Mr. Vernon A. Walther, age 91 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Monday, February 8, 2021 at his step daughter’s home.
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Vernon was born on December 6, 1929 in Jefferson City, Mo. the son of Otto John and Marie Max Walther. He was married on April 30, 1960 to Lorene Gray Thompson, who preceded him in death on April 30, 2004.
A lifelong resident of the Jefferson City area, Vernon attended Mt. Hope and Trinity Lutheran Schools.
Vernon was a Korean War Veteran in the United States Navy from 1951 until 1955, having served on the USS Los Angeles. He was a proud member of the US Navy Cruiser Sailor’s Association. After returning home, Vernon was employed with and retired form the Jefferson City Public Works Division.
Vernon was a prior member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a current member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Schubert. He was also involved with the VFW Post 1003 and the American Legion Post #5. He was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran School Alumni, the New Bloomfield Cemetery Association, where he also served on the Board of Director’s as President and Vice President. Vernon was a self-taught musician and enjoyed singing in the choir of St. John’s Lutheran Church as well as playing the electric organ and harmonica. He loved visiting and sharing stories with his family.
Survivors include: one stepson, Roger Thompson (Nancy); one stepdaughter, Elizabeth Siebeneck (Jerry); seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents; one stepson, Robert Thompson; one step grandson, Michael Hoelscher; two brothers; three sisters; two brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation and are required to wear personal masks as well as encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.
Funeral services with military honors will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021 with The Reverend Gerald Scheperle officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 1:45 p.m. for friends to view by going to the “photos and videos” tab on this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund (4409 St. John’s Road, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65101) or Calvary Lutheran High School (2525 State Hwy B, Jefferson City, Missouri 65101.)
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.