Category Archives: DN – South Dakota

John Richart

John William Richart, age 95, of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away November 27, 2022.

John was hired by Northwestern Bell and moved to Des Moines, IA, and later transferred to Sioux Falls, SD and Omaha, NE, eventually being promoted to District Manager before his retirement in 1983. 

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Jacqueline A. Duncan

Jacqueline A. Duncan, age 83, of Rapid City, SD, passed away October 18, 2022.

Denise relocated to Tucson, AZ, where she began her career with Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph.

     On June 3, 1966, she married Raymond L. Duncan in Tucson. At the time of their marriage, Ray, also a Mountain Bell employee, served as Director of Civilian Communications at Davis – Monthan AFB.  After stops with Mountain Bell in Wilcox and Globe, AZ, the family moved to Yankton, SD, during a blizzard in November 1969, to be closer to Jacque’s family and live in “God’s Country,” as Ray liked to tell people. Both Jacque and Ray had long careers with Northwestern Bell, retiring after 34 and 42 years, respectively. This could explain why the Duncan’s had 11 telephones in their house.

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Larry Peterson

Larry D. Peterson, age 81, of Huron, South Dakota, passed away October 11, 2022

Larry worked for the telephone company his whole career, retiring after 40 years. During this time, he was a member of and served as the President of the Union, CWA #7506, and was a board member of HB Telco Federal Credit Union for many years. He often talked about working the Great Flood in Rapid City. After retiring from the telephone company, he worked for Venture Comm installing fiber optic, worked for his brother, Gary, installing phone systems.

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