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LA CRESCENT, Minn. — La Vern W. Cass, 92, of La Crescent died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse.

He was born in La Crosse Aug. 16, 1925, to Henry and Corabell (Walker) Cass. Vern lived his entire life in La Crescent, except for the time spent in military service. He attended Central High School, graduating at the age of 16 in 1942. Selective service called his number and Vern enlisted in the U.S. Navy, proudly serving his country until his honorable discharge in May of 1946. On Nov. 16, 1969, Vern married Marilyn Wiskow at Trinity Lutheran Church in La Crosse.

Following his military service, he worked for Allis Chalmers Manufacturing in the farm equipment division for 23 years. Other places of employment included Thern Inc. of Winona, Minn., Northern Engraving, Outers Labs and St. Francis Medical Center. In addition to his regular employment, Vern also worked in sales for Tri State Monument Company since 1955.

Vern had served as the president of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery Assn. for 14 years and was very instrumental in its establishment. He was also a 72-year charter member of the Gittens Leidel American Legion Post 595, La Crescent, the Morning Star Masonic Lodge 29 of La Crescent and the Order of the Eastern Star. Vern will be remembered by many as an accomplished author whose engaging stories captivated readers over the years. He was also instrumental in publishing several service and safety manuals for industry.

In addition to his wife, Marilyn of La Crescent, he is survived by one son, Roger (Helene) Wiskow of Roseau, Minn.; grandson, Darren Wiskow of Dillworth, Minn.; granddaughter, Denise (Michael) Montgomery of Dillworth; and great-grandchildren, triplets, David, Kevin and Oliver, and Piper Montgomery, also of Dillworth; one sister, Lavena (Jim) Brady of Melrose; and one brother, Delbert Lee (Connie) Cass of Owatonna, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to recognize and extend thanks to Dr. Win C. Hlang, Dr. T. Scott Cunningham and the staff at Mayo Clinic Health System La Crosse.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent. Pastor Kent Johnson will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Prince of Peace Cemetery, rural La Crescent. Friends may call on the family from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services La Crescent Chapel, 111 Oak St. S., and again from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Online guestbook may be signed at www.schumacher-kish.com.

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