Obituaries

Jerome Dosch  

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jeromedoschwebMass of Christian Burial for Jerome Dosch, age 89 of Eagle Butte will be 10:00 AM  Thursday, November 6, 2014, at All Saints Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Eagle Butte Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 5, 2014 5:00 PM with a rosary at 7PM at the church.  Jerome  passed away Sunday November 2, 2014 at Fort Meade Veterans Medical Center.

Jerome was born March 15, 1925 in Pierre SD to Wendelin and Barbara(Marquardt) Dosch. His long and full life is a true testament to the sanctity of human life, since he was still born and declared dead by the doctor at time of birth. After the doctor had left the delivery room, the nurses did not give up and revived him. He was brought home in a shoebox and was kept warm on the open door of the kitchen wood stove.

His early childhood was spent on the original homestead, 9 miles south of Eagle Butte SD. When he was 7, the family moved to a location 2 miles southwest of Parade SD. He attended elementary school in Parade and graduated from Eagle Butte High School in 1944.  After High School, he farmed and ranched with his dad and brothers on the family farm.   In 1947, he attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago and received a certificate in Electrical Repair, an education he used both on the farm and in his electrical wiring and television repair businesses. In 1952, the family farm was moved to the present location east of Eagle Butte.

In February, 1951, Jerome was drafted into the Korean conflict. He served 11 months in Korea with the 92nd Engineer Searchlight Company as a maintenance chief. He was awarded the Korean Service Ribbon, the United Nations Service Ribbon, and was released from active duty in 1952 as an Army Corporal.   He owned and operated the Lyric Theater in McIntosh SD from 1953 to 1957.

Until August of this year, he continued to make his home on the family farm, farming and ranching side by side with his late brother Pius, who passed away in May, 2013. They were known in the area as the Dosch Bros., and worked together in many endeavors from farming and ranching, to well drilling and television repair. Jerome could weld and fabricate anything that was needed for the farm and later in life, he and Pius spent many “retirement” days rebuilding stationary gas engines.

Jerome is survived by his brothers, Albinus (Dupree, SD,), Victor (Margate City, NJ) and sister Anna Heier (Ipswich, SD), 9 nephews, 4 nieces and numerous great nieces and nephews. Jerome was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Raymond and Pius and niece Kathy. Casket Bearers are Eric Heier, Justin Heier, Cory Dosch, Tyler Dosch, Troy Vrooman and Francis “Red”  Traversie   Burial will be at the All Saints Catholic Cemetery alongside his parents and brother Pius.

Alice Burke

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Alice Burke passed away October 13, 2014, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Alice was born at Dupree, SD, to Ernest and Allene Burke. She attended eleven years of school at Dupree, moving with parents to Sturgis, SD, in 1960.

There she graduated from high school, married and later moved to Marksville, LA, where she owned and operated a bakery until her health failed. She is survived by her son, Robert Summer, her daughter, Cynthia Summer; four grandchildren; three brothers, Pat, Boyd, and Lynn; two sisters, Ruth and Cheryl. Alice was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Danny.

Marchmont “Marchie” Fee Low Dog, Sr.

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Marchmont “Marchie” Fee Low Dog, Sr. age 77, entered the spirit world on October 3, 2014 at the Golden Living Center, Bella Vista Nursing Home in Rapid City, SD. He passed after a battle of recent strokes since September 13, 2014 when he went in the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services for Marchmont Low Dog, 77, of Swiftbird, were held Monday, October 13th at 10:00AM, MDT, at the Old Agency, Eagle Butte. Burial followed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cemetery, La Plant, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. We met at the 4-mile Jct. at 4:00PM Saturday to process to the Old Agency for wake services Saturday and Sunday at 7:00PM.

