Shirley Beck, 97

Funeral services for Shirley Beck, 97, Winner, were held June 18 at the Prairie View Gospel Barn, Gregory. Burial was at the IOOF Cemetery, Gregory.

Shirley Ann Brown was born June 22, 1924, at Mule Head Ranch on the Whetstone Creek, north and east of Bonesteel, SD. Shirley was the oldest child of eight children born to William and Mabel (Cornemann) Brown. As a young girl, the family moved several times. Shirley attended many rural country schools. After two years in Dallas and one year at Gregory High School, Shirley stayed home to help her mother who had contracted polio.

On July 10, 1942, in Springview, NE, Shirley married Emmett K. Beck. They were married for 52 years, before Emmett passed in 1994. To this union nine children were born to complete this family.

Not only did Shirley keep busy with her children, she had many other duties to do. Shirley was a great cook and known for many of her dishes. The children enjoyed her cinnamon and caramel rolls and fresh homemade bread. Shirley’s famous dressing and cheesy potatoes were always a hit. The family joke was to see who got the lucky french fries as Shirley was always substituting ingredients and using whatever she could find to feed her large family.

Shirley was an accomplished seamstress and could sew anything even without a pattern. She made our everyday clothing as well as our prom dresses and wedding dresses. Helping out on the farm was just part of being a farm wife. Shirley helped milk cows and pulled many baby lambs and pigs. Raising way too many chickens prompted the kids to “always be busy” when it was time to butcher. Shirley also worked outside of the home at different times as a cook and a waitress.

Shirley’s real enjoyment was getting together with her big family. She hosted countless birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Shirley loved to visit and enjoy a good cup of coffee with friends and family. Grandchildren and great grandchildren were the highlight of her life.

Shirley loved to bake and decorate cakes. She baked many cakes for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and special occasions–we have albums of her cake pictures!! No one knows for sure how many cakes have been made. All you had to do was mention an occasion and she would bake a special cake. This was her true calling and artistic ability. Sometimes she would throw in a “prank” sponge cake to have some fun. Shirley was a prankster at heart!

Gardening and flowers were Shirley’s escape. She loved to grow more than she needed and enjoyed giving and sharing the extra bounty. Along with her garden meant canning hundreds of jars of garden produce.

Shirley was a life-long member of the Valley Reading Circle, a neighborhood women’s group that started in the early 1920’s. She was also a member of the Rice-Walker American Legion Post #91 Auxiliary of Dallas for over 40 years. Shirley was very patriotic and very proud of her family members that served in the military. She served many positions and headed many committees in the organization. The annual Fall Pheasant Smorgasbord was her pride and joy. (Don’t stir the dressing!)

Shirley Ann passed away peacefully on June 9, 2022, at the Winner Regional Health Care Center at the age of 97 years, 11 months, and 17 days.

She was preceded in death by her husband Emmett, her parents William and Mabel Brown, grandson Emmett Jay Smith, great grandsons Kolby Beck and Brendan Hopkins, son-in-law Brent Janak, daughter-in-law Linda Beck, all of her siblings Rex Brown, Louie Brown, Jim (Delores) Brown, Leitha (Vernon) Drey, Wayne (Deloris) Brown, Russell Brown, and Gary Brown, in-laws David and Agnes (Graesser) Beck, brothers- and sisters-in-law Helga (Robert) Pennington, Donald (Ruth) Beck, Lola (Howard) Whitley, Jean (Alden) Aakhus, and Max (Faye) Beck.

Shirley is survived by her nine children: Diane (Gerald) Smith, Gregory, SD, Frank Beck, Mills, NE, Dave (Emily) Beck, Mills, NE, Janet (Charlie) Knight, Papillion, NE, Ken (Kathy) Beck, Dallas, SD, Patricia (Monte) Hopkins, Central City, NE, Brad (Barb) Beck, Winner, SD, Bev Janak, Winner, SD, and Doug (Sandy) Beck, Colome, SD; 24 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren, 23 great-great grandchildren with one on the way; sisters-in-law Anna Mae Brown, Gregory, SD, Bonnie Brown, Winner, SD, Maureen Brown, Rapid City, SD, and Mary Brown-Nelson, Scotland, SD; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Her mind is at ease and her soul is at rest.

Martha Rae (Eagle Star) Old Lodge, 72

Martha Rae (Eagle Star) Old Lodge, 72, of Winner, SD passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at her residence in Winner, SD.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 20, 2022 at noon at the Winner Ideal Community Hall in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Wake services were held on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the Winner Ideal Community Hall in Winner, SD.

