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DeeDee Gabel-Lewis

August 5, 1969 — March 15, 2022

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DeeDee Gabel-Lewis, age 52 of Spearfish, died Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, Montana, with her loving family by her side.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place 10am Friday, April 1, 2022 at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  There will be no visitation.  Following the service, inurnment will take place in Oakridge Cemetery, near Deadwood, followed by a reception at a meeting room located near the swimming pool, in the Holiday Inn of Spearfish.

DeeDee’s funeral service will be broadcasted live online, on her obituary page located on the funeral home’s website:

DeeDee grew up in Spearfish and after high school she enlisted in the U.S. Army.  During her service, she was stationed in Germany.  After her service in the Army, DeeDee moved back to Spearfish.  At different times in her life, DeeDee fell in love with two men, and although the relationships ended, the friendships never did.  One of them was Doug Kaiser and during those years they brought a daughter, Tawney into the world.  The other was Frank Gabel, whom she married and later divorced.  To this union was born two daughters, Julie, Kailee, and a son, Jacek. DeeDee was a devoted mother who loved her children dearly.  DeeDee worked as a bartender, and waitress.  Working as a server at Mustang Sally’s in Deadwood was her favorite job because of the many friendships that came as a result.

DeeDee will be remembered for many things.  One of them was her value of respecting people, no matter who they were.  She had a loving, big heart that cared for many, and many people called her “mom”.  She was independent and strong, smart as well.  She was a great cook and baker.  Mostly, she was a wonderful mother and grandmother.  She will be greatly missed.

DeeDee is survived by her 2 daughters, Tawney (Johnny) Carlson of Bridger MT, Kailee (Bailey) Njos of Belle Fourche; son, Jacek Gabel of Spearfish; 6 grandchildren: Tinsley, Jentrie, and Tavon Carlson, Ryleighn, Copeleighn, and Leighton Njos; sister, Cindy (Keith) Wellard of Pennsylvania; and brothers, James (Camy) Lewis of Belle Fourche, William (Nicole) Lewis of Spearfish.

DeeDee was preceded in death by her daughter, Julie Gabel.


Celebration of Life Service

10:00 A.M. – Friday – April 1, 2022

Leverington Funeral Home

of the Northern Hills

Belle Fourche, South Dakota



Pastor Sheri Fadley



“Dancing in the Sky”

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”



Honorary Pallbearers

Johnny Carlson                                           Bryce Lewis

Justin Chapman                                       Chance Lewis

Jacek Gabel                                                 Bailey Njos



Oak Ridge Cemetery

Deadwood, South Dakota

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Friday, April 1, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Mountain time)

Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills

715 National St, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

Holiday Inn of Spearfish


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