Frank James Albright, age 99, of Edgemont, SD, passed away at his homestead in Edgemont, on April 24, 2015.
Frank was born on October 2, 1915, to Frank and Ella (Gilkey) Albright at the Albright homestead in Red Canyon. He received his education while attending the Red Canyon County School. While working for the CB&Q Railroad in 1942, he received his draft notice. He joined the Army’s 345th Engineers Regiment where he served in Italy, Greece, Casablanca and Africa. After 3 ½ years was honorably discharged in 1945.
After moving to Central City, NE, he met and married the love of his life Viola Hagen. In 1950, they moved to Edgemont and took over the operation of the ranch. Into this union three daughters were born-JoAnne, Jeannie and Jerrie. He continued running the ranch along with mining uranium, building a telephone line up Red Canyon and was a supervisor for Dudley Township for several years. Frank had a genuine love for ranching and animals.
Frank is survived by his three daughters, JoAnne Pflaeging of Aurora, CO; Jeannie (Don) Coldross of Guernsey, WY; Jerrie (Tim) Alberts of Hot Springs, SD; sisters, Caroline Curl of Edgemont; JoAnn (Al) Thompson of Scottsbluff, NE; Darlene Willman of North Dakota; and numerous grandchildren.
A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service.
Funeral services were held April 30, 2015, at the United Church in Edgemont, with Rev. Tom Peacock officiating. Interment followed at the Edgemont Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in Frank’s name to benefit the Edgemont Public Library.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Written condolences can be made at www.chamberalinmccolleys.com.
Dee Ann Heller
Dee Ann Heller, 71, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday April 27, 2015, at her home in Hot Springs, SD.
She was born February 19, 1944, in Rapid City, SD to Aaron & Mildred Hansen, the youngest of 11 children. Dee Ann married Lewis Heller in 1967, beginning a life of companionship with a man who would be her best friend throughout all their years of marriage. They raised two wonderful children together, Machelle (Shelley) and Darren and were fortunate to be blessed with 8 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren, and another on the way.
Dee Ann had many passions in life, where her creative insights were an inspiration to all. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading, and varied crafting projects, all of which when done with family and/or friends increased her fulfillment. In later years, her declining health, prevented her from doing many of the things that she longed to do and accomplish, but her spirit & mind far exceeded any of the physical limitations that kept her from doing them. She never gave up hope, in good times or strife, she would always place it in God’s Hands ... taking comfort in knowing that His will would be done, and His spirit & strength would guide. As unexpected as her passing was, we all take comfort in knowing that her creative soul & compassion will continue to live on through her family, friends, and all lives that she had an opportunity to touch.
She is survived by her husband, Lewis; daughter, Machelle (Joseph) Hedrick; son, Darren (Elizabeth) Heller; brothers, Robert & Kenneth Hansen; sister, Barbara Ochs; brother-In-Law, Michael Heller; eight Grandchildren; six (+1 coming) Great Grandchildren; numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins.
A memorial service was held May 2, 2015, at Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, with Pastor Ed Cutler officiating.