Vernon loved to help people and often went out of his way to help others. That’s why he loved law enforcement so much and spent so much of his life working in the law enforcement field. His most treasured time though was when he worked with Cyro as a K-9 officer doing drug detection, tracking, apprehension, and officer safety. They were a match made in heaven from the time they started working together. Vernon and Cyro spent every minute in and outside of work together. Cyro’s passing was a huge loss to Vernon and he never got over it.
Vernon had another very special friend, his bird dog Missy Jo who became a companion more than a hunting dog because she was gun shy. She too was always by his side and her passing affected Vernon for the rest of his life.
These were just two of the many dogs Vernon had throughout his life and who were close to his heart. Just as he had many, many friends throughout his life time, but his love for his family was the greatest. He got to experience what being a Grandpa was like before he died when his nieces and nephews were born and then with the addition of three special girls, Casara, Maddy, and Mya Willey.
Vernon spent many hours hunting. He loved to hunt coon, deer, turkey, duck, pheasants, anything and everything. Hunting was one of his favorite things to do. He found peace and tranquility in the woods whether it was in the cold light of day on a pond or in the timber late at night listening to a coon dog tree a coon. He also loved to fish, cut wood, mow yards, coach baseball, umpire, mentor kids or do anything with kids. Vernon loved spending time with his family and friends sharing a few laughs and good times. Vernon truly loved life and he tried to live his life to the fullest surrounding himself with people he loved. Vernon never knew a stranger and he was well known and loved all over the state of Iowa and in many other areas of the United States. He was a very hard worker and even in retirement was never truly “retired.” He was always working and he rarely rested.