Gary DeJong, 74

Gary DeJong, age 74, Wickenburg, Ariz. , died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Palm Valley Care Center in Goodyear, Ariz.

Gary R. DeJong was born Feb. 26, 1944, in Dupree, South Dakota, the third of four children born to Leo and Thelma (Parkin) DeJong. While Gary was a young boy, the family moved to a ranch south of Kennebec, South Dakota. This is where he grew up and graduated from Kennebec High School in 1962.

He was united in marriage to Betty Manger on February 22, 1963. To this union were born two sons: Lou and Travis.

Gary spent a good portion of his life breaking, training, and showing horses for numerous people. Many years were spent in the saddle and in the arena. Raising, training, and competing with good horses was the focus for most of his life.

Gary always enjoyed singing or playing music and the fellowship of good friends.

He moved from South Dakota to Arizona in the later years of his life where he lived until Jesus called him home.

Gary is survived by his two sons: Lou (Barb) DeJong of Kennebec, South Dakota and their children Dillon and Bailey; Travis (Pamela) DeJong of Philip, South Dakota and their children Tawnie, Trey, Tate, Peyton and Trew; sisters: Luella DeJong of Winner, South Dakota, and Andella Leavitt of Wickenburg, Arizona; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother Claire.

There will be a private family burial at a later date in the Winner Cemetery in Winner, South Dakota.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Darline Miller, 92

Darline Miller, 92, of Faulkton and formerly of Kennebec, went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the Faulkton Senior Living.

Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, Presho, with Pastor David Otten presiding. Burial followed in the Kennebec Cemetery.
Darline Imogene Eisenbraun was born at Winner, SD to Albert and Tabea (Fettinger) Eisenbraun on July 13, 1925. She lived with her parents and family on a farm in Tripp County, where she attended grade school. She graduated from Witten High School. Darline was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.

On Aug. 30, 1943 she married David Miller. To this union three children were born: David, Allen, and Linda. They farmed north of Witten until 1965, when they purchased a ranch north of Kennebec. They lived there until David died in 2003. Darline then moved into Kennebec where she made her home until 2010 at which time she entered the Faulkton Healthcare Center, where she remained until the time of her death.

Darline was a hard worker. As the wife of a rancher, she worked in the fields – mowing and stacking hay, repairing broken sickles like any farmer could, caring for the livestock, and helping brand and vaccinate cattle. Sometimes she ended up getting the raw end of the deal with broken bones. Darline was a good cook and her house was always spotless. Company was welcome anytime. She had a green thumb for flowers and gardening, and her house was full of beautiful plants including her cherished Christmas cactus. Another natural ability that she inherited from her father were her carpentry skills. She could make anything out of nothing and make it look nice. Darline was an excellent seamstress and not only made clothes for her family, but she also made the beautiful square dance shirts for herself and David for when they went square dancing.

Darline’s grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved every one of them and she did her job as Grandmother very well by spoiling them with love and hugs. Christmas was an important time at the Miller household!

Sharing in her life are her sons, David D. Miller of Presho and Allen (Candy) Miller of Beula, MT; daughter, Linda Gifford (Wayne Vincent) of Faulkton; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Renee Miller.

Darline was preceded in death by her husband, David; her parents; two sisters, Lydia Strom and Helen “Toots” Koepp; and one brother, Robert Eisenbraun.

She will be greatly missed by those who knew her. May she rest in peace with our Lord and Savior.

Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Darline’s arrangements. (


Tevis Miles McIntyre, 81

Tevis was born Oct. 12, 1936 to Dale and Betty McIntyre in Gregory, SD. He grew up the eldest of five children. Tevis attended Gregory High School through his junior year. He graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD in 1954.

Tevis went on to attend the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where he majored in accounting. In 1957, Tevis moved from Vermillion to Denver, CO where he worked and continued his education. Tevis was later presented with an opportunity to work in the accounting department for Boeing in several different locations including Grand Forks, ND, Cheyenne, WY, Rapid City, SD, Santa Maria, CA, and Washington, DC.