Marchmont was born September 16, 1937 at Old Cheyenne Agency, SD, to Clyde F. Low Dog and Lena LeBeau. He was later raised by his grandmother, Sophie Black Chicken (his dad’s mother) and also by his aunt, Maggie Low Dog-Hand Boy (his dad’s sister). Marchie was raised at the Cheyenne Agency and later on, lived in Marksville, Eagle Butte and the Swift Bird communities. He attended grade school and high school at Cheyenne Agency.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 1958 and was stationed in Berlin, Germany. After his discharge in 1960, he met and later married Charlotte Ruby Zephier. They had five children, Elliott B. Low Dog, Stacey G. Low Dog, Lynelle M. Low Dog (Dubray), Donavan C. Low Dog, and Marchmont F. Low Dog, Jr.

Marchie did various jobs throughout his life around the reservation and off, such as: farmhand work, construction, carpentry, painting, and driving trucks. He went on to attend school for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Later in life, as he got older, he primarily resided in the Swift Bird community. He traveled back and forth between Rapid City and Swift Bird to stay with his daughters and grandchildren. They eventually took care of him when he was no longer able to care for himself. He entered a nursing home in 2007 due to a major stroke.

He cared for his friends and family, and while he lived in Swift Bird, he would check on the elders to see if they needed anything, or needed his assistance. He carried a lot of respect for them, and would take them food if they didn’t have anything at the time. He was a very respectful, humble man towards everyone. He had a passion for singing and playing guitars, primarily gospel and Johnny Cash music. He would sing and play with his relatives during church gatherings in their home and at church.

Marchmont was very proud of his lineage of being a direct descendant of Chief Low Dog, his great grandfather, and the fact that his father, Clyde Low Dog, was his grandson. He loved sharing with his children that Chief Low Dog was a treaty signer and one of the Chiefs who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. His dad, Clyde, was a treaty man who worked for the people. Marchie was quite knowledgeable himself of the treaties and the “Old Deal” his dad worked on.

Marchmont is survived by his children, Elliott “Brian” Low Dog (Rapid City), Stacey Low Dog (Rapid City), Lynelle Low Dog-Dubray (Swift Bird), Donavan Low Dog (Torrington, Wyoming); two sisters, Ramona Benoist and Corrine Janise (Low Dog); one brother, Donald )Low Dog) Lance along with 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his son, Marchmont Low Dog, Jr.; parents Clyde F. Low Dog and Lena LeBeau; his brothers, Carideo Low Dog, Melford Benoist, Richard Benoist, Sr., Lynus Low Dog and Sean Low Dog.

Traci Karina Iron Hawk

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Traci Karina Iron Hawk was born November 11, 1988 in Bismarck, North Dakota to Alvina Iron Hawk. She was one of seven girls, the others being Launa, Donna, Jody, Dody, Erica and Dawnelle.

Traci attended the School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She also lived in Sturgis where she attended school at Black Hills Special Services.

Traci graduated in 2009 from Brown High School. She loved participating in the Special Olympics every year where she ran and threw shot put. She also played basketball and bowling, winning many awards.

Traci loved shopping, eating at Taco Johns, drawing, canvas stretching and spending time with her family. She came home on holidays and special occasions. She worked at the school helping with the mail and shredding papers.

Traci passed away at the Elk Road Home in Sturgis, South Dakota on October 23, 2014. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to mourn her passing include her mother, Alvina Iron Hawk of Eagle Butte; sisters, Launa Black Moon, Eagle Butte, Donna Black Moon, Eagle Butte, Jody Black Moon, Ft. Yates, ND, Dody Black Moon, Pierre, SD, Erica Black Moon, Eagle Butte and Dawnelle Black Moon, Eagle Butte; uncle, Seaborn Iron Hawk, La Plant, SD; auntie, Barbara Iron Hawk, New Town, ND along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins too extensive to list.

Traci was preceded in death by her grandparents, Wilson and Margie Iron Hawk; uncles, Haskell, Otto and Roe Iron Hawk and other extended family.

Douglas Dupree Jr.

