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South Dakota’s 29th Governor, Walter Dale Miller, was a man of strong faith who dedicated his life to South Dakota as a faithful public servant. Governor Miller was born Oct. 5, 1925, to Walter A. and Kathryn (Judson) Miller in the ranch house at Viewfield in Meade County, South Dakota. Governor...
John Andrew Jensen, 85, Union Center, S.D., died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at his home in Spearfish. He was born June 11, 1930, in New Underwood, to Benhard and Eda (Pearson) Jensen. John attended school at the Eleanor and Atall schools. John grew up working on the ranch with his father and brother...
Ruth Irene Brink, age 88, passed away Thursday, September 24, 2015, at the Philip Nursing Home, and went to be with the angels.  Ruth was born March 27, 1927, in Murdo, S.D., to Waldo and Clara (Jordan) Finck. She was one of 10 children in the family. She grew up at the Finck farm north of Okaton...
Helen Marie Ploog was born March 31, 1924, to Henry and Mayme (Ruziska) Ploog at their country home weighing only 4 lbs., fitting in one of her Dad's hands.  Helen or, "Toots" as she was called by friends and family, went to country school not far from her home.  She attended High school in Thunder...
A memorial service for Earl Dean Fero will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Bison, SD on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm with Florence Hoff officiating the service. Following the service the interment of ashes will be held at the Chance Cemetery. Earl Fero, age 87, passed away...
Esther K. Hamann, age 100, of Custer, S.D., passed away on September 6, 2015, at the Custer Regional Senior Care Center. Esther was born in St. Paul, Minn., on March 19, 1915, to John and Thelka (Fettinger) Schwarting. She is survived by her daughter, Lola Jansen of Custer; two grandchildren; four...
Emma Catherine Smith Reinhold of Buhl, ID, 91, died August 9, 2015 at the Applegate Assisted Living Home where she had been living for the past two months. Emma, was the second child of the Edward C. Smith and Jessie Cornelia Smith. She was born in Spearfish, SD on Sept. 15, 1923, where the family...
Vernon Leroy Rauscher, 65, from Rapid City, SD exited this life on August 20, 2015 at his home.  Vern was born in Wagner, SD on October 29, 1949 to Andrew and Lily (Kokesh) Rauscher. He attended school in Yankton, SD with his brothers, sisters and friends graduating in 1967. He then joined the army...
Betty Brotherton Denke, age 73, Philip, S.D., died Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip. Betty Lou Orris was born at Dr. Clara Owens’ house in Miller on March 10, 1942, the daughter of William Clarence and Dorothy (Moldrzik) Orris. She grew up on a farm in...
Marcine E. Patterson, age 74, Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.   Marcine Elaine Patterson was born July 10, 1941, in Julesburg Colo. She was the middle child of Herman and Helen (Hahlweg) Marquardt. She grew up on the Marquardt family farm near...

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