Kevin Roger Komes, age 54, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was born August 13, 1962 in Hot Springs to Leonard and Iris Beehler Komes.
Kevin married his first wife, Cherie, in 1983 and had three children: Kristopher, Jonathon and Kimberly. He married his second wife, Kristi, in 1987, and they had their daughter, Samantha.
Some of Kevin’s interests included fishing, hunting, boating, playing pool and building and driving derby cars with his two sons. He won first place at the Edgemont Derby in 1988 and also placed second and third on many occasions.
Kevin is survived by his sister, Karyn Vandinerg; first wife, Cherie Bovonwolf and their children, Kris and his wife, Charity, Jon and Kim; second wife, Kristi, and their daughter Samantha; nine grandchildren; two nephews and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kelly Komes, and grandsons, Landon and Wolfgang.
Kevin will be remembered as always laughing and having a smile on his face.
The wake was held at 7 p.m. at the St. James Catholic Church, on Friday, September 30. Funeral services were held on October 1, at 10 a.m. at the St. James Catholic Church in Edgemont. Burial followed at the Edgemont Cemetery.
Norma Katheryn (Schoppert) Mills was born on February 27, 1928, at the family farm near Freeman, South Dakota, to Robert and Louisa (Roduner) Schoppert. Her father named her “Norma” after the actress, Norma Scherer, of whom he was a great fan. She was baptized at the Wolf Creek Congregational Church, rural Freeman, on April 29, 1928, and confirmed on July 14, 1935. She was the granddaughter of pioneers who settled the newly-opened Dakota Territory.
Norma attended County School through the 8th Grade, and then attended High School in Marion and Menno, South Dakota. She graduated from Menno High School in 1946. Following graduation, she moved to Watertown, where she attended Watertown Beauty School, graduating as a licensed beautician.
It was in Watertown that Norma met the love of her life, Floyd R. Mills. They wed on April 12, 1951. Their three children, Mark, Dean and Kim soon came of this union. Norma happily nurtured her baby-boomer family in Watertown through the 1950’s and early ‘60’s while running her own beauty shop in their home. But in 1964, Norma and her family moved to Huron, South Dakota, due to her husband, Floyd’s work transfer. In Huron, Norma continued to ride herd on her growing children and bought the five-operator beauty shop that became the LaBeautique Salon. At one point, she and her husband owned three beauty shops: the LaBeautique and Chalet salons in Huron and the LaBeautique Salon in Watertown—employing up to 35 people, with plans to open her own beauty school. Norma even traveled to Canada to take training with the international hair stylist, Bruno’s. But with her children graduated from High School, a changing world situation, and Floyd’s railroad transfer, those plans were shelved and the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa.
During their two-year stay in Sioux City, Norma divided her life between settling into their new home and driving to Huron to continue running the LaBeautique Salon. Norma and her family returned to Huron when Floyd became the last supervisory Agent for the Burlington Northern Railroad station in Huron. She continued running the LaBeautique Salon until they closed it in 2005, prior to moving to Custer, South Dakota.
While they still lived in Huron, Norma and her husband, Floyd, quietly began a new phase in their lives. They joined the Congregationalist U.C.C. Church, becoming active on the church’s committees. Because of their dedication to their church, they were invited to train for the new Licensed Ministry program. They went on to take Advanced Theology training. After graduating, they became pastors to a small, vibrant congregation in Hetland, South Dakota and a larger church in Alpena. They traveled 150 miles to serve these parishes every Sunday. While serving these congregations, Norma remained an active beautician and served on city and state boards.
But once again, she moved. This time to Custer, South Dakota. She and Floyd built their dream home in Custer County near Custer City. Far from “retiring,” Norma and Floyd continued their ministry as the Pastors-in-Residence to the “yoked” churches of the Edgemont Community Church in Edgemont and Pringle Methodist Church. In the Southern Black Hills. This eventually ended for Norma and Floyd as advancing age took its toll on their vitality. But back in Custer, Norma could not be content to just relax. So in her 80’s she filled out job applications and found herself working at the Custer Candy Company doing what she liked best: being with people.
Norma was a woman of many talents, singing with church choirs, playing in bell choirs, performing in community theaters, painting china and too much more to list. She loved living in the Black Hills, relished being with residents and visitors, and was immensely proud of her family.
Norma passed away from the effects of a massive stroke at 4:17 A.M. on September 28, 2016, while resting peacefully at Custer Regional Hospital. She was 88 years old.
She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Louisa Schoppert; sister, Fern Waltner; brother, Donald Schoppert; niece, Sarah Schoppert; nephew, R. Scott Shoppert; four brothers-in-law, Henry Huber, Clarence Huber, Glenn Pickering, and Lyle Waltner.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd R. Mills of Custer, SD; two sons, Mark and Dean Mills, also of Custer; daughter, Kim Mills of Tucson, AZ; sisters, Violet Pickering of Yankton, SD; Sharon Hauck (Verlyn) of Menno, SD; brothers, Robert Schoppert (Joan) of Broomfield, CO; Sherwin Schoppert of Brenner, SD; and many, much-loved, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, October 6, 2016, at the Custer Community Church in Custer with the Rev. Dustin Bartlett officiating.
Committal services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Wolf Creek Congregational Cemetery near Menno, South Dakota with the Rev. Ron Shifley officiating.
A memorial has been established in Norma’s name.