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Robert (Bob) David Varick, 74, of Hot Springs, SD, died January 18th, 2022. Bob was born to Helen (Fitzner) Bennett and Robert Clair Varick on July 4th, 1947. He graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1965 and began a career at Homestake Mining Company in Lead, SD. He was drafted into the Army in 1967, achieved sharpshooter status, and was stationed in Germany programming Pershing ballistic missiles. In 1968 he married his high school sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Marilyn (Kommes) Varick. After his military service he returned to work at Homestake. He loved working at the mine, where he met many lifelong friends. “Bobby Pureheart” was proud of his crew’s safety record, his work training mine rescue teams, and to have stood on every level of the mine. Bob’s life-long passion was fishing, and he spent many happy days, with his friends, at his ‘fishing shack’ on the Oahe Reservoir. Bob loved his family and played an involved and much appreciated role in the lives of his two daughters, Nancy and Valoree. Bob is survived by his mother, Helen Bennett; his wife, Marilyn Varick; his daughters Nancy (Scott Deane) Varick and Valoree (Garrett Fry) Varick; brothers Larry (Pat) Varick, Mike (Linda) Varick; his sisters Debbie (Art) Crawford and Nancy Jane (Sue Ganje) Varick; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Varick and his brother, Casey Varick. In lieu of flowers or memorial donations, Bob’s family invites you to share pictures and memories of him. They are sincerely grateful to the staff of the Hot Springs VA Medical Center, Fall River Health Services, Seven Sisters Living Center, and Stillwater Hospice, whose care made his final days safe and comfortable. A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be sent to www.kinkadefunerals.com.

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Zelva “LaRee” Redinger Eikanas May 18, 1939 – January 16, 2022 Zelva “LaRee” Redinger Eikanas, 82, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Green Valley, AZ of natural causes. Services will take place at a later date. Born in Walker Mine, CA, on May 18,1939, to Paul and Loretta (Cook) Redinger. LaRee graduated from Deadwood High School in 1957. LaRee was baptized and confirmed at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church in Spearfish, SD. She married Loren Eikanas in Santa Ana, CA, in 1958, after he was discharged from the Navy. Loren’s work with the government sent them to Hawaii. When they moved back, they lived in Pierre, SD, and settled in Bismarck, ND. LaRee worked at Super Value, Mandan Chrysler Plymouth, and a local hospital for many years. In 2017, she moved to Green Valley, AZ, to enjoy the much warmer weather. LaRee loved Vikings football and Avalanche hockey. It was entertaining to watch LaRee’s enthusiasm watching games. She enjoyed following her grandchildren’s sports and all the people she met traveling to games. LaRee is survived by her daughters Lori (Forrest) Henderson, Shepherd, MT, and Lana (Terry) Curl, Green Valley, AZ. Five Grandchildren, Traci (Tim) Doll, Billings, MT; Jami (Todd) Taylor, Silverdale, WA; Jess (Tristan Minter) Curl, Melbourne, Australia; Jordan Curl, Swaziland, Africa; Jon Eikanas, Bismarck, ND. Six Great Grandchildren: Zoe, Danyka, Haydyn, and Donovan Doll, Billings, MT, and Riley and Regan Taylor, Silverdale, WA. Sister: Barbara Macdonald, Spearfish, SD, Sisters-in-law: Marilyn (James) Jondahl, Arla (Gary) Rasmussen of Groton, SD, and Marcia (Max) LaMarche, Lafayette, LA. She had many nieces and nephews that meant so much to her. LaRee was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Mary Eikanas, son Paul Eikanas, granddaughter Tiffany Eikanas, sister Kay Zantow, sister-in-law Shirley Pischke, brothers-in-law James Jondahl, William Macdonald, Gary Rasmussen, Henry Zantow, nieces Zelva Macdonald Rivers, Coleen Goehring, Hope LaMarche, and nephews Craig Jondahl and Jesse Rasmussen. Condolences may be sent to Lana Curl, 430 West Chardin Drive, Green Valley, AZ, 85614. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children, PO Box 2094, Bismarck, ND 58502 or Carrie’s Kids, Inc. 1223 S.12th Street 33, Bismarck, ND 58504.

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Stickney – Roger Lee Crago, 80, went to his heavenly home Tuesday, January 11 at his home in Stickney. Funeral service will be Saturday, January 15 at 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church in Stickney. Visitation will be Friday, January 14 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm with a 6:30 pm prayer service at the United Methodist Church in Stickney. Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral Home in Stickney. Roger was born December 18, 1941 to Lyle and Adeline (Schnabel) Crago at the family’s farm, which is now the New Holland Post Office, in Douglas County, SD. He grew up on the farm and attended Baker #41 country school near Mt. Vernon and Armour High School through the 11th grade. He was united in marriage to Sharon K. Tolsma on July 10, 1967 at Aurora Reformed Church in Aurora Center. He worked for various farmers and drove truck for Spaans Trucking and Punt Trucking. He was inducted into the United States Army on March 8, 1967. He had basic training and EIT at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. After EIT, he was transferred to Sacto Army Depot in Sacramento, CA where he was a stock clerk. He was sent TDY to Ft. Knox, KY for 6 months where he was involved with the testing of some equipment to be used in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged on March 7, 1969 and moved to Stickney. He worked as a foreman for Reynold Construction in Sioux Falls until 1982 when he, Sharon and the girls moved to Deadwood. He worked for Lien Construction for several years before working for Wharf Resources, an open pit gold mine near Lead. He worked there until he was injured in a fall in August of 1997. Roger was a member of the Deadwood Fire Department, a 50 year member of the American Legion and was a member of several car clubs. He enjoyed showing his cars and tractor pulling with his 300 International that he bought from Adrian DeWaard and restored himself. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Sharon of Stickney; 2 daughters: Kimberly K Cotton (special friend Jeremy Wozny) of Lincoln, NE and Heather Jo (Craig) Hall of Phoenix, AZ; 6 grandchildren: Rylan Cotton, Haylee Cotton, Trevor Cotton, Skylar Swanson, Cade Hall and Carson Hall; and 9 siblings: Marjorie Crago of Tucson, AZ; Keith Crago of Mitchell; Elaine (Russel) Skinner of Rapid City; Jerald (Nickie) Crago of West Bend, WI; Lyle Jr (Sherri) Crago of Rochester, MN; Doug (Lori) Crago of Mitchell; Dennis (Janice) Crago of Stickney; Leslie (Arla) Crago of Stickney; and Nancy Crago of Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Mae Crago; and a sister-in-law, Vi Crago.

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OPINION — I don’t remember the first time I read ‘All Creatures Great and Small,’ the famous semi-autobiographical book written by a country vet, but I remember that I loved it. Over the years, I returned to its pages several times, but it wasn’t until I reread it after moving to the ranch t…

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OPINION — “Wow, I didn’t expect that!”  I have said that many times and have heard it said many times when something unexpected happened.  Unfortunately, those words are generally not heard when something good happens, rather it’s when that bull you finally got into the corral sailed over th…