Obituaries for Friday, September 23, 2011

2011-09-23T06:00:00Z Obituaries for Friday, September 23, 2011 Rapid City Journal
September 23, 2011 6:00 am

Ronnie Rippe

RAPID CITY - Rano L. "Ronnie" Rippe, 80, Rapid City, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at New Underwood's Good Samaritan Center.

Ronnie was born in Rapid City on May 6, 1931, to Leslie and Myrtle (Robinson) McDaniels. She attended grade school in Rapid City, Hill City, Nemo and Deerfield; she began high school in Rapid City and finished in California, then attended schooling in cosmetology in California.

She married Norbert A. Rippe on May 25, 1954, at Lead.

She was a seamstress of draperies and owned and operated a beauty shop named Ronnie's Salon at Piedmont for some 20 years.

Ronnie attended the Community Church at Piedmont, was a member of American Legion Post 22 Auxiliary of Rapid City, and La femmes. Living her life to the fullest was most important to Ronnie; she loved being out in public when she was younger. Sewing was a big part of her life and she enjoyed yard work.

Ronnie is survived by her three sisters, Beverly Hale of Rapid City, Audrey Estes of Hot Springs, and Leslie (Russell) Bonsell of Spearfish; her son-in-law, Joe Garner of Union Center; two grandchildren, LaVerne Garner of Newell and Jodi Hepstrom of Rapid City; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1997; her son, Dennis LaVerne Freeland; and her daughter, Jacque Lynn Garner.

There will be a visitation on Friday, Sept. 23, at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a luncheon at American Legion Post 22 in Rapid City from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Graveside services will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home by 1:30 p.m. for the procession to the cemetery.

A memorial has been established to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Friends may sign Ronnie's online guestbook at

Jeanne Knust

MITCHELL - Jeanne Knust, 81, Mitchell, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at the Custer Regional Senior Center in Custer.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Artesian. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday evening, Sept. 23, at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Jeanne Marie (Graham) Knust was born June 22, 1930, at Creighton, S.D., to Beven Harvey Graham and Laura Ann (Hoffman) Graham and grew up near Wall before moving to Custer where she attended and graduated from Custer High School.

On July 8, 1951, she married Maynard (Joe) Knust at Pipestone, Minn. For numerous years, they resided in Hot Springs, S.D., where she was a stay-at-home mom and worked various part-time jobs. In 1972, they moved to Alpena, S.D., where they owned and operated J & J Locker and Market. They, briefly, lived in Cherokee, Iowa, before moving to Emery, S.D., in 1980, where she worked as a waitress until retiring in 1986, at which time they moved to Mitchell. On Feb., 15, 2007, her husband of 55 years passed away. In 2009, she moved to Custer and lived with her daughter, Sandra, and son-in-law, Brian, until February 2011, when she moved into the care center.

Jeanne was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. She enjoyed painting, bowling, playing bingo and cards and hanging out with friends at the Mitchell Senior Center. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Madetzke, and husband, Brian, of Custer, son, Michael Knust, and wife, ReAnn, of White, four grandchildren Barry (Amy) Madetzke, Justin Madetzke, Teresa (Jason) Landmark, Dan (Kelsey) Knust, five great-grandchildren, a twin sister, Joanne Allen of Alabama and a brother, David of Spring Valley, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard; her parents; her brother Harvey; and her sister Marjorie.

Michael ‘Mike' Scanlon

GILLETTE, Wyo. - Michael "Mike" Scanlon, 56, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Close to Home Hospice Hospitality House in Gillette.

Survivors include his mother, Julia (Budenz) Wright; his wife, Joyce; two daughters, Connie Scanlon and Serena Simmons; two brothers, three sisters, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, at Gillette Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tim Martinson of St Matthew's Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery. 

A memorial has been established.

An online guestbook is available at

James Conda Redinger

SPEARFISH - James Conda Redinger, 69, of Spearfish, SD, was born March 6, 1942, at home in Deadwood, SD. He passed away September 21, 2011, at Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

He attended school at Pluma and Deadwood. He joined the US Navy, serving four years in the CB's and was honorably discharged in 1963.

He was a lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Spearfish.

Jim is survived by his brothers, Reazo Jr. (Nancy), Yacolt, Wash.; Daryl (Twylah), Spearfish; Paul (Gracie), Spearfish; sisters, Evelyn (Duane) Wilen, Belle Fourche; Mary (Paul) Kysar, Davenport, Wash.; Edna (Bill) Bunn, Norwood, Minn.; sister-in-law, Fern Redinger of Sheridan, Wyo.; and many nieces, nephews and friends who loved him dearly.

He will be greatly missed.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Reazo in 1985 and Evelyn in 2004, and brother Robert in 2003.

Viewing will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, Spearfish. Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the church. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory Services, Spearfish, S.D.

Yvonne Marie Reddy

KYLE - Yvonne Marie Reddy, 74, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Sioux Falls.

