Louis M. Jewett


LouieJewettwebobitMass of Christian Burial for Louis M. Jewett age 88 of White Horse will be 10:00 a.m. MST Saturday, November 29, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church, of Eagle Butte. Burial will in the St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. All night wake Friday, November 28, 2014 will begin at 6PM at the church with a rosary at 7PM. Louis passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at his home.

Louis Marcel Jewett – Sagyé Nájin Kici “Stands with Staff”, 88, of White Horse, SD passed away at his home on Monday, November 24, 2014. Louie was born at Johnson Bend along the Moreau River on May 5, 1926 to George and Keva (Rousseau) Jewett. He attended Immaculate Conception Indian School in Stephan, SD until at age 17, with his parents permission, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific theatre during World War II.

On July 28, 1948 he married Belle Marie Lafferty; they made their home at the old Jewett homestead along the Moreau, later at Old Agency, Eagle Butte and finally returning to the Moreau River in 1980. He worked for 35 years in Plant Management with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Eagle Butte; fondly remembered for his commitment to helping people and his good humor.

A proud Veteran and member of VFW Post 308 and American Legion Post 191, in which he served many years as the Post Commander. He accumulated many trophies in horseshoe competitions, softball, golf, and bowling leagues – always reminiscing about that near perfect game at Cheyenne Lanes. He was an avid outdoorsman; a patient mentor to the many grandkids who will forever treasure the hunting and fishing expertise he passed on. Hunters from near and far made it a priority to stop in and visit year after year. Never one to turn down a chance to enjoy a rodeo, horse race or local sporting event, he could usually be found among the crowd watching the action.

He greeted everyone with a smile and handshake or warm hug often introducing himself to those he just met as “Luke,” followed by a smile and the last name, “Warmwater.” His charm and kindness made him a favorite person to visit and be around. He relished being Uncle and Grandpa to so many. His contagious smile and generous nature made everyone feel welcomed and special. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends telling stories of long ago. Louie loved sharing his experiences; whether it was World War II, cowboying, hunting or fishing – stories we will forever hold in our hearts.

Especially grateful for having shared in his life are his children Marcel (Melissa) and Greg of Eagle Butte; Ramona DuBray of Whitehorse and Marceline (Mike) Lesmeister of Parade, SD. Sisters Julie (Gib) Marshall of Eagle Butte, SD; Juanita (Jim) Gable of Atlanta, GA; Sisters-in-law Mary Jewett and Candy Jewett both of White Horse. Grandchildren – Wade, Diane, Donita, Lynnette, Jeanne, Eileen, George, Jayme, Tammy, Ross, Frank, Kelly, Jason, Traci, Sonny, Peyton, Brittany, Gage and Salacia; 42 great-grand children, seven great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Belle, daughter LuAnn Briggs, grandchildren Warren Briggs, Julia and Amanda Lesmeister, Cameron and Talia Jewett. Sisters Ramona Jewett, Corrine Mendoza, Iyonne Garreau and brothers Orlin Jewett, Keith Jewett and the twins – Bluey (Arthur) and Pinky (Albert) Jewett.

Carrying him to his final resting place will be grandsons and great grandsons or as he called them all “Hoksila”; Wade Briggs, George Jewett, Jaime Jewett, Marcel “Sonny” Jewett, Kelly Berdnt, Jason Berdnt, Ross DuBray, Peyton Jewett, Gage Jewett, Frank Lesmeister; Scottie Fischer, Lonny and Lyle Lesmeister, Thomas and Robert Tolton, Adam and Dylan Lesmeister.

Kevin Mewhirter-Gabe


Kevin Mewhirter-Gabe, age 58, of Eagle Butte, SD, entered the Spirit World on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Eagle Butte, SD.

He is survived by one son: Brandon Iron Necklace of Wakpala, SD and one daughter: Karina Iron Necklace of Wakpala. One brother: Sandford “Sandy” Gabe of Ft. Thompson, SD.

A one night wake was held at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Eagle Butte, SD. Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, November 20 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. A luncheon followed and the burial took place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cemetery in Cherry Creek, SD.

