Vern R. Meister, 79, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys.
Vern Richard Meister was born June 6, 1934, to Ernest and Lilla (Troge) Meister in Osage, Iowa. Vern graduated from Adams High School, Adams, in 1952. He served in the Army
during the Korean War
. Vern married Gail Kittelson on Sept. 27, 1953, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church in Austin. Vern worked for Thill Implement in Rose Creek, for 25 years and then owned and operated Meister Implement in Pine Island, until 1985. He later worked for Racine Implement, sold real estate and insurance until 2000. Vern also transported many vehicles for several local car dealerships.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, listening to talk radio, travel and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. Vern was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rochester, V.F.W
. Post 1215, and American Legion Post 92.
Vern is survived by his children, Melani Meister, Minnetonka and Darrin (Missy) Meister, Pine Island; three grandchildren, Sam, Max and Maggie; a great-grandchild, Layne; three brothers, Melvin Meister, Bella Vista, Ark., Luther (Ruby) Meister, Austin and Roy (Gladys) Meister, Bloomington; one sister, Daisy Larson, Onalaska, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Gail, three sisters and five brothers.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Ave. N.W., Rochester, with the Rev. Karna Hagen officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, and one hour before the service at the church.
Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Little Cedar Cemetery, Adams.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester MN, 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com