Vernon Ardell Braund

Vernon Ardell Braund, age 82, of Walters, MN, died Wednesday, February 10, 2010.

Vernon A. Braund was born Feb. 1, 1928, the son of Chester and Alpha (Thorson) Braund in Mount Valley Township, Iowa. Vernon was baptized at Winnebago Lutheran Church in rural Lake Mills, IA, and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. He attended school at Sharps Corner through the 8th grade. On October 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Bonita Storms. He farmed with his father for several years. Vernon was a semi truck driver and drove across the United States for many years. Vern’s love for his family was so great–he often called to tell his family to tune into a Nashville radio station to listen to his special requests. Vernon later worked in Albert Lea as a mechanic and rebuilding semi trailers. He loved hunting and fishing with his sons. Traveling as far as Wyoming, Montana, and the Black Hills. He enjoyed dancing to old time music—especially Polkas, watching football and western movies.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Walters; 1 son: Zane (Janelle) Braund of Braham, MN; 4 daughters: Renee (Jim) Muller of Algona, IA, Cindy (Steve) Halvorsen of Mansfield, MN, Dawn (Martin) Kasemir of Germany, Tracey (Lonnie) Huston of Kiester, MN; 2 sisters: Jean (Wayne) Ellertson of Charles City, IA, Lynn (John) Wirkkala of Westminster, CO, 1 brother: Keith (Alice) Braund of Emmons, MN; 19 grandchildren: Casey (Kim) Muller, Cody, Wyatt, and Blake Muller; Jennifer (Lance) Christensen, Jill (Aaron) Thursdale, Randy (Amber) Halvorsen, Daniel (Danielle) Halvorsen; Zachary, Cameron, Danielle, Randy and Stephanie Braund; Lucas Huston, Christopher Braund, Timothy (Krystal) Braund, Joe (Brittany) Braund, Amanda and Garrett Braund; and many great-grandchildren; 2 brothers-in-law: Robert Harig and Roger Oldfather; along with many nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Alpha, in-laws: August and Olga Buntrock; 2 sons: Randy and Vern; 1 granddaughter Stacey Halvorsen; 2 sisters: LaVonne Oldfather and Marlys Harig.

He was so very loved by all of his family, and will be missed by many family and friends.

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