- 92 years old
- Date of birth: May 31, 1922
- Date of passing: Dec 17, 2014
|Let the memory of Vernon be with us forever|
"Merry Christmas Grandpa and Grandma."
"Vern, I write this tribute to you on your birthday, but this seems inadequate. I will only say that a think of you every day with love and admiration."
"Remembering a dear father on his birthday. Miss you."
"My grandfather was a man who gave up his life vest to another sailor who was freaking out after their ship had been hit and was sinking during WW2, who after a golfing accident cost him an eye he was right back out on the course as soon as physically able, who believed whatever you were doing should be done well, a true gentleman, honest, with the utmost integrity. He was an inspiration. If I can build a life he would be proud of, then I will have really accomplished something. Thank you for everything grandpa, I will miss you so much."
"My name is Kathy and I knew Vern through my brother, Richard who is married to Cathy, Vern's daughter. I visited with him whenever he and his wife Gretchen came to Phoenix. She was the sweetest lady and he was definitely a pistol. I will miss them both."
"Well...a great laugh.....a kind heart.....an affectionate nature...and an all around good egg...With love from your niece, Susan Godbe Rawson"
"Grandpa, I will miss your sense of humor, working together on a project,The great golf advice and so much more. But most of all, the
shared birthdays. I love you Grandpa."
"Hey Uncle Vern, hope there's golf in heaven. I'm sure there will be, as heaven is full of things you love. My cousin family was an important part of my life. I actually remember when you all moved to Boise, at least I have a memory of the memory, which was bidding you farewell as you drove off from Salt Lake City. I must have been, like, close to zero years old, but I remember being sad that my Aunt and Uncle and cousins were leaving. Then I remember driving to Boise before freeways and stopping in Snowville for soft serve ice cream and Brigham City for roadside fruit. Then hiking up Camel Back and hiding from the sun under the "monstrously huge" trees on your street. Love you Vern, and all these memories remain, however flawed in reality they may be."
"Have many fond memories of Vern now im the oldest Cousin doesn't
seem possible Dolyn"
"My Uncle Vern - where do I start? He and my dad were similar in their nature of being giving, honest men of integrity. There isn't an instance where either would turn their back on someone who needed help, whether it was to do all the electrical work on a structure for a neighbor or be a friend to a neighbor in need. Their personalities were different but their integrity as men were identical. Such stalwart individuals who did the "right thing" because it was the right thing to do! I will miss him. A wonderful man."
""Vern has been my father-figure for 40 years. For many years I have come to think of him as my father, but I was able to let him know that fact only once. I loved him as a son loves his father, and I had great respect and admiration for him as a man. I have tried to live up to his example and hope that he would be proud of how I live my life. I will miss him and think of him every day."
"The family was asked to provide one word to describe Vernon. They came up with: Loyalty, Stubborn, Honest, Inspirational, Kind-Hearted, Sweet, Outdoorsy, Gregarious, Fun, Golf Nut, Perfectionist, Devoted, Stalwart, Consistent and Integrity. Loyalty and Stubborn came up more than once :)"
"Vern whistled while he worked, just like our Dad. A VERY good memory to keep (and hear). He was a good soul and left a very empty spot in our lives. Already missed."
"A tribute to my Dad. Where to even begin. He was funny, smart, loving and just a great father, grandfather and great grandfather. He had a tough couple of years and inspired us with his grit. This family will miss him terribly."
"Grandpa, you meant so much to all of us. You will be remembered for living life with the utmost integrity and for your devotion and love for your family."