Reynold W. 'Bill' Lux

RAPID CITY - Reynold W. "Bill" Lux, 80, Rapid City, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at his home.

He was born Sept. 22, 1919, at Bloomfield, N.J., the son of Gustave and Marie (Sachse) Lux, and was the youngest of five children. He attended Sacred Heart of Bloomfield Parochial School and Bloomfield High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1937, serving continuously until 1959, when he retired as Chief Boatswain's Mate, with 22 years of service.

He was united in marriage to Lola Mae Gill of Wichita, Kan., on Aug. 3, 1946, at Pratt, Kan. Together they have six children. They moved from San Diego, Calif., to Rapid City, in August 1959. He was active in the securities and insurance business.

He was a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club for a number of years; a life member of the Rapid City Elks Lodge 1187 for over 40 years; a long-time member of the Fleet Reserve Association; Plank owner and member of the U.S. Navy Memorial; a life member of the Rushmore VFW Post 1273, Rapid City; a life member of the DAV, Rapid City; and a longtime member of the Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Chapter 29, Rapid City.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Mae "Pidge" Lux, Rapid City; four sons, William David Lux, Eugene, Ore., Dan Joseph Lux, Halstead, Kan., Steven Christopher Lux, Rapid City, and Frank William Lux, LeClair, Iowa; two daughters, Cinda Marie Treick, Kearney, Neb., and Kathryn Ann Lux, Rapid City; two sisters, Kathryn Shives, Vero Beach, Fla., and Margaret Ward, Laguna Miguel, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home.

Christian wake services will be at 7 p.m. today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, with the Rev. Brian Christensen as celebrant.

Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors provided by Rushmore VFW Post 1273, Rapid City.

Kendall Noel Vasknetz

STURGIS - Kendall Noel Vasknetz, infant, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include her parents, Shannon and Kim (Smith) Vasknetz, Sturgis; paternal grandparents, Violet and Timothy Vasknetz, Sturgis; maternal grandparents, Robert and Kay Smith, Union Center; great-grandparents, George and Laura Hackworth, Sturgis, and Herb and Mildred Vasknetz, Las Vegas, Nev.; and one brother, Dylon Vasknetz, Sturgis.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bear Butte Cemetery. Friends and family may gather at the cemetery. Arrangements are with Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

Dorothy M. Brings Him Back

OGLALA - Dorothy M. Brings Him Back, 62, Oglala, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, Stacy Stewart, Oglala, and John Stewart, Keshene, Wis.; four daughters, Betty Not Help Him, Pearl Stewart, Deborah Belt, and Elfreda Stewart; two brothers, Henry Brings Him Back and Fred Brings Him Back; one stepbrother, Emmett Scabby Face; four sisters, Rosemary Good Voice Elk, Sylvia White Dress, Elizabeth Titus, and Fannie Scott, all of Oglala; 22 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Two-night wake services began Wednesday, July 12, at Loneman School in Oglala.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, at the Loneman School, with the Rev. Bill Pauly officiating and traditional Lakota services by Michael Little Boy.

Burial will be at Our Lady of the Sioux Cemetery in Oglala.

Tina (Lone Hill) Running Shield

PORCUPINE - Tina (Lone Hill) Running Shield, 58, Porcupine, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Porcupine.

Survivors include three sons, Lloyd Bianas, Porcupine, Norman Bianas, Flandreau, and Dennis Lone Elk, Chadron, Neb.; four daughters, Carol Hornbeck and Marletta Bianas, both of Porcupine, Vonda Velasquez, Rapid City, and Dawn Lone Hill, Havre, Mont.; one brother, William Lone Hill Sr.; and one sister, Anna Kills Right, both Porcupine; 26 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

One-night wake services will begin at 2 p.m. today at the Porcupine CAP Building.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Simon Looking Elk officiating.

Burial will be at the Presbyterian cemetery in Porcupine.

Gerald M. Clifford (Naca Cikala)

MANDERSON - Gerald Clifford was born Sept. 28, 1939, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He was the fifth of seven children born to Robert S. Clifford and Geraldine Swallow.

Gerald graduated from Holy Rosary High School at the age of 15, then went on to become the youngest four-year graduate in the history of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, at the age of only 19. After college, he began a short career as an aeronautical engineer for North American and Thiacol in Los Angeles, Calif., designing such things as the exit cone for the Minuteman I missile.

In 1961, Gerald made a choice that would forever change his relationship to the world around him. He left his job and all of his belongings to join the Camaldolese Order of Benedictines as a hermit monk. He was sent to Rome to study at the San Anselmo Pontifical College, where he earned a laureate degree in Christic Theology.

In 1968, fueled in part by the loss of his mother to cancer a year earlier, Gerald left the priesthood and returned to the reservation. He still needed spirituality, a vital part of every stage of his life, so he became involved in the traditional Lakota religion.

In 1969, Gerald was selected as a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow. The next year, under the administration of Gerald One Feather, Gerald Clifford was appointed as director of economic development for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. During this time, Gerald made many positive changes and additions to the tribe's economic system. Most notably, Gerald was responsible for the decentralization of tribal government, the centralization of the tribal finance office, and the organization of the Lakota Higher Education Center, which later became Oglala Lakota College.

