Vern Jahnke, 1927-2019

Published 1:00 am Saturday, May 4, 2019

Memorial services for Vern J. Jahnke, 91, of Albert Lea will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Shane Koepke will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Vern Jahnke

Vern died Friday, May 3, 2019, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.

Vern Jesse Jahnke was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Guckeen, the son of Jesse and May Jahnke. He was united in marriage to Marlys Grasdalen on Sept. 21, 1947. She passed away in 2007. Vern worked for Emil Olson for a number of years as a heavy equipment operator and then worked for the state highway department for 35 years before retiring in 1990.

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Vern is survived by his special friend of 12 years, Audrey Sorenson; nephew, Eric Grasdalen; and many other friends.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and May; wife, Marlys; nephew, Keith Grasdalen; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Loren and Mary Grasdalen.