Obituaries for May 8

2001-05-06T23:00:00Z Obituaries for May 8 Rapid City Journal
May 06, 2001 11:00 pm

Jack Batho Sr.

HILL CITY - Jack Batho Sr., 83, Hill City, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include one son, Jack Batho Jr., Sioux Falls; one daughter, Judy Felker, San Francisco; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Muriel Melson, Durango, Colo.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at First English Lutheran Church in Lennox. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, in Hill City Cemetery.

Dindot-Klusmann Funeral Home in Lennox is in charge of arrangements.

Wilson Black Elk Sr.

PINE RIDGE - Wilson Black Elk Sr., 74, Pine Ridge, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at Meadowbrook Manor nursing home in Rapid City.

Survivors include seven sons, Webster Poor Bear and Tom Poor Bear, both of Wanblee, and Loren Black Elk, Ben Black Elk, Clifford Black Elk, Calvin Monroe and Owen Black Elk, all of Pine Ridge; four daughters, Stella Two Bulls, Oglala, Lorita Thompson, Rapid City, and Avis Monroe and Iva Black Elk, both of Pine Ridge; and one sister, Colleen Green, Springfield, Mo.

A two-night wake begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Wilson Black Elk residence in Pine Ridge.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, at Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge, with the Rev. Ben Tyon, Abraham Tobacco and Wilmer Mesteth officiating.

Burial will be in Black Elk Family Cemetery in Oglala.

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

Ida E. Waters Lakota

PINE RIDGE - Ida E. Waters Lakota, 95, Pine Ridge, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Pine Ridge Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, Zachary Lakota, Oglala, and Robert Lakota, Pine Ridge; two daughters, Maxine June Lakota, Cheyenne Creek, and Carol Lakota, Pine Ridge; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A two-night wake begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Maxine Lakota residence in Cheyenne Creek.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Pine Ridge, with the Rev. Ben Tyon and the Rev. Leo American Horse officiating.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery in Pine Ridge.

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

Floyd J. Mulligan

RAPID CITY - Floyd J. Mulligan, 86, Rapid City, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at a local nursing home.

He is survived by a sister, Florence VanTassel, San Diego.

Services are pending under the direction of Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Phillip W. Kelley

RAPID CITY - Phillip W. Kelley, 83, Rapid City, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at a Rapid City nursing home.

Survivors include his wife, Mary A. Davies, Rapid City; and a son, David W. Kelley, Portland, Ore.

Services are pending under the direction of Osheim-Catron Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Minnie Augusta Jane Leonard

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Minnie Augusta Jane Leonard, 87, Newport News, Va., formerly of Rapid City, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at St. Francis Nursing Center in Newport News.

Survivors include two daughters, Irene White, York County, Va., and Janette Marti, Hampton, Va.; two sons, Arnold Leonard, Visalia, Calif., and John Leonard, Brandon; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Private services will be held, and burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home of Newport News is in charge of arrangements.

Lenart L. Brown Eyes

MARTIN - Lenart L. Brown Eyes, 18, Martin, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, in Wichita, Kan.

Survivors include his mother, Dawn Brown Eyes, Wichita, Kan.; his father, Lenart Brown Eyes Jr., Porcupine; six brothers, Landon Brown Eyes, Porcupine, Lakotah Brown Eyes, Martin, Layton Brown Eyes, Minneapolis, Lance Brown Eyes and Lucas Brown Eyes, Wichita, and Loren Brown Eyes, Hinckley, Minn.; and one sister, Lena Ann Brown Eyes, Fredericksburg, Va.

A one-night wake was held Monday, May 7, at Martin C.A.P. Building.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Martin C.A.P. Building, with the Rev. Joe Damhorst officiating. Rick Two Dogs will officiate traditional Lakota services.

Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Hisle.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Olin Melvin 'Pete' Pederson

STURGIS - Olin Melvin "Pete" Pederson, 74, Sturgis, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Survivors include his wife, Hanna B. Pederson, Sturgis; one son, Westley Pederson, Spearfish; two daughters, Linda Yuill, Sturgis, and Patricia Jonas, Black Hawk; one brother, Arvid Pederson, Palm Harbor, Fla.; six sisters, Agnes Downing, Billings, Mont., Pearl Berg, Mount Vernon, Opal Mathison, Seattle, Beatrice Verhulst, Ralph, Elva Meconitas, Venice, Fla., and Grace Hagen, Reeder, N.D.; one stepsister, Linnie Lea, Rapid City; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, and one hour before services at the church on Friday.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis, with the Rev. James Olson officiating. Burial with military honors by Sturgis Honor Guard will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis.

