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Vernon Raymond Talsma

October 13, 1925 June 22, 2011
Vernon Raymond Talsma
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Worthington, MN

     Vernon Raymond Talsma, 85, was born on October 13, 1925 to Ary Talsma and Jessie Drake Talsma of rural Worthington. He graduated from the 8th grade from a country school south of Fulda. Vernon worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the National Guard in November of 1944. He was in World War II serving overseas in the aftermath of the war. Vernon often talked about coming home on the Queen Mary with the swarms of people meeting them at the pier. He had some fond memories of the times he shared with other guard members. Vernon returned home after the war only to be called back to the Korean conflict. He stayed stateside this time and enjoyed his leaves visiting nearby attractions. He was honorably discharged on July 22, 1952.
     Vernon married Doris Mae Hendrickson on April 2, 1945. To that union God blessed them with 2 children, Donald and his wife, Iris of Edgerton, MN, and Diane and her husband, Larry Heyden of Canton, SD. Vernon was blessed with 8 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
     Vernon worked several different jobs during his lifetime, including various construction jobs, working at the Worthington Block Plant and later working as a janitor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington.
     Vernon died on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at the South Shore Care Center in Worthington, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Doris; his parents; brother, Cornealus; oldest brother, Charles; sister, Irene and one grandchild, Roger Heyden.
     He will be lovingly remembered by his children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors.
     Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Joe Behnke officiating. Burial will be held in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN.


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