Bonnie L. Royer
Bonnie L. Royer, age 74, Wall, SD, died February 6, 2008, at her home in Wall.
Services were held Saturday, February 9, 2008, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Monty Dell officiating.
Music was provided by Mary Kay Wilson, organist. Ushers were Darwin Haerer and Dan Dartt. Pallbearers were Jeremy Royer, Ray E. Royer, Vern Omdahl, Terry Peters, Craig Weber and Mark Brucklacher.
Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery of Philip.
Bonnie Lucille Tuning was born January 30, 1934, northwest of Hayes, SD, in Stanley County, the third of four children born to Frank and Clara (Renkel) Tuning. When she was two years old the family home burned to the ground, and she moved with her family to a ranch northeast of Midland, where she attended Little Prairie Dog School northeast of her home, grades one through three. She then attended Midland School graduating in 1952. She roomed with several other girls at Mrs. Lammon's home in the early grades and later with her sister, Gladys Holden. During her high school years, she and her brother, Bob, drove to Midland School.
In the summers during high school she drove truck for her older brother, Everette, hauling hay, gravel, livestock and what-ever was needed. She also skinned cats and ran the combine.
After graduation she worked in Midland as a waitress at Mom's Cafe for Mrs. Illian. She also worked at the Seven Mile Corner and for Duffy's Cafe in Ft. Pierre before working at the Quinn Hospital under Dr. Ole Hvam.
On October 2, 1955, she was united in marriage to Raymond A. Royer of Milesville, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rapid City. They were blessed with three children, Cindy L., Robert A. and Raymond E. They lived mostly in Philip, but were on construction crews, building roads most of the summers and lived in several different places around the country wherever the construction jobs took them.
In Philip, she worked at the laundromat for Les Baker and as a maid and waitress at the Senechal Hotel for several years. She also worked as a bartender at the Dakota Bar and 73 Bar. She worked for 13 years at the Cottonwood Bar for Red and Lois Pigsley. She had been secretary of the bowling leagues and belonged to several pool leagues, attending state five times. She was a past member of the Midland American Legion Auxiliary.
In 1983, she and a partner leased the Buckhorn Bar at Cottonwood which they ran for two years. While in Cottonwood she was the city finance officer. She then moved to Wall and worked at the Badlands Bar and worked several years at the Plains Motel for Duane Peters.
Bonnie had previously survived a heart attack, colon cancer and a stroke. Her loves were her family, horses, country music, dancing and pitch.
Grateful for having shared her life are her daughter, Cindy Nelson and her husband, Terry, of Britton, SD, and their sons, Dustin Nelson of Willmar, MN, and Robert Nelson of Britton; her son, Ray E. Royer of Rapid City, and his son, Jeremy Royer and his wife, Jamie, and their daughter, Jayda Royer, all of Sioux Falls; her sister, Gladys Holden of Rapid City; her brother, Bob Tuning of Nampa, ID; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Bonnie was preceded in death by Raymond A. Royer; her 13-year-old son, Robert "Bobby" Royer on May 27, 1971; her father, Frank, in 1972; her mother, Clara, in 1988; her brother, Everette, in 1991; three nephews, Kenny Holden in 1971, Lee Tuning in 1958 and Rocky Tuning in 1982.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com