Lorne Russell Tilberg


February 27, 1939 - October 5, 2014



Lorne Russell Tilberg was born February 27, 1939, at Mitchell, to Russell and Florence (Nearhood) Tilberg. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1957 and South Dakota State College in 1961. On October 20, 1961, he married Karen Hemeyer at New Home Lutheran Church. They lived in Onida, Mitchell, Laurel, NE, and Belle Plaine, MN, before they returned to Mitchell and farmed for fifteen years. In 1984, they moved to Britton where he served as the Marshall County Extension Educator until his retirement in 2005, when they returned to Mitchell. He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Britton and New Home Lutheran Church in Mitchell, where he served on both church councils and actively participated in the church choirs.  He volunteered as a 4-H Leader for many years before making a career in the Extension Service.  Through Extension, he continued his youth outreach by leading state and national instructions for ATV Safety, as well as pioneering the Britton 4-H Shooting Sports Program. He was a member of the State and National County Agents Associations and served on the Britton School Board for many years.

He is survived by his wife Karen, five children: Lorna DeRaad and husband Alan of Sioux Falls; Douglas Tilberg of Sioux Falls; David Tilberg of Mitchell; Michelle Brandenburg and husband Curtis of Sioux Falls; Mary Chmela and husband David of Mitchell.  Lorne is also survived by thirteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Roger Tilberg and wife Arlys of Montevideo, MN; and Darell Tilberg and wife Marileen of Onida.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Jordan Martish.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New Home Lutheran Church
1023 South Minnesota Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, October 9, 2014
2:00 PM
New Home Lutheran Church
1023 South Minnesota Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


New Home Lutheran Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Mary J Fleming on October 9, 2014
It was always a pleasure to work with Lorne, whether he was on the Extension board guiding the Davison County Program or later as an Extension. Educator in Marshall county. He was there to do a job and he gave it his all. I am sure he will be missed in the Mitchell church and community. Prayers to Karen and his his family . I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Dean Sorenson on October 9, 2014
Without Lorne's friendship and mentoring, I would have had a much lower grade in Mr. Sladek's algebra class at Mitchell High. Musta been our sophomore year.....and he remained a lifetime friend who I always enjoyed seeing again. Bless the memory, and his soul. Thoughts with the family at this time.
Posted by Ronold and Velma Scott. on October 8, 2014
Our sympathy Karen, to you and your family.
Posted by Mel & Joan Frahm on October 6, 2014
Sometimes we have the opportunity to meet people in Christ who impress us with their walk with Christ. T
Posted by Tari Heitmann on October 6, 2014
What a great person Lorne was in the world of 4-H!! We could always count on him to help in anyway possilbe or to make everything the best for the kids. My sympathies go out to the entire family on the loss of this great man!
Posted by Gary Troester on October 6, 2014
I was Lorne's co-worker in Cooperative Extension (Day County) from 1995-2004. Lorne was indeed a mentor and friend. Still remember him driving 'old blue' (the county work vehicle and retired police cruiser) and everybody knew him by that car. He would sharpen the knives at 4-H camp just to help the cooks. He taught me how to arrive early, set up a room, and make "meeting coffee". He loved helping the 4-H kids and understood how to work with the adults as well. He never made me feel like I didn't belong in his group. I appreciated his even temperament, vast knowledge, work ethic, willingness to pitch in and good attitude. He served Marshall and the surrounding counties honorably. I will miss you, old friend!
Posted by Amber Lounsbery on October 6, 2014
I had the great pleasure of working with Lorne in Britton, SD when I first joined the SDSU Extension Servic. I was young and knew nothing and Lorne was a great friend and mentor to me during my time there. He had great stories about life on the farm and I still chuckle when I think about them. He will be missed.
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