Funeral service for Vincent Paul Lacer, 81, of Aurora, will be 11:00am Monday, June 13, 2022 at United Methodist Church in Aurora with Pastor Barbara Hegfors officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Inurnment with military honors accorded by the Aurora/Hoyt Lakes Color Guard will be at a later date in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Aurora.
Vince died Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Essentia Health – Northern Pines in Aurora, Minnesota.
Vincent was born April 3, 1941 in Biwabik, Minnesota to Vincent and Sylvia (Maki) Lacer Jr. He was a 1959 graduate of Aurora/Hoyt Lakes High School and later attended Eveleth Jr. College where he played football.
Vince was drafted into the US Army where he served from 1959-1962 during the Vietnam Era. Following his military service, he worked for Minnesota Power. In 1965 he began working for Erie Mining Company. He retired from LTV Steel in 1998 as a Plant Oiler. On April 30, 1978 he married Rose Turk in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vince was a member of the Aurora American Legion Post where he served as commander, performed military honors and served on the House Committee. Vince enjoyed hunting, fishing and played the trumpet in City Band for many years. He was a 12 year councilman for the City of Aurora and served as Mayor from 1998-2003. He was an active member of the Aurora Cemetery Board and in 2019 received the Alan Hodnik Community Award in Aurora.
Survivors include his wife, Rose; step-children: John Plevell, Mary (Bruce Halik) Plevell, Lisa (Clark) Niemi and Rob (Cassie) Plevell; Grandchildren: Joshua Plevell, Jenna (Wade) Bergman, Alexandra Plevell, Reagan & Robert Plevell, Chad Hietala, Kyle (Carly) Niemi, Daniel (Alyssa) Niemi, Dylan Niemi, Michael (Christina) Szezech; Great Grandchildren: Sophia, Harvie, Taylor, Carter, Leo, Ella Rose, Neveah & Michael Jr.; Sister: Cindy Benedict of Champlin, MN; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Vince is preceded in death by his parents, Vincent Jr. and Sylvia and his grandchildren: Danielle and Ashley.
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