Donley ‘Jack’ Wilson

PIEDMONT — Donley “Jack” Wilson, 78, Piedmont, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at home.

Survivors include his wife, Mary  Wilson, Piedmont; two daughters, Kathryn Paulsen, San Rafael, Calif., and Nancy Nixon, Round Rock, Texas; two sons, Gene Wilson, Centennial, Colo., and Douglas Wilson, Belle Fourche; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City. 

Richard Ray Eberhard

GETTYSBURG — Richard Ray Eberhard, 62, West Whitlock Bay (Gettysburg) died Friday, July 15, 2011, in Eagle Butte.

Survivors include two children, Rikki Fasthorse and Galen Eberhard; five grandchildren; a brother, Larry Eberhard, Belle Fourche; and his stepfather, Ron Bachman, Faith.

There will be no services.

A memorial trapshoot will be held in October at Eagle Butte Gun Club.

A memorial has been established at State Bank of Eagle Butte.

Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at">

Luella Pauline Griesel

RAPID CITY — Luella Pauline Griesel, 83, Rapid City and formerly of Philip, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at the Golden LivingCenter Bella Vista.

Luella Pauline Griesel was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Philip, the third of seven children born to Paul Kephart and Miriam Isabel (Riddell) Griesel. Pauline grew up in the Philip area and graduated from Philip High School in 1947. After graduation, Pauline worked as a secretary at the Kennedy Brothers Implement Company in Philip. She moved to Pierre where she worked as a secretary at the State House. She then moved to Los Angeles where she lived and worked for 15 years. Pauline returned to Rapid City and was employed by Prairie States Insurance until her retirement.

Pauline was a devoted member of Faith Lutheran Church in Rapid City where her passion for flowers could often be seen displayed around the church. During a brief return in 2007 to Philip, she attended First Lutheran Church of Philip. She later returned to Rapid City where she spent the remaining years of her life.

Grateful for having shared her life include two sisters, Rosemary Greeno and her husband, Rich, of Sioux Falls, and Etta Maude Erdmann of Philip; two brothers, Ben Griesel of Martinez, Ga., and Jack Griesel and his wife, Arlyce, of Philip; many nieces and nephews, but she was especially close with her nieces, Karen Bauman and Marie Nuttle of Rapid City, and her nephews Larry Niederworder of Philip, and Gary Niederworder of Rapid City.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters Mavis Niederworder and Edith Herber.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the First Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Interment will be at a later date at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

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Edith Kruger

BOX ELDER — Edith Kruger, 87, Box Elder, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at home.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Hvitved, Box Elder; five grandchildren; and a sister, Kate Johansen, Spearfish.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kruger.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche.

Graveside services will follow at 11 a.m. at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche with the Rev. Mark Chaplain officiating.

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Loren E. Johnson

SPEARFISH — Loren “Gene” E. Johnson, 80, Spearfish, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011, at Belle Fourche Healthcare.

Loren was born July 31, 1930, to Asa and Nellie (Kellsy) Johnson in Rapid City. He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1948. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1953. He hired out on the C&NW Railroad as an engineer and retired in 1989. In 1954 he met Jessie Hayes in Rapid City and they were married in 1955. To this union three children were born: Loren, Kathy and Doug. Upon retiring from the railroad he became a blackjack dealer for a year in Deadwood.

Loren was an active member of the Spearfish Senior Center, a charter member of the Moose, Spearfish R.S.V.P, and life member of the V.F.W. Post 5860, lifetime member of Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman and Engineers and a member of the VFW Honor Guard. 

Loren is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jessie of Spearfish; two sons, Loren (Lorina) Johnson of Corvallis, Ore., and Doug (Manalee) Johnson of Eagan, Minn.; a daughter, Kathy (Carlie) Wells of Encinal, Texas; five

grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Joel Johnson.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Delores Welch.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel.

A memorial has been established. 

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

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David Glenn Smith

CUSTER — David Glenn Smith, 61, Custer, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his sister, Susan Sturgis; a nephew; two nieces; a great-nephew; and five great-nieces.

No services will be held.

McColley’s Chapels of the Hills is in charge of arrangements.

