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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.