LaVerne R. ‘Vern’ Nelson, 56

LaVerne R. "Vern" Nelson, 56, of Slinger, passed on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at his home following a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Vern was born in Viroqua on April 11, 1954, the son of Vera J. Nelson (nee Haynes) and the late Robert Nelson. He attended Viroqua area schools, graduating from Viroqua High School in 1972.

On Jan. 13, 1973, he was united in marriage in Viroqua to Julie O. Lewison, daughter of Orvin and Ruby Lewison of Viroqua. They started their married life in Slinger where Vern was employed as a machinist at Chrysler Outboard. He later worked as a tool and dye machinist for several companies in the Milwaukee area. His favorite job was being a courier at C.S. Logistics in Milwaukee.

He lived life to the fullest, enjoying stock-car and NASCAR races, bowling and pool leagues, vacations with family and friends and barbequing at family cookouts.

Vern is survived by his wife of 37 years, Julie (nee Lewison); his son, Derek (Kristin) Nelson of Neosho; his daughter, Brooke Nelson of Jacksonville, N.C.; and granddaughter, Mya Nelson. He is further survived by his mother, Vera J. Nelson of Viroqua; two brothers, Wayne C. Nelson of Readstown and David C. (Karine) Nelson of Viroqua; his aunt and uncle, Orville (Barbara) Haynes of Sugar Grove as well as several cousins. Vern is survived by his extended family through marriage including his in-laws, Orvin (Ruby) Lewison of Viroqua; two sisters-in-law, Kay (Mike Clancy) Lewison, Wanda Lewison of Viola; brotherin-law, Joshua (Wendy) Lewison of Scott City, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Vern is preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Nelson; brother, Kevin A. Nelson; and grandparents, Alex and Anna Nelson and Russell and Beatrice Haynes Guist.

A memorial service for Vern will be at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 504 S. Main St., Viroqua on Saturday, Dec. 11. Interment of ashes to take place at Viola Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated to the American Cancer Society, N19 W24350 Riverwood Dr. Waukesha, WI, 53188.

The Phillip Funeral Home of Slinger is assisting the family.

Vern’s family wishes to thank everyone for their love, compassion, and support during his struggle with cancer. They also wish to thank the nurses and staff of Horizon Home Care & Hospice, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, and the Medical College of Wisconsin.