Melvin E. Rempfer, age 68, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791, the South Dakota Army National Guard, and the Patriot Guard Riders. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 on Monday, November 17, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the church.
Pallbearers are Garrison Brockberg, Kevin Kleinschmit, Clifford Luikens, Alvin Luikens, Ronald Luikens, and Dale Luikens. Honorary pallbearers are Chris Gunderson, Roger Anderson, Dennis Kirchhevel, Harold Schaeffer, Steve Kirchner, Gene Stogsdill, Ray Sparks, Rod Anderson, Todd Deville, Allen Sherman and his Kolberg Pioneer Family.
Melvin E. Rempfer was born September 17, 1946 in Scotland, South Dakota, to Edmund and Frieda (Luikens) Rempfer. He grew up on the farm south of Menno, South Dakota. He attended country school and then Irene High School graduating in 1964. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and served his country from 1967 until 1968. He returned to Yankton after the war and married Nancy Sparks on May 20, 1972 in Yankton. He began working for Kolberg Pioneer in Yankton shortly before his marriage and continued working there for 37 years, retiring in 2009.
Melvin was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, the Yankton VFW and the Sharpshooters Gun Range. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and camping with his family. He loved his Ford Trucks and enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and NASCAR racing, especially Carl Edwards. He was known for his famous beet wine and his annual Super Bowl parties. Melvin was a man of few words and was very proud of his family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, Brandon and Ava, watching their concerts and playing ball. He was a loving husband, great father who would do anything for his kids, and loved his family above all else.
Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Nancy Rempfer of Yankton; three children: Jason Rempfer of Yankton, Lisa (Todd Deville) Rempfer of Yankton; and Cory Rempfer of Virginia Beach, Virginia; two grandchildren, Brandon and Ava Rempfer; two sisters: Carol (Allen) Sherman of Scottsdale, Arizona and LouAnn (Rod) Anderson of Yankton; mother-in-law, Leona Sparks of Yankton; two sisters-in-law: Vicki (Gene) Stogsdill of Tabor, South Dakota and Julie (Steve) Kirchner of Yankton; brother-in-law, Ray (Dawn) Sparks of Yankton; many nieces and nephews and one great nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rita Schaeffer; brother, James Rempfer; and father-in-law, Melvin Sparks.
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Nancy and family...
I was so very sorry to hear of Mel's passing. My thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you. I have some very fond memories of Mel and the family. Many of my favorite times ..way back when...was when we would all get together at Harold and Rita's or at your house and all the men would be so ornery! Us ladies would scold 'em and then laugh! Those were some wonderful times and I was always glad to have met you and Melvin and the kids! Peace and love be with you!!
Lots of great memories of Melvin as I became friends with Jason. What a great husband,father, provider! Prayers for friends and family. Heaven received a great man!
Our deepest sympathy to you, Nancy and your family. May God comfort you at this time. Our prayers to you, Carol & Lou Ann and your family.
Gene & Alma Crosbie
May God be with you in your time of sorrow Nancy and family, and also Luann, Carol and families. It's hard to lose a loved one, but my deepest sympathy to your family.
I was very sorry to hear about Melvin. We were good friends in high school and I have many good memories of those days. My sympathy goes out to his family
We are sorry to learn of Mel's passing. He was a very good man. Our sympathy.
John and Dauna Ogden
So sorry to hear of this passing . thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this difficult time .May God keep you strong and be by your side.
So sorry, to hear about Melvin.
My youngest sons first road trip was to see you and Melvin for your wedding anniversary party. I remember all the times you guys would come to Des Moines to see mom, dad and me and Michael. My families thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Karen Schooley & Family
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during such a hard time.
So sorry to hear of your loss, may God hold you in palm of his hands during this time of sadness.
So sorry to hear of Melvin's passing. I remember him as always being such a quiet and kind man. Our deepest sympathy to you.
Jim & Mary DeLozier
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