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Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Martin, South Dakota

Martin Community Cemetery
Martin, South Dakota
A vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin.



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In memory of

Bobbie Jo Dover

of Casper, Wyoming formerly of Vetal, South Dakota, died on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at her parent's house in Vetal after a battle with cancer at the age of 51

Bobbie Jo Dover, age 51, of Casper, Wyoming formerly of Bennett County, South Dakota passed away on Thursday May 14th, 2020 at her parent’s home surrounded by her loved ones. Her husband and daughters were at her side when she went home to the kingdom of God.

Bobbie Jo was born on November 18th, 1968 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Jack F. Weekes and Paulette M. Mattern. Jack passed away soon after in 1969. Paulette was then married to Daniel “Butch” Fanning on December 18th, 1970. Bobbie was raised in Bennett County with her brothers Jason and Josh. Bobbie graduated in 1987 from Bennett County High School in Martin, South Dakota. She was a softball pitcher, basketball player, volleyball student manager and active in 4H. She attended many class reunions for not only her graduating class but the classes ahead and behind her. She was the life of the party.

Bobbie Jo was blessed with three children with Richard A. Fisher. Justin Alan was born on March 9th, 1988 and sadly passed away from S.I.D.S. on April 13th, 1988. Malesa Jo was born on November 7th, 1989 with Brooke Marie to follow on April 23rd, 1992. She thrived at being a single parent with her fierce love and dedication while maintaining her optimistic and spunky personality.

Bobbie had many talents and chose to attend Black Hills Beauty College in Rapid City, South Dakota. She graduated in 1996 with a true artistic talent for her coloring application. She developed many long-lasting friendships by cutting hair. She moved back to Martin in 1999 and purchased a salon and renamed it “Curl Up and Dye” after her brother Josh’s suggestion. After a year she decided to move back to Rapid City and then onto Las Vegas, Nevada to further her experience in her cosmetology career.

In 2003 she met the love of her life, Michael Lee Dover. They were married on August 20th, 2004 in Unionville, Missouri where Michael was born and raised. They made many memories cruising the backroads, picking wildflowers and hunting for wild mushrooms to cook. Bobbie loved hosting family gatherings and was known for making friends wherever she went. Her home was always open to anyone regardless of who you were. Bobbie loved to cook and serve people while shifting her career back into the restaurant industry.

Bobbie and Michael moved to Casper, Wyoming in 2008 where they settled down to call home. She worked at TJ’s Bar and Grill and was well-known for her wholesome cooking and quick-witted sense of humor. She became an award winner for her taco soup and green chili. She quickly became a local favorite.

In October of 2016 Bobbie was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. From the time she was diagnosed, her attitude stayed positive and her faith grew. She became a member of St Patrick’s Catholic Church. During this time, she was called to serve the Lord and those presented to her at the oncology facility and the parish. She completed 12 rounds of chemo and was able to ring the bell signaling remission. At her 6 month follow up she received the news that she was now at stage 4 due to the cancer metastasizing to her liver. She was strong enough to endure over 50 rounds of chemo in her 3 ½ year battle all while proclaiming, “I have cancer but the cancer doesn’t have me”.

Bobbie loved watching her Vikings play football and cheering “SKOL”. In September of 2018 she attended the Minnesota Vikings vs. San Fransisco 49er game at the US Bank Stadium. This trip meant the world to her and she was able to check it off of her bucket list with her family! She felt she was given a second chance to experience the things she always wanted to, including traveling. She flew for the first time to Nashville, Tennessee and road tripped to Arizona with family. She also embarked on many mini vacations to the Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota area.

Bobbie Jo loved spending time with her family. Her frequently cherished moments were those spent with her Grandbabies, learning to cook, bake, decorate, paint and cuddle in the chair together. She spent her spare time reading, crafting, jamming to 80’s hair bands, second-hand shopping and visiting with friends and family. She enjoyed camping in the mountains and sighting moose. Bobbie loved the outdoors, especially her annual trips to Ryan Park with friends.

