Obits

George LaVern Calvin Bills, age 89
    George LaVern Calvin Bills “Polar Bear” decided to be the first of the Polar Bears to take a vow of silence and go into hibernation in New Underwood, S.D., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the age of 89, leaving his family and friends to carry on by his example.    Celebration of life for George...
Norma E. Simon, age 99
    Norma E. Simon, Wicksville, S.D.,  passed away Sept. 15, 2016, at Hospice of the Hills at the age of 99.    She was born Jan. 27, 1917, to Frank and Clara (Deering) Carter in Cheyenne, Wyo. She spent her early years in LaGrange, Wyo., later moving to the Elm Springs/Dalzell, area where she...
Helen Beckwith, age 68
    Helen Beckwith, age 68, of Midland, S.D., died on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.    Helen Ann Gebhart was born March 27, 1948, in Dell Rapids, the fourth of nine children born to Leo and Matilda (Klein) Gebhart. She grew up on a dairy farm near Elkton and...
Edgar "Buster" Berry, age 83
    Edgar "Buster" Berry, age 83, of Gordon, Neb., formerly of Scenic, S.D., died Sept. 22, 2016, in Gordon.    E.F. “Buster” Berry was born March 5, 1933, in his grandparents’ ranch house at Farmingdale, S.D., to Franklin and Marjorie (Hann) Berry.    He attended first grade at Bison. The...
Nicholas "Nick" Feller, age 81
    Nicholas "Nick" Feller, age 81, of Wall, S.D., died on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.    Nicholas Duane "Nick" Feller was born March 9, 1935, in Rapid City, the oldest son of Nick and Elsie (Bloom) Feller.    He received his first 12 years of education at Quinn...
Gailya "Gay" Logan, age 84
    Gailya "Gay" Logan, age 84, of Philip, S.D., died on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Philip Nursing Home.    Gailya Marie Denke "Gay" Logan was born Feb. 29, 1932, in Wall, the oldest of 11 children born to Reinhold and Rose (Helms) Denke of Pedro.    She was baptized April 10, 1932, and...
     Nancy Elaine Brown, age 60, of Philip, S.D., died on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.    Nancy Elaine Schroeder was born July 10, 1956, in Tulsa, Okla., the daughter of the late Gerald and Francis Gene Schroeder. She attended, and graduated from, Colcord,...
    Joseph Allen, age 51, of Hot Springs, S.D., formerly of Rapid City, died  Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.    Joseph Perry Allen was born Dec. 14, 1964, in Pine Ridge, the son of Wesley and Barbara (Ainslie) Allen. He grew up in Buffalo Gap and graduated from Rapid...
    Dorothy Heidler, age 96, Faith, S.D., passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at the Sturgis Regional Hospital in Sturgis, surrounded by her loving family.    Dorothy Marie Coyle was born Feb. 16, 1920, at her uncle's place with her grandma as the midwife.  Her parents were Ray and Anna Coyle....
    Vonda Lea (Alleman) Kirkpatrick, 78 of Pierre, S.D., died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.            Vonda was born Sept. 25, 1937, to Austin and Audrey (Parks) Alleman in Pierre. She was baptized in the Methodist church in Pierre. She was united in marriage...

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