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LaVerne J. Duitsman

May 19, 1943 June 25, 2020
LaVerne J. Duitsman
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Obituary for LaVerne J. Duitsman

LaVerne J. Duitsman, 77, of Forreston passed away June 25, 2020 at Presence St. Joseph Center in Freeport. LaVerne, nicknamed Vern by most, was born May 19, 1943 and grew up on a farm in Florence, IL with his parents Emmert and Margaret (Pontnack) Duitsman, along with his younger sister Diane and Rita. Vern attended Forreston High School. After serving in the United States Army, Vern began working at Honeywell where he would stay for 40 years until he retired. Vern was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls and sometimes even the Cubs. He was the voice of the Forreston Cardinals football team for many years and loved the excitement of announcing the ball games. Vern was a regular at local auctions, flea markets, and anywhere else where he could look for antiques and collectables. You would often see him driving around in his cargo van looking for another treasure.

Surviving LaVerne is his wife Marcia of Forreston, IL; three daughters Lori Smith-Stuckenberg of German Valley, IL, Angela “Angie” Walker of Rockford, IL and Lisa (James) Curran of Warren, IL; sister Dianne (Bruce) Freier of Freeport, IL; brother-in-law, Chuck Pool; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 5 nieces and nephews.

Preceding LaVerne in death is his parents and son, Billy Duitsman; and sister, Rita Pool.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday July 2, 2020 at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, Forreston. Rev. Dawn Barr will officiate. A visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday July 1, 2020 also at Burke-Tubbs. Burial will be in Florence Station United Methodist Church Cemetery. A memorial has been established in his memory. Please sign LaVerne’s guestbook and share a memory at www.burketubbs.com

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Visitation

Wednesday

1

Jul

4:00 PM 7/1/2020 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/1/2020 7:00:00 PM
Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home - Forreston Location

203 South 3rd Street
Forreston, IL 61030

Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home - Forreston Location
203 South 3rd Street Forreston 61030 IL
United States

Service

Thursday

2

Jul

1:00 PM 7/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home - Forreston Location

203 South 3rd Street
Forreston, IL 61030

Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home - Forreston Location
203 South 3rd Street Forreston 61030 IL
United States
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