Barbara Hale

Barbara Ann Hale was born Dec. 1, 1937, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Werner Richard and Drusilla (Kochendorfer). Barbara, of Custer, S.D., died March 22, 2017, at Custer Regional Senior Care. She was 79. Barbara is survived by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Hale of Custer; son, Gerald John Hale of Phoenix, Ariz.; and daughter, Pamela Hale […]

MariLu Kirk

MariLu Kirk was born June 8, 1947, in Alliance, Neb., to Paul and Burdean (Bowen) Vandel. She was involved in Pringle, S.D., community events whenever able. MariLu, of Custer, S.D., died March 23, 2017, at Custer Regional Senior Care Center. She was 69. Marilu is survived by stepsons, Art (Amy) Kirk of Pringle, and Dan […]

William Spargur

William Eugene “Gene” Spargur was born to Mildred and Irvin Spargur May 7, 1939, in Custer, S.D. He was one of four sons including James, John and Gerald. Gene spent his youth in Custer, attending Custer High School and joined the U.S. Navy, with tours on the aircraft carriers Midway and Shangri-La. After the service […]

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 […]

Roy Stender

Roy W. Stender was born July 20, 1922, in Zell, S.D., to Henry and Dortha (Clark) Stender. Roy W. Stender of Custer, S.D., died March 16 at the Custer Regional Senior Care Center in Custer. He was 94. Roy is survived by his son, Gary (Lee D) Stender of Custer; daughter, Judyth (Loren) Tullburg of […]

Arvon Hamilton

Arvon Richard Hamilton was born in a blizzard Feb. 15, 1949, in Orchard, Neb., to Richard and Gladys (Eley) Hamilton. He moved to Norfolk, Neb., when he was 1 year old. He arried Ann Lindsteadt in August 1971. They had one child, a son, Heath, that died in 1996. Arvon bought a piece of Black […]

Leonard Gregerson

Leonard Gregerson, 57, passed away Feb. 18, 2017. Leonard Gregerson was born Sept. 7, 1959 in Hot Springs, S.D., to Leo and Alice Gregerson. He lived on the family ranch outside of Fairburn, S.D., his whole life, and there wasn’t any other place he would rather be. Leonard grew up helping his dad run the […]

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 […]

Elsie Calabrese

Elsie J. Calabrese of Custer, S.D., died Feb. 9, 2017, at Custer Regional Senior Care. She was 102. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Custer. Condolences may be given at

Norman Lee

Norman “Norm” Andrew Lee of Custer, S.D., followed his twin sister, Norma, into this world Jan. 27, 1933, on a farm west of Ramona, S.D. Norm was the youngest of seven living children of Ephraim Justin Lee and Olive Dorothy “Gwen” Bridger Lee. The family then moved to DeSmet, S.D.  Gwen died in childbirth in […]

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