VERNON D. "VERN" FLAAEN
Vernon D. "Vern" Flaaen, age 81, of Faribault, died on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.Funeral services will be held at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault, with veterans military rites provided by Rice County Central Veterans Association.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault and at the church for one half hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Vernon Duane, the son of Arthur "Bennie" and Gladys (Nord) Flaaen was born on June 17, 1932 in Zumbrota. He married Harriet Strand on July 18, 1953 in Cannon Falls. Vernon was a Sales Manager at the local Chevrolet and Buick dealerships in Faribault. He was known for his dedication and loyalty to his customers. He enjoyed woodworking, working in his yard, playing cards, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Harriet; three children, Brad (Joyce) Flaaen of Milton, GA, Jan (Paul) Peper of Faribault, and Julie (Steve) Johnson of Faribault; 10 grandchildren, Kirsten (Dan) Zimmerman, Aaron (Bridget) Flaaen, Peter Flaaen, Molly (Joshua) Froman, Mallory (Eric) Lindgren, Mellaney (Matthew) Moore, Jessica Johnson (Dustin Anderson), Nicole Johnson (Nate Farley), Steven Jr. (Stephanie) Johnson, and Derek Johnson (Jasmine Rodriguez); 16 great grandchildren; two brother in laws, Russell (Clarice) Berg and Sidney (Bonnie) Strand; two sister in laws, Lorraine Johnson and Marcie Hinrichs; and their beloved dog, Anna Mae.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Valborg Flaaen; one great grandchild, Ada Froman, two siblings, Gloria Berg and Herb Flaaen, two brother in laws, Curt Hinrichs and Les Johnson; and one sister in law, Lannie Flaaen.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to First English Lutheran Church, Faribault or Rice County Veterans Memorial Expansion Project.
Name: Phyllis Goplen Maxwell
Date: Saturday May 10, 2014
We were very sorry to hear of Vernon's death. We last saw Vern and Harriet at a mini-Flaaen reunion at my brother's(Charles) Zumbrota farm a few years ago. Vernon was a very special nephew to my mother, Berdella Flaaen Goplen. He lived with Grandpa and Grandma Flaaen after his mother died. My mom(the youngest of 9) was still home and really felt like a mother to Vernon. I know she was special to him, too. He was a very important member of the Flaaen family and will be greatly missed.
Name: Murray and Donna Gardler
Date: Friday May 02, 2014
Brad, Our condolences to you and family. Murray and Donna Gardler Weeki Wachee, FL
Name: Melanie Pieper
Date: Thursday May 01, 2014
It has been a blessing to come to know your family, Brad, and as part of that to meet your dad. He was gentle it seemed, and he had such a quick smile. My lasting memory of him is dancing with your mom. They were the last ones on the dancefloor because they had been married the longest. It was beautifully poignant. May your memories be many and comforting! Mel Pieper
Name: Mary Danielson-Gates
Date: Tuesday April 29, 2014
Vern was such a kind man, and so very helpful when I worked with him buying new Buicks at Steffens. He always treated me fairly and with respect. I had purchased many a car as a woman alone, and when I got Vern as a salesman, it was the first time I felt that I was treated fairly and respectfully instead of being taken advantage of. I so appreciated that. Thank you, Family, for sharing him and his generosity with those of us who were customers. I always felt that he was more of a friend than a salesman. I will always remember him that way. I will send thoughts and prayers your way. ~Mary