Sept. 18, 1917 — Feb. 28, 2013
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Vernon Ellsworth Cassell was born on Sept. 18, 1917, near Stockton, Calif., and died on Feb. 28, 2013, in Placerville, Calif. He is survived by son, Keith, and daughter, Karen, both of Placerville; and grandson, Kevin of Antelope, Calif. He was preceded in death by his wife, Viva; and daughter, Kim.
Vern was a graduate of Stockton High School and Humphreys Business College. He started a career with the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C., and was later drafted into the Army and sent to Honolulu, where he survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was released shortly after to continue working for the post office and was drafted again, this time serving in the Navy on the islands of Tinian and Guam. After World War II he began his career with California Division of Forestry as a dispatcher and retired as a Forest Ranger in 1975. During retirement he served in the local STAR volunteer program with the Sheriff’s office, served on a grand jury, was a member of Pearl Harbor Survivors and First Lutheran Church, and worked almost every day in the yard.
A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Pinecrest Court in Placerville, on Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. After the service a light lunch will be served in the parish hall.