Vernon Evan Faaberg

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Vernon Evan Faaberg ST. GEORGE, SC - Vernon Evan Faaberg passed away peacefully on Monday August 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro, SC. A native of Madison, Minnesota, Vernon "Vern" Faaberg was born on April 27, 1924 to Henry Richard Faaberg and Musetta Barrett Faaberg. He was a member of the Madison High School Class of 1942 and a member of their varsity football team his senior year. Like many of the patriotic young men of his generation, Vern volunteered for service in the United States Army in the summer of 1943. After basic training, the Army sent Vern to engineering school in Dayton, Ohio before shipping him off to fight the Germans in the fall of 1944. He hit the front lines as a Private First Class in the 9th Army under General Simpson. Vern served with courage and distinction, surviving multiple sustained and intense clashes with German armored, artillery, and infantry units. He was awarded the Purple Heart twice for shrapnel wounds received during combat. At one point his wounds were serious enough that he was sent to London, England for a period of medical treatment and recovery. The dangers of combat followed him there, because the Germans sent a V-2 rocket that exploded and narrowly missed the airport as he landed. When finally he returned to his unit in March of 1945, Vern learned that most of the men in his platoon had been killed, wounded, or captured in his absence. Vern continued his service in Germany after the war and during the occupation until January of 1946 when he came home. In the fall of that year he entered the University of Minnesota under the GI Bill. One evening in the fall of 1947, Vern went out to a dance hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While he was there, he asked a young lady to dance. That evening Miss Lorraine Johnson from LeRoy Minnesota was second in line, but Verne asked her to dance and she was first in line ever since. The two were married at the "U" on November 26, 1948, and continued to love listening to big band music and swing dancing for the rest of their lives together. Vern was a 1950 graduate of the University of Minnesota and a 1956 graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. After law school, he worked as a claims adjuster for USF&G Insurance until 1963, when he established his own private law practice in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In addition, he was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1986. Vern continued in the practice of law until his retirement in 2005, and was well renowned for his common sense approach to complex legal matters, and his service to the community. He was also a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, and the Shriners. Vern loved to fish, hunt, and boat with his family. He lived on Lake Minnetonka, and cherished his daily pontoon boat trips out onto the lake with members of his immediate and extended family. One of his favorite habits was to wake the kids up at dawn and take them for a water skiing trip on a glassy waveless lake. Every Spring Vern and his family migrated to northern Minnesota for the opening day of walleye fishing season. When he was not fishing or out on the lake, Vern was a dedicated Vikings fan. He usually bought season tickets at the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington and dragged his frozen but cheerful family with him to every game in their snowmobile suits. Skol Vikings Forever Vern! Vernon Faaberg was preceded in death by his father Henry Richard Faaberg, his mother Musetta Barrett Faaberg, his brothers Orville, Richard, and Eugene, and his sister Ione. He is survived by his beloved sister Betty Lou Faaberg Carter. Vernon Faaberg is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine Elizabeth Johnson Faaberg; his son, Jeffrey Evan Faaberg, and his daughter, Valerie Ellen Faaberg Pitel. Vern is also survived by his grandchildren, Tina Marie Faaberg Sutter, Melissa Lee Faaberg Hoepner, Jeffrey Evan Faaberg, Jr., Carrie Brooke Faaberg, James Erik Faaberg, Joshua Ethan Faaberg, Kate Elizabeth Bymark, and Alexandra Lorraine Pitel. His surviving great-grandchildren are Jackson Burgen Hoepner, Owen Michael Hoepner, and Wesley Evan Hoepner. He is also survived by numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services will be scheduled to follow in Mound, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the , the , the National World War II Memorial and Shriner's Hospitals. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Aug. 29, 2014
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