Pollard promoted at First Fidelity

Eric Pollard has been promoted to vice president at First Fidelity Bank of Winner. The promotion was effective Jan. 1.

Pollard joined the bank in October of 2012.

Pollard grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School in 2004. He went on to college at the University of Sioux Falls graduating with a business degree in 2011.

While in college, Pollard worked for UPS and stayed with them for a year after finishing his schooling.

An opportunity opened up at the Winner bank and Pollard was hired.

He serves as a baseball umpire, football referee, on the board of the Winner Country Club and is a member of Pheasants Forever.

He and his wife, Darci, have three children: Kenli, age 8; Karter, 5 and Kelbi, 4 months old.

Darci works as a nurse at Avera  Medical Group Winner.

El Tapatio named business of the year

Looking back at 2020 and the many challenges COVID-19 created, this business was able to meet these challenges head on and find ways to thrive.

The Winner Area Chamber of Commerce business of the year is El Tapatio Mexican restaurant.

Due to COVID-19, there was no annual Chamber banquet where awards are usually presented.

Three years ago Efrain Lopez with his wife Diana and their young family and Christopher Lopez moved to Winner and bought the Winner Bowling Alley.  Their vision was to open their first Mexican restaurant and they called it El Tapatio. Efrain and Christopher began by cleaning, decorating, painting with new flooring and even adding windows.

Over the past three years they have been able to  build their reputation on excellent food and great service.

In addition to a diverse menu, the staff will be glad to serenade and even a little whip cream for anyone that would like to celebrate their birthday at El Tapatio.

Since opening their restaurant in Winner they have expanded by opening a restaurant in Chamberlain and most recently in Belle Fourche.

Efrain and Christopher have worked hard at meeting the needs of the community from expanding take out services during 2020 to scheduling an occasional bowling party.

Efrain and Christopher have been great community supporters helping sponsor many community events.

“Thank you Efrain, Christopher and your families and employees  for all you do to make Winner a stronger and better  community,” said Mike Scott, executive director of the Chamber.

Clarice Chauncey, 97

Clarice Chauncey, 97, of Winner, SD passed away in Omaha, NE on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. 

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Carter Gospel Fellowship Church in Carter, SD.  Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery.  A visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to funeral service.

Clarice Loraine Chauncey was born Dec. 13,1923 to George and Coral (Hobson) Klein. She spent her childhood on their farm near Hidden Timber, South Dakota.  Clarice had a lifetime love of learning, and she told of her dad taking her and her siblings to country school by horse and wagon.  She graduated from Mission High School in 1941 as valedictorian of her class.  After graduation, she went to six weeks of summer school where she received a permit to be a teacher.

On Aug. 14, 1943 Clarice married Leroy ‘‘Dick” Chauncey.  Dick was sent to The Philippines to join the World War II effort, and they wrote letters to each other every day.  The war ended, Dick was discharged, and they moved to a farm in the Hidden Timber area where they started their family.  It was important to them that their family attended church, and they were part of the original founders of Carter Gospel Fellowship.  Clarice once wrote that the most memorable day of her life was when Dick passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Oct. 26, 1964, and she was left as a widow caring for seven children.

Clarice returned to the classroom and was a teacher’s aid in Mission for eight years.  Through the Career Opportunity Program, she was able to get her Bachelor of Arts from University of South Dakota in 1973.  She then taught at country schools in Tripp and Todd County until her retirement in 1988.

After retirement, Clarice kept active spending time with grandchildren, gardening and she learned to quilt.  Each of her grandchildren received one of her priceless quilts when they graduated from high school.  While enjoying her retirement she was able to travel to every state except Hawaii.

Clarice loved the country and moved to town and back several times before finally staying in Winner, South Dakota.  She was active in Friends of the Library, extension clubs, American Legion Auxiliary, the Winner Hospital Auxiliary, Federated Women’s Club, Retired Teachers and Carter Church.

