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Ree Heights Review
Ree Heights, (Hand County) South Dakota
1945 Obits & Death Notices
The following were reprinted in a column by Stella (Voelker)  Hammill Conerton called :kcaB gnikooL (Looking Back:) from her personal collection of old, original Ree Heights Review newspapers.
Note the "flowery" writing style of the early-day publishers.
Pvt. Lyle Coonrod;  Pub. 1945-05-04:  In a message from the Government, Wednesday afternoon, the wife and parents of Pvt. Lyle Coonrod were informed that he had died of wounds received on April 15, 1945 somewhere in Germany.  Pvt. Coonrod, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Coonrod was born November 17, 1921 in Como township.  He received his grade education in the country schools and was graduated from Ree Heights High School on May 19, 1939.  He was active in high school athletics, both football and basketball.  He took part in several one act plays.  Member of the Mixed chorus and in his senior year was editor of the Ree Chief.  Following graduation he went to California where he was employed in Defense work.  While there he was married to Miss Virginia Excell of Highmore.  A little more than 8 months ago he entered the service and in February was home on furlough.  In March he was sent overseas.  He is survived by his wife and 2-year old daughter, who has been in Rapid City with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Excell, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Coonrod and a sister Loretta.  Pvt. Coonrod is the third member of the local school and the second graduate of the local high school to pay the supreme sacifice.  One other member is listed as missing in action.

Frank Deuter, Sr.;  Pub. 1945-03-16:  DN:  Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church in Miller for Franklin Deuter, Sr.  Tuesday [March 13, 1945 ?] afternoon.  He passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anton Ruzicka, at the age of  94 years.


Pvt. Floyd Hague;  Pub. 1945-01-12:  DN:  Mr. and Mrs. Carl Speirs received word Saturday that Floyd Hague, nephew of Mrs. Speirs and son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hague of Highmore, was killed December 6, 1944, at Leyet in the Philippines.  Hague, a paratrooper, was 21 years old and had been in the service for almost two years and overseas since last May.

Pvt. Eli Leroy Haas:  Pub. 1945-03-30: DN:  According to offical notification to his family, Pvt. Eli Leroy Haas, son of Roy Haas, Hand County sheriff, was killed in action on Iwo Jima, March 8, 1945.  He leaves a wife, his father, and two brothers in the service, Oliver in the Field Artillery in the Philippines and Ensign Rodney Haas of the Naval Air Corps at Dallas, Texas.

C.E. Justice;  Pub. 1945-03-09:  DN:  C.E. Justice, resident of Ree Heights for the past 25 years, passed away Tuesday morning [March 6, 1945 ?]at his home following several weeks of illness.  Funeral arrangements had not been completed at this writing, pending the arrival of his son, Homer, from Chicago, and word from another son, Clarence, who is at sea.

C.E. Justice;  Pub. 1945-03-16:  Funeral services were conducted from the local Congregational Church Monday [March 12, 1945] afternoon for C.E. Justice.  Rev. Luke was in charge of the services and the local Masonic Lodge, of which Mr. Justice was a member, conducted a short service at the grave.

1st Lt. Marlin Miller;  Pub. 1945-01-26:  DN:  Word has been received here by friends of the family that Marlin Miller, formerly of Ree Heights, but more recently of Bryant, has been reported killed in action on Leyte, December 7, 1944.

George A. Price;  Pub. 1945-02-09:  Funeral services were held for George A. Price, Saturday afternoon, January 27, 1945, at the Methodist Church in Harrisburg.  As a small boy he moved with his parents to Eagle Grove, Iowa.  He moved to Hand County in 1895 and with his brother, Herberg, [Herbert ?], managed the Cowan Ranch, 12 miles south of Ree Heights.
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