Sherron Langley

Sherron Langley, 38, of Eagle Butte, died, Friday, December 26, 2014 at IHS Hospital, Eagle Butte.

Funeral services are 10:00a.m. MST, Saturday, January 3, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte. Burial will follow at the St. Luke’s Cemetery, Iron Lightning. Wake services will be 7:00p.m. MST, Friday, January 2, at the church, with a procession from the 4 mile junction at 4:00p.m.

Luce Funeral Chapel, Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Sherron’s arrangements.

Ramey Hill

Funeral services for Ramey Hill, 20, of Wakpala, SD, will be Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 11:00AM at the Wakpala School. Burial will follow at St. Bede’s Catholic Cemetery, Wakpala.

A procession will leave Stout Family Funeral Home, 519 7th Ave. E., Mobridge, at 5:00PM Tuesday to the Wakpala School for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00PM.

Ramey entered the spirit world December 12, 2014 in Wakpala.

Ethel Uses The Knife

Ethel Uses The Knife, 91, of Eagle Butte, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospice House.

Funeral services will be 10:00a.m. MST, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Watson presiding. Burial will follow at the St. James Episcopal Cemetery, Bear Creek, SD. Wake services will be 7:00p.m. MST, Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the church, with a procession from the 4 mile junction at 4:00p.m.

Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Ethel’s arrangements. (

Cleo Rae Burnette

Cleo Burnette, age 66, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at her home in Lakeside, Arizona. She was the last born child of her parents, the late Andrew Paul and Emma Adel (Azure) LeBeau on September 26, 1948 in Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota.

Cleo was a humble person and though well-accomplished, she never liked to be the center of attention. Instead, she showered everyone around her with kind loving attention. And, of her siblings, she was considered to be “the strong one.” As a teenager, she broke her arm while she was breaking a horse, then later had to have it rebroken because it wasn’t properly set the first time. She had a wonderful sense of humor and she loved to laugh. Everything about her will be missed. Her beloved children were her life’s #1 priority and, even though times were rough during parts of her life, she strived to constantly better herself, educationally, to be able to provide better for these special loves of hers.

She married thrice: Terry Fleur, Wallace Chase, Sr. (deceased) and Brent Burnette. Her children are: Wallace Chase, Jr., Wynn Joseph Chase and Deidre Lee Chase. Her stepsons are: Brett Juel Burnette and Bryan Robert Burnette.

Education wise, Cleo attended Moreau River Day School (Mr. Bader said her IQ was astounding and wanted her to move up a grade when in the 3rd grade but, Mom didn’t allow it.); Old Cheyenne Agency Boarding School (one winter), St. Elizabeth Episcopal School and St. Mary’s Episcopal Girls School, graduating Salutatorian from St. E’s. Cleo then went on to attend Heald Business College in San Francisco, became a key punch operator and received her double Bachelors in Psychology and sociology from the University of California, Berkeley; Sinte Glesha College in Mission/Rosebud, South Dakota for her RN, graduating from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion; and finished her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Belleview College, which was another of her life long aspirations. Her dad taught Cleo how to play the accordion and piano when she was five. She was blessed with “the ear” and could play just about any song she heard by ear. Her family all enjoyed listening to her play “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer. She also played the guitar and had a beautiful singing voice. She had varied hobbies including: photography, gardening, flowers, caring for her plants, playing Scrabble, Sudoku and doing crossword puzzles. She taught herself to crochet and she made many beautiful pieces. Especially beautiful were her Christmas tree skirts and afghans. Cleo had her favorite soap operas and evening shows, which she taped. Traveling was her main passion, which she did from border to border, coast to coast including Alaska and Mexico; while she was stationed in Naples and Aviano Italy and Heidelberg, Germany, she traveled through many other European countries and always enjoyed eating the different cuisines. She wanted to tour again following retirement and sail the rivers of Europe.

As a youngster, she saw Marcella LeBeau, RN, in WAC uniform. Cleo then set a goal of doing just that, and later in life, she entered the United States Air Force (a lifelong dream of hers) at age 46 as a Lieutenant officer, served a 4 year term, exiting as Captain Burnette at age 50. This “Angel of Mercy” collected hearts for the past 40 years wherever she worked. She thoroughly loved her job of helping newborns enter this world in the Labor & Delivery departments of all the hospitals where she worked. She managed to maintain friendships over the years from every place she worked and they sent flowers, oils, aromatherapy spa, cards, letters, texts, plus phone calls and visits from friends were always welcomed when she could talk. Her strong, determined soul was on hospice, exactly three months to the day when she passed away; her body having failed her, but her spirit never wavered. Cleo was a Christian woman who always found comfort in church, no matter where she lived. Her strong faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ, helped her fight the good fight most valiantly for almost 3 years. In her 66 years of life, she never took chronic medications for any health problems, until cancer struck, and this totally amazed the medical personnel who were taking her personal medical history.

Cleo is survived by her husband, Brent Burnette; sons: Wallace Chase, Jr. and grandson, Wade Josua Chase; Wynn Chase; daughter, Deidre Chase (Daniel) and grandson, Chase Cannon; stepsons: Brent Burnette and Bryan (Beth) Burnette and families; brothers: Joseph LeBeau, Sr. (Angela), Pat LeBeau (Dottie), sisters: Lou Burnette, Connie LeBeau (Joey); brothers-in-law: Lynn Burnette, Sr. (Lori), Franklin Lambert (Angie); sisters-in-law: Josette (Jim) Faith (Freida), Dee (Mike), Candace (Tom); aunts: Millie and Alice. Cleo is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She adored her family abundantly and they, in turn, loved her just the same.?Along with her parents, Cleo was preceded in death by her son, Wade Jerome; nephew, Andrew Thomas LeBeau; brother, Andrew LeBeau, Jr., brother-in-law, Van Matthew Burnette; mother-in-law, Elinor Burnette and Hunka sister, Carolyna Marks.

A memorial service will begin 2:00 P.M., Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Owens Livingston Mortuary – White Mountain Chapel, 320 N. 9th Street in Show Low, Arizona.

Samuel “Sammy” Leroy Annis

annis obit and website was born October 4, 1945, in Dupree, S.D. to Bertha (Scott) Annis and David “Fat” Annis. He was the youngest of three sons. He entered the spirit world on December 5, 2014, in Pierre, S.D. at 69 years of age.

Sammy began his education in LaPlant, S.D. and graduated from the 8th grade and high school at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte. After high school he moved to Oakland, California, and graduated from barber college. He was a well known barber and many people entrusted him to take care of their families. He also had strict guidelines when it came to his own hair, and was known to walk out of a shop if it did not meet those guidelines.

At heart, he was a cowboy. He grew up following in the footsteps of his father and became a rancher and a cowboy. Horses were an important part of his life. He was a jockey, horse trainer, bareback rider, and team roper – a heeler (and a lefty no less). One of his proudest accomplishments was becoming the Mobridge Roping Club Champion alongside Burtis White Wolf. He takes the buckle they won that day with him to Paradise.

Sam was a jack of all trades: a carpenter, leather worker, and artist among them. He built furniture and created many types of cowboy art for his family, relatives and friends. He worked for the CR Housing Authority and spent the later part of his life serving in Tribal Government. He was Sergeant-at-Arms for many years and also proudly served the people of District 5 as their Council Representative.

He was a die-hard Colts fan, a rodeo fan and Blue Annis fan. He was heavily involved in Blue’s rodeo career before his first mutton bustin’ event. He was the very proud father of six sons, Marty Scott, Clinton, Michael, Shawn, Kory, and Bluecher, one daughter, Kellie, and had a very special connection with his “girls,” Dez and Rolynn Clown and their brother Conroy Clown. Sammy began experiencing symptoms of dementia in 2004 and soon was taken from family and friends by the effects of Alzheimer’s. His family and friends celebrate the man they each knew and rejoice in the many memories they all have of him. He had a great smile, treated people good, and loved everyone.

Sammy is survived by his aunt, Marguarite Annis-Eagle Staff; ex-wife, Irma Annis (Village Center); sons, Kory (Tonya) Annis, Clinton (Heidi) Stadel, Shawn (Steph) Stadel and hunka sons, Azul (Brenda) Cortes and Leon Red Dog, Jr.; daughter, Kellie Annis-Maure and hunka daughters, Jeannette Cortes-Chavez and Taryn Red Dog; daughter-in-law, Lisa Dryden-Annis; grandchildren, Seven, Destiny, Raven, Alestar, Sonia, Olivia, Jackson, Jordan, Shelby, Seth, Sheyenne, Scout, Duell, Brayden, Cole, Nick, Shayne, Cahill, Grace, Simone, Sloan, Allison, Madison, Jason and Jared; great grandchildren: Gemma, Damien, Jordan, Wade, Marty & Nation; Special people in his life: Darlene Hegg, Helene Circle Eagle, Dez Clown, Rolynn Clown, Conroy Clown and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sammy was preceded in death by his parents, David & Bertha Annis; brothers, Smokey Annis and Donald “Tinker” Annis; sons, Dana Annis, Marty Stadel and Bluecher Annis and hunka daughter, Kaye Marie Red Dog.

Michael D. Four Bear

Michael D. Four Bear, age 54, of Swift Bird, SD, entered the Spirit World on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, SD.

