Obits

Iola Joyce Kezar, age 83
  Iola Joyce Kezar, age 83, of Custer, S.D., died Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Custer Regional Senior Care Center. Iola Joyce Drabek was born June 3, 1933, in Kadoka, the daughter of John and Velma (Parke) Drabek.  She grew up on the family farm, north of Belvidere, attending school in Kadoka and...
John Francis “Jack” Heeb, age 79
  John Francis “Jack” Heeb, age 79, of Worland, Wyo., died Feb. 3, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. John Francis "Jack" Heeb was born Sept. 21, 1936, to Earl and Elizabeth “Dolly” Heeb in Pierre.  Jack proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1957.  He married Judith Hayes in 1956 (later divorced)...
  Harold Koester, 86, of Rapid City, S.D., died on May 29, 2016, at his home. Harold joined the U.S. Navy in 1949, he was a seaman, and served on the U.S.S Callao before transferring to Pearl Harbor. He was then transferred to the U.S.S. Renshaw during the Korean War.   He married Donna Howder from...
Arnold Johnson, age 90
  Arnold Johnson, age 90, of Wall, S.D., died on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip . Arnold Garfield Johnson was born Dec. 5, 1925, on his parents’ homestead at Duhamel Flatt, the son of John X. and Inga (Rorvig) Johnson.  He attended rural school in that...
William “Bill” Escott, age 67
William “Bill” Escott, age 67, Rapid City, SD passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Ft. Meade Veterans Affairs Hospital surrounded by his loving family.Bill was born and raised in Faith, SD to Tom and Lucy (Hatzenbeller) Escott on September 28, 1948. He enlisted in the Marines on April 5, 1967...
Mark D. Merchen, age 80
  Mark D. Merchen, age 80, of Kadoka, S.D. died Thursday, May 26, 2016, near his home. When time came for Mark to come into this world, Mom was taken five miles to Norris on a stone boat sled. The snow was so deep the horses could hardly pull the sled. Then a friend drove her to Martin via...
Rock Gillaspie, age 53
  Rock Gillaspie, age 53, of Midland, S.D., died on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre. Rock Bennett Gillaspie was born May 9, 1963, in Pierre, the son of John J. And Avis (Schilling) Gillaspie. He grew up in Midland, and attended Midland School until 1977 when he moved...
Harley Hill, age 93
  Harley Hill, age 93, passed away on May 25, in Gregory, S.D.  He was born June 30, 1922, to Rollie and Eva Hill, on the family homestead north of Gregory. His mother was not happy with the doctor's fee of $25. He joined his sister and only sibling, Marcellene.  Harley traveled by horseback with...
Audrey Lane, age 89
Memorial services for Audrey Lane, age 89, of Bison, SD, were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bison, SD. Pastor Florence Hoff officiated,  burial to followed in the Bison Cemetery.Audrey Jean Leatherberry was born on October 1, 1926 at her family...
Randy Allen Kolb, age 63
Mass of Christian Burial for Randy Allen Kolb, age 63, of Blaine, Minnesota, formerly of Bison, South Dakota, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Bison, SD.  Fr. Tony Grossenburg will officiate with inurnment in the Date Cemetery...

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