Obituaries 4-16-15

Gary W. Thompson

Gary was born February 26, 1949 in Philip, SD to Oliver and Eileen Thompson. He was a proud member of the United States Navy and served in Vietnam from November 1967 to November 1969. He married the love of his life, Vicki Harper, on January 23, 1971. He spent the majority of his life fulfilling his passion for farming and ranching in Montana, Texas and South Dakota.
There are too many words to describe Gary, but some our favorites are: loving, strong, loyal, amazing, passionate, funny, compassionate and kind. He loved his family with all of his heart, and he would do anything for those he loved. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend.
Gary is survived by his wife Vicki, his daughter Kim (Tim) McNemar, his son Matt (Jeannie) Thompson, grandchildren Makenzie, Terra, Katie, Zach, and Corinne, brothers Dennis (Cheryl) and Michael (Mary Kay), sister Sandra Gordon, beloved nieces and nephews, and much-loved extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Thomas, his nephew Jay Harris, and his great nephew Zane Harris.
He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Thompson and his mother, Eileen Weisenberger; brother Thomas Thompson and nephew Jay Harris.
Services were held at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Hot Springs, on Monday, April 13, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., by Pastor Gary Jacobsen. Committal services were at 2:00 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project online or sent to Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD. Written condolences can be made at

Erin M. Drey

Erin M. Drey, age 19, passed away April 8, 2015, at her home in Edgemont, SD.
Survivors include her mother, Geri (Bobby Tibbetis) Miller of Glenwood, MN; brothers, Tyler Seregely of OR, Allen Johnson of HI, Mason Drey of SD; sister, Saylor Miller of SD.
A celebration of her life was held April 15, 2015, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home in Edgemont, SD. Written condolences can be made at

Colleen Hicks

Colleen R. “Coke” Hicks, of Custer, passed away on April 10, 2015.
She was born in Custer on September 8, 1937. She was the youngest of 10 children, born to Harry S. and June E. (Larson) Treloar. Like her mother, Coke was appreciated as a good cook (her cinnamon rolls were legendary). She was a number one fan of Dylan’s hockey team the Rushmore Thunder and fully enjoyed cheering for the team and her dear great grandson as goalie. She also enjoyed LISTENING to her great granddaughter Hailey play all her musical instruments, especially at Christmas time. She was a woman of faith, and lived her life with a sense of humor and loved her family.
Coke is survived by one daughter; Dixie (Wayne) Augustine, her grand-daughter; Stephanie (Cory) Polzine, niece; Donna (David) Treloar, who she also raised. Grand children; Jason (Laryssa) James, Jeremy (Julie) James, Randa (Carlos) Augustine, Amanda (Steve) Smith, two sisters; Ramona Hausman and Patricia Talich, eleven great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.
Coke was preceded in death by her husband, Earl W. Hicks, her parents, five brothers; Waldo, Elgin, Ronald, Lowell, Donald and two sisters; Darlene Ennis and Dorothy Voorhees.
A memorial will be held at a later date in Custer.
A special thank you to Rapid City Regional Hospice and the nurses who took care of her, and to her grand-daughter Stephine for caring for her until her passing.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.

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