Virgil Determan


October 22, 1925 - November 22, 2017


Virgil Determan, 92 of Emery, SD died Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, November 25 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Emery. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm with a scripture service at 7:00 pm on Friday at the St. Martin Catholic Church. Arrangements are with the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery.

Virgil was born October 22, 1925 in Sterling, CO to Bernard and Anna (Bueltel) Determan. In 1941 he moved with his family to Emery.  On June 12, 1950 he married Delpha (Dolan) Determan. They made their home near Emery where they farmed and raised eleven children. Over the years, along with farming, he sold seed corn.  Virgil was a member of the Saint Martin Catholic Church and The Catholic Order of Foresters.  He also served on the Jefferson Township board in McCook County.  His children recall his love of farming, antique tractors, attending auctions, having morning coffee, either in Emery or Bridgewater, and his ability to know someone no matter where he went.

Those left to cherish his memory are his eleven children: Virgil (Teri) Determan, Richard Determan, Emery, Ronald (Janet) Determan, Burke, Dale (Tammy) Determan, Madelyn (Chuck) Kirby, Roger (Lori) Determan, Sioux Falls, Dennis Determan, Sandra Determan, Mitchell, Cheryl (Randy) Hisek, Tyndall, Kathleen (Wayne) Stroeh, Odenton, MD, and Janet (Lou) Wiegand, The Villages, FL; thirty-two grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.  One sister, Norma Letcher, Freeman, two sisters in-law, Helen Hilgenberg, Sioux Falls SD, and Cecilia Determan, Emery SD.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delpha; parents; sisters, Ruth, Maxine, and Irene; brothers; Cletus and Robert, grand-daughter, Angie.


Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Prayer Service

St. Martin Catholic Church
342 N 3rd St
Emery, SD 57332


Saturday, November 25, 2017
10:00 AM
St. Martin Catholic Church
342 N 3rd St
Emery, SD 57332


St. Martin Catholic Cemetery
Emery, South Dakota

Posted by Doris grady on November 27, 2017
It is never good to hear of passing of relative or other! Will always remember meeting up with Vigil & Delpha and the happiness they always had for life
Posted by Nadia on November 25, 2017
While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one; we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our Heavenly Father returning our dear loved ones to us. For God promises us in 1Thessalonians 4:14 - "For if we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus". In John 6:40 Jesus tells us: For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day. As God's word promises soon we will enjoy everlasting life free from all pain, suffering and death forever. May God provide the family with strength and inner peace as you all reflect on his promises and cherish wonderful memories of Virgil. For more bible based comfort in coping with grief and the days ahead please visit ( The family will be in my prayers.
Posted by Kay an Jack Howland on November 24, 2017
Our thoughts are with your whole family on your Dads passing. He is with your Mom now and happy.
Posted by Shelby P on November 23, 2017
I am so sorry for your are in my thoughts and prayers
Posted by Carol Hassett on November 23, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace and GOD gives you and family comfort.
Posted by Justin hose k on November 23, 2017
Always loved his tractor and love the farm
Posted by Lynn and Jerry Thomas on November 23, 2017
So sorry for your loss
Posted by Nathan lee Hisek on November 22, 2017
I will always remember you gramps as the hramoa who always stayed positive in difficult situations and always brought out the positive side in other love you grampa alwaysband forever and you will be forever missed
Posted by Doreen Buresh & Rodney Hampton on November 22, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time...cherish the memories.
Posted by Marla Poulin on November 22, 2017
Mom and all of us send our thoughts and prayers to you Ron and Janet and the family.
Posted by Tom and Beth Wethor on November 22, 2017
Condolences to the entire family. Always enjoyed talking to Virgil. Such a great man.
Posted by Cecilia Determan on November 22, 2017
So sorry. He was such a good man. Wonnderful Dad. Always had a child on his lap. Or two! He will be missed but remembered as an honest, caring man.
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