In Memorium

Subject

The Rapid City Flood Memorial, located within Memorial Park, stands as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic flood June 9, 1972. Each name listed on the memorial is recorded here, along with a brief description and a photo if available.

The total number of people who perished in the flood was 238, including 5 missing. That number also includes three National Guardsmen, three firefighters, seven airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base, one police reserve officer, and other rescuers.

We need your help - we would like to have a photo of each flood victim. If you have one available for digitization please see the Contact Us page for more information.

Description

Digital Memorial Wall for those lost in the 1972 flood.

Collection Items

Albers, William
William Albers, 54. Employed by the Black Hills Pack Plant at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and four children. Buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Albright, William Dean
William Dean Albright, 13. A student from West Junior High School. He was survived by his parents, two brothers and four sisters. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Alcott, Russell W.
Russell W. Alcott, 9. He was survived by his mother and one brother. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Allen, Susan Carol Williamson
Susan Carol Allen, 22. New Underwood, SD. She was survived by her husband and a one-year-old daughter. Buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Atkins, James C.
James C. Atkins, 94. Had been a farmer and then a Carpenter in Rapid City. He was survived by three daughters and three sons. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Atwater, Clara (Knutson)
Clara Atwater, 89. She was a resident of Clarkson Mt. View Rest Home at the time of her death. She was survived by six sons. Buried in the Pine Lawn Cemetery.

Back, Raymond Sebastian
Raymond S. Back, 67. A self employed carpenter and cabinetmaker. He lived on New York Street at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, four sons and one daughter. Buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Baldwin, James Howard Sr.
James H. Baldwin, Sr., 76. He owned and operated a locker plant. He lived on Canyon Lake Drive at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and one son. Buried in the Pine Lawn Cemetery.

Balsley, Mary Blanche (Criveau)
Mary Blanche Balsley, 64, a widow. She worked at the Alex Johnson Hotel and lived at 616 New York Street at the time of her death. She was survived by three sons and two daughters. Buried in the Mt. View Cemetery.

Barber, Daisy E.
Daisy E. Barber, 82, a widow from Wicksville, SD. She was visiting her sister in the Braeburn Addition where she perished. She was survived by three sons and two daughters. Buried in the Wicksville Lakeside Cemetery.

Bauch, Henry Andrew
Henry A. Bauch, Jr., 27. He was employed by a Vending Machine Company. He arrived in Rapid City from Burkburnett, TX, one year before the flood. He with his wife, Valerie, perished when hit by a wall of water while in their car. He was survived by…

Bauch, Valerie Jean (Wedding)
Valerie W. Bauch, 26. She arrived in Rapid City with her husband one year before the flood. She perished with her husband, Henry, by being swept away in their car after being hit by a wall of water. She was survived by one son, one daughter, her…

Baumberger, Roland Babe
Roland J. Baumberger, 50. He owned and operated Flowers by Leroy until his death. He was survived by his wife and one son, David. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Beberger, Henry K.
Henry K. Beberger, 87, Montrose, SD. He was residing in a Rapid City nursing home at the time of his death. He was survived by a number of nephews and nieces from Montrose area. Buried in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Montrose, SD.

Bendert, Elmer Leonard
Elmer Bendert, 66. He was employed as a carpenter at the Robbins and Sterns Lumber Co. He lived in Jackson Park and he and others went to higher ground for safety, but perished when he went back to his house to answer a ringing phone. He was survived…

Bishop, Nellie Beatty (McKay)
Nellie M. Bishop, 49. A Certified Professional Secretary for several businesses in Rapid City. Perished with her husband, Wilbur, on their way to work when they were hit by a wall of water. She was survived by three sons, two daughters, her mother,…

Bishop, Wilbur "Bill"
Wilbur Bishop, 54. A night maintenance man at Meadowwood Bowling Lanes. Perished with his wife while in their car when hit by a wall of water. He was survived by three sons and two daughters.

Bostick, Christel Blum
Christel Blum Bostick, 49, a widow. She was born in Germany and married a U.S. Air Force Airman, who preceded her in death. A secretary at the Black Hills Packing Company. She had no known survivors. Buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Broderson, Matilda June (Olson)
Matilda Olson Broderson, 56. A housewife that was survived by her husband, two sons and one daughter. Buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

Bromlie, Patricia Marlene
Patricia Blomlie, 19, Minneapolis, MN. She was camping near Keystone with five other College Students from Minnesota. The cabin they were in was swept away and she perished along with two other students. She was survived by her parents, one brother…
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