Mass of Christian Burial for Verl V. Walking Elk, 46, of Kenel, will be at 11 a.m, CDT on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at the Catholic Church of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kenel with Fr. Jim Hoerter officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge. There will be a rosary service held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the church. Verl Walking Elk passed away on Aug. 4, 2017 in at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.
Verl Virgil and his twin brother Vernon were born on June 10, 1971 in Bismarck, N.D. to Elaine and the late Virgil Walking Elk. He graduated from Standing Rock High School in May 1988 as valedictorian of his class. He attended Northern State, North Dakota State and Sitting Bull College, earning a bachelor’s degree in education with an endorsement in special education. Verl taught in many elementary and high schools with a specialty in math. He was previously employed with the Standing Rock Head Start as the education manager until his failing health forced him into retirement.
Verl is survived by his mother, Elaine; brothers Lance, Sterling (Donna), and Kerby; adopted brothers Michael and Dusty Talley; sisters Eunice and Lavonne; adopted sisters Renae and Julie Talley; aunts, Germaine Demery and Shirley Poitra; uncles, Clayton (Faye) Left Hand and Clyde Walking Elk; many nieces, nephews, god-children, friends and relatives.
Preceding Verl in death is his father Virgil; brothers Al, Bobby, Maynard, Merle, Dean, Tad, Vernon; paternal grandparents Mark & Louisa (Bobtail Bear) Walking Elk Jr.; maternal grandparents George & Mary Jane (Poitra) Left Hand.
Casket bearers will be Jason St. John, Wade St. John, Dustin Marshall, Terry St. John, Kitt St. John, Trent Walking Elk, Dusty Talley and Marlon Martin.
Honorary casket bearers will be all of Verl’s friends, family and co-workers. Verl was blessed by so many who believed in him and loved him and are too numerous to mention. His family is very honored to those who shared his life.