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  • Arnold "Arnie" Altaffer

    Jun 13, 2024

    Arnold Ray "Arnie" Altaffer, 77, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at the VA Black Hills Healthcare, Fort Meade Hospital at Fort Meade, South Dakota. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend lost his battle with prostate cancer on June 4, 2024 at Ft. Meade Hospice care in Sturgis, South Dakota. He was born on August 10, 1946, to Larena (Blake) and James Altaffer in Gillette, Wyoming. He was the youngest of three brothers and one sister. His childhood and...

  • Wayne S. Conklin

    Jun 13, 2024

    Wayne S. Conklin, 80, Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at Spearfish Canyon Healthcare after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Wayne Stephen Conklin was born May 13, 1944 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Oscar Conklin and Margaret Mahoney Conklin. After military service, his dad's work in the timber industry had them living in the mountainous areas of Wyoming. Hulett, Meeteetse, Jackson, Wilson and Buffalo were a few of the communities in which they lived. Wayne...

  • Sondra Courtney

    Jun 6, 2024

    Sondra Lee Floyd (Giacometto, Courtney) 84, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, passed into God's hands on May 29, 2024. She was born on November 16, 1939, in Spearfish, South Dakota, to Gifford and Leone Floyd. Her dad passed when she was just four years old, and her mom leased out the ranch, packed-up and moved them to Miles City, Montana, where Leone taught school until they returned to the Floyd Family Ranch. Sondra attended the Five Mile School, which was within walking distance from the...

  • Shirley Ann Beagle

    May 30, 2024

    Shirley Ann (Lincoln) Beagle passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Fountain Springs Healthcare Center with family by her side. Shirley was born in Beulah, Wyoming, on August 15, 1938. She was the second of three daughters born to Orville and Evelyn (Summers) Lincoln. The family ranched on "The Divide" near Sundance, Wyoming. Shirley graduated from Sundance High School in 1956 and the National College of Business (now National American University) in 1957. She started her...

  • Earl Elvin Rush

    May 30, 2024

    On May 21, 2024, Earl Elvin Rush passed away at the Crook County Long Term Care Facility with his grandson and wife at his side. Elvin was born on January 9, 1935, near Moorcroft, Wyoming, to Earl Jacob and Addie Marie (Moon) Rush. He graduated from Hulett High School and then entered the U.S. Army where he was stationed in England for one year and in the States for the remainder of his service. Elvin worked various jobs throughout his lifetime including Highway Maintenance Supervisor for the...

  • Winnie Bush

    May 30, 2024

    A celebration of life will be held for Winifred "Winnie" Bush on Saturday, June 15,2024 at the Hulett Civic Center. Lunch will be served. A full obituary was previously published....

  • Scott Mason Clarkson

    May 30, 2024

    Scott Mason Clarkson, 78, of Spearfish, SD passed away with his family by his side in Rapid City, after a brief but insurmountable series of medical crises. Scott was born to Herbert and Dorothy (Herb and Dot) Clarkson on April 6, 1946 in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. He grew up with his sisters and brother, fishing, hunting and trapping along the banks of the Belle Fourche River on the family farm east of town. He attended Ingersoll Country School just down the road from his home through 6th...

  • Judy May Meisner

    May 30, 2024

    Judy May Meisner died on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Spearfish, South Dakota, at the age of 77. Judy was born on September 12, 1946, to Julius and Lola (Miller) Adam in Deadwood, South Dakota. Her family lived in Deadwood, Tinton and Spearfish while she was growing up. She was very close with her cousins and made many special memories with them. Judy was always up for getting together with family and enjoying a good visit. Judy met Edward Meisner at the Beulah bar and later married him in 1971. T...

  • Judy M. Meisner

    May 23, 2024

    Judy M. Meisner, 77 of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Spearfish, South Dakota. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance, a reception will follow at the Sundance United Methodist Church. Burial will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at

  • Robert A. Schnaible

    May 23, 2024

    Robert A. Schnaible, age 86, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, died Sunday, May 19, 2024 at the Crook County Long Term Care Center in Sundance, Wyoming. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2024 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will take place at Black Hills National Cemetery, with Military Honors provided by the...

