Vernon Soderbloom

IRON RIVER – Vernon A. Soderbloom, 89, of Iron River, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, at Northstar Health System in Iron River after a short illness.

Vernon was born July 25, 1923, in Stambaugh, son of Carl and Emily (Anderson) Soderbloom. He attended the Stambaugh Public Schools, graduating in 1941.

Vernon entered the U.S. Army in 1943. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, American Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon with One Bronze Star.

On Nov. 1, 1947, Vernon married Mildred Maki, and the couple made their home in Iron River. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2012.

Vernon was employed by the MA Hanna Mining Co., and worked at the Homer-Wauseca and Groveland Mines until his retirement. Vernon also worked many years at the Iron County Youth Camp (Camp Batawagama) in maintenance.

Vernon was a member of the Grace Covenant Church of Iron River. He was a good carpenter and liked woodworking, reading, and watching the Packers. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Mildred; his brothers, Robert (Kathy) Soderbloom of Stoughton, Wis., and Dale (Sandee) Soderbloom of Sauk Village, Ill; sister-in-law, Charlotte Soderbloom of Iron River; his children, Nancy (Thomas) Burcar of Davison, Mich., Curtis (Patty) Soderbloom of Iron River, Alan (Debbie) Soderbloom of Fence, Wis., David (Beverly) Soderbloom of Quinnesec, Cindy Barrette of Iron River, and Betsy (Charles) Soderbloom of Harper Woods, Mich,; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Jr., Ralph and Marvin; sisters, Eunice and Ingrid; son-in-law, Donald Barrette; and daughter-in-law, Rose Ann Soderbloom.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Grace Covenant Church of Iron River.

Funeral services will follow Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. James Swanson II to officiate.

Interment will be in Stambaugh Cemetery in the spring. The West Side Veterans will accord Military Rites at the graveside.

The family requests no flowers.

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Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.