Mary Marie Acker Larson


Mary Marie Acker Larson, age 89, passed away peacefully at her home in Freeport, I.L., surrounded by her family following a brief illness with stomach cancer on May 16, 2014.  Mary was born September 28, 1924, to George Thomas and Dorothy (Sage) Acker in her Grandmother Acker’s home on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in Dupree, S.D.

Mary graduated from Eagle Butte High School and Dunwoody Institute.  She was married to Martin Renard “Renny” Larson April 25, 1944, in Minneapolis, M.N.  Mary worked at Westinghouse at Port Davis, R.I. and in a lemon factory and did inventory at Port Hueneme, C.A.

They bought property on Lake Union, South Haven, M.N., built three cabins, ran a small resort during the summers, and for the last 17 years the cabin has been her summer home. They owned and operated the Bowlitorium Bar & Grill for 13 years in Kenyon, M.N. and Basten Beverage in Freeport for five years.

Mary was a member of the Kenyon VFW, the Elks and Moose Auxiliaries, Freeport’s Historical Society, Art Museum and Civic Garden Club.  She was a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Church, Freeport, I.L., and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Annandale, M.N.

She loved to support her growing family, play cards, bowl and travel. Mary was exceptionally proud of her Sioux heritage and enjoyed sharing her history.

Mary was a true Lakota Woman in her loving and caring ways with family and friends.

She was dearly loved and will be profoundly missed by her children: Donna (Dennis) Kersten, Dysart, IA; Susan (Gary) Nelson, St. Charles, MN; Scott (Nancy) Larson, Freeport, IL; Tom (Laurie) Larson, Las Vegas, NV; 11 grandchildren and their spouses; 20 great-grandchildren who call her Unci (grandma in Lakota), nephew Alan Helm, niece Connie Helm and three great nephews and a good friend Krys Larson.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband, sister Peggy and sister-in-law Eleanor.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 10 South Cherry Avenue, Freeport, I.L.  Celebration and a sharing of memories will be held after the service in the undercroft of the church.  Interment will be held at a later date in M.N.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Grace Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice.

Duane Patrick Mandan


Duane Patrick Mandan, 78, of Eagle Butte, S.D, entered the Spirit World on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Rapid City.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Mandan of Eagle Butte, S.D.; one son, Clyde Mandan, Eagle Butte. One daughter; Twila Santiago, of Rapid City; one stepson, Charles Garreau of Rapid City. One brother: Robert Long Mandan of Iron Lightning. Numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday, May 18, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 19, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with the Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Luke Episcopal Cemetery at Iron Lighting, SD.

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

Karen Walker


Funeral services for Karen Walker, 70, of Rosholt, S.D., formerly of Mobridge and Eagle Butte are pending with Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge. Karen entered the spirit world on May 19, 2014, in Rosholt.

Raphael E. Seewalker, Sr.


Funeral services for Raphael E. Seewalker, Sr., 78, of Ft. Yates, were Tuesday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Ft. Yates. Burial services followed at 1:00 p.m. at North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, Mandan. We met at the rodeo grounds at 5:15 p.m. Monday to process to the church for wake services beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Raphael entered the spirit world May 13, 2014, in Bismarck.

Betty Lou DeMarrias


Funeral services for Betty Lou DeMarrias, 60, of Mobridge, was held on Sunday, May 11th at 4:00 PM at Stout Family Funeral Home, in Mobridge.

Burial was  private. A meal followed the funeral service at the Edge Event Center in Mobridge.

Betty passed away May 7, 2014 at Averra Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls SD.

Katherine Patricia Kennedy


Funeral services for Katherine Pati Kennedy age 56 Eagle Butte, will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at  St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte.  Burial will be in the Eagle Butte Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Katherine Pati passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014 at her home in Eagle Butte.

Georgia Ann Garreaux


Georgia Ann Garreaux, 75, of Great Falls, passed away April 28, 2014, at a local care facility. Visitation was available for family and friends on Wednesday, April 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home. Services held privately at a later date.

Georgia was born October 16, 1938, in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She grew up in Eagle Butte and was raised on her dad’s ranch. She attended boarding school in Oklahoma and later went on to receive her Registered Nursing degree in New Mexico. She used this degree in multiple states, including Idaho, South Dakota, Montana and lastly Oregon. She went on to retire in Butte in 1978.  Georgia loved to bowl, throw horse shoes, crochet and quilt. She enjoyed camping, fishing, picnics and traveling with her family. She never missed her favorite “soaps”. She was known for her delicious cooking and generous heart; everyone called her “Mom”.  Survivors are daughters, Jacqueline and Evette Shields; sons, Michael, Derrick and Darren Shields; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Those who have preceded her in death include ex-husband, William Shields; husband, Calvin Garreaux; and father, Jonas Crow Eagle.


Tillon Gemini Long Brake


Tillion Gemini Long Brake, stillborn infant, entered the Spirit World on Monday, April 27, 2014, at the Avera Hospital in Pierre, S.D.

He is survived by his parents, Sylvan Long Brake and Kyra Hayes of Cherry Creek. S.D. His aunties: Autumn Lashae and Alyssa Bree; Uncles: Daniel Sherman, JR., AJ Clown, Justin Knife and Cole Potter. Grandparents: Clifford and Arlene Demery, Daniel Sherman, Sr., Beverly Clown and numerous other grandmas, grandpas, nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, aunties and grandchildren.

