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Obituary: Deacon Luverne ‘Vern’ Anderson, 79

Deacon Luverne “Vern” Lee Anderson, 79, of Aitkin, was called home to be with our Lord peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Aicota Healthcare Center, Aitkin, with his beloved wife of 58 years by his side. He was born May 3, 1941 in Aitkin to Andrew and Phyllis (Rydell) Anderson. Vern was Postmaster of Aitkin and a deacon at St. James Catholic Church of Aitkin. Vern loved his church, his family, playing cards with family and friends, gardening, and watching the Minnesota Twins. Vern will be forever remembered for his love of God and compassion. And we can’t forget his witty comments. Vern will be greatly missed.

Deacon Vern
Deacon Vern Anderson

Vern is preceded in death by his parents and half sister, Charlene Young.

Vern is survived by his loving wife, Betty of Aitkin; children, Tim (Pauline) Anderson of Aitkin, Tom (Dana) Anderson of New Hope, Lori Anderson of Burnsville, Heidi (Chad) Larson of Aitkin, Eric (Amy) Anderson of Hermantown; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Mauritz (Norma) Anderson of Stillwater.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. in St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin, with Father David Forsman as the celebrant. Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 27, in St. James Catholic Church from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation was also held one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Private interment will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery, Farm Island Township, Aitkin County. To sign the guestbook, go to: Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Aitkin.