T. K. Lafferty sung the National Anthem at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce Ranch Bronc and Bull Riding Event

T. K. Lafferty sang the national anthem at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce ranch bronc and bull riding event on Sept. 4. Lafferty attends St. Francis school.

By Dan Bechtold


T. K. Lafferty has a clear voice for singing.  The 12 year old from Rosebud sang the national anthem Saturday at the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce ranch bronc and bull riding.

Lafferty will be going into the seventh grade at St. Francis School.

Recently, he has been singing the national anthem at several events. He sang at the Rosebud Fair, in Kyle and Frontier Days in White River.

The singing came about as an challenge by his father. His father said either ride in a rodeo or sing.

The 7th grader chose singing.

He is happy with his choice.

“I like the pride I feel after singing the national anthem,” he explained.

Play Review,Play is hilarious

Dan Bechtold/Winner Advocate Photo
The cast and crew of the Winner Community Playhouse fall production include in front from left Sandra York, director; Brandy Biggins, Vickie Barfuss, Rhonda Stoecklin, Emily Moser and Susi Brown-Riedl. In back from left are Linda Nelson, Doug Nelson, Ron High Rock, Tim Novotny, Tami Comp, Arianne Boerner, Barb DeSersa and Dan Patmore, technical director.

By Dan Bechtold


The Winner Community Playhouse latest production is filled with hilarious sight gags and dialogue.

“Where There’s A Will There’s A Murder” opened this weekend.

It will also be presented Sept. 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. each evening at the playhouse. Door open at 7:30 p.m. For reservations call 842-1958 or e mail wicoplay@gwtc.net

It is a  play that will keep you laughing and keep you on your toes to count all the dead bodies. Why are there so many dead bodies?   Well this is why.

Ten distant relatives learn that each of them is about to inherit a million dollars. Wheels begin turn and the plot thickens. If some were dead more money for the others. Who would create such a diabolical motive to kill off cast.

Who did it?  Well, you are not getting that out of me. You will have to go to the play to find out.

As the bodies pile up, the laughs come fast and furiously in this “whodunit.”

The action in the play takes place on an island in the middle of a terrible storm.

The cast of 11 does a great job.

Tami Comp and Tim Novotny play the maid and butler.

Vickie Barfus plays a doctor and Emily Moser plays Agatha Crispie, a spoof on the famous mystery writer Agatha Christie.

Ron High Rock and Barb DeSersa play a couple who are guest at the reading of the will.

Brandy Biggins is a wealthy socialite and Rhonda Stoecklin is a proper lady. Rhonda is new to the Winner stage. She is director of drama activities in the Todd County School District.

Linda Nelson plays one of the guests who is concerned as people start dying.

Now the price of admission along is worth it to see Doug Nelson as a punk rocker called Stark. You know like one one rock stars Sting and Madonna.

Doug with red and blue hair is a treat to see.

Randy Farley is the voice on the radio.

The cast is to be complimented on the work they put in on this play. They all did a great job.

The play is directed by Sandra York with Dan Patmore as the technical director. Both have done a great job.

If you want a fun evening, go see this play.

Scan Day at Tripp County Library

Bring your personal history-photos, letters, diaries, family histories, service records, and other historic or sentimental documents to the  Tripp County Library on Thursday, Sept. 23. 

The South Dakota State Library staff will scan your documents and create a digital copy to preserve it for the future.  USB flash drives with digital copies of the documents will be provided to you.  

This makes it easy for you to share family history with other members of your family.  You can email pictures, share them on Facebook, share on genealogy websites and with genealogy groups. 

Tripp County Library is booking appointments now.  Each participant is limited to 10-15 items with a time slot of 30 minutes.  You may drop off your items and pick them up later if you prefer. 

For those interested in genealogy research, the South Dakota State Library will also do a presentation from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm on the genealogy databases available. 

This is a great time to get your questions answered and learn tips from the pros.  Call Tripp County Library at (605) 842-0330 to book your appointment.

Shirley A. Volquardsen, 82

Funeral service for Shirley A. Volquardsen, 82, of Laurel, Neb.,  formerly of Norfolk, Neb.,  will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wayne. Father Jerry Connealy will be officiating the service. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., prior to the service on Wednesday.

Graveside service for Shirley and Henry “Hans” Volquardsen will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk. Father Scott Schilmoeller will be officiating the graveside service.

Shirley passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 at the Providence Medical Center in Wayne. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Mason Mendez which will be put into his Nebraska college fund.

Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk is in charge of the arrangements.

Shirley was born on March 19, 1939 in Colome, South Dakota to Martin and Martha (Tuttle) London. She grew up and attended grade school in Colome. She graduated from Colome High School in 1957 and worked at the Colome Bank. She moved to Norfolk in 1966. Shirley married Henry “Hans” Volquardsen on July 8, 1972 in Norfolk. Henry passed away in 2005.

After marriage, Henry and Shirley continued living in Norfolk. She worked for Northwestern Bank in Norfolk for 8 years. In 1979, due to the health of their daughter Gloria, Shirley and Henry welcomed into their hearts and home their grandson, Chris Mendez.

She enjoyed dancing, having a good time, and attending baseball games in Winner, SD. Shirley was not a fan of heights. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Norfolk, and the Rosary Crusade.