In 1966, Tevis decided to be closer to family and moved back to Gregory, SD to work on the family farm before settling in Winner. Tevis was self-employed owning a car wash and Laundromat, and doing lawn maintenance. In December 1984, Tevis began his long-term employment with the Winner Regional Hospital as a night watchman before being promoted to the maintenance department. On Oct. 30, 2015, at the age of 79, he retired from the Winner Hospital after 31 years of service.

Tevis enjoyed spending time with family, taking pictures, and collecting memorabilia. He was an avid traveler, visiting every state except Hawaii and Alaska, as well as travels to Canada and Mexico. He enjoyed attending the Sturgis Rally every summer and spending his winters in Arizona. Tevis was also a member of the Winner Historical Society.

Tevis was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Betty; his brothers Donald McIntyre and John McIntyre, and his sister Betty Ann (Annie) Marts.

Tevis is survived by his sister Kathy (Merle) Ring of Columbus, NE; sisters-in-law Linda (Jerry) McIntyre-Price of Rockford, IL and Becky Messick of Mitchell, SD; sons Daniel McIntyre of Yankton, SD and David McIntyre of Georgia; many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and two granddaughters.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Winner, with a luncheon after the services. Following the luncheon, the graveside service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Gregory IOOF Cemetery. There will be no viewing as cremation has taken place. Family will be greeting friends on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner. Memorials may be directed to the family for designation.

Donna M. Bowar, 61

Donna peacefully passed away on April 7, 2018 at the age of 61 at the Dougherty House in Sioux Falls SD.

Donna Marie Bromwich Bowar was born Sept. 4th 1956 in Winner SD to Beverly (Dvorak) and Percy “Dean” Bromwich. She grew up in the Colome and Winner areas and she graduated from Winner High School in 1975.

She moved to Kennebec in 1978 and worked at the Elevator, Extension Office and Kennebec Telephone Company. But her favorite job was babysitting kids who became an important part of her life.

Donna had many hobbies some of which included fishing, embroidering, quilting, watching Nascar racing (favorite driver Jimmie Johnson) and watching basketball (especially the Boston Celtics). Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her kids, grandkids and the kids she babysat. Donna followed them in their school and sporting events and was there to cheer them on.

Donna was united in marriage to Rod Bowar and they enjoyed 30 plus years. During this time they traveled and went on many camping trips and later purchased a cabin. She spent a lot of time watching the wildlife eating and wandering around the cabin. They spent many hours exploring the ATV and snowmobile trails.

Donna was blessed with 4 wonderful children and in addition to her husband Rod she is survived by Troy Christensen of San Francisco CA, Chaz (Amy) Bowar of Kennebec and Tiarra (Heath) Bowar Choal of Kennebec. Along with 4 grandchildren Jordon, Jesse, Kaden and Ryker. She also had 3 very special children that she considered grandchildren—Carter, Colton and Chloe Collins. She is also survived by her father Percy “Dean” Bromwich and his wife Connie, her mother’s husband Darwin Unzelman, sisters LeeAnn (Brian) Stuart, Lori (Daniel) Schmidt, Monica (Mark) Seachris, brother Jim (Deb) Bromwich, half-sister Amber (Valentin) Plancarte, mother and father in law Charlie and Gloria Bowar, sister in law Dana (Arlen)Mehrer and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son Laddy Christensen, a granddaughter Tyra, a brother Robin Bromwich, her mother Beverly Unzelman and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Because Donna wanted all kids to have an education and make the most of themselves all memorials will go to the Lyman School Building project.

Linda Beck, 74

Linda Beck passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, at home.

