Obits

Bernard Walton Strait was born in Bonesteel, S.D., on February 4, 1926, to Cecile Waggoner Strait and John Walt Strait. At the age of three the family moved to Mellette County where his family farmed and ranched. He attended Prosperity Flat School through the eighth grade, and then attended Murdo...
Earl D. Hammerstrom, age 89, Wall, S.D., died Thursday, August 6, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Earl D. Hammerstrom was born February 8, 1926, on a farm near Davis, the son of Lester T. and Flora G. (Marks) Hammerstrom. He attended country school nearby and attended Chancellor High...
Nicholas Joseph “Nick” Berg, 84, formerly of Rapid City, died Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Good Samaritan Health Care Center in Alliance, Neb. Nick was born on August 2, 1931 in Sanborn, Minn., to Fred and Anna (Soukup) Berg. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1952 and was honorably discharged...
Milford E. Holliday, 79, passed away on August 5, 2015 at his home.  Milford E. Holliday was born on October 22, 1935 in Blossburg, Pa. He and his twin sister, Betty, were born to Douglas H. Holliday and Marion E. (Munson) Holliday.  He was raised near Wellsboro, Pa., and attended country school....
Graveside services for Rev. James Judy, age 93, Prairie City, South Dakota, were held at 7:00 p.m. MT on Sunday evening, August 2, 2015 at the Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City, SD. Rev. Brad Burkhalter officiated. James H. Judy Jr. was born on July 11, 1922 at the Judy farm four miles...
Randi E. (O'Dea) Knutson, 60, Pueblo, Colo., passed away in the arms of her loving husband and her sister, Rita, on July 21, 2015, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.  Randi graduated from Crowley County High School in 1973 and retired from Heritage Medical Group in 2005.  She married...
Grace Arlene Omdahl O’Dea, 91, formerly of Sugar City, Colo., most recently living in Pueblo at the Villa Pueblo Senior Living Community where she passed away July 1, 2015.  She was born December 27, 1923, to Mandus and Sylvia (Scotvold) Omdahl in Cottonwood, S.D., the third of 10 children. She...
Tribute to Sandy Ellis   I don't like obituaries because they seem so impersonal so this will be a little bit different as I've written it as a tribute to his life from my perspective as his sister, daughter and friend. Each of those who Sandy left on earth on July 5, 2015, continue to feel...
Karen Erickson, 64, Pierre, S.D., died Monday, July 27, 2015, at her home.  Karen was born October 10, 1950 in Webster, S.D., to Cleo and Bernice (Thompson) Stotts. She grew up in Ortley and Webster, moved to several places because her dad did construction. Karen obtained her GED in 1985. She was...
Wilma Saucerman, age 81, Midland, S.D., died July 28, 2015, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.   Wilma Jean Schofield was born June 12, 1934, in Midland, the daughter of Alfred and Anna (Larsen) Schofield. She grew up on the ranch five miles west of Midland and received her...

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