Survivors include four sons, Alan Reddy, Kyle, Robbie Reddy, Alberton, Mont., Charles Reddy, Pine Ridge, and Steve Reddy, Wounded Knee; two daughters, Elaine Dieast, Park Rapids, Minn., and Joanie Kubat, Detroit Lake, Minn.; two brothers, Fred Vernon Bush Sr., Rapid City, and John Marshall Bush Sr., Martin; 45 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

A wake service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Hall, Kyle.

Services are 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Hall in Kyle with the Rev. Rick Abert, S.J., officiating.

Burial will be 2 p.m. Monday at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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

Richard W. Johnston

WALL - Richard W. Johnston was born in New Underwood hospital on March 1, 1929, to William and Cecil (Richards) Johnston. They lived at Dalzell, S.D. at the time, then later moved to Elm Springs on property adjacent to the Johnston homestead.

He attended the Linn School for all of his grade school years. In 1947, he graduated from New Underwood High School. Once he finished high school, he rented the Albert Arneson place at Elm Springs.

On July 8, 1951, he married Norma Schell. They made their home on the Arneson  place and had seven children. His parents sold him the original Johnston homestead in 1959, and he moved his family there in 1963. He was able to rent the adjacent Fish ranch for five years then bought the Everet Strong ranch in 1969 and Don Grey ranch in 1981.

Martha Andal and Richard were united in marriage June 26, 1982. They enjoyed  traveling and had many exciting adventures together. They rented and moved to the Burton place in 1984 and lived there 15 years. After retiring, he sold his property to three of his children; then he and Martha moved to Wall in 1997. Their beautiful yard earned the Pennington County Soil Conservation Best Lawn award.

The Catalyst Club and Chamber of Commerce in Rapid City awarded him the 2008 "Good Neighbor Award." He attended the Elm Springs Church since childhood. He was a lifetime member of Farmer's Union and a member of Farm Bureau. The Stockgrowers Association meeting was something he enjoyed every year. He served as a director for six years and also five years of Meade County Extension Service. After he and Martha moved to Wall, he helped with the Senior Citizens bus for a short while. He lived his life with gusto.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Johnston of Wall; four daughters, Cheryl Hammerstrom and her husband, Terry, of New Underwood, Kay Johnston of Hermosa, Ginger Held and her husband, Steve, of Broadus, Mont., and Tammy Bills and her husband, Roger, of New Underwood; two sons, Rick Johnston of Union Center and Sam Johnston and his wife, Cary, of Elm Springs; two stepsons, Steve Andal and his wife, Kay, of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Greg Andal of Rapid City; a stepdaughter, Gayle Stewart of Sedro Woolley , Wash., 19 grandchildren, Chad Hammerstrom, Clint Hammerstrom (Lisa) , Tessa Grabow (Todd), Tell Hammerstrom (Holly), Kane Steen (Amber), Matt Steen (Jamie), Rikki and Jeagar Held (twins), Riley Walker, Tyler Walker (Angela), Wyatt and Keoni Bills (twins), Cinnamon Johnston, Echo Veit (Justin),  Shania Johnston, Calder Johnston, Carlee and Carson Johnston (twins), Savana Johnston. 12 great-grandchildren, Cade and Casper Hammerstrom, Tia, Tate and Tanner (twins) Grabow, Ty and Oaklee Hammerstrom, Ella, Dexter, and Brixton Steen, Trevin and Cohen Walker. 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters, Joann Olien and Bud of Rapid City, Jean Colvin and Ron of Rapid City and Sharon Maasch of Sheridan, Wyo.; special niece, LuLu Johnston, special friends, Lyle Williams, Ken Hanson and Dale Keyser, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by a daughter, Dixie Joan Johnston; a granddaughter, Sammy Jo Allison-Bills; his parents, William and Cecil Johnston; two brothers, Lane Johnston, and Gary Johnston; and two sisters Mary Remer and Carol Davis.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept.25, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and one hour before the services Monday, at the Power House Gym (formerly the old high school gym).  A service celebrating his life, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at the Power House Gym in Wall with lunch immediately following. Internment will be 3 p.m. at Elm Springs Cemetery with a fellowship afterward.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is established to the Elm Springs Hall or the Elm Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

His online guestbook is available at

Rita Renae Hobart

RAPID CITY - Rita Renae Hobart, 58, Rapid City, died peacefully in her home on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.

She was born May 28, 1953, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Richard and Julie (Jessen) Rice. As a young girl, she lived with her family on a farm near Rockham, S.D. Later she moved to Redfield where she attended school. After a few years, she moved to Mitchell with her family where she continued school and graduated high school.

While in high school, she played the flute and enjoyed glee club, choir and pep club. After graduating, she attended South Dakota State University in Brookings for one year. During college, she studied abroad in Germany for a period of time; she said this was one of the most memorable times of her life.

On Oct. 6, 1973, she married Steven Michael Hobart in Rapid City. They lived on a ranch near Deerfield where she enjoyed hunting, gardening and playing with her children. While raising their five children, she attended Black Hills State University and graduated in 1988 with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She has taught as a special education teacher at New Underwood School and most recently at Central High School.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, daughter and sister who loved the Black Hills.

