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Darrell Dean Besler, age 72, Sturgis, died unexpectedly on March 30, 2014. His infectious smile and big ((bear hugs)) will never be forgotten.
Darrell was born June 17, 1941, in Bison, SD, to Christian and Julia (Wolfe) Besler, the third youngest of thirteen siblings. Aside from being a first grade drop-out, Darrell was a star athlete lettering in football, track and basketball for the Bison Cardinals and was said to have been the "Michael Jordan" of his era. After graduation in 1960, he relocated to Sturgis, SD, and began working for the SD Highway Dept. He was then drafted into the Army in 1963 and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA. He served two years in the military and two years in the Army reserves before taking an honorable discharge to be with his ailing father.
Upon returning to Sturgis, he met the love of his life, Linda Lenore Robbins who worked as a secretary at the SD Highway Dept. The two wed on August 13, 1966, in Newell, SD. The two of them loved to dance a waltz, bowl, and play cards; just a few of their favorite pastimes. Their last waltz was on March 22nd. They welcomed their first born, Tanya Leigh on May 28, 1972, and their second child, Jason Darrell on November 16, 1976. Darrell was so proud of his kids and was looking forward to celebrating his son's recent promotion to shareholder later this month.
In 1976, Darrell began his career with Farmers Union Oil Company where he worked approx. 27 years before retiring in 2003. As so many know, Darrell was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and sports enthusiast. For several years he enjoyed taking road trips to Viking games with a group of close friends; a storied family tradition that lives on. One of his highlights was attending the sixth and seventh games of the 1987 World Series (Twins vs Cardinals). He also loved to bowl and established many of his great friendships on the lanes. Upon his retirement in 2003, he began his second love of being a green-thumb. Maintaining a meticulous lawn with beautiful shrubs and flowers was something he loved.
In September 2004, he became a "papa" to twins, Layne and Lance, and in January 2010 to Sammy who he grew to have a special bond with. He was looking forward to watching their sporting events and recently commented on how old he was going to be when they graduated.
Many have said Darrell was their "worry-wort," and was "always in a hurry to get nowhere," but that's what made him special to those he loved. He was always the life of the party and his good sense of humor and caring heart will always be cherished.
He and his wife were long time members of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and gave his time and talents. He was also a member of the local American Legion.
Darrell is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Linda; daughter, Tanya (Dave) Septka and grandkids, Layne and Lance, Piedmont, SD; son, Jason (Laura) and granddaughter, Samantha, Chanhassen, MN; brother, Victor (Pauline), Cupertino, CA; sister, Alma O'Rourke, Spearfish, SD; sister, Esther Haggart, Bison, SD; brother, Oscar, Van Vleck, TX; brother, Wayne (Barbara), Bison, SD; brother, Ralph (Renae), Whitewood, SD; brother, LeRoy (Virginia), Madison, WI; brother, Marlin (Dorothy), Peoria, AZ; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; brothers, Leland, Raymond, and Elmer; sister, Elsie; sisters-in-law, Mary Besler and Ellen Besler; and brothers-in-law, Larry O'Rourke, Sherman Wells, and Jim Haggart.
Memorial funds will be established for the benefit of the Besler Scholarship Fund and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 7, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rapid City with Pastor Nick Haasch officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

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Maurice Stambaugh, 87, died Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care Center in Belle Fourche.
Visitation will be Friday, May 7th, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the family present from 6 pm. until 8 p.m., at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jeff Otterman officiating. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Rapid City.
This is the story of Maurice's life in his words: "I was born June 1, 1922, at Saco, MT, to Wilbert F. and Florence D. Stambaugh. My parents homesteaded in the Saco area about 1919 to 1924, the homestead was sold and we moved to Minnesota. As my parents were renting farms, it meant a lot of moves – eight times in my 12 years of school. I graduated from Alberta High School (MN) in 1941. In the fall of 1941, I went to NYA school (trade school). When WWII broke out, the government sent some of us metal students out to the Bremerton Navy Yard to work. I left the Navy yeard and joined the Navy, September 16, 1942. The Navy must have thought I was a dumb country boy, as they sent me to school (welding and deep sea diving) for a year, before sending me to sea. Spent the rest of the war out in the Pacific, on various ships and stations.
When the war was over, I got to come home for a long leave. This was when I met the love of my life, Claire Wendelken. We were married August 6, 1947. We came to Belle Fourche when I was discharged in 1948.
Claire's folks talked us into staying. I worked at the Belle Fourche Implement Company for a year. Then I went into the Grade A dairy business with Claire's dad and brother, Jim. In 1953, we bought our own run-down dairy farm north of Nisland. This was a lot of long days and hard work for everyone. This venture was very successful, thanks to my family for all of the help. When we sold out in February, 1971, we had one of the best dairy herds and farms in Western South Dakota.
