Ethel Uses The Knife


Ethel Uses The Knife, 91, of Eagle Butte, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospice House.

Funeral services will be 10:00a.m. MST, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Watson presiding. Burial will follow at the St. James Episcopal Cemetery, Bear Creek, SD. Wake services will be 7:00p.m. MST, Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the church, with a procession from the 4 mile junction at 4:00p.m.

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

Cleo Rae Burnette


Cleo Burnette, age 66, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at her home in Lakeside, Arizona. She was the last born child of her parents, the late Andrew Paul and Emma Adel (Azure) LeBeau on September 26, 1948 in Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota.

Cleo was a humble person and though well-accomplished, she never liked to be the center of attention. Instead, she showered everyone around her with kind loving attention. And, of her siblings, she was considered to be “the strong one.” As a teenager, she broke her arm while she was breaking a horse, then later had to have it rebroken because it wasn’t properly set the first time. She had a wonderful sense of humor and she loved to laugh. Everything about her will be missed. Her beloved children were her life’s #1 priority and, even though times were rough during parts of her life, she strived to constantly better herself, educationally, to be able to provide better for these special loves of hers.

She married thrice: Terry Fleur, Wallace Chase, Sr. (deceased) and Brent Burnette. Her children are: Wallace Chase, Jr., Wynn Joseph Chase and Deidre Lee Chase. Her stepsons are: Brett Juel Burnette and Bryan Robert Burnette.

Education wise, Cleo attended Moreau River Day School (Mr. Bader said her IQ was astounding and wanted her to move up a grade when in the 3rd grade but, Mom didn’t allow it.); Old Cheyenne Agency Boarding School (one winter), St. Elizabeth Episcopal School and St. Mary’s Episcopal Girls School, graduating Salutatorian from St. E’s. Cleo then went on to attend Heald Business College in San Francisco, became a key punch operator and received her double Bachelors in Psychology and sociology from the University of California, Berkeley; Sinte Glesha College in Mission/Rosebud, South Dakota for her RN, graduating from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion; and finished her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Belleview College, which was another of her life long aspirations. Her dad taught Cleo how to play the accordion and piano when she was five. She was blessed with “the ear” and could play just about any song she heard by ear. Her family all enjoyed listening to her play “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer. She also played the guitar and had a beautiful singing voice. She had varied hobbies including: photography, gardening, flowers, caring for her plants, playing Scrabble, Sudoku and doing crossword puzzles. She taught herself to crochet and she made many beautiful pieces. Especially beautiful were her Christmas tree skirts and afghans. Cleo had her favorite soap operas and evening shows, which she taped. Traveling was her main passion, which she did from border to border, coast to coast including Alaska and Mexico; while she was stationed in Naples and Aviano Italy and Heidelberg, Germany, she traveled through many other European countries and always enjoyed eating the different cuisines. She wanted to tour again following retirement and sail the rivers of Europe.

As a youngster, she saw Marcella LeBeau, RN, in WAC uniform. Cleo then set a goal of doing just that, and later in life, she entered the United States Air Force (a lifelong dream of hers) at age 46 as a Lieutenant officer, served a 4 year term, exiting as Captain Burnette at age 50. This “Angel of Mercy” collected hearts for the past 40 years wherever she worked. She thoroughly loved her job of helping newborns enter this world in the Labor & Delivery departments of all the hospitals where she worked. She managed to maintain friendships over the years from every place she worked and they sent flowers, oils, aromatherapy spa, cards, letters, texts, plus phone calls and visits from friends were always welcomed when she could talk. Her strong, determined soul was on hospice, exactly three months to the day when she passed away; her body having failed her, but her spirit never wavered. Cleo was a Christian woman who always found comfort in church, no matter where she lived. Her strong faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ, helped her fight the good fight most valiantly for almost 3 years. In her 66 years of life, she never took chronic medications for any health problems, until cancer struck, and this totally amazed the medical personnel who were taking her personal medical history.

