Obituaries 8-27-15

Clara Clay

Clara Mae Hagen Clay, age 94, of Hot Springs, SD, entered eternal life on July 28, 2015, at the home of her daughter Bobbi Clay Kennedy, in Columbia, SC.
Clara was born September 7, 1921, in Hot Springs, to Axel and Edith (Parsons) Hagen.
Clara was survived by her daughter, Bobbi Clay Kennedy; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Memorial service will be, 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the United Churches in Hot Springs. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, SD. Written condolences may be made at

Gary Tuggle

Gary Bryan Tuggle, age 78, of Custer, SD, passed away August 7, 2015, at the Golden Living Center-Black Hills in Rapid City, SD.
Gary was born January 19, 1937, in Mulga, AL, to Venson and Geraldine (Richards) Tuggle. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corp from 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1959. Gary was a man who asked for nothing but gave everything .
Gary is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, Gresh (Shellie) Tuggle of Nashville, TN; Gregory (Gail) Tuggle of San Diego, CA; daughter, Cristy Tuggle of Rapid City, SD; brothers, Gale (Sandy) Tuggle of Pagosa Springs, CO; Larry (Dede) Tuggle of Alexander City, AL; Rodney (Joellen) Tuggle of Alliance, AL; six grandchildren, Kelly (Jay) Steele; Vince Tuggle; Dylan Tuggle; Joseph Tuggle; Kevin Benavidas; Bryan Benavidas as well as seven great grandchildren.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents and son, Kevin.
A celebration of Gary’s life, will be held the afternoon of Sunday, August 23, 2015, at 7020 Prestwick Road, Rapid City, SD 57702 (Red Rock Golf Course Community).All who knew Gary are invited.

Allan Lovaas

Allan Leaf ‘Al’ Lovaas, age 84, passed away August 9, 2015, at his home in Hot Springs, SD.
Allan was born April 5, 1931, in Toronto, SD, to Christian and Myrtle (Leaf) Lovaas. He grew up in Gary, SD, the oldest of three children. Al loved all things nature and sports, taking part in basketball, football, and baseball. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State College (University), and later completed his Masters of Science in Fish and Wildlife Management at Montana State College (University). Al proudly served in the United States Army from 1953 - 1955. During his service, he was stationed in Germany and was able to visit distant relatives in Norway.
Al met his wife, Nancy Ellen Collins, after returning from the service. They were married on June 6, 1958, in Red Lodge, MT. Together they shared a deep love of the outdoors and spent their honeymoon at Yellowstone National Park.
Al’s career as a wildlife biologist led the family to many locations, including Canada, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Alaska. He spent most of his career with the National Park Service, including 6 years at Wind Cave National Park. Al was the Regional Chief Scientist in Nebraska and later, Alaska, and authored several scientific publications.
Al and Nancy had a son, Erik, born in Rapid City, SD, in 1970. Together they fostered Erik’s affection for animals and nature. After retiring from his post in Alaska in 1993, Al and Nancy knew they wanted to return to the Black Hills. Al had a passion for: league bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing, and fly tying. He was baseball and football fan, and enjoyed classical music, crossword puzzles, and was an avid reader. Al volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years, and later at the Hot Springs Senior Center, where he spoke fondly of the friends he made there.
Allan is survived by his son, Erik (Jennifer) Lovaas of San Francisco, CA; a sister, Ruth (Ordean) Nelson of Howard Lake, MN; a brother, Richard (Shirley) Lovaas of Sioux Falls, SD. He also had many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. Al was preceded in death by Nancy, his wife of 56 years.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 20, 2015, at the Hot Springs American Legion Post 71 with Pastor Mark Crossman officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Al’s name to benefit the Hot Springs Senior Center.

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