Red Lake Falls - Vern J Surprenant , 86, Red Lake Falls, died Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, N.D., with his family by his side.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Oct. 19 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, with Fr. Chuck Huck officiating.
Vern was born Dec. 31, 1926 in Terrebonne to John and Josephine (Bougie) Surprenant. He graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls in 1945. Vern was united in marriage to Cecile Fournier on Oct. 21, 1952 at St Anthony’s Church in Terrebonne.
He joined the U.S. Army in November 1952 and was honorably discharged in November 1954. Vern then continued the operation of the family farm. He was also employed by the U.S. Postal Service from 1969 until he retired in 1989, always taking the time to visit his patrons along the route. He was a field inspector for the ASCS office and served on the Soil and Water Conservation Board. He was a member of St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Terrebonne until its closing, serving on their Parish Council and Cemetery Board.
After St. Anthony’s closed, he became a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. He was very devoted to his Catholic faith. Vern was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He took great pride in the care of his yard devoting many hours. He also enjoyed traveling to visit with his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, loving all the time that he spent with his grandchildren.
Vern is survived by his wife Cecile of 61 years and by his beloved children – Emily of Grand Forks, N.D., Allen (Julie) of Fargo, Dale (Diane) of Moorhead, Laurie of Grand Forks, Joan Skiple of Bismarck, N.D., Janet (Darrell) Wiskow of Red Lake Falls and Randy (Jana) of Reiles Acres. He is also survived by his grandchildren – Kayla (James) Walter, Christopher Surprenant, Kate (Jay) Puterbaugh, Matthew, Nicole (Zach Jones fiance’) and Britnee Surprenant, Travis Skiple, Jennifer (Patrick) Niemackl, Sarah (Nick) Brilz, Melissa (Justin) Nagel, Brandon and Mikayla Wiskow, Grace and Joshua Surprenant and great-grandchildren – Emma Skiple, Jayden Surprenant, Braden Nagel and Brody Puterbaugh; siblings – Sr. Maureen Surprenant of Crookston, and John “Bud” (Bernadine) Surprenant of Mesa, Ariz.; brother–in-law, Tim Baril of Townsend, Wis.; and sister-in-law, LaVonne Pearson, Naperville, Ill.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Ralph; sisters: Eva Arel, Gloria Normandin, Doris Kanyusik and Kathryn Baril. A00003B2013OT23