MOUNT VERNON — John Lester “Sonny” Vernon, 70, of Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at his home with his wife and friends at his side.
He was born Sept. 25, 1940, in Murray City to the late William and Evelyn (Wilson) Vernon. John moved to Mount Vernon in 1942. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1958, and joined the Army in October 1958. He also graduated from Central Texas College in 1979.
John was in the Army for 22 years, from 1958 to 1980, retiring as sergeant major. He received many military awards, medals and certificates: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Medal, and a Vietnamese Honor Medal was presented to him by the Vietnam military after serving two years in Vietnam. He was an American Exchange Student with the British Army for 27 months. After his military career, he was employed as a teacher by the Richmond, Va., public school system.
He moved back to Mount Vernon in 1999. On Dec. 16, 2000, he married Carma (Partin) Vernon. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, serving his country and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a very kind, loving and giving person and will be sadly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Carma (Partin) Vernon; his son, Michael Vernon of Key West, Fla.; his stepdaughter, Lynnette Aune of Mount Vernon; his grandchildren, Megan Aune, Monica Durbin, Amanda (Nick) Miller, Autumn Durbin, Aric Durbin and Matthew Durbin; his brother, David (Carol) Vernon of Mount Vernon; his sister, Suzie (Larry) Snow of Howard; his father-in-law, Harold Bolyard of Wakeman; his special, devoted friends, Bob Durbin and Dave McMahon; his special toy poodle, Napoleon; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold (Janet) Bolyard of Vermillion, Jerald Bolyard of South Amherst, Bill (Dottie) Bolyard of Wakeman, Joanne (Bob) Ashby of Omaha, Neb., Eloise Smyth of Moundsville, W.Va., Linda (Owen) McMillen of Lewis Center and Dave (Mary) Bolyard of Lorain.
Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Vernon; and three sisters, Jeannie Byall, Lena Bailey and Margaret Thompson.
Friends may call Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will follow at noon with Chaplin Ellen Clodfelter officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will be held in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
The Vernon family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion that they showed while caring for Sonny.
Memorial contributions can be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd.,