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Vernon A. Mack

Vernon A. Mack, 98, of rural New Ulm, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at his home. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, with Pastor Donald Sutton officiating. Burial with full military honors conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm, and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Thursday. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for the family, go to Vernon is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Gyberg, Susan (significant other Bob Bezdichek) Dyre, Debra (Linus) Tauer, and Barb (significant other Mike Zumberge) Kehn; grandchildren, Dawn (Brandon) Gunsalus, Dana (Kris) Swanson, Scott Dyre, Cindy Dyre, Kari (Jason) Fritz, Tina (Steve) Cariveau, Terri (Dan) Schmidt, Justin Tauer, Travis (Tarissa) Tauer, and Cole Tauer; great grandchildren, Lindsay (Tyson) Weber, Alison (Tony) Willers, Tyler Brands, Katie (Mark) Van Aartsen, Codie (Cristina) Swanson, Jordin Swanson, Nick Blumhofer, McKenzie Dyre, Kobe Dyre, Addison Virnig-Dyre, Abegale Heimkes, Emily Heimkes, Preston (Tessa) Bauer, Brittany( Joel) Szczepanski, Autumn Bauer, Tessa Tauer, Elizabeth Tauer, Emma Tauer, Sayla Tauer and Deegan Tauer; and great-great grandchildren, Reagan Willers, Nolan Weber, Reece Weber, Jayce Van Aartsen, and Jayden Blahowski. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille in 2012; his parents; a granddaughter, Kelly Dyre; a great-grandson, Bo Dyre; great-great-grand-daughter, Angel Tauer; brother, Orlin; and sons-in-law, Barry Dyre and Dennis Gyberg. Vernon Armin Mack was born on Dec. 11, 1921 in New Ulm to Armin and Adelheid (Wendland) Mack. He graduated from New Ulm High School in 1940. Vernon then served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944-1946. He served in France as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. On Oct. 24, 1946 Vernon was united in marriage to Lucille Harmening at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. In 1946 he moved to the farm in Cottonwood Township and farmed all his life. He resided there until his death. Vernon was a Grade A dairy farmer, and also worked at Concordia Lanes for 20 years. He bowled until he was 91 and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame. Vernon and Lucille traveled to 46 states during their 65 year marriage. He loved mushroom hunting, fishing, and taking vacations with his children and grandchildren. Vernon also enjoyed playing Yahtzee and won the travelling trophy many times. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post #132, and the VFW. Memorials are preferred to Allina Hospice of New Ulm or St. Paul’s Evangelical Church.

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