Violet Denke, age 85 of Rapid City, S.D., died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the Golden Living Center Bella Vista in Rapid City.
Violet Geigle was born July 9, 1926, at her parents’ home north of Quinn, the daughter of Albert and Johanna (Hein) Geigle. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church north of Quinn.
Violet grew up and received her education in the Quinn area. She and her other sisters spent much time helping on their parents’ farm -ranch.
Violet was united in marriage to Adolph John Denke on February 22, 1948, at her parents’ home north of Quinn. After their marriage, they moved to a farm-ranch north of Kadoka. In 1957, they moved to Wichita, Kan., where Adolph worked on the Titan II Missiles. In the fall of 1962, they moved to Rapid City where Violet worked for a rest home with Sidney Haine. Violet worked several years from her home as a terminal agent for National Trailer Convoy, and at SCI.
Later Violet, along with her husband, owned and operated the Western Mobile Home Park in Box Elder. In 1989, they retired and sold their business to their son, Gene. This gave Violet time to enjoy her favorite hobby, quilting. Violet also enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband (when the fish were biting!).
Violet was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Rapid City, and the Good Samaritan Club.
Grateful for having shared her life are her three sons, Gary Denke and his wife, Gail, of Rapid City, Gene Denke and his wife, Teresa, of Box Elder, and Gerald Denke of San Diego, Calif.; four daughters, Donna Denke of Rapid City, Darla Mengenhauser and her husband, Jack, of Rapid City, Diane Evans and her husband, Morris, of Rapid City, and Delores Fitzler and her husband, Doug, of Alliance, Neb.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Ruth Denke of Rapid City and Elsie Morrison and her husband, Allen, of Melbourne, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Arnold Johnson of Wall and Erhart Denke and his wife, Alice, of Sturgis; two sisters-in-law, Marge Denke and Marie Denke, both of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Violet was preceded in death by her husband Adolph Denke on December 3, 2003; a son, Greg Denke; her parents, Albert and Johanna Geigle; a grandson, Joshua Denke; and a sister, Minnie Johnson.
Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Peace Lutheran Church in Rapid City, with Pastor David Lindenberg officiating.
Music was provided by Robin Reinhold and Ruth Stabile, pianists, and Maygie Schwiesow, Alice Richter and Alma Crosbie, vocalists.
Ushers were Kenny Denke and Glenn Crose. Pallbearers were Morris Evans, Phillip, Steve and Michael Leithauser, Doug Fitzler and Joachim Schwiesow.
Interment was held Saturday, at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com