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Deacon Loren R. Yaeger

Deacon Loren R. Yaeger, age 72, of Delano, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008.

He was born Feb. 22, 1935, in Buffalo. Loren grew up and lived in the city of Delano his entire life.

While serving in the Marine Corps, he met and married his wife, Frances.

Loren chose a professional career as an electronic engineer with Qwest Communications Inc., and in 1979, he was ordained a deacon for the Catholic church. As a deacon, Loren served the community as an inspirational and caring leader.

He was diagnosed with ALS in fall 2003, and did all he could to live gracefully with such a degenerative disease. His belief in spirit was a miraculous gift that gave him such a sense of acceptance that it taught all who came in contact with him how to live and love in a way that transcends suffering and flourishes into grace.

Deacon Yaeger was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; sons Christopher and Thomas Yaeger; daughter Barbara and her husband, David Seehusen, of Rockford; grandchildren Angie, Brett, Scott, and Michaela Henning, and Andy Seehusen; and great-grandchildren Austin and Lily Henning.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano with the Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery. Military honor guard was provided by Delano American Legion Post 377, and religious honor guard by the Immaculate Conception Knights of Columbus Council 4653.

Casket bearers were Dick Arne, John Bongaarts, Jim Ditch, Richard German, Jeanne Kaiser, Judy Waddell, and Tammy Jarvi. Honorary bearers were Connie Botz, Stephanie Braith, Alice Fink, Marla Frach, Helen and Jack Gardner, Mary Grotz, Barb Janas, Gwen Kittok, Joan Kittok, Barb Merriman, Sandi Nelson, Norma Wandersee, Irene Gardner, and Renae Schleisman.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.