LaVonne D. "Vonnie" Foreman

LaVonne "Vonnie" Foreman, age 75, of Kadoka, died December 15, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music will be provided by Syd Iwan, organist, and Kim Foreman, vocalist. Ushers will be Tom DeVries and Mike Blom.

Interment will be in the Belvidere Cemetery.

LaVonne Delores Gerdon, the second of five children, was born to Robert and Pearl (Voss) Gerdon on March 9, 1932, on a farm known as the Cottonwood Creek area northwest of White River in Mellette County.

Vonnie attended grade school at Cottonwood Creek Country School, White River Public School and Prospect Valley Country School in Mellette County. She graduated from Belvidere High School in 1951.

On April 15, 1952, she was united in marriage to Milton Foreman while he was home on furlough from the Army. While her husband was serving in Germany, Vonnie attended Black Hills Teacher's College in Spearfish the summer of 1952 where she received her teaching certificate. She taught at the Buffalo School south of Belvidere for two years. In 1954, when they lived at the Thode place, she taught at the Prospect Valley School south of Horseshoe Butte.

For many years Vonnie stayed home raising her two children and helping her husband on the ranch. In 1962, they purchased Milton's parents' place and moved north of Belvidere to the Foreman farm-ranch.

Vonnie always raised a beautiful garden and enjoyed canning and sharing her produce with family and friends. She took pride in her yard. Vonnie was known for her love for art, which included watercolor and oil paintings. She showed her paintings at various art shows. Vonnie painted pictures for relatives and friends throughout the years. She also enjoyed sewing, attending craft club and bowling.

Vonnie held summer jobs outside the home. She was employed at the Double H Cafe in Belvidere for 10 years and for 13 summers she worked at the 1880 Town.

Vonnie was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Belvidere and the Belvidere American Legion Auxiliary Post 144 where she served several terms as secretary and president. She was also a member of the Belvidere Art Club and Kadoka Craft Club.

Grateful for having shared her life are her two children, Ronda Dennis and her husband, Rick, of Kadoka, Rod Foreman and his wife, Kim, of Hyannis, NE; four grandchildren, Lori Iversen and her husband, Aaron, of Murdo; Bobbi Jo Davis and her husband, Chris, of Rapid City, Ryan Foreman of Jamaica, Brent Foreman and his wife, Jessica, of Lincoln, NE; one great-grandson, Carter Iversen; one great-granddaughter, Taya Iversen; one sister, Charlotte Blom and her husband, Willis, of Philip; a brother, Roscoe Gerdon of Tucson, AZ, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Vonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Milton, on April 3, 2005; one infant son, Neil; a grandson, Mitchell Foreman; her parents; and two sisters, Myrna Gerdon and Mardell Ufen.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com