Darlene Jepsen

Darlene L. Jepsen, 96, of Wakonda, South Dakota, formerly of Meckling passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at Bergen Lutheran Church in rural Meckling with burial to follow at Danish Lutheran Cemetery in Gayville, South Dakota. Visitation with family present will be an hour prior to the service at the church.

Darlene was born Nov. 18, 1922 in Meckling to Clark & Clarissa (Myron) Larson. She attended and graduated from Meckling High School in 1940.

She married LaVerne Jepsen on Dec. 14, 1940. To this marriage, they had four daughters, Diane, Joan, Jeanette, and Cheryl. They farmed in the Meckling area for a while before she got jobs in town. She worked for Austin Dairy, Dean Pak and the City. She also was the secretary for State Farmers Union. Later years, they bought a gas station in Gayville. She started cooking for her brother’s business, Toby’s Lounge in Meckling for 35 years until she moved to Wakonda.

Darlene lived her life to fullest. She loved music. She played piano for her church and was always singing up at the “Home.” She was very active with her church and “Hay Days” in Gayville. She loved taking pictures and baking for her family.

Survivors include her three daughters, Joan (Ron) Huot of Centerville, Jeanette Hauge of Racine, Wisconsin, and Cheryl Peterson of Beresford; 13 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Nelsen, and Marilyn Kaiser; three sisters-in-law, Beverly Johnson, Dolly Larson, and Lavonne Jepsen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LaVerne; her daughter, Diane Sorenson; three sons-in-law, Paul Larson, Roger Hauge, and LuVerne Sorenson; one great-grandson, Jason; two brothers, Verlyn and Toby Larson.

The Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion has been entrusted with the services.

Condolences may be posted online at www.koberfuneralhome.com.