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Vernon William Fathke

Posted 2020-11-18 by mhenderson
Published in Today's News Herald on Nov. 18, 2020 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Vernon William Fathke passed away at home on Nov. 10, 2020. He was 90
years old. His beloved wife of 55 years, Colleen and his stepson,
Chuck, were by his side. He grew up in a small town of Avon, South
Dakota. At the age of 20, he joined the Navy and served in the Korean
War. He loved operating heavy equipment and was a member of the
Operating Engineers Local 302 in Seattle. After retiring from the
union, he turned to farming, raising cattle and hay, and still running

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister and
his eldest son Dennis.

He is survived by his wife Colleen, one son Douglas, daughter Edythe
and husband John Lynn, and daughters Debra and Glinda, 3 stepchildren
Chuck, Danny, Donna and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He
and his wife started coming to Lake Havasu City as winter visitors in
2002 and became permanent residents in 2014.

There will be no services. A celebration of life will be held at
American Legion on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m.

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