Sam Wyngaarden

Sam Richard Wyngaarden was born in Bellflower, Calif., to  Burt and Shirley Wyngaarden  Oct. 26, 1956. He recently moved to Custer, S.D., but, in his heart this was his hometown and he loved living here surrounded by history, nature and many different animals. Sam worked for SoCal Gas Company in Orange County, Calif., for over […]

Obituaries for Sept. 21

Lester McClanahan, 89, Custer, died Sept. 8. Services were Sept. 19. Edna Cordell, 84, Watertown, died Sept. 13. Services were Sept. 21.

Ronald Richards

Ronald Lee Richards was born Sept. 23, 1942 to James and Marjorie Richards. He was a member of the U.S. Navy. Ronald, of Lead, S.D.,...

Ward Schick

Ward Ray Schick was born May 7, 1917, the oldest son of Chris and Jennie Schick. He began his life with his identical twin, Warren. The twins were born in their  parent’s home on Fox Creek in Lincoln County, Neb. He and his twin arrived a little early and spent the first weeks of life […]

Barbara Craig

Barbara Annette “Barb” Craig was born July 19, 1935, in Alliance, Neb., to Mark and Helen (Olsen) Dulin. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved the family to the Buffalo Gap, S.D., area to farm and ranch. Her father was the first person to introduce registered Black Angus cattle to South Dakota. Barb completed her […]

I’m in a world of football bliss

If this is a dream, please don’t wake me up. I’m in football heaven. This fall has been nothing short of a football utopia for me to date. My beloved Oakland Raiders, which have not had a winning season since 2002-03, as of this writing, sitting in first place in the AFC West. Meanwhile, my […]

Lavern Carroll

Vern Lester Carroll was born in Hot Springs, S.D., May 25, 1930, the oldest of the seven children of Glenn D. Carroll and Evelyn Gamber Carroll, both lifelong residents of Custer County, S.D. Vern and all his siblings, Bernard, Marvin, Wayne, Earl, Beverly and Arlene, grew up on the family homestead at the “headwaters” of […]

Thuria Samara

Thuria Maria Samara was born Good Friday, April 20, 1984, in Mitchell, S.D., to Mohammed Samara and Donna Hafner. Thuria attended school in Custer, S.D., where she was known for her laugh, smile, kindness, compassion, leadership and hard work. There were few activities in which Thuria did not participate, and she was active in student […]

Walter Kroger

Walter Stanley Kroger was born Oct. 14, 1918, on a farm in Moody County in rural Colman, S.D., the first child of Herman and Laura Arnilda (Hanson) Kroger. Walter worked as a carpenter and mason during his extensive professional career. He married Harriet M. Knutson Feb. 3, 1941, in Pipestone, Minn. Before moving to Sioux […]

Gayle Sutter

Gayle Rae Sutter was born in Torrance, Calif., to Ray and Pearl Painter on Sept. 3, 1948. Her father was an Air Force auditor, which provided Gayle with a rich life of travel, growing up in places like England and Istanbul, Turkey. She graduated from Chippewa Valley High School in Sterling Heights, Mich., and went […]

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