Obituaries for September 27

2000-09-26T23:00:00Z Obituaries for September 27 Rapid City Journal
September 26, 2000 11:00 pm

Hildegarde B. Catches

PINE RIDGE - Hildegarde B. Catches, 68, Pine Ridge, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Pine Ridge Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Everette Catches, Pine Ridge; one son, Marvin Catches, Chadron, Neb.; one stepson, Martin Catches, Chadron; three daughters, Arvella Waters and Edelyn Catches, both of Pine Ridge, and Emily White Mountain, Flandreau; two stepdaughters, Bernice Catches, Wilmont, and Dorine Richards, Allen; one brother, Woodrow Respects Nothing, Manderson; one adopted brother, Richard Galiano, Hot Springs; two sisters, Florine Taylor, Rapid City, and Velma Janis, Kyle; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Two-night wake services will begin at 6 p.m. today at Billy Mills Hall at Pine Ridge.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Holy Rosary Mission Church in Pine Ridge, with the Rev. Steve Sanford officiating. Burial will be at Catches Family Cemetery in Calico.

Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clara Auch

SIOUX FALLS - Clara Auch, 83, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Good Samaritan Luther Manor Nursing Home in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include her husband, Alton Auch, Sioux Falls; one son, Loren Auch, Sioux Falls; two daughters, Sharon Gibson, Sioux Falls, and Donna Courtier, Ankeny, Iowa; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Martha Hanson, Rapid City, and Rose Auch, Vicksburg, Mich.

Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at Miller Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial will be at Hills Of Rest Memorial Park in Sioux Falls.

Eileen G. Rolfe

MARTIN - Eileen G. Rolfe, 71, Martin, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, in Martin.

Survivors include one sister, Myrle Sumrall, Littlefield, Texas; and one brother, Delbert Rolfe, Martin.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Ziegler Funeral Home in Martin.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at St. Katharine's Episcopal Church in Martin, with the Rev. Peter Maupin officiating. Burial will be at Martin Community Cemetery.

Ziegler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Helen S. Leberknight

RAPID CITY - Helen S. Leberknight, 91, Rapid City, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Helen was born Dec. 15, 1908, in Brookings, the daughter of Walter and Harriet (Murray) Lievan. She grew up on a farm outside of Brookings with her four brothers and sisters.

She married J. Kenneth Leberknight on Sept. 9, 1927. After the birth of their first three children, the family moved to the Black Hills, where their next three children were born.

In addition to raising a family, Helen was a nurse's aide at St. John's Hospital in Rapid City.

After retirement, Helen and Ken enjoyed many years filled with travel, camping, fishing, rock hunting and family. In 1989, Helen moved to Jackson Heights, where she enjoyed the friendship of many.

Survivors include her son, Philip, and his wife, Ilene, Cathedral City, Calif., son James "Jim" and his wife, Mary, Idaho Falls, Idaho, daughter Fern Marlow and her husband, Homer, Tacoma, Wash., daughter Doris Macdonald, Rapid City, son Wayne and his wife, Alice, Rapid City, son Gary, Camarillo, Calif.; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at Behrens Mortuary in Rapid City.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Behrens Mortuary Chapel in Rapid City, with the Rev. David Cameron officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.

Following services, refreshments will be served at Jackson Heights Highrise, 1805 W. Fulton St.

A memorial has been established for Jackson Heights Highrise.

Condolences may be sent to 8171 Spring Canyon Trail, Rapid City, SD 57702.

Alvin Becker

RAPID CITY - Alvin Becker, 94, Rapid City, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

He was born March 16, 1906, in Delmont, the son of German-Russian immigrants. He was a sickly child who was not expected to survive, but with a great zest for life, he outlived all of his nine siblings.

He spent his life building successful restaurants in South Dakota - from Scotland to Tyndall, Aberdeen, Mobridge and then Rapid City, where he operated the landmark Chuck Wagon Restaurant for 20 years.

In his great challenge to keep building restaurants that served quality food for families, he was joined by Sally Bollinger, whom he married in 1927.

Al was a member of the South Dakota Restaurant Association for 20 years, and, as president, he initiated the legislation that allowed restaurants to serve native pheasants in restaurants. He was a powerful advocate for improving standards and was instrumental in changing state organization and laws to further strengthen the codes and regulations for restaurants.

The Chuck Wagon was a family affair, with Al, Sally, their son, Curtis, and Ida, Curt's wife, working together for many years. Curt continued the tradition of fine restaurants even after they sold the Chuck Wagon in 1975.

