Kon A. Smith, 79

Kon Allan Smith was born December 14, 1940, in Valentine to Allan Smith and Alice (Burke) Smith. He finished life on February 2, 2020, in North Platte at the age of 79 years, 1 month, and 19 days. Kon spent the first years of his life near Lakeview, SD. His early elementary years were spent travelling with his family from South Dakota to Texas, hauling gravel, finally settling north of Mission, SD, at the age of 12. He attended Todd County High School through the 10th grade.

Kon made his choice to serve the Lord at the age of 14 and stayed true to that choice until the day of his death.

Kon met the love of his life, Rebecca (Holmgren) Smith from Scottsbluff, in the fall of 1960. He and Becky were married on October 7, 1961. They were blessed with three daughters, Kristine, Lisa, and Emily.

He was an entrepreneur from the age of 16. His endeavors included a cream station, a sporting goods shop and a fireworks stand. He also drove school bus and was a custodian at the school. He opened a service station/tire shop in 1966, which he ran for 22 years.

After retirement, he and Becky wintered in Arizona for many years. Kon loved motorcycles, cars, snowmobiles, waterskiing, fourwheeling, and camping. In later years, he loved to read any nonfiction book he could get his hands on. He enjoyed survival stories and war stories. He loved his Bible and meetings. Kon treasured his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the time he spent with them.

Kon was preceded in death by his parents, Allan G Smith and Alice (Burke) Smith.

He is survived by and will be missed by: his wife, Rebecca Smith of Mission, SD; three daughters, Kristine (Loren) Lewis of Nisland, SD, Lisa Swenson of Cando, ND, Emily (Kerry) Bukaske of York; ten grandchildren, Eric (Laura) Lewis, Eron (Danielle) Lewis, Elise (Jesse) Strickland, Katie (Esaú) Escobar, Amy (Jeff) Borys, Victor Swenson, Jonathan Swenson, Tristan (Yadira) Bukaske, Trevor (Emily) Bukaske, and Trey Bukaske; and 14 great-grandchildren. Also, one brother, Darrel (Iris) Smith of Valentine; two cousins, Cecil Smith of Fort Myers, FL and Jim Smith of Urbana, MO; an aunt, Norma Bennett of Hayward, CA, and numerous special nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held on Friday, February 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Sandoz Chapel of the Pines. Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of service arrangements.

Beulah Mae Hale was born July 9, 1923 in Valentine to Sanford “Sant” and Cora (Lovejoy) Hale. She attended Schlagel Creek Country School.

Beulah married Charles A. “Charlie” Belville on April 25, 1940 in Chadron. They were blessed with two sons, Bruce and Terry. Beulah and Charlie ranched in the Valentine area for their entire married life. Charlie passed away May 2, 2004 and they had celebrated 64 years of married life together.

Beulah enjoyed baking, gardening, flower arranging, embroidery and reading. Her greatest love was her family and she always enjoyed spending time with them.

She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Valentine.

Beulah passed away February 2, 2020 at Pine View in Valentine at age 96. She was preceded in death by her parents Sant and Cora Hale, and her husband Charlie Belville, siblings Melvin Lee Hale, Nellie Hale and Paul Hale.

She is survived by sons Richard Bruce Belville (Ellie) of Athens, TX, Terry Lee Belville (Carolyn) of Valentine, Brother Sam Hale (Gerry), of Montana, sisters Belle Stufflebeam of Montana and Marie Harvard (Jim) of North Platte. Also surviving are Grandchildren Rochell McWhorter, Michele Bailey (Larry), Brad Belville (Patty), Susan Sudbeck (Jody), and Terri Lea Jespersen (Marty).

Funeral service was held on Thursday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Valentine. Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Valentine. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was in charge of service arrangements.

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