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Obituaries for May 23, 2007

Obituaries for May 23, 2007


Wauneta Madge 'Cookie' Cook

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. - Wauneta Cook, 67, Newcastle, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at Weston County Health Services in Newcastle.

Survivors include her ex-husband, James Perry Ellis; four daughters, Jaimette Kittleson, Kristine Ellis, Diana Matkin and Rebecca Tygart, all of the Denver area; seven grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and two brothers, Edgar Cook, Osage, and Calvin Cook, Minatare, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Abba Oyler; and her brother Alfred Cook.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Senior Center in Newcastle, with Deacon Ken Pitlick officiating.

A memorial has been established to the Weston County Hospice Program.

Tobias H. 'Toby' Hintz

EAGLE BUTTE - Tobias H. "Toby" Hintz, 91, Eagle Butte and formerly of the Meadow area, died Sunday, May 20, 2007, at Hillcrest Care Center in Hettinger, N.D.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Hintz, Eagle Butte; one daughter, Carole Sternad, Faith; two sons, Gene Hintz, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dennis Hintz, Dickinson, N.D.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Faith Area Memorial Chapel-Evanson-Jensen Funeral Home and for one hour before services Friday at the community center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Faith Community Center, with the Rev. Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will be at Faith Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Louise Parsons Goins

CUSTER - Louise Parsons Goins, 85, Custer, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at Custer Regional Hospital.

Survivors include four children, Martha Grimme, Tyndall, Barbara Pierce, Rapid City, and Wilma Thompson and Larry Goins, both of Pahrump, Nev.; one sister, Reva Logsden, St. George, Utah; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at McColley's Chapels of the Hills in Custer.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at First Baptist Church in Custer, with the Rev. Bill Savery officiating. Burial will follow at Custer Cemetery.

Written condolences may be made at

Laurel 'Nick' NickersonPIERRE - Laurel "Nick" Nickerson, Pierre, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, in Pierre.

Survivors include his wife, Genevieve Nickerson, Pierre; two sons, Richard Nickerson, Pierre, and Edward Nickerson, Deadwood; and one daughter, Laura Lee, Deadwood.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Grace Lutheran Church in Deadwood.

Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Isburg Funeral Chapel of Pierre is in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence (Larry) Wannigman

TUCSON, Ariz. - Lawrence (Larry) Wannigman, 78, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2007 in Tucson, AZ. He is survived by his wife, Cunda, and children Bob, Mike, Kathy, David and John, and preceded in death by son Charles. He was born and raised in Bird Island, MN. He married his high school sweetheart, Cunda Bresson, in 1951 before joining the Air Force. He then worked in Civil Service for 37 years living in Rapid City, S.D., Germany, and Denver, CO. He retired in Aurora, CO and enjoyed his winters in Florida and Arizona. He was a loving husband and dedicated father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Memorial service will be held in Denver, Colorado on Friday May 25th.

Keith L. Smith

RAPID CITY - Keith L. Smith, 71, Rapid City, died Oct. 11, 2006, after a short battle with leukemia.

Survivors include his wife Diane, two children, Karen Hilliard and Kelly Smith; three grandchildren; and one sister, Myrtle Fritz of Washington.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday May 25, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with the Rev. Steve Mechem officiating. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post No. 1273 Honor Guard.

Those attending may meet at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m. for the procession.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Gladys Mae Jewett

NEWELL - Gladys Mae Jewett, 78, Newell, died at home on Sunday, May 20, 2007, surrounded by family.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Newell Christian Fellowship, with Rev. Sean Carney and Rev. Charlie Conger officiating. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, with a family prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis. An online guestbook is available at

A memorial has been established.

Gladys Mae Hirsch was born December 1, 1928, on the family homestead near Isabel. She was the daughter of Jacob and Ella (Bohle) Hirsch. Gladys grew up on the family farm near Isabel and was a graduate of the Isabel High School. On November 2, 1947, she was united in marriage to Robert Jewett in Isabel. Together they began their lives in a sheep wagon while they farmed, and put up hay and herded sheep during the winter months. On December 11, 1949, Robert Jr. was born and the family moved into a new 30-foot trailer house. On June 11, 1953, James was born. On July 7, 1957, twins Jay and Mae were born. In 1960. Robert and his family bought a farm west of Fruitdale. For several years they dairy farmed and raised sheep and cattle. In April of 1991, they sold the farm. Following the sale, they continued farming west of Belle Fourche on Robert's brothers' farm until they moved to Newell in 2001. Robert died November 1, 2004.

