LaVonne O. Green

LaVonne O. Green, age 83, of Interior, SD, died Wednesday morning, August 2, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Graveside services were held Saturday, August 5, at the Fairview Cemetery in Interior.

LaVonne O. Kruse was born on her parents' ranch in Conata Basin near Interior, the youngest of 14 children born to William and Lena (Schluter) Kruse. She grew up on the ranch, and received her education in that area, graduating from Cottonwood High School.

LaVonne then attended one year of college in Chicago before transferring to the University of Denver, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. As a young woman she worked in California for two years, then moved to Anchorage, AK.

While in Anchorage, she met and later married Nathaniel Green in 1947, and to this union were born three children: Nathaniel Douglas, Daniel Putnam, and Teresa Mary.

They owned and operated the Arctic Circle Trailer Park in Anchorage. While in Anchorage, Lavonne was very active in politics. She was a member of the Zonta Club and was president of the Fairview Elementary PTA. In 1971, LaVonne, Nathaniel, and Teresa moved to Colorado Springs. While there, her husband, Nathaniel, preceded her in death.

After Nathaniel's death, Lavonne and Teresa moved to Interior where they, along with her son-in-law, Ansel, owned and operated the Wooden Knife Cafe until her retirement in 2002. After her retirement, she continued to reside in Interior. While in Interior, LaVonne was a member of the Presbyterian Women's Club and the Current Event Club.

Grateful for having shared her life include a son, Daniel Putnam Green of Nashville, TN; one daughter, Teresa Mary Wooden Knife and her husband, Ansel, of Interior; seven grandchildren, Nathaniel Jonathon Green, Jocelyn Elise Green, Cyler Jaros Green, Shiloh LaVonne Wooden Knife-Willard, Brandy Joy Wooden Knife, Rebecka Sioux Wooden Knife, and Nathaniel Wolf Wooden Knife; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence Kruse and his wife, Betty, of Interior, and Forrest Kruse of San Benito, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Nathaniel, LaVonne was preceded in death by a son, Nathaniel Douglas; her parents; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com