FT. JENNINGS — Vernon “Vernie” D. Askins, 86, died at 8:30 a.m., on Friday, April 14, 2017, at The Meadows of Kalida.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1930 to John and Flossie Askins. They both preceded him in death. On Dec. 7, 1949, he married Delores M. Miller. She preceded him in death on March 10, 2015.

Vernon is survived by three sons,Richard (Vicki) Askins of Lima, and Randy (Sharon) Askins and Rodney Askins, both of Kalida; eight grandchildren, Kelly, Eric, Emily, Ross, Ryan, Sarah, Matt and Amy; 21 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wendell (Marjorie) Askins and Gene (Nancy) Askins; two sisters, Ardatha (Herbert) Garberson and Ruth (Leslie) Lowden.

Vernon was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Columbus Grove, Ohio, Farm Bureau, and Soil and Water Conservation in Putnam County, Ohio. He was also a member of the Eagles in Delphos, Ohio.

Vernon was a lifelong farmer. He was also an avid artifact collector. He also enjoyed golfing, playing the organ, traveling with his wife Delores, and singing in a barbershop quartet. At one time Vernon had his own barbershop quartet group called the “49er’s”.

The funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. Father Mark Hoying will officiate, with burial to follow in Ottawa River Cemetery, Rimer.

Friends may call Tuesday, April 18, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Hartman Sons Funeral, Columbus Grove.

Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam County Hospice or American Heart Association.

Online condolences may be expressed at hartmansonsfuneralhome.com