Grateful for having shared in her life with her husband, Michael Dover, two daughters, Malesa (Nathan) Novak, Brooke (Eddie) Whiting; six grandchildren, Zakk Fisher, Tristan Novak, Emsley Whiting, Justin Novak, Brecklyn Whiting and Ellidee Whiting; parent’s, Daniel “Butch” and Paulette Fanning; brother’s, Jason (Andrea) Fanning and Josh (Tara) Fanning; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Russell (Kim) Dover, Mark (Susan) Dover and Debra (Chris) Ryals; nieces and nephews, Sabrina, Rhett, Gabe, Laney, Eden and Aris Fanning, Ryan (Peggy) Dover, Nathan Dover, Kaleb (Jenna) Dover, Emily, and Samantha Dover, Ethan, Aiden and Eli Ryals and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bobbie was proceeded in death by her son, Justin Alan Fisher; father, Jack F. Weekes; grandparent’s, Pete and Gladys Mattern, Jim and Janet Weekes and Cameron and Marcella Fanning; father-in-law, Lonnie Dover and mother-in-law, Berniece Dover.

A vigil service will be held on Monday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin with Father Tyler Dennis as celebrant.

Burial will follow at the Martin Community Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19 it is requested that only close family and friends attend the vigil and funeral service. All services will be live-streamed to this webpage the day of the service.

Everyone is welcome to attend the graveside service that will be held 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the Martin Community Cemetery immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial.

VIGIL SERVICE
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Martin, South Dakota

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Martin, South Dakota

CELEBRANT
Father Tyler Dennis

MUSIC
Stuart Livermont - Musician
“Here I Am Lord" - “On Eagles Wings”
“Alleluia Let the Holy Anthem Rise" - “How Great Thou Art”

LECTORS
Wade Fanning - Marla Hausauer - Betty Meyer

ALTAR SERVERS
Rhett Fanning - Gabe Fanning

PALLBEARERS
Jason Fanning - Josh Fanning
Rhett Fanning - Gabe Fanning


HONORARY PALLBEARERS
Phawn Sweeney - Shilo Krolikowski - Donna Schoonover
Lisa Shot - Kristie Witherspoon - Alena Wagner

