Patricia Joan Tracy, 89

Graveside services for Patricia Joan Tracy were held May 20 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Gregory.

Patricia Joan Tracy was born on Dec. 26, 1931, in Burke, SD, the only child of Elmer “Cordy” and Edna (Hall) Hansen. Pat grew up on the family farm until they moved into the home they built in Gregory. Pat graduated from Gregory High School in 1950 and then attended a two-year nursing school in Sioux Falls.  After graduating from nursing school, she began her career in nursing at the Winner Hospital.

Pat married John Tracy and they had one child Scott Tracy. The family moved to Pharr, Texas, and Pat worked at McAllen General Hospital. She later retired from nursing and started her own company, USA Medical Placement. She ran that company for more than 10 years. She retired when she was diagnosed with dementia in 2019.

Pat had a love of fishing that started when she was on the family farm as a little girl which stayed with her all her life. Pat was a great cook and was known to have the best sloppy Joes.

Pat loved her poodles Precious 1, 2 and 3 and Pepe. Pat took her poodles with her everywhere.

Pat moved into The Bridges of Mission Assisted Living in Mission, Texas, and lived there until her death at the age of 89 years on Dec. 30, 2020.

Patricia is survived by her only son Scott Tracy and daughter in law Shannon Tracy; four grandsons Wesley Mann, Michael Tracy, Ryan Tracy and Sean Tracy; great grandchildren Gage Mann, Kylie Mann, Isaac Tracy, Sky Tracy, Ryder Tracy, Everleigh Tracy and Easton Tracy.

  Patricia is preceded in death by her parents.

Roland Barton, age 93

Roland Barton, age 93, of Murdo, South Dakota, died on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Avantara Nursing Home in Pierre.

Roland John Henry Barton, better known as “Uncle” to all that had the pleasure of meeting him, was born on Aug. 13, 1927 to John Otto Barton and Christina Niedan Barton in Murdo, South Dakota. Roland was baptized and confirmed and was a life-long member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in the country near the farm.

Roland grew up on the family farm attending 1st grade at age 5 in the one room school house down the road. He had 2 first grade classmates and 8 other students in the school. He remembered all their names. He attended Okaton High School for three years and then graduated from Winner High School in 1944. There he took the test for the Mensa Society and was later accepted into this prestigious high IQ society. He never told us about this – we found his letter of acceptance! He always regretted not going on to college but enjoyed his many years of farming/ranching.

Uncle had a love for astronomy, and that love took him to destinations including South Africa and Aruba for viewing an eclipse, and at nearly 90 years old, took him to Nebraska to get a better view of that solar eclipse. He also had a yearning to know more about his ancestors. He was able to travel to the Ukraine where he was able to do more genealogy research and explored earlier generations’ way of life. Uncle also attended many German Fests throughout the Midwest during his lifetime. He enjoyed raising tomatoes and potatoes until his health took him to an assisted living/extended care facility in Pierre, South Dakota where he resided until he was called to his heavenly home June 3, 2021.

Roland is survived by nephews, Eugene (Becky) Barnes of Mesa, Arizona, and Steve (Michelle) Taylor of Littleton, Colorado, and niece, Linda (Bob) Barnes Caton of Littleton. Also many great-nieces and nephews, relatives and friends in the Murdo community.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Vesta Barton (Jim) Taylor and Esther Barton (Elvin) Barnes. Also nieces, Connie Taylor and Ann Marie Barnes (Merlyn) Peck.

Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services. His funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, south of Midland. He will be laid to rest next to his parents at St. Peter Cemetery.

A live stream of the service will be available on the webpage the day of the service.

Everett Vernon Hossle, 82

Everett Vernon Hossle, 82, of Hamill, SD went to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, June 3, 2021. He passed away at the Winner Regional Health Care Center in Winner, SD.

Private family funeral services was  held on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Church of Nazarene in Winner, SD. Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Everett was born on Jan. 5, 1939 to Vernon and Jeanette (Broline) Hossle, at the Wilson Hospital in Winner, SD. He was baptized on April 9, 1939 in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church at Hamill, SD.

