May 16, 1936 - March 26, 2014 Vern slipped into the arms of his Lord and Savior on March 26th, 2014. Born to Robert and Gladys Petrie on May 16, 1936 in Bemidji, MN, Vern moved to Spokane at an early age. He graduated from Rogers HS in 1954. Preceded in death by his parents and brother Milton, Vern leaves behind his brother Dale (Pati) of Spokane. He also leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Charlotte, and four sons: Steve of Boise, Greg (Susan) of Spokane, Darren (Nancy) of Rockville, MD, and Alan (Steph) of Liberty Lake. Vern was so proud of his four sons; he never missed the chance to tell everyone how wonderful his boys were and claiming that they were "never a bit of trouble." He also leaves behind his much loved grandchildren: David, Amy, Eric, Joshua, and Jesse. He was so proud of them! His Lord and his family were the center of his life. A special thanks to his many Doctors and caregivers that have helped him so much over the past five years, especially his kidney transplant team. Vern was a hardworking, friendly man who endeared himself to many. He worked many years in the commercial trucking business as a mechanic and manager, where his resourcefulness and work ethic were second to none. In his spare time he loved reading, but he was also known as a prolific gatherer of firewood! He will be greatly missed, but we are all blessed for having known him. He loved the people of Foothills Community Church where a service will be held April 19th at 10AM.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2014