Funeral services for “JC” John Curtis Garreaux Jr., age 24, of Ft. Thompson, SD formally of Dupree, SD will be 10:00 a.m. MT Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at the HV Cultural Center in Eagle Butte. Burial will be in the Eagle Butte Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. All night wake was held Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, starting at 5:00 p.m. MT at the Cultural Center John “JC” Garreaux passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
Lillian “Lil” Roberta (Petersen) Briggs, 89, of Ft. Pierre, SD, was granted her angel wings on Thursday morning, October 17, 2013, in her home. She was born on January 9, 1924, in Parade, SD, to Arthur Peter and Amelia “Molly” (Simon) Petersen. She attended and graduated from Eagle Butte High School in Eagle Butte, SD in 1942.
On September 15, 1942, Lillian married Kirby Briggs of the Robbs Flat area. In 1943, they moved to the family ranch, Trails End, where an old log school house with two rooms was their first home. There they raised their five sons: Lane, K. Lee, Cody, and Cole. In 1952 they received electricity and in 1959 they remodeled and added running water. A woman of many talents, “Lil” ranched with her husband, raised her children, delivered mail for Robbs Flat (the Briggs family carried the US Mail for 50 years). Lil loved and enjoyed her life on the ranch; everyone was welcome at her table, she served a good meal, coffee, and great conversation. Kirby and Lil were pioneers in the cattle industry, one of the first ranchers in the area to utilize artificial insemination (1963). Beginning with Hereford cattle, they became interested in the highly muscled Limousin cattle. Pursing this idea, they were one of the first to breed Limousin cattle; and by 1969, they had the largest herd in North America. Later in 1979, Kirby and Lil purchased Bov Import Semen Sales in Colorado and operated it as Trails End Inc., Semen Sales and Service.
In 1982, Kirby and Lil moved to Stanley County, just west of Ft. Pierre and established the Trails End Ranch Headquarters. After retiring, Lil worked in the kitchen at the sale barn cafe for about 15 years as her artistic talents were arising. She then established Rawhide Originals, going by the name Diamond Lil. She made over 700 rawhides over a period of 20 years. Starting in 2000, she became involved with Stanley County school system’s Reading Buddies Program. Lil was also a member of Deep Creek Lutheran Church, Community Bible Church, Canvasbacks Art Club, and volunteered at Countryside Hospice.
Lil was passionate about kids, cattle, and horses. She was well-known and will be long remembered for her strength, giving nature, and her wry sense of humor. She was a wonderful example and guide for generations to come and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege and honor to know her.
Especially grateful for having shared in her life are her sons: Lane (Sonja), Ft. Pierre; Lee (Mary), Robbs Flat; Cody (Lila), Ft. Pierre; Cole (friend Vicky), Robbs Flat; daughter-in-law: Eva Briggs; as well as daughter-in-laws Connie Moore and LaVonne Briggs. She was blessed with 16 grandchildren: Lane’s children: Warren, Wade, and Eileen; K’s children: Lea, Keith, Darcy, and Justin; Lee’s children: Rea and Keva; Cody’s children: Levi, K’Dee, and Lexi; Cole’s children: Beau, Chase, Erin, and Austin; 29 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sister-in-laws: Patricia “Patty” Petersen and Mary Hedman;
Lil was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Les Petersen; her sister, Alyce Horning; brother-in-law, Dale Horning; stepfather, John Hagel; husband, Kirby Briggs; brother-in-law Walter Keith Briggs (Bud); sister- in-law Wauneta (Briggs) Stoeser and her husband Roy Leo Stoeser, Brother-in-law Ralph (Bud) Hedman, son, Walter Keith “K” Briggs; and daughter-in-law, LuAnn Briggs.
Visitation was at Feigum Funeral Home on Monday, October 21, 2013, from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral services were Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Bible Church. There was a luncheon at the church following the service.
Mass of Christian Burial for Ruby Marshall, age 99, of Eagle Butte will be 10:00 a.m Saturday, November 2, 2013, at All Saints Catholic Church Eagle Butte. Visitation will be Friday, November 1, 2013, starting 5p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Catherine Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home. Ruby passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Mobridge.
