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March 18th, 2015

Lucille Gibbons

Services for Lucile Gibbons, age 93 of Rapid City, formerly of Lemmon, was held on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at Behrens Mortuary in Rapid City with The Reverend Deacon Virginia Bird officiating. Burial with Eastern Star rites was in the Chance Cemetery south of Meadow, South Dakota at approximately 3:30 p.m. with The Reverend Florence Hoff officiating.
Serving as casketbearers are grandchildren Scott, Shawn, Eric, Skylar, Kylan, Brydan. Honorary casketbearers are Peyton, Elaina, Jayden, Kind, Anaya, James, and Jennifer.


Ronald “Ron” Cornelius

Funeral services for Ronald “Ron” Cornelius, age 81, longtime Lemmon area businessman, were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Lemmon, South Dakota. Rev. Bob Edwards officiated with burial to follow in the Greenhill Cemetery.
Visitation was on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by a gathering of friends and family at 5:00 p.m. all at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon.


March 11th

Learning modules to high school from Scotchman

“We need to do anything and everything to see what we can do to see if any student can come into this industry,” said Jerry Kroetch, president of Scotchman Industries, Inc.
Kroetch was referring to the two new learning modules donated to Philip High School by Haas Automation, Inc., through Scotchman Industries. The units were set up and immediately put to use by high school students under the supervision of instructors Doug Hauk and Tom Parquet.


Merle E. Crew

Merle Ellsworth Crew was born April 3, 1920, on the Crew Ranch 12 miles south of Cottonwood, S.D., on the Badlands wall. Merle was the oldest son of Leslie and Jessie (Buerke) Crew.
He passed away February 17, 2015.


February 25th

Peggy Jo Weber Stone

Peggy Jo Stone, age 62, Yankton, S.D., died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Peggy Jo Weber was delivered into her family by a midwife in Echo, Minn., on May 25, 1952, and baptized in the Catholic church in Vesta soon after. Born to Gregor and Dorothy (Erickson) Weber, she was third in a family that would grow to nine children.
The family lived in Echo until Peggy was nine, it was then that they moved to Philip, where her father took a job at the First National Bank.


Earl A. Eliason

Earl Allen Eliason, age 79, Cottonwood, S.D., died Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Golden Living Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Rapid City.
Earl Allen Eliason was born July 10, 1935, to Volla (Sandusky) and Carl Eliason. He lived on the family ranch while attending grade school in Cottonwood and high school in Quinn.
Earl served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959.
He married Mary Flanagan in 1963. He married Mary Schull Percy in 1983.


Betty Lou Rowcliffe

Betty Lou Rowcliffe, age 65, died February 1, 2015, in Ritzville, Wash.
She was born to Jack and Opal Warbrick on November 16, 1949, in Springfield, Ore.
She met and married Harold Rowcliffe on December 19, 1970, in Elk, Wash. They moved to Midland, S.D., in 1972, where they resided until 1977. They moved back to Elk until 1987, when they moved to Ritzville.


February 19th

Vincent Schofield

Vincent “Vince” Schofield, age 68, of Midland, S.D., died February 10, 2015, at his home.
Vincent Eugene “Vince” or “Vinny” Schofield was born March 24, 1946, in Midland, the son of Joseph H. and Mary Ellen (Gillaspie) Schofield.
He grew up in the Ottumwa area and attended Ottumwa rural school through the eighth grade before going to Philip High School, graduating in 1964. While in high school, Vince was very active in FFA, and was able to go to the National FFA convention.


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February 4th

Duane W. Stickler

Duane Willard Stickler, 85, of Loveland, Colo., passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on November 22, 2014.
Duane was born January 30, 1929 in Okaton, S.D., to Ray and Lona (Johnson) Stickler. He worked construction and as a carpenter taking great pride in the completion of the Pickstown Dam. While in his teens, Duane also worked as a ranch hand in South Dakota before entering the service.