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Vernon "Vernie" Kehrmeyer Obituary
Kehrmeyer, Vernon "Vernie'

Vernon "Vernie" Kehrmeyer passed peacefully into Heaven on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved.

"At first, the angels stood behind his bed guarding his every breath. Later, when his breath began to fade, the angels hovered above him, gently lifting his spirit into the heavenly hands of God."

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in LeRoy with Fr. Tom Biersack presiding. A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 30 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church in LeRoy and also on Monday, March 31 from 9:30 until the time of the Mass at 11 a.m. at the church. Inurnment will take place at St. Andrew's Cemetery at a later date.

Vernon was born the son of Alvin 'Casey' and Rose (Gindt) Kehrmeyer on February 17, 1930, in LeRoy. He was united in marriage to Catherine Michalowski on October 7, 1950, at St. Brendan's in Brandon, WI. He farmed in LeRoy, he was an independent truck driver for 27 years and enjoyed a long career driving semi trailer for Michels Pipeline. He was an active member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church in LeRoy, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and also on the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Snowmobiling was a passion of Vernon's and he was a member of the LeRoy-Knowles Country Riders. He was also part of LeRoy's Athletic Club where he was a past baseball coach.

Throughout Vernie's life he maintained a humble, loyal, and fun-loving demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many. His signature gift of laughter, shown through his constant smiling, teasing, and joking around, touched the hearts of everyone who was lucky enough to know him. When he would walk into a room, it was as if the lights would magically turn on.

Vernie lived his life to the fullest, savoring and cherishing every moment, especially those that he was able to spend with his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Each and every one was a gift to Vernie. He beamed with pride and admiration each time one would walk into a room. He looked forward to their visits on warm summer afternoons so he could take them for a ride on his beloved golf cart, telling them stories, and always reminding them of how much he loved them.

Vernie's children were one of his greatest accomplishments. He loved the attention he would get from his seven children, many time vying for it by acting mischievously, always grinning from ear to ear with his infectious smile. He worked hard to provide for them and taught each of them the definition of being a loyal and devoted parent and spouse.

Some of his most treasured times were spent playing Sheepshead, Kings Corners and Poker with his family and friends. Vernie could always be found with a deck of cards in his hands, and although he will be missed dearly, we know that he is playing Sheepshead in Heaven with his brother in law and dear friend Edgar Bauer.

While Vernie loved many things in his life, nothing can compare to the love he had for his beautiful wife Catherine, of 63 years. He treasured her, adored her, revered her… His hand always found its way into hers, a constant reminder of how deep his love was for her.

Vernie and Cathy built an incredible and fulfilling life together, enjoying many activities, some of their favorites being long road trips and winter snowmobile outings. Vernie felt he was the luckiest man alive to have married his sweetheart; his best friend.

Vernon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine of LeRoy; his 7 children, Sharon (Tom) Hybke of Winchester, WI.; Linda Clancy of Sacramento, CA.; Mike (Mary) Kehrmeyer of Beaver Dam; Sandra Kehrmeyer (Randy Janowitz) of Parthenon, AR.; Lisa (Jeff) Collien of Waupun; Annette Kehrmeyer of LeRoy; and Brian (Jenny) Kehrmeyer of LeRoy; his 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Genevieve Luedtke, Earl (Betty) Kehrmeyer, Rosemary Pabich, Kathryn (Bob) Daugherty, and Donald Kehrmeyer; his in-laws, Lucille (Norm) Schweder, Betty Bauer, Yvonne VanRhyn, Howie Dunsmoor, Dorothy Michalowski, Pat Kehrmeyer. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Francis; and infant brother, Jerome; his sister, Adeline Lookman; his brothers-in-law, John Michalowski, Floyd Michalowski, Sylvester Michalowski, Edgar Bauer, Francis Pabich, Carl Lookman and Merlin Luedtke; his sisters-in- law, Marjorie Dunsmoor and Mary Kehrmeyer.

Koepsell Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Mayville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Mar. 28, 2014
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