Vernon Fred Haake, age 98, of Grand Forks, ND, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND.
Vernon was born on February 13, 1918 in Daykin, NE, to the late Fred and Minnie (Spilker) Haake. He then moved to Fisher, MN, at the age of 2 and then finally to Grand Forks, ND, in his late teens. He went to country school and enlisted in the Army during World War II and served as a Turret Gunner in the 9th Armor Group in the European Theater from 1941 to 1945. When he was home on leave before being deployed overseas, he was united in marriage to Anna Eggebraaten on September 4, 1943 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND. When he returned to the states he went back to farming with his father and then took over the farm after his death. In 1978, he and Anna moved to Mallory, MN. He retired from farming in 1998 and moved back to Grand Forks, ND, in August of 2014. In their free time he and Anna enjoyed square dancing, snowmobiling, and traveling when they were able but most of all they enjoyed their time and gatherings with their family and friends.
Vernon is survived by his wife of nearly 73 years, Anna Haake of Grand Forks, ND; children, Ellis (LaVerne) Haake of Williston, ND; Carol (Duane) Lawrence of Grand Junction, CO; Dale (Randie) Haake of Fargo, ND; and Keith (Pam) Haake of St. Cloud, MN; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Virgil Haake of Grand Forks, ND; and sister, Delores (Ralph) Hanson of Brea, CA; as well as many more nieces, nephews, friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Minnie Haake, and grandson, Wade Haake.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Funeral Service: 10:30 am ~ Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1710 Cherry St, Grand Forks, ND 58201
Visitation: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm ~ Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave NW East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Interment: Greenwood Cemetery ~ Fisher, MN
Online Guestbook: www.dandahlfuneralhome.com
Arrangements By: Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota