Obituaries

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.

Zachary R. Young

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Zachary R. Young, age 19, entered the Spirit World on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Avera-McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

He is survived by his mother, Denise Lafferty of Dupree, SD and father, Gilbert Young of St. Francis, SD. Two sisters: Angel Young of Dupree and Chenoa Young of Eagle Butte. Maternal Grandmother: Gertrude Lafferty of Iron Lightning, SD and Maternal Grandfather, Joe Lafferty of Eagle Butte, SD. Paternal grandmother: Arma Featherman of St. Francis, SD.

An all-night wake was held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 9, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. After lunch is served, burial will follow at the Iron Lighting Cemetery, Iron Lightning, SD.

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

Justin W. Holy

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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

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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

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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 www.feigumfh.com

Christopher Cadotte, “Ma-Piya Tatanka Wanka

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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

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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

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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.

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