963, he married Laura Ann McNeill of St. Onge and the couple moved to a farm near McLaughlin, where they sold milk and crops. Daryl and Ann had four children: Colleen, Billie, Zane and Matt. In 1972 the family moved from the farm to Spearfish, where Daryl began operating heavy equipment, building roads and home sites. In 1977 the family moved to Gillette, WY and Daryl began work for Exxon's Rawhide Mine, while Ann was head waitress at the Holiday Inn, and then later at the Boot Hill Restaurant. Daryl and Ann moved to Pierre in 1989, where they owned and operated the Terrace Motel until 2005.

Daryl and Ann were both diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in the summer of 2008. Ann passed away Dec. 9. Daryl passed away at home, surrounded by family on March 27.

Daryl enjoyed many things, including 30 years of archery elk hunting, fishing on the Oahe, watching bull riding, listening to the Dixie Chicks, raising cattle and drinking a few beers from time to time. He did not enjoy raising hogs. He was a fun loving easy going person, a good friend and a lot of fun to be around. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Daryl is survived by his two older brothers, Dale and Wayne; four children, Zane, Matt, Billie and Colleen; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Allen Eberhard and Elnora Caroline (Starkey) Eberhard; two sisters, Wanda and Ardis; and two brothers, Allen and Rodney.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Community Hall in St. Onge.

Isburg Funeral Chapel of Pierre has been placed in care of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to www.isburgfuneralchapels.com

Cards may be sent to 231 N. Euclid Avenue, Pierre, SD, 57501.

Janis Donna Harnish

LEAD - Janis Donna Harnish, 84, died peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2009. Janis and her beloved husband Douglas, currently residing in Lead, grew old together, knowing the best was yet to be.

In addition to Doug, grateful to have shared Jan's life are her four daughters, Deborah (Paul) Strassels, Rapid City, Christina (Garry) Stegall, Fredericksburg, VA, Lisa Harnish, Spearfish, and Mary (Paul) Kopco, Deadwood; eight beloved grandchildren, Jennifer (Bryan) Isley, Peter (Autumn) Strassels, Joshua (Amanda) Stegall, Sarah Stegall, Joseph (Lyndsie) Stegall, Jessica Tavasti, Katie Tavasti and Alexander Kopco; and six dear great-grandchildren, Jack and Ella Isley, Carson and Caelyn Strassels and Madison and Nathan Stegall.

Janis was born March 1, 1925, in North Tonawanda, NY, to Clarence and Ila Martin (both deceased), where she and her older brother Kenneth Edward (deceased) were raised on a farm. After graduating from Newfane Central High School, Janis served her country in World War II as a surgical technician in the Women's Army Corps at Ashford General Hospital in White Sulfur Springs, WV. She married Douglas H. Harnish Jr., the love of her life, on May 4, 1946 at the Little Church around the Corner in New York City.

In addition to being a devout Episcopalian, Janis was an active volunteer in numerous service organizations including the American Legion, Century Club, Girl Scouts of America and Fairfax (VA) Hospital Auxiliary, to name a few. She enjoyed raising flowers and was an avid collector of antiques. She adored animals, particularly her childhood lamb Bitty Baa and her dogs Duke and Sam. She dearly loved her family and friends - all of whom will greatly miss her humor, compassion, thoughtfulness, love of nature and sense of style.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Deadwood's St. John's Episcopal Church, with Father Thomas Campbell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring Janis may be donated to St. John's Episcopal Church, 405 Williams Street, Deadwood, SD 57732, the Adams Museum & House, P.O. Box 252, Deadwood, SD 57732, the Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850, or to your favorite charity.

Josephine High Elk

EAGLE BUTTE - Josephine High Elk, 81, Eagle Butte, died Sunday, April 5, 2008, at the Indian Health Services Hospital in Eagle Butte.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Old Agency Community Building in Eagle Butte. Burial will be at the High Elk Green Grass Cemetery.

Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements.

Gerald Henry Hintz

ABERDEEN - Gerald Henry Hintz, 69, Aberdeen, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Aberdeen Health and Rehab Center.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Hintz, Aberdeen; two sons, Bruce Hintz, Lead, and Gregg Hintz, Aberdeen; two granddaughters; and one sister, June Garcia, Houston, Texas.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lemmon, with the Rev. Erik Swanson of Leola and the Rev. Ken Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon.

