Rush Funeral Home Logo
Logo Image
(605) 859-2400 You can call us 24/7
Newsletter Get new obituaries by email
Search Search through the obituaries

Funeral services will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

Kadoka City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka.

Print Obituary

In memory of

Helen "Muree" Struble

of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the Kadoka Nursing Home at the age of 90

Helen Muree McRae was born June 22, 1928 in Lucas, South Dakota, to Edward and Nellie (Fish) McRae. She moved with her parents and four older sisters: Rachel, Darlene, Gladys, and Bonnie at age two to a farm nine miles north of Kadoka. Muree attended grade school at South Creek School and attended Kadoka High School while living and working at the Pearl Hotel.

It was there that she met her future husband and love of her life, Leslie Struble, Sr. The smitten cowboy rode his horse from the home place on Bear Creek to ask her out. Les and Muree married in 1946 living both in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Killeen, Texas, while Les was serving in the U.S. Army. To this union six children were born: Cindy, Mayola, Tom, Mike, Butch, and Tony.

Muree held various jobs in and around Kadoka. One memory the family has of her baking talents was all the large pie filling cans overtaking the kitchen while she baked pies daily for Jeff’s Truck Stop. Muree also worked at H&H El Centro, Kadoka Hospital and Nursing Home Kitchen, and the Kadoka School Lunchroom. After retiring, she went back to work as a hostess for H&H Restaurant. Muree developed lifelong friendships at every job she held and could always be found included in the workplace prank as often being the instigator.

She was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church, a life member of American Legion Auxiliary, Rebekah Lodge, ELCA, Rebekah Circle, and also enjoyed being a member of her local Senior Citizens group. Les and Muree experienced many adventures in their 73 years including camping throughout South Dakota with grandkids, traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, Texas, and white water rafting in Branson, Missouri, along with stopping at every antique shop Muree could find.

Muree baked and decorated cakes for weddings and birthdays. She spent her time enjoying her flower and vegetable garden. Crocheting, crafting, and embroidery were also things that she loved and was always looking for the next fun project. She loved holidays and had a great time celebrating Halloween. She is most known for haunting her house, dressing up in various costumes (who knew spaghetti and meatballs was a costume choice!), and always giving out extra candy. She was an avid collector of Carnival glass, thimbles from every state, bright butterflies, cat plates, refrigerator magnets, jewelry galore, and an impressive hutch full of miniatures. Muree also loved socializing by attending grandchildren events and family gatherings.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband of 73 years, Leslie Sr. of Kadoka; her children: Lucinda “Cindy” (Dale) O’Connell of Kadoka; Mayola (Jim) Horst of Kadoka; Thomas “Tom” (Rebecca) Struble of Philip; Milton “Mike” Struble of Kadoka; Leslie “Butch” Struble, Jr. of Lead; and Tony (Alison) Struble of Vine Grove, Kentucky; her grandchildren: Leslie (Polly) O’Connell; Blake (Stacy) Horst; Raymond (Karla) O’Connell; Wendy (Chad) Horst; Craig (Sona) O’Connell; Quentin Struble; Bruce O’Connell; Erin (Chaz) Wheeler; Alea “Charlie” Struble; Skyler Struble; Tanya Lafarier; Kristopher Struble; and Keegan Struble; her great-grandchildren: Aubrey (Jeffrey) Patterson; Alex O’Connell; Andrew O’Connell; Emily, Jaxson and Griffin Fode; Jordan O’Connell; Taylan, Kayla and Judian Schutz; Lanie O’Connell; Weston Struble; Hayden Struble and Harper Perhus; her great-great-grandchildren: Landon Raile and Alayna Patterson; one sister, Bonnie Enders of Kadoka; sisters-in-law, Sherri Struble and Carol Struble; and many nieces and nephews which she held dear.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Nellie McRae; in-laws, Harold and Marjorie Struble; sisters: Rachel (Milo) Brookens, Darlene (Richard) Schofield, and Gladys (Ralph) Wagner; infant brother George Edward McRae; brothers-in-law Earl Enders, Clayton Struble, and Dell Struble; sisters-in-law: Dorothy (Beauford) Briggs, Esther (Chris)Madsen, and Amy (Kenny) Dunsmore; nephews: Durward Madsen, Duane Wagner, Paul Briggs, Lee Williams, Robert Briggs Doug Enders, and McKenzie Stilwell; nieces, Betty Schofield, Carmen Madsen, Edie Bettelyoun, and Natasha Todd; and infant great-granddaughter Aerial O’Connell.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at the Kadoka City Auditorium with Pastor Duane Neugebauer officiating.

