The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 30, 2014

Vernon Kuhnemund

Published 3-30-14


Enid News & Eagle

ENID, OK — Vernon Kuhnemund was born on a farm northwest of Lahoma, Okla., to John and Marie (Rathjen) Kuhnemund on Oct. 13, 1925. He passed away at The Commons Nursing Home on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Community Bible Church, 1502 S. Logan Road, Lahoma, with Pastor Bill Smith officiating. Interment will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Lahoma, with Pastor Eric Brown officiating. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Monday, March 31, at the funeral home.

Vernon attended parochial school at Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma from grades 1-8 and graduated from Lahoma High School in 1943.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1944, and served during WWII in the Philippines with the 42nd Armored Infantry from March to December 1945.

After returning home he worked at Industrial Iron works and farmed with his dad.

On Aug. 21, 1949, he married Wynona Lee Frey. Together they began their own farming operation that continued until his retirement. He was a true steward of the land and was recognized many times for his farming practices.

Vernon was on the Garfield County Conservation Service from 1975-1996, the NODA Board of Directors from 1979-2009, and the Lahoma Farmer’s Coop from 1966-1984. He received the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Farmer Award in 1985, the Master Oklahoma Farmer-Stockman Award in 1989 and the DV Nelson Award for his work on the Turkey Creek Flood Control Project in 2003. He was a member of the American Legion, the DAV and Community Bible Church.

Vernon was an avid OU fan. He also loved watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting events and stock shows.

Surviving are his wife, Wynona of the home in Lahoma; daughter, Connie Barnes and husband Gene of Hennessey; son, Daryl and wife Shannon of Lahoma; five grandchildren, Brady Barnes and wife Cara of Hennessey, Brett Barnes and wife Amy of Lahoma, Jennifer Edwards and husband Jeffrey of Duncan, Jessica Kuhnemund of Oklahoma City, and Jon Kuhnemund of Enid. He also is survived by eight great-grandchildren, Cameron, Cassidy, Callen, Brylee and Brayson Barnes and Cooper, Ellie and Olivia Edwards; one sister, Leadell Grauberger of Enid; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and Kenneth; and two sisters, Marcella Dykes and Velma Jean Kehn.

Memorials may be made to Community Bible Church and Zion Lutheran Cemetery Fund with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.

Online condolences may be left at ladusauevans.com.

(Submitted by family)