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Ralph Landers

HOT SPRINGS -Ralph Landers, 68, Hot Springs, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003.

Wake services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the church.

Burial will be at Cascade Highland Cemetery.

McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Vernon E. Rasmusson

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - Vernon E. Rasmusson, 80, a permanent resident since October 2000, died February 13, 2003 at University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona.

The memorial service was Tuesday, February 18 at 11 a.m. at Simes Mortuaries Casa Grande Chapel, 1575 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, Arizona.

Vernon E. "Vern" Rasmusson was born the seventh of eight children and the youngest son of Rasmus J. and Inga Rasmusson in New London, Minnesota on March 7, 1922. Vernon worked for the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad for 37 years as a conductor and brakeman, retiring in 1982. He wintered here many years and was a former resident of Rapid City, South Dakota, where he lived for 35 years. Vernon was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Rapid City, South Dakota.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Masonic Lodge in Rapid City, South Dakota and attended the Casa Grande Lodge. He was also a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club in Rapid City. Vernon enjoyed woodworking, reading, gardening, telling stories and driving his golf cart. He was known for his outgoing and lively personality.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, Mildred, of Casa Grande, survivors include three daughters, Marilyn Rasmusson of Aurora, Colorado, Marjorie Morbach and Mary Olmstead of Tucson, Arizona; a son, Darwin Rasmusson of Ruidoso, New Mexico; two sisters, Mable Bense of Long Prairie, Minnesota and Violet Gerlach of Virginia, Minnesota; two brothers, Gordon Rasmusson of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Leonard "Shorty" Rasmusson of Mora, Minnesota; three grandchildren, Jonathan and Jeffrey Olmstead and Christine Morbach of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by a son, Darrel Rasmusson, and three brothers, Joe, Bob and Ruben Rasmusson.

Simes Mortuaries Casa Grande Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Nancy L. Mattern

SPEARFISH - Nancy L. Mattern, 75, Spearfish, died Monday, February 17, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.

Nancy was born February 8, 1928, at Yankton, SD, to John and Delores (Sorenson) Hepper. She grew up in McLaughlin, SD, where she attended and graduated from McLaughlin High School. She worked at the courthouse in McIntosh. On September 4, 1948, she married Frank L. Mattern, and they made their home in Spearfish in 1949. They moved to McIntosh, SD, where Frank taught school, returning to Spearfish, where he taught at Black Hills Teachers College and they raised their six children.

She enjoyed golf, bowling, crossword puzzles and traveling. She was also a hospital volunteer. She belonged to Coronet Club, Bridge Clubs, Birthday Club and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Among her survivors are three sons, Alan (Helen) Mattern, Kelseyville, CA, Don (Janet) Mattern, Prospect, KY, and Lyle (Sarah) Mattern, Centennial, CO; three daughters, Peggy (Don) Martin, Zimmerman, MN, Sandra Mattern, Spearfish, SD, and Sue (Brian) Milbrandt, Twin Falls, ID; one brother, Gerald (Shirley) Hepper, Ocean Shores, WA; and two sisters, Marilyn (Vince) Erz, Spearfish, SD, and Karen (Larry) Klingman, Omaha, NE; and her grandchildren, Kristine, Amanda, Kim (Rand), Jared, Samantha, Jordan and John, and her great-grandchildren Ryan and Katherin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Spearfish, SD, with Rev. Tim Hoag and Monsignor William O'Connell as celebrants. A Rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home in Spearfish. Burial will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish.

The Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Robert Newton Allen

CUSTER - Robert Newton Allen, 78, Custer, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Custer.

Survivors include three sisters, Bertha Duerson, Hot Springs, and Joise Baird, and Cherry Cole, both of Oakland, Ore., and three brothers, Orville Allen, Casper, Wyo., Emery Allen, Sutherlin, Ore., and Stan Allen, Everett, Wash.

Graveside services were Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Custer City Cemetery.

McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Custer was in charge of arrangements.

Clay M. Moeller

SUNDANCE, Wyo. - Clay M. Moeller, 21, Sundance, died February 16, 2003, in Casper, WY, as a result of a work-related accident.

Visitation will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at the Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel, Sundance.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2003, at the Sundance United Methodist Church, with Rev. Scott Firminhac officiating. Burial will follow at Miller Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

Clay was born March 7, 1981, in Sundance, to Monte and Deb (Humphrey) Moeller. He graduated from Sundance High School in 1999 and then attended Black Hills State University. He worked various jobs in Colorado, Wyoming, and California. He recently moved to Sheridan, where he was employed by Hutton Logging.

