LaVern E. Zlomke


(Nov. 19, 2005)

Funeral services will be conducted today (Tuesday), Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Powell for LaVern Zlomke, 85, of Frannie, who died in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 19 at Powell Valley Care Center.

The Rev. Christopher Brandt will officiate at services and burial in the Deaver Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

He was born June 28, 1920, in Garfield County, Nebr., son of Amil and Elisa (Suntken) Zlomke. He married Alice Marie (Bartos) Zlomke on Feb. 1, 1944, at Ord, Nebr.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving his country during World War II. He was stationed in Europe with the 10th Armored Division as a medic in Germany, France, Austria and Poland. He returned to Nebraska after the war and farmed for a period of time before going to work for the CB&Q Railroad in 1950 as a depot agent/telegrapher. He moved to Wyoming with the railroad in 1950, living in Manderson, Bonneville, Wendover, Frannie, Osage and back to Frannie.

In retirement, he took up woodworking and participated in a variety of craft shows. He spent time traveling to various parts of the United States visiting friends and family. He was a devoted member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and a member of the American Legion.

LaVern was a loving and caring person with a sense of humor and a ready smile for everyone he met. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends that he made at the Powell Valley Care Center during his three years there, and his dog, Pugs.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Alice Zlomke; his sons, Dennis (Joy) of Powell, Darrell of Cheyenne, Michael (Mary) of Tulsa, Okla., and Leland (Sherrie) of Hagerstown, Md.; his daughter, Patricia, of Rapid City, S.D.; and one sister, Mae Burkhardt of Central City, Nebr. His legacy of love lives on in 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Elsie; his brother, Eddy; and one granddaughter, Jennie Perron.

For those desiring, they may send memorials to the Powell Valley Care Center or the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Powell.