LaVern R. Harnisch, age 90, of Amery, Wisconsin formerly of Ridgeland, WI passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Golden Age Manor.

LaVern (Gopher) Harnisch was born September 26, 1926 in Menomonie, WI to William and Mary (Kiegle) Harnisch and passed away peacefully November 17, 2016 at Golden Age Manor, Amery WI. LaVern was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Harnisch, Granddaughter, Tabitha D. Harnisch; Brothers, Ed, Leonard, Raymond, Marvin, John, and Douglas. Sisters May, Loretta, Joyce, Doris.

LaVern is survived by one son Donald (Joan) Harnisch, Nekoosa WI, five grandchildren, Sabrina, Tanya, Aaron, Marissa, and Danny, and three great grandchildren. 

Lavern served in the US Army and was a sergeant during the Korean conflict and a decorated veteran, receiving the Bronze star. Once discharged from the Army LaVern was a merchant marine and sailed the Great Lakes. After doing this LaVern moved to Chicago and worked at Mars candy company and saved enough money to buy the farm which was located on County VV by Ridgeland WI where LaVern operated a dairy farm until retirement. 

After retirement Lavern enjoyed fishing, going to the casino, playing cards, and visiting with friends, as many of you know LaVern always had a lot to say. LaVern’s family and friends called LaVern Gopher which is a nickname he received as a child. He was also a proud member of the Connorsville American Legion Post.

There will be a graveside service for LaVern on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 at the New Haven Cemetery, 1290th street Boyceville, WI 54725. A luncheon will follow at Kistner’s Korner, at 1260th Avenue Boyceville WI 54725.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson~White Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 222 Harriman Avenue North Amery, Wisconsin.