April 1st, 2015

Local Special Olympics team to carry torch

We need your support, but more importantly, Special Olympics needs your help. We have registered a team for the Unified Relay Across America, a once in a lifetime experience that will deliver the Flame of Hope from Athens, Greece to Los Angeles for the 2015 World Summer Games. Supporters of “Team JJ All the Way” will be carrying the torch somewhere near Rapid City.
Special Olympics works every day towards changing the world through sport to create respectful and inclusive communities and the Flame of Hope acts as the beacon to unite communities in acceptance.

100 YEARS YOUNG: North Dakota rancher celebrates

Western North Dakota rancher Les Fritz celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday March 15, surrounded by friends and family. At age 98, he enjoyed the Deadwood to Medora wagon train, as pictured here with daughter Connie Weishaar. Photo by Odermann Communications Company Collection, James Odermann, artist

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Leona Warren

Funeral services for Leona Warren, age 88, of Bison, South Dakota, were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Prince of Peace Chapel of the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon with the Rev. Derrick Jones officiating. Burial was at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota.

Ann Weaver

Ann Weaver, age 81 of Hettinger, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 18, 2015 at Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger.
The Funeral Service was held at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Hettinger. Burial was in the Bison Cemetery.
Visitation was on Thursday from 1:00 - 7:30 pm with a gathering of family and friends at 7:30 p.m. all at the Centennial Chapel in Hettinger.

Gaylord Saucerman

Gaylord Saucerman, age 85, Midland, S.D., died March 26, 2015, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Gaylord Ford Saucerman was born May 18, 1929, at Wewela, S.D., the son of John and Leola Saucerman, at the home of his maternal grandparents, Frank and Mattie Poler.
Gaylord resided with his parents on their farm-ranch in rural Stanley County. He attended Liberty School throughout his grade school years. He attended Ft. Pierre High School his freshman year, and then attended Midland High School the last three years.

Viola “Vi” Moody

Services are pending for Viola "Vi" Moody, age 69, Philip, S.D., who died March 29, 2015, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Viola Mae “Vi” Moody was born April 8, 1945, the daughter of Robert H. and Shirley (Rumsey) Lampert. She attended school in Philip and graduated from Philip High School in 1963.

March 30th

Blanche Dolezal

Blanche Dolezal, age 98, Kadoka, S.D., died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Blanche Violet Sampson was born April 3, 1916, to Carl and Rose (Rada) Sampson. She grew up on the family homestead south of Midland and attended Liberty country school, taking eight grades in seven years. Her dream was to continue on to high school, but when that didn’t materialize, she became her father’s right hand man, and shared many stories of working with her dad.

Janis M. Bush

Janis M. Bush, age 90, Wall, S.D., died March 25, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.
Janis M. Smoot was born July 11, 1924, in Pillsbury, N.D., the daughter of Elbert and Vivian (Schoeppach) Smoot. She grew up and received her education in Oelrichs, Belle Fourche and later Wall, graduating from Wall High School in 1941.

Leo J. Crawford

Leo James Crawford, 82, Black Hawk, S.D., died Friday, March 27, 2015 at Ft. Meade VA Hospital, Sturgis.
Leo was born March 25, 1933, to John and Marie (Larcum) Crawford in Medina, N.Y. He was raised by his grandparents, James and Mary Crawford, in Canada. Leo served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954, on the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany.

Percy “Bud” Williams

Percy "Bud" Williams, age 100, Philip, S.D., died Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Percy Wilson Williams, named for both grandfathers, was born Aug. 30, 1914, the third child and first son of seven children born to Frank and Hazel (Percy) Williams.