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Obituaries for January 4

Sharon Elizabeth Aspen

SPEARFISH - Sharon Elizabeth Aspen died Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Sharon Elizabeth (Moore) Aspen was born in Deadwood, SD on December 23, 1934 to William and Florence Lucille (Wolfe) Moore. She was raised in Deadwood and lived in the Hills area most of her life. She moved to Florida to be with her daughter in 1996 and returned to the Hills in 2005. She was married to Sonny Aspen in 1954 until his passing in 1995.

She is survived by her three children: her son, Allen William Talley and his wife Yvette Talley, her daughter Cheryl Lynn Aspen and son Mark Andrew Aspen, her sister Marcia (Moore) Darland and her children, Becky, Lance, Eric, Gary, Guy and Angel, six loving grandchildren, Jay and Shawna Talley, Greg Starr

(Aspen), and Jeremy, Alanna and Ashley Aspen.

Sharon was a very caring and loving lady who had many people who loved and respected her.

There will be a Memorial Service in celebration of her life on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at noon at the Aldinger Funeral Home in Spearfish.

Her loving memories will always be with us. Condolences may be left at

Laura M. Boortz

WORTHINGTON, Ohio - Laura M. Boortz, Worthington, OH and formerly of Lead died Sunday, December 31, 2006 at her home in Worthington.

Laura M. Boortz was born March 14, 1920 to Carrie and Roy Grove in Avon, SD. In 1938 she married Albert Boortz.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, husband Albert, and four brothers, Harold, Walter, Darl and Dale.

She is survived by her sister, Helen; sons Steve and Jerry; daughter, Carol; ten grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Laura always loved her family and had a large group of friends. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, January 5, at Lead-Deadwood

Funeral Chapel in Lead. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead with Rev. Bruce Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Lawn Cemetery next to her husband,

Albert. The Aldinger Funeral Home of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Joy Marie Collins

STURGIS - Joy Marie Collins, 86, Sturgis, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Tim Collins, Sturgis; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at United Methodist Church in Sturgis, with the Rev. Keith Nelson officiating. Burial will be at Inola Cemetery in Inola, Okla.

Vella R. Cable

RAPID CITY - Vella R. Cable, 89, longtime Rapid City resident died at a New Underwood nursing home Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007.

She was born April 11, 1917 at Avon, S.Dak., the daughter of Fred J. and Minnie (Schmidt) Engel. She attended schools in Avon.

Vella spent one year working in Civil Service in Washington D.C. during World War II.

Vella married Oscar J.J. Cable on Jan. 10, 1946, at Sturgis, S.Dak. She was employed for a Rapid City Bank for a period of twenty years. She was active in Eastern Star for fifty years and was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for a period of sixty-one years. Vella and her husband were married for a period of fifty-five years.

Survivors include a brother Willis Engel and his wife Vilvas, Hemet, CA and a sister, Fern Bellamy, Bellflower, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Oscar in 2001, and two brothers, James Engel and Clark Engel.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, until service time.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Lloyd officiating.

Interment will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Shriners Burn and Crippled Children's Hospital.

Friends may sign the online guest register and offer condolences at

Claude Robert Kissack Sr.

ROZET, Wyo. - Funeral services for local businessman, Claude Robert Kissack Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2007 at the New Life Wesleyan Church with Pastor Marty Crump of the Family Life Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Rozet Cemetery in Rozet, Wyoming. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home in Gillette, Wyoming.

Claude Kissack, age 86, of Rozet, Wyoming died on December 31, 2006, of complications of a stroke at the family home north of Rozet, surrounded by his family.

Claude Kissack was born at home on September 6, 1920 to John Claude and Marion (McGregor) Kissack in Spearfish Valley, Spearfish, South Dakota. Claude joined sister, Louise, brothers: John, Phil and Donald. He went to school in Spearfish through the 7th grade and then went to work on the family farm. As a young man Claude went to Oregon and worked in the big timber as a high climber. Claude married Martha Reffel in Portland, Oregon in 1947. They had a son, Claude Kissack Jr., in 1949. Martha died shortly after in 1949 from heart complications. Claude moved back to the Black Hills. It was there that he bought his first truck for $800 in 1949. His parents helped him with his baby son until he married Mildred F. Somers on February 10, 1952. Four children were born to this union. Claude and Mildred's first home of one year was in Custer, South Dakota. Claude hauled bag cement from Laramie, Wyoming, to Newcastle, Wyoming, on a daily basis. They then moved to Newcastle, where Claude hauled lumber supplies from Rapid City, South Dakota to Newcastle for Culver Lumber. Claude then started working in the oilfields around Newcastle as the oil boom was on. Claude and Mildred moved their family to Rozet, Wyoming in 1965 where they bought the Dave Whistler Ranch. They expanded their trucking business and continued to work in the oilfields around Gillette and other parts of Wyoming and neighboring states. Claude and Mildred incorporated their business in 1975. They sold stock in Kissack Water and Oil Service, Inc, to their son Doug Kissack and daughter Sally Reynolds and her husband John. Claude owned Kissack and Belmont Well Service, Inc, and Three Cornors Leasing, LLC. The business continued to grow and expanded into commercial cattle feeding in Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, California and Montana. Claude and Mildred sold their interest in Kissack Water and Oil Service, Inc., to Doug and Jo Kissack and John and Sally Reynolds in 1999. Claude was very involved in the stock market and was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Newcastle, Wyoming. He continued to work in his ranching business until his death; he also was currently in business with his youngest son, Quent and his wife Wendy. This business is a roustabout business called Kissack Oilfield Service, Inc. Claude worked very hard and was known to be quite a business and family man.

