Vernon Maas

Aug. 17, 1921-Sept. 2, 2013

CANBY – Services for Vernon Maas, 92, of Canby, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Birk Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery. Military honors are provided by Canby/Porter Military Honor Guard.

He died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake, S.D.

He was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Thordenskjold Tsp., Barnes City, N.D., to Joseph and Anna (Paulsen) Maas. He was baptized in Fort Ransom and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mora. Vernon went on to graduate from Mora High School. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and served in Europe as a First Lieutenant. Upon coming back, he stayed in the reserves for 20 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He returned to Mora and worked in a general store. Vernon loved working on the family farm, which he bought from his father.

Later, he moved to Canby to work in insurance. He married his first wife, Joyce Olson, on April 5, 1959, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby. They took in foster children as well as having children of their own. After marriage, he worked for the city of Canby. On June 19, 1994, he married Hazel (Hanson) Maas. He was active in his church and community. He became mayor after retiring from the city. At church he was a Sunday School teacher, and volunteered with Aid Association of Lutherans on projects. Vernon was a volunteer driver and enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel of Clear Lake, S.D.; two daughters: Diane (and Gary) Sik of Tyler and Elaine Maas of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one son, Brian (and Michelle) Maas of Beresford, S.D.; two grandsons, Derek and Dustin Maas of Beresford; one sister, Ruby Felt of Watertown; one brother, Gerald Maas of Northfield; and two step-daughters, Darlene Tesch of Clear Lake, S.D., and Diane Jensen of Appleton.

Vernon was preceded by his first wife (Aug. 30, 1992); his parents; four brothers, Harry, Howard, Earl and Melvin Maas; one sister, Margaret Howard; and an infant daughter.

Blessed be his memory.