Forrest Houlette

Forrest Houlette

NORFOLK — Services for Forrest G. Houlette, 74, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Scott Schilmoeller will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. vigil at Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Ave., in Norfolk.

He died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk.

Memorials are requested to be made to the Norfolk Catholic Schools.


Forrest Gene was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Deadwood, S.D., to Albert John “AJ” and Helen (Salmo) Houlette. He graduated from Deadwood High School in 1963. Forrest earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Black Hills State College in 1977.

On July 3, 1968, Forrest married Barbara Jean Ernesti at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. The couple moved to Norfolk in 1970.

Forrest worked as a store painter for the Montgomery Ward Department Store and JCPenney’s until 1973. Then, he worked as a prep mechanic for Sherwood Medical until 2008.

Forrest played drums for a variety of rock ‘n’ roll and jazz bands such as Gary Miller and the Vaqueros, The Professionals, and The Four Sounds. In 2009, Gary Miller and the Vaqueros were inducted in the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Forrest had a wide range of interests, including music, sports, history and attending his family’s activities.

He is survived by his sons, Christopher (Denice) of Pierre, S.D., and Nathan of Norfolk; his grandsons, Justin and Brayden; a niece and two nephews.

Forrest was preceded in death by his spouse; his parents; a sister, Ethel Puki; and a brother, John Jr.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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MADISON — Services for Bessie A. Bove, 95, Madison, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison. The Rev. Donna Goltry will officiate. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

YANKTON — A celebration of life for George W. “Bud” Schnebel, 82, Yankton, will be at a later date.

O’NEILL — Services for Mary Ryan, 94, O’Neill, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery.

CLARKSON — Services for Adoline Telecky, 93, David City, formerly of Clarkson, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson. The Rev. Stephen Niles will officiate with burial in Zion Cemetery in rural Clarkson.

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HARTINGTON — Services for Jessica Eskins, 36, Coon Rapids, Minn., formerly of Wynot, are pending at Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. She died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at her residence.

SPRINGVIEW — Memorial services for Sally A. Grooms, 94, Springview, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the United Methodist Church in Springview. Private inurnment will be at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Valentine.

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Jimmy Johns