Vernon Stuhr, age 79, of Olivia, MN died Saturday, May 18, 2019 at RC Hospital in Olivia. The funeral service is Thursday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in Olivia with Rev. Durene Cornell officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Olivia Cemetery. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Vernon John Stuhr was born October 19, 1939 in Olivia, MN to Emil and Tillie (Kostka) Stuhr. Vernon married Mildred Voss on October 8, 1966 and they were blessed with four children. Vernon retired from Renville County with over 20 years of service. He continued to haul scrap for himself, and later in life taking loads to Nelson’s Salvage Yard for his sons, Adrian and Galen. Vern loved to watch his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play. He kept up Mildred’s tradition of noon meals for his boys after she passed away in 2014. Over the years Vern kept Sandy on her toes running to the dollar store, doctor appointments, errands and endless teasing. Vern had a gift of cracking wise jokes and making people laugh. He also enjoyed sitting outside and waiting for the mailman to gossip.
Vernon is survived by his three children: Brenda (and Bill) Bassett of St. Leonard, MD, Adrian Stuhr (Theresa Nelson) of Olivia, and Galen (and Sandy) Stuhr of Olivia; his eight grandchildren: Christina Bassett (special friend Vic Gravatt) of Hollywood, MD, Bill Bassett Jr. (special friend Sidney Losey), Ashley Bassett, and Tyler Bassett all of St. Leonard, MD, Angel (and Justin) Kolander of Vesta, Cory Stuhr (Laura Rodel) of Hutchinson, and Katie Stuhr and Austin Stuhr of Olivia; his two great-granddaughters: Emma and Ava Kolander; and great-grandson, Ethan Kolander. Vernon was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; son, Steven Mark Stuhr; parents, Emil and Tillie Stuhr; sisters: Delores, Leona, and Dorothy; and brothers: Lawrence, Arthur, Wesley, Stanley, Dale, and Emil.
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