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Rodney Allen Hudson; 1942 - 2012
Russell Tofflemire; 1937 - 2012
Jerald D. "Jerry" Lanphear; 1943 - 2012
Robert Earl Waugh; 1932 - 2012
Robert L. Schumacher; 1931 - 2012
Leo Erwin Oliphant; 1921 - 2012
Edward C. Reutter; 1944 - 2012
Ronald Burton Bad Milk; 1943 - 2012
Rita Rostad - Wall; 1934 - 2012
Arnold John Sokol; 1926 - 2012
Louisa DeLeon; 1913 - 2012
Margaret Rae 'Peggy' (Robb) Bockman; 1936 - 2012
Morris G. Vetch; 1927 - 2012


Rodney Allen Hudson

December 28, 1942 - February 25, 2012

Funeral services for Rodney Allen Hudson, 69 year old Buffalo man who passed away Saturday at the Johnson County Medical Center, will be held Friday, March 2nd at 10:00 a.m. from the Buffalo Wesleyan Church in Buffalo with Pastor William Dunlap officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. from Adams Funeral Home chapel in Buffalo. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery. Donations in Mr. Hudson's memory may be made to the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice or the Buffalo Wesleyan Church in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.

Rodney Allen Hudson was born on December 28, 1942 in Hot Springs, South Dakota, to Louis and Fern Hudson. He lived on the Hudson family homestead near Edgemont, South Dakota for about three months before moving to Igloo, South Dakota where he later attended school and graduated from high school in 1961. After high school he moved to Denver, Colorado where he met and later married Ilene Hoselton in 1968. That union produced one daughter, Wanda Marie. Rod later met and married Mary Lou Raymond Anderson in 1972. They lived and worked in Denver until 1977 when they moved to Buffalo, Wyoming. Rod worked for the Johnson County School District #1 at the high school until December of 1985, when a fall from a roof resulted in permanent disability.

Rod enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, photography and the Big Horn Mountains. Rod was a long time friend and supporter of the Buffalo Wesleyan Church and most of all he loved and enjoyed serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Rod is survived by one daughter Wanda Marie Frerichs of Commerce City, Colorado; one brother Louis D. Hudson of Commerce City, Colorado; two sisters, Karmen Peterson of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Sharon Patton of Rapid City, South Dakota; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and one brother.

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April 2012

Russell Tofflemire

Russel Drew Tofflemire Sr., age 74, died at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.

He was born May 11, 1937, in Lead SD. Russel was a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and he later worked as an electrician until his retirement in 2000. He enjoyed rifles and guns, and was a member of the NRA as well as The Knights of Columbus. Russel also enjoyed being outdoors, whether hunting, fishing, or on his motorcycle. He was an avid baker as well.

Russel is survied by Susana Tofflemire, his wife of 51 years, his children, Russel Tofflemire Jr. and spouse, Anastacia Tofflemire, and Susie Nielsen, and grandchildren, Melisa Tofflemire, Justan Tripp, Russel Tofflemire, and Stacia Tofflemire. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Pearl Tofflemire and three sons. Interment was at the Blackhills National Cemetery.

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Jerald D. "Jerry" Lanphear

Jerald D. (Jerry) Lanphear, 69 collapsed at his home in Hermiston, OR from a sudden cardiac event that occurred on May 25, 2012. He was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center where he died shortly after arriving.

Jerry was born March 1, 1943 at Edgemont, South Dakota and grew up in Igloo, SD. During his high school years he lived at the family summer home in Hill City, SD and spent his summers as a professional jeep driver ferrying passengers from Sylvan Lake up to Harney Peak. He enlisted in the Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Igloo, SD and was hired to work on the security force. When the Igloo Depot closed, he followed his family to Hermiston, OR where he worked in security and became the Director of Security at the Umatilla Chemical Depot. He retired from federal service in 1999 and went to work for the civilian contractor at the Umatilla Depot chemical weapon demil facility where he was the Surety Manager. He retired from that position March 15, 2012. During his 54 year long career, he earned much recognition and awards. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman and a highly skilled photographer.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, Cloyse Lanphear and Florence (Konrath) Lanphear, his brother James Lanphear, and a sister Madge Hopke.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Lanphear and their son Daryl Lanphear as well as by his sisters, Donna Fulleylove and Jody White, and his nieces Debbie Patnode and Peggy Lanphear.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Wednesday May 30th 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Burns Mortuary Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday May 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.

Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Please sign the condolence book at

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.

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Robert Earl Waugh

Robert Earl Waugh passed away on June 8, 2012 at Phoenix Arizona Hospital from complications after open heart surgery.

Robert was born Nov. 27, 1932 in Hot Springs, SD.

Robert was a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. He was in the Navy for 25 years. Served on destroyers in the Vietnam and Korean Conflicts.

He resided in Washington state for the last few years.

Submitted by Joni Haux, campanion.

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Robert L. Schumacher

(no obit at this time)

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Leo Erwin Oliphant

Leo Erwin Oliphant, 90, passed away on June 23, 2012 at his home in Newnan, GA.

Mr. Oliphant was born Dec, 24 1921 in Charles City, Iowa to the late Forrest F. Oliphant and Freda Hazel Carlen Oliphant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Richard, Margaret, Shirley, and Jeanetta.. Mr. Oliphant graduated from Edgemont High School (SD) in 1940. He was trained as surgical technician and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the UK, France and Germany. After his discharge, he attended the University of Arkansas

He married Lila Joan Chastain on March 16, 1946, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

He was employed as a civilian in the U.S. Army. His career began as the administrator of the Igloo Hospital at the Black Hills Army Depot (SD). He transferred and moved his family to Atlanta, GA in 1964 serving at Fort Gillem and Fort McPherson, retiring in 1981. In retirement, he built the home that he and Lila have lived in for the past 23 years. He also made most of the finely crafted furniture for the home and made furniture for his children and grandchildren. His children believed that he could make or repair anything. He was a member of Southpointe Church for 48 years. He was a supporter and friend of Heritage Christian School where Lila has been a teacher for 47 years.

He is survived by Lila Oliphant, his wife of 66 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Alan Egerdahl of Newnan GA; son and daughter-in-law, Mike Oliphant and Martha Dysart of Hendersonville, NC; daughter Gale Oliphant of Brasstown. NC; and son and daughter-in-law Patrick and Stacey Oliphant of Newnan GA; grandchildren and spouses Lisa and David Glass, Kristen Egerdahl, Sarah and Paul Rivard, Ethan Egerdahl, Forrest and Aino Oliphant, Claire Oliphant, Mark Baker, Michael Baker, Leo and Mandy Oliphant, April Oliphant; 11 great grandchildren; and extended family in Colorado and Arkansas.

Condolences can be expressed online at McKoon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is planned at Southpointe Church located at 3613 Highway 34 E, Sharpsburg, GA on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Southpointe Church, 3613 Highway 34 E, Sharpsburg, GA 30277.

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Edward C. Reutter

(March 24, 1944 - June 29, 2012)

Edward C. Reutter, age 68, of Edgemont, SD, passed away June 29, 2012, at Fall River Hospital in Hot Springs, SD.

Ed Reutter was born March 24, 1944, to Carl and Evelyn Reutter. The family moved to the ranch in 1950. Ed grew up in "God's country" with his folks and big sister Beverly. When Ed was 20 years old, he met the love of his life, Wanda Moldenhauer. They were married in Edgemont on October 31, 1964. Together they raised three children, Theresa, Monica, and Ben. He worked various jobs, including working at the Black Hills Army Depot, driving the school bus on the Dewey route, working on the Pfister ranch and at the Chevy garage before he worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad for nearly 20 years. After Ben was born, the family moved to the Bell ranch in Red Canyon. Due to Ed's hard work ethic and love of ranching, they purchased the Edgemont Livestock Market and expanded their ranch out west while he was still working for the railroad. After a few years, Ed's dream of ranching full time was fulfilled.

Family and friends were always the most important part of Ed's life. He enjoyed roping, going to the Black Hills Stock Show, hunting, the NFR, branding, moving cattle with his special blue heeler friend "Tizzy" and he especially loved his kids and grandkids.

