Vernon is survived by his daughter, Tamara and her husband, Kevin Small of Le Mars; five grandchildren, Aaron (Leah) Christians, of Sioux City, Adam (Jen) Christians, of Andover, Kan., Tyler Christians of Norman, Okla., Tanner Christians and Ross (Amanda) Small of Le Mars; his great-grandchildren, Isabella Christians, Tyler, Leah, Turner, and Carley Christians, and Mason Small; one brother, Virgil Holthusen of Rock Rapids; and one sister, Lucille (Les) Ripley of Luverne, Minn. He is also survived by his little dog Sara, along with a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be 10:30 AM, Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, with the Rev. Dave Christensen officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids. Visitation will be today Monday, from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.