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OBIT: Laverne L. Abbas

Laverne died at his home in Algona February 10, 2024. He was 68.

Laverne Lee Abbas, son of Marvin and Alice (Thilges) Abbas, was born November 3, 1955, in Algona, Iowa. His family moved to El Cajon, California when he was still a baby. He loved it there and enjoyed being with his grandparents who lived there. Years later the family moved back to Whittemore Iowa. Laverne was not happy about this, and he made it known. He attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Whittemore through 8th grade and obtained is GED in 1983. He worked at AMPI in Whittemore. In 1976 he married Terrie Heiderscheidt, and they had two daughters together before divorcing a few years later. Laverne then moved to Phoenix, Arizona and was employed at Carnation Dairy until 1996. Laverne loved living in the Arizona desert, and he loved having his daughters Jamie and Sara come out to Phoenix for summer vacations where they’d visit the zoo, Golf N’ Stuff, and Rawhide, that is if Laverne could get them out of the pool. They’d also drive to San Diego to visit relatives and enjoy the beach, Sea World, and the zoo. Laverne got his truck driving certification in 1996 and also went to school for radiology.

Not only did Laverne drive a mobile stereotactic procedure van, but he was also the radiology tech. He did that for over 5 years. He then drove a truck for many years and loved when he could get loads to Iowa so he could visit his daughters and grandsons. In 2011 he moved back to Iowa, and he worked at Aluma for a while. He then went back to trucking, taking loads to California and Arizona. He maintained his CDL license until his retirement in 2018. He longed to move back to Arizona and be in the desert where he felt so much better but unfortunately didn’t get the chance to. If you knew Laverne, you knew he was born with a telephone in his hand. He called his loved ones a lot, just ask them. And if you didn’t answer that phone, he’d text you to see why. Laverne was a huge Elvis fan and was also lucky enough to see him in concert more than once. He also really loved The Beach Boys. He was extremely proud of his AMX Javelin he got brand new in 1973. He loved drag racing with it and won several trophies. In later years his second grandson was named after it. His grandsons were his pride and joy. He loved going to their ballgames, races, music programs, and grand marches for prom. He was always their #1 fan.

Laverne was passionate about bodybuilding. In fact, In the early 80s Laverne decided to track down bodybuilder and actor Dave Draper whom he had idolized for years. Dave couldn’t believe the trouble Laverne went to in order to find him and he really admired him for that. They ended up becoming great phone friends until Dave’s death in 2021. Laverne was very interested in sports, especially softball and weightlifting. He loved taking long walks and practicing taekwondo back when he was younger. He also really enjoyed listening to his police scanner and watching YouTube videos. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Whittemore.

Laverne died at his home in Algona February 10, 2024. He was 68. Survivors include his daughter Sara Abbas of Algona, grandchildren Jagger O’Neall and Javelin O’Neall, and son-in-law Damon O’Neall of Algona. Also surviving are Laverne’s siblings John (Cheryl) Abbas of Albert City, Terry (Teresa) of Milford, Jerry (Starr) Abbas of Marathon, and Cindy (Troy) Maas of Faribault, MN and Laverne’s aunt Texann Fraser of Montana and his aunt Betty Rongved of Bode Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, many other cherished loved ones, and his beloved daughter Jamie O’Neall.

A celebration of Laverne’s life will be held Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 2 to 5 PM at the Kossuth County Agriculture and Motorsports Museum in Algona.

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