Vernon Martin Pautsch, after a long battle, lost his fight with cancer and died on Friday, March 12, 2021 at his home in Grasston. He was 70 years old.

He was born on March 23, 1950 in Gaylord and grew up on the family farm in rural Arlington. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gaylord and confirmed at American Lutheran Church in Gaylord.  He attended Arlington-Green Isle Elementary and high school up to the 10th grade. He was united in marriage to Joanne Krebs on May 18, 1967 in Watertown, South Dakota. They moved to Mora where he worked as a farm hand while his wife looked after the farm family’s children.

After the birth of their first child, they moved to Grasston. He held many jobs ranging from working at the alfalfa plant in Grasston, over-the-road truck driving, running a business repairing farm equipment, to driving truck for Hass Construction in Ogilvie until he retired in 2016. 

He was the owner of The Exotic Animal and Fowl Auction from 1992 to 2019. The auction was held multiple times a year in many different places ranging from Mora, Pierz, Perham and Long Prairie. He enjoyed farming and working with animals. He had many animals of his own including many kinds of birds, fox, rabbits, bear, deer, but most of all cattle. He tended to his cattle even after retirement for as long as he was able.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne; parents, Fredrich and Frieda (Otto) Pautsch; brothers, Duane Pautsch, Garhard “Gary” Pautsch and Marvin Pautsch; father and mother in-law Carl and Alberta (Wendorff) Krebs.

He is survived by his daughter, Kristine (James) Lindgren, of Grasston - with their children, Amanda (Ryan) Thomas (great-grandchildren Katelynn, Chester, Kaira and baby), Crystal Lindgren (great grandchildren Eowyn and Emory Hart) and Douglas Lindgren; son, Chad (Renee) Pautsch of Ava, Missouri-with their children, Christopher Reed, Jeffery Baskin and Taylor “Marshall” Baskin; son, Karl (Sara) Pautsch of Braham - with their children, Jacob, Gary and Hazel; daughter, Kim (Caleb) Christenson of Mora - with their children, Dakotah, Charisma and Caleb Jr. “CJ” Christenson; brother, Bob (fiancé Judy Gaare) Pautsch of Arlington; sister, Jan (Dale) Wark of Arlington; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

A public visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and again from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2021. A private funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dean Oelfke officiating. Casket bearers are Jacob Pautsch, Gary Pautsch, Douglas Lindgren, Caleb Jr. “CJ” Christenson, Kai Matoga and Charlie Surdey. Burial will be at Grasston Union Cemetery. A public luncheon will be held at the Mora Masonic Lodge from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.

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