  • Service: Shirley Beagle

    May 23, 2024

    Shirley Ann (Lincoln) Beagle passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Fountain Springs Healthcare Center with family by her side. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, May 21 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City. Funeral services will be held at Rapid Valley United Methodist Church in Rapid Valley at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 22. Burial will be at 2:30 pm at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Sundance, WY, May 22. A full obituary will be printed next week....

  • Mark Louis Huseby

    May 16, 2024

    Mark Louis Huseby, 65, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on May 6, 2024. He was born December 25, 1958, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to Eric and Jeannie Huseby. Mark attended country school on the Huseby Ranch from kindergarten through 2nd grade. He would go out at recess and milk the family cow "Ginger" for a quick cup of milk. Mark then attended Hulett School, where he graduated. While in high school, he met a lovely young lady, Terry Ridinger. The two married on January 2, 1976 and planted...

  • Torrey Tope

    May 2, 2024

    Torrey Tope, 34 of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, passed away on April 22, 2024. Torrey Lavern Tope was born in Belle Fourche on March 20, 1990, to Jay and Wilma (Allen) Tope. He attended grade school at Billup School in Otter, Montana and Four Oaks in Crook County, Wyoming. He then finished his education being homeschooled with his siblings. Torrey graduated in 2008. He worked on the family ranches and eventually started his own scrap business in Belle Fourche, which he currently operated....

  • Monty J. Clark

    Apr 25, 2024

    Monty J. Clark, 68, of Beulah, Wyoming, passed away on April 12, 2024, in his home. Monty was born to Lewis and Shirley Clark, on February 23, 1956 in Bozeman, Montana. His early childhood was spent in the Madison Valley of Montana, where he loved exploring the great outdoors with his siblings. Monty left home at a young age to start working, he was always a hard worker. In the early '80s, Monty relocated to Gillette, Wyoming, marking the beginning of his distinguished career as a carpenter and...

  • Karl Henrik Frederiksen

    Apr 18, 2024

    Karl Henrik Frederiksen was born January 8, 1930 to Johan and Martha (Pedersen) Frederiksen in Horton, Wyoming. Karl joined his loving wife of 71 years in Heaven on April 9, 2024 with his family by his side. Karl's education was cut short after the eighth grade because he was needed at home to help provide for his family and run the farm. On June 1, 1952, Karl married the most beautiful girl in Crook County, Iris (Joan) Dudrey, at the Methodist Church in Sundance, Wyoming. They were the first...

  • Edward William Gantz Jr.

    Apr 4, 2024

    Edward William Gantz Jr., 84, of Alva, Wyoming, passed away peacefully with his family beside him on March 31, 2024. Ed was born on October 22, 1939, to Edward Gantz Sr. and Margaret (Sipe) Gantz. He grew up on the family ranch where he lived until the time of his death. He attended his primary school years at Belle Country School that was located on the family ranch. Later he attended school in Hulett, graduating in 1957. In the summer of 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna...

  • Rolland "Butch" Helkenn

    Apr 4, 2024

    Rolland “Butch” Helkenn, 86, of Sundance, Wyoming entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on March 27, 2024. Butch was born on January 14, 1938, in Clark, South Dakota to Edward and LaVerne (Kruthoff) Helkenn. He grew up with four brothers, one sister and one uncle on the home place located in Fordham Township. He attended Fordham Elementary and Logan High School, where he met his wife, Betty Marie Carter. They married on October 11, 1956 and shortly thereafter moved to their own...

