Jack Brookens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jack Brookens, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at his residence in Sacramento.

He was born at Kennebec, SD, on June 26, 1919, the son of Lester and Ellen (Blue) Brookens. He attended schools in Kennebec and graduated from Kennebec High School. Jack worked in his dad's garage at Kennebec prior to joining the U.S. Army, shortly before Pearl Harbor. He served on the west coast and in the South Pacific during World War II. Following military service he moved to Rapid City and was married to Marie Mavis Ness in Rapid City on Nov. 24, 1945. Jack was employed with Montana Dakota Utilities for a period of 36 years before retiring in 1981. He was a life member of the Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and the American Legion Post 22. He was a Cootie in the VFW and coordinated the VFW blood drives for many years. He also served on the Rushmore VFW Post 1273 Honor Guard for many years. He was an avid Post 22 American Legion baseball fan and loved hunting, camping and traveling. Jack moved to Sacramento in 2006 to be near his family.

Survivors include his daughter, Linda Koontz, Sacramento; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; a daughter, Cathy; a son, Bob; a brother, Max; and his sister, Madge.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors provided by the Rushmore VFW Post 1273 Honor Guard.

Friends may gather at the funeral home for departure for the cemetery at 1:45 p.m. Friday.

A memorial has been established in Jack's memory to UCD Hospice, 3630 Business Drive, Sacramento, CA 95820.

Friends may sign the online guest register and offer condolences at http://www.osheimschmidt.com">www.osheimschmidt.com

Cathy L. Jacobsen

BELLE FOURCHE - Cathy L. Jacobsen, 55, Belle Fourche, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her mother, Evalyne Schmaltz, Belle Fourche; her husband, LaVerne Jacobsen, Morrison, Colo.; two daughters, Jennifer Jacobsen, Omaha, Neb., and Heather Jacobsen, Belle Fourche; and a brother, Larry Schmaltz, Temple Terrace, Fla.

A rosary and Christian wake service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Belle Fourche.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the church, with the Rev. Christopher Hathaway officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.

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

Mildred B. Snouffer

RAPID CITY - Mildred B. Snouffer, 82, Rapid City, passed with Annie and Janet beside her as usual on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

She was born April 21, 1926, in Artesian, to Martin and Selma (Ramsley) Boysen.

She grew up in Artesian and graduated from Artesian High School. She married Francis Snouffer on Oct. 4, 1948, in Luverne, MN.

Mildred is survived by her children, Annette Snouffer and Janet (Dave) Kaiser, all of Rapid City, Sandra (Gary) Evan, Chardon, OH, and Sharon (John) Stewart, Grass Valley, CA; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dwight Stensgaard officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at http://www.behrenswilson.com">www.behrenswilson.com

Lenny Vallette

RAPID CITY - Lenny Vallette, 21, Rapid City, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, at home.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Davies, his father, Hugh Vallette, a brother, Ben Vallette, his maternal grandmother, Theresa Davies and his paternal great-grandmother, Marie Vallette, all of Rapid City.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

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

Hilda E. Naughton

RAPID CITY - Hilda E. Naughton, 97, Rapid City, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Fairmont Grand Regional Senior Care in Rapid City.

Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Bottiger, Puyallup, Wash., and Donna Abrams, Rapid City; three sons, Dave Naughton, Rapid City, Dan Naughton, Sioux Falls, and Douglas Naughton Geneva, Ill.; one brother, Ray Goebel, Lebanon; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. CDT Friday, Sept. 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg, with the Rev. Jerry Kopel officiating. A rosary service will be held before the Mass at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

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

Jackie Lynn Iron Horse

PINE RIDGE - Jackie Lynn Iron Horse, 25, Pine Ridge, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Indian Health Services Hospital in Pine Ridge.

Survivors include her husband, Justin Tobacco, two sons, Striker Tobacco and Vistan Tobacco, and two daughters, Jetta Tobacco and Jacinda Tobacco, all of Pine Ridge; her parents, Caroline Hunter, Calico, and Jacob Iron Horse Sr., South Dakota; four brothers, Monte Hunter, Jacob Iron Horse Jr. and Jeremy Iron Horse, all of Calico, and Jamar Iron Horse, Batesland; and three sisters, Jasmine Iron Horse, Jensine Iron Horse and Tianna Hunter, all of Calico.

A two-night wake will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the LTLI building, No. 4 Community.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the LTLI Building, No. 4 Community, with the Rev. Glen Robinett and Charles McGaa officiating. Traditional Lakota services will be provided by Pete Catches. Burial will be at the Hunter family plot in Calico.

