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06-07-10, 23:42
Vernon C. “Sonny” Backlund Jr., 82, Superior, died Saturday, July 3, 2010, in St. Mary’s Hospice, Duluth, surrounded by his family.

He was born Dec. 30, 1927, in Superior, to Vernon and Astrid (Bergren) Backlund Sr.

Vern graduated from the former Central High School in 1945. He served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Alaska.

He had been employed as a lineman for the Superior Water Light and Power Co.

Vern was a founding member of the Tri-State Racing Association where he was active for many years serving in a variety of offices. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Superior Men’s Bowling Association where he served as treasurer and the Superior Moose Lodge No. 606. Vern was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also a Green Bay Packer fan and a Milwaukee Brewers fan.

Vern is survived by three daughters, Laura (Garry) Lapenskie, London, Ontario, Canada, Linda (Beryl Bushaw) Backlund, Superior and Rosie (Tom) Kiiski, Superior; one son, Donald (Debra) Backlund, Superior; three stepdaughters, Judy (Bob) Raaflaub, Superior, Patricia Dyer, Superior, Shellie (Tim) Johnson, Superior; eight grandchildren, Shaun (Jill) Lapenskie, Shannon (Allen) Ash, Angela (Mike) Dodge, Alissa (Franklin) Romero, Kevin (Mandy) Backlund, Joseph Backlund, Jeremy Backlund and Adam Jacobson; six step grandchildren, Cynthia Myers, Jason and Candice Glaus, Craig, Chris and Carie Dyer; seven great-grandchildren, Jadyn and Gracie Dodge, Norah and Paige Lapenskie, Eric (Lapenskie) Ash, one on the way, and Keileigh Cooper Backlund; four step great-grandchildren, Jaylynn and Cole Glaus, and Juellie and Jenna Dyer; two sisters, Marla Ryan, Superior and Diane (Phil) Allison, Fridley, Minn.; two brothers, Dale Backlund, Superior and Jimmy (Mary) Backlund, Superior; one brother-in-law, Dick Glonek; longtime special friend, Lois Rookery; several nieces and nephews; and his canine companions 2nd Chants, Sassy and Love Bug.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Lorraine, his second wife Joyce; three sisters, Carol Jarzomski, Sandy Greely and Patsy Thompson; and two brothers, Marvin and Raymond Backlund.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 until the 10:30 a.m. memorial Mass Saturday, July 10 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. James Tobolski as celebrant.

Military honors accorded at the church by Superior Combined Honor Guard.

Pallbearers for the service will be Jeremy Backlund, Adam Jacobson, Joe Backlund, Franklin Romero, Mike Dodge, John Rice, Dick Glonek, Duane Anderson and Les Buchanan and Vern’s grandchildren will be recognized as honorary pallbearers.

Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Send a condolence or sign the online guest book at www.lenroot-maetzold.com.
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