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Lavern Gregor Lammers, 84, of Anamosa, Iowa, formerly of Colesburg, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019, at the Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa. He was born on May 13, 1934, in New Vienna, the son of Gregor and Alvina (Bockenstedt) Lammers. Lavern was raised and attended school in Colesburg. He worked as a truck driver for Fred Sweet from 1954 to 1957. He then served honorably in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959 and was stationed in France.
On March 21, 1957, Lavern was united in marriage to Karen Dodge at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Dubuque. Five children were born to this union. Lavern worked for John Deere in Dubuque from 1959 until retiring in 1990. From 1990 until 1994, Lavern and his brother Irvin operated Lammers Construction.
Lavern was a trustee on the Pioneer Cemetery Commission for Delaware County from 2000 until 2016. He helped restore 23 cemeteries in Delaware County and was instrumental in restoring the abandoned Platt Cemetery near Colesburg in 1990. Lavern also worked for the Clayton County Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Association in 1990.
Lavern was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg and most recently St. Patrick Catholic Church in Anamosa. He belonged to the “F Troop” Coffee Club in Colesburg. Lavern loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Karen Lammers of Anamosa; his five children, Lanny Lammers of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Linda (Ronald) Hammerberg of Cedar Rapids, Terri (Jeffrey) Lueken of Anamosa, Deborah (Daniel) Loeffelholz of Susanville, California, and Sandra (Jeffrey) Beck of Platteville, Wisconsin; 11 grandchildren, Melissa (Jason) Wright, Alicia Amling (Matt Mitchell), Angela (Donnie) Willson, Alex (Jake) Martin, Hailey Beck, Lucie (Anthony) Schmitz, Tony (Anna) Lueken, Tiffany (Brett) Cox, Codi (Sam) Cole, Bailey (Andy) Tiedt, and Bennet (Amanda) Hammerberg ;19 great-grandchildren, Andrew (Bayli), Nicholas, Kaia, Cali, Marin, and Lara, Adrienne, Patricia, and Michael, Owen, and Kain and Karly, Payton, Aubrey, and Kinley, Cameron, and Grayson and Wyatt, and Henry; one great-great-grandchild, Oaklynn; four siblings, Abbie Mormann of Colesburg, Vanita Knipper of Manchester, Irvin (Eloise) Lammers of Guttenberg, and Carol (Lester) Simons of Colesburg; and many nieces and nephews.
Lavern was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Alice Knipper, Mildred Helle, and Gladys Lake; and one brother, Donald Lammers.