  • Sharon Lynn Hacker

    Mar 28, 2024

    Sharon Lynn Hacker, 85, of Moorcroft, Wyoming, passed away at the Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming. Sharon Lynn Hacker was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world on March 23, 2024, after a brief illness. Sharon was born to Keith and Ruth Likens on August 11, 1938. She was the oldest of four siblings- Sharon, Phil, Jack and Mary (Susie). Sharon married her husband James in 1970. They spent years in Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska before...

  • Kevin Buckmiller

    Mar 28, 2024

    Kevin Buckmiller passed away unexpectedly at his home in Moorcroft, Wyoming on March 19, 2024. He was 64 years old. Kevin was born September 30, 1959 in Newcastle, Wyoming to Herbert and Irene (Ames) Buckmiller. He was the second of four children. He attended school in Moorcroft and grew up on the family ranch outside of town. Kevin began a lifelong career and a love for trucks at an early age when he went to work for Kummerfeld Construction. At that time, he was married to Cathi Hoff and to...

  • Caryolyn Frances Farnum

    Mar 21, 2024

    Caryolyn (Marlowe) Farnum, 92, passed peacefully into God's arms on March 8, 2024, at Wyoming Assisted Living in Sundance, Wyoming. In 1931, she was born in Belmont, New York, in a five generational home, still occupied by our family. She had a full nursing career as a geriatric nurse. Carolyn retired from the Crook County Long Term Care, being the senior to many of her residents. She lived in and traveled the entirety of the United States. Carolyn called Florida, Louisiana, New York and...

  • Betty Wilson

    Mar 14, 2024

    Betty Wilson, 91 of Hulett, Wyoming passed away on March 5, 2024 at Crook County Hospital, surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty was born on May 29, 1932, in Atwood Indiana to Wesley and Ethel Orcutt. She grew up on a farm outside of Atwood, Indiana with her sisters, Helen and Genevieve and her brothers, Bob and Albert. Betty was the baby of the family and had many stories of life on the farm, especially of Albert and her adventures with him. When her sister,...

  • Albert A. Pickerd

    Mar 14, 2024

    Albert A. Pickerd, age 78, of Sundance, Wyoming, passed away on March 7, 2024, surrounded by loved ones after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Spearfish, South Dakota, on March 4, 1946, the son of Orville G. Pickerd and Fletta Hathaway. Albert was a devoted husband, stepfather, and, most importantly, grandpa/great grandpa. He grew up living between South Dakota and Wyoming. He graduated from Sundance High School, where he received recognition for being Student of the Month from...

  • Joyce Elaine Lincoln

    Mar 14, 2024

    Joyce Elaine (Kline) Lincoln passed away peacefully on February 25, 2024, at Weston County Manor. She was the fifth child in a family of six children. Joyce was born on September 29, 1931, in Juanita, Nebraska to Orville and Myrtle (Pinkerton) Kline. While still a small child, the family moved to a homestead south of Newcastle, Wyoming. Joyce attended school in Newcastle, graduating in 1949. While attending high school and in the summer, she worked as a telephone operator in Newcastle. Joyce...

  • Charlotte Betts

    Mar 14, 2024

    Charlotte Betts, 79, passed away on March 6, 2024, at Rolling Hills Healthcare in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. She was born on December 28, 1944, to Cecil and Louise Dandridge in Seattle, Washington. She spent her childhood in Lead, South Dakota, and then Spearfish Canyon. She graduated from Lead High School as a very proud member of the class of 1962. She moved to California, where she lived the next four years, briefly marrying Bob Bender and giving birth to her first child, Cherie, in San...

  • Charles Paul

    Mar 14, 2024

    Charles "Chuck" Paul was born on June 21, 1941, in Nelson County, North Dakota to Russell and Alyce Paul. Chuck died at the Crook County Hospital in Sundance, Wyoming, on March 6, 2024, where Jesus welcomed him into heaven and he was reunited with the love of his life, Joann, his grandson, Ward, and great-grandson Logan. Chuck grew up on the family farm in North Dakota and graduated from Lead High School in 1959. Chuck and Joann were married on July 8, 1960, and had three children. David and...

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