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LaVern Kenneth Tjaden
December 31, 1924–March 13, 2009
LaVern K. Tjaden, 84, of Wyoming, Iowa, died Friday, March 13, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following a brief illness.
A celebration of his life was held on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, with Pastor Bob Wessels officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Tjaden, Pete Westphal, Bob Burmahl, Gary Folken and Carol Michaletz. Pallbearers were Gary Brunscheen, Aaron Tjaden, Raymond Greenwood, Kely Smith, Dennis Stanford and Dennis Folken. Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa. Friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming.
LaVern Kenneth Tjaden was born December 31, 1924 near Anamosa, Iowa, son of Edward William and Mary Josephine (Greenwood) Tjaden. He was baptized on January 25, 1925 in Wayne Township, Jones County, Iowa and on October 20, 1940, was confirmed at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming. LaVern attended grade schools in Scotch Grove and graduated from Onslow High School in 1943. He served in the U. S. Army from 1946 to 1948, serving in Japan. He married Betty Newhard on February 17, 1954 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Anamosa, Iowa.
He started farming in 1948 with his brothers, Edward Jr., and Dale, in 1950, LaVern bought a farm near Olin. He and Betty farmed for many years in Jones County, retiring in 1985, and then moved to Wyoming.
LaVern was a member of the Little Bear Country Club in Wyoming. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed golfing, baseball, football, basketball and was an avid Cubs fan. He enjoyed farming and loved his grandchildren and went to their various activities.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Tjaden of Wyoming; two sons, Steven (Debora) Tjaden of Wyoming and Marvin (Sandra) Tjaden of Kasson, Minnesota; four grandchildren, in which he took much pride, Christy and Caitlin of Kasson, Minnesota, and Stacey and Darcey of Wyoming, Iowa; two sisters, Frances (Paul) Andre of Shakopee, Minnesota, and JoAnn (Glenn) Smith of Cedar Rapids; one brother, Eldon Tjaden and a sister-in-law, Agnes Tjaden, both of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister, Helen on December 7, 2007. and two brothers.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 20 March 2009

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