LaVerl Joy Reierson, 73, of Arlington lost his two-year battle with brain cancer on June 15, 2013, at the Golden Living Center.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Arlington United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve C. Johnson officiating. Visitation will be held at Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
He was born June 6, 1940, on a farm near Beresford to Warren and Mildred (O’Connor) Reierson. He attended several Beresford-area country grade schools and graduated from Beresford High School.
He worked at Ray Quinn Automotive in Sioux Falls, after which he was employed by a grocery store and gas station in Beresford, before becoming a farmer in the Beresford and Alcester areas.
After leaving the farming business, he was employed by the Beresford Co-op as a propane truck driver. During that time, he attended Co-op managers school in Kansas City and then was hired as the Community Oil Co-op manager in Arlington, where he continued to live until his death.
After taking an early retirement from the Co-Op, he worked a year for Aerial Contractors and then was employed by the Game, Fish and Parks Department in the Lake Poinsett, Lake Oakwood and Lake Thompson unit for several years. After retiring from that position, he worked part-time for Interstate Batteries in Arlington until his health declined.
He was an avid fisherman, hunted, and enjoyed bowling and visiting with his many friends.
He was a member of the Arlington United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Arlington Fire Department and the Arlington City Council.
He had resided in the Golden Living Center-Arlington since December of 2012.
He married Marlys Nebelsieck in Beresford on Dec. 30, 1960. The couple lived in the Beresford and Alcester areas where they raised their three daughters until 1980 when they moved to Arlington.
He is survived by his wife, Marlys; his daughters, Rechele (Eugene) Smits of Ferndale, Wash., Tamara (Paul) Gerhart of Sioux Falls and Stephanie (Trent) Damm of Arlington; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; his sister, Karen (Danny) Jensen of Beresford; a special cousin, Donald Reierson; his brother-in-law Douglas Nebelsieck; two nephews; two nieces; several cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles.