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Jeffrey "Vern" Todd Kompelien

Jeffrey "Vern" Todd Kompelien

Jeffrey "Vern" Todd Kompelien, 45, of Bemidji died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at Sanford Fargo Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Corey Fuhrman officiating. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 pm Monday Dec. 17, 2012 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion post # 14 of Bemidji.

Jeff was born on March 31, 1967 in Aurora, Minnesota. He is the son of Vernon "Donnie" and Audrinne (Dybedahl) Kompelien. His childhood in Embarrass, MN will always hold special memories for the ones that were raised there as much more than just cousins and friends. He graduated from Babbitt-Embarrass High School in 1985. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1991 during Desert Storm. He was stationed at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base (NORAD) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He married his childhood love, Lorinda Elaine Ness on July 1, 1989 in Babbitt, MN.

Jeff and Lorinda settled in Bemidji in 1993, raising their three children there. Following his discharge, he worked various jobs, including Potlatch for 11 years & Fagen, Inc. for several years. He graduated just this year from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Sciences.

He loved the outdoors and spent what time he could there. He also always had a project of some sort to work on and he shared both of these hobbies with his children. Beginning early in his life, Jeff had a great talent for fixing things and was able to build, fix, or do just about anything that he set his mind to. His mathematical/mechanical mind allowed him to solve or plan just about anything and he made sure that his boys had the same skills, and you could see this in them even when they were very young.

He will be missed by many, including: his wife of 23 years; Lorinda of Bemidji - three children; Andrea (21), Erik (17), and Karl (15) also of Bemidji - his parents; Vernon "Donnie" and Audrinne Kompelien of Embarrass, MN - Sister; Karen (Russell) Reichter of Erie, Pennsylvania - Niece; Paige (Jacob) Rosandich of Virginia, MN - Great Nephew; Juhani Vernon Rosandich - Grandmother; Freda Dybedahl of Roseau, MN - Father-in-law- Tony Ness of Babbitt, MN - and numerous close cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; Olaf and Anna Kompelien - maternal grandfather; Fred Dybedahl - and mother-in-law; Elaine (Fjerstad) Ness.

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