Clarice’s love of the Lord was her motivation to serve, and she volunteered 17 summers to help cook at Victory Center Bible Camp in Fort Pierre.  Many of her grandchildren attended camp there, and some even got to stay with her for a week in the summer where she took them to daily Vacation Bible School at Carter Church.  It was her heart’s desire for all of her grandchildren to have a relationship with Jesus.

Clarice lived her last years at Golden Prairie Manor in Winner.  As her memory faded, we all treasured the poems that she would recite from her childhood. She loved spending time with her family and her bag was always packed ready to go visit anyone who would take her with them.  Her last road trip was to Omaha to stay with her daughter until God called her to her eternal home on Jan. 20, 2021.

Clarice is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her siblings Eleanor (William) Chauncey, Clifford (Joann) Klein, Lawrence Klein, Harold (Wilma) Klein, daughter Cathleen Lyons, and two grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Clarice is survived by her sister Gladys Kramer, sister-in-law Jo Klein, children Elaine Meiners, Darlene (Roland) Heinert, Edward (Kathy) Chauncey, John (Kathy) Chauncey, Janice (Fud) Ferris, Donald Chauncey, son-in-law Ron Walker, 20 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, 18 great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Memorials can be sent  to Victory Center Bible Camp and Carter Church

Clarice’s funeral service will be live streamed for those that are unable to attend at cgfellowship.com

Donald Earl Kellogg, 86

Donald Earl Kellogg, 86, died on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at his home in Spearfish.

Don was born June 3, 1934 in Colome, SD to Earl and Ruth (Potter) Kellogg.  The family moved to Spearfish in 1942 where he graduated from Spearfish High School in 1952.  Don was employed by the John Ward dairy.  On June 3, 1953 he was married to Mary Ellen Sampson in Winner, SD.  They started their marriage working for Ward’s while building their home on Maitland Road where they raised their four children.

In 2002, Don lost his wife Mary Ellen after 49 years of marriage.  On Dec. 28, 2002 Don was united in marriage to Lila Ann Heying in Winner, SD.  With this union six children joined the family.  Don and Lila Ann enjoyed 18 years together.

Don worked for Homestake Mining Company for 39 ½ years. Both at the mill and the mine.  After retiring in 1994 he hauled logs, cattle and sheep and kids in the school bus.  He loved having family around and always took time doing special things with each of us.  He found someone to visit with everywhere he went.  Don was proud to be a charter member of First Baptist Church where he attended the rest of his life.  He enjoyed traveling, history and exploring all around the hills.

Those grateful for having shared in Don’s life are his wife, Lila Ann; two sons, Scott (Judy) Kellogg, Custer, SD and Carson Kellogg, Columbus, MT; two daughters, Valerie (Myron) Johnston, Hammond, MT and Sandra (Mark) Hansen, Willow AK; step-children, Barbara (Lynn) Tilton, Winner, SD, Diane (Mike) Adams, Buffalo, WY, Doyle (Kathy) Heying, Piedmont, SD, Brenda (Jim) Hofeldt, Millboro, SD, Bruce (Tammy) Heying, Black Hawk, SD and Darwin (Laurie) Heying of Rapid City, SD; one brother, Larry (Druse) Kellogg; 27 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by Mary Ellen; his parents; two infant sons, two granddaughters; daughter-in-law, Julie Kellogg and brother, Keith Kellogg.

Public visitation was held on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, from 2pm until 5 pm at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish.  Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, those attending are asked to wear face covering and practice social distancing.  A private family funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Spearfish.  Interment was held at 3 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish.

Arrangements are under the care of the Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com

Ranatta Granzella, 55

Graveside services for Ranatta Granzella were held Jan. 22 at Graceland Cemetery, Burke with burial in Graceland Cemetery.

Ranata LaRee Granzella passed away on Jan. 14, 2021 after a difficult battle with cancer. She was 55 years old and was taken too soon.

Ranata was born on Feb. 21, 1965 in Nuremberg, Germany. She was blessed to travel and live around the world as a military child. Throughout her youth she built a passion for learning that would guide her to her profession.

