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State officials note passing of Crazy Horse leader

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO-AM) - The widow of Crazy Horse sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski died late last night. Ruth Ziolkowski died in Rapid City.

Governor Dennis Daugaard has requested that flags be flown at half-staff statewide on the day of Ziolkowski’s funeral, which has yet to be announced.

“Ruth Ziolkowski¹s legacy will be as lasting as the stone her family has carved for decades. Ruth was Korczak¹s partner at Crazy Horse, and she has tirelessly led the project for more than thirty years. Linda and I will miss Ruth very much, and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and to all of those who continue to pursue the Ziolkowski vision," Daugaard said.

Senator Tim Johnson says Ziolkowski shared Korczak’s vision and dedication to the Crazy Horse Memorial dream "with the same sense of determination, commitment, and passion".  

Johnson said, "In her own right, Ruth carved out her own legacy with her contagious smile, enduring courage, pioneering and humanitarian spirit, and unwavering dedication to the Memorial’s completion and future mission.  Barb and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the Ziolkowski family."

Ruth Ziolkowski was 87 years old.