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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 were held at 10:00 a.m. MDT, on Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Dupree School Gym, Dupree, SD with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial followed at the <> D <> Family Cemetery in Iron Lightning. Wake services were hold on 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. (Doug or BD) was born June 12, 1978 in Eagle Butte, SD to Douglas Dupree Sr. & Eleanor (Bad Male) Dupree. He was raised in Iron Lightening, SD and in the Dupree area, currently resided in Rapid City, SD from September 2002 to present. Doug attended school in Dupree where he graduated in 1996 with honors, his senior year he was named Homecoming King, while attending school in Dupree he was active in many school activities & sports, including basketball, football, & rodeo. Doug competed in many rodeos throughout SD, he rode saddle bronc, he was raised on the Dupree Ranch in Iron Lightening, and he enjoyed the cowboy ways. He picked up several of the cowboy traits, roping and riding, cutting studs, wild horse racing, suicide riding, and branding just to name a few. Doug also played basketball and football in school from elementary to his senior year in high school; he was given a football scholarship and went onto play college football in Mitchell, SD. He majored in Business Management, while in school, through high school and college he worked his summers in Faith, SD as a beekeeper for Tom Maxwell Bees.

Doug continued being active in sports & rodeo after he graduated high school, he played softball in Eagle Butte the Men’s League, he traveled to several softball tournaments in the area, he also continued playing basketball attending open gym in Faith, 3 on 3 basketball tournaments in the surrounding area of Dupree, and men’s basketball league. He played softball in the Rapid City Softball League for several years with Kelleys Crew; he played basketball in the league at the YMCA. He also coached his sons traveling basketball team in Rapid City.

Doug’s primary occupation was a truck driver, he had a CDL with several endorsements, he also had college education but he did not take any interest in business management, after he left college in 1998 Doug entered the work force once again he went back to work in Faith, SD for Tom Maxwell Bee’s, this was a seasonal position, during the winter months he would manage to find work that included working for Neil Birkeland on his ranch, he also found work in Faith at the Cenex doing maintenance on vehicles. In 1999 Doug started working for the BIA Land Operations in Eagle Butte, he worked there for a few years as a Range Aide. In September 2002 Doug relocated to Rapid City, SD he began searching for work, he found work immediately with Aaction Movers a long distance and residential moving company this job took him out of state a lot. Between 2002 and 2004 Doug was back and forth between Dupree and Rapid City, SD. Then in 2004 he made Rapid City his home and began working for Roth Trucking, this job took him around the western part of the state, and was a seasonal position, over the next couple years Doug drove truck for a couple construction and trucking companies. In February 2005 he began work for MainLine Contracting Inc. he worked with MainLine Contracting until February 2007, he then went on to work for Aulick Leasing doing short hauls, however those hauls turned into long hauls that took him out of state and over the road. Doug was a family man he wanted to work close to home, this is when he decided to return to MainLine Contracting and was rehired in August 2010, this would be his last employer, he liked working for MainLine Contracting, the company became a big part of his life over the years. Doug was also a State Licensed Foster Parent from May 2006 to December 2010.

In January 2012 Douglas was diagnosed with a rare cancer, known as sarcoma his cancer was rare because the cancer was in the heart, so rare his oncologist never handled a case in the 30 years he practiced Medicine, Mayo Clinic handles about 5 cases per year. In January 2012 Doug went through heart surgery to remove a tumor from the heart, he also had surgery for bowel obstruction, while he was recovering from surgery numerous fundraisers were done for Doug, including a benefit put on by MainLine Contracting. Between March and May 2012 Doug went through four regimens of chemotherapy in Rapid City, he returned to the Mayo Clinic in June 2013, this is when the decision to do radiation came about. July 2013 Doug went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he began radiation that lasted for 28 days, this is when the oncologist confirmed the cancer was in the lungs. October 2013 Doug began oral chemo pills, for one year the pills seem to be controlling the cancer, but in October 2014 Doug underwent another surgery on the brain removing a tumor, shortly after this surgery it was determined he would need another surgery to the heart, the cancer had come back, he was sent on a Life Flight to Rochester, MN where he passed on surrounded by family.

