Vernon A. Ohrt, age 90, of Montrose, formerly of Waterloo, IA, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
He was born May 18, 1924, in Vinton, IA, to Albert and Mildred (Smith) Ohrt.
Vernon was united in marriage to Ilma Potter Oct. 16, 1949, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Waterloo, IA.
The couple began their life by farming near New Hartford. Vernon also worked at Rath Packing as a meat cutter. He retired in 1986.
Vernon was active in the St. Paul United Methodist Men’s Club. He was named Man of the Year in 1995. He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workmen of America.
Vernon was a Red Cross blood donor for many years; accumulating over 5 gallons of donated blood.
Vernon and Ilma were members of the Square Dance Club. They loved to travel the country with dear friends, Helen and Jim Ustler, as well as family fishing trips and playing 500. In addition, Vernon enjoyed playing the harmonica.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilma; parents; brothers Russell, Keith and an infant brother; and a sister, Arlene.
Vernon is survived by a son, Duane and Pam Ohrt of Oelwein, IA; daughter Ardith Ohrt of Montrose; five granddaughters: Jennifer and Dr. Michael Anderson of Huntsville, AL, Jessica and Pat Swaab of Maxwell, IA, Jonnika and Gary Kubert of St. Paul, and Jolissa Ohrt and Jorianne Ohrt of Oelwein, IA; and nine great-grandchildren: Carter, Eisley, Caden, Addison, Gracen, Gage, Gaven, Eli, and Nolan.
He is further survived by a sister, LaVonne Ohrt; brother Carl (Marilyn) Ohrt; many nieces and nephews; and adopted family in Minnesota: Dr. Curtis Whistler, Dr. Scott Jensen and the staff at Catalyst Clinic, and Dr. Kevin White; Clem and Jean Matter and family of Delano, Herb and Theresa Ludwig of Montrose, Julie, Joe and Cory Ludwig, Brian and Pam (Henry) Neaton, Irene Woitalla, John Woitalla, Jim and Fudge Woitalla, Char Driver and family, Harry “Dog” McDonough, Don Marketon, and special caregiver Jennifer and Al Babatz.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.