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April 10th, 2013

Anna Lee Humphrey

Anna Lee Humphrey, 84, of Wasta, S.D., went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2013. As a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother she will be missed deeply by the family she cared so much about. She is remembered for being the loving wife, mother, role model, and friend to many.


Nicholas Herman Koenigs

Nicholas Herman Koenigs, 68, or Cheyenne, Wyo., died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Davis Hospice Center.
He was born on July 11, 1944, in Fond du Lac, Wis., and had lived in Cheyenne for the last fifteen months with previous residency in Douglas, Wyo.
Nick attended St. Mary’s Grade School in Marytown and New Holstein High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.


Bernadine Wenzel

Bernadine Wenzel, age 70, of Wessington Springs, S.D., died early Tuesday morning, April 2, 2013, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 5th at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Martin Avery officiating. Burial followed in the Prospect Hill Cemetery.
She was born on September 27, 1942, at Spencer to Bernard and Irene (Franey) Clark. She graduated from Spencer High School in 1960 and preceded her education to Cosmetology to Stewarts in Sioux Falls.


John Wayne Bockman

John Wayne Bockman, 53, Leavenworth, KS passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, at Cushing Memorial Hospital. John was born December 9, 1959, the son of Harold W. and Carol (Bieber) Bockman. On April 30, 1983, he married Marla J. Werner. John served in the United States Army for six years. Following his military service he went to work for the United States Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth for 22 years. He was a member of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church (WELS), Kansas City, MO. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.


Carol Lee Lepse

Carol Lee was born in Rapid City, South Dakota to Jerry and Linda Maas on September 17, 1962. She lived on six ranches while growing up including the King Ranch south of Belvidere, South Dakota where her father was employed by Johnny Daum of Okaton.
Carol was shy and wasn’t very talkative in her early years. Even so, while attending a backyard Child Evangelism Fellowship Bible Club, sponsored by her mother, Carol prayed out loud to receive Jesus Christ as her Savior.


March 27th

Mary Elizabeth (Hall) Rankin

Mary Elizabeth (Hall) Rankin went to meet her Maker on March 6, 2013. Mary was born November 28, 1928 in Lemmon, South Dakota to Floyd C. and Marian (Groat) Hall. She attended country school in Chance, South Dakota and Lemmon High School. She taught country school for 2 years. She and her sister, June attended Sioux Valley Nursing School where she received her R. N. degree. Mary was a nurse at Canton, S.D.; in Denver, CO; in Casper, WY; in Powell, WY; and Elementary School Nurse in the Natrona County School System in Casper, WY, for about 20 years.


Ilma Gabriel

Ilma G. Gabriel, 90, of rural Faith, South Dakota, died on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Ilma was born on June 7, 1922, in Bayard, Nebraska, to George and Gertrude (Imus) Hanna. She grew up near Chimney Rock of Nebraska and later near Wounded Knee, South Dakota, with 6 brothers and sisters.


Dona Mae Mitchel

Dona Mae Mitchell, age 77, of Elko, Nevada, died March 20, 2013, in Elko, Nevada.


Clifford Keyser

Clifford Dean Keyser, age 82, of Rapid City, S.D., passed away March 15, 2013 in his home.
Clifford, son of Lowell and Mayme Keyser, was born February 25, 1931, at Grindstone, at his Grandparents Keyser's home on Ash Creek with his Grandmother Keyser and Grandmother Burjes as midwives.
He grew up in the Dowling-Ash Creek area of Haakon County, northwest of Philip. He attended the first two grades of his elementary education in Philip and the remainder of his elementary education in rural schools, attending Quinn High School in Quinn. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1954.


Esther Long

Esther Long, age 89, of Hettinger, N.D., formerly of Philip, S.D., died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Western Horizon Care Center in Hettinger, N.D.
Esther Pauline Clawson was born March 6, 1924, in Sheridan, Wyo., the daughter of Cecil Ransom and Sarah Ethel (Shaw) Clawson.
She grew up on her parents’ homestead near Arvada, Wyo., graduated from Gillette High School and the Gillette Normal School (for a teaching certificate) in 1942 and then furthered her education in teaching at Black Hills State College in Spearfish.