Ed was a loving husband, father, and grandpa. We will be forever grateful for the time we had with him. He will be missed.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda of Edgemont; son, Ben (Becky) Reutter of Edgemont; daughters, Monica (Scott) Hargens of Rapid City, SD; Theresa (Dwight) Lackey ; nine grandchildren; sister, Beverly McBride of Edgemont; step-mother, Louise Reutter of OR; step-brothers; George (Jan) Calvert of OR; John (Linda) Calvert of OR; step-sister, Nancy Dziekan of OR; mother-in-law, Alvina Moldenhauer of IL; brother-in-law, Bruce (Judy) Moldenhauer of IL; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Tizzy.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at United Church in Edgemont with Dr. J. Edwin Coates officiating.

A memorial has been established in Edward's name.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs. Written condolences may be made at

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Ronald Burton Bad Milk

Ronald Burton Bad Milk, 69, of Scottsbluff, NE passed away on June 29, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff, NE.

Ronald is survived by his special friend, Flora Yellow Boy of Scottsbluff, NE; brothers, Howard "Babe" Bad Milk of Pine Ridge, SD and Richard "Dick" Bad Milk of St. Francis, SD; sister, Jo Ann Testerman of Patterson, CA; sons, Bruce Bad Milk of Pine Ridge, SD and Scott Bad Milk of Colorado Springs, CO; and two adopted daughters, Missy and Dawn Wolfe of Rapid City, SD.

Ron entered this world on May 5, 1943 in Alliance, NE. The early years of Ron's life were spent at Black Hills Ordinance Depot in Igloo, SD. At an early age, Ron attended school at Holy Rosary Mission where he participated in football, basketball, and track. Ron earned his "R" letter in these sports.

Ron left school in his last year to join the Navy where he served aboard the USS Passumpsic. Ron was honorably discharged on March 10, 1966. During his service, Ron served one tour in Vietnam where he was a gunner on a patrol boat that patrolled the MeKong Delta. Ron volunteered for many dangerous missions into the Delta to rescue his fellow soldiers who were in trouble. After he left the Navy, Ron became an iron worker and worked on many of the off short oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Ron also worked on skyscrapers around the Dallas Fort Worth area for many years until he got the calling to be closer to home. Ron started working with a roofing company in Scottsbluff, NE called Wealth Craft; he worked for them about 15 years until Ron suffered a heart attack and forced him into retirement. During Ron's employment at Wealth Craft, Ron was made the foreman of his own truck and roofing crew; Ron did a lot of roofing throughout Nebraska, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota. He was known for his quality work.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Charles; mother, Marjorie; sister, Beverly Ann, and Grandmother Grandma Janis.

Ron's family is profoundly grateful to the staff at the Golden Living Hospice Center in Scottsbluff, NE.

One night wake service was held and funeral services were on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD. Officiating: Mr. Charles McGaa. Burial: Bad Milk Family Cemetery, Manderson, SD

Arrangements were entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD

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Rita Rostad - Wall

Rita Wall-Rostad, age 78 of Clarksville, passed away July 3, 2012.

Mrs. Wall was a dedicated and passionate worker for 31 years at Clarksville-Montgomery Co. School System.

Survivors include daughters, Karrie Sumner and Cheryl Ellis; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and sister, Joan Thompson, Rapid City, S.D.

Preceded in death by father, Herman Rostad and mother, Blanche Rostad, and son, Steven Wall.

Arrangements are pending with Nashville Funeral and Cremation Service.

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Arnold John Sokol

Arnold Sokol, affectionately known as Arnie, 85, passed away August 12, 2012 at the Golden Living Center in Neligh, Neb.

He was born to Joseph and Francis (Stumf) Sokol on October 28, 1926 in Hemingford, Neb. Both of his parents immigrated from Czechoslovakia and Arnie was first generation American. Living on a farm in an original sod house, he grew up with numerous brothers and sisters. Arnie joined the US Navy during World War II and served on the USS Iowa. He was proud to have been at the signing of the peace treaty between the United States and Japan.

Arnie married Blanche Dempsey on February 2, 1945 in Torrington, Wyo. They were blessed with three daughters, Sharon, Patty and Judy. After serving with the National Guard in Igloo, S.D., they returned to Valentine, Neb., where he worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads for 33 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1988.

