Vernon was born June 14, 1929, in Buxton, Kan. the son of John and Myrtle Chamberlin Neese. Vernon's parents died at an early age, and he was raised by an aunt. They lived in Lafontaine, Kan., where Vernon graduated from high school in 1947.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in Korea as a driver during the war. He received the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
He was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1957. In the past few years, he belonged to the Restoration Church in fort Scott where he served as a deacon. His church, family, and friends knew him as Bernie.
Survivors include his step-daughter, Huberta Eisele and husband Don of Gladstone, Missouri; two granddaughters, Stacey Murray and husband, Dr. Don Murray, Jerseyville, Illinois and Wendy Eisele-Miller and husband, Greg Miller, Gladstone; grandson, Scott Eisele, Overland Park; five great-grandsons, Alex, Nicholas, and Brett Murray, Elliott Eisele-Miller and Quinn Eisele; and four great-granddaughters, Hannah Eisele-Miller, Sydney Eisele, and Rachel and Stephanie Murray.
Also surviving are a niece and a nephew.
Elders Joe Beckham and Dale Crown will conduct double funeral services for both Vernon and Nell Niece at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial for Vernon and Nell Neese will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery.
Military honors for Vernon will be conducted by the Post No. 1165 VFW. Memorials are suggested to either the Parkinson's Association or the Restoration Branch Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Comfort messages may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.