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The listings below represent the services of those men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty as a police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician. Our Fallen Heroes also include military personnel who died in active service, including members of the Coast Guard, or Army Reserve.

A hero is someone who does what he or she can, despite the personal cost, when it needs to be done. Our Fallen Heroes put themselves in harm's way while protecting and serving a community, and paid the ultimate price. We are honored to be entrusted with their memory.

In this way we know that we help you to remember the courage of those who put their lives on the line defending life, liberty, and the property of others.

If the person you are looking for is not here, please enter the name of the deceased or the next of kin in the search box below and click search. You may also view current and past listings to find the name of your Fallen Hero. Names are listed alphabetically.

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Wayne Valandra

December 31, 1955 - - June 15, 2020

Wayne Jerome Valandra was born on December 31, 1955 in Pine Ridge, SD to Joseph Valandra, Sr. and Mary Rose Slow Bear. Wayne made his journey to the Spirit World on June 15, 2020 at the Pine Ridge I.H.S. Hospital in Pine Ridge, SD. Wayne is survived by his siblings, Joseph (Geraldine Fast Horse) Valandra, Jr. of Pine Ridge, SD; Carmelita (Keith) Doke of Des Moines, IA, Donald ...

Ginger Vitalis

March 08, 1942 - - June 11, 2020

Ginger Lois Vitalis was born on March 8, 1942 to Evelyn Deon and Art Vitalis, Sr. in Pine Ridge, SD. She was raised in Pine Ridge by her Mom and Grandma Julia Deon. She attended Oglala Community School all her school years and began her career as a teacher aide there in 1971 until she retired in 2013. She loved her job, her school and the many children she helped educate. She ...

DeVonna Vitalis

December 13, 1967 - - April 03, 2020

Dee (Tobacco-Two Crow) Vitalis was born on December 13, 1967 in Pine Ridge, SD to Sylvia Tobacco and Darrell Two Crow. She began her journey on April 3, 2020 at her home on Tobacco Road near Pine Ridge, SD. Dee was one of God’s favorites. You could tell because children loved her. You could tell because she genuinely loved them. She was the eldest daughter of Sylvia Tobacc ...

Thomas Vocu

July 06, 1949 - - March 25, 2020

Thomas Jacob Vocu was born on July 6, 1949 in Rosebud, SD to Leo Vocu and Loretta (Whiting) Vocu. Thomas made his journey to the Spirit World on March 25, 2020 in Rapid City, SD. Thomas is survived by his daughters, Jessica (William) Vocu, Julienne (Steve) Vocu, Connie (Alec) Lopez-Morgan, Gabrielle (Vinny) LeBeau; son, Tino (Jenna) Lopez; hunka daughters, Wamni Bear Runner an ...

Edward Vocu Jr

March 12, 1986 - - September 26, 2019

Edward Louis Vocu, Jr. was born on March 12, 1986 in Rapid City, SD to Edward L. Vocu, Sr. and Roberta O’Rourke. Edward made his journey to the Spirit World on September 26, 2019 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD. Edward, Jr. is survived by his mother, Roberta (Lester Larvie) O’Rourke of Rapid City, SD; children, Isabella Vocu, Bailey Vocu, and Danilo ...

Edward Vocu

October 01, 1956 - - June 12, 2019

Edward Lewis Vocu was born on October 1, 1956 in Rushville, NE to Melvin “Buzzy” Vocu and Helen Twiss-Vocu. Edward made his journey to the Spirit World on June 13, 2019 in Rochester, MN. Edward is survived by his children, Louis (Kelsey) Vocu, Ed (Amy) Vocu, Jr., Melissa Vocu and Katrina (Stanley) Vocu; siblings, Dale (Mona) Vocu, Carol Vocu, Don (Annie) Vocu, Sugar (Sonny ...

Leona Vitalis

June 15, 1924 - - October 26, 2018

Leona C. Vitalis “Olowan Yuha Mani Win”, was born on June 15, 1924 in Pine Ridge, SD to Martin and Margaret (Shangreaux) Galligo. Leona made her journey to the Spirit World on October 26, 2018 at the Pine Ridge I.H.S. Hospital in Pine Ridge, SD. Leona is survived by her son, William A. Vitalis; daughters, Margarette Vitalis and Carol Big Crow; daughter-in-law, Devonna Vit ...

Gaylene Vela

February 22, 1961 - - November 01, 2016

Gaylene Agnes Tyon-Vela was born on February 22, 1961 in Pine Ridge, SD to Sybil and James Tyon and left this earth comfortably and peacefully on her journey to heaven on November 1, 2016 at her home in Pine Ridge, SD where she wished to be surrounded by her children, mother, and close friends. Gaylene graduated from United Tribes in 1980 as an LPN and became a Registered Nurs ...

Lorina Vierra

January 10, 1945 - - September 20, 2015

Lorina Good Voice Flute was a good woman and a loving mother with a big heart. She loved everybody. Although she had 16 grandchildren with two on the way and two great grand-daughters with one great-grandson on the way, she adopted everybody, and always told those around her to "look out for the wounded and broken." She taught her family to be strong; to be brave; and to be p ...

Melvin Vocu

March 31, 1931 - - October 13, 2013

Survivors: Sons: Edward Vocu of Kyle, SD, Dale (Mona) Vocu of Kyle, SD, Don (Annie) Vocu of Crook, CO, and William “Chili” Under Baggage of California Daughters: Carol (Leonard) Ferguson of Kyle, SD, Marie (Roger Yellow Boy) Vocu of Kyle, SD, Theresa (Richard) Marshall of Kyle, SD, Lori (Mitch) Wisecarver of Kyle, SD, Maria Albers of Kyle, SD, Barb Linahan of Pine Ridge, S ...

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