Vernon Wulf, 98, Mitchell, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Firesteel Healthcare Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Tuesday, February 27 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Monday with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Vernon Melvin Wulf was born July 18, 1919 to Henry D. Wulf, Jr, and Ruth Eva (Davis) Wulf on the family farm in Crystal Lake Township, Aurora County, South Dakota. Vernon and his brother, Walter (Bing), joined the Minnesota National Guard on November 30, 1940 in Worthington one month and seven days before they were inducted into the U. S. Army. Vernon and Bing served in World War II together first at Camp Haan in California, then Kodiak Island, Alaska and the European Theater in Germany. In January of 1948 Vern was employed by the First National Bank of South Dakota for six years. On November 10, 1948 he married Frances Jean Katz of Huron, SD. On June 1, 1953 Vern was hired as an internal auditor at the Commercial Trust and Savings Bank in Mitchell. After retiring from the bank on December 31, 1982, he became a South Dakota bank examiner for two years. He returned to Commercial Bank to work part time for a total of 37 years.
Vern loved his Lord and His Church. He served in many capacities at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron and Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. He also served as the Chairman of the Business Management Department for the SD District - LCMS in the 60s. Vern was active in the community and received the Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Service Award and was involved with many other community clubs and activities.
He is survived by his sons, Douglas of Des Moines, IA; Jerald (Corinne) of Pierre; and Kenneth of Mitchell; three sisters, Wilhelminna Louise Darrough of Sioux City, IA; Olive Irene Frauenfelder, St George, KS; and Beitrus Rose Wulf of Stickney; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, his six brothers, Albert, Walter (Bing), Garland (Barney), Lawrence, Richard and Henry Bruce, and five of his eight sisters, Elaine, Henrietta, Pauline, Violet, and Laura.