Paul Lavern Kiger, 85, of Rushford

Paul Lavern Kiger, 85, of Rushford, passed away on May 23, 2019, at his home surrounded by family. Paul was born on November 12, 1933, to Ethmer and Blanche Kiger in Boswell, Ind. He had three siblings: Louise Kunkle, Linda McGhee and Duane Kiger.

Paul was united in marriage to Loreta Fletcher on July 22, 1952. During their 66 years of marriage, they raised four children: Dixie Kiger, Lexie Boehmke (Don Laumb), Rickie Kiger and Mickie Kiger. Paul had 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

In 1952, Paul joined the U.S. Army where he served his country proudly, seeing combat in Vietnam, and retired in 1972. He spent his remaining years working for Norsland Lefse in Rushford.

He loved athletics and was an all-star football player in high school and was also a Golden Glove boxing champion. He later took up golf and bowling and was inducted into the bowling hall of fame. At the age of 76, he bowled a perfect 300 game and has numerous other awards. He was a long-time member of Ferndale Country Club in Rushford, the USBC, the NRA and the VFW. He was a lifetime member of the DVA and the American Legion.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, brother Duane, sister Linda, his in-laws Leba and Louise Fletcher, brothers-in-law Leon and Lamar Fletcher, son Rickie and two grandchildren Richard and Catrina.

There will be a celebration of life held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Rushford American Legion from 4-7 p.m. with a lunch provided. A military funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn.