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Vernon Gorentz

July 26, 1929-Jan. 23, 2013

Vernon W. Gorentz, 83, of Vergas, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Veterans Memorial Home in Fergus Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 in St. John's Lutheran Church, Vergas, with Reverend Robert Hinckley officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Friends may call at St. John's Lutheran Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at St. John's Lutheran Church, as well as one hour prior to Saturday's services.

Vernon Walter Gorentz was born to Gustav and Julianne (Harke) Gorentz on July 26, 1929 in Dora Township, rural Vergas. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on 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 three 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.

Surviving Vern are his wife Caroline, of Vergas; five stepchildren, Carmen (Steve) Ehnert of Vergas, Margie Gilles of St. Paul, Keith (Shelley) Bunkowske of Vergas, Joan (Jeffrey) Niemann of Bismarck, N.D., and Renee (Paul) Barta of Monroe, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two brothers, Pastor Bernard (Carol) Gorentz of Park Rapids and Gerald Gorentz of Vergas; two sisters, Elfrieda Damlo of Frazee and Eleanor (Conrad) Ohm of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, John, Clarence and Edward; and a stepson, Myron Bunkowske.

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