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Dale Sawvell

Born : Nov 21, 1968

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Kadoka, SD

Dale Richard Sawvell was born November 21, 1968, in Rapid City, South Dakota to Don and Marcia (Anderson) Sawvell. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Wall. Dale attended grade school in Wall and graduated from Wall High School in 1987. It was during this time that he made many lifelong friends, including his wife Jackie. After high school Dale continued to farm and ranch side-by-side with his dad. Together they built and fixed many things, and if the neighbors were struggling and needed ...Read More

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Kadoka, SD

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Bryon (Tina) Fite of White Owl and Vona Fite (Todd Sieler) of Wall; brother, Robert "Bob" Fite of Kadoka; sister, Karen (Terry) Pinney of Philip; grandchildren, Tracey, Casey, Lukus, Kenda, and Trenton; great-grandchildren, Tilden, Andi, Bridger, Myca, Braxton, Lynlee, Helen, Maurice, Ramona, and Nova and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Laurence Rubottom; mother, Mytle Jacobson; adoptive father, Glen Fite; step-mother, Edna Rubottom; step-father Donald Jacobson; brother, Larry Fite; sister, Debra Rubottom at 2 weeks old; an angel daughter, grandson and granddaughter who all passed away at birth. Funeral arrangements are pending. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Scott Kennedy

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Kadoka, SD

Survivors include his wife Beth Kennedy of Philip; two sons Radley Kennedy and Tyrel Kennedy both of Philip; daughter Blayne (Kenny) Feidler of New Underwood; two grandchildren; brother Kent Kennedy of Rapid City; sister Judy Goldhammer of Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Dorothy Kennedy; brother Dennis Kennedy; and brother-in-law Paul Goldhammer. Arrangements are pending. Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 495 Philip, SD 57567. Arrangements are pending.

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Russell Masartis

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Kadoka, SD

Russell, as he was known by all, was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Anthony and Josephine Masartis. He attended the Pittsburgh First Primitive Methodist Church where he met his wife, Donna Lee Ceney and preached his first sermon at age 15. He attended California State College and got his divinity and education degree and became a Pastor in the Primitive Methodist Denomination. Russell and Donna married at their home church, the First Primitive Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, on September 9, 1967. At that time, Russell was a student pastor, and Donna became a Pastor’s Wife, and would learn so much about her position only as she worked alongside Russell in partnership. Russell and Donna had an inspiring ministry living in Rowles Run, PA, Wilkes barre, PA, Carnegie, PA, Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville), PA, Lowell, MA, Benton, WI, Mission SD, and finally Wall, SD. Together they started bible studies, Youth Groups, rogram (Growth Resulting after Discipleship and Evangelism, A fiber arts Center, a Winter Walkers Program, Hot Meal Program, and several successful and still running Food Pantries and Thrift Shops. During the 54 years as a pastor, Russell served many churches in both the Primitive Methodist and United Methodist Church Denominations as well as several years as the Director at the Tree of Life Relief Agency on the Rosebud Lakota Reservation. Russell made his first attempt to retire in 2015 but was called back to the ministry to serve as a pastor for the Wall and Wasta SD Churches and he and Donna started the Open Hearts Cancer Care ministry. Russell eventually retired July 1, 2023. Russell embraced the simpler life in the Badlands and loved spending time with his dogs and other animals. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna L. Masartis whom he lost 2 years ago. Russell was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in September 2023 and enjoyed his life with his family right to the end. Russell was a father, a grandfather a great-grandfather and was soon to be a great-great-grandfather. He is survived by his daughter Donnalynn James (William Deppe); his son Russell Robert Masartis (Cheri); his seven grandchildren Jamie Hoover (Jesse), Courtney Bland (Will) Brittni Hayes (Sir Crumpet) Kelsey Boeggeman (John), Riley Hayes (Michele) Keirsten Masartis and Alexandra Masartis; his eight great-grandchildren Ally Hoover, Abby Hoover, Matthew Ruffing, Anthony (AJ) Boggeman, Leila (Ladybug) Boeggeman, Liam Bland, Olivier (Ollie Bland) and Violet Bland. Russell had one great-great-grandchild on the way due in July 2024 that he affectionately called “Tator Tot”. There will be a private family celebration of life at a later date. The family asks that in Lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Open Hearts Cancer Care Ministry that Russell and Donna started to reach out to South Dakota cancer patients, monthly with encouragement. Please send donations to Open Hearts Cancer Care Ministry C/O Wall United Methodist Church PO Box 313 Wall, SD 57790

