Vernon C. Dennett, 75, of Burden, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2020, at St. Francis Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Miles Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Burden Cemetery. A visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family will greet visitors during that time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established in Vernon’s name for Burden United Methodist Church and Burden First Responders. Contributions can be made through Miles Funeral Service. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Vernon was born Dec. 6, 1944, to Rhonda (Cox) and Herman Dennett. He was raised five miles east of Atlanta and attended Timber Creek and Latham elementary schools. He then attended Latham High School until it closed in 1961. He transferred to Cambridge High School, graduating in 1962. While in high school, Vernon worked on the Lizzie B. Fox ranch, north of Cambridge.
He joined the National Guard in 1965, and his unit was activated in 1968. He served as a member of A Company, First Battalion, 137th Infantry, 69th Brigade, until he was honorably discharged in 1970.
Vernon was united in marriage to Susan Mae Jones on July 1, 1967, at Atlanta Christian Church. The couple made their home in Burden, where Vernon worked for Bair Oil Company before buying the business and operating Dennett’s 66 Service from 1970 to 1977. He was a farmer, raised angus cattle and co-owned D&W Well Service. He later began a career as a rural letter carrier, where he remained for more than 32 years until retiring in 2011.
Vernon was a member of Burden United Methodist Church, the Clinton Masonic Lodge 233, Wichita Scottish Rite, Midian Shrine and Queen City Chapter 138 Order of the Eastern Star. He also volunteered and was one of the original members of the Burden Fire District, serving on the board for nine years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and watching wildlife.
In addition to his parents, Vernon was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Glenn and Beverly Sumner; and a brother, Earl Dennett.
His family includes his wife, Susan, of Burden; his son, Doug Dennett and wife, Kristie, of Puyallup, Wash.; his daughter, JoLynn (Dennett) Parsons and husband, Mike, of Burden; two granddaughters, Amelia Dennett and Jessilyn Parsons; his brothers, Carl Dennett and wife, Ruth, of Oxford, Virgil Dennett and wife, Mary, of Winfield, and Kenny Dennett and wife, Margo, of Enid, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Betty Dennett, of Enid, Okla.; two step-grandchildren, Leah Velz and husband, Charlie, of Winfield, and Megan Belisle and husband, Steve and family, of Wichita; as well as a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.