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Archive - 2011

August 22nd

Boyd Parsons, Sr.

Boyd Parsons, Sr., age 81 of Rapid City, South Dakota, died Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Boyd Leroy Parsons was born March 4, 1930, in Milesville, South Dakota, the son of Bill and Helen (Elshere) Parsons. He was raised in Milesville and graduated from Philip High School in 1949. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1953 and had an honorable discharge in 1955.

Boyd married Joanne Hanrahan March 13th, 1953, and to this union were born three children, Boyd, Jr., Sheryl and Byron.


Catherine A. "Cathy" Morrison

Catherine A. "Cathy" Morrison, age 55 of Interior, South Dakota, died Thursday, August 18, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Catherine Anne Scott was born on May 31, 1956 to Marion and Mary (McClure) Scott in Gillette, Wyoming. She grew up on a ranch 20 miles north of Gillette with three sisters, Marilyn, Debbie and Cindy. She completed all 13 years of school in the Campbell County area.

Cathy married Dave Morrison on March 17, 1978 in Gillette, and together they raised three kids, Tammy, Nate and Nick.


Gordon R. Pederson

Gordon R. Pederson, age 84 of Wall, South Dakota, died Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Gordon Roy Pederson was born August 8, 1927, in Gayville, South Dakota, the son of Roy E. and Gladys (Masker) Pederson. He attended school in Rapid City, graduating from the Rapid City School System .

He was drafted into the Army for WWII serving from 1945 - 1947. He then attended Yankton College until 1950, when he was recalled in the Army as a Staff Sergeant in 1950 for the Korean Conflict.


Marjorie Pellerzi

Marjorie Pellerzi, 86, of Pierre, died Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Golden Living in Pierre.

Marjorie was born on March 9, 1925, to Harry and Maude (Waddell) Newby. She grew up on her parents' ranch located seven miles northwest of Four Corners. She went to high school in Pierre. On October 9, 1944, she married Francis John Pellerzi in Cumberland, Md. They moved to Pierre in 1945 where they made their home and raised three children.

Marjorie retired after 30 plus years of service from the S.D. Game Fish and Parks department.


Dwayne "Sonny" Newman

Dwayne "Sonny" Newman, age 73 of Philip, died Saturday, August 13, 2011, at his home west of Philip.

Dwayne Eugene Newman, better known as "Sonny" to his family and friends, was born September 12, 1937, on his parents' homestead eight miles west of Philip, the son of Harry and June Elizabeth (Carstensen) Newman.

He grew up on the homestead and attended grade school in Philip for two years before attending grade school in Quinn for one year, then returning back to Philip, where he graduated from Philip High School in 1956.


Leo Stangle

Leo Stangle, age 70, of Scenic, S.D., died Saturday, August 13, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Leo Albert Stangle was born November 24, 1940, in New Underwood, the son of Frank and Delphine (Jobgen) Stangle. At the age of one, the family moved from Creston to Folsom where he started school. He later went to school at Scenic before he attended high school in New Underwood, graduating in 1959. After graduation, he attended Black Hills State College.


Blanche P. Parsons

Blanche P. Parsons, age 90, of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Philip, died Sunday, August 14, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Blanche Patricia King was born March 17, 1921, in Pierre, the daughter of William A. and Lena (Erickson) King, of Milesville. She grew up on a farm-ranch east of Milesville. Blanche attended rural school, of which five years of school was held in her father's living room. She attended Philip High School graduating in 1938.


August 11th

Knutson still in Country Showdown

Winning and continuing on ... Philip’s Kianna Knutson sang and played her guitar to win the North and South Dakota State Final of the Texaco Country Showdown talent contest. Her rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues” and her self-composed “Always Come Back to You” won over the judges. She will next compete in the Midwest Regional Final, November 5, in Keshena, WI. Courtesy photo

Surpassing the competition at the 30th annual Texaco Country Showdown North and South Dakota State Final, Kianna Knutson proved worthy of the state title and $1,000.

On August 5, Spirit of the West in Beach, N.D., showcased acts which had won at local contest sponsored by radio stations throughout the state. These previous contests enabled each winner to perform at the state level competition of America's largest country music talent search.

Kianna Knutson, Philip, representing radio station KZZI of Spearfish, triumphed at the state level event.


Knutson in South Dakota Honors Choir

Honors Choir ... Kianna Knutson, accompanied by Philip music instructor Barb Bowen, attended the 2011 South Dakota High School Honor Choir. The rehearsals, and final performance July 29, were in Vermillion. Shown are Knutson, left, and Bowen in front of one of the campus buildings of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Knutson is the daughter of Barry and Edna Knutson, Philip. Courtesy photo

The 38th annual South Dakota High School Honor Choir, held in Vermillion at the University of South Dakota, performed its closing concert July 29, 2011.

Kianna Knutson, an alto vocalist from Philip High School, was a part of the South Dakota Honor Choir. Knutson had to compete against other students from across the state to earn the chance to participate in the Honors Choir.


Rita Merrill

Rita Merrill, age 69 of Philip, S.D., died Sunday, August 7, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Rita M. Patton was born July 26, 1942, in Pierre, the daughter of William B. and Olga (Grotto) Patton. She grew up on a farm-ranch southeast of Milesville and attended rural school in that area. She then attended Philip High School, graduating in 1960. As a young girl she worked at First National Bank until 1962.

Rita was united in marriage to Norman Merrill on July 28, 1962, in Philip, and to this union were born two children, Colleen and John.