SHELBY — Laverne G. Chase, 78, resident of Harriette Drive, Shelby, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Nov. 15, 1932, in Albany, Ohio, to Wayne and Thelma (Pratt) Chase he had been a Shelby resident since 1959. A 1950 graduate of Scipio High School in Pomeroy, he attended Ashland College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean conflict. Vern was employed with the former Wilkins Air Force Depot and was vice president of data processing with National Masonic Provident Association in Mansfield. A partner with Central Service Bureau/DPA, he became owner-operator in 1997, retiring in 2004.
He was a member of the First Christian Church where he served as elder and trustee. A godly man of integrity, he enjoyed the endless hours spent maintaining the church and helping his church family. He was quite the handyman, volunteering his services at Shelby Help Line Ministries. Vern enjoyed refinishing furniture, going to auctions, reading, travel and playing golf.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy (Heaton) Pocock Chase, whom he wed March 1, 2008; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and Larry Cramer of Shelby; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Bonnie Chase of Meridian, Idaho, and Scott and Jeanette Chase of Ontario; one stepson, Bradley (Carolyn) Pocock of Mansfield; eight grandchildren; three great-granddaughters, one great-grandson; one sister, Maxine Benson of Mobile, Ala.; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gail Jean Chase, in 2004; stepson, John Nesbit; and brother, Merwin Chase.
Funeral services were this morning at the Barkdull Funeral Home with the Rev. Brad McBee officiating.
Memorial expressions may be made to the First Christian Church or the Hospice of North Central Ohio. Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com.