An online guestbook is available at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com

Inez E. Kubal

RAPID CITY - Inez Eilene Kubal, 69, Rapid City, died Sunday, April 4, 2009, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

She was born Sept. 22, 1939, in Winner to Nels and Grace Anderson. As a young girl she lived with her family in many different towns in eastern South Dakota as well as in the Black Hills. She graduated from the eighth grade before working full time.

On June 9, 1956 she married her loving husband, Laddie Kubal in Deadwood. The couple lived in Rapid Valley where Mrs. Kubal worked for the Rapid City Post Office as a Rural Mail Carrier for over 30 years.

She enjoyed many activities, such as bowling, crafting with her special group of friends, gardening vegetables as well as flowers and wonderful house plants, playing countless hours of cards with her family and friends and she also loved to travel to Deadwood and play the slots with her husband, her son and her daughter and their families.

She took great and caring pleasure in her family, especially her two grandchildren, great-grandson and the many nieces and nephews, as well as the many children who congregated at the family home over the many years of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nels and Grace Anderson; a granddaughter, Sarah Kubal; two brothers, Nels Anderson Jr. and Jack Anderson; and three sisters Jeanette Dimond, Johanna Holmquist and Grace Rice.

Survivors include her husband, Laddie Kubal, her son, Mike Kubal and wife Jan Osheim-Kubal, her daughter, Gloria Stanley and husband Gary, and her granddaughters, Danielle Dahlenburg and husband Jason, all of Rapid City; her grandson, Jarrod Stanley, Eugene, OR; her great-grandson, Seth Dahlenburg, Rapid City; and her brother, Richard Anderson and wife Arlene, Hardin, MT.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the funeral home with Pastor Art Sartorius officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Lawn Cemetery. A reception will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alano Society in Rapid City.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.

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

John T. Loucks Jr.

RAPID CITY - John T. Loucks Jr.,90, Rapid City, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009.

John was born May 19, 1918 in Froid, MT to John T. Loucks Sr. and Sarah Mae (Wagner) Loucks.

He graduated from Froid High School. After graduating from the University of Montana, John worked in forestry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Soil Conservation Service. His career was interrupted by the U.S. Army where he served during WWII.

In 1948, he married Bernita Snyder in Hecla. Together they moved to Rapid City in 1950, where John continued to work with the Soil Conservation Service until he retired after 20 years. John's career varied over the years but all centered around two of his favorite things, working with people and promoting his beloved state of South Dakota.

He was Director of Development for three rural electrics in the Black Hills, Executive Director of the Old West Regional Commission where he worked with five governors, and continued in public relations for FMG Engineering.

During his career John received numerous awards and recognition from Soil Conservation Service of America, National Water Resources Association, Upper Missouri Water Users, SD School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City

Club for Boys, Optimists International, and Keep South Dakota Green. Gov. Rounds declared Nov. 19, 2008 as John Loucks Day.

John's deep faith and desire to help others kept him involved in many church and community organizations and activities over the years. He was Charter President of the Morning Optimist Club and of the Club for Boys. He served on the Pennington County Fair Board, the RC Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, the SD Board of Water and Natural Resources, West Dakota Water District, as District Governor of Optimist International, President of Keep SD Green, and as an Elder and Clerk of Session at First Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his work and Christian faith, family was an important part of John's life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ruthie Loucks, Laura Graving, Kathleen Harvey, and Mary Loucks; and two nieces, Lois Miller and Ruth Clark.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bernita Loucks of Rapid City; his son, Kevin and Diana Loucks of Fort Collins, CO; his daughter, Karmen and Jeff Miller of Austin, TX; three grandchildren, Shae, Kiara, and Aaron Loucks; his nephew, Richard and Florence Graving of Houston, TX; and his extended family, Phyllis Dixon and her son David (and Peggy) and their children Danielle and Jonathan, all of Rapid City. The family is blessed for having shared his life. John will be greatly missed by all.

The family wishes to thank the VA, Westhills and Clarkson-Mt. View Care Centers and all of the doctors, nurses, and staff that gave him so much tender loving care.

Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Osheim-Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at First Presbyterian Church, Kansas City and 7th, Rapid City, with the Rev. Bob Evans officiating.

Internment, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273, will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Memorials have been established for Westhills Village, First Presbyterian Church and Rapid City Club for Boys.

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

Velma E. McDonald

ALADDIN, Wyo. - Velma E. McDonald, 83, Aladdin, died Monday, April 6, 2009, from an accidental fall at her home.

Survivors include her husband, Keith McDonald, Aladdin; two sons, J.O. McDonald, Hulett, and Casey McDonald, Aladdin; two daughters, Linda Burch, Colony, and Susan McDonald, Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Lou Root and Ruth Meador, both of California.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, S.D., and one hour before services at the church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche, with Rev. Paul Howard officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Northern Hills Hospice or the Belle Fourche Ministerial Association.

