Obituaries for Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011

2011-09-04T06:00:00Z Obituaries for Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 Rapid City Journal
September 04, 2011 6:00 am

Carl Leo Anstett

HILL CITY - Carl Leo Anstett, 74, long-time resident of Hill City passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at the South Dakota Veterans Home in Hot Springs. By his side was his loving life partner of 26 years, Barbara Burnham.

Carl was born to Leo and Florence Anstett on July 9, 1937, in Hot Springs. They lived in Oelrichs where they owned a grocery store, Anstett's Market. Carl attended high school at Chadron Prep. After a short time at Chadron State College, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he was trained as a communication specialist and attained a top secret security clearance. Carl was very proud of his service to his country. While in the Air Force, he married his high school sweetheart, Dolores Thoendel, in 1958. They were married for 25 years and they had two daughters together. They lived in many places, including Germany, Turkey, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C., where he served at the Pentagon. Following his 20 years of military service, he moved to Hill City where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement at the age of 61.

Wherever Carl was in the world, he enjoyed nature and the outdoors, swimming in the ocean, fishing with his grandchildren and camping. His very best days were spent sailing, riding his Harley or walking his dogs through the hills. Carl was colorful and unconventional, the original old time Harley rider and mountain man. His favorite song was Ramblin' Man.

His beautiful blue eyes will be missed by family and friends.

Carl is survived by his companion, Barbara Burnham, Hot Springs; former wife, Dolores Anstett, Colorado Springs; his sister, Dorothy Gregson, Sundance, Wyo.; and two daughters, Deborah (Brad) Vollmar, and Sonna Anstett (Jeff Caves), Colorado Springs, Colo. His pride was in his grandchildren, Hunter and Britta Horsfall and Huck Vollmar, Colorado Springs, and Tyler, Allison, and Tatum Henderson, Hill City. Nieces include Kathy (Roger) Teat, Cherry Log, Ga., and Jana (Keith) Metcalf, Newcastle, Wyo.; nephews, Jeff Gregson, Belton, Texas, and Joe Gregson, Hill City; and many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. Other dear friends of the Black Hills include Jamie and John Henderson, Mark and Paul Burnham, Rich Morris and True Rickenbach of Chadron. Last but not least, all his veteran friends at the V.A.

You are invited to join family and friends for an informal reception sharing memories of Carl's life. Feel free to bring your photos and stories to the South Dakota State Veterans Home auditorium, 2500 Minnekahta Ave, Hot Springs, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

Carl will be laid to rest in the Oelrichs Cemetery next to his parents.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Jimmie Earl Rowley

HOT SPRINGS - Jimmie Earl "Jim" Rowley, 65, Hot Springs, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at the Fall River Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, Hot Springs; his son, Christian Rowley, Clarinda, Iowa; his mother, Blanche Rowley and his brother, Harold Rowley, both of Albia, Iowa; and his sister, Lou Ellen Swinney, Del Rio, Texas.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at McColley's Chapel of the Hills with the Rev. Bill Martin officiating.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Shrine Dad's Program.

An online guestbook is available at

Irvel Neil ‘Irv' Morford

PHILIP - Irvel Neil "Irv" Morford, 71, Philip, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, as a result of an accident in Philip.

Survivors include his wife, Pat, Philip; two sons, Steve Morford, Spearfish, and Jeff Morford, Fort Morgan, Colo.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Merle Morford, Chadron, Neb., and Lynn Morford, Highmore; and a sister, LaVerta Palmer, Miller.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at First Lutheran Church in Philip, with the Rev. Frezil Westerlund officiating. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. CDT at Highmore Cemetery with the Rev. Dave Peterson officiating.

A memorial has been established.

Rush Funeral Home in Philip is in charge of the arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Noel F. Judd

WALL - Noel F. Judd, 73, Wall, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at his home.

Survivors include three brothers, Charles Judd, Blacksburg, S.C., Jim Judd, Lakewood, Calif., and Gene Judd, Aurora; and two sisters, Mary Lou Sorenson, Wall, and Joyce Hazelbaker, Lakewood, Wash.

Arrangements are pending with Rush Funeral Chapel Wall.

Cody Alwin Brown

8-11-82 - 9-1-11

SPEARFISH - Cody Alwin Brown, 29, Spearfish, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, as a result of a mining accident.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1982, in Grinnell, Iowa, to Gregory Alwin and Mercedes Cafcules Brown. He attended school in Grinnell and graduated in 2001. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from Iowa State University in Ames in May 2006. Since then, he worked for Farm Bureau Insurance in Spearfish, Wheeler Lumber in Whitewood and Weston Drilling Company in Upton, Wyo.

Cody excelled in many sports throughout the years, but his true love was football. In his senior year, they lost in the final four for the Iowa state championship. Number 63 will never be forgotten.

After graduation, he loved to go downhill skiing at Terry Peak with family and friends. Cody, Bryce, Mark and Jeff were all the "fantastic four." He mostly loved spending time with family and friends, and always had his arms wide open and the grin on his face to help anyone in need.

Cody operated at two speeds - complete stop and full speed ahead. Since he was eight years old, he traveled from Grinnell to Spearfish to work summers with his beloved "second" family, the Christensens. There was never a time where Cody wasn't caring for his cousins as the "big brother" to Bryanna, Brynn and Bryce, or helping Uncle Bryce and Aunt Lanna at the campground. His love for Chris' Campground prompted him to move to Spearfish full time in 2006.

Cody is survived by his parents, Greg and Dee Brown and Lanna and Bryce Christensen; brother, Matthew (Megan) Brown; two aunts; one uncle; and 14 cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Bill and Mercedes Cafcules and George and Clara Brown.

