Obits

Helen Slovek, age 89
Helen Slovek, age 89, of Philip, S.D., died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at the Philip Nursing Home.   Helen Harnisch was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Clayton, S.D., to William and Emma (Werning) Harnisch.   At the age of one and a half years, the family moved to western South Dakota, six miles north of Wall...
Catherine "Cathie" Merced, age 65
Catherine "Cathie" Merced, age 65, of Wall, S.D., died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.   Catherine “Cathie” Dudley was born Jan. 13, 1952, the daughter of James and Lucile Dudley, longtime residents of Rapid City.    Cathie passed away after a decades-long battle with...
Keith Duane Elrod, age 84
Keith Duane Elrod, age 84, of Skykomish, Wash., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Dec. 30, 2016.   Keith was born February 10, 1932 in Midland, S.D., to Artie and Goldie Elrod. He is survived by his three siblings, Jean Hunter of Wall, Phyllis Skow of Minneapolis, Minn., and Leonard...
Joseph "Joe" Wanczyk, age 92
Joseph "Joe" Wanczyk, age 92, of Wall, S.D., died Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.   Joseph Lawrence Wanczyk, better known as "Joe" by his family and friends, was born December 19, 1924, to Michael and Agnes (Hart) Wanczyk in Denver, Colo.    He attended grade school...
William (Bill) Ross Renning, age 80
William (Bill) Ross Renning passed away January 8, 2017, in his home at Cherry Hills Estates Assisted Living Facility in Valentine, Neb., with family by his side after a battle with cancer.   He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 9, 1936.   His childhood years were spent between Des Moines, Long...
Margaret Moe, age 95
Margaret (Blakeslee) Moe, age 95, Alexandria, S.D., passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Philip Nursing Home.    Margaret Anne was born December 14, 1921, to Walter B. Blakeslee and Minnie (Sleicher) Blakeslee in Eddyville, Neb.    She attended Eddyville school, graduating in 1939. She went on to...
Daniel Henry Denke, age 73
Daniel Henry Denke, age 73, of Aurora, Colo., peacefully entered into heavenly rest Dec. 30, 2016. Dan was born Feb. 12, 1943, to Elizabeth and Henry A. Denke in Wall, S.D., the fourth of four children. He was raised on the family farm where he learned the value of a hard day’s work. He graduated...
Richard Orr, age 83
Richard Orr, age 83, of Chino Hills, Calif., died November 11, 1916  at St. Jude’s Hospital in Santa Ana.   He was born August 26, 1933, in Murdo, S.D., the oldest child of  Rex and Sally (Anderson) Orr. In 1939 his family moved to Wessington, South Dakota where Richard spent his youth.   In 1948...
Edna McKenzie, age 90
Edna McKenzie, age 90, of Murdo, died Thursday, January 5 at the Aurora-Brule Nursing Home.   Edna Mae McKenzie was born in Wichita Falls, TX on April 19, 1926 to Ed and Ethel Christian. She attended school in Hobart, Okla. Upon completing school, she worked at the telephone company in Oklahoma...
Dorothy Louder, age 86
Dorothy Louder, 86, of Draper, died Monday, January 2 at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital.   Dorothy Delores (Volmer) Louder was born on December 12, 1930 to John and Annie (Medeck) Volmer. Dorothy attended Draper public school and graduated from Draper High School in 1950. She lived her first 18 years of...

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