INTERMENT
Martin Community Cemetery
Martin, South Dakota

  • Butch, Paulette, Jason, Josh, Mike, Melissa, Brooke, and Family...my heart is saddened for the loss of Bobbie! Growing up she was not just our cousin but a friend as well! Her welcoming warmth, fun personality, and fun-loving heart will be deeply missed. Thankfully she has left us all with wonderful memories to keep her near our hearts! Bobbie is happily at peace with other loved ones. May you all soon be able to enjoy the memories past and carry her in your hearts while making more! Missed but always loved! ~ Teresa Fay Port Orchard, WA (5/20/2020)
  • Bobbie Jo touched so many lives by her smile, laugh and upbeat personality. Bobbie was the first person I met when I moved to Martin, SD and we were instant friends. I would not have wanted to spend it with anyone else. My heart aches for all those Bobbie Jo has touched in her life. With my deepest sympathy! Love Phawn ~ Phawn Sweeney Warwick, NY (5/20/2020)
  • I am so saddened to hear this news. As children we participated in 4-H together and she was a bowl full of laughter and fun! My condolences to her family and friends. ~ Dayle (Gropper) Knutson Kadoka, SD (5/19/2020)
  • Mike, Malesa, Brooke, Paulette, Butch and family... Thoughts and prayers to you all. Bobbie Jo was a wonderful, kind loving person. She will be missed dearly. ~ Tom Dooley Brookings, SD (5/19/2020)
  • Bobbie was such a bright light! She could always make me laugh and always made me feel special! I am going to miss her so much! But I know that she will be with me always, just as she will always be with all of you! If there was anything Bobbie loved, it was her family! Always so proud of you all! I was able to watch the services last night and today and cried right along with you all! Wishing I was there to hug each one of you! But Karren and I will coming soon to spend a weekend! Until then...I love you guys!! ~ Robyn Bertolotto Washburn,ND (5/19/2020)
  • Our prayers are with as we share your mourning. Bobbie Jo will be missed by all of us. ~ Bob and Cathi Fanning Chandler, AZ (5/19/2020)
  • ~ Dusty Mattern Fort Collins, CO (5/19/2020)
  • May the lord grant you peace and ease the hurt in your hearts. ~ Mary Parr Mitchell SD (5/19/2020)
  • I will forever cherish the memories I have with you Bobbie!! The energy you carried lit up any room you walked into. I will always carry you in my heart! May you Rest In Peace! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! ~ Tyffani Wood Unionville Mo (5/19/2020)
  • Bobbie was the most amazing woman I have ever met! She was always happy to see her friends, always upbeat, and was ready to enjoy herself when the opportunity presented itself. Her cooking was second to none and I'll miss her soups and specials at TJ's. Her heart was so big and welcomed everyone into her life. I'm so fortunate to be one of those people she considered a friend. I will miss her. But she will never be forgotten - when I see a moose, when I hear her favorite music, when I watch a Vikings game - I will smile and think of Bobbie. Hugs & Love my friend!!! ~ Alena Wagner Casper (5/19/2020)
  • Bobbie was a wonderful person and she was a bright spot in my childhood. May you rest in peace Bobbie, you will be greatly missed! - Christian Novak ~ Christian & Anthony Novak Martin, SD (5/19/2020)
  • Bobbie was such a beautiful ,strong soul. I will miss her tremendously. Thinking of Bobbie's entire family during this difficult time. Prayers and Love. ~ Renae Collins-Gibbs Dayton, NV (5/18/2020)
  • Bobbi was a beautiful soul full of love for life. She enriched every ones life who met her she was a wonderful cook, friend, daughter, mother, wife, and sister. She loved God and had a great faith. She will be missed. I love you Bobbi Dover. ~ Kathy Jo Wofford Casper, Wyoming (5/18/2020)
  • Mike, Malesa, Brooke, Butch & Paulette, Jason, Josh and Families-We are praying God grants each of you comfort and peace at this time of your loss. We send our love and optimism knowing better days are ahead. ~ Tony & Lupita Fanning & Family Simi Valley, Ca. (5/17/2020)
  • Missouri ~ Barry Johnson Cassville (5/17/2020)
  • Thinking of you during this difficult time. Only time will heal that loss you are feeling now. May you find comfort in your memories. ~ Sandy Johnson Murtaugh Mesa, Arizona (5/17/2020)
  • So sorry to hear of Bobbie's passing. May she rest in peace. ~ Jeri Ann Grass Ervin Rapid City, SD (5/17/2020)
  • My heart is breaking for you all. Bobbie was a force of life that will be missed greatly by us all. She is without pain now and watching over you all. Every time you trip she will laugh first then help you up. That was her way. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you. ~ Karren Thompson Fargo, ND (5/17/2020)
  • So sorry to hear of your loss, may it be a comfort to know that we care. ~ Buster & Nancy Peterson Kadoka (5/16/2020)
  • Butch, Paulette and family
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter. I know this is going to be a tough thing to get through but with each other and the rest of the family and your faith you can do it. Stay strong
    ~ Suzy Jacquot Meeks Darien, Il (5/16/2020)

