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
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.