Vernon G. Hough, 85, of Girard, passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at UPMC Hamot where he was surrounded by loving family members.
He was born to the late Jacob and Nelly Grace Hixson Hough on February 4, 1929 in Scottdale, Pa. Vernon later moved with his family to the coal town of Star Junction where he went to school.
Vernon enlisted in the U.S. Army
at age 16 and served during WWII
with the 776 Armored as a radio operator, until his discharge in 1948. Following his discharge he served in the Army Reserve with the 93rd Constabulary Unit. In 1950 Vernon was recalled to serve during the Korean Conflict
where he served with the 8th and 16th Infantry Division. During his time in the military he was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars
Vernon worked for Copes Vulcan and later retired from there after 31 years of employment. He was a member of the Girard Alliance Church, and enjoyed gardening, playing with his dog, fixing things, or as he called it "Monkeying Around".
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Zola Harding; his son, Dr. Keith Hough; sister, Catherin Hough; and his brother, Bill Hough.
Vernon leaves behind his wife, Roena Leehan Hough, whom he married on September 25, 1999. He will also be sadly missed by his children, Cheryl Polenick of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and his son, Dale Hough and his wife, Lori of Los Angeles, Calif.; his stepchildren, Sue Vanicek and her husband, Bob of Girard, Ted Alward and his wife, Doreen of Gladstone, Mo., and Mark Alward; and his grandchildren, Melissa, Ryan, Jake, twins Megan and Morgan, and Sarah.
Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Edder Funeral Home, Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard. Vernon's funeral service will also be at the funeral home on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Committal and Military Honors will follow at Girard Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Girard Alliance Church, 229 Rice Ave., Girard, PA 16417.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 9, 2014