Vernon Richard Gustav Brockschmidt, 79, of Monett, Mo,. died August 15, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Brockschmidt was born on February 17, 1930 in Freistatt, Mo., son of the late Walter and Louise (Lampe) Brockschmidt. Vernon attended Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt. On April 2, 1944, he was confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church by Reverend W.W. Stuenkel. He graduated from Monett High School in 1948. Vernon farmed in the Freistatt area until 2003 and also served for 21 years in the Missouri National Guard, retiring as captain in 1969. He married Verna Schmeling on March 24, 1950. They were blessed with six children.
Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Verna. He is survived by his children: Peggy, of Kansas City, Mo., Gail and her husband Jim Schunck, of Olathe, Ks., Eloise, of Overland Park, Ks., Debra and her husband Bruce Poese, of Rockville, Md., Joni and her husband Jerry Evans, of Newport News, Va., and Neal and his wife Patti, of Olathe, Ks.; one sister, Erna Schoen, of Freistatt, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Scott and Bethany Poese, Jessica and Trey Evans, and Emma, Maggie, Logan and Ryan Brockschmidt.
Vernon was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and had served as chairman and secretary of the Voter's Assembly and president of the school board. He also served for over 20 years as president of the Freistatt Farmers Exchange Board.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Ryan Buchmueller will officiate. Interment will follow in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family invites friends to visit at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the Lutheran Bible Translators or to Trinity Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, Mo.