Gladys enjoyed working with flowers and for a short time she worked at the Belle Flower Shop in Belle Fourche, which she really enjoyed. She also liked to garden and enjoyed spending time with her coffee group and the church circle. She loved playing cards, especially bridge and pinochle. She was a member of the Newell Christian Fellowship. For the past six months, Gladys has fought hard against cancer. During these months she has been a living testimony of having a positive outlook on life, and she has never complained. She has demonstrated faith in action, and she will be remembered for her great love of family and her strong faith in Christ. She loved her family and was proud to be a great-grandmother. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Gladys is survived by her sons, Robert Jr. (and Carol) of Grand Rapids, James of Craig, Colo., and Jay of Gillette, Wyo.; daughter, Mae Jewett of Newell; her mother, Ella Hirsch of Rupert, Idaho; brothers, Arnie (Carol) Hirsch and Marvin (Maggie) Hirsch, all of Rupert, Idaho, and Robert (Joyce) Hirsch of Heyburn Idaho; sister, Monie Oschner of Gillette; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and husband.

Wray L. Bent

LOVELAND, Colo. - Wray L. Bent, 68, Loveland, died May 18, 2007. Wray was born August 25, 1938, in Red Mountain, Calif., to William and Hattie (Leach) Bent.

Wray served in the U.S. Navy. On Feb. 22, 1980, he married Josephine W. Johnson in Las Vegas, Nev. He was self employed in various businesses, including a janitorial business and had a catering truck in Anaheim, Calif. He was also self employed for 13 years as Santa Claus at various malls in California, Florida and New Jersey. Wray and Jo retired in 1997 and moved to Rapid City, S.D. They moved to Loveland from Rapid City a month ago, after Wray had a stroke.

Wray enjoyed fishing and horse racing. Wray's family was most important to him, and he was a loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife Jo Bent of Loveland; three sons, Barney Harris (Bonnie) of Anaheim, Billy Bent (Michaela) of Loveland, and Michael Bent (Buffy) of Shelton, Wash.; three brothers, Elmer Bent of Monterey, Calif., Lee Donaghe of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jimmy Donaghe of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; two sisters, Lavina Cotton of Kansas City, Kan., and Debbie Downton of Fresno, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Stephanie Bent and Hunter Bent.

Wray was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Viegut Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Big Bend Presbyterian Church or Hospice of the Black Hills in South Dakota in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.

Marjorie E. Jones

MARTIN - Marjorie E. Jones, 84, Martin, died Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Bennett County Nursing Home in Martin.

Marjorie was born April 4, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., to William Edward and Christina (Lawson) Jobst. At two years of age the family moved to Park Ridge, Ill., where she lived until after her marriage. She graduated from Main Township High School in 1941. After graduation, Marge worked at the First National Bank of Chicago, and continued her education attending night classes at Northwestern University Chicago campus.

On May 25, 1946, Marge married a high school classmate, David Lloyd Jones. After their marriage, they moved to the J-X Ranch north of Allen. In 1965, David and Marge sold the ranch and moved into Martin, where they bought the Martin Drug Store in 1968. David died on May 22, 1975, and Marge continued to run the business with the help of her son David P. until 1979, at which time she sold the business and retired.

Marge attended the Hisle and Greenvalley Bible School throughout the years they lived at Allen. After moving to Martin, she joined the Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1961. She became a commissioned Trustee of the church in 1966, and an Ordained Elder in 1974. She was active in the Presbyterian Ladies Aide, and sang in the choir for many years. She was appointed to attend the National Presbyterian General Assembly in Hartford, Conn., in 1982, where she served on the Justice Committee. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, extension club and Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member and officer of Beta Iota Sorority. She enjoyed genealogy and had traced family lineage to the Mayflower - the vessel on which 13 ancestors had made their way to America.

Marge is survived by three children, Janette and husband Dave Waller, Hillsboro, Ohio, Susan and husband Melvin Brassfield, Caputa, S.D. and David P. Jones and wife Mary of Martin; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy and husband Ed Berkeley of Ft. Collins, Colo.; one brother-in-law, Paul Jones and wife Merrie of Ann Arbor, Mich.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband David Lloyd Jones; three children, William David, Donald Raymond, Kathryn Ellen; and her parents.

Memorials have been established to Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Bennett County Nursing Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church in Martin, with the Rev. Anne Marshall officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Community Cemetery.

Donald J. Klapperich

RAPID CITY - Donald J. Klapperich, 67, Rapid City, died at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Tuesday, May 22, 2007.

He was born August 29, 1939, at Redfield, S.D., the son of Emil and Mary (Halfman) Klapperich.

Donald served in the US Army from Oct. of 1957 until Oct. of 1959 and was recalled to active duty in Oct. of 1961 and served until August of 1962.

