August 10, 2022
LaVern Gene Stellflug passed away peacefully on Monday, July 25, 2022, in Kennewick, Wash., after suffering a stroke in April of 2022. He was 79.
A celebration of life is planned in Pasco, Wash., on Saturday, Sept. 17.
A graveside memorial service will be held in June 2023 in Opheim, Mont., at the Lawndale Cemetery, just outside of Opheim. A reception will follow. More information will be available as time gets closer.
LaVern was born on Jan. 1, 1943, in Opheim. He grew up in Opheim and married Judy Stuber. They had four children and raised Judy's younger brother Buster as their own. The family farmed west of town for several years. His love of farming and Percheron horses kept him busy for many years until he eventually moved to Pasco to be near his kids and grandkids.
Vern's love of horses never wavered. He enjoyed roping and just taking a long ride. He loved talking about the old days and remembering all the stories of the "old timers."
Vern tried to make it to every event the grandkids were involved in. He loved getting together with family and watching the grandkids grow up. He learned to fish, whether he caught anything, it didn't matter. He was always ready for a good cup of coffee and a cookie with friends.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Jeanette Stellflug; and his brother Duane Stellflug.
He is survived by his children Gene Stellflug (Cyndi), Sue Hays (Jim), Bob Stellflug (Michelle), Shandy Hipke (Ben) and Buster Stuber; grandchildren Jamie Flynn, Roseanna Hoffer, Kailee Hipke, Grace Hipke, Madison Hays, Ariana Hipke, Joe Hays; and great-grandchildren ShyAnne Thorne, Jasmine Hoffer, Brooklyn Hoffer, Tyler Peterson.