Shirley Jeanne Menzel


Shirley Jeanne Menzel, 91, of Spearfish, SD, and formerly of Dupree, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Spearfish Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be Friday, October 25, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Spearfish.  A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the United Church of Christ in Spearfish with Pastor Gordon Higgins officiating.  A luncheon will be held at the church following the service and burial will take place at the Dupree Cemetery in Dupree, SD, at 3 p.m.  A gathering of family and friends will follow at Harry‘s Hall in Dupree.

Shirley was born June 30, 1922, at Dupree, SD, to Carl and Lorna (Robertson) Vance, the second of eight children. She graduated from Dupree High School in 1940, attended one year at Rapid City Business College and attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, for half a year, supporting herself there by working at Dayton’s Department Store.

During World War II, Shirley worked at a defense plant in Englewood, CA, and upon returning to South Dakota, worked for the Red Cross at the Rapid City Air Base.

On July 3, 1945, she married Frederick Menzel at Rapid City, SD. They eventually purchased the land on the south edge of Dupree that Shirley’s grandparents homesteaded in 1911.

Shirley and Fred both worked at Oster’s Grocery Store in Dupree.  Shirley also worked in the Selective Service office for a time, at the Farm Credit Office, the Ziebach County Welfare Office and at the Farmers Home Administration, all in the courthouse at Dupree.  She also helped out at the Farmers State Bank in Dupree when extra help was needed.

After Fred retired from the bank in the fall of 1991 the couple moved to Spearfish.  Fred passed away on October 26, 1993, and Shirley remained in Spearfish.

Shirley was a life-long member of the United Church of Christ.  She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Rebekah Lodge, Merifu Extension Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Dupree Community Club, Dupree Senior Center, an active mother in Boy Scouts and 4-H, and was one of the originators of both the DHS Alumni Association and the Ziebach County Historical Society, while living in Dupree.  Following the move to Spearfish she remained active as a volunteer for RSVP, a group that assists with activities at senior living locations, the Spearfish Art in the Park and other various events.

Shirley loved to play bingo, knit, crochet, read, work crossword puzzles, travel, play cards and most importantly, follow the activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived in seven different locations in Spearfish, and enjoyed gaining friends at every stop.  She and Fred had a cabin in Spearfish Canyon for 16 years that provided many adventures for the grandchildren.

Memorials have been established to the UCC Churches in Spearfish and Dupree, the Senior Center in Spearfish and the Ziebach County Historical Society.

Survivors include her son Robert (Dondra) Menzel, Dupree; daughter, Connie Madsen, Sandy, UT; six grandchildren, Brady (Tara) Menzel, Spearfish; CJ (Mandie) Menzel, Dupree; Rob Menzel, Minneapolis, MN; Melanie (Brent) Mareska, Timber Lake, SD; Tracy (Charlie) Trujillo, Riverton, UT; and Jason Bachand, Midvale, UT; ten great grandchildren, Chace Bachand, Katelyn Bachand and Hesston Davis; Brooklyn, Britain, and Gianna Menzel; Tessa, Josie and Oakley Menzel; and Bella Liddicoat-Menzel.  Shirley is also survived by four sisters, Wilma Cowan, Rapid City; Wanda Dexheimer, Spearfish; Joyce Vance, Sanger, CA; Marilyn Wenlund, Spearfish and one brother, Dean Vance, Spearfish.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and two brothers, Dale and Wayne Vance.