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Einar Tandberg-Hanssen

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Dr. Einar Andreas Tandberg-Hanssen, 89, Huntsville, passed away Friday, July 22, 2011.

He was born Aug. 6, 1921, to the late Birger Tandberg-Hanssen and Antonie “Mona” Meier Tandberg-Hanssen in Bergen, Norway. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erna Rønning Tandberg-Hanssen; and brothers, Per Tandberg-Hanssen and Leif Tandberg-Hanssen.

Survivors include his two daughters, Else Biesman and husband, Allen, of Rapid City, S.D., and Karin Brock and husband, Mike, of Gulf Shores; eight grandchildren, Shane Bartels, Kyle Willoughby, Jacquelyn Willoughby, Jennifer Willoughby, Chad Biesman, Kara Biesman Gray, Jeremiah Brock and Rebecca Brock Rodriquez; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Huntsville, with previous active memberships in Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder, Colo., and Christian student groups in Norway. As a result, when faced with adversity and his latest illness, he displayed admirable strength and quiet fortitude.

Einar A. Tandberg-Hanssen, an Astrophysicist and Professor, was born in Bergen, but grew up in Langesund and Skien, where he took the qualifying exams at high school in Skien in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Norwegian military as a member of the underground movement. After   the war, he studied natural sciences at the University of Oslo (UiO) and received his undergraduate degree in astronomy in 1950. He then worked as a research assistant in the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at the University for three intervals in the 1950s, interspersed by fellowships at, respectively, Institut d’Astrophysique in Paris, France, CalTech in Pasadena, California, High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colo., and the Cavendish Laboratory in the United Kingdom under the British radi-astronomer, Sir Martin Ryle. He earned a doctorate in astrophysics at the University of Oslo in 1960 with a dissertation on An Investigation of the Temperature Conditions in Prominence with a Special Study of the Excitation of Helium.

From 1959 to 1961, he was a professor at the University in Oslo. He then traveled back to the High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, where he was employed, and he and his wife raised their family, until 1974, when he was employed at the Space Science Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Alabama. There, he was first Senior Research Scientist, later Deputy Director and then Director from 1987 to his retirement from NASA in 1996.

Since 1993, he had a part-time post as professor of physics at the University of Alabama. During his tenure at Marshall Space Flight Center, he built up a substantial, internationally based group of solar physicists, he was the Principal Investigator with instruments aboard two NASA spacecraft, the Apollo Telescope Mount and the Solar Maximum Mission, which carried out sweeping new studies of the Sun.

He has been a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters since 1982. He was vice-president from 1979 to 1982 and president from 1982 to 1985 of Commission 10 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and president of the Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical Data Analysis Services (ISCU) from 1990 to 1994.  He has also received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Einar Tandberg-Hanssen’s residence as a research fellow at the Institut d’Astrophysique in Paris in the 1950s laid the foundation for a lifelong interest in France and French culture. His great interest in and knowledge of French mediaeval churches, as well as the Norwegian stave churches, is reflected in two books, Letters to My Daughters, 2004, and The Joy of Travel: More Letters to My Daughters, 2007, which is at once a review, tourist guide and history book, shaped like a letter home to his two daughters from his many travels in Norway and France and adventures in other countries.

From the beginning he was an avid outdoorsman in all seasons. He loved to ski, both cross-country and downhill, to hike with his family and friends and to share his enjoyment of nature, teaching the importance of conservation and the appreciation of God’s wonderful creation.

A Celebration of Life and Service of Thanksgiving will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, when he would have celebrated his 90th birthday. Interment will be at a later date in Sandefjord, Norway.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104 ( or to the Einar Tandberg-Hanssen Memorial fund at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 200 Longwood Dr., SE, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Sister Georgine Essert

RAPID CITY — Sister Georgine Essert died Sunday, July 24, 2011,   at St. Martin Monastery after a short illness.

She was born Agnes Irene on Jan. 2, 1936, in Buckeye, Ariz., to George Frank and Mary (Landolf) Essert. She graduated from Lemmon High School in1953. She entered St. Martin Monastery in 1955 and made her first profession as a Benedictine Sister on July 17, 1957. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Black Hills State College in 1972.

