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February 21st

Helen Deutscher

Helen Deutscher, age 97 of Wall, S.D., died Sunday, February 19, 2012, at the Golden Living Center Meadowbrook in Rapid City.


Joyce Stout

Joyce Stout, age 88 of Kadoka, S.D., died Monday, February 20, 2012, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Joyce Elaine Parkinson was born June 3, 1923, in Hitchcock, S.D., the daughter of Sidney and Hazel Ellen (Barnes) Parkinson. At the age of five, she moved with her parents to Kadoka, where she grew up and received her education. Joyce graduated from Kadoka High School in 1941.
In 1941, Joyce was united in marriage to Charles W. Vice and to this union one son, William K., was born. Charles was killed in France during WWII in 1944.


Jerry Lee Gibson

Jerry Lee Gibson, age 64 of Philip, S.D., formerly of Norris, died Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.


Ruth M. Sharp

Ruth M. Sharp, age 86 of Rapid City, S.D., formerly of Interior, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.
Ruth M. Whitcher was born November 10, 1925, in Pedro, the daughter of Walter and Rose Jane (Chapman) Whitcher. She grew up in the Wall area where she received her education. As a young girl she opted out of school to take care her mother. Thus began her life of taking care of others.


Jewel Bearheels

Jewel Bearheels, age 47 of Kadoka, S.D., died Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Jewel Y. Bearheels was born August 9, 1964, in Pine Ridge, the daughter of Leland and Iris (Romero) Bearheels. She grew up in the Kadoka area, where she attended school through the 12th grade. She received her associate degree in business from Oglala Lakota College in Kyle.
Jewel lived in Kadoka all her life and worked as a cook in various restaurants in Kadoka.
Jewel and her longtime companion, Cliff Stone, had a son, Zachary.


February 4th

Fredrick G “Fritz” Kroetch

Fredrick G. "Fritz" Kroetch, age 74 of Philip, South Dakota, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Fredrick G. “Fritz” Kroetch was born on March 24, 1937, on his parents’ homestead in the Hilland area, north of Philip, the son of Fredrick M. and Lydia Pearl (Boyce) Kroetch. He grew up on the homestead and attended Elbon Rural School and later Philip High School. As a young man he worked with his parents on the homestead.


James R. Pearson

James R. Pearson, 87 of Spearfish died Monday, January 16, 2012, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare.
James was born March 16, 1924, in Philip, S.D., to Axel and Lenne (Miles) Pearson. He was raised in Philip and after the eighth grade he started working on the family ranch.
James married Lola Miller on March 9, 1965, in Rapid City. He worked various jobs throughout his life including construction, railroad and at the State Veterans Home in Hot Springs, he retired from the State Veterans Home after 13 years of service. James and Lola made their home in Spearfish since 1995.


Robert H. “Bob” Heckert

Robert H. “Bob” Heckert, age 76 of Philip, S.D., died Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at his home in Philip.
Robert Harry Heckert was born May 25, 1935, in VanTassel, Wyo., the son of Harry and Grace (Messropian) Heckert. Later the family moved to Scottsbluff, Neb., where Bob attended school.
After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force in 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1958. He moved to Englewood, Colo., and did various jobs before working for the city of Englewood.


Billie Hancock

Billie Hancock, age 90, of Philip, S.D., died Friday, January 27, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Beulah B. “Billie” Rockwell was born January 31, 1921, in Grand Junction, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Anna (Jackson) Rockwell. She grew up in the Bayard area where she graduated from Bayard Consolidated School in 1938.
Following graduation she came to Martin to help her sister on a ranch. There she met Dale Hancock.


Juggling anti-bullying, character building

“What bullies don’t like is ... themselves. They want to see what kind of angry bird you really are. Just be a red bird. If you do nothing, they will usually leave you alone. If not, go see the big kids, the teachers,” said Ron Anglin.
Anglin gave such advice and involved the Philip elementary students, all while he clowned around and juggled. He handled everything from yo-yos, soap bubbles, plates, clubs, bean bags to balls. He is a motivational speaker who performed during a Philip elementary assembly in the Philip gymnasium, Wednesday, January 25.