Beryl Eberle, 96, of Edgemont, passed away Dec. 26, 2017, at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City.
Beryl, daughter of Berland and Amy (McCracken) Lord, was born Dec. 20, 1921. Beryl had two older brothers, Kenneth (Mitchell) and George, and a younger brother Bruce. The Lords farmed and ranched seven miles east of Edgemont on the Cheyenne River. Beryl attended Gull school through eighth grade, graduating from Edgemont High School in 1940. She attended Black Hills Commercial College in Rapid City, completing a business and secretarial course.
Beryl worked and lived in various locations during the next 11 years before returning to Edgemont. During this time, she married Ray Vicha, and two children were born, a son, Douglas and a daughter, Teena.
Beryl married Jake Eberle on Valentine’s Day 1953. The following year they moved to their ranch home built by Jake and his brother, Albert, located three miles west of Edgemont. Three children were born Carol, Steve and Byron. Beryl and Jake raised this family of five on the ranch. She often said the best years of her life were when the children were home, and she and Jake watched them grow and develop through their various activities.
As well as being a working ranch wife and mother, Beryl was very active in community service. She served on the initial Edgemont Memorial Hospital planning and fund raising group, the Edgemont School Board during the time of consolidation of rural schools and construction of the new addition south of the high school and multipurpose building. Beryl served as auction clerk for Edgemont Livestock and Auction Service for several years, clerking many livestock auctions and farm sales. Beryl served as Cottonwood Township Clerk from 1955, through late 1990s and was Township Elections Supervisor for many, many years. Beryl also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Indian Creek Grazing District for 12 years.
From early 1960s to late 1970s Beryl was the leader of the Cheyenne Rangers 4-H Club becoming a member of the Fall River County Fair Board serving as treasurer from 1969-1981, during which time the fair buildings were moved in and improvements made growing the fair with added events during her time.
Beryl helped organize the Edgemont Community Cemetery Board in 2001, as secretary. She was also influential in the establishment of the Edgemont Ambulance District, serving several terms as secretary/treasurer.
Beryl and Jake semi-retired from the ranch in 1981, and built a new home adjacent to Highway 18 on part of the ranch. In retirement, the couple were involved with the Edgemont Senior Center; she served as president as well as secretary.
Beryl was a life-long member of the Hesperian Rebekah Lodge I.O.O.F. No. 34 for 66 years, serving as Noble Grand and secretary. Beryl served as the South Dakota state Rebekah Assembly president in 1990 and representative to the International Rebekah Assembly. Beryl was also a member of the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary and the Ladies Auxiliary Patriarch’s Militant at the local, state, and national levels.
Beryl and Jake traveled throughout several western states, Alaska, Canada, and Europe before Jake passed away in 2002.
Beryl helped organize the Edgemont Area Historical Society, establishing the Trails, Trains, and Pioneer Museum, not only helping with the remodeling she also inventoried the collection and scheduled volunteers to staff the museum. She served as trustee and curator for about nine years.
Beryl enjoyed her family, friends, the ranch, her community and lodges. For the last year and a half, she resided at Black Hills Care and Rehabilitation Center, where she was active in the Residents Council, a group formed to promote betterment of the center’s residents sense of community.
She was loved and respected by the countless lives she touched.
Beryl is survived by her daughters, Teena (Jim) Lynn of Edgemont, Carol Rumsey of Hartsel, Colo.; sons, Steve (Deb) Eberle of Gillette, Wyo., Byron (Aaron) Eberle of Edgemont; sister-in-law, Connie Eberle of Thornton, Colo.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jake, eldest son, Douglas, and her three brothers, Kenneth, George and Bruce Lord.
Funeral services were Dec. 29 at the United Church with Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating. Interment followed at the Eberle Family plot, in the Edgemont Cemetery with Rebekah graveside rights.
Memorials have been established in Beryl’s name to benefit the Trails, Trains, and Pioneers Museum and Edgemont Senior Center.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home of Edgemont.