LaVerne Myer, 83, of Weston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
LaVerne was born in a log cabin on the family farm in Beans Eddy on September 29, 1934 to Harry and Clara (Handschke) Myer. Around 1942 the family moved to the Kronenwetter area where they mainly raised sheep and bees. Dad always talked about his pet skunk that lived with the cats and cows in the barn. He attended Paine School in his early years, then Rothschild and D.C. Everest Senior High. The family later moved to Wausau.
On July 14, 1956, LaVerne married the love of his life and soul mate, Marlene Lipke, in Baraboo, WI, and was blessed with over 61 years of marriage. Together they raised two children; a son, Harry, and a daughter, Sheryl.
LaVerne served as a medic in the National Guard from 1955-1959 and in the Army Reserves from 1959-1963.
LaVerne retired from the Rothschild Paper Mill in 2000 after 45 years of service. He also had many part-time jobs in grocery stores, building homes, and cleaning at River Valley State Bank with his wife.
Attending church and singing in the choir were very important to LaVerne. He began singing in the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau and continued on when they joined Mount Calvary in Rothschild. He was also on the dartball team.
LaVerne had many interests and hobbies over the years. He loved to go camping with his family, spending summers Up North on Buffalo Lake with family and friends, visiting with family, telling stories and jokes, fishing (especially ice fishing), hunting, snowmobiling, feeding the birds, squirrels, and anyone else who came to visit. Since 1970, LaVerne loved to make jigs from start to finish and later, Marlene joined in.
They also traveled to many places throughout the country, noting the favorites as Hawaii, Nova Scotia, and Alaska. He enjoyed getting together with friends to play cards and dice games with weekly fish fries and Sunday brunch.
LaVerne’s family was very important to him and he always looked forward to seeing them when they came to visit and spending holidays with them.
LaVerne is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; son, Harry (Julie), Weston; daughter, Sheryl (Steven) Kuehmichel, Wausau; grandchildren, Tanya (Tim) Mitchell, Wisconsin Rapids; Adam (Angie) Pelot, Zimmerman, MN; Randy (Jasmine) Myer, Kronenwetter; Caylee (Dillon) Nichols, Wausau; Danica (Brittney) Myer, Kronenwetter; Chad (Kristin) Kuehmichel, Middleton; Ashley Kuehmichel, Wausau; 10 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.
LaVerne is preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, one brother, and a grand-daughter, Brooke Pelot; along with his beloved pets, Fritzie and Puffy.
We would like to thank dad’s neighbors, staff at St. Clare’s, the nurses, doctors, and chaplains in the ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and especially Pastor Block and the staff of Brainard Funeral Home for helping our family with Dad’s care. We are so blessed to have you all.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 503 Schmidt Avenue, Rothschild. Rev. Rich Block will officiate. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.