Verdayne Arnold Melbostad, 79, of Spring Grove, Minn., died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Tweeten Healthcare in Spring Grove. Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m., at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pastor Allen Hermeier officiated. Friends called Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove, and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Verdayne was born July 4, 1934, the son of Arnold and Amy (Olson) Melbostad at the Spring Grove hospital. He was baptized July 29, 1934, and confirmed May 30, 1948, at Waterloo Ridge. He graduated from Spring Grove High School May 28, 1952. He was united into marriage to Judith (Judy) Tilleraas May 25, 1963, at Waterloo Ridge. They farmed on the Melbostad home farm until 1993. He was the custodian of the church from December 1974 to the time of his death. He was on the church board from 1999 to 2013. He worked for Northern Engraving from November 1987 to October 2006. Verdayne and Judy enjoyed square dancing for 30 years and were members of the Skyliner Polka Club from 1990 to 2013. He was a 50-year Sons of Norway member with Valheim Lodge 364 in Spring Grove, and served as president for 15 years. Verdayne and Judy also enjoyed going out to eat with friends on Friday night.
Verdayne is survived by his wife, Judy; one daughter, Jodeen (Jack) Swinghamer of La Crescent, Minn.; and two sons, Robert Melbostad of Bloomington, Minn. and Steven (Sheila) Melbostad of Mabel, Minn.; Ffve grandchildren: Lindsay Passig (special friend Brian Klug), Kristen, Jack, Vance and Megan Melbostad; and five step-grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Ardis (Wayne) Meitrodt of Rochester, Minn.; one niece and nephew; three aunts and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Verdayne was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, Orval and Evelyn Tilleraas; one brother-in-law; and several aunts and uncles.