Johanna Maria Antonia Peep (Ria), 93 of Spearfish, passed away quietly in her sleep on October 22, 2013.
Ria was born June 13, 1920 in Schoonhoven, (Holland) Netherlands to Johannis and Johanna (vanHonsewijk)Wewer. Ria was the oldest of seven children. Her family moved several times while she was growing up and it was while living in Doorn, Netherlands at the end of WWII that she met Staff Sgt. Charles L. Peep of Gettysburg, SD. They fell in love and married on December 28, 1945. Ria soon found herself on a “war bride” ship headed for the U.S.
Charles and Ria lived for a few years in Rapid City, SD while Charles completed his degree at SDSMT. The couple then moved to Gettysburg, SD where they farmed for many years and raised 13 children. Many of those years were without the benefit of running water and indoor plumbing. During their 59 year marriage, Charles and Ria moved several times, also living in Eagle Butte, SD, St. Joseph, MN, Juneau, AK, and Fairbanks, AK, before settling in Spearfish. Wherever they lived, Ria was an active volunteer in her community and after the children were grown, became a master gardener and an accomplished quilter. She especially loved working at the Georgeson Botanical Gardens on the UAF campus in Fairbanks and spending time with her quilting group. Ria was an avid reader and instilled a great love of books/reading in all of her children.
Ria is survived by her children, Jeanette (Gene) Grasto, Florence Boyd, Charles A. (Tony) Peep, John Peep, Eric (Marlyn) Peep, Timothy Peep, Patricia Peep (Dennis Dunbar), Michael Peep, Geraldine Maltaverne, Susan Peep and Johanna (Tim) Gregoire; 14 grand-children; 7 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rudolf (An) Wewer, Ton (Henny) Wewer; two sisters, Jearda Veldman, and Elisabeth (Louis) Naarstig; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Charles; one brother, Hans Wewer; one sister, Anny (Wewer) Peterse; and two children, Mary Peep and Dana R. Peep.
Memorial services will be Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11:00 am, at Sacred Heart Church in Gettysburg, SD, with Rev. Jerry Kopel presiding. Inurnment will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. The family invites you to join them afterwards for a luncheon at Sacred Heart Church Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Northern Hills, 1440 N. Main Street, Spearfish, SD 57783.
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.
Kingston Jade Clown, infant, was stillborn on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Eagle Butte, SD. He is survived by his parents: Jaren Clown and Braxtyn Garreau of Eagle Butte. One sister, Dezire Clown of Eagle Butte. Paternal Grandmother, Alice Valenzuela of Eagle Butte and Maternal Grandparents, Sidney Garreau and Kristine Lofton of Eagle Butte Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m, Tuesday, October 15, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the Eagle Butte Community Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been placed in the care of Rooks Funeral Home of Eagle Butte
A celebration of life for Jim Nelson of Timber Lake will be held at 10 a.m MT Monday, October 7, 2013, at the Timber Lake School Gym with Pastor Bryce Schaffer of New Hope Church of Timber Lake officiating.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 6 at Kesling Funeral Home in Mobridge from 4 to 7 p.m. CT.
James Frederick Nelson was born June 27, 1946, at Lemmon, S.D. to Fred and Emma (Sittner) Nelson. He passed away in Mobridge on Thursday, October 3, 2013, less than three months after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
Jim grew up with his parents and younger brother on a small farm west of Watauga, in Corson County, and at Chance, in Perkins County. His parents taught rural schools and sometimes were his teachers. Jim became a lifelong advocate of country schools. He graduated from Lemmon High School in 1964.
He married Kathy Snyder of Iroquois on June 9, 1969, at Aberdeen where they had met while attending Northern State College. He graduated from Northern in 1968 with a major in industrial arts/drafting and minors in history and math. He taught at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, and in Douglas, AZ, Tabor, SD, Gayville-Volin, SD, Crystal City, TX, and Geddes, SD. In 1977 Jim and Kathy moved to Wall, where he was employed as a carpenter with Estes Brothers Construction for three years.
In 1980, they bought the Timber Lake Topic. The small town, farm and ranch country, and the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Reservations provided a rich environment of history, politics, and community.
