The Grove Sun Daily
BOBBY S. 'BOB' VERNON
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.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Louise, and a son, Richard Lee.
He leaves behind to carry on his lifetime of smiles and hard work: his wife, Lucille Vernon of Grove; three children, Louis Vernon and wife, Nicla, of Petersburg, Tenn., Mary Ellen Weeks of Las Vegas, Nev., and Annette Jean Galletos and husband, Michael, of Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Betty Kirby of Chicago, Ill., and Masie Pugh and husband, George, of Eufalla, Ala.; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Annetta Marie, Jason, Steven, and Zachary.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dick Weaver officiating. The interment will be in the Buzzard Cemetery with the Grove Veterans Ritual Team giving Veterans Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to the Grove Scholarship Fund in honor of the Veterans killed in Viet Nam, P.O. Box 450789, Grove, OK 74345.
The services are under the direction of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove