LaVern E. Scheel, 92

obit-LaVerne-Scheel0001LaVern E. Scheel,  a resident of Rice, passed away Friday at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Funeral services were held Feb. 13, at Graham United Methodist Church in Rice, with the Rev. Suzanne Maki officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.             LaVern was born Sept. 19, 1920, in Rice to John and Lillian (Foss) Scheel. He married Lois Schumann April 27, 1944, at Graham United Methodist Church. LaVern lived in the Rice area his entire life and spent the last five years at Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell. He was a farmer and sold seed corn for Pioneer for 49 years. LaVern also was a school bus driver for Larson Bus Co. for 28 years. He was a lifelong member of Graham United Methodist Church where he served on the Administrative Board and the Budget Committee.
Survivors include his daughter, Sandy Wright (Walter Rigwald) of Roberts, Wis.; daughter-in-law Pamela Scheel of Rice; son, John (Bonnie) Scheel of Foley; sisters and brother, Arlys Larson of Sauk Rapids, Gladys Anderson of Montevideo, and Alvin (Donna) Scheel of Rice; nine grandchildren, Amy (Eric) Engen of Shakopee, Anthony (Karla) Scheel of Rice, Laurie Wright of San Francisco, Calif., Aaron (Melissa) Scheel of Becker, Jeff (Marlene) Wright of St. Paul, Christopher ( Kristina) Scheel of Rice, Amanda (Jason) Hespen of Coon Rapids, Cassandra (Cory) Beierman of Rice, and Carrie (fiancé Kyle Bauman) Scheel of Foreston; 14 great-grandchildren.
LaVern was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois; sons, Wayne and Ronald; son-in-law, Theodore Wright; and granddaughter, Wendy Wright.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of St. Cloud Medical Group, St. Cloud Hospital and Country Manor for the wonderful care they provided LaVern.
In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.