Vernon Rendahl
Vernon Rendahl
Vernon Curtis Rendahl died Feb. 2, 2010, of respiratory failure at Scripps Green Hospital in San Diego, Calif.

Vernon was born June 17, 1921, on the Rendahl family farm, near Ostrander. He was the fourth of five children born to Louis and Carrie Rendahl.

Following graduation from LeRoy High School, Vernon became a partner in Ostrander Produce and Stockyard. After this, he and his brother, Walter, took over operation of Rendahl Farms, representing the third generation of Rendahls on their farm since 1876.

In 1944, Vernon married Ione Thorson in Spring Valley. This union produced three children, Greg, Debra and Jim. Ione died in 1984 after 40 years of marriage.

Vernon enjoyed active roles in his community. He served as a counsel member at Trinity Lutheran Church, Boy Scout Master, member of the Spring Valley Hospital Board and Secretary of Ace Telephone Association. He remained a supporting member of Trinity Lutheran Church his whole life.

In 1987, he married Kathryn Highum of Spring Valley, Minn., and relocated to San Diego, Calif. Kathryn had three children (Diane, David and John) with her late husband, Burton Highum.

Vernon's later years were spent on a two and a half acre ranch near El Cajon, Calif., where he continued with his agricultural interests by tending to his avocado and citrus orchards. He often returned to the Ostrander family farm, which his son, Greg, continues to operate.

He was preceded in death by his eldest brother Ray.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; brothers Leo (Ardis) and Walter and sister Arlene (Wilbur) Radach; children, Greg (Gail) Rendahl of Ostrander, Debra Rendahl of San Diego, Jim (Kristin) Rendahl of Plymouth, Minn.; stepchildren, Diane Highum (George Vaillant) of Orange, Calif., David Highum of El Cajon, Calif., John (Denise) Highum of El Cajon, Calif.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. The family suggests that memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Ostrander, or The American Lung Association.