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Vernon E Workman

April 17, 1931 ~ December 4, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Vernon Workman Obituary

Vernon Workman, 92

Vernon Eugene Workman went to his eternal rest on Monday, December 4, 2023, at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho.

 Vern was born on April 17, 1931, on a farm just north of Grangeville to John Workman, Jr., and Thelma Irene (Schmadeka) Workman. Growing up in the Depression as the oldest of 5 children, he began at a young age to help his dad on the farm. He had a story from his school years for any occasion, with topics ranging from draft horse misadventures to dunks in the water tank. These were delivered often and with twinkling eye.

In 1949, Vern graduated high school and went to work for A&F Mercantile in Grangeville. He was drafted into the Army in 1952 and served as a radio repairman in France. He was discharged in 1954 and moved home to Grangeville. On December 16, 1955, he married his best friend and love, Gwendolyn “Peggy” Pratt. The following February, he left his job at the Union Warehouse when they moved to the ranch where she had been raised. They were to raise their own children there: Debra (b. 1956), Jeffrey (1959), and Tricia (1964). That house was their home and headquarters for the next 67 years, as Vern farmed first with his father- and brother-in-law, and later with his son Jeff.

Vern raised registered Hereford bulls for many years, and trips to bull sales were always highlights for him and Peggy. He was awarded the Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year Award in 1966. He enjoyed his work and took pride in a job well done. In later years, as farm technology progressed, he particularly relished completing a task with the tractors and trucks that he’d had for decades. He was always in a hurry to get to the next job, but he always found time to share a laugh or a cup of coffee with any friend crossing his path.

He was a lifelong member of the Grangeville Christian Reformed Church, where he served as both elder and deacon over the years. His faith in Christ was a private but integral part of his life.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents, John and Thelma.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Peggy Workman; siblings: Richard (Becky) Workman, Larry (Arleta) Workman, Lois (Bunky) Lathan, and Shirley (Joe) Sherwin, all of Grangeville; brother-in-law Charles (Jane) Pratt of Stites; his children: Debi (Ed) Stuivenga of Grangeville, Jeff (Sheryl) Workman of Grangeville, and Tricia (Terry) Uhlenkott of Clarkston, Wash.; 8 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his family and by much of the community.

The family would like to thank the staff at Meadowlark Assisted Living; friends and family who brightened Vern’s life with their visits; and the staff at Syringa Hospital and Clinics, particularly Dr. Wilson and Dr. Brown.

A public viewing will be held at Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville from 6:00-7:00 pm on Dec. 8 and the funeral will be held on December 9 at 1:00 pm at Blackmer Funeral Home, with graveside service to follow at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family at

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December 8, 2023

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Blackmer Funeral Home
305 North Mill St.
Grangeville, ID 83530

Funeral Service
December 9, 2023

1:00 PM
Blackmer Funeral Home
305 North Mill St.
Grangeville, ID 83530


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