Evelyn Boortz, 89

Evelyn Marie Boortz was born Sept. 5, 1929 to William and Mary (Brunsch) Kahler in Tripp County South Dakota. She was the youngest of five children. Evelyn was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church south of Colome on Dec. 8, 1929 and was confirmed at St. Paul’s on Aug. 31, 1942.

She graduated from the 8th grade of the Progressive School and attended two years at Colome High School.

On Dec. 26, 1949 she married Ivan Boortz at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD. Ivan and Evelyn bought a farm south of Gregory. Jackie Lynne was born Feb. 1953 and Patty Jo was born April 1955. They later moved to Sioux City, IA where Ivan attended barber college.

From there they moved to Rapid City, SD. After a short stay they moved to Winner, SD in 1958. Michael Ivan was born in June of 1959. Evelyn worked 13 years at the Westside Grocery Store and 12 years at the Rexall Drugstore. She then worked as a unit secretary at the Winner Baptist Hospital for a few years.

Evelyn was active at Christ Lutheran Church helping with Sunday School, VBS, and LWML. She was also involved with the VFW of which she was a lifetime member and held different offices in the auxiliary including president and secretary.

In 1981-82 she was the state VFW Auxiliary president and later was the National Council Woman for SD, ND, and WY.

After Ivan passed in 2005, she moved to Edgemont, SD to be closer to Jackie and Mike who also lived there at the time. She loved her children and their spouses and the grandchildren and their spouses and her great grandchildren along with her many nieces and nephews.

Evelyn volunteered for different groups in Winner and after moving to Edgemont she became involved with the American Legion Auxiliary and was the chaplain for the group. She was very patriotic and loved and supported our nation’s veterans.

Evelyn and Ivan loved to travel and most of all to go fishing especially to the Missouri River to fish for walleyes. She made a great pheasant dish and was well known for her homemade ice cream, waffles, whole wheat buns and banana bread.

She was diagnosed shortly after her 80th birthday with a cancerous tumor on her vocal chords. After radiation treatments she was cancer free until Feb. 2013 when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer. After the hysterectomy she was again cancer free until earlier this year.

She was in a lot of pain and was looking forward to the day when the Lord would come and take her by the hand and lead her home. The last thing she said to her daughter Jackie on Friday June 21 was, “If I am not here tomorrow, tell everyone I love them and God bless them.”

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Ivan Boortz, her parents, and Ivan’s parents, her sister and three brothers, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, 5 nephews and 2 nieces.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son Michael and his wife Donna Roebuck of Hermosa; daughters, Jackie and husband Gary Martin of Edgemont; and Patty and husband Dan Henschen of Fremont, NE; and their children Lydia and husband Quinn Tirrel and their children Elijah, Evelyn, and Emelia of Omaha; Jacob and wife Sara Henschen and son Benjamin of Valparaiso, IN; and Joel and wife Jessica of New Orleans, LA; and many wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial Services were held 11 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2019, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD.

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

Leonard Bettcher, 94

Leonard Bettcher, 94, of Winner, SD passed away with family by his side on June 21, 2019 at Avera Majestic Bluffs Care Center in Yankton, SD.

The funeral was held on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 9 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed at the Black Hills National Cemetery, located east of Sturgis, SD, at 2:30 p.m. (MT).

Leonard was born on Jan. 20, 1925 to August and Christina Bettcher. He was the 6th born out of 7 children in a wagon on the way to the doctor’s office in Carter, SD. He attended The South Crystal Springs school south of Carter.

At the age of 11, in 1936, the family moved to the Dallas area, where he finished grade school. He ended up receiving his diploma from Gregory High School.

In 1950, moved to a farm with two of his brothers, Richard and Verloyn, and parents, which was located half a mile north of Jordan Corner. His brother Richard and Leonard engaged in farming together at this time.

Around 1955, he attended school in Pueblo, Colo., to learn telegraphy and the morse code. Then, went to Iowa and worked for the railroad as a telegrapher for a short time. He loved to hear train whistles blow.

