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December 24th

Lawrence Kruse_________________________________

Lawrence Kruse, age 97, of Scenic, S.D., died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at his son’s home near Interior.
Lawrence Raymond Kruse was born in Mitchell on Aug. 31, 1916, to William and Lena Kruse. At the age of two they moved to the Badlands to a ranch eight miles north of Conata. At the age of nine his father died and Lena was left to raise her large family by herself.


Berdyne Parsons________________________________

Berdyne Parsons, age 82, of Philip, S.D., died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Berdyne Joanne Alys Peterson was born March 5, 1931, at the old Philip hospital, the 10th of 14 children born to Jacob Roger and Rena (Bettelyoun) Peterson. Her name Berdyne was from her dad’s Norwegian heritage, and she was his cousin, Berdyne Halse’s namesake. She grew up in the Philip area, and received her education in Philip.


December 5th

George F. Gebes_________________________________

George F. Gebes, 98, of Batavia, Ill., passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at his home in the company of his family. Born to Frank and Bertha (nee Dirndorfer) on July 8, 1915, in Milesville, S.D.,
George grew up on the family ranch. He married Frances M. Lies on April 30, 1938, at St. Michael's Church in Wheaton. They built a life together for 72 years until her passing in 2011.


Donald D. Denke________________________________

Donald Dean Denke, Riverton, Wyo., formerly of Philip, S.D., was born June 24, 1938, to Reinhold and Rose (Helms) Denke. He was the sixth of 11 children on the farm near Pedro.
As a child, he worked on the family ranch, first learning to farm using horses, and then with tractors, which began his long love of anything with an engine. He told of working with his brothers, driving two tractors with a wire between them, dragging the wire across fields of certified seed alfalfa to assist in pollination.
He attended school at a rural school and was confirmed in the Lutheran church.


Richard P. Burns_______________________________

Richard “Rich” Burns, 62, of Lake Ida, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., died Saturday, November 30, 2013, in his home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Rich was born in Philip, S.D., on April 10, 1951, the son of Donald and Shirley (Bever) Burns. He graduated from Philip High School in 1969. He married Sheila Douglas in June 1991. Rich lived in Fargo from 1969 until April 2013 when he and Sheila made their home on Lake Ida.
Rich graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in architecture in 1974. He was a licensed architect and contractor in many states.


November 27th

Patricia L. Bowman_____________________________

Patricia Lynn Bowman, 63, of Rapid City, died unexpectedly on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Patricia was born November 21, 1950, in Kadoka, S.D., the daughter of Glenn and Loy (Lytle) Hamm. Her family lived in the Interior, S.D. area until she was 10 years old and then moved from the area. She attended high school in Rapid City and Holsteen, Iowa.


November 20th

Elva Ellwein________________________

Funeral services for Elva Ellwein, age 92, of Mobridge and formerly of Isabel were held at 11 a.m. CT, Friday, October 25, 2013 at the UCC Church in Mobridge. Burial was at 1:30 p.m. MT Hillsview Cemetery in Isabel under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Visitation was at 5 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Elva passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Mobridge Regional Hospital.


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.