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.

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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.

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.

Reginald Wayne Schnabel, 51

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 States.

Vernon D. Fischer, 89

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

Ruth (Dobbin) Whiting, 90

Ruth (Dobbin) Whiting, 90, of Rapid City, SD and formerly of Winner, SD, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Avantara Saint Cloud Nursing Home in Rapid City.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, September 8 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City. Burial will be Thursday, September 9, at 10:00 am at the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Ruth was born March 22, 1931 in Iona, SD to Gerald and Laura (Foote) Dobbin. Ruth grew up on the family farm in Iona, SD. She told stories of her travels which included living in Japan.

Ruth returned to the Winner area and had various jobs. One of those jobs was working for the late Dr. Robert Still as a medical secretary. Ruth and Harold Whiting were united in marriage in June of 1960. They had one infant son, Michael Todd who passed away. They adopted three children, Laurie, Steve and Mary. They also took care of and raised 179 foster children within the mix. Ruth was a member of the Winner United Methodist Church and believed in bringing God into the foster children’s lives.

She loved to crochet, doing jigsaw puzzles, word search books and writing short stories and poems.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband Harry in May of 2013; infant son; her parents and brother Harold Dobbin.

She is survived by her children, Laurie (Darwin) Heying of Rapid City; Steve (Karla) Whiting of Watertown, SD and Mary Roubidaux of Red Oak, TX; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Sympathy cards may be sent in care of Laurie Heying 572 Field View Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701.

Tiny (Larry) Eugene Keierleber,73

Tiny (Larry) Eugene Keierleber, age 73, passed away on September 1, 2021 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Left behind was his spouse, Connie Royer, who he married in October of 2020.

He was born in Winner South Dakota on September 8th, 1947 to Phyllis Keierleber (Harthaus) and Harold Keierleber. After two years of High School in Winner, Tiny attended two years at Sunshine Bible Academy. Following high school, he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota in 1968 for further education. After moving, he stayed in the Black Hills area. He worked at Hills Material, and then for a while as a long haul driver. He owned The Bicycle Shop for a while. More recently, he’s had the titles of Chef and Partner at Connie’s Place and Owner of Tiny’s Knives and Things where he sold his curated knife and fire arm collection. Other odd jobs included delivering fire wood in the winters and security guard.

In October of 1969, Tiny married Carol (Pautsch) Keierleber and they had two children; Shawn (Justin) Moss, and Shane “Sweet P” (Tara) Keierleber.

Tiny’s personal interests involved outdoors, motorcycles, creativity, time with family, reading, and being the master of silly (sometimes bad) jokes. He liked to make big hearty meals and was known for his famous green chili recipe. There are dozens of handmade wooden toys that are still used and appreciated. There are also many stories of him being good with animals.

Tiny is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Shawn (Justin) Moss and Sweet P (Tara) Keierleber; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Mary Jo, and aunt Lorraine Meeder.

A private visitation will be held for family and close friends at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the American Legion in Piedmont. Celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. All are welcome and lunch will be provided.

Veronika Lakstigala, 99

Veronika Lakstigala, age 99, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Veronika was born March 13, 1922 in Daugavpils, Latvia to Sebastjans and Karina Paberzs. Her family fled to Sweden from Latvia in 1944. They moved to the United States in November 1959, locating in White River, South Dakota.

Veronika was joined in marriage to Peters E. Lakstigala on Dec. 20, 1959 in White River, South Dakota. In 1968, the couple moved to Sioux Falls. She was a piano and music teacher for 54 years before retiring in 2004.

Veronika was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. She served as a board member of the First Arts Council. She received the honor of the Knights of the White Buffalo award. Veronika founded the Piano Forum in Sioux Falls. She joined the Sioux Falls Area Music Association Auxiliary and was their first president. Veronika served 22 years as secretary treasurer of the South Dakota Music Association, and as the president from 1972-1973.

Veronika’s hobbies include gardening, geography, languages and art. Her greatest passion was music, especially teaching piano lessons to all her wonderful students.

Veronika was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Peters E. Lakstigala.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lions Eye Bank or American Latvian Association.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Aug.31, 2021 at Miller Funeral Home – Southside Chapel, in Sioux Falls, SD. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral arrangements held by Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, SD. For obituary and online registry book, please visit

Greg Allen Genzlinger, 73

Greg Allen Genzlinger, 73, was born on Sept. 2, 1947 in Canova, SD to Gordon and Geraldine Genzlinger. 

Greg passed away on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD from a short battle with stage 4 lung cancer that spread to the brain.   Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in Elkton.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept.11, 2021, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings with burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Howard, SD. The funeral will be able to be viewed at and on Mount Calvary’s Facebook page.