Cleo is survived by her husband, Brent Burnette; sons: Wallace Chase, Jr. and grandson, Wade Josua Chase; Wynn Chase; daughter, Deidre Chase (Daniel) and grandson, Chase Cannon; stepsons: Brent Burnette and Bryan (Beth) Burnette and families; brothers: Joseph LeBeau, Sr. (Angela), Pat LeBeau (Dottie), sisters: Lou Burnette, Connie LeBeau (Joey); brothers-in-law: Lynn Burnette, Sr. (Lori), Franklin Lambert (Angie); sisters-in-law: Josette (Jim) Faith (Freida), Dee (Mike), Candace (Tom); aunts: Millie and Alice. Cleo is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She adored her family abundantly and they, in turn, loved her just the same.?Along with her parents, Cleo was preceded in death by her son, Wade Jerome; nephew, Andrew Thomas LeBeau; brother, Andrew LeBeau, Jr., brother-in-law, Van Matthew Burnette; mother-in-law, Elinor Burnette and Hunka sister, Carolyna Marks.

A memorial service will begin 2:00 P.M., Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Owens Livingston Mortuary – White Mountain Chapel, 320 N. 9th Street in Show Low, Arizona.

Samuel “Sammy” Leroy Annis


annis obit and website was born October 4, 1945, in Dupree, S.D. to Bertha (Scott) Annis and David “Fat” Annis. He was the youngest of three sons. He entered the spirit world on December 5, 2014, in Pierre, S.D. at 69 years of age.

Sammy began his education in LaPlant, S.D. and graduated from the 8th grade and high school at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte. After high school he moved to Oakland, California, and graduated from barber college. He was a well known barber and many people entrusted him to take care of their families. He also had strict guidelines when it came to his own hair, and was known to walk out of a shop if it did not meet those guidelines.

At heart, he was a cowboy. He grew up following in the footsteps of his father and became a rancher and a cowboy. Horses were an important part of his life. He was a jockey, horse trainer, bareback rider, and team roper – a heeler (and a lefty no less). One of his proudest accomplishments was becoming the Mobridge Roping Club Champion alongside Burtis White Wolf. He takes the buckle they won that day with him to Paradise.

Sam was a jack of all trades: a carpenter, leather worker, and artist among them. He built furniture and created many types of cowboy art for his family, relatives and friends. He worked for the CR Housing Authority and spent the later part of his life serving in Tribal Government. He was Sergeant-at-Arms for many years and also proudly served the people of District 5 as their Council Representative.

He was a die-hard Colts fan, a rodeo fan and Blue Annis fan. He was heavily involved in Blue’s rodeo career before his first mutton bustin’ event. He was the very proud father of six sons, Marty Scott, Clinton, Michael, Shawn, Kory, and Bluecher, one daughter, Kellie, and had a very special connection with his “girls,” Dez and Rolynn Clown and their brother Conroy Clown. Sammy began experiencing symptoms of dementia in 2004 and soon was taken from family and friends by the effects of Alzheimer’s. His family and friends celebrate the man they each knew and rejoice in the many memories they all have of him. He had a great smile, treated people good, and loved everyone.

Sammy is survived by his aunt, Marguarite Annis-Eagle Staff; ex-wife, Irma Annis (Village Center); sons, Kory (Tonya) Annis, Clinton (Heidi) Stadel, Shawn (Steph) Stadel and hunka sons, Azul (Brenda) Cortes and Leon Red Dog, Jr.; daughter, Kellie Annis-Maure and hunka daughters, Jeannette Cortes-Chavez and Taryn Red Dog; daughter-in-law, Lisa Dryden-Annis; grandchildren, Seven, Destiny, Raven, Alestar, Sonia, Olivia, Jackson, Jordan, Shelby, Seth, Sheyenne, Scout, Duell, Brayden, Cole, Nick, Shayne, Cahill, Grace, Simone, Sloan, Allison, Madison, Jason and Jared; great grandchildren: Gemma, Damien, Jordan, Wade, Marty & Nation; Special people in his life: Darlene Hegg, Helene Circle Eagle, Dez Clown, Rolynn Clown, Conroy Clown and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Sammy was preceded in death by his parents, David & Bertha Annis; brothers, Smokey Annis and Donald “Tinker” Annis; sons, Dana Annis, Marty Stadel and Bluecher Annis and hunka daughter, Kaye Marie Red Dog.

