Della Gimbel

Della Gimbel, 92, of Highmore and formerly of Ree Heights, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Highmore Health.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller with Pastor Matt Richards officiating. Burial will follow at the Morningside Cemetery, Ree Heights. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 3, 2015 at the church.

Della was born March 1, 1923 near Ree Heights to Thomas and Vesta (Miller) Melvin. She attended grade school in the Ree Heights area. On February 28, 1942 she was united in marriage to Reuben Gimbel at Lake Benton, Minnesota. She lived the rest of her life on a farm North of Ree Heights. In June of 2005, she became a resident of the Highmore Health.

Raising her nine children and helping on the family farm kept Della busy. She sewed all the clothes for the family and enjoyed quilting in her free time. She was a member of the Greenleaf Methodist Church and later the First United Methodist Church in Miller.

Her memory will be cherished by her three daughters: Vesta (Jay) Christensen of Mitchell, Patricia (Brent) Phinney of Sioux Falls, and Stella (Dennis) Brown of Burkburnett, TX; three sons: Emanuel Gimbel of Rapid City, Melvin (Jan) Gimbel of Ree Heights, and Delton (Shirley) Gimbel of Ree Heights; one son-in-law, Ronald Selken of Sioux Falls; 17 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and three sisters: Elise Pigney of Rapid City, Gladys Nye of Pierre, and Lu Brown of Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mom, Fay (Rodman) Melvin; husband in 1980; three children: Reuben, Jr., Paulina Selken, and Ruby Oldfield; one son-in-law, Ronald Oldfield; one granddaughter, Tara Brown; one brother, Orr Melvin; two sisters: Elizabeth Greiner and infant, Stella Melvin.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Della’s arrangements.


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