Obituaries for Monday, September 19, 2011

2011-09-19T06:00:00Z Obituaries for Monday, September 19, 2011 Rapid City Journal
September 19, 2011 6:00 am

John Arlan Meade

BEULAH, Wyo. — John Arlan Meade, 70, Beulah, passed away peacefully with family at his bedside on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

John was born July 12, 1941, in Jamestown, N.D. He was a dedicated, loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and worker. John worked for Homestake Mine for 33 years. During that time John also had a love for auctioneering and especially enjoyed doing benefit auctions. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Homestake Veterans Association, International Society of Explosive Engineers and a founding member and board member of the Homestake Mining Museum. Following retirement from Homestake, he contracted and built homes throughout the Northern Hills area with his wife, Teri. Together they built a beautiful home in Beulah, where they truly enjoyed every moment together and with family and friends!

John is survived by his wife, Teri Meade; four daughters, Lorie Meade of Spearfish, S.D., Vickie (Rodney) Meade-Travis of Omaha, Neb., Lisa (Bob) Bartlett of Beaumont, Calif., and Amy Leisure of Fort Collins, Colo.; three brothers; Lawrence (Joan) Meade of Sioux Falls, S.D., Mike (Amy) Meade of Lead, S.D., and Raymond Meade of Brigham, Utah; six grandchildren, Tabitha (Joe) DeCelle of Gillette, Tiffany (Fabian) Young of Maui, Hawaii, Britney (Joe) Routh of Spearfish, Zachariah Meade of Sioux Falls, Isaac Meade of Spearfish and Mariah Bartlett of Beaumont; and three great-grandchildren, Makai and Zayden DeCelle of Gillette and Willow Routh of Spearfish.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael “Bud” Meade and Bertha Meade; daughter, Baby Mary; first wife, Delores Meade; and sister-in-law, Jan Meade.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, at Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lead. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery near Lead.

Online condolences may be written at

James ‘Jim’ Blankartz

SIOUX FALLS — James “Jim” Blankartz, 67, Sioux Falls, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. 

Survivors include four children, Julie Ahrenstorff and John Blankartz, both of Rapid City, Michael Blankartz, Levenworth, Kan., and Calleen Roemen, Larchwood, Iowa; and six siblings, Richard Blankartz and Mary Nickels, both of Mobridge, Jean Kurtenbach and David Blankartz, both of Westerville, Ohio, Joanne Blankartz, Pierre, and Teresa Biggs, Rapid City.      

His wife Ellen Blankartz preceded him in death.

Visitation with family present will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT Monday, Sept. 19, at Miller West Chapel, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 20, at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Miller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Zearl Willis Drum

FAITH — Zearl Willis Drum, 84, Faith, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include three children, Darla Chapman and Gary Drum, both of Faith, and Janna Streleck, Rapid City; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

His wife, Shirley, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be for one hour before services.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Faith Community Center in Faith. Burial will follow at Faith Cemetery.

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

An online guestbook is available at

David J. ‘Ottis’ Radlinger

RAPID CITY — David J. “Ottis” Radlinger, 62, Rapid City, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice House.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1969.

Survivors include three sons, Jodi Lilly, Hamilton, Mont., Amos Radlinger, Bartlesville, Okla., and Travis Hoekstra, Iowa; a daughter, Margaret Friend, Bartlesville; his mother, Donna Haberle, Rapid City; three brothers, Dennis Radlinger, Dan Radlinger and Mike Radlinger, all of Rapid City; and a sister, Teri Elliott, Rapid City.

Visitation will be for one hour before services.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors by Rushmore VFW Post 1271 Honor Guard and the South Dakota National Guard.

Memorials have been established to the Rapid City Regional Hospital, Hospice House or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Lillian ‘Lee’ Ervin

SPEARFISH — Lillian “Lee” Ervin, Spearfish, passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

She was born Lillian Ione Overseth on May 17, 1922, Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, in Minneapolis, Minn. She was the third daughter of five born to Millie (Chraft) and Henry Overseth, whose families had homesteaded in Dakota Territory near Canton. The family moved to Sioux Falls, where a son, Jim, was born and the girls attended grade school and graduated from Washington High. Lillian sang in the chorus and had a talent for drawing and dancing. She and sister, Nyla, were an acrobatic dance duo.

In 1940, at age 18, Lillian met handsome SDSU student John Ervin from Canton. They were married in 1941, eloping to Sioux City on August 10. At Henry’s insistence, a proper family wedding was held on August 14. The pair moved to Glendale, Calif., where John worked for Lockheed Aircraft. Lillian gave birth to their first daughter, Anita. When John joined the Navy during World War II, mother and daughter returned to Sioux Falls to stay with Lillian’s family.

After the war, the couple lived in Canton then settled in Sioux Falls for 12 years. Daughters Jeanette and Patricia were born and John began a long career with the Manhattan Shirt Company as a regional sales manager, moving the family around the country. Lee created new households in the Chicago area, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Greenwich, Conn. Always artistic, she found her niche in stoneware pottery while living in Evanston, Ill., near Lake Michigan. She and John bought a sailboat and began their sailing and traveling adventures.

The couple moved to Minneapolis, and Lee became an active member of the arts council, continuing with her pottery, until John retired from Manhattan in 1975. They moved to a home on the creek in Spearfish, and opened Spearfish Pottery and Mercantile, specializing in Lee’s hand- thrown pottery and antiques refinished by John. Active in the Spearfish Arts Council, Lee had the vision for an arts and crafts festival that has become the hugely successful Festival in the Park.

Lee celebrated her Norwegian heritage by having a Christmas Julefest in her shop, featuring Scandinavian foods and crafts. It eventually moved to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and has flourished as a yearly fundraiser for the church’s charities. Lee conducted pottery workshops in area schools and art workshops for special education students, and mentored many aspiring potters. She was an accomplished rosemaling artist, winning an international Sons of Norway competition.

As charter members of the D.C. Booth Society, she and John led the renovation of the historic Booth House. They were active in the Passion Play and members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She and John were a couple for 70 years. They traveled, sailed, skied, danced beautifully together, and loved the Black Hills. They enjoyed a rich and full life with family and good friends.

Lee will be greatly missed by her two remaining sisters, Nyla and Marilyn; her three daughters; her cherished grandchildren, Erik, Jesse and Sarah; and great-grand-children Alex, Liam, and Laney; her nieces and nephews; and all those who loved her.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spearfish.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish.

The family is deeply grateful to the wonderful women of Interim Health and nurses, aides and volunteers of Hospice of the Northern Hills for their care. We could not have managed without them.

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