She was born Oct. 28, 1943, in Gregory, SD, to Glendon and Keithia (Hosack) Rowan, Linda grew up in rural Mills for all but one year in Osceola, NE. She attended Knapp School half a mile from her home where she would ride her bicycle to play with her best friends Lois and Norma Schrader. She helped her mom in the garden and helped out on the family farm. Linda attended Keya Paha High School.

She worked as a nurse’s aide at Burke Hospital before she married Frank Beck on Oct. 22, 1961, in the Gregory Methodist Church. They made their first home in Burton, NE and later near Dallas, SD. With two children, Todd and Pam, Linda devoted herself to her family and helping on the farm. It was then that Linda’s love for the church was ignited, traveling from South Dakota to the Mills Church nearly every Sunday. The family moved back to the Mills area for the last 50 years where Linda was known for her cooking and baking skills. She fed a lot of help over the years and showed her love for others through cooking.

Linda wore her love for her church on her sleeve. She was the first to arrive most Sundays to help make the coffee, arguably to make sure the coffee wasn’t made too strong but mostly because she didn’t know how NOT to leave the house early.

Linda was baptized for the first time on June 16, 2013, in the Keya Paha River when she felt the calling. “She didn’t want to do it but for Linda it was a step of obedience,” said the Rev. Kenly Udd, pastor at the Mills Church.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Glendon and Keithia; father-in-law Emmet Beck; and sister-in-law Mavis Rowan.

She is survived by her husband, Frank of Mills, NE; mother-in-law Shirley Beck of Winner, SD; brother Harlan Rowan of Clarks, NE; son Todd Beck of Mills, NE; daughter Pamela Reber (Gary) of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren Andy Beck of Savannah, GA; Callie Beck (Joe DeCrane) of Watertown, SD; Jamie Benedict of Brookings, SD; Rowan Taylor of Lincoln, NE; Tyler Beck of Mills, NE; Ellen Reber (Matt Goeser) of Denver, CO; Will Reber of New York, NY; and seven great-grandchildren.

Linda spent her life caring for her family and took great pride in doing so. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was sad for the people she left behind but she was at peace for whenever her time came.


Attorney General Jackley Touts Milestones Reached in 24/7 Sobriety Program

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the State of South Dakota is continuing its ongoing success of the 24/7 Sobriety Program.

“The 24/7 Sobriety Program was based on a vision by then Attorney General Larry Long and has been made successful by the tireless work of our sheriffs running the county programs,” said Jackley. “The Program has proven to be a success, not only measured by the participants’ sobriety, but by the drop in conviction numbers. Total DUI felonies have dropped nearly 50% from FY 2007 until FY 2017.”

The Program has reached milestones in the testing area as well. The State has officially hit the 10 million mark on preliminary breath tests since its inception in 2005. In addition, the State has hit the 1 million mark in ignition interlock breath tests, which were introduced in 2012.


January 1, 2005 – February 1, 2018  48,014 Participants  10 Million Tests administered  Passing Rate: 99.05%


July 1, 2007 – February 1, 2018  10,437 Participants  288,442 Tests administered  Passing Rate: 94.86%


July 1, 2011 – February 1, 2018  1,779 Participants  15,300 Tests administered  Passing Rate: 75.5%


October 10, 2006 – February 3, 2018  10,996 Participants  1.89 Million days monitored  1,855 Confirmed drinking events  6,590 Confirmed tampers  Per test compliance: 99.6%  Fully compliant participants: 74%


October 1, 2012 – February 1, 2018  549 Participants  1,000,736 Tests administered  995,567 Tests passed  Passing Rate: 99.48

% On April 1, 2018 long-time Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier took over the position of the 24/7 Program State Coordinator. This position was previously held by Art Mabry for 7 years before retirement.

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13

“Work Zone Safety: Everybody’s Responsibility”

National Work Zone Awareness Week for 2018 is April 9-13, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state transportation departments across the country to remind motorists to drive safely through work zones.

The department is asking motorists driving through work zones to slow down, give their full attention to the cars and work going on around them, and to expect the unexpected. Nationwide, four out of every five work zone fatalities are motorists.

“We understand work zones can result in delays and frustration,” says Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist. “But, when motorists drive recklessly through work zones, they are putting the lives of highway workers, themselves, other drivers and passengers at risk.”

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), speed is the number one concern in work zone safety. When traveling at high speeds drivers can arrive at a roadway work zone too fast to stop safely. If speeding is combined with in-vehicle distractions and inattentive or aggressive driving, the potential for a life-changing and potentially fatal crash increases.
“We want motorists who are tempted to speed or drive distracted through work zones to remember that these are real people with real families and friends,” says Bergquist. “Driving is a serious job, and preventing crashes that result in injuries or deaths is everyone’s responsibility.”

To bring even more awareness to work zone safety, the FHWA is asking everyone to wear orange during for “Go Orange for Safety” day on Wednesday, April 11, and to post their safe selfies on social media using the hashtags #orange4safety and #orangeforsafety and tag @SouthDakotaDOT.

The SDDOT encourages motorists to practice the following safety tips when traveling through work zones:

Don’t Speed – Reduce speed before entering a work zone. If other motorists are speeding, don’t follow the bad example. Remember, fines are double in work zones.
Stay Alert – Dedicate full attention to the road. Remember, somebody’s loved one is working in that area.
Pay Attention – Avoid distracting activities like adjusting the radio and talking or texting on a cell phone.
Expect the Unexpected – Be extra vigilant because the traffic patterns and speeds are different than normal.
Be Prepared to Stop – Signs and work-zone flaggers save lives.
Don’t Tailgate – Maintain adequate and safe distances from workers and other vehicles.
Be Patient – Remember, road crews are working to improve your future ride. Someone’s family is expecting them home at the end of their shift.

To obtain the most recent road construction information in South Dakota, please visit and click on the orange signs or dial 511.

“A Moment Can Save A Life” video produced by the National Asphalt Pavement Association is a good reminder of how one second of inattentiveness can change lives forever. and more information at:

Actress, Formerly of Winner, Dies

Delores Taylor, who co-starred with her husband Tom Laughlin in his productions of the Billy Jack series of films, has died in Southern California, her daughter said on March 26.

She was 85.

Taylor was originally from Winner and her father, Harry, was the Winner postmaster.

Teresa Laughlin told The Associated Press that Taylor died March 23 of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Home near Los Angeles. She said her mother had suffered from dementia.

Taylor was born in 1932 in Winner, South Dakota. She grew up near the Rosebud Indian Reservation, an experience which she drew from when creating the namesake character of the Billy Jack films in the 1970s.

Taylor starred in three of the four Billy Jack films in which she played a teacher whose progressive school is defended by Billy Jack — a half-white, half-Native American Vietnam veteran who had come to hate war. The films became counterculture favorites.

In 1986, Taylor returned to Winner to attend her 35th class reunion. She was honored at the coronation as then mayor Duane Patmore presented Taylor with a key to the city and Dennis Meyer, president of the Winner Chamber of Commerce, presented her with a dozen roses.
A front page story in the Oct. 1, 1986, Winner Advocate detailed her life in Winner and as an actress. The story was written by Dan Bechtold.

While she and her husband were in Winner they spoke to Winner High School students.
While at WHS, Taylor was active in band, chorus, student council, pep band, pep club and National Honor Society. She was a cheerleader and a homecoming candidate.

After graduating from Winner High School, Taylor worked at the Tripp County Auditor’s office for two years.

After raising enough money, she went to the University of South Dakota and majored in art.

In an interview for the Winner newspaper back in 1986, Taylor said she had a lot of feelings about Winner High School. “The one thing that has struck me the most is that Winner gave me a good solid foundation, an inner strength that i don’t think i would have gotten any place else,” she said.

Billy Jack was first seen in the 1968 biker movie Born Losers, but became widely known after Billy Jack, the second of four films Laughlin made about him (only three made it to theaters).

