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Published October 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Vern Surprenant

Vern was born December 31, 1926 in Terrebonne, MN to John and Josephine (Bougie) Surprenant. He graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls in 1945. Vern was united in marriage to Cecile Fournier on October 21, 1952 at St Anthony’s Church in Terrebonne, MN.

He joined the US Army in November 1952 and was honorably discharged in November 1954. Vern then continued the operation of the family farm. He was also employed by the US Postal Service from 1969 until he retired in 1989, always taking the time to visit his patrons along the route. He was a field inspector for the ASCS office and served on the Soil & Water Conservation Board. He was a member of St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Terrebonne until its closing, serving on their Parish Council and Cemetery Board. After St. Anthony’s closed he became a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. He was very devoted to his Catholic faith. Vern was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He took great pride in the care of his yard devoting many hours. He also enjoyed traveling to visit with his family and friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, loving all the time that he spent with his grandchildren.

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