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

Kristen “Kris” Watt


Watt Kristen Photo webFuneral services for Kristen Watt age 75 of Eagle Butte was held 10:30 AM, Monday, December 1, 2014 at Kesling Funeral Chapel in Mobridge. Burial will be in Oakes View Cemetery in Oakes, North Dakota under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home.

Kristen passed away, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Sanford Medical Health in Bismarck, ND.   Kris was born May 18, 1939 in Oakes, ND to Sigvard (Sig) and Faith Eunice (Morse) Kvigne. She graduated high school in Oakes, and went on to attend Bible College in Ellendale, ND.   Kris married Vernon Watt on December 31st, 1961 in Ellendale, ND, and returned with him to Canada, where the couple lived for a number of years before returning to Oakes, ND. The family then settled in Eagle Butte, SD, where Kris was both manager and cook in the Little Dakota Café, and built a reputation for great cooking. Before retiring, Kris would go on to work as a cook in local restaurants, and run a home daycare. Kris also enjoyed decades of service as an Avon representative.

Kris is survived by her children and their spouses: Keith  and Lynn Watt of Eagle Butte, SD, Rebecca and Tim Hansen of Sioux Falls, SD, Joseph and Soyla Watt of Flagstaff, AZ, Vernon and Jennifer Watt of  Tampa, FL, Stanley Watt of Gillette, WY; 13 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; Oscar Kvigne (brother) of Oakes, ND; 4 sisters: Karen Swanson of Grand Forks, ND; Nancy Nicholson of Dassel, MN: Beverly Pickle of Oakes, ND; Joyce Anderson of Wakefield, MI, and especially dear friends, Marsha Shelby, and Curtis Simon and Megan Wright of Eagle Butte, SD.   Kris was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Watt; son, Jeffery Watt; Grandson, Jeffery Jr. Watt; parents, Sigvard and Eunice Kvigne; brother, Kenneth Kvigne.

William “Bill” Dunbar


William “Bill” Dunbar, 86, Sturgis, and formerly of Dupree, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center following a long struggle with heart disease.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

Bill was born in Faith, on April 13, 1928, to Lloyd and Daina (Higgins) Dunbar. After a couple of years of high school, Bill joined the Air Force in 1945. After serving his term he had numerous jobs, and in 1950 he found the love of his life, Doris Miller. Bill and Doris were married on April 13, 1950, in Rapid City in a church basement, with the preacher and his wife, a best man, and maid-of-honor. They went on a day trip to the Black Hills and then it was back to work. To this union five children were born, James “Jim” Dunbar, Sturgis, Vicky (Bernie) Fields, Sturgis, Debrah (Les) Starr, Sturgis, Bill Wayne “Jill” Dunbar, Mobridge, and Lora (John) Breth, Sturgis.

In 1954, Bill returned to the military, but this time with the Army. In his military career, he traveled extensively from Pole to Pole, all over Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Borneo, Wake Island, Figi Island, American Samoa, Tahiti, Japan, Korea, Tasmania, and the Philippines. He spent four years in Taiwan, and three of those years his family was with him. He had two tours in Vietnam, four months in Greenland, and four years in Alaska with his family. It is hard to imagine how much of the world Bill saw, he was a world traveler.

Bill is survived by his children, two sisters, Jean Shupick, Sioux Falls, and Muriel Reid, Spearfish; four special sister-in-laws, Joan (Harold) Ross, Sturgis, Eileen Lewis, Belle Fourche, Joyce Collins, Spearfish, and Judy (JT) Stout, Dupree; thirteen grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris; grandson, Marcus Kindsfater, brother-in-laws, Steve Shupick, Chad Reid, Jerry Lewis, Bill Collins, Mick Jung; and sister-in-law, Jane Jung.

A special thanks goes to the family and friends for their love and support. Also, a big thanks to the home health team, all the nurses, doctors, and health care providers, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center for the exceptional care Bill received.

A memorial has been established to the Fort Meade VA Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Allen “AJ-John John” White


Allen “AJ-John John” White, age 26, of Aberdeen, SD, and formerly of Dupree, SD, entered the Spirit World on Friday, October 31, 2014 near Dupree, SD.

