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George “Doug” Johnson: 1936-2019

George Douglas “Doug” Johnson, 83 of Belle Fourche, SD passed away at the South Dakota Human Services Center in Yankton, SD after a ten-year long battle with dementia.

The third of eight girls and two boys, Doug was born on January 27, 1936 in Newell, SD to George J. and Mamie (Stolnack) Johnson. His family rented ranches from south of Newell to south of Camp Crook until purchasing a ranch between Castle Rock and Redig in 1946. At the age of 10 he trailed 500 head of sheep from Camp Crook to their new home 50 miles away, with a 15-year-old friend, one horse and one dog in four days.

He attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1954. While in high school he worked as a bell hop at the Don Pratt Hotel for his room. Following high school he attended Colorado State University for one year. Along with working on the family ranch, he worked in the Fall in the sugar beet factory and drove truck until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1961, where he served as a Military Policeman at Fort Riley, Kansas. His job in the Army was to bring soldiers back who went AWOL. On one of his trips to New York to find a prisoner, he met Patricia Ann Caswell. Following his honorable discharge from the service in 1963, he flew back to New York and the couple married in October of 1963.

They moved to the family ranch and had four children. He and his brother worked on the ranch until it was sold in 1974. Doug then bought a ranch southeast of Belle Fourche where he resided until dementia forced him into an assisted living. In 1977, he purchased an interest in a car dealership in Rapid City. He sold his interest in the dealership in 1984 and bought another dealership in Spearfish in 1986. He owned and operated that business for 17 years. He always said his best customers were the farmers and ranchers from the five-state region.

While he would spend his weekdays at the car dealership, his weekends were always spent on the ranch. During his time selling cars, he also bought a registered Angus herd and sold bulls for 20 years. His wife loved animals and calved out and kept records for the herd until her death in 1987.

Through the years he was a director for the Federal Land Bank, holding that position for ten years, and was on the advisory board for Norwest Bank. He won numerous awards for excellence and customer satisfaction through his 25 years as a Ford dealer. He was a member of the Buckaroos and the Custer Trail Riders. The highlight of the year for him was the annual trip to the NFR in Vegas. Following his retirement from the Ford dealership, he would still get up at 4:30 am every morning and go to town for his morning coffee, occasionally help his son with the morning chores and field work, and his favorite, “Chase the tail of a cow” on horseback.

Doug is survived by his three children; Tammie Johnson, Rapid City, SD, Tyron (Tami) Johnson, Coffeyville, KS and Troy (Carolyn Stansberry) Johnson, St. Onge, SD; grandchildren, Jack and Jessa, St. Onge, SD; brother, Andrew (Linda) Johnson, Rapid City, SD; sisters; Betty Niemi, Buffalo, SD, Doris Johnson, Rapid City, SD, Beverly Miller, Mission, TX, Darlene Schafer, Mission, TX, Arlene Reynold, Rapid City, SD, Judy Johnson, Sioux Falls, SD and Ida (Melvin) Johnson, Apple Valley, MN; and friend and brother in-law, Arnie Schmidt, Brandon, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia; daughter, Teryl Johnson; and sister, Marilyn Schmidt. Doug will be laid to rest privately with his family present at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. A public celebration of Doug’s Life will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 12-4 PM at Troy and Carolyn’s home at 11295 SD HWY 34 between Belle Fourche and St. Onge. All of Doug’s friends are encouraged to stop by.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels & Isburg Crematory of Spearfish.

Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

Obituary: Daniel “Dan” Bruns

Daniel “Dan” Bruns

1950-2019

Daniel “Dan” Bruns, age 68, of Madison, joined his loved ones on April 7, 2019 at the Madison Regional Health System after fighting a courageous 2 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dan was born the youngest of five children on November 1, 1950 to Eldyn & Ellen (Larson) Bruns. He was baptized and confirmed at Lake Madison Lutheran Church. In 1969, he graduated from Madison High School and shortly thereafter, he was drafted by the US Army. After basic training, he received a medical discharge and returned home to farm near Madison with his dad. On August 19, 1972, he married Linda Bachmann and to this union three children were born. Dan partnered with his brother, Ron in 1972 and began raising registered Angus cattle in Baltic, SD. Dan & Linda moved back to Madison in 1978 and continued to grow their Angus herd and began farming again with his Dad and brother, Bill. With the help of his sons, Dan has held an annual bull sale at his farm north of Madison and sadly, Dan attended his last bull sale on March 6, 2019. He was a lifetime member of the American Angus Association and was honored recently by the SE Angus Association for his distinguished service and relentless dedication to the Angus Breed and the Southeast SD Angus Association. Dan once said “when I retire I am going to every bull sale in the Midwest” and he has attended many during the last few years. For 25 years, Dan has been a dealer of Gallagher Fence Systems. He was an avid Twins baseball fan, along with the Minnesota Vikings, SDSU sports and the Madison Bulldogs. He rarely missed a school event that his children and now grandchildren are involved in. In his younger years, he played fast-pitch softball for his “Center Team” and the “Cocktail Team.” He enjoyed bowling on men’s and mixed leagues with his wife until his health began to decline. He especially enjoyed coffee in the morning with his friends at the Ramona Elevator. Dan is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison and has been on the Farmington Township Board for many years. Thankful for sharing his life is his wife of 46 ½ years, Linda (Bachmann) Bruns, three children, Don Bruns Jesse (Kari) Bruns, Kaylynn Bruns-Cooney (Chad); his beloved grandchildren, Kade & Jace Bruns and Addison & Paislee Cooney all of Madison, SD; three brothers, Ron Bruns of Baltic, SD, Gary Bruns of Floresville, TX and Bill (Diane) Bruns of Madison; brother-in-law, Keith Gates of Pella, IA; sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Crystal (Kevin) Manthey of Bonesteel, SD and sister-in-law, Dawn Holley (Chris Clark) of Prescott, AZ and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. And one special nephew, Matthew Bruns, who was especially dear to him. And last but not least, his four-legged best friend, Corky! He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law & father-in-law, Don & Ardeth Bachmann; sister, Gloria (Bruns) Gates and sister-in-law, Gwen Bruns. There were many things that Dan was passionate about and the ones he will be remembered for are his love for his family, his grandchildren, his dogs and his love of the Angus breed.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. on Monday, April 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Constanze Hagmaier officiating. Visitation was 3-7 p.m. on Sunday at Weiland Funeral Chapel with the family present from 5-7 p.m. concluding with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Monday one hour prior at the church. Burial will be in Lake Madison Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Memorials can be directed to: SD Jr. Angus Association, 41785 109th St., Britton, SD 57430; Trinity Lutheran Church, “I am In” Fund, 203 N. Harth Ave., Madison, SD 57042; Madison Educational Foundation, 800 NE 9th St., Madison, SD 57042 or donor’s choice. F

Linda A. Stoddard: 1943-2019

Linda A. “Wink” Stoddard, age 75, of Norris, died Easter morning, April 21, 2019, at the Kadoka Nursing Home, after fighting a courageous 9-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease and the last three years with Lewy Body Dementia. “Family first” was the theme Wink lived her entire life.

Linda A. Livermont was born December 22, 1943, in Kadoka, South Dakota, the fourth of eight children born to Oliver and Emma (Wiedman) Livermont. When she was 15 months old, she was very sick and was diagnosed with acute spinal meningitis. After getting treatment at Mayo Clinic, she fully recovered and returned to the ranch. She grew up on the ranch south of Kadoka, and attended school at St. Francis Boarding School, at the age of 5. The family later moved into Kadoka, where Linda continued elementary and high school, graduating from Kadoka High School, in 1962, where she excelled in cheerleading.

After graduation, she moved to Aspen, Colorado, cleaning houses in the area. Then she returned to Kadoka in 1965, and went to work at Hogan’s Hardware. It was at this time that she reunited with her classmate, Joe Stoddard. They were united in marriage November 13, 1965, in Pierre, South Dakota.

