Lee Lopez


Funeral services for Lee Lopez, age 80, longtime Meadow, SD, area rancher will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the New Hope Worship Center in Lemmon, SD. Pastor Jess Harkins will officiate with burial to be at a later date in the Timber Lake Cemetery. Military Honors will be afforded by the Brattvet-Green American Legion Post #66.

Lee passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD.

He is survived by six sons, Ted Lopez, Bullhead, SD, Luke (Dianna) Lopez, Mobridge, SD, Dave Lopez, McIntosh, SD, Matt Lopez, Meadow, SD, Joe (Tera) Lopez, Wessington Springs, SD and John Lopez, Lemmon, SD; three daughters, Lisa (Stuart) Schmidt, Keldron, SD, Noelle (Randy) Benson, Morristown, SD, and Anne (Brice) Roghair, Isabel, SD; one sister, Annabelle (Sam) Mortenson, Little Eagle, SD; 23 grandchildren, Teddy Strongheart, Tottie Hotchkiss, Chuck Schmidt, Sarah Lopez, Sophia Lopez, Kaitlyn Duncan, Whitney Olson, Rowdy Benson, Tristan Lopez, Jessica Lopez, Alexis Lopez, Joseph, Evan, Ruthie, Cheri, Elijah, Trusty, Daniel, Quest Lopez, Savanna, Maria, Kate, Rope Roghair; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces nephews and friends.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Carl Kaiser and one sister, Effie Hunt.

A family service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the New Hope Worship Center in Lemmon, SD.

Kathy Nelson


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Kathryn Ann "Kathy" Lindsay was born October 2, 1959, in Iola, Kansas the daughter of George and Betty (Basel) Lindsay. Kathy grew up in Kincaid, Kansas where she attended grade school and junior high. She graduated from Colony High School in Colony, Kansas in 1977. During her school years she participated in many 4-H activities and developed a love for water skiing. She was also involved in the drama club and cheerleading.

Kathy attended college at Coffeyville, Kansas, and became a registered lab tech. After college, Kathy returned to Colony where she worked as a lab tech for five years and later Philip Health Services.

She later met a young school teacher from Oakley, Kansas, introduced by Kathy's uncle Chuck. The first time they met, Kathy's cousin was getting married, and the father of the bride was looking for a dance partner for his niece, Kathy. Mike and Kathy danced the night away, and continued to dance as often as possible. They were later married on March 1, 1991 in Oakley, and made their home in Oakley.

In 1994, they moved to the Nelson Ranch northeast of Philip. Kathy acquired a love for hunting and the outdoors, thoroughly enjoying the time she spent with her family. She was always involved with her kids and Mikes rodeoing being their biggest cheerleader and supporter. Kathy loved to dance, and looked forward to New Years Eve and Jeff and Lorita’s annual barn dance.

Kathy was talented in many areas. She was known far and wide for her cooking, especially her cookies. Her kitchen table was a gathering place for friends and family to spend time together, which is what she loved most. One of her most talented areas was her creativity in the kitchen making great tasting cakes. From an early age she had a talent to sit at her sewing machine and could make anything her family needed. She had an eye for seeing how things went together and could fix anything in the house with her tools.

Survivors include her husband Mike of Philip; three children Lindsay Young, Brooke Nelson, and Clint Nelson, all of Philip; two grandchildren Trailin and Tayah Young; her mother Betty Ranes and her husband Jerry of Leroy, Kansas; one brother Dick Lindsay and his wife Kathy of Auburntown, Tennessee; one sister Karen Dalke and her husband Marty of Hillsboro, Kansas; father and mother-in-law Martin and Vera Nelson of Philip; brother-in-laws Dan (Marla) Nelson of Creighton, Jerry (Mary) Nelson, Tim (Denise) Nelson, Jeff (Lorita) Nelson, all of Philip; two sister-in-laws Angie (Levi) Derner of New Underwood and Julie (Jon) Denton of Newcastle, Oklahoma: two aunts Dixie Lindsay of Iola, Kansas, and Eunice Lindsay of Oakley, Kansas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father George Lindsay in 1989; her brother Chuck Lindsay in 1994; her maternal and paternal grandparents; two uncles, Chuck and Emmett Lindsay; and two aunts Elaine and Ramona.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, at the American Legion Hall in Philip.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

A memorial has been established.

