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Ivan Vosika - August 22, 2016

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Ruby Shippy - August 12, 2016

Ruby Mae Mudgett was born to LeRoy and Clara Mudgett on January 6, 1923 in Fargo, N. Dakota. She joined her brother Harvey (18 months older), and 22 months later, sister Bernice came. Her father struggled to find work, but made harnesses for a while. When Ruby was four, sadly he left the family, and she never saw him again. Her single mother returned to Colome, S Dakota. She made ends meet doing household work and selling her oatmeal...

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Imogene Turnquist - August 9, 2016

Imogene Pearl Turnquist from Wewela, SD, age 96, died August 9, 2016 at the Gregory Avera Hospital. Imogene was born October 28, 1919 to Elmer and Rena (Haukaas) Smith on the family homestead located one and a half miles north of the Turtle Butte. She was the youngest child of a family of eight. Imogene attended her elementary education at the Turtle Butte School. In order to attend high school at Colome, Imogene lived and worked in the...

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Ruth Vavra - July 2, 2016

Ruth Clara (Stellwag) Vavra was born November 21, 1927 on the family farm south of Gregory, SD to Hans and Clara (Faatz) Stellwag, the fourth of ten brothers and sisters in the family. Ruth completed school to the eighth grade. Ruth started working for Buches, then located on Main Street Gregory. Ruth married Richard Vavra in Colome on October 4, 1948, and they lived on the family homestead south of Winner for two years. This is where their...

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Veryl (Sis) Wagaman - June 20, 2016

Veryl (Briggs) Wagaman was born on March 31, 1926 at Iona, South Dakota to Harry and Mary (Hickey) Briggs. Veryl had two brothers Dwane and Dean. She attended the Iona school through middle school and then attended high school for a while in Gregory. One of Veryl's favorite things to do was to come to Gregory with her folks. She enjoyed taking in a movie when she could. Veryl was known by many as Sis. Sis had five children Bill, Ronnie,...

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Dwight Roggow - June 17, 2016

Dwight Arden Roggow was born May 29, 1956 to Vilas and Amy (Ameila Wetzler) Roggow. He was the oldest of three children. Dwight attended the Bunnell school and also the Lucas school. He graduated from Burke High School in 1974. Dwight attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND for four years. Then he returned to farm with his Dad and beloved uncles. In 1996 he began trucking as a bull hauler and later worked for Cenex for 10 years. For...

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Bonnelle Spreckels - June 4, 2016

Bonnelle Jewell was born January 15, 1923 to Charles Cyrus and Myrtle Florence (Bloodhart) Jewell, on the farm in Carlock Twp. Gregory, SD. Bonnelle was the last of eleven children born to the family. She passed away of natural causes on June 4, 2016, at the age of 93. Bonnelle became a member of the Fairmont Methodist Church on September 13, 1936, a country church south of Gregory (after marriage she joined the Lutheran Church in Colome,...

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Ruby Stevicks - May 31, 2016

Ruby Melaine (Baxa) Stevicks was born on October 13, 1925 in their farm house in Dixon, SD to John and Nettie (Konop) Baxa. Ruby was the oldest of three children. In 1935 she moved with her family to a farm two miles west of Burke. The family then moved in 1938 to a farm southeast of Herrick where she grew up helping on the farm and attending grade school. While attending high school in St. Charles, she was a member of the band and played...

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Lowdon Heller - May 28, 2016

On February 24, 1924, at the Ideal, SD home of Charles and Dora (Bainbridge) Heller a baby boy was born. They named him Lowdon (a family sir name). Lowdon was the fifth child and had three sisters and four brothers. At age four he started school at East Star Valley. Lowdon and his siblings walked four miles to the one room schoolhouse. A small chap, he would sit on the teacher's lap so that he could see the chalkboard. Lowdon...

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Harley Hill - May 25, 2016

Harley Hill, 93, passed away on May 25, in West River Gregory, South Dakota. He was born June 30, 1922, to Rollie and Eva Hill, on the family homestead north of Gregory. His mother was not happy with the doctor's fee of $25. He joined his sister and only sibling, Marcellene. Harley traveled by horseback with his big sister to rural schools in Gregory County during the Depression. He was expelled from Gregory High School for good reason and later...

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