October 29 2008

Posted by Marissa
Lyman  defeated Newell 42-12 in the first round of the 2008 football playoffs Tuesday night at the Lyman Football Complex in Presho.  The Raiders will host Gregory Monday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm in the second round of the playoffs.

October 29 2008

Posted by Marissa
A section of wall framework of the Presho Firehouse partially blown over following a strong gust of wind Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2008.

October 29 2008

Strong winds blow framework down

Posted by Marissa
By Lucy Halverson
Lyman County Herald

A cold front pushed through the state  Sunday bringing  strong northwest winds  that collapsed the newly erected framework of the Presho fire house. 

Side walls, built last week, were not  able to withstand the 30 to 45 mile per hour winds that hit the area Sunday morning, October 26.  The National Weather Service predicted strong wind capable of gusts up to 60 mile per hour or stronger for the area.

Jason Fees, Western Winds Construction foreman on the Presho firehouse project said they had braced the walls the best they could but nothing more could have been done to protect the framing from such a strong wind.  “There wasn’t much more we could have done,  just glad we didn’t have the rafters up yet,” said Fees when asked if they would be able to re-use the wood studs now on the ground.   The crew had three side walls erected, the north and both the west and east ends prior to the wind incident Sunday morning.

Fees indicated that the project was insured through the company’s contractor policy and while they will salvage what is usable, some new material may be needed to rebuild the walls.  Monday, Fees along with crewmen sorted through the framework salvaging what they could in preparation for rebuilding.

Crews spent most of last week working in the mud and rain, building and erecting the walls. The incident could delay the project slightly.

October 29 2008


Posted by Marissa
Deb Decker, 56

Funeral services for Deb Decker, 56, of Rapid City were held Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at the Isburg Funeral Chapel in Pierre.  Burial was at the Scotty Philip Cemetery.

Deb Decker passed away on Tuesday, October 21 in Rapid City. Isburg Funeral Chapel of Pierre has been placed in care of the arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent to www.isburgfuneralchapels. com.

Deb was born on July 22, 1952 in Pierre, SD to Virginia (Archambeau) Muirhead.  Deb grew up in the Hayes community where she attended rural grade school.  Deb graduated from T. F. Riggs High School in 1970.  She attended South Dakota School of Mines and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in English Education in 1980.

She was united in marriage to Wally Widboom in Pierre, SD in March of 1970.  In October of 1981 she was united in marriage to Ray Decker in Sisseton, SD.

They moved to Ft. Pierre, SD in 1988.  While living in Ft. Pierre Deb worked as a middle school teacher and she also taught at PILC.  In 1998 they moved to Ashland, MT where she taught at the St. Labre Indian School.  Then in 2003 they moved to Rapid City where she was currently living.

Deb enjoyed spending time with her family especially her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Ray Decker of Rapid City, SD; two sons: Jason Widboom of Minneapolis, MN and Brandon Decker of Lincoln, NE; two daughters: Stacey Widboom of Blunt, SD and Chelsea Decker of Mitchell, SD; her mother Virginia Muirhead of Presho, SD; one brother David “Scott” Muirhead of Presho, SD; one sister Crystal Manik of Minneapolis, MN and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her dad David “Jug” Muirhead; two aunts and four uncles.

Jerome Ellsworth Carlson, 79

Jerome Ellsworth Carlson, 79, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at his home in Webster, SD.

Jerome Ellsworth Carlson was born on November 30, 1928 in Sioux Falls, SD and given the name, Max Raymond Boals. At the age of two weeks he was adopted by Herman and Anna (Ohlson) Carlson of Holmquist. He attended country school and graduated from Webster High School in 1946.

On February 12, 1950 he married Lois Morehouse at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Bristol, SD. They had one daughter Leola. The couple lived in Holmquist where Jerry worked for his father at Farmer’s Elevator and Lumber Company. He continued working as manager until 1993. The couple also farmed and raised cattle.

A highlight of his life was finding his birth mother, Reita Bechard in Presho, SD. He met a whole new family who welcomed him as one of their own. Many wonderful times were spent with them.

He is survived by his wife, Lois of Webster, a daughter, Lola (Tom) Counts of Gainesville, VA: a half brother, Karl Bechard of Kansas; three half sisters, Karen (Jim) Gilman of Kennebec, SD; Beth (Charles) Oller, Vivian; and Lyn Emmons, Colorado and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, a sister, Maxine Carnahan, his birth mother and one half sister.

Rita Elle Cleveland, 71

Rita Ellen Cleveland, 71, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. Funeral Mass Service, a celebration of her life was held Monday, September 29, 2008 at 10 am at the Catholic Parish of the Holy Spirit, Kennewick, WA.

 She was born on December 5, 1936 in Presho, SD and was the daughter of Patrick and Matilda Sweeney. Rita married Larry J Cleveland and on April 20, 1960. They were together for 48 wonderful years. Larry’s work took them too many different locations but they settled in Kennewick, Washington in 1973.

Rita is survived by her loving husband, Larry; sons Curt and wife, Debbie; Kevin and wife, Pat; daughters, Carmen Ver Steeg and husband, Steve; and Cheryl Bailey and husband, Dave; 9 grandchildren, Kim and husband, Steve, Cathy, Brittany, Bridget, Cory, Kaitlyn, Ali, Jarrod and Brady and one great grandson, Cameron, and many wonderful friends.

Alvin F. Werner, 94

Funeral services for Alvin F. Werner, 94, of Oacoma, SD will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Chamberlain, SD. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Oacoma, SD.

Alvin Werner of Oacoma, SD died Saturday, October 25, 2008 at the Sanford Mid Dakota Medical Center at the age of 94.

Alvin Fred Werner was born on a farm northwest of Oacoma, SD on August 30, 1914, to Edward and Bertha (Dierks) Werner. He attended school in Little Bend and Oacoma and graduated from Chamberlain High School.

After high school Alvin operated a store with his father in Lower Brule. Alvin married Edith Harless on June 20, 1937. Alvin and Edith lived in Reliance while he carried mail to Lower Brule. In 1946 they started ranching in Lyman County near the mouth of White River. The family relocated to their current home just west of Oacoma in 1954 after the Ft Randall reservoir was filled.Alvin ranched until his passing.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Edith, his children Joleen and John of Chamberlain, Loaun Vaad and husband Jerry of Oacoma and Hal and wife LeAnn of Brookings, SD; grandchildren Tracy (Bill) Burkard of Oacoma, Travis (Jenna) Vaad of Chamberlain, Wyatt Werner of Las Vegas, Matthew Werner of Rapid City, Brett Werner of Minneapolis, and Mark Werner of Vancouver, BC; great grandchildren Elizabeth Werner, River and Canyon Burkard, and Nissi, Judah and Josiah Vaad; and all his beloved relatives and friends.

Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, and one brother.

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