Francis ‘Bruce’ Bartels

NEWELL — Francis “Bruce” Bartels, 88, Newell, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Arrangements are pending with Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Vernon J. Cuny Sr.

OGLALA — Vernon J. Cuny Sr., 87, Oglala, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Hot Springs.

Survivors include his children, Karen John, Steamburg, N.Y., Marty Cuny, Sunrise, Fla., Cynthia Cuny, Butte, Mont., Connie DeMasters, Vernon “Dusty” Cuny and Wade “Beau” Cuny, all of Oglala, Lonnie Cuny, San Antonio, Texas, and Holly Provost, Sharps; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Owen Cuny, Billings, Mont.; and sisters, Doris Schodrow, Oregon City, Ore., Eleanor Fellows, Butte, Mont., Joyce Warren, Pauls Valley, Okla., and Sharon Cuny and Marilyn Fornier, both of Livingston, Mont.

Wake services begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Brother Rene Hall.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the hall with David Rooks, Sister Connie Schmidt, and Charles McGaa officiating. Burial will be at Cuny Family Cemetery in Cuny Table, north of Oglala.

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

Linda Docherty

MILES CITY, Mont. — Linda Docherty, 52, passed away on November 22, 2011.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, with family to receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Miles City. Burial will follow in Custer County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Abel Garza

NEWELL — Abel Garza, 64, Newell, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Spearfish Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include two sons, Margarito Garza, Belle Fourche, and Abel Garza Jr., Rapid City; a daughter, Tari Warner, Belle Fourche; seven grandchildren; four brothers; and a sister.

Arrangements are pending with Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.

LaVonne Hansen

CHANDLER, Ariz. — LaVonne Hansen passed away on November 27, 2011, at her home in Chandler, Ariz., at the age of 85 joining her husband and parents in heaven.  

LaVonne (“Bonnie” to many) was born in Springfield, S.D., on October 2, 1926.

After her father’s graduation from the School of Mines, his career took LaVonne and her family to as many as 13 different U.S. schools before finishing high school in Kingston, N.Y., in 1944. LaVonne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1948 from Syracuse University.

She moved to Rapid City to start her nursing career at Rapid City Medical Center. She met her husband L. Deane Hansen while shopping at F&M Bootery, and they married in 1951. After marriage, LaVonne dedicated much of her life to raising their five sons while remaining involved in REACT, breeding and caring for her dogs, volunteering at a local widow’s support group and making beautiful porcelain dolls. As the boys grew up and went away to college one-by-one, she renewed her nursing certificate but decided to dedicate her energies to the family business, F&M Bootery where she worked over 20 years. Lavonne moved to Chandler in 2009. 

While we are sad at the loss of our mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, mother-in-law and aunt, our lives have been enriched by her teachings, compassion and can-do attitude. LaVonne maintained a positive and humorous outlook over all of her 85 years. She rarely missed an opportunity to slip in a one-liner, which everyone enjoyed and will miss. 

LaVonne is survived by her two sisters, Donna Webb of Torrance, Calif., and Kay Hashim of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; her five sons, Mike (Penni) of Dallas, Texas; Bill (Kim) of Chandler, Ariz.; Greg (Pam) of Rapid City, S.D.; Bob of Durango, Colo. and Rich (Nancy) of Dallas, Texas; and, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A Celebration of Life Service is planned for Canyon Lake Methodist Church on Friday December 2 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Eric Grinager officiating.

Private family burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Hospice of the Valley (Phoenix, Ariz.), US Humane Society, or Retina Foundation of the Southwest (Dallas, Texas).

Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Her online guestbook is available to sign at

Caleb Joseph Lanz

VALENTINE, Neb. — Caleb Joseph Lanz left for Heaven early on Sunday morning, Nov. 20, 2011, following a valiant 2-1/2-year battle with brain cancer. His favorite Bible verse was 2 Chronicles 15:7 — “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your hard work will be rewarded.” He is now enjoying that reward in heaven, with no more chemo, meds, wheelchairs or pain.

Caleb was born May 25, 1985, in Valentine, the fourth child of Lavern and Pauline Lanz. He attended Lakeview Elementary and graduated from Todd County High School in 2003, where he led an active social life and participated in choir, National Honor Society, track, baseball and especially football. He spent his summers coaching women’s softball teams, playing softball and working at TC Summer Rec. Caleb graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2006, where he majored in Human Services and continued his football career. During his college years, he worked with developmentally disabled adults at LifeQuest in Mitchell, S.D. Following graduation, he moved to the Minneapolis area and was employed as a team leader at Rise, Inc, in the same line of work.  His patience and caring personality made him a loved employee at his job and a great friend in life. He was active on volleyball and softball leagues with his siblings while in Minneapolis. 

