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William “Bill” Dunbar

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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 www.kinkadefunerals.com.

Allen “AJ-John John” White

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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 rooksfh.com and the Rooks & Red Dog Facebook page.

Yolanda “Jill” Young Bird

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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

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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 www.schnackenbergfh.com.

 

 

Ronald J. Emery

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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 rooksfh.com and our Rooks & Red dog facebook page.

Anna Marie Raile

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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

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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.

Brittany Skinner

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Funeral services for Brittany Skinner, 25, of Selfridge,  ND, formerly of McLaughlin, were held Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 1:00PM, CDT, at the Messiah UCC Church, Little Eagle. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Viewing began at 3:00PM Monday at Stout Family Funeral Home, 519 7th Ave E., Mobridge, and left in procession to the McLaughlin Blue Gym for an all-night wake with services which began at 7:00PM.

Brittany entered the spirit world October 26, in Williston, ND.

Carole Ann Moran

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Carole Ann Moran, age 67, of Eagle Butte, SD. entered the Spirit World Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Mobridge, SD.

She is survived by four daughters: Karla Labatte, Kimberly Castillo, Kellee Moran and Kasee Moran all of Eagle Butte. Adopted daughter: Kyann moran of Eagle Butte. One surviving brother: Dale Chasing Hawk of Eagle Butte. 7 grandchildren and 6 grandchildren

A one night wake service will begin at 5:00 PM, Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the HV Johnson Cultural Center in Eagle Butte. Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 AM, Thursday, November 6 at the Johnson Cultural Center and interment will take place at the Eagle Butte Community Cemetery.

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

DOUGLAS DUPREE JR.

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web (Douglas Dupree Jr)Douglas Dupree Jr., 36, of Rapid City and formerly of Eagle Butte, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Funeral services will be 10:00a.m. MDT, Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Dupree School Gym, Dupree, SD with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the <> D <> Family Cemetery in Iron Lightning. Wake services will be 7:00p.m. MDT, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Dupree Multi Purpose Building, Dupree, SD with a procession from the 2 mile junction at 4:00p.m.

Douglas Luther Dupree Jr. also affectionately known as “Baby Doug” or “BD” was born on June 12, 1978 at Eagle Butte Indian Health Service to Douglas & Eleanor (Bad Male) Dupree. His maternal grandparents were the late Moses and Helen Bad Male of Green Grass community. Paternal grandparents were the late Wilmer and Cordelia Dupris of the Iron Lightning community. During his early childhood days he lived in the Chinatown projects in Eagle Butte, SD prior to entering the Dupree School system where he attended all of his thirteen years as a proud Dupree “Tiger”. He then lived in the Iron Lightning community where his family owned and operated a family ranch.

Baby Doug was a very kind young lad who called everyone “sir” or “ma’am” and was the first to volunteer to assist in any task that required some muscle and he was never afraid of breakin ‘ a sweat. Baby Doug also had a calling to become one of the top ranch hands in the area and proved that he was capable of doing most ranch work. In school, Baby Doug was involved in various sports and excelled as a top athlete in all of Dupree Tiger school history. Baby Doug learned to refine his skills by spending many childhood years with his brothers Dustin and Daniel. Together the Dupree boys led the Tigers through years of success in sports and in the classroom. Baby Doug was an avid San Francisco “49er” football fan and wasn’t afraid to place a friendly wager for his team.

Rodeo was a part of Baby Doug’s life when he followed his father’s footstep as a rodeo competitor. He participated in Saddle Bronc, then later adding Bullriding as his two main events. He took a turn at team roping with his partner Jody Hunt. After high school, Baby Doug continued his rodeo ways by adding the Wild Horse Race with the infamous “Dupree Brothers” Team which included Little Brother Dan aka “Chinese Dan” and older brother Dustin.

Baby Doug also loved to play the sport of softball and his most recent team was “Kelley’s Crew” of Rapid City, playing all positions. He excelled as a powerful hitter. He spent his spare time dabbling in the dart throwing competitions in the area. As a teenager, Baby Doug was recruited to attend Huron College to play college football and later he participated in independent basketball tournaments.

Baby Doug was a smooth country & western slow dancer. He almost never failed to fill his dance card for the annual Iron Lightning “wasicu” dance at the Fourth of July celebration. While there, he teamed up with his Auntie Barb to defend their Lakota “Rabbit Dance” competition title.

Baby Doug married Kit Veit and to this marriage Tiauna Lane and Dillon Douglas Dupree were born. A young and energetic “takosa-grandchild” was born and he is known as Teegan Douglas Dupree, age one.

Baby Doug met Josephine “Josie” Jiron and was in a current relationship with Josie for many wonderful years up until the time of his passing. Josie stood by him through some of the most difficult times in life and shared many happy memories. Two children were born to this relationship: Bowe Sean and Dakota La Rae.

