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Vernon Francis Maeder

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“Karen, Mike and families, So sorry to hear about Vern. You are in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do please let us know. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Tim & JoAnne Bishop

“Karen, Chuck and Family, So sorry to hear about Vern. He will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let us know if...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Doug and Kristie Davidson and Dean and Lou Conley

“Dear Karen and Mike and family, I am so sad to hear of Vern's passing. He and my Grandpa Lyle were such good friends. I remember the times...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Brooke Hartsook

“So sorry to hear about Vern. He was such a neat man - and will always be remembered for his "hog-roasting"! Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Chuck & Stacey Truman Families

“I'm so sorry to hear about Grandpa...my heart is with you and your family at this time. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Stephanie Lininger


Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Creston, with Military Honors by Theodore J. Martens VFW #1797 and Williamson American Legion Post #719. Memorials may be directed to Creston Nursing and Rehab Center, Williamson American Legion, and/or Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Vernon Francis Maeder, the son of Joseph Tolbert and Julia Ann (Waters) Maeder, was born on June 9, 1925, in Cass County, south of Massena, Iowa. Vern entered eternal rest on November 5, 2009, at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center, Creston, Iowa, at the age of eighty-four years, four months, and twenty-nine days.

Vern attended country schools in Cass and Adair counties. He graduated from Richland High School with the Class of 1943. Vern served in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 until 1945 during World War II. On December 28, 1950, he married Barbara Jane Blazek at Greenfield, Iowa.

Vern has lived in Cass, Adair, and Adams counties all of his life. He spent two years in the service and returned to the family farm where he was raised in 1945. Vern was a farmer all of his life. He worked for the Adams County ASCS for thirty-five years. He farmed in Adair County until 1954 and farmed in Adams County until January, 2009. He was a member of the Creston Eagles Lodge and the Elks Lodge in Creston. He was also a member of the VFW in Creston; the Williamson American Legion and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Left to cherish Vern's memory are his daughter: Karen (Charles) Payton, Creston; his grandson: Mike (Laurie) Haynes, Creston; his sisters: Alice Lents, Greenfield; and Mary Ann Johnson, Creston; his Sisters-in-Law: Veronica Maeder, Greenfield; and Betty Maeder, Creston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding Vern in death were his Parents; his wife in 1979; Three Brothers: Bert Maeder, during WWII; Jack Maeder and Earl Maeder; Two Sisters: Ilene Maeder; and Bertha Kembery; Five Brothers-in-Law: Melvin Lents; Richard Johnson; Maurice Kembery; LeRoy Blazek and Charles Blazek, Jr.; One Sister-in-Law: Coleen Banks; One Great-Niece and Two Great-Nephews.

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