Michael D. Four Bear


Michael D. Four Bear, age 54, of Swift Bird, SD, entered the Spirit World on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, SD.

He is survived by three daughters: Alyssa Four Bear of Eagle Butte, SD, Danielle four Bear and Michaela Four Bear of Swift Bird. One step-son, Thomas McCurdy of Spokane, WA and step-daughter, Tera Dupris of Pierre, SD. Two brothers: Curtis Marshall, Sr. Rapid City and Keith Marshall of Sturgis, SD. Five sisters: Jennifer Molesh of Swift Bird, Charlene Four Bear of Marksville, SD, Doretta Bowker of LaPlant, SD, Cheryl Four Bear and Lisa Four Bear of Eagle Butte, SD. Two grandchildren.

An all-night wake will begin at 7:00 PM, Sunday, December 14, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM, Monday, December 15, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. After lunch is served, burial will follow at the Ascension Episcopal Cemetery at Black Foot, SD.

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

Baby Girl Aiyanna Cooke


Baby Girl Aiyanna Cooke entered the Spirit World on Dec.4 th 2014 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

She is survived by her parents, Ian & Angela Cooke of Eagle Butte. Four brothers: Wallace Cooke, Isaac Cooks, Malachi Cooke and Aubrey Butcher of Eagle Butte. Two sisters: Haley Cook and Adrianna Butcher of Eagle Butte.

Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 12, 2014 at Rooks & Red Dog Funeral Home of Eagle Butte, SD, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at a Family Plot near Red Scaffold, SD.

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

Alisha M. Clown


Alisha M. Clown, age 30, of Eagle Butte, SD, entered the Spirit World on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

She is survived by her significant other, Kellon Uses The Knife of Eagle Butte. One son, Darius Uses The Knife of Eagle Butte. Her father, Raymon Clown, Sr. of Albuquerque, NM. Four brothers: Raymon Clown, Jr., Tre Clown and Reese Clown of Pierre, SD. Vetal Stricker-Clown of Redding, CA. Four sisters: Alison (Duane) Curley of Havelock, NC, Jocelyn Clown of Eagle Butte, Jaclyn Holmes and Dontae Clown of Pierre, SD

A one night wake service will begin at 7:00 PM, Monday, December 15, 2014 at Old Agency Building at Eagle Butte. Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, December 16 at The Old Agency Building at Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will take place at the Dupree Community Cemetery, Dupree, SD, and a dinner will follow at the Old Agency Building.

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


Gladys Ganje Jochim


Gladys Jochim, 95, of Ft. Pierre and formerly of Eagle Butte, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Kelly’s Retirement Home, Pierre.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. MST, Monday, December 8, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church, Eagle Butte, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Eagle Butte Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 4:00 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 7, 2014 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Ft. Pierre, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Gladys Eunice (Janssen) Jochim was born in Kingsburg, SD September 14, 1919 to Matilda (Ottum) and Carson Janssen. She attended school in Kingsburg for eight years, and she attended high school in Tyndall, SD for two years. Gladys finished her last two years of school in Springfield, SD and also attended her first year of college at Southern there.

She started teaching at the age of 17 with a permit from the state. She taught country school for four years at the Grimme School south of Tyndall. Then she went back to school to get her State Certificate. Gladys spent the next 37 years teaching in Eagle Butte. Gladys loved teaching and the children she taught. She kept in contact with many of her students throughout the years. During this period of time, she married Joe Ganje on September 21, 1943. They spent 28 years together until his death on February 1, 1972.