Survivors include his parents, Lavern and Pauline Lanz, Lakeview, S.D.; a brother, Derek and Andrea Lanz, Brooklyn Center, Minn.; two sisters, Darby Lanz, Las Vegas, and Lydia Lanz (fiance Anton Brintley), New Hope, Minn. Of special note are “his” two girls, Kalie and Hannah Mechem. He was only in their life for a few short years, but they brought him incredible joy. Caleb is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous good friends. 

Caleb was preceded in death by grandparents, Otto and Bessie Leffler and Albert and Mildred Lanz; and an aunt, Sharon Lanz.  

Services were held Nov. 26 at the Presbyterian Church with Pastor Peter DeJong officiating. Pianist Jodi Arnold provided music and a special reading was given by Dean Noteboom. Pallbearers were Andrew Schmaltz, Bob Kornely, Kirk Byrd, Matthew Walkling, Andy Galloway, Derek Baechler, Marshal Tinant, Carl Hunger and Lee Schneider.

Committal services by Pastor Steve Boersma followed at Lakeview (S.D.) Catholic Cemetery.

Holmes Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

An online guest register is available at

Wayne ‘Red’ O’Neill

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Wayne “Red” O’Neill, 99, Bozeman, passed away November 21, 2011, after a brief hospital stay.

Wayne was born May 9, 1912, in Folsom, S.D., to Fritz & Lola (Caple) O’Neill and was raised on their family ranch in the area, attending rural schools and Rapid City schools with his six brothers. His early years were not only spent helping on his parents’ ranch, but working for other ranchers in the area. 

Wayne married Helen Meyer on September 19, 1941, in Sundance, Wyo., and lived on a ranch on Lower Spring Creek Road for several years before moving near Hermosa, S.D., to ranch (43 years). As a sideline, he was the area brand inspector for 25 years. Wayne had been a resident of Custer County most of his life until he and Helen retired from ranching and moved to Rapid City in 1992. In January, 2011, he moved to Bozeman to be near his son and daughter.

Wayne was a 59-year member and Worthy Master (1956) of Battle River Lodge 92, Hermosa, S.D.; a 59-year member of the Eastern Star 142, Hermosa; a 30-year member of Naja Shriners, Deadwood, S.D.; a member of the Hermosa Volunteer Fire Department; and a long-standing member of the Hermosa Congregational Church; plus he was a very active volunteer and good neighbor in the Hermosa community.

His past enjoyments were ranching, fishing, hunting, building wooden porch swings and in his most recent years, his passion was putting together “many” puzzles for all to enjoy.

Wayne will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his daughter Judy Germany and son-in-law Woody of Missoula, Mont.; his son Terry O’Neill and daughter-in-law Wendy of Bozeman; his grandson Jason Germany and granddaughter-in-law Aimee of Eugene, Ore., and his brother, Ralph O’Neill, Custer, S.D., as well as numerous nieces and nephews, all who were very important to him.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Helen; his grandson, Troy; his five brothers, Walter, Owen, Marion, Francis and Loren; and his parents, Fritz and Lola.

In lieu of a memorial service, “Red” requests you remember him by giving either to the Battle River Lodge 92, PO Box 392, Hermosa, SD 57744 or the Hermosa Congregational Church, PO Box 265, Hermosa, SD 57744. 

Cremation has taken place, and his ashes will be spread by his immediate family at a later date in South Dakota. Our family was very blessed and will miss him dearly.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Theresa M. Otto

SPEARFISH — Theresa M. Otto, 55, Spearfish, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Arrangements are pending with Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Raymond T. Running

SPEARFISH — Raymond T. Running, 91, died Saturday, November 26, 2011, at his home in Spearfish.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at the Spearfish United Church of Christ. Inurnment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Raymond was born November 18, 1920, in Dickinson, N.D., the son of Josef and Hazel (Varland) Running. In 1925, he moved with his family to Spearfish, where he grew up and graduated from high school. Ray enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942 and served as an Aerial Tail Gunner on a B-24 with the 15th Air Force based in Italy.

He entered South Dakota State University in the fall of 1945. After graduating in 1950, he taught agriculture to World War II veterans in Meade County. On September 22, 1950, he married Helen Mahoney in Spearfish. Together they farmed, ranched and raised their family in Spearfish Valley. Raymond was proud of selling “the best corn in South Dakota” and enjoyed sharing stories with loyal lifelong customers and friends. He continued to operate the Running vegetable stand through 2008.

Raymond is survived by his children, Barbara Running, Anchorage, Alaska; Bonnie (Daniel) Gebhardt, Bozeman, Mont.; Cheryl (Steve) Corneliusen, Glendive, Mont.; Peter (Mary) Running, Spearfish; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his sisters, Lois Henderson, Lake Forest, Calif., and Helen Wood, Littleton, Colo.; and his brother, Hans Running, Hillsboro, Ore.

