Melvin Verbout, 91, Fargo, ND, passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021, in Villa Maria. Melvin Francis Verbout was born on August 19, 1929 in Argyle, MN to Hipploet and Hazel (Hill) Verbout. On September 18, 1951 he entered the Army. During his tour of duty, he completed the Course of Instruction in Cooking 10-E-18 on May 9, 1952. He was discharged to Fort Bliss, TX on September 18, 1953 and came back to Jamestown, ND. He graduated from Dakota Business College in 1955. He worked for Foremost Dairies for 1 year. Melvin successfully completed the Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations in 1966. He then moved to Fargo, ND and worked for Cass Clay Creamery for 39 years. In 1991, Melvin received an award from the American Dairy Association for Outstanding Service to the Clay County, as well as a Certificate of Achievement from the U.S. Army Central Command 22nd Support Command (TAA) for contributions made in support of the Army’s citizen-soldiers serving in Desert Shield and operation Desert Storm. Melvin retired in 1993 as Vice President of Procurement for the company. He married Irene Sunsdahl on September 15, 1951 in Goodridge, MN. They owned and operated the A&W Restaurant in South Fargo for about one year. Melvin and Irene were charter members of Nativity Catholic Church and Melvin was also a member of the American Legion. Melvin is survived by his children: Dianna Verbout, of Fargo, ND, Wanda (Terry) Pass of New Ulm, MN, Cheryl (Dean) Viestenz, of Fargo, ND, Scott (Amy) Verbout, of Richfield, MN; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and siblings: Eileen (Harold) Miller, of Moorhead, MN, Grace (Ralph) Rundell, of Grygla, MN, Delores (Connie) Gracier, of Denver, CO, and Wayne (Marie) Verbout, of Grygla, MN.

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  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of Mel Verbout. I worked with him at Cass Clay Creamery for many years and had much respect for him. Rest in peace Mel. 🥛🐄

  2. We were fortunate to have Melvin and Irene as our neighbors for over 50 years.
    Due to prior commitments, we will be unable to attend Melvin’s funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. May God bless all.

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