Obituaries for Monday, April 30, 2012

2012-04-30T06:00:00Z Obituaries for Monday, April 30, 2012 Rapid City Journal
April 30, 2012 6:00 am

Erwin Ekart Eisenbraun

RAPID CITY — Erwin Ekart Eisenbraun, 63, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care Center in Fort Meade.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his son, Jaymeson R. Eisenbraun, Rapid City; brothers, Reinhold Eisenbraun, Erich Eisenbraun and Manfred Eisenbraun, all of Rapid City; and sisters, Erika Condon and Helga Bauer, both of Rapid City, Brigitte Pechous, Lead, and Rose Marie Whitley, Johnstown, Colo.

Committal services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.

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

An online guestbook is available at

Esther Amelia Jenkins

HILL CITY — Esther Amelia Jenkins, infant daughter of David Wayne Jenkins and Adriana Camarillo Meza of Hill City, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, Minn.

Per family wishes, Esther was cremated and there will be memorial services at a later date conducted by the family.

Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

Adam Daniel Klynsma

RAPID CITY — Adam Daniel Klynsma, 26, Rapid City, died Friday, April 27, 2012, in a work-related accident.

Adam is known for his strong sense of self worth. He would not change for anyone, no matter the grief that he sometimes endured because of the things he loved. He will always be remembered for his attitude of “all or nothing.” When he decided to do something he immersed himself in it, completely. When asked why he sacrificed so much of his time and money for the Pokemon League he replied, “My love of the game and the kids who play it. It gives the kids something to do to keep them off the streets and away from alcohol and drugs.” He will be remembered for his love of metal working, Pokemon, Cosplay, SodakCon and the SCA. Through his skills with a sewing machine, his knowledge of metal and his patience with leather, he would create his own costumes and armor. Adam would always be ready to lend a helping hand to build a new game strategy or design a new piece of armor. But he would never do the work for you. He pushed people to learn how to do these things by showing and helping whenever necessary.

Adam we love you and will miss you dearly. The world is poorer for losing you. Say “Hi” to your grandparents.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Klynsma of Newell; his father, Ken Klynsma of Rapid City; four brothers, David Klynsma of Spearfish, Blake Klynsma of Rapid City, Allexander Klynsma of Illinois, Gavin Klynsma of Newell; three sisters, Heather Klynsma of Sioux Falls, Cassidy Klynsma of Newell, Holly Klynsma of Redfield; maternal grandparents, Myrna and Bob Koeppe of N. Sioux City, S.D.

Visitation will be from  5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, and then for one hour before services on Wednesday.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Brent Reeves officiating. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

There will be a celebration of Adam’s life with fellowship and a meal at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dakota Life Church, 321 Sisk Ave., in Newell.

Friends may sign Adam’s online guestbook at

Geraldine V. ‘Jerry’ Nilson

NEW UNDERWOOD — Geraldine V. “Jerry” Simpson Whitmore Nilson, 94, New Underwood, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the New Underwood Good Samaritan.

She was born June 28, 1917 in Sutherland, Iowa, to Robert & Florence (Nelson) Simpson. In 1921, her mother married Frank Whitmore and they moved to Madison, S.D. When she was 14 years old, the family moved to western South Dakota and settled in the Lakeside area. She graduated from Owanka High School in 1935.

On June 13, 1936, she married John “Jack” Roberts Nilson. To this union, six children were born. They moved to Rapid City, S.D., in 1954, then to Nekoosa, Wisc., in 1966, returning to Rapid City in 1979. In the fall of 2007, she moved to the New Underwood Good Samaritan.

She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, Minneluzahan Senior Center, and a volunteer in the Rapid City Regional Hospital Gift Shop for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting (she made and gave away many baby quilts), playing cards and games with her friends and family.

Survivors include four sons, Merwyn (Margie) Nilson, Jimmy (Char) Nilson, Dennis (Jeanette) Nilson, Randy (Darlene) Nilson, all of Rapid City; two daughters, Penny (Robert) Spice and Joy (Dan) O’Toole of Wisconsin; two brothers, Donald and Gordon Simpson of England, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Kirk Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to New Underwood Good Samaritan.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Elizabeth J. Rule

RAPID CITY — Elizabeth J. Rule, 88, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Golden Living - Prairie Hills.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth Rule, Lakewood, Calif.; daughter, Linda Moore, Praque, Neb.; sister, Barbara Macy, Rapid City; brother, Robert Knoll, Florida; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Private family services will be held at a later date in California.

Kirk Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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