After their marriage, they made their home on the ranch at Corn Creek. She spent the following years, being the best wife, biggest supporter, and head cheerleader for Joe and the family. Wink had a knack for making things memorable, and all the time making it fun. Wink was very instrumental in rodeo, whether it was play days, or an event as large as the National High School Rodeo Finals.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011, she remained at home until moving into the Kadoka Nursing Home in March of 2016, where she has since resided.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Joe of Norris; a daughter Jodi Stoddard of Kadoka, and her children Klay, Kole, Katy Jade, Kaycee, Kaylee, Kreg, and Kynzee; two sons Sam Stoddard and his wife Danielle of Norris, and their children Ciara and Caden; and Kyle Stoddard and his wife Kylie of Ft. Pierre, and their girls Kynlee and Keslyn; and grandson Tanner O’Daniel of Oglala, South Dakota; two brothers LeRoy “Boots” Livermont of Kadoka, and Michael Livermont (Amelia) of Belvidere; four sisters Charleen Grass of Norris, Sharon Bowes (Delmar) of Rapid City, Mary Gropper (Dick) of Long Valley, and Janie Whidby of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her daughter Lori Ann Donovan; her parents; one brother Alex “Bod” Livermont; and a brother-in-law Wayne Whidby.

Visitation will be held 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 29, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Father Tyler Dennis as celebrant.

Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

Darin Dale Noyce: 1963 – 2019

Darin Dale Noyce, of Aladdin, Wyoming passed away unexpectedly April 15th, 2019 in Riverton, Wyoming.

He was born on June 9th, 1963 in Belle Fourche, SD to David and Judy Noyce. Darin was lovingly raised by his parents Rick and Judy Brengle on the ranch in Aladdin, WY. He attended Four Oaks Country School until 8th grade. He was a 1981 graduate of Hulett High School where he was an athlete participating in several sports including his love, rodeo. Darin pursued saddle bronc riding with the PRCA and competed for 8 years in the Badlands Circuit winning several championships including Santa Fe, Clearlake and Mitchell Rodeos.

He was united in marriage to Roberta Single on September 23, 1989 in Belle Fourche, SD. They moved to Moorcroft, WY in 1990 where they worked at the Ship Wheel Ranch. To this union two children were born a daughter, Laramie, and son, Walker. In 1991 Darin and Roberta purchased Wishbone Fencing from Merle Clark. Darin continued to operate Wishbone Fencing until his passing. Some of his accomplishments and offices held were, Wyoming Contractors Association President in 2013, and in 2014 was named Wyoming Contractor of the Year.

Darin adored his kids Laramie and Walker, his love Roberta, his family, many friends and let’s not forgot his office dogs Walter and Mozzi. He never met a stranger and will be best remembered by his sense of humor, loving smile and how he enjoyed pranks and telling jokes.

He was preceded in death by his father, David Noyce, in 1964, grandparents, and his special Grandma Roberta. He will be greatly missed by his parents, children, and siblings, Dane (Sally) Noyce, Davanne (Mick) Moul, Danette (Russ) Hansmeier and several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Darin’s life will be held from 3pm-6pm, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Branding Iron in Belle Fourche. Darin will be laid to rest at his family’s ranch near Aladdin.

Lenora “Norie” Jane Bloom: 1939-2019

Lenora “Norie” Jane Bloom was born to Bud and Lucyle (Kelly) Bloom on May 11, 1939 in Quinn, South Dakota. She was a beloved little sister to her brother Jim.

She grew up on the family ranch south of Quinn where as a child she loved spending hours in the saddle with her Mom and Dad. She especially enjoyed riding and playing in the scenic badlands. Some of her favorite childhood memories were attending the many Kelly and Bloom family get togethers with all of her aunts, uncles and cousins; she often would fondly recall the wonderful family dinners at Grandma Nora Kelly’s house in Quinn. Lenora descended from a long line of strong Irish Catholic women, and at the top of her priority list was passing her faith down to her children and grandchildren.

Lenora graduated from Quinn High School as the class valedictorian in 1957. She then attended Chadron State College in Nebraska and graduated with degrees in elementary education and art. Upon graduation she accepted a position as second grade teacher in Pinedale, Wyoming. While in Pinedale she met her beloved husband Larry. They had a mutual love for horses and enjoyed riding together and taking pack trips into the mountains. Larry proposed to Lenora on St. Patrick’s Day in 1962 and they were married on June 2nd of that year in Quinn, South Dakota. They were blessed with five children: Kelly, Shaun, Lorie, and TJ. Another son, Larry John, was stillborn. Larry and Lenora made their home and their life together on a ranch in Quinn, where they remained all their married life. Lenora was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Lenora was a gifted educator, passing on her love of reading to her students and family during her 40-year career within the Wall School District. She retired from teaching in 2004, but she stayed busy as a substitute for many years.

