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

Zieglmeier, Anton Bernie
Anton B. Zieglmeier, 31. He was the Division Manager for Sears and lived at 3924 West Chicago Street, where he was electrocuted in the flood. He was survived by his wife, one son and one daughter. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City.

Young, Charles J.
Charles Young, 2. A young baby that perished on 11th Street. He was survived by his parents. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Winsel, Tracy Allen
Tracy Winsel, 5. He perished with his mother and sister and four other family members. He was survived by his father Raymond Allen Winsel who currently resides in Rapid City. Buried in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Rapid City.

Winsel, Rachel Rae (Gall)
Rachel Gall Winsel, 25. She perished with her two children and four other family members. She was survived by her husband. Buried in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Rapid City.

Winsel, Lisa Marie
Lisa Winsel, 2. She perished with her mother and brother and four other family members. She was survived by her father Raymond Allen Winsel who currently resides in Rapid City. Buried in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Rapid City.

Wickard, Daniel Delano
Daniel Wickard, 26. He volunteered as a reserve officer, working with a regular duty officer. He perished while trying to save others lives. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and his parents. Buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Whiting, Phyllis Arlene (Reich)
Phyllis A. Whiting, 44. She perished with her husband while working with the Radio Emergency Assistance Communication Team. She was survived by two sons, one daughter, her mother and one sister. Buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery.

Whiting, Herbert Loren
Herbert Whiting, 47. He was a Master Electrician at the Whiting Electric Company. He and his wife perished while helping with the Radio Emergency Assistance Communication Team. He was survived by two sons, one daughter, one brother and one sister.…

White Bull, Evelyn
Evelyn White Bull, 37. She was a widow. It is presumed that she was buried at Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Weisz, Herbert Michael
Herbert M. Weisz, 69. He was a professor of mining engineering at the School of Mines at the time that he perished. He lived at 3618 Cottonwood with his wife. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

Vucurevich, Anna (Egnatich)
She was born to Pedro Egnatich and Maria Vujoich Egnatich, she came to the US in 1920 and she and her husband lived in Lead SD until 1967 when they moved to California. Her husband Trivko died in 1969 and she moved to Rapid City where her son was…

Vogt, Rosemary (Tolzien)
Rosemary T. Vogt, 41. She lived with her husband, who was stationed at Ellsworth AFB. She, her husband and another couple were trying to drive away from the flood waters when their car was blocked by a trailer house that floated by. They stepped out…

Van Leuven, Portia Fay (Burkhead)
Portia Burkhead Van Leuven was born in Monroe Adams county Indiana January 23, 1923 to Loren Burkhead SR and Stella Boxley Burkhead. The family is still there in the 1930 census where her father was a farmer.

In 1959 she worked as a clerk at…

VanLeuven, Francis Glenn
Francis G. VanLeuven, 53. He was a Carpenter and Contractor. He lived with his wife at 704 Chicago Street, where he and his wife perished. He was survived by one daughter and two brothers. He was buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City.

Vanderbeek, Robert H.
Robert Vanderbeek, 42. He was a maintenance supervisor for the Norwest Belle Telephone Company. He perished with his wife and one son on Waverly Street. He was survived by one son, one brother and three sisters. Buried in the Pine Lawn Cemetery,…

Vanderbeek, Mark Hollister
Mark Hollister Vanderbeek, 14. He lived with his family at 2403 Waverly Street, where he perished with his mother and father. He was survived by one brother. Buried in the Pine Lawn Cemetery, Rapid City.

Vanderbeek, Helen Jean (Hagel)
Helen H. Vanderbeek, 39. She lived with her husband at 2403 Waverly Street, where she perished with her husband and one son. She was survived by one son, her father, two brothers and three sisters. Buried in the Pine Lawn Cemetery, Rapid City.

Two Bear, Nellie
Nellie Two Bear, 56. She was employed in the Rapid City Laundry. She was survived by two brothers and one sister. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City.

Turner, Margaret Lamont (Winn)
Margaret L. Turner, 74. She lived at 704 Chicago Street where she perished. Survived by one cousin. Buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City.

Traversie, Jeremy Paul
Jeremy Traversie, 2. He perished with his sister. He was survived by his parents. Buried in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Faith, South Dakota.
View all 238 items