Funeral services for Rick Verplancke, 72-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away Feb. 2 at his home north of Buffalo, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Summit Wesleyan Church in Buffalo with the Rev. William Dunlap officiating. Visitation was held Sunday at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Willow Grove Cemetery with private graveside services held by the family. Donations in Mr. Verplancke’s memory may be made to Johnson County Home Health in care of Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com.
Richard Julius Verplancke was born on June 8, 1946, in Fairview, Montana, to Julius and Margaret (Fleck) Verplancke and grew up on the family farm in Cartwright, North Dakota. He went to school in Cartwright and graduated from Fairview High School in Fairview, Montana, with the class of 1964. After high school, Rick was drafted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge from the Marines in November 1968. In the spring of 1969, Rick married Judi Buckley in Fairview, and they made their home in Williston, North Dakota, where they began their family. In 1975, he became the proud owner and operator of Verplancke Drilling, a company that drilled water wells. Rick and Judi were divorced in 1982. He was later married to LaVonne Sailer in Williston, North Dakota, and in 1988 Rick moved his family and business to Buffalo. He and Vonnie were divorced and, in 1996, Rick was married to Kathy Rasmussen and they later divorced. Rick never officially retired and lived in Buffalo until his death.
Rick loved to visit and tell stories about his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He found joy in watching old black and white Western movies. Rick was very proud of his family and they will greatly miss him.
Rick is survived by two sons, Shawn and his wife Judy, and Jim and his wife Jodi, all of Buffalo; two daughters, Jodi Verplancke-Davis of Casper, and JoAnn Karst of Fairview, Montana; one step-daughter, Minda Cahhal of Buffalo; one step-son, Shane Rasmussen of Shepherd, Montana; one sister, Bernadette Montange and her husband Don of Sheridan; and 15 grandchildren, Logan and Taya Verplancke, Tanner and Sierra Verplancke, Jerayah, Jaliegah and Jevon Davis, Jr., Miranda and Mariah Karst, Cade, Zane and Cassie Hengel, Natalie and Alex Cahhal, and Ella Rasmussen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and good friend, Judi Verplancke; and one sister, Julie Verplancke.