Verdayne Arnold Melbostad, 79, of Spring Grove, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Tweeten Healthcare in Spring Grove.

He was born July 4, 1934, the son of Arnold and Amy (Olson) Melbostad at the Spring Grove Hospital. He was baptized July 29, 1934, and confirmed May 30, 1948, at Waterloo Ridge. He graduated from Spring Grove High School May 28, 1952.

He was united in marriage to Judith (Judy) Tilleraas May 25, 1963, at Waterloo Ridge. They farmed on the Melbostad home farm until 1993. Mr. Melbostad was the custodian of the church from December 1974 to the time of his death. He was on the church board from 1999 to 2013. He worked for Northern Engraving from November 1987 to October 2006. The couple enjoyed square dancing for 30 years and the two were members of the Skyliner Polka Club from 1990 to 2013. He was a 50-year Sons of Norway member with Valheim Lodge 364 in Spring Grove, and served as president for 15 years. He and his wife also enjoyed going out to eat with friends on Friday nights.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; one daughter, Jodeen (Jack) Swinghamer of La Crescent; two sons, Robert Melbostad of Bloomington, Minn., and Steven (Sheila) Melbostad of Mabel; five grandchildren, Lindsay Passig (special friend Brian Klug), Kristen, Jack, Vance and Megan Melbostad; and five stepgrandchildren.

Also surviving is one sister, Ardis (Wayne) Meitrodt of Rochester, one niece and nephew, three aunts, and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, Orval and Evelyn Tilleraas, one brother-in-law, and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Waterloo Ridge Lutheran Church in rural Spring Grove with the Rev. Allen Hermeier officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.

Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove was in charge of arrangements.