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Vernon J. Reekers

March 20, 2020 | 8 comments

Vernon J. Reekers, of Onalaska, passed away peacefully at home on March 18, 2020.  He was born on November 14, 1929 in Sheldon, Iowa. Vernon married Elizabeth Heidebrink in 1952 before his deployment to the Korean War.  Upon his return the two of them settled into married life and Vernon started his career as a transport operator.  He was a member of the One Million Mile club with a perfect safety record. His love of the road carried over into retirement with road trips all over the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.  He and Liz especially enjoyed Orange Beach, Alabama, and eventually became “Snow Birds” there each winter.  When not on the road, Vernon spent his time in his woodshop, at family gatherings, cheering on the Brewers, watching westerns, and volunteering his time at the Legion.

Vernon, a veteran of the Korean War, was proud to be an active member of the Onalaska American Legion Post 336 and the Post 336 Honor Guard.  He gave countless hours to this organization in honor of his fellow Veterans and community.  He also was a member of the VFW, and Forty and Eight.

Vernon is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth; five children, Corliss (David) Hicks, Norman (Betty) Reekers, Cindy (Michael) Genz, Cheryl (Alan) Hofer, Connie (Demetrius) Conner; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by four sisters and one sister-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his brother and four brothers-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, services will be announced at a later date.



  1. Vicky Bosworth

    I am so very sorry for your loss! Sending prayers to the entire family.

  2. Donna Hewitt

    I’m so sorry to hear of Vernon’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • Sherri Novak

      I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad Cindy. Sending prayers your way at this difficult time. The angels have taken him to a better place. Thinking of you and your family.

  3. Lori Kennedy

    Liz, Corliss and family,

    Im so very sorry to read of the loss of your husband and father.
    You are all in my prayers.

    Lori Steiger Kennedy

    • Doug Huggett

      My condolences to you all on the passing of Vern.

  4. Pat Secor

    Liz and Family,

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers to each of you.

    Pat Secor and daughter Tamie (I still have the cedar chest he made)

  5. Connie Conner

    Rest In Peace u will be missed we love u forever love you the Connie Conner family

  6. Cheri conner

    I am so sorry too hear this of my grandfather now u in better place in heaven your not hurting anymore and I love you so very much and r.i.p grandpa reekers


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