Lavern “Vern” Listol

Born May 19, 1933 in Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Departed May 31, 2024 at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida

Lavern “Vern” Listol, a proud veteran of the US Navy, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2024 at his home on Patrick SFB, Florida, after a prolonged battle with esophageal cancer. His family was at his side.

Vern was born to Olaf and Clara (Burdick) in Thief River Falls, Minnesota on May 19, 1933.

In 1951, at the age of 18, Vern enlisted in the Navy where he traveled the world! He valued his service to the country very highly and was grateful for every opportunity the Navy placed before him. He spoke often of the wonderful people he served with and remained lifelong friends with many of them. After 40 years of service Vern retired in 1991, with the rank of Captain.

In 1955, Vern married Barbara (Frankenstein) who preceded him in death. Together, they had three sons, Wayne, David, and Eric.

Vern enjoyed every opportunity to visit his sister Pearl and her husband Roy on their farm in Thief River. He enjoyed operating the farm equipment and hunting with his nephews.

In 2008, Vern married Vallie and became step father to her sons James and Jon.

Vern was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. Whether it be his mechanical skills, handyman abilities, cooking ability or organizational skills, Vern was generous and dependable with his talents. These are just a few of the attributes that endeared him to people and he will be greatly missed.

Vern is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Pearl. He is survived by his wife Vallie; his sons and stepsons; numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Health First Cancer Center, hospice care and all of the doctors and nurses who participated in his care.

Services will held on Saturday, June 29, 2024 11:00 am at Hope Lutheran Church, 4541 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida.

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Steven B Gibson from Pensacola wrote on June 17, 2024:
Vern never let the navy leave him. Shortly after becoming the CO of NAMTRAGRU, Vern came to visit me to verify that we moved the school from Memphis to P'cola. I gave him the cook's tour and introduced him to our staff military and civilian employees. I was very impressed with his knowledge of what we were doing to do a better job of capturing the experiences of our sailors to give them credit for their experience with the FAA and DoL certification programs.
Mack Prose, Captain USN Retired from Pensacola, Fl wrote on June 14, 2024:
Vern was a a very good shipmate with whom I am honored to have served with in the Navy. He was an outstanding leader and one you could count on to get the difficult jobs done.. Vern was always optimistic, extremely helpful, and a fun traveling companion. He will be sorely missed. Please take comfort in knowing that he has “slipped the surly bonds of earth” and is now in the hands of God. Good servant, rest in peace.
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