In 1958-59, he worked for the Winner Police Force as a police officer. Also, in 1960-61, he worked with the Winner Post Office as a mail carrier but due to his military injury was unable to stay with this position. While pursuing these other occupations, he still continued to farm with his brother, Richard, and retired from farming in the early 1980s.

He married Ruby (Van Matre) Heinzman July 3, 1965. To this union, two children were born, Leon and Michelle, three step-children Roger, Michael, and Denise. They lived on a farm ½ mile north of Jordan Corner and later two miles west of Winner. Divorced in June 1977.

Leonard was a proud member of WWII and was part of Co B 72 Military Police Co. At the age of 17, he was drafted and entered into the service at Fort Snelling, MN on July 27, 1944.

To start his journey, Allen, his brother, drove him to the railroad depot in Gregory, SD where they said their goodbyes. He was well on his way to the service at Fort Snelling, MN where he picked up his military belongings.

Later, boarded a train and headed to Campwalders, TX where he completed seventeen weeks of basic training. Then, shipped overseas to EIO Eastern Theater Marse France. From there, right straight to the frontline.

While fighting up at the frontline, motor shells were coming in and upon these exploding, shrapnel hit his left foot, which caused him to fall down. As he was being taken away on a stretcher, more shells came in, blowing the stretcher and him off the jeep and knocking him out, later waking up at the Aide Station.

After being treated at the Aide Station, he was put on an ambulance and taken to the 403rd hospital, where quite a bit of time was spent, later returning home.

He was honorably discharged June 22, 1946 at Camp McCoy, Wis. and is a recipient of the Purple Heart, Army of Occupation Ribbon (Germany), Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Service Medal, and Bronze Star Medal.

He often told his family about his time fighting in WWII. This particular memory was very meaningful to him. When fighting at the frontline, he opened up a small Bible that was given to the soldiers. When this Bible was opened, it was opened to Psalm 23.

As he described as the darkest of nights, a light shined down upon this Bible, making it possible for him to read this Psalm and giving him comfort.
God was a very important part of his life.

Leonard was a big influence on his children and grand-children, as he always encouraged them to be in God’s word and go to church.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW and also enjoyed helping serve lunch at the American Legion on Labor Day in Winner.

He had a love for gardening and had a garden every year, until age 91. Local farmers would stop by and enjoy fruits and vegetables out of his garden.

Every year, Leonard would put up many jars of canned pickles using his own recipe. His family and Leonard always enjoyed this time of the year as they got to enjoy buttered bread with a pickle inside, so good! He was proud of his pickles and shared many with friends and family.

Some of the things Leonard loved were: attending church on Sunday, taking drives, vacationing (favorite spot being Mount Rushmore and seeing the faces), the state of Arizona and always wanting to reside there, coloring Easter eggs and never felt too old for this, eat out, go for coffee, sit outside under the shade tree and eat muskmelon and watermelon, flying the American flag on the farm, picnicking at the Valentine City Park, parades, camping, fishing and lending a helping hand.

Leonard enjoyed spending time with his children, grand-daughters (he was always so proud of all their accomplishments) and a very special companion, Princess (his dog).

Leonard is preceded in death by his parents August and Christina Bettcher; 2 sisters Ida (Frank) Vedral and Martha (Sam) Hauff; 3 brothers Allen (Ruth), Alfred (Frieda) and Richard (Teresa).

He is survived by his son Leon and daughter Michelle (David) Smith; 3 step-children Roger (Roxann) Heinzman, Michael (Anja) Heinzman, Denise (Jerry) Olson; brother Verolyn (Linda); 4 grandchildren MaCallie, Melissa, Shambraea, and Ally; 8 step-grandchildren Raelen, Randa Cheryl, Scott, Steven, Anna, Joshua and Justin; many nieces and nephews and lots of friends.

For The Love of Racing

By Colton Hall
staff writer

If you were to walk in to Central Auto Body, all you would see is copious amounts of trophies.