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Virginia Ferguson

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Kadoka, SD

Survivors include two sons Lee Ferguson and his wife Beverly of Billings, Montana, and Gary Ferguson and his wife Vicky of Huron; and a host of other relatives and friends. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Don on October 14, 2014; two stillborn sons Steve Allen and Jimmy Ray; her parents; and a daughter-in-law Carrie Ferguson. Funeral services are pending.

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Virginia Ferguson

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Kadoka, SD

Survivors include two sons Lee Ferguson and his wife Beverly of Billings, Montana, and Gary Ferguson and his wife Vicky of Huron; and a host of other relatives and friends. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Don on October 14, 2014; two stillborn sons Steve Allen and Jimmy Ray; her parents; and a daughter-in-law Carrie Ferguson. Funeral services are pending.

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Charles J. Keever

Born : Jul 12, 1940

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Kadoka, SD

Charles J. Keever, better known as “Jay” by his family and friends, was born July 12, 1940 in Concord, California to Charles E. and Pauline (Collier) Keever. The family later moved to South Dakota where Jay was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. Jay joined the United States Army in 1963 and dealt with nuclear reactors. He was honorably discharged in 1965. On March 22, 1962, Jay was united in marriage to Louise “Kay” Wedean in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple lived in the Pierre area as well as Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado. In 1973, they moved to Murdo, South Dakota. Jay is survived by daughter Shelly Kay Manke (William Green) of Murdo; son Jason Patrick Keever of Broadus, Texas; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren with one on the way; sister Ramona Hight of Buffalo, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Kay Keever on November 30, 1998; sister Donna Curry; sister-in-law Earlene Hullinger; and brothers-in-law Roy Hight and Ed Curry. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial services will be held at later date.

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Mary Parsons Slovek

Born : Nov 09, 1932

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Kadoka, SD

Mary was born on November 9, 1932 in Manderson, South Dakota to Helen and Bill Parsons. The family moved to Hardingrove where she attended grade school and then off to high school in Rapid City. Mary rode the train from Philip to Rapid City to attend school. She graduated from Philip High School and then attended Black Hills Teachers College and taught country school. Mary told many stories about enduring the terrible blizzard of 1949 during her high school years. Mary met the love of her life at a roller skating rink. The tall, handsome, dark- haired man was Frank Slovek. They were married on June 8, 1952. To this union six children were born. They bought the Dorothy and Ray Smith place and started their married life on the ranch. Mary was very involved with the ranch and her community. Mary was a sports enthusiast; baseball and bull riding were her favorites. Mary and Frank loved to travel together and went on many wonderful trips: once to Hawaii, Branson, Missouri, the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City and traveled to Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, a couple of times with friends. Mary and Frank had roller skates and enjoyed skating Sunday afternoons in Philip. She even had her own snowmobile and skies. As the kids were growing up, Sunday afternoons were filled with numerous kids around loving the cinnamon rolls she would make for them. Mary was a faithful member of The Evangelical Free Church, teaching Release Time, Sunday School and Bible School. She enjoyed the many gatherings after church on Sundays. She also operated a dress shop, The Fashion Shoppe, in Philip for many years in the 70’s. Her married life was sadly shortened when Frank had a heart attack and left her a widow at 53. She continued to live on the ranch until she was 70 years old. During that time she spent many winters in Sun City, AZ. She moved to the Black Hills for a few years and then finally returned to Philip. Mary loved a good card game and going to Hill City during the Motorcycle Rally. She would sit out front of her daughter’s store looking at all the beautiful motorcycles and visiting with the bikers. Once she was even given a ride on a Harley. Her family called her the Energizer Bunny. She lived in her own home and even mowed her own yard up to the very end. On December 4, 2023 she found out she had cancer. Mary’s last big joy was Christmas surrounded by all of her family. Mary is survived by her children, Judy Walker of Custer, Carol Slovek of Philip, Julie McQuirk of Rapid City, Scott (Greg) Boehm-Slovek of Crab Orchard, TN, Paul Slovek of Philip, and Dwight (Marie) Slovek of Philip; numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; sisters, Doris Berry of Philip, Leah (James) Waddell of Phoenix, AZ, brother, Bill (Connie) Parsons of Milesville; sister-in-law Joanne Parsons of Rapid City, sister-in-law Janice Parsons of Milesville; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; granddaughters, Alicia McQuirk and Chris Poper; sons-in-law Ralph McQuirk, and Larry Walker; and brothers, Dean, Boyd and Bart Parsons. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established locally. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 19, at the American Legion Hall in Philip. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 20, at the American Legion Hall in Philip. Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip. Friday, January 19, 2024 - 5-7 p.m. American Legion Hall Philip, South Dakota Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 1:30 p.m. American Legion Hall Philip, South Dakota CLERGY Pastor Ron Stradinger Deacon Lloyd Frein Pastor Robert Brooks MUSIC Marianne Frein - Pianist Shelby Hanson - Vocalist "Amazing Grace" "My Way" Lisa Hofer - Donette Gregg USHERS Pat Fosheim - Kalvin Eisenbraun Tyler Cowing - Tayte Clark Levi Buchert - Elliot McQuirk - Casey Slovek Kash Slovek - Ryan Poper - Rory Wendt Kasey Schuelke - Jarod Soukup All Relatives and Friends in Attendance Masonic Cemetery Philip, South Dakota Established Locally