Clay enjoyed the outdoors and all the activities that go with it. He loved to spend time with family and friends hunting, fishing, and camping. Clay expressed himself through his music, art, and working on his car.

Clay will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He had a wonderful, smiling personality who many were drawn to.

Grateful to have shared in Clay's life are his mother, Deb Moeller, Sundance; one sister, Candace Moeller, Bakersfield, CA; two brothers, Chris (and Michelle) Moeller, Beulah, and Caleb Moeller, Sundance; grandparents Tuff and Peggy Moeller, Sundance, Bud and Janice Humphrey, Aladdin, and Ann and Jerry Blackford, Nevada; and two great-grandmothers, Ethel Moeller and Opal Oudin, both of Sundance.

Clay was preceded in death by his father, Monte Moeller, and one uncle, Murray Moeller.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel, Sundance.

Donald J. Porter

PIERRE - Donald J. Porter, 81, longtime Pierre attorney who served on both the South Dakota Supreme Court and as a United States District Judge, died February 17, 2003, in Pierre. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Scripture Wake Service, Feigum Funeral Home, Pierre, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, February 20, 2003, 2 p.m., Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Pierre, SD. Private family committal services will take place in Rapid City.

Judge Porter is survived by his wife, Harriet of Pierre; his brother William Porter of Rapid City, SD; his step-sister Margaret Zils of California; his five children, Donald and his wife Margaret Messerli of Rapid City, SD, Mary Lela Porter and her husband Ted Gleckner of Minneapolis, MN, William Porter and his wife Bette Viano of Boston, MA, Carolyn and her husband Daryl Paluch of Rapid City, SD, and Elizabeth Porter of Minneapolis; and eight grandchildren.

From 1959 to 1976, Judge Porter engaged in a general trial practice with the Pierre law firm of May, Porter, Adam, Gerdes and Thompson. He was active in the organized bar and, as a result of his extensive trial experience, was admitted to membership in the America Board of Trial Advocates. Judge Porter was appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court in 1977 by Governor Kneip. In 1979, he was appointed by President Carter to serve as one of the three federal judges in South Dakota, where he remained until his retirement in 1993. Judge Porter was Chief Judge of the South Dakota federal district from 1985 to 1991.

Judge Porter was widely respected among the bench and bar. At the center of his judicial philosophy was a strong belief in the equal treatment of all persons under the law - that judges do not make the law but serve the people by applying the law without bias. At Judge Porter's retirement proceedings in 1994, the chief judge of the federal appeals court observed that Judge Porter understood that judges "work for the people who appear in our courts" and that he had "devoted himself to his court really more dutifully than anyone had a right to expect." In 1994, the University of South Dakota Law School dedicated a volume of its Law Review to Judge Porter in recognition of his judicial principles and scholarship.

Judge Porter was born and raised in Madison, South Dakota, and received both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Dakota. He was elected USD student body President in 1942. Judge Porter served as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in World War II, leading a convoy moving troop supplies through France during the war and, following the war, working in the Judge Advocate General Corps in Germany as a staff attorney assisting in the war crimes prosecutions in Germany. After the war, Judge Porter returned to South Dakota and established a solo law practice in Chamberlain, which he maintained until joining his firm in Pierre in 1959. While in Chamberlain, Judge Porter was both States Attorney for Brule County and a South Dakota State Representative from District Five.

Judge Porter married Harriet Joyce Whitney of Wessington Springs in 1948. Together they raised their five children in Chamberlain and later in Pierre. Judge Porter was a devoted father whose motto for his family - "All for one and one for all" - emphasized his ideal of family togetherness and mutual support. When not at his law office or court chambers, Judge Porter was inevitably involved in family life - teaching Harriet and his children to play tennis, running the grill at Sunday family barbecues, and taking the family on ski trips to the Black Hills and Colorado.

Before his appointment to the judiciary, Judge Porter was active in the state Democratic Party, assisting in various state campaigns including those of Senator George McGovern and President John F. Kennedy. He was also a devout Roman Catholic, having developed his deep faith as a young person at St. Thomas Grade School in Madison. Throughout his life, this quiet religious faith was a powerful example to his children and associates. Although unable to attend a Catholic college himself in Depression-era South Dakota, Judge Porter later became a committed "subway alumnus" of the University of Notre Dame, whose devotion to that school's football team was unsurpassed.

Although Judge Porter lived his final years with Alzheimer's disease, he was fortunate to remain at his home in Pierre until just days before his death, receiving the constant support of his wife and a devoted group of caregivers. He died at St. Mary's Healthcare Center in Pierre, with his wife and five children at his side.

