Verner M. Madsen age 88 of Laurel, Nebraska died on Monday, November 30, 2020 at the Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel, Nebraska.
Graveside services will be on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 11:00 at the Laurel Cemetery in Laurel, Nebraska with Pastor Darren Timberlake officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Laurel American Legion Post #4504 and Post #54. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel.
Verner Maynard Madsen was born on August 20, 1932 in Dixon County to Chris and Inger (Mikkelsen) Madsen. Verner and his family moved several times in Dixon and Cedar counties when he was younger. He attended country school and then moved to Wyoming for work. Verner was drafted into the Army and served from 1952 – 1954. On July 2, 1955, Verner married LaVonne Krei at the United Methodist Church in Laurel. He worked for several different places throughout his life, including Laurel Sand & Gravel, Tri-County Co-op, Holmquist Elevator, and as a Kent Feed Dealer.
Verner was a member of the United Methodist Church in Laurel and he held several offices there. He was also a member of the Laurel American Legion and a past member of the Lions Club. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, camping, fishing, watching Nebraska football, spending time with his family, and the steak fry with his group of friends.
Verner is survived by his wife of 65 years, LaVonne Madsen of Laurel; daughters, Lesa Kathol of South Sioux City, NE; Janelle (Jeff) Cameron of Frederick, MD; sons, Dan Madsen of Laurel; Paul (Jean) Madsen of Saginaw, MN; sister-in-law, Yvonne Grimmus of Sibley, IA; brother-in-law; Sam Young of Chambers, NE; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael on July 3, 1976; brothers, Jens, Martin, and Fred; sisters, Katherine, Rose, Pauline, and Leona.