He married Donna Neu on May 5, 1962, at Redfield, S.D. The couple moved to Rapid City following their marriage. Donald was employed with Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. for a time, served as Division Manager for the Sears Roebuck Co. for a period of five years and later owned and operated Klapperich Drilling and Don's Pump and Water Services.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Klapperich, Rapid City; three sons, Dean Klapperich and his wife Donna, Darin Klapperich and his wife Deanna and David Klapperich and his wife Jannel, all of Rapid City; a daughter, Dawn White and her husband Nelson, West Alexander, PA; two brothers, Robert Klapperich, Lincoln, NE, and Michael Klapperich, Pinckney, Michigan; four sisters, Delores Hamilton, Redfield, SD, Ethel Hagen, Orient, S.D., Phyllis Merrill, Kearney, NE, and Rosie Forester, Lincoln, NE; ten grandchildren, Chance, D.J. and Mitchell White, Hannah and Taylor Klapperich, Wyatt, Alaina and Emily Klapperich and Kyra and Kaden Klapperich and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Phillip Klapperich in infancy, two sisters, JoAnn McGirr and Marj Moon and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., with a Christian Wake Service at 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Church of St. Therese, the Little Flower with Rev. Bill Zandri presiding.

Interment, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273, will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

A memorial has been established. Friends may sign the online guest register and offer condolences at

Lilburn Claire Weimer

STURGIS - Lilburn Claire Weimer went to be with our Heavenly Father Monday, May 21, 2007.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel and will resume Friday one hour prior to the services at the church.

A family prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. The public is invited to attend.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Grace Lutheran Church, with Pastor Michael Fox officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.

Lilburn was born in Boneita Springs to Burley and Clara C. (Waltemate) Weimer on Nov. 13, 1917. The family moved to Sturgis in 1933, where he graduated from Sturgis High School.

Lilburn married Jennie Brink on August 3, 1940, in Sundance, Wyo. There were five children born to this union.

Although he spent time with the CCC's and also building dams, his lifetime career started at Lund's Bakery in Sturgis, where he learned the baking trade. In 1949, Lilburn bought Eric's Bakery from Eric and Martha Kerttu. The business was later named Weimer's Bakery and Lunch. Lilburn retired in 1985, but remained active in daily operations for many more years.

Lilburn was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for 73 years. He served on church counsel, was a member of Lutheran Brotherhood, and taught Sunday School.

Lilburn was a lifetime member of the Sturgis Lions Club, a member of the Sturgis volunteer fire department, Odd Fellows, Black Hills Four Wheelers and the Meade County Senior Citizens.

Blessed to have shared his life are his three daughters, Sandra (Don) Kost, Gillette, Wyo., Janice Weimer, Sturgis, and Connie (Dennis) Fawcett, Ree Heights; one son, Marc Weimer, Spearfish; one brother, Robert (Sharon) Weimer, Denver, Colo.; and son-in-law, Dick (Julie) Logue, Colorado Springs, Colo. Lilburn had 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Lil was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Jennie; one daughter, Cheryl Logue; one grandson, Jay Fawcett; three brothers, Frank, Bill and Jimmy; and one sister, Beverly.

Memorials have been established to Meals on Wheels, Grace Lutheran Radio Broadcast and the Lions Sight and Service.

Myrna J. Oaks

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Myrna J. Oaks, 69, Las Vegas, passed away Friday, May 18, 2007.

She was born Myrna J. Ashmore in Deadwood, to William H. and Dorothy I. (McNeill) Ashmore on May 26, 1937. Myrna attended Cleghorn Canyon Grade School, St. John's Catholic School and graduated from Rapid City High School in May 1955.

Myrna married Richard Oaks July 2, 1955. As a member of a military family she lived in Maryland, Florida, Newfoundland and California and settled in Las Vegas in 1972. In her early years, she worked for the Commonwealth Theaters and the former Sheraton-Johnson Hotel and was a retired casino cage manager.

She is survived by her children, Brad Oaks and wife, Lisa of Las Vegas, Barry Oaks and wife, Judy of Henderson, Nev., Gary Oaks, Las Vegas, and Julie Howard and husband, Jimmy, Henderson; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Susan Larson, Rapid City, Marsha Rojo, Broken Arrow, Okla., and her brothers, John Ashmore, St. Louis, Mo., Tom Ashmore, Rapid City, and Don Ashmore and Tim Ashmore of Las Vegas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dorothy and brothers, Norman and William Ashmore.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, with the service to follow. Inurnment will be at the Palm Mortuary Cemetery.

Nolan Landis

RAPID CITY - Nolan Landis, 89, Rapid City and formerly of Palm Springs, Calif., died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include three children, Anita Landis and Kimberlee Gilbert, both of Phoenix, and Doug Smith, Rapid City; three great-granddaughters; and two great-great-grandsons.

His wife, Janet Landis, preceded him in death.

Services will be at a later date in Hollywood, Calif.

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home of Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Calvin Anderson

DUPREE - Calvin Anderson, 83, Dupree, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at IHS Hospital in Eagle Butte.

Arrangements are pending with Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.

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