Vernon El Roy Lokker, age 76, of New Richmond passed away from cancer surrounded by his family on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. Vern was born December 3, 1940 the son of Leslie Lokker and Edythe Lane in Ladysmith, WI. He graduated from Webster High School with the class of 1959. After graduation, Vern, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country from 1959-1963. On August 6, 1966, he married Betty Hostrawser in Hokah, MN. Vern worked in the abrasive division of 3M for 35 years. He is remembered as a quiet and gentle man, who loved the “Back to the 50’s” car shows. He traveled the world and always kept a detailed travel log. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and snowmobiling as well as reunions with his fellow Navy friends. Vern is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty; sons, Steven (Dena Hoppe) Lokker, Scott (Patti Severson) Lokker; daughter, Stacey (Christopher) Rivard; special family, Mark (Karen) Potvin; grandchildren, Patrick Lokker, Tierney Rhodes, Sophia Lokker, Morgan Rivard; brothers, Dale (Patsy) Lokker, Leland Lokker, Miles (Constance) Spafford, James (Dawn) Spafford; godchild, Shannon Feinman; other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie (Ella) Lokker; mother, Edythe (Miles) Spafford; brother, Donald Lokker; and daughter-in-law, Diana Tri. A funeral service was held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm at the New Richmond United Methodist Church (209 E 2nd St.). A visitation was held Friday from 4-8 pm at the church and on Saturday one hour before the funeral service. Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery with military honors performed by the American Legion Post #80 of New Richmond. Vern’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses, staff at American Heritage and Lakeview Hospice for their wonderful care. Also, his family would like to express their gratitude for all the family and friends who visited and called Vern, it provided much comfort to everyone. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
Good bye to a very special cousin that I didn”t get to spend enough time with and get to know. Our world’s and lives became far apart…..for that, I am sorry. I wish you love and strength to go on, Betty and family.
My sincerest sympathy, Betty and Family. I truly feel your sorrow, as I have experienced the loss.
I Love you Dad. Thank you for everything you have taught me and done for me. I hope I live up to being half the man you were.
Our dear friend Vern has gone to heaven, and we who are left here on earth, will miss him so very much. Vern was a gentle, sweet guy, and memories of so many great times with him and Betty, will stay in our hearts always. Our hopes are that Jesus will hold Betty, Scott, Steve, and Stacey and the rest of their wonderful family very close to Him, and give them peace and comfort during this sad and difficult time. Our prayers are that in time they will feel His love surround them so that in time thèir hearts can heal some from this overwhelming loss. Vern will be so missed by many friends who were privileged and honored to spend time with him. Our love, prayers, hugs, and hearts are with you all…..God bless you!
Vern was an amazing man! He was like a dad to me in high school. Love ya Pa Lokker!
So very sorry for the loss of your Dad, Steve. Mike and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers
Good Bye My Very Special Brother. You will be missed so very much. Our fmailies had so many wonderful times together and we will never forget you. Rest in peace my friend til We meet again.