John Riedy

LEMMON - John Riedy, 89, died on Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lemmon. Visitation with family present will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. CDT Friday, May 11, at Missouri Slope. Burial will be at Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon.

John Robert Riedy was born to William Martin and Mary Helen Burke Riedy on Sept. 27, 1911, in a sod shack on the Riedy homestead southeast of Lemmon. His parents were each among early homesteaders in the Lemmon-Thunder Hawk area, arriving from Casco, Wis., around 1908. John and his two brothers grew up on the Riedy farm and attended the Comstock School located on the Riedy land. Later, he attended and graduated from Lemmon High School in 1930. He attended South Dakota State Agricultural College in Brookings, after which he returned to the farm and assisted his father in farming until William Riedy's death in 1947.

On July 14, 1942, he and Ellen Aurelia Funk were married at the Rapid City Cathedral. After their marriage, he and his wife assumed management of the Riedy farm. As a young man, he also worked at the Thunder Hawk elevator and oil station for three years, until his father's ill health resulted in John's taking over the farm during World War II. He managed the elevator in Lemmon for a year during the war. In 1950, he and his wife moved to his parents' former home on the Riedy farm, where they continued to live until Aurelia's illness in 1999 forced a move to Bismarck, N.D. Together they raised seven children, and he and his sons farmed in a family corporation for many years until he retired from farming in 1995.

John Riedy devoted his life to the preservation of the family farm and rural communities. From his early days on the family farm through his retirement, he worked tirelessly to promote agriculture and find sustainable markets for farm products. He strongly believed in the cooperative system and the fairness and reliability co-ops brought to rural America. He was a founding member of several co-ops and served on the boards of many others. He was one of the instigators of efforts to bring electricity and telephone service to the rural area, and was a founder of the Grand Electric Cooperative, which serves a large area of northwestern South Dakota. He was its first and only president for 41 years, from 1946 to 1987.

At the end of his many years of active service, he received a series of honors for his participation in cooperatives, including induction into the South Dakota Co-op Hall of Fame for his "outstanding devotion to cooperative principles and significant contributions to the advancement of consumer-owned business and services in South Dakota." He also received the South Dakota Farmers Union Award for Meritorious Service for "long and devoted efforts to build the Farmers Union, Farmers Union cooperatives, and the family farm and ranch system of agriculture." In recognition of his long service as its president, Grand Electric dedicated a substation west of Bison in his name.

John was an active member of the Democratic Party locally and statewide for many years. He participated actively in the campaigns of Sen. George McGovern and Gov. Richard Kneip, as well as local campaigns, and he served in the South Dakota Senate from 1972 to 1976, representing Perkins, Corson, Harding, and Butte counties.

John Riedy is the descendant of Irish immigrants to Wisconsin in the 1850s, and he was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage. One of the pleasures of his later life was a 1982 trip to Ireland, where he visited the home sites of his Riedy ancestors, John O'Riada and Honora Cudehy, near Kildysert, County Clare, and of his Burke ancestors on Cape Clear Island, County Cork. The Riedys and Burkes came to the Casco and Kewaunee, Wis., area in the 1840s and '50s, where their descendants William Riedy and Mary Helen Burke lived until they each left Wisconsin to homestead in the Lemmon-Thunder Hawk area.

John Riedy is survived by his wife, Aurelia, Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center; and his children and their spouses: Mary Riedy Hickerson (Jack), Marshall, Minn.; John M. Riedy (Cheryl Klein), Mankato, Minn.; David Riedy (and special friend Carol Petersen), Bismarck, N.D.; Thomas Riedy (and special friend Bonnie Fox), Philip; Denise Riedy Hermes (Bill), Sutherlin, Ore.; Jean Riedy Schrupp (Todd), Milbank; and Michael Riedy (Ann), Lemmon, who currently operates the Riedy ranch. John is also survived by 21 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, William and David; sister-in-law, Handora Riedy; two daughters-in-law, Sheri Merten Riedy and Marcia Portillo Riedy; and a grandson, Robin Riedy.

Memorials are preferred to Dakota Prairie Hospice, P.O. Box 65, Hettinger, ND.

Alice Zako

BISMARCK, N.D. - Alice Zako, 67, died May 6, 2001 in a local hospital.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Stephen Wisthoff officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck.