He is survived by his parents: Ted White of Mandaree, ND, mother, Gail “Jonni” White Feather of Dupree, SD. Wife: Alexsina White of Aberdeen, SD. two daughters: Chloe White of Aberdeen, SD and Alliyah White of Mclaughlin, SD. Two sons: LaCeon White and LaShaun White of Eagle Butte, SD. One brother, Tyson Thompson, US Army, Germany. Six sisters: Arvella White, Theola White and Mercy White of Newtown, ND; Tiana White of Mandaree, ND. Willo Pretends Eagle and Sydnee White Feather of Dupree, SD. Paternal Grandparents: Wendell and Arvella White of Mandaree, ND. Maternal Grandmother: Virginia White Feather of Dupree, SD. Two uncles, Mick White Feather, Eagle Butte, SD and Jeff White Feather of Dupree. Four aunts: Evann “Charlie” White Feather of Dupree, Buffy White and Vernell Buckman of Mandaree and Wendy White of Bismarck, ND.

A one night wake will begin at 3:00 PM, Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Dupree Multipurpose Center, Dupree, SD, with a prayer service will begin at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 8, at the Dupree Multipurpose Center, with the Rev. Adam Hoffer and Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cemetery at Cherry Creek, SD. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD. Online condolences may be offered at and the Rooks & Red Dog Facebook page.

Yolanda “Jill” Young Bird


webyoungbirdpic, 43, of Eagle Butte, SD entered the spirit world, Saturday October 25, 2014. She was laid to rest at St. Anthony Catholic Church Cemetery in Mandaree, ND.

Yolanda Jilleen Young Bird was born September 8, 1971 in Eagle Butte, SD to Patricia Little Wounded and Matthew Young Bird Jr. She was affectionately known as “Jill” or “Jill-a-beans”. Jill graduated from the Flandreau Indian School and attended the United Tribes Technical College in Bismark, ND.

She gave birth to four beautiful children: Justine Gabrielle Siers, Mikayla Karyn Chase-Coffey, Laurie, Marlin Francis Chase Jr., and Melvin Jesse Has Horns. She also had two grandbabies: Aureyn Khye Coffey and Aubrey Jayce Hernandez. Jill was a happy sister, mother, and grandmother throughout her life. She was a kind and loving person who always greeted you with a smile. Jill was always there for her brothers and sisters: Waylon Young Bird, Jeremiah Iron Moccasin, Stacy Young Bird, and Pamela Young Bird Phillips.

Jill was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Matthew Sr. and Belva (Rush) Young Bird and maternal grandparents, Nathan and Flora Little Wounded, Matthew Young Bird Jr., Kyle Ann Little Wounded, Rick “Sugar Bear” Powers and many other aunts, uncles, and extended family.

Thomas Patrick Shupick


webTom ShupickThomas Patrick Shupick, 60, of Libby, passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.  He was born March 19, 1954, in EagleButte, SD, to Steve and Jeanne (Dunbar) Shupick.  Tom was the fourth born of ten children and grew up on a ranch just outside of Eagle Butte.  He graduated from High School and later went to work for the railroad.  Tom worked for several different railroads before his retirement, the last being Burlington Northern Sante Fe.  He arrived in Montana a little over 30 years ago and said he had found God’s Country.  Tom met Wanda out dancing and they have danced the past 28 years together.  Together they built their dream house and he always said they had a “million dollar view”.  He was very proud of his home and yard.  He loved watching rodeos and bull riding on TV and playing pool—so much so that he put a pool table in the new house.  He was preceded in death by an infant son; a niece, Stephanie; his grandparents; and his father, Steve, in June of this year.

He leaves behind his wife, Wanda (Brown); mother, Jeanne Shupick of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Deni (Scott) Amundson of South Dakota; brothers, Steve; Fran (Judy); Charlie (Wendy); Mark (Darla) all of South Dakota; Richard (Kathleen) of Wyoming; and Mike (Shana) of Texas; sisters, Cheryl (Jim) Ferguson in Minnesota; Sharon (John) Lawson of Texas; and Marie (Scott) Marks of North Carolina; sister-in-laws, Leone Harner and Dedi Coy of Libby; adopted son Jim (Julie) Hutt; many, many great nieces and nephews; 2 very special grandsons, Kyle and Ben; step-granddaughters, Cassie and Nikki; his special dog, JJ; and his many friends in Troy and Libby.

