Vernon Klaassen


Vernon Klaassen Vernon Robert Klaassen age 91 of Tracy, formerly of rural Dawson, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Prairie View Senior Living.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 2 at the Tracy United Methodist Church.  Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.  Interment is in the Tracy Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Compassionate Care Hospice, Worthington.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Vernon Robert Klaassen was born June 24, 1925 near George, Iowa to Klaas H. and Amelia (Van Hauen) Klaassen.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Presbyterian faith.  Vernon attended country school in Iowa through the 8th grade.  He then moved with his family to a farm near Taunton, Minnesota.  Vernon was drafted into the US Army and served in Germany during WWII.  He was honorably discharged in 1946. Following his service, Vernon returned to Taunton and earned his pilot’s license while continuing to work on the family farm.  During the Korean War, he worked winters in Los Angeles on airplane electronics systems at defense plants.  On November 21, 1959, he married Gail Ankrum at the Presbyterian Church in Tracy.  They made their home on Vernon’s farm, rural Dawson.  Three children – Phyllis, Loretta, and Deanna – were born to this union.  While continuing to farm, Vernon attended night school earning his GED and later earned his class B electrician’s license.  In the fall of 2003, Vernon and Gail moved to Tracy.  Gail passed away on February 13, 2006, but Vernon continued farming until the age of 89.  He was a member of the Dawson Legion and VFW, Dawson Presbyterian Church, and Jolly Mixers Square Dance club.  Vernon enjoyed farming, tractor pulls, square dancing, traveling, and playing cards.

Vernon is survived by his children: Phyllis (Scott) Kimball of Minnetonka, Loretta (Craig) Feddersen of Aurora, CO, and Deanna (Jim) Oellien of Dawson; grandchildren: Alexander and Amelia Kimball, Brittany and Matthew Feddersen; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Gail, brother Harold (Marvel) Klaassen, and sisters Marie (John) Starkenburg and Hattie (Lester) Manguson.


  1. Deb Paradis says

    So sorry for your loss Deanna and family.

  2. David & Linda Rykhus says

    So very sorry for the loss of our neighbor Vern. He will be missed by us. Enjoyed his stories of the war, farming, his daughters and the grandchildren. He loved to travel and every time he got back we would hear about it all. Went to KEtchikan Alaska and brought me back a picture of the house I grew up in. Such a caring person. We will miss our neighbor. RIP Vern

  3. Marcy Towner says

    Loretta – Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the future as you honor the life of your father.

  4. Scott Hetherington says

    Loretta – My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.

  5. Wes Jenson says

    My sincere condolences to the Klaassen family on the passing of Vernon. I always enjoyed visits with him and Gail, and the girls. He had some stories to tell, and could give some good hearted ribbing to his brother-in-law, Lester, about red or green tractors. He was well loved by many. My thoughts are with the three daughters and family.

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