Vernon Gene Pfau, 82, Upham, N.D., died on Sept. 13, 2012, at his home in Deep River Township near Upham.
Vernon was born to Albert and Lucille [Zimmerman] Pfau on Feb. 23, 1930, at Minot, N.D. He was raised in Deep River Township, McHenry County, and went to school at the Deep River School a short distance from the farm. He graduated from Minot Model High School and while there, he played on the basketball and football teams. Following graduation he obtained an Associate degree in auto mechanics from the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton.
He married Betty Jewel Anderson in Minot on April 15, 1951. They returned to farm in Deep River Township, where he raised cattle and grain until the time of his death.
He was a longtime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Upham. He served his community by serving as Township Supervisor for many years until the present time. He was a former member of the Little Deep Club. He was a licensed pilot and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He also was a member of the NoDak Race Club in Minot and had been a member of his brother Lawrence's pit crew.
He and his wife, Betty will be remembered for their enjoyment of dancing. Vernon also enjoyed hunting and never lost the joy of flying his airplane.
He is survived by: his children, Judy Fowler, of Denver, Colo., Michael, Princeton, Minn., Marc and his wife, Jaci Pfau, West Fargo, Murray, Upham, Gerry and his wife, Karla Pfau, Bismarck, and Jay and his wife, Cheryl Pfau, Billings, Mont. He also leaves two brothers, Lawrence, Minot, and Kenneth, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on Aug. 9, 1996, and his parents.
Funeral Services: Will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at Upham on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Daryl Rothchild will officiate.
Vernon's children will serve as pallbearers and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be the honorary bearers.
Oliene Hall will be the organist.
Burial: Will be in Bethelehem Lutheran Cemetery in Upham.
Visitation: Will be at the Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 9 p.m., and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. There will be a prayer service at the funeral home on Sunday at 5 p.m.