Vern Sylvester, 99, Bismarck, formerly of Palermo, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, as the result of a recent stroke.
Vern Maurice Sylvester was born Aug. 31, 1913, in Palermo. He was the fifth of six children of Harry and Josephine (Skor) Sylvester. He graduated from Palermo High School and attended the University of North Dakota for three years. At UND he met Myrta Hartje and they were married in 1938 and raised three children in Palermo.
Vern owned and operated a gas station in Palermo until his service in the Army in Europe during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. After the war, Vern was a rural mail carrier until his retirement in 1978. He also served as Veterans Service Officer for Mountrail County.
He was active in community affairs including serving on the church council and school board. He organized a Boy Scout troop and was an enthusiastic scout master for many years. He was proud that both of his sons, two grandsons and two great-grandsons earned the Eagle Scout rank. The Boy Scouts of America gave him the Silver Beaver Award and Faith Lutheran Church gave him the Lamb Award for outstanding service.
After retiring, Vern and Myrta traveled extensively and spent their winters in Arizona. Myrta died of cancer in 1985. In 1987 Vern married Ruth Bingen. They lived in Aberdeen, Wash., and Sun City, Ariz., and led an active life. Ruth passed away in 2004 and Vern moved to Touchmark in Bismarck in 2006.
Vern will be missed by many friends and family members. He was a good son, husband, father and friend who was genuinely concerned about other people.
He is survived by: his three children, Charles (Naomi) Sylvester, Sparks, Nev., John (Connie) Sylvester, Hazen, and Dorothy (Jay) Christensen, Bismarck; three stepdaughters, Pam Bingen, Edmonds, Wash., Shari (Doug) Eglington, Issaqash, Wash., and Jill (Wade) Carpenter, Loon Lake, Wash.; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; and a sister, Josephine Archer, Anaheim, Calif.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Earl, who died in infancy, brothers Herbert and Harold; and a sister, Bernice.
Vern requested that former Boy Scouts serve as his honorary pallbearers.
Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., in Faith Lutheran Church, Palermo.
Burial will be at Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Palermo.
Visitation will be today, Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Springan Funeral Home, Stanley, and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).