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Vernon, Butch - Longmont  
Butch Vernon, 66, passed away unexpectedly on May 20, 2016 at his cabin retreat in Big Elk Meadows. He was born August 27, 1949 in Oberlin, Kansas to Glenn and Florence (Hoppes) Vernon. Butch was the fourth of six children. His youth in Kansas was filled with chores on the farm and eventually at age 14 driving the school bus. He drove himself and all the other kids to and from school leaving the bus parked in his driveway overnight as he lived farthest from school. Butch graduated from Oberlin Kansas High School, went to Fort Hays State University on a football scholarship and continued his education at Kansas State University. On July 27, 1970 he welcomed his first child, Bucky Joe Vernon. A few years later Butch decided to leave the farm in Kansas to start a new adventure in Denver with his son. Soon after moving to Colorado he was set up on a blind date with Beverly Ann Bloom, who was a native of Longmont. After just a couple months of courtship Butch asked Bev "Be my girl forever" and Bev said "Ask me again in 6 months" and due to Butch's insistence and lack of patience waited a couple hours to ask again. On June 24, 1979 he married his best friend Beverly Bloom in Erie, Colorado and has lived in the area since. On that day he was also proud to welcome another son into his life, Bev's son, David Riley who just so happened to be the same age as his son Bucky Joe. The two sons ended up having many adventures together including almost accidently burning down the family barn. In 1982, Butch and Bev welcomed their daughter, Vernetta Vernon who Butch called "His Pooker." Butch dreamed of owning his own lumber yard and after being turned away by 29 banks for a business loan Butch and Beverly started Budget Home Center in Longmont in 1984. Their first location at 724 Main Street was too small for a full lumberyard so Butch stored lumber at their farmhouse in Erie. He would wake early each morning, loaded what he thought he would sell and drove their one delivery truck into town and unloaded. In 1992 the business prospered enough to double the size of the property moving the business to 950 9th Ave. With even more success they were able to build an 80,000 square foot store on Boston Ave in May of 1999 which is the present location. Thanks to the overwhelming response of the people of Longmont the business has grown over the years to become a fixture in the community. In 2010, Butch and Bev were both inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame for their years of business excellence and contributions to the Longmont community that include their long time support of the OUR Center, donating materials to Eagle Scout projects as well as Habitat for Humanity and numerous other local organizations. It was a proud day for Butch when he retitled his own son-in-law, Sean Angelo, to General Manager. Under the direction of his children, Vernetta and Sean Angelo, Budget will continue to thrive for many years to come. In 2010 Bev and Butch designed and built their dream cabin from the ground up in Big Elk Meadows, just south of Estes Park. Although family calls it "the cabin" visitors refer to it as "The Spacious Mountain Lodge," large enough to accommodate a week long family reunion of 26, last August. While at "The Cabin" they enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren, whether it be 4-wheeling, fishing, swimming, or simple walks along trails enjoying the beautiful Colorado scenery. Butch was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a diehard Bronco fan. He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings Chuck Vernon, Barbara Kirkpatrick, Rhonda Hill and Kevin Vernon. Butch is survived by his wife Bev, three children David Riley, Buck Vernon (fiancée Dawn Cole) and Vernetta Angelo (husband Sean) sister Janice Hayes, six grandchildren: Allan Riley, Vanessa Riley, Brady Vernon, Damian Riley, Ladon Angelo, Caslyn Angelo and one great grandchild, Alice Mae. Butch's life was an illustration of personal integrity, compassion, the desire to do the right thing and commitment to family. Visitation 5-7 pm Monday, May 30th at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St Longmont. Funeral Service 1pm Tuesday, May 31st, LifeBridge Christian Church, 10345 Ute Highway in Longmont. Burial to follow at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery, 620 11th Ave in Longmont. Followed by a reception at Butch and Bev's home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Foundation for scholarships. Please send in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
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Published in Longmont Times-Call from May 25 to May 27, 2016
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