GROVE - Bobby S. "Bob" Vernon, age 81, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002 in the Grove General Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. The son of Louis and Elise (Boxarth) Vernon, he was born on May 9, 1921 in Gray Horse, Okla. Since his father served in the U.S. Army for 35 years, the family moved to Columbia, S.C., where Bob graduated from school. Following in his father's footsteps, Bob joined the Army Air Corps on September 23, 1939. He received a battlefield commission in Italy during WWII. Bob married Lucille Linder in Hutchinson, Kan., on January 8, 1955. He honorably retired as a Major in the U.S. Air Force on August 31, 1962. After moving his family to Grove in 1963, he ran a poultry business, worked at the NAPA and then repaired appliances for members of the community. He was a life member of the Retired Officers Association, the experimental Aircraft Association, The Grove Lion's Club, a 40-year member of the First United Methodist Church, and active in the Grove Municipal Airport.