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November 20th, 2013

Duane L. Bessette_______________________________

Duane Lee Bessette, age 65, of Philip, S.D., died Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Duane Lee Bessette was born January 3, 1948, in Rapid City, the son of Ernest and Mary (King) Bessette. He was raised in the Scenic area, where he received his education in the New Underwood and Wall school districts, graduating from Wall High School. He grew up enjoying the farm-ranch activities, such as 4-H, where he showed rabbits and prize Beefmaster calves.
He worked for Wall Drug after graduating from high school, then joined the U.S. Navy for a short time.


Shirley A. Parsons______________________________

Shirley A. Parsons, age 82, of Philip, S.D., died Monday, November 18, 2013, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Shirley A. Eymer was born September 10, 1931, in Midland, the daughter of Robert Keith and Laura Ellen (Hand) Eymer. She grew up in the Milesville area, where she attended rural school. She then attended Philip High School, graduating in 1949.


November 14th

Buster VanWyk__________________

Funeral services for Buster VanWyk, age 84, of Lodgepole, South Dakota, were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Holland Center Church, rural Lodgepole, SD with Pastor Brad Burkhalter, officiating. Burial followed at the Holland Center Cemetery. Military Honors were afforded by the Johnson-Melary American Legion Post #115 of Hettinger, North Dakota.


Esther H. Johnson_________________

Esther H. Johnson, age 98 of Lemmon, passed away early Monday morning, November 4, 2013 at her sister's home west of Bison.
Memorial service were Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Rosebud Lutheran Church, South of White Butte, South Dakota at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Marjorie Hershey and Rev. Dana Lockhart officiated and burial of Esther's ashes followed at the Rosebud Cemetery. Condolences can be left at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon, SD on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.


Linda Seim______________________

Funeral services for Linda Seim, age 55, of Shadehill, South Dakota, were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013, at the F.J. Reeder Armory in Lemmon, South Dakota. Pastor Roger Dietterle and Pastor Dana Lockhart officiated and following a potluck luncheon, burial took place in the Seim Cemetery south of White Butte, South Dakota.


Audrey D. Carley__________________________

Audrey D. Carley, age 80 of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and Philip, S.D., died November 10, 2013, at her home in Clearwater Beach.
On Sunday, November 10, 2013, Audrey Carley joined her parents, Joseph and Edith Barber, and 12 siblings in their final resting place.


November 6th

Roy Hamann___________________________________

Roy C. Hamann, age 97, of Wall, S.D., died Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.


James A. “Jim” Bouman__________________________

James A. “Jim” Bouman, age 52, of Philip, S.D., died Thursday, October 31, 2013, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.


Ellen Totton___________________________________

Ellen Totton, age 85, of Murdo, S.D., died Friday, November 1, 2013, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Ellen Jean Weiss was born September 23, 1928, at the hospital in Mobridge, the fifth of seven children born to Ernest R.O. and Olga (Wiedmann) Weiss. She was baptized December 9, 1928, at the Lutheran Church of Akaska with her aunt and uncle, Tillie and Emil Wiedman, as her sponsors. She lived in the country at Akaska for six years.


Byron "Butch" Mattis______________________

Funeral services for Byron "Butch" Mattis, 57, of Hettinger, North Dakota were Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hettinger Armory in Hettinger, ND. Rev. Brad Abelseth officiated and burial followed at the Hettinger Cemetery. Visitations was Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Hettinger and one hour prior to the service on Monday morning at the Armory.