Vernon L. VerMaas

1927 to 2016


Vernon L. VerMaas, 88 of Scottsbluff, died Sunday, March 27, 2016, at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home Assisted Living facility in Scottsbluff. At his request, cremation has taken place at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Home Crematory. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016, at the First Christian Church in Sidney with Dr. Curtiss P. Davis, Pastor officiating. Memorials may be given to the Panhandle Humane Society. Tributes of sympathy may be left at

Vernon was born April 6, 1927 at Firth to Herb and Cornelia (DeVries) VerMaas. He received his early education at Hickman School, graduating from Hickman High School. He enlisted in the United States Army on Jan. 3, 1951 and served as a cook until his honorable discharge on Dec. 16, 1952.

Vernon was united in marriage to Ramona Brownlow on Sept. 22, 1961 in Lincoln and made their home throughout rural areas in Nebraska before settling in Sidney in 1980.

Vernon was a long standing member of the Elks Lodge. He was a Federal Trapper. His hobbies included raising Appaloosa horses, hunting, fishing, Cornhustkers, NASCAR, cooking, gardening, singing in the church choir, and making friends. He loved his little dogs and collected eagles and wolves.

Vernon is survived by his son Randy VerMaas of Sioux Falls, S.D .; sister Irma Karnes of Denver; sisters-in-law Donna Robinson of Gering and Waneta Savage of Scottsbluff; brothers-in-law Jim Karnes of Colorado and Glenn Savage of Scottsbluff; cousins Jim Miller of Bayard and Virgil VerMaas of Hickman; nieces and nephews Kim and Lori Thiel of Houston, Texas, David, Susie, and Joseph Thiel of Minatare, Matthew, Yurlanda, Torri, and Beth Thiel of Iowa, Brandy and Justin Schaneman of Wyoming, Jason Thiel of Missouri, and Shannon Hicks of South Carolina.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ramona, son Terry, brother Albert, and sister-in-law Amy Shimp.


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