Justin W. Holy


Justin W. Holy, age 39, entered the Spirit World on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Cheyenne River Health Center, Eagle Butte, SD.

He is survived by one son: Lee Holy of Sioux Falls, SD; two daughters: Ricki Holy of Sioux Falls and DeAnne Holy of Rapid City, SD. His mother: Gayle Dupris of Eagle Butte; three brothers: Trudell Iron Wing, Collins Holy and Clinton Holy of Eagle Butte. One sister: Merrilee Holy of Eagle Butte. Two half brothers: Dean Dupris of Ft. Yates, ND and Wilbur Dupris of Eagle Butte. One adopted brother: Karston Buffalo of Eagle Butte; one adopted sister: Jackie Buffalo of Eagle Butte.

An all-night wake will begin at 5:00 PM, Friday, October 10, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 11, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. After lunch is served, burial will follow at the White Horse Episcopal Cemetery, White Horse, SD.

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

Wesley Chase Alone


Funeral services for Black Bull, Mercy Ocean I, 47, of Fort Yates, will be Monday, Sept. 22nd at 11:00AM, CDT, at Assumption of Mary Catholic Church, Kenel, SD. Burial follows at Chase Alone Family Cemetery, south of Kenel. Visitation will be from 4-5:00PM Sunday at Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge, leaving in procession afterward to the Kenel Community Center for visitation from 6:00-10:00PM, with services at 7:00PM. Wesley entered the spirit world Sept. 16, 2014 in Bismarck.

Beverly Ann Muzzy


Beverly Ann Muzzy, 65, of Pierre, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:00am at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Pierre. Bev was born in Mobridge, SD on July 19, 1945. Her parents are Basil Ducheneaux, Henry and Virginia Seidel. Bev spent her early years in Mobridge, growing up with her sisters Kim (Marty) and Melinda (Don) Seidel and her brothers Melvin (Jane) Ducheneaux, Roger (Kris) , Russ (Kathy), Rick (Bonnie), and Rodney (Tina) Seidel. She married Louis Muzzy on June 28th, 1969 in Los Angeles, CA. They had daughters Kristie and Beth Muzzy. They lived in Pierre for 38 years where she worked as a counter clerk at UPS for 28 years. She enjoyed the outdoors, boating, fishing, softball and especially spending time with her grandchilden Kayla Spencer, Kyle Tibbetts, Kellie Parker, and Braelyn Muzzy. She also enjoyed spending time with her great granddaughter Cayci Spencer. She was such a loving, kindhearted, tender lady. She was always friendly to everyone and had such a wonderful, beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Other family survivors are the Muzzy family, Charles (Delores) Muzzy, Becky Carpenter, and Cathy Allison and several nieces and nephew. She was preceded in death by her mother Virginia, her father Basil, her brothers Melvin Ducheneaux and Roger Seidel and marital parents Frank and Helen Muzzy. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

Christopher Cadotte, “Ma-Piya Tatanka Wanka


Funeral services for Christopher Cadotte, “Ma-Piya Tatanka Wanka, 37, of Wakpala, SD, will be Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11:00AM, CDT, at the Wakpala Community Center. Burial will follow at St. Bede’s Catholic Cemetery, Wakpala. Visitation will begin at 4:00PM Friday at Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge, leaving in procession at 5:00PM to Wakpala for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00PM. Christopher entered the spirit world September 8, 2014 in Bismarck.

Colette Neigel Monat


Colette Neigel Monat

Lucille Francis Neigel was born May 8, 1946, in Pierre, SD, along with her twin sister, Gertrude, who went to meet the Lord that day. Colette passed on September 6, 2014, after living with cancer for four years.
She was raised in Eagle Butte, SD, graduating from Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School in 1964. In 1966, she joined the Benedictine Community at St. Martin’s Priory, Rapid City, SD. There she directed retreats, served as formation director and was functional in all aspects of music, with her guitar always close by. She was a favorite kindergarten teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton in Rapid City and was much loved by all the children. She also taught in Casper, WY, Baker, MT, and Aberdeen, SD.
She furthered her education in many regions including South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in RC, Black Hills State University in Spearfish and St. Louis University for her Masters in Religious Education. Her penchant for learning and teaching others was unending.
In 1984, her life took a new direction with a move to Denver, CO, to the Franciscan Motherhouse for a short time, followed by her move to join the Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, where she was a director of the Benet Pines Retreat Center, also a min-body-spirit counselor.
Colette met and married the love of her life, JP “Japes” Monat on December 21, 1991.
Colette was always full of love and had great joy for JP, her family, her dear pets, camping in Buena Vista, her music/dancing, her friends and…ice cream! A good competitive game of canasta with her sisters and brother was always on the agenda. She will always be remembered for her generosity in serving others, unselfish deeds, her sense of humor and her infectious, unforgettable smile and laughter.
Colette owned her own business, Alternative Holistic Healing from 1991 to the present, offering her clients a wide variety of healing therapies.
Survivors include her husband, JP Monat; sisters, Mary Helen Riss, Rosie Galbraith, Shirley McDermaid (Richard), Clarie Melvin (Bob), and Gloria Allen, all of Rapid City, Alma Hill of Burleson, TX, Sharon Neigel (Jeff) of Olympia, WA, and her brother, Clarence “Bud” Neigel (Helen) of Eagle Butte; sister-in-law, Madalyn Monat of Ludlow, MA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Those preceding her in death were her mother, Theresia and father, Anton Neigel; sisters, Gertrude Neigel, Julie Hinkley, Phyllis Schneider and Alice Myers; and seven brothers-in-law.
A memorial mass was held at 7 p.m. September 13, at Holy Cross Chapel/Terra Sancta in Rapid City.

