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Lavern 'Smokey' Dubrosky Aug. 29, 1925 - Feb. 4, 2009

WILLMAR -- Lavern "Smokey" Anton Dubrosky, 83, of Willmar, died Wednesday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vinje Lutheran Church. Burial will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 1639 of Willmar.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Highland, Illinois, to Anton and Clara (Koehler) Dubrosky. He grew up in Highland and graduated from high school in Pocahontas, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific.

He married Betty Ann Voldness on June 19, 1946, in Minneapolis. They lived in Illinois for one year before moving to the Litchfield area in 1947 and to Willmar in 1948. He worked as a brakeman conductor for the Great Northern Railroad for more than 39 years, retiring in 1987 from Burlington Northern Railroad. He was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church, member and past commander of the Willmar VFW Post and member of the United Transportation Union.

He is survived by his wife; son: Kim Dubrosky of St. Cloud; daughters: Melody Garding of Watkins, Devone Anderson of Belgrade and Sheryl Krueger of Atwater; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson and one brother: Don (and Betty) Dubrosky of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by one son: Palmer Dubrosky in 1958; and one grandson.