VivaDell "Vi" Crago


October 26, 1945 - December 11, 2015


VivaDell "Vi" Crago was born October 26, 1945 in Delmont, SD to Reinhold and Viola (Jerke) Herr. She moved with her family to Mitchell where she attended school and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1963. On May 1, 1964 she married Keith Crago.  In this union was born one daughter, Victoria in 1964 and one son Kyle in 1967. Vi worked as a waitress at the Town House Café, the Brig and Sunshine Foods for many years. For twenty years she owned and operated the NU-U Wig Shop and she was involved with Keith in owning and operating Dick’s Body Shop for many years. Vi and Keith were members and participated in organizing the South Dakota Auto Body Association, the snowmobile club and the Outcasts Car Club. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Moose Lodge, the American Legion Auxiliary and she was involved with the Mitchell Cancer Foundation..

Grateful for having shared her life is her husband Keith of 51 years, her daughter, Victoria and husband Dr. James Gaede of Palm Springs, CA, her son, Kyle and wife Melisa Crago, Mitchell, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, two step grandchildren and brother, Randolph and wife Betty Herr of Chicago, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ronald.


Friday, December 18, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, December 19, 2015
10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by sherry arens on January 13, 2016
We lived next door to Keith and Vi when we first got married in 1969. We drank coffee on my mornings off of work and enjoyed her and the family so much. She was a friend and was so sorry to hear of her passing. She was always so fun loving and kind. Know she will be greatly missed. Lowell and I offer our deepest sympathies to Keith, the kids and the rest of the family.
Take care of each other.

Posted by Roger Blum on December 16, 2015
I first met Vi at the Town House. She always had a smile and warm greeting. Even after not seeing each other for many years, she greeted me with a smile and asked me to dance at a Rod Run. She was a fun loving woman with a warm heart.
Posted by Barbara Cunningham Opp on December 16, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. The memories of Vi will keep her alive in your hearts. Sending prayers for the family.
Posted by Pastor Grimmer on December 16, 2015
God's peace be with you all during this time. I thank God for the victory over death He has given to Vi through her risen Savior, Jesus!
Posted by Jan Anderson on December 15, 2015
My prayers and thought are with your family.
Posted by Imajean (Jerke) Rozeboom on December 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will always remember vivi being such a happy person that loved life.
Posted by Gary and Judy Jones on December 15, 2015
My prayers to all of you at the loss of Vi. I have fond memories of growing up with her.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on December 15, 2015
Thoughts and prayers coming to all of you in this hard time !!! She will be missed by all that was bless to know her !!!
Posted by Heidi (Elward) Geppert on December 15, 2015
Keith, Vicki, Kyle and the rest of your family- I am so sorry for your lost. Vi was quite a woman. I have fond memories of Vicki babysitting me and going to your house while my dad and the other guys worked on cars in the garage. I can also recall running around and playing inside of the body shop as the guys worked on each others cars. I kinda miss the days when you could pay part of your bill with beer for the guys in the shop :). You are all in my thoughts and prayers. You all have such a beautiful guardian angel looking out for you. God -Bless and help you during this difficult time. Love ya always Vi!
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