Wilfrid Schmidt


Wilfrid Schmidt    Wilfrid Wallace Schmidt, 88, of Woonsocket, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Avera Weskota Manor, Wessington Springs.
Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Wilfrid Catholic Church, Woonsocket, with Fr. Jim Friedrich, officiating. Inurnment was in the church cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday, May 23 from 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by a scripture service at 7 p.m.
Wilfrid W. Schmidt was  born Nov. 5, 1928, to Adolph and Zita (McCall) Schmidt on the Schmidt homestead in northeast Aurora County. He attended Woodmansee country school for seven years, then attended eighth grade at St Joseph’s Catholic School in Woonsocket. He graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1946.
Wilfrid attended a short electrical course, helped wire a couple of houses, and used this knowledge the rest of his life on the farm. He helped on the family farm until he started to rent land from his uncle, Henry, and his father after high school. He started farming in 1952.
Wilfrid married Patricia “Pat” Navin on Aug. 13, 1952, at Holy Family Church in Mitchell.
He was on the Belford School Board, during which time the Belford School was built. He was a member of the Belford Township Board for over 30 years and was an active member of St. Wilfrid Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Wilfrid retired from farming in 2009. He then moved to assisted living in Mitchell, and most recently Avera Weskota Manor in Wessington Springs.
He enjoyed everything about the farm, including giving tractor rides, spending time with family, and was known for his love of Schwann’s food and ice cream.
Grateful for having shared his life are his five children, Linda (Doug) Kiesz of Bowdle, Pamela (Ron) Gastelecutto of Caldwell, Idaho, Kevin (Janelle) Schmidt of Las Gatos, Calif., David “Terry” (Susan) Schmidt of Olathe, Kan., and Kenneth (Lynne) Schmidt of Woonsocket; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Albert (Muriel “Mike”) Schmidt of Woonsocket; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant son, Curtis; and  two sisters, Marion Goergen and Katie Robbins.
Arrangements are by the Basham Funeral Home, Woonsocket.

Richard Rames


Richard Rames, 59, of Mitchell, died Sunday, May 14, 2017, at his home under hospice care.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 18, at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial was at Rest Haven Cemetery in Alpena.
Richard John Rames was born Oct. 3, 1957, in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to Ronald and Lois (Rumple) Rames. He grew up and attended school in Huron, graduating in 1976. He worked in Mitchell at Trail King, and for the last years at Twin City Fan.
Richard loved the outdoors, enjoying fishing, turkey hunting, motorcycling with his twin brother, Michael, and bird watching with his parents.
His is survived by his father, Ronald Rames of Watertown; three siblings, twin brother Michael Rames of Alpena, Susan (Mark) Meidinger of Alexandria, and Paul Rames of Mitchell; and nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents; and sister-in-law, Cindy Rames.

Russell Carver

Belle Fourche

Russell Carver, 95, of Belle Fourche, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
A Celebration of Life service was held Friday, May 12, at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche. Visitation was held Thursday, May 11, at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Inurnment took place in the Little Dane Church Cemetery, near St. Onge.
Russell I. Carver was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Wiley, Colo., the son of Leon and Lena Marie (Clark) Carver. He grew up in the Wiley area.
He was united in marriage to Gladys Girard, and to this union four children were born: Carolyn, Tom, Jim and Kit. Following their marriage, Russ and Gladys settled in the Woonsocket area. The couple divorced, and in the mid-1960s, Russ moved to the Belle Fourche area.
On Nov. 30, 1968, Russ married Norma Jean Borg-Courtney in Spearfish, and together, they owned and operated Henry Thompson Livestock for many years. In August of 2010, Russ and Norma moved to Spearfish. Norma died in 2012, and in 2014, Russ moved to the Holiday Hills Retirement Center in Rapid City.
Russ will be remembered for his love of children and was a fun grandpa, who always had a pocket full of suckers to hand out. In his younger years, Russ earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying an airplane. He was a rodeo fan and supported the local cowboys, including the Black Hills Roundup, where he helped park cars.
Russell is survived by his daughters, Kelli (Kenny) McFarland of Belle Fourche, and Carolyn (Ed) Jenkins of Sante Fe, N.M.; his son, Tom (Laura) of Rancho Murieta, Calif.; step-daughters, Laura (Bob) Larson of Farmington, N.M., and Sandra (Milan) Salzsieder of Spearfish; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren;  eight great great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, June Carver of Rancho Murieta, Calif., and Judy Courtney of Spearfish; and sister, Wilma Durham of New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma; sons, Jim and Kit Carver; stepson, Wayne Courtney; and grandson, Casey McFarland.
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