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April 20th

Ptaks celebrate 60 years together

“We had talked about getting married, but didn’t want to burden each other until after the war.” Stella and Ed Ptak were raised around Dante, South Dakota, during the “Dirty Thirties.”

Ed was a country school teacher when he was drafted into the military. “When I was drafted, it was supposed to be for one year, but Uncle Sam forgot to tell me which year that was,” he said. While he was heading to Italy by way of Ireland and northern Africa, Stella was working on munitions in Iowa. Action was winding down in Europe and the outcome was evident. Ed received his very first furlough.

April 6th

James E. Loobey

James E. Loobey, 78, of Payette, Idaho passed away Monday, March 28, 2005, at his home in Payette.

Services were held Friday, April 1, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Graveside services were held Tuesday, April 4, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Harrisburg, PA.

James was born August 14, 1926 on the family ranch near Hilland, SD, to Lawrence J. and Thelma T. (Helgeson) Loobey.

He attended grades one through four at Riverview and grades five through eight at West Fork #93 in Haakon County.

Loyd R. "Pete" Buchert

Loyd R. "Pete" Buchert, age 92, of Philip, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services were held Wednesday, April 6, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Pat Krogan, pianist, and Glenn Parsons, vocalist. Ushers were Rick King, Ed Morgan and Bill Buls. Pallbearers were Arthur McIlravy, Jerry Patterson, Bob Baye, Bill Manke, Fuddy Hansen and Todd O’Connor.

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

Loyd R.

Leona E. Cook

Leona Estelle Cook, age 86, of Philip, died Wednesday evening, March 30, 2005, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Tuesday, April 5, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Maureen Palecek, organist. Ushers were Scott Brech and Grady Crew.

Milton Foreman

Milton Erlin Foreman, age 76, of Belvidere, passed away on April 3, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a long-fought battle with cancer.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music will be provided by Syd Iwan, organist, and Kim Foreman, vocalist. Ushers are Tom and Don DeVries.

Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia N. Jensen

Patricia N. “Pat” Jensen, age 75, died on March 9, 2005. Services were held Saturday, March 12, at the Faith Lutheran Church in Victorville, CA, with Rev. Daniel Morris officiating.

Pat was born September 14, 1929, at Pierre, SD, and moved to Torrance, CA, in 1945. In 1999, she moved to Spring Valley Lake, Victorville, CA.

She was a devoted mother to her seven daughters and a loving wife to her husband, Charles, for over 45 years.

Mary J. Ankrum

Mary J. Ankrum, age 73, of Philip, died Friday morning, April 1, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip with Father Ron Garry as celebrant and Father Tim Hoag as con-celebrant.

Lector was Jerry Rhodes. Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Altar servers were Brynn Coyle and Carrie Buchholz. Ushers were Lloyd Frein and Mike Gebes.

Parquets are competition trap shooting family

What began as accepting a casual invitation to experience what trap shooting was all about has grown to become a family hobby.

Tom and Mary Parquet and their daughter, Kristi, are now regular competitors in league and in registered trap shooting ... to the point that the family shot just over 12,000 shells last summer. Still, that is little compared with one South Dakota competitive shooter who fired 13,200 shells in 2004, just in competition.

Drowning worms …

I love to fish. At least I think I do. I have children, so I don’t remember any more. Kids do that to a person ... about more than just fishing.

Way back in BC (before children) I caught panfish that were too big for the pan. I could smell frying trout even before the lure hit the water. I remember a day ending as the sun hit the horizon, just as the largest bass I ever caught hit the popper that I had plopped expertly next to a submerged stump ... on 10 lb. line ... and it was THIS big.

The last thing that I actually fished out of the lake was my daughter.

Dirt track racers car show

The “Local Dirt Track Racers Car Show” ... will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed by a short parade, on Saturday, April 9. Mike Noteboom (center) is hosting the display and information time at Les’ Body Shop. Sons, Jeremy (left) and Travis (right), will be with car drivers to talk about the sport and the cars.

For the second year, Mike Noteboom will be hosting the “Local Dirt Track Racers Car Show.” From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, Les’ Body Shop parking lot will be filled with around 14 cars that can make any lead-footed, white-knuckled driver drool. Bring your camera so you can have a picture taken in front of the dirt track race car of your dreams.

Racers from the Philip area will gladly answer questions about the cars and about dirt track racing. The sport is one that requires a car, skill, and an overpowering desire for adrenaline.