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Elsie M. Haddock

Elsie M. Haddock, age 96, of Rapid City, formerly of Midland, died Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at her residence in Rapid City.

Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 27, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 28, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, with Pastor Paul Bly officiating.

Music will be provided by Kim Bierle, organist, and the Open Bible Study Group, vocalists. Ushers will be Richard Doud and Theron Koehler. Pallbearers will be Keith and Ted Hunt, Jim and Kory Bierle, Keith Harry, Tom Russell, Scott Montgomery and Morris Jones.

Interment will be in the Midland Cemetery.

Elsie Marie Madsen was born on April 14, 1908 on the Madsen Ranch near Midland, SD, the daughter of Christian Kruse and Carrie (Fuglesang) Madsen.

Elsie attended various rural schools before graduating from Midland High School. She received her bachelor's and master’s degrees from Black Hills State College.

Elsie was united in marriage to Robert Duane Haddock on June 11, 1935, in Rapid City. They ranched in the Midland area along Bad River until Duane's death in 1948.

After obtaining her associate degree in education, Elsie served as a teacher in the Pine Ridge Public School and, subsequently, served as county superintendent of Shannon County. Later in her teaching career, she spent many years serving the Midland School District. After leaving Midland, other teaching locations included Brookings and Spearfish, where she later retired.

Honors received by Elsie during her career include a special award from the South Dakota High School Press Association and induction into the Who's Who of American Educators. The local International Quill and Scroll Chapter at Midland High was named in her honor in 1971.

Grateful for having shared her life include two sons, Jim Haddock of Rapid City, and Pat Haddock and his wife, Sheila, of Omaha, NE; two grandchildren, Molly Haddock of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Alex Haddock of Omaha; a niece, Janice Bierle and her husband, Jim, of Midland and their children, Kim Bierle of Pierre and Kory Bierle and his wife, Robin, of Midland and their children, Kruse, Sage, and Bailey; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Duane Haddock, on February 26, 1948; her parents; two sisters, Florence, and a sister, Mabel, in infancy; and a brother, Harvey Madsen, on April 2, 2004.

A memorial is established to the American Cancer Society.