VANCOUVER — George E. Vernon Jr. passed away on Sept. 5, 2017 at Columbia Sunset Care Home in Vancouver, Washington. He was born May 27, 1928, in Toutle, Washington to Lena and George E. Vernon Sr.
He worked his entire life in the logging industry as a timber faller, spreading his talent all over Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska before he retired at age 62.
George was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed digging razor clams up and down the Washington and Oregon coast. Years ago, he ran trap lines as a pastime and primarily trapped otter and mink.
He was a devoted Mariners and Seahawks fan and anxiously waited for each season to start to root for “his” team. He loved attending all forms of sports and especially enjoyed Naselle High School seasonal events.
After his retirement, he loved to travel and made several family trips to Hawaii, Alaska and Cabo San Lucas, where he and his wife, Pat, even parasailed! George was a fun-loving man, very generous and kind. Most people who met George could always find something in common since he led an interesting life and loved to share stories of his adventures.
He was married to Pat Aho Vernon on May 17, 1988 until her passing on Dec. 20th 2013. He and Pat resided in Naselle, Washington until failing health in 2015 when he moved to Vancouver to be closer to his daughter Patty.
George is survived by his son Michael Vernon (Suzanne) of Snowmass, Colorado; daughter Patty Cox (Bill) of Vancouver, Washington; step-daughter Mindy Penttila (Phil) of Warrenton, Oregon; step-son Tim Aho (Linda) of Dallas, Oregon; daughter-in-law, Kathy Aho, (Mitch, deceased) of Lynnwood, Washington; step-son, Randy Aho (Denette) of Elma, Washington and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His son George E. Vernon III preceded him in death in 2009.
The family would like to sincerely express our gratitude to the wonderful care given by Luliu and Elvira Bucur of Columbia Sunset Care Home and their special caregiver, Helen, who George nicknamed “Cupcake” because Helen was so “sweet on top.” They each opened their home to George and he was accepted and truly loved like family.
A 1 p.m. graveside service will be held for George on Oct. 29, 2017 at Peacefull Hill Cemetery off South Valley Road in Naselle, Washington. Memorial donations to honor George and Pat Vernon may be made to Naselle Education Foundation / Scholarship Fund: c/o Dave Batt, Bank of the Pacific, P.O Box 185, Naselle, Washington 98638.