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Obituary: BRYAN B. LONG

March 5, 1948 – July 25, 2022

A celebration of the life of Bryan Long, a 73-year-old lifetime resident of Johnson County, will be held by his family and friends on Tuesday, August 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Occidental Hotel Garden in Buffalo Wyoming. Splint Memmer and Dayton Kurtz will officiate. Bryan passed away suddenly while visiting with a friend at his branding corral. He was surrounded by family, close friends, and his favorite cows. To commemorate Bryan’s lifelong love of agriculture and support of youth in agriculture, donations may be made in his memory to the Johnson County Woolgrowers Association, to a fund to pay premiums at the Johnson County Fair wool and sheep shows. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com

Bryan Bernard Long was born on March 5, 1948 in Buffalo, Wyoming to Bill and Mary Long. He grew up and went to school in Buffalo, graduating from Buffalo High School with the class of 1966. He attended the University of Wyoming and studied agriculture. Bryan was married May 1, 1976 to Rita Wagoner and they made their home in Buffalo. He was a livestock order buyer and bought wool for Provost Lefevre for many years. He was well-respected in the cattle, sheep and wool industries and had a large network of friends he met through those activities across the Western United States. Bryan loved ranching, his cattle, his children and grandchildren. He loved good people, never met a stranger, and helped youth getting started in agriculture whenever he could.

He is survived by his wife, Rita of Buffalo; two daughters, Bryna (Jade) Lyon of Arvada, Wyoming and Angela Long (Scott McHazlett) of Buffalo, Wyoming; three brothers, Bill Long of Buffalo, Mike (Jan) Long of Vancouver WA, John (Cyd) Long of Buffalo; four sisters, Grace Gibbs of Buffalo, Trish (Dennis) Camino of Buffalo, Kass McIntyre of Buffalo, Clare Long of Sausalito, CA; and his grandchildren and pride-and-joy, Waycie Lyon, Rye Lyon and Kelvin McHazlett. He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved Border Collie Gus. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Obituary: LEET E. FOWLER

February 10, 1935 – July 18, 2022

Leet E. Fowler, 87, of Belle Fourche, SD, passed away on July 18, 2022 at the Spearfish Regional Medical Center in Spearfish.

Funeral Services for Leet will be on Friday, July 22,2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche. Pastor Kari Webb will officiate the funeral services. Visitation for Leet will be at the church from 9-11 on Friday. Burial will be held at the Buffalo Cemetery, Buffalo, SD, at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Jean Helmer officiating the burial.

Leet Ellsworth Fowler was born February 10, 1935 in Camp Crook, South Dakota, to Bertha and Charles Fowler. He was the youngest of their five children, though he never got to know his father, who passed away when Leet was 14 months old.

Leet spent the first years of his life living in Buffalo. When he was five his mother married Ted Matson and the family moved to the ranch. His brother, James Matson, was born in 1941. Leet worked hard at a very young age, and was given responsibilities beyond his years.

He attended a one-room schoolhouse with several neighboring children, including his future wife, Maurine Brengle. He completed high school in Brookings, South Dakota, an agriculture-based school, and attended some college there. He also attended Black Hills College. He won the saddle bronc riding at the Buffalo Labor Day Rodeo in 1954. He served four years in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed on the USS Oriskany and then the USS Lexington in several locations around the Pacific.

A pivotal point in his life came when he married Maurine Brengle on June 18, 1961. They celebrated 61 years together and were excellent partners. Early on, he worked for Lloyd andHelga Gilbert. Later he had a trucking business for several years.

In 1972, the Fowlers moved back to the family ranch. In 1976 they formed Grubbing Hoe Ranch, Inc., with Matsons and Fowlers as shareholders. Ranching was Leet’s life work and legacy, and he proved himself an astute businessman. He worked extremely hard, he thought constantly about ways to improve the operation, and strategically grew the ranch.

Due to his brother, Chuck’s influence, he was an early adopter of computers. Leet admired Chuck greatly. Beginning in the early 1980s, Leet used the computer for ranch bookkeeping. He embraced technology whenever he could, from weather radars, to live camera feeds monitoring calving heifers, to smart phones and online banking.

