Melvin Schlimgen, 84, of Dimock

DIMOCK — Melvin Schlimgen, 84, of Dimock, died peacefully Friday, September 9, 2022, at Avera Brady Health and Rebab Center in Mitchell.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Dimock. Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service.

Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel, Mitchell.

Melvin Leonard Schlimgen was born July 5, 1938. He was the oldest of four children born to Clarence “Dick” and Regina (Kurtenbach) Schlimgen. He graduated from Parkston High School and due to the sudden death of his father, took over the family farm. With the guidance of his Uncle ‘Lefty’ Leonard Schlimgen, he raised his three siblings through college.

Melvin married Doris Haiar on Oct. 6, 1959, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Farmer, S.D. Together they resided on the family farm west of Dimock and raised a family of seven children. Melvin was an active player for the Dimock baseball team for many years and in 2017, Melvin was inducted into the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame. He and his family were very proud of his accomplishment. His passion was attending ballgames whenever the farm schedule allowed. His faith was a large part of his life and he attended Sts.

Peter and Paul Church in Dimock, where he and his family were actively involved. Melvin was involved as a member of the Knights of Columbus and church board. He dedicated time to the Starr township board and served on the Dimock Farmers Elevator board for many years. Melvin also proudly served in the Army National Guard. 

Melvin is survived by his seven children: Donna (Greg) Hepper of Huron, Ken (JoAnn) Schlimgen of Mitchell, Doug (Betty) Schlimgen of Dimock, Paul (Andrea) Schlimgen of Arvada, Colo., Darla (Doug) Tassler of Vermillion, Dale Schlimgen of Sioux Falls, and Ron (Cindy) Schlimgen of Shell Rock, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and siblings, William Schlimgen, Elaine Sullivan, and Janice Scheel.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Church Cemetery Board.


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