Verlene Agnes Flick, the daughter of Clarence and Agnes (Peper) Glaser, was born in Hartley, Iowa on August 18, 1931. She attended Hartley schools and graduated from Hartley High School in 1949.
On July 29, 1951, Verlene was united in marriage to Pete Flick in Hartley. Verlene did secretarial work for various offices in the O’Brien County Court House in Primghar, Iowa. During their first year of marriage, Pete and Verlene built their first home in Primghar while living with Pete’s parents for six months until their house was complete. It still stands today on highway 59, three houses north of Grace Lutheran Church. They lived there for five years and then began farming northeast of Primghar. In 1963, the family moved to Verlene’s parents’ farm southwest of Hartley where they spent most of their farm life. Their family included four children – Julie, Denise, Darwin, and Jill.
In 1983, Pete and Verlene retired from farming and built a home in Hartley. They enjoyed spending summer weekends with family and friends at Lake Okoboji. Verlene was proud to be a snowbird for many years at Valle del Oro in Mesa, Arizona where they danced, played cards and billiards, and had many coffees and parties. Verlene enjoyed her last two years at Morningside Estates Senior Living/CMHC Assisted Living in Hartley, sharing her days with her dear friend and companion, Merlyn Hennings.
Verlene was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar. She was blessed with a long life filled with family, friends, and many wonderful memories. She peacefully left this life on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at the age of 91. It was a special moment for their children to realize their parents were reunited on their wedding anniversary.
Verlene is survived by her children and their families: Julie (Tim) O’Brien of Aurora, CO, Denise Purdy of Rapid City, SD, Darwin (Michelle) Flick of Primghar, IA, and Jill (Gary) Purdy of Kearney, NE; eight grandchildren: Tyler (Nicole) O’Brien of Castle Rock, CO, James (Amanda) Purdy of Blair, NE, Kyle Flick, Katie Flick, and Kelly Flick of Hartley, Iowa; Jordan (Mike) Purdy and Jessica Purdy of Rapid City, SD, and Tiann Purdy of Kearney, NE; and five great-grandchildren: Colby and Chace Grengs of Castle Rock, CO, Matthew Staedtler of Rapid City, SD, and Lia and Jack Purdy of Blair, NE.