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Vernon Elmer Greenhagen

Vernon Elmer Greenhagen, age 76, of Howard Lake, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2002.

Vernon Elmer Greenhagen, along with his twin sister, Vernice, was born on a farm north of Howard Lake Aug. 8, 1925, the son of Henry and Hilda (nee Zeidler) Greenhagen.

A life-long member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, he was baptized Sept. 29, 1925, by the Rev. C. G. Seltz and confirmed in his faith at St. James, also by the Rev. Seltz.

Vernon was united in marriage to Mildred C. Goede at Gethsemane Lutheran in Minneapolis March 29, 1952. In 50 years of marriage, they raised three children, two daughters and one son.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific. After he was discharged from the Navy, he worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad until his retirement in 1984. He also enjoyed working at the Wright County Fair.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Hilda Greenhagen; and four brothers, Howard, Donald, Arnold, and Alfred.

He is survived by his wife, "Mikel;" two daughters, Diane (Marty) Weber of Delano and Sandra Keiffer of Watertown; one son, Paul (Cherie) Greenhagen of Delano; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, four sisters, two brothers, eight sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 12, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.
Nancy Butterfass was organist. Interment was at the St. James Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Corey Weber, Sjohn Keiffer, Tony Persson, Dale Doering, Wayne Doering, and Paul Utne.

Honorary pallbearers were his remaining grandchildren, Tyler Greenhagen, Chase Greenhagen, Jesse Greenhagen, Tod Keiffer, Ryan Keiffer, and Cami Persson.

Arrangements were made by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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