Alice Schauer was born July 16, 1933, in Napoleon, N.D. She was raised in Napoleon, where she graduated from high school. Alice attended business college in Bismarck before working at J.C. Penney in downtown Bismarck.

She met Leonard Zako while he was trying to tie her shoes at a dance in the basement of the World War Memorial Building. Their romance included stops at their favorite spots, the OK Confectionery and Finks Cafe, where the jukebox played their favorite tunes.

They later tied the knot on Nov. 7, 1953, at Huntington Park, Calif., where Leonard was stationed with the United States Navy. They lived in Bismarck, where Alice devoted her life to her family.

She and Leonard had an open-door policy that made family and friends feel welcome and comfortable. Alice wanted people, especially children, to know what it meant to have a home, and she worked to make an environment where you could grow, be safe and know you were loved.

Alice is survived by her husband, Leonard; her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Karen, Rapid City; her daughters and son-in-law, Cindy and Mike LaBere, Mandan, N.D., and Laurie Zako, Bismarck, N.D.; her grandchildren, Shane and Jeremy Zako, Derek, Daren, and Carrie LaBere, and Hunter Zako; her great-grandchildren, Taylor Zako, Hannah Zako, Nickolas Zako, Ryan Zako, and Audrey Zako; her mother-in-law, Carrie Zako, Bismarck, N.D.; her sister-in-law, Carol, California; her brothers, Walter Schauer, Napoleon, N.D., Allan Schauer, Marysville, Wash., and Weston Schauer, Beulah, N.D.; and her sisters, Phyllis Hall, Georgia and Maxine Perkins, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lydia (Grenz) Schauer.

Eastgate Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Freda Mirriam Proctor

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. - Freda Mirriam Proctor, Newcastle, Wyo., formerly of Sturgis, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Weston County Nursing Home in Newcastle.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Proctor, Newcastle; one daughter, Mary Proctor, Montreal, Quebec; one son, Marvin Proctor, Newcastle; two sisters, Mary Lakso, Belle Fourche, S.D., and Priscilla Slaybaugh, Buffalo, Wyo.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fidler Funeral Chapel in Spearfish, S.D.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Fidler Funeral Chapel in Spearfish. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.

Burl R. Williams

RAPID CITY - Col. Burl R. Williams (Ret.), 80, Rapid City, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at Bella Vista Nursing Home.

Burl was born March 22, 1921, in Jenks, Oklahoma. He graduated from Northeastern State College in 1941. When he graduated, he immediately joined the Air Force to become a P-51 fighter pilot, flying his plane "The Oklahoma Kid." He had many victories to his credit before he was shot down and became a prisoner of war until the end of World War II. He continued his military career for the next 30 years. He flew various aircraft and was stationed at many bases across the United States and Belgium. He retired at Ellsworth AFB in December 1972. Being an avid fisherman, hunter and sportsman, he retired in the Hills and enjoyed the great outdoors until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Williams of Rapid City; his daughter, Jan Bennett and husband, Gene, of Custer; his son, Dr. Burl Williams, Jr. and wife, Lillian, of Gray, Tenn.; his son, Dr. Turney Williams and Kerry of Jonesboro, Tenn.; his daughter, Cheryl Williams of Tuscon, Ariz., and his daughter Melissa Williams of Rapid City. He has six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Linda.

Behrens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be 11 a.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Alzheimer's Association, 1719 W. Main, Rapid City, SD 57702.

Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard will provide military honors.

Kennard Hart

STURGIS - Kennard Hart, 81, Sturgis, died Monday, May 7, 2001, at Beverly Health Care Center in Rapid City.

Survivors include three daughters, Helen Blare, Cody, Wyo., Carol Roe, Rapid City, and Gleva Stafford, Sturgis; three sons, Bernard Hart, Rapid City, Fred Hart, Douglas, Wyo., and Ed Hart, Fennville, Mich.; one sister, Evelyn Page, Long Beach, Calif.; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, and one hour before services at the church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at First Wesleyan Church in Sturgis, with the Rev. Dwight Peterson and the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.

John Mosley

OKLAHOMA CITY - John Mosley, 86, Oklahoma City, formerly of Deadwood, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at his home in Oklahoma City.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Proctor Mosley.

Services were held Monday, May 7, at Guardian West Chapel in Oklahoma City. Burial was in Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Guardian West Funeral Home of Oklahoma City was in charge of arrangements.

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