SHOSHONE • Vernon F. “Vern” Davidson, 82, a resident of Shoshone, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

Vern was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Mountain Grove, Mo., and later graduated from there. Vern enlisted into the United States Army in September of 1948 and was later honorably discharged in May of 1955 at the rank of sergeant. During his time in Korea, he was wounded and later received the Purple Heart. Although dad spoke little of his time in Korea, his personal notes and service records reflect how proud he was to serve his country as a soldier in the United States Army.

Vern married Harriett V. Eden on April 23, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Shoshone, Idaho. They went on to have and raise four children there. Early on, Vern worked at Mike’s Cold Storage, Ward Rawson Chevrolet, Low’s Sand and Gravel and many years at Idaho Grange Co-op. Vern and Harriett moved to Missouri in 1984 and later returned to Idaho in 2003.

Vern is survived by his brother, Eldon of Mountain Grove, Mo.; his sister, Vinita (Eugene) Whittet of Bellevue, Idaho; his daughter, Sherrie of Twin Falls, Idaho; his son, Michael “Dave” (Mary) of Shoshone, Idaho; and daughter, Kathy (Randy) of Shoshone, Idaho. Vern is also survived by six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Vern was preceded in death by his wife, Harriett; daughter, Sheryl; grandson, Aaron; parents, Frank and Inez; sister, Virginia; brother, Delmar; and sister, Betty Sue.

Dad was a gentle man with a kind and giving soul who respected all living things. Dad was blessed with a large helping of common sense, patience and a sense of humor. For a man with a modest education, dad was one of the most well-spoken and wise people you could know. A great listener, he was always there to offer support and guidance if needed.

Dad loved the outdoors and was especially fond of fishing. He enjoyed many things but certainly had a lifelong passion for baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. Dad loved to socialize and his keen ability for recall and detail was uncanny. Quick with a joke or a humorous story, he was always up to something. Next to his family and friends, dad’s greatest love and God’s gift was his art work. In his younger years, he focused on more serious art. But as time grew on, most of his efforts closely followed his quick wit. Many a napkin or piece of paper at hand was soon transformed into a priceless piece of humorous art that reflected that moment in time of a certain person, place or thing.

Dad, you certainly made the world a better place, and we will dearly miss but never forget you.

Our family’s thanks go out to all of you who knew and shared time with dad. He loved you all.

A memorial graveside service will be held in the spring at the Shoshone Cemetery in Shoshone. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service, Shoshone Chapel. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.

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