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Douglas Mednansky

June 6, 1961 — April 29, 2023

Belle Fourche

Douglas Mednansky, age 61 of Belle Fourche, died Saturday, April 29, 2023 at his home from a sudden cardiac event.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:30am Thursday, May 4, 2023 at the Connection Church in Belle Fourche.  Visitation will take place 5 to 7pm Wednesday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Inurnment will be held at Pine Slope Cemetery.  Friends can leave condolences online and view a video tribute at:


Douglas Frank Mednansky was born June 6, 1961 in Belle Fourche.  He was the son of Frank and Minerva (Leopold) Mednansky.  Doug grew up in Belle Fourche, where he graduated from high school in 1979.  After high school, he attended Black Hills State University.  On July 23, 1983, Doug was united in marriage to VaLynn Wendland at the St. James Lutheran Church in Belle Fourche.  To this union 3 sons were born: Aaron, Eric, and Michael.  Doug loved his boys very much and they made him very proud.  In 1976, Doug started working with his dad at Mednansky Oil in Newell.  Then in 1992, Doug moved into the insurance industry with Farmers Insurance and Center of the Nation Insurance.  In 2001, Doug established Eagle Enterprises LLC where he worked as an energy consultant.  Doug enjoyed his role of helping people conserve energy and save money on their electrical needs. 


For almost all of his life, Doug lived in the same house which was something that made him proud.  He loved music and he especially loved southern gospel music by Bill Gaither.  Just last year, Doug and VaLynn took a cruise of a lifetime with the Gaither’s and the music and the fun was fabulous.  Doug was a man with a great sense of humor.  He was passionate about many things; he was generous and he had a great heart.  He loved his grandchildren so much.  They filled his heart.  He also loved his wife.  She was his best friend, and he always said she was a saint to him.  Doug will be missed greatly by his family and his friends.


Doug is survived by his wife VaLynn of Belle Fourche; 3 sons, Aaron (Callie) of Rapid City, Eric of Belle Fourche, Michael (Rachel) of Janesville WI; 5 grandchildren, Grace, Abigail, James, Hadley, and Adeline.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and his aunt and uncle, Harvey and Margaret Leopold.



Service of Celebration

10:30 A.M. – Thursday – May 4, 2023

Connection Church

Belle Fourche, South Dakota



Pastor Stephen Carson



YouTube Videos Selected by Doug

(Which reflect his great love for Southern Gospel music)

“Beyond the Sunset/Should You Go First and I Remain”

“Answer is Jesus” ~ “Sinner Saved by Grace”

“Til the Storm Passes By”, “Make it Real”

“It is Well With My Soul”, “Amazing Grace”

“I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy”



James Ager                                         Vern Hintz

Ivan Bierema                                   Bill Termes

Duke Boston                               Ethan Tucker



Pine Slope Cemetery

Belle Fourche, South Dakota

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Doug's Visitation

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Mountain time)

Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills

715 National Street, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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Doug's Celebration

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Mountain time)

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