Verlyn Schroeder 1923-2014

Posted February 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Verlyn Schroeder 1923-2014

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Verlyn Schroeder, 90, died on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls.

Verlyn Elaine Taylor was born June 1, 1923 to Anna Mickelson Taylor and Wallace Taylor in Timber Lake, S.D. She attended rural school until second grade and then moved to Hot Springs, S.D. She graduated from high school in 1940 and from USD with a BA degree in 1944. On January 14, 1944 she married Darrel Boyd. They lived in Canton, Hot Springs, Vermillion and Sioux Falls where they raised four children. After Darrel’s death, she married Bob Schroeder, a former USD friend, of Miller. They lived there for 22 years before moving to Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls in 2008.

Her South Dakota heritage was very important. Her Mickelson grandparents were from Walworth County and the Taylor homestead was in Dewey County. As an only child, many of her Mickelson cousins became her best friends.

She was proud of USD and a loyal fan since 1940! She had uncles, aunts, cousins, children, grandchildren, and both husbands that were graduates. While at USD she was a member of Pi Beta Phi.

Verlyn worked for the Employment Security Department of SD, and was program director of the Sioux Falls YWCA for 18 years. She was a member of Governor George Mickelson’s state building authority, was involved with PEO, chapter AQ and a lifelong member of the Methodist church. After working tirelessly for the Republican Party, she was proud to say her uncle and cousin were both SD Governors.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughters, Judy (Bill) Wittrig of Rapid City; Lory Molseed; Sally Boyd (Tom Zupet); and son Mark (Deb) Boyd all of Sioux Falls.  She is also survived by grandchildren Jody Sperlich, Kelly (Terry) Wolthuis of Rapid City, Meredith and Madeline Molseed of Sioux Falls, along with great grandchildren Taylor and Molly Sperlich, Grant and Abby Wolthuis, and by numerous step-children, grandchildren and a new great-grandbaby. Verlyn was pleased and proud to say that she and Bob’s combined family of eight all live in South Dakota.

Verlyn was preceded in death by her first husband, Darrel Boyd, and parents, Anna and Wallace Taylor.

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