ROCK-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
Willmer Lakeberg, of Stanchfield, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at GracePointe Crossing – East Gables in Cambridge. He was 87 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Rock Ingebrand Chapel in Braham and one hour prior to the service at the church.
INURNMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.
In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred to the family to use toward a memorial bench on machinery hill at the state fair.
Willmer Linden Lakeberg, of Stanchfield, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at GracePointe Crossing- East Gables in Cambridge. He was 87 years old.
Willmer was born on May 23, 1929 in Springvale Township, Minnesota to parents John and Daisy (Anderson) Lakeberg. He grew up on the family farm and attended Lakeberg Country School before graduating from Braham High School in 1948. He was proud to have played on the Braham football team when they were district champs in 1946. After high school, Willmer began farming and buying and selling cattle. In 1951 he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in Labrador and Iceland during the Korean War. After his discharge in March of 1953, he returned home to marry his sweetheart, Lorraine Olson. The couple exchanged vows at the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church on May 23, 1953. Willmer and Lorraine lived in Braham and on another farm for a short while before purchasing their farm in Stanchfield in 1956. They raised crops and dairy cattle along with many other animals. Willmer continued to be a cattle dealer and also sold seed corn. In the 1960’s, Willmer worked as a farm manager at the Cambridge State Hospital while keeping up with his own farm. In the early 1990’s Willmer retired from farming, but he and Lorraine stayed on the home place until his death.
Willmer loved farm life and working hard. He had a great love of horses and in his early years of farming he used teams of draft horses in the fields. Willmer served on the Stanchfield Township Board as a township chairman. He was a long time member of the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church. He enjoyed polka music and visiting with his family, neighbors and friends. A sign in their porch read, “Cows may come and cows may go, but the bull in here goes on forever”, as did his many stories. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.
Willmer is preceded in death by his parents and brother Elmer Lakeberg.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine; children, Louise (Loren) Nelson, Michael (Susan), Mary Lou, Robert (Cynthia), and Betty Jo (Michael) Lucas; grandchildren, Stacie (James) Colling, Timothy (Kelly) Nelson, Joseph (Brittany), Daniel (Kelsey), Travis (Melissa), Tyler (Ashley), Patrick Baune, Amber Baune, Brock Lucas (Samantha Haring); and Alicia Lucas (Justin Miller); great grandchildren, Ty, Ian, Nora, Bristol, Cale, Miles, Ryder, Owen, Britta, Owen, and Henry; brother-in-law Larry Olson; several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.