LaVerne Kelling, of Braham, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010 at GracePointe Crossing East Gables of Cambrigde. He was 93 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 4 ,2010 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church of Braham with Rev. Steve Anderson presiding.
VISITATION will be from 9:00-11:00 am on Saturday morning at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.
LaVerne Frederick Kelling, of Braham, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010 at GracePointe Crossing East Gables of Cambridge. He was 93 years old.
LaVerne was born September 4, 1916 in Jewett Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota to parents Fred and Anna (Stumme) Kelling. LaVerne was raised on the family farm, one of six children. In the spring of 1932, LaVerne joined the National Gaurd. Over the next 14 years he also joined the Minnesota State guard where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant before his discharge in 1946.
On August 1, 1936 LaVerne was united in marriage to Gayla June Shisler. To this union six children were born, Jim, Carol, Gerry, Joyce, Andy, and Fred. LaVerne was very active in the Aitkin community. He served on the school board, township and fair board. He also farmed and raised cattle, drove truck and worked for Litchfield Produce of Aitkin.
In 1952 LaVerne and the family moved to Braham where he continued to farm dairy cattle. Over the years, LaVerne gave much of his time and talents to better the community. He began by serving on the Rural School Boards for 6 years, and was president of the Braham PTA, as well as a Braham School Board member for 8 years. LaVerne served on the Braham City Council and was instrumental in obtaining a new city shop, a housing rehabilitation grant that made improvements to 34 homes, a new city well, and waste water treatment plant upgrades. He also served as Isanti County Water Task Force Chairman. LaVerne also spent time on the Kanabec County Fair Board as President, and four years as the Kanabec County Commissioner.
In 1965 LaVerne helped to organize Lakes and Pines and for the next 12 years served as Treasurer, President, and Executive Director. He was nationally honored as a Top Director for his work. He also spent four years on the Five County Mental Health Center Selection Committee, and served on the Braham Hospital Board, helping to establish the Braham Clinic.
LaVerne was baptized in the Lutheran Church and was confirmed July 21, 1929 at Grace Lutheran Church in McGrath. After moving to Braham, he became a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran church. For over fifty years, LaVerne has served the church as Chairman of the congregation, Vice-Chairman, Elder, Council Member, and Usher.
LaVerne is preceded in death by his parents, wife June, an infant son, son Gerald, son-in-law Donald Akerson, 3 infant grandchildren, 1 infant great grandchild, brothers Joe, Arnold, and Edward Kelling.
LaVerne survived by his sons Jim (MaryAnn) of Braham, Andrew (Teresa) of Mora, and Fred of Braham; daughters Carol Akerson of Stanchfield, and Joyce (Douglas) Hjeltman of Cambridge; 21 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren; sisters Edna Holmen of Mora, and Freda (Harold) Asp of McGrath; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 4, 2010 at St Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Music was provided by Betty Thomas and Sharon Jacques. Pall bearers were Roger Anderson, Roger Corbin, Curt Thomas, Duane Olson, Mike Lucht, and Andy Kopel. Interment was at Rice Lake Cemetery.