We moved to Rapid City after selling the farm. I went into the real estate business. I retired in 1991. After that, I did a lot of volunteer work – Senior Center, Hospice, etc.
Although there were some difficult times along the way, the good Lord has been very kind to me, blessing me with my family – my wife, Claire, my children, Sharon, Gerry, John, Randy, and Brian, and of course, the grandkids. How fortunate could anyone be! I must mention my mother for the trying times she must have had keeping all of us kids fed and a roof over our heads. I shall be forever grateful to my mother for keeping us all together."
Maurice was a member of the Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Canyon Lake Senior Citizen's Center, the Garden Club, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and was a member of the Hospice of the Hills team. He also was of member of Big Bend Presbyterian Church in Rapid City and had served as a Deacon. He enjoyed trout fishing and vegetable gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Claire (Wendelken) Stambaugh of Belle Fourche; daughters, Sharon (Steven) Bostic of Mesa, AZ, and Gerry (Ray) Dockter of Baldwin, ND; and sons, John (Robin) Stambaugh of Rapid City, Randy (Kaye) Stambaugh of San Diego, CA, and Brian (Linda) Stambaugh of Newell, SD. Maurice is also survived by his ten grandchildren, Stacy Camp, Melissa Mayne, Anna (Nicki) Levy, Jeni Stambaugh, Justin Stambaugh, Heather Baez, Danny Stambaugh, Claire Stambaugh, Leah Stambaugh, and Emily Stambaugh; twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Stambaugh, Spearfish, and Art Stambaugh, St. Cloud, MN; and five sisters, Millie Jarski, St. Louis Park, MN, Clara Mae Sider, Chanhassen, MN, Dorothy James, Victoria, MN, Ruth Halpert, Surprise, AZ, and Elva Tussey, Chanhassen, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, George, Wilbert (Stan), and Archie; and one sister, Marian.
Memorials have been established to the Alzheimer's Foundation and to the Canyon Lake Senior Center.

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Victor Weyrich, 90, Sturgis, died Monday, September 13, 2010, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
Vic was born January 25, 1920, in the original claim shack, near Volunteer, 20 miles east of Sturgis, SD, to Jacob and Margaret (Lorang) Weyrich. He grew up there and attended the Wolff School, about a mile from his home, through the 8th grade. Victor farmed with his uncle, Pete Lorang, and his father for several years. He met his life partner, Rose Knutson, a young school teacher from the Black Hills. On April 7, 1942, they made a trip to Broadus, MT, joined hands and were on their way to 68 years of marriage. As the years went on, they were joined by three boys and three girls.
Victor self taught himself to operate several pieces of large earth moving equipment. Over the years, he built dams, roads, and loved to "play" with anything that moved dirt. He and Rose moved on from farming to Spearfish, SD, where they owned and operated the Kamp Kool Motel. This soon became boring to Vic, so he started a used furniture store and later opened a mobile home sales lot across the street from Kamp Kool. So the business outgrew the lot and Victor was off on another adventure. They bought land at Whitewood, SD, moved the mobile sales lot, added a service department, and built a mobile home park. Northern Hills Mobile Homes still operates today outside of Whitewood.
Over the years, he bought, sold, or traded many items that he could make money on; if not, he had fun doing it. He loved auction sales and talking to people. He could fix anything and had ideas on millions of things to make life easier for everyone.
The last four years, spent in Sturgis Regional Senior Care, was not easy for him or his family, and he is glad to go home to his Lord.
Victor was a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He influenced all of our lives and will be greatly missed by everyone. He is survived by his wife, Rose, Rapid City; his children, Kay Carger, Rapid City, Betty (Gail) Fremont, Belgrade, MT, Victor (Corinne) Weyrich, Glendale, AZ, Pat Fippin, Rapid City, Jacob Weyrich, St. Onge, and Mike (Rea) Weyrich, Whitewood (Mike is currently deployed in Afghanistan). He is also survived by his brothers, Paul (Helen) Weyrich, Newcastle, WY, and Frank (Karen) Weyrich, Torrington, WY; his sisters, Louise Christensen, Mitchell, SD, Helen Komes, Sturgis, Gladys (Vern) Brown, Vale, SD, and Dorothy (Lynn) Dunn, Vale; his sister-in-law, Yvonne Weyrich, Pierre; ten grandchildren, Angie (Dan) Buckley, Bozeman, MT, Cory (Gina) Fremont, Tupelo, MS, JR (Susan) Weyrich, McIntosh, NM, Cheri (Anthony) Weathersby, Avondale, AZ, Melissa Carger, Greg (Lori) Fippin, and Kelli (Tyler) Jurgens, all of Rapid City, and Tyler, Keegan, and Dexter Weyrich of Whitewood; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sisters; one infant son; two sisters, Clara Knutson and Mary Rosser; one brother, Leo Weyrich; son-in-law, Dennis Fippin; and two brother-in-laws, Roy Christensen and Joe Komes.
