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Verlyn "Skinny" De Wall

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Services for Verlyn "Skinny" De Wall will be held at 11 a.m., today, Thursday, March 5 at Immanuel Lutheran in Spirit Lake.

Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville.

Verlyn James DeWall was born Dec. 13, 1923, the son of Rudolph and Ida (Peton) DeWall in rural Terril. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran in Terril and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran in Estherville. At the time of the Depression, his parents left the farm and moved to Estherville. His formal education was received in the Estherville school system.

At the age of eighteen, Verlyn (or Skinny as he was known to friends) entered the US Army and served with British forces, operating a steel barrel factory in Egypt.

His early employment opportunities were casual --an understanding storekeeper made cutting boxes and stocking shelves for Skinny and his sister Ginny a beginning of gainful employment. Upon his return to civilian life, he worked in electric motor repair in Estherville. After a short period of time, Skinny & a partner opened D & E Electric in Emmetsburg -- specializing in large motor and generator repair.

In the mid-1960's after selling his partnership in D & E Electric, Skinny was employed by Camp Okoboji-Wahpeton, Hansen Clothiers & Dry Cleaning-Spencer and Crescent Beach-Wahpeton maintaining the resort for 16 years.

Concurrently in the late 60's, he built a cottage in Breezy Heights-Wahpeton on Emerson Bay. In the 70's he served as the Wahpeton Zoning Administrator.

After the death of his sister Ginny, his health concerns began to limit his mobility. In 2006 he moved to WEL*Life-Spirit Lake and after several hospitalizations spent his last months in Hilltop Care Center-Spirit Lake. Skinny departed this life at noon on Sunday, March 2, 2008, at Lakes Regional Healthcare.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church-Spirit Lake where he served as chairman and member of the Christian Education committee for many years. He was an enthusiastic supporter & advisor of JOY Camp. Skinny was a Life Member in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was active in the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister; and his sister, Virginia (Ginny).

Skinny is survived by a number of distant relatives and a legion of friends.

Turner Funeral Home of Spirit Lake is in charge of arrangements.