Obituaries

Robert Bowker

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Robert Bowker, 51, of Eagle Butte, entered the spirit world July 21, 2014, in Rapid City. We will meet at the 4-mile Jct. at 5:00 p.m., MDT, Friday, August 1, to process to St. John’s Episcopal Church for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Robert will be cremated on Saturday. Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge and Eagle Butte entrusted with arrangements.

Kaisagarr (Ki-Za-Garr) and Alma Faith Tavai-Fiatoa, (Ta-Vi Fee-a-toa)

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Funeral services for Kaisagarr and Alma Faith Tavai-Fiatoa, 71 and 61 respectively, of Eagle Butte, will be Saturday, August 9, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lakota Cultural Center, Eagle Butte. Burial follows at the Bridger UCC Cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge & Eagle Butte. Meet at the 4-mile Jct. at 5:00 p.m. Friday to process to the cultural center for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m..The Tavai-Fiatoa’s entered the spirit world Augsut 2, 2014, as a result of a motor vehicle accident near Mobridge. SD.www.stoutfamilyfh.com

Roald Mitchell

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The Funeral Service for Roald Mitchell, age 86 of Dupree, was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the United Church of Christ in Dupree.  Pastor Pauline Webb officiated with burial in the Dupree Cemetery.

The Ushers were Rick Farlee and Troy Wall. Serving as Honorary Casketbearers were Addie, Emma, Delilah and Arianna Weaver, Teagan Longbrake, Henry Johnson, Kenliegh Michalson, and all of Roald’s friends and relatives.

Serving as Active Casketbearers were Cody, Cole, Clay, and Cassie Weaver, Jeff Henderson, Mardie Michalson, Callie Henderson, Mitch and Barry Johnson, Tate, Kirby, and Seth Longbrake, Jodie Henderson and Ellen Johnson†.

Roald Herbert Mitchell was born on May 10, 1928, at Maple Grove, M.N. to Warren and Ragnhild (Pederson) Mitchell.  Roald attended his first year of school in Maple Grove and then he returned home to the Mitchell family ranch.  He finished his schooling at Sunny Brook rural school south of Dupree.

His father passed away at an early age and Roald became involved in the ranching business at the age of 14.  He was united in marriage to Bonnie Stapert on June 27, 1956, at Sturgis, S.D.  Five children were born to this union, Pam, Cindy, Bernie, Brenda and Dianna.

Roald devoted his time to the management of his ranching operation up to the time of his death.  He loved taking his dogs riding on the 4-wheeler.

He always looked forward to the brandings and working cattle because he loved to visit with everyone who helped.   He was especially proud of his grand and great grandchildren.

Roald passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Avera Maryhouse Long Term Care in Pierre, SD.

Grateful for having share his life are his wife, Bonnie, Dupree, SD; 1 son and daughter-in-law, Bernie and Janice Mitchell, Dupree, SD; 4 daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Bill Henderson, Dupree, SD; Cindy and Casey Weaver, Wall, SD; Brenda and Doug Johnson, Peidmont, SD; Dianna and Mike Longbrake, Howes, SD; 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 granddaughters, Jodie Henderson and Ellen Johnson, and his sister and brother-in-law, Ida and Tillier Wicks.

Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Faith Area Memorial Chapel in Faith, S.D.

Stella Rose Buffalo (Eagle Horse)

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Funeral services for Stella Rose Buffalo (Eagle Horse), 78, of Eagle Butte, were Monday, July 21, at 11:00 a.m., at the Lakota Cultural Center, Eagle Butte. Burial followed at Bridger Congregational Cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge & Eagle Butte. Met at the 4-mile Jct. at 5:00 p.m. Sunday to process to the center for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Stella entered the spirit world July 16, 2014, in Eagle Butte. www.stoutfamilyfh.com

Stella Rose Buffalo “O’iye Ki’cun Win” was born July 4, 1936, in Bridger, S.D., to James Buffalo, Sr. and Sarah Stella New Black Bear and entered the spirit world July 16, 2014, at the IHS Hospital in Eagle Butte, S.D.