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

Neal Gene Nelson

RAPID CITY - Neal Gene Nelson, 82, Rapid City, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Nelson, Rapid City; three daughters, Susan Tuthill, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Christine McRae and Mary Jackson, both of Rapid City; one son, Steve N. Nelson, Rapid City; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with the Rev. Jeff Rohr officiating. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City.

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

Garry V. Ness

LEAD - Garry V. Ness, 81, Lead, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include three sons, Craig Ness, Lafayette, La., Kim Ness, Fredrick, and Greg Ness, Kentucky; four daughters, Debbie Pickett, Whitewood, Marian Lenling and Tammy Hagen, both of Claremont, and Ramona Feser, Colorado; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mavis Neshiem, Watertown, and Sharon Croniger, Clark.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the funeral home. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Deadwood.

The family invites friends and family to meet at the V.F.W. Club in Deadwood following the burial for a time of fellowship.

Ernie Reich Sr.

RAPID CITY - Ernie Reich Sr., 79, Rapid City, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2009, after a lengthy illness.

Ernie was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Wisconsin. After his mother's death in 1940, part of his siblings went to live in a children's home. When his father died in 1945, Ernie was still living on the farm. Mr. and Mrs. Loew offered to let him stay with them and continue to care for the animals he so loved. From that point on the Loews always treated him like family. After spending time in the Army he began working in construction and slowly making his way west, eventually stopping in Elk City, Idaho, where he met his bride-to-be, Sue. They were married Dec. 12, 1970. In 1973 they had their first child, Ernie Jr. In 1978 they had their daughter Kristina. The family continued traveling with construction and rock crushers.

In 1986 he moved the family to Missouri so his family could settle into one school. Ernie continued to travel for work, but always came home in the winter to be with his family. Many of his employees treated him like family including Seubert's from Cottonwood, Idaho; Nissens from Piedmont; and Scott Simmons from Union Center.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Marie, Kate, Betty and Marceline; and four brothers, Eddie, Herman, Fritz and Bob.

He is survived by one brother, Elmer of California; his son, Ernie Jr., daughter-in-law, Lisa, granddaughter, Heidi, daughter, Kristina, and their mother, Sue, all still in Missouri.

He was liked by all that knew him and never met a stranger. He loved his babies and they loved him. He will be missed by friends and family.

I hope when he gets to heaven everyone remembers he has a good sense of humor.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. today at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home, with services following at 10 a.m.

Troy Morgan SmithLAS VEGAS - Troy Morgan Smith, 44, Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009.

He was born Dec. 23, 1964, in Rapid City, SD. Troy grew up and attended school in Newcastle, WY, and graduated from Casper (WY) College in 1986. Troy moved to Las Vegas in 1987 to work in the home building industry, rising from Superintendent to Senior VP of construction of a local home builder.

Troy is survived by his wife, Sandye, and the Wilson family of Las Vegas; his mother, Ray Smith of Newcastle; his brother, Timm Smith and wife Sandy, children Shawn and Veronica of Casper; his grandfather, Donald Smith of Rapid City; aunts, Laura Pepper and Wanda McCormick of Rapid City, and Kay Browning (Bill) of Casper; Uncle James Auker of Mesa, AZ; and numerous other special relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Smith; grandparents, Violet Smith, and James and Edna Auker; and uncles, Dennis Pepper and Mac McCormick.

A memorial service was held March 31 in Las Vegas.

The family will hold graveside services in Newcastle on April 10 and Troy will be buried with his beloved father.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Newcastle Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Troy Smith Memorial Fund, in care of Bank of Nevada, Account #7501095752, 3985 S. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89147.

Frederick Paul Zoll

BLACK HAWK - Frederick Paul Zoll, 76, Black Hawk, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years.

Survivors include his mother, Violet Zoll, Perham, Minn.; two sons, Tim Zoll, Rapid City, and David Zoll, Black Hawk; three daughters, Becky Doyle, Spearfish, Mona Janssen, Sturgis, and Landy Croyle, Rapid City; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Forrest Zoll, Minneapolis, and Richard Zoll, Cottage Grove, Ore.; and two sisters, Dorothy Vouge, Minneapolis, and Theresa Hopkins, Washington.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, with a public prayer service at 7 p.m., and then at the church for one hour before services.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at South Maple United Methodist Church in Rapid City, with the Rev. John McKnight officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at 2 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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

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