Lenora’s top priority and greatest joy was caring for and loving her husband and family. She never missed an opportunity to support and cheer for her children and grandchildren whether in the rodeo arena or at an athletic event. She had an outgoing and positive personality, and she felt comfortable in any crowd. She was always happy to strike up a conversation, and she could always think of something to visit about.

Lenora was a testament to true courage as she suffered greatly the last few years of her life with several health issues. Losing her ability to be independent was truly devastating to her, but she never let it get her down for long. She was a true example of what redemptive suffering and faith are all about. She never stopped wanting to participate in family gatherings, but more importantly she made sure that Larry or other family members always took her to Mass. Her courage, strength, commitment and faith are now her legacy. Her last outing was to her husband Larry’s funeral which took place the day before she passed from this life. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall.

She was so loved and will be greatly missed by her daughter Kelly and Jem Kjerstad of Quinn; son Shaun and Michelle Ruland of Quinn; daughter Lorie and Dale Cahoy of Sheridan, Wyoming; son TJ and Miranda Ruland of Quinn; 12 grandchildren: Dillon (Courtney)Kjerstad, Ryan (Amanda) Kjerstad, Brittany (Ryan) McKnight, Sister Joan Kolbe, and Paige Kjerstad; Riley and Shelby Ruland; Kylee (Joe) Frost and Shyanna Cahoy; Iyla, Maverick and Pruitt Ruland; eight great-grandchildren: Teelan, Presley, Tenley, Ryer, Kaden, Grayson, Taelyn and Brynn; her brother Dr. James Bloom and his wife Maggie of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Larry on March 28, 2019; an infant son Larry John; and her parents Willard “Bud” and Lucyle Bloom.

A visitation was 6-7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 with a prayer and rosary service starting at 7 p.m. at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Wall.

Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Wall with Father Dan Juelfs as celebrant.

Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Quinn.

William “Bill” E. Hollister: 1930-2019

William “Bill” E. Hollister was born May 6, 1930, to Edward and Lucille (Chambers) Hollister in Hot Springs, SD. He graduated from high school in 1948 from Newell, SD. He was in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954, stationed in Alaska. After his honorable discharge, he went home and worked on the family ranch and eventually took over when his parents retired and moved to Spearfish.

On June 25, 1961, he married Shirley Milberg and was stepfather to her daughters, Becky and Sandi. Their daughter, Jeanne, was born in 1962. They lived on the ranch until 1988, when they moved to Sturgis and lived there until 2010, then moved to Spearfish.

Bill’s favorite pastimes were reading, music, and riding horses. He was always willing to help the neighbors with projects, and they returned the favor to him.

Bill Hollister, 88, of Spearfish, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Spearfish Canyon Healthcare.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Jeanne (Kevin) Frasier, and Sandi (Steve) Litschewski; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jean, Fay, Marjorie, and Ardeth; and stepdaughter, Becky.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Tom Martin officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Larry Joe Ruland: 1939-2019

Larry Joe Ruland was born to Henry and Helen (Ballard) Ruland on April 5, 1939 in Pinedale, Wyoming. He was a beloved brother to Mary Ann, John, Rita and Hank.

Larry’s love for horses blossomed while he was a small boy, and he carried that love with him for the rest of his life. As a child he worked for the Green River Cattle Association. He started out “jingling horses”, and he spent hours in the saddle making sure the horses were maintained. He graduated to the life of a real cowboy under the wing of Rex Wardell (one of the great ones). Larry spent his life with cattle and horses, and those who knew him can attest that he was a legendary cowboy.

While in his teens, Larry worked at the Z-U Dude Ranch, and he became lifelong friends with those who were drawn to his warm and outgoing personality. The Ruland family lived at the 2-E ranch in Sublette county Wyoming, and early on it was obvious that he would be an asset to that ranch. He proved himself as a genuine cattleman and horseman. He was a fantastic bareback bronc rider, and some of the old timers stated he could have been a champion as good as Larry’s friend Joe Alexander.

