GRAETTINGER-LuVerne Carl Petersen was born Aug. 12, 1925, on the family farm in Palo Alto County. He attended Blue Bottom Country School. Following his education, Vernie worked on the family farm and help to raise his younger siblings.
On Dec. 4, 1945, LuVerne was united in marriage to Velma Elnora Powers. The couple made their home on a farm northeast of Graettinger where they raised their children.
Vernie was a member of the United Methodist Church in Graettinger. He enjoyed fishing at his cabin in Leech Lake, Minn., gardening, playing cards, and keeping up on current events over coffee at Studer's and the Elevator. Farming was his pride and joy, but above all things, Verne cherished the time he spent with his family.
On Monday, June 18, 2012, Luverne passed away at Mercy Hospital in Mason City.
Left to cherish his memory are three sons: Jerry (Leann) of Graettinger, Tony (Rosemary) of Minneapolis and Greg (Deb) of Ruthven; son-in-law, Pat Thrasher of DeSoto, Kan.; four sisters: Irene Ehlers of Estherville, Loretta Moore of Corsica, S.D., Doris Peterson of Havelock and LuVon Petersen of Graettinger; two brothers: Delbert of Estherville and Merle of Appache Junction, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elnora; daughter, Patricia Thrasher; three sisters: Hilda Luke, Mildred Luke and Edna Weir; and four brothers: Fred, Lloyd, Henry and Alvin.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Friday at the United Methodist Church in Graettinger. Burial is in Valley View Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m, Thursday at the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger.
Online condolences may be left at www.joycefuneralhomes.com.