Vernon Louis Yager, age 91, of Waverly, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, at the Buffalo Hospital.
He was born Sept. 16, 1925, on the family farm near Waverly, the son of Louis and Meta (Wandersee) Yager.
A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Vernon was baptized Nov. 1, 1925, by the Rev. C.G. Seltz; and confirmed in his faith April 2, 1939, by the Rev. Eugene Seltz.
Vernon farmed his entire life, and during the Depression, he left home to work for area farmers, earning a salary to support his family.
Vernon was married to Mildred Krause Aug. 29, 1950. Their marriage was blessed with six children.
During the Korean War, Vernon was drafted into the army and served our country for two years.
Returning to the family farm, he and Mildred raised their family there as Vernon enjoyed working on the farm until retiring at the age of 78.
As important as the farm was to Vernon, it always took second to his family and faith.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Meta Yager; son Bradley; grandson Daniel; brother Alvin Yager; and sisters Meta Krohn, Erma Krohn, and Elda Hagelin.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of Waverly; children Kenneth (Lee Ann) Yager of Maple Lake; Kevin (Cheri) Yager of New Ulm; Allan Yager of Little Falls; Marlene (Greg) Rudenick of Buffalo; and Brian (Darlene) Yager of Cokato; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lila (Ron) Yager; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, followed by interment in St. James Cemetery on Dutch Lake. The Rev. Mark Loder officiated at the service, and Nancy Butterfass served as the organist.
Visitation will began at 9 a.m. at church Saturday, prior to the funeral service.
Vernon’s grandsons were his pallbearers: Peter Yager, Markus Yager, Jeff Yager, Paul Yager, Joseph Yager, Justin Yager ,and Cameron Rudnick.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake.