LaVerne DeJongh

Obituary of LaVerne Wesley DeJongh

Vern DeJongh, 76, peacefully passed away at his home in Fruitland, ID on September 14th, 2020. 

Vern was born on September 13th,1944 in Laverne, MN to Kathryn and Wesley DeJongh. He was the oldest of 4 children, with 3 younger sisters; Karla, Marilyn and Lindy. 

He grew up on a farm in the mid-west. When he was a teenager his family moved to Phoenix, AZ. They spent a few years in Phoenix then moved to Springfield, OR. Where he met and married Beverly Clugston. In 1964 his daughter Julie was born followed by daughter Jill in 1965.

Vern spent many hours working at the airport in Springfield and became a pilot. He enjoyed flying his Cessna 210. While living in the Eugene area he was a truck driver and a rancher. 

In 1980 he purchased a dairy and moved his family to Fruitland, ID. The family spent their time working hard on the dairy, it was a team effort where many great memories were made. Vern loved his dairy and took pride in his work.

Vern married Marilyn McDaniel in 1994. Marilyn had 2 children from a previous marriage; Marilee (Pete) Roldan, Ontario, OR and Dusty (Michelle) McDaniel, New Plymouth, ID. He loved his family and they loved him. His great sense of humor and personality made him fun to be around. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. 

Vern was preceded in death by his parents Kathryn and Wesley DeJongh and a nephew Scott Grady. He is survived by his wife Marilyn. Two daughters Julie (Gilly) White, Princeton, OR. Jill (Jerry) Hoshaw, Ontario, OR. Three sisters; Karla DeJongh, Sun City West, AZ, Marilyn (Eldon) Hoekstra, Woodburn, OR. Lindy (Steve) Elmore Lakewood, WA. Grandkids: Ryan Fox, New Plymouth, ID, Travis (Sarah) Wilson New Plymouth, ID, Jessica (Justin) Johnson Winnemucca, NV, Jered (Lauren) Hoshaw Vale, OR and eight great-grandkids.   

Services under the direction of Ontario Lienkaemper Funeral Chapel will be held on Monday, September 21st, at 1 pm, followed by graveside service at Valley View Cemetery, Vale, OR. Please observe Covid Protocol.

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