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Kevin N. Stinson

RIVERTON, Wyo. - A celebration of life for Kevin K. Stinson will be Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 10 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton, WY.

Kevin passed Tuesday, March 22, 2005 as a result of a two vehicle accident near Hudson. Kevin came into this world on November 16, 1965 in Rapid City, SD to Oscar Lee Stinson and Arlene Louise (Frank) Stinson. He spent his childhood in the Johnson Siding area west of Rapid City. He graduated from Rapid City Stevens High School and later attended Black Hills State University.

On December 20, 1991 Kevin married Sheri Ann Kilmer in Deadwood, SD.

He worked as a driller and tool pusher in the gas fields for many years, where he became known as "Joker" by all he worked with.

Kevin enjoyed camping spending time with his family and friends, baseball, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, the outdoors, fishing, hunting, socializing and riding his Harley-Davidson.

Kevin consumed life with a smile on his face, a joke on his lips, and a plan for fun. He had the ability to walk into a room full of strangers and leave with many new friendships. Kevin will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and his lust for life.

Survivors include: the center of his world, wife Sheri and daughter Krista. Mother Arlene and Leonard Ibach. In-laws are Bill and Joyce Kilmer and brother-in-law Kevin Kilmer of Riverton, WY. Brothers include Terry and his wife Barb and their son Devon of Gillette, WY and Carroll and his wife Sandy of Rapid City, SD. Niece and nephew Jennifer McMillin and Shawn Stinson and their mother Sharri Pettyjohn. Great neice Augusta McMillin.

Memorial will be established for Krista Lee Stinson Fund in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main, Riverton, WY 82501.

Cremation has taken place to honor Kevin's wishes.

Thomas C. Mohr

RAPID CITY - Thomas C. Mohr, 78, Rapid City, died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He served in the U.S. Navy from May 27, 1944, to June 9, 1946.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Mohr, Rapid City; two sons, Jay Mohr, Altadena, Calif., and Ross Mohr, Rapid City; one daughter, Lisa Hendrickson, Eau Claire, Wis.; eight grandchildren; two brothers, John Mohr, St. Louis, and Larry Mohr, Woodbury, Minn.; and two sisters, Marylee Moscovoy, Leadville, Colo., and Virginia Kane, Auburn, Calif.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 28, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home in Rapid City.

A memorial has been established.

Howard E. Sund

OMAHA, Neb. - Howard E. Sund, age 71, of Omaha, formerly of Rapid City, passed away March 23, 2005. Survived by his wife of 52 years, Cynthia R.; daughters, Christine (Dan) Keller, Urbandale, IA, Stephanie (Jim) Cunningham, Olathe, KS; son, Daniel (Angie) Sund, Madison, MS; grandchildren, Julie, Betsy, Joe, Megan, Nick, Brock, Jake; and brothers, Harry W. Sund, Pringle, SD, and Harold L. Sund, Nashville, TN.; and 21 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry J. and Effie Sund; brothers, Glenn, Paul, and Fred; sisters, Alvena, Henrietta, Minnie, and Georgia Ann. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, and worked in sales for 50 years. Howard donated his body to Creighton University School of Medicine.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, 2650 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE. Memorials to Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church.

Lorraine M. Gerdes

PIERRE - Lorraine Mary Gerdes, age 86, of Pierre, formerly a longtime resident of Lemmon, passed away on Sunday morning, March 20, at the Maryhouse in Pierre, SD.

Lorraine was born December 1, 1918, in Tacoma, WA, to William C. and Genevieve (Ostrum) Boyle. She grew up the daughter of a railroad man in Selfridge, ND; LaPlant, SD, and Eagle Butte, SD, graduating from Eagle Butte High School in 1935. She attended Aberdeen Business College and graduated at the top of her secretarial class in 1936. She was united in marriage to Cyril "Bud" Fredrick Gerdes on June 4, 1939, at Eagle Butte, SD.

Shortly after graduation from business college, Lorraine began her lifelong career as a legal secretary with Gorsuch & Huntsinger, attorneys at law. During Bud's three and a half years overseas with the US Army in World War II, Lorraine lived and worked in Aberdeen. In 1947, Bud and Lorraine moved to Lemmon, where they lived for the remainder of their married life, punctuated after retirement with annual winter trips to Ft. Walton Beach, FL. There, Lorraine resumed her legal secretarial career and worked for many years with Johnson & Kelley. She was a nurturing mentor to her children who tirelessly reminded them to always do their best. Perhaps her greatest legacy is her visionary advocacy for equal work place rights for women, begun long before the advent of women's advocacy organizations and equal rights legislation.

A source of great joy was her membership in Chapter AH of the PEO sisterhood, in which she held several offices, including chapter president. She received her 50 year pin in 2002. She was also active in the American Legion Auxiliary and Spencer Memorial Church women's activities. Lorraine loved bridge and her bridge friends, never missing a chance to play another match. She and Bud were fixtures at the Lemmon Country Club and loved the social side of the game of golf.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, David A. and Karen A. Gerdes, Ft. Pierre, SD; Karl F. Gerdes and Dr. Pamela Rohrich, El Cerrito, CA; two grandchildren, Amy Gerdes, Sioux Falls, SD, and Jim Gerdes, Spearfish, SD; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert E. and Giovanna M. Boyle, Woodridge, IL; Dr. Victor D. and Arlene L. Boyle, Colbert, WA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bud, two brothers and an infant grandson, John Frederick Gerdes.

