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Steve Jeffords

  • age 70 of Kadoka, South Dakota, died December 19, 2011, at the Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

Stephen Ira Jeffords was born March 13, 1941, at Ainsworth, Nebraska, the oldest child of Max and Marjorie (Hamilton) Jeffords. He and his parents lived in Springview, Nebraska before they moved to Lake Andes, South Dakota. At age 14, he and his parents moved to Kadoka, South Dakota, where they operated Jeff’s Frontier and Jeff’s Truck Stop until 1973.

Steve was united in marriage to Carol Kay Porch on May 23, 1959, in Rapid City, and to this union were born three daughters, Teri, Stephanie and Janine.

Steve has been in the service business all his life. After the truck stops he and Carol ran the Town & Country furniture store in Kadoka for a short time and then was called back into the service station business. He and his wife Carol ran the Kadoka Standard for 23 years before retiring in 2003.

Steve was and always has been a very community minded man. He sat on the town council and the county commission. He was very active in state politics. He served as the Chairman for the Jackson County Republicans for many years. One of the most beloved organizations was a membership in the Western South Dakota Buckaroos. He was serving as their president at his death.

Steve is survived by his daughters and their families, Teri and her husband Steve Kezar, of Torrington, Wyoming and her four children Audra (Jim) Scheel, Laura (Clay) Duxbury, Elizabeth and Clayton Word; Stephanie Rodgers and her husband Gib of Wessington, South Dakota, and their two children Rebecca (Preston) Steele and Kaleb (Emily) Rodgers; and Janine Verschoor and her husband Jim of Rapid City, and their daughter Allison and son Eli; six great-grandchildren Carissa, Teagan, Kaycee, Harper, Huntley and August; his mother Marjorie Jeffords of Rapid City; his sister Beth Boersma her husband John of Rapid City; his brother Bradley Jeffords and his wife Kathy of Clemmons, North Carolina; his special friend Jeannie Schroeder of Cheyenne, Wyoming; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his wife Carol, his father Max, his brother Stanley, and son-in-law Don Clay Word. 

Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, December 22, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, and one hour preceding the services on Friday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 23, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Interment was at the Kadoka Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Western South Dakota Buckaroos Scholarship Fund.

Friday, December 23, 2011 - 10:00 a.m.
Kadoka City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Pastor Gary McCubbin

Sandee Rampelberg - Pianist
Bruce & Steffen Rampelberg - Vocalists
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
“Go Rest High”

Dennis Severson - Duane Rydell
Rodney Sharp - Casey Peterson

Dan Smiley - Ronnie Barber - Don Oyan
Larry O’Bryan - Joe Stoddard - Rolly Stone
Larry Haley - Cliff Parke

Western South Dakota Buckaroos

Kadoka Cemetery
Kadoka, South Dakota

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Uncle Patrick 

Bob, Shandon, Derek & Carson Fugate 

Boyd & Pat Porch, Joe & Tamara Clemens, Rob & Peggy Solom, Josh & Lisa Porch and Families 

Rusty, Laure and Audrey Neiffer 

Terrell, Yeik & Sedman Families 

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I once was along with Steve to change a fan belt on a stranded 18-wheeler in the middle of a freezing snowstorm. It took two cold, cussin' hours to get the new belt on Steve charged him the price of the belt. He will always define Kadoka for me a heart as big as the prairie! He was a father, big brother, and friend for all of us who were privileged to know him. May he and Carol now rest in peace.

Buzz Trudeau Shanghai, China

So sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you at this time of your loss. Steve had such a big heart and was always kind and thoughtful. He will be greatly missed.

Beth Glynn 123 Wedgewood DR Rapid City, SD 57702

The Jeffords Family, So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I worked for Steve and Carol at the Standard for 5 and a half years. He was a great boss with a kind word to everyone and a smile to brighten any room ..he will be greatly missed.

Darlene Barber 102 E. Kansas City Street Rapid City SD 57701