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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Wednesday January 5, 1994

OBITUARY ~ VERNON DEAN HORTON

Funeral services for Vernie Horton of Clearfield were held Thursday, Dec. 30, at United Methodist Church in Clearfield, with Rev. Alan Rusk and Rev. Phil Henderson officiating. Music was provided by Mrs. Dick Longfellow and Don Wilson.

Casket bearers were Wayne Wilson, Charles Jackson, Grover Main, Jerry Fletchall, Dean Spurrier and Richard Spurrier.

Honorary pall bearers were Dale Bickel, Jerry Golden, Jerry Ewalt, Rupert Herring, Wayne Kemery, Dwight Matheny, and Dick Longfellow.

Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery. Military graveside rites were performed by members of Woodside American Legion Post 97.

Wilson-Watson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Vernon Dean Horton, son of Bill & Grace (Short) Horton, was born May 28, 1935, at Conway and departed this life Dec. 27, 1993 at his barber shop in Clearfield at the age of 58 years, 7 months and 30 days. He attended Clearfield Schools & graduated in 1954.

He entered the Army in Oct. of 1954. While in the Army he served as a cook, and cooking was something in later years he enjoyed doing for his family and friends.

On Jan. 16, 1955 he was united in marriage to Carol Lee Abarr at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield. To this union were born 2 children, Douglas Dean & Janet Lee, both of Lenox.

Vernie attended Iowa Barber College in Des Moines and had a barber shop in Clearfield for 35 years. One of Vernie's favorite pastimes was visiting with friends in his shop and on main street. He also was an avid gardener, taking much pride in it as well as his yard and home.

Sports were an important part of his life. He coached Little League Baseball, officiated football and basketball and was scorekeeper for basketball for 20 years. He loved his children and grandchildren dearly and enjoyed watching their many activities. He was looking forward to watching his grandchildren as they participated in sports and activities in the years to come.

He was very active in community affairs. He was a member and treasurer of the Clearfield Lions Club and past City Treasurer and past treasurer of the Clearfield School Board. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Lee; his son Doug (wife Paula) Horton of Lenox; daughter Jan (husband Lynn) Christensen of Lenox; seven grandchildren, Abbie, Blake and Josh Horton, and Tara, Tisha, Tate, and Trey Christerisen of Lenox; sisters Cleota (husband Boyd) Larsen of Clearfield and Kay (husband Lanny) Douglas of Lenox; mother-in-law Marietta Abarr of Clearfield and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Johnny and Bob. Vernie was a friend to all and willing to help others.

Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014

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