He is survived by three daughters: Alyssa Four Bear of Eagle Butte, SD, Danielle four Bear and Michaela Four Bear of Swift Bird. One step-son, Thomas McCurdy of Spokane, WA and step-daughter, Tera Dupris of Pierre, SD. Two brothers: Curtis Marshall, Sr. Rapid City and Keith Marshall of Sturgis, SD. Five sisters: Jennifer Molesh of Swift Bird, Charlene Four Bear of Marksville, SD, Doretta Bowker of LaPlant, SD, Cheryl Four Bear and Lisa Four Bear of Eagle Butte, SD. Two grandchildren.

An all-night wake will begin at 7:00 PM, Sunday, December 14, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM, Monday, December 15, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. After lunch is served, burial will follow at the Ascension Episcopal Cemetery at Black Foot, SD.

Funeral arrangements have been placed in the care of Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte.

Baby Girl Aiyanna Cooke

Baby Girl Aiyanna Cooke entered the Spirit World on Dec.4 th 2014 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

She is survived by her parents, Ian & Angela Cooke of Eagle Butte. Four brothers: Wallace Cooke, Isaac Cooks, Malachi Cooke and Aubrey Butcher of Eagle Butte. Two sisters: Haley Cook and Adrianna Butcher of Eagle Butte.

Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 12, 2014 at Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at a Family Plot near Red Scaffold, SD.

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 Funeral arrangements have been placed in the care of Rooks Funeral Home of Eagle Butte.

Alisha M. Clown

Alisha M. Clown, age 30, of Eagle Butte, SD, entered the Spirit World on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

She is survived by her significant other, Kellon Uses The Knife of Eagle Butte. One son, Darius Uses The Knife of Eagle Butte. Her father, Raymon Clown, Sr. of Albuquerque, NM. Four brothers: Raymon Clown, Jr., Tre Clown and Reese Clown of Pierre, SD. Vetal Stricker-Clown of Redding, CA. Four sisters: Alison (Duane) Curley of Havelock, NC, Jocelyn Clown of Eagle Butte, Jaclyn Holmes and Dontae Clown of Pierre, SD

A one night wake service will begin at 7:00 PM, Monday, December 15, 2014 at Old Agency Building at Eagle Butte. Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, December 16 at The Old Agency Building at Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will take place at the Dupree Community Cemetery, Dupree, SD, and a dinner will follow at the Old Agency Building.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte.


Gladys Ganje Jochim

Gladys Jochim, 95, of Ft. Pierre and formerly of Eagle Butte, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Kelly’s Retirement Home, Pierre.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. MST, Monday, December 8, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church, Eagle Butte, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Eagle Butte Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 7, 2014 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Ft. Pierre, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Gladys Eunice (Janssen) Jochim was born in Kingsburg, SD September 14, 1919 to Matilda (Ottum) and Carson Janssen. She attended school in Kingsburg for eight years, and she attended high school in Tyndall, SD for two years. Gladys finished her last two years of school in Springfield, SD and also attended her first year of college at Southern there.

She started teaching at the age of 17 with a permit from the state. She taught country school for four years at the Grimme School south of Tyndall. Then she went back to school to get her State Certificate. Gladys spent the next 37 years teaching in Eagle Butte. Gladys loved teaching and the children she taught. She kept in contact with many of her students throughout the years. During this period of time, she married Joe Ganje on September 21, 1943. They spent 28 years together until his death on February 1, 1972.

She married Andy Jochim on July 31, 1976. They spent 38 years together at the ranch north of Eagle Butte and later at Marion’s Garden in Ft. Pierre. They had a very happy life together. When they decided to retire they found a very nice place in Fort Pierre where they built a beautiful home near water where they could fish and boat. In September of 2014, Gladys moved to Kelly’s Retirement Home where she lived until her passing.

Gladys enjoyed cooking and baking. She was constantly preparing a meal or sending goodies home with any guests that would visit. She would even try to sweeten up her doctors by bringing goodies along to her appointments. Gladys loved to garden and raise flowers. She loved a good game of cards, and she enjoyed riling up her opponents. Gladys spent numerous hours crocheting doilies, afghans, and dolls which she would give to family and friends.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Andy Jochim; her precious dog, Tootsie; numerous nieces and nephews; and her many “adopted children”.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Joe Ganje; and her siblings: John “Bud” Janssen, Marie Grimme, Nina Finck, Rena Clark, Jim Janssen, and one infant sibling.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota are preferred.


Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Gladys’ arrangements. (

Byron Glenn In The Woods

Byron In The WoodsByron Glenn In The Woods, 59 of Rapid City and formerly of Dupree, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 in Rapid City.

Funeral services will be 10:00a.m. MST, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Dupree Multi Purpose Building, Dupree, SD with Harold Condon presiding. Burial will follow at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cemetery, Cherry Creek, SD. Wake services will be 7:00p.m. MST, Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Dupree Multi Purpose Building, with a procession from the 2 mile junction at 4:00p.m.

Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Byron’s arrangements. (