Blessed to have shared his life are his children, Tiauna Dupree of Eagle Butte, Dillon Dupree of Eagle Butte, Bowe Jiron & Dakota Dupree both of Rapid City, SD, one very special grandson Teegan Douglas Maupin (Tiauna), and the love of his life Josephine Jiron of Rapid City, his two brothers Dustin Dupree (Robyn) of Dupree and Daniel Dupree (Tracy LS) of Eagle Butte, his parents Douglas Dupree Sr. of Iron Lightening and Eleanor Dupree of Dupree, his special aunts who cherished him dearly Barbara Dupris, Carol Knight, & Connie Dupris Clown, and numerous relatives, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family that has preceded him in death are numerous …

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

Jastin “Ian” Blue Coat

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Funeral services for Jastin “Ian” Blue Coat, of Eagle Butte, formerly of Mobridge, were held Saturday, October 25th at 11:00 AM, CDT, at the Family Worship Center in Mobridge. A meal followed with burial afterward at the On The Tree Cemetery, west of Whitehorse, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge.

Hope White Bear

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Hope White Bear, age 43, of Rapid City and formerly of Green Grass, SD, entered the Spirit World on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Dickinson, ND

She is survived by two sons: Nathan Ziegmann of Rapid City, SD and Anthony White Bear, Jr. of Mandan, ND. Three daughters: Amber Muir of Spokane, WA, Brittnay Zeigmann of Rapid City, and Arianna White Bear of Mandan, ND. Father, Gerald Red Leaf, Sr. of Rapid City. One brother, Ray Red Leaf of Rapid City. Two half-brothers: Gerald “Davey” Red Leaf, Jr. and Nicholas “Nick” Red Leaf of Rapid City. Step brother, Jason Vermillion of Rapid City. Half-sister: Jennifer Red Leaf of Rapid City. One grandchild.

A viewing and prayer service was held on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City. A visitation was also held at the Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home in Eagle Butte, SD. Funeral Services were held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 21 at Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home, with the Rev. Norman Blue Coat officiating. Burial followed at UCC Community Cemetery, Green Grass, SD.

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

 

Taya Skai Shoots The Enemy

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Funeral services for Taya Skai Shoots The Enemy, infant daughter of Angela Shoots The Enemy, of Ft. Yates, were held Monday, Oct. 20 at 1:00PM, CDT, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, McLaughlin. A viewing was held at 12 Noon. Burial followed at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, in Bullhead, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge.  Taya entered the spirit world October 13, 2014 in Ft. Yates, ND. 

James High Elk, Sr.

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James High Elk, Sr., age 61, of Eagle Butte, SD, entered the Spirit World on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

He is survived by one son: Justin High Elk of McLaughlin, SD; one daughter, Jami High Elk of Eagle Butte. Two brothers: Arle High Elk and Silas High Elk, Jr. of Green Grass, SD. Seven sisters: Suella High Elk, Vivian High Elk and Betty Skaroupka of Green Grass, Salina High Elk of Eagle Butte, Elnora Buffalo of Hobbema, Alberta, Canada, Twila High Elk of Timberlake, SD and Mary Lopez of Wooster, OH. 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

An all-night wake service was held at 5:00 PM and a Prayer Services at 7:00 PM, Sunday October 12, 2014, at the Johnson Cultural Center, Eagle Butte, SD. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 AM, Monday, October 13, at the Johnson Cultural Center, with the Rev. Norman Blue Coat officiating.

Burial followed at the High Elk Family Cemetery, Green Grass, SD. A funeral procession began at 4:00 PM, Sunday at the 4 mile Junction. 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 the Rooks & Red Dog Facebook page.

Linus Long Feather

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Funeral services for Linus Long Feather, 50, of McLaughlin, was held Monday, October 13th at 1:00PM, CDT, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, rural Little Eagle. Burial followed at the church Cemetery. Visitation began at 4:00PM Sunday at Stout Family Funeral Home in Mobridge, leaving in procession at 5:30PM for the McLaughlin Blue Gym for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00PM. Linus entered the spirit world October 2, 2014 in McLaughlin.

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