Velores Youngstrom


May 5, 1934 - January 12, 2020


Velores Youngstrom, 85, of Mitchell died, Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell.

A celebration of life service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, January 19 at the Lake House in Mitchell.  Burial will be at a later date.  Funeral services are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Velores Faye (Johansen) Youngstrom was born on May 5, 1934 in Cuthbert, SD to Walter and Mae (Jansen) Johansen.  She died from kidney disease on January 12, 2020 at the Avera Brady Nursing Home.

Her family moved to California for several years until they returned to SD and she graduated as the salutatorian from Mt. Vernon High School in 1952. 

She married Glen L. (Bud) Youngstrom on November 1, 1952 and after being in California while her husband was in the Marine Corp, they returned to operate a farm south of Mt. Vernon where they raised four children.  She was very active with the Mt. Vernon Community while her children were in school and made many cookies, cheerleader outfits, and attended all activities her children were involved in.  She was often on the bleachers cheering on her three sons while they were on the wrestling mat.

Velores was also involved on the county and state level with the Democratic Party functions.  In March 1988 she became involved on the national level by being chosen to be a delegate at the National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia that summer.  She was contacted by reporters from across the country interested in her views especially regarding agricultural issues. Velores also wrote articles for the Sioux Falls paper during her time at the National Convention.

Reading, collecting post cards, going to garage sales, and collecting broaches/pins were her hobbies.  She loved reading the back of post cards to get a taste of history from the common daily activities people wrote about.  She enjoyed writing stories and poems about her life on the farm and put a humorous spin on all that touched her life.

Steve, her oldest son, died of kidney cancer in 2000.  It was her most difficult period, but she cared for Steve with unending compassion and love she has expressed to her family and friends throughout her life.  She made it possible for Steve to die in his home with all the dignity he deserved. 

Velores traveled to many countries all over the world and maintained contacts and friendships with people she grew up with and people she met on her travels.  The family reunions were often planned by her as people were her energy.  Her sense of humor was memorable and she will live in many hearts even though she has moved on to a reunion with family and friends who left before her including her dog, Captain.

Velores was survived by her three children, Craig Youngstrom, Mitchell, SD, Ryan (Londa) Youngstrom, Mt. Vernon, SD, and Jodi (Rusty) Bogue, Des Moines, IA; seven grandchildren, Tim Ohnemus, New Castle, WY, Amanda (Marcus) Christensen, Summerset, SD, Jackson (Amanda) Metzger, Groveland, FL, Steven Youngstrom, Mt. Vernon, SD, Dylan Youngstrom, Herndon, VA, Taina Youngstrom, Tampa, FL, and Brady Bogue, Des Moines, IA; two great-grandchildren, Kenli and Cooper Christensen, Summerset, SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Walt and Mae Johansen; in-laws, Glen and Gladys Youngstrom; son, Steve; brothers, Ronald and Dwayne Johansen; sister-in-law, Donna Wermers; brother-in-law, Norbert Wermers; nephew, Mark Wermers; niece, Patti Holter; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who she loved with joy.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.


None Scheduled


Sunday, January 19, 2020
2:00 PM
The Lake House
2700 N Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


To Be Announced

Posted by Shirlee Burmeister on January 19, 2020
I wanted to come to the Lake House but still snowed in. I really enjoyed visiting with your mom when I was on Avon route. She was a wonderful person.
Posted by Ross and Sher Beller on January 18, 2020
Forever grateful to Velores for so many wonderful experiences. She taught me how to drive a tractor and rake hay when I was 13. So giving and so kind, great mom, wife, friend. We will miss her.
Posted by Jeannette Knigge on January 17, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed.
Posted by Lolly and David Thomas on January 17, 2020
Velores will be missed. A highlight of our trips to Mitchell was to see her. Our deepest condolences to her family.
Posted by Marlene Olivier on January 17, 2020
So Sorry for the loss of your Mother. I got to know her by joining the Friendly Club many years ago, probably the `70`s. A fun to be around lady. Our sympathy.
Posted by Shari Miller Rueb on January 16, 2020
I have the most wonderful memories of Veloris ,she was in my thoughts often. Craig, Jodi and Ryan your all in my prayers. God Bless
Posted by Jackie Bollock on January 15, 2020
what a wonderful woman. We shared many stories of my Uncle John and Eva. She loved sharing her stories of travel, collecting post card, and broches or pins of all sizes and shapes . She truly loved her family.She will be missed. My condolences go out to the family
Posted by Jackie Bollock on January 15, 2020
what a wonderful woman. We shared many stories of my Uncle John and Eva. She loved sharing her stories of travel, collecting post card, and broches or pins of all sizes and shapes . She truly loved her family.She will be missed. My condolences go out to the family
Posted by William Goetsch....Rhonda Goetsch on January 15, 2020
Velores was a great cousin and friend....loved visiting her..not often enough....and she brought out her pictures and told us many things... She will be missed.. But i'm sure she is having the best reunion ever.
Posted by Glenda on January 15, 2020
I will ever be grateful to your mom. There were a couple of occasions when Velores and I would get a chance to sit down together and she would tell me about some of the pieces of my life that I had missed out on. She would show me photos and try to help me " get to know the family." Sometimes she would get lost in her telling /remembering. Those were the times I loved the most!
Posted by Lorri Lennarson Willim on January 15, 2020
Veloris always had wisdom for me I Loved her dear she’s always encouraged me to dance with Bud. And give him as much crap as I could Hahaha She was kind to me treated me like family, I’ll miss her ❤️🙏😇
Posted by Linda Raison on January 15, 2020
Her passing is a great loss for our family. I love my precious Cousin Velores.
Posted by Jani DeBoe-Indiana on January 15, 2020
To Craig, Jodi & Ryan: So very glad that I had the opportunity to meet such a great Lady. Your Mother was such a devoted Wife, Mother,friend and terrific writer. We always had such great conversations .about life and people. She taught me much about what life was like on a Farm in South Dakota- a long

way from home for a City Girl. I shall treasure all those really good memories of South Dakota and all of you. A remarkable woman, admired by all who knew her. I feel so fortunate to have known her. My love to all of you and yours-
Posted by Robert & Dillon Phillips on January 14, 2020
We are so sorry for your lost she was quite the lady I had the pleasure of giving her a couple of rides I know she loved to talk it was hard to get away from her and her stories she will be deeply missed our prayers are with the youngstrom family
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on January 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss . Your Mom was a great lady to everyone . She will be missed by everyone that was blessed to know her !!!
Posted by Sheri Breland Koeck on January 14, 2020
l loved this woman and the family she raised. My sympathy and prayers.
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