Vernon Hampton, 89, of Springfield, passed away peacefully on June 13, 2013, at Mercy Hospital. He was born October 7, 1923, in Mountain Home, AR, to Lawrence and Elsie Hampton. The family moved to Wright County soon after and lived on a farm. Vernon met and married Olive (Pearman) Hampton on September 23, 1948. They reached their 64th anniversary last year.
In 1944, he was drafted for military services in World War II. He was in the European war fighting the Germans where he was awarded a Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Medal. At the start of the Battle of the Bulge he was wounded by shrapnel which made him eligible for discharge, but he chose to stay and drive a jeep for military officers near Nuremberg, Germany. When the war ended he came home with an honorable discharge.
He started his own farm, married and had four children to support. He then decided to leave the farm and move to Springfield where he worked for Foremost Foods for 28 years. He enjoyed his big garden and his hobby was wood carving. He volunteered at SDC for eight summers to carve.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; one brother survives.
He is survived by his wife Olive and four children: Ron and Janice Hampton, Helen and Rick Barber, Larry Hampton and Billie Naioti, Linda and Lloyd Wolf of Texas; five grandchildren: Court and Tanya Hampton, Baily and Justin Keenoy, Michael and Stephanie Hampton, Staci Hampton, Kaitlyn and Garett Brown.
Visitation will be Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at Walnut Lawn Funeral Home in Springfield. Services will be Monday, June 17, 2013, at 2:30pm. A graveside service will follow at Little Creek Cemetery near Hartville, MO. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Little Creek Cemetery.
Published in the News-Leader on June 16, 2013