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Hill City Times -- Hill City, September 20, 2000
Vern D. BASHFORD, 81, died Monday, September 11, 2000, at Thornton Place in Topeka, Kansas. He was born July 11, 1919 to Chet and May (GNAGY) BASHFORD. He attended grade school across the road from his parents' farmstead, north of Morland, and he graduated from Morland High School in 1938. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II. On October 12, 1943, he married LaVone DUNNING of Hill City.

Vern farmed north of Morland for forty years and later worked at Farmers Lumber Company, Inc. in Hill City, Kansas. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Morland, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the Quinter Castle Rock Tumbleweeds and several other square dance clubs. He had been a 4-H leader, church board member, former Goshen School District Board Member, and had been on the Graham County Fair Board at one time.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Jerilyn GARRISON, and her husband, Jim, of LaCrescenta, California, and Eileen BASHFORD, M.D., of Kansas City, Missouri; and three sons, Dave, and his wife, Jane, of Richfield, Kansas; Alan and his fiancee, Pam HARRISON, of Wichita, Kansas; and Kelly of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren; Rebecca HANNA and husband, Cole, of Richfield, Kansas; David BASHFORD and his wife, Crystal, of Richfield, Kansas; Tabetha SMITH and her husband, Mike, of Norton, Kansas; Timothy BASHFORD and wife, Angela, of San Diego, California; and Kris, Kirt and Koty BASHFORD of Knoxville, Tennessee; six great-grandchildren: Nicole HANNA of Hugoton, Kansas; Kara OWENS, McKenzie and Jayden Eileen HANNA, and Preston BASHFORD of Richfield, Kansas; and one great-great-grandchild, Nickolas James GOLD of Hugoton, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Annette.

Funeral services were Friday, September 15, 2000, at 2:00 p.m. at the Morland United Methodist Church, Morland, Kansas, with Pastors Mehl CRUIT and Terry ALLISON officiating. Burial was in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Hill City, Kansas, with memorials suggested to the Morland United Methodist Church or the donor's choice.
submitted by Jessie Thompson

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