LaVern “Bulgie” Baysinger


December 4, 1937 - February 11, 2019


LaVern “Bulgie” Baysinger, 81, of Forestburg, SD, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at his home in Forestburg.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, February 15, 2019 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Artesian, SD. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 PM Thursday at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

LaVern Baysinger was born December 4, 1937 in Mitchell SD to Clyde and Esther (Christensen) Baysinger. He graduated from Forestburg High School in 1956 and then enlisted in the United States Army until he was honorably discharged in 1962.  He married Nancy Jane Bauer in Woonsocket SD on October 29, 1960.  After being discharged from the army, he sheared sheep and raised melons. He started working at Armour and Company packing plant in Huron in 1968 and worked there for 17 years.

He along with his wife Nancy continued to raise melons until 1973 when they began farming and ranching Southeast of Forestburg.  They sold their livestock in 1998 and continued to farm for a few years before completely retiring.

LaVern enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He and Nancy went to Wisconsin salmon fishing several times and to Alaska once to halibut fish with his cousin.  He loved to hunt Canadian geese and could hardly wait each year to go walleye fishing with his boat.  In later years he loved to fish and camp with his family and friends whenever time allowed.

LaVern and Nancy raised 3 children, a daughter Marli Baysinger and sons Shane (Lynette) and Thad (Shawna) Baysinger all of Forestburg.  They have 3 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and 8 step great grandchildren.

LaVern is survived by his wife of 58 years, his children, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren, a brother Dick Baysinger and sister Janet Eining along with their children.  Preceding him in death were his parents.



Thursday, February 14, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Friday, February 15, 2019
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by David Dvorak on March 4, 2019
Nancy and family, So sorry to here of Bulgie passing. Always think of you both when the subject of Forestburg Melons comes up. Wishing all of you Peace and Comfort at this difficult time. I know Mom is watching over you as well.
Posted by K. Hope on February 20, 2019
Sincere sympathies to the Baysinger family. At this sad and trying time, keep God's sure promises in your hearts and minds. God’s Word says, "There will be a resurrection." Acts 24:15. Wishing you comfort.
Posted by Jeanette and Greg cornelius on February 15, 2019
We are so sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Posted by Rick & Brenda nelson on February 14, 2019
Sorry for your loss your in our thoughts and prayer
Posted by Kori Clarambeau on February 14, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bulgie, praying for all of you.
Lois Clarambeau
Kori Clarambeau
Posted by Tom and Donna Worth on February 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss, he was a great man and I loved him , will never forget the good times with him!!!
Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on February 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs
Posted by Janell Miller on February 13, 2019
Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Larry & Jody Rogers on February 12, 2019
Prayers to the Baysinger family.
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