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Wayne T. Riggins

Wayne T. Riggins, age 90 of Wanblee, South Dakota, died Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home near Wanblee.

Wayne was born January 29, 1921, in Kinsley, Iowa, the son of Floyd "Pop" and Marie (Dugan) Riggins. In 1932, at the age of 11, the family moved to the Garner place on Bear Creek in Washabaugh County, South Dakota. Wayne attended Garner School through the eighth grade. In May 2005, he was honored at Kadoka High School's commencement ceremony as a veteran and was presented with an honorary high school diploma.


William G. "Bill" O'Connor

William G. "Bill" O'Connor, age 69 of Philip, South Dakota, died Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home east of Philip.

William G. O'Connor, better known as Bill to his family and friends, was born November 19, 1941, in Pierre, South Dakota, the son of James Francis and Catherine Anna (Murphy) O'Connor. He grew up on a ranch northeast of Philip, graduating from Philip High School.

Bill was united in marriage to Sandra Odom in 1971. They farmed and ranched east of Philip all their married life.


Donna E. Hansen

Donna E. Hansen, age 71, of Philip, South Dakota, died Thursday, September 29, 2011, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.

Donna E. Waldron was born November 22, 1939, in Presho, South Dakota, the daughter of Jess and Mabel (Harmon) Waldron. She grew up in Presho before the family moved to the White Thunder Ranch on the Cheyenne River in 1949. Donna attended rural school in that area before attending Philip High School, graduating in 1957.