In Memory of

Verne Borkowski

September 26, 1934 - February 12, 2016
Laverne (Verne) Earl 'Papa Verne' Borkowski, the son of Roy and Julia (Friedrichsen) Borkowski, was born on September 26, 1934, in Templeton, IA. As a child he lived in Templeton, Truesdale, IA, and Manning, IA where he was a graduate of Jefferson High School. Following graduation, Verne spent four years in the Navy until his honorable discharge. On June 3, 1962, he was united in marriage to Judith Matilda Anderson in Terrill, IA. In 1963, they moved to Cherokee, IA where he worked at Clough's in Storm Lake and later Brown's Auto Supply in Cherokee. Verne enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, and making bird houses. He also liked riding his bike, traveling, feeding squirrels, deer hunting, and his trips to Dairy Queen. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and the neighborhood children who affectionately called him 'Grandpa'. On February 12, 2016, Verne passed away a Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Borkowski; parents, Roy and Julia Borkowski; two brothers, Merle and Allen Borkowski; and one sister, Florence Fister. He is survived by his children: Kevin (Kim) Borkowski of Sac City, IA, Scott Borkowski of Boone, IA, Todd (Pam) Borkowski of San Diego, CA, Mark (Sara) Borkowski of Rutland, VT, Kristi (Mark) Herrera of Cherokee, IA, Jason (Lisa) Borkowski of Boone, IA, and Julie (Sean) Lee of Anita, IA; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond (Barb) Borkowski of Forest City, IA, and Russell (Barb) Borkowski of Climbing Hill, IA; and several nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, THE FAMILY SUGGESTS THAT MEMORIALS IN VERNE'S NAME BE DIRECTED TO THE TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH PRESCHOOL.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Jon Riggert
Scott Borkowski Todd Borkowski Mark Borkowski Jason Borkowski Sean Lee Mark Herrera HONORARY BEARERS Faith Riley Jen Kaleigh Chad Reinert Dude Reinert Scott Reinert All the children who called him "Grandpa"
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church.
"Amazing Grace" "Just As I Am" "How Great Thou Art" Organist- Betty Koehlmoos
Cedar Township Cemetery Larrabee, Iowa


Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry just seen this. Thoughts of you and your families much love @ light to you all my family was friends with yours when I was a young girl.”
- bridgette schwebach
Friday, February 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I will miss seeing Verne at ballgames. I always enjoyed talking to him. Mark, Jim sends his condolences.”
- Dr. Robert J. Martin
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Verne was an amazing man that I had the privilege to know and to learn from as I worked with him. I have many fond memories of Vern and my Condolences go out to his family at the loss of a great man.”
- Roger W. Melton
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for the loss of your dad and grandpa. Prayers to all of you. Both your parents were great people. ”
- Pam Phipps-Bezoni
Monday, February 15, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“My prayers are with the loved ones of Verne. He was very special to my sister, Eunice Borkowski”
- Faye
Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I only had the great pleasure of meeting Verne several times (as his brother Allen who has since passed was married to my sister). He was always such a very special person to each and every person. He never met a stranger. Our love and prayers go out to all of the family. He is watching over all of you now.”
- Cassie Shupe
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for your loss going to be missed by everyone he has touched they don't make them like him anymore Prayers sent to all his family & extended family”
- Chuck Rosewall Jr.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“How do I put my feelings and heart into words. I am saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man. Growing up it was my second home. I was just one of the kids and those were such wonderful days. My prayers and thoughts are with all of the family.”
- Gregory Ingram
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“With my deepest sympathy.”
- Jan Schwanz
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.”
- Janet Hultman Iedema
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear of Vern's passing. He'll be missed. I always appreciated working with him at the NAPA machine shop. ”
- Ron & Nancy Maurer
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Vern is a great man. There was never a time I saw him that he didn't give me a hug. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends in this time.”
- Brenda Draper
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Im sorry to hear about the loss of your father,he was a great person and will be missed by all who knew him”
- Melissa Eberly
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Verne was a very special person.”
- Mary Morris
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