GOWRIE - LaVere R. Brundage 80, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Farnhamville, with Pastor Robert Zellmer officiating. Burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery, with Military Rites conducted by American Legion Peterson Post #431 of Gowrie. Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Farnhamville. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is serving the family.
LaVere is survived by his children, Brenda (Dean) Gleason of Gowrie, Greg (Deb) Brundage of Mesa, AZ, Shanda Millard of Ozark, Mo, and Shelley Bohn (Don Goldsberry) of Hampton; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis Rasmussen of Gowrie, and Janice Skamarakus of Huntington Mills, PA; and brother Wayne Brundage of Urbandale. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty; parents, Glenn and Ruth Anderson Brundage; sister Carol G. Brundage; twin brothers, Ronald and Donald Brundage; and brother Bob Brundage.
LaVere Roger Brundage was born February 19, 1932 at Harcourt, Iowa. He graduated from Lanyon High School, with the Class of 1951. LaVere served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1955. On May 23, 1955 he was united in marriage to Betty Pirie at the United Methodist Church in Gowrie. The couple established their home in Fort Dodge, until moving to Somers in 1968. In 1996, they moved to Gowrie. LaVere worked for Hormel's for 31 years, retiring in 1982. He also drove truck for Northwest Limestone/Central Paving, and was caretaker of the Gowrie Township Cemetery. LaVere and Betty spent their winters in Arizona. Betty passed away in 2004. LaVere was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Farnhamville, Moose Club, and the American Legion Peterson Post #431 of Gowrie. LaVere "Duke" enjoyed watching Iowa Hawkeyes, Racing, Cubbies, and girls softball, but most of all loved spending time with his family and friends.