In 1972, the year after his father's death, Gerald was selected as executive director for the Coalition of Indian Controlled School Boards. As such, he lobbied for the passage of "93-638. The Self-Determination Act," which allowed tribes the ability to contract programs from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. As well as leading the effort to create federal Indian scholarships, he also assisted in establishing the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, which coordinates the efforts of tribal colleges.

In the mid-'70s, Gerald started a couple of businesses. The first of these was

ACKCO, Inc., which was an Indian-owned consulting firm. The second was an organizational design and development firm called Gerald M. Clifford & Associates. Through this second firm, in 1976, Gerald designed the Oglala Sioux Public Safety program, which is the only citizen-controlled law-enforcement program in the world. In 1977, he was selected as the first executive manager of the Oglala Sioux Public Safety program.

Gerald was selected as the coordinator of the Black Hills Steering Committee in 1983. He led the effort to unite the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation and seek legislation for the return of the Black Hills. His effort led to a long relationship with Sen. Bill Bradley and Congressman Floyd Meeds. He also coordinated research efforts to establish "spiritual title" to the Black Hills, which affords Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people the right to legally practice their religion on government lands in the Black Hills.

Gerald served as an accountant on the HM Trust Fund Reconciliation project along with his longtime associate, Francis Killer. A year later, in 1993, Gerald became the vice president of Institutional Development for Oglala Lakota College. As vice president, he supervised the National Science Foundation grant and award, which is now known as the M.I.E. program. He also coordinated fund-raising for the college's scholars.

In 1995, Gerald was selected as the executive director of Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System. As the first engineer to fill this position, he was responsible for dramatic increases in funds for the programs, from $5 million/year to $28 million/year. In his five-year tenure as director, Gerald oversaw the completion of the Missouri River Water Treatment facility, and pipe laid on over 1/3 of the Pine Ridge Reservation. This same year, Gerald graduated from the University of Phoenix with a master's degree in business administration.

In the spring of 1999, Gerald was diagnosed with cancer. After a courageous year-long battle with the disease, Gerald Martin Clifford died on the July 9, 2000.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert S. Clifford Jr., and his hunka father, Zachary High White Man.

He is survived by two sons, Gerald Tokala Clifford and Maka Akan Najin Clifford, all of Rapid City; two daughters, Katela (Tokahewin) Clifford of Rapid City, and Veronica Geraldine Black Elk-Clifford of Pepper Creek; three grandchildren, Jade Alexander Garcia and Nangmanito Ota Perdapi Garcia, both of Denver. Colo., and Imani Mikiyela Foye of Rapid City.

Additionally, he is survived by his hunka children, Ramona Bear Runner, Taos, N.M., Kimberly Tilsen, Mark Tilsen, and Nick Tilsen, all of Minneapolis, Rose Brown, Wanblee, Heidi Bjonnes, Bjorabekk, Norway, Nick Palmers, Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Fawn Irving, Pepper Creek.

Siblings, Donald Clifford, Sister Geraldine Clifford OSE, and Rose Palmer, all of Manderson, Leonard Clifford and Eli Clifford, both of Pine Ridge.

Services will be held at Wounded Knee School gymnasium in Manderson.

One-night wake services began Wednesday, July 12.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today, with burial at the St. Agnes Cemetery in Manderson.

Rarely does the world see a man with as much heart, determination and love for his people. He is greatly loved by his children and family, and will be sorely missed, but his spirit will live on in the work he did for the Lakota Nation.

Veronica Hilton

RAPID CITY - Veronica Hilton, 88, Rapid City, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Westhills Village Health Care Center.

Survivors include a son, James Hilton, Rapid City; and a daughter, Kay Strahl, Nimpomo, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Steve Foss officiating.

Interment will be at the Mountain View Cemetery.

Osheim-Catron Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edith Jarvi

BELLE FOURCHE - Edith Jarvi, 91, Belle Fourche, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Ray Jarvi, Belle Fourche; and one sister, Marion Green, Watertown.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Kline-Frost Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche, with the Rev. Steve Olson officiating.

Burial will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery.

Benjamin Dierking

HULETT, Wyo. - Benjamin Cyrus Dierking, 20, Hulett, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, in Casper following injuries suffered in a car accident near Carlile.

He was born Jan. 25, 1980, in Newcastle to Dwight and Jeanine (Hawley) Dierking. He attended Gertrude Burns Elementary School in Newcastle and played Little League baseball as a summer pastime.

In October 1986, the family moved to Orleans, Neb., and the following year to Kensington, Kan. Ben attended elementary school in Kirwin, Kan., and junior high school at Eastern Heights School in Agra, Kan.

In September 1994, the family moved to Hulett, and he graduated in 1998 from Hulett High School. He received awards in basketball, football and woodworking. He enjoyed hunting, many outdoor activities and ranching.

