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Vern Omdahl

Vern Omdahl

Vern Omdahl


- June 1, 2020

Vern Omdahl, age 84, of Cottonwood, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip with Pastor Cindy Bisser officiating. If you do not wish to attend in person you can watch the live streaming of the graveside service from our website.

Vernon Monroe Omdahl was born January 21, 1936 on the Omdahl ranch south of Cottonwood, South Dakota to Mandus and Sylvia (Scotvold) Omdahl. He grew up and received his education in various rural schools in the area. After his Dad died, Vern began helping his mother take care of their ranch.

He was united in marriage to Carol Briggs on August 4, 1953 in Pierre, South Dakota. They made their home six miles south of Cottonwood all their married life. During the last few months Vern and Carol moved to Arizona to be closer to family.

Vern was a Mason, Shriner, President of Cottonwood Roping Club, and President of the Cottonwood Hall Board. He enjoyed team roping. Vern poured his life into the ranch and doing what he loved. He was a cowboy through and through. Vern lived a long, full life and will be terribly missed.

Survivors include his wife Carol; three sons: Allen (Sandy) Omdahl of Tucson, Arizona, Bruce Omdahl of Pasco, Washington, and Kevin Omdahl of Rapid City; one daughter Debra (Jim) Chalcraft of Rapid City; grandchildren Amber, David, Tyler, Travis, Wyatt; great-granddaughter Felicity; one sister Florence Dean of Philip; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Thomas Omdahl and Oliver Omdahl, and six sisters Mabel Brunner, Helen Franks, Grace O’Dea, Nellie O’Dea, Esther Buhring, and Lucille Omdahl in infancy.

Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.



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