Mr. Vernie Houghton Stice, age 89, of Lewistown, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:20a.m. in Lewis County Nursing Home in Canton, Missouri.
He was born December 30, 1928, in Deer Ridge, Missouri, a son of Para Avington Stice and Tracy Franks Stice. He married Geraldine Rose Krebill on October 15, 1952 in LaBelle, Missouri. She passed away February 17, 2013.
Vernie had been a farmer all of his life and got to know many during his years digging graves in the community. Over the years he had worked for Flint McRoberts in Monticello, operated a bulldozer for Lewis County, been a janitor for the Monticello School and worked as a handyman doing odd jobs in the area. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War serving from 1950 to 1952. He obtained the rank of SGT and received the United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Commendation Ribbon w/Pendent and Korean Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; six brothers, Wilber, Warren, Cleo, Ralph, Howard and Accie; and two sisters, Helen and Dorothy Stice.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy (Joseph) Hallford of Hagerstown, Maryland; five sons, Douglas (Kay) Stice of Knox City, Missouri, Dale (Mary) Stice of Monticello, Missouri, David (Donna) Stice of Canton, Missouri, Donald (Betty Jo) Stice of Taylor Ridge, Illinois, and Darren (Teresa) Stice of Mexico, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren, Mandy Fooce, Travis (Chari) Bemis, Kyle Stice, Bethany (Cal) Callison, Nathan (Kara) Stice, Jared Stice, Laura (Lonnie) Meyer, Micca (C.J.) Bush, Kaitlin Stice, Courtney Stice, Jessica Stice, Shannon Stice and Brendan Stice; fifteen great grandchildren; niece Donna (Bob) Gibson of Princeton, Missouri, and several other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton, Missouri, with Rev. Kenneth “Cal” Callison officiating and music by Kaitlin and Courtney Stice. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Monticello Cemetery, Monticello, Missouri, with Travis Bemis, Kyle Stice, Nathan Stice, Jared Stice, Lonnie Meyer, C.J. Bush, Brendan Stice and Javan Callison serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 30, 2018 from 4:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family meeting friends after 6:00 p.m., at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Lewis County Nursing Home Auxiliary or Monticello United Methodist Church.