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A Celebration of Life for Marilyn (Hendrickson) Weishaar, 79, Aberdeen, will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at North Highland United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, SD. Due to the pandemic, no meal will be served, but refreshments and treats will be available. Marilyn died Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Rochester, MN, with her daughter at her side. Born in Lead, SD, to Edward and Helen Hendrickson, Marilyn grew up in the Black Hills. After graduating from Lead High School, she traded the Hills for the flatter lands of what was then South Dakota State College in Brookings and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1964. She worked at the Aberdeen American News as a reporter, editorialist and copy editor for more than 35 years, earning state and national awards for her work. While probably most well known as the lifestyle editor, she also helped create a farm news page, which later evolved into the Farm Forum. Marilyn met Leland (“Lee”) Weishaar at the newspaper; they married June 22, 1968. In their free time they enjoyed gardening, making rhubarb wine, going to car shows and taking road trips across the U.S. with their daughter Brenda. When Marilyn retired in 2001, she didn’t relinquish her red pen. She launched an editing service, The Weis Revise, to enhance others’ writings with sometimes tough but always encouraging advice. A witty, driven, generous and kind-hearted soul, Marilyn loved to read, travel, support the arts and cheer for the SDSU Jackrabbits, Minnesota Twins, LA Rams and Detroit Lions. She also enjoyed decorating her home for many holidays and providing her daughter with unsolicited weather reports for South Dakota and anywhere else that piqued her interest. Grateful for having shared Marilyn’s life are her daughter Brenda Weishaar, Aberdeen; stepsister Jennifer (Cecil) Luttrell, Las Vegas; sister-in-law Marion Weishaar, San Antonio; brother-in-law Lester (Linda) Weishaar, Rapid City; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee, brother Donald Hendrickson, brother-in-law Loren Weishaar, her parents Edward and Helen, and her stepfather Art Lomheim. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Aberdeen Community Theatre. www.spitzerfuneralhome.com

Ruth Elaine (Nielson) Perry, best known as Elaine, 83, of Spea…

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Laura Lee Shuck, 91, passed on November 30, 2021, at her home in Sturgis surrounded by her family. One of seven siblings, she was born on a small farm in southeast Nebraska to Sherman Steele and Dora Eppens. At the age of 16, she was adopted by Walter and Ruth Hawkinson and moved to Omaha, NE. At that point she lost contact with all of her birth family until open records legislation was passed more than 40 years later. In Omaha she graduated from Benson High School and was a student at the University of Nebraska for two years. While a student, she met Richard Arlon Shuck and they wed there in 1957. Subsequently the couple relocated to the Black Hills and reared three sons. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Laura’s “career” was her family. She was immensely proud of each one and gifted her family with bountiful love and a wealth of beautiful memories. Laura was predeceased by her husband, Richard; her adoptive parents; her siblings, Irene Welling, Jim Steele, John Hills, Jack Wright, and Grace Gould. Her brother, Richard Steele (Jan) still resides in Bellingham, WA. Laura is survived by her three children; David (Irina) Shuck and their children Jason Shuck, Kyle (Michaela) Shuck and great-grandchildren Jordy and Aurelia of Billings, MT; Steve (Denise) Shuck and daughter Jordana of Sturgis; Mark (Elaine) Shuck and children, Andie (Ben) Crowe and Illianna (Luke) Altstiel of Sturgis. Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Lead, SD. Inurnment with be at the Black Hills National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

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Lavina, 104, died Oct. 8, 2021, at Sandstone Assisted Living. She was born in Newell, served 3 years US Navy (WAVES) during WWII, and 29 years with Navy Relief Society. In 1954, she married Charles Roske. She resided in California until moving to Spearfish in 2018. Survivors include stepson David Roske, nephew John and Marlene Wilson, niece Charlotte Wilson, and many second cousins. Full obituary available on Kinkade Funeral Chapel website. Inurnment with military honors 1:00 pm Dec. 6, 2021, Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis SD.

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Bruce A. Hubbard, 71, of Sturgis, South Dakota, died November 25, 2021. Bruce was born April 28, 1950, in Watertown, SD, to Ralph and Mary (Shelton) Hubbard. After graduating from Watertown High School in 1968, he attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where he was on the debate team. He graduated in 1972, with a bachelor’s degree in government. Bruce earned a law degree from the University of South Dakota Law School, Vermillion, in 1975. He was then selected to clerk for the chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court, where he worked for a year. Bruce moved to Sturgis in 1976, to practice as an associate attorney with Morrill and Hansen Law Firm. One year later he became a full partner, and the firm was renamed Hansen and Hubbard Law Firm. His areas of practice included civil and criminal litigation, probate and estate planning, family law, real estate and contracts, and appeals. He retired from the law firm in 2012. Bruce was a member of the Meade School Board from 1980-83, serving as president his last year. He was a member of the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and was president of the Black Hills Motor Classic Board from 1989-91, presiding over the 50th motorcycle rally. He was Meade School District school board attorney for more than 30 years, and also served as Whitewood City attorney. His community involvement also included serving as a board member for several organizations, including the Northern Hills Alcohol and Drug Services/Compass Point, Badlands Head Start, Old Fort Meade Museum, Northern Hills CASA, and Sturgis Lifecare Foundation. For the past 14 years, Bruce’s passion and purpose in life had been serving as the defense attorney for the Northern Hills Drug Court. He firmly believed that individuals fighting drug addiction should be treated rather than incarcerated, and that Drug Court could help turn their lives around and enable them to be productive citizens. Bruce, aka the Beatles fanatic, is survived by his wife Kris of Sturgis; daughter Brittony (Steve) Maag, Las Vegas, NV; sister Jean (Craig) Evans, Powell, WY; brother Bob (Jo) Hubbard, Lincoln, NE, and their children Steve and Jane, New York City, Scott and Helen, Wichita, KS, Chris and Gail, Omaha, NE, and Susan and Chris Chaney, Olathe, KS; brother-in-law Patrick (Nancy) Lyons, Brookings, SD, and their children Mandy and Bill deBlonk, Brookings, and Meghan and Joji Calabro, Prairie Village, KS; sister-in-law Frani (Kevin) Pilgrim, Gravette, AR, and their children Delaney Willard and Thomas Phalen. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to www.kinkadefunerals.com.

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OPINION — Thanksgiving — it’s the time of year where you can turn to the paper and are almost guaranteed to find a few fluffy columns about counting blessings and being thankful. But this year, it would ring hollow coming from me. As many of you know, I lost Jean, my wife of 43 years, to can…