Vern Riebe, 78

LaVerne “Vern” Wilfred Riebe, age 78, of Dassel, died Sunday, May 7, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

He was born March 31, 1939, in Grafton Township, Sibley County, the son of Wilfred and Lillie (Steck) Riebe. LaVerne was baptized and later confirmed in the Christian faith.

He graduated from the Litchfield High School in 1957. Following high school, Vern was inducted into the United States Air Force, where he served during the Cuban Missile Crises.

Vern was united in marriage to Judy Nordlund at Winthrop. The couple made their home in Darwin, and later Dassel.

Vern had worked for numerous years as a chief operating engineer at the Litchfield Power Plant. He later joined the local 49 union and helped build several Minnesota landmarks; the IDS building, the Mall of America, the Becker power plant, and the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant.

Vern had his pilot’s license and was one of the founding members of the Litchfield Civil Air Patrol. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, enjoyed competitive trap shooting at the Darwin Rod and Gun Club (where he was a member), and Gopher Campfire in Hutchinson.

He would often be found at garage sales and local flea markets looking to add to his fishing pole collection or his collection of watches and clocks. Vern loved his family dearly, and enjoyed spending time with them for holidays and other special events.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Riebe of Dassel; children, Bruce (Mary Beth) Riebe of Isanti, and Caryn (Greg Pieske) Riebe of Big Lake; two grandchildren, Dana Riebe and Erik Riebe; and two brothers, Harvey (Kattie) Riebe, and Steve Riebe, all of Darwin.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Duane Riebe, Donald “Butch” Riebe, and Dennis Riebe; and two sisters-in-law, Terry Riebe, and Diane Riebe.

Vern’s funeral service took place Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment followed at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

There was visitation Friday evening, May 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, continuing Saturday, one hour prior to the service.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.

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