Born 4-13-1928 -- Died 10-9-2004
George "Hoon" Vehawn was born April 13, 1928, in Lewistown, Mont., and died Oct., 9, 2004 in Springfield, Mo., at his home.
He graduated from Fargus High School in April 1946, and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. In 1966, he moved with his family to Thomasville, Mo., from California, after retiring after 21 years of Naval service. Besides being a farmer, he worked for Thomasville Post Plant and drove a school bus for Oregon County School District for many years. He then worked for several telephone cable contractors installing underground telephone lines. He had a passion for many things which included fishing, hunting, gardening and his many flower beds. He was an active member of Woodside Masonic Lodge 387 of Thomasville.
He was joined in marriage to Opal Gray Wert Feb. 2, 1951, in San Diego, Calif., who preceded him in death July 25, 1995.
On Dec. 27, 2000, he and June Cook were married in Thomasville.
Survivors include his wife, June Vehawn of the home; his son, Kerry Vehawn and wife, Annie, of West Plains, Mo.; a brother, Tom "Sonny" Vehawn, and wife, Joey, and children of Covina, Calif.; and two sisters -- Patricia Stevenson and children of Richardson, Calif., and Juanita Campbell and children of Lewistown, Mont.; four stepchildren -- Susan Wheeler of Safford, Ariz., Carol Coats and husband, Dennis, of Sandpoint, Idaho, Jane Harris and husband, Jim, of Springfield, Mo., Aaron Cook and wife, Alma of Chandler, Ariz.; two grandchildren -- Kara and Holly Vehawn of Mountain Grove, Mo.; three step-grandchildren -- Rosemary Burks of West Plains, Jenny Bishop and husband, Donnie, of Pottersville, Mo., and Singer Coats of Coeur D Lane, Idaho; four step-great-grandchildren -- Keisha Wheeler of Thatcher, Ariz., Aaron Bishop of Pottersville, Mo., and Monte and Joel Harris of Springfield.
A celebration of life was Oct. 23 at Pine Hill Church, four miles north of Thomasville, Mo., on Highway 99.
To aid in research, Mr. Vehawn donated his body to Mid-America Transplant in Columbia, Mo., in hopes of finding a cure for diabetes and heart disease.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Community Hospice of America either to the family at the service or send to 1465 E. Primrose Springfield, MO, in memory of George Vehawn.