As a dear friend put simply, "To live is the rarest thing you can do, as everyone else just exists."

Cody did more than just exist; he lived life to the fullest.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels in Spearfish.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spearfish.

Immediately following the services at Our Saviors Lutheran please join friends and family for a time of food and memories at Chris' Campground pavillion food will be provided.

A celebration of Cody's life will be held in Brooklyn, Iowa on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 5 p.m. at Manatt's Community Center.

A memorial fund has been set in Cody's honor.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneral

Mary Lucille Jensen

RAPID CITY - Mary Lucille Jensen, our beloved "Muzzie," devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away in Rapid City on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, surrounded by her family. This gentlewoman, her beautiful handwork and strong spirit will be deeply missed by a host of family and friends.

Mary was born to Alexander "Alec" Much Mitchell Jr. and Inez Laura (Marvin) Mitchell on Dec. 5, 1916, in Houghton. Riding her pony to school for many years, she graduated from Hecla High School in 1934. Mary attended Yankton College, where she met the love of her life, Glenn. A lifelong learner, she also attended the University of Colorado, Northwestern University and the University of Wyoming, graduating in 1971 with her Bachelor of Science degree.

Mary and Glenn S. Jensen were married in Yankton on Aug. 2, 1936. For their honeymoon they danced to the live music of the Lawrence Welk Big Band. She and Glenn celebrated their diamond 75th wedding anniversary on Aug. 2 of this year. Throughout their marriage, Mary shared in and participated in Dr. Jensen's adult education career and many achievements and awards - most notably the International Adult & Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2003.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Boyd and Marvin Mitchell. She is survived by her devoted husband, Glenn; brother, Charles Mitchell, Aberdeen; son, Robert G. Jensen and wife Carol, Golden, Colo., and son, William M. Jensen and wife Jean, Houston; granddaughter, Kalyn Y. Jensen Bowers and husband Michael with great-grandsons, Christopher and Jaron, Lakewood, Colo., grandson, R. Glenn Jensen, Broomfield, Colo., grandson, William P. Jensen and wife, Robin, with great-grandson, Parker, and great-granddaughter, Alexandra, Houston; granddaughter, Mary Virginia Jensen Garza and husband J.R., Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Edstrom & Rooks Funeral Service at Serenity Springs Chapel of Tranquility in Rapid City. Entombment of her ashes will be at 3 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Donations in Mary Jensen's memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity.

Friends may sign her online guest register and offer condolences at,

Carol Marie Bonnett

BOX ELDER - Carol Marie Bonnett, 61, Box Elder, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice of the Hills.

Carol was born Jan. 28, 1950, in Mitchell to Cleon "Tony" and Mary (Paulsen) Rolston. She was welcomed home by her two brothers, Dennis and James. Richard joined the family two years later.

Carol moved to Rapid City in 1989. She worked in fast food, as a waitress at EAFB, and at Dan's Supermarket. After an injury to her back, she went back to school at WDTI. She attained a 3.5-grade average, graduating in 1996. She than began working for Horst Masonry as a bookkeeper. Carol met her soulmate, John Bonnett, in 1991, and they were married Sept. 27, 1996.

She was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Lake Andes and St. Therese Church in Rapid Church.

Carol is survived by her husband, John "Blue" Bonnett, Box Elder; daughters, April Hrdlicka, Twin Valley, Minn., and Stacy (Brad) Irwin, Lake Andes; grandchildren, Corey and Becky Irwin, Lake Andes, Heather Hrdlicka, and Tony and Alex Mathison, Minneapolis; stepgrandchildren, Ashlyn and Nicky Bonnett, Rapid City; great granddaughter, Tennessee, Lake Andes; special niece, Kim Davenport, Wagner; brother, Dennis (Mata) Rolston, Davis, Calif.; stepsons, John Bonnett II, Seattle, Wash., David (Dori) Hrdlicka and Danny (Kris) Hrdlicka, Chamberlain; stepdaughter in-law, Amy Bonnett, Rapid City; mother-in-law, Mildred Bonnett, Jane Lew, W.V.; brothers-in-law, Tom and Tim Bonnett, Weston, W.V.; sisters-in-law, Liz Rolston, Wagner, Diane Rolston, Yankton, Barbara Marsh, Horner, W.V., and Mary Mealy, Weston, W.V.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James and Richard; stepsons, Charles and Scott Bonnett; and father-in-law, Charles Amos Bonnett.

Visitation will be for one hour before services.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at St. Therese Catholic Church with Father Bill Zandri officiating. Inurnment will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Friends may sign Carol's online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome. com.

Elmer J. Biers

TILFORD - Elmer J. Biers, 89, Tilford, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at his home.

Arrangements are pending with Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Donald E. Byrum

STURGIS - Donald E. Byrum, 76, Sturgis, died Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Ft. Meade.

He served in the U.S. Army and the South Dakota National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Byrum, Sturgis; two sons, Tony Byrum Westminster, Colo., and Tim Byrum, St. Louis; two stepdaughters, Julayne Brown, Haxtun, Colo., and Joelle Meade, Deadwood; a brother, Bob Byrum, Phoenix; a sister, Maxinne Rainer, Phoenix; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2011, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with Chaplain (Ret.) Herbert B. Cleveland officiating and military honors by the Sturgis Veteran's Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Black Hills Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

An online guest register is available at

Roxann Rae Deal

BOX ELDER - Roxann Rae Deal, 56, Box Elder, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, at her home.

Survivors include her husband, Gareth Deal Jr., Box Elder; a son, David Glenn Luettel, Sioux Falls; and a sister, Linda Bohn, Sturgis.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

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