Roberta Phelps

Roberta Ellen Phelps was born Nov. 18, 1934, in Belle Fourche, S.D., to Roy Lambert Nilson and May Waters Nilson. She married Thomas Phelps in Belle Fourche. The couple moved to northwest Arkansas in 1979. Roberta worked as a farmer, bookkeeper, business owner, a clerk at True Value and even as a sample lady for […]

James Ferguson

James Ronald  “Buz”  Ferguson was born Dec. 15, 1942, in Gordon, Neb., to James and Silvia (Williamson) Ferguson. James served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. He worked as a long haul truck driver, coal miner and a motel owner.  In 1974, he moved to Gillette, Wyo. In 1982 he bought and operated […]

Arden Gerdes

Arden Eugene Gerdes was born near Hurley, S.D., April 7, 1941, to Arnold and Marie (Petersen) Gerdes. He graduated from Hurley High School in 1959. He was an employee at the Hurley State Bank and Custer State Park near Custer, S.D. He retired in 2013 and moved to McAllen, Texas. Arden died at the VA […]

Mary Webster

Mary Webster was born Sept. 8, 1934, at LaMoure, N.D., to Frank and Theresa (Schwengler) Feist. Mary was united in marriage at 16 to Earl Webster Nov. 20, 1950, at St. Helena’s Catholic Church in Ellendale. The couple had four children: Alan, Kathy, Nancy and Patricia. In Mary’s younger years, about the age of 12, […]

Dorothy Schick

Dorothy Augusta Lehn Schick was born Nov. 15, 1918, on the family farm near Elba, Neb., to Henry John Lehn and Julia Augusta Naprstek. She grew up in and attended rural school in Howard County and attended Elba High School and the  Nebraska School of Agriculture (NSA) in Curtis, Neb., where in 1940 she graduated […]

Ximena Chappelle

Ximena Marcelline Chappelle was born to Elena Herron Chappelle and Nathaniel Chappelle at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2017. For three weeks little Ximena was the light of her parents’ lives, and she will remain in their hearts forever. She was able to come home and see her nursery, meet her dog and breathe the […]

John Baumann

John R. Baumann was born July 10, 1932, at White River, S.D., to George and Opal (Emerick) Baumann. He grew up on the family ranch at White River. John served in the Air Force from 1952-56. Soon after, he attended Spartan School of Aeronautics at Tulsa, Okla., and graduated with an airframes and engines license as well as […]

Joan Hathaway

Joan Todd Hathaway was born Dec. 27, 1925, in Manchester, Conn., to Doris and Albert Todd, and graduated from the University of Connecticut Nursing...

Ione Druyvestein

Ione Esther (Buckles) Druyvestein was born Oct. 21, 1918, in Mellette County, S.D., to John and Nellie (Kooiman) Buckles.  She was the fourth of seven children. Because John and Nellie had five daughters before having any sons, Ione spent many hours helping her father do chores on their small farm. She later recalled that when her […]

Lois Harley

Lois Jean Harley was born Dec. 6, 1949, in Hot Springs, S.D., to Donald Dean and Mabel (Byers) Darrow and raised in Custer, S.D., with her brother, Roy D. Darrow. On May 10, 1971, she married Danny G. Harley and they raised two sons. Lois was a caring mother, grandmother and loving companion to Danny, […]

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