Dorance A. Enevoldsen, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the United Living Community, in Brookings following a brief illness.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Morningside Community Church, formerly First Church of God, in Brookings, with the Rev. John Long officiating. Burial is at Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.
Dorance Alvin Enevoldsen was born on Feb. 7, 1932, in Brookings, the son of Alvin and Alice (Studsdahl) Enevoldsen. He grew up in the Brookings area and attended several country grade schools. He graduated from Bruce High School in 1950. Following graduation he worked for Dakota Hybrids in Brookings.
On March 5, 1952, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and went to Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. On May 1, 1952, he was reassigned to McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash., and on June 2, 1954, he was assigned to Far East Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan for 18 months of duties, being an accounting specialist. On April 4, 1955, he was promoted to staff sergeant. On Oct. 20, 1955, he was transferred to Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, Ariz. On March 4, 1956, he was honorably discharged from active duty and transferred to Ready Serve status. On Jan. 15, 1958, he was transferred to Standby Reserve until his separation on March 4, 1960. During active duty, he received the following medals: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Korean Service Medal.
On Oct. 5, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart, Pauline “Polly” Doop at the First Church of God in Brookings. They had four children, Debra, DeeAnn, Kevin and Keith. He was a wonderful and compassionate husband, father and grandfather. Dorance started working for Kallemeyn Dairy in 1956, which later became Bibby-Kallemeyn Dairy. It later became Land O’ Lakes. He retired on March 4, 1994.
Dorance became a born again Christian in March 1967. He became involved with many church activities, serving on several different boards, mainly being the church treasurer for many years.
He loved country gospel music and playing his guitar. He sang solos in church and also at many funerals. He and Ernie Knoll went to other churches and gave concerts, which was the love of his life. He enjoyed going to coffee breaks with many of his “coffee buddies.”
They always had a good time and he hardly ever missed. He was a member of the Antique Auto Club and enjoyed showing his ’56 Mercury.
He went to many car shows and now has a house full of trophies.
He was a member of the the American Legion Post No. 74 and the VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline, of Brookings; two daughters, Debra Enevoldsen, of Boulder, Colo., and DeeAnn (Lyle) Steenson, of Brookings; two sons, Kevin Enevoldsen of Volga and Keith (Tasha) Enevoldsen of Brookings; five grandchildren; a brother, Deverne (Ruby) Enevoldsen, of Hanover, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Jacobson and Lorraine Doop; three brothers-in-law, Wayne (Caroline) Doop, Richard (Joyce) Doop and Gilmer (Marilyn) Doop; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a nephew, Verney Enevoldsen, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.