LaVerne R. "Rocky" Drexler(1931 - 2014)

LaVerne R. "Rocky" Drexler

LaVerne R."Rocky" Drexler, 83 of Marshfield died on Saturday morning, May 10, 2014 at the Marshfield Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at St. John's Catholic Church with Fr. Sam Martin officiating. Entombment will be in Hillside Mausoleum, Marshfield. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the American Legion Post # 54 of Marshfield.

Visitations will be from 4-8pm Monday, May 19th at Rembs Funeral Home and again on Tuesday at the church from 9:30am until service time.

LaVerne was born on February 2, 1931 in Marshfield to George and Florence (Vandeloo) Drexler. He graduated from Marshfield Senior High School in 1950.

He was united in marriage to Donna J. Bell on October 26, 1957 in Chippewa Falls.

LaVerne served in the US Navy from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1955. After his military service, he was a welder at Felker Bros. from 1955 until 1964. He then started the first Inhalation (Respiratory) Therapy Department at St. Joseph's Hospital in 1964 and worked there until 1974. He left St. Joseph's to do construction. He built six houses including the two homes he lived in, was a cabinet maker and all around "Mr. Fix-it" from 1974 until his retirement in 1996.

His number one hobby was Wood Carving. He could carve anything including horses, deer and birds...a talent he inherited from his Uncle John. His art was displayed at New Visions Gallery and the Marshfield Art Fair where he won numerous awards. His favorite thing to do was carve for his family and make Christmas ornaments...a different one each year...that he'd try his hardest to keep a secret.

He is survived by his wife Donna, children Daniel (Gail) Drexler of Hudson, David (Julie) Drexler of Marshfield and Dawn (friend Barry) Drexler of Marshfield; two grandsons Matthew and Zachary Drexler. Rocky is further survived by his sister Darlene (Ed) Heimerl of New Brighton, MN.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Drexler and a sister Virginia Kudzia.

Special Thanks to Corie and the staff at Wells Nature View, Ministry Home Hospice as well as the staff at Marshfield Care Center for their loving care of Dad in his final days.

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Funeral Home

Rembs Funeral Home
300 South Oak Avenue Marshfield, WI 54449
(715) 387-1242

Published in the Marshfield News Herald on May 17, 2014