Verne was born on Jan. 9, 1917, and was raised on a homestead 60 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota. He graduated from eighth grade. Striving to improve himself, he hitchhiked to Deadwood, South Dakota, and found work, and put himself through high school.
In May of 1940, Verne married his wife Joan and they started their long loving journey together.
He loved to work and was employed by Texaco Oil for 31 years. After retirement, Verne and Joan toured the country, “eager to hit the open road and discover new horizons.”
In 2001, they moved to Powell to be closer to family. Verne and Joan were married for 66 years until her death in 2006.
Verne moved to Brookdale Assisted Care, where he made dear friends, and then on to the Long Term Care Center. Verne had great respect and appreciation for his caregivers and thought of them as family.
Verne was preceded in death by his wife Joan; mother Mary; father Oscar; and brothers Floyd and Arnold Wayne.
He is survived by sister-in-law Rose (Steve) Maynard of Sparks, Nevada; nieces Karen (Steve) Devenyns of Cody, and Carol Anderson of Las Vegas; nephew Chuck (Shirley) Anderson and family of Evergreen, Colorado; great-nieces and -nephews, Tamie, Laura, Andrew and Zachary of Las Vegas.
His loved ones said it was a honor and pleasure to have Uncle Verne in their lives.
Special thanks and gratitude to all the staff at the Long Term Care Center for their attentiveness and loving care.
Graveside services at Riverside Cemetery in Cody will be Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home.