Contributions to the Tom Shupick Memorial Fund can be sent to any Wells Fargo Bank or PO Box 133, Langford, SD. Online condolences and memories can be shared by visiting



Ronald J. Emery


Ronald J. Emery, age 50, of Arlington, VA and formerly of Eagle Butte, SD, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014 in the Black Hills as a result of an accidental fall. He is survived by four children: D. Max Emery, Dominic Emery, Michael Reynolds, and Tavian Emery. Two older brothers, Rick Emery and Randy Bernard Emery. Three sisters, Roxane Emery Holmes, Robin Janis Emery, and Jamie Nicole Emery. They had four children, D. Max Emery, Veronica Emery, Dominic Emery, and Michael Reynolds, and though he and Deana later divorced, they stayed in close touch and love their children deeply and shared the issues that arise as children grow.

Most recently, Ronnie adopted his grandson Tavian as his own very special son, on behalf of his daughter Veronica, who passed tragically on October 26, 2014 from natural causes. He is survived by two older brothers, Rick (Tonja) Emery and Randy Bernard Emery, three sisters, Roxane Gale Emery (Michael) Holmes, Robin Janis Emery, and Jamie Nicole Emery They had four children, D. Max Emery, Veronica Emery, Dominic Emery, and Michael Reynolds, and though he and Deana later divorced, they stayed in close touch and love their children deeply and shared the issues that arise as children grow. Most recently, Ronnie adopted his grandson Tavian as his own very special son, on behalf of his daughter Veronica, who passed tragically on October 26, 2014 from natural causes. He is survived by two older brothers, Rick (Tonja) Emery and Randy Bernard Emery, three sisters, Roxane Gale Emery (Michael) Holmes, Robin Janis Emery, and Jamie Nicole EmeryA visitation will be from 5 – 9 PM, Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home in Eagle Butte. An all-night wake will begin at 1:00 PM, Monday November 10 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Hall at Kyle, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9:00 AM, Tuesday, November 11 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall, with the Rev. Rick Abert officiating. Burial will follow at the Eagle Butte Community Cemetery, Eagle Butte, SD. Funeral arrangements have been placed in the care of Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte. Online condolences may be offered at and our Rooks & Red dog facebook page.

Anna Marie Raile


web2794343 Anna Marie Raile was born May 16, 1928 to Fred and Eva (Krein) Raile at Wishek, ND. She grew up in Ridgeview, SD on the family farm. Anna attended school in rural Ridgeview and helped with the family farm until 1948. On October 26, 1948 Anna married Ernest Eiseman. They moved to a farm in Burnstad in 1950 and farmed there until 1953 when they purchased a farm three miles northeast of Wishek, ND. Upon selling the family farm in 1960, they moved to Wishek. Anna worked at the Wishek Livestock Market for 3 years. She was the second cook at the Wishek Public school for 4 years. Anna worked at Sayler Lumber Company for 4 years and the Pinke Lumber for 17 years until she retired in 1993. Anna enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking and house painting. She loved walking and the great outdoors. She loved spending time with her children and five grandchildren. Anna and Ernest had their own band for over 20 years.

Anna passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Wishek Community Hospital, Wishek, ND. She was 86 years old.          Anna is survived by her daughter, Julie (Craig) Sinclair, Fargo, ND; her son, Gary Eiseman, West Fargo, ND; five grandchildren, Ryan and Nicole Sinclair, Tyler, Max and Jaede Eiseman; two great grandchildren, Benjamin and Brody Eiseman; sisters, Helen (Bud) Neigle and Carrie Becker all of Eagle Butte, SD; brother, August (Sharon) Raile, Ridgeview, SD. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest, parents, Fred and Eva, sisters, Irene Badure, Hilda Landis, Alvina Ross, Gertrude Jones, Florence Maine and brother, Willie Raile.

Veronica Rose Emery


Funeral services for Veronica Rose Emery, 18, of Eagle Butte, were held Monday, November 3rd at 10:00AM at All Saints Catholic Church, Eagle Butte. Burial  followed at the Eagle Butte Cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Veronica entered the spirit world October 26, 2014 in Eagle Butte.