May 26, 1925 ~ February 13, 2013
LaVern Wendt, age 87, of New Hampton died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton surrounded by his family. LaVern Henry Wendt was born May 26, 1925 to Ernest and Hulda (Moeller) Wendt on the family farm near Frederika. He was a graduate of Frederika High School in 1944. After graduation he enlisted in the US Army on February 2, 1945 and received his honorable discharge on December 8, 1946. LaVern was assigned to the 363rd TC Harbor Craft Company in the Philippines. He received the Army of Occupation Medal Japan, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory medal and Good Conduct Medal. On March 29, 1948, LaVern married Ruth Steege at Peace Church in Fredericksburg. He worked at Skyline Harvestore of Nashua, Farmers Butter and Dairy in Fredericksburg, Rath Packing in Waterloo. LaVern farmed in the Fredericksburg and New Hampton areas until 1992 when he retired because of health reasons. He enjoyed Polka dancing, farming, traveling, cooking and spending time with his family. LaVern is survived by his four children, LaVonne (Wendell) Tank of New Hampton, Lynette (Gary) Rathbone of New Hampton, Merlin (Clara) Wendt of Roland, IA and Rhonda (Larry) Stange of Waucoma; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Wendt of New Hampton; Brother-in-law, Curt Bigelow of Decorah and brothers and sisters-in-law, Lyle (Darlene) Steege and Alice (Glen) Fenneman, both of Fredericksburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 34 years, Ruth; two brothers, Harley and Lynford; a granddaughter, Shelly Ann Stange and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Wendt and Wilma Bigelow. Cemetery: Burial will be held in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery near Frederika. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Friday, February 15, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Funeral services for LaVern will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating.