Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:50 pm

Jon A. Vine, age 82, of Decorah, died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Decorah Lutheran Church with Rev. David Sorenson and Rev. Charis Combs-Lay officiating. Inurnment will be at Union Prairie Cemetery in rural Decorah with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Fjelstul Funeral Home and on Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m., one hour before the service, at Decorah Lutheran Church. Organist is Kathy Murray and hymns include “In the Garden,” “On Eagle’s Wings” and “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.”

Jon Arland Vine was born at home on River Street in Decorah, Oct. 14, 1933, to Arthur and Millicent Anderson Vine. He was the third of their four children. Jon grew up in Decorah and Freeport.

He played baseball at school, announced halftime at football games, acted in plays, and was a member of FFA. He graduated from Decorah High School in 1951 and attended Luther College. 

He served in the United States Army as a radio repair instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1953 to 1955. He finished basic training just as the Korean War was ending.

Jon married Shirley Ann Erickson at Decorah Lutheran Church Oct. 14, 1956. The couple had two children, Tammy Ann and Craig Jon. They moved to Freeport in 1960 where they built a house, raised a family, and lived until moving back to Decorah in 2012.

Following his father Art’s footsteps, Jon worked at Anundsen’s Publishing Company for more than 50 years. He was a printer and foreman for Anundsen’s and the Decorah Newspapers. He enjoyed gardening, square dancing, camping, photography, and computers. Jon and Shirley loved to travel; they took many bus trips around the country as well as longer vacations in Mexico, Spain, and Israel. He loved his family, friends, and pulling people’s legs. A lifelong member of Decorah Lutheran Church, Jon was active with the Sunday school as a teacher and superintendent. He was involved with numerous other volunteer activities at the church.

Jon died Sunday, May 1, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn., from a lung disease called sarcoidosis, which he’d had for over 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Marjorie (Paul) Treptow, Van (Elizabeth), and Arne (Dorothy).

Jon is survived by his wife Shirley; two children, Tammy (Jesus) Arlaban of Sac City, and Craig Vine of St. Paul, Minn.; and by one granddaughter, Kimberley Ainhoa Arlaban of Sac City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Heifer International ( used to end world hunger or to the Decorah Lutheran Church capital campaign fund (to repair the church roof) at 309 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101.

Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

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