Vernon “Vern” L. LaMee
April 2, 1939 – December 27, 2021
Vernon “Vern” L LaMee of Omaha, Nebraska passed away at Lakeside Hospital in Omaha after a long battle with extended illnesses. He was 82.
Vernon was born at the family home in Marshall County in South Dakota on April 2,1939, to Ralph and Rachel (Wilkison) LaMee. He graduated from Britton South Dakota in 1957 and married Beverly Likness in 1960.
Vernon started working for Northwestern Bell and enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard. During his time in the Guards, he was called to active duty in Fort Polk, Louisiana from 1961-1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Vernon later received an honorary discharge and he returned to South Dakota where he continued his career with “Ma Bell”. While with the phone company, he worked numerous positions starting with being a lineman and working his way up to having a desk job working with computer main frames and being a software engineer. Vernon relocated several places in South Dakota before his final transfer to Omaha in 1987, where he retired after 41 and half years.
He was an active member of Lutheran Churches during his time in both SD and NE. Vernon served on the church counsel, taught Sunday School, ushered, and served communion to mention a few. He was also active with the Sertoma Club in Aberdeen, South Dakota. During his Presidency for the Sertoma Club, he helped raise money and donated time to help with building Storybook Land, which is one of his fondest memories.
After retirement, Vernon was well known in the neighborhood for mowing lawns and his daily walks with the family dog, Peanut, until Peanut’s passing and Vernon’s declining health.
He is survived by his wife Beverly of 61 years; two daughters, Kelly Hanks (Kenneth) of Watertown, South Dakota and Kristy Metcalf (Ryan) of Omaha, NE; brothers: Richard LaMee (Cathi), Douglas LaMee (Sherry), Samuel LaMee (Colleen); sisters, Barbara “June” Tchida and Judy Cleveland. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.
In their 61 years of marriage, there was never a meal that he didn’t thank his wife for making. Vernon will be missed by his family!
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, December 31st, 11AM at Rejoice! Lutheran Church