In 2006 Leet and Maurine began spending part of their time “semi-retired.” They split their time between their home in Belle Fourche and on the ranch.

Leet was a lifelong learner. If he wanted to know how to do something, he learned how. He was naturally ingenuitive. He was a cowboy; he was a carpenter; he was a plumber; he was an electrician; he was a heavy equipment operator; he was a trucker; he was a barber; he was woodworker; he was a pilot; he did much of his own veterinary work. He played cards and cribbage. He was a self-taught musician, playing piano, accordion, and guitar. He collected clocks, and built a grandfather clock. He liked to get all the clocks wound and ticking, creating a cacophony of noise that he enjoyed immensely.

He respected people who knew and did things, and as much as he liked talking about cattle, he was happy to learn about others’ area of expertise. He loved to laugh and tell stories; he loved to tease. He loved hitting various coffee stops around Belle, and going to the sale barn on Thursdays. He also enjoyed naps in front of the tv “watching” Gunsmoke and rodeos. He could be a little intense; he wasn’t shy about saying what he thought. When the rubber met the road, he had a remarkable ability to tap into a reserve of calm and patience. He could sleep through a calf-killing blizzard so he was rested and ready to work the next day. He had a rough exterior but could also express his love and affection.

He loved Maurine. He loved his family and was proud of them. He loved his friends and continued to make new ones his entire life. He was a 59-year member of the Masonic Lodge, serving asMaster of the Cedar Branch Lodge Number 179 in 1985, and was a Naja Shriner. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He was a member of Harding County Stockgrowers and served as a director for the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Marion, Eleanor and Kay; brothers Charles and James; and his dear friend Pat Coffield. He’s survived by his wife, Maurine; sons Ty (Melissa) and Aaron (Tricia), and daughter Teddi; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Obituary: Daniel Mahoney

May 31, 1958 – July 25, 2022

Longtime Johnson County resident Daniel E. Mahoney passed away at his ranch on Pass Creek, Kaycee, WY on 7/25/2022 after a 12-year battle with leukemia. Dan was born on May 31, 1958 to Gene and Luella (Simmons) Mahoney. Dan was the oldest of three children. Dan loved and cared deeply for his family. He grew up in the Newcastle area working with extended family and had wonderful stories of working with his uncles and cousins.
After graduating from high school, he worked in construction, learning trade skills that would benefit him his entire life. Dan spent a few years in Alaska building condominiums and putting together a nest-egg to follow his dream of owning his own ranch. He purchased a run-down ranch west of Kaycee that only he could see the potential in. He had a vision of what the place could be with the right water management and he was right. He had a passion for water development whether it was pipelines or pivots.
Dan met Wanda in 2002 and married her in 2010. Together they poured everything they had into developing the potential that the Pass Creek property had.
Dan sat on several boards and committees, all focused on benefitting agriculture in Johnson County. He was instrumental in the improvements on the Dull Knife Dam, working tirelessly alongside Crow Gordon to make the project come to fruition. The completion of this project has benefited many downstream ranchers, including theirs.
Dan is survived by wife; Wanda (Landrey) Mahoney, his sister; Debbie (Jeff) Emmert, Jordan, Jake, brother; David (Sasha) Mahoney, Sammie, Alex, stepson; Quint (Amy) Gonzales, Adelie, Wyatt, son by choice; Trevor (Tana) Lutterman, Tilly, Tyson, uncle; Donny (Karen) Simmons, aunt; Ann Simmons. Dave Moline (the other half of the Mahoney brothers) Jeb Hanson and Jeff Lamb, Casper College friends for life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Gene and Luella, niece; Jamie, uncles; Vernon and Virgil, aunt; Hazel.
A wake will be planned at a later time at the ranch on Pass Creek, Kaycee, WY.
Champion Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements. Online condolences may be written at www.championfh.com.

