Ainsworth Star Journal

Memorial services for Sheila Hembree were held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory with Russ Grim officiating. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Sheila Ann (Frink) Hembree was born April 12, 1942 the daughter of Larry and Mabel (Harrington) Frink. She had three brothers: Larry, Bruce and Michael. Sheila grew up mostly in Greene, NY, but also spent time in Chicago, IL. She attended school in New York and enjoyed being in the jazz band. She married Bernard Nelsen in the 60’s and to this union two daughters were born, Kathy and Patricia. Sheila moved around a lot and did a variety of jobs. She remarried later in life to Bud Hembree and they lived in Missouri for 35 years. He passed away in 1993 in Hollister, MO. After a few years by herself she moved to South Dakota in 2002 to be closer to her daughter Kathy and her grandchildren. She worked at Avera Healthcare Center in the kitchen until her retirement. Sheila loved to go to garage sales and fl a markets and collected Star Wars and Star Trek memorabilia. She enjoyed watching movies and spending time with all her grandkids and great-grandkids. She loved to draw, do arts and crafts and listen to music. Sheila loved nature and animals especially cats. Rescue Unlimited held a very special place in her heart and she wanted donations sent to them in lieu of flowers. She loved trips out to the Black Hills. Sheila lost her battle with cancer on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 and died in her sleep in her daughter’s home in Gregory. She was preceded in death by her parents Larry and Mabel Frink and her husband Bud Hembree. She is survived by her two daughters Kathy (Dean) Kerner of Gregory, and Patty (Russel) Davis of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren Heather (Justin) Parkis, Dowain, Betty Ann, Melissa, and Greg; seven greatgrandchildren; three brothers Larry Jr. (Judy) Frink of Florida, Bruce (Jean) Frink of Pennsylvania, and Michael (Jessica) Frink of New York and many cousins, nieces, aunts, and uncles.

Funeral services for Robert Steffen were held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dallas American Legion in Dallas with Pastor Tim Voigt officiating. Music was provided by the Teel family and Karli McCance was in charge of registration. Casket bearers were Ryan Cook, Riley Cook, Michael Moss, Eric Storms, Sam Steffen and Devin Cook. Honorary casket bearers were Kerri Cook-Huber, Michele Bice, Sara Steffen, Regan Steffen and all of his friends and classmates. Interment was in the Hillview Cemetery in Dallas. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Robert was born April 19, 1971 to Geneive and Norman Steffen, the fifth child born to Geneive and Norman. Robert Ross joined Ronald Eugene, Carol Rae, Ellen Marie and Roger Norman. He was born in Winner and grew up on the Steffen farm west of Dallas. Growing up on the farm gave Robert the opportunity to run the crick, run the farm equipment and run to play. Robert enjoyed spending time  ith the Ekroth kids, shooting rabbits and birds for the ba rn cats and having his town friends out to go fishing. Robert was a sportsman in all respects. He loved to deer hunt and pheasant hunt. Most of all, Robert enjoyed bass fishing. Robert played a lot of ball. He played baseball for Gregory and also proudly wore a Dallas Toads uniform, playing slow pitch softball with Ron and Roger. Robert graduated from Gregory High School in 1989. One of his best high school memories was being crowned Homecoming King. Robert was a graduate of South Dakota State University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in agronomy/ag business. He moved on to be a seed salesman for different companies. He is survived by his brother Ron and Val Steffen and their children Sara, Regan and Sam; sister Carol and Glen Cook, their children Kerri (husband Matt and children Devin, Kendra and Addison), Ryan (wife Kathryn and son Max) and Riley (wife Abby); sister Ellen Moss and Paul Storms, their children Michele (husband TJ and children Shayla and Evan), Michael (wife Chelsey and children  ora, Reven and Bohdi), and Eric (wife Destiny and children Bryken and Jace); and brother Roger and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Gwendolyn Holmes, age 87 of Valentine NE, died Saturday June 27,2015 at the Belle Fourche Senior Healthcare Center, in Belle Fourche, SD. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Arrangements are with Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Gwendolyn Wanda Haas was born June 20,1928 in the Lakeview Community of Todd County, South Dakota. She was the daughter of Clarence and Alma (Wolhert) Haas. Gwendolyn was baptized into the Lutheran faith, and grew up in the Lakeview Community graduating from the Todd County High School in 1946. On November 7,1948 she was united in marriage to Verl A, Holmes in Mission, SD. Following their marriage they lived and ranched in Todd County for 56 years. Gwendolyn was a school teacher for the Todd County School District in Mission, SD for more than 50 years. She was dedicated to her profession that influenced the lives of many students. She loved her students very much and took great pride in their accomplishments. She especially liked working with special needs children. Gwendolyn is survived by her daughter, Laura Jean (Gerald) Moller of Spearfish SD; granddaughters, Kelli (Curtis) McGuigan of Spearfish SD, Daleri Moller (Ben Dean) of Valentine NE; great grandson, Blake Brunson; brother, Gail (Lorain) Haas of Valentine; sister, Sharon (Don) Sweat of Leadville, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Verl A. Holmes on July 14,2004; parents, Clarence and Alma Haas; and brothers, Larry, Leland, and Lyle Haas. Friends may leave written condolences at: www.funeralhomeofthenorthernhills.com 

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