Vernon Herman Duenow, 99, of Fergus Falls

Published 8:18am Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Updated 12:25pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Vernon Herman Duenow, 99, of Fergus Falls, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Broen Home in Fergus Falls.


He was born on Feb. 3, 1913, in Friberg Township, the son of George and Anna (Buchholz) Duenow one of ten children. Vernie was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church of West Friberg.

Growing up in Friberg Township, he attended country school District 66 and then continued to work on the family farm.

On Sept. 17, 1940, he married Ethel Wedin at the Battle Lake parsonage. The couple resided in Fergus Falls.

Vernie was active in the C.C.C. Camp in the thirties. He was employed at the Red River Melting Company, Fergus Flour Mill and Brewery, also Raymond Motors as a truck driver for 25 years.

He retired in 1973.

The couple were the parents of one son, Larry, and enjoyed 64 years of marriage. Vernie remained in his home on Vernon Avenue until the age of 99 with the loving care of the “McGuire” family as well as many others.

Vernie was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

His hobbies included selling collectibles and antiques. Vernie loved deer and duck hunting, having hunted in Alaska and Canada.

His favorite pasttime was playing horseshoe where he took part in several tournaments, both local and state. He also participated in bowling and the Duenow “Smear” card games.

Vernie and Ethel enjoyed many cruises as well as other travels. He loved his visits with family and friends and especially in his later years.

Preceding him in death were his parents, George and Anna; his wife, Ethel; his son Larry on Feb. 12, 2012; a granddaughter, Tabitha; five sisters, Esther Duenow, LaVern Krause, Irene Kolle, Lucille Anderson and Mildred Kolle; three brothers, Armin, Harold and Walter.

His family includes his daughter-in-law, Evangeline “Van” Duenow of Savage; a granddaughter, Tammy Lang of Vidor, Texas; a great-grandson, Brandon (Ashley) Lang of Savage; a brother, Edwin of rural Fergus Falls; a sister-in-law, Lila Duenow of rural Fergus Falls and brother-in-law, Russell Anderson of rural Rothsay; and numerous nieces and nephews who were very special to him.

Vern will always be remembered for his appreciation of what life could offer. His devotion to his family and loyalty to his friends will be a constant reminder of his spirit and zest for life. He will forever remain a part of many people’s lives today and in the days to come.

Visitation: Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m., at the church, and one hour prior to the service

Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, West Friberg

Clergy: Rev. Noel Herr

Burial: Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery

Funeral Home: Faith and Hope Funeral Home, Fergus Falls

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