REPUBLIC, MI. - Vernon E. Vierela, age 88 former Republic resident passed away Wednesday, January 08, 2014 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette where he has been a resident since November 2012.
Vernon was born October 29, 1925 in Republic to Sanfred & Ulikka (Posio) Vierela. Vernon served his country in the US Army during World War II. He served with the 237th Anti Aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion in the South Pacific. Following his honorable discharge in 1946 Vernon returned to the UP, where he owned and operated the Shell Station in South Republic for a few years.
Vernon drove truck in the winter months for Erickson Oil Company of Negaunee and during the summers he would move to Montana to drive logging trucks for Erickson Logging Company. He later worked for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company driving truck for 17 years retiring from the Tilden Mine.
Vernon enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid bowler and horseshoe player. He was a member of the Republic V.F.W. Grant Nyman Post.
Vernon is survived by 2 sons: James Vierela of Ishpeming and John (Donna) Vierela of Hales Corners, WI, 3 grandchildren: Jennifer, Robert & Austin Vierela, a great grandson Devin along with several nieces and nephews.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, wife Shirley in 2012, an infant daughter, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
Vernon's family will greet relatives and friends from 1:00-2:00pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 2:00pm with Andrew Kandoll to officiate. Inurnment will take place in the Republic Cemetery.
Military Honors will be accorded by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 380.
Vernon's obituary may be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie .com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.