Vernon G. Gunderson, age 77, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, to go to the Lord and into the waiting arms of his father, Glenn, mother, Rose, infant sister and brothers-in-law, Robert Cisewski and, Alton “Putsie” Semling.
Vernon was born April 5, 1934, in Chimney Rock, Wis., and later moved to Fountain City, where he met his loving wife, LaVonne (Grossell) of 54 years. They were married at St. Johns Catholic Church of Winona, Minn., on May 18, 1957.
Vernon graduated from Fountain City High School in 1951, and worked in Onalaska, Wis., building dikes throughout 1952. He entered the U.S. Army in 1953, and served in Japan. After his honorable discharge in 1956, he started working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Dredge William A. Thompson, starting in the kitchen, later becoming the Chief Engineer, and retiring as the Master/Captain in 1991.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fountain City, and the American Legion Post 56.
Vernon will be severely missed by his loving wife, LaVonne; four children: Randy (Linda) Gunderson of Mankato, Minn., Kim (Bob) Platteter of Fountain City, Wis., Kathy (Pete) Lowater of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Jackie (Mike) Pearson of Chippewa Falls, Wis., grandchildren: Tom (Rachel) Gunderson of Mankato, Minn., Mike Gunderson of Fargo, ND; Matt Platteter (Amber Kupietz) of Fountain City, Wis., Molli Platteter of Denver, Colo., Mackenzie Rendler; Adam Pearson; and Tori Pearson; all of Chippewa Falls, Wis., three great-grandchildren: Gavin, Emma, and Ian Gunderson; sisters: LaVonne (Rich) Mikrut of Winona, Minn., and Kay Semling of Winona, Minn., in-laws: Marilyn Schollmier, Deward (Patti) Grossell, Betty (Dan) McCorry, Mike (Jean) Grossell; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Honorary pallbearers will be the crew of the old Dredge William A. Thompson.
Memorial Mass will be Monday, January 2, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fountain City, with Reverend Brian Jazdzewski presiding. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass starting at 9:00 a.m. and after the Mass during the luncheon. Burial with full military honors by the American Legion Post 56 will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fountain City.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Fountain City.