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Vernon Edlen

May 7, 1940 — January 5, 2018


Vernon H. Edlen, age 77, of Kahoka, MO, died unexpectedly Friday, January 5, 2018 in the emergency room of Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Vernon was born May 7, 1940 at his parents home in rural Kahoka, a son of Howard Soper and Mary Ellen Tweed Edlen.

On June 5, 1960 he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Carol Linn Calvert, at the Peaksville Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Carol, of the home; three children: Dana (Randy) Justice of Kahoka, Jeffrey (Libby) Edlen of Kahoka, Ellen Wilson of Revere; seven grandchildren: Jenny (Mike) Whitfield of Kahoka, Darci (Seth)Shannon of Kahoka, Dasan (Kristy) Justice of Cedar Falls, IA, Megan Wilson (Jordan Isham) of Keosauqua, IA, Jessica Edlen (Gary Shaw) of Kahoka, Levi Rockhold of Kahoka, and Joseph Edlen of Wentzville, MO; seven great grandchildren: Mason Davidson, Jayden Whitfield, Silas Edlen, Sawyer Shaw, Dane Shannon, Salem Shaw, Annabelle Whitfield, also three more due in March, April, and May which Vernon looked forward to spoiling; a sister, Doris Weber of Texas; sister-in-law, Jody Calvert of California; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charley and Agnes Calvert; son-in-law, Duane Wilson; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Daryll and Betty Calvert, Tom Calvert, Gene Calvert and Darlene Oilar.

Vernon was a 1958 graduate of Revere High School and was raised in the Revere Community Church. He farmed all of his life with his beloved Carol by his side. They were partners in all areas of their lives and seldom was one seen without the other. She truly was the light of his life. He and Carol attended many sporting activities as their children and grand children were growing up and supported them in every area of their lives.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing but his passion was hunting. His family will cherish the precious times they spent with him in the outdoors. It was during those times that he shared stories and had one-on-one time with his grandchildren. Many friends were blessed with spending time hunting with Vernon as well.

Vernon was a simple man, he didn’t require much to be happy, but his greatest blessings came from Carol, Dana, Jeff and Ellen and their spouses who were just as dear to him, and his precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren. If you knew Vernon, you knew someone very special and you knew you were special to him.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating. Recorded music selections were: "In The Garden", "God Made A Farmer" and "Amazing Grace". Pallbearers were: Jenny Whitfield, Darci Shannon, Dasan Justice, Megan Wilson, Jessica Edlen, Levi Rockhold, and Joseph Edlen. Honorary bearers were: Paul O'Day, Jack Edlen, Lee Lemmon, Jim Elliott, Bud Laymon, Wes Parrish, Tanner Harrison, Lane Burr, John Timmons, Marty Hogan, Kevin Nixon, David Boltz, Robert Boltz, Tom Conrad and Mike Harrison. Burial followed in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Friends called at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Kahoka Cemetery, the Peaksville Cemetery, or the Peaksville Christian Church.

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Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.


Monday, January 08, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E. Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 09, 2018
10:00 AM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

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