Velma Mae Walters-Lee


Velma Mae Walters-Lee
Tiwahe Inyoyanpe Win – “Light of Her Family”

Velma Mae Walters-Lee was born on February 1, 1928 in Sturgis, SD to Willard And Emma (Amy) Arpan-Walters. Velma Lived at Sturgis until she was eight years old. Her family then moved back home to the Cheyenne River Reservation at LaPlant, SD. She attended school at the Cheyenne River Agency Boarding School and St. Elizabeth’s Mission at Wakpala, SD. During her school days she met many people who became life long friends.
Velma Married Harold “Peaches” Lee on March 4, 1948 at LaPlant, SD. Lala Henry Lee, Harold’s Grandfather who raised him, married them. Lala Henry Lee was a Congressional Minister at Virgin Creek Congregational Church. Twelve Children were born to this union: Ronald, Toni Rae, Donald, Terri Jo, Lou Ann, Pam, Robert, Candace, Sharon, Stacie, Tracy “Buster”, and Bryan “Tuffy”.
Velma is survived by nine children: Ronald Lee of Eagle Butte, SD, Toni Rae of Albuquerque, NM, Donald (Priscilla) Lee of Omaha, NE, Lou Ann Lee of Eagle Butte, SD, Pam (Rocke) Afraid of Hawk, Rural Cherry Creek, SD, Candace Lee of Dupree, SD, Sharon Lee of Eagle Butte, SD, Stacie (Randall) Lee-Knife of Eagle Butte, SD and Tracy “Buster” Lee of Eagle Butte, SD. Also surviving are forty grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Velma is also survived by four Hunka children: John Fin of Bismarck, SD, Dallas Poitra-Love of Dunseith, ND, Donna Albers-Walking Elk of Minneapolis, MN and Della Brings Plenty of Eagle Butte, SD.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents, Husband, Daughter Terri Jo, and Sons Robert and Bryan “Tuffy” Lee, one Grandson and one Great Grandson.
Velma was born on Feburary 1, 1928 in Sturgis, SD and Went to Heaven August 31, 2014 in Eagle Butte, SD. Visitation services were at Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home in Eagle Butte, SD on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 5pm-7pm with a prayer service held at 7pm. Funeral services were officiated by Mother Margaret Watson and Traditional Services by Misun Bowker at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, SD on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11 am.

Baby Boy Hunter Roy Circle Bear


Baby Boy Hunter Roy Circle Bear, infant stillborn, entered the Spirit World Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Eagle Butte, SD.

He is survived by his parents, Elrick Circle Bear and Gayle Lofton of Eagle Butte; one brother: Dustin Brown of Eagle Butte. Three sisters: Jordan Brown, and D’Lani LeCompte of Eagle Butte and Ricqual Machipess-Fandrick of Bellcourt, ND. Paternal Grandparents: Terrence Circle Bear and Tisvera Chasing Hawk of Eagle Butte and Maternal Grandmother: Theresa Lofton of Eagle Butte.

A funeral service was held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. Burial followed at Eagle Butte Community Cemetery.

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

Kenneth Duane Kost


Funeral services for Kenneth Kost 59 of Eagle Butte, SD will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the United Congregational Church in Eagle Butte. Burial will be in the Eagle Butte Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will be Tuesday starting at 5:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the church. Kenneth passed away August 27, 2014 at his home in Eagle Butte, SD.
Kenneth Duane Kost, age 59, was born October 25, 1954, in Eagle Butte, SD to Fred and Marie Kost. Kenny passed away peacefully at the ranch south of Eagle Butte on August 27, 2014. Kenny attended Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School, graduating in 1975. He participated in High School rodeo and excelled in wrestling, and for a time held the fastest pin record at C-EB. After graduation Kenny and fellow classmate, Bob Peterson, traveled from Wyoming to Texas working on large cattle ranches.
Upon returning to Eagle Butte he met and married Rebecca Avery on August 19, 1976 in Pierre, SD. Three daughters were born to this union, Katie, Kendra and KC. For the next several years with the help of Oliver LaBlanc, fondly known as “Uncle Oliver” they built a ranch operation near the Cheyenne River on Herbert (a-bear) Creek. Kenny and Becky purchased an Old Agency house and moved it to a location north of the Kost Homestead. For a time Kenny’s family lived in Washington state where Kenny worked for Triple T Construction with his brother-in-law, Leon Avery. They returned to Eagle Butte where Kenny continued ranching with his father.
Kenny spent the rest of his days living south of Eagle Butte and was a ready hand for fellow ranchers and friends, which also included riding and helping train his long time friend Lyle Ducheneaux’s race horses. After his father Fred’s death, Kenny was instrumental in assisting and carrying on the ranching operation, using his skills as a rancher until his death.
Kenny was known for his quick wit, sense of humor and detailed memory in recounting stories. He enjoyed music, friends, family, and always had a dog by his side. Kenny could never let a sad situation last very long before he brought smiles and laughter to replace the tears.
Kenneth Duane Kost was known by most of his friends as “Penrod”. Rest in peace Penrod.
Kenny is survived by his daughters, Katie (Drew) Kalenze, Kendra (Troy Hoff) Kost, KC (Manuel Romero) Kost; Aunts Anna Kost and Betty Lou Kost Brothers Butch (Renee’) Kost, Steven F. Kost; sister, Judy (Martin) Albl, Grandchildren, Kianna Eagle Chasing Brayden Avery, Ethan Eagle Chasing, Delancy Blue Arm, Mikaelee Hoff, Bently Romero, cousins, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Kenny was preceded in death by his father Fred Kost, mother Marie (Jensen) Kost, uncle John Kost, uncle Anton Kost, infant uncle Stephan Kost and infant aunt.

Robert Bowker


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)


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.