Vernon Willmar Wendt, age 92 of Perham, MN, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021.
He was born in Perham, on May 30, 1928 to Alfred and Alma (Volkman) Wendt. Vernon was baptized on July 1, 1928 and confirmed June 14, 1942.
Vernon grew up on the family farm and after 8th grade, he went to work for local farmers and in the potato fields in North Dakota. In 1948, he began to work in Perham, for the Perham Co-op Oil. Vernon entered the US Army in January of 1948, serving on the front line in Korea, and was discharged in December of 1952.
On May 16, 1953, he married his special girl, Donna Meyer, and together they were blessed with five wonderful children. Vernon worked for Perham Co-op Oil for 30 years, Perham Co-op Creamery and Midland Co-op. After retiring in 1990, he sold real estate for 13 years and worked at Vergas Hardware for seven years. He was also the Financial Secretary of St. John’s Church, a life-long member of the American Legion and VFW, having served as Commander in both. Vernon also served as the Secretary Treasurer of Perham Coop Shipping Association, Corliss Town Board member and President of the Perham Chamber of Commerce.
Vernon enjoyed bowling, fishing, and deer hunting. His one goal in life was to build the Veteran’s Memorial at St. John’s Church, which was dedicated on May 29, 2016.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Donna; five children, Dianne Goosen of Perham, MN, DeLois (Rodney) Hendrickson of Quitman, TX, Darla (David) Ebersviller of Vergas, MN, Duane (Kathy) Wendt of Perham, MN, and Dawn (Steven) Johansen of Ashby, MN; 15 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Preceding Vernon in death were his parents, Alfred and Alma; brothers, Arlin and Eldred Wendt; one grandson and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church- Corliss Township in rural Perham. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Schoeneberger Funeral and Cremation Service of Perham www.schoenebergerfh.com 218-346-5175
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