September 10, 1958 ~ January 19, 2009
Vernon D. Whisenhunt, age 50, of Alta Vista, died on Monday, January 19, 2009 at his home in Alta Vista. Vernon Dale Whisenhunt was born on September 10, 1958 to Shermon and Bernice (Campbell) Whisenhunt in Bonham, TX. He graduated from Leonard High School in Leonard, TX in 1977. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served his country for four years in the 82nd Airbourne as a paratrooper. After his honorable discharge Vernon traveled the U.S. and later settled in Denison, TX where he worked as a carpenter. Vernon moved to Iowa in 1992 where he met and married Barbara Shannon on September 27, 1997. The couple settled in Alta Vista and to this union Wyatt Cole was born and later the couple was divorced. Vernon enjoyed fishing, reading and golfing. Vernon especially cherished his time with his son Wyatt. Vernon is survived by his son Wyatt Cole Whisenhunt of New Hampton, IA; a sister Joanna Whisenhunt-Bingham of Sherman, TX; two brothers Ronnie (Malinda) Whisenhunt of Riceville, IA and Larry Whisenhunt of Elma, IA; stepmother Doris Conkle of Bonham, TX; a nephew Thomas (Trisha) Stoner; two nieces Lissa Stoner and Mindy Jo Whisenhunt; six great nieces and nephews; three aunts Charlene (Andre) Hartness of Blue Ridge, TX, Betty Whisenhunt of Leonard, TX and Charlene Whisenhunt of Garland, TX. He is preceded in death by his father Shermon Whisenhunt on May 2, 1988 and his marternal and paternal grandparents. Cemetery: Burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Alta Vista with military rites provided by the Alta Vista VFW Paul Johann Post #4069. Casket Bearers will include Jerry Haar, Jeff Schwake, Carl Block, Tom Pittman, Jack Hastings and Justin Payne. Honorary casket bearers will include Leonard Stanley, David Stanley, Mark Page, Thomas Stoner, Lissa Stonner, Tom Mihm and Mindy Jo Whisenhunt. Visitation: Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday. Service: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, January 26, 2009 at the Conway-Kolbet Funeral Chapel in Elma with Rev. Daniel Christensen officiating.
Larry and Ronnie, We are so saddened at the loss of Vernon. He was a good guy and will be missed.
Scott and Kaye (Shannon) Murray, Casey and Rebecca
Wyatt,you and your Papa had lots of fun. He sure loved you, but you know that don’t you? Not everyone has their own personal angel to watch over them and now you do! I suppose him and grandpa are sitting on the porch in heaven having a good time. Love you Suzzy and BooBoo
Wyatt…Your papa is your gardian angel now watching over you as you grow to be a wonderful man. We all love you! Aunt Kaye Uncle Scott Casey and Rebecca
just want to say i am truley sorry to loose a great friend. out of all these yrs of not seeing vernon if anyone asked how my best friend was i would always say vernon whisenhunt.
vernon will always be in my heart and will always have great memories of growing up from childhood to being an adult. i am glad that i got to see vernon when i was in iowa a few yrs ago. i have video of his him, his home and family and will always look back on our last memory.
i love you vernon and you will be missed, david stanley
Vernon was a kind man and very respectful of others.
He loved his son a lot!
You have my deepest sympathy.
I would have came to the funeral had I known it was today. I was gone all weekend.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong -doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.
When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway); and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being a part of my life…..
Vernon was like family to me while in Leonard,Tx.I wish I could had been there. Even though I couldn’t be there my heart & thoughts were.He was a good ol’ boy!As my dad would say.ha! I’ d love to hear from Ronnie & Larry & their family if you could please pass the word on to them.Thanks & God Bless,Tammy Stanley Wood 112 W Houston st. Leonard,Tx.75452 ph.903-587-2767
My deepest sympathy to Vernon’s family. My grandma and grandpa Stanley lived next door to Vernon’s grandmother in Leonard, Tx. Vernon was always a big part of our lives and my brother David Stanley’s best friend. Vernon’s sister, Joanna, and I were in the same class in school. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers.