LaVerne James Legried

LaVerne James Legried
LaVerne James Legried

LaVerne James Legried passed away at home on May 27, 2014 after a long illness. He was 86 years old. LaVerne was born Easter Sunday on April 15, 1928 in DeForest, WI. He was born to Norwegian immigrants, Jens and Bertha (Herried) Legried. LaVerne was raised on a farm along with his six siblings, him being the youngest. He valued his Norwegian heritage.

LaVerne met his wife Valeria (Schulz) of 62 years in Morrisonville where they worked on the Milwaukee Road together and eventually married. In 1950 LaVerne joined the Army and served his country proudly, during the Korean War. He came home and started to raise a family of four children, James, Sheila, Mary and Jerome. He worked at Wolf Kubly & Hirsig for 20 years. He also worked many years at UW Housing from which he retired from in 1989. He enjoyed traveling to Northern Wisconsin, Colorado and Florida a lot before and after retiring.

This last October he got his wish and was able to travel with the Badger Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and tour the War Memorials with his daughter at his side. He was a proud veteran who earned a Bronze Star for his Heroism. He loved his sports with the Brewers, Badgers and the Packers.

He is survived by his daughters, Sheila Legried of Livingston, Montana and Mary Benson of Christchurch, New Zealand; and his sons Jerome Legried and Jim Legried, both of Madison.

He also loved and adored his granddaughters (of Jerome) McKenna, Ashlen and Kadence Legried of Madison. He also loved his grandson Gabriel Tousignant (son of James) of Madison. He is also survived by his remaining sister Burnette (David) Olson and a close brother-in-law William (Jeri) Schulz of Colorado and sister-in-law Joyce Kaziak of Woodruff, WI. He also has many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Valeria (Oct 2013), his parents and siblings Jerome, Signa, Lloyd, Arlene and Ruth. He lost too many nieces and nephews. He also lost his niece and dear friend LaVonne Lockwood.

The family would like to thank Dr. Albert Musa, Belmont Nursing Home, Home Health United Hospice, Veterans Administration and a special thank you to Tanya Collins for her loving care & companionship.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, at 12:00 Noon, with Msgr. Charles Schluter officating. Burial will follow at Norway Grove Cemetery in DeForest. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service.

“Jeg elskr deg and Jeg savner deg Dad!”

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