Dale Verdugt, 87, of Sturgis, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at the Sturgis Community
Long Term Care Center.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 9 at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel, with Chaplain
Herbert Cleveland officiating. Burial with military honors by the Sturgis Veterans Honor
Guard was at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Dale Verdugt was born March 16, 1917, in Hand County near St. Lawrence, on the
family farm to Peter and Maggie (Slycord) Verdugt. He attended several county schools
and graduated from St. Lawrence High School in 1936. He graduated from Northern
State Teachers College in 1942. During World War II, Dale enlisted in the U.S. Navy and
served in the South Pacific as a naval aviator flying the TBF (Avenger Torpedo Bomber),
reaching the rank of lieutenant.
After his honorable discharge in 1945, he married Mary Bard at Miller. He then attended
the Minneapolis Business College, where he studied to be a senior accountant. In 1946
they moved to Rapid City, where he worked as an accountant.
They moved to Gettysburg in 1947, where Dale taught business at the high school. Three years later, in partnership with his nephew, he purchased the Bowl-A-Rama in
Gettysburg. In 1951, he worked as the state manager for the Visual Education Company.
The following year, they purchased the Coast to Coast Store in Armour. In 1956, they
purchased the Coast to Coast Store in Sturgis, where Dale continued to work until his
retirement in 1985. Dale and Mary were divorced in 1971.
On September 1, 1973, he married Martha Seymour Gross. She died in November
In his retirement, Dale took up woodworking and gardening. He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge, Consistory and Naja Shrine.
His family includes his daughter Debbie (Robert) Hunt of Rapid City; one granddaughter,
Jennifer Wills of Rapid City; one sister, Minnie Reinhard of Pomona, Calif.; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been established to the Meals on Wheels Program.
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