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Vernon Monroe Skretvedt, 86

Vernon Monroe Skretvedt, 86, of Bemidji, died on Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at his home surrounded by his family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji with Rev. James Darchuk officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the Mississippi Room. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family with arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Crisman, Thomas Smith, Bill Schneider, Don Fargen, Roger Pfannenstein and Ron Binkert.

He was born on April 22, 1920, to Lillian (Lee) and Tom Skretvedt, in Grygla, Minn. He attended school at Bingham Consolidated and Nielsville High School. He graduated from Gary High School in 1939. He farmed until 1942 when he married Charlotte Sondrol on Nov. 8, 1942. They moved to California, where they both began work at the Kaiser Shipyard. After the World War II was over, he started a portable auto machinist business in Oakland, Calif., and later moved it to Nielsville, Minn. In 1947, he moved the business to Crookston, Minn., where he operated it until 1956. In 1950, he purchased the Crookston Transportation Co., a city bus line, and operated it until 1954. In 1953, he went to work for the Crookston Public Schools as their transportation manager, and worked with them until 1961, when he moved to Bemidji to set up and operate an auto parts store and machine shop for J.E. Schraeder Co. of Crookston. In 1966, he joined the founding faculty of Bemidji Area Technical Institute, where he taught the auto machinist program until 1982 when he retired.

He was a member of the Ham Radio Club and founded the Sky-warn weather warning system for Northern Minnesota. He was also a member of the Sons of Norway, the North Country Snowmobile Club and a founding member of Fishing Has No Boundaries.

He is survived by his wife of Bemidji; sons, Orrin (Kathleen) Skretvedt of Richmond, Va., and Clayton (Terri) Skretvedt of Fergus Falls, Minn.; daughter, Sheila (David) Lapp of Bemidji; brothers, Gordon (Janet) Skretvedt of Ada, Minn., Spencer (Zelda) Skretvedt of California City, Calif., and Merlin (Daphne) Skretvedt of St. Louis, Mo.; sister, Arlene Miller of Moorhead, Minn.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Carl Lyle Skretvedt.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Bemidji Hospice, Fishing Has No Boundaries or Bemidji Ham Club.