Ranata spent most of her adult life teaching kindergarten and first-grade students at Granada Primary in Phoenix, Arizona. As a dedicated and caring teacher she gave thousands of young children strong foundations; lighting their paths to success in academics and life. She loved every second that she spent with her students and the lives she touched are shining as brightly as hers did.

Ranata’s passion for helping people to become their best also led her to volunteer for many years with the Miss Arizona Scholarship Competition. She loved mentoring young women and helping them to achieve their goals.

Ranata had a loving heart and a caring soul. She is survived by her beautiful daughter, her parents Joyce and Vince Mitchell, her sister Keta (Bob) Hyatt, her brother Christopher (David) Griggs-Ortiz, her sister Jessica (Marty) Schilling, her sister by heart Deb Riedmann, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins who all loved her very much. Her family and friends are all better for having known Ranata. She was the light of our lives and we will miss her dearly.

“If ever there comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” – Winnie the Pooh

Nancy Vesely, 60

Nancy Vesely, 60, of Winner, formerly of Wood, SD passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 at the Avas House in Sioux Falls, SD.  A graveside service was held on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Wood, SD.

Nancy Lee Vesely was born June 2, 1960, to Reuben and Shirley (Evans) Vesely in Rapid City, SD. She was raised and attended public school in Wood, SD.

 She enjoyed going on long walks, reading, playing cards, and spending time with her pets.  Her favorite pastime was watching her nephews, Ethan and Jackson, in their many activities. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years.

Nancy accepted Jesus as her savior in August 2012 and was baptized in November of the same year.  In December of 2012, she joined the Assembly of God Church in Wood, SD.

During her lifetime Nancy had a variety of jobs.  She worked in the lunchroom at the Wood School.  Nancy also worked as a home health care provider, activities assistant at the White River Nursing Home, and at the Wood Post office.

She is survived by her brother, Randy (Lisa) Vesely, her nephews, Ethan and Jackson, her aunts, June Larson and Emma Evans, all of Wood, SD, Barbara (Ronnie) Wantz, Valentine, NE, and Peggy Evans, Littleton, Co.  She has many cousins that she loved dearly that will also miss her.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Reuben and Shirley Vesely, infant sister, Shirley Ann, and her grandparents.

Della Madeline Harless Hurlbert,

Della Madeline Harless Hurlbert passed away on Jan. 21, 2021 in Burnet, Texas. She was born on March 23, 1921 to Loyd and Gertrude McAnnaly Harless on the family farm located in Hamill, South Dakota. She was the last of their 8 children.

Della married Vern Blaine Hurlbert on Sept. 19,1938 and after residing in South Dakota for a few years, and giving birth to their first daughter, Verna, they decided to pull up stakes and move to California where Vern began a career in the aircraft field.

Their second daughter, Roxie, was born there right before Vern enlisted in the United States Air Corps. When he returned from the war, they set about raising their girls in various cities in southern California where work was plentiful. Della was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Her creative talents turned every home into a shining example of her values and eye for beauty. Her ability to sew and turn out lovely outfits kept her daughters looking smart and fashionable, as well as herself.

She was always considered to be a beautiful woman by all that knew her but she never could see that in herself. Shy by nature, she preferred to take a back seat to the accomplishments of her family. Always her husband’s greatest supporter and helpmate through the businesses that they owned, she had little time to pursue a career of her own. However, she did become a licensed realtor and PTA president.

After the girls grew up and left home, Della and Vern enjoyed the life of semi-retirees with bowling, square dancing, traveling, and buying and selling homes, making them more desirable through their hard work and sense of beauty.

Della and Vern moved to Texas in 2002 to be closer to their two daughters at a time of failing health for Vern. After his death in 2004, Della maintained her home in Kingsland, Texas and enjoyed the company of her daughters and their families before declining health required a move to an assisted living facility and eventually to the loving care of the Oaks Nursing Center in Burnet, TX.

Della leaves behind many beautiful collectables that she shared throughout her lifetime with family members, her poetry, her paintings, and her love of music and dancing.

