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Dolores B. Sharp

Dolores B. Sharp, age 84, of Long Valley, South Dakota, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at her residence in Long Valley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 7, at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Music for the service was provided by Jessica Green, Tyler Sharp, Boyd Porch, John Kaiser and Carl Bauman. Eulogy was given by Marty Sharp. Ushers were Terry Gropper and Perry Guptill. Pallbearers were Marty Sharp, Tracy Pursifull, Tyler Sharp, Jim Davis, Jason Wimberly and Paul Gropper.

Interment was at the Long Valley Cemetery.

Dolores Gropper was born August 12, 1921, in Platte, SD, the daughter of William and Rose (Glanzman) Gropper. At the age of four, she moved with her family to Washabaugh County, east of Long Valley. She attended grade school at the Harding School in Long Valley, and graduated from Wanblee High School.

Dolores was united in marriage to Dwight Sharp on December 28, 1939. They farmed and ranched in the Long Valley area all their married life. First they made their home on the Holcomb ranch east of Long Valley. In June 1951, they purchased the Wieske Brothers ranch north of Long Valley, where they continued to reside.

Her husband, Dwight, preceded her in death on May 4, 1997. She continued to reside on the farm-ranch until her death.

Dolores was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, the Long Valley Community Club, the Extension Club, the Birthday Club, Ladies Aid, and Circle, all of Long Valley. In her younger years, she was assistant 4-H leader. She enjoyed growing large gardens, canning, milking cows, and raising chickens. Her greatest joy was being in the company of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, Rodney Sharp and his wife, Sandee, of Belvidere, and Jerry Sharp and his wife, Stephanie, of Long Valley; a daughter, Barbara Davis and her husband, Bud, of New Caney, TX; six grandchildren, Marty Sharp, Jessica Green, Tyler Sharp, Jim Davis, Jeri Sue Pursifull, and Bobbie Jo Wimberly; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Wanda Guptill of Interior; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Dwight, Dolores was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mitzi Sharp; her parents; and two brothers, Clayton and Lawrence Gropper.

Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of arrangements. A memorial is established.