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Vernon Woodrow DeWerff 1931 - 2020
Vernon Woodrow DeWerff

ELLINWOOD — Vernon Woodrow DeWerff, 88, passed away at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood, Kan. on June 17th, 2020. Born in Ellinwood, Kan. on Oct. 26, 1931 he was the son of Chester and Clara (Scheufler) DeWerff. A graduate of Ellinwood High School in 1948 he married Marian Heiken on Nov. 2nd, 1952 in Bushton, Kan. 

First and foremost, Vernon was a faithful servant of his Lord, and devoted his life to honoring Him. A husband of 67.5 years, father of 5, Grandpa of 11 and Great-Grandpa to eight, he was loved, admired and respected by his family. A lifetime farmer and dairyman of Ell-Bar-Farm, south of Ellinwood, he loved the land and the Holstein cattle and passed on this love through his leadership in 4-H, Ag/FFA, and the Kansas Dairy Council. Vernon, along with his wife Marian, invested in the lives of countless youth, teaching and promoting the dairy industry. The couple especially enjoyed hosting people from around the world. 

Vernon loved anything K-state and was honored in 2018 as Kansas Dairy Leader of the year and his picture hangs in dairy row in Call Hall at K-State. Vernon earned Honorary FFA Degrees at the local, state and national levels and he and Marian were bestowed the “Friends of 4-H Award” from Barton County Extension Service in 2012. Singing with the Mennonite Men’s Choir was a favorite pastime as well as cheering for his beloved Royals, Chiefs, Wildcats, Cougars and anything his kids and grandkids were playing. Being Grand Marshalls of the Ellinwood After Harvest Parade and festival in 2013 was a special honor and memory. 

Vernon is survived by his wife Marian; daughter Diane Weller and husband John (Tulsa, Okla.) and their children Wes and Katy (Arlington, Va.) and their children Brinley and Lochlan; daughter Jillian and her husband Trevor Morris and children Brooks, Rhett and Holland (Tulsa, Okla.); son Don and his wife Cheryl (Lyons, Kan.) and their children Matt and his wife Jill (Holcomb, Kan.); and daughter Taryn and fiancé Spencer (Topeka, Kan.); son Wayne and his wife Terri (Ellinwood, Kan.) and their children Seth and his wife Kaitlin (Akron, Colo.), Kristi and her fiancé Dakota Tucker (Great Bend, Kan.); son John and Kathy (Ellinwood) and their children Josh (Kansas City) and Ruthann (Ellinwood); daughter Lorri Chambers of Sioux Falls, S.D. and her children Alyssa (Sioux Falls) Carley and her husband Spencer Childs and children Oakley and Jonah (Hutchinson, Kan.) and Haley and Tyson Wiggers of Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Clara (Scheufler) DeWerff; brother, Kenneth DeWerff; sister, Edith Meyer; granddaughter Faith DeWerff and his son-in-law JC Chambers.  

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday June 20th at Calvary Baptist Church in Stafford, Kan. with Pastor Jeff Lowther officiating. A private family burial will precede the service at Lakin-Comanche Cemetery in Ellinwood, Kan. Visitation will be on Friday June 19th at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood, Kan. from noon-8 p.m. with family present from 6-8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Calvary Baptist Church Missions, Ellinwood Historical Society, Ellinwood Heritage Club, or Ellinwood Hospital Foundation in care of Minnis Chapel, PO Box 246, Ellinwood, KS 67526. Condolence may be left and a link to a livestream for the service will be available at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Minnis Chapel 

P.O. Box 246 

Ellinwood, KS 67526

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 19, 2020