Friday, December 13, 2013

Lillian Salmo Shea DHS1931 Passes Away at the Age of 100 by Margaret Crary Sager DHS1961

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Irma Klock Famous Black Hills Historian is Dead at the Age of 93, Her Historical Contributions Are Priceless

I did not know Irma Klock personally because I found my interest in Deadwood and Black Hills history to late to seek her friendship and appreciate her intense/exacting research to recapture history that would have otherwise been lost.  A close friend and also amazing historical researcher friend of mine observed " I did so love that persnickety lady . . ."

LEAD SD | Irma Klock, 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Center. She was the last of her generation.

She was a lifelong South Dakota citizen, born Feb. 1, 1920, on Owl Creek, and living most of her adult life in Lead. Irma attended school in Nisland and graduated from BHSU. She married Earl Klock on August 12, 1944, after a three-month courtship. They remained married for 52 years and had three children.

She was active in several organizations and clubs. These include the Black Hills Historical Society, Lead’s Women Club, and Black Hills Art Association.

She will always be remembered as a local historian writing several books about the Black Hills and its early settlers. Irma was a researcher and writer capturing the early stories and people who first came to the region. Her writing won several awards. She was also a correspondent for the Rapid City Journal.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jacob Neamy, mother, Impi Neamy, husband, Earl Klock, and daughter, Mary Ann Mueller. Her survivors include her son, Steven Klock of Rapid City, daughter, Peggy Hastings of Mason City, Iowa, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead, with visitation one hour before services. Burial will follow at South Lead Cemetery.

As Irma always said when someone passes, “Another book is closed and put on the shelf.”

Irm's story is now complete.

Arrangements are under the care of the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. Online condolences may be written at GUEST BOOK