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Vernon H. Uecker, 87

Vernon Helmuth Uecker, age 87, of Annandale, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003 at the St. Benedict Center in St. Cloud. He was a resident at the nursing home while struggling with Alzheimers.

Vernon was born May 16, 1916 the eldest son of Hubert and Elisa (Brandt) Uecker in Albion Township.

Vernon attended country school at District #114, which was located on his grandfather Albert Uecker's farm, which Vernon later purchased.

The Rev. Alfred Streufert baptized Vernon at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township June 4, 1916. He received his Christian instruction also at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and confirmed his faith Sunday, April 13, 1930, with the Rev. A. R. Streufert as the pastor. Vernon's confirmation memory verse was Genesis 15:1.

In the year 1937, Vernon and Pearl (Wolfsteller) were united in marriage. They were blessed with a daughter, Phyllis, and 10 years later a son, John. Vernon and Pearl celebrated their golden anniversary in 1987.

As a young man Vernon was employed by the Wright County Highway Department. In the early 1940s Vernon moved to Robbinsdale, as he was employed as a welder at Pioneer Engineering Company.

When his grandfather (Albert Uecker) chose to retire, Vernon and Pearl returned to Albion Township to commence farming. Farming was not just a job to him ­ it was his life. He was always eager to try the new methods of agriculture, especially the machines.

He was a member of the National Farmers Organization (NFO) for many years, and also had various offices in the NFO.

Life was never the same for Vernon after Pearl passed away in August of 1992, but he remained on the farm to end his final years.

Vernon was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church his entire life, during which time he had several positions on the church council.

Vernon is preceded in death by his parents Hubert and Elisa Uecker, wife Pearl, brother Marvin and Eldon Uecker, and sisters-in-law Lillian and Elvera Uecker.

He is survived by daughter Phyllis Koosman of Cambridge, son John (Cathy) Uecker of Annandale, grandchildren Carla Ann (Craig) Nelson of Braham, Charry (William) Marczewski of Roseville, Mark Koosman of Cambridge, Timothy Koosman of Isanti, JoAnn Uecker of New York, Chris (Clare) Uecker, Michael (Debbie) Uecker, Kurt Uecker, and Tricia Uecker, all of Annadale.

Vernon is further survived by great grandchildren Cybil (Ty) Walker, Emily (Jose) Clemente, Zachary (Jessica) Nelson, James Koosman, Toshina Koosman, Brittni Marczewski, and Brady Uecker; great-great grandchildren Kylie Walker, Chloe Walker, Carissa Clemente, and Benjamin Koosman.

Vernon is also survived by brother Harold (Lorraine) Uecker of Buffalo, sisters Gladys (Ted) Goerke of Brooklyn Park and Marian (Jacob) Oswald of California, sisters-in-law Irma Uecker of Annandale, Alice Wolfsteller of Howard Lake, Fern Yager of Waverly, Ruby Kammerer of Annandale, and Erna Wolfsteller of Howard Lake, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Vernon H. Uecker were Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township. The Rev. Leland D. Bendix officiated, and interment followed at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery.

Ruth Goerke was the organist for the funeral serivce, and the congregational hymns were "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "Joy to the World," and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

Alex Smoot sang "Edelweiss." Mary Ann Geisinger and Jane Mol sang "How Great Thou Art."

Visitation was Friday, Dec. 19 from 4 to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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