|Laverne “Vern” Gordon Adamson, 86|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Laverne “Vern” Gordon Adamson, 86, died Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Vern’s funeral service was held Saturday, July 7 at St. John Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Pastor Aaron Zuch officiating. Casket bearers included Ron Droppo, Don Adamson, Lee Wilhelm, Mitch Hemmesch, Mark Hemmesch and Greg Habedank. Honorary casket bearers included all of Vern’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Military honors were provided by Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117 American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Laverne Gordon Adamson was born on Oct. 16, 1925, to Grant L. and Myrtle (Anderson) Adamson in Middle River. He was baptized on Dec. 1, 1925, at Mountain Lutheran Church of Adams, N.D., and confirmed on Aug. 27, 1939, at Sarnia Lutheran Church in Nelson County, N.D. He attended North Dakota Public Schools and received a diploma in 1940, in Devils Lake, N.D. He worked for various farmers in North Dakota and did custom combining in the Midwest.
Vern was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 6, 1945, serving in Italy as a supply clerk. Upon discharge on Feb. 1, 1947, he returned to North Dakota to farm.
Vern was united in marriage to Pearl Marie Habedank on Oct. 6, 1949 in Mavie. They made their home in Thief River Falls, where he hauled mail from the train to the post office for 17 years. He worked for Lloyd VeVea at the service station on the corner of First Street and Main Avenue, later purchasing the station and renaming it Vern’s Super Service. That location later became the Pennington County Law Enforcement Center. There he began selling Arctic Cat snowmobiles in 1963, becoming one of the earliest Arctic Cat dealers in the nation. In 1968, he built a new building on the west side of town now known as RV Sports, Inc. He retired in 1997, selling the business to his son, Randy.
In 1976, Vern and Pearl purchased a cabin on Clearwater Lake. Since that time and since his retirement, they spent their time between the farm and the lake cabin. There are fond memories of adults, children, and grandchildren enjoying the fun, food, friendship, and fishing. Vern’s 9½ pound walleye, mounted on the cabin wall, still stands as a challenge for the family to find the elusive “bigger” walleye.
He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Eagles, Elks, and St. John Lutheran Church all in Thief River Falls. He had a life-long love of horses.
Vern is survived by his loving wife, Pearl of Thief River Falls; children, Randy (Judy) Adamson of Thief River Falls, Susan (Gary) Paulson of Alexandria and Marsha (Jim) Ziegler of Detroit Lakes; eight grandchildren: Landon Adam-son, Grand Forks, N.D., Melissa (Adam) Haviland, Rosemount, Andrea (Jacob) Paulson Bergstedt, Cincinnati, Ohio, Erika Paulson, Madison, Wis., Jesse (Amanda) Ziegler, Navarre, Fla., Christopher Ziegler, Burlington, Vt., Matthew Ziegler, Moorhead, Traci Adamson, Moorhead; and two great-grandchildren: Bauer Bergstedt, Cincinnati, Ohio, Veda Haviland, Rosemount.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grant Adamson and Myrtle Wasley; stepfather, Sigurd Wasley; four siblings: Merlyn Adamson, Marjorie Adamson, Delores Droppo, Glen Adamson; and infant children, Linda Rae and Lloyd Gordon Adamson.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.