Melvin Schlimgen

Melvin Schlimgen


July 5, 1938 - September 9, 2022


Melvin Schlimgen, 84, of Dimock, SD, died peacefully Friday, September 9, 2022, at Avera Brady Health and Rebab Center in Mitchell. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, September 13 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Dimock. Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7:00 PM at the Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Melvin Leonard Schlimgen was born July 5, 1938. He was the oldest of four children born to Clarence ‘Dick’ and Regina (Kurtenbach) Schlimgen. He graduated from Parkston High School and due to the sudden death of his father, took over the family farm. With the guidance of his Uncle ‘Lefty’ Leonard Schlimgen, raised his three siblings through college.

Melvin married Doris Haiar on October 6, 1959 at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Farmer, South Dakota. Together they resided on the family farm west of Dimock and raised a family of seven children. Melvin was an active player for the Dimock baseball team for many years and in 2017, Melvin was inducted into the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame. He and his family were very proud of his accomplishment. His passion was attending ballgames whenever the farm schedule allowed. His faith was a large part of his life and he attended Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Dimock, South Dakota where he and his family were actively involved. Melvin was involved as a member of the Knights of Columbus and church board. He dedicated time to the Starr township board and served on the Dimock Farmers Elevator board for many years. Melvin also proudly served in the Army National Guard.   

Melvin is survived by his 7 children: Donna (Greg) Hepper of Huron, SD, Ken (JoAnn) Schlimgen of Mitchell, SD, Doug (Betty) Schlimgen of Dimock, SD, Paul (Andrea) Schlimgen of Arvada, CO, Darla (Doug) Tassler of Vermillion, SD, Dale Schlimgen of Sioux Falls, SD, and Ron (Cindy) Schlimgen of Shell Rock, IA; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and siblings, William Schlimgen, Elaine Sullivan, and Janice Scheel.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Church Cemetery Board.


Monday, September 12, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
146 W 1st St
Dimock, SD 57331


Tuesday, September 13, 2022
10:30 AM
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
146 W 1st St
Dimock, SD 57331


Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery
Dimock, SD

Posted by Travis & Mary Anne Thornton on September 17, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him.
Posted by Carol Ann Uttecht on September 13, 2022
Ken and family,
Our condolences in the loss of your dad. Treasure the memories. Carol Ann and Ronnie
Posted by Joe & Jan Schlimgen on September 13, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Lee Rosa Kurtenbach on September 10, 2022
To the family of Melvin, What a good, kind man. I will always remember him as a true quality person.
Posted by Susie (Reisch) Dufek on September 10, 2022
Rest In Peace, Uncle Mel! God has welcomed you Home with His open arms. We will miss you, but hope you can share a cocktail with Dad and Grandpa now♥️🙏🏻♥️
Our sympathy sent to Doris and the whole family.
Posted by Barbie (Schlimgen) Augsburger on September 9, 2022
Though I have many blessings in my life, however great or small, to have you as my Uncle, was one of the greatest blessings of all! RIP Uncle Mel! 💔
Posted by Jackie & Jackie Gall on September 9, 2022
You are in our thoughts and in our hearts.💕 So sorry for your loss. Hugs.
Posted by Jon and Kaye Smith on September 9, 2022
Our Sympathy, 🙏💗
Posted by Cliff walz on September 9, 2022
See you in the afterlife cousin.
Posted by Tim and Karen Harrington on September 9, 2022
Dearest family of Mel,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Mel was a good, humble man. We are better people because we knew him!!! Let the Lord walk with you during the days ahead.
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