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; son, Josef; and brothers, James and Donald Running.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion for the construction of the Spearfish Veteran’s Monument at Indian Springs in the City Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written to

Wayne Jay Sheldon

RAPID CITY — Wayne Jay Sheldon, 59, Rapid City, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Lisha Sheldon, Rapid City; two daughters, Cheree’ Lovell, California, and Renee’ Doomey, Ramona, Calif.; a son, Matt Lovell, California; two stepdaughters, Monique Bell and Tania Stamp, both of Rapid City; a stepson, Kristofer Stamp, Danville, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and three brothers, Tom Sheldon, Colo., Terry Sheldon, Arvada, Colo., and Bill Sheldon, Rapid City.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Savery officiating.

An online guestbook is available at

Eugene Dallas Tucker

RAPID CITY — Eugene Dallas Tucker, 81, Rapid City, died Monday, November 28, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He was born January 6, 1930, in Madison, S.D. to  Dallas and Malo (Conn) Tucker. He was raised and educated in Madison and graduated from Madison Central High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged on December 2, 1949.

Eugene married Donna Deragisch on December 23, 1951, in Rapid City. They had three sons, Ted Dale, Tim Dallas and Tracy Dean and lived in Rapid City the majority of their married life. He worked for NCR for many years retiring in 1990. Donna preceded Eugene in death on March 18, 1989.

Eugene married Sandra (Budrow) Connor on February 3, 1990, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral, Rapid City.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening and was a great handyman. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, ELKS Club and Canyon Lake Senior Citizens’ Center where he was an avid pool player.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Tucker, Rapid City; three sons, Ted Dale Tucker, Montgomery, Alabama, Tim Dallas (Colleen) Tucker, Madison, S.D., Tracy Dean (Micaela) Tucker, Anchorage, Alaska; stepsons, Thomas (Dawn) Connor, Shawn (Michaela) Connor, both of Rapid City; 14 grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth Tucker, Sioux Falls, Francis “Bud” Tucker, Raymond, Wash., Roger Tucker, Riverside, Calif. and a sister, Connie Pardy, Howard, S.D.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna, and a brother, Glenn Tucker.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 1, 2011, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 2, 2011, at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bob Jacobs officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City.

Memorials are requested to benefit Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Daniel C. ‘Skip’ Wiest

FRIDLEY, Minn. — Daniel C. “Skip” Wiest passed away in Fridley, Minn., on November 21, 2011, at his home at the age of 55. Skip was born in Rapid City, S.D., to Daniel C. and Patricia (Holdren) Wiest on June 13, 1956. He attended kindergarten through 12th grade in the Newell school system. During his school years, he began a lifelong passion for genealogy and history. His high school years included participation in band, chorus, solo and ensemble contests, debate, student government, national honor society, and was chosen as a journalist for Boys’ State during his junior year. After high school graduation, Skip attended the University of New Mexico (UNM), where he completed a degree in history and political science. At UNM, he served as a housing staff member and was an active leader in Mortar Board, a national honor society recognizing college seniors for achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

Skip completed graduate school at the University of Arkansas, where he served as Assistant Director of Housing. He was active in NASPA, an association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession and held several offices along with serving as a frequent presenter at many conferences and workshops. He continued his work in Student Affairs at Gonzaga University and the University of Arkansas. Skip moved to Fridley in 2002, where he worked as an educational consultant, trainer and grant writer. Always a lifelong learner and voracious reader, his graduate studies targeted counselor education and higher education. 

Throughout his life, Skip researched both family history and Butte County history. He conducted and facilitated searches for family histories and information, and his work included volumes of information about the Martin, Wiest, Holm and Holdren family ancestors. Along with his interest in family history, he was helpful in providing pictures and information for the Newell museum, a facility his mother helped establish. Skip also was an avid spectator of many sports and faithfully followed several college and professional teams.  

Family was central to Skip, and he was actively engaged with family members in all aspects of their lives. His devotion to his parents, grandparents, sister and her family, aunts and uncles, and cousins was ever-present. His only niece, Nikla Webb Lam, was the apple of his eye, and Skip was thrilled when her son, Evan Daniel Lam, was born in October of 2010.

Skip was predeceased by his parents, Dan and Pat Wiest, his paternal grandparents, Paul and Barbara Wiest, maternal grandparents, Dewey and Eloise Holdren, and several cherished aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by his sister, Kristine (Kris) Wiest Webb (David) of Jacksonville, Fla., niece Nikla Webb Lam (Tu), and great nephew, Evan Daniel Lam of Oviedo, Fla., and aunt, Barbara (Bobby) Wiest Staton of Rapid City. Other survivors include a special cousin, Gwen Anderson Healey of Hot Springs, and friends Randy Zwetzig, Fort Collins, Colo., Bambi Harris of Bardstown, Ky., and Linda Friedman of Albuquerque, N.M.

A memorial service in the Black Hills area is planned for the summer of 2012.

A scholarship fund for a Newell High School senior who shares his passion for history has been established in Skip’s name. Memorial contributions may be sent to Kristine Wiest Webb, 6927 Pottsburg Drive, Jacksonville, Fla.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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