Obituary: COLT DANIEL REISIG

December 22, 2007 – June 25, 2022

Colt Daniel Reisig, 14, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Lewistown. Colt was born in Lewistown on Dec. 22, 2007, to Dustin and Rebecca (Eckhardt) Reisig.

Colt was an excellent student and in the eighth grade; beloved by fellow students, faculty and administration. He was part of the “Hogs” – the line in football playing both offense and defense. He was proud of his efforts and playing almost every single play of every game he was in. He was a phenomenal wrestler having only wrestled his seventh and eighth grade years. Everything he did was done to the best of his ability.

Colt was a hard worker. Previously mentored by Shawn and Tammy Grindheim, he was a 4-H member for several years, winning Grand Champion Replacement Heifer in 2017. He was a proud co-owner of Reisig Brothers Quality Custom Haying Company established in 2020. Colt had immense plans for the future including restoring his 1977 Ford Highboy pickup with Resurrection Automotive in Billings.

Colt’s friends were of paramount importance to him. He wanted them to know how much he loved them. He had become an avid weightlifter and spent time every day working out. He was also a gifted photographer and sketch artist. He was proud of his accomplishments and loved his animals. He saw the best in everyone and could articulate what he saw as exceptional in them and wanted everyone to be happy.

Colt is survived by his parents, Dustin and Rebecca; brother, Jacob Reisig; grandmothers, Wanda Reisig and Audrey Eckhardt; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandma, Martha Warneke; and grandpas, Bob Eckhardt and Dave Reisig.

Memorial Service for Colt will be held at the Fergus High School Fieldhouse on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Colt’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

Obituary: WACEY GEORGE SNOOK

January 29, 1987 – May 24, 2022

Wacey George Snook, age 35, was born to Melvin and Deborah Snook on January 29, 1987.
Wace was the youngest of four kids, having three older sisters to pick on (Ivy Burks of Mississippi, Kate (Blake) Conner of Isabel, SD and Kara (Morgan) Uhrig of Gillette, WY.) His nieces and nephews include Craig and Lexi Burks, Kade and Curtis Conner and Brooklyn Uhrig. He was survived by his grandmothers Shirley Anderson and Char Carter.

Wace married the love of his life, Sammi Jo (McCoid) Snook along with her son Collin, on August 28, 2021.

Wace grew up along the Little Missouri River breaking colts and raising cattle. He started riding broncs around age 12. He attended the John Forbes bucking horse school around 1998. It was his dream to rodeo so he switched from Hulett High School to Moorcroft High School in order to participate on high school rodeo team. In 2005 he qualified for the National High School Finals and placed in the bronc riding.
Wace attended Casper College where he rode saddle bronc for the college rodeo team. He also qualified and for the college national finals in 2006. He went on to pro-rodeo for several years placing at top rodeos.

Wace quit rodeo to help his parents on the ranch as Melvin’s health was deteriorating. He spent his remaining short years there ranching. He was somewhat of an entrepreneur as he started a couple businesses including Hambone Fencing and Hide Out Leather where he made chaps and other leatherwork. One of his favorite jobs was making the bronc halters for Burch Rodeo for their NFR bucking horses one year. You can find Wace in the Cowboys Calendar and on the Deadwood Days of 76 rodeo poster by Artist Bob Coronado. His cowboy style was iconic.

Wace worked hard at ranching, which was his passion along with rodeo. Those that know Wace, can tell you how his eyes lit up around kids. He had a special place in his heart for the little ones.

Wacey died at the ranch on May 24, 2022. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the Greater Hulett Community Center with a reception to follow.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance, WY.
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

Obituary: JAY ANDERBERG

October 31, 1935 – May 6, 2022

Jay Anderberg, of Miller, passed away Friday, May 6, 2022, at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.

A long-time businessman, owner of Miller Livestock Sales Company for 33 years, paid his final entry fee to all the rodeos in the sky.

Jay was born on October 31, 1935, in Aberdeen, South Dakota. After ranching in Forbes, North Dakota, and Mahto, South Dakota, he purchased the sale barn and continued ranching in Hand County.

He sold the sale barn and moved to his ranch in the Wessington hills. He loved ranching, his horses, and black Angus cows.