For a racing career that started in 2003, Broc Stout has certainly made a name for himself in the Wissota Street Stock Racing Circuit. The barrage of trophies certainly speak volumes for the success that Stout has sustained.

“I started racing because of my dad,” Stout said. “I started pretty young, and it’s been really fun since. I just love racing.”

Winning is something that drivers or spectators might be worried about, but with Stout, who has won three of his last four races, it’s just another part of the sport that he loves. Stout won first place in Miller at Miller Central Speedway on Saturday, June 22.

“Everything went fine,” Stout said of his victory. “It was just another great day to race, and nothing bad happened. I was just out there to have fun, and that’s what I did.”

Winning just seems to be a regular thing for the quiet Stout. He’s not flashy, but he loves what he does and that’s what might make him most successful. You won’t find him gloating about how many trophies he’s won, or about the people that he’s come in contact with.

“One of the best things about racing is the people you meet,” Stout said. “With the environment, and all the good people you meet, it just makes the sport of racing that much more fun.”

Stout also placed ninth in national points in Wissota Street Stock racing, and third at the Leonard Ferguson Memorial race.

While some would think that the grind would be the hardest part of racing or the pressure of winning, there’s a lot more that makes the sport so pressure packed. Something as simple as travel proves to be difficult as Stout will travel to Rapid City to race at the Black Hills Speedway on Friday.

Despite the pressure and travel, Stout just continues to do what the thing he loves most.

“The travel is difficult,” Stout said. “But, I love what I do and it’s all worth it in the end.

Stout’s father, Dave, helps with repairs and gives advice to his son. After all, it was Dave who got his son interested in racing.

“I think that the most important thing that I’ve learned is to take care of your equipment,” Dave Stout said. “You’re always going to find something, and you have to keep checking on everything to make sure that everything runs properly. Anything you can get to, you better check.”

Winning isn’t everything, and that’s something that people will be able to infer when meeting the Stouts.

“I’ve really enjoyed the experience,” Stout said. “All of my sponsors have made it really fun to represent them, and I love racing. I’m grateful for all the people that have helped me along the way.”

Cowboys Have New Football Coach

By Colton Hall
Staff writer

One year removed from a state championship in 2018, the Cowboys were looking for a new head football coach.

They got one.

Gene Bertram will be the new head football coach for the Colome Cowboys.

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Kenneth Foley, 97

Kenneth (Ken) M. Foley, age 97, of Sioux Falls died Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Sioux Falls with burial at St. Michael Cemetery, Sioux Falls, SD.

Ken was born on Dec. 16, 1921 in LeMars, IA to Thomas J. and Theresa M. (Peters) Foley. He moved with his family to Colome, SD where he grew up and graduated from Colome High School. Following graduation he entered the US Navy where he served for eight years.

Ken married Carol A. Fuhrman and to this union 6 children were born.
Ken spent 37 years as district supervisor for Getty Oil Company in the Skelgas Division. He retired in 1983. Carol preceeded him in death on Jan. 16, 1989. Ken was united in marriage to Dolores L. Vickery on June 30, 1990 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.

Ken was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church; Moose Lodge; Elks Lodge; United Commercial Travelers, a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, DAV and Knights of Columbus. He also served as a member of the Military Honor Guard honoring his fellow soldiers. Ken received special awards including a 60 Year Award from the American Legion and a 50 Year Award from the Knights of Columbus.

Ken’s hobbies included, golfing, pool playing, traveling, hunting, fishing and antique automobiles.

