June Reukauf, age 86, of Miles City passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Cottonwood Care Home in Miles City.
June was born to Andrew McMillan and Flora (Parr) McMillan in Terry, Mt. Her Family ranched north of Terry and she attended country schools, and graduated high school from Terry in 1942, she worked a short time after high school at the Terry Tribune. She then married the love of her life at the age of 19, Art Reukauf. Together they ranched and started their family. After the war, they bought the McMillan Ranch from June's family. They also owned ranches in Australia, where they spent winter months a few different times throughout the years. In 1985, Art died and June continued to live on the ranch for 8 more years. She then moved to Miles City in 1993, in a home she built. She spent her last 2 years at Cottonwood Care enjoying life.
June will always be remembered for being "the best bread maker." She also was an excellent seamstress on the old treadle sewing machine. Art never wore a store bought shirt. In 1961 she purchased an electric sewing machine and was known for her colt halters, tarps, and headstalls with agate buckles. She made western shirts for all the nephews and guys staying there. She will always be called the "Cribbage Queen”, especially when she was "lucky enough" to get to keep score. She was a great cook and was famous for her ground beef sandwiches, homemade rolls, and cherry tarts.
June was always known for her love of life, fun, and friends. She loved to dance, whether it was by herself in her kitchen or with Art at the barn dances. These barn dances were held each year in the hayloft of "Big Red Barn" on the Reukauf Ranch. Friends were so important to her. Every morning there was a social gathering for tea and cookies at the kitchen table. In her house in Miles City, you had to call ahead so she could make plans to see you. Being a grandma was a huge part of her life. She was "Gram" to the grandkids and "GG" to the greats.
June is survived by 2 daughters; Dixie Berzel of Whitewood, SD, and Lila Glade (Cliff) of Oglala, SD and 3 grandchildren; Wyatt Glade (Darcy), Cheyenne Glade Wilson (Shane), and ReAnn Berzel Crane (Tommy). June has 5 Great Grandchildren; Quanah, Ira, and Odessa Glade, Stone Wilson, and Rylee Crane; and Kris Bartholomew Knuths, whom she considered a daughter. She is proceeded in death by her parents, her husband Art, three brothers; Lyle, Roland and Warren McMillan, one Sister; Edna Thomas, and two Grandchildren, Wade Berzel, and KayLyn Berzel.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 14, 2012 in Miles City. Burial will follow at the Prairie County Cemetery. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com
Memorials may be made to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls ranch, Range Riders Museum or the charity of one's choice.
Published May 2, 2012