Vernon Petefish, 78, Lyndon: Sept. 1, 1941 – March 30, 2020 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Vernon Petefish, 78, Lyndon: Sept. 1, 1941 – March 30, 2020

LYNDON, Kan. – Vernon Petefish, 78, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, at his home north of Lyndon, Kan. He was born on Sept. 1, 1941, near Lawrence, Kan., the son of Christie William and Almeda (Kettering) Petefish.

Vern had lived in Topeka, Kan., for many years, where he and his wife Carolene owned and operated Vern’s Welding and Machine Shop. He had moved north of Lyndon 30 years ago, where he and Carolene built and owned Crossroads RV Park for 10 years.

On July 8, 1961, Vern was married to Carolene Hendrickson, in Topeka.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Christie and Almeda; by two brothers, Marrian and Lee Petefish; and by his sister, Urilla Bowman.

Vern is survived by his wife, Carolene, of the home; his son, Roger (Sharon) Petefish, of Grantville, Kan.; daughter, Melissa (Scott) Handley, Topeka; two brothers, Daryl and Dean Petefish; four grandchildren, Jared (Anna Schmidt) Petefish, Jason Handley, Travis (Jayde Degan) Petefish and Morgan (Levi) Starkey; and three great-grandchildren, Stetson and Colson Starkey and Gracyn Degan.

Due to current circumstances, a private family service will be held. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, southeast of Topeka. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences can be left at

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