Ronald S. Cleland

Ronald S. Cleland, age 75, of Lake Havasu City, AZ, formerly of Hot Springs, SD, passed away on March 5, 2018, in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Celebration of Life will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at 1605 McCulloch Boulevard South, Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Ronald was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, to Woodrow and Beverly Cleland on March 31, 1942. His family moved to California after WWII, and Ronnie grew up in Bellflower, CA. He was in the Navy for two years, and then went on to earn an associates degree from Long Beach City College in 1964.

Ronald worked for the telephone company in South Dakota for 35 years, specializing in microwave radio service. He and the family had a small hobby farm for several years, raising cows and switchgrass. Ronald also enjoyed hunting and fishing, construction projects, traveling, gold prospecting, and was a camp host for several years with his wife Sue. They enjoyed retirement living in Lake Havasu City.

Ronald is survived by his wife Susan (Phillips) Cleland of Lake Havasu City, his children Kristi Cleland of Lennox, SD, and Scott Cleland of Piedmont, SD, his step children John Keefner of Galena, SD and David Keefner of San Diego, CA, his sisters Janalee Klein of Lakewood, CA, and Rhonda Cleland of Lake Havasu City, AZ and four grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his father Woodrow Cleland and his mother Beverly (Erickson) Cleland.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Havasu at www.hospicehavasu.org. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice of Havasu for their loving care of Ronnie at home.

Ruth Miller

Ruth Miller, 88, passed away March 6, 2018, in Colorado Springs, CO, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was a retired rancher from Hot Springs, SD, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

Ruth Marie Finch was born February 24, 1930, in Red River County, Texas to the late Roy M. and Ruby G. (Burchinal) Finch. She grew up near Mosley, TX, and attended school and church there.

She found work as a telephone operator in Hot Springs where she met and married John "Dean" Miller on March 17, 1951, in Custer, SD. They were ranchers west of Hot Springs, where they ran the Miller Ranch and raised their family.

Ruth enjoyed hard work, farming, gardening, cooking, baking, sewing, and her life on the ranch. She was a devout Christian and very active with the Assembly of God Church in Hot Springs. She will be best remembered for her love of people and the wonderful care that she provided for her family.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Maggie) Miller of La Junta, CO; daughter, Debbie Miller-Swartzentruber (Nate) of Falcon, CO; grandson, Jonathan Mitchell, also of Falcon; sister, Lou Chumbley of Blossom, TX; sister, Nell Thompson of Blossom; brother, James (Phillis) Finch of Tyler, TX; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dean Miller, in 2005, along with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018, at Chamberlain McColley's Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD. Private family committal service will be held at a later time.

Memorials in Ruth's name may be made to the Minnekahta Valley Fire Department, Hot Springs, SD.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD.

Mardella Lee Graf Klein

Mardella Lee Graf Klein, 69, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away March 6, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Mardella was born April 6, 1948, in Hot Springs, SD, to Edward and Elizabeth “Betty” Ann (Oellrichs) Graf.  She was married to Dennis Klein in 1983 in the Bethesda Lutheran Church, gaining not only a husband but a step-daughter, Katie, and later on giving birth to her son, Nickolas in 1986. 

Mardella was a loving mother and step-mother and was affectionately well known as "Mrs. Purple" by many. She was an avid congressional member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church as well as a voter member of the church. Mardella often volunteered in the office of the Bethesda School where she'd greet students and parents alike while assisting Darcy Beougher and later on Lynn Mason with daily tasks.  Mardella was in the second generation of the family to have graduated from Hot Springs High School (Class of 1966). After high school and the death of her sister, Sharron, she enrolled and graduated from Chadron State College with a teaching degree majoring in English. After college Mardella spent over 25 years teaching and later substituting as needed in the Hot Springs School District. 

Anyone who knew Mrs. Purple knew that she dearly loved purple, purple and more purple! She couldn't get enough of it and was often seen searching yard sales for more purple, grapes and giraffes with her mother, Betty, beside her. She also loved to make bulletin boards to decorate hallways and offices with her personal touch where ever she worked.

Mardella is survived by her son, Nick (Lynda) Graf of Hot Springs; mother, Betty Graf of Hot Springs; step daughter, Katie Klein of Rapid City; sister, Valarie Graf of Hot Springs.

Mardella was preceded in death by her father, Edward Graf; sister, Sharron Graf; husband, Dennis Klein.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday March 15, 2018, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday March 16, 2018, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Hot Springs with Pastor Gary Jacobsen officiating.  Committal services will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Mardella’s name to benefit the Bethesda Lutheran Church and School in Hot Springs.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD.

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