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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.