Verlyn Rentschler


Verlyn C. Rentschler, 86, of Egan, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, at his home under hospice care. 

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 22, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Flandreau, with burial in Hillside Cemetery at Egan. Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 21, with a prayer service at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Flandreau.

Verlyn was born Feb. 4, 1936, to Charles and Ruby (Stevens) Rentschler in Flandreau. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. Verlyn graduated from Colton High School in 1954. He married Anna DeJong, on March 9, 1955; they were married 62 years. They raised six children. During that time, he enjoyed his farm life, which included raising and milking dairy cattle, pigs, chickens, goats, cats, and dogs. Before they settled in Egan, they rented farms in various locations and moved every four years until they bought the farm in Egan in 1971. It is the well-known Rentschler Clearview Farms. 

Verlyn enjoyed being on the Egan volunteer fire department, competing in slow pitch and bowling, as well as singing and dancing whenever the urge came upon him. He had a well-known whistle. Verlyn actively supported his six kids in every sport and activity they participated in, as well as the grandkids and great-grandkids. In his over 30 years of driving bus, he drove for Flandreau, Egan and Colman-Egan. In those years, he drove three generations of his own family, either to and from school or activities. Verlyn ended his career working for Loiseau Construction.

Verlyn is survived by five children, Cynthia Menning of Flandreau, Charles (Sharon) of Colman, Clayton (Vicki) of Flandreau, Crystal (Kevin) Page of Artesian, and Cathy Jo Loehr of Egan; 17 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Wayne (Orie) of Hartford, Terry (Anita) of Parker, Beverly (Mel) Maeschen of Farmington, N.M.; Ardys (Jim) Line of Clarkson, Ky.; sisters-in-law, LaVonne Rentschler, Joan DeJong, Gertrude DeJong; and brother-in-law, Dennis Schulz. 

Verlyn was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; son, Craig; son-in-law, Tim Menning; parents; and three siblings, Barbara, Curtis and LaVonne.

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