Vern was a barber for over 50 years in the Lansing area. He enjoyed people, playing golf, loved all kinds of sports, and was MSU Spartan fan.
He is survived by his loving partner, Kathy Forquer; children, Mark (Pam) Coven, Dan (Jennifer) Sillman, Cindy (Brian) Vollmer, Susan (Jim) Hesse and Shelly (Greg) Hall; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother, Evart Sillman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia; his parents; and 11 brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Inurnment with military honors will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. His family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16th and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 17th at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.