Al was a longtime member of South Canyon Lutheran Church and continued cooking for the church's food program for the needy until his late 80s. He was a strong supporter of the Masons as well as York Rite, Scottish Rite and the Elks. He also was a devoted member of the Shrine and continued to work diligently for the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital and was selling circus tickets until he was 89.

He loved to fish, summer and winter, and even a broken neck at age 90 did not deter him. He loved to travel and did not believe in jet lag. He continued to live alone, cook and entertain until shortly before his death.

Al was a gentleman and always wore a suit and tie when he traveled. He never missed an opportunity to talk about his beloved South Dakota, no matter where he was in the world.

He will be missed by his three children, Curtis Becker, Rapid City, Arlie Graham Fredrick, Maryland, and Bonnie Cacavas, Beverly Hills, Calif.; as well as his nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home, with a Masonic service at 5:30 p.m., conducted by Masonic Lodge No. 25 AF&AM.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City, with the Rev. Bruce Thalacker officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Rapid City.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to South Canyon Lutheran Church and the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital.

Vivian Louise Jackson

PIERRE - Vivian Louise Jackson, 59, Pierre, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital Kidney Dialysis Unit in Pierre.

Survivors include her husband, Howard Jackson, Pierre; two sons, David Wittler, Sioux Falls, and Rodney Wittler, Worthington, Minn.; two daughters, Diane Hulscher, Pierre, and Holly Doll, Lancaster, Wis.; two stepsons, Richard Jackson, Maple Grove, Minn., and Clifford Jackson, Lakeville, Minn.; one stepdaughter, Elizabeth Jackson, Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Jim Becker, Hot Springs, and George Becker, Cincinnati, Ohio; three sisters, Evy Douglas, West Covina, Calif., Joyce Sheldon, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Irene Smith, Pierre; four grandsons; and five stepgrandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Hofmeister Funeral Chapel in Pierre, with the Rev. Brad Urbach officiating.

Burial will be at Onida City Cemetery.

Kenneth M. Chase The Bear

FORT PIERRE - Kenneth M. Chase The Bear, 53, Fort Pierre, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Visitation will be at Carlsen-Jolley Funeral Home in Sturgis on Friday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. until the time of services, which will be at 2 p.m. at Interment Service Center at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with the Rev. Simon Looking Elk officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.

Carlsen-Jolley Funeral Home in Sturgis is in charge of arrangements.

Anna M. Stocker

RAPID CITY - Anna M. Stocker, 79, Rapid City, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include three sons, Donald V. Stocker, Helena, Mont., Dennis K. Stocker and Terry R. Stocker, both of Rapid City; one brother, Ray Jacobsen, Sun River, Mont.; two sisters, Christie Meeks and Martha Jacobsen, both of Seattle; and one grandson, Peter Stocker, Rapid City.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City, with the Rev. Preston Brown officiating. Inurnment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established.

Louise Herman

RAPID CITY - Louise Herman, 91, Rapid City, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at a local nursing home.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Walker of Spearfish; three granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens Mortuary.

Evelyn Burks

BOX ELDER - Evelyn Burks, 84, Box Elder, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at a Rapid City nursing home.

Survivors include her niece, Mildred Cook of Macon, Ga.

Visitation will be one hour before services, which will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Patrick officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273, will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Irene L. Niedan

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. - Irene L. Niedan, 87, North Platte, formerly of Midland, S.D., died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Great Plains Medical Center in North Platte.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Karl Niedan, North Platte; three sons, Kenneth Niedan, Hershey, Neb., E. Dean Niedan, North Platte, and Gordon Niedan, Sioux Falls, S.D.; one daughter, carolyn Berg, Littleton, Colo.; nine granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in North Platte, with the Rev. Robert Kuefner officiating. Burial will be at North Platte Cemetery.

Esther Mershon

EDGEMONT - Esther Mershon, 89, Edgemont, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, Vincent Busch, Edgemont, and Roger Busch, Maupin, Ore.; one daughter, Jean Wiste, Edgemont; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Assembly of God Church in Edgemont. Burial will be held at a later date.

Rita Benham

PIERRE - Rita Benham, 73, Pierre, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at home.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Benham, Pierre; and nine children, Bruce Hope, Presho, Mary Bohls, Castlewood, Brad Benham, Rapid City, Patricia Purintun, Britton, Kris Benham, Madison, Minn., Amy Rasmussen, Sauk Rapids, Minn., Laurie Sibson, Omaha, Neb., Jami Beck, Pierre, and Jim Benham, Pierre; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandson.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pierre. Feigum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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