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

Kenneth 'Kenny' Wilson

KADOKA - Kenneth "Kenny" Wilson, 84, Kadoka, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Wilson, Kadoka; two sons, Wayne Wilson, Gillette, Wyo., and Bob Wilson, Oklahoma City, Okla.; three sisters, Clara Weller, Kadoka, Charlotte Clark, Aberdeen, and Lucy Freeman, Ogallala, Neb.; two grandsons; two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and for one hour before services, which will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Gary McCubbin officiating.

Burial will be at Kadoka Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

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

Larry G. Baesler

RAPID CITY - Larry G. Baesler, 57, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at his home in Rapid City.

Larry Glen Baesler was born and raised on the family farm north of New Leipzig, ND. Nature and the outdoors were always an intimate part of Larry's life. As a young man he hunted, fished and trapped along the Antelope Creek. Fully embracing the outdoors, his passion for nature led him to pursue a degree in biology from the University of North Dakota, where he also completed his Masters Degree in 1975. At college, Larry met the person with whom he wanted to share his life, Marcie Tavis. Larry and Marcie were married in December of 1973.

Larry and Marcie moved to Texas, where Larry worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1978, they moved back to North Dakota to continue life on the family farm and raise their three children: Chris, Sara and Rebecca.

Larry was a devoted family man from the beginning. Sharing his love and passion for the outdoors, he taught his children to hunt, fish and trap and involved them in the working lifestyle of the farm. Larry used modern conservation principles to manage the farm through food plots, planting trees and soil conservation.

Larry's deep faith in God was interwoven in everything he did. Larry was active in the Lutheran Church in New Leipzig and worked alongside of Marcie to instill faith in their children by teaching Sunday School, leading youth groups and serving in various other roles in the congregation.

Larry was involved in community activities. He taught Hunters Safety and believed in supporting hometown businesses whenever possible. He deeply loved his community and was torn when the family farm became increasingly difficult to manage prompting a career change. His passion for the outdoors led him to begin a career in conservation. Larry began working for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as a Regional Director raising money for elk and their habitat. He then went on to be the Director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation and most recently returning to RMEF as a Lands Programs Director. His most recent and influential conservation projects included the preservation of Teddy Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch and multiple land easements within the Black Hills Conservation Initiative.

During his seven-month battle with cancer, Larry remained dedicated to his work in conservation and continued carving antlers, making knives and writing outdoor articles.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the South Canyon Lutheran Church. A prayer service and time of remembrance will be at 7 p.m. at the church. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the church with the Rev. Bruce Thalacker officiating. A memorial has been established at Caring Bridge (caringbridge.com) or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.osheimschmidt.com

Helen M. Kenny

HASTINGS, Neb. - Helen M. Kenny, 81, Hastings, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Village Perkins Pavillion in Hastings.

Survivors include two sons, Stuart Kenny, Hastings, and Stanley Kenny, Wichita, Kan.; three grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Payne, California.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home.

Mary Jane Dolphin Kingsbury

RAPID CITY - Strong, caring, resourceful, thoughtful and sometimes stubborn, Mary Jane Dolphin Kingsbury lived her life responsibly, but as she chose. In the evening of Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, she died as she had chosen, peacefully in her sleep, in the home she loved, surrounded by her family. Two days before, she had been temporarily reanimated by an impromptu living room bluegrass concert performed by her son-in-law Ron Davis, grandson Brian Kingsbury and grandson-in-law Adrian Romero. She smiled and tapped her feet, perhaps recalling the Saturday night dances that brought her and Bill Kingsbury together in Vale, many years ago. She was 92. Hers was a life worth celebrating.

Mary was born March 31, 1916, in Denver, to Lucy Cornish Dolphin and James Dolphin. Jim Dolphin, who had helped manage construction of Orman Dam in 1911-1914, left his Denver job with the Bureau of Reclamation, first to farm in Nebraska and later to start a general store in Vale. Mary and her three younger sisters, Gladys, Bernice and Helen, lived above the store in an apartment without running water and with only a woodstove for heat.

During her high school years, Mary worked in the Dolphin store, diagonally across the street from the competing Kingsbury store. But on Saturday nights, romance triumphed over capitalism. "I would wait until ten o'clock or so, watching for the light to come on in Bill Kingsbury's bedroom near their store. That was my signal. I would tell my parents that my work was done for the night. Then I would meet Bill and we would dance until after midnight."

Named valedictorian of her high school class, Mary earned a four-year scholarship to the University of Denver, but after a challenging two years living under the watchful eyes of her maiden aunts, Mary struck out on her own, teaching at a country school at Fort Morgan, Colo. She completed her formal education with a BA in education from Colorado State College in Greeley.

