Jan. 10, 1925 — Feb. 12, 2011
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Born and raised in Iowa, Vernon passed away due to Alzheimers at age 86, at his home in Placerville, Calif. He was the father of Marcia (Dwight) Crum and Richard Radeke; grandfather of three; and great-grandfather of three. He is also survived by his brothers, Melvin and Wayne. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Carol; and his brother, Eugene (“Gene”).
Vern was a golf professional at Cold Springs Golf and Country Club. He turned pro in 1969 at the Little River Golf course after 16 years in management at Look magazine in Des Moines and an assistant budget manager position at Douglas in Long Beach. He was also a Gunner with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He lived for golf and played four or five times a week. He and Carol were lovers of cats and took care of the ferals in the neighborhood. Always a whistler, he whistled up to the week before his death.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m., (visitation from 9 to 10) at Chapel of the Pines, 2855 Cold Springs Road in Placerville, Calif. Interment will follow at Westwood Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Snowline Hospice. Family and friends are invited to sign a guestbook and leave condolences at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.