Vernon Ploeger

By Tyler Tribute staff

Tyler Tribute of Tyler, Minnesota

Funeral service for Vernon Ploeger, age 95 of Edgerton, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Thursday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is 1 1/2 hours prior to the funeral from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Elkton, South Dakota. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Online registry and condolences may be found at

Vernon Albert Ploeger was born July 10, 1920 to William and Elsie (Hintz) Ploeger in Aurora, South Dakota. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elkton, South Dakota on Sept. 26, 1920 and confirmed on April 14, 1935 at First English Lutheran Church in Aurora, South Dakota. He attended school through the 10th grade in Bushnell, South Dakota. On Dec. 9, 1943 he was united in marriage to Lorine Pape at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elkton, South Dakota. On March 9, 1945 Vernon was drafted into the United States Army. He trained at Camp Hood in Texas and was deployed to the Philippine Islands. On July 20, 1946 he was honorably discharged. Vernon was a life-long farmer; he farmed in Elkton and Brookings, South Dakota, Pipestone, and finally north of Lake Benton, then moved into Lake Benton in 1985 when they retired. In February 2012 Vernon moved into the Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton. Vernon died peacefully on Oct. 31 at Edgebrook Care Center at the age of 95 years.

Vernon was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton where he was a member of the Lutheran Men's Club and the Church Dart Ball Club; he was a church elder and served on various church council boards. He was also a member of the REA Board of Directors, the FHA Board, and the American Legion. He enjoyed spending his time outdoors fishing and gardening.

Vernon is survived by his four sons — Gary (Connie) Ploeger of Pipestone, Randy (Arlis) Ploeger of Wahpeton, North Dakota, Danny (Nancy) Ploeger of Mesa, Arizona, and Todd Ploeger of Glendale, Arizona; one brother, Donald Ploeger of Las Vegas, Nevada; eleven grandchildren — Scott, Tom and Stephanie Lantigua, Leah Hoellein, Jeffrey and Paula Owens, Ryan, Kristy, Megan, Austin and Sydney; 16 great-grandchildren — Zachary, Ethan, Avery, Cor-byn, Garrett, Luke, Tanner, Tristan, Justin and Amy Hoehein, Kate and Miguel Lantigua, Samuel Vesel, and Noah, Elliot and Olivia Owens; sister-in-law Virginia (Wilbur) Latham of Litchfield; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lorine, parents William and Elsie, sister Fay Ploeger, sister-in-law Darlene Ploeger, niece Suzanne Hedtke and nephew Spencer Latham.

Blessed be his memory.

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