May 9, 2023 at 8:09 p.m.

LuVerne A. Meyer

LuVerne A. Meyer
LuVerne A. Meyer


LuVerne A. “Sonny” or “Vern” Meyer, 88, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully under the care of Moments Hospice, April 30, 2023, at Edenbrook of St. Cloud in St. Cloud.

A Celebration of Life and Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, May 19, at St. John the Baptist Church in Meire Grove with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Inurnment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Sauk Centre. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. May 19 at the church.

LuVerne Aloys Meyer was born Oct. 31, 1934, in Meire Grove to Joseph W. and Pauline (Welle) Meyer. He grew up on the family farm in Meire Grove where he attended St. John the Baptist School in Meire Grove and then graduated from Melrose High School in 1952. He earned his degree in music education at St. John’s University. He was united in marriage to Joan Helen Liebel Aug. 6, 1957, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. He was employed as a band director at Claremont High School, Bertha High School and Melrose High School before he changed careers and worked in various roles in financial services and insurance. In 1974, he took over his family’s farm in Meire Grove. Vern’s wife, Joan, passed away Nov. 7, 1979. He married Glenna Walker in 1981.

Vern was an active member of St. John the Baptist Church in Meire Grove as choir director for 10 years and was the Meire Grove (city) band director for over 60 years. He was also the secretary of the Meire Grove Cooperative Creamery for several years and was the Meire Grove city clerk for a time. He left the farm in 1985 and moved to Sauk Centre. He was an insurance agent and financial adviser until retirement.

He enjoyed all things music, hunting, fishing, traveling, playing trumpet, and spending time with family and friends. He loved to play in various bands and musical groups throughout the years, including the Meire Grove Band, the Erhard Ostendorf Band, the Norb Athman Band, Bobby Roberts Band, Katy’s Swing Band and the St. Cloud Municipal Band.

He is survived by his children, Patricia (Gary) Zwack of St. Cloud, Paul (Cindy) Meyer of Norwood, Pam (Patrick) Cone of Peoria, Illinois, and Nancy (Jerome) Haggenmiller of Miltona; eight grandchildren Ben (Sara) Zwack of St. Cloud, Caroline Zwack of St. Cloud, Joseph (Emily Russo) Meyer of St. Paul, Andrew (Kayla Kohanek) Meyer of St. Paul, Emily Meyer of St. Paul, Ian (Madeline) Cone of London, England, Hunter Haggenmiller of Miltona and Joan Haggenmiller of Miltona; siblings Orville (Marge) Meyer of Staples, Janice (Neil) Eiden of Braham, and Marie Meyer of Braham; brother-in-law Marvin Macey of West Union; sisters-in-law Sharon (Al) Cardinal of Vadnais Heights, Marge (Artie) Thull of Greenwald, and Arliss Liebel of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Joan; second wife Glenna; sister Dolores Macey, infant sister Viola; sister-in-law Joann Deters; and brothers-in-law Bob Liebel and Jerry Deters. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Edenbrook of St. Cloud, Moments Hospice, the Rev. LeRoy Scheierl, and the Rev. Tim Baltes for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Meire Grove Band are preferred.




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