She worked as a physical therapist aide at St. John’s and Regional Hospital. After finishing LPN School, Sister Georgine worked in nursing homes and home health in Aberdeen, Seattle and Mount Angel, Ore.

Sister Georgine’s passions were nature, the environment, and peace and justice. She belonged to the Audubon Society and the Peace and Justice group in Rapid City. She recycled everything she could. She spent a month in Nicaragua, with Peace and Justice. She demonstrated against war and the submarines in Bangor, Wash., and at the School of the Americas. She worked on a Mercy Ship that would bring relief supplies to people in Africa.

She took care of the birds when she could no longer go bird watching.  She supplied the community with fresh popcorn every Sunday.

Sister Georgine was gracious to everyone who came to see her and was accepting of her illness.

Survivors include her Benedictine community; her sister, Dot (Lee) Braun, Newell; two brothers, Joe (Dee) Essert, Anchorage, Alaska, and Victor Essert, Dordogne, France; and her devoted niece, Vicki Sticka, Escondito, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, George Essert, San Diego.

There will be a viewing at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at St. Martin Monastery, with a 6 p.m. vigil service in the Monastery Chapel. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, in the Monastery Chapel with the Rev. Steven Biegler presiding. Sister Georgine will be buried in the monastery cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to your local Peace and Justice group or the St. Martin Monastery.

Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Dean Larson

SILVER CITY — Dean Larson, 74, Silver City and formerly of Belle Fourche, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Sturgis.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Larson, Rapid City; two sons, LaWayne Larson, Rapid City, and Stuart Larson, Lusk, Wyo.; two daughters, Debra Bestgen, Rapid City, and Sheri Christiansen, Fairbury, Neb.; eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Mary Wolff, Colony, Wyo.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche with the Rev. Gail Arnold and the Rev. Martin Earl officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Belle Fourche Veterans Honor Guard will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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Clarence Rouillard Sr.

PORCUPINE — Clarence Wayne Rouillard Sr., 54, Porcupine, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Pine Ridge.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Chief Eagle, Porcupine;11 children, Clarence Rouillard Jr., Pine Ridge, Billy Rouillard, Carey Rouillard, Kelly Rouillard, Samantha Rouillard, Brandon Rouillard, Elysia Rouillard and Chelsea Rouillard, all of Porcupine, and Samuel Rouillard, Jesse Rouillard and Audra Rouillard, all of Oglala; 16 grandchildren; three brothers, Lloyd Rouillard and Cletus Rouillard, both of Minneapolis, and John Rouillard, Wounded Knee; and three sisters, Carol Bravo, Oglala, Sandra Spider, Porcupine, and Darlene Rouillard, Hot Springs.

Two-night wake services begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Brother Rene Hall in Oglala.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the hall with the Rev. Emerson Spider Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Makasan Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Oglala.

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

Loras D. “Tuffy” Riggins

WALL — Loras D. "Tuffy" Riggins, 88, Wall, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at home.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Riggins, Wall; two sons, Stuart Riggins, Logandale, Nev., and Kelly Riggins, Philip; two daughters, Rosan Monahan, Idaho, and Lynn McKay, Wall; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wayne Riggins, Wanblee; and three sisters, Faye Eisenbraun and Cloreta Eisenbraun, both of Kadoka, and Valene Perault, Belvidere.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour before services at Wall United Methodist Church. 

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at the church with the Rev. Darwin Kopfmann and the Rev. Gus Craven officiating. Burial, with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established.

Wayne C. Kewley

CUSTER — Wayne Charles Kewley, 66, Custer, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at home.

Survivors include his wife, Reneeann Kewley, Custer; a son, Michael Kewley, Kuna, Idaho; a daughter, Anna Zumbaum, Miller; six grandchildren; a brother, Mick Guenther, Patterson, Calif.; and a sister, Ida Larson, Torrington, Wyo.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at McColley’s Chapels of the Hills.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, at the funeral home with the Rev. Bill Savery officiating.

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Marjorie Linklater

HULETT, Wyo. — Marjorie Linklater, 74, Hulett, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Crook County Nursing Home.

Arrangements are pending with of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance.

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