Lavern L. Lohmann (1931 - 2014)

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INDEPENDENCE – Lavern L. Lohmann, 82, of Independence died Sunday morning, February 2, at his home.
Lavern was born on Aug. 2, 1931, in Waverly, the son of Emil H. and Lillie (Mensching) Lohmann. He was married to LaVon E. Ladage on Aug. 27, 1950 in the Grace Lutheran Church, Tripoli. On Feb. 7, 1967 Vern opened the "Vern's True Value Hardware Store" in Independence operating the store until Feb. 7, 1997 at which time his daughter and son-in law took over its operation. Lavern also operated the Lifts for People with Disabilities installing elevators thought out Northeast Iowa for 24 years prior to his retirement. Vern also served as an Reserve Sheriff's Deputy in Buchanan County for 10 years, drove school bus for the Independence Community School District, was a Boy Scout leader, past president of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, served as president of the Immanuel Lutheran Church Board, a Master of the Masonic Lodge, and a past member of the Lions and Jaycees.
He is survived by his wife; LaVon Lohmann, Independence, two children; Kevin (Sharon) Lohmann, San Clemente, Calif., and Tamara (Gordy) Fenner, Independence; six grandchildren; one great grandson; and a sister; Eleonora Vohsman, Waverly.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter; Terene Kremer, and a sister; Arlene Liddle.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Independence, with Rev. Greg DeBoer officiating. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Harlington Cemetery, Waverly. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, where a Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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Independence, IA 50644
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 3 to Feb. 22, 2014