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Arvin John Hout

Born : Dec 18, 1935

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Kadoka, SD

Arvin John Hout was born December 18, 1935 in Pollock, South Dakota. He was the fifth child born to Mike and Emma Hout. After high school Arvin volunteered for the draft and served two years in the U.S. Army. He spent two years in Germany where he played basketball for the Army. In 1961 he moved to Philip, South Dakota to work with Delzer Construction. They built Highway 73 which runs south of Philip. At that time, he met the love of his life, June Keller. They were united in marriage in November of 1961 and recently celebrated 62 years of marriage. To this union they were blessed with two children: Greg Hout of Pierre and Stacy Bielmaier of Wall. The bright spot of his life was his only grandchild, Zachary Hout, of Murdo. After college Arvin accepted a position with AT&T, working in Davenport, Iowa, then transferring to Dallas, Texas where he worked until retirement in 1996. After retirement Arvin spent most of his days on the golf course, a game he loved to play, and he was quite good at it! In 2013 the Houts moved to Wall, South Dakota where “Papa” could be part of Zachary’s athletic events. Survivors include his wife June Hout of Rapid City; son Gregory Hout of Pierre; daughter Stacy Bielmaier of Wall; grandson Zachary Hout of Wall of Murdo; brother Kermit (Darlyne) Hout of St. Paul, Minnesota; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers Mike Hout and two in infancy; two sisters Darlene Huft and Lordena Whalen; and son-in-law Jan Bielmaier. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2024 at the Evangelical Free Church in Wall with Pastor Chris Clark officiating. Interment with military honors will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2024 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Friday, January 19, 2024 - 11:00 a.m. Evangelical Free Church Wall, South Dakota CLERGY Pastor Chris Clark MUSIC “What a Day Will That Be” “Beyond the Sunset” “Address Change Notification” USHERS Glenn Swanson - Matt Sandal All Relatives and Friends in Attendance Friday, January 19, 2024 - 1:30 p.m. Black Hills National Cemetery Sturgis, South Dakota