At age 25, Mary took the bus from her parents' home in Oregon to Effingham, Ill., where fiance Bill Kingsbury now worked as a highway engineer. "After days on the road, I was a mess," she said. "I had thought about bringing a formal, but decided that was dumb. So I was shocked years later to find in our closet the tuxedo that Bill had purchased for our wedding." Wardrobe concerns aside, they were married on July 4, 1941. It was a small ceremony. "We had only two witnesses and I didn't know either one of them." They dined on beer and pretzels, and they danced all night.

The couple's first child, Bob, was born in Effingham. In 1946, the family moved to Belle Fourche, where Bill worked as an engineer for the state highway department, and daughter Jean was born. The family relocated to Rapid City in 1948, and daughter Mary Ann was born two years later.

Mary stayed home to raise her children, then resumed her career as a social studies and English teacher at West Junior High, retiring from that job after 20 years to care for husband Bill, who was ill. She maintained her passion for teaching and volunteered to teach and tutor English to a number of recent immigrants from Viet Nam and Thailand.

Mary was active in her PEO chapter, was a charter member of the chapter and coordinated its bed and breakfast program, making many new friends among visitors from across the country. She was recognized as a 65-year member in 2008.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Bill, and her sisters, Gladys Evans, Bernice Joyce and Helen Sieger.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Janet) Kingsbury, Albuquerque, NM, and her daughters, Jean (Don) Frankenfeld and Mary Ann (Ron) Davis, all of Rapid City. She had eight grandchildren, Brian (Linda) Kingsbury, Karla (Adrian) Romero, Karen (Ryan) Hultgren, Brad (Holly) Davis, Kara (Jason) Faith, Laura Davis, Lindsay (Frankenfeld) Borgman and David Frankenfeld; and four great-grandchildren, Nathanial and Shira Kingsbury and Caden and Kyan Davis.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Bob Evans officiating.

A memorial has been established. Osheim and Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friends may sign her online guestbook and offer condolences at http://www.osheimschmidt.com">www.osheimschmidt.com

LeRoy Allen Gabriel

FORT PIERRE - LeRoy Allen Gabriel, 58, Fort Pierre, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital Transitional Care Unit in Pierre.

Survivors include his wife, Lana Gabriel, Pierre; his father, Andrew Gabriel, Redfield; one son, Kevin Gabriel, Fort Pierre; three daughters, Kim Guyon, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kari Salverson, Mound City, and Kelly Wheelhouse, Pierre; three brothers, Randall Gabriel, Charles Gabriel and Donald Gabriel; one sister, Karen Nielson; and 16 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT today, with a vigil service at 7 p.m., at Feigum-VanLith Funeral Home in Pierre.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at St. John's Catholic Church in Fort Pierre. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. MDT at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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

Jeanette L. Annis

Dec. 8, 1950 - August 18, 2008

HOT SPRINGS - Jeanette L. Annis, 57, Hot Springs, passed on Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at her home after a seven-year battle with ovarian cancer that included three major surgeries and years of chemo treatments. It is hard to say goodbye to someone who meant as much to family, friends, and community as Jeanette Annis, which is why a memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Custer State Park Game Lodge.

Upon moving to the area in 2005, Jeanette immediately felt a deep spiritual connection to the beautiful Black Hills. She was a positive thinker always ready with her favorite quote from Wayne Dyer, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." That highlighted a spirit embracing a quick wit and pointed sense of humor. In her few years here, Jeanette gave tirelessly to the Custer community with a vibrant personality that was about action, not talking. The community benefited so much by her work with the Custer Stampede (spearheading this year's cookbook), and being the largest single local fund raiser for the cancer Relay For Life. She also realized her dream to act through the Custer Characters. Despite all her work and efforts, you never heard her complain or fail to deliver what she promised. That was the type of character she always displayed. Now it is a time to wish her Godspeed on her new journey. While the list of friends would be too long for here, Jeanette's family include her loving and devoted husband, Allen Annis, Wave Cave; daughter, Cherish Baker, Custer; son, Trevor Yehle, Hot Springs; a loving son-in-law, Mike Baker; three granddaughters, whom she loved dearly, Ashton Keck, Brooke Baker and Bailey Baker, all of Custer; three sisters, Theresa Sullivan, Fountain Valley, Calif., Marie Shirran, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Lori Cherpeski, Indio, Calif; three brothers, Michael Cherpeski, Costa Mesa, Calif., Ken Cherpeski, Chino Hills, Calif., and Joe Cherpeski, San Clemente, Calif.; a stepson, Barry Annis, Sun Valley, Calif.; and a stepgrandson, Dylan Annis, Sun Valley, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, c/o First Western Bank, 648 Mt. Rushmore Road, Custer, SD 57730, Attn: Gail Trask.

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