Everett attended grade school at the North Bijou School and high school in Winner, SD.

On Aug. 12th, 1961, he married the love of his life, Carol Jo Spreckels. To this union four children were born; Carlette, Kirt, Kent, Kory.

Everett served as a deacon and also served on the Tripp County Fair board.

Everett loved ranching, farming, his hereford cattle, but his family was his pride and joy.

 Everett is survived by his wife, Carol Jo, his children; Carlette (Gene) Schultz, Kirt (Jacque) Hossle, Kent (Julie) Hossle, Kory (Becky Jo) Hossle, “adopted daughter” Anna (Dan) Nesseth. Grandchildren; Travis (Sara) Swartz, Jeremy Schultz, Benjamin (Jacqueline) Schultz, Colton (Lindsey) Hossle, Chisom (Jessica) Hossle, Cierra Hossle, Chelsey (Cody Daly) Storms, Sidney (Kevin Tiger) Hossle, Landon (Mariah) Hossle, Samuel Hossle, and Paisley Jo Hossle. Great Grandchildren; Rosalie Schultz, Evelyn Schultz, Memphis Hossle, Dietrich Youles, Maggie Mae Hossle, Madeline Hossle, Grayson Tiger, Ramsie Hossle, Liza Daly, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Jeanette, in-laws Harry and Bonnelle Spreckels, sister Evelyn Hofer, brother-in-law Calvin Hofer and grandson Ty Hossle.

William Long Crow III, 59

William Long Crow III, 59, of Winner, SD passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11 a.m.  at the Assembly of God Church in Winner, SD. Burial  followed in the Mniska Cemetery. Wake services were held on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 5 p.m.  at the Assembly of God Church in Winner, SD.

William, also known to those who shared his life as “Will”, “Willie” or “Uncle Will”, passed on and began his journey to the spirit world on May 29, 2021 at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls.

William was born in Rosebud, SD on June 10, 1961 to William Long Crow, Jr. and Geraldine Iron Heart. He grew up in the Bull Creek area and was raised by his grandparents, William Sr. and Rosa (Collins) Long Crow. He liked to recall the good times in Bull Creek and often mentioned his memories with his grandparents.                                                                            

Willie attended Hamill School for a short time and then went on to Todd County School where his love for basketball grew. He graduated from Todd High School in 1980.

He went on to attend Dakota Wesleyan College in Mitchell for a few years. Later on, Willie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business at Sinte Gleska University. As a student at SGU he came back to his roots as a Lakota, he made many friends there and was proud and grateful in his accomplishment.

Willie loved many things in his life. Basketball, music from the 70’s and 80’s, family dinners, and watching the Minnesota Vikings play football. But, most of all he loved just being with his grand kids and being called “Uncle” Will. You would often hear the kids in the backyard playing and Willies’ laughter right behind.

William is survived by his sister, Marvene Long Crow from Sioux Falls and brothers Lawrence (Bernadette) Long Crow from Winner and Frank Iron Heart from Sioux Falls, and many nieces, nephews and grandchildren that he cared so deeply for.   Willies’ passing was preceded by his parents Geraldine and William Jr., paternal grandparents Rosa and William, Sr., maternal grandparents Fred and Beulah Iron Heart, a special uncle, Elmer Long Crow, and 2 sisters, Jackie and Sandy.

Vickie Ann (Winter) Harter, 65

Vickie Ann (Winter) Harter, 65, was the daughter of Ralph and Shirley (Rehak) Winter. She was born Aug. 23, 1955, in Winner, SD. On August 16, 1956, Vic was blessed with the birth of her younger sister, Val Winter. The two of them spent the next sixty-four years sharing all the joys, triumphs, and hardships that life had to offer them and shared a bond that only sisters can.

Vic attended school in Winner, where she graduated from high school in 1973. While growing up in Winner, she enjoyed the tight-knit community and friendships that are found in small towns all across South Dakota.