Larry was united in marriage to Lenora Bloom on June 2, 1962 in Quinn, SD. They were Blessed with five children: Kelly, Shaun, Lorie, and TJ. Another son, Larry John, was stillborn. Larry and Lenora made their home and their life together on a ranch in Quinn, SD where they remained all their married life. On that beautiful ranch they raised their family and spent their time riding and roping on the prairie. Larry was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid team roper, and spent hours teaching his children, grandchildren and many others (too numerous to count) how to rope and ride. He won numerous, saddles, buckles, breast collars, and other awards, most of which he gave away to family and close friends. He never retired from competing, and at age of seventy-nine he won his last saddle, which he gifted to his great-grandson.

Larry always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and a hand that was willing to help anyone in need. He made his home on the prairie of Western South Dakota, but in his heart he was always a mountain man. He and his family made an annual trek to Pinedale, Wyoming every summer to visit the Ruland clan. The memories of Dad teaching the kids to fish and of him sharing all the beauty of his beloved Wind River Range in the Rocky Mountains are a treasure.

In the late 90’s Larry and Lenora built an indoor arena and hosted many roping and barrel racing events. They thoroughly enjoyed their time spent in the barn. Larry was a talented horseman who always seemed to find gifts in the horses someone else had given up on. He was the same way with people.

He was the real deal, and he once stated that his greatest achievement was to join Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and he remained loyal to that cause to the end. Helping others beat their addiction to alcohol became a mission in his life, and he made a significant impact on the lives of others in that regard. He rarely missed the weekly meeting, and he found peace and strength through sharing his struggle with others.

Larry passed on the gift of the “Cowboy Way” to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by instilling in them the integrity of what that means. You make mistakes, you dust yourself off, you get up and you try again. Everything they know about horses, ranching and competition came from him. He was the definition of “True Grit”

He was so loved and will be greatly missed by his wife of 56 years Lenora Ruland, daughter Kelly and Jem Kjerstad of Quinn; son Shaun and Michelle Ruland of Quinn; daughter Lorie and Dale Cahoy of Sheridan, Wyoming; son TJ and Miranda Ruland of Quinn. 12 grandchildren; Dillon, Ryan, Brittany, Sister Joan Kolbe, and Paige Kjerstad; Riley and Shelby Ruland; Kylee Frost and Shyanna Cahoy; Iyla, Maverick and Pruitt Ruland. Eight great-grandchildren. His sister Rita (Richard) Summers of Shreveport, Louisiana and brother Hank (Tami) Ruland of Pinedale, Wyoming. Preceding him in death were his infant son Larry John; his parents Henry and Helen Ruland, sister Mary Ann, and brother John.

A visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 31 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1 at the Wall Community Center.

Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Quinn. A luncheon will be held at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church following the burial.

Dayton Hyde: 1925-2019

Dayton Hyde’s journey began March 25, 1925 in Marquette, Michigan where, at the age of 13, he ran away to join his uncle on his Oregon cattle ranch, Yamsi. Dayton was drawn to Yamsi after reading his Uncle Buck’s letter about thirty wild horses being run into the corrals to be gentled by the ranch cowboys and mentioning catching foot long trout in the river out front of his house. What kid could have resisted going there?

This quote from Dayton’s book, The Pastures of Beyond, describes how he felt upon arrival at Yamsi: “Though I had no spare clothes or any money or had ever been more than sixty miles away from home and yet to ride a horse that day I became a cowboy.”

Dayton believed he was a cowboy first, conservationist second and writer third. As a kid, he had always wanted to ride a horse and he never turned down an adventure.

He was a man whose wonderful observations bring home the powerful fact that a human being is responsible to the land and is not its master. All his life his curiosity compelled him to learn all he could about every creature inhabiting the land he nurtured. He felt that man does not have dominion over the earth but rather a responsibility to take care of all our fellow travelers.

As a result, he became an exceptional self-trained naturalist whose experiences enrich us all. Yamsi, a 6,000 acre working cattle ranch in Oregon’s Klamath Basin, is the setting for Dayton’s lively meditation on what it means to be a rancher in the West in the late twentieth century. Hard work and hardships at Yamsi coexist with dedication to principles of conservation and sound ecology. His exuberant, hard-fisted, often humorous portrait of a rancher’s life is told the way it ought to be told.

