Reginald Wayne Schnabel was born on May 8,
1970, to Randy and Linda (Hendrix) Schnabel at the Gregory Hospital.
Reggie spent his childhood years on the
farm south of Dog Ear Lake. He attended grade school in Colome, SD, and rode
the bus. Reggie attended Winner High School until his family moved to Mt.
Vernon, Washington, where he attended Mt. Vernon High School and then Skagit
Valley College for Mechanics and Small Engine Repair.
The family moved back to the farm south of
Dog Ear Lake. Reggie then took a job in Spearman, TX, harvesting from Arizona
to Montana. During this time Reggie married Pam Stump from Spearman, TX. After
ten years of harvesting he came back to South Dakota alone and drove truck for
Doug Kerner in Winner.
Reggie’s brother Dustin had a plumbing
company in Mitchell, SD, and he worked as a plumber with him for two years.
Then Reggie came back to Gregory and drove truck for Gary Reber and then John
Sand. After that he became ill and slowly waned away. Reggie passed away on
Sept. 3, 2021, at home in Gregory.
He was preceded in death by his mother
Linda Schnabel, both sets of grandparents, and two uncles Reginald Allen
Schnabel and Ed Manshiem.
Surviving are his father Randy Schnabel of
Dallas, SD; brother Dustin and wife Amber of Mitchell, SD; two aunts on his
father’s side and several aunts on his mother’s side; a close uncle Mick
Hendrix of Lake Charles, LA; great
grandma Babe Haskell; many cousins and many, many friends all over the United
Vernon D. Fischer, 89, passed away on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 at Fountain Springs Health Care in Rapid City. He passed away on Labor Day, the same holiday on which his mother passed away 30 years ago. Vern is now in the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Vernon Dallas Fischer was born May 22, 1932 near Colome, SD to Pete and Hulda (Redlinger) Fischer. His early years were spent with his parents and three sisters, Violet, Betty and Joan, working on his parents’ cattle ranch south of Colome. He rode his horse, Ranger, to a small rural schoolhouse for eight years. He attended high school in Colome and it was there he met Irene Spinar. They were married in 1952, shortly before he left for the military in the Army during the Korean War.
Upon returning home in 1954, Vern and Irene farmed near Colome and after a few years saw the arrival of their first daughter, Lynn and a couple of years later, Teresa. After farming for about five years, the family moved to Rapid City in 1961, where Vern ventured into the car dealership industry. A few years later, his third daughter, Diane, was born.
Vernon loved everything about the car business and after selling used cars and owning a used-car lot, he purchased the Pontiac-GMC dealership and retained ownership until the late 70s. After remodeling his basement, Vern took up woodworking as a hobby and developed it into a furniture manufacturing business, establishing Country Estates Furniture in 1981. He retired from the furniture business in 1989.
His love of antiques and auctions prompted him to open an antique and second-hand store and after 31 years of serving in the business community of Rapid City, he bought an RV and the two of them started traveling. They spent their winters in Arizona until Irene passed away in 2018. Vern moved back to Rapid City, where he lived at Edgewood Assisted Living.
Vern was an active member of Westminster
Presbyterian Church and Gideons International.
He was also a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and the Elks. He enjoyed RVing, golfing, shooting pool,
playing cards, and visiting with anyone he met.
His hearty laugh and big heart will be missed.
Vern is survived by his daughters, Lynn
(Richard) Murphy of Bulverde, TX, Teresa Horsley of Whitewood, and Diane
(Scott) Sharp of Rapid City; nine grandchildren, Alicia Murphy of Livingston,
MT, Aaron Murphy of Bozeman, MT, Hudson Horsley of Dallas, TX, Dallas (Alise)
Horsley of Medford, OR, Nelson Horsley of Rapid City, Savannah Sharp of Rapid
City, Christian Paulson of Kansas City, KS, Christopher Sharp of Rapid City,
and Amanda (Blake) Booton-Popken of Panama City, FL; three great-grandchildren;
three brothers-in-law, Frank (Joanie) Taggart of Mesa, AZ, Leo and Melvin
Spinar, both of Sioux Falls; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his loving
wife, Irene; his parents, Pete and Hulda; his in-laws, Jerry and Emma (Urban)
Spinar; his three sisters, Violet, Betty, and Joan; his son-in-law, Gary
Horsley; and his infant grandson, Charles Murphy.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. on
Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Visitation was held one hour prior to
services. An inurnment of his ashes was at 2 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Black Hills
National Cemetery, near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established with
Gideons, International. An online guestbook may be signed at
The late Dr. Julie Williams of
Chamberlain, formerly of Winner, received the 2020 distinguished service award
from the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association at its convention in Sioux
The distinguished service award is an
award to honor an individual who has brought distinction to the veterinary
profession through devotion to the care and well being of animals, support for
the profession and contributions to the community.