Claude is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mildred and their five children: Claude Jr. (Kathy) Kissack, Sally (John) Reynolds, Douglas (Jo) Kissack, Bart (Kathy) Kissack and Quentin (Wendy) Kissack all from the Gillette area; sister, Louise Cardinal of Portland, Oregon; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Martha and 3 brothers.

A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society or The Gideons International. Condolences may be sent in Claude's name in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home,

210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet

Warren G. Voss

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. - Funeral services for Newcastle businessman, Warren G. Voss, 86, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, January 5th at Worden Chapel with Pastors Charles Dutcher and Bill Haley officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family would appreciate memorial donations to Weston Manor. Donations can be made to the Warren Voss memorial fund at Pinnacle Bank, Box 460, Newcastle, WY 82701. A family and friends visitation will be at Worden Chapel Thursday, January 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 pm.

Warren G. Voss passed away surrounded by his family on New Year's Eve 2006 at Weston Manor in Newcastle, Wyoming. He was born May 23, 1920, in South Sioux City, Nebraska, the son of Dale H. Voss and Dora (Oehlerking) Voss. He attended local schools and was active in football, the Sioux City Cycle Club, and graduated from high school with honors in 1938. He married Doris Molstad December 21, 1940, and they moved to California for three years. Returning to South Sioux City, Nebraska, in 1944 Warren helped develop and manage a family owned lake resort and the Tri-State propane gas company along with his father and brother. He was a member of several business organizations and a veteran of WWII. He attended flight school on the GI Bill to become a private pilot. He loved to fly for both work and pleasure and owned his own plane for many years.

He and Doris had three children all born before they moved to Newcastle, Wyoming, in 1953, where he entered the oil business. He was the consummate entrepreneur with several business ventures which included Voss Oil Company, Air Tankers Inc, Fountain Inn and restaurant, Water Unlimited, Thunder Basin Oil Service, Havoco Oil Company Inc, and he was the president of Weston Land, Inc. He was active in community affairs and served as finance chairman of the Weston County Republican Party. He served on the Weston County hospital board of directors, the Mondell Airport Board and the Newcastle Country Club. Warren was a contributing member of the Newcastle Lions Club.

Warren enjoyed hunting in Wyoming and fishing in Canada and made several trips with his brother, friends, sons and grandsons. He was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association. Warren also enjoyed travel, reading, swimming, the study of astronomy, playing card games and chess, and spending time with his family and friends. All who spent time with him were impressed by his wit, good humor, and generosity.

He is survived by his wife Dode of Newcastle, Wyoming; two sons and a daughter. W. Cary Voss and Barb of Newcastle, Wyoming and her son Bill Hansen and her daughter Shari Ferguson and Mike, and son Nickolas Meinke of Aurora, Colorado; Thomas A. Voss and Susanne of Moultrie, Georgia, and son

Logan Perino and wife Heather; Connie (Voss) Reimer and Lanny of Newcastle, Wyoming; six grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren: Michael Voss and wife Katie of Marietta, Georgia, Kristopher Voss of Loveland, Colorado, Crystal (Reimer) Emry and husband Geoff and children Jackson and Lance of Coeur

d'Alene, Idaho, Christopher and Dessa Reimer of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Carol Reimer of New York, New York, and Michael Reimer of Newcastle, Wyoming. His brother Dale H. Voss, Jr. and Rosemary of Verdigre, Nebraska, and three nephews Dale, Richard and Stanley Voss. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Eleen.

Gladys Librcajt

LEAD - Gladys Librcajt, 98, of Lead, passed peacefully on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at Dorsett Regional Senior Care in Spearfish.

Gladys was born March 26, 1908 in Armour, SD to William and Iva (Ray) Dennett. She was raised in Armour and attended schools there. Gladys married Andrew R. Cowell and had one daughter, Thelma (Sanito). She lived in Lead for eleven years and Black Hills Ordnance Depot for five years. Gladys then married James Librcajt and lived in Edgemont, SD for 55 years. The last five years she lived with her daughter.

Gladys was a member of the United Church in Edgemont, the Edgemont Senior Citizens and also the Edgemont American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, three brothers and five sisters and son-in-law (Jack Sanito).

Gladys will always be remembered for her kind, giving spirit and fun loving nature. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her daughter Thelma, Lead; grandson, Bob (Diane) Sanito of Lead; her granddaughter Karen (Chris) Weaver of Anthem, AZ; and her six great-grandchildren, Jaymee (Lance) Roth, Shelbee (Joe) Joyce, Kaleena Sanito, Ashley (David) Neal, Nick and Aaron Weaver.

A memorial has been established to the Edgemont United Church.

