Vernon Eugene Munkvold, age 91, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2023, at his home in Arizona.
Vernon was born on the original homestead 10 1/2 miles west of Viborg on January 16, 1932, to parents George and Marie and joined his 2 older brothers Ordell and Cornell and then a few years later his younger sister Marilyn was born.
As a youngster Vernon attended both Lone Star school and Meldal church. Vernon graduated from Irene High School and joined in the family farm with his father and brothers. In 1973 Vernon married Pam and together they raised two children, Kimberly, and Gregory. Vernon loved working with the kids on their 4H projects and attending their athletic events and horse shows. When Vernon left farming the family moved into Viborg and he started working at McKennan hospital in Sioux Falls and retired in 2009 after 17 years. At that time, he and Pam moved to Abilene TX to be near Kim and the grandchildren. Vernon loved going to all their activities and having them come over to the house to watch game shows and eat cookies. Eventually after 1 1/2 years in Texas and 1 1/2 years in Florida they moved to Arizona, where he has resided since 2012.
Vernon loved watching professional tennis, his dogs, milkshakes, and traveling. He took many trips with his family to places like Disney World, Branson, Jamestown, and Gatlinburg. He and Pam went on numerous cruises (23) with his favorite being the Panama Canal. He actually made Pam go twice! He had a long and happy life reaching the age of 91.
Vernon is survived by his wife Pam, daughter Kim (Col Justin) Boldenow, 4 grandchildren Torin Munkvold, Abigail (Colin) Vining, Jackson Boldenow, and Jessica Boldenow, 2 great grandchildren Mila Munvkold and Stevie Rae Vining, his sister Marilyn and sisters in law Carol Munkvold and Deborah (John) Stanton, and many more relatives and friends.