While attending high school, Vic met and fell in love with Lonny Vern Harter. They were married on Aug. 10, 1974, starting a love-filled adventure that would last forty-seven years. Shortly after the wedding they packed their bags and moved to Sturgis, SD, where Lon accepted a job teaching at Sturgis’s Elementary School. After spending their first few years together as a married couple in Sturgis, they once again packed their bags and moved to Philip, SD, where Lon accepted a job to become the elementary principal for Haakon County School District.

While living in Philip, Vic and Lon were blessed with the birth of their first child. Eric John Harter was born in Philip, SD, on Aug. 24, 1979. Three years later, Amy Lynn Harter was born in Philip, SD, on Oct. 17, 1982. During this time, Vic was able to stay home and take care of two of the most important people in her life, Eric and Amy.

In 1984, Lon accepted the job of Middle School Principal at Sturgis Williams Middle School. The Harter’s were once again on the move, but this time they were a family of four. In 1987, Vic took a job working at Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, which she retired from on June 7, 2019, after 32 years of service. While working there, Vic made several lifelong friendships that lasted beyond retirement. While living in Sturgis, Vic and Lon attended LifeSpring Wesleyan Church. They were regulars at the church and met many lifelong friends, not just at church, but throughout the community. They enjoyed spending time with all their friends and family as often as they could.

Vic was blessed with a wonderful husband, incredible children, and a loving family, but without a doubt the thing she enjoyed the most in her life was her grandchildren. There was nothing she enjoyed more than cuddling with them in her big recliner, facetiming them at bath time, talking to them on the phone, and just spending time around all of them. Whether taking them on a trip to Disney World or watching them wrestle with Lon on the living room floor, it was pure joy for Vic. A birthday or holiday did not go by without receiving a card from their grandma, and Sunny, Sean, Berkeley, and Calder loved every second of their time with her.

Victoria “Vickie” Ann Harter, 65, of Sturgis, died Monday, May 31, 2021, at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital.

Survivors that cherished their time spent with Vic include her husband, Lon Harter of Sturgis, SD; her son, Eric (Jason) Harter of Dell Rapids, SD; her daughter, Amy (Chris) Bessette of Wall, SD; grandsons, Berkeley and Calder of Wall, SD; a grandson and granddaughter, Sean and Sunny of Dell Rapids, SD; her mother, Shirley Winter of Rapid City, SD; her sister, Val (Steve) Lien of Rapid City, SD; many in-laws; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Winter; her father and mother in-law, Vern and Berniece Harter; and her nephew, Reed Lien.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. on June 4, 2021, at LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis.   Interment  followed at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

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Verna Jane (Forsch) Aeschbacher, 88

Verna Jane (Forsch) Aeschbacher, 88, of Billings MT passed away peacefully in the early morning of May 22, 2021. Exactly 6 years prior to the date her brother Bing passed away, the family likes to think that he came to bring her home.

Verna was born Nov. 1, 1932 south of Herrick on the family homestead in a sod house to Emil and Albina (Stroh) Forsch. She was the 1st born of 13 children in the family. Verna was raised on the family farm and attended grade school and high school at Burke, SD.  Verna would tell stories of having to get up early and milk the cows before she could clean up and walk to town for school. Verna graduated from Burke High School with the class of 1951. After high school graduation Verna moved to Winner,SD where she worked as a telephone operator for the local telephone company transferring calls with a switch board.

In 1954 Verna met and married Dale Robert Aeschbacher on April 27, 1954. From this union they had 4 children Allen, Meldon, Myron, & Joel.

Verna took pride in being a stay at home mom taking care of her children and later on in life enjoyed having her grandchildren grow up in the same small community as she lived! When her grandkids started high school Verna took pride in cooking lunch every day for them. For 7 consecutive years they would come from school for their 20 minute lunch break to enjoy her home cooked meals which always included some form of potatoes. Verna enjoyed cooking, conversation, and of course making her famous brownies that her grandsons loved and requested often. Verna and Dale always attended any sporting events her grandchildren took part in.

Verna also remembered everyone’s birthday/anniversary and was sure to send a letter or a card out. She made sure to keep in touch with her granddaughter Domenica through the years with letters. Dale would never write a line or two but always made sure to read each letter they received in the mail.

