Funeral services for Velma Burkinshaw were held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Clausen Funeral Home, Burke, SD, with
Pastor Russ Grim officiating
Casket bearers were Ryan Burkinshaw, Evan Burkinshaw, Spencer Hart, Stewart Hart, Russel MacFarlane and Peder Moluf.
Interment was in the Spotted Tail Cemetery in Jamison, NE. Clausen Funeral Home in Burke, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
Velma June Inglett was born on June 26, 1936, to parents Noble Inglett and Viola (Smith) Inglett. She grew up on the Inglett ranch near Lucas, SD, and became an assistant to her father in raising and selling registered Hereford cattle.
Velma attended elementary school in a one-room country schoolhouse near her parents’ ranch. Velma’s mother, like that of her future husband, had been a teacher. Velma attended high school in Burke, SD, where she graduated in 1954. She worked for a time at the Missouri Valley Insurance Agency. She married Neil Burkinshaw of rural Jamison NE, on August 1, 1955.
Velma became the mother of four children - giving birth to all of them within a six-year period.
Velma loved to watch calves frolic, butterflies in the garden, dragon flies at stock dams.
In summer, Velma would go out in the cool of the evening, water her flowers, and have a peaceful time, no matter how stressful the season of life. Many neighbors and friends were recipients of the beautiful flower arrangements she crafted from her garden.
In addition to the responsibilities that are common to a wife and mother, Velma became a partner to Neil in his ranching endeavor, checking on the cows at all hours of the day and night during calving season, feeding hay, herding cattle on her horse Smokey, wielding a branding iron.
Velma loved spending time with each of her grandchildren and introducing them to the unique wonders of the ranching lifestyle.
Velma was preceded in death by her son, Bryan, by her husband, Neil, and by five of her six siblings.
She is survived by sons Dana and Clark; daughter Lisa Hart; sister, Lila Baez; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.