Tillion was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dawn Kills Crow, Jerlyn Long Brake, Theresa Hale, Erskin Swan and Dennis Kill Crow.

A one night wake began at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014,  at  St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte.  Funeral Services were held  at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 2, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with the Mother Margaret Watson officiating. Burial will follow at the Dupree Community Cemetery, Dupree, S.D.

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

August “Augie” Laurenz


Mass of Christian Burial for August “Augie” Laurenz, age 88, Eagle Butte will be Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM, All Saints Catholic Church of Eagle Butte. Burial will be in the Eagle Butte Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014 begin at 4PM with a rosary at 7PM at the church. “Augie”   passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

August Henry Laurenz, 88, of Eagle Butte, SD, took his journey home on May 1, 2014.  He was born to Frank and Elizabeth (Weiker) Laurenz on November 26, 1925, on the Laurenz Family Homestead five miles northeast of Eagle Butte, SD.  Augie came into this world on Thanksgiving Day at a whopping 13lbs., weighing more than the turkey.  Augie grew up working the farm alongside his two brothers Henry and Frank, and four Sisters; Helen, Marion, Ann and Bette.  Augie attended public school through the 11th grade.  He then decided to focus on his farming business.

Augie met and fell in love with Helen (Heddy) Briggs and pursued her all the way to the west coast.  His persistence paid off and on March 1st, 1945, they married in Vancouver, Washington. They were blessed with six children:  Sandy, Lindy, Liz, Peggy, Rob, and Shane.   Augie and Heddy made their home farming in Eagle Butte, SD, during the warm months and traveled to the west coast during the winter where Augie drove truck, and worked in the shipyards.  In 1952, they added ranching to the business and started running cattle on Little Creek, approximately 14 miles south of Parade, SD.  When they began, there were no fences; they continued to build their operation where he remained active in farming and ranching his entire life.

Augie had an uncanny business sense and could easily recall things from memory.  He would often provide financial advice to family and friends when requested, sometimes even when it wasn’t.

Augie loved spending time with his family.  Watching his children play sports was of great interest and it was not unusual to see him running down the sidelines alongside Rob or Shane during a football game… keeping up, we might add, and after the game, providing “Aug’s unsolicited, constructive criticism”.  When it came to his daughters, protective is not a strong enough word.  The girls and all their friends knew the drill if it was after curfew and Aug’s pickup was on patrol.  With this system, sneaking into the house between laps was down to an art.  By the time grandchildren came along, he had mellowed considerably.

Another joy in Augie’s life was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always had a smile on his face with the grandkids and they seemed to gather around him.  He enjoyed taking them everywhere with him.  Many hours were spent around the table with “Gramps” teaching various card games.  No slack was given and when the grandchild would lose, you would hear him say, “Well, you better get used to losin!”  If diligent enough to defeat him, he was no longer eager to play.

Augie would often be seen driving (or “putting,” if you will) around town checking things out on his way out to the place and back.  He was slow and steady behind the wheel of his pick-up, but as captain of his boat, it was an altogether different story.  Many a white knuckle was experienced on that boat at West Whitlock.

Augie and Heddy enjoyed throwing card parties, singing, going to local dances and spending time with friends.  Augie was a talented harmonica player and spent many hours playing for his children and grandchildren.  Not only could Augie play a mean harmonica and game of whist, but was also known to belt out “Bad LeRoy Brown” on occasion.  Many would be surprised by his expertise in cake decorating supervision, although never actually touching a cake in the decorating capacity. (This was always well received by Heddy)

He was widely known for his creative use of words, fondly referred to as “Augisms”.  His colorful original phrases remain affectionately, in common use among friends and family.  Among his favorites were, “I’ll bet you a dollar to a dried up donut”, “ aaw, they played like sausages”, and  “aww, well, that’s what they say!”

Five years ago, Augie was diagnosed with dementia.  He spent a short time in Selby and the remainder of his days in Rapid City, SD, at the Clarkson Health Care Center.  He made many friends during his stay.  His connections at Clarkson resulted in a Happy 87th Birthday letter from Senator John Thune.

August is survived by Heddy, his wife of 69 years, their children Lindy Sherwood of Rapid City, SD, Liz (Wes) Gibson of Thorpe, WA, Peggy (Dick) Gallipo of Eagle Butte, SD, Rob (Lana) Laurenz of Pierre, SD, and Shane Laurenz of Eagle Butte, SD; 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; siblings Frank (Maggie) Laurenz of Eagle Butte, SD, and Bette (Raymond) Ross of Faith, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother;  Henry Laurenz,  sisters;  Helen Rich; Ann Pinnel; and Marion Fett;  daughters;  Sandra Laurenz; and Monica Laurenz;  granddaughters; Tory Briscoe and Ash’Lea Sherwood;  and great-grandson Nicolas Gibson.

Carol Strong Heart Guerrero


Funeral services for Carol Strong Heart Guerrero, 30, of Aberdeen, formerly of Eagle Butte, will be Thursday, May 1, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Eagle Butte. Burial follows at Emmanuel Episcopal Cemetery, Whitehorse, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. Meet at the 4-mile Jct. at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to process to the church for wake services at 7:00 p.m. Carol entered the spirit world April 22, 2014, in Aberdeen.