Graveside service for Josephine Lilly Roadifer, 88, of Camp Crook, SD will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Fairview Cemetery in Camp Crook, SD.
Josephine passed away June 1, 2021 in Gillette, Wyoming.
Josephine “Josie” Lilly Roadifer was born March 25, 1933, the daughter of William and Lilly (Christiansen) Berry. She grew up on the Berry Family Ranch, spending her first grade year with her maternal grandmother in the Bell Tower area. She went on to attend high school in Ekalaka, MT, graduating in 1951. She graduated from Black Hills Teachers College with a teacher’s certificate. She also spent some time studying veterinary medicine at Colorado State University.
On September 15, 1958 Josephine married Floyd “Frank” Roadifer in Ekalaka, MT. To this union five children were born: William “Bill”, Floyd Jr., Jo Ellen, Laura Mae, and Lee. They raised their family in the Camp Cook, Buffalo, SD area and Newell, SD before settling on the Berry Family Ranch in 1996. While in Newell she drove school bus for over 15 years. She was baptized into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church around 1966. Josephine was a member of the Diligent Doers Homemakers Club. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and gardening. She cared for many animals throughout her life including horses, milk cows, cats, and poultry of all kinds.
Josephine is survived by her 5 children: William “Bill” Roadifer, Floyd (Kellie) Roadifer, Jo Ellen (Thomas) Geck, Laura Mae (Mike) Bennett, Lee (Sheryl) Roadifer; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and sister Nellie Mae Davis.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Floyd “Frank” Roadifer, Sr.; her parents William and Lilly Berry; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and brothers- and sisters-in-law.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Camp Crook Theatre Museum in Camp Crook, SD.