LaVerne M. Nelson

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LaVerne M. Nelson, age 86 of New Hampton, IA passed away peacefully on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Funeral services for LaVerne will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, IA with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. Friends may greet the family at the church from 9:30-11:00 AM on Saturday prior to the services. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Mr. Nelson was born on May 25, 1932 to Emil and Eva Nelson in Fennimore, WI. After graduating from Richland Center High School, LaVerne served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Following his service he attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. On May 20, 1961, LaVerne was united in marriage to Mary Warren at Midvale Lutheran Church in Madison. The couple raised their three children in the New Hampton area, where LaVerne worked for Beatrice Cheese, Inc. He retired as the General Manager-Western Division at Beatrice in 1995. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving as the past president of the church council and sang in the Senior Choir. LeVerne also served on various boards in the community and was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the El Kahir Shrine. LaVerne enjoyed golf, traveling, fishing trips to Canada with family and friends and his annual hunting trips to Northern WI. His greatest joy were his grandchildren. Those left to cherish LaVerne’s memory are his wife, Mary Nelson of New Hampton; his daughter, Susan (Ross) of Frisco, TX; his two sons, Thomas Nelson of Jerome, ID and Stephen of Deerfield, WI; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Harriet and a brother, Meredith.

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  1. Lavern was one of the most sincere people I had the pleasure of working under when he was at Beatrice Cheese. Always had time to listen to what you had to say. Heartfelt condolences to the entire family!

  2. My condolences to Lavern’s family. I started at the creamery when it was still called Meinerz. He was by far one of the nicest men I ever had the privilege to know.

  3. Deepest sympathy to Mary, Tom, Steve, and Suz. La Verne was a great guy and always had a smile on his face, he will be missed. Hugs and prayers to all of you at this difficult time!
    Cindi & Jon Clark

  4. La Verne will be missed by so many,he was a very special guy.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Tom enjoyed spending time with LaVerne on the golf course and playing cards. Tom and Marian Gebel

  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Nelson family. I always enjoyed talking with and working with the telephone systems with Lavern at Meinerz creamery and other times also.

  6. Our deepest condolences to Lavern’s family. He was such a kind, soft spoken person. He will leave a spot in everyone’s heart that knew him. God bless you all at this difficult time

  7. Our sympathies to the Nelson familys. We echo the previous statements made about LaVerne. He was a true gentleman in every way; and it has been an honor to have had him as a friend and employer. He had a way of making you feel as though you were working with him rather than for him. He was the BEST! Ed and Ruth Burke

  8. Our sincere sympathy to Laverne’s family. May the Lord help you during this difficult time. Jack and Betty Gorman

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. LaVerne interviewed me back in 1968 and hired me to start immediately. He was a great leader, manager and friend. He always took the time to talk to people and never said anything negative about anyone or the company. He was always in good spirits. He will be truly missed by everyone. Larry and Carol Kuecker

  10. Dear Mary and family, Was so sorry to learn of LaVerne’s death this week. We extend our sympathy to all of you. LaVerne was such a Fair and caring man. He always had a friendly smile and handshake to share! Mom (Vivian) always said he was like having another Archie around, and made it so much a better place to work. May the Lord be with you and offer you comfort and strength in the coming days. Mark and Terry Wenthe

  11. Mary and Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed, as he always had a smile!

    Edna Schwickerath

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