The family is planning a memorial service in Lemmon, followed by inurnment at Black Hills National Cemetery in the near future.

Bernard R. 'Bernie' Eveleth

STURGIS - Bernard R. "Bernie" Eveleth, 85, Sturgis, died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at Sturgis Community Health Care Center.

He served with the 109th Engineers National Guard in World War II.

Survivors include three daughters, Diana Cole, Belen, N.M., Pamela Cowen, Gillette, Wyo., and Beverly Patterson, Sturgis; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one stepgranddaughter; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Julia Young, Sturgis.

His wife, Helen, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis and one hour before services Tuesday at the church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, with the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established to Central Meade County Community Center.

Woodrow Wilson Swallow

HOT SPRINGS - Woodrow Wilson Swallow, 81, Hot Springs, died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Fort Meade Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Sturgis.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel Swallow, Hot Springs, and a daughter, Sandy Swallow-Morgan, Spearfish.

Arrangements are pending with Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home of Sturgis.

Lavern Ray Johannson

KIMBERLY, Wis. - Formerly of Rapid City, age 62, passed away at the home of his granddaughter in Kimberly, WI, on Friday, March 25, 2005, following a courageous battle with cancer. Lavern was born June 16, 1942, in Lemars, Iowa, the son of Edna (Pausch) Johannson and the late Carl J. Johannson. Lavern was an auto body repairman and prior to moving to Wisconsin in 2004, he was employed by body shops in northwest Iowa, and southeastern and western South Dakota, including Custer, and Rapid City, South Dakota. He was united in marriage to Colleen Dean on June 9, 1961.

Lavern will be deeply missed by Colleen; his children Ramona (Gerel) McLeod of Oshkosh, WI, and Mark (Rachel) Johannson of Rapid City, SD; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and a great grandchild; 2 brothers, Leonard (Dorena) Johannson of Beech Creek, KT, and Donald (Gloria) Johannson of Tempe, AZ. In addition to his father, Lavern was preceded in death by a brother, Robert. Funeral services will be held Tuesday March 29th at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Lederer Funeral Chapel, 606 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI, with burial in Riverside Cemetery.

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Eleanor M. Weaver

SPEARFISH - Eleanor M. Weaver, 78, Spearfish and formerly of Lead, died Friday, March 25, 2005, at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Spearfish.

Survivors include three sons, Lyle Weaver, Tahlequah, Okla., Steve Weaver, Black Hawk, and Joel Weaver, Rapid City.

Services are pending with Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home in Spearfish.

Elaine Maxine Fralick Watson

SPEARFISH - Elaine Maxine Fralick Watson, 81, of Spearfish, died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at the David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility in Spearfish.

Elaine Maxine Fralick was born July 29, 1923, on the Pine Ridge Reservation to Max and Ada (Brown) Fralick. She grew up on the reservation and also in Lead. She graduated from Deadwood High School in 1941. She took pride in raising her children and being a homemaker. She enjoyed making people happy. She married Homer Watson in 1967. She worked as a receptionist at the Gold Run Inn in Lead and Lookout Memorial Hospital. After 20 years at Lookout Memorial Hospital, she retired in 1995 after having back surgery. She considered the people her coworkers and patient at the hospital as her second family and loved by them all.

Elaine is survived by one son, Mike Weiers, Spearfish; three daughters, Carol (Bill) Brumagin, Loveland, CO, Barbara "Bobbi" Wherry, Tucson, AZ, Linda (John) Carr, Deadwood, SD; one sister, Darlene Mattson, Rapid City, SD; and one brother, Donald Fralick, Rapid City, SD; ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Larry C. Watson, Boise, ID, and Gary Q. Watson, Green River, WY; and a number of stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as her special friends at the Ponderosa Assisted Living in Spearfish.

Her husband, Homer, her parents, one granddaughter and one grandson preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2005, at the Carlsen & Aldinger Funeral Home of Spearfish with Rev. Mr. Ray Klein officiating. Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis. A memorial has been established to CASA of the Northern Hills. You may sign the guest book for Elaine at

Lloyd Pugh

ASHLAND, Neb. - Lloyd Pugh, Ashland and formerly of Rapid City, S.D., died Thursday, March 24, 2005.

Survivors include his wife, Marvel Pugh, Ashland; two sons, Bart Pugh, Omaha, and Bret Pugh, Des Moines, Iowa; and two daughters, Beth Christiansen, Omaha, and Barbie Koehne, Sioux Falls, S.D.

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

Pauline O'Neill

RAPID CITY - Pauline O'Neill, 93, Rapid City, died Friday, March 25, 2005, at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City.

Survivors include one daughter, Charlene Lewis, Rapid City; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret Williams, Philip, and Darlene Hill, Rapid City.

Arrangements are pending with Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City.

Mattie Farris

Daughter Carolyn Musilek's name was misspelled in information submitted to the Journal for the obituary of Mattie Elizabeth Hopkins Farris, 95, Colome, that was printed Friday, March 25.

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