Marilyn Prokop, age 64 of Kadoka, SD, died July 20, 2008, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, at the United Methodist Church, with Pastor Sonja Wilcox officiating.
Music was provided by Pastor Wilcox. The eulogy was given by Sheri Webster. Ushers were Charlie Carlson, Luke Vander May, Bob McCormick and Clee Brakke. Pallbearers were Jodie O'Bryan, Melanie Acosta, Ethel Frein, Kathleen Carlson, Georgann Addison and Dorothy Bligh.
Interment was at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Marilyn A. Knapp was born April 12, 1944, in Woodward, OK, to YuVonne and Micky (Huen) Knapp. As a child, she moved with her family to a ranch in the Wall-Quinn area. She grew up and graduated from Wall High School in 1962.
As a young girl, she worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company at Ellsworth Air Base. In 1963, she attended National School of Business in Rapid City.
On February 6, 1965, she was united in marriage to Veryl D. Prokop in the United Methodist Church in Wall. They made their home in the Kadoka area all of their married life. They lived at the Harold and Mary Schnee Dairy Farm west of Kadoka until 1970 when they moved to their present ranch, one mile north of Kadoka.
In 1973, through 1974 she went to cosmetology school in Rapid City and presently operated her Dakota Glamor Beauty Salon on the ranch.
In 1974, Tammy Ann came to live in their home and Charlie Dale came to join the family in 1977.
Marilyn later completed her bachelor of science degree as a social service major at Oglala Lakota College at Wanblee. She worked for the state of South Dakota as a social worker for eight years. She then taught for the Human Service Department at Oglala Lakota College until the time of her death.
She was an accomplished horse person and trained many rodeo horses. As a competitor she was the 1962 South Dakota High School Girl All-Around Champion and 1962 Little Britches All-Around Champion. She won many other titles and awards as well. She continued to rodeo and train horse up until July 20, 2008. She mentored many young competitors during this time.
She really enjoyed dragging calves to the branding fire as evidenced by her four ushers who are part of the branding crew.
She was also multitalented in sewing, painting, photography, and leather working.
Survivors include her husband, Veryl of Kadoka; one daughter, Tammy Ann Prokop of Minneapolis; one son, Charlie Prokop of Kadoka; one brother, Jimmy Knapp and his wife, Janice, of Metamora, IL; a sister-in-law, Bonita Harris and her husband, Clair, of Custer; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents YuVonne and Micky (Huen) Knapp.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
Memorials may be directed to P.O. Box 164, Kadoka, SD 57543.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com