Alumni News Obituaries
Ruth (Johnson) Whisler, Class of 61, Gillette, Wyo., passed away April 5, 2006. She taught almost entirely in one room country schools. After retiring, she served as a deacon for 15 years and volunteered at the Campbell County hos pital.
Shirley (Smith) Castor, Class of 63, Spearfish, passed away July 3, 2006. Shirley began her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse north of Belle Fourche. She later taught first and second grades in Lead; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Albuquerque, N.M.; before retiring in 1990 after 29 years of teach ing.
Gunner Earley, Class of 62, Sturgis, died Feb. 10, 2006. He owned and operated Gunners Lounge on Main Street in Sturgis from 1965 2001. He was also a member of many organizations and was the founder and first chairman of the Sturgis On Sale Liquor Association.
M. Eleanora (Zimmermann) Gukeisen, Class of 65, Spearfish, passed
away June 20, 2006. Eleanora taught at
Lead High School until 1968. She then received her master s in guidance and coun seling and worked in schools in Arizona and Wyoming until her retirement.
Ralph Gail Bachand, Class of 66, Sioux Falls, died March 16, 2006. He taught instrumental music for 29 years before retiring in 2000.
Fay Mitchell, Class of 67, Vermillion, passed
away March 14, 2006. She taught school in Lead and Sioux Falls. She also played the viola for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Louis Simons, Class of 66, Rapid City, died May 17, 2006. Louis worked for Texaco Oil Company in Denver, Colo., before returning to South Dakota to teach near Martin and Eagle Butte. He then taught at Rapid City Central High School until he retired in 2000.
Cheryll (Tidemann) Marty, attended
71, Prairie City, passed away June 14, 2005. She continued her music education with some graduate courses from BHSU.
She taught K 12 band and choir in the Harding, Butte, and Perkins County School Districts for over 30 years.
Loretta (Wolf) Tracy, Class of 71, died May 31, 2006. She taught for 14 years at Ellsworth Air Force Base and eight years at Bergquist Elementary School.
Mark Demmers, attended 73, Phoenix, Ariz., died May 18, 2006. He enlisted in the Navy and served four years on the East Coast. Mark was a man of many talents. He was a master sales man, ran restaurants, managed feedlots and ranches, drove truck cross country, rode horses, and motorcy cles.
Carol (Carson) Anderson, Class of 75, Riverside, Calif., passed away on March 27, 06. She was a kindergarten teacher for 17 years. She also was a mem ber of the women s association of AIME and worked with a scholarship program . She is described as being loving, caring, elegant, forgiving and very dedicated to the work of the church.
Danny Claud Haslip,
Class of 86, Sturgis, died June 17, after a fierce battle against cancer. He was a level III S.D. Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor. He was the Clinical Director of Timberline Treatment Center in Custer and also worked at Newcastle Correction Facility. He then opened a small private practice designing behavioral manage ment treatment for drug and alcohol pro grams.
Leonard Lennie Jones, attended 86 88, Deadwood, died April 30, 2006. Lennie was a great sports enthusiast. He
coached traveling bas ketball teams and the Deadwood Middle School boys and girls basketball teams.
Kendall Ray Guenin, Class of 96, North Platte,
Neb., died May 15, 2006. Kendall worked as an electrician for several years in Wyoming and Colorado. After grad uating from BHSU, he worked for Union Pacific.
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