Vernon served his country as an Air Force pilot and retired from the Wisconsin 126th and 128th Air National Guard Refueling Wing as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years. Vern also was a pilot with American Airlines for 27 years until his retirement in 1993. He continued his career as a corporate pilot for Lunda Construction, Hilbert and MA Inc., Oshkosh.
His favorite pass times were spending time with family, volunteering for the EAA, giving airplane rides in his Stearman Bi-plane, riding motorcycles, and rooting for the Packers and the Badgers. But his absolute favorite was sitting on the porch watching the thunderstorms rolling in, the louder the better.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Toni Anderson. 3 sons, Michael (Lisa) Anderson, Oshkosh, Mark (Melissa) Anderson, Neenah, and Steven Anderson, Mt. Morris. 5 daughters, Kathy (Fred) Hatton, Susan (Henry) Marshall, Patti (Mark) Lehmann, Carol (Greg) Winters, and Linda (Joe) McCarthy. 18 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild; one brother, Carl (Ilene) Anderson, Oshkosh and their family.
We cherish Vernon’s recent conversation with his brother Carl. He shared with his brother “I had a conversation with God recently and I asked Christ into my heart and life.” We know he is now in God’s eternal Kingdom.