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June 23rd, 2005

State Fire School honors Philip VFD

The Philip Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded the Outstanding Fire Service Award for 2005.

At the Annual State Fire School held June 9-11, and in front of over 700 attending firemen, representatives of the Keep South Dakota Green Association and the Rapid City Journal presented a plaque and a check for $150 to the Philip Fire Department. The plaque was created out of wood from the South Dakota Christmas tree that was displayed in Washington in 1997.


City of Philip recommended for $11,500 LWCF grant

The city of Philip has been recommended for a grant of $11,500 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. When approved by the National Park Service, these federal funds will be used to install playground equipment.


New employees and board member decided at school boad meeting

The June 20 Haakon School District 27-1 board meeting followed a farewell open house for business manager Marcia Jackson. It also followed an executive board session that had begun at 4:00 p.m.

As of July 1, Scott Brech will begin his one-year appointment as a member of the school board. Beginning on the same date, the new business manager will be Jackie Longbrake.

The high school English position will be filled by Laura O’Connor, who had been teaching in Hill City. The K-12 computer instructor will be Nancy Reimer. Barb Bowen will head all music: K-12 vocal and instrumental.


Carl L. Snook

Carl Levi Snook, age 61, of Midland, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Christian funeral services were held Tuesday, June 14, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland, with Father Ron Garry officiating.

Music was provided by Barb Petoske, pianist, and Barb Jones, vocalist. Lector was Eleanor Zuccaro. Ushers were Jeff Willoughby and Mickey Daly. Pallbearers were Ronnie Sammons, Gene Jones, Dick Nemec, Shorty Jones, Chuck Zuccaro and Jerry Engelhaupt.

Interment was in the Midland Cemetery.


Elsie V. Grimes

Elsie V. Grimes, age 81, of Kadoka, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Monday June 13, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Jean Weller, organist, and Megan Kingsbury, pianist, with special music by Carl Bauman, John Kaiser and Boyd Porch. Ushers were Norman Amiotte, Kelly Fortune, Larry Beckwith and Orville Josserand.


C. Lilburn “Slim” Fugate

Clarence Lilburn “Slim” Fugate, 98, Rapid City, died Tuesday June 7, 2005, at West Hills Health Care.

Services were held Friday, June 10, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Rapid City, with Rev. Bill Paepke officiating. Burial was at Mt. View Cemetery, Rapid City.

He was born Dec. 26, 1906, at Prentice, WI; to Hugh and Ibbie (Repass) Fugate. In 1910, he came with his parents to Nemo, SD, where he attended school until 1918 when he moved with his parents to Rapid City, where he lived until his death.


John H. "Johnny" Noteboom

John H. "Johnny" Noteboom, age 83, of Philip, died Tuesday, June 7, 2005, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services were held Friday, June 10, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Robert Oettel officiating.

Music was provided by Marlis Doud, organist, and Rick and Marlis Doud, vocalists. Ushers were Todd Radway and Steven Stewart. Pallbearers were Dugan Stewart, Larry Smith, Rick King, Bob and Jack Hansen and Jerry Neville.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in Philip. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of the arrangements.

John H.


Dorothy J. "Dottie" Olson

Dorothy J. "Dottie" Olson, age 78, of Kadoka, died Sunday, June 19, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a 14-year heroic battle with cancer. Her beloved husband of 55 years, three daughters, and their families were at her bedside.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., all at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.


Merle L. Crown

Merle Crown, age 89, of Wall, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Pastor Gary Geiman and Brother Bill Myers officiating.

Music will be provided by Dorothy Shearer, organist, Tom Ramirez, vocalist, and Merle’s grandchildren, vocalists.

Ushers are Jerry Johannesen, Bernard Foster and Bill Leonard. Pallbearers are Kem, Jem, Kent and Kevin Kjerstad, Byron Crown, Tim Fauske, B.J.


A voice on the plains

The boss … Don Ravellette, back from branding cattle, rests his dusty boots.

Special to The Pioneer Review

by Bill Kunkle, Eugene, OR

Seems like everybody is blaming the media for the world’s problems. Sadly, the electronic media makes up a substantial part of where most people get information, including news.

There remains places where folks read their weekly paper word for word. In a town like Philip, South Dakota, people really care about each other, how they are, and what they are doing. It’s a place of front porch talkrs who discuss events from barking dogs to drunks. They pray together in church and cry together at funerals.