Interment will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Thursday, May 23 - 5-7 p.m.
Concordia Lutheran Church
Kadoka, South Dakota

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.
City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Pastor Duane Neugebauer

JoAnn Stilwell - Pianist
Eve “Muree” Patterson - Vocalist
“Take My Hand Precious Lord”
“Amazing Grace”
Congregational Hymn
“How Great Thou Art”

Weston Struble - Hayden Struble - Andrew O’Connell

All of Muree’s Grandsons:
Leslie O’Connell - Blake Horst - Raymond O’Connell
Craig O’Connell - Bruce O’Connell - Quentin Struble
Skyler Struble - Kristopher Struble - Keegan Struble

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 2:00 p.m.
Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, South Dakota

  • Dearest Family, Muree was and is truly a sweet person. Muree has to be so proud of the families she and Les has raised and mentored. Muree left this portion of her life with many loving wonderful memories which will be shared forever. As hard as it is to say goodbye for now Muree will have a new bill of health and be smiling from above. God bless all of your families. ~ Grant Patterson Kadoka, SD (5/23/2019)
  • Your in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Kelly Madsen Fort Pierre, SD (5/22/2019)
  • Cindy & Tom and families - So sorry for the loss of your mother. Know you have a lot of great memories to share. Hugs ~ Shirley Dennis Philip, SD (5/21/2019)
  • It is so hard to say goodbye to those we love so much and hold so dear here on Earth. Our prayers and blessings for all of her loved ones. ~ Mike & Shar Moses Philip, S.D. (5/20/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss .She was such a sweet little lady. ~ Georgia Moos Philip (5/17/2019)
  • My prayer goes to you all ~ Kathleen Nelson (5/17/2019)
  • Condolences to all of you. ~ Joan Kerns Mitchell, SD (5/16/2019)
  • I am so sorry for your loss!! She was a wonderful lady!! I always enjoyed her!!! ~ Gwen McConnell Wall (5/16/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. ~ Jeff Stilwell Long Island, New York (5/16/2019)
  • I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady
    ~ Otis Perkins Nemo (5/15/2019)
  • So very sorry for the loss of your Mother. Saying prayers for you all. ~ Larry & Julie McLaughlin Midland (5/15/2019)
  • Sorry for your loss. Condolences to the family. ~ Patty Morris (Seidler) Menifee, CA (5/14/2019)
  • Our thoughts and Prayers for the families, from your friends. God Bless ~ Jerome & Theresa High Horse Wanblee, SD (5/14/2019)
  • I was so sorry to hear of Muree passing away. I've known knew her since I was a child and was lucky enough to spend some time with her this past year. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. ~ Hope Muree Jacobs Sioux Falls (5/14/2019)
  • What a great lady and neighbor she was always so good to us girls sad to see her go she will be missed. ~ Misti Strobel (Spears) Rapid City, SD (5/14/2019)
  • How sorry I am to see this gracious lady has passed on. But, how privileged and blessed I feel to have met and known her during these last years. She was simply a joy.
    My heartfelt sympathies go out to all her family; her greatest love. And my prayers are for your comfort as you walk through this sad time.
    ~ Rebecca Williams Hill City, SD (5/13/2019)
  • Cindy & Family - so sorry for your loss. We are sending prayers up for comfort and peace for you all. ~ Jan Wenzel Quinn, SD (5/13/2019)