A memorial has been established to Suncatchers Therapeutic Riding Academy and the new Whitewood Community Hall.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 16th from noon until 9:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with a celebration of life service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 17, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Arnold Kari officiating. Burial will follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery. A lunch will be provided at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall following the interment.

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"Cowboy Rick" Michael, 50, Sturgis, died Sunday August 21, 2011 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family, as a result of an ATV accident East of Sturgis.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. September 3, 2011 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with Pastor Darla Dunn officiating. Inurnment follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery.
Rick was born March 22, 1961 in Deadwood to Robert and Nira (Napton) Michael.
Survivors include his mother Nira Nichols, sisters, Patty (Steve), Pam (Adam), Bobbie, Helen (Doug), Stella (Steve); daughter, Tonya; son Travis; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, cousins; uncle Dennis (Roxie); aunt Linda (Earl), aunts, Lillian and Phyllis.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert, step father, Bill, sister, Cheryl, brother in law, Bob and all his grandparents.
Rick's favorite past times were singing country, Elvis and dancing.
He was a very giving person in life and in death as an organ donor.
He will be missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

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Gladys Hayes Boyer, 89, Sturgis, died Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Sturgis Regional Senior Care Center.
Visitation will be noon until 9 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2009 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at the First Wesleyan Church in Sturgis with Pastor Dwight Peterson officiating. Burial follows at the Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
Gladys was born February 23, 1920, at White Owl, SD, to Clyde Wilford and Mildred Yvonne (Fellingham) Weyer. At the age of nine her mother died and she moved to Sturgis and was raised by Herman and Janette Hartl.
While living in Sturgis she met and married Joe Hayes and had five children. Gladys worked at the Ben Franklin for many years and later for McKay Drug Store.
In 1992 she married Bob Boyer.
Gladys loved making quilts and many crafts for her family. She also loved going to the Meade County Senior Center to Sew, play cards, dance and enjoy her many friends.
A memorial has been established to the Meade County Senior Center.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Boyer, Sturgis; son Bill (Judy) Hayes, Sheridan, WY; daughters, Carolyn Tippey, Whitewood, Marlene (John) Lewton, Sturgis, Darlene Daniels, Belle Fourche, Nancy (Steve) Bauer, Fargo, ND; also 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Joe Hayes, three brothers, Merle, Elmer, and Homer Weyer, two son in laws, Joe Daniels and Lyle Tippey, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Benjamin “Ben” Edward Keller was born November 21, 1937, at Mills, WY, to William and Loretta (Wilcox) Keller. He grew up in Sturgis and Newell. Ben married Eleanor Wood on August 23, 1955, in Belle Fourche, SD. On March 14, 1955, he joined the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA, where he served as a Guided Missile Crewman. Upon Ben’s release from the Army, he moved his family back to Newell where he resided for the last 58 years.
Ben held several jobs during his career. His main jobs included 7 years at Lambert Lumber Company in Newell, SD. He spent the next 12 years at Dutton Lumber Company in Vale, SD. He retired in 2001 after spending 24 years as a highway maintenance worker for the South Dakota Highway Department. Ben was known as a hard worker who always found something to do with his hands. At the highway shop, he was always known as the “G” Man, the Go Man.
One of his proudest accomplishments was his building of the two homes that he lived in and built himself. When building the 2nd home, he always commented that he was going to build this one right and not make the mistakes that he made on the first one.
Ben, 78, Newell, died Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Hospice Unit at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, after a short battle with cancer.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eleanor Keller, Newell, SD; two sons, James (Debra) Keller of Katy, TX, and their children, Christopher Keller, Katherine Yancey, and William (Wilma) Keller of Anchorage, AK, and their children, Rebecca Becker and Robert Keller; sister, June Kosola, Newell, SD; one sister-in-law, Julie Ault, Torrington, WY; six brothers-in-law, James Wood, Pierre, SD, Robert Wood, Rapid City, SD, John Wood, Edgemont, SD, George Wood, Ft. Pierre, SD, Danny Wood, Pringle, SD, and William Wood, Blundt, SD; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Graveside services, with military honors, will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery with Pastor Darla Dunn officiating.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice Unit at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD.