Rodney Willis Inberg was born in Hub City, Clay County, on Sept. 10, 1929 to parents William and Pearl Swedeen Inberg. He passed away on Aug. 6, 2013 in the Bethesda Nursing Home in Beresford.
Rodney attended Dalesburg Elementary School and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1947. During his youth, he worked for several area farmers; after high school he worked for his father in the Hub City Garage and for the Clay County Highway Department. Rodney was an outstanding baseball player. He played for the Vermillion Junior League team and the Hub City, Centerville and Beresford baseball teams. He entered the US Army in September 1951, taking training at Ft. Knox, KY, before being assigned to Korea in 1952 during the Korean War. In Korea, he served with the 25th Infantry Division where he participated in several major battles, including the infamous “Pork Chop Hill.” He distinctly remembered the night that the Armistice was signed to end the war … suddenly the shelling stopped, leaving an eerie silence. After leaving the Army in 1953 as a corporal, he again worked with his father a short time before moving to Sioux Falls.
Rodney married Audrey Skaff on 28 May 1955, in Sioux Falls. To this marriage they had two children, Karen and Rodney Jr. (Roddy). While in Sioux Falls he worked for Hutton-Tufty and attended Augustana College, and later worked at Sherwin-Williams and managed the Color Center Home Decorating business in downtown Sioux Falls. In 1968, he moved to Sacramento, CA, where he owned and operated the “Memories in Oak” furniture store. In 1998, he retired and he and his wife moved back to Beresford. In retirement, he enjoyed working on woodworking projects, his favorite being mantle clocks. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan … always listening to the games on
radio … he rarely missed a game! He was a member of the Dalesburg Scandinavian Association, the Alsen American Legion and the Beresford Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Rodney Jr. Inberg. He is survived by his wife, Audrey of Beresford; his daughter, Karen Inberg; his grandchildren, Jennifer and Eric Fong all of Elk Grove, CA; his sisters, Betty Dahlin of Lead, Connie Richards of Beresford; and his brothers, Ret. Col. Darlow (Delda) of San Antonio, TX, and Elliot (Nancy) of Bryan, TX; and several nieces and nephews, and many cousins.
Funeral services and burial was at the Dalesburg Baptist Church of rural Beresford/Vermillion at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, with visitation one hour prior to services.