Vernon Moe, 92, Ellendale

Published 11:00 am Thursday, July 19, 2012

The funeral service for Vernon I. Moe of Ellendale will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Richland. The Rev. Scott Williams will officiate. Interment will be in Medo Cemetery, Pemberton. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Friedrich Funeral Home, New Richland, and one hour before the service at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Richland or Medo Lutheran Church of Pemberton.


Vernon died Monday, July 16, 2012, at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. He was 92 years old.

Vernon was born June 12, 1920, in Freedom Township, Waseca County, to Emil and Agnes (Larson) Moe. He has lived in the Pemberton area and the New Richland area. Vernon married Vernelle Oftedahl who passed away in 1957. He was then married to Joy Echternach in 1967. Joy passed away in 1998. His life occupation was farming. While in the Pemberton area he did custom corn shelling and hay baling and then moved to the New Richland area where he farmed. Vernon was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church and had been active in many of the churches activities.

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Vernon was a veteran of the Army during World War II. He had served in the South Pacific and was part of the invasion of five Islands. He witnessed the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Vernon was also active with the veterans organizations and enjoyed being in many parades. Vernon will be remembered for being a kind, gentle and giving person. Vernon was also remembered for being such a good-natured man. Vernon loved his family, especially his grandchildren and would do anything for them. Vernon will be remembered as a fare, true and humble person

Vernon is survived by his daughter, Jan (Rick) Leth; son-in-law, Neil Burtness; step children: Karen (Jerry) Duffee, Judy (Jerry) Lange and Connie Fletcher; plus many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Vernon is preceded in death by his parents: Emil and Agnes Moe; two daughters: Judy Burtness (twin sister to Jan Leth) and Karen Peterson; a step daughter, Linda Parker; and a son-in-law: Jim Fletcher.