NLJ Staff


June 28, 1942–Feb. 25, 2020

Sharyl Gae Huntington, 77, of Custer, S.D., passed away this Feb. 25, 2020, at Hospice House in Rapid City, S.D.

Sharyl was born in Billings, Mont., to Robert Bruce Stark and Billie June Stark on June 28, 1942. The family moved to California while she was 3 years old and she met her best friend, Donna Scheer, at age 7 and they are still in contact today. At the age of 8, she chose the life of the Lord in the Catholic faith.

Sharyl met her future husband, Ross Allen Huntington, in junior high school and at age 13 he asked her to marry him. At that time she said no, but toward her senior year she said yes. They were married on Dec. 23, 1959, and through the next decade they were blessed with four children, Ross Allen Huntington Jr., Tamara Dee Huntington, Twylla Dean Huntington and Sonya Gae Huntington.

Sharyl loved to travel but sometimes the easiest way to do that was to move when she wanted to go. Her friends and family used to tease her that she had gypsy blood. She lost her daughter, Tamara, in March of 1983, and then adopted her two grandchildren, Brandi Lee Huntington and Jeremy Wayne Huntington.

Later, in 1989, she lost her husband Ross, but she became the spiritual rock for all of her children and later extended family. Basically she helped raise children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren including friends of theirs.

Sharyl worked in the health field
most of her life but also learned to be a beautician. 

Sharyl is survived by her son, Ross A. Huntington Jr. and his wife Marsha Lynn Huntington; daughters, Twylla Dean Napolitano and her husband Larry A. Napolitano, Sonya Gae Rath and her husband Bruce Rath, and Brandi Lee Huntington and her significant other Matt Brown; son, Jeremy Wayne Huntington and his better half, Jessica Quenzer; grandchildren, Jessica Frye and her spouse Jim Frye, Amber Lynn Verel and Shane Verel, Logan R. Huntington and spouse Renae Huntington, Larry A. Napolitano Jr. and spouse Alyssa Napolitano, Kyliegh Collins, Jaidyn Collins, Russel Carlson, Keegan Huntington, Kaeler Quenzer, Cooper Huntington, Shelbee Huntington, Seth A Rath, Skyray Rath, Summer Rath, Paris Rath, Jacob Rath, Wesley Rath, Amanda Rath; and great-grandkids too numerous to list all but all held in her heart. She loved you all.

Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.

Committal services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Custer Cemetery in Custer.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Custer.


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