Vernon “Mike” Reger, 82, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2020.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:00 a.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church in Browerville with Fr. Mitchell Bechtold officiating, Visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Iten Funeral Home, Browerville and one hour prior to services at the church. Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.
Burial will be held at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Staples.
Vernon was born November 4, 1937, to Frank and Elizabeth Reger in Battle Lake. He was raised at Staples where he attended country school through the eighth grade. He married Janice Trana, November 8, 1956, at Little Moran. They made their home for a brief time in the Twin Cities, returning to the Staples area where they raised their family.
Mike was skilled in many trades and worked at several jobs over the years to care for his family. He worked at Sapp’s Dairy, Staples delivering milk, at Sadusky’s Iron Works, Staples, had a career as a master mechanic for Northern Pipeline and worked for Aconite Corporation until he retired in 1997. He served as a volunteer fireman in Staples for several years.
If anyone needed help or something fixed Mike was the “go-to guy”. He worked on a variety of projects; construction, plumbing, auto repair, etc. There was no task he wasn’t willing to tackle. He took great pride in remodeling houses and eventually built their retirement home on Horseshoe Lake near Browerville.
Mike liked to play as hard as he worked and enjoyed hosting gatherings with family and friends. He was a master at roasting meats; hogs and turkeys for large groups of people. He enjoyed camping, 4-wheeling and created an extended family at the Riverview RV Park near Pine River.
Mike is survived and will be greatly missed by his four children: Chip (Sally) Reger, Michael (Kim) Reger, Christy (Tony) Tobas and Dan (Tammie) Reger; eight grandchildren Marcy, Samantha, Arik, Shawn, Josh, Melanie, Mikey, Christian; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jan; one son, Mark; two brothers, Kenny and Delmer and two sisters, Irene and Donna.