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Luverne Jerome Tovson

April 4, 1940 ~ March 6, 2019 (age 78)

Luverne Jerome Tovson of Owatonna, MN passed away peacefully on March 6, 2019 at Owatonna Homestead Hospice House. 

Funeral services are set for 11:00 am Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Bethel Church in Owatonna, MN. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am Tuesday at the church.  Interment will be at Brase Cemetery in Meriden Township.

Luverne was born in Manchester, MN on April 4, 1940, the son of Leonard and Judith (Iverson)Tovson. He grew up on his parent’s family farm in Manchester, MN.He attended school in Manchester, later graduating from Albert Lea High School in 1958. 

On May 31, 1964 Luverne married Virginia Dolgner at St. John’s American Lutheran Church in Owatonna, MN. Together, Virginia and Luverne raised registered Palomino horses on their farm near Manchester, MN. In the 1970’s, they became active in the Wonder Life Program, promoting organic planting and raising of animals.  They sold their farm in 1979, moving to a homestead in Lemond Township once owned by Virginia’s ancestors.

Luverne, along with his wife, lived a life of service to friends, neighbors and the community.   He enjoyed genealogy, tinkering, woodworking, farm life, and attending church events. He had a one of a kind knack for telling stories, brightening your day, and sharing peace. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; parents, Leonard and Judith; sister, Beverly Hompe. 

The family and friends extend thanks to all staff at Owatonna Homestead Hospice House for their kindness and care of Luverne and Virginia. 

Memorials can be sent to Homestead Hospice House: Patient Care Fund or Heifer International. 

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