Feb. 3, 1933 — Nov. 24, 2017
Verne was the first born son of Anthony and Agnes (Dahlhauser) Waechter and made his earthly debut on Feb. 3, 1933 at his home near Pioneer, Ia. When Verne was about five years of age, the family moved to a farm north of Ottosen, where he and his four brothers were taught the value of hard work. Verne attended primary schools rotating year to year between Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in West Bend and Ottosen Public School. In 1951, he graduated from Ottosen High School. Thereafter, he was drafted to the US Army and completed his basic training at Fort Riley in Junction City, Kan. With honor, he served his country stateside from 1953-1955 stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash.
Following his military service, he worked for Firestone in Cedar Rapids where he literally swept LaDonna Lawrence off her feet with his good looks, charm and fine dancing skills at a local dance hall. They were married on Oct. 21, 1956 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend, Ia. They danced through their first years of marriage living on various farms near Cylinder, West Bend and Gilmore City, Ia., where they lovingly welcomed the first four children to their family. Following his parents retirement to West Bend in 1962, they moved to the Waechter family farm north of Ottosen and were blessed with five more children. Verne was a true farmer and worked hard all of his life. Faith, family, farming, fishing and golf were his life staples. He was very proud of the things he raised, including crops, cows, pigs, chickens and in later years, a huge garden. He was extremely proud of his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The farm was truly home to him and it was hard for him to move to Springvale Independent Living in Humboldt in late July of this year when his health started to decline. He was honored to be a member of the Knights of Columbus (Fourth Degree), American Legion and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend.
Those left on earth to cherish his memory are his wife Donna; children: Steve (Barbie) of Hampton, Sherry (John) Bredehoeft of Emmetsburg, Kevin (Sally) of Castroville, Texas, Ken (Mary) of Montezuma, Cathy (Jeff) McCullough of Humboldt, Julie Wichtendahl of Overland Park, Kan., David (Cheri) of Livermore, Lisa (Steve) Thul of Bode, Mary Beth (Jeff) Olson of Humboldt; 27 grandchildren: Sarah Strohman, Aaron Waechter, Casey Waechter, Josh Waechter, A.J. Osborn, Annie Hyink, Susan Brindley, Sondra Smith, Taylor Waechter, Megan Lambert, McKenzie Waechter, Nichole Bushong, Rachael Underwood, Tony Waechter, Jess Waechter, Cassie Hartmann, Jake McCullough, Michael Wichtendahl, Luke Wichtendahl, Savannah Waechter, Isabella Waechter, Nathan Thul, Bryce Thul, Cody Thul, Justin Olson, Jordan Olson and Morgan Olson; seven step grandchildren: Josh Junker, Jeremiah Junker, David Bredehoeft, Emily Volkert, Samantha Presutti, Jaci Allison, Josh Brandt; 26 great grandchildren; two brothers, Don (Jan) Waechter and Gary (Linda) Waechter; and sister-in-law Sue Waechter. Those that greeted him to his eternal home were his parents, Tony and Agnes, brothers Bob and Lyle, sister-in-law Joan and son-in-law Jon Osborn.