South Dakota




Atwater, Rev. Wesley D.

Brown, Darliss Violet

Dippert, Lucille

Kirkbride, Pauline F. McCormick

Kokko, Charles L.

Moller, James

Sellers, Mrs. S. W. P.

Shipley,Mrs. Charles

Thompson, Merl



Charles L. Kokko
Source: Ashland Daily Press (Ashland, Ashland County, Wis.) Monday, 15 Dec. 2003
Abstracted by Marla Zwakman
Died: Dec. 12, 2003 at Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ashland
Born: June 26, 1915 in Newell, South Dakota
Parents: Samuel Kokko & Anna Heikkinen
Military: U.S. Army W.W. II veteran from Aug. 7, 1941 to Sept. 26, 1945
Marriage: Mar. 7, 1953 to Ramona F. Kruzan at Mellen, Wis.
Children: son, Dale (Linda)and daughter, Ranae (Perry) Peltonen
6 grandchildren: Rocky, Brandon (Anna) and Misty Kokko, Jim, Ginger and Tony Lundquist
5 great-grandchildren, Emma, Sophia, Colton, Braden and Gabrielle
Sisters: Tillie, Anne, Esther and Marie (all deceased)
Interment: Mount Hope Cemetery, Highbridge, Wis.

Aberdeen American (7 July 1918) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Sioux Falls, July 6. - Rev. Wesley D. Atwater, who died recently in California at the age of 70, was one of the pioneer clergymen of the Black Hills and was known to thousands of residents of the western section of the state. He was exceedingly popular as pastor of the Methodist churches at Central City, Terraville, Custer, Sturgis, Belle Fourche, Whitewood and other places in the Black Hills. He was the father of Harry P. Atwater, mayor of Sturgis, who is the republican nominee for congress in the Third congressional district of South Dakota.

Aberdeen Daily News (6 Jan. 1915) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Belle Fourche, Jan. 6. - James Moller, 56 years of age, one of the old time respected residents of the Aladdin country, died at his home Friday morning of last week. Funeral services were held at the home on Saturday afternoon by Rev. D. W. Tracy, and burial made on the ranch. Mr. Moller had been sick for several days and on the Monday preceding his death was operated on for appendicitis by a doctor from Deadwood, but the affliction had become so serious the operation did not save his life. Mr. Moller's ranch is in what is known as the "Breaks,"" five miles southeast of Aladdin, where Mr. Moller has lived for the past twenty-five years. He had been engaged in ranching and had made a financial success of the business. He leaves a wife and several children, the eldest, a son, now living in the Spearfish valley.

Aberdeen Daily News (10 Mar. 1915) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Belle Fourche, March 10. - Mrs. Charles W. Shipley died Saturday morning of last week at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. O. Stokes, in Belle Fourche. Death was due to blood poisoning. The funeral was held from the Stokes home Sunday afternoon, and internment made in Pine Slope cemetery, Rev. Mr. Reynolds of the Congregational church having charge of the service.

On Thursday, February 18, a baby boy was born to Mrs. Shipley, and for several days the mother made rapid improvement, but on the following Monday blood poison developed, and despite all that loving hands could do the affliction claimed the young mother.

Obituary appeared in the Woonsocket (SD) News
Thursday, April 22, 1954


Funeral: "Monday morning" at Chamberlain

Age: 58

Occupation: game warden since 1935

Death: "last Wednesday", at Mitchell

Burial: St. Peter's cemetery, White Lake.

Birth: Owatonna, MN, Nov. 22, 1895

Spouse: LaVina Kluthe, m. July 25, 1945, Woonsocket

Locations lived: Chamberlain, Woonsocket, Lake Andrew, Wagner

Survivors: his widow, and sister (Mrs. Mildred Kimble, Murdo)


Memorial Folder of Darliss Brown
Contributed by Jacque McDonnell

Darliss Violet Brown was born February 15, 1986, at Mid-Dakota Hospital in Chamberlain, South Dakota, to Darla Rabbit and Peter Brown and entered eternal rest on November 25, 2003, at Mid-Dakota Hospital in Chamberlain, South Dakota, at the age of 17 years, nine months and 10 days.
She attended school at Chamberlain and Ft. Thompson elementary, graduating from the eighth grade from Crow Creek Middle School. Her hobbies were listening to music and babysitting for everyone and anyone. She really loved children. Any children that came to her home got a hug and kiss from her.
She was a reliable caregiver and will be missed by everyone. She made children always feel at home and welcomed them with open arms. She was called "Little Mom" by all her aunties. She like baking and cooking and was always making sure the kids ate first. She always had a camera, as if to capture every moment. She was employed at Lode Star Motel and worked for Summer Youth in 1998 and 1999. She loved to work - that was one of her hobbies, also.
She was preceded in death by her Grandpa Edmund St. John Sr.; her maternal grandmother, Mildred Rabbit; her adopted father, Edmund St. John Jr.; two uncles, Daryl St. John and Wylie Big Eagle; and her paternal grandmother, Violet Brown.

(survivors omitted due to privacy concerns)

Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, South Dakota

April 20, 2001

Contributed by Lowell Krahn (LKrahn(at)



BELLE FOURCHE - Pauline Kirkbride, 94, Belle Fourche, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at Belle Fourche Long Term Health Care Center.

Survivors include one brother, Hale McCormick, Illinois; one sister, Ramona Alvadj, Illinois; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at Kline-Frost Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, with the Rev. Buck Malone officiating.

 (Note: Pauline was the daughter of Willis Kost McCormick and Lillian Easley of Schuyler County, Illinois )

The Evening Republican, Mitchell, South Dakota
July 9, 1924, page 12
Contributed by Suzanne Folk


Pioneer Woman Dies At Butte County Seat After Lengthy Illness

Belle Fourche, S. D., July 9 - Mrs. S. W. P. Sellers of this place died Saturday after several years of ill health. The funeral was held at the home Monday. Mrs. Sellers was one of the pioneer residents of the country, Mr. Sellers being on of the first county officials of Butte county at a time when the county consisted of an area something like 150 square miles, extending from the northern foothills of the Black Hills to the North Dakota line, and from the Wyoming line to the reservation on the east. He has held various offices at different times since. Mr. and Mrs. Sellers have been for many years among the best known and most respected citizen of Butte county.

Unknown newspaper
Submitted by Jacque McDonnell


Funeral services were held February 9, 2006 at Miller Funeral Home in Bowdle for Lucille Dippert of Bowdle. Rev. Ronnie Vetch officiated and burial was in the Bowdle City Cemetery.
Agnes Lucille Dippert, daughter of Chloe Sharp, was born at Highmore on June 7, 1926 and died February 6, 2006 at the Bowdle Nursing Home at the age of 79 years, seven months and 30 days.
She was raised and educated in Highmore. Following her schooling, she worked at a cafe in Belle Fourche for eight years. She then returned to Highmore, where she married Glen E. Dippert on December 19, 1965. They lived in Highmore, Bowdle, and then Bristol, eventually settling in Bowdle. Wherever they lived, Lucy took employment at cafes.
Since August 2004, she lived at the Bowdle Nursing Home. Survivors include her husband, Glen of Bowdle; and one sister, Emma Jean (William) Foot of Sioux Falls.
She was preceded in death by her mother and two sisters.



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