In 1983 Jim helped organize the Timber Lake and Area Historical Society, where he worked with others who shared his interests in paleontology, genealogy and local history. He served as president for a time and helped with fund raising and construction of the library and museum in 1989 and the new museum in 2001.
He was co-editor of the 75th jubilee book, Timber Lake and Area 1910-1985, and a major contributor to the centennial book, Timber Lake and Area 1910-2010.
With Helen Ross, Bill Alley and others, he developed the museum’s fossil collection and contributed to research on the ammonites of the Fox Hills Formation and the dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation. He helped build a network of paleontology scientists and students. One of his last contributions was to gather some of those people together for a planning meeting in August, 2013 to ensure that the museum’s paleontology work continues.
He researched and wrote history for the Historical Society Newsletter, the Topic, and other publications on a wide range of subjects including the Great Depression, the Fur Trade era, and the Germans from Russia. He was a frequent contributor at history conferences and gatherings. He collected and shared family genealogy, stories and photos for many Timber Lake area families and for his Sittner and Nelson relatives.
He was never happier than when he was in the field digging fossils or talking to someone about local history but he also enjoyed carpentry, high school sports, and a wide variety of music.
He served on the fundraising committee for the South Dakota Heritage Center in Pierre and the South Dakota Hall of Fame board and was a member of the South Dakota State Historical Society and the South Dakota Newspaper Association. He was an active member of the Timber Lake Rodeo Association.
Those who spent time with him in the few weeks between his cancer diagnosis and his death expressed admiration for his courage and grace.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathy Nelson of Timber Lake; a brother, Wilfred Nelson of Las Vegas, NV; his mother-in-law, Velma Leichtenberg of Iroquois; three brothers-in-law, Bob (Diana) Leichtenberg of De Smet, Scott Leichtenberg of Sioux Falls and Steve (Donna) Leichtenberg of Iroquois; nephews Brandon, Jay (Misty) and Kendall Leichtenberg; a niece, April Leichtenberg; and many Sittner and Nelson cousins including Dorothy Rabenberg and Norman Frey of Mobridge; and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Emma Nelson; and his father-in-law Robert Leichtenberg.
Eulogies will be given by Martin Biegler, Jack Bickel and Dick Scherer.
Casket bearers are Chuck Maher, Bart Biegler, Andy Aberle, Walt Johnson, Roger Lawien, Tom Strehlow, and Jerry Keller.
Ushers are Doug Maher and Larry Hieb.
Serena Janice Chase Alone, nine day old infant daughter of Rochelle Breckbill and Henry Chase Alone, became an angel in God’s garden on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at I.H.S. Hospital, Eagle Butte.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., MDT, Monday, October 14, 2013 at H.V. Johnston Cultural Center, Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow in the UCC Cemetery, LaPlant; where she will be laid to rest next to her grandmother, Francine Iron Wing.
Serena Janice Chase Alone, a little angel, came into this world on September 21, 2013 at 7:44 a.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, SD. She was 7lbs and 10ozs, and a bundle of joy at 21” long.
This sweet baby girl was her parents’ life. She came to them and filled their life with happiness. They loved her so much; they read books and watched videos on how to care for her before she was born.
The day Serena was welcomed into this world, she made them a family. She was named Serena Janice; carrying her Grandmother Francine’s middle name. They couldn’t wait for her to meet the whole family.
Little Miss Serena is now in heaven with all of her relatives that went before.
She is survived by her parents: Rochelle Breckbill and Henry Chase Alone, sisters and brother, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunties, uncles, cousins and extended family.
Serena – Mommy and Daddy love you very much and we will never forget you.
Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Serena’s arrangements.
Funeral services for Monica Faith Young Bear (Wanbli Koyaki Win), age 47, of Eagle Butte will be at 11 a.m. MT, Monday, October 7, 2013, at the Cultural Center in Eagle Butte. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Red Scaffold under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Monica started her journey to the creator on October 1, 2013, at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck.
