All of us at his beloved Lakeland College miss Vernon already. His gracious manner, infectious smile and encouraging spirit will leave an indelible mark on our instition. God bless the memory of Vernon Wernecke. He lived life well! - Stuart Merritt
Vern was one of a kind. I met Vern just a few years ago when he was a neighbor of my son, Tom, but he has left a big positive impression on me. His jest for life and interesting life we all hope for.
Thanks, friend, for sharing a walk with me.
Thanks, Uncle Vernon, for the wonderful times camping in Yellowstone, the Canyonlands, the Grand Canyon, etc. You treated all of your nieces and nephews (and underprivileged youth as a Big Brother) like the children you never had. Your distinguished service to our country and lifelong hard work inspires us to be more like you. We'll love you forever.