Vernon O. Bakken, 89, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at September Cottage Eldercare in Scandia, MN. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, ND, with Rev. Matthew Tooman officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.
Vern was born in Colfax, ND, on January 14, 1930.
Vern married Jeanne (Arnold) on December 9, 1953 and they were married for 61 years. They had three children, Ken (Sherry) Bakken of Shafer, MN, Kathy (Tim) Strom of Longmont, CO, and Dave (Gaye) Bakken of New Braunsfel, TX.
They had four grandchildren, Jeremiah Strom, Mia Bleier, Sara Bakken, and Sam Bakken, and one great-grandchild, Kavan Strom.
Vern served in the Army from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of the Wahpeton Fire Department from December 1967 to January 1990, serving as Chief from 1974-1976. He was also a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the VFW, and the Buffalo Club.
He owned Vern’s Barber Shop on Main Street for 50 years. Vern loved spending time with his grandkids fishing and being at the lake. He also enjoyed taking long walks and watching the birds and deer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents, Joseph and Olga Bakken; brothers, Donald and Joseph II; and his sister, Beatrice Popp.
He is survived by his sister, Opal Evenson and sister-in-law, Lucille Norem, along with many nieces and nephews.