Luverne Scanlan
Luverne Scanlan
Luverne Joseph Scanlan, 85, affectionately known as "Irish," died on March 31, 2012.

He was born to Josephine and Leon Scanlan in Lanesboro on April 3, 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy after World War II and attended Winona State Teachers College.

In 1948, he married LaVon Mary Dusbabek of Faribault. He and his wife spent their lives raising their 11 children in Lanesboro and Fountain City, Wis., where Mr. Scanlan taught industrial arts and woodworking, coached high school football and track, and enjoyed summers building log homes and hitting the links at the local golf courses. In 1985, he retired and moved with his wife to Clam Lake, Wis., to the log cabin built by Mr. Scanlan, along with his close friends and family.

His love of sports was evident throughout his life. He coached high school football in both Lanesboro (1951-70) and Cochrane-Fountain City (1971-85), winning several conference championships. His love for and skill as a golfer began at a young age. As a member of the Winona State golf team, he was on several championship teams in the late '40s and was the victor in many southeastern Minnesota open championships in the '50s and '60s. He passed on his passion for golf to many of his children and at the age of 83, he made his first ever hole in one!

He is survived by his 11 children: Susan, Thomas, Rebecca Konter, Barbara (Paul) Dokken, Michael, Michele, Patrick (Sam), Timothy (Michelle), Peter, John (Claudia) and Mary; 14 grandchildren: Christopher, Brad, Whitney, Andrew, Debra, Jenni, Michelle, Paul, Eric, Maggie, Seamus, Piper, Isabella and Sophia; and six great-grandchildren: Bohde, Alexis, Dezirae, Jayden, Mason and Annalie.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, LaVon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lanesboro. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. A luncheon and Irish wake will follow at the Lanesboro Golf Course.

Flowers may be sent to St. Patrick's Church or, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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