Vernon Heer, 82, Anamoose, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014, at his home.
Vernon Heer, son of Carl and Ella (Bolte) Heer, was born Sept. 17, 1931, near Anamoose where he lived until moving into Anamoose with his parents at the age of 12. He attended Anamoose Public School, graduating in 1949. He then enrolled at the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton. Vernon returned to Anamoose and farmed with his father, later taking over the family farm.
He married Alyce Erickson in 1956 in Drake. They made their home in Anamoose all their married lives with the exception of time spent in Tacoma, Wash., while Vernon served in the Army. In addition to farming, Vernon took on plumbing and heating jobs in the Anamoose area and also drove school bus for many years.
Vernon was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church, Anamoose, and served as church cemetery sexton for many years. He was also a former Anamoose Volunteer Fire Department member. He was an avid John Deere toy and buckle collector and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Alyce.
He is survived by: his wife; one son, Alan Heer (companion, Robin Helmenstein), of Bismarck; two daughters, Tami Hoaglund and Connie Heer, both of Bismarck; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Vernon was preceded in death by: his son, Ricky; son-in-law, Steve Hoaglund; his parents; and two sisters, Edith and Hazel.
His funeral will be: Wednesday, June 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Anamoose.
Burial will be: In the church cemetery.
Visitation will be: Today, Wednesday, one hour prior to the service in the church.
Arrangements are with Bethke-Nelson Funeral Home of Drake.