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Burton LaVerne Lande, 90, of Lake Park, MN, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park, surrounded by family.
Burton LaVerne was born on January 19, 1928, in Bricelyn, Minnesota, the son of Lewis A. and Amelia (Molskness) Lande. He was baptized and confirmed in Fairbault County. He attended country school through the sixth grade, at which time he worked at various farms in the area. Burt worked at Land O’Lakes,Winnebago, Universal, Kaiser Engineering and Streaters. Most of his career was spent as a union pipe fitter, traveling the country working various construction jobs. In 1946, Burt was drafted into the US Army during World War II where he served as a medic and cook. In 1950, he once again served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict where he served as head cook. Burt was honorably discharged in 1952.
On July 3, 1954, he married LaVonne (Bernice) Lande at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. To this union they had two children, Duane and Diane. They lived many of their early years in Albert Lea before moving to their home on Middle Cormorant Lake in 1977. Burt was an avid car and tractor enthusiast. He could often be seen washing and polishing any one of his vehicles. He was especially proud of his 1929 Ford Model A and 1936 John Deere B Tractor, both which he restored. Burt enjoyed daily trips driving around the countryside, often stopping in town to meet friends and neighbors for pie and coffee. He loved visiting and sharing his many interesting life experiences with friends, family and strangers. He enjoyed riding around the lake on his pontoon. Burt spent many hours on his riding lawn mower, grooming his large lakeshore property. He liked listening to polka music and religiously watched “The Lawrence Welk Show” every week. Burt was very patriotic, and in 2016, he had the pleasure of traveling to Washington D.C. on the WDAY Honor Flight with his daughter and fellow veterans. He described it as the “trip of a lifetime.” Burt was very proud of his family and fortunate to have his childen and grandchildren as neighbors at the lake for many years. He was very strong in his Christian faith.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, LaVonne Lande and brother, Elwood Lande.
He is survived by two children, Duane Lande and Diane (Don) Johnson both of Lake Park; two grandchildren, Kelly (Jeremy) Albright of Lake Park and Luke (Lisa) Johnson of Fergus Falls; three great grandchildren, Avery and Hailey Albright and Rusty Johnson; a brother, Darrel (Irene) Lande of Rochester along with numerous family and friends.
Visitation: Friday, September 21, 2018, from 4-6, with a 5:30 prayer service at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls and continuing one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Audubon.
Clergy: Rev. John E. Merseth Sr.
Interment: Cormorant Lutheran Cemetery, Lake Park, MN
Military Honors: MN ARNG Honor Guard
Funeral arrangements are with the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Fergus Falls for Burton Lande.