Stella resided in Bridger, S.D., from birth until she graduated from high school. She received her High School Diploma from the Old Agency School in 1956. Stella then traveled to Phoenix, AZ, to attend school to become a Bible School Instructor. She returned home to Bridger, shortly after moving to Cherry Creek, S.D., with her four sons, Carlton Buffalo, Shane, Shawn and Samuel Eagle Horse. Stella resided in Eagle Butte, S.D., at the time of her death.

Stella had many hobbies, making star quilts, making shawls and beading. Sewing was a big part of her life. She liked to attend Bingo and visit friends. In her younger days she enjoyed riding horses. Most of all, she loved to spend time with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Stella was employed in various jobs, a CHR in Bridger, housekeeping at the Eagle Butte IHS and worked at the Children’s Shelter in Eagle Butte.

Stella is survived by her long time companion, Harvey Eagle Horse; baby sister, Violet Colleen Lone Eagle; adopted brother, Leonard Crow Dog; sons, Carlton L. Buffalo, Shane L., Shawn L. and Samuel J. Eagle Horse; three hunka daughters, Rose Ina Strikes the Enemy, Sandra Buffalo DuBray and Serena Buffalo; 14 grandchildren, including two she was especially close to, Carlyss (Ason) and Carlyle (Kelly); 29 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents, James Buffalo, Sr. and Sarah New Black Bear, siblings, James Jr., Theodore, Dorothy and Mercy Buffalo and Don Standing Buffalo.

Victoria Mary Good House

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Funeral services for Victoria Mary Good House, 84, of Mobridge, formerly of Bullhead, were Monday, July 14th, at 1:00 p.m., CDT, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Bullhead. Visitation began one hour prior to service. Burial followed the service at the church cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge. Victoria passed away July 8, 2014, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

 

Arlen Iron Wing

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Funeral services Arlen Iron Wing, 39, of Whitehorse, S.D., are pending with Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge. Arlen entered the spirit world July 7, 2014, at the Eagle Butte I.H.S. Hospital.

Jack Lee “Jack” Stoner

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Jackie Lee “Jack” Stoner, former publisher of the newspapers at Gettysburg, Eagle Butte and Dupree, died suddenly at his home in Cle Elum, Wash., on Thursday, June 5, 2014. He was 74.

Jack and his family published the three South Dakota weekly newspapers from 1977 until 1999 when they sold them and purchased the Northern Kittitas County Tribune in Cle Elum. Before that, he was managing editor of the Queen City Mail in Spearfish for a year. Wherever he and his family lived during his newspaper career, Jack was actively involved in community activities, organizations and civic development.

Lila Iron Nest

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Funeral services for Lila Iron Nest, 64, of Ft. Pierre, formerly of Eagle Butte, will be Saturday, July 5th at 10:00 a.m., MDT, at Stout Family Funeral Home Chapel, 24339 US Hwy 212, Eagle Butte. Burial follows at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cemetery, La Plante. Meet at the 4-mile Jct. at 5:00 p.m. Friday to process to the chapel for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Lila passed away July 1, 2014, at Highmore Healthcare Center. www.stoutfamilyfh.com

Lila Iron Nest, was born September 14, 1949, at Cheyenne Agency to Phillip and Christine (Lean Dog) Iron Nest. She journeyed to the spirit world July 1, 2014, at Highmore Health Care after a long battle with many health issues.

Lila was raised and educated at Cheyenne Agency until the family moved to Eagle Butte in the mid 1950’s. While in Eagle Butte, Lila lived with her parents, and was employed at various jobs while helping to raise her nieces and nephews.

Lila attended Brainerd Indian Bible College in the 1970’s and later became a Wesleyan Pastor, a title and position she valued and enjoyed. She pastored the Lakota Chapel in Eagle Butte for several years. Lila had a heart for God and hoped that she could be an example of God’s love for His people.

In her lifetime, Lila lived in various places…..Rapid City, S.D., Custer, S.D., Boise, I.D., Eagle Butte, Pierre and Ft. Pierre, S.D. While in Pierre and Custer, Lila worked as a home health care attendant, a job she enjoyed as she was able to reach out to those who needed help.

Lila enjoyed reading, especially God’s Word, visiting with friends and family and watching movies. Before her illness, Lila did embroidery for quilts. She had a sense of humor that wasn’t witnessed by many, but those who knew her, could laugh together even during the most trying of times. She loved, but also worried, about her son, nephews and grandsons. Her home was always open to her family.