Jay is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren; great grandchildren and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Miller High School Rodeo Club, 20402 363rd Ave. St. Lawrence, SD 57373.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Jay’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net

Obituary: Janice Hammerquist

March 7, 1945 – April 24, 2022

Janice C. (Reeves) Hammerquist, 77, of Rapid City passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at Monument Health after a tragic fall while suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Services were held Saturday April 30, 2022 at Rapid Valley United Methodist Church, with burial following at the Caputa Cemetery. Online condolences can be left at www.osheimschmidt.com
Janice Cora Reeves was born on March 7, 1945, in Rapid City, South Dakota to B.M. and Erma (Meyer) Reeves of Owanka, South Dakota. She grew up (but not so tall) on the family farm and treasured the childhood she experienced, still calling her parents “Mother” and “Daddy” affectionately until her death.
Her life was changed a large amount when she married the most humorous and physically strong man she had ever met, Jerry Hammerquist of Caputa. They married on December 7, 1963, in Wicksville, South Dakota and honeymooned in the most romantic motel available in Nemo, South Dakota. They were the love of each other’s life.
Janice was always a star student and attended Fuller, Simon, and Harmony Schools and skipped the 3rd grade and then went on to graduate from New Underwood High School in 1962. While attending high school, she boarded with the Kelso and Bills families. She went on to begin her career in legal administrative assistant with her first job at Seiler Brady Law Firm. She then stayed home to raise the kids and returned to work after Kris was diagnosed with diabetes in 1975. She enjoyed her work at Gunderson, Farrar, Aldrich, Warder, DeMersseman and Jensen Law Firm for many years. She then had a stint with First Bank but missed working in law and began with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in approximately 1983 and retiring in 2007.
After retirement, her full-time job became monitoring Jerry’s jokes for political correctness and repetitiveness. She did not enjoy much success in this position. Her hobbies included golf, walking, and hiking with the Divas in the Appalachians, the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, and throughout the Black Hills.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jerry, of Caputa, son Jay Hammerquist (Theresa) and daughter Kris Schmanski (Tom) both of Rapid City. Grandchildren Lexie Yang (Raphael) of St. Louis, Kristina Hammerquist of Mobile, Alabama and Annika Hammerquist of Manchester, New Hampshire, Andrew Schmanski of Omaha, NE and Kaz Schmanski of Minneapolis, MN, Jane Schmanski (Matt Bird) of Rowlett, Texas, and Sara Schmanski of Sioux Falls. One Great granddaughter Via Yang of St. Louis. One brother, Wes Reeves (Judy) of Owanka, SD and one sister Kelly Wilsey (Tom) of Spearfish, SD. Two special life-long friends Darlene Nilson and Delores Knuppe, and numerous nephews and nieces who she loved and enjoyed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, B.M. and Erma Reeves.
A memorial has been established for Storybook Island in Rapid City.

Obituary: MARILYN ANNETTE NESLON BAKER

February 15, 1929 – April 1, 2022

Marilyn Baker, age 93 of St. Onge, died Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center in Sturgis.

The funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be held 5 to 7pm Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery

Marilyn’s service will be broadcasted live online, on her obituary page located on the funeral home’s website: www.LeveringtonFH.com

Memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church and Hospice of the Northern Hills.

Marilyn Annette Nelson was born February 15, 1929 in Halstad, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Norman and Myrtle (Akason) Nelson and was raised by her step=father, Rayder Huseby. Marilyngraduated from Halstad High School where she was a cheerleader for the Halstad Pirates. She attended Fargo Business College in Fargo, North Dakota and she also studied Voice and was instructed by Mrs. Keezy. Marilyn sold pianos for the Wiley Piano Company in Fargo. She sang at numerous funerals and events in Norman County and enjoyed being part of choirs and cantata’s. During World War II, Marilyn at times sang over the airwaves on WDAY Radio. She was the cousin to Skitch Henderson who was one of the original Director’s for the Tonight Show.

