Herman VanDenBerg, 91, went to meet his maker June 26, 2017, at Spearfish Regional Hospital with his loving wife, Ruby, and family by his side.
Herman was born to Neil and Gertie VanDenBerg at home on the ranch near Strool on Jan. 4, 1926. He attended school at Center School and Lemmon High School.
Herman and Ruby married June 11, 1947. They just had their 70-year celebration on June 24.
They welcomed six children into their home; Marilyn, Cindy, Susan, Gloria, Wynn, and Lisa.
Herman took over the family ranch, his favorite life’s work. He raised registered Limousin cattle and Appaloosa horses. The family ranch was designated a Century Ranch in 2013. He was very active in the community. He belonged to Masons, Shriners, Center School Board, and Bison School Board. He was a guitar player and enjoyed sing-a-longs. He played Santa Claus to the surrounding community many years. One could always tell when Herman was at a gathering by his laugh.
On retirement in 2014, they moved to Spearfish.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; five of their children; one daughter-in-law; three sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and numerous relatives.
Herman was preceded in death by three sisters; two brothers; one son; one grandson; two great-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Spearfish with Pastors Stephen Sandness and Marcia Brennan officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. at the Prairie City Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Memorials have been established to the Prairie City Cemetery and the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zeona.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.