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Vernie W. Kinneman, 71

Vernie Wayne Kinneman, age 71, of Hutchinson, formerly of Erhard, MN, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at his residence.

He was born July 9, 1937, in Erhard, the son of Bernard and Grace (Bakeman) Hoffman. Vernie attended school district 161.

Vernie enlisted in the US Marine Corp in 1956, and served as lance corporal in San Diego, CA. He was honorably discharged in 1960.

He married Janice Weeks, and they were the parents of four sons: Vernon, James, Terry, and Randy.

Vernie owned and operated the Norwalk Towing Company, and was also employed at H.P. Towing in California for several years.

He relocated to Minnesota, where he was employed at the Otter Tail County Detention Center as a guard, Rosenblatts, and Medallion Kitchens in Fergus Falls as a supervisor.

He married Millicent Lynn Snyder June 22, 1974, in Lake Tahoe, CA. The couple were the parents of one son, Wayne.

Vernie and Millicent resided in California before returning to Minnesota, where Vernie was employed at Medallion Kitchens in Waconia as a plant manager, supervisor for 20 years.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, horseshoes, bowling, and his love for dogs, especially his “little buddy,” Buckshot.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Reuben; and sisters, Rose Marie, Bernadine, and Delores.

Vernie is survived by his wife, Millicent of Hutchinson; five children, Vernon, James, Terry (Cyndi), Randy, and Wayne (Jennifer); 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Rosalie “Rosey,” (Lloyd) Peasley, Patricia “Patty” (Randy) Erickson, Roberta Franks, Charlene (Coy) Merrill, and Betty Ann Hull; brothers Johnny Hicks and Robert “Bob” (Violet) Pourrier; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

The funeral service was Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m. at Maplewood Lutheran Church of rural Erhard, with the Rev. Paul Burr officiating, and visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by Faith & Hope Funeral Home of Fergus Falls; online condolences and video tribute: www.faithhopefh.com