Vernon was born on January 29, 1920 in a farmhouse in Caldwell County, southwest of Hamilton, Missouri to Manley and Sophia Faye (Salmon) Clark.
He was a 1937 graduate from Lathrop High School. Vernon was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and was a 1st Lieutenant.
Vernon married Frances May Clark on March 3, 1944.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Frances.
Survivors: 2 brothers, Herbert (Betty) Jackson, Cameron, Max (Mary Lou) Jackson, Independence, MO; several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Fern Powell, CA.
Graveside services with Military Honors: 1:00 PM, Monday, August 27, 2012 at Cameron Memory Gardens, Cameron, MO. Arrangements: Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.