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LaVern German, 87, State Center

LaVern German, 87, of State Center, departed this earthly life surrounded by his family on the morning of Wednesday, November 15th, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 18th, at Trinity Lutheran Church in State Center with Reverend Mike Maddick officiating. He will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. For condolences, please visit Ph. 641-844-1234.

Born on September 23rd, 1930, at State Center, he was the son of Lorenz and Aleta (Gerke) German. He graduated from State Center High School in 1948.

On December 3rd, 1950, he married Nola Sparks at Trinity Lutheran Church in State Center. Home was always in the State Center and St. Anthony communities where he helped his dad run the corn sheller and also farmed. LaVern worked at Fisher Controls in Marshalltown for 27 years and then at Farm Service for 10 years after retiring from Fishers.

LaVern treasured his family and thoroughly enjoyed attending his grandkids’ school activities.  He was a 4-H leader and later enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids show at the fair. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Left to cherish his memory are Nola, his wife of 66 years; three children, Bob (Pam) German of Dallas Center, Tim (Marcy) German of Hiawatha and Connie German of Hiawatha; four grandchildren, Christina (Rob) Buettel of West Hartford, CT, Scott (Erin) German of Ankeny, IA, Cody (Brooke) German of State Center and Alex (Briann) German of Altoona, IA; five great-grandchildren, Jack, Logan and Josie Bearden, Cole German and Sawyer German; his brother, Lanny German of State Center as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In death, LaVern rejoined his parents Lorenz and Aleta, sisters Etheleen Veren and Eloise Klemme and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, State Center Fire and EMS or West Marshall Community School Foundation.

The Cubs lost their greatest fan this week.


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