VERNON WESLEY DEVER
Born In: Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: July 25th, 1921
Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: September 7th, 2012
Vern Dever passed away peacefully on September 7, 2012 at Overlander Extended Care Hospital in Kamloops, B.C.
He leaves his loving wife Doreen, children Judy (late John Treherne), Terry (Lucy) and Ross (Nora); his grandchildren Kerri, Patricia, Deborah, Jeremy, Kimberly, Michael, Nathan, Bridget; and three great grandchildren.
Born in Gull Lake, SK to Joseph Wesley Dever and Elva Mae Travis, Vern and brother Eldie (1923-1997) schooled, worked, played sports and music together. After finishing high school and Normal School, Vern enlisted in the Army in 1942. Stationed in Kingston, ON, he played clarinet in the Canadian Army Band. On October 2, 1943 he married his high school sweetheart, Doreen Nelson. Vern and Doreen returned to Gull Lake to farm and raise their family in the Ear View District. Vern enjoyed his music and led and played in many bands over the years.
In 1964 the family moved to Sorrento B.C., and then to Kamloops in 1966. There they were involved in Pinesprings development in Westsyde and operated the Kamloops Music Box for several years. After selling this business, they returned to Sorrento to farm, garden and enjoy retirement. Vern was active in the Sorrento community and the "Sorrento Silvertones" band.
Recently, Vern and Doreen lived at Berwick on the Park in Kamloops. Through his life, Vern was an active member of the Elks Lodge, the Legion, and the United Church. Vern was well-respected by all who knew him. He liked to say "You can take the boy away from the farm but you can't take the farm out of the boy".
The family would like to thank the staff at the Overlander Extended Care Hospital for their loving care for Vern.
In memory of Vernon, please consider making a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Drive, Kamloops, B.C.
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