Martha Rae (Eagle Star) Old Lodge was born Dec. 9, 1949 to Homer and Cora (Lever) Eagle Star in Hamill, SD.

Martha went to grade school in Hamill. She then attended high school at Todd County.

Martha met the love of her life Frank Old Lodge Sr. and they united in marriage on Sept. 23, 1971. To this unity they had 8 children; Quentin, Howard, Melissa, Brent, Frank Jr., Troy, Kerri, & Nealy.

In Martha’s younger years she enjoyed traveling to all the softball and fast pitch tournaments cheering on the Ideal Red Machine. Martha also loved to dance. She often traveled with her husband Frank & Son Quentin to all the dances they played at.

Martha had a heart of Gold. She loved everyone equally. Martha’s smile was like no other. Martha was full of love for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Martha was a stay-at-home mother raising her 8 children and 2 nieces.

Martha opened her home to anyone in need. She made sure you never went away hungry. Martha is a firm believer in the Lord Jesus. She and Frank traveled many miles to revivals. Martha believed in the power of prayer.

Martha loved spending her evening playing aggravation with family and friends. Martha and Frank helped raise lots of nieces, nephews, grandkids, and adopted lots of kids throughout their years.

Martha is survived by her 7 children: Quentin “Bub” (Delphine), Howard (Jolene), Melissa “Lisa”, Nealy (Patrick) all of Winner, SD, Brent (Mandy) of Witten, SD, Frank Jr. and Troy of Ideal, SD. 2 nieces Geraldine (Wayne Jr.) of Winner, Kimberly of Sioux Falls. Her brothers Millian Eagle Star of Winner, Clyde & Emmit Swalla of Lower Brule. Her sisters Zona Turkey of Huron, Ruth (Kevin) Olson of Sioux Falls, 34 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren.

Martha is united in heaven with her husband Frank, her daughter Kerri, 2 grandsons Homer & Jaeden, her parents Homer & Cora, her sisters Marva & Karen Eagle Star, her brothers; Antoine Sr., Larry Jasper Delbert Eagle Star & Benjamin Lever.

Bryan Walter Pharris, 68

Bryan Walter Pharris, 68, of Aberdeen, SD, passed away June 9, 2022, at Avera McKennan Hospital surrounded by family at his side. He will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life and Time of Remembrance for Bryan was held  Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 6 p.m. The celebration was held at City Lights, 316 S. 2nd Street in Aberdeen.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.  Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Bryan was born Oct. 24, 1953, to Walter and Eleanor (Stroup) Pharris in Burke, SD, and resided in Gregory, SD until 1957.  The family then moved to Winner, SD.  He attended grade school and high school there, graduating in 1971.  He started to work at The Pharris Family Bakery at the age of 13.

Bryan attended college at The University Of South Dakota in Vermillion. He then moved back to Winner and met the love of his life, Cindy Holmquist.  They were married on June 23, 1974, at The United Methodist Church in Winner, SD.  They continued to work at the family bakery.  From this union, they were blessed with four children: Nicholas, Brooke, Alexander, and Bridget.

In 1983 the family moved to Rapid City, SD; and then settled in Aberdeen, SD in 1986.  Bryan continued to be an accomplished baker in Aberdeen.  Over the years Bryan and Cindy were blessed with thirteen grandchildren.

Bryan’s knack for baking and cooking was apparent and well-loved at every family gathering or holiday meal.  He was always glad to see a friend, and quick to make friends with a stranger; including the four-legged kind. Bryan’s hearty laugh could be felt before it could be heard.  He loved his grandchildren; and loved nothing more than to take them for a bum ride, navigate a canoe down the Niobrara River, or scavenge for wild asparagus.  Many heart to hearts were had over campfires, or just at the kitchen table with Columbo playing in the background.

Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife, Cindy; daughters: Brooke Meyers of Aberdeen and Bridget Schilling of Ramsey, MN; son: Alexander Pharris; grandchildren: Ian Pharris, Austin and Ava Meyers; Gwendolyn Hauser, Grace and Jaxon Schilling; Laine Wise, Ariya Pharris; Samuel, Quade and Novella Pharris, Oliver and August Pharris; siblings: Kristine (Bill) Ringstmeyer of Winner, SD, Elizabeth Ann (Scott) Johnson of Sturgis, SD, and Keith (Linn) Pharris of Colorado; and one sister-in-law, Lorraine Pharris of Colorado.

Bryan will be terribly missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his son, Nicholas Pharris; brother Kenton Pharris and his parents, Walter and Eleanor.

