Dino James DiGiacomo
Dino James DiGiacomo, Hot Springs, South Dakota, was born in Dearborn, Michigan, January 20, 1947, the son of Italian immigrants. He passed away in his sleep, September 23, 2018 at the State Veterans Home.
Dino was a man of passion, living every day to the fullest and inspiring others. As a teen, to the consternation of his mother, he hitchhiked to the Black Hills, drawn by his love of Crazy Horse and western gunfighters. Although a teenage gangster of sorts, he graduated from Wayne State University as a high school history teacher and tried to keep other boys from gang life. He taught more from personal experience and knowledge than from textbooks. As an Army Private, Dino served as an Administrative Specialist in Germany.
Boxing was an early passion; he fought as an amateur (1960-65) and a professional (1965-67), unbeaten in 51 fights! He sparred with greats like Mohammed Ali, Roberto Duran and Joe Lewis, recalling late-night chats with all. After a hiking fall while in his twenties, doctors discovered an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in Dino’s brain. Trips to major hospitals proved surgery was not an option. Heartbroken, he left the ring—one blow could have burst the AVM. Knowing he could die at any moment, Dino lived as if he had no tomorrows, embracing the 60s hippy culture with abandon.
Dino jumped from one career to another—movie producer, western historian, writer and businessman. He gave talks on Crazy Horse and the gunfighters, produced film documentaries and was working on a movie script shortly before he passed. He published articles and poetry, receiving Editor's Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry, and participated in local writers’ groups. He volunteered for causes he was passionate about: Democratic Party Builder, Area Coordinator for Suncatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy, Horizons Community Development Project, Battle Mountain Humane Society and Cat's Meow Feline Rescue.
Dino was a protector of all creatures great and small. He walked the streets of Los Angeles with Kola the German Shepherd at his side, proud that Kola never once wore collar or leash. His favorite wild animal was the tiger, a kindred wild and free spirit. Dino must have had at least nine ‘tiger’ lives to fit his adventures into seven decades. Surely he lives his ninth life now, in a place beyond our ken.
For better or worse, Dino seldom approached anything halfway. A loss by his beloved Chicago Bears could put him in a week-long funk; a win sent him over the moon. He deep-dived into friendships and often said heaven would be a place with all his loved ones in close proximity. His passion often led to deep rifts, but he found his way back to those he loved, friendship renewed. If Dino loved you, he loved you even when he was mad at you.
In the 70s and 80s, Dino made many dear friends at Elysium Sun Club in Topanga, California, a clothing optional resort where he also worked as groundskeeper; many remain friends today. He married Renee Winett in 1980 and was married for 10 years. Today Renee and husband Ron Mascitelli are dear friends and frequent visitors to Dino and Delores’ Sheps Canyon home.
In the 90s Dino followed Steve Brent, an Elysium friend, to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, settling at Evans Hotel. An AVM-induced stroke had damaged the right side of his body and Hot Springs, with its' VA facility, was a refuge for a simpler life. In July 2003, Dino met Delores Aul at a concert on the Evans porch. They fell in love and stayed together until the day he passed. They shared a passion for animals and provided refuge for cats and dogs—the furry family became an endless source of love and comfort.
One of Dino's great joys was teaching boxing at Hot Springs’ gyms for ten years, an opportunity provided by Kim Moir, most recently at Bodies in Motion. In spite of physical limitations, he taught kids and adults with patience and passion.
In November Dino suffered another severe stroke, limiting communication and mobility and forcing him to leave the home and lifestyle he loved. His family and friends are deeply grateful for the fine care provided by the committed and caring staff at the State Veterans Home. Dino and Delores shared supper daily. He watched the television programs he loved and enjoyed visitors, including furry ones. Staff provided a punching bag for an occasional jab and arranged visits to the gym so Dino could spend time with friends.
Dino leaves behind his partner in life, Delores Aul, Hot Springs; stepdaughter Jetaime (Tanner Massee) Aul, Winfield, IL; stepson Brandon (Danielle) Aul, Hoboken, NJ; brother-in-law Ron Barry, Southfield, MI; niece Jennifer (Alec) McCandless and family, Hartford CT; and nephew Gregg Barry, Royal Oak, MI; and more dear friends than can be listed here. He was preceded in death by parents Beatrice and Giacomo DiGiacomo and recently by sister Norma (Ron) Barry.
The Celebration of the Life of Dino DiGiacomo will be Thursday, October 18th, 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Hot Springs, led by Pastor Aaron Hughes. Friends are encouraged to share memories. A main dish will be provided; bring a dish to share if you can. Tiger tee shirts, Chicago Bears jerseys, sweat pants and gym shorts are welcome attire.
Jahleel ‘Jolly’ Dudley Woodbridge
Jahleel ‘Jolly’ Dudley Woodbridge, 87, of Hot Springs, SD passed away on October 1, 2018, at the Rapid City Regional Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
Jolly was born in Bronxville, NY on August 22, 1931, to John and Hazel (Reynolds) Woodbridge. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1954, until his honorable discharge as 1st Lieutenant in 1956.
Services are pending.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.
Bobby Joe Hannan
Bobby Joe Hannan, 60, of Pierre, passed away Wednesday October 3rd, 2018 due to complications from a short battle with cancer. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Feigum Funeral Home in Pierre. Funeral Services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 12 at Southeast Methodist Church in Pierre and on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Prairie View Methodist Church in Smithwick. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Oral, SD on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
Bobby was born on June 17, 1958 in Hot Springs, SD to James and Gwendolyn (Fugier) Hannan. Bob grew up on the Hannan family homestead along with three sisters. As Bob's father's health deteriorated, he spent much time helping his mother care for livestock and tending crops. Following the passing of his father in 1983, he moved to Pierre and became one of the first clients of Oahe, Inc. Bob worked for countless businesses in Pierre and Fort Pierre over the years, making new friends at every opportunity. Bob never met a stranger and one would rarely escape without a smile and a hug. Bob loved his church family at Southeast Methodist and was always ready to volunteer. He loved hunting with his friend Dean, fishing with his sister Teresa, helping his friend Mark in the fields, cooking for his roommates with his buddy Donnette and hanging out with his friends and staff at Oahe Inc. Bob never gave up his childlike spirit and used it to win the hearts of so many that came into his life.
Blessed for having shared in Bob's life are his three sisters: Anna Speaect of Oral, SD, Barbara (Brad) Reif of Woodland Park, CO, and Teresa White of Sturgis, SD; his best friend Sheryl Tople-Kaphle, his Oahe Inc. and Southeast Methodist families; along with a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and extended family members. We can only imagine the hugs Bob gave when he stepped into heaven and was greeted by his parents Jim and Gwen, his stepfather Sterling Mueksch, brother-in-law Jerry Speaect, niece Angie Eisenbraun, great nephews Nasia and Nathaniel Druce, and a host of aunts, uncles and beloved family members.
A memorial has been established in Bobby's name. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.feigumfh.com