Vincent James Persing, 78, rural Leota, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at his home.
A memorial mass was Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Wilmont. Burial followed at the Leota Community Cemetery.
Vincent Persing was born July 21, 1938, on the family farm near Humboldt, South Dakota, to Leo and Catherine (Van Dam) Persing. Vince attended the first grade in Humboldt and then attended school in Wilmont and St. Kilian up to the tenth grade.
Vince married Theresa Broich on July 12, 1958, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Wilmont. After their marriage, the couple lived in Wilmont. They moved to Worthington in 1964. In 1966 they moved to Schuyler, Nebraska. They moved to their current home northwest of Leota in 1970.
Vince worked for Louie Hoffman Trucking in Wilmont, then at Young & Hay Trucking in Worthington. When the family moved to Leota, Vince worked at Mouw’s. In 1988 he retired due to a physical disability.
He enjoyed camping with his family, raising and caring for farm animals, his tractors and tinkering in his tool shed. Vince enjoyed coffee with the guys at Ive’s Repair.
Vince is survived by his wife, Theresa Persing, rural Leota; his children, Margaret (Terrance) Zacker, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Linda (Pat) Flanagan, Pipestone; Scott (Sue) Persing, Hudson, South Dakota; Leslie (Mark) Egger, Pipestone; Theresa (Rick) Vos, Faribault; Nicholas (Melissa) Persing, Wheaton; and Brian (Kristin) Persing, Jasper; friend Mike Slater, Wilmont; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Kathleen (Lloyd) Bullerman, Sioux Falls; Lois Bullerman, Wilmont; Leland (Judy) Persing, Lonsdale; Eileen (friend, Milford) Peterson, Hartford, South Dakota; Colleen (Dennis) Somnis, Worthington; Lynette Lupkes, Minden, Nebraska; Marian (Dan Sr.) Diekman, Lismore; Phyllis (Tom) Scholtes, Marshall; JoAnn (Rod) Burkhard, Reading; and LeAnn (Doug) Onken, Inver Grove Heights; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, David Darveaux; a brother, Leonard Persing; a sister-in-law, Joanne (Peter) Paquette; three brothers-in-law, Larry Peterson, Lorne Bullerman and Bill Lupkes; two nieces, Renee and Rhonda Lupkes; and four nephews, Troy Lupkes and Keith, Leo and Thomas Scholtes.
Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Wilmont, dingmannandsons.com.