Memorial services will be Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Lead-Deadwood Funeral Chapel in Lead with Rev. Steve Agan officiating. Graveside services will follow at Mountain Lawn Cemetery. A luncheon will then be served at the Golden Hills Resort in Lead. The Aldinger Funeral Home of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

James L. Larson

DEADWOOD - James L. Larson, 58, of Deadwood died Thursday, December 28, 2006 at his home in Deadwood.

James was born December 31, 1947 in Brookings, SD to Howard and Judith (Vick) Larson. He grew up and attended school in Brookings, where he graduated High School in 1965. He then attended USD where he played trumpet and received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 1970.

While in college, Jim discovered the Northern Hills Community Band and the Days of '76 Parade. This past summer marked the 40th consecutive year he marched in the parade.

After college Jim taught music in New Orleans, where his son was born in 1972. Soon after his son's birth he moved to the Black Hills permanently, becoming a lifelong member of the Northern Hills Community Band. Jim was the director of the band for a number of years, and was also a member of the Northern Hills Brass Ensemble.

The past few years Jim enjoyed working at the Gold Dust Casino, where he was a shift supervisor.

He is survived by a son, Chad Larson, Lawrence, KS and his mother, Judith Larson of Spearfish, SD.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2007, at the Lead-Deadwood Funeral Chapel in Lead. Memorials may be given to the Northern Hills Community Band, PO Box 431, Deadwood, SD 57732. The Aldinger Funeral Home of Spearfish has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Robert Roy 'Bob' Zimmer

BELLE FOURCHE - Robert Roy "Bob" Zimmer, 83, Belle Fourche died Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, at his home.

He served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 28, 1949, to Jan. 27, 1950, and then served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Survivors include his wife, Harriette Zimmer, Belle Fourche; four sons, Steven Zimmer, Rapid City, Scott Zimmer, Oklahoma City, Dan Zimmer, Humboldt, and Dean Zimmer, Camerilla, Calif.; two stepsons, William McTavish, Taylor, Mich., and Tim McTavish, of Keensburg, Colo.; three stepdaughters, Diane Bostick, Richmond, Va., Roberta Fox, Belle Fourche, and JoAnne Ovall, Astoria; one brother, Tom Zimmer, Pewaukee, Wis.; 22 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

His first wife, Betty, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Belle Fourche.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the church, with the Rev. Tim Hoag officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

The family requests memorials to St. Paul's Catholic Church and to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wis.

Elma Tyon

PINE RIDGE - Elma Tyon, 86, Pine Ridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, in Custer.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Tyon, Pine Ridge, and Ramon Tyon, Hot Springs, and five grandchildren.

A first-night wake will begin at noon Saturday, Jan. 6, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hall in Hot Springs. A second-night wake will begin at noon Sunday, Jan. 7, at Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Billy Mills Hall, with the Rev. Ben Tyon officiating. Burial will be at St. Matthew's Episcopal Cemetery in Slim Buttes.

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

Leonard W. Sperlich

RAPID CITY - Leonard W. Sperlich, 90, Rapid City, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at a local nursing home.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Sperlich, Rapid City; three sons, Ronald Sperlich, Wessington Springs, Lyle Larson, Piedmont, and Rodney Larson, Midway City, Calif.; one daughter, Lisa Mayer, Rapid City; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Nora Reimer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Nora Reimer, 79, Cheyenne, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne.

Survivors include one son, Craig Reimer, Blue River, Ore.; one daughter, Debra Reimer, Cheyenne; three grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Hook, Rapid City, S.D.

Her husband, Alven Reimer, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from noon until service time, which will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at United Methodist Church in Sundance, with the Rev. Leslie Barnett officiating. Burial will follow at Green Mountain Cemetery in Sundance.

Memorials will be given to Crook County Museum and Art Gallery Foundation in Sundance.

Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Etta Scruton

SPEARFISH - Mary Etta Scruton, 88, Spearfish, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at David M. Dorsett Regional Senior Care in Spearfish.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Scruton, Las Vegas, and Henry "Larry" Scruton, Ragley, La., and two sisters, Helen Montgomery, Spearfish, and Jayne Clark, Casper, Wyo.

Arrangements are pending with Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Waneta Kelly

PIERRE - Waneta Kelly, 66, Pierre, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County in Sheridan, Wyo.

Survivors include two sons, Tom Kelly, Sheridan, and T.J. Kelly, Sioux Falls; one grandson; and one sister, Carol Anderson, Spearfish.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 6, at First Congregational Church in Fort Pierre, with the Rev. Norman Jones officiating.

Kane Funeral Home of Sheridan is in charge of local arrangements.

Harriet F. Connelly

RAPID CITY - Harriet F. Connelly, 89, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Westhills Village Health Care Facility in Rapid City.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph M. Connelly, Rapid City; one daughter, Susan A. Ross, Denver; and six stepchildren, Dennis Connelly, Mary Gilbert, Pat Connelly, Paula Tischler, Mark Connelly and Kevin Connelly.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, with the Rev. Michel Mulloy officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at Belvidere Cemetery.

Osheim-Catron Funeral Home of Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

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