  • What a beautiful loving and caring and prayerful Family you have all been to Bobbie Jo. You all so beautifully and generously gave Bobbie Jo back to God.
    ~ Camillus Spearfish South Dakota (5/16/2020)
  • So sorry for the loss of this young daughter, wife, and mother. Condolences to all of her family and friends. ~ Peggy Koch Port St Lucie Florida (5/16/2020)
  • My prayers go out to the family. Bobbie fought hard against cancer. Now she is at peace. Over time your hearts will heal. ~ Cleo Watson Valentine Nebraska (5/16/2020)
  • Sending our love and prayers during this difficult time. I will remember her always for her infectious laughter. She was always a delight to be around. ~ Renee & Steve Leach Sioux Falls, SD (5/16/2020)
  • Sorry Bobbie lost her battle with cancer. Prayers for her family and friends. ~ Lowell and Bertha Lensing Stanford, Montana (5/16/2020)
  • Butch and Paulette May God bless you at this time of sorrow. Your pain is understood by all of us parents who have lost children. ~ Carol Francis Stutzman San Marcos California (5/16/2020)
  • So sorry that she lost her battle. She was a great person. ~ Mickie Ibis Murdo SD (5/16/2020)
  • We are deeply sorry for your loss. We hope you feel the love that surrounds you always. Praying for your healing and comfort. ~ Dan and Carolyn Elwood Ft. Pierre (5/16/2020)
  • Rest In Peace cousin, see ya on the other side. We love ya ~ Gary and Andy Hines Martin SD (5/16/2020)
  • We all have such great memories of Bobbie Jo. May we treasure them forever in our hearts. Hugs Love Prayers ~ Nancy & JR Pauly Martin (5/16/2020)
  • So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family. ~ Kathy Rock Long Valley, SD (5/16/2020)
  • So many cherished memories. My prayers are with Bobbie Jo's Family and Friends. ~ Virginia Malloy Manassas, VA (5/16/2020)
  • Sincere Sympathy ~ Ruth & Stanley Ridgeway Unionville, MO (5/16/2020)
  • keeping you guys in our thoughts and prayers. May god surround you all with love and light. Bobbie was always such an amazing friend, she will be greatly missed ~ Mary Caley Warrensburg, Mo (5/16/2020)
  • Sincere Sympathy ~ Jerry Emerick Tuthill, South Dakota (5/16/2020)
  • You are in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Mary Kay & Dave & Sue Sell Martin, SD (5/16/2020)
  • Sending love and hugs and prayers to all of you at this difficult time. Cherish the memories and praying that all of you find strength and peace knowing she is in heaven with all of your loved ones who have gone before her. Rest in peace, Bobbie! ~ Donna Mattern Bismarck, North Dakota (5/16/2020)
  • So terribly sorry for your loss. May God Bless and hold y'all in His arms. ~ Marci Kratovil Port St. Lucie, FL (5/16/2020)
  • Know that you
    are in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincerest sympathies
    ~ Paul & Jody Bevers Sioux Falls SD (5/16/2020)
  • She was definitely one of the best! So glad my brother & her found each other and she became part of our family. Prayers & Love you to you all! ~ Debra Dover-Ryals Unionville, MO (5/16/2020)
  • Love & Prayers to Mike, Maleesa and family, Brook and family, Paulette and Butch, and Jason & Josh and families ~ Paul & MaryAnn Fanning Vetal (5/16/2020)
  • Sending our love and sympathy to all the family. Bobbie Jo, you fought hard. Love to all. ~ Jo Ann Larry Heath Cody, NE (5/16/2020)
  • Sending prayers and hugs to the family. ~ Linnae Martin, South Dakota (5/16/2020)
  • She was one of kind, beautiful on outside and inside! thoughts and prayers to the family, ~ Teri Arneson Elm Springs,SD (5/16/2020)
  • Our condolences to all of you! Praying for peace & understanding in this hard time! ~ Ron & Susie Dauwen Lemmon, SD (5/16/2020)
  • Bobbie Jo you are such a hero and put up one strong fight. You will be strongly missed. I love you.
    Prayers to all family and friends
    ~ Madison Irwin Hazen,ND (5/15/2020)
  • Oh Momma, I miss you so much. You are so beautiful and brave. ~ Brooke (5/15/2020)