Verna was a Chicago Cubs fan her and Dale would switch the “tube” from the Dodger and Cubs games. Baseball was only one of the many things Verna & Dale shared interest in. In their retirement years you could always find them on Sunday nights playing card downtown or at their friends house. They never would play on the same team girls against guys in pitch.

Verna took time to enjoy herself by being selfless member and was part of the Newcomers extension club for 38 years which includes 2020. Verna would offer up her talents and make 5 homemade pies a year for the annual local 4H fair every August.  She always had to make an extra peach pie for Dale & Bridget to enjoy!

It wasn’t until 2015 when Verna’s health declined after she had multiple mini strokes and once finishing rehab in 2016 moved to Billings, MT with Dale where they proceded to live out their final days.

Verna is survived by her sisters: Marlys Cardelli of Inner Grove Heights, MN; Joyce & Art Knutson of Kaw City, OK; Jann Gessner of Oakdale, MN; Marjorie Schroeder of Appleton, WI; Marlene & Robert Percy of Sioux Falls, SD; her sons, Allen Aeschbacher, Helena, MT; Myron Aeschbacher, Billings MT; Meldon & Kathy Aeschbacher, Ashland WI,; Joel & Rhonda Aeschbacher Wanblee SD, Grandchildren: Domenica VanDyke Sarasota FL, Brooke & Dustin Fisher Winner SD, Sam & Elaine Aeschbacher Ideal SD, Bridget & Younger Kramme Presho SD, Patrick Aeschbacher Winner SD, Jenie & Nick Borders Thermopolis WY, Jess & Miles Vondra, Zap ND. Great Grandchildren: Payton, Bailey Carley, Jerrod, Evelyn, Elyse, Eloise, Emerie, Mieka, Lincoln, Baylee, & Tayton. Along with a very large extended family.Verna is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years Dale Aeschbacher, her parents, a baby sister Karen Kay, her sisters Shirley, Bonnie, and Lorraine and three brothers Gary, LaVonne and LuVerne.

Melvin Reiser, 68

Mass of Christian Burial for Melvin Reiser, 68, of Butte, Neb.,  was held Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Butte. Reverend Richard Reiser and Reverend Bernard Starman were the concelebrants, with burial in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Butte.

Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post 51 and Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements. Melvin died Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Niobrara Valley Hospital in Lynch, Neb.

Melvin Michael Reiser, son of Wilbur and Agnes (Lechtenberg) Reiser, was born Aug. 5, 1952, at Lynch, Neb. He attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School until the eighth grade and graduated from Butte Public School. Melvin served in the United States Army from 1972 until 1975 and was stationed in Germany. Melvin was blessed with two adopted sons, Gary and Carl Reiser and an adopted granddaughter, Rebeka.

Melvin was a teacher and taught at Osmond Public School, Martin School in Martin, South Dakota, Anoka School. His last school was Cheyenne Eagle Butte School where he taught for 35 years.

Melvin was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, All Saints Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus.

Melvin is survived by his adopted son, Gary Reiser; granddaughter, Rebeka; and siblings, Louise Ann Reiser of Spencer, Donna (Donald) LaFerrier of Elk Point, South Dakota, twin brother, Marvin (Julie) Reiser of Butte, Richard Reiser of Omaha, David (Linda) Reiser of Spencer, and Gregory Reiser of Spencer. Many nieces and nephews and friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Agnes (Lechtenberg) Reiser; adopted son, Carl Reiser; sister-in-law, Pamela Reiser; and nephew, Jacob Reiser.

George A. Davis, 90

George A. Davis was born to Roy and Florence (Linton) Davis on March 6, 1931, in Deadwood, SD. He was the youngest in his family and joined a brother, Sam and three sisters, Nellie (Parsons); Inez (Sharp) and Margaret (Kollmar). He grew up in Deadwood, Millboro, Igloo and Custer, SD.