Greg grew up with his siblings, Winston, Mona, and Janeen, on the family farm southeast of Howard, SD.  He was active in cultivating the land and gained a great appreciation for the outdoors.  While living at home on the family farm, Greg attended St. John Lutheran Church, where he was both baptized and confirmed.

Greg and Pat (Hegdahl) were married on Aug. 10, 1968.  The following year, Greg graduated from Dakota State University.  They decided to take their adventure westward and Greg started teaching math courses in the Winner School District from 1969 to 2003.  They were active members of Christ Lutheran Church in Winner.  Two daughters were born into the family, Dawn, in April of 1971 and Robin, in October of 1977.  Greg spent many hours with the girls trying to instill his love of nature.

Through the years, Greg gained two amazing sons-in-law, Jim Reedy and Luke Hemmen.  A lot of time was spent with these guys…teaching both of them how to catch a mighty musky.  Greg and Pat gained six grandchildren from these marriages and his grandkids were Greg’s pride and joy.  He attended countless football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, track, cross-country, concerts, band, and theater events.  He would always show up supporting the kids and their team colors.  It was easy to see how much he loved and adored his grandkids…you just had to look at his face.  His life revolved around his grandkids.

We all know he had a great love for fishing and hunting.  Spring and summer were spent on ponds, lakes, rivers, and trips to Canada.  Fall and winter were reserved for pheasant and deer hunting with family and friends.  He enjoyed these activities, but he enjoyed the company of his people even more.  Winner, SD was their home for 47 years before they decided to move to Elkton, SD in 2016 to be closer to family.

Greg is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pat.  His children:  Dawn (Jim) Reedy of Norfolk, NE and Robin (Luke) Hemmen of Elkton, SD.  His six grandchildren:  Taylor (Sydney Graver) Reedy, Sydney (Andrew) Meuret, and Grace Reedy;  Jack, Malayna and Berkley Hemmen.  His sister, Mona Dickhaut and brothers-in-law Mike (Dawn) and Garry (Connie) Hegdahl; and sister-in-law Carolyn Genzlinger.  As well as a host of extended family and friends.

Greg is preceded in death by his parents Gordon and Geraldine;  Father and Mother-in-Law, Harold and Evelyn Hegdahl;  brother Winston, sister Janeen, and brother-in-law Leonard Dickhaut.  He will be greatly missed and remembered always.

Dolores Soles, 97

Dolores Soles, 97, of Winner, SD passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at the Winner Regional Health Care Center in Winner, SD.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 at 2 p.m.  at the Church of Nazarene in Winner. Burial  followed in the Winner City Cemetery.

Dolores Mae Mann was born Aug. 12, 1924 to George and Myrtle (Patterson) Mann along with identical twin sister Dorothy in a farm house north of Colome. In 1927 they moved to a farm southeast of Millboro. She attended school at Millboro High School. Her and her twin Dorothy went home to work on the family farm. Dolores and Dorothy were always mistaken for each other wherever they would go.

Dolores married Frank Soles on Aug. 24, 1942 in Valentine, NE. They lived 13 miles southwest of Winner. To this union four children were born: Frank Allan, Kathy, Linda, and Patricia.

While the children were growing up, they attended Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Later in life she became a member of Church of the Nazarene and attended with her sister Maxine.

During her adult years she had daycare in her home, helped with the legion steak night, volunteered at the nursing home with her sister Maxine. She loved to bake and taught her daughters and granddaughters how. She had patience and didn’t care on how big of a mess was made in the kitchen. She loved to dance where her and Frank went with family and friends to local dance halls. She also loved to play marbles and skipbo with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Frank Allan (Joanna) Soles, Bridgeton, MO; Kathy (Craig) Scott, Council Bluffs, IA; Linda (Danny) Brunmeier; Patricia Rehak; and a special friend Kathy (Ron) Taggart all of Winner, SD; also many nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law Ellen Goslin, Idaho; Mary Hayford, Oregon; & Helen Michaels, Idaho.

Her grandchildren Frank Allan Soles Jr., St. Louis, MO; Justin (Val) Brunmeier, Winner, SD; Danielle (Dan) Bohman, Pierre, SD; Jamie (Haris) Scott-Bosnic, West Des Moines, IA; and John (Jessie) Rehak, Winner, SD.

Great grandchildren Alyssa Soles, Tyler Brunmeier, Tayne Bohman, Brantley, John-Douglas, & Jack Rehak.

Great great grandchild RiverLee Brunmeier.

Preceding her in death were her husband Frank, parents George and Myrtle, her siblings Isabel, Lela, Percy, Maxine, Dorothy, Twila, Bud, son-in-law Doug Rehak, Franks parents Bill & Dottie and numerous brothers and sisters.