Vernie A. Faunce, Jr., fought courageously over the past nine months, having lost his battle with cancer early Wednesday morning at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center. Vernie was surrounded by his loved ones when he passed; he was 79. Vernie was a Montpelier resident for all of his life, he was born on November 27 1934 in Montpelier to Vernie A. and Dorothy Mae (Swain) Faunce, Sr.
Vernie attended the Montpelier Schools and then went to work for Mohawk Tools in Montpelier. He worked at Mohawk for 35 years as a janitor until its closing, and then went to work for six years at the Aro Corporation in Bryan.
Vernie was a very unselfish person, always wanting to help and do things for others. One of his great passions was cheering on his Detroit Tigers.
Vernie is survived by a daughter Tammy and her husband Seth Sands, who Vernie thought of as a son, of Montpelier; a brother Gary (Barb) Faunce of Edon; a sister Jan Ridgeway of Texas, and two sisters-in-law Janet Faunce of Toledo and Grace Faunce of Montpelier.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Judy M. (Page) Faunce in July of 1999, two brothers Raymond and Dennis Faunce, a sister Jean Reese, and two brothers-in-law Bob Reese and Kenny Ridgeway.
Services for Vernie will be on Saturday, February 22nd at 2pm at the Thompson-Geesey Funeral Home, Empire Chapel at 335 Empire Street in Montpelier with Reverend David Tilly to officiate. Visitation hours will be from 11am until the time of the service at 2pm. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier. Donations may be made to the Family. Online condolences may be made at www.thethompsonfuneralhome.com
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