Vernon "Poncho" Palach passed away July 20, 2016 after a long and prosperous life at the age of 90. He was born on May 27, 1926 in Mora, MN to Lillian Deaver and Frank Palach. He has resided in Hoyt Lakes, MN for the past 58 years, and spent winters in his home in Mission, Texas for over 30 years. He was the youngest of five children (Emmett, Eleanor, Robert, and Theodore). Poncho was a gunner on the USS West Virginia during WWII, and made both his peers and his family proud by protecting our country. He worked hard in various locations throughout his lifetime, including the Great Lakes area, Minneapolis, Guam, Alaska, & Hoyt Lakes. He was a post commander at VFW Post 8144 and was also a member of the American Legion. Poncho found joy in hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with his family throughout his lifetime. His sense of humor continued until his final days. He married Margie Dudek in June of 1951. Poncho & Margie had four children: Jack, Mickey (Julie), Tom, and Barbara. He is preceded in death by his wife Margie Palach, his daughter Barbara Preiner, and his siblings Emmett, Eleanor, Robert, & Theodore, as well as his daughter-in-law Annetta. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Diana, Debra, Ricky, Denise, Michelle, Carrie, D.J., Cody, Matthew, Ryan, and Kelly; a growing list of great grandchildren and his son-in-law, Kim Preiner. Funeral Mass will be 10am Monday, July 25, 2016 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Hoyt Lakes with Fr. Peter Lambert as celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the mass at church. Burial with military honors accorded by the Aurora/Hoyt Lakes Color Guard will be in the Hoyt Lakes Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora. Rest In Peace Poncho, we love you.