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Vern A. Braness, 94

Vern August Braness, age 94, of Dassel, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at his home while under wonderful care by the Litchfield Area Hospice.

He was born Aug. 9, 1917, in Lac Qui Parle County to August and Emma (Enger) Braness. Vern grew up in the South Dakota and Minnesota areas and attended Mehurin Township school.

He joined the army in 1941, and in 2003, Vern received the Jubilee of Liberty Medal in appreciation for his time served during the Normandy Invasion in 1944. He was very proud to serve his country.

Following his service, Vern moved to Darwin and stayed with his sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Al Bergeron.

Vern married Florence Walls Nov. 13, 1948, at the United Methodist Church of Litchfield. They raised their family in Darwin and Dassel, and were married for 62 years.

Vern had worked for Land-O-Lakes and Nelson’s Motors. He and his brother owned and ran a gas station in Darwin, and Vern also worked for Arco Auto Carriers of Wisconsin for 21 years.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and visiting with family and friends.

Vern is survived by his wife, Florence; children, Barb (Henry) Lies of Darwin, Vernon (Tammy) Braness of Indianola, IA, Nancy (Dean) Schmitz of Dassel, Betty (Ron) Olson of Cokato, Robert (Eva) Braness of Dassel, and Beverly Rucks of Litchfield; sister Elvira Heinrich of Dawson; sister-in-law Idella Braness of Madison; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter and son-in-law Alice and Richard Wakefield; four brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Litchfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Kerr officiating. Interment was in the Lake Ripley Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield, and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements were by the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield; online guest book at www.johnsonhagglund.com.