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    Thief River Falls - Vernon Quam, 93, of Thief River Falls, died on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 (today) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Lindell Quam officiating. Casket bearers include American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Color Guard members.  Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117, Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2793, and the Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard.
    Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.
    Vernon Alvin Quam was born on Dec. 31, 1918 in McIntosh, the son of Iver and Annie (Qualle) Quam. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith in McIntosh. He attended school in McIntosh and graduated from McIntosh High School in 1936 and then attended Northern Business College in Bemidji.  
    On Oct. 9, 1942, Vern was united in marriage to Adeline Erickson in Bemidji. To this union, two children were born, Dennis and Michele.
    Vern entered into service with the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 and served three and one-half years as Operations Officer in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, Vern moved to Bemidji, where he was employed by Rotta Inc. of Perham, which included years at Bemidji Candy Company.  The company eventually branched to Thief River Falls and Vern became the manager of Thief River Jobbing.  
    He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, for 65 years, where he belonged to the Trinity Men’s Breakfast Group. He was also a member of the Lions Club where he received the Humanitarian Award, American Legion Post 117 where he served with the Color Guard, VFW Post, and Eagles Club. Vern enjoyed serving Meals-on-Wheels, service to the community, and service to his country.
    The years at their lake property at Cable Lake were special to him. Vern loved fishing and enjoyed relaxing there with neighbors, family and friends.  He did lots of walking, woodworking in his shop, and on his computer.  
    He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alma; and five brothers, Gerhard, Sig, Peter, Cliff, and Edwin; and an infant brother, Sigward.
    Survivors include his loving wife of 69 years, Adeline of Thief River Falls; son, Dennis (Patricia) Quam of Beatty, Ore.; daughter, Michele (Bob) Willey of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; granddaughters, Cassidy Willey, and Lisa (Gavin) Telfer; grandson, Craig (Silvana) Quam; three step-granddaughters, Betsy Willey, Morgan and Ashley Cawood; four great-grandchildren, Holden Telfer, Abigail, Joshua, and Josiah Quam; brother, Roy Quam; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.