On July 23, 1950, Marilyn was united in marriage to Leo Baker in Ada, Minnesota. To this union was born a son: Michael. Leo and Marilyn met on blind date which was set up by her cousin, Delores. Leo was the love of her life and together they enjoyed 66 years of marriage, before Leo’s death in 2016. In 1977 they moved to St. Onge, South Dakota where they ranched for many years. They named their business, “Baker’s LEMAR Angus” by combining theirs names, Leo and Marilyn(LEMAR). Marilyn had the gift of hospitality and one of her important roles in the business was to provide a positive social atmosphere that included food and visiting with people who came to look over their cattle to purchase. She was a “people person” who always enjoyed kindness and a smile. She will be remembered for her love and support. She was always an encourager to her family. She enjoyed playing card games, especially Bridge. Marilyn was a member of the United Methodist Church and for the past six years she has enjoyed living at the Aspen Grove Assisted Living Center in Sturgis. She will be greatly missed.

Marilyn is survived by her son, Mike (Sandra) of St. Onge; granddaughter, Elizabeth (Derek) LeFebre of Greeley CO; 2 great grandsons, Elias and Sylvain; brother-in-law, Ronald (Carolyn) Baker of Moorhead, MN; cousins, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; son, Bobbie Scott Baker; granddaughter, Krista Baker; sister, Shirley Albright.

Obituary: MARVIN DEWALL

– March 15, 2022

Marvin DeWall, 88 of Beulah, WY passed away on March 15, 2022 at Monument Health in Rapid City.
Memorial visitation will take place from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Home in Spearfish. Memorial services will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spearfish.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

Obituary: MARIE FRANCES SANOWSKI

June 3, 1930 – February 17, 2022

Marie Frances Sanowski, 91, ranching pioneer and business entrepreneur, passed away on February 17, 2022, after a brief illness.

The youngest of five children born to Sicilian parents, Marie was born on June 3, 1930, in Passaic, NJ. She married the love of her life, Bill Sanowski Jr., on November 30, 1946. The couple raised four children and moved their family to Bend, Oregon in 1960.

Marie and her husband Bill operated the Horseshoe Boys Ranch in Bend for more than a decade for boys aged 7-17 years-old attending from as far away as Sweden and Italy. The ranch taught horsemanship, camping, fishing and rodeo events to campers who also did daily ranch chores and helped put up the ranch’s hay. The ranch’s summer programs, featured in Sunset Magazine, culminated with a four-day horseback camping trip along the Cascade Skyline Trail and continue to be fondly remembered by hundreds of former campers around the globe.

In addition to developing and running numerous ranches in Central and Eastern Oregon and Montana, the Sanowski’s owned and operated the Berg’s Motel in Bend and the Fireside Lodge Restaurant in Prairie City.

A Life Member of the American Quarter Horse Association, Marie and her husband Bill brought some of the first registered Quarter Horses to Oregon and were devoted to breeding horses with good minds and solid conformation. Several of the Sanowski’s horses were sold to Hollywood film companies and appeared in such films as Shenandoah and the television series Have Gun, Will Travel and Gunsmoke. The entrepreneurial spirit also infused their cattle breeding program as they were some of the first in Oregon to cross Charolais bulls on their purebred Hereford cows.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband of more than fifty years, Bill Sanowski Jr., in July 1999, her sister Carol and brothers Frank and Sam and her grandson, John Whitehurst.

She is survived by her four children; Bill Sanowski, Teresa Scott, Kathleen Hoffman and John Sanowski; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 10 great, great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass and burial service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Prineville at 9:00 a.m. to be followed by a celebration of life reception in the church hall. All flower donations should be directed to the Prineville Funeral Home.

Monetary donations in memoriam of Marie Sanowski to Boys Town charity has also been established. Marie has been a loyal contributor for decades. Donations in her memory can be made online directly at: https://gofund.me/805738c1 Checks can also be mailed: Father Flanagan’s Boys Home, Attn: Diane Achilles, 13603 Flanagan Blvd., Boys Town, Nebraska 68010. Please put in the memo “In memoriam Marie Sanowski.”