Vern Alfred Marquardt, age 93 of L’Anse, MI passed away early on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, MI.
He was born July 5, 1922 in Dixon, South Dakota, son of Adolph and Mary (Faubel) Marquardt. Vern graduated from Morris High School in Minnesota in 1940, and received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1948. He voluntarily served in the US Navy from 1942-46 during WWII and again volunteering from 1950-52 during the Korean War as an Officer, Lieutenant Jr. Grade, and “Commander of the Guns”. Vern participated in the Naval reserves until moving to L’Anse.
On March 4, 1950 he married the former Margaret Hall; they resided in Minneapolis until 1964 when they moved to L’Anse. He served as Vice President and later President of Commercial National Bank from 1964 until retiring in 1988.
Active in the community, Vern was a member of many organizations and served on several boards in Baraga, Houghton and Marquette counties during his life. Vern was a 32nd degree Mason; he enjoyed being a member of the L’Anse Masonic Lodge 547 F & AM, and an Ahmed Shriner. He was a member of United Lutheran Church in L’Anse and a VFW life member.
Surviving are his wife Margaret Marquardt of L’Anse; son Gary (Kelly) Marquardt of Baraga; daughter Karen Marquardt of Blaine, MN; sister Lois Marquardt; grandchildren Ken, Michael, and Emma. Vern also leaves six great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents; brothers Roy and Leon; sisters Delores and Dorothy; and granddaughter Nicole Marquardt.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 26th from 12-1:00 p.m. at the Jacobson Funeral Home. Masonic Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. followed by his funeral service with Rev. Stephen Rhoades officiating. Burial will be in the L'Anse Evergreen Cemetery at 2 p.m. with the Baraga County Area Veterans conducting military rites under the direction of American Legion Post 444 of Baraga. The Jacobson Funeral Home of L’Anse is assisting the family.
Friends may sign Vern’s guest book or send condolences at www.jacobsonfuneralhome.com