Vern was born in Garber, Iowa, on May 31, 1931.

Growing up on a farm he learned the discipline of hard work. After graduating from Guttenberg High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Hector during the Korean War. He learned the trade of machinist while in the military.

Vern worked in a variety of industries including; aerospace, manufacturing, dental and lumber. Upon retiring from South Coast Lumber Co., he worked on a commercial fishing boat.

He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping.

Vern passed away in Sheridan on June 7, 2018. He is survived by his children Linda Jellings, Fred Horstman, Louis Hallock, Kathy Wilson and John Horstman.