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William Vezner

Aug. 6, 1937-Jan. 18, 2010

Former Detroit Lakes resident William F. "Bill" Vezner, age 72, of Taylor, Wis., died Monday, January 18, 2010 in his home.

Bill was born to Gordon E. and Elizabeth "Alice" (Hunczak) Vezner on August 6, 1937 in Superior, Wis. He graduated from Concordia High School in St. Paul. He later attended Concordia College of St. Paul for two years, and seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., for one year.

He married Karen A. Wesala on December 30, 1960 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. After their marriage, the couple lived in Mound, North Minneapolis, Lewiston, Detroit Lakes, and Mahnomen, Minn., for 13 years. They moved to Black River Falls in 1988.

Karen Vezner died on July 4, 1999. In 2000, Bill moved to rural Taylor. Bill had managed two automobile dealerships. For many years, he was employed as an automobile service representative. In 1988, he became employed as the service representative at Laubach Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Geo of Black River Falls. In 1997, he became employed at Black River Memorial Hospital.

Bill was a religious person who read the Bible each evening before retiring. He enjoyed visiting with friends and helping others. He also enjoyed collecting various items, attending auctions and garage sales and flea markets, and listening to "The Buy Line" and bidding on "Radio Shop" on WWIS Radio.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Ann Kersting of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sons, William F. (Leslie) Vezner, Jr. of Lewisville, Texas, John D. (Jeanne) Vezner of Omaha, Neb., and Paul B. (Diane) Vezner of Black River Falls; 13 grandchildren, Alexis, Andrea, Bryce, Casey, Christopher, Crystal, Darryl, Jeremy, Nick, Heather, Nicole, Tina and Sarah; five great grandchildren, Dylan, Mackenzie, Gabby, Destiny, and Ryane; two sisters, Carol (Kurt) Schmidt of Slanesville, W.Va., and Roberta Root of Billings, Mont.; two brothers, Karl (Donghui Li) Vezner of Hong Kong, China and Kurt (Judy) Vezner of Crestwood, Ky.; special friends, Floyd Larson Jr. and Eileen Olson, both of Taylor; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Karen, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Alice Vezner, and his in-laws, John and Lil Wesala.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, January 22 at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, with the Rev. Ben Iverson of Taylor Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis in the spring of 2010.

Family and friends are invited for visitation from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Buswell Funeral Home. Online condolences are available at