Vern served his country as a diesel mechanic for the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1961. He retired after 27 years from KONE (Montgomery Elevator) where he served as service manager in the Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and Des Moines branches. On Nov. 5, 1960, he married the love of his life, Betty; they celebrated 50 years last fall. They have four children; Angela (Mike) Parker, David (Michelle) Weaver, James (Renee) Weaver and Charles (Tara) Weaver. Vern also left behind 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his brother, Gary (Susan) Weaver; sister Diane Becht; brother, Steve (Jenny) Norlin-Weaver; father, Vern Norlin-Weaver; and many other friends and relatives. Vern was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Lenox and mother, Vivian Granger. “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave the earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.” 2 Cor. 5:1.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with Rev. Stephen Newton officiating. The vocalists were Tim Newton and Roger Newton. Mary Kay O’Neill served as pianist. Pallbearers were Shawn Parker, Derek and Thad Weaver, Todd Becht, Lance Oelrich and A.J. Watson. Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Gudmunson, Bill McCarty, Roland Meyer, Richard Robbins and Peter Stapleton. Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch.