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“You have our deepest sympathy. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Betty Guthmiller Shambo - Tucson, AZ

“We are sure Bing is in Heaven playing "31", telling 'one more story", and laughing with those who left this earth before him. He was always very...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Joyce Knutson - Kaw City, OK

“I came to know Bing more than 35 years ago, when I first came here to South Dakota to visit. That was before his sister Shirley and I were married. I...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Richard Berg - Burke, SD

“Bing was the closest to a cowboy I ever came. I was one very impressed city kid. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Jim Berg (Mary Kruger) - Saerell, MN

“I have So many fond memories of Bing. I loved going to see him when ever we were in S.dak, up until recently when I'd be at my mom's. He always had a...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Wendy - St. Bonifacius, MN

“A smile I will never forget, Uncle Bing's humor and wit was infectious. Although we live so far away Bing was always in my thoughs and prayers. Bing...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Troy Knutson - Cottage Grove, MN

“Elsie and family,We are so sad to here the passing of Bing. We always enjoyed his visits when home in Burke. Sharing stories of the past and what...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Bill Andersen - Phoenix, AZ


LuVerne (Bing) Allen Forsch, the second of 13 children and the oldest son born to Emil and Albina (Stroh) Forsch, was born September 2, 1934 in the family sod house on his Forsch grandparent's homestead near Burke, SD. This was his home until he married.

LuVerne attended grade school in the Klug School about a mile from their home—not too far for kids to walk to school and home. He graduated from Burke High School in 1953.

LuVerne's life was all about farming, playing baseball, hunting, fishing, bowling, dancing, and being the best mechanic in Gregory County—not necessarily in that order. He had many capabilities and talents. Whatever he did, it was done with perfection, his way.

After graduation, he drove truck for his uncle, Jake Forsch, played baseball, worked in the implement in Jamison for LuVerne Blake, played baseball, and farmed with his Dad in between work and playing baseball. During the dry years in '55 – '56 he worked for Archie Mullen, the IHC implement business in Valentine, NE where he met his future wife, Elsie.

The farm at home and baseball were always calling him. Time for spring planting found him back at the farm helping his dad and beginning to farm on his own—and playing baseball.

During his growing up years, many an evening after field work, LuVerne and his brother LaVonne (Pooch) spent fishing on Herrick Lake with their Dad in the old boat. Fall hunting season, he was somewhere trying to scare up a pheasant or duck or better yet in the blind out at Buryanek's waiting for the geese. Coyote hunting was any time any place.

He was drafted into the Army in 1958 and was stationed at Fort Carson, CO until 1960. While stationed there, he spent weekends touring Colorado or with Elsie at her brother's home in Denver.

After being discharged, he went back home to continue where he left off farming, hunting, fishing, bowling, dances on Saturday night—and BASEBALL. He completed his time in the reserves in 1964.

On August 27, 1961, LuVerne married Elsie Mildred Spracklen in the Methodist Church in Valentine, NE. They moved to Chadron, NE for one year where LuVerne worked for the John Deere Implement dealer while Elsie completed her last year of college. Then they relocated to south of Burke where LuVerne continued farming, hunting, fishing, bowling, Saturday night dances, and—you guessed it—playing baseball. He played baseball for 38 years, only to give it up because his knees refused to run bases anymore. He then coached for several more years.

LuVerne was a member of the Jamison United Methodist Church. He served on the school board, church committees, election board, Gregory County Pork Producers, and volunteer 4-H leader from 1972 until his health dictated otherwise. While in 4-H many years were spent taking the girls to the State Fair where a lasting, lifetime bond was formed with the Doll family. Leonard became the 'son' LuVerne never had.

In 1967 LuVerne was awarded the Gregory County Soil Conservation Award—a testimony to his farming which pleased him. He had a passion for farming and his Registered Horned Herefords.

The Forsch's lived on the Amy Allum place for ten years. During this time three daughters were born—Rhonda Renee, Rita Gail, and Rachel Lynn. They later adopted Rickie Allen. In 1970 they purchased the Ted Kahler place six miles south of Burke where they lived and farmed until present day. There they raised Registered Horned Herefords, hogs, sheep, chickens, kids, and grandkids. LuVerne taught all his 'kids' the ethics of work and play. LuVerne was always 'concerned' about HIS GIRLS and what was going on with them.

In 2011 LuVerne and Elsie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In 2014 he was very surprised for his 80th birthday with a party surrounded by family and friends.

LuVerne passed away May 22, 2015 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 80 years.

LuVerne is survived by his wife Elsie of Burke; daughters Rhonda Forsch of Murdo, and Rita Frank of Isabel; adopted family Leonard and Michelle Doll, Huron, SD (Ashley (Scott) Streitch of Sioux Falls, and Frank and Abram Doll of Huron); grandchildren Heidi (Scott) Goergen, Angela, Tony, Tate, and Tygh of Sioux Falls, Kimberly Miller & Aspen of Chamberlain, Patricia Frank (Brian Stein) of Rapid City, Specialist Sandra Frank (Chris Guggolz) of Eagle Butte, Specialist Michael Frank of Fort Bliss, TX, and Sidney Forsch of Spearfish; brother LaVonne (Laurie) Forsch, Billings, MT; sisters Verna (Dale) Aeschbacher, Winner, Marlene (Bob) Percy, Sioux Falls, Shirley (Dick) Berg, Burke, Bonnie Zellmer, Lincoln, NE, Jann Gessner, Oakdale, MN, Marj Schroeder, Fon du lac, WI, Joyce (Art) Knutson, Kaw City, OK, and Marlys Cardelli, Colombia Falls, MT; sisters-in-law Doris (Roger) Studney, Hager City, WI, Karen (Grant) Fuller, Madrid, NE, Luree (Jim) Smith, Valentine, NE; brothers-in-law Marvin Spracklen, Chadron, NE, and Verle (MaryAnn) Spracklen, Kearney, NE; and many nieces, nephews, special neighbors, and friends.

He was proceded in death by baby daughter Rachel, his parents Emil and Albina, Elsie's parents Frank and Irene Spracklen, sisters Karen Kay and Lorraine Forsch, brother Gary, brothers-in-law Ray Zellmer, Ted Cardelli, and Lowell Spracklen, and sisters-in-law Evelyn Spracklen and Ardis Spracklen.

The family is extremely grateful for the extra 'borrowed time' God granted them with Grandpa. They will forever remember—with a laugh—the instructions they were given in his final minutes about their duties at the farm.

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Funeral services for LuVerne Forsch of Burke, SD were held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Burke with Pastor Mark Turner officiating.

Michelle Doll was in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were his granddaughters.

Recorded music was "I Did It My Way" by Frank Sinatra, "Amazing Grace" by Elsie Forsch, "The Dance" by Garth Brooks, "Morning Has Broken" and "Softly and Tenderly" by Beverley Mahood, Giselle Sanderson, and Jim White.

Casket Bearers were Michael Frank, Daimon Forsch, Joe Aeschbacher, Scott Goergen, Tony Goergen, Tate Goergen, Tygh Goergen, and Leonard Doll.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Randy Martin,

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