Vernon Wulf


July 18, 1919 - February 21, 2018


Vernon Wulf, 98, Mitchell, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Firesteel Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Tuesday, February 27 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Monday with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Vernon Melvin Wulf was born July 18, 1919 to Henry D. Wulf, Jr, and Ruth Eva (Davis) Wulf on the family farm in Crystal Lake Township, Aurora County, South Dakota.  Vernon and his brother, Walter (Bing), joined the Minnesota National Guard on November 30, 1940 in Worthington one month and seven days before they were inducted into the U. S. Army.  Vernon and Bing served in World War II together first at Camp Haan in California, then Kodiak Island, Alaska and the European Theater in Germany.  In January of 1948 Vern was employed by the First National Bank of South Dakota for six years.    On November 10, 1948 he married Frances Jean Katz of Huron, SD.  On June 1, 1953 Vern was hired as an internal auditor at the Commercial Trust and Savings Bank in Mitchell.  After retiring from the bank on December 31, 1982, he became a South Dakota bank examiner for two years.  He returned to Commercial Bank to work part time for a total of 37 years. 

Vern loved his Lord and His Church.  He served in many capacities at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Huron and Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell.   He also served as the Chairman of the Business Management Department for the SD District - LCMS in the 60s. Vern was active in the community and received the Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Service Award and was involved with many other community clubs and activities.

He is survived by his sons, Douglas of Des Moines, IA; Jerald (Corinne) of Pierre; and Kenneth of Mitchell; three sisters, Wilhelminna Louise Darrough of Sioux City, IA; Olive Irene Frauenfelder, St George, KS; and Beitrus Rose Wulf of Stickney; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, his six brothers, Albert, Walter (Bing), Garland (Barney), Lawrence, Richard and Henry Bruce, and five of his eight sisters, Elaine, Henrietta, Pauline, Violet, and Laura.


Monday, February 26, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, February 27, 2018
10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 E 3rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Lisa Lucibella-Pibal on March 19, 2018
I was a young teller at Commercial Bank in the early 80's when I first met Vern. He was always so full of energy and wit and took his job very seriously. I have thought of him many times over the years - lots of fond memories. We loved when it was his birthday because his wife always made the most delicious caramel rolls for everyone at the bank. Rest in peace, Vern!
Posted by Aseracare on March 1, 2018
It has been our honor and privilege to care for Vernon. Thank you for allowing us to care and love on them. We hope you are finding peace and rest during this new transition. ~AseraCare Hospice Team
Posted by Pat reimnitz on February 28, 2018
Vern will be missed by all. Sorry to have missed the services. Jerry and corinne you and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you all. RIP vern.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on February 24, 2018
I had the HONOR of getting to be one of Vern's caretakers at Edgewood Senior Living. He was a very gentle man with a witty sense of humor. He always said he couldn't wait to go home and dance with his wife again. Rest in sweet heavenly peace Mr. Vern. Dance away my friend
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