Gay Lynn Barry, 67

Gay Lynn Barry was born to Al and LeArlie (Engel) Barry in Fremont, NE, on June 19, 1954. She was the youngest of two daughters.

Gay Lynn grew up in Dallas, SD, and spent much of her youth at her parent’s indoor roller-skating rink “Al’s Roller Dome” in Dallas. Gay Lynn graduated high school in Gregory, SD in 1972.

Gay Lynn married Jerry Olson. Gay Lynn and Jerry welcomed two children- Jamie and Kristi Lynn.

She attended business school at National American University in Rapid City, SD. Gay Lynn worked for a business office in Red Wing, MN before moving back to Gregory and starting The Flower Garden. Gay Lynn had a love for flowers and was an entrepreneur. She ran two flower shops and a café in Gregory and Winner for a brief time. She later focused on the shop in Gregory. Gay Lynn had a passion and creative gift working with flowers and especially enjoyed working late nights developing beautiful casket sprays.

Gay Lynn adored spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren’s activities. She loved her house dogs and always had a small four-legged companion.

Gay Lynn enjoyed traveling, making trips to New Mexico, Texas, and attending a couple NASCAR races.

She liked drinking Coca-Cola and collecting memorabilia. Since retiring from the flower shop, she especially enjoyed spending time in her yard and flowerbeds.

Gay Lynn appreciated playing cards with her friends at the Senior Center and hosting card parties at home. She was an active member of the Gregory Methodist Church and the Gregory County Historical Society.

Gay Lynn passed away on June 7, 2022, after a battle with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 67.

Gay Lynn is survived by her son Jamie (Mica) Olson (Bloomfield, NE), ten beloved grandchildren: Samantha, Layne, Elliot, Matilynn, Tatum, Kadyn, Callie, Vanessa, Marisa, Jake; sister Marilee (Curt) VanAsperen (Custer, SD,) and a niece Andrea (Cory) Lewis and nephew Cory (Lisa) VanAsperen.

Gay Lynn is preceded in death by her daughter Kristi Olson and parents Al and LeArlie Barry.

Funeral services for Gay Lynn Barry age 67 of Dallas, SD were held on Tuesday June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church, Gregory, SD. A private family burial followed in the Hillview Cemetery, Dallas, SD.

Richard L. Adrian, 82

Richard L. Adrian, 82, of North Vernon,Ind.,  passed away at 1:46 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Our Hospice of South-Central Indiana in Columbus.

A memorial service will take place on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. A graveside service will then take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Winner City Cemetery in Winner, SD.

A memorial service was held  on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Service.Burial will take place at a later date, cremation was chosen.

Born on March 13, 1939, Mission, SD., Richard was the loving son of Earl and Elizabeth (Angel) Adrian. He was united in marriage to Ruth Knox on Feb. 13, 1982. She survives.

Richard graduated from Marquette University, then earned his master’s degree in business from the University of Detroit. He had retired as an investment analyst and was also a farmer. He served as a treasurer for several years for the Jennings County Community Foundation and was a board member. Richard helped establish the Jennings County Farmer’s Market. He is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Indiana Farm Bureau.

In addition to his wife, Ruth Adrian of North Vernon, survivors include daughter, Kirsten Adrian of North Vernon; sons, Daniel L. (Alison) Adrian of Mason, OH, Richard L. (Amanda) Adrian of Greer, SC, and Jonathan P. (Angela) Adrian of Scipio; brothers, Dean Adrian of Ft Collins, CO, and Billy Adrian of Mission, SD; grandchildren, Alexander and Samantha Adrian, Mia, Dylan, and Ava Adrian, and Quinn, Duncan, Conner, and Brandon Adrian.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Elizabeth Adrian; 1st wife, Margaret (Mesner) Adrian; daughter, Megan Adrian; son, Michael Adrian; sister, Helen Marie Hanson; brother, Robert Adrian; and grandson, Rondal Lee Adrian.

Memorial donations can be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of Jennings County or the Rondal Lee Adrian Scholarship Fund through the Jennings County Foundation.

Elizabeth Ruth Cahoy, 96

Elizabeth Ruth Cahoy, 96, formerly of Colome/Dallas, SD passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her home near Rockerville, SD on Saturday, June 11, 2022. 

Liz was born on the Turtle Butte homestead, northwest of Wewela, SD  on Oct. 26, 1925. She was the youngest of five children born to Louis and Christiana (‘Annie’ Hartmaier) Link. She was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church and attended Turtle Butte Elementary School. At age 12, her father passed away and shortly thereafter she and her mother moved to Colome, SD. She worked at the Colome Cash Store and graduated high school in 1943.

