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LaVerne F. Williams
LaVerne F. Williams

January 26, 1934 - June 1, 2021
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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LaVerne François Williams unexpectedly died on Tuesday, June 1st at Mercy One Medical Center. “Vern” was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Bamie Lee and Felix A. Williams. He attended elementary school in Des Moines and graduated from East High School.

As the oldest child, he enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and, after receiving his honorable discharge, spent a few years in Los Angeles. What was to be a short visit to Des Moines, Iowa, for a vacation, turned into a lifelong home in a place he really enjoyed, Des Moines. Vern worked several jobs; first, as foreman at Iowa Pack, where he, in his late twenties supervised an extremely large workforce. After leaving Iowa Pack, he became Maintenance Supervisor for Des Moines Public Housing and Royal View Manor. He loved working and had extraordinary work ethics as is evident by his ability to land jobs after retirement. One such was for Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Inc.; and, at the time of his death, Construction Supervisor of the DMACC Youth Build Program.

Vern was married to Mary Ann Haugland and they were blessed with a daughter, Vernette. She became the focus of the couple’s life as they planned most activities around her. Camping, fishing, sailing, biking, and birdwatching were some of their family activities.

LaVerne was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Ann, sister, Mable Hobbs, and his brothers, Walter Williams, and Felix Williams. He leaves to mourn him his daughter, Vernette Williams-Boyd and her husband, Thomas of Des Moines, IA; sister: Bamie Lynn, brothers: Dr. Anthony Williams; Billy Williams; Michael (Darlene) Williams; Bobby (Wanda) Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Funeral Service
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
1:00 PM
Burial
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
2:00 PM
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