Vernon Richard Dettmer, 86, of Avoca died Nov. 17, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

Vernon Richard Dettmer, 86, of Avoca died Nov. 17, 2013 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 6, 1927 east of Avoca in rural Cass County to William and Hattie Dettmer. He married Patricia Roloff on June 2, 1948 at Christ Lutheran Church in Louisville, Neb.

    In his lifetime, Vern farmed, owned his own construction company and was a professional BS’r.  He loved the community of Avoca.  He served on the Avoca Village Board, was a member of the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department, co-founder of the Avoca Quack Off, and was recently nominated as President of the Avoca Golf Cart Association.

    Vern enjoyed being outside with nature, hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and all of his friends both young and old.  He never met a stranger and loved sharing his stories.

    He is survived by his children Bill (Dawn) Dettmer, Nancy (Mike) Bose, Steve (Christy) Dettmer and Nadine (Gary) Kreifels; 18 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; family members Harvey (Myldred) Dettmer, DonnaBelle Dettmer, Shirley Roloff, Lorenze (Janice) Roloff, Judy (Mike) Kuzeppa, Bill Worthan and extended family and friends.

    He was preceded by wife Patty, parents Bill and Hattie Dettmer, Emma and Lorenze Roloff; family members Elmer and Norma Jean Dettmer, Art Dettmer, Bill Roloff, Chuck Roloff, Naomi Worthan; grandson Shawn Dettmer and great granddaughter Hope Richardson.

    Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church (North Branch), rural Avoca, with Rev. William Dressen officiating.

    Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.  with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

    Interment will be in the First Lutheran (North) Branch Cemetery.

    Memorials may be directed to the family’s choice.

    Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, is in charge of arrangements.

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