On April 20, 1945 she was united in marriage to Melvin Cahoy. They lived on farms near Bonesteel and north of Dallas before moving to their permanent farm southeast of Colome in 1949, where Liz was an essential  partner in  all aspects of farm life for almost 60 years.  She later had part in Colome’s Rose Manor Assisted Living. And, thanks to the care and concern from many friends and relatives, she was able to enjoy living in her own apartment in Colome, prior to moving to the Black Hills in 2018.

She was a devoted member of the Zion Lutheran Church where she served the Lord in many capacities including teaching Sunday school, helping with Vacation Bible School, Ladies Aid and WELS Medical Mission. One of her labors of love was creating unique floral arrangements, for all to enjoy, at countless church services. Liz cherished time spent with family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, polka music, word search books, chocolate, life, laughs and hugs.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, her parents, sisters Gertrude & Harry Ahlers, Helen & Louis Vander Kuur, and Louise  & Jerome Harkin, brother Otto & Minnie Link and sister-in-law Julia & Howard Bates and son-in-law Robert Brownell.

She is survived by her only daughter, Shirley Brownell and grandson, Robert (R.J.) Brownell, Rockerville, SD, granddaughter, Betsy (Greg) Brose and great-granddaughters, Lily Brose of Hill City, SD and Kaia Brose, Corinth, Greece and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Colome Zion Lutheran Church on Friday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. Viewing will take place at the church just prior to the service. Burial will be at the Colome Cemetery.

Dwite Miles Krizan, 75

Dwite Miles Krizan passed away peacefully on June 9, 2022, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Fargo, N. D., at the age of 75.

Dwite was born Oct. 24, 1946, to Miles and Sadie (DeSmet) Krizan in Winner, South Dakota. He graduated from Colome High School in 1964 and then spent four years in the Army, one of which was in Vietnam.

He married Garnet Kaiser and had two children, Michael James and Michelle Dawn.

In 1988 he married Janice (Kristofferson) Dathe, his best friend and the love of his life. Janice had three children, Byron, Davis, and Sheila, and he loved them as his own.

Dwite worked at Wayne’s Auto Shop in Winner, SD, and Homestake Goldmine in Lead, SD. They moved to the Britton, SD area, where he worked as a mechanic at Holland Brothers and his own shop, Dwite’s Auto and Small Engine Service. After retiring in 2018, they moved to Fargo, ND, to be closer to the VA Hospital.

Dwite enjoyed hunting, fishing, and team roping with his horse, Pete. With Janice, he enjoyed gardening and canning their harvests. He was always ready to have coffee with friends and neighbors. Dwite was a member of the American Legion and the VFW in Britton, where he served as commander for four years.

Grateful for having shared Dwite’s life are his wife, Janice; sons Michael (Angee) of Colorado Springs, CO, and Davis (Abby) Dathe of Rapid City, SD; daughters Michelle (Mike) L’Hotta of Monument, CO, and Sheila Dathe of Aurora, CO; brothers and sisters, Monte (Delorus) Krizan of Dallas, SD, Kelly (Cynthia) Krizan of Woodinville, WA, Kathy (Ralph) Carson of Bountiful, UT, and Jae (Bob) Stiehl of Rapid City, SD.

Along with many others, preceding Dwite in death are his parents, Miles and Sadie Krizan; son, Byron Dathe; nephew, Nicholas Krizan; and uncle, Milton John Krizan.

Memorials are preferred to the Fargo VA Hospital at

Linc Bly “Hopper” Wilson, 63

Linc Bly  “Hopper”  Wilson passed away on Sept. 30, 2021, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Linc was born on July 6, 1958, to Chalmace (C.G.) and Dee Wilson.  He attended school in Winner, South Dakota, and graduated in 1976.

After high school, Linc attended Black Hills State in Spearfish, South Dakota. Linc decided that a trade school would more suit his needs, so he transferred to Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minn., where he earned an Optical Technician degree. He worked in his trade for a short period and decided that he would rather be working in the field. He joined the Burlington Northern Railroad 982 Steel Gang in the summer of 1979. While with the 982 Steel Gang, Hopper worked all over Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska replacing short runs of rail with     1/4 mile-long ribbon rail.  In 1984 he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he started yet another career in the field as an apprentice glazier, eventually reaching journeyman status. He went on to have a long glazier career becoming job site foreman for many years, building many commercial high-rise properties. While working as a glazier, he acquired the contracts to hang the Tostitos banners for the Fiesta Bowl at the ASU stadium. Hopper enjoyed this job very much.

