L. Long (83), Rapid City, loving husband,
father, and grandfather passed away on April
at Fort Meade Veterans home in Sturgis, South Dakota. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Joan DeMarsche Long; his two sons and daughters-in-law, Dann Long (April) of Katy, Texas; Andrew Long (Lisa) of Red Lion, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren and one grandson-in-law: Nicki Rios (Tim), Matthew, Jenny, Katie, Jordan Ryan, Valerie Ryan; a sister Lois Swift and brother-in-law of Placerville, California and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and three brothers.
Donn was born in Mankato, Minnesota on March 2, 1937 where he graduated from high school in 1956. He joined the US Air Force at age 19 and was trained as an aircraft electrician. He was stationed in Japan for three years and one year at Ellsworth AFB where he was honorably discharged after four years’ service. He was employed with AT&T, Northwestern Bell, and US West for 35 years in the following positions: line crewman, installer, repair, key and PBX, maintained telephone service at missile sites, command post at EAFB and two central telephone offices at EAFB. Donn retired at age 59 in 1996 and enjoyed traveling to visit his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed traveling to Texas, Alaska and camping in the Black Hills. Donn also enjoyed having a permanent campsite at a campground in the Black Hills where he did electrical work, plumbing, helped build three cabins, and was "a number 1 flunky."
Donn was a member of Bethel Assembly of God church for 45 years and served on the church board for three years, was in charge of the bus ministry for several years, was also in charge of the sound system for church services for many years, and was an usher. He was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers. 5/4/20
E. Denny, Sr. was born Sioux Falls -
on July 7, 1936, and married Jane Kishlock
on March 7, 1957.
He is survived by two children: Bob and Mike. Bob is married to Aurora and lives in San Diego; Mike is married to Lisa and they live in Eden Prairie, MN; five grandchildren: Kristi, Josh, Dennis, Deidre, and Andrew; and are blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Garrison, Lola, Merric, Ayden, Mason, Jett, and Ariya. Bob is preceded in death by his parents; and granddaughter: Kristi.
In Webster's, or now Wikipedia, if there was a picture of a father, it would include Robert Denny Sr. He lived his life dedicated to his family, his church, and his volunteer activities. After he retired at the age of 52 from Northwestern Bell, he spent countless hours donating resources to O'Gorman High School. He researched back to Day 1 of the school's every sport and every stat, research done before the Internet existed, reading through hundreds of newspapers. He also gave of his time helping the football team with the game clock, the same for the boys and girls basketball teams. He was an integral part of the Telephone Pioneers, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping people. His greatest memory was being a part of the OlympicTorch run. He gave much of his time to St. Michael Catholic Church, counting collections and volunteering.
What really has inspired us, and we are sure has inspired many, many people, is the love our dad had for our mom. Over the past several years, until he found just the right care facility for mom, he was her at-home provider, sacrificing of himself. His love and dedication keeps us going when times are difficult.
We remember all the times playing in the yard, he taught us to play football, baseball and basketball. We remember the driveway games of hoop. He was an excellent ping-pong player and after several years of trying to beat him, the first was so special because he never let us win, we had to earn everything and that made us better people. Our mom was much the same, teaching us how to succeed in life, teaching us cooking, laundry, and self-care skills. Our dad taught to hunt and fish. Every November 11th was a holiday and we always used the day to hunt pheasants; it was also our mothers birthday and he found a way to celebrate her day.
They both sacrificed to send us to the best schools, to give what they could. We may not have said thank you often enough, but only hope our children have the same thoughts about us as we have for our father, Robert Denny Sr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Association.
A private family committal service will take place at St. Michael Cemetery. barnett-lewis.com 4/22/20
Grant Green died March 20, 2020 in Rapid
City, SD. of heart failure.
He was born in Lubbock, TX. on March 29th, 1947, to Walter Edward and Natalie (Kellen) Green. Michael’s family lived in Lubbock, Ennis, Waco, Mineral Wells, and Dallas, Texas, before his mother moved to Sioux Falls with Michael and his younger siblings.
Michael attended Washington High School in Sioux Falls. He won state honors in diving and lettered in football. In his 50’s he pursued his passion for art and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts decree in Fine Arts from Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.
At age 17 Michael joined the Army. After serving in Germany, he served in Viet Nam for a one year tour of duty. On his return he worked as a telephone installer, primarily in the Rapid City area, and briefly in Minneapolis, MN, Walnut Grove, CA, and various communities in and around storm-damaged Sulfur, LA. He was active in the Communication Workers of America (CWA) Union where he served as a Steward several years before he was elected Vice-President of the US West segment.
In the early 1990’s his PTSD caught up with him. He tried to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol which resulted in the loss of his job. With a lot of help from the Veteran’s Administration and Alcoholics Anonymous he was able to get clean and free of alcohol and drugs and to improve his ability to cope with PTSD.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Walter Green, his mother, Natalie Anderson, step father, Richard Anderson, son Jeremy Michael Green, wife Judith Bianco, ex-wife Edith “Marie” Johnson Green, and son-in-law Tim Hansen.
He is survived by his wife, Marion (Rosenkrans) Green, his children: Shannon Hansen, Julia (Paul) Gleason, Joel (Rachel) Green, and David High Pipe, his siblings: Tim (Karin) Green, Kathy Penney, Patti Martin, Peggy (Steve) Warwick, and Dennis Green, his grandchildren: Devon Hanson, Danielle (Trent) Hartog, Travis Hansen, Nicole Hansen, Alexz (Mike) Enz, Allyssa (Alan) Justice, Andie (Tyler) Turner, Aubry (Rebecca) Green, Jenny (Brandon) Yeldington, Marlana (Josh) Harlan, Paul (Charla) Gleason III, Andrea (Eerrick) Oliver, Michael Green, Sarah Green, Tova Green, Ezra Green, Adin Green, and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. 3/30/20
Porter, 93, of Spearfish, SD formerly of
Rapid City passed away in the comfort of her
“home” at Garden Hills Assisted Living in
Spearfish on Monday March 19, 2018.
Leora (Lee) Porter was born on February 24, 1925 in Mountain Lake, MN to Frances E. Cullen and Bessie A. (Hudson) Cullen. She lived in Comfrey, MN until the age of ten when the family moved to Springfield, MN. and Lee graduated from high school in 1943. After graduation, she went to work for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator. Lee was married to William B. Porter on June 22, 1947 and had a daughter, Randy Kay and a son Durand Lee.
Lee enjoyed many hobbies including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, ceramics and reading. She also took great pride in her home, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. There was always a pot of coffee brewing and a full cookie jar waiting for any one who dropped by to visit.
The last four years of her life she resided at Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish, SD, moving from Rapid City, SD. She met many friends there and considered them to also be a part of her "family". Lee possessed a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit and loved to tease and visit with others but never considered herself a "social butterfly". She will be remembered and missed by many.
Lee was preceded in death by her husband Bill and her son Durand. She is survived by her daughter Randy (Richard) Pridgeon and her daughter-in-law Charlotte Porter Bell. Grandchildren include Shannon (Lane) Thompson, Jenny (Brendon) Merchant and Megan (JR ) Mitchell. Great-grandchildren include Blade (Nicole) Thompson, Ashley Thompson, Brady Merchant, Madison Merchant, Alexis Merchant, Andrew Mitchell, Emily Mitchell, Ashlie Mitchell and Hudson Mitchell.
In accordance with Leora’s wishes, a private family interment was held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, SD.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com 3/28/17