Survivors include his parents, Dwight and Jeanine Dierking, and one brother, Kenny Dierking, all of Hulett; maternal grandfather, Michael Hawley Jr., Newcastle; aunts and uncles, Bernard and Linda Hawley and their family, Casper, John and Amy Hawley and their family, Newcastle, Janice Hawley and her family, Rapid City, Doug and Donna Eckhardt and their family, Riverton, Neb., Steve and Debbie Lamont and their family, Kensington, Kan., Jim and Wanda Bass and their family, Phillipsbury, Kan., Gene and Bonnie Buettgenback and their family, Shelton, Neb., and Judy Seeger and her family, Phoneix, Ariz.; and numerous cousins, friends and neighbors.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Hulett High School gymnasium, with the Rev. Doug Wood officiating. The casket will remain closed. Burial will follow in the Hulett Cemetery.

Memorials have been established for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Hulett High School woodworking shop.

Robert 'Bob' Lee

RAPID CITY - Robert "Bob" Lee was born in Chenoa, Ill., March 1, 1926. He grew up in and around Bloomington, Ill., until his enlistment in the Navy, where he served as gunner's mate aboard LST856 in WWII. Upon his discharge, he met and married Zola McCall of Rapid City, where they resided 54 years.

Bob enjoyed all sports and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He worked in the grocery business for many years and then managed Ellsworth Bowling Lanes for 18 years before his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and his oldest son, Michael.

He is survived by his wife, Zola, and children, Barbara, Larry and Nancy, Timothy Lee and Karen Rudek; brothers, Gordon, Glenn, Keith and Kenneth; sisters, Mary Anders and Pat Todd; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Behrens Mortuary, with burial at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established through the family for the Parkinson's Foundation.

Ronald Eugene Womack

PIERRE - Ronald Eugene Womack, 50, Pierre, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie Womack, Pierre; his children, Rona, Randy and Casey, Washington; his mother, Iris Womack; his brother, Charles D. Womack, and his sister, Mary Ketchum, all of Rapid City. A memorial service is pending.

Juanita M. Currier

RAPID CITY - Juanita M. Currier, 75, Rapid City, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen "Kate" Baumiller, Rapid City; four sons, Theodore Currier, Allentown, Pa., Jon Currier, Colstrip, Mont., Mike Currier, Sheyenne, N.D., and Jim Lea, Helena, Mont.; a sister, June McNeese, Alamogordo, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-granchildren.

Visitation will be one hour before services, which will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, at Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at Resurrection Cemetery in Helena, Mont., with the Rev. Kevin O'Neill officiating.

Robert L. Running Bear

BROKEN BOW, Neb. - Robert L. Running Bear, 40, Broken Bow, died Sunday, July 9, 2000, at Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon.

Robert L. Running Bear was born Jan. 1, 1960, to Richard and Zelda (Leading Horse) Running Bear.

Robert attended school in Lexington, Lincoln and Batesland, S.D. Through his adult years, he lived in Denver, Colo., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Seattle, Wash.

Robert was a semi-professional musician for 21 years. He played drums and was a lead singer along with his brothers and fellow musicians. He had played in the bands Little Wing and Big Horn and currently had been playing drums for the Thundering Justice Band. His biggest break in music was when he played in Arnold Report from Chicago, Ill., and Omav and the Howlers from Austin, Texas. Robert was also a Native American artist.

Robert is survived by two sons, Robert Running Bear, Jr., Broken Bow, and Albert Running Bear, Red Shirt Table, S.D.; three daughters, Louise Running Bear and Zandra Running Bear, both of Broken Bow, and Maggie Running Bear, Eagle Butte, S.D.; three brothers, Melvin Running Bear, Eddyville, and Roger Running Bear and Haroldine Running Bear, both of Broken Bow; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one grandchild.

Three-night wake services began at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, at Sacred Heart Church in Wounded Knee, S.D.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the church, with the Rev. Ernest Tail officiating. Burial will be at Wounded Knee Cemetery.

Sister Sylvester Friedt

WATERTOWN - Sister Sylvester Friedt, 86, Watertown, died Monday, July 10, 2000, at Maryhouse Nursing Home in Pierre.

Survivors include her sister, Celestine Mosbrucker, Mott, N.D.

A liturgical wake service will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the Mother of God Monastery in Watertown.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14, at the monastery, with burial at the monastery cemetery.

Albina M. Shindelbower

TYNDALL - Albina M. Shindelbower, 92, Tyndall, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Tyndall Good Samaritan Center.

Survivors include three children, James Shindelbower, Sisseton, Betty Boxa, Gregory, and Ethellyne Schnabel, Tripp; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services were held June 29, 2000, at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Tyndall. Burial was at Garden of Memories in Yankton.

Elizabeth Schauer

HETTINGER, N.D. - Elizabeth Schauer, 91, Hettinger, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, at Hillcrest Care Center.

Survivors include her son, Fred Schauer, Billings, Mont.; and two daughters, Delores Garmon, Hill City, S.D., and Ramona Roll, Onalaska, Wis.

Services are pending with Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger.

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