Lois B. Lake

HOT SPRINGS - Lois B. Lake, 88, Hot Springs, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at her home.

Arrangements are pending with McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Hot Springs.

Kenneth D. Rieb

RAPID CITY - Kenneth D. Rieb, 58, Rapid City, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at his home.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in October 1970.

Survivors include five sons, Kenny Wayne Rieb, Topeka, Kan., Jade Rieb, Jesse Rieb and Jayl Reib, all of Wasta, and Jebediah Rieb, Rapid City; five daughters, Kim Matthewson and Karla Alejos, both of Topeka, April Lane, Belle Fourche, and Shy Rieb and Cassidy Rieb, both of Wasta; five sisters, Pat Hageman, Wichita, Kan., Carrie Fildes, Belvidere, Ill., Kathy Julien, Indianapolis, Paula Gutierrez, Rapid City, and Terry Hurley, Gillette, Wyo.; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Behrens- Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Lakota 'Cody' Gene (Sieger) Wolfe

EDGEMONT - Lakota "Cody" Gene (Sieger) Wolfe, 80, of Edgemont died Saturday, February 15, 2003, at her home in Edgemont.

She was born April 8, 1922, on the homestead on Hay Canyon to William Carty and Oleanna (Larson) Ash. Cody was their pride and joy and to her daddy she could do no wrong. Her first years of school were at Fairview school, moving to Hay Canyon to complete the eighth grade. She took her ninth grade year at Smithwick, her tenth in Oral and the last two years in Buffalo Gap, where she graduated in 1941.

On January 30, 1943, she married Hally Eugene "Gene" Sieger. They moved to their first home April 1, 1943, in Edgemont. They later moved to Igloo and then to Rapid City. Cody then entered Greens Beauty School on Sept 1, 1947. She graduated in May 1948. They then moved to Hot Springs for a short time. In July 1948, they moved back to Edgemont and on July 16, 1948, she opened Lakota's Beauty Shop for 47 years.

In 1956 they moved to the Will Terry place. A special little girl, Jean Denise, was born September 20, 1956, after waiting 14 years. In 1965 they moved back to Edgemont, where she had the Beauty Shop in her home. She had been operating her shop until she retired in the summer of 1995.

On December 2, 1995, she married Henry "Hank" Wolfe. They had a great time together and learned a lot of things from each other. Hank was a great benefit and caretaker for the last few years of her life until her death February 15, 2003.

She was a member of a Bowling League, B&PW, Edgemont Dance Club, Youth Group Leader, Rebekah's, Ester Rachael Circle, Choir, Sportsmans Club, Senior Citizens, and UCC Church.

She took great and caring pleasure in her family, who were very important to her. There were also some very special friends who meant a lot to her as she enjoyed reminiscing.

Survivors include her husband Hank Wolfe of Edgemont; one daughter, Jean Richards and husband John of Edgemont. Four grandchildren, Eliza Koster and husband Dennis, Nancy Bunville and husband Robert, all of Salina, Kansas, Patrick and Kyle Richards, both of Denver, Colorado; and five great-grandchildren of Salina, Kansas.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Cary and Oleanna Ash, and her siblings, Bill Ash, Dick Ash and Ginger Cortez.

Visitation was from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at the United Church of Christ in Edgemont.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at the United Church of Christ in Edgemont.

Pallbearers will be John, Patrick, and Kyle Richards, Robert Bunville, Stewart Larson, Matt Hersch, Rodney Wolfe, and Buddy Heck.

Carol May McQuirk

RAPID CITY - Carol May McQuirk, 68, Rapid City and formerly of Faith, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, Phil McQuirk, Vale, and Ralph McQuirk, Philip; two daughters, Genevieve McQuirk, Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Nella Love, Amarillo, Texas; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Nelda Byrne, Mill Iron, Mont., Judy Fenton, Clancy, Mont., and Doris Fay Reede, Faith; one brother, James Bachman, Huntington Beach, Calif.; three half-sisters, Edythe Mowell and Sherry Hart, both of Mexia, Texas, and Patty Bachman, Newell; three half-brothers, Lyle Bachman, Gillette, Wyo., John Bachman, Eagle Butte, and Cecil Bachman, Black Hawk; and one stepbrother, Gene Royer, Las Vegas.

Her husband, Edward McQuirk, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, with a 7 p.m. vigil service, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the church, with the Rev. Arnold Kari officiating.

Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Rush Funeral Home of Philip is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Marenchin

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Paul Marenchin, 85, Punta Gorda, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Marenchin, Punta Gorda; three children, James Marenchin, Rapid City, Carole Marenchin, Punta Gorda, and Kathy Marenchin, Pine City, Minn.; one brother, Michael; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

No local services are scheduled.

Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home of Punta Gorda is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Louise Stirk Tague

OMAHA, Neb. - Louise Stirk Tague, 79, Omaha and formerly of Rapid City, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Hospice House in Omaha.

Survivors include one niece, Twyla Whipple, Portland, Ore.; one nephew, Vincent Whipple Sr., Porcupine, S.D.; and one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Brezina, Omaha.

Her husband, Harry Tague, preceded her in death.

Cremation has taken place and scattering of ashes was at the Old Bombing Range in Rockyford, S.D.

Larkin Funeral Home of Omaha and Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, S.D., were in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ann Downing

MAUSTON, Wis. - Mary Ann Downing, 63, Mauston, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, in Mauston.

Survivors include three sons, William Downing, Gainesville, Fla., Dale Downing, Las Vegas, and Gerald Downing, Gordon, Neb.; two daughters, Colleen Hart, Trevor, and Lana Downing, Mauston; one sister, Agnes Tyon, Pine Ridge, S.D.; three brothers, Bill Gibbons Jr., Gordon, and Patrick Gibbons and Jerry Gibbons, both of Hot Springs, S.D.; and five grandchildren.

A one-night wake will begin at 2 p.m. today at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Wakpamni Lake, S.D.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the church, with the Rev. Ben Tyon and the Rev. Agnes Tyon officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Wounded Knee, S.D.

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

Chester L. Murray

RAPID CITY - Chester L. Murray, 85, Rapid City, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Murray, Rapid City; six sons, Ronnie Murray, Doug Murray, Mike Murray, Greg Murray and Chet Murray, all of Rapid City, and Tim Murray, Interlochen, Mich.; four daughters, Marcia Murray, Tracy Oaks and Maureen Murray, all of Rapid City, and Janize Zawitkiwski, Centerville, Va.; two brothers, Francis Murray, Sturgis, and Paul Murray, Brookings; 26 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Osheim-Catron Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Viola Gladys Williamson

SPEARFISH - Viola Gladys Williamson, 88, Spearfish, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at Lookout Memorial Hospital in Spearfish.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeanette Hawley, Rapid City, Charlotte Helmer, Belle Fourche, and Margery Rogers, College Station, Texas; two sons, Ralph Williamson, Rapid City, and Wesley Williamson, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sisters, Alice Johnson, Minneapolis, and Minnie Richards, North Platte, Neb.; three brothers, Orin Knodel, Temple, Texas, Orval Knodel, Topeka, Kan., and Howard Knodel, Cyril, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Fidler Funeral Chapel of Spearfish.

Merle Clay Bastian

UNION CENTER - Merle Clay Bastian, 79, Union Center, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at his home.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Bastian, Union Center; one son, Gale Bastian, Union Center; one daughter, Sheila Hostetter, Red Owl; one brother, Jack Bastian, Meadow; two grandsons; three stepgranddaughters; two great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis, and for one hour before services Friday, Feb. 21, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating.

Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to Rural Meade County Ambulance.

Dean David Pourier

PORCUPINE - Dean David Pourier, 55, Porcupine, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Rose La Deaux, Porcupine; one son, Paul Pourier, Palm Springs, Calif.; one stepson, Louis Young, Mission; one daughter, Elfreda Janis, Rapid City; one stepdaughter, Darlene Young, Chadron, Neb.; his mother, Catherine Pourier, Porcupine; one brother, Ernest Pourier, Vermillion; two sisters, Renee Blue Horse, Pine Ridge, and Lois Fraser, Porcupine; and nine grandchildren.

A one-night wake will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Porcupine School.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the school, with the Rev. Bill Pauly officiating. Burial will be at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery in Porcupine.

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

Darwin Aldinger

SPEARFISH - Darwin Aldinger, 70, Spearfish, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Aldinger, Spearfish; two sons, Monty Aldinger, Huntsville, Texas, and Troy Aldinger, Lead; two daughters, Rhea James, Vale, and Rita Loeffen, Deadwood; four brothers, Delbert Aldinger, Aberdeen, Verlin Aldinger, Ocean Shores, Wash., Ed Eheresman, North Carolina, and Marvin Eheresman, Portland, Ore.; five sisters, Loretta Nies, Mott, N.D., Edna Iffland, Billings, Mont., Alma Robertson, South Carolina, Helen Cline, Salem, Ore., and Emma Meidling, Spokane, Wash.; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home in Spearfish. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish, with the Rev. Kent Stillson officiating.

Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Northern Black Hills or funding for children's activities.

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