She married Andy Jochim on July 31, 1976. They spent 38 years together at the ranch north of Eagle Butte and later at Marion’s Garden in Ft. Pierre. They had a very happy life together. When they decided to retire they found a very nice place in Fort Pierre where they built a beautiful home near water where they could fish and boat. In September of 2014, Gladys moved to Kelly’s Retirement Home where she lived until her passing.

Gladys enjoyed cooking and baking. She was constantly preparing a meal or sending goodies home with any guests that would visit. She would even try to sweeten up her doctors by bringing goodies along to her appointments. Gladys loved to garden and raise flowers. She loved a good game of cards, and she enjoyed riling up her opponents. Gladys spent numerous hours crocheting doilies, afghans, and dolls which she would give to family and friends.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Andy Jochim; her precious dog, Tootsie; numerous nieces and nephews; and her many “adopted children”.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Joe Ganje; and her siblings: John “Bud” Janssen, Marie Grimme, Nina Finck, Rena Clark, Jim Janssen, and one infant sibling.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota are preferred.


Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte has been entrusted with Gladys’ arrangements. (

Byron Glenn In The Woods


Byron In The WoodsByron Glenn In The Woods, 59 of Rapid City and formerly of Dupree, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 in Rapid City.

Funeral services will be 10:00a.m. MST, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Dupree Multi Purpose Building, Dupree, SD with Harold Condon presiding. Burial will follow at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cemetery, Cherry Creek, SD. Wake services will be 7:00p.m. MST, Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Dupree Multi Purpose Building, with a procession from the 2 mile junction at 4:00p.m.

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

Vivian Pauline (Traversie) Sampson


sampson web was born  March 9, 1936 in Dewey County, SD to Theophile and Lily (Jewett) Traversie. Vivian is the great, great granddaughter of Chief War Eagle.

Vivian attended school in Timber Lake, SD, graduating in 1954.

She grew up on the family ranch near Timber Lake, SD, where she helped her father with ranching. She spent many summers working with her “team of horses” cutting hay. She enjoyed riding horseback and was an excellent horse woman.

Vivian attended cosmetology school in California. She was well known for her home perms and haircuts with many happy customers through the years.

Vivian then met Dennis Frederick and to this union two sons were born, Michael and Gary Frederick.

Vivian later moved herself and her two sons to North Carolina where she met and married her best friend, Orlen “Hayes” Sampson on December 24, 1975. Vivian and Orlen lived in North Carolina and Georgia, before they settled back in South Dakota. Vivian and Orlen welcomed two daughters, Kathleen and Alecia.

Vivian worked for the CRST Commodity Building as a clerk and as the Director of the CRST Day Care Center. Orlen and Vivian were also foster parents for many years as well. Vivian then retired and made her living as a rancher after years of working for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She made her home in Armstrong County until her passing.

In 2006, Vivian received a wonderful gift from an ANGEL, named Carol, she received a kidney that was a match! After her transplant, Vivian was able to live a full and healthy life for many years.

Vivian was known for her cooking and sewing skills, and loved making quilts for family and friends, especially her grandchildren. Vivian held a special place in a lot of people’s hearts and will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her husband, Orlen “Hayes” Sampson; her children, Mike (Terry) Frederick of Waubay, SD and Gary (Peri) Frederick, Kathleen (John) Maynard, Travis Sampson and Alecia Cowins all of Eagle Butte; one sister, Celinda Rose Traversie of Timber Lake; grandchildren, Joseelyn, Sierra, and Echo Maynard, Caitlyn Frederick, Jessica Herrmann, and Nation Cowins as well as several nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents, Theophile Traversie and Lily (Jewett) Traversie; her siblings, Violet Rosales, Eugenia Iron Moccasin, Delma Traversie, Naomi “Sadie” Mountford, Orville “Buster” Traversie, Charles Traversie, Arliss Traversie, Irene “Ruby” Traversie, Cyrinthia “Ty” LeCompte, Theophile Traversie, Georgelyn “Babe” Sampson and her son in law, Andre Cowins