In 1987 during a cattle buying trip to Nevada, Dayton saw huge corrals full of sad-eyed wild horses recently captured by the federal government. He was angry over their plight of being rounded-up by helicopters and run in by men on horseback. It was just too cruel to take a wild horse away from their freedom and home and be contained in a corral. In his mind, he envisioned large tracts of land with well-conceived fences so the wild horses could be given their freedom again.

With the idea fresh in his mind, he called up his family and asked them to take care of Yamsi – he was headed to Washington D.C. There he petitioned Congress to allow him to take some of the captured horses and create a sanctuary for them.

When South Dakota Governor George Mickelson heard of Dayton’s idea of a sanctuary for wild horses he asked Dayton to visit South Dakota to see a tract of land known as Chilson Canyon in the Southern Black Hills. Ultimately, a partnership was formed between Dayton Hyde, the Governor, the Bureau of Land Management, and South Dakota Community Foundation. With the promise of this partnership, Dayton O. Hyde founded The Institute of Range and the American Mustang (IRAM) on this large tract of land in South Dakota.

Finally, in the early fall of 1988, after building many miles of fences on this piece of land, the first truck load of horses arrived. The horses rushed off the trucks in to this piece of heaven – their new forever home. One of the mustangs on the truck was a beautiful blue roan two year old filly named Prairie Lark, who became Dayton’s partner in exploring the sanctuary land and welcoming hundreds of horses to their newfound freedom.

Today Dayton’s largest conservation project is privately owned by the nonprofit IRAM organization and is located on the 11,000-acre Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

Dayton O. Hyde left us December 22, 2018, tired, at last, after a life well-lived until the very end. He was at his Yamsi Ranch surrounded by his family. He was at peace, because he knew his beloved Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary was in the capable hands of his longtime friend and sanctuary manager, Susan Watt, and he could leave without worries.

A Memorial Sevice is planned for later this year in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Your support of the Dayton O. Hyde Legacy Fund will ensure that Dayton’s mission will continue long into the future and the wild horse herds and all the wildlife will have a home at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary forever.

Shirley “Rene” LaBree: 1947-2019

Shirley Laureen (Rene) Frye LaBree passed away on March 8, 2019 at Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City, Montana, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Rene was born in Baker, MT, on January 12, 1947, the second child of Glen Edward Frye and Ethel Marie Arnold Frye. She joined an older brother Richard Alan born June 14, 1945. At an early age the family moved to Canby, California. Glen and his brother Bert went to work in the logging industry to earn money, so that Glen could come back and buy his mother’s place. While there, another daughter Betty Jean was born July 3, 1949. In 1949 they moved back to the old place in the Opeechee area.

Rene attended the Spring Valley school for a year and a half, and then the family moved to Ekalaka to Ethel’s parents place in 1954. Rene’s first teacher was Ruby Rowley.

Rene finished her schooling in Ekalaka graduating in 1965. She was very strong and tough from milking cows and other farm work all her life and could throw a ball farther then most of the boys. She was always upset that girls couldn’t play basketball like the boys.

Two more brothers were added to the family, William Charles (Bill) was born June 30, 1954, and John Michael (Jack) was born June 27, 1956.

On January 4, 1966, she married Jordan Lee LaBree. While on their honeymoon, they toured the southwest including the Grand Canyon and looked for job opportunities. Their first job was at the Meyer Land and Cattle Company in Arthur, Nebraska. In the fall of 1966, they moved to Plevna and worked for Glenn Rugg. John Edward (Buddy) was born December 7, 1966 in Ekalaka, MT. Their next job was working for the Horse Creek Grazing Association in North Dakota. After the death of Jordan’s brother Harold in December of 1968 they moved back to the ranch to help Linda and ended up taking over. Lee Tat was born November 25, 1969 in Miles City, MT.

Rene enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, and leatherwork. She loved to take lots of her produce and projects to the county fairs. We can only imagine how many cow hides were cut to make all of the leatherwork projects that she tooled over the years. Rene’s pies and jellies were always a hit at any gathering.