Left to cherish her memory, and to laugh at the many amusing events that surrounded her life, are her daughters, Verna Caskey (husband, Kenneth), Roxie McCoy (husband, Allen), four grandchildren, Rena & John Monson, Dixie & Jim Van Landingham, Dawn & Lance Tracy-Dulaney, and Michael & Cherese McCoy Three great grandchildren, Jarrett Brice, and Sakaiya, & Brandon McCoy.

Preceding her in death are her parents, four brothers, three sisters, and two great grandchildren.

A private family memorial will be held in California at a later date to honor, not just her memory, but her interesting life, her love of music and, most of all, her complete joy of celebrating Christmas.

Allan Wayne Hieb, 81

Allan Wayne Hieb, 81, of Chamberlain, SD, completed his life journey at Sanford Medical Center on Jan. 17, 2021. Allan was born in Chamberlain, SD on May 22, 1939 to John and Margaret Hieb. He lived most of his life in Lyman and Brule counties.

 Allan graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1957 and served in the US Army in 1960. He was stationed in California and Germany.

  In 1960, he was united in marriage to Karen Howard. Together they started their family on a farm southwest of Reliance with his parents. Allan also worked for the SD Highway Department at this time.

Allan loved mechanic work and had a special gift for building motors. He helped many friends and families with motor repairs. In 1969, the family moved to Chamberlain when Allan was hired by A&R Truck Equipment as a diesel mechanic. He continued to help on the family farm for several years after.

In 1975, he realized his dream of owning his own shop and opened Al’s Diesel Repair; a business later taken over by his son, Scott, when Allan retired.

Allan’s love for motors and speed found him involved in stock car racing for several years. He partnered with Clifford Lantz to put the “Charlie Brown” cars on tracks in Miller, Huron, and Winner. The Pukwana Peanuts Gang was famous at all of the tracks where they raced.

Allan married Judy Miller in 1988. During their more than 32 years together, they enjoyed traveling to many countries and states. One of their favorite annual trips was to Deadwood for Kool Deadwood Nights to check out all the custom cars. Gardening was a passion for Allan and Judy. They raised one of the biggest gardens in the area. The 2020 crop was the best ever and sharing the abundance was pleasing to them.

Allan was very proud of his children, Tonya Moschell of Chamberlain, Kevin (Debbie) of Eaton, CO, Scott (Dotty) of Chamberlain, and Terri (David) Shogren of Hot Springs, SD as well as Judy’s children, Kim Hipner of Yakima, WA and Kevin (MaryAnn) Miller of Chamberlain. Allan was especially proud of his 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He loved to share playful times with the children.

Allan is also survived by his brothers Ervin of Chamberlain, Edwin of Marian, IA and sisters Lillian (Max) Fallek of Minneapolis, MN as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents John and Margaret and his oldest brother, Joe.

Current COVID limitations preclude services at this time. The family is planning a celebration of Allan’s life to be announced in the early summer.

Legion Auxiliary presented cookies for National Law Enforcement Day

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
Winner American Legion Auxiliary presented cookies to law enforcement, fire department and EMTs in support of national law enforcement appreciation day which was Jan. 9. Pictured in front from left are Kathie Cole and Sissy Orel of the Tripp County Ambulance, Jeanette Sprenkle, Darlene Pearsol, Sharon Hiemstra and Judy Wilcox of the Legion auxiliary. In back from left are Kray Krolikowski of the Winner Police Department, Dan McMurtrey of the Tripp County Sheriff’s office and Darin Nelson of the Winner Volunteer Fire Department.

Covid-19 Cases

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Tripp County on Monday. There were also no probable cases. The number of active cases is 10. Since COVID started the total confirmed cases in Tripp County has been 546 with 99 probable.

A total of 621 persons have recovered from the virus. The total number of persons tested is 2,020. In Tripp County, there have been 14 deaths related to COVID-19.

Statewide, as of Jan. 18 there were 92 new cases reported with 24 probable cases. The number of active cases in the state is 4,613. There are 203 persons hospitalized.

Statewide deaths are at 1,667.On Monday the state started vaccinating persons in D1 group. This is for persons over 65 and older. Vaccinations started with those 80 and older.