Vernon G. Lauer, 86, of Winter and formerly of Hayward, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at Pigeon Falls Health Care Center.
Vernon Gene Lauer was born June 13, 1933, in Lake Villa, Illinois, the son of Clarence and Pearl (Powis) Lauer. Vern was raised in Gurnee, Illinois, and attended school in that area. He graduated from Warren High School in Gurnee and then joined the U.S. Army on June 1, 1953. Vern served for two years during the Korean War and earned the National Defense Service Medal. After his honorable discharge on May 31, 1955, Vern returned to Illinois, where he began a career in machine repair for Johnson Motors. Vern worked for Johnson Motors until his retirement in 1983. He moved to Hayward in 1987 to pursue his passion for fishing. He also worked for Northern Lakes Co-op and Tony’s Fireside Restaurant in the Hayward area. For over 60 years of his life he enjoyed family fishing trips to Canada. He was an avid fisherman, reader of western novels, telling fishing stories, and was an avid Green Bay Packers and Chicago White Sox fan.
Vern is survived by his children, Steve (Jessica) Lauer of Chetek, David Lauer of Osseo, Jeffery (Jeanne) Lauer of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Paul Lauer of Kenosha, Bryan (Marissa) Lauer of Chicago, Bridget (Christopher) Lauer of Glen Gardner, New Jersey, Mark VanHoutum of Chicago and Kristie Bleers (Paul) of Naperville; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Ronald, Lester, Warren, Tom and Norman Lauer; and one sister, Elaine Shook.
A funeral service celebrating Vernon’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hayward Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
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