  Hopper was known by all his friends and family for his adventurist nature. He hunted and fished all over the states and Arizona dessert – pheasant, walleye, trout, deer, elk, but his favorite was rattlesnake. During the summer, you would find him driving down old railroad tracks until all hours of the night catching rattlesnakes. He would skin and tan the hides, and of course eat the meat. He truly enjoyed this pastime. Hopper was also a very proficient metal detector.  He would tell of his homeless buddies from the parks around the area that would help him, and then he would share his blessings with his detecting buddies. Hopper was also a talented artist, building very creative and unusual pieces from wood, glass, snake vertebrae, animal skins and skulls. He saw things a little differently than the rest of the world. LOL. Hopper was a true animal lover. He loved all animals, but cats were the dearest to his heart. Over the years he had and helped countless cats. Hopper was truly a very generous and kind man.

In 1994 Hopper married the love of his life, Margo Rivera-Wilson, at a destination wedding in Lake Tahoe CA. What a beautiful venue and memory.

His funeral service was held in Phoenix, Oct. 8, 2021.  A memorial service will be held for Linc in Winner on June 11, 2022, from 1-4 at the Holiday Inn Express conference room. 

He is survived by his wife Margo Rivera-Wilson of Phoenix, sister Tracee (Greg) Ford of Cody, Neb.; brother Shannon (Cindee) Wilson of Burlington, Iowa; nieces and nephews  Shae (T.J.) Schneider, Maive and Rhen, Parker, Colorado; Layne (Arielle) Ford, Ophelia, Ord, Nebraska; Reed (Mary Kay) Ford, Gunner and Bristol, Cody, Nebraska; Teeyl Ford, Cody, Nebraska; Jais Ford, Whitman, Nebraska; Greg (Tara) Schmidt, Liam and Ava, Rough and Ready, California; Sarah Schmidt, Burlington, Iowa; aunts and uncles Glee (Duane) Brooks, Mt. Shasta, California, Robin (Fran) Blakkolb, , Willowbrook, Illinois; cousins Annelle (Jason) Maygren, Grant, Marshall, Grace, Craig, Alaska; Christi (John) Munz, John Luke, Isabella, Sienna, Bellaire, Texas; Rebecca Blakkolb, Katy, Texas; Dick (Donna) Wilson, Orlando, Florida.

Linc was preceded in death by his parents Chalmace Wilson and Delores Blakkolb-Wilson; grandparents Walter and Nellie Blakkolb, Felix “Hickory” and Minnie Wilson; uncles and aunt. Dorwin and Louise Wilson, Larry Blakkolb; cousin Gary Wilson.

Bobbe Kositzky, age 91

Bobbe Kositzky, age 91, of Graceville, MN, passed away on April 25, 2022, at Essentia Health – Grace Home. She had been a resident of Grace Village the past 9 years, which she enjoyed tremendously. She had a gentle soul and was a friend to all as well as being a loving mother and wife.

Memorial services will be held on June 4, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home in Graceville. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Inurnment of both Bobbe and Paul will be held at Graceville Consolidated Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Graceville Community Center.

Barbara “Bobbe” Karen (Holm) Kositzky was born on Dec. 4, 1930, in Omaha, NE, to Audrey (nee, Donahoe) and Jake Holm, who resided in Winner, SD. There, she was baptized, confirmed, and married to Paul Kositzky at Trinity Episcopal Church. A graduate of Winner High School, she attended two years of University of Nebraska where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She returned to Winner to marry Paul in 1951.

In 1964, Bobbe and Paul moved their family to Graceville where she resided until her death. She was a stay-at-home mother, but was also a chef to many of Paul’s sales personnel and customers, usually for lunch. In order to obtain World Books for her family, she became a successful salesperson of the encyclopedias. While in those roles, she pursued her interests as a member of art, Bridge, and dance clubs. To say she was a seamstress was an understatement because she sewed all of her clothes and those of her daughter’s. Vogue patterns were a favorite.

Survivors include her children: Kimberley (Neil) Johnson of Kennedy, MN; Kirk (Dan) Wanderscheid of Sioux City, IA; April (Neil) Klutman of Lawrence, KS; and Kyle Kositzky (Annie Erickson) of Moorhead, MN; six grandchildren: Jacob, Adam, Erin, Whitney, Quinn, and Connor; as well as five great-grandchildren.

Bobbe was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul; sister, Dr. Jaqueline Voss; and brother-in-law, Scad Voss.

Suggested memorials may be made to Grace Village or Graceville Community Library.

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