 In 1966, he married the love of his life, Opal Clark. They lived in Custer and eventually bought their own place south of Argyle in Custer County. In addition to raising livestock, he worked on the railroad for many years, starting on the section crew in Custer and worked his way down the line retiring out of Edgemont, SD.

He loved animals and always had some combination of horses, cows, chickens, pigs and lambs as well as dogs, cats, and even a raccoon. He could often be found out walking amongst the cattle, talking to them in his own special way. Some even answered back. He was a true cowboy and loved riding. He had one extra special horse, Wasaka, who he raised from a foal and had for 27 years. He liked to read the history of the country and remembered everything. And if he loved horses, he also loved horse power. The faster the better.

George loved people. He never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with anyone he met.   He and Opal travelled all over the country visiting family and friends and making new ones. They loved to go dancing. He was always up for an adventure and in his 70’s he hiked Black Elk Peak with his niece and her family and travelled to France with a neighbor.

Music was another passion. He learned to play music by ear without any formal instruction.

Preceded in death by his wife, Opal; his parents, Roy and Florence Davis; his siblings, Margaret Kollmar; Inez Sharp and Nellie Parsons; his nieces, Sandra Rhoades; Joy Showalter; and a great grandson, Nicholas Farrell.

He is survived by his step daughter, Gloria Bennett of Tuscon, AZ; grandchildren, Tami Habeck of Tuscon, AZ; Robert (Micole) Miller of Newcastle, WY;  Leona Farrell of Edgemont, SD; 3 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren as well as nieces, Beverly Rose; Devera Sharp; Glenda Keller; Patricia Davis; Dusty Thorstenson; nephews, Jim Sharp; Kenny Kollmar and their families that he enjoyed immensely.

 Memorial services will be held 10 a.m., Monday, June 7, 2021, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD.  Committal services will follow at Custer Cemetery in Custer, SD.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD.

Leo Froning, 95

Leo Froning, 95, of Winner, South Dakota, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Faulkton Area Medical Center Hospital, Faulkton.

Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at St. Liborius Church, Polo, Fr. Kevin Achbach and Father Christopher Hughes, celebrants. Burial    followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Leo’s arrangements. Visit

JoAnn Carlson, 78

JoAnn Carlson, 78, of Winner, SD passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

 Funeral service were held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.  at the United Methodist Church in Winner, SD.  Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.  

  Jo Ann Carlson was born at home on March 18, 1943 to Rella Marie Wheelock in Fremont, Neb. She passed away on at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on May 9, 2021. Jo was adopted by George (Bud) Stickland in 1953 and spent her childhood in rural Tripp County where her love of animals developed.  She rode her horse to school daily, sometimes even in the midst of a blizzard.  She finished school in Winner, South Dakota. 

  In 1960, she married Frank Weaver. To this union was born Frank, Jr.  They soon parted ways and Jo was later married to Dale Engel in 1963.  Dale and Jo welcomed two children, Dean and Dennise, while they lived in rural Tripp County. Dale and Jo separated in 1972.  Jo and her kids then moved to the Oacoma area where they lived until 1980 when they moved to Winner.

  In 2000, Jo married John Carlson, and they purchased a home in the rural Winner area where Jo was able to enjoy her dogs and horses. John passed away in 2002, and Jo began taking in Siberian huskies and German Shepard’s. She eventually added two horses, Lucky and Red.  She shared her love of animals with her grandchildren and great grand-children.

   Jo is survived by her children Frank (Lori) Weaver, Dean (Amy) Engel, Dennise (Bruce) Nielsen, all of Winner and her eight grandchildren: Rachell (Matt) Henning of Maple Grove, MN, Erin (Charlie) Grossenburg of Winner, SD, Robin Curtis of Winner, SD, Miranda Nielsen of Sioux Falls, SD, Lance (Jenny) Engel of Winner, SD, Blake (Reagan) Nielsen of Winner, SD, Landon Engel and Luke Engel of Winner, SD, and fourteen grandchildren, and her brother Gary (Jean) Stickland, Paul and Carol Tonn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Carlson (husband), and one uncle, LeRoy Stickland and many of her favorite animals.