Funeral services for Cherron Sitting Crow, 26, of Red Scaffold, were held Thursday, Oct. 10 at 11:00AM, CDT, at the Red Scaffold Gym with Father Dan Juelfs officiating. Music was provided by Daryl Whipple and Iron Bird Drum Group. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Red Scaffold, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge. Casketbearers were Jaydee Bear Stops, Taun Bear Stops, Keiko Iron Hawk, Troy Sitting Crow, Herbert Sitting Crow, Justin Sitting Crow, Teno Bear Stops, Kenny One Skunk, Karlyle Brings Plenty, Brady bear Stops, Ty Traversie, Darvis One Skunk, Eric Kills Crow and Gillis Bear Stops. An all-night wake began with services at 7:00PM Wednesday. Cherron entered the spirit world September 30, 2013 near New Underwood. CherRon Lynn Sitting Crow, “Waste Win” (Good Woman), was born to Vernell & Gloria Sitting Crow December 28, 1986 in Rapid City, SD. CherRon graduated from Takini High School in 2005 where she was widely known for her excellence in basketball, volleyball and rodeo. In 2002, she was confirmed in Cherry Creek, S.D. with the name Theresa. In the same year, she was on the All Tourney Team at the Dakota Oyate Challenge Tournament. In 2003 and 2004 she was awarded All Tourney at the Lakota Nation Invitational Tournament.
CherRon worked at the Imperial Restaurant and Holiday Express in Rapid City, SD. She also worked at the Marriot Hotel, Pepsi Center and Little Sisters of the Poor while she lived in Denver, CO. She cooked for the Summer Youth Program and the Elderly Nutrition Program in Red Scaffold.
CherRon was a proud parent of two young boys: Isidro Sitting Crow, 6 and William Chasing Hawk, Jr., 18 months.
CherRon was a jingle dress dancer and enjoyed horseback riding, listening to music, cleaning, cruising and hanging out with her peers and children. CherRon had a smile that lit up the room. She was very family oriented and had a special bond with her parents. She did everything to help her family and friends even when she had hard times. CherRon will always be remembered for her strong will, sense of humor, loving heart and outgoing personality.
CherRon is survived by her two Children, Isidro Sitting Crow, Red Scaffold and William Chasing Hawk Jr., Rapid City; Special Niece, Elaina Brings White, Rapid City; Parents, Vernell and Gloria Sitting Crow, Red Scaffold; Sisters, Jennifer Chasing Hawk, Denver, CO, Lena Brings Plenty, Red Scaffold, LaRee Sitting Crow, Rapid City, Sarah Heirshmen Widow, TN, Mary Knife, Eagle Butte, Lyndsey Collins, Red Scaffold, Sandi & Elizabeth Reindle, Rapid City, Jonni Lynn Brushbreaker, Rapid City and Rochelle LoVato, Albuquerque, NM; Brothers, Herbert Sitting Crow, Vermillion, SD, Troy Sitting Crow, Lantry, Justin Sitting Crow, Red Scaffold, Cory Condon, Salt Lake City, UT, Clinton Holy, Takini, Dean Dupris, Eagle Butte, Duane Bissonette, Eagle Butte, Thomas Collins, Red Scaffold and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; Special Grandparents: Romanus Bear Stops, Red Scaffold, Mary Jane Red Horse, Bridger, Philomine Onstad, Sisseton and Pernell Iron Necklace, Pebbles, OH. Grandparents: Violet Lone Eagle, Eagle Butte, Harvey & Stella Eagle Horse, Eagle Butte, Louise Widow, Red Scaffold, Kay Allison, Rapid City, Edward Widow, Red Scaffold, Katherine Eagle Staff, Eagle Butte, Hal Robinson, Karriville, TX, Delight Halfred, Red Scaffold and Marlene Runs After, Cherry Creek; Special Mothers, Peggy Knife, Eagle Butte, Arliss Briggs, Bridger, Alvina Circle Bear, Eagle Butte and Connie Bear Stops, Red Scaffold.
CherRon was preceded in death by her Grandmothers, Catherine “Molly” Circle Bear and Germaine Sitting Crow; Grandfathers, Theodore Knife, Sr., Pete Bear Stops and Doug Widow, Sr. along with Aunt, Kathleen Garnette and Uncle, Darwin Cook.