Photography, picture framing, playing cards, and throwing horse shoes were some of her favorite hobbies. She had a love for horses and Border Collie dogs. She traveled to many states and Canada to compete in dog trials. She qualified and competed in the National Sheep Dog trials. Rene had many dogs from her first (Max) to her last (Gabe).

Being active was the norm for Rene. She was a member of The Cowbelles, Homemakers, and Cattlewomen and was president of the Wyoming Sheep Dog Association.

Rene loved and supported all of her family in their activities. There was not a bigger fan of her nieces, nephews and granddaughters in their sports careers. If she couldn’t be at the games she listened on the radio, watched on the computer, or waited impatiently for a phone call or text to get the score or a rundown of the game.

Rene was preceded in death by her parents, brother Rick, and brother Jack.

She is survived by her husband Jordan of 53 years, son Buddy (Amy), Brandee (Derek) Maier and Tyann (Kory) Gausen, son Lee (Cam), granddaughters Hannah, Heather, and Heidi, sister Betty (Jerry) Cline, brother Bill (Cathy) Frye, sisters-in-law Jane and Leanne, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Shirley “Rene” LaBree, 72 of Miles City formerly of Ekalaka will be held 2 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Ekalaka Elementary School Gymnasium, Ekalaka, MT. Burial will be in the Beaver Lodge Cemetery, Ekalaka, MT

Family will receive friends from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka or to the Frye Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Ralph Keffeler: 1937-2019

Ralph David Keffeler was born in Sturgis, SD, on Jan. 22, 1937, to John and Mary (Grubl) Keffeler. He attended school through 8th grade at the Lower Alkali School. Later, he worked hard, studying down on the floor with the kids, and finished his GED.

Ralph married Betty Ann Harwood on June 10, 1957, at the St Francis of Assisi Church in Sturgis. The first year and half they were married, he worked at Homestake Mine. Over the years, he also worked at Ellsworth AFB tearing down buildings, had a hay grinding business, and worked at Sturgis Salebarn.

Like all farmers, he didn’t think he had enough horse power to pull bigger equipment, so he hooked 2 Ms together and sitting on the back one pulled 24 ft “one-ways.” Ralph loved to see how tall his sorghum could grow. One year it was so tall, Doug and John went to start cutting, in his John Deere of course. The tractor completely disappeared except for the exhaust pipe on top. He was so proud that year. “Green” was the only color machine that was worth bringing home.

Ralph took flying lessons. Eventually he soloed, scared himself, and quit. He still rode as a gunner with Dewey Rathke and Roger Hlavka for coyotes. Friends were very important to him. Everyone he met became a friend and he LOVED to visit. He enjoyed snowmobiling and loved to dance, and once you got a drink or two in him, he even thought he was pretty good at it! But what he cherished most in life was his children and his grandchildren.

Ralph was happy and friendly to all, and all kids adored him, partly because he was quite the prankster. He once told all of his grandkids when they would come for visits that Bear Butte was in fact a volcano and some day it was going to erupt. Tony and Tanna happened to be visiting when the Butte caught fire in 1996 and, of course, everyone had to pile into the car to go grab some ice cream and watch the “eruption.”

Ralph David Keffeler, 82, Sturgis, died Friday, March 1, 2019, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann (Harwood) Keffeler; daughters, Linda (Mike) Howie, White Owl, SD, Donna Keffeler, Littleton, CO, and Tammy (Scott Sieler) Lorenz, Alkali, SD; son, Travis Keffeler, Alkali, SD; daughter-in-law, Shari Keffeler, Alkali, SD; grandchildren, Tanna (Vince) Holzer, Rapid City, SD, Tyrell Lorenz, Alkali, SD, John D. Keffeler, Alkali, SD, Monique Antunovich, Littleton, CO, and Gianna Antunovich, Littleton, CO; great-grandson, Zakary Joseph; 3 sisters, Mabel (Donald) McPherson, Rose Marie “Pickles”(Kenny) VanSickle, and Irene (Benny) Long; and a brother, Murrin Keffeler.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary (Grubl) Keffeler; son, Douglas Keffeler; infant daughter, Karen; grandsons, Trent Howie and Anthony Howie; four brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Sturgis Armory with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital.