Obituary for LaVerne "Bernie" Baumgartner

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LaVerne "Bernie" G. Baumgartner, 80, of La Crosse passed away Monday, May 28, 2018 at Hillview Health Care Center. He was born in La Crosse on December 14, 1937 to Arnold and Adeline (Krause) Baumgartner. On March 7, 1959 LaVerne married Sandra Kay Hegel.
LaVerne worked as a truck driver. He was terminal manager for Briggs Transportation before starting his own company, Kickapoo Freight. He served in the National Guard, retiring as Sgt. 1st Class. He enjoyed deer hunting and watching sports, and was a member of the Stop Off Club.
LaVerne is survived by his wife, Sandra; two daughters, Jana Kohlman of Onalaska and Karla (Bruce) Arenz of Burr Oak, WI.; two sons, Lane Baumgartner of La Crosse and Kurt (Amy) Baumgartner of Waterloo, WI.; and seven grandchildren, Adeline (Shane) Kemnitzer, Joshua and Erin Baumgartner, Alissa and Justin Arenz, and Dylan and Hunter Baumgartner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Joann Hemker.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 1425 Jackson Street, La Crosse. Pastor Ted Dewald will officiate and burial with Military Honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
The family would like extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Hillview Heath Care for their wonderful care.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.
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