Vincent Effling, 87, of Artesian, SD died Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian. Burial will be in Brisbine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a prayer service at 6:30 PM.
Vincent Joseph Effling was born on July 16, 1932 in rural Artesian, SD to Joseph and Ellen (Healy) Effling. He was stationed overseas in Germany for the US Army. Vincent married Esther Uttecht on October 11, 1960 at the Notre Dame Chapel in Mitchell. Vince had a love of farming, indicated by his long life on the Effling Century Farm, where he and Esther raised their six children. They enjoyed many family celebrations with a houseful of grandchildren.
Vince was a member of the Artesian American Legion and was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years. He served on the Afton Township Board from 1967-2016 and on the Artesian-Letcher School Board for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Esther Effling, Artesian, SD; 5 daughters, Lisa (Norman) Neugebauer, Mitchell, SD, Bonita (Michael) Feilmeier, Harrisburg, SD, Rita (Jeff) Miller, Mitchell, SD, Lori (Lance) Ischen, Brookings, SD, and Pamela (Adam) Zdrilic, Brandon, SD; daughter-in-law, Wanda Effling, Artesian, SD; 18 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings, Irene Casanova, Ramona, SD, John (Shirley) Effling, Clear Lake, SD, Francis (Cleo) Effling, Artesian, SD, Betty (Daryl) Kurtenbach, Stevens Point, WI, and Greg (Sharon) Effling, Artesian, SD.
Vince was preceded in death by his son, Leo Effling, on March 18, 2017; his sisters, Mary (Bernard) Muller, Gertrude (Ed) Steilen, and Veronica in infancy; and brother-in-law, Jack Casanova.