Vernal Dean Cromwell, 87, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in his home surrounded by his family.
Vern was born Sept. 8, 1926, to Joseph William Cromwell and Myrtle Brown Cromwell in Irwin. He was raised in Coltman and Idaho Falls. He attended and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in January 1945.
He was drafted into the United States Army in February 1945, serving in the Philippines and Korea. He was honorably discharged June 2, 1946.
He married Barbara Grace Cook on Sept. 20, 1950. Together they raised four children and worked on their family farm. Barbara passed away April 10, 2014.
He worked at Idaho Potato Growers, RT French, Idaho Supreme, Pro-Ida, U.S. Geological Survey, EG&G and was an instructor at Eastern Idaho Vocational Center.
He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, gardening, coffee and cookies with his grandchildren on Sunday mornings and Sunday family dinners.
He is survived by his sister, Marian (Earl) Goodson; his three daughters, Christine Cromwell, Dena (Chris) Harker and Tana (Mark) McKenzie; and his son Loren (Laurie) Cromwell; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A joint funeral service with his wife will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Fox Hollow Ward Chapel, 2345 W. 17th South in Idaho Falls. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley, and from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Friday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in New Sweden Cemetery with military rites by the Bonneville County Veterans Team assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.