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Vernon Gorentz

July 26, 1929 — January 23, 2013

Vernon W. Gorentz, 83, Vergas, MN, died Wednesday, January 23 at the Veterans Memorial Home in Fergus Falls, MN. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Vergas, Reverend Robert Hinckley, officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Friends may call at St. John's Lutheran Church on Friday from 5:00 - 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. The visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Vernon Walter Gorentz was born July 26, 1929 in Dora Township, rural Vergas to Gustav and Julianne (Harke) Gorentz. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Loon Lake near Vergas. He served in the armed forces during the Korean War and was a member of the John Bridges American Legion Post. Following his discharge from the service, he farmed with his brother on the home farm. He later went into business for himself doing road grading, snow plowing and ditch mowing for Dora Township.

Vern was united in marriage to Caroline (Janke) Bunkowske September 2, 1978 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee. They made their home in Frazee for 3 years and returned to Vergas in 1981. He entered the Frazee Care Center and moved to the Veterans Memorial Home in December, 2012.

Vern was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and had served on the church board.

He is survived by his wife: Caroline of Vergas; 5 step-children: Carmen (Steve) Ehnert of Vergas, Margie Gilles of St. Paul, MN, Keith (Shelley) Bunkowske of Vergas, Joan (Jeffrey) Niemann of Bismarck, ND and Renee (Paul) Barta of Monroe, WI; 16 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 2 brothers: Pastor Bernard (Carol) Gorentz of Park Rapids, MN, Gerald Gorentz of Vergas, MN; 2 sisters: Elfrieda Damlo of Frazee and Eleanor (Conrad) Ohm of Detroit Lakes. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: John, Clarence and Edward and a step-son: Myron Bunkowske.
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