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Verle A. Crown

Verle A. Crown, age 87, of Wall, died Saturday, March 17, 2007, at the Clarkson Mt. View Healthcare Facility in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 20, at the United Methodist Church, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, pianist, Nicole Ramirez and Tom Ramirez, vocalists, and congregational hymns. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen, Bernard Foster and Bill Leonard. Pallbearers were Kem, Jem, Kent and Kevin Kjerstad, Byron Crown, Tim Fauske, B.J. Dartt and Chris Ramirez.

Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.

Verle Amy (Lynch) Crown was born December 28, 1919, at the family homestead north of Quinn, the daughter of John and Etna (Flatt) Lynch. She attended school at Lake Creek School and started high school at Quinn, SD.

Verle was united in marriage to Merle Lynal Crown on September 14, 1940. They moved to Rapid City and lived there for three years. They then moved to Wall and worked on Merle's family dairy. They purchased the Puritan Oil dealership in 1946. In 1961 they built the bowling alley where she worked for many years. In 1964 they started the Red Arrow Campground where she also worked. They later bought the Emil Muller place where she resided until November 2006 when she moved into Clarkson Mountain View Health Care Facility.

Verle was an inspiration to her family and others through her kindness, nurturing guidance and strong faith. One of her many pleasures was her children and grandchildren. She also had a great passion for animals, especially cats. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church.

Grateful for sharing her life included seven children: Patty Kjerstad of Wall, Merlin Crown and his wife, Betty, of Wall, Donna Fauske and her husband, David, of Wall, Alvin Crown and his wife, Donna, of Wall, Doug Crown and his wife, Darla, of Rapid City, Bonnie Ramirez and her husband, Tom, of Douglas, WY, and Gale Crown and his wife, Tammie, of Wall; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ila Mae Norman, of Rapid City; and a sister-in-law, Wilma Lynch of Quinn.

Verle was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Crown, on June 20, 2005; her parents; two brothers, Marlo and Verlyn Lynch; two sisters, Velma Dartt and Gladys Kitterman; a son-in-law, Richard "Dick" Kjerstad; and a granddaughter-in-law, Rose Mary Kjerstad.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.