Arnie was a member of the Lions Club, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and also enjoyed playing cards and cribbage. He and Blanche enjoyed traveling with their camper and visiting their many friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche; his daughters Sharon (Darrel) Hartman, Patricia (Ron) Soenksen and Judith (Randy) Wiley; brothers Donald (Edna), Robert (Elaine), Joseph (Judy), Larry (Jennifer), Jerry (Marilyn); and sisters, Joy (Vernon) Pedersen and Jeannie Brockman; grandchildren, Sherri (Mark) Stokey, Chad (Pam) Hartman, Amy (C.L.) Bellew, Wade (Chas) Ladely, Wyatt (Stephanie) Ladely, Kristi Ladely, Sonya (Roy) Malott, and Jade (Vanessa) Wiley; 10 great-grandchildren, Audrey Bellew, Kyle Bellew, Taven Hartman, Willoe Hartman, Sofia Malott, Tres Malott, Nick Stokey, Megan Stokey, Nolie Wiley and Tegan Wiley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Fannie; his step-mother Louella; brother, Richard; and sisters, Barbara Philamalee, Betty Keller and Darlene Engels.

Memorial services were held August 15, 2012 at Holmes Funeral Home in Valentine, Neb. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

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Louisa DeLeon

RAPID CITY | Louisa DeLeon, 99, was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Golden Living Center-Meadowbrook in Rapid City.

She was born March 8, 1913, in New Mexico to Esquipula and Leonor (Chavez) Gallegos. She attended school in Edgemont. On September 15, 1929, she married Santiago "Jim" DeLeon and they lived in Edgemont until 1941, when they moved to Provo, SD. She was the Postmaster at Provo from 1960 to 1975. She transferred to the Fort Meade, Post Office in 1975. After 47 years of marriage, her husband, Jim passed away in 1977. She retired from the postal service in 1978. In 1979 she moved to Rapid City.

She was active in St. Therese' The Little Flower Church and Choir, Altar Society, RSVP, VFW Auxiliary in Rapid City, National Assn. Postmasters, Hospital Auxiliary Rapid City, Minneluzahan Sr. Citizens Center and the Rapid City Community Service Volunteer.

She is survived by three sons, Patrick DeLeon, Rapid City, Louis (Patty) DeLeon, Amherst, VA, and Ted Deleon, Fairbanks, AK; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Virginia Wallace in 2011; two daughter in-laws, Nancy DeLeon in 2001 and Stella DeLeon in 2011; a son-in-law, Kyle Wallace in 2004; four sisters and four brothers.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Therese' The Little Flower Church, with a Christian Wake Service to follow.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Church with Father William Zandri presiding.

Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Sturgis.

Black Hills Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Sturgis is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Published in Rapid City Journal on October 11, 2012

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Margaret Rae 'Peggy' (Robb) Bockman

Margaret Rae 'Peggy' Bockman, age 76, of Hot Springs, and formerly of Edgemont, passed away December 24, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Survivors include sons, Bill (JoLynne) Bockman of Fairmont, MN; Steve (Margaret) Bockman of Greybull, WY; daughters, Tammy (Greg) Trout of Casper, WY; Lori (Mark) Peloquin of Casper; Jill (Alan) Siers of Loveland, CO; brother, William (Joan) Robb of Dexter, NM; sisters, Carolyn (Harold) Kosel of Mound City, SD; Cherrell 'Cherry' Myrvik of Edgemont, SD; Pearl (Dick) Myrvik of Edgemont; Marlene (Reldon) Doyle of Rapid City, SD; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at December 28, at McColley's Chapel of the Hills in Hot Springs with Pastor Bill Russow officiating. Interment was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD. Written condolences may be made at

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Morris G. Vetch

Morris G. Vetch, age 85, of Kadoka, SD, and formerly of Edgemont, SD, passed away December 29, 2012, at the Kadoka Nursing Home in Kadoka.

Morris was born November 5, 1927, in Edmunds County, SD, to Anton and Mary (Kraft) Vetch.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2012, at the Edgemont Cemetery in Edgemont, SD, with Rev. Morris Nelson officiating.

Morris is survived by two nieces, Jeanette Anderson of Chadron, NE, and Darlene Ferber, Billings, MT.

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