Alumni News Obituaries
Spearfish, passed away July 24, 2006. Nellie, a homemaker and mother, also worked for 18 years as executive secretary and office manager.
Floyd A. Miller, attend- ed, ’56-’57, Aberdeen, passed away Sept. 30, 2006. During his 35 years as owner and man- ager of funeral homes in Aberdeen, Bowdle and Selby, Floyd's business expanded to become the second largest in the state. Floyd assisted at many disaster sites including the Rapid City flood in 1972 and the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.
Garnet (Aho) Durr, Class of ’57, Belle Fourche, passed away Oct. 19, 2006. She taught a few years in Wyoming and one year in Belle Fourche. She sang with- her sisters, for 20 years.
Carol (Kjelsrud) Haivala, Class of ’57, Spearfish, passed away Oct. 3, 2006. Carol
began her teaching career in California. She later returned to South Dakota to start a day-care center. She also worked as a kin- dergarten teacher. She was a member of the Black Hills State Faculty Wives.
Roberta A. (Hook) Queen, attended, ’57- ’58, Spearfish, passed away April 30, 2007. She worked as a secretary. In 1980 she moved to Spearfish and began working as a domestic engineer and she man- aged an apartment complex.
Willa M. (Brewer) Ritchey, Class of ’58, Hot Springs, passed away Oct.10, 2006. From 1962 until her retirement in 1977, Willa taught in Hot Springs.
James Edward Guaze, Class of ’59, Rapid City, passed away Sept. 23, 2006. James attended the National Guard School and became a
helicopter pilot. He and his family moved 21 times in the next 24 years. He returned to Ft. Hood, Texas as a director of logistics. His assignments included two tours in the Vietnam War, a tour to Korea, Germany and Norway. He gave 33 years of ser- vice to his country.
Thomas Carl McAtee, Class of ’59, Casper, Wyo., passed away Dec. 17, 2006. Thomas served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-52. He taught for 36 years.
Frederick William Herman Thomas, Class of ’59, Rapid City, passed away Jan. 25, 2007. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945, serving dur- ing World War II. He worked as a salesman and business manager for Electrolux. He was also a police officer.
Cundy celebrates 100 years
Shirley (Mullen) Charles, Class of ’60,
Marysville, Calif., passed away, Jan. 25, 2007. She was a teacher at Marysville High School, retiring in 1984.
(Brabazon) Kelly, Class of ’60, Pierre, passed away Dec. 31, 2006. Waneta taught at several rural schools in Northwest Parker County and near
BHSU hosted a 100th birthday party for Amie Cundy last fall. Among those who attended were Lisa D. Cundy, Amie’s granddaughter who is a student at BHSU. Amie first attended BHSU in 1925 and then returned in 1962 to finish her degree and graduate.
Gordon, Neb. In 1972 she married Ken Kelly and they lived and
worked on numerous ranches in northwest South Dakota and north- west Nebraska.
Jerry C. Simmons, Class of ’60, Clinton, Mont., passed away April 6, 2007. He served in the Marine Corps and then taught for 37 years. He retired from teaching in 1994. He also coached basketball, baseball and track.
Bill Schell, attended, ’55-’61, Gregory, passed away Oct. 17, 2006. Bill was a member of the Army National Guard, with a rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a high- way patrolman and an independent insurance agent for over 30 years.
Marion C. (Lynn) Tryon, Class of ’61, Reno, Nev., passed away Dec. 16, 2006. Marion taught in Newcastle, Wyo., for six years before moving to Reno, Nevada, where
she taught for 22 years before retiring in 1985.
Lucia (Voorhees) Tysdal, Class of ’61 and ‘70, Rapid City, passed away Jan. 29, 2007. Lucia taught for many years and was one of the first full-time special educa- tion teachers in South Dakota.
Shirley (Smith) Castor, Class of ’63, Spearfish, passed away July 3, 2006. Shirley began her teaching career in 1948 in a one-room school house. She taught for 29 years in Lead, Knoxville, Tenn., and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Thomas Henry Fredrickson, attended ’61-’63, Yankton, passed away Feb. 5, 2007. He was in the South Dakota Human Services Center in Yankton for a num- ber of years. He then transferred to Prairie
Lloyd Eaton L
loyd W. Eaton, Class of ’40, Boise, Idaho, passed away March 12, 2007.
He began his career as the activities coach in Dupree, where he stayed
just one year before being inducted into the armed services as World War II was beginning. He served in the infantry, becoming a Captain before he was discharged at the close of the war. Lloyd coached two years at Martin, before going back to school at the University of Michigan for his master’s degree. He then coached at Alma College in Michigan for several years, and spent a year coaching at Northern Michigan State College in Marquette, where he was named “Coach of the Year.” He joined the coaching staff at the University of Wyoming and was later named head coach. He was honored by the BHSU Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame in 1984. He had an honorary Doctorate in education bestowed on him from Black Hills State for his contri- bution to education. Following his coaching years at the college level, he joined the staff of the Green Bay Packers. He finished his work for the Packers by becom- ing a scout for their organization, viewing hundreds of great games and introducing many college players to the Packers’ staff. In retirement time he continued to make his home in the Boise, Idaho.
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