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COLUMBUS — LaVerne Joseph Torczon, 79, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln, surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph A. Miksch officiating. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday with a 6 p.m. vigil and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery in Columbus with military honors by the American Legion Hartman Post 84 Honor Guard.

LaVerne Torczon was born on Jan. 1, 1936, in Platte Center to Joseph and Veronica (Jarosz) Torczon. He was raised in Platte Center and graduated in 1953 from Platte Center High School. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1957. While attending the university, he was a three-year football letterman and was the recipient of the Tom Novak award, All Big Seven and All Academic American. On Aug. 9, 1958, he was united in marriage to Lu Foltz at St. Anthony’s Church in rural Platte Center. He entered the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Holiberd, Maryland. In 1960, LaVerne was drafted into the AFL and played seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills, New York Titans/Jets and Miami Dolphins. He was inducted into the University of Nebraska Hall of fame in 1987 and Nebraska High School Hall of Fame in 2012. Laverne started his real estate profession in 1967, and worked with Weerts Boetcher and Becher Curry. He started his appraisal business in 1981 and retired in 2006.

LaVerne was a charter member of St. Isidore Catholic Church, was on the St. Isidore School Board, a member of the Holy Name Society, member of the Knights of Columbus and Scotus Booster Club, and a charter member of Elks Country Club and Cactus Club, VFW #3704, Nebraska Beef Club and Nebraska Athletic Club.

His leisure activities included traveling with his wife, playing cards, golfing, attending Husker games and his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and spending time at the lake. He loved to spoil and spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had many of his prayers answered by being a supporter of St. Jude. Mostly he will be remembered for his big heart, generosity and passion for sports. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather and will be missed by many.

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He is survived by his wife, Lu (Foltz) Torczon of Columbus; daughters, Lynn (Scott) Harsh of Columbus and Lana Torczon of Kansas City, Missouri; grandson, Justin (Kristin) Harsh of Lincoln; granddaughter, Taylor (Brad) Cloke of Plano, Texas; great-grandchildren, Beckham Cloke and Olivia Harsh; brothers, Lambert (Barb) Torczon of Columbus, Clarence (Bonnie) Torczon of Platte Center and Denis (Lugene) Torczon of Humphrey; sister, Joan (Paul) Duesman of Humphrey; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Veronica Torczon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be suggested to St. Isidore Church or Scotus High School.

Condolences may be left at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.

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