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Peggy Larrabee Moore

August 9, 1931 — May 6, 2019

Long time resident and former business woman Peggy (Hodge) Larrabee Moore passed away May 6, 2019 in Spearfish, South Dakota. She was born August 9, 1931, in Aberdeen, SD to Leonard Hodge and Ruth (Haka) Hodge.  She grew up on a ranch and attended grade school at Reva, SD.  She moved to Belle Fourche in 1945 to attend high school, graduating from Belle Fourche High School in 1949.  She was married to James Larrabee on October 20, 1950.  James passed away in 1977. Four children were born of this union.  She was married to Robert Moore May 27, 1989, until his death in 2016.

Peggy worked at Montgomery Ward, Montana Dakota Utilities and Hodge Bootery.  Her husband James and she started Larrabee Wood Products, where she became bookkeeper.  After the death of James, she operated Larrabee Wood Products for two years.  She worked at Sears, at Stoves and More, Black Hills Art Craft and the Belle Fourche Chamber.  She served as a Chamber of Commerce board member and also a term on the Belle Fourche Economic Development board.  She served several years as a Chamber Ambassador. 

Peggy has been active in Beta Sigma Sorority since 1966, Laureate Xi Chapter.  She was honored as Valentine Queen twice and Girl of the Year four times.    She has been a member of the United Church of Christ since 1946, serving as Financial Secretary and Treasurer and on the Trustee and Diaconate boards.  She volunteered in several capacities and was active with her class reunions. 

Peggy is survived by her children, son, Donald (Maureen) Larrabee, Thompson, ND; daughters Deborah (James) Scheele, Belle Fourche; Diane (Steve) Kappes, Elkridge, MD; and Denise (Chris) Lemke, North Platte, NE.  Stepson Ken Moore, Billings, MT, and step daughter, Cindy Moore, Belle Fourche.  Surviving are twelve grandchildren, six step grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  Sisters Virginia (Dale) Gillette, Belle Fourche; and Jean (Ron) Ericsson, Alzada, MT; brother, Steve (Zona) Hodge, Mt. Dora, FL; and a sister-in-law, Susan Hodge, Rapid City.  Also many nieces and nephews. 

She was proceeded in death by her first husband James Larrabee and second husband, Robert Moore; her parents Leonard and Ruth Hodge, a brother Daniel Hodge and a sister Sharon Crabbe. 

A celebration of Peggy’s life will take place 10:30 A.M. Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Belle Fourche.  Visitation will be held 5 to 7 pm Friday at Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche.  Interment will take place 9:30 A.M. Monday at Black Hills National Cemetery.


A Farewell Message from Peggy

Don’t mourn for me, and don’t be sad.

For I’ve been happy with the life I’ve had.

I’ve been a daughter, mother, lover and wife,

And being a grandma has completed my life.

Remember the good times we have shared,

And know that I really cared.

If I touched your life and made you smile,

Think fondly of me for a little while.

My family was very important to me,

To see them grow and to set them free.

You have always been a source of pride,

You have been successful in things you’ve tried.

I have been lucky in love, not once but twice,

Both times I have been happy and had a good life.

Remember me and know I loved you so much,

And my extended family, we’ve all kept in touch.

It isn’t that I’m afraid to die,

It’s just hard to have to say goodbye.


Celebration of Life

10:30 A.M. – Saturday – May 11, 2019

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Belle Fourche, South Dakota


Officiant - Pastor Del Neumeister


Music By

“In the Garden”, “The Old Rugged Cross"

Marilyn Hespe, soloist

Recessional Hymn – “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

Lanelle Cundall, organist



Matthew Kappes                                                    Max Lemke

Brian Larrabee                                                Nicholas Lemke

Daniel Larrabee                                                    Tyler Lemke

Scott Larrabee                                                  Brent Scheele


9:30 A.M. – Monday – May 13, 2019

Black Hills National Cemetery

Sturgis, South Dakota

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Friday, May 10, 2019

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

Leverington Funeral Home of the Northern Hills

715 National St, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Starts at 10:30am (Mountain time)

First Congregational United Church of Christ

717 Jackson St, Belle Fourche, SD 57717

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