LaVerne D. 'Sarge' Van Meter

LaVerne D. "Sarge" Van Meter, 75, of N. 14969 17th Ave., Juneau County town of Armenia, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at his home.

Van Meter was born May 15, 1929, in Virgil Township, Kane County, Ill., to Lyle and Frances (Pirsig) Van Meter. He married Margaret Ivec July 6, 1950, in Wisconsin Rapids.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, and was stationed in Germany, Libya, Guam and many bases in the United States. He was honorably discharged in 1968, attaining the rank of master sergeant. He was employed at Nekoosa Papers (now Domtar) from 1968 until his retirement in 1985.

LaVerne was an avid outdoorsman in his younger years and loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, doing puzzles, and playing card and board games. He spent many Sunday afternoons cheering on the Green Bay Packers. "Sarge" also was a member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2334, New Miner, and belonged to several other military service organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; three sons, Thomas (Lorri) Van Meter and Kenneth (Christine) Van Meter, of Nekoosa and Robert Van Meter of Wisconsin Rapids; one grandson, Andrew; four granddaughters, Molly, Amy, Wendy and Tracy; two brothers, LeMar (Eleanor) Van Meter of the town of Armenia, and Leroy (Frances) Van Meter of Nekoosa; and one sister, LuluBelle Martinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Larry Van Meter.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa. The Rev. Dean Anderson will officiate. The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home today from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

From: Herald Times Reporter - Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Oct. 7, 2004.

The material on the site is intended for free personal, non-commercial use. Commercial use of any of the materials presented on these pages is prohibited. Please do not consider any information on this site as a primary source, all data should be verified by you, the researcher. If you encounter any problems or have a question/correction, you can Email me at Scott Van Metre