Survivors include her grandson Chris Mendez of Laurel, great-grandson Mason Mendez, brother Dave “Bud” London of Newman Grove, friend Mike (Sarah) Naeve and their family of Winside, 12 nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, daughter Gloria Jean, parents, two sisters Catherine Flakus and Marlene Cahoy, 3 nephews Marty London, Damon London, and Jim Flakus.

Condolences may be expressed to the family on-line at www.stonacekfuneralchapel.com.

Bavily Gerrit Foote Jr., 50

Bavily Gerrit Foote Jr., 50, of Winner, SD passed away Sept. 3, 2021 at the Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, SD due to complications of Covid/Pneumonia.

 Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at 10 a.m.  at the Winner Ideal Community Hall in Winner, SD. Burial will follow in the Calvary Episcopal Cemetery in Okreek, SD. Wake services were held on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 and Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at 7 p.m.  at the Winner Ideal Community Hall in Winner, SD.

Bavily Jr. was born at the Pine Ridge IHS Hospital on Aug. 19, 1971 to Bavily “Gerrit” Foote Sr and Darlene (Andrews) Foote.

He went to live with his paternal grandparents Anastacia and Fred Reed where he attended Winner Elementary and later went to school in White River and Todd County High School. Where he met Justina Thin Elk and to that union Rowdy Thin Elk was born. He later moved to Tulsa Okla., in 1992 where he met and later married April Bailey, and to this union three children were born and he raised a step daughter.

Bavily Jr. loved spending his time with family and friends but, his enjoyment was truck driving. He drove truck for JCC trucking in Joplin, Mo. He later moved home to South Dakota where he drove for Kerner Trucking, Tripp County Highway Department and Engel Trucking. Bavily Jr. made a lot of friends and everyone who knew Jr. well he was always smiling and joked around with everyone. He was always willing to help a person out, even when he didn’t have much to give. Bavily Jr. will be missed by many.

Bavily Jr. is survived by his children: Rowdy Thin Elk, Rosebud, SD; Cammy (Jeff) Taylor, Joplin, Missouri; Cameron (Britnee) Bailey, Joplin, Missouri; Dante Foote, Joplin, Missouri; Serenity Foote, Joplin, Missouri. Grandchildren: Zane, Amaya, Braylynn, Kenai, Amilia, Michael, Delsa, & Remy. Siblings: Michelle Kramer, Rosebud, SD; Rachel Andrews, Winner, SD; Aaron Foote, Mission, SD; Stella Iron Heart, Mitchell, SD; Renee Foote, Pierre, SD; Nathan (Angie) Foote Sr., Sioux Falls, SD; Beau Foote Sr., Springfield, SD; Nicole Foote, Pierre, SD; Ivan (Samantha) Foote Sr., Ideal, SD; Jordan Foote, Madison, SD; Chelsea Foote, Ideal, SD.

He is preceded in death by his mother Darlene; his paternal grandparents William Foote, Anastacia and Fred Reed; maternal grandparents Ronald A Andrews and Lucinda Medicine Eagle. His stepmother Tammy Foote; A niece Sarah Andrews; brother-in-law Neal Kramer Sr.; and a grandson Ray Don Hairy Bird.

Vet’s Hall carnival is Sept. 18

The Vet’s Hall carnival in Colome will be held on Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

There will be a free will meal beginning at 5:30 p.m.

There will be games for all ages. Many of the carnival games will be a throwback to the Armistice Carnival that was held as an annual event in the basement of the Vet’s Hal several years ago.

Games for youth will include ring toss, football toss, dime throw, duck pond, fish pond, cake walk and this year there is the return of the Country Store which will include homemade items.

All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Vet’s Hall.

Persons are invited to come and support this event and enjoy the evening.

William Dubray, 86,

William Dubray, 86, of Ideal, SD passed away on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 at his home in Ideal. 

 Funeral service were held on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Rosebud South Dakota.  Burial  followed in the Holy Innocents Cemetery in Parmelee, South Dakota.  A wake service began on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021 at noon at the St. Bridget Catholic Church in Rosebud, South Dakota.

William Earl DuBray, “Wiley The Fox” was born in Rosebud on Aug. 28, 1935 to Dewey and Jenny (Big Horse) DuBray. Wiley was baptized in the Catholic Church on Oct. 5, 1935 with Mary DuBray as his Godmother.  Wiley was the youngest of 5 children; Ruby (DuBray) Cousins, Marveen (DuBray) Gunhammer, Dewey DuBray Sr., and Donald DuBray all preceded in death.  Wiley had several 1st cousins who he considered himself to be the older brother of; Harry DuBray (Mission,SD), Harriet DuBray and Stanley DuBray both deceased.

Wiley attended school at St. Francis Mission and graduated in 1954. He then joined the United States Army on Jan. 25, 1956 and was honorably discharged Jan. 31, 1962. Upon discharge from the army, he made his way across the United States. He loved traveling and had many stories and experiences to share. Wiley “the Fox” was full of adventure and humor, fearless in his endeavors to experience life outside of the reservation.

Wiley worked in carpentry off and on throughout his life.  Wiley always had a sense of humor and a genuine concern for others. He enjoyed playing cards, watching wrestling, boxing and his team, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Although Wiley never had any children of his own, he had numerous nieces and nephews and grandchildren he loved and who loved him dearly.

Wiley met “the love of his life”, Ruth Iron Shooter in 2002, and married on Aug. 23, 2004. He and Ruth resided in Ideal, SD, where he enjoyed a quiet life working on his yard and fixing up the home in which he passed away, on Sept. 2nd, 2021, with his surviving wife of 16 years and family by his side.