Marty Michael "Chip" Melvin


Marty was born on August 24, 1960 in Chamberlain, SD to Warren and Donna (Maher) Melvin and shared his birthday with his Dad. He grew up in Holabird, SD and graduated from Highmore Marty MelvinHigh School in 1978. He grew up playing football, wrestling and rodeoing. Always an example of a tough cowboy with true grit, Marty started riding bareback horses at the young age of 8 years old. He came up through the ranks of 4-H, Little Britches and High School Rodeo, winning too many awards to count, but most notably SD 4-H Sr All Around ’76, '78, '79, SD 4-H Sr Bareback ’79, SD 4-H Sr Steer Wrestling ’78, ’79, and SD 4-H Jr All Around ’70, Boys Breakaway ’74, and others. He attended South Dakota State University on a wrestling scholarship and also competed for the rodeo team riding bulls, barebacks, calf roping, and steer wrestling. He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo 4 times, also winning the Great Plains Region All Around, Bull Riding, Barebacks, and several other titles before graduating from SDSU with a BS in Geography. His vast knowledge of geography and his ability to remember every fairground and little rodeo arena in the United States earned him the nickname of “Rand McNally” because he was the person to call for directions.
He joined the PRCA and won many honors including Badlands Circuit Steer Wrestling Champion ‘81, Badlands Circuit All Around ‘79, ’81, ’82, Linderman Award ’83, ’84, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days All Around ’83 on his way to qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo 9 times during his career. He won the Average Championship in Steer Wrestling at the NFR and was also voted Coors Fans’ Favorite Cowboy in ‘89. He was drafted for the Winston ProRodeo Tour as a member of the Jolly Rancher Team and also appears as the bull dogger on the Resistol hat box to this day. Marty was also featured in magazines and calendars representing various western brands, then worldwide as the iconic “Marlboro Man” in many print and tv advertisements for over 20 years. He was a Gold Card member of the PRCA and was inducted into the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Hall of Fame in the Cowboy Great category in 1992. He also helped mount and haze for many other cowboys as they chased their rodeo dreams. He cherished the many life-long friends and memories from his years on the rodeo trail. Once he began his Christian walk, his close friends said that he set an amazing example of a Christian cowboy, husband, father, and friend.
On August 4, 1991 he married the love of his life, Judy Painter in Ladner, SD and they made their home in Keller, Texas. Always a humble and loving man, Marty credited much of his success, both in and out of the arena, to his wife and best friend. They were blessed with 3 children—Paul Lewis, Marilyn Mae, and Katlyn Ann. They later moved to Paradise, Texas where he took great joy in raising their kids, coaching up and coming rodeo kids and continuing to raise and train outstanding performance horses that wore the M4 brand. He enjoyed following his kids as they pursued their own rodeo careers and grew into adulthood. Marty was known as the ultimate “rodeo dad” that everyone could count on, whether someone needed a calf pushed or a steer hazed, and he never missed a youth rodeo or basketball game. He was recently blessed with the birth of his first granddaughter, Elizabeth. He attended church at Grace Fellowship in Paradise, and throughout his life grew in his relationship with Christ and took pride in sharing it with others. He starred in several movies and music videos over the years, most recently working on “The Chosen.”
He lived a full life in his 59 years here on Earth as a believer, cowboy, horse trainer, rodeo contestant, father, grandfather, son, brother, husband and friend. It was said that Marty had the unique ability to make everyone feel like he was their best friend, never forgetting the “little guy.”
He is survived by his beloved wife Judy Melvin of Paradise, son Paul, daughters Marilyn and Katlyn, granddaughter Elizabeth, and sister Michel Melvin of SD. He was preceded in death by his father Warren Melvin and mother Donna Melvin.