Dr. Williams was born in Winner and was
a graduate of Winner High School.
She earned her DVM degree from Iowa
State University in 1982. Dr. Williams returned to South Dakota after
graduation to work with Dr. Lee Dorwart of Chamberlain.
In 1983, Dr. Williams opened Mid River
Veterinary Clinic in Chamberlain. She was a solo practitioner.
Due to health and injury issues she had
to retire and sell her practice in 2012.
She remained involved with veterinary
Dr. Williams believed it was important
to educate her clients. She regularly sent out newsletters and had drug
representatives sponsor meetings on current issues.
She was a member of the South Dakota
Animal Industry board from July 1998 to October 2015. She served as president
of the board from 1998 to 2001 and was vice president from 2001 to 2006.
In her community, she was a big
supporter of 4-H.
Her husband, Larry Wagner accepted the
award in her honor.
Winner High School and middle school
students learned the dangers of vaping when a guest speaker came to the school
on Sept. 1.
Robb Holladay has been speaking to
students about vaping for four to five years. He knows first hand the damage
vaping does to the lungs. He is an x-ray tech in Dallas, Texas.
told WHS students that he is not here to judge them but to provide
Vaping has become an epidemic and new
studies show that vaping can contribute to a condition known as “Vape Asthma.”
A combination of vaping and COVID has produced a new condition that is a huge
concern to medical professionals. He said if students vape and get COVID they
Holladay explained the message he wants
to get to the public is that the companies that manufacture these vaping
devices—big tobacco—are targeting these students with misinformation and
telling them it is a safe alternative when it is not true.
He said one Juul pod equals a pack of
“Don’t play the tobacco game,” he said.
Holladay said the world has the
illusion that vaping is safe.
He said teens vape because of the
smell, taste and peer pressure.
However, Holladay says vaping takes a
toll on the lungs. “I know because x
rays do not lie,” he said.
Holladay says he has been speaking to
students for 25 years. Most of his talks have been on bullying and cyber
bullying. He noted in the last four to five years he has been speaking on
The First Baptist Church of
Winner will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 12.
There will be a 10 a.m.
morning worship service and a 2 p.m. celebration service.
Rev. Curtis Wheadon is the
current pastor of the church.
An early beginning to Winner
First Baptist Church was in September 1945. At that time Rev. Curtis L. Gatson
began a field pastorate. Arrangements were soon made with the Christian church
to use their building for worship on Sunday evenings.
In late 1945, a group of
young people began meeting twice a month. By spring of 1946 adults were meeting
with them for Bible study.
At a meeting in the Edward
Sorensen home on April 24, 1946, it was decided to organize a Winner Baptist
Church. Meetings were held and Rev. Gatson appointed a committee to formulate a
constitution. A meeting to organize the First Baptist Church of Winner was held
at the Christian Church on May 5, 1946. The charter of incorporation was issued
on Feb. 5, 1947. There were 19 charter members.
Ground for a new church
building was broken at 4th and Lamro on April 26, 1947. The first
service in the new basement of the building was held on July 13, 1947. Sunday
school met in the Charles Burtz home.
A parsonage was built next door to the church and was
completed in 1950. Services were held for six years in the basement of the
church. On Aug. 9, 1953, another milestone in the church history was passed
when the cornerstone was set in place. One year later, eight years from the
date of organization, the completed building was dedicated to the glory of God
on Oct. 7, 1954.
In September of 1996, Winner
First Baptist Church celebrated 50 years of serving God.
On Dec. 30, 2011, the church
received an anonymous gift of $100,000. After many meetings and prayer it was
decided that God was blessing the Awana ministry. This ministry was outgrowing
the present church. Members felt God was providing for them to build and reach
more children for his kingdom.
In September 2013, ground
breaking on “holy ground” was held at 501 South County Road for a new church
building. Most of the work and building was done by volunteers from the church
Throughout the building God
continued to bless the church with gifts and donations as they were needed.
On Easter Sunday, April 5,
2015, the first service was held in the new building. On Sept. 20, 2015, a
dedication service was held. On that day God had so richly blessed the church
that it was debt free.
Awana grew from five children
in 2009 to 101 children in 2017.
Throughout the building
process, the prayer of the church was for wisdom, unity and discernment. God
answered those prayers.
Over the 75 years, there have
been 14 pastors and seven interim pastors.