Billy Jack was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for guerrilla filmmaking. The film became a surprise hit and the theme song, One Tin Soldier, was a hit single for the rock group Coven.

Taylor was nominated for a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1972.

Taylor appeared in a small role and as the narrator in the first Billy Jack film, The Born Losers (1967), then played the schoolteacher Jean Roberts opposite her husband as the title character in Billy Jack (1971), The Trial of Billy Jack (1974), Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977) and The Return of Billy Jack (1986), which was never released.

Taylor and Laughlin, who were married from October 1954 until his death in December 2013 at age 82, developed the character of Billy, a mystical half-Navajo, half-white Vietnam veteran and martial arts expert who stands up for the underdog in America.
Laughlin also directed all the films in the series, and for much of their off-camera work, he and his wife adopted pseudonyms, including Frank and Teresa Christina to honor their children. (Frank is a film editor, and Teresa appeared in four of the Billy Jack films.)
The couple also self-distributed their features, which explored themes like child abuse, religious persecution and exploitation of Native Americans. After winning a lawsuit with Warner Bros. over Billy Jack, they rereleased that film, made for $360,000, and it remains one of the most successful independent films in history.

On the eve of the release of The Born Losers, Roger Ebert wrote about her:
“Miss Taylor is an independent producer. But not an independent like John Wayne or Kirk Douglas, forming production companies for tax purposes and releasing films through established studios. She is a real independent — which means that she works out of her own living room and pocketbook, finds financial backers wherever she can and sometimes has to stop filming to dig up more money.”

A song from The Trial of Billy Jack, “Golden Lady,” written for her and performed by Lynn Baker, became her trademark. Taylor had not heard it until her character was brought by Billy into a church in a wheelchair in an emotional scene, her daughter noted.
“Just about every letter that she received from her fans after that called her the Golden Lady,” Christina, her youngest daughter told the Hollywood Reporter.

She met Laughlin at the University of South Dakota and was set to marry another man. But Laughlin hitchhiked to South Dakota, arriving on Christmas Eve to talk her out of that, her daughter said.

They were married in Milwaukee when she was working as a graphic artist and he was a dairy deliveryman, then came to Los Angeles in 1955 in a borrowed car and with $200 to their name to figure out a career in show business.

“They completed each other in a way I’ve never seen with anyone else,” said Christina, who is writing and producing a documentary titled Renegades, about 1971’s Billy Jack.
In addition to her three children, survivors include Taylor’s grandchildren, Ellery, Hutch, Lily, Arlan and Jessica, and her sisters, Joan and Darlene.


Her daughter said Taylor was a “reluctant” celebrity and preferred her roles of wife, mother and grandmother.

“She loved performing but didn’t enjoy the Hollywood trappings,” Teresa Laughlin said.


City Ups Ante and Buys Legion

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

The city of Winner has agreed to purchase the American Legion building and property for $250,000. The Winner City Council made the decision at Monday’s meeting.

The council’s vote was split on buying the building. Councilman Brad Schramm made the motion to buy the building and land. Voting yes on the motion were Schramm, Val Sherman and Isaiah Curtis.  Voting no was John Meyer.  Dave Baker and Jody Brozik both abstained.

Representatives of the Winner American Legion were at the meeting.

City attorney Paul Jensen will draw up the contract for the Mayor and Legion representatives to sign.

The city will use the property for the $1.95 Million expansion of the jail.  The expansion is scheduled for a 20-year repayment.

Colome School Board Election is April 10

Voters in the Colome Consolidated School District will be going to the polls on April 10 to elect school board members.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There are three open vacancies for school board for three year terms. The candidates are Matthew Bolie, Brent Gill, Vince Thieman and Pamela Haukaas.

The polling place in Colome will be at Skatetowne. The polling place in Witten will be the town hall and the polling place in Wood will be at the community hall.