Vernon Weidkamp

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Vernon Weidkamp, of Lynden, passed away at Whatcom Hospice House on Sunday, January 17, 2016. He was 98 years old. Vernon Weidkamp was born January 5, 1918 at home on the Weidkamp Road to Theodore and Minnie Weidkamp. He joined 4 brothers at that time and in future years two more brothers were added. Vernon was raised on the family farm and attended school in Lynden. He completed his high school education and went on to complete two years of college plus getting a master welders degree. During his college time he met Lois Olin whom he wed on Oct. 14, 1939. They had six children: Shirley, Joyce, Beth, Bob, Jean and Darlene who were all raised on the family dairy farm on the Weidkamp Road just up the road a bit from where Vernon was raised. They all enjoyed a wonderful childhood on the farm while learning the responsibilities that go along with farming. Vernon began his career with Lynden Darigold, built barracks in Tacoma, and ended his career at Whatcom Farmers Co-0p. He shared his love of music with family, friends, and the community. Vernon was part of a band that played at Delta Grange for dances and also many other places around the county. In his later years he also was part of the band at the Lynden Community Senior Center. He enjoyed sharing his music and brightening others' days. He was an avid journaler and has left his family with many recorded memories of daily life in Whatcom County. Most people who knew him well will envision him in striped overalls, his uniform where ever he went. Vernon was a member of the Clam Diggers, Lynden Pioneer Museum, Lynden Senior Center and the Delta Grange. He was baptized and became a member of Sunrise Baptist Church. He belonged to the United Food and Commercial Local 44 (Butchers). Vernon is survived by his loving wife Lois with whom he spent over 76 years. Also surviving him are his children Shirley (Jim (Deceased) Allen, Joyce (Gary) Huisman, Beth (Jim) Price, Bob (Karen) Weidkamp, Jean (Richard (Deceased) Francisco, and Darlene (Dan) Hormbeck; 18 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 7 great great-grandchildren; and numerous and loving nieces and nephews whom he was very fond of. He was preceded in death by a grandson and two granddaughters plus his entire immediate family. Donations would be appreciated to the Whatcom Hospice House, Lynden Senior Center, and Lynden Pioneer Museum. The graveside committal will be 11:30 AM, Friday morning, January 22, 2016 at Greenacres Memoria Park, 5700 Northwest Dr, Ferndale followed by a 12:30 PM, memorial service at North County Christ the King Community Church, 1816 18th St, Lynden. Memorial gifts in Vernon's honor may be sent to Whatcom Hospice House, 2800 Douglas Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. You are invited to share your condolences and memories in the online guestbook at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and ACremation Services of Lynden.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 20, 2016
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