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Torrey Tope

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.

Torrey loved old trucks, singing karaoke and spending time with his family and friends. He always looked forward to finding new treasures and sharing his finds with others.

Torrey loved all animals but especially owls and he collected owl art. Growing up he was very close with his siblings and they spent most of their time together exploring the outdoors, playing video games and laughing.

He never turned away people in need or those less fortunate than himself. Torrey was always accepting of others. Torrey never let the life challenges of living with Aspergers, seizures and diabetes impact his independence or enthusiasm for life. He will be missed, especially his smile and kindness.

Torrey is survived by his parents, Wilma and Jay Tope; brother, Trent J. Tope (Jordan Yates), Aladdin, Wyoming; sister, Taresha S. Tope (Jermiah Speckles), Colorado Springs, Colorado; his loved nephew, Vash Tope, Aladdin; grandmother, Geraldine Allen, Kadoka, South Dakota; uncle, Clarence Allen; aunts, Patsy Larson and Janis Allen; and his dear friend, William Duncan, Belle Fourche.

Torrey was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bob and Mildred Tope, Moorcroft, Wyoming, Beryl Allen, Kadoka and uncles, Larry Tope and Bobby Tope.

A viewing and service was Monday, April 29, 2024, at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Home, Spearfish, South Dakota. Private interment will be held at the Tope Family Cemetery at the family ranch in Crook County. Celebration of life will be Saturday, May 4, 2024, 3 to 6 p.m. at The Back Porch, Spearfish. A Memorial has been established to the Epilepsy Foundation.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at

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