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February 25th, 2015

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.


February 9th

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.


John R. L. Billington, Sr.

John Richard Lewis Billington was born in Huron, S.D., on September 27, 1919. His parent were Orville and Augusta (Haas) Billington.
He passed away January 21, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. John spent his childhood in Arlington, S.D. and graduated from the local high school. He graduated with a bachelors degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings and earned a masters degree from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. He was very active in varsity basketball, track and field and student government at SDSU.


Louise F. Rowcliffe

Louise F. Rowcliffe, age 85, of Philip, died Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Louise F. Millar was born March 8, 1929, in Kennebec, S.D., the daughter of Fredrick and Gladys (Jones) Millar. As a child she moved with her parents and siblings to Martin, where she received her education. In 1942, they moved to Custer for two years before moving to Igloo. In 1946, they moved back to Bennett County near Martin. In August 1947, Louise moved to Philip where she was employed with West Central Electric as a clerk and secretary.


January 7th

Helen Mihills Gabbert

Helen Mihills Gabbert, 93, Dickinson, died Friday, December 19, 2014 at CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dickinson, N.D., following a brief illness.
Helen’s funeral service was held Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Dickinson, with Rev. Dick Rinearson officiating. Burial took place at the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, S.D.
Helen Gravatt was born to Roy and Olga (Stensbol) Gravatt in Chamberlain, S.D., on May 4, 1921. She grew up in small towns throughout South Dakota before graduating from Rapid City (S.D.) High School in 1942.


Midwest’s Phase 1 makes new skyline

The continueing Cenex Harvest States projects being done as modernizations and improvements to the Midwest Cooperative complex in Philip have reached another visible milestone. Phase I of the new grain bin project has the outside shells of the two new bins up.

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