Dorla D. Verhey


July 26, 1934 - July 15, 2018


Dorla D. Verhey, 83, of Mitchell, died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, July 20 at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Winfred Cemetery in Winfred, SD. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Thursday, July 19 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dorla Dean Verhey was born July 26, 1934 at home in Winfred, SD to Frank L. and Bernice (Westall) Wesp. The family moved to Madison, SD where Dorla started school. They moved to Sioux City, IA in 1941, where she attended McKinley Elementary, East Jr. Middle School, and East High School. While spending the summer with her grandparents near Winfred, she met their neighbor Donald Verhey and after a long distance romance, they married the next summer on July 21, 1951.

Following Don’s career with Peavey Elevators, and Cenex Co-ops, they had many homes and gained many friends. They lived in Winfred, Cuthbert, Howard, Storla, Woonsocket, and Mitchell, SD. They branched out and spent five years in Cody and Greybull, WY, before moving back to Mitchell in retirement. Over the years, Dorla worked as a bookkeeper at Storla, Woonsocket, Mitchell, and Greybull Co-ops. After returning to Mitchell, she worked at the Pin Cushion where she developed a great love for quilting. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Winfred UCC, Storla Lutheran Church, Bethany Lutheran Church in Woonsocket, Cody Lutheran Church, and First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. She served on the Council as a Deacon and held several offices for the First Lutheran Church, Church Women, and Prairie River’s Conference. She also had membership with the Heartland Quilters Guild, Friendship Circle Extension Club, Yesteryear Antique Club, and Order of the Eastern Star.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 2002; brother Captain Thomas Wesp; her parents; and a granddaughter, Jeanine Smith.

She is survived by her children, Duane (Vernice) Verhey, Renner, SD, Kim (Jayne) Verhey, Madison, SD, Michael (Tammy) Verhey, Fargo, ND, and Deborah Verhey (Mike Wallace), Cody, WY; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.




Thursday, July 19, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, July 20, 2018
10:30 AM
First Lutheran Church
411 N Duff St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Winfred Cemetery
Winfred, South Dakota

Posted by Hannah H on January 6, 2020
I'll miss you Great-Grandma Dorla <3
Posted by Michael D. Verhey on July 25, 2018
Love you forever Mom
Posted by Kathy Scheidt and family on July 22, 2018
Sending love and prayers to Dorla's family. We're thinking of you in Lake Preston. Love the picture on the stairs.
Posted by Ken Williams on July 20, 2018
There were many smiles in the video and it made me smile. Dorla will be missed. Her first breath in Heaven I'm sure was with Don waiting for her at the gate.
Posted by Rusty&Jan on July 17, 2018
She was a wonderful lady always fun growing up with the Verhey’s.awsome video.
Posted by Jeanie Grosz on July 16, 2018
she always had a kind word and that great smile~even her eyes smiled, wonder how many quilts she made in her lifetime. She was a treasure!
Posted by Jim westall new prague on July 16, 2018
Loved this video, she was a special lady!!!! See you Friday!!!
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