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Lyle Cecil Baker 1933-2022

Lyle Cecil Baker

Lt. Colonel Lyle Cecil Baker (USAF Ret) passed away April 16, 2022, in Savannah, Georgia, at the age of 88.

He was born June 12, 1933, in Estelline, SD and was raised in Huron, SD. It was there that he met the love of his life, June Carol Namanny, whom he wed in 1955. Their marriage was a beautiful example to others and a demonstration of true love until June's passing in 2019, and Lyle could not wait until the day he was reunited with June in heaven. They were members of the Rapid City First United Methodist Church for nearly 60 years, and together they introduced their children and many others to our Lord.

Lyle was a master storyteller and enjoyed recalling his exploits to any who would listen. His stories came mostly from his adventurous youth with his brothers and sisters, his exploits as a hunter, and his distinguished career as an Air Force officer.

Lt Colonel Baker was both a navigator and pilot in the Air Force and logged over 700 flight hours during combat missions over Vietnam. His service awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal three times. He also owned a successful real estate agency and managed the Rapid City American Red Cross.

Lyle is preceded in death by his parents: Fredrick and Florence Baker, his brothers: LaMoine, Leonard, and Frederick Jr., and his sisters: Florence and Donna.

He is survived by his brothers: Darrel and Verne; his children: Penny Baker Rafferty (Jim) and Major Lyle Daniel Baker USAF Ret. (Jennifer); and grandchildren: Katie Rafferty, Ryan Rafferty, Kriss Baker, Lincoln Baker, and Jennah Baker.

Joyce D. (Geiger) Kingery 1933-2021

Joyce Geiger Kingery

Joyce Kingery, devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother died peacefully on December 29, 2021, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls after a brief illness. A private memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on January 13, 2022 at the Church of St. Mary in Sioux Falls. Joyce will be reunited with her husband, Paul at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Kingery family at 1301 S. Coates Road, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.

Joyce Darlene Kingery was born May 4, 1933, to Howard and Vera (Barton) Geiger in Huron, South Dakota. She joined two older brothers, Robert and Donald. Joyce had a happy childhood growing up in Huron surrounded by family and friends. She graduated from Huron High School in 1951.

Joyce attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and received a two-year teaching certificate. It was during this time, that she met Paul Kingery. They were married on December 30, 1954, at St. Martin's Church. They remained in Huron until 1992 when they moved to Sioux Falls to be closer to family. After graduating from Huron University in 1970, Joyce taught in Huron for 26 years at both Helen Buchanan School and at Jefferson Elementary School. Teaching first grade was one of her favorites, as she loved to watch children learn to read. Joyce had been a member of HEA, SDEA and Early Childhood.

While in Sioux Falls, she was a member of the Church of St. Mary where she taught first grade religious education. She also volunteered at Longfellow Elementary School and Meals on Wheels.

She is lovingly remembered by her children, Jeff (Deanna), Chris (Kerry), and Paula; two special grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah) and Karissa; and two great grandchildren, Hayden and Max, who loved to color and spend time with their "GG." Others include a nephew, cousins, and many friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul; parents; two brothers and their wives; and a nephew and niece.

Huron Sonnets

Original poetry from Ronald Fingerson about his experiences during his HHS years:


That single length of track, two rails of steel
on wood beams, fifty yards long, twenty tears
high, each tie a heartbeat, amplified our fears
we'd hear a freight train, steel on steel squeal.

Cautious, tie by tie, toe heel toe heel, we
stepped our fears across that wood-steel span:
west east, east west, to from our unmanned
private retreat, Ravine Lake clique, dues-free.

Once across, amidst rocks and dry cow pies,
we stripped naked and dived into the cold
water: swimming, splashing, laughing, bold
and carefree, naked guys under naked skies.

Later, we sun-dried on the sun-browned grass:
backs, chests, and faces, sun-baked first-class.


Pinboys, we set pins for four teams, five men
each, at Red's Bowling Alley; each bowler had
three games, thirty frames, to feel great or sad:
splits, seven-ten, spares, nine ten, strikes, all ten.

Pinboys, we dodged flying pins, two lanes each,
returned balls, racked and reset the pins, alert
for ball two whose quick throw targeted us, hurt;
to hurt back, we rack-greased one hole each.

Pinboys, we set pins on school nights, seven
to eleven; teach-learn homework: theorems,
Latin verbs, sentence diagrams, who when
what why how were short-on-time problems.

Pinboys, we spent our gains on bubble gum,
comic books, poker, bits-o-honey -- awesome.


Thirteen, I squeezed Holstein udders near five,
dodged splattering cow pies and swishing tails,
separated the milk and cream, washed the pails,
shielded my eyes, and watched the sun arrive.

Eighteen, O Dairy sealed the milk and cream
in glass and sent me, house-to-house, to please
the ladies, after five, before sunup; please tease
the old in out, and the new out in; be a dream.

The Dobermans, Rottweilers, and Shepherds
were hardest to please; I used my wagging
tail routine: tongue out, sitting up, licking
faces, and honeying them with cheese curds.

After five, I ate devil's food cake with angel
ice cream, mom-made, my self-serve wangle.

Recent Photos

From Hazel Carr:

"September 22 at Steph's home in Shoreview, MN with Norma & Ralph Marking also Chuck and me. Thought you may like a pic of us girls!"

Hazel, Stephanie and Norma
(L to R): Hazel (Amacher) Carr. Stephanie (Smith) Mann, Norma (Borah) Marking

Click here to see previous reunion stories and photos.

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