Obituaries

David Murray Moore, 95

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David Murray Moore, 95, passed peacefully in Winner, SD on July 18, 2020 surrounded by his children. There was a memorial service on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the Vivian Auditorium.

Richard Murphy

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Word was recently received that on June 21, 2020 Richard Murphy of Rapid City, SD, had passed away after several years of battling cancer. Richard was married to Karen McBrayer daughter of Monna and Jack McBrayer former residents of Lyman County.

Jean Ann Brakke, 83

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Jean Ann Brakke, 83, of Presho, passed away Sunday, July 12 at Good Samaritan Society at Prairie Creek, in Sioux Falls, SD. Jean Ann was born at the Chamberlain Hospital on March 21, 1937 to Jake and Minnie (Fosness) Boschee. They lived on a farm near the White River-currently owned by Norval and Debbie Millard. The family, including little brother Ronald, moved to Presho while the kids were quite young. Jean Ann attended Presho Public School, graduating from PHS in 1955. Jean Ann played clarinet and saxophone in the band, and played on the PHS girls basketball team, which was invited to play at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Quite a trip in the mid-50’s!

John Meinen, 61

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John Meinen, 61, of Mitchell, SD, died Monday, July 13, 2020 at his home in Mitchell. A graveside service was held at Friday, July 17, 2020 at Vivian Cemetery in Vivian, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Dale Shannon Copeland, 48

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It is with great sadness that the family of Dale Shannon Copeland announce his unexpected passage on July 11, 2020. Dale was born July 23, 1971 in Greenwood, NC to Jack W Johnson and Alta Jean (Maxwell) Copeland. After his father’s early death, Dale was raised on a ranch in Kennebec, SD by his loving adopted father Wayne Copeland and his mother Alta, and then with his sister Teri.

David Murray Moore, 95

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David Murray Moore, 95, life-long Vivian resident passed peacefully at the Winner (SD) Hospital on July 18, 2020 surrounded by his children. Dave had been a resident of the Elder Inn Assisted Living in Winner since August 2016.

Luella Jeanne Heath, 94

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Luella Jeanne Heath, 94, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Callahan Court Memory Care facility in Roseburg, Oregon. “Jeanne”, born in Vivian, South Dakota on November 24, 1925, was the only child of Ada Leone Bower and Joseph E. Gibson. Jeanne married Jesse Vellorus “Jack” Heath on August 18, 1942 and, together, they raised two daughters.

Jean Ann Brakke, 83

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Jean Ann Brakke, 83, Sioux Falls, formerly of Presho passed away Sunday morning at her home. Visitation will be Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 5-7 pm at the Isburg Chapel in Presho.

Fred Orville Johnson, 81

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Fred Orville Johnson, 81, from Pierre, S.D., lost his battle with lung cancer on June 28, 2020, in the comfort of his home with his fiancé by his side and Hospice caring for him. Fred was a hard worker and held many jobs over his lifetime from farming, being the assistant manager of Peavey Lumber Yard in Gettysburg, S.D., his biggest love of semi driving, and finally starting a construction/handyman business with his friend and youngest daughter’s father-in-law Allen Humphrey.

Deborah Yeaton McWhorter, 51

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Deb was born September 28, 1968 to Denny and Joyce Yeaton in Chamberlain, SD, passed away with her Dad holding her hand, on June 13, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ, at the age of 51 from Pancreatic Cancer.