Zina Chris “Zike” Hansen, 80

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Zina Chris “Zike” Hansen died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 in Casper. He was born Nov. 5, 1934 at Carter, SD to Chancey W. and Alice L. (Adkins) Hansen. He worked on the family farm until he joined the army in Jan. 1954. He was married Aug. 20, 1955 to Virginia Boerner. They were the parents of five children. Family was everything to him and he was a fun father and good example to his children. He was also very attentive to his parents and 9 siblings, visiting or calling often. He worked in construction and owned Rocky Mountain Sheet Metal and then Hansen Ent. He was baptized with his first child at this church and the church became very important to him. In 73/74 he and Virginia sponsored the MYF with 35 to 55 teens every week.  These kids did the first candle lighting service in the church, which then became a tradition.  At the request of Rev Day, he oversaw the construction of the large cross over the alter, then gifting it to the church. He was also very involved in the 3 phases of remodel by the church and served on various Church boards for about 30 years.

Mary Agnes Burnette, 99

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Mary Agnes Burnette, 99, of White River, SD passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the White River Healthcare Center in White River.   Funeral service were held on Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in White River.  Burial  followed in the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis on Feb. 27,  at 1:30 p.m.

Mary Agnes Burnette was born December 22, 1915 in Mellette County. She was one of nine children of Joseph and Anna (Sindelar) Novey. She attended grade 1-8 at the Round-Up school near the family ranch northwest of White River.

She married Fred Burnette on February 26, 1935 at Martin, SD. Fred was a SeaBee (construction battalion) in the Navy. During that time they lived in various places including Rosebud, Spearfish, Rapid City, Garden Grove, CA, and eventually Mary moved back to White River to be close to her family.

Mary was a kind, gentle, honest and loving person. She loved the outdoors and especially loved gardening and growing flowers. She cared for sisters and brother while they were ill. She loved her family with all her heart. She lived and died with Grace.

Grace Neyens, 94

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Grace Neyens, 94, of Winner, passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner.  Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.  Burial followed in the Colome City Cemetery.

Grace was born on August 29, 1920 at the family homestead located west of Hamill, SD.  She was the daughter of William and Loretta (Range) Scheufler. She grew up and attended the Lone Star rural school.  She attended Hamill High School for one year and then completed her remaining years of high school in Winner graduating with the class of 1938.  She continued her education at Southern State normal college at Springfield, SD.  She then taught in a rural school located in Tripp County.

On June 3, 1941, she was united in marriage to Raymond Neyens at St. Isidore church at Colome, SD.  They made their home on a farm northeast of Colome.  Three children were born to this union: Ray Jr. and the twins Dennis and Diana.  She enjoyed many years on the family farm.  She raised a big garden, did lots of canning, raised poultry and helped with various chores on the farm.  She had always enjoyed planting and caring for many different types of flowers.  During the winter months, when time permitted, she enjoyed sewing, embroidery work, crocheting and handcrafts.

She enjoyed traveling and toured all 50 states in the USA and Canada.  She  always welcomed company to visit, have lunch and maybe even played a few hands of cards with them.

She was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she enjoyed spending time with them. She, like her father, was quiet in nature and liked to keep things in order.

After 50 years on the farm, they retired and moved to Winner in November 1990.                              After the death of her husband, Raymond, in 2010 she moved to the Golden Prairie Manor.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic, C.D.A, Farmers Union, Retired Teachers and the Historical Society.  She helped establish the Ray and Grace Neyens Family Scholarship for the Local Tripp County High Schools.

Loretta Ward, 73

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Loretta Janice Furrey was born November 4, 1941, to Gerald and Antha (Kinsley) Furrey in Nebraska. She grew up in the Valentine and Mission area on a farm. She moved to Kadoka, South Dakota her junior year of high school and graduated as Valedictorian of her class. She then attended Black Hills Teachers College and received a teaching degree. After graduating, Loretta taught school in Rapid City.

She was united in marriage to Jerry Ward, and they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where their son, Jeff, was born. Later they moved to Kadoka where their son, Gary, was born.

Loretta divorced Jerry shortly thereafter.

Loretta was a devoted stay at home mom for her two sons and resided with her father, Gerald Furrey. Loretta worked cleaning motel rooms while her children were younger.

In the mid-1970’s, she continued her teaching career in Wanblee. Later she took a position teaching elementary school in Kadoka where she taught until her retirement.

Loretta was active in the community as a member of the Rebeccah Lodge. She also volunteered at the CAP Office and served on the Jackson County Library Board. Loretta left her home in Kadoka in April 2014 due to health problems. She was in and out of the hospital, assistant living, and nursing homes until her death.

Loretta was an avid reader, especially mystery books. She enjoyed gardening and making quilts. Her family is what she cared for most. She will be missed dearly by all those she touched through family, friends, and teaching.

Frances Bachmann, 78


Frances Bachmann, age 78, of Winner, passed away on February 28, 2015 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Winner. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the church with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Henry E. Miller, 78

Henry E. Miller was born on Thanksgiving Day November 26, 1936 south of Dallas, SD at his grandparent’s home to Ed and Frieda (Knittel) Miller. Henry was baptized in the Lutheran Church as an infant.

The family moved south of Colome to his present home in the spring of 1940. He attended rural school at Rosebud School. Henry was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in the Zion Lutheran Church in Colome. He graduated from Colome High School in 1954.

Henry enlisted in the Army and went to basic training in 1956. He finished his time in the service at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City with an honorable discharge. Henry then spent three more years in the SD National Guard.

After returning from the service, Henry farmed and ranched with his dad and brother. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Colome and served on the Church Council. Henry was on the Township Board and Weed Board. Henry liked hunting and bowling and enjoyed stockcar races.

Henry passed away peacefully at his home February 15, 2015 at the age of 78 years.