Lavern DuToit, 85, of Sarasota, Florida, former long-time resident of Marshalltown, died Sunday, August 26th at The Hospice House in Sarasota.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 19th, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown with Pastor Bobby Shomo officiating. He will be laid to rest with combined full military honors provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Harry C. Harter Post #839 and American Legion Frank Lewis Glick Post #46 both of Marshalltown. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the interment rites and will be held at the funeral home. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. Tuesday with the family present. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Sarasota Hospice House located at 5559 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL. 34238.
Vern was born May 23rd, 1927 in Toledo, Iowa, the son of Ruby and Riley DuToit. He spent his early childhood farming and attending rural school in Toledo. After school, Vern joined the navy and served as a member of the CB's during World War II. On June 23, 1947 he was united in marriage to Franzene Wiese from Garwin.
After returning from the Navy, Vern worked at the Marshalltown Chevrolet and Oldsmobile garages as an auto mechanic. Then a partnership was formed with Charles Weidner and for 14 years they owned and operated "Chuck and Vern's Sinclair" gas station at the corner of Center and Church Streets.
In 1971 the partnership moved to North 3rd Avenue and became "Chuck and Vern's Winnebago" and became one of the largest Winnebago dealers in the United States selling motorhomes and camper trailers retaining their auto service business. This business operated for 15 years.
Vern enjoyed many activities during his life but most of all motorcycling with his wife of 65 years, Fran. In the early marriage, motorcycle trips to Colorado and California and in retirement, trips to the Smokey Mountains and Florida.
Other activities Vern enjoyed were snowmobile trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota, fishing vacations to Minnesota and Canada, NASCAR races and he was a regular bowler on many bowling leagues.
Vern also enjoyed stock car racing in the central Iowa area being a car owner and mechanic, winning championships at the Marshalltown, Boone and Oskaloosa Speedways for many years. He also raced go-carts at the Gladbrook and Hickory Hill raceways in his earlier years.
Vern was a member of the Marshalltown Moose Lodge, the VFW, American Legion and the Tama Eagles. Vern was honored by the Marshalltown Bowling Association with a "Life Membership Award" for over 50 years of membership.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Fran, a son, Steven (Melanie) both of Sarasota, Florida; two grandchildren: Eric DuToit (Kristina) of Hernando, Mississippi and Holly Stoneking (Chad) of New Port Richey, Florida; and 5 great-grandchildren: Eden, Amaris, Milana and Ivy Dutoit and Brandon Stoneking.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Clarence and Berdell.