September 13, 1928 — January 1, 2018
LaVerne A. Saboe, Sr., D.C., N.D. was taken up by our Lord New Year’s Day.
LaVerne was born and spent his early childhood as a farm boy in Vienna, South Dakota. The family moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he graduated from Vancouver High School.
In 1946, he joined the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant rather quickly while stationed at Goose Bay, Labrador, then home to the 95th Strategic Wing.
Working as a medic, Vern was in charge of both the small hospital’s X-Ray department and pharmacy. Shortly after arriving at the air base, being handy, he repaired a fluoroscopic machine that allowed him to assess airmen quickly who had a propensity for getting their arms strategically slammed in hanger doors. These injuries would normally result in the airman being flown to the lower 48 for assessment (a three-day leave). All that came to an abrupt end when he repaired the fluoroscopic unit resulting in his promotion to Staff Sergeant.
As an avid fisherman, and with the help of a Labrador Inuit Eskimo patient, he discovered an unchartered lake with exceptionally large Northern Pike that he promptly reported to his fellow airmen. With more and more airman frequenting the lake, it eventually was officially named “Saboe Lake.”
He was an avid hunter of deer, elk, antelope, and moose, eventually fulfilling his dream of traveling to Africa to hunt on safari.
After leaving the Air Force, he return to Vancouver where, while completing his undergraduate course work, he met his wife, Patricia Hammer. They were married on August 18, 1950 at St. James Catholic Church in Vancouver, Washington. LaVerne and Pat renewed their vows to each other at St. James on their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married for 67 years.
He graduated from the four year doctor of chiropractic degree program at Western States Chiropractic college in Portland, now the University of Western States, in 1954.
The family moved to Albany where he established Saboe Chiropractic Clinic in 1956. He had an exceptionally strong work ethic, a skilled healer and a man of uncompromising integrity. He loved his patients whom he viewed as friends, in a few cases, almost family and his patients loved him. He had a simple practice philosophy, “I don’t care how tired you are, how long or difficult the day has been, nor the hour of the day, give every patient your professional best, no exceptions. Do this and you will always be successful.”
He was a man of exceptionally strong faith and had given his life to our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. He and his wife Pat were very involved at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albany where they attended for over thirty years. His most cherished memories were witnessing his five children being baptized, receiving their first communion, and going through confirmation as young adults in the service of our God. LaVerne happily shared his faith with his children and enjoyed watching them grow in their faith.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; sons Vern Jr. and his wife, Jeri of Albany, Tony and his wife, Katerina of West Linn, Joe of Tigard; daughters, Cynthia Meyers and her husband, Scott of Silverton, Mary Pat Saboe of Estacada; grandchildren, Kathleen Paulosky, Jerry McBurney Jr., Jackson Saboe and Joshua Wilson; and great-great-granddaughters Lillyann and Maddie Paulosky.
His Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 13 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 8701 NE 119th Street, Vancouver, WA 98662
The grave site ceremony is at 12:30 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684.
A reception follows at Dr. Tony and Katarina Saboe’s home, 2865 White Salmon Ct., West Linn, OR 97068
Flowers for the day can be sent to St. John’s Catholic Church.