Survivors include her sister, Aurelia Elk Nation; her son, Delrue Useful Heart; nieces, Priscilla Engen, Lorraine Eastman and Charity Elk Nation; 2 nephews, Leon Useful Heart and Luke Elk Nation along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Christine Iron Nest; brothers, Wesley, Donur and Clayton Iron Nest; sisters, Aurelia and Pearl Iron Nest; a grandson, Cody Engen and numerous other relatives.

William “Willie” Frazier

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William “Willie” Frazier, 66, of Eagle Butte, entered the Spirit World at Eagle

Butte, S.D. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at his home in Eagle Butte.

Among survivors are one son, Dondi Frazier of Jamestown, N.D., and four daughters: India Frazier, Fanchon Frazier and Sara Frazier of Bismark, N.D.; Abbi Frazier of Parker, A.Z. Two brothers: Helbent Frazier and Emmett Thompson of Eagle Butte. Four sisters: Arlene Thompson and Bernadette Halfred of Eagle Butte. Verlyn Fast Horse of Pierre, S.D., and Ivajean Carter of Scottsburg, I.N. Four step brothers: Francis Thompson and Frank Thompson of White Horse, SD. Alex Thompson of Eagle Butte and Loyd Thompson of Rock Creek, S.D. Two step sisters: Deliah Tiger of Mobridge, SD and Beatrice Gabe of White Horse, S.D. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the Emmanuel Episcopal Cemetery at White Horse, S.D.

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

Keith “Bud” Starks

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Keith “Bud” Starks, 95, of Gettysburg, passed onto Heaven, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg with Fr. Jerry Kopel presiding. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Gettysburg. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2014, with a 7:00 p.m. wake service at the church.

Bud was born on April 18, 1919, to Leonard and Frances (Lemler) Starks, on the homestead in the northwestern corner of Potter County, South Dakota. He was nicknamed “Buddy” and grew up in the river hills of the Missouri. He later attended Fayette School, a one-room schoolhouse six miles from his home.

After 8th Grade, he went to work with his father and brothers at the home place, eventually helping to create the –S- Ranch. At age 29, he picked out the prettiest new schoolteacher, Mary Helen Lesmeister, met her, and then married her on June 28, 1948, in Parade, South Dakota. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage, ranching together until their retirement.

Bud worked hard his entire life, moving from calving season to haying season to wintering season. He enjoyed baseball, playing shortstop for Akaska as a young man and cheering for the Minnesota Twins. Bud also enjoyed rodeos and loved music. His main instrument was the saxophone, which he played for many dances as part of local bands, most notably Bob Halsey and the Bobkatz. He played his saxophone and the violin up until his death.  He especially loved to play his horn while his daughter JoAnn played the piano, and could often be heard saying, “Just one more tune.”

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He was a gentle and kind man, patient with everyone except himself when there was work to be done. He always had a smile and a wave, and he will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Bud is survived by his wife, Mary Helen, of Gettysburg;  daughter JoAnn (Jeff) Starks Gunn of Aberdeen, and his two grandchildren: Keith Joseph Starks Gunn and Ashley Rose Starks Gunn; brother Arthur Starks of Gettysburg, sister Vivian (Bev) Roseland of Seneca, sister-in-laws Ruth Starks of Gettysburg, Marla Lesmeister of Piedmont, SD, and Marie Starks of Akaska, SD,  and brother-in-laws Marcus (Audrey) Lesmeister of Mobridge and Lawrence (Charlotte) Lesmeister of Whitewood, SD. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, four of whom were like Bud’s adopted children because he and his brother Milton married sisters. Those nieces are Diane (Dave) Peters of Wadena, MN and Kathy (Bernie) Hall of Rapid City, and the nephews are Leonard (Sherilyn) Starks of Pierre and Pat (Marlys) Starks of Selby.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and twin Kathleen, brothers: Clyde Starks, Milton Starks, and Baby Boy Starks (stillborn), sister-in-law Tracy Starks, and brother-in-laws Adam and Louie Lesmeister.

Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Bud’s arrangements.

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