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July 12th, 2006

Larry Sandal

Larry Sandal, age 68, a long time Plainview, SD, rancher, died Monday evening, July 10, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visitation was held Thursday, July 13, at the Philip Armory, with a wake service led by Deacon Marlon Leneaugh of Mission on Thursday evening.

Funeral services were Friday morning, July 14, at the Philip Armory with Rev.


Gladys Reeves

Gladys Carr Reeves, age 95, of Lovington, NM, passed away July 5, 2006, at Lovington Good Samaritan Care Center.

Services were held Saturday, July 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Lovington with Rev. Vergil Ichtertz officiating. Interment was in Resthaven Cemetery.

Gladys was born June 5, 1911, in Philip, SD. She was married to Sidney A. Reeves on May 20, 1952, in Clovis, NM.


Lester Collins

Lester Collins went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2006. His daughters, Micki Erk and Vicki Neiderworder, and his son-in-law, Larry Neiderworder, were at his bedside when he passed on at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, SD.

Lester was born Feb. 15, 1915, at Whitewood, SD, to Edwin and Dena (Osloond) Collins. He was one of 13 children and was educated in the Rapid City area.

On March 30, 1935, Lester married Viola Harris in Rapid City. From there they moved to the Limestone area near Custer, and later to Pleasant Valley, also near Custer.


Ruth Fairchild

Memorial services for Ruth Fairchild were held Monday, July 3, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, organist, and Elvera Moos, vocalist. Ushers were George Gittings and Ed Morrison.

Ruth Sherwood was born May 19, 1918, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre, SD, the daughter of Mervin Curtis and Fleta May (Weeks) Sherwood.

Ruth grew up in Philip, attended Philip elementary school. She graduated valedictorian of her 8th grade class in 1933, and was the valedictorian of her 1937 high school class.


Ercell E. Albin

Ercell E. Albin, age 92, of Parkton, MD, formerly of Belvidere, SD, died Saturday, July 1, 2006, at her residence in Maryland.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m on Thursday, July 6, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m.


June 30th

William "Bill" Nelson Grimm

William Nelson "Bill" Grimm, age 68, of White River, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at the Rosebud Hospital in Rosebud, SD.

Services were held Tuesday, June 27, at the Community Events Center in White River with Pastor John Erickson presiding.

Music was provided by Lynda Bloom, “Amazing Grace” and “What A Friend We Have in Jesus”. Register book attendant was Naomi Grimm. Ushers were Nick Frank and Randy Borer. Pallbearers were Jim Fernen, Bill Piercy, Doug Holmes, Walt Lurz, Gene Popkes and Darrell Scott.


Gladys M. Gardner

Gladys M. Gardner, age 78, of Ridgecrest, CA, formerly of Wall, SD, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at her home in Ridgecrest.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 29, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music will be provided by Carol Hahn, organist, and Lucille Holsether, vocalist, singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, “Rock of Ages”, and “In the Garden”. Ushers are Bill Leonard and Bernard Foster.


Haakon County not eligible for emergency CRP haying/grazing

Haakon County has been disapproved for Emergency CRP haying and grazing. The county could only show a 36 percent below normal loss of precipitation.


Philip Health Services, Inc. new CEO chosen

Kent Olson has been selected as the new CEO/Administrator of Philip Health Services, Inc. (PHSI) in Philip. He will assume his new duties at PHSI on July 17.

“We welcome Kent to Philip Health Services,” said Charles Ekstrum, Chairman of the PHSI board. “With Kent’s skills and knowledge, we’re confident he will contribute greatly to the Philip community.”

Rapid City Regional weighed “quite a few applications, finally presenting the top two for further interviewing by the PHSI directors and department managers,” said Kim Kanable of Philip Health Services.


The best things don’t change

Ralph "Shorty" and Maxine Jones

Ralph “Shorty” and Maxine Jones reflect the character and temperament, as well as the common sense of Western South Dakota ranchers.

Their place is a long-time family “home place” about 10 miles south of Midland, and their 20,000 acres stretch into Jackson County. They need to keep track of about 850 head of Black cattle – the white-faced Herefords seem to have faced away in most of the cowboy country now.

Walking into their living room is to experience a glow of South Dakota history.