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LaVern Allerheiligen

March 28, 1932 — June 27, 2021

LaVern Allerheiligen, 89, Marysville, died Sunday, June 27, 2021, at his home. Visitation was Thursday, July 1 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. The family received friends from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 2 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Marysville. Rev. Philip Miller officiated. The musicians were Deb Landoll and Wayne Kruse. Music included “Abide With Me”, “Just As I Am”, “In the Garden” and “Softly and Tenderly”. The pallbearers were Gregory Betterton, Richard Mullen, Russell Breshears, Larry Plegge, Gregory Scheele and Don Prell. The honorary pallbearers were Regina Breshears, Karly Breshears, Kassie Breshears, Krista Breshears, Kallie Breshears and Kaytee Breshears. Burial was in the Marysville City Cemetery. Rev. Philip Miller officiated and Rev. Joel Barber delivered a special message. LaVern was born on a farm near Hollenberg on March 28, 1932, to Walter Henry and Anna (Rettig) Allerheiligen. When he was one year old, his parents moved to a farm southwest of Marysville. He attended Dow, Carden and Mt. Calvary Lutheran grade schools and graduated in 1950 from Marysville High School. He worked a year as a bookkeeper at Herkimer Co-op and then went to work for Safeway in Marysville. On December 1, 1952, he was drafted into the Army. He took basic training at Fort Sill, OK and was transferred to Fort Bliss, TX, where he worked on the Corporal missile project as a survey and forward observer. He was assigned to the 247th Field Artillery Missile Battalion and spent time at White Sands, NM. After two years of service, he was honorably discharged as a sergeant and returned to work for Safeway. After that he went to work for the Exchange Bank of Schmidt and Koester and was there thirty-one years. He went from teller to assistant cashier, cashier, assistant vice president and finally director. LaVern was a past president of the Marshall County Bankers Assoc. and secretary-treasurer of Group One of the Kansas Bankers Association. LaVern was a life member of S.M.N.&R. Post 163 American Legion with sixty-seven years of continuous membership. He is a graduate of the American Legion Extension Institute. He served several offices as a member of the legion: Adjutant, executive committee member, Commander, fifty-five years as Finance Officer and three terms as First District Convention Chairman. LaVern was the speaker at American Legion funerals from January 1985 to November 1999. He helped Elaine Scheele in the post’s kitchen for eleven and a half years, was club manager from 1986 to 1990 and served on several post committees including Boys State, legislative and membership. As a member of the Marshall County Council of the American Legion, he started the Marshall County Government program under County Commander Ted Studer of Beattie. LaVern served six years as program chairman and was County Commander. On the state level, he was chairman of a special committee to set the rules on housing at the headquarters hotel during state conventions, was State Membership Chairman, taught county government class at the American Legion College at Fort Riley and was a candidate for State Vice Commander. He was a delegate to the National American Legion Convention in Denver in 1961 and served on the resolution committee there. LaVern was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and was president of the Marysville Kiwanis Club. He also served several years as their treasurer. His interest included reading, especially about national politics, traveling, listening to Country Music, and spending precious time with his dear friend Regina Breshears and family. His political trivia knowledge was extensive. He enjoyed conversations with people about historical national politics. He could tell you not only about each president and vice president, but who lost to that president and the losing candidate’s running mate. On July 6, 1968, he was united in marriage to Doris Jean Clowe Kirkpatrick. She preceded him in death on December 16, 2014. LaVern was preceded in death by his brother Richard D. Allerheiligen who passed on June 17, 2021. Survivors include nieces, Angie Allerheiligen and Julie (Greg) Betterton; great nieces, Shelby and Alyssa Betterton; as well as many extended family and beloved friends. Memorial funds are established for either the American Legion or Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary. Link to video of funeral for LaVern Allerheiligen To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of LaVern Allerheiligen, please visit our flower store.


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