LIMA — Vernon Winfield "Vern" Stebleton, 90, died 6:24 p.m. Wednesday evening, December 11, 2013 at his residence in Lima, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 26, 1922 in Lima, Ohio to Elmer C. and Blanche Alta (Mayer) Stebleton, both of whom preceded him in death.
On May 17, 1975 he married his true love, Virginia M. "Ginny" (VanDyke) Stebleton, who has never left his side over the last 38 years.
Vernon served our country with honor. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne in the Eastern Front of World War II. For his service, Vernon was awarded a World War II Victory Medal, a European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and three Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead. He retired from Ex-Cell-O Corporation, Aerospace Division in 1984 after 30 years of service. He was a big fan of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He possessed a great passion for working with his hands. Vernon was a skilled carpenter, evidenced by the large collection of crafted work that exists in the homes of many of his children and grandchildren. He also helped build many things at the First Church of the Nazarene in Lima, where he worshiped for 37 years.
Vernon had four children with his first wife, Cleo I Reed, daughters, Constance M. "Connie" (Dennis) Briggs, of Lima and Roxanna J. (Wayne) King, of Batavia, He was preceded in death by their two sons, Steven Lee Stebleton, and Jeffrey Allen Stebleton.
Vernon is also survived by four step children, Larry E. (Cecelia M.) Grace ,of Lima, Martin L. (Cheryl J.) Grace, of Lima, Dixie L. Hurley, of Cairo, and Teena M. (Barry L.) Driskell, of North Folk, VA, 22 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren, brother, Jerry (Margaret) Stebleton, of Waynesfield, brother- in- law, Lewis Frysinger, of North Baltimore, and sister-in-law, Lorene Stebleton, of Lima.
He is preceded in death by four brothers, George, Richard, Gordon and Melvin Stebleton, and one sister, Rita Frysinger.
Services will begin 12:00 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2013 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 300 W. Elm St., Lima, OH 45801. Pastor Daniel E. Campbell will officiate. Military rites will be provided by the VFW #1275 and the United States Army at the church. Burial of cremated remains will be at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 - 4 & 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday December 15, 2013 at CHILES - LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, EASTSIDE CHAPEL, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, 300 W. Elm St., Lima, OH 45801
Condolences can be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com