Vern A. Suhr, 69
Suhr, 69, of West Bend, passed away peacefully with his loving family by
his side on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West
Vern was born on Sept. 25, 1940, to the late Arnold and Esther (nee
Matzner) Suhr in Gresham, Neb. He was raised on his family’s rural farm
and graduated from high school in Columbus, Neb. Shortly after high
school, Vern enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Great Lakes
Naval Base in Illinois. While in the Navy, Vern enjoyed traveling to many
different ports including Hawaii and Japan. Following his service in the
Navy, Vern worked a variety of jobs before starting his own real estate
and appraisal business called Suhr Realty Inc. and Accu-Pro Appraisals
Inc. in Milwaukee.
On Feb. 11, 1976, Vern was united in marriage to Betty Strackbein Durian
in Milwaukee. Together they enjoyed operating their family businesses,
traveling and spending time raising emus on their hobby farm in West Bend.
In his later years, Vern loved nothing more than being around his
grandchildren. He was a longtime member of the Fredonia Lion’s Club and
was a member of the Wisconsin Emu Association, the Wisconsin Realtors
Association and the Wisconsin Apartment Association.
Vern is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Betty; his four
daughters, Kristin (Tony) Perkins of Northglenn, Colo., Lori (Dave)
Crain of Belen, N.M., Cheri (Gary) Haire of Fort Worth, Texas, and Tami
(Dean) Berglund of Rio Rancho, N.M.; his three step-sons, Scott (Chris)
Durian of Athelstane, Brian (Brenda) Durian of West Bend and Michael
(Sherry) Durian of West Bend; and his 19 grandchildren, Anthony (Janessa),
Leah, Joshua, Cederro, and Tawny Perkins, Aubri and Timothy Crain, Ryan
and Shaylah Haire, Tyler and Tevin Berglund, Hunter, Peter, Nicholas,
Daniel, Jacob, Brandon, and Cody Durian and Bailee Schmidt. He is further
survived by his brother-in-law, Harvey (Fran) Strackbein; nieces, nephews,
many other dear relatives and close friends.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Esther Suhr; his
stepson, Mark Durian; and his brother, Curtis.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the
Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home in West Bend. The Rev. Luke Emrich of New Life
Church will officiate. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the funeral
home from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be on Friday,
Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield.
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