In the work field, Baby Doug started working for T & D’s Honeybees of Faith, at the young age of fourteen. He worked for the BIA Land Operations for four years and his most recent job was with the MainLine Contracting Inc. of Rapid City. Doug’s primary occupation was truck driving and he obtained a CDL with several endorsements. In between these employments Baby Doug worked on various ranches in the greater Dupree and Faith area.

Baby Doug moved his young family to Rapid City where he lived for the past several years. Baby Doug supported his children in their sports events and was a proud father when his eldest child Tiauna Lane was a member of the C-EB Lakota Nation Invitational Girls Basketball Champions, and when his older son Dillon played in the 2013 “State A” Boys Basketball Tournament in Sioux Falls. Baby Doug was there supporting his youngest son Bowe Sean who participated in baseball as a starting pitcher and also a hard-hitting football player in Rapid City. Baby Doug continued to support his youngest daughter Dakota play in soccer and baseball. Baby Doug was also a loyal coach who volunteered his time to coach his daughter Tiauna’s team at the Queen City Basketball Tournament and Bowe Sean’s traveling basketball team.

It was also through the Episcopal Church Baptismal Rite that Baby Doug was a Godfather to the following: Shaylene Marie Jiron, MyKayla Rae Kelley, Jaceyn Josephine Starr, Raymond Hudson Clown and Allyn James Bear Stops.

Health wise, it was discovered that Baby Doug’s health was beginning to fail and more tests and examinations revealed a rare form of cancer known as sarcoma. It was so rare that his oncologist had never handled a case in the 30 years he practiced medicine. The noticeable loss of weight and inability to perform the most basic household chores indicated that Baby Doug was in for a long battle that would require surgery to remove a tumor from his heart and lung area. This included follow-up treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for chemotherapy and radiation. This experience provided the family and friends with hope of a complete recovery. However, that was not the case when the cancer re-appeared as a tumor in his brain that affected his mobility on his left side of his body. The brain surgery was deemed successful and he was moved to the Rapid City Regional Rehabilitation Wing. The treatment was going well until it was discovered that his breathing was becoming more labored and tests revealed that the cancer in his heart had returned. It was decided that Baby Doug be air-transported to Mayo Clinic for further tests to find a treatment plan to work towards saving Baby Doug’s life.

Word of Baby Doug’s fight with cancer reached many homes and touched the hearts of many who joined in on the “Fight on BD Dupree” prayer chain and with the touching donations received as a result of the “Do it For Doug” fundraisers. The family would like to thank everyone for the helping hand through prayers and financial support. When a cowboy’s in need, other cowboys saddle up and ride to assist to complete the chores left undone. The Lakota tiospaye played a big role in supporting the family’s needs. A “Do it For Doug” bank account has been established at the State Bank of Eagle Butte.

On October 17, 2014 at approximately 3:45 pm, with immediate family members at his bedside our beloved “Baby Doug” passed on to the afterlife. All the hearts that were touched by this great cowboy have been shattered and it will take a multitude of shared life-memories to work towards mending and healing the hurt and sorrow that is felt here today. He was 36 years old at the time of his passing.

Baby Doug is survived by his parents Douglas Sr. and Eleanor Dupree, Iron Lightning; love of his life Josephine Jiron, Rapid City; daughters: Tiauna Dupree, Eagle Butte and Dakota Dupree, Rapid City; sons: Dillon Dupree, Eagle Butte and Bowe Sean Dupree, Rapid City; special grandson, Teegan Douglas Dupree, Eagle Butte; brothers: Dustin (Robyn) Dupree of Dupree and Daniel (Tracey) Dupree, Eagle Butte; paternal nephews: Drake, Eagle Butte and Trenton Larrabee, St. George, Utah; paternal nieces: Summer, Makenzie and Chloe all of Dupree and Daesia, Dalis and Daelyn all of Eagle Butte; twenty-nine maternal nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren; paternal grandparents include: Edward Dupris, On the Trees District, Veronica Iron Lightning, Eagle Butte and Corrine High Elk, Eagle Butte; maternal aunts: Ruby Scheid, Milwaukee, WI and Grace Larrabee, Eagle Butte; paternal aunts: Barbara Dupris, Iron Lightning; Constance Clown and Carole (Tom) Knight both of Eagle Butte; paternal uncles: Kermit (Nancy) Dupris, Eagle Butte; Wilmer “Fred” Dupree, Ft. Yates, ND, and Dana Q. (Wynema) Dupris, Iron Lightning; paternal cousins: Casey Dupris and Calli Thompson; Bridget and Sonny Dupris; Philip, Keri Ann and Katie Dupris; Jayme, Memoree and Codi Dupris; Jenessa Kirk and Jessica Dupris: Holly, Sarah, Daniel, Duane, Quentin and Nelly Dupris, Dawn Brings Yellow, Robert and Rex Carolin; Jeffery, Lachelle, Calla Rae, and Chrissey Turning Heart and Raymond Clown; Joey, Nancy Ann and David Dupris, Lyn’dee Hill, Darin Tiger, CJ Miner; maternal cousins: Milo Scheid and Yuki Traversie, Dawn Bad Male.

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

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