Vernon H. Bokker, 95, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Dell Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Dow Rummel Village in Sioux Falls. His funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids. Visitation will begin at noon with the family present from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Kahler Funeral Home.
Vernon Bokker was born to Will Bokker and Tillie (Haak) Bokker in Dell Rapids, South Dakota on March 27, 1922. Vernon was a lifelong farmer, working and participating in farm work nearly his entire life. Even his hobbies connected to his farm life, as he loved to collect toy tractors. He was married to Elaine Carlson Bokker on December 1, 1945, and together they were blessed with three children, Ray, Roberta, and Sharon.
Vernon had three great loves in his life: his wife of 71 years, Elaine; his family; and farming. Vernon was happy to talk to anyone about these topics, and he was in fact known for his gift of telling stories and making friends everywhere he went. His kind spirit and helpful nature shown through to everyone he met, and he is remembered fondly for his good will. Vernon also loved to have fun, and he and Elaine were often the life of the party. They loved to host reunions and parties for friends, and they loved to dance as well. In his later years Vernon often joked that he and Elaine were “wild ones.” His humor and light spirit will be dearly missed.
Vernon is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Elaine Bokker; his son, Ray (Marlys) Bokker of Gregory, SD; his daughters, Roberta Geraets of Dell Rapids, SD and Sharon Chontos of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Delores Shiveley of Crane, MO; grandchildren, Paula, Troy, John, Sara, Cheyenne, Mark, and Jack; and five great grandchildren. Vernon is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Calvin and Merle.
The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the caring staff at Dow Rummel Village.
Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids Building Fund or the Dow Rummel Capital Campaign Fund.