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C. Vernon Smith

C. Vernon Smith, 84, of LeSueur, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 at the Minnesota Valley Health Center.

He was born July 19, 1919, near Howard Lake to Charlie and Mary (Patrick) Smith. He graduated from Howard Lake High School and the University of Minnesota.

He entered the US Army during World War II and served in Europe and was at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He served in the Second Infantry Division in the Army band, and as an interpreter and medic.

Vernon taught for a time at Marshall University High School at the U of M, and in 1951 moved to LeSueur where he taught music until retiring in the late 1970s.

He married Allegra Lunde Aug. 25, 1951. She preceded him in death in 2001.

He was a member of the LeSueur United Methodist Church and had been a choir member and director, as well as church organist. He and his wife were part of a recorder ensemble and had been named LeSueur County Outstanding Senior Citizens, as well as being named Grand Marshall's of the Giant Celebration in LeSueur.

He was a member of the VFW, St. Peter Choral Society, Rotary, Hospice board member and volunteer, Historical Society member, and a volunteer to many groups.

Vernon is preceded in death by his wife, and brother James.

He is survived by his son Allyn (Kaye) Smith of Shoreview, daughters Carla Smith of Bemidji and Molly Smith of Mankato, three grandchildren: Adam Charles Smith, Erin Elizabeth Smith, and Julia Marie Smith; brother Richard (Phyllis) Smith of Ridgewood, N.J., and sister Mary (Paul) Milbrandt of Sycamore, Ill.

Funeral services was Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, a 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in LeSueur. Visitation was Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home in LeSueur, and one hour prior to the services at the church Saturday.

Interment will be in the Mound Cemetery at LeSueur.

Military honors will be provided by the LeSueur Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with Kolden Funeral Service of LeSueur.

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