The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Obituaries

April 26, 2014

Ronald Lee Vernon

Ronald Lee Vernon passed away peacefully with his loving wife at his side on Monday, April 21, 2014 at his home in Seguin, Texas. He was 78 years old.

Ronald was born to G.G. and Naoma (Heller) Vernon in Happy, Texas. He and his family moved to Plainview, Texas at the age of 10. Ronald graduated from Plainview High School and promptly moved to New Mexico to attend the Military Institute. After one year he moved to North Texas to attend college where he was a Delta-Sigma-Pi and earned a BBA in Business in 1957.

Ronald then went to work in Dallas, Texas at Gaylord Container. After several years he moved back to Plainview and opened his own insurance brokerage company called the Vernon Agency. After 13 years in business, he sold the Vernon Agency and moved to Birmingham, Ala. and began work as a court reporter. In 1966, he left Birmingham and moved to Corpus Christi. There he married Patricia Lee Ryan in 1981. They remained in Corpus Christi until they moved to Seguin in 1996. Ronald continued as a court reporter until he retired in 1998. Soon after retirement he began selling real estate for Mickey Ferrell Real Estate in Seguin. He retired again in January of 2014.

Ron was an avid woodworker. He loved to build and finish furniture, went hunting every weekend and enjoyed boating.

Ronald leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Patricia Harris Vernon; his children, Christopher Wayne Vernon and his wife, Cheril, Gregory Glenn Vernon and his wife, Renae; stepson, Thomas Michael Harris and his wife, Kari; stepdaughter, Katherine Diane Harris; and stepson, Jonathan Wetzel Harris. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Bryan, Collin, Brandon, Bailey, Kaylyn and Kolton; great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Vernon; as well as his former wife, Patsy Ann of Florida.

Ronald was preceded in death by his daughter, Jana Leanne Vernon, in 2006.

A celebration of Ronald’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Goetz Funeral Home, 713 N. Austin St. in Seguin.

A private cremation service was held.

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