She loved music, worship and prayer, devoting herself to God, family and friends. She was also an active member of the Dove Christian Center for over 10 years.

Survivors include three sons, Scott Hobart, Washington, Ill., Nick Hobart, Hill City, and Mike Hobart, Custer; two daughters, Tiffany Johnson, Tokyo, Japan, and Michele Sabino, Aurora, Ill.; her father, Richard Rice, Wessington Springs; her mother, Julie Rice, Oakdale, Minn.; two brothers, Russell Rice, Rapid City, and Rodney Rice, Custer; a sister, Rochelle Rasmussen, St. Paul, Minn.; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.

Services will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Dove Christian Center, with the Rev. Tim Stuen officiating.

Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hill City Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

Her online guestbook is available to sign at

Mae Lindstad

SPEARFISH - Mae Lindstad, 77, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Spearfish Regional Hospital. Mae left this world to join our Lord with her family at her side.

Mae Elizabeth (Maisenhelder) Lindstad was born Jan. 1, 1934, to Harry and Isabel Maisenhelder in Philadelphia, Penn. She attended school in Philadelphia. 

She met Wayne Lindstad at a USO dance in Cape May, N.J., in 1951. They were married in Philadelphia on March 29, 1952. Following Wayne's discharge from the Coast Guard, they settled in Wayne's hometown of Belle Fourche, S.D. Wayne rejoined the family business, Lindstad Alignment and Mae became a devoted mother and homemaker. Being able to stay home and raise Dean, Sherry, Wendy and Suzanne was very important to her. After the children grew older, Mae's employments included real estate secretary, Deputy Register of Deeds and crosswalk guard at the junior high school. She was proud of the connection she made with the students.  She enjoyed drawing, writing poetry and deeply loved music. She loved spending time with her family, especially during the holidays.

Mae moved to Florida in 1995 to be closer to her brother, Harry. In 2008, she moved back to Spearfish, S.D.,to be close to her family, where she resided until her death.

Her relationship with the Lord was a top priority, and her greatest desire was to know her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were walking with the Lord. She attended the Church of the Nazarene and often commented on their warmth and friendship.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Jack and Harry Maisenhelder.

She is survived by her four children; Pastor Dean (Nancy) Lindstad, Huron, S.D., Sherry (Randy) Drolc, and Wendy (Terry) Carr, of Belle Fourche, and Suzanne Cramer, Spearfish.

Grateful for having Grandma Mae in their lives are: Andy Lindstad, Denver, Colo.; Becca Kissick, Grand Junction, Colo.; Eric Lindstad, Minneapolis, Minn.; Ryan (Jamie) Drolc, Belle Fourche; Suzi (Brian) Groos, and Jodi (Michael) Wagner, Aurora, Colo.; Erin (Brian) Baldwin and Tony Carr, Broomfield, Colo.; Kristi Carr, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Holly Estes, McMinnville, Ore.; Nick (Jessica) Cramer, Spearfish; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mom, you were a blessing, and we just want to say thank you.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel, Spearfish, S.D. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Hillsview Church of the Nazarene in Spearfish, S.D. Burial will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.

A memorial has been established by the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory Services, Spearfish, S.D. Online condolences may be written to

Marvin Wayne Red Shirt

HOT SPRINGS - Marvin Wayne Red Shirt, 63, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Rapid City.

Survivors include two daughters, Tuwalla Red Shirt of Puyallup, Wash., and Melanie Poor Thunder, Red Shirt Table; two brothers, Lyle Red Shirt, Denver, Colo., and Gerald Merdanian, Holdenville, Okla.; a sister, Theresa Merdanian, Pine Ridge; and two grandchildren.

Wake service begins at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Billy Mills Hall, Pine Ridge.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Billy Mills Hall with the Rev. Abraham Tobacco officiating.

Burial will be at St. Matthews Episcopal Cemetery, Slim Buttes.

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

Donald G. Yeoman

ROCKPORT, Texas - Donald G. Yeoman, 85, Rockport, died at Corpus Christi Hospice Facility, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.

Survivors include his wife, Darline Yeoman, Rockport, Texas; three children, Brian Yeoman, Missouri City, Texas, Henry Yeoman, Rapid City, and Crystal Kurtz, Tulsa, Okla.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jennifer M. Newsome

BELLE FOURCHE - Jennifer M. Newsome, 28, Belle Fourche, died Saturday Sept. 17, 2011, at the Anshutz Inpatient Pavilion in Aurora, Colo.

Survivors include husband, Leo Newsome; two sons, Trystin and Storm, all of Belle Fourche; her parents, Kent and Pam Popham, Belle Fourche; and her grandmothers, Ethel Slutz, Belle Fourche, and Karen Popham, Sturgis.

Services will be 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche with the Rev. Brenda Keys officiating. 

A memorial has been established.

An online guestbook is available at

Yolanda Caretto

LEAD - Yolanda Caretto, 89, Lead, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Kinkade Funeral Chapel, Sturgis, is in charge of arrangements.

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