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Hugh Eugene Hart

Born : Dec 31, 1943

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Kadoka, SD

Hugh Eugene Hart was born on December 31, 1943, to Veronica (Reedy) and Harry Hart in Philip, South Dakota. He spent his youth and school years in Philip. Hugh was united in marriage to JoAnn (Lockett) White on July 15, 1967. JoAnn had five children from her previous marriage and together JoAnn and Hugh had one daughter. Hugh had many careers in which he was very successful. He managed the Apco Gas Station in Spearfish, SD. He worked for National Mutual Benefit for 14 years. He was a successful car salesman for Junick’s Chrysler in Spearfish, and later at Darner Chrysler in Arizona. Hugh was also an auctioneer, which he dearly loved. He retired in 2009. He and JoAnn bought a motorhome and started spending their summers at Hart Ranch in Rapid City and winters in Apache Junction, Arizona. However, being the go-getter that he is, Hugh “retired” by continuing his career selling park model homes at Rock Shadows in Apache Junction. Hugh loved working with people and helping them. His charisma along with his work ethic led to earning a variety of awards and honors throughout his life. Hugh was very active in many activities and organizations during his lifetime including rodeo, softball, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Jaycees, Optimists, and many charity benefits. Hugh left the world a better place. He would greet you with a huge smile, firm handshake or a big hug asking, “Well, how are ya?” He valued his friends and family dearly. In his final days, he was flooded with visitors, phone calls and many, many words of love and encouragement. He promised to meet everyone in heaven and he always keeps his word. He leaves to mourn, his wife, JoAnn of Rapid City; six children: Robert (Carrie) White, Yvonne (Steve) Wohlheuter, Bill White, Buck (Irene) White, Howard (Peggy) White, and Valerie (John) Welker; eight grandchildren: Nathan (Elizabeth) Bohls, Averie Georgas, Zach White, Wyatt (Stephanie) White, Joshua (Lisa) White, Nathan (Allie) White, Johnothan White, and Rebekah (Daniel) Card; twelve great-grandchildren: Apollo, Nikos, Aiden, Trey, Asher, Calvin, Helen, Esther, Lucy, Henry, Juliet, and George; a brother, Dan; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers: David, James, Martin, Charles, Dale Hart, and two in infancy; and one sister Deanna Fees. A special thank you to the amazing staff at Hospice House in Rapid City, SD, for the exceptional love and care they provided to Hugh and his family. We are forever grateful. Visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 6 at St. Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rapid City. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2024 at St. Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church at 532 Adams Street Rapid City, SD 57701. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery in Rapid City. Friday, January 19, 2024 - 4-6 p.m. St. Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church 532 Adams Street Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 Friday, January 19, 2024 - 6:00 p.m. St. Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church 532 Adams Street Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 1:00 p.m. St. Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church 532 Adams Street Rapid City, South Dakota 57701 Father Kerry Prendiville MUSIC Sue Englin - Pianist Dan Brusseau - Cantor “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” - “On Eagles Wings” “Song of Farewell” - “Prayer of St. Francis” Josh and Lisa White - Special Music “Abide With Me” USHERS Kelly Fees - Les Pearson Les Pearson - Joann Pearson James Gyles - John Welker - Nate Bohls - Josh White Nathan White - Johnathan White - Greg Hart - Larry Hart All Relatives and Friends in Attendance Mt. View Cemetery Rapid City, South Dakota

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Charles J. Keever

Born : Jul 12, 1940

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Kadoka, SD

Charles J. Keever, better known as “Jay” by his family and friends, was born July 12, 1940 in Concord, California to Charles E. and Pauline (Collier) Keever. The family later moved to South Dakota where Jay was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. Jay joined the United States Army in 1963 and dealt with nuclear reactors. He was honorably discharged in 1965. On March 22, 1962, Jay was united in marriage to Louise “Kay” Wedean in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple lived in the Pierre area as well as Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado. In 1973, they moved to Murdo, South Dakota until 1991. Jay is survived by daughter Shelly Kay Manke (William Green) of Murdo; son Jason Patrick Keever of Broadus, Texas; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren with one on the way; sister Ramona Hight of Buffalo, SD; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Kay Keever on November 30, 1998; sister Donna Curry; sister-in-law Earlene Hullinger; and brothers-in-law Roy Hight and Ed Curry. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial services will be held at later date.

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