BAINBRIDGE - Vernon "Vern" Wilson Miner Jr., 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at Wilson Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones.
Born June 10, 1938, in South New Berlin, he was a son of Vernon Sr. and Ora (Gage) Miner.
Vern attended Chenango Forks Central School.
He worked on the family farm and held several jobs before he was employed with the Delaware & Hudson Railroad. He was employed there for 28 years and retired as a supervisor in 1996.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed riding his Harley with his sons and grandson. He also enjoyed collecting John Deere tractors and was a member of Eastern Pullers and TOYS. Vern could be seen riding his tractor in several Sidney Hometown Day parades and Memorial Day parades in Bainbridge. He also enjoyed watching Western movies and old episodes of "Hee Haw" and the "Grand Ole Opry" on the RFD channel.
Vern married Carlene Smith on Dec. 22, 1956. They were married for 27 years and raised six children. Then on Jan. 2, 1992, Vern married Sandy (Lambrecht) and they happily spent more than 25 years together.
Vern is survived by his wife, Sandy; three sons and their spouses, Rusty (Vernon III) and Susan, Dale and Denise, Robin and Susan; three daughters and their spouses, Janet and Dan Dicks, Joanne and Jim Simpkin and Jennifer and Scott Williams; one stepdaughter and her spouse, Tammy and Lou Archeval; one stepson, Tom Hatton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother and his spouse, Gene and Carol; father-in-law, Warren Lambrecht; brother-in-law and his spouse, Randy and Georgie Lambrecht; sister-in-law and her spouse, Sharon and Dale Gilbert; brother-in-law, Dave Lambrecht; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; younger sister, Susan Billings; mother-in-law, Avis Lambrecht; brother-in-law, Steve Lambrecht; and his beloved dog, Mikey.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18, at the C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Judy McCall officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Sidney Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Delaware Valley Humane Society in Sidney, or a charity of one's choice.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on September 14, 2017