Thankful for having shared in his life are his wife, Dolores Foley, Sioux Falls; 6 children, Kaye (Larry) Jurgens of Aberdeen, Mike (Donna) Foley of Sioux Falls, Pat (Jamie) Hogan of Hockley, TX, Linda (Bob) Askren of Sioux Falls, Larry Foley of Wichita, KS, Deb (Ken) Bussmus; 5 step-children, Warren (Jule) Vickery of Sergeant Bluff, IA, Bob (Barb) Vickery of Aurora, CO, Mary Vickery of Sioux Falls, Larry Vickery of Sioux Falls, Jim (Sharon) Vickery, Wimauma, FL; a special cousin, Betty Talbott of Sioux Falls; 25 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Ken was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol; his parents, Thomas and Theresa Foley and sister, Darlene Nielson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Legion Building Fund and The Banquet.


Craig Tuttle, 39

Craig Anthony Tuttle, age 39, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

He was born on June 16, 1979 in Bedford, Texas, the son of Robert Tuttle and Eva Nino Pantle.

Craig graduated from Winfern High School in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Texas San Antonio.

Craig had a uniquely fun personality and seemed to get so much joy out of making people smile. He loved spending time with family, especially during his trips to Peru. He also enjoyed his time spent fishing and hunting whenever he could, but found added joy when he could do so in South Dakota. He loved to play golf, to watch live sports or on TV, and his favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.

Craig had a generous and caring heart that seemed to touch everyone he met. Those he loved and those who loved him have truly been blessed with a special gift during his time here on earth. While his loss to those he loved will be felt immensely, we have assurance that we too will soon be with him and the Lord in Heaven. What a glorious day that will be!

He is survived by his beloved wife, Penny Reeves; his father, Robert Tuttle; his mother, Eva Nino Pantle; his brother, Jeremy Pratt; his sisters, Heather Padraza, Sierra Tuttle and Emily Tuttle; step-father, William Pantle and step-mother, Lourdes Tuttle.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Wanda Tuttle; maternal grandparents, Eva Palacios and Santiago Nino; and cousin, Cody Stenson.

A celebration of Craig’s life will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Community Room in Winner on Saturday, June 29, 2019, beginning at 10 a.m. where there will be a time of family sharing followed by a reception. Craig’s ashes will be scattered on the South Dakota prairies of the Brad and Shawn Tuttle ranch following the celebration of his life Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Craig Tuttle Memorial Fund.

Cheryl Crawford,71

Cheryl Jean Crawford, 71, of Tucson, AZ died peacefully on May 30, 2019, after a lengthy illness.

Cheryl was born to Walter and Irene (Fuhrer) Burke on April 10, 1948, in Gregory, SD. She was raised in Winner, SD and graduated from Winner High School in 1966.

She was married to Lawrence Crawford for 17 years and three children were born to this union. She felt blessed to be able to stay home with her children when they were young and was always active in their activities.

In 1989, Cheryl graduated from Black Hills State University with a degree in elementary education. She lived in South Dakota until 1994 when she moved to Arizona with her family. She was a beloved 3rd grade teacher at Curiel Primary School in Eloy, AZ for 18 years. Cheryl felt that teaching was a way of life for her, not just a job. She was disappointed when health problems forced her to retire in 2012.

In addition to teaching, Cheryl loved traveling and spending time with her family. She is survived by her daughter, Lori (Dana) Adams; her son, Robert Crawford and her granddaughter, Amanda Adams. She will also be missed by many friends and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son, Corey Crawford.

A service of committal and burial will take place at Winner Cemetery in Winner, SD on July 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catalina Lutheran Church, 15855 N. Twin Lakes Drive, Catalina, AZ 85739, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

No Shortcuts for Sacred Hoops

By Colton Hall
Staff writer

Winner legend Frank Leahy once said, “There are no shortcuts in life, only those we imagine.”

It’s a pretty straightforward saying. Basically if you want to get somewhere, shortcuts aren’t the answer. It’s going to take hard work to get where you want.

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Winner/Colome Legion takes Down Chamberlain

By Colton Hall, Staff Writer

Winner/Colome pitcher, Carter Brickman unleashes a pitch against Chamberlain.

It wasn’t mistake free, but the Winner/Colome Legion baseball team churned out a 6-2 victory over Chamberlain on Wednesday night at Leahy Bowl.

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