Louis M. Jewett


LouieJewettwebobitMass of Christian Burial for Louis M. Jewett age 88 of White Horse will be 10:00 a.m. MST Saturday, November 29, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church, of Eagle Butte. Burial will in the St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. All night wake Friday, November 28, 2014 will begin at 6PM at the church with a rosary at 7PM. Louis passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at his home.

Louis Marcel Jewett – Sagyé Nájin Kici “Stands with Staff”, 88, of White Horse, SD passed away at his home on Monday, November 24, 2014. Louie was born at Johnson Bend along the Moreau River on May 5, 1926 to George and Keva (Rousseau) Jewett. He attended Immaculate Conception Indian School in Stephan, SD until at age 17, with his parents permission, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific theatre during World War II.

On July 28, 1948 he married Belle Marie Lafferty; they made their home at the old Jewett homestead along the Moreau, later at Old Agency, Eagle Butte and finally returning to the Moreau River in 1980. He worked for 35 years in Plant Management with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Eagle Butte; fondly remembered for his commitment to helping people and his good humor.

A proud Veteran and member of VFW Post 308 and American Legion Post 191, in which he served many years as the Post Commander. He accumulated many trophies in horseshoe competitions, softball, golf, and bowling leagues – always reminiscing about that near perfect game at Cheyenne Lanes. He was an avid outdoorsman; a patient mentor to the many grandkids who will forever treasure the hunting and fishing expertise he passed on. Hunters from near and far made it a priority to stop in and visit year after year. Never one to turn down a chance to enjoy a rodeo, horse race or local sporting event, he could usually be found among the crowd watching the action.

He greeted everyone with a smile and handshake or warm hug often introducing himself to those he just met as “Luke,” followed by a smile and the last name, “Warmwater.” His charm and kindness made him a favorite person to visit and be around. He relished being Uncle and Grandpa to so many. His contagious smile and generous nature made everyone feel welcomed and special. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends telling stories of long ago. Louie loved sharing his experiences; whether it was World War II, cowboying, hunting or fishing – stories we will forever hold in our hearts.

Especially grateful for having shared in his life are his children Marcel (Melissa) and Greg of Eagle Butte; Ramona DuBray of Whitehorse and Marceline (Mike) Lesmeister of Parade, SD. Sisters Julie (Gib) Marshall of Eagle Butte, SD; Juanita (Jim) Gable of Atlanta, GA; Sisters-in-law Mary Jewett and Candy Jewett both of White Horse. Grandchildren – Wade, Diane, Donita, Lynnette, Jeanne, Eileen, George, Jayme, Tammy, Ross, Frank, Kelly, Jason, Traci, Sonny, Peyton, Brittany, Gage and Salacia; 42 great-grand children, seven great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Belle, daughter LuAnn Briggs, grandchildren Warren Briggs, Julia and Amanda Lesmeister, Cameron and Talia Jewett. Sisters Ramona Jewett, Corrine Mendoza, Iyonne Garreau and brothers Orlin Jewett, Keith Jewett and the twins – Bluey (Arthur) and Pinky (Albert) Jewett.

Carrying him to his final resting place will be grandsons and great grandsons or as he called them all “Hoksila”; Wade Briggs, George Jewett, Jaime Jewett, Marcel “Sonny” Jewett, Kelly Berdnt, Jason Berdnt, Ross DuBray, Peyton Jewett, Gage Jewett, Frank Lesmeister; Scottie Fischer, Lonny and Lyle Lesmeister, Thomas and Robert Tolton, Adam and Dylan Lesmeister.


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